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Chhattisgarh,

state (2001 provisional pop. 20,795,956), 52,200 sq mi (135,194 sq km), central India; created from SE Madhya PradeshMadhya Pradesh
, state (2001 provisional pop. 60,385,118), 119,010 sq mi (308,240 sq km), central India, between the Deccan and the Ganges plain. The capital is Bhopal. One of the largest states in India, Madhya Pradesh consists, from north to south, of upland zones separated by
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 in 2000. Most of Chhattisgarh lies in the valley of the Mahanadi and Sheonath rivers; its eastern section occupies the Deccan plateau, with hills in the west and the Maikal Mts. in the north. The capital is RaipurRaipur
, city (1991 pop. 462,694), capital of Chhattisgarh state, E central India, on the Kharun River. It is a district administrative center and an agricultural-processing and sawmilling town, situated on the Nagpur-Bilaspur Railway. It is the cite of Ravishankar Shukla Univ.
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; other cities include Bastar and BhilainagarBhilainagar
or Bhilai
, city (1991 pop. 398,799), Chhattisgarh state, central India. It is the site of a large state-owned steel industry, built with Soviet assistance in the 1950s. Other manufactures include cement, chemicals, and wood products.
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, which houses the state's largest steel plant. The population is more than two thirds rural and consists of various ethnic groups, almost 45% of whom are non-Hindu tribes. Agriculture employs some 80% of the workforce in the relatively undeveloped state, with rice by far the largest crop; others include various cereal grains and legumes. Covering almost a half of Chhattisgarh's area, dense forests yield timber and other wood products, although present development is not substantial. The state is rich in natural resources, with abundant deposits of gold, diamonds, coal, uranium, bauxite, corundum, dolomite, iron, copper, limestone, tin, and other minerals. Long a part of Madhya Pradesh state, but historically (traced back to the 4th cent. A.D.) and culturally distinct from it, the region had been a hotbed of separatist activity since the early 1920s. In recent years, Chhattisgarh has been the site of attacks and other activity by the Maoist Naxalite movement.
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Ever since the formation of Telangana state in June last year, intelligence and security agencies have been warning that the Maoists may take advantage of the transitory situation and reorganise themselves in Telangana region by infiltrating from neighbouring states of Chattisgarh and Odisha.
Maoists have called for election boycott in Chattisgarh which is going to Parliamentary polls since April 10.
Both the parties are in direct contest in Rajasthan, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh and ground reports and polls suggest BJP victories in at least three of the four heartland states.
Getting these men out of areas considered to be Maoist strongholds, termed de-induction, remains the final challenge for the Chattisgarh Police.
Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh send 29 and 11 members to Parliament, while Rajasthan, Delhi and Mizoram send 25, 7 and one MPs, respectively.
Naxalites have their strongholds in Jharkhand, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh and carry out sustained activities in parts of Orissa, Chattisgarh, Madhya Preadesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.
In the same month, extremists burned down the Church of Matha Mary in the village of Pusnar in the state of Chattisgarh.
NEW DELHI -- Voicing displeasure over a bill introduced in parliament that would limit candidates running for parliament or state legislatures to two children, the chief ministers of Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh states in central India have said they would not enforce such a policy.
The monsoon is likely to advance further into eastern Orissa state, the rest of peninsular India, southern parts of Chattisgarh and West Bengal this week.
ENI)--Church leaders in India have blamed a campaign "targeting Christians" for the victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in elections for legislators last month in the country's central Chattisgarh state.
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