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HC declines to quash FIR, continues interim order for 6 weeks more

Holding that the challenge raised to the FIR of March 25, 2015 by the applicant Baskar Walimbe, who was on deputation from Forest Department to the post Additional Tribal Commissioner at Amrava... Read More
Holding that the challenge raised to the FIR of March 25, 2015 by the applicant Baskar Walimbe, who was on deputation from Forest Department to the post Additional Tribal Commissioner at Amravati, was without any substance, Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice P N Deshmukh, at the High Court have dismissed his criminal application filed under Section 482 of the CrPC, though continued the interim orders, which are in operation since April 17 last, for 6 weeks more. According to the Court, it is not necessary to go into niceties of either of the FIRs. Fact that the FIRs are under different provisions is not in dispute and whether facts therein constitute the offence or not is not the debate here. Earlier FIR of July 18, 2014 against the applicant is for alleged demand and acceptance of bribe, a transaction complete in itself under Section 13(1)(d) and not having any bearing on the later FIR under Section 13(1)(e) lodged on March 25, 2015. Investigation into both the misconducts or offences warrants different perspective and has to be totally distinct and unconcerned with each other. It has no bearing on each other and failure or success of the prosecution to establish guilt in one FIR cannot eclipse its investigation into the other. Later FIR, therefore, is not a second FIR at all. It does not form part of same transaction in this case. Advocate Shashank Manohar and Deven Chauhan appeared for the applicant. APP Nivedita Mehta represented State.

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High Court slams Medical Council of India for rejecting Chandrapur GMC proposal

Medical Council of India (MCI) once again came under fire before Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court for denying permission to start Government Medical College (GMC) at Chandrapur. The very basis... Read More
Medical Council of India (MCI) once again came under fire before Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court for denying permission to start Government Medical College (GMC) at Chandrapur. The very basis of refusing permission was faulty and without any base, petitioners contended while charging MCI with deliberately portraying wrong picture before Union Health Ministry. A division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain directed MCI to place on record its stance about starting Chandrapur GMC by Tuesday and also asked State to file a detailed affidavit listing steps taken to remove deficiencies pointed out in MCI report. The High Court has already pulled MCI for recommending reduction of 100 MBBS seats of Akola and Yavatmal colleges which were turned down by Union Health Ministry. The High Court had directed MCI to make necessary amends in its decision within next seven days or face likely action of contempt of court and in this case again the High Court expressed its anguish clear in no uncertain terms. According to petitioner Rahul Pugaliya and others, Chandrapur GMC was recommended by State Government since it was attached to a 300-bed hospital. However, the MCI inspection report found only 274 beds. The MCI report omitted 26 beds of one ward stating that it was a Gynaecological ward without disclosing this fact. During the hearing of this public interest litigation (PIL) demanding early decision on Chandrapur Government Medical College, these shocking facts were revealed before a division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain. The counsel for petitioner Adv Anil Kilor pointed out that for second consecutive year, precious 100 MBBS seats would be lost and students from Vidarbha would be deprived of subsidised medical education. He slammed the MCI for its hyper-technical approach and overlooking ground realities. The MCI report was prepared at the time of submission of proposals and meanwhile most of the deficiencies were removed by the State Government. The subsequent development was conveyed to MCI by state authorities, but the regulator citing existing norms, refused to consider the same and obtained legal opinion from the Solicitor General, who endorsed the MCI’s stance. The remaining 23 deficiencies are curable and many of them have been rectified, he stated. Instead of correcting its flawed report, the MCI sought to fortify it by obtaining opinion of Solicitor General by presenting misleading facts about non-fulfillment of basic norm of 300-bed hospital, the petitioner stated. MCI stated that last date of granting permission was June 15 and the cut-off date was over. The Union Health Ministry considered proposal of GMC Chandrapur in the light of MCI’s negative report. Union Government has to take a final call on June 15 on all proposals about starting new college or about its intake and the department would decide the same as per material placed on record. The High Court slammed MCI for its mechanical approach towards government-run medical colleges and hyper-technical scrutiny of infrastructure and teaching staffs available with them as compared to laxity displayed towards private medical colleges and directed it to place its stance about starting Chandrapur GMC by Tuesday. The State Government has also been directed to place on record, all steps taken to remove deficiencies during last few years. The petitioner placed on record photographs of all works done by State Government to comply with MCI guidelines to refute negative report of regulatory agency. The PIL has been filed after consistent refusal of MCI which has led to public resentment. Adv Anil Kilor appeared for petitioner. GP Bharati Dangre (State), ASG Rohit Deo (Union), Adv R M Bhangde (MCI) represented respondents.

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Metro Region Devpt draft plan: Government panel to conduct hearings on 6,000 responses

Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has received 6,000 responses on the draft of Nagpur Metropolitan Area Development Plan, and all the responses will get opportunity of hearing before a panel to be con... Read More
Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has received 6,000 responses on the draft of Nagpur Metropolitan Area Development Plan, and all the responses will get opportunity of hearing before a panel to be constituted by the Government. Shyam Wardhane, NIT Chairman, said that the committee will comprise experts and officials. Nagpur Metropolitan Area Development Plan’s draft has been released in public domain, and suggestions or objections were invited on the same. “After hearing, and after incorporation of valuable suggestions from the members of Nagpur Metropolitan Area Planning Committee, the plan will be finalised,” said Wardhane. He was addressing the members elected newly to Nagpur Metropolitan Area Planning Committee (NMAPC).

NIT had organised an orientation workshop for newly-elected NMAPC members, on Friday at NIT’s Naivedhyam Hall. Avnish Pendharkar of Halcrow, which leads a consultancy consortium that has prepared the draft plan for development of Nagpur Metropolitan Area, made a presentation on various aspects of the plan. “The draft plan is a blueprint for future development in 20 years, and is based on a 50-year vision for development strategies,” he said.

S H Gujjelwar, Superintending Engineer of NIT, shared the dais with Wardhane and Pendharkar, on this occasion.

During his presentation, Pendharkar informed the new members of NMAPC about challenges at present and various developments proposed in the draft plan. As per the presentation, ‘haphazard’ conversion of land into non-agriculture (NA) uses is posing a threat to large reserves of fertile and irrigated agricultural land in Nagpur Metropolitan Area. Further, the mobility of goods and people is affected ‘adversely’ due to ‘marginal’ public transport and ‘absence’ of intermediate public transport. There are limited job opportunities available, resulting in the region losing its best minds to other urban centres. Multiple institutions with the functions of planning and municipal service, adversely impacts provision of co-ordinated infrastructure across the region’s various jurisdictions, stated a leaflet circulated during the workshop.

Against the backdrop, several proposals have been included in the draft development plan. Success of the plan will depend upon effective implementation of the outlined proposals and it is essential that mechanisms suitable for individual projects are identified, added the circular. Pendharkar observed that mixed use development needed to be encouraged in Nagpur Metropolitan Area for better results. At the same time, agricultural land especially in Mouda tehsil needed to be preserved for future generation’s food security needs. Forest areas could yield better results if tourism development is given a boost. Industrial growth will generate jobs. However, he said, budget allocation for implementation of the plan may not match the pace of improvement and this may affect infrastructure development.

Senior corporators namely Narendra Borkar, Pragati Patil, Chetana Tank, Raju Lokhande, Arun Daware, Prashant Dhawad, Deepak Kapse, Suresh Jagyasi, Abhishek Shambharkar, and others attended the workshop.

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The Hitavada Twinkle Club membership drive on Sunday

Twenty-six years ago, The Hitavada came up with a unique idea of bringing children into its fold, and the idea of providing a platform to the kids of Nagpur so that they could interact with each ... Read More
Twenty-six years ago, The Hitavada came up with a unique idea of bringing children into its fold, and the idea of providing a platform to the kids of Nagpur so that they could interact with each other, showcase their talent and hone their hobbies took shape. And The Twinkle Club was born. Today, kids in the age group of five to fifteen years vie to become a member of this prestigious children’s club that has been featured twice in The Limca Book of Records for being the nation’s largest children’s club. The annual membership drive, on the first Sunday of July, has become a major event that all Nagpurians - young and old - look forward to.

This year, the membership drive of The Hitavada Twinkle Club is going to be held on Sunday July 5, 2015 at Gorakshan Sabhagruh from 8 am onwards and it will continue till 6 pm or till the gifts last.

The Twinkle Club enrolled around eight hundred members in the first year, and as the years passed, the popularity of the Club, as also the membership, grew by leaps and bounds. Today, the Twinkle Club has in its fold 32,000 proud members. The USP of the Twinkle Club is that it entertains and educates. All round the year, programmes are held for its members. So while quiz shows, essay competitions, green plantation drives etc. teach the members; melas, film shows, picnics, puppet shows, food festivals, cultural programmes provide them with entertainment. The vast repertoire of programmes that is held ensures that there is something that each member can enjoy to the fullest.

Children in the age group of 5 to 15 years are eligible to become members. All they have to do is fill in the form that has been printed in the Twinkle Star/City Line over the last week. The forms have also been distributed in The Hitavada Knowledge Magazine, which is subscribed by school students. Along with the legibly filled form, a membership fee of Rs 150 per form has to be submitted at the venue. Each eligible member will then receive a membership card that will be his passport for all the programmes, which will be held under the aegis of The Twinkle Club.

Each member will also receive a hamper filled with gifts. There are assured gifts for each member, which include a pack of spices from Suruchi, Ice cream from Dinshaw’s, Mo’pleez and Halke Fulke from Haldirams, Vicco WSO cream and Vicco Vajradanti from Vicco Laboratories, Colgate toothpaste and toothbrush from Indian Dental Association (IDA), Instant mix from Bhojwani’s, Perk from Cadbury’s, Toast by Diwadkar’s Ajit Bakery, Act II Popcorn and Seeds from Rotary Club of Nagpur. Apna Bhandar has provided the bags.

There are numerous gifts by lucky draw, for which each Twinkle Club member is eligible. The lucky draw gifts are Honda Dream Neo motorcycle sponsored by Sudarshan Honda, Mascot Honda, Tajshree Honda and Sai Point Honda, Dell all-in-one PC by Datatronics Systems Pvt. Ltd., Panasonic TV, 10 bicycles by MKH Sancheti Public School & Jr. College, 1,000 exam boards by Vidyalankar Classes, 30 mixer grinders by Glen, 20 table fans by Polycab Fans, 20 ceiling fans by Polycab Fans, 30 sandwich makers by Glen, 30 pairs of pillows by Deepak Agencies, one digital camera and 50 family royal portraits by Moonlight, 200 DVDs of Gurukul Ka Raghucool animation series by Studio Zero Mile, 30 irons, 8 gift hampers worth Rs 1,000 each by Tupperware and 5 birthday entertainment package worth Rs 10,000 each by OP Singh Events.

There’s much more for the members - month after month. So don’t forget to be there at Gorakshan Sabhagruh on Sunday, July 5, 2015, so that you too can become a member of The Hitavada Twinkle Club.

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Karunaratne, Yasir light up final Test

SRI Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne hit a century amid another rich haul by Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah as the decisive third and final Test began on a rousing note.

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SRI Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne hit a century amid another rich haul by Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah as the decisive third and final Test began on a rousing note.

The hosts, sent in to bat after Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq won the toss for the third time in a row, stuttered to 272-8 in their first innings by stumps on the opening day.

Left-handed Karunaratne anchored the innings with a dogged 130, his second Test century following the 152 against New Zealand in Christchurch last December.

Yasir ended the day with four for 77, taking his tally in the series to 21 wickets, the most by a Pakistani bowler in a three-Test rubber in Sri Lanka.

Yasir enabled Pakistan to keep the runs in check despite conditions favouring the batsmen on the evenly-paced pitch after the initial moisture on the wicket had dried up under the hot sun. The series is locked 1-1 after Pakistan won the first Test by 10 wickets and Sri Lanka responded with a seven-wicket victory in the second match.

Pakistan secured an early break with the wicket of Kaushal Silva, who had scored 125 in Galle and 80 in Colombo.

This time Silva made nine when he was caught behind off left-arm seamer Rahat Ali, who was picked alongside Ehsan Ali and Imran Khan in a new-look pace attack for the decider.

The left-handed pair of Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga put on 91 for the second wicket on either side of lunch to lift the score to 106 for one, before three wickets fell for 31 runs.

Tharanga, who replaced Kumar Sangakkara for the match, made 46 when he edged Yasir to slip where an alert Younis Khan took a smart catch diving in front.

Lahiru Thirimanne (11) and skipper Angelo Mathews (three) fell in successive overs from Yasir to mistimed drives as Sri Lanka slipped to 137-4.

Jehan Mubarak, recalled to the Test side after almost eight years, helped Karunaratne add 67 for the fifth wicket before he was stumped off Yasir for 25.

Azhar Ali, who had taken two wickets with his part-time spin bowling in 43 previous Tests, doubled his tally with the wickets of Karunaratne and Dhammika Prasad off successive balls.

Karunaratne was stumped as he attempted a big heave and Prasad holed out to Yasir at deep square-leg to reduce Sri Lanka to 248-7. Dinesh Chandimal was leg-before to Rahat for 24, leaving Tharindu Kaushal (17) and Suranga Lakmal (one) unbeaten at stumps.

Both sides made four changes each for the decider with Pakistan bringing in batsman Shan Masood along with the fresh pace attack. Pace spearhead Wahab Riaz was sidelined with a fractured hand, and Mohammad Hafeez was not available since he has to be tested after being reported for a suspect action in the first Test. Left-arm seamer Junaid Khan and spinner Zulfiqar Babar were dropped.

With Sangakkara opting out of the decider and batsman Kithuruwan Vithanage showing poor form, Sri Lanka recalled two left-handers in Tharanga and 34-year-old Mubarak.

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Tax Inspector arrested for demanding bribe

ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Wednesday arrested Ashok Vasudeo Rahate, Tax Inspector attached to Mangalwari Zone of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), for demanding a bribe of Rs 25,... Read More
ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Wednesday arrested Ashok Vasudeo Rahate, Tax Inspector attached to Mangalwari Zone of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), for demanding a bribe of Rs 25,000 from a policeman to reduce his property tax. Assistant Sub-Inspector Anil Morbaji Gharjale, a driver in the city police force, has an ancestral house. He had rented out five rooms and was regularly paying the house tax.

On June 16, Rahate (57) went to his house. Rahate told him that he was paying less though he had five tenants. The tax assessed by him was Rs 60,000, and asked Gharjale to pay Rs 60,000. For reducing the tax, he demanded Rs 25,000 from him.

Gharjale then lodged a complaint with ACB officers. After verification of the complaint, the bureau officers laid a trap. Rahate again demanded Rs 25,000 from him but later avoided accepting cash sensing trouble.

A team of ACB personnel arrested Rahate and registered an offence under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 against him at Gittikhadan Police Station.

The arrest was made by Inspector Vasudeo Dabre and his team comprising NPCs Dinesh Adapure, Santosh Pundkar and Ajay Yadav.

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High Court dismisses Sunil Kedar’s plea, imposes Rs 40,000 cost

IN a major jolt to Saoner MLA Sunil Kedar who objected to the ongoing inquiry conducted by inquiry officer Surendra Kharbade and his refusal to conduct probe against ex-officio Directors of Nag... Read More
IN a major jolt to Saoner MLA Sunil Kedar who objected to the ongoing inquiry conducted by inquiry officer Surendra Kharbade and his refusal to conduct probe against ex-officio Directors of Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank (NDCCB), the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday dismissed the plea. Justice Z A Haq, while rejecting the petition, also imposed a cost of Rs 40,000 on Kedar and directed him to pay Rs 10,000 each to four respondents including State Co-operative Department, Inquiry Officer Surendra Kharbade, Divisional Joint Registrar and NDCC Bank.

The second petition filed by Kedar in which he questioned the hasty method adopted by Kharbade and denial of natural justice to him in the inquiry and refusal to conduct inquiry de novo as directed by Co-operation Minister, has been posted for hearing by the High Court on Thursday morning with a poser to Kedar whether he wanted to withdraw the petition.

Kedar had challenged the method adopted by Inquiry Officer contending that by refusing to join NABARD officer who was ex-officio director during enquiry, there is violation of Section 88 of the Maharashtra State Co-operative (MSC) Act under which entire management is responsible for any shortcoming or alleged wrongdoing. However, the inquiry officer claimed that under rule 72 of the MCS rules, such nominated and ex-officio Directors are exempted from any legal consequences and hence there is no need to join them in enquiry.

The High Court, after hearing the matter, for quite some time, dismissed the petition with heavy cost of Rs 40,000 and directed petitioner to pay Rs 10,000 each to four respondents. In the other petition, the High Court before summer vacation had granted interim stay to ongoing inquiry in NDCCB scam conducted by special inquiry officer Dr Surendra Kharbade. The earlier special auditor had indicted Kedar for causing loss to NDCCB and had directed him to pay Rs 129.31 crore with interest to the bank. He had challenged the order before co-operation Minister who ordered a de novo inquiry.

The High Court in a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Omprakash Kamdi and others had directed Inquiry Officer to complete the probe within six months and had also asked trial court to complete the criminal trial within one year. The division bench had requested the single judge bench to take up matter early and decide it.

During the hearing before Justice Z A Haq on Wednesday, the PIL petitioners moved an intervention application seeking permission to participate in the proceedings. When Kedar’s counsel raised objections about their locus, it was contended that after their PIL, the enquiry was started in real sense and even on June 19, the division bench passed the order requesting single to decide the present writ petition on the next date.

Justice Haq, while allowing the intervention application, posted the hearing on Thursday while asking the petitioner-Kedar to decide whether he intends to withdraw the plea or wants adjudication on merit.

Adv Ajay Ghare appeared for the petitioner-Kedar. AGP K L Dharmadhikari (State), Adv Anjan De (Inquiry Officer), Adv M B Agasti (NDCC) represented respondents. Adv Shrirang Bhandarkar held the brief for Intervenors.

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3 women killed, 12 injured in lightning strikes in district

THREE women were killed and 12 others, including a child, were seriously injured when lightning struck Savali Bibi (Hingna), Nand (Bhiwapur), Umrer and Kanhan in the district on Wednesday.

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THREE women were killed and 12 others, including a child, were seriously injured when lightning struck Savali Bibi (Hingna), Nand (Bhiwapur), Umrer and Kanhan in the district on Wednesday.

The deceased have been identified as Manisha Suresh Bawane (26), a resident of Savali (Bibi); Shobha Vithoba Wandhare (50), a resident of Nand; and Godhabai Madhukar Deshmukh (50), a resident of Gangapur.

In Savali (Bibi), Manisha Bawne, Mangala Haribhau Nartam (33), Indu Ashok Chinchghare (48) and Vandana Rajendra Junghare (30) were working in the agricultural field of Haribhau Nartam when lightning struck the village. Manisha was killed on the spot while others were injured. The injured women were rushed to Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, Digdoh Hills. Hingna Police registered an accidental death case. After the post-mortem, Manisha’s body was handed over to her family members.

In the second incident, Shobha Wandhare (50), Kunda, Parasram Chacherkar (40), Panchfula Sunil Dighore (35), Vaishali Gulab Kelzarkar (25), Sunita Gulab Kelzarkar (50) and Yashoda Shravan Sonawane (68) were working in the field in Nand. Suddenly, lightning struck the area after heavy downpour killing Shobha instantaneously and injuring other women. The injured were rushed to Primary Health Centre.

In the third incident, Godhabai Madhukar Deshmukh (50), a resident of Gangapur, was killed near Umrer Engineering College. Madhukar Mangru Deshmukh (60), Nanda Kishor Deshmukh (28), both residents of Gangapur and Hemant Upasrao Shivarkar (45), a resident of Old Bus Stand, Umred, who were injured in the incident were rushed to Umre Rural Hospital.

Similarly, Shivan Ramesh Yadav (10) suffered serious injures due to lightning near Kanhan. He was rushed to a private hospital in Kamptee.

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HC pulls up MCI for reducing intake of medical colleges

Making its displeasure amply clear over reducing intake capacity of government-run medical colleges in Maharashtra by the Medical Council of India (MCI), the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on ... Read More
Making its displeasure amply clear over reducing intake capacity of government-run medical colleges in Maharashtra by the Medical Council of India (MCI), the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday reminded the regulator about its order dated February 14, 2015 in which it was politely asked not to reduce number of MBBS seats from 150 to 100 in GMC at Akola and Yavatmal.

Ignoring this direction, the MCI, in its meeting held on May 14 last, again reduced the intake capacity of government-run medical colleges particularly in Vidarbha. The Hitavada had highlighted this issue on June 29 after which amicus curiae Jugal Kishor Gilda filed the civil application to protect these precious MBBS seats of the region.

A division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain directed MCI to make necessary amends to its decision within next seven days or face likely action of contempt of court.

The High Court praised the Central Government for informing Principal of Yavatmal GMC on June 15 last about renewal of permission for increased intake for the academic year 2015-16. The High Court once again strongly criticised this mechanical approach of MCI in case of government-run medical colleges and stricter scrutiny of infrastructure and teaching staffs available with them as compared to laxity displayed towards private medical colleges. Due to such discriminatory practice, people do not believe MCI reports, the High Court had tersely observed while virtually putting regulator on notice.

Adv Jugalkishor Gilda appeared as amicus curiae. ASGI Rohit Deo and Padma Chandekar (Union Govt), AGP Deepak Thakre (State) and Adv R M Bhangde (MCI) represented the respondents.

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State signs MoU with Cisco to make Nagpur smart and safe city

In a very positive development for Nagpur, Maharashtra Government on Wednesday decided to rope in a global IT player -- Cisco -- to develop Nagpur as a smart city. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavi... Read More
In a very positive development for Nagpur, Maharashtra Government on Wednesday decided to rope in a global IT player -- Cisco -- to develop Nagpur as a smart city. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is currently visiting United States, took the lead in finalising this agreement.

A high-level team of Maharashtra Government led by Fadnavis, Industries Minister Subhash Desai and top officials visited Cisco headquarters at San Francisco and watched a well-researched presentation about Nagpur and its potential prepared by Cisco team led by its vice-president and Chief Development Officer Pankaj Patel.

Describing it a very good beginning, Fadnavis declared his intention to make entire Maharashtra as smart state. This is a golden coincidence that on day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched his Digital India campaign, the Maharashtra Government has signed this MoU to make Nagpur a smart city, he stated. Smartness enhances efficiency and things are delivered at right time and right cost without hindrances, he stated.

The MoU intends to make Nagpur a smart and safe city with the help of modern technology and use of the Internet to improve quality of life. Effective and fast delivery of services like CCTV cameras, intelligent transport system, integrated command and control, environmental monitoring, improved health services etc in co-ordination with Nagpur Municipal Corporation will be undertaken by Cisco at an estimated cost of Rs 382 crore. This will improve delivery system. It’s a win-win situation for Maharashtra and for Nagpur, Fadnavis stated while recalling experience of mega city like Barcelona which underwent massive transformation using expertise of Cisco.

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Monsoon to pick up pace in July

With advent of July, all eyes are glued upwards, at least in the city. The fortnight-long break by rains was getting on the nerves of citizens due to sweltering temperature. The sultry atmosphere... Read More
With advent of July, all eyes are glued upwards, at least in the city. The fortnight-long break by rains was getting on the nerves of citizens due to sweltering temperature. The sultry atmosphere was troubling people till Wednesday. A glance at historical record with Meteorological Department offers hope that month of July would offer bountiful of rains, as it is classified as typical monsoon month.

The climatic feature released by the Meteorological Department office indicates that the month sees steady increase in rains and on any given day the average rainfall is between 10 mm to 30 mm.

If the turbulence is greater, then the city might witness continuous rainfall for one of two days, off course depending upon the upper air circulation and other factors.

The precipitation data shows that the rainfall average largely hinges on rains during month of July. But given the slowdown in monsoon, and indication of slack season the previous month, citizens were put to test and swelter due to rise in humidity. Since July 1 night though there is chill in the wind, but barely enough to offer a slight relief but not total in nature. Only a vigorous rainfall is being awaited by Nagpurians to knock off the creepy atmosphere prevailing right now. The climate features mention that often a depression induced rains are witness during this time of year and heavy rainfall is witnessed and it ranges between 70 to 120 mm within 24 hours. On average the rainfall of July is 287.8 mm with average number of rainy days 14. The number of days of thunderstorm with rain are 9, the average maximum temperature lies between 30 and 34 degrees C and minimum temperature around 24 degrees Celsius. Though July is called monsoon month, there is no relief from humidity which hovers around 75% on an average.

Extreme values in the month of July -- n The highest maximum temperature of 40.6 degrees Celsius was recorded on July 12, 1966 and July 11, 1992 n The lowest minimum temperature of 19.4 degrees Celsius was recorded on July 13, 1942 n The highest monthly rainfall of 678.9 mm was recorded in the year 1994 n The lowest monthly rainfall of 89.9 mm was recorded in the year 1899 n The heaviest rainfall in 24 hours was 304.0 mm on July 12, 1994

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Reservoir storage at 24% despite good rains in June

Water stock in the dams across Nagpur division is not so good as the monsoon that was off to vigorous start initially tapered off towards the end of June. As on June 30, the available water stock... Read More
Water stock in the dams across Nagpur division is not so good as the monsoon that was off to vigorous start initially tapered off towards the end of June. As on June 30, the available water stock in major, medium and small dams across division is 24% which is lowest of past three years. The total designed capacity of 366 dams in this part of the region is 4073 mm3 and as of June 30 the available stock is 975 mm3. Surprisingly, though compared to last week, there has been addition in stock of just one per cent which indicates positive development.

In Amravati division, the position is slight better than Nagpur and the available stock is 33%. The designed capacity of 449 dams there is 2916 mm3 and water available is 930 mm3. Here to the water level has shown an increase of nearly three per cent in comparison to last week recorded position. As compared to Nagpur, in year 2014 the level was lowest on this day at 30%. Major dams: The big dams in Nagpur division alone account for 3040 mm3 of capacity and they were having stock of 890 mm3 which is 29%. Over last the inflow of water in the big dams has increased and difference with the latest figure is one per cent.

Last year, although the position at this juncture was very comfortable when the holding was about 43% and even in year 2013 it was 40%.

Among the middle level project the division has about 40 in all having storage of 551 mm3 and the level there as on June 30 was 49 mm3 which is just 9%. In fact, in this category the water level during end of June normally is low as in 2014 it was just 20% and in 2013 it was only 15%.

Medium dams: In the division, 310 dams come under the medium dam category. Their collective capacity is 482 mm3 and water stock available is 36 mm3 which is 7%. This is also three year low which is an indication of deficient rainfall in the command area of the dam region so far.

At Amravati division, there are 23 medium project with designed capacity of 659 mm3 is having stock of 241 mm3 which is 37%. As compared to last week there is increase of six mm3 giving an healthy 5% increase within one week.

Small dams: The current water status in 417 small dams, having volume of 873 mm3, is 176 mm3 which is 20%.

According to rainfall data of the Meteorological Department, Vidarbha received excess rains during the month of June. The rainy season set over region towards mid June and from day one the thunderstorm and heavy rainfall lifted the mood across the broad spectrum.

Over next one week almost daily there was robust rainfall. Also the initial burst of rainfall was excess and within a fortnight the entire month average was recorded in various districts of Vidarbha.

Yet the low water level across three categories of the dams is a worrying factor for the sowing season.

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NMC to rope in NGOs to maintain crematoria

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will give responsibility to social organisations to maintain crematoria of the city. Standing Committee has forwarded this proposal to general body for taking... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will give responsibility to social organisations to maintain crematoria of the city. Standing Committee has forwarded this proposal to general body for taking the policy decision.

Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare while talking to mediapersons said, Ambazari, Mokshadham, Sahakar Nagar, Gangabai, Dighori, Shanti Nagar, Vaishali Nagar, Nara, Nari, Pardi and Mankapur crematorium will be given to private agencies, company or social organisations for operation and maintenance. This will reduce the maintenance cost of local body and also protect it from anti-social elements. The local body will give fishing contract of Gandhi Sagar lake to an agency at Rs 31,99,999 for three years. The Standing Committee authorised Commissioner to take decision on deployment of security guards at head quarters, zonal offices and other important departments of the local body buildings.

The present contract concluded on June 15 and Standing Committee permitted to extend the contract for one year with MESCO.

The local body will allocate shops to fisherman on minimum prices at Mangalwari Fish market.

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Old High Court building to be a protected monument soon

THE Old High Court building, which houses the Archaeological Survey of India, Nagpur Circle office will be declared a protected monument soon. The efforts of the ASI authorities bore fruits in ... Read More
THE Old High Court building, which houses the Archaeological Survey of India, Nagpur Circle office will be declared a protected monument soon. The efforts of the ASI authorities bore fruits in saving this architectural marvel.

The building constructed during 1891-93, as indicated by the foundation stone on the building, has stood for over 120 years without any damage. With the efforts of former Director General of ASI, following reports published in The Hitavada, steps were taken to protect the monument. Later, efforts began to get it removed from the list of heritage buildings to pave way for its better upkeep.

The issue could not be followed as the Circle Office of ASI was located at Aurangabad. A separate circle for Vidarbha Region was carved out about one and a half year ago, headed by Superintending Archaeologist. The Superintending Archaeologist of Nagpur Circle Nandini B Sahu took an important step obtained No Objection Certificate last week, from Municipal Commissioner Shrawan Hardikar. The form ‘B’ which is required to be filled for the purpose, was actually submitted in 1999. But the file gathered dust for these many years. The file started moving when the then Director of Monuments Dorge, in 2013, asked Superintending Archaeologist to initiate steps to get the NOC. Sahu took personal interest and succeeded in getting the NOC. The building which remained neglected for over 50 years, will now be protected and maintained. There was a move to demolish the building and the Central Government offices were shifted to the CGO Complex on Seminary Hills. Only ASI authorities were against demolition of the building. The Hitavada had taken up the issue and the Director of ASI at Delhi took steps to prevent its demolition. The then DG of ASI late Dr Ajay Shankar was highly impressed with the structure and had promised to develop a national archaeological museum here. His successor Gupta Menon also visited the office and promised to fulfill the dream of Dr Ajay Shankar, who died in a road accident. The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court admitted suo motu writ petition following the reports published by The Hitavada. Justice Sharad Bobde took keen interest and held discussion with DG Dr Gautam Sengupta in the year 2010. Since then the issue was pending.

Dr G S Khwaja, Director Epigraphy stated that the three nationally important branches - Excavation, Epigraphy and Pre-history housed in the building were specially brought from Delhi as compensation to Nagpur, when it lost its status as the capital of Madhya Pradesh, during re-organisation of the states in 1960. The rent-free accommodation was provided to ASI by the State Government. CPWD then transferred the occupation rights of the building to ASI.

The formal declaration of the building as Protected Monument, will be made very soon. The plan of developing a national archaeological museum may also be executed bringing Nagpur on the map of important places, so far as archeological and historical studies are concerned.

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Eco-Pro head in the dock over Halda leopardess death

GROSS ignorance of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), while administering injection to a leopardess in Halda village of Brahmapuri Forest Division, was the main reason behind death of the animal... Read More
GROSS ignorance of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), while administering injection to a leopardess in Halda village of Brahmapuri Forest Division, was the main reason behind death of the animal, if the video shoot of the failed rescue operation is to be believed.

The menacing leopardess had injured six persons on June 15 in Halda village following which a rescue operation was launched by forestment on June 16. However, as the video clearly shows, the entire operation was taken over by volunteers of Eco-Pro Organisation, which proved fatal for the beast.

After a shooter failed to tranquilise the leopardess the team decided to administer an injection to the beast. The video grab clearly shows Bandu Dhotre, President of the organisation and Honorary Wildlife Warden, Chandrapur district, injecting the beast after capturing it in a net in the shrubs just a few feet away from the pond containing water. Apparently, Dhotre is neither authorised nor trained to handle such a sensitive operation.

Further enquiries revealed that Dhotre had even warned some forestmen and lady guards not to come near the wild animal and took entire control of the operation.

The video clip also shows only a couple of forestmen around while Eco-Pro volunteers were at the forefront.

The volunteers tried to put net on the leopardess thrice, which is a risky exercise, but it could not be captured. Once, being netted, the animal pounced upon one of the volunteers and injured him. The volunteers threw the net on the beast and surmising it to be captured Dhotre in a hurry administered injection to it. However, the swift animal found an opening on the opposite side and jumped towards the nearby waterbody.

The video shows poor handling of the exercise as the volunteers had not netted the animal safely. The decision to administer injection seemed to be taken in a haste without thinking of the consequences.

The unconscious leopardess, a Schedule I animal, was helpless and drowned in the pond. The post-mortem report also says the animal died as water entered in the lungs choking the respiratory track.

Ashish Thakare, Deputy Conservator of Forest, Brahmapuri, had supervised the rescue operation but it could not be known how the forestmen allowed others to take control of the operation despite his presence. When contacted veterinary doctor Ravi Khobragade said that he had inserted dart and handed the syringe to a volunteer of Eco-Pro Organisation.

Sarjan Bhagat, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ said that he had given permission to tranquilise the beast as per Standard Operating Procedure. However, he added that the team at the spot had to decide whether injection be administered to the troublesome animal.

Bhagat said that when Dr Khobragade was present on the spot he should have administered the injection. He wondered as to how Dr Khobragade shirked his responsibility and allowed an untrained person to carry on the operation.

“If he (Dr Khobragade) was so frightened then he should not have even taken part in the tranquillising exercise,” the PCCF pointed out.

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Finance Minister slams DDOs for delay in employees’ salaries

Several employees in various departments and even with Zilla Parishad (ZP) and Agricultural Universities have been complaining that they are not getting their salaries on time. Taking cognisanc... Read More
Several employees in various departments and even with Zilla Parishad (ZP) and Agricultural Universities have been complaining that they are not getting their salaries on time. Taking cognisance of this, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has slammed Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDOs) for delay and has asked the Chief Secretary Swadhin Kshatriya to take stock of the situation.

In a letter to Chief Secretary, Mungantiwar has dubbed the problem as ‘serious’ and has stressed upon the need to fix responsibility of respective DDOs. As many as 5,81,774 employees in the State get their salaries through Treasury Department after their salary bills are prepared under Sevaarth System. For the purpose, every administrative department distributes grants to respective regional offices through Budget Distribution System (BDS). If the administrative departments do not get grants through BDS, they may use ‘Negative Authorisation Slip’ and ensure that employees’ salaries are not delayed for want of grants. However, Mungantiwar has observed, this does not happen. “Hence, it is necessary to fix responsibility for delay in payment of salaries to employees, on respective DDOs,” he has stated in the letter.

It may be noted here that Sevaarth is a centralised web-based, integrated system of Personnel Information and Payroll for Maharashtra Government. As per the Finance Department website, Sevaarth is the first step towards achieving the aim of paperless Electronic Payroll System including pay bill generation, electronic submission, electronic audit, and electronic payment to the employees.

The salaries of employees of Zilla Parishads, aided institutions, and Agricultural Universities are not paid through Treasuries. Those are paid from grants withdrawn from Treasuries. For the purpose, respective departments have got their Customised Sevaarth System. However, many of these employees also are not getting salaries on time. Hence, Finance Minister has asked the DDOs concerned to stabilise their Customised Sevaarth Systems.

After suggesting these measures, Mungantiwar has made it clear that salaries of employees should be paid on time. “Despite these measures, if employees do not get salaries on time, respective DDOs should be held responsible for delay,” he stated. He asked Chief Secretary to monitor the situation on regular basis and issue ‘strict’ instructions to administrative departments in this regard.

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RTMNU’s 102nd Convocation to be held on August 29

THE 102nd convocation of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) will be held on August 29. This decision was taken on Tuesday in the meeting of Management Council. The meeting h... Read More
THE 102nd convocation of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) will be held on August 29. This decision was taken on Tuesday in the meeting of Management Council. The meeting has also decided to prepare all the degree certificates. Vice-Chancellor Dr S P Kane was empowered to decide the chief guest for the convocation. Holding this convocation has become very important as the term of all elective authorities is coming to end in August.

Conducting elections of these bodies and their constitution takes almost 6 months. In that case this convocation could have lingered on for that much time. University fails to prepare the degree certificates even after one year. But this year it has decided to keep ready the degree certificates of all the students who will be receiving degree.

In case of Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL), a committee has been constituted under the headship of Dr S P Kane. The committee will settle the payment issue of MKCL within a week.

The other members of the committee are new Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr Pramod Yeole, Registrar Puran Meshram, Director of Board of College and University Development Dr D K Agrawal and Chancellor nominee Management Council member Dr Sanjay Khadakkar.

The course of Post-Graduation Diploma in Robotics has been principally approved by the Management Council. This course is being funded by American company and for which Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi had been to city. He is trying to woo the American company through which finances will be arranged. After the approval of Management Council, it will go to Academic Council.

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Rich haul of ornaments worth Rs 11.64 lakh from Geetanjali Exp

RAILWAY Protection Force (RPF) recovered ornaments worth Rs 11.64 lakh abroad Howrah bound Geetanjali Express. The ornaments were being carried by one Noornavi alias Gulam Kadar Sheikh (25), ha... Read More
RAILWAY Protection Force (RPF) recovered ornaments worth Rs 11.64 lakh abroad Howrah bound Geetanjali Express. The ornaments were being carried by one Noornavi alias Gulam Kadar Sheikh (25), hailing from West Bengal, and he was caught from S-14 coach of 12859 Mumbai-Howrah Express. A RPF patrolling team during routine checking got suspicious of a person and questioned him. Sheikh furnished a general ticket and as he was travelling in reserved compartment, the RPF team’s suspicion grew. The ticket turned out to be of different route and when he was asked about luggage the traveller tried to mislead the uniformed men. RPF constables asked travellers to verify their luggage and finally one bag was unclaimed which they confiscated.

RPF team checked the bag which revealed stacks of currency bundles of Rs 50, Rs 100 and total cash was Rs 50,000. Also inside one of the bag ornaments seemed to be hidden which further had the RPF patrolling team in bind. Sheikh seeing his cover blown-up tried to settle the matter and offered bribe to RPF team but latter got down with him at Rajnandgaon railway station.

A thorough check of bag revealed 280 gm of gold ornaments, 384 gms of silver ornaments, artificial jewellery made of gold 60 gms, one mobile handset and cash of Rs 51,458.

The total booty was worth Rs 11,64,458. Sheikh claimed to be currently residing on Dakia Road, Mazgaon, Boribunder, Mumbai while he hails from Kali Talla, Areaban village, under Kalli Thala police station in West Bengal. Sub-Inspector Vikas Kumar seized the ornaments and cash. Further search of bag yielded three small packs of brown sugar. Physical search of Sheikh revealed several marks of knife injuries all over his body. RPF team concluded that Sheikh and his associates might have waylaid someone in Mumbai and latter was fleeing with booty to West Bengal to escape detention.

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Customs officials seize 3 kg gold worth Rs 74.61 lakh at airport

In a major exercise, officials of Air Customs Unit of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur, laid their hands on 3.0025 kg gold that was being smuggled from Sharjah to India.

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In a major exercise, officials of Air Customs Unit of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur, laid their hands on 3.0025 kg gold that was being smuggled from Sharjah to India.

According to sources, passenger Mohd Shafik Khan Motorwala, a resident of Mumbai, landed at the airport here by Air Arabia flight no G9-415 from Sharjah. When his bag was being scanned in the X-Ray machine, yellow metal was detected in it. When the bag was opened by officials of Air Customs Unit, they discovered gold in the form of coil weighing about 3.5 kg valued at Rs 74.61 lakh. The gold coil was concealed by him in LG Music System. He was detained immediately. During the course of investigation, Motorwala spilled the beans. He admitted that the gold was non-declared. The seized gold was being smuggled from Sharjah via Nagpur to Mumbai. The passenger was arrested under the relevant sections of the Customs Act, 1962 and further investigation is underway.

Sources wondered how the bag containing gold skipped the scanner machine and was not detected, when Motorwala boarded the Air Arabia flight from Sharjah. Or, they wondered, whether Motorwala had developed relations with the officials at Sharjah airport. Otherwise, sources said, it is not possible to smuggle gold in the bag from airport. Such incidents are coming to fore at the Nagpur airport due to strict vigil adopted by the Customs officials, sources said.

It may be recalled here that in March 2013, three passengers travelling with 3.45 kg of gold were detained at Nagpur airport. They too had come from Sharjah in an Air Arabia flight, and had hid the gold in the form of biscuits in their shoes, clothing, etc. In April 2014 also, the Customs officials had seized 625.31 grammes of gold worth Rs 16 lakh from a passenger travelling by Air Arabia flight from Sharjah to Nagpur. He was carrying white-coated gold wire and chain.

In July 2014, Crime Branch of City Police had booked Pradeep Bobde, retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, for carrying 1 kg brick of gold, gold biscuits weighing 100 grammes, 16 gold coins weighing 2 grammes each, and a LCD television. Bobde had received the consignment that arrived by Air Arabia flight, and was fleeing in a Toyota SUV, when the sleuths nabbed him after a hot chase. An offence was registered at Sonegaon Police Station in this regard.

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NMC General Body to discuss budget today

The general body of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will discuss the annual budget of Rs 1,964 crore income tabled by Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare last week during the general ... Read More
The general body of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will discuss the annual budget of Rs 1,964 crore income tabled by Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare last week during the general body meeting slated on June 29 at 10 am at Town Hall, Mahal. Mayor Pravin Datke will chair the meeting. For the first time, the NMC has decided time frame for the opposition and ruling party members for taking part in the discussion. The main opposition Congress party has been granted 1 hour and 50 minutes time for debate on budget while Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Shiv Sena, Bahujan Samaj Party and other parties will have half an hour time for debate. Congress has given name of 18 members who will speak on budget. The opposition has already dubbed the budget as highly unrealistic and disappointing. It may be mentioned that Standing Committee estimated such a whopping income for NMC, which is passing through a bad financial patch, that it caught everybody by surprise. The entire calculation is based on probable liberal funding from Central and State Government for the development of Nagpur. The local body hoped to get around Rs 534 crore aid from both the Governments. The local body has already increased the property tax and has now proposed hike in water charges. Commissioner Shrawan Hardikar had presented budget of Rs 1,246 crore and Standing Committee increased it by almost Rs 700 crore. The local body is expecting income of Rs 450 crore from local body tax (LBT). The tax will be scrapped from August 1, 2015, but NMC hopes that State Government may extend financial help to it to run the show. Recently, Datke has demanded financial assistance of Rs 65 crore per month from the State Government. This is committed monthly expenditure of the NMC. The NMC has also estimated income of Rs 270 crore from property tax. Recently, the local body has reformed the property tax giving more emphasis on recovery and addition of new properties. The NMC will increase water charges for strengthening the water supply system in the orange city. The local body has proposed scrapping of Gunthewari Act, 2002, and also slashed developments charges based on ready reckoner rates by the State Government. The proposal will be sent to State Government for its nod. Nagpur Municipal Corporation Employees Union has demanded for abolition of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) as it is against the 74 th amendment of the Constitution.

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Vidarbha stands to lose 200 MBBS seats

Thanks to infrastructural deficiencies in Government run medical colleges and apathy shown by previous regime, Maharashtra stands to lose 350 precious MBBS seats. But to compensate this loss, t... Read More
Thanks to infrastructural deficiencies in Government run medical colleges and apathy shown by previous regime, Maharashtra stands to lose 350 precious MBBS seats. But to compensate this loss, the regulator Medical Council of India (MCI) has sanctioned 300 fresh MBBS seats. Still state will be loosing 50 under-graduate seats. Opening of medical colleges at Gondia and Chandrapur are out of question this year, according to MCI.

50 seats each are reduced in Akola, Yavatmal, Latur, Kolhapur and Dhule colleges. As far as Vidarbha is concerned only Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital got its increased quota.

Despite infrastructural constraints, the present Government fiercely tried to protect MBBS seats of all Government run colleges. As a result, four colleges from four regions got the benefit. Juhu from Mumbai got 150 seats, Miraj (Western Maharashtra) got 50 seats, IGGMCH from Vidarbha got additional 50 seats and its intake has increased from 100 to 150 and Dr Shankarrao Chavan Government Medical College, Nanded got renewal of 50 seats taking its intake from 50 to 100.

For new medical college at Gondia, MCI pointed out deficiencies while not recommending the college to Central Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and returned the application.

The proposal of new medical college with 150 intake at Juhu, Greater Mumbai being run by Municipal Corporation at Greater Mumbai was sent to MCI. The Executive Committee of MCI considered the compliance verification assessment report and decided to recommend the college.

Akola and Yavatmal did not get their quota of 50 increased seats as MCI pointed out deficiencies especially the inadequate staff. Dr Shankarrao Chavan Government Medical College, Nanded was expecting renewal of the seats from 50 to 100. Government acted fast and filed the compliance that resulted in getting 50 increased seats to college. But Kolhapur’s Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Government Medical College, Shri Bhausaheb Hire Government Medical College, Dhule also lost 50 seats.

In case of Yavatmal college, executive committee of MCI further noted the Order of the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court which directed the MCI not to take any adverse decision during pendency of PIL and decided to forward the matter to the Central Government, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Deficiencies pointed out by MCI

Gondia

- Deficiency of faculty is 77.77 % as detailed in the report. - No fresh appointment of any faculty or Resident since previous assessment. No Professor, Asso. Prof. and Asst. prof. reported for attendance. -No permanent Dean. - Pre-clinical departments of Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry are not fully functional. -Students’ Hostels are not available. - Residential quarters for faculty and non-teaching staff are not available in the campus. - Labour room is not as per specifications.

Akola

- Shortage of Residents is 48.88 % - Only 3 mobile X-ray machines are functional against requirement of 6. - Only 2 static X-ray machines are functional against requirement of 5. - Central Library: Available area is 2,000 sq.m. against requirement of 2,400 sq.m. - OPD attendance is 987. - Out of 11 Major operations, 6 were in Ophthalmology leaving total only 5 operations amongst all other departments. - Cleanliness is not good in hospital premises.

Yavatmal

-Deficiency of faculty is 35.97 %. - Shortage of Residents is 38.62 %. -OPD attendance: Daily average is 737 against requirement of 1,000. -Only 3 mobile X-ray machines are available against requirement of 6. - Only 3 static machines are available against requirement of 5. - Lecture Theater: No lecture theater has capacity of 180 as required. - Anatomy department: Only 10 Dissection tables are available which is inadequate. -Blood component separation facility is not available.

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Development of Bangladesh depends on progress of India: B’desh envoy

“Cultural heritage, history, geography, and ethics of Bangladesh and India are almost the same. India shares 4,000 sq km border with Bangladesh, which is higher than that with Pakistan and Ch... Read More
“Cultural heritage, history, geography, and ethics of Bangladesh and India are almost the same. India shares 4,000 sq km border with Bangladesh, which is higher than that with Pakistan and China. Hence, development of Bangladesh depends on progress of India,” observed Syed Muazzem Ali, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India. The former Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh and a highly respected Bangladesh diplomat was in the city to grace Vishwa Bangla Sammelan that concluded on Sunday. In an exclusive chat with ‘The Hitavada’, Syed Muazzem Ali spoke on various issues concerning India-Bangladesh relations, internal situation in Bangladesh, and stressed that ‘people to people’ contact would strengthen the ties between both the neighbouring countries.

Strengthening relations between India and Bangladesh is possible through trade and cultural exchanges. “Bangladesh is in favour of encouraging ‘people to people contact’ between both the countries through various initiatives. Bus service from Kolkata to Dhaka and Agartala is also one of these measures. Today, it takes three days to cover this distance, but in future it will reduce up to 18 hours,” said the High Commissioner wearing a charming smile on his radiant face.

Syed Muazzem Ali told ‘The Hitavada’ that Bangladesh was going to set up Deputy High Commission in Guwahati (Assam) to improve relations between North Eastern states of India and Bangladesh. “Improvement in relationship with other neighbouring countries like Nepal and Bhutan is equally important for us. And, on this path, we are moving ahead,” he said. He informed that recently a meeting was held in Thimphu (capital of Bhutan) regarding motor vehicle treaty involving Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN).

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, who hails from Nagpur, showed a keen interest in this treaty. “According to this treaty, motor vehicles of all these four countries will get common registration number for smooth movement across the border,” Ali added. It may be mentioned here that BBIN Motor Vehicles Agreement will facilitate transportation of people and goods among these four SAARC member countries.

For long, India and Bangladesh have been victims of terrorism. On terrorist activities in Bangladesh, Ali said, “People in Bangladesh are secular. But, there are some groups that are encouraging crime and communal extremism.” When Sheikh Hasina became Prime Minister, she declared that she will not allow Bangladesh to be used for terrorist attacks or any armed attack. She has taken every step to secure Bangladesh, he added. Recently, Bangladesh was stunned by murders of bloggers. Asked about this, Ali clarified that Bangladesh Government never supported communal extremists, but Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) did not allow anyone to hurt any community’s sentiments. “Those were not murders of bloggers, those were murders of Bangladeshis. We arrested two murderers and search is on for another. We will arrest him also,” he observed.

Referring to the current situation in Bangladesh, Ali opined, “Parliament is a place where people’s representatives share their thoughts. But those who want power instead of democracy will never get chance to rule Bangladesh. Khaleda Zia is running for power and this is the biggest cause of instability in our country. But, it will be wrong to say that any emergency like situation was taking shape in Bangladesh. For, the Government and the people both want democracy and it is impossible that a group will suppress thoughts and rule over Bangladesh. The Government is ready to talk to Khaleda Zia, if she approaches for democracy.”

The diplomat who stood for Bangladesh in 1971

Syed Muazzem Ali is respected highly in diplomatic circles for his commitment to liberty. During his posting in the then Pakistan Embassy in Washington DC in 1971, he declared allegiance to the Bangladesh Government-in-Exile and set up the Bangladesh Mission in Washington DC along with other Bangladesh diplomats from the Pakistan Embassy. Later, in 1972, it became full-fledged Bangladesh Embassy.

Born in July 1944 in Sylhet, Syed Muazzem Ali obtained his Masters in Science from Dhaka University in 1966 with first class. He joined erstwhile Pakistan Foreign Service in 1968. After liberation of Bangladesh in 1971, he served the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh. Between 1972 and 1988, Ali served Bangladesh Missions in Washington, Warsaw, New York (Permanent Mission to the UN), and New Delhi (India) in different capacities. He was Bangladesh Consul General in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Ambassador to Bhutan, Director General (International Organisations) in the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador to Iran, and France. He served as Foreign Secretary from March 1999 to July 2001.

‘Land Boundary Agreement is historic’

THE historic Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) between India and Bangladesh, has brought the people in these countries together. Commenting on this, Ali said that the agreement created a history not only for Bangladesh and India but also for the entire world. The treaty has solved the unsettled issues involving un-demarcated land boundary of approximately 6.2 km, exchange of enclaves and adverse possessions between both the countries.

“It was tough to realise the pain of victims living in these areas. Now, Bangladesh will conduct a survey and approach to every person living in disputed areas and ask them about their citizenship choice. As per their wish, both the Governments will allow citizenship,” said Ali. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, was always in favour of good relations between both countries, Ali said. He thanked Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, for taking a step forward towards this historic agreement.

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Fadnavis to promote MIHAN, Vidarbha during his US visit

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis left for New York city on wee hours of Monday along with a high-level delegation to invite investment and expertise from the US to Maharashtra in various sector... Read More
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis left for New York city on wee hours of Monday along with a high-level delegation to invite investment and expertise from the US to Maharashtra in various sectors and will meet political and business leaders during the trip, being pegged as ‘Mumbai meets Manhattan.’ During this week-long official visit, Fadnavis is expected to address many conferences, business summits, meet important business leaders including CEOs of leading companies, members of Indian Diaspora, well-organised groups like Maharashtra Mandal and participate in host of activities to explore possibilities of US investment in Maharashtra in key areas of infrastructure, trade, health, IT, manufacturing, skill development etc.

During the day-long visit on June 29, Fadnavis is expected to meet the Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie as well as other senior political leaders from New York City and neighbouring Connecticut.

Fadnavis confirmed that he will aggressively promote MIHAN and Vidarbha-Marathwada region for attracting investment for big-ticket manufacturing projects as per his favourite Make in Maharashtra project. During his earlier visits to China, Germany, Israel and Switzerland, the Chief Minister has successfully showcased Maharashtra as the ultimate investment destination before global business leaders and investment giants.

Given the large population of Indians in the New York-New Jersey area, Fadnavis will hold meetings with the States’ leadership and promote Maharashtra as an attractive investment destination not only among the Diaspora but to a larger American audience. Chief Minister will have a packed schedule for the day and will meet CEOs of companies from sectors identified as crucial for investment by the State Government. A grand community reception has also been organised for Fadnavis by the Friends of Maharashtra, a not-for-profit group of individuals and partner associations working towards strengthening ties and promoting cooperation between the US and India.

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NTPC in a fix over an ‘indecent proposal’ from NMC

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is aggressively pushing a highly controversial proposal to National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to buy treated sewage water at Rs 10 per cubic mt (1,000 li... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is aggressively pushing a highly controversial proposal to National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to buy treated sewage water at Rs 10 per cubic mt (1,000 litre) from its proposed 200 MLD capacity Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) at Bhandewadi. In-spite of this agreement, the NTPC will have to do 100 per cent investment in this project and that will cost round Rs 250 crores. This investment and treated water charge will definitely increase the cost of power generation from NTPC’s Thermal Power Plant at Mouda. Highly placed sources confirmed that Vishvaraj Infrastructure Limited bagged the contract of augmenting 100 MLD capacity Sewage Water Treatment Plant to 200 MLD including installation of 2 pumping stations and laying pipeline. As per contract, the contractor will sell treated water to power companies. This is shocking that Vishvaraj Infrastructure Limited bagged the contract and now, it is trying to recover complete price from the NTPC for the project.

The Mahagenco has already signed an agreement with the NMC for purchase of treated water at Rs 3.75 per Cubic Mt. The Mahagenco will give Rs 15 crore per annum to NMC against the cost of this water. The SMS company on behalf of local body has constructed new STP for supplying treated water to Mahagenco. The Mahagenco is receiving water at Rs 3.75 per Cubic Mt while NMC will sell same water to NTPC at Rs 10 per Cubic Mtr, that is very costly and may increase the rates of electricity generated by this central government run power utility. As per proposal of Vishvaraj, if NTPC and operator (Vishvaraj Limited) equally bare the load of investment, then treated water will be provided at the cost of Rs 20 per Cubic Mtr. Alternatively if 100 per cent investment is made by the operator, then the cost of water will be Rs 28 per Cubic Mt. The NMC will get Rs 6.85 per mcube for water sold upto 75 MLD and Rs 7.85 per mcube for water sold upto 100 MLD. The average rate of 175 MLD would be Rs 7.41 per mcube and additional 25 MLD will fetch Rs 7.85 per mcube. The local body will get Rs 55 crore per annum from Vishvaraj company. The capex and opex cost becomes zero for NMC and NTPC would get assured water from local body. The present reservation of fresh water from Gosikhurd dam will be provided for domestic and irrigation purposes, the proposal stated.

Presently, the NTPC is lifting raw water from Gosikhurd dam canal at Rs 4 per unit and it is not ready to purchase treated water from the local body. Even, Union Energy Minister Piyush Goyal’s office has rejected the proposal of NMC to buy costly treated water from Vishvaraj Limited. The power generation capacity of Mouda Power Plant in phase I is 1,000 MW and Phase II is 1,320 MW. The total water requirement for NTPC plant is 240 MLD including cooling tower water requirement of 200 MLD and boiler and domestic requirement of 40 MLD. The NTPC is getting 240 MLD raw water from Gosikhurd dam while 40 MLD from the present sources (boiler and domestic). The local body wants to supply 200 MLD reuse water to NTPC for cooling process so that the Gosikhurd water could be saved and used for irrigation purpose but NTPC had an agreement with Water Resources Department (WRD) for supply of raw water for power generation.

As per proposal of Vishvaraj Limited, the company wants investment from NTPC for laying 1800 mm MS pipeline with cost of Rs 120 crore, erection laying (mechanical) Rs 3 crore, pipeline laying (excavation, thrust, blocks, refilling, road restoration) Rs 30 crore, railway road, nullah, river crossing Rs 20 crore, construction of tertiary treatment Rs 70 crore.

Sources claimed that Electricity Department has decided to issue a circular to purchase only sewage treated water from local bodies so that the raw water can be saved for drinking and irrigation purposes. However, if the local body charge exorbirant rates from the power generation companies then the ultimate sufferer will be power consumers only, who are still buying costly electricity from them.

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Now, Income Tax Deptt to levy notional tax on unsold flats

It may be a new source of income for the Government, but for real estate players, it would create a deep hole into their pockets. Gone are the glorious days when real estate players used to smile... Read More
It may be a new source of income for the Government, but for real estate players, it would create a deep hole into their pockets. Gone are the glorious days when real estate players used to smile by counting their vacant unsold flats/dwelling units and used to show it as stock-in-trade. Now according to new Action Plan dashed off by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to Income-Tax Department, the I-T officials have been asked to ensure that vacant flats/houses kept as stock-in-trade are taxed as income from house property even if they are not actually let-out.

According to tax authorities, real estate companies have to pay tax based on Annual Letting Value (ALV) on unsold flats as they are the owners of the flats and it does not matter whether the properties are rented or not. The new proposal is likely to immediately affect developers holding more than one lakh ready unsold properties in top eight cities across the country, said CA Kailash Jogani, President of Nagpur Chamber of Commerce Limited. “In Vidarbha more than 5,000 flats are ready to sale and kept as stock-in-trade,” he disclosed.

Jogani said, “These properties will attract tax computed on the basis of notional annual letting value. Builders have to either sell these properties immediately, perhaps by offering discounts, or have to pay taxes as a rental income. The notional rent may range from 5 per cent to 9 per cent of the value of flat.” Such a tax would be a big setback to the real estate players as most of the big and medium players keep huge stock in trade for future appreciation and for higher pricing. The real estate sector is witnessing bad phase since few years and due to this tax, it would make them more difficult to withstand the circumstances, he said.

According to Jogani, till 2012, almost all the builders were showing unsold inventories as stock in trade and there was no tax on them. “Few years ago, when there was an attempt made by the Income-Tax Department to tax unsold stock, builders lobby knocked the doors of court, the court gave judgement in favour of the I-T Department in 2012,” he said.

In this case (V. Ansal Housing Finance and Leasing Co. Ltd), the real estate developer was engaged in constructing mini township, residential properties and commercial complexes. The Assessing Officer assessed the Annual Letting Value (ALV) of flats which the builder had constructed but were lying unsold, under the head ‘Income from House Property’. Ansal Housing contended that the said flats were its stock-in–trade. After hearing both the sides, Delhi High Court gave judgement that the builder was liable to pay Income Tax on the notional rent (ALV) of the unsold flats.

“If at the end of a financial year, one or more constructed units remain unsold, then according to the decision given by Delhi High Court, the Annual Letting Value of such housing units will be liable to be taxed as ‘Income from House Property’ in the hands of the developer,” he said. After the decision, Government was not serious on it. However after, the Action Plan 2015-16, Government seems to be serious on the isuue of taxing unsold vacant flats and houses.

Jogani said that builders usually hoard properties banking on the hope that they would sell these properties at higher prices in future. However, several times, when the market witness sluggishness, the builder/developer genuinely finds it difficult to get buyers and it is normally considered that the builder should granted certain specified period for disposing off the flat/property held after completion.

Jogani said, “If the taxmen taxes notionally on the unsold flats as rental income, and the move is implemented prudently, then real estate players will be discouraged to pile up inventories and accept market determined lower prices which will result in cooling down the property prices specially dwelling units.”

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Never consult a novelist while writing: Shankar

THE 1950s was when the urban Bengali, especially in Kolkata had begun to foray into the world of business, detaching from the traditional role of Babu.

The novels of Mani Shankar Mukherjee, ... Read More
THE 1950s was when the urban Bengali, especially in Kolkata had begun to foray into the world of business, detaching from the traditional role of Babu.

The novels of Mani Shankar Mukherjee, better known as Shankar, dealt with the struggles - moral and otherwise - of that aspiring class. Fifty years on, his books continue to be translated into regional and foreign languages. Many of his works have been adapted by cinematic legends like Ritwik Ghatak and Satyajit Ray.

In an exclusive interview, ‘The Hitavada’ tries to glean a behind-the-scenes understanding of his work.

Q: Your background in law and it’s impact on ‘Koto Ajanare’ is well known, but what sparked cut-throat corporate stories like ‘Seemaboddho’?

Shankar: All my novels stem from experience. I had the privilege of working under Noel Barwell (Kolkata’s last British magistrate) for only one and a half years. He passed away 1953 in India, having refused to leave even after Independence. He was told to move to Ranikhet for his health, but he refused and shifted to a hotel in the city. John Spence’s Hotel is the oldest hotel in Asia. It was my visits there that influenced ‘Chowringee’. It was based on the conversations that I had with the lift boys, receptionist, cabaret dancers and other employees. I wrote it without spending a single night at the hotel.

The posh building on which I based ‘Gharer modhye ghar’ still stands on Park Street. I have also had a ringside view seat to commerce and trade ‘Jana Ananya’ and ‘Seemaboddho’ are based on that. I would like to do a commercial history of Calcutta’s business world.

Q: If you were to set ‘Chowringee’ in a different city or decade, what would you change?

Shankar: Nothing need be changed. ‘Chowringee’, especially, has acquired a fairy tail-like image over the years, and Calcutta is a symbol for any 20th century city in India. I am from Howrah, so I may not be ‘Calcutta born’, but am definitely ‘Calcutta bred’, and would like to be ‘Calcutta died’. You cannot know more than one city in one lifetime. I have found greater delight in people who live, love and die in Kolkata, such as Swami Vivekananda, on whom I have written half a dozen books. It is probably my undoing that they are doing well, but biographies are my new-found love. A well written biography is no different than a work of fiction: they both tell the story of a life.

Q: How has your experience been with the translations of your works?

Shankar: The English translations were a shot in the arm. I realised that my stories could reach all India. I had been a vain, middle-class Bengali. I never wanted to look beyond Asansol. But after the translations came out I saw that I could reach the rest of the country and beyond.

Q: What advice would you give to young, aspiring novelists?

Shankar: Don’t give your manuscript to anyone you know, before it is published. They will ruin it. I am speaking from experience. Never consult a novelist.

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City’s Sneha Warkhade wins Mrs India-Australia crown

Nagpurians are making their mark all across the globe. Sneha Warkhade is one of those achievers. A Nagpurian blessed with beauty and charm, she has won one of the biggest beauty pageants in Aus... Read More
Nagpurians are making their mark all across the globe. Sneha Warkhade is one of those achievers. A Nagpurian blessed with beauty and charm, she has won one of the biggest beauty pageants in Australia and has won the crown of Mrs India-Australia 2015.

Sneha Warkhade has Indian roots. She is now settled in Australia. Sneha won the crown of Mrs India Australia-Touch the Soul 2015, by beating 10 other gorgeous women in her category. It was kind of dream-come-true-moment for her when Bollywood star Soha Ali Khan, who is represented by Oceanic Director for Australia Reena Koak, crowned her.

After the crowning ceremony, Sneha posted on her Facebook page, “I am blessed to wear this beautiful crown and carry the title further to Jamaica. I have learned and grown so much through this experience and also acquired skills that will carry me for years to come. Winning ‘Mrs India-Australia 2015’ was a complete surprise. I remember discovering that I had won the prize when I was standing in the last row of the auditorium. Imagine the fear that struck me as soon as I realised I had to make my way to the front.” Expressing her gratitude towards everybody who helped her in scaling this peak of achievement, Sneha Warkhade said, “There are so many people to thank for this journey and I do not want to leave out any. But, even if I do, please remember that you are all in my heart. Firstly, I would like to say thank you to the Judges and all the sponsors for this competition.

Such a brilliant event would not happen without the time, dedication and support of everyone involved. Thank you to the artistic team of Reena, Sumati Swastik Dance, Riana Das Sifa Kc, Supriya Seva Yoga for your guidance, help, motivation and inspiration. It was always a pleasure coming to the studio everyday with such lovely and engaging people. Last but not the least, thank you to my husband, family and all the lovely contestants for all your love and support. This would not be possible without you all.”

Of course, she is still attached to Nagpur and India. And, with her achievement, she has indeed made Nagpurians proud.

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CM, Energy Minister welcome MERC order

Welcoming the order of Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that it would provide a big relief to consumers in all categories across Ma... Read More

Welcoming the order of Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that it would provide a big relief to consumers in all categories across Maharashtra. It will pave way for reduction in power tariff, he said.

Fadnavis said that the Government had been taking measures to provide relief to power consumers in the State. He congratulated Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule and the officials of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (Mahagenco), and Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (Mahatransco) for working hard to ensure that the consumers got relief.

As per the statement issued by Chief Minister’s Office, Fadnavis observed that the Government had been drawing up plans to make power tariff for industries competitive. If power tariff is competitive, it can attract investments to the Maharashtra. All three State-run power utilities -- MSEDCL, Mahagenco, and Mahatransco -- have ably supported the cause and worked in that direction. MERC order has averted hike in power tariff by Rs 8,500 crore, the Chief Minister stated.

Elaborating on the measures taken by the Government and the three power utilities, it was stated in the release that Mahagenco would save Rs 2,000 crore by way of increasing Plant Load Factor (PLF) and procuring cheaper coal. Mahatransco would reduce its capital expenditure and increase efficiency to save Rs 2,700 crore. Similarly, MSEDCL planned to reduce distribution losses and streamline expenses to save Rs 3,800 crore. Collectively, these companies would save Rs 8,500 crore. Power consumers will be getting relief owing to these measures.

Government hospitals, schools, colleges, primary health centres will pay power bills at reduced rate as tariff for them has been reduced from Rs 10.12 per unit to Rs 7.20 per unit, stated the release.

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Tariff relief to power consumers

In its order on Multi-Year Tariff Petition for 2013-14 to 2015-16 and tariff petition for 2015-16 of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), Maharashtra Electricity R... Read More
In its order on Multi-Year Tariff Petition for 2013-14 to 2015-16 and tariff petition for 2015-16 of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has provided a relief to power consumers in the State. MSEDCL has claimed that the order will reduce power bills of industrial consumers by 7-10 per cent, and that there is ‘no hike’ for 72 per cent of residential category consumers.

MSEDCL had submitted to MERC a proposal regarding annual revenue requirement of Rs 64,181 crore for the year 2015-16. MERC scaled this down to Rs 56,812 crore. The State-run power distribution utility had sought an increase of 7.94 per cent in tariff for 2015-16 over the tariff at the time of filing of the petition in February 2015. As against this, MERC has approved reduction of 5.75 per cent. However, compared to the tariff in April 2015, the overall reduction in tariff as approved by the Commission is 2.44 per cent.

According to MSEDCL. there is ‘no hike’ in power bills of 72 per cent of the residential category consumers with consumption of 0-300 units per month. The number of these consumers comes to around 1.66 crore in entire State. “In fact, power bills of these consumers will be lesser than that in the year 2014,” stated a press release issued by MSEDCL. Further, it added that the power tariff for industrial category consumers has been reduced in the range of 40 paise to Rs 1.21 per unit. “Thus, there is an average reduction of 7 to 10 per cent in power bills of industrial category consumers,” MSEDCL stated.

Relief and hike for consumers in residential category

As far as residential category is concerned, MERC observed that the tariff for domestic category was ‘below’ the Average Cost of Supply (ACoS), ‘which needs to be increased gradually’. However, the Commission reduced Energy Charges for domestic/residential consumers particularly for consumers with consumption below 100 units per month, and approved ‘only marginal increase’ for consumption up to 300 units per month, with ‘marginal increase’ in Fixed Charges.

For residential category consumers in Below Poverty Line (BPL) category with consumption slab of 0-30 units, demand charges as well as energy charges have been kept the same -- Rs 10 and 87 paise per kWh respectively. For consumers in all other residential categories, demand charges have been hiked. For consumers in slab of 1-100 units, energy charges have been reduced from Rs 3.86 per kWh to Rs 3.76 per kWh. For those in 101-300 units slab, energy charges have been increased marginally from Rs 7.20 per kWh to Rs 7.21 per kWh. For those in 301-500 units slab, energy charges have been increased from Rs 9.50 per kWh to Rs 9.95 per kWh. The hike in other residential category consumers is as follows: 501-1000 units per month consumption -- hike from Rs 10.33 per kWh to Rs 11.31 per kWh; and above 1,000 units consumption per month -- hike from Rs 11.01 per kWh to Rs 12.50 per kWh.

For non-residential category consumers, demand charges have been hiked. The energy charges have been reduced in case of these consumers in the slabs of 0-200 units per month and above 200 units per month. For those in more than 20-50 kW and above 50 kW categories, energy charges have been hiked.

Industry: Reduction in tariff, revision in ToD rebate

During hearings, industries had expressed that tariffs for industrial consumers in High Tension (HT) and Low Tension (LT) categories were higher in Maharashtra compared to those in neighbouring states. Taking note of this, the Commission has reduced energy charges in all sub-categories in HT-I Industry and HT-II Commercial categories, but has increased demand charges.

MERC observed that the price of electricity played a crucial role for competitiveness of industry. “With significant increase in availability of power in the State and with projected revenue surplus, the Commission has strived to reduce the Energy Charges for industry with marginal increase in Fixed Charges,” it observed. Besides, MERC stated that it had ensured that the benefit of reduction in Time of Day (ToD) rebate during off-peak hours was used to reduce energy charges across the same categories. In the order, demand charges have been increased from Rs 190 per kVA per month to Rs 220 per kVA per month for all sub-categories in HT-I Industry and HT-II Commercial categories. Energy charges have been reduced in the range of 89 paise per kVA per month to Rs 1.55 per kVA per month for different sub-categories in HT-I Industry category. Similarly, the reduction in energy charges is in the range of 91 paise per kVA per month to Rs 1.39 per kVA per month for various sub-categories in HT-II Commercial category.

For HT-III Railways category also, there is reduction in energy charges by 91 paise per kVA per month. However, MERC accepted MSEDCL’s proposal for reduction in off-peak ToD rebate for night hours from Rs 2.50 per kWh to Rs 1.50 per kWh. In effect, the industries will have to shell out more as their rebate has been reduced by Re 1 per kWh. At the same time, the Commission rejected its proposal for modifications in time-slots, and directed MSEDCL to study its proposal for revision in time-slots, in the light of various technical and commercial aspects and submit its analysis along with any future proposal for revision in time-slots.

‘Govt direction on RoE not considered’

Dubbing the order of MERC as ‘very good’, R B Goenka, Director of MSEB Holding Company, stated that the effective reduction in tariff is about 15 per cent of the tariff proposed by MSEDCL.

MERC has reduced Rs 8,090 crore from MSEDCL demand and this will translate into Re 1 per unit average relief to consumers across all categories, said Goenka. Previously, additional charges levied on power tariff. As a result, the tariff in 2012 had increased by Rs 1.50 per unit. Following public outcry, the then Government in the State appointed a committee under the then Industries Minister Narayan Rane. After the committee submitted its report, the Government offered subsidy of Rs 900 crore to reduce tariff and provide some relief to consumers. Compared to that hike of Rs 1.50 per unit, the relief as per MERC’s latest order is Re 1 per unit.

However, Goenka lamented, MERC did not consider Government of Maharashtra’s directive with respect to reduction in Return on Equiry (RoE). The Government had issued a directive to MERC that RoE of Mahagenco and Mahatransco should be reduced. The amount of RoE was Rs 3,300 crore. If the Government direction had been considered by MERC, there would have been further reduction in power tariff by 5 per cent, Goenka told ‘The Hitavada’.

MERC asks MSEDCL not to levy LBT on electricity

The Commission, in its order, opined that levy of Local Body Tax (LBT) over and above the approved Energy Charges on consumption, for recovery from consumer, amounted to modification of tariff. The Commission observed that no component of tariff could be modified or levied without its prior approval. Any recovery in excess of tariff approved by MERC shall not be in conformance with prevalent tariff rates approved by the Commission. MERC directed MSEDCL ‘not to levy’ LBT on consumers. However, the Commission directed MSEDCL to separately file a petition with specific instant for recovery of costs associated with LBT. It may be mentioned here that the LBT is being abolished from August 1.

MSEDCL wrote off bad debts of Rs 702.51 cr in 2012-13

MERC had directed MSEDCL to identify all arrears that were ‘not collectible’ and write those off from balance sheet utilising the provisions for bad debts and submit quarterly report to the Commission starting from the quarter ending September 2012. In its latest petition, MSEDCL submitted to the Commission that bad debts were written off in Books of Account on the basis of Board Resolutions for a particular financial year. “As such provisions for Bad Debts are not being utilised on quarterly basis, quarterly reports cannot be furnished,” MSEDCL stated. However, it informed the Commission that during 2012-13, it wrote off an amount of Rs 702.51 crore as bad debts.

‘Don’t use load-shedding as a matter of routine’

The Commission observed that load-shedding protocol was devised as load regulation measure to address significant power shortage situation then prevalent in the State. When there is sufficient availability of power, no consumer should be subjected to load-shedding, MERC stated in clear words. Terming electricity as a catalyst for growing economy, MERC added that it was imperative that all citizens of Maharashtra were provided with uninterrupted power supply. Reducing the technical and commercial losses and improving collection efficiency was the responsibility of Distribution Licensee. Citing this, MERC rejected MSEDCL’s stand to apply load-shedding protocol when there was sufficient availability of power in the system. MERC directed MSEDCL ‘to ensure that load-shedding protocol is used only as load regulation measure’ in shortage situation and ‘not as a matter of routine’.

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Federer, Murray, Nadal in same Wimbledon half

FORMER champions Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal were all placed in the same section of the Wimbledon draw on Friday.

Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic was kept apart... Read More

FORMER champions Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal were all placed in the same section of the Wimbledon draw on Friday.

Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic was kept apart from the other members of the ‘Big Four’.

However, the Serb may have to beat third-seeded Stan Wawrinka, the man who defeated him in the French Open final earlier this month, in the semi-finals.

Djokovic begins his title defence against experienced German Philipp Kohlschreiber before a possible second-round clash with 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt, who is playing in his last Wimbledon.

If the seedings work out, the last 16 would see Djokovic face Kevin Anderson of South Africa, US Open champion Marin Cilic against Kei Nishikori, Wawrinka facing David Goffin and Grigor Dimitrov taking on Milos Raonic. In the bottom half, seven-time champion and second seed Federer could face Feliciano Lopez, Tomas Berdych would meet Gilles Simon, 2013 winner Murray could play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with two-time champion Nadal, seeded 10 this year, up against compatriot David Ferrer. Federer, the holder of 17 Grand Slam titles and the runner-up to Djokovic last year, starts his campaign against Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur, who he beat in the French Open third round.

Murray, seeded three and the 2013 champion, begins against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan. That’s a clash which will invite more questions over women coaching men.

Murray has Amelie Mauresmo in his corner while Kukushkin is coached by his wife Anastasia. French Open champion Wawrinka, who has never got beyond the quarter-finals at the All England Club, starts against Portugal’s Joao Sousa. Nadal begins with a clash against Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci.

In the women’s draw, Serena Williams and 2004 winner Maria Sharapova were drawn to meet in the semi-finals.

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Paolo puts Peru in semi-finals

BRAZILIAN-BASED striker Paolo Guerrero scored a hat trick as Peru swept aside Bolivia 3-1 to set up a Copa America semi-final showdown with fierce rivals Chile on Friday.

Flamengo forward G... Read More

BRAZILIAN-BASED striker Paolo Guerrero scored a hat trick as Peru swept aside Bolivia 3-1 to set up a Copa America semi-final showdown with fierce rivals Chile on Friday.

Flamengo forward Guerrero, who has spent the past three years in Brazil after spells in Germany with Bayern Munich and Hamburg, pounced in the 20th and 23rd minutes to snuff out Bolivia’s campaign.

The 31-year-old completed his hat trick in the 74th minute, strolling clear of the Bolivian defense to finish nonchalantly. Marcelo Martins scored a late consolation from the penalty spot for Bolivia.

The result sets up the mouthwatering prospect of a semi-final next Monday between tournament hosts Chile and Peru, the latest installment of a ferocious footballing rivalry which began in 1935. Matches between the two neighbors are known as the “Clasico del Pacifico,” laced with a historical enmity that dates back to the 1879-1883 War of the Pacific. Chile and Peru also fought a long-running legal battle over the two nations’ disputed maritime border.

Peru will head into Monday’s showdown brimming with confidence after easing past Bolivia. The match was effectively settled during a devastating three-minute spell midway through the first half when Peru’s superb counter-attacking unstitched the Bolivian defense.

Guerrero grabbed his first of the night in the 20th minute, timing his jump to head home past Bolivia goalkeeper Romel Quinonez after an exquisite cross from the left by Fiorentina midfielder Juan Manuel Vargas.

Three minutes later Guerrero made it 2-0 after a breathless breakout from Peru which had begun with a Bolivia free-kick on the edge of their opponents area.

Christian Cueva was the architect, kicking a ball over the top of the Bolivian defense to send Guerrero bearing down on goal. Quinonez hesitated fatally as he advanced off his line and Guerrero coolly tucked away a low finish to put Peru in control.

Bolivia almost gave themselves a lifeline on 31 minutes but Martins was denied after a fine close-range reflex save by Pedro Gallese. Peru did not take long to get back onto the attack, and only the woodwork thwarted Jefferson Farfan when his effort cannoned back off the post on 37 minutes with Quinonez beaten.

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BJP traders’ cell demands immediate arrest of goons who looted grain merchant

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Vyapari Aghadi and Udyojak Morcha, the traders and industrialists cell of party, have demanded immediate arrest accused persons for looting food grain merchant Dhar... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Vyapari Aghadi and Udyojak Morcha, the traders and industrialists cell of party, have demanded immediate arrest accused persons for looting food grain merchant Dharmendra Zilpe. It may be mentioned that some anti-social elements had looted Rs five lakhs of Zilpe on Wednesday. The traders and business persons were under pressure and demanded immediate action against accused persons. A delegation led by Vice-President Meghraj Mainani, Asif Kaliwala, Ramavtar Agrawal, Mahendra Kataria, General Secretary Sanjay Wadhwani, Ashok Shaniware, Ravi Agrawal, Bhupendra Chelani, Shyam Bajaj met S B Mane, Police Inspector of Lakadganj and submitted deputation. This is fifth incident in this locality. They have demanded strict patrolling in the area. Sachin Punayani, Vijay Kumar Agrawal, Lakhi Parasnani, Ashish Vajpayee, Devichand Rakheja were also present.

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NMC flayed for ovespending Rs 217 cr under JNNURM

This may be shocking, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had spent Rs 217 crore more from its 30 per cent share of Rs 205 crore in Jawarharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) Proj... Read More
This may be shocking, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had spent Rs 217 crore more from its 30 per cent share of Rs 205 crore in Jawarharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) Projects.

Jammu Anand, President of Municipal Corporation Employees Union informed that the local body had spent Rs 422 crore on these urban renewal mission projects due to cost escalation. As per mission, it had to share only 30 per cent but due to delay in project the cost escalated manifold and local body had provided money from its kitty. Surprisingly, the Standing Committee did not make any provision for escalation of project cost in the budget. The Central Government and State Government had given contribution of 50 per cent and 20 per cent in these projects. He also flayed local body for allocating Rs 450 crore in LBT. As per Government announcement, the LBT will be scrapped from August 1, 2015, how, NMC will earn Rs 450 crore from it, he asked. He said, local body has divided establishment expenses and administrative expenses in two parts. These expenses touched Rs 423 crore per annum. He also expressed displeasure over not allocating budget for arrears of 6 th pay commission balance amount.

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Rapist gets 7 years’ RI

DISTRICT Judge-1 & Additional Sessions Judge K G Rathi on Thursday sentenced Rajesh alias Chakradhar Jagobaji Bele to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) for raping a six-year-old girl. Ac... Read More
DISTRICT Judge-1 & Additional Sessions Judge K G Rathi on Thursday sentenced Rajesh alias Chakradhar Jagobaji Bele to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) for raping a six-year-old girl. According to prosecution, Rajesh alias Chakradhar Bele (27) had gone to Kuldeep Mangal Karyalaya, Kanhan, during a wedding ceremony on May 3, 2013. A woman and her six-year-old daughter, too, had come to attend wedding ceremony at the venue. Promising her an ice-cream, Rajesh took the girl on the second floor of the building and raped her on the stairs. After the victim narrated the incident to her mother, the latter lodged a complaint with Kanhan Police. Cops arrested Rajesh on charges under Sections 376(2) (f) of the IPC read with Sections 4, 6 and 10 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. PSI Sadanand Kachore, who was the investigation officer, probed the incident and and chargesheeted Rajesh. As the charges were proved against Rajesh, the court sentenced him to seven years imprisonment with a fine of Rs 10,000.

Additional Public Prosecutor Jyoti Vajani represented the state. Adv Amit Band was the defence counsel.

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HC for probity, fairness in appointing school staff

Taking serious view of the public interest litigation (PIL) registered at the Court’s own behest against increasing mess created in the sphere of selecting teaching and non-teaching staff for s... Read More
Taking serious view of the public interest litigation (PIL) registered at the Court’s own behest against increasing mess created in the sphere of selecting teaching and non-teaching staff for schools, while issuing notice, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain at the High Court, to the respondents — State School Education Secretary, Commissioner (Education), Pune, the Director of Education and the commissioner, Nagpur Division, directed them to respond to the PIL in four weeks.

The Court has expressed hope that the State Government may respond to the petition with policy which ensures fair and transparent selection of the staff for schools and that too without burdening the State Exchequer.

The High Court had earlier directed that the list of surplus teachers be placed on website accessible to all along with vacancies available in any management so that all citizens can go through the vacancies and availability of surplus candidates. The present PIL raised the larger issue regarding selection of teaching and non-teaching staff in private schools run by private management on grant and no-grant basis.

It has been stated in the PIL that full powers of appointment of staff for schools are vested with the private management and there is no control of the State Government over the appointments made by the private management which frustrates the very object of the Constitution of India to give free and compulsory education of good quality. As such education is hampered and private management creates its own ‘empire’ out of education. Undisputedly the schools on grant-in-aid basis receive grant for the entire salary from the public exchequer. Even in spite of that the recruitment in such schools is by the private management. It is a common knowledge that the factors while making selection and recruitment by such a private management at times are other than the merit, the High Court tersely observed.

By now it is the settled principle of law that a back door entry in public employment is not permissible. If the salaries of the staff in the private management are paid from the public exchequer, there is no reason as to why the employment in such management should not be only on the criteria of merit, the High Court stated.

Adv Anand Parchure is amicus curiae in the PIL.

Now, School Scholarship exams to be held for Std V and VIII

The School Education department of Maharashtra Government has decided to take school scholarship examination in Class V and Class VIII instead of class IV and Class VII. Education Minister Vinod Tawde said that the decision was taken as per the provisions made in Right to Education Act. The change will come into effect from the academic year 2016-17.

As per RTE, school education is divided into three parts. Now Standard I to V is considered as primary education while Standard VI to VIII will be said as higher primary and Standard IX and X will come under Secondary category. Considering these divisions the scholarship examination is expected to be held in Standard V and VIIIth.

Tawde has made it clear that the students of Class IV and VII have already appeared in scholarship examinations as those were held under old rule, so the new rule would come into effect from the year 2016-17.

Earlier the scholarship examinations were known as pre-secondary (Class IV) and Secondary (VII) school scholarship scheme. Now it will be called as Higher Primary (Class V) and Higher Secondary school scholarship schemes. An education committee will be constituted and as per their recommendations the course will be designed by December 2015.

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Property registrations across state hit due to server problem

The builders, developers and buyers of new properties faced tremendous problem as the main server of Department of Registration and Stamps was non-functional on Thursday. Due to this technical sn... Read More
The builders, developers and buyers of new properties faced tremendous problem as the main server of Department of Registration and Stamps was non-functional on Thursday. Due to this technical snag, work of registration of properties in the entire Maharashtra was badly affected leading to major revenue loss worth crores of rupees of the State Government. The server was down since 2 pm in the noon and full speed could not be restored till evening.

Sources claimed that server of the Department of Registration and Stamps was working properly from the morning hours but it was down due to some technical reasons in Mumbai. Presently, the department is doing on-line registration of properties and buyers also preferr on-line registration due to immediate availability of the copy. The staffers of registrar’s office were doing manual registration of the properties, which took a long time for registration. Sources claimed that almost 50 per cent documents were not registered on Thursday.

The modems of Civil Lines office, Mahal office and Khamala were also down due to lightning which occured two days ago. The modem instruments were sent to Banglore for repairs as per the term and condition of the contract of the software company. The instruments will take at least two weeks to repair. This may affect the working of the registrar office of the city. Affected parties have demanded to repair instruments immediately.

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Fake job offers in the name of Rajiv Awas Yojana too!

First, they misused the name of Kisan Call Centres. Then, it came to light, they misused the name of Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana. Now, it has come to fore that the fraudsters operating at n... Read More
First, they misused the name of Kisan Call Centres. Then, it came to light, they misused the name of Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana. Now, it has come to fore that the fraudsters operating at national level are misusing the name of Rajiv Awas Yojna, an initiative of Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MHUPA), Government of India.

‘The Hitavada’ has in possession an ‘appointment letter’ issued to a city-based girl in the name of Rajiv Awas Yojna. The girl has been offered job as ‘Clerk, Customer Care Executive’ with a monthly salary of Rs 23,700/-. The said letter mentions that the salary of Rs 23,700/- is payable to candidates selected from Maharashtra; Rs 23,500/- to those selected from Gujarat; Rs 22,500/- to candidates from Punjab; Rs 21,200/- to those from Madhya Pradesh; and Rs 20,600/- to candidates selected from Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.

As has come to fore in other cases, this ‘appointment letter’ also misuses the Government emblem as well as logo of Rajiv Awas Yojna. It mentions about ‘Direct Recruitment Scheme 2015-16 under Employment Scheme Guarantee Act’. The letter is signed by an unnamed person, whose signature is not properly legible, designated as Director. Surprisingly, it bears the seal of ‘Ministry of Communication and Technology of India’ with national emblem. It is stated at the bottom of this letter that it has been issued by ‘Ministry of Rural and Urban Development’. It is clearly a matter of misuse of national emblem and tweaking of the names of ministries. The letter does not carry any website address, but an e-mail id ‘rajivawasyojna2015@gmail.com’.

The ‘appointment letter’ promises too many things for one to become suspicious. For instance, it promises residence, food, training, medical treatment, petrol, electricity, vehicle for ‘free’. Though the letter is purportedly issued under a scheme of Central Government, it promises insurance from State Government. Besides, it promises ‘immediate loan’ up to Rs 5 lakh, that too, ‘without’ any guarantor. It asks the selected candidates to pay a ‘security deposit’ in cash only. Attached to the letter is a page of ‘Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana’ with logo and name of Life Insurance Corporation of India. Obviously, the logo and name of LIC are misused in the letter. Shockingly, the ‘employee insurance letter’ promises that the selected candidate a cheque of ‘free insurance’ of Rs 2 lakh. This ‘employee insurance letter’ misusing LIC’s name and logo carries name of one D K Kanda, who has been identified as Senior Divisional Manager, but it bears no signature.

Sadly, as such fake letters promise jobs with salaries upwards of Rs 25,000 per month, many unemployed youths, mostly those who have passed SSC or HSC, fall prey to these. They end up paying ‘security deposit’ and losing that money. As the letters are rampantly misusing the logos and national emblem, a common person is inclined to believe that the letters are authentic.

Ministry terms such job offers as ‘fake’

The issue of such job offers purportedly under Rajiv Awas Yojana has caught the attention of Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MHUPA). In fact, in August 2014 itself, MHUPA had issued an office memorandum regarding ‘fradulent job offers in the name of Rajiv Awas Yojana’. The memorandum signed by Rahul Mahna, Under Secretary to the Government of India, also is in possession of ‘The Hitavada’. It is available on the website of MHUPA too. The memorandum states that the advertisements/appointment offers jobs/posts under Rajiv Awas Yojana are ‘all fake’ and that MHUPA is ‘not associated’ with them in any manner. It also advises people not to deposit any fees/amount for securing jobs.

No action by agencies leaves youths in lurch

Though there have been several instances, none of the official agencies ranging from cops to respective ministries has taken any ‘action’ against the fraudsters so far.

At the levels of respective ministries, only advisories have been issued on their websites. The fraudsters are issuing advertisements in various newspapers including those in local languages across the country, and are targeting those who have cleared only SSC or HSC. Many of these candidates do not even have better knowledge about the authentic websites or authentic details of Government schemes, or proper knowledge of Internet use. Still, the ministries have done their bit by issuing only advisories only on their websites. None of the ministries is reported to have lodged any complaint with top-level investigating agencies of the country to bust this nation wide racket of fraudsters operating mostly from Delhi and nearby areas.

As far as cops are concerned, they too are reluctant to start investigation into this nation wide fraud. Even in Nagpur, which is the Second Capital of Maharashtra, the cops advise the victims to lodge complaint at police station under which their bank branch from which money was deposited to accounts mentioned in such fraud appointment letters. Jurisdictionally, it may be correct. But, it is acting only in letter of the rules and not in the spirit. If respective Government agencies in Nagpur lodge an official complaint with Police Department, and the cops start investigations not at the level of police station but at the level of Economic Offences Wing and bust the nation wide racket, precious savings of many unemployed youths will be saved. Besides, it will fetch for them the credit of busting a national racket.

Will the agencies act in larger public interest and book those misusing Government emblems, Prime Minister’s photograph? It is for the Government agencies to answer.

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NMC seeks scrapping of Gunthewari Act

With changing scenario in the State, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has demanded State Government to hand over all unauthorised layouts... Read More
With changing scenario in the State, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has demanded State Government to hand over all unauthorised layouts of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) for their overall speedy development. The local body can earn Rs 200 crore by sanctioning building plan and other developmental activities in these layouts. Going a step further, the NMC has also demanded to scrap Maharashtra Gunthewari Act, 2002 under which lay-outs are regularised and land reservations are changed. During last several years, majority of public utility reservations were scrapped by deletion committee, leaving very little space for balanced development of new areas and unauthorised lay-outs which have emerged as concrete slums.

Besides, more than one third population of city which resides in these lay-outs will receive benefits of developmental works.

It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had blasted NIT on several occasions for not performing well in these layouts and also for delayed development works. Maharashtra Gunthewari Act, 2002 has completed almost 13 years of its existence and still, all the layouts are not fully developed by the Trust. BJP led NMC had registered its protest against Trust but previous Government did nothing on this front.

NIT has handed over around 400 layouts to NMC for further maintenance and development. However, NMC alleged that the developments in these layouts were not upto the mark and it would require funds from local body’s kitty for further development work. It may be mentioned that these layouts are transferred to NMC but rights of sanctioning building plans and other activities are still under jurisdiction of NIT.

Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare has suggested to scrap Gunthewari Act, 2002 and transfer all layouts to NMC for development. NMC is the planning authority of the city barring seven schemes of NIT. However, as per the Act, the Trust is in-charge of all developmental activities in the area and after amendment in Maharashtra Regional Town Planning (MRTP), 1964, the Trust is levying development charges according to ready reckoner rates. NMC rued that it is spending funds for development works and NIT is recovering fees for sanctioning building plans. Cash strapped NMC is facing tremendous financial crunch and if it gets the right of sanctioning building plans and other developmental activities, its financial condition may improve.

NMC budget meeting postponed

Discussion on annual budget of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has been postponed on the request of Congress party. The budget discussion was slated on June 26 at 10 am. Now, it will be held on June 29 at 10 am. Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare tabled budget of Rs 1946 crore on June 22. Sources claimed that Mayor Pravin Datke and Commissioner Shravan Hardikar are in Delhi for launching event of AMRUT, Smart City and Housing for all event. Commissioner Hardikar will give presentation on 24 x 7 water supply network before office bearers of all Municipal Corporations of the country.

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RCOEM maintains full transparency in Mgmt Quota admissions

“Engineering is a key contributor towards nation-building. Keeping this in mind, Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management (RCOEM) is running a mission to generate good engineers ... Read More
“Engineering is a key contributor towards nation-building. Keeping this in mind, Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management (RCOEM) is running a mission to generate good engineers who will play a major role in nation-building,” said Banwarilal Purohit, Chairman, RCOEM during the inauguration of admission process conducted to fill up management quota at RCOEM Campus, Katol Road on Wednesday. RCOEM is the only college that conducts admission process even for institute-level quota and it is held in full public view in utmost transparent manner. The college has 51 per cent minority quota and 20 per cent intake comes under institute-level quota. These 71 per cent seats are filled openly in front of all aspirants, their parents by displaying the merit list. According to Purohit, “Admission procedure of the college is a part of this mission which is carried out in accurate way with full transparency by the management to generate future bright engineers.” This year RCOEM got 2795 applications for admission to 570 seats. The distribution of seats is done in 51% of minority quota 20% of institute level quota. The merit list is prepared on the basis of score in Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and score in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. There was palpable excitement among students and their parents and most of them were thrilled to witness management quota admission conducted in such a fair manner in front of everyone. Many educational trusts in Nagpur may compromise with educational disciplines in their colleges, but the quality and goodwill of RCOEM completely depends on discipline which is followed by the whole RCOEM team, informed Purohit to audience comprising thousands of students and parents. An education and career in engineering opens up many fascinating challenges and opportunities but it depends on the students how they will tackle those challenges. College is the platform which helps to guide such engineers towards the right path, he advised. Purohit said, “The college was started way back in 1984 with just 180 students and now we have more than 5,000 students who are pursuing engineering in different streams. This milestone is achieved by the whole team of RCOEM, which is working hard from the very beginning.” “RCOEM is very much concerned about selection of faculty and staff members and after proper scrutiny we select them. Hence, I take guarantee that every student will get special attention and advance knowledge from every faculty member,” Purohit assured the parents. The Chairman of RCOEM also said that students would get good educational atmosphere, good food, best hostel facility for both girls and boys under strict vigil of college staff. He advised students that they have to maintain the college discipline and parents are free to talk with any faculty regarding the performance of their children. Purohit informed that Padmavibhushan Dr Anil Kakodkar, Nuclear Scientist and Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission of India has selected RCOEM for scheme of Technology Information, Forecasting, and Assessment Council (TIFAC), by Rajiv Gandhi Science and Technology Commission (RGSTC), Government of Maharashtra for providing technical support to the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) by enhancing the capabilities of students and faculty of engineering and technical institutions, added Purohit During the event, Purohit also felicitated Ishan Darvekar (99.26 Composite Score) and Vijayalaxmi Wankhede (98.61 Composite Score) for getting first admission in the college. During the event, Govindlal Agrawal, Secretary, RCOEM, Dr Rajesh S Pande, Principal, RCOEM and Dr T Singh, Dean, Admissions were also seated on the dais. Rashmi Sahu compered the event.

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Engineering Admn: Confirmation date extended for a day

The competent Authority of Directorate of Technical Education has taken decision to extend the document verification and confirmation till June 25 upto 5 pm. The links for confirmation and edit... Read More
The competent Authority of Directorate of Technical Education has taken decision to extend the document verification and confirmation till June 25 upto 5 pm. The links for confirmation and edit document form has been provided to the Application Receipt Centre (ARC). If the candidates have approached the ARC during last three days, they should contact DTE which shall send SMS and email to all candidates. The grievances shall also be accepted on June 25.

As the merit list of candidates aspiring to get admissions in engineering courses has been displayed under Centralised Admission Process (CAP) of engineering courses, grievances are getting submitted.

As per its records, the state has around 376 institutes offering engineering and technology courses with a total intake of over 1.57 lakh seats.

Those candidates who have secured the minimum 50% marks (45% in case of backward class categories and persons with disabilities belonging to Maharashtra state only) in class XII in physics, mathematics and Chemistry/biotechnology/biology/technical vocational added together and obtained positive composite score are eligible to apply. The ranking for admission is based on a composite score which is obtained after adding 50% of JEE (main) 2015 in paper-I percentile and 50% of class XII (board or equivalent examination) in physics, chemistry and mathematics marks percentile. If the score of candidate is not reaching 50 per cent combining Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics he or she can replace Chemistry by Biology or Biotechnology or any vocational subject like Computer Science, Electronics etc to take the score to 50 per cent. But while considering subject like Electronics, Computer Science students have to take care that they have to calculate the marks out of 100 as these subjects are of 200 marks. If suppose candidate gets 120 out of 200 then it should be calculated as out of 100 which will come to 60 which will be added to marks obtained in Physics and Mathematics. Total should be above 150 for open candidates and above 135 for other category candidates.

Over 850 new seats are added in the centralised admission process in State, around 1,300 seats have reduced. The DTE conducts the three rounds of the Common Admission Process (CAP). Round 1 and round 2 is meant for all candidates who have filled the online option for the respective round while Round 3 is meant only for candidates from the state of Maha-rashtra. A composite score is calculated wherein 50% of the weight is given to the candidate's performance in the JEE (Main) - Paper 1 and the remaining 50% weight is given to the percentile secured by the candidate in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in his board exams. A merit list is then prepared on the basis of each candidate's composite score.

Jt Dir warns colleges running ARCs through net cafes of dire consequences

Joint Director of Technical Education, Nagpur Region G R Thakare has warned engineering colleges running Application Receipt Centres (ARCs) through private internet cafes, of dire consequences. He has also appealed students not to give application ID and Password received through application kit, to anybody. Net cafe attached to some colleges give print-out to students but confirm the application after student leaves. They do whatever students ask and give them print-out but get it confirmed after students leave the cafe centre. Students are advised to ask ARCs to get confirmed and then only take the print-out. After visit to Cafe they should visit any ARC at college. If they find any suspicious activity they should report it to Joint Director office. Thakare said, “Last year also I had noticed some of the colleges were running ARCs through net cafe and I had warned them. This year also I have received some complaints about some of the colleges involved in such business. This year no nonsense will be tolerated.” Thakare said that while operating at various Application Receipt Centres (ARCs), the students should not disclose their ID and passward, that can be misused.

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‘Build an atmosphere of universal brotherhood’

“Build an atmosphere of universal brotherhood and give the world what best can be given,” exhorted Editor of ‘The Hitavada’ and chief guest of the programme Vijay Phanshikar, while addres... Read More
“Build an atmosphere of universal brotherhood and give the world what best can be given,” exhorted Editor of ‘The Hitavada’ and chief guest of the programme Vijay Phanshikar, while addressing a gathering of Masons and guests on the occasion of Universal Brotherhood Day on Wednesday. The programme was organised on behalf of Freemason’s Lodges - Corinth, Bromham, Penchvale, and K R Cama at Andhra Association hall.

Present on the occasion were Past Deputy Grand Master GLI Rajiv Khandelwal, Govindlal Shahu of Lodge St Andrews, Suresh Khedkar of Lodge Radiance, Kuldeep Thakur of Lodge Benevolence, Alok Amist of Lodge Sunder Raza, S K Tripathi of Lodge Bhogilal Shah, B K Sharma of Lodge Matheran, Manish Khemani of Lodge Gondwana, Sumantra Dutta of Lodge Trimurty, Avinash Sahasrabuddhe of Lodge Golden Orange, Tarun Shrivastava of Nagpur Past Master Lodge, Ishan Gosavi of Lodge Vivekanand and Harish Kalikar of Lodge Independence.

In his highly motivating speech, Phanshikar narrated true life successful story of Baba and Tai Amte, who went about their mission of life with one motto ‘better to light a candle than to curse the darkness’. Their small experiment was done with dedication that highlighted the principle of Free Mason. He narrated the story of the legendary Black African American George Washington Carvar who showed the world what a man with intelligence and determination can do by creating the Agronomy laboratory and erecting the Agriculture University with bare necessity of a building and farm land. Phanshikar gave example of the poorest amongst Kings, the Raghuvanshi Kings who amassed wealth only to be distributed amongst the needy. He appealed the Masons to do whatever they can do without holding back, which will create the groundwork of Brotherhood and help spread wisdom.

Earlier, the programme commenced with a welcome address by Mangesh Shastri. Saroj Dordi welcomed the chief guest. Govindlal Shahu and Rajiv Khandelwal were also welcomed. Dr Yagnesh Thaker gave presentation on Charity work by various Lodges. Deputy Grand Master of Grand Lodge of India S K Bhargava spoke on Philosophy of Free Masonry. Assistant Grand Master, Regional Grand Lodge of Western India Tarun Shrivastava spoke on general impression in public about Free Masonry. A directory of Free Mason was released by Phanshikar .

Members of the organising team present were G L Shahu, Rajeev Khandelwal, Chairman Mangesh Y Shastri, Co Chairman Dr Yagnesh S Thakur, Tarun Shrivastava, Pravin Koteshwar, Organising Secretary Asif Chimthanawala, Joint Secretary Kuldeep Thakur, Treasurer Alok Amist, Executive Masters of all Lodges of Nagpur GLI. They were assisted by Anil Bhagade of Lodge St Andrews, Shantanu Deshmukh of Lodge Radiance, K K Medhora of Lodge Benevolence, Vinayak Kewadkar of Lodge Sunder Raza, Pravin Koteshwar of Lodge Bhogilal Shah and Jagdeesh Hariharan of Lodge Matheran, Tarun Mishra, Shirish Sagar and Sanjay Chaturvedi. Asit Chimthanawala proposed a vote of thanks.

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Rani’s twin strikes help Indian eves beat Poland

RANI Rampal scored two goals to put Indian women team into winning ways with a 3-1 triumph over Poland in the preliminary league of the Hockey World League Semi-Finals at the KHC Dragons Stadiu... Read More
RANI Rampal scored two goals to put Indian women team into winning ways with a 3-1 triumph over Poland in the preliminary league of the Hockey World League Semi-Finals at the KHC Dragons Stadium.

Coming back into the team after a nine-month break due to injury, Rampal converted a penalty corner and then scored a fine field goal with a flash strike in open play to overcome the crowding tactics of the Polish rivals in a Pool B encounter.

The Indian eves were earlier beaten by Belgium and New Zealand in previous two matches.

Even on Wednesday, while getting into winning form, they missed a lot of chances before sealing victory with the third goal which was set up by Rampal. India were dominant from the start, laying siege on the rival circle in the first quarter, but failed to have a good shot at the opposition goal.

Three penalty corners were wasted as the Indian eves got caught in tangles after wasting time dribbling inside the circle instead of having a crack at the goal. It was against the run of play that Poland actually managed find the back of the Indian goal in the 19th minute, but the goal was reversed on a review sought by India.

The ball had struck a polish striker on the foot before it was passed to Magdalena Zagajska, who swatted it into the net.

Within a minute, India took the lead on their fifth penalty corner a Rampal's shot beat the rival goalkeeper to end in the left corner of the goal.

India had a good chance to bolster the score in the 27th minute when Poland's defenders lost the ball in their own territory and were caught off-guard as the Indians mounted a raid.

Rampal picked a pass on top of the circle and squared it to Ritu Rani, whose shot lacked the direction or power to beat Polish custodian Marta Kucharska.

Rampal again shot on target in the 28th minute after being fed a short pass by Ritu Rani from the left. She beat the opposition goalkeeper with a deft placement. Poland’s defence managed to thwart the Indians by crowding their territory and managed to reduce the margin in the 49th minute when India conceded a self goal.

Natalia Wisniewska darted into the circle from right and sent in a cross, which seemed well-covered by Indian custodian Savita, but the ball went past her pads from the stick of a diving defender Monika.

India spiked any chances of a Polish resurgence when Vandana Katariya deflected Rani Rampal's shot into the boards in the 53rd minute to seal their first win in three outings.

India will play world no. 2 Australia in their final Pool B match on Saturday.

Meanwhile, world champions The Netherlands won their second successive game by defeating Japan 4-0 with two goals coming from captain Maartje Paumen, who found the target with from penalty corners.

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NMC to charge more for regularising construction

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will charge according to present ready reckoner rates for compounding of illegal buildings in the city. This will pave way for regularisation of unauthorised bu... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will charge according to present ready reckoner rates for compounding of illegal buildings in the city. This will pave way for regularisation of unauthorised buildings as many buildings have violated the norms of development control rules (DCR). It may be mentioned that orange city has many buildings with excess construction and the regularisation of these buildings was stopped due to absence of any appropriate policy. This new policy and charges may be beneficial for congested area of old city, where multistoryed buildings are cropping up over small plots and many cases are pending at State Government level.

Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare has proposed new compounding charges for regularisation of these buildings. Earlier, Municipal Commissioner had discretionary power to levy charges of compounding for regularisation of buildings. The local body has set target of Rs 144 crore from Town Planning Department in proposed budget.

Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar had proposed 20 per cent of ready reckoner rates for residential and institutional building for compounding of side margins of the building. Standing Committee has slashed down the proposed rates of Municipal Commissioner and divided it in to three categories for the benefit of citizens. As per proposal, the residential and institutional buildings (upto 10 mts height) having plot size less then 180 sq mts will have to pay 6 per cent of ready reckoner, while industrial buildings have to pay 1.25 times of these rates and commercial buildings will have to pay 1.5 times of the ready reckoner rates. The standing committee has proposed 8 percent of ready reckoner charges for plot size between 180 sq mts and 500 sq mts and 15 per cent for plot size admeasuring more than 500 sq mts. The local body will regualrise front margin up to 0.6 meter on the same rates. The local body can regualrise side margins upto 33 per cent and front margin of 0.60 mts of building having height 10 mts to 14.99 mts at 6 per cent of ready reckoner rates for plot size upto 180 mts. For plot size between 180 mts to 500 mts, 8 per cent of ready reckoner rates will be charged. While for the plot admeasuring above 500 mts, 15 per cent of the ready reckoner rate will be charged. The illegal buildings with more than 15 mts height can also be regularised under this scheme. The buildings having additional construction at balcony, shops situated at basements, inclusion of balcony in the room, additional construction of stair case, passage, porch, canopy, and construction without permission of competent authority will also be regularised under this scheme. The compound wall of residential building will be regularised at the rate Rs 100 per mts. The local body will levy Rs 400 per sq mts for regularisation of 18 mts heighted residential building of dense locality. As per proposal, now, the individual plot holders or flat owner can also obtain occupancy certificate from NMC. The NMC will charge Rs 10,000 for carpet area upto 850 sq fts, Rs 15,000 for carpet area between 851 sq fts and 1,200 sq fts and Rs 20,000 for carpet area admeasuring more than 1,201 sq ft of construction. The new construction would not get water connection or electricity connection, or property tax would not be levied without occupancy certificate. The proposal will be discussed in the general body meeting slated on June 27 at 10 am.

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City infra to get major boost under AMRUT

Mayor Pravin Datke and Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar will represent Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) during launching of ambitious Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformati... Read More
Mayor Pravin Datke and Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar will represent Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) during launching of ambitious Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme at New Delhi on June 25 at 11 am. The city may get funds for pending projects as well for sewerage zone.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch three major Missions intended to transform the urban landscape of the country which in turn would enhance the quality of urban living besides driving economic growth. He will set rolling the Smart Cities Mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana for urban areas besides releasing operational guidelines for the three missions. The launch of three new urban missions will be followed by a two day extensive consultations with States and Urban Territories, elected and administrative heads of municipal bodies on implementation issues relating to new missions and Swachh Bharat Mission as well.

Integrated Water Supply Network of orange city is adjudged as best project in the launching mission. The local body has performed well in Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). As per new guidelines, the local body has to complete all on-going projects by March 2017 otherwise, the scheme will not get any funds from the Central Government. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) emerged as one of the prominent cities in JNNURM projects since maximum projects sanctioned by the Central Government were completed.

In new AMRUT scheme, the NMC may get pending dues of Rs 250 crore from Central Government for these on-going but incomplete projects of JNNURM. The projects of Recycle and Reuse of Water, Rehabilitation plan to implement 24 x 7 water supply, Water supply scheme in Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) areas, E-governance and Pench IV- II may get funds under this scheme. However, the railway over bridge (RoB) of Maskasath may not get any funds.

Previous Congress led UPA Government had sanctioned 17 projects under JNNURM and out of that 12 projects were completed and 5 projects are in advanced stage of completion. In addition to these 17 projects, 2 non Urban Infrastructure Governance (UIG) projects - Star bus service and E-Governance are also completed. The total cost of these projects is Rs 1,487.25 crores against that NMC has received Rs 477.43 crore from Union Government and Rs 191.62 crore from Government of Maharashtra. The local body had contributed Rs 706 crore for these infrastructure projects. As against ongoing infra projects the grants claimed to GoI is Rs 101.42 crore while Rs 40.57 crore grant is expected from Maharashtra Government. This Rs 142 crore grant is yet to be released. The remaining balance grant from GoI is Rs 58.78 crore and from GoM it is Rs 23.51 crore. The total grant awaited from GoI is Rs 215 crore and GoM is yet to release Rs 86.21 crore. The local body is seeking Rs 7.74 crore from Centre for Pench IV-II projects, Rs 16.26 crore for recycle and reuse of water, Rs 48.48 crore for uninterrupted water supply scheme, and Rs 27.25 crore for water supply scheme in NIT areas and Rs 1.68 crore of E-governance scheme.

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Non-recommended professional colleges also to get reimbursement benefits

The tuition fee reimbursement scheme will be applicable to the new educational institutions that run professional courses, new courses which are even not recommended by the Government. The sche... Read More
The tuition fee reimbursement scheme will be applicable to the new educational institutions that run professional courses, new courses which are even not recommended by the Government. The scheme is already being run at colleges which are recommended but Government has stopped the scheme for the colleges which are not-recommended or those which have applied directly to All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

The tuition fee of students of Economically Backward Class (EBC), Socially Backward Class (SBC) is reimbursed by the Government to the institutions where these students take education. Every year through universities, Government recommends institutions on the basis of the perspective plan, the facilities provided by the institutes etc. If the institutions are not fulfilling the criterion then Government do not recommend such institutions. In most of the cases such institutions approach AICTE directly. So Government had put condition that such institutions which are not recommended and which approach directly to AICTE would not be given reimbursement for SBC and EBC students. Against this decision Association of Managements of Unaided Engineering Colleges and others approached High Court and filed writ petition. High Court gave judgement in favour of petitioner institutions and association and directed Governemnt to implement the scheme in these colleges too. Now Government will reimburse the fees of eligible students who were admitted in respective institions in the academic year 2013-14 and 2014-15. Government has also made it clear that if institution had charged the fees to these students then that should be returned to them with immediate effect.

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Now, fraudsters offering jobs under Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana

A few months ago, it was Kisan Call Centres. Now, it is Customer Service Centres under Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana. The fraudsters operating from Delhi and nearby areas like Ghaziabad, Noida,... Read More
A few months ago, it was Kisan Call Centres. Now, it is Customer Service Centres under Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana. The fraudsters operating from Delhi and nearby areas like Ghaziabad, Noida, Gurgaon are targeting unemployed youths by offering them ‘Government jobs’.

In the latest case, some unemployed youths from Nagpur have been offered jobs as Customer Service Representatives under Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana. The appointment letters received by some of the youths from the city bear the Government emblem as well as logo of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), and image of ‘Father of the Nation’ Mahatma Gandhi in the seal. Besides, it is signed by one Sanjay Bhardwaj, whose designation has been mentioned as ‘Director’ at ‘Rozgar Bharti Karyalaya’ (Recruitment Office), Swarna Jayanti Sahakarita Vibhag, Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana.

The matter came to fore when at least two youths namely Ashish Meshram and Raja Hedau paid a visit to Nagpur-based Commissionerate of MGNREGS on Tuesday and Wednesday to enquire about the appointment letters they got. They met Varsha Gaurkar, Assistant Commissioner (MGNREGS). Gaurkar told ‘The Hitavada’ that the appointment letters indicated a fraud.

M Sankaranarayanan, Commissioner, MGNREGS, said, “It is a fraud. We have examined it. We have advised one of the youngsters to lodge a police complaint. The so-called Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana organisation is not related to any Government agency.” In the month of May this year, the said organisation had issued an advertisement in some newspapers inviting details from unemployed youth on given mobile phone number. Some youths responded to it and got calls. After cursory interviews, the said organisation sent appointment letters to the ‘selected’ youths and sought ‘deposits’ for laptop, mobile phone etc. According to M Sankaranarayanan, the matter is far more serious. “A look at the appointment letters received by youths from the city reveals that the fraudsters are operating nation-wide. People need to be cautious,” he said. Further, he made it clear that no such recruitment was envisaged under MGNREGS and appealed to the people not to fall prey to unverified offers. Raja Hedau, a resident of Yashodhara Nagar, is one of the youths who got duped. He passed Class X. He told ‘The Hitavada’ that last month he saw an advertisement in a Hindi newspaper. “As stated in the advertisement, I SMSed my name, address, PIN code to the mobile phone number mentioned in it. Soon, I received a call. Within 15-20 days, I got an appointment letter offering job of Customer Service Representative with monthly salary of Rs 30,500/-,” he said. As mentioned in the letter, he called ‘Security Officer’ on given cellphone number. The person at the other end of the call, identified himself as Security Officer but did not reveal his name, and asked Hedau to deposit Rs 13,850/- to a particular bank account in Gurgaon. “I deposited the amount to the account of one Kuldip Kumar on June 12. Within a hour, I got a call that their officer would come for verification to my home and hand over to me a laptop and a cellphone. Another officer called me up the next day, assured me about laptop and mobile phone and asked for Rs 12,500/- more to be deposited to the same account. As I was unable to pay, I expressed inability. They threatened me of forfeiture of the amount deposited earlier,” said a dejected Raja Hedau. However, he followed up the matter and kept calling on the numbers he had. As a result, later, the employees of the so-called Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana assured him to return the money he had paid initially. But, Hedau did not get back the money till Wednesday. As a result, he said, he reported the matter to MGNREGS Commissionerate here. He had gone to Sadar Police Station also to lodge a complaint in this regard, but the cops there advised him to file FIR at police station under which the bank from which he had transferred money to Gurgaon account.

The ‘appointment letter’ misuses national emblem, PM’s photo

The appointment letter issued by the so-called Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana misuses Government of India emblem and logo of MGNREGS. Further, it mentions about 4,500 jobs being on offer. It mentions its website as ‘swarnajayantirozgaryojana.com’. As one would expect, it is not found.

More seriously, it misuses a ‘black-and-white’ photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi outside Parliament. Apparently, the photograph was taken when the Prime Minister was addressing media. And, it appears to be an image published elsewhere.

However, the letter gives a misleading caption that it was a scene from Swarna Jayanti Sabha.

Further, the letter carries photographs of various workplaces was misleading captions as Customer Care Centres at Indore, Mumbai, Ludhiana, and Janakpuri (Delhi).

The letter has a list of ‘service centres’ that include Nashik, Thane, Solapur, Mumbai, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Nagpur in Maharashtra, apart from other places like Allahabad, Lucknow, Kanpur, Aligarh, Agra, Dehradun, Ghaziabad, Hisar, Sitapur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Patna, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Gwalior, Sagar, Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Raipur, Howrah, etc. Obviously, this is an indication that the fraudsters are operating nation wide, targeting gullible unemployed youths.

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IIM-Nagpur gets Union Cabinet’s nod

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Nagpur is one of the six institutes in India which got nod from Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. These new IIMs will be loca... Read More
The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Nagpur is one of the six institutes in India which got nod from Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. These new IIMs will be located at Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Bodh Gaya (Bihar), Sirmaur (Himachal Pradesh), Nagpur (Maharashtra), Sambalpur (Odisha) and Amritsar (Punjab). Already Nagpur IIM has started getting response from students. Over 1,800 students have already prefered Nagpur IIM. These IIMs would train young graduates to undertake management responsibilities and carry out research and consultancy in the field of management and allied areas. Their programmes will provide the country, potential leaders in diverse fields of endeavour and enterprise.

These 1,800 plus students have sent out formal letters evincing interest in joining the new IIM-Nagpur, that is currently being mentored by IIM, Ahemdabad for a period of three years. A coordination office has been set up at the IIM-Ahmedabad campus and a three-member committee has been put in place for day to day running of IIM Nagpur, including initiating admissions for the flagship PGP programme’s first batch (2015-17) which begins around mid-July. Lt Col (Retd) Makarand Alur has been appointed Project Administrator for IIM-Nagpur. The institute would be housed in the VNIT campus till its permanent campus at Mouza Dahegaon in the non-SEZ area in MIHAN gets ready. The IIM-Nagpur has started its website ‘www.iimnagpur.ac.in’ where it has place every information from admission, to loan structure, departments, faculty and all.

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Engg Admission: Jt Dir warns colleges running ARC, not to misuse students’ IDs

Joint Director of Technical Education, Nagpur Region G R Thakare has warned engineering colleges running Application Receipt Centres through private internet cafe of dire consequences. He has a... Read More
Joint Director of Technical Education, Nagpur Region G R Thakare has warned engineering colleges running Application Receipt Centres through private internet cafe of dire consequences. He has also appealed the students not to give application ID and Password received through application kit, to anybody. Net cafe attached to some colleges give print-out to students but confirm receipt of application after the student leaves. They do whatever students ask and give them print-out but get it confirmed after students leave the cafe centre.

Students are advised to ask ARCs to get confirmed and then only take the print-out. After visit to Cafe they should visit any ARC at college. If they find any suspicious activity they should report it to Joint Director office.

Thakare said, “Last year also I had noticed some of the colleges were running ARCs through net cafe and I had warned them. This year also I have received some complaints about some of the colleges involved in such business. This year no nonsense will be tolerated.”

Thakare said that while operating at various Application Receipt Centres (ARCs), the students should not disclose their ID and passward, that can be misused. As the merit list of candidates aspiring to get admissions in engineering courses has been displayed under Centralised Admission Process of engineering courses, grievances are getting submitted. As per its records, the state has around 376 institutes offering engineering and technology courses with a total intake of over 1.57 lakh seats.

Those candidates who have secured the minimum 50% marks (45% in case of backward class categories and persons with disabilities belonging to Maharashtra state only) in class XII in physics, mathematics and Chemistry/biotechnology/biology/technical vocational added together and obtained positive composite score are eligible to apply. The ranking for admission is based on a composite score which is obtained after adding 50% of JEE (main) 2015 in paper-I percentile and 50% of class XII (board or equivalent examination) in physics, chemistry and mathematics marks percentile. If the score of candidate is not reaching 50 per cent combining Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics he or she can replace Chemistry by Biology or Biotechnology or any vocational subject like Computer Science, Electronics etc to take the score to 50 per cent. But while considering subject like Electronics, Computer Science students have to take care that they have to calculate the marks out of 100 as these subjects are of 200 marks. If suppose candidate gets 120 out of 200 then it should be calculated as out of 100 which will come to 60 which will be added to marks obtained in Physics and Mathematics. Total should be above 150 for open candidates and above 135 for other category candidates.

Over 850 new seats are added in the centralised admission process in State, around 1,300 seats have reduced. The DTE conducts the three rounds of the Common Admission Process (CAP). Round 1 and round 2 is meant for all candidates who have filled the online option for the respective round while Round 3 is meant only for candidates from the state of Maharashtra.

A composite score is calculated wherein 50% of the weight is given to the candidate's performance in the JEE (Main) - Paper 1 and the remaining 50% weight is given to the percentile secured by the candidate in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in his board exams. A merit list is then prepared on the basis of each candidate’s composite score.

MBA: Submission of option form to begin today

The on-line submission and confirmation of option form of round-I of Centralised Admission Process (CAP) will begin on Wednesday. It will be done through candidates login by himself, herself through the website by Maharashtra State and All India candidates. It will continue till June 26. The provisional allotment of CAP Round-I for Maharashtra State and all India candidates on website will be displayed on June 27.

The students have to report to the institute as per allotment in CAP round-I between June 28 and July 1.

The institute-wise vacancy position for CAP Round- II will be displayed on websiteon July 3. The on-line submission and confirmation of option form of CAP Round-II through candidates will be done between July 4 and 6.

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‘Freemasonry is society with secrets but not a secret society’

WHO are these men sporting black suits and regalia with mystic symbols? What exactly they do? Why they never reveal their secrets? Why they usually meet during the dark hours at secluded places lik... Read More
WHO are these men sporting black suits and regalia with mystic symbols? What exactly they do? Why they never reveal their secrets? Why they usually meet during the dark hours at secluded places like Freemasons Hall at Masonic Lodge Building, popularly known as ‘Bhoot Bangla” (bungalow of ghosts) in Civil Lines? How are they connected worldwide?

Answer: They are Freemasons! Oh, are they the same portrayed as conspirators in famous novels of Dan Brown’s ‘Da Vinci Code,’ and ‘The Lost Symbol’ and ‘National Treasure’ movie starring Nicolas Cage?

Some high-ranking officers of this society maintain that theirs is not a secret organisation. They say that Freemasons had been unlocking the doors of Masonic Lodges all around the world and organising programmes inviting citizens on Universal Brotherhood Day to understand their society and its activities. Interestingly, they themselves say, “It’s not a secret society but a society with secrets.” This is because several aspects of the organisation are in fact concealed. Much of the misconception about Freemasonry, of course, stems from Freemasons themselves. One can take as an example, the modes of recognition between their members, as Freemasons have secret handshakes and passwords.

The Hitavada Special Correspondent Shirish Borkar speaks to some of the senior Freemasons of Nagpur to find out the secrets and their esoteric society.

Govindlal Shahu, OSM, Past Deputy Grand Master, Grand Lodge of India (GLI), says: “Freemasonry is based on three grand principles of Brotherly love, Relief and Truth. While Relief and Truth are to be practiced with the society at large, Brotherly love is a dominant factor between members who have many privileges restricted between themselves. Since it is a world wide organisation, Freemasons are not known to each other. They may also have the occasion to meet either by chance or by collecting information from websites or other sources. They, therefore, have developed their own mode of recognising each other and acknowledging an unknown person as Freemason. These modes of recognition are the only part of secrecy. Otherwise, the names and addresses of our members, their meeting places and time of meeting, the work they do is well known through websites and literature published.

Rajiv Khandelwal, OSM, Past Deputy Grand Master, (GLI): Freemasonry is neither a secret society nor does it practice any secretive rituals. Our fundamental principle is to make ‘Good Men Better.’ All of us are proud to be known as Freemasons, and world over, there are Masonic Streets, corners and shops. Freemasons practice and imbibe good morals and work for creating a better world. What could be secret about that? Like every common man’s banking, website and financial passwords, we have our own internal passwords not to be shared indiscriminately. We use them to recognise each other. These passwords and passgrips are being used for hundreds of years. That is just about the secret in Freemasonry, nothing more. Every year, Freemasons do charity worth hundreds of crores of rupees worldwide and most of our showcase projects are open to society. Anybody can find articles on Freemasonry on the Internet and hence, there is nothing secretive about our world’s largest ancient secular fraternal society.

Dr Yagnesh Thakar, Assistant Regional Grand Master (ARGM), Regional Grand Lodge of Western India (RGLWI): In any organisation, to know about many things that happen and that belong to the institution is a privilege of its members only. Likewise, in Freemasonry too same principle applies. Since, this is a very ancient society when written certificates were probably not available, the members used to identify themselves by signs, tokens and passwords. The same system is carried over the times. These signs, tokens and words are known to each and every regularly made Freemason who is a member of this fraternity, but not to non-members. These signs, tokens and passwords are only not revealed to non-Masons.

Mangesh Shastri, ARGM, RGLWI, says, “Ours is an institution subsisting from time immemorial. Myths and legends abound Freemasonry. It’s not a secret society but members share certain internal secrets amongst themselves. Had it been a secret society, there would not have been so many social and charitable projects being undertaken by Freemasons.We are strong believers in Fatherhood of God and thereby brotherhood of men. Freemasonry is perhaps the only society prevailing in the world which teaches morality through allegories and symbolism that makes us a distinguished institution.

Tarun Shrivastava, ARGM, RGLWI: Universally, the modes of recognition are of interest only to Freemasons and are, therefore, not revealed to non-Masons. Freemasons have been portrayed as conspirators in books like Dan Brown’s ‘Da Vinci Code’ and ‘The Lost Symbol’ and ‘National Treasure’ movie starring Nicolas Cage. But the truth is certainly less entertaining.

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Water-logging in massive pit poses risk to two Ramdaspeth buildings

The residents of Ramdaspeth area are in great tension since Monday, due to serious security threat created by water logging at an under construction building site. This construction on upmarket... Read More
The residents of Ramdaspeth area are in great tension since Monday, due to serious security threat created by water logging at an under construction building site. This construction on upmarket Central Bazar road has raised a big question-mark over safety of nearby two buildings who are yet to recover from the shock and cursing builder for flouting norms in his zeal to construct his own building overlooking safety of others.

Even the poclain machine deployed by the builder to go deeper has stuck up in the mud and efforts are on to somehow provide support to neighbouring buildings. Dhantoli Zone Office of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has issued notice to occupants of Keshav Plaza and Savadia building to take care of themselves as rain water has accumulated in the massive pit dug for under construction building and has damaged foundation of these buildings. The local body has directed the builder to immediately stop construction work of this building, otherwise legal action may be initiated against the plot owner Purushottam Agre. It may be recalled that Purushottam Agre is constructing a multi-storeyed hospital building in Ramdaspeth and the plot is situated on the main Central Bazar road. As per plan, the hospital is constructing double basement for parking and to house other facilities. The owner violated the instructions given by the Town Planning department to leave side margin of the plot and started digging of plot near the footpath. A huge trunk line constructed during British era passes through it. Due to intensive digging, the wall of nullah collapsed and water gushed into the pit. Due to heavy rains situation has aggravated posing serious risk to adjoining buildings of both the sides. Mayor Pravin Datke and Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar visited the site and directed Agre to stop work and fill the site with dust and murrom to avoid any untoward incident. Superintending Engineer Prakash Urade, Assistant Commissioner Subhash Jaideo, Executive Engineers Manoj Talewar and Satish Neral also inspected the site. Deputy Engineer Gorle, Deputy Engineer Anil Kadu, and TA Krishna Kolhe have barricaded the premises and are keeping a close watch on other activities. It may be mentioned that Structural Engineer Patankar had cautioned Agre to stop digging for basement as it may harm near-by buildings but Agre did not stop the work. The local body may file a FIR against plot owner for playing with the lives of innocent neighbours. It may be mentioned that on March 15, 2015, the internal road of Ramdaspeth area caved in. The sewer line and water pipe line also broke due after the road caved in. Dhantoli zone office had levied a fine of Rs 4.50 lakh on Agre for breaking roads. The piles of the under construction building also came tumbling down due to intrude of sand of the site.

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State to invoke MPDA Act against sand mafia, black-marketers

State Government, on Tuesday, decided to invoke Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities (MPDA) Act against sand mafia and black-marketers of essential commodities. Accordingly, amendment... Read More
State Government, on Tuesday, decided to invoke Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities (MPDA) Act against sand mafia and black-marketers of essential commodities. Accordingly, amendments will be made to MPDA Act to incorporate definitions of ‘sand mafia’ and ‘black-marketers’. State Cabinet, in its meeting held in Mumbai on Tuesday, took decision to this effect. As per the reports reaching here, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told reporters that repeat offenders involved in illegal trafficking of sand would also be booked under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 1999 (MCOCA).

MPDA Act is applicable to cases involving slumlords, bootleggers, drug offenders, dangerous persons, and video pirates as defined in the law. However, considering the fast-paced construction activities in response to rapid urbanisation, the demand for sand as a construction material also is increasing. The rivalry in legal sand excavation has increased and at several places, cartels are operating. In many cases, these cartels or groups create hurdles in way of legal auction of sand ghats. There are groups that file suits in the court of law. Once the legal auction process is caught in legal tangles, illegal excavation and transport of sand from ghats marked for auction starts. In the past few years, instances have been reported in which sand mafia attacked the officials and employees Revenue Department as well as Police Department who tried to check illegal excavation and transport of sand. In certain cases, illegal traffickers of sand even went to the extent of making an attempt on the life of officials or employees. State Government tried to invoke MCOCA, but need was felt to take stringent action against sand mafia. As the word ‘sand mafia’ and illegal trafficking of sand were not defined, the Government has decided to define both under MPDA Act through appropriate amendments. Those providing aid to sand mafia also will face action under MPDA Act.

In yet another significant step, State Cabinet also cleared a proposal to define ‘black-marketers’ of essential commodities through an amendment to MPDA Act. The step has been taken to curb black-marketing of essential commodities. Previously, there was a provision for detention of six months for black-marketers. Now, with the amendment, the punishment will be increased to one year. Black-marketing deprives people of legal supply of essential commodities at rational prices. Black-marketing also leads to artificial shortage of goods in the markets, and creates artificial rise in prices.

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Governor reconstitutes Vid Devpt Board

Maharashtra Governor Ch.Vidyasagar Rao has appointed expert members on the development boards of Vidarbha, Marathwada and Rest of Maharashtra constituted under Article 371 (2) of the Constitution... Read More
Maharashtra Governor Ch.Vidyasagar Rao has appointed expert members on the development boards of Vidarbha, Marathwada and Rest of Maharashtra constituted under Article 371 (2) of the Constitution. Recently, the term of the development boards has been extended upto April 30, 2020 by a Presidential order. Vidarbha development board is still struggling for full time Chairperson and Member Secretary. Previous Congress-NCP Government had appointed Prakash Dahake at the last leg of its tenure while new Government is yet to appoint a new Chairperson for the board. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena led State Government has re-appointed Adv. Madhukar Kimmatkar as an expert member of the Vidarbha Statutory Development Board (VSDB). He is one of the senior most members of the development board. Barring Kimmatkar other members are new in all the three boards. Governor has given chance to Adv. Kimmatkar for his dedication and devotion towards development of the region and his mastery over all the subjects related to the backwardness of Vidarbha. He is member of the VSDB since its constitution in 1994.

Governor has appointed Kapil Chandrayan (Nagpur), Dr Ravindra Devrao Kolhe (Vairagad, Tahsil Dharni, Dist Amravati), Dr Kishor Moghe (Gramin Samsya Mukti Trust, Wani, dist Yavatmal) and Dr Anand Bang, SEARCH, Dhanora, Dist Gadchiroli as expert members of Vidarbha Statutory Development Board, the notification added. Dr. Anand Bang is son of Dr. Abhay Bang, who is an expert in field of health and working in backward Gadchiroli district for last several years. Earlier, his mother Dr. Rani Bang was the member of the board. Dr. Anand Bang is very passionate about social change and dreams to contribute in improving the life of the poor and marginalised people of India. He completed his MPH from John Hopkins School of Public Health in 2009. Currently he is working as a medical officer at SEARCH. Dr Ravindra Kolhe is serving tribals of Melghat for last 24 years. He is follower of Mahatama Gandhi and Vinoba Bhave. Dr Kolhe and his wife Smita have sacrificed modern amenities to serve tribals in interior parts of Melghat braving all odds since last two decades. Kapil Chandrayan is research scholar of Nagpur University. He is an expert in the field of economics. The Governor has appointed Dr Ashok Belkhode (Sane Guruji Hospital and Research Centre, Mahur Road, Kinwat, Dist Nanded), Bhairavnath Thombre, (Natural Sugar and Allied Industries Ltd, Ranjani, Tehsil Kalamb, Dist Osmanabad), Mukund Kulkarni (Aurangabad) and Shankar Nagare (Aurangabad) as expert members of Marathwada development board. Ch. Vidyasagar Rao has appointed Brian Lobo (Palghar), R K Mutatkar (Pune) and former NABARD Chairman Umesh Chandra Sarangi (Pune) as expert members of the rest of Maharashtra development board. Umesh Chandra Sarangi is a retired IAS officer having experience of working with former Chief Ministers late Vilasrao Deshmukh and Ashok Chavan. The Governor has appointed all the members in Vidarbha development board while in other development boards, some posts of expert members are still vacant.

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State Govt releases Rs 1,000 cr for new Wardha-Yavatmal-Nanded Railway line

Boosting the prospects of Wardha-Yavatmal-Pusad-Nanded new railway line, Maharashtra Government ayed allocation of Rs. 1000 crores, its 40% share, for the project. The new line envisages alternat... Read More
Boosting the prospects of Wardha-Yavatmal-Pusad-Nanded new railway line, Maharashtra Government ayed allocation of Rs. 1000 crores, its 40% share, for the project. The new line envisages alternative route to Mumbai and seeks to bring on railway map Yavatmal district. Yavatmal is one of the most backward districts of State and State allocation would speed-up the construction of railway line.

The State cabinet at its Wednesday meeting agreed to release the amount in tranche to Central Government. The new route taking off from Wardha to Nanded envisages benefit to farmers in the region and promote industry in backward areas of State. The total length of new Broad Gauge line is about 284 kms and land acquisition of just 30.5 km route is done so far which is about 119 Ha. So far an amount of Rs. 93.76 crores have been spent on the project of which Rs. 50 crores was done by Ministry of Railways and Rs. 43 crores by State Government. The total project cost is pegged at Rs. 2500 crores. The Wardha-Nanded line is part of the joint venture mooted by Ministry of Railways to speed-up expansion of railway network in new areas. The route was proposed during the tenure of then Railway Minster Lalu Prasad Yadav and former had even performed its bhoomipujan in Yavatmal during the tenure of UPA-I. But since then the project was in limbo as Maharashtra Government, DF Government gave spin and talked of ambitious bullet train to cut down the travelling distance to Mumbai just 8 hours. It’s altogether different thing that the project did not take off from that point, as State Government sat over its share in the project.

The slow pace of land acquisition is main reason behind starting of any activity on the new broad gauge line. The process is now likely to get speeded-up post release of State Government share.

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MPBSE withholds result of 86 XII students of Jabalpur

More than 86 students of class 12 are deprived of taking admission in colleges due to withholding of their result by the Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) for the last more th... Read More
More than 86 students of class 12 are deprived of taking admission in colleges due to withholding of their result by the Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) for the last more than a month. Students are depressed of the Board’s such irresponsible attitude. Some students are too much depressed and might take any extreme action if the Board officers delay their result more.

Arvind Tomar, whose ward had appeared in examination of 12th board as regular student from a private school like other more than 86 students, they had also appeared as regular students. But their results were not declared and kept on hold saying that their documents were not complete. When the parents contacted school principals, they said not a single document was required as per the terms and conditions of the Board. They themselves could not understand why the results of their students were withheld.

He said that the private schools said that making many pretence, the MPBSE officers always said they would declare results as private candidates. Why the students’ result be declared as private candidate when they appeared in the examination as a regular candidate, even the Board officers served them admit card as a regular candidate, he questioned. According to sources, a team of four officers from the MPBSE went to Jabalpur and scanned each and every document of the students about ten days ago. But not officer told anything to the private school principals about results. Not only the school principals, students, the parents concerned more about Board officers’ irresponsible and careless attitude. Many parents met the board officers but in vain. “Parents have clearly told the schools and Board officers that when their wards appeared as regular students, they would not accept result of their wards as private candidate, Tomar told.

When contacted, Shashank Mishra, Secretary, Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE), admitted of withholding result of more than 86 students of 12th class in Jabalpur. “The investigation of the matter has been completed. I received probe report on Tuesday evening, it will be placed before the Board of Directors of the Board, on Wednesday. Whatever they will take decision, the result will be declared soon, he said.

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2 inmates flee from juvenile home in Gandhi Nagar

Two inmates at a juvenile home, including an eleven-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy, escaped from juvenile home at Gandhi Nagar late on Monday night, police said on Tuesday. A complaint in ... Read More
Two inmates at a juvenile home, including an eleven-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy, escaped from juvenile home at Gandhi Nagar late on Monday night, police said on Tuesday. A complaint in this regard has been registered by manager of society with Gandhi Nagar police station on Tuesday.

Town Inspector Gandhi Nagar Jitendra Patel while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ said, “The inmates were identified as Ankush (12) and Tasleem Qureshi (11)”.

“The complainant Shyamkrishna Pyasi, who was posted as manager in juvenile home Nitya Sewa Society at Pipalner lodged an FIR in which he mentioned that on Monday night following routine prayer both Tasleem and Ankush went to take dinner.

But when they did not reach dining hall, search was started by the staff of society”, added TI Patel. However, during search for them, it came to light that firstly Tasleem escaped from the juvenile home subsequent to which Ankush also went missing after half-an-hour. Later, employees of the society informed the manager who in turn lodged a complaint with Gandhi Nagar police station following which police have registered a case of abduction.

During further investigation of police it came to light that Ankush was transferred to Nitya Sewa juvenile home from child care society located at Nehru Nagar due to habit of Ankush to flee from the society while Tasleem was handed over to juvenile home by her parents who resides in slum near railway station due to their weak financial condition.

Subsequently, as of now the police have registered a case of abduction and launched a manhunt to nab both the escapees inmates while no clue of their whereabouts was known till the filing of report.

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Singapore’s Consul General meets Shivraj

Consul General of Singapore Ajit Singh met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Mantralaya here Tuesday. The Chief Minister said that there are immense possibilities of mutual co-operation betwe... Read More
Consul General of Singapore Ajit Singh met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Mantralaya here Tuesday. The Chief Minister said that there are immense possibilities of mutual co-operation between Singapore and Madhya Pradesh. Consul General Singh informed that Singapore wishes to cooperate with Madhya Pradesh in urban development, skill upgradation and Ease of Doing Business. Commerce and Industries Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia and Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa were also present. The Chief Minister said that earnest efforts would be made for mutual co-operation between Madhya Pradesh and Singapore. Consul General Singh said that entrepreneurs of Singapore desire to establish cold storage chain in Madhya Pradesh. Besides, there is immense potential in Ease of Doing Business in the state. Principal Secretary Industries Mohammad Suleman and Principal Secretary to CM SK Mishra were also present.

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State Govt to establish Investment Promotion Desk in East Asia

The State Government will establish Madhya Pradesh Investment Promotion Desk in East Asian countries to facilitate investments in Madhya Pradesh. Dry Port will also be established in collaborat... Read More
The State Government will establish Madhya Pradesh Investment Promotion Desk in East Asian countries to facilitate investments in Madhya Pradesh. Dry Port will also be established in collaboration with the Centre.

The Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan gave instructions regarding this while addressing a meeting of the Investment Promotion Committee at Mantralaya here on Tuesday.

Minister for Commerce and Industries Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Minister for Public Relations Rajendra Shukla and Minister for Transport and Science and Technology Bhupendra Singh attended the meeting.

The Chief Minister asked the authorities concerned to chalk out detailed plans to encourage investments from the East Asian countries. He said that the prospective investors and their associations or bodies must be apprised of the initiatives taken under the Ease of Doing Business in the state. They should be informed about single-door policy.

The Secretary to CM Hariranjan Rao gave a presentation on the possibilities of investments from East-Asian nations. He informed that Taiwan and other East Asian countries are exploring investment opportunities in India and specially in potential destinations like Madhya Pradesh. The Policy initiatives specially in Electronics Manufacturing are attracting them. The country’s first PCB cluster for electronic products is coming up at Gwalior. Suggestions about setting up of centres for learning Chinese, translating Industrial policies into Chinese and Oriental Culture Centre were also given at the meeting.

The policy for promotion of micro, small and medium industries was endorsed at the meeting. The proposed policy talks about giving capital subsidy for micro, small and medium industries, compensating the infrastructure expenses and exempting them from various taxes and fees.

Additional Chief Secretary Finance Ajaynath, Agriculture Production Commissioner R K Swai, Principal Secretary, Commerce and Industry Mohammad Suleman, Principal Secretary for Commerce Manoj Shrivastava, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister SK Mishra including officers of the departments concerned were present.

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Heavy rains forecast in parts of Indore division

Monsoon is making good progress in Madhya Pradesh. Till Tuesday morning, rains have battered several places of state. Weather department warned that in next twenty four hours, heavy rains are l... Read More
Monsoon is making good progress in Madhya Pradesh. Till Tuesday morning, rains have battered several places of state. Weather department warned that in next twenty four hours, heavy rains are likely to lash some parts of Alirajpur, Badwani, Khargone, Dhar, Jhabua, Balaghat, Mandla, Dindori and Anooppur districts. Bhopal is also expected to get rains on Wednesday.

Weather Department, in its forecast, said that rains accompanied by lightening and thunder activities are going to lash many parts of Indore, Shahdol and Jabalpur divisions. Many parts of Bhopal division, Ujjain division (except Mandsaur and Neemuch districts) and Hoshangabad division and Sidhi and Singhrauli districts are expected to get battered by light to moderate rainfall. As far as system is concerned now State is not going to get much benefit from depression of Bay of Bengal. But advancement of Arab system is going to give bountiful rains to South-West Madhya Pradesh. Bhopal witnessed cloudy weather conditions throughout the day on Tuesday but it had not rained throughout the day. Hence, people faced humid condition throughout the day.

On Tuesday, entire Madhya Pradesh witnessed cloudy weather conditions. Till Tuesday morning, many places have recorded good rainfall. Dindori had received rainfall of 22 cm, Sehore 15 cm, Sushner 12 cm, Budhni 10 cm etc. Lanji, Depalpur, Narsinghgarh, Badnagar, Khilchipur received 9 cm rainfall each. Agar recorded 8 cm rainfall followed by 7 cm rainfall each in Sonkuch, Nalkheda, Hoshangabad and Khategaon. Sajapur, Rajgarh and Tondarkhurd received 5 cm rainfall each.

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NSUI demonstrates against Sushma Swaraj, DMAT scam

Police resorted to lathi charge to disperse the NSUI workers when they tried to march towards Chief Minister’s residence on Tuesday. NSUI workers were protesting against DMAT scam and against... Read More
Police resorted to lathi charge to disperse the NSUI workers when they tried to march towards Chief Minister’s residence on Tuesday. NSUI workers were protesting against DMAT scam and against external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj for helping ex-IPL chief Lalit Modi in getting travelling documents in United Kingdom.

Large number of NSUI workers gathered at Pradesh Congress Committee office and started raising slogan against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and said after VYAPAM, DMAT scam is a blot on the face of Shivraj government. Carrying flags and doing sloganeering, demonstrators also criticised External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for giving helping hand to former IPL chief Lalit Modi in obtaining travelling documents in United Kingdom and torched her effigy outside the PCC office. Cops used water canon and resorted to cane charge to disperse the agitators. Later, demonstrators again got assembled and started to move towards Chief Minister residence. However, police have put up barricades near Red Cross Hospital square. When agitators reached near the barricades, police tried to stop the demonstrators forcibly. Meanwhile, agitators, by carrying the flag of organisation, kept on raising the slogans and many of them even jostled with police. Later, some agitators sat on road. To disperse the agitators, police resorted to cane charge. Seeing this, large number of demonstrators started to run helter-skelter. Afterwards, police arrested the demonstrators, packed them in the police van and took them to jail.

Later in the evening, demonstrators were released. During the course of cane charge, some NSUI workers were injured and one had even fainted.

Speaking to ‘The Hitavada’ on phone, National President of NSUI, Roji John, who had led the demonstration, said there were two issues against which agitation was done. First is this that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is maintaining silence on Sushma Swaraj issue and second is DMAT scam. He charged central government that instead of bringing back ex IPL chief Lalit Modi to country, central government is protecting him. He demanded CBI inquiry into DMAT scam along with VYAPAM scam. Meanwhile, State President of NSUI Vipin Vankhede demanded closure of DMAT exam. He added that if DMAT exam could not be stopped then some transparent way should be conducted for the exam. Police had said that no permission for demonstration was taken by the NSUI and a case would be registered in this regard.

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Cabinet ayes Rs 5,500 crore power subsidy for farmers

The State Cabinet at its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday decided to provide Rs 5,500 crore subsidy during year 2015-16 to provide farmers a cushion against... Read More
The State Cabinet at its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday decided to provide Rs 5,500 crore subsidy during year 2015-16 to provide farmers a cushion against burden of electricity tariff increase. This will benefit about 18.50 lakh farmers. For other sections, subsidy worth Rs 300 crore will be given to power distribution companies. Thus, total subsidy will amount to Rs 5,800 crore this year.

The Cabinet decided to supply power free of cost to SC and ST agriculture consumers possessing upto one hectare of land using pump set upto 5 horsepower. This will benefit about 4.50 lakh farmers.

The Cabinet decided to continue subsidy of 90 paise per unit for domestic consumers consuming upto 30 units per month. It was decided to realise Rs 1200 electricity bill per horsepower annually from agriculture consumers having permanent power connections. The State Government will bear entire burden of gap between rates fixed by Electricity Regulatory Commission and rates payable by agriculture consumers. Subsidy at the rate of Re 1 and 75 paise will be given to agriculture consumers having temporary power connections.

The State Government will bear entire burden of fuel cost adjustment in case of agriculture consumers of both permanent and temporary categories. The cabinet decided to give 95 paise per KW subsidy per month on fixed cost of low-tension streetlights in Nagar Palikas and Nagar Panchayats. It was also decided to exempt high tension lift irrigation/group irrigation projects from annual minimum charge. Subsidy of 190 paise per unit will also be given on energy charge. The Cabinet decided to supply power free of cost to single-point electricity connection consumers of BPL category belonging to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.

The Cabinet decided to issue electricity bills based on actual consumption to powerloom consumers upto 25 horsepower. These consumers will also be given Re 1 and 25 paise subsidy on energy duty. Subsidy to powerloom consumers will be given by Commerce, Industries and Employment Ministry.

The Cabinet decided to implement ICT@School scheme in 2000 government high/higher secondary schools to expand computer education in the state. Under this, 20,000 teachers will be trained. A sum of Rs. 128 crore will be spent on the scheme.

The Cabinet decided to give shape of university to Baba Saheb Ambedkar National Institute of Social Science, Mhow. It will be named as Dr B R Ambedkar University of Social Science. The Cabinet also decided to fill 252 direct recruitment posts of Deputy Superintendent of Police through promotion. The posts will be filled in year 2015 and relevant service and promotion rules will be relaxed for it.

In addition, the Cabinet sanctioned 60 posts for Madhya Pradesh High Court, Jabalpur. These include 25 posts of data entry operator, 16 consol operator/system manager, 8 system administrator, 5 analyst, 3 senior system analyst, 2 principal and one post of chief system analyst. The Cabinet sanctioned creation of 200 posts for district courts, including 150 posts of consol operator/system manager (for 150 tahasils) and 50 posts of system administrator.

The Cabinet decided to increase superannuation age to 60 years of regular officers and employees of all categories in Madhya Pradesh Police Housing Corporation. Following this decision, officers-employees of Class I, II and III categories will now retire at 60 years of age.

The Cabinet decided to increase financial powers of Law Minister and the Chief Minister to sanction grants to bar associations to purchase books for their libraries. Now, Law Minister can sanction upto Rs 50,000 and the Chief Minister upto Rs1,00,000. Earlier, the limit was Rs 25,000 and Rs. 50,000, respectively.

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Passengers’ woes continue as several trains cancelled

Passengers facing problems with cancellation of trains passing via Itarsi station of Bhopal Railway division will not be relieved as the operation of the cancelled is not expected to start in nex... Read More
Passengers facing problems with cancellation of trains passing via Itarsi station of Bhopal Railway division will not be relieved as the operation of the cancelled is not expected to start in next two days. The railway traffic in the Bhopal division of West Central Railway (WCR) continued to remain affected for the fifth day on Monday following a breakdown of signalling system due to a fire at Itarsi station. The route relay interlocking (RRI) cabin at Itarsi station witnessed the fire incident on June 17. As many as 67 trains have been cancelled while route of 5 few trains have been changed for June 24. Trains including 01712 Jabalpur-LTT (Mumbai), 09056 Patna-Surat, 11056 Gorakhpur-LTT, 11077 Pune-Jamuutawi, 11078 Jamuutawi-Pune, 11093 Csuratm-Varanasi, 11271 Itrarsi-Bhopal, 11272 Bhopal-Itarsi, 11464 Jabalpur-Somnath, 12061 Habibganj-jabalpur, 12062 Jabalpur-Habibganj, 12107 LTT-Lucknow, 12141 LTT-Rejendra Nagar, 12159 Amarnath-Jabalpur, 12160 Jabalpur-Amarnath, 12167 LTT-Varanasi, 12137 Jabalpur-Csuratm, 12191 New Delhi-Jabalpur, 12192 Jabalpur-New Delhi, 12295 Banagalore-Patna, 12321 Howrah-Csuratm, 12322 Csuratm-Howrah, 12409 Raigarh-H,Nizamuddin, 12533 Lucknow-Csuratm, 12534 Csuratm-Lucknow, 12598 Csuratm-Gorakhpur, 12615 Chennai-New Delhi, 12616 New Delhi-Chennai, 12687 Madurai-Dehradun, 12720 Hyderabad-Ajmer, 12741 Vasco Di Gama-Patna, 12924 Nagpur-Indore, 12943 Valsad-Kanpur, 12976 Jaipur-Mysore, 13201, Rajendra Nagar-LTT, 13202 LTT-Rajendra Nagar, 14010 Delhi S Rohilla-Chhindwara, 15017 LTT-Gorakhpur, 15559 Darbhanga-Ahmedabad, 16031 Chennai-Jammutwai, 18233 Indore-Bilaspur, 18237 Bilaspur-Amritsar, 18238 Amritsar-Bilaspur, 18609 Ranchi-LTT, 19045 Surat-Chhapra, 19046 Chhapra-Surat, 19302 Yashwantpur-Indore, 22111 Bhusawal-Nagpur, 22187 Habibganj-Jabalpur, 22188 Jabalpur-Habibganj, 2403 Puducheri-New Delhi, 51157 Bhuawal-Itarsi, 51158 Itarsi-Bhusawal, 51187 Bhusawal-Allahabad, 51188 Katni-Bhusawal, 51189 Itarsi-Allahabad, 51190 Allahabad-Itarsi, 51671 Itarsi-Katni, 51672 katni-Itarsi, 51673 Itarsi-Surata, 51674 Surata-Itarsi, 51827 Itarsi-Jhansi, 51828 Jhansi-Itarsi, 51829 Nagpur-Itarsi, 51830 Itarsi-Nagpur, 59385 Indore-Chhindwara and 59386 Chhindwara-Indore. Routes of 12853 Durg-Bhopal and 12854 Bhopal-Durg has been changed and these trains will now be operated via Bilaspur-NKJ-KMZ-Bina, 11463 Somanth-Jabalpur via Jabalpur-Katni-Bina, 11471 Indore-Jabalpur via Bhopal-Bina-NKj and 11472 Jabalpur-Indore will be operated via Katni-Bina-Bhopal.

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Illegal hoardings: HC allows Govt counsel to bring updated info

In case related to the removal of illegal hoardings situated in roadside in entire State, the division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Chief Justice, A M Khanwilkar and Jus... Read More
In case related to the removal of illegal hoardings situated in roadside in entire State, the division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Chief Justice, A M Khanwilkar and Justice, K K Trivedi on Tuesday allowed Samdarshi Tiwari, Government counsel to bring update information with records by June 30, 2015 pertaining to compliance of earlier orders in which direction given to issue notification 116 (4) of Motor Vehicle Act 1988 which empowers Superintendents Of Police across the State to take action against hoardings which are obstructions to city Traffic and distracting attention of the drivers on the road.

The division bench has further allowed 30 days time to the State with regard to the development of centralised software mechanism to control and regulate illegal hoardings across the State. For that purpose matter be heard on July 28, 2015. For notification it will heard on June 30, 2015. The division bench has heard the petition filed by Advocate Satish Kumar Verma seeking directions for removal of illegal hoardings in roadside.

In the previous hearing, Samdarshi Tiwari, Counsel for the State had submitted that government is working on development of mechanism or centralized software for the issue and will file detailed report including progress of removal of illegal banners, posters, hoarding before the next date of hearing.

Counsel for the State further says regarding notification under Section 116(4) of Motor Vehicle Act 1988, which gives authority to Superintendents of Police to take action against distracting hoardings, will also be filed along with the progress report.

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Mining Deptt trying to hush up its failure in curbing illegal excavation

The fact of special drive against illegal excavation of precious minerals and sand is poles apart. The district Mining Department is just trying to hush up its failure by registering cases of ill... Read More
The fact of special drive against illegal excavation of precious minerals and sand is poles apart. The district Mining Department is just trying to hush up its failure by registering cases of illegal transportation of minerals in the ongoing special drive in last three months.

District Mining Department has sent a report of action taken against illegal mining, transportation and stocking of minerals since April, 2015 to the Chief Minister. According to the report, the department has registered a total of 133 cases of illegal transportation of minerals and recovered financial penalty amounting to Rs 37.31 lakh against total challans of Rs 42.09 lakh, while four cases of illegal stocking of minerals were registered in last three months.

Ironically, the department has registered only two cases of illegal mining and imposed penalty Rs 95.44 lakh in three months, but failed in recovery of a single pie from offenders. In the four cases of illegal stocking, department has served notices of Rs 19.57 lakh, but failed in its recovery. Illegal transportation and stocking of minerals is not possible without its illegal excavation. Instead of taking action against illegal mining, the special campaign has been focused on recovery of financial penalty from vehicle owners for illegal transportation of minerals.

Collector, Shiv Narayan Rupla, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’, has informed that the officers of Mining Department are working at their level best in checking illegal practices of mining, transportation and stocking of minerals. He added that maximum number of illegal transportation cases have been registered in the district, but number of cases of illegal mining and its stocking is less. The figures itself proved that illegal mining has been strictly prohibited in the district. The campaign is underway and any king of irregularity related to illegal mining will not be tolerated. It may be noted that under the direction of Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Collector, Shiv Narayan Rupla instructed the district Mining Department for putting up a vigilant check on illegal mining, transportation and stocking of minerals. In compliance with the directions, district Mining Department started special campaign against such illegal practices and forwarded three-month progress report of campaign to the Chief Minister.

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HC adjourns hearing on bail applications in VYAPAM case

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court presided by Chief Justice, A M Khanwilkar on Tuesday, has adjourned to the bunch of the bail applications for hearing on July 7, 2015 filed by fo... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court presided by Chief Justice, A M Khanwilkar on Tuesday, has adjourned to the bunch of the bail applications for hearing on July 7, 2015 filed by former State Minister, Laxmikant Sharma and his OSD, O P Shukla, an accused of Vyapam scam, separately filed.

It may be recalled that former State Minister, Laxmikant Sharma and his OSD, O P Shukla, an accused related to different examination conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), pertains to manipulation in the selection process for government jobs conducted, which is being probed by the Special Task Force (STF). The STF had lodged two FIRs against former State Technical Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma and 129 others accused in connection with alleged irregularities in the different examinations.

In the previous hearing of bunch of the bail applications, the division bench had heard the matter was argued limited to the issue of inappropriate medical facilities provided to the applicant whilst in jail. The grievance in the application that jail officials at Bhopal, for the reasons best known to them, have not only succeeded denying the hospital facility treatment given to the applicant in Hamidia Hospital at Bhopal by taking discharge on representation that better and specialized treatment will have to be provided to the applicant which may be possible only at Delhi. Further, though the applicant has been discharged as back as on May 13, 2015, the applicant has not been provided any further specialized treatment for the ailment of Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy.

On the other hand counsel for the State had relied on the note prepared under the signature of Medical Officer, Medical Hospital, Central Jail, Bhopal that after the applicant was discharged on May 13, 2015, he was provided Physiotherapy treatment on regular basis. It is stated that the health condition of the applicant is stable and Physiotherapist Razaq Khan attends to the applicant on regular basis.

Counsel for the applicant had submitted that the applicant is not interested in taking treatment outside the city of Bhopal. The treatment, which is given to the applicant in jail is not sufficient and appropriate. In the context of this submission the division bench had called upon the counsel for the State to find out whether there would be any objection if the applicant wants to appoint Physiotherapist of his choice for further treatment, the respondent State have no objection in that behalf on condition that the said arrangement must be at the cost of the applicant.

If the applicant is not in a position to make such arrangement, the respondent shall continue to provide the medical treatment as is already provided and ensure that proper attention and due care is taken as per exigency and health condition of the applicant, the division bench said.

In the context of grievance of the applicant that the officials of Central Jail, Bhopal are biased towards him, it was suggested to the counsel for the applicant to consider whether the applicant would like to be kept in jail other than Central Jail, Bhopal until his physical presence is required for investigation of the crimes registered against him or to be registered in future and including during the trial of the concerned crimes. The applicant is free to make statement in this behalf on the next date of hearing, if so advised. The division bench had listed these matters on June 23, 2015, the division bench said in the previous hearing.

VYAPAM: HC directs STF chief to be present in court on June 26

Hearing the matter related to VYAPAM scam, the division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Chief Justice, A M Khanwilkar and Justice, Alok Aradhe on Tuesday, has directed to the Special Task Force’s Chief to shall remain present before the court on June 26, 2015. The division bench has called to the chief of the STF regarding some errors in 9th report of SIT.

In the previous hearing of the matter, the Principal Registrar (Judicial) produced sealed envelope received from SIT. It contains report (IX) of SIT dated on June 18, 2015. Since the report runs into couple of pages and is accompanied by other material, which may require deeper scrutiny, the division bench had deemed it appropriate to defer the hearing till June 23, 2015. Counsel for the State intends to file application for appropriate direction. Advocate General Ravish Agrawal with P.K. Kaurav, Additional Advocate General appeared on behalf of the State.

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Police foil plan to loot jewellery shop in Civic Centre area, arrest 5 accused

In another major breakthrough, police foiled a plan of dacoity at a jewellery shop in Civic Centre area. Cops of Omti police station succeeded in apprehending five out of six accused, when they... Read More
In another major breakthrough, police foiled a plan of dacoity at a jewellery shop in Civic Centre area. Cops of Omti police station succeeded in apprehending five out of six accused, when they were planning a dacoity at a jewellery shop and recovered five pistols, one revolver, one country-made revolver and eight live cartridges from them. The apprehended men are habitual criminals and were involved in several other sensitive crime incidents.

The apprehended have been identified as Shekhar Sonkar (30), son of Ashok Sonkar, a resident of Shuklaji Ka Bada near Janki Mandir in Hanumantal, Omprakash Mourya (31), son of Ashok Kumar Mourya, a resident of Old Kanchanpur, Adhartal, Ramdayal Chakrawarty (47), son of Munnilal Chakrawarty, a resident of Jhanda Chowk area in Shahpura, Bhitoni, Saurabh Mishra (26), son of Kishore Kumar Mishra, a resident of Khitaula area in Sihora and Rajesh Sonkar (44), son of Badri Prasad Sonkar, a resident of behind Shiv Parvati Mandir in Bhartipur, Omti. Superintendent of Police, Dr. Ashis disclosed this while addressing a press conference, on Tuesday.

SP, Dr. Ashis informed that police received information about some suspected men laced with weapons sighted at Bhanwartal Garden and planning some incident in the area. Acting promptly on the information, three police teams were constituted under the supervision of ASP (Crime), Ashish Khare, ASP (East), Geetesh Garg and CSP, Omti, Azim Khan.

The police team led by SHO of Omti police station, Indramani Patel enclosed the area from south direction, Sunil Hosiery shop and St. Norbert School areas. Police teams raided the spot, where six men were planning the dacoity. On seeing the policemen, accused dispersed in different directions, but active policemen succeeded in apprehending four of the six accused, while two managed to escape from the spot. In search of arrested men, police team seized 5 pistols, 1 revolver, 1 country-made revolver and 8 live cartridges from them. In the interrogation, accused confessed that they were planning a dacoity at a jewellery shop in Civic Centre and disclosed the names of two absconding men as Rajesh Sonkar and Sonu Sonkar. On their identification, police team succeeded in apprehending Rajesh Sonkar and a search for Sonu Sonkar is underway.

Dr. Ashis informed that one of the accused Shekhar Sonkar was already booked in more than 25 cases of attempt to murder, NDPS Act, Explosive Act, illegal recovery of money, attack, Arms Act, gambling, illegal trade of liquor, etc. while several cases of attempt to murder, NDPS Act and attacks against Omprakash Mourya, Rakesh Sonkar and Saurabh Mishra were under consideration in courts.

On the achievement, Superintendent of Police, Dr. Ashis has declared rewards for the members of police team led by SHO, Indramani Patel and comprising of SI, Anurag Pancheshwar, ASI, K S Baghel, Head Constables, Daya Shankar, Shyam Sunder Tiwari, Constables, Tej Singh, Omnath, Akeel, Vinod, Pankaj, Prabhat, Prem Vishwakarma, Javed, Mithilesh, Sher Singh, Hariom, Manoj and Crime Branch’s SI, Satish Dogare, ASI, Vishal Singh, Head Constables, Krishna Kumar Pandey, Firoz Khan, Sanjay Loth and Rajesh Pandey.

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Tendulkar case: HC says petition not properly drafted

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Justice, Rajendra Menon and Justice, Vandana Kasrekar on Tuesday, said in the issue related to Sachin Tendulkar appearing in commer... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Justice, Rajendra Menon and Justice, Vandana Kasrekar on Tuesday, said in the issue related to Sachin Tendulkar appearing in commercial advertising contracts, promoting various products, brands, services in which he has posed along with Bharat Ratna that petition has not been properly drafted. The statutory provision governing conferral of the award, if any, and the rules and regulations governing such conferral, is not brought on record. No proper pleadings are available in this regard. Petitioner, who appears in person, refers to page 65 of the paper book and says that the same is the provision.

The division bench added that however, the document available at page 65 does not indicate as to under which statutory provision, which law or which act, the same has been issued. When such questions were put to the petitioner, he wanted time to seek instructions and amend the petition. Thereafter, the division bench has given four weeks’ time to do so and listed the matter for after four weeks.

The division bench heard the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by V K Naswa, praying relief before the court to pass an order on respondent Central Government, to recall Government order dated on November 16, 2013 that conferred ‘Bharat Ratna’ award on Sachin Tendulkar, and cancel (with immediate effect) such an award in his name, for his acts of omission and commission mentioned in this petition. Alternatively, the respondent Sachin Tendulkar may be advised to surrender ‘Bharat Ratna’ to Central Government, as he has lost moral authority to retain coveted award.

The petitioner prayed interim relief before the court to pass directions on respondents Central Government as well as Sachin Tendulkar as below, that respondent Central Government may form a committee of legal experts, and recommend suitable mechanism by way of an executive order, so that professional (ethical and moral) don’ts are prescribed and made binding on all such legends of civilian (including ‘Bharat Ratna’ award), in their day to day public life. Petitioner appeared in person before the court, while J K Jain, Assistant Solicitor General appeared on behalf of the Union of India.

It may be recalled that the division bench, on June 17, 2015, had deferred hearing for June 23, 2015 and the division bench asked the counsel for the Union of India to ascertain whether the issue raised in this petition is already sub judice before the Supreme Court and secondly, whether some news item had appeared in the last couple of days, mentioning about the institution of such petition or the present petition. If so, copy of such news item be produced before the Court.

Union Home Ministry pleads ignorance

The Counsel of the respondent Union of India has submitted report before the court that so far as the matter of appearing of Sachin Tendulkar in commercial advertisement is concerned, this Ministry of Home Affairs of Union of India is not aware of any matter, which is sub judice before the Supreme Court of India. However, institution of a petition in the High Court of Madhya Pradesh recently, has come to light through some news items. It is informed that, Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of the country, is awarded in recognition of exceptional service, performance of the highest order in any field of human endeavor. A copy of the relevant notification dated on January 8, 1955 and November 18, 2011 governing Bharat Ratna are enclosed.

It is also informed the recipients of Bharat Ratna awards are issued an advisory regarding not to use the award as a TITLE, as the Supreme Court of India in its judgment dated on December 15, 1955 in Transferred Case (Civil) 1994 with Transferred Case (Civil) 1995 had upheld the constitutional validity of the awards and directed that the award should not be used as PREFIX or SUFFIX to an individual’s name. The relevant observation contained in the said judgment is as under, “The National Awards do not amount to ‘Titles’ within the meaning of Article 18 (1) and they should not be used as suffixes or prefixes. If this is done, the defaulter should forfeit the National Award conferred on him or her by following the procedure laid down in regulation 10 of each of the four notifications creating these National Awards.”

A copy of such letter advisory issued to Sachin Tendulkar dated on May 12, 2014 is enclosed.

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MPPMCL receives over 100 tenders for solar power supply

Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL) has received more than one hundred tenders of 3,744 MW for long term agreement of 300 MW solar power supply. It is the first time in the... Read More
Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL) has received more than one hundred tenders of 3,744 MW for long term agreement of 300 MW solar power supply. It is the first time in the country that more than one hundred investors have submitted their biddings for establishment of solar power plants in any state. Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited, Managing Director, Sanjay Kumar Shukla has termed the submission of applications for solar power supply as a record in the country. Madhya Pradesh is the first state where generation of solar power has been given top priority. Following the new and renewable policy of Madhya Pradesh government, a large number of investors have come-up for establishment of their solar power plants in the state.

MPPMCL, Chief General Manager (Investment Promotion Cell), RD Saxena informed that the company has invited tenders for purchasing 300 MW solar power as per long term power purchase agreement for next 25-years. In the process, a large number of investors have submitted their biddings for establishment of solar power plants from 2 MW to 300 MW in Madhya Pradesh.

CGM, RD Saxena added that till now the company is purchasing solar power from different sources at the rate of Rs. 6.5 to Rs. 7 per unit. Now the submission of record number of biddings will increase competition amongst investors for supplying 300 MW solar power to the company from year 2016-17.

MPPGCL, NHDC also submit bids

Another major attraction of the bidding process is that the two leading thermal and hydel power producers in the state Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company Limited and NHDC have submitted their biddings for supplying solar power to the state. The two conventional energy producers have submitted their biddings for supplying 10 MW and 70 MW solar power to Madhya Pradesh.

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Sensation in JMC as contractors try to immolate themselves

Sensation prevailed at Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) headquarters, when three contractors tried to immolate themselves by pouring kerosene oil in front of Municipal Commissioner’s Offi... Read More
Sensation prevailed at Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) headquarters, when three contractors tried to immolate themselves by pouring kerosene oil in front of Municipal Commissioner’s Office. No sooner the contractors took the extreme step, the cops present at the site caught them and snatched kerosene bottle from them. The police personnel then took the Contractors to Omti Police Station from where the Police rushed them to Victoria Hospital for medical examination. The Police have registered case under section 309 of IPC against the contractors and doing further investigation.

As per the information, the Contractors Pankaj Sahu, Mahendra Singh and Akhilesh Tiwari reached JMC headquarters at about 1 pm, on Tuesday and poured kerosene oil on themselves in front of Municipal Commissioner’s Office. The act shocked everybody present in the premises.

Before the contractors could do anything further, the cops present at the site grabbed them and snatched kerosene oil bottle from them. The Police personnel then took all three contractors to Omti Police Station and also took them to Victoria hospital for medical examination.

The Police have registered case against the contractors under section 309 of IPC and doing further investigation. Police informed that the Contractors had dumped black mud (Kapu mitti) to the tune of Rs 42 lakh in Bhawartal garden. Contractors said they supplied the mud on verbal order of Garden Officer of JMC in July, 2014. Contractors said the JMC has done 30 per cent payment of the contract amount, that too after repeated requests to concerned senior officials. But the officials are not paying remaining amount. Contractors said the JMC officials were forcing them to make pillar to post at JMC headquarters. They met all concerned senior officials and urged them of pay the remaining money but the officials are not paying the amount which is nearly Rs 28 lakh.

Hence depressed and irked with the attitude of senior officials the contractors on Tuesday took the extreme step and tried to immolate self at JMC headquarters. However, brushing aside the allegations of Contractors, the JMC officials are terming the matter fake. Officials saying that the JMC had not given the contract of dumping mud to the contractors.

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Coins dating ‘Dark Age’ found in Damru

Copper coins dating back 1st Century BC to 2nd Century AD have been excavated a couple of days ago from Damru site in Baloda Bazaar district during the excavation by State Culture and Archaeology... Read More
Copper coins dating back 1st Century BC to 2nd Century AD have been excavated a couple of days ago from Damru site in Baloda Bazaar district during the excavation by State Culture and Archaeology Department.

Located some 95 kilometers from the State capital, Damru is an important hinterland township settlement in Central India where first mud fort site was excavated by the department a year ago.

Still, the excavation work is under progress at the site that lies about 4.5 kilometers from the confluence of River Shivnath and its tributary Khorsi Nullah. “We have recovered about two-dozen copper coins in lowest level during excavation, out of which six have been studied so far. They bear Malhar symbol along with names of the Magha Dynasty’s kings in early Brahmi script,” said Archaeologist Dr Shivakant Bajpai, who is also the Director of the excavation site.

He said on the basis of paleography it is indicated that Damru was the primary center or territory of the Magha Dynasty, which later had shifted to famous site Malhar.

The inscribing on the coins suggests two most important names of Magha Dynasty rulers Ryno Silalusiris and Rayno Achadsiris. According to Dr Bajpai, excavations at Damru throw light on the Satvahana and Magha settlements in the South Kosala.

Earlier too, a good number of terracotta seals and sealings in early Brahmi character, including typical nail and box headed, were traced from the site, which pertains to pre-Kushan to Kulchuri period.

Department’s Deputy Director Rahul Singh asserted that coins could best indicate not only the history, culture and economy of the dynasty ruling that particular era, but also helps in ascertaining the genealogy of kings.

“Since the period between 1C BC to 2C AD is also considered as a Dark Age, unearthing of these coins is a positive indication towards documentation work of that era,” he added. Rakesh Chaturvedi, Director of Culture and Archaeology Department, said that the excavation of Damru is quite important for the fact that it changed the History of the State besides bringing out new light on the Archaeology and Culture of Central India.

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Prefer dialysis than death!

Three dialysis sessions per week are globally accepted as minimum treatment modality for kidney failure still, in Chhattisgarh over 90% patients with kidney disorders perform dialysis twice a w... Read More
Three dialysis sessions per week are globally accepted as minimum treatment modality for kidney failure still, in Chhattisgarh over 90% patients with kidney disorders perform dialysis twice a week or some of them once in a week. Because of it, longevity of the patient’s age affects and cannot live life for a longer period. The latest findings of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reveal that owing to the lack of dialysis machines in public hospitals and costly affair of it in private hospitals, most of the patients with kidney disorders skip their treatment especially of three dialysis sessions and put their life as well as longevity at risk. Such cases are mostly reported from rural areas of the Chhattisgarh followed by small urban areas, tribal districts and lastly advanced urban districts of the state which are considered Tier-II cities of the nation. Apart from it, majority of the patients also face crisis of medicines at regular intervals of time.

According to information, at present 16,095 people in the age group of 30 to 65 years of both genders (male as well as female) are suffering from different kinds of kidney ailments and in this condition dialysis session is necessary for their longevity. Amongst all these patients, only 518 ones which accounted of 3.2% are taking dialysis session three times per week. The remaining 15,577 patients with kidney disorders are taking only two or one dialysis per week. Because of it they face many other health problems consist of breath, digestion and mental imbalances.

Out of all districts in the state, maximum such cases were recorded (dialysis of patients twice in week) at Bastar division consist of Bastar, Kanker, Narayanpur, Bijapur, Kondagaon, Sukma and Dantewada. Here dialysis facility is available only at Government Medical College Jagdalpur and because of it most of the patients with kidney problems in these districts do dialysis only once in a week.

Here too, private hospitals are also unable to offer dialysis services and hence patients have no choice except to depend on public hospital where only two dialysis machines are available to treat so many patients.

Similarly in Sarguja division comprise of Sarguja, Jashpur, Koriya, Balrampur and Raigarh because of single public dialysis machine facility in government hospital of Ambikapur and only at two private hospitals of Raigarh with expensive medical charges, patients are totally dependent on public hospitals and because of it as well as lack of medicines, patients of kidney disorders are heavily affected and do dialysis only once in week.

‘It is really a major problem in all parts of the Chhattisgarh and because of it kidney patients have to suffer a lot. So it is the duty of health services to install more and more number of dialysis machines in different parts of the state’ said Dr. PK Gupta, renowned nephrologist (Kidney specialist) of the Chhattisgarh.

‘In entire world, dialysis is refunded by government since it is very costly and chronic treatment. With the support of government, patient can go for dialysis session thrice in a week and better medication. So adoption of innovative models such as public private partnership can definitely make dialysis accessible, affordable and improves the clinical outcome in the state’ stated Dr. Nishant Baghel, Physician and Expert of International Health NGO.

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Counselling begins for MBBS examinations

Counselling began on Tuesday for admissions into the MBBS course in the medical colleges of the state. The on-line counselling began today and on the first day more than 650 candidates register... Read More
Counselling began on Tuesday for admissions into the MBBS course in the medical colleges of the state. The on-line counselling began today and on the first day more than 650 candidates registered themselves for admissions. More than 450 candidates complied with the formality of choice fillings and more than 425 candidates locked their choices, informed sources in the Directorate of Medical Education (DME). The admission will be given in the medical colleges of the state situated in Raipur, Bilaspur, Jagdalpur, Rajnandgaon and Raigarh. It is on 100 seats the admissions will be given in Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Medical College, Raipur and fifty more MBBS seats of this institution awaits approval for admissions.

The sources further said that last year 200 seats were pending, taking into account different medical colleges of the state, but things were alright before time.

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Power Co staffer thrashed over power outage

A Power Company employee was thrashed by some citizens, who were angry over the power outage in their homes on Tuesday morning 4:30 am.

Police sources informed that applicant Santram Yadav (39)... Read More
A Power Company employee was thrashed by some citizens, who were angry over the power outage in their homes on Tuesday morning 4:30 am.

Police sources informed that applicant Santram Yadav (39), resident of Matthpara, informed that on Saturday night, he was at Power Distribution Company’s call centre at Tatibandh. At around 4:30 am, four men including the main accused Akshay Kumar barged into the call centre and started thrashing him accusing him of not responding to his call to complain about the power outage in his home the entire night. The attackers also vandalized the office and Tata Ace vehicle of the Power Company, which was parked outside the office. The accused men were saying that power company technicians did not fix their power supply in the night.

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‘Villages with 50,000 population to be urbanised under Rurban Mission’

Asserting that the centre is all set to introduce Rural Urban Mission which will be popularly known as Rurban Mission, Union Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking water and Sa... Read More
Asserting that the centre is all set to introduce Rural Urban Mission which will be popularly known as Rurban Mission, Union Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking water and Sanitation Chowdhary Birender Singh said cluster of villages having total population of 50,000 will be developed and virtually urbanized with facilities like piped drinking water, proper sewerage clearance, road and telecom connectivity, etc. The Union Minister added that in next three years 300 such clusters will be prepared and developed for which a budget of Rs 6000 crore will be earmarked. He said soon the proposal will be tabled before Union Cabinet for its approval.

Addressing the mediapersons at Mantralaya, the Union Minister said earlier PURA project (providing urban amenities in rural areas) was launched but it could not attain much success as there as no state partition. The PURA Project which was the brain child of former President A P J Abdul Kalam, has been refurbished after removing its short comings and Rurban Mission is being launched. Under the Mission group of villages may vary from 2-3 to 10-15 based on the population limit of 50,000. All basic facilities will be provided in these model towns even including malls, he said. It will not only have state participation but also private players will be encouraged wherever necessary. Participation of villagers in the mission project will also be ensured, he said.

Adding that the implementation of MP Model Village Scheme has got a good response in Chhattisgarh and its implementation here has been leveled as one of the best in the country, the Union Minister said under the scheme MPs will adopt three gram panchayats in five years. These village panchayats will be developed as a model village through various development works and basic amenities.

The Minister said in the first year village panchayats have been adopted by 679 Members of Parliament comprising of 86 percent under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna (SAGY). However, 108 MPs are yet to do so. Answering a query, he said the MPs who have not adopted include 10 from New Delhi and 55 MPs from West Bengal apart from other states.

The Minister said baseline survey of all these village panchayats adopted by 679 MPs have been completed and Village Development Plan has been enacted in consultation with the Member Parliament concerned, local authorities and villagers. In Chhattisgarh, all 16 MPs, 11 Lok Sabha and five Rajya Sabha have adopted villages and have already started its development process.

He however added that complete development can be ensured when migration from villages are stopped. Accordingly necessary steps are being taken like developing employment opportunities through skill development, banking facilities, road connectivity, etc so that the village gets the necessary exposure. He also informed that the centre has released Rs 685 crore for MNREGS, Rs 78.6 crore as first installment of total allocation of Rs 158 crore under Indira Awas Yojna and Rs 157 crore as first installment under PMGSY.

Efforts are being made towards providing piped water supply to villages that too from surface water sources. The steps are being taken so that diseases from ground water due to presence of arsenic, iron, heavy metal, etc can be avoided.

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8,000 trees to be sacrificed for Railway corridor

The State of Chhattisgarh is walking on tight rope as on one side it has to move ahead towards industrialization for the progress but on other, the compromises it has to made and the prices tha... Read More
The State of Chhattisgarh is walking on tight rope as on one side it has to move ahead towards industrialization for the progress but on other, the compromises it has to made and the prices that is needed to pay for this progress is often big. Sacrifices of over 8000 trees for making way for east rail corridor between Kharsiya and Dharamjaigarh to transport coal is one such sacrifice, which the state is ready to make in the next two years.

In a meeting held last week, Raigarh Acting Collector Nilesh Kshirsagar that Government and Administration is planning to commission the railway corridor in service by 2017. The corridor would be about 80 kilometers long, connecting Dharamjaigarh to the Kharsiya, which is situated on the vital Mumbai-Howrah route. The corridor will also accommodate passenger trains. He also informed that Forest Department is also taking proceeding to acquire permissions for cutting down the trees.

Chhattisgarh Government is pushing hard to realize this long-standing dream, but there is one thorn in the flesh that is a question Whether they have the required permissions or have they completed all the procedures to cut down 8000 grown up green trees. Although, Procedures like land acquisition at 17 villages falling the route is almost done and the compensation distribution is in progress. But, there is not clarity on the environmental clearance and compensatory forestation as conflicting information are coming out of the forest department. According to an expert, Government would require to plant double the amount of trees that will be cut for rail corridor. Rules says at least 1100 trees are required to plant over per hectare of land.

We have acquired permission: APCCF

Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (APCCF) (Land Management) Mudit Kumar, who is the officer in-charge of the rail corridor, said they have acquired all the permissions required to cut the trees from Central Government. However, he couldn’t tell exactly how much trees will have be cut for the project. No step for compensatory afforestation

On the question whether they there is any fund sanctioned for the compensatory afforestation for proposed cutting of 800 trees, Compensator Afforestation Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) and Protection B K Sinha said, there is no clearance obtained for the project yet and there is also no fund sanctioned for the compensatory afforestation.

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Coal blocks in forest areas will not be allocated, assures Piyush Goyal

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Energy, Coal and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal while addressing the mediapersons stated that all the coal blocks in the country will be operatio... Read More
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Energy, Coal and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal while addressing the mediapersons stated that all the coal blocks in the country will be operational in next couple of months. He assured that the centre will protect bio-diversity and where ever forests and wildlife is present coal blocks will not be allocated.

Union Minister of State for Power and Coal (independent charge) Piyush Goyal today said all the coal blocks in the country will be operational in next couple of months.

“It is we ordinary people who can give extra-ordinary performance”, said Minister of State Piyush Goyal while stating that Coal India which had a growth rate of 2-3 percent once is now growing at rate of 12.3 per cent. He said soon after allocation of coal blocks under the fresh auction process, Coal Monitoring Portal was set up, wherein, all allotees were asked to register themselves and post their operational difficulties in starting production. He said some of the mines have started operating in Chhattisgarh already and few others will start functioning soon. He said colossal task has been taken to remove the operational difficulties and the coal blocks operation which used to take years to start, will now start operating in next 3-4 months.

Taking a dig on UPA government the Minister of State said during UPA tenure, Prime Minister Office had decided to allocate blocks through auction but till 2014 no auction process could be undertaken. The new NDA government took up auctioneering procedure after the Apex Court cancelled over 200 allotted coal block. It is being ensured that Union Coal secretary personally visits the states including Jharkhand, Orissa and Chhattisgarh to review position in each mines. In next couple of months all the mines will be operational, he assured.

Answering a query over Rahul Gandhi’s recent visit to Chhattisgarh, Goyal stated he expected that when his party was in rule for last 10 years, then he should have visited people and villages, but unfortunately his government (UPA) was busy in allocating coal mines free of charge to their party MPs and well-wishers. He also said the AICC Vice President should respect the fact that those coal blocks allotted free of cost during UPA tenure, has fetched royalty/auction money to the tune of Rs 1,10,990 crore for Chhattisgarh alone in next 25-30 years.

Briefing about the review meeting on power, Goyal said the process of setting up power grids would be expedited in the state for smooth transmission of power across the country from here. He said the state government has raised the issue regarding setting up transmission lines, for which Power Grid Corporation of India Limited will be asked to quickly take up the project and expedite it. He said by March 2016 and December 2017 some lines will be charges and subsequently in next 2-3 years adequate transmission capacity will be developed so that power generated here could be transmitted to other states.

He also informed about the measures taken towards energy conservation like introduction of LED lights for street lighting and domestic lighting. Energy efficient agriculture pumps will also be launched soon. He informed that discussion on mine closure was also held during review meeting and it was decided that the ash generated from power plants should be dumped in the vacuum created from excavation of coal in mining area and then should be sealed properly to avoid leeching.

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Various organisations celebrate International Yoga Day

Various organisations celebrated the first International Yoga Day on Sunday.

Raman Science Centre: A Popular Science Lecture on ‘Benefits of Yoga’ was delivered by reputed Yogacharya S... Read More
Various organisations celebrated the first International Yoga Day on Sunday.

Raman Science Centre: A Popular Science Lecture on ‘Benefits of Yoga’ was delivered by reputed Yogacharya Sachin Supsande of Yog Sanskar Kendra. In his lecture, Supsande elaborated on Ashta Yogas starting from Yama and Niyama and ending in Samadhi. He used daily life examples to make the lecture lively. He mentioned that the postures of Yoga are only one small part, Asana – and Yoga in its entirety cleanses the mind and body of all the toxins. Information about different types of Aasana and its benefits for the human body was also explained. A yoga workshop was conducted after the lecture. About 60 persons including Officers, staff members, trainees and Apprentices of Raman Science Centre participated in the Popular Lecture and Yoga Workshop.

HQ Maintenance Command, IAF Vayusena Nagar: Yoga Awareness Sessions were organised by Headquarters Maintenance Command, IAF at Vayusena Nagar, for Ladies, Children, Air Force personnel and Civilians respectively. Manisha Khandekar, President, Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Regional) and Air Marshal Jagjeet Singh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, HQ Maintenance Command inaugurated the respective programmes. Air Vice Marshal RS Vasantha Kumar, Principal Medical Officer, HQ Maintenance said, Yoga is an important tool to prevent various diseases like Hypertension, Diabetes, Stress related disorders etc. Wg Cdr Jagmal Singh Yadav (Retd), a Yoga trainer, conducted Yoga demonstrations.

NCC Officers Training Academy, Kamptee: More than 200 participants including about 80 Associate NCC Officers, 150 JCOs and NCOs of Army and all the officers of the NCC Officers Academy led by their Commandant Maj Gen NS Rao participated in the Yoga event.

Guards Regimental Centre, Kamptee: The Guards Regimental Centre has incorporated Yoga in its training curriculum for psychological conditioning of recruits. Yoga has turned out to be a huge success in recruit training. Consequently, the recruits now passing out of the Centre are more self-assured and confident. With the help of Yoga, they have learned to cope with the rigorous of military life. They are thus more attuned to perform their task with equal efficiency even when faced with pressures or while facing fearful odds. The Guards Regimental Centre, Kamptee organised a special Yoga Capsule for the Instructional and Administrative Staff. In addition, another capsule was organized for the ladies and children of the permanent staff.

NCC Group HQ, Nagpur: NCC Group Headquarters Nagpur with other NCC Units celebrated International Yoga Day with NCC cadets and staff at Nagpur and Bhandara. Defence PRO Wg Cdr Samir S Gangakhedkar said, while Yoga has been part of training in the Armed Forces, various special sessions by Yoga experts are organized from time to time. Late Col Jog who was well known for training of Yoga at Nagpur had been carrying out Yoga sessions for various units of Army, Navy and Air Force & Para Military Forces all over the country. A lot of Armed Forces Personnel in Nagpur fondly remembered the teachings and unique style of Mrs Jog and Late Col Jog, who made a lot of difference to the lives of Defence Personnel and their families.

2 Maharashtra Signal Coy NCC: International Yoga Day was celebrated under Col.Sanjay Dubey, Officer Commanding at St John High School, Mohan Nagar ground. More than 400 cadets, associate NCC officers, instructors from Army, teaching and office staff attended the function. Chief Guest Father Joe Denis of the school graced the occasion. Yogasanas were held under the guidance of Padmini Jog.

Nagpur Division of Central Railway: Yoga Camp was held at Community Hall of Central Railway at Ajni. Divisional Railway Manager O P Singh declared the camp. Yoga teacher Dr Sanjay Tambe gave details about Yogasana and demonstrated the same. Additional Divisional Railway Manager Dr Jaydeep Gupta, all officers, supervisors and more than 200 employees participated in the same.

South East Central Railway Mazdoor Congress: In association with SECR Railway Institute Motibagh and SECR Railway Nagpur Division organised a Yoga camp on Sunday. Senior Divisional Engineer (Electrical) and Vice President of Railway Institute Motibagh R K Patel and Mandal Co-ordinator of SECR Mazdoor Congress Pitambar Laxminarayan inaugurated the camp. Secretary Ganesh Pillay was the convenor. Chhaya Janbandhu demonstrated the Yogasans. Umesh Dubey, Indal Damahe, Ramesh Patnaik, Keshavalu, S.K.M Patnayak, Sanjay Atram, Tukaram Thakre, Rakesh Pali, Swapnil Dhuriya, Subodh Khandekar, Buddharaj Meshram, Rinku Nikose, Ashok Patnayak and many others attended the camp.

Jain Yog Ayojan Samiti: Sakal Jain Samaj celebrated International Yoga Day at Santi Ground near Itwari High School under the presence of Munishree Suvir Sagar Maharaj. Yoga teachers Hirachand Mishrikotkar and Saroj Mishrikokar demonstrated the Yogasana. Sumat Lalla, Pavan Jain, Dinesh Kapurchand Jain, Vishal Jain, Vishnu Jain, Devendra Badkur and others participated in the same.

Kalarjan Foundation and Suryodaya Mitra Mandal: Yoga day was celebrated at Town Hall in Mahal. Sunita Dhote decorated a Rangoli. Yoga teachers Dr Sudhaka Yerpude, Sudhir Jaiswal demonstrated different asanas. Singer M A Kader presided over. Shankarrao Talrandhe conducted the proceedings and Varsha Kohale, Foundation President and Nilima Telrandhe concluded the session.

Sanjivani Pranayam: The members of Sanjivani Pranayam, Khonde Udyan Shakha along with Sadhak and Sadhikas participated in the mega event at Yashwant Stadium.

Group Centre CRPF: International Yoga Day event was organised at Group Centre CRPF, in presence of Akhilesh Prasad Singh, DIG. S Z Haider, Yog Guru, demonstrated yoga which were practiced by all. All officers, men and their families of this GC, Range Headquarters, Composite Hospital and 213 (M) BN residing in the campus actively took part and practiced Yoga. At GC, CRPF Campus Yoga programme are being conducted from time to time. The first International Yoga Day event received huge response as large number of officers, men and their families took part and performed Yoga.

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CM directs MHADA to prevent encroachments on its land

Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, asked the officials of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) to prevent encroachments on its lands in the city and other areas under its ... Read More
Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, asked the officials of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) to prevent encroachments on its lands in the city and other areas under its jurisdiction. According to sources, he directed to constitute a joint committee of MHADA, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) for survey of such lands.

Fadnavis had called a meeting of officials of MHADA, NMC, NIT, City Police at his official residence Ramgiri here on Sunday. The meeting was called to discuss various issues including encroachments on MHADA lands, Ready Reckoner rates, problems faced by MHADA Colony residents, making available affordable houses for all etc.

The lands in MHADA colonies in Somalwada, Manewada, Pardi, Raghuji Nagar are under encroachments. People who have done constructions on these lands treat those as plots. Actually, these lands were open spaces that MHADA handed over to NMC and NIT. After taking stock of the situation, Chief Minister asked for joint survey in this regard by a committee comprising officials of NMC, NIT, and MHADA. After the committee’s report is received, appropriate decision will be taken, it is learnt.

Other issues discussed in the meeting included extra land in MHADA Colony near Kali Mata Mandir in Trimurti Nagar area, individual transfer of dwelling units in multi-storeyed building in Bhamti Parsodi, issues concerning MHADA colonies in Bhamti Parsodi, Somalwada, Divisional Co-operative Society, Rambag etc. After discussion on the issue of default of water bills in Rambag, Shanti Nagar, Ridge Road, Raghuji Nagar, Borgaon, Somwari Peth, Nandanvan colonies, Fadnavis directed the officials concerned to resolve the matter before December 1, 2015. At Godhni, MHADA had proposed a scheme of individual houses on 200 plots, but the number of plots available came down due to railway line and Development Plan road. MHADA raised the demand for decision on accomodating these people in multi-storeyed buildings. Regarding similar issue in Dawlameti, a double-storeyed building may be constructed to accomodate applicants. NIT also has layout plans to be executed. Chief Minister is learnt to have told NIT to make available houses to people instead of going into too many technicalities. On MHADA’s demand for land for new schemes, Fadnavis assured that additional Revenue lands would be made available to MHADA at the earliest. Recently, MHADA has got 5.531 hectares of Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) land. On this land, MHADA proposes to construct 1,200 dwelling units at the earliest in accordance with the Government’s vision of ‘Housing for All’, said Sambhaji Zende, Vice-Chairman of MHADA.

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of district, raised the demand for resolution of problems of residents of MHADA Colony at Khapri. As the land had been acquired for MIHAN project, the residents should be given dwelling units by constructing a multi-storeyed building nearby, Bawankule suggested.

Prof Anil Sole and Prakash Gajbhiye, both MLCs; Krishna Khopde, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Kohale, all MLAs; Shyam Wardhane, Chairman of NIT; S P Yadav, Commissioner of Police; Shravan Hardikar, Municipal Commissioner; Sandeep Joshi, corporator; Pradeepkumar Dange, Chief Officer of MHADA Nagpur Divisional Board attended the meeting prominently.

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HC verdict today in Kush Kataria murder appeals

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court is all set to pronounce its verdict in Kush Kataria murder case appeals on Monday afternoon. The trial court had awarded double lifer to Ayush Pugalia for brutal... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court is all set to pronounce its verdict in Kush Kataria murder case appeals on Monday afternoon. The trial court had awarded double lifer to Ayush Pugalia for brutal and cold-blooded murder of eight year old innocent Kush Kataria.

The Sessions Court had turned down demand of prosecution and society at large to hang Ayush for extreme cruelty shown in eliminating 8-year old Kush Kataria, and instead awarded double lifer looking at his young age and lack of criminal past and failure of prosecution to pin-point motive behind this diabolic murder.

Kush Kataria, a student of Std III of Centre Point School and son of well-known businessman Prashant Kataria, was kidnapped on October 11, 2011 by prime accused Ayush Pugalia allegedly to extract ransom from his father apparently to spend on his girlfriend and to continue his lavish life-style. Though, Ayush was detained by police the same day applying doctrine of last seen together theory, he was let off, after he pleaded ignorance. Ayush was arrested on October 13 by Nandanvan police station and two days later he confessed about cold-blooded murder of innocent Kush and the body was recovered from a water-tank of underconstructed building in Surya Nagar, spreading a wave of anger against the perpetrator of heinous crime and raising a serious question mark over safety of kids.

The state had filed appeal for enhancement of sentence against Ayush and for his conviction under section 364-A (kidnapping for ransom). Ayush had also challenged trial court verdict and filed appeal against his conviction. His two elder brothers-Navin and Nitin were also held guilty for destruction of evidence, but since they had already undergone imprisonment for a period of five months, the court did not impose further imprisonment. The prosecution had not challenged this acquittal.

A division bench consisting of Justice Arun Chaudhari and Justice P N Deshmukh heard the appeals on day-to-day basis before summer vacation. The High Court had even remanded matter for limited purpose of recording of statements of some child witnesses who were originally not subjected to rigorous cross-examinations and instead the omissions and contradictions were put to investigation officer.

The prosecution claimed that it completed the chain based on solid and unshakable evidence backed by painstaking investigation carried out by Nandanvan police led by senior PI Sunil Jaiswal. Unflinching testimony of 35 prosecution witnesses revealed role of prime accused Ayush and his brothers and how Ayush brutally murdered 8-year old Kush Kataria with the help of cutter, brick. Ayush chose a secluded spot to commit this ghastly murder, away from public glare. Ayush was familiar with inmates of Kataria family and took benefit of this to lure innocent Kush, the special public prosecutor Adv Rajendra Daga had claimed.

According to defence lawyers, there was inherent contradictions in prosecution theory and claimed that panch witness was a habitual panch witness. According to them when murder of Kush took place, the prime accused was already behind the bar and entire story has been concocted to frame him. The defence denied allegations and offered alternate theory claiming innocence of accused persons. The defence will move the High Court for quashing of this judgement.

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BJP gears up for 2017 NMC polls

After winning Parliamentary seat and Assembly elections with thumping majority in the Orange City, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to gear up for Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) sla... Read More
After winning Parliamentary seat and Assembly elections with thumping majority in the Orange City, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to gear up for Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) slated in February 2017. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister for Surface Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, appealed party workers to get ready for local body elections. The party should get majority on its own in the election. Nagpurians have lot of aspirations and expectations from the State and Central Governments and we will fulfill all exceptions and wishes in coming days, both the leaders promised.

Fadnavis and Gadkari were addressing a meeting of Nagpur Unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at Sant Ravidas Hall, Hanuman Nagar on Sunday evening. Fadnavis while addressing party workers said, the State Government and Central Government have been formed due to dedication and hard working of the common party workers. He urged party workers to gain confidence of the common man by spreading good works done by the Central and State Governments. The Government is taking slew of good decisions and now, it for the party workers to reach upto common man with these welfare schemes.

Briefing achievements of his Government during last six months, Fadnavis asserted that the State Government has fulfilled around 44 assurances within six months including scrapping of toll tax, local body tax, service assurance law, regulatory authority for comprehensive fees mechanism. The MIHAN project will take off within two years, he assured. He appreciated Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule for reducing electricity tariff in the state.

About expectations of party workers to get chance on boards, corporations and other committees, Fadnavis assured them to prepare a list of party workers in July. It would be finalised in August. All prominent party workers will get position in these committees, but they should not expect committees of their choice, he cautioned. These committees and boards are not for their personal benefit but for the benefit of the common man, he made it clear. He suggested party workers to come with public interest work to the Government and avoid personal works.

Former MP Banwarilal Purohit in his energetic speech said, the party formed Government at Centre and State due to toil and efforts of common workers and to crush corruption from public life Appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi for appealing United Nations to organise International Yoga Day in 250 countries in the world, he said, this has proved that India is world leader. He compared Modi with Chandragupta Maurya. He also appreciated Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule for their good work.

City BJP Chief Krishna Khopde said, party has registered 6 lakh new members in the city, highest in the State. He urged leaders to extend benefits of the State and Central Governments to party workers as they have high expectations from them. Mayor Pravin Datke presented a report card of benefit to NMC from new Government. MLA Sudhakar Deshmukh tabled a resolution to congratulate State Government for its effective work done in last six months. It was seconded by MLA Dr. Milind Mane. Spokesperson Girish Vyas tabled a resolution to congratulate Central Government for completing one year and it was seconded by NMC ruling party leader Dayashankar Tiwari. Fadnavis and Gadkari felicitated Maya Iwnate, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Girish Vyas, Subhash Pardhi, Sanjay Bhende, and Munna Yadav. South Nagpur MLA Sudhakar Kohle informed about Maha Sampark Abhiyan. Sandeep Joshi compered the programme while Pramod Pendke proposed vote of thanks.

Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, State Organising Secretary Ravindra Bhusari, Legislators Vikas Kumbhare, Anil Sole, Sudhir Parve, Standing Committee Chief Ramesh Singare, State Minority Morcha President Jamal Siddique, Ashok Mankar, Shrikant Deshpande, Archana Dehankar, Rajesh Bagadi, Pramod Pendke, Dr. Kirtida Ajmera, Vicky Kukreja, Guddu Trivedi, Nishant Gandhi, Dharampal Meshram, Chetna Tank, Pratap Motwani, Kalpana Pande, Sanjay Pande, Chandan Goswami, Kailash Chute and Rina Kuttermare were present.

No tickets to sycophants: Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari while addressing concluding function of city executive committee of BJP said, it is impossible to satisfy all party workers as they have high expectations from Central and State Government. Taking pot-shots at this tendency of self-centered politics, Gadkari in his inimitable style said, every party worker wants to be chairman of some board or committee in the Government and move in a vehicle with red-beacon.

The workers should not forget that the politics is an instrument of social and economic reforms. The workers, who are doing good jobs in their particular areas, will get chance in the local body election, he declared while warning that mere publicity mongers and sycophants would not get any chance. Gadkari said, we should not forget the aim of the party to change society for the betterment of the country.

Gadkari strongly refuted media reports regarding disputes between him and Fadnavis and also took a dig at media for dishing out such reports. He said, party does not have any quota system and we will give chance to good workers only. He also denied any dynasty politics in the party.

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Chandrashekhar Varadpande passes away

Chandrashekhar Vyankatesh Varadpande, popularly known as ‘Santakavi Kamlasut’, who is credited to spread the message of Shegaon’s Sant Shri Gajanan Maharaj to the households of Maharashtra wi... Read More
Chandrashekhar Vyankatesh Varadpande, popularly known as ‘Santakavi Kamlasut’, who is credited to spread the message of Shegaon’s Sant Shri Gajanan Maharaj to the households of Maharashtra with his devotional poetry, breathed his last at his Reshimbag residence on Sunday. He was 80. He leaves behind son Girish, daughters Madhavi Bobade, and Vaijayanti Adyalkar, a host of relatives and followers to mourn the loss. Last rites would be performed at 10.30 am on Monday at his hometown Kalamna (Takli). Varadpande, a saintly figure for thousands of followers of Shri Gajanan Maharaj spread across the world, devoted his life for the cause of spreading the message of Gajanan Maharaj through his poetic theatrical presentation ‘Geet Gajanan’. He successfully performed more than 12,000 shows of this musical, which is a record in itself.

A multifaceted personality, Varadpande was an acclaimed teacher, a playwright, director, producer of plays, and well-known Radio presenter at All India Radio. People still remember the character ‘Nana’ he used to present in ‘Maza Ghar Maza Vavar’ and ‘Gokul’ programmes of AIR Nagpur. Varadpande played the important part of these programmes for more than two decades between 1967 to 1988. He was ardent devotee of Shegaon’s Sant Shri Gajanan Maharaj and a disciple of Santakavi Dasganu Maharaj, who penned down the revered ‘Gajanan Vijay Granth’. Varadpande got his name ‘Santakavi Kamalasut’ and his mission in 1950 when Dasganu Maharaj ordered him to write about the life and message of Shri Gajanan Maharaj.

Varadpande’s career as producer of plays also flourished with more than 25 plays written, directed and produced by him through his drama group ‘Bharat Kala Mandir.’ More than 20 CDs and cassettes of Bhajans penned by him were released by prominent music houses.

He was also associated with several social organisations and was honoured with many awards for his contribution to the fields of literature, and social work in his life. Varadpande was not well from last few days.

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City joins the world

Thousands of participants wearing red scarves and traditional white dress rose as one person to uphold India’s gift to the world — Yoga. At countless centres in the city, they joined hands ... Read More
Thousands of participants wearing red scarves and traditional white dress rose as one person to uphold India’s gift to the world — Yoga. At countless centres in the city, they joined hands with the people from 250 cities across the world to be part of the International Yoga Day.

The entire city became ‘Yogamaya’ as thousands of people belonging to all castes, creed, religions, sects, faiths and customs enthusiastically responded to the call by Prime Minister of Indian Narendra Modi and participated in International Yoga Day celebrations.

The main mega event was organised by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Janardanswami Yogabhyasi Mandal at Yashwant Stadium which received massive response from citizens. Braving adverse weather conditions, people made a bee-line towards Yashwant Stadium with an eagerness to be a part of the great historical event. The self-discipline of thousands of Nagpurians was highly appreciable. Each individual was given a red scarf and sufficient place to demonstrate to perform Yoga activity.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister for Road, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari personally participated in the mega event to encourage the participants along with several legislators, top officials and distinguished citizens.

Former MP Banwarilal Purohit, Energy Minister and Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Minister for Social Justice Rajkumar Badole, Mayor Pravin Datke, legislators Anil Sole, Krishna Khopde, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Kohale, Dr Milind Mane, Prakash Gajbhiye, Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, District Collector Sachin Kurve, Dr Piyush Kumar Director of SCZCC, NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane Zilla Parishad President Nisha Sawarkar, Kanchan Gadkari along with other officials and political leaders actively participated in entire Yoga activity which lasted for 35 minutes.

It was indeed a great pleasure to watch the application of ‘Yoga’, an age old scientific practice invented by Rishis, Sages and spiritual leaders for the welfare of human being. Yoga is a profound science of unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and soul. ‘Yoga’ means the ‘Union’ and the gathering at Yashwant Stadium proved how an individual consciousness or soul gets united with universal consciousness. As if to bless this mega event, even rain God took a break. The organisers were apprehensive about success of the event following heavy rains which lashed the city on Saturday evening. But by Sunday morning, weather changed dramatically and amidst this electrifying atmosphere, the International Yoga Day began with participation of more than 21,000 people. Function began with warm-up exercises called as ‘Sharir Sanchalana’. The participants offered a mass prayer to Janardan Swami, the founder of Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi mandal who started ‘Yoga’ for all in city.

Thereafter, thousands of participants performed asanas like Taadasan, Veerasan, Utkatasan, Katichakrasan, Gomukhasan, Janushirasan, Ustrasan, Kati Vakrasan, Yogmudrasan. ‘Suryanamaskar’ on mass level was the main attraction. Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal volunteers displayed the techniques of Pranayam, Anand Mudra etc. The teachers of Art of Living also conducted various breathing techniques and asanas. The students of Bapunagar School and Unity Sports Association who had participated in national and international yoga contests, demonstrated various Yoga exercises.

After the demonstrations, Union Minister of Road Transport Nitin Gadkari joined the gathering. Rambhau Khandwe, Karyawah of Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal was felicitated at the hands of Devendra Fadnavis and Nitin Gadkari for his selfless service of spreading Yoga in city.

A booklet of Anand Yoga penned by Anil Fadnavis and a special issue of Sanskrit Bhavitavyam were released at the hands of dignitaries. Sayali Titarmare and Vaibha Shrirame who excelled on National and International levels were felicitated on this occasion.

‘Yoga’ is a gift of India to mankind: CM

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis described Yoga as “a cultural heritage of India.” Yoga is a scientific practice which not only strengthens the physical body, but also helps a person to lead a stress-free life, he added. The entire world has recognised the scientific method of ‘Yoga’ which is a gift of India to mankind. When the entire world is fighting against the life style diseases, Yoga the natural and scientific life style adopted by ancient sages of India can give a permanent solution to keep a person healthy, Fadnavis stated. Janardanswami Yogabhyasi Mandal is preaching Yoga for last 65 years. It was Janardanswami’s dream to celebrate Yog Din and United Nations has declared June 21 as International Yoga Day after an appeal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is a time for every one to take pledge for practicing Yoga to lead healthy life, he said.

Union Minister of Road Transport Nitin Gadkari appreciated the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making United Nations to declare June 21 as ‘International Yoga Day’. Many Rishis, saints and spiritual leaders had devoted their lives for promoting Yoga. The country is also celebrating this day as a tribute to them, he added.

Rambhau Khandwe, Karyawah of Janardanswami Yogabhyasi Mandal delivered a welcome address. Shraddha Bharadwaj conducted the proceedings. Dayashankar Tiwari proposed a vote of thanks. NMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, Co-convenor Prof Girish Deshmukh, Harish Dikondawar, Chairman of Sports Committee, Chetna Tank, Chairman of Education Committee, Lata Yadav, Chairman of Dhantoli Zone, Ramesh Singare, Chairman of Standing Committee welcomed the guests.

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BoI to take action against officials of Besa Branch

Bank of India (BoI) management will take appropriate action against the officials of its Besa branch, who had left the bank with its channel door open on the evening of June 19. A senior offi... Read More
Bank of India (BoI) management will take appropriate action against the officials of its Besa branch, who had left the bank with its channel door open on the evening of June 19. A senior officer of Bank of India, told ‘The Hitavada’ that the higher-ups were informed about the incident and action would be taken according to the procedures and rules of the bank. He said that the bank management had taken note of the incident. After careful scrutiny, it would come to a conclusion and thereafter take action against the officials concerned. He did not reveal the kind of penalty that could be enforced by the management. It may be mentioned that in a startling incident of gross negligence, the officials of Bank of India’s Besa branch had left the channel door of the bank open on June 19 night. Late in the night, alert citizens noticed that the bank’s channel door was open. They immediately informed the cops, who reached the spot and inspected the bank branch and informed the bank officials about the lapse. On receiving the information, Bank Manager rushed to the branch and locked the door in the wee hours of June 20. The police inspected the bank and found that no theft had taken place.

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State Government clears land for IIIT at Waranga

Maharashtra Government has made available 39.96 hectares of land at Waranga behind Barr Sheshrao Wankhede Sahakari Sut Girni near Butibori, for Indian Institute of Information and Technology (III... Read More
Maharashtra Government has made available 39.96 hectares of land at Waranga behind Barr Sheshrao Wankhede Sahakari Sut Girni near Butibori, for Indian Institute of Information and Technology (IIIT). Revenue and Forest Department issued a Government Resolution (GR) in this regard on Saturday. The IIIT will be set up on PPP basis. Centre will contribute 50 per cent, Maharashtra will give 35 per cent, while two companies will share remaining 15 per cent amount. These two private entities include Mumbai-based Tata Consultancy and Nagpur-based ADCC. The first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is expected to be signed soon. Expressing happiness over this development, G R Thakare, Joint Director (Technical Education), said, “Nagpur is on the verge of becoming education hub. We must be thankful to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for this. I hope, NIPER also will come soon.” Admission to IIIT is expected to start from the academic year 2016-17. As per the GR issued on Saturday, Revenue and Forest Department has given its nod to hand over 39.96 hectares of Government land at Waranga to Higher and Technical Education Department. The site admeasures 39.96 hectares, consisting of two adjoining pieces of land -- 36.29 hectares out of total 76.29 hectare in Survey No. 140 and 3.67 hectare out of 7.67 hectare in Survey No. 141 -- as recommended by Site Selection Committee after its visit to Nagpur on July 25, 2014. The issue of giving this land for IIIT on lease of 30 years with a rent of Re 1 was under active consideration of the State Government. It has been made mandatory to start construction of IIIT within two years of getting possession of the land. As per the terms and conditions defined in the GR, the land cannot be used for any other purpose without prior permission of the Government. The lease can be renewed as per the request of Higher and Technical Education Department, on the same terms and conditions in future. Further, any development on the said land will have to be done in accordance with approved Development Control Rules, and with due permissions from the Competent Authority. If there is any violation of terms and conditions, the lease agreement may be revoked, states the GR. It is among 20 such institutes to be set up across the country, as part of the vision of Union Ministry of Human Resource Development. Under the scheme, IIITs are to be set up following public-private partnership (PPP) model, involving Central Government, State Government, and private partner. After receiving approval from Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, Maharashtra Cabinet had given green signal to IIIT at Nagpur. After Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), IIIT is a valuable addition to Nagpur’s portfolio as an emerging educational hub in Central India.

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Heavy rainfall warning for next three days

It appears that Rain God is more than happy to bless Vidarbha region, this year. Though the region has received 78 per cent more rainfall than average for the month of June so far, Regional Met... Read More
It appears that Rain God is more than happy to bless Vidarbha region, this year. Though the region has received 78 per cent more rainfall than average for the month of June so far, Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) has issued ‘heavy to very heavy rainfall’ in next few days. Nagpur has been receiving heavy rainfall for past week. On June 14, however, it received the highest rainfall this month -- 81.9 mm. On June 17, Nagpur received 47.2 mm rainfall, followed by 46.4 mm rainfall on June 19, and 45 mm on Saturday evening. The average rainfall for Nagpur in the month of June is 165.9 mm. As against this, the city has received 228.5 mm rainfall till Saturday (June 20) this time. The situation is the same across entire Vidarbha region. As against average rainfall of 79.2 mm in Vidarbha in the month of June, the region has received 141.4 mm rainfall, which is 78 per cent more than the average. As far as Nagpur Division is concerned, it has received 135 mm rainfall as against the normal average of 71.3 mm. This, too, is 89 per cent more than the average. Among six districts in Nagpur Division, Chandrapur has received 180.8 mm rainfall as against the average of 75.2 mm. This is 140 per cent more than the average, which is the highest in Vidarbha. There is no district in Vidarbha that is deficient in rainfall in the month of June. According to R D Meshram, Assistant Meteorologist, RMC, Nagpur, heavy to very heavy rainfall warning has been relayed across Vidarbha in next few days. Isolated places in Vidarbha may receive ‘extremely heavy fall’ on June 22 and 23. As per the RMC’s norms, heavy rainfall is between 65 mm and 124 mm. If rainfall in single day is between 125 mm and 244 mm, it is termed as ‘very heavy’. The rainfall above 244 mm in a day, is termed as ‘extremely heavy fall’. Considering this, an emergency meeting was held at District Collectorate on Saturday. Praveen Datke, Mayor; Ramesh Singare, Chairman of NMC Standing Committee; Nisha Sawarkar, Zilla Parishad President; Shravan Hardikar, Municipal Commissioner; Sachin Kurve, District Collector; Shivajirao Jondhale, Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Parishad; Anita Meshram, Additional Collector; Prakash Patil, Deputy Collector; Rajendra Uchke, Chief Fire Officer of NMC; Dr Milind Ganvir, Health Officer; Sanjay Gaikwad, City Engineer, and others were present in the meeting. Taking cognisance of heavy rainfall warning in the city till June 24, Nagpur Municipal Corporation and District Collectorate have started control rooms. In case of emergency, the citizens may contact these control rooms on given numbers.

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City all set for Yoga Day celebrations

United Nations General Assembly has declared June 21 as International Day of Yoga. To mark the occasion, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal along with many ... Read More
United Nations General Assembly has declared June 21 as International Day of Yoga. To mark the occasion, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal along with many organisations of Yoga lovers have organised a mega event on June 21 at Yashwant Stadium, Dhantoli at 6 am. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will preside over the function while Union Minister of Road Transport Nitin Gadkari will be the chief guest. Maharashtra Minister for Energy, new and renewable energy and Nagpur District Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule will be the guest of honour. Mayor Pravin Datke, Zilla Parishad President Nisha Sawarkar and Karyawah of Yogabhyasi Mandal Rambhau Khandwe will also grace the occasion. Prominent among those who will attend the function include MP Vijay Darda, MP Avinash Pande, MP Ajay Sancheti, MLC Nago Ganar, MLC Jogendra Kawade, MLC Anil Sole, MLC Prakash Gajbhiye, MLA Sudhakar Deshmukh, MLA Krishna Khopde, MLA Vikas Kumbhare, MLA Sudhakar Kohale, MLA Dr Milind Mane, NMC Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare, leader of ruling party Dayashankar Tiwari, leader of opposition in NMC Vikas Thakre, BSP leader Gautam Patil, NCP leader Raju Nagulwar, Shiv Sena leader Kishore Kumeriya, BRP Bahujan Mahasangh group leader Raju Lokhande, BREM leader Rahul Telang, Muslim League leader Aslam Khan, MNS leader Shravan Khapekar, Lata Yadav, Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, Police Commissioner S P Yadav, NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane, District Collector Sachin Kurve, ZP CEO Shivajirao Jondhale, Director of SCZCC Piyush Kumar etc. Joint Convenor Girish Deshmukh, Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, NMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, NMC Chairman of Sports Committee Harish Dikondawar and NMC Chairman of Education Committee Chetna Tank have appealed to the citizens to attend the function in large numbers. Meanwhile, stage is all set to celebrate the first ever International Yoga Day event in city. Citizens are seen enthusiastic. Various social, religious, cultural, educational organisations and institutions in city are holding events like seminars, training programmes, Yoga practice camps to make common people aware about the ancient tradition of the country. Dr Rajendra Gundalwar has decided to create a record by performing ‘Shirshasan’ for one hour. A expert of disaster management by profession, Dr Gundalwar was very enthusiastic. To make the first ever event historical, Dr Gundalwar will remain in the posture of Shirsasan (down head leg up in sky) at Gandhisagar lake on June 21 from 9 am for one hour. Janardan Swami Yogabhyashi Mandal is having more than 100 Yoga training centres in city. The trainers and yoga teachers are working hard. The special coaching classes are being conducted at each training centre. Yogabhyasi Mandal is conducting daily rally in morning to make people aware about Yoga. Another big organisation is Art of Living. The main centre of Art of Living along with other centres conducting Sudarshan Kriya are also conducting the training camps for common people. Art of Living has also joined hands with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will participate in the event at Yashwant Stadium. Hundreds of members and executive committee of Patanjali Yogapeth founded by Baba Ramdev are working hard for the success of International Yoga Day. A big event is being organised by the followers of Baba Ramdev at Reshimbagh ground on June 21. Patanjali Yoga Samiti has also joined hands with NMC and will participate in the event. The members of All World Gayatri Pariwar have started door to door campaign to spread awareness about Yoga. The event will be held at Gayatri Shaktipeeth, Jagnade Square. Gayatri Pariwar has also organised different events at 15 different places at tehsil levels in Nagpur district. Gayatri Pariwar has also extended its support to the mega event being held at Yashwant Stadium.

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21,000 to perform Yoga in NMC’s mega event

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), in collaboration with Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal, has organised the mega event of the first International Yoga Day celebrations on June 21 at Yashwant ... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), in collaboration with Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal, has organised the mega event of the first International Yoga Day celebrations on June 21 at Yashwant Stadium, Dhantoli. The preparations are in final stages and more than 21,000 persons from all corners of the city will participate in the mega event, said Praveen Datke, Mayor.

Addressing a press conference at Yashwant Stadium on Friday evening, after taking stock of the preparations for the grand event, Datke said that the programme will be conducted from 6.15 am to 7.50 am on Sunday. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, will be the chief guest while Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, will preside over. Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Energy Minister and Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, also will grace the occasion. Senior officials of State Government, NMC, dignitaries from various walks of life also will participate in the event, Datke said. Nisha Sawarkar, President of Zilla Parishad; Rambhau Khandwe, Karyawah, Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal; MPs Ajay Sancheti, Vijay Darda, and Avinash Pande; MLCs Prof Anil Sole, Rajendra Mulak, N G Ganar, Prakash Gajbhiye, Prof Jogendra Kawade; MLAs Krishna Khopde, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbhare, Dr Milind Mane, Sudhakar Kohale will also grace the occasion. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Art of Living Foundation, National Cadet Corps, Gayatri Pariwar, South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC), Raisoni Group of Institutions, City Police, and many other organisations are participating in the event.

Datke said that Rambhau Khandwe, renowned Yog Guru from Nagpur, will be felicitated during the programme. Similarly, Sayali Titarmare who performed yoga at international level will be honoured. Meanwhile, in another press conference, Janardan Swami Yogabhayasi Mandal stated that it had received 25,000 ‘Sankalp Patra’ (resolutions) till date.

About 5,000 NCC cadets, 8,000 regular members of Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal and many others will participate in International Yoga Day event. Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal and other organisations trained 500 Yoga teachers to guide participants during International Yoga Day event.

NMC is arranging buses from various parts of the city to facilitate participants reaching to Yashwant Stadium. Buses will start from Wadi, MIDC T-Point, Pannase Layout, Jaitala, Khapri, Manish Nagar, Somalwar Nikalas High School, Jaiprakash Nagar, Katol Road Naka, Koradi Road, Jaripatka, Marwadi Chowk, Pardi, Gandhi Sagar, Bada Tajbag, Dharampeth Traffic Park, Ram Nagar, Ramna Maroti, Lakadganj etc. For proper view, a couple of giant screens will be erected by NMC at the stadium and one more screen outside the stadium. Every participant will wear white dress during the event. The ground opposite Yashwant Stadium will be utilised for VIP parking and others can park their vehicles at Morris College ground.

Mayor appealed to NGOs, social, and educational organisations to come forward and participate in this event in large number.

Munna Pokulwar, Deputy Mayor; Ramesh Shingare, Chairman, NMC Standing Committee; Dayashankar Tiwari, Ruling Party Leader; Sunil Agrawal, senior corporator; Girish Deshmukh, Chairman of Tax Committee; Harish Dikondwar, Chairman of Sports Committee; and Bandu Raut, Chairman of Transport Committee also were present during the press conference.

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When Janardan Swami sowed the seeds of Yoga Day...

The entire world is very eager to witness the first ever historic event of celebrations of ‘International Yoga Day’ on June 21. The day was declared by United Nations General Assembly on ... Read More
The entire world is very eager to witness the first ever historic event of celebrations of ‘International Yoga Day’ on June 21. The day was declared by United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014. UN General Assembly thus has endorsed a physical, mental and spiritual practice of India existing since last 6,000 years. Much before the declaration of International Yoga Day by UN General Assembly, Janardan Swami had coined the term ‘Yog Din’ and appealed to the then Mayor of the city to start the day in city along with a payment of Rs.1,000/- at that time, said Karyawah of Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal, Rambhau Khandwe.

Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal was established by Janardan Swami in 1951. Swamiji started teaching yoga for free and conducting Yoga Teacher Training Courses in city since 1956. Now, it is the largest network in Vidarbha having more than 100 Yoga centres.

Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking the imitative to make United Nations to declare June 21 as International Yoga Day.

Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal is an unique organisation which propagates ‘Yog’ as way of life or culture in the society for contentment, health and happiness of every soul by imparting training in Yog to one and all irrespective of caste, creed, religion, totally free of cost. Janardan swami Yogabhyasi Mandal in association with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has organised a mega event at Yashwant Stadium on June 21 from 6 am in which 21,000 members will perform collective Yogasanas.

International Yoga Day: Its origin

Yoga has its roots in India. Many saints, sages, and Yoga experts had dreamed this day since long. UN has declared International Yoga Day when the western countries felt the importance of Yoga in health care.

The seeds of Yoga, Pranayam and other traditional practices were sown by Paramhansa Yogananda in West in 1920. Paramhansa Yogananda founded Self Realization Fellowship (SRF) to disseminate worldwide his teachings on India’s ancient practices and philosophy of Yoga and its tradition of meditation. Yogananda was the first Hindu teacher of yoga to spend a major portion of his life in America.

According to Paramhansa Yogananda, “The word Yoga signifies the perfect poise or mental evenness that is the result of communion of the mind with spirit.”

After Yogananda many spiritual leaders like Maharshi Mahesh Yogi popularized Yoga in Western world. In the last 3 decades, the Art of Living has taken yoga to 152 countries and has 26,000 yoga teachers worldwide. Swami Ramdev, founder of Patanjali Yog Samiti is instrumental in popularizing Yog in India.

In December 2011, a two day conference titled ‘Yoga: A Science for World Peace’ was organised jointly by The Art of Living, SVYASA Yoga University, Bengaluru and Yoga Portuguese Confederation of Lisbon, Portugal. This conference has given a call to United Nations to declare June 21 as World yoga Day. Under the leadership of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar a proclamation was signed for having UN and UNESCO to declare June 21 as World Yoga Day. Shri Swami Bala Gangadharanath of Adi Chun Chun Giri Mutt; Swami Paramatmananda, General Secretary of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha; BKS Iyengar, Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune; Swami Baba Ramdev, Patañjali Yogpeeth, Haridvar; Dr. Nagendra, Vivekánanda Yoga University, Bengaluru; Jagat Guru Amrata Suryananda Maharaj, President of Yoga Portuguese Confederation; Subodh Tiwari, Keivalyadhama Yoga Institute; Dr. D.R Kaarthikeyan, Advisor: Law-Human Responsibilities-Corporate Affairs and Dr. Ramesh Bijlani, Aurobindo Ashram, New Delhi were the other signatories.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014. Modi said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.” On December 11, 2014, the 193-member UN General Assembly approved by consensus a resolution establishing June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’. The resolution also saw a record number of 177 countries co-sponsoring it.

Why June 21?

According to Hindu lunar Calendar, June 21 is a day when Dakshinayana starts. While suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the day is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world. From the perspective of Yoga, the Summer Solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana. The first full moon after Summer Solstice is known as Guru Poornima.

According to Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, in the yogic lore, the first transmission of yoga by Shiva, the first Guru, is said to have begun on this day. Dakshinayana is also considered a time when there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices.

Sadguru further mentioned, “In the yogic culture, the summer solstice which falls in the month of June marks the beginning of Dakshinayana, which means in the Earth’s sky, the Sun begins to trace a southward movement in the northern hemisphere of the planet. Similarly, the winter solstice which falls in the month of December marks the beginning of Uttarayana or the northern run of the Sun. The half of the year from the beginning of Uttarayana in December to the beginning of Dakshinayana in June is known as Gyana pada. The other half of the year from the beginning of Dakshinayana to the beginning of Uttarayana is known as the Sadhana pada. In terms of sadhana, Dakshinayana is for purification, Uttarayana is for enlightenment.”

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Hard work, dedication help Rishank score big

Rishank Mittal of Centre Point School (CPS), Katol Road, believes that hard work and dedication helped him to score high in IIT-JEE Advance examination. Rishank became second topper by securing... Read More
Rishank Mittal of Centre Point School (CPS), Katol Road, believes that hard work and dedication helped him to score high in IIT-JEE Advance examination. Rishank became second topper by securing All India Rank 51 on Thursday. Rishank scored 378 marks out of 504.

“I have sacrificed my hobbies and likes for two years to score good marks in JEE examination. I have studied hard and I utilised most of the time to clear all my problems and doubts,” Rishank explained.

Rishank said, “I was confident about my performance but never thought to be second in the list. This achievement helped me to select the best IIT institute in the country.” Rishank want to do Computer Science from IIT Bombay. He is now focusing on his next challenge that is to perform and compete well with other students in IIT. “Maintain this performance in IIT too is a biggest challenge for me and I am now preparing for it,” Rishank added. He thanked his teachers who guided him well and encouraged him before every challenge. Rishank scored 94.2 per cent in HSC examination and also scored well in SSC examination. Rishank’s father Ravi Mittal is a businessman and his mother Savita Mittal is a homemaker.

“I like to share the credit of my success with parents who sacrificed many things and always supported me during tough time. They never burdened me to score high and always encouraged me,” Rishank added.

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Verification of documents for Engg admission to end today

The verification of documents related to Centralised Admission Process of Engineering admission will end on June 20. It is being done at Application Receipt Centres (ARCs). By Friday, in Nagpur d... Read More
The verification of documents related to Centralised Admission Process of Engineering admission will end on June 20. It is being done at Application Receipt Centres (ARCs). By Friday, in Nagpur division, 18,528 application kits have been sold. 15,950 students have verified the documents by Friday evening.

The state Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) has already displayed a detailed schedule for admissions into Engineering courses on Friday on its website www.dte.org.in. As per its records, the state has around 376 institutes offering Engineering and Technology courses with a total intake of over 1.57 lakh seats.

Those candidates who have secured the minimum 50% marks (45% in case of backward class categories and persons with disabilities belonging to Maharashtra state only) in class XII in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry/Biotechnology/Biology/Technical Vocational added together and obtained positive composite score are eligible to apply. The ranking for admission is based on a composite score which is obtained after adding 50% of JEE (main) 2015 in paper-I percentile and 50% of class XII (Board or equivalent examination) in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics marks percentile. If the score of candidate is not reaching 50 per cent combining Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics he or she can replace Mathematics by any bifocal subject like Electronics to take the score to 50 per cent.

Over 850 new seats are added in the centralised admission process in State, around 1,300 seats have reduced. The DTE conducts the three rounds of the Common Admission Process (CAP). Round 1 and round 2 is meant for all candidates who have filled the online option for the respective round while Round 3 is meant only for candidates from the state of Maharashtra.

A composite score is calculated wherein 50% of the weight is given to the candidate's performance in the JEE (Main) - Paper 1 and the remaining 50% weight is given to the percentile secured by the candidate in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in his Board exams. A merit list is then prepared on the basis of each candidate's composite score.

Don’t give ID, password during CAP, appeals Jt Dir Thakare

Joint Director of Technical Education, Nagpur Region G R Thakare has appealed students not to give application ID and Password received through application kit, to anybody.

Thakare said, “Since process for admission to first year Engineering has begun, the students will get application kit along with ID and password through which they can submit application form on-line on ‘www.dtemaharashtrra.gov.in/fe2015’ While operating at various Application Receipt Centres (ARCs), the students should not disclose their ID and password, that can be misused. After submitting the form on-line, the students should carry print of the same along with the attested photocopies of certificates and get those checked at application centres. After doing proper check up, collect the acknowledgement of form confirmed from ARC officer, pointed Thakare.

Candidates should not need to go to ARC for submitting option form. Students should confirm the options on their own. Students should not give original documents to anybody unless their admissions get confirmed. They also should not handover the documents to unknown persons. The students who are willing to take admissions at institute level or in management quota should pay full amount of fees decided by Shikshan Shulka Samiti (Fee Fixation Committee). The admissions will not be considered valid if partly fees is paid, added Thakare.

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Colleges waiting for Rs 350 cr scholarship dues

A whopping amount of Rs 350 crore earmarked for student scholarships to be disbursed to colleges of Nagpur division is pending with State Government. According to official sources the burden of... Read More
A whopping amount of Rs 350 crore earmarked for student scholarships to be disbursed to colleges of Nagpur division is pending with State Government. According to official sources the burden of disbursing amount to colleges is rising and at the same time due top bogus scholarship scam which surfaced in Nagpur division, authorities are very cautious in releasing the money.

To resolve this ticklish issue, Government has asked colleges to reduce fees so that they will disburse scholarship amount as per slashed down rates and also intense scrutiny has been undertaken to check bonafide students and to crack whip against bogus institutions and unscrupulous institutions who befooled the Social Justice department. Further, Government has decided that permission to new courses would be without scholarship to permanently reduce burden on state exchequer.

Taking cognisance of sufferings of most of the engineering colleges as scholarship amount of over Rs 250 crore, present BJP Government has made a provision of over Rs 300 crore for the same. But this amount is meant for scholarships of professional college students across state. Previous regime had left colleges in a lurch and their consistent follow-ups made no impact, due to which many colleges were forced to fold-up. There are some colleges of other faculties as well, but their scholarship dues with the Government could not be ascertained.

Unaided Technical College Management Association had given a letter to then Social Justice Minister Shivajirao Moghe, seeking his help to get financial aid. In the letter, the Association had requested Minister to take action on important issues related to disbursement of scholarship/freeship against backward class students admitted in engineering, MBA, MCA colleges etc. But, the DF Government failed to provide any succour. The new Government which scrutinised the issue, first decided to plug the leakage by identifying the bogus institutes and ineligible beneficiaries. Further, the Government decided to reimburse the identical fees per student and fixed the ceiling of fees for scholarship purposes in respect of students belonging to socially backward categories. However, this decision has not gone down well with the Colleges who are arguing that the fees has been determined by Shikshan Shulka Samiti (Fee Fixation Panel) after elaborate exercise and looking at the cost of infrastructure, quality of education imparted, the fees is going to be different for every institution and fixed fees will hurt good and reputed colleges. Therefore, the Higher and Technical Education Department has decided to permit new sections or new courses but without scholarship on the lines of permanent unaided schools. This would ease the burden of paying the scholarship amount. According to one academician, if the courses are to be run without scholarship, then the newly opened colleges which are unable to fill the seats will be in deep trouble, as in reality these colleges are heavily dependent upon the students who get scholarship. The ratio of students has become 80:20 means 80 per cent students are from the socially and economically weaker categories and only 20 per cent are from open category. This will pose the problem for colleges too.

How the scheme runs

Government of Maharashtra had implemented a scheme for payment of scholarship/freeship to students belonging to backward classes (SC, ST, OBC, VJ, NT, SBC, etc). The colleges give admission to all such backward class students as per government norms. The Government of Maharashtra then reimburses tuition fees through Social Justice Department and other departments, against all such students admitted as per norms.

The whole trouble starts as there are only 20 per cent students who pay actual fees while remaining 80 percent students belong to backward classes in majority of colleges. Only old and reputed colleges are comfortable with admissions from general category students and do not depend on state scholarship. The colleges have to bear either 100 per cent fees or some part of it for these 80 per cent students. Expenditure budget of a college is based on fees received from students, vis-a-vis scholarship/freeship received from backward class students (SC, ST, OBC, VJ, NT, SBC etc) and other category students. Government departments like Social Justice, Minority Welfare pay tuition fees against students admitted in due course of time after completion of fees claim process. As per GR dated November 1, 2003, Social Justice Department should pay 90 per cent of tuition fees/scholarship/freeship to institutions by June of every academic year before commencement of academic session. But it is seldom done. The dues with the Government vary from Rs 80 lakh to Rs 5 crore per college. Last year, over 30 per cent seats in engineering colleges remained vacant. It has put additional financial burden on these colleges. Panic has gripped managements of many college as they have obtained loans from banks and are dependent on dues to be received from the Government.

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Travellers in limbo as flash flood in Mumbai hits trains’ schedule

Even as train services limp on North-South sector following Itarsi fire incident, Railway services derailed further after the Mumbai flash floods leaving travellers in limbo on yet another route.... Read More
Even as train services limp on North-South sector following Itarsi fire incident, Railway services derailed further after the Mumbai flash floods leaving travellers in limbo on yet another route. The shape of things on Itarsi end showed no improvement as many of the train continue to run several hours behind schedule while other take circuitous route and some other remained cancelled.

Meanwhile heavy rains along with high tide left Mumbai tracks submerged ruling out train services. Since Friday morning no train has entered or left Mumbai city stations leaving long distance travellers in fix. Many of them had arrived at station only to find train departures rescheduled.

Trains leaving for Nagpur ex-Mumbai were leaving many hours later. As per scheduled released by Central Railway, 11401 Mumbai- Nagpur Nandigram Exp. 16.35 which starts at 16.35 hrs was rescheduled to 20.00 hrs, 12105 Mumbai- Nagpur Vidarbha to 01.00 hrs of June 20, 12809 Mumbai- Howrah Mail instead of 20.35 hrs was to leave at 04.00 hrs on Saturday so was 12289 Mumbai-Nagpur Duronto Exp. which was rescheduled to 05.30 hrs of June 20. The full impact of these late departure would be felt on Saturday on Mumbai routes and late arrival of rake is going to put travellers in spot as ex-Nagpur trains are also going to get delayed. Cancelled Trains: For June 20 the cancelled trains are 12803 Vishakhapatnam-Hazrat Nizamuddin Swarna Jayanti Exp, 12160 Jabalpur-Amravati Exp, 12968 Jaipur-Chennai Exp, 12159 Amravati-Jabalpur Exp., 22111 Bhusawal-Nagpur Exp., 11204 Jaipur-Nagpur Exp, 22351 Danapur-Yeshwantpur Patliputra Exp., and 17610 Purna-Patna Exp., said a railway release issued here. Similarly trains passing through Nagpur on June 21 too have been cancelled and they are 16032 Jammu Tawi-Chennai Andaman Exp, 16317 Kanyakumari-Jammu Tawi Exp and June 23 run of 22683 Yeshwantpur-Lucknow Exp too is cancelled, the communiqué said.

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NMC general body meeting today, set to be stormy

The general body meeting of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Saturday may be a stormy affair as corporators from opposition benches are set to raise various issues including illegal recovery... Read More
The general body meeting of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Saturday may be a stormy affair as corporators from opposition benches are set to raise various issues including illegal recovery of fire protection fund, excess payment to Orange City Water (OCW), and irregularities in Gharkul Yojana etc.

NMC Fire and Emergency Services Department has been collecting fire protection fund from builders, developers, and house-owners illegally, it had come to fore recently. The local body has been collecting this funds for three-and-a-half years without any permission of the State Government.

Pulled up by the State Government and following a matter pending in the High Court, Fire and Emergency Services Department is trying to regualrise the same with retrospective effect. The department has submitted a proposal before the general body to regularise these illegalities with retrospective effect. The general body of NMC is expected to take final decision regarding return of excess amount recovered so far to builders. Some corporators are likely to raise the issue. Another issue that may come up during general body meeting is excess payment made to OCW. Recently, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had quoted objection raised by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) and urged the NMC administration to enquire into the matter. In its report, CAG had termed payment of Rs 26 crore made by NMC to OCW as ‘extra avoidable expenditure’. Vikas Thakre, Leader of Opposition in NMC, has listed a question in this regard for discussion during general body meeting. Alleged irregularities in Gharkul Yojana also may be raised by corporator Sandeep Sahare. He pointed out that the issue was kept for discussion later on when it was raised during previous meeting. In Ashi Nagar Zone, list of 55 beneficiaries was prepared. However, ‘bogus’ signatures of officials were found on files that were finalised and forwarded to Ashi Nagar Zone office for distribution of cheques. Sahare alleged that though the civic administration had directed to register FIR in this regard, only a formal complaint was given to Pachpaoli Police Station. “We will seek answers during general body meeting,” Sahare said. Apart from these, shoddy pre-monsoon preparations, condition of roads, etc may come up for discussion during the meeting.

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Farmers in distt to get crop loan by 30th

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, took stock of the crop loan distribution in the district on Friday and asked the administration to complete all formalities to en... Read More
Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, took stock of the crop loan distribution in the district on Friday and asked the administration to complete all formalities to ensure that farmers got Kharif crop loan by June 30. Bawankule later told media that ‘Loan Meets’ will be organised at all tehsil places on June 26 to reach out to farmers seeking crop loans.

For the year 2014-15, the target for Kharif loan distribution in Nagpur district was Rs 817.60 crore and that for Rabi season was Rs 204.40 crore. Of the combined target of Rs 1,022 crore, nationalised and rural banks only could distribute crop loans as Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank Limited (NDCCB) lost its banking license. Nationalised and rural banks distributed Rs 863.55 crore of crop loan to 70,767 farmers. As far as the current financial year 2015-16 is concerned, Bawankule said, the total target for credit supply is Rs 1,073.10 crore including Rs 841.50 crore for Kharif and Rs 231.60 crore for Rabi seasons. Till June 16, the minister told media on Friday, a total of 30,654 farmers had got credit of Rs 307.82 crore through nationalised and rural banks.

In all the tehsils in the district, Bawankule said, ‘Loan Meets’ will be organised on June 26. In these special camps, farmers’ issues concerning credit availability will be resolved. Revenue Department, Co-operation Department, and Agriculture Department officials will remain present in the meets along with bank officials, and make available relevant documents, thus facilitating credit supply to farmers.

“Already, Principal Secretary (Co-operation) had directed the officials concerned to ensure that target of credit supply was met till June 30. We have reiterated this before the officials concerned in the meeting held today,” he said.

Asked about restructuring of loan as per the latest announcement of the State Government, Bawankule said that 55,262 farmers had taken crop loan previously. Of these, 19,648 had repaid the loan, and 6,992 had taken loan against gold mortgage. Of the remaining 28,622 farmers, a total of 11,682 were eligible for restructuring of loan. Of these, as many as 8,391 farmers had got their loans restructured. The remaining 3,291 farmers’ crop loan was supposed to be restructured till date, he added.

On the attitude of commercial, nationalised, and private banks regarding distribution of crop loans to farmers, Guardian Minister said that stringent action would be taken against banks not supplying crop loan. “If required, offences would be registered against non-cooperating banks and even their licence could be in trouble,” he added.

Sudhir Parwe, Umred MLA; Dr Rajiv Potdar, BJP District President; Satish Bhosle, Deputy District Registrar; Dr Archana Kadu, District Superintending Agriculture Officer, were present prominently at the press conference at Ravi Bhavan.

Will 37,930 ‘chronic’ defaulters get loans?

There are 37,930 ‘chronic’ defaulters of crop loans in Nagpur district and they are unable to get fresh credit from any bank. As a result, these many farmers may remain deprived of institutional credit.

“These farmers had taken loan in 2009 and 2010. However, they could not repay it. Later, Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank Limited ran into trouble. They have got the status of chronic defaulter as they have not got no dues certificate from NDCCB. As a result, they are ineligible to get fresh loan from any of the banks,” said Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister. To ensure credit supply for these farmers, a policy decision of the State Government is required apart from clearance from Reserve Bank of India, he added.

“I have already discussed the matter with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Principal Secretary of Co-operation Department. Chief Minister has assured me to find a way out so that these many farmers get fresh institutional credit,” Bawankule told reporters.

Earlier in the day, Bawankule chaired a meeting with Lead Bank and other financial institutions regarding crop loan distribution to farmers. Krupal Tumane, Ramtek MP; Sudhir Parwe, Umred MLA; D Mallikarjun Reddy, Ramtek MLA; Sachin Kurve, District Collector; Shivajirao Jondhale, Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Parishad; and representatives of nationalised banks were present in the meeting. Mohan Mashankar of Lead Bank; C Y Deshmukh; Sudhir Dhanvijay, Assistant General Manager of NABARD; Manohar Deore, S D Kogje, Ramanuj Prasad, D W Nikose, Pradeep Ambarkhane, Parul Nandanwar, Dheeraj Khobragade, S W Susankar, Ramesh Ramteke, D V Banbole and others also attended the meeting.

‘No crop loan through NDCCB this Kharif’

Farmers in Nagpur district will not get crop loan through beleaguered Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank Limited (NDCCB) this Kharif season, as the inspection by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will take at least three-four months to complete, said Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister.

Addressing a press conference, Bawankule said that the matter pertaining to revival of NDCCB was in the court. As a result, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will require directions from the High Court to restore NDCCB’s banking license. Further, RBI will not restore banking licence of NDCCB unless NABARD conducts inspection. “However, as its banking licence has been revoked, NDCC is a mere society and not a bank. As a result, NABARD cannot conduct inspection of a society. So, there are certain technical issues,” said Bawankule.

Still, said Bawankule, the State Government was taking efforts for restoration of banking licence of NDCCB. But, the resolution of these issues will take at least three to four months. Till then, Kharif season will be almost over. Hence, farmers will not get crop loan through NDCCB at least this Kharif season, he made it clear.

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‘Investing in Green Gold’ Bamboo Investors Meet from June 20

The first Bamboo Investors Meet-2015 of the country from June 20 to 22 will be attended by investors and experts from China, Belgium, Germany, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tripura, Gujarat, Delhi, A... Read More
The first Bamboo Investors Meet-2015 of the country from June 20 to 22 will be attended by investors and experts from China, Belgium, Germany, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tripura, Gujarat, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal etc. These include producers of bamboo-based energy, textiles, furniture, manufacturers of handicraft, builders of bamboo houses, bamboo producing farmers etc. Madhya Pradesh has immense potential: Director Madhya Pradesh Bamboo Mission A K Bhattacharya informed that demand for bamboo-based products has increased immensely in the country and world. Since Madhya Pradesh has the largest forest area in the country, immense possibilities of bamboo production and industry can be developed here. Due to numerous benefits of bamboo, it is called “Green Gold”. The Investment Meet named as “Investing in Green Gold” will bridge the gap between producer farmers, craftspersons, entrepreneurs, investors and government. Madhya Pradesh will also serve as a gateway for major industries since it is situated in the middle of the country. Rural economy to be boosted: The meet will give maximum benefit to rural economy. Farmers will grow bamboo along with other crops and with initiative of Bamboo Mission skill of craftspersons who usually made only baskets, mats and ordinary goods will be upgraded. Now, bamboo craftspersons will also manufacture modern furniture, floor tiles, cloth, board etc. apart from traditional bamboo products. Apart from expansion of bamboo forest area, it would also cast positive effect on world’s environment. Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari will be chief guest at the inaugural function at Academy of Administration on June 20 at 5 pm. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will preside over the function. The 3-day meet comprising eight sessions will be participated by bamboo investors, farmers, artisans, industrialists, IAS and senior IFS officers.

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BU students demonstrate over irregularities in BBA result

Apparently unhappy over result of BBA 6th semester result declared by Barkatullah University (BU) large number of students demonstrated in the campus on Wednesday.

The university managemen... Read More
Apparently unhappy over result of BBA 6th semester result declared by Barkatullah University (BU) large number of students demonstrated in the campus on Wednesday.

The university management appointed a committee to investigate the issue and assured students to solve the matter soon. Protesters alleged that university management has failed them carelessly and demanded to re-evaluate their copies. Students said professors have given 1 or 2 marks to that maximum students in Business Environment subject which not justified. They said that they have already contacted the university officials on Tuesday regarding the issue but university refused to take up the matter. BU registrar LS Solanki said that students are free to submit the re-evaluation forms within two months. In response students said that if they applies for re-checking, they will fail to get admission in postgraduate courses. There are about 200 students, who failed the BBA exam. However after meeting with protesters, student welfare wing and administrative officers assured to re-check the answer sheets of students.

EC nod to probe optical fiber scam at BU

The Executive Council (EC) members of Barkatullah University (BU) agreed on Wednesday to investigate the optical fiber scam. Hemant Katare, EC member, raised the issue of fiber scam and demanded to probe. He said that fiber worth Rs 2 crore is missing from campus so officials should invest the matter. Vice Chancellor M D Tiwari and registrar L S Solanki also agreed to probe the scam. In the meeting, members also passed the post of superintendent officers in hostels under self finance scheme. The proposal of superintendent will so sent to the Government for further approval. The superintendent officers are proposed to be appointed at Munshi Premchand Hostel, Sanjay Gandhi, Jawaharlal, Indira Kanya and Nivedita Girls Hostel. The EC members also decided to award the winners of All India Inter University and Zonal sports competition. First winner of the competition will be awarded with Rs 21,000, second 15,000 and third with Rs 11,000. Another major decision taken by EC members is service extension to 12 professors for next three months. EC member Amit Sharma raised the issue of contract faculty and demanded to extend the working tenure of 12 professors. He asked to appoint them as guest faculties.

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Gen V K Singh inaugurates Secretariat of 10th Vishwa Hindi Sammelan

Secretariat of 10th Vishwa Hindi Sammelan to be held at Bhopal from September 10 to 12 was inaugurated at Makhanlal National University of Journalism and Communications here today. MoS for Defenc... Read More
Secretariat of 10th Vishwa Hindi Sammelan to be held at Bhopal from September 10 to 12 was inaugurated at Makhanlal National University of Journalism and Communications here today. MoS for Defence Gen. V.K. Singh, Rajya Sabha MP Anil Madhav Dave, Minister of State for Culture Surendra Patwa and university’s vice chancellor Prof. Brij Kishore Kuthiayala inaugurated the Sammelan. All works pertaining to Vishwa Hindi Sammelan will be done from here. A meeting of managing committee of the Sammelan was also held.

At the meeting, MP Dave held subject-wise discussions on committees constituted for various subjects. Members of committees on organisation, security, cultural programmes, lodging & transportation, felicitation, website, content and sessions informed about action taken till date and future plans. Dave informed that August 21, 2015 is the last date for registration for Sammelan. Registrations are being done online. He said that a song is being composed for Sammelan. Two professors and 5 students each of various universities in the country will be invited to Sammelan. Union Joint Secretary Foreign Affairs Mridul Kumar informed about Sammelan’s preparations.

It was informed that a newsletter will be published daily. It would be responsibility of Makhanlal National University of Journalism and Communications. Cultural programmes will be held in the evening daily during Sammelan. Cultural programmes on September 10 will be held by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and 11 September by Madhya Pradesh Department of Culture. Kavi Sammelan will be held on September 12.

The meeting discussed increasing aviation facilities at Bhopal during Sammelan, mainly Delhi- Mumbai air service. Union MoS Singh laid emphasis on preparing check list and use of technology.

Members of the managing committee including MoS for Culture Surendra Patwa, university vice chancellor Kuthiayala, MP Alok Sanjar, MLAs Rameshwar Sharma and Vishwas Sarang, Mayor Alok Sharma, Municipal Corporation Chairman Surjeet Singh Chouhan, Vijesh Lunawat and Principal Secretary Culture Manoj Shrivastava and senior officers of concerning departments were also present.

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Minor girls’ kidnapping case registered at Ayodhya Nagar

A case of kidnapping allegedly done by tuition teacher of two minor girls was registered at Ayodhya Nagar on Wednesday. Both the victims are real sisters and are missing from Tuesday evening. P... Read More
A case of kidnapping allegedly done by tuition teacher of two minor girls was registered at Ayodhya Nagar on Wednesday. Both the victims are real sisters and are missing from Tuesday evening. Police informed that both the victims are minor one 17-year-old and another 10-year-old, residents of Arjun Nagar. Both used to take tuition from the accused Sahil Kumar (18), hails from Bihar is a student with a private university in the State capital and a resident of the same locality. Both the girls went for tuition on Tuesday evening but did not return home late. When the family members enquired they found that Sahil was not at home along with their daughters. They searched for the girls and the accused but were unable to find them. Subsequently, a complaint was registered by the mother of the victims at Ayodhya Nagar police station in this context on Wednesday. A case under Section 363 of IPC was registered against accused by the police after preliminary investigations. Further investigations in the case have started and a massive search operation has also been launched by the police in search of both the victims and the accused. Interrogations are also being made with the suspected persons to ascertain some useful information.

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Fake cop held for duping man of Rs 12,000

MP Nagar police nabbed a fake inspector who duped a 40-year-old man of Rs 12,000 on luring to get bail to his son who is under trial for stealing a motorcycle. A case of forgery at Piplani poli... Read More
MP Nagar police nabbed a fake inspector who duped a 40-year-old man of Rs 12,000 on luring to get bail to his son who is under trial for stealing a motorcycle. A case of forgery at Piplani police station also surfaced during investigation. Investigation Officer Jai Veer Singh informed that the victim Suresh Kumar Yadav (40), son of Devilal, a resident of Jahangirabad area, is an electrician. His son Neelesh Yadav (17) is facing trial in MP Nagar police station for stealing a motorcycle from June 13 along with his two acquaintances Raju (21) and Rahul (21). Suresh was duped of Rs 12,000 by the accused Rajendra Kumar Daheria (44) Jangalia, a resident of Pratap Nagar, Shankaracharya ward, Narshinghpur, promising him to provide bail to his son Neelesh. He also told the victim that he is posted in Police Headquarters and is a relative of SP, he added.

Suresh told police that he gave Rs 12,000 demanded by the accused for providing bail to his son on Tuesday evening. Later, when he did not receive any response from the accused Suresh lodged a complaint with MP Nagar Police Station on Wednesday. Subsequently, a search operation was launched by the police in search of the accused and nabbed the accused outside Bhopal Crime Branch. During investigations it surfaced that a case of forgery was registered at Piplani police station against Rajendra.

MP Nagar police registered a case under Section 420 of IPC against Rajendra and presented him in the court. Rajendra has been given on a 2-day remand to MP Nagar and Piplani police by the court. Other cases of forgery are expected to surface after investigations.

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CM Chouhan meets Prime Minister

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday. Chouhan apprised the Prime Minister of suggestions and views aired at national conference on crop ... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday. Chouhan apprised the Prime Minister of suggestions and views aired at national conference on crop insurance at Bhopal. He informed that a report on the conference will soon be submitted to the Prime Minister.

Besides, the Chief Minister also gave detailed information about Krishi Mahotsav in the state saying that Krishi Raths were sent during it to about 23,000 Gram Panchayats in the State to apprise farmers of new innovations and farming techniques. Chouhan apprised the Prime Minister of preparations for Simhastha to be held next year and reiterated state’s demand for assistance regarding this. Chouhan informed that Prime Minister Modi will be chief guest at concluding programme of Simhastha on May 14, 2016. This Simhastha will be a mega ideological event marked by seminars on various issues and philosophy, discourses of saints and seers etc.

There will be brainstorming on value based life environment, climate, Dharma, human welfare and other related topics relevant to entire humankind. Chouhan also invited the Prime Minister to inaugurate Vishwa Hindi Sammelan.

Celebrate this Raksha Bandhan a bit differently: Chief Minister Chouhan has urged people to celebrate this Raksha Bandhan a bit differently to ensure secure and bright future of their sisters. He said that on Raksha Bandhan this year, instead of gifts and sweets, brothers should present documents of insurance policies of the Central Government to sisters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched insurance and pension scheme for secured life of people.

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BKS planning protest over delay in payment of crop insurance money

Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) is in mood to lock horns with State Government over crop insurance issue. To build pressure on government, it is even planning to hold a massive dharna in Bhopal. Read More
Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) is in mood to lock horns with State Government over crop insurance issue. To build pressure on government, it is even planning to hold a massive dharna in Bhopal.

To send feelers to Government, BKS had staged a sit-in Pipariya of Hoshangabad on Wednesday.

Speaking to ‘The Hitavada’ Bharatiya Kisan Sangh’s General Secretary M M Vyas said that farmers have not received crop insurance money sanctioned for year 2014. Likewise, peasants are also yet to receive the crop insurance of 2015.

This has left farmers in quandary and now they are raising their voice.

He also cited the example of Harda farmers who are protesting against the petty sum they are going to receive in the form of crop insurance. Notably, one farmer is supposed to get crop insurance of Re 1.28 paise.

Meanwhile, protest of farmers of Gahal village of Harda entered into sixth day on Wednesday.

Angry over the petty sum they are going to receive under crop insurance, they protested in half-naked manner and also handed over memorandum to district administration.

Farmers in Harda are protesting under the banner of Aam Kisan Union and also raising voice against financial irregularities happening in co-operative societies.

Farmer Ram of Harda district said there are massive financial irregularities in records of co-operative committees.

Farmers whose debt was cleared have been again made indebted as entry is done through pencil and later figures are manipulated. He said when benefit of loan waiver scheme came, it had largely gone into the bogus accounts. He added that though it was the sixth day of agitation of farmers in Harda but no senior authority came to meet the farmers.

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E-waste management irregularities issue to knock the doors of Green panel

The issue of E-waste disposal in the State is going to knock the doors of Green panel soon. With no definite scientific strategy for segregation, the e-waste is becoming a major problem of pollut... Read More
The issue of E-waste disposal in the State is going to knock the doors of Green panel soon. With no definite scientific strategy for segregation, the e-waste is becoming a major problem of pollution in the entire State.

Subash C Pandey, environmentalist, who is prepared to file the petition says that the e-waste management and handling rules 2012 is yet to be implemented in the State. Just by identifying e waste collection centres will not be able to solve the problem as segregation at source level is important so that it can facilitate in disposal which can be done through scientific method. Executive Engineer of the State Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) H S Malviya, who is also incharge of the e-waste management, told ‘The Hitavada’ that e-waste collection centres have been made in many regions including Bhopal, Indore, Rewa, Raisen. Besides, the Pollution Control Board has conducted more than one dozen awareness workshops for the stake holders to cover via lndore, Bhopal, GwaIior, Jabalpur, Rewa, Satna, Dewas, Mandsaur and Pithampur.

Micro level inventorisation work has been completed in four major divisions of MP are Bhopal Indore Jabalpur and Gwalior .The main focus of the implementation of the e waste rules was to identify e-waste collection centres and the recyclers. As per estimates of Pollution Control Board, Bhopal, generates a yearly e-waste of 437 metric tones, Indore 823 MT, Gwalior 410 MT, Jabalpur 210 MT. However, in one of the studies the total amount of e-waste generation annually from Bhopal was 950 MT/year which includes household and business entities, institutions.

The e-waste generation is highest at Indore city. On one hand where the pollution control board is focusing on to enforce the rules and give necessary permissions for setting up of collection centres as well as the recyclers, no major effort is given on scientific method of segregation. E-waste is a name for electronic products nearing the end of their useful life. E-wastes are considered dangerous, as certain components of some electronic products contain materials that are hazardous. The hazardous content of these materials pose a threat to human health and environment. The drawbacks like the difficulty in inventorization, unhealthy conditions of informal recycling, inadequate legislation, poor awareness and reluctance makes the e waste disposal task more complex.

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State Govt to create land bank database

To get proper details about land available with it, Maharashtra Government has decided to prepare a Government Land Bank Database. This is among several other measures to be taken to introduce te... Read More
To get proper details about land available with it, Maharashtra Government has decided to prepare a Government Land Bank Database. This is among several other measures to be taken to introduce technology and improve further the functioning of Revenue Department.

As part of these measures, Government Receipt and Accounting System (GRAS) will be implemented in Revenue Department from August 1. Further, e-DISNIC system will be implemented State-wide. Also, Maha Rajaswa Abhiyan will be implemented across Maharashtra to find out unauthorised non-agricultural permission cases, to issue various certificates, and to achieve the target of making available e-mutation facility at every village by March 2016 etc. All these initiatives are aimed at improving the pace of functioning of Revenue Department and to make it more transparent.

Presentations about the initiatives were made during the State-level conference of Divisional Commissioners and District Collectors at Pune on Tuesday. Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, Nagpur, attended the conference and made a presentation on comprehensive training plan for Revenue Department officials.

Asked about the new initiatives, Anoop Kumar told ‘The Hitavada’ that GRAS would be implemented for Revenue Department across the State from August 1. So far, this system of electronic payment is available with Inspectorate General of Registration. “With GRAS being used for Revenue Department, there will not be any need to go to Treasury. This will not only save time but also offer convenience to those making payments,” he said. The system was implemented in Pune district on pilot basis, using the concept of ‘virtual treasury’. With the system coming into effect throughout the State from August 1, Revenue payments could be made through branches of any of 26 identified nationalised banks.

It may be mentioned here that the State has 310 Treasury offices apart from 33 others in Mumbai, with separate jurisdictions. GRAS will offer one jurisdiction across the State. One can make payments through Internet banking, counter payment at banks, e-payment gateway including debit/credit cards etc. In 2014-15, total 55,72,110 challans were generated in the State through GRAS in departments other than Revenue. An amount of Rs 35,044 crore was collected through payment of these challans. Of this amount, Rs 18,772 crore was collected through GRAS in Inspectorate General of Registration; Rs 10,813 crore through Excise Department; and Rs 2,091 crore through Regional Transport Offices. GRAS will come into effect in Revenue Department from August 1, and the department has got a revenue recovery target of Rs 6,196 crore in the current financial year 2015-16.

Another important initiative, Anoop Kumar said, is Government Land Bank Database. Under the initiative, various details pertaining to Government lands will be compiled and updated regularly. These details will include status in development plan, regional plan, approach road, water availability etc. “Once the database is ready, it will serve as a decision support system,” he said. Under the Government Land Management, effort will be to find out breach of conditions relating to land made available to needy persons in olden days for livelihood through agricultural use.

e-DISNIC to be introduced

e-DISNIC or e-District Information System of National Informatics Centre (NIC), a web-based district administration portal that was first developed in Kolhapur district, has won appreciation across the nation. Soon, it will be introduced across Maharashtra.

Under the e-DISNIC system, various software modules have been implemented already in Kolhapur district. These include e-RevCOurt, a web-based Revenue Course case management and information system for Additional Collector, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Tehsildar, and Circle authorities. e-DISNIC is envisaged to accommodate wide range of software modules and is paperless in nature as the related data entry can be done and reports can be seen over the Internet.

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HC rejects traders’ plea against slashing of Bt seed price

In a major victory for Devendra Fadnavis led State Government and its bold decision to reduce price of Bt cotton seed bag by Rs 100, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has upheld the move and ... Read More
In a major victory for Devendra Fadnavis led State Government and its bold decision to reduce price of Bt cotton seed bag by Rs 100, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has upheld the move and refused to grant any interim relief to Seed Industries Association of Maharashtra which challenged the move of price slashing.

A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain turned down the plea of petitioner-association representing major seed manufacturing companies and held that Government was well within its power to regulate the price of BT cotton seeds on the basis of empirical data before it.

The State Government on June 8 exercising its power under section 10 of the Maharashtra Cotton Seeds (Regulation of Supply, Distribution , Sale and Fixation of Sale Price ) Act, 2009, fixed the maximum sale price of BG-I at Rs 730 per packet and BG-II cotton seeds at Rs 830 per packet.

Senior Counsel Sunil Manohar appearing for the State strongly defended the move citing various decisions and prevailing agrarian crisis, particularly in cotton belt of Maharashtra. After major shift from traditional seeds to Bt seeds, it is imperative for the state to protect the interest of agriculturists and provide them seeds at a reasonable price. Refuting the allegation of petitioner-association that Government considered only Keshav Kranthi report while ignoring Dr C D Mayee report which suggested rationalisation of prices, Special Counsel Manohar stated that decision was taken after reviewing crop situation across Maharashtra and after series of deliberations conducted with stakeholders including end-consumer.

Senior Counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi appearing for the Seed Manufacturers questioned the logic and legality of slashing of price by Government and putforth demand of industry to direct the State Government to hike the maximum sale price of BG-I and BG-II cotton seeds. The petitioner sought direction to the respondent authorities to fix the price of Bt. cotton hybrid seeds based on increase in the costs of production /factors specified under section 10(1) of the 2009 Act and stay to the impugned notification. According to the petitioners, the impugned notification is in violation of section 10 of the Act. It is contrary to the principles of price fixation and also the view expressed by the High Court through its judgment of 3 writ petitions of August 13, 2013.

During last hearing, the High Court had directed the authorities to keep trheir original files ready for its perusal. Senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi appeared with Adv. Akshay Naik and Nikhil Gaikwad. Special Counsel Sunil Manohar and Government Pleader Bharati Dangre represented the State.

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NCP leader Vijay Talewar arrested, gets PCR till 19th

STATE CID (Crime) officers on Wednesday arrested Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Vijay Talewar on charges of dacoity, outraging modesty of a woman, assault and trespass in a 2012 case r... Read More
STATE CID (Crime) officers on Wednesday arrested Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Vijay Talewar on charges of dacoity, outraging modesty of a woman, assault and trespass in a 2012 case related to possession of a disputed property in Ramdaspeth. The CID officers obtained remand for Talewar’s custodial interrogation till June 19.

Criminal cases were filed by Bharati Belsare and Vijay Talewar against each other on March 24, 2012. While Belsares claimed they had purchased the property in Ramdaspeth, Talewar termed it as a fake deal. Belsare had lodged a complaint that Talewar had barged into her house where the scuffle took place between him and his accomplices and her sons apart from Ramnarayan Mishra and his son Aniruddha. Talewar then had filed a counter complaint against Bharati and her sons for assaulting and threatening him apart from other charges. However, Sitabuldi Police had arrested Bharati and her sons immediately but had not arrested him. The High Court and Supreme Court had also turned down Talewar’s anticipatory bail pleas. At that time, the State had also strongly opposed the bail applications stating that his custodial interrogation was necessary. In a bid to shield Talewar, Sitabuldi Police allegedly allowed him to be absconding for more than one year from the date of registration of FIR.

Sitabuldi Police allegedly manipulated the matter by dropping all non-bailable offences against him and deliberately changed its stance before the lower court. On June 9, 2013, they arrested him and was released on the same day after the investigation officer told the court that his custodial interrogation was not necessary. Subsequently, Belsare moved the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court by filing a criminal writ petition (72/2012). While allowing the petition, the High Court prima facie had observed that the probe by Sitabuldi Police was carried out in a partial manner. Later, after hearing the matter at length, the High Court directed the State CID (Crime) to take over the probe and also inquire into the conduct of the investigation agency.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that CID officers have launched a search for two more accused in the case who are allegedly absconding.

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RRI cabin gutted at Itarsi railway station, many trains running late

TRAVELLERS at Nagpur railway station on Wednesday were in limbo as train services on North-South sector took a big hit after fire gutted route relay interlocking (RRI) cabin at Itarsi station. Tr... Read More
TRAVELLERS at Nagpur railway station on Wednesday were in limbo as train services on North-South sector took a big hit after fire gutted route relay interlocking (RRI) cabin at Itarsi station. Trains were running several hours behind schedule, few long distance trains were diverted and short run trains stood cancelled owing to absence of path. In absence of electronic signalling, train movement required manual setting, a time consuming process and as such delay is bound to be there which however is frustrating for passengers.

Incidentally, Itarsi has one of the biggest junction over Indian Railways and is basically a pivot and it plays a vital role in inter-connecting North-South, West-North, East-South railway routes. So any trouble at Itarsi is bound to have multiple impact and that’s what happened after the incident that occurred around 6 am on Wednesday, according to reports reaching here. Itarsi gets feed from Bhopal, Bhusawal, Nagpur and Jabalpur divisions and all four operating control room were in emergency mode as trains piled-up in the section owing to isolation of Itarsi railway station.

Although morning North bound trains passed through on time from Nagpur but downward train movement from Delhi to down South has been badly hit. Manual signalling requires locking of each and every route and then relaying route relay for next train which is a time consuming process. Nagpur station had witnessed similar situation when central cabin of RRI caught fire around four years back. Train movement had that time almost came to standstill leaving passengers in lurch.

A similar situation must have prevailed in early morning hours at Itarsi in aftermath of knocking off of RRI which controls signalling without which train crew cannot move train.

The Station Superintendent in such situation has powers to issue written authority and for it entire railway route is manually laid for individual train for passage.

At Nagpur a help booth was set-up to guide the train passengers in view of inordinate delay in running of trains. 22692 H. Nizamuddin-Bangalore Rajdhani Express was late by four hours, 12792 Patna-Secunderabad Exp. 4.15 hours, 12970 Jaipur-Coimbatore Exp 3.30 hrs, 12622 New Delhi-Chennai TN Express 3.15 hours, 16360 Patna-Ernakulam Exp. five hours, 22680 Vaishanodevi Katra-Yeshwantpur Exp. 3.20 hrs, 22111 Bhusawal-Nagpur Exp. three hours late.

Few trains that were running via diverted route of Katni, Shahdol, Usalpur, Durg and onto Nagpur and ahead included 12577 Darbhanga-Mysore Exp, 12296 Patna-Bangalore Exp, 12150 Patna-Pune Exp, 22132 Manduadih-Pune Gyanganga Exp. Train No. 12971 Secunderabad-Patna Express will run via diverted route of Nagpur, Gondia, Bilaspur and Katni till June 19 and 22112 Nagpur-Bhusawal Express was also running via diverted route.

Another route chosen for diversion of routes was Nagda, Vadodra, Surat, Jalgaon, Bhusawal and Ballarshah and trains 22632 Bikaner-Chennai AC Exp, 16863 Bhagat Ki Kothi-Mannargudi Exp. and 12968 Jaipur-Mysore Exp would travel on this section till June 21. 19713 Jaipur-Secunderabad would go via this route on June 20, 21976 Jaipur-Mysore Exp on June 22 and 24, 21970 Jaipur-Coimbatore on June 23, 11204 Jaipur-Nagpur on June 19.

Cancelled Trains: Train No. 59385 Indore-Chhindwara's today run was cancelled, 08244 Bhagat Ki Kothi-Bilaspur, 028246 Bikaner-Bilaspur Exp, 18474 Jodhpur-Puri and would not arrive in Nagpur on June 20, 12924 Nagpur-Indore would not run from June 19 to 22, 21914 Nagpur-Indore on June 22, 12159 Amravati-Jabalpur from June 17 till 19 and 12160 Jabalpur-Amravati from June 17 to 19.

However, atleast two days would be required before normalcy is restored on the North-South sector through Nagpur on Indian Railways. Although train services are being routed under emergency arrangements, for full fledged RRI cabin to be in place atleast two days would be required. Apart from installation, the commissioning and testing is a tedious process as scores of cables and assorted accessories which are minute. The worst thing is monsoon is vigorous which means undertaking outdoor work would be quite a challenge for signalling staff.

Also, in aftermath of another disruption Railways is left calculating the losses due to termination of trains and cancellation of journey by scores of passengers owing to disruption in train services. More than that the goods trains through Itarsi has been completely halted which is more than Railways could handle.

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Ex-PWD Secy Marathe moves High Court against ACB action

Former Secretary of Public Works Department (PWD) Devdutta Govindrao Marathe named by Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) in connection with Maharashtra Sadan scam and alleged favours shown to Chimankar... Read More
Former Secretary of Public Works Department (PWD) Devdutta Govindrao Marathe named by Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) in connection with Maharashtra Sadan scam and alleged favours shown to Chimankar builders, has knocked the doors of the High Court challenging the First Information Report (FIR) filed against him by the ACB.

Marathe has joined State Home Department, Director General of ACB, Investigating Officers ACP Narendra Talegaonkar as party respondents. The FIR was filed by ACB last week at Worli police station naming then PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal and 16 others including his son Pankaj, nephew Sameer and high-profile public servants including Arun Deodhar then Superintending Engineer, M H Shah then Chief Engineer, Devdutta Marathe the then Secretary of PWD, Deepak Deshpande then PWD Secretary, Bipin Sankhe then Chief Architect with PWD and Anil Gaikwad, then Executive Engineer of the PWD for aiding and abetting the crime by actively conspiring with builder to cause loss to state exchequer.

Bhujbal has been charged with providing undue benefits to Chamankar builders by giving transferable development rights (TDRs) worth thousands of crores to him, who in exchange were to construct a few government buildings including Maharashtra Sadan and RTO building and hand them over free of cost. Bhujbal and officials have been charged with misleading the Cabinet sub-committee on Infrastructure Development by slashing the profit figures while in reality Chamankar builders made a killing out of this deal and the bribe amount was laundered through companies owned by Bhujbal and his close aides. The ACB has slapped sections 406, 420, 409, 465, 468, 471, 120(B) against public servants by which they have been charged with cheating, forgery, criminal breach of trust, criminal conspiracy and causing loss to public excehqeur and providing undue benefits to private developers by tweaking norms. The Bhujbal family members and close aides have also been booked under Prevention of Corruption Act and charged with accepting monetary benefits on behalf of Bhujbal, who was Minister at the relevant period.

The petitioner has strongly disputed contentions of ACB FIR and his alleged role mentioned in it. The ACB team has already conducted searches at his residence and other places, but yet to open bank locker. The petition was listed before a division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice P N Deshmukh and after a very brief hearing, has been posted for hearing on Thursday. Senior Counsel R B Pendharkar appearing for the petitioner claimed that personal liberty of his client is in peril and his fundamental rights are being violated.

According to petitioner, he has been unnecessarily implicated in the FIR related to Maharashtra Sadan and there is no evidence against him. As a public servant and Secretary of PWD he discharged his official duties as per rule and his unblemish career has now been questioned by ACB without any cogent material, he claimed while challenging the ACB action against him.

Public Prosecutor Bharati Dangre and Additional PP Shishir Ukey sought time to respond and seek instructions. Now the matter will be heard on Thursday.

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Man held with country-made bomb

In an intensive campaign against anti-social elements, Gorakhpur police succeeded in apprehending an anti-social element and seized a country-made bomb from him near Anurag medical store in Hathi... Read More
In an intensive campaign against anti-social elements, Gorakhpur police succeeded in apprehending an anti-social element and seized a country-made bomb from him near Anurag medical store in Hathital area. The accused has been identified as Sushant Petre (30), a resident of Hathital area. According to police, during a special drive against anti-social elements and listed criminals, police received information about a suspected man sight in the area. Acting promptly on the information, a police team reached the spot and detained the suspected man when he was standing near Anurag medial store in Hathital area. In his search, police recovered a country-made bomb from the accused. Police have registered a case against the accused under Section 5 of Explosive Act while further investigations are underway to ascertain the reason for possessing the explosive.

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Man rapes 11-yr-old step daughter

In an inhuman act, a man raped his 11-year-old step daughter at a house situated at Ghansu Ka Bada in Motinala area under the jurisdiction of Gohalpur police station.

The accused has been id... Read More
In an inhuman act, a man raped his 11-year-old step daughter at a house situated at Ghansu Ka Bada in Motinala area under the jurisdiction of Gohalpur police station.

The accused has been identified as Manoj Barman alias Gudda, a resident of Ghansu Ka Bada, Motinala area.

Taking a serious note into the case, Gohalpur police have registered a case under Section 376 of the IPC and started a search for the accused who is still at large since the incident was reported.

According to Gohalpur police, a woman along with her 11-year- old daughter arrived and lodged a complaint that she was married in year 2003 and has a daughter but separated form her husband in year 2006. Thereafter, she married with Gudda in year 2006 and started living with him along with two-years daughter. Since last nine years, she is living with Gudda and has a son from him. Some days back, she went outside the house when Gudda took advantage of loneliness and rapped his step daughter. Next day, daughter complaint about the act of Gudda when her mother expressed her disappointment but Gudda threatened to kill her daughter. She managed to reach at police station and lodged a complaint against her husband. Police have registered a case against the accused and started a rigorous search for him while further investigations are underway.

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D-MET Scam: Petitioner demands CBI probe under monitoring of MPHC

In the issue of D-MET scam, former MLA Parash Saklecha filed petition before the Madhya Pradesh High Court seeking directions from the court directing respondent authority to conduct CBI inqu... Read More
In the issue of D-MET scam, former MLA Parash Saklecha filed petition before the Madhya Pradesh High Court seeking directions from the court directing respondent authority to conduct CBI inquiry and High Court should be monitor the CBI inquiry.

The petitioner alleged in the petition that during 2004 to till date, various private Medical Colleges in the State are involved in corrupt practices in giving admissions to the students through using a forge selection system for the students in different Private colleges. The petitioner questioning the investigation process adopted by the Special Task Force for the DMET contended that the STF is not seriously investigation in this regard and hence petitioner demanded to give the investigation to the CBI under the monitoring of the MPHC. The Petition was filed through Petitioner Counsel senior Advocate Adarshmuni Trivedi.

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Notices issued to officials for non-compliance of court’s orderin in noise pollution case

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Vandana Kasrekar on Wednesday, has issued notices in the contempt petition to the Anthony J C de ... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Vandana Kasrekar on Wednesday, has issued notices in the contempt petition to the Anthony J C de Sa, the Chief Secretary, State of Madhya Pradesh, B P Singh, Principal Secretary, Department of Home, Surendra Sinh, Director General of Police, Bhopal, Malay Shrivastava, Principal Secretary, Department of Environment, Bhopal in the matter of non compliance of court’s order dated on January 6, 2015 in the Public Interest Litigation.

The court had given direction in PIL that the respondents to strictly comply Noise Pollution Rules 2000 and not to allow any religious Pandal (tent) on road. Grievance of the Petitioner Rajendra Kumar Verma who is senior citizen resident of Kotwali, Jabalpur that in last six months aforesaid orders were disregarded and no action was taken by the state agencies.

In the entire State including Jabalpur huge noise pollution is going on in the name of religion or religious activities, DJ Orchestras played in the marriage gardens procession of Barat and other functions too. Shaheed Smarak, Dhani Ki Kutiya and Gopal Sadan are only a few names. Traffic are jammed due to stage erected on the road in the name of religious gathering like Bhandara by the Hindu and Muslim communities during functions. Entire traffic was jams, loud speakers used and police instead of taking stern actions try to avoid such situation either in political pressure or because of negligence.

Court order was that when any situation occurs police immediately remove such pandal from road seizure of such music systems should be done by police and to register FIR against culprits.

Petitioner right to sleep in the night and peaceful life is the fundamental right guaranteed under Constitution Of India. Petitioner citing Supreme Court order that says in various matter that God is not deaf and any religious book like Ramayan, Quran or Bible never prescribes offering prayers or worship through loudspeaker is required.

Petitioner also complains that five times in the day from early morning to late night AJAAN given by mosques are causing huge noise pollution in the vicinity and new born kids pregnant women and senior citizens are suffering because of this act and respondents are not performing their duty hence this contempt petition. Advocate Satish Kumar Verma appeared on behalf of the petitioner.

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Man involved in illegal trade of liquor arrested

Ranjhi police apprehended a man involved in illegal trade of liquor and seized 296 quarters of foreign liquor from his house, on Wednesday. The accused has been identified as Shankar Sen (32), ... Read More
Ranjhi police apprehended a man involved in illegal trade of liquor and seized 296 quarters of foreign liquor from his house, on Wednesday. The accused has been identified as Shankar Sen (32), a resident of Karondi gram area in Ranjhi. SHO of Ranjhi police station, Anil Singh Mourya informed that under the direction of Superintendent of Police, Dr. Ashis, police started an intensive campaign against illegal trade and transportation of liquor. Continuing the campaign, police received information about a suspected man involved in illegal trade of liquor. Acting promptly on the information, a police team started search and conducted surprise inspection at residence of suspected man. In the inspection, police team seized illegal stock of a total of 296 quarters of foreign liquor in Karondi gram area. Police have apprehended the accused and registered a case against the accused under section 34(2) of the Excise Act while further investigations are underway.

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Supporters hail Vijayvargiya’s appointment as BJP National General Secretary

BJP’s National President Amit Shah appointed Urban Administration Department Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya as party’s National General Secretary on Wednesday. No sooner did this news came i... Read More
BJP’s National President Amit Shah appointed Urban Administration Department Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya as party’s National General Secretary on Wednesday. No sooner did this news came in media, supporters of Kailash Vijayvargiya burst into joy and celebrated occasion by distributing sweets and danced on the beats of the drums. After getting important post in party’s national body, now Kailash Vijayvargiya has become the national leader. Many ministers and several stalwart leaders of State have congratulated Kailash Vijayvargiya for getting the coveted post in national organisation of party and thanked Amit Shah for showing faith in Kailash Vijayvargiya and including him in his team. Minister Narottam Mishra, Minister Lal Singh Arya, BJP State President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan, BJP State Organisation General Secretary Arvind Menon etc have congratulated Kailash Vjayvargiya for becoming party’s National General Secretary.

Nandkumar Singh Chouhan and Arvind Menon said party’s central leadership has increased the pride of Madhya Pradesh by picking Kailash Vijayvargiya as National General Secretary.

When BJP had won the Assembly election of Haryana in the guidance of Kailash Vijayvargiya, it was being said that Vijayvargiya could be soon included in the team of Amit Shah. But due to unknown reasons, the appointment was delayed. But now, wait of Kailash Vijayvargiya to rise to national level has ended.

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Manager of Reliance booked for forgery of Rs 59.69 lakh in sale of recharge vouchers

Lordganj police have registered a case against Manager and another employee of Reliance Mobile Company for forgery of Rs 59.69 lakh in sale of recharge vouchers, on Wednesday.

The accused ... Read More
Lordganj police have registered a case against Manager and another employee of Reliance Mobile Company for forgery of Rs 59.69 lakh in sale of recharge vouchers, on Wednesday.

The accused have been identified as Kapil Yadav, a resident of Wright Town area and posted as Manager of Reliance Mobile Company and his assistant Arvind Jain.

SHO of Lordganj police station, Sushil Chouhan informed that Vijay Kumar Padhi, State Head of Reliance Mobile Company, Indore lodged a written complaint with Jabalpur Crime Branch that his company Manager, Kapil Yadav with the help of his subordinating employee Arvind Jain grabbed collection of Rs 59.69 lakh from sale of pre paid mobile recharge vouchers but did not transferred the amount in company’s account since August 15, 2014. When the accused were contacted they took time from senior company officers for collection of amount and assured for depositing the same in company’s account. Even after passing out of long time, accused failed in depositing the collection of money amounting to Rs. 59.69 lakh.

Taking action into the case, police registered a case against the accused Kapil Yadav and Arvind Jain under section 420 of the IPC and started search for them while further investigations are underway.

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HC seeks reply of authorities on July 7

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi has asked to the respondent authorities of State and Central Government to fil... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi has asked to the respondent authorities of State and Central Government to file reply on July 7, 2015 in the matter related to irregularities in the distribution of students scholarship in Private Engineering Colleges of the State.

Thereafter, the division bench has listed to the matter for hearing on July 8, 2015.

The division bench has heard the petition filed by Praveen Kumar Dahayat seeking relief before the court to direct to the respondent governments to conduct CBI or Special Committee Inquiry in case related to complaints of irregularities of distribution of students’ scholarships in private engineering colleges of the State.

It may be recalled that the division bench on April 13, 2015, had directed to the petitioner to implead before the Economic Offence Wing as a party and the division bench further directed to the Swapnil Ganguly, Government Advocate seek instructions and file reply before the court.

Earlier, on December 10, 2014, the division bench had issued notices to the respondent authorities and said respondents should indicate to this court as to what action is taken in the matter of irregularities pointed out by the petitioner with regard to distribution of the scholarship in question and as the prima-facie case pointing out irregularities seems to be made out from the petition, as to why investigation in the matter be not handed to a competent authority to be decided by this court after hearing the respondents. The division bench further directed to the State Government to ensure that all the documents and data available with regard to distribution of the scholarship in the official web site and other sites are maintained during the pendency of the matter.

Advocate Nishant Jain appeared on behalf of the petitioner, while Deputy Advocate General, Samdarshi Tiwari for the State, Sandeep Kumar Shukla, counsel appears on behalf of J K Jain, Assistant Solicitor General for CBI.

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Submit report regarding any order passed by SC in Bharat Ratna Awardees matter: MPHC

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court (MPHC) presided by Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar on Wednesday, has directed to the counsel for the Union of India to submit report regarding ‘an... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court (MPHC) presided by Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar on Wednesday, has directed to the counsel for the Union of India to submit report regarding ‘any order passed by the Supreme Court of India in connection of any Bharat Ratna Awardees who was involved in branding of any products in commercial advertising. Thereafter, the division bench has listed to the matter for hearing on June 23, 2015.

It may be recalled that the public interest litigation filed by V K Naswa seeks cancelation of Bharat Ratan by the Government of India conferred upon Living Legend of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar for not giving due respect to the prestigious award. The petitioner V K Naswa stated in PIL that Sachin Tendulkar should have with same speed and intensity, (with which government of India conferred ‘BHARAT RATNA’ on him) should cancel all his existing commercial advertising contracts promoting various products, brands, services in which he was posed along with Bharat Ratna.

In the petition the petitioner prayed relief before the court to pass an order on respondent central government, to recall government order dated on November 16, 2013 that conferred ‘Bharat Ratna’ award on Sachin Tendulkar, and cancel (with immediate effect) such an award in his name, for his acts of omission and commission mentioned in this petition.

Alternatively the respondent Sachin Tendulkar may be advised to surrender ‘Bharat Ratna’ to Central Government, as he has lost moral authority to retain coveted award.

The petitioner prayed interim relief before the court to pass directions on respondents central government as well as Sachin Tendulkar as below, that respondent central government may form a committee of legal experts, and recommend suitable mechanism by way of an executive order, so that professional (ethical and moral) don’t’s are prescribed and made binding on all such legends of civilian (including ‘Bharat Ratna’ Awards), in their day to day public life.

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36 trains diverted due to fire at Itarsi station

Over 130 passenger and freight trains of Bhopal-Jabalpur divisions of West Central Railway (WCR) were affected after signalling system collapsed following a fire in Route Relaying Interlocking (R... Read More
Over 130 passenger and freight trains of Bhopal-Jabalpur divisions of West Central Railway (WCR) were affected after signalling system collapsed following a fire in Route Relaying Interlocking (RRI) cabin of Itarsi station. A large number of passengers remained stranded due to cancellation of trains, diversion of routes of trains at various stations between Katni-Jablapur-Itarsi route. For cancellation of trains on June 17 and for coming days, additional counters have been opened at different stations to ensure cancellation of reservations on time and refund to the passengers. Since morning passengers were seen waiting at platforms and were inquiring about trains. Several passengers also cancelled their journey due to regular schedule of above 36 trains passing through Jabalpur Railway Station got disturbed. Traffic on Jabalpur-Itarsi route has been put on hold due to technical fault in signal and transmission system. Around 36 trains cancelled or diverted temporarily on different routes issued by West Central Railway Zonal Headquarters are as follows:

1. Train number 22112 Nagpur Bhusawal Express diverted through Dularia-JUhajarpur. 2. Train Number 51187 Bhusawal-Katni Passenger terminated at Khandwa station. From Khandwa station the train would be operated between Khandwa-Bhusawal stations numbered 51188.

3.Train Number 12486, Shri Ganga Nagar Huzur Sahib Nanded Express have been put on diverted route via Nishatpura-Ujjain.

4. Train Number 12183 Firojpur Cantt. Mumbai CST Punjab Mail would not run on its schedule route but would run on alternate diversion via NIshatpura-Ujjain. 5. Train Number 59385 Indore Chhindwara Pachweli Express has been cancelled from Indore on June 17, 2015.

6. Train Number 12188 Jabalpour-Habeebgunj Intercity has been cancelled from Jabalpur on June 17.

7. Train Number 12577 Darbhanga-Maisur Baghmati Express diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Shahdol-Uslapur-Durg-Nagpur.

8. Train Number 12296 Patna Banglore Sangmitra Express has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Shahdol-Uslapur-Durg-Nagpur.

9. Train Number 12150 Patna Pune Express has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Shahdol-Usalapur-Durg-Nagpur-Bhusawal.

10. Train Number 22014 Faizabad Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Beena-Nishatpur-Ujjain-Ratlam-Vasai road.

11. Train Number 22132 Mudwadeeha-Pune Express has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Shahdol-Usalapur-Durg-Nagpur-Bhusawal.

12. Train Number 13201 Patna Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Beena-Nishatpura-Ujjain-Ratlam-Vasai Road.

13. Train Number 12321 Howraha-CSTM Mumbai Mumbai Mail has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Beena-Nishatpura-Ujjain-Ratlam-Vasai Road.

14. Train Number 1218 Varanasi – Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Beena-Nishatpura-Ujjain-Ratlam-Vasai Road.

15. Train Number 11094 Varanasi - CSTM Mumbai Mumbai Express train has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Beena-Nishatpura-Ujjain-Ratlam-Vasai Road.

16. Train Number 15018 Gorakhpur – Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express Train has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Beena-Nishatpura-Ujjain-Ratlam-Vasai Road.

17. Train Number 12142 Rajendar Nagar - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express Train has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Beena-Nishatpura-Ujjain-Ratlam-Vasai Road.

18. Train Number 11056 Gorakhpur - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express Train has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Beena-Nishatpura-Ujjain-Ratlam-Vasai Road.

19. Train Number 15648 Guwahati - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express Train has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Beena-Nishatpura-Ujjain-Ratlam-Vasai Road.

20. Train Number 12062 Jabalpur – Habeebgunj Jansatabadi Express Train has been terminated at Piparia Station.

21. Train Number 11272 Bhopal – Itarsi Vindhyanchal Express Train has been terminated at Suhagpur station.

22. Train Number 11464 Jabalpur - Somnath Express Train has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Beena-Bhopal.

23. Train Number 12924 Nagpur - Indore Express train starting on June 17 has been cancelled.

24. Train Number 12598 CSTM – Gorakhpur Express train starting on June 17 has been cancelled.

25. Train Number 12159 Amrawati-Jabalprr train starting on June 17 has been cancelled.

26. Train Number 18234 Bilaspur Indore Narmada Express train starting on June 17 has been cancelled.

27. Train Number 12107 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus – Lucknow train starting on June 17 has been cancelled.

28. Train Number 11472 Jabalpur-Indore Overnight Express Train starting on June 17 has been cancelled.

29. Train Number 12153 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus – Habeebgunj Express train starting on June 18 has been cancelled.

30. Train Number 12161 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus – Agra Express train starting on June 19 has been cancelled.

31. Train Number 12596 Nagpur Indore Express train starting on June 17 has been cancelled.

32. Train Number 11071 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus –Varanasi Kamayani Express has been diverted from its schedule route via Jalgaon-Nagda-Nishatpura-Beena.

33. Train Number 12791 Sikandarbad Patna Express has been diverted from its schedule route via Chandrapur-Gondia-Bilaspur-Katni-Katni.

34. Train Number 12617 Ernakulam – Nizamudeen Express has been diverted from its schedule route via Vasai Road-Badodara-Nagda-Kota-Mathura.

35. Train Number 16863 starting on June 18 the Kothi-Munnargudi Express Train has been diverted from its schedule route via Nagda-Vadodara-Surat-Jalgaon-Bhusawal-Ballarshah.

36. Train Number 11204 Jaipur-Nagpur Express train to start on June 19 has been diverted from its schedule route via Nagda-Vadodara-Bhusawal-Ballarshah.

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No uniformity in age for admissions to KG, Class I

In spite of so many campaigns as well as initiatives taken by different Non Government Organisations (NGOs), no step has been taken by the school education department to implement uniform age... Read More
In spite of so many campaigns as well as initiatives taken by different Non Government Organisations (NGOs), no step has been taken by the school education department to implement uniform age of children for admission in nursery as well as Class I.

Because of no provision regarding uniform age of children in admission, most of the private schools including bigger ones too allowed children below the age of 3 years to take admission in nursery classes while children below the age of 6 years take admission in class I. Because of it most of the minor children are forced to study underage and face lots of difficulties especially in a psychological manner. It may be mentioned here that this year both Maharashtra as well as Gujarat passed a government resolution and fixed the minimum age for admission to nursery at three years and six years for class I from the current academic session 2015-16.

Earlier, in previous academic session 2014-15 too, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Delhi and Rajasthan have also implemented this resolution successfully. In fact West Bengal as well as Odisha and Assam are following this resolution since 2007.

Thus Chhattisgarh now remains one of the few states in the nation where resolution of uniform age of children in admission has not been passed or implemented so far and giving a tough time to the children.

Gautam Banerjee, Chairman of RTE (Right to Education) Forum, NGO works for children and school education said that section 14 (1) of RTE 2009 clearly states that no admission would be given to children below the 3 years of age in nursery classes. It also requires students to be 6 year old for class I.

Because of no provision and law regarding age in state, still most of the private schools flout rules and give admission to the children of underage in nursery as well as class I. These kinds of activities affect the brain of child because it is not ready to accept such big things and study those things as well as materials which are beyond of their age, he added.

As per the order of Supreme Court of India in 2010, it is mandatory for all states to implement uniform age of children for admission in classes. So that in the name of high donations and capitation fees, management of private schools do not give admission to the children below the age of 3 years in nursery classes and below 6 years in class I.

Dr P K Shrivastava, School Educationist stated that now with the efforts of some NGOs, many government aided schools are not allowing children below the age of 6 years to take admission in class I. But in case of private schools, it is the role of state government to take some strong and immediate action so that it will be stopped and no schools should do such steps in the coming years.

However, many parents are also opposed of the uniform age as in the current era most of the couples are working professionals and hence schools is the best medium of their children’s safety and keep them relief from all tensions as well as stresses.

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rigorous imprisonment, fine for woman naxal

A woman naxal, who was involved in the naxal activities regarding boycotting the Lok Sabha Election-2014, has been punished by a Sessions Court in Rajnandgaon district. The court found this acc... Read More
A woman naxal, who was involved in the naxal activities regarding boycotting the Lok Sabha Election-2014, has been punished by a Sessions Court in Rajnandgaon district. The court found this accused woman Naxal, identified as Tarabai alias Urmila, 19 years, guilty under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Arms Act and Explosive Substances Act. The convict resided at Sahpal that falls in the limits of Madanwada police station, Rajnandgaon.

Finding the accused woman Naxal guilty under Section 148 of IPC, which reads rioting, armed with deadly weapon, the court of the 1st Additional Sessions Judge, Alok Kumar, sentenced one year and six months rigorous imprisonment on the accused woman naxal. Finding her guilty under Section 307/149 of IPC, which read attempt to murder and every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object respectively, the court sentenced five years rigorous imprisonment and also imposed fine Rs 1,000 one her.

The court found the accused woman naxal guilty under two different provisions of the Arms Act also. The court sentenced five years rigorous imprisonment and fine Rs 1,000 under one and seven years rigorous imprisonment and fine Rs 1,000 under the other provision.

The court found the accused guilty under a relevant provision of the Explosives Act also and sentenced five years rigorous imprisonment and fine Rs 1000. The court further ordered that in case of default to clear the fines, the convict will have to undergo additional terms of rigorous imprisonments.

Earlier, according to Additional Public Prosecutor Rakesh Kumar Mishra, information was received on March 28, 2014 that in the hills of Bukmarka village, under the leadership of Maoist Mohla LOS Commander Chintu Tekam alias Sanjay 10 to 15 armed and uniformed Naxals were staying. A meeting was being held for boycotting the Lok Sabha election. As a police team reached on the spot, armed naxals and some people began indiscriminate firing. Police party also fired in retaliation. The naxals managed to flee by taking the advantage of forest and hills. During searching, tiffin bomb and pamphlets regarding call to boycott the election were found. It was on May 31 the women naxal was arrested.

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18,000 NCC cadets to show skills on Yoga Day

National Cadet Corps (NCC), the premier youth organisation of the nation is preparing to organise the largest ever demonstration of Yoga by an uniformed organisation on a single day concurrentl... Read More
National Cadet Corps (NCC), the premier youth organisation of the nation is preparing to organise the largest ever demonstration of Yoga by an uniformed organisation on a single day concurrently at multiple venues all across Chhattisgarh.

This will be a part of the biggest Yoga demonstration where over 10 lakh NCC cadets will be performing various Yoga postures simultaneously at approximately 2000 locations across the country on the occasion of International Yoga Day on June 21. In Chhattisgarh, NCC will achieve this feat through participation of approximately 18,000 cadets simultaneously at about 128 locations across the state. Informing about the preparations for the Yoga demonstration on the occasion of International Yoga Day by NCC cadets, Brigadier I J S Chauhan, SM, Group Commander, National Cadet Corps, Chhattisgarh, informed that National Cadet Corps in Chhattisgarh have raised 14 Battalions comprising of 17,494 cadets. NCC is preparing to organise the largest ever Yoga demonstration by a uniformed organisation on a single day concurrently at multiple venues all across Chhattisgarh, he added. Brigadier Chauhan said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the NCC cadets during the PM’s NCC Rally at New Delhi on January 28, 2015 had exhorted the NCC to participate in Yoga on International Day of Yoga and create world record. The NCC was encouraged by this and through a coordinated effort aims to achieve this feat.

Accordingly, since last four months, NCC trained its cadets in yoga over a period of 15 days each at nearly 2,700 venues across India, where approximately 1,800 instructors were deployed for the same. In Chhattisgarh, 19 trainers had been deployed in all units spread across Chhattisgarh under NCC Group Head Quarter Raipur, who accomplished the training process of NCC cadets in cooperation with various NGOs and social organisations, informed Brigadier Chauhan. NCC has been at the forefront of ‘Nation Building’ by grooming the youth into disciplined citizens. It has been conducting social awareness and community development programmes and adventure activities aimed at all round development of its cadets. This unique record on the ‘International Day of Yoga’ will add another feather to the cap of this largest uniformed youth organization in the world.

Answering a query, Brigadier Chauhan said there is a huge difference between Yoga and exercise. While exercises helps in building stamina, strength and endurance, the Yoga is known to develop mental peace, remove stress and strain, cures several ailments, etc.

It is worth mentioning here that the UN General Assembly had in December last year adopted an India-led resolution, supported by over 175 UN member- states, declaring June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’, recognizing that “Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being”. The day will be observed in over 251 cities in 191 countries across the world and the Indian missions and diplomatic posts have made arrangements for the celebrations.

CM inaugurates Yoga training camp

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh inaugurated the Yoga training camp held at Chhattisgarh Assembly annex on Wednesday. Apart from Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, the camp was participated by Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal, all Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries and Bharatiya Janata Party Legislators. Also present were Chhattisgarh Assembly Principal Secretary Devendra Verma, senior Assembly officials and employees. However, Congress Legislators including Congress Legislative Party Leader T S Singhdeo and CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel were conspicuous by their absence from the camp.

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh while reacting on the absence of Congress Legislators said it seems not a single Congress Legislator is interested in yoga or exercise. On a query about Congress opposing the same, the Chief Minister said today Yoga is being followed by whole world but it is unfortunate that some people are more inclined towards politicizing the issue. Those who do not want to keep their conscience clean and maintain healthy lifestyle, are opposing the Yoga. So far as missing of Congress Legislators are concerned, it seems they are tired after the two day AICC Vice President visit hence are taking rest.

It is worth mentioning here that the UN General Assembly had in December last year adopted an India-led resolution, supported by over 175 UN member- states, declaring June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’, recognizing that “Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being”. The day will be observed in over 251 cities in 191 countries across the world and the Indian missions and diplomatic posts have made arrangements for the celebrations. The Yoga camp at Chhattisgarh Assembly was also organized on Wednesday in this context.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said Yoga is among India’s thousands of years traditions. Yoga has made the country proud and it is necessary to keep our mind and body healthy. Yoga keeps stress and strains away from our life. He said Yoga is so much beneficial that it should be practiced ceremoniously in every household everyday. The one day Yoga demonstration is a part of drive to generate awareness of people towards Yoga.

Speaking on the occasion Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal said Yoga is a part of healthy life. In order to keep a health body it is necessary to practice Yoga everyday and it should be made a habit.

The training at Chhattisgarh Assembly was conducted by Yoga instructors from Patanjali Yoga Peeth, Raipur. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ajay Chandrakar delivered the welcome speech while Principal Secretary Devendra Verma proposed the vote of thanks.

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RTO arrested, produced before tribunal

Regional Transport Officer (RTO) H L Nayak was arrested on Wednesday by Khamtarai police and produced before the Presiding Officer of the 8th Additional Motor Accident Claims Tribunal, Vijay Kuma... Read More
Regional Transport Officer (RTO) H L Nayak was arrested on Wednesday by Khamtarai police and produced before the Presiding Officer of the 8th Additional Motor Accident Claims Tribunal, Vijay Kumar Jolhe, who is also the 8th Additional Sessions Judge.

It may be mentioned that earlier an order for issuance of arrest warrant was given against RTO, Raipur, HL Nayak by the tribunal, informed Advocate NK Thakur. After an accident, the victim filed claim and it was the driver and owner of the truck as well as insurance company became parties in the matter. The insurance company found that the relevant license was a bogus one and RTO code of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, was mentioned in it. The tribunal had summoned Nayak for verification of records of license along with relevant documents, but he did not appear despite repeated summons and reminders. It was in the last month the tribunal ordered for issuance of the arrest warrant against Nayak through Superintendent of Police, Raipur, informed Advocate Thakur.

Khamtarai police arrested the RTO and after he was produced he filed apology before the tribunal. The RTO maintained that owing to the official duties related to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in the state he could not appear before the tribunal on a date in the last month.

It’s a matter of fake license and the records, which the RTO brought with him and produced before the tribunal, were not maintained properly. Six pages were torn and there was no entry regarding issuance of license to the concerned driver. RTO, Kanpur has already confirmed in the matter that the license was a fake one, Advocate Thakur informed, adding that hearing of the matter is in progress.

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Magarlod youth prepares SSC aspirants free of cost

In a noble gesture, a youth from Magarlod village of Dhamtari district has decided to return to the society what he had taken from.

Tumchand Sahu, who has been selected for the post of In... Read More
In a noble gesture, a youth from Magarlod village of Dhamtari district has decided to return to the society what he had taken from.

Tumchand Sahu, who has been selected for the post of Income Tax Inspector after cracking the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) Examination 2013, has expressed his desire for coaching and mentoring the students and educated youths for SSC examination in Raipur, free of cost. But the biggest hurdle before the Sahu’s sacred mission is the availability of infrastructure.

Sahu, who has already trained 70 students in Dhamtari, has reached Raipur to fulfill his dream of preparing at least 100 students of Chhattisgarh who can clear SSC examination.

Talking to mediapersons at Raipur Press Club on Wednesday, Sahu said he is searching for a hall in Raipur so that he can start his coaching. “I have nearly one and a half month in my hands and I think this is sufficient to pass on my knowledge and experience to aspirants who can carry forward the same for the betterment of the future generation,” said Sahu.

Sahu further added that the coaching will be free of cost. “I myself struggled a lot in my life to reach here after my father, who was a farmer died in 1990. He also mentioned the name of Yuvraj Jaspal Sir, who at present is in Canada, for his help. Therefore I know the problems of students coming from poor families,” said Sahu. “I will approach schools and colleges requesting them for some space where I can run my classes. I am hopeful, I will get some help,” added Sahu who completed his Bachelor degree from RITEE in Biology had also stayed in Delhi for over a month for making his English perfect for the SSC. The interested SSC aspirants can contact on mobile no.9009055446.

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Over 200 trees to be sacrificed for construction of four-lane road

OVER two hundred trees along Forest Avenue in Bhilai would be chopped for construction of four-lane road. The four-lane road would be constructed from Fouwara Chowk, Risali, Bhilai to Dalli Rajha... Read More
OVER two hundred trees along Forest Avenue in Bhilai would be chopped for construction of four-lane road. The four-lane road would be constructed from Fouwara Chowk, Risali, Bhilai to Dalli Rajhara railway crossing.

According to information cutting of over two hundred trees would soon be undertaken for conversion of Forest Avenue in to four-lane. In the first phase, the four-lane would be constructed from Dalli Rajhara railway crossing to Fouwara Chowk, Risali, Bhilai. While, in the second phase the four-lane construction would be undertaken from Fouwara Chowk, Risali, to Main Gate of BSP.

After completion of the road broadening work, Bhilaians would be facilitated with about 19 meters 40 centimeters broad forest avenue with divider with width of 20 to 40 centimeters and also 2.5 meters’ shoulders at each side of the four-lane. But, the facility of four-lane road in the city would be at the cost of cutting down of the precious trees along the avenue, providing green cover. However, while reiterating commitment of environment conservation, BSP authorities asserted that they had planned the construction of four-lane in the location with cutting of minimum possible trees. As part of construction of four-lane, the central marking at the Forest Avenue and tree marking were already undertaken in the location. And, after cutting of trees falling in the limits of four-lane road, the construction work at Forest Avenue would be undertaken.

Public Relation Department, BSP authorities informed that the saplings would be planted two times more than the trees marked for chopping in the location. Beside, the trees absolutely necessary are being marked for cutting. About seventy to eighty trees (not notified) would be cut down. The divider at the road may not be constructed and widening of road was finalized keeping in view the traffic pressure on this road and the increasing number of accidents.

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Constable killed, friend injured in road mishap

A POLICE Constable was killed while his friend injured seriously after a state transport bus hit their motorcycle near Pipla Dak Bangla in Khaperkheda area on Tuesday afternoon. The deceased, Con... Read More
A POLICE Constable was killed while his friend injured seriously after a state transport bus hit their motorcycle near Pipla Dak Bangla in Khaperkheda area on Tuesday afternoon. The deceased, Constable Mohan Rewashankar Thakur (37) was a resident of Police Line, Takli. Constable Thakur was attached to Yashodhara Nagar Police Station. His friend Chainsingh Rajput, who suffered serious injuries, was rushed to Mayo Hospital. Constable Thakur and his friend Rajput had gone to Jamsawli, district (MP) to offer prayers at Hanuman Temple. Around 1.30 pm, Constable Thakur and Rajput were returning to the city on a Hero Passion Pro (MH-40/A-4856). Constable Thakur was riding the mobike. A MSRTC bus (MH-40/8962) heading towards Saoner from Kamptee took a sharp turn on the four-lane highway from the service road and hit Constable Thakur killing him on the spot and injuring pillion rider Rajput seriously. Cops rushed Rajput to Mayo Hospital. They also sent Constable Thakur’s body to the same hospital for post-mortem. Constable Thakur is survived by his parents, wife, a daughter and a large number of relatives and friends to mourn the loss. Khaperkheda Police arrested bus driver Prakash Choudhary (39), a resident of Babulkheda, by registering an offence under relevants sections of the IPC against him.

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Left rules out alliance with Janata Parivar

Left Parties will not form electoral alliance with regional parties including Janata Parivar due to their wrong liberal economic policies during ensuing elections, said Subhashini Ali, a polit... Read More
Left Parties will not form electoral alliance with regional parties including Janata Parivar due to their wrong liberal economic policies during ensuing elections, said Subhashini Ali, a polit bureau member of Communist Party of India (CPM) while interacting with mediapersons on Tuesday.

Nagpur Union of Working Journalist (NUWJ) had organised a meet the press programme with Ali. She said that we had formed an alliance with regional parties on the issue of opposing communal forces but these parties followed economic policies of Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This has adversely affected the programme of left parties, she lamented. Instead of joining Janata Parivar in Bihar election, we will form a group of all left parties to contest coming election in Bihar and other states, she informed.

Recently, the party had reviewed the pros and cons of the last general election and progress of party during last 25 years. She admitted several mistakes done by the party and said, we have to concentrate on agitation for the demands of common man. We have to intensify struggle against the wrong policies of the Central Government, she opined. We will have to rectify our mistakes and make way for future. We failed to reach public with our policies and programmes, she admitted.

Ali while advocating unity of left parties in the coming assembly election rejected any merger of left parties in future. She said, “We do not believe in short-lived marriage. The time of merger is yet to come.” She also demanded reforms in election process.

Accusing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government at the center for taking U-turn from poll promises, she said, Modi led Government has misled people. They are not taking any steps for providing jobs, reducing inflation, protection to women. The Central Government has drastically reduced the budgetery allocation of women welfare, health and education sector.

‘Declassify all documents about Netaji’s death’

Ali is daughter of Colonel Prem Sehgal and Captain Lakshmi Sehgal, who were part of the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose led Indian National Army, said, Central Government should disclose all the papers related to the death of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. She said, her parents told her that Netaji died in an air crash in Japan and they were convinced with the death of Netaji. Colonel Habib-Ur- Rehman was the only person who survived in the plane crash, later he shifted to Pakistan.

She said that there were rumuors regarding survival of Netaji. About reported surveillance of Netaji’s family, she said, Home Ministry is keeping a watch on every person, who is in public life. The Government is trying to destroy the image of Nehruji, she alleged.

No trained yoga teachers in schools Subhashini Ali opposed International Yoga Day celebration in a big way in the country. She said, we do not have any trained yoga teachers in the schools, why Central Government is pressurising students to participate in this event. It is not everyone’s cup of tea as it requires special training to do yogasana. Ali, who is also president of the All India Democratic Women’s Association, said Government should give legal rights to maid servant working in the houses. Maharashtra Government had enacted a law for the welfare of maid servant but it was not implemented forcefully, she added. Trust President Pradip Maitra welcomed her while Treasurer Joseph Rao proposed vote of thanks.

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Adv Rohit Deo is Associate Advocate General of Mah

Noted lawyer Adv Rohit Baban Deo has been appointed as the Associate Advocate General of Maharashtra. The appointment was cleared by the State Cabinet on Tuesday morning. Earlier Advocate Gener... Read More
Noted lawyer Adv Rohit Baban Deo has been appointed as the Associate Advocate General of Maharashtra. The appointment was cleared by the State Cabinet on Tuesday morning. Earlier Advocate General Sunil Manohar was holding additional charge of Associate Advocate General as well and after his resignation on June 11, the post was lying vacant. Adv Deo is presently working as Assistant Solicitor General of India for the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court.

Adv Deo is considered as extremely close to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and has worked closely with him during the historic legal battle over Nandlal committee report. As Associate Advocate General, Adv Deo is expected to represent the State Government in all important and sensitive matters and particularly in Nagpur bench and will be a key legal officer to advise and defend Fadnavis Government.

His appointment as Associate AG has been warmly welcomed by the legal fraternity.

Even during earlier BJP-Sena alliance Government, Adv Bal Apte was appointed as Associate Advocate General while during DF regime Adv P Janardanam and later Adv Ashutosh Kumbhakoni held similar position to ease the burden of Advocate General. After Sunil Manohar’s resignation was accepted on June 11, Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh has been named as officiating Advocate General and is likely to be confirmed as regular Advocate General. According to sources, the Chief Minister wanted to have an effective team of eminent law officers at all the benches of High Court and keeping this in mind Adv Deo has been appointed. Known for calm and composed nature, excellent drafting skills and impressive courtcraft, Adv Deo has appeared in thousands of cases during his 29-year long chequered career. He passed the law degree with flying colours and joined the profession in 1986. He worked under the guidance of eminent lawyer and senior counsel Subodh Dharmadhikari and later started his independent practice in 1990. When BJP ruled NMC was suprseded by Congress-NCP led Democratic Front Government, Adv Rohit Deo along with Devendra Fadnavis build such a formidable case against decision of the Government that High Court had quashed the decision and dubbed it as “a farce and not even an empty formality.” He has been empanelled as ‘A’ panel counsel of State of Maharashtra and appeared as special counsel for RTMNU. He has also conducted several session trials and criminal appeals.

At present Adv Deo will continue to shoulder both the responsibilities- as Associate Advocate General and as principal law officer of Union of India before the High Court to represent Union of India and various departments before the High Court and also to advise the Central Government departments about legal difficulties faced by them.

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Thieves burgle 17 lakh from shop in Itwari

IN yet another sensational theft in Tehsil Police Station area, a gang of thieves burgled Rs 17 lakh cash from Raut Imitation Jewellery & General Stores at Bohra Masjid Lane, Building No 702, Itw... Read More
IN yet another sensational theft in Tehsil Police Station area, a gang of thieves burgled Rs 17 lakh cash from Raut Imitation Jewellery & General Stores at Bohra Masjid Lane, Building No 702, Itwari on Monday night. Even after more than 24 hours of the incident, cops are groping in dark about the gang involved in the incident that shook the traders’ community in the area.

The shop is owned by Prashant Devidas Raut (41), a resident of Plot No 1563/10, Vaishali Nagar, in front of Sindhu Bhavan. Around 10.30 pm on Monday, he closed his shop and went home. After 11.30 pm, a gang of burglars struck at the shop. The gang members climbed the stairs and went to the fourth floor. They gained entry into the shop after bending the door. The intruders broke open the locker of the shop and took away the cash. Around 10.30 am on Tuesday, Raut came to open the shop. As soon as he entered the shop, he was shocked to find the locker open and cash stolen. Staff from Tehsil Police Station led by senior Inspector S V Khandekar rushed to the spot on being informed by Raut. Crime Branch officers also arrived to assist their Tehsil counterparts in the probe. Senior officials, including Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone III) Abhinash Kumar also visited the spot to supervise the probe. Fingerprint experts were summoned. Cops recorded the statements of some persons in this connection.

A large crowd of traders and other businessmen gathered in front of the shop as the news about the theft spread like jungle fire in Itwari and Gandhibag.

Prima facie, a senior police officer said, it may be a well-planned theft and possibility of an insider cannot be ruled out. However, he said, police was investigating the incident from all possible angles. He informed that Tehsil Police registered a case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC following Raut’s complaint. “Police are questioning some suspicious persons and a few criminals in this connection”, he added.343

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HC irked over tardy pace of probe in irregular allotment of ULC lands

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has slammed the State Government and particularly Urban Development Department and high-power committee which made very little progress in probing irregular al... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has slammed the State Government and particularly Urban Development Department and high-power committee which made very little progress in probing irregular allotment of surplus land under Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) to influential persons. Irked over the tardy progress made during last one year, the High Court warned to summon Principal Secretary of Urban Development Department, if proper reply is not filed by the respondent authorities.

A specially constituted division bench consisting of Justice P B Varale and Justice Z A Haq while hearing petition filed by former MLA Sunil Shinde against allotment of ULC land to politically influential persons in violation of all norms, expressed surprise about total lack of communication for last one year from respondent authorities. The High Court on August 11, 2014 had directed the District Collector to take decision in the matter within three months after hearing the parties. Most of the affected parties claimed that their allotment was cancelled or action taken without hearing them. However, till date, nothing has been brought on the record as to what steps are taken by the Collector, the High Court stated while seeking a proper affidavit filed by the Collector before June 18. Else the Collector shall remain present before this Court on the next date (June 26), the High Court directed making its tough stance clear.

It was also brought to the notice of the High Court that a high-power committee was constituted to take decision in the matter within two months from August 25, 2014. Now, the High Court has sought steps taken pursuant to this judgement by June 23, else thssse Principal Secretary of UDD shall remain present, the High Court stated.

This special division bench has been constituted to finally hear the petition filed by former MLA Sunil Shinde alleging massive irregularities in allotment of surplus lands declared under the Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) Act.

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Ignoring Govt rates, Fire Department charges three to six times more fees

This is simply unbelievable ! The Fire and Emergency Services Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is charging 227 per cent to 600 per cent more than the fee structure decided by the ... Read More
This is simply unbelievable ! The Fire and Emergency Services Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is charging 227 per cent to 600 per cent more than the fee structure decided by the Maharashtra Government in the corporation areas, where population exceeds 10 lakhs but does not exceed 25 lakhs. This illegality was going on right in the second capital of Maharashtra and surprisingly, most builders, developers and institutions meekly submitted before fire authorities by shelling out this exorbitant rates instead of contesting.

It may be mentioned that Fire Department has been collecting fire protection funds illegally from builders, developers and house owners since 2011. Tejinder Singh Renu, Secretary of Vidarbha Tax Payers Association (VTA) challenged this practice before Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court and also questioned unjustified fee hike by the fire department.

As per State Government fees structure, the fees prescribed under “The Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act, 2006,” is Rs 3 per sq mts for residential building while NMC is charging Rs 8 per sq mts. The minimum fees for lodging or rooming houses upto 15 rooms and height of building upto 15 mts, is Rs 22,000 but NMC is charging minimum Rs 50,000 that is 227 per cent more than Government’s fees. The apartment house fees for upto 45 meter height structure is Rs 10 per sq mt but NMC is charging Rs 48 per sq mt. In this case it is whopping 600 per cent more than the Government approved fees.

The fire fee of educational building as per State Government’s rate is Rs 3 per sq mt (for G+1building), Rs 5 per sq mt (G+2 building), and Rs 7 per sq mt for 15 mts and above building but not exceeding 30 mts height. However, the local body is charging Rs 8, Rs 12 and Rs 16 per sq mt respectively. Same is in the case of institutional building, and mercantile building. The fire department is also charging excess amount for industrial building from last three and half years.

It may be mentioned that the local body has been collecting this funds for last three and half years without any permission of the State Government. Now, the Fire and Emergency Services Department is trying to regualrise the complete issue with retrospective effect. The Fire Department has submitted a proposal before the general body to regularise illegalities with retrospective effect that would be discussed in the meeting slated on June 20 at 11 am. Surprisingly, instead of rectifying the mistake done by the Department, the local body is trying to regularise illegal fees hike with retrospective effect.

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NMC’s monsoon preparations go down the drain after few spells

A big bang start to monsoon season has created problem of plenty for citizens in the city. Municipal administration it seems got caught on wrong foot as after every spell of rains every square vi... Read More
A big bang start to monsoon season has created problem of plenty for citizens in the city. Municipal administration it seems got caught on wrong foot as after every spell of rains every square virtually resembles a mini lake. For people, it is always dicey navigating through such 'water pools' on the city roads, either one sprays other passers-by on the road or risk hitting someone ahead in case of misjudgment. In either case, the situation is tailor made for a noisy street fight or poor walkers, they simply have to swallow the insult and move on, cursing the motorist.

Such pitiable scenes in city belie tall claims on part of administration about conducting a drive for pre-monsoon works to ensure there is no water logging or choking of drains during monsoon time. This year particularly the problem of water logging appears more intense as not a single island in city appears without its fair share of stagnant water. While some low lying squares were notorious owing to wrong engineering, this year the problems is reported throughout entire city, indicating severe fault in monsoon preparedness on part of civic authorities.

After every other spell, the woes of citizens multiply as water simply remains stagnant on squares making it difficult to negotiate. Visit to most of the spots revealed that most of the drains are choked and many of them were stuffed with articles that impeded the water flow. Thus quality of pre-monsoon work done by municipal workers is a matter of investigation. Lakhs of rupees spent on ensuring zero water logging on roads during monsoon seems wasted as necessary cleaning works were not undertaken with sincerity.

Earlier, some low lying squares like Jhansi Rani Square, Munje Square, Cotton Market underbridge were known for water logging, but this year the problem is more acute as stagnant water is seen in all parts of city. Even Coffee House Square near the residence of Chief Minister is not without its share of problem as the slope of road is titled towards Dharampeth end and water does not flow into the drain nearby. The problem got accentuated due to faulty layout of drains that simply are not inter connected and hence even after slight water flow they starts to overflow. As to drains by roadside many of them are filled with filth, mud and simply not cleaned since ages.

Lightning kills 11-year-old girl

AN ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD girl was killed after lightning struck the ground near Indian Gymkhana in Dhantoli area on Tuesday. The deceased Payal Madhukar Maraskolhe (11) was a resident of Takia Basti. A student of Sule Girls’ School, Payal was playing in the ground. As it started raining heavily, she took shelter near a make-shift shed under a tree. Suddenly, lightning struck the area killing Payal on the spot. Parents of the victim rushed to the spot as news about Payal’s death spread like a wild fire in Takia. Residents too gathered at thes spot. Soon after receiving the information, staff from Dhantoli Police arrived and sent Payal’s body to Government Medical College & Hospital for autopsy. Cops registered an accidental death case. Further investigations are under way.

The South West monsoon started off on a sound note and on Tuesday the city within one hour recorded about 36.8 mm of rainfall. The intensity of rains today was quite severe and visibility was very poor, reduced to just few feets. For two wheelers riders, the problem was accentuated by thick sheet of rainfall falling and driving through water pools became quite dangerous. Even four wheeler drivers were quite cautious as wipers speed could not match the falling rain and for a long distance only whiteness appeared, indicating the intensity of rains.

Apart from the rains, the accompanying lighting was cause of scare in household across city. Such was the activity up in the skies that children were frightened to core. Although lighting is bit common during the monsoon, but the loud sounds were quite scary.

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Eco-friendly mini-bus in service of tourists at Tadoba soon

Now, Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) Office is introducing an eco-friendly 14-seater battery operated mini-bus for tourists to enjoy jungle safari. Since this vehicle is operated by battery... Read More
Now, Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) Office is introducing an eco-friendly 14-seater battery operated mini-bus for tourists to enjoy jungle safari. Since this vehicle is operated by battery it is noise and pollution free. It is expected that tourists could get a good view of wild animals because of no noise and pollution. Wild animals in the park, particularly deer, sambhar or wild boars start running away inside forest if they hear sound of a vehicle, though passing at a slow speed. Tourists in this mini-bus can enjoy sighting of wildlife possibly for a considerable time as there is no noise and pollution. When contacted, G P Garad, Chief Conservator of Forest and Field Director, TATR, Chandrapur, said on Sunday that a trial of this vehicle was taken from Moharli entry gate to know its performance at jungle turnings and ascents. This vehicle is being introduced on experimental basis. Such trials would be conducted and once it is found alright then the vehicle would be thrown open for visiting tourists shortly, he added. Reliable sources informed that the mini-bus “Kinetic Green” conducted a trial on Sunday evening, carrying A S Kalaskar, Deputy Director (Core), TATR, and nine other local persons. The Kinetic Company made mini-bus was driven by company’s driver assisted by helper. The driver would train a staff member of Forest Department so that he could independently drive this eco-friendly mini-bus. It may be mentioned here that this new facility by way of this noise-pollution free mini-bus is being introduced in the interest of tourists to this famous tiger reserve, ranking one of the ten prominent tiger reserves in the country, at the initiative of Sudhir Mungantiwar, Forest Minister, who is representative Chandrapur constituency. The sources pointed out that this vehicle could be used for patrolling by field staff members during off season. Meanwhile, three 22-seater open canter vehicles plus one 18-seater mini-bus are being operated from Moharli gate and one open canter vehicle is in service of the tourists from Kolara gate.

Rs 30 crore plan for eco-tourism, habitat improvement in Tadoba

The Office of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR), Chandrapur, has prepared a plan, involving Rs 30 crore for eco-tourism and habitat augmentation in the park, following instructions by Sudhir Mungantiwar, Forest Minister, during a review meeting held on Thursday in Chandrapur. Reliable sources informed that G P Garad, CCF and Field Director, TATR, is taking the proposal to Mumbai on Monday for discussion and approval in a meeting convened by Forest Minister. The proposal includes renovation of a tourist complex at Pangdi gate, construction of quarters for Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) and staff members and other facilities. The STPF jawans had occupied Pangdi tourist complex for the last two years and vacated it recently. The tourists had no accommodation facility at this complex during this period or at the nearby Jhari gate. In all, a dozen tourists vehicles are allowed daily to enter in the park from Pangdi and Jhari gates. Now, the upgradation of this complex would provide lodging/boarding facilities to tourists at Pangdi. Similarly, the plan for habitat augmentation includes water conservation works in habitat, quarters for forest guards in beats, meadow development in buffer areas, internal road works for strengthening patrolling and ultimately increasing protection level etc., sources said.

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Man murdered, relatives gherao police station

HINGNA police had tough time on Sunday after a mob of nearly 500, carrying body of a murdered person, gheraoed the police station to protest police failure in nabbing the murder accused. Hiral... Read More
HINGNA police had tough time on Sunday after a mob of nearly 500, carrying body of a murdered person, gheraoed the police station to protest police failure in nabbing the murder accused. Hiralal Girdharilal Musare (60), a resident of village Raipur, was stabbed to death by one Manoj Shivarkar (28) in a dispute over returning hand loan. The murder had occurred on Saturday afternoon when Manoj allegedly stabbed Musare with a knife. The incident had occurred in front of Kaikade Hotel and after the incident Manoj was absconding. Police had picked-up an associate of Manoj but later released him late in night. On Sunday, Musare’s funeral procession started, the family members learnt that police had not yet arrested Manoj. Hence angry at police stance, some hot heads in the funeral procession ‘hijacked’ and directed it towards police station. The people placed dead body of Musare in front of police station and demanded immediate arrest of Manoj whose father had advanced loan to deceased. Sensing the situation, Hingna police relayed SoS to Headquarters and additional reinforcements was sent from Nagpur. Local political leaders including Congress Party’s Baba Ashtankar, BJP leader Vitthal Kohad, President, Youth Congress, Shashikant Dhote intervened and cooled down the frayed tempers of Musare’s relatives. In the meantime acting swiftly two teams of Hingna police went out and traced accused Manoj Shivarkar. The arrest of Manoj finally averted any showdown and Musare was later cremated.

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Rs 1,150 cr crop loan disbursed in divn

NATIONALISED banks have disbursed around Rs 1,150 crore crop loan against the target of Rs 2,830 crore to the farmers’ in Nagpur division. The remaining loan amount will be disbursed by the end... Read More
NATIONALISED banks have disbursed around Rs 1,150 crore crop loan against the target of Rs 2,830 crore to the farmers’ in Nagpur division. The remaining loan amount will be disbursed by the end of June, claimed Dr Shailesh Kumar Sharma, Principal Secretary of Co-operative Department.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena led State Government is giving special attention towards loan distribution to the farmers’ in Nagpur and Amravati division. The State Government is trying to bring down the figure of farmers’ suicides in Vidarbha region.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is especially giving attention towards all the schemes related to the farmers.

Fadnavis had chaired the meeting at Mumbai last week and had instructed the officials and banks to expeditiously provide financial aid to farmers’ and meet the target. As a result, Co-operative Secretary Dr Sharma and Registrar of Co-operative Societies Chandrakant Dalvi reviewed the crop loan disbursal position in Nagpur division during Kharip season. Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, all the District Collectors, bank officials, agriculture and Co-operative Department officials were present during this important meeting.

Later, Sharma also interacted with mediapersons. Dr Sharma said, the farmers’ will not require any documents barring 7/12 abstract for obtaining loan upto Rs One lakh from the banks. The State Government has issued instructions to bank for releasing loan amount to the farmers’ without any delay. He expressed satisfaction over the crop loan distribution to the farmers’ in Nagpur division. The banks will organise credit camps for loan distribution to the farmers’ in every district. Chandrapur is leading in loan distribution with Rs 415 crore, followed by Nagpur with Rs 205 crore. In Wardha so far Rs 172 crore loan has been disbursed while in Gondia Rs 82 crore loan amount has been distributed whereas in Gadchiroli Rs 36 crore have been disbursed. Dr Sharma directed District Collectors, Lead Bank Manager and DDR to review crop loan distribution every week. The farmers’ having anewari less than 50 per cent can obtain loan as per their requirement. The farmers’ can avail new loan without paying old amount of loan, he added.

Dr Sharma added that the Government would extend all help to farmers’ for obtaining crop loan. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and NABARD have same guidelines for distribution of crop loan.

Sharma will visit Nagpur again to review the crop loan distribution performance of the Nagpur division. He will take bank-wise review of loan distribution. He sought information regarding loan distribution through moneylenders by November 30.

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City gives standing ovation to legendary playback singer Suman Kalyanpur

She is in her post 80 years, appears frail, age showing prominently on her fragile physique, yet when Suman Kalyanpur rendered couplets of some of her hit Marathi and Hindi songs, it left no doub... Read More
She is in her post 80 years, appears frail, age showing prominently on her fragile physique, yet when Suman Kalyanpur rendered couplets of some of her hit Marathi and Hindi songs, it left no doubt what so ever in one’s mind that this living singing legend, who achieved fame as playback singer, has blessings of the Lord, gifted with that mercurial voice that matches that of only Lata Mangeshkar, and still holds good, when others of her time have pulled shutters.

Suman Kalyanpur was given a standing ovation and felicitated at the hands of noted Homoeopath and Social Worker Dr Vilas Dangre and Maharashtra Minister for Social Justice Rajkumar Badole with a shawl and shrifal, a memento and citation besides a huge garland and a Tulsi sapling. Also present during the felicitation were Prof Sanjay Bhende, Pramod Pendke and Sachin Nakhate of Maitri Parivar, Mangala Khadilkar noted compere and author who helped Maitri Parivar in getting Suman Kalyanpur to Nagpur, Chef Vishnu Manohar and Sachin Dhomne of Sursangam. Suman Kalyanpur’s daughter Charul Agne was also present on the occasion along with Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar and NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane.

The programme ‘Suman Sugadh’ was organised at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande hall on Sunday, under the aegis of Maitri Parivar, to raise funds for charity. Many senior citizens of today have grown up listening to her songs on radio and later on cassettes. Suman Kalyanpur was a rage at one time. Some of the Marathi Abhangs, Bhavgeets and film songs, which she rendered briefly, brought nostalgia, as her voice showed that she still retained that old magic.

Mangala Khadilkar, who interviewed Kalyanpur, made the hesitant singer feel at home with some casual questions and coaxed the vocalist to open up confidently , willingly in answering questions put forth by Khadilkar, smiling and enjoying every moment.

Suman Kalyanpur spoke of her growing years, on how she used to listen to Gramophone records and learnt by heart all the songs of Noor Jehan, Suraiya, and others, couplets of which she rendered like “Akhiya Milake Chale Nahi Jana”, “Jawa Hai Mohabbat”, Suraya’s “Tere Naino Ne Chori Kiya”. Being Konkani, she learnt Marathi language and became fond of Manik Verma’s song “Kausalyecha Ram Bai”. She went down memory lane recalling how she came in contact with Keshavrao Bhole at Nrityaniketan where Keshavrao and another singer Jyotsna Bhole used to come. “It was Keshavrao who taught me how to fine tune and hold a tanpura, at the age of 13 years. He even got my song recorded a AIR,” stated Kalyanpur . She gave important tip of how she added muscle to her soft voice by standing atop a water tank and singing aloud. Kalyanpur rendered “Shabda Shabda Japuna Thev”, a song set to “Raga Marwa” and showed her prowess in which her daily Riyaz before Goddess Durga has helped her retain her quality of voice. She rendered pieces of other songs like “ Hey Nand lala Tera Man Hai Kala”, “Thehriye Hosh Mein Aa loo”, Aaaj Kal Tere Mere Pyar Ke Charche”, “Nana Karke Pyar Tumhe Se Kar Baithe” and others.

Asked about her taking sudden ‘Sanyas’ from Film music, Kalyanpur simply stated that there were some difficulties she faced that became unbearable and she decided to wind up her career. Kalyanpur has sung along with all the legendary singers and Music Directors from 60s to 90s. Earlier, the programme commenced with the lighting of the lamp at the hands of all the dignitaries including Pt Prabhakar Dhakde. Artists of Sursangam comprising Surabhi Dhomne, Dhanashree Deshpande and Mukul Pande rendered songs of Suman Kalyanpur with musical accompaniment by Mahendra Dhole, Parimal Joshi, Amar Shende, Arvind Upadhayay, Rugved Pande,Ujwala Gokarna, Vikram Joshi and Nandu Gohane. The Group also rendered Hindi songs after the interview.

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1,857 students prefer IIM-Nagpur

When Indian Institute of Management (IIM) was proposed at Nagpur, many experts were pessimistic about response from students community and whether it would receive sufficient preference ? But ... Read More
When Indian Institute of Management (IIM) was proposed at Nagpur, many experts were pessimistic about response from students community and whether it would receive sufficient preference ? But braving all pessimism, more than 1,850 students have preferred IIM at Nagpur which has intake of 60, which has sent a pleasant surprise to experts. Nagpur is one of the six new destinations of proposed IIM and dream project of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. These 1,857 students have already cleared CAT (Common Admission Test) and have secured the stipulated cut-off for the new IIM’s.

These students have sent out formal letters evincing interest in joining the new IIM-Nagpur, that is currently being mentored by IIM, Ahmedabad for a period of three years. A coordination office has been set up at the IIM-A campus and a three-member committee has been put in place for day to day running of IIM Nagpur, including initiating admissions for the flagship PGP program’s first batch (2015-17) which begins around mid-July. This huge response of the candidates was confirmed by Lt Col (Retd) Makarand Alur who has been appointed Project Administrator for IIM-N. According to Alur, the response is quite enthusiastic and beyond expectations. But, Alur said, he could not reveal further details. The institute would be housed in the VNIT campus till its permanent campus at Mouza Dahegaon in the non-SEZ area in MIHAN gets ready.

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Nagpur is the only IIM out of the proposed six new IIMs that has not only launched its website, but has also placed the admission offer list for the maiden PGP batch 2015-17.

Out of 1,35,000 who appeared for CAT 2014, over 7,000 students have made it through the cut off for various categories announced for the new IIM’s. By May 31, which was the last date of filling options this huge number of students opted IIM-N.

Joint Director of Technical Education G R Thakare who was the member of the committee that had inspected the land and then fixed the one in MIHAN expressed his happiness over so many students opting for Nagpur IIM. Thakare said, “The path was difficult and with the efforts and initiatives of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari we got IIM. Against this backdrop the development of the huge response by so many students is welcome.”

Recently IIM, Ahmedabad has hiked the fees by 11.5% and the tuition fees for Nagpur IIM is Rs 10 lakh. It is not known whether Nagpur too will increase the fees or not. Around 30 faculty from IIMA may be teaching at IIM-N during the first year.

Scholarships and Loan Assistance

The IIM-Nagpur website ‘www.iimnagpur.ac.in’ says that a number of banks will offer education loans to support your IIM Nagpur education on relaxed terms. These banks include Axis Bank, Canara Bank, Dena Bank, and State Bank of India at the moment. Students may have a chance to interact with representatives of some of these banks around the registration time. Some of the banks may open kiosks on campus around the registration time. IIM-N will provide copies of the loan leaflets of these bank for students’ reference once it is confirmed the admission offer. IIM Nagpur has made it clear that all loan arrangements are purely between the student and the awarding bank. IIM Nagpur does not associate itself with such arrangements. While many students raise the loan after joining the programme IIM-Nagpur would strongly encourage to finalize the loan arrangements soon after student receiving the admission offer. IIM Nagpur has shown willingness to facilitate a number of scholarships which are awarded by Government of India and various state governments.

Admission process

Each IIM shortlists candidates for second stage of selection which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). Performance in CAT 2014 examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may use previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short listing and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-off and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs.

IIM Nagpur has announced the admission status and the schedule for final admission result announcement for all the candidates. The first announcement of admission offer and subsequent waiting list at IIM Nagpur has been made available on June 6, 2015. There will be 3 more such announcements on June 16, June 22 and June 29, 2015.

The candidates who have been offered provisional admission at IIM Nagpur on June 6, 2015 will have to submit the hard copy of acceptance letter and demand draft for commitment fee so as to reach at IIM Nagpur by June 19, 2015. The candidates who have been selected will receive an e-mail containing a provisional admission offer and next steps to be followed. There won’t be any communication to the other candidates.

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Nothing ‘Right’ about Gosikhurd’s Right Bank Canal

Bigger the dream, bigger the disappointment. After spending thousands of crores and 27 years later after its bhoomipujan, Gosikhurd irrigation project remains a telling monument of injustice mete... Read More
Bigger the dream, bigger the disappointment. After spending thousands of crores and 27 years later after its bhoomipujan, Gosikhurd irrigation project remains a telling monument of injustice meted out to Vidarbha region and is a classic example of irregularities, siphoning of funds, corruption, twisting of norms and monumental inefficiency. Sub-standard work of Right Bank Canal which was perceived as a channel to create prosperity, sadly reminds about a massive scandal and how an unholy nexus of politically well-connected contractors and pliable engineers with the blessings of their shameless political masters indulged in a broad day-light robbery. The lone sufferer was farmer from rainfed region of Vidarbha. As a major chunk of the funds meant for creation of irrigation potential was siphoned of, backlog of the region was cleared only on paper and assets were never created to the desired extent. Ironically, the Vidarbha Irrigation Development Project (VIDC) officials who are in dock over all the wrong-doings of past two decades, have audacity to defend the indefensible and justify the sheer wastage of public money on creating dead-assets, shoddy canal walls which caved in within months.

Vidarbha Sinchan Shodh Yatra organised by Loknayak Bapuji Aney Smarak Samiti, Jan Manch, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Swadeshi Jagran Manch and Vidarbha Economic Development Council (VED) visited the Right Bank Canal of Gosikhurd dam on Sunday along with Katol MLA Dr Ashish Deshmukh.

Yatra members discovered to their astonishment, the dark side of machinery and tale of broken promises. The Right Bank Canal (RBC) which has shown the dream to farmers of 108 villages in Bhandara and Chandrapur districts to bring 39,409 hectares of land under irrigation, seems ‘hollow’ after actual visit to the site. Officials have claimed the work of RBC upto 99.53 kms has been completed, but in reality the canal is partially filled with water upto only first 25 kms. There are no sub canals, branch canals and distributaries providing water to the lands of farmers in this region. From 30 kms to 43 kms, the wall of RBC on one side has been built and surprisingly there is no wall on other side.

Apparently, the VIDC officials had no cogent explanation for absence of wall and not surprisingly, the bill for un-constructed wall was settled long back. The constructed wall came crumbling down due to heavy rains, claimed Executive Engineer S V Kale, taking members of Sinchan Shodh Yatra by surprise and raising a big question-mark over quality of work. Angry farmers slammed VIDC officials and charged them with misleading the Yatra members and cheating them. VIDC has failed to provide irrigation to farmers, there are lots of faults in design, layout, alleged farmers. Construction work of branch canal is abandoned forcing some farmers to take water from the main canal using their own pump sets.

Put in a tight spot, the engineers blamed the villagers and claimed that things are being blown out of proportion. They pleaded total innocence about the work and claimed that during regime, good quality of work was executed by them.

Anup Sangole, Sub Divisional Engineer said, “The project has got first sanction for Rs 372 crores on March 31, 1983. In first revised administrative sanction on July 3, 1999, the cost was increased to Rs 2,091 crore. The second revised administrative sanction was accorded on November 1, 2007 the cost was escalated to Rs 5,639 crore. According to administrative sanction by technical advisory committee of Central Water Commission, New Delhi on February 27, 2008 the cost was increased to Rs 7,778 crore. The project has been declared as ‘National Project’ on February 26, 2009 and proposal for third revised administrative sanction was sent for Rs 18,110.08 crore.” Adv Anil Kilor asked Sangole what has made VIDC to raise the cost in just four months from Rs 5,659 crore to Rs 7,778 crore?, Taken aback by this straight but tough question, the engineer preferred to keep mum. He merely claimed, there are many technical factors involved and lay persons will not be able to understand them.

In the last 32 years the cost has been raised from Rs 372 crores to 18,110 crores means 49 times hike in the cost in 32 years which comes to Rs 1.60 crore hike per day, Adv Kilor pointed out. Naturally, the astronomical rise in project cost brought allegations of corruption, exaggeration, and unholy nexus between contractors and officials who used Gosikhurd project as milching cow during last 25 years. Janmanch’s Pramod Pande mentioned that the construction of Bhakra Nangal Dam was completed in just 15 years by spending just Rs 245.28 crores, then why Gosikhurd which has just half the capacity of Bhakra Nangal Dam has not been completed in last 32 years? The concerned engineers said, ‘technical reasons’.

Sangole along with Assistant Engineer J.B Tiple gave a very impressive powerpoint presentation about the project. The project has 11 units. According to them, “The construction of main clay dam and spillway has been 100 percent completed. 70 per cent work of left bank canal (LBC) has been completed while that of right bank canal (RBC) has been completed upto 60 percent. Work of Ghodazari Branch canal is completed to 25 percent, that of Tekepar Lift Irrigation Project is 100 percent complete. The work of Ambhora lift irrigation project has been completed upto 90 percent and Mokhabardi Lift Irrigation Project has been completed upto 60 percent. Nerla lift irrigation project has been completed upto 65 percent, Asolamendha Renewal project is completed upto 30 percent, other lift irrigation project is completed upto 5 percent and Bhandara protection band has been completed upto 50 percent.”

Farmers of Savarla village slammed engineers for their alleged callous attitude. The water from main canal (RBC) is reaching upto 100 hectares only. The sub canals, branch canals and distributaries are only on paper, said Adv Govind Bhendarkar, convenor of Gosikhurd Prakalp Sangharsha Samiti. Harichandra Bhajipale, Bhagyavan Bhajipale, Chintakaman Katekhaye, Laxman Katekhaye, Dhanaji Kurzekar, Shyamdev Kurzekar, Keshav Jibhkate and many farmers have shown their lands and claimed due to faulty design, the water can not reach to their farms.

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Engg admission forms to be accepted till 18th

The submission of application of engineering will end on June 18. The state Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) released a detailed schedule for admissions into engineering courses on Frid... Read More
The submission of application of engineering will end on June 18. The state Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) released a detailed schedule for admissions into engineering courses on Friday on its website www.dte.org.in.

As per its records, the state has around 376 institutes offering engineering and technology courses with a total intake of over 1.57 lakh seats. As per schedule, the sale of application kits, the process of online filling and submission of forms for admissions to first year of these courses start on June 5 and will continue till June 18.

Those candidates who have secured the minimum 50% marks (45% in case of backward class categories and persons with disabilities belonging to Maharashtra state only) in class XII in physics, mathematics and Chemistry/biotechnology/biology/technical vocational added together and obtained positive composite score are eligible to apply. The ranking for admission is based on a composite score which is obtained after adding 50% of JEE (main) 2015 in paper-I percentile and 50% of class XII (board or equivalent examination) in physics, chemistry and mathematics marks percentile. If the score of candidate is not reaching 50 per cent combining Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics he or she can replace Mathematics by any bifocal subject like electronics to take the score to 50 per cent.

Over 850 new seats are added in the centralised admission process in State, around 1,300 seats have reduced.

The DTE conducts the three rounds of the Common Admission Process (CAP). Round 1 and round 2 is meant for all candidates who have filled the online option for the respective round while Round 3 is meant only for candidates from the state of Maharashtra.

A composite score is calculated wherein 50% of the weight is given to the candidate’s performance in the JEE (Main) - Paper 1 and the remaining 50% weight is given to the percentile secured by the candidate in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in his board exams. A merit list is then prepared on the basis of each candidate’s composite score.

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UK docs to train local vets for controlling stray dog population

UK Dogs trust-sponsored mission rabies with Vets for Animals, Animal Husbandry Department, and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to run a two week training course from June 15 to 26 at Distric... Read More
UK Dogs trust-sponsored mission rabies with Vets for Animals, Animal Husbandry Department, and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to run a two week training course from June 15 to 26 at District Veterinary Polyclinic, Maharajbaug for local vets to learn the key skills in humane dog population control to assist in the fight against rabies in Nagpur.

In September 2013, the mission rabies programme was launched with a mass canine vaccination drive across the city, as part of a wider campaign working in 14 locations across India.

The world’s most high-tech, all-terrain, self-sufficient mobile veterinary hospital vehicle - generously sponsored by Dogs Trust and designed and built in the UK is arrived in Nagpur to run veterinary surgical training programme from Monday surgical trainers from the Worldwide Veterinary Service International Training Centre in Ooty.

Dr. Kate Shervell, International Director of Mission Rabies, outlines the plan for Nagpur, “By training local vets in surgical sterilisation techniques, they can form the front-line in working to control the dog population, which makes canine rabies vaccination programmes more successful. Vets are in a unique position to be able to help control this terrible disease which affects both dogs and people a population of vaccinated, sterilised dogs in the best protection for the local community against rabies.” The project involves GPS mapping of every dog vaccinated and sterilised, using smartphone technology, so that the programme can be monitored and scientifically evaluated. The campaign is being led by WVS India and India Project for Animals and Nature, Ooty, as well as other Indian NGOs under the banner of the Animal Welfare Board of India.

The project launched in September 2013, vaccinating over 61,000 dogs across 14 locations in India within 28 days. Since then the mission rabies teams based around the country have vaccinated over 1,00,000 dogs, as well as training 47 Indian vets in surgical animal birth control techniques.

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State Government to implement SC directions to curb ragging

Considering the rising incidents of ragging resulting in developing mental illness in students, Maharashtra Government has decided to implement the judgement by Supreme Court to curb ragging. G... Read More
Considering the rising incidents of ragging resulting in developing mental illness in students, Maharashtra Government has decided to implement the judgement by Supreme Court to curb ragging. Government has observed that students suffer academic loss due to ragging and incidents like suicide can take place. Government will be issuing circulars to Director, Joint Director, Vice-Chancellors of all universities, Registrar, School Education department, Medical Education department, agriculture education department.

Through circular Government has given certain guidelines and asked the concerned authorities to follow the same scrupulously. According to the directions, the punishment should be severe for the persons who are involved in ragging so that offenders should not dare again to do it. In case of ragging, if the victim or institute head feel that the action is dissatisfactory then FIR should be lodged with the police. Even if the parents of the victim lodge FIR, the institutes should separately lodge FIR. Student who had involved in ragging earlier would not get admission and this should be mentioned in the prospectus. The prospectus should also made it clear, in case the admission is given to such student and if he or she gets involved in ragging then he or she would be expelled from the institution.

Government in its circular has also pointed out that it would be the responsibility of institution to curb ragging. Government can inspect whether the institute has taken steps to curb ragging or not. If Government finds some loophole then the grant can be refused to that institue. Institutions are supposed to constitute committees, squad which would check whether recommendations made as per Supreme Court directions or not. If it is found that the implementations are not being made then committees will have to brought it to the notice of Supreme Court. After completion of admissions, the institution heads will conduct meeting of old and new students and inform them the directions of ragging. They also inform students about the punishment. Institutions should make separate arrangements of old and new students in different buildings, says circular.-

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State Govt directed to pay 6th wage revision arrears to MJP employees by 30th

After receipt of information from the Government Pleader that after approval from the State Cabinet, the Chief Minister has cleared payment of 6th Wage Revision arrears to the tune of Rs 250 cr... Read More
After receipt of information from the Government Pleader that after approval from the State Cabinet, the Chief Minister has cleared payment of 6th Wage Revision arrears to the tune of Rs 250 crore in next 3 weeks, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain at the High Court have, during the hearing of the writ petition filed by Rajaram Vitthalkar and 28 other Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP) employees, directed the completion of the payment of arrears by June 30 next and consideration of the compliance report by the Court on July 3 next.

Earlier, on April 28 last, the Court’s division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice S B Shukre perused the Court’s orders of January 6, 2015 and February 3, 2015. They were informed by the Government counsel that the Chief Secretary had found it appropriate to deduct an amount of Rs 200 crore from grants payable to the corporation/municipal council and Rs 50 crore from grants payable to the Zilla Parishad and to appropriate that towards claim of these petitioners. Petitioners’ counsel Advocate Prakash Meghe and MJP counsel D M Kakani have stated that the Court has given specific directions for compliance within stipulated period and hence the State Government may complete the procedural formalities at its leisure, but the orders of court needs to be complied within the given time. Considering the nature of grievance and its implication, the Court had directed the State Government to complete the formalities within 6 weeks from April 28, 2015. These lawyers stated before the Court that one department of the State Government cannot complain or make a grievance that other departments are not co-operating in the matter. It was stated by the State counsel that the huge amounts are still outstanding and recoverable from various civic bodies and other local bodies. The Government has also suggested recovery at threshold before releasing grants to these authorities. The total amount payable to the employees like the petitioners is roughly about Rs 250 crore, the respondent have completed the works and have to recover Rs 2,200 crore from various bodies. Thus huge chunk of revenue is blocked in the process and causing inconvenience to these employees.

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ACB freezes Devdutt Marathe’s bank accounts, seals locker

AFTER conducting searches at the Shivaji Nagar residence of ex-Secretary of Public Works Department (PWD) Devdutt Gangadhar Marathe, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officers have frozen his bank a... Read More
AFTER conducting searches at the Shivaji Nagar residence of ex-Secretary of Public Works Department (PWD) Devdutt Gangadhar Marathe, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officers have frozen his bank accounts and sealed his locker.

Marathe’s lawyer son stays in his house at Shivaji Nagar while he owns another house in Mumbai. A team of Mumbai-based bureau officers, investigating the large scale corruption in New Delhi Maharashtra Sadan scam and alleged involvement of ex-PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, his son Pankaj, nephew Samir, and 14 others including Marathe, is expected to arrive in the city shortly.

The Mumbai-based bureau officers with the assistance of their Nagpur counterparts had already started assessing the wealth amassed by Marathe, including his movable and immovable assets, in the city, Mumbai and other places. Bhujbal along with 16 others were booked for their alleged involvement in corruption in awarding of some contracts, including the one for construction of New Maharashtra Sadan in the National Capital.

A high-ranking PWD official, Marathe is a native of Nagpur. He had also worked as Chief Engineer in the city.

Marathe, who was considered to be a close aide of Bhujbal when the latter was PWD minister in the Congress-NCP Government. While working as Secretary, Marathe allegedly played an important role in formulating the proposal by which Chamankar Enterprises was awarded the contract of New Maharashtra Sadan.

The contract was awarded to Chamankar Enterprises flouting the legal procedure and in lieu, the firms and trusts controlled by Bhujbal and his family members had received huge kickbacks.

The ACB probe revealed that a huge amount of money was transferred from the partners of Chamankar Associates to firms directly or indirectly controlled either by Bhujbal or his family members after the contract was granted. Bhujbal and officials have been charged with misleading the Cabinet Sub-committee on Infrastructure Development. The ACB investigation found that Chamankar Enterprises was awarded the contract for construction of New Maharashtra Sadan without inviting tenders.

After registering a case under the relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act against Bhujbal and others, Anti-Corruption Bureau the other day registered fresh offence of cheating, forgery, criminal breach of trust, criminal conspiracy and causing loss to public exchequer and providing undue benefits to private businessmen flouting norms under Sections 406, 420, 409, 465, 468, 471, 120(B) against public servants.

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MH-CET results likely to be declared again on June 15

WITH Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) accepting the recommendations of Dr Lahane Committee regarding the disputed question asked in Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MH-CET) c... Read More
WITH Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) accepting the recommendations of Dr Lahane Committee regarding the disputed question asked in Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MH-CET) conducted for the admissions to health sciences courses, now, the results of the same are likely to be declared again on June 15. Earlier, the results were declared on June 5.

Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) had declared the result on June 5. Some of the students approached court regarding the confusion over question number 178. The question was “Plasma cells are derived from.” Initially the answer key posted on the website by the DMER had said that the right answer was ‘option c, memory B-cells.’ Later, claiming there was an error, it said that the answer was ‘option b, helper T-cells.’ The committee headed by Dr T P Lahane, Dean of J J Medical College was constituted to find the solution.

Dr Lahane talking to ‘The Hitavada’ from Mumbai pointed out, “Four options were given that include ‘Memory B Cells’, ‘helper T cell’ ‘helper toxic cell’ and ‘none of the above’. The actual answer was ‘B-lymphocyte cells.’ But this answer was not among the four options. Though the options of ‘Memory B Cells’ and ‘Helper T cell’ were not completely right, they are near to the right answer. So we have recommended that one mark should be allotted to the students who have written either of both options.”

A division bench of Justice Anoop Mohta and Justice V L Achliya asked DMER to make efforts to post the merit list online as per the schedule. The merit list is now expected to be announced on June 15, 2015. This came after the DMER and the competent authority agreed to accept the recommendations of Dr Lahane Committee.

Over 1.89 lakh students appeared for MH-CET and around 37,800 passed. They are competing for 2,500 MBBS and BDS seats in government colleges.The court rapped examination authorities for this turmoil and asked DMER to conduct enquiry in the whole matter.

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His war against social evils is an inspiration for many

Those who call themselves educated and elite should learn a lesson from what was done by a motivated worker in a small village Tiwsala in Ghatanji tahasil of Yavatmal district.

The laws pe... Read More
Those who call themselves educated and elite should learn a lesson from what was done by a motivated worker in a small village Tiwsala in Ghatanji tahasil of Yavatmal district.

The laws pertaining against demanding and offering dowry might have been framed several decades ago. Female foeticide might have been considered a sin by the society. Even law providing stern action has failed to curb these social ills, in the name of tradition or for showing off the money power.

Prof Ramesh Rathod, coming from a Banjara family has been striving to generate awareness and motivating people to get rid of the social-ills which are being followed in the name of culture.

From protecting girl child to refusing gifts or dowry, using flowers instead of rice grains to welcome newly-married couple, Prof Rathod has been propagating ‘Service’ (Sewalal) as the only God, instead of performing religious rituals during any ceremony.

On Kabir Jayanti, June 2, Prof Rathod took initiative in organising a marriage, without dowry or gift of any form. The bridegroom and his parents felicitated bride’s parents by offering shawl and floral bouquet and accepted ‘parenthood’ of the bride.

This was probably one of the rarest occasion when bride’s parents were honoured by the groom’s parents and other relatives.

In the invitation itself the appeal for ‘No Gift’ was made. The bride and the groom were motivated to refuse the gifts, even if someone offers. Prof Rathod, firmly believes that the root cause of female foeticide is Dowry System, prevailing in the society.

The burden of dowry makes parents to kill girl child and the issue has gained alarming proportion. The venue of the marriage had a big banner with slogan of saving girl child, oppose dowry, which is the basic mission of Prof Rathod. He has been working on this mission through his social organisation.

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‘Mah Govt should sanction 300 addl beds to Daga Hospital’

Maharashtra Government should sanction construction of a building for additional 300 beds in Daga Memorial Government Women Hospital. This was resolved in a meeting of visiting board of Daga Ho... Read More
Maharashtra Government should sanction construction of a building for additional 300 beds in Daga Memorial Government Women Hospital. This was resolved in a meeting of visiting board of Daga Hospital recently.

North Nagpur MLA Dr Milind Mane presided over the meeting of visiting board of hospital. The Central Government has sanctioned funds for additional 100 beds in this hospital. The process of sanctioning building plan is going on while State Government has also assured to provide funds for 100 bedded building. Dr Mane assured the board to take up the issue with Health Department and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

This is an old hospital of Central Nagpur taking care of pregnant women and their children. Daily 800 women and 500 children are coming in the hospital for check-up. The number of patients is increasing daily in this hospital. The visiting board discussed man power, water problem, construction of additional facilities like toilets for gents, and others. Shahnaz Bazi suggested free vaccination to children in the hospital. Deputy Director (H) Sanjay Jaiswal assured board members regarding vaccination to infants.

Dr Mane will personally look after water supply from Orange City Water (OCW) for the hospital. He also suggested to use well water for other purposes then drinking. He said, the water level of Gandhibag area is better as comparison to other areas of the city, and hospital can use water of well for non-drinking purposes. He suggested to check the water quality from NEERI so that it can be used for drinking purpose too.

He assured to get funds from District Planning Committee (DPC) for construction of toilets for gents in the hospital premises.

The board members visited various wards to see the facilities provided by the hospital. They all expressed satisfaction over the facilities. Dr. R S Farooki, Superintendent of the hospital, Manish Soni, Rashid Ismail Sheikh, Rekha Nimje, Anandrao Thaore, Dr. Anil Kanojia, Lala Quereshi, Dr. Rajkumar Sahu, Dr. Vinita Jain, Dr. Sulbha Mul were present in the meeting. Dr Madhuri Thorat proposed vote of thanks.

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CM to address Collectors’ meet at Pune on 15th

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will address District Collectors’ conference on June 15. The conference to be held to discuss framing pro-public policies of the new Government will be held a... Read More
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will address District Collectors’ conference on June 15. The conference to be held to discuss framing pro-public policies of the new Government will be held at Yashda, Pune, informed Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse. Khadse said, the conference will decide the future planning of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)- Shiv Sena led Government in State.

District Collectors play important role between State Government and common man. Divisional Commissioner, District Collector, Revenue Department officials, Tehsildar, Nayab Tehsildar and Talathi are working expeditiously for welfare of the state.

These officials are also responsible for maintaining law and order situation.

The conference will also discuss how to solve problems being faced by the Revenue machinery while implementing welfare schemes, Khadse said. Revenue related problems will be solved at local level so that the people will not have to visit Mantralaya for their works, he added.

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Kins to get post-mortem report on same day, death certificate next day

FORENSIC Medicine Department of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) is set to install a new software to cut down the tedious process of delivery of post-mortem reports. After install... Read More
FORENSIC Medicine Department of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) is set to install a new software to cut down the tedious process of delivery of post-mortem reports. After installation of the software the department will become the first in India to hand over post-mortem reports on the same day to the deceased’s relatives. District Collector Sachin Kurvey has granted funds of Rs 14 lakh to the department through District Planning Committee. Utilising this fund the department is bringing a software that would speed up many processes with a click of the mouse. The department conducts 15-20 post-mortems daily, reports of which are delivered after 4-5 days. Sometimes it takes a week’s time to hand over the report to the deceased’s relatives. “We will load post-mortem report, model PM report, Viscera form A and B, Hystopathology form, death certificate form number 4, 8. These are the basic things but victim’s relatives have to suffer because of non-availability of these forms. The licensed software will be developed and become functional within 90 days. We will have eight computers in department all will be connected through LAN,” Dr Makrand Vyawahare, Head, Department of Forensic Medicine, told ‘The Hitavada’. “This software will change the face not only of the department but also of GMCH and Nagpur. We will provide PM report on the same day to the victim’s relatives,” Dr Vyawahare added. The department would also send death certificate to Nagpur Municipal Corporation the same day which the corporation can deliver immediately if it develops its own machinery.

“We will send detailed death certificate to Municipal Corporation via email. Now it is upto them how to operate. If they too could act faster then the relatives would get the certificate the very next day,” he said. The new software will also resolve various issues related to criminal cases. These cases also get delayed due to want of PM report.

“The software will help us give proper reports of poisoning cases, homicide, injuries, sexual assault victim and accused also. It will also help in creating a data of vehicular injuries, head injuries which would enable the department to provide past details to authorities whenever needed,” Dr Vyawahare elaborated.

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Heavy rains lash city; monsoon yet to set in

The Rain God made loud announcement sounding arrival of monsoon, in next few days in the city. The pre-monsoon thundershowers on late Saturday afternoon brought relief to the Nagpurians from hot ... Read More
The Rain God made loud announcement sounding arrival of monsoon, in next few days in the city. The pre-monsoon thundershowers on late Saturday afternoon brought relief to the Nagpurians from hot and humid climate, which was irritating them for the last couple of days. The rains and thundershowers are likely to continue for the next four days, the meteorological department has forecast.

Although the city did not experience any untoward incident many low lying areas of the city witnessed water-logging on the roads for some time. The rains caught the citizens unawares but many were happy and welcomed the first heavy showers of the season. Today being second Saturday, which is holiday for many government offices and the schools have not opened, the first heavy rains were enjoyed by all. Those returning from the office, got a relief as the rains had stopped by then. Children were seen enjoying the showers.

Some others took out football to add to the joy.

Water-logging on roads at Shankar Nagar Square, Ramdaspeth, Panchsheel Square, Narendra Nagar, Great Naag Road, near Baidyanath Chowk and other spots caused inconvenience to the commuters for a while. Apart from water-logging, some areas also faced power cuts causing little inconvenience to those who were indoors.

Nagpur Centre of Indian Meteorological Department has stated that rains and thundershowers will occur in entire Vidarbha region. The sky will be mainly cloudy. However, any warning of heavy or very heavy rains has not been issued. The maximum and minimum temperature would be around 35 degree Celsius and 24 degree Celsius respectively. The south-west monsoon has further advanced into some parts of Arabian Sea, South Gujarat, most parts of Central Maharashtra, Konkan and some parts of Vidarbha, south Chhatisgarh, south Odisha and Karnataka. The off shore trough at mean sea level from north Maharashtra to Kerala coast persists, the Meteorological Department has stated in it weather report.

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Four youths kidnap minor boy, loot cash from him, upload his clips on web

GITTIKHADAN Police booked four youths for allegedly looting cash from a minor boy after kidnapping him in a car and uploading his nude video clipping on a social networking site on Thursday eve... Read More
GITTIKHADAN Police booked four youths for allegedly looting cash from a minor boy after kidnapping him in a car and uploading his nude video clipping on a social networking site on Thursday evening.

A resident of Chhaoni, Sadar, the 17-year-old victim Vikrant (name changed) told police that he had gone to an eatery near Telangkhedi Lake to meet his friends on Thursday evening. Near the lake, Vijay Rai alias Ulhas Rai and three of his accomplices, all residents of Ramdaspeth, caught him. Rai told him that he did spray painting on his car. By painting it black, he spoiled his car. Rai along with three of his friends put a black cloth on his head and forced him to sit in a car. They then demanded Rs 50,000/- from him. Rai and his accomplices threatened to kill him if he failed to give them money. They forcibly took Rs 600/- from his pocket. Rai and other thrashed him and removed his clothes. They prepared his nude video clipping on cellphones and uploaded it on Facebook. On the basis of Vikrant’s complaint, Gittikhadan Police registered an offence under Sections 327, 363, 384, 394, 506A(b) and 34 of the IPC read with Sections 6 and 7 of the Information Technology Act against Rai and his accomplices. However, cops did not arrest accused for reasons best known to them.

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Fadnavis clears all pending proposals of NMC

IN a major windfall for Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), Urban Development Department ayed about dozen proposal that were pending since long, including one about banning sale of plaster of par... Read More
IN a major windfall for Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), Urban Development Department ayed about dozen proposal that were pending since long, including one about banning sale of plaster of paris idols. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis handed over the file relating to cleared proposals to Mayor Pravin Datke at the function organised at Chitnavis Centre on Friday. Separately, Chief Minister also announced that henceforth UDD would function in pro-active manner and no pendency would be there. If any proposal is found okay the acceptance would be conveyed soon, similarly in case there is negative decision the local body will learn about it immediately, he further said. Meanwhile, Mayor said most of the proposals were quite old and pending with State Government.

The proposals include release of grant of Rs. 100 crores, regularisation of jobs of 94 daily wagers, granting lease rights of conservancy lanes, sanctioning 10 posts of Executive Engineers to 10 zones of NMC, rights to Standing Committee to waive of bills of over 500 units for water consumption in Dharampeth Zone under 24x7 scheme, and filling-up of 10% posts on compassionate grounds, lifting of stay on Muslim Library.

The most important proposal accepted by Urban Development Department is regarding ban on sale of PoP idols. UDD would frame separate rules and it would be implemented all over State.

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State Government mulling monthly funding for civic body in lieu of LBT

Post abolition of Local Body Tax (LBT) from August 1, Maharashtra Government is drafting an alternative monthly funding scheme for municipal corporations in the State. As per proposal, State Gove... Read More
Post abolition of Local Body Tax (LBT) from August 1, Maharashtra Government is drafting an alternative monthly funding scheme for municipal corporations in the State. As per proposal, State Government every month would provide fixed grants to compensate corporation for revenue loss due on account of LBT. Principal Secretary, Urban Development Department, Manisha Mhaiskar, disclosed this to newspersons here on Friday.

She said abolition of abolition of LBT is final and there is no going back on it, notwithstanding the dead opposition of municipal corporations in State. State Government is finalising the funding formula to ensure municipal bodies can carry on development works and also there is no logjam on administrative front. Many alternatives were explored and finally monthly funding scheme got the approval. She also stated a point under consideration is increasing fixed grants in lieu of LBT every month. The exact amount of funds to be disbursed and formula for monthly hike and other related aspects are being discussed threadbare by officials from Urban Development Department and Finance Department. Final draft of funding scheme to corporation would be first tabled before Cabinet and post approval Government would table the new policy in monsoon session of State Legislature, Mhaiskar further disclosed.

To a question, Mhaiskar admitted that officials of all corporation opposed amnesty scheme to traders for default in filing LBT returns as officials cited huge drop in tax collection and its immediate impact on development works.

Further discussion about amnesty scheme is currently on and views of municipal corporation are called by June 15.

Mayor seeks 17% hike for city

Mayor Pravin Datke demanded hike of 17% in funding to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in lieu of withdrawal of LBT. He said abolition of LBT would benefit NMC as Goods and Service Tax (GST) would also come into force by next financial year. As compared to Octroi, the income of civic body dropped significantly during last two years adversely affecting the developmental works. Therefore, as against the best performance during LBT, the NMC had calculated possible income through Octroi and has forcefully demanded a better financial deal to carry on its developmental activities.

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ACB searches ex-PWD Secy Marathe’s residence

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Friday evening conducted a search at Shivaji Nagar residence of ex-Secretary of Public Works Department Devdutt Gangadhar Marathe in connection with FIR ... Read More
Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Friday evening conducted a search at Shivaji Nagar residence of ex-Secretary of Public Works Department Devdutt Gangadhar Marathe in connection with FIR filed against him in Maharashtra Sadan TDR scam along with then PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujal and 16 others.

Marathe was Secretary of the PWD and according to ACB, played an important role in formulating the proposal by which Chamankar builder was provided with a windfall profit. Bhujbal and officials have been charged by ACB with misleading the Cabinet sub-committee on Infrastructure Development by slashing the profit figures while in reality Chamankar builders made a killing out of this deal and the bribe amount was laundered through companies owned by Bhujbal and his close aides.

The ACB has slapped sections 406, 420, 409, 465, 468, 471, 120(B) against public servants by which they have been charged with cheating, forgery, criminal breach of trust, criminal conspiracy and causing loss to public exchequer and providing undue benefits to private developers by tweaking norms. ACB team consisting of some high-ranking officials from Mumbai and Nagpur searched Marathe’s residence to find out any incriminating evidence or paper trail. ACB officials were tight-lipped about the outcome of this search. Marathe was high-ranking officer of PWD and was posted at Nagpur for quite a long time and was Chief Engineer here. The swift move by ACB a day after registering FIR has raised eyebrows in official and political circles.

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India will soon become world’s manufacturing hub: CM

India is making rapid development under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and very soon it will emerge as the world’s manufacturing hub, predicted Chief Minister Devendra... Read More
India is making rapid development under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and very soon it will emerge as the world’s manufacturing hub, predicted Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis while pointing that policies like Make In India, Skill India which are floated to encash demographic dividend and will usher India into an era of stability and prosperity.

Fadnavis was speaking after releasing a special issue on completion of Narendra Modi Government’s one successful year titled “One Historical Year” brought out by Marathi daily Tarun Bharat. Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule presided over. Narkesari Prakashan Chairman Dr Vilas Dangre, Managing Director Vishwas Pathak, Chief Editor Gajanan Nimdeo, CEO Sunil Kuhikar were seated on the dais.

Praising Modi Government for open, transparent and non-discriminatory economic policies, Fadnavis pointed out that by auctioning coal blocks a massive Rs 2 lakh crore have been earned, similarly through spectrum auction, more than Rs 1 lakh crore have been earned. Applauding Modi-led NDA government for tough stance adopted to bring back black money stashed abroad in tax heavens, Chief Minister stated that it would have desired results very soon. Micro-irrigation initiative Pradhan Mantri Sinchan Yojana will be useful for rural areas and states like Maharashtra are major beneficiaries. Throwing light on administrative style of Prime Minister, Fadnavis informed that every week the Prime Minister reviews all major projects by way of video-conferencing with Chief Secretary of each state. Maharashtra has been benefited as the long pending issues like Navi Mumbai airport, Nagar-Beed railway line, Coastal road have been solved in no time. Very soon the vexed issue of railway line in Gadchiroli will also be solved, he hoped.

Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule briefed about major decisions taken by Modi Government. Vishwas Pathak informed about contents of the special issue edited by Shamkant Jahagirdar and promised to bring out a special issue on one year of Fadnavis Government as well. Prakash Edlabadkar conducted the proceedings while Sunil Kuhikar proposed a vote of thanks.

Senior RSS functionary M G Vaidya, former MP Banwarilal Purohit, Mayor Pravin Datke, former editors Mama Ghumare, Laxmanrao Joshi, Sudhir Pathak, legislators Sudhakar Kohale, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Anil Sole, Vikas Kumbhare, former DGIPR Shreepad Sahasrabhojanee were prominently present.

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After 24 years, Mowad-flood affected gets justice

After 24 years, finally the flood-affected citizens of Mowad got justice. Maharashtra Government has taken a landmark decision through which now the affected people will get ownership rights o... Read More
After 24 years, finally the flood-affected citizens of Mowad got justice. Maharashtra Government has taken a landmark decision through which now the affected people will get ownership rights of the lands given to them as a compensation. The Government has scrapped the earlier condition that had restricted the flood-affected people from transfering their lands, which they received as a compensation.

In the year 1991, Wardha river in Nagpur district got flooded. The large-scale flood had devastated the villages that include Mowad, Khairgala, Deoli, Bhugaodeo, Madna, Jalalkheda, Peth, Ismailpur, Mirjapur, Bharsingi, Mahendra, Kharbadi, Khedi, Thadipaoni, Ambada, Satyawada. As a part of rehabilitation, the acquisition of the land was made at safer place and plots were given away to the flood-affected people. This distribution was conducted according to the terms and condictions of Maharashtra Land Revenue Code 1966 and 1971. The flood affected farmer family was given land admeasuring 3,000 sq ft and non-farmer got land admeasuring 1,500 sq ft. There was a rider that they could not sale the plot, nor they could handover the plot to others. A total of 4086 plots were distributed to people of 15 villages. This had hampered the total compensation procedure as the flood-affected people could not yield any benefit.

On Friday, Government has passed an order which says the ban on handing over the plot by the flood affected people was removed. Now the people will get land ownership land which means they can do the transaction of their lands. This move is being welcomed by one and all. This issue was pending for the last 24 years and except discussion no concrete step was taken. But today’s decision has given respite to hundreds of families of this area.

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Companies challenge Govt’s move to lower BT seed prices

In response to the writ petition filed by Seed Industries Association of Maharashtra, Aurangabad's Executive Director, Dr Shaligram Wankhede and two companies and a share-holder of one of these... Read More
In response to the writ petition filed by Seed Industries Association of Maharashtra, Aurangabad's Executive Director, Dr Shaligram Wankhede and two companies and a share-holder of one of these two companies for direction to the State Govt for hike in the maximum sale price of BG-I and BG-II cotton seeds, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain, at the High Court here, have sought reply from the respondents- State Agriculture Secretary, Commissioner (Agriculture) and the Director of Agriculture Input & QC/Licensing Authority, Pune, by June 16, Tuesday and directed the authorities to keep their original files ready for perusal by the Court.

The petition is directed against the notification of June 8, 2015 under section 10 of the Maharashtra Cotton Seeds (Regulation of Supply, Distribution , Sale and Fixation of Sale Price ) Act, 2009, whereby the State Govt has fixed the maximum sale price of BG-I and BG-II cotton seeds.

The petitioners have prayed for quashing the notification to the extent it has fixed the maximum sale price of BG-I cotton seeds at Rs 730 per packet and BG-II seeds at Rs 830 per packet and sought direction to the respondents to fix the price of Bt Cotton hybrid seeds based on increase in the costs of production /factors specified under section 10(1) of the 2009 Act. The petitioners also want stay to the implementation of the notification to the extent objected to by them, during pendency of the petition. According to the petitioners, the impugned notification is in violation of section 10 of the Act. It is contrary to the principles of price fixation and also the view expressed by the High Court through its judgment of 3 writ petitions of August 13, 2013.

Senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singvi appeared with Adv Akshay Naik and Nikhil Gaikwad. GP Bharati Dangre represented the State.

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Local bodies’ future aid linked to ‘cleanliness’ performance: CM

Making it clear that Swachhata Abhiyan is Government's top priority, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that future aid to local bodies would be linked to performance on cleanliness front. I... Read More
Making it clear that Swachhata Abhiyan is Government's top priority, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that future aid to local bodies would be linked to performance on cleanliness front. In the 14th Finance Commission a provision of reserve fund is being made for disbursal of funds to urban bodies after assessing their progress card of cleanliness. Also Chief Minister hinted at establishment of Swachhata Kosh in Maharashtra on the lines of one planned by Central Government for undertaking cleanliness programme.

Speaking here on Friday at a programme, Swachatechya Saptapadi organised by Urban Development Department, Fadnavis said Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and heads of local bodies would also be felicitated for their exemplary work on cleanliness front. There is no quick fix solutions to waste management but decentralised process instead of centralised waste management for better results should be adopted, he stated while addressing gathering of heads of local bodies and Chief Executive Officers and Municipal Commissioners.

The programme was held at Chitnavis Centre, Civil Lines. Energy and Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Mayor Pravin Datke, Principal Secretary (Urban Development) Manisha Patankar-Mhaiskar, Director of Municipal Administration Meeta Rajiv Lochan were also present.

Advocating public participation for success of any drive in urban areas, Fadnavis said, for better health a better and clean environment is must without which no physical progress has any meaning. We talk of Smart Cities but without clean cities it would have no meaning. He sounded critical that much stress is laid on physical goods, like construction of new road and gardens than backing proposal of construction of latrines. But this approach needs to change and recalled that in ancient times cleanliness was next only to godliness. Over the year what went wrong that now visiting any urban or rural place is a torturous exercise due to heaps of garbage and open defecation. Is this what we have reduced our cities to, he asked with a sense of anguish. But now this picture needs to changed he asserted and said Government is aware of funds crunch and will tide over it soon, but local bodies needs to look at new technologies that offer affordable alternatives. He also announced restarting of Sant Gadgebaba Nagari Swacchata Abhiyaan that was frozen three years back, from current year. The performance of local bodies this year would make them eligible for past three-years award also and Government would reward such bodies with handsome bounty for their good work.

Earlier, Chandrashekhar Bawankule said Nagpur district being home town of Chief Minister, there is a pressure in on local leaders to deliver and said while corporation would no doubt excel, some prodding would be needed to spur councils in district.

Mayor Pravin Datke said city in past has responded positively to cleanliness drive and mentioned recent cleanliness activity done at Ambazari dam and said now Gandhisagar lake surrounding, too, would be cleaned with public participation.

At the outset, Manisha Mhaiskar made introductory remarks. Meeta Rajiv Lochan, Secretary, Maharashtra Government, also spoke on the occasion. The programme was compered by Pradeep Bhide.

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3 killed as truck collides head-on with SUV near Borkhedi Toll Plaza

IN A ghastly mishap, three persons from Chandrapur district, including Sudhakar Tarachand Rathod, Vice-President (Rajura) of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Kailash Dadaji Sangamwar, Vice-... Read More
IN A ghastly mishap, three persons from Chandrapur district, including Sudhakar Tarachand Rathod, Vice-President (Rajura) of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Kailash Dadaji Sangamwar, Vice-President of MSRTC Kamgar Sena, were killed and one other injured seriously when a speeding truck collided head-on with a SUV Mahindra Xylo they were travelling in near Borkhedi Toll Plaza, about 34 kilometre from here on Wednesday.

Sudhakar Rathod (49),a resident of Ram Nagar, Chandrapur, Baba Uddhav Ulmale (58), a resident of Bhadrawati, were killed on the spot while Kailash Sangamwar (52) succumbed to his injuries on way to hospital. Their driver Suraj Amol Ganvir (22), a resident of Chandrapur, who was seriously injured in the mishap, has been admitted to Government Medical College & Hospital (GMC&H), Nagpur.

According to Nagpur (Rural) Police, Rathod, Ulmale and Sangamwar were coming towards Nagpur from Chandrapur in a SUV Mahendra Xylo (MH-34/ AM-6044) in the afternoon. About 200 metres from Borkhedi Toll Post, a speeding truck (MH-34/AB 2651) coming from wrong side collided with the SUV killing Rathod, Ulmale (both died on the spot) and Sangamwar and injuring driver Ganvir.

Vehicular traffic on the highway was thrown out of gear for about an hour. Staff from Bori Police Station, including by Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) Amol Dond, NPCs Chauhan and Vishnu Gaibhaye, rushed to the spot. They rushed injured driver Ganvir to GMC&H. Cops also sent the bodies to the same hospital for post-mortem.

PSI Dond told ‘The Hitavada’ that the truck driver fled the spot after the mishap. Bori Police registered an offence under Sections 279, 338, 304(A) of the IPC, read with Section 184 of the Motor Vehicle Act, against the truck driver. Further investigations are under way.

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Over 2,600 booked for drunk driving, may lose licenses: CP

COMMISSIONER of Police Sharada Prasad Yadav, on Wednesday, sounded a stern warning for criminals and drunk drivers in the Second Capital. City Police would send a proposal for cancellation of dri... Read More
COMMISSIONER of Police Sharada Prasad Yadav, on Wednesday, sounded a stern warning for criminals and drunk drivers in the Second Capital. City Police would send a proposal for cancellation of driving licenses of 2,690 persons booked for driving under the influence of liquor, he added.

Acting tough against the lax cops and asking for results in crime prevention and detection in the city, Yadav said that the special efforts to tackle crime against women were bearing fruits.

“We have drawn up measures to detect the unsolved cases as special teams have been constituted,” he said.

Interacting with mediapersons soon after the second monthly crime review meeting after taking over the reigns of City Police Commissionarate, Yadav said, incidents of chain-snatching had dipped substantially from January 1, 2015 upto May 2015 as compared to the corresponding period last year.

Up to May this year, he said, 76 cases of chain-snatching were reported. Of these, he said, 22 were detected. During the corresponding period last year, he said, 126 chain-snatching incidents were registered while 38 of them were detected. However, the detection rate in these cases up to May this year was 29 per cent where as it was 30 per cent during the corresponding period last year, he added.

Similarly, the city police chief said that 185 cases of robbery were reported during the period this year and 84 were detected. During the same period last year, he said, 238 robbery cases were registered and 94 were detected.

Yadav said, a total of 3,852 offences were registered (under Class I to V ) up to May 2015 this year and 2,116 cases were detected. During the corresponding period last year, he said, 3710 offences were registered and 1,993 were detected.

The CP said, every year over 350 persons die in road accidents. A special drive was launched under the leadership of Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Bharat Tangde to book drivers violating the traffic rules, he added.

During the special drive, 2,690 drunk drivers were booked and proposal for cancellation of their driving licences was being sent to the Regional Transport Authority. Using speed guns, he said, the Traffic Police booked 456 drivers for violating the speed limit in the city.

The city police chief said that effective strategy was being evolved to tackle the growing street crimes. “Some chain-snatchers and bag-lifters have already been arrested by cracking several cases,” he added.

“I have issued instructions to all officers concerned to register all cases and solve them at police station level itself. No officer will be spared for their casual approach in attending to his or her duty.”

To a query, the Commissioner said that all major crimes were successfully detected by the police. Some of the serious crimes, including Rs eight lakh looting case in Tehsil area, had cracked and the accused would be brought to book. As per the provisions under Sections 110 and 117 of the Bombay Police Act, he informed that action was initiated against 501 persons for indecent behaviour in public.

Yadav informed that the Social Security Branch under the leadership of Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deepali Masirkar undertook special drive to prevent crime against women. Special Squad comprising all women police personnel quickly responds to calls received from victims and arrest the culprits.

Joint Commissioner of Police Rajvardhan, Additional Commissioners Deepak Pande (Admin) and Shrikant Tarwade (Crime), Deputy Commissioners Deepali Masirkar (Crime), Nirmala Devi (Zone I), Sanjay Latkar (Zone II), Abhinash Kumar (Zone III), Ishu Sindhu (IV) and others were present at the press conference.

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Saw mills, dal mill reduced to ashes

PROPERTY worth over Rs 1.50 crore was reduced to ashes in a major fire at Umiya Timber Mart and its adjacent four other saw mills and a dal mill near Kalamna Market on Wednesday.

Fire broke... Read More
PROPERTY worth over Rs 1.50 crore was reduced to ashes in a major fire at Umiya Timber Mart and its adjacent four other saw mills and a dal mill near Kalamna Market on Wednesday.

Fire broke out at Umiya Timber Mart situated in front of the gate of Kalamna Market in the wee hours. By the time firefighters of Nagpur Fire Brigade and Kalamna Police reached the spot, fire started spreading to the other four saw mills. Within minutes, it engulfed Madhav Timber Mart, Bajrang Traders along with other saw mills in the area.

Panic gripped the local and vegetables traders at Kalamna Market as thick clouds of black smoke and rising flames were noticed from a distance. Crowd gathered when teams of firefighters led by Chief Fire Officer Rajendra Uchke started extinguishing the devastating inferno. More than two dozen fire tenders were pressed into service. A huge quantity of timber, machines and other materials were gutted. However, no one was hurt during the incident. It took more than 10 hours to douse the flames completely. However, thick smoke continued to emanate from the smouldering heaps in the saw mills till late night. Two JCB machines were also pressed into service to remove the heaps of the charred timber and other material.

After combating with the inferno, firefighters succeeded in extinguishing the fire and saved two other adjacent dall mills and a saw mill from devastation.

According to Fire Brigade personnel, sheds, wooden logs, wooden planks, some structures and fixtures along with machinery and material turned into smouldering heaps. To remove the material from the spot, JCB machines were brought. The saw mill owners had not taken any fire safety measures.

More than 25 water tankers were refilled from the nearest Wadhwani cold storage to extinguish the fire.

Kalamna Police are investigating the incident.

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Essel Group keen to execute NMC’s ‘Waste to Energy’ project

Diversified conglomerate Essel Group, which controls Zee Media Group, has expressed its keen interest in “waste to energy” project of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) proposed at Bhandewa... Read More
Diversified conglomerate Essel Group, which controls Zee Media Group, has expressed its keen interest in “waste to energy” project of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) proposed at Bhandewadi dumping yard. The group has tied-up with Hitachi Zosen Group of Japan for this ambitious project. National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) will review the proposal of waste to energy on June 11 before taking a final call.

National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) Western Zone bench, has directed NMC on a petition jointly filed by Deshpande lay-out Jansamasya Niwaran Samiti, Suryanagar Welfare Society, East Wardhaman Nagar Sanskrutik Krida Mandal, Wardhaman Nagar Sahakari Gruha Nirman Samiti and Wardhaman Nagar Sarvodaya Kendra, to make arrangements for establishment of Solid Waste Management (SWM) plant at Bhandewadi.

Essel Group has demanded extra tipping charges from local body and also raised question regarding viability gap funding for this project. The company has vast experience in this field and it has established around 500 waste to energy plants all over the world. The group is establishing its first plant at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. The Essel Group has established its plant in Singapore and China too.

NGT Bench consisting of Justice (retd) V R Kingaonkar, and expert member Dr. Ajay Deshpande has directed NMC to examine the proposal through NEERI for financial aspects of the project as well as cost of energy that will be generated and made available to the corporation. NEERI will examine the techno-economic feasibility report and also suggest the safeguards like costing of the compost or energy, instead of input charges linking payment to the desired output. The next hearing is fixed on August 7.

It may be mentioned that NGT had blasted NMC for mismanagement of municipal solid waste, improper and unscientific operations at Bhandewadi dumping yard and totally unsatisfactory performance by operator M/s Hanjer Biotech Energies in operating the Bhandewadi plant. NGT had slapped a fine of Rs 20 lakh each on NMC and M/s Hanjer. The NGT had also rapped NMC for discharging untreated sewage water into Gosikhurd and for not installing effluent treatment plant for slaughter house and thus violating Municipal Solid Waste Disposal Rules, 2000.

Hanjer Biotech Energies expressed its inability to carry out work of SWM at Bhandewadi. It may be mentioned that the near by residential colonies ventilated their long standing grievances regarding improper and unscientific operations at the Bhandewadi Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) dumping yard complex resulting in serious air and water pollution, posing a serious health hazard to the large and dense population, residing in the vicinity of said plant. They charged the NMC with installing inadequate machinery to process MSW in scientific manner, resulting in air pollution and emanating foul smell forcing residents to tolerate unbearable odour that is affecting health of residents. Besides these operations are leading to air, soil, water and land pollution.

It may be recalled that earlier, NMC had given contract to CICON Environmental Technologies Limited, a group of ENBEE for development of the project. The company was to generate 5.2 MW electricity from waste, however, this contract had turned out into a nightmare for the NMC. The CICON company had given bank guarantee to local body that allegedly turned out to be forged. An FIR was also filed against the company. The company obtained loan of Rs 5 crore through IREDA and mortgaged land for it. Now, the DRT has directed to auction the land and recover the amount. The NMC has requested DRT to waive the loan amount as it is ready to purchase the land back.

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Bawankule’s PIL for repairing Kamptee tahsil’s damaged roads

Much before Chandrashekhar Bawankule became a Minister, when he was only MLA, he had approached the High Court in the year 2012, filing a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking directions fro... Read More
Much before Chandrashekhar Bawankule became a Minister, when he was only MLA, he had approached the High Court in the year 2012, filing a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking directions from it to the State PWD and various agencies - National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and the Nagpur Zilla Parishad for repairing the damaged roads in Kamptee tahsil. Though in a recent report, the NHAI talks about the damage caused but does not state individual proportion of damages on the part of various agencies. As per the minutes of the meeting of the committee held on February 23, 2015, it was stated that NHAI is responsible for damages to 76 works to the extent of Rs 164.71 crore and NTPC is liable to pay for damage to 17 works to the extent of Rs 43.41 crore. Still taking safe line, State PWD Chief Engineer Pravin Kide had stated in his affidavit that distribution of damage caused cannot be fixed against any user as no road is used exclusively by a single user and both NHAI and NTPC are working under the Government of India. These various entities, with a view to avoid liability are looking the other way and admitting their liability only to the minimum extent possible. Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain have posted the PIL for further consideration next week. It has been suggested to the petitioner by a High Court division bench orally that he should withdraw from prosecuting the petition, he does not seem to have any such intention.

As per one estimate the total cost required for repairs is Rs. 208.14 crores.In the order passed on March 27, 2015, Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice Anant Badar have stated that the liability to the indicated extent could not have been fastened solely on the NTPC and NHAI as under the various provisions of the local enactments, the State Govt. would also be required to shell out some funds for the repairs of the damaged roads. The Court had also directed all these entities to indicate the extent to which each one of them will be able to contribute.

The NHAI has stated that the responsibility for repairing these roads rests with the State Govt., however, there is a mechanism for seeking funds from Central Road Fund controlled by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and National Highways, New Delhi.

Advocate Anil Kilor appeared for the petitioner. Advocates A.A.Kathane (NHAI), S.M. Ghodeswar (State), Ramesh Darda (NTPC), Manoj Sable (Zilla Parishad) and ASGI Rohit Deo (Union of India) represented the respondents.

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Water level of dams across division depleting fast

All eyes are gazing upwards to skies as citizens scorched by summer heat eagerly wait for start of the rains. Apart from dry and humid weather, which is now becoming too much of a trouble, the ... Read More
All eyes are gazing upwards to skies as citizens scorched by summer heat eagerly wait for start of the rains. Apart from dry and humid weather, which is now becoming too much of a trouble, the rains are must as water stock is fast running out. Availability of water depends on the rainfall and looking at the current position of reservoirs, it’s more urgent that monsoon sets in the region in time.

In Nagpur Division as per data compiled by the Water Resources Department the total available stock as of June 9 just 19 per cent in 366 dams having designed storage capacity of 4,143 MM3. The available stock on Tuesday was just 776 MM3 across major, medium and minor dams in the division. During last week, the water availability in the region was 818 MM3 and loss of 42 MM3 indicates the critical phase. The position at Amravati Division is only slightly good as there are 449 dams having capacity of 2916 MM3 and available water stock was 23 per cent. The water storage is 667 MM3 as of Tuesday down from 695 MM3 last week, which means within a week nearly 28 MM3 was lost to evaporation along with increased demand.

For Nagpur city there is at present no worry as Kamptee-Khairi is holding about 36% of water stock, although Pench Totladoh is inching towards dead stock as only 11% stock is left. Khairi has 180 MM3 capacity and is holding 64 MM3 while at Pench the designed capacity is 1045 MM3 and available stock is 119 MM3.

In Totladoh catchment area there was slight inflow due to rains which were 12 mm on Tuesday.

Lower Wena (Nand) in Nagpur District has reached dead storage and is totally dry. Bagh Shirpur in Bhandara district has just 5 MM3 which is just 3% of its capacity of 193 MM3, which is off course of no use. Other project with zero stock are Bagh Pujaritola and Bagh Kalisarar in Bhandara districts, Pench Asolamendha in Chandrapur district and Dina in Gadchiroli district. Dham and Pothra in Wardha district to are nearly empty.

Gosikhurd project with designed capacity of 557 MM3 is having storage of 378 MM3 but it is of little use in absence of distribution network. In all there are 16 major dams in Nagpur Division with capacity of 3110 MM3 and stock available today was 689 MM3 which is 27%. In Medium category there are 40 dams with stocking capacity of 551 MM3 and availability is 49 MM3 which is just 9 % and in Minor area there are 310 dams with capacity of 482 MM3 and available stock is 38 MM3 which is just 13%.

Amravati Division: In Amravati Division there are 9 major dams with capacity of 1384 MM3 and available stock is 380 MM3 which is 27%. There area 23 Medium capacity projects having capacity of 659 MM3 and water available is 174 MM3 which is 26% and 417 Minor projects have 873 MM3 stocking capacity but stock available is 113 MM3 which is 13%.

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Forest Department withdraws tree felling order for NH widening

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday blasted Forest Department authorities for stalling tree felling order to widen 10 km portion between 679 and 689 km points of the 35 km long Mansar-... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday blasted Forest Department authorities for stalling tree felling order to widen 10 km portion between 679 and 689 km points of the 35 km long Mansar-Khawasa road pursuant to an order of National Green Tribunal (NGT).

The tree felling activity was brought to a grinding halt after some NGOs moved the NGT against the move. Following NGT’s order, the department revoked permission granted to National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to cut down the trees. After the project languished for several years, the High Court’s intervention brought down the cost from Rs 750 crore to mere Rs 122 crore and instead of long fly-overs, the pragmatic solution of having underpasses was approved.

During the hearing of the PIL for National Highway's widening between Nagpur and Jabalpur, a division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain came out strongly in favour of the view that the views expressed by the Green Tribunal cannot override the High Court's directions under Article 226 of the Constitution. The High Court also rapped the intervenors who sought continuation of stay on tree felling firmly making it clear that no amount of misleading propaganda and orders from a statutory tribunal can intimidate a constitutional court.

Even during last hearings, the High Court maintained its stance that the danger to the environment and ecology has to be minimized. However, at the same time the developmental work cannot be hampered with. For economic development of the country, the National Highways’ is an important life-line and ground realities like exorbitant financial burden suggested by wildlife experts can not be ignored. The decision should balance the interests of the wildlife and forest and necessity for development of the nation, the High Court has stated while insisting on mitigating measures for wildlife. But the High Court has firmly rejected fanciful proposals of Wildlife Institute of India costing around Rs 750 crore. Following High Court’s suggestion, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Road, Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari and Union Environment Minister Prakash Jawdekar held a meeting at Pune and finalised mitigating measures.

Following High Court’s nod, the NHAI and Forest authorities finalised the list of earmarked trees required to be cut on the 10 km portion between 679 and 689 km points of the 35 km long Mansar-Khwasa road widening and undertook the work of chopping of trees.

Advocate Nikhil Padhye is amicus curiae in the case. GP Bharti Dangre (State), Adv. Anees Kathane (NHAI) and Asst. SGI Rohit Deo (Central Govt.) and Adv. Tushar Mandlekar (Intervenor) represented the respondents.

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Defeating disability, Devayani climbs to the top

SHE cannot walk properly due to an ailment. But that never deterred Devayani Dhond of Pt Bachcharaj Vyas Vidyalaya to climb her way to the top of merit tally. Making lightwork of her disability, ... Read More
SHE cannot walk properly due to an ailment. But that never deterred Devayani Dhond of Pt Bachcharaj Vyas Vidyalaya to climb her way to the top of merit tally. Making lightwork of her disability, she made her family proud by topping in special category in the SSC examinations.

Devayani is suffering from Osteogenesis Imperfecta disorder which affected her life at a very small age. She is unable to walk properly but her dedication always encouraged her. She scored 96.8 per cent in the examination.

Devayani started preparations from the very beginning which helped her to get enough time for revision. She also joined the test series conducted by school to test her performance.

“Teachers always behaved with me like their own child and guided me like my parents. They encouraged and supported me whenever my physical problems hampered my studies,” Devayani said. “Similarly, my parents also helped me and encouraged me in tough times. I like to share my success with parents and teachers,” she added. Her mother Mrudul Dhond is a teacher with Pt Bachcharaj Vyas Vidyalaya and father Shriram Dhond is a pharmacist at a hospital of Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS). Devayani now wants to join medical field to offer her services to people who are unable to walk properly and have some physical disorder.

What is Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Osteogenesis Imperfecta is a genetical problem. The patients suffering from this disease face repeated fractures which deform the bones. Nails are put in long bones to correct the deformity and prevent further fractures. Dr Viraj Shingade, noted paediatric orthopaedic surgeon, who treats Devayani said, “Devyani is also facing repeated fractures. We had planned to put nails in the long bones but as nails were not available I recommended Devyani’s parents to go to Dr Atul Bhaskar of Mumbai.”

Dr Shingade said Devayani was facing tremendous pain because of repeated fractures. “As the bones get curved the patients cannot walk properly. This disease has no cure but after she attains age of 25, the frequency of fractures get reduced,” he added.

Hailing Devayani’s achievement Dr Shingade said, “Just before the examination Devyani was facing lot of pain. But she overcome that and achieved this remarkable success. It is really laudable.”

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NMC schools also perform well in SSC

The students of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) run schools, passed the Class X examination of state board with flting colours. Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, Education Committee Chairperson C... Read More
The students of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) run schools, passed the Class X examination of state board with flting colours. Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, Education Committee Chairperson Chetana Tank, Ruling Party leader Dayashankar Tiwari, Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare, felicitated them in a function organised at Mayor’s chamber on Monday.

Pokulwar congratulated them for securing distinction grades in the class X examinations and wished them a great future. Ruling Party leader Dayashankar Tiwari also appreciated students for taking efforts to clear crucial examination with distinction. This has proved that civic schools are providing better education to the students. Shravan Hardikar also appreciated students for excelling in the examinations. First three students of NMC-run schools are- Kamal Sahu (94.40 %), Sonal Raut (91.80 %) Sana Kausar (90 %), Sonal Raut (91.80%). NMC has 28 secondary schools and of them 4 schools have given 100 per cent results.

The result of six schools is above 90 per cent and that of 12 schools is above 80 per cent. The overall result of civic schools is 80 per cent that is higher than last year’s result.

The office bearers felicitated Waman Moon, Head Master of Sane Guruji Secondary School, Head Master Kuhite, of Pension Nagar Urdu School, Head Mistress Khalista of Kamgar Nagar School, Haji Maijuba, Head Master of Garib Nawaz Nagar Urdu School, and teachers of these schools. Sudhir Koramkar compered the programme and proposed vote of thanks.

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Robbers loot Rs 8 lakh cash from jeweller’s accountant

IN A daring daylight robbery, two mobike-borne youths looted Rs eight lakh cash from an accountant of a prominent jeweller in Tehsil Police Station area on Monday. The incident has once again s... Read More
IN A daring daylight robbery, two mobike-borne youths looted Rs eight lakh cash from an accountant of a prominent jeweller in Tehsil Police Station area on Monday. The incident has once again shook the bullion traders and other businessmen who criticised the city police for their failure in intensifying patrolling in the area. However, cops claim that they have identified the robbers on the basis of the footage of surveillance cameras installed at the frontage of some shops and launched a search for them. According to Police, the owner of Kakkad Jewellers Private Limited., Sarafa Bazar, Itwari Tonga Stand, had sent his accountant Ram Tiwari (37) to ICICI Bank, Chhapru Nagar Square, to bring Rs eight lakh cash. Tiwari went to the bank and withdrew the cash in the afternoon. He kept the bag containing the cash in the utility box of his motorcycle and returned to the shop. After parking his motorcycle, he was crossing the road with the bag. Suddenly, two unidentified robbers, who were following Tiwari, came on a motorcycle and snatched away the bag containing cash from him. Tiwari shouted for help. Shopkeepers and passersby gathered. Tiwari informed the Kakkads about the incident. Soon after receiving information about the incident from the Kakkads, staff from Tehsil Police Station led by senior Inspector S V Khandekar arrived at the spot. Other senior police officials also arrived to supervise the probe. On the basis of the description of the robbers given by Tiwari, cops alerted all police stations across the city and district. Preliminary investigations revealed that the robbers were aged between 25 years and 30 years. Senior Inspector Khandekar told ‘The Hitavada’ that police procured the CCTV footage and identified the robbers. “We have registered an offence under Sections 392 and 34 of the IPC against the accused youths after recording Tiwari’s statement. Separate teams have been fanned out in search of the robbers.” he added.

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City’s Rupal, Unnati, Rutuj are joint toppers in Nagpur division

‘Medicine is best field to serve the society’

Joint topper among the three, Rupal Sharma of Somalwar High School, Ramdaspeth believes that medicine is best field to serve the socie... Read More

‘Medicine is best field to serve the society’

Joint topper among the three, Rupal Sharma of Somalwar High School, Ramdaspeth believes that medicine is best field to serve the society, which she plans to make her career in. Rupal is the joint topper from Nagpur Division, in SSC examination with 98.80 per cent marks. The results were announced on Monday. Rupal was confident about her performance but did not expect the top slot among the merit students.

“It was a very pleasant surprise for me because, I was expecting a score of around 95 per cent. Thanks to my school teachers who guided me and in solving the difficulties I faced during the studies,” she stated. Hard work, consistent efforts and self-confidence are the biggest factors in life and Roopal achieved the success following the same. Roopal’s father Sushil Sharma is a Junior Engineer with Central Railways and mother Manju is home-maker. Her elder brother Abhijit is an engineering student of IIT, Kharagpur.

“I would like to accredit of my success to my brother and parents, who guided and encouraged me to perform better. My parents sacrificed several things for me and I will try to fulfil their expectations,” Roopal stated.

Special courses conducted at the school also helped Roopal to upgrade her performance. She preferred to study during night hours, for better concentration and less disturbance. She likes singing, drawing and reading books during free time. She also likes to play chess for improving concentration and also music to reduce stress.

‘Focus, clarity of concepts are my success mantra’

An avid reader of books, especially fiction, Unnati Mamulkar is joint topper in SSC examination with 98.8 per cent. According to Unnati, focussed preparation, clarity of concepts and referring to notes led her to the success in the examination.

Daughter of a Zilla Parishad teacher Purushottam Mamulkar, Unnati is very fond of reading and singing, drawing and playing badminton. She also participated in extra-curricular activities in school. She aims to become a cardiologist. Unnati is planning to appear for MH-CET, like her elder sister, who is also a merit student. She also stood in merit by securing 95 per cent in HSC examination and has cracked MH-CET examination for admission to medical college.

Unnati’s father has been posted at a school in Hingna and mother Vandana is a home-maker. “This achievement was possible due to my parents who always supported and encouraged me to excel in any competition,” Unnati stated.

She said that there was no specific plan for her preparation but she just followed the notes regularly and attended the classes regularly. There was no specific time for study but had full concentration while studying.

Unnati scored cent per cent in Sanskrit, Science, Social Science and Mathematics, 92 marks in Marathi and 94 in English.

‘Proper planning, consistency are enough to excel’

Rutuj Khobe, who became the topper in SSC examination, believes that proper planning and consistency in studies help in better performance in examinations.

The proud young boy, a student of Pt Bachcharaj Vyas Vidyalaya, opened his cards for future course of action while talking to The Hitavada. Rutuj said, he aspires to pursue higher studies in Computer Engineering from an IIT after HSC. The marks he has scored, 98.80 per cent, would continue to encourage him in his life. When asked about his study schedule, Rutuj stated, “Initially, I used to study for 4 to 5 hours everyday and as the exams approached, the time was increased upto 8 hours. This period included my school, tuitions and self-study. I have started my studies from the beginning of June itself and I had finished it by December. Thereafter, I joined test series in school which also helped me in improving the performance.”

Rutuj gives credit of success to his school teachers and parents. His father Pramod Khobe is a primary school teacher with Nagpur Municipal Corporation and mother Archana Khobe is a home-maker.

Physics is the Rutuj’s favourite subject and he would like to do research in it. He scored 100 marks in Mathematics, Social Science and Sanskrit, 95 marks in English and 99 marks in Science.

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Akola’s Yashpal, Dhananjay are probable toppers in State

Dhananjay Sahastrabuddhe and Yashpal Pakal, students of local Bal Shivaji Madhyamik Shala proved their dominance in the SSC examination. They are the probable toppers in State with 99.40% marks... Read More
Dhananjay Sahastrabuddhe and Yashpal Pakal, students of local Bal Shivaji Madhyamik Shala proved their dominance in the SSC examination. They are the probable toppers in State with 99.40% marks.

Consistent hard work paid off for Yashpal Pakal. He could score high due to regular studies and strong determination to excel. Regular school classes, proper guidance from teachers and parents made him confident. Their moral support was an inspiration for Yashpal. Apart from studies, this humble boy finds time to read books, especially, mystery novels and watch action movies. His ambition is to become a doctor and serve poor. He likes to play badminton and enjoys participating in quiz competitions. He had participated and submitted his project in international competition which was applauded and received appreciation from many people. His father is an engineer in Public Welfare Department and his mother is a housewife. For Yashpal his parents are friends and philosophers for him. His elder brother is pursuing Engineering and his younger sister is a student of Std VII.

Yashpal attributes his success to the school headmistress, parents and family members.

While Dhananjay Satish Sahastrabuddhe, who shares the top position with Yashpal wants to become a doctor. Dhananjay has already planned preparation for it accordingly. He used to study for 4 to 5 hours a day. He gives the credit of his success to his parents, teachers and team of Dr Oke of SAFE HANDS.

Avinash Deo President, Mohan Gadre Secretary, Shobha Agrawal Headmistress have congratulated both the probable state toppers.

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87.01% students clear SSC exam in divn

Though girls have been doing well in most of the exams, it was boys who bagged the top place in Maharashtra in SSC examination conducted by Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Second... Read More
Though girls have been doing well in most of the exams, it was boys who bagged the top place in Maharashtra in SSC examination conducted by Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education. The SSC results were declared on Monday. Akola’s Dhananjay Sahastrabuddhe and Yashpal Pakal are probable toppers in State with 99.40 % marks. Nagpur division registered 87.01% passing percentage followed by Amravati division with 86.84% and secured eighth position in Maharashtra among nine divisional boards while Nagpur did little better and secured seventh position. Overall passing percentage of Maharashtra Board was pegged at 91.46%, the best ever in the history of State Board.

Due to intense competition among students, as many as three students shared the top slot in Nagpur division by scoring 98.8 per cent marks. Out of these three, two are girls — Rupal Sharma and Unnati Mamulkar— both are from Somalwar School, Ramdaspeth. Rutuj Khobe from Pandit Bachharaj High School is the third joint topper. Devyani Dhond of Pandit Bachharaj secured the first position in special category by scoring 97.6 per cent.

Girls registered an overall pass percentage of 92.94 while boys had to content with 90.18%. As many as 26,389 students secured distinction while 54,613 students were placed in first class. From Nagpur district alone 13,265 students were placed in distinction grade while 20,936 students secured first division. State Board continued with its Best 5 policy and going by the massive pass percentage and high score, there will be stiff competition for Class XI admission across Maharashtra between students opting for various boards.

Division-wise, Konkan topped the list with 96.54 per cent while once-famed Latur division was at the bottom with 86.38 per cent. The pass percentage of nine divisions is as follows— Konkan 96.54, Nasik 92.16, Mumbai 92.90, Pune 95.10, Kolhapur 95.12, Nagpur 87.01, Amravati 86.84, Aurangabad 90.57 and Latur 86.38. Secretary of Nagpur Divisional Board, Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Anil Pardhi while addressing a press conference informed that Gondia district topped the Nagpur division with 89.73 % followed by Nagpur that scored 88.92 per cent result.

In Nagpur division, second topper Pravin Hatti scored 98.6 per cent and hails from Pandit Bachhraj High School. Madhura Kuthe and Pranjali Khadilkar of Ramdaspeth Somalwar jointly secured third position by scoring 98.4 per cent while Sharvari Lohkare of Ramdaspeth Somalwar scored 98.2 per cent marks.

The examination was conducted between March 3 and March 26, 2015. In Nagpur division a total of 1,82,352 students were registered. Out of those students, 1,81,612 students appeared and 1,58,029 students have cleared the examination. Last year the result of Nagpur division was 82.93. It has improved by 4.08 per cent this time. Total 17,866 students were repeaters and of them 17,809 students actually appeared. Out of them, 9,248 students passed. The pass percentage of the repeaters is 51.93. The result of repeater was 46.20 per cent in 2014 and has improved by 5.73.

The schools will get marksheets on June 15 at 11 am while Students will get their marksheets the same day (June 15) at 3 pm from their respective schools. Students willing to go for retotaling will have to apply to respective Divisional Board till June 25. They have to attach photocopy of marksheet received on June 15 from the school. Photocopy of the marksheet downloaded from internet would not be allowed.

Students can submit their forms on-line for examinations to be conducted in September/October 2015 and the dates of the same will be declared later.

The Board had started Class Improvement Scheme in the year 2008. This scheme was started with a purpose to give students a chance to improve their grades. Students who appeared in Summer-2015 will have a chance of appearing in the examination in October-2015 and February/March-2016.

The Board has made arrangement to make available photocopy of answersheet if demanded by students. The interested students may apply after on-line declaration of result. They can apply between June 8 and June 29 by depositing required fees. The Board has begun revaluation facility from February/March-2013. For revaluation, photocopy of answersheet must be procured. After procuring photocopy, application for revaluation should be made within five days with required fee.

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CM honours Capt Shantaram Lokhande for his bravery

CHIEF Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently invited Capt Shantaram Lokhande to his official residence Ramgiri and accorded a warm felicitation to this Shipping Corporation of India captain for th... Read More
CHIEF Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently invited Capt Shantaram Lokhande to his official residence Ramgiri and accorded a warm felicitation to this Shipping Corporation of India captain for the act of bravery he shown during a recent journey. Captain Lokhande hails from Ghodegaon Kolona village near Pulgaon. On basis of his hard work and dedication, he has achieved the goal to become a captain in merchant navy.

Recently, his hip 'Swaraj Deep' was on her way to Andaman from Chennai when a passager came shouting to the bridge that a person has jumped into the sea. High alert was announced and the ship was called for emergency station. Captain Shantaram Lokhande immediately rushed to the bridge and ordered to turn the vessel to reverse course in search of the missing person. Life buoys, life jackets were thrown at him. Finally, he was holed with the life buoy and was pulled with the heaving line. He was picked up through gangway and was taken to ship's hospital for first aid. The person who monitored the entire operation was Captain Lokhande, who hails from a small village near Pulgaon in Wardha district. After the brave act of rescuing a passenger, he is receiving appreciation from one and all. He was recently felicitated on behalf of Shipping Corporation of India in the annual function. In this regard, Chief Minister also felicitated him at Ramgiri.

Chief Minister praised Capt Lokhande for his bravery and expressed that Journey of Captain that started from a village in Vidarbha may soon reach a 'golden' destination with his brave act of saving a drowning passenger's life gets him Presidential recognition.

Capt Lokhande joined SCI as a cadet and later became chief officer and finally a captain. He has served on three ships -- Sagar Sampada, Sagar Kanya, Hrushikesh before joining Swaraj Dweep. The Captain believes that there are ample opportunities for Vidarbha youths if they try some unconventional career options. He is quite keen to impart career guidance to youths.

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NMC fails to install LED in place of old street lights

Electrical Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has miserably failed to change old street lights with LED in the city. The Department has to change around 27,000 street lights along... Read More
Electrical Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has miserably failed to change old street lights with LED in the city. The Department has to change around 27,000 street lights along with switch gear and electric cables in one and half years but the performance of the department is pathetic in one year.

According to the reports, the department has changed only 289 street lights against targeted 27,000 with LED and laid only 11 kms electric cable against total 300 kms in one year of contract period. The local body has given contract to J.K. Solutions last year on Built-Own and Transfer (BoT) basis to install LED, switch gears and change electric cables. The illumination of these LED street lights are not upto the mark, the report stated. Since the NMC is not required to spend money from its coffers, perhaps, this important project seems to have been ignored by officials.

Changing sodium vapour lights and replacing them with LED is one of the major projects of Central Government and according to Union Power Minister this will save huge energy and precious public money. Due to low power consumption and now low cost of LED due to negotiations done by Union Government, the civic bodies across country are opting for LED to curb their power bills. Apart from soothing illumination, they are considered as part of smart city. Surprisingly, the Department did not issue notice to the contractor for this abysmal performance. The contractor has only six months left and looking at the snail’s speed, it seems improbable to complete the work in time. This has resulted in financial loss of the local body that is already struggling with the revenue problems.

As per agreement, the contractor will change street lights of prominent roads in the city and maintain them. These street lights will reduce electricity bill of the NMC and 90 per cent amount saved will be given to J K Solutions and remaining 10 per cent will be net saving of NMC. The contractor has to change around 400 switch gears but it has changed only 4 switch gears in one year.

Sources informed that Mayor Pravin Datke took review of LED projects of NMC recently. He was shocked to see the performance of the contractor company and directed electrical department to issue show cause notice to them. He also blasted officials of Electrical Department for turning Nelson’s Eye towards this ambitious project. Cash strapped NMC is spending crores of rupees every year on electricity and this project can save major amount, if things go in right directions.

This is another BoT project of NMC that has failed to perform in the city. Earlier, the Vibrant Project failed to do power saving in orange city. The experience of NMC on BoT projects is not good. The Star Bus project, Solid Waste Management Project, Orange City Water Project and now, LED lights installation project is unsuccessful.

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Speeding truck runs over a pedestrian

A pEdestrian was run over by a truck on Ring Road under the jurisdiction of Hudkeshwar police station on Saturday. Kamlabai Pandurang Badwaik (55), a resident of 69, Vitthal Nagar, was crossing t... Read More
A pEdestrian was run over by a truck on Ring Road under the jurisdiction of Hudkeshwar police station on Saturday. Kamlabai Pandurang Badwaik (55), a resident of 69, Vitthal Nagar, was crossing the road near Bhagyashree Sabhagruha, when a truck (MH-40/AN-7783) knocked her down. The incident occurred around 3.45 pm. Kamlabai sustained grievous injuries and died on spot. Police are conducting further investigations. Kalamna: Kalamna police intercepted three trucks those were carrying illegally excavated sand. The three trucks were in total carrying seven brass of sand valued at Rs. 22,400. The police also seized the truck valued arrested the drivers.

The truck were checked at Pardi Naka and the drivers were not having papers to show permission for excavated sand. An offence of theft under sec. 379 of IPC was registered. Further probe is on.

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RMC predicts thundershowers, rains in Vidarbha this week

Residents of Vidarbha region, and especially those in Nagpur, will have to take their raincoats out of closets ahead of Monsoon. Though the arrival of Monsoon is expected to be around the end o... Read More
Residents of Vidarbha region, and especially those in Nagpur, will have to take their raincoats out of closets ahead of Monsoon. Though the arrival of Monsoon is expected to be around the end of the week starting this Monday, several parts of Vidarbha are expected to receive precursory rains and thundershowers.

Already, the pre-monsoon showers and strong winds have brought down temperature a bit, and have contributed to increase in humidity. Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Nagpur, has predicted thundershowers at isolated places in Vidarbha region till Friday. Meanwhile, some areas in the region including Nagpur city received rainfall on Saturday, bringing down temperature a bit but increasing humidity.

According to Indian Meteorological Department, maximum temperature of Nagpur was 39.8 degrees Celsius on Sunday, while minimum temperature was 22.7 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature at other places in the region was as follows: Akola (42.7 degrees Celsius), Amravati (39.8 degrees Celsius), Buldhana (39 degrees Celsius), Brahmapuri (37 degrees Celsius), Chandrapur (40.2 degrees Celsius), Washim (38 degrees Celsius), Wardha (42 degrees Celsius), and Yavatmal (40.5 degrees Celsius).

As per the RMC data, thundershowers were reported at isolated places over Vidarbha and adjoining state of Chhattisgarh. Low pressure area had concentrated into a depression over east-central Arabian Sea. The ‘system’ would move north-northwest and intensify further into a deep depression during next 24 hours, RMC stated. Upper air cyclonic circulation over coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjoining Bay of Bengal, was creating the chances of thundershowers in Vidarbha and Chhattisgarh. Some isolated parts will get rainfall, but heat and humidity will remain till Monsoon arrives in the city, RMC stated.

Of course, the prediction of rainfall and thundershowers may be a cause of concern for those who have got weddings or other functions scheduled for the week.

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HC to re-open from today after summer vacations

The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court will re-open from Monday with a strength of 11 judges, three division benches and five single judge benches. Justice Bhushan Gavai is back as senior admini... Read More
The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court will re-open from Monday with a strength of 11 judges, three division benches and five single judge benches. Justice Bhushan Gavai is back as senior administrative judge and will be heading the first Division bench with Justice Indira Jain as his colleague Judge. Besides having charge of all PILs, all letters patent appeals and first appeals of 2011 to 2015, this Bench will be handling civil writ petitions of the years up to 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 to 2013 and 2015.

Justice Vasanti Naik with Justice C.V.Bhadang has been entrusted with all civil writ petitions not assigned to any other court, all family Court appeals, all civil work not assigned to any other court,all first appeals of the years up to 2010 and all other remaining unassigned civil work.

Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice P.N.Deshmukh will be looking after all division bench criminal work. Similarly all Single Bench criminal work has been entrusted to Justice Arun Chaudhari. All Single Judge Civil Work has been allotted to Justice Ashok Bhangale (all first appeals , AOs, second appeals , civil revisions and Misc. civil applications, all civil court contempt references from District Courts), Justice Prasanna Varale (specifically assigned cases), Justice Z.A.Haq (Civil writ petitions of 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 and all applications under section 11 of the Arbitration Act) and Justice Atul Chandurkar (Civil writ petitions of the period up to 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, cases under the Companies Act, Banking Regulation Act and all cases of the Arbitration Act except section 11).

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‘Jalyukta Shivar’ is truly a peoples movement: CM

Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, paid a visit to sites of works taken up under ‘Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan’ in Nagpur district, on Sunday, and took stock of the progress of these works. He vis... Read More
Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, paid a visit to sites of works taken up under ‘Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan’ in Nagpur district, on Sunday, and took stock of the progress of these works. He visited sites in seven villages in Hingna and Katol constituencies. Chief Minister visited ‘Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan’ work sites in villages Ukhali (Mondha), Ukhali, Junewani, Kinhi Dhanoli, Bazargaon, Panjra Kate, and Dhurkheda. At these sites, various works are in progress. The works being done include nulla deepening, widening, check dams, cement nullah bandh, etc. At a couple of villages, Art of Living has done some works with peoples participation.

Talking to reporters at village Junewani, Fadnavis said that 27 different types of works were in progress in 6,000 villages across the State. “As much as 82 per cent of agriculture is dependent on rainfall. Unless farm land comes under irrigation, financial stability for farmers cannot be achieved. For this purpose, Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan is being implemented. Farmers also have realised the importance of this drive, and it has become a peoples movement in true sense,” he said. So far, he added, works worth Rs 30 crore were done through peoples participation.

The positive impact of works being done under ‘Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan’ will be visible during monsoon this year. It will ensure participation of more number of people, Fadnavis said. In next five years, as many as 20,000 villages in the State would become drought-free. As rainwater will be arrested through cement nullah bandh, farm ponds, nullah bunding etc, the groundwater level also will improve. Fadnavis said that he would visit some sites again in a fortnight to take stock of the progress of the works.

During inspection of a work at Ukhali (Mondha), Fadnavis suggested for plantation along the banks of nullah so as to prevent soil erosion. He assured to make available additional funds required for repairs. At this village, Agriculture Department has done nine works, said Dr Vijay Ghawte, Joint Director (Agriculture), Nagpur Division; and Dr Archana Kadu, District Superintending Agriculture Officer.

At Junewani, Fadnavis asked the officials concerned to expedite the work. Art of Living has made available five excavators at Junewani, Degma, Ambazari, and Khamli in Hingna tehsil. Using these excavators, nullah deepening work worth Rs 1.32 crore has been done. The expenditure of Rs 17 lakh required for diesel has been met from the fund of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Water and Soil Conservation Mission. Of Rs 1 crore received from Siddhivinayak Trust, Katol and Nagpur (Rural) tehsils have got Rs 25 lakh each for ‘Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan’ works.

Under the head of special fund, District Planning Committee has received Rs 52.60 crore. Already, works worth Rs 67.41 crore have been given administrative approval and amount of Rs 39.09 crore has been distributed to agencies concerned, said Sachin Kurve, District Collector. Of the remaining amount of Rs 13 crore, funds have been made available to 13 tehsils for nullah deepening, repairs of dams/weirs, and watershed works.

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district; MLAs Sameer Meghe and Ashish Deshmukh, Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner; Sachin Kurve, District Collector; Shivajirao Jondhale, Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Parishad, and other officers accompanied the Chief Minister during his visit to various places.

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SSC result today

Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) will announce the on-line results of SSC examinations on Monday, June 8 at 1 pm. The results will be displayed on off... Read More
Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) will announce the on-line results of SSC examinations on Monday, June 8 at 1 pm. The results will be displayed on official website of the Board from 1 pm. Students will get their marksheets on June 15. The distribution of marksheets to schools will be done on June 15 at 11 am. Students will get their marksheets on June 15 after 3 pm at their respective schools. Students willing to go for retotaling will have to apply to respective Divisional Board before June 25. Students have to attach photocopy of marksheet received from school and photocopy of the marksheet downloaded from Internet would not be allowed.

Students can submit their forms on-line for supplementary examinations to be conducted in September/October 2015 and the dates of the same will be declared later.

The Board has made arrangement to make available photocopy of answershets, if demanded by students. The interested students may apply after on-line declaration of result. They can apply between Monday June 8 and Monday June 29 by depositing required fees.

Students can get results on mobile also. The BSNL consumers can type mhssc seat no and send sms to 57766. The consumers of Idea, Vodafone, Reliance, Uninor, Aircel will have to type MH10 Seat no and send to 5888811. Customers of Airtel can send the message MH10 Seat no to 5207011. Apart from this Airtel, Aircel and Vodafone customers can dial *588# to get result.

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80 CCTV cameras installed at Bhopal, Habibganj Railway stations

The integrated security system at both the railway stations of the State capital has been started. Eighty cameras have been installed and separate control rooms have also been started under the p... Read More
The integrated security system at both the railway stations of the State capital has been started. Eighty cameras have been installed and separate control rooms have also been started under the project. The integrated security system was inaugurated by MLA Vishwas Sarang, MP Alok Sanjar and DRM Alok Kumar under Railway Yatri Upbhokta Pakhwara (Railway Passenger Customer Fortnight) on Saturday. Under the project, control room has also been set up on both the stations and 80 CCTV cameras have been installed on both the stations. These cameras will keep an eye on the activities in the railway station and its premises. The work of cleanliness will also be facilitated as the cleaners will be sent immediately to the spot for cleaning if required. It will also help Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) in identifying the suspects. Four officials have also been deputed in control rooms of the both the stations. Shed on platform number 1 of Habibganj Railway Station has also been extended from both the sides under the project. The shed has been extended 30 meter on side and 50 meter on the other side. This is done in an effort to provide relief to the passengers from blazing sun.

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Mini-truck laden with cement sacks overturns near Lalghati

A mini-truck laden with cement sacks overturned near VIP guest house at Lalghati under Koh-e-Fiza police station on Sunday afternoon. The truck turned turtle when its driver applied the reverse gea... Read More
A mini-truck laden with cement sacks overturned near VIP guest house at Lalghati under Koh-e-Fiza police station on Sunday afternoon. The truck turned turtle when its driver applied the reverse gear and it fell on a two-wheeler coming behind the truck and in the process, the couple riding on the two-wheeler had a narrow escape. However, no casualty was reported.

In the aftermath of incident, the truck driver fled from the spot and the surviving couple approached Koh-e-Fiza police station and lodged a complaint in this regard after which police have registered a case under section 279 of the IPC against errant truck driver and started search to nab him. According to Koh-e-Fiza police, the complainant Sandeep Gaur (28), son of Mukesh Gaur, a resident of Foota Makbara Cholla Road, in his complaint, told police that the incident took place in the afternoon, when he, along with his wife, were coming from Bairagarh after shopping on their Hero Maestro (MP 04 SQ 9145). Near VIP Guest House, a Tata 407 truck (MP09 GE 0406) turned turtle when the driver was reversing the truck and in the process, its tyre climbed on divider and the truck overturned. The couple coming from backside had a narrow escape as the truck fell on their scooter and they were lucky that the couple managed to jump at the right time and a major untoward incident was averted.

Later, Sandeep called one of his friends Dharmendra Patil after which they approached Koh-e-Fiza police station and lodged a complaint after which police have booked the accused truck driver on charges of negligent driving and started search to nab him.

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Mahesh Bhatt, actress Vidya Balan meet CM Chouhan

Film producer Mahesh Bhatt and actress Vidya Balan paid a courtesy visit to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at CM House here on Sunday.

As gifts, Chouhan presented Kabira brand produc... Read More
Film producer Mahesh Bhatt and actress Vidya Balan paid a courtesy visit to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at CM House here on Sunday.

As gifts, Chouhan presented Kabira brand products to Bhatt and Balan. Chief Minister’s wife Sadhana Singh, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister S K Mishra and Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Khadi and Village Industry Board Sudha Choudhary were also present on the occasion.

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Dust storm, thunder showers likely to hit isolated parts of MP

With 42.1 degrees Celsius recorded on Sunday, Bhopal city continues to witness heat wave. The minimum temperature was recorded at 31.1 degrees Celsius. As per Weather Department, in next forty-ei... Read More
With 42.1 degrees Celsius recorded on Sunday, Bhopal city continues to witness heat wave. The minimum temperature was recorded at 31.1 degrees Celsius. As per Weather Department, in next forty-eight hours, dust storm and rain showers would occur in isolated regions over Indore, Hoshangabad, Bhopal, Ujjain, Jabalpur and Shahdol divisions. Weather is likely to remain dry over Rewa, Sagar, Gwalior, Chambal divisions with a slight chance of dust storm.

Heat wave conditions would prevail at Sagar and Ratlam divisions. Naogaon recorded highest with 44 degrees Celsius.

In last twenty-four hours, isolated regions in Jabalpur witnessed thunder showers. Malajkhand witnessed 1 cm rainfall. The temperature range witnessed increase in Chambal region. In Indore, it decreased considerably, in Ujjain, slight variations were witnessed. In Hoshangabad and Sagar region, temperature witnessed variations more than the normal range. As per the Weather Department, cloudy weather may prevail in some isolated regions, which would result in fluctuation in temperature in Bhopal and nearby divisions.

The maximum range of temperature increased mainly in Jabalpur division. Besides Rewa, Shahdol, Hoshangabad division also witnessed increase. Sagar, Bhopal, Indore and Ujjain witnessed some variations. Meanwhile, temperatures in the four main cities- Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur ranged between 44.2 and 28.6 degrees Celsius. Indore recorded a minimum of 27.9(+2) degrees Celsius and maximum at 40.5 (+1) degrees Celsius. On Sunday, Gwalior witnessed highest maximum day temperature compared to the other three major cities in State.

Minimum temperature at Gwalior was recorded at 27.5 degrees Celsius, while maximum remained at 44.2 (+2) degrees Celsius. In Jabalpur, minimum and maximum temperature were respectively recorded at 28.6 (-2) and 41.6 (+2) degrees Celsius. Khajuraho was recorded at 43.8 degrees Celsius maximum and minimum at 26.8 (-4) degrees Celsius. Pachmarhi was recorded at 35.0 degrees Celsius (+4) maximum and minimum at 25 degrees Celsius.

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MP Board Class XII toppers yet to get laptops

The State Government was about to provide laptops to higher secondary students securing 85 per cent and above in MP Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) examination but it has not been provided y... Read More
The State Government was about to provide laptops to higher secondary students securing 85 per cent and above in MP Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) examination but it has not been provided yet to students.

It was announced on the day of declaration of result of higher secondary examination that the students securing more than 85 per cent in MP board examination will be provided laptops for their higher education. But till now, the laptops have not been provided to the students.

Students living in tribal areas could not score high marks for want of facilities and lagged behind their urban counterparts. As per the sources, 2 per cent of these students have been given laptops. Last year, the State Government distributed around 7,000 laptops to students, whereas this year, it has been decided to distribute around 10,000 laptops. On the other hand, fewer laptops to the students of SC and ST categories are attracting protest. A demand is being made to lower the parameters of marks for the scheme. It has been demanded that the laptops, which are being given to SC/ST students should be given on securing 80 per cent by SC students and 75 per cent by ST students. A proposal on this is being prepared by the School Education Department. As far as the scheme is concerned, 6 per cent students belonging to scheduled caste, 47 per cent students belonging to OBC and 44% students of general category were given laptops. According to the Minister of State Deepak Joshi, laptops will be provided soon to the higher secondary school students. While talking about the laptops distribution on the basis of categories, he stated that the laptops will not be provided caste-wise. It will be provided only to those students, who have secured 85% and above.

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Less number of admission in UTD

Barkatullah University (BU) students seem to have no interest in taking admission in University Teaching Department (UTD). This year, the figure of students has decreased drastically as compared to... Read More
Barkatullah University (BU) students seem to have no interest in taking admission in University Teaching Department (UTD). This year, the figure of students has decreased drastically as compared to last year. According to sources, this year, only around 200 applicants have applied in UTD in last two weeks. This raises a question on the management of BU as it comes under the list of eminent universities. Reason behind this situation is the delay in declaration of results of Under Graduate programme. Still, results of few examinations have been withheld in BU. And so, students are confused whether to take admission in this department or not.

While, BU has determined June 20 as the last date to take admission, so students have less time left to take the decision. Admission will be done via both, online and offline mode. However, if the students choose offline mode, they have to come to the University for submitting the form. Then, IT cell of BU will convert offline forms into online forms. Online forms are being submitted via MP Online. General category students can fill the form with application fees Rs 300 till June 20, whereas the forms can also be submitted up to June 25, but with late fees Rs 600. The students of reserved category can submit it with late fees Rs 300.

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Anti-encroachment squad removes illegal structures from Pul Bogda

In its ongoing drive, anti encroachment squad of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) removed encroachments from Pul Bogda in presence of heavy police force on Sunday. The assurance for action ag... Read More
In its ongoing drive, anti encroachment squad of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) removed encroachments from Pul Bogda in presence of heavy police force on Sunday. The assurance for action against encroachments was given by the MLA Vishwas Sarang while talking to mediapersons at Habibganj Railway Station on Saturday.

A heavy police force was deployed at Pul Bogda before removing encroachments to avoid nuisance and protest. Various shops, stalls, hand carts and other such encroachments were removed and many items were also seized by the corporation. The removal of encroachments from Pul Bogda was proposed for construction of a new bridge. MLA Vishwas Sarang, along with MP Alok Sanjar, assured of removing encroachments from the bridge while talking to mediapersons at Habibganj Railway Station on Saturday on the occasion of Railway Yatri Upbhokta Pakhwara (Railway Passenger Customer Fortnight).

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Truck driver tries to rape pregnant woman, arrested

In yet another incident of sexual assault against women, a truck driver tried to outrage modesty of a 19-year-old pregnant woman in front of her husband inside the running truck in which the spou... Read More
In yet another incident of sexual assault against women, a truck driver tried to outrage modesty of a 19-year-old pregnant woman in front of her husband inside the running truck in which the spouse took lift to reach Bhopal.

However, the accused driver could not succeed in his ill intention as the couple jumped off from the running truck at Kajlikheda under the jurisdiction of Kolar police station. In the bid to save her modesty, the woman and her husband sustained grievous injuries.

Later, a passerby spotted the injured couple seeking help after which he informed 108 Ambulance, subsequent to which, the victim woman was rushed to Narmada Hospital, where her condition was reported critical. Meanwhile, following the complaint of victim’s husband, the police registered a case of rape against the accused, seized the truck and also arrested the accused truck driver. SSP (DIG) Raman Singh Sikarwar, talking to ‘The Hitavada’, said the incident took place at around 2 am, when the accused driver did not stop the truck in which the couple took lift and after beating the couple, the accused tried to outrage the modesty of 6 months pregnant woman after which both the wife and husband jumped from the speeding truck.

Throwing light on the incident, DIG Sikarwar further said that the couple hailed from Piprani village in Dhar and both used to work as sharecropper. Few days ago, the wife of youth went to her parent’s house located at Pipaliya Barkheda in Obedullahganj. The in-laws of youth were demanding cash of Rs 1 lakh as tradition prevailed in their community to allow the woman to send back their daughter with him. Later, the Panchayat of village fixed the deal at Rs 60,000.

However, the youth was unable to pay this amount as his financial condition was not so good and when he reached his in-law’s house and expressed his inability to pay the amount, dispute erupted between the youth and victim’s brother. Later, on Saturday late night at around 11:30 pm, the couple fled from there secretly without informing anyone.

In the midnight, as there was no public transportation available to them, the couple was waiting at a roadside in Pipaliya Barkheda to reach Bhopal to take bus for reaching Dhar.

A police personnel got suspicious on seeing the couple at the late night hour and interrogated them. Considering their problem, he took them to a dhaba from where he told the couple to sit in a sand laden truck (MP 04 HC 3479). He told the truck driver Raees Khan to drop them at Bhopal.

Town Inspector Kolar Akhilesh Mishra said that the driver was drunk and was under wrong impression that the 19-year-old woman was eloping with the youth. The accused driver took route from Gol Ganv to reach Mandideep from where he reached Kajlikheda in Kolar.

TI Mishra added that the husband of victim woman said that the accused driver tried to molest his wife, saying that he liked her and wanted to make sexual intercourse with her. The accused beat him with bamboo stick and told them to remain silent when he tried to outrage the modesty.

Later, when the truck reached Kajlikheda, the accused driver unloaded the sand and when the couple got down from the truck, accused Raees Khan forced the couple inside the truck and then, he tried to outrage modesty of woman, following which, the terrified couple jumped from the running truck.

In the aftermath of the incident, the injured pregnant woman was admitted to Narmada Hospital. Meanwhile, the police have registered a case under sections 376, 511, 308 and 342 of the IPC against the accused driver and later, seized the truck and also arrested him on Sunday afternoon.

The arrested accused was being further quizzed by the police and would be presented in the court on Monday. Bhopal police would also interrogate the police personnel, who told the couple to sit in the truck and for which the Kolar police is in contact with Raisen police.

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Leniency in intake of excess seasonal fruits harmful for diabetic patients

“A DIABETIC patient should pay attention while consuming seasonal fruits. As summer season approaches inclination for seasonal fruits increases among people but for diabetic patients this is no... Read More
“A DIABETIC patient should pay attention while consuming seasonal fruits. As summer season approaches inclination for seasonal fruits increases among people but for diabetic patients this is not good. If a normal person consumes seasonal fruits like mango, water melon or other fruits enriched with water and sugar, pancreas have the capacity to convert the sugar into energy, while pancreas of a diabetic person suffering from metabolic disorder and hormonal imbalance like diabetes does not perform at that level and fail to function properly,” said Dr Prashant Punekar, Associate Professor, Government Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital. He said though patients with known diabetes pay more attention but in summer season crave for seasonal fruits especially mango, which has high sugar calorie value and is rich in carbohydrate.

In such a case what we can do is that we can exchange seasonal fruits rich in carbohydrates with fruits having less carbohydrate content or consume less. Reducing size of seasonal fruits will help pancreas to get sugar at optimal level and sugar level is maintained.

Talking on common myth that after washing out starch carbohydrate level will not increase, but the fact is that leaving out starch from rice while cooking will work up to some level to bring down sugar level in rice. A diabetic patient should avoid one bowl of rice or one chapatti to compensate diet to maintain sugar level gained during summer, as dosage of anti-diabetic medicine, diet of diabetic patients are usually fixed by doctors. Senior Dietician Dr Ankita Sahu of Government Hospital said that though mangoes and water melon are rich sources of vitamins, supported with anti-cancer properties and many other properties necessary for good health, but for a diabetic patient consumption should be in adequate quantity prescribed by a dietician.

This increases sugar level in the body (as pancreas fail to convert excess sugar into energy), ultimately level of diabetes increases. Such unrecognised increase in sugar level can harm other vital organs of the body. Diabetic neuropathy, skin allergies and other problems will arise in patients consuming seasonal fruits without knowing ill-effects of the same. There are several diabetic patients who do not pay attention on rise in Glycemic Index (measurement showing increase in blood sugar level after consuming food) after consuming seasonal fruits like mangoes, grapes and specially water melon specially in during summer, but such negligence in intake of sugar level could be harmful to the diabetic patient.

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Police officers should be aware of legal provisions of Motor Vehicle Act: IG

INSPECTOR General of Police (Jabalpur Zone) D Sreenivasa Rao chaired a zonal workshop on traffic management, education and improvement at Police Control Room on Sunday. Additional Superintenden... Read More
INSPECTOR General of Police (Jabalpur Zone) D Sreenivasa Rao chaired a zonal workshop on traffic management, education and improvement at Police Control Room on Sunday. Additional Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Surendra Kumar Jain, Additional Superintendent of Police (East) Amrendra Singh and sub-inspectors representing different districts and captains of Gram Raksha Samitis attended the workshop.

Addressing the programme, IG D Srinivasa Rao emphasised on subjects of workshop for obtaining valuable information about road engineering, safe driving, traffic signals and its best use for monitoring traffic, implementing safety parameters and legal provisions. Officers were also given stress management techniques. IG Rao informed that police officers must be aware of legal provisions of Motor Vehicle Act for its better implementation in evading traffic related problems and preventing road accidents in their respective areas. Officers were taught for informing violators of traffic norms about its threats to their lives.

He said that traffic management is one of the toughest works in Police Department as personnel have to manage traffic midst air and noise pollution of vehicles. Officers should take good care of their health with balanced and nutritious diet and exercises. They should remain patient while working on field for solving problems of others and facing any untoward incident. During the workshop, ASP (Traffic) Surendra Kumar Jain informed that members of the city and rural Raksha Samitis have been invited during the workshop for creating traffic related awareness in rural areas.

On the occasion, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Traffic) R P Baghel informed about technical aspects of road engineering, its use in traffic management, while DSP Santosh Upadhyay informed about safe driving techniques. Dr Shyamdas Rawat, Cancer Specialist of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital informed about risk of addiction while driving, while Dr Abhay Shrivastava gave information about providing first-aid to injured in a road accident. SHO of Traffic Police Station, Lovely Soni gave information about road safety signs and its use through pamphlets to the participants.

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Absence of monitoring system leads to sale of spurious food products

MAHAKOSHAL being the tribal dominating area of Central India has immense potential for processed food and beverages. Lack of proper monitoring system in this region becomes an open access for c... Read More
MAHAKOSHAL being the tribal dominating area of Central India has immense potential for processed food and beverages. Lack of proper monitoring system in this region becomes an open access for consumption of spurious and sub-standard edible material. Food processing industry potential is getting suppressed due to lack of calibration laboratory and customers are bound to use food with sub-standard ingredients due to lack of proper monitoring system.

There are various products that could be developed in Mahakoshal region but due to lack of industry the raw material is being value added by entrepreneurs in adjoining states. Even traditional market in Mahakoshal also influenced with changing market trends.

In developing market of Mahakoshal region various new people are entering food sector. With over pitched branding and assurances on quality, taste of products creates selling space for new entrants. Distracting tradition of food industry in Mahakoshal market, which is based on credibility of manufacturers with new mantra of branding now standing a parallel and new range of products. Development had changed the business trend. Surprisingly, in this phase of development advancement in monitoring system missed. The product being manufactured and packaged in local industry has no certain criteria about quality of ingredients and pricing.

Market trend in Mahakoshal region is dominated by traditional practices of manufacturing edibles like sweets, salts and even fast food of its own culture. Food joints of multi-national chains of restaurants in this region do not have much noticeable presence. However, existing corners that are engaged by MNC food chain counters are drawing good business only from urban population. Mahakoshal region is also a leading producer of agriculture, minor forest produces of medicinal and aromatic products.

Being a leading producer of ingredients in agro industry producing wide range of herbal medicines, food supplements and other material. At home in Mahakoshal potential of food processing and value addition is lying untapped. Reason is lack of awareness about monitoring system of the quality. For production of herbal or non-herbal products the product calibration at micronutrient level is foremost needed.

Lacking facility of calibration laboratory of products in Mahakoshal region and its monitoring Mahakoshal region remains constraint to a producer of ingredients. Following this food processing industry is flourishing in adjoining states.

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Buch consigned to flames with full state honours

Funeral of retired IAS Officer M N Buch was performed with full state honours at Bhadbhada crematorium on Sunday. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan paid tributes to late Buch by laying a wreat... Read More
Funeral of retired IAS Officer M N Buch was performed with full state honours at Bhadbhada crematorium on Sunday. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan paid tributes to late Buch by laying a wreath on his body. Former Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit and prominent citizens paid tribute to Buch.

Paying tributes to late Buch, the Chief Minister said that the credit to existing planning of Bhopal went to him. He was an able administrator and an identity of Bhopal in the country. He was not a mere bureaucrat, but also a source of inspiration for doing better work for the poor. He was frank and candid. He lived his entire life for country and society. He used to write a letter almost every month to him (Chief Minister) regarding public welfare works. After consideration, it would be decided to perpetuate his memories. He prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family to bear this loss. Home and Jail Minister Babulal Gaur paid tributes to late Buch by laying a wreath on his body here on Sunday. Gaur said that as an able administrator, Buch had carved out his distinct identity through his services in Madhya Pradesh and Delhi. Buch worked for development and interests of people. Buch will always be remembered for his work.

Former Union Minister Suresh Pachouri said that late Buch will always be remembered as an honest administrator. He played an important role in beautifying and systemising Bhopal. Representatives of various communities and institutions also paid tributes to late Buch.

MP Alok Sanjar, MLA Vishwas Sarang, Kailash Narayan Sarang, Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa, DGP Surendra Sinh, large number of public representatives, senior officers and people were present on the occasion.

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STF Gwalior team visits Jabalpur to arrest Dr Johri

A TEAM of Special Task Force (STF) Gwalior on Sunday visited Johri Hospital situated in Wright Town area and residence in Jabalpur in search of Dr Richa Johri on Sunday. The team led by STF Sub-I... Read More
A TEAM of Special Task Force (STF) Gwalior on Sunday visited Johri Hospital situated in Wright Town area and residence in Jabalpur in search of Dr Richa Johri on Sunday. The team led by STF Sub-Inspector Patidar comprised of a Woman ASI and Head Constables. The team reached Jabalpur to arrest Dr Richa Johri wanted in VYAPAM scam but they failed to trace her. Now, STF is preparing to declare Dr Richa Johri absconding and declare cash reward for any information about her and to arrest her, revealed STF sources.

Sources claimed that information obtained from apprehended men will prove a milestone in investigations in VYAPAM scam as names of several high profile persons having influential political, administrative and educational backgrounds in different states has come to light.

Dr Richa Johri of 2008 batch had completed her MBBS from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital, Jabalpur, and post-graduation from Mahatma Gandhi Government Medical College, Indore. Statements of recently arrested Dr M S Johri and Professor Yogesh Upreet brought a ray of hope for tightening noose around big fishes involved in this major scam in coming days.

Special Task Force is taking precautionary measures to avoid leak of sensitive information obtained from the accused for further investigations and taking action against the accused. On June 3, a team of Special Task Force Gwalior apprehended Dr M S Johri and Yogesh Upreet from Jabalpur and sought their remand till June 11.

During interrogation by STF personnel on Sunday, Yogesh Upreet complained of severe pain in the stomach and he was immediately taken to hospital. He was discharged from hospital after primary check-up. STF is taking special care and paying attention on Upreet’s health as he is suffering from cancer. During interrogation, Dr Johri had confessed to have paid Rs 25 lakh for qualifying his daughter Dr Richa Johri in Pre-Medical Entrance Examination, while Professor Upreet also confessed to his role in the scam and taking money for admissions in medical colleges. Upreet is also being interrogated for irregularities in Direct Medical Entrance Test (DMET) for admission in private medical colleges. Ongoing investigations revealed contacts of apprehended men with several high profile personalities and arrest of several high profile personalities likely to be taken place in coming days.

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Revenue Board issues strictures to Revenue officers to settle appeals

LOOKING into the inordinate delay in settling the appeals and cases filed in the Revenue Courts, the Chairman of Revenue Board Chhattisgarh D S Misra has issued stricture to the Revenue Courts ... Read More
LOOKING into the inordinate delay in settling the appeals and cases filed in the Revenue Courts, the Chairman of Revenue Board Chhattisgarh D S Misra has issued stricture to the Revenue Courts under the Board to expedite decision making and also for not making error in judgment. According to the order issued by the Chairman, he has called for not delaying justice to the applicant as justice delayed is justice denied. The Board has also maintained that the frivolous adjournments sought by the advocates are also a reason for delaying the cases. Besides, delay in receiving the records by the lower courts, non execution of summons, issue of long hearing dates by readers, non hearing of the case by the Revenue officers on chair due to other occupations, not issuing orders even after the final hearing and re hearing of the cases by the officers and seeking of stay by the advocates for non execution of the order passed by the lower court are some of the reasons as identified for the inordinate delay. And this comes under the category of abuse of judicial process, the order by the Chairman maintained.

Quoting from a judgment of the former Chief Justice of India Late Krishna Aiyyer in the case of Punjab government Vs Shyamlal Murari, where he has said ‘We must always remember that procedural law is not to be a tyrant but a servant, not an obstruction but an aid to justice. It has been wisely observed that procedural prescriptions are the handmaid and not the mistress, a lubricant, not a resistant in administration of justice. We should not enthrone a regulatory requirement into a dominant desideratum. After all, courts are to do justice, not to wreck this end product of technicalities’.

Besides, the Chairman also maintained that one of the reasons for the delay in justice is that mostly the Collector or the Commissioner do not hear the cases filed in the courts under their purview personally and direct the Upper Collector or Upper Commissioner to hear the case. As a result most of the orders passed by the lower courts have innumerable errors and are against law of justice forcing the applicants to go in for revision resulting in the litigation getting long.

The Chairman maintained that Collector and Commissioners comes under the category of primarily revenue officers and settling the revenue cases is their primary responsibility hence forth the Collectors and Commissioners must settle 50 and 40% of the cases respectively registered under their courts. The Chairman also ordered that the appeals, review petitions and cases must be settled within six hearings and this is the maximum time limit. The revenue officers must also make a self disclosure of the date of registration of the case and number of hearings in the case before giving the judgment.

The Chairman also ordered that all cases related to farm lands will be heard by the Collector and Commissioner.

The Upper Collectors / Commissioners will transfer such cases to the court of the senior. He also maintained that in such cases where an appeal and revision petition has been filed the revenue officers must dissuade frivolous adjournments and they must be settled on priority basis. However, this order will not be applicable on stay orders passed by superior courts, the Chairman maintained.

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‘3,000 Gram Panchayats targeted for ODF by year end’

Efforts are on to make at least 3,000 Gram Panchayats of Chhattisgarh as Open Defecation Free (ODF) within this year, stated Swacch Bharat Mission state level Director Shikha Rajput Tiwari, who... Read More
Efforts are on to make at least 3,000 Gram Panchayats of Chhattisgarh as Open Defecation Free (ODF) within this year, stated Swacch Bharat Mission state level Director Shikha Rajput Tiwari, who assumed her new office only recently. Speaking to The Hitavada over phone on the priorities ahead, she said that villages with Pipeline Supplied Water system in addition to identified villages under Vidhayak and Sansad Gram Yojana will be taken up on priority under the scheme.

Another major initiative is the inclusion of hand-washing and sanitation related awareness amongst school children as part of ‘Shaala Praveshotsav’. The sanitation campaign can only be successful if taken up as social movement and it is in this realization that the department also operates ‘Navratna’scheme where eminent and influential people in different localities and communities are roped in to mobilize the community to hygienic sanitation practices. She said that Department of Panchayat and Rural Development also is contemplating writing to District Collectors and Panchayat CEOs about identifying and felicitating people engaged in sanitation related campaigns.

This is expected to go a long way in helping the message percolate in society, she said.

Another major innovative concept is that of construction of dozens of sanitary complexes across different public places in rural areas. The choice of place for this construction could be weekly markets, religious gatherings or other such public places where people would be able to use the facility while visiting there. To ensure continued usage of toilets being built under the campaign, tap connection and water storage have been included in the design, she added.

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Relatives, neighbours turning ‘contributors’ to the trade

In most of the cases of human trafficking, it is the close relatives and neighbours who are directly, or indirectly involved in committing the crime of selling minors and teenagers to agents. T... Read More
In most of the cases of human trafficking, it is the close relatives and neighbours who are directly, or indirectly involved in committing the crime of selling minors and teenagers to agents. These agents ‘dalaals’ further take the children to New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore or other big cities on the pretext of providing them good job, and thus the journey of their becoming bonded begins. While traveling to several villages in all the three blocks of the Jashpur district, this correspondent came to learn that in almost every trafficking incident, the close relatives of the trafficked child or their neighbours were involved in execution of the whole illegal process.

“I was taken by my uncle, who had come from neighbouring Jharkhand state. He had assured my father, a daily wage labourer, of giving me a job but he took me to New Delhi where I was sold to a placement agency. Later I was told to work in a house where five men used to live,” said 18-year-old Pratiti (name changed) from Sitonga village.

She was among those lucky ones who managed to escape from the house after months of torture and alleged sexual assault. But thousands of girls and boys are still working as bonded labour. If data tabled in the state assembly are to be believed, more than 14,000 children were found missing from the state since four years. In a written reply to question raised by Leader of Opposition TS Singhdeo, Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra had stated that 2757 children were found missing in 2010, 3187 in the year 2011, 3384 in 2012, 2907 in 2013 and 1176 in the year 2014. After talking to local villagers and NGOs it was ascertained that children, especially girls, in Jashpur get easily lured by agents and other touts just because of lack of education and livelihood option.

A Jashpur-based police official on the condition of anonymity informed that in many cases it was found that even the attraction of going out making good income also makes the young girls and boys vulnerable to placement agencies.

“There have been few cases where parents send their children by taking money from the agents but mostly it’s the close relatives who do deal with the agents. Sometime, when the children do not send them money, or they are exploited they complain about missing of their kids. We conduct raids in the vulnerable villages from time to time,” said Pradeep Tiwari, Nodal Officer, Anti Human Trafficking Cell.

However, even the attraction of going to big cities, making good money makes the young tribal girls and boys vulnerable to placement agencies working in New Delhi, Mumbai and other cities.

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Punjab and Gujarat CMs inspect Livelihood College in Bhilai

Chief Minister of Punjab and Chairman of the Niti Aayog sub-group on skill development, Parkash Singh Badal along with Chief Minister of Gujarat, Anandiben Patel inspected the Livelihood Colleg... Read More
Chief Minister of Punjab and Chairman of the Niti Aayog sub-group on skill development, Parkash Singh Badal along with Chief Minister of Gujarat, Anandiben Patel inspected the Livelihood College at Sector-6 Bhilai on Sunday afternoon. They were accompanied by Cabinet Ministers, Prem Prakash Pandey, Ramsheela Sahu, MLA Vidya Ratan Bhasin along with Chief Secretary, Technical Education of Punjab-NP Singh, Secretary-RK Verma, Director Technical Education-B Purusharth, Chief Secretary of Gujarat-Sanjay Prasad, Chief Secretary of Meghalaya-MS Rao, Director Technical Education-B Hajong, Secretary Technical Education of Goa-Virendra Kumar. At first Punjab and Gujarat chief ministers reached the Livelihood College and took note of the various training techniques imparted under different trades in the college. They inspected the Central Air Conditioner Repair Room and Classroom, Paint Application Techniques Classroom, Electrical and Home Appliances Repair and Classroom, Refrigerator and AC Repair and Classroom and Selling Skill Classroom and also interacted with the trainee students.

“Unemployment is a big problem in the country, the reason being lack of skilled manpower and in order to ensure adequate availability of skilled man-power to achieve the objectives of ‘Make in India’ initiatives of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi these livelihood colleges are becoming a role model,” said Chief Minister of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal, while talking to the reporters after inspecting the Livelihood College. While most countries have more than 80 to 90% skilled workforce, in India the figure is just 3%, so need to link skill training and placement to motivate the youth becomes necessary which such livelihood college, said the Punjab CM while appreciating the efforts of Dr Raman Singh in the state.

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel said the visit was an opportune moment for integrating creative and practical ideas of various skills being provided to the youths. Talking about the skill development programmes that are being organized in Gujarat, she said that we have 127 Skill Development centers where every year around one lakh youths are provided training of which 75% are given placement and till date we have trained about 10 lakh youths in the state.

The team also comprised of Director of NITI Ayog, Kuntalsen Sharma, Additional Secretary, Alok Kumar, Consultant BK Pandey, Sunita Sandhi, Devendra Singh and Kanika Agrawal along with Secretary Technical Education-Renu Pillai, Director Technical Education-Himanshu Gupta, Incharge Collector-JP Phatak and other officials.

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Add agriculture, allied sectors to skill development: Punjab CM

Chairing the meeting of Niti Ayog (Policy Commission) Sub-Group at Mahanadi Bhavan, Chief Minister of Punjab Prakash Singh Badal emphasised on adding agriculture and allied sectors into skill devel... Read More
Chairing the meeting of Niti Ayog (Policy Commission) Sub-Group at Mahanadi Bhavan, Chief Minister of Punjab Prakash Singh Badal emphasised on adding agriculture and allied sectors into skill development initiative. He added that rural youths should be provided necessary training under Skill Development Programme. Badal also stressed upon providing training to workers registered under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme through skill development initiative.

The meeting of Policy Commission’s Sub Group was held at Mahanadi Bhavan on Sunday, wherein Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Dr Raman Singh, Chief Minister of Gujarat Anandi Ben Patel, Chhattisgarh Higher Education Minister Prem Prakash Pandey and Odisha Food and Civil Supply Minister Sanjay Kumar Das Barma participated. In the meeting, various aspects of skill development scheme and possible measures to make it more effective were discussed. Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh Government Vivek Dhand, Chief Secretary of Punjab Sarvesh Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh N Baijendra Kumar, CEO of Policy Commission Sindhushri Khullar, Principal Secretary of Gujarat Sanjay Prasad, Principal Secretary of Meghalaya M S Rao, Principal Secretary of Chhattisgarh’s Technical Education Department Renu Pillai, Technical Education Secretary of Goa Virendra Kumar, Skill Development Secretary of Tamil Nadu C Samayamurthy, Additional Secretary of Policy Commission Alok Kumar and Advisors to Niti Ayog including Sunita Singhi, Devendra Singh and Praveen Mahto, Kuntal Sen Sharma and Kanika Agrawal as well as other officials concerned were also present.

Addressing the meeting Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said, Chhattisgarh Government has established Livelihood Colleges in all 27 districts and now such colleges are being opened at the development block-level. Also the State Government is organising career fairs in order to provide necessary guidelines and information about career selections to the youths. They are provided assistance in opting for employment or self-employment. Rural youths are also provided training for lac production. A budgetary allocation of Rs 190 crore has been made for all 27 Livelihood colleges which amounts to Rs 5-10 crore provision for one college. The state government is coordinating with private and public sector industries in this direction and some percentage of their CSR amount is being diverted for skill development initiative. He informed that the state requires approximately Rs 250-300 crore annually for providing skill development to the youths and accordingly there is need for generating resources along with assistance from Centre to cope up with these expenses.

Chief Minister further added that Right to Skill Development Act had been enacted in Chhattisgarh and made skill development a legal right. He suggested other states should also follow suit and enact such provisions. He added that in Chhattisgarh mining and industrial activities are undergoing where youths are also being provided training under Skill Development initiative. In the coming years there is requirement of 40,000 skilled youths in the state, for which efforts have been initiated to provide training to the youths at the local level. Agriculture and Horticulture has already added in the training programme. He said the state government is trying to provide multi-skill training facilities under one roof.

Chief Minister of Gujarat Anandi Ben Patel said, Gujarat Government is taking significant steps for skill development of youth in unorganized sector. In the same sequence, MoUs have been signed with various organizations and ITIs have also been opened to provide skill development training to youth. Disabled people are also being provided reservation and training in private sector. She suggested that the skilled youth should be connected to formal education.

Chhattisgarh Technical Education Minister Prem Prakash Pandey said that National Skill University should be opened, curriculum of which should be uniformly followed in all the states in the country. Odisha’s Technical Education Minister Sanjay Kumar Das Barma gave information about works and activities of modern skill training institute.

Managing Director of Skilled Development Corporation, Tamil Nadu told that Film Development Corporation and undertakings of public sector have been included under National Skill Development Scheme in Tamil Nadu. Goa’s Technical Education Secretary Virendra Kumar told that training facility in catering and tourism related works has been made available in state. CEO of NITI Ayog Sindhushree Khullar said that District Mineral Foundation is doing commendable works for skill development of youth in Chhattisgarh, which should be replicated in other states as well. Chhattisgarh Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand suggested that youth should be trained in processing of small forest produce. He also suggested scheduled caste and scheduled tribe category youths should be provided accommodation facility in Livelihood Colleges.

The meeting of Niti Ayog (Policy Commission) sub-group started at Mahanadi Bhavan from 10.30am. It is worth mentioning here that a Group of Chief Ministers has been constituted under Niti Ayog, which is chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal. The first meeting of this group was held in New Delhi, wherein, it was decided upon to prepare a work plan on skill development. Thereafter, on the suggestion of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, it was decided to hold the second meeting at Raipur. The outcome of the Sunday’s meeting will be appraised to the centre.

Later after the meeting all the delegates including the three Chief Ministers proceeded to Bhilai to see the livelihood college established recently. Earlier they also went around the emerging modern city of Naya Raipur.

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Committees to facilitate Kharif loan disbursement to farmers

Following the State Government’s announcement of rephasement of term loans and additional finance to farmers, the district administration has constituted Loan Facilitation Committees at tehsil ... Read More
Following the State Government’s announcement of rephasement of term loans and additional finance to farmers, the district administration has constituted Loan Facilitation Committees at tehsil level for smoother disbursement of crop loans to farmers this Kharif season.

The committees will be headed by respective Tehsildar and comprise Assistant Registrar, Inspector of Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank Limited (NDCCB), and other important functionaries. The committees will meet every Monday and Friday between 3 pm and 6 pm, and process loan proposals of farmers. “Several documents from different authorities are required to avail of farm credit. The committees will ensure that these documents are issued during the meetings, and that farmers get crop loans in time for this Kharif season,” said Sachin Kurve, District Collector. Kurve told reporters that the administration was targeting crop loan disbursement of Rs 841.15 crore this Kharif season. The previous year, the loan disbursement target for Kharif and Rabi seasons put together was Rs 1,073 crore. As against this, actual disbursement was Rs 863.55 crore, which was 84 per cent of the target. Though the target was met up to a fair level, only 70,767 farmers could get the loans. Considering that there are total 2.40 lakh registered farmers, the number of farmers who got loans was very low. Further, owing to crop damage in 1,795 villages in Nagpur district, many farmers were unable to repay the loans. As a result, they became ineligible for availing of the fresh loans for the current agricultural season.

“Thanks to State Government’s decision of rephasement of loans to farmers, the ryots in Nagpur district will be able to get fresh loans,” said Kurve.

Satish Bhosle, Deputy District Registrar, told the reporters that the State Level Bankers’ Committee had asked all banks in State to rephase all eligible accounts before June 30. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had asked the administration to get completed the process of rephasement by June 15. The converted crop loans of all farmers should have a repayment period of five years. Further, as per the Central Government’s provision, the interest subvention of 2 per cent would continue to be available to banks for the first year, on restructured loan amount. These restructured loans would attract ‘normal rate of interest’ from the second year onwards. In effect, the farmers would get a moratorium on loan recovery till March 2016, and their crop loans would be rephased for repayment in five years. “As a result, farmers would get fresh loans for Kharif season ahead,” he said.

Loan disbursement through NDCCB after RBI directive

Most of the farmers in Nagpur district get crop loans through Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank Limited (NDCCB). As the NDCCB is in trouble because of cancellation of its banking licence, whether the farmers would get loans through it or other banks is a hotly discussed issue.

Satish Bhosle, Deputy District Registrar, said that the State Government had released Rs 135 crore to help NDCCB maintain its CRR at a level that would help restore its banking licence. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cancelled banking licence of NDCCB. “NABARD has stepped in for revival of NDCCB. Once the requisite arrangements are made by NABARD, and RBI restores banking licence, crop loan disbursement through NDCCB will not be a problem,” Bhosle said. Further, nationalised banks have been asked to increase crop loan disbursement. “We are hopeful that farmers get crop loan through NDCCB this Kharif season,” said Bhosle.

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Five criminals planning to commit dacoity held

GITTIKHADAN Police on Friday arrested four of the six criminals planning to commit a dacoity and seized sharp-edged weapons, including swords, knives and an axe, packets of chilli powder and a Ma... Read More
GITTIKHADAN Police on Friday arrested four of the six criminals planning to commit a dacoity and seized sharp-edged weapons, including swords, knives and an axe, packets of chilli powder and a Mahindra Maestro scooter from them.

The accused have been identified as Abdul Sohail Abdul Salim (20), Abdul Shakir Abdul Salim (18), both residents of Welcome Society, Borgaon, Shahnawaz Khan Sharifullah Khan (25), a resident of Plot No. 102, Jamar Tower, Tipu Sultan Chowk, Shadab Khan alias Saddam Aslam Khan (19), a resident of Gittikhadan. Two of their accomplices -- Sameer and Gizar -- managed to give a slip to the cops.

An offence under Sections 399 of the IPC, 4+25 of the Arms Act and 142 of the Bombay Police Act has been registered against them. The accused were nabbed by API Santosh V Darekar and his team near Kalbande Nursing Home at Anant Nagar during patrolling in the small hours.

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Six more booked for touting in Collectorate premises

Continuing with its crackdown against touts, the district administration caught hold of six more persons near Setu Kendra in Collectorate premises. Also, the administration held one more tout fro... Read More
Continuing with its crackdown against touts, the district administration caught hold of six more persons near Setu Kendra in Collectorate premises. Also, the administration held one more tout from the premises of Superintendent of Land Records office. With this, the total number of touts booked recently has gone up to 10.

Sachin Kurve, District Collector, told reporters on Friday evening that six touts were held from Collectorate premises here earlier in the day. “They were handed over to police. Caste certificates and other documents were found with them,” he said. The touts booked on Friday included Rupesh Bedse, Sachin Ramteke, Nitin Karnewar, Rajesh Kirnake, Pravin Kale, and Sharad Tirpude. Some time ago, three touts were held in Setu Kendra premises while accepting money from applicants and handing over income certificates to them.

Stamps removed from old applications at Setu Kendra were found in possession of one of the accused Rupesh Meshram. Such stamps were seized from three other touts held previously also. According to sources, the touts have some ‘contacts’ inside Setu Kendra. However, the administration’s action has stunned the touts and their ‘contacts’. The administration is searching for ‘contacts’ of the touts and may soon take appropriate action against them.

Meanwhile, on Friday, a tout was held and later handed over to Sadar Police, at the office of Superintendent of Land Records. The tout was identified as Jagdish Chahande. Some documents pertaining to registry were reportedly found with him.

In all the cases, however, Sadar Police registered offence under Section 120 (b) of Bombay Police Act for indulging in touting. No offence was registered under Indian Penal Code against any of them, as per the police.

Tout arrested from Caste Validity Office

In another action on Friday, a tout was handed over to Sadar Police by officials of Caste Validity Office also. The tout Anthony Francis, is a resident of Gittikhadan area. As per the information, he was in touch with a lady employee in the said office. The lady employee works on contractual basis. On Friday, the officials and employees in Caste Validity Office got hold of him and handed him over to Sadar Police.

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Provide concrete solution to reduce air pollution: Dr Harsh Vardhan to NEERI

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences asked CSIR-NEERI to deploy its mobile units on a nationwide scale over the next year. A Mobile Emission ... Read More
Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences asked CSIR-NEERI to deploy its mobile units on a nationwide scale over the next year. A Mobile Emission Monitoring and Control Laboratory (MEMCL) van, which the Minister flagged off for the benefit of the citizens, will subsequently be taken to all the major cities of the country. After year-long surveys and observations, CSIR-NEERI would be in a position to propose effective solutions to reduce air pollution and for adopting it on a war footing.

Addressing a press conference after attending a series of events at the CSIR- National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), the Minister expressed concern over growing air pollution in the country. Air pollution is a real cause of concern and many cities in India are under the grip of it. It is a major health threat to the future generation.

Dr Harsh Vardhan urged citizens to transform themselves into responsible consumers. Instead of chasing ‘instant’ and junk food, people should bear realise their real needs. There should also be consciousness of public transportation and ethical purchases.

Dr Harsh Vardhan appreciated the facilities and research of CSIR-NEERI. ‘Harit Sangrahalaya’ developed by NEERI, the MEMCL and proposed Biotechnology Park would definitely change the face of CSIR NEERI, he said. Dr Harsh Vardhan described the museum as a ‘gift to the people of Nagpur’ who are already famous for their high degree of cultural awareness. He stressed need to promote green solution. The objective is to promote green solutions in air, water, energy and other environmental sectors at local, regional, and international levels. The ‘Harit Sangrahalaya’ has opened its doors to individuals, industries and organisations to adopt best eco-friendly practices, to raise their contribution to sustainable development, he stated.

Dr Harsh Vardhan said that waste management was one of the key priorities of environment policy of Narendra Modi’s government. The long-term goal of development was to become a recycling society that used waste as a resource. Multitudes of the processes were available for utilisation of waste for bio-fuels, he added.

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Truck crushes policeman to death on outer Ring Road

A MOTORCYCLE-BORNE Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) was killed while trying to overtake a truck from left side on the outer Ring Road in Rana Pratap Nagar area on Friday afternoon.

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A MOTORCYCLE-BORNE Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) was killed while trying to overtake a truck from left side on the outer Ring Road in Rana Pratap Nagar area on Friday afternoon.

ASI Ishwar B Gedam (50) attached to City Police Headquarters came under the rear wheel of a local truck (MH-31/CQ-7755) near Agne Layout, in front of Bank of India’s Khamla Branch on the outer Ring Road connecting Khamla Market and Jaitala, and was killed instantaneously.

A resident of Milind Nagar, ASI Gedam (Buckle No. 2244) was heading towards Mokhare College from Khamla Vegetable Market on a Honda ‘Shine’ motorcycle (MH-31/WS-4370) around 2.45 pm. The truck was also going in the same direction. ASI Gedam lost control of his motorcycle when the truck was taking a left turn towards Sahakar Nagar direction. As a result, he came under the rear wheel of the truck and was killed on the spot. A huge crowd of passersby gathered at the spot.

Onlookers caught the truck driver. ASI Gedam’s body was lying beneath the truck for more than half an hour. Staff from Rana Pratap Nagar Police Station arrived at the spot. After conducting the spot ‘panchnama,’ cops sent ASI Gedam’s body to Government Medical College & Hospital for post-mortem.

According to eye-witnesses, ASI was trying to overtake the truck from the left side that resulted into the tragedy. The truck which was later detained by the police belonged to Preevn Sawarkar.

PSI Shinde registered an offence under Sections 279 and 304 (A) of the IPC against the truck driver.

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MH-CET: City’s Amit Dashputra is probable topper in Vidarbha

The results of Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MH-CET) for admissions to Health Science courses were declared on Friday. In an improved performance, 27.44 per cent students of Vidarbha cleared ... Read More
The results of Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MH-CET) for admissions to Health Science courses were declared on Friday. In an improved performance, 27.44 per cent students of Vidarbha cleared the test. Amit Dashputra of Nagpur is probable topper from the region. A student of Shivaji Science College, Amit scored 198 marks.

Similarly, city’s Devashree Kadu has topped among girls in Vidarbha. Out of 200 marks, she got 197. She is a student of Dr Ambedkar College. Among regions in State, Vidarbha has topped the chart, a big improvement as it had hit the nadir last year. With 20.8% pass percentage Marathwada stood second while Rest of Maharashtra, with 17.83% pass percentage, finished third.

From Vidarbha, 37,315 students had appeared in the MH-CET of which 10,239 were declared eligible for Health Science courses.

The highest, 1,10,404 students had appeared in the test from Rest of Maharashtra. Total 19,689 students cleared the test.

From Marathwada, out of 41,331 students, 9,400 were declared eligible for admission to the courses. Government of Maharashtra conducted a Common Entrance Test (MH-CET 2015) for admission to Health Science courses on May 7, 2015. The test was held at 507 centres of the district headquarters in State.

The result would be displayed on the websites www.dmer.org and www.mhcet-exams.co.in. Out of 1,89,050 candidates who appeared in the test, 84,929 were boys and 10,4121 were girls.

The selection process for admission to Health Science courses would be conducted by filling “Preference Form” at centres -- Government Medical College, Mumbai; B J Medical College, Pune; Government Medical College, Nagpur and Government Medical College, Aurangabad. The notification to this effect would be issued subsequently at the website www.dmer.org.

Registrar, Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University (MAFSU), Nagpur, is the Competent Authority for selection to veterinary courses and the concerned respective authority would notify the details of selection process soon.

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Govt notifies LBT Amnesty Scheme for traders

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Maharashtra Government has announced Amnesty Scheme for recovery of pending Local Body Tax (LBT) for waiver of interest and penalty in twenty-five Municipal Corporation are... Read More
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Maharashtra Government has announced Amnesty Scheme for recovery of pending Local Body Tax (LBT) for waiver of interest and penalty in twenty-five Municipal Corporation areas in the State. The period of the amnesty scheme will be from June 3 to July 31, 2015. For availing tax benefit under this scheme, trader have to register themselves. Any trader will not be eligible to claim benefits under the scheme, if he files returns and pays tax after July 31. From August 1, the LBT will be withdrawn from entire state. State Government has amended Maharashtra Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, 1949 recently for introducing this scheme. As per notification, this scheme shall be applicable to the registered as well as non-registered traders or persons and for temporary registered persons or traders for specific year. The scheme shall be applicable for the total period starting from date of implementation of LBT in the Municipal Corporations to March 2015. This will be applicable for assessed period as well as for un-assessed period. If trader or person pays total amount of principal tax payable by him to respective corporation during the amnesty period out of pending dues then the total amount of interest or penalty will be waived. If respective trader or person pays part of outstanding principal amount of tax then in respect of only tax paid amount interest and penalty shall be waived and the balance tax that is not paid shall be recovered with interest and penalty.

If trader pays total principal tax amount out of pending dues payable as per any statutory order passed before May 31 for any period ending on March 31, 2015, under MMC Act, then interest and penalty shall be waived. If trader is in appeal and if amount of principal tax out of outstanding dues is paid as per assessment order then interest and penalty shall be waived under the scheme, subject to unconditional withdrawal of appeal. If return is not filed by trader and if he files returns and pays total amount of tax during the amnesty period then interest and penalty shall not be levied. If trader has already furnished returns and by furnishing revised return he accepts additional tax liability and pays the total amount of tax then interest and penalty should not be levied. No refund shall be granted as result of this amnesty scheme. If there is any doubt regarding interpretation of amnesty scheme then Government’s decision will be final. HC directs Govt to keep... Government clarified that it may not claim privilege under section 129 of the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 and that the Government will not claim privilege in every case. During the course of hearing, the Advocate General in his written note about the issue stated that as a general principle, the legal opinions are usually meant for the Government and not for the strangers and should remain confidential except in the cases of overwhelming public interest. He has opined that normally the Government should not disclose the opinion. The Advocate General also stated that disclosure of such opinion should be strongly discouraged except in the cases of significant public interest and apprehended that improper or excessive disclosure would lead to possible misuse and to loss of frankness which would be detrimental to the Government. Generally, highly sensitive and complicated matters are referred to Advocate General for his legal opinion who is expected to guide the Government on legal front and hence often all confidential facts are revealed in the opinion along with pros and cons which are placed before the Government for its consideration before taking any major policy decision.

The High Court while concurring with the view expressed by the Advocate General directed the State Government to keep legal opinion of the Advocate General confidential, unless it is required do be disclosed considering the overwhelming public interest. Such frequent disclosure would be detrimental to interests of the State Government itself, the High Court stated while making it clear that it is in the interest of the State that a constitutional functionary like the Advocate General gives a frank and candid opinion on all issues.

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RSS chief praises Modi Govt for reviving nation’s confidence

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Appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Central Government for taking efforts to make India a powerful country and world leader in coming years, Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sars... Read More
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Appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Central Government for taking efforts to make India a powerful country and world leader in coming years, Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said, India has gained confidence of world due to its civilisational ethos and ancient heritage. India has every possibility to become world leader and has emerged as “most credible country,” he stated. India is one country which never acted selfishly, he said.

Dr Bhagwat was addressing the valedictory function of third year Officers Training Camp (OTC) of RSS on sprawling Reshimbag ground on Thursday. Padma-vibhushan Dr D Virendra Hegde (Dharmadhikari, Dharmasthal, Karnataka) was present as chief guest. A total 876 volunteers participated in the one-month long camp. Govind Singh Tank, Sarvadhikari, Sangh Shiksha Varg and Rajesh Loya, Mahanagar Sanghchalak were present on the dais.

Praising Modi for promoting Yoga at international level and organising International Yoga Day on June 21, Dr. Bhagwat said, the world is feeling changes in India and country’s image is shining at international level. The other powerful countries are taking India more seriously and many countries are ready to accept the leadership of India. It is true that we are not financially or strategically very strong but we have gained confidence of other countries that is more important. India always believed in concept of world as one family, great Hindu culture, and moral values.

The RSS chief once again urged fellow countrymen to strive hard for removal of untouchability and achieve social unity and integrity of the country. He said, it is responsibility of the community to get ready for leading the world.

Referring to Hindu culture and tradition, he said, “We believe in sanatan dharma.All Hindus are real brothers.It is high time we marched together with all people in complete harmony,” he said, adding that those who do not follow this should be shunned. Without naming Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for criticising functioning of RSS, Dr. Bhagwat said, some persons are criticising RSS without understanding it. I pitty the ignorance of RSS critics, he added.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Minister of State for Information Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Laisemba Sanachauba, Maharaj of Manipur, Scientist Dr Mylaswami Annadorai, Director ISRO, and Dr. S V Sharma, Group Director, ISRO, Mayor Pravin Datke, former MP Banwarilal Purohit, Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Sancheti, MLAs Sudhakar Deshmukh, Sudhakar Kohle, Vikas Kumbhare, MLC Nago Ganar were present. Yashwant bhai Choudhari, Gujarat State Karyawah compered the programme.

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Dr Harsh Vardhan to lay foundation stone for Technology Park at NEERI today

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Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, and Vice-President of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), will be visiting... Read More
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Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, and Vice-President of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), will be visiting CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI) on June 5, the World Environment Day.

During his visit, Dr Harsh Vardhan will inaugurate ‘Harit Sangrahalaya’, flag off a mobile van specially designed for air pollution control, and also lay foundation stone for Technology Park in NEERI premises. Dr M O Garg, Director General, CSIR, will accompany the Union Minister. The Union Minister will address staff of NEERI and invited guests on the occasion of World Environment Day, will review Research and Development (R&D) activities of CSIR-NEERI and guide scientists on future R&D initiatives that the Institute should pursue in the light of mission programmes of the Government. He will release a Hindi booklet on ‘Lab to Land’.

‘Harit Sangrahalaya’ showcases NEERI’s contributions in the past 57 years in environmental science and engineering, technologies developed, process know-how and technologies being developed to meet challenges in the fields of water, sanitation, air pollution, solid waste management, bio-remediation, health. The objective of ‘Harit Sangrahalaya’ is to bridge the gap between scientists and other segments of the society. It will have ‘Kids Section’ under which biodiversity of NEERI has been depicted with illustrations. The exhibits are in Hindi and English.

After planting tree in NEERI premises, Dr Harsh Vardhan will flag-off a mobile emission monitoring and control laboratory specifically designed for air pollution control with capability to monitor 50 gases including green house gases (GHGs), chloroflourocarbons (CFCs) and organic gases. The mobile laboratory is capable of real-time sampling, analysis, and control of air pollution from sources through flue gas treatability studies. It is proposed to be deployed in and around Nagpur on special monitoring projects to provide instantaneous, on-site data directly relating to a multitude of air quality issues.

The Union Minister will lay foundation stone for Technology Park proposed to showcase all technologies developed by NEERI at pilot level. This facility would be used for R&D and also educating students in green technologies for environmental management. Technology Development Facility for Waste to Biofuel (W2B) Projects envisages utilisation of municipal solid waste/organic biomass as raw material for biofuels to address waste management issues at reduced cost. Project will use biological and thermal processing options to propose the most economic and strategic option. It proposes establishment of Technology Incubation Facility (TIF) to evaluate developed process for efficacy, robustness, and technology potential, and review of process before demonstration scale or user-integrated full scale plant.

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Nagpur’s National Law School awaits V-C’s appointment: Tawde

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“We are awaiting the appointment of Vice-Chancellor for National Law School to be set up at Nagpur which is done by Supreme Court. After this step, way will be pav... Read More
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“We are awaiting the appointment of Vice-Chancellor for National Law School to be set up at Nagpur which is done by Supreme Court. After this step, way will be paved for NLS becoming functional here,” said Maharashtra’s Education Minister Vinod Tawde. He was speaking to mediapersons at Nagpur’s Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport on Thursday. Tawde arrived at airport from Mumbai to inaugurate a sports function at Amravati.

Tawde said that even the Government did find it difficult for making NLS at Mumbai to start functioning as the appointment of V-C was done a bit late. It was brought to his notice that then Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan had announced NLS at Nagpur during the function organised by High Court Bar Association (HCBA) in presence of the then President of India, Pratibhatai Patil.

Tawde said that he was aware and it would be done but first appointment of V-C must be done.

On issue of Yoga day to be celebrated at schools on June 21, Tawde made it clear that it was not mandatory and there was no compulsion. He also pointed out that there would be total flexibility in the activity considering the systems of various religions. Though it was not compulsory, Tawde said, the absence of anybody would be taken note of. Secondly, this is a proud moment for our nation. All students, teachers are performing yoga is a good thing, added Tawde. It is unfortunate to link a mega event like International Yoga Day with any religion, he lamented while responding to criticism of MIM and appealed all the participate in large numbers. In Nagpur and Amravati divisions, schools are re-opening on June 26, to which Tawde stated that schools have option to send message to students and celebrate this day with gusto between 7 to 7.30 am on June 21. Education department has already permitted schools to adjust one holiday against this celebrations.

About Government Engineering college to be set up at Nagpur, Tawde said, if it was decided at Government level then it would be established. Dr Nitin Raut, who represented North Nagpur constituency had demanded Government Engineering College. The earlier Government had agreed and Government Resolution was issued which had notified the land in North Nagpur. The project could not get momentum for the reasons best known to previous Government. Now Tawde’s statement has raised the hopes.

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Conduct RTE admissions as per norms: Nand Kumar

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Directing Deputy Director of Education to conduct admissions to be made under Right to Education (RTE) act in a fair and transparent manner, Principal Secretary of school ... Read More
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Directing Deputy Director of Education to conduct admissions to be made under Right to Education (RTE) act in a fair and transparent manner, Principal Secretary of school education department Nand Kumar said, “Do not harass schools while implementing RTE act and check the computer glitches which took place during on-line admission process,” he directed the local and regional authorities.

Nand Kumar said, “If in a particular school, the entry level is nursery, and still the parents have received SMS for admission in Standard I, then the students would not get admission. Because 25% admissions in both classes can never be possible.”

Recently, the Bombay High Court has stayed the effect of GR issued on April 30 by which entry point for RTE was fixed at Standard-I contradicting the earlier GR dated January 21 which permitted schools to determine their own point of entry either at nursery or Standard-I. The High Court has also stayed any punitive or penal action against schools conducting their RTE admission process as per old GR.

The Principal Secretary of School Education Nand Kumar was talking to mediapersons after the workshop held at Hislop College. He assured the schools that no undue pressure will be exerted on institutions, but in case less than 25 per cent students were admitted at the point of entry under RTE in last three years, the backlog of seats will have to be filled by such schools at Standard-I to ensure that at least 25 per cent of students at Standard-I should be enjoying benefit of RTE, he asserted. He said, “We have conducted on-line process for admissions to be done under RTE for the first time and computers were programmed for the same. Programmed computer can not commit mistake. Still if such mistake has taken place at any level, then those glitches will be checked. I have talked to our in-charge who looks after the on-line process and is submitting the details to me by tomorrow.” When mediapersons asked him about glitches and flaws in computer programme, Nand Kumar insisted that since the computer had been programmed, there was distant possibility of technical glitches taking place. However, Deputy Director of Education Anil Pardhi candidly admitted about this glitch and brought to notice of Principal Secretary that in case of Nagpur city, such glitch did take place. Taking a serious note of this fact, Nand Kumar immediately called concerned department and instructed them to submit details by Friday.

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Multi-media sound and light project at Ambazari lake soon

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Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is planning to construct Multi-Media Sound and Light Project at Ambazari Lake soon. A technical team along with NMC inspected the Ambazari... Read More
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Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is planning to construct Multi-Media Sound and Light Project at Ambazari Lake soon. A technical team along with NMC inspected the Ambazari overflow area for the project on Thursday.

The project will be similar to the famous Multi-Media Sound and Light project of Andaman and Nicobar Island. The life of Swami Vivekanand will be presented in the form of Multi-Media Sound and Light.

The project will take place under the guidance of Revathi, renowned actress-director of South Film Industry.

Revathi already inspected the place where the project will commence.

On Thursday, Sailesh Gopalan, Technical Manager of the project inspected the sight. Dayashankar Tiwari, Ruling Party Leader, Satish Salpekar, Construction Consultant, Rahul Walke, Mahesh Gupta, Work Engineer (Project), Sudhir Mate and Uday Gajbhiye were also present during the inspection.

Sailesh Gopalan is a renowned Graphic Designer of the country.

His work were exhibited in different shows like ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, ‘Big Boss’, ‘Filmfare Awards’, ‘Femina Miss India’, ‘National Games 2015’ and many others, informs a press release issued here.

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Sale of application forms for Engg admissions from today

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The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) has announced the programme of admissions for the first year Engineering through Centralised Admission Process (CAP) ... Read More
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The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) has announced the programme of admissions for the first year Engineering through Centralised Admission Process (CAP) showing an increase of around 4,000 seats for Engineering this year.

Of the 1.56 lakh Engineering seats, over 43 per cent were left vacant last year. This year too, there are 1.6 lakh seats available for the CAP round. The sale of application kit for admission to Engineering first year will begin on Friday. The on-line filling and submission of application form will take place through the website at http://www.dtemaharashtra.gov.in/fe2015 for all candidates between June 5 and 18. The process will be conducted through Application Receipt Centre (ARC) for Maharashtra and Outside Maharashtra Candidates. The dates for document verification and confirmation of on-line application form by Maharashtra and All India candidates in person at ARCs have also been fixed. It will done between June 6 and 20.

With technical institutes and courses coming up across Maharashtra over the last couple of years, the state is once again staring at possibilities of massive vacancies in technical programmes. Total 2,80,042 students appeared for Maharashtra Health Technical – Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET).

Huge vacancies in technical institutes across the state have been a problem over the past five to six years. The then Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan taking cognisance of these vacancies had asked the Technical Education department to find out the reasons. Accordingly, a committee headed by Prof G D Yadav was constituted which submitted report which said that 58 per cent of MBA schools had more than 35 per cent seats vacant in the 2013-14 academic session.

The committee, which visited these institutes, recommended closure of some courses and institutes. The vacancies mounted to over 60,000 last year, a steady rise.

The then Higher and Technical Education Minister Rajesh Tope had requested All India Council for Technical Education Chairman S S Mantha not to give permission to new engineering colleges. But Mantha refused to so. He had made it clear that respective state Governments should not send the proposal. This year, regulatory body has reduced intake capacity of around 18 Engg colleges in the state from 1,032 last year to just 120.

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Demand to rehabilitate workers of closed textile mills

Maharashtra Moffusil Textile and Allied Industries Workers’ Federation has demanded immediate steps for rehabilitation of workers affected due to closure of textile mills.

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Maharashtra Moffusil Textile and Allied Industries Workers’ Federation has demanded immediate steps for rehabilitation of workers affected due to closure of textile mills.

A meeting of the Federation was held under the chairmanship of former minister Haribhau Naik to discuss various issues pertaining to workers.

On the basis of houses constructed for mill workers in Mumbai, the demand in other parts of Maharashtra is pending since 2008.

The announcement of Minister of State for Housing Ravindra Vaykar about construction of 5 lakh houses in next five years, raised hope of the workers.

The Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had also raised the issue in the Assembly, when he was in the opposition. With BJP coming to power and Fadnavis becoming the Chief Minister, the workers were hopeful of getting their demand fulfilled.

Naik criticised the new labour policy of the government, which, he alleged, is against the larger interest of the workers. The Government should stick to the ILO principle of tripartite decision making.

The Federation has also demanded minimum pension of Rs 3,000, dearness allowance, health benefits, preference in allotment of ration shops, kerosene licence etc.

Sudam Shingne, Macchindra Erdaonkar, Mohan Gokhale, Eknath Bachhao, Tanaji Gaikwad, Krishnakant Mohod, Haribhau Chaudhari, Purushottam Hadke, Baburao Koche and other were present.

Copies of the resolutions passed pertaining to the issues discussed, were forwarded to the Prime Minister, Union Labour Minister, Union Finance Minister, Environment and Forest Minister, Provdent Fund Commissioner, MLAs Sudhakar Deshmukh and Vikas Kumbhare.

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Mihika, Anish shine in skating tourney

MIHIKA Shah and Anish Bhavedia were among the skaters who won gold medals in the skating meet organised by United Skating Club at Mount Carmel Girls High School, Ajni, recently.

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MIHIKA Shah and Anish Bhavedia were among the skaters who won gold medals in the skating meet organised by United Skating Club at Mount Carmel Girls High School, Ajni, recently.

The event was conducted in the following age groups—4-5, 5-6, 6-8, 8-10, 10-12, 12-14, 14-16 and 16-18 apart from separate competitions for boys and girls in the beginners and advanced categories.

At the outset, the event was inaugurated by Sister Satya.

Rohit and Nishant Deshpande, both former international skaters, conducted the championship.

Results

Gold Medal Winners (Girls): Mihika Shah, Shrishti Singh, Mrunmayi Daf, Devanshi Dandekar, Tasmiya Patel, Sai Bhishikar, Gayatri Donode, Vishakha Dahiya, Prajakta Gaikwad, Anushka Kumbhare, Kamakshi Yengade.

Gold Medal Winners (Boys): Anish Bhavedia, Nishit Ambade, Adel Patpalliwar, Devashsish Madavi, Kartikey Kathale, Alex Emanuel, Vishesh Khare, Devanshu Markam, Aayush Daga, Om Anand.

Silver Medal Winners (Girls): Mruja Padalkar, Rohini Siriah, Manasvi Kawale, Mansi Shrivas, Devika Siriah, Drishti Kochey, Tanzeela Naz Patel, Palak Kochey.

Silver Medal Winners (Boys): Ojas Bagde, Mohammad Gulrez, Ayaan Siddiqui, Archit Shahu, Harsh Saoji, Navjot Singh Sraw.

Bronze Medal Winners (Girls): Rashi Raut, Kavya Mule, Diksha Wanjari, Mahak Uikey, Vaidehi Narkhede, Harshada Ambade, Tanmayi Daf.

Bronze Medal Winners (Boys): Vivek Shrivas, Devesh Daga, Bhavya Langewar, Gaurav Shah, Atharva Mule.

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Where academics and football flourish

By Roland Lancelot Youngsters pursuing a football stint with local clubs competing in the Meghe-NDFA Championship League mostly target one group of clubs, the one popularly called Rahul Club. I... Read More
By Roland Lancelot Youngsters pursuing a football stint with local clubs competing in the Meghe-NDFA Championship League mostly target one group of clubs, the one popularly called Rahul Club. It’s common knowledge for those knowing knowing what the football scenario in the district looks like, that Rahul Sankrutyayan Sports Association, Nagpur, established in 1982 and registered with the Deputy Charity Commissioner (Regd. No. MH/640/011) in 2011 is serious about the football they play and promote and just as much serious when it comes to encouraging their players to make a livelihood using ‘the beautiful game’. Of course all of this has been happening with founder president Mahendra Sakhare and founder Secretary Stanley Gregory. One source of inspiration to young players joining the club, is the Secretary of the club, Stanley Gregory himself. He joined the club as a player, became its Founder Secretary, pursued training to go on to become a National Football Referee (Nagpur’s first), completed his education pursuing the sports stream clearing the B.Com., B.P.Ed, M.P.Ed, M.Phil examinations and is continuing to study, pursuing a Ph.D. Mahendra Sakhare his team mate of yore as President together with other members of the club, like Joint Sectretary Upendra Varma (Physical Education Teacher, Sindhu Mahavidyalaya) like Stanley Gregory (Physical Education teacher, St. Michael’s High School) keep a tab on the progress of their players right from the moment they prepare to appear for the tenth standard examination, guiding them and supporting them from then on. Their effort has paid off. By the end of the 2014-15 football season three of their players Francis Davy (now with AGRC), Saheb Singh Bhasin (Western Railways, Mumbai) and Chetan Kale (PNB, Nagpur) boasted of jobs secured through the sports quota. Earlier, nine of their players secured jobs in institutions like South East Central Railway, Accountant General Recreation Club, Nagpur Range Police, Nagpur City Police by virtue of their focused persistence with football and academics. Besides these, seven players are already working as physical education teachers with schools like St. John’s (Savio Andrew), St. Francis de Sales (Michael Anthony), Saint Vincent Pallotti (Amit Joseph), D.Y. Patil Intenational School (Arvin George), Bhonsala Military School (Rahul Bante), Tuli Public School (Mohammed Sameer) and Jain International School (Anthony Peter). Rahul Sankrutyayan Sports Association finished second best in the Elite Division League of the Meghe-NDFA Championship last season. The 2015-16 season will be the first one for members of the club to start collecting a monthly subscription of Rs.200 from members and past players to build up a reserve for running the club and helping its few underprivileged players. The club also enjoys the patronage of Sameer Meghe, Chairman of the NDFA League Committee and Chairman, Tirupti Urban Cooperative Bank, Avinash Bute (CMD, Tajshree group), Dr. Kalpana Jadhav (HoD Sports Dept., Hislop College, Nagpur and Dinesh Acharya.

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Kamptee Utd treat New Police Boys as boys

Probably it was only to prove they weren’t really the worst team of Pool ‘B’; but that’s about all one could surmise as Kamptee United drubbed New Police Boys 4-2 in the last league outing ... Read More
Probably it was only to prove they weren’t really the worst team of Pool ‘B’; but that’s about all one could surmise as Kamptee United drubbed New Police Boys 4-2 in the last league outing of this pool in the Baidyanath Senior Division League at the Vidarbha Hockey Association’s most preferred pitch, (No. 1) on Thursday. Kamptee United after leading merely by 1-0 in the first two quarters woke up to dock in one in the third and two in the last quarter after their opponents slammed in two in the deciding quarter. Both teams, it was obvious, were playing for honour, since both knew right from the start that neither stood a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals. New Police Boys was the worse off of the two, since they had not earned a single point until before the match. Therefore, it came as no surprise that Kamptee United were treating New Police Boys like boys, right from the start of the match. A field goal in the 9th minute by Kamptee United’s Shubham Thakur and none in the second, only helped to enhance that impression. Yet, that didn’t seem to charge up New Police Boys enough to fight back to salvage some honour with a victory, since they could come up with two goals only in the fourth and final quarter. Of course, Kamptee United showed signs of keeping up the pressure, though in a somewhat easy-going fashion, since they swelled their lead through a field goal in the third quarter through Abhishek Gajbhiye in the 36th minute to double their lead to 2-0. For folks watching the last quarter, it turned out to be the most exciting period of the match, since four goals came by in this dying quarter, two each from New Police Boys (Abhay Singh Baghel, 50th min, field goal and Vinay Baghel 60th min) and Kamptee United (Ajay Kushwah 58th, 59th mins, both field goals). Umpires Ramamohan and Vijay Chatap didn’t feel the need to flash cards to caution players. With merely one league match to go, City Police (Pool A topper ) will take on Eagle Sporting Club (Pool B’s 2nd best) in the first semi-final. Dhyanchand-XI (Pool B’s best) await their opponent which will be decided only after Friday’s outcome. On Friday: Accountant General Recreation Club, Nagpur vs City Police, Nagpur, 4.30 p.m.

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Aditya Hero awarded highest selling dealer of Hero vehicles

ADITYA HERO, maintaining its tradition once again gets the prestigious award of being the highest selling dealer of Hero vehicles in both the motorcycle and scooter category in the last financial y... Read More
ADITYA HERO, maintaining its tradition once again gets the prestigious award of being the highest selling dealer of Hero vehicles in both the motorcycle and scooter category in the last financial year 2014-15. The award ceremony was held in the dealer meet held at Pune.

Two awards were bestowed by the gracious hands of Ajay Dixit, Assistant Vice-President Customer Care and Dealer Development HMCL, Delhi, A S Shrinivasu, National Sales Head HMCL, Delhi and Aashish Midha, Deputy General Manager, Delhi HMCL to N S Chakraborty of Aditya Hero, Nagpur. The first trophy of ‘Champion Two Wheeler Sale’ for selling 16,118 numbers of Hero vehicles which is highest figure amongst all 32 dealers under West Zone, Nagpur area office. The second trophy is for selling 4,172 numbers of Pleasure scooters. It is worth mentioning that since the inception, from 1985, Aditya has always earned the rare destination of being the highest selling dealer of Hero Honda and now Hero vehicles of central India.

Dr Jayashree Jain and Dr P K Jain has express their heartfelt gratitude to their valued customer. Aditya is operating from four places the oldest at 40, Yeshwant Stadium, Dhantoli.

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New section inserted in deduction of Income-Tax on EFP withdrawals

THE Finance Act 2015 (20 of 2015) has inserted a new section 19(2) in Income Tax Act regarding deduction of Income Tax during the payment of accumulated provident fund balance due to an employe... Read More
THE Finance Act 2015 (20 of 2015) has inserted a new section 19(2) in Income Tax Act regarding deduction of Income Tax during the payment of accumulated provident fund balance due to an employee. The provision would take effect from June 1, 2015.

Income Tax shall be deducted at source (TDS) at the following rates if the amount of withdrawal of the accumulated PF balance is more than or equal to Rs 30,000 with service less than five years. Similarly, no TDS for individuals having no taxable income i.e. income less than Rs 2.5 lakh if they submit Income Tax Form No 15G along with PAN. No TDS for senior citizens of 60 years and above having no taxable income i.e. income less than Rs 3 lakh if submit Income Tax Form No 15H along with PAN.

In case of others (not falling under above) TDS will be deducted at 10 per cent if they submit PAN. Also, TDS will be deducted at 34.608 per cent (maximum marginal rate) if they do not submit PAN.

Tax deducted at source (TDS) shall not be deducted in cases of transfer of provident fund from one account to another provident fund account. Termination of service due to ill health of member, discontinuation, contraction of business by employer, completion of project or other cause beyond the control of the member. If employee withdraws provident fund after a period of five years of continuous service, including service with former employer. If provident fund payment is less than Rs 30,000 but the member has rendered service of less than five years but submits form 15G/15H along with their PAN, informs a press release issued here.

EPF members are requested to take note that TDS is deductible at the time of withdrawal of PF (in Form No 19). Form No 15H for senior citizens (60 year and above) while Form No 15G is for individuals having no taxable income.

Form 15G and 15H are self-declarations and will have to be submitted in duplicate. Form 15G and 15H will not be accepted if amount of withdrawal is more than Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 3 lakh respectively and PAN is required to be quoted in form no. 15G/15H and in Form No 19, informs further the press release .

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Three killed, two injured in two separate mishaps in district

Three persons were killed while two sustained grievous injuries in two separate road mishaps reported under the jurisdictions of Umred and Kuhi Police Stations in Nagpur district on Saturday.Read More
Three persons were killed while two sustained grievous injuries in two separate road mishaps reported under the jurisdictions of Umred and Kuhi Police Stations in Nagpur district on Saturday.

In first incident, two persons lost lives while one injured seriously near Shivapur village when their speeding motorcycle rammed into a tree. The accident occurred at 3.45 pm when three youths of Shivapur village were riding on a motorcycle (MH-31/DN-342). Due to over speeding, their bike skidded off the road and crashed into a tree. Ganesh Dhondabaji Devtale (26) who was driving the bike and Rupesh Nathhuji Bhoskar (28) who was riding as first pillion sustained multiple injuries and died on the spot. Another pillion rider Raju Devrao Giri (23) also sustained serious injuries in the accident. He was rushed to the Government Medical College and hospital, Nagpur. Umred Police have registered the case under sections 279, 337, 338 and 304 (A) of Indian Penal Code.

Another incident happened near Kuhi. A 37-year-old bike-borne man lost life after his motorcycle rammed into a tree near Malani village under the jurisdiction of Kuhi Police Station on Saturday. The deceased was identified as Vishnu Khushal Thawkar, a resident of Mandhal village. Police said, the accident occurred at 2.30 pm when Vishnu, along with one Prabhakar Mohankar was heading towards his hometown on a motorcycle (MH-31/AN-3248). The motorcycle veered off the road and struck a tree, police said. Vishnu sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene. Prabhakar also sustained multiple injuries in the mishap. Kuhi Police have registered the case under sections 279, 337 and 304 (A) of Indian Penal Code read with section 184 of MVA. Further investigations are on.

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Clouds arrived, but failed to beat the heat

Nagpur remained in the grip of blistering heat on Sunday with the mercury at 46.5 degree Celsius. Partly cloudy sky also failed to reduce the fury of heat.

Heat wave threw the normal life... Read More
Nagpur remained in the grip of blistering heat on Sunday with the mercury at 46.5 degree Celsius. Partly cloudy sky also failed to reduce the fury of heat.

Heat wave threw the normal life out of gear and roads wore a deserted look. Most of the people avoided to come out and face the scorching heat throughout the day. Everyone is eagerly waiting for monsoon, but Regional Meteorological Centre, Nagpur, has predicted that heat wave will affect the life at least for couple of days more.

According to Assistant Meteorologist R D Meshram, severe heat wave will prevail for a couple of days and some showers will reduce the temperature, but it will remain between 40 degrees Celsius to 45 degrees Celsius.

On Monday, the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 47 degrees Celsius and 30 degrees Celsius respectively. Chances of thunderstorm are also raised due to heat wave but it will happen in isolated parts of Vidarbha.

Nagpur recorded the second highest maximum temperature on Sunday after Chandrapur (46.8 degree Celsius). Temperature for other parts were Akola (44.9), Amravati (44.4), Buldhana (40.8), Bramhapuri (46.1), Washim (42), Wardha (46.2) and Yavatmal (43.8). Only Bramhapuri recorded rainfall of 0.8mm in all over Vidarbha. Not only Vidarbha, the temperature of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh also remained above 42 degree Celsius. Meteriological Department stated that very light rainfall occurred at isolated places over East Vidarbha and Northwest Madhya Pradesh and dry weather prevailed over South Madhya Pradesh, Northeast Madhya Pradesh, West Vidarbha and Chhattisgarh.

Maximum temperatures changed little over Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Vidarbha. They were markedly above normal over East Vidarbha and appreciably above normal over Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and West Vidarbha. Minimum temperatures changed little over Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. They were appreciably above normal over West Vidarbha, above normal over East Vidarbha, South Chhattisgarh and Northwest Madhya Pradesh and normal over East Madhya Pradesh, Southwest Madhya Pradesh and North Chhattisgarh.

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‘MahaOne database to be crucial decision-support system for Govt’

Digital mapping has become important for proper planning in various areas including agriculture, security, urban landscape, water resources, damage caused due to natural disasters, road developme... Read More
Digital mapping has become important for proper planning in various areas including agriculture, security, urban landscape, water resources, damage caused due to natural disasters, road development, mining, etc. Maharashtra is moving a step towards using digital mapping in decision-support, and MahaOne database will be crucial for the Government in this regard, said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Fadnavis was addressing the officers after a presentation on the database, at Maharashtra Remote Sensing Applications Centre (MRSAC) here on Saturday evening. The meeting was a precursor to preparing a ‘Cabinet Note’ for the Government regarding the database and its utility as decision-support system. Chief Minister asked the officials of Planning Department to submit the details about expenditure on MahaOne digital database to the Government for necessary action.

Deepak Kesarkar, Minister of State for Planning; Praveen Pardeshi, Principal Secretary (CMO); S P Yadav, Commissioner of Police; S K Jha, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests; Sachin Kurve, District Collector; Dr Subrato Das, Director of MRSAC and other officers were present on this occasion.

After the presentation, which stressed upon wide-range utility of MahaOne digital database from agriculture to Anti-Naxalite Operations, Chief Minister said that the database would be useful in expediting various developmental works also. Apart from compilation of data relating to natural resources, it will be helpful in providing rainfall and other crucial data to farmers. “Rainfall and other such relevant data should be displayed on LED screens in every Gram Panchayat,” he said. This will help farmers in proper planning of agricultural cycle. He directed the officials concerned to develop the database so that it provided accurate data about crop damage and analysis of satellite data. The maps will help in providing details about works being under Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan, and results of implementation of water scarcity combat programmes in rural areas, he added.

“If data of construction activities in major urban centres like Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune is provided monthly, it will come as a great support to the Government in urban planning. In that aspect, MahaOne is really useful,” said Fadnavis.

The officials made a presentation before the Chief Minister regarding previous and current images of different areas to stress the utility of MahaOne digital database in agriculture, water resources, forest and environment, industries, mining, urban and rural development, road development etc. The entire powers regarding geo-spatial database will be vested with the Government. For digital sharing of the data with MRSAC, a policy will be formulated. The project cost is estimated to be Rs 200 crore. Chief Minister asked the Planning Department to prepare a note in this regard.

Kaustubh Dhawse, Project Co-ordinator; Vivekanand Ghare, Scientist with MRSAC; Dilip Kolte, Sanjay Patil, Anand Khobragade, Satish Kolhatkar, Prashant Rajankar, Sengupta, Nilima Shrivastav, Sapna Deotale and others were present in the meeting.

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HC to resume sittings from 8th after summer vacations

Justice Bhushan Gavai will be heading the First Division bench with Justice Indira Jain as his colleague Judge, from June 8 onwards, when the Nagpur Bench of the High Court will resume its regula... Read More
Justice Bhushan Gavai will be heading the First Division bench with Justice Indira Jain as his colleague Judge, from June 8 onwards, when the Nagpur Bench of the High Court will resume its regular sittings after 30-day-long summer vacations.

Besides having charge of all public interest litigations (PILs), all letters patent appeals and first appeals of 2011 to 2015, this Bench will be handling civil writ petitions of the years up to 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 to 2013, and 2015.

Justice Jain, who is the second woman lawyer from the city to adorn High Court Judge’s post, practiced in the District Courts, in the chambers of late Advocate K A alias ‘Babasaheb’ Chaube, the father of State Bar Councillor Adv Aniruddha Chaube in the past. She will be working as a judge in the High Court for the first time, from June 8 next.

Justice Vasanti Naik with Justice C V Bhadang has been entrusted all Family Court appeals, all civil work not assigned to any other court, all first appeals of the years up to 2010 and all other remaining unassigned civil work.

Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice P N Deshmukh will be looking after all division bench criminal work.

Similarly, all Single Bench criminal work has been entrusted to Justice Arun Chaudhari.

All Single Judge Civil Work has been allotted to Justice Ashok Bhangale (all first appeals, AOs, second appeals, civil revisions and Miscellaneous civil applications, all Civil Court contempt references from District Courts), Justice Prasanna Varale (specifically assigned cases), Justice Z A Haq (Civil writ petitions of 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 and all applications under Section 11 of the Arbitration Act), and Justice Atul Chandurkar (Civil writ petitions of the period up to 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, cases under the Companies Act, Banking Regulation Act and all cases of the Arbitration Act except Section 11).

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Government to resume conducting combined CET

As per the latest decision of the State Government, combined Common Entrance Test (CET) for the admissions to Health Sciences as well as Engineering courses will be conducted in Maharashtra from ... Read More
As per the latest decision of the State Government, combined Common Entrance Test (CET) for the admissions to Health Sciences as well as Engineering courses will be conducted in Maharashtra from the year 2016. The combined CET was earlier conducted by the State four years ago. The test, controlled by Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), was conducted in the State successfully till the year 2011. But then Medical Council of India (MCI) had introduced the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) that was conducted only for a year. The NEET was discontinued as private medical colleges had approached Supreme Court. Following this separate CETs were introduced for Engineering and Health Sciences courses.

Meanwhile, the State continued conducting its own CET for admission to Engineering courses till 2013. In the year 2014, the Government had started participating in Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for admission to Engineering courses while Maharashtra Government conducted its own CET for Health Sciences courses.

Now, to reduce stress of students appearing in multiple Common Entrance Tests (CET), Minister of Education Vinod Tawde has announced a combined CET in Maharashtra from next year for admission to Engineering, Medical and Pharmacy courses.

Following the opposition from parents, experts and students’ representatives, the State decided to discontinue with NEET, which was based on the Class XI and XII syllabus and replaced it with the old pattern of MH-CET. The NEET was based on CBSE pattern, but after it was discontinued, all criterion related to the NEET have also been discontinued. The CET conducted this year for admissions to Health Sciences courses does not have negative marking. It will be based on syllabus of Class XII only.

The State has decided that admissions to Engineering courses based on the MH-CET and JEE scores would be discontinued. Combined CET would be possible as students will be given the option of choosing the subjects they would like to appear for from Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Biology. Like the earlier times when State used to conduct Combined CET, the students had an option of appearing for both Biology and Mathematics. The same pattern would be applied for the combined CET to begin from the academic session 2016.

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MADC to invite bids for international standard airport terminal building work

Soon, Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) will initiate the process of construction of airport terminal building of international standards at Nagpur. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis ... Read More
Soon, Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) will initiate the process of construction of airport terminal building of international standards at Nagpur. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Surface Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari suggested new terminal building for international airport at Nagpur to be developed through Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Fadnavis and Gadkari together visited Multimodel International Hub Airport at Nagpur and Special Economic Zone (MIHAN-SEZ) project area on Sunday morning. This was their maiden visit to MIHAN-SEZ after becoming Chief Minister and Union Minister respectively. After reviewing progress made in various areas pertaining to the ambitious project, both the leaders directed MADC to start inviting international bid for construction of new airport terminal building.

Both the leaders discussed several issues pertaining to land acquisition, rehabilitation, marketing, employment, and revival of ‘inactive’ companies in MIHAN-SEZ area. Fadnavis and Gadkari reviewed in detail the arrangements for power, water supply, telecommunication, fire services, and security in MIHAN. They directed MADC officials to get all the pending works done urgently. Gadkari assured of all co-operation from Union Government for the project.

It may be mentioned here that Maharashtra Government has constituted a Special Task Force to boost the pace of development of MIHAN project. Nitin Gadkari is Chairman of the Task Force. Chief Minister is Chairman of MADC.

Sameer Meghe, MLA; Pravin Datke, Mayor; Pravin Darade, Guardian Secretary of Nagpur district; Tanaji Satre, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of MADC; Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director, Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL); Shyam Wardhane, Chairman of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT); Sachin Kurve, District Collector; S V Chahande, Chief Engineer of MADC; S K Chatterjee, Superintending Engineer; C Bankar, Senior Architect; K R Ingole, Consultant (Power); Atul Thakre, Deepak Joshi, Public Relations Officer; and all the officers and consultants of MADC were present during the visit of Fadnavis and Gadkari. Tanaji Satre felicitated Gadkari and Fadnavis. Ashok Choudhary, Deputy Collector, MADC conducted initial proceedings.

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Sitabuldi cops arrest DCF Bhat

Sitabuldi police arrested Deepak Bhat, (IFS) Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF), Nagpur, on Sunday during noon time in connection with possession of Rs 19.25 lakh unaccounted cash, and kept him i... Read More
Sitabuldi police arrested Deepak Bhat, (IFS) Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF), Nagpur, on Sunday during noon time in connection with possession of Rs 19.25 lakh unaccounted cash, and kept him in the lock-up.

On a tip-off, the sleuths of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) laid a trap near MHADA Colony on Amravati Road on Friday at 8.15 pm and seized Rs 19.25 lakh from a bag he was carrying to Pune. Bhat alighted from the government vehicle and was about to board a bus of VRL Travels when ACB officers checked a bag and found the huge amount.

The officers enquired about the amount but Bhat failed to give satisfactory reply and hence the officers were convinced that the amount was unaccounted. Bhat has allegedly collected huge cash during transfers of Forest Guards and Foresters in the recent past to give choice postings. The ACB searched his rented flat at Bharat Nagar and other places to assess the wealth including movable and immovable property, amassed by him. However, it could not be ascertained as to what the officers found during searches.

An offence has been registered against Bhat in Sitabuldi Police Station on Sunday under Sections 13 (1) (e) and 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. The police will produce him before the court on Monday, it is learnt.

A team of ACB officers including Sanjay Purandare, Deputy Superintendent of Police; Asaram Shete, Wasudeo Dabre, Inspectors; Vilas Khanke, Santosh Pundkar, Ajay Yadav and others and others caught Bhat under the supervision of Rajiv Jain, Superintendent of Police.

Panel formed to probe foresters’ transfers

A four-member committee has been constituted to conduct a thorough enquiry into the transfers of Forest Guards and Foresters made by Deepak Bhat, Deputy Conservator of Forest (Territorial), Nagpur, a couple of weeks ago.

Shailesh Tembhurnikar, Chief Conservator of Forest, set up the committee on Sunday and asked the members to submit its report in a week.

The committee headed by S K Thapliyal, Divisional Forest Officer consists of P N Ramteke, S P Atre and A H Sakure. Meanwhile, Bhat had made choice postings in case of 80 Forest Guards, 17 Foresters and 2 Chowkidars and allegedly collected money.

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Metro Rail to fast track city’s development: Chief Minister

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Surface Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari jointly performed bhoomipujan of ambitious Nagpur Metro Rail Project near Khapri railway over brid... Read More
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Surface Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari jointly performed bhoomipujan of ambitious Nagpur Metro Rail Project near Khapri railway over bridge on Sunday morning. Nagpur Metro Railway Corporation Limited (NMRCL) will construct project depot, two Metro stations at Khapri, and New Airport and three bridges under the current phase of work.

Addressing the gathering on this occasion, Chief Minister said, “After Mumbai, Nagpur will be the second city in Maharashtra to have Metro Rail.” Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena Government is fast tracking the development of Nagpur, and also planning development schemes for other cities in the State. Appreciating Nagpurians for supporting development process without any dispute, he said, this has increased pace of the project. Public transport through Metro Rail will make Nagpur a modern city.

Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Ramtek MP Krupal Tumane, legislators Sudhakar Deshmukh, Sameer Meghe, Dr Milind Mane, Prakash Gajbhiye, D Mallikarjun Reddy, Vikas Kumbhare, Mayor Pravin Datke, Ruling Party leader in NMC Dayashankar Tiwari, NMRCL Managing Director Brijesh Dixit, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of MADC Tanaji Satre also shared the dais on the occasion.

Nagpur is coming up fast as ‘Education Hub’ with All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), and National Law School being set up here. “Further, VNIT and Nagpur University will give robotics manufacturing training to the youths. All these will create skilled human resource for industries,” said Chief Minister.

Fadnavis revealed that Maharashtra Government was preparing new policy to promote Defence manufacturing in the State. This will create opportunities in Nagpur and Aurangabad, he added. This will provide a major boost to employment generation in the State. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has give positive response to this proposal and assured to promote zones, Chief Minister said.

The Government is working on ‘Fibre to Fashion’ policy and very soon Yavatmal and Buldhana will have Integrated Textile Parks. Fadnavis said, the State Government will help Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in development of unauthorised layouts. Chief Minister said that earlier, the Chief Minister’s Office had power of changing zone from green belt to yellow belt. Now, the Government has delegated powers in this regard at the level of Divisional Commissioners. This will expedite development process in the State, he added. Brijesh Dixit gave brief information regarding proposed work of Metro Rail project. The total cost of the project is Rs 86 crore. Nagarjuna Construction will execute the work of this section. This includes earthen work and boundary wall work. This will be followed by construction of bridges including Rail Over Bridge (ROB) over CONCOR siding at Khapri.

Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, Guardian Secretary of Nagpur district Pravin Darade, NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane, District Collector Sachin Kurve, Chief Engineer S V Chahande, Executive Engineer Anand Kumar, corporators Sandeep Joshi, Prakash Totwani, Sudhir Raut, Pallavi Shamkule, Nishant Gandhi, and others were present.

Kapil Chandrayanan compered the programme.

Bus service to be integrated with Metro Rail: Gadkari

Union Minister for Surface Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said that Metro Rail would play an important role in development of the region. “We will integrate city bus services with Metro Rail as feeder,” he said.

Gadkari urged the officials concerned to complete Metro Rail project in less than stipulated time so that Nagpurians got benefits of it at the earliest. Problems relating to CRPF and Indian Air Force will be sorted out soon, he assured. Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) should initiate process for tendering for the work of international airport. He urged Chief Minister to clear the hurdles in way of changing zones from green belt to yellow belt to stop coming up of unauthorised layouts. He appreciated the scheme of residential permission in green belt by taking 33 per cent premium. He urged the State Cabinet to clear file relating to rehabilitation of MIHAN-SEZ project-affected persons.

NMRCL blasted for poor arrangements

Only a few citizens and officials were present in the function of Metro Rail bhoomipujan, attended by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday morning. Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) officials had made a very shoddy arrangement for citizens. There was no stage laid for the function. No invitation cards were distributed. Gadkari blasted NMRCL officials for this. He said that the officials should have invited corporators, Gram Panchayat members, Zilla Parishad members, and Nagpurians in this historic function. The arrangements were very poor and there was no water for people, who attended the function in summer scorch.

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State Tribunal to sort out land issues relating to Gosikhurd: Gadkari

Maharashtra Government will constitute a Tribunal under the chairmanship of retired IAS officer to sort out land dispute outside the court, regarding Gosikhurd Irrigation Project. Union Road Tr... Read More
Maharashtra Government will constitute a Tribunal under the chairmanship of retired IAS officer to sort out land dispute outside the court, regarding Gosikhurd Irrigation Project. Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari told mediapersons on Saturday that this would definitely reduce land-related issues of project affected persons (PAPs) as cases pending in the court were taking a long time to settle. Gadkari reviewed progress of Gosikhurd irrigation project and problems related to PAPs and rehabilitation on Saturday at Ravi Bhavan here. The cost of Gosikhurd project increased from Rs 372 crore in 1983 to Rs 18,110 crore in 2013-2014. State Government has released Rs 1,200 crore for rehabilitation work. Of this, Rs 770 crore has been distributed. The remaining amount is pending due to dispute between two districts. Gadkari directed the officials concerned to resolve the matter and also sorrt out rehabilitation issues by August 15, 2015. On constitution of Tribunal, Gadkari said, if any person is not happy with the decision of Tribunal, he/she may move to higher court. He admitted that the Centre did not relase funds for this project for last four years. The Centre had declared Gosikhurd as national project. The Centre:State share was 90:10. Now, the Government has decided to complete on-going projects first and then undertake other projects.

Water Resources Department (WRD) has created 39,176 hectare irrigation potential against targeted 2,50,800 hectare, in last several years. WRD will add 15,789 hectare potential in 2015-2016 followed by 59,305 hectare in 2016-2017; 50,350 hecatre potential in 2017-2018, and 86,180 hectare in 2018-2019. The Government had spent Rs 8,446 crore till now. It has planned to spend Rs 870 crore in 2015-2016; Rs 2,307 crore in 2016-2017; Rs 2,599 crore in 2017-2018; and Rs 3,887 crore in 2018-2019.

WRD stocked 41 per cent water up to November 2014, and 50 per cent by October 2015. The department has decided to build up 100 per cent water storage by March 2016. The department has rehabilitated 18 villages in first step, while 13 out of 40 villages in second phase, and 3 out of 27 villages in third phase. The department had rehabilitated 34 out of total 85 affected villages.

Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Ramtek MP Krupal Tumane, legislators Anil Sole, Sameer Meghe, Sudhir Parve, Sudhakar Kohle, Dr Milind Mane, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Dr Ashish Deshmukh, Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, Nagpur Collector Sachin Kurve, Deputy Commissioner MAH Khan, and others were present in the meeting.

Women create ruckus outside meeting hall

Project-affected women, who had come from various villages affected by Gosikhurd irrigation project, created ruckus in the meeting. Some of the women forcefully entered the hall and demanded action against Bante, village Sarpanch. They alleged that Bante had beaten a woman in the village and was still allowed to remain present in the meeting. Cops intervened and took the women out of the meeting place.

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CM launches The Hitavada’s Android App

CHIEF Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Saturday, launched the Android App of ‘The Hitavada’ at a simple and sober function held at ‘Ramgiri’, the official residence of Chief Minister. C... Read More
CHIEF Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Saturday, launched the Android App of ‘The Hitavada’ at a simple and sober function held at ‘Ramgiri’, the official residence of Chief Minister. Chief Minister lauded the effort of Central India’s oldest and largest circulated English newspaper in adopting new reader-friendly technologies. Fadnavis also showed keen interest in the functioning of the App.

‘The Hitavada’s android App is probably India’s first ePaper Android Mobile App. With the interesting ‘Offline Reading’ option available in this App, readers can view the newspaper anywhere, anytime and on any Android mobile. The App provides newspaper in optimized size with best quality of ePaper. The proper zoom feature in the App provides improved readability and clarity in text and images. Another special feature of the app is ‘Smart Downloading’ which saves the Internet data use of the readers. The ‘Share’ option in this app enables users to share the annotations, highlights, searched items and bookmarks on social media. Moreover, the App is secure with Digital Rights Management Technology to ensure the safety of users’ devices.

The App, developed by Bharati Web Pvt Ltd, can be easily downloaded from the Google Play Store on Android phones with Android 2.2 and up versions. The size of this App is only 7.1 MB, which makes it easily downloadable even on 2G Internet service. All the services on this App are absolutely free for the readers.

‘The Hitavada’, which was established in 1911 by Gopal Krishna Gokhale, mentor of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, has four editions — at Nagpur, Jabalpur, Raipur, and Bhopal. All the four editions are available on the App. The newspaper already has an ePaper website (www.ehitavada.com), a web portal ((). With the launch of an Android App, the newspaper is now available on all virtual platforms.

‘The Hitavada’s General Manager Rajendra Purohit, Deputy Editor Subhash Deopujari, City Editor Rahul Pande, National Business Head Sushim Kolay, and Maitree Pariwar’s Prof Sanjay Bhende, were present on the occasion.

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Samadhan Shibir, a big success

The first ‘Samadhan Shibir’, organised to issue various documents and redress grievances of citizens in South-West Nagpur constituency, proved to be a big hit with people thronging the venue ... Read More
The first ‘Samadhan Shibir’, organised to issue various documents and redress grievances of citizens in South-West Nagpur constituency, proved to be a big hit with people thronging the venue on Saturday. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis himself, Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, and the entire administrative machinery interacted with the people and resolved their long-pending issues.

The administration had invited applications for the camp till May 25. Though 464 applications were received and 244 of those were disposed of during the camp, the number of long-pending applications cleared was much more than that. On Saturday, at the camp venue also, applications were received and cleared. As was informed, around 2,000 applications pertaining to Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and other agencies were cleared. ‘Samadhan Shibir’ proved to be a big hit, and people were satisfied.

The camp started at 9 am, and was formally inaugurated at 11 am. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister for Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari, Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Mayor Pravin Datke, MLC Prof Anil Sole, MLAs Sudhakar Deshmukh, Krishna Khopde, Sudhakar Kohale, Sameer Meghe, and Vikas Kumbhare, NMC Standing Committee chief Ramesh Singare, Dayashankar Tiwari, Sandip Joshi, Girish Deshmukh, Kishor Wankhade, also shared the dais on this occasion.

Addressing the gathering, Fadnavis said that ‘Samadhan Shibir’ initiative would act as a bridge between the administration and the citizens. Similar camps will be held in all 12 Assembly constituencies in Nagpur district in future, he said, and added that he would attend these camps. During his speech, Chief Minister came down heavily on Government officials for creating confusion on Nazul land issue and not reading the Government rules and legislations properly. “Do the officials read laws properly?,” he wondered.

Chief Minister accused the erstwhile Congress government for trying to reserve all rights with the Government regarding Nazul land cases. He recalled, as MLA, he had raised the issue in Legislative Assembly. Following his pursuit, the Government had added ‘Parantu’ (but) word in the rules, and made special provisions for Nagpur and Amravati divisions. Some officials had misled the Government and the people over this issue, and files were sent to Mantralaya. However, the District Collectors are empowered with right to renew Nazul land lease, he said.

Directing the Government machinery to work to resolve problems faced by common man within a fixed time-frame, Fadnavis said that his government had introduced Maharashtra Guarantee of Public Services Act. Initially, the law covers 150 types of services. Eventually, Chief Minister said, all public services would be brought under the scope of the law. “Despite increasing manpower in Government offices, we should adopt superior technology to offer speedier solutions to citizens,” Fadnavis asked the administration. To resolve effectively the issues concerning citizens from this region, he added, Chief Minister’s Secretariat at Hyderabad House in Nagpur had been re-started. After the programme, Fadnavis personally visited each of 15 stalls at the venue and interacted with people. He gave people a patient hearing and also addressed several issues.

Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, Guardian Secretary of district Pravin Darade, Commissioner of Police S P Yadav, NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane, District Collector Sachin Kurve, Additional Tribal Commissioner Dr Madhavi Khode, and officers of various departments were present on this occasion.

Pramod Bhusari, Additional Deputy Municipal Commissioner, conducted the proceedings while Girish Joshi, Deputy Collector, proposed a vote of thanks.

Gadkari stresses on e-governance

Union Minister for Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari praised ‘Samadhan Shibir’ initiative and said that the administration should keep up the good work. He appealed to the administration to strengthen e-governance platform and improve work culture in Government offices. The administration should be people-oriented and work for poor man. “We are working on converting agricultural land around the city into Urban Zone. This will give boost to infrastructure development and citizens will get land plots at reliable rates,” Gadkari said.

‘250 camps to be held in two years’

Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule said that 250 such camps will be held in Nagpur district in two years. He made a suggestion that the offices dealing with Nazul lands, City Survey, Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana should be set up in every Assembly constituency.

In his speech, Mayor Pravin Datke said that 30 of the complaints received were resolved and remaining would take some time as they related to public works. “We are confident that South-West Nagpur constituency would not face paucity of funds as it is represented by Chief Minister himself,” he added.

BJP committed to Vid statehood: CM

During interaction with reporters at the venue of ‘Samadhan Shibir’, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reiterated that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was committed to statehood to Vidarbha. Replying to another question, Fadnavis said that BJP-Sena alliance would continue in upcoming municipal elections. Further, referring to news report in a daily published from Mumbai, he said that the Government had not deducted salaries of policemen or any other Government employees for Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. “In fact, some of the employees’ associations had come to us offering voluntary contributions of a day’s salary of their members. We accepted these contributions,” he added.

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CBI seals official residence of I-T Commissioner (Appeals)

A team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Investigation Wing from Mumbai sealed the residence of Commissioner of Income-Tax (Appeals) in CPWD Quarters area, Seminary Hills, here the other... Read More
A team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Investigation Wing from Mumbai sealed the residence of Commissioner of Income-Tax (Appeals) in CPWD Quarters area, Seminary Hills, here the other day. Though the CBI Nagpur office denied any such action, sources at Income-Tax Department revealed that the action was taken by Mumbai team. The said Commissioner of Income-Tax (Appeals) was transferred recently from Mumbai and was staying alone at his official residence here. According to sources, investigation against the officer had started since his posting in Mumbai and then transfer to Nagpur. CBI Investigation Wing team arrived in the city some days ago to conduct search and seizure operations. However, when it found that the Commissioner was on study leave and had gone to London (UK) for an orientation programme, the CBI team sealed his official residence in his absence and returned to Mumbai. The Commissioner had also worked in the city at MSEL building for three years, said sources.

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Exploratory will develop scientific approach in youths: CM

PROF Rajendra Singh Science Exploratory set up in city will help to develop scientific knowledge based society in future, said Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis while delivering a pres... Read More
PROF Rajendra Singh Science Exploratory set up in city will help to develop scientific knowledge based society in future, said Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis while delivering a presidential address at the inaugural function of Prof Rajendra Singh Science Exploratory, a project by Yuwa Zep Pratishthan at The Blind Relief Association hall on Saturday. Indian Culture is a scientific culture and the ancient social arrangement was based on scientific attitude. The country had lost its scientific base and suffered a lot in every aspects, he added. Earlier, Prof Rajendra Singh Science Exploratory was inaugurated at Physics Laboratory premises of Mundle School of The Blind Relief Association. Suresh Soni, Sah-Sarkaryawah of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh was the chief guest while Vivek Sawant, Managing Director and CEO of MKCL and Nikhil Mundle, President of The Blind Relief Association were the guests of honour. Stating that the solution to all problems in the country lay in the proper application of scientific methods, Devendra Fadnavis, appealed to the scientific community to encourage innovation, ignite the scientific minds and develop scientific culture to help common people in the country. Fadnavis elaborated on different initiatives taken by Government of Maharashtra with the help of application of science and technology. He said, Government has developed an application for getting satellite images of lands in cities of Maharashtra to identify encroachments. As a pilot project the application will be used in cities like Nagpur, Pune and Mumbai. This will be an effective tool for removal of encroachments in cities, he added. Maharashtra Remote Sensing Application Centre (MRSAC), with the help of mapping satellite, could provide complete details about watershed areas in the State. Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) will establish 2,059 automatic weather stations at tehsil levels to give correct picture and forecast of weather to avoid future disaster, Fadnavis stated. Suresh Soni stressed upon the need to develop scientific attitude. Just learning Science as a subject in studies would not help in developing such attitude. Theoretical knowledge is abundant in India, but Science students are lacking in practical approach. Science and technology in India is limited in a few hands who are busy in just presenting papers for getting increments in their services. This attitude of scientists is harmful and is leading to development superstitions in scientific field, he added. Rational thinking, sensitivity towards common people and society and analytical mind are the prerequisites for budding scientists. The exploratory would work to develop students having comprehensive, all inclusive and extraordinary analytical scientific approach for the betterment of country in future, Soni expressed. Vivek Sawant appreciated the project and expressed to develop ecosystem to produce Nobel prize winner scientists in future. Sandip Joshi, Chairman of Prof Rajendra Singh Science Exploratory made introductory remarks. Vice-Chairman Makrand Pandhripande and Director Panini Telang welcomed the guests. A drive to make Nagpur plastic free was also inaugurated on this occasion. Haribhau Thosar from Buldana, Pranjal Warade and Anuj Apte, the students who excelled in Science Olympiad were felicitated by Chief Minister.

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Exploratory will develop scientific approach in youths: CM

PROF Rajendra Singh Science Exploratory set up in city will help to develop scientific knowledge based society in future, said Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis while delivering a pres... Read More
PROF Rajendra Singh Science Exploratory set up in city will help to develop scientific knowledge based society in future, said Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis while delivering a presidential address at the inaugural function of Prof Rajendra Singh Science Exploratory, a project by Yuwa Zep Pratishthan at The Blind Relief Association hall on Saturday. Indian Culture is a scientific culture and the ancient social arrangement was based on scientific attitude. The country had lost its scientific base and suffered a lot in every aspects, he added. Earlier, Prof Rajendra Singh Science Exploratory was inaugurated at Physics Laboratory premises of Mundle School of The Blind Relief Association. Suresh Soni, Sah-Sarkaryawah of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh was the chief guest while Vivek Sawant, Managing Director and CEO of MKCL and Nikhil Mundle, President of The Blind Relief Association were the guests of honour. Stating that the solution to all problems in the country lay in the proper application of scientific methods, Devendra Fadnavis, appealed to the scientific community to encourage innovation, ignite the scientific minds and develop scientific culture to help common people in the country. Fadnavis elaborated on different initiatives taken by Government of Maharashtra with the help of application of science and technology. He said, Government has developed an application for getting satellite images of lands in cities of Maharashtra to identify encroachments. As a pilot project the application will be used in cities like Nagpur, Pune and Mumbai. This will be an effective tool for removal of encroachments in cities, he added. Maharashtra Remote Sensing Application Centre (MRSAC), with the help of mapping satellite, could provide complete details about watershed areas in the State. Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) will establish 2,059 automatic weather stations at tehsil levels to give correct picture and forecast of weather to avoid future disaster, Fadnavis stated. Suresh Soni stressed upon the need to develop scientific attitude. Just learning Science as a subject in studies would not help in developing such attitude. Theoretical knowledge is abundant in India, but Science students are lacking in practical approach. Science and technology in India is limited in a few hands who are busy in just presenting papers for getting increments in their services. This attitude of scientists is harmful and is leading to development superstitions in scientific field, he added. Rational thinking, sensitivity towards common people and society and analytical mind are the prerequisites for budding scientists. The exploratory would work to develop students having comprehensive, all inclusive and extraordinary analytical scientific approach for the betterment of country in future, Soni expressed. Vivek Sawant appreciated the project and expressed to develop ecosystem to produce Nobel prize winner scientists in future. Sandip Joshi, Chairman of Prof Rajendra Singh Science Exploratory made introductory remarks. Vice-Chairman Makrand Pandhripande and Director Panini Telang welcomed the guests. A drive to make Nagpur plastic free was also inaugurated on this occasion. Haribhau Thosar from Buldana, Pranjal Warade and Anuj Apte, the students who excelled in Science Olympiad were felicitated by Chief Minister.

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ACB seizes Rs 19.25 lakh cash from IFS officer Bhat

IN A well-planned operation, officers of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) seized Rs 19.25 lakh unaccounted cash from Deputy Conservator of Forest Deepak Manohar Bhat on Friday evening. An Indian F... Read More
IN A well-planned operation, officers of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) seized Rs 19.25 lakh unaccounted cash from Deputy Conservator of Forest Deepak Manohar Bhat on Friday evening. An Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, Bhat is posted in the city and his family stays in Pune. Bureau officials got concrete information that Bhat (56) had collected huge cash from Foresters and Forest Guards for giving choice postings to them. They also had information that Bhat was leaving for Pune with the cash in a private luxury bus on Friday evening.

Subsequently, a team of bureau officers kept a watch on Bhat’s movements and caught him when he was boarding the bus near MHADA Colony, Amravati Road.

During his baggage search, bureau officers found the cash. They immediately seized the cash which was later found to be unaccounted.

It is learnt that the bureau sleuths also conducted searches at Bhat’s rented flat in Bharat Nagar and verified his bank accounts.

They are also assessing the wealth, including movable and immovable property, amassed by him.

However, the ACB officers are yet to register any offence under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

ACB officers told ‘The Hitavada’ that investigations are under way. The officers gave two days time to Bhat to make explanation about the money collected.

Bhat was caught by a team of bureau officers comprising Deputy Superintendent of Police Sanjay Purandare, Inspectors Asaram Shete, Wasudeo Dabre and others under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (ACB) Rajiv Jain.

CCF (Territorial) submits status report in Bhat’s case

SHAILESH Tembhurnikar, Chief Conservator of Forest (Territorial), Nagpur, has submitted a status report about Bhat’s case after making preliminary enquiry, to Vikas Kharge, Secretary, Forest, Mumbai and A K Saxena, Head of Forest Force, on Saturday. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Tembhurnikar said that he gave a stay to the transfers of 80 Forest Guards, 17 Foresters and 2 Chowkidars, made by Bhat a few months ago.

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Two city docs, two MRs and physio killed in mishap near Chhindwara

IN A ghastly road mishap, five persons, including two young doctors and two medical representatives (MRs), from Nagpur were killed after their car collided head-on with a speeding consignment-... Read More
IN A ghastly road mishap, five persons, including two young doctors and two medical representatives (MRs), from Nagpur were killed after their car collided head-on with a speeding consignment-laden truck a few metres from Jugwani Toll Plaza near Amarwara in district Chhindwara (Madhya Pradesh) on early Saturday morning. Dr Saket Golhar (31), son of prominent orthopaedic surgeon Dr Anil Golhar, a resident of Ramdaspeth, was among those who lost their lives in the tragedy.

Other deceased have been identified as Dr Ashish Bhaurao Gandole (28), a resident of E-119/714, Koradi Colony, Medical Representatives Satyendra Awdhesh Singh (29), a resident of Chitanagar and Vijay Kumar (36), a resident of Jaitala Road, and physiotherapist Pareshwar Lakshatwar (30).

The two young doctors, two medical representatives and a physiotherapist were on way to Narsingpur in a Maruti Swift car (MH-40/AC-5852) for conducting a bone mineral density (BMD) camp for villagers. On a blind turning near village Jugwani their car collided with a speeding truck (PB-11/BA 5948) coming from opposite direction killing all the five on the spot. The car was completely mangled. Passers-by and villagers gathered at the spot. Vehicular traffic on the highway came to a grinding halt.

Additional SP Rajesh Tripathi, SDO(Police) Neelu Barti, SDM (Amarwara) K C Bopache, Tehsildar Neeta Kori, Inspector in-charge of Amarwara Police Station Mangal Singh Dhurve, doctors and other administrative officers rushed to the spot.

MLA (Saoner) Sunil Kedar also visited the spot soon after receiving the information about the tragedy.

Cranes were pressed into service to remove the engine of the truck that had stuck with the car. After separating the two vehicles, all the five bodies were extricated from car.

Additional SP Rajesh Tripathi told ‘The Hitavada’ that contractors had not installed glow sign boards on blind turns and U-turns after construction of the highway. After the post-mortem, he said, the bodies were handed over to the relatives of the deceased.

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Two city docs, two MRs and physio killed in mishap near Chhindwara

IN A ghastly road mishap, five persons, including two young doctors and two medical representatives (MRs), from Nagpur were killed after their car collided head-on with a speeding consignment-... Read More
IN A ghastly road mishap, five persons, including two young doctors and two medical representatives (MRs), from Nagpur were killed after their car collided head-on with a speeding consignment-laden truck a few metres from Jugwani Toll Plaza near Amarwara in district Chhindwara (Madhya Pradesh) on early Saturday morning. Dr Saket Golhar (31), son of prominent orthopaedic surgeon Dr Anil Golhar, a resident of Ramdaspeth, was among those who lost their lives in the tragedy.

Other deceased have been identified as Dr Ashish Bhaurao Gandole (28), a resident of E-119/714, Koradi Colony, Medical Representatives Satyendra Awdhesh Singh (29), a resident of Chitanagar and Vijay Kumar (36), a resident of Jaitala Road, and physiotherapist Pareshwar Lakshatwar (30).

The two young doctors, two medical representatives and a physiotherapist were on way to Narsingpur in a Maruti Swift car (MH-40/AC-5852) for conducting a bone mineral density (BMD) camp for villagers. On a blind turning near village Jugwani their car collided with a speeding truck (PB-11/BA 5948) coming from opposite direction killing all the five on the spot. The car was completely mangled. Passers-by and villagers gathered at the spot. Vehicular traffic on the highway came to a grinding halt.

Additional SP Rajesh Tripathi, SDO(Police) Neelu Barti, SDM (Amarwara) K C Bopache, Tehsildar Neeta Kori, Inspector in-charge of Amarwara Police Station Mangal Singh Dhurve, doctors and other administrative officers rushed to the spot.

MLA (Saoner) Sunil Kedar also visited the spot soon after receiving the information about the tragedy.

Cranes were pressed into service to remove the engine of the truck that had stuck with the car. After separating the two vehicles, all the five bodies were extricated from car.

Additional SP Rajesh Tripathi told ‘The Hitavada’ that contractors had not installed glow sign boards on blind turns and U-turns after construction of the highway. After the post-mortem, he said, the bodies were handed over to the relatives of the deceased.

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Property owners to pay more taxes

THE property owners in the city will have to pay taxes at higher rates. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has introduced four new taxes from April 1, 2015. These new taxes levied on current An... Read More
THE property owners in the city will have to pay taxes at higher rates. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has introduced four new taxes from April 1, 2015. These new taxes levied on current Annual Lenting Value (ALV) will result in increase in property tax. Now, the property owners will get new demand notes with these new taxes.

NMC expects to earn revenue of around Rs 300 crore from this move. Sources informed that four new taxes are -- sewage water benefit tax, water benefit tax, road benefit tax, and education tax. The property owners will have to pay 1 per cent for each category. However, the property owners, who are paying general water tax, will get relief as the local body has reduced general water tax by 25 per cent. The property owners will also get relief of 1 per cent in street light tax, which has been abolished. NMC has continued with sewerage water tax at 12 per cent, Fire tax at 1 per cent, while general water tax has been reduced from 40 per cent to 15 per cent.

Tax Committee Chairman Girish Deshmukh claimed that taxes were reduced by 27 per cent from the current level. ALV will be decided on the basis of various categories like location of property, class of construction, age of property, and present condition of building, use of properties, area of building and floors, and type of residence (own or rented). The local body has derived formula to calculate rents on monthly and per sq meter basis.

Owners of rented property to get benefit

THE owners of rented property will be benefited from the new tax structure. Presently, property owners are paying around 75 per cent tax on residential properties and around 96 per cent on commercial properties. This has created a major problem for property owners and maximum owners are not renting out their properties, thereby 0leading to creation of artificial crunch in realty market.

The department has started printing of new demands, which will be distributed very soon. The local body will start assessment of all the properties in next couple of days. The new property tax will be based on Ready Reckoner (RR) rates of the area concerned. Therefore, the properties located in inner lanes will attract lesser tax compared to properties located along roads. However, the software to include new tax system in the demand note is not updated till now.

Sources claimed that Mayor Pravin Datke and Tax Committee Chairman Girish Deshmukh had blasted software provider to update software for new system of property tax and also continue with the old system. The software company has assured to update the new system by June 5. Till the assessment, the civic body will issue provisional demand notes to property owners. After assessment, demand notes will be issued as per new ALV. The difference of payment will be levied or adjusted in next bill.

Minimum Tax Rs 500 only

THE local body has decided to levy minimum property tax of Rs 500 only (exclusive of general water tax) from slum-dwellers. Around 1.50 lakh slum-dwellers will get benefited from this move. As per Maharashtra Municipal Corporations Act, the local body can levy minimum tax on the property. Religious places like temple, church, gurudwara, mosque, and others will have to pay only Rs 500 per annum.

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Exemption to cars, jeeps, ST buses at 5 toll booths around Nagpur city

Fulfilling one more of its pre-poll promise, BJP-led Maharashtra Government has issued a notification regarding closing down of 12 toll booths across the State including two in Vidarbha region.... Read More
Fulfilling one more of its pre-poll promise, BJP-led Maharashtra Government has issued a notification regarding closing down of 12 toll booths across the State including two in Vidarbha region. Vide the same notification, the Government has announced to grant exemption from payment of toll tax to cars, jeeps, and Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) buses at 53 toll booths including 13 from Vidarbha. Both the decisions will come into effect from the midnight of May 31.

In the month of April, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had made an announcement to this effect. On Friday, the Government issued a notification in this regard, naming the toll booths to be closed down and where exemption from payment of toll tax shall be granted to cars, jeeps, and MSRTC buses. Among 12 toll booths to be closed down, two are from Vidarbha region. The list of toll plazas where exemption shall be granted to cars, jeeps, MSRTC buses include 27 plazas under PWD and 26 under MSRDC. These include 13 from Vidarbha region. Of these 13, five toll plazas are under PWD and eight under MSRDC. There was a long-pending demand for exemption to privately-owned cars, and MSRTC buses. The toll booths under MSRDC at which exemption has been announced include five at different entry points to Nagpur city. These include one each on Nagpur-Katol Road, Nagpur-Umred Road, Nagpur-Hingna Road, Hingna Road-Amravati Road, and Wadi junction. One more booth in Nagpur district is at Katol on Nagpur-Katol-Jalalkheda Road. Exemption to cars, jeeps, MSRTC buses from paying toll at these booths, has come as a great relief to these vehicles entering and leaving Nagpur city.

The other two MSRDC booths in Vidarbha where exemption shall be granted to above-mentioned vehicles include one at Murtijapur on Murtijapur-Daryapur Road in Amravati district, and another at 0.400 km mark on Chimur-Warora-Wani Road in Chandrapur district. These toll booths under PWD include those at 9.000 km (near village Datala) and 54.000 km (near village Yelgaon) marks on Malkapur- Chikhli-Buldhana two-lane road project in Buldhana district; one at 8.400 km mark (near village Arambha) on Jam-Rajura-Chandrapur-Warora-Asifabad four-lane road project; and one each at Nandori and Visapur on Warora-Chandrapur-Bamni four-lane road project. The two toll booths being closed down from May 31 midnight include one each under Public Works Department (PWD) and Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC). The toll booth under PWD is located at Ravan Tekdi at 3.400 km point on Khamgaon by-pass four-laning project in Buldhana district. While, the one located at Tadali comes under the jurisdiction of MSRDC. Tadali toll booth under MSRDC is located at Tadali under Railway Over Bridge (ROB) project in Chandrapur district. Some time ago, BJP MLC Shobhatai Fadnavis had led an agitation of traders and local residents, demanding closure of Tadali toll booth.

While announcing the decision in April, the Government had stated that against exemption to cars, jeeps, and MSRTC buses at MSRDC booths in Vidarbha, State Government would have to pay compensation amount to toll booth operators. The total compensation amount in this regard for eight toll booths under MSRDC in Vidarbha region was estimated to be Rs 77.09 crore per annum for a period of five years.

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Nagpur Metro Rail project work to start from Sunday

Since the BJP-led Governments have taken over at the Centre and the State, the work on Nagpur Metro Rail project has been placed on fast track. Now, taking a major step ahead, the construction on... Read More
Since the BJP-led Governments have taken over at the Centre and the State, the work on Nagpur Metro Rail project has been placed on fast track. Now, taking a major step ahead, the construction on the project will commence from May 31.

Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, and Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Surface Transport, shall grace the function to be held at 9.30 am on May 31 at right side of Khapri Railway Fly-over approach along Wardha Road. The construction of the project will mark a milestone in the history of the Orange City. Nagpur Railway Corporation Limited (NMRCL) will commence the physical execution of Nagpur Metro Rail project from Khapri. The initial phase of construction includes erection of retaining walls, boundary walls, and movement of earthwork in Khapri Depot and at Grade Section in Airport-Khapri-MIHAN Depot on North-South Corridor of Nagpur Metro Rail project. This will be followed by construction of three bridges including Rail Over Bridge (ROB) over CONCOR siding at Khapri.

According to NMRCL, the commencement of construction on the project marks follow-up of commencement of Geo-technical Investigation on May 16 started at the hands of Chief Secretary, Maharashtra. Geo-technical Investigation is important for laying the foundation of the project by understanding surface and sub-surface exploration of the site while obtaining site data through soil sampling and laboratory tests. Nagpur Metro Rail project promises a smooth, fast and comfortable movement with improved connectivity and transport facilities thus changing the industry and business scenario in the city, stated NMRCL release.

It may be recalled here that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had performed bhoomipujan of the ambitious project in a glittering ceremony held in the city in August 2014. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has proposed two corridors of 38.125 kms for the project -- North-South and East-West -- from two different locations. The rail will be on 1.2 metre width of median of the road. The total updated cost of the project is Rs 10,550 crore. Central and State Governments will share 50:50 per cent equity while Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) will raise funds for the project by selling additional FSI along Metro Rail route.

Later, NMRCL was registered under Companies Act. Brijesh Dixit was appointed as Managing Director of NMRCL. Shankar Aggrawal, Secretary of Union Urban Development Department, was appointed as Chairman of the committee. The Board of Directors of NMRCL also was constituted to take the project ahead. The Board included Mukund Kumar Sinha, Jhanja Tripathy, Ved Mani Tiwari, Shailendra Singh (appointed by Central Government); Subodh Kumar, Secretary, Finance Department; Dr Nitin Kareer, Principal Secretary of Urban Development Department, Maharashtra; Shravan Hardikar, Municipal Commissioner, and Shyam Wardhane, NIT Chairman, (appointed by State Government).

With the efforts of Gadkari and Fadnavis, several roadblocks in the path of Nagpur Metro Rail project also got removed. Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) handed over 37 hectares of land to NIT for Metro Rail project. MADC transferred the land for 4.5 kms long ‘at grade’ (elevated) railway line of Metro Rail in MIHAN-SEZ area. The ambitious project is targeted to be completed by the year 2018.

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City all decked up for Samadhan Shibir today

This Saturday will be special one for the residents of South-West Nagpur constituency. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who represents this constituency, will be personally present during the ... Read More
This Saturday will be special one for the residents of South-West Nagpur constituency. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who represents this constituency, will be personally present during the first ‘Samadhan Shibir’ being held in the constituency to facilitate issuance of various documents and redressal of grievances of people.

The administration was all busy on Friday evening, making necessary arrangements in the last lap of preparations for the camp. The applications for the camp were invited from citizens residing in South-West Nagpur constituency till May 25. The administration received 462 applications till that date. Still, as per the official release, applications will be received at the venue of ‘Samadhan Shibir’ -- Mundle High School, South Ambazari Road -- from 10 am on Saturday. For the camp, 15 different departments have set up their stalls. The officers of these departments will remain present at the respective stalls from 9 am. Necessary arrangements of coolers, and drinking water have been made at the stalls. The main programme will be held in the hall, where arrangement for chairs has been made. The applicants who had made applications

previously, have been given tokens. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will inaugurate the camp at 11 am. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Surface Transport; Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district; Pravin Datke, Mayor; will be the guests on this occasion. Chief Minister will remain present at the venue till 1 pm and listen to the grievances of the people. He will also distribute to people the documents they had applied for. The camp will conclude at 4 pm. Pravin Datke, Mayor; Sachin Kurve, District Collector; corporator Sandeep Joshi, Girish Deshmukh visited the venue and took stock of the preparations on Friday. Parking arrangements have been made at Mata Kacheri, opposite Mundle High School. The officers and Government staff can park their vehicles in the premises of Industrial Training Institute (ITI). There will be security check and officers have been given identity cards, which they need to carry. There will be restrictions on flow of traffic on ITI-Deekshabhoomi route, and police bandobast will be deployed.

Meanwhile, even before ‘Samadhan Shibir’ is held on Saturday, various departments concerned have disposed of several applications they had received through the administration. These include 118 applications pertaining to Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), and almost 500 pending applications of mutation relating to Superintendent of Land Records office.

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No shifting of State electricity headquarters

Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited, Managing Director, Sanjay Shukla has termed the shifting of State Electricity headquarters as rumour and denied the existence of any kind of pro... Read More
Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited, Managing Director, Sanjay Shukla has termed the shifting of State Electricity headquarters as rumour and denied the existence of any kind of proposal in this regard. On the other hand, Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Power Transmission Company, Umesh Rautji has confirmed the establishment of branch office of the company for better monitoring of power transmission projects and other works. He informed that Principal Secretary (Energy), I C P Keshri declared the establishment of two branch offices of Power Transmission Company at Bhopal and Indore for better monitoring of works throughout the State. For this, senior officers will be transferred at branch offices. In a meeting with the members of Jabalpur Nagrik Manch, Sanjay Shukla informed that there is no proposal for shifting of State Electricity headquarters or transfer of any key post from Jabalpur. Contrary to the statement of the Managing Director, Secretary of Jabalpur Nagrik Manch, Dr. P G Najpande charged that branches of Power Transmission Company have been established on demand of some officers. He also gave reference of dual addresses of Power Management Company at Jabalpur and Bhopal in its official correspondence. In the meeting, delegation of Jabalpur Nagrik Manch comprised of senior office-bearers of different business, industrial and social organisations. Members of Nagrik Manch informed that, in order to protest the establishment of branch offices, an important meeting of all the organisations would be organised to discuss further course of action at its office situated at Punjab Bank Colony, Damohnaka, on May 28, 5 pm onwards.

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‘Local Help Centre’ on smartphones for convenience of engg students

Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), has introduced a new step “Local Help Centre”, on smartphones for convenience of students, who are taking admission in Engineering courses. This ne... Read More
Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), has introduced a new step “Local Help Centre”, on smartphones for convenience of students, who are taking admission in Engineering courses. This new facility has started, especially, for rural students, who are unable to attend the college-level counselling. Now, engineering students would not stand in a queue or would not wait for an hour for attending counselling. DTE has provided counselling facility on mobile phones. With an aim to make counselling easy, the department has prepared this application on smartphones. It has been seen that students are facing various problems during the counselling conducted for various courses under DTE. Students of rural areas also faced problems while searching help centre. This application will help students in searching the centre in an easy way. In order to solve this problem and make this process easier, DTE has started this new application. DTE has prepared this application with the support of MP Mobile Application. Through this application, students can get complete information, from allotment to branch selection. It may be mentioned that students of State appeared in online counselling for the Engineering and Pharmacy courses through Kiosk Centre or MP Online. Now, with the introduction of new application, students would get nine kinds of services on smartphones. Due to this, students could not appear for counselling without going to Kiosk Centre. Now, students who appear for counselling should download MP Mobile from Google application store. This application comprises status, allotment, choice felling, change password, and etc. options are available. The complete information about counselling scheduled is available on application. The counselling would be held through this application for engineering, pharmacy, architecture, hotel management, and other courses.

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Sahasrabuddhe chairs meeting of BJP corporators of Jabalpur

BJP Vice-President and Incharge Madhya Pradesh, Vinay Sahashtrabuddhe, on Tuesday, took a meeting of Bhartiya Janata Party corporators. During the meeting, he asked corporators to take the achi... Read More
BJP Vice-President and Incharge Madhya Pradesh, Vinay Sahashtrabuddhe, on Tuesday, took a meeting of Bhartiya Janata Party corporators. During the meeting, he asked corporators to take the achievements of State Government to public. The BJP Vice-President also asked the corporators to also apprise people of works being done by the State Government for welfare of every section of society. He said people should know that what Government is doing for their progress and welfare. He also asked the corporators to work hard in their ward and redress civic problems. Sahasrabuddhe, on the occasion, directed the corporators to do quality development works in their wards. He said Municipal Corporation is the best place of learning. He said the corporators must do good work and seek experience and also win people's faith. Incharge, Madhya Pradesh, Sahashtrabuddhe said the corporators must visit big cities and see how the development works are done in metropolitan cities and do the same in their city. Amongst those also present on the occasion were Organisation General Secretary, Arvind Menon, City Chief, BJP, Dr Vinod Mishra, President Rural BJP, Ashish Dubey, Mayor, Dr Swati Godbole, MLA, Nandani Maravi, Pratibha Singh, Sushil Tiwari, Chairperson, Jabalpur Municipal Corporation, Sumitra Balmeek and others.

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High Court dismisses petition against BMC

A single bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Justice, R S Jha has dismissed the petition filed by Rajkumar Raichandani against the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC). The peti... Read More
A single bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Justice, R S Jha has dismissed the petition filed by Rajkumar Raichandani against the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC). The petitioner has filed this petition, being aggrieved by order dated on April 8, 2015 by which the petitioner’s application under Order 26 Rule 1 CPC, and application under Order 1 Rule 10 CPC, has been rejected by BMC. It is submitted by the counsel for the petitioner that the petitioner had filed an application along with documents to indicate that the petitioner was suffering from severe osteoarthritis and the doctor has opined that the petitioner was not able to climb stairs or to stand in the court and in such circumstances, the petitioner had filed an application for getting her statement recorded on commission, but the court below has rejected the same inspite of accepting the medical certificates submitted by the petitioner. Counsel for the petitioner has submitted that the order rejecting the petitioner’s application under Order 26 Rule 1 CPC, is therefore illegal and deserves to be set aside as it has caused serious prejudice to the petitioner. Counsel for the petitioner further submits that the petitioner had filed an application under Order 1 Rule 1 CPC, seeking impleadment of the Town and Country Development Authority, Bhopal, but that application has also been rejected by the court below without assigning proper reasons for the same. The single bench, having heard the counsel for the petitioner, observed that the court below, while dealing with the petitioner’s application under Order 26 Rule 1 CPC, has taken into consideration the medical certificate and has, thereafter, held that to facilitate recording of the statement of the petitioner, the petitioner shall come to the court and thereafter her statement shall be recorded by the concerned Commissioner and her cross-examination shall also be held at a suitable place which would not require the petitioner to either stand in the court or be put to any other inconvenience looking to her medical condition. The single bench, in its order, said it do not find any illegality in the impugned order passed by the court below on the application filed by the petitioner under Order 26 Rule 1 CPC, as the court below has taken adequate care for recording the statement of the petitioner. A perusal of the order passed by the court below further indicates that the dispute raised by the petitioner in the plaint is in respect of the action being taken by the Municipal Corporation Bhopal against the alleged illegal construction of a restaurant, health club, entertainment and celebration centre by the petitioner and, therefore, the petitioner has impleaded the Municipal Corporation who has also filed its written statement. The court below has considered the aforesaid aspect and has thereafter stated that the Town and Country Development Authority is not a necessary party and the application has been filed by the petitioner only to delay the proceedings.” Having perused the written statement as well as the order passed by the court below, the bench stated that it is of considered opinion that there is no illegality or material irregularity in the impugned order warranting interference. Looking to the fact that the suit filed by the petitioner is of the year 2009, expeditious steps are required to be taken by the petitioner to ensure that the same gets decided at the earliest. In view of the aforesaid discussion, the petition filed by the petitioner stands dismissed, the single bench said.

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Returning Officer, Sirmour told to be present before HC

During the hearing of Sirmour Vidhan Sabha related election petition, the single bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Justice, G S Solanki has directed the Returning Officer, Si... Read More
During the hearing of Sirmour Vidhan Sabha related election petition, the single bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Justice, G S Solanki has directed the Returning Officer, Sirmour, District Rewa to remain present before this Court on the next date of hearing for recording the evidence. The single bench further directed him to produce the record of election of 68 Sirmour Legislative Assembly Constituency after completing necessary formalities as required under the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961 including opening the strong room for production of the record before this Court on the next date of hearing. The single bench has given directions to the Office (Registrar) to issue fresh summons to the Returning Officer, Sirmour, District Rewa. The single bench has listed the matter for recording the evidence on July 14, 2015. The election petition was filed by Dr Vivek Tiwari against MLA Divyaraj Singh. In the previous hearing of the election petition, respondent was not present before the court. Service report of summons issued to the Returning Officer, Sirmour, District Rewa has not been received. It appears to be a fault on the part of the office of the District Judge. Since this is an election petition, it requires expeditious trial. In these circumstances, the office is directed to write a letter to the District Judge, Rewa to ensure strict compliance of the orders and process issued by this Court. On February 5, 2015, the petitioner had filed interim application before the court, which is an application under Order 16 Rule 1(3) of the CPC. Counsel for the petitioner had submitted that due to inadvertence, the petitioner could not file the list of the witnesses who are Government servants like the Returning Officer. It is further submitted that the issues involved in the petition cannot be proved without examination of the Returning Officer of 68, Sirmour Vidhan Sabha Constituency, District Rewa, therefore, the petitioner may be permitted to summon the witnesses mentioned in the additional list of witnesses. Counsel for respondent had opposed the application. Thereafter, the division bench had, in its order, said “I have perused the petition along with the issues, the Returning Officer of 68, Sirmour Vidhan Sabha Constituency, District Rewa is necessary evidence for adjudication of controversy between the parties. In these circumstances, the interim application is allowed. The single bench had issued summons to the Returning Officer 68, Sirmour Vidhan Sabha Constituency, District Rewa to remain present before the court for recording the evidence, but till date, the Returning Officer is not present before the court for recording the evidence.

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Employee at Block Education office caught taking bribe

Sleuths of Lokayukta Police special establishment, Jabalpur caught an Assistant Grade-II employee at Block Education Office while taking bribe of Rs 27,000 from a teacher of Government school for... Read More
Sleuths of Lokayukta Police special establishment, Jabalpur caught an Assistant Grade-II employee at Block Education Office while taking bribe of Rs 27,000 from a teacher of Government school for disbursing payment of Rs 3.45 lakh pay fixation arrears, on Tuesday. The accused has been identified as Vijay Patel, posted as Assistant Grade-II at office of Block Education Officer at village Mehadvani in district Dindori. The officers of Lokayukta police nabbed the accused when he was taking bribe of Rs 27,000 from Ramesh Masram, posted as teacher of Government school and resident of village Chirpani. The appellant Ramesh Masram lodged a complaint with Superintendent of Police, Lokayukta, Padmavilochan Shukla that the payment of his pay fixation arrears of Rs 3.45 lakh was pending since a long time. He contacted Vijay Patel, Assistant Grade-II at Block Education office, who demanded bribe of Rs 40,000 against release of payment. He already paid bribe of Rs 10,000 and the matter was settled with further payment of Rs 27,000 for releasing the payment. Acting on the complaint, a team of Lokayukta police fielded the appellant for collecting evidences and obtained a voice recording of corrupt employees while demanding bribe. Once the information was confirmed, Lokayukta police team reached the spot and trapped the Government employee red-handed while taking bribe of Rs 27,000 from appellant Ramesh Masram. The Lokayukta police have arrested the accused employee while further investigations are underway to unravel more incidents of taking bribe from the accused. The accused was trapped by Lokayukta police team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police, Satish Mishra, Inspector, Antram Choudhary, Inspector, Oscar Kindo, Havaldar, Balwan, Constables, Ravindra Singh and Vinod Chouhan.

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‘Restoring faith in governance biggest achievement of NDA Govt’

“Restoring trust of public on governance is the biggest achievement in just one year of Bharatiya Janata Party led NDA Government under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. During... Read More
“Restoring trust of public on governance is the biggest achievement in just one year of Bharatiya Janata Party led NDA Government under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. During the ten years of UPA regime, the nation had witnessed governance holiday. Balanced policies and active working on different aspects, the BJP led NDA Government and its visionary Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in the very first year, established ideal conditions before nation for delivering good governance. The first year passed with notion ‘Saal Ek Shuruvat Anek’ (Various Initiatives In Year One),” said Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, National Vice President of BJP and Incharge MP State while addressing a press conference at Circuit House No.1, on Thursday. He is in city to attend the start of Jankalyan Parva to be observed till May 31 in the country to propagate the message of achievement and works done by Union Government under leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in past one year. During press meet, he was accompanied by Member of Parliament, Rakesh Singh, BJP City Chief, Dr. Vinod Mishra, BJP (Rural) District President, Ashish Dubey, MLA Sushil Tiwari. BJP leader, Sahasrabuddhe added that Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on first anniversary of the BJP-led NDA Government at Centre, has written a letter to the citizens congratulating them on this occasion. In his letter, Modi had described the baby steps taken by the Government to fulfill future vision. Giving impetus to the concept of strengthening connectivity, right from infrastructure to Internet, the Union Government has given equal focus. Simultaneously, across the globe, the image of India, which was over-shadowed by corruption, financial scams and red tape, the foreign investors as well as domestic were showing low interest towards investing in India. But in past one year, scenario has changed and now, foreign countries are appreciating the changes taking place in the country. Sahasrabuddhe said continuous and persistent efforts of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and his Government earned respect and honour for the country at international platforms. The rescue of people from different countries stranded in different terror strikes and in natural calamities like which struck Nepal recently, has enhanced the image of the country, which has emerged as a friendly nation. Above all, the BJP--led NDA Government under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has attained success in restoration of public confidence on the institution called Government. The Government, like constitution of Niti Aayog, has taken various important decisions by scrapping old and outdated Planning Commission, Constitution of India comprising all States as stakeholders, attracting foreign investment in infrastructure, industry, insurance and other sectors through ‘Make In India’ drive. The Prime Minister, with his out of box thinking, has initiated innovative Swaccha Bharat Abiyaan and also initiated various social welfare schemes like Jan Dhan Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Samajik Suraksha Insurance Scheme, etc. following foremost priority of establishing the concept of ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas’. Answering a query about progress in black money return and Section 370 abrogation from Jammu & Kashmir, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said both the issues are important and with due importance, the Government is approaching ahead. Till now, establishment of SIT along with issue has been discussed at international platforms like United Nations. Now Government is working to bring a stringent law that would hit root cause of generation of black money. The stringent law and its provisions would stop all such practices. Commenting on delay in appointment of Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) and Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), two important posts, Sahasrabuddhe said, as per directions of apex court, the process has been started with organisation of first meeting in this regard and soon, second meeting would be organised and appointments would be declared. Lastly, commenting on the preparations for coming Bihar Assembly elections, Sahasrabuddhe said BJP would undoubtedly win the coming Assembly elections in Bihar under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

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Forest Deptt’s experiment to ensure cent per cent results in tree plantation

Department of Forest, Chhattisgarh government, plans experiment with an innovative idea for getting cent per cent result in the tree plantation. If the outcome of the experiment remains encouragi... Read More
Department of Forest, Chhattisgarh government, plans experiment with an innovative idea for getting cent per cent result in the tree plantation. If the outcome of the experiment remains encouraging then the method will be adopted for the plantation of trees across the state to enhance the chances of making grow more than 80 per cent of trees after their plantation. The idea has been mooted by Kamal Agrawal who has earlier been succeed in his experiment with ‘Deshi Washing Machine’ and ‘Deshi Water Filter’ which costs very cheaper and his technology has also been taken into notice by multi-national companies like Godrej. Speaking about the theory of innovative tree plantation method, Agrawal said his method is very similar to the Innovative Sand Pipe Tree Plantation Method which has been able to save maximum amount of water and helps the plants to grow healthy in Gujarat state. Agrawal said he had shot a letter to the senior forest officials, including Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (APCCF) Upadhyaya requesting him for a meeting. “In response, two officials of the forest department such as Conservator of Forest A H Kapasi and Assistant Conservator of Forest Rajendra Nischal visited to me the other day. I told the officials about the unique method which emphasises effective use of sand underneath saplings during their plantation. Use of sand in the plantation will also protect the plants from termite,” Agrawal said. According to Agrawal, only 30-35% of the saplings survive in the first year after their plantation, of which only 20-22% saplings survive till the end. The ‘Use of sand in plantation method’ will definitely prove a boon for plantation. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Conservator of Forest Kapasi said the idea has so far not been experimented in the state. “We have reported our seniors on the matter. First of all, we will send the report to State Forest Research Institute (SFRI) for experiment under the supervision of researchers. If the experiment remains a success then we will move with it,” said Kapasi.

Sand helping in better plantation

To be mentioned, Vruksha Prem developed the unique method to plant trees. It is called Sand Pipe Tree Plantation method. This method saves maximum amount of water and helps the plants to grow healthy. Till date the NGO has successfully planted more than 125000 trees with the help of this method. The original concept came from the construction of house of Premjibhai. He intentionally kept the layers of sand in the compound for rain water to percolate. The method is as follow: It has been observed that where ever human disturbance is not observed not a single plant, out of 1,25,000, died due to shortage of water. It proves that trees need moisture at the root and not quantum of water to grow.

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Pursuit of perfection! Students in C’garh mostly preferring self-financed courses

It’s an interesting reality to know that 32% of the 1.56 lakh students at undergraduate as well as postgraduate level in different universities of the Chhattisgarh pursue their studies in sel... Read More
It’s an interesting reality to know that 32% of the 1.56 lakh students at undergraduate as well as postgraduate level in different universities of the Chhattisgarh pursue their studies in self financed courses and over the last one decade, these self financed courses witness a sharp growth than the traditional courses. The latest reports of the Higher Education Status of all 29 states and 7 union territories of University Grants Commission and Ministry of Human Resources Development reveal that over the last one decade from 2004 to 2014, all universities of the Chhattisgarh saw a sharp rise in the enrollment of students for self financed courses of both undergraduate as well as postgraduate levels. Because of more job prospects and career opportunities now these self financed courses are tough competition to the traditional or core courses. It may be mentioned that Pt Ravishankar Shukla University (Pt RSU) Raipur is the first university of the state which has introduced self finance courses around 12 years ago and now all of other universities such as Guru Ghasidas Central University Bilaspur, Bilaspur University, Sarguja University Ambikapur and Bastar University Jagdalpur are also offering various self financed courses in both degree as well as diploma forms. Out of all these self financed courses, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is most popular amongst students followed by Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA), Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Bachelor of Science (B Sc) in Information Technology, Bachelor of Commerce (B Com) in Computer Science, Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Studies, Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology or Microbiology and Bachelor of Journalism. Apart from it diploma courses in computers, management, information technology, tourism, mass communication and library science have also gained popularity among the students of all districts in state during last few years. ‘These self financed courses are market oriented courses assure good jobs and bright future. Because of it more and more students are enrolling for these courses during last one decade in all parts of the state’ said Dr. Amitabh Dutta, Reowned Higher Educationist and Principal of leading college in Durg district. But one major problem behind self financing courses is that University Grants Commission and Higher Education Department of State do not provide grants to the institutions for functioning of them and as a result fees are higher than traditional courses like Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education. The another problem is that owing to the lack of industries especially in pharmacy, cosmetics and leather, graduates or post graduates of many self financed courses are still struggling to get a suitable job in Chhattisgarh. Dr H N Dubey, former principal and educationist stated ‘Most self financed courses are skill based and as a result they are popular among students. It is true that owing to the shortage of industries, many graduates of different self financed courses face problem in getting job across state but in other parts they get job and their career would shape up in a plan manner as compared to their counterparts of traditional courses, he added. All of these courses are now gaining popularity in students of rural areas and small towns of the state as many students of these areas have showed their interest in pursuing their higher education in self finance courses rather than traditional ones.

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Students won gold for university to reappear in exams

The students of Pt Ravishankar Shukla University (Pt RSU), who had failed to attend a few subjects in the examinations held this year to represent the university at an inter-university sports e... Read More
The students of Pt Ravishankar Shukla University (Pt RSU), who had failed to attend a few subjects in the examinations held this year to represent the university at an inter-university sports event, were on Tuesday granted permission to reappear. The students are Ranjeet Kumar, Ganesh Yadu and Dinesh Kumar. It is worth mentioning, Ranjeet had won Gold medal in Athletics while Ganesh and Dinesh bagged Gold medal in Kayaking event. The students had earlier a meeting with the Vice Chancellor Professor S K Pandey and Registrar K K Chandrakar urging them for consideration on the issue. A proposal in this regard was presented in the Executive Council meeting held the other day. The Executive Council gave the green signal to the students who have brought laurels for the university. According to the university officials, the university has taken a bold step by allowing the students for appearing for examination. The decision will also help encourage students of the university to participate in sports activities.

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Robbery at Ring Road-1; mobike-borne thieves loot Rs 7.9 lakh cash

Two armed motorcycle-borne desperadoes looted Rs 7.90 lakh cash from the employees of a cosmetic dealer agency on gunpoint in broad daylight on Ring Road no-1 at around 2 pm on Tuesday. Looters... Read More
Two armed motorcycle-borne desperadoes looted Rs 7.90 lakh cash from the employees of a cosmetic dealer agency on gunpoint in broad daylight on Ring Road no-1 at around 2 pm on Tuesday. Looters chased down the two employees before intercepting them near Jaika Automobiles. After a brief interval, Central Crime Branch (CCB) sleuths were on their toes once again, when the reports of loot at gunpoint was aired in the police short-wave walkie-talkies. Police sources informed that Javendra Sahu alias Raju and Avinash Mahobia, employees of an agency namely Touch Stone Office Private Limited, were heading bank to deposit Rs 7.90 lakh on the service road of Ring Road no-1, when two youths on a blue Bajaj Pulsar Motorcycle blocked their way. Sensing something dangerous, victim Avinash, who was driving the motorbike, took a U-turn and rushed back to the office situated behind Jaguar Showroom, Ring Road no-1 at Raipura. It took a couple of minutes for the looters to intercept them near Jaika Automobiles. Soon as they intercepted Avinash and Javendra, looters took out a gun and pointed right at them. They snatched the bag full of money off the hands of victims. While the victims were in state of shock, bike-borne looters turned their vehicle towards Durg-Bhilai in full throttle. Though, the police was informed within 10 minutes of incident, there wasn’t any barricade or check post put on the roads. Javendra informed that they couldn’t see the registration of numbers of the motorcycle as the number plate was bent upward. Police sources informed that Javendra Sahu is cashier at Touch Stone Office Private Limited, owned by one Rajendra Parakh. DD Nagar Police said that an offence under Section 392 has been registered against unidentified looters. Police sources said the looters have gathered complete information about the victims as they specifically targeted them. The way they chased the victims, it could be said that the looters were completely aware that there is a big amount in the bag being carried by the victims.

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Consumers fuming over power tariff hike

A hike of 14 per cent in the average power tariff rates by Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) has left the people fuming who are already in an arduous situation due to... Read More
A hike of 14 per cent in the average power tariff rates by Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) has left the people fuming who are already in an arduous situation due to increasing prices of essential commodities and unscheduled power cuts. Rural areas, in particular, are mostly affected by the erratic power cuts at a time when the BJP government claims to have surplus power in the state. Besides residents, industries also protested against the power tariff hike which will come into effect from June 1, 2015 and will remain in force till March 31, 2016 or till the issue of next order. “From a common consumer to an industrialist, everybody will be affected by this power tariff hike. Recession is there, market is unable to create demand there is no demand in the market. Basic industries like Steel industry are passing through critical phase. The hike cannot be in the interest of either domestic consumers or industries,” said Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCCI) President Amar Parwani. Not at all in the interest of industries which is already in difficult condition, said Dr S K Sharma, Vice-President, Urla Industries Association. “The hike in tariff will again push industries back. No one in the government is ready to listen to us,” said a disappointed Sharma. Even as the industry association cannot disregard the regulatory commission’s order, the association can move the central regulatory commission for an appeal, he said. Meanwhile, G C Mukherjee, Director, Commerce, CSPDCL said only 40 per cent hike in the power tariff is done in last decade. The first hike in the power tariff was brought into effect in 2004-05 and since then about 40 per cent hike has been done. Every year, on an average 4-4.5 per cent hike has been effected, he said. According to the hike, the consumers using 0-40 unit electricity in a month will have to pay Rs 3 per unit instead of existing Rs 2.70 while those using 41-200 units in a month will have to pay Rs 3.10 per unit electricity instead of existing Rs 2.70. Similarly, the consumers using 201-600 unit electricity in a month will pay Rs 4.90 per unit instead of current rate of Rs 4.40. The consumers consuming power more than 600 units in a month will have to pay Rs 6.50 per unit.

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Consumers fuming over power tariff hike

A hike of 14 per cent in the average power tariff rates by Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) has left the people fuming who are already in an arduous situation due to... Read More
A hike of 14 per cent in the average power tariff rates by Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) has left the people fuming who are already in an arduous situation due to increasing prices of essential commodities and unscheduled power cuts. Rural areas, in particular, are mostly affected by the erratic power cuts at a time when the BJP government claims to have surplus power in the state. Besides residents, industries also protested against the power tariff hike which will come into effect from June 1, 2015 and will remain in force till March 31, 2016 or till the issue of next order. “From a common consumer to an industrialist, everybody will be affected by this power tariff hike. Recession is there, market is unable to create demand there is no demand in the market. Basic industries like Steel industry are passing through critical phase. The hike cannot be in the interest of either domestic consumers or industries,” said Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCCI) President Amar Parwani. Not at all in the interest of industries which is already in difficult condition, said Dr S K Sharma, Vice-President, Urla Industries Association. “The hike in tariff will again push industries back. No one in the government is ready to listen to us,” said a disappointed Sharma. Even as the industry association cannot disregard the regulatory commission’s order, the association can move the central regulatory commission for an appeal, he said. Meanwhile, G C Mukherjee, Director, Commerce, CSPDCL said only 40 per cent hike in the power tariff is done in last decade. The first hike in the power tariff was brought into effect in 2004-05 and since then about 40 per cent hike has been done. Every year, on an average 4-4.5 per cent hike has been effected, he said. According to the hike, the consumers using 0-40 unit electricity in a month will have to pay Rs 3 per unit instead of existing Rs 2.70 while those using 41-200 units in a month will have to pay Rs 3.10 per unit electricity instead of existing Rs 2.70. Similarly, the consumers using 201-600 unit electricity in a month will pay Rs 4.90 per unit instead of current rate of Rs 4.40. The consumers consuming power more than 600 units in a month will have to pay Rs 6.50 per unit.

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71 SAS officers transferred

In a major re-shuffle of the officers of State Administrative Services State Government on Tuesday transferred 71 officers. Following the orders Umakant Pandey who was Additional Director of High... Read More
In a major re-shuffle of the officers of State Administrative Services State Government on Tuesday transferred 71 officers. Following the orders Umakant Pandey who was Additional Director of Higher Education has been transferred as General Manager of MP Warehousing Corporation, Ratnakar Jha who was Additional Collector Chhindwara has been transferred to Bhopal as Chief GM MP Central Region Power Division, Kedar Singh who was Chief GM of MP Central Region Power Distribution Company has been transferred to Additional Collector of Sehore, Ikschit Garpale who was Additional Collector of Bhopal has been transferred as Deputy Collector of Ashok Nagar, PC Tripathi who was Deputy Collector of Bhopal has been transferred as Deputy Collector of Sidhi, Shweta Parma has been posted as the Deputy Collector of Bhopal from Deputy Collector of Chhindwara, Rajesh Kumar Gupta has been transferred as Deputy Collector of Bhopal, Minisha Pandey has been transferred as the Deputy Collector of Bhopal from Deputy Collector of Anuppur. Along with these 63 other officials have also been given new postings by the state government.

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Clerk of Housing Board dies after being hit by train; woman immolates self

A sexagenarian was killed after being hit by a train at railway crossing near Shalimar Apartment near Habibganj railway station area, police said on Tuesday. Police told that deceased was iden... Read More
A sexagenarian was killed after being hit by a train at railway crossing near Shalimar Apartment near Habibganj railway station area, police said on Tuesday. Police told that deceased was identified as Punjab Rao (60), son of Poonaji Rao, resides at EWS Quarter in Kotra Sultanabad. Punjab was posted as a clerk in Housing Board Office. On Monday morning he went for routine morning walk but did not return house on usual time. Later, GRP Habibganj spotted his body laying on railway track and based on the mobile number mentioned in his Aadhar card, family members of deceased were informed. Police said that he was killed when he was hit by the goods train while crossing the railway track yesterday. Police further said that till now it was not clear that whether he reached himself at the railway track to commit suicide or he accidentally got hit by the train. As of now the police have registered a case under section of accidental death and sent the body of deceased for autopsy and further investigation was on in the case. In another incident, a newly-married woman committed suicide by setting herself ablaze in her house located at Mahuakheda village under Berasia police station on Tuesday night. Later, the family members rushed her to nearby hospital but till then she had succumbed to the burn injuries and police were informed regarding the incident. Police said that deceased woman was identified as Krishna Bai (20), son of Leelaram Mehar, a resident of Mahuakheda village. However the statements of family members could not be registered yet therefore the reason behind immolating self could not be known. Subsequently, the police have registered a case under Section 174 of CrPc and started further investigation in the case.

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Wheat production likely to cross last year’s record

The wheat procurement process is almost over and now, Agriculture Department is waiting for final figures of wheat procurement from mandis to know that how much wheat has been produced overall ... Read More
The wheat procurement process is almost over and now, Agriculture Department is waiting for final figures of wheat procurement from mandis to know that how much wheat has been produced overall in Madhya Pradesh. Agriculture Department is quite hopeful that wheat production would be more from last year. “We are waiting for figures of procurement done at mandis and it would take couple of days to reach figures till us. It would be only after this that we would be able to tell final figure of wheat production of Madhya Pradesh. However, Agriculture Department is sure that wheat production is likely to cross the wheat production figures of previous year,” informed Agriculture Director, Mohan Lal Meena to ‘The Hitavada’. Sources in Agriculture Department added that had there had been no inclement weather condition in rabi season then wheat production could have been far more in Madhya Pradesh. When contacted, Principal Secretary, Agriculture Department, Rajesh Rajora told ‘The Hitavada’ that final figures of wheat production are yet to be worked out but wheat production is definitely going to be more than the last year. However, he said that quality of wheat had suffered in some pockets of state due to unseasonal rainfall and hailstorm. Notably, when wheat were in harvesting stage, unseasonal rainfall, hailstorm and speedy winds have created havoc in some parts of state, destroying the standing crops. The wheat quality of affected areas had suffered badly owing to unseasonal rainfall and hailstorm and farmers faced hardships in selling such wheat. Some farmers have even committed suicides after seeing their damaged crops. Notwithstanding the loss done by unnatural activities, Madhya Pradesh is heading for record wheat production once again.

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Meeting of MANIT Board of Governors likely to be stormy

The Board of Governors meeting of MANIT institution is likely to be held on Wednesday. The meeting is expected to be stormy. In addition, there is news that Registrar Ajit Narayan would not be ... Read More
The Board of Governors meeting of MANIT institution is likely to be held on Wednesday. The meeting is expected to be stormy. In addition, there is news that Registrar Ajit Narayan would not be allowed to attend the meeting and this new issue has just added fire to the cauldron. In the Wednesday’s meeting, proposal regarding reinstatement of services of five faculty members is likely to come up. Earlier, these five faculty members were suspended following the issue related to irregularity in their appointments but later on their services were restored without seeking the nod of Board of Governors. Hence, now proposal regarding reinstatement of services of five faculty members would be tabled before Board of Governors for approval. “The Hitavada” contacted Director MANIT, Appu Kuttan over the issue but he said that he would speak to media only after Wednesday’s meeting. Meanwhile, air is thick with the news that Collector had written letter to MANIT Director not to allow Registrar Ajit Narayan to attend the Board of Governors meeting. Ajit Narayan, who is already facing probe over his reappointment to Registrar, post and this has left Ajit Narayan fuming. He had threatened to knock the court doors if he is not allowed to attend the meeting. The efforts to contact Collector Nishant Warwade also failed to bear the fruits as he had not picked up phone despite repeated attempts.

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Unrelenting heat continues to affect normal life in State

Unbearable heat continues to sweep Madhya Pradesh. Sultry weather conditions have left adverse impact on normal life. Blazing sun has set the temperatures on boil. Maximum temperature of Bhopal... Read More
Unbearable heat continues to sweep Madhya Pradesh. Sultry weather conditions have left adverse impact on normal life. Blazing sun has set the temperatures on boil. Maximum temperature of Bhopal settled at 43.2 degree Celsius, two degree above normal. There is possibility of heat wave in sundry parts of Rewa, Sagar, Shahdol, Gwalior and Chambal divisions. Isolated parts of Shajapur, Khargone and Hoshangabad districts are also likely to face the wrath of heat wave. Meanwhile, thunder activities, lightening and dust storm are likely in some parts of Sagar, Rewa and Shahdol divisions and districts including Gwalior, Datia, Morena, Bhind, Katni, Jabalpur, Balaghat and Seoni. Remaining parts of State would witness dry weather. Now, people are fed up of sultry weather conditions and unbearable heat and waiting for arrival of monsoon which would bring down the temperatures to normal.As of now, increased temperatures have become a cause of concern to everyone. The roads wearing deserted look during noon hours is now a common scene in Bhopal and other parts of State as well. As temperatures are high, people are trying to find some relief from heat by drinking cold drink, lassi and lemon water. Owing to this reason, sale of cold drink has increased by leaps and bounds. As far as temperatures of other cities are concerned then Indore recorded maximum temperature of 41.3 degree Celsius, Gwalior 45.9 degree Celsius, Jabalpur 43 degree Celsius, Khajuraho 40.5 degree Celsius. Gwalior and Jabalpur have witnessed thunder activities in past twenty four hours and recorded traced rainfall. In last twenty four hours, Rewa, Shahdol, Sagar, Gwalior and Chambal divisions were in grip of heat wave. Meanwhile, seasonal diseases have increased due to which hospitals are witnessing influx of patients mainly suffering from water-borne diseases and sun stroke.

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CM distributes sweets to people at Roshanpura

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan distributed sweets to people at Roshapura over completion of one year rule of Modi government at the Centre on Tuesday. Earlier, Chief Minister Shivraj Sing... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan distributed sweets to people at Roshapura over completion of one year rule of Modi government at the Centre on Tuesday. Earlier, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had inaugurated the exhibition focused on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On this occasion, MLAs Rameshwar Sharma, Vishwas Sarang, Mayor Alok Sharma and large number of Yuva Morcha workers were present. In his speech, Chouhan showered praise on Modi government.

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Rail projects should be completed speedily in view of Simhastha: CM

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu here on Tuesday and urged him to ensure that ongoing rail projects of Madhya Pradesh are completed at a rapid pace in vie... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu here on Tuesday and urged him to ensure that ongoing rail projects of Madhya Pradesh are completed at a rapid pace in view of Simhastha. The Railway Minister assured that these projects will be completed speedily. The Chief Minister said that Khandwa to Mhow railway line is important in view of ensuing Simhastha. Gauge conversion work is underway presently on Ratlam-Indore-Mhow-Khandwa line. Similarly, Chintaman-Fatehabad section is an important link of Ujjain city through which devotees from western region come. This section measuring about 27 kms has been closed for gauge conversion. It needs to be opened soon. Gauge conversion work can be undertaken after Simhastha. Construction of a part of Lalitpur-Singrauli railway link has been completed. This rail project is important for Bundelkhand. This should be completed at the earliest. Similarly, Jabalpur-Gondia gauge conversion work should also be completed soon. The Chief Minister informed that Mandi Board is developing multi-model logistics hub at Pawarkhera. This project has railway sidings on three sides which need to be connected with railway lines. Railways should provide NOC for it. This logistics hub is near Itarsi Railway Junction of Western Railway, which is significant for railway transport. Railway Minister Prabhu assured that works of all these projects will be undertaken on priority. Principal Secretary to CM Iqbal Singh Bains and Secretary Vivek Agrawal were also present at the meeting.

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Foundation stone to be laid for world-class Habibganj Railway Station this year: Prabhu

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced that the foundation stone for transforming Habibganj Railway Station into that of a world-class station will be laid by the end of this year. The Minist... Read More
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced that the foundation stone for transforming Habibganj Railway Station into that of a world-class station will be laid by the end of this year. The Minister was laying foundation stone for the traction alternator factory in Vidisha along with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday. Railway Minister said that Bhopal’s Habibganj station will be developed as model station. Foundation stone of country’s first traction alternator engine plant with a budget of Rs 60 crore was laid on Tuesday. Besides, foundation stone of godown at Saurai railway station was also laid and renovated platform of Sanchi station was inaugurated by the Railway Minister. The factory is being setup with an estimated budget of Rs 60 crore by the Railway on a 9 hectare of land which is to be completed in two years of time. The factory is at a distance of nearly 6 km from the Vidisha railway station which is convenient with the view of transportation of the manufactured traction alternators. The traction motor plant is going to manufacture traction motors exclusively for the Indian Railways which will be used in the electric loco engines. Chief Minister Chouhan on this occasion said that it is a historic day. Chouhan said that a number of development works have been undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during one year of his term. Growth rate has increased and inflation declined. Chouhan said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has initiated ‘Make in India’. Madhya Pradesh and Railways will form a joint venture company for expansion of public amenities for rail passengers. Establishment of this factory at Vidisha will be important for development of the State. Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj expressed satisfaction over fulfillment of her announcement. She expressed gratitude towards Chief Minister Chouhan and state government for co-operation in allotment of land for the factory. She informed that the components to be produced in this factory were imported earlier. This year, 100 diesel alternators will be manufactured in the factory. She informed that Mudra Bank has been set up to extend loans to small-time businessmen. She said that Vidisha is getting five gifts on Tuesday. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said that Prime Minister’s Make in India campaign is moving forward with establishment of this factory. He expressed gratitude towards Chief Minister Chouhan for making available free land by the State Government for the factory. He said that funds have been mobilised to make available good rail services to all in the country. Prabhu said that “Rail Badhe Desh Badhe” programme will be held upto June 15 under which one work or other will be undertaken at every railway station.

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Dreaded goon booked under MPDA

COMMISSIONER of Police Sharda Prasad Yadav on Monday detained notorious goon Rahul alias Chaptya Chandrabhan Meshram under the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Slumlords, Bootleg... Read More
COMMISSIONER of Police Sharda Prasad Yadav on Monday detained notorious goon Rahul alias Chaptya Chandrabhan Meshram under the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Slumlords, Bootleggers, Drug Offenders, Dangerous Persons and Video Pirates Act (MPDA). A resident of Plot No 51, Hiwri Nagar, near Saroj Convent, Rahul alias Chaptya is involved in several crimes of serious nature. Earlier also, he was booked under MPDA and preventive action was also initiated against him under Sections 110 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.PC). However, he continued indulging in criminal activities. Finally, the city police chief decided to again detain him under MPDA.

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All police stations to have separate Investigation Wing

In a move aimed at improving the quality of investigation in ‘sessions triable cases’ and boost conviction rate in the State, Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjeev Dayal has issued order t... Read More
In a move aimed at improving the quality of investigation in ‘sessions triable cases’ and boost conviction rate in the State, Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjeev Dayal has issued order to form separate ‘Investigation Wing’ at all police stations from July 1. Dayal confirmed the development and told ‘The Hitavada’ that the move would definitely make an impact. As per the order issued on May 24, each police station shall have a separate Investigation Wing that will be entrusted with the ‘exclusive dedicated responsibility’ of investigation in all sessions cases registered at such police stations. ‘The Hitavada’ has in possession a copy of DGP’s standing order no. 24 of 2015. Through the order, the DGP has given time till July 1 to all the units to take ‘necessary action’ to disseminate instructions and prepare police stations. He has sought compliance of the order by August 1. In effect, the order separates Investigation Wing from Law and Order functions of the Police Department. The separation shall be applicable to police stations in Commissionerate areas (including Nagpur and Amravati in Vidarbha region), District Police, and Government Railway Police that have dual responsibility of crime investigation and maintenance of law and order. Dayal has minced no words in stating that the officers assigned to the Investigation Wing shall not be committed to any other category of investigation or be withdrawn for the discharge of law and order duties ‘under no circumstances’. There was a demand for separating investigation function from law and order function. Dayal said that the objective of the Standing Order is to improve the quality of investigation of sessions cases and ensure timely disposal of such cases. The move will also result in improving conviction rate. Commissioners of Police, Superintendents of Police, and Government Railway Police will now have to identify suitable manpower and segregate it exclusively for investigation and ‘pairavi’ roles.

Keeping in mind slow investigation, the DGP has asked Police officers to ensure a ‘fixed tenure’ for investigation teams and duly equipping them with legal, forensic, scientific, and technological expertise and resources. He also reminded the State Police to achieve time-bound investigation with ‘meaningful, applied supervision’ by superior officers.

An annual review will be undertaken to assess the efficacy of the said Standing Order. With the order, Dayal has issued details regarding selection of personnel, tenure, posting, repatriation of officers and constabulary, command structure, charter of work, resources, and power of transfer of investigation from Investigation Wing within or beyond the respective units.

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RMC predicts ‘severe heat wave situation’ in Vid

Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) has predicted a ‘severe heat wave situation’ in Vidarbha this week. Already, various parts of Vidarbha and especially Nagpur are recording maximum tempe... Read More
Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) has predicted a ‘severe heat wave situation’ in Vidarbha this week. Already, various parts of Vidarbha and especially Nagpur are recording maximum temperatures above a discomforting 45 degrees Celsius. Nagpur city recorded maximum temperature sof 46.2 degrees Celsius on Tuesday. It was the third highest after Wardha (46.5 degrees Celsius) and Bramhapuri (46.4 degrees Celsius) in Vidarbha region. But, the minimum temperature of Nagpur was 31.6 degrees Celsius, which was the highest in Vidarbha. Maximum temperature in other parts of Vidarbha was as follows: Akola-- 43.6 degrees Celsius, Amravati-- 44.2 degrees Celsius, Buldhana-- 39 degrees Celsius, Chandrapur-- 46 degrees Celsius, Washim-- 41 degrees Celsius, and Yavatmal-- 43.8 degrees Celsius. A little rainfall upto 0.3 mm was recorded in Nagpur on Tuesday and the sky was partly clouded.

The maximum humidity varied up to 55 per cent and minimum was 16 per cent. Weathermen predicted that little rainfall will occur in a couple of days. Though it is expected to reduce the temperature, it may increase humidity thereby adding to discomfort.

According to RMC, dry weather will prevail over Vidarbha and maximum temperatures also will change a little. On Tuesday, maximum temperature was appreciably above normal over East Vidarbha and normal over West Vidarbha. Minimum temperatures rose over East Vidarbha and changed little over West Vidarbha.

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No power supply shut-down in city after 12 noon: MSEDCL

Offering relief to consumers facing the peak summer with mercury staying over 45 degrees Celsius, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has decided not to implement ... Read More
Offering relief to consumers facing the peak summer with mercury staying over 45 degrees Celsius, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has decided not to implement ‘power supply shut-down’ after 12 noon till the end of summer. However, the relief will be applicable only in areas under Congress Nagar Division that comes under the jurisdiction of MSEDCL.

In pre-monsoon period, MSEDCL has geared up with maintenance and repair works. MSEDCL carries out power supply outage every Wednesday for maintenance and repairs. Outage is conducted every Wednesday in various parts of the city that come under the jurisdiction of the State-run power distribution utility. Many a time, outage is carried out throughout afternoon hours, leaving Nagpurians experience the peak-summer heat without any respite indoors. Considering this, MSEDCL’s Nagpur Urban Zone has decided to carry out maintenance and repair works before 12 noon every Wednesday.

Suresh Madavi, Superintending Engineer of Nagpur Urban Zone of MSEDCL; and K P Bhise, Executive Engineer of Congress Nagar Division of MSEDCL; have taken the decision. The decision is being implemented with immediate effect from May 27 (Wednesday).

Accordingly, power supply outage on this day will be carried out as follows: Laxmi Nagar feeder-- 6 am to 11 am; Cargo Hub and Chichbhavan-- 7 am to 11 am; Hill Top, Navnirman, Bhende Layout, Kali Mata, Bank of Maharashtra, and Anand Talkies feeder-- 8 am to 11 am; Dandige Layout-- 9 am to 11 am. Power supply to areas under these feeders will be interrupted during this period.

Still, MSEDCL stated cautiously, there could be unexpected interruption in power supply owing to ‘extreme heat, additional load, or technical snag’. “The consumers should co-operate with MSEDCL in case of these factors causing unexpected power supply interruption. The consumers may call on toll-free numbers 18002333435 or 18002003435,” stated an MSEDCL release.

It may be mentioned here that Nagpur city has four divisions for power supply. Of these, only Congress Nagar Division is with MSEDCL while other three divisions namely Civil Lines, Gandhibagh, and Mahal are with distribution franchise Spanco Nagpur Division Limited (SNDL). Following a major interruption recently, MSEDCL took over operations and maintenance in Civil Lines division from SNDL.

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Centre to expedite work on BHEL unit in Bhandara: Geete

Praising the Central Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcing several schemes for the benefit of common man in its first year, Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Shiv S... Read More
Praising the Central Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcing several schemes for the benefit of common man in its first year, Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Shiv Sena leader Anant Geete said that the Centre would expedite work on Solar Power Generation Unit of Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL) at Bhandara. “Union Government will start pending construction work of Solar Power Generation Unit of BHEL at Bhandara very soon. I hope to get all required clearances from other Ministries,” Geete said. The total cost of the project is Rs 2,700 crore. Geete was addressing a press conference at Nagpur on Tuesday, to mark completion of one year of BJP-led Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the office. He said that the project was initiated during Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime by the then Minister Praful Patel. However, the project did not get the nod of the Union Cabinet then, Geete said. Required land was acquired and construction of compound wall has been completed, he added. The project will yield direct employment for around 2,000 persons while 5,000 will get indirect employment, Gite said. The decision on the project has been taken six months later. Central Government would provide Rs 1,000 crore grant for this project. Obtaining ‘No Objection Certificates’ and clearances from other Ministries is under process and a detailed note will be submitted to Union Cabinet for its nod within two months, he informed mediapersons. Replying to a question, Gite claimed that the UPA Government did not clear the file of BHEL project. The Union Minister said that Ministry of Heavy Industries will organise a conclave of automobile industries at Nagpur to motivate them to set-up their projects in Vidarbha. The conclave will be organised with the help of automobile associations.

The Shiv Sena leader praised Central Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for completing one year in its office. It may be recalled here that Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray had flayed the Central Government, in which it is also an ally, over Nuclear Power Project at Jaitapur and Land Acquisition Bill. Also, a delegation of Shiv Sena MPs had met Prime Minister over the issue of Jaitapur. Gite said, “Central Government is working for common man. Prime Minister has announced several schemes for the benefit of common man.” He also praised Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for undertaking construction of cement roads in the country. Gite said that he was trying to rejuvenate seven cement production units under his department.

Listing out the achievements of his Ministry, Gite said that 21 out of 32 units had been rejuvenated. Next year, remaining 11 units also will be operationalised again. During UPA regime, only 13 units were in profit. “Now, 17 are making profit. The Ministry has surplus fund of Rs two lakh crore and this will be utilised for development of the nation,” he told reporters. The Ministry has taken a wise decision to close down five units and offer voluntary retirement as per pay scale of 2007. “This decision will be financially beneficial for the employees and they are happy,” he added. He attacked UPA Government for not taking decision to close down these units for several years, resulting in wastage of public money.

Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Sancheti, Ramtek MP Krupal Tumane, Buldhana MP Prataprao Jadhav, MLAs Krishna Khopde, Sameer Meghe, Mayor Pravin Datke, Kishor Kanhere, District President Satish Harde were present during the press briefing.

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HSC results today, students to get marksheets on June 4

Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) is all set to announce the results of HSC Board Examinations on Wednesday at 1 pm. The results will be displayed on... Read More
Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) is all set to announce the results of HSC Board Examinations on Wednesday at 1 pm. The results will be displayed on official website of the Board. Students will get their marksheets on June 4. MSBSHSE conducts HSC and SSC examinations in Maharashtra through its nine Divisional Boards located at Nagpur, Amravati, Pune, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nasik, Kolhapur, Latur, and Ratnagiri. The Board conducts examinations twice a year and the number of students appearing for the main examination is around 14 lakh for HSC. For supplementary examination, around 6 lakh students are expected to appear for HSC and SSC together. There are about 7,000 (HSC) higher secondary schools/junior colleges in the State.

The distribution of marksheets to junior colleges will be held on June 4 at 11 am. Students will get their marksheets on June 4 at 3 pm at their respective colleges. Students willing to go for retotaling will have to apply to respective Divisional Board till June 15. Students have to attach photocopy of marksheet received on June 4. Photocopy of the marksheet downloaded from Internet would not be allowed. The persons concerned should contact respective junior colleges and Divisional Boards.

Students can submit their forms on-line for examinations to be conducted in September/October 2015 and the dates of the same will be declared later. The Board had started Class Improvement Scheme in the year 2008. This scheme was started with a purpose to give students a chance to improve their grades. Students who appeared in Summer-2015 will have a chance of appearing in the examination in October-2015 and February/March-2016. The Board has made arrangement to make available photocopy of answershet if demanded by students. The interested students may apply after on-line declaration of result. They can apply between May 27 and June 15 by depositing required fees.

The Board has begun revaluation facility from February/March-2013. For revaluation, photocopy of answersheet must be procured. After procuring photocopy, application for revaluation should be made within five days with required fee.

CBSE Class X result likely to be out today

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is likely to announce CBSE Class X result on Wednesday. Students may log on to either of the Board’s official websites cbse.nic.in or cbseresults.nic.in to check their results.

Candidates desiring to access their results will have to enter their roll number in either of the above mentioned websites.

Once the results appear on screen, students can take a print out or save a copy for further use.

A total of 13,73,853 students appeared for Class 10 CBSE examination this year, a rise of 3.37 per cent over the previous year. These included 8,17,941 boys and 5,55,912 girls.

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Goons gang rape minor girl at knife-point

FOUR goons gang raped a minor girl at knife-point after assaulting her friend near TB Ward premises in Imambada area on Sunday night. Cops arrested three of the four culprits in this connection... Read More
FOUR goons gang raped a minor girl at knife-point after assaulting her friend near TB Ward premises in Imambada area on Sunday night. Cops arrested three of the four culprits in this connection. The accused have been identified as Ganesh Ramdas Satpute (25) Rohit Sanjay Tambe (25), both residents of TB Ward Quarters, Karunand Ramesh Moon (26), a resident of Rambag, near Ashok Boudh Vihar and one of their accomplices. Around 9.30 pm, the 17-year-old girl was returning home with her friend. The accused accosted her and her friend. They then thrashed her friend. Sensing trouble, her friend ran away. The goons then took the girl in the jungle near TB Ward premises. At knife-point, they raped her turn by turn in the bushes. After committing the heinous crime, the goons threatened to kill her if she narrated the incident to anybody. The culprits then fled the spot. The victim narrated the ordeal to her parents upon returning home. Her parents took her to the police station to lodge a complaint. After recording the victim’s statement, woman Police Sub-Inspector Hiroli sent her to Government Medical College & Hospital for treatment. Imambaba Police later took Ganesh Satpute, Karunanand Moon and Rohit Tambe into custody and registered an offence under Sections 376(2)(g), 323, 504, 506(b) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) read with Sections 4, 8 and 12 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, against them. Cops have launched a manhunt for the fourth accused in the sensational gang rape case.

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Sakshi selected for International Karate contest

She looks frail, but there is no mistaking in those menacing looks when one comes face to face with Sakshi Fulzele, a coy 11-year-old Black Belt Karate Champion and a student of Apostalik English... Read More
She looks frail, but there is no mistaking in those menacing looks when one comes face to face with Sakshi Fulzele, a coy 11-year-old Black Belt Karate Champion and a student of Apostalik English Primary School, Kukde Layout. Sakshi has made a name for herself in Martial Arts and has bagged several gold medals till date. She is a student of Maharashtra Karate of Martial Arts Sports Academy Nagpur, that is affiliated to All India Karate Federation, recognised by Government of India, Ministry of Sports and Youth Welfare Association and Indian Olympic Association. Sakshi has been selected to participate in the competition to be held in Malaysia on November 21 and 22. She will be part of a team of 19 participants, the group being led by Hasan Ismail. At a press conference, Sakshi’s teacher and instructor Rajesh Larokar, a Black Belt 2 Dan, informed that Sakshi has bagged 32 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze medals and has traveled not only in Maharashtra but to other places like Katra (Jammu & Kashmir), Nepal and won gold. She has also won gold medal in Taekwando event organised by Youth Welfare and Sports Directorate Pune. Sakshi has been interviewed by Awaz Tv Channel and was felicitated at the Military grounds for her performance in the Nirbhaya Beti Mass Martial Art demonstration. She has passed the examination for Black Belt held at Brahmapuri by Maharashtra Sport Academy. Nirdhar Mahila Bal Vikas Samiti, Consulate General of Sri lanka U Samartunga, have felicitated her. She has won the Women’s Excellence Award conferred by Aditya Hero Honda. Her father Sanjay Fulzele is employed as House Keeper while her mother Poonam works at a petrol pump. Coming from a economically backward background, she is looking for a sponsor to meet her expenses of the trip that costs Rs 1,20,000. The girl is genuinely talented and one can make out from her voracious looks, how keen she is to go to Malaysia and bag the championship there. If one has to look at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policy of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’, here is Sakshi, genuine gold medalist who fits in the category of a beti, who has it in her and one who can be a beacon to other girls of her age and above. Sakshi is bound to make the city proud. Social Clubs can join hands to make her dream come true. She can be reached through her instructor Rajesh Larokar on mobile no 9579005291 or on 9096892169. Contributions can be made directly in her SBI Narendra Nagar Account no. 34430530060.

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Property worth Rs two lakh destroyed in major fire at Bazargaon Paper Mill

Property worth Rs two crore was destroyed in a fire incident at Bazargaon Paper Mill near Kondhali on Monday. Huge quantity of raw material, waste papers and sheds was devastated in the fire. How... Read More
Property worth Rs two crore was destroyed in a fire incident at Bazargaon Paper Mill near Kondhali on Monday. Huge quantity of raw material, waste papers and sheds was devastated in the fire. However, no casualty was reported. According to information, at 9.15 am fire broke out at Bajargaon Paper Mill probably due to high day time temperature. Some of employees of the company first noticed thick smoke bellowing from raw material unit of the company. As huge stock of raw material was stored in the unit, fire spread in the entire area of the company within minutes. Immediately, the employees started dousing the flames with the help of portable extinguishers but in vain. Panic gripped the staff as fire was spreading in the area very quickly. General Manager of the company -- Jayprakash Agrawal -- informed Kondhali Police about the incident. Staff from Kondhali Police Station led by Police Inspector Pradip Lambat rushed to the spot. The police relayed the information to Fire and Emergency Services of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), Municipal Councils of Katol and Kalmeshwar. Fire tenders from Nagpur, Kalmeshwar and Katol were reached the spot and started fire fighting operation. Before the firefighters could reach the spot, flames were rising dangerously. Thick smoke was seen from several kilometers from the company. An eye-witness said that raw material, four pulp machines, clipping machines were gutted before the firefighters reached the spot. The firefighters stayed put for around six hours to douse the flames. Three fire tenders, one each from Nagpur, Kalmeshwar and Katol, were pressed during the fire fighting operation. In three shifts, 210 employees work in the company, Bazargaon Paper Mills Limited which manufactures paper for last 35 years. Kondhali Police are investigating the incident.

Fire tenders of Solar Explosives Pvt Ltd play major role

Three fire tenders of Solar Explosives Pvt. Ltd., which were first to reach the spot, played a major role in dousing flames at Hardoli Paper Mill on Saturday. Property worth over Rs three crore was gutted. In Monday’s incident, a fire tender of the company was among the three which were pressed into service.

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Vid distts top in LPG cash subsidy transfer

Often, awareness holds the key as far as availing of different schemes of the Government is concerned. In case of Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) scheme, which was later revised and rech... Read More
Often, awareness holds the key as far as availing of different schemes of the Government is concerned. In case of Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) scheme, which was later revised and rechristened as ‘Pahal’, Maharashtra is better placed in the country. And, within Maharashtra, Vidarbha region tops the chart. While the State average for number of LPG consumers getting cash subsidy transfers is 84.08 per cent, that of Vidarbha is 87.71 per cent. Interestingly, of 36 districts (including Mumbai city and suburbs), only six districts have recorded more than 90 per cent cash subsidy transfer. And, all these six districts are from Vidarbha. Wardha district has topped the State with the highest 94.93 per cent of LPG consumers getting cash subsidy transferred to their accounts, reveals the official data. It is followed by Naxal-affected and tribal-dominated Gadchiroli district, Gondia, Amravati, Bhandara, and Chandrapur districts. Among 11 districts in Vidarbha, Nagpur is, however, placed at eighth position with 85.41 per cent of LPG consumers getting cash subsidy transferred to their accounts. As per the official data, Vidarbha has total 304 LPG distributors. They cater to 32,44,626 consumers. Of these, as many as 28,45,782 consumers are getting cash subsidy transferred to their bank accounts. DBTL scheme was launched around two years ago. Initially, it was linked to bank account and Aadhaar Card. However, as many consumers were yet to get Aadhaar Cards, it was revised and rechristened as ‘Pahal’ from November 15, 2014. In the initial phase, it was launched in 54 districts across the country including Amravati and Wardha from Vidarbha region. From January 1, 2015, it was launched in all remaining districts in the country. Those who are still not enrolled with proper linkages under the scheme, have been given ‘parking period’ up to June 30, 2015, to get enrolled so that subsidy could be transferred to their bank accounts.

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Two men murdered in separate cases in Nandanvan

KILLERS are on the prowl again. A day after the murder of a Sindhiban resident Sayyed Salim Pathan at Tajbag, city was rocked by two more murders in Nandanvan area. One of the victims was a cou... Read More
KILLERS are on the prowl again. A day after the murder of a Sindhiban resident Sayyed Salim Pathan at Tajbag, city was rocked by two more murders in Nandanvan area. One of the victims was a cousin of woman Police Sub-Inspector while the other was a drunkard. In the first incident that took place in the small hours of Monday, two men stoned to death their common friend at Jai Bhim Chowk, Padole Nagar and threw the body near Saint Xavier’s School on outer Ring Road in a bid to destroy the incident. The deceased, Ashok Tulsiram Umbarkar (27) was a resident of Plot No. 72, Shakti Mata Nagar. He was a relative of a woman Sub-Inspector attached to Kotwali Police Station. Cops arrested Aakash Mandal and one other in this connection. Ashok was a close friend of Aakash. He had gone to Aakash’s house last night. A quarrel broke out between Ashok and Aakash over some issue. After heated exchanges, Aakash Mandal and one of his accomplices smashed Ashok’s head with a boulder killing him on the spot. The killers then took the body near Saint Xavier’s School and dumped it on the roadside. They then kept the motorcycle on the body to create a scene as if Ashok was killed in a road accident. Passersby noticed Ashok’s body and informed cops. Nandanvan Police arrived at the spot and sent the body to Government Medical College & Hospital (GMC&H) for autopsy. Investigations revealed that Ashok did not die in any road accident but was murdered by Aakash and one of his friends. Subsequently, police took the culprits into custody. Following a complaint lodged by Nandkishore Shriramji Mosarkar (43), a resident of Hiwri Layout, cops registered an offence under Sections 302, 201 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the killers. In the second incident, a laundryman killed a painter with a sharp-edged weapon over liquor near the former’s house at New Diamond Nagar in the afternoon. Identified as Sandeep Jageshwas Choudhary (32), the deceased was a resident of New Diamond Nagar. Cops arrested Suresh Manchalwar (35), a resident of the same locality, in this connection. A painter by profession, Sandeep often used to create scenes under the influence of liquor. Around 4 pm, Sandeep was abusing Suresh after consuming liquor. Suresh, who runs a small laundry, too, was drunk. He lost his temper and killed Sandeep with a sharp-edged weapon. After Sandeep fell down, Suresh ran away. Sandeep was lying in a pool of blood. Residents informed the police. Cops arrived at the spot and sent the body to GMC&H for post-mortem. After registering an offence under Section 302 of the IPC against Suresh, cops have launched a search for him. Further investigations are being carried out by Nandanvan Police.

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Self-study was Science topper Arusha’s key to success

For a bubbly and lively Arusha Kelkar, self-study was the success Mantra. A student of Centre Point School, Katol Road, Arusha is the city topper in Science stream. She is the daughter of Neurosurg... Read More
For a bubbly and lively Arusha Kelkar, self-study was the success Mantra. A student of Centre Point School, Katol Road, Arusha is the city topper in Science stream. She is the daughter of Neurosurgeon Dr Shailesh Kelkar and Anesthetist Dr Aarti Kelkar. “My main study area was my school classroom. With a team of dedicated teachers, who groomed us in a perfect way, made all the difference”, says Arusha. Her unwavered concentration in school paid rich dividends for her. Defying her family tradition, she wants to be an engineer. Her secret of success is study hard and don’t panic during exam, maintain your cool and everything else would fall in line. In her leisure time, she likes to indulge in a little bit of TV and games. A happy family of three siblings with an elder sister and a younger brother, she like to spend quality time with parents. A set study routine and consistent three hours of study paved way for her success in exams. She gives the credit of her success to parents, teachers and specially her sister. Arusha is a bright example for others aspiring to prepare for Board exams that with consistent efforts and hard work, nothing is impossible to achieve.

Abhishri Kabra, Dhruv Daga are Commerce joint toppers

Abhishri Kabra and Dhruv Daga of Bhavan’s BP Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, Nagpur have topped the CBSE XII examination in Commerce stream by scoring 97.4 per cent marks. While Abhishri aspires to be a chartered accountant, Dhruv wants to become a successful businessman. Talking to The Hitavada about her success, Abhishri said, “I worked very hard, studied for 6 to 8 hours daily and was constantly guided by parents and teachers. I also made sure that I learnt from every mistake.” Her parents Aparna an Sandeep Kabra are running their own business but Abhishri was to become Chartered Accountant. She wants to join best college in the country for further studies. “Good performance depends on your effort and preparations, but proper guidance is also equally important,” Abhishri further said, adding that her main focus was to correct her shortcomings and to reinforce what she already knew. My teachers worked hard and made sure that every possible error was taken into account.” Abhishri gives credit of her success to teachers, parents and friends. According to her, friends helped her to maintain the good performance in competition and also supported her to perform well. It may be mentioned here that Abhishri has represented her school at national-level badminton competition many times. She likes to read books and play board games during free time. Dhruv Daga told The Hitavada, ““Regular studies and undivided attention towards all subjects are the secret of my success,” Dhruv told “I worked really hard but emerging as topper but had never expected to be on top. This achievement has given me confidence to perform even better in future.” Dhruv’s father Adarsh Daga is a businessman and mother Vandana Daga is a home maker. He has a younger sister. Dhruv wants to join family business and become a successful entrepreneur. He gives credit of the success to teachers and family members for guiding through difficult times. “Teachers’ encouragement and efforts contributed to my success and have made this possible,” he said. “My parents, especially my mother, helped me cross every difficult step,” he mentioned. Dhruv scored 99 marks in Accounts, Business Studies and Mathematics and 95 in Economics and English.

Humanities stream topper Aishwarya proves her point

“Humanity is the best subject to explore knowledge regarding human behaviour which was the biggest reason behind choosing this stream,” said Aishwarya Kayande of Bhavan’s B P Vidya Mandir, Shrikrishna Nagar who topped in Humanity stream with 96.2 per cent. According to Aishwarya, “Choosing this stream and scoring high was a big task for me to prove everyone that students can score high in Arts stream too.” Aishwarya scored 100 marks in Political Science, 95 in English, Psychology and Economics and 96 marks in Sociology. She has cleared IELCS and got chance to join University of Leeds in United Kingdom. “I will join University of Leeds in September but I am excited for today because it is a biggest achievement of my life and topping in board examination is like icing on the cake,” she added. Aishwarya’s father Atul Kayande is a Sales Executive and mother Asmita Kayande is a Medical Representative. “My parents and teachers helped me to prepare well for the examination and also guided me to clear every obstacle. Hence, I give the credit of my success to them,” says Aishwarya. She had scored 93 per cent in SSC examination but this achievement gives her more satisfaction. She likes to write poems and likes to sing too.

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CBSE XII results: Girl power holds the sway, yet again

GIrls held the sway yet again in the results of Class XII examination conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). But for the Commerce stream, girls topped in the other three stream... Read More
GIrls held the sway yet again in the results of Class XII examination conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). But for the Commerce stream, girls topped in the other three streams in Nagpur. Arusha Kelkar of Centre Point School, Katol Road topped Science Stream with 97.4% marks, followed closely by Sudipta Mukherjee of the same school with 96.8% marks and Sakshi Naukarkar of Bhavans Shrikrishna Nagar branch with 96.6% marks. In Commerce stream, Dhruv Daga and Abhishri Kabra of Bhavans Civil Lines are joint toppers with 97.4% marks followed closely by Bharat Gurnari and Yamini Temburnikar of Centre Point School, Katol road who scored 97% marks. Snigdha Rathi and Palak Daga got 96.8% marks. In Humanities, Aishwarya Kayande of Bhavan’s, Shrikrishna Nagar topped with 96.2% marks followed by Shaad Mirza who scored 95%, Anupriya Priyamohan Mishra got 94.2% marks. This time too, girls outscored boys with more number of merit holders. Arusha Kelkar, Atrishri Kabra, Yamini Temburnikar, Shaad Mirza, Priya Mohan are the topper girls from Nagpur. Girls gave a pass percentage of 87.56 as compared to that of boys being a distant 77.77. Among schools, Bhavan’s registered most number of merit holders followed by Centre Point School. Overall pass percentage this year is 82. Last year it was 82.70. The pass percentage of Chennai region, which includes Mumbai, dipped to 91.4% this year from 92.89% but it bagged the second position across the country. Alrice Dorine Alva from Don Bosco School, Navi Mumbai, made it to the national merit list with 471 marks out of total 500, scoring 94.2% marks. Girls once again fared better than boys in the region with pass percentage of 92.13%, while boys registered 90.32%. This was in keeping with last year’s trend, with girls scoring 93.13% and boys lagging behind with little over 90%. The results is avail able on www.results.nic.in, www.cbseresults.nic.in, www.cbse.nic.in. The Board, in its statement, added that post-result counselling would begin on Monday and continue till June 8, for which it has provided a toll-free number.

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94 banks have NPA of Rs 3,20,453 cr!

The banking sector is facing a big challenge of Non-Performing Assets (NPA) due to economic slowdown during last several years. It may come as a shocker for the citizens that NPA of 94 banks was ... Read More
The banking sector is facing a big challenge of Non-Performing Assets (NPA) due to economic slowdown during last several years. It may come as a shocker for the citizens that NPA of 94 banks was at a whopping Rs 3,20,453 crore up to December 2014. As per the data provided by Reserve Bank of India (RBI), NPA of 94 banks was Rs 3,20,453 crore up to December 2014. State Bank of India (SBI) topped the chart with a whopping Rs 59,114 crore worth of bad loan. Private banks also are facing the same problem of NPA. Tremendous rise in NPA has become a cause of concern for Union Finance Department. RTI activist Abhay Kolarkar obtained information regarding bad loan from RBI. As per the RTI query reply received by Kolarkar, Punjab National Bank had NPA of Rs 21,830 cr and Bank of Baroda had NPA of Rs 13,035 cr. NPA of major banks was as follows: Bank of India-- Rs 14,679 crore, Canara Bank-- Rs 10,369 crore, Central Bank of India-- Rs 11,793 crore, IDBI Bank Limited-- Rs 12,109 crore, Indian Overseas Bank-- Rs 12,681 crore, Union Bank of India-- Rs 12,234 crore, and ICICI Bank-- Rs 11,299 crore. NPA of other banks also was in thousands of crores of rupees viz. Allahabad Bank had NPA of Rs 7,991 crore, Andhra Bank had bad loans of Rs 7,118 crore, Bank of Maharashtra-- Rs 6,187 crore, Corporation Bank-- Rs 6,932 crore, UCO Bank-- Rs 9,096 crore, United Bank of India-- Rs 7,809 crore, and State Bank of Hyderabad-- Rs 5,393 crore. Sources claimed that Economic Survey report also expressed concern over the amount involved in bad loans.

The economic slowdown in last 10-14 years was main cause of increasing NPA. However, Indian banks are financially strong to face these challenges. During last one year, the new Government at the Centre has taken various measures to improve market position and paving way for coming out of the economic slump.

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Police could have nabbed two more jailbreak accused

Facts are now emerging as to how the city police have bungled on a tip off given by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and allowed two more of the fugitives to escape. Had the city police acted o... Read More
Facts are now emerging as to how the city police have bungled on a tip off given by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and allowed two more of the fugitives to escape. Had the city police acted on the tip off of the RPF given a fortnight ago, four of the jail inmates, who had escaped from Nagpur’s Central jail in a daring jailbreak case, would have been in their bag. Subsequent clues are available to suspect that the city cops are all willing to keep mum on the issue in order to save themselves from the blame. Not only that there is also reluctance on their part to acknowledge the vital help the RPF had provided in nabbing two of the escaped prisoners. There are reasons to believe that the city cops were in some sort of hurry to claim credit for the arrest of the two fugitives, which perhaps led them to declare the catch without keeping patience to wait for the other two to walk into the trap.

On May 14th City police with the help of RPF, Betul, nabbed two accused who had escaped from Nagpur jail. Mohammad Shoeb Khan and Prem alias Nepali were caught in this operation. They had escaped with their accomplices Satyendra alias Rahul Rajbahadur Gupta (25), Bisen Singh Ramulal Uikey alias Farooq (35) and Aakash alias Golu Rajju Singh Thakur (23) by climbing the jail wall after cutting the iron rods of Barrack No 6 in the small hours of March 31 with inside help.

The information of the same was given by RPF some four days before it. The highly placed sources also revealed that in fact Betul RPF had given information about four jail break accused almost a fortnight before May 12. These four included the most dangerous one Satyendra alias Rahul Rajbahadur Gupta. The frequency of the accused visiting Betul came to notice of RPF through one informer who could get hold of some code language. RPF then promptly passed on the information to Nagpur city police. The information did reach to senior police officers but surprisingly it was not taken seriously. The sources said that the police had bestowed the responsibility on a person of mere constable level. He went, enquired very casually which alerted the accused and ultimately they seemed to have changed their hide-out.

Nagpur Police lost the chance of bringing back four of the five accused. Instead of deputing some senior and responsible officer to ascertain the veracity of information, a constable was sent and the whole thing was botched-up. The poor constable then came under fire and faced wrath of seniors for wasting such a golden chance.

On May 14 also when accused were caught, the complete operation was conducted by RPF. In fact Commissioner of Police in a press conference had assured that he would disclose everything about how the operation was conducted, but so far no further details were revealed. Head constable Sanjay Soni and senior inspector Chandan Singh Bisht of RPF, Betul, Madhya Pradesh, played key role in nabbing the two jail break accused. PI Bisht said, “We got information that the accused were at Kanpur. We laid a plan and they were forced to get down at Itarsi. We had minute to minute information. We secretly arranged a vehicle to bring them to Betul. Shoaib and others were staying in Betul and were changing locations frequently. This time the location was cordoned off by us. Police team arrived and in a joint operation we nabbed the culprits.”

Bisht said, “We are not hurt as police did not mention our name because many times there are some legal or professional constraints while taking accused into custody. Several issues came to fore and Police may have done so to avoid legal complications.”

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Railways’ LARSGESS scheme runs into controversy

Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff (LARSGESS) joins long list of messed-up policies in the Indian Railways. Due to wrong interpretation of directives ... Read More
Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff (LARSGESS) joins long list of messed-up policies in the Indian Railways. Due to wrong interpretation of directives by the field units the scheme implementation has run into rough weather. The Board smelled a scam after scrutiny of LARSGESS cases revealed ineligible employees were considered for voluntary retirement that paved way for employment of their ward in Railways.

A furious Board turned heat on Zonal Headquarters directing them to review all LARSGESS cases and take action against those found guilty. The directive has employees, those who were wrongly selected, in a spot, as Damocles sword hangs on their services of their wards. The officers who were part of panel that were formed across division to scrutinise could wrong is a new revelation. The Personnel Departments has now asked all branches whose employees were eligible for LARSGESS to go for fresh scrutiny and appended new directives as per Board’s directives, it is learnt.

At Nagpur Division of Central Railway, three cases came to notice wherein ineligible employees got cleared under LARSGESS. In one case the retired employee passed away but in other two cases court cases are on, and both have got stay from Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). Post Board’s notice, employees who are in doubtful category are in a spot as nobody is their to take-up their cases as even Unions are shying away from matter.

The Personnel Branch at Nagpur Division of Central Railway issued a circular in January 2015 directing Assistant Divisional Engineers of S&T, TRD, TRS, Electrical (G), Chief Personnel Officer (Personnel) Carriageway, to review all cases accepted under LARSGESS and submit report. The cases pertain to period 1/7/2011 to 1/7/2013 and the circular also mentions that the review be done as per directives issued through revised criteria.

The circular also explicitly directed that employees who did not complete scheduled tenure of 20-years be called back to complete their required period to quality for the scheme. But the catch is the ward of railway employee who was inducted in place of their parents have completed nearly two-years of service and by rules, an employee who completes 180-days of service is deemed to be permanent. So experts said the directives of Personnel Branch is against the basic employment rules. Further in some cases, in other divisions, the railway personnel who retired voluntarily has started receiving pension after full and final settlement. So the directives throws-up number of new problems which needs to be sorted out before correcting the wrong, sources claimed. The Safety related retirement scheme (erstwhile) was initially introduced on the consideration that with advancing age, the physical fitness and reflexes of the staff concerned deteriorate, thereby causing a safety hazard. Initially, the scheme would cover two safety categories viz. Drivers (excluding shunters) & Gangman. Subsequently, the benefit of this scheme was extended to other safety categories of staff with a grade pay of Rs.1800 & Rs. 1900 with certain modifications on eligibility criterion and nomenclature. This modified scheme is called as Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff’((LARSGESS).

The division reaction is that all the cases are being presently scrutinised and only after this exercise anything concrete can be commented upon, said PRO P D Patil.

Although Railway Board claimed that division officials erred in reading the LARSGESS scheme but those familiar with its implementation said the interpretation was always open and now only Railway Board has taken objections. For example if an employee has worked for 15-years as box boy (a non safety category) and then is transferred to TRS (a safety category post) and on 20-years of service he is considered to be in safety category. Another case is about trackman who is also posted to work as keyman but latter is non-safety category so what is to be done? Here though originally recruited as gangman but worked as keyman so what should be the case?

As to Railway Board circular, now divisional officials are in bind since employees whose ward have been recruited are regulars and even their provident fund is being cut.

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Goat comes to ‘rescue’ of hungry Pench tigress in wild

Authorities of Pench Tiger Reserve made an experiment for the first time in Maharashtra in releasing a six-year-old tigress from bigger enclosure on May 17 in pench jungle. It now made another ... Read More
Authorities of Pench Tiger Reserve made an experiment for the first time in Maharashtra in releasing a six-year-old tigress from bigger enclosure on May 17 in pench jungle. It now made another experiment in a week’s time to provide food to the beast in jungle by tying a goat as it failed to make the first kill so far.

According to reliable sources, forestmen tied a goat in Gawalighat area and the untrained and hungry tigress killed it to satisfy its hunger after six days. At the time of release from the enclosure, the beast had consumed enough food but after getting full freedom it could not make the first kill. The first kill carries much importance to know the capabilities to hunt the prey in wild, they added.

This radio-collared TF2 tigress has now moved to Lamadoh. The tigress has been wandering in the radius of three to four km area near Rani Doh, after release from the enclosure. It is returning near to area of the enclosure on Sadisuda road, sources pointed out.

According to a wildlife expert a tigress moves in eight to ten km area per day in normal course for demarcation of territory. Teams of Special Tiger Protection Force and forestmen monitoring movements of the tigress while another team is doing foot patrolling, deeping a safe distance from the carnivore. Moreover, forestmen are also monitoring the movement with the help of an elephant, particularly in hilly terrain. The first protocol is how many attempts she made to kill prey and which animal. Forestmen have to record attempted ambush made during the week. Success of even a single of 8-10 attempts indicates that the tigress is able to hunt.

Pench officials maintain secrecy about this tigress since its release in wild hence newsmen have to depend on their sources to get information.

The expert feel that the officials have made hurry in providing food as was being done in the enclosure. They should have waited for at least 10 days and observed the performance of the tigress before offering it a goat. If the beast gets used to get ready-made food, it may deteriorate natural hunting instinct of the tigress. Besides, it runs the risk of the tigress developing a tendency of attacking goat, cow, and other such domestic animals only. In that case, it might develop a tendency to stray to human habitations in search of cow, goat or such easy prey. This may add one more element to prevailing man-animal conflict.

He wanted that the authorities should decide whether the experiment of releasing it is successful or not in a month’s period otherwise make a plan to retrieve the carnivore.

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NMC to bring uniformity in property tax levied on school, college buildings

Property Tax Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is framing a policy to levy similar property tax on schools and college buildings by taking away discretionary powers of the zonal ... Read More
Property Tax Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is framing a policy to levy similar property tax on schools and college buildings by taking away discretionary powers of the zonal officers.

Presently, there are no rules and Educational Institutions are forced to pay property tax as per whims and fancies of the Assistant Commissioner of that particular zone. Presently, the Educational Institutions are paying either residential or non-residential category tax. Surprisingly, Dharampeth Zone, and Nehru Nagar Zone office declined to share such information as according to them it is not under purview of RTI. Interestingly, other zonal officers have shared the information, but these two zones turned down the application without citing any cogent reason. Shashikant Hastak, Superintending Engineer and Incharge of Property Tax Department confirmed The Hitavada that the department was trying to make unity in the system by levying non-residential (NR) tax from all the education institutes. He said, the local body is taking every care to correct mistake and to bring every institution under one umbrella. He admitted mistakes by the Assistant Commissioners and property tax department for levying different property tax for these institutions. The charges of residential and non-residential are different. The NR institutes have to pay more taxes than residential building. Hastak said, the schools falls under non-residential buildings.

Activist Shankar Gulani obtained information regarding property tax levied on educational institutes under Right to Information (RTI) from NMC. According to the information, Satranjipura Zone office levied NR tax on two schools and assesed 9 schools as residential. In Gandhibag zone, all five schools are under residential category. In Lakadganj zone, only 7 out of 52 schools are NR and in Dhantoli zone, five out of 13 have been categorised under NR category.

Hanuman Nagar zone has maximum 81 schools and colleges. This zone could be called as Educational Hub zone. However, only 16 schools are non-residential as per NMC authorities. At Ashi Nagar zone, only one school is non-residential while remaining 32 are included in residential category. Shankar Gulani said, there is no justification or rationale in levying different category taxes for the same purpose institutions. The local body is working on whims and fancies of the officials while office-bearers and administration are in deep slumber.

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CBSE Class XII results today

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will declare the results of class XII examinations on Monday at 12 noon. The results would be uploaded on a number of websites including on www.r... Read More
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will declare the results of class XII examinations on Monday at 12 noon. The results would be uploaded on a number of websites including on www.results.nic.in, www.cbseresults.nic.in and www.cbse.nic.in, the board said.

Students would also be able to know their results through an Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) by dialling 24300699 (Delhi), 011-24300699 (other parts of the country). MTNL subscribers can call 28127030 (Delhi) and 011-28127030 (other parts).

Besides, students would also be able to check their marks obtained through SMS (text message) services of certain mobile phone operators. Officials said the results of class X would also be announced in a couple of days. The results are expected on May 27.

Last year, a total of 10,28,928 candidates had registered for class XII examination and the pass percentage across the country stood at 82.66 per cent.

The board, in its statement, added that post-result counselling would begin from tomorrow itself and continue till June 8, for which it has provided a toll-free number — 1800118004.

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India tops in most road crash fatalities globally

With around 400 deaths and 8,000 injuries in road accidents reported daily in India, the country makes it to the top of the list of most road crash fatalities globally. Add to it, the loss of pro... Read More
With around 400 deaths and 8,000 injuries in road accidents reported daily in India, the country makes it to the top of the list of most road crash fatalities globally. Add to it, the loss of productivity, fuel and environmental effects, the gravity of the current situation is unavoidable. Majority of all road accident cases in and around the city reach Orange City Hospital and Research Institute (OCHRI) due to availability of wide range of specialities and super specialities with related diagnostics under one roof. As a social project, OCHRI ascertained and refreshed road safety knowledge of all its personnel so that they can percolate the same to society. It recently organised this sensitisation workshop under aegis of Vidarbha Orthopaedic Society (VOS), pre-test and post-test were taken. Kalyani Nursing School, Housekeeping, Security and Pharmacy Agencies were also involved in the undertaking. Audio-visual clip prepared by VOS was shown to the participants and guidance was given by Dr Ashutosh Apte, President of VOS wherein need to adhere road discipline, wearing helmets and awareness of road safety measures were highlighted. Ganesh Iyer conducted the ceremony and Dr Noorul Ameen made the welcome speech while Roy Thomas proposed a vote of thanks. Dr Noorul Ameen, SMO Incharge, Roy Thomas General Manager (HR) and Prakash Shende, Secretary, Orange City Bahuudeshiya Sanstha were the conveners of this novel undertaking at OCHRI while Priya Sashi, Saramma Samuel, Bharti Badwaik, Parag Meshram, Pankaj Wadaskar, Madhukar Chanore, Santosh Mykalwar, K S Shaji and Avinash Ganar were members of the organising committee. Dr Anup Marar, Director (Administration) and President of OCBUS, OCHRI conveyed his gratitude and applauded Dr Ashutosh Apte to have taken road safety theme as part of social responsibility during his stint as President of VOS. It may be added that it is unique to see a major trauma centre and an Orthopaedic society joining hands to inculcate road safety discipline to citizens to reduce accidents in first instance.

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Black buck fawn kept at deer park crying for proper upkeep

A fifteen-day-old fawn of black buck that strayed from its mother in Zudpi jungle near Shankarpur, Khapri, and has been kept in a room made of planks at deer park in Seminary Hills on Friday, is ... Read More
A fifteen-day-old fawn of black buck that strayed from its mother in Zudpi jungle near Shankarpur, Khapri, and has been kept in a room made of planks at deer park in Seminary Hills on Friday, is facing extreme hardships in absence of bare necessary facilities, essential for survival of the newly born. The mercury is soaring around 47 degrees Celsius in Nagpur city now a days. The fawn, with its fragile tender health, is virtually doomed and may die due to total apathy shown by the forest department. There is no provision of even a fan, leave apart cooler, provided to take care of the unfortunate antelope. The attitude of the department smacks of typical governmental style of highhanded way of functioning and total lack of awareness and sympathy towards wild animals, specially in handling such types of emergencies. Only yesterday, biodiversity experts delivered sermons on importance of biodiversity and need for protection/conservation of biodiversity at a programme held to mark International Day for Biological Diversity. This is the true test to their “so- called” genuine love for the dumb creatures and it is here where one gets to see them in their true colours. What is appalling is that the door of the wooden room is locked to prevent the fawn come out. The chowkidar sits outside as if he is performing his duties properly. A visit to the wooden room at Seminary Hills on Saturday revealed that an earthen pot is kept inside the room but that was empty. What sort of conservation policies do these people speak of is something only they can explain. When asked about the dry pot, the chowkidar replied that the fawn must have toppled the water pot. But no effort seems to have been made to replace it with one that will sustain the antelope’s push and retain water, or is it that permission has to be sought to procure one, from higher ups. However, Mamata Patole, Forest Guard, is offering cow milk in a bottle to the black buck fawn. In reality, a veterinary doctor should have examined the creature and advised the care-takers on the mode of handling the fawn, even when being fed with cow’s milk as it’s digestive system may not accept this in a first go. Further, there are no proper arrangements and competent supervision from experts for the animal, especially when the weather is very harsh these days of summer. The forest department has not called for a veterinary doctor to examine health of the new born, it is learnt. Tracing previous records of Seminary Hills, most of the deer brought at the deer park for treatment during transit period died due to negligence and in absence of medical help. Recently, two monkeys died in the deer park. It has now become an equation that whenever a deer is brought to Seminary Hills, its future becomes grim. Last year, the officials concerned had made arrangement for a small cooler in a quarter in the nearby nursery for injured leopard/tiger to enable it beat the heat but the facility is lacking now. Meanwhile, whenever tiger or leopard cubs get separated from their mothers, forestmen immediately start a combing operation at the spot of separation and jungle around it to trace. In case, the mother is found then forestmen can restore the cubs. In this case, such thought has not struck to the mind of the forest officers, which is evident from their ‘inactivity’. Such combing operation is taken up as early as possible because chances of tracing the calling mother are more. The fawn was brought yesterday at 4.30 pm but even after passing of 24 hours no such operation is taken up for the welfare of the innocent fawn. The fawn followed goats of Balu Chanelwar, a farmer from Shankarpur, when they returned home. Finding a new guest, Balu contacted forestmen. A team from Seminary Hills, led by RFO (Rescue) Daware, brought the fawn to the deer park yesterday. When contacted, Dipak Bhat, Deputy Conservator of Forest, said that the department would make arrangements on Monday, tomorrow being Sunday.

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School students adopting digital lifestyle: Survey

The Indian school students are rapidly adopting and adapting to a Digital lifestyle to succeed in a global economy where the Default is Digital. This was the clear trend established by the TCS ... Read More
The Indian school students are rapidly adopting and adapting to a Digital lifestyle to succeed in a global economy where the Default is Digital. This was the clear trend established by the TCS GenY Study 2014-15, conducted by Tata Consultancy Services, (TCS), a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation across 14 cities in India.

Today’s high school students lead gadget-rich lifestyles; are heavy internet users; and are active on social media channels to stay well-informed with current affairs and keep in touch with family and friends, revealed the study. There are not many variations in choices or usage patterns when it comes to gender of the student.

The need to be constantly aware, always connected and make informed choices is in the basic DNA of the post-millennial students. The TCS GenY survey findings provide us with essential information to prepare ourselves to provide them with exciting career opportunities.

The findings of TCS GenY Study 2014-15, India’s largest survey of over 12,365 high school students across 14 Indian cities, reveal that the ‘post-millennial’ population are very social by nature and over 75% spend an hour online every day.

However, today’s youngsters still consider face-to-face or ‘in-person’ communication as the most preferred way of communicating with friends (36%), though 46% of the respondents said they digitally stayed in touch using video chat. When it comes to Instant messaging, WhatsApp is by far the most popular instant messaging platform (58%) followed by SMS (20%). Desktops and laptops are the most popular mode of accessing the internet (55%), followed by smart phones (30%). About 72% own smartphones.

Survey highlights

72% own Smartphones; Most preferred gadget for 4 out of 10 surveyed

Over 50% access internet through Home PCs, Laptops

Positive outlook on Social Media though not for studies

7 of 10 say it makes them more aware of the current events and helps them keep in touch with friends and family

9 out of 10 have Facebook accounts; 52% are part of at least one community on FB

65% have Google+ accounts; 6 of 10 use WhatsApp

4 of 10 use Twitter - sports personalities (66%), celebrities (55%) and film stars (54%) are most followed by students surveyed

Social media is not considered useful for studies. Considered more useful for keeping in touch with friends and family and staying abreast with current affairs

Online Habits: Ready to Ping!

3 in 10 respond to notifications within 5 minutes; About 4 in 10 respond once a day

76% spend an average time of up to 60 minutes on social media every day

Writing posts (29%); chatting (25%); posting photos (14%) were Top 3 social activities

46% of the respondents used FaceTime/ Skype/ Google Hangout

Shopping and e-commerce

Two-thirdssurveyed shop online,primarily for gadgets

Top items bought: Electronics (66%), Books (61%); Movies (41%); Travel (39%); Clothes (36%)

Safety First! Parental Controls active

52% of the respondents said their online activities were monitored by parents

Of those whose parents monitored their online activities, more than half gave password access to online accounts

Learning and Careers

Online sources like Wikipedia used the most (63%), followed by PDFs (51%) and online videos (44%) for learning resources

TV and newspapers were most used to consume news (76%); online sources (53%); and links from friends/ family (36%)

IT and Engineering were the most sought after career options, especially among the boys (59% each; girls: 42% each)

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FDA collects samples of Maggi noodles from Nagpur too

Following the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) in Uttar Pradesh ordering Nestle India to recall a batch of Maggi noodles from all shops there, the FDA is Maharashtra also has decided to test t... Read More
Following the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) in Uttar Pradesh ordering Nestle India to recall a batch of Maggi noodles from all shops there, the FDA is Maharashtra also has decided to test the product.

Accordingly, FDA has collected samples of Maggi noodles from Nagpur also and sent those for chemical analysis to Food Testing Laboratory.

As per the directives from Dr Harshdeep Kamble, Maharashtra FDA Commissioner, Food Safety Officers (FSOs) of Nagpur FDA (Food) inspected the premises of storage depots of Nestle India Limited on Amravati Road.

M C Pawar, Assistant Commissioner (Food), Nagpur Rural, told ‘The Hitavada’ that FSOs from Uttar Pradesh had ordered Nestle India to recall a batch of Maggi noodles from all shops there after they found excess levels of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) after analytical tests of its two dozen packets. Following this, FDA Commissioner of each State has directed FSOs concerned to collect samples and send those for analysis.

“In Nagpur, we have collected 8 to 9 samples of Maggi noodles from the stock point and sent them for analytical tests. “The picture will become clear only after analytical report,” said Pawar.

FSOs from UP had claimed that high levels of lead had been found in samples they had collected and tested.

The issue has led to a heated debate across the country on use and effects of Monosodium Glutamate.

N R Wakode, Assistant Commissioner (Food), Nagpur City, said that results of analysis were awaited. If FDA found level of lead or MSG in the samples in excess than the prescribed standards, then necessary action will be taken against the company under the provisions of FSSA Act, he added.

Interestingly, he added, “Monosodium Glutamate is being used in a number of products world-wide and this happens with some batches.”

What is MSG? Is it bad for you?

Monosodium Glutamate or MSG is a flavour-enhancer. It is commonly added to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups, processed meats etc. United States FDA has classified MSG as a food ingredient that is ‘generally recognised as safe.’ But, according to Dr Katherine Zeratsky, Head of Research and Development, Laboratory Department, Mayo Health Clinic in USA, use of MSG remains controversial. For this reason, when MSG is added to food, US FDA requires that it be listed on the label. As Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) in India is based on the law in the US and Europe, most of the provisions of US FDA are applicable in India too. According to Dr Zeratsky, MSG has been used as a food additive for decades. Over the years, FDA received many anecdotal reports of adverse reactions to foods containing MSG. These reactions known as MSG Symptom Complex included headache, flushing, sweating, facial pressure or tightness, numbness, tingling or burning in the face, neck and other areas, rapid fluttering heartbeats (heart palpitations), chest pain, nausea, weakness.

However, researchers have found no definitive evidence of a link between MSG and these symptoms. Researchers acknowledge, though, that a small percentage of people may have short-term reactions to MSG. Symptoms are usually mild and do not require treatment. The only way to prevent a reaction is to avoid foods containing MSG, stated Dr Katherine Zeratsky in her report.

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Devastating fire at Hardoli Paper Mills near Kondhali, property worth Rs 3 cr destroyed

PROPERTY worth over Rs three crore was gutted in a devastating fire at Hardoli Paper Mills Ltd, about six kilometre from Kondhali, on Saturday.

A huge quantity of imported goods, raw mater... Read More
PROPERTY worth over Rs three crore was gutted in a devastating fire at Hardoli Paper Mills Ltd, about six kilometre from Kondhali, on Saturday.

A huge quantity of imported goods, raw material, chemical starch, rosin, local waste paper, and sheds were devastated in the inferno. After the fire, the factory wall developed cracks. However, no casualty was reported. Quick response by firefighters prevented the fire from spreading at the boiler of the plant, workers colony and adjoining forest.

Hardoli Paper Mills Ltd is a leading manufacturer of paper and craft paper. It is one of the major suppliers from the region. The company had started its second new unit in the same premises.

Around 11.45 am, fire broke out at the mill probably due to high temperature. Within minutes, it started spreading in the entire mill. Panic gripped the workers. They contacted company Director Anil Kumar Lakhotia and informed him about the incident. Lakhotia immediately informed the Fire bridge and Kondhali Police. Director of Solar Explosives S Nuwal and General Manager Satyanarayan Mundhada sent three fire tenders from their company. Atlanta Infra Assets Limited sent three tankers to the spot. As many as eight fire tenders from Nagpur, MIDC, Katol and Narkhed were also dispatched. Fire tenders from other places were called in to battle the fire. Before the firefighters could reach the spot, flames were rising dangerously. Thick smoke was seen from several kilometres on the National Highway.

PSO (Kondhali) Pradip Lambat, PSI Gajanan Telrandhe and staff also arrived at the spot. Deputy Sarpanch (Dudhala) Kishor Rewatkar and others also visited the spot. After combating with the inferno for about four hours, firefighters doused the flames completely. It is learnt that the company had imported huge quantity of raw card board and other material from UAE and USA. The material and other chemicals stored in as many as five godowns were completely devastated. Kondhali Police are investigating the incident.

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Crime branch sleuths raid timber merchants

SLEUTHS of Crime Branch on Wednesday swooped on timber merchants in city sending ripples in the trade circles. Acting on directives of Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, Crime Branch teams raided o... Read More
SLEUTHS of Crime Branch on Wednesday swooped on timber merchants in city sending ripples in the trade circles. Acting on directives of Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, Crime Branch teams raided office of Timber Merchants’ Association and seven of its members to investigate charges of alleged misuse of position by office-bearers of Association.

Since early morning Crime Branch teams fanned out at eight places, undertaking searches and seizing huge piles of documents relating to property and other transactions of the seven members and the Association. The raid was expected as Crime Branch was granted three months time by HC to submit its findings after it rejected Association’s plea to quash the two First Information Report (FIRs) registered here.

The cops led by IO Pradip Lande under the supervision of DCP (Crime) Dipali Masirkar searched residence and firms of Association President Prabhudas Patel, Ankur Apartment, Satnami Nagar, Jayantilala Patel, Bakshishar Apartment, Satnami Nagar, Ladabhai Patel, Timber Market, Ghat Road, Govindbhai Patel, Jagjivanram Nagar, Shankarlal Patel, Shivkumar, Sonba Nagar, Lakham C Patel, Jalaram Nagar and Dinesh Patel, Sonba Nagar. A team also undertook searches at office of Timber Merchants’ Association at Lakadganj and took into possession some documents, it is learnt. Economic Offences Wing of Crime Branch has already registered offence under sections 420, 406, 465, 467, 468, 471, 474, 477(A), 423, 120-B and 34 of the Indian Penal Code, for misappropriation of trust money, its diversion for private purpose by the trustees and forgery and cheating with trust members and action contrary to aims and objectives of trust.

Earlier, a special probe was conducted by Charity Commissioner’s office and its report was filed before the High Court confirmed allegations of gross irregularity in purchase of property at Kapsi by Nagpur Timber Merchants’ Association, misuse of position by then office-bearers, diverting association funds for their personal gain and purchasing the property from firm owned by office-bearers themselves.

The agreement to purchase land has been found to be bogus and merely a cover up exercise, the report concluded. All transactions were dubbed as malafide, illegal, questionable and even dates were tweaked, the inspection report stated and also that the cheques pre-dated registration of property. Crime Branch had also obtained opinion of handwriting expert and found even the signature to be forged.

Mohan Walji Patel had blown the lid on the scam, alleging massive bungling by office-bearers of Association. Following the complaint, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) had ordered investigation and after finding prima facie evidence, FIRs were registered. EOW found that association office-bearers had transferred an amount of Rs 42.30 lakh from trust account in favour of their own business-Krushnakripa Developers and the money was used to purchase 2.5 acres of tribal land situated at Khasra no 70/2 and 70/3, Patwari Halka no 20, Mouza Kapsi Bujurg, Kamptee tehsil.

The cops are likely to decide their next course of action after scrutinising the voluminous documents they have seized in today's raid.

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It’s 470 Celsius, heat wave at its peak in Vid

After many spells of hailstorm and rainfall, the scorching summer is getting intensified in Vidarbha. With mercury touching the 47 degree celsius mark on Wednesday, the city recorded new second h... Read More
After many spells of hailstorm and rainfall, the scorching summer is getting intensified in Vidarbha. With mercury touching the 47 degree celsius mark on Wednesday, the city recorded new second highest maximum temperature in the month of May in the decade. Heat wave was at its peak in the region. Chandrapur was the hottest city in Vidarbha with 47.4 degree Celsius.

The effect of heat wave paralysed the normal life in the region especially the Orange City as most of the roads wore a deserted look while some witnessed thin traffic. Unless compelled by circumstances, people preferred to remain indoors. Those moving on roads were seen in protective gears and scarves to brave the scorch.

People also avoided to visit public places like bus stand, railway station etc. on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the Wardha recorded the second hottest place in Vidarbha with 47.2 degree Celsius. The minimum temperature of Nagpur was 31.2 degree Celsius which is also very high. Similarly, the minimum temperature of Chandrapur was 28 degree Celsius and Wardha was recorded 29.5 degree Celsius respectively.

The maximum temperature at other places was as follows: Akola-- 46.2 degree Celsius, Amravati-- 45.4 degrees Celsius, Buldhana-- 41.5 degrees Celsius, Brahmapuri-- 45.5 degrees Celsius, Washim-- 44.1 degrees Celsius, and Yavatmal-- 45.2 degrees Celsius. Most of the places like Akola, Amravati, Bramhapuri and Washim recorded the minimum temperature over 30 degree Celsius which explained the situation of heat waves over Vidarbha.

Weather Department predicted the heat waves will continue over Vidarbha and there is no relief for people from heat atleast one week. dry weather prevailed over Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh. Maximum temperatures appreciably rose over East Vidarbha and North Chhattisgarh; rose over West Vidarbha, East Madhya Pradesh, North-West Madhya Pradesh, and South Chhattisgarh. The minimum temperatures rose over South Chhattisgarh and changed little over Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh, and North Chhattisgarh. They were above normal over West Vidarbha, North-West Madhya Pradesh, and South Chhattisgarh; and normal over East Vidarbha, East Madhya Pradesh, South-West Madhya Pradesh, and North Chhattisgarh.

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It’s 470 Celsius, heat wave at its peak in Vid

After many spells of hailstorm and rainfall, the scorching summer is getting intensified in Vidarbha. With mercury touching the 47 degree celsius mark on Wednesday, the city recorded new second h... Read More
After many spells of hailstorm and rainfall, the scorching summer is getting intensified in Vidarbha. With mercury touching the 47 degree celsius mark on Wednesday, the city recorded new second highest maximum temperature in the month of May in the decade. Heat wave was at its peak in the region. Chandrapur was the hottest city in Vidarbha with 47.4 degree Celsius.

The effect of heat wave paralysed the normal life in the region especially the Orange City as most of the roads wore a deserted look while some witnessed thin traffic. Unless compelled by circumstances, people preferred to remain indoors. Those moving on roads were seen in protective gears and scarves to brave the scorch.

People also avoided to visit public places like bus stand, railway station etc. on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the Wardha recorded the second hottest place in Vidarbha with 47.2 degree Celsius. The minimum temperature of Nagpur was 31.2 degree Celsius which is also very high. Similarly, the minimum temperature of Chandrapur was 28 degree Celsius and Wardha was recorded 29.5 degree Celsius respectively.

The maximum temperature at other places was as follows: Akola-- 46.2 degree Celsius, Amravati-- 45.4 degrees Celsius, Buldhana-- 41.5 degrees Celsius, Brahmapuri-- 45.5 degrees Celsius, Washim-- 44.1 degrees Celsius, and Yavatmal-- 45.2 degrees Celsius. Most of the places like Akola, Amravati, Bramhapuri and Washim recorded the minimum temperature over 30 degree Celsius which explained the situation of heat waves over Vidarbha.

Weather Department predicted the heat waves will continue over Vidarbha and there is no relief for people from heat atleast one week. dry weather prevailed over Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh. Maximum temperatures appreciably rose over East Vidarbha and North Chhattisgarh; rose over West Vidarbha, East Madhya Pradesh, North-West Madhya Pradesh, and South Chhattisgarh. The minimum temperatures rose over South Chhattisgarh and changed little over Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh, and North Chhattisgarh. They were above normal over West Vidarbha, North-West Madhya Pradesh, and South Chhattisgarh; and normal over East Vidarbha, East Madhya Pradesh, South-West Madhya Pradesh, and North Chhattisgarh.

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Kurve takes over as new Collector; moves Metro Rail files on Day One

Sachin Kurve, a Nagpurian and an IAS officer of 2003 batch, took over as District Collector of Nagpur district on Wednesday morning. Soon after taking over from Abhishek Krishna, who has been tra... Read More
Sachin Kurve, a Nagpurian and an IAS officer of 2003 batch, took over as District Collector of Nagpur district on Wednesday morning. Soon after taking over from Abhishek Krishna, who has been transferred to Raigad, Kurve made a statement that his priority would be to ensure ‘accessible, approachable, and transparent’ administration.

“I am aware that Nagpur has come a long way and is on global map now. It is home-town of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, and also of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. Further, it is attracting various foreign delegations as Nagpur is emerging as a hot investment destination. Indeed, it is a big responsibility to take over as District Collector here,” Kurve told reporters. Asked about his priorities, the new Collector said that his actions would speak louder than words. There would be ‘lot of changes’ in administration in one month, he added. Of course, he said, he would continue with the good initiatives of his predecessors. On Day One of his taking over the charge as District Collector, Kurve swung into action mode. Apart from formal taking over from the outgoing Collector Abhishek Krishna and farewell to the latter, he held a meeting to take stock of the progress of Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan implementation in the district, and also talked to officers about land acquisition issues concerning important projects, issues relating to issuance of various certificates through Setu Kendra.

After a meeting with officials concerned, Kurve moved the three proposals for acquisition of Government lands in Sitabuldi for Metro Railway project. These included a proposal for acquisition of 2,252.63 sq mtrs land in possession of Patwardhan High School; 1,782.70 sq mtrs land in possession of Police Department and Patwardhan High School; and 2,535.77 sq mtrs land in possession of Vasantrao Naik Government Institute of Arts and Social Sciences.

Further, Kurve said that he would strengthen Setu Kendra. “A lot many people visit the Setu Kendra and Collector office time and again to know if certificates they had applied for have been issued. We are planning to put in place a mechanism under which E-mail Id and cellphone number of each applicant will be taken so that once the certificate he/she has sought is ready, we can intimate him/her. Also, with this facility, we will be able to communicate to applicant if any compliance is required,” he explained.

Kurve is an IAS officer of Uttarakhand cadre. He had worked as Collector at Rudraprayag, Tehri-Garhwal, Dehradun, and Haridwar districts there. During his tenure as Dehradun Collector, he was honoured by the Governor of Uttarakhand for stupendous work during elections. At Haridwar, he oversaw preparations for Kumbh Mela. Also, as Managing Director of Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam, he oversaw arrangements for Kailas Mansarovar Yatra. During 2013 disaster in Uttarakhand, he was actively involved in evacuation of 6,000 pilgrims stranded at Gangotri. At Tehri-Garhwal, he had the responsibility to look after rehabilitation of persons affected by Tehri dam project.

Promises people-friendly administration

Promising people-friendly administration, the new Collector said that people would be able to meet him between 10 am to 2 pm every working day, ‘without any prior appointment’. Also, the SMS service under public distribution system would be updated so as to put a check on diversion of foodgrains in open market.

In a day or two, Kurve said, he would be visiting Multimodal International Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) area to take stock of the progress made so far. Informing about the outcome of Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan review meeting he chaired on Wednesday evening, Kurve said that he had directed the officials concerned to expedite the e-tendering process by the end of this month so that maximum works could be completed by the end of June. Already, out of 168 works under the scheme, 152 have been contracted out, he added.

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Govt agencies’ nod needed to acquire their lands for Metro Rail project

With the Governments at the Centre and the State both trying to expedite Nagpur Metro Railway, the project has got a big push. The project entails acquisition of Government lands in prime areas o... Read More
With the Governments at the Centre and the State both trying to expedite Nagpur Metro Railway, the project has got a big push. The project entails acquisition of Government lands in prime areas of the city. However, the Government agencies concerned are yet to give nod to acquisition of these lands in their possession. Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), the nodal agency for Nagpur Metro Railway project, has forwarded to the district administration the proposals for acquisition of lands under possession of various Government agencies in January and February this year. However, barring Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), none of the other Government agencies concerned have expressed willingness to part with land under their possession now. At least 10 pieces of land are required to be acquired for the ambitious project. Of these, four pieces are in Mouza Sitabuldi, three in Mouza Dhantoli, one each in Mouza Ajni, Mouza Lendhra, and Mouza Nildoh (Hingna tehsil). The pieces of land in Mouza Sitabuldi include 9,400 sq mtrs under possession of MTDC and Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL); 2,252.63 sq mtrs in possession of Patwardhan High School; 1,782.70 sq mtrs with Police Department and Patwardhan High School; and 2,535.77 sq mtrs in possession of Vasantrao Naik Government Institute of Arts and Social Sciences.

The lands in possession of other agencies include: Mouza Dhantoli-- Government of Maharashtra (19,887.90 sq mtrs); New English High School Association (2,645.32 sq mtrs); Government of Maharashtra (2,006.96 sq mtrs); Mouza Ajni-- Central Jail Press (1,203.49 sq mtrs); Mouza Lendhra-- Central Jail Press (8,150.60 sq mtrs). However, none of the agencies concerned have given nod to acquisition of their lands for the project. “MTDC has sought alternative land, and others have simply not responded in any which the manner,” said an official familiar with the situation.

Six of these proposals were already sent to the Government for expediting land acquisition. And, proposals for acquisition of three lands in Sitabuldi area were forwarded on Wednesday by Sachin Kurve, the new District Collector.

For the project, 26.07 hectares of land in Survey No 18 of Mouza Nildoh in Hingna tehsil also is required. However, the land is in possession of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) for its Firing Range. The district administration is learnt to have offered alternative land to SRPF at Bid Borgaon. A proposal in this regard has been sent to the Government already.

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Maharashtra Cabinet gives nod for IIIT at Nagpur, Pune

After receiving approval letter from Ministry of Human Resource Development, now Maharashtra Cabinet has also given green signal to set-up Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Nag... Read More
After receiving approval letter from Ministry of Human Resource Development, now Maharashtra Cabinet has also given green signal to set-up Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Nagpur and Pune. After Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) now another national level institute will be set-up at Nagpur. The admissions to these IIIT will be made from the academic year 2016-17.

Cabinet on Wednesday approved the proposed 100 acre site for IIIT at Waranga village, which is behind Bar Sheshrao Wankhede Sahkari Sutgirni near Butibori. Site admeasures a total of 39.96 hectare which consists of two adjoining pieces of land include 36.29 hectare out of 76.29 hectare in Survey no. 140 and 3.67 hectare out of 7.67 hectare in the survey no. 141 as recommended by the Site Selection Committee after its visit to Nagpur on July 25, 2014.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced this happy news after the weekly cabinet meeting. This prestigious institute will give another boost the dream of making Nagpur into a global educational hub. Apart from keen interest shown by present Central and State Government, the district administration did a admirable job of identifying and securing such a large tract of land for IIIT.

The purpose of setting up IIITs is to create quality manpower in information and technology sector. Earlier there were two options to set up the IIIT in Maharashtra, either in Pune or at Nagpur. In 2008, the HRD ministry decided to set up IIITs during the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-12) to address the challenges faced by the Indian IT-industry and growth of the domestic market in the sector. It was decided to set up 20 IIITs on private-public partnership (PPP) in the country where the Centre and state along with the industry would be stakeholders. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had batted for Nagpur only but it was noticed that out of 20 IIITs in the country, two can be set up in Maharashtra so Pune was also selected for IIIT. There is a large scale concentration of IT companies in Pune and this institute will be set-up near Chakan where an international airport is also proposed.

The institution will be set up on PPP model. The 50 per cent fund will be given by Central Government, Maharashtra will give 35 per cent while two companies will share the remaining 15 per cent amount. They include Mumbai’s Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Nagpur’s ADCC who will contribute 7.5 per cent each. First Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed soon. The committee that had visited site consisted of Dr Anup Mishra, Director of IIIT unit of MHRD, Dr Deshmukh, Director of IIIT, Gwalior, GR Thakare, Joint Director of Technical Education and Ahuja, Executive Engineer of CPWD.

Nagpur on global educational map

Other national level institutions in city: - National Fire Service College - National Civil Defence College - National Power Training Institute - Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology - National Savings Institute - National Academy for Direct Taxes - National Institute of Intellectual Property Management - National Academy of Defence Production - Indian Institute of Management (upcoming) - All India Institute of Medical Sciences (upcoming)

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Wildlife research facility to come up at Gorewada

WILDLIFE health research activities will be carried out in the wildlife veterinary hospital in the premises of the rescue centre in Gorewada zoo project of international standard from June.

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WILDLIFE health research activities will be carried out in the wildlife veterinary hospital in the premises of the rescue centre in Gorewada zoo project of international standard from June.

The finishing work of the rescue centre is going on in full swing at Gorewada as the Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) has tentatively decided to inaugurate the centre at the hands of Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, on June 15, it is reported.

The construction work of the centre such as administrative building, hospital, internal roads, quarters, water tanks, enclosures, etc. is being carried out by Public Works Department through a contractor, which is now at finishing stage. PWD has to hand-over the rescue centre to FDCM till May 31 in view of the inauguration programme. However, a grace period of a week or so could be granted to PWD to finish all the activities. Meanwhile, FDCM officers can make necessary arrangements for the inaugural function.

When contacted, A K Nigam, Managing Director, FDCM, Nagpur, said on Wednesday that FDCM signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University (MAFSU) last year agreeing that the university would provide technical inputs/expertise while corporation would look after equipment and materials required for the treatment and research activities. Young veterinary doctors will get training and first-hand experience in treating wild animals as well undertake wildlife health research activities.

At present, the number of wildlife veterinary doctors is very less because they do not get opportunity to handle wild animals for treatment. Wildlife veterinarians are less in the country if compared to the number of such doctors in foreign countries. Forest officials prefer doctors with wildlife treatment experience before engaging for treating the animals, he added.

This hospital will play an important role in preparing a team of young doctors and that would also help in developing protocol for animals in zoo conditions and in the wild as there is difference of tolerance in between the two categories, said Nigam. Meanwhile, a meeting of the regional level empowerment committee was held last month under the presidentship of Nigam here in which it sanctioned purchase of equipment and other materials required for treatment/research activities. In the preliminary meeting, veterinarians told a budget of Rs 8.47 crore for equipment and Rs 13.50 lakh per year for purchasing lab materials like test tubes to which FDCM agreed.

Reliable sources informed that the State Government allotted Rs 5.65 crore in March for Gorewada zoo project. FDCM is to spend Rs 1.74 crore of the amount for purchasing equipment. Arrangements like furniture have started for the set up while it is expected that the equipment would land at the centre till June end. The activities would begin in full swing soon after the inauguration, sources pointed out.

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RTI activist files PIL against NMC officials for misutilising funds, seeks high level action

On compliance with the High Court’s direction of August 27, 2014, by the RTI activist Mukesh Jaideoprasad Sahu of Sonba Nagar, Nagpur to deposit Rs One lakh for indicating his bonafides, the ... Read More
On compliance with the High Court’s direction of August 27, 2014, by the RTI activist Mukesh Jaideoprasad Sahu of Sonba Nagar, Nagpur to deposit Rs One lakh for indicating his bonafides, the division bench headed by Justice Vasanti Naik has issued notice to the respondents to show cause after summer vacations ending on June 8 next, in reply to the allegations of mis-utilisation of funds by the NMC officials and his prayer for high level action against them.

The respondents are Union Rural Development Secretary, State Secretaries for General Administration and the Regional Town Planning Departments, Municipal Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police, Anti-Corruption, Nagpur.

Considering the nature of the petition being related to public interest, besides the petitioner’s counsel being Shrikant Khandalkar, the Court has also appointed Adv Prakash Meghe as amicus curiae to assist it.

It has been stated in the public interest litigation (PIL) that the audit reports in respect of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) show major irregularities committed by the civic officials and that the corporation has suffered huge losses. In the year 2013, in response to the query by the activists, it has become matter of public knowledge that till 2012, the corporation has not answered the audit objections raised by authorised officials.

On May 6, 2013, the petitioner has lodged complaint and sought action. It has been brought to the notice of the Court that there is unattended benefit to the contractor due to excess loading of Value Added Tax (VAT) of Rs 83.38 lakh. There has been excess payment of Rs 111.25 lakh to the contractors due to incorrect calculation of price variation claim. There has been undue benefit of Rs 37 lakh to contractor due to delay in preparation of price variation bills. There has been an avoidable expenditure of Rs 55.76 lakh on extra items.

Though the corporation submitted explanations to these objections, its answers were not accepted by the Accountant General. Non-use of office building resulted in blocking of funds to the extent of Rs 27.67 crore.

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28-yr-old girl raped on pretext of marriage

A 28-year-old girl, on Tuesday, approached Bag Sewania police station and lodged a complaint against her tenant, who outraged her modesty several times on pretext of marriage.

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A 28-year-old girl, on Tuesday, approached Bag Sewania police station and lodged a complaint against her tenant, who outraged her modesty several times on pretext of marriage.

Following the complaint of the victim, the police have registered a case of rape against the accused youth and launched a manhunt to nab him. Town Inspector Bag Sewania Salil Sharma said that the victim girl resided at Saket Nagar and was pursuing MSc from a private college. In her complaint, she told police that around 2 years ago, the accused Chandraprakash alias Ravi, who hails from Bihar and was also her distant relative, started to live in their house as tenant. TI Sharma further said that the accused was pursuing MTech from TIT College. The girl further said that as few of their subjects were common, they came in touch with each other and soon, they fell in love. Three months ago, when her father was not present at the house, the accused overpowered her and then, outraged her modesty.

Later, the accused promised to marry her and on the pretext of marriage, raped her several times. However, when the course of accused was completed, he left the room and fled to his native town in Bihar. Realizing the fact that the accused cheated her, she lodged a complaint of rape at Bag Sewania police station against the accused. Subsequently, the police have lodged an FIR under section 376 of the IPC against accused youth and sent a police team to Bihar to nab the culprit.

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Draft of MP VAT (Amendment) Ordinance ayed

A Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday decided that amount of Rs 6,500 per horsepower will be charged from small and marginal farmers for providing p... Read More
A Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday decided that amount of Rs 6,500 per horsepower will be charged from small and marginal farmers for providing permanent power pump connections to them during year 2015-16. During financial year 2016-17, a sum of Rs 7,000 per horsepower will be deposited.

Other farmers will have to pay Rs 10,400 per horsepower during year 2015-16 and Rs 11,200 per horsepower during year 2016-17. Only Rs 32,500 will be charged from small and marginal farmers for infrastructure works of agriculture pumps of 5 horsepower and remaining Rs 17,500 will be given as subsidy by the State Government. Rs 52,000 will be charged from other farmers and the State Government will bear remaining Rs 98,000.

It is noteworthy that the State Government has given subsidy worth Rs 227 crore during year 2014-15 on permanent power pump connections.

Like year 2014-15, amount of Rs 1,200 per hour at flat rate will be charged in 2 equal installments as electricity bills this year also. Against it, the State Government had provided subsidy worth Rs 4,480 crore to power distribution companies during 2014-15. Under this head, provision of Rs 4,962 crore has been made for current financial year 2015-16.

Madhya Pradesh VAT (Amendment) Ordinance-2015

The Cabinet approved Madhya Pradesh VAT (Amendment) Ordinance-2015. Under it, announcements made by the Finance Minister while tabling budget for 2015-16 will be implemented. The ordinance proposes to increase tax from 4 to 5 percent on transfer of goods used in manufacture of goods/raw materials outside the State. Provision is proposed in the ordinance on value addition in reference to subsequent sales of telephones, cellular handsets and fablets, tobacco-free pan masala and gutkha within the State. The State Government announced various concessions under Industrial Promotion Policy for discharge of liabilities of sick units including tax and interest/fine. These include discharge of liabilities of interest/fine on payment of tax. There is no provision in the Act to implement this scheme. It is proposed to be included in the ordinance.

As per current provision, payment of 5 percent amount with increase in every 6 months on decision in the first appeal for extending period of stay given by Appeal Board is desired. Suitable amendment has to be made in pursuance of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh’s announcement for abolishing expectation of payment of additional amount.

Presently, there is a provision of fine of Rs 1,000 per day upto maximum of Rs 50,000 on presenting returns after delay of 30 days. As per Chief Minister’s announcement, a proposal has been made in the ordinance to decrease fine of Rs 1,000 per day upto maximum of Rs 50,000 by half. The Cabinet endorsed the proposal to obtain loan from HUDCO for construction of 16 colleges and 11 girls hostels of Higher Education Department. Construction cost of every college building is Rs 3,38,00,000 and girls hostel Rs 1,47,00,000. Total cost of the project is Rs 71,15,00,000. Madhya Pradesh Housing and Infrastructure Development Board has been appointed nodal agency for construction works. The Board will obtain Rs 67,50,00,000 loan from HUDCO. Its guarantee will be given by the State Government. The Cabinet gave consent to construction of Patan-Rehli-Tendukhera road (State Highway-15) through Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation under BOT. Its estimated cost is Rs 219 crore 62 lakh and length 86.60 kms. The Cabinet decided to merge services of 170 Government servants posted in various departments. Merger of 63 posts has been done in Fisheries Department, Commerce and Industries 13, Revenue 29, Farmers Welfare & Agriculture 14, Public Health & Family Welfare 34, Tribal Welfare one and 16 posts have been merged in Technical Education and Skill Development Department.

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Sun spits fire, many places in State in grip of heat wave

Several parts of Madhya Pradesh are literally reeling under heat wave conditions. The unbearable heat has left normal life paralysed. Bhopal witnessed yet another hottest day of the season on T... Read More
Several parts of Madhya Pradesh are literally reeling under heat wave conditions. The unbearable heat has left normal life paralysed. Bhopal witnessed yet another hottest day of the season on Tuesday. It sizzled at the maximum temperature of 45 degrees Celsius, which was four degrees above normal level. Naugaon recorded highest maximum temperature of 47.3 degrees Celsius. Temperature was at or above 45 degrees Celsius in many cities of State.

When people woke up in morning on Tuesday in Bhopal, heat was already there to give harrowing time to them. By 9 am, it was difficult to remain outside house for long time. Blistering heat made people to remain indoors as much as possible. By noon, heat reached its zenith in State capital and it looked like the burning sun was spraying fire on earth.

Roads and markets became deserted during noon hours. Only those people were seen on roads, who have to go some other place in connection with their work. Bike riders covered their face with handkerchief or scarf to escape from the brutal attack of hot winds. While driving two-wheeler, one could feel the burning sensation on skin.

Other places also witnessed unbearable heat. Jabalpur recorded maximum temperature at 45.2 degrees Celsius, Gwalior at 45.4 degrees Celsius, Indore at 43.2 degrees Celsius, Khajuraho at 46.4 degrees Celsius, Guna at 45. 7 degree Celsius, Shajapur at 46.2 degrees Celsius, Sagar at 46.2 degrees Celsius, Damoh at 46.8 degrees Celsius, Ujjain at 45 degrees Celsius, Hoshangabad at 46.3 degrees Celsius and Khajuraho at 46.4 degrees Celsius, etc. In other words, there was heat wave at several places of State on Tuesday, which left a negative mark on the normal life.

Weather Department said that weather was dry across the State and districts of Ujjain were in grip of severe heat wave. Sagar, Hoshangabad, Indore, Gwalior and Chambal division were in grip of heat wave conditions. In the forecast, Weather Department warned of severe heat wave conditions in isolated parts of Hoshangabad, Indore and Ujjain divisions. There is also possibility of heat wave in sundry parts of districts of Gwalior, Chambal, Sagar and Bhopal divisions.

As far as Bhopal is concerned, then sky is expected to remain clear and maximum temperature is going to stay at 45 degrees Celsius.

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Court rejects bail application of Joint IG Jain

The bail application of Joint IG Stamp, Indrajeet Kumar Jain was rejected by the court on Tuesday. Jain is facing the charge of taking money and helping a candidate in clearing the Transport Cons... Read More
The bail application of Joint IG Stamp, Indrajeet Kumar Jain was rejected by the court on Tuesday. Jain is facing the charge of taking money and helping a candidate in clearing the Transport Constable recruitment exam 2012.

Indrajeet Kumar Jain had allegedly accepted bribe of Rs 3.5 lakh to help one Manoj Kaul in clearing the Transport Constable exam. He had kept some money with himself and given remaining sum to some VYAPAM officers. It is learnt that court rejected the bail application of Jain by saying that if bail was given, then social interest would get affected. Notably, STF had arrested Indrajeet Kumar Jain on May 8 from his office. Jain earlier denied the charges, but when evidences were furnished before him, he gave in. He was held after the confession of Manoj Kaul, who reportedly revealed the name of Jain. He had accused Jain of receiving money to help him in clearing the exam. Interestingly, before his arrest, it was only few days ago that Jain had received promotion.

He is also brother of Rishabh Kumar Jain, who was Deputy Commissioner Commercial Tax and had died in custody of Lokayukta police several years back.

The arrest of Jain in VYAPAM scam is another high profile arrest in VYAPAM case. Several people have been arrested in VYAPAM case, which had also taken political colour, as Congress is describing it as biggest scam in BJP rule. Already, former Minister Laxmikant Sharma is behind bars in connection with the scam apart from some top officers of VYAPAM, including Nitin Mohindra.

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Fire at ABVP office; goods worth around Rs 25 lakh gutted

A major fire broke out at Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) office located at Depot Square on Tuesday morning. The officials present in the premises doused the fire and on information, ... Read More
A major fire broke out at Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) office located at Depot Square on Tuesday morning. The officials present in the premises doused the fire and on information, two fire tenders from BMC also reached the spot. Prima facie it seems that the fire was caused due to short circuit in the electrical supply line.

According to sources, the fire erupted at the Nanaji Deshmukh Seminar Hall situated on the ground floor of the building. However, no casualty was reported in the incident.

Meanwhile, the exact amount of damage caused due to fire could not be assessed till the filing of report, but sources claimed that loss of furniture, half-a-dozen ACs, around 10 fans, LED projectors and fixtures worth around Rs 25 lakh was caused due to the fire.

The officials said that the fire erupted in between 5-6 am on Tuesday morning. The hall was locked so the people remained unaware of the fire. When they saw smoke coming out of the cracks of door, they opened the doors and found that the flames had engulfed almost all the furniture and fixtures. )

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MP to institute Aruna Shanbaug Memorial Award

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced that the State Government will institute Rs one lakh annual award in memory of Aruna Shanbaug for outstanding work towards preventing violence a... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced that the State Government will institute Rs one lakh annual award in memory of Aruna Shanbaug for outstanding work towards preventing violence against women. Women will be given 33 percent reservation in police force. For other Government jobs too, similar provision will be considered. Every year, special health check-up camps will be organised in every district for women. Beti Bachao Abhiyan will be started in new form. A chapter on Beti Bachao Abhiyan will be included in the school curriculum. The Chief Minister also released State’s policy for women-2015.

Chief Minister was addressing the second Mahila Panchayat at his residence here on Tuesday. In the series of ‘Panchayats’ being organised to directly interact with different classes, the Mahila Panchayat was organised. Women from different districts attended the function.

The Chief Minister announced that all 51 district headquarters will have a crèche. Incentives will be given to women’s SHGs for outstanding functioning. Women’s self-help groups would be given priority in the work of preparing meals in Government bodies. Women’s self-help groups under the project Udita will be imparted training in making sanitary napkins. Hostels for working women will be constructed at Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur. If women in emergency cases have to stay in a city, they would call the police on women’s helpline. It would be responsibility of the police to provide them safe stay. Chouhan also announced that the districts doing well in prevention of malnutrition with public participation will be rewarded. Shaurya Dals will be set up in all 51 districts. Every year, individuals and institutions preventing child marriage will be given cash award of Rs 51,000. The villages reporting more girl child births will be rewarded. Chouhan said that the Usha Kiran Centres helping women in distress affected by violence will be set up at Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Rewa and Sagar.

He said that those committing crimes against women will be severely punished. Suitable measures will be taken to amend the relevant laws for which the Central Government will be approached. Women’s desk will be set up in all police stations. Currently, 141 police stations have the desk. The Chief Minister said that the State Government is committed to ending discrimination against daughters. The Government has chalked out different schemes to help women in all spheres of life. He said that suggestions received at the Panchayat will be considered and those suitable will be implemented. Minister for Women and Child Development, Maya Singh said that all 14 announcements made in the first Woman Panchayat in 2006 have been fulfilled. She said that under the guidance of the Chief Minister, many radical decisions have been taken for socio-economic, political and educational empowerment of women.

Principal Secretary Women and Child Development J N Kansotia spoke about the departmental schemes aimed at empowering women. Commissioner Women Empowerment Kalpana Shrivastava talked about objectives while highlighting the role of Mahila Panchayat . However, encouraged by the Chief Minister to give inputs for policy-making, women responded enthusiastically, giving their suggestions. Savita Chouhan said that special courts should be set up for speedy delivery of justice to women. Crimes against women must be checked by strict laws. Aparna Verma of Jabalpur talked about guidance for female entrepreneurs, saying that they should be given financial assistance for starting their own business. Rekha Dahima (Mandsaur) said that reservation must be given to Banchhda community. SuKrishna Kant Tomar said that Nari Niketan Centres should be set up in every division. Archana Rathore (Jhabua) said that the problem of migration in Jhabua is related to dowry demands. It must end. Sangita Desai (Agar) said that destitute women should get financial support for the starting their own business.

Sarita Deshpande (Bhopal) said that fully equipped shelter homes should be built in every district. Santosh Pawar (Satna) suggested establishment of women’s banks. Gayatri Nagpure (Balaghat) suggested increasing the honorarium of Anganwadi workers. Uma Bhargava (Bhopal) said that the administration should also be sensitive to women’s issues. Saba Rahman (Gwalior) suggested that women doing well in preventing infanticide should be honoured.

Preethi Patidar (Ujjain) said that women entrepreneurs should be given space in every market to help them ensure economic growth. Anju Datre (Gwalior) said that specific space should be earmarked for alcohol shops. Kiran Gehlot (Agar) advocated stringent legal provisions in case of domestic violence against unmarried and disabled women.

The Chief Minister launched a product of packed kodo-kutki made by Women’s self-help group Dindori. He released a booklet ‘Hauslon Ki Udan’.

On this occasion, Minister for PHE, Kusum Mahdele, former Chief Minister Kailash Joshi, former minister Ranjana Baghel, Chief Secretary Anthony De Sa, DGP Surendra Sinh, Sadhana Singh Chouhan, a large number of women working in different sectors of society were present.

Coaching facility for girls appearing for competitive examinations

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that girls coming from villages and small towns to districts and divisional headquarters for higher education will be financially supported by the State Government. They will be given Rs 2,000 at divisional headquarters and Rs 1,250 at district headquarters for accommodation. Expenses on coaching for All-India competitive examinations and entrance tests will also be borne by the State Government. The cost of higher education of daughters coming in merit list of higher secondary examinations will also be borne by the Government. If young women entrepreneurs plan to set up industries, they will be given guarantee on loans by the State Government and upto five-year will pay six percent interest subsidy. Every year, 50,000 daughters will be imparted job-oriented training.

Two-year maternity leave

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also announced that female staff in Government service could take maternity leave and child caring or nursing leave for two years once in their service period. Government officials and employees will be given training on gender sensitivity. In case of complaints against male staff regarding harassment of women, it would be mentioned in their annual confidential reports. Adequate representation of women in employees’ advisory committees in Government departments will be ensured.

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Cancel Dindora Barrage, demands Ahir

Union Minister of state for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Hansraj Ahir on Tuesday sought cancellation of Dindora Barrage Project. The project was sanctioned by Congress-NCP Government and not aime... Read More
Union Minister of state for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Hansraj Ahir on Tuesday sought cancellation of Dindora Barrage Project. The project was sanctioned by Congress-NCP Government and not aimed for irrigation but to provide water to Central India Power Limited (1000 MW power plant) and hence it should be shelved, he stated while opposing its revival.

Addressing a press conference at Ravi Bhavan, Ahir stated the medium irrigation project was sanctioned about 23 years ago and located at the common borders of three districts like Wardha, Yavatmal and Chandrapur. he initial project cost was Rs 476 crores and out of which just Rs 12 crores were given to farmers for their land. The land acquisition was not completed by the previous Government till 2012.

Ahir brought irregularities to the notice of WRD Minister Girish Mahajan and VIDC officials. Government had procured 1,100 hectares of fertile land from farmers for just Rs 12.16 crores (at the rate of Rs 41,000 per acre) while for 95 hectares of forest land Government has paid compensation of Rs 13.56 crores. This is an example of sheer injustice to farmers, he added.

The officials, the then minister and contractors have exploited farmers in the name of this project, Ahir alleged. The project was sanctioned with the aim to provide 80 percent water to power plant, 17 percent water for irrigation and only three percent for drinking.

Ahir demanded the Government to give compensation to project affected farmers as per new land acquisition act, which is four times than the previous cost. BJP led Government is not against the farmers and new land acquisition act will definitely benefit the farmers, Ahir claimed.

Hinganghat MLA Sameer Kunnawar, Wani MLA Bodkurwar Sanjivreddi Bapurao, Rahul Saraf , Chandan Goswami were also present.

Opposes mining at Bhadrawati OF site

Union minister of state for chemicals and fertilizers, Hansraj Ahir on Tuesday opposed the demand of Western Coalfield to allow mining at Chanda Ordnance Factory situated in Bhadravati and relocate the factory. Referring to recent meeting in which this demand was made, Ahir wrote a letter to Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar regarding this issue and stated the decision to shift the ordnance factory will go against the national interest. Ahir while addressing the press conference said, the coal block near Chanda Ordnance Factory is very small. The coal reserve in this area is just 20 million MT, while the coal reserve at other different blocks identified in country is 285 billion MT. Recently Government has kept 204 coal blocks for auction while 138 coal blocks were handed over to Coal India. When the country has 285 billion MT coal reserve, for just 20 million MT coal reserve, it is not justified to shift the ordnance factory. Firstly, the Government should consume 285 billion MT coal reserve and then touch 20 million MT coal reserve at Chanda Ordnance Factory, he added.

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Swedish companies keen to invest in MIHAN

Consul General for Sweden in Mumbai Fredrika Ornbrant visited MIHAN to explore the possibilities for Swedish companies to invest. She was happy with the progress at MIHAN.

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Consul General for Sweden in Mumbai Fredrika Ornbrant visited MIHAN to explore the possibilities for Swedish companies to invest. She was happy with the progress at MIHAN.

After her visit Fredrika Ornbrant said “This is my first trip to Nagpur. I have heard so much about this city. I visited MIHAN and the MIHAN-SEZ areas, both important to the development of Maharashtra. Swedish companies have traditionally chosen Maharashtra for investments. Around one third of the Swedish companies are located in the State. Sometimes land acquisition is a challenge so I think the development plans for Nagpur is a good opportunity for companies looking to expand or establish business in India. There is a positive shift in perception of Swedish companies about investing and expanding their operations in India as it is evident in the results of the business climate survey 2014-15.” Swedish Consul General further said, “90% of the Swedish companies surveyed believed that India’s investment business climate was favourable and this is evident as these companies create 28,000 direct jobs in Maharashtra and many more indirectly. We have also noticed an increase in the number of requests about India which is positive. Sweden has often led the way in offering innovative solutions and one such offering is SymbioCity or smart city and I truly hope that we will see the footprint of Swedish business community increase here in Maharashtra that will help promote sustainable urban development that proves beneficial to both India and Sweden."

Atul Thakre, Marketing Manager, MADC gave presentation on MIHAN to Consul General- Fredrika and PR-Manager, Mitalee Karmarkar. Present were Sanjay Chahande, Chief Executive and Abid Ruhi, General Manager.

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BJP bags 11 seats in NMAPC, loses three seats due to cross-voting

Cross voting and invalid votes gave a major jolt to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi panel in the Nagpur Metropolitan Area Planning Committee (NMAPC) elections. BJP led NVA ... Read More
Cross voting and invalid votes gave a major jolt to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi panel in the Nagpur Metropolitan Area Planning Committee (NMAPC) elections. BJP led NVA lost three seats in the election and managed to win only 11 seats while Congress won 6, Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) won one seat each in the election. The elections were held on Sunday for electing 28 members for the high-profile NMAPC. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is the chairman of this 40 members committee. The committee will look after development of the Metro Area.

BJP lost two seats in the lottery, its candidates Parinay Fuke and Ashwini Jichkar lost to Congress candidates Deepak Kapse and Arun Dawre. BJP’s Swati Akhatkar was eliminated after bagging only four votes in the first round. She did not get second preference votes in the election. Sources claimed that the two votes of BJP supporter independents were crossed and four votes were declared invalid. Surprisingly, Sushma Choudhary, who bagged only one vote of first preference in the first round, completed required quota due to second preference votes and won the election.

BJP led NVA’s Satish Holey, Chetana Tank, Nilima Bawane, Jagdish Gwalbanshi, Sudhir (Bandu) Raut, Narendra Borkar, Sushma Choudhary, Congress candidates Prashant Dhawad, Suresh Jagyasi, Rekha Barahate, and BSP’s Abhishek Shambharkar were declared elected in the first round itself after completing required quota. Shambharkar, Dhawad and Jagyasi got 8 votes each in the first round itself.

Shiv Sena’s Mangala Gawre, BJP’s Divya Dhurde, Pravin Bhisikar, and Sadhana Barde, RPI’s Raju Lokhande, Congress Sanjay Mahakalkar were also declared elected. The NMC votes were counted in 21 rounds. Total 144 votes were casted and out of that four were declared invalid.

From Nagpur rural area, Sunil Kode, Ravindra Chikhale, Manish Karemore, Pravin Khade, Deorao Kadu, Kanta Bawankule, Mohan Makade and Kailash Vaidya were declared elected. The counting of rural area was held in 13 rounds. Total 328 members exercised their voting rights and out of that 7 votes were declared invalid. The counting was held at Bachat Bhavan at Collector Office premises. Collector Abhishek Krishna was the incharge of the election process.

Mayor Pravin Datke, Legislators Anil Sole, Sudhakar Kohle, Prakash Gajbhiye, Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare, Ruling party leader Dayashankar Tiwari, Leader of Opposition Vikas Thakre, Zilla Parishad President Nisha Sawarkar, senior corporator Sunil Agrawal, Avinash Thakre, Girish Deshmukh congratulated elected members of the NMAPC.

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Soon, Robotics-based research centre to come up in city

Nagpur is all set to take a leap forward in robotics. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, asked the officials concerned to pave way for a Robotics-based Research Centre to be set up in Nagpur. <... Read More
Nagpur is all set to take a leap forward in robotics. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, asked the officials concerned to pave way for a Robotics-based Research Centre to be set up in Nagpur.

Fadnavis chaired a meeting in this regard at Ramgiri, Chief Minister’s official residence in the city, on Tuesday evening. He asked Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) and Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) to take up the task of designing appropriate curriculum to support the Robotics-based Research Centre in the city. The research centre will come up at the initiative of Asia Brown Boveri (ABB), the leading supplier of industrial robots.

Dr S P Kane, Vice-Chancellor of RTMNU; Dr Narendra Chaudhary, Director of VNIT; Dr D K Agrawal; Dr Ashok Gomashe, Registrar of RTMNU; Praveen Pardeshi, Principal Secretary with Chief Minister’s Office; Abhishek Krishna, District Collector; Sachin Kurve, Director of VANAMATI; attended the meeting.

Addressing the officials, Fadnavis said that use of robots is increasing in not only developed but also in developing countries. The research centre will provide a boost to use of robotics and relevant technologies in the country. Besides, it will open up avenues of learning and provide a good exposure to students in this part of the country.

Chief Minister has called up a follow-up meeting at 9.30 pm on Wednesday at Varsha, the official residence of Chief Minister in Mumbai. Apart from senior officials of ABB, the officials of VNIT and RTMNU also have been asked to attend the meeting. It may be mentioned here that ABB is leading supplier of industrial robots, modular manufacturing systems and service. So far, as per the data on its website, ABB has installed more than 2,50,000 robots worldwide.

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Mercury soars to 46.9 degrees; second highest in the decade

Heat wave swept across the entire Vidarbha region on Tuesday, with Wardha and Nagpur recording the highest temperatures. At 47.5 degrees Celsius, Wardha was the hottest place in entire State. Nag... Read More
Heat wave swept across the entire Vidarbha region on Tuesday, with Wardha and Nagpur recording the highest temperatures. At 47.5 degrees Celsius, Wardha was the hottest place in entire State. Nagpur, too, remained in the grip of blistering heat with the mercury soaring to 46.9 degrees Celsius, the highest in last couple of years, and the second highest in decade, for the month of May.

Obviously, the heat wave threw the normal life out of gear and roads wore a deserted look. Unless compelled by circumstances, people avoided to come out of the comforts of home and offices. Though the maximum temperature was not as high as it was in Wardha or Nagpur, the situation remained more or less the same in other places in Vidarbha region as well.

According to officials of Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Nagpur, the heat wave will continue at least for next three days and it may get extended to a week. “The temperature in Nagpur will remain between 45 to 47 degrees Celsius this week,” R D Meshram, Assistant Meteorologist, RMC, told The Hitavada.

According to Meshram, the highest temperature for the month of May in 10 years in Nagpur city was 47.9 degrees Celsius recorded on May 23, 2013. The lowest minimum temperature was 19.4 degrees Celsius recorded on May 4, 1917. He said that El Nino effect prevailed over Nagpur, raising the chances of hailstorm before monsoon. “Tremendous climatic fluctuation will also affect Monsoon this year,” he added.

The maximum temperature recorded in Nagpur city on Tuesday was four degrees above normal for this time of the year and also the highest this summer. The minimum temperature of the day was 25.9 degrees Celsius. The atmosphere was discomfortingly hot outside even at night. Situation was no better in other parts of Vidarbha too. Wardha was the hottest with maximum temperature of 47.5 degrees Celsius followed by Chandrapur at 46.8 degrees Celsius, and Akola (46.4 degrees Celsius). The maximum temperature at other places was as follows: Amravati-- 45.6 degrees Celsius, Buldhana-- 42 degrees Celsius, Brahmapuri-- 45.8 degrees Celsius, Washim-- 44 degrees Celsius, and Yavatmal-- 45.6 degrees Celsius.

According to RMC, dry weather prevailed over Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh. Maximum temperatures appreciably rose over East Vidarbha and North Chhattisgarh; rose over West Vidarbha, East Madhya Pradesh, North-West Madhya Pradesh, and South Chhattisgarh. The minimum temperatures rose over South Chhattisgarh and changed little over Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh, and North Chhattisgarh. They were above normal over West Vidarbha, North-West Madhya Pradesh, and South Chhattisgarh; and normal over East Vidarbha, East Madhya Pradesh, South-West Madhya Pradesh, and North Chhattisgarh.

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NMC removes encroachment in busy Sitabuldi market

Taking tough stand against encroachment on footpaths of city roads, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday, razed illegal constructions at upmarket Sitabuldi and Maharajbag road. Encroac... Read More
Taking tough stand against encroachment on footpaths of city roads, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday, razed illegal constructions at upmarket Sitabuldi and Maharajbag road. Encroachments of 150 shops have been removed with the help of two JCBs by the anti-encroachment drive team. Tension prevailed for sometime when the drive faced tremendous opposition from shop owners and police were forced to resort to mild-lathi charge at Maharajbagh road. The team also removed one religious structure situated near nullah on Maharajbagh road.

The action began at 12 noon and concluded at 7 pm. The Sitabuldi market was closed due to this drive and shop owners incurred a loss of around Rs One crore, sources claimed. The team removed hoardings, shutters, and other encroachments from footpaths. The prominent amongs them are- Kaveri Bar, Jaishree Bar, Rekha Studio, Bombay Tailor, Bharat Sports, Neelam Studio, Moti Mahal Restaurant, Ganesh Restaurant, Hotel Jaibhole, Pappe Juice Corner, Yonker shoes, Shubh Mangalam, Raymond shop, Maharashtra Emporium, K Chandak, Fashion club, Montina Shoes, Mallik Shoes, Son Chafa, Simran bazar, Bombaywala, Khandan and other shops of the market. The team removed last encroachment of Gupta Traders at Loha Pool. Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Assistant Commissioner Subhash Jaideo and Arun Pimpurde, Superintendent of Enforcement Department lead the action.

The staff of Sitabuldi police was deployed to assist the drive peacefully. The team seized five truck loads of materials during drive. Deputy Engineer Anil Kadu, Sanjay Gore, Sanjay Bisane, Nilesh Sambhre, Purshottam Pande, Sunil Gajbhiye, Girish Likhar, Sanjay Ingle and others were present.

Sitabuldi Merchant Association criticised the action of NMC for undertaking drive at Buldi market. They have demanded action against hawkers, who create traffic jam daily on this busy road and occupy a major portion of main road illegally. Chandrakant Raghtate, President Arjun Bhojwani, Joint Secretary, Kisan Agrawal, Jeevan Jain said, the civic body should issue notice to them for removing illegal structures. We are not against action, but local body should give time to remove our structure, they added. They alleged that Police manhandled Jaikumar Jain, owner of Humlog and Khandan. Jain was injured during police action.

Meanwhile, Local Body also removed illegal construction of religious structures from footpaths at Nehru Nagar zone as per the directions of Supreme Court and Bombay High Court. The team removed 13 illegal religious construction under the guidance of Assistant Commissioner Mahesh Moroney. This includes Nagoba Mandir, picture of Tajuddin Baba, Ganesh Mandir, Hanuman Mandir, Shiv Nag Mandir. Gulani, Police Inspector of Sakkardara police station and Deputy Engineer Raju Khanorkar, Manoj Gadre, Manish Bhoyar, Dhananjay Medulkar, Bhimrao Junghare, Shrikant Kherde were present.

The Mangalwari zone also removed illegal religious construction. This includes Hanuman Mandir, Durga Mandir, Shiv Mandir, and Dargah. The action was taken under guidance of Prakash Warade, Assistant Commissioner while Deputy Engineer Ameen Akhtar, P P Dhankar, A P Chauhan, P S Sarpate, P S Waghmare, Ujjawal Dhanvijay, Pankaj Parashar, and others were present.

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Two men sustain critical injuries in group clash over petty issue

TWO men sustained critical injuries in a group clash over a petty issue in Jahangirabad area in front of Sonali Restaurant under jurisdiction of Lordganj police station in intervening night of ... Read More
TWO men sustained critical injuries in a group clash over a petty issue in Jahangirabad area in front of Sonali Restaurant under jurisdiction of Lordganj police station in intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. The injured have been identified as Mayank Shukla (25), living near Shishubal Mandir School in Adhartal and Sawan Choudhary, a resident of Ganjipura area. In the attack, Sawan Choudhary was attacked with a knife which got stuck in his head. The injured was rejected for treatment at Victoria Hospital, Metro Hospital and City Hospital and was rushed to Nagpur. According to police, they received information of clash in Jahangirabad area and a police team reached the spot. Police learnt that an injured in group clash was admitted at Medas Hospital. Police team reached Medas Hospital where injured Mayank Shukla informed that he along with his friends Nitin and Raviraj went for dinner at Abhinandan Restaurant in City Bus Stand area where Sawan Choudhary, a resident of Bhartipur and Manish Vishwakarma of Ganjipura met and started provoking them. Mayank objected them when Sawan and Manish went outside the restaurant and drove away on their motorcycle. When Mayank along with Nitin and Raviraj were on their way towards home, Sawan and Manish stopped them in front of Sonali restaurant and attacked them with sharp-edged weapons. Manish caught him and Sawan stabbed his head, ribs and wrist with a knife. Thereafter, Nitin and Raviraj took him to Medas Hospital for treatment. Acting on the complaint, police registered a case against the accused under sections 341, 307 and 34 of the IPC and started investigations into the case. On the other hand, Manish Vishwakarma (23), a resident of Ganjipura, filed a complaint that he along with friend Sawan Choudhary went for dinner at Abhinandan Restaurant where they held an argument with Mayank Shukla and his friends. When Manish and Sawan tried to escape from the spot, miscreants chased them and stopped them in front of Sonali Restaurant and attacked them with sharp-edged weapons. Mayank Shukla attacked Sawan Choudhary with a knife and wounded his head and managed to escape from the spot. Sawan Choudhary fell on the road and the knife was stuck in his head. The injured was rushed to Victoria Hospital where doctors expressed their helplessness in providing treatment. Then the injured was taken to City Hospital and Metro Hospital but doctors refused to take him. Family members then rushed the injured to Nagpur where his condition is reported to be critical. Police have registered a case against the accused under sections 307, 341, 294 and 34 of the IPC and Section 3(2)5 of the SC/ST Act and efforts are being made to arrest the accused.

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Many places in State in grip of heat wave

Several parts of Madhya Pradesh are literally reeling under heat wave conditions. The unbearable heat has left normal life paralysed. Bhopal witnessed yet another hottest day of the season on T... Read More
Several parts of Madhya Pradesh are literally reeling under heat wave conditions. The unbearable heat has left normal life paralysed. Bhopal witnessed yet another hottest day of the season on Tuesday. It sizzled at the maximum temperature of 45 degrees Celsius, which was four degrees above normal level. Naugaon recorded highest maximum temperature of 47.3 degrees Celsius. Temperature was at or above 45 degrees Celsius in many cities of State.

When people woke up in morning on Tuesday in Bhopal, heat was already there to give harrowing time to them. By 9 am, it was difficult to remain outside house for long time. Blistering heat made people to remain indoors as much as possible. By noon, heat reached its zenith in State capital and it looked like the burning sun was spraying fire on earth.

Roads and markets became deserted during noon hours. Only those people were seen on roads, who have to go some other place in connection with their work. Bike riders covered their face with handkerchief or scarf to escape from the brutal attack of hot winds. While driving two-wheeler, one could feel the burning sensation on skin.

Other places also witnessed unbearable heat. Jabalpur recorded maximum temperature at 45.2 degrees Celsius, Gwalior at 45.4 degrees Celsius, Indore at 43.2 degrees Celsius, Khajuraho at 46.4 degrees Celsius, Guna at 45. 7 degree Celsius, Shajapur at 46.2 degrees Celsius, Sagar at 46.2 degrees Celsius, Damoh at 46.8 degrees Celsius, Ujjain at 45 degrees Celsius, Hoshangabad at 46.3 degrees Celsius and Khajuraho at 46.4 degrees Celsius, etc. In other words, there was heat wave at several places of State on Tuesday, which left a negative mark on the normal life. Weather Department said that weather was dry across the State and districts of Ujjain were in grip of severe heat wave. Sagar, Hoshangabad, Indore, Gwalior and Chambal division were in grip of heat wave conditions.

In the forecast, Weather Department warned of severe heat wave conditions in isolated parts of Hoshangabad, Indore and Ujjain divisions. There is also possibility of heat wave in sundry parts of districts of Gwalior, Chambal, Sagar and Bhopal divisions.

As far as Bhopal is concerned, then sky is expected to remain clear and maximum temperature is going to stay at 45 degrees Celsius.

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Extensive dairy farm policy to be chalked out during meeting in Bhopal on May 21

EXPOSING pollution caused in rivers and problems caused to passers-by from State and National Highways having dairies and their waste stashed at roadsides, around 18 years ago Nagrik Upbhokta M... Read More
EXPOSING pollution caused in rivers and problems caused to passers-by from State and National Highways having dairies and their waste stashed at roadsides, around 18 years ago Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM) had filed a public interest litigation before Madhya Pradesh High Court demanding an extensive policy on dairy farms shifting far from rivers and also from State and national highways.

To this PIL, MPHC had directed to formulate an extensive dairy farm policy to the State Government and to hold a meeting of officials concerned and departments in this regard. In compliance, Madhya Pradesh Animal Husbandry and Civil Administration and Environment Department have jointly organised a meeting at Bhopal on May 21. Accordingly, decisions taken in the meeting will be submitted before the High Court. Dr P G Najpandey of NUMM and Hardayal Dubey informed that the Madhya Pradesh Government has prepared a Dairy Manual-2014, which was again amended in 2015. The guideline does not define the policy. A large number of objections were filed against amendments. Observing objections on guidelines the MP High Court had directed to chalk out a policy and in this regard a meeting will be convened in Bhopal.

NUMM State President Dr P G Najpandey informed that according to the rulebook limits 100 meters distance is the permissible limit for setting up a dairy farm from river or state highway. The National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) citing decisions of Maharashtra Government have recommended to set-up dairy farms at least 500 meters away from rivers. Dr Najpandey added that the MP High Court had rejected norms of 100 metre distance from rivers for dairy farms. The High Court said that NEERI is a technical institution and asked the State Government to give reason why the research based recommendations of NEERI have been overlooked and 100 metres distance from river for dairy farms is permitted in guidelines set by the State Government in 2015. In the meeting to be held on May 21 discussions on important issues will be held.

NUMM members including Manish Sharma, Rajkumar Soni, Rani Jaiswal, Beena Singh, Rammila Sharma informed that in Maharashtra and in other states rules have been framed by notifying no construction zone or no construction areas but in Madhya Pradesh no orders in this regard have been issued yet. NUMM’s Dr Najpandey informed that in Bhopal near Kaliyasot river compulsion for no construction area is just 33 metres and on banks of river Narmada the distance is 100 metre for restriction of no construction zone. Citing these examples a policy should be defined for equality.

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Jabalpur Express Rail Coach Restaurant to take dining experience to all new level

TOURISTS and residents will soon have a new eatery experience with establishment of ‘Jabalpur Express’ Rail Coach Restaurant in the city. Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Limi... Read More
TOURISTS and residents will soon have a new eatery experience with establishment of ‘Jabalpur Express’ Rail Coach Restaurant in the city. Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Limited (MPTDCL) will soon start Rail Coach Restaurant at Hotel Kalchuri. The restaurant will be developed like a railway station where visitors will enjoy meals inside a rail coach and railway platform. Adding attraction to the restaurant its waiters will be attired as coolies and manager will be attired as Travelling Ticket Examiner.

In order to develop atmosphere of a railway station, original railway bogies, railway signal, signal metre will be installed along with announcements at railway station for adding more attraction to the restaurant. Regional Manager of MPTDCL Ashok Mehra, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ informed that the proposal of establishing a Rail Coach Restaurant at Hotel Kalchuri has been given green signal from the head office.

The project is targeted to be completed by October 2015. The restaurant will be developed on the basis of ‘Bhopal Express’ restaurant in Bhopal.

Visitors will have a new experience of eatery inside a railway coach and railway platform amidst complete atmosphere of a railway station. He informed that original rail coach and railway signal light will be available in the restaurant. Chief of Materials Management Department, West Central Railway, has been sent requirement to provide original railway signal and other materials while railway coach manufacturer in Nagpur has been contacted for original railway coach for Rail Coach Restaurant. Ashok Mehra informed that Jabalpur Express restaurant will definitely provide a new experience of eatery to residents and will attract maximum tourists in the city. Preparations for the restaurant have been started to ensure its completion by October 2015 in order to open the restaurant during new tourism season.

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VNJS Scheme fails to serve the purpose

VARSHIK Nishulk Jan Swasthya Yojana (VNJSY) started by the Madhya Pradesh Government to check health status of patients above 40 years of age is proving non-beneficial to patients.

Though... Read More
VARSHIK Nishulk Jan Swasthya Yojana (VNJSY) started by the Madhya Pradesh Government to check health status of patients above 40 years of age is proving non-beneficial to patients.

Though health beneficiary scheme VNJSY was started with claims that patients above 40 years of age their medical check-up will be done at Government Victoria Hospital, Civil Hospital and Community Health Care Centre, Shahpura.

Separate room no 2 has been allotted at Government Victoria Hospital for patients coming for check-up under VNJSY, though computer has been installed in the room to maintain medical record, but most of the time it is seen that doctors are not available in the consultation room. Doctors say that they have to do their routine consultation work then they can give consultation to patients coming under this scheme.

Senior doctor on condition of anonymity said that government launches health beneficiary schemes considering health of patients of different age groups. Like mother child health care scheme, non communicable disease and now VNJSY scheme, but as far as appointment of doctors is concerned still there is shortage of 35 per cent of doctors. How is it possible for a doctor to execute routine duties and also take care of various health beneficiary schemes launched by the government. It is to be mentioned that State Government has started VNJSY for free annual check-up of a person who are above 40 years. Under this scheme, blood pressure, routine urea creatinine, kidney function test, liver function test, cancer diagnosis test and other routine tests for commonly occurring diseases after 40s are to be done at government hospital. Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr B S Chouhan said that VNJSY was started on May 1 this year, if there is any patient complaint we will definitely consider them and fix the lacunas.

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Pleas challenging eligibility clause in MP Medical, Dental PG Course disposed off

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe has disposed off all petitions challenging eligibility clause specified in Madhya P... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe has disposed off all petitions challenging eligibility clause specified in Madhya Pradesh Medical and Dental Post Graduate Course Admission Rules-2015 on the basis of assurance given by the State authorities through counsel as noted earlier. The division bench has heard petitions filed by Dr Rohit Singh and others separately. These matters were listed for admission. Considering arguments canvassed by petitioners, in particular, with reference to challenge to eligibility clause specified in Madhya Pradesh Medical and Dental Post Graduate Course (Admission/Diploma) Admission Rules-2015 being ultra vires and hit by Article 14 of the Constitution of India and as process for admission to post-graduate medical and dental course for 259 State quota seats, is at an advanced stage up to 3rd counseling, the division bench thought it appropriate to hear matters urgently, though being a court holiday, with consent of the counsel appearing for respective parties.

Accordingly, matters were notified for hearing. At the outset, counsel for the respondents/State, relying on averments in reply-affidavit filed to oppose these petitions and in particular, the decision of the Supreme Court dated on April 25, 2014, in Ishita Dua and others versus State of MP and others has raised preliminary objection regarding maintainability of these petitions.

He submitted that each petitioners having passed MBBS/BDS examination from Medical/Dental College of Madhya Pradesh is being considered as eligible to participate in admission process. None of the petitioner is disqualified or has been disqualified in terms of any other eligibility clause. More so, the authorities are treating all the candidates, who have passed MBBS/BDS examination from Medical/BDS College of Madhya Pradesh as eligible to participate in admission process both in terms of Rules of 2014 as also now under Rules of 2015.

Once this statement is accepted, it necessarily follows that there is no surviving cause of action for any of the petitioners before us. In other words, there will be no violation of any fundamental rights of these petitioners under Article 14 of the Constitution of India, as they are being considered for admission as eligible candidates.

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National Lok Adalat will be organised on June 27

REGULAR National Lok Adalat will be organised on June 27 at Conference Hall of South Block at High Court, informed Dinesh Nayak, Member Secretary of Legal Service Authority.

Addressing a ... Read More
REGULAR National Lok Adalat will be organised on June 27 at Conference Hall of South Block at High Court, informed Dinesh Nayak, Member Secretary of Legal Service Authority.

Addressing a press conference, Nayak said the National Lok Adalat or People’s Cour