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Congress national general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP P.L. Punia. | Photo: Ramandeep Kaur/ThePrint

Covid-positive Congress MP Punia violated Epidemic Act, we’ll move court — Chhattisgarh BJP

Chhattisgarh BJP says Congress leader P.L. Punia violated Epidemic Diseases Act & Disaster Management Act as he held public meetings in Raipur despite being Covid-positive.
According to police, security forces transported to hospital the villagers who had been assaulted by Naxals at Parcheli village | By special arrangement

Dantewada villagers file police complaints against Naxals, SP says this is unprecedented

According to police, residents of Chikpal, Parcheli and Nahadi villages have accused Maoists of rounding them up and then assaulting them. FIRs have been lodged in all 3 cases.
Rajat Bansal | Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

‘Seekh’ mitras to Amcho Radio — How children of Bastar are learning with schools shut

The district magistrate of Bastar in Chattisgarh writes how UNICEF, volunteers, and loud speakers came together to educate the children in the tribal district during Covid crisis.

PL Punia says Sachin Pilot is in BJP, later issues clarification he meant Scindia

Chhattisgarh Congress in-charge P.L. Punia says he wrongly referred to Jyotiraditya Scindia as Sachin Pilot while answering a question to news agency ANI.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla addressed the IAS officers in Parliament House Annexe in New Delhi on 17 July

BJP calls Chhattisgarh ‘corrupt anarchy’ after state transfers 69 bureaucrats

In another order issued Thursday, as many as 14 officers of state civil services, all of whom were working as deputy collectors in various districts, were also transferred.

Chattisgarh on alert after Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh face locust attacks

According to an official, arrangements for pesticides and sprayers have been made to tackle the locusts, which may enter bordering districts by 29 May.
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Chhattisgarh launches Nyay, will transfer Rs 10,000 per acre to bank accounts of farmers

Under its Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana, the state government Thursday transferred Rs 1,500 crore to the bank accounts of 19 lakh farmers.  
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Chhattisgarh to spend Rs 225 crore to buy forest produce from tribals, bypass middle-men

State government hopes the decision will end middle-men monopoly on the procurement process, and provide a sustainable income for the tribals amid Covid-19 crisis. 
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4 Naxals and a police official killed in an encounter in Chhattisgarh

According to an official, the incident took place Friday night at Pardhauni village, when a team of security forces was out on a counter-insurgency operation.

Chhattisgarh launches portal for home delivery of liquor to avoid crowding during lockdown

The portal has been named after the state-run CSMCL (Chhattisgarh State Marketing Corporation Limited), which controls the sale of liquor in the state.

On Camera

If Joe Biden wins US presidential election — prepare for an epic policy hangover

As pleasant as it might be to have a president who isn’t actively destroying the country, there are many areas where Biden will need a better plan & political will to make progress.
President Xi Jinping (centre) with other leaders of the Communist Party of China | Representational image: Reuters via ANI

China to reveal how it plans to steer economic growth through the 2030s

China’s Communist Party is expected to release two policy blueprints at the end of 4 days of meetings -- Their 5-year plan & a longer strategy document that stretches until 2035.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the biannual Army Commanders Conference in New Delhi Wednesday | Indian Army

China lacks ‘honest intent’, be prepared for any eventuality, Rajnath Singh tells Army

Speaking in Delhi, the Defence Minister told military commanders that the government will strongly back reforms in the armed forces including setting up of theatre commands.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.