Madhya Pradesh

Massive explosives haul in MP, 2 held

As many as 580 kg gelatin and 14 sacks of gunpowder were seized today from a flat in Gangotri Nagar here and two persons arrested in this connection.

"A youth Rajesh Patel - who was a tenant at the dwelling owned by Anantpratap Singh - absconded in a car while the raid was in progress. The vehicle was pursued and intercepted about 15 km away near the Raipur toll barrier," Additional Superintendent of Police R S Belwanshi said.

The car driver Manoj Kol was apprehended but Patel escaped. The vehicle yielded 30 bundles of primacord (detonating cord) and 50 boxes containing detonators. Singh's son Rakesh Singh was also nabbed, police added.

6 killed in blaze at firecrackers unit near Indore

At least six persons, including a child and a woman, were kiled in Rau near here in a fire after an explosion ripped through a fireworks factory today.

This was the second incident of its kind in Madhya Pradesh in a week.

The deceased - three of whom were identified as Durgashankar, Farooq and Kamaal - included the factory owner.

The administration announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 1 lakh to the next of kin of those killed and free treatment for those hurt.

BHEL bags Rs 3,783 crore order from DB Power in Madhya Pradesh


The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) today said said it had won a contract, valued at Rs 3,783 crore, from independent power producer (IPP) DB Power (Madhya Pradesh) Limited (DBPL) for setting up a 1,320 MW thermal power plant in Madhya Pradesh.

The order for the 2x660 MW project, secured under international competitive bidding, is for the supply and installation of the main plant package for their coal-based supercritical thermal power project at Gorgi village in Deosar tehsil in Singrauli district.

This is the second order for BHEL from DBPL, which is a part of the Dainik Bhaskar Group. BHEL is presently executing another contract for a 2x600 MW BTG package along with associated auxiliaries for a 1,200 MW coal based thermal power project in Chattisgarh.

"The order reinforces BHEL’s leadership status in the execution of supercritical thermal power projects involving supply of state-of-the-art equipment, suited to Indian coal and Indian conditions. With this contract, BHEL has now won orders for supply and installation of 16 nos. each of Supercritical Steam Generators, Turbines and Generators, of 660 MW, 700 MW and 800 MW ratings," a BHEL release said.


Major contracts involving supply of supercritical sets presently under execution by BHEL include 2x660 MW Barh Thermal Power Project Stage-II of NTPC; 3x660 MW Bara Thermal Power Project of Prayagraj Power Generation Company Limited, a part of the Jaypee Group; 2x800 MW Yeramarus and 1x800 MW Edlapur Thermal Power Projects of Raichur Power Corporation Limited; 1x700 MW Bellary Thermal Power Project (Unit 3) of KPCL and 3x660 MW Lalitpur Thermal Power Project from Bajaj Group. In addition, BHEL is also executing a contract for supply of supercritical Steam Generators to APGenco’s 2x800 MW Krishnapatnam Thermal Power Project, which is in an advanced stage of completion, the release added.

According to it, in the last two fiscals, BHEL has received 71% of their power plant equipment orders from IPPs. Out of the total orders of 31,560 MW for Power Plant Equipment received by BHEL during 2009-10 and 2010-11, the orders received from IPPs alone accounted for 22,369 MW.

BHEL’s scope of work in the present contract envisages design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection, testing and commissioning of supercritical boilers, steam turbines and turbo-generators along with state-of-the-art controls and instrumentation (C&I) and other associated auxiliaries such as transformers and switchyard.



GVK bags 332 km NHAI 4-laning project in Madhya Pradesh


Infrastructure major GVK today said it had won a contract from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for the four-laning of the Shivpuri-Dewas section of national highway (NH)-3 in Madhya Pradesh.

CCEA nod for expansion of Malanjkhand copper project mine


The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved the investment proposal of Hindustan Copper Limited (HCL) for Rs 1856.36 crore to develop an underground copper ore mine of 5 million tonnes per annum capacity at Malanjkhand Copper Project (MCP), Madhya Pradesh.

Borlaug Institute for South Asia to be set up in India with centres in Punjab, Bihar, MP


The Union Cabinet today approved a proposal of the Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Ministry of Agriculture, to accept the proposal of International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) to establish an international institute - Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) - in India with centres at Ludhiana in Punjab, Pusa in Bihar and Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.

Three killed in road mishap in Madhya Pradesh

Three people were today killed and four others injured when a tractor trolley got stuck on a bridge - between Gairatganj and Begamganj on Kolua river -- that collapsed while the vehicle was crossing it, police said.

The tractor trolley, carrying heavy equipment, was heading from Sagar to Bhopal when the incident occurred.

Traffic was affected on the Bhopal-Sagar road with long queues on both the sides following the incident. Efforts were being made to divert traffic through the Budhaganj-Silwani road.


Three judges appointed to Madhya Pradesh High Court

The President has appointed Mr Justice Brij Kishore Dube, Mr Justice Gulab Singh Solanki and Mr Justice Naresh Kumar Gupta to be judges of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.

An official statement said the appointments, in that order of seniority, would be with effect from the date they assume charge of their respective offices.



Seven killed in road accident in Madhya Pradesh

Seven people, including three women, were killed and eight others injured when a jeep collided head-on with a trailer truck near Bamitha on Chhatarpur-Panna road today, police said.

Three of them died on the spot.

The jeep, carrying 15 people, was en route to Nehdora village from Moraha. The injured were admitted to a hospital where four people succumbed during treatment.



NIT student commits suicide in Bhopal

A student of the Maulaa Azad National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Bhopal allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in his room in the institute's campus, police said today.

The student, Manish Soni, took his life last evening and left a suicide note behind saying that he was suffering from depression, police said.

Further investigation was underway, police added.



6 children drown in Bansagar dam in MP

Six children drowned while they were taking a bath in the Bansagar Dam in Dhanbai village about 30 km in Mehar tehsil in this district of Madhya Pradesh this morning.

4 dead as jeep overturns in Madhya Pradesh

Four people were today killed and five others injured when their jeep overturned on the Sehore-Indore road in the Ashta Police Station limits of this district of Madhya Pradesh, police said.

The jeep was heading from Sehore to Indore when it rammed into a truck - which had climbed a road divider after meeting with an accident earlier - and overturned.

Rajgarh residents Virendra (27), Kale Singh (35) and Govind Singh (50) died on the spot, while Janak Dulare (50) succumbed to his injuries in the Hamidia Hospital.

Three seriously injured were admitted to the Hamidia Hospital, while two injured were discharged after primary treatment.


CBI announces reward of Rs 5 lakh for info on Shehla Masood murder case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today announced a reward of Rs 5 lakhs for anyone providing information about those behind the August 16 murder of Right to Information (RTI) activist Shehla Masood in Bhopal.

Ms Masood was found dead in her car outside her residence in the Kohefiza area of Bhopal when she was leaving her to join a railly in support of social activist Anna Hazare.

"The informer giving reliable information about person(s) involved in this crime and leading to their arrest will be rewarded with Rs 5,00,000. The identity of the informer will be kept confidential," the agency added.



Rs 10 lakh found in Bhopal Express under berth occupied by Cong MP

Railway staff today found Rs 10 lakh from under the berth occupied by Congress Lok Sabha member Sandeep Dikshit in an air-conditioned coach of the Bhopal Express.

Anjali Gupta case: IAF Group Captain remanded to judicial custody

A local court today remanded an Indian Air Force (IAF) group captain to a fortnight's judicial custody on the charge of abetting the suicide of an ex-IAF officer who was dismissed from service in 2006.

Gp Capt Amit Gupta was arrested this afternoon in the wake of Ms Anjali Gupta's body being found hanging on Sunday at his residence in Shahpura area. She was alone at that time as the Gp Captain and his family were away in Delhi. The shocking revelation was made after the family returned.

The accused was questioned yesterday but allowed to go home. The statements of Ms Gupta's kin were also recorded. Four IAF officers, who reached here this morning from Nagpur -- the Gp Captain's present posting -- for questioning the accused, also obtained information from police.

The case took a new turn yesterday when the deceased's kin alleged that Ms Gupta and the Gp Captain had a live-in relationship and the accused promised to marry her after divorcing his wife but failed to fulfil the committment. The last rites were conducted here late last evening after the post-mortem examination.

Commissioned in 2001, Flying Officer Anjali Gupta was stationed in Belgaum. Four years later, she accused her superior officers of sexually harassing her. Flg Offr Gupta was subsequently court-martialled and dismissed. The duo worked together while she served in the IAF.


Former IAF officer Anjali Gupta commits suicide in Bhopal

A former Indian Air Force (IAF) officer, Anjali Gupta, who was dismissed from service in 2006 after a general court martial found her guilty of falsely accusing three superiors of sexual harassment, allegedly committed suicide here yesterday, police said.

Ms Gupta (35), who was in a private sector job in Bangalore, was found hanging from a fan yesterday at her family friend Group Captain Amit Gupta’s residence in Shahpura area. She arrived in the Madhya Pradesh capital some days back and was alone at home as she did not accompany Gp Capt Gupta and his kin to Delhi for a family function.

The Group Captain and his relatives returned yesterday and, when repeated knocks failed to elicit any response, the door was broken open by police.

The autopsy is to be conducted today and Ms Gupta's family is expected to arrive here later in the day. No suicide note was found, police added.


Police station "gheraoed" in Ujjain to protest arrests

Hundreds of people, including more than 50 women, today surrounded the Devasgate police station here to protest the arrest of two persons - held last night and today from Malipura - in connection with clash between two groups on Friday, police said.

CBI team visits slain RTI activist's house in Bhopal

A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) forensic team today visited slain Right to Information (RTI) activist Shehla Masood's residence here to collect evidence in connection with her August 16 murder, CBI sources said.

Coaches of passenger train derail in MP; 3 hurt

Three passengers were injured when two coaches of the 1836 Bilaspur-Bhopal Passenger Train derailed near Saleya station, about 80 km from the headquarters of this district of Madhya Pradesh today, railway police said.

Rail traffic was disrupted on the Damoh-Katni route due to the derailment that occurred around 1030 hrs, the sources added.


5 killed as truck rams into autorickshaw in Madhya Pradesh

Five people died and as many were injured, three severely, after a truck rammed an auto-rickshaw - parked on the roadside on the Agra-Mumbai National Highway - from the rear in Banmore Industrial Area here today.

Passengers were alighting from the autorickshaw, heading here, when the accident occurred. Three of the deceased are Kamla, Jaibhan and Roshan, all residents of Fadhapura village, while two women are yet to be identified, police said.

The serious cases were rushed to Gwalior's Jayarogya Hospital while the rest were admitted to a primary health centre, they added.


2 brothers from Indore killed, 6 hurt in road mishap in Maharashtra

Two brothers were killed and six other persons were injured when their car overturned and fell into a "nullah" at Sule village in Shirpur taluka of Dhule district of Maharashtra.

A family from Indore in Madhya Pradesh was returning home by their car yesterday, when the car driver lost control over the vehicle and it overturned and fell into the nullah, police sources said.

The deceased have been identified Yousufali Abbasali Banatvala (32) and Saiffuddin Abbasali Banatvala (35).

A case of accident has been registered by police, the sources added.


CBI lodges case in Shehla Masood's murder case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has begun its probe into the murder of Right to Information (RTI) activist Shehla Masood here on August 16.

2 killed in clash in Ujjain, curfew clamped


Two people were killed and more than a dozen - including police personnel - injured in a late-night clash near a place of worship here and curfew was subsequently clamped in all ten police station limits in the town.

Authorities said here today that the situation was under control.

Additional security personnel, including two platoons of the Rapid Action Force, were deployed. Senior administrative officers are monitoring the situation.

Last night’s disturbances occurred in the old town area where two groups got embroiled in a dispute. A confrontation ensued and stone-pelting began. Though a lathi-charge dispersed the lawbreakers, a larger crowd gathered soon after and police vehicles were stoned.

To disperse the mob, tear smoke shells were fired and other measures resorted to. Initially, curfew was clamped in six police station areas. At least a dozen people were taken into custody, sources added.


MP govt can request CBI probe into Shehla murder: Chidambaram

Stating that the recent murder of RTI activist Shehla Masood is a "serious" matter and something not to be taken lightly, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today said Madhya Pradesh can send a request for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the case.

"If there is a request that the case should be taken over by the CBI, certainly in consultation with the department of personnel and training (DoPT) which is the administrative ministry, and the CBI we will take an appropriate decision. First, there must be a reference from the government," Mr Chidambaram told a news conference convened here to present the monthly report of his ministry.

He added: "If there is a letter from state government regarding this, we will address it with the urgency required."

Masood was shot outside her home in the Koh-e-Fiza area of Bhopal on August 16. She headed the Madhya Pradesh chapter of India Against Corruption group. In April, she led protests when activist Anna Hazare fasted in New Delhi for the first time.

A day prior to her murder, Masood had pledged to expose widespread corruption and said she had several documents to back her claims.


10 burnt alive following argument in Madhya Pradesh


Ten persons were today burnt alive and 12 others suffered serious burn injuries when two bus drivers set each other's vehicles ablaze after an argument near Balsamund in Nagalwadi police station limits, about 50 km from here, police said.

The deceased included women and children. The injured were rushed to hospital in Sendhwa.

The number of passengers aboard the two buses and the reason behind the argument between the drivers were not yet known. Most of the deceased and injured were reportedly in the bus set afire second.


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