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Tribals had gathered to protest at Dantewada Sunday | By special arrangement

‘Congress govt has failed us’ — Bastar villagers demand release of jailed ‘innocent tribals’

Tribal leaders allege there was police brutality ahead of a rally, organised to demand the release of those in jail, on 13 September. They are now threatening to step up their agitation.
One of the three posters released by Chhattisgarh Police on 15 September 2020 | By special arrangement

‘Bastar Cho Awaaz’ — Chhattisgarh Police wages poster war to ‘expose’ Naxals through memes

Three posters were released by Chhattisgarh Police in an attempt to make local population aware about the ‘anti-tribal and anti-development’ agenda of Maoists in the state.
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%.
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...
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FIR against Facebook executive Ankhi Das, 2 others for allegedly hurting religious sentiments

The case was lodged at Kabir Nagar police station of Raipur late Monday night based on the complaint of Awesh Tiwari, journalist in a news channel, according to city police.
A file photo of Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallava with villagers in Potali village in the district. | Photo: ANI

Maoists claim Dantewada cops staging surrenders, SP says allegation ‘result of frustration’

Maoists have decried the police’s new rehabilitation campaign, Lon Varratu, alleging that those ‘surrendering’ are common villagers. Police says Naxals are misleading people.
(From left) DU professor Nandini Sundar, activist Sanjay Parate and JNU professor Archana Prasad at Nama village in 2016. Shamnath for who’s killing an FIR was registered against the activists belonged to this village | By special arrangement

NHRC asks Chhattisgarh to pay Rs 1 lakh each to DU professor, activists 4 yrs after false FIR

The human rights panel has ruled that an FIR lodged in 2016 at Bastar caused the 13 activists, among them Delhi University professor Nandini Sundar, ‘mental harassment’. 
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.
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.

On Camera

Time to expand America’s footprint in India. A new consulate will be a good start

On the heels of the US and China closing consulates in each other’s country, the symbolism alone would be particularly significant.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo is displayed inside the central bank building in Mumbai

India’s current account surplus rises to $19.8 billion in June quarter

The current account surplus stood at $0.6 billion in the March quarter while there was a current account deficit of $15 billion in the year-ago period.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.