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Sericulture is a good livelihood option: Saxena

Sericulture is traditional industry in east Vidarbha. It is eco-friendly industry that requires less investment but the benefits are more that could change economic picture of the rural people,... Read More
Sericulture is traditional industry in east Vidarbha. It is eco-friendly industry that requires less investment but the benefits are more that could change economic picture of the rural people, said A K Saxena, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Head of Forest Force).

He was speaking after inaugurating a workshop on Sericulture organised by the Divisional Commissioner’s Office at VTI Hall, College of Agriculture, Maharajbag, on Friday for mobilising Gosikhurd project-affected persons from Nagpur and Bhandara districts. The main aim of the workshop was Tusser sericulture supports sustainable livelihood, helping in alleviating unemployment and rural poverty.

Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, presided over the function. Dr Madhavi Khode, College of Bhandara district, Dr Pallavi Darade, Additional Tribal Commissioner, Dr SGM Qadri, former Director, Central Sericulture Board, Mysore, Dr Chandrashekhar Hiware, Director, Sericulture Directorate, Nagpur, and Dr Dipak Barsagde of RTM Nagpur University, were seated on the dais. At the outset, the guests lit the traditional lamp to mark inauguration of the programme, that began two hours late.

Saxena further said that Sericulture industry in fact helped in conserving forest. There are government’s guidelines imposing 12 conditions for Tusser cultivation, including no monoculture. He wanted that Deputy Conservators of Forest, Sericulture officers and other concerned officers should hold a meeting to encourage rural masses go in for this industry, having a vast scope in the market.

He said that tiger foundations spent about 80 per cent revenue for raising standard of life in case of villagers residing on the peripheries of jungle. He would propose such villagers take up sericulture through Joint Forest Management Committees and Eco-Development Committees that would help them provide employment opportunities.

In his presidential speech, Anoop Kumar stressed the need that the project-affected persons should come forward and take up sericulture on large-scale. This would help them get subsidiary income to change their economic picture. Bhandara pattern sarees are popular in the market and if this industry is promoted then Mohadi in Bhandara district could become capital of the silk in the country. He wanted that Mohadi should go to Manila via Mumbai to participate in fashion designing and exhibitions.

Anoop Kumar asked the rural masses to take maximum benefits of the government schemes to achieve progress in their lives. China is the biggest market in sericulture. He assured that necessary training and marketing facilities would be provided to the project-affected persons taking interest in this field.

Dr Qadri said, sericulture items have a big demand in the market and hence there is a need to promote sericulture in east Vidarbha. This business would definitely help in earning livelihood to the families, he added. Dr Darade underlined the need for rural people to come forward and take up sericulture as a way of livelihood. Dr Madhavi Khode expressed her confidence that with the increasing needs, the people could fulfill them by switching over to sericulture.

Rajlaxmi Shah, Assistant Commissioner, conducted and proposed a vote of thanks.

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Teenage boy arrested for repeatedly raping minor

JARIPATKA Police arrested a teenage boy on the charges of repeatedly raping a minor girl and making her pregnant. The accused, Samrat Gopi Gondane (19) is a resident of Lane No. 3, Republican ... Read More
JARIPATKA Police arrested a teenage boy on the charges of repeatedly raping a minor girl and making her pregnant. The accused, Samrat Gopi Gondane (19) is a resident of Lane No. 3, Republican Nagar, Indora.

In August last year, Samrat took the 17-year-old girl to his house when she was on way to her school. After threatening to kill her, he allegedly raped her. He then often used to take the girl to his house and developed sexual relations with her since August last year due to which she became pregnant. He allegedly continued with the sexual act despite being aware that she was a minor and was studying in a school.

Following a complaint lodged by the victim, cops arrested Samrat on charges under Sections 376 (1), 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) read with Sections 3 and 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

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Launch of 360 schemes under VIIDP today

Under the Vidarbha Intensive Irrigation Development Programme (VIIDP), a total of 360 schemes will be launched simultaneously in Nagpur and Amravati divisions on August 24, said Water Conservat... Read More
Under the Vidarbha Intensive Irrigation Development Programme (VIIDP), a total of 360 schemes will be launched simultaneously in Nagpur and Amravati divisions on August 24, said Water Conservation and EGS Minister Dr Nitin Raut.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Raut said that these 360 schemes include storage weirs and Kolhapuri Type (KT) weirs. Under the programme, a provision of Rs 3,250 crore has been made for a span of five years -- 2012 to 2017. Of this amount, Rs 1,241 crore is to be spent on soil conservation, Rs 500 crore on micro-irrigation, and Rs 1,459 crore on minor irrigation. VIIDP will prove to be a boon for rainfed region of Vidarbha, he said. The ambitious programme will cover 10,000 villages.

Principal Secretary of Water Conservation V Giriraj, Chief Engineer Dilip Pohekar, Vijay Ghavte, Ambulgekar and others were present prominently in the press conference.

Raut said that the objective of VIIDP was to increase irrigation potential of Vidarbha region and help boost cotton production. The scheme includes various components like cement canal, farm ponds, drip and sprinkler irrigation, desilting of lakes, cleaning of ex-Malgujari tanks, constitution of water management committees etc. A third party audit of works also will be conducted.

Replying to a question, Raut said that 56 posts of Junior Engineer and 79 of Engineering Assistant were vacant in Nagpur and Amravati divisions. All the posts were filled up on contractual basis to pave way for effective implementation of VIIDP. Till date, administrative approval was granted to 50 schemes in Amravati Division and 186 in Nagpur Division. So far, 761 schemes were completed at the cost of Rs 106.88 crore.

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First list of Cong candidates for Assembly election soon: Raut

EGS Minister Dr Nitin Raut, who is also Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, told reporters that Congress would announce its first list of candidates for Legislative Assembly election soon. Read More
EGS Minister Dr Nitin Raut, who is also Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, told reporters that Congress would announce its first list of candidates for Legislative Assembly election soon.

According to Raut, a meeting of Screening Committee was held on Thursday evening. Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, and Deepak Bagadiya were present in the meeting. Discussions were held about aspirants from Vidarbha and the first list would come out soon, Raut added. In reply to a question, he refuted the allegations discrimination levelled by some workers during screening. Raut was addressing a press conference held at Hotel Centre Point here on Friday, regarding launch of 360 schemes under Vidarbha Intensive Irrigation Development Programme (VIIDP) scheduled on Saturday.

Congress’ long-time ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has been seeking three seats in Nagpur in the seat-sharing formula. At present, NCP has not got any seat for it in seat-sharing with Congress. Asked about NCP’s demand, Raut said that the high-commands of respective parties will take a decision on this and it would ‘not be appropriate’ to speak anything now.

Commenting on various surveys about Assembly election result projections, the senior Congress minister said that Lok Sabha and Legislative Assembly elections were different ball games. “The surveys say Congress-NCP led Democratic Front Government is likely to gain. This is because of all-round development and works done by our Government. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan continues to be the first choice for the post,” he said.

At the same time, Raut took a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and said that they wanted to derive political mileage and hence Prime Minister Narendra Modi was visiting only the states where Legislative Assembly elections are scheduled soon. “Metro Rail project was conceived by Congress-NCP Government in Maharashtra. However, while clearing the project, the Centre should have thought about entire state and not one city,” he said.

On the demand of Vidarbha statehood, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district said that Prime Minister should have made an announcement about it during his programme held on Thursday. “BJP is in favour of smaller states but Prime Minister did not make any announcement in this regard. Had he declared statehood to Vidarbha, I would have come out in open to support him,” Raut said. BJP has got majority in Lok Sabha and now it should fulfill its promise on Vidarbha, he added.

Asked as to why did he skip the programme of foundation stone laying ceremony of Metro Rail project at the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Raut said that he wanted to be there but could not reach as the plane in which he was flying was not given permission to land because of other movement at the time. “Still, as a matter of protocol, our senior colleague and Social Justice Minister Shivajirao Moghe received Prime Minister,” he said.

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Youth sentenced to seven years RI for raping minor

ADDITIONAL Sessions Judge M W Chandwani on Friday sentenced Dheeraj Prithviraj Jambhulkar (21) to seven years rigorous imprisonment after the charges of raping a minor girl were proved against ... Read More
ADDITIONAL Sessions Judge M W Chandwani on Friday sentenced Dheeraj Prithviraj Jambhulkar (21) to seven years rigorous imprisonment after the charges of raping a minor girl were proved against him in the court.

According to prosecution, the 10-year-old girl and her family had come to Tulja Lawns in Yashodhara Nagar area for a marriage ceremony on December 11, 2011. A resident of MHADA Colony, Jaripatka, Dheeraj Jambhulkar took the girl from the lawns on the pretext of giving her an ice-cream and raped her.

After the girl narrated the incident to her mother, the latter lodged a complaint against Dheeraj Jambhukar at Jaripatka Police Station. Cops arrested Dheeraj Jambhulkar on charges under Sections 363 and 376 of the IPC.

Assistant Police Inspector (API) S H Thakur investigated the case and chargesheeted the accused Dheeraj. As the charges were substantiated against Dheraj, the court sentenced him to seven years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 2,000. If he failed to pay the fine, he will have to undergo additional three months imprisonment.

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

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One dies as slab of abandoned building collapses in Ajni

A TEENAGE boy was killed and another injured seriously when the slab of an abandoned building of a pump house at Ajni Railway Colony, Ajni, near Janmandal Primary School, collapsed on Friday af... Read More
A TEENAGE boy was killed and another injured seriously when the slab of an abandoned building of a pump house at Ajni Railway Colony, Ajni, near Janmandal Primary School, collapsed on Friday afternoon. Three other boys, who were standing near the dilapidated structure of the pump house, had a providential escape when the slab caved in.

Quick response by the rescue team of Nagpur Fire Brigade resulted in saving life of one of the two boys trapped under the debris. The deceased, Nilay Shyam Rangari (19) was a resident of Savitribai Fule Nagar. Injured Kaustubh Dangre (17), a resident of Taj Nagar, has been admitted to Government Medical College & Hospital.

According to eye-witnesses, the Central Railway authorities had demolished the old residential quarters two years ago as they were in dilapidated condition. Potable water was supplied to the old quarters from the pump house earlier. The pump house building was abandoned but was not demolished by the railway authorities. As a result, the structure allegedly became a criminals’ den.

Around 2 pm, Nilay, Kaustubh, Aniket Bahadure and two of their friends were allegedly smoking near the pump house building. Suddenly, the slab caved in. Nilay and Kaustubh were trapped under the debris while Aniket and two other boys escaped unhurt. Aniket and two of his friends shouted for help. Railway Colony residents gathered and informed Fire Brigade.

A team of about 20 rescuers led by Chief Fire Officer Rajendra Uchke rushed to the spot soon after receiving the information about the incident. Assistant Commissioner of Police (Ajni Division) Mohan Thakur, senior Inspector L G Dumbre and staff of Ajni Police Station also arrived. After Aniket Bahadure and other residents informed Fire Brigade officers that Nilay and Kaustubh were trapped under the debris, the rescue team pressed into service a JCB machine, cutters and other equipment to remove the rubble. After a hectic search, the Fire Brigade personnel succeeded in removing Kaustubh alive. On seeing Kaustubh’s condition, they rushed him to Government Medical College & Hospital.

When the rescue team pulled out Nilay from the debris, he was dead. Cops sent Nilay’s body to the same hospital for post-mortem. As news about Nilay’s death spread, a pall of gloom descended on Savitribai Fule Nagar. His family members, relatives and residents of Savitribai Fule Nagar arrived at the spot where the tragedy occurred. Nilay’s boys was sent for autopsy at Government Medical College & Hospital . It is learnt that Kaustubh suffered multiple fractures.

Ajni Police registered an accidental death case and started investigation.

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High Court seeks ECI reply on PIL on reserved seats of Assembly

Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice P R Bora, on Friday, issued notice to Election Commission of India (ECI) and sought the latter’s reply by August 28, after hearing a public interest litigation ... Read More
Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice P R Bora, on Friday, issued notice to Election Commission of India (ECI) and sought the latter’s reply by August 28, after hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) demanding increase in number of Legislative Assembly seats reserved for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

Pramod Tabhane filed the PIL demanding fixation of representation of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes on the basis of Census-2011 results, for the ensuing Legislative Assembly elections. The court heard the PIL on Friday.

The petitioner stated that Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes were given representation on the basis of Census-2001 in the recently held elections to Lok Sabha. He alleged that the people from these categories got lesser representation as number of seats reserved for them were not decided on the basis of Census-2011. He alleged that the procedure conducted by ECI was ‘flawed’, and prayed for appropriate directions from the Court to the ECI.

According to the petitioner, 50 candidates from both the categories were deprived of the opportunity of contesting the Lok Sabha elections. Now that the Legislative Assembly elections are scheduled to be held soon in Maharashtra, once again there is possibility that representation of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes will be decided as per Census-2001. To avoid injustice to the aspirants from these categories, the representation should be revised on the basis of Census-2011. Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice P R Bora issued notice to ECI and sought the latter’s reply by August 28.

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India’s first ‘green bus’ flagged off

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Rural Development Nitin Gadkari launched first green bus of country in city on Friday, expressing hope that this initiative should red... Read More
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Rural Development Nitin Gadkari launched first green bus of country in city on Friday, expressing hope that this initiative should reduce India’s dependence on crude oil in days to come. The bus manufactured by Scania, a Swedish manufacturer, is to run on Ethanol, and flagged off from Desphande Hall. The company is conducting three month’s trial run of the bus in partnership with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).

Gadkari laid on table a slew of offers, asking youth to make best of the opportunity and turn entrepreneurs as he revealed opportunities in new and emerging technology in his address to jam-packed Dr Deshpande Hall. Mayor Prof Anil Sole, Deputy Mayor Jaitunbi, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane, Members of Legislative Assembly, Krishna Khopde, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbhare, Narendra Borkar, Chairman, NMC’s Standing Committee, Pravin Datke, Leader of Ruling Party in NMC, and host of other office-bearers of NMC and Anders Grundstromer, Managing Director, Scania India and Senior Vice-President, Scanic CV AB, were seated on the dais. Ajay Sancheti, Member, Rajya Sabha, Datta Meghe, former Member of Parliament, and Girish Gandhi, Trustee, Vanrai, were guests of honour.

Sanjay Bandopadhyaya, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Road Transport, Highways, Shipping and Rural Development, was also present on the occasion.

Gadkari said, “Country’s dependence on imported crude oil is reason for all ills and with emerging new technology we have to chart a new course.” He added, Central Government is committed to transforming India. Again, he revealed plans to bring about change in legislation to update laws governing new fuel and new technology to match with international standards and talked at length about his dreams, empowering the rural India and generating new jobs with new technology and reducing pollution. He also urged Scania’s MD to look into prospect of setting-up manufacturing unit in Vidarbha, particularly Nagpur area and assured to offer land and other permissions at the earliest. Also once the new law is enacted Central Government would provide ethanol buses to corporations and help reduce the fuel burden.

At the same time, Gadkari chided NMC for not considering his proposal to tap methane gas from the solid waste at Bhandewadi and renewed his offer to provide technology and also an investor to set-up the project. Methane to can be used as fuel and help corporation save on fuel cost. Elaborating further on ethanol, he said world over newer technology is being used to hilt and in future India to can see electric buses and vehicles. He also urged transporters, especially those owing luxury buses to consider option of switching over to ethanol as this entails huge saving on fuel due to cost difference.

Similarly opportunity exists in making amino acid from hair. He also revealed his dream of one day boating in Nag River and landing in sea plan in Telenkhedi lake.

Earlier, Mayor Prof Sole urged Gadkari to provide 200 ethanol buses under JNNURM to corporation to better the public transport network in city. He also urged Gadkari to see that the trail period is extended beyond the contracted three months period. Till contract period the bus would be used for conducting educational tours.

Jt. Sec. Sanjay Bandopadhyay said law is being drafted to tap technology of providing permission to enable running vehicle on solar cell technology, ethanol etc. and added Central Government is serious about tapping renewable energy to reduce pollution.

Girish Gandhi criticised Congress for not doing anything on new technology front and creating hurdles when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led NDA Government is trying to bring about new revolution.

Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane stated that NMC has sent DPR of Bus Rapid Transport System (BRT) to Central Government and grant us permission. Anders Grundstromer in his speech said the launching of first green bus in India is an important step in realisation of energy efficient and sustainable public transport solutions.

Renuka Deshkar conducted the programme while Bandu Raut, Chairman, Transport Committee, proposed a vote of thanks.

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HC seeks report from JMC on action against hoardings

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Ajit Singh and Justice S K Gupta on Friday directed Jabalpur Municipal Corporation to file a specific affidavit about action taken... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Ajit Singh and Justice S K Gupta on Friday directed Jabalpur Municipal Corporation to file a specific affidavit about action taken in reference of order dated April 1, 2008, of Principal Secretary, Urban Administration, for regularising unplanned hoardings installed at roadsides in city areas. The division bench has given said directions in matter related to alleging that roadside hoardings allowed in the city distract drivers while driving. The division bench has fixed next hearing on September 29. The petitioner Advocate Satish Kumar Verma alleged that earlier affidavit filed on behalf of Municipal Corporation carried false and misleading information related to action taken. He contended that hoarding allowed by Municipal Corporation authorities are violating norms set by the Supreme Court in its judgements to protect riders and drivers from dangers of obstruction to traffic caused due to distracting eyes and to ensure safe movement of traffic on city roads. Earlier, the division bench had granted two weeks time to the State Government as prayer to reply in the matter challenging hoardings put up on roadside. Earlier, Samdarshi Tiwari, counsel for State, submitted that notification rules to regularise hoardings are before the cabinet for approval. Thereafter, the division bench has allowed two weeks further time to submit the same. Advocate Satish Verma alleging that roadside hoardings allowed in the city are distracting drivers’ attention and hindering smooth traffic flow.

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Meet to discuss future of casual workers at Med College remains indecisive

A HIGH-LEVEL meeting organised to accumulate 341 casual workers in 400 Class III and Class IV posts in Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital concluded without any decision on F... Read More
A HIGH-LEVEL meeting organised to accumulate 341 casual workers in 400 Class III and Class IV posts in Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital concluded without any decision on Friday.

Five out of six members committee constituted to start accumulation of casual workers against vacant posts at the Medical College started meeting with State Health Minister Sharad Jain in a closed room at the Dean’s office. Acting Dean Dr Arun Sharma, Dr Rooplekha Chouhan, Dr B K Guha, Dr Manoj Parashar, Superintendent, Cancer Hospital, Dr Pushpa Kirar held talks with State Minister Jain. While another member of committee Valmik Shukla President, Casual Workers’ Association (CWA) was not called for the meeting.

State Minister Medical Education Department Sharad Jain while talking to the mediapersons after the meeting informed that this is too early to say anything about accumulation of casual workers against vacant posts at Medical College.

Series of meetings will be organised to give final consent over the issue. He also made it clear that final decision on whether casual workers against vacant posts will be done within framework of rules and regulations of the Medical Education Department.

Meanwhile, Valmik Shulka, Casual Workers’ Association President, raised objection why only member of six member committee constituted for accumulation process was not called in closed room meeting. He said transparency should be maintained in talks, which is concerned with the future of more than 341 casual workers exercising their duties since past 10 years at Medical College Hospital.

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53rd All India Wheat & Barley Workers’ Meet begins today

REGISTRATIONS of 53rd All India Wheat and Barley Workers’ Meet and international seminar on Enhancing Wheat and Barley Production with Special Emphasis on Nutritional Security commenced on Th... Read More
REGISTRATIONS of 53rd All India Wheat and Barley Workers’ Meet and international seminar on Enhancing Wheat and Barley Production with Special Emphasis on Nutritional Security commenced on Thursday at Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU). The seminar will be inaugurated in a grand ceremony at 10 am at College of Agriculture, Auditorium, Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University on Saturday. Professor Swapan Kumar Datta, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR will be chief guest, while Dr H S Gupta, Director General, Borlaug Institute for South Asia, will be special guest. Professor Vijay Singh Tomar, JNAU Vice-Chancellor, will preside over the programme.

In the meeting, around 350 delegates representing different parts of the country, research institutions, universities, research projects, private companies and farmers would participate. In the international seminar, around 400 scientists from home and abroad will share their knowledge on important issues related to enhancement of production of nutritional security of wheat and barley.

On August 24, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, while Gaurishankar Bisen, Minister of Farmers’ Welfare and Agriculture Development, will be the guest of honour, will open the international seminar at 12 pm.

Dr Martin V Ginkel, Deputy Director General, ICARDA, Dr Eric Huttner, Research Programme Manager (CI), ACIAR, Australia, will grace the occasion as special guests. Professor Vijay Singh Tomar, Vice-Chancellor, JNAU, will preside over the function.

Director Research Services, JNAU Dr S S Tomar informed that the two grand events for enhancement of wheat production with quality improvement related issues will be jointly organised by JNAU and Directorate of Wheat Research (ICR), Karnal, Haryana, from August 22 to August 25.

Madhya Pradesh State Marketing Board is the main sponsor of the four-day event. He also appealed to students, research scholars, scientists and eminent researchers working in this direction to attend the programme.

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RDU non-teaching employees protest transfer policy

ON THE call of Madhya Pradesh University Non-Teaching Employees’ Association, non-teaching employees of Rani Durgavati University (RDU) participated in day-long mass leave against order of in... Read More
ON THE call of Madhya Pradesh University Non-Teaching Employees’ Association, non-teaching employees of Rani Durgavati University (RDU) participated in day-long mass leave against order of inter-university transfer policy. Amidst the day-long strike, various examinations were also held in RDU premises in peaceful manner. RDU made preliminary preparations to conduct the examination.

It may be mentioned that a new order inter-state transfer policy was passed in the State Cabinet on July 11, 2013. Now, all the employees of Madhya Pradesh universities boycott this order and declared mass leave on August 22. To follow this order, a total of 565 employees of RDU also supported the mass leave and participated in the symbolic strike. RDU employees said that we are serving in RDU since many years. This order is not right for employees of universities. Along with this order, employees also expressed ire over not getting benefits of sixth pay commission.

General Secretary of RDU Employees’ Association Sanjay Mishra said that when employees were appointed then such provision of transfer was not mentioned. Now, through a new ordinance the government is imposing such order.

We would oppose this order and we also demanded benefits of 6th Pay Commission. Against this order, we call for mass leave. If our demands are not fulfilled, then employees of State universities will go on indefinite strike from September 5. RDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Kedarnath Singh Yadav issued order that payment of those employees who participated in the strike will be stopped as per directions of Department of Higher Education. In which, the Vice-Chancellor asked the list of employees who supported and participated in the strike.

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MPOA contradicts amended norms of Director SYWD

MADHYA Pradesh Olympic Association (MPOA) has contradicted with amended norms framed to provide recognition to sports association by Directorate of Madhya Pradesh Sports and Youth Welfare Depar... Read More
MADHYA Pradesh Olympic Association (MPOA) has contradicted with amended norms framed to provide recognition to sports association by Directorate of Madhya Pradesh Sports and Youth Welfare Department (SYWD). In a fresh move, Madhya Pradesh Olympic Association recommended necessary amendments in the notification, numbered F-2-13-2011, for smooth operation of sports associations and desired promotion of sports and games in Madhya Pradesh.

Madhya Pradesh Olympic Association General Secretary Digvijay Singh while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ informed that provisions of notification are illogical for sports associations on practical grounds. Exempting two or three associations, most of the sports associations have failed in fulfilling guidelines of Directorate Sports for taking its recognition and getting funds for promotion of sports and providing facilities to budding players.

Digvijay Singh added that in his letter to the Sports Minister, he demanded necessary amendments to the policy for desired promotion of sports. He also informed that they have strongly opposed provision of ensuring one-fourth representation of international and national-level players as office-bearers of association, restricted age and tenure of office-bearers, compulsion of including an Arjun Award recipient in the association etc.

Madhya Pradesh Olympic Association General Secretary said that exempting two or three sports associations none of the sports association in the district is capable to ensure its units in minimum 50 per cent districts and maintaining additional paper work.

He informed that most of the office-bearers are working voluntarily in sports associations and earned their livelihood in other professions and it is not an easy task for them for dedicating their spare time for office works of the association. Singh informed that there are several anomalies in notification which may increase corruption in functioning of sports associations.

Digvijay Singh, in his letter, has appealed to the Madhya Pradesh Government for providing funds only for conducting sports competitions.

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Blind murder mystery of auto driver solved, three arrested

KHAMARIA police succeeded in unfolding blind murder mystery of an auto-rickshaw driver and apprehended three accused. The man was killed with a sharp-edged weapon to avenge murder of elder brothe... Read More
KHAMARIA police succeeded in unfolding blind murder mystery of an auto-rickshaw driver and apprehended three accused. The man was killed with a sharp-edged weapon to avenge murder of elder brother of one of the accused. The accused have been identified as Narayan alias Narru Patel, Mukesh and Ramsingh, residents of Kalgaudi village in Barela.

Additional Superintendent of Police (City) Amrendra Singh disclosed this while addressing a press conference on Friday. It may be mentioned that body of Puran alias Hallu Thakur (38), son of Tej Singh Thakur working as auto-rickshaw driver was found in a pool of blood in Rithauri village on Bandhi village road on August 13.

Taking a serious note into the case, Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra under supervision of Additional Superintendent of Police Amrendra Singh constituted a police team for investigation into the case and apprehended the accused. Investigating the case, police team found call details of deceased and held doubt on Narayan Patel. Police detained Narayan Patel for further investigation into the case. After rigorous questioning, Narayan disclosed the case and confessed to the murder of Puran Thakur to avenge killing of his brother. He also disclosed names of his two friends involved in the killing of Narayan. On his identification, police team started a rigorous search and succeeded in apprehending two more accused and seized the motorcycle. On this achievement, Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra has congratulated members of the police team and declared cash rewards for them.

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HC seeks reply from SP, others till Sept 5

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Subhash Kakade on Friday issued notices to the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Bhopal,... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Subhash Kakade on Friday issued notices to the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Bhopal, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Jabalpur, Superintendent of Police, Jabalpur, Officer Incharge, Police Station Civil Lines, Jabalpur, Officer Incharge, Mahila Police Station, Madan Mahal, Jabalpur and Advocate Shiv Shankar Tripathi and asked them to file their reply till September 5. The division bench issued notices in review petition filed by Swatantra Tripathi and fixed the case for next hearing on September 5. Petitioner Advocate contended in the petition that on April 7, 2014, the court had passed an order in absence of appellant and respondents have submitted wrong facts of the case and stated progress, enquiry in pursuance of the order dated on December 19, 2012, and March 27, 2014, of this court.

It may be mentioned that there are serious allegations against the respondent Advocate Shiv Shankar Tripathi and till date no concrete action has been taken against the accused and authority only took action against one Sub-Inspector, who definitely was made a scape goat. The appellant has been victimising since long and there is no other hope regarding redressal of her grievances apart from this court and on April 7, 2014, the appellant was ill, therefore could not reach the court and the respondent took advantage of absence of appellant by suppressing real aspect of the case. It may be recalled that the petitioner Swatantra Tripathi is an Advocate in Jabalpur.

Respondent Advocate Shiv Shankar Tripathi who is practicing in Jabalpur developed physical relationship with petitioner between 2009 to 2012 claiming himself to be her husband on the basis of vivah in front of the Almighty, with further assurance that he will marry the petitioner as per customs and rituals of Hindu law and accordingly he obtained consent of the appellant to have physical relationship with him. Subsequently it is reported that the respondent Shiv Shankar Tripathi married some other woman by keeping the petitioner in dark. On May 29, 2012, someone on the direction of the respondent threw petrol on the petitioner while she was returning from the University. The petitioner made a compliant in this regard with the respondent police authorities and also registered a complaint of rape by the respondent Shiv Shankar Tripathi. But the respondents being influential and under pressure of some lawyers, who are supporting the respondent Shiv Shankar Tripathi, closed the complaint regarding rape and also supporting respondent Shiv Shankar Tripathi by not filing FIR against him.

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Post-affiliation, MPHA named as Hockey Madhya Pradesh

IT IS a matter of great pride that Madhya Pradesh Hockey Association (MPHA) has been given affiliation by Hockey India to monitor and promote Hockey in Madhya Pradesh. With this declaration, MP... Read More
IT IS a matter of great pride that Madhya Pradesh Hockey Association (MPHA) has been given affiliation by Hockey India to monitor and promote Hockey in Madhya Pradesh. With this declaration, MPHA has been named as Hockey Madhya Pradesh.

Madhya Pradesh Olympic Association (MPOA) General Secretary Digvijay Singh and Hockey India General Secretary Lok Bahadur informed this while addressing a press conference on Friday.

Digvijay Singh informed that Hockey India General Secretary Dr Narendra Batra and Chief Executive Officer have given written consent for affiliation to Madhya Pradesh Hockey Association. Affiliation of Hockey India is a milestone for giving pace to promotion of players and development of infrastructure in Madhya Pradesh. Singh added that affiliation to Hockey Madhya Pradesh is an outcome of hardwork of office-bearers of MPOA and MPHA for obtaining affiliation from Hockey India.

Lok Bahadur informed that a total of 50 districts are registered with the Association while the Association has provided several noted football players, coaches and umpires to the country in its glorious history of 50 years.

The Association also conducted several national tournaments and registered its strong representation in national and international-level tournaments. He added that now a general body meeting of Hockey Madhya Pradesh will be organised within 15 days for chalking out further proceedings of the Association and deciding future course of action for promotion of players and development of Hockey in Madhya Pradesh.

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Strike of non-teaching staff paralyses working in colleges, universities

The working of most of the colleges and universities in State, including Barkatullah University, remained completely paralysed on Friday as large number of non-teaching staff went on strike in pr... Read More
The working of most of the colleges and universities in State, including Barkatullah University, remained completely paralysed on Friday as large number of non-teaching staff went on strike in protest against the amendment to University Act of 1973.

The BU campus wore almost deserted look as no employee reported for duty. Students coming from nearby districts for getting their migration, degree and other documents issued were left with no other option except returning to home.

Large number of non-teaching staffs from several districts gathered at the BU campus and raised slogan against the management. Apart from the University Act, they also protest against the non-fulfillment of pension demand pending for years. “If government would not accept our demand, we will launch indefinite strike from September 5, which is also Teacher’s Day,” said Lakhan Singh Parmar, Secretary, BU Non-Teaching Staff Association.

He further informed that the protest was staged under banner of Madhya Pradesh University Workers Association. Parmar said that university workers are expecting pension for years but government could not solve the issue yet. The association said that amended University Act includes transfer of non-teaching staffs to other place which would be creating problem for all.

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RTO-Traffic Police joint drive: Careless school van drivers fined

In a wake of carelessness shown by private school van drivers, Regional Transportation Office (RTO) fined seven school vehicles including a bus, a jeep and five vans during a joint drive with tra... Read More
In a wake of carelessness shown by private school van drivers, Regional Transportation Office (RTO) fined seven school vehicles including a bus, a jeep and five vans during a joint drive with traffic police department on Friday.

On the first day of its campaign, the team checked vehicles at Piplani, Apsara square, Anand Nagar and other areas. Most of the vehicles were found to be running with unauthorised LPG gas kit and more numbers of students than allowed were sitting in a vehicle.

The campaign was launched on Friday under the guidance of Anil Singh, from RTO and Radha Pandey (Traffic Police Inspector). However, van drivers were already aware of the campaign and most of them changed their way to escape from the exercise. “The campaign will be continued for a month. School vehicle drivers have been told to ply as per guidelines otherwise they will be fined,” said Ajay Gupta, RTO. The department has made it clear to the vans that drive against them will continue and they will be forced to follow the guidelines for safety of children.

“Van drivers will apply for permit and other certificates. The process takes time, we will ask for another one month from authorities,” said Shivkumar Soni, President of Private School Van Driver Association. It might be noted that even after giving a month to the van drivers, only three to four applications have been received by RTO office for issuing fitness and other certificate to the vehicle. The RTO and traffic police had already started the joint drive against school vehicles no following the guidelines during July first week. After continuing the drive for 15 days, large numbers of vehicles were fined. Agitated with the campaign, private school van drivers went on two day strike. The van drivers were given a month by state transportation minister Bhupendra Singh to get their license. Four days since school van operators met Collector and RTO and were given permission to ply with 14 students who were under 12 years of age, they were told to convert from LPG gas kits and apply for fitness and proper permits for school vans. However, till date no application has been received at RTO office. The vans are registered as private. Besides, most of these are more than 15 years old and hence are unfit for school duty as per Supreme Court guidelines.

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Vijayvargiya seeks Sonia’s stand on Cong minister’s talk on Hindu CM in J&K

Madhya Pradesh’s Urban Administration Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya shot off a letter to All India Congress Committee (AICC) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi seeking her stand on the statement of a C... Read More
Madhya Pradesh’s Urban Administration Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya shot off a letter to All India Congress Committee (AICC) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi seeking her stand on the statement of a Congress minister pitching for a Hindu Chief Minister in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

Congress MLA and J&K Minister Shamlal Sharma, in a Youth Congress function organised to mark Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary in Akhnoor (J&K), had asked as to why a Hindu can’t be a Chief Minister of J&K?

Sharma asked if Ghani Khan Choudhary could become Chief Minister of Hindu majority state West Bengal and Abdul Rehman Antulay of Maharashtra where Muslim population has been merely two percent then why can’t a Hindu lead Jammu Kashmir by becoming Chief Minister? Sharma had also expressed resentment over little representation to Jammu people in J&K government. This is not for the first time when Sharma raked up a controversy. Vijayvargiya, in this letter, asked Sonia to answer the question raised by Sharma. MP’s Urban Administration Minister also asked as to why a Hindu was never made a chief minister of J&K during 68-years of Independence. He said that this question needed to be addressed as secularism has been back-bone of our constitution.

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About 20 countries to partner in Global Investors’ Summit

Chief Secretary Anthony deSa reviewed at Indore on Friday the preparations for Global Investors Summit to be held at Indore from October 8 to 10 this year.

He said that all preparations f... Read More
Chief Secretary Anthony deSa reviewed at Indore on Friday the preparations for Global Investors Summit to be held at Indore from October 8 to 10 this year.

He said that all preparations for the summit should be completed by September 25.

About 20 countries will partner in the summit. As many as 3000 delegates are likely to attend it. For coverage of the summit, a media centre and press briefing room should be set up at the venue.

Chief Secretary deSa said that all information pertaining to the summit should be prepared simultaneously in Hindi and English. He informed that about 15 sessions will be held during the 3-day summit. Commissioner Indore Division Sanjay Dube informed that every department has appointed a nodal officer for coordination and arrangements for the summit. Executive Director of Madhya Pradesh Madhyam Suresh Tiwari informed that a well-equipped media centre will be set up. The meeting was informed that guests coming to the summit will be taken on sightseeing tours of Mandu, Omkareshwar, Regional Park, Indore city’s Lal Bagh, Rajbada, Krishna Chhatri and nearby districts. City’s crossings and public places will be specially decorated during the summit. Principal Secretary Urban Administration S N Mishra, Managing Director of TRIFAC D P Ahuja and other officers were present in the meeting.

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Fruitful discussions on diamond business, entertainment sector

On the third and last day of Dubai visit, a high-level delegation from the state led by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held important discussions on investment promotion. The discussions we... Read More
On the third and last day of Dubai visit, a high-level delegation from the state led by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held important discussions on investment promotion. The discussions were held with businessmen and investors associated with diamond business at Dubai Multi Commodity Centre (DMCC) and EMAAR Group. Besides, discussions were also held with Air Arabia on starting its operations in Madhya Pradesh and at networking lunch with Dubai-based NRIs on investment in Madhya Pradesh.

The important meeting at DMCC proved successful in that it was attended by over 50 big industrialists associated with business and value addition of diamonds and other gems. They were informed that Madhya Pradesh is the only diamond-producing state in the country. They were also given detailed information about Diamond and Jewellery Parks at Indore. The investors evinced keen interest towards Global Investors Summit, Indore. Another important meeting was held with EMAAR Group’s CFO Amit Jain and other officers at world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa. This group is also associated with Indore Green Project. The group consented to do survey for a project near Bhopal. Later, important discussions were held with Air Arabia on starting its operations in Madhya Pradesh.

Chief Minister Chouhan held discussions with Videocon’s Director Aniruddha Dhoot during lunch hosted by him. During the lunch, the Chief Minister met other industrialists also including IBPG’s Chairman Mohan Jasanmal and other members of group. On the second day of the visit Thursday, the Chief Minister and the delegation visited Masdar City and saw there the Smart City Project. Masdar University has more than half Indians. Here, the delegation met a student from Bhopal who is doing PhD. Presentation of Ferrari World was also made during the meeting at the Indian embassy. Ferrari World is a global-level amusement park. The MK Group managing Ferrari World is interest in investment in Madhya Pradesh. Discussions were held to develop such amusement park in Madhya Pradesh. Park’s Chairman Yusuf Ali expressed desire to visit Madhya Pradesh to explore investment possibilities. After his 3-day visit to United Arab Emirates, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will reach Bhopal at 1.30 PM on August 23. Accompanied by a high-level delegation, Chouhan had left for United Arab Emirates on August 19. At Dubai, he met investors and invited them to Madhya Pradesh. A number of companies evinced keen interest to invest in construction, solar energy, Smart City and other development projects in Madhya Pradesh. Accepting Chief Minister Chouhan’s invitation, a delegation of commerce and trade organisations of UAE will participate in Global Investors Summit at Indore in October.

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Bihar minister’s son tries to end life in hostel of Scindia School, Gwalior!

The son of Bihar’s Co-operative Minister Jai Singh, Adarsh Singh reportedly tried to commit suicide by hanging at the campus of Gwalior’s Scindia School on Wednesday. Adarsh, studying in ni... Read More
The son of Bihar’s Co-operative Minister Jai Singh, Adarsh Singh reportedly tried to commit suicide by hanging at the campus of Gwalior’s Scindia School on Wednesday. Adarsh, studying in ninth standard, was first rushed to a local hospital and seeing the serious condition, he was taken to Apollo Hospital of Delhi.

Gwalior police said that school administration is trying to cover up the incident as it had not informed police in connection with the incident so far. Police would go to Scindia School on Saturday to look into the incident.

The probability of ragging behind the incident could not be ruled out. When Bihar’s Co-operative Minister Jai Singh learnt that his son had been admitted in Apollo Hospital and is serious, he immediately rushed to Delhi. The incident happened on August 20. It is being said that when Adarsh failed to appear in roll call of 8 pm, school staff went to see him in his room and saw that he was hanging and bleeding from nose. He was immediately brought down and rushed to local hospital.

When his condition deteriorated, he was taken to Delhi’s Apollo Hospital for treatment where his condition is said to be critical. Though it is not clear but suspected that seniors of Adarsh were torturing him.

As Adarsh is unconscious hence real reason behind the incident could not be known immediately. School administration is also telling that reason behind incident is unclear and it could be known once Adarsh gains consciousness. ‘The Hitavada’ made efforts to contact, Co-operative Minister of Bihar, Jai Singh but his cell phone was coming out of range. However, PS to Jai Singh, Purnendu Kumar informed ‘The Hitavada’ that minister’s son Adarsh is being treated at Apollo Hospital of Delhi and minister is there to take care of him. He said that incident happened on August 20 and he was admitted to hospital on August 21.

When contacted, CSP of Gwalior, VS Raghuvansi spoke to ‘The Hitavada’ and said that school administration had not informed police about the incident and it is trying to cover up the incident. “We will go to school to find out the truth behind the incident,” he said. In the meantime, Gwalior SP Santosh Kumar Singh told ‘The Hitavada’ that school administration had not informed police so far and whatever police are having information it is through different sources.

He said that SHO of concerned police station area had been asked to look into the matter and accordingly action would be taken. When asked that whether any action would be taken against school administration which had not bothered to inform police about the incident, he said that it is only after investigation that any action would be taken accordingly. Efforts were also made to contact school administration on land line but no senior officer had attended the phone.

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MP stops extra power supply to other states

Madhya Pradesh has stopped extra power supply to other states by seeing the power problem in State due to myriad reasons. To sort out the power problem, power production has been started from Sin... Read More
Madhya Pradesh has stopped extra power supply to other states by seeing the power problem in State due to myriad reasons. To sort out the power problem, power production has been started from Singhaji power plant on Thursday and it has reached till 300 megawatt. In the meantime, entire power from Nigari plant of JP company would be taken in couple of days to meet shortage between demand and supply. All these steps are likely to normalise the power situation in state. Notably, after less power supply from centre and less production of power from thermal plants due to shortage of coal and dipping of hydel power production, state had suddenly started to feel the pinch of shortage in power on Wednesday and undeclared power cut was felt in rural and tehsil levels. The issue has snowballed into major issue with Congress taking the shots on government. In defense, Government has to give the clarification that it is not scheduled power cut and situation would improve in couple of days. According to rough estimation, State is facing shortage of power between 800 mw and 1000 mw. By getting power from Singhaji power plant and JP power of Nigari, the shortfall would be meted to a great extent. When contacted, Managing Director of power management company, Manu Shrivastava told ‘The Hitavada’ that supply of power from Singhaji power plant and JP power plant in Nigari is expected to end the existing problem in couple of days. He also informed that no sooner did the power problem started to raise its head in state, extra power supply has been stopped to other states. Madhya Pradesh was supply extra power to West Bengal, Haryana and Delhi respectively. Notably, the water-level in dams used for power generation is yet to reach till satisfactory level owing to weak monsoon. This has adversely affected the hydel power generation capacity of Madhya Pradesh. It is going to be more than one week when rains have subsided due to weakening of monsoon system.

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After failing in CA exam, girl ends life

Depressed after her repeated failures in the examination of Chartered Accountant, a girl committed suicide by hanging herself on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

Deceased Riya ... Read More
Depressed after her repeated failures in the examination of Chartered Accountant, a girl committed suicide by hanging herself on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

Deceased Riya Kesharwani (20), a resident of Khaprabhatti, couldn’t cope up with the failures in CA examination. She wrote a heart-touching suicide note, telling her state of depression owing to the failures. She took all the responsibility of suicide on herself. She said that it was her biggest dream and aspiration of life and now, when she find herself unable to achieve biggest dream of her life, it’s better that she end the life.

She asked her parents to donate her organs to the needy people. Riya wanted to bring laurels to her parents by succeeding in the CA Examination but as the things didn’t turn out the way she expected, Riya took the extreme step of ending her life.

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BSP AGM commits suicide

The Assistant General Manager, (AGM) from Wire Rod Mill (WRM) of BSP on Friday afternoon was found hanging dead at his residential quarter in Sector-4, Bhilai. Prima facie the incident appeared... Read More
The Assistant General Manager, (AGM) from Wire Rod Mill (WRM) of BSP on Friday afternoon was found hanging dead at his residential quarter in Sector-4, Bhilai. Prima facie the incident appeared to be of suicide, but reason behind it could not be ascertained in the investigation so far, the police said. Police sources informed that at about 2 pm on Friday, Vipin Raut (49), AGM (WRM) of BSP and a resident of Street-17, Sector-4, Bhilai, was found hanging dead in the bedroom of his quarter. The body was hanging from the ceiling fan with the help of a leash of his pet dog. The police said that after information, a police team rushed to the spot and took the body into custody after preparing an inquest of the incident. The body was preserved in the mortuary of JLN Hospital, Bhilai subsequently. The police are further investigating the matter. When contacted, Laxman Kumeti, Station House Officer (SHO), Bhatti Police Station informed that presumably the incident appeared to be of suicide, but reason behind it could not be ascertained, as no suicide-note was recovered from the spot. At the time of incident, AGM Raut was alone at his quarter, and the incident came to light when the family members returned home. The body was preserved in the mortuary as some family members and relatives are yet to arrive.

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Labourer dies of electrocution at under-construction GMR Power Plant

Lack of safety measures and equipments in State’s industries was exposed once again at the cost of yet another life, when a labourer died by electrocution at under-construction GMR Power Plan... Read More
Lack of safety measures and equipments in State’s industries was exposed once again at the cost of yet another life, when a labourer died by electrocution at under-construction GMR Power Plant at Raikhera of Tilda.

Death of fellow worker sparked outrage of the other labourers. Demanding a compensation of Rs 25 lakh, labourers halted the work and raised slogans against the plant management.

Accident happened on the Friday morning around 9:00 am at village Raikhera around 10 kilometres from Kharora, where GMR Company is constructing a Power Plant. His fellow workers informed the deceased Sunil Ram (35), a native of Siwan, Bihar, was working at the plant, when he was electrocuted by an extremely high-voltage live wire of 700 kilovolt.

Current was so intense that Sunil Ram died within few seconds after coming into contact of the wire. He was basically an employee of Simplex Company and was working contract at GMR.

Soon, the protest broke out and the work at the construction site was brought to grinding halt.

Labourers were so enraged that they didn’t even allow the police to take the dead body from the spot. Police tried to calm down the situation but they could not.

Only when auxiliary forces were called on from other police stations, condition was brought under control. After a tight negotiation with the workers, plant management agreed to provide Rs 15 lakh as compensation to the family of deceased labourer.

Confidence of workers grew further, when some leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress also jumped into the fray to support the demands of workers. They also demanded a FIR against the GMR Plant Management.

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Poll scene heats up in twin-city

The race for the student union’s election heated up on Friday with contestants from both the mainstream students’ wings, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and National Students Unio... Read More
The race for the student union’s election heated up on Friday with contestants from both the mainstream students’ wings, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and National Students Union of India (NSUI) are filing their nomination papers at different colleges in the twin city Bhilai-Durg, as August 22 being the only date for filing the nomination forms. The date for withdrawal of nomination is August 23 (Saturday), while the election will be held on August 27.

After filing the nomination in colleges on Friday, by both the students’ unions, a direct confrontation between NSUI and ABVP was noticed, as no other party or independent candidates were seen filing nominations, except a few in one or two colleges. Since morning, candidates were marching towards concerned colleges to file papers in fleets of cars and other vehicles, followed by groups of supporters on two wheelers. The main parties NSUI and ABVP are leaving no stone unturned for demonstrating their strength to make impact upon the voters and also to attract the media attention. But due to strict vigil of police, much of the showoff by the candidates and their supporters was subdued within limits.

“We are cent percent sure about victory and will make a clean sweep in the union election as we have huge support from the students’ community, and our election manifesto deals with the prevailing problems, which the college students are facing at present,” said Nitesh Mishra, State Technical Head ABVP while talking to ‘The Hitavada’. ABVP’s arch rival NSUI is also fully geared up and using each opportunity to project its impressive panel, for voters to appreciate. Amid slogan shouting ‘NSUI Zindabad’ a sea of students led by NSUI candidates reached the city colleges and also interacted with huge number of students, before filing nomination papers.

“Every activist of NSUI is contesting this election from some college, and we are just a right front for representing them. Students had expressed their faith in NSUI and today with the active participation of huge number, they have already assured us of victory,” asserted Devendra Yadav, NSUI District President who assured to defeat the ABVP with convincing margin.

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Police evaluating CCTV grabs of colleges

POLICE are scrutinizing the CCTV grabs everyday of the colleges in twin cities of Bhilai and Durg, ahead of students’ elections as part of precautionary measurers to keep trail of any event... Read More
POLICE are scrutinizing the CCTV grabs everyday of the colleges in twin cities of Bhilai and Durg, ahead of students’ elections as part of precautionary measurers to keep trail of any eventualities or violence.

SP, Dr Anand Chhabra, is learnt to have chaired a special meeting and directed police officials to ensure close monitoring over doubtful developments.

According to information, police are keeping tap over developments within and around colleges and coaching institutes in the twin cities of Bhilai and Durg keeping in view the forthcoming students’ elections. The Station House Officers (SHOs) were directed to ensure personal supervision over developments at colleges within their jurisdiction until student elections and results. The police patrolling teams are also seen maintaining round the clock vigil around colleges in twin cities and police officials and personnel are also interacting with students contesting election and their groups.

As part of measurers, the police are regularly analyzing CCTV footage from Friday onwards to effectively check all possibilities of violence before or during elections. The police have already issued strict instructions to contestants and their group to abide by code of conduct.

Talking to the newspaper, Additional Superintendent of Police (City), Prashant Singh Thakur informed that all SHOs were directed to ensure close supervisions over developments within and around colleges ahead of elections and to effectively check the possibilities of violence. The police were also ensuring effective compliance of directives of district administration regarding procedure of election and code of conduct, added ASP Thakur .

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Students’ poll: A direct fight between ABVP & NSUI in most colleges

Most of the colleges in the city on Friday witnessed hectic campaigning and nomination filing by the candidates. Senior members of the various student wings accompanied their respective candid... Read More
Most of the colleges in the city on Friday witnessed hectic campaigning and nomination filing by the candidates. Senior members of the various student wings accompanied their respective candidates who were seen sweating it out to woo the students to vote for them in the students’ union elections to be held on August 27 and September 1 respectively.

Considering the present environment, the students’ union elections in the colleges is heading for a direct contest between the two major student wings – Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) even as a few other student organizations such as Chhatra Lok Janshakti are in fray.

MAHANT COLLEGE: Sujata Bais and Murari Chandrakar filed nominations for the post of President and Vice-President at Mahant College on ABVP tickets. Similarly, Priyanka Sahu and Aman Shukla from ABVP will fight for the post of Secretary and Assistant Secretary. Apart from these candidates, ABVP members Sanju Narayan Singh Thakur, Sonu Rajput, Bhanu Pratap Singh, Ritesh Mohre, Avdhesh Jain etc. campaigned in the college. On NSUI tickets, BA 2nd year student Vibha Rani Soni, BCom final year student Ali Asgar and Tushar Viswas filed nominations for the post of President, Vice-President and Secretary respectively. Ravi Sen, Richa Thakur, Aniket Kumar, Narendra Pal, Tarun Soni etc. were seen active in the canvassing for NSUI candidates in Mahant College. Congress Leader Vikas Upadhyaya, Pradip Sahu and other member also reached the college to support their candidates.

GIRLS’ DEGREE COLLEGE, KALIBADI: At Kalibadi situated Girls Degree College, BSc second year student Leeleswari Sahu and MCom first semester student Sahiba are contesting for the post of President and Vice President on NSUI tickets. Similarly, BCom (2nd yr) student Yogita Sharma and first BCom (1st year) student Jyoti Jagat are in fray for the post of Secretary and Assistant Secretary.

GOVERNMENT CHHATTISGARH COLLEGE: Mukesh Kurre, Kokila Ben, Ashish Mishra and Ritesh Jha are contesting for the post of President, Vice President, Secretary and Assistant Secretary. The Youth Congress leaders led by Raipur Lok Sabha General Secretary Azhar Rehman reached the college for convincing voters in favour of their candidates. Similarly, ABVP candidates and their supporters carried out campaigning in the college.

The candidates also filed nominations at Government Science College, Durga College, Harishankar College, Vipra Mahavidyalaya and other colleges in the city. The elections in these colleges will be held on August 27.

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Two C’garh players picked for Seoul Asian Games

Two talented basketball players from Chhattisgarh - A Kavita and Kavita - have secured their berths in the 12-member Indian Basketball team visiting Seoul (South Korea) for participating in the... Read More
Two talented basketball players from Chhattisgarh - A Kavita and Kavita - have secured their berths in the 12-member Indian Basketball team visiting Seoul (South Korea) for participating in the 17th Asian Games to be held from September 19 to October 4, 2014.

It is worth mentioning, Bharti Netam and M Pushpa were the first to represent India at Asian Games 2011 held in China.

Chhattisgarh Basketball Association (CGBA) Chairman Sonmani Borah (IAS), Chief Patron Arvind Jain and President Rajeev Jain on Friday said that A Kavita (Bhilai Steel Plant) and Kavita (South East Central Railway) have brought laurels for the State.

Both the players have been consistent in their performance at the various state and national level championships. Association general secretary Rajesh Patel, whose role has been instrumental in grooming basketball players in Chhattisgarh, said the two players will play exposure matches at Beijing (China) from September 5 to 15, 2014 before leaving for Seoul.

It is to be mentioned, Kavita was sent to Reliance IMG Basketball Academy, Florida (USA), by Basketball Federation of India for a period of four years for advanced training.

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, Chhattisgarh Olympic Association General Secretary Baldeo Singh Bhatia, Chhattisgarh Lawn Tennis Association President Vikram Singh Sisodia, Naresh Dakliya (Executive President, CGBA), L T Sherpa (Executive Director (Personnel and Administration, BSP), Madhuri Menon (General Manager, BSP), A K Kayal (GM (CSR), BSP), G Suresh (President, C G Arm Wrestling Association), H R Choudhary (GM, In-charge, Personnel), P K Satpathy (DGM, SE &CA, BSP), Sahiram Jakhar (Senior Manager (Sports), BSP), Bashir Ahmed Khan (Manager (Sports) BSP) and others congratulated the two players on their achievement.

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Truck crushes three youths to death in Butibori

IN ghastly mishap, a speeding unidentified trailer-truck crushed three motorcycle-borne youths to death near Shilpa Company in Butibori on Tuesday afternoon. Fearing public wrath, the truck dri... Read More
IN ghastly mishap, a speeding unidentified trailer-truck crushed three motorcycle-borne youths to death near Shilpa Company in Butibori on Tuesday afternoon. Fearing public wrath, the truck driver sped away. The deceased have been identified as Amol Banduji Ghode (25), Gajanan Chaple (22), both residents of Digras, district Wardha, and Shatrughna Suresh Choudhary (26), a resident of Katwa, district Nagpur. The deceased were carpenters. Around 3.30 pm, Amol Gajanan and Shatrughna were heading towards Industrial area from Bori on a motorcycle (MH-40/X-0852) for some work. Suddenly, on the circle turning near Shilpa Company, a speeding truck hit their motorcycle killing them instantaneously. The truck driver fled the spot fearing public violence. Ashwin Shukla, a security guard at Shilpa Company, informed Bori Police about the mishap. Staff from Bori Police Station led by PSI Mahesh Meshram and HC Ashish Khode arrived at the spot and sent the bodies to Government Medical College & Hospital for post-mortem. After registering a hit-n-run case, cops launched a search for the ‘killer’ truck.

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Jamgade issue rocks NMC general meeting

The issue of Executive Engineer Dilip Jamgade rocked the general body meeting of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday. Mayor Prof Anil Sole directed the civic administration to relieve... Read More
The issue of Executive Engineer Dilip Jamgade rocked the general body meeting of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday. Mayor Prof Anil Sole directed the civic administration to relieve Jamgade from additional charges immediately. He also directed to produce all documents before the general body and seek legal opinion for discussion in the meeting.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) corporator Kishor Gajbhiye moved a proposal regarding the discussion in the meeting. However, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane stated that the issue could not be discussed in the meeting as matter was pending before the High Court. The legal counsel advised him not to discuss the issue in the meeting. Gajbhiye stated that the proposal was different from what he had challenged before the High Court. Jamgade knocked the door of High Court against the decision of then Municipal Commissioner to pay him 50 per cent amount during suspension period. Mayor urged the angry corporators to discuss the issue in next meeting.

Ruling Party leader Pravin Datke said, the issue is different but the directions of Mayor must be respected. He agreed to discuss the issue in next meeting. He said, corporators have complaints regarding Executive Engineers Sanjay Gaikwad, Manoj Talewar, Rahul Warke and others too. The administration should come clear on its role over the behavior of these engineers. He alleged that Jamgade was sitting on a file of compound wall of Reshimbag ground for several months. “This tendency should be stopped,” he said. NMC Contractors’ Association also had lodged a complaint with Mayor and Datke against Jamgade.

Gajbhiye said, Jamagade has additional charges of several departments and therefore NMC should relieve him of these responsibilities and demote him to the post of Deputy Engineer. He alleged the House that Dilip Jamgade did not sanction the files of his area inspite of directions from Municipal Commissioner. “He is torturing corporators of Hanuman Nagar and Satranjipura Zone. The roads are in bad shape,” he pointed out.

Leader of Opposition Vikas Thakre said, not only Jamgade but other employees and officials also misbehaved with corporators. The issue should be discussed at length and only a single person should not be targeted, he said. Prakash Gajbhiye also spoke on the issue. Mayor Anil Sole directed the administration to take second legal opinion and place all the complaints received by them before the next general body. Municipal Commissioner should examine the charges of Jamgade and relieve him of additional charges, he added.

‘NMC losing its lands’

Many private persons and organisations have got transferred lands of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in their names with the help of City Survey Office, alleged corporators during the general body meeting. City Survey Office has transferred NMC’s land to Hanuman Mandir Vyayamshala in Shantinagar area in a latest case, it was pointed out. Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane informed the NMC House that as per 1938 record, the entire land belonged to NMC and therefore the claim of Hanuman Mandir Vyayamshala was not based on facts. The local body constructed Samaj Mandir near this temple. Corporator Praful Gudadhe said, City Survey Office had transferred school land to a Member of Legislative Council (MLC). Senior corporator Dayashankar Tiwari said, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) is constructing a big shopping complex at Jagnade Square, and Gokulpeth Market land belongs to NMC. The local body should appoint a team of learned advocates to protect land of its ownership, he added.

Vikas Thakre seeks action against OCW

Leader of Opposition and senior Congress corporator Vikas Thakre demanded action against Orange City Water (OCW) for allegedly taking bribe from consumers to reduce their water bills. The meter readers of OCW demanded bribe of Rs 5,000 from Colonel (retd) A B Gurung for reducing water bill. Executive Director Ajij-ur-Rehman confirmed the incident and informed NMC House that OCW had suspended three meter readers. Thakre demanded action against OCW. Rehman informed the House that OCW would start photo-billing to stop misappropriation in billings.

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Mayor orders probe in alleged scam in SSA implementation

Congress corporator Abha Pande, on Tuesday, alleged a scam of Rs one crore in Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) implementation by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). She raised the issue during Quest... Read More
Congress corporator Abha Pande, on Tuesday, alleged a scam of Rs one crore in Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) implementation by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). She raised the issue during Question Hour in NMC’s general body meeting, and taking cognisance of this Mayor Prof Anil Sole directed Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane to conduct in-depth probe into the alleged scam.

Pande said that Deputy Municipal Commissioner Rizwan Siddique had directed to logde a police complaint against Head Masters and other employees of Education Department for misappropriation. She accused Education Department of misleading corporators on SSA implementation. The local body has changed the guidelines of State Government and did not inform corporators. She said, the local body received huge amount under SSA but spent very little.

Central Government has issued directions for implementation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan from 2002-2003 but local body finalised guidelines in 2011. On November 28, 2011, Deputy Municipal Commissioner Rizwan Siddique sought information about construction works done under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan between 2002-2011. He directed to deposit unspent amount to SSA account. If fund was spent on other works, he had directed to lodge police complaint against guilty persons. Abha Pande said, NMC constructed only two out of five toilet blocks in Mor Bhavan School and three out of five rooms in Mini Mata Nagar NMC School. The remaining fund was spent on other works, she alleged.

Pande also accused the local body of not appointing any officer on vacant post of Deputy Municipal Commissioner. The post is on deputation from State Government. If the Government did not respond to local body, then NMC should appoint its officer. In response, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane stated that State Government had appointed an officer on deputation but he did not join. The local body lodged a complaint with the Government and Urban Development Department issued notice to the officer and initiated departmental enquiry. Assistant Commissioner Maaxhesh Dhamecha said that the bye-laws of 2001 were not approved by NMC general body.

Sole directed the administration to produce record before general body in next meeting.

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3 IPS officers team up to raid gambling den ‘blessed’ by cops

AFTER getting information that some cops from Crime Branch and Sakkardara Police Station allegedly had nexus with criminals, three young IPS officers appointed recently as Deputy Commissioners ... Read More
AFTER getting information that some cops from Crime Branch and Sakkardara Police Station allegedly had nexus with criminals, three young IPS officers appointed recently as Deputy Commissioners of Police, formed special teams and raided Anna Raut’s gambling den at Chanda Atkar’s house at Bidipeth on Tuesday.

The raiding party comprising DB Squads of different police stations under Zone I caught 11 persons red-handed while gambling on cards and seized Rs 3.61 lakh cash, a country-made gun, a sword, 60 beer bottles, 10 cellphones, some gold ornaments, a four-wheeler, a motocycle and a moped, collectively valued at Rs 8.11 lakh.

According sources, one of the Deputy Commissioners of Police got information that Anna Raut was operating a gambling den at Bidipeth with the blessings of some cops. He contacted two of his colleagues and sought permission from the top brass to conduct the raid.

Accordingly, DCP Abhinash Kumar formed a special team comprising members of DB squads of police stations falling under Zone I. DCP (Zone I) Kumar, DCP (Zone IV) Ishu Sindhu and DCP (Zone III) Nirmala Devi S along with the special team boarded separate autorickshaws and arrived near Ghate Kirana Stores at Bidipeth around 1 am. Cops surrounded Chanda Atkar’s house. The raiding party then stormed into the house and caught the gamblers red-handed.

Interestingly, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone II) S M Waghmare, who was on night round, allegedly had no information when the raid was conducted.

The raids conducted by special teams constituted under the supervision of Deputy Commissioners of Police Ishu Sindhu, Abhinash Kumar and Nirmala Devi S have raised several eyebrows about the alleged nexus between the gambling den operators and some cops attached to the Crime Branch as well as police stations.

Those arrested during the raid have been identified as Anil Bhaiyyaji Raut (34), a resident of Bidipeth, Milind Rambhau Dupare (42), a resident of Lane No 1, Jagnade Square, Shahjar Khan Mohammad Khan (36), a resident of Thakur Plot, Vijendra Uttamrao Kewatkar (42), a resident of Jaibhole Nagar, Sachin Uttamrao Nitnawre (32), a resident of Bidipeth, Rizwan Khan Moinuddin Khan (32), Bidipeth, Dhanraj Punaram Kamble (48), a resident of old Bagadganj, Govinda Narayan Bhullo (52), a resident of Pachpaoli, Umesh Mahadeorao Uikey (23), a resident of Sambhaji Nagar, Narsala, Vinod Kanhaiyyalal Fulwani (40), a resident of Bagadganj, and Praveen Raju Pillai, New Bidipeth. An offence under Sections 4 and 5 of the Gambling Act, read with Sections 3, 4+25 of the Arms Act and Sections 65 E and 68 of the Bombay Police Act has been registered against the accused persons at Sakkardara Police Station.

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Preparations in full swing for PM’s maiden function in city

With only a day to go for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to the city, the administrative machinery as well as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expedited their preparations.

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With only a day to go for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to the city, the administrative machinery as well as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expedited their preparations.

Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan also will be arriving in the city on Wednesday from Mumbai. After arrival at 5.25 pm, the Governor will proceed to Raj Bhavan and camp for the night.

On Thursday, he will receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport and also accompany him to Mouda, where Modi will be dedicating to the nation 500x2 MW units at National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) power plant. Later, the Governor will also grace the launch of Metro Rail project for Nagpur city, in a public function to be held at Kasturchand Park ground, Nagpur. As per the official programme, the Governor will fly back to Mumbai from Sonegaon airport after the programmes on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the preparations for the Prime Minister’s maiden programme in the city, were in full swing at Kasturchand Park ground here. The administrative machinery reviewed the preparations so far and also gave finishing touches to the preparations. At Kasturchand Park ground, the work of erecting a special dome for Narendra Modi’s programme was nearing completion on Tuesday evening. Besides, barricading and demarcation of various areas were being finalised. BJP also expedited its preparations ahead of Modi’s visit. It continued with holding meetings of party workers and appealing them to attend the launch of Metro Rail project in large numbers on August 21. Krishna Khopde, City BJP President and East Nagpur MLA. organised a meeting of prominent workers in East Nagpur on Tuesday.

In his speech, Khopde said, Narendra Modi is arriving for the first time after taking over as Prime Minister after the stupendous victory of BJP in Lok Sabha polls. The party will give him warm reception and lakhs of party workers should attend the function. Chairman of NMC’s Standing Committee Narendra Borkar, Education Committee chief Chetana Tank, former corporator Pramod Pendke, and Publicity In-charge Chandan Goswami were present.

Khopde informed the party workers that foundation stone for the project worth Rs 12,000 crore will be laid by the Prime Minister. This is a prestigious event for the party and all the workers should strive to make it a grand success. There are no entry passes for party workers as it is a public function, he said.

In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the city on August 21, BJP has found the best possible opportunity for the party to mobilise its network for ensuing Legislative Assembly polls. The public function of Modi, during his four-hour visit, will be virtual launch of Assembly election campaign of BJP in Vidarbha region. After winning all 10 seats in the region during recently held Lok Sabha elections, now the party and its allies in the ‘Mahayuti’ have set their eyes on the Assembly seats in Vidarbha.

Sources said that State BJP President Devendra Fadnavis, Mayor Prof Anil Sole, MLAs Vikas Kumbhare and Sudhakar Deshmukh, Sandip Joshi, Pravin Datke, Sudhakar Kohle, Dr Ravindra Bhoyar, Ramesh Singare, Prabhakar Yeole, Rajesh Bagadi, Dayashankar Tiwari, Sunil Agrawal and others are working hard for success of the function.

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Irrigation Scam: SC dismisses VIDC petition against PILs

In what could be termed as relief for the activists raising voice against the multi-crore irrigation scam effected by an unholy nexus of contractors-bureaucrats-politicians, the Supreme Court d... Read More
In what could be termed as relief for the activists raising voice against the multi-crore irrigation scam effected by an unholy nexus of contractors-bureaucrats-politicians, the Supreme Court dismissed special leave petitions (SLPs) filed by Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) against the hearing of the public interest litigations (PILs) on merit.

Jan Manch had filed a PIL before the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court here in the irrigation scam and had stated that a fraud was played on the Constitution of India as the purpose for which Article 371 was amended had been frustrated due to siphoning off of funds meant for irrigation projects resulting into depriving the backward region of Vidarbha from irrigation facilities. Jan Manch had also filed five different reports on record before the High Court in which there were sufficient observations against the officials of VIDC.

These reports included those by Government officials Nandkumar Vadnere, H Mendhegiri, and also the reports of Central Water Commission (CWC) and Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). Further, Jan Manch had attached the series of investigative report of ‘The Hitavada’ on multi-crore irrigation scam. Jan Manch had prayed for CBI enquiry into irrigation scam.

Adv Bharti Dabhadkar, Secretary of Lok Nayak Bapuji Aney Smarak Samiti, along with Mohan Karemore and Amit Khot had filed another PIL no. 83/2012 on August 7, 2012 before Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, raising important issues pertaining to the severe backwardness of Vidarbha region with particular emphasis on delay in clearance and implementation of irrigation projects in the region. The petitioners also prayed for directions to Union of India and State of Maharashtra to hold high-level enquiry in respect of irrigation scam and to take action against the responsible officials.

In both the PILs, the respondent VIDC had raised preliminary objections regarding maintainability of the PILs. By order dated April 24, 2013, the High Court had rejected the preliminary objections and directed the respondents to file replies so that the PILs could be heard on merits. VIDC had filed SLPs before the Supreme Court challenging the said order of the High Court. The Supreme Court had issued notice and granted stay of the said order of the High Court.

Special Leave Petitions filed by VIDC were listed for hearing before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, before the bench of Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai and Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre. After hearing the counsel for the parties, the Supreme Court dismissed the SLPs. As a result, the order dated April 24, 2013 passed by the High Court stands confirmed and now the aforesaid PILs will be heard on merits by the High Court on vital issues of irrigation backlog and irrigation scam concerning Vidarbha region. Commenting on the Supreme Court dismissing the SLPs of VIDC, Adv Anil Kilor, President of Jan Manch welcomed the order and said that the way for hearing of both PILs on merits was cleared with this order of the Apex Court. Now, the High Court will go into actual allegations and scrutinise if the allegations have any merit. At a later stage, after hearing the petitions, if High Court finds merit in the petition, it may issue necessary directions. As no other petitions are pending before the Bombay High Court in Mumbai, these PILs filed before the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court will not be transferred to Mumbai and hearings will be held in Nagpur.

Adv Avinash Kale, who appeared on behalf of Bharti Dabhadkar, said that the Supreme Court judgement was a great victory for crores of farmers and people of Vidarbha on one side and a great setback to Government of Maharashtra on the other.

Tushar Mehta, Additional Solicitor General, appeared for the Union of India; Adv Satyajit A Desai and Adv Anagha S Desai for Jan Manch; Senior Counsel Harish Salve and Adv Ravi Adsure represented VIDC. Adv Y Kulkarni, Adv Avinash V Kale, Adv Shrikant Khandalkar appeared on behalf of Bharti Dabhadkar and others, and Adv Manish Pitale for the intervener Vidarbha Economic Development Council.

‘The Hitavada’ series on irrigation scam

‘The Hitavada’ had run a multi-episode series titled ‘The Hitavada Black Paper on Irrigation’. In its reports, ‘The Hitavada’ had exposed how the unholy nexus of contractors, bureaucrats, and politicians irrespective of their parties had effected a loot of funds meant for irrigation development in rainfed region of Vidarbha, where farmers were committing suicides. The reports quoted extensively from the office notes, official reports, the reports of CWC, CAG, Vadnere Committee, Mendhegiri Committee, and observations made by other probe panels constituted from time to time. Besides, ‘The Hitavada’ had highlighted procedural by-pass by this unholy nexus, excessively fast-tracked sanction of revised administrative approvals, upward revision of cost of 38 irrigation projects in Vidarbha by a whopping Rs 20,050.06 crore within a short span of seven months in the year 2009, grant of mobilisation advance to contractors in violation of norms, issuance of diktat by Water Resources Minister’s personal secretary to the department officers to scrap a directive barring grant of mobilisation advance to contractors, flouting of company laws and VIDC officials ignoring the same etc. ‘The Hitavada’ also followed up the matter and highlighted subsequent political developments, release of so-called ‘White Paper on Irrigation’, appointment of Chitaley Committee to probe into irrigation scam, release of Chitaley Committee’s report indicting the then Water Resources Minister and Water Resources Department officials etc.

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Governor, CM pay tributes to former President Dr Sharma

Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has paid tributes to former President late Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma on his birth anniversary on Tuesday. The Governor said that late Dr Sharma was pride of the country... Read More
Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has paid tributes to former President late Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma on his birth anniversary on Tuesday. The Governor said that late Dr Sharma was pride of the country and our guide. Yadav said that Dr. Sharma rose to become country’s President from an ordinary worker during freedom movement. He achieved this by the dint of his talent, dedication and clean image. Dr Sharma always struggled for upliftment of the poor, destitutes and downtrodden. Country and state will always remember his contribution. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that late Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma was a true nationalist and pride of the nation. Through his wisdom and commitment, he brightened name of Madhya Pradesh in the country and world. Chief Minister Chouhan was paying tributes to the former President at a programme at local Retghat Crossing marking his birth anniversary.

Chief Minister Chouhan said that Dr Sharma was the son of Bhopal and Madhya Pradesh. His role in development of the country as a Central Minister and President was important. Former Union Minister Suresh Pachouri, MP Alok Sanjar, MLA Rameshwar Sharma, Municipal Corporation’s Chairman Kailash Mishra and people were present on the occasion.

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Governor, CM pay tributes to former President Dr Sharma

Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has paid tributes to former President late Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma on his birth anniversary on Tuesday. The Governor said that late Dr Sharma was pride of the country... Read More
Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has paid tributes to former President late Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma on his birth anniversary on Tuesday. The Governor said that late Dr Sharma was pride of the country and our guide. Yadav said that Dr. Sharma rose to become country’s President from an ordinary worker during freedom movement. He achieved this by the dint of his talent, dedication and clean image. Dr Sharma always struggled for upliftment of the poor, destitutes and downtrodden. Country and state will always remember his contribution. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that late Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma was a true nationalist and pride of the nation. Through his wisdom and commitment, he brightened name of Madhya Pradesh in the country and world. Chief Minister Chouhan was paying tributes to the former President at a programme at local Retghat Crossing marking his birth anniversary.

Chief Minister Chouhan said that Dr Sharma was the son of Bhopal and Madhya Pradesh. His role in development of the country as a Central Minister and President was important. Former Union Minister Suresh Pachouri, MP Alok Sanjar, MLA Rameshwar Sharma, Municipal Corporation’s Chairman Kailash Mishra and people were present on the occasion.

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Patients to be admitted at AIIMS from September 15

The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) has decided to admit patients from September 15, and till the date it will complete its recruitment of doctors and almost paramedical staff to p... Read More
The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) has decided to admit patients from September 15, and till the date it will complete its recruitment of doctors and almost paramedical staff to properly care the doctors in every ward of the hospital. The interviews of Resident Doctors are and the last date of joining is August 31. However, the paramedical staff is not adequate to tackle the admitted patients in wards but the hospital will deploy them all in service of the patients but in coming one or two months the more paramedical staff will be recruited on contract basis, the contract will be awarded to an agency which will recruit the paramedical staff. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Dr K C Tamaria, Superintendent, AIIMS, said that the contract for paramedical staff will be awarded in coming months but till the existing paramedical staff will be sufficient to the service of patients. We have decided to admit patients in the hospital most probably from September 15 and till date the AIIMS will have enough medicos and paramedical staff. Tenders for Generic drugs shop: We have already issued tenders to the Generic drugs shop at AIIMS but it will take some time and till the time, we provide generic drugs to the patients as per the Government policy from hospital on some minimum charges, said Dr. KC Tamaria. Double check for generic drugs, its quality control certificates: According to the AIIMS Superintendent, we do not directly give medicines to the patients as supplied by the manufacturing companies as get these drugs checked at our laboratory and if the quality of the drugs is as per our norms then we start its distribution to the patients. Drugs supplied by some companies were rejected earlier.

Dr Tamaria admitted of having substandard quality of generic drugs sometimes, said the need is to get it retested to identify its quality. “it is wrong concept that the generic drugs are not good and only branded drugs are good, the chemical components are the same, it cannot be changed.

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Miscreant attacks cop with sword in Aradhana Nagar

A cop was attacked with sword when police team had gone to Aradhana Nagar slums to interfere in the fighting of two groups late on Monday night. Victim had sustained injury in stomach and is ba... Read More
A cop was attacked with sword when police team had gone to Aradhana Nagar slums to interfere in the fighting of two groups late on Monday night. Victim had sustained injury in stomach and is battling for life in a private hospital. Home Minister Babulal Gaur had announced financial help of Rs 20,000 to victim cop. DIG has announced cash reward of Rs 10,000 on the head of main accused. DIG also said that name of cop would be recommended for award. According to information, police received information on set that two groups are clashing in Aradhana Nagar slums. When police reached the spot, miscreants started to flee. Seeing this, constable Rishikesh Tyagi tried to chase the fleeing miscreants and one of them poked sword into his stomach. He was immediately rushed to hospital for treatment. “The health condition of victim cop is stable and I had announced cash reward of Rs 10,000 on the head of main accused Umesh as he had attacked the cop with sword,” said DIG D Sreenivas Verma to “The Hitavada”. Verma claimed that main accused is a habitual offender. Police have launched massive hunt to nab the accused. It is being said that number of accused in the case is five and names of few of them are Dinesh, Golu etc.

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Hearing in Kolar Municipal Council’s merger today

After receiving around 35 objections and suggestions regarding the merger of Kolar Municipality and 142 other such villages into Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), District Collector has decid... Read More
After receiving around 35 objections and suggestions regarding the merger of Kolar Municipality and 142 other such villages into Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), District Collector has decided to conduct hearing in Collectorate on August 20, at 1.30 pm. On final day, i.e. August 18, around 30 to 35 objections and suggestions were received at the Collectorate. Most of the objections and suggestions, sources said, were against the merger saying the villages which were merged earlier are still underdeveloped and feared the similar fate for the proposed villages. After merger of Kolar Municipality along with 142 other villages into Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) it will become the largest municipal corporation in the country said officials in the corporation. But this achievement also raises questions as to how would the corporation supply all the basic amenities and services to everyone when it has already failed on all fronts in ensuring important facilities and services to all those parts which are currently under its purview. This objection has, reportedly, been raised by the MP Association of Technical Professional Institutions. Sunday was the last day to submit any kind of objection or suggestion pertaining to the merger of Kolar Municipality and 142 other villages into BMC. Many of the BMC officials too are against the move who feel that the basic facilities like that of water, electricity, sewage lines are already missing in villages coming under the corporation. Many have to say that after the expansion of the BMC’s limits, these problems would worsen further as the corporation would have bigger challenges in catering to the basic needs of the increased population in the expanded regions of the corporation.

Officials in district administration said that the final hearing in this regard will take place on August 20 in front of district collector Nishant Warwade. Earlier, gazette notification for the merger of Kolar Municipality and 142 other villages into Bhopal Municipal Corporation was issued on July 18 and objections and suggestions in this regard were invited till August 18.

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Govt staffers openly claiming TDS by producing fake information

NOWADAYS, officials and employees, generally from public sector organisations and various departments under State and Central governments, are allegedly indulging in rampant malpractices for ge... Read More
NOWADAYS, officials and employees, generally from public sector organisations and various departments under State and Central governments, are allegedly indulging in rampant malpractices for getting undeserving refund of the Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) by putting fake information regarding their non-taxable investments in the prescribed forms. The authorities concerned are perturbed over such practices and insist for the strict abidance of regulations in this context. However, they discussed rules and norms along with all effective measurers and checks that ensure adequate TDS from taxpayers in the public sectors and government departments. According to information, the malpractices of gaining undue TDS refund are prevailing unabated among the officials and employees, and one can easily notice them at any public sector organization or government department. By availing online facilities, the officials and employees are opting for TDS refunds by putting fake information, regarding ones certain investments, in the prescribed forms. Besides, the undercover agents of certain professional units are also indulging in the criminal act of misleading the tax payers bluntly, with the nefarious intension of making a fast buck, while affecting directly on the government’s revenue in the process.

Talking to the newspaper, Rahul Mishra, a senior Chartered Accountant of Raipur informed that he had noticed such malpractices while pointing that highly qualified professionals with ethical values usually avoid such misconduct. He also asserted that there were rules and norms viz random scrutiny and thorough investigation in specific cases to ensure effective check on such malpractices for curtailing loss of revenue to the government and pinpointing the culprits in the process.

When contacted, S M Das, Joint Commissioner informed that the Central Processing Center of Bangluru, the national level unit deals in online transactions for TDS refund across the country. “Whereas TDS is concerned, the Drawing and Disbursement Officer (DDO) and Account Officer (AO) in all government departments or public sectors are deemed responsible”, asserted Das.

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CM, his wife leave for United States

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has left for United States of America along with his wife Veena Singh for her medical examination. Chief Minister is also accompanied by some family members and fami... Read More
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has left for United States of America along with his wife Veena Singh for her medical examination. Chief Minister is also accompanied by some family members and family doctors. Chief Minister left of New York through Air India regular flight on Monday night from New Delhi. Accordingly the weekly Jandarshan programme scheduled to be held on August 21 will remain cancelled in this direction. It is worth mentioning here that the Chief Minister’s wife Veena Singh is undergoing treatment since over a month for some skin ailments at Medanta Hospital in New Delhi. On the advice of specialists from the Hospital, the Chief Minister has taken his wife to USA for necessary medical examinations and consultancy with specialists there. The Chief Minister has proceeded to USA for a week long tour, is expected to return on August 24. The Chief Minister was frequently touring the National capital in the last one month or so due to various political as well as official commitments as also visiting his wife who was under treatment in Medanta. Earlier in the first week of August similar programme was chalked out but due to various pressing engagements the visit was postponed. Since the doctors attending Veena Singh had urged the Chief Minister to take her to USA for some medical examinations and a second opinion, the USA tour was organized.

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ABVP releases manifesto, promises better health & safety for students

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Tuesday promised health cards for the students of colleges and universities in line with state government smart card apart from ensuring safety and ... Read More
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Tuesday promised health cards for the students of colleges and universities in line with state government smart card apart from ensuring safety and cleanliness on the campuses. These and many other promises were made in the manifesto released by the ABVP during the press conference at Raipur Press Club on Tuesday.

In a joint press conference, ABVP State Secretary Rohit Maheshwari, State Organisation Secretary Tekeshwar Jain and Mahanagar Secretary Rajesh Parikar said they will fight the students’ union elections on different issues. “We have separated the issues such as state-level and university-level manifesto of the ABVP contain eight issues each. Similarly, the manifesto carries twelve agenda for colleges,” they said.

Highlighting the issues the state-level manifesto carry which should be resolved on priority, they said overall development of the students, safety of students at hostels, control on the commercialization of education, establishment of sports university, health cards for students, 15 kg rice each for students of ST/ST hostels, distribution of laptop and tablet free of cost etc. are the major problems and the ABVP will resolve all of them if wins the elections.

The university oriented issues are appointment of regular teachers, strict implementation of university calendar, wi-fi network for universities, Vidyarthi Sadan, establishment of e-Library, formation of a placement cell at each university, medical facilities at the universities and yoga education.

The college centric manifesto carries the issues like increase in scholarship, safety of girls students, demand to start evening classes for preparation of competitive exams, increase in number of seats in all the branches, modernization of libraries and laboratories, increase in number of hostels and seats in the existing hostels, adequate play ground, canteen with hygienic environment, proper utilization of public participation fund, medical facility and 50 per cent concession for students travelling in buses to and from the colleges.

Around 3 lakh students to vote in students’ union poll

Around 3 lakh students of 500 colleges and 13 universities of the state will participate in the student’s union elections, slated for August 27 and September 1, after a long gap of eight years. The highest 178 colleges, which would go to the poll, are affiliated to Pt Ravishankar Shukla University (Pt RSU), Raipur and they are spread across the ten districts of the state. According to Maheshwari, the ABVP will register capture all the 13 universities while it will win more than 80 per cent colleges.

Unlike ABVP, NSUI has clear policy on girls’ representation

Unlike National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), ABVP lacks transparency in policy as far as representation of girls in the students’ union election is concerned. ABVP State Secretary Rohit Maheshwari said the ABVP will decide on the representation of girls in the elections according to the situation in the particular college or university. On the other hand, NSUI State President Devendra Yadav said they have received a clear instruction from Rahul Gandhi to give 20 per cent representation to girls in the students’ council elections.

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Principal booked for harassing student; parents gherao school

SENSATIONS prevailed in Khursipar, Bhilai when the parents of students, accompanied by large number of residents, aggrieved over the complaints of sexual harassment of students by the school pr... Read More
SENSATIONS prevailed in Khursipar, Bhilai when the parents of students, accompanied by large number of residents, aggrieved over the complaints of sexual harassment of students by the school principal, staged ‘Gherao’ of Nirmalarain English Medium School, Khursipar, and also staged massive protest at Khursipar Police Station subsequently on Tuesday noon.

After information police swung into action and Anti-demonstration (AD) squad of police was also summoned at the troubled location and normalcy was restored following intervention of senior police officials.

The police also arrested the accused school principal and he was remanded to jail from the court. Police sources informed that the accused was identified as Lizo Mathew, Principal, Nirmalarain English Medium School, Khursipar (Ward-33), Bhilai.

The police said that around 11:45 pm, the parents of students, accompanied by large number of residents of the area staged ‘Gherao’ of the school alleging school principal of sexual harassments to minor girl students of the school. After information Khursipar and Chhaoni police teams swung into action and rushed to troubled location to avert any eventuality during the demonstration. The police took the accused school principal into custody and arrested him in connection of charges of sexual harassment to the victim, following the preliminary investigation in context of allegations.

Later, a large number of residents from the surrounding area along with agitated parents of the students staged a vehement demonstration at the police station while pressing demands for stern legal action in the matter while alleging apathy of police in the same context. The senior police officials including CSP, Chhaoni Police Zone, Bhilai, Narendra Sharma intervened and assured the agitated residents and parents of the students of stern legal action against the guilty while restoring the normalcy in the process.

The police have registered the offence against the accused under sections 354 (A) of Indian Penal Code and sections 11 (1) and 12 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012.

When contacted, Albert Kujur, Station House Officer, Khursipar Police Station informed that after preliminary investigation, the accused was arrested on charges of sexual harassment of minors. The police also slapprd the sections of prescribed protection act for minors. While conceding to earlier complaints against the accused school principal, SHO Kujur clarified that the complaints were verbal and that the residents and parents were merely pressing the demand for instant removal of the accused.

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At last, State issues much awaited transfer list of 25 SPS cadre officers

Much-awaited transfer list of State Police Service (SPS) cadre officers was finally issued here on Tuesday evening. The list issued saw the postings of as many as 25 SPS officers on the rank of... Read More
Much-awaited transfer list of State Police Service (SPS) cadre officers was finally issued here on Tuesday evening. The list issued saw the postings of as many as 25 SPS officers on the rank of Superintendents of Police (SPs) and on the Additional Superintendents of Police (ASPs) in major districts as well as other off-shoots of Chhattisgarh Police.

Most importantly, as it was being speculated and rumoured since past couple of months, 1996-batch SPS officer, Ajatshatru Bahadur Singh made his come back to Raipur after a prolong gap, with the fresh reshuffle seeing his posting again as ASP Crime. ASP Singh replaces ASP Shweta Sinha, who was handling the additional charge till now while her actual posting was done as ASP with District Special Branch (DSB).

However, prior to this reshuffle, Ajatshatru Bahadur Singh was posted as ASP Economic Offences Wing (EOW). But now, a 1995-batch SPS officer, Arvind Kujur, has been posted to fill in the gap at EOW.

Other key postings done in the reshuffle reads shifting of 2000-batch SPS officer, ASP City (Raipur) Pankaj Chandra as ASP CM Security. Apropos, a 1998-batch SPS officer, ASP Kawardha Rajesh Kumar Agrawal has been posted as ASP Durg (City). Agrawal replaces ASP Prashant Kumar Singh, a 1996-batch SPS officer, who has been transferred ASP Kawardha, home district of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh.

Another key shuffle was shifting of AIG Police Head Quarters (PHQ) Prashant Katlam again to Bilaspur as ASP City. Katlam replaces 2000-batch SPS officer Vijay Pandey, who has been moved as ASP of Maoist-inflicted Bastar.

Katlam has been replaced by 1994-batch SPS officer, Milna Kurre, who was SP Police Training School (PTS) before being posted as AIG (Police Head Quarters), whereas ASP Vijay Pandey will take over Sarjuram Salam, a 1996-batch SPS officer, who has been moved as ASP Police Training School (PTS) in Mainpat, Surguja.

Apropos, a 2005-batch SPS officer, Neeraj Chandra, so far posted as ASP Sukma got a major boost in the reshuffle as he much against the hype of being shifted to Kawardha, was posted as ASP Raipur (City). A 2001-batch SPS officer Harish Rathore, who so far was posted as ASP Baloda Bazaar, has been transferred to take over as new ASP Sukma.

Similarly, a 1997-batch SPS officer, ASP Mahasamund Rajesh Kukreja has been transferred as ASP Manpur/Mohla in Maoist-infested Rajnandgaon district. Kukreja replaces his batch-mate Vivek Shukla, who has been moved as ASP Durg (Rural), another key posting, whereas ASP Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) Manoj Kheladi will take over as new ASP Mahasamund.

The other vital posting of the reshuffle also reads posting of ASP State Police Training Academy (SPTA) in Chandrakhuri, Balram Hirwani as ASP Traffic, Raipur. Hirwani has been replaced by 1997-batch SPS officer Hemant Kumar, who was so far Deputy Commandant, 14th Battalion, Chhattisgarh Armed Forces (CAF), Dalli Rajhara.

The reshuffle also reads fresh posting order of other SPS officers including Chaindas Tandon (ASP Raipur to ASP Raipur/Rural); Surjan Ram Bhagat (ASP Dantewada to ASP Mungeli); DD Andhare (Dy Comdt, 8th BN, CAF, Rajnandgaon to Dy Comdt, 13th BN, CAF, Bango, Korba); Bhupendra Kumar Shukla (ASP Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon to Dy Comdt, 3rd BN, CAF, Amleshwar, Durg); Karolus Lakra (Dy Comdt, 5th BN, CAF, Rajnandgaon to Dy Comdt, 2nd BN, CAF, Sakri, Bilaspur); Jyoti Singh (Dy Comdt, 2nd BN, CAF, Sakri, Bilaspur to ASP Bemetara); Ashok Singh (Dy Comdt, 13th BN, CAF, Bango, Korba to Dy Comdt, 14th BN, CAF, Dalli Rajhara) and Ramkrishna Sahu (ASP Mungeli to ASP Dantewada).

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Antagarh by-election may prove litmus test for CPCC President

Hectic parleys have begun among the main political parties after the Election Commission of India announced by-election schedule for the Antagarh Assembly Segment (79) on August 16. As per the ... Read More
Hectic parleys have begun among the main political parties after the Election Commission of India announced by-election schedule for the Antagarh Assembly Segment (79) on August 16. As per the announcement, the notification for the bye-election will be issued on August 20 and with the issuance of notification, the process of filing nominations will begin.

The last date of filing nomination will be August 27 and scrutiny of nominations will be held on August 28. The last date for withdrawing nominations is August 30. If required, the polling for the bye-election will be held on September 13 followed by counting and announcement of results on September 16. The Assembly segment had fallen vacant after former MLA Vikram Usendi got elected from Kanker as Member of Parliament and subsequently resigned as Legislator from Antagarh Assembly segment on May 29.

With nomination filing process all set to commence from Wednesday, leaders of both the main parties Bharatiya Janata Party as well as Indian National Congress have initiated hectic parleys for deciding upon strategy to contest the bye-polls as well as finalization of winning candidate for the Segment. While the Bharatiya Janata Party has already completed its three-tier survey and with newly nominated State President Dharamlal Kaushik chairing a meeting on Tuesday at Bhanupratappur for soliciting opinion from local leaders so that the party can zero-in on a suitable winning candidate. In charge Minister of Kanker district and Revenue Minister Prem Prakash Pandey has been made convener for the Antagarh Assembly segment.

On the other hand, the Indian National Congress has initiated preparation of strategy by taking into considerations local priorities and other ground situations.

Under Kanker Parliamentary constituency, only Antagarh Assembly segment was won by BJP candidate Vikram Usendi, while in the remaining six segments including Sanjari Balod, Dondilohara, Gunderdehi, Bhanupratappur, Kanker and Keshkal segments, Congress candidates had won during 2013 Assembly elections. Hence the Congress will be trying to make a clean sweep in Kanker Lok Sabha constituency by winning all the Assembly segments.

Thus this by-election has become a prestige issue for CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel while on the other hand the BJP which is in power in the state as well as in Centre will try to retain its traditional hold over the Antagarh Assembly segment. However, if the present political situation within Congress is evaluated, the Congress will face considerable difficulty in wresting this seat from BJP as during recently held Lok Sabha elections the BJP candidate who was former MLA from Antagarh had won with a considerable margin. Also MP Vikram Usendi has considerable clout among the voters in Antagarh Assembly segment, which was his traditional Assembly segment.

The Congress on the other hand will be facing difficulty as because the recent announcement of Work Committee by CPCC has failed to give representation to any leader from the faction of former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi, which has annoyed him. In Kanker Lok Sabha area, the former Chief Minister does have a considerable clout and it remains to be seen as to how his neglect will pay off. Meanwhile CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel had convened meeting of local party leaders on Tuesday to understand the ground situation for selection of suitable candidate after considering the caste as well as local equations.

After withdrawal of nomination, only ten days will remain technically, for canvassing and the Congress may put its bet on the best man likely. However, in this direction after discussion with local leaders panel will be constituted and forwarded to Delhi for final decision. Congress will try to cash on the resentment among the people arriving out of cancellation of ration cards.

In the Antagarh Assembly segment, there are two blocks, viz, Koylibeda and Antagarh. The voting trends in Koylibeda block are considered to be crucial and decision making as the voting percentage in this block has always been highest.

However, the Bharatiya Janata Party after discussion with the local leaders and party workers and based on its survey will constitute a panel of three names, so that the opinion of party workers can be gauged and then the names will be sent to the party high command for finalization. If not earlier, the BJP may announce the name on or after August 24, the expected date of Chief Minister’s arrival from USA.

Cong yet to fix its candidate

Congress is yet to decide upon candidature, whether an experienced campaigner will be given chance or a new face will be introduced remains to be seen.

Congress has an option in former MLA Manturam Pawar, who has contested at least six elections from the seat. Also Pawar is known to fearlessly campaign in Naxal prone areas.

Apart from this, Pawar also has a considerable clout among the voters. But his previous two defeats in the elections, the Congress may not be willing to take a chance and may consider his wife Savita Pawar as an alternate candidate. Also in the fray for candidature are Kanti Nag, Mahila Congress President from Antagarh block as well as Vishram Gawde Congress Vice President Antagarh block.

Pandey, Kaushik deciding BJP’s next move

On the other hand the Bharatiya Janata Party is making a strategic move under the guidance of Prem Prakash Pandey Revenue Minister and in charge of Antagarh Assembly segment election as well as newly appointed State President Dharamlal Kaushik.

The name of local BJP leader Bhojraj Nag along with Raghunath Kumeti, former BJP Antagarh Mandal President and former Zila Tendu Patta Sahakari Society President are being considered as front-runners for the BJP ticket. However, also in fray for candidature are Jitendra Markam BJP Antagarh Mandal President and Manorama Mandavi Antagarh Janpad Panchayat President.

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NUMM YC’s ultimatum to Govt Engineering College on appointment of profs, principal

In a bid to enhance academic and administrative functioning in the Government Engineering College of Jabalpur, Sagar, Ujjain and Rewa with appointment Permanent Principal, the members of Nagrik U... Read More
In a bid to enhance academic and administrative functioning in the Government Engineering College of Jabalpur, Sagar, Ujjain and Rewa with appointment Permanent Principal, the members of Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM), Youth Cell, have written a letter to Director Technical Education, Directorate of Technical Education, Madhya Pradesh, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Technical Education, Vice Chancellor of the Rajiv Gandhi Technology University, Bhopal, Director, All India Council for Technology, New Delhi.

In the Government Engineering College around 57 posts of professors are lying vacant in different Engineering College. The compulsion for the appointment of permanent professor is at least five years experience for professor’s post.

President of Youth Cell Manish Sharma informed that at Jabalpur Engineering College the students are facing various problems due to frequent changes of principal. In last one and half years, Dr Jhinge was appointed as Principal and after six months he was replaced by Virendra Kumar and against after two months Dr Jhinge has got charge of Principal and now again the efforts are being made to give charge of Principal to Virendra Kumar.

Due to continuous uncertainty over administrative command in the College of Engineering Jabalpur, various administrative and academic works are getting affected and could be not conducted in streamlined. On August 12, the Directorate of Technical Education, Bhopal, had issued direction to Virendra Kumar to take charge of Principal and to maintain status quo.

Prior to that he was removed and the Directorate gave Dr Jhinge charge. The ongoing tug of war for the post of Principal of the Government Engineering College raised question on the intentions of higher management.

Manish Sharma says due to frequent change of Principal academic works are getting affected largely in the college. He said the NUMM would file public interest litigation within one month if the vacant posts of the professors and appointment of permanent principal is not done by the department with in one month.

Eminent amongst those who were present in meeting of NUMM Youth Wing included Manish Sharma, Rakesh Chakraboarty, Rani Jaiswal, Beena Singh, Ramkurmi, Shweta Jharia, Gautam Jhodkar, Arjun Singh Parihar, Ashalata Lodia, Hamuna Prashad, Praveen Sahu and others.

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HC seeks reply from Collector, others on 4G mobile tower in residential area

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Alok Aradhe on Tuesday issued notices to Jabalpur Collector, Municipal Commissioner, Jabalpur Municipal... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Alok Aradhe on Tuesday issued notices to Jabalpur Collector, Municipal Commissioner, Jabalpur Municipal Corporation, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Technology, New Delhi, Chairman, Reliance Communication, Mumbai, Manager, Reliance Communication Limited, Hoshangabad and Ramashankar Tiwari, Sangam Colony, Jabalpur and asked them to file their reply before the court within four weeks in the case related to installation of 4G mobile towers in residential area in a PIL filed by Mukti Pandaya.

The division bench has issued notices in PIL filed by Mukti Pandaya from Sangam Colony (Anand Colony) Cherital Ward, Baldeobagh, Jabalpur District, in the matter of respondent Chairman, Reliance Communication, Mumbai, has installed Reliance 4G mobile tower on land belonging to the resident Ramashankar Tiwari, Sangam Colony, Jabalpur, whose house is situated at Sangam Colony, Cherital Ward, Baldeobagh Jabalpur.

The petitioner seeks direction of this court in the matter of installation of mobile tower near house of respondent Ramashankar Tiwari, Sangam Colony, Jabalpur. The place where mobile tower has been installed is residential.

It is to be mentioned here that, Madhya Pradesh Human Resource Cell (MPHRC) has issued directives on mobile towers, which provides that taking action on a complying regarding establishment of towers in residential area, MPHRC recommended that tower should be established on a land area with no residential colony radius near the tower.

It is submitted that radiation emitted from the tower installed in the locality cause several types of diseases due to which residents of the vicinity of the area of the tower suffer. Residents of the area especially small children and elderly ones suffer from various types of diseases. Hence, this petition with prayer that respondents be commanded by a writ of mandamus to not install cell phone over the proposed area that is house of the respondents Ramashankar Tiwari, Sangam Colony, Jabalpur. Advocate Ajay Shukla appeared on behalf of the petitioner.

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WCR employee booked for abandoning wife

SIHORA police have registered a case against a man for exploitation and abandoning his wife in Katni district. The accused has been identified as Sanjit, a resident of Khitola village and emplo... Read More
SIHORA police have registered a case against a man for exploitation and abandoning his wife in Katni district. The accused has been identified as Sanjit, a resident of Khitola village and employee in West Central Railway (WCR).

According to Sihora police, Meenu Rajput (24), a resident of Barra Mohalla, filed a complaint that she was married to Rajkumar Kachi, resident of Padvar village, against her wish on June 11, 2013. On July 31, 2013, she reached Jabapur to appear in BEd examination and met her old friend Sanjit, a resident of Khitola village in Sihora. Sanjit objected her for marriage with a wrong man and proposed her for marriage with him. She agreed with her proposal and married him in a temple and in marriage court.

Thereafter, they lived at a rented house in Katni and her father filed a missing report at police station and he appeared before the police and informed about her marriage with Sanjit on August 30, 2013. In October 2013, she informed about her pregnancy but Sanjit objected for getting child at that time.

Even after her objection, Sanjit gave her medicine and aborted the child. In April 2014, she again got pregnant but Sanjit again objected for having a child. She again objected him and affirmed for her motherhood. Annoyed after being denied for abortion, Sanjit started threatening her and abandoned her in the rented house.

He left her in house and started living in Katni. Acting on the complaint, police have registered a case against the accused under section 498 (A) of the IPC and started a search for accused Sanjit.

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Another jolt to Congress as Chandrabhan Singh joins BJP

In yet another jolt to Congress, its leader and former Member of Parliament (MP) Chandrabhan Singh joined BJP on Tuesday. Chandrabhan Singh said that he was feeling suffocated in Congress and r... Read More
In yet another jolt to Congress, its leader and former Member of Parliament (MP) Chandrabhan Singh joined BJP on Tuesday. Chandrabhan Singh said that he was feeling suffocated in Congress and return to BJP is like home return to him and claimed that Congress has lost its base in State and its condition is going to become akin to Bihar.

The anticipation regarding Chandrabhan Singh going to BJP were on rife from some time and speculations proved right on Tuesday when Chandrabhan Singh himself announced that he had joined BJP.

Notably, Singh was earlier MP from BJP but latter had sacked him when he had gone against the party line during the voting on nuclear deal issue in UPA regime.

Later, he joined Congress and contested elections thrice, one of MP and two of Assembly but lost all of them.

“It is true that Chandrabhan Singh had joined BJP. He is a person with business mind and left Congress when it is passing through tough phase. Party had given him enough respect then also he left the party. In 2008, he was given the chance to contest MP election from Damoh, but got defeated.

Later, he was given Assembly ticket from Damoh but he again got defeated by thin margin at the hands of Jayant Mallaiya. In 2013 Assembly elections, he was again given assembly ticket but again he lost the election,” said Damoh District President of Congress, Harishankar Chaudhary talking to ‘The Hitavada’.

When contacted, State Congress organisation in charge, Rameshwar Nikra said that party had given enough to Chandrabhan Singh. Once he was given MP ticket and twice he was given assembly ticket. He was also given post in the organisation. Then also he joined BJP and it is clear that he joined ruling party to save his business interests. When asked that whether Singh had given formal resignation, he said that party had not received resignation so far but as he had joined BJP hence he automatically got sacked from Congress.

‘The Hitavada’ tried to contact Chandrabhan Singh but his mobile phone was coming out of range. In the meantime, Singh’s decision to join BJP has left Congress shell shocked which is trying hard to find its lost footprint in the state. It is assumed that this development is going to leave impact on the local body elections of Damoh area. Interestingly, a few months back, it was sitting MLA Sanjay Pathak, who left Congress to join BJP. Before Assembly elections, it was Congress deputy leader who joined BJP. During the recently held Lok Sabha elections, Congress declared candidate from Bhind, Dr Bhagirath Prasad had joined Bharatiya Janata Party.

Cong workers write slogans on gate of house of Chandrabhan Singh

Angry over his defection to BJP, Congress workers painted black paint at the gate of residence of Chandrabhan Singh in Damoh. The Congress workers also wrote slogans on the gate of house of Chandrabhan Singh and accused him of being opportunist. They have also written some objectionable slogans.

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Congress’ VYAPAM aggression turns out to be a flashmob act

Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (popularly known as VYAPAM) scam protest of Opposition borne out to be a flashmob act as party outfit failed to sustain the pulse subsequent to the C... Read More
Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (popularly known as VYAPAM) scam protest of Opposition borne out to be a flashmob act as party outfit failed to sustain the pulse subsequent to the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) offensive during the Budget session of Assembly while further handing over baton to the party organisation.

VYAPAM scam, which the Congress leaders claimed to be the largest competitive exam rigging in the country, hit the national headlines during the state assembly budget session but momentum petered out once the CLP handed over the baton to the organisation.

“It was organisation’s responsibility to drive further the momentum set by CLP during the assembly session. Now, a real issue has been fading out”, said a former party office-bearer adding that it seems the state party leadership is suffering hallucination despite five consecutive humiliating defeats in Lok Sabha and assembly elections.

A somnolent State Congress, after deserted years, had got a shot in arms to bring back the confidence in its ranks and file. VYAPAM scam, though came into public arena about two years back, drew the headlines of national media when the Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare held two press conferences in New Delhi. Later, the issue continued to grab the local headlines during the assembly session. But, party leaders broadly look unwilling to take the issue forward barring a few jibing on TV channels.

The reluctance to take up the issue was evident when Rajkumar Gore, Congress candidate for Agar, held a seven-day hunger protest against VYAPAM scam and none of the senior leaders turned up despite his repeated requests. Finally, State Youth Congress President Kunal Chaudhary facilitated to end Gore’s fast by offering him water.

Agar is going to poll on August 21 following the resignation of BJP’s Manohar Untwal, who was elected to Lok Sabha. Similarly, Youth Congress agitation against VYAPAM made the headlines for Katare’s injury inflicted after hit by police water cannon rather than issue itself. This state-level agitation proved a poor show due to scanty gathering. Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) Chief Spokesman K K Mishra, however, claimed that Gore was fielded from Agar only because of his VYAPAM agitation. He said Gore was not recommended by any established leader. “This is a Sanjivani (elixir of life) for Congress. The party continued to hold agitations at district and tehsil level and took the issue to the people even after assembly session,” Mishra claimed. PCC Spokesman also said that VYAPAM scam issue also took center stage during the campaigning in by-polls at Bahoriband and Vijayraghavgarh. He said that the VYAPAM agitation in state would further speed up the agitation after by-polls as the Congress leaders were engaged in the campaigning.

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HC stay on public meetings at roadside

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Alok Aradhe on Tuesday issued an order in the matter related to public meetings at road side that... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Alok Aradhe on Tuesday issued an order in the matter related to public meetings at road side that till further considerations the respondents are directed to strictly comply with the directions issued by this court on May 6, 2014, and in case of any breach, this court may consider the question of initiating contempt proceedings.

The division bench has issued said order in the public interest litigation filed by Satish Kumar Verma against the District Magistrate, Collector, Jabalpur and others.

In compliance of the order passed, the respondents have filed a compliance report on June 22, indicating the particulars of six places under marking (A) where the public meeting can be held. Item number 5 of the proposed list is Pandit Ravishankar Shukla Stadium and item number 6 is Veterinary College Ground.

The petitioner objects to the marking these grounds for holding public meeting by contending that these are places meant for sports and in the light of the judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of J Jaylalitha versus Government of Tamil Nadu and others (1999) 1 SCC 53 permission cannot be granted in a stadium or sports grounds for the purpose of non-sporting activities it is stated that notifications and proposal should be amended to bring the same in accordance to the requirement of law as laid by the Supreme Court. To this objection and proposal, Swapnil Ganguly, Government Advocate, prayed for time to seek instructions. The division bench has listed to the mater after one week.

Swapnil Ganguly, Government Advocate, appeared for the State, while Manish Verma for the intervener Dr P G Najpandey.

On May 6, the division bench had directed Jabalpur Collector to remain personally present before the court, if before the next date of hearing, final scheme is prepared and presented before the court in the matter related to opposed public meetings at road side. Counsel for the State on instructions of the Collector submitted that the Jabalpur administration will not act upon the scheme, which was presented to the court, since it contains locations where the dharnas cannot be permitted.

In view of the observations of the Apex Court in the case of K K Road Merchants, EARWA, Tamil Nadu Versus District Collector, Tamil Nadu and another, in Civil Appeal, dated on January 7, 2002, the administration is preparing a new scheme and till such time shall not permit dharnas which may entail in blocking the main streets or roads in Jabalpur district.

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Karnataka youth involved in cyber crime case arrested

SOLVING a case of cyber crime, a high-tech forgery, Jabalpur police succeeded in nabbing the youth involved in hacking website of IRCTC as well as illegal transaction of money from different ac... Read More
SOLVING a case of cyber crime, a high-tech forgery, Jabalpur police succeeded in nabbing the youth involved in hacking website of IRCTC as well as illegal transaction of money from different accounts of its customers who failed to book their tickets online.

After a long and thorough investigation of around a month, since the complaint of Somnath, son of M C Bhatia, resident of Nayagaon, Gorakhpur, was registered on July 23, a team of Jabalpur police investigated through all possible angles and nabbed the main accused identified as Mohd Saif alias Shaifulla Sharif (21), informed Superintendent of Police Harinaryanachari Mishra while addressing a press conference at Police Control Room on Tuesday.

According to information, complainant Somnath Bhatia on July 22 was booking a railway ticket through IRCTC website. His account was mentioned deactivated by the website. On this, he registered a online complaint on the website. After sometime he got a call from 9611738533 and caller claimed himself to be an IRCTC officer and sought his account information for account activation.

Taking all the information of accounts the caller withdrew Rs 25,633.42 paisa during 40 minutes call. Bhatia got an SMS alert about money transaction from his account from the bank. On this he spoke to the Bank Manager and asked him to freeze (lock) his account. And he registered a complaint with Gorakhpur police. On his complaint police registered a case under 474/14, 420, 66 (1), (2) of IT Act and started investigation.

SP Mishra took the case of hacking of Railway’s website with due seriousness and constituted an investigation team. He himself monitored progress in investigation and remained in contact with higher officials of Karnataka. As a result mastermind of cyber crime in this case Mohd Shaif alias Shaifulla Sharif was identified and arrested by the investigation team.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Makrand Deoskar informed that as per direction of the SP, a team was constituted under the direction of Additional SP Amrendra Singh, Ad SP Crime Ashish Khare and CSP, Gorakhpur, Rajesh Tiwari comprising Incharge SHO, Sub-Inspector A Pawar, ASI, R C Shukla, ASI Jagganath Singh, Cyber Cell Head Constable, Saji Mathai, Constable Rajesh Sharma, Gorakhpur Police Station, Constable Pramod Mishra, Belkheda Police Station’s Constable Sunil Pardhi have been given task to investigate the case and apprehend the kingpin of the crime. After 14 days investigation in Hubli Gadak, Bangalore, Karnataka, the accused of hacking Railway’s website Mohd Shaif (21), resident of Hasan Hall, Kesavpur, Hubli, Karnataka was apprehended and a mobile SIM card distributor Shankar, son of Veerupakshasappa Mensankai (25), resident Kesavpura Hubli, was apprehended on August 6 from Bangalore and after obtaining transit warrant the duo accused were brought to Jabalpur and sent to police remand.

During investigation, accused SIM dealer Shankar informed that Mohd Saif claimed himself as a software engineer and took 170 SIM cards of Vodafone and 30 SIM of Airtel and had taken two mobile sets. During investigation police recovered a receipt of mobile phone with IMEI number used in the crime from Shankar.

CSP Rajesh Tiwari informed that main accused Mohd Saif in his confession informed that he took information from website of complaint board and used fake ID SIMs and called customers and took their banking details and security information. Assuring about activation of customers’ account he used to transfer money from their account by hacking their accounts and transfer this money to Vodafone’s M-pesa service. He transferred Rs 5500 each on six Vodafone SIM, while transferred Rs 95000 from a credit card of Standard Chartered Bank hacked account. He got M-pesa money by paying Rs 27,000 to an agent as commission. In this, Rs 19,500 has been recovered, while for Rs 95,000 recovery correspondence is continued with bank authorities.

Police have recovered 17 SIM, four mobile phones, a laptop and cash. Accused is well versed in Hindi, English and Kanada languages and can speak fluently. He had committed such crime in different parts of the country. Jabalpur police have released information about the accused at national-level. While breaking this high-tech case, Superintendent of Police Mishra declared cash prize for all the members of investigation team.

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Baby skeleton found in abdomen of 60-year-old woman

A 60-year-old woman who conceived in 1978, never delivered the baby which was dead. The doctors at Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital had told her that it needed to be remove... Read More
A 60-year-old woman who conceived in 1978, never delivered the baby which was dead. The doctors at Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital had told her that it needed to be removed. She went absconding and the foetus remained in her body. Now, she suddenly suffered some pain and brought to NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences where, during diagnostic tests, the baby skeleton was detected in abdomen, and it was removed by a team of doctors.

A 60-year-old lady from MP, came to surgical Out Patient Department (OPD) of Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, Hingna with a mass in her abdomen since last 2 months. After investigations it was found that she was having a mass containing a matured foetal bones encapsulated in a calcified sac.After obtaining detailed history her brother told that in 1978 she was full term pregnant and had some complications for which she was referred to Mayo or IGGMCH where doctors told that foetus might have died and she has to undergo an operation. But due to some reasons they took her back to their village and started some rural treatments. Gradually she got relief and she was fine after few months. Now since last few months she had pain and urinary problems with fever, she approached Lata Mangeshkar Hospital.

After examining her, Dr B S Gedam mentioned that it was an extrauterine pregnancy that's why she never delivered. Gradually the fluid might have been absorbed and the soft tissues liquefied and what remained only was a bag of bones with some fluid. Dr Md Yunus stated that the mass was densely adherent to the intestines and the urinary bladder.The operation lasted for almost 4 hours but with patience doctors could remove it completely.

Dr Ranjana Deshmukh and her team managed the anaesthesia successfully. Patient recovered well. Dr M Akhtar, HoD surgery and Dr S Dasgupta Dean, NKPSIMS, congratulated the team. Such type of case is not reported in the medical literature, said Dr Yunus.The team has Dr Md Yunus, Dr B S Gedam, Dr Shahaji Deshmukh, Dr Ajit Gujela, Dr Irfan Ansari, Dr Saurabh Kate.

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Three persons commit suicide in separate cases

THREE persons committed suicide in separate incidents in the city on Sunday. In the first incident, Ramu Ratan Hirekhan (30), a resident of Plot No. 122, Bhandewadi, Durga Nagar, Pardi, was fo... Read More
THREE persons committed suicide in separate incidents in the city on Sunday. In the first incident, Ramu Ratan Hirekhan (30), a resident of Plot No. 122, Bhandewadi, Durga Nagar, Pardi, was found hanging from the ceiling hook with a rope in his house. However, the reason behind Hirekhan taking the extreme step could not be ascertained so far. Kalamna Police started investigations.

In the second incident, Ajay Gulabrao Raut (42), a resident of Somwari Quarter, ended his life by jumping into a well situated in Shahu Garden. On the basis of the information given by Sanjay Raut (44), elder brother of the deceased, Sakkardara Police registered an accidental death case and started investigation.

In another incident, Chhotu alias Roshan Dilip Shinde (24), a resident of Plot No. 62, Ladikar Layout, set himself afire over a domestic issue. With serious burns, Shinde was admitted to Government Medical College & Hospital where he breathed his last. Hudkeshwar Police are investigating the case.

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Akola court grants MCR to Wasankar

A Special Court at Akola rejected the request of the prosecution for further police custody of Prashant Wasankar and Abhijit Chaudhary and sent them to magisterial custody.

The prosecutio... Read More
A Special Court at Akola rejected the request of the prosecution for further police custody of Prashant Wasankar and Abhijit Chaudhary and sent them to magisterial custody.

The prosecution, while requesting for extension of police custody remand, argued that the investigating machinery required further custody of Prashant Wasankar, Abhijit Chaudhary and Vinay Wasankar to ascertain and interrogate various facts. It was pointed out that Prashant Wasankar had duped investors at Akola. The prosecution contended that they required custodial interrogation of the accused persons to ascertain what the accused had done with the amount accumulated and wanted to search the documents and house and office premises of the accused persons.

The prosecution claimed that if further police custody was granted, they would be in a position to unearth the ‘hidden’ amount. The prosecution also imposed sections under the provisions of Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors Act (MPIDA) against the accused, though initially offences were registered only under Indian Penal Code.

Countering the request of prosecution for police custody, Adv Prakash Naidu appearing for Prashant Wasankar and Abhijit Chaudhary argued that the entire data of alleged transactions, bank accounts, cheque books and all relevant documents and articles alleged to have been functional in the alleged offence, had already been seized by the investigating agency at Nagpur by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) officers and that Wasankar had noting to disclose and was not in custody of any document. It was also argued that slapping of provisions of MPIDA was not warranted and not sustaniable. Adv Naidu pointed out to the court that the police had sought PCR and the court had granted it for four days since the police had contended that they intended to go to Nagpur for necessary investigations. However, after obtaining custody of the accused, the investigating officer neither interrogated the accused not proceeded to Nagpur, or brought the accused to Nagpur for investigations and interrogations.

Adv Naidu argued that if at all the police intended to obtain any information, they could very well co-ordinate with EOW Nagpur and obtain all documents which they wanted from tham as everything was seized by them. It was also argued that no purpose would be served in granting PCR as the prosecution was not seeking PCR in ‘soul and spirit of the facts’.

Smt Tambi, Special Court, District and Sessions Judge, Akola, after appreciating the arguments and perusing the case diary, rejected the application of prosecution for PCR of Prashant Wasankar and Abhijit Chaudhary and ordered them to be taken to magisterial custody remand (MCR).

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Fleet of Ethanol-run buses awaiting ARAI clearance

The fleet of Ethanol-based buses of Swedish firm will take a month’s time to hit the city roads. Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has sought clearance from Automotive Res... Read More
The fleet of Ethanol-based buses of Swedish firm will take a month’s time to hit the city roads. Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has sought clearance from Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Pune for plying these buses on Indian roads. Presently, ARAI is doing research on these buses and after its satisfaction, the association will give clearances.

Sources confirmed that a proposal of MoRTH is pending with ARAI for two weeks. The research team of ARAI will go through the proposal and give clearance. The programme of handing over these buses to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), scheduled on August 22, is likely to be postponed as ARAI permission is awaited.

Scania Group has sponsored five Ethanol-based buses for city bus fleet to NMC. The Swedish company selected Nagpur for these buses at the initiative Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. However, the local body will have to seek permission from MoRTH to ply these buses on city roads because as per the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA), the permissible fuel for any vehicle include Petrol, Diesel, LPG, CNG and Battery. There is no provision of Ethanol fuel for use in vehicles. To incorporate this fuel in the list, MoRTH has to amend MVA. The Ministry can issue ordinance but it will require clearance from ARAI to ply these buses on city roads.

Sources claimed that after receiving ‘No Objection Certificate’ from ARAI, Maharashtra Government will give approval to ply city buses on the roads. For this approval, it will require ordinance from MoRTH. NMC will have to obtain permit from Regional Transport Office (RTO) to ply these buses.

Scania Group has assured NMC to operate buses for three months on trial basis. After clearance from the government, the company will sign an agreement with Nagpur Mahanagar Parivahan Limited (NMPL) and run the buses free-of-cost. Meanwhile, the company submitted a draft copy of agreement to local body, which will be examined by legal advisor. About ARAI

Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has been playing a crucial role in assuring safe, less polluting, and more efficient vehicles. ARAI provides technical expertise in research and development, testing, certification, homologation, and framing of vehicle regulations.

ARAI is a co-operative industrial research association established by the automotive industry with the Ministry of Industries, Government of India. It works in harmony and complete confidence with its members, customers and Government of India to offer the finest services, which earned for itself ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, and NABL accreditations.

ARAI is well-equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructural facilities and highly qualified manpower.

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Assembly polls announcement likely on 28th

The announcement regarding conduct of Legislative Assembly polls in the State is likely to be made on August 28, and the polling is expected to be conducted in two phases -- on October 9 and 12. ... Read More
The announcement regarding conduct of Legislative Assembly polls in the State is likely to be made on August 28, and the polling is expected to be conducted in two phases -- on October 9 and 12.

Highly placed sources in Mumbai said on Monday that Election Commission of India (ECI) is likely to make announcement of the election schedule for Legislative Assembly on August 28. After the two-phase polling in October, counting of votes and declaration of results may be scheduled after Diwali.

According to sources, the election in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions is likely to be held in the first phase, on October 9. Polling may be conducted in rest of Maharashtra in second phase, on October 12.

Already, the political parties have started preparations for the ensuing Assembly elections. All major parties have started process for selection of candidates from various constituencies.

The morale of Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena led Mahayuti is pretty high with the alliance’s splendid performance in recently held Lok Sabha elections.

BJP and Shiv Sena won all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Vidarbha region while the ruling Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) could not retain a single seat. The workers of BJP and Shiv Sena both are mounting pressure on respective leaderships to contest independently while Congress and NCP also are gearing up for the election, with a hope to come to power for fourth consecutive term.

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RTMNU, Gondwana University sans full-time V-Cs for months

Democratic Front (DF) Government, which has been claiming its commitment towards the all-round development of Vidarbha region, appears to be doing mere lip-service. Else, how can one explain the go... Read More
Democratic Front (DF) Government, which has been claiming its commitment towards the all-round development of Vidarbha region, appears to be doing mere lip-service. Else, how can one explain the government not taking any visible initiative towards ensuring that both the non-agricultural universities of Nagpur Division -- Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) and Gondwana University have full-time Vice-Chancellors (V-Cs)?

Both these universities are functioning without full-time academicians appointed as Vice-Chancellors through procedure laid down under the Maharashtra Universities Act. After the then Vice-Chancellor of Dr V S Sapkal tendered his resignation, Maharashtra Governor and Chancellor K Sankarnarayanan handed over the charge of the post of Vice-Chancellor of RTMNU to Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar. Since then, that is, March 30 earlier this year, the government has not initiated any process for appointment of RTMNU Vice-Chancellor.

When ‘The Hitavada’ contacted Anoop Kumar, he said, “For me, good thing is that the regular functioning of the university has not got affected. It is functioning smoothly and I am devoting my time towards working in the best interest of the university.” As far as the appointment of full-time Vice-Chancellor is concerned, he said, it was all up to Chancellor.

Governor’s Secretary V C Rastogi, when contacted, said that once the process was started all would come to know about it.

Gondwana University, which was established vide a notification dated September 27, 2011, also is functioning without full-time Vice-Chancellor after retirement of its first Vice-Chancellor Dr Vijay Ainchwar four months ago. Maharashtra Government conceived and formed Gondwana University with a ‘foresighted view’ to cater to the aspirations of economically and socio-culturally backward districts of Gadchiroli and Chandrapur. However, it has become a victim of the same Government’s apathy.

As per the procedure, State Government should have constituted the Academic and Management Councils of Gondwana University soon after it came into being. The constitution of these two councils is very important as they nominate a member to three-member Search Committee formed by the Governor. The committee, which is chaired by a member appointed by Chancellor, selects Vice-Chancellor. However, as the councils have not been constituted by State Government, rest of the procedure is in limbo. Since retirement of Dr Ainchwar, Gadchiroli Collector Ranjit Kumar is officiating as Vice-Chancellor of Gondwana University.

Asked about this, Dr Ainchwar said, “When I was Vice-Chancellor, we had suggested to the government to appoint Academic and Management Councils both. In fact, we had sent lists of qualified persons for these councils. We followed up the matter with the government, and sent reminders at least 25 times.” One possible solution could be conducting elections to these councils. Dr Ainchwar said that he had started the election process also but with Model Code of Conduct for Lok Sabha coming into force, the process could not go ahead. Later on, he retired from the post and since then nothing has happened.

It is very surprising that when the government acts swiftly in case of appointment of Vice-Chancellor in any of the universities in Western part of Maharashtra, why has it failed in initiating any steps for appointment of heads of two prominent universities in Vidarbha?

Nagpur Divisional Board, too, a victim of Government apathy

Apart from non-agricultural universities in Nagpur Division, the Nagpur Divisional Board of Education is a victim of the shocking apathy of State Government.

Nagpur Divisional Board is functioning without its full-time Chairman since one year. On August 15, 2013, the then Chairman C S Borkar was elevated to the position of Director, Balbharati. The charge of the Chairman of Nagpur Divisional Board was handled either by Board Secretary Anil Pardhi or Chairman of Amravati Board S M Ganorkar.

Shivaji Pandhare, who is Deputy Commissioner of Pune-based Examination Council, was transferred to Nagpur as Chairman of Nagpur Divisional Board. However, sources said, Pandhare was not interested in joining at Nagpur Board for several reasons including his ill-health. Some officers also said that a few MLCs of Nagpur region often created troubles for Board Chairman and hence officers were discouraged to join here.

Whatever the reasons, the fact remains that the post of Chairman of Nagpur Divisional Board is unoccupied at present. If MLCs, who are political functionaries, are creating troubles, the Government could have talked to respective political parties to ensure smooth functioning of the important office. Besides, if the Government had transferred an officer to a particular position and region, it had the responsibility to ensure that the said officer joined there.

Since transfer of Anil Pardhi as Deputy Director (Education), Nagpur, the post of Secretary of Nagpur Divisional Board also is lying vacant. He is holding additional charge of the office of Secretary of the Board.

The post of Chairman of Nagpur Divisional Board is equivalent to Joint Director, and that of Secretary to Deputy Director.

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Ambitious Metro Rail project to get Union Cabinet nod today

The Union Cabinet is likely to give its nod to ambitious Metro Rail project in Nagpur on Tuesday in its meeting to be held at New Delhi. Public Investment Board (PIB) has cleared the file of the ... Read More
The Union Cabinet is likely to give its nod to ambitious Metro Rail project in Nagpur on Tuesday in its meeting to be held at New Delhi. Public Investment Board (PIB) has cleared the file of the project. Soon after the Cabinet nod, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the project in a grand public function scheduled at Kasturchand Park ground in Nagpur on August 21.

After nod from Union Cabinet, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) will start constitution of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for implementation of the project and its subsequent operation and maintenance in the city. The constitution of Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) is also pending for legislation. Central Government has directed State to enact a policy for formation of UMTA, which would be headed by Chief Secretary and have Secretaries of all the departments concerned to clear way for operating Metro Rail. State Government has assured Centre to form SPV and UMTA after final nod from Union Cabinet.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay foundation stone of Metro Rail project on August 21 at 5 pm at Kasturchand Park ground. Governor of Maharashtra K Sankaranarayanan, Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar also will share the dais with Prime Minister.

Earlier in the day, Modi will also dedicate to the nation 500x2 MW thermal power generation units of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) at Mouda. The total cost of the project is around Rs 10,526 crore as per the present market cost. The cost of Metro Rail project has increased by almost Rs 2,500 crore during the intervening period. Delhi Metro Rail Corproation (DMRC) has proposed Mumbai-like elevated Metro Rail for Nagpur. NIT, the nodal agency for Metro Rail project, has started preparations for organising the massive programme of Prime Minister.

Already, Maharashtra Government has given in-principle nod to Metro Rail project for the Orange City. DMRC has submitted a detailed project report suggesting construction of two corridors of Metro Rail connecting 39 kms of North-South and East-West corridors. The project would get funds from the Central and State Governments under ambitious JNNURM project for promotion of public transport to decongest the city and improve mobility of citizens. Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC) has prepared a Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) for the city. As per the report, around 3.63 lakh commuters out of total population of 28.59 lakh may use Metro Rail.

The public function of the launch of Metro Rail project in Nagpur, will also be the virtual launch of Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena led Mahayuti’s campaign for ensuing Legislative Assembly polls, as far as Vidarbha region is concerned. Vidarbha has 62 Assembly seats, and BJP-Sena led Mahayuti has set eyes on them.

BJP sources informed that BJP is trying to take advantage of Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to Nagpur after taking over as Prime Minister, to expand its mass base in the region. In recently held Lok Sabha elections, the Mahayuti bagged all 10 seats in the region and party is trying to repeat its performance in Assembly elections too. Already, Modi has addressed two functions in Maharashtra recently -- one in Mumbai and another in Solapur with an eye on Assembly seats in these constituencies.

Official programme of Prime Minister

AS per the official programme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the city on August 21, which was confirmed on Monday, the Prime Minister will arrive at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport at 3 pm.

At 3.10 pm, he will leave for Mouda to grace the programme of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). He will reach Mouda at 3.45 pm. After dedicating to the nation 500x2 MW units of the power plant, and addressing a public meeting, he will leave for Nagpur at 5 pm.

Modi will reach Nagpur at 5.30 pm, and proceed by road straight to Kasturchand Park ground at 5.45 pm where he will launch Metro Rail project and address a grand public meeting. At 7.10 pm, Modi will leave for New Delhi.

Elaborate traffic arrangements for PM’s programme

ELABORATE traffic arrangements have been made by the city police for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s programme at historic Kasturchand Park on August 21.

For security reasons, plying and parking of all types of vehicles within the radius of 200 metres from venue will be prohibited.

To avoid traffic congestion near the venue, vehicles coming from Amravati Road will be parked at Hislop College Football ground, MLA Hostel, Vasantrao Deshpande Hall, and Ravi Nagar Ground No. 1 and No. 2. Vehicles coming from Wardha direction, the parking arrangement will be at Morris College Ground, near Yashwant Stadium, Patwardhan ground, New English High School, Congress Nagar, New Kurve’s Model High School, Shraddhanandpeth, Government ITI, North Ambazari Road, Deekshabhoomi and near Airport Wireless Station.

Vehicles coming from Umrer, Gadchiroli, Chimur, Bhandara and Gondia will be parked at Tajbag and Reshimbag Ground. Parking for vehicles coming from Katol direction, will be parked at Sarpanch Bhavan, Tirpude College, Vidarbha Women’s Hockey Association, Zilla Parishad School, old Katol octroi post, St Ursula Ground and Police Headquarters’ Ground.

Similarly, parking arrangment will be at St Francis De Sales Church, Sadar, Sant Johns School, Gaddigodam, All Saints Cathedral, VCA stadium, Government Polytechnic, Mangalwari, Anjuman Complex, Krida Sankul, Mankapur and Bishop Cotton School, Sadar.

Vehicles coming from Kamptee direction will be parked at SFS School Ground, Link Road, Sadar and SFS Church, opposite Patni Automobiles.

Thick security for PM’s programme at Mouda

A THICK security blanket will be thrown for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s programme at NTPC Project, Mouda. For advance security liaisoning, a joint meeting of different agencies was held at the venue on Monday. Special IGP (Nagpur Range) Ravindra Kada, Special IGP (SPG) S S Shrivastava, Superintendent of Police (Nagpur Rural) Dr Aarti Singh and other senior officers of Intelligence Bureau and State Intelligence Department were prominently present. Senior Police officers, SPG and Intelligence officers reviewed the security arrangements and inspected the venue and helipad at Mouda.

Additional Collector Asha Pathan, Chief Fire officer Rajendra Uchke, SDO (Mouda) Chandrakant Borkar, Tehsildar (Mouda) Shivraj Padole, Director (HRD) NTPCU P Pani, Commandant (CISF) Sarsatva, BSNL Ececutive Engineer Nagtode and others attended the meeting.

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NMC slaps fine of Rs 1 lakh on Rainbow Medinova Hospital

Health Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has imposed a fine of Rs One lakh on Rainbow Medinova Diagnostic Services Hospital, Ramdaspeth, for throwing Bio-Medical Waste in the dust-... Read More
Health Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has imposed a fine of Rs One lakh on Rainbow Medinova Diagnostic Services Hospital, Ramdaspeth, for throwing Bio-Medical Waste in the dust-bin of NMC.

Also, the civic body has issued a show cause notice to the hospital for cancellation of registration under Rule 5 of Mumbai Nursing Home Act, 1949. NMC’s Health Officer Dr Ashok Urkude informed through a press release that it was the responsibility of the hospital to dispose of Bio-Medical Waste scientifically. However, Rainbow Medinova violated the rules by throwing waste in the dust-bin. The department has issued notice to Dr Shekhar Bhagwat. The case has been referred to Maharashtra Pollution Control Board also for legal action. The action was taken under guidance of Deputy Director (Health) Dr Milind Ganvir.

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Civic body claims to have repaired 351 potholes

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has claimed to have repaired 351 potholes of 6,240 sq kms in last one week. Public Works Department of NMC claimed on Tuesday that in last fortnight, the civi... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has claimed to have repaired 351 potholes of 6,240 sq kms in last one week. Public Works Department of NMC claimed on Tuesday that in last fortnight, the civic body had repaired almost 1,000 potholes on city roads.

The local body has removed potholes with the help of Hot Mix Plant and Jet Patcher Machine. The city has 2,682 kms of NMC roads, 43 kms of National Highways, 6.7 kms of State Highways, 62.57 kms of other district roads, 41-km long Ring Road, and 1,124 kms of NIT roads.

The local body has removed 23 potholes in Laxmi Nagar Zone, 30 in Hanuman Nagar Zone, 119 in Dhantoli, 18 in Nehru Nagar, four in Lakadganj, 99 in Ashi Nagar, and 58 in Mangalwari zone. Jet Patcher Machine also has removed potholes from city roads. The local body is removing potholes from roads belonging to other agencies too. Hot Mix Plant machinery has removed 20,943 sq mtrs of potholes in last 15 days.

Standing Committee chairman Narendra Borkar said, the local body has made a provision of Rs 8 crore for removal of potholes. The citizens can upload photographs of potholes on roads in their areas on website www.nmc.gov.in to help local body for removing them.

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Water supply to North, East, South parts to be affected

The water supply will be affected in North, East, and parts of South Nagpur on August 13. Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) is taking up works related to the... Read More
The water supply will be affected in North, East, and parts of South Nagpur on August 13. Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) is taking up works related to the newly connected Express Feeder at Kanhan Water Treatment Plant. Therefore, pumping from Kanhan Water Treatment Plant will be stopped on Wednesday during 11 AM and 12 noon. During the shut-down, a Lightening Arrester will be installed on six-pole structure. Clear water pumping will be given direct power from the newly commissioned Express Feeder.

During last shut-down, there was a puncture on insulator/sorting of cable on the new Express Feeder and hence could not be connected. This problem has now been rectified and now ready to be connected with the clear water pumping. Due to this work, supply to North, East and parts of South Nagpur will remain affected, informs a press release issued by Orange City Water (OCW) here.

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Gambling den raided, 28 held

SPECIAL Squads of Deputy Commissioners of Police Abhinash Kumar (Zone I) and Nirmala Devi S (Zone III) jointly raided the infamous gambling den of Babaji alias Ashok Yadav at Bharatiya Akhada i... Read More
SPECIAL Squads of Deputy Commissioners of Police Abhinash Kumar (Zone I) and Nirmala Devi S (Zone III) jointly raided the infamous gambling den of Babaji alias Ashok Yadav at Bharatiya Akhada in front of Itwari Railway Station in Lakadganj area and caught 28 persons, mostly traders, red-handed while gambling on cards in the wee hours of Tuesday. During the raid, cops seized Rs 6.12 lakh cash, 27 cellphones, five two-wheelers, one LCD, a set top box and playing cards

Main accused Babaji alias Ashok Yadav and one of his accomplices managed to give a slip to the cops.

The accused have been identified as Devendra Rambhau Aakhre (52), a resident of Budhwari, Ramesh Ganpati Punekar (42), a resident of Pasarkar Mohalla, Golibar Chowk, Manoj Gyanchand Jain (47), a resident of Plot No 300, Wardhaman Nagar, Ishwar Lotan Gaur (34), a resident Hansapuri, Chhoti Khadan, Dinesh Bharatlal Jain (47), a resident of Lal Nagar, behind Shanti Nagar Ghat, Naresh Suresh Hiwrale (27), a resident of Tabla Market, Jagnath Budhwari, Shaikh Abid Shaikh Yusuf (31), a resident of Satranjipura, Mahesh Champalal Yadav (37), a resident of Nayapura, behind Itwari Railway Station, Amit Hiralal Gupta (35), a resident of Shende Nagar, near Chafekar Flour Mill, Mohammad Shafi Abdul Munaf (48), a resident of Plot No 46, Asi Nagar, Teka, Rizwan Hasan Qureshi (33), a resident of Plot No 41, Jafar Nagar, Mohammad Javed Mohammad Shakur (33), a resident of Nawabpura, Anand Bhagwandas Shrivastava (41), a resident of Mehandibag Road, Khairipura, Ajay Kamalprasad Shukla (38), a resident of Plot No 404, Mahendra Nagar, Firoz Khan Manzoor Khan (33), a resident of Plot No 102, Mahendra Nagar, Shahdip Mohammad Shakeel (34), a resident of Jagnath Budhwari, near TB Ward, Mohammad Imran Mohammad Rasheed (23), a resident of Plot No 21, Anant Nagar, Rizwan Khan Bahadur Khan (42), a resident of Shanti Nagar, Premlal Ratanlal Ahir (37), a resident of Pachpaoli, Bastarwadi, near Itwari Railway Station, Narayan Tulsiram Khapekar (43), a resident of Pachpaoli Gate No 1, Rajesh Suresh Sadhankar (34), a resident of Plot No 175, Yadav Nagar, Dheeraj Shyamlal Thakur (32), a resident of Ashirvad Nagar, Manoj Krishnarao Domarkar (36), a resident of Timki Dadrapura, Bhankheda, Shaikh Yakat Ali Shaikh Gulab Ali (51), a resident of Awasthi Nagar, Durgesh Ganesh Dagor (29), a resident of Ganjipeth, Rafique Khan Aziz Khan (27), a resident of Samadhan Nagar, near Jafar Nagar, Sushil Ramdas Shirke (27), a resident of Plot No 132, Trimurti Nagar and Shrikant Ramkrishna Jagnade (39), a resident of Juni Shukrawari.

It is learnt that senior police officials got information that the gambling den was being run at Bharatiya Akhada since long but the Lakadganj Police did not initiate action against Babaji alias Ashok Yadav for reasons best known to them. They also received information that some political workers, including a corporator, and traders often gamble there on cards.

On the basis of the information, special squads of Deputy Commissioners of Police Kumar (Zone I) and Nirmala Devi S (Zone III) and raided the gambling den and arrested the 28 gamblers. Two other accused managed to give a slip to the cops. After seizing cash and other material, cops registered an offence under Sections 4 and 5 of the Gambling Act against them at Lakadganj Police Station.

Inquiry likely against Lakadganj DB Squad

Senior Police officials are likely to initiate an inquiry against some cops, including those attached to DB Squad of Lakadganj Police Station for their alleged nexus with Babaji alias Ashok Yadav and his coterie. Sources informed that Babaji was running the gambling den at Bharatiya Akhada since long with the blessings of some cops attached to Lakadganj Police Station.

The alleged criminal-police nexus came to light after Special Squad of Deputy Commissioner of Police Abhinash Kumar took a lead in raiding Bharatiya Akhada and putting behind bars the gamblers. Till late night, cops were yet to nab Babaji and one of his accomplices in this connection.

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YTSK to end Rly’s monopoly in sale of reserved tickets

In a precursor towards ending monopoly in sale of reserved travel tickets, the Ministry of Railways have floated a new scheme, Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendra (YTSK), wherein private players can no... Read More
In a precursor towards ending monopoly in sale of reserved travel tickets, the Ministry of Railways have floated a new scheme, Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendra (YTSK), wherein private players can now set-up PRS-cum-UTS terminals. Means, in future one may not be dependent for train's ticket on Railway's passenger reservation system (PRS) centres, as same would be available in market. A circular about YTSK was issued by Traffic Commercial Wing of Railway Board recently, laying down norms for new agents scheme.

In other words, Railway under guise of public-private partnership is gradually moving towards closure of PRS centres, atleast at major urban centres and in future may be total withdrawal from sale of tickets, stated Vinod Chaturvedi, Divisional Secretary, Central Railway Mazdoor Sangh (CRMS), while commenting on YTSK scheme.

YTSK is just enlarged version of Railway's earlier scheme, Railway Ticket Sale Agents (RTSA) and Railway Ticket Agents (RTA) and the Board's circular has laid down very stringent norms in appointment of new agents. The first qualification is those who earlier worked as RTSA and RTA would only get change to works as YTSK and they can sale reserved as well as unreserved tickets. The franchisee for selling tickets would be appointed after clearance from three-member screening committee comprising a Junior Administrative Grade (JAG) level officers, one each from Commercial and Finance.

As per the scheme, each of the selected licensee can operate four terminals, and if ticket sales are good Railways can increase the terminal numbers. The initial cost for getting ticket terminal seems quite hefty and could prove detrimental in success of the YTSK scheme, feels the agents who are interested in the scheme. For example Railways has asked for Rs. 1.6 lakh system charges per terminal/annum and this is to be paid in advance. Besides there is one time non-refundable registration fee of Rs. five lakh that is to be paid after allotment of licence.

The contention for advance fee is that against it the licencee will be allowed to issue tickets upto Rs. 4.5 lakh/annum. In fact with eye on metro cities where ticket sale is quite hefty the Railway Board has kept maximum permissible deposit to Rs. one crore. Apart from that there is provision of security deposit/bank guarantee of Rs. two lakh-Rs. five lakh, which will be interest free. On their part, Railways will supply free of cost PRS tickets rolls which would sport a distinct colour. In case of loss of rolls, debit equivalent to fare of the farthest distance by highest class of train for six adult passenger per ticket lost, would be raised by Railways.

Revenue Sharing: Licence would need to share 25% of service charges levied on customers for booking/cancellation of reserved tickets. Further tickets under YTKS will be Rs. one costlier in view of booking charge. The model revenue sharing model will be applicable for one year and would be reviewed every quarter.

A service charge of Rs. 30/passenger for 2SL an and sleeper classes and Rs. 40/passenger for all other classes and same will be printed on tickets to prevent overcharging. Service charges for cancellation will be 50% of the charges prescribed for booking. The timings of operations of private terminals would be from 9 am to 10 pm on week days and from 9 am to 2 pm on Sunday. For Tatkal booking the timing would be from 11 am onwards. The initial tenure of licence will be for a period of three-years and licencee will need to pay Rs. 5,000/per counter per annum to Railways. as Government Pleader (GP). The Law and Judiciary department appointed three Additional Government Pleaders, who are expected to share heavy workload of GP.

Adv Shishir Madhusudan Ukey is relatively younger among the lot and had worked as junior to Adv Ravi Sanyal and worked extensively in service matters, forest issues, security guards, mathadi hamals, and interest of sawmill industries. He also handled the consumer court litigations on behalf of Union Bank of India. He was empanelled as counsel for Zilla Parishad, Buldhana; Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and others. Ukey completed his LL B from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar College of Law in 1999. He worked mainly on civil side with Adv V G Wankhede. He has worked with Adv Swapanajit Sanyal. Plan would be needed for surplus staff of PRS

If the YTSK scheme succeeds then there would be surplus staff of PRS for which Indian Railways needs to plan in advance. The railway employee feels that Railway Board must make advance provision for their deployment in parallel cadre, like ticket checking, so that there is no ambiguity on the matter. Already option form has been circulated among PRS staff asking for their preference for deployment as Railways is increasingly outsourcing ticketing with a view to cut down its workforce. Recently, there PRS-UTS terminals were opened at post offices but the working hours restriction has ensured that they are limited success. There are large scale vacancies in ticket checking and this issue has been raised by passenger bodies and union alike.

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Sonegaon Police arrest four jewellers, Sarafa Bandh today

BULLION traders have decided to observe a bandh on Wednesday to protest arrest of four jewellers by Sonegaon Police. The bullion traders and members of Sarafa Association gathered in front of S... Read More
BULLION traders have decided to observe a bandh on Wednesday to protest arrest of four jewellers by Sonegaon Police. The bullion traders and members of Sarafa Association gathered in front of Sonegaon Police Station on Tuesday night demanding immediate release of their colleagues.

Charging police of falsely implicating four jewellers -- Anup Udapure, Ashok Manjre, Manish Parekh, and Purshottam Hedau from Itwari and New Mangalwari -- for allegedly purchasing stolen gold from a thief, the bullion traders pointed out that they co-operated with the cops in the investigation. However, the police officers concerned arrested the four jewellers without consulting the Sarafa Vigilance Committee. Ravikant Harde, President of Sona Chandi Oal Committee told ‘The Hitavada’ that the police had arrested a thief and obtained remand for his custodial interrogation. He said, the thief allegedly told the investigators that he had mortgaged the stolen ornaments with the four jewllers. Subsequently, he said, the police summoned the four jewellers for questioning when the thief was in their custody. Moreover, he said, the four jewellers were willing to give the CCTV camera footage to the investigators to justify that they were not at all involved in the crime. However, the Sonegaon Police went a step ahead by arresting them without consulting the Sarafa Vigilance Committee, he added.

Condemning the police action, Ravikant Harde, Sanjay Khule and other office-bearers of the committee decided to observe a day’s bandh on Wednesday.

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Increase in Property Tax, LBT revenue; still not enough to meet NMC’s requirements

Cash-strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is trying hard to increase its revenue from available resources in the current financial year. The local body has registered an increase by Rs 13 ... Read More
Cash-strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is trying hard to increase its revenue from available resources in the current financial year. The local body has registered an increase by Rs 13 crore in revenue from Property Tax as well as Rs 82 crore from Local Body Tax (LBT), but it is still lesser than NMC’s requirement.

Tax Committee Chairman Girish Deshmukh took stock of the revenue earned by NMC through LBT and Property Tax in current financial year.

Deshmukh informed mediapersons that the recovery of Property Tax was Rs 45 crore in current year, a rise of around Rs 13 crore compared to that the previous year. The civic body has improved distribution of Property Tax demands in current financial year. Out of 4.79 lakh demand notes, almost 3.92 lakh were distributed and remaining would be distributed in next 15 days, he added.

Deshmukh held review meeting at Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Hall of NMC. Senior corporator Sunil Agrawal, Deputy Municipal Commissioner Pramod Bhusari, Tax Assessor Shashikant Hastak, all Assistant Commissioners and Tax Inspectors were present in the meeting. The Property Tax Department has generated demand of Rs 250 crore in current financial year. Last year, the total collection of tax was Rs 190 crore. The department has identified 3,522 new properties and these will come under tax net.

Deshmukh said, the department requires efforts from Assistant Commissioners as the department is still sending demand notes to slum-dwellers in Sakkardara lake area. This slum was shifted to other places around five to six years ago, but the department is still generating demand notes for the same 500 slum-dwellers. This should be checked by the senior officers and remidial measures must be taken, he stressed.

According to Deshmukh, NMC had posted LBT collection of Rs 145 crore in current financial year, which was almost Rs 82 crore more than that in the last year. The last year’s collection was lesser due to stiff opposition to LBT from traders and businesspersons. The department has issued notices to 106 traders and seized documents of 92 shops and establishments. Action against 27 traders was completed and action was under process in case of 53 shops and establishments. The civic body is taking tough stand against cold storage owners and it has given time of 10 days to disclose names of business persons, he said.

Mayor gets demand for paid property tax!

This could be the best example of alertness of Property Tax Department of NMC. The department has issued demand note to Mayor Anil Sole recently. The demand note includes property tax for last year too, though Sole had paid the tax before contesting election to Legislative Council seat from Graduates’ Constituency. It also raises question as to what could happen in case of common citizens.

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Nagpur and Amravati universities among top 45 varsities of country

After facing bad name for a long time, and taking efforts to regain its glory, here is a good news for Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) and Sant Gadge Baba Amravati Univer... Read More
After facing bad name for a long time, and taking efforts to regain its glory, here is a good news for Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) and Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University (SGAU) both as their names have figured in the list of top 45 universities of the country.

RTMNU has earned 25th and SGAU 27th position in the latest India Today-Nielsen Best Universities Survey. Besides, both these universities from Vidarbha region have been placed on fourth and fifth position respectively in the list of top five Western Universities. This is quite an achievement if one looks at the controversies till the recent past.

The names of RTMNU and SGAU got marred by various incidents and many said that the universities had earned bad name for them. Of course, efforts were started to come out of the bad phase. With the latest survey placing both the universities in top 27 in the country, it appears that the efforts have borne fruits. There are 10 universities that got entry into the list as new entrant, and Nagpur and Amravati varsities are among them.

The survey stated that while private universities were thriving in the country, public universities also were picking up fast. The things are improving for the Indian universities with 17 universities making it to Asia’s top 300 universities, and in top 100 universities in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries. India is represented by 16 institutions, five of them in Top 20.

The survey has given points under the heads of reputation, quality of academic input, student care, infrastructure, job prospects, faculty, research publications, innovation and governance, global exposure, security arrangements, admission procedure, perceptual ranking, factual rating, and indexed to 100.

The survey took into account over 170 universities from across India to determine top 45 universities in the Art, Science, and Commerce streams. The survey involved desk research, data sources like the Internet, published reports, and Association of Indian Universities were considered. Institutions of national importance that specialise in only one area of knowledge have not been included. About 349 experts from different streams were shown the list of universities and asked to rate the university on identical parameters. The top 85 universities were then shortlisted from the perceptual ranking and contacted for factual data on various parameters. To derive the final score for each university, a weightage of 50 per cent was given to perceptual data and 50 per cent to factual data. The overall score was then indexed to 100 and the final list of top 45 universities was drawn up.

Delhi University topped the table with index of perfect 100. University of Calcutta, Banaras Hindu University, Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi), University of Hyderabad, Aligarh Muslim University, Osmania University, Jamia Millia Islamia, University of Mysore, Andhra University secured positions among Top 10 universities with a score ranging between 50 and 77. Nagpur got the index of 14.02 and Amravati 13.66 in the survey.

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Three years’ RI, fine to former Branch Manager, CBoI, Patan

SPECIAL Judge, CBI Court, Jabalpur, vide judgement, on Tuesday convicted R R Das, the then Branch Manager, Central Bank of India (CBoI), Patan Branch, Jabalpur, in CBI case and sentenced three ... Read More
SPECIAL Judge, CBI Court, Jabalpur, vide judgement, on Tuesday convicted R R Das, the then Branch Manager, Central Bank of India (CBoI), Patan Branch, Jabalpur, in CBI case and sentenced three years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5000 under sections 7 and 13 (2) r/w 13 (1) (d) of Prevention of Corruption Act-1988 as well as under Section 120 B of the IPC and in default of payment of fine under each head, the accused to undergo further imprisonment of six months. Co-accused Vikas Bairagi was sentenced to undergo three years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5000 under Section 120 B of the IPC and in default of payment of fine, the accused to undergo further imprisonment of six months. All custodial sentences are to run concurrently. Complainant Raghuvir Singh in his complaint had alleged that R R Das, the then Branch Manager, Central Bank of India, Patan Branch, Jabalpur, was demanding Rs 5,000 from the complainant for doing an official favour of sanctioning and disbursing Central Kisan Credit Card loan of Rs 80,000 in favour of the complainant. On the basis of written complaint and its subsequent positive verification, a case under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered at CBI, ACB, Jabalpur, against the accused on August 10, 2007. Thereafter, a trap was laid on September 10, 2007, and the accused R R Das was caught red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 5,000 from the complainant in presence of the independent witnesses. Accused Das after receiving bribe amount of Rs 5,000 handed over the same to Vikas Bairagi, Advocate, who was sitting with the accused at the time of trap. After thorough investigation, CBI filed chargesheet against R R Das and Vikas Bairagi on March 26, 2008, in the Court of Special Judge, CBI Cases, Jabalpur, under Section 120-B of the IPC and Section 7 and 13 (2) r/w 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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Officer of AMPRI, his wife booked for embezzlement

Baghsevania police has registered case of embezzlement against officer posted in Finance section of Advanced Materials and Processes Research Institute (AMPRI) on Tuesday. Accused has embezzled a... Read More
Baghsevania police has registered case of embezzlement against officer posted in Finance section of Advanced Materials and Processes Research Institute (AMPRI) on Tuesday. Accused has embezzled amount to the tune of more than Rs 24 lakh. As he had also deposited the ill-gotten money into the account of his wife, police have made his wife co-accused in the case. Police sources said that section officer of AMPRI, Atul Kumar Jain had lodged complaint against section officer of finance, Pramod Kumar Sinha and accused him of siphoning off lakhs of rupees through embezzlement. The actual sum of embezzlement is Rs 24,56,395. “Accused works in accounts section. He was doing embezzlement for a long time. He used to deposit the money of the institution into his account. Around three to four months back, one complaint had come against him. After this, institution had formed special audit team to check the wrong-doings. In probe, it came to know that it is in 29 cases in which embezzlement was done, said SHO of Baghsevania police station to ‘The Hitavada’.

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I-T Deptt conducts raid on Regal Homes, Om Shanti

Income Tax Department conducted raid against Regal Homes and Om Shanti, both builders, on Tuesday. More than one dozen premises were covered in Bhopal as well as in Indore during the raid. IT D... Read More
Income Tax Department conducted raid against Regal Homes and Om Shanti, both builders, on Tuesday. More than one dozen premises were covered in Bhopal as well as in Indore during the raid. IT Department is learnt to have stumbled on large-scale tax evasion. So far, I-T Department is still trying to know tax evasion but air is thick with speculation that tax evasion by both builders could be around or more than Rs 100 crore.

Sources said that IT Department officials conducted raid during morning hours. It is learnt that registries, documents related to investment were found in the raid. It is being said that earlier, builders tried to oppose the raid but later, gave up their protest. In the raid, offices of Regal Homes situated in Padmanabh Nagar, Railway Colony and Arera Colony were covered apart from the residence of the builder.

Apart from this, offices of Om Shanti Auto Company, situated in Dewas and Indore, were also covered. If sources are to be believed, then incriminating documents related to tax evasion have been seized in big manner from both builders. Ashok Jain is said to be owner of Om Shanti while K L Sharma owns Regal Homes. Vijay Kumar and Dinesh Kumar Rai own Dwarkadeesh and he is said to be interconnected with said builders. S S Yadav’s house was also covered in the raid and if sources are to be believed, then maximum cash was recovered from his house. Sources claimed ten lockers, documents related to several acre land and lakhs of rupees were found in cash in raid against both builders.

The raid exercise was underway till evening hours. Income Tax officials are compiling the recovered documents and later, efforts would be made to know that how much tax evasion has been done by both builders. It is fathomed that raid is going to reveal black income of both builders in big manner.

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Mini bus hits 2 minor boys

Two children, who were going to gas agency to book gas cylinder on their Scotty, were hit by a recklessly driven mini bus near Subhash Nagar railway crossing on Tuesday.

Passers-by stopped ... Read More
Two children, who were going to gas agency to book gas cylinder on their Scotty, were hit by a recklessly driven mini bus near Subhash Nagar railway crossing on Tuesday.

Passers-by stopped the mini bus and roughed up the bus driver. Later, injured children were sent to hospital for treatment. One of the victims was injured badly.

It is learnt that impact of bus was so powerful that both children were thrown apart and blood started to ooze out from their wounds. One boy seemed to be aged around seven or eight years. The second boy was around twelve years of age and it is this boy who sustained more injuries, especially on ribs and legs.

After the incident, passengers as well as passers-by caught the bus driver and thrashed him. It is learnt that both boys have sustained fractures in hands and legs. The bus was going to Mandideep.

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Tenure of Lokayukta, Up-Lokayukta can be extended for one more year

State Government can now extend one more year after the expiration of Lokayukta and Deputy Lokayukta’s tenure. In addition, State Government has also decided to call off the compulsion of obtai... Read More
State Government can now extend one more year after the expiration of Lokayukta and Deputy Lokayukta’s tenure. In addition, State Government has also decided to call off the compulsion of obtaining Cabinet Committee approval where the officials are found guilty in departmental inquiries instituted on recommendations of Lokayukta/Economic Offences Wing.

A Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on Tuesday, decided to authorise administrative departments to give permission for prosecution of their officers-employees. So far, there was a compulsion of obtaining Cabinet Committee’s approval in the cases where defaulter officer-employee is found guilty in departmental enquiry instituted on recommendation of Lokayukta/Economic Offences Wing. The Cabinet also decided to amend Section-5 of Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta and Up-Lokayukta Act-1981. According to the amendment, after expiry of his term, Lokayukta will continue to hold the post until his successor is appointed and assumes office. However, this extended period will not exceed one year in any case. The Cabinet endorsed Chief Minister’s directive to extend time-limit for special recruitment drive to fill up backlog, carry-forward SC, ST and Backward Class posts as well as posts reserved for disabled persons till June 30, 2015.

Cabinet also sanctioned creation of 200 posts of class II, III and IV employees in establishment of High Court, including 10 posts each of personal secretary, section officer, personal assistant, stenographer, assistant grade-1 & II, record supplier, driver and jamadar, 50 posts of assistant grade-3 and 20 posts of contingency workers.

Besides, 7 posts have been sanctioned for Residential Commissioner Office, Madhya Pradesh Bhavan, New Delhi, 2 posts of Assistant Protocol Officer in Vidhan Sabha Secretariat, 26 in Government Dental College, Indore, 8 in Academy of Administration and 15 posts in pre-matric girls hostels of Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare Department.

The Cabinet decided that in Chief Technical Examiner (Vigilance) organisation, only those officers will be posted on deputation as chief engineers who basically hold the post of chief engineer in construction departments, semi-government undertakings and Madhya Pradesh Electricity Board. If it is not possible to avail services of chief engineer, then superintending engineers with minimum 5 years’ seniority should be posted on deputation as chief engineers. The Cabinet has decided to constitute a committee to ensure better quality of construction works. The committee will comprise Ministers and Principal Secretaries of concerning departments. The Cabinet gave administrative sanction to 9 group drinking water schemes to be implemented by Madhya Pradesh Water Corporation Limited. The projects will benefit 5 lakh population of 383 villages. The schemes include Damhendi, Kiragi, Karanpura, Dhasan, Gorihar, Biriyapur, Badon Kalan, Indwar and Singhora.

The Cabinet decided to sanction increased special allowance to 106 teachers/Karmis of Social Justice & Disabled Welfare Department’s 41 recognised institutions and District Disabled Rehabilitation Centre in every district with effect from April 1, 2014. The Cabinet sanctioned 34 schemes costing Rs 1402.22 crore sanctioned by Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) during 12th Five Year Plan period and gave consent to its terms and conditions. The Cabinet approved the draft Amendment Bill-2014 regarding Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan University, Bhopal.

Cabinet decided to extend date of merger scheme for 3 months. The date had expired on August 11, 2014. The Cabinet sanctioned merger of 123 eligible persons of Oilseed Federation, posted on deputation under Panchayats & Rural Development Department. The Cabinet sanctioned merger of 76 sub-auditors of Cooperatives Department, working on deputation in Oilseed Federation on the same post in accordance with merger scheme chalked out for Oilseed Federation’s employees.

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VHP’s Golden Jubilee Year celebrations to begin with grand shobhayatra on 17th

“TO MARK Golden Jubilee Year of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a series of programmes will be organised throughout the year. In Mahakoshal region, celebrations will begin from August 17 with gr... Read More
“TO MARK Golden Jubilee Year of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a series of programmes will be organised throughout the year. In Mahakoshal region, celebrations will begin from August 17 with grand shobhayatra followed by programmes of Matrashakti Sammelan, blood donation camp in which a target to collect one lakh units of blood has been set,” informed Kailash Gupta, State President of Visha Hindu Parishad, Mahakoshal Prant, while addressing a press conference at a city hotel on Tuesday. Gupta was accompanied by State Secretary Govind Shende, Ramkishore Ji Karsolia, newly inducted President of Golden Jubilee Year Celebration Committee, Mahakoshal Prant, Vice-President, Rajneet Jain of Jabalpur.

Govind Shinde informed that VHP was founded in 1964 on Janmashtami from Chinmaya Mission by eminent Hindu seers. The seers also set objectives and works of VHP. The Parishad has been constituted with a motive to stop cow slaughter, to check activities bringing dishonour to Hindu seers, religious heads for founding a strong and social harmony Hindu community in the country. With blessings of saints in five decades fighting against conspiracy hatched by anti-national forces and anti-Hindu forces, VHP has succeeded in breaking conspiracy played against nation and Hindu community by foreign forces with the help of money while has created a belief that in coming years VHP will dissolve all such anti-national and anti-Hindu activities completely, added Dr Kailash Gupta.

In five decades, VHP has ensure its presence across the country. In 50,000 villages, Ekal Vidyalayas are running in far-flung villages in which over three lakh students are imparted elementary education. For cow protection, VHP has been running around 550 gaushalas in different parts of the country. Under Panchgavya, VHP is running various social welfare programmes like arogya, ajivika, education, security and development of village.

Till now around above 50,000 students are being given education through 151 hostels run by Parishad. State Secretary Govind Shinde informed that VHP has taken up the target to conduct Hindu Jagran with all 10 lakh workers in one lakh village units to deter continuous conspiracy of anti-Hindu and anti-national forces. Besides this, Golden Jubilee Year celebration will commence with organisation of grand shobhayatras at block-level on Janmashtami.

The procession will be taken out with a message of unity. On the occasion, declaration of body of Mahakoshal Prant Vishwa Hindu Parishad Swarnajayanti Varsh Mahotsav Samiti was done by State President of VHP Mahakoshal Prant. In this Ramkishore Karsolia has been inducted as State President and on the post of Executive President Yogesh Tiwari of Satna has been inducted. On the post of State Vice-President two posts Rajneet Jain and Anil Tiwari of Sagar have been inducted. On the post of State Secretary, Rajesh Tiwari, Advocate of Jabalpur, have been nominated and State Treasurer of Samiti includes Rakesh Agrawal of Katni.

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Double-decker train to continue plying between Habibganj and Indore

Habibganj-Indore double decker train which was supposed to end its services from Wednesday will remain on tracks till further orders. This decision was taken by Railway Ministry after a letter wa... Read More
Habibganj-Indore double decker train which was supposed to end its services from Wednesday will remain on tracks till further orders. This decision was taken by Railway Ministry after a letter was written by Railway Board. Reportedly, Habibganj-Indore double decker train was running in loss and was not able to attract passengers from both sides of its destination. Therefore, it was scheduled to terminate its services from August 13.

Earlier, the double decker train, first of its kind in country, was given green signal last year amidst much fanfare, but officials in Bhopal Rail Division said that the train was lacking on all fronts in gathering passengers firstly due to its high fare and secondly, due to its wrong running time. After continuous loss, there was a strong buzz during Rail Budget that the route will be changed. However, demands were also made to keep it on its current route.

Rumours also indicated that the route of the train will be changed to Ratlam Railway Division followed by extending it to Vadodara and Mumbai, where there are large number of passengers for the train, who can help in getting its revenue back on track. While Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker, Lok Sabha suggested that the train be made to run on Indore-Damoh route.

Officials in Railway Division said that Member of Parliament from State capital Alok Sanjar had also written to Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda to keep double decker on its track and continue its services from State capital. Piyush Mathur, CPRO, WC Railway said that the services of double decker train, running between Habibganj and Indore, will continue giving its services till further orders from Rail Ministry as the termination of its services has been postponed till further orders.

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‘Ritu Kumari has incurable ITP disease’

CISF ADG O P Singh claimed that CISF lady constable Ritu Kumari, who tried to commit suicide recently by pumping bullet into her stomach by 9 mm service revolver, is suffering from blood relate... Read More
CISF ADG O P Singh claimed that CISF lady constable Ritu Kumari, who tried to commit suicide recently by pumping bullet into her stomach by 9 mm service revolver, is suffering from blood related incurable disease Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) for last many years. In the meantime, efforts would be made to know that whether she was suffering from disease before recruitment and if so, then how she cleared the physical test.

Assuring of fair probe into the incident, O P Singh said that before being shifted to Bhopal, Ritu Kumari was posted at Mumbai airport and at that time, she had approached him with the request that she is having some incurable disease and she should be shifted to smaller airport. She wanted posting at one of the airports from three airports including Khajuraho, Indore and Bhopal. He added that as far as departmental matter is concerned, then disciplinary norms would be followed. He informed he had not tried to know the findings of ongoing probe and said that if the criminal intent is established, then it would be looked after by local police and even matter is also being looked at by Women Commission also.

When presspersons asked that why accused Deputy Commandant has not been removed till completion of probe, he wanted to know from the questioner that whether he is having any evidence that there had been effort to interfere the probe? Speaking on the incident, he said that on the advice of doctors, Ritu Kumari was taken to AIIMS for better treatment and her condition is reported to be stable. Her mother and brother are with her.

Narrating the incident and its related facts, he claimed that for last many years, Ritu Kumari was suffering from blood related Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), which is an incurable disease. Due to this reason, the level of platelets is always low. It is due to this reason that there is possibility of tiredness and depression. He said court of inquiry being done by CISF is going to end soon. He said Ritu Kumari had applied for outpass on August 3 and outpass was issued to her from 3 pm till 6 pm and she was supposed to be present in roll call at 6 pm. But she had not appeared in roll call and reached unit line at 7.25 pm. As part of punishment, she was asked to do extra duty of three days. On the incident day, her duty was in B shift from 2 pm till 10 pm. Around 1 pm, she got issued 9 mm pistol and soon after this, she shot herself. She was immediately taken to People’s Hospital for treatment.

Notably, in her dying statement, she had accused Deputy Commandant of harassing her. Gandhi Nagar police are doing investigation on the basis of her statements.

Bhopal airport is sensitive airport

CISF ADG O P Singh said CISF is looking after security of 59 airports and security has been divided into three categories including hypersensitive, sensitive and general. Bhopal airport is sensitive airport. He said, looking at the terrorist threat, counter terrorism contingency plan has been worked out for hyper sensitive metropolitan and CISF is writing to states in this regard. Already, it is in place at Mumbai and Delhi and Andhra Pradesh has given its consent.

Besides this, stress is also being made on tactical deployment in which it is ensured that deployed men should look less in number against the actual number of deployed men. Apart from this, emphasis is being made on how to increase detection capability and response time. Vouching for advance technical gadget in strategy, he said that if a baggage lies unattended for even 15 minutes, then computer would alert in this regard. He claimed that all the development is being done to stop terrorist attack.

He was of the view that seeing the recent terrorist attacks at Karachi airport and so on, need was felt for counter terrorism contingency plan for Indian airports.

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Youth drowns in Mahmara Anicut

A youth drowned in Sheonath River while crossing the Mahmara Anicut on Tuesday noon. The body of the victim was not traced till the last reports came in and the eye witnesses claimed that the v... Read More
A youth drowned in Sheonath River while crossing the Mahmara Anicut on Tuesday noon. The body of the victim was not traced till the last reports came in and the eye witnesses claimed that the victim was trying to cross the anicut in an inebriated state. Though the victim was warned by the police personnel deployed on the anicut but ignoring the warning, the victim went ahead and drowned consequently. Police informed that Jitendra Yadav, a resident of Shardapara, Bhilai had come to village Mahmara with his friend, who was not identified, for meeting with his uncle Panchram Yadav. At around 14:00 hrs, Jitendra’s friend went to Mahmara Anicut in an inebriated state and approached towards Sheonath Crematorium on foot through the anicut. The police personnel and other eyewitnesses, who were present there, asked the victim not to cross the anciut as water was flowing 2 feet above it. Claiming himself as a good swimmer, the victim ignored all the warning and went ahead as a result he got slipped in the river.

Soon after the incident, professional divers were engaged in search operation but the victim was not traced till the last reports came in. He was not even identified while his friend, who was in the village at the time of incident, has also gone missing, said police. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Anjora Police Post In-charge, Mr. Tripathi stated that the victim was trying to cross the anicut in an inebriated state despite the fact that water was flowing 2 feet above the anicut. He added that a search operation to trace the victim will again be launched on Wednesday.

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Birth Certificate is the first identity proof of a newly born: Dr Raman Singh

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has appealed people of state to go for birth-death registration and receive birth/death certificate necessarily. He said that birth-death registrations are done fo... Read More
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has appealed people of state to go for birth-death registration and receive birth/death certificate necessarily. He said that birth-death registrations are done for free. In case past incidents of birth/death could not be registered on time, then one may get the registration done by paying nominal late fee. State Government has appointed CEO of Janpad Panchayats in rural areas, Chief Municipal Officers of urban bodies, authorized officials and In-charge officials of Government Hospitals with capacity of 30-bed or more as Registrar under Civil Registration System. Chief Minister said that birth certificate is the first identity proof of a newly born, which has its own importance in issuance of passport, addition of name in ration cards etc. The document is also important for availing benefits of government facilities. Moreover, death certificate is a necessary legal document for heirs of the deceased for claiming paternal property, insurance claim etc. Today, Dr Singh has appealed people, panch-sarpanch, elected officials and members of Jila Panchayats and Janpad Panchayats, elected officials of urban bodies and corporators, for their cooperation in the registration work.

Dr Raman Singh said that birth of a baby is an occasion of celebration in the family, while sudden death of a family member is extremely sad and painful. But despite the overwhelming emotions, one should necessarily get the registration of birth/death done on time and receive the certificates for the same as it will prove beneficial for the family as well as the country. He further said that usually in rural areas, people show least interest in registration of birth/death considering it to be unnecessary. However, registration of birth/death is as important as the various customary rituals performed during such occasions.

Dr Raman Singh said that people of Chhattisgarh can make important contribution in development of state by getting the birth/death registrations done on time. Reason being, birth-death registration records serve as the basis for government to formulate public welfare and development schemes. Chief Minister has appealed people to take pledge that they will report the registrar concerned about birth-death incidents taking place in their family, locality, village and ward.

Under Civil Registration System, registration of each birth/death incident in state is compulsory. Due to lack of proper registration and reporting, Chhattisgarh’s position in the country is not good enough. Hence, people of state should come forward to report such incidents on time and make collective efforts to take Chhattisgarh state to the top position in the country. Contribution of each individual is important.

According to the information received from Raipur based Directorate of Census, the directorate and state government’s Directorate of Finance and Statistics have already provided training of birth-death registration to all the registrars of Chhattisgarh.

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Dates for students’ union elections declared

After the announcement of restoring students’ union elections in the universities and colleges in the state, University Coordination Committee, which had met at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday, decided... Read More
After the announcement of restoring students’ union elections in the universities and colleges in the state, University Coordination Committee, which had met at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday, decided to issue notification regarding the elections on August 16. Governor and Chancellor Balramji Dass Tandon chaired the meeting which was attended by State Higher Education Minister Prem Prakash Pandey, Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand and the Vice-Chancellors of the universities in Chhattisgarh.

According to sources, for the universities having ordinance passed the notification will be issued on August 16. Decision on issuance of notification for the universities having some hurdles will be decided very soon, sources added.

Student’s Union elections will be held on August 27 at the colleges across the state while September 1 and 2 will be the dates for the elections for election office bearers for the universities. Sources also added that there will be direct elections to elect representatives at the colleges. College representatives will elect representatives for the universities. In both the cases, voting will be taken place at the colleges.

The Higher Education Department will chalk out strategies for holding peaceful elections at 12 universities and 220 colleges of Chhattisgarh.

Addressing the Vice Chancellors and Higher Education officials in the meeting, the Governor emphasised on the need for special attention towards filling up vacant posts in the teaching and non-teaching departments of the colleges. The Chancellor said the shortage of faculty in the colleges will affect teaching process.

Higher Education Minister Prem Prakash Pandey welcomed the decision of holding elections in the colleges and universities which, according to him, is a healthy tradition for a democratic country like India. Higher Education Secretary B L Agrawal informed the meeting about the measures being initiated for improving standard of education.

The Vice Chancellors present in the meeting are Dr S K Pandey (Pt RSU, Raipur), Dr Sachchidananda Joshi (KTUJM), Dr N D R Chandra (Bastar University), Dr B L Sharma (Surguja University), Dr A R Chandrakar (Pt Sunderlal Sharma Open University), Dr Mandavi Singh (Indira Kala Sangeet University, Khairagarh), Dr G B Gupta (Chhattisgarh Ayush and health Science University), Dr S K Patil (Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya), Dr S C Sharma (CSVTU), Dr U K Mishra (Kamdhenu University), Dr Surekha Thakkar (Dr C V Raman University), Professor B John (MATS University), Dr T Dayakar Rao (RTM University), Dr Jagannath Patnaik (Utkal University) and Chhattisgarh Private University Regulatory Commission Chairman Dr Omprakash Verma. Principal Secretary, Law and Legal Affairs, A K Samant Ray and Principal Secretary to Governor Sunik Kujur were also present.

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CCCI poll scene getting more interesting with each passing day

On the penultimate day of general elections of Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industries, both the panels Vyapari Ekta Panel led by BJP MLA Shrichand Sundrani and Puranlal Agrawal and the... Read More
On the penultimate day of general elections of Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industries, both the panels Vyapari Ekta Panel led by BJP MLA Shrichand Sundrani and Puranlal Agrawal and the Vyapari Vikas Panel led by Shiv Gawalani, Mahesh Kakkad, Dharam Bhansali, etc came face-to-face at Meet the Press Programme hosted by Raipur Press Club. Tuesday was the last day for campaigning as the CCCI will be going into polling on Wednesday.

The main contest is for the posts of President, General Secretary and Treasurer for which 10,129 voters will be casting their franchise. Of the 10,129 voters State-wide, 5531 voters are alone from Raipur district. From Vyapari Ekta Panel, Amar Parwani is contesting for the post of President, Vinay Bajaj for the post of General Secretary and Arvind Jain for the post of Treasurer.

While from Vyapari Vikas Panel, U N Agrawal is contesting for the post of President, Kishore Ahuja for the post of General Secretary and Jain Jitendra Golecha for the post of Treasurer. On the other hand Kanhaiyya Agrawal is contesting as Independent candidate for the post of General Secretary.

During the Meet the Press programme, the Vyapari Ekta Panel was seen clearly taking lead over their opponents highlighting clearly the issues they are contesting for while the Vyapari Vikas Panel was found wanting for issues and clear-cut programmes. The panel discussion started with the Presidential candidates from both the panel keeping forward their views and objectives.

Representing the Vyapari Ekta Panel, Amar Parwani while stating his clear-cut programmes and priorities through his five points which included simplification of GST with Single point tax system so that it facilitates both businessmen and consumers; if FDI will be implemented, the interests of small businessmen should be safe-guarded; ensure availability of raw materials equally for small and big industries and initiating skill development programmes for youths so that proper manpower is supplied to industries; and initiating programmes which would upgrade business level in Chhattisgarh so that creamy layer youths stay back in the state instead of going to other states and countries.

On the contrary, U N Agrawal in his statement said he is office-bearer of CCCI since last 25 years and his priority will be to conduct the next election scheduled in 2017 at the district level, there will be building for CCCI at every district for which CCCI will provide 25 percent funding while the remaining will be done through donations, wholesale market will be constructed at every district and to launch website for youths.

Later the discussion between both the panels was held where also the members of Vyapari Ekta Panel were seen having the upper hand. The panel was represented by Shrichand Sundrani, Ramesh Modi and Amar Dhawna. Interestingly the opposition Vyapari Vikas Panel which was represented by Shiv Gawalani, Mahesh Kakkad and Dharam Bhansali, instead of speaking on their policies and objectives concentrated more on Sundrani and most of the time praised him.

Shrichand Sundrani however speaking on the occasion satisfactorily clarified that all the allegations leveled against him by the Vyapari Vikas Panel.

Cops review security arrangements

District Administration and Police Department on Tuesday held a meeting of Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCCI) office bearers to discuss the security arrangements at the poll booth of CCCI election scheduled on Wednesday.

Presided over the Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Sanjay Agrawal, Police officials gave details about the security structure of the polling booth. Police has issued 5-point list of dos and don’ts for the election.

These five points are: There would be no advertisement or campaign within 100 meters of the polling booth, only the voters are allowed to enter within 100 meters with their election Identities, any type of inflammable item, narcotics or weapons are strictly prohibited, use of cell phone inside the poll booth is completely banned so voters are appealed to switch off their mobile phones before entering and voters have to immediately left the voting room immediately after casting their votes. Police officials also visited the Paatidar Bhawan to review the security arrangements along with district administration officials.

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CCCI poll scene getting more interesting with each passing day

On the penultimate day of general elections of Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industries, both the panels Vyapari Ekta Panel led by BJP MLA Shrichand Sundrani and Puranlal Agrawal and the... Read More
On the penultimate day of general elections of Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industries, both the panels Vyapari Ekta Panel led by BJP MLA Shrichand Sundrani and Puranlal Agrawal and the Vyapari Vikas Panel led by Shiv Gawalani, Mahesh Kakkad, Dharam Bhansali, etc came face-to-face at Meet the Press Programme hosted by Raipur Press Club. Tuesday was the last day for campaigning as the CCCI will be going into polling on Wednesday.

The main contest is for the posts of President, General Secretary and Treasurer for which 10,129 voters will be casting their franchise. Of the 10,129 voters State-wide, 5531 voters are alone from Raipur district. From Vyapari Ekta Panel, Amar Parwani is contesting for the post of President, Vinay Bajaj for the post of General Secretary and Arvind Jain for the post of Treasurer.

While from Vyapari Vikas Panel, U N Agrawal is contesting for the post of President, Kishore Ahuja for the post of General Secretary and Jain Jitendra Golecha for the post of Treasurer. On the other hand Kanhaiyya Agrawal is contesting as Independent candidate for the post of General Secretary.

During the Meet the Press programme, the Vyapari Ekta Panel was seen clearly taking lead over their opponents highlighting clearly the issues they are contesting for while the Vyapari Vikas Panel was found wanting for issues and clear-cut programmes. The panel discussion started with the Presidential candidates from both the panel keeping forward their views and objectives.

Representing the Vyapari Ekta Panel, Amar Parwani while stating his clear-cut programmes and priorities through his five points which included simplification of GST with Single point tax system so that it facilitates both businessmen and consumers; if FDI will be implemented, the interests of small businessmen should be safe-guarded; ensure availability of raw materials equally for small and big industries and initiating skill development programmes for youths so that proper manpower is supplied to industries; and initiating programmes which would upgrade business level in Chhattisgarh so that creamy layer youths stay back in the state instead of going to other states and countries.

On the contrary, U N Agrawal in his statement said he is office-bearer of CCCI since last 25 years and his priority will be to conduct the next election scheduled in 2017 at the district level, there will be building for CCCI at every district for which CCCI will provide 25 percent funding while the remaining will be done through donations, wholesale market will be constructed at every district and to launch website for youths.

Later the discussion between both the panels was held where also the members of Vyapari Ekta Panel were seen having the upper hand. The panel was represented by Shrichand Sundrani, Ramesh Modi and Amar Dhawna. Interestingly the opposition Vyapari Vikas Panel which was represented by Shiv Gawalani, Mahesh Kakkad and Dharam Bhansali, instead of speaking on their policies and objectives concentrated more on Sundrani and most of the time praised him.

Shrichand Sundrani however speaking on the occasion satisfactorily clarified that all the allegations leveled against him by the Vyapari Vikas Panel.

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Ration Card issue: Congress demands FIR against CM

Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (CPCC) President Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday reached in company of his associates to Tikrapara police station in the State capital and sat on a dharna dema... Read More
Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (CPCC) President Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday reached in company of his associates to Tikrapara police station in the State capital and sat on a dharna demanding the police to register FIR against the State Chief Minister, blaming that the state government has committed a crime by denying ration quota of June, July and August to all the ration card holders in the state.

In the name of ration card verification, the State Government is not providing ration to financially poor people.

At the time of Assembly election, ration was promised to such people and before the election ration cards were made by visiting from door to door.

It was the State Chief Minister who distributed ration cards in Gram Suraaj and Nagar Suraaj campaigns. It is strange how these ration cards have now become unworthy to be entertained. Congress has blamed the Chief Minister and the state government.

Baghel demanded the State Government to provide ration quota of the above said three months to all such ration card holders whose cards were made before Assembly election and also to make its stance clear about the ration card holders. Among the Congress leaders was also Raipur Mayor Dr Kiran Mayee Nayak.

Baghel will be present in several other such FIR programmes of the Congress, which are to be held at Ambikapur, Bilaspur, Kondagaon, Jagdalpur and Kanker.

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Twin city witness maximum short circuit cases

The twin city (Durg-Bhilai) is the most unsafe urban areas across Chhattisgarh as far as fires or any other mishap caused by short-circuit of electric wires.

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The twin city (Durg-Bhilai) is the most unsafe urban areas across Chhattisgarh as far as fires or any other mishap caused by short-circuit of electric wires.

From 2009 to June 2014 (two quarters of current year) total 88 short circuit caused mishaps happened in the twin city as compared to 71 cases reported in capital Raipur during the same time period.

As per the statistics of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the maximum incidents of short circuit at twin city were reported in 2010 with 20 cases followed by 19 cases in 2011, 17 cases in 2013, 15 cases in 2012, 12 cases in 2009 and 5 cases till the first two quarters of current year 2014. Because of these short circuit incidents, 6 people lost their lives in the twin city and also Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Limited (CSPDCL) as well as affected consumers both had sustained huge losses. According to the fire brigade officials and power experts, short circuit mishaps mainly caused by the use of electrical equipments as well as wires of poor qualities and overload of connection. In most of the cases people ignore the instructions and guidelines and install air conditioners, televisions, air coolers and other appliances in one connection which load the power supply of the transformer and as a result of it, fire incidences owing to short circuit occur in different parts of the twin city.

‘Most of the fire incidences owing to short circuit begin in air conditioners, air coolers and other appliances or power mains. Even if consumer purchase quality equipments and wires they do not maintain them and it careless attitude cause problems in the electric wire connection’ said one of the fire officials.

Farooq Siddiqui, Electric Engineer said for prevention consumers should adopt some precautions such as air conditioners and air coolers ducts do not allow to pass through floors and if any one install air conditioners and water motors should set up three phase connection in their homes to avoid overload of the electricity connection.

Another electric engineer and social activist Rashmi Hardha informed poor maintenance leads to erosion of the coatings of the wires, making them exposed. So CSPDCL should take some measures and do not take lightly the dumping wastes and other things in areas close to electrical equipments or wires.

When contacted, Bajrang Mishra-Superintendent of CSPDCL-Durg Urban said in last couple of years, the population of twin city witnessed a sharp rise and also the electricity connections. In many areas people misuse their connection and install many appliances in one connection which makes the connection overload and cause short circuit. People should not ignore the instructions of the CSPDCL in connection and obey all rules and regulations, asserted Mishra.

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HC seeks details of action against Govt employees involved in Rural EGS scam

A specially constituted High Court division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice C V Bhadang has, while considering application to review its decision to dismiss the public intere... Read More
A specially constituted High Court division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice C V Bhadang has, while considering application to review its decision to dismiss the public interest litigation (PIL) of noted activist Umesh Chaubey, imposing costs of Rs 25,000 on him, asked State Government’s counsel to take instructions from the authorities in two weeks as to whether, as per the report of the Collector, Nagpur, any FIR has been registered against the employees found responsible for misappropriation in the implementation of Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGREGS).

The court has also desired to know as to whether the government has conducted departmental inquiries against the employees found responsible for dereliction of duties.

Pleading for review of its decision to dismiss the petition, it has been urged by the petitioner, that earlier the petition was dismissed in view of the factually incorrect statements made on behalf of State Government and on the basis of that besides dismissing the petition, the court had also imposed the costs of Rs 25,000 on the petitioner. As those statements are incorrect and not in accordance with the documents placed on the record, the court’s earlier decision may be reviewed.

In the PIL, it has been pointed out that there is large scale corruption and misappropriation in the said scheme being implemented by Social Forestry Department under the control of the collectorate. In view of this, the petitioner has prayed for direction to Union Government to appoint monitoring committee to keep watch on proper implementation of the scheme and the action by State Government against the guilty officials.

Contrary to claim made by the authorities, as per the report of the Collector no action has been taken against certain employees. As per the report, 5 officers were found guilty of financial lapses and 8 officers have been found guilty of misappropriation of government funds and causing huge loss to the state ex-chequer.

Total 21 officers are guilty of administrative lapses. Departmental inquiries have been instituted against 11 officers and against 12 officers, there is no inquiry.

Advocate Shrikant Khandalkar appeared for the petitioner. AGP Anand Deshpande represented the state.

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Nitin Raut calls MIHAN review meeting today

Guardian Minister of Nagpur district Dr Nitin Raut has called a meeting of officials to review the progress of ambitious Multimodal International Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) and attached ... Read More
Guardian Minister of Nagpur district Dr Nitin Raut has called a meeting of officials to review the progress of ambitious Multimodal International Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) and attached Special Economic Zone (SEZ). As a precursor to the meeting scheduled at 12 noon on Monday at Ravi Bhavan, the officials of various sections of District Collectorate held a preparatory meeting on Sunday. In the meeting scheduled on Monday, Raut is expected to review the progress of rehabilitation of project-affected persons, investment that has materialised in MIHAN-SEZ area, investment proposed, status of important projects, etc. The officials of Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC), Revenue Department, Relief and Rehabilitation Department, and others have been invited for the meeting.

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Petroleum dealers to observe bandh today

Vidarbha Petroleum Dealers’ Association (VPDA) has supported the one-day bandh call on August 11, 2014 given by Federation of All Maharashtra Petrol Dealers’ Association.

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Vidarbha Petroleum Dealers’ Association (VPDA) has supported the one-day bandh call on August 11, 2014 given by Federation of All Maharashtra Petrol Dealers’ Association.

Harvindersingh Bhatia, President of VPDA, said that all 4,000 plus dealers in Maharashtra excluding Mumbai would observe August 11, 2014 as a holiday to register protest against State Government for ignoring demands of petroleum dealers. In Maharashtra, State Government has imposed Local Body Tax (LBT) and State Specific Charge (SSC) which has made the petrol and diesel costlier by Rs 5 to Rs 6 per litre as compared to other states in the country. He said, LBT on luxury item -- gold was 0.1 per cent while that on petro products it is between 2 per cent and 5 per cent.

In Maharashtra, municipal corporations had collected LBT worth Rs 290 crore. Due to LBT, petrol and diesel in the municipal corporation limits have become costlier by Rs 2 to Rs 5.

The association has demanded ‘One Maharashtra, One Tax Rate’. State Government should either abolish SSC or reduce VAT by 3 per cent to bring the prices at par with neighbouring states, Pranay Parate, Secretary said.

He said, in Nagpur, petrol and diesel are priced Rs 83.16 per litre and Rs 70.06 per litre respectively. While in New Delhi, petrol and diesel are priced Rs 71.64 per litre and Rs 58.50 per litre respectively. “If we compare Nagpur’s prices of petrol and diesel with New Delhi, we are extra paying Rs 11.52 and Rs 11.56 respectively which is additional financial burden on the Nagpurians,” he said.

Parate said that the association was very much aware about the inconvenience that would be caused due to closure of petrol and diesel pumps. “There is no way for us to register our protest and highlight our demand. We need general public support and co-operation,” he demanded.

Dipen Agrawal, Past President of Nag Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce (NVCC) said, the state government should not take general public for granted. “High rates of petro products have cascading affect on all the items and therefore investors outside Nagpur is thinking twice to park his investment. We are left with high and dry. State Government should bring the prices of petrol and diesel at par with other states and give relief to the people,” he demanded.

Nagpur Chamber of Commerce Limited (NCCL) has extended its support to the one-day bandh call given by the VPDA.

Kailash Jogani, President of NCCL, said that as the prices of petrol and diesel were higher as compared to other cities in the country, the finished goods too were being quoted at higher prices which has casted its shadow over the movement of trade and industry.

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Ebola threat: State on high alert, city yet to get any instructions

Outbreak is a medical thriller written by Dr Robin Cook and published in 1987 which deals with an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the United States. Nobody had thought then that the same viru... Read More
Outbreak is a medical thriller written by Dr Robin Cook and published in 1987 which deals with an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the United States. Nobody had thought then that the same virus would play havoc in 2014.

Now, World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared it as emergency disease. The airports all over the world have been put on alert. Even Maharashtra State hurriedly issued some instructions, surprisingly, the authorities at Nagpur did not get any such.

International Health division of the Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) Government of India has communicated to Airport Health Officer (APHO) for necessary vigilance at all international entry points. International Health division has been asked to collect information with the help of APHO of concerned airport about the list of suspected passengers, if any and their relevant details and transmit the same to the respective State Government(s) immediately. When contacted P Anilkumar, Sr Airport Director, MIHAN India Limited (MIL) at Nagpur’s Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport said that he did not get any such instructions uptill now.

Suresh Shetty, Maharashtra’s Minister for Public Health, said, “Two ambulances available with Maharashtra Emergency Medical Service (MEMS 108) have been deployed at Mumbai airport to shift suspected passengers, if any. Ten beds have been reserved in each of Medical College Hospitals of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM). State has communicated to all medical officers to be prepared to handle any eventuality in the wake of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak. State has communicated National Institute of Virology Pune to provide diagnostic facility for EVD. NIV has approved for the same.”

Dr Sandhya Saoji, noted senior Microbiologist, said, “It causes by infected body fluid. In my textbook there was a mention of Ebola. When the disease reaches at peak, the bleeding tendency increases which can lead to death. Haemorrhage fever is the main symptom. Controlling bleeding becomes difficult. The mortality rate is very high. It is highly contagious. We do not have detection test. The symptoms are vague like fever, naucea, vomitting which can occur in other common disease also. So it becomes difficult to differentiate.”

Dr Meena Mishra, Professor at Department of Microbiology, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), said, “Guidelines have been issued but not sent yet. Till now, no suspected case has been detected in India or in State but if found so, the serum sample is to be sent to National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune.”

‘Don’t worry, this is not airborne disease’

Leading Microbiologists Dr Sandhya Saoji and Dr Meena Mishra, senior teacher at Department of Microbiology, Government Medical College and Hospital, said, “There is one good thing that Ebola is not airborne, so the spread is only through infection. But care should be taken properly.”

Physical contacts with other people should be avoided. It can be transmitted from consuming meat from infected source. Restrict outside food, authentic eateries should be used. If suspected case, high grade fever, severe body ache. Diarrhoea, vomiting. They can bleed from all body. Bleeding spots found should be given medical care. Spitting is rampant in our country which should be stopped as it is the main source of spreading.

Hospitals in Liberia, Guinea closed

One Nigerian National happens to be in Mumbai spoke to The Hitavada on condition of anonymity. He said, “The Ebola virus was first detected in the year 2008-09 in Congo. Some people died but the disease was controlled. Last year, it started in Guinea, Liberia and Sierraleone. This time it might have got spread when infected person from Guinea went to Liberia. This time it has spread fast and people are dying. The treatment modality is not available and the healthcare staff too is at risk of getting infected. The hospitals in Liberia, Guinea have been closed down. The patients are not being admitted anywhere. The authorities in these countries are confused.”

In outbreak settings, Ebola virus is typically first spreads to humans after contact with infected wildlife and is then spread person-to-person through direct contact with bodily fluids but not limited to blood, urine, sweat, semen and breast milk. The incubation period is usually 8-10 days (ranges from 2-21 days). Patients can transmit the virus while febrile and through later stages of disease, as well as postmortem, when persons touch the body during funeral preparations.

Controlling infection in healthcare settings

It is important that healthcare workers apply standard precautions consistently with all patients regardless of their diagnosis in all work practices at all times. These include basic hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, the use of personal protective equipment (according to the risk of splashes or other contact with infected materials), safe injection practices and safe handling after death of infected patient. Laboratory workers are also at risk. Samples taken from suspected human and animal Ebola cases for diagnosis should be handled by trained staff and processed in suitably equipped laboratories, informed Dr Vasant Khalatkar, noted Paediatrician.

Risk of tourists getting infected with Ebola is low

“The risk of a tourist or businessman/woman getting infected with Ebola virus during visit to the affected areas and developing disease after returning is extremely low, even if the visit included travel to the local areas from which primary cases have been reported. Transmission requires direct contact with blood, secretions, organs or other body fluids of infected living or dead persons or animal, all unlikely exposures for the average traveller. Tourists are in any event advised to avoid all such contacts,” said Public Health Ministry communique.

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Air India scouting for JV partner for landing gear MRO in city

The Government-run airline Air India Limited is now looking for a joint venture (JV) partner for setting up a landing gear Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul (MRO) facility in Nagpur, for its Boeing and... Read More
The Government-run airline Air India Limited is now looking for a joint venture (JV) partner for setting up a landing gear Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul (MRO) facility in Nagpur, for its Boeing and Airbus fleet.

Eyeing around $1.2 billion business, Air India is in search of an investment partner who can bring in around $60 million and also technical expertise to develop a state-of-the-art facility. Air India Engineering Services, the engineering arm of Air India Limited, will run the MRO facility in Nagpur.

The proposed facility is expected to generate good business once it goes functional within the next two years. Air India Engineering Services has a facility in Mumbai with approval of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), but it can handle only the landing gears of some of its Boeing fleet. Of a total 108 aircraft that Air India Limited has, 38 are from Boeing and 62 from Airbus, and the rest are from regional jets.

At present, there is no MRO facility for fully overhauling, repairing the landing gears in the country. There are about 400 aircraft of different models of Airbus and Boeing family, which provide an enormous business potential for such an MRO. The landing gears of most of these aircraft will have to be overhauled from 2017. Keeping this in view, Air India aims at setting up the proposed MRO on international industry benchmark and having approvals from overseas aviation agencies.

Meanwhile, according to officials of Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC), which is developer of Multimodal International Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) and attached Special Economic Zone (SEZ), said that the Air India-Boeing MRO in MIHAN-SEZ area will get delayed further to operationalise. The delay is being caused due to incomplete taxi-way.

According to officials, the taxi-way connects MRO facility with the airport. The Air India-Boeing MRO project was supposed to get operationalised last year, but its deadline was extended to June 2014.

However, according to sources at Nagpur, since the work on taxi-track will take at least three months more to complete, the MRO facility will not get operationalised till then. Most of the work of the MRO including electronic and mechanical one is complete and systems also are being tested.

However, till the taxi-track work is over, the $100 million facility will not be fully read for operations, said sources.

The airline expects to carry out third party business as well and looks at netting around $1.2 billion in annual revenue. Air India Engineering Services has recently invited expressions of interest from prospective parties and this will be followed by floating of bids.

Air India Limited is now a part of 28-member global airlines elite club Star Alliance. It foresees tremendous business potential for the MRO project, as the country with around 400 planes in operation at present does not have any full-fledged MRO facility, forcing airlines to get their work done from Singapore, Dubai, or even in Colombo.

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Priyanka Chopra bringing in change through ‘Deepshikha’

It is not always that stars descend in the city and that too for a noble cause. Of late, Nagpur has been seeing a bevy of stars, from all walks of life, come to the city for various reasons - a... Read More
It is not always that stars descend in the city and that too for a noble cause. Of late, Nagpur has been seeing a bevy of stars, from all walks of life, come to the city for various reasons - a filmstar, for the promotion of his or her movie; a sports star, for sharing ways to boost sports culture in the city; a politician, for catching up with his party workers and so on. Sunday night witnessed not just a filmstar, but celebrities, holding the highest positions in their respective institutions, who visited the city for one particular cause -- ‘Deepshikha - Building Young Futures’.

Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF India representative; Ram Gopal, COO, Barclays India; Rajeshwari Chandrasekar, Chief, Mumbai Field Officer for UNICEF, were joined by UNICEF goodwill ambassador and Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, who assembled under one roof to talk about the global partnership between UNICEF and Barclays called ‘Deepshikha’.

The programme initiated by UNICEF in India in 2007, empowers rural young women and adolescent girls, who go on to change their lives and also their future. It provides them the confidence to step into the world and transform themselves into independent young women. Started with just a handful of girls (25), Deepshikha now has 1,00,000 prerikas, who have altered the face of their villages by bringing in a positive change. It has helped young women become the voice of advocacy, who are now reaching out to other women and giving them power to change their future.

The Deepshikha programme offers opportunities to young women between the age group of 12-17 and 18-22 years to actively participate in social and developmental activities and become the messengers of change. It sets the stage for girls to become better and financially-independent individuals, by providing them with a set of life skills, which help these girls manage their lives in a better way.

On the occasion, Rajeshwari Chandrasekar said, “Deepshikha, active in the state of Maharashtra, in Latur, Chandrapur, Nandurbar and Mumbai, gives young girls financial literacy, helping them build confidence, knowledge and skills, which in turn, presents them with choices and opportunities to build sustainable livelihoods. It brings about a change in girls in their social, political and economical empowerment. Now it has opened up its arms for young boys, too, who are sensitised about girls’ hardships, which builds a greater bond of respect amongst each other.”

Voicing his opinion, Louis-Georges Arsenault said, “India is a nation with almost half of its population in the adolescent category. UNICEF is committed to investing in this section and Deepshikha aims at unlocking potentials of young women from disadvantaged communities, where enterprise and financial skills are taught to them to overcome challenges.”

Ram Gopal added, “Barclays Bank has joined hands with UNICEF in providing financial security to these girls. We have reserved close to 250 million pounds for this purpose and Deepshikha is part of our global goal to support 5 million young women in becoming a force to reckon with in the coming years.”

UNICEF goodwill ambassador Priyanka Chopra, who is actively involved with developmental activities of the organisation since 2006 said on a concluding note, “Deepshikha is a programme, which holds hands of girls who find it difficult to find a foothold in the outside world. When I visited small villages in Chandrapur district in the morning, I saw the hardships young girls go through. But the programme has touched the lives of thousands of girls in a big way, who have now become agents of change and are setting up small businesses, working for the betterment of their society and handling challenges life throws at them with finesse. UNICEF and Barclays are making it happen and I am glad to be a part of it.”

The function was also attended by three prerikas - Manisha, Sheetal and Karishma - who had their own transformational stories to tell.

While the three dignitaries left early, Priyanka stayed back and answered each question with ease, coupled with facts and figures and also signed autographs for fans, before making her point and her presence strongly felt.

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Congress to host distt-level meets from August 11

To rejuvenate party activities at the ground level, main opposition party Congress will host district-level meetings at Bastar (August11) and Surguja (August 12). During the respective area d... Read More
To rejuvenate party activities at the ground level, main opposition party Congress will host district-level meetings at Bastar (August11) and Surguja (August 12). During the respective area district presidents and members will be attending the meetings. As per information, Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee State President Bhupesh Bahgel and Leader of Opposition T S Sighdeo will preside over the meeting. The meet is mainly focused on to renew membership drive and fresh appointment of workers at the block levels in the areas. Besides this, the senior party leaders will also review the performance of activities carried out the workers past months.

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Mob goes berserk at cops’ failure in arresting murder case accused

Amanaka Police Station was vandalized while the police station staffs were manhandled by a frenzy mob after a youth was stabbed to death on Sunday. Vandals were angry over the inaction and poli... Read More
Amanaka Police Station was vandalized while the police station staffs were manhandled by a frenzy mob after a youth was stabbed to death on Sunday. Vandals were angry over the inaction and police failure in arresting the perpetrators.

It was a total mayhem at the Amanaka Police Station, which was mobbed by the angry relatives and neighbours of the youth, who was stabbed to death by his own friend at ground near Dumartalab. Reportedly, deceased Ashuram Dhruv (22) was playing cards and drinking liquor with some of his acquaintances at the ground, when for some unknown reason, an altercation broke out between them.

Within moment, altercation turned bloody as the Ashuram was brutally stabbed by the same people, who were sharing drink with him few minutes ago. Ashuram was stabbed in the right side of the chest. Injuries were deep and proved fatal as Ashuram died on his way to the Hospital.

The brutal murder of Youngman incited tension and around 35 people including deceased’s parents, brothers and acquaintances stormed into the police station and started shouting slogans against the Police. The mob shattered the window panes and manhandled the police station staff and tore-off the uniform of a Constable Rajkumar Gemle.

Police said that the perpetrators are reportedly residents of Rajeev Nagar while the deceased youth lived at Dumtartalab. Besides searching for the murderers, police was also going through the CCTV footage of the Police Station. Police have recognized the people, who vandalized the police station and manhandled the police station staff but is waiting for the situation to get calm down a little bit to take any action against them.

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When rescuers become the rescued!

The staff of DD Nagar Police Station found themselves in an embarrassing and life-threatening situation, when their boat that was supposed to be used for rescue work turned-turtle in river Khar... Read More
The staff of DD Nagar Police Station found themselves in an embarrassing and life-threatening situation, when their boat that was supposed to be used for rescue work turned-turtle in river Kharun. Instead of following the assigned duty of stopping people from going into river, they were having leisure ride in the boat, when this incident happened.

According to the reports, there were 7 people onboard the boat, which include 1 Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Arun Bhoi, 1 Head Constable Kuber Singh, 2 Constables as Kuldeep Netam and Rajkumar Dewangan, 1 woman constable Pretty Thakur, 1 Home Guard Personnel and 1 commoner.

These persons were rescued by the 10 Home Guard divers, who were on duty at the Mahadev Ghat. According to some unconfirmed reports, a man named Pandri resident Kishore Motwani, who was also in the boat, died in the accident. Reportedly, he was admitted in the Hospital, where he died while treatment. Kishore Motwani was the friend of Kuldeep Netam.

DD Nagar Station House Officer (SHO) Vinay Singh said that this is a matter of irresponsible behaviour by the Police Station Staff. He is going to investigate the matter and strict action would be taken against the irresponsible police personnel. The reason behind the accident was not cleared till the filing of this report.

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Police book four for brutally killing eve working as teacher at Madarsa

POLICE booked four on charges of murder in connection with the body that was dumped after brutal killing in Sirsakhurd pond at Jewarasirsa, Durg. One of the accused of brutal killing was reported t... Read More
POLICE booked four on charges of murder in connection with the body that was dumped after brutal killing in Sirsakhurd pond at Jewarasirsa, Durg. One of the accused of brutal killing was reported to be still absconding.

Police sources informed that the accused were identified as Anil Chaudhary, Kishan Verma, Bilal Khan and Javed Khan; residents of Krishna Nagar and Farid Nagar of Bhilai. And, Md. Afroz (23), son of Gulab Gous, a resident of Junwani canal, Durg was the murder victim, who was a teacher at Madarsa. While citing investigation and confession of the accused, the police said that on August 6 late night, Md. Afroz was on way home, when the accused who were already in inebriated state, stopped him and forcefully searched his clothes for grabbing money. When resisted by victim, the four accused together assaulted the victim Afroz with knife, rod and floor stone pieces and killed him on the spot. Later, the accused Anil, Javed and Kishan took the body on Javed’s motorcycle and dumped it in the pond, located at Sirsakhurd in Jewra Sirsa, Durg.

When contacted, Rakesh Joshi, Station House Officer, Supela Police Station informed that during investigation, the police learnt about the eye-witness of the heinous offence, which facilitated them in laying hands on the accused while solving the mystery behind brutal killing.

SHO Joshi informed that the eye-witness Radheshyam Gupta, who is the truck-conductor and usually sleeps in Farid Nagar ground area at the premises of shops and eateries in the location, revealed all details and identification of the accused to the police. He revealed to the police that the accused dragged the victim near Javed’s hotel and brutally killed him. The eye-witness Radheshyam also disclosed that he was thrashed and threatened with life by the accused Bilal Khan if the matter was reported to police, SHO Joshi informed.

The police have registered the offence against accused under sections 302, 201 and 34 of Indian Penal Code for killing a person, destroying evidences of crime, for intention of committing offence. It may be recalled that on August 8 morning Jewra Sirsa police recovered the body from the pond and recorded the unnatural death. The case was transferred to Supela Police Station for investigation after crime scene learnt to possibly be in that police station limits.

As per confession of the accused, and police investigation so far in the heinous offence, being in inebriated state with intake of cheaper addictive tabs and need of money for buying more such substances, could potentially be the motive behind the murder, observed Rakesh Joshi, SHO, Supela Police Station, adding that, investigation was still in progress to establish the facts finally.

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Behind bars, beyond caste and creed!

Air at Raipur Central Jail was highly emotive and poignant, when a sea of nearly 5000 women visitors met their jailed siblings to celebrate ‘Rakshabandhan’ here on Sunday. The occasion turn... Read More
Air at Raipur Central Jail was highly emotive and poignant, when a sea of nearly 5000 women visitors met their jailed siblings to celebrate ‘Rakshabandhan’ here on Sunday. The occasion turned more poignant, after many prisoner brothers fell into tears and also their sisters started crying inconsolably, when they were tying Rakhis to their hands.

Drenched eyes and whispers of siblings not only expressed their love towards each other, but made many prisoners to regret on their wrong doings and also vowed for mending their ways. The occasion also gave them enough time to get know-how and well-being of other family members back at home. Surpassing all previous records, a sea of crowd had assembled at Raipur Central Jail premises, even as the process for registration of visitors to jail for the occasion recorded 2500 women by August 9.

Back to the occasion of ‘Rakshabandhan,’ it was like a ‘Mela’ inside Raipur Central Jail, one of most fortified and highly secured inmate facilities in the State. For, hundreds of women and girl traveled miles to reach here and tie the sacred thread – Rakhi – to their jailed brothers and prayed for their longevity and well-being.

So much so that, the prisoners, who were all spruced for the occasion in typical white uniform, were seen waiting with their baited breath for their sisters, since early Sunday morning.

Many sisters also brought their children along with them and the jailed brothers failed to control their emotion and turned highly nostalgic to see their nephew, many newborn. So much so that, many inmates hugged their sisters and their children for several minutes with tears rolling down their chicks inconsolably.

Over 1500 women had tied ‘Rakhi’ to their beloved brothers by 12 noon. They were accompanied by their husbands, children and other family members, due to which vicinity of the rail also remained crowded.

For Mohit, a murder convict lodged in Central Jail for past 7 years, the occasion of Rakshabandhan was a lifetime one, because all his three sisters Sunita, Dasariya and Devaki, came together by a bus all the way from village Mungi of Baloda Bazaar district, to tie him Rakhi, since early Sunday morning. They were spotted waiting in queue till 12 noon just to meet Mohit, who happens to be their only brother. “Thanks to one of our relatives, who took all the pain to get ours registration done on August 9 and so we are here. We are financially too much weak and so we could not afford to buy the best of sweets for our brother. Yet, we managed to bring the best that was in our reach,” said Sunita, one of the three sisters, said with a regretful expressions on her face, since the sweets they brought with them was not their brother’s favourite one.

Radha Chelak, a mother of four children and resident Basehar village, had also reached Raipur to ensure that three of her daughters Gunja, Kajal and Suhaga could tie Rakhi to their brother Ravi Chelak, also lodged in Central Jail on murder charges. The three sisters have brought along with him his favourite sweet ‘Jalebi.’ It was heart-tugging scene, when the three sisters one-by-one tied ‘Rakhi’ to Ravi and hugged him together. And it was the moment, when they failed to control the outburst of emotions, as all of them together cried like a small children as if they were seeing each after centuries.

However, the visitor-inmate meeting is a routine affair at the Central Jail in other days, the expression of love and emotional outburst by the sisters visiting their jailed brothers was quite different today. However, giving a due respect to people’s sentiments owing to the occasion, even the jail authorities looked a bit liberal towards the visitors, who had to wait for their respective turns to celebrate Rakhi with their kin since morning. Yet, the jail authorities remain strict for individual timing of the visitors meeting.

The Deputy Inspector General (Jail) K K Gupta had ensured adequate arrangements to facilitate the visitors and their prisoner relatives, while a tight security measures of additional 150 security personnel, reinforced with 16 surveillance cameras were together in place, to keep a hawk’s eye on every movement.

“Despite official registration of 2500 women visitors by August 9, the Raipur Central Jail Raipur was swarming with 5000 visitors,” DIG Gupta told the media persons. The festive occasion of Rakshabandhan, lasted post 3 pm in Central Jail Raipur.

Even female prison witnesses a story

A similar scene was witnessed at ‘Bandini Grih’ (Female Prison, adjacent to Raipur Central Jail), when Raipur-based Divya Kumar, a resident of Pandri, reached here to meet two of his incarcerated sisters. His two sisters along with the mother are lodged in their on the charges of harassment, which abetted their step-mother to commit suicide on June 18 last year. Since then, following the compliant of deceased’s family members, his mother and two sisters are lodged in jail.

“I am unable to understand what went wrong with us. We all, including my sister cried a lot today. Earlier, whenever they used to tie thread ‘Rakhi’ around my wrist, we all used to have lots of fun but today, tears were rolling down our cheeks,” said a sobbing Divya, whose inconsolably tears also turned the women jail guards of ‘Bandini Grih’ nostalgic and their eyes too turned wet.

Around 2000 are lodged in Raipur Central Jail, out of which the number of hardened criminals is nearly 200, whereas there are over 1000 under-trials, if insiders of Jail Administration are to be believed.

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Senior IAS officer S R Mohanty suffers chest pain

S R Mohanty, senior IAS officer and Additional Chief Secretary, School Education, had chest pain early morning. The pain was so severe that he had to be admitted to Bansal Hospital. Dr Skand Trived... Read More
S R Mohanty, senior IAS officer and Additional Chief Secretary, School Education, had chest pain early morning. The pain was so severe that he had to be admitted to Bansal Hospital. Dr Skand Trivedi, well-known cardiologist, got all necessary medical examinations done immediately. He was under observation of senior doctors for some hours and later, in the evening, he was discharged when he felt relief from chest pain. Mohanty said he had some pain in chest, it was some cardiac problem, so he had to be admitted to Bansal Hospital. Now he was feeling some relief. When contacted, Bansal Hospital employee on reception said Mohanty was admitted for some cardiac problem and was under treatment of Dr Skand Trivedi. He was discharged.

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Heavy vehicles banned on Jab-Nagpur route

TRANSPORTATION of heavy vehicles has been prohibited on Jabalpur-Nagpur route of National Highway-12 through Tilwara Bridge due to a damaged culvert situated at 500 metres far from Tilwara Bridge... Read More
TRANSPORTATION of heavy vehicles has been prohibited on Jabalpur-Nagpur route of National Highway-12 through Tilwara Bridge due to a damaged culvert situated at 500 metres far from Tilwara Bridge.

Only small vehicles are being allowed to pass through the area while route for heavy vehicles has been diverted towards Lakhnadaun through Shahpura, Deaf and Dumb School, Garha.

Transportation of heavy vehicles has been prohibited through the area for safety measures and avoiding any untoward incident due to damaged culvert. Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra made an appeal towards residents and transporters for avoiding transportation of heavy vehicles through Tilwara area and passing on light vehicles through safety measures for avoiding any incident. Diversion of heavy vehicles will be continued through Shahpura route till repairing of damaged culvert.

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Scholarship scam: Tribal Department to check transfer certificate of students

Tribal Welfare Department, in a bid to unearth the roots of scholarship scam, will ensure that duplicate Transfer Certificate (TC) of all those students are checked who were given admission. Repo... Read More
Tribal Welfare Department, in a bid to unearth the roots of scholarship scam, will ensure that duplicate Transfer Certificate (TC) of all those students are checked who were given admission. Reportedly, a huge network is running, which is exploiting the services of the department by gathering scholarship based on fake admissions and not appearing for exams.

This step is being taken after fake admissions that have surfaced in various paramedical courses, which are directly being attached to scholarship scams in State. Sources in department said that there is apt information with department officials that duplicate TC’s were used to get admissions.

They said that TC is attached with admission forms after class 12 and original copy is issued just once by school management. According to officials of the department, a large chunk of students have been issued their duplicate TC from schools and there are speculations that all these duplicate TC’s were used to get admissions in educational institutions and therefore, all district officials have been directed to be vigilant and check all documents.

Lokayukta has also initiated its proceedings and has asked for all records of scholarship from Department of Tribal Welfare and is investigating about the students, who were issued scholarship and the work they are currently involved in. Officials said that there were complaints that a large chunk of students took admission, using scholarship and never appearing for the examination. Speculation is also rife that all this was not possible without support from college administrations.

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Two accused involved in two thefts held, booty worth Rs 2 lakh seized

HANUMANTAL police succeeded in apprehending two accused involved in two theft incidents and seized valuables worth Rs 2 lakh including gold and silver jewellery from them. The accused have been... Read More
HANUMANTAL police succeeded in apprehending two accused involved in two theft incidents and seized valuables worth Rs 2 lakh including gold and silver jewellery from them. The accused have been identified as Shahid Khan alias Chikna alias Mehboob Khan (23) son of Saleem Khan, a resident of Raja Chowk near Pump House in Hanumantal area and Golame Mustafa (22), son of Mohammed Riyaz Ansari, a native Hadia Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and lived in a rented house in Thakkargram area in Hanumantal.

Additional Superintendent of Police (City) Amrendra Singh informed this while addressing a press conference on Sunday. ASP Amrendra Singh added that continuing a rigorous campaign under the direction of Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra police received information about three suspected men.

Acting promptly on the information, a police team under supervision of Additional Superintendent of Police (City), Amrendra Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police (Crime), Ashish Khare, CSP, Gohalpur and DSP (Crime), Rajvardhan Maheshwari started search for them and succeeded in apprehending them in the area. In rigorous interrogation, the accused disclosed two theft incidents in Hanumantal area. On their identification, police team recovered stolen jewellery and other valuables worth Rs 2 lakh from the accused. The accused were apprehended with active efforts of police team comprising Inspector P K Jain, SHO of Gohalpur police station, Vipin Tamrakar, ASI, Vinod Dubey, Suresh Patel, Head Constables, Naresh Karosia, Sanjay Loth, Nissar Ali, Constables, Rajesh Kewat and Afak Quraisi. Superintendent of Police, Harinarayanachari Mishra has declared rewards for the members of police team.

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Preparations on war footing for by-elections in State on August 21

PREPARATIONS have been intensified for three Vidhan Sabha by-elections on August 21 in Madhya Pradesh. Since by-elections are being held during rainy season, therefore, special arrangements are b... Read More
PREPARATIONS have been intensified for three Vidhan Sabha by-elections on August 21 in Madhya Pradesh. Since by-elections are being held during rainy season, therefore, special arrangements are being made. Last five years’ rainfall figures of Vijayraghavgarh and Bahoriband Assembly constituencies in Katni district and Agar Vidhan Sabha seat in Agar-Malwa district have been analysed to ensure smooth polling. Collectors and district election officers of both districts have also informed the Chief Electoral Officer about arrangements made during rains.

In view of weather forecast on polling day, waterproof tents will be arranged where polling booths are housed in buildings with thatched/tiled roof, roofs will be covered with polythene sheets. JCBs and cranes will be deployed at 5-6 places in every Vidhan Sabha constituency in view of possibility of disruption of roads.

Arrangements for flushing out rain water will be made keeping in view of possibility of water-logging of polling booths. LED torches and petromexes will also be arranged for emergency light.

Separate vehicles (jeep/tractor) will be provided to polling parties going to polling booths approached through only kuchha roads and wireless sets to deal with disruption of communications.

Boats will be arranged for Bansagar dam-affected areas of Vijayraghavgarh. Primary/community health centres in by-election constituencies will have medicines to treat bite of snake or other poisonous insects. Ambulances with doctors and staff will also be deployed at prominent places. In view of rains, polling parties will reach polling booths 2 days before polling. Disaster management teams have also been constituted in the constituencies. Polling booths prone to excessive rainfall will be identified and further special arrangements will be made there. During training, officers-employees on poll duty have been directed to carry with them torches, mosquito-nets and umbrella/raincoat. Kuchcha roads leading to polling booths affected by excessive rains have been identified and repaired.

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DMO asked to monitor execution of malaria awareness programme

CHIEF Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr B S Chouhan has directed the team of Malaria Department to check ground status of malaria, chikungunya and other vector-borne disease after rains stoppe... Read More
CHIEF Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr B S Chouhan has directed the team of Malaria Department to check ground status of malaria, chikungunya and other vector-borne disease after rains stopped since last two days. He directed District Malaria Officer (DMO) Ajay Kureel to regularly monitor the team of health workers and other concerned medical staff executing malaria awareness programme in various parts of district after rainy season starts.

Taking a note on the direction of CMHO, DMO Ajay Kureel along with doctors, paramedical staff, multi-purpose health workers (MPHW) visited low-lying areas of Nalband Mohalla, Ranjhi and surrounding villages to check status of patients suffering from mosquito-borne disease. The team visited after rise in number of mosquitoes and patients suffering from symptoms of malaria and other mosquito-borne disease was reported to the DMO office during last one week.

The rain during last three days has resulted in stagnant water in many parts of the city. DMO Kureel informed that sudden change informed people about the cause, prevention, symptoms of malaria and other vector-borne disease. The team also took sample of stagnant water and showed larva-producing mosquitoes. They informed that larvae-producing mosquitoes grow on stagnant water; it takes only two to three days, to become mosquito, major cause of malaria, dengue and other vector-borne disease.

The team also emptied stagnant water in tyres, in plastic buckets, in premises of house. The health team sprayed insecticides tempos in the area where larvae are developing, paraffin were sprayed where larvae develop into mosquitoes. He advised to empty stagnant water, simple methods have been demonstrated to keep continuous check on larvae. Spraying insecticide, spreading bleaching powder on the stagnant water would help to kill mosquito. Health workers also took blood slides of some patients with symptoms like malaria, the sample would be sent to central malaria pathology lab situated in District Hospital.

Multi-Purpose Health Worker also conducted inspection of water-logging and apprised people that they should check water-logging in their surroundings, if there is some water-logging, insecticide should be sprayed immediately to check further spread of disease like chikungunya, dengue, Falciferum Malaria.

Kureel further informed that chances of vector-borne disease increases after rain stops. We have got enough stock of anti-malarial medicine like Chloroquine, Malaquine, Primaquine, Falcigo and other higher drug to prevent the patient from malaria.

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DMO asked to monitor execution of malaria awareness programme

CHIEF Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr B S Chouhan has directed the team of Malaria Department to check ground status of malaria, chikungunya and other vector-borne disease after rains stop... Read More
CHIEF Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr B S Chouhan has directed the team of Malaria Department to check ground status of malaria, chikungunya and other vector-borne disease after rains stopped since last two days.

He directed District Malaria Officer (DMO) Ajay Kureel to regularly monitor the team of health workers and other concerned medical staff executing malaria awareness programme in various parts of district after rainy season starts. Taking a note on the direction of CMHO, DMO Ajay Kureel along with doctors, paramedical staff, multi-purpose health workers (MPHW) visited low-lying areas of Nalband Mohalla, Ranjhi and surrounding villages to check status of patients suffering from mosquito-borne disease.

The team visited after rise in number of mosquitoes and patients suffering from symptoms of malaria and other mosquito-borne disease was reported to the DMO office during last one week. The rain during last three days has resulted in stagnant water in many parts of the city.

DMO Kureel informed that sudden change informed people about the cause, prevention, symptoms of malaria and other vector-borne disease. The team also took sample of stagnant water and showed larva-producing mosquitoes. They informed that larvae-producing mosquitoes grow on stagnant water; it takes only two to three days, to become mosquito, major cause of malaria, dengue and other vector-borne disease.

The team also emptied stagnant water in tyres, in plastic buckets, in premises of house. The health team sprayed insecticides tempos in the area where larvae are developing, paraffin were sprayed where larvae develop into mosquitoes. He advised to empty stagnant water, simple methods have been demonstrated to keep continuous check on larvae. Spraying insecticide, spreading bleaching powder on the stagnant water would help to kill mosquito. Health workers also took blood slides of some patients with symptoms like malaria, the sample would be sent to central malaria pathology lab situated in District Hospital.

Multi-Purpose Health Worker also conducted inspection of water-logging and apprised people that they should check water-logging in their surroundings, if there is some water-logging, insecticide should be sprayed immediately to check further spread of disease like chikungunya, dengue, Falciferum Malaria.

Kureel further informed that chances of vector-borne disease increases after rain stops. We have got enough stock of anti-malarial medicine like Chloroquine, Malaquine, Primaquine, Falcigo and other higher drug to prevent the patient from malaria.

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State Govt to launch ‘Rupya Debit Card’

State Government, in an attempt to control all unqualified from taking benefits of various schemes, is going to start ‘Rupya Debit Card’, which will be prepared through banks and will be la... Read More
State Government, in an attempt to control all unqualified from taking benefits of various schemes, is going to start ‘Rupya Debit Card’, which will be prepared through banks and will be later used as ATM cards as well. Sources said that State Government is going to start pilot project in this regard in districts of Harda, Seoni, Sagar, Satna, Damoh, Anuppur, Alirajpur and Ashok Nagar from September 1 where these cards will be prepared and used to avail benefits of schemes launched by State Government.

In this regard, verification of data will be completed by August 31 and if the project hits success, MP will be first state in country to do so. Officials in State Government said that card will be like biometric, which will cover all the schemes launched under Samagra Social Security Mission like that of scholarship, pension of senior citizens and many more.

Sources said that the scheme has been launched after a report that indicated that around 4 lakh people, who are availing the benefits of schemes of State Government are already dead while their pension was being debited from banks every month. While, in a different scenario, it was revealed that same person was getting two different scholarships at once, which led to idea of preparation of the card. This card will also be used as credit card or debit card along with the form of identification. These cards can also be used in formation of birth and caste certificate as well. Official in State Government said that the card is being prepared with an aim to bring transparency in all Government schemes, which are launched in State.

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CMHOs forced to pay drug cos’ bills within 15 days

The reason of finding drugs of national-level drugs manufacturing companies substandard was that senior health officers had issued standing orders to all the Chief Medical and Health Officers (... Read More
The reason of finding drugs of national-level drugs manufacturing companies substandard was that senior health officers had issued standing orders to all the Chief Medical and Health Officers (CMHOs) that there was no need to get the drugs procured from the companies tested.

The bills be paid to the companies on the basis of drugs testing reports sent by the companies along with the drugs supplied to the district health authorities to distribute it free to the patients. Besides, the time frame has also been fixed to the CMHOs to pay bills to the drugs companies as maximum 15 days. If the CMHOs get the procured drugs tested from the Government Central lab in city or out of city, its testing reports come after more than two to three months, sometimes six to eight months.

A CMHO, pleading anonymity, said that the Health Department had made them bound to pay drugs companies bills within 15 days on the basis of companies test reports. If we delayed some days in order to get the drugs tested, the action is taken against the CMHOs. So almost all the CMHOs do not dare to get the companies’ drugs tested from other labs, he said.

“Which drugs manufacturing company will say its drugs are not good? Certainly, but the Health Department believes the drugs companies test reports might be that it might lack the effective and modern testing lab. But it has agreement with some private testing labs to get the drugs tested, the CMHO said.

Issue of substandard drugs procurement by the Health Department has become a major issue after finding four national-level drugs manufacturing companies’ drugs substandard. The Health Department decided to blacklist them. All these four drugs companies were those the Health Department had procured drugs from and paid them after receiving the reports of drugs testing from the same companies’ labs.

We have orders to pay drugs companies bills within 15 days. Drugs companies send test reports along with drugs supplied. There is no need to get it tested. To bring transparency in drugs procurement, we place drugs procurement orders online and immediately make online payment. Why such orders, asked Dr B S Ohri, Director, Health.

Many efforts were made to contact Dr B S Ohri but he could not be contacted.

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HC summons Justice Jha Commission Secretary on Sept 5

IN YET another significant order, the bench of Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi directed that if Justice Jha Commission, appointed by the Court ... Read More
IN YET another significant order, the bench of Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi directed that if Justice Jha Commission, appointed by the Court in 2008, to inquire corruption in rehabilitation of Sardar Sarovar Project affected families reports to the court that the ‘State Government has failed to provide suitable assistance of police officers, revenue officers and PWD engineers to the Commission, the ‘Court may consider issuing appropriate directions including to consider option of proceeding against competent authorities who have failed to comply with directions issued by this court repeatedly since 2008 in that behalf’.

The court issued notice to the Secretary of the Commission to appear in person on September 5 and report the factual position on non-appointment of revenue officers, police officers and PWD engineers to assist the Commission.

Taking a serious note of vacant posts, the court also directed the State Government to fill vacant posts of Accountant (vacant since March 2014) within one week and two posts of LDC and three posts of peon within two weeks and report back compliance. The Secretary was also directed to submit response and explain as to why an interim report on issues of fake registries and irregularities in resettlement sites (as per Order dated 21-08-2008) cannot be made available to the court.

This order assumes significance in light of the fact that the High Court had on numerous occasions in the past been issuing stern orders to the State Government to provide full time officers, staff, finances and other facilities to the Commission to be able to effectively carry out herculean task of inquiry into thousands of land registries alleged to be fake, examination of thousands of witnesses, assessment of resettlement sites, disbursement of livelihood grants, inquiry into irregularities in house plot allotments, declaration of oustees, scrutiny of thousands of cases pertaining to cash disbursement etc. It may be noted that the Supreme Court has repeatedly endorsed and strengthened power of the High Court and Justice Jha Commission to proceed on corruption issue.

The latest order of apex court dated August 4 emphasised that WP on corruption can continue in accordance with law before the High Court although the issue of dam height has to be agitated before the Supreme Court. This order of the apex court was in the light of the petition filed by the Narmada Control Authority to transfer entire petition on corruption, being heard by the High Court for 7 years to the Supreme Court. This was however turned down by the apex court.

The High Court also issued notices to the Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) and NCA in another application filed by NBA with regard to violation of order dated 11-05-2009 of the Apex Court and Order dated 18-07-2013 of the High Court in W.P. No. 18623/2013 requiring mandatory scrutiny by the JST. Jha Commission of all cases of disbursement of cash compensation to the oustees.

The Commission has complained to the Court in its latest report of 1st July, 2014 that the NVDA has taken back files for scrutiny from the Commission my referring to certain other orders. The High Court also rejected the application of SSNNL, a company of the Gujarat Government to intervene in ongoing corruption PIL, since the issue of raise in dam height is to be agitated before the Supreme Court. Medha Patkar argued on behalf of Petitioner Narmada Bachao Andolan. Advocate Syed Naqvi and Advocate Dharmendra Sharma, Counsels appeared for NCA. Advocate General R N Singh along with Arpan Pawar appeared for the State Government and NVDA.

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Hamidia Hospital lift out of order for last 20 days

Patients coming from distant places in hope of better treatment, some of them serious patients, will have to go to first and second floor for consultation and treatment by stairs as the lift was ... Read More
Patients coming from distant places in hope of better treatment, some of them serious patients, will have to go to first and second floor for consultation and treatment by stairs as the lift was out of order for the last 20 days. It will remain in same condition for some more days. However, the lift is new and is under maintenance. Hamidia Hospital authorities have paid more to get the new lift installed and take its annual service contract.

A senior doctor at Hamidia Hospital said there was some doubt about the quality of the lift as it is often going out of order for a week or a month. Hospital officers call engineers and get it repaired but this time, the service engineer had clearly said that some important parts of the lift was out of market in India, due to which it was suddenly stopped, and parts will be called from abroad. It is interesting to note that there was no heavy load on this lift. Despite this, it is always found out of order. Doctors and hospital authorities, however, said that the lift will be repaired, it is a machine and it might go out .

The hospital has not questioned the company about why the lift that is too important to the hospital was remaining out of order till date, what are the reasons for being out of order and so many questions rear their head about the lift. Lift reduces patient’s tension and it is an easier way to go to top floors, specially the seriously injured and heart patients. When contacted, Dr D K Pal, Superintendent, Hamidia Hospital, who admitted of lift out of order, said some important parts of this lift are not found in the country. The service agency has called it from abroad. The lift will take time in before starting operating. It is under annual service contract, he said.

“I will write to the company why the hospital lift was out of order and if the lift is not good, it should be replaced, Dr Pal said.

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CISF constable sent to Delhi for treatment

Ritu Kumari, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) woman constable, survived a suicide bid after being scolded by her senior, was sent to New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sci... Read More
Ritu Kumari, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) woman constable, survived a suicide bid after being scolded by her senior, was sent to New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) through air-ambulance on Sunday evening. Meanwhile, CISF authorities have initiated Court of Inquiry into the incident.

CISF authorities sent Ritu Kumari to AIIMS New Delhi through air-ambulance on Sunday evening for better treatment. Decision to send her to Delhi was taken in order to provide her better treatment.

Earlier, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who visited hospital in the morning to enquire about Ritu’s health, said he enquired about health of this sister on Raksha Bandhan. Chouhan also mentioned about his telephonic talk with CISF’s Director General on Ritu’s health issue. On the other hand, CISF authorities have initiated the process of Court of Inquiry, led by a senior commandant of Ahmedabad into the allegations made by Ritu against Deputy Commandant Vijay Kumar. Various facts, including the statement of Ritu Kumari, would be verified during this inquiry and action would be suggested accordingly. CISF has also recorded the statements of her colleagues at Raja Bhoj Airport.

Ritu Kumari (25) had shot herself, using her service revolver, after being scolded by Deputy Commandant on August 5 for reaching late for duty at Raja Bhoj Airport a day before the incident. After being reprimanded, she got her service revolver issued from the Armoury and shot herself.

On Saturday, Ritu Kumari had accused Deputy Commandant of CISF of harassment in her statement to CISF authorities. On the other hand, CISF’s Inspector General (IG), Rajeev Ranjan Sahay and Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Sanjay Prakash also reached Bhopal to take stock of the situation.

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Adulteration: Sweets seized from Gokul Krishn shop at Kolar road

The food inspectors, who have intensified drive against those selling adulterated food items, seized some sweets from Gokul Krishn sweet shop at Kolar Road, on Friday.

Besides, they went to... Read More
The food inspectors, who have intensified drive against those selling adulterated food items, seized some sweets from Gokul Krishn sweet shop at Kolar Road, on Friday.

Besides, they went to many food shops and eateries and restaurant, warn some shop keepers to maintain cleanliness and even take samples of some food items on suspicion of adulteration.

Dr Pankaj Shukla, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO)-cum-District Food and Security Officer, said he called a meeting of the food inspectors and asked them intensify drive against the adulterators in view of the Rakshabandhan festival to be celebrated on August 10.

Food inspectors have started raiding the food shops, eateries and restaurants to check the adulteration in the food items.

Adulterated mava could not be seized on Friday, as when the food inspectors reached the spots where they had information of adulterated but the mava traders had hid the mava.

When contacted, DS Dhakad, Senior Food Inspector, said he seized some sweets from Gokul Krishn sweet shop at Kolar road and the drive against the adulteration in food items continued.

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Congress protests against problems faced by social pension beneficiaries

Congress demonstrated in State capital demanding regular pension disbursal to beneficiaries of social security, widow and destitute pension scheme on Friday. It also demanded that large number ... Read More
Congress demonstrated in State capital demanding regular pension disbursal to beneficiaries of social security, widow and destitute pension scheme on Friday. It also demanded that large number of pension beneficiaries have not received pension from six to eight months and the withheld pension should be immediately released.

The demonstration was led by District Congress President P C Sharma and it was organised by Corporator Taslim Wahid Lashkari.

The demonstrators gathered at Roshanpura square and headed towards Chief Minister’s residence but they were stopped at Banganga square by cops. They were singing song that when good days would come to them.

The demonstrators have also raised slogans in support of demands and were also carrying placards in their hands. Even the drizzling failed to dampen the spirit of the protesters. Large number of old people were part of demonstration which ended after handing over of memorandum mentioned to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

P C Sharma said that beneficiaries of social security, widow and disabled pension are facing myriad problems.

He demanded that pension should be increased and it should be ensured that pension reaches to beneficiaries every month. He was of the view that pension should be increased to Rs 1000. He informed that names of four lakh beneficiaries have been cut and he demands inclusion of their names in to the list of pension beneficiaries. He also said pensioners of below poverty line should be given the facility of free travelling in city buses.

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Residents pelt stones on BMC squad

Anti encroachment squad of Bhopal Municipal Corporation got hostile reception from residents of Suraj Nagar area of ward number 24 where stones were pelted by residents of the area. Residents s... Read More
Anti encroachment squad of Bhopal Municipal Corporation got hostile reception from residents of Suraj Nagar area of ward number 24 where stones were pelted by residents of the area. Residents said that the anti encroachment squad was at the spot to remove the encroachment without any prior information. Reportedly, during the incident three vehicles of BMC were damaged.

Lease holders on whom BMC was to carry out proceedings had to appear in front of Tehsildar which agitated the situation. State Government had given lease to around 2,000 people in the year 2008, when there were complaints registered against some fake lease holders and the case is still going on in SDM court in New Market. In this matter there was hearing of 10 such people in front of Tehsildar on Friday, but corporation staff reached at 9 am to remove the encroachments where they seized trolleys of various vegetable shopkeepers. Residents said that inspite of protest from people of the area against the proceedings of BMC they kept on with their work when people started pelting stones at them. Officials in BMC said that during the pelting some of the employees of BMC received minor injuries. Taking note of the incident and agitation, police force was deployed in the region which scattered the mob and controlled he situation from becoming worse.

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Van Vihar not equipped with infrastructure for safari claims environmentalist

The proposal to initiate safari ride at Van Vihar National Park is becoming a great concern for the environmentalist. Reportedly, the proposal which was once shelved by State Forest Department ... Read More
The proposal to initiate safari ride at Van Vihar National Park is becoming a great concern for the environmentalist. Reportedly, the proposal which was once shelved by State Forest Department is again catching up pace and the Van Vihar administration is also gearing up to install kiosks and other advance facility.

The main infrastructure which is required for the animal display includes advance facility, electronic gadget, kiosks, touch screen and also an advances transport facility especially to zoom into the National Park so that live wildlife environment can be enjoyed by the visitors. Unfortunately, the Van Vihar National Park though enjoys modern zoo status but is not having any of these essential parameters to start the jungle safari adventure in night.

Ajay Dubey, Environmentalist, has mentioned that this step would bring more risk to the wildlife and should be initiated at all. The Forest Department is floating such misadventure proposals so as to attract the tourist influx of the State especially related with jungle and wildlife adventures, but without considering any proper parameter to start night jungle Safari would be not safe for animals as well as for the tourist.

The Van Vihar National Park in the State got accreditation from Central Zoo Authority (CZA) as one of the exclusive 25 national parks in the country which matches the modern zoo standards. However, the accreditation of the status is mainly due to the spread over area of national park in 445 hectares of land but it lacks when it comes to amusements to entertain the visitors as per the modern zoo standards. In the absence of improper display of animals even in day time and without any advance electronic equipment in the Van Vihar National Park the chances of night safari to become a misadventure is more. However, earlier Assistant Director of Van Vihar Sudesh Waghmare has mentioned that there is no proper strategy to display animals for safari and the proposal is being shelved long back.

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Warrant issued against proprietors of six industries in Mandideep

On Friday, National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued bailable warrant against six industry proprietors against their non-compliance to present before the Tribunal. No representative of any indus... Read More
On Friday, National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued bailable warrant against six industry proprietors against their non-compliance to present before the Tribunal. No representative of any industry was found during the hearing on the issue and accordingly the bailable warrant is issued for the sum of rupees 10,000/- for the presence of industries before Tribunal on the next date of hearing.

The industries are M/s Anand Industries, M/s Steel Innovation, M/s Interegated Infosys, M/s Shakti Televentures, M/s Travnwin Industries, M/s S S Bindra Flour Mill.

Earlier during the hearing, PCB had submitted its report that having being issued for not having valid consent, the said industries are continuing their operation.

All the said industries had been directed in the order of NGT dated August 1 to appear before the Tribunal on August 4, to show cause as to why action shall not be initiated against them? PCB has been directed by NGT to take steps for disconnection of electricity and water to the above 6 industries.

District Collector of Raisen has also been directed to carry out disconnection against the said industries. In addition, State Government is directed to inform about the installation of continuous monitoring system for monitoring the ambient air quality at Mandideep industrial area.

Besides, NGT has directed to the no lease shall be granted, no further industries shall be allowed to come up within the Mandideep area untill the master plan is finalised with respect to consultation from MoEF and Archaeological Department seeking air pollution impact of Mandideep industrial area on UNESCO world heritage site Bhimbetka.

Earlier, NGT has ordered closure of 104 industries in Mandideep Industrial Area not complying with pollution norms. These units were running without proper consent from the MP Pollution Control Board (MPPCB). Of the 104 industries, 25 are large and medium industries while 79 are small scale units. The six industries mentioned did not comply with the orders of pollution control act and also made no substantial effort in providing response to the NGT’s directions.

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Raze construction within 33m green belt in Kaliyasot: NGT

Any construction in the area within 33 meters of green belt in and around Kaliyasot river needs to be removed, directs National Green Tribunal (NGT). The bench comprising Justice Dalip Singh and ... Read More
Any construction in the area within 33 meters of green belt in and around Kaliyasot river needs to be removed, directs National Green Tribunal (NGT). The bench comprising Justice Dalip Singh and expert member P S Rao also mentioned that the area within 33 meters of belt in and around Kaliyasot river is going to be for carrying out plantation and creating the green belt.

The area needs to free from encroachment and needs to be utilised for carrying out plantation and creating the green belt as required on either side of the Kaliyasot river.

These directions are given by National Green Tribunal bench with regards to the petition regarding the encroachment in the Kaliyasot river vicinity. Further as requested by the petitioner a stipulated time frame was provided to submit in all the point wise details with regards to the construction of building sin green built area.

The authorities also requested for time of four weeks to complete the same and fix stone pillars on the boundary of the 33 meter area. It is directed that wherever encroachment is found within the 33 metres belt simultaneously, notices shall be issued to such persons with the direction to remove the same on their own cost. The next hearing is scheduled on September 9.

Earlier, bailable warrants were also issued against officials of Town and Country Planning, Kolar municipality and Disaster Management Institute for not following the order in which they were asked to demarcate the green belt, present an inspection report about construction around Kaliyasot river.

Despite the order directing to maintain status quo petitioner insisted that the construction work in progress on banks of Kaliyasot river in Kolar area, which is a violation.

Earlier, Kolar Municipality chief Municipal Officer S S Dhakre, who was present in the court, was shown photographs and videos filed by the applicant. He, however, stated that it was an old photograph and does not reflect the present scenario. On this, petitioner Subash C Pandey insisted that the work is under progress and also submitted that the residents of locality were also present in court for insisting on the same issues.

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Cops arrest drunk driver of school bus

Alert Traffic cops arrested an inebriated driver of a private bus, who drove the vehicle carrying 35 children to school in a rash and negligent manner on Thursday morning. The accused, Sanjay Mo... Read More
Alert Traffic cops arrested an inebriated driver of a private bus, who drove the vehicle carrying 35 children to school in a rash and negligent manner on Thursday morning. The accused, Sanjay Moreshwar Pathak (45) is a resident if Manewada. Eyes of PSI Ramesh Bevhriya, Head Constable Vishwanath Chakravarti and Constable Suraj Bhanawat fell on a private bus carrying school children driven rashly near Liberty Cinema. They chased the bus on their vehicle and blocked it. When they checked the driver using breath analyser, it was found that he had consumed alcohol. Pathak was immediately arrested. The bus operated by private contractor was carrying students to Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Bhagwandas Purohit Vidya Mandir, Ashti branch. The private bus operator was immediately summoned. He sent the stranded students on other bus. Soon after receiving the information, school authorities directed the private bus operator to immediately sack driver considering the safety and security of the children. According to Principal Vandana Bisen, the school had taken a very serious cognisance of the episode and has directe the bus operator to issue stern directive to all drivers to scrupulously follow the safety norms. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Bharat Tangde directed senior Inspector Narendra Hiwre (Traffic West) to conduct surprise check of the drivers carrying children to different schools in buses, vans and authorickshaw in Dabha area. Accordingly, traffic cops using breath analysers on Friday checked as many as 119 drivers during Nakabandi but none was found in an inebriated condition.

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Raut to review devpt works in city today

Dr Nitin Raut, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, will take stock of the progress of various developmental works concerning Nagpur city, in a meeting to be held at Ravi Bhavan here at 4.30 p... Read More
Dr Nitin Raut, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, will take stock of the progress of various developmental works concerning Nagpur city, in a meeting to be held at Ravi Bhavan here at 4.30 pm on Saturday.

For the meeting, Raut has called the officers of different departments. The issues to be discussed in the meeting include organising second edition of annual industrial conclave ‘Advantage Vidarbha’ that has got delayed already, reservation of land in and development of 572 and 1,900 layouts, problems pertaining to Government Medical College and Hospital, Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital, Daga Hospital, etc.

Raut will also take stock of water supply, sewage treatment plant, Bhandewadi project, problems faced by daily wagers and sanitation workers, encroachments on roads and footpaths, cleaning of rivers, law and order, metro region development, development of Hindu crematorium and Muslim cemetery in Nari.

Further, he will discuss compensation to farmers who have lost the crop due to excessive rainfall, implementation of Ramai Awas Yojana, industrialists’ demand for cheaper power and submission of a proposal to State Government in this regard, development of Gorewada Zoo and Maharajbag Zoo, demand to be made to Central Government regarding basic infrastructure development in Nagpur, regularisation of slums that came up between 1995 and 2000, city bus service, development of Mor Bhavan bus stand.

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NMC to recover royalty dues of Rs 3.51 crore from VNIL

City bus service operator Vansh Nimay Infraprojects Limited (VNIL) is yet to pay to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) an amount of Rs 3,51,54,188 against the royalty, said Bandu Raut, Chairman o... Read More
City bus service operator Vansh Nimay Infraprojects Limited (VNIL) is yet to pay to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) an amount of Rs 3,51,54,188 against the royalty, said Bandu Raut, Chairman of Transport Committee of NMC.

Addressing a press conference at NMC on Friday evening after a meeting of Transport Committee, Raut said that for a period 2007-13, VNIL had to pay royalty amount of Rs 7,38,81,785 to NMC. As against this, VNIL deposited Rs 2,26,79,245 with NMC and remaining Rs 5,12,25,000 was to be recovered from the former. As per the agreement between NMC and VNIL, the latter was to pay an interest of Rs 14,75,220 on the dues.

“However, we deduced the amount of Rs 3,51,98,148 against insurance that NMC had to pay. Thus, the remaining amount to be recovered from VNIL, including an accumulated interest of Rs 68 lakh, worked out to be Rs 3,51,54,188. We told this to VNIL in today’s meeting,” said Raut. He also rued that VNIL had to submit accounts of bus operations daily, but it did not do so.

Asked about the appointment of second operator for city bus service, Raut told reporters that the issue was discussed in the meeting. Of a total five Expressions of Interest (EoI) received, that of city-based Sai Taj Krupa Bus Suvidha Private Limited qualified for talks, he said. The other firms that submitted EoI included Travel Time Car Rental Private Limited (Pune), Sanjay Travels (Nagpur), Travel Time Cars India Private Limited (Pune), and Amba Mal Va Pravasi Vahatuk Seva Sahakari Sanstha Maryadit (Amravati). Sai Taj Krupa Bus Suvidha Private Limited has assured royalty of Rs 3,500 per bus, Raut said.

“There are certain differences between the qualified second operator and civic administration. These pertain to term of agreement, sharing of advertisement revenue, and bank guarantee,” Raut told reporters. Elaborating further, he said that NMC wanted agreement to be for 10 years while operator wanted it for 30 years.

NMC wanted 50 per cent of the advertisement revenue from the buses owned by the operator, but the latter wanted to keep all advertisement revenue from own buses for itself. As far as bank guarantee is concerned, the second operator wanted it to be kept at Rs 15,000 per bus but civic administration was in favour of Rs 50,000 per bus on operator’s buses.

Corporators Neeta Thakre, Sunil Agrawal, Bhushan Shingne; Sudhakar Kohale, Chairman of Water Works Committee; Ramesh Singare, Chairman of Health Committee were also present during the press conference.

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State Govt seeks time to probe ULC allotments

Maharashtra Government on Friday informed the High Court that in addition to 27 cases of allotment of surplus lands declared under the Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) Act, other allotments would a... Read More
Maharashtra Government on Friday informed the High Court that in addition to 27 cases of allotment of surplus lands declared under the Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) Act, other allotments would also be scrutinised.

A special division bench consisting of Justice A P Bhangale and Justice Z A Haq started hearing the petition filed by former MLA Sunil Shinde alleging massive irregularities in allotment of ULC land to influential persons.

A one-member committee headed by former High Court judge R K Batta had confirmed the massive fraud and found gross violations of the procedure in every allotment.

According to State Government, in 27 cases, action is being taken and the allotments are being cancelled. On Friday, the Government sought time to file reply and also to scrutinise other cases of ULC allotment. The petitioner’s counsel Adv Anand Parchure on earlier occasion had claimed that Batta Commission submitted its report way back in 2007 and the allotments were still not being cancelled.

The High Court had sought specific details of action taken against each of the beneficiary whose allotment was sought to be cancelled. State Government had promised to implement Batta Commission report and take departmental action against erring officers.

Justice Batta had clearly indicted the then ULC authorities namely E Z Khobragade (presently member of MAT) and S G Gautam (Deputy Commissioner) for gross abuse of power and flagrant breach of ULC norms and government guidelines and for favouring high and mighty by these officials.

During last hearing, the signed copy of Justice Batta committee report was produced before the court. Making a startling revelation Justice Batta committee had pointed out that Government had failed to take possession of 3.71 crore sq. mt land (37192242.56 sq. mt land to be exact) under section 10(3) of the ULC Act in 1371 cases. Out of 3065 cases the government had failed to initiate action in 2192 cases so far, the committee pointed out with great anguish.

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Rajesh Joshi’s 130 acre land to be attached

Number of complaints against fraudster Rajesh Joshi of Raviraj Group has gone up to 40 and more complaints are expected against this swindler. The Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of Crime Branch als... Read More
Number of complaints against fraudster Rajesh Joshi of Raviraj Group has gone up to 40 and more complaints are expected against this swindler. The Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of Crime Branch also found that Joshi had purchase 130 acre land at Karanja Ghatge and possibly his wife Radha and uncles are also co-owner. Joshi’s family members named in the complaint are absconding since one month. The investigating agency has started process of attaching this property along with their Vivekanand Nagar residence. Hunt to trace out movable and immovable property purchased out of proceeds of this scam is on.

EoW obtained custody of Rajesh Joshi till August 16 when he was produced before the Special Judge (MPID) Shekhar Muley on Thursday after his dramatic arrest well past Wednesday midnight. Joshi was on the run after his aggrieved investors lodged complaint against him with Dhantoli Police Station on July 8. He is believed to have duped more than 400 investors, mostly middle-class and senior citizens, promising them astronomical returns.

He had promised to double the money in three years and on the basis of very aggressive marketing had amassed huge money and his plush offices actually attracted many middle-class families to park their life-time savings with him. Though the amount siphoned of is quite huge, till date complaints of cheating worth Rs 2.83 crore have been lodged by aggrieved investors. Joshi used to accept minimum Rs 5 lakh but many people parked much more and cash transaction is anybody’s guess.

One of the aggrieved investor Vijay Wamanrao Marathe (47), a resident of Vivekanand Nagar, near Saibaba Mandir, had lodged the first complaint against Joshi with Dhantoli Police Station on July 8 charging Joshi with cheating, criminal breach of trust and hatching a criminal conspiracy to dupe him and other investors. On the basis of this complaint, Dhantoli police registered an offence under Sections 420, 406, 120(B) of the IPC and under the Maharashtra Protection of Interests of Depositors (In Financial Establishments) Act, 1999 against Directors of Raviraj Investment and Strategies Company namely Rajesh Joshi, Radha Rajesh Joshi, Suresh Gangadhar Joshi, Vyankatesh Acharya and Girish Deshpande and others.

For last few months, the group had started default leading to present crisis. The investors confessed that Joshi and his staff always informed them that the funds collected from them were invested into stock markets, infrastructure and mining businesses but no details were furnished about actual businesses, returns, profit-loss statement nor any annual return statement was given to them. Initially, the investigation was carried out by Dhantoli Police but as scale and magnitude of the scam increased the probe was handed over to Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of Crime Branch which has probed Shreesurya, Jhambre couple scam and now Wasankar Wealth Management scam.

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MCR for Wasankar, Choudhary till 21st

SPECIAL Judge (MPIDA) S P Muley on Friday remanded Chairman of Wasankar Wealth Management Prashant Jaideo Wasankar and his brother-in-law and Director Abhijit Jayant Choudhary to magisterial cu... Read More
SPECIAL Judge (MPIDA) S P Muley on Friday remanded Chairman of Wasankar Wealth Management Prashant Jaideo Wasankar and his brother-in-law and Director Abhijit Jayant Choudhary to magisterial custody till August 21. After the court’s order, cops sent them to Central Jail. Inspector Sudhakar Dhane attached to Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of the Crime Branch, who is the investigation officer in the case, produced Prashant Wasankar and Abhijit Choudhary before the Special Judge as their police custody remand (PCR) ended on Friday.

Seeking extension of their PCR for two more days, Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Vishwas Deshmukh told the court that a total of 119 investors had so far lodged complaints against Wasankar Wealth Management Limited and amount to be recovered from the accused Chairman and Directors of the company was about Rs 29.37 crore. Investigation by EoW officers revealed that as many as 25,000 cheques were issued between 2010 and 2014 from accused Prashant Wasankar’s accounts, he added.

SPP Deshmukh contended that the EoW officers wanted to further interrogate the accused duo to ascertain as to under what heads and to whom these cheques were issued and for what purpose. The probe also revealed that the accused had sent cross receipts to investors stating that he was willing to refund their invested amounts, he added.

The manner in which the accused were making such statements, SPP Deshmukh said, the investigation agency was confident that Prashant Wasankar and other accused had stashed away huge amount to an unknown destination. And, therefore, further custodial interrogation of the accused duo was necessary, he added. The prosecution claimed that if two-day PCR was granted to Wasankar and Choudhary, the investigators may unearth the details about crores of rupees hidden by the accused persons. Adv Bhagwan Karde, who appeared on behalf of investors, assisted the prosecution.

Defence lawyers Adv M B Naidu and Adv Prakash Naidu strongly opposed to extending the PCR of their clients. They argued that the police had already seized entire computerised data related to alleged transactions, bank accounts, cheque books and all relevant documents and articles 13 days before. The accused persons had fully co-operated with the EoW officers and disclosed all relevant information during their custodial interrogation, they added.

The defence lawyers pointed out that there was no further development in the investigation on the basis of alleged reasons stated in the application for extension of PCR of the accused persons. They argued that last time when PCR was sought, similar grounds were cited and prosecution failed to demonstrate any development in the probe. The prosecution, now, had no propriety to seek extension of their PCR as it was not a matter of right for the investigation agency to exhaust the maximum available PCR defined under the Act without assigning any cogent reason, they added.

After hearing both the sides and pursuing the case diary, the Special Judge rejected the PCR application submitted by prosecution and remanded Prashant Wasankar and Abhijit Choudhary to magisterial custody.

Defence lawyers Adv M B Naidu and Adv Prakash Naidu were assisted by Adv Pankaj Thakre, Adv Manish Thombre, and Adv Upendra Khante. On May 9, EoW officers had booked Chairman of Wasankar Group Prashant Wasankar, Directors Bhagyashree Prashant Wasankar, Maithili Vinay Wasankar, Abhijit Jayant Choudhary, Kumud Choudhary, Vinay Wasankar, employees Chandrakant Rai, Kardaye and Khapre on charges of cheating, criminal breach of trust, criminal intimidation, criminal conspiracy and also under the provisions of the Maharashtra Protection of Interests of Depositors (In Financial Establishments) Act, 1999 for allegedly duping investors of crores of rupees. Director Vinay Wasankar is already in Central Jail as the same court had earlier remanded to magisterial custody.

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SC respite to BVM’s Trimurti Nagar school

Supreme Court of India on Monday permitted the Trimurti Nagar branch school of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan to exclusively use the playground for its school children during school hours. Admitting a ... Read More
Supreme Court of India on Monday permitted the Trimurti Nagar branch school of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan to exclusively use the playground for its school children during school hours. Admitting a special leave petition filed by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, a three judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India R M Lodha and consists of Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice R F Nariman, permitted the school to exclusively use the playground during school hours for its students. Senior Counsel Harish Salve appearing for the petitioner-school pointed out that as on date more than 1,400 students are admitted in the school including girl students and school had spent Rs 2.50 crore to develop the playground.

The playground was lying idle and covered with wild trees from last more than 10 years and Nagpur Improvement Trust had no money to develop the playground and make it play worthy with state of the art facilities for sports like tennis, basketball, skating etc. By the PPP (Public-Private participation) model NIT had desired optimum utilisation of the playground.

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai having more than 100 schools around the world participated in the said tender process and succeeded with offer price of Rs 2.81 crore for the land and Rs 2.5 crore for development of playground. The allotment in favour of the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan was challenged before the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court in a public interest litigation.

The High Court maintained the allotment of land in favour of the school but quashed the grant of exclusive time to the school on the ground that the residents of the area have an equal right to the playground and they cannot be denied the right to access playground even during school hours. The High Court also directed the school to incur the cost of Rs 2.5 crore for development of the playground and maintenance cost. Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan challenged the said order of the High Court before the Supreme Court.

Senior Advocate Harish Salve appearing for the school pointed out to the court that the order passed by the High Court was erroneous and each finding therein was contrary to record. He pointed out that the record clearly shows that the petitioners before the High Court were set up by other schools who feared competition from the pioneer school Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan. He also pointed out that the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan is a co-education school with 1400 students studying there. He said that if the school is not getting the playground for exclusive time why has it been asked by the high court to develop and maintain it. He said the school should have been granted exclusive time for use of playground. He stressed upon safety and security of girl students. NIT counsel S K Mishra also supported the petitioner-school. Counsel for respondent claimed that citizens of the area and other children would be deprived from using this ground.

After hearing all the parties, the Supreme Court granted leave to the petitioners and by way of an interim order restored the right in favour of the school to use the playground exclusively during school hours on school working days.

Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) had floated a tender for allotment of land at offset price of Rs 2.5 crore and for development of an adjacent playground. The cost of development of the playground to be borne by the successful bidder was estimated at another Rs 2.5 crore minimum. The successful bidder had to also pay maintenance cost. In lieu of the development and maintenance of the playground, the successful bidder was to get exclusive access to the playground developed by it during school hours. The successful bidder was offered a lease of 30 years with clause for renewal.

Senior Advocate Harish Salve, Senior Advocate Shekhar Naphade with Adv Rahul M Bhangde and Adv Manish Pitale appeared for Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan.

Adv S K Mishra appeared for Nagpur improvement trust. Adv Kishor Lambat appeared for PIL petitioners.

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HC to decide fate of illegal food kiosks at Futala lake on August 8

Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday posted the hearing on Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in connection with food kiosks in Futala Lake area on August 8 when the fate of these kios... Read More
Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday posted the hearing on Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in connection with food kiosks in Futala Lake area on August 8 when the fate of these kiosks will be decided. Meanwhile as directed during last hearing, the kiosk owners informed the High Court that they had deposited Rs 2 lakh each to demonstrate their bonafides. They also pointed out that since their shops are closed so many days, they have incurred heavy losses and urged the court to allow them to conditionally operate the joints. The High Court has effectively continued the protection to demolition of their structures by Nagpur Improvement Trust. A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice C V Bhadang while hearing the PIL filed by Sanjay Agrawal also directed M/s Sell Ads to file reply within one week. The PIL had sought removal of several permanent structures, which have come up around the lake allegedly in breach of the agreement of February 17, 2010 between the NIT and the Sell Ads' sister concern M/s Concept Resources permitting it to construct 20 valid structures. There are 85 other structures to which NIT had objected.

The petitioners have also pointed out that their representation submitted on June 4, 2013 in response to the NIT's notice of May 23, 2013 has not been decided till date and without doing that threatening them with notice of demolition is to say the least is arbitrary and illegal. Adv R D Raskar appeared for PIL-petitioner. Adv Ritesh Kalra appeared for the petitioner-kiosk-owners. Advocate S.K.Mishra represented the NIT.

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PCR of Wasankar, Choudhary extended till 8th

Special Judge (MPIDA) S P Muley on Wednesday extended the police custody remand (PCR) of Chairman of Wasankar Wealth Management Ltd Prashant Jaideo Wasankar and his brother-in-law and Director ... Read More
Special Judge (MPIDA) S P Muley on Wednesday extended the police custody remand (PCR) of Chairman of Wasankar Wealth Management Ltd Prashant Jaideo Wasankar and his brother-in-law and Director Abhijit Jayant Choudhary till August 8.

Arrested on charges of cheating, criminal breach of trust, criminal intimidation, criminal conspiracy and also under the provisions of the Maharashtra Protection of Interests of Depositors (In Financial Establishments) Act, 1999 for allegedly duping investors of crores of rupees, Wasankar and Choudhary were produced before Special Judge by Investigating Officer of the case, Inspector Sudhakar Dhane as their PCR was coming to an end on Wednesday.

Seeking extension of their PCR for four more days, Police Prosecutor told the court that the Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of the Crime Branch investigating the case had received complaints from 104 investors and the amount to be recovered from the accused persons was over Rs 21.44 crore. Accused had received maximum investment in cash and that was unaccounted money, he added. Strongly opposing extension of PCR to accused persons, defence stated that the police had already interrogated Wasankar for 10 days. The police have seized documents and computer material from the accused in the month of May and there is no reason to keep them in police custody.

After hearing the grounds cited by the prosecution and arguments of the defence, the Special Court extended the PCR of Prashant Wasankar and Abhijit Choudhary till August 8.

Pro-Wasankar group targets complainants

A substantial group of investors has charged the complainant investors with precipitating the crisis and blamed them for bringing Wasankar Wealth Management into trouble. The group has extended its full support to Wasankar and asserted that promoters of Wasankar group will drive the company safely and back to its normalcy very shortly. They claimed that Wasankar group had delivered the best possible service to its members and reposed faith in the company which is passing through some disturbances.

Going a step further, this group of investors has demanded action against original complainant Vivek Pathak and blamed him for the crisis. This was civil transaction, they claimed while alleging that Wasankar was implicated in the false criminal complaint. Demanding immediate quashing of FIR against Wasankar, his release and defreezing of his accounts, the investors claimed that Wasankar would pay back their dues. Because of this complaint, our life-long saving is in danger, claimed the complaint signed by more than 400 people.

Cops clueless about Wasankar’s investment?

EoW have confirmed information about Wasankar had received crores of rupees black money from investors. However, the police are not getting substantial evidence about where the money was parked by Wasankar. A senior police officer said that Wasankar had shifted whole black money to unknown places. Though many theories are floated, but cops are in dark about investment made by Wasankar and whereabouts of the cash collected by him and transferred to safer place, outside the clutches of investigating and regulatory agencies.

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Contractors-PWD officers nexus: HC suggests State policy to avoid scandals

Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S B Shukre at the High Court have passed a quite detailed order in the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Nagpur Contractors’ Association, with suggesti... Read More
Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S B Shukre at the High Court have passed a quite detailed order in the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Nagpur Contractors’ Association, with suggestion to the respondent - Public Works Department (PWD) to prepare and implement a policy to avoid recurrence of the illegalities complained of and put a stop to game of playing fraud on the state ex-chequer by the culprits, in consultation with the experts and all concerned persons in 8 weeks.

This is in the backdrop of wisdom dawning upon PWD a little late, in the wake of the High Court’s directions to it to act quickly and fast in the larger public interest to blacklist one of its favourite contractors - M/s Ankit Construction - for 3 years, for indulging in huge irregularities and illegalities with hands in gloves with several State PWD officers.

It has been suggested to the department that out of these 8 weeks, the department can invite and consider suggestions in this regard in first two weeks. As the government had intimated to the court on the previous date that it was proceeding against its 34 officers by way of holding departmental inquiry against them and the report has been received from Inquiry Officer regarding 287 charges levelled against them, the court has directed the department to complete everything concerning inquiry including action against them in 3 months. The court has also directed further listing of the petition before it, after about 3 months, sometime around last week of September next.

The court has virtually approved the state PWD’s decision of blacklisting M/s Ankit for 3 years and stated that the government is free to impose sentence at its discretion, but it only wanted to caution it, that the culprit should not get away lightly. The court also discharged the notice directed to be served on M/s Ankit. Senior counsel Sunil Manohar with Adv Rohit Joshi appeared for the petitioner-Association. Government Pleader Bharati Dangre (State), Senior counsel A M Gordey with Adv Charpe (M/s Ankit) represented the respondents.

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Governor clears special fund of Rs 100 crore for devpt boards

Here is a good news -- the special fund of Rs 100 crore that was available to statutory development boards previously, has been restored. However, the bad news is -- it has been restored for the ... Read More
Here is a good news -- the special fund of Rs 100 crore that was available to statutory development boards previously, has been restored. However, the bad news is -- it has been restored for the financial year 2014-15 only! Further, there are restrictions on how to utilise this special fund.

The statutory development boards of Vidarbha, Marathwada, and Rest of Maharashtra used to get special developmental fund of Rs 100 crore previously. Later, the Government had started releasing Rs 100 crore for all three boards. In the year 2011-12, as per the Governor’s directives dated March 10, 2011, the fund was scrapped. Maharashtra Government also chose to cite the Governor’s directives when the development boards started demanding restoration of the special fund. Then, the Government gave a reasoning that there was positive impact on development in the areas under these boards.

However, experts pointed out various untouched areas of development and lack of even the basic amenities, and again a request was moved to the Government to restore the special fund. The Government submitted the proposal to the Governor for consideration, who cleared it recently. Though the proposal is cleared by the Governor, it is learnt that the Congress-NCP-led State Government has taken the step to project its ‘welfarist’ image in the developmentally backward areas of especially Vidarbha and Marathwada regions.

Prakash Dahake, Chairman of Vidarbha Statutory Development Board (VSDB), confirmed the development but said that he was yet to see the release order. Adv Madhukar Kimmatkar, Expert Member of VSDB, said that all three development boards had sought the fund. “We are yet to see the order, but if it has been issued, we will discuss the matter in VSDB meeting to be held soon. We just hope that the fund gets released before the model code of conduct for Legislative Assembly election comes into effect,” he told ‘The Hitavada’.

Though the special fund of Rs 100 crore each has been cleared for Vidarbha, Marathwada, and Rest of Maharashtra statutory development boards, certain conditions have been imposed on its utilisation. Half of the fund is to be utilised for elevating the Human Development Index (HDI) of targeted 125 tehsils and 45 Class ‘C’ municipal councils in respective areas. While doing so, works to be approved in a tehsil or a municipal council area should not be more than Rs 3 crore. The remaining fund can be utilised on water supply schemes in tribal or drought-prone villages getting water supply through tankers, water conservation works with special focus on chain weirs, environment-related woorks and sewage disposal, schemes of women welfare, storage of agricultural and forest produce and value addition, etc.

However, the special fund cannot be utilised for roads, drainages, gymnasiums, community halls etc works. The boards have been asked not to recommend works more than the prescribed limit for each district. Even if a board recommends more works, respective District Collector has been directed ‘not to consider’ such proposals. Besides, an order issued by Hemant Malandkar, Deputy Secretary, Planning Department, states that the boards should propose only such works that can be completed within the financial year 2014-15. Further, a report regarding impact of the utilisation of special fund has to be submitted to the office of the Governor and Planning Department by May 30, 2015.

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LBT: State Govt passes the buck to Mpl corporations

Now, Municipal Corporations’ will take a final call on continuation of Local Body Tax (LBT) in their respective areas. This solution has been found out by the Maharashtra Government to counte... Read More
Now, Municipal Corporations’ will take a final call on continuation of Local Body Tax (LBT) in their respective areas. This solution has been found out by the Maharashtra Government to counter the stiff resistance of traders to the LBT. Maharashtra Government has decided to give the option of adopting tax structure of their choice to the municipal corporations. Ministers’ of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress party opposed Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan over LBT issue in the cabinet meet and demanded immediate decision in this regard. The Government is likely to make a formal announcement in this regard later this week.

Sources informed mediapersons that senior Ministers blamed Chief Minister for delaying decision as election code of conduct is likely to be enforced in last week of August. A NCP Minster said, DF Government lost Lok Sabha election due to resistance of traders to LBT. If Government still dithers to take decision well in time, then we will surely lose assembly elections as well.

It may be mentioned that income of Municipal Corporations reduced drastically due to enforcement of LBT. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) suffered a loss of Rs 200 crore in last Financial Year. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi (BJP-NVA) opposed LBT tooth and nail.

“It is up to the civic bodies to decide the tax structure and generate revenue. They will have the option to revert back to Octroi or continue with LBT. The turn-over based LBT was introduced on demand of the traders and now they had done a U-turn,” senior Minister said.

According to Ministers, the Chief Minister had convened the meeting of traders and Mayors of all Municipal Corporations and promised them to find out a viable solution. With election dates coming closers, it is time to take a decision, they insisted. The option of levying 1% surcharge on VAT turned out to be a non-starter since it could have mopped up only Rs 650 crore across entire Maharashtra and there was opposition from rural areas. Besides, many corporations registered increase in revenue after LBT was enforced and hence there was divided opinion within Government as the new tax regime was supported on the floor of the house by opposition parties as well.

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PM Modi to lay stone of metro rail on 21st

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to lay foundation stone of ambitious Metro Rail on August 21 at Nagpur. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying hard to get Prime Minister’s time to lay ... Read More
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to lay foundation stone of ambitious Metro Rail on August 21 at Nagpur. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying hard to get Prime Minister’s time to lay foundation stone for this project. Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari is trying hard to lay the stone before announcement of the model code of conduct for ensuing assembly elections. The total cost of the project is around Rs 10,526 crore as per present market cost. The cost of metro rail has increased by almost Rs 2,500 crore during intervening period. The DMRC has proposed Mumbai-like elevated metro rail. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar may also share the dais with Prime Minister, sources confirmed. Highly placed sources confirmed that newly-appointed Guardian Minister Dr Nitin Raut and Minister of State for Finance Rajendra Mulak used their good offices and influence in clearing the file of metro rail from Finance Department, Chief Secretary and Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan at one stroke on Wednesday. Highly placed sources confirmed that approval of Public Investment Board (PIB) is necessary for Metro Rail project. NIT Chairman Pravin Darade will give presentation before PIB on August 8 at New Delhi. The PIB will approve the proposal after examining certain significant aspects related to the viability of the proposal. After getting nod of PIB, the proposal will be sent to Union Cabinet for final nod. Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), a nodal agency has started preparation for organising massive programme of Prime Minister. This will be a maiden visit of Narendra Modi at Nagpur after taking charge of Prime Minister.

Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has given replies of various queries asked by Union Home Department, Finance Department, Railways, and Highways. After nod from Cabinet, the NIT will start constitution of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for implementation of project and its subsequent operation and maintenance in the city. The constitution of Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) is also pending for legislation. The Central government has directed State to enact a policy for formation of UMTA. The UMTA would be headed by Chief Secretary and it would have Secretaries of all the departments to clear way for operating metro rail. The State Government has assured Central Government to form SPV and UMTA after final nod from the cabinet. It may be mentioned that Maharashtra Government has already given in-principal nod to metro rail for the orange city. Delhi Rail Metro Corporation (DMRC) has submitted detailed project report to construct two corridors of metro rail connecting 39 kms of North-South and East-West corridors.

NIT has been appointed as nodal agency for implementation of Metro Rail project in the city. The project would get funds from Central and State governments under ambitious JNNURM project for promotion of public transport to decongest the city and improve mobility of citizens. The Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC) has prepared Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) for orange city. As per report around 3.63 lakh commuters out of total population of 28.59 lakh may use metro rail.

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CCI orders probe into ‘abuse of dominant position’ by MSEDCL

In a major development, Competition Commission of India (CCI) has directed its Director General to conduct a probe into the alleged ‘abuse of dominant position’ by Maharashtra Electricity D... Read More
In a major development, Competition Commission of India (CCI) has directed its Director General to conduct a probe into the alleged ‘abuse of dominant position’ by Maharashtra Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL). Hearing a case filed by Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA), CCI has asked its Director General to complete the investigation within two months.

VIA had filed a case with CCI against MSEB Holding Company Limited, Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (Mahagenco), MSEDCL, and Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (Mahatransco). According to R B Goenka, VIA’s Energy Expert, VIA had alleged that these power utilities as a group had abused their dominant position inter alia by deliberately generating and distributing electricity in ‘extremely inefficient’ manner and by denying market access to ‘other efficient and economical’ power generating companies.

“The inefficient activities is reflected in the exorbitant cost structure submitted to Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission and it results in increase in power tariff,” said Goenka. After hearing and inspection of documents submitted by VIA, the CCI issued an order under Section 26 (1) of the Competition Act, 2002 and directed its Director General to investigate into the matter and submit the report within a period of 60 days. CCI also directed its Director General to investigate the role of persons who were in charge and were responsible for the alleged conduct of such companies.

After hearing the matter and going through the allegations levelled by the petitioner, CCI observed that MSEDCL was the only licensee distributor of electricity in the relevant geographic market and hence it was a ‘monopoly distributor’ of electricity there. With respect to VIA’s allegation that MSEDCL continued to buy power from ‘cost inefficient Mahagenco, CCI observed that MSEDCL purchased electricity from Mahagenco at rates ‘comparatively higher than the rates offered by other electricity generating enterprises.’ “This translates into higher tariff charged to the end consumer as that tariff is decided by MERC on the basis of purchase cost of MSEDCL. Prima facie, the said conduct of MSEDCL amounts to indirect imposition of unfair price on the consumers, which is in contravention of Section 4 (2) (a) (ii) of the Competition Act,” observed the CCI.

As far as allegations of MSEDCL denying open access to others is concerned, CCI stated it clearly that denial of open access ‘shut the door on competition in the distribution market.’

Holding that MSEDCL’s conduct was prima facie in contravention of Section 4 (2) (c) of the Competition Act, the CCI observed, “The consumers are left with no choice but to keep buying power at whatever rate the distribution company supplies. On the other hand, a generator, who can become a rival distributor through open access, cannot supply electricity to the consumers.”

The CCI hearing was conducted before the coram of Ashok Chawla, Chairperson; and members Anurag Goel, S L Bunker, and Sudhir Mittal. Advocates K K Sharma and Danish Khan appeared for VIA. In its order issued on Wednesday, CCI further made it clear, “Nothing herein shall tantamount to an expression of official opinion on the merits of the case and the DG shall conduct the investigation without being influenced by any observation made therein.”

In its petition, VIA alleged that irrespective of the price charged by Mahagenco, MSEDCL purchased all the power generated by it. “Since the tariff for the power purchase is decided by MERC as per the cost structure and revenue forecast submitted by MSEDCL, due to inefficiency of Mahagenco, the cost structure remains very high. In such a scenario, MERC is bound to determine tariff at a rate which is much higher than the prevailing market rate. Resultantly, the consumers of MSEDCL are paying the highest electricity tariff compared to all other states in India,” VIA had alleged.

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‘Over rains’ hamper supply of drinking water

State capital which is witnessing torrential rains from past week during monsoon season, many drinking water taps in colonies have turned dry due to non-supply of water by Raipur Municipal Corpor... Read More
State capital which is witnessing torrential rains from past week during monsoon season, many drinking water taps in colonies have turned dry due to non-supply of water by Raipur Municipal Corporation. Heavy water logging over supply lines has resulted into shut down of drinking water supply in many places including posh areas also. Even at many places residents have lodged complaint with Raipur Municipal Corporation regarding unhygienic water supply.

As per information the morning drinking water supply by RMC in the colonies located in Mahvir Nagar, Math Purena, Rajendra Nagar, Telibandha , Avanti Vihar, Ashok Nagar, Chhota Ashok Nagar, Kaling Nagar, Chhota Bhawani Nagar areas were affected. Similarly, the areas like Shankar Nagar Katora Talab, Tagore Nagar, Shailendra Nagar, Raja Talab, Pachpedi Naka, Moudhapara and Tikrapara witnessed erratic drinking water supply.

The worst affected area which is witnessing erratic drinking water supply is posh Avanti Vihar Sector Two, where water supply has been influenced from past two-days. Meanwhile, residents have complained that despite bringing in notice of RMC official, the respective zonal office is not responding to solve the problem.

When contacted RMC Commissioner Avnish Kumar Sharan in this regard, he said that as such no officials complaint has been received by the department, but following torrential rains from past three days it may be a precautionary measure taken by the zonal offices to cut off the water supply for a short time following heavy water loggings over various supply lines in concerning areas.

This necessary step is taken by respective zonal offices to maintain hygienic value of the drinking water and clearing of water logging over the supply lines is being carried out regularly. Even the RMC has established controlled rooms in each zone and zonal commissioners are instructed for ‘quick response’ to any such problem

Speaking on prevailing problem in Avanti Vihar Sector Two, senior RMC official said that he personally given order to zone commissioner to look into the matter and Wednesday morning the problem will be rectify.

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Singhdeo demands 4-tier promotion pay-grade for State Govt employees

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader TS Singhdeo has raked up the issue of 4-tier promotion pay-grade for government officials and staffers. In a letter to Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, Sin... Read More
Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader TS Singhdeo has raked up the issue of 4-tier promotion pay-grade for government officials and staffers. In a letter to Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, Singhdeo said that BJP had promised government officials on this issue prior to Vidhan Sabha 2013.

Singhdeo said that his attention was drawn to the subject recently where he was told many of the government personnel are close to their retirement but have not received the benefit of 4-tier promotion pay grade and it is causing them severe financial loss.

He said that while promotion may not be possible in many cases because of unavailability of posts according to setup or superior post not being vacant, the assurance of 4-tier promotion pay grade would compensate the losses to some extent. He demanded that Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh ensures suitable order in this regard in compliance with its manifesto.

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Routine life thrown out of gear in Bhilai

With the incessant drizzles for three days, the routine life remained affected on Tuesday also in steel city Bhilai. As per reading of BSP Water Department, 40.6 and 40.4 millimeters of rainfall ... Read More
With the incessant drizzles for three days, the routine life remained affected on Tuesday also in steel city Bhilai. As per reading of BSP Water Department, 40.6 and 40.4 millimeters of rainfall were recorded on Monday and Tuesday morning respectively.

As the outcome of light rainfall throughout the day, most of the markets and other commercial establishments wore a deserted look till late evening. Same was the case with educational institutions, as thin attendance was recorded in most of the schools and colleges. Since it continued to drizzle throughout the day, people largely preferred to remain indoors. It was mainly the working class people, traversing through the inundated roads in their bid to reach their workplaces in time.

Roads at certain places were flooded with water and commuters found it difficult to wade through the water-filled roads, with the miseries of potholes multiplying manifold. Besides, water from drains had inundated on streets causing lot of inconvenience to denizens and commuters alike. Residents of low lying areas in the Bhilai Municipal Corporation (BMC) jurisdiction, including, Supela, Junwani, Camp-1, Camp-2, Jawahar Nagar, Rajiv Nagar among others faced the problem of inundation for some time, with rain water entering houses in these areas. The conditions were more so same at many places in BSP Township. However, no untoward incident was reported from any part of the city and the conditions started to improve by the evening, with the rain easing out.

BMC PRO, Ashok Pahadia said that the Administration had made all necessary arrangements in advance for dealing with flood like situation. Several community buildings were already reserved to accommodate affected people in case of emergency. But as the rain for the last three days was relatively light, the situation is well within control in all parts of the city, maintained Pahadia.

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Flood like situation at Sheonath river

Incessant rains for the last 48 hours has created flood like situation at Sheonath river. Flood water overflowed the bridge bringing the transport to a standstill. Vehicles remained stranded on... Read More
Incessant rains for the last 48 hours has created flood like situation at Sheonath river. Flood water overflowed the bridge bringing the transport to a standstill. Vehicles remained stranded on either side of the bridge and commutation between Rajnandgaon and Durg was cut off since evening.

It may be mentioned that owing to continuous rainfall for last couple of days, water level at Sheonath river was increasing day by day. Following 82,000 cusec water released from Mongra reservoir the water level in Sheonath river reached above danger zone. By evening the flood water inundated the bridge and transportation came to standstill. This was for the second time that commutation between Rajnandgaon and Durg was hampered.

Considering the increasing water level, the district and police administration were on high alert. Residents from the adjoining areas were asked to move to safer place. The district and police personnel kept a strict watch on the situation and people were not allowed to go near the bridge. Barricades were erected on either side of the bridge to stop the traffic movement.

Meanwhile, people in large numbers reached Sheonath river to have a glimpse of flood like situation. Small vendors made brisk money by selling maize (bhutta). At Mahamara Anicut also the situation was similar. Here too people came in large numbers to see water overflowing the Anicut.

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Rains take away the word ‘relief’

Notwithstanding the tall claims made by Raipur Municipal Corporation of making Raipur a model capital city of the country, incessant rainfall since last 36 hours have run havoc in the capital c... Read More
Notwithstanding the tall claims made by Raipur Municipal Corporation of making Raipur a model capital city of the country, incessant rainfall since last 36 hours have run havoc in the capital city even as the claims and counter claims by the concerned authorities are passing the buck on each other. The torrential rainfall since Monday afternoon has not only led to washing of roads, but low lying areas in the Capital has been inundated. Apart from the Capital, the rains lashed fury across state while people finding it hard to wade through flooded waters. The state has received 647mm rainfall since the advent of Monsoons this year, which is 3 percent more than the average rainfall of 631mm which the state receives normally.

Incessant rainfall since last 36 hours has affected transportation in many parts of the state. Largely affected were buses plying on the routes Raipur-Jagdalpur, Raipur-Baloda Bazaar, Raipur-Basna/Saraipalli, Raipur-Rajim/Mainpur apart from many other significant as well as small routes. According to the bus-operators, all buses plying on roads having low-lying culverts on rivers-rivulets have been cancelled. Also plying of buses on some routes has been cancelled due to lack of passengers. They have assured that the plying of buses would start as soon as the water comes down of the flooding culverts. Worst affected are Rajim-Mainpur, Deobhog, Chura, Baloda Bazaar, Basna-Saraipalli, Nagri Sehawa, Jagadalpur routes, etc. In many rural routes, water is flowing atleast 3-4 feet over the culverts.

Due to overflowing Maniyari River in Lormi, 30 villages were disconnected from the block head-quarters as Maniyari culver overflowing with water flowing more than 3-4 feet. Transport on Manendragarh-Bilaspur and Ledri-Khadgawa roads have also been disrupted with more than 50 villages lay disconnected in the region. Due to overflowing IB river on Odisha-Brajarajnagar, Howrah-Mumbai rail route has been disconnected with several long distance trains being controlled at various stations. Transportation on Kawardha-Bilaspur was disrupted due to rising water level at Pandariya Harinala. Once again the intermittent downpour has led to the increase the water level of Gangrel Dam as a result of which the dam management was forced to release more than 1.47 lakh cusecs of water through 11 middle channel gates. Earlier in the morning when the advent of water into the catchment area of Ravishankar Sagar Reservoir Gangrel was 90,000 cusec per hour, water was being released at 1.64 lakh cusec per hour but in the evening the advent decreased to 72,000 cusec which led the dam administration to bring down water release to 1.47 cusec per hour.

Looking at the increase in the water level in catchment area, district administration has raised red alert for the people residing nearby Mahanadi River. As per the reports, there has been an inflow of 1.05 lakh cusecs of water in the catchment area and which forced the district administration to the take the step. As already weather department has indicated for the heavy rainfall in next few days and as a preventive step, people have been asked to relocate to some other place before the water is released from the dam. On the other hand, the downpour has also increased the water level in Sondhur dam to more than 4.840 thousand million cubic feet (TMC), in Dudhawa dam to 5.350 TMC and Murrumsilli dam with 3.113 TMC. Meanwhile Water Resources Department Secretary Ganesh Shankar Mishra held talks with Principal Secretary WRD Government of Odihsa. It is worth mentioning here that the situation over River Mahanadi and Hirakud Dam is being monitored round the clock. Already water is being released from 15 gates of the dam. Mishra urged the Principal Secretary to open more gates of Hirakud Dam so that flood situation can be avoided in Mahanadi basin area in Chhattisgarh. The WRD Secretary has also directed Chief Engineers of Mahanadi Project, Mini Mata Bango Basin, Hasdeo Basin for monitoring the water situation round the clock.

Incessant rainfall since last 36 hours in the capital city and adjoining areas has thrown life out of gear. Although the rainfall is still continuing but its intensity has lowered and life is limping back to normalcy. Many low lying areas in the capital city are still submerged and the stagnant water in these low lying colonies is inviting water-borne infectious diseases. Diarrhea, jaundice, gastro-enteritis, dysentery, etc are some of the diseases which have already started showing its effect in some of these colonies.

Meanwhile Raipur Municipal Corporation officials while claiming that the situation is under control, informed that they had to shift some people residing adjacent to Mahadeo Ghat to safe areas by boat. They informed that keeping in view the incessant rainfall, the disaster management team has been alerted and they are keeping tap of the situation.

Meanwhile, over flowing and choked drains are proudicing mosquitoes. Neither regular fogging machines are being utilized, nor anti larvae and anti-adult campaign has been started as yet. This has not only led to increase in malarial cases but cases of cerebral malaria are also on the rise.

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CBI convicts ex-Senior Dumper Operator, NCL, awards 3 yrs’ RI

SPECIAL Judge, CBI case, Jabalpur vide judgement, on Tuesday, convicted Ranjeet Kumar, the then Senior Dumper Operator, Jhingurda Project, NCL in CBI case and awarded him three years rigorous i... Read More
SPECIAL Judge, CBI case, Jabalpur vide judgement, on Tuesday, convicted Ranjeet Kumar, the then Senior Dumper Operator, Jhingurda Project, NCL in CBI case and awarded him three years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5,000 under Section 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act-1988 in default of payment of fine, the accused to undergo imprisonment of three months and three years rigorous imprisonment and fine of Rs 5,000 under Section 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act-1988 and in default of payment of fine, the accused to undergo further imprisonment of three months. All custodial sentences are to run concurrently. Complainant Naveen Kumar Yadav had alleged in his complaint that Ranjeet Kumar, the then Senior Dumper Operator, Jhingurda Project, Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL) was demanding Rs 15,000 from complainant for allowing smooth lifting of coal against pending delivery order. On the basis of written and its subsequent positive verification, a case under Section 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act was registered at CBI, ACB, Jabalpur, against the accused on July 25, 2011. Thereafter, a trap was laid on July 26, 2011, and the accused Ranjeet Kumar was caught red-handed, while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 15,000 demanded by the accused, from the complainant in presence of the independent witnesses.

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Proposed devpt of Dumna Airport to be initiated soon: AAI Chairman Sinha

“PROPOSED development of Dumna Airport will be initiated without any delay. Now proposed extension of runway, construction of terminal building and apron at Dumna Airport would be initiated s... Read More
“PROPOSED development of Dumna Airport will be initiated without any delay. Now proposed extension of runway, construction of terminal building and apron at Dumna Airport would be initiated soon. Necessary proceedings like tender release and other formalities will be completed in 2014. Airport Authority of India (AAI) Chairman Alok Sinha gave assurance to Member of Parliament Rakesh Singh during a meeting held recently.

MP Rakesh Singh visited the office of Chairman of Airport Authority of India and requested him to start development work of Dumna Airport at the earliest. He added that the State Government has completed all the formalities required for acquisition of land for extension of runway, construction of terminal building and apron. Hence, all the hurdles and constraints before initiation of development are clear and development could be started. MP Rakesh Singh during the meeting informed the Chairman AAI Alok Sinha that Jabalpur is a fast developing city in eastern Madhya Pradesh. Now this prime commercial city of Mahakoshal region is connected only with Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal, Indore, Hubli etc by direct flights. Due to abovementioned constraints most of the airlines operated with ATR and could not start their services and are finding it hard to plan new sectors. MP Singh informed AAI Chairman Sinha that to clear obstruction continuous efforts are being made. Due to continuous efforts for development of Jabalpur and on his appeal former Chairman of AAI V P Agarwal had visited Dumna and inspected development works. He had given approval for development but after allotment of land for proposed development works like extension of runway, construction of new terminal building and apron. Thereafter, the Executive Director (Planning) Airport Authority of India had written a letter to the Chief Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh, clearly mentioning that after receiving assurance of land acquisition from the State Government. Now, the Madhya Pradesh Government has fulfilled all formalities of land acquisition. Hence, after fulfillment of all formalities works should be started on priority.

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Legal notices to BMC, others on illegal sale of meat

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Tuesday issued notices to the Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, B... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Tuesday issued notices to the Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, Bhopal, Secretary, Urban Administration Department (UAD), Bhopal, Collector, Bhopal, Municipal Commissioner, Bhopal Municipal Corporation and Chief Executive Officer Kolar Municipal Council, Bhopal District, in the matter related to illegal sale of animal flesh products at Bhopal District.

The division bench issued notices on petition filed by Dr S K Jain, President, Dayodaya Mahasangh, Bhopal, Kapil Mallaiya and Mukesh Kumar Jain and asked respondents to submit their reply till August 26, 2014.

Petitioners in instant petition are assailing and unveiling illegal sale of animal flesh products i.e. chicken, meat, pork, ham, fish, egg etc being sold in open space, open market in Bhopal without license or violate terms of license and in stark contravention of mandatory provisions enunciated in Municipal Corporation Act, 1956. The petitioner through counsel Advocate Sankalp Kocher contended before the court that sale and purchase of animal flesh is being carried out in Bhopal district in stark contravention of Municipal Corporation Act, 1956 which regulates sale and purchase of animal flesh in open market. Illegal slaughter of animals is also being carried out in stark contravention of chapter-XIX of the Municipal Corporation Act, 1956, and rules provided under part IV of Food Safety and Standards, Regulations-2011. It is submitted that Bhopal Municipal Corporation has failed to perform their statutory duties enunciated under sections 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258 and 259 of Municipal Act, which is causing grave hardship to pubic at large in Bhopal as sale and purchase of animal flesh without regulation tantamount to public nuisance.

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HC asks Mining Deptt to grant fresh orders for mining lease in 3 months

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe through its detailed landmark order quashed the State Mining Department’s order o... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe through its detailed landmark order quashed the State Mining Department’s order of 2008 granting mining lease of limestone to Birla Corporation’s subsidiary company Talwandi Cements Limited. The mining lease was so granted over State’s largest lease area of 25 square kms. Final order which came on petition filed by Aditya Birla Group company-UltraTech Cements Limited, also directed the Mining Department, MP for rehearing both the parties and passing fresh orders of granting mining lease within a period of three months.

Mining lease in question was granted by orders of erstwhile Mining Minister Laxmikant Sharma in September 2008. The Mining Department of State Government invited applications from various industrial groups in 2007 for granting an area of approximately 25 kms various villages of district Satna, in pursuance of which around 25 companies applied for grant of mining lease over notified area.

The Mining Minister heard all the applicants in August 2007 and reserved file for issuing lease grant orders and actually passed final orders after a period of one year in September, 2008 allotting the mining area to Talwandi Cements Limited. The allotment from the office of Mining Minister was challenged by the Ultratech cements on various grounds primarily that passing of orders by government one year after conducting hearing of the matter itself vitiated the order. Challenge was also on the ground that on the directives of Mining Minister himself the department required all concerned applicants for filing their respective written submissions demonstrating their individual credentials and potentials for deciding the most worthy amongst all for allotment of mining lease.

However despite UTCL and others filing their written submissions with all documents, the department expressly chose to ignore the written submissions and passed order allotting the lease on mere oral submissions advanced a year back in August 2007. The petition of UTCL stated that the company Talwandi cements which has got lease allotment was entirely a new born company without any prior mining, explorations experiences and lacked the various eligibility conditions of financial standing, technical staff as required monetarily under Section 11(3) of MMDR Act, 1957 read with Rule 35 of the Mineral Concession Rules, 1960.

UTCL further pleaded that that mining department deliberately chose to ignore the written submissions filed on record as apparently all other applicants including UTCL had demonstrated themselves to be more competent and deserving for the allotment by showing their balance-sheets, existing cement plants, technical and specialised staff working on their rolls. Counsel for the petitioner UTCL, Siddharth Radhelal Gupta contended that without assigning any specific reason, the mining department rejected the application for grant of mining lease, despite the specific mandate of Mineral Concession Rules, 1960.

The department allotted largest area of limestone to a still born company through a mere 5 line operational order on the ground that its parent company Birla Corporation already runs a cement plant in District Satna. Gupta further contended that the allotment order thus contravened not only the specific provisions of MMDR Act but also various guidelines and directions stipulated by the Supreme Court in host of cases. On the submissions of the counsel for petitioner, the Division bench held that the “Passing of the grant order after one year of its oral arguments and that too by ignoring the written submissions of various applications amounted to breach of natural justice principles, which itself vitiated the order.” The Division Bench further held that the grant order of mining lease violated the mandatory requirements of law viz. not giving reasons for the rejection of mining lease applications of other worthy applicants or comparing their inter - se merits for finding the most appropriate applicant for the grant of lease. Accordingly Division Bench whilst quashing the order of mineral grant in favour of Talwandi cements directed the Mining Department for hearing both the parties afresh and fresh orders of mineral grant within a period of three months.

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Jabalpur-Dindori State Highway disconnected due to downpour

INCESSANT downpour in the region on Tuesday disconnected Jabalpur-Dindori State Highway while routes from Dindori towards Amarkantak and Mandla were also blocked due to flood in rivers and null... Read More
INCESSANT downpour in the region on Tuesday disconnected Jabalpur-Dindori State Highway while routes from Dindori towards Amarkantak and Mandla were also blocked due to flood in rivers and nullahs. Jabalpur-Dindori State Highway was blocked due to flooded river overflowing Taaki nullah across Jogi Tikaria bridge while Dindori-Mandla route was disconnected due to flood in Karmer river.

Similarly, State Highway of Dindori-Amarkantak witnessed chaotic traffic jam due to overflowing rivers and nullah. According to Meteorological Department, heavy downpour of 54 mm rainfall was reported in last 24 hours in the area which led to increasing water-level in all the water bodies, rivers and nullahs. Condition of most of the State highways in interior parts of the region remained blocked due to overflowing forest-fed rivers and nullahs on low-lying overbridges and culverts. Passengers and transporters faced tough time due to long traffic jam on Jabalpur-Dindori State highway to reach their destinations. On the other hand, the district administration has made an appeal to the vehicle owners and residents to avoid crossing flooded rivers and nullahs through over flown bridges and culvers for avoiding any untoward incident. Police Department has deployed personnel for traffic management near flooded areas and implementing preventive measures for averting any untoward incident in the flood-affected areas.

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Govt to start recruitment drive to fill vacant posts of doctors in CHCs, PHCs

THE State Government in a major move towards streamlining health services in rural areas will start a special recruitment drive to fill vacant posts of doctors in Community Health Centres (CHCs) ... Read More
THE State Government in a major move towards streamlining health services in rural areas will start a special recruitment drive to fill vacant posts of doctors in Community Health Centres (CHCs) and Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) in the district. The State Health Department in a recent order directed the higher officials to prepare an action plan to start recruitment process at the earliest against vacant posts of specialist doctors at CHC, Shahpura, Patan, Kundam and PHC at Barela etc. Sources in the department claimed that the State Health Department will soon fix a date to start recruitment process by conducting call direct interview. List of aspirant candidates will be shortlisted on basis of merits, then interview call will be sent to shortlisted candidates for interview. The entire recruitment process will be completed within two months.

Nearly 50 per cent of medical officers’ posts are still vacant at various community health centres and primary health centres in Jabalpur District.

This has emerged as a major reason of degradation of health services in rural areas and execution of various government beneficiary schemes is badly affected. It is noted that posts of orthopaedics, ophthalmologist is vacant at Shahpura CHC, while post of orthopaedics, physician are vacant at Patan, orthopaedics at Sihora.

Besides this, post of surgical specialist is vacant in other CHCs in the district. As post of gynecologist, pediatrician are filled through special funds allocated under National Rural Health Mission in CHC, but due to shortage of funds and lethargic approach of some officials concerned post of other streams are not fulfilled over period. In absence of doctors many patients are compelled to shift to District Hospital and Tertiary Medical Centre.

This has put additional burden on patients, who are treated at CHC and PHC level. As per information, 20-30 posts of paramedical and nursing staff, 3 posts out of 8 medical officers’ posts are still lying vacant at city dispensary, besides this more than 60 per cent posts of specialist doctors are vacant in 5 community health centres (CHC), 21 primary health centres (CHC) in the district.

Medical facilities in rural areas are badly hampered in recent years after large number of doctors retired over the years. Serious efforts are not being made to recruit doctors against vacant posts after retirement. Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr B S Chouyhan said recruitment process will definitely help to improve health services in rural areas.

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Tragic End: Pall of gloom descends over Thakkar Gram

IT WAS the saddest day in the history of Thakkar Gram when funeral procession of 10 people was taken out on Tuesday. Along with bereaved family members, entire locality mourned the tragic deaths ... Read More
IT WAS the saddest day in the history of Thakkar Gram when funeral procession of 10 people was taken out on Tuesday. Along with bereaved family members, entire locality mourned the tragic deaths of 11 people who met watery grave during a picnic at Bagdari in Patan area. Funeral procession of 10 people was attended by a mammoth gathering of residents with tears in eyes. Passers-by who witnessed the funeral procession were teary eyed by recalling tragedy of Badgari.

Entire market of Thakkar Gram remained closed and residents in large numbers gathered on streets discussing the tragic incident and untimely death of innocent people. Several persons met family members of deceased and consoled them and prayed the Almighty to grant strength to the bereaved family members to bear the pain of the irreparable loss.

It may be recalled that 11 out of 27 members of a group went for a picnic at Bagdari on August 4 and were drowned in flood waters of Hiren river. The rescue team of Police and Home Guards fished out eight bodies the same day, while two more bodies were fished out on Tuesday. The search operation continued till late evening on Tuesday for one more missing child. Post-mortem of 11 bodies was carried out at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital and were handed over to the family members. The funeral procession commenced from Thakkar Gram area and burial procession was conducted till late evening at Mandi Madar Tekri graveyard. On the other hand, teams of police and Home Guard continued their search for the missing child in downstream of Hiren river throughout the day. District administration has assured the family members of deceased to provide all possible assistance and has declared relief amount of Rs 1.5 lakh per deceased to the family members.

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Milk samples taken from Rajgarh due to complaints

In some districts, milk has been found adulterated and many milk samples earlier tested synthetic. Bhopal Dugdh Sangh had earlier stopped taking milk from such milk co-operative societies. Now, r... Read More
In some districts, milk has been found adulterated and many milk samples earlier tested synthetic. Bhopal Dugdh Sangh had earlier stopped taking milk from such milk co-operative societies. Now, receiving complaints from Rajgarh, D S Dhakad, Food Inspector collected samples from a milk co-operative society on Monday evening to check adulteration. Samples were sent for testing. The Food and Drugs Control Administration has asked lab authorities to perform adulteration test on suspected milk soon so that action may be taken against the farmers who supplied milk to the co-operative societies. After a long time, Food Department paid attention to adulterated milk or synthetic milk supplied to the Dugdh Sangh. It is also raising questions over the testing of the milk at the co-operative societies from where the Dugdh Sangh is collecting milk everyday. When contacted, D S Dhakad, Food Inspector said that milk samples were collected from Rajgarh as he had charge of Rajgarh district also. There was suspicion of adulteration and the milk samples were sent to the lab for testing and asked to send testing report soon, he said. When contacted, Alam Khan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), said Bhopal Dugdh Sangh would ban such milk co-operative societies if its milk was found adulterated. Hemraj Yadav, Director, Bhopal Dugdh Sangh, in-charge of Rajgarh district, said that he would see if the milk was adulterated. “We will stop taking milk from such milk societies. We have banned many milk co-operative societies earlier,” he said. Yadav said that chances of adulteration or synthetic milk were less due to testing of the milk at the milk collection centres.

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Lady constable of CISF tries to commit suicide

A lady constable of CISF shot herself at quarters guard near state hanger in Gandhi Nagar police station area on Tuesday noon. She was rushed to hospital in serious condition for treatment wher... Read More
A lady constable of CISF shot herself at quarters guard near state hanger in Gandhi Nagar police station area on Tuesday noon. She was rushed to hospital in serious condition for treatment where her condition is said to be stable. Police are waiting to record her statement to reach bottom of case.

Sensation spread at quarter guard (used to keep fire arms) when CISF lady constable Ritu Kumari shot herself in stomach with 9 mm pistol during duty hour. She had become unconscious after sustaining the bullet injury in stomach and she was immediately rushed to a nearest private hospital for treatment.

“CISF’s lady constable Ritu Kumari shot herself in stomach at quarters guard. She had been admitted in hospital for treatment. As she is undergoing treatment, hence we have not taken her statement so far. Reason behind the incident, which occurred at 1.45 pm, was, so far, unknown as victim has not recorded the statement,” said in charge of Gandhi Nagar police station, Jitendra Patel to ‘The Hitavada’.

When asked that it may be also possible that she might have sustained bullet injury after pistol went off accidentally, SHO of Gandhi Nagar police station, Jitendra Patel said that, so far, news coming is this that she herself had shot.

SP north Arvind Saxena said to ‘The Hitavada’ that CISF lady constable Ritu Kumari has undergone two operations and she is in ICU and her condition is critical. Her family living in Moradabad has been informed about the incident. Her father is coming to Bhopal on Wednesday and his statements would be recorded. “ It is possible that she had shared some problems with parents. We are also waiting that she should be able to give the statement which would shed light on the incident,” added Arvind Saxena. Efforts were made to contact CISF officials but could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. But it is learnt that CISF officials are tight-lipped over the incident and no one is coming on record to speak on the incident.

In the meantime, sources informed that victim Ritu Kumar hails from Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh and had joined CISF in 2009. The mystery surrounding the incident would get clear only when she is able to give the statement. However, it is being said that she was under depression for past few days.

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Lokayukta police raid on Krishi Mandi Secy, assets worth Rs 5 crore seized

Gwalior Lokayukta police conducted raid against Krishi Upaj Mandi Secretary in Berad in Shivpuri and unearthed disproportionate assets on Tuesday. Gold and silver ornaments worth lakhs of rupees ... Read More
Gwalior Lokayukta police conducted raid against Krishi Upaj Mandi Secretary in Berad in Shivpuri and unearthed disproportionate assets on Tuesday. Gold and silver ornaments worth lakhs of rupees were recovered in raid. Besides this, document related to immovable properties including several acres of agriculture land, house, two plots were seized. Cost of unearthed property is yet to be assessed but it is assumed that market price could be around Rs 5 crore or more than this.

DSP of Gwalior Lokayukta police, Surendra Sharma informed to ‘The Hitavada’ that house of Yogendra Bhargava, Secretary in Krishi Upaj Mandi in Berad, was raided on the basis of complaint that he had amassed disproportionate assets. The raid revealed that he had purchased around 50 bigha agriculture land at the registry cost of Rs 1.12 crore. Apart from this, 6 kg silver items including utensils and ornaments and gold ornament of around 15 kg were also found in the raid. Likewise, LIC policies of 2.77 lakh were found apart from cash Rs 97,000.

Bank saving of accused officer is said to be Rs 5 lakh. Accused also has a two storey building at AB road in Kolaras. “We have also searched the lockers of accused officer but they were empty. It looks that he had got whiff of raid in advance and emptied the lockers,” said the investigating officer. Lokayukta police sleuths also found two bikes, one four wheeler, two plots in posh area of Shivpuri in the raid.

Lokayukta police informed that accused joined the service of Nakedar in 1977 at a monthly pay of Rs 62 only. During his service period, he purchased land having registry cost of Rs 1.12 crore. In the total service period, he had drawn salary of Rs 23 lakh.

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Nirupam to hold meeting with Cong leaders in Katni today

Though campaign for by-polls on three seats of State would enter fast lane only after August 10 (Raksha-bandhan), Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are making efforts to boost the morale ... Read More
Though campaign for by-polls on three seats of State would enter fast lane only after August 10 (Raksha-bandhan), Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are making efforts to boost the morale of party cadre for polling scheduled on August 21.

BJP is looking assured while the Congress is expecting improved outcome in this by-poll after witnessing worst-ever poll debacle in November 2013 Vidhan Sabha polls and subsequent Lok Sabha elections. The process for by-polls on three seats of State, including Vijayraghavgarh and Bahoriband in Mahakoshal region and Aagar of Malwa region, is underway. Meanwhile, the Congress State In-Charge & AICC Secretary, Sanjay Nirupam would reach Katni on Wednesday morning to participate in the campaigning for Congress candidate in Vijayraghavgarh and Bahoriband. Nirupam would remain in State till August 21 and participate and monitor the campaign on all three seats going for by-polls.

Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Arun Yadav informed that Nirupam would hold meeting with the office-bearers and workers of Katni on Wednesday. Yadav would also be present in this meeting. Nirupam and Yadav would continue to stay in Katni till August 8. Both the leaders would also campaign for party candidates in Bahoriband and Vijayraghavgarh on August 6 and 8.

On the other hand, BJP has yet to declare the campaign schedule of top leaders for the by-polls. BJP is likely to speed up the campaign after Rakshabandhan. Party candidates and local leaders, however, already started the campaign in their respective areas.

General observers appointed for 3 Vidhan Sabha by-elections

Election Commission has appointed general observers for 3 Vidhan Sabha by-elections to be held in Madhya Pradesh on August 21. They will be present till counting on August 25. Rajiv Shankar of Indian Administrative Service has been appointed as general observer for Vidhan Sabha constituency number 92-Vijayraghavgarh in Katni district.

His mobile numbers are 8435266144 and 9425389672. The mobile number of liaisoning officer of the general observer A K Mishra is 9479909756. Bihar State Administrative Service officer Chitranjan Kumar (mobile number 9472745001) has been appointed as general observer for Vidhan Sabha constituency number 94-Bahoriband in the same district. The mobile number of his liaisoning officer K S Bhadoria is 8815107007 and fax number of the general observer is 07622-221910. The commission has appointed IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre P S Reddy general observer for Vidhan Sabha constituency number 166-Agar Malwa. His official mobile number is 08469244455, local mobile number 09425013441 and landline & fax number is 07362-260105.

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Light showers drench State capital for entire day

Monsoon activities have once again revived in Madhya Pradesh and there was widespread rainfall in State on Tuesday. Rains were bountiful in eastern region of State and western parts, including ... Read More
Monsoon activities have once again revived in Madhya Pradesh and there was widespread rainfall in State on Tuesday. Rains were bountiful in eastern region of State and western parts, including Bhopal, received less rainfall. Bhopal had received light showers throughout the day. Weather Department has issued warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places of Sagar, Shahdol and Jabalpur divisions in next 48 hours. Some places of Indore, Ujjain and Rewa divisions are expected to receive heavy rains. The sky was cloudy in State capital from morning hours onwards. Drizzling, that commenced from morning hours, lasted till evening hours. In middle, drizzling transformed into light showers. Till evening, Bhopal had received rainfall of 15 mm. Till filing of the story, light rains were occurring in State capital. Weather Department said a depression was on eastern Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and it was causing good rainfall in eastern region. Some places have been battered by heavy rains in eastern Madhya Pradesh. Rains in western Madhya Pradesh are not as strong as in eastern region. Bhopal is likely to get light showers even on Wednesday. According to the Weather Department, during evening hours, many places received good rains including Betul (29 mm), Rajgarh (59 mm), Jabalpur (28 mm), Ujjain (32 mm), Indore (14 mm), Damoh (20 mm), Tikamgarh (28 mm), Khandwa (10 mm), etc. Till 8.30 am, many parts were battered by heavy rains including Karera (22 cm), Sidhi (18 cm), Pichore (17 cm), Tikamgarh (16 cm), Kotma (12 cm), Guna (10 cm), Amarkantak (8 cm), Udaipura (7 cm), Depalpur (5 cm), etc. In other words, after a brief halt, monsoon has once again revived in entire Madhya Pradesh. The revived monsoon system is expected to give good rainfall in next two days.

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People should understand ‘Brain Death’ and allow organ donation: Dr Wankhede

The need to observe Organ Donation Day on August 6, emphasizes the importance and the need of organ donation by fellow human beings. Organs can be donated by living persons (one kidney, part li... Read More
The need to observe Organ Donation Day on August 6, emphasizes the importance and the need of organ donation by fellow human beings. Organs can be donated by living persons (one kidney, part liver, lungs and pancreas). However live donors cannot meet the requirement of these life saving organs. Organ Donation Day is to enlighten people to understand ‘Brain Death’ from whom several life saving organs can be obtained. This is a routine practice in the developed country where over 90% of organs are taken from brain dead persons. In our country the number is less than 2%. Even this figure is largely due to most donations are carried out in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

The reason for the pathetic scenario are unawareness amongst general public as well as the medical fraternity, religious, adverse media reporting leading to mistrust in medical services or simply the less charitable nature of Indians. Tamil Nadu once known for notorious kidney selling racket has worked towards becoming the best state for Deceased Organ Donation in the country. We surely can learn from their expertise. The credit goes to the serious concern of the State Government together with contribution of MOHAN Foundation, countries largest not-for-profit, non-governmental organization started to promote organ donation in 1997 in Chennai, pointed Dr Ravi Wankhede, member of Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC).

“A few sections of the rules are confusing and the clauses are too wordy and unnecessarily lengthy, while organ retrieval requires registration of a hospital but ‘Tissue Retrieval’ requires no registration, during organ retrieval in brain death situation, post-mortem doctor to be present in operation theatre, requirement of Transplant coordinator to give hospital a license for undertaking transplantation, more authorization committees to be formed and its format have been laid down, certification of brain death possible by Intensive care doctors and anesthetists', required request for donation a must in case brain death declared, tissue donation will not need a doctor”, said Dr Wankhede.

Dr Anup Marar, Director, Orange City Hospital and Research Centre said, "At least more than 5 lakhs of the Indians are dying every year just because of the failure of their major functioning organs anytime. They still want to live their life as they are not fully satisfy with their life and want to live more but just because of the natural calamities they are unable to do so. The organ transplantation could play a major role in their beautiful life by increasing their period of living a life more than expectations.”

A novel idea of fulfilling social commitment!

Two unique cases have been done in Wockhardt hospital. In one case, a medical practioner donated kidney to an unknown person and another case is of unique cadaver transplant. A pathologist by profession, Dr KIshor Mohril has decided to donate kidney first to the needy patient with whom it matches. His wife Dr Lata too was with him. The Mohrils also discussed this idea with some of their doctor friends. "I told them to find out any such needy patient", but initially there was no expected response”. After a considerable search for a suitable recipient he found one in Neha, a resident of Shivajinagar, who was suffering from kidney failure. Dr Kishor's brother Kiran said "I was aware of his decision, but came to know about it only when Kishore telephoned me from the hospital", he said. Kiran has also pledged to donate his body to the medical college. 1st Successful Cadaver Kidney Transplant of the Region Performed at WockhardtWockhardt Hospitals. Wockhardt Hospitals Nagpur did the first Cadaver Transplant first time in Central India. Both the kidneys of a18 years old deceased donor was transplanted to a 28 year old man and a 25 year old woman patient. The surgery was performed by expert team of Doctors at Wockhardt- Dr.Sanjay Kolte-Renal Transplant Surgeon, Dr.Sameer Choubey- Nephrologist, Dr.Sarita Joglekar -Anesthetist and others. K. Sujatha, Centre Head, Wockhardt Hospitals, said, "Approximately the number of transplants per year in India is in the range of 3,000-3,500, with barely 5% coming from the brain-dead.

The annual requirement is about 150,000. Hence all efforts must be made to sensitize general public about organ transplant of a brain dead patient to save as many lives as possible”

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Good news: Ground water level satisfactory in Nagpur division

The overall underground water level in Nagpur division has increased as per the readings taken by Groundwater Survey and Development Agency (GSDA) in the observation wells in July 2014. There a... Read More
The overall underground water level in Nagpur division has increased as per the readings taken by Groundwater Survey and Development Agency (GSDA) in the observation wells in July 2014. There are only three tehsils in Chandrapur district - Pombhurna, Koparna and Nagbhir - where the water level has gone down by a little over one metre. GSDA takes readings of water levels in 621 observation wells situated in the division consisting of Nagpur, Bhandara, Gondia, Wardha, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts in October, January, March and May every year. However, due to dry spell causing anxiety in June this year, the higher authorities of GSDA asked the officials concerned to take special readings of the levels in the division to know water status underground. The officials tallied July figures of the levels with the readings taken in May as usual. They found that raise in water level by two to three metres in Bhiwapur in Nagpur district, Dhanora in Gadchiroli district and Salekasa in Gondia district. The figures reveal that ground water level has increased by one to two metres at 14 tehsils in the division. Such tehsils include: Kamptee, Parseoni, Umrer in Nagpur district, Karanja in Wardha district, Mohadi, Sakoli, and Paoni tehsils of Bhandara district, Arjuni-Morgaon, Deori, Goregaon and Tiroda in Gondia district, Kurkheda, Gadchiroli and Bhamragad in Gadchiroli district. Not a single tehsil from Chandrapur district registered rise in the level even upto half a metre. In fact, the comparative study shows decrease in the level in as many as 13 tehsils of the total of 15 in this district. This was disclosed by Dr V K Pakhmode, Senior Geologist, GSDA, Nagpur, while talking to 'The Hitavada' here on Tuesday. He said that special readings of levels in different observation wells had been taken to get an idea as to what would be the situation in the next summer, if rains played a hide-and-seek game. However, there is no scarcity of underground water, even after taking into consideration pumping out of water by rural masses during summer months. In view of good rains last year, the levels had generally gone up in the division and now there is no cause for worry, Pakhmode pointed out. The average rainall in Nagpur division is 1161 mm. As per the Agriculture Department website the division has recorded 494 mm rainfall from June one till today, the percentage being 42.5. Shilpa Janak, Junior Geologist, was present during discussion.

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Tehsildars also join indefinite strike of Revenue Department employees

The work of hearings on various appeals and regular administrative functioning including issuance of different certificates through Setu Kendra has been affected with the ongoing indefinite str... Read More
The work of hearings on various appeals and regular administrative functioning including issuance of different certificates through Setu Kendra has been affected with the ongoing indefinite strike of Revenue Department employees. The problems got compounded with Tehsildars and Naib Tehsildars also joining the strike on Tuesday, the fifth day of the strike.

In Nagpur Division, over 90 per cent of Class III and Class IV employees are on strike. In Nagpur district, Kotwals also will join the strike from Wednesday. To press for their long-pending demands, Revenue Department employees have decided to continue with the strike on Wednesday also, but they will participate along with their family members. Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has called a meeting with the unions of Revenue Department employees, in Mumbai, on Wednesday.

As far as Nagpur Division is concerned, 99 per cent of Class IV employees and over 90 per cent of Class III staffers are on strike. Collector offices at Nagpur, Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, and Wardha wore a deserted look with only top officers in their cabins and clerical staff on strike. In Divisional Commissionerate at Nagpur also, almost all the sections were without regular action. Even most of the peons were on strike. An officer told ‘The Hitavada’ that there was no clerk available to compile the information sought by senior officers at Mumbai. In Nagpur district, of a total 519 Class III employees, 24 were on leave and 400 were on strike. Similarly, of a total 222 employees in Bhandara district, 208 were on strike. In the Naxal-affected Gadchiroli district, all 248 Class III employees and 110 Class IV staffers were on strike. Divisional Commissionerate at Nagpur has 84 Class III employees and 29 Class IV staffers. Of these, 73 and all 29 have participated in the strike.

Already, Rajya Sarkari Karmachari Madhyavarti Sanghatana and Maharashtra Rajya Tehsildar Va Naib Tehsildar Sanghatana have extended their support to Revenue Department employees in the strike that commenced from August 1. Now, Castribe Mahsool Karmachari Sanghatana also has extended its support.

According to Gopal Itankar, Nagpur Divisional President of Maharashtra Rajya Mahsool Karmachari Sanghatana, with Tehsildars and Naib Tehsildars joining in, the strike has gained more strength. Castribe Mahsool Karmachari Sanghatana office-bearers including Ruprao Ukey, Divisional President; Ravindra Raibole, District President; Arvind Shetye, Dharmesh Fusate, Baban Taywade, Anand Madavi and others also lent their support.

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Tribals take out ‘Adhikar Morcha’, oppose inclusion of Dhangar in ST

The atmosphere over demand for inclusion of Dhangar community in Scheduled Tribes (ST) list, gained more heat with the tribals taking out a huge ‘Adhikar Morcha’ and opposing the Dhangar co... Read More
The atmosphere over demand for inclusion of Dhangar community in Scheduled Tribes (ST) list, gained more heat with the tribals taking out a huge ‘Adhikar Morcha’ and opposing the Dhangar community’s demand.

The tribals wearing yellow caps took out a huge rally and moved towards Zero Mile. At Variety Square, the participants formed a big human chain covering the entire square from all sides. It brought to halt the traffic at the busy square, and traffic from Zero Mile had to be diverted to fly-over for some time. Prof Vasant Purke, Deputy Speaker in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, and MLA Anandrao Gedam also participated in the morcha and extended his support to the cause of tribals.

Later on, a delegation of Adiwasi Students’ Federation, Vidarbha, submitted a memorandum of demands to District Collector. The delegation comprised Sunil Dhurve, Virendra Achale, Dr Rajesh Kowache, Manoj Chikram, Gajanan Kumre, Mukesh Narote, Dr Sudhir Pandhre, Shivkumar Kokode, Dr Naresh Uikey, Dr Ashish Koreti and others.

The morcha was participated largely by students belonging to tribal community. They held placards reading ‘Fight for Right’, ‘Adiwasi Ekta Zindabad’ and the banners of Adiwasi Students’ Federation. All of them wore yellow caps. Some of the participants also rode the bullock cart. The leaders and participants raised slogans in support of their demands. The morcha was taken out close on the heels of ‘Dhikkar Morcha’ of Dhangar community last week.

According to Sunil Dhurve, President of Adiwasi Students’ Federation, and Gajanan Kumre, Secretary, ‘many non-tribal communities including Dhangar’ had started agitations to press for their inclusion in ST category. “Some of the opportunist political leaders have supported the demand of these communities and are mounting pressure on the Government. Tribal community is opposed to inclusion of Dhangar or other communities in ST category, as already many non-tribals or bogus tribals have taken advantage of the reservation meant for real tribals in ST category,” they said. If more communities are included in ST category, it will affect the rights of tribal students, they added.

The major demands of tribals who had taken out the morcha included non-inclusion of Dhangar or other communities in ST category; scrapping of Government Resolution (GR) dated June 15, 1995 granting protection to ‘bogus tribals’; caste scrutiny of employees working on posts reserved for tribals in Central Government and action against ‘bogus tribals’; correction in GR dated June 2, 2004, to filter out ‘bogus’ Mana tribe; effective implementation of GR dated May 18, 2013 and speedier disposal of legal cases; starting construction of ashramshala and hostels for tribal students; and making Caste Validity Certificate mandatory at the time of admissions to educational institutions and interviews for jobs etc.

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Complaints against Wasankar Wealth continue to pour in

Complaints against Wasankar Wealth Management Ltd continue to pour in at Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of Crime Branch. EoW have registered 103 complaints against Wasankar and company directors ... Read More
Complaints against Wasankar Wealth Management Ltd continue to pour in at Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of Crime Branch. EoW have registered 103 complaints against Wasankar and company directors and 20 complaints are still in pipe-line. Sources informed that flow of complaints would increase in coming days as investors are coming over initial inhibition about lodging of complaint fearing that cops would investigate source of income of investors. Liability of Wasankar towards investors has crossed Rs 25 crore against his assets of Rs 16 crore.

Sources informed that senior Army Officer, a very senior officer of Reserve Bank of India, PSU Bank officers, even very successful businessmen have also approached EoW to lodge complaint against Wasankar. In a very shocking information a retired top ranking officer of RBI had also invested crores of rupees in schemes of Wasankar. A colonel was also among the investors, who were duped by Wasankar, sources confirmed. Another aggrieved investor informed that Wasankar had great convincing ability. He first short-listed gullible targets and convinced them with various references. Surprisingly, investors had not cross checked information given by Wasankar and parked money in his schemes.

Wasankar’s demat service was costliest across country

During investigation, the EoW sleuths came across shocking violations by Wasankar wealth. He had rolled out demat account services with costliest rates. All major demat account players charge not more than 40 paisa for delivery. However, Wasankar used to charge Re 1 per for every Rs 100 transacted. It was costliest demat account service in the world, the sources confirmed. Total 3695 investors had opened demat account at Wasankar Wealth Management Ltd.

Wasankar and Choudhary to be produced in the court today

EoW will produce Prashant Wasankar and Abhijit Choudhary, Directors of Wasankar Wealth Management Ltd in the special court of MPID on Wednesday. Sources informed that EoW would demand custody for detailed investigation of the cases as Wasankar have not yet given information about all transactions. Cops are likely to interrogate two businessman of city for getting crores of rupees from Wasankar, sources confirmed.

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BJP workers oppose tickets to newcomers

The members of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have demanded to demand South Nagpur and Katol Assembly seats from Shiv Sena in Nagpur district. The party workers opposed ticket to newcomers in the... Read More
The members of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have demanded to demand South Nagpur and Katol Assembly seats from Shiv Sena in Nagpur district. The party workers opposed ticket to newcomers in the assembly elections. The women party workers also staked claim and demanded atleast two seats in Nagpur City and district.

A team of observers headed by Ashish Shelar, MLA and Mumbai City Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief, Atul Bhatkhalkar, Maharashtra General Secretary, Mayor and MLC Prof Anil Sole, City President Krishna Khopde, Shrikant Deshpande, Dr Upendra Kothekar and Ashok Mankar met party workers at Ravi Bhavan Nagpur on Tuesday. They accepted applications from party workers on all BJP seats and refused to entertain applications on seats given to Shiv Sena in last elections. Presently, BJP is contesting on 9 seats in district and 3 seats are given to Shiv Sena in alliance.

Ashish Shelar while taking to mediapersons said that they are in role of postman. They accepted applications from aspirants and collected name suggested by party workers and will submit to State Leadership for final call. Their role is very minimum in this process, he clarified.

Maximum 36 application received from North Nagpur, while only one name was suggested from South-West Assembly seat. The number of aspirants increased in Central Nagpur, West Nagpur, and only two aspirants demanded ticket from East Nagpur. The party workers unanimously suggested name of State President and sitting MLA Devendra Fadnavis from South-West Nagpur while two names- City President and sitting MLA Krishna Khopde and Subhash Kotecha came to fore from East Nagpur segment. Standing Committee Chief Narendra Borkar, Girish Vyas withdrew their names from East Nagpur seat.

South Nagpur has been given to Shiv Sena but party workers demanded seat back from it. NIT Trustee Dr. Ravindra Bhoyar, Ramesh Singare, Sudhakar Kohle, and Balwant Jichkar met Observers and submitted their letter. Prominent aspirants from North Nagpur are SC/ST Morcha City Chief Dharampal Meshram, Sandeep Gavai, former Deputy Mayor Sandeep Jadhav, Reena Kuttarmare, Madhusudan Gavai, Babli Meshram, Ramesh Wankhede and Vanita Rajkumar Tirpude. Sources claimed that BJP may give this seat to RPI (A) in ensuing assembly election.

Around 19 claimants are from Central Nagpur. Beside sitting MLA Vikas Kumbhare, the other claimaints are Girish Vyas, Ruling Party leader at NMC Pravin Datke, Dayashankar Tiwari, Archana Dehankar, Shripad Risaldar, Deepraj Pardikar, Deorao Umredkar, Pravin Bhisikar, Abdul Kadir, Guddu Trivedi, and Vandana Dhiwre are prominent claimants for this seat. Sitting MLA Sudhakar Deshmukh has claimed ticket from West Nagpur. The other 15 claimants are - Sameer Meghe, Parinay Fuke, Sandeep Jadhav, Navneet Singh Tuli, Ramesh Chopde, Rambhau Mahajan, Bhushan Singne Patil, Maya Iwnate, Baba Maind, Sumitra Lule, Jagdish Gwalbanshi, Sunil Agrawal, Prof. Vijay Kewalramani, Rajeshwar Singh, Abhay Dixit, Yadav, Aafi Khan, Shashikant Bodad. The party workers opposed ticket to new comer in the party.

Mahila Aghadi Chief Dr. Kirtida Ajmera and former Mayor Archana Dehankar have demanded to consider names of women for any two seats out of 9 seats of BJP in the district. They said, the party should honour women workers in the election as they are 50 per cent in the party. Former Standing Committee Chief Avinash Thakre, Chetana Tank, Raju Golhar, Vicky Kukreja, Pramod Pendke, Sanjay Bonde, Sanjay Bangale, Kishor Wankhede, Mohan Trivedi, Adv. Nitin Telgote, Panju Totwani, Nikita Paraye, Anupama Mishra, Sunita Yerne, Chandan Goswami, and others were present to support their leaders.

Former ZP President Ashok Dhote withdrew his name from aspirants and supported District President Dr. Rajiv Potdar from Saoner Assembly segment. The other 5 aspirants from Saoner are- Sonbaji Musale, Ramesh Mankar, Ashish Deshmukh, and Prakash Tekade. The two party workers claimed ticket from Hingana are- sitting MLA Vijay Ghodmare and ZP President Sandhya Gotmare. The only claimant from Kamptee is sitting MLA Chandrashekhar Bawankule, and three claimants from Umrer are- Sudhir Parve, Arvind Gajbhiye, Dr. Shirish Meshram.

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Mahagenco proposes to shut down 5 units citing coal shortage

The precarious power situation in Maharashtra may worsen in future as the generating utility, Mahagenco has proposed to shut down five of its older units due to non-availability of coal and to ... Read More
The precarious power situation in Maharashtra may worsen in future as the generating utility, Mahagenco has proposed to shut down five of its older units due to non-availability of coal and to divert the coal received for these units to newer plants. After blending of costly imported coal, the Mahagenco has proposed to pass on the burden to hapless consumers by effecting another tariff hike through backdoor citing increase in input cost.

The proposal has been submitted before the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) by Mahagenco seeking its permission for economical shut down of five units and statutory hearing is slated on Thursday. MERC had sought economical justification during last hearing held on June 19 and Mahagenco made this submission on July 19.

Mahagenco claimed that in financial year 2013-14 its domestic coal realisation has been 32.92 per cent less than required. For its 7980 MW thermal power plants, the Mahagenco requires 40.83 MMT coal but it got only 27.391 MMT coal leading to shortfall of 32.92% due to which coal storage quality is quite alarming.

In FY 2010-11 for 6730 MW production, Mahagenco sought 37.98 MMT domestic coal and got 32.25 MMT coal leading to 15.08% shortfall. In FY 2011-12, as against required 39.508 MMT domestic coal, the Mahagenco got only 29.58 MMT coal or almost 25.13% less than required to run its thermal power plants. The situation deteriorated further in 2012-13 when as against 41.96 MMT coal, only 30.055 domestic coal could be procured leading to a massive shortfall of 28.38%.

According to Mahagenco’s own application before the MERC, continuous decrease in coal receipt coupled with drop in quality of coal has resulted in drop in heat available for generation and low Plant Load Factor (PLF). According to Mahagenco, it has no option but to procure additional quantity of coal through e-auction or imports or temporarily keep some units under shutdown and use the coal available from the units to run the remaining units at higher loadability.

At present there are 29 operational coal based units, out of which 10 units are of capacity 250 MW and more and are relatively newer units. The remaining 19 units are of 210 MW capacity and are of older design. The operational efficiency of 250 MW and above capacity units is better than the 210 MW units and therefore for selection of units under temporary shutdown only 210 MW units were considered, Mahagenco claimed. For identification of 5 units amongst the 19 units of 210 MW, factors like age of the unit, actual heat rate of unit, average availability factor for last three years and current Machine loadability considering operational constraints were taken into account. The Mahagenco has identified one unit of Chandrapur, Bhusawal, Parli and two units of Koradi for economical shut down. The e-coal is meant for small consumers and in long run, Mahagenco can’t think of e-auction as sustainable alternative to fill in the coal gap. About imported coal, the Mahagenco claimed that additional quantity that can be procured considering technical constraints in blending imported coal with domestic coal is limited to 4.47 MMT.

Even if MSPGCL decides to procure higher quantity of imported coal, the additional quantity that can be procured is restricted due to the constraints on technical issues and restrictions of Blending imported coal with domestic coal and in Ocean logistics, railway traffic and transportation. Procurement of adequate imported coal will result into additional billing of Rs. 375 crores per month, Mahagenco stated and apprehended that considering current billing recovery position, additional billing will only lead to further deterioration of cash deficit position of generating utility. The distribution utility is presently paying Rs 1400 per month to Mahagenco as against Rs 1500 crore billed and this situation will worsen, if costly imported coal is used or e-auction coal is resorted to, Mahagenco claimed.

Power tariff will rise to Rs 3.55 per unit, the Mahagenco claimed and this will lead to tariff shock. The utility has tried to justify as to how closure of five old units will actually lead to efficient use of coal and negligible hike in electricity charges.

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Serving lifer, couple seeks transfer to open colony

Antariksha Ukey and his wife Kiran, undergoing life imprisonment awarded to them by the Sessions Judge, Nagpur, in a murder case on December 19, 2002 at the Central Jail, are trying hard for sh... Read More
Antariksha Ukey and his wife Kiran, undergoing life imprisonment awarded to them by the Sessions Judge, Nagpur, in a murder case on December 19, 2002 at the Central Jail, are trying hard for shifting to the Atpadi Open Colony for prisoners in Sangli district. Their two daughters are with them in jail. The couple has filed criminal writ petition. Responding to the petition, Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court have issued notice to the respondents - Superintendent, Central Jail, Nagpur; DIG, Prisons and Additional DGP and IG Prisons -to file reply to this petition in three weeks. During pendency of the appeal against the life sentence, the court had granted bail to Kiran for five years, till March 24, 2008. Though the court was assured by the police of favourable consideration of their application for transfer to open colony, as there has been no effective action, the restless couple has filed this petition. The petitioners have prayed for submission of names of the petitioners to the Selection Committee for consideration of their application to shift them from jail to open colony and till decision, their daughters should not be taken away from them. Advocate Deven Chauhan appeared for the petitioner - prisoners.

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Now, ‘find the target and hit it’ therapy to help cancer patients

Chemotherapy, the term is used in case of cancer patients. Wherever surgery is not applicable in case of cancer patients, Chemotherapy is given to them. In this therapy, drug is injected in the b... Read More
Chemotherapy, the term is used in case of cancer patients. Wherever surgery is not applicable in case of cancer patients, Chemotherapy is given to them. In this therapy, drug is injected in the body which kills cancer cells, but unfortunately it kills good cells also causing various problems to the patients. Now, after a lot of research in this field, doctors have come out with the Targeted Drug Delivery to remove this side-effect. It actually targets the molecule that is creating problem and hit it.

Dr P S Kadam Amare, Head of Cancer Cytogenetics Laboratory, Tata Memorial Hospital said, “This therapy is being applied in case of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). (CML is a type of cancer that starts in the blood-forming cells of the bone marrow and invades the blood. In CML, leukemia cells tend to build up in the body over time, but many people don’t have any symptoms for at least a few years). It only hits abnormal cell. Genetic marker needs to be identified then anti-protein element is to be hit.”

Targeted drug delivery, is a method of delivering medication to a patient in a manner that increases the concentration of the medication in some parts of the body relative to others. The goal of a targeted drug delivery system is to prolong, localise, target and have a protected drug interaction with the diseased tissue. This helps maintain the required plasma and tissue drug levels in the body, thereby preventing any damage to the healthy tissue via the drug. The advantages to the targeted release system is the reduction in the frequency of the dosages taken by the patient, having a more uniform effect of the drug, reduction of drug side-effects, and reduced fluctuation in circulating drug levels. Dr Anand Pathak, well-known Oncologist in Central India pointed, “Current theme is - ‘Find target and hit it’.

It is called precision medicine which means precisely drawn treatment plan for one particular individual cancer in that patient. It may not be applicable to other patient for the same cancer. This therapy is being applied not only in CML but lung, Ca Cervix, leukaemia other than CML, breast cancer.”

Most of the time Cancer is detected when it reaches last stage. There are no symptoms or signs through which we can predict Cancer. It is the general perception. But Dr Amare has something different to say. She said, “See, in case of breast cancer, woman can feel it if she does self check-up regularly and then go for mammography. Similarly, those suffering from mouth cancer can get it detected if they notice white spots inside mouth. Suppose somebody suffers from particular problems like difficulty in swallowing and if it persists then it should be investigated. It can be Cancer.”

Dr Pathak said, “Common public and general practitioners should be made aware of certain things. In many cases, general practitioners do not think of malignancy. The reluctance to go for investigation is causing problems. In our region the cancers of oral cavity, food pipe, breast, ca cervix are prevalent.”

‘Some cancers can be prevented from getting carried to next gen’

“Blood cancers are based on genetic biomarkers. Some diseases are hereditary or non-hereditary too. Gene comes from fore-fathers. Some abnormal genes are not expressed in forefathers and they penetrate in the child giving full malignancy. In such cases, if such patients survive then we can take precautions so that it should not be carried away to the next generation,” said Dr P S Kadam Amare.

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The main cause of Malin landslide is natural: GSI

While a debate is raging whether the killer landslide at village Malin in Pune district was caused by human activities or natural factors, a team of Geological Survey of India (GSI) has found tha... Read More
While a debate is raging whether the killer landslide at village Malin in Pune district was caused by human activities or natural factors, a team of Geological Survey of India (GSI) has found that main cause was natural.

“We are still conducting our inspections of the site but ongoing rescue operations and heavy rains have stopped us from visiting more sites around. But, on the basis of our findings so far, we can say that the main cause behind Malin landslide was natural,” Dr Asimkumar Saha, Deputy Director General (Central Region) of GSI, told ‘The Hitavada’ over telephone from Pune. A team of GSI scientists including two top scientists from Nagpur is camping in Pune to conduct further investigations into the incident.

Sharing the findings so far, Dr Saha said that the hill-slope at Malin was steep and soil column also was not very thick. Combined with excessive rainfall of 400-500 mm, the soil over hard rock got saturated with water. “It was not a rock fall. With excessive rainfall and flood, soil column over the rock got eroded and mud gushed towards the village,” said Dr Saha. Asked whether human interference played any role in the incident, Dr Saha said that there were no evidences of direct human interference. The incident could be attributed a little bit to human activity in the village, but the main cause is natural, he added.

The GSI team is camping in Pune and preparing for infrastructure near village Malin, so that a camp could be set up there for steady pace of investigation. Rains have stopped the team from proceeding to sites closer to the hill. “Day after tomorrow, our team will move to the site for further studies,” he said. The team that will be conducting further studies will be headed by Dr C D Singh, Superintending Geologist, who has a wide experience and expertise in landslide studies in North-Eastern region of the country. The team will comprise two GSI officers. Apart from Dr Saha, another senior scientist from Nagpur GSI who is camping in Pune is Dr Shekhar Sarkar, Deputy Director General.

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Aarti Borkar murder case: 4-day PCR for 3 accused

Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) court on Sunday remanded three persons -- arrested in connection with murder of Shiv Sena woman leader Aarti Borkar at Lalganj -- to four days of police custo... Read More
Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) court on Sunday remanded three persons -- arrested in connection with murder of Shiv Sena woman leader Aarti Borkar at Lalganj -- to four days of police custody.

The court sent three accused -- Sonu Khare, Vicky Khare and Surendra Kesarwani -- to police custody till August 6. Seeking seven days’ police custody, the police appealed the court that they require remand of the accused for interrogation and seizure of weapons used in the crime.

Aarti Anil Borkar (33) a resident of House No. 219, Raut Chowk, Panchpaoli and former Chief of Central Nagpur’s Women Wing of Shiv Sena was stabbed to death by the accused when she was walking down the road with her husband.

According to a senior police officer, the murder was a contract killing and Kesarwani had struck a deal of Rs 4 lakh with the accused to eliminate Aarti Borkar. While Kesarwani had given Rs one lakh advance, the balance payment was to be given after the job was done.

Following the murder, violence and arson erupted near Lalganj, Maskasath and Itwari. Police said, Aarti and her supporters had launched a campaign against some members of Kesarwani family allegedly engaged in selling adulterated chilly powder, spices and ‘chutney’. The Kesarwani family’s depot was sealed by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) authorities following a complaint by Aarti. Similarly, Aarti had also launched a successful campaign against kerosene mafia Ravi Khante and ensured action against him. Strict police bandobast continued in the violence-hit areas on Sunday.

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Adv Asif Qureshi is new chief of State Bar Council

Advocate Asif Qureshi has been unanimously elected as Chairman of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa. He was elected in the meeting of Bar Council held at Mumbai on Sunday afternoon.

Adv Qur... Read More
Advocate Asif Qureshi has been unanimously elected as Chairman of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa. He was elected in the meeting of Bar Council held at Mumbai on Sunday afternoon.

Adv Qureshi is ex-District Government Pleader and Public Prosecutor of Nagpur district court has become the youngest lawyer to have been become Chairman of the Bar Council. Qureshi contested the election of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa and is elected in first attempt with thumping majority representing 1.30 lakh lawyers all over Maharashtra.

Adv Qureshi has also served as Standing Counsel for Government of India for past four years and was Special Public Prosecutor for Atrocities Act and has conducted more than 500 cases. He is well-known practitioner on Civil and Criminal side at District, Labour, Co-Operative and High Court at Nagpur.

Son of a former Central Nagpur legislator Shaukat Quereshi, Adv Asif has attended several state and national level conferences and seminars on effective public speaking, leadership in action, time management etc. He was also ex-President of Nagpur Junior Chamber (Jaycees an Internationally affiliated Organisation in the year 1996) along with Zone Co-ordinator (PR) of Indian Junior Chamber (Jaycees) Zone IX in the year 1997. Official Zone Trainer of Indian Junior Chamber having conducted various courses like Brain Storming, Communication etc.

Adv Asif is also a member of Maharashtra Waqf Board and is associated with various social organisations. His election to the coveted post of Chairman of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa has been welcomed by the legal fraternity and various strata of the society.

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Nazul land holders get pre-poll gift from Govt

To regularise Nazul plots of Nagpur and Amravati division, the Maharashtra Government has amended earlier rules for regularising in change of user of plots. The notification issued recently by th... Read More
To regularise Nazul plots of Nagpur and Amravati division, the Maharashtra Government has amended earlier rules for regularising in change of user of plots. The notification issued recently by the State Government stated that the lessee, who had changed the user without prior permission of the competent authority, would be required to pay 25 per cent of then ready reckoner rates. The Nazul plot holders who want to change the user, now will be required to pay 12.50 per cent of present ready reckoner charges. The Government claimed that this would give great relief to user as then ready reckoner rates were quite less as compared to present rates.

Revenue Department of the State Government has issued notification before ensuing assembly elections to lure Nazul plot holders. It may be mentioned that the earlier order was opposed by State BJP President Devendra Fadnavis, Krishna Khopde, Sudhakar Deshmukh and others in State Assembly and has insisted that State Government must change it accordingly.

The State Cabinet took decision on July 7, 2014 and notification was issued on August 1, 2014. The decision will benefit 36,791 Nazul lease holders of Nagpur and Amravati. The decision regarding regularisation of plots was pending since years.

As per decision, the ground rent of lease plots on auction would be 0.10 per cent of ready reckoner for residential, 0.15 per cent of ready reckoner for commercial use for plot size upto 1000 sq fts, 0.20 per cent of ready reckoner for plot size between 1000 to 3000 sq fts, 0.25 per cent of ready reckoner for plot size between 3000 sq ft to 5000 sq ft, and 0.30 per cent of ready reckoner for plot size above 5,000 sq fts. The plot used for religious or social cause will have to pay 0.10 per cent of ready reckoner rates.

Earlier, the lease holders were paying heavy sum for regularisation of plots. As per earlier decision, if a plot holder transferred the lease to another person or change its use without permission of competent authority, then he/she had to pay fine to regularise it. This penalty is known as unearned income and it was 25 per cent of the market value of the property at the time when the plot holder submitted the application for regularisation.

As per present notification, the market value for 25 per cent unearned income would be considered on the basis of the date when the irregularity was committed. The plot holders will have to pay as per ready reckoner rates at the time of irregularity. In case documents pertaining to illegal transfer of lease are not available, such documents should be first registered and the market rate for unearned income would be the one prevailing on the date of the registration.

If any lease holder wants to change present use now, then he/she has to pay 12.50 per cent as unearned income of present ready reckoner rates. And if any lease holder change user or transfer lessee then they have to pay 50 per cent of present ready reckoner rates.

As per decision, the Government is likely to issue fresh directions about violation of agreement in near future. As per notification, no permission will be required for the renewal or transfer of land. The lease holder can take challan of unearned income for transfer of land and deposit it in Government treasury or concerned banks. The receipt of bank will be considered as document for transfer of land and Nazul department will take action accordingly. In case of change of use without permission has to be regularized by local body. However, if the concerned plot holder has a shop licence, gumasta licence or other relevant government documents then these will be considered as valid proofs for regularisation. The Government has given all rights to District Collector for regularisation of plots. The Collector can delegate his power to SDO also, the notification stated.

How it has been done ?

The State Government had amended Maharashtra Land Revenue Code (MRLC), 1966 which allows the Government to recover premium, charge or share of unearned income on sale, transfer, redevelopment, use of additional FSI, TDR and change of use of government land leased for various purpose. According to Revenue department, Nazul lands were leased for residential and commercial purposes in breach of lease conditions and hence before renewal, it must received a share of unearned income from lease holder.

However, following a draconian hike in Nazul rent and bitter legal controversy erupted following introduction of unearned income clause, the State Government had honoured the public sentiment and substantially diluted the clause.

Before this relaxation, the regularisation was possible only when Nazul lease land was obtained in an auction and when such lease agreement contained a clause to transfer such lease to other person. Now, the State Government has widened the scope of Nazul lease transfer and included another category that even if such Nazul land is obtained in auction, containing such condition for transfer or procured for a premium. This will make a large number of Nazul plot holders eligible to regularise their transaction. As most plots in Nagpur were obtained by auction they will definitely get benefit of this decision. However, the onus will be on the lease holder to demonstrate their eligibility.

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Hubby allegedly makes woman’s MMS for dowry

Mahila Thana Police on Wednesday registered dowry harassment case against husband and in-laws of a woman as she was allegedly subjected to cruelty for dowry. The victim in her complaint also st... Read More
Mahila Thana Police on Wednesday registered dowry harassment case against husband and in-laws of a woman as she was allegedly subjected to cruelty for dowry. The victim in her complaint also stated that her husband mixed intoxicating substance in her juice and captured her obscene pictures with his driver and threatened to circulate the pictures. However, the police have not included sections of IT Act and only dowry harassment case was registered till the last reports came in. The victim has been identified as Santoshi Manikpuri (22), wife of Tulsidas Manikpuri, a resident of Jawahar Nagar. Sources informed that the victim tied nuptial knot with the accused Tulsidas, who is posted as In-charge in Karanja Bhilai paddy storage center, on February 23, 2009 at Arya Samaj Raipur and the duo have two children Yaman (4) and Lubhash (7 months). Soon after the marriage, the accused started harassing his wife demanding dowry. The victim alleged that the accused has illicit relationships with several other women and as she objected to it, her husband assaulted him threatening to divorce her. Meanwhile, her in-laws including mother-in-laws Savitri Manikpuri (62) and Shivkumari also harassed her for dowry. Meanwhile, on complaint, Mahila Thana Police have registered an offence against the accused under section 498 (A)-34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and are investigating further.

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Mahadev temple priest drowns while bathing at river Kharun

In yet another incident of drowning in the span of three days, another young man met watery grave into the river Kharun at Mahadeo Ghat on Wednesday. Deceased Rupesh Pandey was a priest at the Maha... Read More
In yet another incident of drowning in the span of three days, another young man met watery grave into the river Kharun at Mahadeo Ghat on Wednesday. Deceased Rupesh Pandey was a priest at the Mahadev Temple.

DD Nagar Police informed that Rupesh Pandey, who was basically a resident of Bhatapara, was living here at Sarona for last some months. He was a priest of the famous Mahadev temple. Bathing in the river Kharun was the routine of Rupesh Pandey, who was said to be an expert in swimming. On the fateful day at around 12:00 pm, Rupesh went on a routine bath in the river but on this occasion he chose the wrong place that is the anicut.

After the previous incident, when young man was drowned in the same river, Administration has deployed divers and police personnel at the Ghat. As Rupesh was diving into the river, police personnel and locals tried to persuade him not to do so as the water level was quite high and stream was strong but he didn’t listen to anyone.

He jumped off the anicut on two occasions and came out safely on both the occasion but when he chose to take the third chance; he had already extended his luck to the maximum. He took the third plunge into water and caught into the vortex and strong undercurrent of the water near anicut that sucked him inside the water. Around 7 to 8 divers jumped into the water to rescue the man but as the water current were too strong, they give up their efforts, denying entering the deep water.

They said current is too strong and they could also get sucked inside the anicut. Once the stream will settle down to the safe level, divers would make another attempt to recover the body of Rupesh Pandey on Thursday.

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‘Jail Deptt fails to disburse Bandi compensation to prisoners’ family’

The Audit Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India relating to the General, Social and Economic (Non-PSUs) Sectors in accordance with the provision of Article 151 of the Constitution... Read More
The Audit Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India relating to the General, Social and Economic (Non-PSUs) Sectors in accordance with the provision of Article 151 of the Constitution of India revealed many lacunae in the implementation of various government schemes. During one such revelation, the CAG pointed out non-disbursement of Bandi (prisoner) compensation to the family members of victims by the Home (Jail) Department.

The CAG informed that a committee consisting of District Magistrate (Chairman), Superintendent of Police (Member) and Superintendent of Jail (Member-Secretary) has been made for the disbursement of such funds to the victims under every Central Jail. CAG revealed that in the five years (2008-2013), these committees could not hold even five meetings, which should have been called every three months. In the last five years, one meeting was held in Bilaspur, four meetings in Durg, three in Jagdalpur and four meetings in Raipur against scheduled 20 meetings.

Scrutiny of records (May 2013) pertaining to “Bandi Compensation” (50 percent of wages earned by convicted prisoners) of all the five Central Jails including Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur, Jagdalpur and Ambikapur for the period 2008-09 to 2012-13, revealed accumulation of Bandi Compensation in PD Account, non-holding of quarterly meeting of the Committee as per norms, lack of co-ordination between Police and Jail authorities for identification of victims, discrepancies in management of fund and its accounting.

Rule 36A of the Madhya Pradesh Jail Manual (Manual), as adopted by Government of Chhattisgarh, stipulates that 50 per cent of the wages earned in a month by the convicted prisoner will be deposited and kept in a separate general fund for disbursement to the victims or dependent family members of the victims affected by such offence caused by the convicted prisoners. Further, Rule 647(A) and (B) of Manual stipulates that a general fund will be created in each district to deposit 50 per cent of wages earned by all convicted prisoners every month. The fund will be deposited in the Personal Deposit Account (PD Account) opened jointly in the name of District Magistrate and Superintendent of Jail concerned will be administered by a committee consisting of District Magistrate (Chairman), Superintendent of Police (Member) and Superintendent of Jail (Member-Secretary).

CAG informed that scrutiny of records of Central Jail at Ambikapur, Bilaspur, Durg, Jagdalpur and Raipur revealed that Bandi compensation amounting to Rs 4.64 crore (as of 31 March 2013) were lying un-disbursed to the victims and kept in the PD Account. It was noticed that 5749 compensation payment cases in five Central Jails (Ambikapur- 2964, Bilaspur-896, Durg-557, Jagdalpur-219 and Raipur-1134) were pending due to non-identification victims as on March 31, 2013.

Instances of non-reconciliation of account and parking of funds outside the PD Account were also noticed. Further, non-holding of quarterly meeting of the Committee resulted in the failure of the department to monitor distribution of compensation to the victims or dependent family members of the victims.

As reported by the department, Central Jails transfer compensation to District and Sub Jails of the area where crime took place. Superintendents of Jails, through Superintendent of Police, sends letters to Police stations where the case was registered for identification of victims or dependent family members of the victims. After identification, the compensation is either distributed through the Police Station where the case was registered or the compensation is directly disbursed to the identified victims or their dependent family members by District and Sub Jails concerned.

Government stated (September 2013) that identification work of the victims was done by the concerned police stations. After the event took place, the victims change their residence which makes it difficult for the police department to trace out the victims. Until and unless the identification report of the victims reached the concerned Jail Superintendent, the disbursement of the compensation cannot be made.

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‘Tourism Board’s failure in preparing plan responsible for non-complition of motels’

The Audit Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India relating to the General, Social and Economic (Non-PSUs) Sectors in accordance with the provision of Article 151 of the Constituti... Read More
The Audit Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India relating to the General, Social and Economic (Non-PSUs) Sectors in accordance with the provision of Article 151 of the Constitution of India revealed many lacunae in the implementation of various government schemes. During one such revelation Audit observed that inadequate planning at initial stages and subsequent changes in scope of work at post tender stage led to delay, cost overrun and non-completion of the motels.

Failure of the Chhattisgarh Tourism Board (CTB) to prepare a comprehensive plan for operation of these motels led to delay in invitation of tender, non-handing over the motels even after tender and idling of motels besides loss of revenue. Also the CTB which was responsible for development of the basic tourism facility and to increase tourist inflow in Chhattisgarh failed to do so. The CTB did not maintain any record relating to tourist inflow in the State.

Scrutiny of records of the CTB revealed inadequate planning led to delay in completion of motels, extra cost and avoidable expenditure, lack of comprehensive planning for utilization of motels, delay in handing over of the motels and non-recovery of lease amount.

Administrative approval of Rs 14.24 crore for construction of 18 motels was accorded by the Tourism Minister cum President of CTB in January 2005 and tenders for construction of motels were invited in March 2005 by CTB. Work orders were issued to the contractors between September 2005 and October 2006 for completion within 10 months including rainy season. The 18 motels were being constructed at Bhatagaon (Dhamtari), Chadirama & Sontarai (Sarguja), Chirguda (Koriya), Haram (Dantewada), Konkona (Korba), Kondatarai (Raigarh), Kulipoda (Jangir Champa), Khapri (Durga), Kampa & Sirpur (Mahasamund), Kendri and Rajim (Raipur), Kondagaon & Tirathgarh (Bastar), Nathianawagaon (Kanker), Tumdibod (Rajnandgaon) and Sargaon (Bilaspur).

The drawing and designs were revised after award of work considering the technical requirement of site conditions such as change in plinth level, staircase, roof design etc. Besides this, the scope of work was also changed as per instructions issued by the higher authorities of the CTB. Due to the above changes, cost of the work was revised (July 2008) from Rs 14.24 crore to Rs 28.96 crore.

Thus, improper assessment of the requirement in planning stage and subsequent changes in drawing and design at post tender stage not only led to delay in completion of motels and but also resulted in extra cost of Rs 10.14 crore besides avoidable escalation payment of Rs 1.41 crore to the contractors.

On this being pointed out in audit, the Government stated (January 2014) that some additions and alternations for the improvement and betterment of the on going constructions of Motels were done. These changes took place with a view to make the motels suitable and useful for the tourists. Regarding payment of price escalation, it was stated (January 2014) that price escalation was included at the last stage in the revised estimate due to increase in the cost of construction materials viz. cement, steel, POL, labour etc. and as per PWD Manual, the sanction of revised estimates was given by the Board of Directors (CTB).

The reply confirms that improper assessment of the requirements at the planning stage necessitated frequent changes in the scope of work at post tender stage and this led to delay in completion, extra cost and avoidable expenditure. Moreover, the achievement of objective of the CTB to attract the tourists through providing better infrastructure facilities could not be ensured.

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Jogi opens front against R’gaon ASP; gheraoes Kotwali with supporters

In an unexpected turn of events, former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi led over hundred of his supporters to stage gherao of Kotwali police station in Rajnandgaon demanding FIR against Shashi Mohan S... Read More
In an unexpected turn of events, former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi led over hundred of his supporters to stage gherao of Kotwali police station in Rajnandgaon demanding FIR against Shashi Mohan Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), who reportedly arrested Youth Congress leader Mehul Maru. The situation had become tense around Kotwali police station as Superintendent of Police (SP) Dr Sanjeev Shukla himself led around 300 police personnel to provide security cordon to Kotwali police station.

Jogi’s supporters raised slogans against police and eventually Yogesh Tiwari and Subodh Haritwal led a delegation of 15 party workers to talk to Rajnandgaon SP Dr Sanjeev Shukla inside the Kotwali police station. The talks resulted in Dr Shukla accepting a written complaint against ASP Singh by YC workers Deepak Yadav and Vinay Jha. Dr Shukla also assured the Congress workers that appropriate action would be taken within 21 days. Jogi himself kept waiting outside Kotwali police station as talks progressed. Later, Jogi returned to Raipur with his supporters.

Earlier, Jogi spoke to Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and wrote to IG, Durg Range to complain against ASP Shashi Mohan Singh. He briefed the media both in Raipur and Rajnandgaon explaining that YC leader Mehul Maru was opposing suspicious chit fund companies and was arrested incorrectly by police. He said that Congress has been opposing chit fund companies as they have been duping people of their hard earned money but it seems that State is not keen to act against them.

Meanwhile, talking to The Hitavada, ASP Shashi Mohan Singh said that he acted within the framework of law and that he would continue to take action against complaints filed.

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Implementation of Food Security Act in C’garh unconstitutional, alleges Baghel

Alleging that the entire implementation of Food Security Act 2013 by state government is unconstitutional, Chhattisgarh Congress President Bhupesh Baghel demanded the Ministers to tender their re... Read More
Alleging that the entire implementation of Food Security Act 2013 by state government is unconstitutional, Chhattisgarh Congress President Bhupesh Baghel demanded the Ministers to tender their resignation on moral grounds. Baghel alleged that the regulations formulated for the implementation of the Food Security Act 2013 were neither tabled in Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha nor were they officially approved from Governor.

Baghel, addressing media-persons in Congress Bhawan, alleged that while Food Security Act 2013 was announced and presented before Vidhan Sabha and a formal gazette notification was also published with the permission of Governor, the mandatory part of formulating regulations on how the act will be implemented was never presented in Vidhan Sabha and was also not officially approved by Governor.

He said that the state government was in hurry to implement the Food Security Act because it was eyeing electoral gains and deliberately missed out of critical approvals because of which entire process stands unconstitutional. He said that state Congress would submit a memorandum to the Governor Balramji Dass Tandon on the issue urging him to summon explanation from state government and would also take up the matter in court.

Baghel demanded that state government should clarify on this serious lapse that has put question mark over the entire ration card process. He said that departmental officials drafted a manual as to how the ration cards would be made even when this remains prerogative of state cabinet. Baghel said that Food department officials as also the District Collectors implementing the scheme also need to explain as to why they initiated this scheme despite the fact that it was unconstitutional, right from the start. Baghel alleged the whole ration card exercise from year 2013 as scam which is of larger proportion than Fodder scam.

It’s a new ‘Nautanki’ of Congress: BJP

Bharatiya Janata Party State Vice-President Sachidanand Upasne while coming down heavily on CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel for criticizing Food Security Act and termed his allegations that ration card scam is bigger than the infamous ‘Fodder Scam’, as new ‘Nautanki’ of State Congress leaders and asked as to why these Congressmen were silent when the Congress led United Progressive Alliance government was directly indulged in Coalgate, CWG, 2G Spectrum etc scams worth lakhs of crores.

Upasne said, Chhattisgarh was the first state in the country which had implemented Food Security Act for poor while the Congress led UPA government failed to do so although they were in government for a long time. Adding that the Congress party in Chhattisgarh which remains aloof and negligent from local issues Upasne said Congress which indulges in misleading and tell untruths to the people do not have the moral right to criticize the state government. Upasne further stated that the state government is canceling those cards which have been allocated extra to a family.

It is also ensuring that actual beneficiary is not affected in the cancellation drive. Necessary guidelines has been issued to the officials to initiate impartial enquiry before cancellation of a ration card and do the same if required only after calling claims and objections. Congress which was issue less since last ten years, is now trying to cash from the rationalization of ration cards keeping in view the forth coming urban bodies election.

Upasne said, State Government in spite of such baseless criticism will be successful in the implementation of a transparent Public Distribution System. He said for saving their mere existence, the Congress is shouting on issues like ration card, paddy bonus and increasing of paddy MSP. He said for ten years there was Congress rule and their former state President was Union Minister of State for Agriculture, let the Congress tell what steps were taken towards increasing the paddy MSP.

Bharatiya Janata Party State General Secretary and Spokesperson Shivratan Sharma and Secretary and Spokesperson Sanjay Shrivastava said that criticizing of PDS and Food Security Scheme and threatening to go to court by CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel shows anti-poor mentality of Congress. He said by going to court the CPCC President wants to snatch food from the poor just to ensure good results in forthcoming urban body elections, which again is his distant dream. He said the Congress donot want the upliftment of poor, that is the reason why they are criticizing the Chhattisgarh PDS, which has received accolades from Supreme Court as well as none other than senior Union Ministers from erstwhile UPA government. Also many eminent economists had termed the scheme as worth following for other states. It is unfortunate that a scheme which is meant for the betterment of lakhs of poor families in Chhattisgarh, the CPCC President is trying to corner it into legal entangle.

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Reshuffle in Med College likely

NEWLY appointed Dean Dr P C Dewedi is likely to reshuffle the staff of different cadres at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital in different phases soon.

Sources in the de... Read More
NEWLY appointed Dean Dr P C Dewedi is likely to reshuffle the staff of different cadres at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital in different phases soon.

Sources in the department confirmed that he has asked the officials concerned to prepare a list of Class III and Class IV employees working in the same post in the same department for more than 10 years and above, then working for more than five years and three years and above. After scrutiny of the list prepared, he is likely to adopt reshuffling process.

The Dean has taken the decision to adopt reshuffling after senior medical officials have complained that some medical staff posted for more than a decade have become arrogant they often misbehave with patients and their attendants when they seek their help.

There are also complains of corruption against some class III cadres sitting in Medicine Purchase, Medical Equipment Purchase and General Purchase Department, who are sitting on key post since more than five years. Sources in the department confirmed that Dr Dewedi known for his strict working wants to keep a clean image. He wants every medical staff should be accountable and responsible for their duties. He will start digital biometric attendance system at different departments at Medical College.

This will include medical staff including doctors to report to duty on time as prescribed by the Medical Education Department. Dr Dewedi has already prepared phase-wise action plan for reshuffling of officials sitting on the same post in the same department over several years to give more transparent environment at Medical College Jabalpur.

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Girl athlete succumbs to grave injuries sustained in road accident

IN A tragic incident a girl athletic player succumbed to her grave injuries in a road accident while undergoing treatment at Metro Hospital under the jurisdiction of Gohalpur police station. The ... Read More
IN A tragic incident a girl athletic player succumbed to her grave injuries in a road accident while undergoing treatment at Metro Hospital under the jurisdiction of Gohalpur police station. The deceased has been identified as Reena Yadav (21), resident of Krishna Colony, Suhagi area. According to police, they received information from Metro Hospital that a girl riding on a bi-cycle was hit by a speeding truck near Gohalpur crossing and was admitted for treatment. On receiving information, a police team reached the hospital and took statement of the injured. In her statement, Reena Yadav informed that she was returning after her practice session on bi-cycle. When she was passing through Gohalpur Tiraha, a speeding truck (MP-07HB-2871) being driven recklessly by the driver rammed into her bi-cycle. In the mishap, she fell on the road and sustained injuries on her waist, left leg and thigh. While undergoing treatment, the girl succumbed to her grave injuries. Police have registered a case against the accused truck driver under section 304 (A), 279 and 337 of the IPC and started a rigorous search for the driver.

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8 teams formed to monitor patients in flood-affected areas

AS PER the direction of State Health Department, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) has constituted eight medical teams to check status of diseases in flood-affected areas in the city and su... Read More
AS PER the direction of State Health Department, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) has constituted eight medical teams to check status of diseases in flood-affected areas in the city and surrounding areas in the district. Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr B S Chouhan informed that each team comprises of one MBBS doctor, one AYUSH doctor, two nurses, two multi-purpose health workers have been designated to monitor round-the-clock spread of water-borne diseases in the area. A medical team visited remote villages of Majholi, Patan, Kundam, Baghraji, Bhedaghat on Thursday and checked status of spread of water-borne, mosquito-borne diseases.

Many remote villages are cut with other villages due to floods. The medical team used boat to visit this area, where the team distributed medicines to patients affected with water-borne diseases. Some patients are affected with diarrhoea, dysentery, while some of them have symptoms of malaria, medicines were distributed among them.

Dr Chouhan further informed that each team will go in flood effected area and check status of patients in case the team detects any person with symptoms of water-borne disease like diarrhoea, dysentery or fever, primary medicine should be distributed to them. Instructions have been given to the team that if they find that the condition of patient is deteriorating then the team should make arrangements to shift the patient to higher medical center or nearest hospital. The team is equipped to all necessary equipments and primary medicine like paracetamol, choloroquine, ORS, meternidazole, or antibiotics to give primary treatment to patients. Leaves of health workers including doctors have been cancelled till next orders. The Block Medical Officer has been directed to remain in their headquarters. BMO’s have been directed to keep check on spread of disease in their respective village, in case of any emergency, they have been directed to inform at CMHO’s office. Dr Chouhan said that fungus, bacteria, virus starts multiplying vigorously, as rain stops for one or two days, there might be rise in number of patients of water and mosquito-borne diseases in coming days. Task force of Medical Department has been directed to check spread of disease, send report to higher officials every day so that important measures could be initiated to stop further spread of disease.

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PG diploma holders allege partiality in selection of SRD at Medical College

POST-GRADUATE diploma holders expressed dissatisfaction over partial attitude of Dean of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital Dr P C Dewedi adopted in selection process of v... Read More
POST-GRADUATE diploma holders expressed dissatisfaction over partial attitude of Dean of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital Dr P C Dewedi adopted in selection process of vacant post of Senior Resident Doctor at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday. Former Junior Doctors’ Association President Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital Dr Anurag Panvel, Diploma in Orthopaedics, who is one of the aspirant candidate for the post of Senior Resident Doctor (SRD) alleged that Dean Dr Dewedi has adopted partial attitude in the selection process.

The Dean has claimed that as he does not allow the diploma holders on the post of Senior Resident Doctor in Government Medical College, Rewa, he will follow the same process for selection in Government Medical College, Jabalpur.

He raised serious objection that why diploma holders were called for interview, just to insult them, in spite, that the Dean had already decided that he will not allow the diploma holder for the interview.

He alleged that the Dean is citing reference of Medical Council of India (MCI), apex body to run medical courses in India, but he failed to show the copy of referral given by Medical Council of India, but the fact is that in Medical Council of India notification it is clearly written that in absence of degree candidate, diploma holders will be allowed for vacant post of Senior Resident Doctor.

He said a large numbers of diploma holder doctors are already working as SRD across government medical colleges in the State. If they have got selected for the post of Senior Resident Doctor then why such partial attitude is being adopted by Dean Dr Dewedi. On the other hand, Dean Dr Dewedi gave reference that according to recent MCI orders PG diploma holders will not be selected for the post of the Senior Resident Doctor.

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VYAPAM scam kingpin accused Sharma sent to jail till August 13

A mining baron and VYAPAM scam accused Sudhir Sharma was sent to jail till August 13 by the District Court here on Wednesday. Sharma was arrested by Special Task Force (STF) of State police in... Read More
A mining baron and VYAPAM scam accused Sudhir Sharma was sent to jail till August 13 by the District Court here on Wednesday. Sharma was arrested by Special Task Force (STF) of State police in connection with scam in Police Constable Recruitment Examination after he surrendered in the court.

Later, he was remanded to STF for further interrogation in same connection by the court. And as his remand was expired, STF produced Sharma in the court for next course of action. According to information, Sharma was produced in the court of CJM Pankaj Singh Maheshwari. Sharma is yet to be arrested in scam in Sub-inspector Recruitment Examination.

It is learnt that STF would arrest him in said scam after completion of the period of judicial remand. On Wednesday, while Sharma was being brought to the court by STF officials, a man, said to be associated with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), raised slogans against him in the court premises. The RSS worker, whose identity was established as Ashutosh Kumar of Kolar locality, was upset that VYAPAM scam accused Sharma ruined the career of several students for own interest. Sensing the seriousness of the matter, MP Nagar police nabbed him and took away from the court premises. Earlier on July 25, Sudhir Sharma, most wanted in VYAPAM scam, turned himself to the court and surrendered. Soon after being booked by STF in two scams, first in Constable Recruitment Examination and second in Sub-inspector Recruitment Examination, he went on run. Since May he remained absconding following which Sharma was given an ultimatum to present himself in court before July 28 by CJM Pankaj Singh Maheshwari during a last hearing on July 22. Besides, STF also had prepared itself to attach his property for which it moved application in the court. But the court extended the last date of appearing following the pleading of his lawyer Pratulya Shandilya. A cash award of Rs 5000 was also declared on any information leading to his arrest by the probe agency.

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HC to hear matter related to VYAPAM on Aug 1

THE division bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Ajit Singh and Justice N K Gupta will hear the matter related to VYAPAM scam being monitored by the High Court on August 1. Ea... Read More
THE division bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Ajit Singh and Justice N K Gupta will hear the matter related to VYAPAM scam being monitored by the High Court on August 1. Earlier, on July 18, the matter was taken up in a closed chamber to record status about investigation progress of cases entrusted to STF. ADG Sudhir Sahi along with the team of Supervising Officers including Kamal Mourya, Ashish Khare, Sanjay Tiwari, Rajesh Chandel, Amit Jain, Inspector (Cyber Cell) and others were personally present.

Besides explaining the status of investigation made in respective cases, the officials also arranged things for cyber data presentation. The officials have handed in compilation of charts in respect of concerned cases investigated by respective officials in three volumes. Those three volumes and the hard copy of the presentation material shall be kept in a sealed cover in safe custody of the Registrar General. The date of sealing of this envelope is mentioned so as to identify documents, if and when required.

Formalities have been completed as per direction of court. Interaction with officials and analysis of the investigation done by them so far, on case-to-case basis, after the last date, took almost about two hours in the chamber. Earlier, the division bench had released a 107 pages judgement in 14 petitions praying transfer of investigation to CBI in PMT scam. The division bench had earlier passed an order that ‘Registry is directed to forthwith Register suo motto proceedings for court monitoring of investigation done by STF in respect of all criminal cases pertaining to examinations conducted by VYAPAM from time to time and directed to list the matter on April 25 under caption “Direction”. The division bench had accepted the assurance given by the respondent State that all criminal cases already registered and to be registered hereafter in connection with examinations conducted by VYAPAM up to 2013 shall be entrusted to Special Task Force, constituted in terms of notification dated on August 26, 2013. It may be recalled that in the case the order was reserved for judgement dated on April 2, 2014, by the division bench of MPHC.

Next hearing on illegal sale of liquor in State on Aug 20

THE division bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Ajit Singh and Justice N K Gupta on Wednesday listed the case on August 20, for hearing related to illegal sale of liquor in the State. Counsel for the State Government contended before the court that all liquor license holders or vendors have been rightly selling liquor in Jabalpur and in surrounding districts including National Highways.

He prayed before the court that this petition is unnecessary filed and has no relevance and appealed to the court to dismiss the petition. In previous hearing of the case, the division bench had asked the Principal Secretary, State Government of Madhya Pradesh, Principal Secretary, Home Department, Bhopal, Principal Secretary, Excise, Director General of Police, Bhopal, Excise Commissioner, Collector, Jabalpur and Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways of Union of India to file a detailed reply to the petition and tell what action has been taken over the issue in question pertaining to illegal sale of liquor in the State. Further, the court has observed that it is expected that during the pendency of writ petition, the State Government and respondents will take action and steps against illegal sale of liquor in the State.

The petitioner filed this PIL through counsel Siddharth Seth, complaining that serious illegality are being committed by liquor license holders or vendors who are selling liquor (foreign and country) in most illegal manner through their shops in Jabalpur and surrounding districts including National Highways.

It is submitted that all vendors and liquor shopkeepers are working under influence of a powerful and corrupt lobby of individuals and are operating under aegis of a syndicate, which is strictly prohibited under the law.

In addition to the aforesaid by way of this writ petition the petitioner is also drawing attention of this court towards illegal operation of liquor shops on NH across the State which is contrary to set guidelines and orders passed by the Central Government.

Not only these illegal liquor shops are evading huge revenue but at the same time they are responsible for enhanced crime rate in the society. By way of this writ petition the petitioners therefore pray for immediate attention to curb this menace by issuing necessary directions, corrective measures and monitoring of entire exercise in interest of justice.

The petitioner prayed relief before the court to direct respondents to implement the order, notification issued by the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways, Government of India, dated on December 1, 2011 and March 11, 2013 and court directed for closure of all liquor shops situated on National Highways and in all places where they are not scheduled and direct to respondents to check, probe and punish illegal licensed liquor vendors who are flouting all excise and other related laws, evading huge taxes and patronising criminal activities by operating as syndicate.

The petitioner further prayed relief before the court to direct the respondents to submit a list of such vendors, aahata owners, owners of liquor bars and encroachers who have violated the provisions of the Excise Act and as to what action have the authorities taken so far and to direct the respondents to submit a list of all licensed vendors and places allotted to them, the complaints if any and details of action taken.

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Pending tiger poaching cases pose questions on deptt’s efficiency

LONG pendency of tiger poaching cases in Madhya Pradesh has exposed the level of seriousness of Forest Department in checking threat to the existence of big cats which are on verge of extinctio... Read More
LONG pendency of tiger poaching cases in Madhya Pradesh has exposed the level of seriousness of Forest Department in checking threat to the existence of big cats which are on verge of extinction in the country. The number of pending cases of tiger poaching swelled around 100 from 22 cases in year 2008 but the State’s Forest Department is yet to come up with concrete measures for ensuring conservation of tigers in the state. Continuous delay in conviction of poachers is vulnerable for their involvement in more anti-wildlife activities.

Twenty-two cases of tiger poaching are pending in various courts in Madhya Pradesh due to various reasons like absence of concrete evidences and witnesses. Similar, numbers of tiger poaching cases are pending in year 2009 while 17 cases of year 2010, 18 in 2011 and total 17 numbers of cases related to tigers’ death are pending in different courts since year 2012. These cases were registered between years 2008 to 2012.

It may be noted that the Madhya Pradesh, which had title of Tiger State, had total 300 tigers in year 2007 which was reduced to 257 in just three years till 2010. Poaching of tigers is a matter of serious concern for the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department to conserve the big cats in its national parks at Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Panna, Pench and Satpura.

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5 stealing electric wire arrested

Acting on a tip-off, Gautam Nagar police, on Wednesday, arrested as many as five miscreants red-handed while they were fleeing with stolen aluminium electricity wire in a an auto-rickshaw. Police... Read More
Acting on a tip-off, Gautam Nagar police, on Wednesday, arrested as many as five miscreants red-handed while they were fleeing with stolen aluminium electricity wire in a an auto-rickshaw. Police said that they were arrested near JP Nagar and 21 bundles of high tension electricity wire worth Rs 1 lakh were seized from their possession. So far the police also seized four-wheeler used in carrying the stolen wire by them. Police said that the arrested accused were identified as Vaseem Mansuri, 21, son of Vaheed Mansuri, Shakir Khan, 23, son of Guffar Khan, Mohd Asif, 24, son of Mohd Ayaz and Yakub Khan, 25, son of Babu Khan, all hails from Shajapur in Shujalpur district and Suresh Kushwaha, 28, son of Madanlal, resides at Karond. Accused Suresh Kushwaha was the loading auto-rickshaw driver accompanied the four to flee with stolen wire. On being asked how the police came to know about them and stolen wire, police said that their arrest was made following a tip-off. According to police, an informer informed the police that five people are carrying stolen aluminium wire in a loading auto-rickshaw for selling. Subsequently, a police team was constituted which cordoned off all of them near JP Nagar and during checking the recovery of wire was made. Accordingly all the arrested miscreants were brought to the police station and were booked on charges of theft. Later, the police produced all of them in the court.

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One detained in Shivaji Nagar murder case

MP Nagar police, investigating the murder case of 25-year-old youth, who was murdered at Shivaji Nagar on Tuesday, detained one more accused in this case. Now the total number of arrested kille... Read More
MP Nagar police, investigating the murder case of 25-year-old youth, who was murdered at Shivaji Nagar on Tuesday, detained one more accused in this case. Now the total number of arrested killers has gone to three while the last one was yet to be arrested. Police said that the main accused in this case Dilip Vishawkarma would also be arrested shortly. Besides, in further development in this case on Wednesday was the police confirmed supremacy as the reason behind this murder. CSP MP Nagar Arvind Khare told ‘The Hitavada’, “The victim Ankit Jawade was murdered by the four over the fight of supremacy. Accused Dilip Vishawkarma wanted to save his supremacy in his area in which the victim was interfering. This cause led the murder of the victim”. It was totally fight of supremacy among the victim and accused, he added. On being asked if the police have arrested the main accused Dilip, he replied in negative saying, “he would be also arrested shortly”. Notably, on Tuesday the victim Ankit Jawadre was attacked with iron rod by four men at Shivaji Nagar locality in MP Nagar. The victim in critical condition was first rushed to JP Hospital from where he was referred to Hamidia Hospital where he died during further treatment. On the same day the police detained two while two managed to flee. And on Wednesday one more was arrested. A case of murder under Section 302 of IPC was lodged by police against the four on Tuesday.

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People only one call away from MP Government

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on Thursday, will inaugurate CM Helpline where any person can register his complaint from 7 am to 11 pm on toll-free number 181 of the helpline named Jan Het... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on Thursday, will inaugurate CM Helpline where any person can register his complaint from 7 am to 11 pm on toll-free number 181 of the helpline named Jan Hetu, Jan Setu.

Public Service Management and Information Technology Minister Bhupendra Singh will also be present on the occasion. Madhya Pradesh Government is making constant efforts to redress problems of remote areas of the State. Public hearing is held on a fixed day during every week right from state upto sub-division level to solve people’s problems. Problems are also being solved through “Samadhan Online”.

Now, on Chief Minister’s initiative, a novel public-friendly service “CM Helpline” is being introduced. CM Helpline is the most novel initiative for good governance in the country. It underlines state government’s commitment to good governance as mentioned in its Vision Document-2018.

CM Helpline being run through e-governance is the best example of direct dialogue with people and quick disposal of their complaints/problems.

During pilot project, the CM Helpline registered 1.11 lakh complaints/problems till July 22, of which 71,199 have been redressed.

This is 64 percent. Remaining problems are also in the process of solution. The helpline has arrangements to receive over 100 calls simultaneously. Soon after connecting with toll-free number 181, the caller hears: “Namaskar! I am speaking from CM Helpline. Please tell me in what connection you want to register complaint ? Effort will be made to solve your problem/complaint within a week and you will be informed back.

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Radio Cab service launched in city

Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday launched its much-awaited Radio Cab services in a ceremony chaired by Home and Jail Minister Babulal Gaur at the hands of Kailash Vijayvargiya, Urb... Read More
Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday launched its much-awaited Radio Cab services in a ceremony chaired by Home and Jail Minister Babulal Gaur at the hands of Kailash Vijayvargiya, Urban Administration and Housing & Environment Minister. Speaking on the occasion, Kailash Vijayvargiya said that the launch of Radio cabs in State capital is another step in direction of transforming Bhopal into one of the best cities in the country, and added that the state is making its name not only in the country but also on international lands as well. Chairing the function Babulal Gaur, Home and Jail Minister praised Radio Cab services and focused on the fact that my cabs will help in improving transport facilities. The function also saw in attendance Surendranath Singh, MLA Bhopal Central, Rameshwar Sharma, MLA, Huzur, Vishwas Sarang, MLA, Narela and residents from the area were also present along with Mayor Krishna Gaur. BMC Commissioner Vishesh Garphale and other members of Mayor in Council were also present to mark the launch of Radio cabs in State capital.

Facilities of Radio Cab will be available to people throughout the day 24 hours at the helpline number 0755-6666666. Once people call on this number and register their position then the software will automatically transfer the call to nearest cab standing in the area. Company has also decided to begin SMS system where confirmation message will be sent immediately after the call is disconnected which will contain the number of taxi that is being sent. 100 swift desires have been procured in state capital by BCLL in this regard and the cabs will be operated by Cabs on Rent Company. According to officials in BCLL the fare of cab is set at Rs 50 for first 2 km and then Rs 23 per km, passenger will have to pay an extra 20 per cent during night time while standing charge of Rs 100 will be added every hour.

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Paras Jain visits Kamla Nehru School, issues notices to absent teachers

State School Education Minister Paras Jain on Wednesday paid a surprise visit to Kamla Nehru Higher Secondary School, TT Nagar. After his visit, he asked officials to issue show cause notices t... Read More
State School Education Minister Paras Jain on Wednesday paid a surprise visit to Kamla Nehru Higher Secondary School, TT Nagar. After his visit, he asked officials to issue show cause notices to the two teachers for being absent on duty.

While visiting the campus, Minister Jain found the condition of school worse and showed anger towards the school management. He asked to immediately repair the electricity, water and other necessary service of the campus. During his visit, he found that water has been stored in the two rooms of school while other two rooms are struggling with power crisis. Two lady teachers, including Shweta Pingle and Savitri Mal, were absent on duty without any prior information. The Minister directed officials to repair the thumb machine so that attendance of staff could be registered properly. Minister Jain also directed to maintain the campus with proper electricity facility and clean out the water storage. He also assured the students for purchasing new computers in the lab. Jal directed to issue photo ID card to the school teachers.

He also asked to review the working of guest teachers and ensure their attendance on time. He visited the primary, middle and higher secondary section of school and reviewed the working of teachers and other staff.

Minister Paras Jain also visited the school sports ground and asked the students to perform Surya Namaskar. However, some of the students could not do so. He rewarded the three girl students with Rs 300 as they performed Surya Namaskar very well. While interacting with the minister, school students requested to change the school timing as 8 am to 1 pm. At present, the school is being run from 10 am to 5 pm. He asked about the facilities provided to the students from school administration and also got annoyed with non-satisfactory answer of the school management. As the school is gripped into controversy of dispute among principals and staffs, he assured to solve the problem soon. He also interacted with media person and said that he would be solving the dispute of staffs soon. Joint director (DPI) PR Tiwari and Principal Amrit S Singh were also present during the visit.

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CM announces constitution of Mandir Prabandhan Sansthan

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with wife Sadhana Singh performed puja for almost six hours during Pran Pratishtha of Barh Wale Ganesh Ji on banks of Betwa river at Vidisha on Wednesda... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with wife Sadhana Singh performed puja for almost six hours during Pran Pratishtha of Barh Wale Ganesh Ji on banks of Betwa river at Vidisha on Wednesday. The burglars had fragmented the idol of Lord Ganesh during a theft in April this year.

Chouhan, after spending hours in worshipping, also announced constitution of Mandir Prabandh Sansthan and Pujari Kalyan Kosh. Vidisha’s Barh Wale Ganesh Ji Ka Mandir will be developed as a human service centre, he announced.

Chouhan performed Pran Pratishtha with prescribed religious rituals and procedures. The grand idol of Lord Ganesh Ji has been recently brought by Chouhan from Makrana in Rajasthan. Shiv Panchayat comprising Lord Shiva, Maa Bhagwati Parwati, Nandi, Ganesh and Kartikey has also been established on the temple premises.

Chouhan said that Mandir Prabandh Sansthan will be set up for better arrangements of temples and mutts in Madhya Pradesh. The institution will be set up at Bhopal during current year. It will be run by a board of directors comprising noted religious acharyas and scholars. Its objective will be to maintain temples as per Sanatan Maryada, belief and traditions. The institution will train priests. It will undertake research on temples’ problems from time to time and draw state government’s attention towards them. Temple management will include various activities like Veda school, Agam schools, Sanskrit teaching, temple reservoirs, parks’ renovation, development of Mandir Dharma Granthalay, Mandir Vastu Shastra etc. The institute will also conduct courses in various branches of Dharma education.

Chief Minister also said that amount given to priests has been doubled. Despite this, it has been decided to constitute Pujari Kalyan Kosh in view of problems being faced by priests in meeting both ends meet. The state government will give Rs 2 crores per annum to the fund. The fund will help priests in emergency situations. Donations from various sources will also be received by the fund to be constituted under Religious Endowment Department. The fund will be run and managed by Madhya Pradesh Mandir Prabandh Sansthan.

The Chief Minister said that the temple will be developed as a human service centre. He said that service to humanity is the service to God. He wished for prosperity and progress of state and country.

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RSS’ 4-day Bhaudhik meeting starts today

Four-day national-level meeting of RSS’ Bhaudhik (intellectual) wing is going to be organised in State capital from Thursday onwards. It is learnt that Sangh is going to do deliberation on va... Read More
Four-day national-level meeting of RSS’ Bhaudhik (intellectual) wing is going to be organised in State capital from Thursday onwards. It is learnt that Sangh is going to do deliberation on various issues including political, national security, Kashmir, Pakistan and terrorism, Bangladeshi infiltration etc.

The proposed meeting gets significance with the fact that it is going to be attended by Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohanrao Bhagwat, Sahkaryavah Suresh Bhaiyaji Joshi apart from all three Sahsarkaryavah Suresh Soni, Dattatray Hosbole and Dr Krishna Gopal.

Besides, many national personalities of Sangh are going to attend the meeting. This four-day meeting has been organised at office of Bharatiya Majdoor Sangh and office of Vidyarthi Parishad. Sangh’s Madhya Bharat Prant Karyavah, Ashok Agrawal informed that six departments have been constituted under the functioning style of Sangh and Bhaudhik department is one of them and it is very important.

Intellectual department conducts meetings to do deliberation on various subjects like Hindutava, social harmony etc and the proposed meeting is also being organised in this context. Apart from senior leaders, Prant Karyavah, Prant Pracharak of some regions and workers of various departments would also participate in the meeting. It is learnt that Suresh Soni, Dattatray and BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav etc have arrived in State capital and RSS chief would come to city on Thursday. “This convention is to acquaint fresh members of Sangh about status of various subjects and to shed light on them,” said RSS sources.

Kailash Vijayvargiya takes on Katare

Senior Cabinet Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya has come down heavily on Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare for writing missive to RSS chief Dr Mohan Bhagwat questioning the RSS’ proposed convention in Bhopal. Vijayvargiya said that if Katare wants to understand the Sangh then he has to attend the Sangh’s Shaka in “Khaki knicker”.

Vijayvargiya has expressed his reservations on his facebook post. Taking on Katare for writing missive to RSS chief, he said “Shrimaan Asatyadev Katare ne Aajkal Patra Likne ka Dhanda Shuru Kar Diya hain,”. Mincing no words in criticizing Katare, he said that Katare should have actually written letter to Sonia Gandhi on the absence of Ajay Singh in assembly session. He also said that when Katare had gone to meet President then why all Congress MLAs have not gone with him. Defending Sangh, he claimed that Sangh never interfere in working style of government.

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Congress declares candidates for three assembly by-elections

Congress declared the names of candidates for by-polls to three Assembly constituencies on Wednesday. Brijendra Mishra has been fielded from Vijayraghavgarh Surabh Singh Sisodia from Bahoriband a... Read More
Congress declared the names of candidates for by-polls to three Assembly constituencies on Wednesday. Brijendra Mishra has been fielded from Vijayraghavgarh Surabh Singh Sisodia from Bahoriband and Rajkumar Gore from Agar. With this, Congress is now focusing on election strategy.

Party’s National President Sonia Gandhi has cleared the names of all three candidates on Wednesday. State Congress President Arun Yadav had gone to New Delhi along with panels containing names of probable candidates for all three seats and had met party’s General Secretary Madhusudan Mistry, who later forwarded the proposal to party high command.

Interestingly, Vijayraghavgarh constituency was with Congress but its sitting MLA Sanjay Pathak defected to BJP by resigning from all posts of Congress and also resigned as legislature. This was due to this reason that Vijayraghavgarh seat has fallen vacant and Congress is having the daunting task to retain the seat.

What is more interesting is this that BJP is likely to field Sanjay Pathak from Vijayraghavgarh seat. Hence, contest for Vijayraghavgarh seat is going to be interesting and Congress has to fight to find its lost foot hold.

The assembly by elections for remaining two seats is also going to test the mettle of Congress as both seats are considered as bastion of BJP. More importantly, State Congress President Arun Yadav is facing the uphill task to take out Congressmen out from their houses whose morale has hit the lowest ebb with consecutive defeats in Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. Infusing faith into the hearts of demoralised party workers is going to be a great challenge for Yadav. The selection of candidates for by polls has not come as a surprise as selected names were creating ripples in the power corridor from long time and it was fixed that they are going to get the tickets.

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Court grants bail to Delhi tiger skin trader Chacha

District and Sessions Judge S D Jagmalani has granted bail on Wednesday to Suraj Pal alias Chacha, a nortorious trader in tiger skins and body parts from Delhi, having links on national and int... Read More
District and Sessions Judge S D Jagmalani has granted bail on Wednesday to Suraj Pal alias Chacha, a nortorious trader in tiger skins and body parts from Delhi, having links on national and international levels.

The hearing on the bail application by Chacha was completed in the court during the last couple of days. The Judge had reserved the decision. He delivered the verdict on Wednesday, granting bail to Chacha. Adv Kartik Shukur represented the department in the District and Sessions Court while Adv Satpute pleaded for the accused.

Reliable sources informed that a Delhi court had also granted bail to Chacha. He is yet to to get bal from the Achalpur court. Sources pointed out that Forest Department would move to Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court shortly to challenge the order passede by the Judge Jagmalani. It may be mentioned here that teams of Delhi police and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau had nabbed Chacha, Naresh and Sarju Bagdi, involved in tiger poaching cases in Maharashtra and other states, near Delhi on September 7, 2013. The police had seized Rs 52.75 lakh, 36 tiger nails and 20 kg bones from them. Sarju Bagdi had admitted during interrogation in Nagpur that he had sold five tiger skins and received a commission of over Rs three lakh from him.

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Sewagram Exp terminated at Igatpuri: Kasara ghat land-sliding

A landslide that occurred at Kasara ghat badly affected train movement on Napgur-Mumbai route on Wednesday. Nagpur-Mumbai Sewagram express was terminated at Igatpuri itself and several others... Read More
A landslide that occurred at Kasara ghat badly affected train movement on Napgur-Mumbai route on Wednesday. Nagpur-Mumbai Sewagram express was terminated at Igatpuri itself and several others trains were running late after the landsliding. Heavy rains that have been lashing the region caused the landslide, it is learnt.

According to a railway official, 12140 Nagpur-Sewagram Express departed from Nagpur railway station at 9 pm. The train reached Igatpuri station at around 9 am. As railway track at Kasara ghat was closed from Kasara ghat after the landsliding, the train was terminated at Igatpuri station. Kasara ghat is around 15 km away from Igatpuri station.

12105 CSTM-Nagpur Vidarbha Express, 12809 Mumbai-Howrah Mail, 12101 LTT-Howrah Jnaneswari deluxe express were arrived Nagpur station arrived late, said a railway official.

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State Chief Secy told to explain step-motherly treatment to Vid

Immediately sanctioning of Rs. 100 crores by the State Cabinet of Congress and the NCP in Maharashtra, for setting up newly proposed Govt. Medical College at Sharad Pawar's fiefdom in Maharasht... Read More
Immediately sanctioning of Rs. 100 crores by the State Cabinet of Congress and the NCP in Maharashtra, for setting up newly proposed Govt. Medical College at Sharad Pawar's fiefdom in Maharashtra at Baramati, has attracted criticism widely from the people in Vidarbha, as the Govt has not though it fit to grant a single rupee for the similar proposed medical colleges to be set up at Gondia and Chandrapur.

Noting this aspect, a division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S.B. Shukre, at the High Court here, have directed the State Chief Secretary to file affidavit in two weeks, by way of last chance, to explain this sort of very obvious step-motherly treatment meted out to the people in Vidarbha.

During hearing of the long pending PIL filed by city lawyer C.H.Sharma and some other citizens regarding lack of infrastructure at the GMCH and the IGMCH in the city, which is a matter of great concern and inconvenience to the people, the Court has found the State Govt. in tight corner with its very hard to explain attitude.

In other petition filed by Rahul Pugalia demanding medical college at Chandrapur, it was contended that State Government was neglecting backward region of Vidarbha and sanctioning funds for Baramati.

The High Court stated that if the affidavit is filed in time detailing financial provision for medical colleges in Vidarbha, at least from next academic year, these colleges can be started. Once the code of conduct is enforced, nothing can be done, the High Court stated. Government Pleader Bharati Dangre stated that for IGGMC the State Government has sanctioned and disbursed phase-wise money for development of infrastructure and similar financial plan is being worked out for other medical colleges of Maharashtra. As per the plan approved, the budgetary provision is made and will be released to improve infrastructure in government run medical colleges.

Advocate J.T.Gilda appeared as amicus curiae in the case with Adv. A.J.Gilda. Adv Anil Kilor (Pugalia) appeared for the petitioner. Govt. Pleader Bharati Dangre represented the State.

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BJP activist shot at in Kalamna, escapes unhurt

RIVALRY between two political groups in East Nagpur since Lok Sabha elections took an ugly turn when a group of goons owing allegiance to a Congress leader shot at a BJP worker Jagdish Lanjewar n... Read More
RIVALRY between two political groups in East Nagpur since Lok Sabha elections took an ugly turn when a group of goons owing allegiance to a Congress leader shot at a BJP worker Jagdish Lanjewar near Bhavani Mandir at Pardi sparking tension in Kalamna area on Wednesday. Though Lanjewar escaped unhurt, there was a lot of commotion making it a tough task for cops to control the situation till late night.

Lanjewar’s supporters alleged that Congress corporator Purushottam Hazare and his men were behind the attack. They alleged that Hazare's men wanted to eliminate Lanjewar to settle scores with him. Earlier also, complaints and counter complaints were registered against Hazare and Lanjewar at Kalamna Police Station, they added. According to information, BJP worker Jagdish Lanjewar (25), a resident of Vinoba Bhave Nagar, Pardi, had gone to his relative’s house in the same area for a religious programme in the evening. A group of anti-social elements carrying pistols and swords followed him on separate motorcycles. One of them opened fire at him from a pistol. Lanjewar escaped unhurt and fled the spot on seeing the goons.

As the news about the firing incident spread like jungle fire in the area and political circles, a huge crowd gathered at the spot. Staff from Kalamna Police Station led by senior Inspector S M Bandiwar arrived at the spot. Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone III) Sanjay Darade, and Assistant Commissioner of Police (Lakadganj Division) Nitaram Kumre also arrived to supervise the probe. Cops also recovered an empty bullet shell from the spot.

On the basis of the description of the assailants given by the eye-witnesses, cops detained one Hemant Yadav for questioning. Senior Inspector Bandiwar told 'The Hitavada' that Kalamna Police have registered a case of riot and attempt to murder. An offence under the relevant provisions of the Arms Act also has been registered. "We are investigating the case from all possible angles," he added.

Meanwhile, BJP MLA (East Nagpur) Krishna Khopde and other party leaders visited the spot and demanded that the investigation be handed over to the Crime Branch. BJP leaders alleged that Lanjewar and his brother were attacked in the past also but Kalamna Police did not conduct the investigation impartially. The rivalry between Congress corporator Hazare and Lanjewar started since the polling day of Lok Sabha elections. As Lanjewar and his group campaigned for BJP, Hazare and his supporters clashed with them.

After the polling, Jagdish Lanjewar and his friend Deepak Salame were attacked at an eatery near former minister Satish Chaturvedi's office in HB Town, Pardi. Following Lanjewar's complaint, Kalamna Police had booked Pandurang Hazare, Yashwant Hazare, Debu, Guddu, Suraj, Bablu and some 3-4 other accomplices.

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Complaints pouring in against Wasankar

Investors are now openly coming against Wasankar Wealth Management Ltd and lodging complaint against Prashant Wasankar. Mustering courage, 24 more investors on Wednesday approached Economic Offence... Read More
Investors are now openly coming against Wasankar Wealth Management Ltd and lodging complaint against Prashant Wasankar. Mustering courage, 24 more investors on Wednesday approached Economic Offences Wing (EoW) and lodged a complaint against Wasankar. Now number of investors who have approached the police against Wasankar has reached to 51.

A senior Police Officer informed 'The Hitavada' that 24 investors have registered case against Wasankar. Sources informed that the 24 investors include Advocates, officers of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and retired government employees. Some investors, who had invested more than Rs 1 crore, have also lodged complaint against Wasankar on Wednesday, sources confirmed. Now, liability of Wasankar towards the 24 investors, who had lodged complaint reached to more than Rs three crore. As more investors are approaching police, the case is getting legally stronger, said a legal expert.

Sources informed that Wasankar who is now behind bars along with his brother Vinay and brother-in-law Abhijit Choudhari on the charge of defrauding the investors, has refused to divulge anything about his assets, where exactly money has been parked and has not shared anything about his business module and actual loss and profits with the cops. The trio are presently in police custody till August 2 and investigators now want more complaints so that they can build a water tight case against Wasankar and his associates.

A investor on request of anonymity informed that the investors who were till now hopeful of getting back their returns are now demorlised and approaching EoW sleuths.

EoW had booked Chairman, Directors, Chief Executive Officer and three employees of Wasankar Wealth Management Ltd for allegedly duping investors of crores of rupees on May 9 on the basis of complaint lodged by well-known builder Vivek Ashok Pathak (51), a resident of 'Shubh Ashish,' Plot No 84/B, Laxmi Nagar. Meanwhile, aggrieved investors of various wealth management company including Wasankar Wealth Management Ltd on Wednesday meet Joint Commissioner of Police (Joint CP) Sanjay Saxena and submitted a memorandum demanding stern action against Prashant Wasankar and other directors of the company. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP EoW) Sunil Kolhe was present during discussion with the investors. The investors under the banner of Pidit Niveshak Sangharsh Samiti gathered at Commissioner of Police office at evening hours and met the joint CP.

Jammu Anand, Convenor of the committee told 'The Hitavada' that city is fast becoming hub for financial frauds. Thousands of gullible investors have been duped by fraudesters in past five years. The fraudsters had not followed any regulation of RBI, SEBI, Department of Company Affairs and Income Tax department and the institutions had not taken any action against them. The delegation also questioned that a investor had lodged a complaint against Raviraj Investment and police have not yet arrested the accused. Infact, despite open violations by such companies and their promoters, the cops just keep quiet till the people are taken for a ride.

The investors questioned inordinate delay in arrest of the accused after registration of case. Anand further said that Wasankar Wealth Management Group, Jayant and Varsha Zambre of J S Financial Services, Sameer Joshi of Shree Surya, Raviraj group duped gullible investors of city and police should take stern action against them so that the investors could get their money back.

S B Butoliya, Tryambakaro Waghmare, Arunrao Banodekar, Vishnupant Murle, Chandrakant Tiwari, Asha Nakale, Vivek Pathak, Ajay Pannase, Nishit Pashine, Ashish Shahu, Vinod Ulipwar, Shankar Maurya and others were part of the delegation.

All accused in Wasankar case will be arrested: Joint CP

Joint CP Sanjay Saxena told 'The Hitavada' that the police are on right track and no guilty person would be spared. As per the legal procedure, police have to submit chargesheet within 60 days after arrest of the accused. As the investigation of financial frauds take too much time 60 days are not enough to submit the chargesheet. Hence, police have arrested the accused after some time after registering of case so that basic paperwork is ready and their fradulent transactions are studied. "All accused in the Wasankar case will be arrested soon," the Joint CP assured.

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Finally, Dr Nitin Raut is new Guardian Minister of Nagpur

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday withdrew the earlier appointment of Guardian Ministers of four districts of Nagpur division and has now nominated EGS Minister Dr. Nitin Raut as Gu... Read More
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday withdrew the earlier appointment of Guardian Ministers of four districts of Nagpur division and has now nominated EGS Minister Dr. Nitin Raut as Guardian Minister of Nagpur. Earlier, Chief Minister had appointed Minister of State for Finance Rajendra Mulak as Guardian Minister of Nagpur but after resentment within Congress Party and pressure mounted by Raut and Social Justice Minister Shivajirao Moghe, Chief Minister was forced to change his decision.

Now, Rajendra Mulak has been appointed as Guardian Minister of Bhandara District. Social Justice Minister Shivajirao Moghe has been appointed as Guardian Minister of his home district Yavatmal while Ranjit Kamble has been given charge of Wardha.

For all practical purposes, districts of Moghe and Raut have been swiped while Mulak and Kamble's districts have been inter-changed.

And barring Rajendra Mulak, everybody has got his home district to look after as Guardian Minister. However, Mulak has consistently avoided any public comment on this issue and was not too keen for Nagpur in the last leg of this regime. The reshuffling of Guardian Ministers’ just 15-20 days before the ensuing assembly election is perceived as too little too late. Already the process to announce election dates is in final stages and it is popularly believed that in third week of August, the elections will be announced and code of conduct will be in force.

This means, the new Guardian Ministers hardly had time to push forward developmental agenda and they would forced to race against the time to take some major decisions or clear the pending projects which would give them some political mileage.

After controversy over reshuffling of appointment of Guardian Ministers, the Chief Minister had stayed his earlier order within few hours. This time, the decision was also conveyed to senior ministers during cabinet meeting held on Wednesday and thereafter the formal notifications were issued. Supporters of Raut have welcomed the appointment and added that this would give new lease of life to Congress party in the district.

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State records total average of 454.1 mm rainfall till date

INCESSANT rain for past few days has activated the monsoon activities in all 27 districts of the State.

During current Monsoon season from June 1 to July 25, Chhattisgarh has recorded a total... Read More
INCESSANT rain for past few days has activated the monsoon activities in all 27 districts of the State.

During current Monsoon season from June 1 to July 25, Chhattisgarh has recorded a total average of 454.1mm rainfall. Among all districts, Kanker received the highest rainfall of 701.9mm while the minimum of 268.2mm was recorded at Balrampur district.

According to the State Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Dhamtari district recorded 12.7mm, Gariaband 10.3mm, Kondagaon 9.2mm, Kanker 9.0, Balod 8.8mm, Durg 6mm, Kabeerdham 3.2mm, Korba 3.3mm and Raipur district 2.8mm during last 24 hours ended on Saturday morning.

Similarly, Koriya district recorded 439.9mm rainfall, Surguja 273.9mm, Surajpur 330.3mm, Jashpur 295.4mm, Raigarh 400.4mm, Mahasamund 526.3mm, Raipur 537.2mm, Baloda Bazaar 525.9mm, Gariaband 574.9mm, Janjgir-Champa 413.7mm, Korba 340.9mm, Bilaspur 410.7mm, Mungeli 404.6mm, Kabeerdham 413.1mm, Rajnandgaon 578.5mm, Durg 492mm, Bemetara 546.8mm, Balod 527.3mm, Dhamtari 579mm, Bastar 425mm, Kondagaon 583.3mm, Narainpur 481.7mm, Dantewada 356.1mm, Sukma 406.1mm and Bijapur district 425.5mm.

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Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal to visit Cameroon in Africa

Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal will be proceeding to Cameroon in Africa to participate in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference scheduled to be held from October 2 to October 10. ... Read More
Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal will be proceeding to Cameroon in Africa to participate in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference scheduled to be held from October 2 to October 10.

It is worth mentioning here that Commonwealth Parliamentary Association which is head-quartered at London, organises conferences every year in one or the other member countries. This time it is being held at Cameroon, where Speaker and Public Representatives from 125 branches of 60 member countries will be attending and discuss upon various subjects of parliamentary system and international cooperation.

In the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference to be held at Cameroon, Speaker and Deputy Speaker from Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, senior Members of Parliament as well as Speakers and Chairmen from State Assemblies participate at the Conference. For the assistance of Indian delegation, the Secretary General of Lok Sabha and three Secretaries of State Assemblies will also participate in the Conference as Secretary to the Indian Delegation.

Chhattisgarh Assembly Principal Secretary Devendra Verma has been selected to participate in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference to be held at Cameroon as Secretary to Indian Delegation.

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Chhattisgarh cricket team hopes to get Ranji clearance in September

Chhattisgarh cricket team will get clearance for playing in the Ranji Trophy tournaments in September if things go well. “A proposal seeking Ranji status to the state cricket team will be pre... Read More
Chhattisgarh cricket team will get clearance for playing in the Ranji Trophy tournaments in September if things go well. “A proposal seeking Ranji status to the state cricket team will be presented in the Annual General Meeting of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) likely to be held in September this year,” said Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh (CSCS) President Baldeo Singh Bhatia on Saturday.

Bhatia said he had a meeting with the Technical Committee of BCCI in Mumbai. BCCI chief selector Sandeep Patil was also part of the meeting. The committee has assured that the proposal of CSCS will strongly be presented in the meeting. Bhatia was optimist about Chhattisgarh’s chance of obtaining green signal for the formation of a Ranji team. He said the BCCI decision, if comes in favour, will be a boon for the players of the state from their future point of view.

He also said that a team of BCCI is visiting Raipur in the first week of August for the inspection of facilities for the Champions League T20 matches to be played at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, Parsads, Raipur from September 13 to 23.

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Ernest & Young appointed technical advisor to CM

Ernst & Young (known as EY) is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom, has been appointed as the technical advisor to Chief Minister’s Secretariat. T... Read More
Ernst & Young (known as EY) is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom, has been appointed as the technical advisor to Chief Minister’s Secretariat. The company will be advising the Secretariat on policy making as well as proper and effective implementation of social welfare schemes. Sources also informed that the company will control CHiPS and provide all the necessary technical guidance to the Secretariat.

Ernst & Young is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom founded by Arthur Young in 1849 with offices in London, Greater London, United Kingdom, New York, NY, United States of America. The Company is into Assurance Services comprising Financial Audit (core assurance), Financial Accounting Advisory Services, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, and Climate Change and Sustainability Services; Tax Services includes Transfer Pricing, International Tax Services, Business Tax Compliance, Human Capital, Customs, Indirect Tax, Tax Accounting and Risk Advisory Services, Transaction Tax; Advisory Services consisting of four sub-service lines including Actuarial, IT Risk and Assurance, Risk, and Performance Improvement and Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) deals with companies’ capital agenda – preserving, optimizing, investing and raising capital.

It is worth mentioning here that Chhattisgarh will be first state in the country which had appointed a specializing corporate entity as full-time technical advisor. The state government has floated global offers for the selection of technical advisor and six companies including Price Waterhouse Coopers and Ernest and Young apart from four other companies. After completing of interview and other selection process, the state government finalized Ernest and Young as the Advisor as the company has good experience of working in Chhattisgarh and had extended its services earlier to CMDC, NRDA, CSIDC and CTD apart from organising successfully the State Investors’ Meet. The company EY is also working upon the agenda of economic development in ten other states also.

Highly placed sources in the state government while confirming the news have stated that the company will work on the agenda of economic development towards achieving the goal of Chhattisgarh government to scale Economic Development Index of the state at 10 percent apart from solving and advising on preparation of policies and technical difficulties. It will also study the policies of other governments both at national and international level and accordingly advice on policy making in the state.

Since the state is facing Naxal problems in 14 out of 27 districts, the company will be advising on proper implementation of government schemes on socio-economic grounds apart from advising on tax fixation, urban development schemes, infrastructure, multi-sector investment encouragement, etc as the state government is initiating various schemes in these directions.

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Petitions disposed off

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court disposed off petitions challenging demand towards interest on royalty amount founded on conversion factor specified in impugned circulars. The divi... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court disposed off petitions challenging demand towards interest on royalty amount founded on conversion factor specified in impugned circulars. The division bench comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi has dispose off all writ petitions and writ appeals by quashing and setting aside instructions contained in the circular dated August 11, 1993 to 1999, invoke notional conversion factor of 1.6 even in cases where the Assesse was able to substantiate the fact that the actual quantity of limestone consumed was less than 1.6.

Besides quashing that part of the instruction, we are inclined to quash and set aside decision of the Tribunal and the Revisional Authority as also of Assessing Authority in respect of every petitioner(s)/ appellant(s) and including all consequential actions and demand notices based on order of Assessing Authority and instead relegate them before the concerned Assessing Authority to re-examine the issue afresh from the stage of filing of Returns in the light of the observations made hitherto. We also set aside operative order of the Single Judge dismissing writ petitions filed by Appellants and instead grant same relief even to those writ petitioners by relegating them before the Assessing Officer. Accordingly, all writ petitions and writ appeals are disposed of on above terms. All MCCs are disposed of in terms of this order. The division bench has disposed off the various petitions filed by Grasim Industries Limited, Neemuch, Mysore Cement Limited, Century Textiles and Industries Limited, Jaypee Rewa Cements Limited and others. In all these petitions, the challenge is, essentially, to circulars dated December 19, 1992, and August 11, 1993, respectively, in so far as it purport to provide for mode of computation of royalty amount in respect of extracted Limestone by applying conversion factor of 1.6:1 metric 7 tonne. As a consequence of these Circulars, each of the petitioners have been called upon to pay the royalty amount at an uniform rate on the assumption that they have removed and consumed 1.6 Metric Tonne Limestone for manufacturing of 1 Metric Tonne of Cement/Clinker.

For the nature of controversy, brought before this Court, it may not be necessary to advert to the factual position, in detail, in each of these writ petitions. Suffice it to observe that the petitioners are manufacturers of Cement (Ordinary Portland Cement and Pozzolana Portland Cement) and Clinker. The Limestone is the basic ingredient for manufacture of these products. The petitioners claim that they have subsisting mining lease. Some of the petitioners are engaged in the stated business for quite some time, in the concerned area. After expiry of the lease period and coming into force of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 (herein after referred to as the "Act of 1957"), the lessees are required to execute lease deed as prescribed in Form-K, as specified under the Mineral Concession Rules, 1960.

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High Court issues directives in PIL against 82 illegal institutes in MP

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Alok Verma issued directions in PIL related to 82 institutes in Madhya Pradesh that are functioning i... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Alok Verma issued directions in PIL related to 82 institutes in Madhya Pradesh that are functioning illegally and without proper sanction of law. The division bench has directed the Secretary of the Department of Higher Education to ensure that inspection teams constituted by the State for the same are made more effective and illegalities, if found, be dealt with in accordance with law.

The division bench in its order said that apart against the institutes identified, if action has not been taken and if an action is proposed to be taken, the same be initiated as per law and a report be submitted to the Registrar General of this court within a period of three months indicating as to what action has been taken or proposed to be taken in the matter. Based on the report that may be submitted by the competent authority of State Government, petitioner is granted liberty to initiate fresh proceedings, if required after a period of three months. With the aforesaid, for the present, this petition is disposed off.

The public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Advocate Nityanand Mishra against Secretary, Higher Education Department, Bhopal, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Vishwavidyalaya, Katni. Inter-alia contending that certain institutes in Madhya Pradesh are functioning illegally and without proper sanction of law and approval of competent statutory authority, certain courses like MBA, MCA, M.Sc., CS, BCA, PGDCA etc are imparted to students in an illegal manner and in spite of complaints being made, no action is being taken.

The petitioner claiming himself to be a public spirited person has filed this petition, Pro-Bono. Respondent Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, concerned and respondent Higher Education Department the competent authority in the Department of the State Government have filed a detailed reply and from the reply filed by the State Government it transpires that for the purpose of stopping all such illegal activities, a high power committee and an inspection team has been constituted by the State Government and instructions have been issued to all the collectors of the Districts and Commissioners of the Division to conduct periodical inspection and submit their reports. It is stated by the State Government that in pursuance thereto, after this writ petition was filed a detailed enquiry was conducted and in the state certain institutes (82 in numbers) were identified which were found to be functioning without proper sanction of law or in an illegal manner. It is said that FIR has been filed against these institutes and action has been taken.

However, counsel for the petitioner submits that after the State reply was filed and the said list was submitted in 2011, no action has been taken and even today some of the institutes as contended in the list are functioning and illegality continues. Prem Francis, counsel appearing for respondent Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Vishwavidyalaya, Katni, University and S Mishra, counsel appearing for Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University, submit that as far as these universities are concerned, they have taken action in the matter and there is no illegality in institutes functioning under their jurisdiction. Be that as it may the fact remains that petitioner has highlighted before this court the irregularities and prima facie from the report submitted by the State Government, it is apparent that certain irregularities have been found and certain institutions, about 82, have been prima facie found to be functioning illegally. The list of such institutions has been submitted by the State Government and it is not known as to what action has been taken against these institutes after their identification and the illegalities found out.

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EPFO allots first Universal Account Number of State to Indore resident

THE Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has allotted first Universal Account Number (UAN) of the State to a member in Indore. PF Commissioner Ajay Mehra took a meeting of all commis... Read More
THE Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has allotted first Universal Account Number (UAN) of the State to a member in Indore. PF Commissioner Ajay Mehra took a meeting of all commissioners of the State through video-conferencing and gave necessary directions on Saturday.

He asked them to work on war footing to provide UAN to over 30 lakh PF shareholders of the State. EPFO has started providing UAN to its subscribers to ease transfer of provident fund accounts on switching jobs and claim settlements. Employees will be able to operate UAN once these are made operational from October 15. With this facility, employees have to update their employee identity numbers provided by new employer in their UANs while switching jobs and their accounts will be automatically shifted, cutting time in PF transfer. After allotment of UAN, an employee need not request the employer to provide details to EPFO, unlike now. Besides, their claims would also be settled faster once savings bank accounts are seeded with UANs.

EPFO has requested employers covered under it to seed the know-your-customer (KYC) documents such as Aadhar, National Population Register (NPR) number and bank account details of their employees with UANs by September 15.

PF Commissioner Ajay Mehra said UAN will play a pivotal role in providing better service to employees. He said after getting UAN, a subscriber would not be issued new PF account number on joining new firm or organisation. It will provide great respite to those workers who switch jobs frequently. UAN is an account number, which would be allotted to a subscriber for various schemes run by EPFO for his entire service period with different employers. Mehra gave necessary instructions to Commissioners of Bhopal, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Ujjain and Sagar. He has appointed PF Commissioner Gajala Ali Khan as Nodal Officer for execution and monitoring the drive. A four-member team has also been given technical training under supervision of Bhopal PF Commissioner Ashvini Gupta.

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Seminar on ‘Enhancing Agriculture Profitability through Value Addition’ ends

A two-day national-level seminar organised on the topic of ‘Enhancing Agriculture Profitability through Value Addition’, was concluded in a gracious manner at College of Agricultural Engineer... Read More
A two-day national-level seminar organised on the topic of ‘Enhancing Agriculture Profitability through Value Addition’, was concluded in a gracious manner at College of Agricultural Engineering, on Saturday. The seminar was organised by Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU), This seminar was organised in the series of celebration Golden Jubilee.

In this seminar, more than 100 Scientists, Engineers, businessmen, and Industrialist associated with agriculture products participated.The objective of this seminar was to enhance agriculture profitability through value addition, to solve difficulties which arise in research and publicity of agriculture product. Chief guest on the occasion was Member of Parliament (MP), Rakesh Singh, Vice-Chancellor, JNAU, Professor, V S Tomas was presided over the function.

Speaking on the occasion, MP, Rakesh Singh said that agriculture is an ancient history in Indian. Agriculture is a part of Indian culture, and tradition. It highlighted our culture, value and tradition. He said that it is very necessary that modern technologies should be introduced and provide its benefits to farmer. So that, they can grow huge production of crops. This also change the lifestyle of farmers by providing huge profits. He also emphasized to Scientists for spreading the technologies upto the farmers.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor, Tomar appreciated the initiative which are being taken by MP for progress of agriculture production. On this occasion, Dr Gyanedra Singh, Former Vice-Chancellor MGCGV, Chitrakoot, Satna and, Dean Agriculture Faculty, Dr S K Rao, Dean College of Agriculture Engineering, Dr G S Rajput, Dr P K Mishra were present. Vice-Chancellor, Prof Tomar presented memotoes to all the guests. The award was also presented to winner scientists of Poster presentation.

Mahakoshal Chamber of Commerce , Ravi Gupta, Dr B M Khandelwal, Dr Mohan Singh, Dr A K Gupta were present.

The programme was convened by Dr Sheela Pandey and vote of thanks proposed by Secretary, Dr R K Nema.

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AAP yet to chalk out strategy in Madhya Pradesh

The restructuring of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) state wing is yet to take shape. Sources from the party claim that the main strategy had not being chalked out yet. The mission expansion campaign concl... Read More
The restructuring of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) state wing is yet to take shape. Sources from the party claim that the main strategy had not being chalked out yet. The mission expansion campaign concluded on July 24 in the State.

Volunteers also said that the VYAPAM issue and many corruption issues in the State were not getting enough attention from the AAP, which was vouching against corruption earlier. The membership number also declined in many districts, especially when it concerned youngsters. To focus on grievance cell of volunteers does not serve the purpose as main issues for which the party will take stand had still not been identified.

Aam Aadmi Party representatives from Madhya Pradesh were in Haryana in the month of June to attend national observers’ AAP meet to decide on working strategy. To decide the future strategy subsequent to rift between national level leaders in Aam Aadmi Party, a ‘Chintan Shivir’ has been organised in Haryana, where representatives from all the States have been called. From Madhya Pradesh, representatives have gone to Haryana in which revamping of state executive body was discussed. The main emphasis was, however, to frame an effective plan district wise.

Aam Aadmi Party in the State has said that State Executive Body meeting would also be organised to formalise the action plan after this national level meet so as to increase the membership in AAP. AAP’s strategy to popularise their Lok Sabha candidates with few clicks in social networking site was gaining popularity among the youngsters but it was unable to provide worthwhile results during elections. Earlier, budget constraint had limited the State Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) wing to go for digitised vote appeal in the State capital.

To meet ends, AAP has also urged supporters to get support for infrastructure for the party office, which is still continuing. The inadequacy in infrastructure has been a reason providing hindrance for the effective implementation of the party campaign.Volunteers and supporters have been asked to help for used up computers, table, chairs and other second hand infrastructure, which they can donate to the party office. The donation strategy itself started by AAP has attracted many people earlier but now, it’s showing sharp decline.

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Thieves strike at Excise Deptt official’s house

Unidentified miscreants targetted the locked house of an Excise Department official, located at JK Town under Kolar police station and made away with valuables worth Rs 2.50 lakh. The house wa... Read More
Unidentified miscreants targetted the locked house of an Excise Department official, located at JK Town under Kolar police station and made away with valuables worth Rs 2.50 lakh. The house was locked and those burglars sneaked into the house in the meantime. The incident came to light on Saturday morning when the victim house owner, along with other family members, returned home. Later, house owner reported the matter to police. Subsequently, a case of burglary was lodged against unidentified miscreants. Accordingly, the police launched a manhunt to nab those miscreants, who were on run till filing of the report. TI, Kolar station Akhilesh Mishra said the complainant Pawan Kumar, 36, son of Bhagwati Prasad Azad, a resident of house no B 76, JK Town near JK Hospital had lodged a complaint in this regard. Pawan Kumar is posted as an Inspector in Central Excise Department. In his complaint, Pawan told the police that his wife was pregnant and following labour pain, they admitted her to a private hospital where she delivered a baby. Following her delivery, he, along with other relatives, stayed at the hospital and returned home on Saturday morning. When they reached home, they spotted that the lock of main gate was broken and thieves took away cash amount of Rs 5,000 and gold jewellery, all to the tune of Rs 2.5 lakh from the almirah of bedroom. A case under sections 457 and 380 of the IPC against unidentified thieves was lodged by police and their efforts to nab those burglars were on.

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Three arrested with 40 kg cannabis

In a major breakthrough, Mangalwara police arrested three persons, including a woman, and seized a consignment of cannabis, weighing 40 kg and Rs 90,000 cash amount from their possession.

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In a major breakthrough, Mangalwara police arrested three persons, including a woman, and seized a consignment of cannabis, weighing 40 kg and Rs 90,000 cash amount from their possession.

All of them were arrested for illegal drug trafficking at Alpana trisection on Friday night. There was a tip-off, which facilitated the police in arrest of these smugglers. City Superintendent of Police, Hanumanganj, Navratan Singh said it was around 7 pm an auto rickshaw driver tipped off police regarding drug dealing by passengers. Acting swiftly on tip-off, a police team left for the spot and detained the three, including a woman. During search, around 40 kg of cannabis and Rs 90,000 in cash were recovered from their possession. The money was meant for the payment of cannabis. The identity of arrested smugglers was established as Yasmeen (35) of Chola Mandir, Rakesh (26) and Sai Kiran (21) of Warangal in Telangana. Yasmeen’s husband Sanju Siddiqui, who hails from Warangal in Telangana, instructed her to provide the money for collecting delivery.

Sanju, an auto rickshaw driver, was involved in drug trafficking in the past. Rakesh and Sai Kiran brought the consignment and took an autorickshaw from the pre-paid booth but instructed the autorickshaw driver to stop the auto rickshaw near Alpana Square where Yasmeen was waiting for them.

When the autorickshaw driver suspected that the three were dealing in drugs, he informed the police. Seizing drugs from their possession, police lodged a case under NDPS Act against them. Police said that they would be interrogated to unearth customers across the city as well as out of Bhopal.

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No support from ex-servicemen mars Kargil Diwas celebrations

This time, the Kargil Diwas celebration witnessed lack of support from Ex-Service men Welfare Board in the region. The discontent over servicemen for not appointing a director in Ex Servicemen We... Read More
This time, the Kargil Diwas celebration witnessed lack of support from Ex-Service men Welfare Board in the region. The discontent over servicemen for not appointing a director in Ex Servicemen Welfare Board seems to be one of the main reasons. The State administration’s decision to appoint official from Police Department, has been assigned additional charge of Director of Ex Servicemen Welfare Board, aggravating the concerns of ex-servicemen.

As per norms, Ex-Armymen belonging to at least Brigadier level need to be appointed as director of the board. Col Dixit from Welfare Board told that it had been more than a year and the appointment was a mere formality to float the welfare board. But when it comes to implementation and real issues of ex servicemen, things are not taking good shape. Reportedly, interview has already been conducted but appointment is yet to finalised and the process was not catching pace.

Earlier, Brigadier George Mathai, Ex-Director of Sainik Welfare Board said that major issues of ex servicemen which include special reservation quota meant for ex-service men in Class-3 and Class-4 category, issuing arm license to ex-servicemen, etc. was not being brought forward.

To issue arms license to ex-servicemen on priority basis and also to waive off the license fee would facilitate them to get secure job. But when it came to other districts, especially in Chambal region, which included Morena, Bhind, etc., inspite of large number of ex service men settled there, there were no facilities reaching them. To get absorbed in Police Department was a tough task and though these ex servicemen had 10% quota, the rules were not followed stringently.

Out of 500 vacant post meant for the ex-servicemen quota, only 25-30 seats got filled, mainly in Police Department, Jail Department and Forest Department and for that too, the parameters fixed were not friendly to the ex servicemen who struggle to get employment at 35 years of age after retirement from army services.

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Heavy fine imposed on private medical colleges

In case of selling State quota MBBS seats by the State’s six private medical colleges, State Government on Saturday imposed heavy fine. After holding many meetings in this connection, hearing... Read More
In case of selling State quota MBBS seats by the State’s six private medical colleges, State Government on Saturday imposed heavy fine. After holding many meetings in this connection, hearing the directors of all six private medical colleges, final decision regarding imposing fine on the medical colleges was taken in a high-level meeting held at the MPAFRC, on Saturday, which was attended by officers of Medical Education Department. Government has charged Rs 5 lakh for State quota MBBS seat in which private medical colleges admitted students of PMT passed. While Rs 10 lakh was charged per seat for those State quota MBBS seats, which were filled by the medical colleges without PMT passed students.

Total MBBS seats were 206 that were to be filled up through the PMT by the State Government under the State quota but the private medical colleges had filled up these seats before the Government took initiative to fill it. Maximum State quota MBBS seats were sold by Indus Medical College, Indore. The Madhya Pradesh Admission and Fees Regulatory Committee imposed fine of Rs 5.50 crore, LN Medical College has been charged Rs 2.45 crore, Chirayu Medical College has been fined Rs 2.25 crore, People’s Medical College has been fined Rs 2.15 crore (all medical colleges located in Bhopal), Arvindo Medical College, Indore has been fined Rs 40 lakh and RD Gardy Medical College, Ujjain has been fined Rs 35 lakh.

Total amount is Rs 13.10 crore, to which, the Government has given deadline of two months. If the medical colleges fail to deposit the fine amount, they will have to pay all the amount with 12 percent interest. The MPFARC has decided to deposit all this amount into the Government’s special funds formed to provide education loan to the economically poor students, who are meritorious and want to go for higher education.

Prof. T R Thapak, Chairman, Madhya Pradesh Fees & Admission Regulatory Committee, said that in matter of selling state quota MBBS seats by the private medical colleges, total Rs 13.10 crore fine was imposed. The amount will be deposited in the special funds for the economically poor students. If the medical colleges fail to deposit the required amount in two months deadline, we charge Rs 12 percent interest, he said.

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High Court dismisses anticipatory bail application

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe has dismissed anticipatory bail application filed by Vijay Tripathi. This application... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe has dismissed anticipatory bail application filed by Vijay Tripathi. This application has been filed for grant of anticipatory bail to the applicant in connection with crime registered at police station STF, Bhopal, for offences punishable under sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 120-B of IPC and 3(d), 1, 2/4 of Madhya Pradesh recognised Examination Act-1937.

Argument of applicant is that while dealing with application preferred by principal accused Vijay Singh, son of Chhote Lal, the court has noticed in its order dated July 8, 2014, that Vijay Singh is not named as accused in that case. If Vijay Singh has not been named as accused in crime, the question of making any inquiry with the applicant in connection with telephonic call records in which it has been noticed that there were exchange of telephone calls between applicant and Vijay Singh, does not arise. This argument, in our opinion, is ill advised. The fact that Vijay Singh was not named as accused till July 8, 2014, does not necessarily follow that he will not be named as accused in spite of material indicating his complicity in commission of crime registered as crime comes on record and becomes available to investigating officer. Further, in the order dated on July 8, 2014, on which reliance has been placed, the court has found that there was no immediate apprehension of arrest of Vijay Singh, while disposing of his application. The same logic would apply to applicant. The applicant has been merely asked to report to the investigating officer. If there is no material available with investigating officer indicating complicity of the applicant in commission of crime in question, the investigating officer, in law, will have no authority to arrest the applicant.

For, amended provisions of the code, in particular Section 41, mandates that investigating officer must record reasons as to why he deems it fit to arrest the concerned person. That is sufficient safeguard to the applicant. The present case is not a case of applicant being persecuted by investigating officer. As a result, we decline to entertain this application. Hence, dismissed, said the division bench. Advocate Anuvad Shrivastava appeared on behalf of the applicant, while P K Kaurav, Additional Advocate General for the respondent State.

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With 3 more cases, 53 dengue patients detected in 24 days

With three more dengue suspects’ blood samples testing positive on Saturday, total dengue patients in the city in last 24 days has reached 53. Two of them are from South TT Nagar area from wher... Read More
With three more dengue suspects’ blood samples testing positive on Saturday, total dengue patients in the city in last 24 days has reached 53. Two of them are from South TT Nagar area from where many dengue patients were found earlier while one dengue patient was from Basant Vihar Colony, the new place where dengue mosquito larvae had been active.

Many patients with dengue fever suspicion reached the Government, private hospitals and nursing homes to get their blood tested, fearing dengue. Most of the dengue suspected patients returned with some medicines while those having continuous fever for the last three to four days were advised blood test for particularly, dengue fever. According to a senior doctor in JP Hospital, more blood samples were collected at the hospital and malaria office. The two labs, to perform Eliza test, had more samples pending for testing. The samples are said to be tested on Monday as Sunday is holiday.

It is learnt that after chiding by Pankaj Agrawal, Health Commissioner, District Malaria Office (DMO) on Saturday sent information of dengue tests to the CMHO office.

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Mishra writes missive to STF ADG on dramatic surrender of Sharma

Chief Spokesman of Congress, K K Mishra has written a letter to ADG, STF, Sudhir Sahi and said to him that in his absence, surrender of mining baron Sudhir Sharma had taken place and it was under... Read More
Chief Spokesman of Congress, K K Mishra has written a letter to ADG, STF, Sudhir Sahi and said to him that in his absence, surrender of mining baron Sudhir Sharma had taken place and it was under well planned manner. Mishra said that accused was close to a senior IAS officer and he demanded that call details of last four years of both accused and IAS officer be publicised.

Mishra also demanded probe into the manner Sudhir Sharma had surrendered. He also demanded that concerned IAS officer should be called for interrogation. He alleged that while on run, accused was in touch with the concerned IAS officer. Notably, Sudhir Sharma is accused in VYAPAM scam and he was wanted by STF for quite some time. Raids were conducted in his search but police returned empty handed. In a dramatic manner, Sudhir Sharma came to court and surrendered on Friday. Accused Sharma was a BJP leader and close to then Culture Minister Laxmikant Sharma. When their name cropped up in scam and Congress made a big issue, BJP cancelled their membership. Laxmikant Sharma was arrested and currently, he is behind bars.

‘Number of companies of Sudhir Sharma should be checked’:

State Congress Vice President Manak Agrawal has claimed that mining baron Sudhir Sharma had taken full benefit of delay in his arrest and he had ensured that less properties should be in his name. STF should take this matter seriously and see whether Sudhir Sharma is still handling the companies, which have come to fore during IT raid against him.

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Accused in VYAPAM scam Sharma sent on police remand till July 30

The district court, on Saturday, sent Sudhir Sharma, a mining baron and accused in Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, on police remand for further interrogation till July... Read More
The district court, on Saturday, sent Sudhir Sharma, a mining baron and accused in Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, on police remand for further interrogation till July 30.

Special Task Force (STF) of state police, while producing Sharma in court, asked for his remand so that more evidence against him could be unravelled as well as to strengthen the case. Considering the points made by STF as valid, the court remanded Sharma to it till July 30. While he came out from the court after being remanded to STF, Sharma claimed his innocence before mediapersons.

He also said that it was only matter of time and he would be freed from all charges made by STF on false ground as he had nothing to do with the scam. Before Sharma could make his presence in the district court on Saturday, his supporters in good number thronged the court. Notably, on Friday, he reached the court with his family members and surrendered.

Move of Sharma came following rejection of his bail plea from the Supreme Court. Also, the district court had set July 28 as last date of his surrender, failing which, court could have issued order to attach his property. Sharma was on run since May and was given an ultimatum to present himself in court before July 28 by CJM Pankaj Singh Maheshwari during a last hearing on July 22. A cash award of Rs 5,000 was also declared on any information leading to his arrest by the probe agency.

Earlier, the last date of appearing in the court for Sharma was set July 22. But his lawyer Pratulya Shandilya appeared in the court on the said date and sought extension of deadline for surrender on certain grounds. The court accepted it and extended the deadline, providing some relief to him.

STF has made Sharma accused in two scams - first with Police Constable Recruitment Examination and second with Sub-inspector Recruitment Examination. Soon after being booked by STF, Sharma went absconding and remained on run till Friday, when he himself turned at the court and surrendered.

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Moments, memoirs and melody

On Saturday morning, Marathi literature-lovers, Nagpur-lovers, and music-lovers all enjoyed a rare treat of memories, poetry, and melody at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall. The occasion was of conclu... Read More
On Saturday morning, Marathi literature-lovers, Nagpur-lovers, and music-lovers all enjoyed a rare treat of memories, poetry, and melody at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall. The occasion was of concluding function of birth centenary year celebration of legendary poet, lyricist, film-maker and a versatile personality Raja Badhe. Legendary composer Pt Hrudaynath Mangeshkar, Classical vocalist Asha Khadilkar, poet Sandeep Khare, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Raja Badhe's brother Baban, Mayor Prof Anil Sole and the Ajay Rajkarne, who made this rare gathering possible, were present on the dais.

All guests shared memoirs of their association with Raja Badhe. Pt Hrudaynath Mangeshkar, being the one who enjoyed Raja Badhe's company even more than his own brother, was overwhelmed while sharing how Badhe introduced him to the field of professional music composing. Pt Mangeshkar also shared that great meeting in which Swatantraveer Savarkar himself handed over two of his poems to him for composing. And, what more, the meeting was arranged by Raja Badhe. Asha Khadilkar recalled her debut in Sangeet Natak which was morally psychologically supported by Raja Badhe, the lyricist of the play. Now, the institution herself, Khadilkar narrated how minutely Badhe used to listen the songs. She also threw light on Raja Badhe as an able composer.

Nitin Gadkari, a Mahal boy then, used to see Raja Badhe visiting Gadkari Wada and the Soman's residence in his neighborhood. Gadkari narrated how proudly his parents used to talk about the great achievements of a Nagpur boy Raja Badhe in Mumbai and his close association with Swatantryaveer Sawarkar.

Sandeep Khare lamented that he never had an opportunity to meet Raja Badhe, a poet who created timeless classics. Khare expressed happiness that Vidarbha, the home of Raja Badhe has finally remembered him in such a grand way. He also presented Badhe's one poem written decades ago, but absolutely relevant to modern times.

For Mayor Prof Anil Sole, it was an opportunity to make some announcements in order to preserve the memories of Badhe. The Square in Mahal in front of CP and Beral College is going to be named after him. NMC libraries will have a reading room named after Badhe. And most importantly, the proposed Suresh Bhat Memorial Auditorium will have a special gallery in memory of Raja Badhe. Raja Badhe's brother Group Captain (Retd) Baban Badhe, who was overwhelmed by the love and affection shown by the Nagpurians, proposed a vote of thanks. A website www.rajabadhe.com was launched at the hands of dignitaries on the occasion. This website is a actually a beautiful celebration of life of this 'Raja' poet. A CD of his songs, and a set of DVDs on his life and time was also released on the occasion.

The function was very well organized and professionally managed, which is quite a new thing for Nagpurians. Such welcome changes are must to streamline the cultural activities in city. Renuka Deshkar conducted the proceedings. The musical event followed by the function was also attended by hundreds of music-lovers. Noted singers of Nagpur presented the songs with musical arrangement by Sachin Dhomane.

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Motorcyclist who fell into pit succumbs

ANTHONY Swami (56), who suffered serious injuries after he and his wife fell into a six-foot pit dug out by OCW contractor for repairing a pipline on July 18, died during treatment at Mayo Ho... Read More
ANTHONY Swami (56), who suffered serious injuries after he and his wife fell into a six-foot pit dug out by OCW contractor for repairing a pipline on July 18, died during treatment at Mayo Hospital on Saturday night. A Central Railway employee, Anthony Swami was a resident of Block No 401, Ajni Railway Quarters, near RPF Barracks.

The contractor concerned executing the work allotted to him by the OCW had dug out a pit in front of Plot No 12, Nazul Layout on the road stretch connecting Itarsi bridge and Mecosabag for repairing pipe line. The contractor had not taken any measures like installation of reflectors or glow signboards to ensure safety of road users.

As a result, Anthony Swami (56) and his wife Tarshila (48), who were going on a motorcycle (MH-49/R-2624), fell into the pit in the night of July 18 and were seriously injured. They were rushed to Mayo Hospital where Anthony succumbed to his injuries. After six days of the incident, Jaripatka Police had booked the OCW contractor for his negligence causing death of Anthony.

Anthony leaves behind his wife Tarshila, son Bernard, daughters Monika and Lijju and a large number of relatives and friends to mourn the loss.

An official press communiqué issued by OCW stated that the company would initiate stern action against its sub-contractor for his alleged negligence.The company, however, clarified that the pit dug out the spot where the mishap occurred was properly barricaded and safety tapes put up. Due heavy rains on July 18, there were no street lights that resulted in the mishap. After the couple fell into the pit, the company team rushed Anthony and his wife to Mayo Hospital. The company maintained that the tragedy occurred due to the negligence of the contractor and not by OCW. Meanwhile, BSP Corporator Kishore Gajbhiye has demanded scrapping of the contract given to OCW for not executing the work properly flouting all satey norms. A delegation of BSP would meet Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane to press for the demand.

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Hirwai enlightens teachers on its greenery project

Hirwai, an organisation dedicated to green Mother Earth, held a meeting of teachers from over 50 schools to give tips on its project of collecting information about plants/trees, undertaking pl... Read More
Hirwai, an organisation dedicated to green Mother Earth, held a meeting of teachers from over 50 schools to give tips on its project of collecting information about plants/trees, undertaking plantations and drawing pictures to be executed through the students. The meeting was held under the presidentship of Vishakha Rao, President of Hirwai, in Raman Science Centre on Saturday.

Naresh Chafekar, Treasurer and Sapna Kale, Project Co-ordinator, provided necessary information about the project and replied to the queries raised by participating lady teachers.

Under the project 'Green Fingure Award' and 'Green School Award' will be given to students.in four categories as well to schools. A students having all round qualities would be declared as Green Ambassador of Hirwai. Students from kindergarten to 10th std would take part in the project that would last on October 15.

On the occasion, Nishikant Jadhav, retd IFS Officer, and Sanjay Deshpande of Shrushti Paryavaran Sanstha, became members of the organisation. Pradeep Gawande, Secretary, and Paramjeet Singh were among those who were seated on the dais.

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Major VAT procedural reforms to be implemented soon: Mulak

MAJOR VAT reforms pertaining to procedures and systems would be carried out in the coming days which would resolve the various long-standing issues of trade and industry, remarked Rajendra Mula... Read More
MAJOR VAT reforms pertaining to procedures and systems would be carried out in the coming days which would resolve the various long-standing issues of trade and industry, remarked Rajendra Mulak, the Minister of State for Finance, while addressing the audience at an interactive meet organised by the Nagpur Branch of ICAI in ICAI Bhavan, Dhantoli. He responded to all the queries raised by the chartered accountants (CAs) related to VAT. He further said that there were certain issues with LBT implementation which would be resolved very soon and that the LBT model of Maharashtra was appreciated by all in the Empowered Group of Finance Minister at the Central level. Mulak addressed various issues of the power sector. He informed that MIHAN would be allowed to purchase power from open market and it could supply power at Rs 4 per unit to MIHAN units, which would give a major boost to MIHAN and it would become fully operational in the very near future. He assured all possible help to the CAs in matters related to revenue law implementation and appreciated the infrastructure at the Nagpur Branch of ICAI.

CA Julfesh Shah, Vice-Chairman, WIRC said that the assessees were ready to pay tax, but a conducive and positive environment was needed. He also said that while performing their duties, CAs would come across various difficulties faced by their clients and complicated procedures should be simplified.

Earlier, CA Ashwini Agrawal, Chairman of the Branch felicitated Mulak on his maiden visit to the branch of ICAI. He requested the Minister to set up a system for regular interaction with professionals and trade and industry for the smooth implementation of taxation laws.

The dais was shared by G B Indurkar, Additional Commissioner of Sales Tax and Lahane, Deputy Commissioner of Sales Tax. The programme was coordinated by Suren Duragkar while Umang Agrawal introduced the chief guest. Swapnil Ghate, Secretary proposed the formal vote of thanks.

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RTMNU permits colleges to admit 25% more students than intake capacity

With the large number of students passing HSC examination this year, many of them have started facing problem of getting admissions for higher studies. Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur Univers... Read More
With the large number of students passing HSC examination this year, many of them have started facing problem of getting admissions for higher studies. Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) has permitted colleges to admit 25 per cent more students than the actual intake. Earlier, University had allowed colleges to admit 10 per cent more students than the intake capacity.

In a circular sent to affiliated colleges Board of Colleges and University Development (BCUD), Director Dr Shrikant Komawar said that the result of HSC examination of 2014 Summer was much better. This has created problem of admission of these students as the number of students have become more than the number of available seats. With a view that no student should remain without admission, University has used power under section 83 (3)(c) and asked colleges to admit students, 10 per cent more than the actual intake. University had asked colleges to send the proposal in this regard.

Meanwhile, Government has directed universities that if after increasing the limit by 10 per cent, the students do not get admissions then increase the capacity. State has asked university to use power under section 83 (3) (c) to increase the capacity.

It has been made clear by the university that the colleges which have proper strength of teachers and infrastructure facility will be allowed to admit students more than 25 per cent of intake capacity, by Vice-Chancellor using the special powers under section 14 (7). This is being done on behalf of Academic Council. The colleges in which students found in the waiting list of the courses of first year after filling up of sanctioned intake should apply to university to get 25 per cent more seats. While sending proposal colleges should send the list of admitted students and number of students in the waiting list. The lists should be attested and attached to the application.

The information will have to be sent to Government by September 1, 2014, colleges need to send their proposals within that date. This arrangement is made for the academic year 2014-15, so no new section or post will be sactioned. Noted Academician and teacher of Vasantrao Naik college of Arts and Social Sciences Dr Feroz Haidri expressed satisfaction on this decision. He said that this is a welcoming move and students will not be deprived of admissions.

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Unrealistic, the word that describes NMC’s budget

One should dream big, it is said. But, it is also said that one should work pretty hard to turn the dream into reality. As far as Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is concerned, it believes in d... Read More
One should dream big, it is said. But, it is also said that one should work pretty hard to turn the dream into reality. As far as Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is concerned, it believes in dreaming big but not in taking steps to realise the big dream. A look at the budget estimates of both – the civic administration and Standing Committee (political leadership) - prove this point.

Often, one hears that the budget of NMC is ‘inflated’ or ‘unrealistic’. The budget estimates of civic administration are revised by Standing Committee (political leadership), and there have been intermittent rounds of blame-game between civic administration and political leadership. However, irrespective of claims made by both the sides, the truth remains that not once in past 10 years has NMC been successful in achieving the same mark in budgetary estimates and actual results the next year.

Since 2004-05, Municipal Commissioner’s budget estimates have been revised always by the Standing Committee. However, neither the civic administration nor the Standing Committee has been successfull in turning the ‘dream budget’ into a reality. “This has become a regular feature as the administration and political leadership both fail to gauge the hard realities of liabilities and revenue sources. As a result, there is less-than-projected realisation of revenue under one head or the other, at the end of every financial year. This affects NMC’s capacity to meet the liabilities,” said a source familiar with the issue. He added that non-realisation of the projected budget estimates at the end of financial year, year after year, reflected poorly on the financial management of NMC.

If one takes a look at the budget estimates of Municipal Commissioner’s budgets over the years since 2004-05, and the actual targets achieved, it becomes clear that actual results at the end of financial year have been lesser than the projected budget figure. The closest that civic administration’s budget could get to reality was in 2004-05. Then, Municipal Commissioner’s budget was of Rs 339.56 crore and the actual result at the end of the financial year was Rs 338.04 crore. Thus, there was difference of only Rs 1.52 crore between the administrative projection of budget and reality. The same year, Standing Committee had revised the administrative budget of Rs 339.56 crore to Rs 524.36 crore. The administration’s estimates were thus revised upwardly by Rs 184.80 crore. The result was obvious – at the end of financial year 2004-05, the difference between budgetary projection of Standing Committee and actual result was a whopping Rs 186.32 crore.

This has been the case over the years, without an exception. In 2011-12, for the first time, NMC’s budget went beyond the mark of Rs 1,000 crore. Municipal Commissioner had proposed a budget of over Rs 1,087 crore, Standing Committee revised it to Rs 1,187.12 crore. However, as neither the administration nor the political leadership had paid heed to ground realities, both failed in their projections. As a result, the financial result for the financial year was Rs 815.49 crore only. This was Rs 272.25 crore less than the projection of Municipal Commissioner and Rs 379.54 crore less than the estimates of Standing Committee.

Unfortunately, despite repeated failures, neither the civic administration nor the political leadership has given the financial management of the civic body a serious thought. In 2013-14, civic administration had proposed a budget of Rs 1,232.47 crore, which was revised upwardly to Rs 1,401.37 crore by Standing Committee. But, the provisional figures that have been compiled recently are around Rs 850 crore only. Of course, civic administration and political leadership both have been blaming the imposition of Local Body Tax (LBT) for the fall of revenue. Still, one wonders how Standing Committee can propose even higher budget for the financial year 2014-15. The administration has proposed a budget of Rs 1,061.40 crore, but Standing Committee has raised it to Rs 1,645.02 crore, making various new announcements and ‘expressing confidence’ that NMC’s revenue would increase. Isn’t NMC still engaged only in dreaming big, without much emphasis on getting realistic?

Need to get more realistic: Mpl Commr

When ‘The Hitavada’ talked to Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane said that NMC needed to get more realistic and hence the administration has been submitting a budget that was closer to reality. Asked about Standing Committee increasing the administration’s budget, Wardhane said, “We propose realistic budget, they propose optimistic budget.” On why NMC failed in achieving the budget figures at the end of financial year, the Municipal Commissioner said that several schemes or works are announced in a year and this created liabilities for the next year. As a result, the revenue in next year’s budget is consumed in clearing the liabilities and only attempts could be made to meet the demand for developmental works in current financial year.

Supportive State Govt, tough decisions needed: Mayor

Mayor Prof Anil Sole, who knows NMC very well and has served in various capacities, felt that difference in actual result of a financial year and projections of administration as well as political leadership was on account of one simple reason – projections were only ‘estimates’ and not actually ‘budget’.

The administration has to propose its estimates considering its constraints and Standing Committee has to consider the developmental needs and aspirations of the people, Sole said. Still, financial management could have been better if the State Government had been supportive, he added. According to him, State Government did not have proper analysis and understanding of the issues confronting the civic bodies. “On various occasions, State Government has taken decisions that would hamper revenue collection of NMC. The latest one being replacement of octroi with Local Body Tax. Since imposition of LBT, NMC’s finances have taken a hit,” he said.

Sole, who is also MLC, said that expenditure component could be controlled and revenue could be increased if the administration did its bit. “At present, NMC’s administrative expenditure is 67 per cent. This needs to be curtailed, as this leaves very little for carrying out developmental works and meeting the aspirations of Nagpurians. Besides, rationalisation of taxes and concerted efforts of administration to realise the revenue are other steps that are needed to improve the situation,” he said. Also, he added, civic body will have to take some ‘tough and unpalatable’ decisions to restore financial discipline and put Nagpur on fast track of development in future.

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Presence of leopard creates fear among Maneri residents

Spotting a leopard along with cub created fear among the residents of Maneri industrial area in Barela on Wednesday. In a fresh instance, an onlooker Kallu Chakrawarty, resident of Maneri area,... Read More
Spotting a leopard along with cub created fear among the residents of Maneri industrial area in Barela on Wednesday. In a fresh instance, an onlooker Kallu Chakrawarty, resident of Maneri area, informed that he went to nature’s call behind Sri Ram Plaster factory in the night when he sighted a leopard and its cub near plantation area.

The news of sighting leopard spread throughout the area till next morning and officers of Forest Department were informed about the incident. Receiving the information, a team of District Forest Department comprised of Deputy Ranger, GL Barman, Prakash Chandra and Mahendra Thakur reached the spot and traced out pugmarks of female leopard from the plantation area.

Forest confirmed the existence of leopard in the forest area and instructed the residents to be precautionary for any untoward incident. They advised the residents to maintain distance from the forest area and informing about sighting of leopard again.

Following the sighting of leopard created a panic amongst residents at Maneri industrial area and Barela. According to wildlife activists, the existence of leopard along with its cub near human habitation is not only a threat to their lives but also vulnerable for poaching incident. They expressed the need of rescuing of leopard and its cub for their rehabilitation at protected forest area otherwise any inappropriate incident can be reported in the area.

Team of Forest Department started patrolling in the area while residents have been instructed for taking necessary precautionary measures for avoiding any untoward incident and informing the forest department about sighting of leopard.

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HC to hear petition regarding Mental Health Act 1987 on August 21

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe, on Wednesday, said in the letter petition related to Mental Health Act, 1987 the... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe, on Wednesday, said in the letter petition related to Mental Health Act, 1987 the respondent State to offer comments each of the obligations referred to in the chart handed by the Amicus Curiae within three weeks. The division bench has listed to the case for next hearing on August 21, under caption ‘directions’.

Amicus Curiae has been handed in a chart delineating the obligations to be discharged by the State Government under the various acts concerning juveniles. The same is taken on record by the division bench. In letter was sent for ensure to the provisions of Mental Health Act, 1987 and given medical facilities to the all mentally retired persons walking in roadside and public places in the State of Madhya Pradesh.

It is letter petition filed by on social worker Hari Om Shrivastava, Advocate, which has been registered as Public Interest Litigation, as per the order passed by Chief Justice. Considering the controversy involved in this case, the court had direct Shekhar Sharma, standing Counsel for Union of India and Vijay Pandey, Deputy Advocate General, to take notice in this matter.

The division bench on November 22, 2012, in its order said ‘As in the case, petitioner is seeking enforcement of provision as contained in Mental Health Act, 1987, Sharma shall seek instructions from Union of India in respect of the steps taken by the Union of India for enforcement of the aforesaid Act and also what provision has been made by the Union of India for providing finance for enforcement of the provisions of aforesaid Act, because for enforcement of provision, certain infrastructure facilities are to be provided in the state of Madhya Pradesh, for which till date there is no provision.

The division bench had also order to the counsel for State shall also seek instructions from the State of Madhya Pradesh in respect of the steps taken by the State of Madhya Pradesh for giving effect to the provisions of aforesaid Act.

Anil Khare, Senior Advocate assisted by H S Chhabra, Advocate as Amicus Curiae. Samdarshi Tiwari, Government Advocate for the respondents-State.

Govt gets week’s time to reply in matter related to super built-up area

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday fixed next date of hearing on August 11, 2014 in the matter related to concept of “super-built up area” as being contrary to the orders of the Supreme Court. State Government of on Wednesday in its prayer before the court asked to give a week’s time for submissions of report pertaining to the positive steps that will be taken by Stage Government. Thereafter, the division bench has fixed next date of hearing on August 11.

Earlier, the division bench had continued the “stay order” on clause 2 of Market Value Guideline of District Bhopal through which the Collector had directed registration of multi-storeyed flats, apartments by including proportionate areas of the common areas, facilities and determining the stamp duty accordingly. The interim order came on the application for vacation of stay order dated 30th May 2013 moved by the State Government in the petition challenging determination of market value of flats, apartments in multi-storeyed buildings in the guidelines for year 2013-14 by “Neeraj Boolchandani and Muskan Memorial Trust”, which the challenged the very constitutionality of whole concept of “Super Built Up Area” as being contrary to the orders of the Supreme Court and contrary to the applicable rules.

The trust had approached the High Court in the backdrop of provisions under the Market Value Guidelines, 2013 mandating that the market values of flats, apartments for any sale transaction shall be determined by including the market value of common areas like parking, open areas, gardens, stair cases, lobbies, etc. as contained under the Schedule to the guidelines.

The trust pleaded in the petition that charging the common man of the common areas and services in any colony and making them compulsorily “sellable” was contrary to the directives of the Supreme Court, where it laid down that common amenities and facilities are “non-transferable” and cannot be sold by any builder, developer. The High Court had initially stayed the operation of guidelines on May 30, 2013. The State Government thereafter moved the vacation, removal of stay order quoting grounds of severe revenue losses and stamp duty to it.

Counsel for the petitioner Siddharth Radhelal Gupta opposing the application contended that the authorities endowed with the powers of determination of market value severely exceeded their powers as nowhere under the parent act of Indian Stamp Act, 1899 or under the Market Value Guidelines Rules of 2000 has any power been conferred on the authorities no make any transaction saleable or transferable when it has been so declared contrary by the Supreme Court.

Hearing on issue of lawyers’ shed at Collectorate on Aug 11

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday adjourned the case and fixed next date of hearing on August 11, in the matter related to removal of temporary shed in possession of the lawyers at Jabalpur Collectorate. In the previous hearing of the case related to space for Advocates in Collectorate premises, counsel for the State contended before the court that 3000 sq. ft. land was given for the advocates premises.

Earlier, the division bench had heard petitioners’ (Advocates) seeking interim relief to provide an appropriate place in premises of Collectorate, so that, its members are able to work properly. The petitioners are also aggrieved with the sudden removal of their fixtures from the premises of Collectorate.

The bench in its order had directed that after deliberations between the petitioners and the authorities representing the Collector, a settlement has been arrived at that the Collector would immediately provide land measuring approximately 500 sq. ft., so identified in the court to the Bar Association and thereafter, a plot measuring approximately 3000 sq. ft. by way of permanent arrangement.

It is also expected that all the fixtures, which were removed from the premises of Collectorate would soon be returned to the respective advocates. The division bench has listed to the case for further order on July 21.

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Disclose names of politicians facing Lokayukta probe: NUMM’s Najpande

Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM) sent a notice to Lokayukta of Madhya Pradesh for disclosing the names of politicians and higher-level officers against whom inquiries are underway or conc... Read More
Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM) sent a notice to Lokayukta of Madhya Pradesh for disclosing the names of politicians and higher-level officers against whom inquiries are underway or concluded to aware the common public.

Regional President of NUMM Dr P G Najpande informed that cases of two out of 11 ministers and 31 out of 95 higher level officers are still pending with the Lokayukta, but their names are yet to be disclosed. Lokayukta is still undisclosed the status of inquiry either it is underway or concluded.

In this regard, NUMM sent a notice to Lokayukta for providing the list of names of politicians and higher level officers.

Dr Najpande added that knowing the fact of these politicians and bureaucrats are termed as public servants in the norms and it is a right of residents to know about the inquiries pending against the persons who are getting salaries from taxes paid by them. Through the notice, NUMM pressed demand before Lokayukta for providing the names of such politicians and bureaucrats within a month to make aware the residents about their working.

Dr Najpande added that under the norms of Lokayukta Act, Lokayukta inquired about the complaints received against politicians and bureaucrats and closed their cases, recommended to other authorities or register police case against them.

NUMM’s Manish Sharma, Geeta Pandey, Rammilan Sharma, Bina Singh, Salma Khan, Mukesh Jain and others met Lokayukta of Madhya Pradesh, Justice PP Navlekar, on July 17 and raised demand for disclosing the conclusion of inquiry against politicians and bureaucrats.

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Blood samples of six dengue suspects sent to ICMR

Blood samples of six patients admitted with symptoms of Dengue at Victoria Hospital sent to the ICMR for confirmation. About six patients with symptoms of Dengue from Gardarwara, Narsingpur distr... Read More
Blood samples of six patients admitted with symptoms of Dengue at Victoria Hospital sent to the ICMR for confirmation. About six patients with symptoms of Dengue from Gardarwara, Narsingpur district, were admitted to Victoria Hospital during late on Tuesday evening.

Dr Girish Bajpai, Medical Officer, informed that patients admitted have symptoms of dengue like high fever, headache, restlessness. Hospital has sent the blood samples of patients with specific note in decrease blood platelets to the Indian Council of Medical Research (Pathology Test) for final confirmation of the dengue. He said rapid confirmatory test kit for dengue is available in the hospital but for final confirmation of the same, we have to send the blood samples to the ICMR.

Medicines are available in adequate quantity at the Victoria Hospital. Anti Viral Medicine have been given to the patients, condition of all the patients are becoming normal. It may be mentioned that more than 400 patients were found dengue positive last year in the month of July 2013. About 250 patients were affected with dengue, in Bakori village, last month, now the dengue is spreading in nearby villages of Anjania Tehsil, Mandla. Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr B S Chouhan informed that task force has been constituted to check the further spread of dengue in the area. He further informed that female Aedes mosquito responsible for dengue grows on clean water, specially water stored in bucket, tyre, this disease spreads rapidly to the other patient when carrier mosquito bites new person, they also gets effected from the dengue.

Fresh water should be consumed; stored water in the bucket, pots should be emptied in regular interval to check the further spread of disease. It is advisable to damage the water containers dumped at the backyards of the houses. Dengue is transmitted by the bite of Aedes mosquito infected with any one of the four-dengue viruses.

Symptoms of dengue appear in 3 to 14 days after the ineffective bite. Dengue appear in Dengue Fever and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF), Dengue fever is a severe, flu-like illness, abrupt onset of high fever, severe frontal headache, pain behind the eyes which worsens with eye movement, muscle and joint pains, loss of sense of taste and appetite, nausea and vomiting. With early detection and proper case management and symptomatic treatment, mortality can be reduced substantially.

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Who is to blame for Jabalpur’s stagnated industrial growth?

Possibilities for industrial growth in Jabalpur remained unheard even various industry clusters like plastic park, wood park, agro-food-processing park, forest produce park, IT park, mineral an... Read More
Possibilities for industrial growth in Jabalpur remained unheard even various industry clusters like plastic park, wood park, agro-food-processing park, forest produce park, IT park, mineral and mine cluster, dairy cluster, handloom cluster, etc. proposed in past but the sad part is nothing has taken shape, thanks to the laid back attitude of authorities. Yet, land is not finalised for any of the proposed industrial cluster in last six years.

The idea of sector-wise dedicated industry clusters worked in different parts of the country but for Mahakoshal region in Madhya Pradesh it seems failed. A successful solution related to shortage of industrial land, skilled human resource, etc did not find place in plans for the divisional headquarters of this tribal-dominated region, Mahakoshal.

In past three decades Jabalpur, which had been a prime commercial centre around three decades ago, the prime commercial products of the then market timber, forest produces, spices, handloom fabric, leather, timber-fuel coal and production from defence added glory to this centre. Ignorance in past two decades has left industry and enterprises stagnated in Jabalpur.

In yester years only promises were made in the name of industry clusters, plans but nothing concrete was initiated to bring things on ground. The government machinery seems helpless before lack of infrastructure as all the MoUs signed in Investors Meet in 2007 could not be brought on ground and all were cancelled.

Only discussions on possibilities in Jabalpur linking with different industry clusters were discussed amidst authorities. Even identification for land also initiated, yet are of no use. The existing enterprises are struggling. Mostly industries are dependent on works provided by factories run by central departments or by the Ordnance Factories.

The administration must fix priorities along with business organisations to work on possibilities in existing industry secondly for fresh enterprises timely and speedy initiatives must be done. Industry development and planning are associated with various factors like available infrastructure, connectivity etc. for new clusters the state government must chalk out special packages by including them with central funded schemes. Besides, marketing of resources and natural heritage around Jabalpur must be marketed in home and abroad with policy to benefit locals from industry.

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Gohalpur police arrest four thieves, seize six vehicles

Continuing a rigorous campaign against criminals, Gohalpur police succeeded in apprehending four vehicle-lifters and seized six motorcycles amounting to Rs 2.2 lakhs from them. The accused were a... Read More
Continuing a rigorous campaign against criminals, Gohalpur police succeeded in apprehending four vehicle-lifters and seized six motorcycles amounting to Rs 2.2 lakhs from them. The accused were apprehended while planning for selling stolen vehicles to a scrap dealer.

The accused have been identified as Anil alias Chhotu Singh (19), son of Rewa Singh, a resident of Uday Nagar area in VFJ Estate, Ranjhi, Arjun Raikwar (23), son of Om Prakash Raikwar, resident of Punjab Bank Colony in Kotwali area, Ashish Vishwakarma (29), son of Jagdish Vishwakarma and Rajkumar Vishwakarma (30), son of Ruplal Vishwakarma, a resident of Hanumantal area.

Additional Superintendent of Police Amrendra Singh informed this while addressing a press conference on Wednesday. It may be mentioned that Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra has instructed the police for strengthening information network for collection information about listed criminals and taking information about their current occupations to monitor their involvement in anti-social activities. ASP Amrendra Singh added that compliance with the direction Gohalpur police started a campaign and received information about some suspected men who were talking about selling of vehicles to scrap dealer.

Acting promptly on the information, a police team under the supervision of CSP, Gohalpur, Surendra Pal Singh Dabar led by SHO of Gohalpur police station, Vipin Tamrakar started search for suspected man and succeeded in apprehending them in Raddi Chowki area in front of scrap dealer Maqsood Kabadi.

Police team recovered six motorcycles from the accused including which were stolen from Ranjhi, Belbagh, Gautam Ji Ki Mariha, Garha and Anand Nagar, Adhartal areas.

Police are interrogating the accused for revealing more theft and other crime incidents by them. On the achievement of police team, Superintendent of Police, Harinarayanachari Mishra has declared rewards for the members of police team comprised of Sub Inspector, K P Mishra, Assistant Sub Inspectors, Vinod Dubey, Raghuveer Singh, Head Constable, Naresh Kumar, Constables, Rajesh Kewat and Afak Quraisi.

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BJP leaders fooling citizens in name of projects: Saxena

“Residents of Jabalpur are being duped in the name of Sewage and Solid Waste Management Projects by the leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party in Jabalpur Municipal Corporation. Mayor and MIC memb... Read More
“Residents of Jabalpur are being duped in the name of Sewage and Solid Waste Management Projects by the leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party in Jabalpur Municipal Corporation. Mayor and MIC members are responsible for failure of both the projects in their 10-years regime and misusing the funds of Rs 1,200 crore. Residents will have to bear the burden of refunding the loans through higher taxes for next many years,” charged Vinay Saxena, Leader of Opposition in JMC, while addressing a press conference on Wednesday.

Vinay Saxena has accepted the challenge of Mayor Prabhat Sahu for apologising publicly on the condition of finding his allegations wrong in Lokayukta inquiry. He added that Sewage and Solid Waste Management projects are worst forms of corrupt practices of BJP governance in JMC since last 10 years.

Sewage projects remains failed on practical grounds due to absence of door-to-door connectivity while required land for establishing three sewage treatment plants is yet to be occupied. The sanctioned fund of Rs 362 crore for door-to-door connectivity of sewage lines could not be implemented yet.

Till now, JMC has utilised just Rs 90 crore out of Rs 250 crore’s project. Mismanaged sewage project would compel the residents to face another phase of digging all the roads in city for door to door connectivity and its budget will also be increased by many folds.

Similarly, he charged that the solid waste management project is limited on papers since last three budget sessions and not a single work has been started for materialising the project. Members of Congress Parshad Dal claimed that the ongoing Sewage project and long awaited project of Solid Waste Management could not be completed in future under the leadership of corrupt BJP leaders.

Addressing the press conference, former MLA Lakhan Ghanghoria claimed that a thorough and transparent Lokayukta inquiry will definitely exposed the scam of Rs 1,200 crore in JMC. He informed that the then Congress-led UPA Government had provided budget of Rs 1,929 crore under the head of JNNURM to JMC. BJP leaders have misused the central aid and now BJP-led NDA government is trying to wrap-up the JNNURM scheme. Ghanghoria asserted that being the biggest national party, Congress will strongly protest the proposal for withdrawing the ambitious scheme of JNNURM. Senior Congress leader Alok Mishra claimed that BJP’s Mayor and MIC members have failed in ensuring development of Jabalpur with the budget of Rs 1,200 crore and BJP’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is dreaming to develop 100 smart city including Jabalpur with the budget of Rs 76 crore each. He assured the residents of Jabalpur to fight for their rights and ensuring punishment to Mayor and MIC members.

He said that cities like Bhopal and Indore have been developed with the same fund under JNNURM but unfortunately BJP leaders failed in utilising the fund for desired development of Jabalpur. During the press conference, Corporators Dwarka Prasad Mishra, Dinesh Singraul, Narender Singh Pandhe, Pankaj Pandey, Shaban Mansuri and others were present.

Vinay Saxena along with other Congress corporators levelled serious charges of corruption in JMC and recently submitted an affidavit with Lokayukta of Madhya Pradesh. Challenging the allegations of Congress corporators, Mayor Prabhat Sahu, in a press conference, had condemned all the allegations and affirmed to emerge blotless in any inquiry. Through the press conference, Sahu had challenged the Congress corporators for publicly making an apology if they will fail in proving their charges.

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Heavy rains during last four days result in overflowing of reservoirs

MONSOON rains during last four days filled all big and small reservoirs by an average of 74.89 per cent across the State. Out of the total average storage capacity of 6266.839 million square me... Read More
MONSOON rains during last four days filled all big and small reservoirs by an average of 74.89 per cent across the State. Out of the total average storage capacity of 6266.839 million square meters, the reservoirs have recorded an average of 4692.935 million sq mtrs with Bango and Tandula dam having the highest of 81 per cent water storage each on July 23 at 8am.

According to the Data Center of Water Resource Department, water storage in different reservoir (in million sq mtr) across the state are Dudhwa reservoir 122.9 (43.26 per cent), Sikasar reservoir 154.07 (77.47 per cent), Kharang reservoir 156.27 (81.26 per cent), Sondhur reservoir 107.88 (60.06 per cent), Murumsilli reservoir 59.87 (36.98 per cent), Kodar reservoir 99.05 (66.48 %), Maniyari reservoir 127.78 (86.50 %), Kharkhara reservoir 139.02 (100 %), Gondli reservoir 78.35 (80.94 %), Kosarteda reservoir 40.43 (63.47 %), Paralkot reservoir 60.85 (60.85 %), Shyam reservoir 14.80 (23.85 %), Shirpani reservoir 49.47 (98.45 %), Pipariya Nalla reservoir 40.56 (100 %), Ballar reservoir 20.25 (55.59 %), Sutiyapat reservoir 38.62 (100 %), Mongra Barrage reservoir 9.90 (30.89 %) and Maroda reservoir 16.17 (50.59 %).

The official datas further indicated that storage at Saroda reservoir is 33.14 (100 %), Ghongra reservoir 18.24 (60.57 %), Matiya Moti reservoir 20.62 (77.87 %), Jhumka reservoir 13.77 (58.92 %), Gez reservoir 13.63 (59.60 %), Khamar Pakut reservoir 1.56 (8.10 %), Keshwa reservoir 9.59 (53.88 %), Karnala Barrage 15.62 (86.35 %), Banki reservoir 2.07 (78.40 %), Kedar Nalla reservoir 12.98 (78.40 %), Kinkari Nalla reservoir 15.14 (96.40 %), Kunwarpur reservoir 1.57 (10.06 %), Beharkhar reservoir 12.50 (19.17 %), Khapri reservoir 7.38 (63.18), Kumharu reservoir 4.68 (41.26 %), Barnai reservoir 4.54 (40.7 %), Pendrawan reservoir 7.43 (70.08 %), Ruse reservoir 8.85 (96.41 %), Putka Nalla reservoir 1.77 (26.90 %), Mayana reservoir 2.62 (46.77 %) and Dhara reservoir 3.43 (47.83 %).

As per the Meteorological Center, Raipur’s main figures of rainfall (in cm) received on Wednesday in the state, Khairagarh recorded 14, Dabhra 13, Antagarh Chowki 10, Manpur, Mohla, Chhuria and Saja 9, Gunderdehi, Dondi, Gandai, Chuikhadan and Dongargarh 8, Magarlod, Dhamdha, Gariaband, Gurur, Dondilohara, Bemetara, Berla, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon and Mainpat 7, Thankhamaria 6 along with Tilda, Simga, Dhamtari, Patan, Balod and Sahaslohara 5. At the same time, rainfall between 4 to 1 cm was recorded at many places across the state. The Met Center in its statewide forecast stated of slight to medium rainfall and thundershowers expected at some places across the state on Thursday. In Raipur, the sky will be normally cloudy with chances of rain or thundershowers.

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New Guv to take oath on July 25

Newly nominated Governor of Chhattisgarh Balramji Das Tandon and his wife Brijpal Tandon will be arriving in the capital on July 24 and will reach Raj Bhawan in the evening. The nominated Gover... Read More
Newly nominated Governor of Chhattisgarh Balramji Das Tandon and his wife Brijpal Tandon will be arriving in the capital on July 24 and will reach Raj Bhawan in the evening. The nominated Governor Balramji Das Tandon will be administered oath of office and secrecy by Justice Yatindra Singh, Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court on July 25 at 12.50 pm.

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Girl fished out from Kharun river

Perhaps her time hadn’t came and this is the reason why she is still alive, these were talks going on the banks of river Kharun, when some fishermen fished out a girl from river Kharun nearly... Read More
Perhaps her time hadn’t came and this is the reason why she is still alive, these were talks going on the banks of river Kharun, when some fishermen fished out a girl from river Kharun nearly five kilometres from the place, where she had fell into water. A resident of Danganiya, Bhumika Patel (25) along with her cousin sister Vidya Patel was coming from Durg on a bus. When the bus was passing over Kumhari Bridge, she and her sister decided to picture the river Kharun, which is running wild after the three days of intense raining. As Bhumika set her feet on wet and slippery surface of the bridge, she fell directly into the gushing water flowing with full force. As Bhumika fell in water, her sister screamed for help but there wasn’t much people could do to save her. Bhumika was set on course of river Kharun, which took her down the stream up to around 5 km. Near, Gomchi village, some fishermen spotted her hand and immediately rushed with their boat. When they took her out of water, they didn’t expect her to be alive but, it turned out otherwise. Bhumika was alive and everybody took a sigh of relief. Police informed that Bhumika is student of M.Sc and she didn’t even suffer any injury in the incident. However, Bhumika was admitted to Suyash Hospital at Kota as precaution.

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Walkout on issue of lack of doctors in tribal areas

Health Minister Amar Agrawal was cornered by the opposition Congress on the issue of lack of doctors, particularly in far flung rural areas and tribal dominated areas. During Question Hour, sco... Read More
Health Minister Amar Agrawal was cornered by the opposition Congress on the issue of lack of doctors, particularly in far flung rural areas and tribal dominated areas. During Question Hour, scores of Congress Legislators threw a volley of questions on the Health Minister, which he tried his best to answer. However, unsatisfied with his answers the Congress members staged Walkout from the House.

On the third day of Monsoon Session, Congress Legislator from Dantewada Devati Karma raised the issue through her starred question. Karma asked as to how many contractual doctors had been posted in district hospitals in Bastar Division between 2003 to 2010, whether the service of contractual doctors were terminated in 2010, if yes, how many doctors were re-appointed under contract and how many were removed and why.

Health Minister Amar Agrawal while in his written answer stated that during 2003-2010, 19 contractual doctors had been posted in various district hospitals in Bastar Division. In 2010, the services of all 18 doctors were re-appointed under contract but services of one dentist was not appointed as there was availability of dentist in Maharani Medical College Hospital, Jagdalpur.

In her supplementary queries, MLA Devati Karma queried why there were no sufficient doctors in rural areas particularly those which are tribal dominated and situated in far flung areas. There are large numbers of patients in these areas who are not getting proper medical care due to lack of doctors. During emergency, people have to rush to either Jagdalpur or capital Raipur, where also, government hospitals are in pathetic conditions and people have to rely of private nursing homes and shell out huge amount of money. She also gave instance of her son Deepak Karma, who was recently bitten by snake and had to rush to Maharani Medical College Hospital at Jagdalpur from Dantewada and further he was referred to Dr B R Ambedkar Medical College Hospital, Raipur but not finding suitable medical care here, she was bound to take her son to a private hospital.

Devati Karma strongly demanded that up-till when the state government will make arrangements for doctors in rural and tribal dominated areas so that people do not have to face such situation. Other Congress Legislators including Amarjeet Bhagat, Bhupesh Baghel, Dhanendra Sahu, T S Singhdeo, etc also tried to corner the Health Minister on the issue and raised questions on the appointment of doctors in the state. BJP Member Shivratan Sharma asked whether the state government can make it mandatory for the medical students to serve compulsorily in rural areas for a period of three to five areas after completing their MBBS.

After being cornered from all sides, Minister Agrawal stated that the intensions of the state government is very clear and has initiated all efforts to the extreme point and as soon as doctors would be available they will be posted accordingly. He stated that special allowance, highest pay scale, etc but still the lack of availability is prevailing. The state government is already making its efforts but he urged the opposition members instead of complaining to come forward and introduce qualified doctors so that they can be recruited. Unsatisfied with the reply, the Congress members staged Walk Out.

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Vehicles stranded, people suffer as rivers swell due to incessant rains

Vehicular movement came to a grinding halt across the Raipur district as hundreds of heavy commercial vehicles as well as regular modes of public transportation found themselves stuck at the thre... Read More
Vehicular movement came to a grinding halt across the Raipur district as hundreds of heavy commercial vehicles as well as regular modes of public transportation found themselves stuck at the three major bridges – connecting the Capital city with the rest of the state – on which the heavy gush of river water was overflowing. The blockade, according to local police and district administration, is fallout of three days of incessant rains which led the all major as well as minor river bodies to swell and flow uncontrollably.

However, the blockage of vehicular including the goods and public transports was causing lots of hardship to the common people. While many private buses on several routes had to be cancelled, the detention of goods trucks at overflowing bridges is leading to shortage and skyrocketing in the prices of vegetables and daily needs item. It is estimated that it might take as much as four to five days for situation to normalize especially to clear the long queues of trucks piled up on various routes passing through Raipur. Increased water levels in Doodh river forced vehicles to queue up ahead of Keshkal while many of the trucks and matadors were stuck on approach road Saraipali-Basna road from Raipur due to water overflowing Sankra bridge.Similar is the situation in Gariaband where long queues of trucks were seen piled up due to flooding in Pairi river. Reports indicated that none of the vehicles have managed to move ahead of Mainpur and Deobhog.

However, with most rivers and canals over flowing due to consistent rains, residents wanting to commute to neighboring districts remained stuck without option. Many of the rural commuters were seen at Bus Stands waiting for buses to leave for Kawardha, Bilaspur, BalodaBazaar and Saraipali. Some of the passengers complained that they are not getting accurate information as to when the buses will leave. According to reports received, some of these buses left for neighboring districts post noon. It need be mentioned that over 150 buses commute daily to destinations like Kawardha, Bilaspur, Saraipali and BalodaBazaar. Sources informed that canals in most of these routes were overflowing and could pose threat to commuters and buses.

Many of those stuck at Raipur Bus Stand were labourers. They said that heavy vehicles are also stuck enroute so it is better to wait at the bus terminal.

Meanwhile, yet another casualty of heavy rains was the Raipur-Patan route which got disrupted due to Kharun river water overflowing on Mahadev Ghat bridge enroute. Acording to reports received, water was flowing two- to-three meters above the bridge in the morning which forced vehicles, especially the heavy ones to pile up behind one another.

It need be mentioned that scores of people cross over from Patan daily to attend to their jobs in Raipur but it was a different case on Wednesday as they could only watch as helpless spectator to swelling Kharun river and blocking their route. With chances strong that accidents may happen if someone adventurous tries to cross over, police deployed its personnel to prevent such life threatening initiative.

Locals residing around Mahadev Ghat bridge noted that water rising to breach bridge level was seen after years. Some of the youths and elderly came by just to enjoy the sighting of water gushing and splashing.

Home Guards save lives of hundreds of people

Meanwhile, State Government has claimed that Home Guards have performed commendable duty and rescued hundreds safely from overflowing rivers and canals across Chhattisgarh. Sources said that in coordination with district administration and local police force, Home Guards have successfully saved lives.

Amongst some of the commendable stories includes rescue of 40-50 girl students from Girl’s Ashram located in village Pantora of Gariaband district when 4-5 feet high water level inundated the premises. Yet another marvelous story was when a motor-cyclist was rescued from a canal in village Gam near Pairi river. Similarly, two labourers were also rescued from brick kilns while they risked drowning in floods in villge Samodar, 14 kilometers from Arang in Raipur district.

Another case was when two pickup drivers were rescued while they screamed for help as their vehicles shut down in middle of bridge due to rising water levels while crossing over Kolhan canal on Raipur BalodaBazaar route.

Home Guards arranged ropes and searchlights to carry out their rescue. A rescue squad of Home Guards rescued 31 people including women, elderly and children from flooded village Khaira in Rajnandgaon district. Home Guards deployed two motor boats in Chandrapur and Shiurinarayan areas of Janjgir-Champa district to carry out rescue attempt. One of the motor boat has also been deployed in Bilaspur district while work was ongoing till the filing of the report in private farmhouse of rescue of 100 people in village Mudra, six kilometers from Abhanpur in Raipur district. 11 rurals were also rescued from flooded parts of Geeram Chicha in Durg district.

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20-year-old youth robbed off mobile, cash at Nazirabad

A 20-year-old youth was robbed off his cellphone and cash by two robbers while he was heading to one of his relatives’ house at Nazirabad locality of State capital here during evening hours of ... Read More
A 20-year-old youth was robbed off his cellphone and cash by two robbers while he was heading to one of his relatives’ house at Nazirabad locality of State capital here during evening hours of Tuesday. Both the miscreants, in aftermath of the incident, fled from the spot with looted valuables.Later, the victim reached police station and reported the matter. Police said that based on his complaint, a case under sections of Indian Penal Code was lodged against the two and a manhunt was launched to nab them. Till filing of the report, both of them were on run. Police said victim was identified as Roop Singh, 20, son of Hari Singh, basically hailing from Sehore district. On Tuesday evening, he reached the city by bus and was heading to one of the relatives’ house at Meghra Sudkheri village on foot. In his complaint to police, victim said that on Tuesday evening, he was heading to the house of his relative while the two namely Narayan and his friend Laxman waylaid him and looted his cellphone and cash amount Rs 5,000 from him. After looting his valuables, both of them fled subsequently. On being asked how the police identified both the robbers, police said that the victim knew both of them very well. Police said that a case was lodged following his complaint and efforts were on to nab both of them.

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‘VYAPAM ka Sach’: Cong MLAs demand case be registered against CM, Tomar

The dust over ‘VYAPAM ka Sach’ book is yet to settle down. A delegation of Congress MLAs, led by leader of opposition Satyadev Katare reached Habibganj police station and demanded that case s... Read More
The dust over ‘VYAPAM ka Sach’ book is yet to settle down. A delegation of Congress MLAs, led by leader of opposition Satyadev Katare reached Habibganj police station and demanded that case should be registered against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and BJP State President Narendra Singh Tomar in connection with ‘VYAPAM Ka Sach’ book issue. Besides, Congress has decided to take the issue to national level. Around one dozen Congress MLAs will stage sit-in in Delhi on Thursday at Jantar Mantar and will later, try to meet President of India over the matter.

Leader of opposition, Satyadev Katare, accompanied by party MLAs, reached Habibganj police station on Wednesday morning to lodge complaint against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and BJP State President cum Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar over ‘VYAPAM Ka Sach’ book issue. In the complaint given to police, Katare alleged that the photo of VYAPAM has been published in the book, which is an offence. The book has been published in such a fashion, which gives the impression that actually, book has been published by VYAPAM itself. The book does not carry name of publisher and its address and this was a criminal offence. Katare also claimed that BJP had obtained Government documents illegally and published them in book, which has been published as part of larger conspiracy. Documents, which were shown by CM in House, were secretly given to BJP. Apart from this, CM and BJP State President cum Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar have misused their post to provide benefit to BJP.

“We have taken the complaint and said that any action would be taken only after investigation,” said Habibganj police SHO G P Agrawal to ‘The Hitavada’.

Later, Satyadev Katare spoke to media at Congress office and alleged that irregularities had even taken place in online exam of pharmacy of NRHM. In the meantime, a lady named Sunita Jain also reached press conference and claimed that she had taken part in PSC exam 2003. She had performed well even in PSC exam 2006 but she was not called for interview. When she applied for marksheet, she came to know that out of 2100, she had secured 1249 marks but then also Ashish Mishra, who got 1240 marks, was called for interview. When she tried to know in this regard, she got the reply that she was not having adequate numbers in women candidate list. She later knocked the doors of court over the sex discrimination issue. She had even approached CM but to no avail. On this occasion, Katare claimed that when Ritu Chouhan gave the exam, no such list was prepared and when intelligent students came for success, their path was stopped by hook or crook.

Meanwhile, BJP has lodged complaint with Habibganj police station, demanding registration of case against Congress State President Arun Yadav and leader of opposition Satyadev Katare on Wednesday. A delegation of BJP leaders, led by Vijendra Singh Sisodia, approached Habibganj police and said that Congress leaders were regularly undertaking baseless campaigning against BJP.

In the complaint, BJP said Congress leaders had issued a book in which baseless allegations had been levelled against BJP regime. The book does not carry name of publisher and printer and it is an offence. Publication and distribution of this book by Congress is an offence under IPC section 420 and violation of Press & Book Registration Act. The delegation of BJP included D R Hitesh Vajpayee, Rakesh Sharma and Prakash Meerchandani.

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Privileges panel starts process on privilege info

Assembly’s Privileges Committee has started the process in connection with the privilege information given against Leader of Opposition, Satyadev Katare and Congress MLA Balabachan. The secon... Read More
Assembly’s Privileges Committee has started the process in connection with the privilege information given against Leader of Opposition, Satyadev Katare and Congress MLA Balabachan. The second meeting of committee was held on Tuesday and various aspects were pondered over.

Committee would give chance to both leaders to put up their side on the matter. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra and Forest Minister Dr Gaurishankar Shejwar had given privilege information against the duo for bringing ‘ghanti’, ‘kamandal’ and saffron cloth inside Assembly during Budget Session. Speaker had referred privilege information to Privileges Committee.

After bringing ‘Kamandal’ and other items inside Assembly, Katare claimed that CM had said that even if a single allegation is proved against him, then he would take ‘sanyas’ and Government had accepted that CM’s niece got selected in wrong manner. Hence, CM should take ‘sanyas’. Katare had sought permission to table the brought items but Speaker had denied permission. Later on, at instance of Katare, Balabachan had put the things on table.

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65-year-old woman resists chain snatching, succeeds in saving half

On the lines of snatching gold chains on the pretext of asking address, a 65-year-old woman was targetted in the State capital on Tuesday. But instead of being afraid, the woman resisted the sn... Read More
On the lines of snatching gold chains on the pretext of asking address, a 65-year-old woman was targetted in the State capital on Tuesday. But instead of being afraid, the woman resisted the snatchers and succeeded in saving half of her gold chain.

A 65-year-old woman was relieved of her gold chain at E-7 Arera Colony locality under Habibganj police station by two unidentified bike-borne miscreants here late on Tuesday night. In aftermath of the incident, the victim reached Habibganj police station and reported the matter. Police said that following her complaint, subsequently, a case of loot was lodged against unidentified robbers and a manhunt has been launched to nab them. But till filing of the report, there were no whereabouts of miscreants.

According to police, victim Aarti Verma was picking flowers from garden outside her house. Two bike-borne youths arrived in the locality and asked her regarding address of a resident.

Being compassionate, she went near them to provide the details and it was when they attacked and snatched the gold chain from her neck. But the victim offered resistance and caught hold of hand of the victim who tried to snatch the gold chain. In the scuffle, the miscreants managed to escape with half of the broken gold chain and the victim managed to save the remaining half part.

In her complaint to police, she claimed that the two bike-borne miscreants, in the age group of 20-22 years, came to her on the pretext of asking address, attacked her and escaped with the broken half of the gold chain she was wearing. She claimed that the robbed part of the chain was worth Rs 25,000. Efforts of police to nab them were on. Notably, it has become a fashion for miscreants to loot chains from women on pretext of asking for addresses in State capital. In past, many cases had occurred in same fashion and hence, the police advised women of being alert while providing any kind of details to unknown persons.

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Bhopal battles waterlogging due to heavy rains

Bhopal was drenched by a spell of light to moderate showers on Wednesday. People in Bhopal woke up to a cloudy weather condition and around 11 am, light showers hit the city. Rains continued afte... Read More
Bhopal was drenched by a spell of light to moderate showers on Wednesday. People in Bhopal woke up to a cloudy weather condition and around 11 am, light showers hit the city. Rains continued after regular gaps, creating water logging problem in low lying parts of the city. Weather Department has forecast more rains in city in next twenty-four hours. A house collapsed in city amid rains in which an elderly person got injured. Rains are lashing city after breaks for last couple of days, throwing normal life out of gear. Regular rains have created water-logging problem in low-lying areas of city including Bharat talkies road, Shiv Nagar, New Market area, near Lal Parade ground area, Saifia College road, some parts of Aishbagh locality, etc. Passersby had to face problems in crossing the water-filled areas. Vehicle riders had a harrowing time crossing the water-filled lanes. Weather Department said till evening, Bhopal had recorded rainfall of 72.8 mm.

According to information, a wall of a muddy house in Baghsevania locality collapsed during rains and in this incident, an elderly person named Ramcharan got injured. He was immediately rushed to hospital for treatment and was out of danger. Notably, two people had died and eight where injured in Lalghati area during heavy rainfall two days back.

People living in low-lying areas are having a harrowing time due to rainfall as rain water has accumulated in the lanes and around their houses, creating unhygienic living condition for them. They have to cross the water filled lanes to reach to other parts.

The worst-affected during rains are school children. Amid rains, they have to go to schools. However, schools were closed in city on Wednesday, looking at the possibility of heavy rains. Weather Department has warned of more rains in city as strong monsoon system is just 50 km away from State capital. Regular rainfall has led to rise in water level of Upper Lake, which is lifeline of city.

Many parts of State battered by rain

Heavy to very heavy rains have wrecked havoc in many parts of Madhya Pradesh in last twenty-four hours. Burhanpur was the worst-affected town as it received maximum rainfall in State in past twenty-four hours. It has also rained heavily in other parts including Betul, Khandwa, Atner, Nepanagar, etc. Some casualties have been reported due to heavy rain. Weather Department has forecast heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in isolated parts of Bhopal, Ujjain, Gwalior, Chambal, Hoshangabad and Indore divisions in next twenty-four hours.

Burhanpur administration said that city was battered by heavy rains, which led to flooding of local Tapti river. Flood water of the river entered low-lying areas and as many as 1,154 people were rescued and shifted to safer places. Water was flowing over three bridges, cutting off traffic from both ends. One village was said to be besieged by rainwater. High alert has been sounded and administration is keeping close watch on the situation.

It is learnt that a woman was washed away in a flooded nullah in Betul district but there was no official confirmation in this regard. With this, two persons have died in Betul. Machna river is overflowing in Betul and Bhopal Betul road has been disconnected. Sources said that a minor girl died after a house collapsed in Tikamgarh district. State flood control room said rains have been more than normal in 21 districts, one district has recorded normal rainfall and 26 districts have received less rainfall. Meanwhile, Bhind and Morena are two districts, which have recorded scanty rainfall so far.

Weather Department said monsoon system was over Hoshangabad and its impact was going to be in maximum parts of State. Bhopal may receive few spells of heavy rainfall in next twenty-four hours. Rainfall activities would be centred on western parts, especially, the Nimad region and rains in north east parts would be normal. Heavy rains have also created havoc in some other parts including Balaghat, Pandhana, Khandwa, Multai, etc. State Government is closely monitoring the situation. If the Weather Department is to be believed, further spells of rains are going to bridge the gap between less and normal rainfall in State.

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NMC Enforcement Deptt demolishes illegal building in Dharampeth

Taking tough action against unauthorised construction in the orange city, the Enforcement Department attached to Dharampeth Zone has demolished four storied under construction building situated a... Read More
Taking tough action against unauthorised construction in the orange city, the Enforcement Department attached to Dharampeth Zone has demolished four storied under construction building situated at prime location in Dharampeth near Maata Mandir on Wednesday. The unauthorised building was constructed on residential plot without any sanction from the competent authority. Dharampeth Zone office issued notice to owner Biharilal Kelwani to stop construction immediately in January 2104. However, the builder defied the instructions of NMC and expedited construction work. The local body issued notice under section 53 of Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act, 1964. In-spite of this notice the owner continued with the construction. Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane has directed Assistant Commissioner Rajesh Karade to immediately demolish illegal construction at Dharampeth. On his directions, the team of Enforcement Department under leadership of Executive Engineer Dilip Jamgade, Rajesh Karade, deputy Engineer Kedar Mishra started demolition on Wednesday. Municipal Commissioner visited the site and expressed satisfaction over demolition work. Mishra said, the owner does not have any sanctioned building plan and he is constructing a commercial building on residential plot. The plot was leased by the NMC. The team of Enforcement Department broke the slabs, and walls with the help of concrete cutter, and JCB removed the shutter in ground floor. Junior Engineer Sanjay Lakde, Jivane and other team members were present.

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NMC to survey all high-rise buildings

Taking lessons from major fire at Lotus Business Park in Mumbai, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane has directed Fire and Emergency Safety Department to conduct survey of high rise commercial ... Read More
Taking lessons from major fire at Lotus Business Park in Mumbai, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane has directed Fire and Emergency Safety Department to conduct survey of high rise commercial building with glass facade immediately. The Fire Department will not allow ICUs and Operation Theater in higher floors of the buildings. The terrace must remain open for any untoward incident.

In a meeting, the Commissioner Wardhane said, “I cannot afford a loss of any fireman in such incident. The department should take stringent action against defaulters and disconnect water and electricity of these buildings.” He took review of fire and safety measures in glass facade buildings in the city. The Commissioner directed every fire station officer to survey atleast 10 high rise buildings in a month to keep check on such incidents and take appropriate action. He said, architects should give preferences to life safety instead of front elevation of the building.

Chief Fire Officer Rajendra Uchake gave presentation before the Commissioner. He said, local body should not allow any construction in terrace and it should be kept open for any incident. The ICU and operation theatre should not be allowed in higher floors. These rooms should be at ground floor or first floor. Chief Fire Officer said, architects are not following the provisions of National Building Code and Development Control Rules while making building plans. As per NBC, it is necessary to have two separate RCC stair cases. The Town Planning Department should take NOC from Fire Department for glass facade buildings. The glass glazing should have openings for entry of fireman in the building. The city has around 1500 high rise buildings and department is checking fire fighting equipments.

The Fire Department will float a tender for purchase of 42 mts TTL in the city. Deputy Commissioner Rizwan Siddique, Town Planning officer C S Zade, Station Officers B P Chandankhede, K M Chandekar, Dharamraj Nakode, Rajendra Dube, Mohan Gudadhe, Sadashiv Bhende, Shriram Bhoyar, Sunil Raut, Kehav Gothee, and R M Gorle were present.

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50% teaching posts issue resolved, RTMNU may issue circular today

The issue regarding filling up atleast 50 pe cent teaching posts in colleges affiliated to Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) has been resolved. University may issue circular... Read More
The issue regarding filling up atleast 50 pe cent teaching posts in colleges affiliated to Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) has been resolved. University may issue circular on Thursday.

The problem was created after the emergence of 250 banned colleges. It became necessary to have teachers in colleges, instead of running them sans teachers. So the committee under the Chairmanship of Dr Baban Taywade was constituted with Adv Abhijeet Wanjari, Dr Pramod Yeole, Dr Ravindra Kshirsagar as members and Dr Shrikant Komawar as Member Secretary.

Committee conducted 4 to 5 meetings. The committee suggested that professional and traditional courses should have at least one teacher for one course, 50 per cent seats should be filled, students should not be deprived of any examination etc.

Committee has recommended that colleges should appoint teachers by December 31. But University insist that colleges can appoint teachers by October 31. The circular is being issued on Thursday and it may say that colleges should recruit teachers by October 31, said highly placed sources.

University on June 1 had displayed circular making colleges mandatory to have 50 per cent teachers course-wise. University had made it clear that if that number of teachers are not appointed then examinations of those students would not be conducted. Protesting this decision, Principal association had threatened to launch agitation. Because of this colleges refused admissions to students. After that University appointed Dr Taywade committee.

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Man arrested for circulating counterfeit currency notes

IN A significant breakthrough, Crime Branch sleuths on Wednesday trapped a member of an inter-state gang involved in circulating counterfeit currency and seized 555 fake currency notes of face va... Read More
IN A significant breakthrough, Crime Branch sleuths on Wednesday trapped a member of an inter-state gang involved in circulating counterfeit currency and seized 555 fake currency notes of face value Rs 3,22,500 from his possession. Of the total seizure, 90 fake notes are of Rs 1,000 denomination and remaining are of Rs 500 denomination.

Identified as Udaysingh Baluji Nimje (49), the accused is a resident of Vinkar Colony, near Nav Shakti Primary School, Lendi Talao. Acting on a tip off, a team of Crime Branch laid a trap near a paan kiosk at Golibar Square. Around 11.30 am, Nimje came to the paan kiosk. When cops surrounded him, he tried to escape. Cops nabbed him. During his physical search, police found 40 fake notes of Rs 500 denomination bearing identical numbers.

During questioning, Nimje told the investigators that he had kept some more notes at a woman’s house at Binaki Layout, Dhammadeep Nagar.

The Crime Branch team then conducted searches at the woman’s house and seized the bundles of remaining counterfeit notes kept by Nimje in a cloth bag. After registering an offence under relevant sections of the IPC against Nimje, Crime Branch officers are now searching the other members of the gang. The arrest was made API Mangesh Desai, API Atulkar, ASI Abdul Wahab, HC Pramod Kohle, NPCs Prakash Sidam, Kuldip Petkar, Manish Bhosle, WPCs Rubina and Firoz under the supervision of Joint CP Sanjay Saxena, Addl CP (Crime) Sunil Kolhe, ACP(Crime) Nilesh Raut, PIs Avinash Shilamkar, Sunil Mahadik and Shivaji Gaikwad.

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Another audit report exposes bunglings by NIT

Relying on a highly-critical audit report pulling Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) for irregular allotment of public utility land, favours doled out to private contractors, lethargy in planning proce... Read More
Relying on a highly-critical audit report pulling Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) for irregular allotment of public utility land, favours doled out to private contractors, lethargy in planning process and gross misuse of Gunthewari act to delete land reservations to provide undue benefit to builders, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has urged the High Court to appoint a probe panel into bunglings within NIT and punish the erring officers and trustees.

The audit report prepared by Accountant General’s office for the period 2003-2011 has questioned NIT’s functioning and its decision making process in several cases pointing out that in most cases it benefitted private parties at the cost of public exchequer.

A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Sunil Shukre while hearing this PIL filed by Chetan Rajkarne, issued notices to respondent authorities and directed State Government to spell out steps taken during last three years on the issues raised in the audit report. The respondent authorities have been directed to file affidavit within three weeks.

According to petitioner, the earlier audit report upto year 2003 had highlighted gross abuse and misuse of power by NIT officials and trustees and next audit report till March 31, 2011 also indicate same disturbing trend and reveals that PU plots, playgrounds, open spaces, land earmarked for gardens, schools, hospitals and other useful purpose have been gobbled by greedy builders in connivance with NIT officials.

The audit report has dealt with several issues like transfer of PU lands to various institutions controlled by influential persons, allotment of big lands to non-existing housing society’s allegedly controlled by a political heavyweight, rampant irregularities in several B-O-T projects in which NIT lost crores, unauthorised collection of Rs 5 crore additional development charges, excess payment to contractors in most of the projects by-passing the norms, excessive and unjustified expenditure on projects which were never completed on time. The petitioner has also highlighted bunglings by NMC in granting irregular and unauthorised permissions to illegal allotments made by NIT and sought civil and criminal action against all erring officials. NIT counsel S K Mishra pointed out that a similar PIL filed by Anil Wadpalliwar based on The Hitavada expose is pending for final hearing and this petition has raised same issues. However, counsel for the petitioner Shrikant Khandalkar claimed that the PIL is based on latest audit report and charged the NIT counsel with making misleading statements. He also claimed that then Guardian Minister and his educational institution is one of the biggest beneficiary of land allotment and claimed that there was conflict of interest. In earlier writ petition the enquiry panel was formed to probe eight issues and report had recommended several suggestions to improve procedure. The audit paras are finalised after seeking response from the concerned department and many paragraphs are dropped after considering the reply. Adv Shrikant Khandalkar appeared for the petitioner. Adv S K Mishra represented NIT while AGP Kalyani Deshpande waived the notice for respondent State.

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HC rejects plea against media highlighting Katju’s expose

Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S B Shukre at the High Court have firmly declined to entertain city lawyer Uday Dastane’s writ petition seeking ban on the media, particularly the electronic m... Read More
Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S B Shukre at the High Court have firmly declined to entertain city lawyer Uday Dastane’s writ petition seeking ban on the media, particularly the electronic media transmitting, re-transmitting and causing lots of furore in the country over former Supreme Court judge, Justice Markandey Katju’s exposure.

Justice (retd) Katju, on July 20, raked up a 10-year-old controversy relating to elevation of a District Judge in Tamil Nadu to Madras High Court Additional judgeship, one year extension to him and thereafter his confirmation despite intelligence report of corruption against him, allegedly under political pressure brought on three former Chief Justices of India - Lahoti, Sabharval and Balakrishnan.

According to the court, there is nothing placed by the petitioner on record through his petition, to justify the Court’s interference under Articles 226 or Article 215 of the Constitution of India.

The court has also stated that it also can not go into the aspect of contempt of court raised by the petitioner, as it does not find any element of contempt of court in the controversy, to which the court’s attention has been drawn via this petition.

Alleging failure on the part of the respondents - Union Information and Broadcasting Secretary, Director, Electronic Media Monitoring Centre and Chairman, Press Council of India (Justice Katju himself) to perform their statutory functions by initiating suo motu action according to Sections 19 and 5 of the Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and Rules and Program Code framed under the Rules to prohibit telecasting of the programmes featuring Justice Katju and discussions on his utterances.

The petitioner’s intent in filing this petition has been to prevent further damage to the institution of Judiciary and further lowering down the image of the judicial system in the eyes of the society at large and common man in particular. While opposing the petition vehemently, the new Assistant SGI Rohit Deo, in his first major assignment for Central Government stated that judiciary is not so fragile to get damaged by such controversies.

Even the eminent jurists like Soli Sorabjee, Ram Jethmalani also participate in such discussion and even very strong comments are advanced, which is good for democratic polity and essentially freedom of expression and exercise of right to make fair comment.

Further, there is no need to treat it as a holy cow, the petitioner Dastane appearing in person advocated discussion on such issues behind closed doors, the Court favoured openness and transparency in the functioning of the judiciary. It said that all the three wings of the State are on equal pedestal and judiciary should also be open to public criticism as the Executive or the Legislature are.

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Rain fury: Motorcyclist killed, brother injured as huge tree falls on them

RAIN fury claimed the life of a teenage boy and injured his younger brother seriously after a huge tree fell on them when they were on way back home on their motorbike. The tragedy occurred nea... Read More
RAIN fury claimed the life of a teenage boy and injured his younger brother seriously after a huge tree fell on them when they were on way back home on their motorbike. The tragedy occurred near Kusumtai Wankhede Hall, North Ambazari Road on Wednesday.

Passersby rushed Ashutosh Vijay Kumbhare (18), a resident of Sudam Nagri, Ambazari Hilltop, to KRIMS Hospital, Ramdaspeth, but his life could not be saved. His brother Swapnil (16) is undergoing treatment at the same hospital.

Around 10.30 am, Ashutosh and Swapnil were returning home on a Honda Stunner motorcycle (MH-31/DK-6865) via Alankar Talkies Square. Swapnil was riding pillion. Suddenly, a huge tree in the premises of Nagpur Nagarik Sahakari Rugnalaya uprooted and fell on Kumbhare brothers passingby injuring them seriously.

Some passersby rushed Kumbhare brothers to KRIMS Hospital where the doctors declared Ashutosh dead.

Vehicle traffic was affected for about an hour as the uprooted tree had blocked the road.

Staff from Sitabuldi Police and Fire Brigade personnel arrived at the spot. Fire Brigade personnel cleared the road by cutting the branches of the tree. On the basis of the information given by Om Damodar Singh (26), a resident of SRPF Camp, Hingna Road, Sitabuldi Police registered an accidental death case.

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CBI sleuths trap Weavers Service Centre’s Dy Director

CENTRAL Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers attached to its city-based Anti-Corruption Unit on Wednesday caught H B Suryawanshi, Deputy Director, Weavers Service Centre, red-handed while deman... Read More
CENTRAL Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers attached to its city-based Anti-Corruption Unit on Wednesday caught H B Suryawanshi, Deputy Director, Weavers Service Centre, red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 4,000 from a weaver towards issuance of Bunkar Identity Card.

Mohammad Kadir Shaikh Tayyab, a resident of Satranji Karkhana, Taj Nagar, Lane No. 2, Manewada Road, lodged a complaint with the CBI that Suryawanshi was demanding Rs 8,000 for issuing Bunkar Identity Cards to him and his uncle Shaikh Chand Taji. He also stated in his complaint was Suryawanshi was illegally charging Rs 4000/- per card. The CBI registered a regular case bearing (No.RC.14(A)2014-NGP) against Suryawanshi under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 on on Tuesday.

Subsequently, the bureau officers laid a trap on Wednesday and caught Suryawanshi red-handed while accepting Rs 4000/- Mohammad Kadir for issuing Bunkar Identity Card standing in his name.

The trap was laid by Inspector Niraj Gupta and his team under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (CBI) Sandeep M Tamgadge.

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Searches at residence, office of CR’s Sr Section Engineer

OFFICERS attached to Anti-Corruption Wing of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday conducted searches at the office and residential premises of R K Sharma, Senior Section Engineer (I... Read More
OFFICERS attached to Anti-Corruption Wing of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday conducted searches at the office and residential premises of R K Sharma, Senior Section Engineer (Inspection) at the Office of Senior Divisional Electrical Engineer (Track Rolling Stock-TRS), Central Railway, Ajni, after registering a case of criminal conspiracy and corruption.

CBI, Nagpur, had registered a case (No. RC 13(A)/2014-NGP ) under Section 120-B of the IPC, Sections 7, 12, 13(2) read with Section 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 on the basis of a source information.

It is alleged in the FIR that Rabindra Kumar Bhalotia, Managing Director of M/s Riddi Siddhi Udyog Limited, Rajendra Prasad Sarani, Kolkata, during the year, 2013-14 entered into a criminal conspiracy with R K Sharma, Senior Section Engineer, Office of DRM, S&T, Central Railway, some others.

In pursuance of the said criminal conspiracy, Sharma regularly agreed to accept bribe from Bhalotia for showing favour in violation of rules. CBI officers investigating the case conducted searches at Sharma’s office and residential premises.

During the search at his office at Ajni, CBI sleuths seized incriminating documents related to the issue. The case is further is being carried out by PI Manoj Nair under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (CBI) Sandeep Tamgadge.

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Agencies swoop down on bribe-seeking public servants

Office Assistant of Revenue Deptt’s Addl Commr in ACB net ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) officers on Wednesday caught Tina Thakur, Office Assistant of Additional Commissioner (Revenue) S ... Read More
Office Assistant of Revenue Deptt’s Addl Commr in ACB net ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) officers on Wednesday caught Tina Thakur, Office Assistant of Additional Commissioner (Revenue) S G Gautam, red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 25,000 from a marginal farmer to get his land dispute settled in his favour.

Waman Sahare’s ancestral agriculture land admeasuring 13.16 hectare was distributed among his brothers. Each brother got a share of 0.52 hectare. When Sahare checked the 7/12 records in 2005, his brother’s name was mentioned instead of him.

Sahare had lodged a complaint with the District Collector who gave a decision in his favour. Sahare’s elder brother then had filed an appeal before the senior officials. The matter came up for hearing before Additional Commissioner (Revenue) S G Gautam. On July 10 and 11, Gautam heard the case.

Office Assistant Tina Thakur approached Sahare and told him that he would have to pay Rs 40,000 to Additional Commissioner Gautam for getting the decision in his favour. She also told Sahare that if he failed to pay the amount, Gautam would give the decision in his brother’s favour. Sahare negotiated with Tina Thakur and struck a deal for Rs 25,000. Sahare then lodged a complaint with ACB officers. Subsequently, the bureau officers laid a trap at the canteen in Divisional Commissionerate and caught Tina Thakur red-handed when she accepted the cash from Sahare.

Bureau officers then brought Tina Thakur to Additional Commissioner Gautam’s office. They quizzed Gautam and recorded his statement to find out whether he had any role in the matter.

ACB officers arrested Tina Thakur and registered an offence under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 against her at Sadar Police Station. The trap was laid by DySP (ACB-Wardha) Anil Lokhande, NPCs Girish Korde, Naresh Parashar, Nishith Ranjan Pande, Manish Ghode, Pradip Kadam, Pradip Deshmukh, Nilesh Barve, and Ragini Hiwale under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (ACB) Vasant Shirbhate and Additional Superintendent of Police (ACB) Sanjay Purandare.

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Excessive rains in 44 east Vidarbha tehsils

The incessant rains in the region during last three days resulted in excessive rainfall in about 44 tehsils of eastern Vidarbha with Wardha district recording the highest downpour of 200.10 mm.... Read More
The incessant rains in the region during last three days resulted in excessive rainfall in about 44 tehsils of eastern Vidarbha with Wardha district recording the highest downpour of 200.10 mm. Ashti tehsil registered 200 mm, Arvi-196, Karanja-184.70 mm, Deoli-131 mm, Samudrapur-127 mm, Hinganghat-114.40 mm while Selu got the lowest rainfall of just 7.8 mm. In 14 tehsils of Nagpur district the excessive rainfall was recorded with highest at Narkhed 156.20 mm rains. Ramtek-155 mm, Kamptee-156.20 mm, Nagpur city-140.10 mm, Nagpur Rural-140.10 mm, Umrer-135.10 mm, Katol-133.40 mm, Kuhi-128.40 mm, Parseoni-120.30 mm, Bhiwapur-107 mm while Kalmeshwar-103 mm. At Bhandara district Lakhni-176.80 mm was the highest. Later Tumsar-142.60 mm, Pawni-135 mm, Bhandara-123.30 mm, Mohadi-116.50 mm, Sakoli-113.20 mm, Lakhandur-111 mm. In Gondia-113.20 mm, Lakhandur-111 mm, Deori-170 mm, Tiroda-168 mm, Salekasa-155.60 mm, Gondia-151.80 mm, Amgaon-147.60 mm, Goregaon-144.50 mm, Arjuni Morgaon-123.40 mm and SadakArjuni-123 mm.

In Chandrapur district at Brahmapuri-115.40 mm, Chimur-113 mm while Nagbhid-107.30 mm while at other 12 tehils the rainfall was normal. At Gadchiroli in Korchi-145.40 mm, Kurkheda-145 mm, Wadsa-132 mm, Armori-83.80 mm. The traffic from bridge on Parlakota river had to be suspended as water level rose to about 7.30 feet above it due to which Bhamragad road was closed.

The rainfall recorded in region during last 24 hours is---Nagpur-130.97 mm, Wardha-153.90 mm, Bhandara-131.19 mm, Gondia-147.99 mm, Chandrapur-40.56 mm, Gadchiroli-52.50 mm. The average rainfall during the season now stands at 109.52 mm.

Meanwhile, all the 36 doors of Gosikhurd mega project were lifted to release excess water. This had to be done as for past one week Gondia-Bhandara region has been pounded by excessive rains which had disrupted normal life. Even the catchment area of Gosikhurd in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh received very heavy rainfall due to which there has been excess ingress forcing irrigation officials to lift the dam’s gates.

Similarly, water was also released from other dams including Kardha bridge on Wainganga river in Bhandara district about 9,920 qusecs, at Mathani point on Kanhan river 2,850 qusecs, at Deori on Wainganga in Gondia -- 5,975 qusecs and Mahalgaon on Bawanthadi river -- 1,589 qusecs, Wan river at Hinganghat in Wardha district -- 1,345 qusecs, Waghulibuti on Wainganga river in Chandrapur district -- 9,260 qusecs, and Wadsa on Wainganga river in Gadchiroli district -- 8,722 qusecs.

46 trees uprooted in Orange City

Although rains stopped on Wednesday after three days of intense lashing, the high velocity winds uprooted 46 trees across Orange City. The city’s green cover suffered damage as most of the trees which were almost on breaking point toppled over disrupting traffic at many points on Wednesday. High velocity wind was an aftereffect of depression that weakened into low pressure area. The rains stopped giving relief to the citizens who were harried a lot. But the incessant rains over last three days has set in chill and people were uncomfortable and would take some time to settle. However, on Wednesday the winds caused damage to tree while 46 came crashing down in as many areas.

Water-logging occurred near LIC Square due to stagnation of water. Fully -grown trees got uprooted at various places including in front of Alankar Talkies, near Ajni PRS, at Empire Point (Kingsway) that blocked the traffic for several hours. The Fire and Emergency staff of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) was on its toes attending calls of about devastation in various areas.

Meanwhile, had the rains not stopped on Wednesday, Gorewada dam would have started over flowing as the water level had almost reached the danger mark -- 315.65 metres. By the evening, storage level of the dam was 315.22 metres. Mayor Anil Sole and Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane inspected the position at Gorewada.

The officials were directed to alert the people residing on banks of Pili river to remain alert since excess water from Gorewada dam is being released into it.

Chairman of Water Works Committee Sudhakar Kohale, Chairman of Health Committee Ramesh Shingare, corporator Bhushan Shingne, Executive Engineer R D Jadhav, Deputy Enigneer Deepak Chitnis, Production Manager, Orange City Works, Praveen Sharan other officials were also present during the inspection visit.

Heavy rains claim ailing child’s life

Heavy rains during last three days claimed life of an ailing toddler. The child, Ghanshyam Kallu Bhuia (just 18-month-old) was not keeping well for last two days. Bhuia family was residing in MIHAN area where M/s Shapoorji & Pallonji, a construction major is executing some big ticket works. Owing to continuous rains, his parents could not take him to doctor as the area was not accessible. On Wednesday, when rains stopped, parents of the ill child took him to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.

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Drug peddler held with four grams smack

CONTINUING a rigorous campaign to prevent consumption and trade of narcotics substances, Ghamapur police succeeded in apprehending a drug peddler and seized four grams of smack from his possess... Read More
CONTINUING a rigorous campaign to prevent consumption and trade of narcotics substances, Ghamapur police succeeded in apprehending a drug peddler and seized four grams of smack from his possession. The accused has been identified as Naresh Dumar (40), a resident of near Ghoda Hospital in Omti area. SHO of Ghamapur police station Sushil Chouhan informed that under the direction of Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra and Additional Superintendent of Police Amrendra Singh police have started a special drive against trade of narcotic substances. Continuing the drive, police received information about a suspected man sighted near new building in Marghatai area. Acting promptly on the information, a police team reached the spot and succeeded in trapping the accused. During search, police team seized four grams of smack filled in a paper. Police have arrested the accused and registered a case against him under sections 8, 21 of the NDPS Act while further investigations are underway to identify names of other persons working in the trade of narcotic substances.

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Members of two families injured in group clash

MEMBERS of two families sustained injuries in a group clash over a petty issue reported in Badi Khermai area under jurisdiction of Hanumantal police station on Saturday. According to police, Bi... Read More
MEMBERS of two families sustained injuries in a group clash over a petty issue reported in Badi Khermai area under jurisdiction of Hanumantal police station on Saturday. According to police, Billu Saini (20), a resident of Badi Khermai area, filed a complaint that his younger brother Bittu Saini was returning from a milk shop when a neighbour Uma Saini started abusing him. When he objected to this, Uma Saini, her husband Raman Sainin and son Suryakumar Saini attacked him and threatened him. On the other hand, Uma Devi Saini (50), resident of Badi Khermai area, filed a complaint that she was talking with relative Billu Saini when Bittu Saini passed out from the area and abused her. She objected to this Bittu, his brother Billu and Pinki Saini attacked her and other family members. Acting on both the complaints, police have registered counter cases under sections 294, 506, 323 and 34 of the IPC and started investigation into the case.

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Demanding CBI probe, Cong workers stage protest

DEMANDING CBI inquiry and resignation of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for alleged involvement of BJP ministers and leaders in VYAPAM scam, thousands of Congress leaders, workers led by Ar... Read More
DEMANDING CBI inquiry and resignation of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for alleged involvement of BJP ministers and leaders in VYAPAM scam, thousands of Congress leaders, workers led by Arun Yadav, President, Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee, on Saturday took out a march from Malviya Square and staged massive protest near Collectorate.

Police had to use water cannons and mild cane charge to stop Congressmen from marching to Collectorate from Ghantaghar. Some Congress leaders reportedly sustain minor injuries in the chaos created during use of water cannons. The Congress leaders submitted memorandum to Additional Collector Chhote Singh.

Earlier, MPCC President Arun Yadav, State President Youth Congress, Kunal Choudhary, State President, Mahila Congress, Mandavi Chouhan, State President, Seva Dal, Yogesh Yadav and others addressed a huge gathering of Congress leaders and workers at Malviya Square. During the address, senior Congress leaders demanded the government to start CBI probe into VYAPAM scam. They also demanded Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to tender resignation. Senior Congress leaders alleged that the CM had knowledge of irregularities and corruption, committed in recruitment of teachers, police personnel and providing admission in MBBS and other professional courses through VYAPAM. Despite he took no measures to check irregularities. He is doing nothing to punish the guilty. They said the Chief Minister is also not recommending CBI probe. Congress leaders said due to huge corruption and irregularities many ineligible people were given jobs and students given admissions in professions degree courses. Thousands of meritorious students despite being eligible for admission in medical and other professional courses have been bearing the pang of ineligibility. They said the irregularities and corruption allegedly done by senior officials of VYPAM in connivance with BJP Ministers have ruined the future of thousands of talented youths. Congressmen said the State Government has asked STF to probe the scam, which is a State Government agency. Congress leaders said the government is not opting for CBI inquiry into the matter just to safeguard officials and ministers allegedly involved in the scam. They said the STF inquiry cannot be deemed fair. Senior Congress leaders alleged that as names the BJP ministers and relatives of the Chief Minister are coming to fore in the scam, he should tender resignation immediately. They said the Congress party has already exposed alleged involvement of relatives of the Chief Minister and BJP leaders in the scam by making public their telephone calls and messages to concerned authorities at VYAPAM. They said the Chief Minister despite ordering CBI inquiry into the scam is filing defamation suit against Congress leaders, who have been exposing the names of people, who allegedly been involved the scam. Amongst the senior Congress leaders who led the protest were Lakhan Ghanghoria, Dinesh Yadav, Tarun Bhanot, Rajendra Yadav, Kaushlya Gotia, Anubha Sharma, Nilesh Awasthi, Amrish Mishra, Sanjay Yadav, office bearers and members of City Congress Committee, Youth Congress, NSUI, Mahila Congress, Kisan Congress Committee, Seva Dal and others.

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CJ Khanwilkar opens new computer block, releases handbook on mediation

THE full court meeting convened in presence of Chief Justice Madhya Pradesh High Court A M Khanwilkar and companion judges of the Principal Seat and benches at Indore and Gwalior was marked by ... Read More
THE full court meeting convened in presence of Chief Justice Madhya Pradesh High Court A M Khanwilkar and companion judges of the Principal Seat and benches at Indore and Gwalior was marked by inauguration of new filing counter, computer block and launch of Handbook on Mediation and Action Plan-2014 compendium on implementation of provisions of Juvenile Justice Act-2000 and Rules-2007. Inauguration of the new block shall open avenues for much needed easy accessibility to filing, processing, checking of cases along with creation of a congenial working environment for the staff.

The Chief Justice apprised that similar filing centres would also be opened at Indore and Gwalior benches, which will facilitate and benefit litigants and advocates at large.

‘Handbook on Mediation and Action Plan-2014’ is an in-depth approach to the concept of mediation and its institutionalisation as it emerges as one of the most beneficial tools for peaceful adjudication of matters. The book lays down various schemes and policies for mediation, training and awareness programmes and also bears telephone numbers of trained mediators along with the relevant literature on mediation. The handbook of High Court has been released under the guidance of Justice A M Khanwilkar, Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court marks path for institutionalisation of an effective adjudicatory tool which is ‘Citizen Centric’ and will be beneficial for public at large with its viable options of win solutions.

The occasion was also important for release of a compendium on implementation of provisions of Juvenile Justice Act-2000 and Rules-2007 with relevant information for stakeholders right from the first contact with children in need of care and protection and children in conflict wit law up to the stage of their rehabilitation. It also bears information on contact numbers and role of important stake holders. Release of this book reflects sensitivity of the High Court and the State Legal Services Authority for the cause of children in their best interest and will encourage all persons to nurture children as responsible citizens.

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Murder accused wanted since 2012 arrested

CANTONMENT police succeeded in apprehending a wanted criminal absconding in a murder and attempt to murder cases since February 2012 at Piparia village in Belkhera. Superintendent of Police had d... Read More
CANTONMENT police succeeded in apprehending a wanted criminal absconding in a murder and attempt to murder cases since February 2012 at Piparia village in Belkhera. Superintendent of Police had declared cash reward of Rs 4,000 for giving any information or arresting the accused. Police team have recovered a country-made revolver and a live cartridge from him. The accused has been identified as Shiv Kumar Singh Thakur (29), son of Randheer Singh Thakur, a resident of Kusli village.

Additional Superintendent of Police Amrendra Singh disclosed this while addressing a press conference on Saturday. Rekh Singh Rajput (45), a resident of Kusli village, was shot dead by six men in Belkhera area on February 25, 2012. Investigating the case, police team succeeded in apprehending four accused named Durgest Patel, Dhannu Patel, Bhole Singh and Pramod while two more accused including Harnam Singh and Shivkumar Singh were absconding after the incident.

Shiv Kumar Singh along with Ballu Sen, Kallu Lodhi attempted to murder Vikram Rajput in Tamia village on January 16, 2014. Taking a serious note into the case, Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra had declared cash reward of Rs 4,000 for giving information or arresting absconding criminal Shivkumar Singh.

Investigating the case, Cantonment police received information about absconding man who was sighted near Empire Talkies area. Acting promptly on the information, ASP Amrendra Singh constituted a team under supervision of CSP, Gorakhpur, Rajesh Tiwari. The police team led by SHO of Cantonment police station, Arvind Choubey comprised of Head Constable, Rajesh Kumar, Constables, Arun Vyas, Deepak Bakode, Cyber Cell, ASI, Kapur Singh Maravi, Head Constable, Saji Mathai, Constable, Rajesh Sharma, Amit Patel, Crime Branch, ASI, Jagannath Singh Yadav, Head Constable, Prashant Solanki, Constable, Sunil Pardi and Satya Sen enclosed the area and succeeded in apprehending the accused. In his search, police team recovered a 12-bore country-made revolver and a live cartridge from the accused.

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CM responsible for ruining life of over one crore youth due to VYAPAM: Yadav

“CHIEF Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is responsible for ruining life of over one crore youths of the State who have been cheated in 156 examinations conducted by VYAPAM,” alleged Arun Yada... Read More
“CHIEF Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is responsible for ruining life of over one crore youths of the State who have been cheated in 156 examinations conducted by VYAPAM,” alleged Arun Yadav, President of Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), while addressing a press conference on Saturday. Yadav raised serious objection on STF’s slow pace of investigation in VYAPAM scam. He alleged that why only one Minister Laxmikant Sharma was arrested in VYAPAM scam while other ministers and government officials are at large.

Congress has complete faith in judiciary. STF is conducting investigation under observation of Madhya Pradesh High Court but we would request the court to ensure that speedy investigation is done to ensure justice with innocent youths deprived of getting seats in government jobs due to irregularities.

Yadav alleged that in a recent loot incident at Ujjain, there was involvement of STF jawans, then how can one trust investigation conducted by the State agency.

The Congress would continue demand for CBI probe in VYAPAM scam. He said when the Chief Minister accepted the demand of CBI probe into death of former Dean Dr Sakalya in the Legislative Assembly then why he is keeping mum over CBI probe in VYAPAM scam.

Talking on role of Additional Advocate General, Purushendra Kaurav, working in different capacities as counsel for STF, Government Advocate in VYAPAM scam and State Government. He said how is it possible for the counsel to justify his job as counsel of both accused and victim, alleged Yadav. India is a democratic country. Every one has the right to raise voice against injustice and corruption. Congress will not bow down before threatening of defamation cases against Congress leaders.

Madhya Pradesh has become the crime capital of India in BJP regime. The State is ranked first in rape and crime against women. He said UPA-1 had introduced Right to Information Act (RTI) to give fundamental rights to people to know about government working, but it is sad state where government has seized the fundamental right, with introducing amendment to RTI Act where closure report of investigation conducted by Economics Offences Wing (EOW) and Lokayukta has been kept away from RTI Act.

This law has been introduced after EOW forced not to public the grounds after closure report filed in dumper scam, this is clear violation of fundamental right of every individual by the Constitution of India. State Women’s Congress President Mandvi Chouhan, YC President, Kunal Choudhry, Sarveshwar Shrivastava and others were present on the occasion.

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Congress CLP meet today

With Chhattisgarh assembly session set to start from July 21, the crucial Congress Legislature Party (CLP) would meet on Sunday evening to strategize on cornering state government on various issu... Read More
With Chhattisgarh assembly session set to start from July 21, the crucial Congress Legislature Party (CLP) would meet on Sunday evening to strategize on cornering state government on various issues. It need be mentioned that Congress has already expressed its intent that it may bring in no confidence motion against Chhattisgarh Assembly Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal. State Congress President Bhupesh Baghel, also Patan MLA, and CLP leader TS Singhdeo had demanded an explanation from Gaurishankar Agrawal on allegations of government land encroachment or that he should resign from the constitutional post of Speaker. A final decision on whether or not Congress would bring in no confidence motion against Gaurishankar Agrawal would be taken in the CLP meeting on July 20. Baghel also said that other public interest issues like jaundice deaths across state as also ongoing controversies on ration card verification would also be raised in the State Assembly. He said that state Congress would rake up the issue of ration card cancellations of genuine beneficiaries. He said that state government issued cards prior to assembly election to garner votes but is now canceling these cards after grabbing power in State and Centre. Steep hike in electricity tariffs in an era of soaring inflation would also be raised during the Vidhan Sabha session, he informed.

Baghel also demanded to know as to what steps were taken by Dr Raman Singh government to ensure Rs 2100 Minimum Support Price for paddy farmers. He said that while BJP had promised Rs 300 bonus per quintal of paddy in Chhattisgarh assembly election, the BJP led central government issued directive for non payment of bonus, to escape from its commitment. He questioned the silence of Dr Raman Singh over the fresh directive from central government on paddy bonus issue. He said that being an influential leader of BJP and three times Chief Minister, Dr Raman Singh must put in efforts to get paddy MSP raised to Rs 2100 apart from bonus of Rs 300 per quintal.

State Congress President Bhupesh Baghel would also be hosting Iftar party on Sunday at his residence. Since the legislators are also going to be in Raipur for CLP meeting and attending the assembly session, they are also expected to attend the Iftar party. It need be mentioned that minorities and especially Muslims have traditionally been considered voters of Congress party.

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Accept self-attested documents: CM to gazetted officials

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has directed all gazetted officials in the State Government to accept self-attested copies of certificates along with application forms forwarded by applicants for... Read More
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has directed all gazetted officials in the State Government to accept self-attested copies of certificates along with application forms forwarded by applicants for the purpose of jobs or other utilities. He said the state government has withdrawn the mandatory requirement of attestation of certificate copies and photographs by gazetted officials and all such copies and photos should be accepted after self-attestation by the candidates.

However, during interview or during final stage of selection process, the candidates will have to bring along original certificates and documents for verification. An order in this direction was issued by General Administration Department has issued necessary directives to Chairman, Revenue Board; all State Government departments; departmental heads, Divisional Commissioners, all District Collectors and Chief Executive Officers of all Zila Panchayats.

The Chief Minister has further directed the officials to ensure strict compliance of the order and the provision will be applicable for all state and central government offices.

The Chief Minister said by accepting the said proposal which was recommended in the 12th report of Second Administrative Reform Commission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a huge relief to the students and applicants who apply for jobs, etc. He said the central government order has come with a new message of good governance and public-utility. The Chief Minister has extended his gratitude on behalf of the people of Chhattisgarh to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Cong leader Mishra demands EOW probe into paddy shortage during procurement; claims it to be a scam

Former Minister and Congress leader Vidhan Mishra has alleged an estimated Rs 200 crores worth of scam in the procurement process of paddy by MARKFED and different societies. He demanded a prob... Read More
Former Minister and Congress leader Vidhan Mishra has alleged an estimated Rs 200 crores worth of scam in the procurement process of paddy by MARKFED and different societies. He demanded a probe by Economic Offences Wing (EOW) and expressed apprehension that scam could be of much larger proportion as the tallying of paddy procurement figures is still ongoing. He also demanded immediate audit of these societies pending since past three years.

Explaining his allegations, Mishra said that state government procured 7972192 metric tones of paddy from 1333 cooperative societies and even as variation of 2.5 percent in paddy stocks is permissible, it is shocking to note that shortage of 1.44 lakh metric tones of paddy was reported from different societies. He said that 111 societies in Raipur have undergone tallying of figures in terms of paddy procurement out of total of 340 societies, which means that shortage figures could still go up. Speaking on Raipur as case study, Mishra said that 25 societies in Raipur have registered paddy shortage over permissible limit of 2.5 percent. He said that similarly 127 of the societies across state have so far been found to have reported shortage of over 2.5 percent.

Mishra said that a EOW probe is must because 1.12 lakh metric tones was reported short during 2012-13 and 111 societies were found to be erring. He added that there has been no worthwhile action initiated against these societies and they continue with their business unabated year after year. He cited instance of Bilaspur where state government handed over 26 such cases to police for legal action. He said that police have been demanding validated audit report before proceeding with their investigations.

Mishra also alleged that peons or clerks have been given charge of Manager in many of these societies because of lack of staffers. He said that some of these staffers are merely class V or VIII passouts but are handling paddy procurement worth crores every year.

He said that out of 1333 cooperative societies, 451 Managers are from Sahakari Bank while 882 Managers are from cooperative societies. Mishra claimed that cooperatives department does not have educational qualification related records of managers from cooperative societies. He claimed that as high as 67 percent of cooperative societies have Incharge managers whose educational qualifications are of school level.

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It’s Chhattisgarhi that breaks culture of silence among students at Saraitola School

“It is Chhattisgarhi language that works for me. I started talking to them (parents and students) in Chhattisgarhi instead of Hindi to break the culture of silence prevailing among the studen... Read More
“It is Chhattisgarhi language that works for me. I started talking to them (parents and students) in Chhattisgarhi instead of Hindi to break the culture of silence prevailing among the students of our school,” says Sanjay Kumar Patel, a teacher (Shikshakarmi) of the Government Primary School, Saraitola (B), a tribal forest village under Guhaan-nala gram panchayat in Nagri block of Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh state. The village is located about 4 km away from the Dhamtari-Nagri road. There are around 60/64 households in the village. So to say it is a poverty ridden village with each of the household having a BPL (Below Poverty Line) ration card. Despite being a tribal village, the school and its ambience can attract anybody.

Even at 4.30 pm, the school office remains opened and Sanjay Patel, who is a shikshakarmi, can be found busy with some registers. When asked about the students though it is already past school closing time, he replied, “The parents have requested to leave the students early as they were supposed to accompany parents for Gattasillymandeimela.”

The School has strength of 37 students including 19 boys and 18 girls. Out of 37 students 2 belong to other backward community and rest are Schedule Tribes.

There are three teachers, but one of them has been deputed to the newly established Thakurpara School. So now only two teachers are there including Sanjay Patel and the other one is the Head teacher Hiraman Singh Netam. Netam is a local resident and from the tribal community as well, he too had left earlier for the mela, informed Patel.

Patel says when he joined in 2009, the condition of the students was not well, and they look frightened. When asked anything they kept mum. But now this is no more the situation here. Now they can face the people. “I tried to build the relationship between the teachers and the students. I went to the villagers and meet the parents of each of the students and also meet the students separately. I became familiar with them by speaking their language Chhattisgarhi. Then villagers came closer to the school, they started supporting the school. They start attending SMC meetings which they were not doing earlier. So a bond has been made among the school and villagers,” he told this newspaper.

Earlier the parents would not allow their kids to go outside for study. He said the villagers very often said that, “hamgondgawanrhain” means we are illiterate and ignorant tribes; we don’t know anything about the outside world. “But we convinced them and motivate them that, this is not true and they can also do great job. So now two students who were well in education got admitted in the hostel. Thus villagers extend their support to the school and the teachers as well.

“When I was alone I stayed in the village but now I’m staying with my family, some 5 km away from the village in a place called Dugli. (He says the reason behind not staying in the village is that, his two children are reading in high school and there is no vegetable market and no shops in the village.) When asked about his dream, he says “My dream is the development of the students. I want to see them as a good human being.”

The teacher said he saw a group of three villagers sitting outside a house and some kids playing nearby, he stopped there and asked one of them why they have not go to the madei yet? Just to initiate further talk to verify what he has discussed and seen in the school. He says many of them have left but they have not. “I found two of them were highly inebriated. So you are enjoying madei inside the village itself I remarks and they laughed.” The Madei mela is a popular fair in this part of tribal region which people celebrates after harvesting in each village one after another.

Then I asked about school to Ghasiram Netam, (who is also the father of three school going kids, Surydev Singh Netam of class 5, Gagan in class 2 and Chandni is going to anganwadi center)the man who has not taken alcohol, (he says the head teacher of the school is with me pointing one among them).

Students of this primary school were found inquisitive and academically knowledgeable. Despite being a remote tribal school, the students have aspirations for higher studies and become professionals likes engineers, doctors, teachers etc. The school was found as good as a private school despite some challenges, there is a very good relationship among the villagers and school, and the sincere efforts put in by the teacher are clearly visible.

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17-year-old girl goes missing from TT Nagar

A 17-year-old teenage girl has been reported missing for past two days from TT Nagar locality; the teen went missing on July 17 during night hours from her house. Since she went missing, her pa... Read More
A 17-year-old teenage girl has been reported missing for past two days from TT Nagar locality; the teen went missing on July 17 during night hours from her house. Since she went missing, her parents are searching as well as waiting for her return.

But, on Friday, her mother reached TT Nagar police station and reported the matter, fearing her abduction. Following the complaint, TT Nagar police lodged a case of abduction against unidentified person and launched a manhunt for the girl as well as abductors if she had been abducted. A case under section 363 of Indian Penal Code was lodged by police in this regard.

Police said that they were trying to establish whether the girl had left her house on her own or she has been abducted. They ruled out possibility of abduction, saying, still no call of ransom had been made to the victim’s parent.

According to police, Ramwati Jatav, 45, mother of the girl, told the police in her complaint that on night of July 17, her daughter was found missing from the house.

Thinking she might have gone to nearby place, they did not try to search her earlier. But failing to return the house even after passing a couple of hours, a manhunt was launched but there were no whereabouts of their daughter.

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Children forced to study in water-logged classrooms in city

Children in Government schools in urban and rural areas are forced to study in water-logged classrooms and before study, they are asked to clean the class room. In the State capital, there are ... Read More
Children in Government schools in urban and rural areas are forced to study in water-logged classrooms and before study, they are asked to clean the class room. In the State capital, there are more than 80 such schools identified by the School Education Department about two months ago. Worst condition is of rural areas, where children find difficult to reach school gate due to water-logged school campus. Due to sub standard building construction, water had leaked from the roof and walls. It may be noted that it was not an old building but newly constructed school buildings.

Schools face permanent water-logging problem in every rainy season. Children from Hamidia school, Rashidia school, Government school at Nehru Nagar, Ratibar, Kolar areas, Fanda blocks, Berasia, Gandhi Nagar and some more areas are the school buildings, which need major repairing work. If this was the condition in the State capital, what will be the condition of the State’s in other districts, and remote places, which can be very well imagined. In a written order, District Programme Coordinator (DPC) has asked school headmasters to shift children to nearby Government schools if the school roof leaked or water logged in the classrooms. In the new system, State Government has already issued directives to all the Panchayats and Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) to repair school buildings with education cess recovered from the people along with property tax. But neither the Panchayats nor the BMC were yet to take up school building repairing work despite many reminders by the School Education Department. According to sources, District Programme Coordinator (DPC) had written to the Rajya Shiksha Kendra (RSK) officers, sending list of schools to be repaired. He is understood to have sought funds of Rs 5 lakh for the repairing work but it has not yet been sanctioned. Rains have already started in the State. “Many times, when the city experiences heavy rains, sometimes children do not attend classes or sometimes, we are forced to declare holiday as we cannot get children seated in the water logged classrooms. What ever we could do we did. We wrote to DPC, not for the first time, many times in the past but in vain, said headmaster in a Government school at Fanda. An officer in District Education Office said, usually, in rainy season, most of the times, there were undeclared holidays for one or other reason. Sometimes, children do not go to school because of no approach road or cannot study in the water-logged classrooms. Sometimes, teachers do not attend the school. When contacted, R K Pandey, District Programme Coordinator (DPC), said he had sent a proposal to RSK to get funds for repairing of 80 Government schools in both, urban and rural areas, but no sanction has yet been received. Government has already asked Panchayats and BMC to repair the schools from Education Cess. As soon as I get funds, repairing will be started.

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CM tells revenue officers to ensure effective management at tehsil hq

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan told the revenue officers to ensure effective management of tehsil headquarters so that common people can get better services and facilities. He was address... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan told the revenue officers to ensure effective management of tehsil headquarters so that common people can get better services and facilities. He was addressing a provincial convention of Madhya Pradesh Revenue Officers’ Association on Sunday.

Chouhan said that the State Government was committed to providing better revenue administration and facilities to common people. CM also lauded the performance of MP’s revenue officers sent for relief and rescue operations in Uttarakhand and said that revenue officers discharged challenging duties with efficiency and skill.

Chief Minister directed Principal Secretary Manoj Shrivastava to hold discussions with the association and give suggestions to the Government regarding the memorandum and questions raised about revenue officers’ cadre. Referring to distribution of relief, he said that Rs 2,700 crore as relief was distributed for the first time in the State. It could not have been possible without assistance of revenue staff, he added.

He urged to give suggestions regarding simplification of revenue rules from administrative point of view and make suitable changes in them, in tune with current circumstances. Agriculture growth rate has reached 24.99 percent. Madhya Pradesh will be the frontline state soon with cooperation of all, he added.

Chouhan released association’s souvenir and a book containing experiences of teams of Revenue Department in Uttarakhand. The book has been compiled by association’s President P S Tripathi. On the occasion, a workshop on ‘Public Orientation of Revenue Administration’ was also held.

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Police stations not displaying names of child welfare officers

Most of the police stations in the State capital are not displaying names of Child Welfare Officers (CWOs), pointing fingers against the claim of police personnel of being sensitive towards bes... Read More
Most of the police stations in the State capital are not displaying names of Child Welfare Officers (CWOs), pointing fingers against the claim of police personnel of being sensitive towards best interest of children. Child Welfare Officer has been appointed at every police station, who deals with cases involving children below the age of 18. Child Welfare Officer only deals with cases involving children at police station. If a child is detained over his alleged role in any crime or after committing any offence, CWO would produce that child before Juvenile Justice Board in civil dress, not in uniform. But, the motive behind appointing these officers, is not serving purpose as their names are not being displayed inside most of the police stations in Bhopal.

Talaiya, Hanumanganj, Shahjehanabad and Kotwali police stations are the stations where the names of CWOs have not been written at any place inside the stations.

Every time, when a person reaches police station in connection with cases involving children below 18 years of age, he suffers as he has to go in search of CWO.

Besides these stations, Bhopal GRP and RPF police stations also don’t have CWOs’ names displayed inside the stations.

Hanumanganj Station House Officer (SHO) A R Negi, on being asked why name of CWO was not being displayed at his station, said that a few days ago, the whole station was painted, which has hid the name of CWO.

But, he further added, shortly the name of CWO would be displayed inside the station. GRP Station House Officer (SHO), D K Joshi said that it had been a long time since name was written on wall and now, it had been rubbed off.

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By-election in 3 Assembly seats of MP on Aug 21

By-election on three vacant seats for Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha including Bahoriband, Vijayraghavgarh and Aagar would be held on August 21 following the notification scheduled to be issued ... Read More
By-election on three vacant seats for Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha including Bahoriband, Vijayraghavgarh and Aagar would be held on August 21 following the notification scheduled to be issued on July 26.

Election Commission of India has declared the schedule on Saturday for the by-election on 18 seats in four states, including three Assembly seats of Madhya Pradesh.

According to schedule, the notification for the by-election would be issued next Saturday while the last date of filing nomination would be August 2. Nominations of the candidates would be scrutinised on August 4 while August 6 would be last date of withdrawing the nomination. The polling is scheduled on August 21 while counting of votes would be held on August 25. Election for Bahoriband Assembly seat in Katni district is scheduled due to death of local BJP MLA Prabhat Pandey, who had died following brain haemorrhage in a Mumbai hospital in April this year.

Former Congress MLA from Vijayraghavgarh, Sanjay Pathak had joined the BJP after resigning from this State assembly seat while Aagar’s former MLA Manohar Untwal has been elected to Parliament from Dewas seat on a BJP ticket during recent Lok Sabha elections.

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Malaria patients on rise at Shahdol, Betul

These days, malaria patients are fast rising in Shahdol and Betul urban and rural areas. However, this is not for the first time. Every year, malaria patients are found in these two districts i... Read More
These days, malaria patients are fast rising in Shahdol and Betul urban and rural areas. However, this is not for the first time. Every year, malaria patients are found in these two districts in numbers more than the other districts. Health Department has not yet made proper arrangements to kill malaria mosquito larvae. In Shahdol, in last three days, 120 malaria patients were found in both, urban and rural areas, exposing the anti-larvae spray by the District Malaria Office. Senior officers in Directorate of Health said that now, doctors’ team will not be sent to the affected districts. District malaria officers will have to work there to control malaria.

A senior health officer in Shahdol said malaria workers spread pesticides to kill malaria mosquito larvae but it was not effective. If the drugs were effective, the larvae could be killed. Malaria workers do their job but if the drugs are substandard, what can they do, the officer said.

Sources said that in rains, health officers and doctors find it difficult to control malaria, treating the patients and surveying affected areas. District Health Officers, not only in Shahdol and Betul, but in other districts too are ill at ease due to lack of manpower and substandard drugs to control malaria. Even, the local bodies do not work in coordination with the district health authorities. When contacted, Pankaj Agrawal, Commissioner, Health, said he would not send team of doctors from Bhopal to malaria-affected Shahdol and Betul.

The epidemiologist in Jabalpur would control the situation. Betul is also affected by malaria. District Malaria Officer will work to control the disease, he said.

Three more dengue patients in city

There is no let up in dengue menace in the city and continuously, dengue patients have been found in different areas. With three more dengue patients on Saturday, the figure reached 41 in 21 days, creating panic among public. Narottam Mishra, Health Minister, has on Friday, sounded high alert on dengue in State and asked the health officers to ensure timely and proper treatment of dengue patients.

Two dengue suspects’ blood sample tested positive at district JP hospital while one blood sample tested positive at Malaria office. The anti-larvae survey in city’s dengue and malaria prone areas has almost stopped. District Malaria Officer (DMO), as had been stated earlier, is waiting for dengue patients, to start survey and spraying pesticides, killing the dengue larvae. It is the reason the he has not yet started the survey or taking up pesticides spray work in many areas. Dengue patients were repeatedly found at South TT Nagar area, where the malaria officer had surveyed and sprayed pesticides, raising a question mark on the pesticides survey.Despite repeated calls, Dr K V Vajpayee did not lift his cellphone to give information about dengue patients. When contacted, Dr Pankaj Shukla, Chief Medical & Health Officer (CMHO), confirmed three more dengue patients’ blood test tested positive. Total number of dengue patients, according to him, is 41. Two samples tested positive at JP Hospital and one at Malaria office.

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LBT searches at two more establishments

Cracking a whip against evaders, Local Body Tax (LBT) Department continued with its search and seizure operations on Saturday too. The team raided premises of Puja Dairy Products and Puja Milk ... Read More
Cracking a whip against evaders, Local Body Tax (LBT) Department continued with its search and seizure operations on Saturday too. The team raided premises of Puja Dairy Products and Puja Milk and Food Products, near Vijay Talkies. This firm is owned by Sandeep Kewlani, Raj Kewlani, and Harish Kewlani of Nagpur.

LBT Department noticed that goods were being imported from outside NMC limit by the firms that are deemed registered for LBT. As per the data collected by the department, collective purchase of these two establishments was about Rs 14.33 crore during 2013-2014 but not a single rupee was remitted towards LBT. The process of recording the inventory of goods available in both the above establishments was in progress. According to officials, a majority of goods in the import of Rs 14.33 crore was liable for LBT. Penal action as per the Act and Rules shall be initiated against the said dealer in due course of time.

The action was initiated under the guidance of Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane and Deputy Municipal Commissioner Pramod Bhusari, and under the supervision of Assistant Commissioner (LBT) Milind Meshram. The team comprised Yadav Jambhulkar, Narayan Wankhede, Sanjay Mendhule, Sumer Gajbhiye, Sushil Nimgade, and Shailesh Bhardwaj. LBT Department has shorrtlisted dealers who are purchasing and importing goods but not paying LBT as required under LBT Rule 40. It shall continue with its search and seizure operations against all such dealers.

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Govt pays compensation of Rs 67.23 cr in wildlife attacks

Maharashtra Government paid a whopping amount of Rs 67.23 crore by way of compensation to persons affected by attacks by wild animals, causing loss of lives, domestic animals and damage to crop... Read More
Maharashtra Government paid a whopping amount of Rs 67.23 crore by way of compensation to persons affected by attacks by wild animals, causing loss of lives, domestic animals and damage to crops and property during the last four years.

There was a tremendous jump in herbivores causing damages to crops of farmers in 2013-14, when the government paid a compensation of Rs 31 crore whereas the crop damages were Rs 8.96 crore in the previous year. According to official figures of the compensation, the government paid a compensation of Rs 9 crore to over 2000 injured persons and to kin and kith of 185 persons killed in the attacks made by wild animals during 2010-11 to 2013-14.

During the last four years, wild animals killed 23,762 domestic animals and injured about 200 animals. The government paid a compensation of Rs 10.90 crore to the affected farmers living in and around jungle areas. There is also sudden rise in the compensation from Rs 10.30 crore in 2012-13 to Rs 37.13 crore in 2013-14 in the attacks on domestic animals.

Meanwhile, Rudraditya, noted conservationist, gave training and demonstration to field staff members, office-bearers/members of Joint Forest Management Committees and Eco-Development Committees to reduce man-animal conflict cases by using local resources. He provided training in Nagpur, Chandrapur, Amravati, Aurangabad, Pune, Thane and Kolhapur. The programme was taken up at the initiative by Sarjan Bhagat, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), Nagpur.

It has been observed that there is also sudden rise in wild animals causing damages to crops in the recent years. Therefore, measures such as erecting solar fencing in the villages situated around jungle, controlling illegal grazing by domestic animals in forest, development of grasslands etc have been taken up.

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Class XI admissions: Students prefer Ambedkar, Shivaji, Hislop colleges

Dr Ambedkar College, Deekshabhoomi, Shivaji Science, Hislop were the most prefered colleges during Science, Commerce and Arts of Class XI admissions.

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Dr Ambedkar College, Deekshabhoomi, Shivaji Science, Hislop were the most prefered colleges during Science, Commerce and Arts of Class XI admissions.

In Science stream in Dr Ambedkar college admissions opened at 97.60 and closed at 94.60 percentage in Open Category. In Commerce stream English Medium the admission opened at 98.40 & closed at 90.60 percentage for open category. In Arts admission for Open category opened at 89.20 and closed at 72.20.percentage. In all the three faculties the closing percentage of Dr. Ambedkar College is the highest if we consider all the colleges in entire city of Nagpur.

Dr K M Reddy, Principal of the college thanked management with Sadanand Fulzele, Secretry Param Pujya Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Smarak Samiti who gave freedom. Principal Dr K M Reddy and Vice-Principal V B Varangaokar were elated and expressed their gratitude, for the faith expressed by students in Dr Ambedkar College, Deekshabhoomi while welcoming them.

Shivaji Science too did not leave behind its Science closed at 96.20 pc while Hislop too did better. Principal of Shivaji Science Dr D K Burghate pointed out that this cut-off is satisfactory and people have started knowing where to go and where not to go.”

Now students should ensure admissions by July 22. After that no admission would be done. Parents are demanding one-day extension of reporting. Education Department till now has not given any indication of extending reporting date by a day or two.

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Dr Kala Saboo conferred with Chikitsa Samman

Dr Kala Saboo, well-known Gynaecologist and Director of Saboo Hospital was conferred with Chikitsa Samman award. The award was given to Dr Saboo, in memory of Bramhaleen Mata Rewanand Giri, for... Read More
Dr Kala Saboo, well-known Gynaecologist and Director of Saboo Hospital was conferred with Chikitsa Samman award. The award was given to Dr Saboo, in memory of Bramhaleen Mata Rewanand Giri, for her outstanding services in field of medical treatment.

In the year 2013, the award was given to Dr Smita Devle. Industrialist Manish Mehta presided. Also present was Managing Trustee of Bator Gita Mandir Nirmalanand Maharaj. Mayor Anil Sole was chief guest at the Adarsh Matoshree Samman programme held at Cotton Market based Gita Mandir. Mayor Sole, in his speech said that a mother’s role in good times as well as bad times of a person is very important and it provides him hope to over come difficulties. In the programme mother of Industrialist Manish Mehta Swaroopaben Amarchand bhai Mehta was conferred with Adarsh Matoshree Samman.

Mayor Anil Sole was felicitated by student Gunjan Nirban. Dr Premlata Tiwari conducted the proceedings Anand Nirban introduced the guests. Former President of VIA Prafulla Doshi, Trustee of Gita Mandir B K Agrawal, Umesh Sharma of Vidarbha Seva Samiti, Sanjiv Maharaj, Pradesh Cong Secretary J P Gupta, Dr Smita Devle, designer Madhubala Singh, Adv Mukesh Sharma, Dr Yogesh Director of Saboo Hospital, Neeta Mehta National President of CAT BC Bhartiya, Ramesh Mantri, Dr Kirti Tanna of Tanna Care Hospital, Dr Suresh Chandak, Mukesh Varma, Anita Saboo, Sarla Somani, Director of Blue Heaven Ambience College Anil Sharma, and others were on dais.

Dr Kirti Tanna praised Dr Saboo for being in the forefront in providing treatment to patients. She also mentioned some interesting anecdotes related to Dr Saboo’s working, who has adopted new techniques with changing times. The entire premises of Gita Mandir reverberated with applause when Dr Kala Saboo was awarded the certificate and cash of Rs 31,000.

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Engg Colleges compete with each other in admissions

With autonomous engineering colleges scoring high allotment percent in Centralised Admission Process (CAP) Round-I; the non-autonomous colleges are competing with each other to get the students... Read More
With autonomous engineering colleges scoring high allotment percent in Centralised Admission Process (CAP) Round-I; the non-autonomous colleges are competing with each other to get the students.

The colleges like St Vincent Palloti Engineering College, Jhulelal Institute of Technology (JIT), Meghe Group’s Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering and Research (RGCER) and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar College of Engineering and Research (BACER). With Palloti secured 94.75 per centage allottment, the percentage seat filled in CAP Round- I in JIT is 86.26. RGCER has 63.7 per cent seat filled and BACER has 46.04 percent seats filled in CAP round -I.

Nagpur Institute of Technology has 40.71% seats filled.

S B Jain with 75%, Gaikwad-Patil with 65.42%, GNIEM with 57.74 per cent, Raisoni Academy with 66.02 per cent also fared well. Some colleges like Central India with 4.73% seats filled, ITM 6.94%, VMIT 7.67%, NUWA 16.94%, Mulak 8.93% did not do well. In seat distribution, majoriy of the students prefered Mechanical over other branches. After that with Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) completing the allotment of CAP round-I, 19693 students did not get allotment. Unfortunately Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) stood 8th as far as allotment percentage is concerned. RTMNU secured 42.52 per cent allotment. Out of total 15,463 seats in Centralised Admission Process (CAP) under RTMNU, 6,575 have been allotted while 8,888 remained vacant. Even Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University could attract more number of students.

Most of the students are tilted towards autonomous institutions. It is evident from the allottment percentage of autonomous institutions which is 94.23. The total CAP seats in State level/ autonomous/ deemed university are 14,233. The total allotted seats are 13,412 and total vacant seats are 821.,Jt Dir to take action on erring ARCs It has been found that some of the colleges are running Application Receipt Centres (ARCs) from the places in the city instead of the college venue. When it was brought to the notice of Joint Director (Technical Education) Gulabrao Thakre have issued letters to all ARCs explaining them the concept with a warning anybody found running ARCs from outside, the action would be taken against them.

Jt Dir to take action on erring ARCs

It has been found that some of the colleges are running Application Receipt Centres (ARCs) from the places in the city instead of the college venue. When it was brought to the notice of Joint Director (Technical Education) Gulabrao Thakre have issued letters to all ARCs explaining them the concept with a warning anybody found running ARCs from outside, the action would be taken against them.

Beware! Students should not provide password

At most of the ARCs they ask for the password to students. Student with full trust or not aware of gimmick hand over the same. That ARC register the password and give first option for that college where the ARC is running. As per the new rule of admission, in first round, first option is mandatory for students. They have to take admission if they click for first option and they get the same. So students should not give passward and ID to anybody, appealed Joint Director Technical Education, Nagpur Divisiona G R Thakare.

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Monk kills young woman, commits suicide in Mansar’s Boudh Vihar

SENSATION prevailed in Ramtek area when a monk strangled a young woman to death and later committed suicide by hanging in Manjushree Boudh Vihar at Mansar on Friday night.

The incident cam... Read More
SENSATION prevailed in Ramtek area when a monk strangled a young woman to death and later committed suicide by hanging in Manjushree Boudh Vihar at Mansar on Friday night.

The incident came to light on Saturday morning when body of Simla Sachendra Gajbhiye (35), a resident of Kandri Mines, was lying on the floor of Manjushree Boudh Vihar. Saccha Naga Bhante (55) was found hanging from the ceiling fan with a nylon rope.

Prima face, Saccha Naga Bhande allegedly had illicit relations with Simla. After a quarrel last night, Saccha Bhante strangled Simla to death with a petticoat string and then committed suicide.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Simla often used to visit the Boudh Vihar and allegedly had intimacy with Saccha Bhante. Last night, she left home and came to the Boudh Vihar at Mansar. As she did not return home, her family members started searching for her. As they could not trace her, they lodged a missing report with the police. Around 10.30 am on Saturday, Devrao Bhowte, a nearby resident, went to the Boudh Vihar. He knocked the door which was latched from inside. Despite repeated knocks, there was no response from Saccha Bhante.

Bhowte peeped through the window and was shocked to find Simla’s body and Saccha Bhante hanging from the ceiling fan with a rope. Crowd gathered as news spread like jungle fire in Mansar and Ramtek.

Staff from Ramtek Police Station, led by Inspector Pramod Madame and API M M Parate, arrived at the spot on being informed. Cops broke the door and gained entry into the Boudh Vihar. Assistant Superintendent of Police Dr Dilip Salunkhe also visited the spot to supervise the probe. Cops sent the bodies for post-mortem.

Ramtek Police registered an offence under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code against Saccha Bhante after registering a case under the provisions of 174 CrPC against him.

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Manikrao Thakre asks Cong leaders to bury hatchet

While firing salvo at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief Manikrao Thakre urged the Congress workers not to get demoralised by defeat in Lok Sabha el... Read More
While firing salvo at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief Manikrao Thakre urged the Congress workers not to get demoralised by defeat in Lok Sabha election but to concentrate on ensuing Maharashtra Legislative Assembly election.

Firing salvo at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President Amit Shah, who had visited the Orange City on Friday, Manikrao Thakre said that people of Maharashtra who had faith in ideology of Phule-Shahu-Ambedkar would reject Shah’s model in the ensuing election of Legislative Assembly. Thakre was addressing Congress workers from West Nagpur in a meeting held at Sanskrutik Bhavan here on Saturday.

Minister of State for Energy Rajendra Mulak, MLA Dinanath Padole, Leader of Opposition in NMC Vikas Thakre, former ministers Satish Chaturvedi, Vinod Gudadhe Patil, former MP Gev Awari, former MLC S Q Zama, Sheikh Husain, Atul Kotecha, Jaiprakash Gupta, Vishal Muttemwar, and others were present on the dais.

“BJP and Narendra Modi’s promise of ‘Achche Din’ had proved to be a balloon that burst soon after Lok Sabha election, and common man is facing the heat of rising inflation,” Manikrao Thakre said. Soon after taking over, the BJP-led Government at the Centre effected rail fare hike. Congress’ agitation forced Modi government to roll back hike in fares of local trains.

Thakre asked party workers not to get demoralised over Lok Sabha poll result, and gear up for Legislative Assembly polls. “Visit every household in your area and inform people about good work done during the rule of Congress,” he said. “Communal forces that killed Mahatma Gandhi may try to disturb peace in the State during Assembly election and we need to be alert,” he said. He urged the party leaders to bury the hatchets and ensure victory for the party in Assembly elections. Without making a direct reference to discontent against Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Thakre said that Chavan had done a ‘fantastic job’ in the State with transparency.

Mulak accused BJP-led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi’s rule in Nagpur Municipal Corporation of failure in providing basic amenities to citizens. He alleged that BJP had no vision of development and hence the road condition in city had deteriorated, citizens were not getting proper drinking water, and were facing various problems. He urged Vikas Thakre to corner BJP in NMC. Vikas Thakre appealed MPCC chief to give opportunity to local leader to contest from West Nagpur Assembly seat. Congress will definitely win all six Assembly seats in Nagpur city, he said.

Dinanath Padole and Satish Chaturvedi asked party workers to reach out to citizens and make them aware about good work done by Congress government. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporator Harish Gwalbanshi and Nitish Gwalbanshi joined Congress along with their supporters.

Row between Thakre and Mulak over West Nagpur

The tiff between Minister of State for Energy Rajendra Mulak and Congress’ city chief Vikas Thakre became quite visible during the Congress meet as both took jibes at each other, making clear their intentions to contest as Congress candidate from West Nagpur segment of Assembly.

In his speech, Mulak came down heavily on BJP over ‘misrule’ in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and asked Vikas Thakre, who is Leader of Opposition in NMC, to corner BJP. The workers treated this as an indirect advice to Vikas Thakre to remain in NMC and not to stake claim for Congress ticket from West Nagpur segment.

Vikas Thakre hit back and publicly appealed MPCC chief Manikrao Thakre to field only the ‘local candidate’ from the segment. “West Nagpur was once a citadel of Congress, but the party lost the seat after fielding a candidate from Rural Nagpur. Party workers are working hard to regain the seat for Congress, but if a high-profile candidate is imposed on them, BJP will retain the seat,” he said without naming Mulak.

Many party workers also said that it was Vikas Thakre who had convinced Gwalbanshi brothers to join Congress party in presence of MPCC chief. Vikas Thakre also asked MPCC chief that it would be injustice to loyal party worker if the ticket from West Nagpur segment was given to some ‘leader from Rural Nagpur’.

Rane stays with Cong: Thakre

In his brief interaction with the reporters, Manikrao Thakre said that Industries Minister Narayan Rane -- who has announced to resign from Congress-led Government in State -- would stay with the party. “We are trying to pacify Rane. Senior national and state leaders of the party have spoken to him after his public announcement of resignation,” said Thakre.

On seven corporators of Congress from Thane city joining Shiv Sena, MPCC chief said that they switched over only for their ‘personel gains’.

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LCB sleuths arrest six persons in Dhanesh Gupta murder case

IN A significant breakthrough, cops attached to Local Crime Branch (LCB) of Nagpur (Rural) Police on Saturday arrested six persons in connection with the sensational murder of young trader Dhanes... Read More
IN A significant breakthrough, cops attached to Local Crime Branch (LCB) of Nagpur (Rural) Police on Saturday arrested six persons in connection with the sensational murder of young trader Dhanesh Bansilal Gupta (30) in Pauni. After gunning down Dhanesh Gupta, the assailants also attempted to kill his younger brother Smeet alias Sumit Gupta on July 15.

LCB sleuths seized a Toyota Innova car and a Maruti Van used by the accused for committing the crime.

The accused have been identified as Tufansingh Indalsingh Yadav (28), Virendra Lakhansingh Yadav (22), Sunil Gopal Yadav (22), all residents of Chorbahuli; Vasudeo Gassu Gathe (21), a resident of Lalbara, Balaghat (MP); Sunil Lalbahadursingh Yadav (30), and Omprakash alias Oma Shriram Nimborne (30), both residents of Kanhan.

A resident of Deolapar, Dhanesh Gupta was shot dead by prime accused Tufansingh Yadav from his mouser and other accused youths attempted to kill his brother Smeet alias Sumit at latter’s mobile shoppe in Pauni, about 24 kilometre from Ramtek on Nagpur-Jabalpur Highway on Tuesday evening. The murder was a fallout of an old enmity between the Gupta family and the Yadavs of Chorbahuli. After the incident, violence and arson erupted at Pauni, Chorbauli and Deolapar. Villagers torched police vehicles on the highway at Pauni and set afire houses of the killers at Chorbahuli, besides resorting to stone-pelting on private vehicles on the highway. An undeclared curfew was clamped in the riot-hit areas falling under the jurisdiction of Deolapar Police Station. Next day, the residents observed a bandh in Pauni, Chorbahuli and Deolapar demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.

Additional Superintendent of Police (Nagur Rural) Prakash Jadhav, who is holding additional charge of SP, directed senior Inspector Jayesh Bhandarkar of LCB to constitute separate teams to search the killers. Accordingly, the LCB teams laid traps at different places and nabbed the culprits.

The arrests were made by senior Inspector Bhandarkar and his team comprising APIs Pradip Lambat, Dinesh Labde, Ashok Deotale, and Arvind Saraf, Head Constables Pramod Bansod, Moreshwar Nagpure, Madan Asatkar, Michael Danial, Vasanta Chutey (driver), Bhaurao Khandate (driver), NPCs Dilip Lanjewar, Mudatsar Jamal, Suresh Gathe, Rasheed Shaikh, Manoj Choudhary, Ajay Tiwari, constables Mangesh Dange, Radheshyam Kamble, and Amol Nagrare under the supervision of officiating SP Prakash Jadhav and Assistant SP Dr Dilip Salunkhe.

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IIT-Roorkee team inspects Nag river, asks NMC to submit revised DPR

A team of experts from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee paid a visit to the city, inspected Nag river for rejuvenation project, and asked officials of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (... Read More
A team of experts from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee paid a visit to the city, inspected Nag river for rejuvenation project, and asked officials of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to revise detailed project report (DPR) for Nag river rejuvenation. The present DPR was prepared in 2008, and it covers architectural aspects more than environmental ones.

The team members Dr Arun Kumar and Dr V K Gupta inspected Nag river throughout the day and also met Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari in the afternoon at his residence. Mayor Prof Anil Sole was present prominently during the meeting. It may be mentioned that NMC had submitted Nag river rejuvenation plan under National River Conservation Plan in 2008 to Central Government. The total cost of the project was Rs 200 crore, which was later reduced to Rs 126 crore.

Sources confirmed that both expert members raised technical issues with Superintending Engineer Prakash Urade in the meeting. They sought clarification on 40 points including measurement of flow of sewage during monsoon as well as dry weather and directed the civic administration to file compliance immediately.

Pench Project Cell head Prakash Urade, along with a battery of NMC officers, made a presentation before the team regarding Nagpur and necessity of rejuvenation of Nag river. He informed that State Government had recommended this project for consideration under River Rejuvenation Programme of Central Government. Dr Arun Kumar raised objection regarding walking track along the bank of Nag river. He also queried about small Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) proposed by the local body. NMC has to incorporate answers to all technical points in revised DPR.

The team members inspected flow of river from Ambazari lake. Later, they inspected the river at Canal Road, Sangam Chawl, and confluence of Nag and Pili rivers at Bharatwada-Punapur. The flow of river was inspected near St Xavier School also.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari also discussed the project with team members and directed the civic administration to file compliance immediately. He said, this is a prestigious project and Nag river is signature river of the city. It is necessary to clean this river. He said, it is my dream to start boating in Nag river.

Mayor Anil Sole said, NMC is backing the project and the administration will respond to all technical queries immediately. Nag river rejuvenation is a matter of prestige for the city. The local body took initiative last year to clean the river with the help of people and NGOs. This drive got good response from the local people. The city will provide sewage water for treatment and the treated water will be supplied to Mahagenco for thermal power station. The local body will earn Rs 15 crore per annum by way of selling treated water to Mahagenco. He said, Modi Government has forwarded DPR to IIT Roorkee for its opinion. IIT Roorkee team will submit appraisal report to Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) for approval. Dinesh Rathi, of DRA; delegates of Shah Technical Consultant; and Grass Root Consultant were present during the inspection. Executive Engineer Shyam Chavan, Rejuvenation Cell head Mohd Israil, Junior Engineers Rajesh Dupare, Suresh Bhaje also accompanied the team.

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EE Bhore in ACB net

SLEUTHS of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Saturday caught S N Bhore, Executive Engineer (EE), Vidarbha Hydroelectric & Lift Irrigation Division of Water Resources Department, red-handed while ... Read More
SLEUTHS of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Saturday caught S N Bhore, Executive Engineer (EE), Vidarbha Hydroelectric & Lift Irrigation Division of Water Resources Department, red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 1.60 lakh cash from a contractor for clearance of final bills worth Rs 48 lakh. The bureau officers trapped Bhore at his Shikshak Colony residence in Bhandara after he accepted the bribe from Raju K Bhoyar, partner of New Tech company, Nagpur.

Bhoyar’s New Tech company was awarded contract for some work at Dhapewada Barrage project. The contractors executed the work systematically as per the specifications. The engineers concerned from Vidarbha Hydroelectric & Lift Irrigation Division (Bhandara) inspected the work and had given clearance for payment of bills to the company. However, Executive Engineer Bhore was simply clearing the running bills. For clearance of the final bills, he demanded Rs 1.60 lakh cash from Bhoyar.

Fed up of the constant harassment, Bhoyar approached senior ACB officials and lodged a complaint against Bhore. Bhoyar, thereafter, started negotiations with Bhore who asked Bhoyar to bring the cash at his house on Saturday. Subsequently, the bureau officers laid a trap at Bhore’s residence at Shikshak Colony, Bhandara, and caught him red-handed when he accepted the cash from Bhoyar. Soon after Bhore was taken into custody, separate teams of ACB conducted searches at his office and residential premises. The bureau officers are now assessing the wealth amassed by Bhore, including the movable and immovable assets, and his connections with other top officers in Water Resources Department. ACB officers are expected to seal Bhore’s bank lockers. ACB officers registered an offence under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act against Bhore at Bhandara Police Station. The trap was laid by Dy SP (ACB) Prashant Kolwadkar and Inspector Kishor Parwate and their team under supervision of Superintendent of Police (ACB) Vasant Shirbhate and Addl SP (ACB) Sanjay Purandare.

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17-yr-old pregnant girl escapes from JP Hospital

In a mysterious way, a 17-year-old girl, who is pregnant of nine months, escaped from JP Hospital here on Thursday. The girl was admitted in the hospital after she had labour pain. According to H... Read More
In a mysterious way, a 17-year-old girl, who is pregnant of nine months, escaped from JP Hospital here on Thursday. The girl was admitted in the hospital after she had labour pain. According to Habibganj police, the girl basically hails from Morena district and was residing at Balika Anurakshan Grah in the State capital. She has been sent from Morena Balika Anurakshan Grah. Head Constable of Habibganj Thana and Investigation Officer in this case, Sehadulal told ‘The Hitavada’ that the girl was admitted in the hospital on Friday night after she had labour pain. With her a woman guard from the Balika Grah was deployed for her security and to keep an eye on her. In night she went to the toilet while the woman guard present with her but she somehow tricked the guard and succeeded in escaping from the hospital. He further said that the case is being investigated but the exact reason behind her escaping is yet not established. While some of the hospital staff allegedly told that the girl was not happy in the Anuraskhan Grah and was being harassed there.

Police registered a case under several sections of IPC, including Section 373, and case is being investigated also the girl is being searched at the possible locations where she might go.

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Cable Stayed Bridge to beautify picturesque Upper Lake

A new passage, Cable Stayed Bridge, parallel to Kamla Park’s earthen bridge overlooking the picturesque Upper Lake would soon be a reality. This long-awaited 17-metre wide and 300-metre long st... Read More
A new passage, Cable Stayed Bridge, parallel to Kamla Park’s earthen bridge overlooking the picturesque Upper Lake would soon be a reality. This long-awaited 17-metre wide and 300-metre long structure would connect old to new city areas. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan laid the foundation stone on Thursday for this Cable Stayed Bridge costing Rs 29.47-crore.

“Bhopal will be developed as world’s most beautiful city. Light metro train will also be launched in Bhopal. Beauty of Upper Lake would further enhance with construction of this cable bridge,” said Chouhan while laying the foundation stone in presence of Home Minister Babulal Gaur, Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh and former Chief Minister Kailash Joshi.

Chouhan informed that Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been provided an amount of Rs 120-crore for development works under Chief Minister’s Infrastructure Fund. Planned development works have been undertaken to enhance Bhopal’s reputation as state capital. Traffic hurdles have been removed. State Government will extend all possible assistance for Bhopal’s development, he added.

Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh is progressing in every norm of development. Madhya Pradesh is pioneer in economic and agriculture growth rates in the country. Per capita income has also witnessed considerable increase. Benefit of development has been extended to every poor since state government believes that everyone has right over resources. A housing policy is being chalked out which envisages houses for all. He urged to send every child to school and co-operate in developing Madhya Pradesh as a literate state.

Urban Administration & Development Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, while presiding over the function, said that this cable bridge will smoothen traffic flow. He assured that BMC will get all possible co-operation from state government. Rural Development Minister and in-charge of Bhopal district Gopal Bhargava said that Madhya Pradesh is pioneer in both urban and rural development.

Mayor Krishna Gaur, while welcoming the guest said that this cable stay bridge from Kamla Park to Retghat is a major gift for Bhopal city. The first 6-lane flyover in the state is being constructed in Habibganj.

The Cable Stay Bridge costing Rs 29.47 crore will be constructed from Kamla Park to Retghat under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). It will be 300 meters longs and 17 meters wide. The state-of-the-art cable bridge will serve as a link between Old and New Bhopal City.

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NGT to hear Kaliaysot encroachment issue today

The petition regarding the encroachments in Kaliyasot is going to be heard in National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday. In the hearing the Director, Town and Country Planning, Madhya Pradesh, is... Read More
The petition regarding the encroachments in Kaliyasot is going to be heard in National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday. In the hearing the Director, Town and Country Planning, Madhya Pradesh, is also supposed to submit a detail report of inspection of the premises of the builders, developers and to check whether any construction has been carried on record. The National Green Tribunal has noted that especially during monsoon season such activities can lead to disasters.

During last hearing bailable warrants have been issued to the authorities and also they were asked to remain present in the court to explain the facts concerning the course of river Kaliyasot, its flood plain zone and green belt as also the encroachments and constructions raised therein.

Inspite of directions issues neither the record is placed before us nor the Director, T&CP is present in person in last hearing . The application clearly suggests that the course of river Kaliyasot is being fettered with embankment of the height exceeding 15 feet on both sides and soil debris is being dumped to fill the depression on the banks of river Kaliyasot may be for leveling the site and raise further constructions. These construction activities do suggest that the flood plain zone and the green belt abutting the river on both sides are being filled in. Such activities are an invitation to the disaster that may occur during rainfall as a result of the wiping out the flood plain zone and the petitioner has also submitted a details of construction work with photographs to prove the encroachments besides the river.

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Govt universities teaching, non-teaching staff to launch big agitation from Monday

To register strong protest against the inter university transfer decision by the State Government by introducing an amendment in the Universities Regulatory Act-1973 that will be tabled in Vidhan... Read More
To register strong protest against the inter university transfer decision by the State Government by introducing an amendment in the Universities Regulatory Act-1973 that will be tabled in Vidhan Sabha on July 22, Government universities’ 1200 teachers and 5000 employees, including class three and class fourth, will launch strong agitation from Monday. Whether they will be on one day token strike ,on Monday or taking out rallies in the districts where the Universities are, the decision in this regard to be taken within a day. The Barkatullah University Teachers’ Association (BUTA) and Barkatullah University Non-Teaching Employees Union general body meeting was held on Thursday to form the agitation strategy against the Government decision of making amendment in the University act allowing the Government to transfer teachers and employees from one university to another.

“The teachers and employees’ seniority will be affected, the research scholars will suffer and what will be done about the projects in different universities for different faculties brought by the professors from University Grant Commission (UGC). The Government has not thought about this serious aspect behind transfers of the university teachers and employees. Those employees and teachers who will fight for the genuine demands in their universities might be targeted by the Government to transfer to kill the agitation, said a senior professor.

According to sources, all types of works in the state’s Government universities will be affected from Monday when the teachers and employees will jointly launch agitation against the Government for taking this decision.

Professor H S Yadav, President of Barkatullah University Teachers Association (BUTA) said that he has talked to the presidents of teachers associations in all the Government universities to start agitation against the Government for taking inter-university transfers and they are agreed. The non-teaching employees of the universities have also joined hands as they will also be affected with this decision.

“We will start a big agitation against the Government to table the amendment in the University Regulatory Act 1973. We will take decision in a day whether we will take out a rally or observe one day token strike. The Government decision will create many hurdles as promotions of the teachers, employees, research scholars will suffer and what will be about the UGC projects sanctioned to the faculties particularly on the work of faculty professors, Professor Yadav said.

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MPPCB to shun illegal mining unit in Shahdol

The Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) has been stringently directed to shun illegal mining and operation of crusher unit in Shahdol district in Madhya Pradesh.

The directions ha... Read More
The Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) has been stringently directed to shun illegal mining and operation of crusher unit in Shahdol district in Madhya Pradesh.

The directions have been issued by central zonal bench, National Green Tribunal (NGT) comprising justice MS Nambiar and expert member P S Rao on Thursday with regards to grievance of the applicant about illegal operations of mining unit in Shahdol. It was also mentioned that S P Bhadoria, Sub-Regional Officer, MPPCB, Amlai, District Shahdol revealed that, though consent was obtained for mining and operation of stone crushing unit but on inspection conducted by the Sub-Regional Officer, it was found that the it has not complied with the conditions provided in the consent orders.

It reveals that the consent was granted to carry out the mining operation only manually but this condition is violated.

It also shows that while granting the consent to carry out the stone crushing activity, conditions were imposed which includes provision of a dust containment-cum-suppression system including water spraying system for the equipment / units, construction of wind breaking walls of sufficient height, construction of metalled road within the premises, regular cleaning and wetting of the ground within the premises, growing of green belt along the periphery.

Accordingly, it is not legally entitled to continue the mining operation or the working of the stone crusher unit.

In such circumstances, if the said mining operation and stone crushing unit are being operated, they are to be stopped forthwith. The MPPCB is directed to see that the operations of the units are stopped.

It is also been noted that consents were granted only for one year which had expired in the year 2010 itself. The MPPCB is also been asked to submit the report by next hearing scheduled on August 14.

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It is BJP Govt which went for probe into Vyapam: CM

“It is a well-known fact that previous governments have not paid attention on irregularities happening in Vyapam. But when irregularities came into my knowledge, BJP Government decided to han... Read More
“It is a well-known fact that previous governments have not paid attention on irregularities happening in Vyapam. But when irregularities came into my knowledge, BJP Government decided to hand over probe of Vyapam to STF. Without any discrimination, probe is being done. But Congress is playing dirty politics and we have to inform people about impartiality of probe,” said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in his felicitation programme organised by Bhopal division workers on Thursday.

BJP workers felicitated Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for leading State to number one position in development rate in country. Chouhan has been also felicitated for establishing record in agriculture production. On this occasion, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and other senior leaders were present.

Chouhan said during Congress time, development rate was minus four and it has reached to number position in entire country in BJP regime. Agriculture development rate is 3 per cent in country but Madhya Pradesh’s agriculture rate is 24.99 per cent. Madhya Pradesh is the only State which has sent extra money to the houses of farmers by distributing bonus on minimum support price on wheat, paddy and maize.

In the month of September, Krishi Mahotsav would be celebrated and farming would be made modern by adopting new pattern of agriculture. Not even a single inch land would remain non-irrigated. Talking about river link plan, he said employment opportunities are being increased for youths. Earlier, per capita income was Rs 12,000 which has reached to Rs 54,000 in BJP regime, he said.

He said Congress has reached into oblivion and knows that until Shivraj will lead BJP, its days will never return. Hence, personal allegations are being levelled and confusion is being spread daily. He urged for giving befitting reply to Congress tactics.

Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said by giving able leadership, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has taken forward state into every sector. On this occasion, BJP National General Secretary, Ramlal, former CM Sunderlal Patwa, former CM Kailash Joshi, senior leader Kailash Sarang, BJP state organisation general secretary Arvind Menon, Nandkumar Singh Chouhan, MP Alok Sanjar, BJP District President Alok Sharma and others were present.

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Gwalior SP Verma removed after alleged affair echoes in Assembly

Hours after Opposition raking up the issue of extramarital affairs of Gwalior SP Pramod Verma in Assembly during zero hour and demanding his suspension, State Government removed the controversial... Read More
Hours after Opposition raking up the issue of extramarital affairs of Gwalior SP Pramod Verma in Assembly during zero hour and demanding his suspension, State Government removed the controversial police officer on Thursday. Pramod Verma, IPS officer of 2001 batch, has been sent to Police Headquarters as AIG. Santosh Kumar Singh, IPS officer of 2000 batch, has been posted as DIG Gwalior range.

During zero hour, alleged extramarital affair of Gwalior SP Pramod Verma echoed in Assembly on Thursday. Opposition raised the issue and demanded suspension of Verma, but Speaker said discussion could not be done on the basis of reports published in newspapers and got expunged the things said by House members on the issue. Later in evening, news came that Pramod Verma has been removed and sent to PHQ.

Notably, wife of Pramod Verma had some days back lodged a complaint, accusing her husband of having extramarital affair with a woman, who is said to be police officer.

Victim has also levelled serious charges against husband, like behaving rudely, not taking care of her and subjecting her to harassment. She said that she did her best to save the marriage and when things failed to work she had gone at the house of father in Delhi.

Later, she returned to husband’s house on the request that she should give one more chance to save the marriage in the interest of children. But again things failed to work and she again returned to father’s home.

In the complaint, victim had demanded action against husband and his new-found love. It is learnt that father of victim had hoped for justice timely. On Wednesday, Pramod Verma had spoken to ‘The Hitavada’ and rejected all the charges levelled against him by wife and said that he would try to settle the matter in amicable manner.

Congress stages walk out in Assembly

Congress staged walk out in Assembly over the incident in which a man had barged into the house of woman Congress leader during night hours in the intervening night of June 25 and June 26, in Sheopur. The issue was raised during zero hour by Congress MLA Ramnivas Rawat. Rawat claimed that person had barged into the house with bad intentions. When Rawat named the person, ruling party took strong objection by saying that investigation is going on into the incident. Speaker directed to expunge the name of the person by saying that no allegation could be levelled against anyone during the course of investigation. For a while, house plunged into the din. Amid chaos, Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare wanted to know from Speaker that when the matter would be taken for discussion today but Speaker moved towards call attention. Getting unsatisfactory reply, Opposition staged walk out.

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Justice Joshi is new MAT Chairman

Former judge of Bombay High Court Justice (retd) Ambadas Haribhau Joshi has been appointed as Chairman of Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT). He took over as the MAT Chairman from July 15 at... Read More
Former judge of Bombay High Court Justice (retd) Ambadas Haribhau Joshi has been appointed as Chairman of Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT). He took over as the MAT Chairman from July 15 at Mumbai. Justice Joshi retired as High Court judge on December 15, 2013. Born on December 16, 1951 at Ambajogai, in Beed district, he did his BA and LL.B from Marathwada University and topped the law course. He mainly practised at Aurangabad High Court for decades and had represented RBI, SBI, Nationalised banks, co-operative banks, Pune and Marathwada Universities, and handled various matters pertaining to election, revenue, service, land acquisition etc. He was appointed as judge of Bombay High Court on March 16, 2004 and for nine long years he was posted at Nagpur bench. He also worked as visiting judge at Panji, Aurangabad benches and principal seat at Mumbai. During his stint at Nagpur, he was instrumental in starting study circle for new lawyers and insisted that young lawyers must sharpen their skills and be perfect in pleadings.

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River pollution: ZP recommends STP to be set up through MIDC

Responding to the issue of pollution of rivers due to effluents discharged from Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area and villages around the city, Zilla Parishad (ZP) undertoo... Read More
Responding to the issue of pollution of rivers due to effluents discharged from Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area and villages around the city, Zilla Parishad (ZP) undertook a study and site inspections. After the exercises, ZP has observed that rivers or nullahs were getting polluted not due to sewage discharge from villages in the vicinity of Nagpur city.

The perception that portions of Nag and Wena rivers and various nullahs outside the limits of Nagpur city were getting polluted/contaminated due to sewage discharge from nearby villages, is ‘wrong’, states a note prepared by ZP. MIDC Industries Association had stated that sewage generated in households in villages in the vicinity of Nagpur city, towards Hingna, was polluting the rivers and nullahs. ZP note counters the claims of MIDC Industries Association.

“On site visit, it was found that river Wena was getting polluted as the untreated industrial effluents from MIDC area were being discharged into the drainages of Gram Panchayat area,” states ZP note. A team of Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran’s Advanced Technology Support (ATS) Sub-Division also visited the sites and suggested setting up of a single large sewage treatment plant (STP) for all six Gram Panchayats -- Digdoh, Nildoh, Nagalwadi, Wanadongri, Isasani, and Raipur.

The exercise of site inspection was taken up by ZP after a multi-agency meeting held at the initiative of Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar on April 25 earlier this year. Accordingly, ZP team paid a visit to sites of Nag river, Wena river, and various nullahs and the villages of Digdoh, Nildoh, Nagalwadi, Wanadongri, Isasani, and Raipur towards Hingna outside the limits of Nagpur city.

It also conducted a meeting of Sarpanch, Deputy Sarpanch, ZP and Panchayat Samiti members from respective villages, Gramsevak, and officials of MIDC, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), Water Supply Department, ATS Sub-Division of Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP) etc.

Later, the situation of sewage disposal from the above-mentioned villages was discussed in detail. It came out that these six villages had a total of 3,154 households without toilet. To ensure that this fact does not result in contamination of natural water in rivers and nullahs, ZP has proposed to include all these six villages under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan under which toilets will be constructed.

After study and site visits, ATS Sub-Division of MJP suggested that if land was available along the river or nullah banks, proposal for STP could be moved. However, NABARD norms state that Gram Panchayat owned land should be available along the banks and the water treated in STP should be made available for agricultural purposes. As Gram Panchayat owned land is not available along the banks of Nag and Wena rivers, and agricultural lands are not available due to rapid urbanisation, STP cannot be set up, states the note prepared by ZP. It further recommends setting up of STP through MIDC as pollution of rivers/nullahs could be attributed to discharge of untreated industrial effluent. To curb water pollution, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) should be asked to prepare a project report, suggests ZP note.

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MGNREGS works to be monitored through special mobile app

Soon, all the works under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in Maharashtra can be seenn on mobile phone devices through an application specially developed for th... Read More
Soon, all the works under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in Maharashtra can be seenn on mobile phone devices through an application specially developed for the purpose.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday in the newly inaugurated office of MGNREGS Commissionerate here, EGS Minister Dr Nitin Raut said that the monitoring will be done through the mobile application developed through Maharashtra Remote Sensing Applications Centre (MRSAC).

“This will make the implementation of MGNREGS more transparent,” he said. Besides, social communication units were set up and social audit was started.

Speaking on the overall progress in implementation of MGNREGS, Raut said that when he assumed charge of the ministry, the budget was Rs 300 crore only. “Today, we are utilising over Rs 2,000 crore on providing jobs to needy. So far, we have completed two lakh works under the scheme. We have set up nurseries, covered Class C municipal councils, encouraged sericulture and horticulture, etc under the scheme,” he said. A helpline also was set up to redress grievances of the people, and effort was on to redress the grievances within 24 hours.

As much as 35 per cent of the total quantum of work under MGNREGS was in Vidarbha region. “The decision to set up MGNREGS Commissionerate in Nagpur has proven to be correct,” said the EGS Minister. Asked about the drought-like situation and rainfall deficit, he said that his ministry had planned for the contingency and ample works were available on shelf. As the demand comes the works will be made available, he added. Especially, there was an increase in demand for works under the scheme from paddy-growing belt of the State. Maximum works were being done in Bhandara and Beed districts at present.

On August 15, Raut said, his department will observe ‘Gram Rozgar Din’ and prepare labour budget. In reply to a question, he said that funds for revival of agricultural lands eroded during floods, were with the respective Collectors. “The soil revival is a long-drawn and continuous process,” he added.

To another question, Raut said that unemployment allowance was given only in one case so far. The case is from Bhandara district. The allowance was given as work was not given despite demand.

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Special bench of HC to hear ULC scam cases from Aug 1

A 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 ... Read More
A 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. A one-member committee headed by former High Court judge R K Batta had confirmed the massive fraud and found gross violations of the procedure in every allotment.

The special division bench consists of Justice A P Bhangale and Justice Z A Haq and will hear the matters from August 1 along with lead petition filed by former MLA Sunil Shinde through Adv Anand Parchure.

According to State Government, in 27 cases, action is being taken and the allotments are being cancelled. The petitioner claimed that Batta Commission had submitted its report way back in 2007 and the allotments are still not being cancelled. The High Court had sought specific details of action taken against each of the beneficiary whose allotment was sought to be cancelled. State Government had promised to implement Batta Commission report and take departmental action against erring officers.

Justice Batta had indicted the then ULC authorities namely E Z Khobragade (presently member of MAT) and S G Gautam (Deputy Commissioner) for gross abuse of power and flagrant breach of ULC norms and government guidelines and for favouring high and mighty by these officials.

Justice Batta committee report had also pointed out several irregularities in allotments made to institutions controlled by then Guardian Minister Satish Chaturvedi, former Animal Husbandry Minister Anees Ahmed, former minister Vinod Gudadhe Patil, Guardian Minister Shivajirao Moghe, former Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, North Nagpur MLA Nitin Raut, ex-MLA Raje Satyewan Rao. The committee had not spared the societies floated by officials namely Vidarbha Patwari Sangh, Maharashtra Rajya Magaswargiya Vidyut Karmachari Sangh, Vidarbha Mulki Sewa (E.Z.Khobragade, President), a society in which Rekha Eknath Khobragade, Wife of Competent Authority E.Z.Khobragade was president when land was allotted, Maharashtra Officers' Forum (President E Z Khobragade then Competent Authority) and Green City Government Officers Housing Co-operative Society (senior IAS, IPS officers and judicial officers are members of the society) and pointed out discrepancies in allotment of lands to these institutions.

The committee in its explosive report had reproduced a directive issued by the Secretary, Housing on February 20, 2001 to submit to the Government proposals of only Anees Ahmed, Minister, Satish Chaturvedi, M.L.A. and Nitin Raut, M.L.A for allotment of ULC lands, clearly revealing as to how the ULC lands were distributed to chosen few as a political largesse. Making a startling revealation Justice Batta committee has pointed out that Government had failed to take possession of 3.71 crore sq. mt land (37192242.56 sq. mt land to be exact) under section 10(3) of the ULC Act in 1371 cases. Out of 3065 cases the government had failed to initiate action in 2192 cases so far, the committee pointed out with great anguish.

Action u/s 10(3) of the Act has been taken only in respect of 1/5th of land approximately (10112798.77 Sq. Mtrs.) and action is required to be taken in respect of 4/5th of land approximately (37192242.56 Sq. Mtrs.). Absolutely no reasons were given by the authorities for gross inaction, the report stated. Even where notification has been issued under section 10(5) of the Act, possession has not been taken in large number of cases for inexplicable reasons. Even in case of exemption granted under section 20 and 21 of the ULC Act for low cost housing and Talegaon Dabhade pattern, no steps were taken to ensure whether terms and conditions on which exemption was granted were complied with or not except for issuing notices, the report stated.

Justice Batta committee examined 112 cases and found that in five cases the allotment was not referred to government and was made by the Collector. In 48 cases advance possession has been given in breach of government guidelines. The committee examined 23 allotments made for Government purpose; 19 allotments made for Co-operative Societies of Government servants, other Co-operative Societies and Societies floated by Government servants; 8 allotments made for Hospitals/Nursing Homes and allied purposes; 18 allotments made for Charitable institutions/other institutions and 31 allotments made for Educational purpose. “In majority of cases there has been no scrutiny whatsoever at the level of Competent Authority or sincere attempt to collect essential, necessary, vital and relevant information/data which is required for taking decision whether land should be allotted and if so how much” Justice Batta tersely observed.

“The two Competent Authorities who are mainly responsible for keeping Govt. Circulars/Resolutions relating to scrutiny of proposals in cold storage are Shri E.Z.Khobragade and Shri S.G.Gautam. These officers not only did not take care or bothered to abide by Govt. Circulars/ Resolutions, but on the contrary gave boost to recommendations from Ministers, M.L.A.'s by high lighting that the proposal/Institute is of so and so and is recommended by so and so,” the report had observed citing many examples.

With the case finally reaching the hearing stage after a long wait of 10 years, all eyes are on outcome of this petition which may affect future of many political stalwarts.

HC quashes Collector’s order cancelling ULC allotment to Chaturvedi’s institution

Meanwhile, in a major respite to former Guardian Minister Satish Chaturvedi, who was under fire over allotment of ULC land to his educational institution, the High Court had quashed the order of District Collector dated March 18, 2011, by which the allotment was cancelled and parties have been directed to maintain status-quo. Infact, allotment of 65 acres of land at Wadadhamna by ULC authority to Chaturvedi’s institution had triggered the entire ULC controversy leading to a historic order passed by High Court directing State Government not to allot any ULC land to any individual or institution without its permission. Then MHADA Chairman Sunil Shinde had moved the High Court against transfer of land from MHADA to Chaturvedi’s institution and High Court had stayed the allotment.

Challenging the order of Collector cancelling allotment of land in its favour under Section 23 of the Urban Land (Ceiling and Regulation) Act, 1976, the petitioner institution Lokmanya Tilak Jankalyan Shikshan Sanstha claimed that after ULC was repealed on November 29, 2007, such a power to cancel allotment could not have been exercised after said date. The land was allotted on January 1, 2004 and respondent authority made a demand of Rs 12.40 lakh and on January 3, the amount was paid and letter of allotment was issued on January 7. Petitioner-institution claimed that it was in possession of said land since January 9, 2004. First show cause notice for alleged breach and violation was issued on September 16, 2008, after ULC was repealed. The Collector instead of acting independently as quasi judicial authority, mechanically obeyed the directions of the State Government, it was contended. Justifying cancellation, the State Government claimed that since land was not put to particular use, allotment was cancelled as per rules. Collector acted in furtherance of the decision taken by Cabinet sub committee on July 2, 2010.

In show cause notice, it was alleged that the petitioner had violated terms and conditions of the allotment. A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice C V Bhadang while partly allowing the petition pointed out that authorities did not place on record any clear document regulating such land allotment by any other law and prima-facie power under Section 23 (3) of the ULC Act was not available after November 29, 2007.

In this situation, in present facts, question whether the petitioner has failed to put the land to use for which it was allotted needed to be answered by the Collector and we find that Collector has only implement the orders of the State Government and has not considered all material facts before arriving at the conclusion, the High Court noted. The Collector has been directed to take a fresh decision in relation to show cause notice in accordance with law within a period of three months.

Adv S K Mishra appeared for the petitioner. AGP Anand Fulzele represented respondent authorities.

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No alliance with NCP, unless it severs ties with BJP-Sena: Raut

The issue of continuing the pre-poll alliance between the ruling Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra is far from being settled.

On Thursday, senior Congress leader ... Read More
The issue of continuing the pre-poll alliance between the ruling Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra is far from being settled.

On Thursday, senior Congress leader and EGS Minister Dr Nitin Raut said that unless NCP severed ties with BJP-Sena in some local bodies in the State, there cannot be any alliance with it for Legislative Assembly poll.

Replying to a question during a press conference, Dr Raut said that NCP had trucked with BJP-Sena in at least five Zilla Parishads (ZP) in Vidarbha region and in a few local bodies elsewhere. Against this backdrop, it would not be appropriate for Congress to form pre-poll alliance with NCP. “The issue will be discussed for decision in the meeting of Congress-NCP co-ordination committee, scheduled next week,” Raut said.

Asked about the resignation tendered by another senior Congress leader and Industries Minister Narayan Rane, Raut said, “I have not talked to him, but I am sure that we can convince him.” When it was pointed out that he too had tendered resignation some time ago, Raut added that he had resigned on the grounds of his principles and it had got nothing to do with ‘party ticket to my son’. Asked if the ‘party ticket to son’ was a dig taken at Rane, whose son Nilesh contested unsuccessfully in recently held Lok Sabha election, Raut avoided answer.

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Amit Shah in city today, to call on RSS chief

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is gearing up to accord a warm welcome to newly elected National President Amit Shah on Friday. Shah is arriving in Orange City on July 18 at 11 am by special flight ... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is gearing up to accord a warm welcome to newly elected National President Amit Shah on Friday. Shah is arriving in Orange City on July 18 at 11 am by special flight from New Delhi. This is his maiden visit after being elected as BJP National President recently. Shah will meet Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat and Saryakarvah Bhaiyyaji Joshi at 4 pm. Shah will pay tributes at Deekshabhoomi at 1 pm. He will go to Dharampeth residence of State President Devendra Fadnavis at 1.30 pm. Shah will visit Reshimbag at 3 pm to pay tributes to RSS founder Dr K B Hedgewar before the meeting with present RSS chief.

It may be mentioned that Amit Shah was unanimously elected as President of BJP recently. A close aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah was instrumental in stunning win in Uttar Pradesh. Now, Amit Shah is planning for victory in Maharashtra Assembly elections. Party will take benefit of his planning strategy in the election to ensure victory.

During his recent meeting with State BJP leaders, Shah had asked them to fine-tune strategy to defeat Congress-NCP during assembly polls. BJP is trying to rope in all Union Ministers for the assembly elections and at least one minister will visit Maharashtra every week. BJP state unit has been asked to co-ordinate with all the Union ministers to resolve the pending issue and all of them have been asked to take care of one district each. The party workers from Nagpur city and Nagpur district will accord him grand reception at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur at 11 am.

BJP State President Devnendra Fadnavis, City President Krishna Khopde, District President Dr Rajiv Potdar, Mayor Anil Sole, MLAs Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Sudhir Parve, Vijay Ghodmare, ZP President Sandhya Gotmare, Dr Ravindra Bhoyar, Sudhakar Kohle, Sandip Joshi, Arvind Gajbhiye, Rajesh Bagadi, Dayashankar Tiwari, Ruling party leader at NMC Pravin Datke, Jamal Siddique, Ashok Dhote, Anandrao Raut, Dilip Jadhav, Shrikant Deshpande, Upendra Kothekar, Kishor Revatkar, Ramesh Mankar, Prakash Totwani, Chandan Goswami, Archana Dehankar, Kalpana Pande, Dr Kirtida Ajmera will welcome him. The members of SC Cell will welcome him at Deekshabhoomi. City President Dharampal Meshram, Satish Sirswan, Adv Rahul Zamare, Roshan Gaurkhede, Amrish Dhore urged party workers to remain present in large number. The party has decided to welcome him at every square en-route on Friday.

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Two killed as Sumo, dumper collide at Makardhokda mine

In a gory mishap, two persons, including a Service Engineer of Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), were killed and three others injured seriously when a gravel-laden dumper rammed into a Tata S... Read More
In a gory mishap, two persons, including a Service Engineer of Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), were killed and three others injured seriously when a gravel-laden dumper rammed into a Tata Sumo at Makardhokda opencast mine of Western Coalfields Limited (WCL), about five kilometre, from Umrer, on Thursday.

The deceased have been identified as Service Engineer (BEML) Ashok Shyamrao Burewar (50), a resident of Rameshwari, Nagpur, and fitter Pramod Shankar Nagrare (50), a resident of Umrer.

Raju Turaturi (Tata Sumo driver), Ajay Khangar and Devendra Singh, who suffered serious injuries in the mishap, have been admitted to Orange City Hospital & Research Institute (OCH&RI), Nagpur.

Around 1 pm, Burewar, Nagrare and three others were going in a private hired Tata Sumo (MH-40/N-7030) for official work at the opencast mine. A speeding gravel-laden dumper (BH-50/M-3168) coming from opposite direction rammed into the Tata Sumo on a steep turning killing Burewar and Nagrare on the spot. Tata Sumo driver Turaturi, Khangar and Devendra Singh were seriously as they jumped out of the vehicle before the head-on collission.

Bodies of Burewar and Nagrare were trapped in the mangled Tata Sumo beneath the dumper.

Workers gathered at the spot. SDO Shankarsingh Rajput, PSO (Umrer) Sanjay Pawar along with police force arrived at the spot. With the assistance of the workers, bodies of Burewar and Nagrare were extricated and sent to Rural Hospital for post-mortem.

Umrer Police booked the dumper driver, Vijay Santya Kambli. Further investigations are under way.

Last rites of Ashok Burewar will be performed at Manewada ghat at 10 am on Friday.

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City’s Honey Batra secures second All India Rank in CA-CPT exam

Honey Batra, son of Sudhir and Shikha Batra, Wardha, obtained 2nd All India Rank (AIR) in CA-CPT (Foundation) Examination. This is a matter of pride for Vidarbha region, as it requires a lot of... Read More
Honey Batra, son of Sudhir and Shikha Batra, Wardha, obtained 2nd All India Rank (AIR) in CA-CPT (Foundation) Examination. This is a matter of pride for Vidarbha region, as it requires a lot of hardwork to even clear the examination. Honey has secured 196 marks (out of 200) -- 40/40 in Law and 50/50 in quantitative aptitude. It’s the highest ever CPT score from Nagpur region. A student of Bhavan’s, Civil Lines branch, Honey has been a brilliant student throughout. He scored 96.60% in Std X with 100 marks in Mathematics and 97% in Std XII (Commerce).

Honey had a well-planned approach and always studied conceptually without bothering about the marks. He says, “To score high, you must learn new and new things and increase your depth each time you read.” His role model is his grandfather Mukundlal Batra who is Director of Wardha Nagarik Bank and his brother Neeraj Batra, a practicing Chartered Accountant, who himself has had a brilliant academic record.

Honey lives in a joint family with nine members including his two brothers, a sister, grandfather and paternal uncle and aunt. The best part about his success story is unlike his peers, he does not have a Whatsapp or Facebook account, rather he loves to read motivational books. He wants to give credit of his success to his parents, family members, teachers and friends. He has taken admission in Shriram College of Commerce, Delhi for pursuing B. Com (Hons) and will be joining there soon.

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Oral plaint before HC: Baramati GMC gets Rs 100 crore; no provision for Gondia, Chanda

Maharashtra’s ruling coalition, particularly real face of its Western part’s leadership, one is shocked to see from time to time, which is totally anti-Vidarbha and that is reflected through it... Read More
Maharashtra’s ruling coalition, particularly real face of its Western part’s leadership, one is shocked to see from time to time, which is totally anti-Vidarbha and that is reflected through its actions. The latest example of this is the Maharashtra State Cabinet’s recent decision to provide Rs 100 crore as financial aid for setting up government medical college at Sharad Pawar’s Baramati and in contrast with that there is no provision for the proposed government medical college at Gondia and Chandrapur in Vidarbha, it is learnt.

This fact was brought to the notice of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S B Shukre, orally, at High Court on Wednesday. In response to this, the court granted leave to Advocate Anil Kilor to amend his writ petition in support for setting up medical college at Chandrapur.

Supreme Court has disposed of the writ petition filed by Congress MLA from Gondia - Gopaldas Agrawal, pointing out that as all proposals for new colleges had to be finalised by July 15 last. Now, proposal of medical college in Gondia will have to wait till next year. Similar proposal for Chandrapur has been rejected by the Union Health Ministry, at least for this year.

The court appeared in favour of citizens/experts coming forward to file public interest litigations for such public purposes, instead of MLAs or Ex-MLAs, whose motives may not be found to be very selfless and those appear suspect rightly or wrongly in the public eyes. Assistant SGI SK Mishra informed the court that he has resigned his post “with immediate effect” and he wanted discharge from his assignments immediately. The court declined to do so and desired it to be conveyed to Central Government that it should make alternate arrangement for its representation before the court by the next date in the last week of July.

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NA permission and legal requirement

Under Section 44 of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code 1966, before carrying out any development on the land, an eligible person has to apply to the Collector for the permission to convert the use o... Read More
Under Section 44 of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code 1966, before carrying out any development on the land, an eligible person has to apply to the Collector for the permission to convert the use of agricultural land for any non-agricultural purpose, or to change the use of land from one non-agricultural purpose to another non-agricultural purpose.

For obtaining NA permission, applicant has to attach documents as mentioned below: 7/12 extract, Copies of the all the relevant mutation entries pertaining to land in question, Extract of village Form 8 A, Certified copies of the land map from the Taluka Inspector, Taluka Land Record Office, 8 copies of site plan and 8 copies of building plan (if permission is asked for constructing building), NoC from Highway Authorities or other appropriate authority, NoC from concern Grampanchyat/Municipal councils, If the NA permission is already granted and application is to be made for change of use of land, then copy of the NA order and sanctioned plan is to be attached.

If the land is attracting provisions of Bombay Tenancy and Agricultural Lands Act, 1948 then The Sale Permission received under Section 43/63, No dues certificate from farmer’s co-op society, Certificate received from the Talathi stating therein that the land in the question is not under acquisition.

Any other documents such as NoC and clearance certificate etc, if the land attracts provisions of some other laws.

On receiving NA order, the valuation of the property increases manifold. The procedure is intriguing and cumbersome. It invites precise professional expertise and in most cases scope for middlemen. It adds significantly to the credentials of the property as it is a certification from the government with regards to its immaculate legal and revenue marketable title. Any Indian citizen can buy NA property anywhere even if he is not an agriculturist.

What about ‘zero tolerance’ for unauthorised constructions, regional development plans?

Though the government has adopted a recommendation of the high-level committee, there are several other recommendations on which some measures are yet to be taken. This inaction leaves one wondering if the government really wants to ‘curb’ unauthorised constructions or leave scotfree the builders and developers who have violated the laws and norms.

For instance, the committee had recommended in clear terms to regularise unauthorised constructions dating back to period prior to January 31, 2013 in rural areas in the vicinity of major cities. But, no final decision has been taken in this regard. As a result, the builders and developers who violated the norms and laws and sold such troubled properties to innocent investors nurturing the dream of their own home/flat, are out of the trouble and investors are still waiting for the government to protect their investment of a lifetime.

In case of such constructions after the said cut-off date, it was proposed to adopt a policy of ‘zero tolerance for unauthorised construction’. Under this policy, unauthorised constructions were to be demolished. It was proposed to constitute district and sub-division level committees to inspect and monitor constructions in rural areas to ensure that there was no violation of norms and laws. For the first two years, the recommendations regarding constitution of committees for control of unauthorised constructions were to be implemented in Nagpur, Amravati, Pune, Thane, Nashik, and Aurangabad. After studying their effectiveness, these recommendations were to be implemented in other districts. However, nothing visible has been done in this regard till date.

In most cases, Gram Panchayats gave permission for multi-storeyed structures though it was not in their powers. Considering this, the committee had recommended to lodge FIR against Sarpanch, Deputy Sarpanch, members of Gram Panchayat who granted protection/permission to unauthorised constructions in respective areas. Nothing has been done so far in concrete terms.

The committee had also recommended repeal of Maharashtra Prevention of Fragmentation and Consolidation of Holdings Act and changes to various other laws including Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act. So far, the Government only released the draft of MRTP Act and invited suggestions/objections on the same.

The most challenging task for the Government is in regulating unauthorised constructions in rural areas in the vicinity of cities other than the major ones. For the purpose, it needs to sanction regional development plans so that development is executed in a planned and authorised manner. Since 45 years, of a total 35 districts in State, 11 do not have regional development plan at all. These 11 districts include Wardha, Bhandara, Gondia, Yavatmal, and Buldhana from Vidarbha region.

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Existing NA process opaque, non-transparent

Despite recommendations made by numerous committees and circulars issued by Revenue Department to make NA or non-agrilcutural permission simpler, more transparent,the process of granting NA remai... Read More
Despite recommendations made by numerous committees and circulars issued by Revenue Department to make NA or non-agrilcutural permission simpler, more transparent,the process of granting NA remained highly discretionary and time consuming.

Violation of NA norms was root cause of a great realty scam on Wardha Road and several town planning officials and developers found themselves in soup for granting NA permission to agricultural lands situated beyond 200 mts of Gaothan limit.

Shrouded in mystery, obtaining NA permission has always been considered as a costly affair by the developers. Though the Revenue Department had made it mandatory for all District Collectors and their sub-ordinates to process NA applications within stipulated 90 days, it was honoured only in breach.

In fact, Revenue Department had candidly admitted that due to ownership disputes, inordinate delay in getting requisite information and NoCs from other departments, a large number of NA applications made by power of attorney holders (mostly builders and developers) for high value land adjacent to municipal limits, it becomes difficult to complete the NA process within 90 day period mentioned in Maharashtra Land Revenue Code.

The applicant is often required to run from pillar to post just to know status of his NA application and in the process has to spend a lot of time, money and energy. This helplessness of NA applicants is often exploited by unscrupulous elements who promise fast-track NA clearance for a consideration and an unholy nexus between such brokers-officials flourish.

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NA permission not required for land in Devpt Plan area

Within a year since the report of high-level committee to curb unauthorised/illegal constructions in rural areas in the vicinity of major cities including Nagpur, Maharashtra Government has dec... Read More
Within a year since the report of high-level committee to curb unauthorised/illegal constructions in rural areas in the vicinity of major cities including Nagpur, Maharashtra Government has decided to scrap the concept of non-agricultural (NA) permissions for lands in Development Plan (DP) areas.

As per the decision taken by State Cabinet in its meeting held on Wednesday, prior permission of District Collector will not be required for non-agricultural use of any land in the Development Plan area under the jurisdiction of municipal corporation/council.

However, land-holder will have to obtain permission from competent authority (municipal corporation/council) concerned for development of the said land as per the use in DP. Within 30 days of getting such permission, the land-holder will have to furnish the information in this regard to Revenue Department. This has been made necessary to enable Revenue Department (District Collector’s office) to calculate the conversion charges and NA cess.

For the lands outside the said DP area, however, NA permission will be required as per the procedure.

State Cabinet also decided to simplify this procedure.

As per the simplified procedure, Revenue Department will grant no objection certificate for NA permission to planning authority concerned for development of the land, after scrutinising the land laws and payment of requisite ‘nazarana’ (charges). After this, the land-holder will get final comprehensive approval for development of the said land.

To ensure that scrutiny of records is made easily, it has been decided to create and maintain a ‘Data Bank’ at the office of District Collector in each district. With creation of ‘Data Bank’ it will not be required to seek certificates from various departments in every case. This will save time and facilitate faster grant of NA permissions.

It may be recalled that the high-level committee had made several recommendations to the government to curb unauthorised/illegal constructions in rural areas in the vicinity of major cities in State including Nagpur, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, etc. The committee was appointed in the wake of unauthorised/illegal constructions in violation of various laws and rules, floor-to-space index (FSI) norms, in the rural areas around major cities. As far as Nagpur is concerned, countless multi-storeyed buildings had come up in areas like Besa, Beltarodi, Shankarpur, Ghogli, Hingna, Wadi, Kanholibara, Bahadura, Gotal-Panjri etc.

Against the backdrop, the high-level committee had recommended scrapping of the concept of NA permissions. The committee had stated that the concept of obtaining NA permissions should be done away with on the lines of decision taken by Madhya Pradesh Government.

State Cabinet’s decision taken on Wednesday is based on this recommendation of the high-level committee, which had submitted its report to the Government in August 2013. The committee comprised Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue), Principal Secretary (Rural Development), Principal Secretary (Urban Development-I), Director of Town Planning, and Divisional Commissioners of Nagpur, Amravati, Aurangabad, Konkan, Pune, and Nashik. Principal Secretary (UD-I) was the co-ordinator of the committee.

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Violence, arson erupt in Pauni, Chorbauli after trader shot dead

VIOLENCE and arson erupted at Pauni and Chorbauli in Deolapar Police Station area, about 24 kilometres from Ramtek on Nagpur-Jabalpur highway, after a group of anti-socials shot dead a trader a... Read More
VIOLENCE and arson erupted at Pauni and Chorbauli in Deolapar Police Station area, about 24 kilometres from Ramtek on Nagpur-Jabalpur highway, after a group of anti-socials shot dead a trader and injured his brother seriously on Wednesday evening. Angry villagers torched six police vehicles on the highway and set afire houses of the killers at Chorbauli, besides resorting to stone-pelting on private vehicles on the highway.

They also torched a tractor, a jeep and other vehicles parked in front of the houses of the killers. Staff from Deolapar, Kamptee, Kanhan, Ramtek, and Saoner Police stations, Quick Response Teams (QRTs) of Nagpur (Rural) Police and a platoon of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) have been deployed in the area. An undeclared curfew has been clamped in Deolapar.

A resident of Deolapar, Dhanesh Bansidharji Gupta (27) was shot dead allegedly by Jaisingh Ashrafilal Yadav and his family members from Chorbauli after a dispute over parking of vehicles in front of his brother Smeet alias Simmi Gupta’s Mobile shop during weekly market. Smeet alias Simmi Gupta, who was seriously injured in the clash, is battling for life in a private hospital in Nagpur. Dhanesh was rushed to Wockhardt Hospital Nagpur where the doctors declared him ‘brought dead.’

According to sources, the dispute arose between the trader, Dhanesh Gupta and members of the Yadav family over collection of market tax and parking of vehicles. After heated exchanges, the members of Yadav family decided to teach the Gupta family a lesson. Around 4.45 pm, Jaisingh Ashrafilal Yadav, Tufan Yadav, Malkhamsingh Yadav, Indalsingh Yadav, Premlal Yadav, Sunil yadav and their accomplices carrying country-made pistols, swords and other weapons stormed into Smeet Gupta’s shop in Pauni village. They started attacking Dhanesh and Simmi Gupta. One of them opened fire killing Dhanesh on the spot and seriously injured Smeet Gupta. Three bullets hit Gupta on his chest. The Yadavs fled the spot after the incident.

The news about firing spread like wild fire in Pauni and Chorbauli. Gupta’s supporters visited Chorbauli and resorted to stone-pelting on the houses of Yadav family members. They later set afire their houses. The unruly mob gheraoed Deolapar Police Station demanding immediate arrest of the culprits. Hundreds of residents blocked the National Highway at Deolapar and Pauni and set afire police jeeps, besides damaging other vehicles. Cops used force to quell the violent mob.

Officiating Superintendent of Police (Nagpur Rural) Prakash Jadhav and other senior officers are camping at Pauni to handle the situation.

Locals claim that hardened criminal Jaisingh Yadav and his accomplices are now trying to make a comeback through various syndicates operational in the area. Special Inspector General of Police (Nagpur Range) Ravindra Kadam visited the riot-hit areas to take stock of the situation.

Villagers for probe into cops’ inaction

CONDEMNING Deolapar Police for not taking timely action last night after Dhanesh Gupta had lodged a complaint against the members of Yadav family, residents demanded high-level inquiry into the incident.

Some residents told ‘The Hitavada’ that police bashed up the members of the bereaved family, including brother of deceased Rupesh Gupta, during rasta roko agitation. ZP member (Karwahi Circle) Shanta Kumre, who had gone to console the bereaved family, was also injured in the police lathi-charge.

Traffic on NH 7 affected for 4 hrs

VEHICULAR traffic on the National Highway No 7 came to a grinding halt for more than four hours following violence and arson at Pauni, Chorbauli and Deolapar. Some villagers were injured when police used force to disperse the violent mob. It is learnt that some policemen also suffered injuries during stone-pelting by the residents. Nagpur (Rural) Police have detained some persons for indulging in riots. Till late night, Deolapar Police were yet to get any clue about the whereabouts of the killers.

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HC seeks report from Seoni SP in mother-son duo missing case

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday directed the Superintendent of Police, Seoni, to examine the case in dif... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday directed the Superintendent of Police, Seoni, to examine the case in different aspects and issue appropriate instructions as may be required and report compliance within two weeks in the matter of two missing persons on February 2007 namely petitioner’s daughter Rukmani and a one-and-half-year-old child, grandson of the petitioner. The division bench has listed to the matter on July 31, 2014, under caption ‘Top of The List’.

The division bench in its order said that personal presence of the Superintendent of Police, Seoni, dispensed with for the time being, provided the compliance report filed on or before July 28.

In addition, local police may take measures as may be advised to trace missing people or to take other consequential steps as may be advised. The division bench has issued said order in the petition filed by Lochan Lal Sanodiya.

The chart submitted before the court indicates the line of investigation, court said, “It is noticed that although the complaint was registered on March 6, 2007, regarding two persons missing, a mother and her child, except making some effort till June 8, 2007, there was hardly any effort made to trace the duo till January 31, 2012. Prima facie, this is indicative of inaction of officials in-charge of investigation at relevant point of time. It is a clear case of dereliction of duty, give us sufficient explanation in forthcoming hearing, the division bench said. However, counsel Swapnil Ganguly, Deputy Advocate General for the State, was unable to point out as what action has been taken against those officials, by the department.

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CMHOs, DMOs asked to plan strategy to check spread of malaria, dengue

SECRETARIAT of Public Health and Medical Department has issued fresh guidelines to Chief Medical and Health Officers (CMHOs) and District Malaria Officers (DMOs) to prepare a work plan to check... Read More
SECRETARIAT of Public Health and Medical Department has issued fresh guidelines to Chief Medical and Health Officers (CMHOs) and District Malaria Officers (DMOs) to prepare a work plan to check spread of water-borne contagious diseases like dengue, malaria, chikungunya during rainy season. As per fresh guidelines, DMO, Block Medical Officer, at Primary Health Centre will remain connected with IDSP official and sent information on number of patients suffering from malaria, dengue and other water-borne diseases on weekly basis to the control room of the Health Department in Bhopal.

Multi-Purpose Health Worker (MPHW) should visit door-to-door to collect blood slides of people in the area identified as prone to water-borne diseases. Collected blood slides should be sent to Central Pathology Malaria Lab at Victoria Hospital for confirmation. MPHW have been directed to check water-logging in the area, insecticides should be sprayed, mosquito net should be used. District Malaria Officer Ajay Kureel informed that each health worker has been directed to prepare at least 25 blood slides every day.

Chloroquine tabs should be distributed among patients with complaints of fever, shivering to check further spread of malaria, water and mosquito-borne diseases. Private hospitals have been directed to send information of patients who died due to dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases should be sent to CMHO office within 24 hours on every working day through mail or personal letter or messenger.

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Power distribution cos at loggerheads on providing security to field staffers

POWER distribution companies are at loggerheads for providing security to field staffers to ensure recovery of electricity dues and action in pilferage cases due to political interference. Even a... Read More
POWER distribution companies are at loggerheads for providing security to field staffers to ensure recovery of electricity dues and action in pilferage cases due to political interference. Even after facing huge debts due to non-payment of electricity bills and power pilferage, the State Government and power distribution companies are helpless in putting up strict check due to vested interests of public representatives. Honest consumers are shouldering burden of debts on power companies but the government is tight-lipped in strengthening revenue recovery and action in power pilferage cases. Tall claims of ensuring overall development of State power sector is still an unachievable task for the power companies due to unnecessary political interference.

Madhya Pradesh Government is regularly insisting power distribution companies to increase revenue recovery and on the other hand, public representatives are trying to pressurise field staffers for not registering cases against offenders in their respective areas. Energy Minister Rajendra Shukla has recently directed the senior officers of power companies to increase revenue recovery but overlooked the root cause that is hampering recovery of electricity revenue and stopping power pilferage cases. Several cases of attacks on field employees of power distribution companies are regularly reported across the State but companies are yet to come up with concrete initiatives to provide security to its officers and employees due to political unwillingness.

A team of engineers of Madhya Pradesh East Region Power Distribution Company Limited (MPERPDCL) were recently attacked during checking of an electricity meter in Jabalpur but the company authorities are yet to respond to their demands of providing security. Agitated officers have refused to continue revenue recovery and surprise inspections while campaign of seizing properties of defaulter consumers has been stopped due to unwillingness of the company authorities and the State Government. Despite having a separate Vigilance Department, the companies have failed in ensuring security of field staffers.

A proposal for establishment of electricity police stations is also gathering dust since long but is yet to be materialised due to lack of willingness in power companies.

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HC seeks report from Mpl Commr on recent stray bull attack

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Alok Verma on Wednesday directed the Municipal Commissioner of JMC to file specific reply regarding d... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Alok Verma on Wednesday directed the Municipal Commissioner of JMC to file specific reply regarding death caused by stray bull attack and several others injured in the same incident as the news appeared in newspapers on June 28. Despite clear directives from the court on August 8, 2012, to catch and confine all stray animals specially stray bulls on roads. Despite orders and further dates the menace continues and bulls are now causing deaths, injuring people and also causing traffic jams.

The division bench sought reply from the Municipal Commissioner within two weeks and listed to the matter for further orders on August 11, 2014. The division bench has given said directions in the contempt petition filed by Advocate Satish Verma.

Earlier, in this case the division bench had directed the State Government to file further compliance report before the court after four weeks in the issue of availability of anti-rabies vaccine in government hospitals of the State. Earlier in the hearing, Deputy Advocate General Rahul Jain informed the division bench on March 19, Principal Secretary, Health, had issued directions to all the government hospitals will provide anti-rabies vaccine 365 days 24 hours to victims of dog bites. The court asked him to file a compliance report of different Chief Medical Health Officers (CMHOs) whether order is complied in true spirit or not.

The division bench had directed the Principal Secretary, Health Department of Madhya Pradesh, to file affidavit with regard to order dated on January 30, 2014, in which direction given for 24 hours availability of anti-rabies vaccine in government hospitals.

The petitioner’s allegation is that the court’s order is not complied in Jabalpur and the State Government is making false statement before the court. In earlier hearing, Jabalpur Municipal Corporation submitted report before the court that sterilisation and vaccination process on dogs was implemented between August 7, 2012 and January 29, 2013. Still near about 13,000 dogs are on streets for which aforesaid exercise is going on and it will take some more time to complete the process.

Regarding stray bulls, it is stated that between August 8, 2012, and August 31, 2012, 354 stray bulls were captured. But still some more bulls are on streets for which the same drive will be started again. At this stage, petitioner has drawn attention to order dated on August 8, 2012, passed in this case and submitted that single unit of anti-rabies vaccine is not available at Victoria Hospital, Jabalpur and Medical College Hospital, Jabalpur.

The division bench also directed for compliance of the order dated on August 8, 2012. At this juncture, the court observed that for availability of anti-rabies vaccine, the petitioner is constrained to approach the court while it is an obligation on the part of the State to make available this vaccine 24 hours on all days of the week at Medical College Hospital, Jabalpur and Victoria Hospital, Jabalpur because emergency can be at any time and for this purpose the citizens should not be kept waiting for the vaccine.

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Dr Dwivedi likely to take charge as new Dean on 21st

SUSPENSE in Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital premises over new Dean continued even on Wednesday as the newly appointed Dean Dr P C Dwivedi, presently, the Superintenden... Read More
SUSPENSE in Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital premises over new Dean continued even on Wednesday as the newly appointed Dean Dr P C Dwivedi, presently, the Superintendent of Government Medical College, Rewa, did not take charge till late evening hours on Wednesday.

Acting Dean Dr Rooplekha Chouhan, Superintendent, Dr P K Kasar, Superintendent Cancer Hospital, Dr Pushpa Kirar were waiting for the new Dean at the Dean’s chamber till late evening hours. Late in the evening, they received information that Dr Dwivedi would like to join on July 21. It is to be mentioned that Dean of Mahatma Gandhi Medical Dr Ulka Shrivastava, senior in the list released by the Medical Education Department, has already refused to join as Dean, thereafter MED sent a proposal to the second eligible person, Dr P C Dwivedi, second in the seniority list of Professor in the Government Medical College in Madhya Pradesh. He accepted the proposal of Director of Medical Education and released the order for appointment of Dr Dwivedi late in the evening on Monday.

Sources confirmed that Medical Education Department (MED) have interacted with senior professor of the Jabalpur Medical College listed in the seniority list.

MED has come to the conclusion that Dr P C Dwivedi is second most senior and deserving candidate for the post of Dean. His name was put before the Direct Promotion Committee (DPC) for final verdict, thereafter his name was announced as new Dean of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital.

Dr P C Dwivedi is known for his strict working, good governance and punctuality. He has served in Department of Ophthalmology, Government Medical College, Rewa, in different capacities successfully in last 35 years. Most of the times NSCBMCH have in-charge Dean, it is almost after six years, Dr L P Verma has joined as regular Dean but after serving for eight months he was transferred to Bundelkhand Medical College, Sagar, in the behest of political leader of ruling party. Dr Verma known for his strict working had started many incomplete development works pending since last one decade, during his tenure 25 alleged Munna Bhais were put behind the bars, action was also initiated against the consultant for not attending patients in OPDs. But due to rising political pressure he was transferred to Government Medical College, Sagar, on September 17, 2013.

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Baghel alleges massive corruption in transfers of state govt officials

Chhattisgarh Congress President Bhupesh Baghel, on Wednesday, alleged that transfers in state government is increasingly proving to be a well organised industry where mediators and agents are... Read More
Chhattisgarh Congress President Bhupesh Baghel, on Wednesday, alleged that transfers in state government is increasingly proving to be a well organised industry where mediators and agents are raking in money for favorable postings.

Baghel said that transfers and postings should be made to ensure administrative efficiency and providing all round exposure to officials but instead it has become tool in the hands of certain influential people to make easy money. Baghel said that officials and staffers are being threatened with adverse postings and are forced to seek refuge with Ministers and other highly influential people for favorable postings.

He said that money is also being made to convey confidential information to officers on whether their name figures in the transfer list. He added that officers are transferred deliberately and then made to pay hefty amounts to cancel to reassign them to another and more favorable postings. Officials of all crucial government departments including Public Works Department, Revenue department, Education department, Health department and others are apprehensive of being transferred to adverse posting in the ongoing reshuffle. Baghel said that while transfers were to have been completed by July 15 as was announced by state government, it is now being speculated that preparations are on to issue new transfer lists in back dates. He also alleged that certain favourite officials are being made Incharges, which has evolved as another major avenue for extracting money out of officials. Baghel said that government work is also suffering due to prevailing anxiety amongst officials and staffers of state government.

Amitesh Shukla in fray for CPCC new panel

As crisis in the Congress deepens over formation of new executive committee of Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee, senior leaders are camping in New Delhi for a berth in the new panel. Former MLA from Rajim, Amitesh Shukla is also making a strong claim for position in the body. Chhattisgarh, once forte of the Congress has been decimated by Bharatiya Janata Party on the recent elections. Top leaders lost their seats including Amitesh Shukla due in-fight in the party. Amitesh lost to BJP candidate Santosh Upadhya by a narrow margin.

“Once again factionalism has surfaced among the leaders over the formation of new executive body to weaken the claim of Shukla family members,” said Amitesh. He alleged that after the demises of former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Pandit Shyamacharan Shukla (2007) and his brother former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Vidiyacharan Shukla in 2013, the party leaders are making all efforts to keep him away from the political scenario.

It may be mentioned that Amitesh has served as vice-president of party during undivided Madhya Pradesh and later he was elected from his father’s constituency Rajim, in Raipur from a Congress ticket during the 1998 Assembly elections.

After the formation of a separate Chhattisgarh state under Ajit Jogi government Amitesh Shukla was minister for Panchayat and Social Welfare. During, 2002 Assembly session he was the only minister to receive accolades from the Leader of Opposition Nand Kumar Sai for regularly inspecting the roads and taking action against the officials found responsible for laying poor roads under the PMGSY.

Meanwhile, it seems that after losing the assembly election, Amitesh Shukla is keen for a berth in the CPCC.

Cong Legislative Party to meet on July 20 to strategize for assembly session

With Chhattisgarh assembly session set to start from July 21, crucial meeting of Congress Legislative Party (CLP) has been convened on July 20 itself. The CLP meet has been organized in a private hotel. State Congress President Bhupesh Baghel, who is also Patan MLA, and CLP leader TS Singhdeo would preside over the meeting. The prominent agenda of the meeting is to evolve strategy for assembly session. It need be mentioned that CLP leader TS Singhdeo had taken strong objection to state government not consulting the opposition leaders before finalizing the session. He had also registered his protest that monsoon session of Chhattisgarh assembly is consistently being kept short despite the fact that Congress wants to raise many crucial issues including ration card verification drive.

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‘WHO standard is still difficult even with increased medical seats’

Seats for admission in MBBS are now considerably increased in Chhattisgarh and given the fact that newer medical colleges may also be started, it is sure that the seats will increase further in... Read More
Seats for admission in MBBS are now considerably increased in Chhattisgarh and given the fact that newer medical colleges may also be started, it is sure that the seats will increase further in the time to come. Yet, it will take very long time to meet the standard of doctor-patient ratio set by World Health Organisation (WHO) in this state.

It may be mentioned that the medical fraternity in the state and also such people who want to make their children doctors are delighted over the fact that this year admission in MBBS will be on much more seats. In the state’s oldest medical college, Pt Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Medical College, the counselling will be done for 150 seats and the same in the medical college in Bilaspur. Admissions will be given on 100 seats in the medical college at Jagdalpur; 50 seats in the medical college at Raigarh and on 100 seats in the newly established medical college at Rajnandgaon. Besides, there is also Chandulal Chandrakar Memorial Medical College in Durg district. During the recent past Medical Council of India (MCI) had taken a strict attitude on giving its consent for increased number of MBBS seats in the medical colleges. However, things became final at the eleventh hour and it is now sure that this year the counselling will be done for admissions on the above said number of seats, said sources in the Directorate of Medical Education (DME). According to Director of Medical Education Pratap Singh, MCI can neither increase nor decrease the number of seats in any given institution, but it can certainly recommend for the same. It is Government of India (GoI) which gives the necessary permission in this regard and after hearing the state government GoI has given the permission for admission on increased seats.

It is obvious that increased intake of MBBS students will not cast any positive effect immediately on the existing doctor-patient ratio in Chhattisgarh because it will take at least five years for them to become doctors and then there is also the career option for them to do higher studies. Besides, there is also the All India quota (15 percent) and central pool (3 percent) which has to be considered for admissions. It means the state will don the counselling for 82 percent of the seats. However, there is now compulsion for the MBBS students in the state to provide services in rural areas and it is also likely that more number of medical colleges will come up in the time to come. Definitely it will make some positive impact on the doctor-patient ratio in the state, but WHO standard for doctor patient ratio is 1: 1000. This ratio presently in Chhattisgarh is nearly 1: 4000. It will therefore take a very long time to meet the WHO standard, but it is also true that many developed countries presently are also not able to meet this standard, said a DME official.

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CM order imparting free education for girls in govt polytechnic institutes

On initiative of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, girls in Chhattisgarh will now be entitled for free education in government polytechnic institutes as well. State Government has decided to provide... Read More
On initiative of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, girls in Chhattisgarh will now be entitled for free education in government polytechnic institutes as well. State Government has decided to provide exemption in tuition fees to even those girl students, who have taken admission in academic session 2014-15 and those who are presently pursuing courses in these institutes.

Living up to his promises in manifestos and budget announcements, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has issued orders regarding free education facility of girls in all government colleges of state, including the government engineering colleges as well. In the same sequence, government polytechnic institutes of state will be providing exemption in tuition fees to all the girl students. Presently, about 1400 girl students are pursuing education in 23 polytechnic institutes of Chhattisgarh. With effect of this latest decision of state government, each girl student of these polytechnic institutes will be entitled for exemption in tuition fees of Rs 5000.

Officials of Directorate of Technical Education informed that state government has taken the decision of opening five new polytechnic institutes in state during this academic session. With that, the girl students of state will be able to avail free education in total 28 government polytechnic institutes of Chhattisgarh. On instructions of Technical Education Minister Prem Prakash Pandey, Department has issued orders in the context. Minister Pandey said that this decision of Dr Raman Singh’s government will largely benefit and encourage those girls of state, who are interested in pursuing career in the filed of engineering. Minister Pandey has thanked Chief Minister for this important initiative and has congratulated the girl students of polytechnic institutes of state.

Earlier, before proceeding for before leading a 90 member strong delegation of devotees to Baba Baijnath Dham Yatra on Friday, Higher and Technical Education Minister Prem Prakash Pandey had stated that girls pursuing graduation courses in government colleges in the state will be eligible for exemption from paying tuition fees.

He said necessary orders have been issued in this direction.

However, girl students studying in private colleges will not get the benefit of the said scheme. In spite of this, this initiative will go a long way towards ensuring women empowerment in the state, as poor students from rural as well as urban areas will be able to complete at least graduation courses, who used to opt out from such courses due to poverty. Pandey informed that the Bharatiya Janata Party had promised in its election manifesto that girl education upto graduation level in government colleges will be made free. He added that Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh in his budget speech had also announced the same, accordingly orders have been issued. Girl students pursuing graduation courses like BE, B Sc, B Com, BA, BHSc, etc will be exempted from paying tuition fees. He informed that approximately 1600 girl students are pursuing technical courses apart from thousands others in various traditional colleges. He said students who are in second or third year they will not be required to pay their fees in future till completion of graduation courses. It is worth mentioning here that the state government had been providing free education to girls till Class XII, which now has been extended till the graduation level.

PTS warns of self immolation in CM’s Jandarshan today

A representative association of paramedical technicians called Paramedical Technician Sangh (PTS) said that its members will seek the permission from Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh that they may be allowed to end their lives. PTS will meet Dr Singh in Jandarshan programme on Thursday, said PTS President Dr Naresh Sahu. It may be mentioned that the association claims to have met the state Chief Minister more than 68 times in the ‘Jandarshan’, but got only assurances over the demand of service recruitment rules. Paramedical technician course was started way back in 2001, but even till today state government has not made any service recruitment rules for these technicians. If the permission is not granted then the members will attempt self immolation at the venue of Jandarshan, Sahu said, adding he will lead the PTS delegation in the move.

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Police recover body wrapped in gunny bag

Within last 7 days, three unidentified bodies have been recovered in mutilated state from different parts of city and city police was having a hard time to identify the victims. Even when these... Read More
Within last 7 days, three unidentified bodies have been recovered in mutilated state from different parts of city and city police was having a hard time to identify the victims. Even when these cases are still being investigated, on Wednesday morning, police recovered a body of an unidentified middle-aged man from Jehangirabad locality. Body of the victim, aged around 40-42 years, was wrapped in gunny bag and was recovered from Jogi Mohalla in mutilated state. First, locals spotted the victim’s body, which was wrapped in a gunny bag in pool of blood and then, informed the police with no delay. Subsequently, police rushed to the spot and seized the body, which was later sent for postmortem examination. Police said that the body of the victim was in mutilated state and might have been chopped by sharp-edged weapon. Body of the victim was found in a pool of blood and hence it can be said that excessive bleeding and also no medical aid could reach to him on time led to his death, added the police. Police said that an inspection of the spot was carried out but nothing was found, leading either to identity of the victim or to killer. A case under section 174 of CrPC was lodged by police and further investigation was begun.

All nearby police stations were informed and police were tallying missing persons to establish his identity. Notably, some days ago, Hanumanganj police also recovered the body of an unidentified youth from Agarwal Dharamshala. The youth was killed after his head was hit with some hard object.

Police neither could establish his identity nor could arrest the killer while the question of reason, which led to his murder, was beyond thinking of police.

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Light showers lash city for hours

Weather in State capital has turned pleasant due to regular rainfall for past couple of days. Light to moderate showers drenched the State capital on Wednesday. Light showers started around 11 am... Read More
Weather in State capital has turned pleasant due to regular rainfall for past couple of days. Light to moderate showers drenched the State capital on Wednesday. Light showers started around 11 am and continued till noon. Weather Department has said that State was going to get good rainfall as monsoon system was active. Forecast issued by Weather Department said that heavy rains would lash isolated places of State, mainly in west and south-east parts in next twenty-four hours.

“A low pressure area is over Madhya Pradesh. Besides, one system is developing at Bay of Bengal and one upper air circulation is developing in Arabian Sea. Besides, monsoon trough is passing through the State. All these factors are going to give good rainfall in State,” said weatherman E R Chintalu to ‘The Hitavada’.

Weather Department said that there were chances of heavy rainfall in isolated parts of divisions such as Jabalpur, Ujjain, Gwalior, Chambal, Hoshangabad, Bhopal and Indore. Till evening, on Wednesday, Bhopal recorded rainfall of 15.1 mm followed by 40.4 mm in Indore, 23.7 mm in Gwalior, 4.3 mm in Jabalpur, 60 mm in Pachmari. Maximum temperature of Bhopal was 27.6 degree Celsius.

Till morning of Wednesday, Betul received 11 cm rainfall followed by 10 cm in Ashok Nagar, Sonkach, Nagda, Ichawar, 9 cm in Aagar and Harda, 8 cm in Khirkia, 7 cm in Pichore, Kannod, Kaknar, Multai, Khachrod, Ujjain and Dewas, 6 cm in Saunsar, Pushprajgarh, Thandla, Todakhurd, Chicholi, Khategaon, Atner, Tarana, Nasrullaganj, Pachmari, etc.

Changed weather conditions have given a major relief to Government as well as farmers. Otherwise, till first week of July, rains were localised and monsoon system was not strong. Now, entire Madhya Pradesh is getting drenched by rains, ranging from light, moderate to heavy. Still, State is yet to get normal rainfall.

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State AAP to relaunch membership drive

State Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is geared up to set state wide volunteers meeting in order to relaunch the membership drive in the region. Meetings would be held in different districts, which include... Read More
State Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is geared up to set state wide volunteers meeting in order to relaunch the membership drive in the region. Meetings would be held in different districts, which include Bhind, Ujjain, Satna, Indore, Sagar, Mandla. Besides this, grievance cell would also be set up within the party to clear out the disputes between the party workers and work out strategy in better manner.

During Lok Sabha elections, many disputes had been witnessed among the party volunteers. Amidst rift seen between the party volunteers on their support to the local Lok Sabha AAP candidates, national leaders of AAP were also seen settling the grievances.

Reportedly, the volunteers and some executive members of AAP in Madhya Pradesh had exhibited their dissatisfaction over the party’s decision of names of the candidates of AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) in Madhya Pradesh. The decision was taken by the Delhi National Council member without even discussing with the local volunteers, which showcased that the party was working like other political parties, they claimed.

State AAP spokesperson Prahlad Pandey has been relieved from spokesperson responsibility. Pandey has been removed from the post as he had made some statements criticising the party for the decisions taken at a meeting of its National Executive in New Delhi on January 31. It was a collective decision taken by State AAP Committee members Akshay Hunka, Mamta Pathak, Shailendra Singh Kushwah, Sharad Kumre and Abhay Verma. There is also a proposal to restructure the State executive members body in the State, which would be done only after interactive sessions are held among the volunteers. The grievance cell is also expected to take note of issues the party is facing which includes finance, official setup, strategy building and also identifying main issues, which can be focussed within the State.

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Child scheme being implemented in State: Maya Singh

Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh informed Assembly on Wednesday that Central Government sponsored ICDS scheme and ISSNIP and State Government-aided Atal Behari Vajpayee Bal Arogya ... Read More
Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh informed Assembly on Wednesday that Central Government sponsored ICDS scheme and ISSNIP and State Government-aided Atal Behari Vajpayee Bal Arogya & Nutrition Mission is being implemented in State. Under these schemes, work to improve nutrition level in children in the age group of 0 to 6 years is being done. Allotted budget is used through the medium of district and child development project and aaganwadi centres. She was replying to question asked by MLA Rajendra Pandey.

Probe ordered into purchase of tribal land

Revenue Minister Rampal Singh assured of probe within three months into the case related to purchase of tribal land by land mafia at cheap rates in Jabalpur district. MLA Sushil Kumar Tiwari had raised the issue through call attention motion and claimed that through the help of administrative officers, land mafia had purchased land of tribals at a cheap rate of Rs 80,000 to Rs 90,000 per acre. In reality, the price of land is Rs 40 lakh to Rs 45 lakh per acre. From last one and half years, land mafia are doing the process of purchasing around 800 acre to 900 acre land of tribals.

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Opposition rakes up ‘VYAPAM ka Sach’ issue once again

Once again, opposition raked up the ‘VYAPAM Ka Sach’ book issue in Assembly during Zero Hour on Wednesday and claimed that important documents of Mantralaya as well as Assembly have been publis... Read More
Once again, opposition raked up the ‘VYAPAM Ka Sach’ book issue in Assembly during Zero Hour on Wednesday and claimed that important documents of Mantralaya as well as Assembly have been published in the book. Speaker told opposition to raise the issue in other forum as book was not matter of adjournment. Speaker was of the view that adjournment could not be done on the book.

Opposition claimed that publisher of book was Vijay but address of publisher was not mentioned. Ramnivas Rawat took objection on publication of Assembly document in the book and wanted to know that whether it is not a criminal offence.

Interrupting in middle, Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare requested Speaker that if issue does not come under adjournment, then it should be taken in discussion in any other form. Speaker assured him of considering the request.

Notably, opposition had raised the book issue inside House even on Tuesday and said wanted to know how documents of Mantralaya as well as Assembly got published in the book. Katare had claimed that BJP had published the book. Katare had even written letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue and demanded action against State BJP President cum Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on the issue.

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Gwalior SP’s wife accuses hubby of cheating her

After suspended AIG, Anil Mishra, another cop is in the eye of controversy. Wife of Gwalior SP, Pramod Verma has lodged complaint against her hubby, accusing him of having extramarital affair wit... Read More
After suspended AIG, Anil Mishra, another cop is in the eye of controversy. Wife of Gwalior SP, Pramod Verma has lodged complaint against her hubby, accusing him of having extramarital affair with a married woman. She also accused him of abusing her. Police headquarters has started probe into the complaint. Meanwhile, Pramod Verma has rubbished the allegations and said there was some misunderstanding and miscommunication and he was going to resolve the entire issue.

In the complaint, wife of Pramod Verma said that her husband was having extramarital affair with a married lady. When she learnt about the illicit relationship, she tried to speak to her hubby but she was rather subjected to harassment. She said that in last three years, she tried hard to save her marriage but to no avail. She was emotionally shattered due to rude behaviour of her husband and when things went over the head, she preferred to go to the house of parents along with kids in Delhi in June 2012. In August 2012, her father-in-law had a major heart surgery in Jaipur and she had gone to see him along with children. There, everyone suggested her to give one more chance to the marriage for the sake of children.

From Jaipur, she reached Bhopal where her husband was posted at that time. But she was shocked to see that her hubby used to behave properly in front of colleagues and juniors and was rude at home and was not bothered about her as well as her children. In April 2014, her husband had gone on election duty to Gwalior. While going there, he had taken her bank passbooks and cheque book, leaving her penniless.

In the meantime, she said that her husband wanted to separate her from kids by trying to send them to a boarding school in USA. When things went out of control, her uncle and Mausaji came to take her to Delhi on April 29, 2014 and she, along with children, had gone to Delhi on the same day.

In the complaint, wife of Pramod Verma demanded strict action against husband and the woman with whom her hubby was allegedly having extramarital affair. The complaint has been lodged with Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, New Delhi.

When contacted by ‘The Hitavada’, Gwalior SP Pramod Verma refuted the charges levelled against him and denied having extramarital affair. Verma claimed that the issue might have arisen due to misunderstanding and miscommunication and he was going to resolve it by approaching his wife.

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NGT seeks Master Plan for Mandideep: MSW mgmt

With respect to non compliance of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) rules in Mandideep, National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the authorities to submit Master Plan for Mandideep in next hearing. Th... Read More
With respect to non compliance of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) rules in Mandideep, National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the authorities to submit Master Plan for Mandideep in next hearing. This direction was issued as it was found that the Master Plan made available and taken on record related to Raisen district and not particularly, to Mandideep.

The petition has claimed non-compliance of the Municipal Solid Waste Rules, 2000. During last hearing, NGT had split original petition as one issue pertained to municipal solid waste (MSW) and domestic sewage in Mandideep and the other was industrial effluents discharged from the industries in Mandideep. NGT bench noted that inspite of the reply that despite a lengthy correspondence made from 2002 onwards, State Government has not provided required land for creating designated landfill site to municipal council, Mandideep. It was also noted that is not the case that there is no Master Plan in force and in fact, a Master Plan has been in force since 2005 and all developments and real estate work is being carried out in accordance with land use as provided under the Master Plan of 2005.

In 2010, allotment was made but municipality requested for allotment of free land as had been done in the case of other municipalities. Master Plan of Mandideep was basically to facilitate Urban Administration and Development (UAD) Department and concerned revenue officers, district collector, Raisen and CEO, municipal council, Mandideep to find a solution for allotment of landfill site. The landfill site proposal can be forwarded to Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board only after the submission of Master Plan.

Issues like setting up of sewage treatment plant before its discharge into Betwa river and the Government shall consider necessary financial assistance to the municipal council. It was placed before NGT that in the absence of a Master Plan, no identification and demarcation of area for residential, institutional, commercial and industrial use is being done and majority of the real estate development projects are directly discharging their effluents into the River Betwa through Kaliyasot river, causing pollution.

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CMHOs, DMOs asked to prepare work plan to check spread of dengue, malaria

SECRETARIAT, Public Health and Medical Department, have issued fresh guidelines to Chief Medical and Health Officers (CMHOs) and District Malaria Officer (DMO) to prepare a work plan to check sprea... Read More
SECRETARIAT, Public Health and Medical Department, have issued fresh guidelines to Chief Medical and Health Officers (CMHOs) and District Malaria Officer (DMO) to prepare a work plan to check spread of water-borne contagious diseases like dengue, malaria, chikungunya in rainy season.

As per fresh guidelines, DMO, Block Medical Officer at Primary Health Centre will remain connected with IDSP official and sent information on number of patients suffering from malaria, dengue and other water-borne diseases on weekly basis to Control Room of Health Department in Bhopal. Multi Purpose Health Worker (MPHW) should visit door-to-door to collect blood slides of people in the area, identified as prone to water-borne diseases. Collected blood slides should be sent to Central Pathology Malaria Laboratory at Victoria Hospital for confirmation. MPHW have been directed to check water-logging in the area, insecticides should be sprayed, mosquito net should be used. District Malaria Officer Ajay Kureel informed that each health worker have been directed to prepare at least 25 blood slides every day. Chloroquine tabs should be distributed among patients with complains of fever, shivering to check further spread of malaria, water and mosquito-borne diseases. Private hospitals have been directed to send the information of patient who died due to dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, chikungunya should be sent to CMHO office within 24 hours on every working day through e-mail or personal letter or messenger.

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Shiv Sena Corporator, JMC staffers refuse to budge, continue protest

THE tussle between Shiv Sena Corporator and Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) employees is taking serious turn. On one hand, JMC employees are on indefinite strike and demanding arrest of th... Read More
THE tussle between Shiv Sena Corporator and Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) employees is taking serious turn. On one hand, JMC employees are on indefinite strike and demanding arrest of the Corporator, while on the other hand, Shiv Sena leaders, members are demanding immediate suspension of Rajesh Kharasia, Planning Clerk of Divisional Office no. 3 of the JMC.

On Sunday, Shiv Sena and Congress Corporators met Mayor Prabhat Sahu and submitted a memorandum demanding strict action against Kharasia for levelling fake charges against Shiv Sena Corporator Thaneshwar Mahawar and lodging false report in police.

Condemning strike of JMC employees, corporators alleged that many JMC employees misuse public money and when any public representative stops them from doing the same, they level fake allegations against them and go on strike to pressurise JMC administration and authorities concerned to take action against public representatives.

Congress Corporator Mukesh Rathore said it is the right of public representative to raise voice against injustice with common man. He said levelling fake allegations against Corporator is unacceptable. Shiv Sena corporators, leaders said if JMC administration will not terminate the JMC employee, corporators of all parties would take to streets and stage protest.

Shiv Sena leaders said the Mayor has assured them of needed action in the matter. They said corporators work for citizens not for his family members. Sahu said he would see that JMC employees would end their strike so that people do not face problems. It may be noted that JMC employees are on indefinite strike against alleged manhandling with Rajesh Kharasia by Shiv Sena Corporator Mahawar. Employees have been demanding arrest of Mahawar. They alleged that Mahawar barged into the office of the clerk and manhandled him while he was busy discharging duty, on Thursday.

They said public representatives often behave badly with JMC officials, employees. Dubey said now they would not tolerate any such insult on behalf of the public representatives and would not end the strike till the Police not arrest Mahawar.Employees’ Union leaders also demanded the Mayor and administration to end membership of Shiv Sena Corporator from Jabalpur Municipal Corporation and take strict action against him for his bad conduct. They also warned to continue their strike till their demands are not fulfilled. They also alleged that Mahawar was pressurising JMC employees to provide undue benefit of government schemes to his near and dear ones. When the employee was not ready to do illegal act, Mahawar allegedly manhandled him.

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Security arrangements in Med College to be strengthened soon

SECURITY in Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital will be strengthened. Director of Medical Education (DME) in a letter to the Dean has directed to improve security for medical... Read More
SECURITY in Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital will be strengthened. Director of Medical Education (DME) in a letter to the Dean has directed to improve security for medical staff and hospital premises after recent death of former Dean Dr Sakalya at his residence in the hospital premises about a week ago. He directed to give priority to ensure full proof security arrangements for doctors, patients in the hospital premises. A meeting of high-level police officials will be called in coming week to take stock of security arrangements at Medical Hospital following death of former Dean in mysterious circumstances.

In the meeting various issues related to lacunas in present security system were discussed. It is to be mentioned that police officials have suggested that there must be one entry gate to enter in wards, metal detector should be installed at entrance gate, proper personal check of each attendants at entrance gate should be done on priority.

Only then entry of unwanted elements and people carrying arms could be stopped, after the incident of brutal killing of an elderly patient undergoing treatment at Surgery ward. Police was doing three-time regular patrolling but due to some or other reason, police post situated in the hospital premises is not being opened for 24 hours due to inadequate staff. Recent death of former Dean Dr Sakalya under mysterious condition has put a question mark on how doctors and patients are safe in Government hospital premises. Sources revealed that only after each incident higher authorities take stock of security system, some amendments in the prevailing system might be done, but as time passes, efforts to continue strict security check gets slow. Similar incident of stabbing an attendant of a patient in the hospital took place in 2012-2013 to strengthen security many proposals like increase in security staff, minimise access entry points, increase in number of guards, installation of CCTV were sent to Medical Education Department but as time passes cold water was poured. Surprisingly, it is true that the medical administration had sent a fax to agencies conducting annual maintenance in Bhopal to repair 7 out of order CCTV cameras immediately after the incident of death of Dr Sakalya. Sources confirmed that men from the agency hired for repair works of CCTV would come after another 4-5 days.

Even after one and half year of installation of more than 12 cameras at various important check points at Medical Hospital, only 5 CCTVs are operational. Sources revealed that out of 12 CCTVs installed at various points, including 2 at entrance gate near ramp, 2 at old casualty, 1 at ICCU fourth floor, 1 at GLR ward, 1 at paediatric Department, 2 at operation theater, 2 at OPD registration counters, only 5 are working and rest are out of order due to complaints of damaged lens, problems in connection and many other problems best known to officials of the medical administration.

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Dr Rooplekha Chouhan likely to become next Dean of Med College

DR Rooplekha Chouhan, Head of Gynaecology Department, Acting Dean, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital is likely to become the next Dean. After Dr Ulka Shrivastava, Dean, M... Read More
DR Rooplekha Chouhan, Head of Gynaecology Department, Acting Dean, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital is likely to become the next Dean. After Dr Ulka Shrivastava, Dean, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College, Indore, senior in the list refused the proposal of Medical Education Department and another senior Dr Dwivedi from Rewa did not show any interest to join as Dean, Dr Rooplekha Chouhan is senior most professor eligible for the post of Dean.

Sources confirmed that Medical Education Department (MED) has interacted with senior professors of the Medical College, Jabalpur and listed in the seniority list. MED has come to the conclusion that Dr Chouhan is senior most and deserving candidate for the post of Dean. Her name will be put before the Direct Promotion Committee (DPC) for final verdict. MED is likely to announce her name within this week. Dr Rooplekha Chouhan is known for her strict working, good governance and punctuality. She has served in the department of Gynaecology in different capacities successfully in last 35 years.

NSCBMCH have in-charge Dean, it is almost after six years Dr L P Verma join as Regular Dean but after serving for eight months he was transferred to Bundelkhand Medical College, Sagar, in the behest of political leader of ruling party. Dr Verma known for his strict working has started many uncompleted development worked pending for last one decade. During his tenure, 25 Munna Bhais were put behind the bars, action was also initiated against Consultant for not attending patients in OPDs etc. But due to rising political pressure he was transferred to Government Medical College, Sagar, on September 17, 2013.

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Elderly man killed, another critically hurt in mishap

AN ELDERLY man was killed and another sustained critical injuries when a speeding motorcycle rammed into their bi-cycle near Bilpathar village under jurisdiction of Shahpura police station. The... Read More
AN ELDERLY man was killed and another sustained critical injuries when a speeding motorcycle rammed into their bi-cycle near Bilpathar village under jurisdiction of Shahpura police station. The deceased has been identified as Bharosa Choudhary (65), a resident of Natwara village, while condition of injured Khijju Choudhary is reported to be critical and is undergoing treatment in hospital. According to police, Babu Choudhary (68), a resident of Natwara village, filed a complaint that he along with Khijju Choudhary and Bharosa Choudhary went for bathing in Narmada at Jhansighat. They were returning home on their bi-cycles when a speeding motorcycle (MP-20EA-1147) being driven recklessly by the driver rammed into motorcycle of Bharosa Choudhary and Khijju Choudhary. The injured were rushed to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital where Bharosa Choudhary was declared brought dead due to profuse bleeding in primary check-up while the condition of Khijju Choudhary is reported to be stable undergoing the treatment at hospital. Receiving the information, a police team reached the spot and sent the body for post-mortem. Police have registered a case against the accused under sections 304 (A), 279 and 337 of the IPC and started a rigorous search for him.

Crane driver held for accidental death of labourer at COD

RANJHI police have apprehended driver of crane for accidental death of a labourer while working at Central Ordnance Depot (COD) area. The accused has been identified as Madan Kacchi, working as driver. Labourer Bahadur Paraste (20), a resident of Shahpura village in Dindori, was crushed to death while working at Central Ordnance Depot (COD) due to falling of a barrel on him, on July 12.

Witnessing the incident, all the labourers and officers working on the spot rushed the injured to hospital where he was declared brought dead by doctors in primary check-up due to profuse bleeding. Learning about the incident, a team of Ranjhi police reached the spot and sent the body for post-mortem. Police have registered a case against the accused under Section 304 (A) of the IPC and started investigation into the case to ascertain reason of accident. Investigating the case, police found that the incident took place due to mistake of crane driver Madan Kacchi and apprehended him for further investigation into the case.

Wanted criminal held, bomb seized

GORA Bazaar police succeeded in apprehending a wanted criminal in several crime cases and seized a country-made bomb from him. The accused was externed from the district limits. The accused has been identified as Prem alias Anmol Malik, son of Rambharose Malik, a resident of Hanuman Mandir in Bilahari area. According to police, they received information about a wanted criminal who was sighted near Cantonment area.

Taking prompt action on the information, a police team reached the area and started rigorous search for identified man. Continuing the search, police team succeeded in trapping the accused when he was riding a motorcycle (MP-22F-3776) near Bank of Maharashtra. During search, police team recovered a country-made bomb. Police have apprehended the accused and registered a case against him under Section 5 of the Explosives Act and Section 188 of the IPC for violating norms of Section 14 of Madhya Pradesh State Security Act. It may be mentioned that taking a serious note on increasing criminal activity of Prem Malik, he was externed from the district limits.

Man held while selling mauser

BUS Stand police trapped a man when he was trying to sell a mauser near Rain Basera area and seized a country-made mauser from him. The accused has been identified as Scahin alias Changu Choudhary (23), son of Dilip Choudhary, a resident of Choudhary Mohalla, Rampur Gorakhpur area. According to police, they received information that a suspected man was sighted near Bus Stand area. Acting promptly on the information, a police team reached the spot and detained a suspected man. During search, police team recovered a country-made mauser from him. Police have registered a case against the accused under sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act while further investigations are underway.

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Three youths, including two siblings, killed in accident

IN A tragic incident, three youths, including two real brothers, met untimely death and one was injured in a road accident reported near Hirapur Bandha village under jurisdiction of Bhedaghat pol... Read More
IN A tragic incident, three youths, including two real brothers, met untimely death and one was injured in a road accident reported near Hirapur Bandha village under jurisdiction of Bhedaghat police station, on Sunday evening. The deceased have been identified as Lucky Patel (20), resident of Bamhnauda village in Panagar area, Hasmat Khan (19) and his elder brother Aleem Khan (25), son of Tej Khan, a resident of Bilha village. Deepak Baghel (20), son of Brajbhushan Baghel, a resident of Devri village of Panagar sustained injuries in the accident. According to an eye-witness, Kaushlendra Rajak (22), a resident of Bajrang Ward, Devri in Panagar informed that he along with Sameer Kewat were travelling on a motorcycle of Govind Kewat towards Jhoteshwar.

When he was passing through Hirapur Bandha village, he witnessed Lucky Patel and Deepak Baghel on a motorcycle (MP-20MR-5431). He was riding behind their motorcycle when he witnessed that two men riding a motorcycle in a bid to overtake a speeding truck rammed into the motorcycle of Lucky Patel.

In the mishap, Lucky Patel, Deepak Baghel and two men on other motorcycle were thrown off from their motorcycles and sustained critical injuries. The injured were immediately rushed to hospital for treatment where Lucky Patel, Hasmat Khan and Aleem Khan were declared brought dead due to profuse bleeding, while condition of Deepak Baghel is reported to be critical and is undergoing treatment at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital. Learning about the incident, a police team reached the spot and sent the bodies for post-mortem while further investigations are underway to ascertain the reason of accident.

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MANIT issues order to suspend absent students from hostel

Taking note of falling attendance of students in classrooms, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) issued circular for suspending such students from hostel.

According to c... Read More
Taking note of falling attendance of students in classrooms, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) issued circular for suspending such students from hostel.

According to circular released by the director Appukuttan KK, if any student is absent from classroom without informing the concerned authority, institute will issue suspension order from the hostel. Director Kuttan said that students were continuously not attending lectures, which was affecting quality of education among them.

He further said that each class was very important for them but they ignored the direction given by authorities. Earlier, head of the departments (HoDs) had given various instructions to the students for being present in the classroom but it seemed to have fallen on deaf ears.

Finally, director Kuttan issued circular to suspend them from hostel. Circular will be effective on all departments and all students. Notably, institute is already suffering from lack of hostel space for students. To tackle this problem, institute has allotted single seater room to two students.

Now if student would not be present in classroom without informing the concerned authority, he will be suspended from hostel and room will be allotted to some other candidate.

MANIT to release first list of candidates eligible for engineering courses today

MANIT would release the first list of eligible candidates for admission to engineering courses on Monday. After the list, candidates will be given three days to confirm their admission. Institute is offering admission to the candidates having eligible rank in JEE-Main conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Last date of choice filling for candidates was Saturday midnight. Second round of admission will be started from July 19.

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Air India flight diverted to Indore

An Air India flight, which was supposed to land at Raja Bhoj Airport, Bhopal was on Sunday evening diverted to Indore due to bad weather. The flight, which flew from Mumbai and had to be diver... Read More
An Air India flight, which was supposed to land at Raja Bhoj Airport, Bhopal was on Sunday evening diverted to Indore due to bad weather. The flight, which flew from Mumbai and had to be diverted, had landed at Bhopal airport some hours later. According to information, flight landed here at airport at around 8 pm.

Airport Director Vivek Upadhyay told ‘The Hitavada’, “Due to bad weather, the Air India flight was diverted to Indore. And as the weather became suitable, the flight landed at Raja Bhoj Airport.”

Passengers of the flight had to spend their anxious time at Indore until the fight took off for Bhopal again. Upadhyay further said that due to bad weather, flights had been diverted from time to time and it was not a serious issue.

Upadhyay, who was out of the State capital, could not provide more detail in this regard. As monsoon has made its entry into State capital, it is assumed that more flights would be diverted in coming time. Also, on Sunday, two days later, city had experienced heavy showers and thunderstorm.

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CM Chouhan to perform special pooja for rains at Mahakal Mandir today

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will visit Ujjain on the first Monday of Hindi month Shravan July 14 and perform special pooja for good rains at Mahakal Mandir.

Chouhan will leave Bho... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will visit Ujjain on the first Monday of Hindi month Shravan July 14 and perform special pooja for good rains at Mahakal Mandir.

Chouhan will leave Bhopal for Ujjain by plane at 10.30 am. After special pooja there, Chief Minister will reach Jabalpur and later, take part in programmes at Vijayraghavgarh and Bahoriband in Katni district. He will return to Bhopal the same evening.

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MPHRC may intervene in ensuring safety rules in school transportation

State Human Rights Commission is likely to intervene for setting up of recommendations to ensure safety rules in school vans and buses in the city. Around two days back, half a dozen school stude... Read More
State Human Rights Commission is likely to intervene for setting up of recommendations to ensure safety rules in school vans and buses in the city. Around two days back, half a dozen school students, including a girl, sustained injuries after an overloaded van carrying them overturned. The driver was found to be a teenager, driving the vehicle without any proper license.

Sources from MPHRC said that it was also mentioned that there are many unauthorised vans engaged in transporting students between home and schools, which needed to be checked. Issue of carrying students more than the capacity is also a cause of concern. This also showcased the callousness of school administration over ensuring the safety in school transportation.

Earlier, MPHRC had also taken cognizance and set recommendations to authorities to take appropriate measures to ensure that the children are not required to carry extremely heavy bags to school. Cognizance was taken on the basis of complaints of parent’s teachers association in various schools.

State Human Rights Commission has been duly concerned about the availability of drinking water, toilet and other basic facilities in schools. On inspection, it was found that the situation on this count was satisfactory in Bhopal but not elsewhere. When it came to ensuring basic facilities in schools, which included proper transportation, State School Education Department had assured availability of adequate funds to equip all schools with proper toilet and drinking water facilities within two years.

Cognizance also mentioned that on the basis of a survey that children could even suffer brain damage if they were forced to carry school bags that were more than one-tenth of their body weight. Survey conducted in the State has revealed that the weight of school bags in the case of Government school students was within reasonable limits. In fact, it was also mentioned that the parent-teacher associations of various schools were being approached to take proper initiative to tackle the problem of school bags, etc. in right earnest.

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It’s official: School vans can carry upto 14 passengers now

Two-day strike launched by private school van drivers concluded on Sunday afternoon. School vans would start their operation from Monday as usual. School van operators had succeeded in getting th... Read More
Two-day strike launched by private school van drivers concluded on Sunday afternoon. School vans would start their operation from Monday as usual. School van operators had succeeded in getting their demands accepted by the administration. Main issue of number of passengers in the vehicle was also resolved with van drivers getting their wish fulfilled.

Private van drivers would get commercial permit to run their vehicle throughout the State, said Shivkumar Soni, President of Private School Van Association. Addressing mediapersons, Soni said that they had taken decision to end the strike after discussing the issue with District Collector, Nishant Warwade and RTO Ajay Gupta in the presence of MP Alok Sanjar, MLA Surendra Nath Singh. He said that the association will meet RTO Gupta on July 16 and decide a fixed day for organising camp where van drivers will get permit and fitness certificate. Besides, in the camp, RTO will fix the number of school vans and only authorised vans will be allowed to carry children between school and home. Soni further said that they will go for certificates on the date given by RTO.

According to Soni, van drivers will get commercial permit to run their vehicle as a taxi throughout the State. However, van older than 15 years, would not be getting permission for the same. After getting the permit, van drivers will be allowed to carry normal passengers in their vehicle for commercial purpose as well.

Apart from this, van having permit from RTO would be allowed to carry 14 children below 12 years of age. Earlier, District administration was permitting only 7 children in a van. Association President Soni said that MP Alok Sanjar will help van drivers, who want to exchange their van with Magic, Maximo or other similar vehicle. District administration will issue recommendation letter to such drivers.Notably, private school vans were on two-day strike to protest the joint campaign launched by RTO and Traffic Police Department. Strike caused inconvenience to parents as well as schools. Some of the parents decided not to send their kids to school while some schools themselves declared holiday. Van drivers had various demands from the District administration. Some of their demands have been accepted by the officials on Sunday.

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State Govt all set to control VYAPAM

State Government is all set to establish control over of Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), popularly known as VYAPAM, following startling revelation in competitive exam scam ... Read More
State Government is all set to establish control over of Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), popularly known as VYAPAM, following startling revelation in competitive exam scam during the Special Task Force (STF) investigation, implicating several prominent people.

Sources said that the State Government was likely to bring a proposal in the Cabinet to introduce several changes in VYAPAM, setting controls of State Government. So far, VYAPAM has been working as an autonomous society instead of Government organisation. Size of the Board would also be reduced to nine from present 25 members. Proposal in this regard is likely to come up for discussion in the next Cabinet meeting scheduled on Tuesday. A long discussion between Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Secretary Anthony de’Sa and other officials has already taken place in this regard. VYAPAM scam, during past one month, has been echoing at national level, bringing trouble to State Government. Congress also raised this issue during the State Assembly Session. More than 200 persons have been arrested in connection with this scam.

A former minister Laxmikant Sharma and several top officials of VYAPAM are under arrest following investigation, revealing their involvement. Network of this scam is spread across the country as some of the arrests were made from UP and Bihar. State Government now wants to stop any repetition of such activities in VYAPAM in future. Sources said that name of the Board would also be changed under the new proposed Act. The Board would function under the General Administration Department (GAD) of the State Government. So, the State Government would be able to monitor functioning of VYAPAM.

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Are we prepared: Dams go dry, MP stares at drought

Due to extremely low rainfall in monsoon this year, water level in various dams in Madhya Pradesh is going down at a fast pace. Most of these dams have recorded their lowest level this year, whic... Read More
Due to extremely low rainfall in monsoon this year, water level in various dams in Madhya Pradesh is going down at a fast pace. Most of these dams have recorded their lowest level this year, which clearly pin points towards a bigger water crisis in near future. Farmers of State are highly dependent on these dams for irrigation purposes but falling water level is worrying farmers, who believe that if these dams do not get water soon, crops in the field will completely go waste.

Similar condition is being observed by hydel plants in State that are dependent on water from these dams for production of electricity. Reportedly, electricity is being produced through two plants in peak hours since pumps are closed in day time.

Experts are speculating that looking at the monsoon condition, there was 75 per cent chance of drought in central India while there is 80 per cent chance in western India, 50 per cent chance of drought in southern India if conditions remain stagnant. Reportedly, dams and canals in states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana are already registering severe fall in water level.

Most of the dams in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh area are on the brink of hitting their lowest level.

Gandhisagar dam, whose lowest level is 1,250 feet, is at 1295.70 feet mark, Indirasagar Dam whose lowest level is 243.23 foot is at 245.81 foot mark, Sardar Sarovar Dam has its lowest level at 110.64 foot and is currently on its brink at 114.25 foot, and similarly, other such dams like Bansagar, Rajghat are also recording low water level. Bisalpur dam in Rajasthan is currently suffering the most and has dried completely, water in this dam comes through rains in areas of Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Ajmer, Bhilwada and Tonk district but these districts are yet to receive first monsoon showers, which has affected the dam in the region adversely.

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HC’s notice on plea for admission to B Ed, M Ed courses only to colleges with correct student-teacher ratio

IN response to the writ petition filed by Dr Sadhana Makde and 3 other Assistant Professors in B Ed-M Ed colleges seeking directions from the Court to the respondent - State Government and RTMNU ... Read More
IN response to the writ petition filed by Dr Sadhana Makde and 3 other Assistant Professors in B Ed-M Ed colleges seeking directions from the Court to the respondent - State Government and RTMNU authorities, to ensure that admissions to these courses in the colleges affiliated to the RTMNU are granted strictly as per the student-teacher ratio stipulated by the NCTE, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S B Shukre, at the High Court here, issued notice to the respondents - State Higher and Technical Education Secretary, Chairman of the B Ed Central Admission Committee and the RTMNU Registrar. There is requirement of minimum 4 full time teachers in B Ed course and admissions to the M Ed should be in teacher-student ratio of 1 to 5 on the basis of full time approved teachers available in the college/ course from the academic year 2014-15. Adv B G Kulkarni appeared for the petitioners. AGP Ms Deshpande represented the State.

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State Consumer Commission affirms order to builder to fulfill assurances: appeals fail

Dismissing 3 appeals filed by Hingnikar Developers and Builders and Sunil Hingnikar, the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission 's Presiding Member, B A Shaikh and Member Jayshree Yengal ha... Read More
Dismissing 3 appeals filed by Hingnikar Developers and Builders and Sunil Hingnikar, the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission 's Presiding Member, B A Shaikh and Member Jayshree Yengal have affirmed the impugned common order passed in two consumer complaints on July 15, 2006 and a separate order of August 24, 2006 filed by the District Consumers’ Forum here, by which all the said 3 complaints were partly allowed, granting identical reliefs to the respective complainants. The District Forum came to the conclusion that the complainants are entitled to get sale deed executed in their favour from the appellants. They have been also complainants held entitled to parking space as per specifications given in Agreement to sale and Deed of Declaration. The Forum had also held that the complainants were also entitled to installation, testing and commission of lift along with key and documents, to get proper services agreed to be provided by the builder. But the Forum refused to grant amenities like blockages ,leakages etc. being time -barred. Virtually the Forum decided that builder should give all assured by him ,while entering into Agreement. Adv A G Gharote appeared for the appellant. Besides others, Adv Mukund Papinwar represented the complainant -consumer Ajay Ramprasad Rathi.

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HC sets aside lifer in murder case

Pronouncing a judgement reserved earlier, Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice C V Bhadang, at the High Court here, have quashed and set aside conviction for murder and life sentence award... Read More
Pronouncing a judgement reserved earlier, Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice C V Bhadang, at the High Court here, have quashed and set aside conviction for murder and life sentence awarded to the appellant truck driver, Ramkisan Dhotre (32) of Dharni tahsil in Amravati district by the 1st Add. Sessions Judge, Achalpur, on January 17, 2011, with the observation that at any rate this may be case where two views are equally possible and the one favouring the appellant would obviously prevail . According to the High Court, the trial court cannot justifiably invent entirely different case/story in the place of one of the prosecution. Further, in the case there is no evidence on record to show that the deceased had met with a suicidal death and appellant abetted the same. Due to this factor, no recourse can be taken to the alternate charge as framed against the appellant. The third aspect of the case, on which the Court has given its finding, is that merely on the basis of a motive, the burden cannot be said to have shifted on the appellant-accused to explain the circumstances as required under section 106 of the Evidence Act. According to the prosecution, the appellant married the deceased Lalita in the year 2001. He was working as a cleaner on a truck. Sometime after the marriage the accused started maltreating the deceased suspecting her character. One year after the marriage, they started living separately. The deceased used to inform her parents regarding maltreatment on phone. Two days prior to the incident, the deceased had informed her father - Madhukar Umarkar ,complainant in the case, that her life was in danger and he may take her away to her parental home. On April 4, 2008, at about 7 am, her father came to know via phone that her body was found in a well of the village .He went to the village and saw the body lying in a well. Thereafter , he lodged complaint with the Police Station, Dharni. It is stated that in custody, the appellant had given a confessional statement. Advocate Dr. U K Kalsi appeared for the appellant-accused. APP Sanjay Doifode represented the State.

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Sena eyeing victory on 150 assembly seats: Raut

Shiv Sena is trying to win 150 seats on its own to ensure its Executive President Uddhav Thackeray becomes next Chief Minister of Maharashtra in ensuing assembly elections. Interestingly, Sena ... Read More
Shiv Sena is trying to win 150 seats on its own to ensure its Executive President Uddhav Thackeray becomes next Chief Minister of Maharashtra in ensuing assembly elections. Interestingly, Sena usually contests on 171 seats while its alliance partner fights 117 seats. However, due to unprecedented victory in Lok Sabha polls, state level leaders of both the parties are urging their top leadership to contest from maximum seats and not to depend on alliance partner.

Sanjay Raut, Rajya Sabha MP and Executive Editor of Sena mouthpiece Saamna, urged party workers to work hard to give unparallel success to the party. Each and every seat of the party is important and crucial in the election. He urged to win South Nagpur seat in the coming election. He was addressing party workers at Siddheshwar Hall in Manewada. District Chief Shekhar Sawarbandhe organised the convention of party workers. Nagpur Sampark Pramukh Dr. Deepak Sawant, Ramtek MP Krupal Tumane, MLA Ashish Jaiswal, former MP Prakash Jadhav, Satish Harde, Ramesh Bakshi, Chhotu Desai were present on the dais.

Raut said, it is very unfortunate that Shiv Sena does not have any representation from second capital of Maharashtra in the assembly. Nagpur should be gateway of Vidarbha for Shiv Sena. He said, the party will create its strong base in other assembly segments also. The party should work hard for hoisting saffron flag atop Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).

Dr. Deepak Sawant said, Shiv Sena should increase its base in rural as well as in urban sector. The young Shiv Saniks can change the winds in other direction. The leaders will recommend those who work hard for the party in ensuing elections.

District Chief Shekhar Sawarbandhe said, the party should stake claim on Central Nagpur and South Nagpur seats in ensuing assembly elections. He said that earlier, the party used to contest two seats in the city but somehow, the seat was reduced to only one. The party workers are trying hard to mark their presence in all the constituencies. Radheshyam Hatwar compered the programme. Raje Mudhoji Bhosale, Kishor Parate, Kishor Kumeria, Sheetal Gharat, Bandu Talvekar, and others were present in the meeting at large number.

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Road damage: HC raps State, Centre for buck-passing

Taking serious cognisance of the pitiable condition of roads and especially National Highway leading to Mouda thermal power plant executed by National Thermal Power Corproration (NTPC) due to use... Read More
Taking serious cognisance of the pitiable condition of roads and especially National Highway leading to Mouda thermal power plant executed by National Thermal Power Corproration (NTPC) due to use of heavy machinery, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has pulled up the authorities for passing the buck and blaming each other for deteriorating condition of roads.

“The authorities of the Central and State Government cannot be permitted to pass the buck on each other and deny the right of motorable roads to the citizens,”warned a division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Sunil Shukre while hearing a PIL filed by Kamptee MLA Chandrashekhar Bawankule.

Bawankule has demanded that National Highways and NTPC be directed to immediately repair the road and make is motorable. In its affidavit the State Government itself admitted that due to plying of heavy vehicles by NTPC and NHAI, the heavy damage has been caused to the internal roads. According to petitioner, 192 km roads including major parts of 40 internal roads and part of national highway have been damaged due to transport of heavy machinery required for NTPC power plant. The State Government had directed NTPC and NHAI to shell out money for road repairs, but nothing has been done. In his Kamptee constituency, Bawankule claimed that 98 km road length of 26 internal roads have been badly damaged and a sum of Rs 41.50 crore is required to restore them. Total loss has been estimated at Rs 79 crore.

The High Court has also constituted a committee headed by the Superintending Engineer, Public Works Department, representative of NTPC and Additional General Manager (HR) NTPC, to examine the condition of the roads, find out the exact value of damages to the said roads and as to whether the damage caused is on account of the vehicles used by the NTPC or the National Highway Authorities Limited and if it is on account of joint use, the individual proportion of the damages caused on account of plying of their respective vehicles. The said committee of officers have been asked to make the recommendations for repairing or restoration of the said roads and make them motorable. The panel has been directed to submit report within six weeks and submit a report on or before August 20, 2014. Adv Anil Kilor appeared for the petitioner

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Fadnavis blasts DF Government for delaying Citizens’ Charter Act

LAUNCHING a broadside against Maharashtra Government for delaying Citizens Charter Act, Devendra Fadnavis, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit chief and MLA from South-West Nagpur assembly ... Read More
LAUNCHING a broadside against Maharashtra Government for delaying Citizens Charter Act, Devendra Fadnavis, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit chief and MLA from South-West Nagpur assembly segment, extended a helping hand to citizens harassed by rampant corruption in city survey offices.

Fadnavis said the Citizens Charter would have put an end to endless delay in providing service from Government offices, a right of people. But the Democratic Front Government is least interested and hence for last two-years the Act that he had tried to introduce through Private Bill in Assembly has not yet seen light of the day.

Assuring people who had thronged his Janata Darbar, a majority of them senior citizens, Fadnavis who expressed confidence of forming the next Government in State promised to have the Citizens Charter framed. This will be the first task of new BJP-Sena alliance Government the BJP leader assured the people, most of whom came with high hopes that atleast their ordeal would come to end. Fadnavis held first ever Janata Darbar, specially for city survey matters at Parate Sabhagruha, Khamla, on Sunday. Large number of people from all over city turned-up to putforth their woes, though the programme was meant for people residing in South-West assembly segment which he represents. A majority of cases were pending for approval for getting names on property cards, exact measurement of plots, changes for errors that crept in property cards etc. Some of the cases putforth by citizens were also involved in legal tangle and Fadnavis promised to get them examined by Legal Cell of party. He also extended blanket promise to every case registered at the camp to have them cleared from City Survey office and also get back to citizens about the details.

Later addressing media Fadnavis said over 300 complaints were received and many more are still registering for which a special cell was set-up at the venue. To make segregation easier the complaints were being received Zone-wise, there are three city survey offices, Zone-I, Zone-II and Zone-III together handling the entire city. Many of the complaints, mostly elder people complained about endless visits to get what is their basic right. A common thread that people alleged is demands ranging from Rs 25,000 to Rs 1.50 lakh, presence of touts which helped in processing the matters faster. The BJP leader said the experience of common man at city survey office represents the culture that is now part of current DF Government dispensation, not to do the work of people. He warned the city survey officers that BJP has dossiers on their property, details of their cross connections with influential people in city, and also stated henceforth they will be tracked as to whom they meet and interact. Setting time limit for dealing with genuine complaints which do not have legal hassles, Fadnavis wanted these matters to be cleared within 7-15 days period and in cases that required some additional inputs they should be dealt of within two months period.

BJP leaders including MLC and Mayor Prof Anil Sole, Chairman of NMC Standing Committee Narendra Borkar, NIT Trustee Dr Ravindra Bhoyar, Ruling Party leader in NMC Pravin Datke, corporators Ramesh Shingare, Sandeep Joshi, Prakash Totwani, Girish Deshmukh, Ashwini Jichkar and others were also present.

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Armed robbers kill elderly woman in Narendra Nagar

A day light robbery in Narendra Nagar went awry resulting in murder of an elderly lady on Sunday. The incident is a chilling reminder of challenges of policing the vast expanse of urban mess th... Read More
A day light robbery in Narendra Nagar went awry resulting in murder of an elderly lady on Sunday. The incident is a chilling reminder of challenges of policing the vast expanse of urban mess that has come-up in Southern tip of city.

According to information, Roshni Mirdas Petkar (62), a resident of plot no 74, Deen Prajaahit Society, Narendra Nagar, her daughter-in-law Deepika Swapnil Petkar (26) and four month old grandson Himanshu were at home. Roshni’s son Swapnil works at Manganese mines at Saunsar, Ramtek, had gone on duty.

Roshni had just gone to bathroom and Deepika was putting clothes on rope for drying when two youths barged in the house. Deepika confronted robbers who whipped out sharp weapons and issued her threats and demanded keys to iron almirah. The time was around 1 pm. At the same time, Roshni came out from bathroom after she heard a scream and was frightened to core on seeing the sight ahead. Two robbers were threatening her daughter-in-law with sharp edged weapons while her grandson was asleep on the sofa and she instantly raised an alarm. She was hoping neighbours would respond and the robbers would flee away. But the robbers got panicked and now turned their attention to the elderly woman who got pushed down due to sudden surge by the intruders.

The robbers were brutal to core and they strangulated Roshni to silence her. Deepika gathered courage and shouted for help as she realised that her mother-in-law's was in danger. The robbers got panicked and they fled from the house. Deepika tried to revive her mother-in-law thinking she must have been knocked unconscious. She sprinkled water on her but the elderly lady did not respond. Now Deepika was frightened and she informed her relatives. The relatives informed police control room. The relatives rushed Roshni to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) where doctors declared her brought dead.

Staff of Ajni police station led by Police Inspectors Laxman Dumbre and B P Salunkhe rushed to the spot. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP Zone-I) (Additional Charge of Zone IV) Abhinash Kumar also visited the spot. Ajni police have registered the case under sections 302, 398 and 34 of Indian Penal Code read with section 135 of Bombay Police Act. The police have not made any breakthrough in the case till filing of the report.

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Why medical store operating inside Elgin premises being overlooked?

IRRESPECTIVE of strict orders of Chief Minister and Principal Secretary, Public Health and Family Planning Department, that no commercial activities will be allowed in government hospital premi... Read More
IRRESPECTIVE of strict orders of Chief Minister and Principal Secretary, Public Health and Family Planning Department, that no commercial activities will be allowed in government hospital premises, Red Cross medical stores in Lady Elgin Hospital premises is still operational. Highly placed officials in the Health Department informed that owner of the medical stores is pressuring tactics from his sources that he will be allowed to operate business of medicine selling from premises of Elgin Hospital. Sources claimed that till date the medical stores through his alleged close contacts with some leaders of ruling party manages to delay action of shifting of medical stores from the premises.

On other hand, Chief Medial and Health Officer Dr B S Chouhan finds himself in dilemma, whether he would comply the direction of removing the commercial activity in government hospital before the proposed visit of PSPHFPD this week. Now the ball in the CMHO’s court whether he would allow medical store to continue selling medicine from the hospital premises or comply the order of PSFPPHD.

PSPHFPD Praveer Krishna in a written order sent to the Chief Medical and Health Officer last month had directed him to remove commercial activities from Government Hospital premises with immediate effect. CMHO in compliance with the order has directed the concerned Civil Surgeon and Superintendent to remove all the commercial activities like canteen, medical stores, other similar activities with immediate effect. On directions of Civil Surgeon, Red Cross Medical Stores at Victoria Hospital closed his shop. On other hand, in spite of written order, medical stores at Lady Elgin Hospital continue the operation of selling medicine. Sources claimed that owner of the medical stores operating at Elgin Hospital is an active member of ruling party, he dares to open shop in spite of written order on the behest of local ruling party leader. Senior doctor on condition of anonymity informed that in last few year, Red Cross stores has become means of commercial activities, though the State Government has allowed for establishment of Red Cross medical stores to give generic medicine on subsidised rate to poor patients, but as time passes shop owner has replaced the subsidised medicines with propaganda medicine and earns huge profit by giving commission to doctors on prescribing such product. Ultimately the poor patient, who comes with a hope that he would get medicine at affordable price but returns empty-handed.

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Week-long special TB awareness drive proves beneficial for many

A WEEK-LONG special drive to control spread of tuberculosis under Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) started successfully completed registering an average 200-sputum test eve... Read More
A WEEK-LONG special drive to control spread of tuberculosis under Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) started successfully completed registering an average 200-sputum test every day at various health centers in the city. During the special drive, various awareness programme on early symptoms of Tuberculosis like continue cough for 15 days, blood from cough, etc given at Gram Arogya Kendra, Community Health Centre, Primary Health Centre for early detection of new patients. Free sputum test were taken at DOTS center, Victoria Hospital, informed District Tuberculosis Officer (DTO), Dr C P Tiwari.

Doctors at various government hospitals provided necessary Guidance and treatment to the tuberculosis positive patient during special drive this week. Dr C P Tiwari expressed satisfaction over the number of patient increased for sputum test during the whole week, special tuberculosis prevention drive. He further informed that rise of 100 patient registered from the average during the drive registered at various center every day. 100 out of sputum samples more than 2000 patient found positive for Tuberculosis, whereas every day about 9-10 patients were found positive out of around 150 samples tested every day. All the necessary diagnostic facility and treatment under DOTS and Advance DOTS therapy is available to the patients at Victoria Hospital. Treatment to around 4000 tuberculosis patients is being provided at Victoria hospital every year in the district. Though basic treatment for tuberculosis patient under DOTS program (Ethambutal, Pyrazinamide, Rifampicin, Isosinazied), streptomycin Injection are available at the center, but number of patients with developed Multi Drug Resistant (MDR) is increased in recent years. In absence of proper insulation ward at Medical Hospital, patient are compelled to go Bhopal for their treatment, but as per the recent order, now the patient with MDR would be treated in Medical College Jabalpur, after the construction of separate wards for TB patient. Dr Tiwari made an appeal that if some person having developed cough for more than 15 days, can come to nearest DOTS center and give his sputum samples for TB test apart from the special anti Tuberculosis drive, this diseases is communicable disease, early detection and necessary treatment is only method to stop further spread of disease.

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Publicity vehicle to mark World Population Day flagged off

JILA Panchayat President Bharat Singh Yadav, Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr Bharat Singh Chouhan flagged off Mamata, Prerna publicity vehicle in presence of high officials of Public Health... Read More
JILA Panchayat President Bharat Singh Yadav, Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr Bharat Singh Chouhan flagged off Mamata, Prerna publicity vehicle in presence of high officials of Public Health and Family Planning Department on the occasion of World Population Day fortnight celebration at Victoria Hospital on Friday.

CMHO Dr Chouhan said as per theme of World Population Day-2014, all the activities to celebrate the day were based on the theme ‘Small Bite-Big Threat’ given by WHO. He made an appeal to public representative, renowned personalities to promote the need and essentially of sterilisation among people in their surrounding areas, and get sterilisation done in nearest government medical centre. Informing about the activities, he said workshop will be organised on benefits of small family and disadvantage of big families with the help of poet, writers, journalist, students, awareness rally on the family planning will be organised in each Gram Aryogya Kendra, painting, song, extempore speech, debate competitions for women will be organised on July 22, quiz competition will be organised at Gram Arogya Kendra on July 23, public representative, renowned personalities will participate in cycle rally to apprise general masses on the need of population stabilisation essential for overall growth of country at each health care centre on July 24.

During Population Stabilisation Fortnight, special VHND session would be organised in each Gramsabha to connect target married couples, pregnant women with various aspects of population. Slogans on benefits of population stabilisation at village-level, list of target couples will be prepared and they will be apprised on losses due to increase in population, Special advise would be provided to the DCM, BCM and Asha workers. District Malaria Officer, Ajay Kureel, District Program Manager, Sharda Singh, Ravi Shankar Kosta, Brijesh Mishra and other officials of health department were present on the occasion.

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‘With reformative steps, Modi Govt has efficiently put Rlys back on track’

MEMBER of Parliament (MP) Rakesh Singh participated in the debate on Rail Budget and led the discussion representing BJP-led NDA Government in the Centre. In his 35 minutes address, MP Singh appr... Read More
MEMBER of Parliament (MP) Rakesh Singh participated in the debate on Rail Budget and led the discussion representing BJP-led NDA Government in the Centre. In his 35 minutes address, MP Singh appreciated efforts initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda for taking reformative steps to bring out Railways from crises developed in past years. Lambasting previous Congress-led UPA Government in the Centre for the present pathetic condition of Railways, Rakesh Singh said that Congress in its 60 years regime has not done anything for the Railways and are expecting development in six months. MP Singh said that Railways connects every part of the country. Since independence Railways has been an integral part in development of the country. But 171-year-old Railway demands expansions.

The 65,187 km rail on which 12,617 passenger trains and 7421 freight trains are making Indian Railways the 4th biggest railways in the world. Now, in global perspective, the Indian Railways need advancement, modernisation and facilities of world class. In past years previous governments could not focus on its maintenance and condition of lifeline of the country turned from bad to worse in past 10 years regime of Congress-led UPA Government in the Centre.

Modi Sarkar has a vision to put Railways back on track from ongoing crises and to change its infrastructure, which is running in deplorable condition by rejuvenating every part of this important sector. To fulfill dreams of changing face of Railways when the decision of rising fare taken in previous Railway Budget presented by UPA accepted, even on this UPA and Congress leaders have objection.

MP Rakesh Singh criticising continuous ignorance of recommendations given by various committeesconstituted in past 60 years for development of Railways. But majority of reports find place in dust-bins. He then highlighted provisions made by Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda in Railway Budget tabled in Parliament on July 8. He said for security of women passengers only excuses of security staff crunch were made by previous governments but we have declared to appoint 17000 security personnel including 4000 women constables. Thereafter, he given various firsts declared in the Railway Budget establishing the fact that since the Modi Government came in power only development remains in centre stage and this reflects in the Railway Budget. He lastly supported the budget tabled in Parliament in the debate and appealed the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Railway Minister, Gowda to give emphasis on development of projects related to Madhya Pradesh and in central India.

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JMC staffers demand quick action against Shiv Sena Corporator for manhandling clerk

DEMANDING immediate arrest of Shiv Sena Corporator Thaneshwar Mahawar for allegedly manhandling Rajesh Khrasia, Planning Clerk, deputed at Divisional Office no. 3 of Jabalpur Municipal Corporatio... Read More
DEMANDING immediate arrest of Shiv Sena Corporator Thaneshwar Mahawar for allegedly manhandling Rajesh Khrasia, Planning Clerk, deputed at Divisional Office no. 3 of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation, officials and employees of JMC went on indefinite strike on Friday. They staged protest in front of the office of Mayor Prabhat Sahu and demanded police administration to arrest Mahawar. Due to the strike, all the offices at JMC headquarters and Divisional offices remained closed. The strike caused inconvenience to the public. Employees’ Union leaders Ram Dubey and others alleged that Thaneshwar Mahawar had barged into the office of the clerk and manhandled him while he was busy discharging his duty on Thursday.

They said public representatives often misbehave with JMC officials and employees. Dubey said now they would not tolerate any such insult by public representatives and would not end the strike till Mahawar is arrested .

Employees’ Union leaders also demanded the Mayor and administration to end membership of Shiv Sena Corporator from Jabalpur Municipal Corporation and take strict action against him for his bad conduct. They also warned to continue their strike till their demands are not fulfilled. The Employees’ Union leaders alleged that Mahawar was pressurising JMC employees to provide undue benefits of government schemes to his near and dear ones. While to protest against charges levelled against him, Shiv Sena Corporator along with a large number of supporters on Friday staged dharna at Gorakhpur Police Station. Mahawar said he was falsely implicated by the clerk of JMC. Mahawar alleged that he was not present inside the office despite he was dragged into the act. The tussle between the Corporator and JMC employees is providing dear to public as their works are lying pending due to the strike.

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Police round up 8 suspects in BJYM leader’s shoot out case

ELEVEN suspects have been identified by the police in the sensational murder of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) President of Majholi Mandal (West) Chintesh Chauhan (33), who was fired from cl... Read More
ELEVEN suspects have been identified by the police in the sensational murder of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) President of Majholi Mandal (West) Chintesh Chauhan (33), who was fired from close range by a group of miscreants late on Thursday night. Out of the 11 identified around eight have been rounded-up by the police. The brutal murder of BJYM leader is an outcome of old rivalry.

About the murder of BJYM leader it may be recalled that on Thursday, Chintesh Chauhan was returning to his native village Lohri under Majholi police station on a bike along with his friend Narayan and two others in another motor bike. While heading for the village they were allegedly intercepted by Sitaram Chauhan, Ranjeet Chauhan, Chunulal Kachi, Brajbhan Kachi, Jangbhadhur, Rajbhadhur, Ravindra Chauhan and others.

Taken by surprise, Chintesh and his friend tried to defend themselves, as the miscreants who had intercepted them shot them by a country-made revolver. The miscreants then managed to flee from the spot leaving Chintesh in a desolate condition. His friends rushed him to Metro Hospital, Jabalpur. After being brought to the hospital the medical staff declared him brought dead. On being informed police reached the hospital and carried out investigations and made panchnama and referred the body for autopsy to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital. A case of murder was registered by the police.

Additional SP (Rural) Mahesh Chandra Jain informed that Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha leader was shot by miscreants when he along with friends were returning to the village.

After preliminary investigations it is informed that a land measuring 72 acre of Forest Department was encroached by Sitaram Chauhan. It is speculated that Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha leader had informed the Forest Department about alleged encroachment.

Owing to information obtained from the Forest Department staffers reached the encroached land and seized JCB found deployed in the forest land. The investigation team have obtained evidence that in view of the action taken by the Forest Department made Sitaram Chauhan skeptic that Chintesh Chauhan worked as informer for the Forest Department and thereupon developed animosity.

Murder of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha leaders happens to be an outcome of animosity developed due to alleged information given to Forest Department that eventually accounted for seizing JCB of Sitaram from the forest land.

On being contacted, Additional SP (Rural) Mahesh Chandra Jain informed that the murder is an outcome of old animosity between Chintesh Chauhan and other villagers offended.

He informed that Chintesh was killed in a planned manner as miscreants apparently rounded up and fired indiscriminately. Of the 11 suspects absconding, 8 have been rounded up by the police while search for remaining three absconding miscreants is on and we are hopeful of early arrest.

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Birth Certificates can be received free of cost within 21 days of birth

Birth certificate is the first legal right and identity proof of every child. Birth certificate is an important document required for issuance of driving license, voter id and passport etc. If cl... Read More
Birth certificate is the first legal right and identity proof of every child. Birth certificate is an important document required for issuance of driving license, voter id and passport etc. If claimed within 21 days of birth of a child, birth certificates are available for free. After 21 days also, birth certificates can be received at minimal fee from Municipal Council, Municipal Corporation, or Gram Panchayat concerned. Presently, the rate of birth-death registration is significantly low in Chhattisgarh, to improve which State Government and Union Minister of Home are jointly making efforts. Statistics Department officials informed that under Birth-Death Registration Act 1969 and Chhattisgarh Birth-Death Registration Rule 2001, registration of birth-death registration is compulsory in Chhattisgarh and all other states of India. Fee for searching the entry in birth-death register is Rs 2 per year. Death certificate is an important document in the cases of property transference, insurance claims, family pensions etc. Birth-death registration can be used as proof under Indian Proof Act, 1872. Moreover, these are also very important for census and health related data. Under Birth-Death Act 1969, there is a provision of charging penalty to the registrar for not reporting registration. Present rate of birth-death registration in India is 82 per cent (as per year 2010). It is compulsory for head of the family/family member/aanganbadi worker/kotwar in case of household, for Village Head in case of a village, to report the incidence of birth or death to Panchayat Secretary or Deputy Registrar within 21 days. In case, the birth or death has taken place in a hospital or any other institution, then District Registrar has to be reported about the same. In urban areas, officials of urban development bodies like municipal council, municipal corporation, and nagar panchayat act as registrar. In case the information is provided verbally, then it is compulsory for the registrar to take signature/thumb impression of the informer on completely filled form-1, 2 or 3 for birth report, death report or birth-death report respectively, as per the case. Registrar is also responsible for ensuring the completion of entire procedure of making entry of the birth-death report, as per the rules.

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Baghel holds spl camp in Patan on ration card claims/objections

Chhattisgarh Congress has alleged that there is widespread resentment amongst beneficiaries across state on the manner in which state government officials are carrying out ration card cancellatio... Read More
Chhattisgarh Congress has alleged that there is widespread resentment amongst beneficiaries across state on the manner in which state government officials are carrying out ration card cancellation. Chhattisgarh Congress President Bhupesh Baghel, on Friday, held a special camp in his legislative area of Patan where party workers helped local beneficiaries understand verification drive and how to file claims/objections. He said that similar camps on party initiative are receiving massive success across the state. Party spokesperson blamed the policies of state government behind many chakkajams, dharnas and demonstrations across Chhattisgarh. He said that many a genuine beneficiaries are facing harassment in the name of ration card verification. He also alleged that similar ration card verification drive was carried out in year 2009 when many beneficiaries were deprived of their genuine right.

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Ramkrishna Care Hospital equipped with Einstein Vision 2-3D laparoscopy system

Ramkrishna Care Hospital (RCH) in the state capital is now equipped with Einstein Vision 2- 3D laparoscopy system that ensures the best accuracy in minimally invasive surgeries by providing the s... Read More
Ramkrishna Care Hospital (RCH) in the state capital is now equipped with Einstein Vision 2- 3D laparoscopy system that ensures the best accuracy in minimally invasive surgeries by providing the surgeon much better view of the anatomy of the patient on monitors. RCH with this system is now far ahead to benefit the patients because in such high precision surgeries the time required, pain and blood loss are much less; the recovery is faster and the cosmetic results are also better. Scopes are inserted into the abdomen through minor incisions and the images of the organs inside the abdominal cavity are viewed on 3D Monitors wearing 3D Glasses. This is like watching a 3D movie in a theatre, and is far superior to watching ordinary movies. The kind of system in RCH is the first in Asia Pacific, said Dr Gurmukh Advani, Country Manager, B Braun and Dr Sandeep Dave, Managing and Medical Director of RCH, and a laparoscopic surgeon. Minimally invasive surgery is highly technology dependent and needs expert surgeons’ operative skills. Currently, one of the challenges in laparoscopic surgery is adaptation to the routinely used 2 dimensional (2D) camera which gives a flat view of surgical field on the monitor. It is like operating with one eye closed. 3D anatomy is seen on a 2D Monitor with no depth perspective. Tissue handling and suturing is extremely difficult. Einstein 3D laparoscopy overcomes the limitation of earlier camera and gives excellent depth perception and resolution. The net effect of the display is looking at the organ in real life, on the 3D TV Monitor! Magnified view of organs is possible, and with advantage of gentle tissue handling and minimal scar on the abdomen. Einstein Vision 2 - 3D system has optical components made by SCHOLLY and developed and marketed by AESCULAP - BBRAUN. Based on the AESCULAP experience of