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Officials take precautions at the Bilaspur railway station in Chhattisgarh | Photo: Prithviraj Singh | ThePrint

With 300% rise in cases, Chhattisgarh hurtles into Covid-19 top 10 in under a month

In just 30 days, Chhattisgarh, which was in 21st place on 10 August, has recorded alarming numbers, with active cases increasing by 694% and deaths by 311%.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel | Photo: ANI

Chhattisgarh CM Baghel writes to Amit Shah, asks for 7 CRPF battalions to boost fight against Naxals

Baghel also sought installation of 1,028 mobile towers in Naxal-affected areas, which were already approved for the state, to improve telecom connectivity.
The Nagarnar steel plant in Bastar. | Photo: Bastar district website

Bastar tribals back CM Baghel’s move, oppose privatisation of NMDC steel plant

Raipur: The tribal leaders in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar are planning to join forces to protest the privatisation plans of the under-construction NMDC Iron and Steel Plant at Nagarnar, days after Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel wrote to the Centre asking it to reconsider the move. The tribal leaders have said any move to privatise the Nagarnar steel plant will be strictly opposed, adding that private companies like Tata and Essar that had tried to enter Bastar earlier couldn’t do so. They said the same will happen in the future too. “We do not want to let any big corporate houses to enter the Bastar region… In this regard, we will very soon convene a meeting of Sarv Adivasi Samaj (All Tribal Societies) and will then decide about the outline of protests and movement to be launched in days to come,” said All India Tribal Federation president Manish Kunjam. Veteran tribal leader and former Union...
Seven chief ministers attend a virtual opposition meeting called by Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi Wednesday | Photo: ANI

Opposition CMs’ meet sees fiery Uddhav Thackeray & Sonia Gandhi-Mamata Banerjee bonding

Thackeray urges opposition leaders to do more than chit-chat, saying we must fight the Modi govt. Other CMs raise issues like postponement of NEET & JEE, privatisation.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel at a cabinet meeting in Raipur on Thursday | Twitter

CM Baghel says aid under Nyay scheme helped farmers buy 3,000 tractors even during Covid times

Transferring Rs 1,500 cr to farmers as second instalment under Rajiv Gandhi Kisaan Nyay Yojana, CM Bhupesh Baghel says Chhattisgarh poised to see 7% growth in GDP.
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel at ThePrint's Off The Cuff in New Delhi on 7 December

Chhattisgarh as Lord Ram’s ‘nanihal’ — how Baghel govt is using religion card to outplay BJP

Chhattisgarh has announced plans to construct Shiv and Ram temples in the Bastar and Sukma districts. It will also beautify the Kaushalya temple.
Representational image. A file photo of security personnel in Sukma. | Photo: ANI

Chhattisgarh’s anti-Naxal fight is hit as Modi govt has cut 65% funds, says minister

Chhattisgarh minister Tamradhwaj Sahu says state is India’s worst-hit by Naxalism, but Modi govt has cut police modernisation budget to Rs 20 cr in 2020-21 from Rs 56 cr 7 years ago.
Yashwant Sinha

Yashwant Sinha hails China’s retreat, Baghel’s rakhi promise & Taapsee Pannu’s lesson

The most politically correct and incorrect tweets of the day from across the political spectrum.
Cow vigilantism

Cattle dung scheme a Rs 2,300-cr revenue model, will help 5 lakh farmers, Baghel govt claims

Officials say cattle dung worth Rs 1,730 crore will be procured annually from gothans. This will then be used to produce vermicompost worth over Rs 2,300 crore.
Wayanad MP and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi | Photo: ANI

BJP-Congress’ lists of ‘blunders’, Bollywood’s filmy drama & Baghel-Abdullah 2.0

The most politically correct and incorrect tweets of the day from across the political spectrum.

On Camera

Woman working on a laptop (Representational image) | Flickr

Is it ‘shirk from home’? Jury’s still out as Europe begins working from home again

There is no evidence yet of mass remote work’s impact in the longer term on company productivity, but the current outlook is mixed at best.

Harley Davidson to discontinue sales and manufacturing operations in India

Harley’s decision comes weeks after Toyota Motor Corp. said it won’t expand further in India due to the country’s high tax regime.

Defence

File photo of Army Chief General M.M. Naravane at Leh to review security situation and operational preparedness along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh | Photo: Twitter/@adgpi

Indian soldiers at LAC have go-ahead to open fire in self-defence, India tells China

With no signs of disengagement on the ground in Ladakh, where India and China have been locked in a stand-off since April, both sides will stay dug in during the region’s bitter winter too.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?