Ritesh Mishra

State Correspondent for Chhattisgarh. Reports Maoism, Politics, Mining and important developments from the state. Covered all sorts of extremism in Central India. Reported from Madhya Pradesh for eight years.

Articles by Ritesh Mishra

Chhattisgarh HC pauses appointment of 18 after favouritism charge

A Chhattisgarh government statement said the high court will hear the petition against the selection of the 18 candidates next week

The Chhattisgarh government said the advocate general has given a commitment in the high court that the state will not finalise the appointment of the 18 candidates (Photo: Chhattisgarh high court)
Updated on Sep 20, 2023 09:52 PM IST

Congress govt engaged only in scams and corruption: PM Modi in Chhattisgarh

PM Modi said that in the past nine years, the Central government has continuously worked for the multifaceted development of Chhattisgarh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed a public gathering in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur (Twitter Photo)
Published on Sep 14, 2023 08:38 PM IST

Chhattisgarh villagers protest against ‘fake’ encounter

A group of residents from 25 villages in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Monday staged a protest in Tadmetla village of the district alleging that security personnel killed two people in a “fake encounter” against Maoists

Chhattisgarh villagers protest against ‘fake encounters against Maoists on Monday. (HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 12, 2023 12:37 AM IST
By, , Raipur/sukma

Chhattisgarh villagers protest death of 2 in Tadmetla, say they weren’t Maoists

According to the police, two Maoists were killed an encounter in the forest between Tadmetla and Duled villages on September 5

Villagers, however, insisted that Sodhi Deva and Rava Deva were not Maoists but were close friends on their way home (File Photo)
Updated on Sep 11, 2023 09:12 PM IST

2 Maoists killed in gunfight with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar: Police

Police said they have recovered a pistol and rifle from the spot and the search operation is underway in the region

In a statement issued by Sukma police, the Maoists were carrying a reward of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1 lakh each. (Representative file image)
Updated on Sep 05, 2023 01:12 PM IST

Chhattisgarh police to probe into ‘excise evasion’ under 2012 BJP regime

The Chhattisgarh Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has initiated an investigation into alleged evasion of excise duty during 2012 to 2017 when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in power in the state

The Chhattisgarh economic offences wing (EOW) initiates probe into evasion of excise duty during 2012 to 2017 during BJP government. (HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 05, 2023 12:50 AM IST
By, Raipur:

Rahul Gandhi backs Baghel, says BJP only works for ‘welfare of few billionaires’

Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said states ruled by his party work for the welfare of the poor and “not the welfare of Adani”, as he launched a broadside against BJP

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attacks BJP during a rally in Nava Raipur city in Chhattisgarh on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on Sep 03, 2023 02:17 AM IST
By, Raipur

Shah raises Chhattisgarh poll pitch, slams Cong govt

Union home minister Amit Shah released an “aarop patra” (charge sheet) against the chief minister Bhupesh Baghel-led government.

Union home minister Amit Shah releases charge sheet against CM Bhupesh Bhagel-led government. (ANI)
Updated on Sep 18, 2023 07:38 PM IST
By, Raipur

Chhattisgarh: Sisters gang-raped by 10 men in Raipur; all accused arrested

The sisters – aged 19 and 16 – were returning home after celebrating Rakshabandhan in Mahasamund district with a male friend

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Sep 02, 2023 09:49 AM IST

Explainer: The Mahadev App online betting scam in Chhattisgarh

Till now 72 cases have been registered by the Chhattisgarh police and 449 suspects have been arrested from Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Mumbai and other parts.

The interrogation of the arrested revealed that the Mahadev app was run from more than 30 centres, mostly in Chhattisgarh, and transactions worth over <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>200 crores were carried from each of these centres. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 31, 2023 06:25 PM IST

‘Ram’s name used for spreading hatred, but he was symbol of love’: Ch’garh CM

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel inaugurated a statue of Lord Ram and other developmental work in Chankhuri village in Raipur, as part of his government’s Ram Van Gaman tourism circuit project

Bhupesh Baghel (middle) said that Lord Ram was ‘Bhancha Ram’ (nephew Lord Rama) for Chhattisgarh. (Image posted by Bhupesh Baghel on X (formerly Twitter))
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 03:05 PM IST

Baghel writes to Modi, calls for separate column on OBC in census

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to get the Census conducted while setting a separate column for the OBCs.

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 12:48 AM IST
By, Raipur:

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel writes to PM Modi, seeks new OBC column in census

In December 2022, Chhattisgarh assembly passed two laws that sought to hike OBC quota to 27% from the present 14% and the SC quota to 13% from 12%

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel recalled that he had sought 27% reservation for OBCs in April this year (PTI)
Updated on Aug 29, 2023 06:35 PM IST

Stigma, apathy, fatalism: The battle against sickle cell anaemia

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a blood disorder where the red blood cells, usually disc-shaped and flexible enough to travel through blood vessels.

On July 1, PM Modi launched the National Sickle Cell Anaemia Elimination Mission (NSCEM) in Shahdol in Madhya Pradesh. (file)
Updated on Aug 29, 2023 01:21 AM IST
By, , Sihawa (chhattisgarh)/ Bhopal

‘No evidence against me’: Chhattisgarh CM’s political advisor Verma dares ED

Vinod Verma said he challenged the Enforcement Directorate to produce any evidence about any sort of connection with arrested ASI Chandra Bhushan Verma

Vinod Verma, political adviser to Chhattisgarh chief minister, launched a sharp comeback at ED for the raids, saying it had based its case on a “fictional” article in a newsmagazine (ANI/Screengrab)
Updated on Aug 24, 2023 01:50 PM IST

Chhattisgarh: ED arrests Dammani brothers, 2 others in Mahadev App betting case

The accused were arrested from Chhattisgarh’s Durg district and they were granted custodial remand for six days after ED produced them in court

In December last year, ED started investigating banking transactions of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>5,000 crore related to an online gaming application, Mahadev, that happened over a year across the country. (Representative Image)
Updated on Aug 23, 2023 08:40 PM IST

Congress will win 75 seats in Chhattisgarh, says Venugopal

Congress general secretary KC Venugopal was in Raipur to attend a meeting of senior Congress leaders along with Chhattisgarh Congress in-charge Kumari Selja.

Congress general secretary KC Venugopal in Raipur on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 20, 2023 12:59 PM IST

BJP releases first list of candidates for 21 seats in Chhattisgarh

BJP releases first list of candidates for Chhattisgarh assembly elections, focusing on seats lost to Congress in 2018; includes fresh faces and women.

The first list included 16 fresh faces and five former lawmakers. Five of the candidates are women. (Mohd Zakir)
Updated on Aug 18, 2023 12:26 AM IST

ED files petition in Chhattisgarh HC, seeks CBI probe into liquor scam

ED’s counsel said that various pieces of evidence have been provided to the high court stating the state government is helping the accused in the alleged liquor scam

ED earlier claimed that a syndicate comprising high-level state government officials, private persons and political executives of the state government was involved in a liquor scam of more than <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2,000 crore in the last four years in Chhattisgarh. (File Photo)
Updated on Aug 14, 2023 07:40 PM IST

ED asks Chhattisgarh govt to provide details of DMF funds spent in 5 yrs

ED also sought details of agencies and departments that carried out the stipulated works in the districts using the funds

Chhattisgarh, which is one of the 13 mineral-rich states, has collected <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10,513 crore under DMF so far and spent <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>7,928 crore, according to the state government’s website (HT archive)
Updated on Aug 11, 2023 12:38 AM IST
By, Raipur

Enforcement Directorate scans DMF in Chhattisgarh, seeks from state government

ED sought details of year-wise funds collected under District Mineral Fund scheme over the last five years and its allocation to the districts

Mining companies have to deposit 10% of the royalty paid to the government in the district mining fund from 2015 for major minerals (File image)
Updated on Aug 10, 2023 03:57 PM IST

Tara block withdrawn from commercial coal mining auction process

Tara coal block is in the Hasdeo Aranya forest area (Surajpur district) and has 15.96sq km of very dense forest (VDF) area in the coal mine.

On June 23, the Chhattisgarh government wrote a letter to the central coal ministry to keep nine coal blocks out of 23 (in Chhattisgarh) from the auction process for commercial mining citing environmental reasons. This included the Tara coal block. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 02, 2023 12:06 AM IST

Hasdeo Aranya’s Tara coal block withdrawn from commercial mining auction process

Tara coal block is in Hasdeo Aranya forest area (Surajpur district) and has the existence of 15.96 sq km of Very Dense Forest (VDF) area in the coal mine

A notice of withdrawal from auction was issued by the Union coal ministry on July 28. (Representative file image)
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 04:39 PM IST

Explained: Why these Chhattisgarh tribal communities have been added to ST list

The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2022, which also seeks to formalise Bhuinya, Bhuiyan and Bhuyan as synonyms of the Bharia Bhumia community

The Lok Sabha had cleared the legislation in December 2022. (File photo)
Updated on Jul 26, 2023 01:59 PM IST

Chhattisgarh: 7-year-old girl raped in residential school in Bastar’s Sukma

Sukma superintendent of police Kiran Chavan said the incident, according to the complainant, took place on the intervening night of July 22 and 23

Representational. (PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jul 26, 2023 11:23 AM IST

Chhattisgarh: ED arrests IAS officer Ranu Sahu in alleged ‘coal levy case’

Notably, Sahu is the second IAS officer in the state to be arrested in connection with the case after 2009 batch IAS officer Sameer Vishnoi was arrested last year

Ranu Sahu, a Chhattisgarh-cadre IAS officer of the 2010 batch, is currently posted as the director of the state agriculture department (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jul 22, 2023 04:44 PM IST

Measures to curb illegal mining in Chhattisgarh not followed: CAG report

The report also mentioned the “under-utilisation of District Mineral Foundation Trust (DMFT) funds and the works sanctioned under DMFT without identifying the directly and indirectly affected areas”

Chhattisgarh is a leading producer of major minerals such as coal, iron ore and dolomite (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jul 21, 2023 08:02 PM IST

PM trying to defame Chhattisgarh: Baghel slams Modi’s statement on Manipur incident

On Thursday, the prime minister requested chief ministers to further strengthen the law-and-order mechanism in their respective, especially towards women’s protection. The PM allegedly mentioned states like Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh in his address to the media

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel (Twitter Photo)
Updated on Jul 20, 2023 07:43 PM IST

4 wanted Maoists carrying reward of 20 lakh surrender in Dantewada

The Dantewada police said in a statement that the four Maoists decided to surrender in view of the government’s “rehabilitation policy” and the district police’s ‘come back home’ campaign

Accident or crime scene cordon tape, police line do not cross. It is nighttime, emergency lights of police cars flashing blue, red and white in the background (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jul 19, 2023 01:13 PM IST

No new mining reserves required in Hasdeo, Chhattisgarh tells SC

The Chhattisgarh government submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court

The Chhattisgarh government tells the Supreme Court that there is no need to allocate new mining reserve areas in Hasdeo Aranya. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 19, 2023 12:44 AM IST
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