R.K. Jain

A public sector company successfully took solar lighting systems to a sceptical tribal population in Bastar.

In 2008, the public sector company, Central Electronics Limited, undertook a major solar electrification programme in the tribal villages of Bastar in Chhattisgarh. It was co-funded by the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

In an interview with BW

Farmers of the state will get such variety of mustard seeds which will mature within short period and will be with more oil content. The Regional Agriculture Research Centre, Morena of the Rajmata Vijayaraje Agriculture University has developed a new variety of mustard seed, 'Rajmata Mustard-1'. This has proved successful in the field tests during the last five years.

Subhomoy Bhattacharjee

Raipur: The sal seed harvested by tribals through large parts of Naxalism-affected districts of Orissa and Chhattisgarh is bought by global chocolate manufacturers. But those chocolates cannot come to India.

Under the Food and Adulteration Act, use of butter extracted from sal seed in place of cocoa is prohibited in the country.

Subhomoy Bhattacharjee

Villagers protesting against the proposed steel plant of Tatas in Bastar brutally assaulted an administrative offier when he went to an affected village to start project work.

The official, Naib Tehsildar P R Magaria, suffered head injuries and was admitted to a government hospital in Jagdalpur, the divisional headquarters of Bastar. Magaria is posted at Lohandiguda development block.

Personnel of the security forces interact with members of Salwa Judum, a vigilante group raised to fight naxalites. A file photograph.

R Krishna Das / Kolkata/ Raipur May 03, 2010, 0:08 IST

To step up land acquisition for the proposed Tata Steel plant in Bastar, Chhattisgarh government has come out with a proposal to give subsistence allowance to the villagers losing their land to the project.

Who are these Maoists who, according to the government, constitute the

The interests of both the State and the Maoists are served by reducing the complex and many-layered tragedy unfolding in the forests of Dantewada to a battle between Good and Evil. For the Maoists, the people are subordinate to the revolution; for the government, the people are a minor expendable detail in the mineral-rich territory they live in.