THE final five kilometres to Ramnagar (Khokla), as the village is officially called, in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh has to be done on foot down a hill thick with shrubs and bushes. As we enter the village, eager eyes scan us for food or some other kind of livelihood support only to droop in disappointment once they learn that the wait has been in vain.

Bhopal, Sept 8: As many as 38 MoUs have been signed at the four investors' meets for establishing cement factories in Madhya Pradesh. Investment to the tune of Rs 73 crore is proposed to be made through these MoUs.

It may be mentioned that cement production in the state was a mere 15.39 million tonnes in the year 2002-03. Now the production rose to 18.90 million tonnes in April 2007. MoUs have been signed for expansion of these cement factories following which cement production will rise by 10.70 million tonnes per year.

National Family Health Survey (2005-06), Madhya Pradesh Over 60 per cent of the total child population, about 33,000, are underweight and malnourished About 40 per cent of them are stunted and 33 per cent wasted (extremely malnourished) Infant mortality rate is 79 per 1,000 live births, the highest in the country, against the national average of 58 Under-five

All these malnutrition deaths occurred in one district in Madhya Pradesh This sounds like yet another tale of malnutrition deaths concocted by activists. At least the district administration of Satna, Madhya Pradesh, thinks so. One year-old Budhlal died in the last week of July. The same week, two-year-old Sheelta, four-year-old Neetu and six-year-old Rajkumari also died. All deaths

The state government would establish 500 animal husbandry development centres in nine districts. These centres would be opened under a five-year project costing Rs 51 crore 95 lakh in Ratlam, Badwani, Dhar, Raisen, Sidhi, Satna, Panna, Ashok Nagar and Guna districts. The project would be conducted jointly by Veterinary Services and JK Trust. The state cabinet has okayed the decision to establish these centres on May 14 this year.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged the Central government for inclusion of Tikamgrh, Chhatarpur, Datia, Sagar and Satna districts in the special category under farm loan waiver scheme so that other farmers of this drought affected districts could also be reasonably benefited under the scheme. Chouhan has written a letter to the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh urging him to advise the Union Finance Ministry in this regard.

Bhopal : With utmost attention of the state government to construction and upgradation of road communication Madhya Pradesh has witnessed a remarkable improvement in the road network over last four and half years. This has given a fillip to the development process besides making life of people more convenient.

Jaiprakash Associates Limited (JAL) is a leading industrial house for civil construction and hydropower projects. M/s JAL has entered into cement sector during 1986 for diversification. Presently, the group owns two cement plants having annual production of 3.5 and 2.5 million tonnes, which are located in Rewa district, M.P. The limestone from proposed Chormari

Vindhyan region is very rich in plant biodiversity because of its variety of geology, land shapes like plateau, plane, valley and hill areas. There are variety of climate and altitudinal variations compiled with varied ecological habitants.

Rs 2500 crore has been spent on increasing power supply and strengthening network under ADB Project in the state during the last five years. Under the project, 220 KV and 132 KV sub stations and lines have been constructed after strengthening transmission network. As a result of this, power generation capacity has increased by 3 thousand 162 megawatts.