Raipur: Less than a few hundred metres from the landmark Chitrakote waterfall, a group of Maoists blew up an under construction police chowki on Monday. No one was injured.

THE Planning Commission will formulate an action plan for central Indian tribal areas in the 12th Five-Year Plan that begins next year. The Plan panel had abandoned a similar programme for Naxal districts following differences with the Home Ministry.

The new plan would include the Red Corridor where Naxal activity does not require intervention of security forces.

The UPA will not find it easy to change the way India

Unhappy Over Denial Of Clearances For Work In Naxal-Hit Zones
Bharti Jain NEW DELHI
ENVIRONMENT Minister Jairam Ramesh

It would not be wrong to say that virtually all infrastructure and industrial projects—from mining to thermal and hydel and nuclear power to cement or steel—are under attack today from communities who fear loss of livelihoods. These communities are at the forefront of India’s environmental movement. They are its warriors.

India rightly brands itself incredible. The country's remarkable political, economic, and cultural transformation over the past half century has made it a geopolitical force almost equal to that of China. The west has welcomed the growth of India: witness US President Barack Obama's recent support for Indian membership of the UN Security Council.

There is a new

Javed Iqbal

IN Chhattisgarh, the only criminal appears to be the law.

Human rights activist Binayak Sen spent two years in jail before being granted bail. Charged with sedition, waging war against the Indian state, as well as being a Maoist supporter, both under normal laws and under the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act and the Unlawful Activities Act, the evidence has been full of discrepancies and contradictions on material points.

It's a forum where new parameters for leadership are calibrated as governance comes up for scrutiny. The Eighth India Today State of the States Conclave featured eight chief ministers, one deputy chief minister and three state ministers.