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2.5 yrs in office but CM Baghel yet to frame ‘anti-Naxal’ policy, BJP says he is clueless

In its 2018 election manifesto, Congress said if voted to power in Chhattisgarh, it will frame a policy to resolve Naxal menace. Now it claims it is not getting Modi govt's support.

Chhattisgarh IAS officer seen slapping youth in viral video transferred without a posting

There was a massive uproar after the video of Surajpur DC Ranbir Sharma slapping a youth went viral on social media. Action came as CM Baghel personally intervened and even apologised.
Representational image of police personnel in Chhattisgarh forests | Photo: ANI

With its betrayal in Bastar, Congress has abandoned adivasi cause — one that gave it power

A Congress leader who used to call security forces 'evil' told an officer involved in the Chhattisgarh police operation that killed three adivasis in Silger 'not to be deterred by deaths'.
The government testing centre set up at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay auditorium in Raipur | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

Chhattisgarh’s latest Covid crisis symptoms: Testing kits run out, long lines at centres

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel tells ThePrint more antigen kits have been ordered to meet the increased demand amid a backlog in RT PCR tests results.
Health department personnel motion to a car on the Chhattisgarh side of the Bagnadigaon border between Rajnandgaon district and Maharashtra | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Chhattisgarh blames Maharashtra for Covid spike, but border checks at Rajnandgaon ‘missing’

CM Baghel and administration say they’re keeping an eye on Rajnandgaon’s porous border with Maharashtra, but ground reality shows no one’s checking for Covid reports.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel | Photo: ANI

Modi govt didn’t alert states on 2nd Covid wave, we could’ve prepared: Chhattisgarh CM Baghel

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel tells ThePrint that state's health infrastructure has been ramped up, there are no oxygen or remdesivir shortages, but vaccine supply a concern.
Health department officials at Majhgaon village in Chhattisgarh’s Bemetara district | By special arrangement

This Chhattisgarh village had no Covid case until 5 April, religious meet changed that to 100

Many villagers believe local youths who attended cricket tournament in Raipur contracted Covid there & spread it in Majhgaon as they attended 9-day 'Bhagwat Paath' event soon after.
Security personnel at the site of Naxal attack at Sukma-Bijapur border on Sunday | ANI

Latest war cries against Naxals are absurd. Go visit Bastar, a war is already on

Every major police casualty ignites the demand for security forces to be given a ‘free hand’. But no state govt has restrained its forces in the last 15 years.
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel at ThePrint's Off The Cuff in New Delhi on 7 December

Chhattisgarh CM rejects Naxalites’ terms for peace talks, says they ‘can’t impose conditions’

On 12 March, the Naxalites said in a pamphlet they would agree to peace talks if certain conditions were met, including the end of the govt crackdown against them.
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel at ThePrint's Off The Cuff in New Delhi on 7 December

If Grand Alliance voted to power in Assam, will probe Sonowal & Himanta, says Congress

Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh and senior Congress leader, Bhupesh Baghel has been appointed as observer by the All India Congress Committee for its Assam unit for the upcoming state polls.

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Bajwa and Pakistan Army

Pakistan’s audacious defence budget needs to stay on paper. It’s good for everyone

IMF is balking at Pakistan’s unrealistic budget, but Islamabad feels it can push the lending agency to give it what it wants. US can call the bluff.

PNB Housing files appeal in SAT against SEBI order to halt Rs 4000 crore Carlyle deal

The company approached Securities Appellate Tribunal ahead of its EGM scheduled for 22 June to seek shareholders' approval for the proposal to raise capital through the Carlyle deal.


Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, head of the Indian Air Force | Photo: ANI

Induction of Rafale aircraft into Indian Air Force to take place by 2022, says IAF Chief

IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria also said that some deliveries from France have been ahead of time, while minor delays happened with 'one or two' aircraft due to Covid-related issues.

China’s Wuhan story unravels as world’s finest, including from India, nail Covid lab-leak proof

The global hunt for where the virus behind pandemic came from shows science, democracy and a sense of inquiry can overcome politics, ideology and omerta codes.