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President, PM condole passing away of Vidya Charan Shukla

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President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today condoled the passing away of senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Vidya Charan Shukla, who succumbed this afternoon to the grievous injuries he suffered in an ambush by Maoists in Chattisgarh on May 25.
 
In his condolence message to Mr Shukla's wife, Ms Sarla Shukla, Mr Mukherjee said the veteran leader had entered Parliament at a very young age and represented undivided Madhya Pradesh in the Lok Sabha for long years.
 
"He served as Minister of State under Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from 1967 to 1977 including as Minister of State with Independent Charge of Information and Broadcasting. He also served as Cabinet Minister under Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao during 1991-96 in charge of Parliamentary Affairs and Irrigation," he said.
 
Mr Mukherjee said Mr Shukla, a veteran Parliamentarian, able administrator and an outstanding statesman, had made valuable contribution to the growth of the nation in various capacities. The nation will remember his contributions and his pursuit of excellence in public life, he said.
 
"I had a long personal association with Shri Shukla. In his death, I have lost a friend and the nation an eminent public figure," he said.
 
Dr Singh said Mr Shukla was a veteran Congressman whose political career spanned several decades. 
 
"During his long career he served our people and the country with great distinction, as a Parliamentarian and a Cabinet Minister in the Central Government. He was one of the most influential leaders that undivided Madhya Pradesh produced in post independence India," he said.
 
"In Vidya Charan ji`s demise I have lost a very dear colleague, the Congress party a committed member and the country a staunch nationalist. I am particularly pained that he lost his life in a brutal attack by Left-wing extremists. His passing away only strengthens our resolve to fight the menace of Left-wing extremism with firmness," he added.
 
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Congress leader V C Shukla dies of injuries suffered in May 25 Naxal attack

Veteran Congress leader and former Union Minister V C Shukla, who had suffered grievous injuries in the May 25 ambush by Naxalites on a convoy of vehicles carrying Congress leaders and workers in Chhattisgarh, died in a hospital at Gurgaon, near Delhi, on Tuesday afternoon.

Cong Leader VC Shukla injured in Chhattisgarh Naxal attack dies
 
Veteran Congress leader and former Union Minister V C Shukla, who had suffered grievous injuries in the May 25 ambush by Naxalites on a convoy of vehicles carrying Congress leaders and workers in Chhattisgarh, died in a hospital at Gurgaon near here this afternoon.
 
Sources said Mr Shukla, who had been air-lifted to the Medanta Medicity hospital in Gurgaon in a critical condition a day after the attack, passed away around 2.30 pm today despite the best efforts by a team of doctors.
 
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was among those who extended his condolences on the passing away of the 83-year-old leader.
 
"Mr V C Shukla is no more. He died this afternoon," Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told newspersons in Delhi.
 
He said the Union Home Secretary was in touch with the Chhattisgarh government in connection with arrangements for the funeral, which would be conducted in accordance with Mr Shukla's family's wishes.
 
In all, 26 persons, mostly leaders and workers of the Congress party, some security persons and innocent villagers, lost their lives in the ambush by the Naxalites on a convoy of about 25 vehicles carrying them back from a political rally.
 
The ambush took place at Jiram Ghati in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh and was one of the deadliest attacks by Naxalites.
 
Those killed in the attack included Chhattisgarh Congress chief Nandkumr Patel, his son, senior Congress leader and former state minister Mahendra Karma, who had launched the Salwa Judum movement against Naxalites, and Congress MLA Uday Mudaliar.
 
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Mr Shukla was among the 30-odd people who suffered injuries in the incident. He was admitted to the Medanta hospital for treatment of multiple gunshot injuries in the chest and abdomen.
 
Hospital sources said Mr Shukla had been operated upon after he was brought there but remained in a critical condition. "Despite the best efforts of the doctors treating him, he succumbed to his injuries," they said.
 
The ambush took place as the convoy of vehicles carrying the Congress leaders, returning from a rally organised as part of the party's Parivartan Yatra, was passing through the Darbha valley, about 350 km from Raipur.
 
The Naxalites triggered a powerful blast as the third vehicle of the convoy passed the area and then opened fire indiscriminately. Some reports said the ambush was staged by about 150 people.
 
Born on August 2, 1929 at Raipur, Mr Shukla took his B.A. from Morris College in Nagpur in 1951. His father, Pandit Ravishankar Shukla, was a lawyer, freedom fighter, veteran Congressman, Premier of the Central Provinces and the first Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.
 
Mr Shukla was chosen by the Congress as its candidate for the 1957 Lok Sabha elections from the Mahasamund constituency and won with a huge majority to become one of the youngest members of Parliament at that time.
 
He was re-elected to the Lok Sabha nine times in the years that followed. Mrs Indira Gandhi, who became the Prime Minister in 1966, made him a Minister for the first time. In a long career, he handled many portfolios.
 
He served as Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and then as Deputy Minister for Home Affairs before being made Minister of State for Home in 1969. He also served as Minister of State for Finance, Defence Production and Planning.
 
Mrs Gandhi made him Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting with independent charge during the Emergency years 1975-77. In the early 1980s, he served as Cabinet Minister for Civil Supplies and Cooperation. He also had stints as Minister for External Affairs and Minister for Water Resources.
 
Mr Shukla was also closely associated with sports and had served as President of the All India Chess Federation, the Badminton Association of India, the All India Council of Sports and the Indian Olympic Association. 
 
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All-party meeting condemns Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chairing an all-party meeting on Naxal violence, in New Delhi on June 10, 2013. Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde are also seen.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chairing an all-party meeting on Naxal violence, in New Delhi on June 10, 2013. Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde are also seen.
An all-party meeting convened convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today strongly condemned the May 25 killing of Congress leaders and workers by the CPI (Maoist) at Jiram Ghati in Bastar district of Chhattisgar and made it clear that the Indian state could not, and would not, accept the pernicious Maoist doctrine.
 
"The CPI (Maoist) must give up the path of violence and destruction. On this, there can be no compromise," a unanimous resolution adopted by the meeting said.
 
Twenty-six persons, mostly leaders and workers of the Congress party, some security persons and innocent villagers, lost their lives in the ambush by the Naxalites on a convoy of vehicles carrying them back from a political rally.
 
"We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and sincerely hope that the injured will recover soon," the resolution said.
 
The resolution said the CPI (Maoist) is an unlawful organisation which has  indulged in senseless acts of violence targeting security persons, alleged police informers, small business persons and government servants. 
 
"The attack on 25.5.2013 was a pre-meditated attack on political workers with the intent to intimidate and overawe all political workers in that region and to thwart the political mobilisation of the people. It was an attack on democracy, freedom, and free speech and expression. Nothing can be more dangerous to our Republic than the insurgency of the CPI(Maoist) in the pursuit of its misguided goal of overthrowing Parliamentary democracy and the Constitution of India through violent means," it said.
 
"All the parties at this meeting will be resolute in the defence of the Constitution and Parliamentary democracy. There is enough room in Parliamentary democracy for dissent and differences of opinion, for redressal of grievances, and for advocacy of the cause of the poor and the downtrodden. We appeal to the youth of the affected States to abjure violence and pursue their goals through legitimate and democratic means. We assure them that the Governments will be sensitive to their concerns and redress any sense of alienation and the injustices of the past. We will make every effort to accelerate development, social inclusion and economic empowerment," it said.
 
The resolution said the State Governments as well as the Central Government should adopt the two-pronged strategy of sustained operations to clear the areas of Maoist influence and pursue the objectives of effective governance and rapid development. 
 
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"We urge them to use all legitimate means to defend the security of the country and its institutions and quell armed insurgency and violence. We also urge the State Governments to draw upon their own resources as well as the resources provided by the Central Government to re-establish the rule of law and accelerate development activities in the affected States. 
 
"We resolve that we shall remain united and we shall speak in one voice and act with a sense of unified purpose and will," the resolution added.
 
Earlier, in his opening remarks at the meeting, Dr Singh said there was an urgency to the need to effectively deal with the Naxalite menace.
 
"Even as we take all measures that are needed to permanently root out this menace, we must immediately ensure that Naxalite violence is held in check and attacks like the one in Chhattisgarh do not recur," he said.
 
Dr Singh said the ideology of the Naxalites is well known - adoption of violent means with a total disregard for human life to weaken and overthrow the democratically elected governments in our country. 
 
"For many years now, they have been resorting to brutal and inhuman attacks causing serious loss of lives and injury to security personnel, political functionaries and innocent people. But I believe that the Chhattisgarh attack marks the first time that they have targeted the top leadership of a political party in a systematic manner. The strength and robustness of the democratic forces in our country would suffer if the space for political activity gets restricted because of fear or terror. Therefore, it would not be wrong to say that the Chhattisgarh attack is a frontal assault on the democratic foundations of our nation," he said.
 
He said State Governments, and especially the Chhattisgarh Government, must work to ensure that conditions become more conducive to political activity in Naxalite affected areas. The Central government is committed to supporting the States fully in this task, he said.
 
Dr Singh said the Government had been following a two-pronged strategy to deal with the challenge of Left-wing extremism - sustained and proactive operations against Maoist extremists and addressing development and governance issues in Left-wing extremist-affected areas. 
 
"We believe that there is a need to further fine tune and strengthen this strategy. We have already started work in this direction. I would not like to take your time to give details of the steps that we are taking or planning to take, but would only reaffirm that our government will not be found wanting in this regard," he said.
 
"Our Government looks forward to benefiting from your immense wisdom, knowledge and experience to meet a grave challenge that our country faces today," he added.
 
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Mukherjee, Ansari expess shock over Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh

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President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice-President M Hamid Ansari today expressed shock over yesterday's ambush by Naxalites on a convoy of vehicles carrying Congress leaders and workers, in which 27 people were killed.
 
Those killed in the attack included state Congress chief Nandkumar Patel, senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma, who had launched the Salwa Judum movement against Naxalites and Congress MLA Uday Mudaliar.
 
Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Vidya Charan Shukla was among those who suffered injuries in the incident, one of the deadliest Naxalite attacks in the state.
 
"I condemn this incident in the strongest of terms and would like to reiterate that violence has no place whatsoever in our democratic polity," Mr Mukherjee said in a statement.
 
"The nation will neither be overawed nor intimidated by such action. I call upon concerned authorities to do their utmost to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice. The safety and security of our citizens should be ensured at all times.
 
"I express my deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the incident and offer my prayers for the speedy recovery of those injured in the incident," he said.
 
Mr Ansari also condemned the attack, which also left 32 people injured.
 
"There is no place in civilized societies for such senseless and barbaric acts. All forms of extremism and violence have to be fought and eliminated from our midst," he said.
 
"I convey my heartfelt condolences to those who have lost their loved ones and wish the injured a speedy recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with them in this difficult hour. May the Almighty give them courage and fortitude to bear with this tragedy," he added.
 
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Chhattisgarh Naxal attack: PM says Govt. will bring perpetrators to justice

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday asserted that the Government would pursue the perpetrators of yesterday's Naxalite attack on a convoy of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh, in which 27 people were killed and 32 others injured, with urgency and bring them to justice.

 
Maoist attack: PM, Sonia reach Raipur to assess situation
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today asserted that the Government would pursue the perpetrators of yesterday evening's Naxalite attack on a convoy of Congress leaders in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, in which 27 people were killed and 32 others injured, with urgency and bring them to justice.
 
Those killed in the ambush included state Congress chief Nandkumar Patel, senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma, who had launched the Salwa Judum movement against Naxalites and Congress MLA Uday Mudaliar.
 
Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Vidya Charan Shukla was among those who suffered injuries in the incident, one of the deadliest Naxalite attacks in the state.
 
The bullet-riddled bodies of Mr Patel and nine others were found at the scene of the ambush this morning, while the bodies of the 17 others had been recovered yesterday evening.
 
Dr Singh, who extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed in the incident and visited some of hose injured in a hospital in Raipur, the state capital, along with ruling United Progressive Alliance chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, said such incidents would not weaken the country's resolve to fight violence with firmness.
 
The Prime Minister and Ms Gandhi wished speedy recovery to all those who were injured in the attack.
 
Mr Shukla, 84, was flown to the capital this morning and admitted in the Medanta Hospital at Gurgaon, near here, for treatment of gunshot injuries. A spokesman for the hospital said Mr Shukla was being treated by a multi-disciplinary team of doctors and that his condition was critical.
 
Dr Singh asked the State administration to provide the best medical treatment to the injured. 
 
He announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakhs from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund to the families of those who had lost their lives and an ex-gratia of Rs 50,000 to each of those injured. 
 
The Prime Minister also reviewed the security situation in Chhattisgarh with Chief Minister Raman Singh and officials of the state government. He offered all possible help to the state in dealing with the situation. 
 
"Those who commit such dastardly crimes are working against the interests of peace and development in the area," he said.
 
"Our leaders, Nandkumar Patel, Mahendra Karma, Uday Mudaliar have sacrificed their lives. However, our country will never bow down before Naxalism," Singh told party workers at Congress Bhavan in Raipur.
 
"Congress has a history of sacrifices made by its leaders. We have faced challenges. This attack is a challenge for us but we have to move forward," he said.
 
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had reached Raipur late late night and met some of the injured in hospita.
 
Mr Gandhi, Union Minister Charan Das Mahant, Rajya Sabha members Motilal Vora and Mohsina Kidwai and other senior party leaders were present at Congress Bhavan.
 
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The bodies of Mr Patel and the others were found in the thick forests of the Jiram valley in Bastar area, about a kilometre from the spot where the Naxalites had staged the ambush around 5.30 pm yesterday.
 
Mr Patel and his son had been reported missing after the incident yesterday and it was believed that they had been kidnapped by the rebels. 
 
Those killed in the attack included some security personnel attached to the Congress leaders in the convoy.
 
The reports said the ambush took place as the convoy of vehicles carrying the Congress leaders, returning from a rally organised as part of the party's Parivartan Yatra, was passing through the Darbha valley, about 350 km from Raipur.
 
The Naxalites triggered a powerful blast as the third vehicle of the convoy passed the area and then opened fire indiscriminately. Some reports said the ambush was staged by about 150 people.
 
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Chhattisgarh: Naxals kill two Congress leaders, injure several others in ambush

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In one of the deadliest attacks by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh, Mahendra Karma, the founder of the Salwa Judum movement, and a Congress MLA were killed in am ambush this evening in Sukma district of the state.
 
Mr Nand Kumar Patel, the state Congress chief, and his son were reported missing after the incident and believed to have been kidnapped by the Naxalites.
 
Former Union Minister Vidya Charan Shukla was among those who suffered serious injures in the attack on a convoy of cars in which the Congress leaders were travelling as part of their "Parivartan Yatra".
 
Several other people, including security personnel, were killed in the ambush, reports reaching here said.
 
Television pictures from the scene showed Mr Shukla, sitting slumped on the road, leaning against a car with blood on his kurta, while some security personnel and party workers were attending to him.
 
Several other people, who had suffered injuries, could be seen being moving around and getting into vehicles to be taken to hospitals. At the hospital, doctors and para-medical personnel were seen attending to the injured.
 
Chief Minister Raman Singh held an emergency meeting at his residence tonight to take stock of the situation.
 
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh talked to Dr Raman Singh over the telephone and offered him all help from the Centre in rescue and relief operations.
 
He condemned the attack  as a "dastardly and anti-democratic act".
 
Congress President Sonia Gandhi met the Prime Minister to discuss the situation and later told journalists that the attack was "despicable". 
 
She said it was said that innoncent people, who were engaged in political activities, had been attacked in this manner.
 
Ms Gandhi said the authorities had been able to move Mr Shukla to a hospital and there were reports that he would be shifted to Raipur at the first opportunity.
 
She said that, apart from Mr Karma, Mr Uday Mudaliar, a Congress MLA, had also died in the attack.
 
Former Chattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi and other Congress leaders complained to mediapersons that the state government had failed to provide adequate security for the "yatra". 
 
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CBI arrests cardiologist in Bhilai in bribery case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a cardiologist of Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital & Research Centre at Bhilai in Chhattisgarh for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 10,000 from the son of a patient.

The hospital is managed by the Bhilai Steel Plant under the public sector Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).
 
A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said a case was registered against the cardiologist on the complaint of the patient's son that he had demanded the bribe for referring his father, a retired employee of the Bhilai Steel Plant, to hospitals in Chennai or Delhi for cardiac treatment.
 
A trap was laid and the accused was allegedly caught red handed while demanding and accepting the bribe of Rs.10,000 from the complainant, it said.
 
The release said that, during searches, gold biscuits, jewellery and amounts in the form of fixed deposits and savings bank deposits were recovered, besides immovable properties at Bhilai, Jodhpur and Bhopal.
 
The arrested accused was produced before the Court of Special Judge, CBI, Raipur and remanded to judicial custody till May 10.
 
Further investigation is in progress, the release added.
 
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Delhi Daredevils crush Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets

David Warner of Delhi Daredevils in action during their match against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League at Raipur on May 1, 2013. Photo by Deepak Malik-IPL-SPORTZPICS
David Warner of Delhi Daredevils in action during their match against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League at Raipur on May 1, 2013. Photo by Deepak Malik-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Powered by a superb unbeaten 62 by David Warner, Delhi Daredevils crushed defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by seven wickets in the 44th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium here tonight.

Opting to bat first, Knight Riders were restricted to 136 for seven in their 20 overs and Delhi Daredevils then made 137 for three with 13 balls remaining.
 
Warner's 62 came off 41 balls and included five fours and three sixes. Unmukt Chand provided him able support with a well-made 37 off 39 balls that included four fours.
 
Opener Virender Sehwag contributed 17 and Ben Rohrer remained unbeaten on 14.
 
Sehwag and skipper Mahela Jayawardene put on 23 in their opening partnership before Delhi Daredevils lost two quick wickets. Sehwag left in the fourth over, caught by Yusuf Pathan off Jacques Kallis. In the next over, Jayawardene (5) also left, caught by Kallis off Laxmipathy Balaji with the total at 27.
 
But after that, Warner and Chand took the game away from the Knight Riders with a 95-run stand for the third wicket that took them to 122 in the 17th over, before the Delhi lad was finally out, caught by Balaji off Brett Lee.
 
Warner and Rohrer then ensured that there were no further hiccups as they rattled off the remaining required runs without much ado.
 
For KKR, Lee, Kallis and Balaji picked up a wicket each.
 
Earlier, Rajat Bhatia topscored for KKR with an unbeaten 26, while Sumit Narwal made 23 and Yusuf Pathan contributed 20. Lee remained unbeaten with 16.
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Electing to bat first, the defending champions got into trouble right away when skipper Gautam Gambhir (0) was run out without facing a single ball, off the second delivery of the innings. 
 
Manvinder Bisla (4), the other opener, was bowled by Umesh Yadav when the total was 16 in the third over.
 
Pathan and Jacques Kallis (12) added 21 runs for the third wicket before the former was caught by Irfan Pathan off Morne Morkel in the sixth over.
 
Wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals as Eoin Morgan (10) and Kallis left in quick succession to made it 50 for five in the ninth over.
 
Debabrata Das (18) and Bhatia added 34 for the sixth wicket before the former departed in the 16th over. Bhaia then put on 30 for the seventh wicket with Narwal before the latter was finally out in the last over.
 
For Delhi, Umesh Yadav got two for 36, while Irfan Pathan, Ashish Nehra, Morkel and Shahbaz Nadeem picked up a wicket each.
 
Scoreboard:
Kolkata Knight Riders
Manvinder Bisla b Yadav 4
Gautam Gambhir run out (Pathan) 0
Yusuf Pathan c Pathan b Morkel 20
Jacques Kallis c Rohrer b Pathan 12
Eoin Morgan c Yadav b Nadeem 10
Debabrata Das c Jadhav b Nehra 18
Rajat Bhatia not out 26
Sumit Narwal c Chand b Yadav 23
Brett Lee not out 16
Extras (lb 2, w 5) 7
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 136
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Gambhir, 0.2 overs), 2-16 (Bisla, 2.2), 3-37 (Pathan, 5.5), 4-48 (Morgan, 7.4), 5-50 (Kallis, 8.3), 6-84 (Das, 15.2), 7-114 (Narwal, 18.2)
Bowling:
Irfan Pathan 4-0-16-1
Ashish Nehra 4-0-37-1
Umesh Yadav 4-0-36-2
Morne Morkel 4-0-22-1
Shahbaz Nadeem 4-1-23-1
 
Delhi Daredevils
Mahela Jayawardene c Kallis b Balaji 5
Virender Sehwag c Pathan b Kallis 17
Unmukt Chand c Balaji b Lee 37
David Warner not out 62
Ben Rohrer not out 14
Extras (lb 1, w 1) 2
Total (for three wickets in 17.5 overs) 137
Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Sehwag, 3.4 overs), 2-27 (Jayawardene, 4.1), 3-122 (Chand, 16.5)
Bowling:
Brett Lee 4-0-26-1
Lakshmipathy Balaji 4-0-35-1
Jacques Kallis 3-0-29-1
Sunil Narine 4-0-14-0
Rajat Bhatia 2-0-21-0
Yusuf Pathan 0.5-0-11-0
 
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Kolkata Knight Riders make 136/7 against Delhi Daredevils

Rajat Bhatia of Kolkata Knight Riders in action during their match against Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League at Raipur on May 1, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Rajat Bhatia of Kolkata Knight Riders in action during their match against Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League at Raipur on May 1, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were restricted to 136 for seven in their 20 overs by Delhi Daredevils in the 44th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium here tonight.

Rajat Bhatia topscored for KKR with an unbeaten 26, while Sumit Narwal made 23 and Yusuf Pathan contributed 20. Brett Lee remained unbeaten with 16.
 
Opting to bat first, the defending champions got into trouble right away when skipper Gautam Gambhir (0) was run out without facing a single ball, off the second delivery of the innings. 
 
Manvinder Bisla (4), the other opener, was bowled by Umesh Yadav when the total was 16 in the third over.
 
Pathan and Jacques Kallis (12) added 21 runs for the third wicket before the former was caught by Irfan Pathan off Morne Morkel in the sixth over.
 
Wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals as Eoin Morgan (10) and Kallis left in quick succession to made it 50 for five in the ninth over.
 
Debabrata Das (18) and Bhatia added 34 for the sixth wicket before the former departed in the 16th over. Bhaia then put on 30 for the seventh wicket with Narwal before the latter was finally out in the last over.
 
For Delhi, Umesh Yadav got two for 36, while Irfan Pathan, Ashish Nehra, Morkel and Shahbaz Nadeem picked up a wicket each.
 
Scoreboard:
Kolkata Knight Riders
Manvinder Bisla b Yadav 4
Gautam Gambhir run out (Pathan) 0
Yusuf Pathan c Pathan b Morkel 20
Jacques Kallis c Rohrer b Pathan 12
Eoin Morgan c Yadav b Nadeem 10
Debabrata Das c Jadhav b Nehra 18
Rajat Bhatia not out 26
Sumit Narwal c Chand b Yadav 23
Brett Lee not out 16
Extras (lb 2, w 5) 7
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 136
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Gambhir, 0.2 overs), 2-16 (Bisla, 2.2), 3-37 (Pathan, 5.5), 4-48 (Morgan, 7.4), 5-50 (Kallis, 8.3), 6-84 (Das, 15.2), 7-114 (Narwal, 18.2)
Bowling:
Irfan Pathan 4-0-16-1
Ashish Nehra 4-0-37-1
Umesh Yadav 4-0-36-2
Morne Morkel 4-0-22-1
Shahbaz Nadeem 4-1-23-1
 
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Two Additional Judges of Chhattisgarh High Court get extension

Two Additional Judges of the Chhattisgarh High Court -- Mr Ghulam Minhajuddin and Mr Radhe Shyam Sharma -- have been given an extension, an official press release said here today.

According to it, the President has issued fresh notifications with regard to their appointment with effect from May 10, 2013.
 
As per the notification, Mr Minhajuddin will continue as Additional Judge till July 11, 2013. In the case of Mr Sharma, the appointment will continue till November 24, 2013, it added.
 
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Two Naxalites killed in encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh

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Two suspected Naxalites were killed in an encounter with troops of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the State Police near Kachora vilalge in Chhote Donger police station area in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh today.

A spokesman for the CRPF said that, based on a specific intelligence input, a joint special operation was carried out in the area from 0030 hours today by troops of 39 Battalion of the CRPF, 201 CoBRA and Stat Police.
 
At about 0530 hours, when the troops reached near Kachora village, a fierece encounter took place between the Naxalites and the security forces, he said.
 
According to him, the encounter lasted for nearly 20 minutes. When the firing stopped and the area was searched, two bodies of suspected Naxalites, in unform, were recovered from the site of the encounter.
 
The security forces also seized four guns, three hand grenades, four country-made hand grenades, four improvised explosive devices (IEDs), one Ak 47 magazine, one SLR magazine, 19 rounds of AK 47 ammunition and seven rounds of SLR ammunition, he said.
 
"The presence of more Naxal groups in the area in large number has been reported. Troops are searching the area," the spokesman added.
 
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Delhi Daredevils beat Pune Warriors by 15 runs

David Warner of Delhi Daredevils pulls a delivery to the boundary during their match in the Indian Premier League against Pune Warriors India at Raipur on April 28, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
David Warner of Delhi Daredevils pulls a delivery to the boundary during their match in the Indian Premier League against Pune Warriors India at Raipur on April 28, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Delhi Daredevils defeated Pune Warriors by 15 runs in the 39th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur tonight.
 
Put in to bat first, Delhi made a competitive 164 for five from their 20 overs, powered by a superb unbeaten 51 by David Warner, a performance that got him the Man of the Match award.
 
They then restricted Pune Warriors to 149 for four wickets in their allotted 20 overs to register only their second win in nine outings in this season of the tournament so far and move up to the 8th position in the nine-team table.
 
Pune Warriors, who also have only two wins from their nine engagements so far, have swapped places with Delhi and sunk to the bottom of the table because of a lower net run rate.
 
After today's matches, two-time winners Chennai Super Kings are at the top of the table, followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils and Pune Warriors.
 
Chasing 165 for a win, Pune Warriors got off to a good start with Robin Uthappa and Aaron Finch putting on 76 for the first wicket in 10.1 overs. The duo played cleverly and always kept Pune's chase on track.
 
Uthappa was the fist to go, caught by Unmukt Chand off Irfan Pathan after he had made 37 off 33 balls with four fours.
 
In the same over, Pathan got rid of Finch also, caught behind by Kedar Jadhav. He too made 37 off 33 balls with five fours. 
 
The double strikes by Pathan reduced Pune from 76/0 to 78/2.
 
Yuvraj Singh (31) and Luke Wright (19) tried to repair the innings with their 50-run stand for the third wicket but the required run rate was mounting. Wright left in the 18th over, caught by Warner off Umesh Yadav. In the same over, the bowler also dismissed Yuvraj, caught by Ben Rohrer
 
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Yuvraj Singh made 31 off 24 balls with the help of four fours, while Wright conributed 19 with three boundaries.
 
Pune Warriors needed 35 from the last two overs, and though Steven Smith did go for some big hits, the target was a little too far. Smith remained unbeaten with 17 with two fours and a six. 
 
For Delhi, Pathan and Yadav took two wickets apiece.
 
Earlier, Daredevils lost skipper Mahela Jayawardene (12) in the fifth over, caught by Luke Wright off Ashok Dinda, with their total at 20. 
 
Opener Virender Sehwag and Unmukt Chand (17, 2x4) added 48 for the second wicket before the former left, caught behind by Robin Uthappa, again off Dinda. Sehwag made 28 off 26 balls with two sixes and two fours.
 
Chand followed him to the pavilion two balls later, in the next over, caught behind by Uthappa off Rahul Sharma to make it 68 for three in the 11th over. 
 
Warner and Ben Rohrer took the score to 96 before the latter departed in the 14th over, becoming Uthappa's third victim off the bowling of Abhishek Nayar.
 
That brought Kedar Jadhav to the middle and he and Warner added 63 for the fifth wicket. Jadhav was caught by Manhas to become Dinda's third victim in the 20th over. His 25 came off 19 balls and included two fours.
 
Warner's unbeaten 52 was made off just 25 balls and included four sixes and four fours.
 
For Pune Warriors, while Dinda took 3 for 31, Sharma and Nayar picked up a wicket each.
 
Scoreboard:
Delhi Daredevils
Mahela Jayawardene c Wright b Dinda 12
Virender Sehwag c Uthappa b Dinda 28
Unmukt Chand c Uthappa b Sharma 17
David Warner not out 51
Ben Rohrer c Uthappa b Nayar 13
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Kedar Jadhav c Manhas b Dinda 25
Irfan Pathan not out 4
Extras (lb 2, w 12) 14
Total (for five wickets in 20 overs) 164
Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Jayawardene, 4.1 overs), 2-68 (Sehwag, 9.6), 3-68 (Chand, 10.2), 4-96 (Rohrer, 13.5), 5-159 (Jadhav, 19.4)
Bowling:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4-0-30-0
Kane Richardson 4-0-38-0
Ashok Dinda 4-0-31-3
Rahul Sharma 3-0-23-1
Luke Wright 1-0-16-0
Yuvraj Singh 2-0-9-0
Abhishek Nayar 2-0-15-1
 
Pune Warriors:
Robin Uthappa c Chand b Pathan 37
Aaaron Finch c Jadhav b Pathan 37
Yuvraj Singh c Rohrer b Yadav 31
Luke Wright c Warner b Yadav 19
Steve Smith not out 17
Mithun Manhas not out 2
Extras (lb 3, w 3) 6
Total (for four wickets in 20 overs) 149
Fall of wickets: 1-76 (Uthappa, 10.2 overs), 2-78 (Finch, 10.6), 3-128 (Wright, 17.3), 4-130 (Yuvraj Singh, 17.6)
Bowling:
Irfan Pathan 4-1-29-2
Umesh Yadav 4-0-24-2
Morne Morkel 4-0-36-0
Ashish Nehra 4-0-27-0
Shahbaz Nadeem 4-0-30-0
 
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Delhi Daredevils make 164/5 against Pune Warriors

David Warner of Delhi Daredevils pulls a delivery to the boundary during their match in the Indian Premier League against Pune Warriors India at Raipur on April 28, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
David Warner of Delhi Daredevils pulls a delivery to the boundary during their match in the Indian Premier League against Pune Warriors India at Raipur on April 28, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
David Warner scored a superb unbeaten 51 to steer Delhi Daredevils to 164 for five against Pune Warriors in the 39th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium here tonight.
 
Put in to bat first, Daredevils lost skipper Mahela Jayawardene (12) in the fifth over, caught by Luke Wright off Ashok Dinda, with the total at 20. 
 
Opener Virender Sehwag and Unmukt Chand (17, 2x4) added 48 for the second wicket before the former left, caught behind by Robin Uthappa, again off Dinda. Sehwag made 28 off 26 balls with two sixes and two fours.
 
Chand followed him to the pavilion two balls later, in the next over, caught behind by Uthappa off Rahul Sharma to make it 68 for three in the 11th over. 
 
Warner and Ben Rohrer took the score to 96 before the latter departed in the 14th over, becoming Uthappa's third victim off the bowling of Abhishek Nayar.
 
That brought Kedar Jadhav to the middle and he and Warner added 63 for the fifth wicket. Jadhav was caught by Manhas to become Dinda's third victim in the 20th over. His 25 came off 19 balls and included two fours.
 
Warner's unbeaten 51 was made off just 25 balls and included four sixes and four fours.
 
For Pune Warriors, while Dinda took 3 for 31, Sharma and Nayar picked up a wicket each.
 
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CCEA okays continuation of BGRF plans for Bihar, KBK districts, Bundelkhand

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved a proposal to continue the special plan for Bihar in the remaining four years (2013-14 to 2016-17) of the Twelfth Five Year Plan with a total allocation of Rs.12,000 crore for the entire period.

The meeting also gave its nod for the continuation of the special plan for the KBK districts (Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput) of Odisha with an allocation of Rs.250 crore per annum in the remaining four years of the Plan.
 
It also decided to continue the special package for implementing drought mitigation strategies in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in the remaining four years of the Plan with a total allocation of Rs.4400 crore for the entire 12th Plan period. 
 
The total allocation for the Twelfth Plan period for all the three programmes is Rs.17,650 crore (Rs.12000 crore for the special plan for Bihar, Rs.1250 crore @ Rs.250 crore per annum for the special plan for the KBK districts of Odisha and Rs.4400 crore for the Bundelkhand Package). 
 
The District Component of the Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF), which was approved for implementation till 2012-13, is being restructured for the remaining four years (2013-14 to 2016-17) of the Twelfth Plan. 
 
The implementation of the programmes is being done by state governments. The aim of the programme is to accelerate socio-economic development in the states concerned. The backward areas of the states covered under the state component of BRGF will be benefitted. All the 38 districts of Bihar, eight districts of the KBK region and 13 districts of the Bundelkhand region are covered. These programmes are continuing programmes and were under implementation during the Eleventh Five Year Plan also, an official press release said.
 
The BRGF, which aims to catalyze development in backward areas, was approved by the CCEA in August, 2006. 
 
In its present form, the BRGF has two components, namely district component covering 272 backward districts in 27 states (including 22 additional districts covered in 2012-13) and state component which includes the special plan for Bihar, the special plan for the KBK districts of Odisha and the special plan for West Bengal (covered in 2011-12) and Bundelkhand Package (covered in 2009-10). 
 
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Nine suspected Maoists killed in encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh

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At least nine suspected Maoists were killed in an encounter with security forces in the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh today, official sources said.

They said the security forces had received intelligence inputs about the presence of Ramanna and other senior members of the Communist Party of India (CPI) (Maoist) around Puwarti and Duler in the Jagargunda police station area of Sukma district.
 
The officials said a joint "search and destroy offensive" was launched by troops of Greyhounds, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and elements of the Chhattisgarh police.
 
A CRPF spokesperson said the security forces were fired upon by the Maoists at about 0630 hours today.
 
"Troops retaliated effectively and, during the subsequent search, nine bodies of CPI Maoists along with eleven weapons have been recovered from the encounter site," he said.
 
The spokesperson said the security forces were still out in the area to carry out search operations. Additional forces have been rushed to the area to cut off the escape routes for the Maoists, he said.
 
According to him, the killed Maoists, five of whom were in uniform, included four men and five women.
 
The seized weapons included two INSAS rifles, four self-loading rifles, one carbine, two .303 rifles, a pistol and a .12 bore rifle, along with magazines and ammunition. Other items seized included memory cards, mobile telephones, SIM cards and cash worth Rs 19,600, he added.
 
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Judges appointed to Patna, Gauhati and Chhattisgarh High Courts

The President has appointed Mr Justice Vijayendra Nath, Mr Justice Shivaji Pandey and Mr  Justice Ashwani Kumar Singh, Additional Judges of the Patna High Court, as Judges of that High Court with effect from the date they assume charge of their office. 

An official press release said the President had also appointed Mr Justice Ujjal Bhuyan, Additional Judge of the Gauhati High Court, as Judge of that High Court with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office. 
 
The President has also appointed Mr Pritinker Diwaker as an Additional Judge of the High Court of Chhattisgarh for a period of two years with effect from 31st March 2013. 
 
Mr Rangnath Chandrakar has also been appointed as an Additional Judge of the same High Court with effect from 31st March 2013 till 5th August 2014, the release added.
 
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CCEA okays new broad gauge line between Raigarh and Bhupdeopur in Chhattisgarh

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved the construction of a new 63 km broad gauge line from Raigarh (Mand Colliery)  to Bhupdeopur Railway Station in Chhattisgarh at a cost of Rs.379.08 crore.

The project will be funded through a joint venture (JV) consisting of IRCON International Ltd. (a Railway PSU) and other stakeholders - South Eastern Coalfields Ltd.(SECL) and Government of Chhattisgarh. 
 
IRCON will spearhead the process of formation of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) with 26 percent equity and the Government of Chhattisgarh will transfer Government land free of cost. The Government of Chhattisgarh will thus participate to the level of 10 percent in equity, either through capitalization of land or through cash contribution, and SECL will take the balance equity
 
The project is likely to be completed in the next five years during the 13th Plan period, an official press release said.
 
The Mand-Raigarh coal belt is a virgin coal field with reserves of mostly power grade coal and is strategically located to bridge the gap between demand and supply of Western India. The total geological reserve of the Mand-Raigarh coal field is estimated at around 16,000 million tonnes. 
 
The release said there was huge potential of coal reserves amenable for open cast mining and the area identified is considered a future prospect of sustained growth. 
 
At present, the coal field is connected by road and with the projected growth expected by the end of the 12th Plan period, it would not be possible to cater to bulk transportation by road only. 
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Keeping this growth potential in mind, rail connectivity is essentially required for this coal belt, the release added.
 
The CCEA also approved the construction of a new 121.70 km broad gauge line between Gevra Road and Pendra Road in Chhattisgarh at a cost of Rs.838.02 crore.
 
It will also be funded through a JV of IRCON International Ltd. and other stakeholders - South Eastern Coalfields Ltd. and Government of Chhattisgarh. 
 
The rail link is necessitated in view of the tremendous increase in anticipated traffic and development activities in this area. At present, the movement of coal traffic is being done through Gevra Road and Champa Branch line. Considering the additional traffic generated for coal from Sendurgarh, Hasdeo Arrand, Dipka, Gevra and Korba coal fields of SECL, this additional rail link is required for smooth movement of coal. This rail link will also facilitate serving the coal needs of Western Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab, the release added.
 
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Railways sign MoUs for doubling of Kirandul-Jagdalpur line, forged wheel unit at Rae Bareli

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The Ministry of Railways have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with NMDC Limited, a public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Steel for doubling the Jagdalpur-Kirandul section the Kottavalsa-Kirandul line of the East Coast Central Railway.

The Railways signed a separate MoU with RINL, another PSU under the Ministry of Steel, for setting up a forged wheel factory at Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh.
 
The MoUs were signed here yesterday in the presence of Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma and Railways Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.
 
An official press release said that, as per the provisions of the MoU, the doubling of the Jagdalpur - Kirandul section would augment the evacuation capacity of NMDC to meet the increased demand for iron ore from the Indian steel industry. 
 
Mr Verma said this would also transform the lives of the local tribal population in Bastar, Chhattisgarh and adjacent states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
 
He said the forged wheel factory would be a specialised unit catering to the need for special grade wheels for high speed trains. He said the establishment of the factory would increase industrial activity in the region and generate employment opportunities for youth of the state.
 
Mr Bansal said the proposed partnerships would provide the much needed impetus to investment in railway infrastructure and increase evacuation capacities from mines, plants and ports and freight traffic for the Railways. 
 
The Jagdalpur-Kirandul doubling project will be implemented by Indian Railways at a cost Rs.826 crores and it will be funded by NMDC with provisions for suitable returns through freight rebate. The Railways will additionally make necessary investment in wagons, locomotives, other maintenance facilities and deployment of staff. The new line is likely to create an additional traffic of upto 12 million tonne per annum (MTPA) in a phased manner. 
 
The forged wheel factory will have a capacity of producing 1,00,000 wheels every year. The factory, the biggest such plant in India will be completed within a schedule of 36 months at a cost of approximately Rs. 1000 crores and will generate 500 to 600 jobs. The raw material for the factory will be supplied by RINL’s plant in Vishakhapatnam in the form of continuous cast (CC) rounds. 
 
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President dedicates new integrated terminal of Swami Vivekananda Airport at Raipur

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President Pranab Mukherjee today dedicated to the nation the new integrated terminal building of Swami Vivekananda Airport at Raipur in Chhattisgarh.

Speaking on the occasion, he hoped the new terminal would not only support growth and prosperity of Chhattisgarh but also of the whole country as a whole.
 
He said that it is of critical importance that airports are built across India that conform to international standards and are safe, efficient, comfortable as well as convenient to passengers. 
 
He also said that airports serve as gateways to the country and are economic magnets which help further development and growth of the region where they are located. 
 
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President to visit Chhattisgarh on November 6-7

President Pranab Mukherjee will pay a two-day visit to Chhattisgarh from tomorrow, during which he will inaugurate the new Mantralaya complex of the state government at Raipur.

Mr Mukherjee will also participate in the closing ceremony of the Rajyotsav Celebrations of Government of Chhattisgarh on November 6.
 
The Governor of Chhattisgarh, Mr Shekhar Dutt, will host a state banquet for the President on the same day.
 
On November 7, Mr Mukherjee will visit Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama at Narayanpur where he will lay the foundation stones of two 500-seat hostels of the Tribal Welfare Department and an Industrial Training Institute building of Ramakrishna Mission Ashram. 
 
He will also inaugurate the new Integrated Terminal Building at Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur. 
 
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CRPF rescue two minor girls raped by Naxals in Chhattisgarh

Two minor girls, allegedly abducted and raped by suspected Naxalites, were rescued by security forces from the forests in Madded area of Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh today.

The girls, said to be around 11-12 years of age, were rescued by a joint squad of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and state police while they were out on patrol in the area.
 
According to police sources, the girls identified a Naxalite and his two accomplices who had raped them. They also said this practice was going for long.
 
The police said an ossification test was being done on the girls to confirm their age.
 
"Naxals come to their village and forcibly take them away. The Naxals force them to work in the bal-sangham and sexually exploit them. Naxals also threaten their parents of dire consequences when they object. The girls do not want to return to their village. Instead, they said they want to stay in balak ashrams and study. They had never been to school," the sources said.
 
According to them, the police have brought the girls to Bijapur and registered a case in the matter. They said medical examination by a lady doctor confirmed the girls were sexually exploited.
 
"Both the girls said there are many other girls who are being sexually exploited by Naxals. Their parents are threatened when they oppose. Naxals had forbidden girls from going to schools in villages," they said.
 
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Former RSS chief K Sudarshan passes away in Raipur

K S Sudarshan
K S Sudarshan

Former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief K Sudarshan passed away early this morning in Raipur after suffering a massive cardiac arrest.

He was 81. He is survived by a brother.
 
The funeral will be held at 3 pm tomorrow  at Nagpur, where the headquarters of the RSS is located.
 
RSS sources said Mr Sudarshan had gone for a morning walk as usual today and was doing his usual course of Yogasana and Pranayama exercises, after returning, when he suffered the heart attack. He was bee ailing for some time, the sources said.
 
Born on June 18, 1931 at Raipur, Mr Sudarshan had started working as a "pracharak" (full-time worker) of the RSS in 1954. He became the Sarsanghachalak, or head of the organization, in 2000.
 
In 2009, he stepped aside because of receding health and advancing age and handed over responsibility to Mr Mohan Bhagwat, who is now the RSS chief.
 
Last month, he gave his friends and relatives some anxious moments when he went missing for some hours after losing his way during a morning walk in Mysore. He was later found taking rest under a tree after getting exhausted while on the walk.
 
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Achanakmar-Amarkantak added to World Network of Biosphere Reserves

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The Achanakmar-Amarkantak area in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh is among 20 new sites added to the World Network Biosphere Reserves by the  International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) at a meeting in Paris yesterday.

The network now includes 598 reserves in 117 countries. Biosphere Reserves were inscribed in Haiti, Kazakhstan, and Sao Tome and Principe for the first time this year, a press release from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said.
 
Biosphere Reserves are areas designated under UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme to serve as places to test different approaches to integrated management of terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine resources and biodiversity. Biosphere Reserves are thus sites for experimenting with and learning about sustainable development, the release said.

PM meets engineering students from Naxal-affected areas of Chhattisgarh

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with engineering students from Naxal-affected areas of Chhattisgarh, in New Delhi on July 3, 2012.

Prime Minister  Manmohan Singh with engineering students from Naxal-affected areas of Chhattisgarh, in New Delhi on July 3, 2012. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh is also seen.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with engineering students from Naxal-affected areas of Chhattisgarh, in New Delhi on July 3, 2012. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh is also seen.

18 Naxalites killed, 6 CRPF men injured in encounter in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh

At least 18 Naxalites were killed and six men of the Central Reserve Police Force injured during a fierce encounter in the forests of Silger in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh on Thursday night.

Security forces kill 18 Naxalites killed in encounter in Chhattisgarh

At least 18 Naxalites were killed and six men of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) injured during a fierce encounter in the forests of Silger in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh last night.

A spokesman for the CRPF said the joint operation, involving personnel of the Chhattisgarh Police and the CRPF, was still continuing on the Bijapur-Dantewada axis.
 
He said forces were inducted from Jagargunda and Chintalnar in Dantewada district and Basaguda in Bijapur district to raid a major Naxalite stronghold at Silger, an area where security forces had never gone before.
 
The CRPF forces were led by a Deputy Inspector General and two Commandants of CoBRA, while the State Police was led by the Assistant Superintendent of Police, Sukma.
 
According to the spokesman, the Naxalites were taken by surprise near a village about three km from Basaguda and started heavy firing on the CRPF troops. The encounter, which started around midnight, was followed by heavy gunfire from the Naxalites' side.
 
"The CRPF and State Police forces retaliated and tried to counter the Naxal attack in a tactical manner," he said.
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In the initial burst of fire by the Naxalites, six CRPF personnel suffered series bullet injuries and two of them were said to be in a very critical condition. They have been evacuated by helicopter to Raipur, the state capital.
 
Two injured Naxalites who were apprehended from the spot were also evacuated by the same
helicopter to Raipur for medical treatment.
 
After the exchange of fire, which continued for a long time, searches were conducted, during which 16 bodies were recovered from the location, including those of a woman and two prominent Naxalites of the area, the spokesman added.
 
This is the first time that the CRPF has recovered so many bodies of Naxalites after an encounter.
 
It was near this area, close to Chintalnar, where Naxalites had carried out the biggest ever attack on security forces when they killed 75 CRPF men and a state police jawan in April 2010.
 
The spokesman said the deceased Naxalites included Nagesh, resident of Kotaguda and Somulu, resident of Korsaguda.
 
He said that some other forces, who had moved into the same area from another axis,  Chintalnar, were also ambushed by the naxals in the early hours of today. They, however, countered this ambush very effectively, he said.
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A fierce gun battle ensued. Detailed searches this morning revealed the bodies of two prominent Naxals of that area, Sodhi Gurla and Malkan Lachha. Factory made weapons, live rounds and improved explosive devices (IEDs) were also recovered from their possession.
 
Searches are continuing on the two different axis by the forces in a tactical manner, the spokesman added.
 
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