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HC notice to Transport Deptt authorities on contempt plea

Justice B P Dharmadhikari and Justice A P Bhangale at the High Court here issued notices to Chief Secretary of Maharashtra Government, Secretary (Transport) Gautam Chatterjee, Commissioner (Tra... Read More
Justice B P Dharmadhikari and Justice A P Bhangale at the High Court here issued notices to Chief Secretary of Maharashtra Government, Secretary (Transport) Gautam Chatterjee, Commissioner (Transport) Mahesh Zagade, and other authorities on a contempt plea. The notices are returnable on March 16.

The other officers to whom notices have been issued include Regional Transport Officer (Nagpur) Sarjerao Shelke, RTO (Nagpur Rural) Sharad Jichkar, Deputy RTO (Nagpur East) Ravindra Bhuyar. The notices have been issued on a contempt plea under Sections 11 and 12 of Contempt of Courts Act, 1971. Santosh Gupta and others have filed the petition accusing the Transport Department authorities of violating the orders of the High Court in writ petitions 2065/1987 and 5001/1999.

It is the contention of the petitioners that they are ‘authorised representatives’ of motor vehicle owners, duly appointed under sections 182 and 183 of The Contract Act, 1872 read with Power of Attorney Act, in Nagpur. They have alleged that the State Transport Department authorities have arbitrarily restricted their entry into Regional Transport Offices on the directions of State Transport Commissioner Mahesh Zagade dated January 12, 2015. The petitioners stated that they are legally appointed ‘authorised representatives’ and entitled to work on behalf of their masters as per Contract Act and as per the judgment and orders passed by the High Court. The Court had held on June 6, 2002 that if a person enters with valid authority letter on behalf of his master/vehicle owner with due authority letter to do the specific work, he shall not be restrained from entering into the premises of RTO offices. But, Transport Commissioner has issued directions on January 12, 2015 that no agents should be allowed to enter into RTO offices. The petitioners felt that the authorities had committed ‘contempt’ and are liable for punishment under Sections 11 and 12 of the Contempt of Court Act, 1971.

Adv Tushar Mandlekar appeared for petitioners and Adv Ketki Joshi for the State.

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Rail Budget offers new works worth Rs 3,470 crore to CR Nagpur Divn

Central Railway’s Nagpur Division has hit a bumper lottery in the Rail Budget in terms of new works worth Rs 3,470 crore. Similarly, a sum of Rs 591.75 crore is received for ongoing expansion... Read More
Central Railway’s Nagpur Division has hit a bumper lottery in the Rail Budget in terms of new works worth Rs 3,470 crore. Similarly, a sum of Rs 591.75 crore is received for ongoing expansion and other development works in the division, said Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) O P Singh while sharing details with media on Friday.

Singh said, the new works mostly relates to capacity augmentation relating to doubling and tripling of existing corridors. The approval of new works is highest in history of Nagpur Division. The funds for new works is going to be arranged from financial institutions about which Budget has not given details. All eyes are fixed on Rail Bhawan as to how it manages to get private funds for rail transport, as worldwide the trend is negative. The identified projects of doubling and tripling in Central India are of utmost important to decongest the bottlenecks that remained ignored over a long period.

High Speed Corridor: One of the highlight of new works is sanction of Rs 76 crore for development of high speed corridors on Nagpur-Ballarshah section. DRM Singh said about two years are required to carry out repairs to bridges, culverts, replace turnouts and lay high capacity rail, upgrade signalling system, to get ready for running trains at 130 km/hr. Rajdhani and Duranto, both of which have LHB coaches, apart from Premium Trains have capacity to run at highest permissible speed in section.

He said, an incremental benefit of development of high speed corridor for division would be increase in average speed of trains, including that of goods trains. Today, one BoxHL train speed was increased from 60 km/hr to 75 km/hr and progressively other trains would be covered. The benefit of faster movement of trains would be increased availability of space on tracks leading to introduction of new train services. To a question, DRM said it’s difficult to calculate speed increase. Further he stated that at division level speed of some passenger trains would be increased as they end-up blocking the path and creating congestion. Same is the case with goods trains whose speed too is being targeted to increase substantially.

Third Line: For Itarsi-Nagpur third line a sum of Rs 153.18 crore is sanctioned in the next financial year. The total cost of project is pegged at Rs 2,326 crore for 297 kms. The work is divided into three projects, including two ghat schemes.

Another third line work sanctioned for division is Nagpur-Sewagram (76.3 kms) for which Rs 50 crore is allocated from general railway pool and other Rs 55 crore from institutional finance. For Wardha-Ballarshah third line (132 kms) Rs 14.40 crore would be arranged for the year ahead. Total project cost is pegged at Rs 630 crore. Shed Expansion: A proposal to expand capacity of Ajni Electric Loco Shed was approved in the budget and it’s going to cost Rs 14.95 crores. The project envisages increasing holding capacity of Shed from current 175 to 200 locos. Also Rs 25.50 crore is earmarked for electrification work on Amravati-Narkher line which is 138 kms. Once electrified the route would cater to movement of goods traffic going to Badnera via Nagpur by skipping station yard. Other senior officers of division were also present at the press conference.

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Detection rate slumps while serious crime increases in city

Already under fire for steady decline in conviction rate last year, detection rate too has lagged in Nagpur Police Commissionerate. The record compiled by cops indicates a jump of 5% in crime rat... Read More
Already under fire for steady decline in conviction rate last year, detection rate too has lagged in Nagpur Police Commissionerate. The record compiled by cops indicates a jump of 5% in crime rate while the corresponding detection rate increased by just 1%. In 2014, total 8,817 cases were registered as against 8,366 in the year 2013. Going through the record sheet, it appears that there is a spurt in serious crimes viz. murder, dacoity, chain-snatching, cheating. For top brass of police machinery in second capital of State, time has come to pull-up its socks and the force needs to tighten the grip on criminals.

The city witnessed 103 murders in the year 2013 and in 2014, too, the figure is the same. In the last year, 11 cases remained undetected. About 92 attempt to murder cases were registered in city which shows a jump of 10% as compared to figure of the year 2013.

In 2013, total 15 dacoities were reported and 14 of them were detected successfully by City Police. However, the cops have solved only 12 dacoity cases out of 16 registered in the year 2014. Though detection rate in robbery shows marked improvement at 61%, that of house-breaking theft (HBT) is pegged at 24% only.

Thieves are striking at will in city and everywhere booty looted is in range of couple of lakhs. And as most of time case gets reported to police station quite late, the cops have very little to investigate. Also in most theft cases the accused tend to dispose of booty quite fast which makes recovery quite a complicated process. Further, another reason for falling detection could be vacancies in city police force. Also off late the bandobast duty for visiting VIPs is consuming lot of working time of officers as well as field staff. Therefore, this double burden is taking its toll of men and machinery which gets reflected in detection rate.

Crime against women soaring

A jump of 29% is seen in the crime against women. About 113 rape cases were reported across the city in year 2014 as compared to 90 in year 2013. Detection rate in rape cases has fallen down by 3% in 2014 and it was 100% in year 2013. The molestation cases graph is also on rise as city police registered 70 more cases than the previous year. Total 279 molestation cases under section 354 of IPC were registered in the city. However the figure was 209 in year 2013.

Around 3,000 thefts in a year

Property theft graph is soaring high and has touched the mark of 3,000. City had reported 2,760 total thefts in 2013 and the figure zoomed to 2,962 in 2014. The cops have detected only 712 thefts with detection rate of 24% which was 23% in 2013.

Maximum share of total thefts are of motor vehicle, 1604 of them were stolen in 2014 which is a jump of 12% (1430 motor vehicle were reported stolen in year 2013). The investigations too need to be spruced-up by city police.

Zone-1: No preventive action, crime graph soars

The performance if analysed zone-wise reveals that Zone-I report card was not that significant. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abhinash Kumar was heading the Zone before he was transferred to Zone-III of Nagpur Police Commissionerate. Comparatively other zones which functioned sans any limelight managed good rate on detection front as also on preventive action. Zone-I covers police stations viz. Sitabuldi, Ambazari, Wadi, MIDC, Sonegaon and Rana Pratap Nagar.

In Zone-I, 1,253 crime cases were registered under Class I-V category in 2014. The figure was 1,152 in 2013. The Zone also witnessed spurt in attempts to murder, robberies, house breaking thefts, motor vehicle thefts and crime against women. The Zone reported 19 attempt to murder cases in 2014 which has double than previous year (only 9 in 2013). If analysed minutely, the Zone hogged maximum highlight due to high profile gambling raids, but somehow this seemed to had deflected attention on detection of serious crime.

Also during last year Zone-I did not undertook preventive action. MPDA was invoked against 11 dreaded goons in Commissionerate. About a dozen criminals were externed of the total 94 cases done in the same year.

A senior police officer said, police has to work very hard and have total dedication if them contemplating registering cases under MPDA and MCOCA, and hence field officers are reluctant to pursue this options. Similarly media ignores this cases and they get relegated to some corners in newspapers.

Zone-2: Theft cases reduce, serious crime increases worry

DCP Zone II Sanjay Latkar who took over reins in August and before that DCP Shantaram Waghmare maintained a tight vigil in the Zone in year 2014.

The DCP’s succeeded in reducing thefts cases. However, there is slight increase in cases of murder, attempt to murder, dacoity and also in crime against women. The Zone covers police stations viz Panchpaoli, Jaripatka, Koradi, Sadar and Gittikhadan, and they registered 1018 crime cases in Class I-V, an increase of 65 cases as pervious year the figure was 953 cases. The Zone have however fared better on detection front as they cracked 453 cases in year 2014, a jump of 15% compared to previous year. Five criminals under MPDA Act was slapped on five goons and 29 others were externed.

Out of 23 murder cases and 25 attempt to murder cases, the Zone detected 21 murders and 19 attempt to murder cases. Jaripatka police station recorded eight murders followed by seven in Koradi, five in Panchpaoli, three in Koradi and nil in Sadar police station's jurisdiction. About 706 thefts were reported in the Zone and 214 of them were detected and Sadar police station recorded maximum cases i.e. 208.

Figures of crime against women put the Zone under scanner as the jump is of 50% in rape and 100% in molestation cases in year 2014. In 2013, just 21 cases of rape and 53 molestation cases were reported and last year the figures are 31 rape cases and 98 molestation cases in year 2014.

Zone-3: Murder cases show marked rise

Among the four Zones, Zone-III crime graph was lowest. In 2013, the Zone registered 754 serious crimes and the figure rose to 875 in Year 2014. Zone III reported maximum cases of murders in the city i.e. 32 in Year 2014.

Kalamna and Yashodhara Nagar police registered eight murders cases each in Year 2014 followed by five each in Kotwali and Ganeshpeth, four in Lakadganj and two in Tehsil police stations jurisdictions. Kalamna and Lakadganj police stations had reported 12 murders and nine murders in year 2013 respectively. This Zone is most troublesome for city police as it is well known to have maximum concentration of big time criminals. Also the areas has concentration of big markets where daily transactions of huge value takes place. Another factor that

is troublesome for cops is that migrated labours who have made it their home in this areas. DCP Nirmala Devi (Now, acting as DCP Zone I) had taken charge of the Zone in month of August 2014 from Sanjay Darade. The Zone covers Kotwali, Tehsil, Kalamna, Lakadganj, Ganeshpeth and Yashodhara Nagar police stations. Out of total 32 murders, the police have managed to solve 30 and maintained 100% detection rate in 21 attempt to murder cases.

Despite spurt in thefts, the crime rate of Zone was same as that of year 2013.

In preventive steps, the DCPs have done a MCOCA and a MPDA cases and externed 27 goons in year 2014. The Zone showed declining trend in rape cases as 21 rape cases were reported in Year 2014 as against 27 cases reported in year 2013. However, cases of molestation increased by 10 in Year 2014.

Zone-4: Classical policing, maximum detection

DCP Zone IV Ishu Sindhu joined in August, taking over reins from DCP Chandra Kishore Mina. The cops stuck to basic policing in a bid to tackle the rising crime graph, a trend common in Urban areas. The Zone recorded 31 cases of murder in year 2012, and in 2013 there were 29 cases while detection was of 28 cases. The Zone have also observed declining trend in attempt to murder cases i.e. 35 in year 2013 to 27 in year 2014. This Zone covers Ajni, Hudkeshwar, Dhantoli, Sakkardara, Imambada and Nandanvan police stations. When one went into reason it was learnt that maximum preventive actions were taken by DCP Mina and later carried on by Sindhu in the Zone. The Zone invoked MCOCA in one cases, detention of five under MPDA and 26 externment against goons. This had the desired effect and immediately reflected in crime graph.

Only one dacoity occurred in the Zone in a year. DCP Mina was known for his thrust on keeping-up pressure on force and sticking to time tested styles in tackling criminals. The Zone have also reported decrease in robbery and HBT’s cases as 51 cases were reported with detection of 29 in year 2014. There were 325 HBTs in Year 2013 and police managed to bring down the figure to 300 in Year 2014.

In Zone IV, Nandanvan police recorded eight murders, followed by seven in Hudkeshwar, five in Ajni, four each in Imambada and Sakkardara and one in Dhantoli police stations. The murder under Dhantoli police station remains undetected.

Ajni, Hudkeshwar and Nandanvan police stations have reported 79, 74 and 75 HBTs in year 2014 respectively. The same police stations had reported 68, 119 and 56 HBTs in year 2013.

While Hudkeshwar police stations are showing declining trend, the Ajni and Nandanvan police station showed rise in cases of HBTs.

After studying the pattern of crime in the Zone, DCP Sindhu have introduced a new pro-active style of policing. He has assigned a criminal to a policemen and this continuous man to man tracking has provided good results.

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After HC rap, Govt sets up panels to spruce up civic hospitals

Pathetic condition of public hospitals and those attached to Government Medical Colleges may become a thing of past, if the Public Health Department’s move to constitute high-level panels to c... Read More
Pathetic condition of public hospitals and those attached to Government Medical Colleges may become a thing of past, if the Public Health Department’s move to constitute high-level panels to clean up these Aegean Stables succeeds. Following the rap from Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court about shoddy and unhygienic condition prevailing in these hospitals, catering mostly to low income groups, the department has finally woken up from deep slumber.

The High Court had observed that due to unhygienic conditions prevailing in Government Hospitals including Medical College and Hospitals, Rural Hospitals, Cottage Hospitals, Public Health Centers and Sub Centers, the chances of hospital acquired infections going viral was very high and usual excuses like insufficient staff, inadequate budget would no longer be tolerated.

The new Government in Maharashtra, which has accorded top priority to public health, has taken the issue seriously. Health Minister Dr Deepak Sawant has constituted a state-level committee headed by Chief Secretary. Principal Secretary (Finance), Medical Education Secretary and Additional Chief Secretary of PWD, Principal Secretary of Health Department will be members of this panel and oversee turnaround of public health system in State.

The divisional-level committee will be chaired by Divisional Commissioner. The members of the committee will be Deputy Director Health Services, Chief Engineer of PWD, Dean of GMCH, officer of MPCB.

These committees will see cleanliness, water and power supply in the hospitals. The members are expected to pay surprise visits to hospitals to check the facilities provided to patients.

The PIL filed by Dinanath Waghmare before High Court pointed out unsatisfactory services provided to women patients and narrated as to how many of them were forced to deliver their children in unhygienic conditions which is detrimental to the health of such women and also the newly born babies. A visit made by Fact Finding Team of Human Rights Law Network (an NGO) to Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur, Government Medical College and Hospital, various Public Health Centers, Sub Centers, Rural Hospitals as well as cottage hospitals revealed that the garbage and biomedical waste was dumped in an open area, around the walk­ways and wards. The toilets were totally unhygienic. There was no proper facility for supply of potable drinking water. In some of the wards, two or more women share one bed. In a neonatal ward, 2­3 new born babies are squeezed in one incubator, the PIL stated. It can be seen that one of the major factors in contributing to these unhygienic conditions, is inadequate number of staff. According to an affidavit filed by the authorities before the High Court, due to a large number of vacancies of attendants and sweepers, it is not possible to keep control over the egress and ingress of the hospital.

The High Court which had undertaken the task of rejuvenating ailing public health institutions of Nagpur city one decade ago, has once again gave a wake up call to authorities to come with long term and pragmatic solutions to this vexed issue and to look into the matter of providing basic facilities to all the government-run medical institutions, find out lacunae and suggest corrective measures for ensuring that the right of health is extended to all citizens.

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Grand opening to third ‘Wagh Utsav’

The third ‘Wagh Utsav’ organised by Vidarbha Economic Development Council and the South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC), supported by MTDC, started off with a bang in the premises of SCZ... Read More
The third ‘Wagh Utsav’ organised by Vidarbha Economic Development Council and the South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC), supported by MTDC, started off with a bang in the premises of SCZCC from Friday. Within the Utsav are several programmes scheduled for three days, all of them at the SCZCC premises. The Hitavada is the Media Partner and Radio Mirchi the Radio Partner. NDTV would be shooting a one-hour capsule on the programme. A Wildlife Photography Exhibition of photographs selected from 75 entries was inaugurated at the hands of Banwarilal Purohit, former MP, in the evening and kept open till 9 pm. Concurrently, Mrignayanee Stalls and a Tribal Haat with 35 stalls were also inaugurated by him. It remained open to the public till 9 pm. On the opening day, school competitions were held during for two school groups i.e. classes 4th to 6th and classes 7th to 9th in fancy-dress, best out of waste and dry and fresh flower arrangement. The winners of the Fancy dress competition in Group A were Piyush Meshram (Bhange Public School) - 1st prize; Rashi Mishra (same school) - 2nd prize; Damia Arya (Jain International) - 3rd prize. In Group B, the winners were Yusuf Ansari (CP & Berar School) Prathmesh Churalwar (Saraswati Vidyalaya) and Gagandeep Kothari won first, second and third prizes respectively. In the of best out of waste competition, winners in Group A were Rohan Dangare (Rajkumar Kewalramani School) - 1st prize; Ananya Saraf (NKA) - 2nd prize; and Yash Khadaskar, (BVM) - 3rd prize. In Group B, the winners were Urvashi (Bhide Girls’ High School) - 1st prize; Rutvik Shende (Somalwar High School) - 2nd prize, and Sejal (Jain International School) - 3rd prize. A special prize to Rupesh Uidey of Mukhbadhir (Deaf & Dumb) School, Saoner was also given. In the flower arrangement competition, the winners in Group A were – Vijaydas Dasriya, 1st prize; Utkarsha Wanjari - 2nd prize, Vijayshri Orugunta - 3rd prize. And a special prize was given to Vijaydas Dasriya of Mukbadhir (Deaf & Dumb) School, Saoner. In Group B, the winners were Vedanti Jagtap - first; Noureen Ali - second; Palak Chopra - third. A quiz for school students, ‘The Jungle Quiz’ also was held with participation by 150 students. In Group A, Modern School, Koradi Road, won the first prize comprising students Sharvil Sadafale and Riddhima Bhagat. The second prize was won by Modern School comprising students Siddharth Bambal and Aditya Bhole and third by Modern School, NEERI. In Group B, Modern School, Koradi Road, won the first prize comprising Parth Saraykar and Sujay Ganorkar, second prize by Jain International School comprising students Avni Tambi and Aryan Madaan and third prize by Modern School, NEERI, comprising Shefali Hardas and Aalhad Raut. Also, ‘Mujhe Bhi Kuch Kehna Hai’ for local artist’s, ‘Dadi-Dadi Ki Kahaniyan’ for senior citizens and a quiz for the visitors were part of the big draw at the Food Court apart from the food stalls. All this culminated in an exciting Cultural Evening inaugurated at the hands of Krupal Tumane, MP from Ramtek. Tribal dances, fashion-show etc were organised as part of the event. The folk dances were a colorful extravaganza and a sight for sore eyes. Artist’s from different States performed Songi Mukhawate from Maharashtra, Chhau Nritya and an animal mask dance, i.e. two dances from Odisha, Pulli Vaishalu (Tiger Mask) from Andhra Pradesh, Charkula and Mayur from UP and Singhi Cham (Snow Lion) from Sikkim. Vandana Colchha compered the programme. From Rajasthan there were Bahrupiyas dressed as animals, entertaining the visitors scattered all over the venue. Devendra Parekh, President, Ved, Vilas Kale, Dr Piush Kumar, Hanumant Hede, Vinita Mathur, Vinay Thakur, Vinita Bahari, Sangeeta Parekh, Rahul Upganlawar, Pallavi Upganlawar, Sudhir Ghike, Navin Malewar, Anup Manchalwar, Harsha Jharia, Vibha Gotmare, Nitin Gandhi and others were present. On February 21, the programmes will start at 10 am with a talk by Raghav Chandra, Additional Secretary, Union Ministry of Cultural Affairs, on ‘Tiger Conservation’, followed by interaction. An advance photography workshop, book recitation by Raghav Chandra, story-telling and other programmes would also be held.

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Fascinating journey of Dwivedi from driver to doctor

Dr Kamleshwar Prasad Dwivedi has proved that hard work and dedication can lead one tos success. Dwivedi works as driver in Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj University (RTMNU), but his dedication and ... Read More
Dr Kamleshwar Prasad Dwivedi has proved that hard work and dedication can lead one tos success. Dwivedi works as driver in Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj University (RTMNU), but his dedication and determination to carve a niche for himself ultimately changed his frotune and on Friday he was one of the recepients of Doctor of Philosophy during the 101st Convocation ceremony of RTMNU. Behind this inspiring success there was a struggle and Dr Dwivedi bravely overcome the obstacle with aplomb. This Rewa-based driver came to Nagpur in search of job and he was just SSC pass. Responsibilities of family gave him no chance to pursue further education. But he was determined about acquring more knowledge . “It was very tough to prepare myself to restart learning process, but my family encouraged me to do so,” Dr Dwivedi informed ‘The Hitavada’. Thereafter, he completed HSC as an external student and took admission in Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and did his graduation. He further did his MA in social sciences from IGNOU and during this period he got the job of driver at RTMNU. “After getting job in RTMNU, again I was away from studies. But, with the help of proper time management, I took a decision to complete MA in Hindi and did it,” he added. The biggest obstacle in his learning process came when he tried to get register of Ph.D. A driver doing Ph.D is a strange thing and many people viewed me with strange eyes and it was difficult to find a guide in the University, a sad commentary and how hollow our commitment to egalitarian society is. Every one refused to guide me for the research work, Dr Dwivedi explained. “Thanks to Prof Pramod Sharma of Hindi Department who guided me for the research and whatever I have achieved is possible just because of his selfless efforts,” Dr Dwivedi stated. Dwivedi has two sons and a daughter, the younger son is doing Bachelors of Technology from Laxminarayan Institute of Technology (LIT). “My car was my study room and also my office which saved my life and definitely helped me to establish myself,” he said.

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Mpl Commr presents ‘realistic’ civic budget

Emphasising on need to focus on ‘rationalisation’ of tax structure and making Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) ‘sustainable’, Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar presented to the Stan... Read More
Emphasising on need to focus on ‘rationalisation’ of tax structure and making Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) ‘sustainable’, Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar presented to the Standing Committee his budget for the financial year 2015-16. While scaling down NMC budget estimates for 2014-15 from Rs 1,645.02 crore to Rs 1,341.55 crore, Hardikar proposed a ‘realistic’ budget of Rs 1,294.75 crore for 2015-16.

“My focus is pretty clear. I wish to concentrate on good governance backed by e-governance, facilitating citizen services like making tax payment easier, and rationalising tax structures while delivering quality services,” Hardikar told the reporters while addressing a press conference on Friday evening after presenting a copy of the budget to Narendra Borkar, Chairman of NMC Standing Committee.

At the same time, he said, Local Body Tax (LBT) will continue in 2015-16 also as NMC has not received any communication otherwise.

In 2015-16, Hardikar has proposed a budget with revenue of Rs 1,294.67 crore. This includes Rs 500 crore revenue from LBT, Rs 250 crore from property tax, Rs 125 crore from water user charges on metered connections, Rs 6.05 crore from Market Department, Rs 71.75 crore from Town Planning Department, and Rs 341.87 crore from ‘other income, loans, investment, advances etc’. Municipal Commissioner has estimated expenditure in 2015-16 to be Rs 1,294.65 crore. This includes Rs 307.64 crore on establishment, Rs 24.96 crore on administration, Rs 95 crore on pension of retired employees, Rs 208.78 crore on operations/maintenance/repairs, Rs 602.82 crore as capital expenditure, Rs 55.45 crore on ‘other heads’.

Asked about the scaling down of the budget estimates for 2014-15 by Rs 303.47 crore -- from Rs 1,645.02 crore to Rs 1,341.55 crore -- Hardikar said that he had kept it at a ‘realistic’ level. Interestingly, in his speech, the Municipal Commissioner stated categorically that he did not notice any substantial increase in ‘revenue resources, recovery, new taxes, inherent competence’. To a question on his budget estimates for 2015-16 being lesser -- at Rs 1,294.67 crore -- than the ‘revised estimates’ for 2014-15 at Rs 1,341.55 crore, Hardikar said that he expected more revenue and recovery in 2015-16. “Still, if comparisons are to be drawn, the revised estimates for 2014-15 include Rs 200 crore of loan component. If that is to be deducted, the revised estimates stand at Rs 1,141.55 crore. Compared to this figure, my estimate for 2015-16 is higher,” he explained.

Replying to another question, Municipal Commissioner said that NMC had clocked a revenue of Rs 825 crore till January 2015 including Rs 295 crore from LBT. Compared to even the revised estimates for 2014-15, the total revenue collection till January 2015 is Rs 516.55 crore lesser. Also, compared to estimated recovery of LBT at Rs 425 crore, the actual collection till January is 295 crore, which is Rs 130 crore less. Against this backdrop, will NMC be able to meet the ‘revised’ revenue targets in remaining two months of February and March of financial year 2014-15, remains a question.

Hardikar also emphasised on improving administrative functioning, enhancing dedication to work among officials and employees, preparing and implementing effectively ‘a plan for planned development’ of the city. To meet these goals, there is a need to strengthen the functioning of Town Planning Department. “We are inviting top planners of the country. If planning is better, development can be done properly, keeping in mind the benefits that the citizens will get in next 30 years,” he said. As far as public utility lands are concerned, Municipal Commissioner said, several steps are to be taken including corrections in Development Control Rules (DCR), using space creatively, planning proper utilisation of available space, rational view-point on public utility. “But, in any case, illegal and not sanctionable things cannot be condoned,” he added when asked about violations that had taken place in the past. He also underlined the need for acquiring reserved lands.

Sanjay Kakde, Deputy Municipal Commissioner; Pramod Bhusari, Additional Deputy Municipal Commissioner; Prakash Urade, Superintending Engineer; Madan Gadge, Chief Accounts and Finance Officer, S S Hastak, Tax Assessor, and other officers also were present at the press conference.

Two new initiatives proposed In his budget, Municipal Commissioner has proposed two new initiatives including a Chemotherapy centre for poor and needy cancer patients, and creating a network of concrete roads. “On the lines of dialysis centre, I have proposed to start a Chemotherapy centre for poor. For the purpose, we are exploring the possibility of making available a ward at Indira Gandhi Rugnalaya of NMC,” said Hardikar. Another plan is to create a network of concrete roads in the city.

Three new taxes proposed

As per the provisions of Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, the civic administration has proposed to introduce three new taxes in 2015-16. These include 3 per cent each as Water Benefit Tax and Sewerage Tax, and 5 per cent Street Tax. This will be part of property tax ‘rationalisation’. Already, a proposal for revised taxation has been submitted for policy decision and approval of general body. The water user charges also may be reduced from 40 per cent to 25 per cent, if number of metered connections increase. “For the purpose of putting development of the city on fast track, I appeal to the citizens to pay taxes properly and co-operate us,” said Hardikar.

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Mpl Commr presents ‘realistic’ civic budget

Emphasising on need to focus on ‘rationalisation’ of tax structure and making Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) ‘sustainable’, Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar presented to the Stan... Read More
Emphasising on need to focus on ‘rationalisation’ of tax structure and making Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) ‘sustainable’, Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar presented to the Standing Committee his budget for the financial year 2015-16. While scaling down NMC budget estimates for 2014-15 from Rs 1,645.02 crore to Rs 1,341.55 crore, Hardikar proposed a ‘realistic’ budget of Rs 1,294.75 crore for 2015-16.

“My focus is pretty clear. I wish to concentrate on good governance backed by e-governance, facilitating citizen services like making tax payment easier, and rationalising tax structures while delivering quality services,” Hardikar told the reporters while addressing a press conference on Friday evening after presenting a copy of the budget to Narendra Borkar, Chairman of NMC Standing Committee.

At the same time, he said, Local Body Tax (LBT) will continue in 2015-16 also as NMC has not received any communication otherwise.

In 2015-16, Hardikar has proposed a budget with revenue of Rs 1,294.67 crore. This includes Rs 500 crore revenue from LBT, Rs 250 crore from property tax, Rs 125 crore from water user charges on metered connections, Rs 6.05 crore from Market Department, Rs 71.75 crore from Town Planning Department, and Rs 341.87 crore from ‘other income, loans, investment, advances etc’. Municipal Commissioner has estimated expenditure in 2015-16 to be Rs 1,294.65 crore. This includes Rs 307.64 crore on establishment, Rs 24.96 crore on administration, Rs 95 crore on pension of retired employees, Rs 208.78 crore on operations/maintenance/repairs, Rs 602.82 crore as capital expenditure, Rs 55.45 crore on ‘other heads’.

Asked about the scaling down of the budget estimates for 2014-15 by Rs 303.47 crore -- from Rs 1,645.02 crore to Rs 1,341.55 crore -- Hardikar said that he had kept it at a ‘realistic’ level. Interestingly, in his speech, the Municipal Commissioner stated categorically that he did not notice any substantial increase in ‘revenue resources, recovery, new taxes, inherent competence’. To a question on his budget estimates for 2015-16 being lesser -- at Rs 1,294.67 crore -- than the ‘revised estimates’ for 2014-15 at Rs 1,341.55 crore, Hardikar said that he expected more revenue and recovery in 2015-16. “Still, if comparisons are to be drawn, the revised estimates for 2014-15 include Rs 200 crore of loan component. If that is to be deducted, the revised estimates stand at Rs 1,141.55 crore. Compared to this figure, my estimate for 2015-16 is higher,” he explained.

Replying to another question, Municipal Commissioner said that NMC had clocked a revenue of Rs 825 crore till January 2015 including Rs 295 crore from LBT. Compared to even the revised estimates for 2014-15, the total revenue collection till January 2015 is Rs 516.55 crore lesser. Also, compared to estimated recovery of LBT at Rs 425 crore, the actual collection till January is 295 crore, which is Rs 130 crore less. Against this backdrop, will NMC be able to meet the ‘revised’ revenue targets in remaining two months of February and March of financial year 2014-15, remains a question.

Hardikar also emphasised on improving administrative functioning, enhancing dedication to work among officials and employees, preparing and implementing effectively ‘a plan for planned development’ of the city. To meet these goals, there is a need to strengthen the functioning of Town Planning Department. “We are inviting top planners of the country. If planning is better, development can be done properly, keeping in mind the benefits that the citizens will get in next 30 years,” he said. As far as public utility lands are concerned, Municipal Commissioner said, several steps are to be taken including corrections in Development Control Rules (DCR), using space creatively, planning proper utilisation of available space, rational view-point on public utility. “But, in any case, illegal and not sanctionable things cannot be condoned,” he added when asked about violations that had taken place in the past. He also underlined the need for acquiring reserved lands.

Sanjay Kakde, Deputy Municipal Commissioner; Pramod Bhusari, Additional Deputy Municipal Commissioner; Prakash Urade, Superintending Engineer; Madan Gadge, Chief Accounts and Finance Officer, S S Hastak, Tax Assessor, and other officers also were present at the press conference.

Two new initiatives proposed In his budget, Municipal Commissioner has proposed two new initiatives including a Chemotherapy centre for poor and needy cancer patients, and creating a network of concrete roads. “On the lines of dialysis centre, I have proposed to start a Chemotherapy centre for poor. For the purpose, we are exploring the possibility of making available a ward at Indira Gandhi Rugnalaya of NMC,” said Hardikar. Another plan is to create a network of concrete roads in the city.

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Within a decade, India will become fastest growing economy: Dr Kelkar

India has great advantage of being youngest nation and hence our policies and priorities should be channelised to make it fastest growing economy and for that all institutions should make course-... Read More
India has great advantage of being youngest nation and hence our policies and priorities should be channelised to make it fastest growing economy and for that all institutions should make course-correction, stated noted economist Dr Vijay Kelkar while delivering Convocation Address. Highlighting the rapid progress made by the nation during last five decades, Dr Kelkar stated that his generation did not have access to gadgets but present generation was lucky to have access to technology. However, challenges are equally bigger and complex, he stated while cautioning to be ever ready to face them as world is changing at even faster pace. Hence, you will have to be in permanent learning mode as in the coming age the knowledge and technologies will become obsolete at a very rapid pace and you will have to continuously update or refresh your intellectual software, he advised. Predicting golden future for country and its present generation, Dr Kelkar, who chaired the Finance Commission and credited with many path-breaking economic reforms, also stated that India will be at par with China in terms of GDP in lifetime of this young generation. Our economy will be among the top two economics of the world and become a global powerhouse of innovation and technological progress. Students have now a golden opportunity to embark upon an exciting journey to conquer your dreams and thus help not just our country but the entire world to achieve brighter times, he stated.

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CM urges varsities to shun rigidity, help India realise its true potential

Giving a clarion call to institutions of higher learning to pay more attention towards quality and innovation by adopting fast-changing needs of the industries, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis u... Read More
Giving a clarion call to institutions of higher learning to pay more attention towards quality and innovation by adopting fast-changing needs of the industries, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis urged Universities to shun rigidity, improve structures and connect with young students using social media platforms to emerge as centres of excellence and to reap benefits of demographic dividend. At the same time, he cautioned the University administration and teachers not to take valuation, revaluation and examination related work lightly and asked them to digitise and institutionalise everything so as to ensure crediblity and certainty in examination process. Chief Minister was speaking during the 101st convocation of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) on Friday at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande hall.

Padma Vibhushan Dr Vijay Kelkar, Chairman of National Institute of Public Finance and Policy presided over the convocation. Dr Vinayak Deshpande, Acting Vice-Chancellor presided over the function.

Incidentally, Fadnavis as a meritorious law student had attended the convocation two decades ago and proudly received medal from then Chancellor and he recalled that golden moment amidst thunderous applause from the capacity audience.

Emphasising need to sharpen skills of youngsters, Chief Minister urged universities to have more inter-disciplinary approach and give freedom to students to choose subjects of their choices and dispense with orthodox mode.

Fadnavis said, “If a student wants to learn history, soil science, zoology and management at a time, why our system does not allow him or her to do so? The student has to take four separate degrees. If we allow students to make a choice, it will be a revolutionary step. The syllabus will become choice-based through which we can give choice to students and also can include subjects related to local issues. Say for example we can have syllabus as per the needs of MIHAN.”

Making it clear that the entry of private universities is inevitable, Fadnavis pointed out that competition helps in enhancing quality. RTMNU should take initiative in enhancing quality. Narrating his own experience about how university is working as far as social networking is concerned, CM said, “When I checked whether university has any account on social media, I found one, but unfortunately it was not operated after 2011. In fact through social medium university can provide examination timetable, date of results, admission cards to thousands of students within a second. These mediums should be used. This will also provide transparency.”

Expecting that university should become student-centric, Fadnavis said, “The expectations of the students are relatively minor. They want colleges to begin in time, results should be declared within the stipulated period. The students work hard for the whole year so if the valuation is done properly then they will get the flawless results. I think university can do this without any hitch.”

Dr Varsha Deshpande and Komal Thakare compered the programme.

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HC gives respite to Honey Singh

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted a major respite to rap singer Yo Yo Honey Singh by setting aside direction of the sessions court to remain present before the court in conne... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted a major respite to rap singer Yo Yo Honey Singh by setting aside direction of the sessions court to remain present before the court in connection with an offence registered with Panchpaoli police for obscene and sexually explicit songs.

However, if the investigation officer calls him, then the singer has been directed to attend Panchpaoli police station on March 2 and if he willing, then his voice sample can be recorded.

Justice S B Shukre while hearing appeal filed by Honey Singh against order dated January 15 sought to know from the prosecution about possible security arrangement, obstruction likely to be caused to working of other courts, disturbance to litigants and lawyers. Whether the city police are ready to control crowd, the High Court sought to know to which prosecution stated that they would be able to control the traffic.

The Court, after hearing, partly allowed the singer’s appeal against Session’s Court order directing him and his colleague Badshah Singh to attend the hearing for bail. He questioned the order and also reason of recording his voice sample while expressing willingness to co-operate with the machinery.

However, citing a Supreme Court judgement which is under consideration of a larger bench, he claimed that nobody can be forced to give voice sample.

As per earlier direction, Honey Singh had attended Panchpaoli police station on January 10 and his statement was recorded. Last month, the court had granted temporary respite to Honey Singh and had directed him not to leave India, not to influence any person acquainted with case, be available for investigation as and when required.

In another case, the prosecution submitted that Honey Singh and Badshah had submitted vague address.

Honey Singh had moved an application before the Sessions Court through his counsel Adv Atul Pande strongly denying any role in uploading any obscene songs on internet or youtube.

Panchpaoli police had registered offence against Honey Singh under sections 292, 293 of IPC and section 67 and 67(A) of the Information Technology Act on the basis of complaint filed by Anandpal Singh Gurnam Singh Jabbal. The complainant had alleged that Honey Singh was to sing obscene songs during his concert scheduled here on August 10, 2013.

Adv Atul Pande appeared for the rap star while Adv R S Renu represented the complainant.

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‘Deny licence to drivers with sleep disorders’

Indian Association of Surgeons for Sleep Apnea (IASSA), a body of sleep specialists, has asked Government to conduct a sleep test before issuing driving licence, and has strongly recommended to d... Read More
Indian Association of Surgeons for Sleep Apnea (IASSA), a body of sleep specialists, has asked Government to conduct a sleep test before issuing driving licence, and has strongly recommended to deny licence to those failing in the test. Such persons should not be allowed to drive any vehicle, opined Dr Seemab Sheikh, noted ENT Surgeon and founder President of IASSA. According to sleep experts, in most of the accident cases, lack of sleep of the drivers was prime reason of mishap. However, there is very little awareness about ill-effects of sleep deprivation. The association, in its detailed memorandum submitted to Union Surface Transport Ministry, has pointed out startling scientific facts about sleep and how drivers with sleep deficit are prone to mishaps. Out of 3.85 lakh serious accidents on Indian roads, as many as 1.01 lakh people die due to fault of drivers last year. Apart from stark threat to vehicle driver/rider and others due to sleep deficit, the IASSA has also decided to undertake massive public awareness campaign to caution people and even medicos about need to have proper and quality sleep so as to lead healthy life.

When a person starts snoring he or she feels that it is the sign of good sleep. This is misconception. In fact, this is a warning sign and can be Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), where the obstruction takes place at upper airway affecting larynx (voice box) and often leads to snoring and a stage known as oxygen de-saturation occurs where inhaling oxygen is affected. Naturally, during such a condition, every system of one’s body including heart and brain, is at risk, Dr Sheikh pointed out. Unless a person understands he/she is suffering from some disease, he/she will not go to a doctor. Secondly, uncontrolled diabetes, uncontrolled hypertension can be a strong indication of OSA, IASSA President stated. And due to their genetical composition, males are more prone to sleep disorders than females.

OSA, a reason for break-ups

Because of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a person starts snoring, which often irritates the spouse. Apart from disturbed sleep, it leads to altercation and such a dispute often ends up in divorce petition before the family court. Secondly, if the person who suffers from OSA, does not reach doctor early he may develop heart and brain problems. Very often, he gets irritated on very small issues and both partners are at odds against leading to break-up.

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Seven-day PCR for serial killer

KALAMNA Police on Wednesday obtained seven-day remand of serial killer Rakesh Hari Hadge for his custodial interrogation till February 24. Involved in brutal killing of three men - two in Nandan... Read More
KALAMNA Police on Wednesday obtained seven-day remand of serial killer Rakesh Hari Hadge for his custodial interrogation till February 24. Involved in brutal killing of three men - two in Nandanvan area and one in Kalamna - with sharp-edged weapons, Rakesh Hadge (22) was produced before a JMFC Court by Senior Inspector (Kalamna) S M Bandiwar on Wednesday.

Seeking police custody remand (PCR) of accused Rakesh, Senior Inspector Bandiwar told the court that the police wanted to find out the motive behind the murder that took place near Baradwari Lake. Inspector Bandiwar also told the court that custodial interrogation of the accused was necessary to find out whether any other person was involved in the case.

Bandiwar informed the court that the weapon used by the accused for committing the heinous crimes was yet to be seized. Similarly, he stated that the clothes of the deceased removed by the accused were to be recovered.

After hearing the grounds cited by the prosecution and arguments of the defence, the court remanded accused Rakesh to seven-day police custody. However, the prosecution did not inform the court that accused Rakesh Hadge (22), a resident of Tulsi Nagar, was a psychopath for reasons best known to them. A former bar worker, Rakesh is suffering from mental disorder since long and had killed three men on three consecutive days with sharp-edged weapon. He first killed an unidentified man brutally in a roadside nullah near Tulsi Nagar in Nandanvan area. A day after the incident, he killed another youth barely about 200 metres from the spot near railway line behind Payal Bar & Restaurant on Bhandewadi Road in the same area. Next day, he killed another man near Baradwari Lake in Kalamna area but was nabbed by cops on suspicion as his shirt bore blood stains. After confirming Rakesh’s involvement in the barbaric acts, Kalamna Police arrested him on Wednesday. However, the identities of the deceased could not be established so far. The three bodies with more than hundred injuries were kept in the morgue of Mayo Hospital. Nandanvan Police would arrest accused Rakesh for his involvement in two murder cases after his PCR ends on February 24. A senior police officer told ‘The Hitavada’ that all efforts were being made to establish the identity of the deceased persons. Photographs of the deceased persons were put up in several localities falling under the jurisdiction of Kalamna and Nandanvan Police Station areas, he added.

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I always tried to improve myself, says law topper Karishma

“Never give up, maintain consistency and be confident in what you do, this is the only way to succeed in life,” stated Karishma Bhushan Gavai who bagged 15 medals in LL B to be presented to h... Read More
“Never give up, maintain consistency and be confident in what you do, this is the only way to succeed in life,” stated Karishma Bhushan Gavai who bagged 15 medals in LL B to be presented to her during 101st Convocation ceremony of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) on February.

According to Karishma, discipline is a key word to ensure consistency. She also followed discipline in her life which really helped her to perform well in examination and securing 15 medals in a row. “I never think to compete with any other student during academics, but I always believe to improve myself in every attempt,” Karishma added. She is pursuing for her Master in Law (LL M) in Criminology and simultaneously she is doing M.A. in Psychology from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

Coming from the family of lawyers and being daughter of a sitting High Court judge, it was but natural for Karishma to complete her law education with flying colours. Her father, Justice Bhushan Gavai, is Senior Administrative Judge of Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court and mother Rekha is a lecturer in Dr Ambedkar College.

Karishma after her law degree also did internship but has decided to become a law teachers instead of a lawyer. “I want to share the credit of my success with my mother who supported me a lot and whenever I need her she was always there to guide me. My parents never put pressure to perform well in examinations or any other competitions which also helped me to give my best in a relaxed mind set,” she added.

Karishma like to live social life, make friends and interact with more people in everyday life and off-course, read books, listen to music and watch movies.

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‘Focus on basics, regular study to excel in academics’

Focusing on basics, clear concepts and regular study helped Saniya Aziz Syed to pocket highest 16 medals in B.Sc in 101st Convocation Ceremony of RTM Nagpur University which is going to be held o... Read More
Focusing on basics, clear concepts and regular study helped Saniya Aziz Syed to pocket highest 16 medals in B.Sc in 101st Convocation Ceremony of RTM Nagpur University which is going to be held on Friday.

“Knowledge of basics in all subjects is most essential part of study which also helped me to reduce the burden during examination,” said Saniya to ‘The Hitavada’. Sania also advised her juniors to focus on basics and do hard work in academics to perform well in any examination.

Saniya is a student of Institute of Science and currently she is preparing for Civil Services examinations conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and aspires to be emerge successful. She believes that any student can crack competitive examinations if they study hard and have clear concepts about all subjects.

Saniya also respects people of all ages, from the very young to the very old. During free time, she likes to visit orphanages and old age homes and spent time with senior citizens and small kids. Like every studious youngster, Saniya also likes to read books and listen music.

Saniya’s father Saiyad Ajaz is a farmer and mother Shenaz is a home maker. She has a younger brother who is preparing for HSC examination. “My father is role model for me because he worked hard to establish himself in a tough profession like agriculture. He always appreciates me for my performances and also encourage to work hard in any reverse situation,” Saniya added.

My mother sacrificed many things for me and my brother in life and is always ready to guide us to face every challenge, she explained. Saniya gave the credit of success to her parents and teachers who always guided her and also encouraged her to perform better.

RTMNU’s callous approach towards topper

This Malkapur based girl was unaware about number of medals she had secured and ‘The Hitavada’ informed her about her 16 medals on Wednesday. The episode has once again exposed the shocking apathy of RTMNU administration while dealing with a meritorious student with highest number of medals to her credit. Except dispatching a routine letter in most mechanical manner, the RTMNU administration did not pursue the matter and nobody took cognisance whether her consent letter was received or not and whether she was attending the convocation or not. Saniya said that the letter issued by RTMNU informing that she had topped in medals tally could not reach her. According to her the letter contains the information about her performance but she is unaware about number of medals. Saniya informed that she was not aware even about the date of Convocation ceremony and hence could not imagine the extent of her massive success.

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CM Devendra Fadnavis, Dr Kelkar to grace RTMNU’s 101st convocation

Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Padma Vibhushan Dr Vijay Kelkar, former Chairman of Finance Commission and will grace the 101st convocation of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj ... Read More
Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Padma Vibhushan Dr Vijay Kelkar, former Chairman of Finance Commission and will grace the 101st convocation of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) to be held on February 20 at 10 am at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande hall.

As usual, girls have once again topped the medal tally. Saniya Aziz Syed of Institute of Science scored highest marks in B.Sc and has bagged highest 16 medals and awards. Karishma Bhushan Gavai (LL B five years) will be second topper with 15 medals while Priyanka Bhagyachandra Oswal (LL B three years) also from Dr Ambedkar College of Law will get 12 medals. Satish Mandhare from Yeshwant Mahavidyalaya in Wardha is the topper from arts faculty with eight medals and prizes followed by Neelam Bagde. Bhavana Paliwal would receive highest medals from commerce faculty while Charles Salve is topper from Social Sciences. In education faculty, Neeta Bhongade from SK Wankhede College has topped the tally while in engineering, Priyadarshini Chowdhury is the topper.

After bumper distribution of PhDs during last contribution, the number has been reduced to 166 this year. In 100th convocation, 998 students received Ph Ds. In earlier convocation also the number had crossed 500. The students who graduated in the year 2013 will get the degrees.

Controller of Examination Prashant Mohite said, “A total of 68,778 students will receive graduate and post graduate degrees. Total 174 students will receive special medals. The bifurcation of the medals is 302 gold, 41 Silver and 102 prizes.”

Acting Vice-Chancellor Dr Vinayak Deshpande will preside over the function.

Those present during the press conference were Dr Vinayak Deshpande, Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr Murlidhar Chandekar, Registrar Dr A V Gomashe, PRO Dr Shyam Dhond, Deputy Registrar Pradip Biniwale.

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‘Nagpur gets approval to annual plan of Rs 250 cr’

As against the Government ceiling of Rs 180.47 crore, Finance and Planning Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has cleared annual plan of Nagpur district with an increase of Rs 70 crore. “The Finance... Read More
As against the Government ceiling of Rs 180.47 crore, Finance and Planning Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has cleared annual plan of Nagpur district with an increase of Rs 70 crore. “The Finance and Planning Minister has given his nod to Nagpur district annual plan size of Rs 250 crore,” said Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district. According to Bawankule, District Planning Committee (DPC) for Nagpur had moved proposals with additional demands. The DPC had moved various proposals including financial provision for Government Medical College (GMC) development, modernisation of GMC, priority to construction of primary health centres and sub-centres, construction of buildings of anganwadi and Zilla Parishad schools, farm mechanisation, tourism development, protection wall around public utility lands, public library in big Gram Panchayats etc.

Dr Rajiv Potdar, President of Nagpur (Rural) unit of Bharatiya Janata Party, felicitated Bawankule at Ravi Bhavan for getting approved a handsome increase of Rs 70 crore in annual plan size.

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Maharashtra to have CM’s Gram Sadak Yojana soon

Soon, Maharashtra Government will have its own scheme covering rural roads on the lines of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). The scheme, which is being referred to as ‘Mukhyamantri Gram... Read More
Soon, Maharashtra Government will have its own scheme covering rural roads on the lines of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). The scheme, which is being referred to as ‘Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojana’ or Chief Minister’s Rural Roads Scheme, will cover village roads and other district roads.

Sudhir Mungantiwar, Finance and Planning Minister, disclosed this in a meeting held at Divisional Commissionerate here on Wednesday. The meeting was called to review draft annual plans of Nagpur, Wardha, Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur, and Gadchiroli districts in Nagpur Division. During separate discussions with Collectors of respective districts, Mungantiwar asked the officials of departments concerned to move proposals for rural roads under the proposed scheme.

After the meeting, Mungantiwar told the media that he had reviewed the draft plans of six districts and had made certain suggestions. As far as Nagpur district is concerned, he said, the ceiling on annual plan size was Rs 180.47 crore. As against this, the District Planning Committee (DPC) has proposed ‘additional’ demands of Rs 264.12 crore. “We have not finalised the annual plans discussed today. We will discuss the annual plans with Chief Minister and then finalise those,” said the Finance and Planning Minister. Among several new schemes, a special training institute/university may be started in Wardha district, he added. According to Mungantiwar, various Government colleges, medical colleges had to depend upon DPC for allocation of fund for developmental works and strengthening of infrastructure. “Often, fund availability through DPCs is inadequate for them. People from across Vidarbha region and adjoining states visit Nagpur, which is Second Capital of Maharashtra, for medical care as well as education. Considering this, we must think if separate fund could be made available to Government colleges and medical colleges in Nagpur,” he observed.

“The suggestion of Finance and Planning Minister regarding rural roads is significant. A huge chunk of annual plans of various districts is spent on works relating to rural roads. This leaves little money for other developmental works. With village roads and other district roads getting covered under proposed Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojana, much of district plan fund could be saved. This saved fund could be utilised for district-specific initiatives,” said S J Dharmale, Deputy Commissioner (Planning). Talking to the media after the meeting Dharmale said that the State Government was mulling over its own Skill Development Scheme to provide training to youths in Maharashtra. This initiative also will save money spent on training through district plans. “Thus, more fund will be available for other developmental works under district plans,” he added.

Meanwhile, it is gathered that proposed ‘Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojana’ will aim at providing all-weather roads in rural areas. Pankaja Munde, Rural Development Minister, had made a statement recently that her ministry had made a presentation in this regard before Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister. Soon, a proposal may be placed before the State Cabinet for approval. The scheme may be implemented in three phases and cover villages with population of even 250 as those have not been covered under any other scheme.

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district; Rajkumar Badole, Social Justice Minister; Deepak Kesarkar, Minister of State for Finance and Planning; Ambarish Atram, Guardian Minister of Gadchiroli district; Ramdas Tadas, MP; Sudhakar Deshmukh, Sudhakar Kohale, Sameer Kunawar, and other MLAs from different districts in Nagpur Division; Shobhatai Fadnavis, Rajendra Mulak, Nago Ganar, and other MLCs; Shrikant Singh, Principal Secretary (Planning); Praveen Pardeshi, In-charge Secretary of Chandrapur district; Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, Nagpur; were present prominently in the meeting.

Abhishek Krishna, Nagpur Collector; Dr Amit Saini, Gondia Collector; N Naveen Sona, Wardha Collector; Dr Deepak Mhaisekar, Chandrapur Collector; Ram Joshi, Resident Deputy Collector, Gadchiroli; Dr Madhavi Khode, Bhandara Collector, and other officers also were present in the meeting during discussions on respective districts.

Cong, NCP express displeasure over ‘lowly’ plan size of Nagpur

Expressing strong displeasure over allegedly ‘poor’ increase in annual plan size for Nagpur district, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders said that the plan size ‘approved’ should have been Rs 300 crore.

Former minister and Congress leader Dr Nitin Raut, former Minister of State and another senior Congress leader Rajendra Mulak, and former minister and senior NCP leader Anil Deshmukh said that BJP-Sena led State Government was heaping injustice upon Nagpur district in particular and Vidarbha region in general as was evident from ‘lowly’ plan size.

During Congress-led Government in State, Dr Raut stated in a release, annual plan size of Nagpur district increased from Rs 117 crore in 2011-12 to Rs 225 crore in 2013-14. However, BJP-led Government has now granted ‘lowly’ rise of Rs 25 crore, taking the plan size to Rs 250 crore only.

“This is sheer injustice considering that present-day Chief Minister and Finance Minister both are from Vidarbha,” stated Dr Raut and Anil Deshmukh. They pointed out that present-day Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had raised the demand of having separate planning committees for Nagpur (Rural) and Nagpur city. However, nothing has happened on that front, they added.

9 tehsils of Chanda district to regain ‘Naxal-affected’ status

IN another development, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis assured Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar that nine tehsils in Chandrapur district would be included again in the list of ‘Naxal-affected’ tehsils. Previously, these nine tehsils of Chandrapur, Ballarpur, Pombhurna, Rajura, Jiwati, Korpana, Mul, Saoli, and Gondpipri were among ‘Naxal-affected’ tehsils of the State. However, these were dropped from the list vide a Government Resolution issued on December 26, 2014. Recently, Mungantiwar met Fadnavis, who also holds Home Department portfolio, in this regard. Mungantiwar apprised Fadnavis that these tehsils were tribal-dominated and sensitive, and hence needed to be kept among ‘Naxal-affected’ tehsils. In response, Fadnavis reportedly assured Mungantiwar that necessary correction would be made.

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HC admits PIL on unclaimed bodies in medical centres

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice R S Jha on Wednesday, has admitted to the public interest litigation for hearing in the ... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice R S Jha on Wednesday, has admitted to the public interest litigation for hearing in the matter related to the unidentified and unclaimed bodies that were left abandoned in different Medical Centers of the State. The division bench has given said order in the Public Interest Litigation filed by Gyan Prakash.

Earlier the Counsel for the State had prayed for four weeks’ time to file affidavit indicating the action taken and the policy framed by the State Government in the matter of grievance made by the petitioner in this Public Interest Litigation.

On April 3, 2014 the division bench had said in its order that the counsel for the State had submitted that the scheme has already been formulated. The same is pending for consideration with the Home Department and the General Administration Department. If more than one department is involved in the process of consideration of scheme, in the peculiar facts of this case, we deem it appropriate to direct the Chief Secretary to act as a Nodal Authority and take a joint meeting of both the departments under his Chairmanship to finalize the scheme expeditiously.

For, the finalisation of the said scheme that was pending since at least prior to “January, 2013”. This shall be done within three weeks from today and decision taken in the said joint meeting be communicated to the Court before the next date of hearing. Petitioner has brought to our notice that the respondents may have to amend MP Police Regulations to incorporate the intent of the proposed scheme. This aspect, we have no manner of doubt, will be considered by the Chief Secretary and the two departments involved in consideration of the scheme.

It is noticed that Ministry of Road Transport, Government of India has still not responded to the issue raised by the petitioner, in particular, regarding Pilot Projects on cashless treatment of road accident victims on National Highways. The primary obligation is that of National Highway Authority which is under Ministry of Road Transport. In the circumstances, the division bench had directed to the Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport, Government of India to file a response in that behalf before the next date of hearing.

On February 25, 2014, Shobha Menon, Senior Advocate appeared as amicus curiae and submitted before the court that as per the order dated on January 15, 2013, a scheme was to be formulated in accordance with the statutory provisions and ought to have been placed on record but in spite of lapse of more than one year, nothing has been placed on record. In reply to it, it is submitted by Samdarshi Tiwari, counsel for the State that the scheme has been formulated, which is in active consideration and prays further one month’s time to place the same on record. Considering the past history of the matter, in the interest of justice, we allow time to the State to do so, but by way of last opportunity.

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Ensure safety measures in hospitals: HC

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice R S Jha on Wednesday, has admitted the Public Interest Litigation challenging recent incid... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice R S Jha on Wednesday, has admitted the Public Interest Litigation challenging recent incident of fire broke out in the neo-natal ward of the District Hospital, Satna, seriously injuring ten new born babies.

In the previous hearing of the case on February 3, 2015, Dr S P Garg, Chief Medical & Health Officer, Satna appears in person and submitted before the court that reply-affidavit required to be filed by the State Government and some information from Home Department were awaited. As a result, further time may be required in that behalf. By way of indulgence, the division bench had deferred hearing till February 18, 2015. The division bench on January 21, 2015, in its order said ‘By way of indulgence and last opportunity, time granted to the respondents State to file reply on or before January 30, 2015, failing which the Officer, who was expected to file affidavit asked to remain personally present in the Court on the next date of hearing.

On October 10, 2014, The Director of Health and Family Welfare had still not furnished the status regarding action taken against the erring official, in spite of assurance given in that behalf on September 26, 2014. If that information was not filed on affidavit on or before October 16, 2014, the officer was directed to remain personally present before this Court.

The division bench has given said directions in the public interest litigation filed by Dr P G Najpandey, State President, Nagrik Upbhokta Margadarshak Manch.

The petitioner contended that the recent fire broke our in the District Hospital, Satna in its Neo-Natal Ward, seriously injuring ten new born babies and one death case created panic in the minds of general public particularly the mothers, whose new born babies were admitted in the neo-natal care unit.

The aforesaid news spread in the electronic media and print media, and the general public after seeing the agony of the parents of the babies could visualise the trauma underwent by the parents due to lack of emergent facilities in the District Hospital, Satna. The petitioner prayed relief before the court to direct the respondents to constitute a high power committee to monitor and inspect the State run Primary Health Centre and District Hospitals, Private Hospitals, periodically to ascertain the fixation of safety measures and protective devices. The petitioner also prayed before the court to direct the respondents to regular affixing safety devices compulsorily in specialised wards.

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Govt’s work paralysed as employees stage ‘total shutdown’

Working at all the government departments was abandoned during the strike ‘total shut down’ of more than 7,000 Government officers and employees in the district on Wednesday.

The total s... Read More
Working at all the government departments was abandoned during the strike ‘total shut down’ of more than 7,000 Government officers and employees in the district on Wednesday.

The total shut down was staged throughout the state following the campaign ‘Shashkiya Sevkon Ke Swabhiman Ki Abhivyakti’ under the banner of Madhya Pradesh Civil Service Mahasangh. Amidst the State-wide strike, all the essential services like medial, water supply, schools were continued during the total shut down for avoiding any inconvenience to common public.

During the strike, Additional Collectors, SDMs, Revenue Officers, Tehsildars, Naib Tehsildars, Patwaris, clerical staff and others were on mass leave to register their protest to press their demands before State Government.

District President of Madhya Pradesh Civil Service Mahasangh and Additional Collector, Chhotey Singh informed that the civil service officers and employees peacefully staged their protest as their freedom of expression and seeking attention of the State Government to take a serious note on increasing number of attacks on administrative officers and employees.

He said that following the busy working schedule and public dealings, government employees always failed in expressing their distress and tabling problems before the government. Strike was the only way to express their agony before the Madhya Pradesh government. He added that even after facing abusive and aggressive behaviour of public representatives and their supporters, government yet to take positive action for protection of civil employees. Now taking a serious note on increasing number of attacks on administrative officers and employees, they have unanimously decided for strongly expressing their woes before the government. Through the strike, members of Madhya Pradesh Civil Service Mahasangh pressed their demands for constitution of Madhya Pradesh Government Servant Protection Act, registering non bailable case against accused for misbehaving or attacking public servant, constitution of fast track court and providing compensation to the victims. In this regard, a delegation of officers and employees handed over a memorandum to district collector and appealed towards state government for fulfilling their demands on priority basis. The officers and employees of all the employees’ unions and associations representing Madhya Pradesh State Administrative Service, Gazetted Officers Association, State Employees Association, Tehsildar and Naib Tehsildar Association, Land Record Officers Association, Revenue Inspectors Association, Regional Revenue Officers, Patwari Association, Grade-III Government Employees Association, Municipal Corporation Employees Association, Ministry Employees Association, Steno Officer Association, Chief Executive Officers Association, Electricity Engineers Association, Medical Officers Association, Teachers Association and all the other government employees associations under the banner of Madhya Pradesh Civil Service Mahasangh peacefully staged a day long total shut down at government departments.

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India has lowest per capita carbon emission amongst other big countries: Dr Promode Kant

“India has the lowest per capita carbon emission amongst other big countries. It has only one fourth of the average carbon emission around the globe. Some of the major countries like Canada a... Read More
“India has the lowest per capita carbon emission amongst other big countries. It has only one fourth of the average carbon emission around the globe. Some of the major countries like Canada and Australia withdrew from Kyoto Protocol while European Union, Japan and America walked out from the protocol for failing in ratifying necessary measures to check carbon emission. Rapidly changing climatic conditions due to carbon emission is a matter of global concern for the existence of human habitat on earth. Once green house gas emit from any corner of earth it impact the global climate and habitation for next 200-years”, informed Dr Promode Kant, Director, Institute of Green Economy and Member, Asia Pacific Forest Polity Think Tank, FAO Regional Office, Bangkok. Dr Promode Kant was talking to ‘The Hitavada’ during his short visit to the city, on Wednesday. He informed that India is making preparations to participate in the forthcoming international climate conference ‘Paris Summit’ scheduled in the year end. It will be one of the most important events in modern human history to save the mankind from adverse effects of global climatic changes. More than 195 countries will gather at the summit to discuss and debate for protecting the earth from ill effects of climatic changes and making concrete polity for ensuring the contribution of developed and under developed countries in restraining carbon emission around the globe.“The Government of India is intended to tap potentials of green energy generation and making necessary policy changes. Thermal power generation is one of the major sources of carbon emission and the situation is more horrible with coal fired old patterned power stations. India is not the creator of technology and lagging behind in terms of adopting best technologies from other countries. Serious efforts should be made to take-up best technologies from other countries to curb carbon content in industries. He added that the Kyoto Protocol came to force in year 2005 for checking carbon emission in member countries but it was flopped due to walk-out by some developed countries. The protocol succeeded in understanding the tangible approach in terms of learning and preparing further course of action in deeper and broader way. Mentioning about Madhya Pradesh, Dr. Promode Kant (IFS retired) termed it a leader in forest and wildlife conservation. The state has a long history of achievements in starting several innovative programmes for forest and wildlife protection.

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Ryan International Head Madam Grace Pinto bags World Leadership Award

Ryan International Group of Institutions, India’s largest K-12 focused group with over 128 institutes had one more reason to celebrate, when Madam Grace Pinto, the Group Managing Director, was aw... Read More
Ryan International Group of Institutions, India’s largest K-12 focused group with over 128 institutes had one more reason to celebrate, when Madam Grace Pinto, the Group Managing Director, was awarded the World Women’s Leadership Award in Education for 2015.

The award was presented at a glittering ceremony at the World Women Leadership Congress and Awards held at Hotel Taj Lands End, Mumbai on February 14, 2015.

Over 30 women achievers across the globe were honored for their contributions in various areas including education, women’s empowerment, business, entrepreneurship and social work etc. Some of the other awardees included - Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhry, MP, Speaker, Bangaldesh Parliament, Ms Vrinda Menon, MD Ops Technology, Goldman Sachs, New York, Jennifer Karina, Chief Commissioner, Kenya Girl Guides Association, Kenya and Narmin Ismail, President & CEO, Spark of Hope Foundation, Canada. Speaking on the occasion, Madam Grace Pinto, Managing Director Rayan International Group of Institutions, said, “I thank Lord Jesus Christ for this recognition. We will continue to work to educate the downtrodden, the disadvantaged as well as provide affordable quality education to all sections of society.

We have been given a mission to educate the children of this world and we will continue to give our best to fulfil that mission. This award goes to my family who always supports me in all my endeavours and to my team of Principals, Teachers, students and specially our parents who are an integral part of our mission to educate.”

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District authorities fail to check root cause of swine flu

How disappointing is a fact that even after kicking out of dairies from municipal limits in the name of hygiene and cleanliness the practice of swine rearing and its flesh trade is on rise in the... Read More
How disappointing is a fact that even after kicking out of dairies from municipal limits in the name of hygiene and cleanliness the practice of swine rearing and its flesh trade is on rise in the city area.

Amidst the threat of swine flu and other contagious diseases, borne due to unhygienic conditions, concerned authorities are yet to take a serious note for checking its root cause in the district. Flesh trade of pig and his rearing at densely populated areas is showcasing the seriousness of district authorities and civic bodies in preventing the spread of contagious diseases. A large number of persons are regularly reported to be contagious diseases but civic authorities are failed in putting-up a check on preventing unhygienic condition in the city. Besides this, a fresh incident of death of a woman after being attacked by a swine is a perfect example of its menace in the city.

The civic authorities succeeded in throwing out the dairies from municipal limits in the name of hygiene and cleanliness but failed in turning back the flesh trade and pig rearing in the densely populated areas in the city.

Ironically, even after spread of contagious disease ‘Swine Flu’, swine are commonly seen at residential areas at heart centre of the city. What is more that the increasing density of swine at Veerangana Rani Durgawati Sports Complex Ranital, that is already surrounded with heaps of garbage and filthy pond, is vulnerable to outbreak amongst a large number of youngsters who are regularly practicing at the sports complex.

State Government and health department are regularly issuing public notices and circulars in its subordinating departments for prevention of contagious disease and appealing the public for being aware with its primary symptoms and taking necessary precautionary measures for immediate medication and checking its spread amongst other persons.

Contrary to the guidelines of health department and the state government, civic authorities seems unaware with the increasing menace of contagious diseases due to absence of necessary precautionary measures.

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Chief Minister chairs meeting of Unified Command

The Unified Command meeting held on Wednesday at Mahanadi Bhavan today deliberated upon several significant issues including eradication of Naxal problem, development works in affected distric... Read More
The Unified Command meeting held on Wednesday at Mahanadi Bhavan today deliberated upon several significant issues including eradication of Naxal problem, development works in affected districts and implementation of public welfare schemes. Construction of roads and bridges, and other infrastructural development works were also discussed in detail.

The meeting which was chaired by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh was attended by Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra, Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, Security Advisor to Union Ministry of Home Affairs K Vijay Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) N K Aswal, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) D S Misra, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister N Baijendra Kumar, Director General of CRPF Prakash Mishra, Director General of Police Amarnath Upadhyay, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Aman Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary PWD Amitabh Jain, Additional Director General of Police (Naxal Operations) R K Vij and senior officials of Air Force and BSNL.

During the meeting, it was informed that for improving telephone connectivity of naxal-affected areas, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has target of installing 146 mobile towers in the first phase.

In the current financial year 2014-15, around 80 towers will be erected by the month of March, out of which 40 will start operating soon after. By the month of June, 2015, 120 out of 146 mobile towers will be set up. Remaining 26 will be installed by the end of August month this year. In the second phase, BSNL has target of installing as many as 100 towers. Survey for 76 towers has already been completed. BSNL has been instructed to ensure availability of spare batteries for mobile towers, so that the used up batteries may be replaced by new ones immediately. Besides, BSNL has also been given instructions to keep batteries in reserve for towers located in Naxal-affected areas. BSNL has been ordered to provide proper training to local youths and police personnel for maintenance of these towers. It was also decided that additional deployment of security forces will be done at construction site of Dalli-Rajhara- Raoghat- Jagdalpur Project. Concerned officials have been instructed to complete construction of roads before time. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been instructed to provide additional security force for construction sites in Naxal-affected areas.

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88% youngsters suffering from TB

It is really a matter of concern that youngsters across Chhattisgarh formed the bulk of patients suffering from all kinds of tuberculosis including Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) Tuberculosis (Tb). T... Read More
It is really a matter of concern that youngsters across Chhattisgarh formed the bulk of patients suffering from all kinds of tuberculosis including Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) Tuberculosis (Tb). This finding is extremely worrisome because young generations have, given their mobility and work schedules, a greater potential of spreading the infectious disease within other people of the community. According to the National Tuberculosis Programme of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, total 20,065 cases of tuberculosis were reported at various parts of the Chhattisgarh during 2014 including 750 of MDR Tuberculosis. Out of them 17660 patients who accounted of total 88% cases in the state were in the age group of 15 to 35 years. That means on an average, 8 amongst 10 patients of Tb in the state are of younger section. Similarly in 750 cases of MDR Tb disease too, 91% patients (682) were of younger generation below the age group of 35 years. It may be mentioned that tuberculosis kills two people across Chhattisgarh in every 10 minutes and the shocking factor is that a single Tb patient of any area (rural as well as urban part) can infect 15 other people of his surroundings within a year unless given the right medication and full treatment process. The major problem amongst Tb patients of the state is that owing to social stigma and other reasons, most of the patients could do complete their treatment of six months and skip it midway. Because of it, infection of Tb spread in all parts of the body and infect other ones of the affected patient’s surrounding areas consist of friends, relatives, neighbours and office colleagues. Because of it more and number of youngsters in the state come in contact of this infection.

The emergence of Tb strains that are resistant to known medicines has emerged as one of the biggest public health challenges in recent times. Dr. VS Meshram, one of the senior medical officials of TB in Chhattisgarh Health Services said that maximum 38% Tb patients in all parts of the state were in the age group of 15 to 25 years followed 30% patients were in the age group of 25 to 35 years. Apart from it many patients in the age group of 10 to 15 years have also been affected by the infection of Tb.

The shocking part is that majority of the young Tb patients were not rightly diagnosed and take inappropriate medicines which fuelling the spread of drug resistant organisms in the body as well as community.

Maximum cases of young Tb patients were recorded in capital Raipur district followed by Durg district, Sarguja district, Korba, Rajnandgaon, Bilaspur and Raigarh. The interesting part is that in spite of poor medical system, all districts of Bastar region recorded less number of young Tb patients during last 5 years. Owing to the lack of medical facilities, affected Tb patients of these districts do not get the proper medical treatment as well as drugs of the disease and take the service of quacks and others for getting cure from the disease. ‘It is really a disappointing factor that most of the Tb patients do not get the mandatory drugs of the disease and because of it their condition becomes worst with each passing day. More than 40% patients in the pre-XDR stage’ stated one senior medical officer of the state. The pre-XDR is a stage between MDR Tb and XDR-Tb where the patient is resistant to two drugs as well as some antibiotics.

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PM Modi to felicitate two progressive farmers of State today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will felicitate two progressive farmers of Chhattisgarh - Prabhat Kumar Chandrakar and Hemkumari Sahu with Kendriya ‘Krishi Karman Award’ at Sri Ganganagar in Rajas... Read More
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will felicitate two progressive farmers of Chhattisgarh - Prabhat Kumar Chandrakar and Hemkumari Sahu with Kendriya ‘Krishi Karman Award’ at Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan on Thursday.

They will be given a cash award of Rs two lakh each along with a commendation certificate. The Chhattisgarh Government will receive a cash award of Rs 2 crore for record production of rice in the year 2013-14 and bagging the ‘Rashtriya Krishi Karman’ Award. Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has invited Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and State Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal for the ceremony. The State has bagged the Krishi Karman Award for the third time in last four years for rice production. Prabhat Kumar Chandrakar is a resident of village Barewa, Pandaria Development Block in Kawarda district while Hemkumari Sahu is a resident of village Pahuwara in Durg district. The two farmers adopted modern techniques and increased the rice output by record margins. Dr.Raman Singh congratulated the farmers for their outstanding achievement. This will be an encouragement for other farmers of the State. Prabhat Kumar Chandrakar, a B.Com graduate, started organic farming in the year 1991 on a nine-acre land. He rose rapidly from 2007. He produced 28 quintal paddy on an acre in the initial stages. He produced 95.84 quintal per hectare and became an inspiration for other farmers. He won several Chhattisgarh State-level awards. Hemkumari Sahu hails from a small farmer’s family. Her land is about 4.80 hectare. Her initial production was 15 quintal per acre and now it is 30 quintal per acre. She formed Bamini Mahila group with 11 farmers and encouraged them for organic farming. She was selected as Best Farmer by the State Agriculture Department in the year 2013-14 under Atma Yojana and was presented cash prize of Rs 25,000 and a commendation certificate.

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Prime issues remain unresolved even after three tenures of OA of BSP executive bodies

PRIME issues remained unresolved even after three tenures of Officers’ Association (OA), the representative body of Bhilai Steel Plant executive bodies passed away. The recent developments of... Read More
PRIME issues remained unresolved even after three tenures of Officers’ Association (OA), the representative body of Bhilai Steel Plant executive bodies passed away. The recent developments of closure of Incentive Scheme, PRP recovery and HRA recovery has triggered resentment among executives who toil hard in the work areas of Bhilai Steel Plant. While, regretting the unprecedented delay, OA BSP and SEFI (Steel Executive Federation of India) office bearers asserted that the issues were pursued actively at OA and SEFI levels but the delay persisted owing to reluctance at higher management and ministry levels.

The long persisting delay in fulfillment of major demands including Entry Level Scale, Notional Seniority and Pension Scheme is leading to disillusionment among the executives in BSP regarding towards OA which they consider is meant to safeguard their interests. Besides, it also led to evident frustration among OA and SEFI as the issues are unresolved even after being pursued actively and putting in dedicated efforts.

Talking to the newspaper, K D Prasad, Vice Chairman, SEFI and President OA, BSP, maintained that the issues were well pursued at OA and SEFI levels but they could not be resolved owing to lack of willingness at the top management and ministry levels.

He also regretted that the HRA recovery, closure of incentive scheme and PRP recovery brought in during the recent past as had a discouraging impact on performance. K K Yadav, General Secretary, OA asserted that the issue entry level scale was put up with SAIL board and that it might be resolved in near future. He also asserted that the pension scheme issue was also being pursued at 0SAIL level and that the SEFI had already moved court over EL/HPL encashment issues.

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17 officers suspended, two contractual employees terminated in Civil Supplies Corp

On the instructions of Chhattisgarh Chief minister Dr Raman Singh, Brajesh Mishra, IAS who has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Chhattisgarh Civil Supplies Corporation has initiate... Read More
On the instructions of Chhattisgarh Chief minister Dr Raman Singh, Brajesh Mishra, IAS who has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Chhattisgarh Civil Supplies Corporation has initiated departmental action against 19 employees of the Corporation. Mishra has been made MD after Anil Tuteja was removed as MD in a reshuffle by the state government. Immediately after taking over his charge the new Managing Director has cracked the whip on some of the corrupt officials of the civil supplies corporation and suspended 17 officers and terminated two contractual employees on charges of departmental irregularities. The chief minister has directed all government departments for maintaining zero tolerance against corruption.

The civil supplies corporation was in the news after the Anti Corruption Bureau raided the office and residences of senior officers of the Corporation and confiscated cash and other documents which linked the authorities’ involvement in gross irregularities. After the ACB raid and subsequent arrest of some of the senior officials of the department, the government acted tough and removed the MD Civil Supplies corporation.

Although the investigation is on but sources are of the view that the scam must be to the tune of several crores of rupees and would emerge as one of the biggest scam so far unearthed in the state so far by the ACB.

Of the 17 officers suspended by Mishra, four officers are of the rank of Manager and the two terminated officers are Quality Inspectors.

The suspended officials are Shivshanker Bhatt, Manager and PDS Incharge, Girish Sharma, Dy Manager, Sandeep Agrawal, Company Secretary, G K Dewangan, Accounts officer, Sudhir Kumar Bhole, Assistant Accounts officer, S K Chandrakar, Senior Assistant, Jeetram Yadav, Senior Assistant and Arvind Dhruv, Stenographer.

Besides two technical Assistant managers appointed to the corporation headquarters on contract basis R P Pathak and Devendra Singh Khushwaha have been suspended. Both were appointed on May 2014 for a period of one year. The ACB had seized 1.62 ceores from the office of Bhatt during the raid and he was attached to the district office Durg, Sandeep Agrawal has also been attached to Durg office and Girish Sharma from whom the ACB seized 20 lakhs in cash has been attached to the district office Raipur. D P Tiwari, Asst Manager in Balod, TD Harchandani Asst Manager in Dhamtari, KK Yadu, Asst Manager in Bilaspur G K Dewangan Accounts Officer Raipur, R N Singh, Asst Manager in Surajpur, Sudhir Kumar Bhole, Assistant Accounts Officer, S K Chandrakar, Jeetram Yadav, Senior Assistants, Vishal Sinha, Junior technical Assistant Surajpur, Alok Chandravanshi, Junior technical Assistant, Durg, Satish Kumar Kaivalya, Junior technical Assistant, Jagdalpur, Kshir Sagar Patel, Junior technical Assistant, Raigarh, Hardeep Singh Bhatia, Junior technical Assistant, Dhamtari and Harish Soni, Junior technical Assistant, Kanker have been suspended.

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42.74% schools of C’garh still struggling to get power connection

On one hand school education department of Chhattisgarh are doing lots of efforts and programmes in improving of school education but on the other hand majority of schools are still struggling to... Read More
On one hand school education department of Chhattisgarh are doing lots of efforts and programmes in improving of school education but on the other hand majority of schools are still struggling to get basic amenities especially of power connections.

Currently only 57.26% schools of all types across Chhattisgarh have electricity connections and still 42.74% schools of the state are waiting to get power connection.

The current school report of District Information System for Education for 2014 states that out of 56430 schools (primary, upper primary and secondary) in the state, 24152 do not have access to electricity.

The list included schools which are situated in the urban limits of Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur, Raigarh, Korba and Janjgir-Champa. The condition is worst in rural areas where out of the 50356 schools, 28200 schools which accounted of 56% have no electricity connection for last so many years.

The shocking factor is that Chhattisgarh is considered a surplus state in power owing to the production of excessive power supply and delivers to five other states consist of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa but still here majority of the schools are still waiting for power connection and due to the absence of power supply, computer educations and other modern education have not been introduced in these educational institutions so far.

Amongst all schools of the state, most sufferer ones are primary schools as 17981 out of 35325 schools in the state which accounted of 51% do not have electricity connection.

As compared to primary schools, conditions of upper primary schools at the state is little better as 48% ones have no electricity connection (5982 out of 12682 schools are currently functioning without electricity). In Secondary schools conditions is worst as 43% schools are still struggling to get electric connection.

Out of all districts of the state, the conditions were particularly worse in the districts of Bastar region (Bastar, Dantewada, Kondagaon, Sukma, Bijapur, Narayanpur and Kanker) as 59% schools of these districts have no electricity followed by 43% schools without electricity in districts of Sarjguja region (Sarguja, Jashpur, Balrampur, Surajpur and Koriya districts) and 38% schools without power in districts of Bilaspur region. Only in districts of Raipur and Durg division, condition is little better as here only 21% and 19% schools have no electricity connection. The disturbing factor is that owing to the absence of electricity in many secondary schools, students of high school and higher secondary classes are facing problems because without power they are helpless to do computer projects as well as some projects of Physics and Chemistry.

‘On one hand Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education introduces various schemes like CBSE for its students but on the other hand failed to provide basic facilities to them. Without these facilities how students will compete with their counterparts of CBSE and other state boards in different scales of education’ said Gautam Banerjee, School Educationist and State Coordinator of Right to Education (RTE) Act in Chhattisgarh.

‘We are trying our best to improve the quality of school education in the state and for it the department has already taken many initiatives’ stated one senior officer of Chhattisgarh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

On the other hand, Kedar Kashyap, State Minister of School Education remained unavailable for comment.

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CM hits back: Urges SIT to probe Digvijay’s misleading plaint immediately

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan urged the Special Investigation Team (SIT), to immediately investigate the misleading complaint by former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh regarding exams of c... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan urged the Special Investigation Team (SIT), to immediately investigate the misleading complaint by former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh regarding exams of contractual school teacher-2, contractual school teacher-3 and assistant grade-3 conducted by Professional Exam Board. The Chief Minister has written a letter to SIT chief for this. In the letter, the Chief Minister has urged for immediate investigation about the complaint filed by Digvijay Singh wherein he has raised questions about investigation into his complaint regarding exams of contractual school teacher-2 and 3 and assistant grade-3 conducted by Professional Exam Board and also presented an unauthorised excel sheet in which, he has claimed, “CM” has been written at 47 places. He said that immediate investigation into this misleading complaint will apprise the people of the reality. Earlier on Monday, Digvijay Singh had presented documents before the SIT alleging that Chouhan’s name was replaced by Raj Bhawan and Uma Bharati’s name in excel sheet. Digvijay was flanked by two top lawyers of the country including KTS Tulsi and Vivek Tankha, who had explained about name replacing process.

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Cold and cough patients to be treated as swine flu patients

Now, the doctors in private and Government hospitals will not return all those cough and cold patients approach to the hospitals with swine flu symptoms. The doctors categorising such patients as... Read More
Now, the doctors in private and Government hospitals will not return all those cough and cold patients approach to the hospitals with swine flu symptoms. The doctors categorising such patients as ‘A’ category patients returned by giving simply cold and cough drugs and later these patients converted to “B” and “C” category. On Wednesday, district health authorities given training to 281 doctors, 241 from private hospitals and nursing homes and 40 from different Government hospitals. The doctors told how to identify the swine flu suspected patients and when the swine-flu illness treatment should be started. At present, the doctors do not start swine flu treatment till the patients will not be of the “B ”category. The doctors were told that when the swine flu suspected patient approach them they start treatment of swine flu not the cold and cough. It will reduce the swine flu patients and even reduce the death figure. The training has been started at all the districts. The doctors are failed to guess the level of swine-flu among the “A” category patients and return them with just simple cold and cough drugs, it does not work and they are become serious swine-flu patients. Dr Veena Sinha, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO). said 281 Government and private doctors were imparted training how to diagnose swine flu. Now they will not return any ‘A’ category patients with cold and cough drugs, they have been asked to start swine-flu treatment of the patients for the first day, she said. The CMHO said that the training to the doctors of private and Government hospitals will be continued in coming days to control the swine flu.

City detects 11 more swine flu patients

There is no let up in swine flu despite warming days, more than 300 to 400 patients with cold and cough reach to the Government and private hospitals to get them examined for swine flu. On Wednesday, 60 samples of swine flu suspects, 30 to Gwalior and 30 to Jabalpur virology labs were sent for testing. While 11 of 42 samples sent on Tuesday to Gwalior and Jabalpur lab were tested positive. In Hamidia Hospital, many patients are on oxygen. Dr D K Pal, Superintendent, Hamidia Hospital, said five samples of swine flu suspects were taken and sent to lab. Seven patients are on oxygen while one is on ventilator. Total 50 swine flu suspects reached hospital for treatment. According to him there was no death of any swine flu patient in Hamidia Hospital on Wednesday. Dr Anil Shukla, Civil Surgeon, JP Hospital, said six swine flu patients are admitted, of them two are serious. The doctors took samples of 11 swine flu suspected patients. Many patients with cough and cold had reached to the hospital to get them examined and treatment of the swine flu. Senior in JP Hospital said the delay in proper swine flu treatment to the patients increasing death toll of the swine flu. The swine flu patients should be started from the first day to save the lives of the patients with swine flu symptoms.

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‘Japanese companies keen on major investments in MP’

There are about 102 Japanese companies in Madhya Pradesh which is facilitating directly or indirectly for economic development in different sectors. One of the giant ventures is the present proje... Read More
There are about 102 Japanese companies in Madhya Pradesh which is facilitating directly or indirectly for economic development in different sectors. One of the giant ventures is the present project undertaken by JICA (Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) under the name Madhya Pradesh Transmission System worth 18,475 millions JPY (Japanese Yen) investment. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’ Shinchi Murata, Vice Consul Consulate General of Japan, said that they are keen to explore more business opportunities in the State basically relating with infrastructure development. Around 11 projects funded by Japanese organisations are there in the State which are working for development of communities in Sheopur, Betul, Hoshangabad, Chhindwara and marginalised sector in Jhabua district. He said that the purpose of the visit is mainly to chalk out strategy to further enhance the business investment in the State. This is basically the second visit of Consul General of Japan in India, Yoshiaki Ito in Madhya Pradesh. Compared to Maharashtra and Gujarat where Japanese companies establishment comes to 600 and 200 respectively, the figures in Madhya Pradesh is way behind. This is one of the main reasons because of which Japanese companies are keen in investment in the State as it has got potential of rich biodiversity, he added. The Japanese companies are also eager to understand the infrastructure of the State basically to enhance the better road and rail connectivity within. After Modi’s visit to Japan last year the bilateral ties have got further boost and like in Gujarat the focus is also on improving the Indo-Japanese relationship by establishment of technology or study centre in the region .When it comes to social welfare activities the Grant Assistance of Grassroots Project (GGP), Consulate- General of Japan in Mumbai is working for equipping oxygen generator in Betul involving around 114,984 US $ investment at present.

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YC stages massive demos on VYAPAM, other issues

Youth Congress workers were cane charged when they staged a massive demonstration on VYAPAM and other issues and tried to march towards Assembly from Lilly Talkies square on Wednesday. State Pres... Read More
Youth Congress workers were cane charged when they staged a massive demonstration on VYAPAM and other issues and tried to march towards Assembly from Lilly Talkies square on Wednesday. State President of Youth Congress Kunal Chaudhary was injured in the incident. According to declared programme, Youth Congress workers, supported by State Congress President Arun Yadav and some other Congress leaders, including P C Sharma and Jeetu Patwari, gathered at Lilly Talkies square to protest against VYAPAM issue, urea crisis, power problem and law and order issue. Earlier, demonstration led by Youth Congress National President Amrinder Singh Barar, was peaceful but things started to boil when Youth Congress workers tried to scale the barricades put up by police and started to move towards Assembly. In starting, police used water canon to disperse the Youth Congress workers. However, Youth Congress workers braved the water canons and tried to stuck to the ground. When things started to go out of hand, police resorted to use the force to control the law and order situation. In the use of force by police, several demonstrators were injured, including Kunal Chaudhary, P C Sharma etc. Later on arrests were made.

Poster against Sonia, others catches attention

A poster caught the attention of everyone during the demonstration. Actually, this poster carried slogans against Congress National President Sonia Gandhi and others, including Rahul Gandhi, Suresh Pachauri and Arun Yadav. No one knows who put up the poster. Congress said it is handiwork of BJP.

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BJP with CM; Congress trying to save accused: Shasrabuddhe

Bharatiya Janata Party State incharge Vinay Shasrabuddhe and BJP State President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan came down heavily on Congress for raking up VYAPAM issue and claimed that party is with Ch... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party State incharge Vinay Shasrabuddhe and BJP State President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan came down heavily on Congress for raking up VYAPAM issue and claimed that party is with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. They alleged that by raising issue again, Congress is trying to save accused in the scam.

Addressing the press conference, Shasrabuddhe said Congress is running an expedition to misguide the people. Saying that Congress will not succeed in politicising the judicial process, he added that even Supreme Court had posed faith on investigation going under the guidance of SIT in VYAPAM scam.

Taking on Congress leaders including Digvijay Singh for attacking Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in VYAPAM scam, he said “If they were serious then they have told things in court,”. He alleged that Congress lack unity and is divided in groups. By picking up the issue once again, it is desperately trying to show its unity. Praising Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for writing letter to SIT to include the points raised by Congress in investigation, he said that here is the CM who himself got case probed. In the meantime, Nandkumar Singh Chouhan said that there is nothing new in the evidences produced by Digvijay Singh two days back. He claimed that with same evidence, Digvijay Singh had gone to High Court and later to Supreme Court but his petitions were rejected. He also took on Digvijay Singh’s lawyers Vivek Tankha and KTS Tulsi and said that their participation in press conference of Congress was against the code of conduct. Congress is talking about hard disc and excel sheet and CM himself had written letter to SIT to include them in investigation and thus set example of transparency. He accused Congress of picking up same issue repeatedly. State BJP incharge Dr Vinay Shasrabuddhe said that membership drive of party is satisfactory and so far members between 50 and 55 lakh have been made. He hoped that party would be able to achieve the target of 1.25 crore to 1.50 crore.

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Opposition boycotts Governor’s address

Budget session of Madhya Pradesh Assembly began on a stormy note on Wednesday. As anticipated, Opposition boycotted the address of Governor Ram Naresh Yadav by staging walk out. Opposition also... Read More
Budget session of Madhya Pradesh Assembly began on a stormy note on Wednesday. As anticipated, Opposition boycotted the address of Governor Ram Naresh Yadav by staging walk out. Opposition also levelled allegations against Governor in the wake of multilayered VYAPAM scam. No sooner did Governor Ram Naresh Yadav started to read his speech, Opposition created noisy scene by hurling allegations on him in VYAPAM scam. Later, entire Opposition staged a walk out. Ruling party censured the act of Opposition in strong words. In the meantime, Governor cut short his address and read only a few lines of his speech. Afterwards, he left the house. Later, assembly was adjourned till Thursday. Earlier, Assembly proceeding started with the national anthem and then house waited for the arrival of Governor. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan received him. When Governor arrived, Assembly Speaker Dr Sitasharan Sharma said owing to health reasons, Governor would read only first and last paragraph of his speech and entire speech would be considered as read.

Congress MLAs demand CM, Governor’s resignations

After staging walk out, Congress MLAs raised slogans against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Governor Ramnaresh Yadav. They demanded resignations from both of them in the light of VYAPAM scam. Sundarlal Tiwari alleged that it is now clear that CM and Governor are involved in the scam and they should tender their resignations. Reacting on Opposition’s behaviour, Home Minister Babulal Gaur said to media that Opposition’s attitude was unfortunate and such act is also against the set traditions of constitution. What is more unfortunate that senior Congress MLAs, including Dr Govind Singh and Arif Aqueel, have not stood when Governor arrived in the house. “I am in politics since 40 years but never seen such thing. If they wanted to say then they could have told afterwards,” he added. Senior Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya said Shivraj Singh Chouhan is going to stay.

Opposition to focus only on CM

Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare said that it would be now Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his Government which would be on focus of Opposition. Now there would be no clamour over resignation of Governor Ram Naresh Yadav. Speaking to ‘The Hitavada’ Katare said as far issue related to resignation of Governor is concerned, Opposition has left that issue on the morality of Governor. However, on Thursday, Opposition would allow question hour to go smoothly in house. He added that CM is going to be on target of opposition which would press him for resignation and if he does not resign then at least he should hand over probe to CBI in VYAPAM scam. Clearing his stand to stage walk out during Governor’s speech, he said had we have not opposed the speech of Governor then how we could have been able to seek the resignation of CM as name of Governor house also surfaced in the same case. He alleged that it is Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who tampered with the documents.

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NMC team seizes 31 open plots over tax default

The officials of Dharampeth Zone of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) seized 31 open plots of Akanshi Co-operative Housing Society Limited, Dabha, to recover property tax dues.

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The officials of Dharampeth Zone of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) seized 31 open plots of Akanshi Co-operative Housing Society Limited, Dabha, to recover property tax dues.

According to official press release, if the plot-owners fail to pay property tax at the earliest, the plots will be sold out through auction. The open plots have a total tax dues of Rs 14,06,810. The minimum tax dues are of Rs 22,476 and maximum are of Rs 2,69,217.

The action of seizing the plots was taken by a team of NMC Dharampeth Zone under the guidance of Rajesh Karade, Assistant Commissioner. The team comprised K R Mishra, Assistant Tax Assessor; Bhalavi, Nimgade, Shinde.

Similar action will be taken against plot-owners in various other co-operative housing societies if they fail to clear the property tax duesm, informs a release issued by Karade. Some of these societies include those of Government Press employees, employees of Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Income Tax Department staffers, Land Record Department empoyees etc, adds the press release.

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Make Hindi a language of Science, IT: Fadnavis

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday gave a clarion call to make Hindi a language of science and information technology and create massive knowledge base in Hindi to further improve i... Read More
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday gave a clarion call to make Hindi a language of science and information technology and create massive knowledge base in Hindi to further improve its reach and make it language of modern knowledge. He described Hindi as one of the most popular and rich language and described it as symbol of national unity.

Fadnavis was delivering inaugural speech at 25th Akhil Bharatiya Rashtrabhasha Prachar Sammelan of Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Wardha on Sunday. Dr Suryaprakash Dixit, noted thinker and critic, chaired the programme. Banwarilal Purohit, former MP and Managing Editor of 'The Hitavada', was the guest of honour. Ramdas Tadas, Member of Parliament, Wardha, Dr Pankaj Bhoyar, MLA, Dr Anantaram Tripathi, Pradhan Mantri of Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Wardha, Suryaprakash Chaudhari, President of Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Wardha and Dr Hemachandra Vaidya, Prachar Mantri of the Samiti, were seated on the dais.

The chief minister further stated that Hindi has occupied unique place in literature and culture globally without intruding upon any other language and time has come to conduct more research and create literature in Hindi to provide knowledge of Hindi to youngsters.

Fadnavis also assured that State Government would extend its support for organising Vishwa Hindi Sahitya Sammelan in Nagpur (which is proposed in this Sammelan) in association with Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Wardha.

CM received great applause from the gathering when he said, “Prof Anantaram Tripathi is Pradhan Mantri (PM) of Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti and I'm Chief Minister (CM). CM should obey the words of PM”. The efforts of Samiti for providing education to students from North-East states are laudable, observed Fadnavis. He concluded his mesmerising speech with the popular quotes of the renowned freedom fighter Ramprasad Bismil.

Banwarilal Purohit,President of Vidarbha Hindi Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Nagpur in his speech stressed on the need of individual efforts for making Hindi as Rashtrabhasha. The initiation of Rashrabhasha Prachar Samiti in preaching and spreading Hindi in Southern states is remarkable and everyone should adopt the language without hesitation.

“Nearly 65,000 students appeared for the Hindi exam in Vidarbha and 15,000 Pracharaks are doing their service for the spreading Hindi in the country,” informed Purohit.

The former MP also pointed out that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis are Hindi lovers. The affection towards Hindi brought the CM to Wardha for Sammelan despite his busy schedule. He also mentioned that the first Vishwa Hindi Sammelan was held in Nagpur in 1975 and urged the CM to extend his support for organising the 10th Vishwa Hindi Sammelan in Nagpur.

Dr Dixit also guided the gathering. At the outset, the dignitaries garlanded the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi and lit the traditional lamp. The students from North-East states recited welcome song.

Dr Suryaprakash Dixit, Dr Chittaranjan Mishra, Vice-Chancellor of MGIHU, Wardha, Dr Mohankant Gautam, Director of European Vishwa Vidyalaya, Netherland, Dr Damodar Khadse, Executive President of Maharashtra Rajya Hindi Sahitya Academy, Mumbai, Dr Ram Arulad Chaudhari, former HoD of Hindi, Kolkata International University, Kolkata, Dr Mafatlal Patel from Ahmedabad, Dr Shankarlal Purohit and Dr Devraj from MGIHU, Wardha, were honoured at the hands of Chief Minister.

Kishor Waswani conducted the proceedings whereas Dr Hemachandra Vaidya proposed a vote of thanks. Naveen Sona, District Collector, Anil Paraskar, District Superintendent of Police, Sanjay Meena, Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, Wardha, Vaibhav Nawadkar, SDO, Sanjay Bhagwat, Additional Collector, Milind Bhende, Chairman of Education Committee, Zilla Parishad, Wardha, Dr Shirish Gode, District Chief of BJP and Madhav Kotasthane were present on the occasion.

The Sammelan was well attended by representatives from various countries who are working for the propagation of language among local people.

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Unidentified man’s body with 110 wounds found in Nandanvan

Unidentified persons brutally murdered a 30-year-old man in Nandanvan area. The cops are puzzled as the deceased had about 110 injuries on the body. The incident came to light on Sunday morning w... Read More
Unidentified persons brutally murdered a 30-year-old man in Nandanvan area. The cops are puzzled as the deceased had about 110 injuries on the body. The incident came to light on Sunday morning when passers-by noticed the body by roadside nullah near Tulsi Nagar. Cops are groping in dark and are yet to ascertain the identity of the deceased.

According to information, the police station received a call about the body lying in a nullah, at 8 am. Staff of the police station arrived at the spot and sent the body for autopsy. The primary report from doctors revealed that the deceased had about 110 wounds.

Cops said, they noticed stab injuries on face, neck, thigh and chest of the deceased. “Someone has stabbed the man with sharp-edged weapon,” said one of the police officers.

Prima facie, the case hints at involvement of more than one person and the murder may be a fall out of rivalry between the deceased and the killers.

Nandanvan police have relayed information to all police stations and started going through missing reports across the city. This is the only way to get a lead in the case as cops are clueless even about identity of the deceased.

On the basis of complaint by Rajesh Haribhau Kubde (36), a resident of Suraj Nagar, Bhandewadi, police have registered the case under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code against unidentified persons.

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Registration for RTE on-line admission to begin today

The registration of schools for admissions to be done under Right to Education Act (RTE) will begin on Monday. School Education Department has directed schools to strictly use their UDISE number ... Read More
The registration of schools for admissions to be done under Right to Education Act (RTE) will begin on Monday. School Education Department has directed schools to strictly use their UDISE number and password already received for on-line registration. On-line 25% admissions are mandatory for all schools affiliated to any board. Schools can register on website www.rte25admission.maharashtra.gov.in

The period of registration is from February 16 to 21. To remove any ambiguity about distance of School and that of applicant, all schools have already been asked to complete mapping and officials at every district have been briefed to help schools, in case of any difficulty. Maharashtra government will use Google Maps to ensure that students are allocated schools close to their homes, in the on-line admissions to seats under the Right to Education (RTE) Act this year. Trained officials from Education department will independently review the locations filled in by schools and parents in on-line applications, to make sure that they are accurately mapped. This safeguard has been introduced this year since last year several students were allocated schools far away from their homes.

More than 50,000 applicants are expected to take benefit of this system to grab the free seats in premier educational institutions. 25% of the sanctioned intake of every school is to be filled under RTE in which first priority is given to a student from low income group living within a 3 km vicinity of a school or a backward class student but living within close vicinity are eligible for admission under RTE. While interacting with the school authorities, department directed schools to set up support centre, prepare banner of support centre. Schools are expected to have computers, scanner and internet service for filing on-line form of parents.

There should be admission committee headed by Head Master. The committee will have parents representative from school, one representative of management committee and one nominee of education officer as other members. The role of admission committee will to be monitor process at school level.

The process of school registration will be held in Nagpur and Amravati districts from February 16 to 21 and the applications will be accepted from February 23 to March 7.

Shahid Sharif, Chairman of RTE Action Committee said, “Unfortunately authorities are not clear on the admissions of the students of divorcee and those who are staying with their grand-parents. Some solution must be devised to take care of such students.”

Sharif said, “There are 2,500 seats in rural area and 5,500 seats in urban area under RTE. We have established our help centres at four places. One is behind Bhide girls school, another is at Civil Lines behind the office of GNIET, third one is at the office of GNIET at Mangalwari, Sadar, fourth is at Mohan Nagar Manav Seva Kendra and fifth is at Al Ameen School, Zafar Nagar. The counseling will be done between 12 noon and 5 pm. We have one helpline number- 8796121213 where people can call and we will counsel them.”

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Work pressure taking toll of men in Khaki

This may come as a wake-up call for police force which operates in cloak of secrecy, as the personnel are falling prey to work pressure. Also, they are finding it difficult to strike a balance be... Read More
This may come as a wake-up call for police force which operates in cloak of secrecy, as the personnel are falling prey to work pressure. Also, they are finding it difficult to strike a balance between professional and personal life.

There has been sharp rise in number of unnatural casualties in police force which needs to be taken seriously. In Nagpur City alone, 28 police personnel have lost their lives in 2014. Notable reasons for the deaths were suicide, road accidents and health problems. More shocking is the fact that 50% of deaths, in the current year, were reported from the jurisdiction of Nagpur Police Commissionerate as compared to 18 deaths in 2011.

Police personnel who are trained to maintain the law and order, have a tough time handling their personal lives.

As per the information available with ‘The Hitavada’, rise in suicidal tendency among the police personnel is a cause of utmost concern. Four policemen committed suicide in 2014. In years 2011 and 2012, only one suicide case each was reported. The figure doubled in year 2013, while the cases increased further in 2014.

On an average three police personnel die in road accidents every year. Still, city police have not issued any standard operating procedures for its personnel. As per the information, two policemen were killed in 2011, two in 2012, five in 2013 and three in 2014. In each case, none of the cop was wearing helmet. Still senior police officers are not willing to direct the constabulary to follow rules to the hilt.

Tremendous work load and distressing work culture are showing their effects on health of police personnel. Every year more than 20 cops die due to health hazards. The toll is mounting as it has recorded a jump of 22% in last four years. About 73 policemen died due to health issues despite regular free health check-up camp organised by city police. A senior police officer said, ogranising health check-up camps for a day is not the solution. “They should get good atmosphere and good working condition,” he said.

Suicides are due to personal reasons: Jt CP

Joint Commissioner of Police (Jt CP) Anup Kumar Singh, when asked about the rise in suicides by cops, said, their investigations into suicides by cops revealed that it has little to do with work and more of personal causes. On the issue of accidents, Singh said, it’s for individuals to decide what is best for him and even making wearing helmets compulsory won’t change the situation. Every cop is expected to religiously follow the fitness schedule as the job is very challenging.

‘Long duty hours affecting health’

After interacting with several police personnel, this reporter found that basic problem of the force is 12 hours duty, which is often gets extended without prior intimation. Except Police Department, no other government department has 12-hour work culture.

The police personnel have no pre-decided assignments as every cop has to always respond to every happening.

As the cops are working beyond their capacity, it is resulting in fatigue among them. Fatigue diminishes cops’ mental and physical health and affects their ability to cope with stress.

A constable of traffic control branch posted on a busy intersection has to be on duty for 12 hours. If the cop leaves the spot even for 10 minutes, he/she is bound to face music from the bosses.

In Nagpur Police Commissionerate, no police station has retiring room for its staff. Except the chamber of Police Inspectors and senior officials, even basic hygienic conditions are missing in police stations. Most police stations have wooden benches for constabulary to relax for a few minutes.

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Work pressure taking toll of men in Khaki

This may come as a wake-up call for police force which operates in cloak of secrecy, as the personnel are falling prey to work pressure. Also, they are finding it difficult to strike a balance be... Read More
This may come as a wake-up call for police force which operates in cloak of secrecy, as the personnel are falling prey to work pressure. Also, they are finding it difficult to strike a balance between professional and personal life.

There has been sharp rise in number of unnatural casualties in police force which needs to be taken seriously. In Nagpur City alone, 28 police personnel have lost their lives in 2014. Notable reasons for the deaths were suicide, road accidents and health problems. More shocking is the fact that 50% of deaths, in the current year, were reported from the jurisdiction of Nagpur Police Commissionerate as compared to 18 deaths in 2011.

Police personnel who are trained to maintain the law and order, have a tough time handling their personal lives.

As per the information available with ‘The Hitavada’, rise in suicidal tendency among the police personnel is a cause of utmost concern. Four policemen committed suicide in 2014. In years 2011 and 2012, only one suicide case each was reported. The figure doubled in year 2013, while the cases increased further in 2014.

On an average three police personnel die in road accidents every year. Still, city police have not issued any standard operating procedures for its personnel. As per the information, two policemen were killed in 2011, two in 2012, five in 2013 and three in 2014. In each case, none of the cop was wearing helmet. Still senior police officers are not willing to direct the constabulary to follow rules to the hilt.

Tremendous work load and distressing work culture are showing their effects on health of police personnel. Every year more than 20 cops die due to health hazards. The toll is mounting as it has recorded a jump of 22% in last four years. About 73 policemen died due to health issues despite regular free health check-up camp organised by city police. A senior police officer said, ogranising health check-up camps for a day is not the solution. “They should get good atmosphere and good working condition,” he said.

Suicides are due to personal reasons: Jt CP

Joint Commissioner of Police (Jt CP) Anup Kumar Singh, when asked about the rise in suicides by cops, said, their investigations into suicides by cops revealed that it has little to do with work and more of personal causes. On the issue of accidents, Singh said, it’s for individuals to decide what is best for him and even making wearing helmets compulsory won’t change the situation. Every cop is expected to religiously follow the fitness schedule as the job is very challenging.

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Orange City Bleeds Blue as fans celebrate India’s grand win over Pak

DID India win the World Cup? The crazy celebrations on city streets on Sunday evening gave one the same impression. For the die-hard fans of the Indian cricket team, the win over Pakistan at Ad... Read More
DID India win the World Cup? The crazy celebrations on city streets on Sunday evening gave one the same impression. For the die-hard fans of the Indian cricket team, the win over Pakistan at Adelaide was much bigger than lifting the coveted crown.

India’s sixth straight win against Pakistan in World Cup on Sunday once again made Nagpur’s crazy supporters jump out of their couches and ‘storm’ into the ‘field’ to celebrate the occasion. Fans burst firecrackers as if it was a Diwali celebration. They were not friends, not even relatives but the bonhomie was such that everybody looked like a big Indian family as they hugged each other, be it young or old.

The ever-happening West High Court Road was jam-packed with thousands of Indian team’s supporters. It was a normal Sunday afternoon but footfalls started as soon as the last Pakistan wicket fell to mark India’s resounding 76-run win. The fans were inside cars, jeeps and also over it, on their mobikes and minidoors chanting ‘Indiaaa... Indiaaaa’ and blaring horn.

Traffic rules were broken for once as bikers moved triple seat.

The traffic cops too went soft on them.

“Khushi mana rahe hai aaj jeet ki... Kuch der ki baat hai... (They are celebrating the win. It won’t go much longer),” said one of the cops at Laxmi Bhavan Square.

The road from Law College Square to Shankar Nagar Square was packed and vehicles moved at a snail’s pace. But the ‘epicentre’ was Laxmi Bhavan Square. Fans celebrated at the square for more than two hours. Tricolour fluttered in almost all hands at the celebration point. A few fans like Gopal Chandak and Ashok Agrawal even brought World Cup replica which attracted everybody. The crowd chanted in chorus, “Bharat Mata Ki Jai. Vande Mataram”. There were other slogans too which attracted applause.

“Ek baat to saaf hai, hum sabke baap hai”... “1992- faqr hai, 1996- faqr hai, 1999- faqr hai, 2003- faqr hai, 2011- faqr hai, 2015- faqr hai” which related to each edition of World Cup when India defeated Pakistan.

There were a few girls in an open jeep who were shouting, “Virat Kohli Zindabad...Anushka Sharma (Virat’s girlfriend) Zindabad.” One of the fans said, “this win is much bigger than the title win.” The other said, “We’ve won the World Cup.” The ‘victory square’ had all - from kids to elderly people who all came out for the house to join the celebration.

Even sweets were distributed for free by one of the sweet shops located on WHC Road.

“Such win doesn’t come daily. It’s a big win and that too over Pakistan that’s why we are distributing sweets,” said the owner of Subhash Mishtan Bhandar while distributing jalebis to fans.

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Entries invited for Wagh Utsav’s photography contest

The Vidarbha Economic Development Council and the South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC), supported by MTDC, are organising their third Wagh Utsav 2015 from February 20 to 22.

During th... Read More
The Vidarbha Economic Development Council and the South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC), supported by MTDC, are organising their third Wagh Utsav 2015 from February 20 to 22.

During the festival, several programmes will be held at the SCZCC premises. Among them is a photography competition open to all. The theme of the competition is - ‘Splendours of Tiger Country’, which include naturescapes of Central India, capturing its fauna, flora and coexistence of tribal communities with wildlife.

The competition is open to all Indian citizens, except VED members, its employees and their immediate family members. Images that have won prizes in prior competitions or have been used for commercial purposes and/or been published will not be entertained. Photographs in prints must be sent in sizes of 20" x 16" or 24" x 20". Copies must be unmounted, unedited/photoshop images. Entry fee is Rs 250 per entry. Each participant can submit a maximum of three entries. Digital manipulation that distorts the reality of the photos will not be allowed. Only basic enhancements such as sharpening, contrast adjustment, or simple cropping will be allowed. The participant must submit a title to each entry. The criteria for judging would be composition, clarity and reference to the subject.

Should the entrant wish to travel for prize distribution, he has to do so at his own cost, including his boarding and lodging. The organisers reserve the right to reject entries with incomplete details. The submission deadline is February 15, before 11.59 pm. All submitted materials are non-returnable. The photo should be clearly labeled with the participant’s name, and location where the photograph was taken. Participants are entirely responsible for all entry-related costs. The entries in hard-copy may be sent to:

1) Studio Prolab, behind Jasleen Hospital, 14, West Road, Dhantoli, Nagpur - 440 012.

2) M/s Altaf Vali, opposite Sitabuldi Police Station, near Moonlight Studio, Sitabuldi, Nagpur.

3) VED Council office, Gokul-Gopal Enclave, 1st Floor, Mate Square, (behind Babasaheb Ambedkar Statue), Gopal Nagar, Nagpur - 440022. The prizes include a DSLR camera and other cameras sponsored by Nikon and stay at Tadoba Tiger King Resort, Kolara. For 1st winner - Prize worth Rs 20,000 which includes 2 nights stay, all meals and 2 Safaris. For 2nd Winner - Prize worth Rs 10,000 which includes 1 night stay, all meals and 1 Safari. For 3rd winner - Prize worth Rs 6,000 including 1 night stay, all meals.

For more information, one may contact VED office 0712-2240665, Vinay Thakur - +91 9823903813 or Sudhir Ghike - 9373229365.

Selected photographs from among the entries will be exhibited at the Raja Ravi Verma Art Gallery of SCZCC. The exhibition will be inaugurated at 6 pm on February 20. The exhibition will remain open for public till 9 pm. On February 21 and 22, the exhibition will remain open from 12 pm to 9 pm.

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Liquor industry employees of Chandrapur district move HC

Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar at the High Court have issued notice to the respondents - State Government’s Principal Secretaries of Excise, Revenue, Home, Labour and Industr... Read More
Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar at the High Court have issued notice to the respondents - State Government’s Principal Secretaries of Excise, Revenue, Home, Labour and Industry, and various Labour Department officers at Nagpur and Chandrapur - to show cause in two weeks in reply to the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by President of Vidarbha Prahar Kamgar Sanghtana, Adv Harshal Kumar Chiplunkar, on behalf of 10,000 and 5,000 workers respectively in liquor and allied industries in various capacities and their 50,000 to 60,000 family members, seeking rehabilitation policy in place, for these persons, prior to enforcing total prohibition in Chandrapur district, in terms of State Government’s decision of January 20, 2015. While the Court asked the petitioner to delete names of Ministers, MLAs and MLCs.

It has been contended on behalf of the petitioner - Organisation that the State Cabinet’s impugned decision of January 20 last, to impose ban on sale, production and consumption of liquor in Chandrapur district is in violation of principles of natural justice, though the State Government and its Ministers do not have power to ignore the aspect of rehabilitation of 10,000 to 15,000 workers of the liquor and allied industries in the said district.

The other respondents joined to the petition are State Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, Revenue Minister Eknathrao Khadse, MLAs Vijay Wadettiwar and Balu Dhanorkar, Bunty alias Kirti Kumar Bangadiya, MLCs Shobhatai Fadnavis, Nitesh Bangadiya, Nanabhau Samkule, Commissioner of State Excise and Collector, Chandrapur. However, the petitioner has agreed to delete their names as respondents.

The petitioner has very forcefully pointed out to the Court that ‘The Hitavada’ has reported on January 21 last very clearly that the State Government has taken the impugned decision under the alleged pressure mounted by Minister Mungantiwar and the employees’ representations to have rehabilitation policy in place first before declaring the district dry, has been ignored.

Further, having squads for imposing ban effectively has not been paid attention to before hand. Adding 10,000 more persons to already existing “force” of 15,000 unemployed people in last 10 years will lead to social problem. The concerned persons were not given hearing before taking decision. Minister’s personal ego should not play decisive role in enforcing a decision harmful for work-force.

Advocate Arun Patil appeared for the petitioner - Organisation.

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Goenka appointed Ind Director of MSEB Holding Co

Government of Maharashtra has appointed R B Goenka, Chairman of Energy Forum of Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA), as Independent Director in MSEB Holding Company. Chandrashekhar Bawankule, E... Read More
Government of Maharashtra has appointed R B Goenka, Chairman of Energy Forum of Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA), as Independent Director in MSEB Holding Company. Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Energy Minister, is the Chairman of MSEB Holding Company; while Principal Secretary (Energy) is Managing Director, and Managing Directors of Mahagenco, Mahatransco, MSEDCL are Directors. The Government has appointed two Independent Directors -- R B Goenka and Vishwas Pathak.

Rajendrakumar B Goenka is Proprietor of M/s R K Engineering Services and Managing Director of M/s Goenka Switchgear (P) Ltd. He is active in consumer advocacy, and has been representing techno-legal cases of consumers before Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), CSERC, Consumer Grievance Redressal Forums, Ombudsman etc.

Since the year 2000, Goenka has been representing Vidarbha as Consumer’s Representative before MERC. Between 2000 and 2014, he worked as Member of MERC Advisory Committee, and actively participated in making Nagpur and Amaravati ‘load-shedding free’. Also, he participated in making Supply Code and SOP Regulations for distribution licensee, power tariff determination process. He was a Committee Member for advising MERC about open access regulations, cross subsidy reduction road-map in power tariff.

Goenka is Vidarbha Convenor for Vidarbha Environment Action Group, taking up environmental pollution issues.

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Swine Flu: HC seeks response of NMC, Govt by February 25

Expressing deep concern over growing menace of Swine Flu and reported deaths in city, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and State Heal... Read More
Expressing deep concern over growing menace of Swine Flu and reported deaths in city, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and State Health Department to place on record steps taken by within two weeks.

The petition filed by Anil Agre and residents of Khamla-based society charged the civic body with absolutely ignoring hygiene and cleanliness of the city leading to massive outbreak of Swine Flu. The petitioner cited inadequate staff, totally unsatisfactory performance by NMC to lift garbage and ensure cleanliness in the city, lack of infrastructure at government hospitals, roadside meat shops, dysfunctional NMC hospitals and dispensaries as reasons for outbreak of Swine Flu due to which many citizens have lost life.

The Court, while permitting the petitioner to amend the petition, also directed NMC and Health Department to spell out its action plan and ongoing measured to tackle Swine Flu by February 25. Adv Shrikant Khandalkar appeared for the petitioner. Adv S K Mishra (NMC), AGP M K Pathan (State Govt) represented respondent authorities.

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MADC hands over 37 ha land to NIT for Metro Rail

This can be a major breakthrough in the development of ambitious Metro Rail project. Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) on Wednesday formally handed over 37 hectare land to Nagpur I... Read More
This can be a major breakthrough in the development of ambitious Metro Rail project. Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) on Wednesday formally handed over 37 hectare land to Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT). After constitution of Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL), the NIT will transfer land to this special purpose vehicle.

Highly placed sources informed that the MADC transferred land for “at grade railway line of Metro Rail in MIHAN-SEZ area.” Around 4.5 kms portion of the Metro Rail will be at grade (elevated). The total length of Metro Rail is 38.125 kms in the city. The rail will be on 1.2 mt width of median of the road. The total cost of the project is Rs 10,550 crore.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had performed bhoomipujan of the proposed Metro Rail project in the city in August 2014. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has proposed two corridors- North-South and East-West- 38.125 kms from two different locations.

Both the governments will share 50:50 per cent equity while Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and NIT will pump money by selling additional FSI en route Metro Rail.

Meanwhile, Central and State Government have appointed directors of Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL), Shankar Aggrawal, Secretary of Union Urban Development Department has been appointed as Chairman of the committee while Mukund Kumar Sinha, Jhanja Tripathy, Ved Mani Tiwari, Shailendra Singh are Directors appointed by Government of India. Brijesh Dixit as Managing Director of NMRCL while Subodh Kumar, Secretary, Finance Department; Dr Nitin Kareer, Principal Secretary of Urban Development Department, Maharashtra; Shravan Hardikar, Municipal Commissioner, and Shyam Wardhane, Chairman NIT are Directors appointed by Maharashtra Government.

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Mahagenco’s coal procurement under High Court scanner

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed Maharashtra Power Generation Company Limited (Mahagenco) to specify the average rate of coal supplied from Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) a... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed Maharashtra Power Generation Company Limited (Mahagenco) to specify the average rate of coal supplied from Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) and that of imported coal between January 2014 and December 2014.

A division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar also directed Mahagenco to come clean on average rate of transporting the coal from WCL to its units and that of transporting charges paid for bringing imported coal from the source till the destination.

Going a step further, the High Court also sought to know from mahagenco whether in order to ensure that the coal which is supplied by the importers is of actual quality for which the payment is made, it is willing to get the samples analysed by an independent Government laboratory.

In the backdrop of resolve of new Government to bring down the cost of power generation by sourcing more domestic coal at cheaper rate, this direction of High Court to power generating utility is quite important as the PIL filed by a vigilant citizen Anil Wadpalliwar has actually raised this contention three years ago accusing power utility with short-lifting of raw domestic coal which is available in plenty with coal utilities near pit-head and importing coal at exorbitant cost and passing the burden on hapless consumers. Due to turf war between coal and power utilities, the cost of power generation rose making Maharashtra, especially Vidarbha, an unattractive destination for industries, the PIL had stated.

Adv Shrirang Bhandarkar appearing for the petitioner contended that due to this turf-war, the state was loser and exchequer was paying huge cost for costly imported cost when cheap coal was available near pit-head. If the real truth is revealed, it will open a pandora’s box, he claimed while raising a serious question mark over quality of imported coal, cost of transport incurred and very need to import costly coal from Indonesia and Australia.

Both the utilities have blamed each other for the mess in power sector. While Mahagenco claimed that it was victim of coal companies who supplied it poor quality of coal and for short supply compelling it to make alternate arrangements. The MahaGenco in earlier affidavit had squarely blamed WCL Western Coalfields Limited (WCL), South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) and Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) with supplying inferior quality coal and charging much more from it.

The total burden on account of grade slippage was Rs 2,160 crore in financial year 2012-13, MahaGenco had claimed in an earlier affidavit filed before the High Court. This burden has resulted in rise in power tariff which has been ultimately passed on to consumers and recovered from them, the MahaGenco has claimed.

The MahaGenco had claimed that due to poor quality coal supplied by WCL it paid Rs 1,000 crore more (Rs 573 per metric tonne) on account of grade slippage, Rs 1,100 crore to SECL (Rs 1,896 per metric tonne), Rs 60 crore to MCL (Rs 123 per metric tonne). Receipt of inferior quality coal of high ash content from all subsidiaries of Coal India Limited is a major concern for MahaGenco, the affidavit stated.

Earlier the High Court on October 9 had ordered a third party independent sampling of coal at both loading and unloading point to ascertain quality of coal supplied by Coal Companies to state-run power utility in which the Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR) confirmed that coal contained high-ash content and was sub-standard. The coal companies challenged the findings and sampling process itself and after a very stormy legal battle, the High Court on March 5 recalled its earlier order after the huge public cost involved in sampling process came to fore.

Adv Shrirang Bhandarkar appeared for the petitioner. Adv Rakesh Rathod (MahaGenco), Adv S C and Ashish Mehadia (CIL-WCL), Adv Tushar Darda (Coal Controller and Union of India), GP Bharati Dangre (State), Adv S V Purohit (MSEDCL) appeared for the respondents.

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Gadkari flags off Nagpur-Rewa Exp

Wednesday marked a new chapter in railway connectivity between Vidarbha and adjoining state of Madhya Pradesh, with the flagging off of Nagpur-Rewa Express train on its maiden run from Nagpur Railw... Read More
Wednesday marked a new chapter in railway connectivity between Vidarbha and adjoining state of Madhya Pradesh, with the flagging off of Nagpur-Rewa Express train on its maiden run from Nagpur Railway Station. Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister, flagged off five new express trains, including Nagpur-Rewa Express, by remote control from Railway Board, New Delhi, on Wednesday. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, flagged off 11207/11208 Nagpur-Rewa Express (Weekly) train from Platform No. 4 at Nagpur Railway Station. Chandrashekar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district; Avinash Pande, Rajya Sabha member; Pravin Datke, Mayor; Krishna Khopde, East Nagpur MLA and BJP City chief; and Munna Pokulwar, Deputy Mayor, also graced the occasion.

Talking to the reporters after flagging off the train, Gadkari said that Railway Minister had included Nagpur-Rewa Express train in Railway Budget. “It is a big relief for passengers. The natives of adjoining state of Madhya Pradesh had appealed to me to start the train between Nagpur and Rewa.

Today, their dream has come true,” he said. He also assured that Amritsar-Pune Express via Nagpur also would start soon, and it would be helpful for all passengers who wanted to go to Amritsar and Pune from Nagpur.

All five trains launched on Wednesday were declared in Railway Budget recently. Prabhu pressed the button on the remote control at Railway Board office in New Delhi, and it was shown at Nagpur Railway Station through video-conferencing at 2.40 pm. Five minutes later, Nagpur-Rewa Express train was flagged off by Gadkari. On Wednesday, the train had its maiden run. It will run regularly on Wednesday from February 18. The 11207 Nagpur-Rewa Express will start from Nagpur at 7.20 am and reach Rewa the same day at 10.30 pm. The train will have stoppages at Katol (Arrival -- 8.13 am; Departure -- 8.15 am), Narkhed (8.37 am; 8.39 am), Pandhurna (8.56 am; 8.58 am), Amla (10.09 am; 10.12 am), Betul (10.33 am; 10.35 am), Ghoradongri (11.16 am; 11.18 am), Itarsi (12.25 pm; 12.35 pm), Pipriya, Narsingpur, Shridham, Jabalpur, Katni, Maihar, and Satna.

Similarly, 11208 Rewa-Nagpur Express will start its run every Wednesday at 11.30 pm and reach Nagpur the next day at 3.30 pm. Rewa-Nagpur Express train will reach Itarsi at 9.50 am and depart at 10.05 am, Ghoradongri (11.12 am; 11.14 am), Betul (11.58 am; 12 noon), Amla (12.26 pm; 12.28 pm), Pandhurna (1.26 pm; 1.28 pm), Narkhed (1.43 pm; 1.45 pm), and Katol (2.03 pm; 2.05 pm). The train has 18 coaches including one AC-II, three AC-III, six Sleeper class, six General, and two SLR vans.

Meanwhile, Secretary of Bharatiya Yatri Kendra Basant Shukla alleged that Divisional Railway Users’ Consultative Committee (DRUCC) and Station Consultative Committee members were not extended invitation for the flag-off ceremony by Central Railway. “Central Railway should have shown the basic courtesy,” he said.

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Gadkari flags off Nagpur-Rewa Exp

Wednesday marked a new chapter in railway connectivity between Vidarbha and adjoining state of Madhya Pradesh, with the flagging off of Nagpur-Rewa Express train on its maiden run from Nagpur Railw... Read More
Wednesday marked a new chapter in railway connectivity between Vidarbha and adjoining state of Madhya Pradesh, with the flagging off of Nagpur-Rewa Express train on its maiden run from Nagpur Railway Station. Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister, flagged off five new express trains, including Nagpur-Rewa Express, by remote control from Railway Board, New Delhi, on Wednesday. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, flagged off 11207/11208 Nagpur-Rewa Express (Weekly) train from Platform No. 4 at Nagpur Railway Station. Chandrashekar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district; Avinash Pande, Rajya Sabha member; Pravin Datke, Mayor; Krishna Khopde, East Nagpur MLA and BJP City chief; and Munna Pokulwar, Deputy Mayor, also graced the occasion.

Talking to the reporters after flagging off the train, Gadkari said that Railway Minister had included Nagpur-Rewa Express train in Railway Budget. “It is a big relief for passengers. The natives of adjoining state of Madhya Pradesh had appealed to me to start the train between Nagpur and Rewa.

Today, their dream has come true,” he said. He also assured that Amritsar-Pune Express via Nagpur also would start soon, and it would be helpful for all passengers who wanted to go to Amritsar and Pune from Nagpur.

All five trains launched on Wednesday were declared in Railway Budget recently. Prabhu pressed the button on the remote control at Railway Board office in New Delhi, and it was shown at Nagpur Railway Station through video-conferencing at 2.40 pm. Five minutes later, Nagpur-Rewa Express train was flagged off by Gadkari. On Wednesday, the train had its maiden run. It will run regularly on Wednesday from February 18. The 11207 Nagpur-Rewa Express will start from Nagpur at 7.20 am and reach Rewa the same day at 10.30 pm. The train will have stoppages at Katol (Arrival -- 8.13 am; Departure -- 8.15 am), Narkhed (8.37 am; 8.39 am), Pandhurna (8.56 am; 8.58 am), Amla (10.09 am; 10.12 am), Betul (10.33 am; 10.35 am), Ghoradongri (11.16 am; 11.18 am), Itarsi (12.25 pm; 12.35 pm), Pipriya, Narsingpur, Shridham, Jabalpur, Katni, Maihar, and Satna.

Similarly, 11208 Rewa-Nagpur Express will start its run every Wednesday at 11.30 pm and reach Nagpur the next day at 3.30 pm. Rewa-Nagpur Express train will reach Itarsi at 9.50 am and depart at 10.05 am, Ghoradongri (11.12 am; 11.14 am), Betul (11.58 am; 12 noon), Amla (12.26 pm; 12.28 pm), Pandhurna (1.26 pm; 1.28 pm), Narkhed (1.43 pm; 1.45 pm), and Katol (2.03 pm; 2.05 pm). The train has 18 coaches including one AC-II, three AC-III, six Sleeper class, six General, and two SLR vans.

Meanwhile, Secretary of Bharatiya Yatri Kendra Basant Shukla alleged that Divisional Railway Users’ Consultative Committee (DRUCC) and Station Consultative Committee members were not extended invitation for the flag-off ceremony by Central Railway. “Central Railway should have shown the basic courtesy,” he said.

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Central team satisfied with IIM Nagpur site at MIHAN

The Central team headed by Amarjit Sinha, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), on Wednesday, visited the MIHAN to finalise the land for setting up prestigious Indi... Read More
The Central team headed by Amarjit Sinha, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), on Wednesday, visited the MIHAN to finalise the land for setting up prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Nagpur. The team also inspected the temporary arrangements for running classes at VNIT from the academic year 2015-16. The team expressed satisfaction over excellent arrangements made at VNIT and for impressive site selected at non-notified area of MIHAN.

A visibly impressed Amarjit Sinha told The Hitavada, “We are leaving on a happy note. Our team visited MIHAN and inspected the land. It is a very good site selected by District Administration and Maharashtra Government. We will convey State Government about our satisfaction. Meanwhile, we will be submitting the report to Central Government within a week. We will prepare a detailed report by March.”

Central Government has announced new IIMs at 11 cities in India. Maharashtra Government has finalised Nagpur for first IIM of State due to its central location and connectivity with other centres of excellence, availability of adequate infrastructure and existence of other national level institutions. Sinha said, “We have also inspected the temporary arrangements made at VNIT which are also excellent. The mentor of IIM Nagpur is Ashish Nanda who is Director of IIM, Ahmedabad. He also inspected the facilities from IIM’s perspective and supported our views.” Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, District Collector Abhishek Krishna, VNIT Chairman Vishram Jaamdar accompanied high-level team during their visit to VNIT and MIHAN.

Going by this happy development, the IIM at Nagpur will become a reality within two months, hoped Dr Sanjay Chahande, Principal Secretary, Higher and Technical Education of Maharashtra while speaking to mediapersons after the convocation of Government Polytechnic. He said, “After declaration of IIM by Central Government, Maharashtra Government has sent name of Nagpur. Formal approval by MHRD is just a part of procedure. IIM will be coming to Nagpur and will start functioning from the academic year 2015-16 itself.”

It may be recalled that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had personally spoken to Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani who immediately agreed for this proposal. MHRD had given its green signal to Nagpur IIM after which proposed 60 seats were included for admission for academic year 2015-16.

There is a slot of 296 acre of which 200 acre land has been earmarked for IIM. The site is on Nagpur-Hyderabad road (NH 7) and is 3 km away from the airport. The land needed at VNIT to run classes is on temporary basis and is spread over 6,000-6500 square meters. The IIM will start with intake of 60 seats.

The other members of the team were Prof Ashish Nanda, Director of IIM, Ahmedabad and mentor of Nagpur IIM; Dr Sanjay Chahande, Principal Secretary of Higher and Technical Education Department, Maharashtra; Chief Engineer of Central Public Works Department (West Zone) Narendra Kumar.

Gulabrao Thakare, Joint Director of Technical Education was the Co-ordinator.

Deputy Collector Nishikant Suke, SDO Prakash Patil, MADC officers S V Chahande, CEO, Atul Thakare, Marketing Manager and Deepak Joshi, PRO also accompanied them.

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Boeing MRO facility ready, awaits inauguration

After change of guards in Centre and State, the much-neglected Multimodal International Hub Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) has got a new momentum and one of the most important ventures- Maintenance-Repa... Read More
After change of guards in Centre and State, the much-neglected Multimodal International Hub Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) has got a new momentum and one of the most important ventures- Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul (MRO) of Boeing is ready for inauguration, but will be opened up in mid-2015.

The MRO building is complete and most of the supporting infrastructure is in place. Barring the ongoing work of taxi-way, which is expected to be over by this month-end, the Boeing MRO, which is biggest in Asia, is keenly awaiting day to become operational. Perhaps, this will be a major game-changer for MIHAN project as Boeing MRO is always viewed as one of anchor project that will bring Nagpur on the map of global businesses. This huge MRO facility is likely to be operational by mid-2015 and may once again make Nagpur an attractive destination for aircraft manufacturers and has capacity to change the economic scenario of entire Central India.

Highly placed sources stated that the building of MRO is complete but it will take some time for this facility to become operational due to pending work of taxi-way as well as some approval of Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). MIHAN sources claimed that the taxi-way is likely to be over by month end.

In November 2014, Civil Aviation Minister Gajapati Raju reviewed the pending work of Boeing facility in Nagpur and assured to announce inauguration date very soon. However, he has not finalised any date for operation of facility. The MRO was to be inaugurated in June 2013 but it was delayed by almost two years.

The construction of MRO Hangar admeasuring 100 mts x 200 mts for maintenance of 1 big and two small aircrafts has been completed. The total cost of the project is Rs 1,000 crore. Air India also plans to use the MRO as a separate profit-making subsidiary of its engineering division the Air India Engineering Services Limited (AIESL) - which was envisaged as part of the airline’s turnaround and financial restructuring plans. Nearly 7,000 employees of Air India have been assigned to move to AIESL.

The MRO facility in MIHAN-SEZ is jointly created by Boeing India and Air India on sprawling 50 acres of land and will be having 24,000 sq mt area for the allied work. One part of the facility is connected with the Airport while other part will open at SEZ. The construction of 45 mt wide and 2.5 kms long taxi way is still under way. This would be Boeing’s second MRO in the world. The first one being at Shanghai in China.

The total investment is around Rs 1,000 crore with massive potential to attract more businesses in MIHAN. The MRO will be able to handle one Boeing 777, 787 or 747 aircraft or three 737 at one time.

The Boeing will accept five aircrafts every month at the facility for maintenance work. The Boeing India has selected Nagpur for the ambitious project due to its central geographical location. The temperature of Nagpur is similar to West USA. These conditions are favorable for manufacturing of aircraft, as they are away from corrosion and sea water contamination. This would be a greenfield project and there would be solar power facility, natural lighting system and rain water harvesting system. Initially, it will start with catering to Air India’s aircraft and later expand to other carriers, which includes those from foreign airlines.

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Scrap dealer Golu Thakur killed over love triangle

LOVE triangle is believed to be reason for gruesome murder of scrap dealer Golu alias Vinod Thakur at Khapri even as Sonegaon police have nabbed two accused. The two includes main accused Pankaj ... Read More
LOVE triangle is believed to be reason for gruesome murder of scrap dealer Golu alias Vinod Thakur at Khapri even as Sonegaon police have nabbed two accused. The two includes main accused Pankaj Sahu and his friend and accomplice Iggu Gupta. The cops are searching for third accused Manoj.

Meanwhile, piecing together the dots the investigating team went through call records of deceased Thakur and also main accused Sahu. The two were at loggerheads over a girl who was closed to either of them and this started a bitter rivalry which also had business angle as both were trying to encroach on other’s territory.

Thakur who was local toughie was allegedly using his clout to dominate Sahu and that often led to clashes between the duo. As reported Sahu called Thakur to Khapri to sort out the matter but ended-up eliminating latter. The two could not agree on the girl who was often seen moving with either on separate occasion.

Sahu was asking Thakur to stop dating his girlfriend but two could not resolve the matter. On Saturday afternoon, Thakur was brutally murdered in full public view at Khapri even as his other girlfriend watched with dismay.

Pachpaoli police are conducting further investigations.

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‘Caste certificates obtained through middlemen bogus’

If you have obtained caste certificate/caste validity certificate through middlemen/agents, it will be treated as ‘false/bogus/forged’. Sounding an alert in this regard, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar R... Read More
If you have obtained caste certificate/caste validity certificate through middlemen/agents, it will be treated as ‘false/bogus/forged’. Sounding an alert in this regard, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Research and Training Institute (BARTI) has cautioned the people that use of such certificate for ‘any reservation or any other benefit’ will attract action as per law.

BARTI, an autonomous institute of State Department of Social Justice and Special Assistance, has issued an alert in this regard. Through the notice published in some newspapers, it has made it clear that obtaining certificates through middlemen/agents will be treated as ‘fraudulent act’. “Such fraudulent act is a cognisable offence and also a non-bailable one,” it added. Those committing such an act will be treated as ‘offenders’ and will be punished with rigorous imprisonment of two years and fine up to Rs 20,000. Further, the person who ‘abets such offence or encourages the commission of such offence’ is also liable to be punished.

Director General of BARTI and Chief Co-ordinator of Caste Scrutiny Committees in State, has appealed to the persons holding ‘such false certificates’ to deposit the same with the Caste Scrutiny Committee and apply afresh to get Caste Certificate/Caste Validity Certificate to the Caste Certificate Issuing Authority and the Caste Scrutiny Committee respectively.

Once such certificates are deposited with the said authorities, decision will be taken ‘on the basis of merit’. BARTI has asked the people neither to contact middlemen/agents nor indulge in illegal acts. Besides, it has appealed to the people not to submit false information/statement/documents to procure Caste Certificate/Caste Validity Certificate.

The Institute has also decided to place on its website https://barti.maharashtra.gov.in/ the scanned copies of Caste Validity Certificates issued by the offices of Caste Scrutiny Committees and certain details of Caste Certificates. The decision has been taken to enable the people to check genuine certificates.

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HC to consider applicability of conservation law to pre-1980 cases of forest on Feb 17

RAMESH Kumbhalkar, a businessman from Gondia district has approached the High Court here, for permission for felling and transporting 74 trees standing on the Government forest land, the Collecto... Read More
RAMESH Kumbhalkar, a businessman from Gondia district has approached the High Court here, for permission for felling and transporting 74 trees standing on the Government forest land, the Collector, Gadchiroli and State Revenue and Forest Departments, as he has already deposited Rs 68,423/- as directed by the authorities with the revenue authority.

The Court has sought explanation from the State Government by February 17 next regarding applicability of Forest Conservation Act, 1980 to the forest land regularised prior to enactment of this law, as in the case of the petitioner, it has been pointed by him, regularisation in his case was done in somewhere around 1977-78 and hence 1980 Act is not applicable to his case and required permission can be granted by the Revenue Department, unlike the cases of regularisation after 1980.

According to the petitioner, as per the decision of the State Government of October 27 and December 27, 1978, provisions of the Forest Conservation Act are applicable to the forest lands regularised after the said Act has been enforced in 1980. He has alleged that the respondents are not granting him permission with malafide intent not passing the order even after recovery of royalty amount and he has prayed that appropriate order be passed by the Court directing the respondents suitably. Adv U K Bisen appeared for the petitioner.

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Forest Deptt takes up survey, demarcation of boundaries

Encroachments and legal disputes have prompted Forest Department to take up the exercise of survey, demarcation, and verification of physical boundaries of forest areas in Maharashtra. For the cu... Read More
Encroachments and legal disputes have prompted Forest Department to take up the exercise of survey, demarcation, and verification of physical boundaries of forest areas in Maharashtra. For the current financial year, Revenue and Forests Department has also released grant for the purpose.

Already, till the year 2013-14, reconciliation of forest area in Maharashtra has been done. There are three main Public Forestry Institutions in Maharashtra -- State Forest Department, Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) and Directorate of Social Forestry (SFD). State Forest Department is entrusted with the role of conservation and development of the State’s forests spread over about 20 per cent of its geographical area.

As per the latest Government Resolution (GR) issued by Virendra Tiwari, Chief Conservator of Forests (Mantralaya), Revenue and Forests Department, it is found necessary to conduct survey and demarcate forest boundaries. As the survey and defining the boundaries has not been completed in cases of protected forests and unclassed forest, the exercise has been taken up. At some places, the boundary of reserved forests also is not defined properly. The exercise of survey and proper demarcation, with installing physical markings to indicate boundaries, has been taken up considering the possibility of encroachment on forest land. Once there is encroachment upon forest land, it is very difficult for Forest Department authorities to evict the encroachers. There are legal disputes also. Against this backdrop, Forest Department feels that once survey is conducted and boundary markings are physically installed, management and protection of forests will become easier.

According to Forest Department sources, reconciliation of forest areas has been done in 2013-14. As per the reconciliation done in 2013-14, the total area with Forest Department as a whole is 60,121.15 sq kms. Of this, a total of 48,583.46 sq kms is with State Forest Department, and 3,590.20 sq kms is with FDCM. Wildlife Wing has 7,947.50 sq kms of forest area. Of a total forest area with the department as a whole, maximum 48,814.70 sq kms is categorised as reserve forest. The forest area in other categories is as follows: acquired reserve forest (private forest)-- 1,162.39 sq kms, protected forest-- 6,689.01 sq kms, remaining area not included in reserve/protected forest-- 3,455.05 sq kms.

For the current financial year 2014-15, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) had sought Rs 25 lakh from Revenue and Forests Department for the purpose of survey and demarcation. Of this, an amount of Rs 17.50 lakh was budgeted. Accordingly, on July 1, 2014, Rs 10.50 lakh was released. Recently, further amount of Rs 4.50 lakh was released.

There is also acquired private forest area in the State. Under the Maharashtra Private Forests (Acquisition) Act, 1975, private forest has been acquired. However, this acquired forest has not been demarcated properly. For 2014-15, PCCF (Head of Forest Force) had sought Rs 26.75 lakh for survey and defining boundary of 213.76 kms of private forest acquired. Of the said amount, Rs 18.72 lakh was budgeted, and Rs 11.23 lakh was released last year. Now, Rs 4.82 lakh has been released.

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HC stays recovery of excess salary

Ordering notice to the respondents, particularly the Joint Director of Higher Education, Nagpur, to show cause in 3 weeks, in reply to the writ petition filed by Dr Yuvraj N Meshram, a full-tim... Read More
Ordering notice to the respondents, particularly the Joint Director of Higher Education, Nagpur, to show cause in 3 weeks, in reply to the writ petition filed by Dr Yuvraj N Meshram, a full-time Lecturer at NH College, Bramhapuri in Chandrapur district, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar, at the High Court here, have directed the Joint Director, by way of interim relief to the petitioner, that he should take appropriate steps for providing the petitioner General Provident Fund Account Number by considering his service on regular basis without break in continuity from the date of appointment - February 6, 2004.

Further, recovery of salary paid in excess ordered by the Joint Director through his communication of January 15 last, has been also directed not to be given effect to. The petitioner was given conditional appointment on February 6, 2004, that he would clear NET/SET examination in two years.

On December 19, 2008, employer-College wrote to the RTM Nagpur University to forward proposal to the University Grants Commission -UGC- for exempting / relaxing condition of clearing NET/SET in respect of the petitioner. On June 2, 2009, the UGC exempted the petitioner from clearing NET/SET with effect from February 6, 2004.

On January 8 last, the Joint Director wrote to the Principal of the employer-College that fixation of pay of the petitioner was incorrect and has quashed the same.

Recovery of excess amount paid should be made and action report be submitted to him. Before taking the impugned action, the petitioner was not given any hearing. This was also overlooked by the Joint Director that the UGC has already exempted the petitioner since February 6, 2004.

Adv R K Dawda appeared for the petitioner. AGP Rashi Deshpande represented the State.

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Daring daylight robbery in Dhantoli

IN YET another daring robbery in Dhantoli Police Station area, two motorcycle-borne robbers looted Rs 3.84 lakh cash from an accountant of a private firm near new NMC bridge on Friday afternoon.... Read More
IN YET another daring robbery in Dhantoli Police Station area, two motorcycle-borne robbers looted Rs 3.84 lakh cash from an accountant of a private firm near new NMC bridge on Friday afternoon.

Around 3 pm, Takdeer Brahmanand Rangari (34), an accountant at A V Sales Corporation, Dhantoli, and his office-boy Sameer alias Sunny, withdrew Rs four lakh from Navodaya Urban Co-operative Bank. They kept the cash in a bag and went to Rajdhani Stores near Chitra Talkies on a motorcycle (MH-31/DG-8358) for making some payments.

After giving Rs 16,000/- to the owner of Rajdhani Stores, they were returning to the Dhantoli office of their firm. A resident of Lahan Indora, Takdeer was riding the motorcycle. Pillion-rider Sameer was holding the bag containing Rs 3.84 lakh. Near the new NMC Bridge, two Bajaj Pulsar-borne robbers, who were following them, came and snatched away the bag containing cash from Sameer. Takdeer and Sameer started chasing them but the robber duo sped away with the booty. On the basis of Takdeer’s complaint, Dhantoli Police registered a case under Section 392 and 34 of the IPC. Till late night, cops were clueless about the robbers.

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Group resorts to violence, damage vehicle in Mayo Hospital premises

TENSION ran high in Mayo Hospital premises after a group of people took out a morcha and resorted to violence damaging a government vehicle after a security guard tried to remove an unauthorised ... Read More
TENSION ran high in Mayo Hospital premises after a group of people took out a morcha and resorted to violence damaging a government vehicle after a security guard tried to remove an unauthorised tea stall on Friday afternoon.

According to Police, Gopinath Mangal Bohan (43), a physically-challenged man, runs a tea stall in front of Delivery Ward of Mayo Hospital. A security guard asked him to remove his stall and picked up a quarrel with him. As the guard allegedly started hurling filthy abuses at Bohan, other persons gathered. Some stall owners took out a morcha protesting the high-handedness of the security guard.

When they went to the Dean’s office to submit a memorandum, the security guards stopped them. The protesters went berserk and smashed the windshields of a Toyota Qualis (MH-31/AH-9800) parked in front of the Dean’s office.

On the basis of a complaint lodged by Mohammad Israel Mohammad Bashir Khan (55), a resident of New Bidipeth, Plot No 20, near Church, Tehsil Police registered an offence under Sections 143, 147, 149, 336 and 4278 of the IPC, Sections 3 of Damage to Public Property Act and 135 of the Bombay Police Act against Gopinath Bohan, Umesh Ganvir, Girdhar Bharbhune, Shafique Shah Ismail Shah, Vijay Nikhare and others.

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Surprise visit: Guardian Minister sacks two doctors of Khapa PHC

GUARDIAN Minister of Nagpur District Chandrashekhar Bawankule, on Thursday evening, visited Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Khapa village without prior notice and conducted inspection. The absen... Read More
GUARDIAN Minister of Nagpur District Chandrashekhar Bawankule, on Thursday evening, visited Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Khapa village without prior notice and conducted inspection. The absence of the medical officers from the centre as well as from Khapa village, and many other irregularities at the PHC made the minister angry. Taking stern action on them, Bawankule, after a brief telephonic discussion with Maharashtra Health Minister, issued the suspension orders of Dr Prashant Sahare and Dr Baba Mendhule. The surprise visit and action taken by the minister has created sensation amongst the health sector in the district.

According to the information, Bawankule was in Khapa to console his Personal Secretary Vikas Dharpure, whose father Manohar (52) passed away on Thursday. Bawankule came to know that ailing Gharpure was rushed to Khapa’s PHC but he received no medical assistance. Both the on-duty doctors were missing from the centre and only a nurse Sandhya Bagde was present. She asked the Dharpure family to shift the patient to Saoner immediately. Unfortunately, he passed away mid way and was declared brought dead at Saoner.

Enraged by the situation, Bawankule rushed to the PHC and started surprise inspection. He found gross irregularities in maintaining attendance register, indiscipline of the staffers, and even the liquor bottles scattered in the premises. Bawankule was also told that the attendant Sarika Parmar had to perform the delivery of one Ranju Dhurve as no doctor was present at the PHC the day before. Even the Pharmacy Register was poorly maintained. The ambulance was in dilapidated condition. Bawankule immediately called Maharashtra Health Minister Dr Dipak Sawant and discussed about the situation and disciplinary action with him.

He declared that both the medical officers will be suspended. Angry Bawankule said that many like Madhukar Dharpure have lost their lives due to the negligence of doctors and medical staff.

He instructed the Deputy Director (Health) to conduct inspections of the PHCs on regular basis and also announced that he may visit any PHC of the district any time to review the situation of health services.

Meanwhile, District Health Officer Dr Yogendra Sawai also conducted inspection of the PHC on Friday and completed the legal procedure for suspension of the doctors.

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Ghazal maestro Shishir Parkhie nominated for global music awards

GHAZAL Maestro Shishir Parkhie from Nagpur has been nominated for prestigious Global Indian Music Academy Awards GIMA-2015 in the best Ghazal album category for his self-composed solo Ghazal album ... Read More
GHAZAL Maestro Shishir Parkhie from Nagpur has been nominated for prestigious Global Indian Music Academy Awards GIMA-2015 in the best Ghazal album category for his self-composed solo Ghazal album ‘Siyahat-A Journey Through Emotions’. GIMA is also popularly known as Indian Grammy.

The album was released by Saregama (HMV) last year and was launched with Shishir’s live Ghazal concert in Nagpur. He has been nominated in the best Ghazal album category this time along with artistes like Hariharan, Ustaad Zakir Hussain, and Shreya Ghoshal.

The award function will be held in Mumbai on February 24. The prestigious GIMA awards are given exclusively for various categories in Film and Non-Film music. This is the second time Shishir Parkhie has got a GIMA nomination.

Earlier, he was nominated in the best Ghazal album category for his self-composed solo album ‘Roomaniyat -- Ghazals of Love and Longing’ along with legendary Jagjit Singh, Ahmad-Mohammed Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan for GIMA-2012.

Shishir Parkhie has several Ghazal and devotional albums released by reputed music companies like Saregama (HMV), Times Music, T-Series etc. Apart from performing at various places all over India,

Shishir has made Nagpurians proud with several successful Ghazal performances overseas at Nairobi (Kenya), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Dubai, Bahrain and other countries in the Middle East.

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Rigorous imprisonment for two MES officers in corruption case

SPECIAL Judge (CBI) V S Murkute on Friday convicted Eknath Barku Sonawane, Assistant Garrison Engineer, Military Engineering Services (MES) and Mohan Hariharrao Joshi, Junior Engineer, MES, Electr... Read More
SPECIAL Judge (CBI) V S Murkute on Friday convicted Eknath Barku Sonawane, Assistant Garrison Engineer, Military Engineering Services (MES) and Mohan Hariharrao Joshi, Junior Engineer, MES, Electrical Maintenance Sub Division, Kamptee, in a corruption case of 2008.

As the charges under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act, 1988 were substantiated against Sonawane, the Special Judge sentenced him to two years rigorous imprisonment (RI) with a fine of Rs 1000/-. For the offence under Sections 13 (2) read with 13 (1) (d) of PC Act, 1988, the court also sentenced him to two years RI and a fine of Rs 1000/-.

Similarly, Special Judge Murkute court sentenced Joshi to undergoing six months RI with a fine of Rs 1000/- after the charges under Sections under Sections 12 read with Section 7 of PC Act, 1988 were proved against him. Nagpur-based Anti-Corruption Wing of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered a case RC9(A)/2008 against Sonawane on the basis of a written complaint lodged by Suraj Sharma, Proprietor of M/s Sharma Electricals and Services, Teka Naka, alleging that he demanded Rs.50,000/­ as bribe from him for signing and further processing of his pending bills for final payment in July, 2008.

Subsequently, the bureau officers laid a trap and caught Joshi red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 25,000/­ from the Sharma on behalf Sonawane. After probing the matter, CBI filed a chargesheet against Sonawane and Joshi on February 16, 2009.

As the charges were proved against the two MES officers, the Special Judge convicted them.

Senior Public Prosecutor (CBI) A H Khan represented the state under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (CBI) Sandeep M Tamgadge.

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Edn deptt gears up to conduct On-line RTE admissions from Monday

School Education department has decided to adopt on-line process for Right to Education (RTE) admissions from next academic session. The admissions for Nagpur division will begin from February 9.... Read More
School Education department has decided to adopt on-line process for Right to Education (RTE) admissions from next academic session. The admissions for Nagpur division will begin from February 9. On-line admissions are only applicable under the RTE quota and all schools, irrespective of education boards will be covered under RTE. More than 50,000 applicants are expected to take benefit of this system to grab the free seats in premier educational institutions.

25% of the sanctioned intake of every school is to be filled under RTE in which first priority is given to a student from low income group living within a 3 km vicinity of a school or a backward class student but living within close vicinity are eligible for admission under RTE. In the first phase, schools coming under RTE will register on-line and enter the number of available seats. The second phase will most probably begin on February 23. Parents are expected to fill the applications on-line. Actual admission process will start in March.

The modalities of the admissions under RTE were finalised during a meeting of education department with school authorities and RTE activists and looking at the past experience when barring a few reputed schools, most elite educational institutions somehow avoided the RTE admissions on flimsy pretext. Mahaveer Mane, Director of primary education, guided the education officers and others about admission process. About 450 schools in Nagpur district come under RTE purview and education officials are contacting them to register for on-line admissions.

Many schools complained about non-reimbursement of fees to them for students admitted under RTE.

Interestingly, under RTE, even parents opt for only a few schools which have harrowing time and there is mad rush to secure admission and even legally questionable documents are submitted to fulfill 3-km distance criteria and income ceiling. Apart from aided and unaided state board schools, CBSE, ICSE and schools affiliated to other boards are also expected to comply with RTE requirement and this time there is strict monitoring of the entire scheme.

The education department expects to get about 50,000 applications on-line and claims they are gearing up to handle this heavy admission process. The exact number of seats available will be known after schools fill out their data, but department is estimating the figure to be around 10,000.

Education department first like to try this in urban area as there is heavy demand from this sector. Later on it will be expanded to rural sector.

RTE admission calendar for 2015-16 admissions

- Schools will register details on-line from February 9. - On-line applications to be allowed by parents from February 23 - Education officers conduct admissions through manual lottery - It will be schools’ prerogative to refuse admission if documents are not in order.

“Reduce burden of bag”

It is the initiative of School Education Minister Vinod Tawde to reduce the burden of bag. To discuss this issue, District Collector Abhishek Krishna had convened a meeting on Friday at St. Ursula Girls school. A select panel of principals were invited to share their views on how the burden of heavy school bags can be solved.

The meeting was addressed by Kishor Chaudhari, Education Officer (Primary). He told Principals to give suggestions on reducing burden of bag. The academicians shared their ideas. Suggestions from Amravati and Nagpur divisions have been taken and these will be compiled.

Shahid Sharif, a social activist who is demanding to reduce the burden of load, since long had expressed his views on Thursday. Kishor Chaudhari also talked about on-line RTE admissions. He explained to the Principals how RTE on-line admission process will be conducted.

When the issue of summer vacations was raised by Chaudhari, the Principals told him that the schools close by around April 15 and re-opens by June end. They also clarified that the schools do not ask students to attend classes during summer vacations.

Maharashtra government will use Google Maps to ensure that students are allocated schools close to their homes, in the on-line admissions to seats under the Right to Education (RTE) Act this year. The admissions are expected to start in the approaching weeks.

Trained officials from Education department will independently review the locations filled in by schools and parents in on-line applications, to make sure that they are accurately mapped. This safeguard has been introduced this year since last year several students were allocated schools far away from their homes.

What about minority institutions?

Minority institutions have got exemption from the RTE quota as the Supreme Court had excluded educational institutions having minority tag from RTE ambit. However, the schools are free to admit RTE seats as part of their social responsibility. In any case, the minority institutions are required to fill at least 51 per cent students from the defined linguistic or religious minority for whom the school has been primarily established.

All minority institutions are expected to allot seats to minority students as per norm, said Education Minister Vinod Tawde.

State to tie up with NIC this time

Last year, the state government had tied up with the Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) organisation to hold on-line admissions to fill 25 per cent quota. This year, it has tied up with the National Informatics Centre. The NIC has institutional linkages with all the ministries, departments of the central government.

There will be 25 help centres in city

Since majority of the applicant parents are unlikely to be Internet savvy the government has decided to start 25 help centres in Nagpur city which will provide free service of filling up the on-line forms for parents. Once the applicant enters his residential pin code in the on-line form, the software will show schools where admission can be taken. These schools will be within a 3 km radius from the residence. Documents will have to scanned and attached with the on-line form. “Submitting the form on-line does not guarantee admission. Schools will scrutinise the documents and reserve the right to refuse admission if things are not in order. Only government issued address proof will be acceptable, hence rent agreements are out,” said an official.

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Finally, March 15 deadline for Pench-IV water project

Pench-IV project to augment water supply to the Orange City, which has got delayed, will be commissioned on March 15 as per the new deadline. With the trial run and commissioning of the project o... Read More
Pench-IV project to augment water supply to the Orange City, which has got delayed, will be commissioned on March 15 as per the new deadline. With the trial run and commissioning of the project on March 15, the city is likely to get 115 million litres per day (MLD) additional water supply.

This was disclosed by Pravin Datke, Mayor, soon after a review meeting chaired by Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, at Ravi Bhavan here on Friday evening. Gadkari called the meeting to take stock of the progress of various developmental projects of the city. Shrawan Hardikar, Municipal Commissioner, and other officers of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) briefed the minister on the latest status of various projects including 24x7 water supply, city bus service, Pench-IV, development of hospitals, markets, and shopping complexes, as well as Orange City Street project etc.

Briefing the media after the meeting, Datke said that the total cost of Pench-IV project was Rs 156.22 crore. Of a total 10 components, work on eight had been completed at the cost of Rs 135.13 crore. The work of remaining two components was in progress, he added. Package-2 of the project comprises design, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of 115 MLD output capacity Water Treatment Plant (WTP) near village Godhani. As on February 1, 2015, the officers informed Gadkari in the meeting, charging of power supply line from Mankapur sub-station to Godhani WTP will be completed by February 8. Besides, charging of sub-station at Godhani will be done by February 15. The deadline set for trial run and commissioning is March 15.

As far as construction of elevated storage reservoirs (ESRs) and ground storage reservoirs (GSRs) is concerned, the works of Shantinagar, Nandanvan-I, Kharbi Road, Sakkardara, Pratap Nagar, Indora-I, Indora-II, Binaki-I, Binaki-II, Bastarwari-I, Jaitala, Bastarwari-II, Bhandewadi, and Omkar Nagar were completed. However, the ESR/GSR at Jaitala and Bastarwari-II are ‘not taken in use’ by Nagpur Environment Services Limited (NESL). The structure of ESRs/GSRs was completed but hydraulic testing had remained in cases of Nandanvan-II, Pardi-I, Pardi-II, Hanuman Nagar, and Seminary Hill. In case of Trimurti Nagar, roof slab and piping work was to be done.

The Pench-IV project under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) was supposed to be operational in 2012. However, delay resulted in cost escalation. The initial project cost was Rs 61.96 crore as in December 2006, but it increased to Rs 110 crore in 2010 when the work order was issued, and now the total cost is pegged at Rs 156.22 crore. With the commissioning of the plant expected on March 15 now, the city will get additional water of 115 MLD. The city’s drinking water supply will increase from 640 MLD at present to 755 MLD.

Replying to a question, Datke told reporters that NMC was to receive Rs 254 crore under JNNURM. “We expect that the State Government’s share of Rs 70 crore will be released soon. For the Centre’s share under JNNURM, we will be meeting Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu under the leadership of Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari,” Datke said. MLC Prof Anil Sole also will accompany Gadkari. Soon, he said, 10 per cent of the Centre’s share may be released to NMC.

MLC Prof Anil Sole, MLAs Krishna Khopde and Vikas Kumbhare; Munna Pokulwar, Deputy Mayor; Dayashankar Tiwari, Ruling Party Leader in NMC; Narendra Borkar, Standing Committee chief; Ramesh Singare, Girish Deshmukh, Sunil Agrawal; Shrawan Hardikar, Municipal Commissioner; corporators, contractors, consultants were present in the meeting.

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Former Dy PM Advani releases book on Swami Vivekanand on his visit to Raipur

“By following the teachings of Swami Vivekananda, the great visionary of India, our country can achieve the pinnacle of glory in the world,” asserted Former Deputy Prime Minister Lalkrishna Adv... Read More
“By following the teachings of Swami Vivekananda, the great visionary of India, our country can achieve the pinnacle of glory in the world,” asserted Former Deputy Prime Minister Lalkrishna Advani.

He, while addressing the release ceremony of the book 'Vandaniya Vivekanand', published by a local Hindi daily, here on Wednesday, said that there is a need for ideal men walking on the path shown by Swami Vivekanand.

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, State Assembly Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal and Ramakrishna Mission Vivekanand Ashram, Raipur’s Chief Swami Satyaroopanand were especially present during the occasion.

Advani said that Swami Vivekanand felt that India needed spiritual and human values-based machinery that is dedicated to the nation and build people with character. He further appreciated the efforts of Editor of Hindi daily Rajendra Sharma and his team for publishing the book on Swami Vivekanand.

“The great Indian passed away at the age of 39 years but his footprints are still seen on the intellectual and spiritual ground of the entire Universe,” he added. Advani while referring to the historic address of Swami Vivekanand at Chicago (USA) World Religious Conference said that the entire world was spell-bound with his knowledge and oratory. He spoke of the contribution of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in spreading awareness of the teachings of Great Saint and awakening the masses to great spiritual heritage. He hailed the Herculean efforts of RSS founder Late Dr Hegdewar. Advani remembered Eknath Ranade for his efforts in constructing the Swami Vivekanand Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu. Ranade united the great people of entire country to build the Memorial.

In his address, Chief Minister Dr Singh said that the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the former Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Advani played a crucial role in carving out Chhattisgarh State. He revealed that Swami Vivekanand spent two years of his childhood in Raipur only for which the entire State people feel proud of Swami's association with Chhattisgarh.

Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Ajay Chandrakar, School Education and Adivasi Development Minister Kedar Kashyap, Lok Sabha MP Ramesh Bais, State Haj Committee Chairman Dr Salim Raj, MLA Devji Bhai Patel and Dr Vimal Chopra, former Assembly Speaker Dharamlal Kaushik, former Agriculture Minister Chandrashekhar Sahu besides, representatives from media and intellectual groups were present on the occasion. Poornendu Saksena also gave his address during the programme.

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Jaundice outbreak-RMC carries out door-to-door survey, distributes tablets

In an effort to counter the Jaundice outbreak the Zone-7 team of Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) carried out a door-to-door survey on Wednesday in the Kamasi Para area and distributed around 100... Read More
In an effort to counter the Jaundice outbreak the Zone-7 team of Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) carried out a door-to-door survey on Wednesday in the Kamasi Para area and distributed around 1000 chlorine tablets there. The team also collected blood samples of eight people whom they suspected to be suffering from symptoms of Jaundice. The team during their visit also appealed the people of the ward to drink only boiled water.

As per the instructions of RMC Commissioner Awanish Kumar Sharan and Mayor Pramod Dubey, a special cleanliness drive was also carried out in Sadar Bazar ward under which clogged drains were cleaned and garbage was also picked up from roads. It may be learned that Kamasi Paraarea is most affected by recent Jaundice outbreak and hence RMC Commissioner and Mayor have ordered for regular monitoring of the area. Meanwhile, a special mobile team of Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) has been constituted to deal instantly with the water pipeline leakage problems that are reported by people on ‘Nidaan 1100’. The first van of the team was flagged off by Mayor Pramod Dubey on Wednesday. It need be mentioned here that the team that has been constituted will immediately reach the venue where leakage in water pipeline would be reported by people and take necessary steps to resolve the issue.

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C’garh Art, Cuisine; a centre of attraction in Surajkund Mela

Both art and culture and the traditional cuisine of Chhattisgarh has become the centre of attraction for the visitors during the ongoing Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2015 organised at Fari... Read More
Both art and culture and the traditional cuisine of Chhattisgarh has become the centre of attraction for the visitors during the ongoing Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2015 organised at Faridabad (Haryana).

It needs to be mentioned that Chhattisgarh is the theme state of the internationally acclaimed fair, where one can see artifacts, statues along with stalls of traditional cuisines like ‘thetki’, ‘khurmi’, ‘farra’, ‘chilha’ and last but not the least famous ‘bhajia and chutni’.

Most of the big statues being kept for decoration of the venue is made by a 50-member team of artists led by Ankush Dewangan and Ashok Dewangan. Ankush informed that it took over a month for them to make the main gate, made up of metal besides replicas of tourist destinations like Taalagaon, Malhar etc besides carving small artificial scenes of villages.

“We have also tried to recreate the traditional fair Mela-Madayi at the Surajkund Mela. In every corner of the venue, one could witness the representation of Chhattisgarh. The best part is that our local artists are being very much appreciated by people from across the globe,” he added.

The main artifacts made at the Mela venue are replicas of Barsur’s Lord Ganesha idol, Lakshmana Temple in Sirpur and Rudra Shiv of Taalagaon. It needs to be mentioned here that while Chhattisgarh is the theme State, showcasing its unique cultural and historical heritage in an impressive manner, country Lebanon is the Partner Nation of the occasion.

The popularity of Chhattisgarh could be ascertained from the fact that Pandvani exponent and recipient of Padma Bhushan Teejan Bai performed for the three consecutive day during the Mela. One of the Nodal Officers from Chhattisgarh Dr Yogendra Choubey said that the Mela has provided a great opportunity to present the art, culture and tradition of Chhattisgarh. “The state has the largest tribal population and unique art forms which make it stand apart from the rest,” he added.

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Special drive in State for recruitment into Navy soon

There will be a special drive or rallies in Chhattisgarh for recruitment into Navy soon. Chief of Staff of Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy Rear Admiral Atul Kumar Jain on the advice of ... Read More
There will be a special drive or rallies in Chhattisgarh for recruitment into Navy soon. Chief of Staff of Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy Rear Admiral Atul Kumar Jain on the advice of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh agreed to hold special rallies for recruitment into the Indian Navy. Dr Raman Singh while conversing with Atul Kumar Jain at his official residence brought up the proposal. He said the State will co-operate with Naval authorities in setting-up a Indian Naval training base and recruitment and Sainik Welfare Board in Chhattisgarh. Rear Admiral Atul Kumar Jain informed the Chief Minister that Navy is keen on establishing a training base at Dhamtari based Pandit Ravishankar Irrigation Canal (Gangrel Irrigation Canal) and a Naval Recruitment and Sainik Welfare Board at Naya Raipur.

Dr Raman Singh accepted the proposal and urged the Naval officer to conduct rallies for recruitment of youth in the Navy. The district administration will make arrangements for the special rallies. There is an upward swing in the youth joining the Navy from State. The authorities are providing training to the aspirants also. Chief Minister's Joint Secretary Rajat Kumar and many senior officers of the Navy were present during the meeting.

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Dalei writes to CS recommending transfer of Dantewada Collector KC Dev Senapati

Taking stern action against incumbent Dantewada Collector KC Dev Senapati for leaving his district without the permission of State Election Commission to receive MGNREGS award in Delhi, the Chh... Read More
Taking stern action against incumbent Dantewada Collector KC Dev Senapati for leaving his district without the permission of State Election Commission to receive MGNREGS award in Delhi, the Chhattisgarh State Election Commissioner PC Dalei has recommended disciplinary action against the collector including his transfer. SEC Dalei has written a letter to Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand in this regard.

Speaking to media persons, Dalei said that KC Dev Senapati was issued show cause notice and his reply was not found to be satisfactory after which the letter was written to CS Dhand. He said that Naxal incidents had continually been occurring in Dantewada ever since Panchayat elections were announced and absence of Collector at such crucial juncture cannot be pardoned. He said that Dantewada Collector KC Dev Senapati had sought permission from General Administration Department (GAD) to attend the ceremony in Delhi where Dantewada district was one of the MGNREGS award recipients. Sources informed that GAD opined that Collector should seek permission from SEC. Sources informed that KC Dev Senapati left Dantewada on Feb 1 despite not having received requisite permission from SEC.

Speaking to media persons after completion of third phase of Panchayat elections, Dalei informed that two Naxal incidents were reported from Kondagaon district where poll materials were looted. The incident took place in Churegaon (polling center 64) and Kawagaon (polling center 65) in Kehskal block of Kondagaon district. He said that another incident of error in ballot paper was registered in ward 2, poll center 260 in Gram Panchayat Kargikala of Kota block in Bilaspur district. He said that provisional poll percentage in third phase of Panchayat elections is 68 percent.

Dalei informed that 4520350 voters including 2278211 male and 2242139 female voters cast their votes in third phase Panchayat polls. The third phase covered 26 districts and 51 Janpad Panchayats which included 9435 polling centers. SEC Dalei informed that 47775 officers/staffers were deployed in third phase and that number of sensitive and hyper-sensitive polling stations is respectively 3695 and 1575.

Dalei said that Sarguja and Dhamtari registered maximum vote percentage with 84 percent while Naxal afflicted Bijapur registered grim 15 percent polling. He said that final voting figures are expected by Thursday. Similarly, Dantewada, Sukma, Kanker, Bastar and Narainpur registered respectively 40, 25, 56, 55 and 60 percent voting in III rd phase. Again, Janjgir-Champa, Balrampur and Rajnandgaon districts registered 80, 82 and 82 percent voting respectively.

In so far as fourth and final phase of Panchayat elections are concerned, SEC Dalei informed that voting would be held in Gariaband and Dhamtari districts on Feb 6 between 7 am to 3 pm. Total number of polling stations instituted for fourth phase is 525 out of which 222 are sensitive and 95 are hyper-sensitive. A total of 1302 Panch, 219 Sarpanch, 63 Janpad members and 9 zila Panchayat members are in electoral fray for fourth phase Panchayat polls. Over 1.25 voters would be eligible to cast their votes in fourth phase Panchayat polls, he said.

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Smart City: Top companies make presentation at NRDA

To focus on ‘Smart City’ concept for Naya Raipur, international and national consultant companies made their elaborate presentation at the two-day presentation workshop by Naya Raipur Develop... Read More
To focus on ‘Smart City’ concept for Naya Raipur, international and national consultant companies made their elaborate presentation at the two-day presentation workshop by Naya Raipur Development Authority here on Wednesday. On the opening day 31 companies made their presentation mainly emphasizing on ‘Green City Concept’. Briefing the various company officials before the presentation, NRDA CEO Amit Kataria said that ‘we had a vision of building Naya Raipur based on best models and practices all over the world and it is like a dream come true by seeing the plan in action.’ He said that the land use in Naya Raipur is one of best in the country which is close to 26 per cent of the land will have green vegetation cover and it would also include three lakes and a jungle safari. Another 26 percent of the land will be used for residential area, 23 percent for public and semi-public purposes and the rest for transport, commercial and industrial use. Based on the transit-oriented development (TOD) concept, the city roads are 100 meter wide and the public transportation is based on bus rapid transport system (BRTS).

Adding on Amit Kataria said that the city has three long spine roads on the north-south axis. The city is being readied in three phases or layers as NRDA calls them, covering a total area of 8,013 hectare or 75 sq km. This includes 75 km of road network, all government buildings, including the capitol complex which is the house of secretariat and the legislative assembly, residential sectors, hospitals, central business  districts (CBD), a five-star hotel, a cricket stadium and a knowledge park housing educational research institutions. He said sustainability green building concept is not expensive it just requires the inner willingness and sense of responsibility, adding that we are focusing more on sustainability than aesthetic sense. 

Meanwhile, the companies which made presentation on the opening day regarding Smart City concept focused on eco-green probase roads, a revolution in road technology, affordable housing, architectural innovation and sustainability, energy conservation through plastics and windows sustainability.

The companies which are participating in the presentation includes Oracle, SAP, Cisco, ABB, Microsoft, Honeywell, ZTE Telecom, Motorola Solution, CMS, Infosys, IBM, L&T Construction, HCL Technology, Wipro Limited, LG India, Reliance Telecom, Ericsson , GI India and other prominent companies.

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Durg district lacks facilities to fight menace of Swine Flu cases

It seems that the health department of Durg district lacks facilities to combat the menace of Swine Flu cases. Apart from shortage of essential drugs (Oseltamivir or tami-flu) for this infection... Read More
It seems that the health department of Durg district lacks facilities to combat the menace of Swine Flu cases. Apart from shortage of essential drugs (Oseltamivir or tami-flu) for this infection several ventilators are also reported not working in government hospitals and health centers for last so many months because of improper maintenance.

Out of 20 ventilators in different public hospitals and Community Health Centers (CHCs) across three blocks of the Durg district, at present 15 are not in working state for last so many months and some for years especially in CHCs of the remote rural areas.

It may be mentioned that ventilator is a life saving equipment that helps a patient breathe. A hospital requires ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Intensive Cardiac Care Unit (ICCU), Tuberculosis (Tb) ward, neonatal ICU and casualty wards. Since Swine flu or H1N1 virus is very a dangerous disease as its infection spreads rapidly at different parts of the human body and causes various complications such as breathing problem, body ache and digestive problems. In this situation, ventilators is necessary in hospitals and CHCs to give relief to the patient suffering from acute breathing problem before transferring them to the Dr. BR Ambedkar Memorial Hospital Raipur and other big hospitals of the state.

In second largest state-run hospital of the Chhattisgarh, Shri Pandurang Ramarao Dongaonkar (SPRD) District Government Hospital Durg, only 2 ventilators amongst 5 are currently in working state. The ventilator of ICU and neonatal sick care unit are in operating stage whereas the remaining three, one each at TB or Isolation Ward, Casualty Ward and Maternity Wards have not been operated for last so many months owing to technical problems and lack of maintenance.

Similarly, in Lal Bahadur Shastri Civil Hospital Bhilainagar, out of three ventilator machines, only one is in working state for the last 10 months. On the other hand amongst 8 CHCs of the district, ventilator machine is in functioning state only in CHC Nikum and Utai of Durg block while the machine of CHCs in Ahiwara, Borai, Dhamdha and Kumhari in Dhamdha block and CHCs Patan and Jheet in Patan block is not working for last so many months. ‘It is really a matter of concern that one hand there has been a rising in the cases of Swine Flu infection across all districts of the state including Durg district, essential Tami-Flu drugs and ventilator systems are unavailable in all public hospitals and put the life of patient at danger’ said one senior medical officer of Durg District Health Department.

Sandeep Tamrakar, District Programme Manager of National Health Mission stated that there is no shortage of funds but district health department should inform Chhattisgarh Health Services about the shortfall and get equipment for benefits of poor patients and handle the situation in Swine Flu or other serious problems, he added.

When contacted, Dr. Prashant Shrivastava, Chief Medical and Health Officer of the district asserted that at present most of the ventilators are working especially at public hospitals of urban parts. On poor status of machines in CHCs of rural areas he pointed that owing to some technical problems some machines are not functioning but very soon all ventilators in public hospitals and centers would be made functional.

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SHO Civil Lines police station denies lathi charge

SHO of Civil Line police has denied that the police force did not use cane charge during the agitation of advocates against Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court and a video recording of the... Read More
SHO of Civil Line police has denied that the police force did not use cane charge during the agitation of advocates against Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court and a video recording of the incident has also been made, on February 2.

In a letter to the Registrar General of Madhya Pradesh High Court, SHO of Civil Line police station, Prafull Shrivastava, on February 2, informed that on February 2 at about 1:30 pm more than 300 advocates were staging demonstration and raising slogans against the Chief Justice of MPHC. Taking a preventive action, CSP, Omti and he along with police team tried to pacify the issue and advised the advocates for stopping demonstration at the high court premises. The agitated advocates tried to enter the porch of Chief Justice office but police team managed to stop them for avoiding any untoward incident. During the demonstration, Vedprakash, Registrar General of Madhya Pradesh High Court, Jabalpur also advised the advocates for avoiding their agitation. When the police team tried to stop the advocates to enter the court premises, advocates misbehaved with policemen but taking precautionary measure, police advised the advocates to turn back.

Through the letter, SHO, Prafull Maheshwari informed that the police did not use any cane charge and prepared during the demonstration of advocates.

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Police still clueless in shoot out case

Hanumantal police are failed in finding any clue of accused involved in shoot out of a listed criminal at his house situated in Dhalgar Mohalla area even after the passing out of more than 36-hou... Read More
Hanumantal police are failed in finding any clue of accused involved in shoot out of a listed criminal at his house situated in Dhalgar Mohalla area even after the passing out of more than 36-hours of the incident.

It may be noted that Golu Ayyaz, a listed criminal of the area was shot dead by his rivals following a gang-war at his house in the intervening night of January 2 and 3.

The man was killed due to three bullet injuries on his head, ear and face in an indiscriminate firing by unidentified persons. IPS Vivek Singh, CSP, Hanumantal informed that the incident is outcome of a gang war between members of two groups of anti-social elements.

The deceased was a habitual criminal and more than one dozen cases of sensitive crime incidents have been registered against him at different areas of the city. Separate police teams have been constituted for identifying and apprehending the accused and police are assured for soon apprehending the accused.

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Over 14,000 prefer NOTA

Above 14,000 voters in Civic Bodies Election 2015 in the Jabalpur have used the NOTA (Pink Button) the none of the Above Option in Electronic Voting Machines. IN the Corporator elections the to... Read More
Above 14,000 voters in Civic Bodies Election 2015 in the Jabalpur have used the NOTA (Pink Button) the none of the Above Option in Electronic Voting Machines. IN the Corporator elections the total number of votes casted as NOTA were 7,503 people shown dislike for the Corporator candidates in the fray while refusal for the Mayoral Candidates in election around 6948 NOTA were counted. It may be mentioned that that the Election Commission of India had incepted the design of None of the Above (NOTA) button to be used first time for polling in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in Assembly Elections - 2013 in five states.

Use of None of the Above (NOTA) option proved dear to many candidates for the post of Corporators. As the margin of votes between two nearest rivals that are nearer in various wards like in ward number 19, Kamla Nehru Ward where total 222 votes were registered as NOTA. A large number of voters have expressed their ire against the candidates particularly of Congress and BJP who were in fray and used the right of NOTA provided by the Election Commission of India (ECI) to the voters to register their vote by using NOTA button on Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) as mark of right of voters to refuse.

As per final results of ward in which NOTA voting has made impact and affected the elections of candidates of political parties. In this the nomination of independent candidate including one of Govind Vallabh Pant Ward number 26 in which winning Mrs Pooja Sitram Sen an independent Candidate got 2587 votes against nearest rival of Amita Dilip Sahu 2538 votes. In this ward the use of NOTA was over 68 votes and the margin of defeat and win was just 49 votes.

Similarly in other wards the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Maya Devi Bamnel got 2201 and won the election with margin of 125 votes in the ward number 44 the Acharya Vinobha Bhave ward elections to her nearest rival of Bhagwati Jharia of Indian National Congress who got 2076 votes. In this election total 137 NOTA votes were registered. Similar are the cases reported in few other cases that are having close contest.

The highest NOTA votes were registered in Kamla Nehru Ward in which BJP Candidate Sandhya Patel got 3977 registered victory against Reena Munna Sen of INC got 2314. But the difference was 1663 votes. In this NOTA registration could be termed remarkable. A total of 7503 NOTA votes were cast against candidates in fray in all seventy-nine wards.

While in the Mayoral Elections the registration of NOTA cannot be ignored as the number is in four figures crossing 6948 votes. In this election winning BJP candidate Dr. Swati Godbole got 298433 votes and her rival INC candidate Mrs Geeta Sharat Tiwari got 212942 votes.

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Drug Inspector to start inspection of medical stores

Drug Inspector along with high officials of district administration and health official would start inspection of medical Stores in the district soon. The inspection is being started under the ... Read More
Drug Inspector along with high officials of district administration and health official would start inspection of medical Stores in the district soon. The inspection is being started under the direction of Chief Medical and Health Officer.

CMHO has given direction for inspection after repeated complaint were made before him through personal, written and other means, that some of Medical Stores are indulge in irregularities like selling medicine on high rate than MRP, selling physician sample, selling the some schedule H category drug with out qualified doctors prescription.

In another complaint it was also written that some of whole sale medical store are throwing their expired goods in open area at Civic Center, which could cause pollution in the areas, Animal may also loose life after consumption.

Take serious note on the issue, CMHO has started process for constitution of the Team Comprising of Officials of SDM representing District Administration, Drug Inspector and other officials. Team would conduct inspection of Medical Stores and verify whether they are running Medical Stores as per norms decided in the Drug and Cosmetic Act 1945. They would inspect the parameters like whether Pharmacist is sitting in the shop or not, whether the Shop owner is running shop in the area prescribed in the Licenses, whether the expiry date medicine is kept in separate shelf, whether Schedule H drugs and medicine are being sale on the prescription or without prescription over the counter, dust of medicine etc. Team would verify whether the Medicine shop owner as per norms described under the Act. In case any Medicine shop found running with many irregularities, Team would recommend to Log FIR or cancel the drug license.

Chief Medical and Health Officer, Dr B S Chouhan said there are many complaint of irregularity come before him in last few monthly, taking note we have decided to constitute a team.

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BJP retains control over JMC

Putting up an impressive win, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday retained control over Jabalpur Municipal Corporation, by winning more that fifty per cent wards of the city.Read More
Putting up an impressive win, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday retained control over Jabalpur Municipal Corporation, by winning more that fifty per cent wards of the city.

The BJP has registered its big win in 41 wards while Congress has to satisfy itself with 29 out of total 79 wards. This time, Independent candidates too have proved their metal by registering their win in 7 wards. The Shiv Sena candidates too have retained dominance in both two wards. The citizens once again reposed great faith in BJP. All heavy weight candidates of BJP are able to secure their win. Not lagging behind all popular names of Congress party also maintained their reputation in the election.

However giving jolt to BJP, Congress candidates in West assembly have maintained their dominance and broke all hopes of BJP of performing well and increasing its tally from the area. Congress candidates have registered their win in eight ward, BJP in seven, Shiv Sena in two and one ward won by Independent Candidate, backed by a Congress rebellion.

BJP has performed well in Cantonment area by winning eight wards out of total 11 wards of the Assembly. It has also proved dominance in newly added wards by ensuring victory in 7 out of 9 wards. BJP’s performance in North Central Assembly was remain moderate due to presence of muslim dominated areas where people greatly supported Congress candidates. Here BJP won 10 wards out of 20.

Congress has a reason to smile as it has registered its win in 12 wards out of 21 Wards of East Assembly. Here BJP remain second by securing only 8 wards. Although there was a tough fight seen in many wards where BJP candidates over took meagre lead till final rounds but in many wards they trailed in initial rounds thenceforth never look back till clearing their majority in the last round of counting.

Shiv Sena and Independent candidates in some wards gave major shock to candidates of two arch rival parties i.e. Congress and BJP. They performed splendid. Thaneshwar Mahawar, a senior Shiv Sena leader and former Corporator, registered big win over candidates of both Congress and BJP. Similarly, another Shiv Sena candidate, Durga Bai Patel, mother of Dilip Patel who is also a former Corporator of Garha ward retain win from the ward. While ensuring their thunderous presence for the first time Independent candidates performed splendid in as many as seven wards. The win of Anamika Amrish Mishra, Congress candidate from Subhadra Kumari Chouhan ward has been deemed a biggest win for the party, as Mishra is able to break BJP’s castle. She has won the home ward of BJP’s Mayoral Candidate, Dr Swati Godbole. Anamika Mishra has defeated her arch rival party candidate, Ashwarya Dheeraj Shah by a margin of 306 votes.

The first message of happiness came in favour of Independent candidates, when Amar Rajak, candidate of Banarsidas Bhanot won the election by defeating candidate of both arch rival party, BJP and Congress.

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BJP’s Swati Godbole is new Mayor

The historic win with huge margin of 84,588 votes the Bharatiya Janata Party Mayoral candidate Dr Swati Sadanand Godbole along with 41 Corporators for new team in local Government at Jabalpur... Read More
The historic win with huge margin of 84,588 votes the Bharatiya Janata Party Mayoral candidate Dr Swati Sadanand Godbole along with 41 Corporators for new team in local Government at Jabalpur Municipal Corporation, reflects the trust showered by city residents on BJP as an expression of thirst for development.

In the Municipal Election issue of city development as Smart City with emphasis on business and industrial development were highlights in election campaign of the BJP Candidate. The business organisations of the city and Mahakoshal region also suggested possibilities of industrial and business development in round of meeting with political parties. Ongoing month of February, witnesses historic win of BJP in Municipal Elections for successive third term.

As a reward for citizen after the historic win of BJP Mayoral Candidate, coming weeks would be right time to express want of development in city before State Government and Union Government. In the last of this month the Union Government would table the General Budget. In this budget the ruling party of local government must ask for special package for the city development covering business and industrial besides infrastructure and other amenities.

On political fronts it is believed that prior to the general budget the government and concerned departments gives special attention on demands raised for the development issues related to employment and infrastructure development.

There are various demands related to infrastructure development like construction of fly-overs on busy crossings like one Choti Line Phatak connecting Wright town or Napier town another from Super Market to Milonigunj, one demanded earlier to resolve traffic problem at Ghamapur square and jams occurred frequentely.

Now with historic win of BJP Mayoral Candidate the city seeing with great expectations towards the local government that after a long wait demands like development of a cultural centre, mini-metro, operation of common business centers for whole sellers of different trades, beautification and development of places of historical and archeological importance, international level Sports arena in the city would be given due importance and would come on ground and see light of the day.

Bharatiya Janata Party Mayoral Candidate Dr Swati Sadanand Godbole expressing sense of gratitude towards the residents of city for their trust and belief they showered upon Bharatiya Janata Party and its policies for the development in this election. She promises to work for the over all development of city and to fulfill promises and priorities made by her for business possibilities.

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Brother-in-law murders 40-year-old man

Brother-in-law murdered a 40-year-old man in Gunga locality of State capital here on Tuesday. Police solved the murder mystery within a few hours. SDOP Bairasia Shanu Aftab Ali told ‘The Hitava... Read More
Brother-in-law murdered a 40-year-old man in Gunga locality of State capital here on Tuesday. Police solved the murder mystery within a few hours. SDOP Bairasia Shanu Aftab Ali told ‘The Hitavada’ that Vijay Nigam aka Wahid Mohammad, 40, was a resident of Gunga area. On Tuesday, his body was found lying in suspicious condition and the body had injury marks over it. Police initiated investigation in the matter after sending the body for post-mortem. In the initial investigation it was learned that Wahid aka Vijay Nigam, 40, son of Shambhu Nigam, basically hailed from Biaora in State and was presently residing in Golkhedi. Wahid used to work as a rag-picker and married Nasreen from the locality 20 years ago. Wahid had seven kids with Nasreen but he was a drunkard and used to stay intoxicated most of the times. Whatever he earned he used to spend on purchasing alcohol. Neighbours of Wahid told that he and Nasreen used to have regular arguments. On Tuesday also, Nasreen and Wahid had heated argument after which Nasreen left for her brother’s house who stays in the same village. Nasir, Nasreen’s brother, got agitated when his sister reached his doorstep in tears. Nasir went to confront Wahid but they had heated argument and Nasir in a feat of rage hit Wahid with a heavy stone after which he fled from the scene. Police when learnt that Wahid and his wife had argument they approached Nasreen and Nasir. On sternly questioning Nasir confessed of attacking and killing his brother-in-law. Police have registered a case under Section 302 of IPC against Nasir and have arrested him.

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Chief Manager jumps off 2nd floor of PNB building, dies

A senior officer of a nationalised bank committed suicide after jumping from second-floor of the Punjab National Bank (PNB) regional office building here in Arera Hills on Wednesday afternoon. Read More
A senior officer of a nationalised bank committed suicide after jumping from second-floor of the Punjab National Bank (PNB) regional office building here in Arera Hills on Wednesday afternoon.

MP Nagar police station TI Brajesh Bhargava told ‘The Hitavada’ that Sanjay Shrivastava, 48, son of Mukteshwarlal Shrivastava, basically hailing from Lucknow, was posted as Chief Manager in the IT department at regional office of Punjab National Bank and used to reside at Chunna Bhatti area with his family.

On Wednesday afternoon, bank employees heard thump sound of falling of a person. When they reached outside they found Shrivastava lying in a pool of blood unconscious. Reportedly, all the employees were reluctant in carrying injured Shrivastava in their cars so 108 ambulance was called which took the victim to hospital. Some crucial time was wasted waiting for the ambulance. He was rushed to National Hospital by his colleagues where doctors declared him brought dead. According to employees of the bank, Shrivastava reached office on time alike every day and seemed normal. Shrivastava, who heads the IT Department, first met his colleagues like every morning. In the afternoon he got out of his cabin while talking on mobile phone. After ending the call, Shrivastava had soup prepared in the kitchen.

Following which he reached the balcony on the second floor of the building. People though saw him going to the balcony but initially everyone failed to tell if Shrivastava fell down by mistake or he attempted suicide or it was foul play of someone. ASI Satendra Dwivedi, investigation officer in the case, said that a suicide note was found in victim’s pocket in which he mentioned that he is taking extreme step as he is unable to do bank work and his family should not be harassed. After receiving the information police rushed to the spot and a team seized the body from hospital and sent it to Hamidia Hospital for autopsy. Police have registered a case under Section 174 of CrPC and are investigating the matter.

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Alok Sharma promises to live up to expectations

Newly elected Mayor Alok Sharma has said that he is going to fulfill the promise of turning city into beautiful, clean and digital city. Apart from this, his priority would be to introduce light ... Read More
Newly elected Mayor Alok Sharma has said that he is going to fulfill the promise of turning city into beautiful, clean and digital city. Apart from this, his priority would be to introduce light metro train in city for facilitation of mass transport facility.

Speaking exclusively to ‘The Hitavada’ soon after winning the Mayor election, Alok Sharma said that he is going to fulfill the promise of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to do over all development in city. The blue print of Wi-Fi facility for city would be prepared. Notably, BJP had promised to connect all wards of city with Wi-Fi facility in its election manifesto. Talking about Light Metro Train (LMT), he said that already Detail Project Report of LMT is prepared and he would try to provide impetus to the project. He also said that he is going to ensure that various lakes of city should remain pollution-free. Apart from this, he would not hesitate in seeking the suggestion and advice of his rival and defeated Congress Mayoral candidate Kailash Mishra in various development related works of city.

I was defeated rather by Government not by public, says Kailash Mishra

Defeated Mayoral candidate of Congress, Kailash Mishra spoke to “The Hitavada” and said that it is not public rather BJP government which had defeated him. Mishra said that he suffered massive loss due to BJP led state government and district administration.

He said that tags of some EVMs were found burnt at old jail premises where counting was done and when he tried to attract the attention of district administration, he got the cold shoulder. In this regard he is going to file petition in court.

According to him, one EVM containing votes of corporator election was found during the counting of Mayor votes. Alleging that ruling party misused government machinery to clinch the Mayoral election victory, he said his fight was not with BJP Mayoral candidate Alok Sharma rather he had indirect fight with state government, ministers and even with district administration.

However, he claimed that he got support from all leaders of Congress in campaigning.

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Cong complains of tags, seals of some EVMs lying burnt

In middle of counting process, Congress Mayoral candidate Kailash Mishra came to know that in a corner of old jail premises, tags and seals of some EVMs were lying burnt.

He reached there and... Read More
In middle of counting process, Congress Mayoral candidate Kailash Mishra came to know that in a corner of old jail premises, tags and seals of some EVMs were lying burnt.

He reached there and took stock of the situation. Later, he lodged a proper complaint to attract attention of district administration. Congress had also lodged objection with EVM carrying votes of corporator was included in the counting of Mayoral votes.

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CM Chouhan congratulates Mayors, winners

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has congratulated winners of elections for Mayor of 4 Municipal Corporations. Chouhan has congratulated Alok Sharma (Bhopal), Malini Gaud (Indore), Kanta Sada... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has congratulated winners of elections for Mayor of 4 Municipal Corporations. Chouhan has congratulated Alok Sharma (Bhopal), Malini Gaud (Indore), Kanta Sadarang (Chhindwara) and Swati Godbole (Jabalpur) for being elected as Mayors. Chouhan also congratulated winners of elections for Chairperson and Corporators of other urban bodies. Chouhan has also thanked voters for peaceful elections.

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Bhopal elects Alok Sharma as its Mayor

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Alok Sharma has won the Mayoral election of Bhopal Municipal Corporation by trouncing Congress Mayoral candidate Kailash Mishra by a vast margin of 86,332 v... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Alok Sharma has won the Mayoral election of Bhopal Municipal Corporation by trouncing Congress Mayoral candidate Kailash Mishra by a vast margin of 86,332 votes on Wednesday. After winning the election, Alok Sharma promised to live up to the public expectations and to turn city into modern and digital one.Earlier, the counting of Mayoral votes started at 9 am at old jail premises amid tight security arrangements. BJP Mayoral candidate Alok Sharma, Congress Mayoral candidate Kailash Mishra reached old jail premises along with their supporters and started to keep a close watch on the counting of votes. Interestingly, Alok Sharma continued to maintain lead against Congress candidate Kailash Mishra from first round onwards and with each round, his lead only increased. While situation was reverse with Kailash Mishra as he lagged behind Alok Sharma in every round of counting. Total fifteen rounds counting was done and after last round counting, Alok Sharma was declared elected as new Mayor of city.

Hours before declaration of final result, BJP MLAs, including Vishwas Sarang, Rameshwar Sharma, Surendranath Singh and MP Alok Sanjar, reached the counting venue and where confident that Alok Sharma is going to win the election. In tenth round, Alok Sharma had received lead of more than 50,000 and it was at that time only everyone started to congratulate Alok about his possible victory. In the last phase of counting, Higher Education Minister Umashankar Gupta had also reached old jail premises. No sooner did the result were announced that it is Alok Sharma who had won the Mayor election, all these big leaders congratulated Sharma with great warmth. Meanwhile, Congress Mayoral candidate Kailash Mishra looked tense from first round of counting and after tenth round counting result, he had got the idea that he had lost the election. He was sitting with former Mayor Sunil Sood, district Congress President PC Sharma, Arif Masood, Rajeev Singh etc, seen discussing that Alok Sharma is going to win with more than 50,000 votes.When the counting process was underway, workers of BJP and Congress were keeping their leaders update about the votes polled by them. Congress workers were coming up to Kailash Mishra and were seen complaining about irregularities they have noticed.

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‘Proper planning required to control swine flu’

Influenza spreads between humans when infected people cough or sneeze, through small droplets containing viruses, then other people breathe in the virus or touch something with the virus on it th... Read More
Influenza spreads between humans when infected people cough or sneeze, through small droplets containing viruses, then other people breathe in the virus or touch something with the virus on it then touch their own face, eyes, nose, mouth. The infection is most contagious during the first 5 days of the illness, can remain up to 10 days also. Virus comes out through sniffing remains alive for two hours, said Dr Ashok Arbat, noted Chest Physician and Managing Director of KRIMS Hospital while addressing a press conference.

Since January this year, Dr Arbat said, 11 persons died of swine flu in Nagpur division. He said, “In India, in the year 2012, 5,044 cases of swine flu were reported and 405 deaths were recorded. In the year 2013; 5,253 cases were reported and 699 people died. In the year 2014 the cases of swine flu recorded were 2,148 and 249 people died. In the year 2015, the reported cases were 2,018 and out of which 191 died.” “Two years ago (October 15, 2012 to September 14, 2013) 15 H1N1 patients were admitted in KRIMS Hospitals, all had pneumonia and seven (47%) patients were on ventilators. Seven patients were below 40 years of age and eight were between 41-60 years age,” he said.

Swine Influenza is also called as Pig Influenza, Swine flu, Hog flu and Pig flu. Swine flu is a respiratory disease caused by viruses (influenza viruses) that infects the respiratory tract of the pigs. Transmission of the virus from pigs to humans is not common and does not always leads to human flu. People with regular exposure to pigs are at increased risk of swine flu infection. Symptoms of swine flu in human are similar to most influenza infections. Swine Influenza is known to be caused by influenza A virus. Common sub types of influenza A virus are: H1N1, H1N2 & H3N2.

“Children below 4 years and adults above 50 years, pregnant women, HIV patients and those who are suffering from chronic lung, heart, liver diseases are having higher risk of H1N1 infection,” added Dr Arbat.

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Make CBI act responsibly: HC tells CBI Director

Allowing criminal writ petition filed by Sanjeev Kumar Gupta, Justice Arun Chaudhari and Justice P N Deshmukh at the High Court here have expressed ‘clear opinion’ that the late WCL CMD had... Read More
Allowing criminal writ petition filed by Sanjeev Kumar Gupta, Justice Arun Chaudhari and Justice P N Deshmukh at the High Court here have expressed ‘clear opinion’ that the late WCL CMD had ‘clearly misused and abused’ the CBI, the prime investigating agency, ‘by manouvreing a complaint through a Member of Parliament’, of financial irregularities in TA/DA/LTC and telephone bills. The court observed that the petitioner was clearly harassed and there has been absolutely no case made out against the petitioner, who was working as a Chief Vigilance Officer at the WCL.

The court has quashed and set aside the registration of criminal enquiry on March 21, 2014, by the Superintendent of Police, CBI ACB, Nagpur. The bench has instructed that this case should be brought to the notice of the Director, CBI, who should take notice of such actions on the part of the CBI elsewhere and to ‘make it act responsibly’.

The criminal enquiry was registered by the CBI on the basis of a complaint of December 30, 2013 made by the then CMD of the WCL (now late) D C Garg as complainant. But, in that complaint, it was stated that he had received a complaint against the petitioner from Capt Jainarain Nishad, a Member of Parliament, and he was forwarding the complaint to the CBI. The gist of the complaint was that there was corruption, fraud, and cheating committed by the petitioner in respect of TA/DA/LTC and phone bills.

The court has observed that the CBI is not meant for investigating such types of complaints, which shows that ‘the CBI acted at the behest of the powerful bureaucrat’. The court has commented that after a long period, the net result has been initiation of regular departmental enquiry against the petitioner.

It came to light that the petitioner was appointed to look into the allegations against the late CMD and he had given report against the latter holding him guilty on two counts.

Adv Vivek Palshikar appeared for the petitioner. Standing Counsel Shyam Ahirkar represented the CBI.

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Textile industry in State set to get a boost

Where there is a will, there is a way. This has proven true in case of Textile Policy of Maharashtra. Though the policy had come into being during the tenure of the previous Democratic Front (D... Read More
Where there is a will, there is a way. This has proven true in case of Textile Policy of Maharashtra. Though the policy had come into being during the tenure of the previous Democratic Front (DF) Government, it had failed to attract big investment to backward districts of Vidarbha region. With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena alliance Government taking over, things appear to be working out properly.

BJP-Sena Government has decided to go with the recommendations of Suresh Halwankar Committee for adopting ‘Fibre to Fashion’ approach to implementation of Textile Policy for promoting textile industries in the State. Maharashtra will require total investment of Rs 50,000 crore in the coming years to promote textile industry. Halwankar Committee was formed to review the existing Textile Policy of Maharashtra. The committee has recommended to invite global players through Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the State and also suggested for disinvestment of sick units and textile mills, and development of Mega-textile Hubs.

Textile Policy attracted investment worth Rs 1,810 crore in Vidarbha in past two years. It has resulted in creation of 9,552 jobs in the region. Compared to other parts of the State, investment in Vidarbha is very negligible. Therefore, the new State Government has decided to shift National Textile Corporation (NTC) Mills from Mumbai to other parts of the State especially in Vidarbha so that dream of ‘Fabric to Fashion’ could be realised.

Maharashtra is India’s second largest cotton producer with production of 81 lakh bales from over 38.7 hectares. Of this, only 25 lakh bales are consumed by spinning mills in the State. According to Halwankar Committee’s report, Maharashtra will need over 50 lakh spindles to utilise all the cotton grown in the State. To achieve this, the sector will need an investment of about Rs 50,000 crore. Halwankar Committee has suggested setting up of mega composite hubs that will offer spinning, weaving, processing, designing, and garmenting units to cut down on cost and time.

The previous DF Government had announced much-hyped Textile Policy to promote industrialisation in backward region like Vidarbha. But, the policy has failed to attract big investments. The total proposed investment in Maharashtra is Rs 6,135 crore with a potential for creation of 39,618 jobs through 669 proposals. Only 53 proposals for expansion of present mills in Vidarbha are received by Textiles Department.

Marathwada region has received 49 proposals of Rs 124 crore and 1,298 jobs are created. North Maharashtra has received 118 proposals for investment of Rs 1,263 crore with creation of 3,023 jobs. Konkan region received 216 proposals of Rs 1,702 crore and 19,000 jobs. Maximum 233 proposals are received in Western Maharashtra for investment of Rs 1,232 crore and jobs created are 6,442.

State Government is giving 10 per cent share capital and 5 to 7 per cent interest subsidy for investment in textile sector.

The Proposals

Raymond UCO Private Limited, Yavatmal had submitted a proposal for investment of Rs 29 crore for its denim project. Indorama Synthetic Private Limited also submitted a proposal for investment of Rs 34.37 crore for its future expansion project. SARA group also proposed to invest Rs 40 crore in Yavatmal for spinning mills. P V Textile Private Limited has expansion plan of Rs 21 crore in Samudrapur tehsil. Gimitex Industries Private Limited has proposed investment of Rs 68.16 crore in Hinganghat, Walmark Meditech Private Limited has planned investment of Rs 5 crore in Butibori, while Morarjee Textiles Limited has decided to invest Rs 25 crore in weaving and powerlooms.

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Textile industry in State set to get a boost

Where there is a will, there is a way. This has proven true in case of Textile Policy of Maharashtra. Though the policy had come into being during the tenure of the previous Democratic Front (D... Read More
Where there is a will, there is a way. This has proven true in case of Textile Policy of Maharashtra. Though the policy had come into being during the tenure of the previous Democratic Front (DF) Government, it had failed to attract big investment to backward districts of Vidarbha region. With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena alliance Government taking over, things appear to be working out properly.

BJP-Sena Government has decided to go with the recommendations of Suresh Halwankar Committee for adopting ‘Fibre to Fashion’ approach to implementation of Textile Policy for promoting textile industries in the State. Maharashtra will require total investment of Rs 50,000 crore in the coming years to promote textile industry. Halwankar Committee was formed to review the existing Textile Policy of Maharashtra. The committee has recommended to invite global players through Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the State and also suggested for disinvestment of sick units and textile mills, and development of Mega-textile Hubs.

Textile Policy attracted investment worth Rs 1,810 crore in Vidarbha in past two years. It has resulted in creation of 9,552 jobs in the region. Compared to other parts of the State, investment in Vidarbha is very negligible. Therefore, the new State Government has decided to shift National Textile Corporation (NTC) Mills from Mumbai to other parts of the State especially in Vidarbha so that dream of ‘Fabric to Fashion’ could be realised.

Maharashtra is India’s second largest cotton producer with production of 81 lakh bales from over 38.7 hectares. Of this, only 25 lakh bales are consumed by spinning mills in the State. According to Halwankar Committee’s report, Maharashtra will need over 50 lakh spindles to utilise all the cotton grown in the State. To achieve this, the sector will need an investment of about Rs 50,000 crore. Halwankar Committee has suggested setting up of mega composite hubs that will offer spinning, weaving, processing, designing, and garmenting units to cut down on cost and time.

The previous DF Government had announced much-hyped Textile Policy to promote industrialisation in backward region like Vidarbha. But, the policy has failed to attract big investments. The total proposed investment in Maharashtra is Rs 6,135 crore with a potential for creation of 39,618 jobs through 669 proposals. Only 53 proposals for expansion of present mills in Vidarbha are received by Textiles Department.

Marathwada region has received 49 proposals of Rs 124 crore and 1,298 jobs are created. North Maharashtra has received 118 proposals for investment of Rs 1,263 crore with creation of 3,023 jobs. Konkan region received 216 proposals of Rs 1,702 crore and 19,000 jobs. Maximum 233 proposals are received in Western Maharashtra for investment of Rs 1,232 crore and jobs created are 6,442.

State Government is giving 10 per cent share capital and 5 to 7 per cent interest subsidy for investment in textile sector.

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State BJP chief Danve on maiden visit to city today

Raosaheb Danve, the newly appointed President of Maharashtra unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), will be on his maiden visit to the city on Thursday, after assuming the new assignment.

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Raosaheb Danve, the newly appointed President of Maharashtra unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), will be on his maiden visit to the city on Thursday, after assuming the new assignment.

Danve will arrive at 8 am at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport. He will visit Deekshabhoomi and RSS’ Dr Hedgewar Smruti Mandir in Reshimbagh. After attending ‘Meet the Press’ programme at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan in Dhantoli at 11 am, Danve will meet prominent leaders and office-bearers of BJP.

At 4 pm, he will address the party workers of city and district units at a convention at Shikshak Sahakari Bank Hall near Gandhi Sagar at 4 pm. MLC Prof Anil Sole; MLAs Sudhakar Deshmukh, Dr Milind Mane, Sudhakar Kohale, and Vikas Kumbhare; Mayor Pravin Datke, BJP State Spokesperson Girish Vyas, NIT Trustee Dr Ravindra Bhoyar, Ruling Party Leader in NMC Dayashankar Tiwari, NMC Standing Committee chief Narendra Borkar, BJP Organising Secretary for East Vidarbha Dr Upendra Kothekar, General Secretary (Organisation) Rajesh Bagdi, Organising Secretary Shrikant Deshpande and others will be present prominently on this occasion.

Prabhakar Yeole, Sandeep Joshi, Pramod Pendke and others have appealed to the BJP office-bearers and workers to remain present at the airport to welcome Raosaheb Danve. Danve is Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Food and Public Distribution. His maiden visit to the city after taking over as BJP Maharashtra chief assumes significance against the backdrop of ongoing membership drive of the party. BJP is aiming at enrolling 1.25 crore new members in Maharashtra and 10 crore new members at national level. Till Wednesday, BJP had enrolled 44,10,121 members in Maharashtra and 4,82,71,368 members nationally. Four-time MP of BJP from Jalna in Marathwada region, Danve is an influential OBC face of the party. He is Union Minister of State for Food and Public Distribution, and Consumer Affairs. He took over as BJP Maharashtra chief after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis resigned from the organisational post. Danve is known to enjoy a good rapport with the leadership of BJP’s ally Shiv Sena.

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10-yr-old boy accidentally consumes kerosene, dies

A 10-YEAR-OLD boy died after he unknowingly consumed kerosene in his house in Jaripatka area on Tuesday.

Around 5 am, Rajkumar Sujit Gupta (10), a resident of HUDCO Colony, Bhim Chowk, woke... Read More
A 10-YEAR-OLD boy died after he unknowingly consumed kerosene in his house in Jaripatka area on Tuesday.

Around 5 am, Rajkumar Sujit Gupta (10), a resident of HUDCO Colony, Bhim Chowk, woke up. Presuming it to be drinking water, he consumed kerosene kept in a bottle. As Rajkumar’s condition started deteriorating, his parents rushed him to Sure Tech Hospital where he breathed his last the same day.

Jaripatka Police registered an accidental death case.

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Be practical, don’t obstruct devpt: HC to Forest Deptt

Ordering the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to deposit Rs 4.97 crore with Forest Department within a week, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar at the High Court here, ... Read More
Ordering the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to deposit Rs 4.97 crore with Forest Department within a week, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar at the High Court here, directed it to clear the patch of the road between KM 679-689 between Mansar and Khawasa on Nagpur-Jabalpur Road.

The court asked NHAI to deposit Rs 4.97 crore by way of compensatory afforestation work. The Court also directed to clear the aforesaid patch of the road, of the trees and start work of widening the road. The Court pointed out that Forest Department should not overstate its concerns and adopt practical approach to strike balance between conservation and development, as both are the needs of the hour and the department should not permit an impression to gain ground that it is obstructing development in any way.

The Court stated that at least in last 14 years no casualty by accident, mishap etc had taken place on this more than a century old road. No new road is being constructed and only work of widening it has been undertaken. The Court also underlined the need to be very practical regarding length of underpasses for the wlidlife for crossing the road from one side to the other. Adv N M Padhye is Amicus Curiae in the case registered as public interest litigation at the Court’s own initiative.

Adv Ajay Ghare with Adv A A Kathane (NHAI), Government Pleader Bharati Dangre (Forest Department and the State), and Assistant Solicitor General of India (SGI) Rohit Deo (Central Government) represnted the respondents.

It may be mentioned here that four-laning of National Highway No 7 on a patch between Mansar and Khawasa could not commence as there is no consensus between Forest Department and NHAI. On one hand, Forest Department has insisted for a flyover for entire stretch which may cost up to Rs 750 crore. On the other, NHAI has proposed six under-passes with construction cost of Rs 25-30 crore only. According to NHAI, if the flyover is to be constructed, the cost of the project will escalate to such an extent that the project will not be feasible.

The High Court had made a similar observation in its earlier order dated January 7, when it had stressed that proper balance must be struck between development and ecology. For economic development of the country, National Highways are important lifelines, the High Court had noted.

Even if more underpasses are constructed, compared to expenditure incurred on flyover, the cost would be minimal, the High Court had pointed out. The court also had hoped that Chief Minister; Union Minister of Road, Transport, Highways and Shipping; and Union Minister of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change would intervene in the matter and impress upon the authorities concerned to arrive at an amicable arrangement.

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HC directs Centre not to act upon MCI recommendation to reduce IGGMC seats

Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar at the High Court here directed the Central Government not to act upon Medical Council of India (MCI) recommendation to reduce seats at the ent... Read More
Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar at the High Court here directed the Central Government not to act upon Medical Council of India (MCI) recommendation to reduce seats at the entry-point from 150 to 100 at Indira Gandhi Government Medical College (IGGMC), Nagpur.

The court also observed without mincing words that the seats were increased by the Supreme Court and hence MCI should not have made such a recommendation that virtually amounts to contempt of the Apex Court.

Referring to the affidavit filed by Swadheen Kshatriya, Chief Secretary of Maharashtra Government, the Court expressed satisfaction with the contents of the same and stated that it took care of infrastructural needs of both -- IGGMC and Government Medical Colleges (GMCs) at Akola and Yavatmal.

The Chief Secretary reiterated the assurance given by Manisha Patankar-Mhaiskar, State Medical Education Secretary, through her affidavit of June 18 last year that her Department had framed the actual time-bound programme to overcome the deficiencies pointed out by MCI inspection teams, as sanctioned by Planning and Finance Departments of State Government from the financial year 2015-16. The projects of GMCs at Akola and Yavatmal will be completed within stipulated time in consultation with Public Works Department and Finance Departments.

During the hearing of public interest litigation filed by C H Sharma and seven other citizens, IGGMC Dean Dr P T Wakode stated unambiguously through his separate affidavit that majority of the deficiencies pointed out by MCI team would be cured with completion of the new hospital building and regarding that an undertaking has been already submitted to the High Court to complete the said construction by December 31, 2015.

Adv J T Gilda, Amicus Curiae in the case, appeared with Adv A J Gilda. Bharati Dangre, Government Pleader, represented the State. Adv Bhangde appeared for the MCI.

During the hearing, Adv J T Gilda told the court that the MCI made recommendations of reducing number of MBBS seats in case of GMCs only. There are various shortcomings in case of private medical colleges, but the MCI did not reduce number of seats there. In many cases, it had come to fore that appointment of Dean in private medical colleges is for the sake of completing paper-formality only, and faculties were not available as required by the norms. Bharati Dangre also told the court that the shortcomings pointed out by the MCI in case of IGGMC at Nagpur, and Akola and Yavatmal GMCs, dated back to the year 2013-14 and much work had been done after that.

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Amway recalls three products

Kiran Thakkar, Distributor Customer Services Manager, Region West of Amway has issued the letter to its distributors to recall the products immediately. A letter has started, “Our company is ... Read More
Kiran Thakkar, Distributor Customer Services Manager, Region West of Amway has issued the letter to its distributors to recall the products immediately. A letter has started, “Our company is recalling Nutrilite Cal Mag-D, Nutrilite Bio C and Nutrilite Natural B Tablets due to newly laid down regulatory requirements as per Food Standards & Safety Act. Now you should immediately discontinue selling or distributing your existing stock of Nutrilite Cal Mag-D , Nutrilite Bio C and Nutrilite Natural B Tablets purchased from Amway between the period 01.01.2015 till 22.01.2015.” Also you should inform company about the quantity of food you have on hand as soon as possible. If you have distributed any of the recalled food, please immediately, contact your downstream food business operator/customers by telephone and in writing to advise them about the recall. Instruct them to return their unused/used, undestroyed stock to you or to Amway. Instruct them to also notify any other Food business operator/individuals, which may have received the recalled product.

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FDA cracks whip, prohibits sale of six Amway products

Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Nagpur division has directed the Amway India Enterprises Pvt Ltd to recall the six products from the market. The products namely Nutralite Natural B, Nutrali... Read More
Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Nagpur division has directed the Amway India Enterprises Pvt Ltd to recall the six products from the market. The products namely Nutralite Natural B, Nutralite Cal Mag D, Nutralite Trio Iron Folic Tablets, Nutralite Bio C, Positrim Vanilla and Nutralite Kids Drink Mixed Fruit Flavour have been prohibited by Food Safety Standards Authority (FSSA) of India, Delhi from sale and distribution, informed Joint Commissioner (Food) S S Desai, in a press release.

FDA has observed that M/S Amway India Enterprises Pvt Ltd Delhi is selling its products labelled under Proprietary Food/Health Supplement without any approval from FSSAI, Delhi. The National Institute of Nutrition under Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has published a report on nutrient requirements and recommended dietary allowances (RDA) for Indians. According to Indian standards, the six products are having excess quantity of vitamins and minerals than the approved standards. FDA Nagpur division has received a letter from Maharashtra FDA about these products on January 31.

After the receipt of letter, FSOs A P Deshpande, P A Umap, K R Gedam under the guidance of Assistant Commissioner (Food) N R Wakode, Assistant Commissioner (Food) M C Pawar and Joint Commissioner S S Desai conducted raids on outlets of Amway at Eternity Mall, Sitabuldi and M/S Amway India Enterprises Pvt Ltd, F-3, Micro Logistic Complex, 18, Mile Stone, Ring Road, Crossing, Vipage Gondkhairi, Kalmeshwar Tehsil. The FDA team found the non approved products being stored in the above premises. FDA has initiated the action and directed company officials to recall these products within seven days.

Assistant Commissioner N R Wakode has stated that product approval committee rejected six products which include Nutrilite cal-mag-D, Nutrilite natural B tablets, Nutrilite Iron Folic tablets, Nutrilite Bio C, Positrim Vanilla and Nutrilite Kids Drink Mixed Fruit flavour for having more quantity than permissible limits. Sandhya Kabra, Director of Approval Committee wrote a letter on December 31, 2014 to Amway and directed the company to take approval from FSSAI. Pradip Chakraborty, the former director of product approval committee has also sent a letter to Vinay Kumar of Amway at Delhi on May 23, 2013. Despite of the reminders from FSSAI, the company had not withdrawn the products from the market. This is the reason, FSSAI had asked for action against the company across the country, he added. FDA Nagpur has received directives from Uday Wanjari of FDA Mumbai and it has issued a letter to the company on January 30 to withdraw the six products within seven days, Wakode mentioned.

Meanwhile, on Monday, Mohd Shahid Sharif, President of Anti-Adulteration Consumer Society in the city has raised the issue with the collector office on ‘Lokshahi Din’ during the complaint hearing procedure of common people. Sharif produced a bill of some of these products sold from Eternity mall outlet named M/s Micropark Infortrade of Rs1,164.00 dated November 6, 2014 and raised the query how it was being sold in city under eyes of local FDA.

Wakode stated, FDA will not spare any one but FDA will initiate action only after the warning period till February 6 is over. In Mumbai, however, the order for withdrawal was issued on January 28 while it reached Nagpur FDA on January 30.

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ACC Jamul refutes charges of suppression

Holcim ACC Jamul has refuted the charges leveled against it after the unrest an commotion at Jamul Project Site on Thursday, where two persons were seriously injured. The press statement issued... Read More
Holcim ACC Jamul has refuted the charges leveled against it after the unrest an commotion at Jamul Project Site on Thursday, where two persons were seriously injured. The press statement issued by the Executive-HR ACC Limited on behalf of the Company stated that event took place at around 8:30 am when worker Ram Patel entered the HAPBCO store demanding increase in pay, and on refusal, he resorted to abusing and cursing everyone, and later picked a stone and advanced menacingly towards the HR representative, when he was tackled by Sushil Kumar Singh. They both were fallen down, but Ram was not hurt even then as no one tried to assault him. Then he was paid his final payment and was escorted out of Company’s premises by security guards.

At around 9:00 am, workers along with Ram Singh surrounded the HAPBCO office and demanded that Sushil Kumar Singh should be handed over to them, while alleging that he had beaten up Ram Patel with 4 other HAPBCO staff members, who they did not name. When the staff refused, they started breaking windows, banging on doors with rods and bars and pelting stones. During the attempt to escort Sushil from site, the workers beat him with iron rods, wooden sticks and steel pipes. Sushil was then quickly carried outside the office by staff members and security guards. At 11:20 am Police arrived and helped in escorting both Sushil Singh and Ram Patel to the Company’s hospital for first-aid and then later to Apollo BSR Hospital for further treatment.

The release further states that the doctor in emergency ward reported that Ram Patel had sustained no injuries were and that Sushil Kumar Singh had deep cuts in his temple, chin and jaw. Police arrived at the hospital for recording statements from both.

In the evening a large number of people including housewives and children gathered in front of the ACC Jamul Expansion Project Office and convened a meeting supporting the vandalism by the labourers. The meeting was spearheaded by Kala Das and Lakhan Sahu, who justified the violent activities of laborers in morning while alleging the Company officials of suppressive tactics. Currently HAPCO staff is trying to collect and built information for enabling the Company to file a FIR against Ram Patel and other workers who caused unpardonable disturbances while jeopardizing the industrial peace in eh process.

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Collector holds emergency meet to review current state of jaundice outbreak

Concerned with the jaundice outbreak in certain areas of the Capital city, Mayor Pramod Dubey held an emergency meeting with Mayor-in-Council and Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) Commissioner A... Read More
Concerned with the jaundice outbreak in certain areas of the Capital city, Mayor Pramod Dubey held an emergency meeting with Mayor-in-Council and Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) Commissioner Avnish Kumar Sharan to discuss the current situation.

Mayor Dubey asked RMC Commissioner to replace old and broken pipelines in the jaundice affected areas as well as other wards of the capital city, at the earliest.

Mayor also said that RMC must ensure supply of potable water in RMC areas and said to implement health safety related public welfare schemes with the necessary assistance of the State Government, so that people can get the benefits of government schemes. In his discussion with the MiC members, Mayor asked them to visit the affected areas and get abreast with the issue, contact with citizens and immediately initiate preventive measures. He also asked Raipur Municipal Corporation Health Department member in-charge Shrikumar Menon and Water Works Department in-charge Nagbhusan Rao to do spot inspection of the complaints regarding supply of contaminated water.
‘Establish camps and carry out necessary tests of water samples’

Collector Thakur Ram Singh has instructed the Raipur Municipal Corporation and District Health Department to establish medical camps and carry out necessary tests of water samples from the affected areas.

As the previously given instructions by the Collector, District Health Department is setting up medical camps in the jaundice affected areas. New camps will be established at Hirapur, Sanjay Nagar and Adarsh Nagar on Saturday.

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First phase of Panchayat polls records 77.9 pc voting

Chhattisgarh State Election Commission has issued the final figures of first phase Panchayat elections. As per the data, 77.79 percent voters have casted their votes in the first phase including ... Read More
Chhattisgarh State Election Commission has issued the final figures of first phase Panchayat elections. As per the data, 77.79 percent voters have casted their votes in the first phase including 78.01 percent male voters and 77.51 percent female voters. Maximum voting was registered in Dhamtari with 90.87 percent voters voting to elect Panch, Sarpanch, Janpad members and Jila Panchayat members. Least perctentage of votes was registered in South Bastar (Dantewada) of Bastar Division. In the first phase, panchayat elections were held in 54 Janpad Panchayats of 25 districts in state to elect Panchs, Sarpanchs, Janpad members and Jila Panchayat members. As per the data issued by State Election Commission, 70.50 per cent voting was recorded in Bilaspur district, 81.87 per cent in Mungeli district, 82.20 per cent in Janjgir-Champa district, 84.55 per cent in Korba district, 88.19 per cent in Raigarh district, 84.45 per cent in Surajpur district, 86.76 per cent in Balrampur district, 87.75 per cent in Sarguja district, 83.34 per cent in Koriya district, 80.77 per cent in Jashpur district, 85.37 per cent in Raipur district, 88.66 per cent in Durg district, 78.51 per cent in  Balodabazar district, 89.29 per cent in Gariaband district, 82.10 per cent in Mahasamund district, 72.85 per cent in Balod district, 81.32 pc in Rajnandgaon district, 86.77 per cent in Kabeerdham district, 79.96 per cent in Kondagaon district, 83.82 per cent in Bastar district, 60.48 per cent in Kanker district, 61.30 per cent in Sukma district and 42.29 per cent voting was recorded  in Bijapur district.

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‘Network 18’ group to provide practical training to KTUJM students; MoU signed

In a step that would surely help further improve the quality of journalism in Chhattisgarh, the Kushabhau Thakre University of Journalism and mass Communication (KTUJM) has signed a Memorandum of... Read More
In a step that would surely help further improve the quality of journalism in Chhattisgarh, the Kushabhau Thakre University of Journalism and mass Communication (KTUJM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the ‘Network 18’ group, premiere media institution of the nation, where by the KTUJM students would have an opportunity to receive practical and hands-on training of the media field in the institution by way of internship. The MoU also mandates that the Network 18 group would provide technical training to KTUJM teachers and other faculty members in modern equipments and methods. Senior staffers from the private media group would also be invited by KTUJM as ‘Visiting Faculty’ to enable them share their practical experiences of the journalism with students.

The MoU was signed between Dr Sachidanand Joshi, KTUJM Vice-Chancellor, and Umesh Upadhyay, Chief of ‘Network 18’ media group. The MoU signing ceremony was chaired by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, who termed the role of media as pivotal in ensuring all round development of state. He said that media sector also is vital in ensuring that talents and prospects available in the state get propagated to across the nation as also abroad.

CM Dr Singh recalled how the KTUJM was instituted on April 16, 2005 and was graced by Dalai Lama about two years back. He pointed out that within short span of a decade, KTUJM has achieved yet another major milestone with the signing of this MoU. He stressed on acquiring practical hands-on training for students as it would better prepare them for the real world.

Dr Sachidanand Joshi, KTUJM Vice-Chancellor, noted that January 30 also is death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and Pt Makhanlal Chaturvedi, renowned Hindi litterateur and journalist. He said that both of these personalities contributed immensely in the field of journalism. Network 18 chief Umesh Upadhyay and Deputy Managing Editor Sumit Awasthi also spoke on the occasion. ACS Ajay Singh, DPR PS Amitabh Jain, DPR Director Rajat Kumar, Chhattisgarh Granth Academy Director Ramesh Nayyar, former State Election Commissioner Dr Sushil Trivedi, senior journalists as well as faculty and students of KTUJM were present on the occasion.

The ceremony began with garlanding of portraits of Mahatma Gandhi and Late Pt Makhanlal Chaturvedi and paying them tributes. Two minute silence was also observed on the occasion. The program was compered by Prof Shahid Ali of the KTUJM.

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Public awareness rally in Durg marks Leprosy Day

National Leprosy Eradication Fortnight is being observed in the district from January 30 to February 13, 2015 under the guidance of Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr Prashant Shrivastava and un... Read More
National Leprosy Eradication Fortnight is being observed in the district from January 30 to February 13, 2015 under the guidance of Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr Prashant Shrivastava and under the direction of District Leprosy Officer (DLO) Dr M R Kurre.

The fortnight commenced by observing two minute silence to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his death anniversary on Friday. A pledge was taken to follow Gandhiji’s good ideas and the path shown by him. Gandhiji dedicated his life to serve leprosy patients and motivated others to serve them. His death anniversary is observed as Leprosy Day. In Durg district Skin Disease Camps were held in all PHC, CHC and other government hospitals. 587 patients visited these camps. 16 leprosy patients were identified and their treatment was started.

Public Awareness Rallies were taken out in block and district headquarters. Public awareness is also being created through posters, banners and pamphlets. Public announcement is regularly being made under intensive Publicity and Communications. A rally was taken out from JRD Multipurpose School in district headquarters under the leadership of CL Maitri, NMA. The rally traversed main roads of Durg city and Labour Colonies raising slogans. NMAs Ajay Devangan and RM Andrews’ contribution was praiseworthy.

DLO Dr MR Kurre has appealed to people for free check up if there are patches on the skin.

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Leprosy patients facing social boycott in Bastar!

“Anti-Leprosy Day” which coincides in India with the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi has lost its relevance over the years, as hundreds affected people fight stigma, social boycott and tr... Read More
“Anti-Leprosy Day” which coincides in India with the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi has lost its relevance over the years, as hundreds affected people fight stigma, social boycott and tremendous discrimination in the society from day to day.

Nearly 169 leprosy cases have been detected in Bastar district. Bakawand, Tokapal and Jagdalpur blocks are more sensitive in leprosy cases. Many of the detected leprosy patients belong to age group between 35 and 55. In addition to these 16 youths cases were detected.

While India celebrates its victory over polio, the dreaded disease-leprosy, which was overpowered in 2005, continues to haunt the government. Those affected by the disease continue to face social stigma and discrimination. The government has not achieved success in eradicating the delusions related with leprosy.

The tale of nine leprosy affected persons belonging to village Chhote Devda in Jagdalpur block is a glaring example of existence of social stigma and discrimination with leprosy patients. Abandoned by their family members after being affected by leprosy, they are now living in a temple of the village.

When contacted, a leprosy patient, Maalti, hailing from Belgaon of Odisha narrated that she is having two children and both of them are married.

Her children come to meet her with her grandchildren but, they did not allow her to touch them. She wanted to love them, but she was not permitted to do so. Similarly, Domai of Gurtuli, Odisha informed that her family members come to meet her and used to take her home during festivals. But, she was not allowed to enter the house.

“I am living in the temple for past 15 years. I am having two daughters and one son and my wife is dead. My parents are looking after my children,” Sondhar told The Hitavada. He said, he is now cured from the disease and his family members are already having information about it, but they did not care to take him back.

Talking to The Hitavada, the leprosy patients informed that they are living in the temple for past few years in spite of this they have not received any help from the government. They are depended on donations for their livelihood. They said “industrialists of Jagdalpur and Odisha have come forward to extend helping hand towards them.”

Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae. It usually affects the skin and peripheral nerves, but has a wide range of clinical manifestations. The disease is characterised by long incubation period generally 5-7 years and is classified as paucibacillary or multibacillary, depending on the bacillary load. Leprosy is a leading cause of permanent physical disability. Timely diagnosis and treatment of cases, before nerve damage occurred, is the most effective way of preventing disability due to leprosy.

Leprosy is effectively cured in India with MDT (multi drug therapy) since 1985. It is not an infectious or a contagious disease any more but the stigma associated with it is unacceptable,” says an expert.

Speaking to The Hitavada, Block Medical Officer and Anti-Leprosy Scheme In-charge Dr VK Thakur informed that arrangements have been made for treatment of patients detected with leprosy, besides their routine check-up. In addition to this, advertisements are made and awareness programme is being conducted to boost up the morale of people detected with the disease to come for treatment.

“The department is serious about the disease leprosy. Nearly 200 people detected with leprosy were provided treatment and they are now completely cured from the disease,” he added.

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Farmers may face several issues as mercury plummets

RECENT dip in mercury may prove dear to farmers who have sown mustard, gram and vegetables. Fog and frost besides cloud cover with slight rainfall with cold waves too has hit sensitive crops an... Read More
RECENT dip in mercury may prove dear to farmers who have sown mustard, gram and vegetables. Fog and frost besides cloud cover with slight rainfall with cold waves too has hit sensitive crops and caused damage. Expert team of Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU) has issued an expert advice to minimise losses and to protect sensitive crops like mustard, gram and vegetables from frost and cold. Horticultural farmers especially vegetable and pulses have been given advise to light spray 0.1 per cent sulphuric acid or smoke the fields. Farmers who have sown wheat crop varieties in their farms are advised to irrigate crop second time at tillering stage and then irrigate at interval of 20 to 25 days regularly. If sufficient soil moisture is available, farmers are advised for top dressing of urea in wheat as per requirement in rainfed areas.

In the scientific advisory, farmers are also asked to monitor chickpea crop and when pest reaches ETL level (2 or more than two caterpillar per meter row length) then to spray quinalphos 20E.C @ 2.0 ml. per liter of water is recommended. It is also advised that farmers may use bird percher at the distance of 20 feet all over the field. On the basis of forecast received from India Meteorological Department, weather conditions will improve with light cloud cover during this period. Maximum temperature 23 degree Celsius to 24.0 degree celsius and minimum temperature 8 to 9 degree celsius respectively. Fall in temperature becomes tough weather for bovines and animals. Veterinary expert of JNAU suggested farmers having animals, birds in their farms. Poultry farmers have been advised to protect poultry birds from cold by using electric bulb (300W for 100 ft.2) to prevent infestation of Coryza disease. Provide concentrate feed to cattle mixed with dry and green fodder and ensure enriched diet having protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins etc.

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Proposed waiver on taxes for sick MSMEs, SSIs to act as catalyst in industrial growth

AMIDST heat of ongoing municipal elections, proposed special packages of taxes offering waiver of penalty, surcharge for sick industrial units or for entrepreneurs who would restart closed indu... Read More
AMIDST heat of ongoing municipal elections, proposed special packages of taxes offering waiver of penalty, surcharge for sick industrial units or for entrepreneurs who would restart closed industries has come as positive news. Recently, few corrections have been proposed for revitalisation of the industry especially that are sick or closed down in past years.

The proposed correction has various positive initiatives that will give fresh lease of life to sick industry or re-start closed industry. The foremost need of sick industrial units or enterprises that were closed down need something more from the government that is reservation of products in Union Run industry in Jabalpur and in adjoining areas, prize preference of 10 per cent between SSIs and MSIs and big industrial units etc are also needed to restart proper functioning in sick industry or closed industry that will be re-started. As in present scenario small scale and micro enterprises in the State especially related to Defence Foundries, other Central Government Factories and institutions like BSNL, Railways etc. are not running in an easy mode.

Even a slight change in policy by the State, Union or Defence Factory Board related to works outsourced through ancillary industries and MSME (micro-small medium enterprise) will provide sufficient work as well as help in upgrading the technology used. This needs a special package from governments both at State and in Union for MSMEs and defence ancillary industries in form of taxation, extension activities on development or replacement of technology etc. In Madhya Pradesh, MSME and SSI has noticeable base, but are not in a good state. There is a long list of reasons that have turned these units sick and in many even viability of the project has turned negative resulting in closure in previous years. Condition of the industry health Mahakoshal region could be termed critical.

Jabalpur division is prime centre for MSME or SSI due to major defence establishments. A major work resource for SSIs in Jabalpur. Nearly, 850 SSIs are operational in this division but most of them are sick. In order to ensure proper flow of work in SSIs various products were reserved earlier for ancillary industry, now following technological advancement in small scale units the number of products in reserve category for SSIs should be increased. Secondly, participation of SSIs in central and defence institutions must be encouraged.

Another factor that can use a spirited assistance to SSIs is availability of finance at less interest rates. Besides this, running loans should be converted into long-term loans with simple interest.

Package may also offer short-term loans on low interest rates for resource development and for operational capital. On ground reality majority of industries situated in adjoining states due to their high production capacity. The Government should reserve selected products used in Defence establishments and Central institutions for local industrial units according to their production capacity and capability.

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Non-Communicable Disease Clinic in Victoria fails to serve purpose

NON-COMMUNICABLE Disease (NCDs) Clinic started in Victoria Hospital last year is not serving the purpose of its establishment. NCD was established with an objective that patients with complication ... Read More
NON-COMMUNICABLE Disease (NCDs) Clinic started in Victoria Hospital last year is not serving the purpose of its establishment. NCD was established with an objective that patients with complication of heart, diabetes, stroke and cancer will be screened, diagnosed by performing necessary pathology tests and will be referred to tertiary medical centre for further treatment. After their examination at tertiary medical centre, their follow-up line of treatment will be done at Victoria Hospital.

Even after completion of one year of NCD some doctors who are already executing their duties at Medicine Department have been deployed to spare some time for giving consultation at NCD. Only one oncologist on call have been designated at NCD. Shortage of medicine has become a major issue in proper execution of services at NCD.

Some patient’s complaint that majority of medicine prescribed by consultants on complication of diabetes, hypertension are not available. Besides this, shortage of High Cost Anti-Cancer (Chemotherapy) drugs also persist against claim of State Health Department that NCD has been established to give treatment of NCD disease, whose number of patients increased in last couple of years.

This will help to reduce the burden of tertiary medical centre already handling several patients. Talking on relevance of NCD, Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr B S Chouhan said that screening, detection, pathological investigation other diagnostic test required to trace blood pressure, diabetes and cancer were not available at Victoria Hospital earlier. Investigation, diagnosis, medicines of the said diseases will be available free of cost to patients suffering from this disease. Patients once diagnosed with cancer can go for specialist advise to Medical College, thereafter he can come to Victoria Hospital for Chemotherapy. Separate rooms have been allocated for the center, patients will be admitted in ward no 5. Separate NCD centres have been established as per wishes of State Government.

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JNAU employee on poll duty suffers cardiac arrest, stable

AN EMPLOYEE of Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU) suffered cardiac arrest while performing election duty during distribution of polling material at MLB School premises early on Friday m... Read More
AN EMPLOYEE of Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU) suffered cardiac arrest while performing election duty during distribution of polling material at MLB School premises early on Friday morning. Condition of employee is reported to be stable and is undergoing treatment at intensive care unit of Victoria Hospital.

The employee named Shashichand Malviya (59), posted as assistant grade -1 at JNAU was deployed for election duty. Malviya was working at election material distribution centre when he suffered pain in chest. He informed his subordinates about the pain and was immediately rushed at Victoria Hospital for treatment.

After primary check-up, the employee was admitted for treatment at intensive care unit and his condition is reported to be stable. According to sources, the employee will be retiring from his services after five months and is a diabetes patient.

He had already submitted an application requesting exemption from election duty but it was declined by the competent officers.

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Many EVMs found faulty by poll officers, NUMM questions upkeep

LACK of maintenance of EVMs has resulted in several malfunctioning EVMs and is likely to have some impact on election work as many district election officers already faced problem during commission... Read More
LACK of maintenance of EVMs has resulted in several malfunctioning EVMs and is likely to have some impact on election work as many district election officers already faced problem during commissioning of EVM during election process. This was revealed by Youth Cell of Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM).

The apprehension expressed by Youth Wing of NUMM has been endorsed by Madhya Pradesh State Election Commission as Deepak Saxena, Deputy Secretary MP Election Commission, has formally filed a complaint with P Sudhakar, CMD of Electronic Corporation of India Limited, Hyderabad, pertaining to empirical evidence of seriousness of malfunctioning can be clearly seen in high percentage of EVMs affected.

A formal written complaint was made with Secretary Election Commission Delhi and Secretary Madhya Pradesh State Election Commission Bhopal by members and office-bearers of Youth Cell of Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM). Youth Cell of NUMM have apprised that due to lack of maintenance of EVM has recorded rise in out of order machines.

The problem that has surfaced prominence in EVM has been on record in civic bodies election in several districts. The Deputy Secretary MP Election Commission has stated that owing to the fact that the State will go into a much bigger round of Panchayat elections in January 2015 the number of polling stations are going to be about 65,000. The fact of number of polling stations are actually bigger than Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh.

The problem seems to persist in many districts, major faults have occurred in first 10,000 EVMs supplied to the State.

For the first time that multi-post elections are being conducted with EVMs in Madhya Pradesh. In view of apparent technical snag that have surfaced prominence in several civic elections, it is likely that election process will get affected.

As in all districts of Madhya Pradesh, civic elections are slated and EVMs are being used in the elections. President of Youth Cell of NUMM Manish Sharma informed that prior to elections, EVMs are subjected to commissioning. And the process of commissioning comprehensive examination of important parts of EVM including battery, control unit, ballot unit and other parts are examined with an objective that no technical snag should occur during the polling process and also to ensure that previous data stored in EVM gets deleted completely.

The available EVMs after the stage of FLC is subjected to first and second randomisation followed by commissioning of EVMs. Sharma informed that in course of commissioning of EVMs several complaints of malfunctioning have come to fore. Like in Gwalior, 50 EVMs have been found out of order. Accordingly the District Election Officer Gwalior informed Secretary of Madhya Pradesh State Election Commission about malfunctioning of EVMs. Similarly, in Devas election out of 320 control unit 138 and out of 1640 ballot unit 391 were found faulty that caused serious trouble to election officers. Malfunctioning of EVMs has been intimated to authorities of State Election Commission.

Members of Youth Cell of Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch have expressed apprehension that in view several instances of malfunctioning of EVMs that surfaced prominence it is likely that EVM that would be used in civic elections in Jabalpur, Bhopal, Indore and Chhindwara may also cause trouble during election process. Rani Jaiswal, Beena Singh, Rakesh Chakrawarti, Gaurav Arora, Surendra Saini, Ashalata Lodhiya Praveen Sahu, Kranti Lodhiya, Ghanshyam Patel, Hanuman Prasad, Ram Kurmi and other office-bearers and members of Youth Cell of NUMM maintain that as there are several instances of malfunctioning of EVMs will affect the election process. Apparent reason behind malfunctioning of machines is lack of maintenance of machines. Apprehension made that election will get affected gets substantiated with letters written by district election officers to Secretary of Madhya Pradesh State Election Commission.

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Broad arrangements to ensure hassle-free polls

JABALPUR Municipal Corporation (JMC) has made all necessary arrangements at 1018 polling booths for hassle-free elections on Saturday. This time the civic body has ensured extra arrangements fo... Read More
JABALPUR Municipal Corporation (JMC) has made all necessary arrangements at 1018 polling booths for hassle-free elections on Saturday. This time the civic body has ensured extra arrangements for ease of election teams and voters. To take stock of arrangements, District Collector Shivnarayan Roopla along with Superintendent of Police Harinarayanchari Mishra and Deputy Commissioner Sunanda Panchbhai on Friday visited polling booths. During inspection, the Collector expressed satisfaction over arrangements made by JMC.

On the occasion, senior officials informed the Collector that total 1018 polling centres have been established for JMC elections. Of the total, 124 polling booths have been given form of idle polling centres. It was informed that Municipal Commissioner Vedprakash had deputed additional employees at polling centres to provide better facilities to election team members. Employees have been asked to see that the officials, employees discharging election duties do not face inconvenience.

The Municipal Commission has instructed Health Officer Dr Vinod Shrivastava to keep an eye on the employees. He has also asked Dr Shrivastava to ensure proper cleanliness, lighting arrangement, potable water and other necessary civic arrangements at all polling centres in the city.

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Rati gains consciousness, starts speaking

Rati Tripathi, who fell down from a fast moving train while chasing the gang of robbers couple of months back, has regained the consciousness. Though still bedridden and undergoing treatment at p... Read More
Rati Tripathi, who fell down from a fast moving train while chasing the gang of robbers couple of months back, has regained the consciousness. Though still bedridden and undergoing treatment at private hospital, she has started speaking, physical activities and also watches television. Addressing the mediapersons, team of doctors of private medical hospital said that they are happy to see Rati recuperation. They said she recognises her parents and team of doctors who are treating her. She had started physical activities but she is not fully normal. It will take time for her to recover in full manner.

Doctors said Rati speaks, not in fluent manner, about her favourite movies and watches television and their full focus is on her physical rehabilitation. However, they have not asked her about the incident as they do not want to expose her where she had to put stress on her mind.Happy over the signs of improvement, doctors refused to say the time limit in which she would recover fully and would be able to tell the saga related to the incident which left her seriously injured and sent her in coma. Notably, Rati Tripathi, in November month of last year, was going to Ujjain from Delhi in a train. When train reached near Karondha railway station of Bina, a gang of robbers snatched her purse. She tried to chase the robber who snatched purse from her and in this process, she fell down from the moving train. She had sustained serious head injuries and slipped into coma. She was first taken to Sagar hospital and later moved to private hospital of Bhopal. Last month, GRP busted the gang involved in the incident and arrested the accused.

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Farmers may face several issues as mercury dips

RECENT dip in mercury may prove dear to farmers who have sown mustard, gram and vegetables. Fog and frost besides cloud cover with slight rainfall with cold waves too has hit sensitive crops and ... Read More
RECENT dip in mercury may prove dear to farmers who have sown mustard, gram and vegetables. Fog and frost besides cloud cover with slight rainfall with cold waves too has hit sensitive crops and caused damage. Expert team of Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU) has issued an expert advice to minimise losses and to protect sensitive crops like mustard, gram and vegetables from frost and cold. Horticultural farmers especially vegetable and pulses have been given advise to light spray 0.1 per cent sulphuric acid or smoke the fields. Farmers who have sown wheat crop varieties in their farms are advised to irrigate crop second time at tillering stage and then irrigate at interval of 20 to 25 days regularly. If sufficient soil moisture is available, farmers are advised for top dressing of urea in wheat as per requirement in rainfed areas.

In the scientific advisory, farmers are also asked to monitor chickpea crop and when pest reaches ETL level (2 or more than two caterpillar per meter row length) then to spray quinalphos 20E.C @ 2.0 ml. per liter of water is recommended. It is also advised that farmers may use bird percher at the distance of 20 feet all over the field. On the basis of forecast received from India Meteorological Department, weather conditions will improve with light cloud cover during this period. Maximum temperature 23 degree Celsius to 24.0 degree celsius and minimum temperature 8 to 9 degree celsius respectively. Fall in temperature becomes tough weather for bovines and animals. Veterinary expert of JNAU suggested farmers having animals, birds in their farms. Poultry farmers have been advised to protect poultry birds from cold by using electric bulb (300W for 100 ft.2) to prevent infestation of Coryza disease.

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Stage set for polling in 11 urban bodies today

Stage is all set for polling in 11 urban bodies from 7 am to 5 pm on Saturday. State Election Commissioner R. Parasuram informed that concrete security arrangements have been made for peaceful ... Read More
Stage is all set for polling in 11 urban bodies from 7 am to 5 pm on Saturday. State Election Commissioner R. Parasuram informed that concrete security arrangements have been made for peaceful polling. He urged voters to vote fearlessly. Counting for the elections will be held on February 4. Polling will be held for Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur and Chhindwara municipal corporations and Bankheri, Badauni, Shamshabad, Chhapihera and Patera Nagar Parishads. Polling will also be held for recall of Presidents of Harda Nagar Palika and Chhanera Nagar Parishad. Elections will be held in 11 urban bodies on January 31. As many as 43 lakh 25 thousand 91 voters will exercise their franchise in these elections including 22 lakh 73 thousand 737 males, 20 lakh 51 thousand 185 females and 169 others. These urban bodies have 417 wards and 5241 polling booths. Polling will be held for 4 seats of Mayor, 7 Chairperson and 417 Corporator. There are 35 candidates in fray for seats of Mayor, 23 Chairperson and 1612 for Corporator in the elections to be held on January 31.

Parasuram informed that for peaceful polling, about 17 thousand security personnel have been deployed including SAF, RAF, district police and Home Guards.

As many as 496 polling booths are critical in Bhopal Municipal Corporation, Indore 147, Jabalpur 244 and there are 57 critical polling booths in Chhindwara municipal corporation. So far, 97 percent voter slips have been distributed in urban bodies including 100 percent in Nagar Parishad Patera and Shamshabad. Meanwhile, 94.94 percent voter slips have been distributed in Bhopal Municipal Corporation, Indore 98.71 percent, Jabalpur 98.40 percent and Chhindwara 91.95 percent. Similarly, 97.37 percent voter slips have been distributed in Harda Nagar Palika, 99.28 percent Nagar Parishad Badauni, Chhapihera 91.34 percent, Bankheri 90.01 percent and Chhanera 94.93 percent.

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Heads of offices of MP in Delhi should play active role in serving State’s interests: CM

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged heads of various offices of the state at Madhya Pradesh Bhavan in Delhi to play active and partnering role in serving state’s interest side by sid... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged heads of various offices of the state at Madhya Pradesh Bhavan in Delhi to play active and partnering role in serving state’s interest side by side discharge of their duties.

It is noteworthy that Madhya Pradesh Government has entrusted responsibility of advocating state’s interests to heads of state’s offices apart from discharging their duties. The Chief Minister asked them to keep in constant touch with a senior officer at Bhopal who is concerning Nodal Officer. Effective efforts should also be made to mobilise benefits of Central schemes, assistance and co-operation. Officers in Delhi should convey information about new and other Central government schemes beneficial for Madhya Pradesh to the nodal officer so that the state can avail their benefits. Resident Commissioner R K Chaturvedi undertook point-wise discussions on the proposals pending with the Centre. He also informed about new arrangements made in this regard. The Resident Commissioner also gave details about efforts being taken up with the Centre pertaining to Water Resources Department, irrigation projects, Textile Park, Swachchhata Abhiyan, Nirmal Gram Yojana, extension of facilities at railway rake points and creation of 4 new rake points in the state. The meeting also discussed renovation of Madhya Pradesh Bhavan. IG Alok Pateria posted at Madhya Pradesh Bhavan, New Delhi informed about Central assistance. Secretary to CM Vivek Agrawal was also present. It was informed that the Chief Minister will review works done by office heads during his Delhi visits from time to time.

CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan leaves for America

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan left for United States of America late on Friday night.

Chouhan will launch official website of Friends of MP Forum in New York on February 1. He will address a convention of NRIs from Madhya Pradesh settled in America.

During his America visit, Chouhan will hold discussions with various industrial houses and companies interested in investing in Madhya Pradesh. Chouhan will also meet representatives of organizations working towards strengthening cultural and commercial ties between America and India. He will return to India on February 5.

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CM addresses meeting, Rajendra Shukla campaigns among Vindhya people in Delhi

While Chief Minister Shivraj Singh addressed a convention organised by Friends of Madhya Pradesh in New Delhi, Energy, Mineral Resources and Public Relations Minister Rajendra Shukla has been activ... Read More
While Chief Minister Shivraj Singh addressed a convention organised by Friends of Madhya Pradesh in New Delhi, Energy, Mineral Resources and Public Relations Minister Rajendra Shukla has been actively campaigning especially among the people from Vindhya region living in the national capital.

Public Relation Minister Rajendra Shukla played an important role in ensuring success of BJP at a convention organised by Friends of Madhya Pradesh at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi on Friday.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh and other leaders from MP addressed this gathering. Shukla had also campaigned during Maharashtra Assembly elections. Shukla has been carrying out door-to-door campaigning in Delhi. He has been intensively campaigning among various people from Vindhya region of Madhya Pradesh, who are now voters in Delhi. Shukla has been staying in Delhi since January 27 in a bid to ensure party’s victory in Delhi. A large number of Vindhya region residents, now in Delhi, are accompanying Shukla during the campaigning. The Public Relation Minister also met a number of distinguished persons including Supreme Court advocates. People from cross section of society assured him that on his directive continuous efforts are being made to ensure BJP’s victory in Delhi.

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HC gives interim bail to tainted IAS officer Tinu Joshi

In a major reprieve to terminated IAS officer Tinu Joshi, High Court has granted three-month interim bail to her. She is accused in disproportionate assets case along with husband Arvind Joshi, w... Read More
In a major reprieve to terminated IAS officer Tinu Joshi, High Court has granted three-month interim bail to her. She is accused in disproportionate assets case along with husband Arvind Joshi, who too is terminated IAS officer and other accused. Lokayukta police are still searching for Arvind Joshi who had gone underground.

She is currently behind bars of Bhopal Central Jail. Lokayukta had conducted raid at the house of Joshi couple in past and had later registered case of disproportionate assets. In the last months of year 2014, Lokayukta had obtained arrest warrant against couple and other accused. After evading arrest for long time, Tinu Joshi had finally surrendered before court by reaching on a wheel chair on January 13. After hearing, court had sent her to judicial remand and since then she is in jail.

Meanwhile, her husband, Arvind Joshi is still on run. As he is still traceless, hence the investigating team had requested court to declare Arvind as an absconder.

Notably, Tinu Joshi and Arvind Joshi are probably the first couple from elite service who are facing charges of possessing disproportionate assets. Interestingly, before Lokayukta raid, it was Income Tax department which had raided the house of couple. Huge cash was recovered from their home apart from other incriminating documents.

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Direct fight between BJP-Cong, polling today

The stage is set for voting of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) election. Voting for Mayoral as well as posts of corporator would be done on Saturday under tight surveillance. Direct fight is... Read More
The stage is set for voting of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) election. Voting for Mayoral as well as posts of corporator would be done on Saturday under tight surveillance. Direct fight is between BJP and Congress. Mayoral candidates of both parties have promised to do series of development works and to provide better facilities to people.

What is a good thing that both parties have left no stone unturned in working out strategy how to develop city into more better city. Now, it is up to people to decide that who could give better governance to them.

Tight security arrangements have been made for the election of Bhopal Municipal Corporation. Heavy police would be deployed in city, police personnel would be guarding polling booths and other important places of city. SP North Arvind Saxena said that foolproof security cover would be thrown on city during elections. Apart from police personnel, quick reaction force and squad of senior police officers would be also there to check the security.

Promises of BJP Mayoral candidate Alok Sharma

Alok Sharma has promised to make city as clean city, connecting all wards with wi fi facility, green city, preserve historical lakes, to develop urban resource center, facilitation of transfer of private colonies to corporation, houses for poor under Chief Minister Accommodation Scheme, simplification of building permission, closure of Bhanpura landfill site, initiative to legalise illegal colonies, adequate water supply, construction of fly overs to ease traffic pressure, transparency in works, metro train, waste management etc.

Promises of Cong Mayoral candidate Kailash Mishra

Congress Mayoral Candidate Kailash Mishra has said that his first priority would be to ensure cleanliness, to provide clean drinking water, to ensure Narmada water to everyone, priority to development of Bairagarh and Kolar, fly overs in city, waste management, initiatives for the welfare of poor people, to develop city as education hub, to facilitate process of transfer of illegal colonies to corporation, to turn city into digital city etc.

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Cops evicting us from red-light area to benefit land mafia, alleges CSWs

COMMERCIAL sex workers (CSWs) from red light area — Ganga Jamuna — have decided to move the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court alleging that police were forcing them to evict their brothels ... Read More
COMMERCIAL sex workers (CSWs) from red light area — Ganga Jamuna — have decided to move the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court alleging that police were forcing them to evict their brothels at the behest of land mafia and builders lobby. The CSWs, who addressed a crowded press conference at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan on Friday evening, alleged that Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone III) Abhinash Kumar issued oral orders to Lakadganj Police to close down all brothels and prevent customers from entering into the area. They also alleged that the red light area was closed since January 15 by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Kumar and the latter was insisting them to sell out their shelters. Condemning the high-handedness of the officer, the CSWs said that they were unable to make their two ends meet since last fortnight. One of the CSWs named Lata told a questioner that customers had stopped visiting the brothels because of heavy deployment of police force in the area. One of the women named Chanda Dhawan suffered serious injuries when a brick wall of a two-storeyed building collapsed in the melee after cops carrying sticks started chasing customers on Thursday. The CSWs alleged that the police were falsely implicating them by registering offences under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) and forcing them to clean lavatories of Lakadganj Police Station after their arrest. They warned that they would be compelled to resort to agitation if the police continued to trouble them.

Allegations baseless, motivated: DCP Kumar

When contacted, DCP Abhinash Kumar told ‘The Hitavada’ that the allegations levelled by the CSWs were baseless. No policeman prevented people to visit the area, he added. DCP Kumar said that the police received complaints from women residing in the adjoining localities that people visting the area presume that they too were CSWs. People in the nearby localities were fed up because of the nuisance of anti-social elements and hardcore criminals who often take shelter in the brothels, he added. About other allegations levelled against him by the CSWs, DCP Kumar said that he had convened a meeting of some of the ‘Madams’ from area at Lakadganj Police Chowky some days ago after rescuing minor girls from the brothels and requested them to stop such illegal activity immediately. After getting information from a Pune-based NGO that minor girls from MP, UP, Orissa and Rajasthan were dragged into flesh trade by pimps, police had raided the brothels and rescued these minor girls, Kumar added. “The women and pimps who forced these minor girls into prostitution were booked under the relevant provisions of PITA,” DCP Kumar said, adding that “We simply had asked the building owners in the area to furnish details about their tenants for security reasons as per the orders promulgated by Commissioner of Police under Section 144 of the Cr.PC.” Being a police officer, he said, he had extended a helping hand to eldery women in the redlight area in the process of their rehabilitation if they so desire. The allegations levelled against him and Lakadganj Police by CSWs were far from truth, he added.

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Cops evicting us from red-light area to benefit land mafia, alleges CSWs

COMMERCIAL sex workers (CSWs) from red light area — Ganga Jamuna — have decided to move the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court alleging that police were forcing them to evict their brothels ... Read More
COMMERCIAL sex workers (CSWs) from red light area — Ganga Jamuna — have decided to move the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court alleging that police were forcing them to evict their brothels at the behest of land mafia and builders lobby. The CSWs, who addressed a crowded press conference at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan on Friday evening, alleged that Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone III) Abhinash Kumar issued oral orders to Lakadganj Police to close down all brothels and prevent customers from entering into the area. They also alleged that the red light area was closed since January 15 by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Kumar and the latter was insisting them to sell out their shelters. Condemning the high-handedness of the officer, the CSWs said that they were unable to make their two ends meet since last fortnight. One of the CSWs named Lata told a questioner that customers had stopped visiting the brothels because of heavy deployment of police force in the area. One of the women named Chanda Dhawan suffered serious injuries when a brick wall of a two-storeyed building collapsed in the melee after cops carrying sticks started chasing customers on Thursday. The CSWs alleged that the police were falsely implicating them by registering offences under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) and forcing them to clean lavatories of Lakadganj Police Station after their arrest. They warned that they would be compelled to resort to agitation if the police continued to trouble them.

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Hold special session to discuss Kelkar panel report: Chavan

Former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday suggested to hold a special session of legislature to discuss Dr Vijay Kelkar panel report on balanced development of all regions. Admitting th... Read More
Former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday suggested to hold a special session of legislature to discuss Dr Vijay Kelkar panel report on balanced development of all regions. Admitting that report could not be discussed during his tenure, Chavan while speaking to reporters claimed that due elections it was not possible to hold parleys on issue of such vital importance. The new Government assumed office barely three months ago, and they should be given more time to finalise their views on major issues, he suggested. The report, submitted during the last days of the Congress-NCP government, was merely a report of a study group and not that of any enquiry committee, said Chavan. Chavan said according to him there should be five priorities- water, farm, forest, urbanisation and quality education. Admitting that Maharashtra has less irrigated land in the country Chavan said, “Our country has 40% land under irrigation. Maharashtra fares quite poorly with barely 18% irrigated land. Only Kerala is behind us. Delay in crucial projects like Gosikhurd has cost us dearly, he claimed while pointing out that revised cost of Gosikhurd project has gone upto Rs 16,000 crore from original Rs 360 cr. He stressed the need on better urban governance and hoped that Clean India should not become another photo opportunity event.

Make in India is a good theme, but we are asking foreign companies to manufacture, set-up industries instead of asking them to make investment here, Chavan suggested. The projects like MIHAN could be helpful. Unfortunately, MIHAN has taken quite a long time and still it has failed to take up, he lamented.

There is no dispute about balanced industrial development but despite providing more incentive no industry is keen to start its venture at backward areas like Gadchiroli. The reasons behind it should be identified, Chavan suggested.

According to former Chief Minister of Congress-NCP led government which was here for long 15 years, the quality of education has gone down which should be enhanced.

Chavan pointed out, “We cannot become rich like America, UK as their policies, population and conditions are different but we should grow like Japan and for that education should be given top priority. As compared to Southern states, Maharashtra has many shortcomings. More students from Andhra Pradesh go to IIT. We are also behind in science, research also. Infact state has not produced stalwarts like Dr Jayant Naralikar, Dr Raghunath Mashelkar, Dr Vasant Gowarikar, Dr Anil Kakodkar etc in science in recent years. We have to develop our knowledge economy.” Dr Sunil Deshmukh, sitting BJP MLA from Amravati, Rajendra Mulak, former Minister and present MLC, Dr Pinak Dande, Atul Kotecha and others were prominently present. Laxmanrao Joshi, Editor of Lokshahi Warta recepient of Lokmanya Tilak award was felicitated at the hands of Chavan. Chandrashekhar Bobde, a journalist with Lokmat and Dr Pramod Sharma of Hindi department were also feted.

Dismisses Natarajan’s allegations

Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan on Friday dismissed the allegations levelled by former Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan, saying there was “neither pressure nor interference” from the party leadership. Chavan was a minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in the UPA government. Chavan, known to have been close to the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said, “We get so many letters and delegations from interested persons, but as a minister, one is expected to go by the rule book and not to favour anyone.”

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Swine flu patients on rise, civic authorities fail to take measures

With the 10 deaths due to swine flu registered in just 27 days and 28 patients testing positive, the situation in the region on health ground has become alarming. A month ago Mayor Pravin Datke... Read More
With the 10 deaths due to swine flu registered in just 27 days and 28 patients testing positive, the situation in the region on health ground has become alarming. A month ago Mayor Pravin Datke himself had directed Health Department of NMC to take necessary measures. The prevailing situation is an indication that the department has failed to do precious little. The number of swine flu deaths across the country has increased by about six times in the past two weeks, with 104 deaths so far this year.

Though the official number is 28 people testing positive for swine flu in the region, the unofficial number may be much higher. An Inspector at Income Tax Department became latest victim of swine flu. A week later, two officers of the same departments have been admitted with symptoms of the disease.

The total number of people affected with the disease has also gone up by six times during this period, with 1,165 reported cases of influenza A H1N1 – which is characterised by fever, cough, body ache and troubled breathing. According to Dr P P Joshi, Head, Department of Medicine, Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH), the rise in numbers is a result of the drop in temperatures and the trend would continue at least until the end of February if the cold continues.

Two days ago, Mayor Pravin Datke had called a meeting to discuss the issue. He had ensured that civic machinery is ready to tackle the problem. He also asked Health Department to keep enough medicine stock and launch an awareness campaign.

“The problem is that the symptoms of swine flu, like cough and fever, overlap with those of many other diseases. This makes diagnosis difficult. What we are seeing this time is that the pace of the disease development is also faster than usual with fever on the first day, breathing difficulty on the second and the lung going bad in a week,” said well-known chest physician and Managing Director of KRIMS Hospital, Dr Ashok Arbat.

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Chief Minister to inaugurate 3-day Youth Empowerment Summit today

Vidarbha Fortune Foundation has organised a three-day long Youth Empowerment Summit under the leadership of MLC Prof Anil Sole at Mankapur Sports Stadium premises, Koradi road from January 31 to Fe... Read More
Vidarbha Fortune Foundation has organised a three-day long Youth Empowerment Summit under the leadership of MLC Prof Anil Sole at Mankapur Sports Stadium premises, Koradi road from January 31 to February 2.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will inaugurate this mega event on January 31 at 3 pm while Union Minister Nitin Gadkari will preside over. Former MP Banwarilal Purohit, Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Sancheti, Union Minister of State Hansraj Ahir, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, former MP Datta Meghe, Vanrai trustee Girish Gandhi and Dr. Bhausaheb Zite, will be present in the function. This summit is likely to give new directions to youth for self-employment generation.

MLC Anil Sole while talking to mediapersons at Sports Stadium said, around 150 stalls will provide information to youngsters about employment opportunities. The participants will get information from films, speeches of prominent persons, interviews, slide shows, and training programmes. They will also get information regarding various schemes run by State and Central Governments to promote skill development and entrepreneurship. The exhibition will provide information about stating small business without any capital investment to one which requires Rs five lakh as capital investment. The visitors will be enlightened about preparation of project report, machinery’s of particular business, and raw materials, marketing strategy, and also regarding cottage industries. Sole is the president of Vidarbha Fortune Foundation.

National Skill Development Corporation, MIHAN, Higher Education, Youths and Sports Department, Social Justice Department, Tourism and Industries Department are supporting this mega event. The skill and unskilled man power will get good jobs while information regarding Maharashtra Public Service Commission, Staff Selection, Railway Recruitment, Banks, Police recruitment, and other government jobs will also be provided in this event.

Education Minister Vinod Tawde will be chief guest in the concluding function slated on February 2 at 3 pm. Education Minister from Madhya Pradesh Umashankar Gupta, Minister of State for Trial Affairs Ambrish Atram, Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, Vice Chancellor Dr. Vinayak Deshpande, Mayor Pravin Datke, Municipal Commissioner Shrawan Hardikar, and NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane will be present as guests of honour in the function. Dignitaries N C Shaina, Sunil Mansingh, Dr. Sanjay Moghe, Anshuman Singh, Vijay Kumar Gautam, Dr. P P Patil, Gajananrao Dange, Jaishri Fadnavis, Bhaurao Tumsare, Subhash Deshmukh, Dinesh Owulkar, Sanjay Jadhav, Dr. Prakash Malegeon, Sanjay Nathe, M V Rao, Sachin Burghate, Bablu Choudhari, Jaisingh Chavan will address the youths in summit.

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Stagecraft Theatre’s comedy drama ‘Horn Ok Please’ set to be rip-roaring

Horn Ok Please - is a common sight when one is driving down and happens to get his passage blocked by a truck which carries such a message, much to the annoyance of the driver/rider and totally c... Read More
Horn Ok Please - is a common sight when one is driving down and happens to get his passage blocked by a truck which carries such a message, much to the annoyance of the driver/rider and totally couldn’t careless attitude of the truck driver. A part of this fool hardy thought has been cleverly adapted in a play “Horn Ok Please” to be staged on February 1 at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall at 5 pm and 8pm.

The play has a taxi driver-cum-tour operator-cum-tourist guide as the protagonist whose good looks and gift of the gab makes single women fall for his glib talk and trouble takes birth with a capitol “T”.

Written by Swati Sani, the play depicts a Mumbai luxury taxi tour operator -- Raju who is romancing with two wives, one at home in Dombivali and the other at Kalyan, and his precise jugglery holds good till an accident disrupts the schedule with Raju getting admitted to a hospital, where both of his addresses surface bringing the Dombivali and Kalyan Police on the scene. Both wives promptly lodge a complaint about missing Raju who finds the wriggling out process quite slimy and adding to his woes is his side kick Rony Khetwala’s antics and a Gay neighbour advances towards good-looking Raju, that brings the situation on the boil. How Raju desperately tries to wriggle out of the situation, getting entangled no end, is the climax that has the viewer sitting at the edge of his seat, controlling his aching belly laugh .

“Horn Ok Please” has been directed by award wining theatre guru Vikash Khurana and includes Anuj Hamilton, Ketaki Kane-Salankar, Ayush Upadhayay, Onkar Ghare, Leo Naidu, Pooja Shrivastava, Rachit Khetan, Gurnoor Bedi and Pranjala Chauhan as its cast. The production crew of the play includes N V Sharma, Anurag Kulkarni, Sonal Trivedi, Shantanu Thengdi, Priyadarsh Bhabda, Pranjala Chauhan, Nandan Majumdar, Raveesh Jaiswal, Neelabh Trivedi and Nitish Chandra.

Swapnil Bohate, Sohtab Kanga, Sandeep Baraskar and Vishal Yadav provide technical support.

The sponsors, partners and patrons for the play are CAFE- Child Adoption for education, Ensaara Metropark, Copper Restaurant, The Hitavada, Hislop College, Radio Mirchi, Tauby’s Outlets, UCN and Sa Digital. Tickets priced at Rs 700, Rs 350, Rs 250, and Rs 150 are available at Tauby’s Snack outlets at Sadar, Ramdaspeth, Law College, Law College square, Empress Mall, Hingna T-Point, Dev Nagar and at the venue from 11 am on February 1.

More information can be had from Kishore on 9373270315 or on the facebook page of Stagecraft Theatre or by logging on www.stagecrafttheatre.ins.

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Now, transfer your train tickets to family members, students

The Indian Railways has introduced the facility of transferring railway tickets to a blood relative in case the person in whose name reservation is confirmed is not undertaking the travel. The rail... Read More
The Indian Railways has introduced the facility of transferring railway tickets to a blood relative in case the person in whose name reservation is confirmed is not undertaking the travel. The rail tickets can be transferred to blood relations. If a person is holding a confirmed ticket and is unable to travel, then the ticket can be transferred to his/her family members including father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, husband or wife. For transfer of ticket, an application must be submitted atleast 24 hours in advance of the scheduled departure of the train.

As per the guidelines issued by Railway Board, Chief Reservation Supervisor (CRS) of important stations are authorised to permit the change of name of a passenger having a seat or berth reserved in his name.

Government employees also benefited by this move as they can transfer their confirm ticket to one nominated by Department, proceeding on duty with appropriate authority. The employee has to make a request in writing 24 hours before the scheduled departure of trains.

The Railway Board have also allowed students of a recognised educational institutions to benefit by this new order. The Head of the Institution can make a request in writing 48 hours before the scheduled departure of the train, then the reservation made in the name of any student can be transferred to any other student of the same institute.

If the passengers are members of a marriage party and any person deemed to be Head of such party makes a request in writing 48 hours before the scheduled departure of the train that the reservation made in the name of any member of the marriage party be transferred to any other person.

If the passengers are a group of cadets of National Cadet Corps and any officer who is the head of the group, makes a request in writing at least 24 hours before the departure of the train that the reservation made in the name of any cadet be transferred to any other cadet. Such request however will be granted only once.

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SECR’s afforestation style: Chops 300 trees

Nagpur Division of South East Central Railway (SECR) annually spends lakhs of rupees for tree plantation and unexpectedly becomes mute spectator when about 300 trees gets chopped down. The trees ... Read More
Nagpur Division of South East Central Railway (SECR) annually spends lakhs of rupees for tree plantation and unexpectedly becomes mute spectator when about 300 trees gets chopped down. The trees were of Subabul, widely used for manufacturing wooden articles, and were cut down at Chacher— near Mouda— and on Kanhan- Ramtek Broad Gauge section. At Chacher nearly 135 full grown trees were cut down while in other section of SECR about 155 Subabul stumps were noticed. This trees it seems were cut about a fortnight back gauging from the condition of stumps that stands testimony to brutality besides the railway track.

These two instances are classic examples of how public money goes down the drain in Railways. The division officials pat themselves for spending nearly Rs. 1.50 lakh annually to plant trees but have little time to monitor what happens to their afforestation drive. And its worth recalling that Railway Ministry recently established a separate Environment Directorate to erase tag of biggest contributor to environment degradation in the country, and listed among the objectives was afforestation. However the message of environment protection it seems has not yet reached down the line, otherwise SECR officials would have definitely hauled-up those responsible for chopping full grown trees. According to information, division had awarded work for laying cable 18-25 cms on Salsa-Chacher section near Mouda. However while the cable dimension is quite thin but even then Subabul trees were cut down without its necessity. The site photos and inspection reveals that even those trees that are not in path of cable were deliberately chopped. The stumps of cut down trees could be seen between 1100/16 to 1101/6 km on Salsa-Chacher DN line, it is learnt.

On Kanhan-Ramtek section the Subabul trees were found cut between BG Kms RTK/1122/2 to 1124/1. The sources disclosed that the section was to be inspected by General Manager Naveen Tandon as part of annual visit to Nagpur Division. However the visit got cancelled after Tandon got elevated as Member Mechanical in Railway Board. But the trees fell somehow fell victim to indifference of railway officials, the sources claimed.

When contacted for official side, Sr. Divisional Commercial Manager (Sr. DCM) Tanmay Mukhopadhyay, the official spokesperson at Nagpur Division of SECR, at first stated that railways had no role in chopping the trees. He further advanced the argument of Engineering Branch, a person was caught while cutting down the tree and his vehicle to was impounded in Chacher section.

However when asked whether same theory also applies to trees that were cut in Kanhan-Ramtek section, Sr. DCM preferred to remain mum. Also questioned as to how come trees are uniformly cut and can it be work of single person, the official had no answer.

The Forest Department of Maharashtra claimed that no permission is required to cut subabul trees. This was stated by Ranger Forest Officer (Ramtek) P B Waghe when contacted by The Hitavada on Friday about chopping of trees on railway land.

Waghe claimed as per new policy no permission from Forest Department is required for cutting subabul trees in case they are within the limit of Railways. He affirmed as to having received information about cutting down trees by Railways.

This statement of Forest Department flies in the face of action that was initiated by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) last time when Railways, and yes SECR itself had cut down trees at Motibagh last year. The Railways that time faced intense scrutiny and was even asked an explanation by NMC, it is learnt.

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CM directs shifting of 4 textile mills from Mumbai to Vidarbha

In a major effort to revive textile industry in Vidarbha region and help cotton growing region, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday directed Textile department to shift four textile mills ... Read More
In a major effort to revive textile industry in Vidarbha region and help cotton growing region, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday directed Textile department to shift four textile mills from Mumbai to Vidarbha. Three of them will be relocated to Nandagaonpeth in Amravati district and one will be shifted to Barshi in Akola district. These mills are presently sick, but can be easily revived by capital infusion and using latest technical know-how.

Fadnavis while chairing a meeting of Co-Operation, Marketing, Textiles department and officials of National Textiles Corporation also directed them to find out suitable relocation for nine more mills. Of them eight can be shifted to Vidarbha and this will give a major boost to cotton processing units here and cotton growers who are passing through financial distress.

The Government is also working on recommendations of a panel which suggested setting up of a 5 lakh capacity spindle spinning hub at Amravati, a Knitting mega composite textile hub at Nagpur for technical upgradation of textile units of Vidarbha and Marathwada and processing hub at Solapur and Malegaon and suiting-shirting hub at Ichalkaranji. The Chief Minister has directed the departments to constitute a high-level panel in which Secretary of Textiles department, NTC top brass, BMC Commissioner and Labour Secretary. The committee will oversee smooth transition of mills from Mumbai to Vidarbha and will also ensure proper land and other infrastructural facilities. The panel has also been asked to take care of uninterrupted and cheap power to these mills, water and other requirement so that they can be revived.

Meanwhile, a panel appointed by Fadnavis government to suggest new policy incentives to revive textile industry in Maharashtra has suggested creation of textile hub and with right kind of encouragement from centre and state, state can attract investment of Rs 80,000 crore in next five years. This sector alone can generate close to 11 lakh new jobs, mostly cotton growing areas of Vidarbha, Marathwada and Khandesh.

MLA Suresh Halwankar who headed this committee pointed out several shortcomings in textile policy of previous DF Government. Modernisation of powerlooms, promoting foreign direct investment, imposition of 0.5 per cess on purchase of yarn, forming integrated textile hubs at existing textile zones by helping small and medium enterprises, strengthening of co-operative units. The panel has also suggested establishment of garment zone at Bhiwandi, Malegaon, Solapur, Ichalkaranji, Tarapur.

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Unauthorised layouts, slums to be regularised in three months

The long-pending issues of 3,592 unauthorised layouts and 292 slums in the city may be resolved soon. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Surface Transport, chaired a meeting of officers of Nagpur Mu... Read More
The long-pending issues of 3,592 unauthorised layouts and 292 slums in the city may be resolved soon. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Surface Transport, chaired a meeting of officers of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), and other agencies on Friday and asked them to complete the process for authorisation of the unauthorised layouts and regularisation of slums within three months.

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district; Ranjit Patil, Minister of State for Urban Development; Pravin Datke, Mayor; Shyam Wardhane, NIT Chairman; Shravan Hardikar, Municipal Commissioner; Abhishek Krishna, District Collector were present prominently in the important meeting held at NIT on Friday afternoon. “The regularisation of unauthorised layouts will provide a big relief to over 2 lakh families, and pave way for provision of amenities like roads, power, water there,” Bawankule told reporters while addressing a press conference after the meeting. As per the details provided by officials during the meeting, a total of 1,95,027 individual applications were received for regularisation of plots in the unauthorised layouts in NMC area. NIT has issued demand letters for development charges in 1,09,438 cases. Of these, as many as 1,01,833 plot-holders paid development charges as per the demand. As far as slums are concerned, Bawankule said that there were 292 slums in the city area.

Some of these are with NMC, some with District Collector, and maximum with NIT. “As per the decision taken in the meeting held today, all these slums will be handed over to NIT for initiating the process of regularisation. We have asked the agencies concerned to work in co-ordination and complete the process for regularisation of slums and unauthorised layouts within three months,” said the Guardian Minister.

As per the decision, NIT will first develop the unauthorised layouts and then transfer those to NMC. Further, NIT had invited applications for regularisation of plots in unauthorised layouts under Maharashtra Gunthewari Development (Regulation, Upgradation, and Control) Act. In response, it received 1,94,965 applications. However, these pertained to Gunthewari developments existing as on January 1, 2001. Such developments after the said date cannot be regularised by planning authority (NIT). To enable NIT to regularise Gunthewari developments after 2001, amendments were needed to be effected to the said Act. “We will follow up the matter with the State Government in this regard,” Bawankule told reporters.

In the meeting, various other issues including completion of various developmental projects worth Rs 4,000 crore under National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), speeding up the work of proposed Metro Rail project, development of bus terminus, switching over to LED street-lights in the city, flower market etc also were discussed. To ensure timely completion of these work, NIT Chairman has been asked to co-ordinate with various agencies concerned, said the Guardian Minister. However, there is no formal committee as such, he added.

Asked if NIT will have to wait for getting into the role of Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) with these many responsibilities, Bawankule said that all the processes would be completed within three months. To a question, he said that Gadkari had never demanded scrapping of NIT.

“Under the leadership of Gadkari, all of BJP MLAs had assured to the voters in these unauthorised layouts and slums about regularisation. Besides, we had promised to put Nagpur on fast track of development. Today’s meeting was a step in this direction,” Bawankule said. Completion of process in three months will be another step, he added. Further, he said, he would be going to Delhi on February 2 to meet various ministers to expedite various developmental projects under different Central Government departments. Talking to media, Pravin Datke said that NIT would be taking care of new projects including construction of a non-commercial Parking Plaza on the land of police quarters in Gandhibagh; construction of residential scheme for Low Income Group (LIG) and Middle Income Group (MIG) at Bharatwada. The police quarters to be shifted from Gandhibagh would be constructed afresh on 5 acres of land in Lakadganj.

MLAs Krishna Khopde, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Dr Milind Mane, Sudhakar Kohale, NMC Standing Committee chief Narendra Borkar and others also were present at the press conference.

‘Bogus’ registry of lands in district: Bawankule

Chandrashekhar Bawankule told the reporters that there were several cases of ‘bogus’ registry of lands in the district, especially in peri-urban area like Besa, Beltarodi etc. “There is no non-agricultural (NA) permission, Town Planning Department clearance, and still deals are getting registered. There is no clarity in law of registration. As a result, two persons posing as seller and purchaser of a land can register the deal for plot owned by another person. This needs to be curbed. For the purpose, amendments are required to be effected to the existing laws,” he said. He said that he himself, along with all MLAs from Nagpur district, would meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse and discuss the issue.

‘Have complaint about corruption in NIT? Submit it to my office’

On the issue of allegations of corruption in Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule said that he had not received any such complaint so far. “Still, through media, I shall appeal to the citizens to submit complaints, if any, at my office at Cottage No 5, Ravi Bhavan or approach Anti-Corruption Bureau for proper action,” he said.

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Range Forest Officer in ACB net

ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Wednesday caught Pradip Pundlikrao Dhole, Range Forest Officer (RFO), Lakhni, district Bhandara, red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 3,0... Read More
ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Wednesday caught Pradip Pundlikrao Dhole, Range Forest Officer (RFO), Lakhni, district Bhandara, red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 3,000/- from a contractor for giving him permission to cut teak trees purchased by him. Mithilesh Giripunje, a contractor, had purchased teak trees in Lakhni area. For publishing ‘Jahirnama’ and giving permission to cut the trees, RFO Dhole (52) demanded Rs 3,000/- from him. Giripunje immediately lodged a complaint against RFO Dhole with ACB officers at Bhandara. Subsequently, the bureau officers laid a trap at Range Forest Office at Lakhni and caught RFO red-handed when he accepted the cash from Giripunje. The bureau officers registered an offence under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act against Dhole at Lakhni Police Station.

The trap was laid by Deputy Superintendent of Police (ACB Bhandara) Prashant Kolwadkar and his team under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (ACB) Prakash Jadhav.

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Asha Bhosle to perform in city today

Nagpur Mahotsav, the cultural extravaganza organised by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will start from January 22 with legendary singer Asha Bhosle performing on opening day. Bhosle is schedule... Read More
Nagpur Mahotsav, the cultural extravaganza organised by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will start from January 22 with legendary singer Asha Bhosle performing on opening day. Bhosle is scheduled to present some of her most memorable and melodious Marathi songs during this concert. Nitin Gadkari, Union Road Transport and Surface Minister will inaugurate the event while Mayor Pravin Datke will preside over. Union Minister of State Hansraj Ahir, Finance Minister of Maharashtra Sudhir Mungantiwar, Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda, Avinash Pande, Ajay Sancheti will be present as guest of honour. Legislators Krishna Khopde, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbahre, Anil Sole, Sudhakar Kohle, Rajendra Mulak will also grace the occasion. Nagpur Mahotsav will be held from January 22 to January 26 at Yashwant Stadium.

Asha Bhosle will perform on January 22, while local artists will perform on January 23. Pt. Ravi Chary (Sitar), Rakesh Chaurasia (Flute), Sheldon D’Silva (Bass Guitar), Sangeet Haldipur (Key board), Nitin Shankar (Percussionist), Aditya Kalyanpur (Tabla), Andrew Kanga (Drums), and Sanjoy Das (Guitar) will perform in Fusion programme on January 24. The poet meet (Kavi Sammelan) will be held on January 25. Noted poet Hariom Pawar, Pradeep Choube, Sunil Jogi, Raja Dharmadhikari, Popular Merathi, and Rashmi Kiran will participate in it. The “Jay Ho” musical programme will be performed by noted play back singer Sukhwinder Singh on Republic Day.

The local body has provided free passes to citizens to enjoy the cultural programme. The passes will be available at zonal office, with corporators and NMC offices across city.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will be present during concluding function on January 26. Former MP Banwarilal Purohit, Education Minister Vinod Tawde, Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Social Justice Minister Rajkumar Badole, Ramtek MP Krupal Tumane and former MP Datta Meghe will be present in concluding function. Mayor Pravin Datke will chair the function. Education Committee President Chetan Tank, Sports Committee Chairman Harish Dikondwar, Deputy Commissioner Pramod Bhusari, Education Officer Deependra Lokhande, and others are working hard for the success of the event.

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Regulatory body for private hospitals uncalled for: IMA

Reacting sharply to the decision of Nagpur Municipal Corporation to constitute a Private Hospital Regulatory Authority (PHRA), Indian Medical Association, Nagpur branch (IMA) has said that idea... Read More
Reacting sharply to the decision of Nagpur Municipal Corporation to constitute a Private Hospital Regulatory Authority (PHRA), Indian Medical Association, Nagpur branch (IMA) has said that idea of such a regulatory body for hospitals is totally uncalled for. President of Nagpur branch of IMA, Dr Sanjay Deshpande while criticising the decision questioned the legality, propriety and very need of forming such a body. “They should specify under which rule they are doing so and under which law they are fixing rate of medical services ?, he sought to know.

NMC general body in its meeting held on Tuesday decided to constitute PHRA for regulating private hospitals following large-scale complaints against exorbitant rates charged by them from hapless patients. IMA said that with rising expectancy of average life in India, there had been growing expectation of society from the medical profession. The doctors, the medical profession and medical practices as such have become a focal point of discussion in various forums.

With its membership base of over one lakh doctors belonging to modern medicine, Maharashtra Medical Council, has been advocating ethical practices including the removal of “Cut Practice Menace” from the medical profession. Due to handful of doctors doing unethical practice, entire fraternity can not be blamed.

The Draft of State Act of Clinical Establishment Act has already been submitted to the Government of Maharashtra. The draft was prepared by 18 members of expert committee drawn from all over the country, under the Chairmanship of Dr. Kishor Taori, Chairman of Maharashtra Medical Council. It comprehensively covers the rights of the doctors, rights of patients. The provision of necessary infrastructural facilities will be covered by the bye-laws, which will be prepared after the Act is okayed by State Government.

In these circumstances the separate regulating authority at the corporation level is uncalled for and will result in having impact of differential treatment to the medical profession in various cities of Maharashtra, pointed IMA.

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Bomb scare in Duronto Express triggers panic

A bomb scare was triggered after cleaning staff found a bottle with suspected chemical aboard Mumbai-Nagpur Duronto Express on early Wednesday morning. The train arrived at 7 am and later was bei... Read More
A bomb scare was triggered after cleaning staff found a bottle with suspected chemical aboard Mumbai-Nagpur Duronto Express on early Wednesday morning. The train arrived at 7 am and later was being taken to washing yard for maintenance. The railway employees while checking the train found a suspected yellow coloured bottle with narrow opening in S-2 bogie.

The employees got scared when they also noticed something like wire dangling from the bottle’s mouth. Panicked, the employees raised alarm shouting ‘bomb’, ‘bomb’ which created quite a scene at the washing siding. Immediately, security agencies were alerted and Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) was summoned.

The squad reached the spot along with a sniffer dog and attended the train. As the dog did not signal, the BDDS personnel collected the bottle. Later, they found nothing suspicious as it contained phenyl.

After completing the formalities, the security personnel gave a go-ahead to the train for its journey.

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NMC seals Jaswant Mall to recover Rs 2.15 cr tax dues

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Wednesday sealed Jaswant Mall run by S Kapursingh Tuli and Mohabbat Singh Tuli to recover property tax dues worth Rs 2.15 crore. The property is situated... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Wednesday sealed Jaswant Mall run by S Kapursingh Tuli and Mohabbat Singh Tuli to recover property tax dues worth Rs 2.15 crore. The property is situated at Indora square and houses film screens and other commercial establishments, despite repeated notices, the owners did not clear the dues. From last many years, the tax demand was not honoured and hence penalty was also imposed along with penal interest. On Wednesday, NMC team led by Assistant Commissioner Harish Raut, A J Bodile, Sunil Meshram, Sanjay Kamble and others from Asi Nagar zone sealed the Mall.

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High Court notice to Enquiry Officer in NDCCB scam

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday issued notice to earlier enquiry officer who had conducted enquiry under Co-Operative Societies Act against Saoner MLA and former chairman of Nagpur... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday issued notice to earlier enquiry officer who had conducted enquiry under Co-Operative Societies Act against Saoner MLA and former chairman of Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank (NDCCB) on a complaint filed by new officer who is conducting section 88 enquiry against Kedar and others.

According to Surendra Kharbade, a lawyer who was appointed as enquiry officer by Maharashtra government to probe Rs150 crore scam NDCCB alleged that former special auditor Yashwant Bagde had not handed over old records of enquiry to him.

Kharbade claimed that Bagde was adamant and not heeding to his requests.

Bagde took more than a decade to conduct the probe and later indicted Kedar and others for causing loss to bank. Kharbade took up the issue with department and finally moved the High Court seeking a direction to Bagde to hand over the record. Almost all delinquents and the bank proposed to rely upon the written statements, evidences, depositions, arguments adduced in the previous enquiry and arguments submitted therein. Under these circumstances, it was imperative to get the original record and documents for proceeding further, Kharbade said in the application.

A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar issued notice to Bagde and sought his response by January 28. Entire record has been put under lock and key of Bagde and in absence of this record, the enquiry is not proceeding further.

The High Court had already directed the Co-Operative department to complete the hearing on appeal filed against order of Rs 129.31 cr recovery within 6 months. The High Court had also directed the trial court to complete the trial which is languishing since last 12 years within one year.

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High Court notice to Enquiry Officer in NDCCB scam

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday issued notice to earlier enquiry officer who had conducted enquiry under Co-Operative Societies Act against Saoner MLA and former chairman of Nagpur... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday issued notice to earlier enquiry officer who had conducted enquiry under Co-Operative Societies Act against Saoner MLA and former chairman of Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank (NDCCB) on a complaint filed by new officer who is conducting section 88 enquiry against Kedar and others.

According to Surendra Kharbade, a lawyer who was appointed as enquiry officer by Maharashtra government to probe Rs150 crore scam NDCCB alleged that former special auditor Yashwant Bagde had not handed over old records of enquiry to him.

Kharbade claimed that Bagde was adamant and not heeding to his requests.

Bagde took more than a decade to conduct the probe and later indicted Kedar and others for causing loss to bank. Kharbade took up the issue with department and finally moved the High Court seeking a direction to Bagde to hand over the record. Almost all delinquents and the bank proposed to rely upon the written statements, evidences, depositions, arguments adduced in the previous enquiry and arguments submitted therein. Under these circumstances, it was imperative to get the original record and documents for proceeding further, Kharbade said in the application.

A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar issued notice to Bagde and sought his response by January 28. Entire record has been put under lock and key of Bagde and in absence of this record, the enquiry is not proceeding further.

The High Court had already directed the Co-Operative department to complete the hearing on appeal filed against order of Rs 129.31 cr recovery within 6 months. The High Court had also directed the trial court to complete the trial which is languishing since last 12 years within one year.

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State Govt extends RTE to pre-primary admissions

Bringing much needed clarity in school admissions under Right to Education (RTE) Act, Maharashtra School Education Department has made it clear that at least 25 per cent seats at entry level need... Read More
Bringing much needed clarity in school admissions under Right to Education (RTE) Act, Maharashtra School Education Department has made it clear that at least 25 per cent seats at entry level needs to reserved under RTE. The department has laid down three guidelines to tackle the difficulties of schools with variation between pre-primary or standard I intake.

If the intake at pre-primary level is more than the intake of Standard-1, then the 25% seats as per intake of the Standard-I will be calculated and these many children will be admitted in pre-primary. If the intake capacity in pre-primary is less than the intake in first standard then 25% seats of the total intake of pre-primary will be calculated and accordingly admissions will be done in pre-primary. Remaining admissions will be done in Standard-I. If some seats remain vacant after the admission process of pre-primary then these seats will be filled during the admission at Standard-1, the department has clarified.

Due to different interpretation and various circulars, there was lot of confusion about applicability of RTE at pre-primary stage. But now even entry point has been covered under RTE, the Education department has stated.

Admissions are given under RTE to deprived and children from poor economic background class. Apart from State board schools, Maharashtra has large number of CBSE, IB, ICSE and IGCSE schools. Department noticed that the intake in these schools is different in Standard-I and pre-primary classes. This has created problems in calculating 25% admissions due to confusion about base point.

Minimum 3 yrs age fixed for nursery admissions

As declared by Education Minister Vinod Tawde, the department has also fixed minimum 3 years as the age for admission to play group/nursery admission. For Standard-I admission minimum 6 years age has been prescribed. The age will be calculated as on July 31 of the year of admission. The department has asked the schools to implement age criterion for play group/nursery from the academic year 2015-16 itself. While for Standard-I, it can be implemented by 2018-19 since the admissions to KG-I and KG-II have already been last year and there will be lot of injustice on these kids. Government has also made it clear that though the age limit for admission to Standard-I is 6 years, the kid of 5 years of age also can be admitted in that class during next academic year (2015-16), in 2016-17 only kids who will complete 5 years and four months will be eligible for admission to Standard-I while in 2017-18, minimum age should be 5 years and 8 months. Apart from the schools run by State Government, various schools of different boards including CBSE, ICSE, IB are following different age criterion At present there is no age limit fixed for the admissions to pre-primary class.

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HC slams NMC for wasting public money on extravaganza

NAGPUR bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday lashed out at Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for wasting precious public money on cultural extravaganza like Nagpur Mahotsav, when its coffers... Read More
NAGPUR bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday lashed out at Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for wasting precious public money on cultural extravaganza like Nagpur Mahotsav, when its coffers are empty and it is unable even to discharge its statutory obligations.

The High Court minced no words while slamming the civic body for inviting celebrities and spending huge money while it is unable to pay salary in time, repair roads, clean waterbodies and undertake development work without government’s financial aid. There are many cultural organisations in the city and local artists who are ready to perform on such platforms even without charging any fees, the High Court observed while strongly disapproving the manner in which Nagpur Mahotsav has been organised. The High Court hoped that from next time, the Corporation would not indulge in such activities and better counsel would prevail. Infact such cultural activities with local artists should be undertaken only after performing its statutory duties and only if it has some money left, the High Court observed while giving a major jolt to NMC bosses.

However, the Court refrained itself from passing any adverse order at this juncture to stall the six-day long festival beginning Thursday with musical concert of legendary singer Asha Bhosle. The NMC authorities and office-bearers were visibly nervous after High Court’s tough stance.

A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar while issuing notice to Municipal Commissioner on a PIL filed by Artists Council led by veteran artist O P Singh and a law-student Ankita Shah challenging the non-transparent process adopted by civic body, wastage of public money and favouritism shown to event management company Admark by NMC, directed him to file reply within two weeks. An outlay of Rs 1.75 crore has already been paid to Event Manager and the council had already raised a serious question-mark over which tender conditions were tweaked and celebrity artists were already booked. The court while adopting a very tough stance warned the NMC in no uncertain terms that though this time it was sparing this programme from interference, but in future, it would not take such wasteful and unwarranted expenditure by the Corporation kindly. It asked the City Corporation to give an undertaking to the court in writing in two weeks that it will not plan such wasteful extravaganza in future ignoring the need to attend to citizens’ basic needs and the need to encourage local and up-coming artists. Adv R M Tahaliyani and Adv Pradeep Agrawal appeared for the petitioner-council and the other petitioner Ankita Shah appeared in person. Adv S K Mishra represented the NMC.

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Govt sanctions Rs 105 cr to MIHAN for rehab

In a major boost to MIHAN project, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has sanctioned Rs 105 crore for rehabilitation of project affected persons. The amount will be spent during next two months. Th... Read More
In a major boost to MIHAN project, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has sanctioned Rs 105 crore for rehabilitation of project affected persons. The amount will be spent during next two months. The total cost of rehabilitation is Rs 643 crore as per plan approved by State Rehabilitation Authority in its meeting dated June 19, 2013. However, the amount was never made available to Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) during all these years. After announcing his intention to accord top-most priority to expedite MIHAN and showcase it as destination for IT and other industries, Chief Minister has ensured timely delivery of Rs 105 crore to MADC to kick-start much delayed rehabilitation of project affected persons as per legislation.

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NMC proposes regulatory authority for pvt hospitals

Taking serious note of fleecing of patients by private medical hospitals in the orange city, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to constitute a Private Hospital Regulating Authority... Read More
Taking serious note of fleecing of patients by private medical hospitals in the orange city, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to constitute a Private Hospital Regulating Authority (PHRA) for regulating these hospitals.

A resolution in this regard was passed in the general body meeting of local body held on Tuesday at Town Hall. Mayor Pravin Datke chaired the meeting. Ruling party leader Dayashankar Tiwari raised the issue of formation of Private Hospital Regulating Authority in the city. Emphasising on the issue, Tiwari said, the hospitals are charging exorbitant room rents almost at par with five star hotels from the patients.

The Health Department of NMC is doing gradation of hospitals on the basis of number of beds in the hospital and not on the basis of facilities available and provided in the hospitals. He alleged that in renowned hospitals also, the doctors present in the ICU room of hospital are not qualified and hardly upto the mark. The facilities provided in these hospitals are lagging as compared to fees recovered from the patients.

He also highlighted cut practice adopted by the doctors in the practice and urged that this practice should be stopped immediately in favour of poor and needy patients. He suggested for PHRA comprising dean of Medical College, President of IMA, Deputy Director Health (State Government), Deputy Director of Health (NMC), members of various NGO's, Hospital Committee Chairman, and some corporators. Tiwari suggested for levy of taxation on the basis of number of beds and charges recovered from the patient. He said, a board should be displayed on the front side of the hospital mentioning charges of the various services, which is legally mandatory. He also suggested for quality control check on the services provided by these hospitals for the benefit of the poor and needy persons. He praised Radiology Association for rejecting cut practice in the profession.

Mayor Pravin Datke while declaring the resolution as passed directed that Municipal Commissioner should prepare a proposal according to Maharashtra Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, and if required, take permission of the State Government for formation of this committee.

Financial Assistance to family of the deceased school-boy

Local body will extend every possible financial assistance to the family of the student, who died in the wall collapse incident at Kapil Nagar Hindi School of NMC. The student of class IV Sheikh Riyan Sheikh Rashid died in the accident on December 17, 2014 in North Nagpur. Corporator Aslam Sheikh has demanded Rs five lakh assistance and job to a family member. Mayor Datke assured to take adequate step for helping the family. Gautam Patil, Savita Sangole, Aslam Khan, Kishor Gajbhiye, and others participated in the discussion.

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Corporators’ ‘shocking’ unity to reinstate a tainted officer in NMC

Defying strong public opposition and ignoring pending criminal prosecution, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday passed a legally questionable resolution to reinstate controversial tra... Read More
Defying strong public opposition and ignoring pending criminal prosecution, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday passed a legally questionable resolution to reinstate controversial traffic engineer Nasir Khan in the service of local body. It may be mentioned that Nasir Khan was compulsorily retired last year for submitting misleading documents to the local body about his birth date.

The shocking proposal was passed without any discussion the meeting of general body on Tuesday, raising serious questionmark over intentions of those who kept mum when a tainted officer was clandestinely brought back, taking NMC administration also by surprise.

However, Mayor Pravin Datke while talking to mediapersons clarified that the administration would take decision according to the law. The then Municipal Commissioner illegally dismissed him without notice of the general body. The notice of reinstatement was given by corporators Aslam Khan, Jaitunbi Ashfaq Ahmed, Moh. Kamil Ansari, Savita Manoj Sangole, Bhushan Shingne, Adv. Sanjay Balpande and Prakash Totwani. The matter is sub judice in Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court. Previously, then Mayor Prof. Anil Sole had denied permission to raise the sub judice issues in the general body meeting, however, his successor Datke allowed the same. Ruling party leader Dayashankar Tiwari also shielded Nasir Khan saying that Khan's date of birth was settled during tenure of J S Saharia, who was Municipal Commissioner. Sources claimed that NMC administration has clearly mentioned in the file that Khan was not dismissed but retired from the service for which general body's nod was not required. The office also mentioned about pendency of case in the High Court but general body rejected their apprehension. Datke while justifying the proposal claimed that nobody demanded discussion on this proposal so we cleared it.

Nasir Khan was not dismissed from the service but he was compulsorily retired from the service with effect from September 2013. Khan was found guilty for misleading local body on his date of birth issue. Khan had mentioned his date of birth in NMC's record as September 15, 1958. He submitted his transfer certificate of Nagpur Polytechnic college. As per school record Khan's year of birth was September 15, 1955 but somehow he had managed his date of birth in Nagpur Polytechnic College. Going by the record submitted by Khan, he achieved an impossible task of clearing class IV at the age of 7 years only.

Khan submitted his mother Rehmatullah Bi's affidavit to establish his claim. Nagpur Polytechnic college administration informed NMC that Khan had submitted TC of class IV of a school mentioning birth year as 1955. He completed his class IV in 1965 at the age of 10. This clearly shows that Traffic Engineer forged document in transfer certificate of polytechnic college. He reduced his age by three years. As per original date of birth, he should have retired in September 2013 but he continued in NMC service on the basis of this new date of birth.

Talatule is new Education Officer Lokhande to continue in NMC

The General body also cleared the proposal to give promotion to A R Talatule as Education Officer at NMC. Present Education Officer Deependra Lokhande will head the new Shikshan Mandal of the local body. As per MMC Act, the NMC has to constitute Shikshan Mandal for controlling all the educational institutes in the city. Dayashankar Tiwari urged general body to retain him in service at NMC without discontinuing his services. Kishor Gajbhiye opposed the appointment of Talatule. Present, Education Officer Deependra Lokhande, who is on deputation from State Government will be repatriated to his parent department. Talatule is working as Head Master (Secondary school).

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Dr Sanjeev Chaudhary gets Global Health Crusader award in Nepal

"Osteoporosis is a serious health problem faced by Nepal, but this doctor has come all the way from India to create awareness here about it which is very praiseworthy and he deserves our kudos.... Read More
"Osteoporosis is a serious health problem faced by Nepal, but this doctor has come all the way from India to create awareness here about it which is very praiseworthy and he deserves our kudos.”

These were the words of appreciation poured on city's famous Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Sanjeev Chaudhary by Nepal's Health Secretary Kedar Bahadur Adhikari while presenting 'Global Health Crusader of the Year' award at Nepal in a glittering ceremony. Realising importance of Osteoporosis and ignorance about it in rural area, Dr Chaudhary introduced a novel and effective programme of on-line education called Health Education and Tele-consultation on Osteoporosis (HEATCO).

It has been successfully planned and conducted in 117 villages with resounding success. Dr Chaudhary has now expanded the scope of his services to neighbouring SAARC countries like Nepal, Mauritius, Bangla Desh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar where awareness about osteoporosis is negligible.

Dr Chaudhary launched his global awareness campaign from Kathmandu, Nepal on Sunday, January 18. In a seminar and training programmes, doctors, nurses, paramedical workers, teachers, social workers, corporate executives, public health workers were extensively educated on various aspects of osteoporosis and enabled them to conduct similar education programmes in villages for Nepalese women. His programme fetched massive response as it was appreciated and recognised as the most innovative initiative, first of its kind, in Nepal.

Dr Chaudhary said, "Osteoporosis is a silent disease of bones commonly seen in women characterised by progressive reduction in density and strength of bones making them fragile and leads to major fracture without fall or trauma leaving a woman to a life which is miserable and disabled."

Dr Chaudhary performed experiment of video-medicine or video-counseling in Chimnazari village near Nagpur wherein he talked to a 100 year old woman, sitting from his chamber at Sakkardara hospital. That was a novel idea, first time conceptualised in Central India. Dr Chaudhary during his tenure as President of Vidarbha Orthopaedic Society (VOS) initiated a project of awareness about osteoporosis. He then had sent his team members to various parts of Vidarbha wherefrom the statistics regarding osteoporosis was collected and it was documented. The documentation then was handed over to Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare in form of a White Paper.

Apart from Kedar Adhikari, the editor-in-chief of The Himalayan Times Prakash Rimal and Secretary of Indian Embassy at Nepal Bipin Tomar, along with other dignitaries were also present.

Ideal villages selected for osteoporosis awareness drive

Considering the seriousness of the disease osteoporosis and need of the awareness to be spread, Dr Sanjeev Chaudhary has been asked to conduct the same here by Government. In a letter sent to all District Collectors, Chief Executive Officers of Zilla Parishad, the Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar has said that the programme of Health Education and Tele-consultation on Osteoporosis (HEATCO) developed by Dr Chaudhary should be implemented in villages adopted by Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Members under ideal village scheme. Time Facility Services will conduct workshop in Gram Panchayats with the help of Dr Sanjeev Chaudhary. This programme will be implemented as Entry Point Activity (EPA).

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Two city girls killed in ghastly mishap near Chhindwara

TWO engineering students from Nagpur were killed and three others injured, two of them seriously, after a Mercedes Benz car they were travelling in caught fire after hitting a divider on Linga ... Read More
TWO engineering students from Nagpur were killed and three others injured, two of them seriously, after a Mercedes Benz car they were travelling in caught fire after hitting a divider on Linga Ring Road in Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh in the small hours of Tuesday.

Nisha Sharma and Jennifer Sharma were killed in the ghastly mishap. Both were upcoming models. Injured Neelam Mishra, Hardik Harlaba and Adan Afroz Ahmed were rushed to Wockhardt Hospital in Nagpur.

According to sources, Nisha was a resident of Umarnala in Chhindwara district and was studying engineering in the city. Nisha had gone to attend her grandfather Dr Matadin Sharma's wedding anniversary celebrations at Silver Sand Hotel in Chhindwara on Monday. Her friends also accompanied her.

After the party, Nisha and her friends decided to return to Nagpur late in the night. They all boarded a Mercedes Benz car and started for Nagpur.

Around 1 am on Tuesday, Hardik, who was driving the car speedily, lost control of the vehicle. The car dashed against a divider in Mohkhed Police Station area on Linga Ring Road killing Jennifer on the spot and injuring others. Soon, the car caught fire.

Nisha's relatives, who were following them in different vehicles, extricated the injured and rushed them to Wockhardt Hospital where the doctors declared Nisha dead.

Hardik and Neelam, who suffered serious injuries in the mishap, are undergoing treatment at Wockhardt Hospital. It is learnt that Hardik is a native of Surat. Neelam is from Bhopal.

Chhindwara Police are investigating the case.

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SEBI orders ‘Shreesurya’ to refund money within 7 days

Cracking its whip against yet another ponzy scheme enticing unsuspecting investors from parking their hard-earned money running into hundreds of crores, SEBI on Tuesday barred Sameer Joshi of S... Read More
Cracking its whip against yet another ponzy scheme enticing unsuspecting investors from parking their hard-earned money running into hundreds of crores, SEBI on Tuesday barred Sameer Joshi of Shreesurya Investments from mobilising funds from public while also asking him to refund investors money within a period of seven days.

Sameer Joshi, a sub-broker with trade name Shreesurya Investments, has also been restrained from dealing in the securities market, till further directions. Joshi is already behind bars for duping investors to the tune of hundreds of crore and aggrieved investors had already approached the High Court demanding proper investigation against Shreesurya and its promoter who had cheated thousands of investors across Maharashtra, but especially at Nagpur, Amravati, Akola and Pune.

A similar order was passed by SEBI against Prashant Wasankar. However, this order came too late in the day, when Joshi is already behind bars facing criminal cases and has expressed inability to refund the money.

A preliminary probe by Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) found that Joshi was soliciting money from clients under various schemes by making "unrealistic claims of high returns." According to complainants, Shreesurya Investments has allegedly cornered more than Rs 5,000 crores from 6,000 investors. However the regulator found that till March 2010, Joshi had mopped up Rs 21.30 crore from iunvestors, in 2010-11 he mobilised another Rs 42 crore while in next 12 months he successfully convinced people to deposit additional Rs 56.73 crore with him.

According to the regulator's findings, Joshi was promising investors in Nagpur to double their money within 15-28 months or pay 50 per cent interest rate per annum on quarterly basis besides providing free foreign trips. He had also opened various ventures to create a picture of a thriving industrial house, but in reality, it was based on very weak foundation and entire empire came crashing once the falsehood was exposed.

""In the instant case, Sameer has solicited, enticed and induced investors and also collected funds and deposits from them through misrepresentation and allurement of high returns to such investors through various schemes when in reality Sameer had defaulted in making repayments/refunds to his investors," Sebi said in its order passed on Tuesday.

"Thus, schemes floated by Sameer, prima facie, appear to be representation made in a reckless and careless manner," SEBI added.

Accordingly, noting that investor interests need to be safeguarded, Sebi has prohibited Joshi "from mobilising or pooling funds from its clients, other general investors or public or any other unregistered activity, in whatever form." It has also directed him to refund the monies collected along with profits or returns promised to them "or interest at the rate of 10 per cent per annum, whichever is higher, from the date of investment till the date of refund, within a period of seven days from the date of this order (by January 27, 2015)."

Joshi would have to submit a repayment report to SEBI in this regard. Besides, Joshi has been asked "to immediately withdraw and remove all advertisements, representations, literatures, brochures, materials, publications, documents, websites, etc. in relation to the promising high returns or any unregistered activity in the securities market."

The broker is also prohibited from transferring the funds mobilised and from disposing of any assets raised from the schemes. Joshi is affiliated to the stock broker Kisan Ratilal Choksey Shares and Securities Pvt Limited.

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State fares poorly in improving tiger count

Forest Department has come under a big scanner, following a very dismal performance on protecting and improving tigers in Maharashtra. During last four years, the number has increased just by 2... Read More
Forest Department has come under a big scanner, following a very dismal performance on protecting and improving tigers in Maharashtra. During last four years, the number has increased just by 21 which is one of the lowest in entire country raising a serious question-mark over sincerity of efforts taken by department and various NGOs who got liberal financial aid from Government.

Wildlifers were dejected to learn that the number of tigers in Maharashtra was only 190 as declared by Prakash Javadekar, the Minister for Environment, Forests and Climatic Change, in Delhi on Tuesday. The state and particularly Vidarbha region was touted as destination for tiger centric tourism and Nagpur as Tiger Capital of India, but the official figure has shattered the dream of wildlife buffs.

According to rough estimates, out of 190 tigers in Maharashtra about 170 to 175 exist in the landscapes of Tadoba-Andhari, Pench and Melghat Tiger Reserves. Of them, Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve could reach at the figure of 105. The rise of tigers in Maharashtra is 12.4 per cent.

It may be mentioned here that Karnataka, which ranks highest with 408 tigers in this estimation, had recorded 290 tigers in 2006 and 300 in 2010, which is now a remarkable rise. In Madhya Pradesh, the number of tigers in 2010 was 257 but now it has gone up to 308 whereas in Tamil Nadu the number of tigers has increased by 66 during the last four years. Uttarakhand has registered the number at 308, which is second highest in the country.

They feel that increase in tigers in Maharashtra is not satisfactory if the rise in tigers in States like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh or Kerala is any indication. During the All India tiger estimation conducted in 2010, the number of tigers in Maharashtra was 169 whereas it has now increased just by 21, despite passing of four years and spending hundred of crores and creation of so many tiger reserves, restricting industrial activity and expanding forest bureaucracy by giving IFS officers fast-tracked promotions and liberal perks to protect and conserve tiger, a sign of healthy forest.

Kishor Rithe, President of Satpuda Foundation, Amravati, and former member of National Board for Wildlife, attributed the main reason for failure in checking pressure of poaching tigers. As many as 22 tigers were poached in this region by Bahelia community members and the Forest Department miserably failed to check it. Otherwise, there would have been a significant rise in the numbers of this majestic animal. No doubt, the department arrested many poachers last year and this resulted in saving further tigers being poached, he pointed out.

While appreciating the relocation work, he expressed the view that the department's efforts fell short in protection level and conservation practices. Moreover, looking at the policy of the present government to clear projects around tiger reserves, the number may fall down dramatically again, Rithe claimed. However, during last four years, when most of the industries in and around forests were shut down, the insignificant rise in tiger population has effectively challenged this theory of putting forest and development against each other.

The other wildlife lovers also expressed dissatisfaction over the rise in the number in Maharashtra. Even petty reasons like absence of open wells without parapet walls, scant attention towards prey base due to which many tigers are forced to scout for prey, inadequate number of companion for male tigers, territorial fights among sub-adult male tigers and even accidental deaths are responsible for dwindling tiger numbers.

National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) released a report on Management Effectiveness Evaluation of Tiger Reserves in India 2014-15 at Delhi on Tuesday. The rating of Tadoba-Andhari, Melghat and Pench Tiger Reserves has improved from good to very good in management effectiveness evaluation while Sahyadri Tiger Reserve is from fair to good.

On the occasion, four tiger reserves were given awards in appreciation of the works. Dinesh Tyagi, CCF and Field Director, Melghat Tiger Reserve, received the NTCA Award in appreciation of rehabilitation work in the reserve.

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Nirbhaya Police team nabs couple in suspicious condition

A TEAM of Nirbhaya Police caught a couple in suspicious condition at Baba Hotel situated near Chanchala Bai College in Gole Bazaar area under jurisdiction of Lordganj police station on Sunday. Po... Read More
A TEAM of Nirbhaya Police caught a couple in suspicious condition at Baba Hotel situated near Chanchala Bai College in Gole Bazaar area under jurisdiction of Lordganj police station on Sunday. Police had several times raided the same hotel and caught couples involved in obscene activities.

Even after conducting several raids at the same hotel police are yet to take stern action against hotel owner following his influential connection. Continuing a campaign, Nirbhaya Police team received information about suspicious activities at Baba Hotel. Acting promptly on the information, a team raided the hotel and caught a boy and a girl who were class mates and stayed at rented room of a hotel.

When inquired about check-in register, police team found that the hotel owner did not ask for identity proofs of visitors while their entry was not registered at hotel register. Police team apprehended the couple and called their parents at police station. Their parents informed that they left home for attending their coaching classes.

Police officers advised parents to remain vigilant about activities of their children and release them after giving suggestions.

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People get no respite from biting cold conditions

COLD wave has once again made its presence felt in the city since last few days as mercury dipped to 6.4 degree Celsius on Sunday. Minimum temperature recorded on Sunday was 4 degree Celsius be... Read More
COLD wave has once again made its presence felt in the city since last few days as mercury dipped to 6.4 degree Celsius on Sunday. Minimum temperature recorded on Sunday was 4 degree Celsius below normal temperature. Whereas, minimum temperature recorded on the same day last year was 178.2 degree Celsius. Due to severe cool breeze in the area people preferred to remain indoors. Cold breeze is blowing with speed of 3 kms per hour, which has further increased the impact of biting cold.

Most of the people despite Sunday being holiday, preferred to stay at home even during the day due to dip in mercury. However, temperature started increasing by noon and people felt some respite.

Maximum temperature recorded on Sunday was 20.5 degree Celsius, which is five degree below normal temperature. Whereas maximum temperature recorded the same day last year was 21.4 degree Celsius. A total 4.1 mm rainfall has been recorded so far. Thick fog enveloped the area in early morning visibility remains restricted to few meters only. Trains are running slowly following precautionary orders to avert untoward incident.

The impact dew is also felt after sunset by late evening due to increase in moisture in the air in last few days. Relative humidity recorded in the morning was 86 per cent, while it was 41 per cent in the evening.

Number of patients suffering from various ailments is also increasing as case of patients affected by such diseases approaching hospitals for treatment have gone up.

Doctors have advised people to take all precaution to prevent themselves from getting affected by severe cold. As the days have become shorter in winter, sun rise was recorded at 6.55 am and sun set was recorded at 17.50 hours. Even after Makar Sankranti, festival of change of angle of sun, after which people presumably get relief from cold, there is no respite from cold weather. Streets and lanes of city wore deserted look early in the morning and after late evening. Those who came out of home were seen gathered near tea stalls,| coffee houses and restaurants enjoying tea, coffee etc.

As people are not getting relief from sever cold weather, parents of children have started demanding either to continue late opening of schools or to declare holiday for a few days again.

According to information provided by Meteorological Department, minimum temperature was recorded at Malanjkhand which was 2 degree Celsius. According to information provided by Meteorological Department, weather will remain dry in next 24 hours in the division.

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More Munna Bhais to face axe in coming days

COLLEGE-LEVEL Admission Verification Committee (CLAVC) of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College Administration is likely to cancel admission of more Munna Bhais in coming days after termina... Read More
COLLEGE-LEVEL Admission Verification Committee (CLAVC) of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College Administration is likely to cancel admission of more Munna Bhais in coming days after terminating 15 students accused of taking admission on fake identity basis on January 18.

OSD appointed by Madhya Pradesh Government and Head of CLAVC talking to ‘Hitavada’ informed that admission of a student, who did not turn up in six weeks time to represent before CLAVC after the court’s order given to him under Natural Law of Justice will be cancelled within a day or two. Action will be taken against more than one dozen students who did not turn up before CLAVC to give evidence that not guilty of taking admission on fake identity basis after completion of six weeks given to them, added Dr Guha.

He also informed that VYAPAM has recommended to cancel admission of 12 students who took admission through making erroneous in OMR answersheet of PMT examination, after conducting inquiry. It is to be mentioned that CLAVC has terminated Praveen Kumar Yadav, Anil Kumar Yadav, Shailesh Kumar, Sunil Mandloi, Vivek of Admission Year 2008, Anand Patel, Arun Sharma, Arvind Kumar, Natwarlal Chouhan, Pinki Ningwal, Rajkumar Sahu, Sanjeev Kumar Yadav of 2009 batch and Yaswant Bharavi of 2010 alleged of taking admission through unfair means on January 17.

The action has been taken against 15 student after they fails to place their part the law of natural justice and cannot blame that they did not get enough opportunity to place their part before the CLAVC after six week time was given to them.

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Miscreants steal brass black worth 1 lakh from truck

UNIDENTIFIED people stole brass black worth Rs one lakh from a truck before its delivery at Ordnance Factory Khamaria (OFK) under jurisdiction of Khamaria police station on December 20.

A... Read More
UNIDENTIFIED people stole brass black worth Rs one lakh from a truck before its delivery at Ordnance Factory Khamaria (OFK) under jurisdiction of Khamaria police station on December 20.

According to Khamaria police, Mehul Chouhan (30), a resident of Ambarnath area in Thane in Pune, Maharashtra filed a written complaint that he is owner of Bombay Goods Transport Service. On December 20, a truck (MH-04CU-1843) loaded with 20,000 numbers of brass black from Ambarnath Ordnance Factory left for delivery of stock at Ordnance Factory Khamaria. His truck driver Omprakash informed that on December 25 he had parked the truck at parking place at Ordnance Factory Khamaria, Jabalpur and was sleeping in the night. Next day, he reached at parking place and checked the truck and learnt that 3,950 numbers of brass black were missing from the truck. Acting on the complaint, police have registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC while further investigations are underway to identify and apprehend the accused.

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Preparations on war-footing for visit of Principal Secy Health

PREPARATIONS are in full swing at Government Hospital in the district prior to visit of Principal Secretary, Public Health and Family Planning Department (PSPHFPD) Praveer Krishna and other highe... Read More
PREPARATIONS are in full swing at Government Hospital in the district prior to visit of Principal Secretary, Public Health and Family Planning Department (PSPHFPD) Praveer Krishna and other higher officials of Health Department scheduled in last week of January. Health Commissioner Pankaj Agrawal and Mission Director Faiz Ahmed Kidwai is likely to accompany him during his visit.

Principal Secretary and other officials are coming to check ground realities of execution of various government health beneficiary scheme at ground-level. Director of Health Department Dr Thassu and other higher officials have already submitted the ground report to PSPHFPD earlier this month.

Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr B S Chouhan conducted meeting of higher officials including District Programme Manager, National Rural Health Mission, District Immunisation Officer, District Health Officer, District Tuberculosis and AIDS Officer and other officers concerned of district health services to review ground-level execution of various health beneficiary schemes and ensure that benefits of each health beneficiary scheme should reach to desired beneficiary.

He also directed officials to maintain record keeping of each immunisation of child and mother, other medicine being offered to pregnant women, family planning programme, pathology test, other medication to pregnant women under mother and child tracking system.

He said special stress must be given to HIV test during pregnancy, timely detection of pregnant women under high risk category to bring down Mother Mortality Rate (MMR) and Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) which is comparatively higher in the district in last couple of years. DPM and District Immunisation Officer have been directed to visit community health centre, primary health centre, delivery points, dispensary in the city area and check ground status like medical staff presence on every day basis, keeping of record related to immunisation, Anti-Tuberculosis Programme, AIDS Programme, Malaria Programme. Principal Secretary is likely to review benefits of ongoing Health Beneficiary Scheme reached to desired person beneficiary, shortcoming in execution of government beneficiary schemes like Immunisation, Mother and Child Tracking System, Delivery points, Family Planning Programme, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Nishulk Ayushdhi Vitran Scheme and Free Pathology Scheme, problems related to health workers in proposed meeting with higher officials of Health Department.

Other issues like proper disbursement of funds allocated for development and purchase of medical equipment and government health care centres and government hospitals. Known for his strict working, PSPHFPD had terminated two medical staffers and one doctor over negligence during his visit to Patan Community Health Centre last year.

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Man killed, 4 women injured as tractor trolley overturns

IN A tragic incident, a man was killed while four women sustained injuries when a tractor trolley they were travelling in overturned near village Boriya under jurisdiction of Katangi police sta... Read More
IN A tragic incident, a man was killed while four women sustained injuries when a tractor trolley they were travelling in overturned near village Boriya under jurisdiction of Katangi police station, on Sunday.

The deceased has been identified as Balram Choudhary (25), a resident of village Sukha in Katangi area, while Rajni Bai, Shyama Bai, Usha Bai and Rekha Bai sustained injuries in the accident.

According to police, they received information about a road accident in Boriya village. Acting promptly on the information, a police team reached the spot and rushed the injured to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital, Jabalpur. According to injured, they went to visit Nahan Devi Mela in Katangi and were returning towards village Sukha on a tractor.

When the speeding tractor was passing through village Boriya, driver lost control and the tractor overturned.

In the mishap, they sustained injuries and were rushed to government hospital Jabalpur with the help of 108 Ambulance Service. In primary check-up, one of the injured Balram Choudhary was declared brought dead due to profuse bleeding while the injured is reported to be stable and undergoing treatment in hospital.

Police have registered a case against the accused driver under sections 304(A), 279 and 337 of the IPC while further investigations are underway.

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Candidate for Sarpanch’s post held in fake self-abduction case

POLICE have brilliantly disclosed fake complaint of abduction of a man following a political rivalry in Panchayat Elections in Bargi area. Police have apprehended the accused for framing his ow... Read More
POLICE have brilliantly disclosed fake complaint of abduction of a man following a political rivalry in Panchayat Elections in Bargi area. Police have apprehended the accused for framing his own abduction and misguiding police for taking mileage in elections. The accused was apprehended in Allahabad.

The accused has been identified as Anil Patel alias Munna Patel, a resident of Majitha village and candidate for the post of Sarpanch from Lami Gram Panchayat. Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra disclosed this while addressing a press conference on Sunday.

Family members of Anil Patel filed a complaint on January 8 that he is candidate for the post of Sarpanch in Gram Panchayat Lami and was attacked and abducted by unidentified persons in Sihoda village.

According to Bhedaghat police, Azad Patel (25), a resident of Majitha village, filed a complaint that his mother Nandini Patel is Sarpanch of Gram Panchayat Lami. Following reservation of post of Sarpanch for male backward caste, his father Anil Patel filed nomination to contest elections. On January 8, his father Anil Patel along with eight other candidates filed their nominations for the post of Sarpanch. In the evening, Anil Patel left house towards Bhedaghat market but he could not return home till late night.

On January 9 morning, a relative Mastram Barman informed brother of Anil named Bharat Patel that Anil Patel called him and informed that some unidentified persons attacked him near a culvert in village Sihoda and abducted him in a car.

When family members reached the spot as described by the victim, they found his motorcycle and helmet near a culvert in village Sihoda. Acting on the complaint, police had registered a case against unidentified persons under Section 365 of IPC while further investigations are underway to search missing man.

Taking prompt action on the complaint, Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra constituted a team under supervision of Additional SP (Rural) Sanjay Sahu and CSP, Bargi, Hariom Sharma comprising SHO of Bhedaghat police station, M D Nagautia, Head Constable Ramkaran, constables Rajesh, Mahendra and Nitin.

Investigating the case, police team found location of last call from the mobile of Anil Patel and held doubt with its last location in Katni. Continuing investigation, police learnt that Anil Patel was staying in Allahabad. Acting promptly, a police team reached Allahabad and succeeded in finding him in a hotel.

During interrogation, Anil Patel informed that he held arguments with his sons in drunken stupor and his elder son Azad attacked himself with an axe and sustained injury. He was already anxious due to candidature of 8-9 candidates in elections while his family members also objecting him to contest election. In order to teach lesson to his family members and sons, he framed fake story of his abduction.

Police have registered a case against the accused while further investigations are underway.

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Tripartite meet of BSP/SAIL, Dy CLC may be held on 21st

THE tripartite meeting of BSP/SAIL, Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner (Dy CLC Central), Raipur office, and three trade unions representatives over the long ending demand of granting Difficult Area... Read More
THE tripartite meeting of BSP/SAIL, Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner (Dy CLC Central), Raipur office, and three trade unions representatives over the long ending demand of granting Difficult Area Special Allowance (DASA) to BSP Dalli-Rajhara Mines workers, is scheduled to be convened at Ispat Bhavan, Bhilai on January 21 afternoon.

The Dy CLC, Raipur office observed that BSP/SAIL officials are intending to resolve the issue amicably in the larger interest with administrative intervention and amendment by the concerning office for ensuring appeasement, partial or full, of all the concerning parties.

The tripartite meeting to decide over the issue of DASA with probable serious consequences concerning to very interest of BSP mines employees would be held as per schedule. It has been observed that in other mines under SAIL, the employees are being granted DASA from January 01, 2012 while in stark contrast the BSP Dalli Rajhara mines employees are being paid the allowance only from July 01, 2014. The trade unions including INTUC and SKMS (AITUC) had taken up the issue with the management while terming it as the serious discrimination with the mines employees of Dalli Rajhara. The trade unions pressed the demands for rectifying the issue in interest of the mines employees and also clearing arrears outstanding like those of other mines of SAIL. The union had warned the management for sorting out the issue by January 15, 2015 or the mines workers would stage indefinite strike under the banner of the ‘Joint Trade Unions’.

Taking cognizance in the issue, PM Shrivastava, the Dy CLC (Central), Raipur convened the conciliation meeting and managed to negotiate over the issue in larger interest. Afterwards, it was finally agreed upon that the issue would be settled in the forthcoming tripartite meeting on January 21. As learnt, the allowance is calculated as per 10 percent of basic salary/wages and earlier the BSP management’s stand over the issue was dealing the issue as per guidelines of SAIL, Delhi Corporate office. While confirming the details, P M Shrivastava, the Dy CLC (Central), Raipur stated that the issue could be sorted out amiably in the scheduled tripartite meeting.

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RMC raises alarm after two cases of Jaundice reported in city

Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) has ringed alarm bell as the cases of Jaundice were reported from Mahamaya and Lakhe Nagar wards. Four Congress corporators visited the wards to take stock of... Read More
Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) has ringed alarm bell as the cases of Jaundice were reported from Mahamaya and Lakhe Nagar wards. Four Congress corporators visited the wards to take stock of the situation.

Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Congress Corporator Satnam Panag said cases of jaundice are found in those, who are drinking water from borewells. Somehow, the borewell water has got contaminated by the sewer.

Satnam said that they found at least four patients of the Jaundice in the ward whereas a girl, who was showing symptoms of diseases, was medically examined and her urine and blood samples were sent to laboratory for detailed diagnosis.

Jaundice cases are reported from only those areas, where there is no tap connection. So, the population is completely dependent on ground water, even for drinking purpose. It was also informed that RMC is building a new overhead water tank in the same area considering the situation that water supply from other water tank wasn’t possible as these wards are situated slightly higher above sea level from rest of the surrounding area.

On Monday, a team of expert will also collect water samples from the suspected borewells and another team of RMC Health Department would check for the leakage that’s contaminating the borewell water. During the visit, Satnam Panag was accompanied by other Corporators such as Shrikumar Menon, Radheshyam Vibhar and Jasbir Singh Dhillon.

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Dr Raman Singh to leave for Lucknow today

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh will be leaving for Lucknow on Monday to attend the Central Zonal Council Meeting. Keeping in view the significance of Central Zonal Council meeting scheduled on Jan... Read More
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh will be leaving for Lucknow on Monday to attend the Central Zonal Council Meeting. Keeping in view the significance of Central Zonal Council meeting scheduled on January 19 in Lucknow, earlier during the Cabinet meeting held on Friday, the Chief Minister deliberated with his Cabinet colleagues on the issues to be raised during the meeting.

Accordingly, during Central Zonal Council Meeting, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh will raise several important issues including demand for additional financial assistance for ensuring security arrangements in Naxal infested areas, increasing road density in Chhattisgarh, increase in financial allotment for implementation of schemes under Women and Child Welfare as well as several other significant issues. Chief Minister will be leaving through special plane at 10.45am and reach Lucknow at 12.15pm. The Central Zonal Council Meeting is scheduled from 2.30pm onwards. The Chief Minister will return to Raipur at 6.45pm.

It is worth mentioning that the meeting Central Zonal Council, to facilitate cooperation and exchanging of ideas between centre and states to check subversive forces, will be held on January 19. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will preside over the meeting. Chief Ministers of Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand will participate in the meeting. The Meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council comprising states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal had met at Patna on Friday.

The agenda for the meeting finalized by the Standing Committee comprising the Chief Secretaries ranges from a number of issues of Inter-State and Centre-State cooperation, allocation of additional assistance to the States to provide relief to the tribals, issues relating to security and other substantial issues that the Chief Ministers would like to raise in the meeting.

There are five Zonal Councils, namely Eastern, Western, Northern, Southern and Central Zonal Council which are advisory bodies and discuss any matter in which some or all of the States represented in a Council have a common interest. These Councils advise the Central and State Governments on any matter of common interest in the field of economic and social planning, linguistic minorities, inter-state transport, matters connected with or arising out of the reorganization of states and matters concerning border disputes.

Government had constituted a Commission on Centre-State relations under the chairmanship of Justice MM Punchchi, former Chief Justice of India, to look into the changing dynamics of Centre-State relations in the context of emerging social, political, economic, environmental and governance issues in the country. This Commission had recommended that the Zonal Councils should meet regularly with an agenda proposed by the States concerned to maximize coordination and promote harmonization of policies and action having inter-state ramification.

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Expansion of Chhattisgarh Cabinet likely in February

The expansion of Chhattisgarh Cabinet is likely to take place in February after completion of Delhi Assembly elections as well as the elections for Panchayati Raj Institutions in Chhattisgarh. It... Read More
The expansion of Chhattisgarh Cabinet is likely to take place in February after completion of Delhi Assembly elections as well as the elections for Panchayati Raj Institutions in Chhattisgarh. It is being stated that apart from induction of three new Ministers, four Parliamentary Secretaries might also be inducted in the Cabinet.

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh had also stated earlier that the Cabinet expansion would take place after panchayat elections. There are three Ministerial berths vacant in the Cabinet, for which, the permutation-combination has already began. The results of 3-tier Panchayat Elections will come to fore on February 4. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh will proceed to New Delhi for canvassing during Assembly elections there. During his stay in Delhi, the Chief Minister will be discussing the issue of appointments in Ministerial berths with the central BJP leaderships.

If the sources are to be believed, newly inducted Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries might be administered oath of office and secrecy in-between February 10 to 15. Sources have further informed that with the induction of new Ministers, the portfolios of few Ministers might be reshuffled. It is being stated that the portfolio of Health Minister Amar Agrawal is all likely to be changed as he had already requested to change. Also the party organization has held some Ministers responsible for the debacle party received during Urban Bodies Election and RSS has already issued directive to censure such Ministers. Hence during the reshuffle, the performance of such Ministers will definitely be taken into consideration.

It is being stated that the Forest and Industries Ministries might by allocated to new Ministers. Presently the Chief Minister is holding these portfolios.

Those who are in for consideration for ministerial berths are Bhaiyyalal Rajwade, Dayalday Baghel, Mahesh Gagda, Yudhveer Singh Judeo, Dr Sanam Jangde, Shivratan Sharma and Rajsharan Bhagat. Also significant responsibilities might be given to senior legislators including Badridhar Diwan, Deojibhai Patel, Santosh Bafna, etc.

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No FIR registered against erring Food Department officials

Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Department is yet to register First Information Report against Food department officials indulged in the irregularities of rice meant for Daal-Bhaat... Read More
Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Department is yet to register First Information Report against Food department officials indulged in the irregularities of rice meant for Daal-Bhaat center at Rajyotsava 2014. Although the State Government has already suspended the guilty officials and Director, Directorate of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection has already ordered to lodge FIR against the guilty officials. Two days have passed since then, but FIR is yet to be lodged. It is all likely that the department may register FIR on Monday.

During Rajyotsava 2014, 1000 quintal rice had been allocated from Abhanpur PDS godown for establishing Daal Bhaat Centre. The rice was allocated in the name of Jai Maa Durga Self Help Group Nawapara, but the SHG didn’t have any inkling of the same. The whole fiasco was investigated by a team of six officials led by Deputy Director Neelam Elma and report was submitted to state government. The department in its report had held Sanjay Dubey, Assistant Food Officer, Abhanpur along with David Banjare, salesman of Fair Price shop situated in Tendua village; Dinesh Ram Yadav, In charge of Food and Civil Supplies department supply centre at Abhanpur; Rajendra Agrawal, Transporter of Food and Civil Supplies department, Abhanpur; Sonu Mishra and Vikas Shukla, Annapurna Daal-Bhaat Centre at Naya Mantralaya, responsible for the complete fiasco.

On January 16, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection department had suspended Sanjay Dubey, Assistant Food Officer, Abhanpur under Raipur district, with immediate affect. In this direction, Dr Kamalpreet Singh, Director, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection has also written to Superintendent of Police, Raipur to lodge an First Information Report against suspended Assistant Food Officer Sanjay Dubey along with all other accused at Naya Raipur police station.

In his letter to SP, Raipur, the Director, Food and Civil Supplies had mentioned that serious irregularities have been found in the sub-allocation, lifting, stocking and utilization of rice while running Daal-Bhaat Centre at Naya Raipur during Rajyotsava 2014. Dr Kamalpreet Singh has also attached the investigation report of Fair Value Shop Tendua and Jai Maa Durga Self Help Group Nawapara, along with his letter.

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Contenders cross fingers fearing cross voting!

Speculations are running around while the Corporators have switched off their cell phones and sealed their mouth ahead of the election for the Speaker of Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) on Mon... Read More
Speculations are running around while the Corporators have switched off their cell phones and sealed their mouth ahead of the election for the Speaker of Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) on Monday.

Wary of the cross voting in the election, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leaders MLA Srichand Sundarani and State Minister Chhaganlal Mundra have huddled up their Corporators at Kanha National Park on the pretext of a picnic whereas Congress, which is oozing with confidence, is trying fishing in some BJP corporators for cross voting as they will still be minority in General Body Meeting (GBM) with 27 in compare to the BJP’s 37 in terms of numbers of corporators.

It’s almost certain that Speaker would be elected from BJP considering the majority but the fear of cross voting has kept the party leaders on tenterhooks. According to the reports, the shadow of BJP’s state politics also enveloped the Speaker election as the two BJP MLAs of Raipur were pushing for their close candidates. Names of Suryakant Rathore, Ramesh Singh Thakur and Prafull Vishwakarma were taken into consideration, however, most BJP Corporators. Even the lesser known Minal Choubey’s name was discussed by BJP leaders and Corporators at the National Park. Some brainstorming over the names of Ramesh Singh Thakur, Ashish Agrawal and Manoj Prajapati was also done for the seat of leader of opposition.

There is no such confusion in Congress, when it comes to the Speaker’s seat but there is certainly a fear of cross voting amidst the senior Congress leaders, too. Nagbhusan Rao was declared as the candidate from Congress party as District Congress Committee organized a candle light dinner for Congress corporators. New Mayor Pramod Dubey also discussed over the party’s strategy in Monday’s election with the dinner.

Congress will have to do a lot of mathematics for getting the required votes as they are lagging behind BJP by 10, when it comes to sheer numbers of corporators. Beside the BJP, Congress is also eyeing on independent corporators.

BJP corporators would be spending their night at new BJP Headquarter before the Election Day and would be reaching RMC Head Office directly from there. Stage is set for the final battle of power in the RMC as both Congress and BJP are battling to keep their teams united in voting for the Speaker’s seat on Monday.

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‘Failure to file reply will cost Rs 2,000 to Minister’s Secy’

Accepting request made by the Government counsel, Justice R K Deshpande at the High Court has granted him to file reply by January 28 next, to the writ petition filed by Gajanan Lande, a Gram P... Read More
Accepting request made by the Government counsel, Justice R K Deshpande at the High Court has granted him to file reply by January 28 next, to the writ petition filed by Gajanan Lande, a Gram Panchayat Sarpanch at Dhanegaon in Balapur tehsil of Akola district against affirmation in appeal, his removal from the post of Sarpanch by the State Rural Development Minister through an order on October 10, 2012. The impugned order appealed against was passed by the Divisional Commissioner on August 30, 2014. The Court has also warned the Secretary of the Minister concerned that in the event of failure to file reply on the stipulated date, he would be liable to pay Rs 2,000 by way of costs personally. Contending that the respondent-authorities, particularly, the ZP Chief Executive Officer has flouted principles of natural justice before reporting against him to the higher-ups, the petitioner has sought quashing and setting aside of both the impugned orders. Advocate H R Gadhia appeared for the petitioner. Advocate Nitin Lalwani (Santosh Lande, the member who had complained against the petitioner) and AGP Nitin Raut (State) represented the respondents.

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Veteran CPI leader Bardhan feted

Veteran Communist leader Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan alias Bhai Bardhan was felicitation in recognition of completion of 75 years of struggle for the rights of labour and oppressed in the country. I... Read More
Veteran Communist leader Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan alias Bhai Bardhan was felicitation in recognition of completion of 75 years of struggle for the rights of labour and oppressed in the country. In his 90th year, braving ill health, Bardhan modestly accepted the felicitation by his followers. The function was held at Shikshak Sahakari Bank auditorium, Gandhisagar, on Sunday, on sidelines of national council meet of Communist Party of India in city. Bardhan is past General Secretary of CPI.

The top leadership of CPI was present to salute Bardhan who graced the function for 15 minutes. Bardhan is admitted to a city hospital for past two days after his health deteriorated during the national council meet.

CPI’s General Secretary, Sudhakar Reddy; D Raja, Member, Rajya Sabha; national council members -- Shameem Faizee, Amarjit Kaur, Atul Kumar Anjan, National Vice-President Manohar Deshkar, Maharashtra unit’s General Secretary Dr Bhalchandra Kango and others were seated on the dais. Senior trade union leader of city, Mohandas Naidu, presided at the function.

Bardhan responded to his felicitation in a traditional way, folding his hands and acknowledging the love and recognition given by people. Due to ill health, he was not able to speak. Earlier, Reddy, in his speech, eulogised Bardhan, calling his living legend who derives respect from politicians from all walks of life, irrespective of their ideologies. Acknowledging that due to his stress on Left unity, he said, Bardhan has often faced criticism but now the Left Front recognises that this was needed to prevent country from going to dogs.

Amarjeet Kaur, in her speech, said, current policies of NDA Government are challenging the diversity and vividness of Indian culture which is against very existence of the country. Democracy is being shackled as Government is promoting Ordinance Raj and hence people need to be awakened. She said, the country’s roots are quite strong and it would be able to withstand the onslaught of rightist forces and come out united very soon. D Raja said, Left Movement in the country is passing through its critical phase in its history. Left parties need to introspect.

Pitching for unity among Communist forces in country, he said, without it they would not be able to counter the rightist ideology. There is need to adopt to modern thought and be innovative if left is to mobile people’s support for the cause of working class. Shameem Faizee, Atul Anjan, Dr Kango also addressed the function. Mohan Sharma conducted the proceedings while Ajay Sahu proposed a vote of thanks.

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Sonu Nigam’s scintillating performance enthralls all

Most versatile playback singer of Bollywood, Sonu Nigam enthralled the audience of Nagpur and compelled everyone to be crazy when he sang all of his favourite ones during the key handing over cer... Read More
Most versatile playback singer of Bollywood, Sonu Nigam enthralled the audience of Nagpur and compelled everyone to be crazy when he sang all of his favourite ones during the key handing over ceremony for Jayanti Mansion IX and Jayanti Nagri IV flat scheme by Abhijit Realtors and Infraventures Private Limited at Besa on Sunday.

Sonu commenced the show with his most popular song ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ which made the crowd crazy and gave a perfect start to the show. Many fans rushed to the front of the audience to shake their legs on Sonu’s music. During the show, he rejuvenated the patriotic mood of audience with ‘Mera Rang De Basanti Chola’ before the Republic Day. The melodious music provided by the accompanying musicians provided a fillip to the show that virtually took off. To change the mood, Sonu also compelled the audience to laugh on his musical comedy interlude with Guitarist which was appreciated by all.

‘O Sonio’, ‘Kuch Tum Socho Kuch Hum’, ‘Saji Saji Teri Nazre’, ‘Nazro Se Nazre Mili’, ‘Suraj Hua Maddham’, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gum’ and many other hot favourite songs had the audience charged. Indian Idol finalist Prajakta Shukre accompanied Sonu Nigam in many duet songs. She also performed few songs of Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle. Each of these Bollywood numbers were received very well by the crowd who were thoroughly enjoying Nigam and Prajakta and the dancing troupe of Dani Savio. ‘Kya Hua Tera Wada’ by Sonu Nigam became the show stopper in emotional atmosphere.

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Mother commits suicide after setting ablaze twin daughters

IN a heartwrenching incident, a mother committed suicide by setting herself ablaze along with her twin daughters at Navin Bina Bhanegaon village under the jurisdiction of Khaparkheda police stati... Read More
IN a heartwrenching incident, a mother committed suicide by setting herself ablaze along with her twin daughters at Navin Bina Bhanegaon village under the jurisdiction of Khaparkheda police station on Sunday.

The incident sent shockwaves across the district and large number of onlookers gathered at the spot. The reason behind the suicide by the housewife could not be ascertained so far.

The police identified the deceased woman as Ruhina Javed Sheikh (22), a resident of Ward no. 1, and she lived with her husband and two daughters. Her husband, a bangle-seller, had gone to weekly bazaar. As Ruhina was alone at home she poured kerosene on her twin daughters and also sprinkled the K-oil on herself and then set all of them afire. A neighbour Nikhil Uttamrao Khobragade was the first to raise an alarm after he noticed smoke emanating from the house and he informed residents of the area about it. The residents gathered at the spot and broke open the door only to find charred bodies of the trio. The sight inside Sheikh’s house was ghastly and the villagers were taken aback for a while. But they quickly informed Khaparkheda police station who rushed to the spot.

The police performed panchanama and sent the bodies for autopsy.

A police officer informed that as per neighbours, the couple used to regularly have arguments over ownership of some property. However, exact reason could not be ascertained so far, the police added.

Khaparkheda police have registered a case of accidental death and started investigations. Cops are investigating case from various angles. ASI Bhandegaokar, Ganesh Pal, Pintu Rokde, Vivek Chute and others are investigating the case.

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Be financial literate, avoid ponzi schemes: CM

MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis emphasised on the ‘financial literacy’ for overall development of the country. He said, “Without inclusive financial system, the country will ... Read More
MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis emphasised on the ‘financial literacy’ for overall development of the country. He said, “Without inclusive financial system, the country will not grow. It is necessary to inform youth about capital market and banking system in the country and encourage them to gain more insight about capital market.” Fadnavis was addressing an investor education initiative “India Booms-Sensex Zoom and launch of Money Bee Month” a function jointly organised by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), Money Bee Institute Private Limited, BSE, L&T Mutual Fund and CDSL at Chitnavis Centre, Civil Lines.

Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Mayor Pravin Datke, Ashish Kumar Chauhan, MD, CEO, BSE, Y M Deosthale, Chairman and Managing Director, L & T Finance Holdings, P S Reddy, MD, CEO, CDSL and Shivani Dani, Director of Money Bee Institute Private Limited were present on the dais.

Chief Minister while lauding Money Bee and Shivani Dani the for this month long event said, around 40 crore people have been connected with banking sector through Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojana in last two-three months. The inclusion of each and every person with the financial system is necessary for the development of the country.

Fadnavis advised citizens to stay away from ponzy schemes which attract investors and vanish their hard earned money. He said, people should be aware about the capacity of the person, who is offering them mind-boggling returns and luring them for investment through him. He suggested for investment in stock market, mutual funds but only in good companies with proven financial track-record and with proper financial planning.

Banking system is lending money in Mumbai, Thane and Pune, Chief Minister said, the credit deposit in Vidarbha is very less as compared to these progressed districts. He said, small and medium entrepreneurs (SME) are the backbone of the economic growth and progress by them will create new jobs in the country. Welcoming to a suggestion of Chauhan, Fadnavis said, Maharashtra Government will give support to SME for investment in the region.

‘BSE to train 10,000 youths from Nagpur’

Ashish Kumar Chauhan, MD, CEO, BSE, while addressing the gathering said, Stock Market is necessary for writing the development story in the country. The stock market has given return of 280 times in last 35 years. The return in gold, property and silver is much less than the stock market. He said, the Government will give training of financial market to 10,000 youths in Nagpur. The BSE will also assist for clearing certification courses and best training of English speaking. The BSE will also open a centre for listing of SME in stock market. The BSE will open investor grievance cell at Nagpur to provide assistance to investors. He suggested Chief Minister to invest in SME for the development and job creations. He alerted investors to not trapped in securing short term gain and always believe in long term gain.

Y M Deosthale, Chairman and Managing Director, L & T Finance Holdings, also altered investors to stay away from ponzy schemes and emphasised on increasing savings through various options available in market.

P S Reddy, MD, CEO, CDSL said, the Central Government is working on connecting all financial activities with Demat account. In near future, the degrees will be available in demat account. Mumbai University is already working in this direction. This will help investors to maintain their records and all financial assets under one umbrella.

Youngest investor trainer in the country Shivani Dani in her impressive speech informed audience about month long programme of money bee institute. She said, the institute will provide opportunity to investor to change physical share in to demat account. Mayor Datke also spoke on the occasion. Asutosh Vakhre compered the programme.

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BMC to challenge HC decision to quash Narmada cess in Supreme Court

After quashing Narmada cess being collected by Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) for building permission by the High Court, Corporation is all set to challenge the decision in the Supreme Court. C... Read More
After quashing Narmada cess being collected by Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) for building permission by the High Court, Corporation is all set to challenge the decision in the Supreme Court. Corporation at the moment is busy preparing a strong argument in its favor and will challenge the decision in about 3-4 days. Meanwhile, with corporation challenging the decision, builders and people will have to wait for getting their money back as per the orders of the High Court. An amount of Rs 40 crore was to be given back by the Corporation.

Chandramauli Shukla, Additional Commissioner of BMC, informed that the Corporation will be challenging the decision of the High Court in the apex body, where they will be requesting relief from the SC. Shukla said that it will be done by Wednesday or Thursday. M S Meek, Spokesperson, CREDAI said that they will also be approaching and representing their side in the apex body.

It is worth mentioning that a division bench of High Court presided by Chief Justice A M Khanvilkar and Justice S S Kemkar quashed all Government orders through which Narmada cess was imposed by the BMC on any person applying for colony development permission last Thursday. The judgment came over the hearing of a petition filed by Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) and other private developers and colonisers of capital city. In its decision, the High Court directed the Municipal Corporation to refund entire amount of Narmada cess collected in pursuance of its Governmental orders along with 9 per cent interest from the date of deposit.

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Home Minister felicitates sisters’ duo for nabbing thief in their house

Two sisters of Shahpura area displayed exceptional bravery by nabbing a thief, who had entered their house with intention of theft here on Sunday.

According to police, Divya Dwivedi, 28, ... Read More
Two sisters of Shahpura area displayed exceptional bravery by nabbing a thief, who had entered their house with intention of theft here on Sunday.

According to police, Divya Dwivedi, 28, and his sister Shivya, 21, daughters of Awadh Kumar Dwivedi were residents of A-sector, Shahpura. On Saturday afternoon, Divya and Shivya were at their house, when a thief entered their house and tried to get away with a laptop, but the sisters spotted him and nabbed him. Though the miscreant tried to get away, but the sisters kept him holding and raised alarm. Their father and neighbours rushed into the house and caught the thief.

Thief was identified as Sanjay Thakur, 32, Sitaram Thakur, a resident of Rohit Nagar. He is a habitual offender and had been nabbed earlier also. Home and Jail Minister Babulal Gaur visited the brave sister’s house on Sunday morning. Gaur, on this occasion, said that Kumari Divya and Shivya not only prevented theft, but also played important role in catching the thief. Both sisters’ courage was exemplary. He presented bouquets and praised them.

Gaur said that the girls prevented theft and caught the thief, who entered the house when they were alone in the house. They did not let the thief run away. Later, Divya-Shivya’s father and neighbourers caught him. The thief had sneaked into house No. 115 at A Sector of Shahpura to steal Divya’s laptop.

It is worth mentioning that several girls from State capital have showed immense bravery in past one month.

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MP’s Beti Bachao Abhiyan becomes national scheme

Madhya Pradesh Government’s Beti Bachao Abhiyan is going to be replicated by the Central Government. ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao Yojana’ in national format will be launched at Panipat in Haryana... Read More
Madhya Pradesh Government’s Beti Bachao Abhiyan is going to be replicated by the Central Government. ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao Yojana’ in national format will be launched at Panipat in Haryana. Giving this information, Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh informed that State’s 4 districts had been selected for scheme’s implementation including Datia, Gwalior, Bhind and Morena.

The Minister said that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had launched Beti Bachao Abhiyan in Madhya Pradesh on October 1, 2007. Earlier, Ladli Laxmi Yojana was launched in year 2006, under which, the State Government bore expenses on girls, right from birth upto completion of education and marriage. Swagatam Laxmi Yojana was launched in 2014.

She said that results of these schemes had been lauded at the national level. Recognising its impact, the Central Government had decided to implement ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao Yojana’ throughout the country.

An action plan was being chalked out to implement “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao Yojana” in State’s 4 districts.

Side by side launch of ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao Yojana’ at Panipat in Haryana, a 3-day national seminar would also be held from January 20. The seminar would extensively discuss issues of children and women. Women and Child Development Minister would preside over session “Nutrition and Health” on January 21. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will conclude the 3-day seminar on January 22.

On Central Government’s insistence, the State Government will put up an exhibition focusing on schemes for women and children and their impact at the venue. The schemes, which were highlighted and their impact shown at the exhibition include Ladli Laxmi, Swagatam Laxmi, Beti Bachao, Shaurya Dal, etc.

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Doctors, nurses continue protest in suspension case

Resentment against the Government for suspending two senior doctors and three nurses is brewing among the doctors and nurses for the last three days. They even held protest demonstration at Hamid... Read More
Resentment against the Government for suspending two senior doctors and three nurses is brewing among the doctors and nurses for the last three days. They even held protest demonstration at Hamidia and Sultania Janana Hospital premises on Sunday also. They shouted slogans against the Government and termed shocking the suspension of doctors and nurses for just a broken bed. The demonstration will be continued in coming days. Medical teachers, junior doctors and nurses will demonstrate at Hamidia and Sultania Hospital premises on Monday also. They will observe pen down strike on Tuesday and from Wednesday, the doctors, medical teachers and nurses will be on indefinite strike, paralysing health services in the city’s two prominent hospitals.

Govt not giving any importance to agitation The State Government seems to have not given any importance to the agitation by medical teachers, junior doctors and nurses of the Hamidia and Sultania Hospital. The agitation is continuing for the last three days.

Dr. Manju Sheram, State President, Prantiya Nursing Association, said that the agitation will be continued and until the Government does not withdraw suspension of nurses and doctors, it will be carry on. “We will garner support of nurses from other Government hospitals in the city and later, from different parts of the State to build pressure upon the Government,” Dr Sheram said. Dr Adarsh Vajpayee, State President, Gandhi Medical College Junior Doctors Association, said the junior doctors, medical teachers and nurses demonstrated against the Government at Hamidia and Sultania Hospital. it will be continued on Monday, pen down strike on Tuesday and total strike from Wednesday. “The Government did not call the agitating medical teachers, junior doctors or nurses for talks. It is very painful,” he said.

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Headless body case: Son-in-law nabbed for murder of woman

Ratibad police have solved the murder case of a 40-year-old woman with the arrest of accused son-in-law on Sunday.

CSP TT Nagar R D Bharadwaj said that it took lot of efforts to identify ... Read More
Ratibad police have solved the murder case of a 40-year-old woman with the arrest of accused son-in-law on Sunday.

CSP TT Nagar R D Bharadwaj said that it took lot of efforts to identify the victim woman as her head was missing. But the breakthrough came in the case, when police, after surveying the area, understood that no one could have entered the ground, where the body was lying, directly. So it meant that the woman must be from same area only.

Police came to know that the mother-in-law of a security guard of a tent house near the ground was not seen by villagers from the day the body was found. Police questioned the suspected security guard Surendra Kewat, 24, son of Mahesh Kewat, but he told police that his mother-in-law Bhuri Bai had returned to her village Lachayra in Vidisha district. But cops grew suspicious of Mahesh and kept eyes on his activities. Recently, police learnt that Mahesh’s wife Lalita had returned from her parent’s house. Police approached her and asked her about her mother on which she said that her mother was missing from her house. Police showed the unidentified body to Lalita, which she recognised as her mother’s. Lalita told police that she went away from her house on December 10, 2014 without telling her husband or mother. Her husband suspected that she had fled as her Bhuri Bai did not want Lalita to stay with Mahesh. Lalita returned to her home the same day the body was found but she believed her husband who told her that her mother went to village.

Following identification of the body, police nabbed Mahesh and sternly questioned him on which he confessed of killing his mother-in-law Bhuri Bai. Mahesh told that Bhuri was against marriage of Lalita with him. So, she used to encourage Lalita to leave him. When Lalita left, he suspected the hand of Bhuri Bai and on December 21, 2014, they had heated argument after which he stabbed her with knives.

Mahesh dragged the body to nearby ground and he cut the head and threw it in an empty borewell. Mahesh also undressed victim to hide her identity.

Police have arrested Mahesh under section 302 and 201 of IPC for murdering Bhuri Bai.

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Collector runs Mumbai Marathon to raise funds for disabled children

Bhopal Collector Nishant Warwade ran for a cause in the Mumbai Marathon organised on Sunday. The marathon, where a large number of celebrities, bureaucrats came together with local people for rai... Read More
Bhopal Collector Nishant Warwade ran for a cause in the Mumbai Marathon organised on Sunday. The marathon, where a large number of celebrities, bureaucrats came together with local people for raising funds for various causes, witnessed city Collector Warwade excelling in the 42-km-long Marathon race.

Warwade was running for Samarpan and Aarushi organisation that work for disabled children. Beating the morning cold, he completed the stretch of 42.195 km in 5 hours 20 minutes. The 42-km-long marathon started from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), crossing Rajiv Gandhi Setu to end at the CST Mumbai. The 12th edition of the Mumbai Marathon on Sunday was one of the biggest fund-raising events, where people from all fields participated and raised their voice for social, environmental and other causes.

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Chill is back, Bhopal freezes at 5.8 degree Celsius

With 5.8 degree Celsius recorded on Sunday, chilly weather is back with light foggy conditions in the State capital. Also, northerly winds are also giving a fillip to the weather conditions, maki... Read More
With 5.8 degree Celsius recorded on Sunday, chilly weather is back with light foggy conditions in the State capital. Also, northerly winds are also giving a fillip to the weather conditions, making evenings cold. However, as per the Weather Department, moderate cold is likely to persist in Bhopal, Jabalpur, Hoshangabad divisions, but Indore division was expected to have dry weather. Dense fog was likely at Chambal, Tikamgarh, Rewa and Satna divisions in next 48 hours.

Meanwhile, temperature in the four main cities- Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur ranged between 20.5 and 18 degree Celsius. Indore recorded a minimum of 7.5(-3) degree Celsius and maximum at 21.4 (-4) degrees Celsius.

Minimum temperature at Gwalior was recorded at 10.3 (+4) degree Celsius while maximum remained at 20.6 (-1) degree Celsius. In Jabalpur, minimum and maximum temperature were respectively recorded at 20.0 (-.50) and 6.4 (-4) degree Celsius. Khajuraho was at 18 degree celcius and minimum at 6.4 degree Celsius. Light sunshine witnessed on Sunday was not providing any respite as cold wind wave was persistent throughout the day. There was a tremendous decline in minimum degree temperature in the region. The intensity of fog was decreased and moderate fog was witnessed unlike conditions on Saturday, where fog reduced the visibility to less than 55 meters affecting traffic. Cold wave conditions prevailed in many areas, but other than Chambal and Gwalior divisions, rest of the northern part of Madhya Pradesh, is likely to have moderate fog. Cold wave conditions in State are likely to intensify further in coming days, especially in next two days. But, in Bhopal, the condition is likely to continue with moderate fog only and further decline of temperature is not expected.

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Baisware murder case: One more goon held

AFTER putting behind bars two hardened criminals, Ambazari Police on Friday arrested one more goon -- Sandeep Sukhilal Mahato (26) -- for his involvement in the sensational Ritesh Ramesh Baiswa... Read More
AFTER putting behind bars two hardened criminals, Ambazari Police on Friday arrested one more goon -- Sandeep Sukhilal Mahato (26) -- for his involvement in the sensational Ritesh Ramesh Baisware murder case and obtained remand for custodial interrogation till January 23. A resident of Pandhrabodi, Sandeep was nabbed from Sudamnagri. After confirming his involvement in the crime, cops arrested him immediately. Earlier, cops arrested Ashwin Turkel (22) and Nikhil Dagor (20), both residents of Valmiki Nagar, Gokulpeth, when they surrendered at the police station after killing Ritesh Baisware (30), owner of a garments shop -- Urban Men’s -- in front of Chauhan Hardware at Dharamepth in full public view on Monday morning. Ashwin and Nikhil were also remanded to police custody till January 23 by Chief Judicial Magistrate Ms A C Raut. Another goon whose identity was yet to be disclosed by the investigators is still at large. The murder was a fallout of an old rivalry between Ritesh and Ashwin. Investigators are intensely interrogating accused Sandeep, Ashwin and Nikhil to find out the motive behind Ritesh’s murder and verify whether it was a case of contract killing.

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Veteran CPI leader Bardhan hospitalised

Veteran leader of Communist Party of India A B Bardhan was admitted to Neuron Brain and Spine Clinics, Dhantoli on Friday afternoon. The treating doctor and Director of the hospital, well-known N... Read More
Veteran leader of Communist Party of India A B Bardhan was admitted to Neuron Brain and Spine Clinics, Dhantoli on Friday afternoon. The treating doctor and Director of the hospital, well-known Neurosurgeon Dr Chandrashekhar Pakhmode said, “Bardhan complained of giddiness on Thursday so the CT Scan was done. In the investigation, some bleeding was noticed. He was then brought to Neuron hospital.” Bardhan was diagnosed with gangliocapsular haematoma. The problem being in the right part of the brain, there was subtle weakness in right part of the body. “In this situation, a patient generally cannot speak. But Bardhan is conscious, speaking and he is also well-oriented. His blood pressure too is normal,” said Dr Pakhmode.

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Govt to introduce Injectable Polio Vaccine

After using Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) in immunisation drive for years together, the Government of India will soon introduce Injectable Polio Vaccine (IPV) in the drive anytime after April this yea... Read More
After using Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) in immunisation drive for years together, the Government of India will soon introduce Injectable Polio Vaccine (IPV) in the drive anytime after April this year, said Dr Mohammad Sajid, Surveillance Medical Officer, World Health Organisation (WHO).

Not only this, but the Government is also mulling over introducing various other vaccines in immunisation drive. These include Rotavirus, Pentavalennt, Measles and Rubella vaccines. Already, Pentavalent vaccine is being administered in 11 states of India. It protects children from five infections namely Diphtheria, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, Tetanus and Hemophilias Influenza B. Pentavalent vaccine will be launched in Gadchiroli from April and preparations are under way. “The vaccine on Measles and Rubella will be introduced as the Government wants to achieve endgame for these two infections by the year 2018,” said Dr Mohammad Sajid.

Dr Sajid was replying to questions asked during a press conference in Mayor Pravin Datke’s chamber in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Friday. Mayor had called a press conference to inform the media about National Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme-2015, under which OPV will be administered to children between 0-5 years of age, on January 18 and February 22.

Asked about utility of IPV in polio immunisation especially after WHO declaring India as ‘polio free’, Dr Mohammad Sajid said that there was risk of the polio virus ‘behaving like Wild Polio Virus’. Hence, dose of IPV is required to be administered along with OPV during immunisation drive, he added. For past three years, no case of polio was reported in India. However, cases were reported in Pakistan (260), Afghanistan (21), and Nigeria (6).

Pulse Polio drive in city, district on Jan 18, Feb 22

Mayor Pravin Datke informed the reporters about National Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme-2015 to be implemented on January 18 and February 22 in the city. “We have requested Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister for Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari, and all MLAs from the city to participate in the drive and administer dose of vaccine to children at various centres,” Datke said.

The previous year, a total of 2,71,241 children in city were administered polio vaccine. There will be total 1,175 vaccination booths this time and 3,275 employees will be engaged in the drive. Besides, transit and mobile teams will administer vaccine dose to children at temples, mosques, malls, railway station, bus terminals, airport, marriage hall, construction sites, brick kilns, orphanages, slums, and to children in nomadic tribes etc. Between January 20 and 24, the teams will visit 6,89,075 houses.

A total of 120 transit teams and 20 mobile teams have been constituted to implement the drive effectively. Ramesh Singare, Chairman of NMC Health Committee; Dr Milind Ganvir, Deputy Director (Health); Dr Shyam Shende, Nodal Medical Officer, Pulse Polio Immunisation Programme, and others were present prominently at the press conference.

Meanwhile, through a press release issued here, Zilla Parishad (ZP) Vice-President Sharad Donekar informed that ZP was targetting coverage of 2,14,639 children in the age group of 0-5 years. In all, 376 transit booths and 210 mobile booths also were constituted for administration of Pulse Polio vaccine in the rural parts of Nagpur district. After the drive also, house-visits will be taken up to cover children left out of the immunisation drive, three days after the above-mentioned dates, stated Donekar, who is also Chairman of Health Committee of ZP.

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HC rejects ‘baseless’ plea against CM, raps lawyer for filing frivolous case

Coming down heavily upon an interloper who sought to level “wild and baseless allegations” of hatching criminal conspiracy, forgery against Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Government Ple... Read More
Coming down heavily upon an interloper who sought to level “wild and baseless allegations” of hatching criminal conspiracy, forgery against Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Government Pleader Bharati Dangre, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Friday, dismissed the application filed by one Satish Uke dubbing it as nothing but the gross abuse of process of law. Making such wild allegations against persons holding such responsible positions like Chief Minister and Government Pleader is “thoroughly irresponsible,” the High Court stated while disapproving such type of applications.

A division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice M R Bhatkar, after giving a patient hearing to applicant-lawyer, who appeared in person, minced no words while lashing out at this tendency of wasting precious judicial time on the basis of “half-baked knowledge of law.” Citing a celebrated Supreme Court judgement in Natarajan’s case, the High Court dubbed the attempt to challenge its order by which two decade old criminal case was amicably settled as nothing short of “vexatious litigation.” Quoting the Apex Court judgement which stressed the need to discourage such litigant who proceeds “to present argument before the court with an analysis of facts which is tendentious and waste the time of the court by trying to cite decisions which have no relevance to the case,” the High Court expressed its acute displeasure over the brazen manner adopted by the applicant.

The applicant, Uke contended that Registry ought to have objected to petition since Fadnavis had not filed Vakalatnama of his counsel and moreover mentioned his profession as social worker while he was occupying the post of Chief Minister. He further claimed that Fadnavis and Government Pleader Bharati Dangre who studied law together hatched a conspiracy and claimed that they were together during a social function organised by alumni of Law College. He claimed right to intervene in the matter since prosecution had colluded with high-profile applicant and overlooked law and regulation.

The High Court totally rejected this submission and made it clear that law is equally applicable to all and different yardsticks can not be applied just because one of the applicant is Chief Minister. No applicant has come before us and both the first informants are before us and hence the present applicant has no locus, the High Court noted while dismissing the application seeking review of the decision. Lamenting that wild and reckless allegations were made against Chief Minister and Government Pleader, the High Court described them as figment of wild imagination and product of a very fertile mind.

HC had quashed criminal case on December 23

The High Court on December had disposed of two criminal applications filed by Hriday Kumar Babulal Parate, Madanlal Parate, Pravin Dubey, Devendra Fadnavis and Dipak Hiranwar and some others urging the High Court to quash the proceedings since the parties had settled the dispute. The actual bone of contention was an incident dated June 6, 1991 on account of removal of certain construction in an area known as “Parate Compound.” First case was registered for the offences punishable under Sections 147, 148, 149, 294, 448, 324, 336 and 427 of the Indian Penal Code at the instance of Parate family while second FIR was filed by Hiranwar against Parate. After the chargesheets were filed the proceedings were instituted before JMFC court way back in 1991 and not much progress was reported during last two decades. However, with passage of time, the parties amicably settled the dispute between them and also to give an end to criminal proceedings.

The applicants in both the cases who instituted criminal cases, were present in the court on December 23 while others were represented by their counsels. High Court while citing Apex Court decision in the case of Narinder Singh and Others Vs State of Punjab and Others, (2014) 6 SCC 466 which laid down guidelines while exercising jurisdiction under Section 482 of the Code of Criminal Procedure for quashing criminal proceedings and directed not to entertain application wherein an element of public law is involved.

The present cases were initiated against each other due to purely private dispute, the High Court noted after perusing record and stated that no element of public law is involved.

Another guideline laid down is that if there is no possibility of trial being culminated into conviction, the High Court should exercise powers under Section 482 of the Code of Criminal Procedure to give an end to the criminal proceedings. Since the parties have agreed to end the dispute amongst themselves, there is not even a remote possibility of trial ending into conviction, the High Court stated while accepting the settlement between the parties and quashed the criminal proceedings so that the parties are in a position to maintain peace and harmony in the area where they reside.

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Dr Singh greets people on Makar Sankranti

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh greeted the State people on the auspicious ‘Makar Sankranti’ and prayed for their peace, prosperity and happiness. In his message, Dr Singh said that there i... Read More
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh greeted the State people on the auspicious ‘Makar Sankranti’ and prayed for their peace, prosperity and happiness. In his message, Dr Singh said that there is a series of colourful festivals in the Indian culture. He said that the auspicious festival delivers the message of change in weather when Sun God changes His direction. Chief Minister said that the festival is also celebrated as Pongal in South India and Lohri in Punjab. It shows the rich culture and diversity of the country, he added. Assembly Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal extended his best wishes to the people on the Makar Sankranti and said the festival brings new light to the life of people. “It is the day when Sun changes direction and weather is changed,” he said adding that the festival is a source of new energy to the humans. He also greeted the people from South India, where Makar Sankranti will be celebrated as Pongal. Mayor Pramod Dubey also greeted the city citizens on the occasion of Makar Sankranti and prayed for the peace and happiness to Sun God. In his message, Mayor also appealed all the people, especially women and youngsters to give their suggestions for making the capital city clean and green. He said that the whole country celebrates the Makar Sankranti, a symbol of India’s rich culture, with joy and brotherhood. The Mayor further appealed the masses to conserve the water and helps in developing the city’s beauty.

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‘Construction of roads in areas affected with LWE to be completed on Mission Mode’

Asserting that over 55 per cent of the road construction under Road Requirement Plan (RRP) Phase-1 has been completed and the remaining will be completed shortly Union Minister for Road Transpo... Read More
Asserting that over 55 per cent of the road construction under Road Requirement Plan (RRP) Phase-1 has been completed and the remaining will be completed shortly Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari said that the construction of roads in areas affected with Left Wing Extremism (LWE) would be completed on Mission Mode.

He said at the same time focus will be given on socio-economic development of local people, so that the menace could be tackled effectively once and for all.

Speaking to the mediapersons at a press conference on Tuesday here at Mantralaya after chairing a review meeting of LWE Works in eight states, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari said in the completion of roads in LWE affected zones particularly in Chhattisgarh, help of Army Engineering Services, Defense Research and Development Organization as well as international technological assistance will be sought for fast execution of road constructions. He said by improving coordination, cooperation and communication between the state and central machineries, these development works will be executed on war footing. Fast execution of construction of bridges through modern technology will be a priority apart from construction of cement concrete roads through new technology and mechanism.

Gadkari stated that of the 5777 kms of road network being constructed in 34 LWE affected districts spread in eight states in the country under RRP Phase-1, 3200 Kms of road construction has been completed while of the remaining 2500 Kms approximately, over 50 percent has been completed and the remaining works will be completed by May 2015. Soon after completion of RRP Phase-1, the centre will initiate RRP Phase-2 project which will target construction of road network of 7294 kms of new roads having 48 bridges with a cost of Rs 10,700 crore.

Speaking to media persons, Gadkari said CRPF personnel who were present during the meeting also gave valuable suggestions, which will be considered and added. He said a website will be created by the Ministry of Surface Transport, through which the project execution will be monitored on project to project basis. He also urged the Chief Ministers and Chief Secretaries of all eight states to monitor the progress of work every three months. Gadkari said in Chhattisgarh both the Centre and state will encourage local contractors for the construction of roads in LWE areas by making small contract/package. This will also add up to the socio-economic development of the unemployed youths in such areas, which is the root cause of Naxalism. He said in order to fast execution of such projects, the Ministry will also talk to the Union Environment Ministry. He said when the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken charge, projects over Rs 3 lakh crore were stuck up due to environmental issues, which now have been resolved and over 80 percent projects have been cleared. He said this is a subject of national importance and such initiative should be supported by one and all.

Cong flays Gadkari’s statements

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari was on Tuesday criticized by Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Shailesh Nitin Trivedi over the statements of the minister after the meeting regarding construction of roads in Maoists affected areas. Gadkari has tried to gain praise by making promises like coordination, precast bridge and work to local people. When construction agencies like BRO is not being allowed to work in these areas and the incumbent state government of BJP has not been successful so far in making favourable circumstances for road construction, then how local contractors will be able to work there, Trivedi questioned. Maoists have held 50 Sarpanch candidates hostage after calling them on pretext of meeting related to Panchayat election and the state government and police are doing nothing, observed Trivedi and he added that hollow statements can neither make roads nor lead to any solution of the Maoists problem. Trivedi further observed that Gadkari’s visit was an exercise for finding out the reasons behind defeat of BJP in urban bodies election, also added that BJP has no interest to curb the Maoists problems or to make roads.

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Regional Conference on ‘Innovation in Public Service Delivery’ on 15th

The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) Government of India is organizing a two-day Regional Conference on ‘Innovation in Public Service Delivery’ in collabor... Read More
The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) Government of India is organizing a two-day Regional Conference on ‘Innovation in Public Service Delivery’ in collaboration with the Government of Chhattisgarh, at Raipur on January 15 and 16, 2015.

The Conference aims to create a national platform to share experiences of the States in the field of reforms/initiatives undertaken by the States/Union Territories to improve public service delivery and make the administration effective, transparent, accountable and citizen-friendly. It will also provide a forum for the AR departments of the States/UTs to highlight the challenges faced by them and their expectations from the Department of AR&PG, Government of India. The recent initiatives of the Government of India will also be shared with the States/Union Territories.

The representatives from the States and Union Territories in the Southern, Central and Western Regions would make presentations on award winning initiatives and projects on ‘Best Practices’ from the respective States/UTs followed by interactive sessions.

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NIA yet to appoint counsels to prosecute culprits

The National Investing Agency (NIA) is yet to appoint counsels to prosecute the culprits despite the fact that the charge-sheet has already been filed and the case is fixed for framing of charg... Read More
The National Investing Agency (NIA) is yet to appoint counsels to prosecute the culprits despite the fact that the charge-sheet has already been filed and the case is fixed for framing of charges on January 21.

The NIA had submitted a charge-sheet on September 27 last year against nine out of total 35 maoist ulras allegedly involved in last year’s Jhirum valley attack on Congress party convoy. The charge-sheet was filed in the Special NIA Court of Mahadev Katulkar. The 500 page charge-sheet including 40 pages of the final report includes the names of 35 maoist ultras, however only nine were produced in the Court at the time of filing the same. The chare-sheet against the remaining naxalites was filed in absentia as they are still at large. Names of the maoist agaist whom the charge-sheet has been filed are Jyoti Pramila, Mukka Mandawi, Ayta Markam, Deva, Chaitu, Mahadev, Kawasi Kosa, Banjami Sanna and Kawasi Kosa.

As the Court of Sessions Judge, Bilaspur is the only NIA Court designated in the State; the Maoist ultras were produced before it. It may be recalled that two Naxals were arrested in March, this year from Chandmeta village in Darbha area. Thereafter, other seven were also arrested in ones and twos.

They were wanted in connection with the last year’s Jherum valley attack in which several senior Congress party leaders including veteral leaders like V C Shukla, PCC President Nandkumar Patel and his son and Mahendra Karma besides others were killed. The ultras were arrested immediately after brazen attack in Sukma district in which 16 people 11 CRPF personnel, four State police and one civilian were gunned down by them.

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NIA report omits real culprits of Jhiram Ghati incident: Cong

Chhattisgarh Congress on Tuesday said that some portions of the NIA (National Investigative Agency) report on Jhiram Ghati massacre that left several senior party leader dead are shocking as th... Read More
Chhattisgarh Congress on Tuesday said that some portions of the NIA (National Investigative Agency) report on Jhiram Ghati massacre that left several senior party leader dead are shocking as the report does not carry the names of the real culprits in the ghastly incident. “All knows that the Chief Minister’s ‘Vikas Yatra’ had passed through Bastar few days before the ‘Parivartan Yatra’ of Congress. It is unfortunate to say that the attack was done to destabilize the government as the Maoists could have attack Vikas Yatra instead of Parivartan Yatra if that was the sole reason behind the attack,” said Congress General Secretary Shailesh Nitin Trivedi on Tuesday.

When Chief Minister’s Vikas Yatra was provided with adequate security, Congress’ rally was left on the mercy of God, he alleged, adding that NIA’s omission on this issue raises several eyebrows. It is to be mentioned, the Maoists had released a letter opposing both the rallies and in such circumstances Parivartan Yatra should have been extended more security than Vikas Yatra, he said, adding, such an important point has not been mentioned in the NIA report.

The NIA report has hinted that the Maoists had planned the attack between February 16 and 25, 2013 at Bijapur’s Pidia village which indicates that the report has been prepared on the basis of imagination as the Congress had planned the Yatra on March 4, 2015. The abovementioned facts clearly indicates that the NIA investigation is not transparent, he said.

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Sushma Swaraj to grace AIIMS Foundation Day function on 20th

The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) of capital city is gearing up to celebrate its foundation day on January 20, where Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be chief g... Read More
The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) of capital city is gearing up to celebrate its foundation day on January 20, where Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be chief guest. Union Health Minister J P Nadda was approached to be the chief guest in the foundation day function, however, due to busy schedule Nadda is unable to attend the function. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will be present as a special guest of honour on the occasion.

The foundation day will see Director Professor Sandeep Kumar reading the annual report while External Affairs Minister will honour various meritorious students in prize distribution function.

It is worth mentioning that the AIIMS administration had earlier planned to inaugurate the hospital of AIIMS on foundation day, however, due to the construction of the hospital yet to be completed it has been postpones.

The annual foundation day function of AIIMS will also see Member of Parliaments Alok Sanjar, Jyoti Dhurve, Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan, State President of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lov Verma, Secretary Health and Family Welfare, Chief Secretary Anthony JC DeSa and other dignitaries.

It is to be noted that AIIMS in capital city was inaugurated back in 2003, however, the hospital of AIIMS is yet to be constructed in past 12 years. AIIIMS administration will now be planning to improve the facilities and services provided to the passengers in the hospital.

No recruitment in AIIMS yet!

AIIMS hospital which is suffering from scarcity of doctors is yet to conduct recruitment for new consultants. Due to dearth of nurses and consultants, AIIMS administration is having a tough time in opening the proposed Intensive Critical Unit (ICU) in the hospital. It was being expected that with Union Health Minister likely to be part of the function there would be certain announcements. However, now that the situation is clear AIIMS administration will have to wait for a while to get those announcements. Dr K C Tamaria, Medical Superintendent of AIIMS, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ said that we have forwarded the file for recruitment of new consultants in the hospital which will be done soon.

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Institutional arrangements of venture fund for innovative industries

State Cabinet has refused to approve the proposal decreasing the VAT on liquor and opening of new liquor shops in State. A Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesd... Read More
State Cabinet has refused to approve the proposal decreasing the VAT on liquor and opening of new liquor shops in State. A Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday also decided for institutional arrangement of venture capital fund to meet share capital needs for establishment of innovative entrepreneurship. The Excise Department made a presentation before the Cabinet suggesting several proposals including reducing VAT on liquor in state. However, the Cabinet refused to approve this proposal. On the other hand, it was informed that all formalities for institutional arrangement for capital venture fund will be completed through constitution of Assets Management Committee under Finance Department. The committee will constitute a public limited company with a similar other name approved by Madhya Pradesh Venture Finance Limited or Registrar of Companies.

For institutional arrangement of Venture Capital Fund, formalities will be completed to constitute a private limited company to function as trustee of funds under Finance Department. Under it, a public limited company will be formed by a similar other name approved by Madhya Pradesh Venture Finance Limited or Registrar of Companies.

The State Government will make a Rs 5 crore preliminary investment in the fund as per provisions of SEBI Alternative Investment Funds Regulation, 2012. Additional funds will also be invested if needed.

The Cabinet decided to provide to Madhya Pradesh Finance Corporation additional funds as share capital equal to amount of guarantee fee paid/to be given by it. The corporation gives loans to small and medium entrepreneurs. As a result of this decision, the corporation will be able to extend low-interest loans to entrepreneurs of backward areas. The Cabinet decided to extend duration of Rs 1868.81 crore guarantee on loan taken from Rural Electrification Corporation.

The Cabinet decided to revise cost of Shri Singaji Thermal Power Project’s first phase (2X600 MW) of Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company from Rs 6750 crore to Rs 7820 crore and that of Satpura thermal power station’s extension units 10 and 11 (2X250 MW) from Rs 3032 crore to Rs 3514 crore.

The Cabinet accorded consent to extend from March 31, 2016 to September 31, 2019, the time-limit for Government security for resetting under Sagar Municipal Corporation’s schemes. Besides, it also gave consent to replace 12.50 percent interest rate by floating rate 10.75.

The Cabinet decided to give three-year government security to Madhya Pradesh State Co-operative Bank Limited in favour of NABARD to acquire Rs. 416.27 crore from it for conversion of short-term to three-year medium-term, the loans taken from co-operative banks by farmers affected by natural calamities during Rabi 2012-13, Kharif 2013 and Rabi 2013-14. Besides, it would be exempted from security fee.

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‘Friends of MP Conclave’ to be held in America

During Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s US visit, ‘Friends of MP Conclave’ will be held at Manhattan where website ‘Friends of MP’ will be launched. This was informed by Chief Min... Read More
During Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s US visit, ‘Friends of MP Conclave’ will be held at Manhattan where website ‘Friends of MP’ will be launched. This was informed by Chief Minister Chouhan at a meeting pertaining to his US visit on Tuesday. Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa was also present on the occasion.

The meeting was informed that Indian NRIs will take part in “Friends of MP Conclave”. Eminent Indian luminaries of US will also be invited. Registration will have to be made on website for participating in the conclave. Chief Minister Chouhan said that branding and marketing of Madhya Pradesh will be focused at the conclave. The Chief Minister will visit US from January 31 to February 5. During the period, he will have one-to-one meetings with entrepreneurs and business summits will also be held. Principal Secretary to CM Iqbal Singh Bains, Principal Secretary Commerce & Industries Mohammad Sulaiman and Secretaries to CM Vivek Agrawal and Hari Ranjan Rao also attended the meeting.

CM to launch ‘Friends of MP’ web portal in US on Feb 1

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will launch ‘Friends of MP’ web portal in New York on February 1. Madhya Pradesh has taken this initiative on the suggestion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prepare a global talent pool by every state. The website will focus on sectors like education, health, skill development, rural development and tourism. Gradually, the website will be expanded to other sectors also. Apart from giving suggestions, the member friends will also be able to associate with any project or voluntary work through the website. Chief Minister Chouhan has described it as a golden opportunity for NRI talents from Madhya Pradesh to associate themselves with Madhya Pradesh’s development works through website.

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NSUI, Congress spokesman Mishra come face to face

It seems that NSUI and Chief Spokesman of Congress K K Mishra have come face to face. The reason is that NSUI State incharge Nikhil said it was sensational statement of Mishra that aggravated p... Read More
It seems that NSUI and Chief Spokesman of Congress K K Mishra have come face to face. The reason is that NSUI State incharge Nikhil said it was sensational statement of Mishra that aggravated problem in NSUI and resulted into windfall of resignations.

He is going to mention Mishra’s factor in review report, to be submitted to NSUI National President Roji John.

On the other hand, K K Mishra said whatever he said it was on behalf of party and he stood by each word even today. He said all the organisations working under Congress come under the prerogative of State Congress President Arun Yadav. Mishra some days back said to media that those talking of their resignations in media construe that their resignations have been accepted.

While addressing a press conference, NSUI State incharge Nikhil said that he had spoken on phone to all the resenting leaders of organisation, including district presidents, and asked to work for Congress. Saying that no resignation has been accepted, he added that in civic polls, NSUI workers hopes to get the chance. Taking pots shot on Chief Spokesman of Congress KK Mishra, he said that his statement resulted into windfall of resignations in NSUI.

“Tomorrow I am going to submit report over whatever development took place in state NSUI and would mention the name of KK Mishra for aggravating the situation in the organisation,” said Nikhil to reporters.

He added that KK Mishra had no authority to accept the resignations of NSUI members. He accepted that NSUI members did not get the tickets in civic polls and anarchy like situation persisted in the organisation.

Contrary, K K Mishra said that whatever he speaks he speaks on behalf of party and party’s decision is applicable to all.

Notably, more than two dozen district presidents of NSUI have resigned in the wake of resentment erupted after ticket distribution process.

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HC quashes BMC’s order for Narmada tax imposition on colonisers

A division bench of High Court presided over by Chief Justice A M Khanvilkar and Justice S S Kemkar quashed all the Government orders through which Narmada tax was imposed by the Bhopal Municip... Read More
A division bench of High Court presided over by Chief Justice A M Khanvilkar and Justice S S Kemkar quashed all the Government orders through which Narmada tax was imposed by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) on any person applying for colony development permission on Tuesday.

The judgement came over the hearing of a petition filed by Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) and other private developers and colonizers of capital city. In its decision the High Court directed the municipal corporation to refund entire amount of Narmada tax collected in pursuance of its Governmental orders along with 9 per cent interest from the date of deposit informed CREDAI through a release.

It is worth mentioning that the State Government had imposed Narmada tax at the rate of Rs 15 per square foot, which with respect to building permissions of residential colonies was estimated at around Rs 80 lakh to Rs 1.5 cores.

This amount would now be refunded to almost 30 developers who had approached the High Court in the matter. The court verdict is also bound to affect the manner of collection of Narmada tax at the stage of building permission as the judgement also holds that water tax cannot be collected before water supply is being made in the colonies by the corporation.

M S Meek, Spokesperson of CREDAI, welcomed the decision and said it is in favour of the developers and that the decision of the High Court is timely and respect it.

Meanwhile, officials in Bhopal Municipal Corporation when asked about the decision said that they are yet to receive the official copy of the decision of the court. Premshankar Shukla, PRO, BMC, said that corporation is yet to receive the official copy, however, they respect the verdict of the court and will act accordingly.

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Two, including Buddhist monk, shot near ex-DGP’s house

UnidentifieD miscreants shot two persons, including a Buddhist monk, in Chunnabhatti area near the house of ex-DGP D C Jugran here on Tuesday night.

CSP Habibganj Jayant Singh Rathore tol... Read More
UnidentifieD miscreants shot two persons, including a Buddhist monk, in Chunnabhatti area near the house of ex-DGP D C Jugran here on Tuesday night.

CSP Habibganj Jayant Singh Rathore told ‘The Hitavada’ two persons were shot by unidentified miscreants at Amrakunj Colony in Chunna Bhatti locality of State capital. Sheik Anwar was shot on waist and a Buddhist monk, who was accompanying Sheik, was shot on thigh.

Both the injured persons were rushed to JP Hospital and are undergoing treatment. The firing took place near the house of ex-Director General of Police (DGP) Dinesh Chandra Jugran.

Rathore further said that though the victims were unable to see the shooters as they were sitting in a car and fled immediately after firing at them but they claimed that they are having a dispute over a land with a person namely Mukesh Jain and alleged Jain’s involvement in the firing.

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Tinu Joshi surrenders before court, sent to jail

Absconding terminated IAS officer Tinu Joshi surrendered before local court on Tuesday. Tinu Joshi reached on wheel-chair to surrender and she was flanked by doctor and nurses. After hearing, cou... Read More
Absconding terminated IAS officer Tinu Joshi surrendered before local court on Tuesday. Tinu Joshi reached on wheel-chair to surrender and she was flanked by doctor and nurses. After hearing, court rejected her bail application and sent her to judicial custody. She is accused in the disproportionate case involving her husband and terminated IAS officer Arvind Joshi and others.

According to sources, Tinu Joshi reached court in the afternoon. Through the medium of counsel, she moved the application for bail on health grounds which was turned down by court. After hearing court sent her to judicial custody. While coming out of court, Tinu Joshi had tried to ignore the media by covering her face with dupatta. She was taken to jail in the vehicle.

Notably, Lokayukta organisation had filed case of disproportionate assets against the couple Tinu Joshi and Arvind Joshi after conducting raid against their residence some years back. Last year, Lokayukta police obtained arrest warrant against the couple and conducted searches at various places even outside the state to search the couple but to no avail. Even with the help of IB, alert was sounded at all airports of country so that couple could not leave the country. So far there is no information about the whereabouts of Arvind Joshi.

Sources said Tinu Joshi had been sent to judicial remand till fourteen days. In her bail application, Tinu Joshi showed that she was ill and need to undergo a surgery. However, Government advocate had protested the bail application strongly.

Notably, Tinu Joshi, during her service period, had served as Deputy Secretary in Prime Minister’s Office while her husband Arvind Joshi had remained Joint Secretary in Defence Ministry. At the time of Income Tax raid against them, couple were posted on important positions in Madhya Pradesh. It was after Income Tax Department’s raid that Lokayukta police had raided the house of couple. I-T Department raid found that couple of disproportionate assets of crores of rupees. While in Lokayukta police raid, it was found that couple had more disproportionate assets. After Income Tax Department raid, Madhya Pradesh Government had put couple under suspension and later moved proposal to terminate the couple from elite service to central government.

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Police still clueless about two bodies, their mysterious death

POLICE are still clueless about two bodies and their blind murder mystery even after 24 hours of the incident. Police teams were conducting a rigorous search to identify the bodies in the city ... Read More
POLICE are still clueless about two bodies and their blind murder mystery even after 24 hours of the incident. Police teams were conducting a rigorous search to identify the bodies in the city and its adjoining areas on Tuesday. Bodies of two unidentified men were found in an isolated area in village Tedh Chowki area under jurisdiction of Shahpura police station on January 12.

SDOP, Patan, N D Jatav informed that the bodies were first sighted by Gram Kotwar, Prahlad Pradhan (56), a resident of village Ramkhiriya at village Tedh Chowki. Taking prompt action on the information, senior police officers were informed about the incident, while Additional Superintendent of Police (Rural) Sanjay Sahu, SHO of Shahpura police station along with FSL team reached the spot. Prima facie of the investigation confirmed that the two unidentified men were killed with a sharp-edged weapon and their bodies were placed in the area. Taking a serious note into the case, Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra constituted separate police teams for further investigation into the case.

ASP Sanjay Sahu informed that two men aged around 30 years and 35 years were killed with a sharp-edged weapon as police have found grave wounds on their heads and face due to the attack with sharp-edged weapons. In primary investigation, police learnt that unidentified men were killed at another place and their bodies were placed in an isolated area near village Tedh Chowki in Shahpura area.

Two die in bus-truck collision

TWO people were injured in an accident of bus and truck at village Barjhai Tiraha under the jurisdiction of Panagar police station on Tuesday. According to Panagar police, they received information about a road accident at village Barjhai. Receiving the information, a police team reached the spot and rushed the injured to Panagar government hospital. One of the injured Dinesh Lodhi (26), a resident of village Changavan in Majhgavan area, informed that he was driving a truck (MP-20HB-3449) loaded with cement towards Jabalpur. While he was passing through village Barjhai, a speeding bus (MP-20PA-1045) being driven recklessly by the driver rammed into his truck. In the accident, he sustained multiple injuries. On the other hand, Krishna Kumar (30), a resident of Mother Teresa Nagar lodged a complaint that he was driving a bus (MP-20PA-1045) carrying family members of bus owner. The bus was hit by a speeding truck (MP-20HB-3449) at crossing of village Barjhai. Acting on the complaints, police have registered counter cases under section 279 and 337 of the IPC while further investigations are underway.

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NUMM appeals MPPCB to stop inflow of polluted water from IIITDM to Khandari

MEMBERS of Youth Wing of Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM) submitted a demand letter to Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board (MPPCB), Regional Office demanding to stop drain coming fro... Read More
MEMBERS of Youth Wing of Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM) submitted a demand letter to Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board (MPPCB), Regional Office demanding to stop drain coming from Indian Institute of Information, Technology, and Design and Manufacturing connected to Khandari reservoir. Flow of polluted water should be stopped immediately as it may pollute the grand reservoir through which water is supplied to the city. NUMM workers also sent a copy of the same to Secretary of Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board, Bhopal, Principal Secretary Housing and Environment Ministry, Madhya Pradesh Government and other concerned.

Dumna Nature Reserve developed during British era where a grand reservoir was also developed called Khandari. In this reservoir since long time a drain is connected to drain out used water of IIITDM. Regarding stoppage of this drain and to install water treatment system the Forest Department has initiated correspondence with the institute but no positive initiative has been taken yet.

Raising the issue, Youth Wing President Manish Sharma said Khandari reservoir is a source to maintain water supply to over 4 lakh population in Jabalpur and in adjoining areas for drinking, irrigation and domestic works. As per information given by Forest Department of Madhya Pradesh to NUMM workers that used water drained out from IIITDM in form of a nullah got attached to the reservoir and the nullah water creates pollution. Sharma added that to protect water resources the Environment Protection Act 1986, Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1974 and rules framed by the Government of Madhya Pradesh to control water pollution are also being openly violated by national repute institute. According to Water Act Section 24 no person or institution can pollute natural water resources.

Without obtaining clearance from Pollution Control Board no organisation, person can let polluted water mix into any water body. On appeal of NUMM workers including Rani Jaiswal, Beena Singh, Gaurav Arora, Praveen Sahu, Surendra Saini, MPPCB Regional Office took cognisance and issued notices to Jabalpur Municipal Corporation and IIITDM authorities asking them to stop flow of nullah pollution into Khandari reservoir. Manish Sharma warned that if timely action is not taken to stop flow of polluted water of nullah from IIITDM into Khandari reservoir within 15 days then NUMM Youth Wing will file an appeal before National Green Tribunal.

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Congress works for people’s prosperity, progress: Yadav

“BEING the oldest and biggest party of the country, the Congress is least bothered with satisfaction of some selfish leaders and workers in the party. Congress is not working on cadre basis but... Read More
“BEING the oldest and biggest party of the country, the Congress is least bothered with satisfaction of some selfish leaders and workers in the party. Congress is not working on cadre basis but it is a public movement to ensure prosperity of the country and welfare and development of its citizens. Commitment of workers is required to make public aware of unethical practices of Bharatiya Janata Party and popularising the mission of Congress to retain strength of the party in city, state and country as well,” said President of Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee Arun Yadav on Tuesday.

Yadav was addressing the gathering of leaders and workers of Congress after inauguration of election office of Congress’ candidate Geeta Sharat Tiwari for the post of Mayor in Civic Elections-2015 in Jabalpur.

Earlier, Arun Yadav inaugurated election office and congratulated the leaders and members of City Congress Committee for having best candidature of Geeta Sharat Tiwari for strengthening the party in civic elections at Jabalpur. During the programme, some party workers staged protest against MPCC chief Arun Yadav and registered their agitation by throwing eggs and abusing him for partiality in distribution of tickets.

Local leaders and workers intervened and tried to pacify the members but agitated workers tried to attack vehicles of senior leaders and managed to escape from the spot. Thereafter, addressing a meeting of party leaders and workers at JDA Park, all the senior leaders of City Congress Committee charged violent act of some party workers and decided to take stern action against them.

Addressing the meeting, senior Congress leader and former Additional Solicitor General of India Vivek Krishna Tankha said violent act of some dissatisfied people cannot change prestige of Congress party as it is an outcome of their selfish working.

Even after a nationwide wave of Narendra Modi, Congress proved its strength with 2/3rd majority in civic body elections in Chhattisgarh while victory of Congress supported candidates in Cantonment Board Elections in Jabalpur is mirroring dedicated working of honest party leaders and workers. He added that even after BJP’s long regime of 20 years, Jabalpur is still the fourth city in the State and fighting for development of hospitals, education institutions and industries.

Following selfish working of BJP leaders, Jabalpur is still amongst backward cities. Corrupt working of BJP leaders misused funds provided by UPA-I and UPA-II governments in last 10 years.

Tankha said that there is another ray of hope for the city with candidature of Geeta Sharat Tiwari to start a new era of development by ensuring her victory as Mayor and strengthening her hands by sending majority of Congress candidates as corporators in Jabalpur Municipal Corporation.

Former Mayor Vishwanath Dubey said that there is no need of agitation for not giving opportunity of contesting elections as there are examples of several committed leaders of the Congress who dedicated their lives serving the party. Senior leaders Malaychand Jain and Swaichand Jain are perfect examples who were given assembly tickets in last phase of their lives. Senior leader Rameshwar Neekhra also criticised impatient act of workers and appealed to the workers to work within party line for maintaining discipline and ensuring victory of its candidates in civic elections. District Congress (City) President Dinesh Yadav convened the programme and proposed a vote of thanks to senior leaders, candidates and workers for making the programme a grand success.

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‘Violent act of some dissatisfied workers will never deter Cong’

PRESIDENT of Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee Arun Yadav charged violent act of some dissatisfied party workers and said that such incidents will never distract the party and him from their mi... Read More
PRESIDENT of Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee Arun Yadav charged violent act of some dissatisfied party workers and said that such incidents will never distract the party and him from their mission. Congress party always works with discipline and unnecessary agitation of selfish people cannot tarnish image of the oldest party.

Dedication of leaders and workers is the only key to success in any election. Recently held civic body elections in different areas proved that only ground-level workers are the best candidates to ensure victory in these elections. It is the best opportunity for candidates and workers to prove their strength and starting a new era of Congress in Jabalpur. He was addressing a press conference at the sidelines of his public contact drive in support of Congress candidate Geeta Sharat Tiwari for the post of Mayor.

He also visited several wards in support of party candidates and made an appeal to the residents to ensure victory of Congress in civic body elections for overall development of the city. Yadav further added that civic elections have no connection with national issues as only local problems and issues are significant for victory of candidates. He informed that Congress candidate Geeta Sharat Tiwari is a committed social worker and has always worked for welfare of people and society since last 20 years in the city. He charged that public is aware that UPA Government provided huge funds for development of the city but residents are deprived of any development due to corrupt working of BJP leaders.

Replying to a query on allegations for partiality in ticket distribution, Arun Yadav said that the election management committee members made scrutiny of candidates on the basis of their overall performance in the party. Field works of candidates was key concern in distribution of tickets while promotion of upcoming workers was on top priority for the party. He said that the party will take stern action against rebel candidates and workers involved in anti-party activities.

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NMC to reserve 25 pc funds for waste mgmt

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will reserve 25 per cent funds of the total budget for sewerage and solid waste management (SWM) programme.

The issue will come up for discussion in the g... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will reserve 25 per cent funds of the total budget for sewerage and solid waste management (SWM) programme.

The issue will come up for discussion in the general body meeting on January 20 at 11 am. Mayor Pravin Datke will chair the meeting. Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has directed NMC to work under section 33 A, Water Rules, 1974 and section 31 A, Air rules, 1981 and SWM rules 2000. As per these rules, it is the responsibility of the local body to collect and process sewerage water scientifically. The MPCB has also directed NMC to segregate biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste and recoverable waste collected from the houses. The local body has to reserve 25 per cent amount of the total income of the budget and spend on these works. The general body will give nod to reserve the funds.

During 2014-2015 budget, the local body has allocated funds of Rs 157 crore for the sewerage and SWM in the city. The civic body has to provide a detailed report to MPCB about allocation and utilisation of funds.

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Injured wild animals suffer in absence of a rescue centre

Even though the headquarter of Forest Department is situated in Nagpur, injured wild animals brought here for treatment from other places in Vidarbha continue to suffer from miseries in absence... Read More
Even though the headquarter of Forest Department is situated in Nagpur, injured wild animals brought here for treatment from other places in Vidarbha continue to suffer from miseries in absence of a rescue centre. An injured spotted deer was brought to the city for treatment from Pachkehdi in North Umrer Forest Range on Tuesday evening. However, the local officers were reluctant to accept it in absence of any medical facilities readily available or a rescue centre. How to take the injured wild animal back in the night that too without any treatment was a problem for J Y Raut, Round Officer and two Forest Guards from North Umrer. Hence, Seminary Hills staff allowed the spotted deer to keep in the nursery temporarily and made arrangement for sending a veterinary doctor to examine the animal in a cage. The doctor gave medicine to the animal while staff provided green vegetable and water to it. The spotted deer sustained injuries on its legs when it fell in a canel while attempting to satisfy its thirst in Pachkehdi in the morning. Staff of the department reached the spot but a cop from Pachkhedi took out the helpless animal from the canel. A veterinary doctor examined it, provided first aid and referred the case to Nagpur. The injured animal was brought accordingly by the staff members but they had to depend on mercy of local officers. The three staff members from Umrer are now taking care of the spotted deer at Seminary Hills. It may be mentioned here that the Forest Department is constructing a transit treatment centre in the premises of the nursery but even after State Government alloting it Rs 62 lakh about two years ago it is yet to be completed. Reliable sources informed that the work of this transit centre has no meaning when a big rescue centre is coming up in the premises of Gorewada zoo project of international standard. The plan is that injured/orphane wild animals can be diverted to Gorewada rescue centre, which is supposed to be well-equipped. This centre is coming up on 25 acres of land by spending Rs 30 crore. Wildlife lovers wondered as to how the department could not think of a rescue centre in the city long back. It is also observed that injured animals coming from places like Chandrapur died in transit.

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High Court disposes of plea by NET aspirants challenging UGC action

JUSTICE Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Ashok Bhangale, at the High Court here, have disposed of around 44 writ petitions as infructuous, in terms of the Supreme Court’s judgement delivered... Read More
JUSTICE Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Ashok Bhangale, at the High Court here, have disposed of around 44 writ petitions as infructuous, in terms of the Supreme Court’s judgement delivered by Justice K S Radhakrishnan and Justice A K Sikri, on September 19, 2013, upholding the UGC’s qualifying criteria laid down after the examination and before the declaration of the results for National Eligibility Test (NET) examination held on June 24, 2012.

While doing so, the apex court had set aside a judgement of the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay HC of June 28, 2013. The ruling by the HC here, was that UGC lacked the competence to fix the aggregate marks as the final qualifying criteria, after the candidates secured the minimum marks, prescribed in the notification of December 6, 2012 before the declaration of the results of NET examination, agreeing with a similar view expressed by a Single Judge Bench of the Kerala High Court.

According to the apex court, in the academic matters, unless there is a clear violation of statutory provisions, the regulations or the notification issued, the courts shall keep their hands off, since those issues fall within the domain of the experts. In several decisions, the Supreme Court has expressed the view that the Court shall not generally sit in appeal over the opinion expressed by expert academic bodies and normally it is wise and safe for the courts to leave the decision of the experts, who are more familiar with the problem they face, than the courts generally are.

UGC as an expert body has been entrusted with the duty to take steps as it may think fit for the determination and maintenance of standards of teaching, examination and research in the University. For attaining the said standards, it is open to the UGC to lay down any ‘qualifying criteria,’ which has a rational nexus to the object to be achieved, that is for maintenance of standards of teaching, examination and research.

The Supreme Court has observed further in its judgement, that candidates declared eligible for lecturership may be considered for appointment as Assistant Professors in Universities and colleges and the standard of such a teaching faculty has a direct nexus with the maintenance of standards of education to be imparted to the students of the Universities and colleges.

UGC has only implemented the opinion of the experts by laying down that qualifying criteria, which cannot be considered as arbitrary, illegal or discriminatory or violative of Article 14 of the Constitution of India.

Advocates T H Udeshi, Kirti Satpute, V K Paliwal, Rahul Dhande, P P Thakare, A M Sudame, Rashid Haque, Zia Kazi, Shamal Kadu, D T Shinde, Virat Mishra, R D Bhuibhar, Prakash Meghe and others appeared for the petitioners. Adv S K Mishra represented the University Grants Commission.

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Fake job racket busted, four persons booked

DHANTOLI Police on Tuesday booked four persons, including two women, for duping a young man of Rs 8 lakh by promising him a job of a clerk in Western Coalfields Limited. Between December 2013 an... Read More
DHANTOLI Police on Tuesday booked four persons, including two women, for duping a young man of Rs 8 lakh by promising him a job of a clerk in Western Coalfields Limited. Between December 2013 and January 11, 2015, Madhuri Waghmare, Ramesh Bawne, Ravindra Kathane and mother of Harshal Waghmare took Rs 8 lakh from Moreshwar Watkar (35) on the pretext of providing job of clerk in Western Coalfields Limited (WCL), Nagpur. They collected the money from him at the office of MG Group of Companies at Bhiwapurkar Chambers. They also provided him a fake appointment letter. On the basis of a complaint lodged by Watkar, a resident of Plot No 122/A-Swagat Nagar, Bobde Layout, Hudkeshwar, a case under Sections 420, 468, 471 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against the accused persons at Dhantoli Police Station. Further investigations are on.

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Four anti-social elements attempt to kill youth

FOUR anti-social elements attempted to kill a youth in Lakadganj area on Monday afternoon. Injured Kalpesh alias Gora Dewaji Bawne (29), a resident of Plot No 92, Vidya Nagar, Wathoda, was rus... Read More
FOUR anti-social elements attempted to kill a youth in Lakadganj area on Monday afternoon. Injured Kalpesh alias Gora Dewaji Bawne (29), a resident of Plot No 92, Vidya Nagar, Wathoda, was rushed to the hospital. Around 1.45 pm, Kalpesh was sitting on a Honda Activa at Yashwant Chowk, Pewtha, Telipura. Two men came on a motorcycle they told him that Vilas Babanrao Khankule was calling him. They took him on their motorcycle to Mangpura Chowk where Vilas Khankule was already standing. Khankule asked him as to why he was roaming with Pintya. When Kalpesh told him that he was never with Pintya, Khankule and three of his accomplices attacked him. With serious injuries on his abdomen, Kalpesh was rushed to the hospital.

Lakadganj Police registered an offence under Sections 307 and 34 of the IPC against Khankule and his accomplices. Further investigations are under way.

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State transfers 17 IAS officers, including seven from Vidarbha

Maharashtra Government, on Tuesday, effected transfers of 17 Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers in the State including seven from Vidarbha region. With the transfers, Commissionerate ... Read More
Maharashtra Government, on Tuesday, effected transfers of 17 Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers in the State including seven from Vidarbha region. With the transfers, Commissionerate of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) based in Nagpur has got a new Commissioner.

Sachin Kurve, an IAS officer of 2003 batch, has been posted as Commissioner, MGNREGS, Nagpur. Rahul Rekhawar, who has been working as Assistant Collector, Nagpur, has been transferred to Gondia as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Zilla Parishad (ZP). Deepa Mudhol, Assistant Collector in Chandrapur district, is shifted to Buldana as CEO ZP. M Devender Singh, Assistant Collector (Chamorshi) in Gadchiroli district, has been posted as CEO of Akola ZP. Sanjay Meena, Project Officer, Integrated Tribal Development Project and Assistant Collector (Dharni) in Amravati district, has been transferred to Wardha as CEO ZP.

A B Unhale, CEO of Akola ZP, has been shifted to Akola-headquartered Maharashtra State Seeds Corporation as its Managing Director. P Siva Sankar, Assistant Collector, Gadchiroli, has been moved to Kolhapur Municipal Corporation as Municipal Commissioner.

Other officers, who have been transferred, include: Debashish Chakraborty to Shivshahi Re-development Project in Mumbai as Managing Director; Abha Shukla as Resident Commissioner and Secretary of Maharashtra Sadan, New Delhi; Asheesh Sharma as CEO of Maharashtra Maritime Board, Mumbai; Y E Kerure as Commissioner (Fisheries); Om Prakash Bakoria as Commissioner (Sports and Youth), Pune; Uday Chaudhari as CEO of Dhule ZP; Abhijeet Chaudhari to Aurangabad as CEO ZP; Astik Kumar Pandey to Jalgaon as CEO ZP; M G Ardad to Hingoli as CEO of ZP; and Sushil Khodwekar as Municipal Commissioner of Kalyan-Dombivali.

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All key witnesses in Yug murder trial solidly back prosecution case

From school going girl to mobile shop owner, from aggrieved father to ex-friends, 17 witnesses confirmed the prosecution theory against both the prime accused in Yug Chandak murder trial. So far,... Read More
From school going girl to mobile shop owner, from aggrieved father to ex-friends, 17 witnesses confirmed the prosecution theory against both the prime accused in Yug Chandak murder trial. So far, not a single witness has turned hostile and all of them have very boldly pointed finger towards the accused persons. A friend turned prosecution witness had already revealed how accused Rajesh Daware and Arvind Singh hatched criminal conspiracy to become rich by abducting son of some wealthy person. Rajesh and Arvind have been charged with a cold-blooded and gruesome murder of Yug Chandak, son of well known dentist couple Dr Mukesh and Dr Premal Chandak.

On Monday, 14 years old Divya Chandel, a school student from Patansaongi, confirmed that she witnessed a mobike with three persons including a sleepy school boy near pump house on September 1, 2014. A few days later, police visited the spot with photographs and she readily identified Yug Chandak as the same small boy. She also recognised both the accused in test identification parade.

A villager from Babhulkheda Shriram Khalatkar also endorsed that on September 1, he saw two youngsters on bike and later lifting a small boy who was sitting in between and moving towards culvert. Two more villagers also deposed that they had watched two youngsters with a school boy near canal on September 1 and few days later learnt that he was Yug Chandak.

Rajesh Daware was computer operator at Dr Chandak’s dental clinic and along with his friend Arvind Singh Lokesh Singh, he is charged with kidnapping Yug a student of Centre Point School, for ransom on September 1, 2014 and later ruthlessly stoning him to death. The body of this innocent boy was found near a nullah at Patansaongi. Pranay Dongre, manager at Dr Chandak’s dental clinic in his deposition stated that Rajesh had slapped Yug in July 2014, when he was playing with computers. Later Dr Premal had reprimanded Rajesh for hurting her son after which Rajesh started disliking Yug. On the day of kidnapping, Rajesh had called the clinic at around 3 pm to confirm whether Chandak couple was still in the clinic, Pranay stated.

Pankaj Khurpade, an attendant in clinic recalled that on September 1 at around 730 pm, accused Arvind contacted him and sought cellphone number of Dr Chandak. Half an hour later, the ransom calls were made to the very same number.

A mobile shop-owner Mohandas Balani in his testimony stated that on September 1 around 830 a boy aged around 20 came to his Jaripatka shop and wanted to use coin box phone and also sought coin. Later he heard the boy talking loudly and demanding Rs 5 crore from someone. Very next day, the cops came to his shop and Balani narrated entire incident and few weeks later in identification parade immediately recognised Arvind Singh as the boy who made that ransom call.

Biharilal Chhabariya, another resident of Guru Vandana apartment where Chandak family also resides, recalled that on September 1 when returned home for lunch in his Honda city car, he saw a boy in Red T Shirt and black jeans loitering around in suspicious manner and few hours later when he came to know about Yug’s abduction, alerted Chandak couple about the doubtful guy and later identified him. Special Prosecutor Jyoti Vajani conducted the examination in-chief. Adv Rajendra Daga represented Chandak family and assisted the prosecution. Adv Pradeep Agrawal from legal aid panel represented the accused.

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Two booked for duping man of Rs 2.17 lakh

AJNI Police on Monday booked two persons for duping a young man to the tune of Rs 2.17 lakh.

The accused have been identified as Sunil Madhavsingh Yadav (39), a resident of Plot No 24, Ramna... Read More
AJNI Police on Monday booked two persons for duping a young man to the tune of Rs 2.17 lakh.

The accused have been identified as Sunil Madhavsingh Yadav (39), a resident of Plot No 24, Ramna Maroti Nagar, and Kishor Devkisanji Pawar (46), a resident of Plot No 101, New Amar Nagar, Manewada Road.

According to police, Kiran Namdeo Mahale (33), a resident of Wisdom Apartment, Plot No 110, Rameshwari Road, lodged a complaint that Sunil Yadav and Kishor Pawar told him that they were Chartered Accountants and were also on the panel of Akola Urban Bank, Sitabuldi. Assuring a loan through J S Consultancy, they collected Rs 2.17 lakh from him between March 2014 and January 12, 2015. When Mahale realised that he was duped, he approached the police.

On the basis of the complaint, an offence under Sections 420, 406 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against Yadav and Pawar. Further investigations are on.

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CM constitutes Planning panel to boost Nagpur Metro Region

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena led Maharashtra Government has constituted the Nagpur Metropolitan Planning Committee (NMPC) to clear the ambitious development plan of Metropolitan R... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena led Maharashtra Government has constituted the Nagpur Metropolitan Planning Committee (NMPC) to clear the ambitious development plan of Metropolitan Region. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will chair the NMPC. The notification of NMPC has been issued recently by the Urban Development Department headed by Fadnavis.

The committee will pave way to clear long pending Metropolitan Regional Plan. The proposed Metro Region Plan will be tabled before the NMPC. The plan is awaiting State Government’s nod for last one year but previous Government did not bother to clear the proposal of NIT. The area covered under this scheme is around 3,780 sq kms comprising 750 villages.

The first meeting of NMPC is likely to be held in third week of this month.

The State Government has appointed official and non-official members of the NMPC. The 30 members from Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Zilla Parishad will get elected on this committee. The election process will be held in next couple of months. The committee has been constituted for a period of three years.

Meanwhile, the State Government has appointed Hingna MLA Sameer Meghe, Umrer MLA Sudhir Parve as members and West Nagpur MLA Sudhakar Deshmukh, North Nagpur MLA Dr. Milind Mane, Katol MLA Dr Ashish Deshmukh, Ramtek MP Krupal Tumane and Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Sancheti as special invitees of the committee. Assistant Director of Town Planning Department, Nagpur region is member secretary of the committee. Principal Secretary of Urban Development Department, and Divisional Commissioner of Nagpur have been appointed as ex-offico members of the committee.

The other members of the committee are- Municipal Commissioner, Chairman Nagpur Improvement Trust, Chief Administrative Officer- CIDCO, Chief Executive Officer- Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation, Chief Officer- Kamptee Municipal Council, V M Kinhikar, retd. Director, Town Planning, Dr. A D Bhide, Dr. B S Khandewale, B P Ganu, retd. Head of Department, VNIT. The special invitees of the committee are- Director, Town Planning, Pune, CEO- Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran, CEO- Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company

Limited, CEO- MHADA, CEO- Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, CEO- Maharashtra State Pollution Control Board, DRM - Central Railway, General Manager- BSNL, representative of Civil Aviation Department. Halcrow India Limited has prepared development plan for the region. The objectives of Metro Region planning were- laying down broad policies and directions of growth in principal zones, determining the hierarchy of roads and access ways in co-ordination with existing roads proposed in development plan roads. This plan includes present land use, perspective land use and development control rules (DCR) for the metro region. Maharashtra Government had issued notification in 1999 and declared Nagpur Metropolitan Area, which comprises Nagpur Rural, Hingna, Parsheoni, Mauda, and Kamptee Taluka and parts of Saoner, Kalmeshwar, Umrer and Kuhi. The Government has extended the jurisdiction of NIT outside NMC limit under clause 1 (2) of NIT Act, 1936 as “Nagpur Metropolitan Area” in connection to notification of 1999 that ranges approximately 25 to 40 kms areas beyond existing NMC limits.

These Regulations shall apply to building activity and development work in the areas under the jurisdiction of Nagpur Metropolitan Area for the area declared as an Improvement Scheme by the Nagpur Improvement Trust. These regulations shall replace all existing building bye-laws and Development Control Rules /Regulations in force framed under the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, 1966, the Maharashtra Municipal Councils, Nagar Panchayats and Industrial Townships Act, 1965, in respect of the notified Improvement Schemes in the Nagpur Metropolitan Area.

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Daylight murder of youth in Dharampeth

SENSATION prevailed in the otherwise peaceful Dharampeth area when four goons hacked a young man to death with a cleaver and other sharp-edged weapons in full public view on the road in front of ... Read More
SENSATION prevailed in the otherwise peaceful Dharampeth area when four goons hacked a young man to death with a cleaver and other sharp-edged weapons in full public view on the road in front of Chauhan Hardware on Tuesday morning.

The goons first threw chilli powder in the eyes of Ritesh Ramesh Baisware (30) and brutally killed him with sharp-edged weapons before fleeing on separate motorcycles.

A resident of Servants Quarters, behind MLA’s Hostel, Ritesh had an old enmity with the assailants. Prima facie, the murder may be a fallout of Ritesh’s rivalry with the assailants whose identity was yet to be officially established by the investigators.

A regular at the gym, Ritesh used to run a ready-made garments shop -- Urban Men’s -- near Law College Square in partnership.

He had an old rivalry with hardened criminals Ashwin Turkal, Nikhil Dagor, and Sandeep Mahanto who allegedly owe allegiance to a politician from Kamptee. A couple of months ago, a quarrel broke out between Ritesh and Ashwin Tukral’s gang over their supremacy in Dharampeth, Gokulpeth, Walmiki Nagar and other nearby areas. Ritesh’s rivals hatched a plan to eliminate him.

Accordingly, the assailants were hiding near Chauhan Hardware Stores opposite Batukbhai Jewellers’ showroom. As soon as Ritesh came out of the gym, they threw chilli powder in his eyes. Sensing trouble, Ritesh tried to run away. They chased and attacked with sharp-edged weapons repeatedly stabbing him much to the horror of the passers-by. After he collapsed on the road, they fled the spot on separate motorcycles.

Other members of the gymnasium and onlookers, rushed Ritesh to Wockhardt Hospital, Shankar Nagar where the doctors declared him ‘brought dead.’

The news about Ritesh’s murder spread like jungle fire in Dharampeth area. His two brothers, mother and relatives also gathered at Wockhardt Hospital. Senior Police Inspector Anil Katkade and staff from Ambazari Police Station arrived at the spot. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone I) Nirmala Devi also visited the spot.

Cops were also deployed at Wockhardt Hospital to prevent any untoward incident. Ritesh’s body was later sent to Government Medical College & Hospital for post-mortem.

After collecting details, separate police teams were fanned out in search of suspected assailants Ashwin Turkal, Ashish Dagor and Sandeep Mahanto. These suspected assailants are the residents of Walmiki Nagar.

A senior police officer told ‘The Hitavada’ that they would soon crack the case and bring the culprits to book. Ambazari Police registered an offence under Section 302 and 34 of the IPC against the suspected killers on the basis of a complaint lodged by the deceased’s brother, Rajesh.

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Water supply to North, South, East Nagpur to remain affected for 30 hrs from Monday

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Orange City Water (OCW) have planned to take up repair and maintenance work at various spots on January 12 to strengthen water supply system in North, Sou... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Orange City Water (OCW) have planned to take up repair and maintenance work at various spots on January 12 to strengthen water supply system in North, South, and East parts of the city. This will affect water supply in 6 zones including Mangalwari, Ashinagar, Satranjipura, Lakadganj, Nehru Nagar, and Dhantoli for almost 30 hours. The repair and maintenance work will start after the morning supply on January 12, and will continue till the afternoon of January 13. It requires two main lines -- 1,300 mm and 900 mm -- of Kanhan Water Treatment Plant (WTP) to be shut for around 30 hours for which supply from both main supply lines of Kanhan WTP will be closed on Monday, OCW informed in a press release. The maintenance and repair works include repair of leakage on 1,300 mm diameter butterfly valve at Kanhan WTP, repair of leakage near 700 mm diameter Shanti Nagar Feeder Main, installation of valve on 900 mm diameter rising main of Kanhan WTP, installation of flow meter on 900 mm diameter Bastarwari Feeder Main and other places in all six zones. Since water supply to almost six zones is going to be affected and ESRs also will remain dry for almost 30 hours, water supply through tankers also will not be possible, states the press release. Water supply is expected to be normalised on January 14 morning.

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Loya is Mahanagar Sanghchalak of RSS, Gadge is Sah-Sanghchalak

After several years, change of guard took place in Nagpur Mahanagar unit of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Noted Charted Accountant Rajesh Loya was elected unanimously as Mahanagar Sanghcha... Read More
After several years, change of guard took place in Nagpur Mahanagar unit of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Noted Charted Accountant Rajesh Loya was elected unanimously as Mahanagar Sanghchalak, and Prof Shridhar Gadge as Sah-Sanghchalak.

The decision was taken in a meeting held at Dr Hedgewar Smriti Mandir, Reshimbag, on Saturday. The outgoing Mahanagar Sanghchalak Dr Dilip Gupta, Vidarbha Prant Sah-Sanghchalak Ram Harkare, outgoing Sah-Sanghchalak Laxmanrao Pardikar, and several prominent RSS office-bearers were present in the meeting.

Rajesh Loya will replace Dr Dilip Gupta while Prof Shridhar Gadge will replace Laxmanrao Pardikar. Dr Dilip Gupta served as Mahanagar Sanghchalak for almost 16 years.

Dr Gupta, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ said, the entire team has supported him during last 16 years to strengthen and expand the work of RSS. “Only a person has changed, the work will continue,” he said.

Rajesh Loya expressed gratitude towards all office-bearers and believed that they would continue spreading the RSS’ work in every sector. Rajesh Vitthaldas Loya is a partner of Loya-Bagadi and Company. He is practicing as Chartered Accountant since 1985 in the field of Audit Taxation and Management Audit. Presently, he is Chairman of Nagpur Nagrik Sahakari Bank and also the President of Income Tax Bar Association. He is past Chairman of Nagpur Branch of WIRC, and appointed as Trustee by Charity Commissioner in Shri Sai Seva Mandal, Sai Mandir. Loya is also the Convenor of Finance Committee of Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar, and nominated as expert member in the Board of Studies in Management Technology in Ramdeobaba College.

Shridhar Gadge is working as lecturer in Metallurgy Department of Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT). He is working as Sharirik Pramukh of Western Region (Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Goa) of RSS. He also worked as Vidarbha Prant Sharirik Pramukh, Bauddhik Pramukh, and Prant Karyawah.

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Govt discontinues energy subsidy upto March ’15; trade delegation to meet CM

THE energy subsidy provided to industries had been withdrawn by the Government from November 2014 due to which electricity bills had been inflated by Rs 1.5 per unit from December 2014. This ha... Read More
THE energy subsidy provided to industries had been withdrawn by the Government from November 2014 due to which electricity bills had been inflated by Rs 1.5 per unit from December 2014. This has hurt the energy consumers very hard burning a hole in their pockets.

“To complicate matters, industrialists are planning to close down or migrate to neighbouring states where energy tariff is cheaper,” said R B Goenka, Chairman of Energy Cell, VIA while talking to The Hitavada on Saturday.

Goenka said that with the abrupt withdrawal of energy subsidy, the industrialists were in a state of shock. Industrialists were concerned as production had become unviable leaving them with no option but to shut down their units leaving a large number of people unemployed.

Goenka highlighted that industrial production had become unviable. The steel plants, rolling mills and textile units would be ruined with the increase in power tariff.

Earlier, the recommendations of the Rane Committee to the Government allowed energy subsidy to the tune of Rs 706 crore which would be applicable upto March 2015. The energy subsidy of Rs 1.5 per unit included Interim Charges (IC), Genco Charges and Transco Charges (TC). The energy subsidy was to be shared between the Government, Genco and Mahagenco. Now, the BJP Government had withdrawn the energy subsidy from November 2014 on the pretext of financial constraint and empty coffer after which a VIA delegation met the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Minister of Finance and Planning Sudhir Mungantiwar and Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule requesting them to provide energy subsidy for November, December and January. They gave a verbal assurance to provide relief to electricity consumers upto January 2015. To this, the Government provided relief only for the month of November 2014 which was credited in December 2014 bills, he noted.

Now, the industrialists are angry with the decision as the Government had reverted from its earlier stand to provide subsidy upto March 2015. “The Government has refused to provide energy subsidy upto March 2015,” said Goenka.

Goenka informed that a joint trade delegation of over 40 associations including the VIA would meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and submit a memorandum requesting for providing energy subsidy for December 2014 and January 2015. He said that the energy subsidy estimated by him worked out to Rs 550 crore for two months which could be sustained by the Government. Most industrialists were of the opinion that with continued production, the Government would gain more than the subsidy amount in the form of various taxes and VAT, he added.

Similarly, as per Case No. 95 2013, filed by the VIA against the MERC, the Tribunal had quashed the order to collect Transco Charges. The charges in the electricity bills was being collected illegally, he added.

To aggravate the matter further, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) had filed a petition seeking hike in power tariff, he said.

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‘Business must be fair, ethical’

“THE contribution of business sector to the development of society is immense. We should admit that the success achieved in entrepreneurship is only because of the support from society. The ... Read More
“THE contribution of business sector to the development of society is immense. We should admit that the success achieved in entrepreneurship is only because of the support from society. The business has to be fair and ethical, otherwise the society will not accept it,” opined Rahul Bajaj, President of Shiksha Mandal, Wardha.

Bajaj was speaking as chief guest at the valedictory programme of the 41st Kamalnayan Bajaj Memorial Inter- University Elocution Competition on the topic ‘Business and Society’ in the auditorium of G S College of Commerce, on Saturday.

Justice Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari (retired); Shekhar Bajaj, Trustee of Shiksha Mandal; Madhur Bajaj, Sanjay Bhargava, General Secretary; Dr Gita Piramal, Panelist, and Dr S V Bawankar, Programme Co-ordinator, were on the dais.

Although, the country witnesses good entrepreneurs in different sectors, it is ironic to view some negative reputation of business in society for which immoral and dishonest entrepreneurship is responsible, lamented Bajaj. Corruption is the major hindrance in country’s development. Both bribe giver and receiver are equally responsible for corruption. Hence, rigorous punishment should be given to both the parties, added Bajaj. Businessmen should extend help to needy which will be a great service to society, he said.

While commenting on the present economical scenario of the country, Bajaj said, “I am not talking on politics or Hindutva. I am talking about today’s economy of India.” Had Congress done the development works in its regime, it would not have faced the current situation, observed Bajaj. Addressing further, Rahul Bajaj said that due to able leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there would be positive changes in the country’s economy within five years. Sufficient time should be given to the Government to deliver the best, opined Bajaj.

Sanjay Bhargava, said that for every outsider, Wardha is a life-changer. He expressed satisfaction as the competition had enlarged the perspective of the theme of Shiksha Mandal.

The panel of judges appreciated the efforts being taken by Shiksha Mandal, Wardha. Dr Gita Piramal also spoke on the occasion.

In the competition, 29 participants from different states delivered their speeches in English and Hindi. The first three winners (English) were Prankur Arora (New Delhi), Karan Nirmani (Ahmedabad) and Saurav Mishra (Odisha). Purva Sharma(Wardha) was given consolation prize. The first three winners (Hindi) were Atha Tiwari (Nagpur), Shaunak Vyas (Gujarat) and Ashish Tiwari (Indore). In quiz on ‘Gandhian thought and life’, Abhishek Sharma (Aligarh), Shubham Maheshwari (Pune) and Ajit Gupta (Varanasi) were the first three winners.

Earlier, the bust of Kamalnayan Bajaj was unveiled in the college premises at the hands of the dignitaries. Dr S V Bavankar conducted the proceedings. The trustees and the members of Shiksha Mandal, renowned citizens of Wardha, students, principals, staff members attended the programme in large numbers. Various committee members strove hard for the success of the programme.

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‘Uniform means Mission, Excellence, Integrity’

He is one man who every Nagpurian should be proud of. Blessed with unassuming personality, charming smile, contemplative face, brilliant mind, and kind-hearted, he is one of the top leaders of ... Read More
He is one man who every Nagpurian should be proud of. Blessed with unassuming personality, charming smile, contemplative face, brilliant mind, and kind-hearted, he is one of the top leaders of the Indian Air Force (IAF). Meet Air Marshal Shirish Baban Deo AVSM VM VSM, a Nagpurian, who has taken over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) of Eastern Air Command of the IAF on the very first day of this year.

A highly decorated officer, who has served as Director General (Operations) at Air Headquarters, Air Marshal S B Deo is a man with vision, mission, and deep attachment to his uniform. “For me, my uniform means Mission, Excellence, and Integrity. It instills in us a sense that we have got a job to do (Mission), that our output must be impeccable (Excellence), and also that we must accomplish the job with Integrity,” he said in an exclusive interview to ‘The Hitavada’ on Saturday.

The Mission could be operations or civic aid for an Air Warrior. Civic aid is a significant role of the IAF. Being the first responder, the IAF has been playing its part in offering aid to people stranded due to floods and natural disasters. “We have been offering our support routinely to people in inaccessible areas. In the cockpit, we, the IAF officers, are ace professional pilots; outside it, we are Government servants. It is our duty to help fellow countrymen,” he observed with a reflection of the sense of pride on his face.

Every Air Warrior, right from an officer to a crew member, has these values etched deep in heart while performing given duties. Everyone’s performance is critical to success of any mission, said the Air Marshal. Whenever an officer flying an aircraft gets a target, he can do it with precision. For, there go the efforts of the crew member sweeping the run-way, the technician checking all parameters of the flying machine, the doctor checking all vital health parameters of the flying officer, the cook offering appropriate food to the officer, and so on. After all these efforts by trained and qualified persons, an officer accomplishes the mission. “Sum of all wisdom is weapons on target,” he added with a smile.

But, despite these, there are incidents of human error. Yet, replied the AOC-in-C of Eastern Air Command with confidence, “Even statistics have proved that the IAF has an enviable record compared to other air forces in the world, as far as accidents are concerned. For, we emphasise on training, communication, learning from mistakes of others, flight safety considerations, and also on Operational Risk Management (ORM)”. A regular review and assessment of the requirements of the IAF, infrastructure, training module has helped the IAF in achieving man-machine synergy, he added.

Commissioned in the fighter stream of the IAF in 1979, Air Marshal Deo expressed happiness over adaptation of technology in younger generation. “Many young people are joining the IAF. With newer acquisitions, use of higher technology, new machine panel systems, requirement of skills also has gone up. Despite newer technologies, the IAF gives utmost importance to the man behind the machine. We have got certain benchmarks for the manpower, and these are never lowered,” he said. Of course, new infrastructure also was required and the Government cleared increase in infrastructure that would enable the IAF to train manpower in even better manner, observed the man who has done 3,855 hours of operational and training flying.

Air Marshal Deo has held various staff appointments and worked in Operations/Plans Directorates at Air Headquarters. He has been a witness to India transforming herself from being an Air Power to an Aerospace Power. “Yes. Being an Aerospace Power is absolutely essential. Since the collapse of the concept of Star Wars, the focus of all research shifted to Orbital and Sub-Orbital Weapons. All I can say is that India does not lag in this area. We have earned a significant position as an Aerospace Power,” said the seasoned Air Warrior in an impeccable English honed by years of hands-on experience of operations as well as strategic planning.

The IAF has been playing a key role in achieving better and effective co-ordination between civil and military aviation. The Air Marshal added, “Already, a document on flexible use of civil and military airspace has been promulgated. There is co-ordination between the IAF and Airports Authority of India.” India is coming of age in being self-reliant in defence production. According to Air Marshal S B Deo, who was actively involved in induction of modern assets and sensors in the IAF, the trade-off in ‘Make in India’ campaign launched recently by the Government of India would effect transfer of technology in a true sense. “The campaign is well worth it, and it augurs well for the requirements of the Services,” he said in an enthusiastic tone.

Conversation left a sweet taste in the mouth -- of talking to an accomplished Air Warrior on a wide range of issues related to India’s air defence. What marks Air Marshal Deo is his simplicity that defies his position. But what goes deeper in the mind is Air Marshal Deo’s savvy in latest technologies that are dominating air and aerospace defence of modern times.

The Nagpurian Officer

Air Marshal S B Deo is a Nagpurian. He was a student of Somalwar School. He is elder brother of Adv Rohit Deo, Assistant Solicitor General. The Air Marshal is married to Anjna. The couple has a son, who is a fighter pilot in the IAF. Air Marshal Deo is a fighter Combat Leader and an ‘A2 Qualified Flying Instructor’. He has been a Directing Staff at TACDE and an Instructor at the Flying Instructors’ School, Air Force Station, Tambaram. He is also an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.

Air Marshal S B Deo was AOC 32 Wing, has commanded 15 Squadron and a Signal Unit, besides being the Chief Operations Officer of a front-line forward base. As Station Commander of the Signal Unit, he was actively involved in the induction of modern assets and sensors in IAF. Prior to taking over as AOC-in-C of Eastern Air Command, he was DG Air (Ops), AOC COBRA Group, AD Commander and Air-I at HQ CAC. He is a recipient of the Presidential awards of Ati Vishist Seva Medal, Vayu Sena Medal, and Vishist Seva Medal. He is an avid reader and is interested in creative writing and technology.

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Congress declares its remaining 24 candidates

Congress, on the last day of withdrawal of nomination forms, declared its 24 candidates for corporator posts of Bhopal Municipal Corporation on Friday. In the meantime, two tickets given in fir... Read More
Congress, on the last day of withdrawal of nomination forms, declared its 24 candidates for corporator posts of Bhopal Municipal Corporation on Friday. In the meantime, two tickets given in first list were changed. In first list, Asif Zaki’s name was cleared as candidate for ward number 24 but in Friday’s list he was replaced by his wife Sabitha Sultan.

It is learnt that ward number 24 was reserved to women and Congress had wrongly given ticket to Asif Zaki. It corrected its mistake in Friday’s list by replacing Asif with his wife Sabistha.

Likewise, in first list, Congress had cleared name of Krishna Chawksey from ward number 62 but in Friday’s list she was replaced by Dolly Manish Yadav. The names of candidates declared on Friday for remaining wards are: Mahira (ward no 7), Amir Aqueel (ward no 8), Rafiq Qureshi (ward no 23), Sanjay Sahu (ward no 35), Phool Singh Yadav (ward 37), Vivek Tripati (ward no 45), Yogendra Singh (ward no 46), Raju Gujre (ward no 47), Manisha Ahirwar (ward no 48), Shaifali Thol (ward no 49), Raju Narware (ward no 50), Jyoti Mandlik (ward no 54), Udaiveer Singh (ward no 56), Fakira (ward no 59), Nirmala More (ward no 63), Pukraj Singh Rajput (ward no 65), Girish Sharma (ward no 67), KC Dubey (ward no 68), Sunita Mahendra Gurjar (ward no 72), Radheyshyam Lodhi (ward no 74), Sajid Ansari (ward no 75), Mubarika Kamaruddin (ward no 77), Ashok Malviya (ward no 81).

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Woman made son to steal in marriages!

Children were trained to steal from marriage functions and reception ceremonies while the parents and accomplice used to wait for them outside. Several cases of marriage thefts were solved with a... Read More
Children were trained to steal from marriage functions and reception ceremonies while the parents and accomplice used to wait for them outside. Several cases of marriage thefts were solved with arrest of a gang and Rs 4 lakh worth booty was also recovered.

SP North Arvind Saxena told that several cases of theft from marriage receptions and ceremonies were reported in last few months including marriage of Aparna Bhargava, daughter of Ved Prakash Bhargava, on November 27, 2014. Miscreants stole a polythene bag in which all the gift cash envelopes were kept.

Saxena told that a team was formed in which ASP Zone-3 Manu Vyas, ASP Crime Shailendra Singh Chouhan jointly carried out investigation. Police teams gathered video shooting recordings and CCTV footages of the marriages target by the miscreants.

After lengthy investigation, shockingly, action of a child seemed suspicious.

Investigating team again checked the footages and identified the persons who got in touch with the minor boy. Police found that in different marriages ceremonies, two-three youths were again and again were present. It seemed suspicious that why same people would be invited in marriages daily that two where thefts occurred.

Police earmarked the suspects and started search for them, after several days police were tipped off that some suspected persons are living for Rajgarh by bus. Police kept eyes on suspects and nabbed them from Bairagarh while they were leaving for Rajgarh.

The nabbed miscreants were identified as Devendra aka Deva, 21, son of Vijendra resident of Village Kadiya in Rajgarh district, Aakash, 20, son of Ramkishan, resident of Gulkhedi in Rajgarh and Amika, 40, wife of Sikander also a resident of Rajgarh district. Amika’s 12 year old son used to steal the gifts from marriages.

The miscreants told that they used to send the boy dressed in good clothes in marriage receptions along with Baraat. The boy used to win the confidence of the relatives pretending to be son of a family member. He used to also do small works like bringing tea or soup for people and getting chair for elderly persons etc. So when the boy used to pick the bags carrying gift items or envelopes no one used to suspect them. Then the boy used to bring the envelope outside to his mother or accomplices. Even if someone stopped him or questioned him he used to tell that the packet is to be kept in the car.

Police have recovered goods worth Rs 4 lakh, including a set of gold tops and necklace, 2 sets of gold tops, two sets of gold bangles, Rs 1,70,000 cash.

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BMC not to allow school buses to run on BRTS corridor

With special guidelines laid by the administration in operating the school buses, a major change is likely to place in operation of these buses in city. Around 200 buses of various schools will s... Read More
With special guidelines laid by the administration in operating the school buses, a major change is likely to place in operation of these buses in city. Around 200 buses of various schools will soon be running in Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) Corridor. Regional transport Office has given consent to the proposal.

However, the BCM is opposed to the idea saying that it is not feasible to operate these buses in corridor. Now, the final call is with the district administration in the matter, file will be sent to district administration by the RTO.

It is to be noted that the BRTS Corridor is used by the Bhopal City Link Limited to operate its low floor buses and will now be conducting a survey in this regard for operation of the school buses in mobbing and afternoon. Regional Transport Office had conducted a survey about a year ago regarding operation of the school buses in the corridor stating that due to severe traffic in peak hours children are delayed to either reach schools or their homes on time. Therefore, the plan was carved to operate the school buses in the corridor to maintain smooth flow of buses. The survey aimed at operating the buses in the BRTS Corridor from Bairagarh to Misrod in morning, afternoon and evening.

Officials in the RTO are of the opinion that a limited number of school buses will be given permit to operate in the Corridor. Meanwhile, officials in BMC are saying that it is not apt for buses to be operated in the BRTS Corridor.

Devendra Tiwari, BRTS In-charge said that it is not feasible to operate the school buses in the corridor and has therefore sent their report to the RTO in this regard. Road experts are of the opinion that it will be a good decision to give the consent of operating the buses in corridor which will reduce the chances of accidents that is a prime risk in the severe traffic conditions.

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Chouhan reaches Gujarat, urges NRIs to invest in MP

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has invited all Indians and Non-Resident Indians to Madhya Pradesh. He said whether you invest or not, but do visit Madhya Pradesh. Chouhan was addressing c... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has invited all Indians and Non-Resident Indians to Madhya Pradesh. He said whether you invest or not, but do visit Madhya Pradesh. Chouhan was addressing concluding programme of Non-Resident Indians’ convention at Mahatma Mandir at Gandhi Nagar in Gujarat on Friday. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh conducted the programme. Chief Ministers of nine states including Madhya Pradesh attended the convention.

Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh’s industrial policy is investor-friendly. Power is available 24x7. This miracle was done first by Gujarat. Now, electricity is available in state’s villages as well. Madhya Pradesh is an island of peace where there is no discrimination between north, south, east and west. Whoever comes, Madhya Pradesh embraces all. Everyone is near and dear one of the state. Once Madhya Pradesh was notorious for dactoits. But now dacoits are either dead or in jail. Chouhan said that industrial peace prevails in Madhya Pradesh due to better law & order. Slogans like “Chahe Jo Majboori Ho, Maang Hamari Poori Ho” and “Hamse Jo Takrayega, Choor Choor Ho Jayega” are not heard in Madhya Pradesh. Instead of single-window, the State Government has implemented single-door policy. The Chief Minister said that he himself meets investors directly every Monday where officers of concerning departments are also present. Decisions on issued pertaining to investors are taken immediately. Chouhan said that a new cell will be constituted for NRIs in Madhya Pradesh. A separate officer will be appointed for every project. Chouhan said that the Prime Minister has given slogan of “Make in India”.

To ensure its success, the Chief Minister has given slogan “Make in Madhya Pradesh” inviting investors to Madhya Pradesh and assuring them of every possible facility. Chouhan said that earlier Madhya Pradesh was dubbed as a sick state. When he became Chief Minister 9 years ago, power was supplied to villages for only 3 hours. Roads were non-existent. Now, Madhya Pradesh’s growth rate is 11.08, which is highest in the country. The state is maintaining growth rate in double digit continuously for last 10 years. Earlier, only 7.5 lakh hectare area was under irrigation, which has been increased to 27.5 lakh hectares now. He said that with 24.99 percent agriculture growth rate, Madhya Pradesh is pioneer in both India and abroad. Last year, Madhya Pradesh was ahead of Haryana in wheat production. This year, it will be ahead of even Punjab. He said that efforts are being made for progress in every sector in the state. Though growth rate of the state is good, even then the state government is not satisfied with it. Chouhan referred specially to last Global Investors Summit to motivate industrialists.

The Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh is a very good state where investors will achieve desired success. Chouhan also made special mention of tourist attractions in the state in his address. He said that state boasts of 3 World Heritage monuments. Out of 12 Jyotirlingas in the country, 2 are in Madhya Pradesh at Mahakaleshwar and Omkareshwar. Simhastha is going to be held next year after 12 years. Apart from Shahi Snan with Sanatan traditions during this Mahakumbh at Ujjain, this Simhastha will also give messages of humanity, environmental improvement, save girls, basic unity and morality in all religions to the world. Eminent philosophers will hold discussions on these subjects during Simhastha. The Chief Minister also invited participants of NRI convention to Simhastha. Principal Secretary S K Mishra accompanied the Chief Minister to Gandhi Nagar (Gujarat).

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NSUI State President Vankhede resigns

Peeved over ignorance of NSUI workers in distribution of corporator tickets, NSUI State President Vipin Vankhede resigned from his post on Friday. Vankhede had tendered his resignation to NSUI Na... Read More
Peeved over ignorance of NSUI workers in distribution of corporator tickets, NSUI State President Vipin Vankhede resigned from his post on Friday. Vankhede had tendered his resignation to NSUI National President. What is more interesting is this that no senior leader from party tried to sooth his anger. “I had resigned from post as party had not considered NSUI members in ticket distribution. I had sought only one or two tickets for organization members from each municipal corporation but out of so many wards, Congress could not give even one or two tickets to NSUI workers,” said miffed NSUI State President Vipin Vankhede to “The Hitavada”.

He added that over the manner party had cleared tickets, morale of NSUI workers has been hit adversely. Earlier, party had made big commitments but later they proved hollow promises. “NSUI party workers have borne the brunt of lathis in demonstrations but they were not considered for even one or two tickets. In Jabalpur, I had sought only one ticket that also to NSUI District President Vijay Rajak but to no avail. How I could justify myself before organisation workers,” he added.

It was on Wednesday that Youth Congress State President Kunal Choudhary had sent feelers to party that he is offering his resignation as Youth Congress workers were neglected in distribution of tickets. However, later he withdrew his decision. He too felt that youths have actively taken part in demonstrations and got beaten up by cops but they were not considered for tickets. Interestingly, much before starting of local body elections, state Congress president Arun Yadav have made large claims that in coming elections it would be youths who would get maximum tickets. It was after his assurance that young party workers have become hopeful of getting tickets in local body elections but when it came to disburse the tickets, old party workers have managed to get lion’s share in ticket distribution. Leaders of Youth Congress and NSUI were left nail biting and simmering with anger.

Congress removes Katni District President

On the charges of internal bickering and his dubious activities which were hurting party’s image, Congress removed Katni District President Karan Singh Chouhan on Friday.

It is learnt that from some time, Chouhan was unsatisfied by the party’s decision making process and he had started to send feelers to party in this regard. Party had taken serious note of his objectionable activities and finally his wings were clipped.

“We have removed Katni District President Karan Singh Chouhan due to his dubious activities. His activities were suspected even in the Katni Municipal Corporation election held some time back,” said Chief Spokesman of Congress K K Mishra to ‘The Hitavada’.

It may be mentioned that Congress is witnessing a volley of protests over the ticket distribution and in last two day, many disgruntled leaders have protested at party headquarters.

NSUI District President miffed on not getting ticket

The resentment among workers in Congress is yet to die down. NSUI district president Veerendra Mishra was eyeing corporator ticket from ward number 46 but Congress gave ticket to right hand of former MLA and district Congress President PC Sharma, Guddu Chouhan. “I had been strongest claimant for corporator ticket from ward number 46 and my name was in the panel. My name was dropped at eleventh hour. Persons who bore the brunt of lathis for party have been deprived from tickets. I could take any big decision tomorrow including to resign from the post,” said Veerendra Mishra to ‘The Hitavada’.

Salim resigns as coordinator of Congress Minority Cell

Coordinator of Minority Cell of Congress, Mohammad Salim has resigned from his post as his recommendations for tickets in municipal corporations were not considered by party organization. “ I had mailed my resignation to state Congress President Arun Yadav. Even in local body elections, no tickets were considered in the wake of my requests. Same happened in municipal corporations.

From Bhopal, I had demanded ten tickets. The height is this that in the ward number 8 in which I lives, party had given ticket to brother of party MLA Arif Aqueel, Amir Aqueel notwithstanding the fact that he do not live in that ward,” he added.

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Severe water crisis in several parts

City at the moment is facing severe water crisis as the main pipeline of the Kolar project encountered some damages on Wednesday night due to excessive pressure from the pump house. Bhopal Munici... Read More
City at the moment is facing severe water crisis as the main pipeline of the Kolar project encountered some damages on Wednesday night due to excessive pressure from the pump house. Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) started repairing of the damaged section of the pipeline on Wednesday that continued on Thursday and Friday. The repairing has been completed and water supply will be restored from Saturday morning.

Experts in the city are of the opinion that the Kolar project has outlived its age and therefore there is a need to change it and find its alternative.

Meanwhile, water supply is also being done by the Narmada project and therefore it should be considered as an alternative they added.

It is worth mentioning that the pipeline underwent certain damages about a couple of months ago as well when water supply was affected for two to three days throughout the city.

Proposal regarding linking of the Narmada and Kolar project was submitted in the Corporation which is pending.

Due to shutting down of the Kolar pump house the supply of water was affected in the areas of E-1 to E-5 Arera Colony, Railway Colony Habibganj, Janata Quarters, Jhuggi Basti, Mira Nagar, Chaar Imli, Panchsheel Nagar, Chandbad, Nishatpura, Kaji Camp, old Bus stand, Bal Vihar, Nehru Nagar, Vaishali Nagar, Kotra Government Houses, South TT Nagar, Sanjay Complex, Shahpura, Gulmohar, Trilanga, E-7 extension, Lakherapura, Marwadi Road, Budhwara, Mangalwara, Itwara, Islampura, Khatikpura and other adjoining areas on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Premshankar Shukla, PRO, BMC, said that the repairing was completed on Friday and water supply will be restored from Saturday morning throughout the city. The pump house will be restarted after which it will take about 10 hours for water to reach in city. Therefore, water supply will commence from Saturday morning.

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Cop’s son shoots self with father’s revolver, dies

Teenage son of an ATS cop shot himself with his father’s service revolver at Tulsi Nagar here on Friday morning. The boy was admitted to Bansal Hospital in a critical condition. He died late ... Read More
Teenage son of an ATS cop shot himself with his father’s service revolver at Tulsi Nagar here on Friday morning. The boy was admitted to Bansal Hospital in a critical condition. He died late on Friday night. Police told that Sameer Kamble, 19, son of Rajesh Kamble, was a student of first year engineering at TIT College. Rajesh is posted as Sub-Inspector at Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) while his wife Aparna is a teacher at Aurobindo School.

Rajesh Kamble had gone to Bangalore for an investigation for 10 days and he returned to his house in Tulsi Nagar locality on Thursday night. On Friday morning,

Aparna went to her school while Kamble after gifting a T-shirt brought for Sameer went to take bath. Rajesh kept his service revolver on the table and Sameer was getting ready to go to college. Sameer’s elder sister Priya stays at Pune.

In the meantime Sameer, picked his father’s service revolver, a 9mm glock, and shot himself on his head from left side. He shot another round but it did not hit him. On hearing gunshot, Rajesh rushed out of the bathroom and found his son in a pool of blood in verandah on the backside of the house.

Rajesh was so shocked on seeing his son that he lost conscious for some time. After that he rushed Sameer to People’s Hospital but on checking his condition, doctors referred him to Bansal Hospital. Sameer is admitted in ICU ward of Bansal Hospital and is being treated by Dr Nitin Garg, who is also treating Rati Tripathi.

Sameer’s mother Aparna told mediapersons that Sameer was a sincere boy and it never seemed that he would take such a step. SP South Anshuman Singh also visited the hospital where Sameer is undergoing treatment. Meanwhile, police have initiated investigation in the matter and FSL team has reached the crime spot. Entry of people has been stopped in the house. Though Sameer has not left any suicide note but it is being speculated that he was under immense pressure of ongoing examinations.

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Eleven injured in bus-truck collision

Eleven persons injured, when a bus and truck collided head-on at village Satpara of Abhanpur on Thursday. Accident happened, when the bus driver tried to overtake another vehicle.

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Eleven persons injured, when a bus and truck collided head-on at village Satpara of Abhanpur on Thursday. Accident happened, when the bus driver tried to overtake another vehicle.

Police sources informed that a bus (CG/04-E/1606) of Manish Travel was heading Dhamtari from Raipur whereas the truck (CG/04-ZC/7413) was coming from Dhamtari towards Capital. On a single double lane road sans divider, bus driver tried to overtake another vehicle but he couldn’t hit the break on time as the truck had come too close. Collision left 11 persons injured including the drivers of both bus and truck. Fortunately, as much as the accident was severe, there wasn’t any death.

Name of the injured are Bus driver Santosh Sahu (38), resident of Sakra Sinhawa, truck driver Makkhan Singh (52), resident of Telibandha Raipur, passengers as Manoj Kumar Thakur (30)-Sihawa, Shankuntala Dhruv (23)-Sihawa, Abhishek Jain (23)-Sadar Bazaar Delhi, Basanta Bai (40)-Sihawa, Ramji Sonkar (64)-Rajim, Dilip Sahu (34)-Sihawa, Urmila Nagarchi (23)-Kurud, Madan Ram Nagarchi (54)-Kurud and Kamlesh Dewangan (41)-Nagri.

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Socio-political organisations strongly condemn rape incident at Govt Hospital

The Socio-Political Organisations like Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Akhil Bharti Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Hindu Yuva Manch, CPIM, Indian Students Association from Steel City are still continu... Read More
The Socio-Political Organisations like Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Akhil Bharti Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Hindu Yuva Manch, CPIM, Indian Students Association from Steel City are still continuing to vent their anger by staging vehement demonstration at several places while pressing the demand for stern action against the culprits, responsible for committing the heinous crime at Government Hospital Bhilai.

In this context Hindu Yuva Manch and Hindu Chatra Manch burned the effigy of Police Administration at Globe Chowk, Sector-10. The Manch said that the heinous incident of Supela Government Hospital is horrible because the saviors have turned into perpetrators thereby creating a fear in the society. Those present were Manch President, Amit Purohit, General Secretary, surendra Jain, Convener, Dinesh Barle, Dr Sanjay Singh, Nitesh Singh, Krishna Singh, Rama, Deepesh Barkle, Luccky Verma and others.

CPIM activists staged demonstration in-front of Lal Bahadur Shashtri Hospital Govt. Hospital where the incident took place and later handed over a memorandum to the Supela Police Station Incharge addressed to Chief Minister and demanded to establish Fast Track Court for punishing the accused. Present on the occasion were Shantakumar, Vakil Bharti, P Venkat, Girija Nair, Vijay Laxmi, Savita Kumari, AK Dhruv, Umrao Singh, SP Dey, Puran Sharma, Rakesh Banchore, Anil Shekar, Vijay Namdeo, AP Patel and others.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad Bajrangdal, District Bhilai handed over a memorandum to the Addl Director General of Police Socio-Political Organisations strongly condemn rape incident at Govt Hospital demanding stern action against the doctor and policemen who committed the heinous incident. Present during handing over the memorandum were District Vice President, KK Dwivedi, Anil Kumar Shukla, G Sai Krishna, Ashwin Wasnik, Pt. Balaji Maharaj, Naveen Dongre and others. Former State Minister and Vice President of Pradesh Congress Committee, Badruddin Qureshi in this context has written a letter to Chief Minister, Dr Raman Singh and asked for immediate financial help for the victim girl so that proper treatment could be done and also for her higher education.

He has demanded to expel the accused doctor and policemen immediately. He also demanded that proper check must be put on such heinous crime is at rise in the state.

Singhdeo writes to CM urging institution of fast track courts for rape cases

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader TS Singhdeo has expressed grave concern over rising incidents of rape in state and demanded that these cases be assigned for hearing in fast track courts. Singhdeo wrote to Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh urging instituting of fast track courts to hear the rape cases. He said that while registered rape cases in year 2001 was 959, the number recorded in year 2013 was 1267. Recalling the infamous incidents of rape and molestation in state including that of Meena Khakho, Jhaliamari, Amadula tribal hostel, he said that fast track courts would ensure speedy justice to victims in these cases.

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Tension in Dhamdha over demolition of encroachment

Tension prevailed in Dhamdha on Friday noon after a team of administration went to demolish the illegal encroachment at Sabji Mandi.

The Mandi was reportedly constructed on a private land... Read More
Tension prevailed in Dhamdha on Friday noon after a team of administration went to demolish the illegal encroachment at Sabji Mandi.

The Mandi was reportedly constructed on a private land and after the anti-encroachment squad went to raze down the illegal establishment, the local congressmen created a scene. They were later arrested and brought to Pulgaon Police Station. According to information, the Sabji Mandi of Dhamdha has reportedly been constructed on a private land. A team of administration on Friday went to raze down the illegal encroachment during which the local congressmen including newly elected President of Nagar Panchayat Dhamdha, Sunita Gupta created a scene.

The team had to face stiff protest of the congressmen and finally around 36 protestors were arrested by the Dhamdha Police under preventive sections.

The 36 protestors including President of Nagar Panchayat Dhamdha, Sunita Gupta; 11 Corporators and 24 others were brought to Pulgaon Police Station and legal actions under section 151 was initiated against them. Later, they were released on bail. Former Saja MLA, Ravindra Choubey and Durg MLA Arun Vora too visited Pulgaon Police Station and met with the protestors.

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NDRF team tests BSP, CISF’s preparedness to tackle emergency

The high-level team of officials from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was in Bhilai to ascertain and evaluate the emergency preparedness and response of all the agencies in Bhilai Steel P... Read More
The high-level team of officials from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was in Bhilai to ascertain and evaluate the emergency preparedness and response of all the agencies in Bhilai Steel Plant including that of CISF and District Administration in a possible worst case scenario of chemical/industrial disaster in the plant.

The joint mock exercise was organized as a new initiative of Arvind Ranjan, IPS, DG, CISF and BSP Management as an effort for better preparation and coordination to handle any possible disaster in a more professional manner.

To check the level of emergency preparedness of all these agencies, it was desired by NDRF officials that a mock-drill be conducted at LD Gas Holder as a possible worst case scenario of chemical / industrial disaster in BSP, under their supervision. The exercise was also aimed at enhancing coordination among emergency support functions of various departments of BSP, CISF and stakeholders at district level and highlighting the roles and responsibilities of each of these agencies.

So, on Friday noon an emergency situation was reported in LD Gas Holder area as heavy gas leakage because of water seal breakage was observed. Two persons conducting routine check-up get exposed to the gas and become unconscious at the walkway, while another six persons working at ground level also get exposed to the toxic gas and fall down. Meanwhile the operator at the control room, upon noticing on-line CO monitor alarm and noticing some workers fallen down in the surrounding area, raised the alarm to declare emergency and informed the Energy Centre. Energy Centre further informed all those concerned as per emergency preparedness plan and response procedure of the department.

This reporting of the incident triggered all the agencies to respond and tackle the emergency, all of which was closely monitored by NDRF officials. Over and above this, they increased the level of emergency necessitating the involvement of state administration and response from NDRF team themselves. The entire exercise was over at around 1300 hours.

Addressing a debriefing session after the mock drill exercise, SB Singh,IPS (IG) said it is a positive sign that all the agencies involved participated spontaneously in the entire exercise. The coordination between the agencies and stakeholders has been good, he said, adding that the basic aim of sharing knowledge among all the agencies involved has been achieved. A positive step has been taken, he said, congratulating BSP, the CISF and other agencies.

To assess the standard operating practices and emergency preparedness, a table top exercise was held earlier on 8th Jan 2015 involving top officials of BSP and CISF, visiting officials of the NDRF and officials of Industrial Health & Safety Dept, Durg. The participants engaged in a day-long exercise during which all aspects of the Plant’s Emergency Preparedness Plan was discussed threadbare by the visiting NDRF officials.

The Plant’s Safety Engg Deptt presented Emergency Preparedness Plan of BSP, while the Energy Management Deptt presented Emergency Preparedness Plan pertaining to Gas Safety. The Plant’s Medical & Health Services Deptt gave a presentation on Medical Response Plan during disaster. The Bhilai Fire Brigade and the CISF also gave presentations. The NDRF Team gave an introduction to Incident Command System and conduct of table top exercise. In order to evaluate the response in real-life situation, it was decided to conduct a mock drill in a highly gas prone area.

Among the senior officials of BSP and CISF who participated in the discussions were CEO (BSP) S Chandrasekaran, who delivered the inaugural address, Shikha Gupta, DIG, CISF, Bhilai who delivered the keynote address, and Y K Degan, ED (Works) also addressed the participants. Also present were Dr S Hiran, Director I/c M & HS and LT Sherpa, ED (P&A), R.C. Huria, DIG (Training) CISF, S.S. Sandhu, DIG, Disaster Management, CISF, M.K. Yadav, Sr Commandant, NDRF and TK Sahu, Dy Director, Industrial Health & Safety.

It may be mentioned that the NDRF is a specialized agency, constituted by an Act of Parliament to coordinate rescue and relief efforts during the time of disaster. The satisfaction expressed by the visiting high level team of NDRF officials from Odisha, who had stationed themselves in Bhilai to oversee and ascertain the response of BSP, CISF and other agencies, has put a stamp of approval on the emergency preparedness and response of BSP.

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Not power supply, but bills will be a ‘shocker’ for sure!

The power consumers in the State will be getting high voltage jolt in the New Year if the proposals for increasing power tariff forwarded by the State Power Companies are approved by Chhattisga... Read More
The power consumers in the State will be getting high voltage jolt in the New Year if the proposals for increasing power tariff forwarded by the State Power Companies are approved by Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC).

Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Ltd which is supplying power to its consumers particularly domestic at the lowest cost in the country, have proposed for 35 percent increase in tariff to overcome the losses incurred over Rs 2400 crore. Power tariff in the State is fixed by Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) under Section 62 of Electricity Act 2003.

Alike previous years, this year also, the Chhattisgarh Power Companies including Chhattisgarh State Power Generation Company Ltd, Chhattisgarh State Power Transmission Company Ltd and Chhattisgarh and State Power Distribution Company Ltd have deposited their proposals on January 1, 2015.

According to sources, the power companies have proposed power tariff of 32-35 percent to recover the losses worth Rs 2450 crore which these companies have incurred in due course of time. As per the proposals, these companies have incurred loss to the tune of Rs 1000 crore in the current financial year 2014-15 while it had incurred losses to the tune of Rs 1450 crore in the financial year 2013-14.

In order to bridge these losses, the power companies have demanded hike in power tariff.

It is worth mentioning here that the Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Ltd had targeted an income of Rs 8500 crore, against which, the company could earn only Rs 7500 crore. In order to bridge this loss, CSPDCL has urged CSERC to make provisions so that the incurred loss estimated at Rs 1000 crore can be overcome. However, the increase in power tariff might create more problems for the state government which is already in the receiving end due to paddy procurement, bonus and ration cards. But since there is no election in near future, the state government may go ahead with the hike.

Meanwhile, the CSERC will be initiating process towards announcement of new power tariff for the financial year 2015-16. In this direction, the proposals submitted by the power companies will be uploaded in the CSERC website and will invite claims and objections from the general public. After receiving the claims and objections, the CSERC will be holding public hearing for disposing off the claims and objections. It will also seek opinion from the Electricity Advisory Committee.

Presently the whole process is in primary stage and only proposals have been received from the companies. The whole process will be need approximately four months to get completed. Hence CSERC will be announcing new power tariff sometime during April-May. If the officials are to be believed, under present condition, the power tariff might see a hike of 12-15 percent this financial year. That means the consumers will get 20-30 paise per unit costlier power. Presently domestic consumers are paying at the rate of Rs 2.70 per unit (0-200 units); at Rs 4.10 per unit (201-600 units) and at Rs 5.90 per unit for 601 units and more.

C’garh Cong to oppose power tariff hike: Chhabra

Chhattisgarh Congress has registered its strong opposition to proposal from Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Limited (CSPDCL) to hike electricity tariffs.

Party spokesperson Mahendra Chhabra blamed the mismanagement on the part of state government because of which the people are forced to buy expensive electricity. He pointed out that the electricity department has been under Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh since past decade but power companies continue to claim to be operating in loss. He also raked up the issue of small and medium industries which would be badly hit if any more price rise in electricity tariff is undertaken. Many of the industries reeling under acute shortage of iron ore may get shut due to power tariff hike, he said.

Chhabra said that Congress would vehemently oppose any move to further hike the power tariffs.

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Revoke suspension of medical officers at Indore, Mhow, demands MPMOA

RIFT between the Principal Secretary, Public Health and Family Planning, Department and Madhya Pradesh Medical Officers’ Association started demanding to revoke suspension of medical officers... Read More
RIFT between the Principal Secretary, Public Health and Family Planning, Department and Madhya Pradesh Medical Officers’ Association started demanding to revoke suspension of medical officers at Indore and Mhow recently. Madhya Pradesh Medical Officers’ Association (MPMOA), a body of government doctors, has registered stand against recent decision of Principal Secretary. Office-bearers of MPMOA said Principal Secretary Health Praveer Krishn decisions are autocratic. They said suspension of all medical doctors one PSC in Indore District without any adequate reason will be a setback for doctors who want to serve the society. They said doctors are targeted with malice and their moral also goes down with each action. They said how is it possible for 4000 doctors to carry out the work for the required strength of more than 7000. Raising the issue of demand, Madhya Pradesh Medical Officers’ Association office-bearer said our demands include reinstating all suspended medical officers, fresh appointment to be done as per Indian Public Health Standard, proper housing facility in rural areas, time bound promotion to all doctors and employees and regularise all contractual doctors and employees, amongst others. It is to be mentioned that Principal Secretary, Health Department known for his strict working has suspended 10 medical officers for negligence towards duties in Indore and Mhow recently. He has suspended more than 800 medical staff for paying negligence in 2014.

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Hearing of bail plea of VYAPAM accused deferred

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Friday has deferred hearing of bail application filed by Pradeep Raghuwanshi, ac... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Friday has deferred hearing of bail application filed by Pradeep Raghuwanshi, accused of VYAPAM scam, for two weeks so that in the meantime the applicant may consider of filing bail application even in other case in respect of which he has been arrested. The division bench has stand over till January 23.

On Friday, counsel for the applicant, in all fairness submits that as per information applicant has been arrested in connection with crime on January 8.

The applicant was employed on the post of General Manager in Bhandari Hospital, Indore, which is a private hospital, run by Dr Vinod Bhandari, who is also co-accused in VYAPAM Scam and is in jail. He was also looking after work of admission in Arvindo College of Medical Science run by Dr Vinod Bhandari and his family members.

On the basis of memorandum statement of evidence act, allegedly given by main accused Nitin Mohendra and applicant himself and also on the basis of name mentioned in excel sheet maintained in his computer (Nitin Mohendra), present applicant has been implicated in three cases, bearing crime, for alleged accepting of huge money from candidates, for getting them selected and appointment in PMT, 2012, Pre-PG course 2012 and PRT Examination, 2012. However, he was arrested in on November 24, 2013, in relation to crime.

The applicant by selling his house at Indore and ornaments have deposited an amount of Rs 1.42 crore, with respondent.

In the present criminal case, prosecution contended that, the key accused Nitin Mohendra has given his memorandum statement on October 30, 2013, in which, he had stated that, before the Pre-PG Examination, Dr Vinod Bhandari has gone to Bhopal and met Nitin Mohendra in government house of one Umesh Trivedi, where he told him, that, his manager Pradeep Raghuvanshi the present applicant will meet him, with names of six person, with huge money, for admission of students.

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Why do people treat garbage collection as thankless job?

FOLLOWING orders of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his emphasis on a ‘Clean India Healthy India Campaign’, the Swachh Bharat Swasth Bharat Abhiyan has been taken up with seriousness by JM... Read More
FOLLOWING orders of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his emphasis on a ‘Clean India Healthy India Campaign’, the Swachh Bharat Swasth Bharat Abhiyan has been taken up with seriousness by JMC. Even in remote residential localities such as Bilhari, Tilhari and Vijay Nagar, sanitation workers collecting garbage has become a common sight. Armed with a trolley they blow their whistle sending a message to all to get their bins. Moving in a pair, these hardworking men are neither repulsed by mounds of filth that they collect or deterred by uncooperative and sometimes irked residents that perhaps consider it far too much trouble to step out of their dwellings and put the garbage bags.

Sunil pulls the trolley while Rinku blows the whistle and is in-charge of garbage collection in and around Bilhari of Mandla Road. Hitting the road as early as 6 am the duo walk into colony after colony, urging residents to throw their trash in the garbage and not elsewhere in an attempt to keep their colony their ward and their city neat and clean. Garbage is collected, informed Rinku, and put in special waste disposal pit dug in a far flung field.

The garbage is then segregated into bio-degradable and plastic. Vegetable and fruit peels, food remains etc are put in compost pit for maturing and festering into organic fertiliser. The rest is disposed at Corporation incinerator. Asked if they received public co-operation in the demanding task, both Sunil and Rinku expressed their anguish at the unusual attitude of residents that behaved as though they did JMC a favour by giving away their garbage! They often reprimanded JMC employees for ‘bothering’ them during odd hours! Rinku also laid stress on the need of awareness more than collection and disposal of garbage if a truly Clean India was to be achieved! Thankfully, JMC provides its employees sent out on Swachh Abhiyan with gloves, masks and caps for their personal safety and protection. Sad, indeed is the stance of some residents who ill-treat them. In fact, for most of us, this spoon-feeding is not the right approach. People who litter and default on waste disposal or fail to support to their own hygienic and clean surroundings should be severely fined and punished. In India, unfortunately, it is fear of punishment or penalty that works as best formula. Stringent measures should be adopted to shake us out of our somnolence and complacency. We are dependant on the government and the administration for far too long and far too much. It is high time for us to bear the onus and take our responsibility as dutiful denizens with a fair amount of civic sense.

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Man crushed under wheels of speeding vehicle

Unidentified middle-aged man was crushed to death by an unidentified speeding vehicle in front of Manoj Hotel under jurisdiction of Panagar police station, on Friday. According to Panagar police,... Read More
Unidentified middle-aged man was crushed to death by an unidentified speeding vehicle in front of Manoj Hotel under jurisdiction of Panagar police station, on Friday. According to Panagar police, they received information from Government Hospital Panagar that a middle aged man was admitted for treatment of critical injuries in a road accident. The injured was given primary treatment and was referred to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital.

On the way towards Jabalpur, the man succumbed to his critical injuries due to profuse bleeding. Learning about the incident, a police team reached the spot and sent the body for post-mortem after carrying out panchnama.

Investigating the case, police learnt that the unidentified man was riding on a bi-cycle towards Panagar. When he was passing through main road, an unidentified white colour car rammed into his motorcycle in front of Manoj Hotel. In the mishap, the man sustained critical injuries and the accused car driver managed to drove away from the area. The injured was rushed to government hospital with the help of locals.

Police have registered a case against unidentified car driver under section 304 (A), 279 and 337 of the IPC while further investigations are underway to identify the deceased and search is underway to identify and apprehend the accused car driver.

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With civic polls, micro-entrepreneurs pin hopes on multi-storied industrial complex

COMING civic elections could be the right time to press the demand of development of a multi-storied industrial complex for micro-entrepreneurs. Industrial organisations and leaders must propel... Read More
COMING civic elections could be the right time to press the demand of development of a multi-storied industrial complex for micro-entrepreneurs. Industrial organisations and leaders must propel the idea to bring a multi-storied industrial complex in city limits to tackle shortage of space for new entreprenurs.

In present circumstances in Jabalpur district, two industry development centres one at Ricchai and another at Adhartal which are full to their capacity. In Ricchai, some additional land is available but it will be provided through auction. Process of land auction will increase price manifold making investment beyond reach of new entrants.

Simultaneously, proposed or new industrial development centres are being developed through Audhoyogik Kendra Vikas Nigam in adjoining areas of the city. For micro-enterprises there is a challenge to control expenses of transportation of raw material, finished goods, labour cost etc to maintain profitability of units. All these factors convert the thought of developing a micro-enterprise at upcoming industry centres negative with remark of non-feasibility.

These centres are good for small and medium size industry having bulk investment options. For micro and small enterprise having investment part and industry cost within limit of Rs 100 lakh selection of site in any of upcoming industry development centres like at Umaria Dugaria, Tewar, Tilwara, etc that are around 20 to 30 km away from main city is not a feasible idea.

Jabalpur being the centre of commercial activities in Mahakoshal region needs such multi-storied industrial complex for micro, cottage and small enterprises. In previous budget the State Government had included infrastructure development for micro and small enterprises in the State Industrial Policy. The government must identify potential sectors in each Assembly Constituency and in every constituency a multi-storied industrial complex should be set-up appointing MLAs as Managing Director of the complex.

For small business owners like manufacturers of incense sticks, bag manufacturers, plastic good manufacturers, packaging and people running small business and needs area of around 1000 to 2000 sq feet area to run their enterprise will be real beneficiaries and target section for this multi-storied project. The government must work on identification of potential areas for such project so that a entrepreneurship could benefit the society.

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3-tier system to bring down child, mother mortality rate in State

TO BRING down child and mother mortality rate, the State Government is promoting massive drive for treatment and rehabilitation of children in the State. Three-tier system has been developed to t... Read More
TO BRING down child and mother mortality rate, the State Government is promoting massive drive for treatment and rehabilitation of children in the State. Three-tier system has been developed to take care of children, under which 1120 New Born Corner will be established.

Over 313 Malnourished Rehabilitation Centre (MRC) will be established for severely malnourished children. Besides this, 277 MRCs are already running in the State. Under three-level health promotion programme in the State, 876 new born corners have been established in health centre to promote institutional delivery. With launching comprehensive plans, there is declination of three per cent in mother and child mortality rate in the State.

Special Programme has been launched to control various diseases in adult girl child, Albendazole tablets are given twice a year, 32 weekly tablets for haemoglobin, health check-up programme will be organised by Women and Child Development Department.

Besides this, promotional measures like institutional delivery, promotion of breastfeeding and Janani Express for shifting of child and mother are strengthened to promote referral mechanism, I Y C F programme are being organised to trained ANMs, Anganwadi workers, assistants in breastfeeding to educate them on new guidelines of Health Department. 10 points for breastfeeding are followed as per international guidelines in most of the Government Hospitals to promote institutional delivery in the State.

The Health Department in coordination with Women and Child Development Department is organising various activities to promote child mortality rate under ‘Bal Suraksha Week’. Where dose of Vitamin A, Anti Worm Tablet will be given in an interval of six months to children aged between 9 months to 5 years. Apart from this, IFA tablet or syrup will be given for 100 days to children between 1 to 5 years of age. 41,131 severely malnourished children were treated in 277 Malnourished Rehabilitation Centres.

MRC will be stepwise established in 313 blocks. Appointment of caretaker, cook, staff nurse, trained dieticians will be done in the centre. 81 CMOC, institution are carrying out services to promote malnourish rehabilitation centre, beside this 66 blood storage units are already existing, 464 BMOC institutions are established, 313 Janani Express ambulance services are there for shifting of pregnant women and new born children to nearest government hospitals. New maternity wings have been established in four district hospitals recently and blood bank has been established in every government hospital.

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Rumors of leopard’s presence in Pachperi area triggers panic

NEWS of presence of a leopard in Pachperi area triggered panic amongst residents while rumors compelled the residents to step out of their houses in night hours. The leopard is being frequently s... Read More
NEWS of presence of a leopard in Pachperi area triggered panic amongst residents while rumors compelled the residents to step out of their houses in night hours. The leopard is being frequently spotted in the area since a few days. Besides this, the leopard preying a cow and attacking another in Defence Colony area left the residents terrified on Friday.

The leopard along with two cubs have been spotted in Pachperi and its surrounding areas adjoining the forest range. Along with establishment of several major education institutions including Rani Durgawati University and several colleges, VVIP area is homing residences of all the senior administration officers, police officers and judges’ bungalows.

District Forest Officer H S Mohanta while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ informed that spotting of a leopard in the region is not new. Frequent spotting of leopard in residential areas of Pachperi is a matter of serious concern and the department has been strengthening monitoring to avert any untoward incident. Receiving the information about killing of a cow by a leopard, Mohanta added, a team of Forest Department reached the spot and found the carcass of cow while another injured cow.

In primary investigation in the case, it was confirmed that the cow was not attacked by leopard. District Forest Officer informed that there are several instances of spotting a leopard in the area due to rich forest density but not a single incident of its attack was reported in the past. He informed that additional patrolling teams have been deployed in the area for monitoring movement of leopard and arrangements have been made for tracing its pugmarks.

It may be mentioned that there is urgent need of public awareness in the area as they should avoid walking in the area late in the evening and night hours and do not allow their children to play outside their houses at night.

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Give all privileges to SIT: High Court

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Friday said in the matter related to SIT monitoring investigation of all cases u... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Friday said in the matter related to SIT monitoring investigation of all cases under supervision of STF and related to any examination conducted by VYAPAM. The division bench in its order said that it is noted that SIT is monitoring investigation of all cases on day-to-day basis. SIT has been allotted office space and office has become functional.

A request has been made by SIT to the State Government to appoint Additional Steno, Accountant, Staff Officer, one ministerial employee (all retired persons) and four peons for office purpose. That proposal is still pending with the General Administration Department (GAD) for some time.

The division bench directed the State Government to issue appointment letters in the names of persons already identified by SIT and report compliance on January 13. The Secretary, GAD and the Chief Secretary shall be personally responsible to ensure compliance of this direction. “We reiterate the position stated in the order dated on November 5, 2014, as well as subsequent order passed on December 1, 2014 and, more particularly, order dated on November 28, 2014, of the Apex Court in SLP that SIT shall monitor investigation of all the cases being investigated by or under supervision of STF and related to examination conducted by VYAPAM, the court said.

The division bench also noted suggestions given by SIT on the report, which, in our opinion, SIT competent to directly issue appropriate instructions to STF, who, in turn, will be obliged to comply with the same as observed in clause (4) of the operative order dated on November 5, 2014. In the next report, SIT shall furnish details about number of instructions issued by it to STF from time to time between two dates of hearing of this suo motto proceedings and status of compliance of those instructions by STF. We have also taken note of requisition sent by the Additional DG, STF on November 10, 2014. The Chief Secretary reminded of the direction contained in clause (10) of the operative order dated on November 5, 2014.

The Chief Secretary shall state on affidavit, the reasons for not complying with the requisition sent by the Additional DG, STF, to be present on January 13.

Besides, the Chief Secretary shall issue appropriate instructions to the Secretary, Home Department in the light of requisition and the Secretary, Home Department, in turn, shall comply with the requisition without any exception. No excuse whatsoever can be countenanced as the State Government is obliged to file final chargesheet in all subject crimes investigated/supervised by STF recorded by the Supreme Court on November 28, 2014, in SLP, the court asked. The division bench said that we have also taken note of intention of SIT to open its website on NIC server.

It is likely to take some time due to logistical issues or formalities to be completed for obtaining new domain, SIT may consider of using the platform of High Court’s official website for display of its information to be disseminated and released in public domain by SIT concerning progress of investigation and other materials.The Registrar General may interact with the Chairman, SIT in this behalf and seek his point of view, which can be considered on January 13, when this matter will be listed for consideration of other material submitted by SIT in sealed cover. The material received from SIT be kept separately in two sealed covers to be handed over to each of us as it may have to be analysed before hearing on January 13. The division bench have perused the Report-III received from the Chairman, SIT in sealed cover dated on January 8. Additional Advocate General P K Kaurav appeared on behalf of the State.

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Witness reveals criminal mind of accused Rajesh Daware

The prime accused Rajesh was a man in hurry and wanted to become rich by using short cut and even by looting cash of a co-operative society, revealed a major prosecution witness during his depo... Read More
The prime accused Rajesh was a man in hurry and wanted to become rich by using short cut and even by looting cash of a co-operative society, revealed a major prosecution witness during his deposition in Yug Chandak murder trial on Day 2. Sandip Katre, who was a close friend of prime accused Rajesh Daware and Arvind Singh, deposed that Rajesh aspired to become rich quickly and used to spend lavishly on his girlfriend. Rajesh and Arvind are charged with a cold-blooded and gruesome murder of Yug Chandak, son of well-known dentist couple Dr Mukesh and Dr Premal Chandak. In all six witnesses were examined and all of them confirmed the prosecution theory. The accused duo were quite angry after Sandip spilled the beans and Arvind shouted at him and charged him with backstabbing friends. The sudden outburst of accused against a prime witness, surprised all and atmosphere suddenly became tense. Principal District Judge K K Sonawane had to intervene and bring things under control.

Rajesh shared his plans to loot the cash or kidnap son of some wealthy person and live merrily on ransom extracted, but parried query on identity of the person. Even on date of the incident, Rajesh sought help of Sandip to kidnap a boy, but he flatly refused. On September 2, when Sandip read in newspaper about kidnapping of Yug, he rang Dr Mukesh Chandak and alerted him about probable involvement of Rajesh. Sushila Bhoyar, cook in the house of Dr Chandak, deposed that she received a phone on landline around 3.30 pm asking whether Yug had returned from school and later watchman handed over tiffin, schoolbag and informed that Yug went along with one staffer of Dr Chandak’s clinic. When the doctor couple returned, she narrated the episode. One Naresh Machale, confirmed that Rajesh had demanded more money from him than stated by Dr Chandak. Mobile shopkeeper Manoj Thakkar confirmed that the accused had purchased two dual sim phones. Panch witness Vikram Sarda proved the spot panchnama. Special Prosecutor Jyoti Vajani conducted the examination in-chief. Adv Rajendra Daga represented Chandak family. Adv Pradeep Agrawal represented the accused.

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‘Bhandewadi dumping yard not to be shifted now’

“There are no plans to shift Bhandewadi dumping yard elsewhere for now at least till the year 2017. We are searching for a place to shift the dumping yard,” said Ramesh Singare, Chairman of H... Read More
“There are no plans to shift Bhandewadi dumping yard elsewhere for now at least till the year 2017. We are searching for a place to shift the dumping yard,” said Ramesh Singare, Chairman of Health Committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). Singare, however, refused to disclose the areas outside the city limits where land was identified for shifting of dumping yard from Bhandewadi. “We cannot disclose it at this stage, as there is likelihood of protests from people in those areas,” he added while addressing a press conference in Mayor’s chamber on Friday.

Replying to a question, Singare and senior corporator Sunil Agrawal said that 973 tonnes of garbage was being lifted daily. Of this, 850 tonnes was garbage and remaining was silt and stones. In all, 208 vehicles had been deployed to collect garbage. Asked about action taken against the contractor firm that had attracted strictures from National Green Tribunal over sewage treatment, Singare and Agrawal said that NMC was ‘not happy’ with the contractor but without appointing another firm, existing contract could not be terminated with immediate effect.

Munna Pokulwar, Deputy Mayor; Dr Ashok Urkude, Medical Officer, also were present at the press conference. Pravin Datke, Mayor; Shravan Hardikar, Municipal Commissioner; Narendra Borkar, Chairman of NMC Standing Committee; Singare and others visited Bhandewadi area earlier in the day. Mayor asked the officials of Health Department to ensure proper management of solid waste dumped at Bhandewadi. Datke also held a meeting of officers and office-bearers of NMC in the office building of Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) at Bhandewadi. He asked the officials concerned to ensure that weigh-bridge at Bhandewadi was functioning to get an assessment of garbage lifted daily. Besides, information on working and CCTV cameras should be furnished. He asked the officials to repair the damaged compound wall of Bhandewadi dumping yard, and road leading to the yard. Plantation should be taken up in Bhandewadi premises, he said.

Municipal Commissioner also issued instructions to officials. He asked them to create a special cell in NMC to monitor solid waste management. “Non-working street lights should be repaired immediately,” he said.

Datke and Hardikar both also paid a visit to the STP, a joint project of NMC and Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited, and took stock of the work. Sanjay Kakde, Deputy Municipal Commissioner; Prakash Urade, Superintending Engineer; Dr Milind Ganvir, Deputy Director (Health); Shyam Chavan, Executive Engineer; Manoj Talewar; D D Jambhulkar, Estate Officer; D D Patil, Assistant Commissioner; Mohd Israil, Project In-charge (Rivers and Lakes); Dr Gajendra Mahalle, Veterinary Officer; Kamlesh Sharma, Manager of Kanak Resources Management, and others were present.

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Guardian Minister reviews zudpi jungle land required for development

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Energy Minister and Guardian Minister of district, took stock of various developmental works in the district and requirement of zudpi jungle land for the same. He assure... Read More
Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Energy Minister and Guardian Minister of district, took stock of various developmental works in the district and requirement of zudpi jungle land for the same. He assured to strive for getting zudpi jungle land.

Bawankule chaired a meeting of District-level Forest Rights Committee at Abasaheb Khedkar Hall in Zilla Parishad (ZP) premises on Friday. In the meeting, it was informed that Nagpur district had total forest area of 2,39,799 hectares including 68,566 hectares of reserved forest, 63,273 hectares of protected forest, 14,131 hectares of zudpi jungle land with Forest Department, 62,573 hectares of wildlife sanctuary, and 31,147 hectares with Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra.

So far, a total of 495 claims of individual forest rights and 125 claims of community forest rights have been approved by district-level committee. The individual claims involve forest land of 476.26 hectares, while community claims involve 262.82 hectares of land. The highest number of claims approved by district-level committee are in Hingna (individual rights) and Saoner (community rights) tehsils.

After taking stock of the situation, Bawankule told the officers of Revenue and Forest Departments that plantation would be taken up on wasteland. However, he said, zudpi jungle land that was not in possession of Forest Department and managed by Gram Panchayats should be made available for developmental works. “I shall take up the issue with the Government,” he said. He asked the officials concerned to compile data about zudpi jungle land not in possession of Forest Department, and submit a report by January 31. Forest Department officers and Tehsildars concerned should make available the data to Gram Panchayats, he added.

Guardian Minister also directed the officials of Forest Department to clear the proposals for utilisation of forest land up to 1 hectare for developmental activities under the provisions of Forest Rights Act, 2006. These developmental activities include construction of community halls, schools, hospitals, water tanks, roads, electricity lines etc.

Nisha Sawarkar, ZP President; Shivajirao Jondhale, Chief Executive Officer of ZP; J B Sangitrao, Deputy Collector (Revenue); Rajan Meshram, Assistant Conservator of Forests; Ruprao Shingne, ZP member, were present prominently.

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Engg colleges must have syllabi as per industry needs, says AICTE Chairman

NEW Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Avinash Pant emphasises on having for technical institutions syllabi that should match with industry needs, said Pant who was sp... Read More
NEW Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Avinash Pant emphasises on having for technical institutions syllabi that should match with industry needs, said Pant who was speaking exclusively to ‘The Hitavada.’

Pant had been to the city to be the keynote speaker during the workshop on national skill qualification framework organised by AICTE and hosted by Jhulelal Institute of Technology (JIT). Prof S S Mantha has resigned from the post and Vice-Chairman Avinash Pant who is also the Director of College of Engineering, Pune was given the responsibility of Chairmanship.

Pant said, “We have to develop skills to overcome the gap and it is important for the education industry to be aware of what skills are in demand in the market.” He added that all stakeholders need to work together for the success of skill workshops being held across the country.” Pant pointed out, “In the year 2012, considering increase in vacancy of seats in engineering, AICTE has lowered down the percentage criterion from 50 to 45 for open and from 45 to 40 for reserved category. This has also not helped in reducing the vacancy position. This year it has crossed 65,000 mark. I think geographical location of the colleges plays an important role. Second problem is job after engineering. Most of the students want jobs and they search for colleges which have good placement record. In last few years due to economic slowdown, industries suffered. Students did not get good jobs so the inclination towards engineering education has lowered down.”

Pant said, “There is imbalance in demand, supply ratio as far as engineering education is concerned. It means demand from industries was more but qualitative supply was very less. Of course, good institutions are the exceptions. The way education should be given, is not imparted by many institutions. Most of the institutions are affiliated to universities and universities have not changed the syllabi. Syllabi needs to be revamped. Most of the universities are running with the old syllabi. Now, it is high time for the universities to bring changes in syllabi which would have linkage with industries. AICTE has put model curriculum on its website, the help of which can be availed. The syllabus should be revised periodically.”

We will be taking National Skill Qualification Framework project ahead. Secondly, we have 24 quality enhancement schemes to raise quality of teachers. Earlier, we had 20 centres where the training to teachers is given. Now, the number has been increased to 80 centres. The idea of perspective plan by Prof S S Mantha, ex-Chairman will be taken ahead. The respective Boards of College and University Development (BCUDs) should support it, added Pant.

College approval processing to be expedited

THE court has extended its permission allowing AICTE to grant approval to technical education institutions in the country by one more year. The council will start the approval process for 2015-16 academic year in another 10 days, said AICTE Chairman Avinash Pant.

Pant said, “Among top priorities this will be the one. With the Supreme Court order the prevailing confusion is over.”

AICTE commences its approval process in the month of December for the next academic year. Applications were accepted till the end of December and they were processed between January and March to give approval to those who fulfilled the norms. Last year, the Supreme Court first debarred AICTE from regulating technical institutions in the country. This prompted the UGC to take control and issue guidelines apart from banning new institutions and increasing student intake. But, later on, the Supreme Court restored the power to AICTE and the council started approval process for 2014-15 very late on May 10.

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Snacks vendor, assistant get lifer for killing customer

DISTRICT Judge-7 & Additional Sessions Judge A R Dhamecha on Friday sentenced snacks vendor Munnalal Chhotelal Soni and his assistant Mohan Chandrabhan Tiwari to life imprisonment after the cha... Read More
DISTRICT Judge-7 & Additional Sessions Judge A R Dhamecha on Friday sentenced snacks vendor Munnalal Chhotelal Soni and his assistant Mohan Chandrabhan Tiwari to life imprisonment after the charges for killing a customer were substantiated against them in the court. A resident of Deo Nagar, Soni (40) used to sell omelets at a stall near Karuna Gas Agency at Surendra Nagar. Around 11 pm, on January 23, 2013, Rajkumar Dubey (55) and his friend Jagdish Ramkrishna Joshi (55), a resident of Type 2/G/23, Neeri Colony, went to Soni’s stall for eating omelets. Dubey asked Soni to prepare omelets and serve them early. Soni picked up a quarrel with Dubey and Joshi. After heated exchanges, Soni and Tiwari (40), a resident of Vijay Nagar, thrashed them. Soni and Tiwari attacked them with a stick injuring them seriously. With serious head injuries, Dubey was admitted to Care Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. On the basis of a complaint lodged by Joshi, Rana Pratap Nagar Police arrested Soni and Tiwari on charges under Sections 307, 302 and 34 of the IPC. The then senior Inspector (Rana Pratap Nagar), M D Pagare, who was the investigation officer, collected evidence against Soni and Tiwari and chargesheeted them. As the charges were proved against them, the court sentenced Soni and Tiwari to life imprisonment with a fine of Rs 2,500 each.

Additional Public Prosecutor Anawane represented the State. Advocate Sudhir Malode was the defence counsel.

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HC’s notice on IRS officer’s plea against CAT’s verdict

Justice Anoop Mohta and Justice A R Joshi at the High Court have issued notice to the respondents - Union Revenue Secretary in the Finance Ministry and the Chairman of the Central Board of Dire... Read More
Justice Anoop Mohta and Justice A R Joshi at the High Court have issued notice to the respondents - Union Revenue Secretary in the Finance Ministry and the Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), in response to the writ petition filed by Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Dr Milind Bhusari (Commissioner of Income Tax, Nagpur) against the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Mumbai’s order of July 31, 2014, declining to entertain the petitioner’s application on the technical ground and not going into the legal challenges raised therein. The respondents have been granted two weeks’ time to show cause in reply to the writ petition.

The petition is directed against the charge-sheet of February 10, 2014 issued against the petitioner by the respondent - CBDT Chairman. The petitioner has also challenged the acceptance of the inquiry report of October 21, 2009. The petitioner joined the Income Tax Department at Nagpur on August 24, 1987 in the NADT as a probationer in the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax. After working in various capacities he rose to the rank of Joint Commissioner on October 24, 2000 and was later on promoted as Commissioner of Income Tax on August 28, 2007. Allegedly the charge-sheet of February 10, 2014, contains charges of 2008 based on an “act” of the year 2004, reiterated again.

It has been contended that the CAT’s Bench at Mumbai erred in dismissing the petitioner’s original application merely on the ground that the earlier existing flaw having been removed, the petitioner has to answer the memo of charge in a departmental inquiry, despite the Principal Bench of the Tribunal at New Delhi declaring the said charge memo to be non est. The Tribunal also erred in not appreciating the grounds of challenge raised by the petitioner in his original application, while dismissing it.

Senior counsel Anand Jaiswal and Advocates S S Sanyal, Nikhil Padhye and Radhika Bajaj appeared for the petitioner.

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I-T Department sleuths conduct searches on Vatsalya Group

Income-Tax (I-T) Department sleuths on Friday conducted search and seizure on Vatsalya Group creating sensation among land developers in the city. It was a consequential search conducted by the... Read More
Income-Tax (I-T) Department sleuths on Friday conducted search and seizure on Vatsalya Group creating sensation among land developers in the city. It was a consequential search conducted by the officials.

According to sources, Kakade Group which constructed several projects and malls in Pune, also faced the music from the Income-Tax Department, Pune.

Vatsalya Group which earlier was --Vaastuvihar-- in the span of more than 10 years, has launched several layouts, residential projects and farm villas Headquartered in Nagpur, the Group has offices in Indore and Raipur. Recently, the Group has launched its project in Pune. Vatsalya Group comprises Vatsalya Realities, Vatsalya Builders and Developers Private Limited and Vastu Vishwa Developers Private Limited. Founder and Managing Director Prafulla Gadge had came into contact with Kakade Group in certain deals.

Income-Tax Department, while doing routine assessment of Kakade Group, had discovered some documents pertaining to Vatsalya Group where huge tax evasion was found.

The Income-Tax Department, Pune simultaneously conducted search and search operations on Kakade Group and Vatsalya Group on Friday.

A team of Income-Tax officials came from Pune and took assistance of 30 officials of Income-Tax Department, Nagpur. They descended upon three premises of Prafulla Gadge including residential and posh office at Dhantoli, Nagpur.

During investigation, all the documents pertaining to several dealings were confiscated by the Income-Tax officials. The investigation will continue for another few days.

Vaastuvihar had also faced similar action from Income-Tax Department in the year 2008.

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Give three to four years to Govt for delivering goods: Rahul Bajaj

Banking on the hopes of the voters who have given full mandate to the new Government at the Centre, Rahul Bajaj, Chairman of the Indian conglomerate Bajaj Group, on Friday, said that three to fou... Read More
Banking on the hopes of the voters who have given full mandate to the new Government at the Centre, Rahul Bajaj, Chairman of the Indian conglomerate Bajaj Group, on Friday, said that three to four years time should be given to Prime Minister to give a new impetus to the economy of the country.

Bajaj was talking exclusively to The Hitavada after arrival by his private jet at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur, en route to Wardha. Bajaj will inaugurate the 41st Kamalnayan Bajaj Memorial Inter-University elocution contest on January 10 at G S College of Commerce, Wardha. Shiksha Mandal, Wardha has organised the contest. Rahul Bajaj is President of Shiksha Mandal. He will also unveil the bust of Kamalnayan Bajaj in the premises of the G S College of Commerce.

The noted businessman rued that manufacturing sector in the country has taken a beating, balance sheets of industries have gone red. Manufacturing sector needs good infrastructure, roads connectivity, cheap power etc. “Good infrastructure is not created in one day. It takes some time and we must wait for it,” he noted.

Giving befitting reply to the Opposition parties, Bajaj said, what earlier Bhartiya Janata Party was doing in the Parliament, the same thing is being repeated by the Congress Party which is now in the Opposition. “The affairs in the Parliament were disrupted frequently by raking up various issues which has nothing to with the business in the Parliament. It was sheer wastage of time. Parliament is meant for conducting serious business. If Opposition wants to only disrupt the business in the Parliament, it should do peaceful demonstrations outside Parliament and not inside,” he said while referring to the recent hue and cry made by the Opposition parties including Congress in the upper house of the Parliament -- Rajya Sabha. “We understand that if you are not in favour of any matter, it should not stop the proceedings in the Parliament. Protest should be made in a peaceful manner,” suggested Bajaj, who had a stint as a parliamentarian.

The Opposition made it impossible for the Government to pass the bills forcing it to promulgate five ordinances in five days, as the Government made it clear that it would not let Parliamentary logjams disrupt its reform process. After the Winter Session was washed out with few bills making it past the Rajya Sabha, the Government has passed executive orders to make key changes in sectors like coal, insurance, medical devices, land acquisition and arbitration. If the Government fails to have a bill replacing an ordinance passed after the Parliament reconvenes, it has the option of re-promulgating it in order to extend its shelf life but there is only so far it can go without alarming purists. “The ordinances have to be replaced with a bill within six weeks of the House reconvening in the joint sessions which is written in the Constitution,” Bajaj added. The nod was given by the President of India Pranab Mukherjee. “Our President is a much learned man, he knows history of pre and post independence and wants to bring economy on the right track,” he said.

Bajaj suggested that the Prime Minister should shake hands with Opposition and take the Opposition into confidence. He suggested that for a ruling party, there should be a strong party hinting that Congress which is in the opposition in the Parliament should strengthen its weakness. “Opposition plays a vital role in keeping checks and balances on the ruling party,” he noted.

Present on the occasion were Bajaj Auto Limited’s authorised dealers Ajaykumar Patni and Vijaykumar Patni, partners of Arun Automobiles and Naresh Patni, partner of Patni Automobiles.

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Fadnavis takes bold step to curb ‘transfer-industry’

IN yet another bold step, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has decided to totally eliminate lobbying, political interference and pressure mounted by vested interests for transfer and posting of... Read More
IN yet another bold step, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has decided to totally eliminate lobbying, political interference and pressure mounted by vested interests for transfer and posting of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers. Making a bold departure from the earlier practice, the Chief Minister has constituted a Civil Services Board for recommending posting or transfer of IAS officers of Maharashtra Cadre. It will be headed by Chief Secretary to the Govt. of Maharashtra. While Senior most Additional Chief Secretary working in the State will be its Member. Principal Secretary (Personnel), General Administration Department. Will be ex-officio Member Secretary of this board which will scan all proposals of transfer, postings of IAS officers. As per constitution of above Civil Services Board, Dr.P.S.Meena, IAS (1981 batch) presently being the senior most Additional Chief Secretary will be the member of the said Civil Service Board. Fadnavis has already delegated powers of transfer and postings to departmental head and right upto divisional level, these powers have been delegated to bring much needed transparency in postings of Government Officers. Infact, political representatives are very keen to ensure posting of an IAS officer of their choice in their area of influence. But, Fadnavis, in one stroke, has demolished a thriving industry managed by powerful individuals who used to decide postings and transfer of senior officers.

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Edn Deptt issues notices to 134 schools in distt over RTE norms

Education Department (Primary), Zilla Parishad (ZP), has issued notices to 134 schools in the district and has sought explanation from them within seven days regarding meeting the norms under t... Read More
Education Department (Primary), Zilla Parishad (ZP), has issued notices to 134 schools in the district and has sought explanation from them within seven days regarding meeting the norms under the Right to Education (RTE) Act. These schools include those governed by local bodies as well as private aided and unaided ones.

“We have sought explanations from these schools on whether they have got all 10 infrastructure indicators as prescribed under the RTE Act,” said Anil Kolhe, Acting Deputy Education Officer (Primary), ZP. These 10 important indicators include pucca/kuchha building owned by schools or rented building, designated room for Headmaster for office-cum-store, classroom for each teacher, ramp to facilitate movement of special children, separate toilets for boys and girls, drinking water facility, kitchen shed for mid-day meals and separate room for cooking, boundary wall, and play ground.

According to Kolhe, these 134 schools include those found with less than 50 per cent of attendance of students compared to those on rolls, during the rolls verification drive conducted in 2011. Then, he recalled, approval of 79 schools was revoked. However, the decision was challenged by the managements of the schools concerned. The court had restored approval of these schools. But, these and some more schools were not meeting infrastructure norms under the Right to Education Act. Hence, Kolhe said, notices have been issued to 134 such schools.

These schools include 60 private aided ones, 22 permanently unaided (mostly English medium convents), 16 run by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), 14 governed by Zilla Parishad, 12 private unaided, and two run by Kamptee Municipal Council. Besides, these also include eight schools where verification of students on rolls was not conducted but were found to be lagging in meeting RTE norms. “The list does not include prominent schools as they were found having necessary infrastructure,” said Kolhe.

Once explanations are received from these schools, Kolhe added, a committee would be constructed to conduct scrutiny. In case of schools found not meeting the norms under the RTE Act, proposals for revoking approval would be submitted to Director (Education), who will then forward the same to the Government for further decision, he said.

Meanwhile, Kolhe said, the process of admissions under the RTE Act will be conducted online from February. The appointment of service provider for conducting online process is likely to be finalised by the Government by February, he added.

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Dr Manish Shrigiriwar appointed OSD of Super Speciality Hospital

Dr Manish Shrigiriwar has taken over as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) of Super Speciality Hospital and Research Centre, Nagpur, on Friday. He was working with Department of Forensic Sciences, V... Read More
Dr Manish Shrigiriwar has taken over as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) of Super Speciality Hospital and Research Centre, Nagpur, on Friday. He was working with Department of Forensic Sciences, Vasantrao Naik Government College and Hospital, Yavatmal.

The ambitious Super Speciality Hospital was started in the year 1995, following a report published in The Hitavada on May 5, 1995. The building for the hospital was constructed when late Bar A R Antulay was the Chief Minister. However, it took almost two decades for the hospital to come into being.

Talking to The Hitavada, Dr Shrigiriwar said that he aims to improve services at the hospital so that patients from economically weaker sections would be benefited.

The hospital started with five departments viz Cardiology, Neurology, Gastroenterology, Nephrology and Urology. The Hospital was planned to be developed as Post-graduate Institute for Super Speciality courses. The original plan, however, took a back seat, mainly due to lack of political willpower. Newly elected MLC Anil Sole, however, took up the issue of getting OSD for the Hospital and succeeded in getting it sooner than expected.

Vidarbha Statutory Development Board had provided financial assistance for development of the hospital and planning to start post-graduate Super Speciality courses there. Dr Vedprakash Mishra was in the committee for medical education of the Board. His efforts bore fruits and the hospital was inaugurated by the then President Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma in December 1995, along with the then Chief Minister Manohar Joshi.

The hospital was provided with best equipment to suit the best institutions in the country. However, non-availability of trained staff to operate the equipment was never provided. This resulted in several doctors appointed at SSH, either leaving the job or they were moved elsewhere. Some doctors were ready to extend services for the hospital. However, they wanted trained staff for the post-operative care, which was not provided. Dr Shrigiriwar said that he would make all efforts to get adequate staff trained to work at the Super Speciality Hospital. Facilities for kidney transplant could be started at the hospital with a little efforts. He also expressed interest in fetching services of experts in the field in the neurology department.Cleanliness and security are main concerns, the hospital has been facing for the last several years. Dr Shrigiriwar, who has worked with Government Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur, is well versed with the facilities available at the SSH and its functioning. With his full-fledged appointment as its OSD is likely to improve services there.

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Wadi police arrest goon Chhota Samsher

WADI Police on Friday nabbed dreaded criminal Chhota Samsher alias Kalya who was absconding after attacking his own brother and notorious goon Kalim Khan Shamad Khan Pathan with sharp-edged wea... Read More
WADI Police on Friday nabbed dreaded criminal Chhota Samsher alias Kalya who was absconding after attacking his own brother and notorious goon Kalim Khan Shamad Khan Pathan with sharp-edged weapon near old mosque in Hasanbag. A resident of Hasanbag, Chhota Samsher alias Kalya Shamad Kahan Pathan (45) was nabbed near a dargah. He was later handed over to Nandanvan Police who arrested him for attempting to kill his brother and violating his externment orders. His brother Kalim Khan Shamad Khan Pathan (36), a resident of Plot No. 88, Wathoda Layout, Anmol Nagar, with serious weapon injuries was admitted to Government Medical College & Hospital.

Chhota Samsher and Kalim, who were externed from the city and district, had an old rivalry allegedly over their supremacy in Hasanbagh and Sakkardara areas. Both the externees were moving freely in Nandanvan and Sakkardara areas.

On Thursday, Chhota Samsher attacked Kalim Khan with a sharp-edged weapon and fled the spot.

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NMC’s financial burden increases

Losing funds under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) has cost NMC dearly as its financial burden has increased tremendously. Already, its revenue has been affected since impl... Read More
Losing funds under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) has cost NMC dearly as its financial burden has increased tremendously. Already, its revenue has been affected since implementation of Local Body Tax (LBT). Earlier in the year 2014, Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) of Union Ministry of Urban Development had warned NMC that no funds would be released for projects not completed before March 31, 2014. Owing to delay in completion of various projects under JNNURM, release of JNNURM funds to NMC was blocked. This has increased financial burden on NMC by Rs 256 crore. Most of the projects for which the funds were required, are in final stages of execution with 95-97 per cent of work done. Apart from this, the funds under JNNURM-II have been kept in ‘abeyance’.

Against the backdrop of already troubled financial position due to implementation of LBT, this burden has put NMC administration in worry. Steps are being taken to bring in financial discipline.

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NMC preparing revised DPR for concrete roads

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is pushing the project of constructing cement-concrete roads in the city, in a big way. After a meeting with Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, last month, it... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is pushing the project of constructing cement-concrete roads in the city, in a big way. After a meeting with Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, last month, it is now preparing a revised Detailed Project Report (DPR).

Last month, NMC had made a presentation before Chief Minister on cement-concrete roads project. As per the NMC presentation, the estimated cost of the project was Rs 460 crore. However, Chief Minister suggested some changes and asked NMC to submit a revised proposal within the limit of Rs 300 crore for the project.

“Chief Minister shared with us his ideas about cement-concrete roads project. He attracted our attention to new cost-effective technologies. Accordingly, we are preparing a revised DPR,” said Shyam Wardhane, Municipal Commissioner. He told ‘The Hitavada’ that the project involves construction of 70-km-long cement-concrete roads. Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur has developed a technology for economical-yet-durable construction of cement-concrete roads.

To know more about the technologies available and discuss finer aspects relating to the project, NMC has called a meeting of experts on Monday. For the meeting, two eminent experts namely Deodutta Marathe, who retired from Public Works Department; and Pundlik Darade, Harbour Engineer at Mumbai, have been invited.

For the project, NMC and State Government will share the burden on matching grant basis. NMC, State Government, and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) will contribute Rs 100 crore each for the project. The special fund of Rs 100 crore promised by the State to NMC will be utilised for the project. The project was discussed in a meeting with Chief Minister held at Vidhan Bhavan during winter session of State Legislature. Asked about Nag river rejuvenation project, Wardhane said that NMC was preparing a new DPR.

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Two persons killed in separate road accidents in district

Two persons were killed and two others sustained grievous injuries in separate mishaps under jurisdictions of Butibori and Kondhali police stations.

In first case, reported from Butibori are... Read More
Two persons were killed and two others sustained grievous injuries in separate mishaps under jurisdictions of Butibori and Kondhali police stations.

In first case, reported from Butibori area, a motorcyclist was killed after a speeding truck hit his two-wheeler near MIDC area on Saturday evening. According to police, Manoj Abhiyan Chandne (28), a resident of Goregao was riding the motorcycle (MH-40/AN-1330), at 5 pm. A speeding truck (MH-40/AK-4493) hit the motorcycle from behind. Manoj sustained multiple injuries. He died on the spot. Butibori police have registered offence under Sections 279, 337 and 304 (a) of the IPC against the truck driver. In another incident, a youth died while two others sustained injuries after a brand new motorcycle on which they were ridding triple seat, skid and hit a road-divider near Satnavri village under jurisdiction of Kondhali Police Station on Friday night. The deceased has been identified as Sanjay Shalik Karme (27), a resident of Satnavri. The injured are Bandu Govindrao Warade (35) and Kishore alias Kunal Purushottam More (25), both residents of Satnavi village.

According to police, after taking a brand new bike from showroom, the trio was heading towards Satnavri village, at 10.45 pm. Sanjay was riding the motorcycle while Bandu and Kunar were riding pillion. As Sanjay was riding the two-wheeler in great speed, he lost control on the mobike. The two-wheeler rammed into a road-divider near Satnavri village. Sanjay sustained brain injuries in the mishap and died on the spot. However, the pillion-riders sustained multiple injuries. They were rushed to a hospital.

Kondhali police have registered offence under Sections 279, 337, 304 (a) of the IPC read with Section 184 of the MVA against the deceased.

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Man killed after car rams into road-divider

A man died in mishap after his car rammed into a road-divider at Nelson Square under jurisdiction of Sadar Police Station in wee hours on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Abhishek Agr... Read More
A man died in mishap after his car rammed into a road-divider at Nelson Square under jurisdiction of Sadar Police Station in wee hours on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Abhishek Agrawal-Goyal (32), a resident of Deshpande Layout, Wardhaman Nagar. He was son of former standing committee chief and Chairman of Sonu-Monu Industries Ashok Agrawal-Goyal. According to police, Abhishek was heading towards Nelson Square in his Maruti Swift Dzire car (MH/31/EA/2623), at around 12.30 am on Sunday. As the car was in great speed, Abhishek lost control over the vehicle. Near Nelson Square, the car rammed into a road-divider. Abhishek sustained grave injuries. A team of Sadar police reached the spot on being informed. The cops rushed injured Abhishek to Kunal Hospital. Later, he was referred to Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH) where doctors declared him dead. Sadar police have registered offence under Sections 279, 338, 304 (a) of the Indian Penal Code and 184 of the Motor Vehicle Act against the deceased. Further investigation is on. Abhishek leaves behind wife, son, daughter and a host of relatives to mourn the loss. The last rites were performed at Gangabai ghat the same day.

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City Congress celebrates 129th Foundation Day

Nagpur City District Congress Committee celebrated its 129th anniversary at Devadia Congress Bhavan, Chitnis Park, Mahal on Sunday.

City President Vikash Thakre presided over. Former ministe... Read More
Nagpur City District Congress Committee celebrated its 129th anniversary at Devadia Congress Bhavan, Chitnis Park, Mahal on Sunday.

City President Vikash Thakre presided over. Former ministers Vilas Muttemwar, Satish Chaturvedi, Vinod Gudadhe Patil, Pradesh Congress Secretary Krishnakumar Pandey, Secretary Tanaji Wanve, former MLAs Yadavrao Deogade, Ashok Dhawad, S.Q.Zama, chief organiser of Sevadal Ramgovind Khobragade, women congress president Pradnya Badwaik, Sheikh Husain, general secretary Kanta Parate were the guests shared dais.

The programme started with garlanding the portraits of Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. Spokesman and secretary Sandesh Singalkar conducted the proceedings and Ramgovind Khobragade proposed a vote of thanks.

Dr Gajraj hatwar, Bandopant Tembhurne, Umakant Agnihotri, Dr Abhijeet Wanjari, Vijay Babhare, Sanjay Dubey, Ratnakar Jaipurkar, Ramkumar Motghare, Parmeshwar Raut, Nitin Gaur and many others were also present.

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Fog effect: 13 trains still running late

Biting cold conditions in National Capital and Northern India and blanket of fog continue to affect movement of trains especially on Grand Trunk route on Sunday. About 13 Express trains includi... Read More
Biting cold conditions in National Capital and Northern India and blanket of fog continue to affect movement of trains especially on Grand Trunk route on Sunday. About 13 Express trains including Grand Trunk Express were running behind schedule.

According to information, train no. 12615 Chennai-New Delhi Grand Trunk Express was the worst affected train due to poor visibility. The train was running late by 12 hours. Similarly, train no. 12296 Patna-Bangalore Sanghamitra Express, 12642 H Nizamuddin-Kanyakumari Thirukkural Express and 18238 Amritsar-Bilaspur Chhattisgarh Express were running nine hours behind their respective schedules.

A senior railway officer informed that the visibility was 300 metres during morning hours which increased upto 1,200 metres by afternoon. However, some trains which pass from Nagpur station, have been diverted or cancelled due to fog, the Railway official added.

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Dr Vilas Dangre hospitalised, condition serious

Dr Vilas Dangre, well-known Homoeopath of Central India was admitted to Orange City Hospital and Research Institute (OCHRI) in the wee hours of Sunday in a very critical condition. Dr Dangre was ... Read More
Dr Vilas Dangre, well-known Homoeopath of Central India was admitted to Orange City Hospital and Research Institute (OCHRI) in the wee hours of Sunday in a very critical condition. Dr Dangre was taken to the hospital as he was having shocks and gasping for air. Dr Dangre recently completed 60 years of age and to mark his 60th birthday, a grand function was organised at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall, which was graced by Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari. Dr Anup Marar, Director of OCHRI stated in a press release that on being brought to OCHRI, Dr Dangre was resuscitated immediately and put on ventilator. "He was pulseless and blood pressure was not recordable on admission to ICU. He was put on iotonic support. His investigations revealed high white cell acidosis. His ECG showed no fresh changes. His CT scan brain shows suspicious sinus thrombosis," Dr Marar stated. Dr Dangre was on ventillator support on Sunday. His Blood Pressure was maintained without ionotropic support and acidosis was corrected. His urine output was good and his heart rate had stabilised, Dr Marar added. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, MLC Prof Anil Sole, Sandeep Joshi, Girish Deshmukh visited OCHRI and enquired about Dr Dangre's health. He was being treated by a team of doctors led by Dr Rajesh Atal along with Dr Nikhil Balankhe, Ketan Chaturvedi, Dr Pawan Agrawal, Dr S J Acharya and supported by Dr Rani Lakhe, Dr Pallavi Bhange, Sandip Sukhsohale, Ganesh Bhure, Dr Anwar Ali, Dr Nitin Chopde, Dr Rahul Barolia, Dr Madhuri Baidya and, Dr Rasika Saraf, added the release.

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Sunday shiver: Nagpur records the lowest temperature in Vid

Many Nagpurians had to shelve their plans for holiday outing on Sunday, as the city shivered at 6.1 degrees Celsius, the lowest minimum temperature in past over a decade in the month of December.... Read More
Many Nagpurians had to shelve their plans for holiday outing on Sunday, as the city shivered at 6.1 degrees Celsius, the lowest minimum temperature in past over a decade in the month of December. With the mercury dipping to a new low this season, the city also recorded the lowest minimum temperature in entire Vidarbha region on Sunday.

As predicted by Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), cold wave continued to intensify on Sunday. Last week, the minimum temperature had dipped to sub-10 degrees Celsius levels. Later on, though it rose slightly, it failed to provide any comfort to Nagpurians as wind chill factor prevailed. For past couple of days, the mercury dipped to new levels this season. Clubbed with prevailing wind chill factor, the cold wave froze plans of many to go out on weekend. The number of small bonfires ignited in various street-corners rose on Sunday. Even in day time, many people preferred to find warmth in the comforts of their homes.

With minimum temperature touching 6.1 degrees Celsius in day time, Nagpur remained the coldest in entire region of Vidarbha. Besides, this Sunday proved to be the coldest day in December for Nagpur in past over a decade. The minimum temperature on Sunday was 6.4 degrees lower than the mean minimum temperature of 12.5 degrees Celsius for December. The minimum temperature ever-recorded in Nagpur in this month was 5.5 degrees Celsius on December 29, 1968. The minimum temperature at other prominent places in Vidarbha on Sunday was as follows: Akola -- 7.3 degrees Celsius, Amravati -- 11 degrees Celsius, Buldhana -- 9.4 degrees Celsius, Brahmapuri -- 9.3 degrees Celsius, Chandrapur -- 11.2 degrees Celsius, Wardha -- 8.5 degrees Celsius, Yavatmal-- 10 degrees Celsius, and Washim -- 15.6 degrees Celsius.

R N Yadav, Assistant Meteorologist-II, RMC Nagpur, told 'The Hitavada' that the cold wave conditions would continue on Monday also. After that, depending upon the climatic conditions, cold wave may recede. The cold wave, he said, was due to 'well-marked' low pressure area over south-west Bay of Bengal off Sri Lanka coast, and the associated upper air cyclonic circulation. Cold wave conditions would prevail at a few places over Vidarbha and Madhya Pradesh, and at isolated places over Chhattisgarh.

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Sant Hari Bappa passes away, funeral today

Santshri Hari Bappa, a spiritual master and source of inspiration for Jalaram Satsang Mandal, Quetta Colony, Nagpur, popularly known as Chhote Jalaram Bappa, passed away in Amreli in Gujarat on... Read More
Santshri Hari Bappa, a spiritual master and source of inspiration for Jalaram Satsang Mandal, Quetta Colony, Nagpur, popularly known as Chhote Jalaram Bappa, passed away in Amreli in Gujarat on Sunday. He was 81.

Jalaram Satsang Mandal has made arrangements on December 29 (Monday) from 7 am to 2 pm to enable devotees take darshan of the Bappa. Funeral procession will start from Jalaram Prarthana Bhavan, Quetta Colony, at 3 pm and pass through Subhash statue, Aannaj Bazaar, Maskasaath, Kirana Oli, Itwari Tanga Stand, Vallabhacharya Chowk, Gandhibag, Jagnath Road, Sant Haribappa Road, Central Avenue, Telephone Exchange Chowk and reach to Gangabai ghat. The mandal has appealed to devotees to keep their business centres closed on Monday. Born on September 6, 1934 in Jasdan (Gujarat), Sant Hari Bappa, his father Kanjibhai Punjibhai Thakral was a grocery businessman and prominent person of Lohana Samaj while his mother Kunwarben a religious person like Jijamata. The parents taught initial lessons on spiritualim to their all children. Sant Hari Bappa and his elder brother Dharshibhai were the disciples of Bhojalram Bappa. Bappa took deeksha at Mahamandaleshwar Sanyas Ashram at Ville Parle, Mumbai. After the death of father, the mother and brothers decided to come to Nagpur and started business of incense sticks. On insistence by the mother and brothers, Sant Hari Bappa also came to Nagpur. He spread the message ‘Bhajan Karo aur Bhojan Karavo’. Then Jalaram Bappa temple was constructed in Quetta Colony at the inspiration of Shri Hari Bappa. He started ‘Annakshetra’ 16 years ago in the temple. A number of saints, disciples, devotees and poor people take meals in the temple premises daily.

Various religious programmes, including Akhand Ramdhun, are held daily in the temple in which a number of devotees participate. Under the guidance of the Bappa, Bhagvat Katha, Ramayan Katha and big programmes were also organised. After hearing the sad news, the devotees have expressed their shock over the demise of Shri Hari Bappa.

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Nagpur IIM to be an option for candidates

The results of Common Admission Test (CAT)-2014 were declared on Saturday evening, and Nagpur had its another day of glory with at least five students scoring more than 99 percentile. The inclu... Read More
The results of Common Admission Test (CAT)-2014 were declared on Saturday evening, and Nagpur had its another day of glory with at least five students scoring more than 99 percentile. The inclusion of new Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Nagpur in the list of options for successful candidates, came as an icing on the cake for the city. This time, candidates clearing the CAT successfully will have some new IIMs in the list of options for them. One of these options is IIM-Nagpur, the announcement for which was made by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in the recently concluded winter session of Maharashtra State Legislature. The list for the year 2014 also includes six new IIMs and other business schools. On the basis of the results, candidates will be eligible for admission to existing 13 IIMs and six proposed ones also. The new IIMs are coming up Maharashtra (Nagpur), Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, and Punjab.

From Nagpur, at least five candidates scored above 99 percentile, with Mayank Sanghani topping the chart with 99.99 percentile. The other top candidates are Kartikeya Rao (99.76 percentile), Hardik Rupani (99.93 percentile), Milind Bhoyar (99.45 percentile), and Nakul Sharma (99.35 percentile).

In all, 16 candidates including a girl scored 100 percentile in CAT-2014. The number of students scoring 100 percentile from IITs was yet to be confirmed, till filing of this report. According to CAT authorities, at least 3-4 of the candidates scoring 100 percentile must be from IITs. Apart from them, 10 candidates including a girl scored in 99.99 percentile bracket.

CAT results declared, server still running slow

The results of CAT-2014 examinations held on November 16 and 22, took long to be declared as the authorities wanted to make it glitch-free and to ensure transparent process to ensure zero error. Though the results were declared at the designated time at 7 pm on Saturday, the official website crashed and the server was running slow.

Around 1.70 lakh candidates took up the test organised by IIM-Indore. The result was declared comparatively earlier than the previous years. The CAT-2014 results were displayed on the website iimcat.ac.in. Though the results were declared at the designated time at 7 pm on Saturday, the official website crashed apparently due to heavy traffic. The official webpage of CAT-2014 was not loading just before the much-anticipated declaration of results. The situation remained the same on Sunday also.

According to Mehul Jhunjhunwala, an expert in CAT, the difficulty level of the test had been observed to be fairly similar across four slots for each of the five test areas -- Quant, DI, Verbal, RC, and LR. Quant and Verbal-RC have been relatively lower in difficulty level compared to LR and DI in all the four slots.

Jhunjhunwala added that getting a good percentile was just the first step for successful candidates. Except IIM-Ahmedabad that gives 100 per cent weightage to CAT score only for the first round of short-listing, all other IIMs give variable weightage between 20 to 77 per cent to CAT scores for the first round, the least being 20 per cent for IIM-Bangalore. He cautioned students not to experiment with the trainers and said that they should always look for the credentials and experience of the person who trained them.

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Sister’s encouragement gave extra edge to CAT city topper

He was not very much inclined to appear for Common Admission Test (CAT). His elder sister decided to appear for the examination and realised that there were more mathematical calculations that ... Read More
He was not very much inclined to appear for Common Admission Test (CAT). His elder sister decided to appear for the examination and realised that there were more mathematical calculations that her brother might find easy because of his interest in Mathematics. She encouraged him to appear for CAT and he did not let her down.

Mayank Rajesh Sanghani belled the CAT with great aplomb. He emerged topper from Nagpur city with marvellous score of 99.99 percentile. His sister Dr Mansi, who topped in Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), also scored well with 97.09 percentile. Dr Mansi gives credit of her success to her teachers Rishabh Sanghani and Hitesh Dewani.

Rajesh and Meera Sanghani are the proud parents of Mayank and Dr Mansi. "We feel very happy. We were confident that our children would make us feel proud.

Both of them always topped in respective fields. They not only scored well in academics but also in extra-curricular activities," Meera Sanghani told 'The Hitavada'.

Meera Sanghani, Mayank's mother, sitting at her Anjali Peter England showroom at Dharampeth, said, "Mayank was in Bhavan's Bhagwandas Purohit Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines branch till Class XII. He scored well in Class XII and then in Common Entrance Test for admission to IIT. As he wanted to opt for Mechanical Engineering branch, Mayank chose IIT, Guwahati. Now he is in his final year." Mayank achieved the feat of topping CAT without going for any coaching to private coaching institutes. He was away from home pursuing his IIT and simultaneously preparing for CAT. According to his mother, Mayank was not tense, but he was also not casual about studies. He studied with zeal, proper care, and with eyes set on goal. Every year, Mayank won trophies in various competitions. He also played nationals of Table Tennis.

"Mayank watched movies, enjoyed life to its fullest, but not at the cost of his studies. He wishes to get admitted to Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Ahmedabad. With 16 students securing the score of 100, and Mayank scoring 99.99 percentile, we are optimistic that he may get berth in IIM-Ahmedabad," said Meera Sanghani.

Usually, students scoring high and emerging toppers name any national leader as their role model. But, Mayank's role model is at his home only -- his father Rajesh Sanghani, who had stood third in the order of merit in MBA from Nagpur University.

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CM announces joint task force with CII to develop State

Devendra Fadanvis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Sunday fortified the serious intentions of the State Government by offering a conducive business environment to woo investors from domestic a... Read More
Devendra Fadanvis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Sunday fortified the serious intentions of the State Government by offering a conducive business environment to woo investors from domestic as well as abroad at the Global Investor Conference organised by CII and Nagpur First.

Chief Minister amplified the fact that if Maharashtra has to progress and emerge as the best State in the country, then Vidarbha and Maratwada have to be developed to realise this dream. He stated that the single reason why Vidarbha lagged behind other regions and also Maharashtra not attracting much needed investment was due to deficit of governance. For any industry to set up in a designated MIDC area, it takes 76 permissions wasting almost two years. Fadnavis asked his Secretariat to work on reducing the number of permissions by 25 per cent within 15 days. Today it has been reduced from 76 to 35 permissions and Chief Minister is now working to bring it down to 25. All this, he said, needs to be on an IT platform that will bring in total accountability. In fact, 3-4 permissions have already been put on automated route. In case permissions are not received within 3-4 days the permission is deemed as granted.

Chief Minister shared the simplicity in gaining enhanced FSIs for industry, lowering of levies on open access power in Vidarbha and the power supply rates in MIHAAN between Rs 4.30 per unit to Rs 4.50 per unit which is the cheapest in Maharashtra. He thanked Central Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for removing all major hurdles in the path of MIHAN.

Chief Minister encouraged global investors present at the conference to invest in Vidarbha which according to him was the right time. He said, that after five years, they come, he would say 'no land is available'. He appreciated initiative of CII and Nagpur First.

He announced, "Government of Maharashtra is ready to forge a partnership with CII to form a joint task force. With the task force of industry on board, Maharashtra will move ahead." Present were Hakimudin Ali, Chairman of CII Vidarbha Zonal Council and Managing Director Calderys India Refractories Limited, Dinesh Jain, President of Nagpur First, V S Parthasarathy, Chief Financial Officer and Group CIO of Mahindra Group, Ashwini Malhotra, Chairman of CII Maharashtra State Council and Managing Director of Weikfield Foods Pvt Ltd, Kaushlendra Sinha, Regional Director of CII (Western Region).

Devendra Parekh, President of VED, Pradeep Khandelwal, President of BMA, Nitin Lonkar, Secretary, Manish Sanghvi, Vice-President were also present.

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Assembly clears Maratha reservation bill

Maharashtra Assembly on Tuesday cleared the bill granting 16 per cent reservation to Maratha community. The Government while ensuring passage of Maratha reservation outsmarted Opposition by darin... Read More
Maharashtra Assembly on Tuesday cleared the bill granting 16 per cent reservation to Maratha community. The Government while ensuring passage of Maratha reservation outsmarted Opposition by daring them to oppose Maratha Reservation while ducking query over Muslim Reservation. Totally confused over this smart move, the opposition members resorted to sloganeering, but Government remained unfazed.

Opposition parties including Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, MIM raised the demand to grant 5 per cent reservation to Muslim community in education sector as the term of ordinance came to end on December 24. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis rejected their demand citing that the Government would seek legal opinion of Advocate General for granting reservation to minority community. The members of the opposition parties trooped into the well and shouted slogans forcing speaker to adjourn the assembly thrice for 15 minutes each, and later opposition members staged a walkout from the house.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tabled Maratha reservation bill before the assembly on Tuesday. The bill was tabled to provide reservation of seats for admission in educational institutions in the state and appointments or posts in public services under the state to educationally and socially backward category (ESBC) in the state for their advancement. The Government took decision on the basis of Narayan Rane Committee that the Maratha Community is socially, educationally, and economically backward and is inadequately represented in public services under the state and it requires special provisions to be made for its advancement. The bill was passed in the house without any discussion.

However, realising that new Government has not included Muslim reservation in the bill, opposition members trooped into the well. Legislators Ameen Patel, Yashomati Thakur, Jitendra Awhad, Warris Pathan, Rajesh Tope, Vijay Wadettiwar, and others shouted slogans against State Government. Education Minister Vinod Tawade tried to pacify opposition members but the turmoil continued in the house and Speaker adjourned house first for 15 minutes. The house was adjourned twice for 15 minutes each since slogan shouting continued.

After house resumed, Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said, the State Government passed the bill without discussion on Maratha reservation. The Government should also consider the demand of 5 per cent reservation to Muslim in education sector. He emphasised on moving the bill or issue ordinance as term of ordinance came to end on December 24. He said, the community would be deprived from the benefits of the reservation in education sector.

Former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said, Government should take positive steps for continuing benefits to minority community. The NCP and Congress will support Government’s move.

Chief Minister Fadnavis said, State Government does not believe in discriminating anybody on the basis of caste, religion and is committed for the development of minority community. Since the High Court has stayed the decision, we are trading cautiously and taking decision as per the Constitution. The students of the Muslim community are protected from the ordinance, he assured. Former Speaker Dilip Walse Patil said, if Government does not issue ordinance then Muslim students will be deprived from getting benefits of reservation in education sector.

The Government should ensure their reservation, he demanded. Abu Asim Azmi of Samajwadi Party, Shiv Sena Minister Eknath Shinde, former Minister Chhagan Bhujbal and others also participated in the discussion but Chief Minister did not deviate from his earlier stand and opposition parties staged walkout from the assembly.

The historical miss

For the first time in history of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly the customary last week resolution which is moved by Leader of Opposition was not taken-up today as Opposition boycotted the proceedings.

The Opposition trooped out of House after it approved the issue of reservation for Maratha community but criticised Government for walkout on issue of non inclusion of reservation for Muslim community in the proposal.

Since the Opposition was not present in the House the last week resolution which highlights the pressing current issue in State was not tabled.

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‘Save Mumbai from immigrants, no place left for more population’

Taking a strong position on migrants inflow in State, Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde asked Maharashtra Government to stop further inflow of outsiders as Mumbai mega... Read More
Taking a strong position on migrants inflow in State, Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde asked Maharashtra Government to stop further inflow of outsiders as Mumbai megapolis is choking. There is no space left in the Mumbai and adjoining Thane anymore and State needs to take immediate steps to ensure that interests of locals were protected. He was speaking after initiating debate on customary last week resolution in the Upper House on Tuesday.

Munde, at the outset took exception to statement of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis about appointing a committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for streamlining development projects in Mumbai. This position of State Government need to be clarified as to what exactly CM's wants and how would this impact the power sharing model in federal structure of Government.

Taking potshot at Shiv Sena, Munde said this statement of Chief Minister does not augur well for former which is ruling in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). We expected a vision documents from Chief Minister but he shocked us all by statement about authorising Prime Minister for development works, he further stated.

The inflow of migrants is hampering the development of Mumbai as it is burdening the existing facilities which fall short of demand.

Illegal slums are sprouting everywhere and hence State needs to take a firm stance on migrants. The existing infrastructure of megapolis is falling short, and State needs to spell out its vision.

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Congress leader Vikhe Patil is new LoP in Assembly

Speaker Haribhau Bagde, on Tuesday, appointed Congress group leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil as Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly. There was tussle between Congress and Nationa... Read More
Speaker Haribhau Bagde, on Tuesday, appointed Congress group leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil as Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly. There was tussle between Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) for this coveted post. However, Speaker took the decision on the basis of strength of single largest party in the Opposition.

Congress got support of 42 members while NCP claimed support of 44 (41 NCP and 3 PWP). The NCP submitted name of former Home Minister R R Patil for the post. Speaker Bagde said that he had received letter from Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee President Manikrao Thakre and Vikhe Patil himself staking claim over the post.

However, Speaker cleared the name of Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil after taking opinion from the legal luminaries. Speaker while announcing his decision before the House said, it is not possible to conduct the proceedings of the House without the Leader of Opposition as his suggestions are always required on several occasions. As Congress is the single largest party in the assembly, we have cleared appointment of Vikhe Patil has been cleared.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Shiv Sena group leader and Minister Eknath Shinde, NCP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and senior most Member Ganpatrao Deshmukh escorted Vikhe Patil to his chair. The announcement was welcomed with thumping of desks from both treasury and Opposition benches. Fadnavis while extending compliments and congratulating Vikhe Patil said in a democratic set up, the post of LoP was important and he hoped that Vikhe Patil will perform his duties in an efficient manner. He said, Vikhe Patil will help Government for smoothly conducting business before the house. The Opposition plays an important role in controlling ruling party. Jayant Patil (NCP) while congratulating Vikhe Patil stated that during 1989, the smaller parties were united and selected their leader, who then was declared as Leader of Opposition, he also referred to incidence of 1983, when the same situation arose. Shiv Sena leader and Minister Eknath Shinde and Ganpatrao Deshmukh (PWP) also congratulated Vikhe Patil.

In his reply, Vikhe Patil assured to live up to the expectations of the members and the House. My opposition will not be for the sake of opposition, he told the House. He remembered the term of former Leader of Opposition late Gopinath Munde. He assured ruling party to help in conducting business. Speaker also complimented Vikhe Patil for his elevation and said he (Speaker) was happy to hear Vikhe Patil's views.

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Cops crack gang rape case of school teacher

IN A significant breakthrough, city police cracked the gang rape case of 21-year-old school teacher in Kalamna area using Mobile Tracking and Surveillance System (MTSS) and put behind bars eig... Read More
IN A significant breakthrough, city police cracked the gang rape case of 21-year-old school teacher in Kalamna area using Mobile Tracking and Surveillance System (MTSS) and put behind bars eight criminals, including five hardened criminals, for their involvement in the heinous act.

Posing as cops, the culprits had abducted the woman working as a teacher in a private school when she was with her friend and gang raped her at an isolated place near Kapsi overbridge on outer Ring Road in Kalamna area, on December 1.

The accused have been identified as Mohammad Afroz Ziauddin Pathan (32), a resident of Siddhant Nagar, Godhni Railway, Sudharshan alias Sanju Gajanan Maheshkar (31), a resident of New Indora, Punjabi Line No 12; Pundalik Domaji Bhoyar (40), a resident of Plot No 237, Sanjay Gandhi Nagar, Hudkeshwar, Anil Raju Ingley (36), a resident of HUDCO Colony, Nara Road, Jaripatka, Ashwin Ashok Danode (24), a resident of 27, Shyam Nagar, Hudkeshwar Road, Aakash Motghare, a resident of Bhim Chowk, Nara Road, Rameshwar Pradhan and Roshan alias Ashish alias Bhaji Madhukar Ingley (22), a resident of Sadhbhavna Nagar, Nandanvan.

Speaking to mediapersons, Commissioner of Police K K Pathak Afroz fled to Ajmer after committing the crime with his accomplices. When he returned to the city, he came to know that police were searching him. Accused Afroz, Sudarshan, Pundlik, Ashwin and Roshan fled to Mumbai where they were hiding in a house.

Cops had started investigation on the basis of the mobile data. Investigators, including cyber crime experts, screened almost one lakh numbers.

As many as 50 police personnel were assigned the task of tracing the culprits. Investigators got location of one of the accused persons at Medical Square. After studying the call data record, police found that he was using the cellphone between 6 pm and 10 pm only. Rest of the time, his cellphone was switched off.

Subsequently, the investigators traced the location of other accused persons. Five of them were trapped in Goregaon, Mumbai, on Monday night. The other three were nabbed from Imambada area. On Tuesday, cops produced accused Mohammad Afroz, Sudarshan, Anil, Ashwin and Pundlik before the court and obtained remand for their custodial interrogation till December 30. Three other accused arrested would be produced before the court on Wednesday.

Armed with knives and firearms, the culprits had threatened the woman and her friend Shailesh Sheware (22) with dire consequences. They abducted her from Dhargaon on three motorcycles on the pretext of taking them to police station. She was made to sit in between the two miscreants on the mobike. They took her to an isolated place. The culprits pulled her dupatta and spread on the ground before raping her one after another. Strangely, the culrpits dropped the victim to her locality. Sensing trouble, Sheware somehow managed to escape and alerted the traffic police at Kapsi about the abduction.

The traffic cops alerted the control room officer who in turn informed police stations like Kalamna, Nandanvan and Hudkeshwar. Soon, an alert was sounded in the Second Capital and the outskirts. A Diploma in Education (D Ed), the victim had claimed in her complaint that she wanted to spend some time with Sheware, a B.Com student, staying at her neighbourhood, as he leaving the city for sometime. She knew Sheware for the past four years. A few months ago, their families shifted to different localities.

Joint CP Anup Kumar Singh was present at the press conference.

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HC blow to Saoner MLA Kedar in NDCCB scam

In a major blow to Saoner MLA Sunil Kedar, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the Co-Operative department to complete the hearing on appeal filed against order of Rs 129.31 cr ... Read More
In a major blow to Saoner MLA Sunil Kedar, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the Co-Operative department to complete the hearing on appeal filed against order of Rs 129.31 cr recovery within 6 months and also asked the trial court to complete the trial within one year. The trial is languishing for last 12 years and even charges have not been framed.

A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande while allowing a PIL filed by Omprakash Kamdi and 13 others, passed this stern orders setting definitive time-frame for appellate authority to decide the appeal within six months and trial court to take this case on priority. The Supreme Court has already set a time-frame of one years for all criminal prosecutions initiated against elected representatives.

The special auditor had indicted Kedar for causing loss to Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank (NDCCB) and had directed him to pay Rs 129.31 crore with interest to NDCCB. The order was stayed by then Co-Operation Minister Harshawardhan Patil. The petitioners have moved High Court demanding expediting the criminal trial pending in the JMFC court since last 11 years and vacation of stay. The PIL has demanded early recovery of Rs 156 crore loss allegedly caused to NDCCB by Kedar and then General Manager Ashok Chaudhary and also to separate his trial from other accused so as to take it to logical end.

The petitioners claimed that they had already approached then Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan with a request not to stay the recovery order passed by Special Auditor dated November 28, 2013 directing Kedar to pay Rs 129 crore to NDCCB and Chaudhary was asked to pay Rs 25 crore. Other directors were let off with minor penalties. Later Co-Operation Minister stayed the order. According to petitioner, after the Gilt scam was exposed in the year 2002, initially Kedar in his capacity as NDCCB Chairman and lodged complaint against Home Trade Limited, M/s Indramani Merchants Private Limited, M/s Century Dealers Private Limited, M/s Syndicate Management Services Limited and M/s Giltedge Management Services Limited through whom government securities worth Rs 125 crores were purchased by physical delivery was never given. Initially Ganeshpeth police registered offences on complaint lodged by Kedar and four days later special auditor lodged complaint with Ganeshpeth police station against Kedar and others and offence under section 406, 409, 468, 471, 120-B read with section 34 of IPC was registered and investigation handed over to CID. But the charges could not be framed as the accused persons were lodged at different jail and hence trial remained in limbo.

The petitioners have also traced the long legal battle in which the High Court in 2009 had directed District and Sessions Judge Nagpur to ensure that old criminal matters pending before different JMFC courts are disposed of on priority basis.

Even the enquiry conducted by special auditor Yashwant Bagde took 11 years to complete and the officer submitted his report only a month before his retirement. The petitioners have urged the High Court to direct the respondent authorities to recover Rs 156 crore loss from Kedar, Chaudhary and their associates as directed by probe officer along with interest from. More importantly, they have urged the High Court to direct the JMFC court to separate the trial and expedite the trial to punish the guilty. Adv Shrirang Bhandarkar appeared for the petitioner. GP Bharati Dangre (State), Adv Akshay Naik (Kedar), Adv Darshan Siras (Chaudhary) represented respondents.

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Suspension of five Cong MLAs revoked

It proved to be a big day for Congress in the Legislative Assembly. Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Group Leader of the party, was named as Leader of Opposition. Within a few hours of this, the Assembl... Read More
It proved to be a big day for Congress in the Legislative Assembly. Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Group Leader of the party, was named as Leader of Opposition. Within a few hours of this, the Assembly revoked suspension of five MLAs of Congress. Girish Bapat, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, made the announcement about revoking suspension of Congress MLAs. These MLAs included Abdul Sattar from Sillod, Jaykumar Gore from Maan, Rahul Bondre from Chikhli, Amar Kale from Arvi, and Virendra Jagtap from Dhamangaon. They were suspended in the very first session of this Government last month in Mumbai, for creating ruckus and also misbehaving with Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao. These MLAs were suspended on November 12 for a tenure of two years. However, much to their surprise, which some of them expressed privately, Congress leaders did not mount pressure on the Government to get their suspension revoked. On Tuesday, the penultimate day of winter session of State Legislature, the Speaker announced Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil as Leader of Opposition. Later, Bapat announced that on request of new Leader of Opposition and the suspended MLAs, the Assembly was revoking suspension.

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Kelkar Panel report suggests 15-yr frame for achieving balanced devpt

After a long wait of 14 months, finally, State Government tabled the report of the High-level Committee on Balanced Regional Development Issues in Maharashtra -- popularly called Kelkar Committee... Read More
After a long wait of 14 months, finally, State Government tabled the report of the High-level Committee on Balanced Regional Development Issues in Maharashtra -- popularly called Kelkar Committee -- in both the Houses of State Legislature on Tuesday. As reported earlier by ‘The Hitavada’, the report shifts the development debate from ‘backlog’ to ‘development gap’, and makes 146 recommendations to achieve balanced development in a suggested time-frame of 15 years. However, the new formula suggested by the committee, continues to give higher financial allocation to Rest of Maharashtra (RoM) than Vidarbha and Marathwada.

Sudhir Mungantiwar, Finance and Planning Minister, tabled the report in both the Houses of the State Legislature on Tuesday. While tabling the report in the Assembly, Mungantiwar said that the Government had neither accepted nor rejected the committee recommendations. “We are tabling the report as per the Cabinet resolution,” he said. The discussion on the report will be held in Budget Session of State Legislature and the Government will obtain opinion of both the Houses before deciding on the recommendations. Chhagan Bhujbal, former Deputy Chief Minister and senior NCP leader, and Dilip Walse Patil, former Speaker and senior NCP leader, objected as to how the Kelkar Committee report contents appeared in media even before it was tabled in the legislature. K P Bakshi, Additional Chief Secretary (Planning), later addressed a press conference at Divisional Commissionerate here and explained various aspects related to the report.

Dr V S Deshpande, Acting Vice-Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) and a member of the committee; Anoop Kumar, Nagpur Divisional Commissioner, were present prominently at the press conference.

Bakshi told the reporters that the committee headed by noted economist Dr Vijay Kelkar had made 146 recommendations to achieve the goal of balanced development of Vidarbha, Marathwada, RoM regions, excluding Mumbai. The departments concerned are expected to cull the information pertaining to them. Secretaries of respective departments are expected to submit their opinions on relevant part of the report, to Planning Department within a month. A sub-committee comprising ministers and headed by Planning Minister will consider the opinions received from various departments, and then go before the State Cabinet. After that, the Government will formulate its strategy on implementation of the recommendations of the committee.

According to Bakshi, the committee has recommended division of plan component. First, the part for Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan (SCSP) and Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP) will be deducted from total plan component available. The remaining will be divided into general sector and water sector resources in the ratio 70:30. Of the total allocation to water sector (30 per cent of plan), 8.5 per cent will be a priority allocation to 44 water-stressed tehsils, 85 tehsils with ground water adversity, tehsils in saline belt of Buldhana-Akola-Amravati, and ex-Malgujari tanks in Nagpur Division. Of the remaining 91.5 per cent, allocation will be available for Water Resources, Water Conservation, Command Area Development Authority (CADA), and Water Supply and Sanitation (including Groundwater Survey and Development Agency) departments.

The general sector resource pool available after deducting allocations for SCSP/TSP and water sector, will be divided further into divisible and non-divisible plans.

Of these, 60 per cent resources will go to divisible plan and 40 per cent to non-divisible. Of the divisible plan in general sector, 30.78 per cent has been suggested for Vidarbha, 28.51 per cent for Marathwada, and 40.71 per cent for RoM.

Water sector and general sector resource pools combined together, the overall regional allocation percentages suggested by the committee are Vidarbha-- 33.24 per cent, Marathwada-- 25.31 per cent, and RoM-- 41.45 per cent. Compared to the existing formula for allocation of funds, a definite increase has been suggested for Vidarbha and Marathwada regions and decline for RoM. However, previously also, among three regions, RoM got higher allocation; and Kelkar Committee also has suggested higher allocation to RoM among three regions.

Asked if any deadlines were set for achieving the goals of balanced development, Bakshi said that the committee expected implementation of its recommendations for water sector by the year 2022. Further, it expected implementation of recommendations for other development sectors by the year 2027. “We have identified the recommendations of doable nature to be implemented in 15-year frame,” said Dr V S Deshpande. Making a power-point presentation about the report, Dr Deshpande told reporters that the committee had suggested to make two ‘virtual regions’ -- water and tribals, apart from the regular three regions of Vidarbha, Marathwada, and RoM. It has recommended a system to be set up to measure Tribal Development Index annually.

On Regional Development Boards

There are several other recommendations of the Kelkar Committee. Already, ‘The Hitavada’ has published most of the recommendations through its columns. Among other significant recommendations is the one pertaining to restructuring and streamlining of Regional Development Boards (RDBs).

The committee has recommended the Chief Minister to be Chairman of RDBs and seniormost minister from the region as the Executive Chairman. Deputy Chief Minister, Ministers of Finance and Planning, Executive Chairman of State Planning Board, all ministers from that region, two MLAs, two MLCs, Mayors of two municipal corporations, Presidents of two municipal councils, Presidents of two Zilla Parishads, two eminent citizens from that region, and two experts will be on the Board for respective regions. Additional Chief Secretary and Regional Development Commissioner should be the Member Secretary.

The RDBs, it is suggested, should prepare comprehensive Five Year Perspective Plans and Annual Plans of the region. Plan resources should be devolved to the districts, and blocks as per the formula suggested by the committee. The boards will be entrusted with the responsibility of planning, supervision, and monitoring of development plans in respective regions. Further, an Empowered Group of Ministers from respective regions should be formed under the Executive Chairman of respective RDB for faster decision-making on the region-specific problems on plan implementation, the committee has recommended.

‘Baseline disparities further aggravated in past 15 yrs’

Making a scathing comment on the state of affairs during the past 15 years in the State, the committee has recorded its observation without mincing words. “The baseline disparities between the agricultural or tribal areas versus the industrialised and urban concentrations were further aggravated during the past 15 years by the change in the structure of economic activities, and the regional shift in the political power in coalition governments.”

Asked to clarify on this comment, Dr V S Deshpande said in the press conference that baseline disparities had much to do with lack of creation of irrigation facilities to desired extent, problems in scheme implementation affecting the rate of growth in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions in particular, and political instability in these regions.

As to what went wrong, Bakshi and Dr Deshpande both said that their comments would be ‘personal opinions’ and not part of the report. “The biggest thing gone wrong was related to irrigation. Besides, there were problems with utilisation of available resources leading further to pendency of irrigation projects. And, certain factors also led to problems with non-plan allocation,” he said.

Report available on websites

Soon after tabling of the report of Kelkar Committee in both the Houses of State Legislature, the report was made available on two websites -- https://mahasdb.maharashtra.gov.in and www.maharashtra.gov.in for the people.

‘Have not recommended autonomy to Vidarbha’

Making it amply clear that Kelkar Committee had not recommended autonomy to Vidarbha or any other such alternative, Additional Chief Secretary (Planning) K P Bakshi told reporters during the press conference that views of stakeholders were incorporated in the chapter on summary of Stakeholders’ Perspectives. Further, Bakshi made it clear that the committee had not made any recommendation on providing free water and power to farmers. “These were demands or views that came up from people of Vidarbha region who participated in the consultation process. We have summarised those views in our report, but those are not our recommendations,” he said. Interestingly, some section of the media has been reporting that the committee has strongly recommended statehood to Vidarbha. The report has a chapter ‘Stakeholders Perspectives’ from pages 31-64. Page 48 has a paragraph titled ‘Summing up for Vidarbha’ in which sentiments expressed by stakeholders during consultation process have been summarised. The said paragraph starts with ‘The common belief of the people of Vidarbha voiced through their representatives is that...’ It goes on to sum up the sentiments of Vidarbha as follows, “If the blueprint of balanced development is not properly implemented, alternatives could be as follows: Important economic portfolios may now be shared with Vidarbha leaders, Sub-state status for Vidarbha as per 24th Amendment of 1969 as applied to Meghalaya as sub-state of Assam with independent legislature and ministers, and Statehood to Vidarbha -- as a follow up of alternative two, demand for statehood for Vidarbha on the pattern of Meghalaya carved out of Assam from sub-state to full statehood.” However, the paragraph remains what it is -- a summary of sentiments of stakeholders from Vidarbha. “It is not part of our recommendations,” said Bakshi. Despite the perss conference, as some section of the media continued misquoting the report on Vidarbha statehood issue, Bakshi had to issue an official press release through Department of Information and Public Relations late in the evening. The official release stated that the views on Vidarbha statehood were expressed by stakeholders during consultation process, and did not form part of the views or recommendations of the committee.

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The man who knows -- what he wishes to do

The first impression is: He knows. And the second impression is: He really knows.

That the accession of Devendra Fadnavis to Maharashtra’s chief ministership cannot be treated as a poli... Read More
The first impression is: He knows. And the second impression is: He really knows.

That the accession of Devendra Fadnavis to Maharashtra’s chief ministership cannot be treated as a political happenstance, becomes clear the moment one starts attempting to catch him off guard, or trap him in a tight spot about various issues in the State. For, when he assumed the coveted post about two months ago, Devendra Fadnavis walked in with two advantages -- one, being an Opposition leader until yesterday; and two having prepared for the chief minister’s role with a sense of focus through knowing the State in and out, not just politically but also administratively. Very few Chief Ministers have had such an advantage.

So, as newspaper Editors assumed the role of Reporters and asked Maharashtra’s brand new Chief Minister what may have been tedious and tricky questions, Devendra Fadnavis appeared not only unfazed but also seemed to enjoy the interaction as he knew his State as he does the back of his own palm.

So, as the Editors devoured the sumptuous breakfast at the Chief Minister’s official residence ‘Ramgiri’, no issue was foreign or alien to Devendra Fadnavis. He may have slept late in the night, as is his wont; he may have not had much time to get ready to join the Editors, as is his practice these days, but the Chief Minister appeared fresh and willing to discuss issues with a disarming smile marking his countenance.

The issues that came up for discussion ranged from urban development to rural and agricultural economy to jail reforms to irrigation to trade and business to special economic zones to the challenges before Tier-II and Tier-III cities to rural outflux to urban influx to power generation to coal handling to solar energy policy (which is in the offing)...! At each of these points, Devendra Fadnavis was forthcoming with detailed answers as if he had read the issue just before entering the wood-paneled conference hall. Of course, Urban Development Department is with the Chief Minister, and he knows the minutest details about every issue -- from differential Floor Spaces Indices (FSIs) in different cities to the current issue of amalgamation and cluster approach to FSI management in Tier-II and Tier-III cities where urban land holdings are necessarily small to allow higher FSI.

Let alone that, Devendra Fadnavis appeared ready to discuss each and every issue regarding the State of Maharashtra. He knew, as one answer revealed, that Maharashtra is the only State in the country that is still cribbing about cotton prices. “I am sorry to state, but the class that produces cotton is not concerned about its own low productivity from the cotton fields; it concerns itself more with having the support price hiked” almost illogically, he said in effect.

Nagpur’s MIHAN did spring up in discussion. There was rather a spiced question: “How long will MIHAN take to get completed?” The questioner was sure that the Chief Minister may have a politically driven stock answer. But in came the surprise twist that only man of the calibre of Devendra Fadnavis could give: “I can assure you that all the problems dogging MIHAN will be taken care of during the current year 2014-15, that is in the next few months”. For obvious reason, the question ended then and there.

But MIHAN did occupy quite some time in the 45-minute time-frame. “And when you can lower the electricity rates in MIHAN’s case, why don’t you think of a similar approach towards industrial power everywhere in the State?” -- was another question. The Chief Minister had an extended answer ready, as if again he had just studied the issue in full a few minutes ago. What made a good impression was that the Chief Minister remained unfazed when the Editors sought to compare the power situation in the neighbouring State of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. He said simply, “We have made a beginning, and we will end the effort at its logical culmination. You will hear good news from this front, too,” he added.

Yet, “you must mark one thing -- just until a few weeks ago, power generation capacity of as much as 1700 MW was under shut down due to coal shortage. That problem has been solved effectively. Very soon, we will deal with haphazard coal linkages as well to straighten out coal supply to power stations. In my opinion, this is a major step,” the Chief Minister said with an endearing conviction...

... The impression, therefore, is: The Chief Minister knows, and the State, too, will soon know that he knows.

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Bhavan’s Group hands over J&K flood relief fund cheque to CM

True to its spirit of commitment to the cause of the needy and the suffering, the Bhavan’s Group of Schools rose to the occasion and raised an amount of Rs 9,61,670/- towards their brethren i... Read More
True to its spirit of commitment to the cause of the needy and the suffering, the Bhavan’s Group of Schools rose to the occasion and raised an amount of Rs 9,61,670/- towards their brethren in flood-hit Jammu & Kashmir. The amount was handed over to the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at his official residence ‘Ramgiri’ by the Principals -- Annapoorni Shastri (Srikrishna Nagar), Anju Bhutani (Civil LInes), Vandana Bisen (Ashti), and Parwati Iyer (Trimurti Nagar branch). The Captains of all branches of Bhavan’s Group of Schools -- Shobhit Chandak, Radha Taori, Anando Ghosh, Shikha Batra, Anurag Shrivastav, Mallika Karmele, Mokshit Kothari and Ojasvi Thakre were present. A congratulatory message of the School management was conveyed to the Chief Minister on him assuming the office.

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Wadettiwar’s private member Bill on Vidarbha statehood

Vijay Wadettiwar, Deputy Leader of Congress in Legislative Assembly, was visibly irritated to find that his private member Bill regarding demand of statehood to Vidarbha did not figure in the l... Read More
Vijay Wadettiwar, Deputy Leader of Congress in Legislative Assembly, was visibly irritated to find that his private member Bill regarding demand of statehood to Vidarbha did not figure in the legislative business on Friday. Now, his private member Bill will come up in Budget Session of State Legislature to be held next year. Wadettiwar objected strongly to his Bill not being a part of the business for the day. He accused the Legislature Secretariat of removing his proposal without taking him into confidence. Girish Bapat, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, said that the proposal did not figure due to workload. “The matter will be taken up later,” he said. Bapat quoted provisions from the Rule Book and informed the House that he discussed with Group Leader before taking the decision about the private member Bill. Chief Minister Fadnavis said that the previous Government also had postponed some proposals citing one or the other reason. Dilip Walse Patil, former Speaker, also expressed his thoughts.

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Devendra Fadnavis directs NMC, NIT to expedite Nagpur’s development

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday directed civic bodies to speed-up report for seeking special funds for development of city matching its Second Capital status. Nagpur Municipal Corporat... Read More
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday directed civic bodies to speed-up report for seeking special funds for development of city matching its Second Capital status. Nagpur Municipal Corporation has demanded special financial aid for road repairs and new roads in the city. Fadnavis chaired the meeting held at Vidhan Bhavan on Friday regarding preparation of action plan to boost development of city. Union Minister for Surface Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari was prominently present.

The city has 195 km of roads under Integrated Road Development System and funds of Rs 345 crore are needed for road repairs. Directing the officials to focus on construction of roads, Chief Minister also directed that waste water should be used for industry purpose. He discussed reservation of 130 ten million cubic metre water for future drinking water needs of the city. After discussing pending issues, Fadnavis asked a combined report about Muslim Library at Mominpura, Dr B R Ambedkar Research Centre at Patwardhan ground which has been pending since long.

Chief Minister also held discussion on allocation of land for bus terminus for city bus service. A special committee has been formed under Chairmanship of Chief Secretary for betterment of transportation in city limits. He specifically asked NMC and NIT officials to distribute ‘Patta’ (Ownership right) on the lines of Tukdoji Nagar and Kamgar Colony.

State Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, MLAs Sudhakar Deshmukh, Dr Milind Mane, Vikas Kumbhare, Krishna Khopde, Sudhakar Kohale and Sameer Meghe, MLCs Anil Sole and Prakash Gajbhiye, Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, Standing Committee chief Narendra Borkar, former chief of NMC’s Standing Committee Sandeep Joshi, Chief Secretary Swadhin Kshatriya, Principal Secretary of Urban Development Department Manukumar Shrivastav and Shrikant Singh, Secretary for Medical Education Manisha Mhaiskar, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane, NIT Chairman Harshadeep Kamble and other senior officers attended the meeting.

Kocchi Barrage on Kanhan river to get new boost
Kocchi Barrage proposed on Kanhan river has got a fillip after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis directed revenue officials to start the land acquisition process. The project is conceived to meet future drinking water needs of city and free the current dependence on Pench Irrigation Project.

Fadnavis along with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari took review of the project status on Friday. Ramtek's Member of Parliament (MP) Krupal Tumane, MLA Sunil Kedar, ex-Zilla Parishad President Ashok Dhote, Shaligram Bondre, Chief Secretary Swadhin Kshatriya, CM's Principal Secretary Praveen Pardeshi, Principal Secretary, Irrigation Department, Malini Shankar, Secretary, Milind Mhaiskar, CM's Secretary Praveen Darade, Medical Education Department Secretary Manisha Mhaiskar, District Collector Abhishek Krishna, VIDC's Executive Director Shuka, Chief Engineer R M Chavan, Superintending Engineer R K Dhawle, Executive Engineer Sanjay Wankhde, Rehabilitation Officer Prakash Patil and Deputy Collector Asha Pathan.

The project cost of Kocchi Barrage is pegged at Rs. 262.25 crores as per VIDC's revised administrative approval dated August 31, 2007, and its command area is estimated at 4837.67 sq.km.

Central Government has approved in principle diversion of forest area of 72 Ha in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

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CM ayes sops for Vidarbha’s development

Reiterating his unflinching commitment to wipe out backwardness of Vidarbha and make it a prosperous and developed region, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday announced a slew of measures ... Read More
Reiterating his unflinching commitment to wipe out backwardness of Vidarbha and make it a prosperous and developed region, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday announced a slew of measures to make Vidarbha an attractive destination for investment and tourism, reduce power tariff, fast-track irrigation projects, rejuvenate waterbodies, promote urban development and remove its development deficit within five years.

To boost Industrial development in backward Vidarbha region, the Maharashtra Government will waive surcharge on electricity drawn through open access which will bring down power tariff in Vidarbha. The State Government will seek permission of Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Authority (MERC) for this waiver, Fadnavis stated, while replying to a detailed discussion on backwardness of Vidarbha in Legislative Assembly. In Legislative Council the reply was given by Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse, on behalf of Chief Minister. This waiver will increase investment opportunity in the backward region.

Fadnavis said, State Government is committed to overall development of the region. He will dedicate two days in every month for expediting projects related to Nagpur and Amravati divisions. Chief Minister announced a plethora of developmental works to remove backlog and create job opportunities for the youths. He said, open access facility will pave way to purchase electricity from captive plants. The State Government will promote mineral-based industries in the region and create competitiveness with neighbouring states like Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh. In these states, the electricity is cheaper as compared to Maharashtra. The Government will also remove backlog of agriculture pumps in the region and promote solar pumps, he added.

Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) initiated discussion on development of Vidarbha on Thursday. In his splendid 60 minutes speech in the Assembly, the Chief Minister touched heart of every member. Former speaker Dilip Walse Patil, during right to reply, also appreciated his committment towards people of the region. He said, it is responsibility of the State Government to fulfill the promises made to the people of the region.

‘DF Govt flouted Governor’s orders’

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis blasted NCP member Bhaskar Jadhav for his inappropriate remarks against farmers of the region. Chief Minister compelled him to withdraw his remarks. Fadnavis said, people of the region sacrificed their status of capital of the CP and Berar State to protect Mumbai from going into hands of Gujarat. The farmers of Vidarbha were so rich that they had given cotton to British on credit. However, Maharashtra Government did not fulfill the commitment given to the region. The injustice was meted out to the region in every sector and therefore, the demand of Separate Vidarbha emerged in every sector. As per Article 371 (2) of the Constitution, the Governor of Maharashtra made special provisions for removing backlog and balanced development of the region.

Unfortunately, the previous Governments made provision but did not spend the amount and diverted it to other region. The Governor of Maharashtra has taken several objections on transfer of funds of Vidarbha and Marathwada to other region. He said that the then DF Government had spent funds on particular districts and tehsil. The DF Government failed to remove irrigation backlog of Amravati region found in 1994. As per 2011 figures, the additional backlog of 11 lakh hectares was created in Amravati.

State Govt reduces limit for industrial devpt in Nagpur

Chief Minister said, the DF Government had banned industrial development within radius of 25 kms from Nagpur. This has stopped the development of the district. However, there is no such condition for Pune district. Therefore, the Government has restricted upto 5 kms only from the city limits. This will pave way for new industrial growth.

Fill vacant posts from region

Chief Minister said, the Government has filled all the vacant posts in Revenue Department. The Government will not spare any officer, who refuses to join duties in the backward region. Such officers will have to face music. He said, the land acquisition could not be completed without Land Acquisition officers in the region. The Government will complete 102 irrigation projects in Amravati division by June 2015. This will create irrigation potential of the region by additional 2.36 lakh hectares.

The Government will give priority to land acquisition for the irrigation projects. He said, the Government will give revised administrative approval for pending projects. Fadnavis said, the Government will change norms for cleaning of 132 Malguzari Tanks in Eastern Vidarbha. The Government has constituted a committee under Secretary for framing new norms for the tanks.

‘Time-bound programme for Gosikhurd project soon’

The Government will finalise time-bound programme for the completion of Gosikhurd project. The project cost climbed up to Rs 14,000 crore. The Government will remove all obstacles coming in the way for land acquisition. The Water Resources Department will increase height of Gosikurd project up to 242 meters. The project has created 54,000 hectares irrigation potential by 2014 while 90,000 hectares irrigation potential will be created by 2015. The Government has targeted to create 1.20 lakh hectares potential in 2016 and take it upto 1,90,000 hectares in 2017 and ultimately irrigation potential will be up by over 2.50 lakh hectares by 2018.

River-linking project

The Government will link rivers of Eastern Vidarbha to Western Vidarbha. The additional water of Godavari valley will be transferred to Western Vidarbha region. This will create additional 3 lakh hectares irrigation potential and water will be provided purely for irrigation purpose. To tackle agrarian crisis in the region, the Government will extend help of Rs 500 crore per annum for Vidarbha Intensive Irrigation Development Programme (VIIDP).

Orange processing unit at Katol

State Government will start a modernised orange processing unit at Katol for the benefit of orange growers in the region. The Government will shift food processing unit from Hingana to Butibori and increase its capacity up to 5,000 metric tonnes. Fadnavis said, the organge unit of Katol is facing legal complications therefore, the Government is trying for out of the court settlement.

Highlights of CM’s speech

*Textile Hub in Amravati Industrial Estate within two years. The Government will promote investment of Rs 2,000 crore and generate employment *Government to develop all weather airports including night handling facilities at Amravati so that big aircraft can land. * Government clears development plan of all the cities in the Vidarbha. Chief Minister proudly told the house that what DF Government could not do in 10 years, the new Government did in a single day. * Government cleared files of Tower like structure and group housing schemes for Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). * Rs 20 crore sanctioned for rescue centre at Gorewada Zoo. The Government will start developmental works without waiting for final nod to final draft. * Government will develop Gandhi Circuit, Buddhist Theme Park, and Eco-tourism for Tadoba. * To declare Lonara Crater as world heritage site * Government to remove all potholes from State Highways in the region. * Special provision for development of Shantivan as Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Museum. * Soil Testing Laboratory in every district of Vidarbha, Marathwada and Khandesh.

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PIL on pathetic condition of highways: High Court makes NHAI to act swiftly

Finding everything moving at a very casual pace and virtual flouting of its directives of November 14, 2014 by the top brass of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Justice Bhushan R G... Read More
Finding everything moving at a very casual pace and virtual flouting of its directives of November 14, 2014 by the top brass of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Justice Bhushan R Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande at the High Court, asked the NHAI counsel A A Kathane and personally present Chief General Manager (Tech.) NHAI, M K Jain to tell it Chairman’s name to issue notice to him to answer contempt charge for not complying with its directives and made the counsel and the top officer to develop cold feet. They were asked to came back with approval and assurances after lunch-recess, which satisfied the Court to a large extent. The Court was visibly unhappy during the hearing of a newspaper report of September 20, 2013, registered as public interest litigation (PIL) on the Court’s own initiative regarding the “pathetic state of affairs of national highways” and particularly relating to 37 kms patch between Mansar and Khawasa and also the unmotorable condition of road near Pandhurna and the incomplete bridge at Kondhali on the NHW No. 6. In its Comprehensive Tentative Plan submitted to the Court in the after-noon, the Court has placed that one page chart on the record of the case and accepted it as an undertaking on behalf of the NHAI regarding construction of balance work between 94.000 kms and 123.000 kms on Nagpur-Hyderabad section of NH-7 in Maharashtra and balance of construction of work from 153.000 kms to 175.000 kms on the same road. The Court was informed that regarding first part, competent authority NHAI Head-quarters has telephonically approved the bids and work will commence from December 19 next. And the second part of the maintenance activity will be undertaken by the new contractor, who will be commencing work from December 26 next. Till this period, maintenance work will be continued by the existing contractor and would be completed by March 31, 2015. As per the chart, contracts being executed by the non-performing contractors will be given closure notice and those will end on March 10, 2015. Speaking of preparation of bids, the Court has been informed that preparation of bidding documents to complete the balance work will be over by April 30, 2015. Bids will be invited for balance work from May 1 and acceptance will be up to May 15. Bids will be finalised on July 31 and contracts will be awarded to the approved contractor on October 1 and balance work is to be completed by December 31, 2016. The Court will hear the petition further after one week. Advocate N A Padhye is amicus curiae in the case. GP Bharati Dangre (State) and Assistant SGI Rohit Deo (Union of India) represented the respondents. Adv Mohit Khajanchi represented the intervenor - Adv Ashish Jaiswal.

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Three more Naxalites surrender in Gondia

Inspired by the social welfare schemes run by Police Department under the new surrender policy of State Government, three members of Triple–K Dalam surrendered in front of Gondia District Super... Read More
Inspired by the social welfare schemes run by Police Department under the new surrender policy of State Government, three members of Triple–K Dalam surrendered in front of Gondia District Superintendent of Police Shashi Kumar Meena on Wednesday. With this surrender, total 18 Naxalities have surrendered so far after the formation of independent Gondia district in 1999.

Giving more details, SP Meena said that the surrendered members including Jalher alias Dalsuram Parasram Kachlam (21), a resident of Navezhari in Korchi tehsil of Gadchiroli, Rishi alias Sukhlal Tulsiram Parsu (20), a resident of Mayalghat in Korchi tehsil of Gadchiroli, and Kashiram Eitu Koretti, a resident of Tirkhuri in Arjuni Morgaon tehsil of Gondia district, were active in Darekasa, Deori, Korchi – Kurkheda – Khobramenda (Triple – K ) and Platoon – 55 under North Gadchiroli-Gondia Division. They were involved in a number of Naxal incidents which include ambush, setting afire road roller on Piperkhari – Sukdi Road, setting afire Gram Panchayat buildings of Missipirri and Toyogondi and BSNL tower in Jamakudo between 2010 – 13. Rishi has confessed of having played a role in landmine blast in Donagagrh (CG) and killing of a police informer in 2004.

Their surrender has been cleared by the administrative approval committee having District Collector, DSP and SID men as its members. In 2014, this is the first surrender of Naxals, the last was done on April 17, 2013. Till date 18 members have surrendered with Gondia police. It may be mentioned that Gondia district is considered to be a Naxal- sensitive place, but in recent past with active police action, the Naxal activities has witness a steep decline in the region. SP Meena has given credit to his department people for this success and has appealed to other members involved in Naxal movement to surrender with the police and join mainstream of development.

SP Meena also said that there were attractive schemes apart from rehabilitation package in the new Naxal Surrender Scheme of State Government.

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Students, citizens flay terror attack on school in Pakistan

The smallest coffins are the heaviest. This was the message that was in the air and mobile networks and Internet, and also in the city of Nagpur. Right from the school children to grown ups and s... Read More
The smallest coffins are the heaviest. This was the message that was in the air and mobile networks and Internet, and also in the city of Nagpur. Right from the school children to grown ups and senior citizens, everyone joined the world to condemn the barbaric act of Talibani terrorists, who killed innocent school children in Peshawar in Pakistan; and also paid tributes to the victims of terror attack.

Every child in every school in the city observed a two-minute silence to mourn the loss of school children in the massacre effected by merciless and shameless Talibani terrorists in Peshawar a day ago.

During school assembly, the students prayed, wept, sobbed, and mourned. Parents and teachers also condemned the barbaric act of terrorists in the harshest words.

Condemnation of terrorists and mourning of victims filled every nook and corner of the city. Every office, every home, every lane and by-lane, every Nagpurian joined the country and the world in expressing sadness and anger both.

Minorities Democratic Party (MDP) activists staged demonstrations near Mominpura. “Terrorism has no religion. Even the harshest words are not enough to condemn the inhuman act of terrorists,” stated Mohammad Sajid Ansari. MDP activists flayed Fazalullah and Al Baghdadi for killing children and women. In Gandhi Chowk, Sadar, also the residents gathered for a candle-light vigil, and prayed for eternal peace of innocent children.

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‘Number of drought-affected villages may increase by 5,700’

The Central team that visited 14 districts of Maharashtra in the past few days has found that the situation of drought-hit areas is really grim. “The situation is such that the number of drough... Read More
The Central team that visited 14 districts of Maharashtra in the past few days has found that the situation of drought-hit areas is really grim. “The situation is such that the number of drought-affected villages may increase from 19,029 to around 25,000. We will request the Central Government to consider this as a national calamity situation and provide us additional financial assistance,” said Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, while making a statement in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday afternoon.

Chandrakant Patil, Co-operation Minister, made the statement in Legislative Council. Earlier, Chief Minister chaired a meeting with the 10-member Central team in Vidhan Bhavan. Informing about the outcome of the meeting, Chief Minister told the Assembly that Central team visited various affected villages and found the situation grim. The team members expressed their concern over the situation. Already, the State has sought an assistance of Rs 3,925 crore from the Centre to tackle the situation. However, as the number of affected village may increase by 5,700 after reviewing the situation in Vidarbha region and Nashik division, State would submit a revised memorandum to the Centre and seek additional financial assistance.

Central team agreed to the State’s contention and assured to expedite the proposal for aid. The initial aid sought was aimed at providing compensation to farmers who had lost their agricultural crop. However, as the State would be required to tackle subsequent situations including fodder and water scarcity, additional stock of foodgrains etc, additional assistance would be sought from the Centre, said Fadnavis. He said that the State would request the Centre to relax norms of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme so that employment could be made available to people from areas facing drought-like situation, he added.

Swadhin Kshatriya, Chief Secretary; Pravesh Sharma, leader of Central team and Additional Secretary with Central Government; Dr Sudhir Kumar Goyal, Additional Chief Secretary, Maharashtra; Sudhir Shrivastav, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance); K H Govindraj, Secretary (Relief and Rehabilitation); Malini Shankar, Secretary (Water Resources); Rajesh Kumar, Principal Secretary (Water Supply); Deepak Kapoor, Secretary (Food and Civil Supplies); Pravin Pardeshi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister; Milind Mhaiskar, Secretary to Chief Minister; Anoop Kumar, Nagpur Divisional Commissioner, and other officers were present prominently. In the meeting, Pravesh Sharma informed the Chief Minister about the Central team’s visit to various villages.

Sharma expressed satisfaction over the measures taken by the State Government to tackle the situation. However, he said, considering the problems that these areas might face in the next two months, additional measures were required to be taken as far as fodder and water availability were concerned. He assured to submit a report considering the increase in number of affected villages.

Swadhin Kshatriya said that the State was facing a never-before drought-like situation. Central team had visited Marathwada and Vidarbha regions to assess the situation. Kshatriya explained the situation prevailing in the State and said that a revised memorandum would be submitted to the Central team.

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MLAs press for affordable & quality education, reforms

DURING a discussion under Rule 293, which continued on Wednesday morning before start of regular business in the Legislative Assembly, members pressed for reforms in education sector. Most of t... Read More
DURING a discussion under Rule 293, which continued on Wednesday morning before start of regular business in the Legislative Assembly, members pressed for reforms in education sector. Most of the members felt that the education should become affordable and government should monitor the quality in education.

Initiating the discussion on Tuesday evening, Yogesh Sagar said that changes were required to be effected in education sector with changing times. Education should be able to develop a student’s personality through arts, sports, academics and latent talent. To meet present-day needs of evolution, old Universities Act must be changed. Private universities should be encouraged in State.

Also, in line with the objectives of Right to Education (RTE) Act of the Centre, State Government should enact Maharashtra RTE Act to ensure that no teachers are termed excess. He stressed on restarting the University elections to develop leadership qualities in youngsters. In the proposal for discussion, the MLAs pointed out that several plots were allotted to educational institutions. However, in many cases, these plots were lying unused. These plots should be utilised for new educational institutions and a policy decision must be taken in this regard.

Govt should control pre-primary schools, says Sunil Prabhu

State Government has no control on CBSE, ICSE schools. Nursery, KG-I, KG-II in private schools. More number of students are interested to take B Com but colleges get 4 divisions of 120 intake each. Instead it should be increased to 720. Appointment of Principal in colleges is a critical issue and should be resolved in a proper manner.

Problem-based learning necessary: D P Sawant

Teaching is more effective when there are 30-35 students in a class. Unfortunately there are 100 students in a class. Secondly school education is our base and we are utterly ignoring it. We have made our students habitual of applying rote method. We should bring Problem-based learning. Secondly, employability is bigger problem. Various surveys say that we have very less employability.

Dr Anil Kakodkar Committee has made certain recommendations but we need financial assistance to implement those. As far as technical education is concerned, institutions should be linked to industries. The condition of research is very bad.

Impose ban on teachers’ strike: Prashant Bamb

We give education to teachers but in turn what they give to education. Some members become MLC from teachers, graduates constituencies and fight for the demands of teachers. It should be stopped. Bring ban on teachers strike on the lines of police. State Government should bring proposal to bring ban on elections of MLCs from teachers constituency. These MLCs help politicians in running the educational institutions. Teachers examinations should be conducted. The teachers chew gutkha and teach children to be ethical.

Multi-disciplinary courses is need of hour: Vikhe-Patil

The students once take Arts can not go for Science or engineering. They should be able to take course as per their wish. For this, the multi-disciplinary courses should be brought. Secondly, MKCL is not much fruitful and did not yield much result. It should be closed. Coaching classes have mushroomed which is very bad practice. Many colleges are running by joining hands with the coaching institutions. The suggestion of incorporating ATM – Agriculture, Technology and Management should be considered.

GMCs need two deans: Awhad

There are lot of responsibilities on Dean of the Government Medical Colleges in State. He has to handle administration, hospital, academics. Considering this aspect two separate deans should be appointed for administration and education.

Have check on standard of edn: Jayant Patil

Government is permitting new colleges is not bad but it should monitor the quality. Parents spend lot of money on the education of their wards but they never understand what their children doing.

The previous government stopped conducting examinations of the students of Class I to VIII. It was not wise decision. The time has come to have check on standard of education.

Set up Sports University, says Dr Ashish Deshmukh

In our education system, sports is most neglected part. In fact it is the part of personality development. I feel sports should be given prime importance and going further I demand that separate Sports University should be established.

System should attract quality teachers: Patangrao Kadam

Private sector has contributed a lot in Maharashtra's education field. The then Chief Minister Yashwantrao Chavan, Education Minister Balasaheb Desai had vision. They opened education and emphasised on quality.

The Government should do something to attract quality and educated teachers to teaching profession.

Make Marathi subject compulsory in Central schools: Imtiyaz Jaleel

Former Minister Rajesh Tope Deepak Chavan, Rajabhau Waje, Adv Parag Alawni, Dr Shashikant Khedekar, Mohd Asif, Abu Azmi, Bhaskar Jadhav, Medha Kulkarni, Balasaheb Murkute, Bhimrao Dhonde, Captain Tamil Selvan, Charan Waghmare, Ameen Patel, Subhash Deshmukh, Bharati Lavekar, Ajit Satav, Bachchu Kadu also spoke on the occasion.

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RCOEM bags NAAC ‘A’ grade

Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management, (RCOEM) has been awarded 'A' grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous institution of the University ... Read More
Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management, (RCOEM) has been awarded 'A' grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous institution of the University Grants Commission (UGC), in its first cycle of accreditation. The NAAC peer team recently visited the campus of RCOEM for three days in the month of September for the assessment process.

The Standing Committee of Executive Committee processed and approved the Peer Team's report of NAAC and accredited RCOEM with a CGPA of 3.10 on a four point scale at 'A' Grade valid for a period of five years from December 10, 2014, which is one of the highest CGPA in Central India and Maharashtra.

The peer team handed over detailed report to the Principal Dr R S Pande during the exit report meeting to initiate further quality enhancement measures. The committee in its report has specifically mentioned and highlighted three things about RCOEM: 1. A linguistic minority college with highest rank in Vidarbha region, 2. Very committed and ethical management. 3. Good stakeholders relationships.

The College was established in 1984 and is the most sought after technical institute in Central India. The college was conferred with autonomous status by the UGC and Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) from academic session 2011-12. The College has an ISO 9001-2008 certification for quality since 2006. It has also received NBA accreditation and reaccreditation for most of its programmes.

The college has been consistently ranked amongst the top engineering colleges in India by reputed ranking agencies such as 'OUTLOOK' and 'Competition Success Review' - Global Human Resource Centre (CSR-GHRDC) owing to its excellence in the area of academics, industrial interface, infrastructure and placement.

The NAAC peer team was chaired by Prof H P Khincha, (former Vice Chancellor of VTU, Belgaum), Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Prof Matabadal Shukla, Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi was appointed member coordinator and Prof N Alagumurthi, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Pondicherry Engineering College, Pondicherry and Prof Amiya Kumar Rath, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, Burla, Odisha were the members.

During its three day visit, the peer team visited all the departments of the college and interacted with the teaching and non-teaching staff, students, alumni and parents. They also visited all the support facilities on the campus.

The NAAC team while granting the accreditation appreciated the well-defined process for planning, development and review of curriculum as well as the active involvement of all stakeholders including industry in the development of curriculum designed on outcome based criteria. The NAAC peer team recognised the guidance provided by the college for various competitive examinations to advanced learners as well as the mechanism adopted by the college for improvement of slow learners to be one of its key strengths. The well-defined examination process and the continuous assessment and relative grading systems followed by the college were appreciated by the NAAC team.

The NAAC team emphasised on the work done in the area of research and consultancy activities of the college. It recognised the research facilities at the college and the various extension and NSS activities undertaken as one of its pivotal strengths.

Adequate physical infrastructure and facilities, committed faculty and staff, good placement record, support from local community and stakeholders and proactive management of the college were some of the observations of the NAAC team. The college constantly strives to touch greater heights. This accreditation reinforces the fact that the college has been progressing ahead towards vision set by its Chairman Banwarilal Purohit with missionary zeal of Govindlal Agarwal, General Secretary and the entire team of the Management. It is because of the fair and ethical management of the College under the leadership of Banwarilal Purohit and the dedicated efforts of the members of the teaching and non-teaching staff, that it has been able to build revered reputation in the society.

The management of the college has congratulated all the stake holders for this achievement and has motivated them to achieve enviable heights in pursuit of academic excellence while ensuring that the students of the college not-only outstand as technocrats but also become responsible citizens of the society with high ethical benchmarks.

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Separate fund from mineral royalty for road repairs

The Government will set up a separate fund from the mineral royalty collected, to repair roads that are damaged due to plying of trucks for mineral transportation. Eknath Khadse, Revenue Minister... Read More
The Government will set up a separate fund from the mineral royalty collected, to repair roads that are damaged due to plying of trucks for mineral transportation. Eknath Khadse, Revenue Minister, told the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

Khadse was replying to a call attention motion by Ramesh Kadam, Arjun Khotkar and others. The members cited various instances of illegal excavation and transportation of sand in various parts of the State and violation of environmental norms. They lamented that there was inadequate fund for repairs of roads damaged due to trucks that transported sand.

In reply, Khadse said that the auction/tender document would specifically mention the clause regarding royalty share going to separate fund for road repairs. A portion of the royalty collected, will be provided to Public Works Department for road repairs. Further, some portion will be made available to Public Health Department, he added in response to queries about negative impact of pollution caused by mineral transportation on health of people living in the area from where transportation took place. Throughout the State, in financial year 2013-14, the Government had earned revenue of Rs 983 crore out of mineral royalty. Former minister and senior NCP MLA Rajesh Tope demanded installation of CCTV cameras at sand ghats to check illegal excavation and transportation of sand. Further, he said, independent staff should be provided to Tehsildar of respective areas for better functioning. He urged the Government to initiate efforts to find an alternative to sand as construction material, for, there were restrictions on excavation on sand. Ramesh Kadam alleged that Deputy Collector Shankar Jadhav was ‘hand-in-gloves’ with sand mafia.

Responding to Kadam’s demand, Khadse said that Divisional Commissioner of Aurangabad would be asked to initiate enquiry against the said Deputy Collector. If found guilty, the said Deputy Collector would be suspended, said the minister. On the issue of violation of environmental norms, Khadse said that blanket ban could not be imposed on excavation of sand as it would pose a big question over construction activities.

During his reply, Khadse said that Ghat No 1 and 2 in bed of river Sur near village Kodamendhi in Mouda tehsil of Nagpur district were found 'unsuitable' for auction for sand excavation. In Mouda tehsil, between April and November 2014, penalty of Rs 13.85 lakh was recovered in 187 cases of illegal excavation and transportation of sand. In three cases, offences were registered. Besides, measures like putting up barricades were taken to curb illegal transportation of sand. Throughout the State, flying squads were constituted to curb illegal excavation and transportation of sand, Khadse added.

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Local Body Tax to be scrapped by end of financial year: Khadse

Making first official confirmation on abolishing of Local Body Tax, Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse on Wednesday informed the Legislative Council that General and Services Tax (GST) is going to impl... Read More
Making first official confirmation on abolishing of Local Body Tax, Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse on Wednesday informed the Legislative Council that General and Services Tax (GST) is going to implemented in State from April 1, 2015, onwards. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in its election manifesto had promised to abolish LBT, a major demand of the trading community in State. Till now the Government was not forthcoming on date of abolition of the controversial tax that was introduced in lieu of octroi. Today, Khadse ended the prevailing confusion stating by end of this financial year LBT is going to be abolished.

This was informed by Khadse during reply on motion of thanks on Governor's speech. Further he said Central Government has agreed to compensate State Government for losses in lieu of shifting to GST to tune of Rs. 14,000 crores. The tax shortfall would not mean hike in taxes by the Government and we do not want to burden the people of Maharashtra any further.

Khadse further informed the House that a white paper on State's finances is going to be brought by the Government very soon. The move is seen as a way to corner the erstwhile Democratic Front Government but Khadse said the white paper is going to state the position of finances of Maharashtra as of date.

In the reply the Revenue Minister assured the Opposition benches that notwithstanding the difficult position of finances the BJP-Sena Government is going to complete all the promised projects. When the Government took over the reins of power the position of finances is difficult. Adding to woes the nature's fury has further strained the finances but despite that Government is no way going to leave the farmers in soup and same time fulfill all election obligation.

He further said the results cannot be expected immediately and Government is surely going to turnaround the State in short span of time. Maharashtra's position has slumped to number eight in raking among states as neighbouring Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have gained edge. While Madhya Pradesh could increase irrigation by 24%, during the same period irrigation potential of Maharashtra got reduced. Even the decisions of Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal could not be implemented.

Maximum stress is being laid on on-line functioning for efficient, effective and transparent functioning. An e-portal will be launched very soon and paper work will be reduced. This will ensure transparency, eliminate nepotism and corruption and also delay in the administrative procedures.

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Fed up with Forest Deptt’s apathy, unions decide to cover open wells on their own

CRITICISING Forest Department for its ‘inaction’ in checking continued deaths of precious wild animals after falling in open wells, workers of Lok Garjana and Maharashtra State Forest Guards ... Read More
CRITICISING Forest Department for its ‘inaction’ in checking continued deaths of precious wild animals after falling in open wells, workers of Lok Garjana and Maharashtra State Forest Guards and Promoted Foresters Union have come forward to put up fence around wells without parapet walls in the buffer and adjoining jungle.

Fed up with the callous attitude of the department even after repeated representations during the past five years, Ajay Patil, leader of both the organisations, said that he had information of most such wells but would ask workers to undertake a survey immediately to update the data.

If the department is not still interested in saving wildlife then the workers would take up the programme of putting up temporary fence around the wells.

Patil said that the workers would launch the programme from December 25 on the auspicious occasion of Christmas by putting fence of dried/thorny branches of trees around some wells in the region.

“In the meantime, a deputation of the workers would meet Sarjan Bhagat, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) in Van Bhavan here on December 19 at 12 noon to discuss this serious issue,” he added.

Patil said that the authorities concerned had given false assurances so far but failed to proceed further on the issue.

“Tiger is a flagship species and national animal holding apex position in the pyramid of wildlife. It’s number is dwindling day by day which is a matter of grave concern to everybody. On one hand the Central Government is spending crores of rupees on protection and conservation of tigers every year while on the other hand Forest Department is allowing tigers and other wild animals to die for silly reason - not making arrangement for at least putting temporary fence of dried/thorny branches for preventing animals fall in the open wells,” he added. When the Central Government is so much concerned about saving tigers, the department should have at least shown a sense of responsibility in support by taking up the work under regular or non-plan budget. The department boasts of doing good job in protection, conservation and effective implementation of wildlife management, he said and questioned their way of management.

Patil urged the State Government to make it mandatory to farmers and provide them grants for construction of parapet walls around the wells situated in buffer and adjoining jungle area.

The work should be taken up in Chandrapur landscape on priority basis as major cases occur in this district - the latest death case of a full-grown tigress in Ratnapur village in Shivani forest range, on Tuesday.

Gopalrao Thosar, a senior environmentalist, who was pained to hear the news of tigress death in open well, said that the field staff members should hold meetings in villages in and around forests to create necessary awareness among rural masses about importance of temporary fence for saving this majestic animal.

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City shivers at 7.70 C

The winter chill is here. For the first time this year, the minimum temperature in the city dropped to 7.7 degrees Celsius on Wednesday morning, with wind chill factor coming into play. The minim... Read More
The winter chill is here. For the first time this year, the minimum temperature in the city dropped to 7.7 degrees Celsius on Wednesday morning, with wind chill factor coming into play. The minimum temperature was three degrees below normal.

Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) has predicted ‘cold wave conditions’ for next two days, at isolated places over Vidarbha region. The maximum temperature of the city was 24.9 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. There was a huge difference of 17.2 degrees between maximum and minimum temperatures. Nagpurians found it difficult to adjust to such extremes. Wind chill factor and dry weather added to the discomfort levels.

Early in the morning and by evening, in various corners and along major squares of the city, people were seen trying to find comfort in the warmth of bonfires. Wednesday proved to be the coldest day of the year so far. The city recorded the lowest-ever minimum temperature of 5.5 degrees Celsius on December 29, 1968.

As per the RMC, maximum and minimum temperatures ‘appreciably fell’ over East Vidarbha and changed little over West Vidarbha. Minimum temperatures ‘markedly fell’ over East Vidarbha and dipped ‘appreciably’ over West Vidarbha. The weatherman has forecast minimum temperature to be around 7 degrees Celsius on Thursday and 8 degrees Celsius on Friday. The maximum temperature is likely to remain around 26 degrees Celsius.

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Sena MLA booked for assaulting SPU officer

HIGH drama was witnessed at Hotel Pride after Shiv Sena MLA Harshavardhan Jadhav allegedly slapped a Police Inspector when he did not allow him to meet his party supremo Uddhav Thackeray in his... Read More
HIGH drama was witnessed at Hotel Pride after Shiv Sena MLA Harshavardhan Jadhav allegedly slapped a Police Inspector when he did not allow him to meet his party supremo Uddhav Thackeray in his presidential suit on Wednesday evening. After allegedly creating scenes, MLA Jadhav fled the hotel but was later booked by Sonegaon Police for assaulting Inspector Parag Jadhav of Special Protection Unit (SPU) (Nashik ) deployed in the personal security of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and deterring him from discharge of his duty.

Uddhav Thackeray arrived in the city to hold meeting with party ministers and leaders. The meeting was held in Hotel Pride. After the meeting ended in the evening, Thackeray went to his presidential suit on the fourth floor with Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam and other leaders. The door was then closed from inside. The door was opened after Transport Minister Diwakar Raote came. It was again closed and none was allowed inside. However, MLA Jadhav tried to enter the suit but was prevented by the three SPU officers, including Inspector Parag Jadhav, who were deployed in security of the Shiv Sena chief. MLA Jadhav created scenes and allegedly assaulted Inspector Parag Jadhav and fled the hotel. As the news about the incident reached Shiv Sena chief Thackeray, the latter got terribly upset. He told his men that he won’t leave the hotel till MLA Jadhav was brought before him. Party leaders and police officers searched but could not locate MLA Jadhav immediately.

Senior Inspector P R Shah, in-charge of Sonegaon Police Station, told ‘The Hitavada’ that an offence under Sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 323 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against MLA Jadhav following a complaint lodged by SPU officer Parag Jadhav. Further investigations are under way, he added. Speaking to some television channels, MLA Jadhav denied the slapping incident and blamed the media for blowing up the matter out of proportion.

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Uddhav Thackeray to tour Vidarbha with Shiv Sena MLAs, Ministers

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday exhorted Sena Ministers and MLAs to work effectively and make their presence felt in the legislature and every part of Maharashtra. The Sena chief, i... Read More
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday exhorted Sena Ministers and MLAs to work effectively and make their presence felt in the legislature and every part of Maharashtra. The Sena chief, in closed door parleys with the party leaders, stressed on performance of Ministers of the party. He urged the MLAs and Ministers to live upto expectations of the people and not to get overshadowed by the alliance partner.

Thackeray decided to tour Vidarbha region along with all Sena legislators and Ministers to assess the agrarian crisis on the lines of his much-publicised Marathwada tour.

Sena has three MPs in West Vidarbha and one in Nagpur division and party apparently wants to consolidate its base.

Though, Sena legislators who could not be accommodated in the cabinet were bit unhappy, the Sena chief and other senior leaders during the meeting, appreciated bold and far-reaching steps taken by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who has accorded due respect to Sena Ministers in the decision-making process and maintained excellent co-ordination with them and party leadership. Senior Ministers Subhash Desai, Diwakar Raote, Ramdas Kadam, Eknath Shinde, Dipak Sawant were present.

According to Sena leaders, the party chief advised them to extend whole-hearted co-operation to the Government and ensure that all measures announced by BJP-Sena alliance Government are implemented successfully. He also asked Vidarbha office-bearers to strengthen organisation, particularly in East Vidarbha, where party fared quite poorly in Assembly elections.

Thackeray arrived in city on Wednesday to hold deliberations with party legislators, ministers, party’s Vidarbha office-bearers and candidates who lost in the region at a closed-door meeting in Hotel Pride. Accompanied by son Aditya, Uddhav Thackeray addressed the party members before leaving for Mumbai in the evening. Even when the party was in the Opposition, Thackeray made it a point to visit Nagpur during winter session and he maintained this tradition this year as well.

Later, talking to mediapersons, Shiv Sena chief stated that along with Ministers and Legislators, he will visit the region to keep watch on release of package for farmers of drought-hit areas in Marathwada and Vidarbha. Thackeray, who had visited Marathwada region with 63 legislators to assess drought situation, stated that State Government has announced good package to the drought-hit and hailstorm-hit farmers in the State. The Shiv Sena legislators will also visit affected areas in Vidarbha region. He said, it is responsibility of every Shiv Sainik to monitor the release of fund to affected farmers in their respective areas.

Sources claimed that Thackeray discussed with Ministers and MLAs regarding working of Legislature. He also reviewed shortcomings during election from defeated candidates.

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GST: Local bodies may lose revenue of Rs 12,000 crore

Responding to the Central Government’s call for pre-introduction comments on Goods and Services Tax (GST), Maharashtra Government has assessed the financial implications on State exchequer an... Read More
Responding to the Central Government’s call for pre-introduction comments on Goods and Services Tax (GST), Maharashtra Government has assessed the financial implications on State exchequer and revenue earnings of local bodies in this regard. As per the assessment, if GST is introduced with the clause of subsuming entry taxes, local bodies will lose revenue of Rs 12,000 crore per annum. Losing such a huge revenue will put local bodies in trouble. Raising GST by 1-2 per cent also will not fill up the huge revenue gap for local bodies in State.

Hence, the State Government has urged the Central Government to fill up this gap by compensating the State for next 10 years. At present, the Centre has proposed to compensate the States for transition to GST for three years.

The assessment regarding financial implications of GST on Maharashtra has been prepared by Finance Department. “We have assessed the situation and have sought aid from the Centre to fill up revenue shortfall. Central Government has assured the States to compensate for the revenue gap,” Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar told ‘The Hitavada’. At present, the biggest financial strength of local bodies is entry taxes like octroi/Local Body Tax (LBT).

Maharashtra Government has expressed its reservations over Paragraph 279 (A) that grants veto power to the Centre regarding decisions of GST Council, and Paragraph 286 (3) that restricts State’s powers to levy tax on sale or purchase of notified goods like petroleum products and liquor. State has strongly advocated repeal of the provision under Paragraph 286 (3), as it would result in huge revenue loss on account of restriction on levy of sales tax on petroleum products and liquor.

GST proposal empowers Centre to levy GST on tobacco. Maharashtra Government levies 25 per cent tax on cigarette and tobacco, and 12.5 per cent on beedi. From these taxes, Maharashtra earns a revenue of Rs 700 crore per annum. If the Centre is empowered to levy GST, and State’s powers are restricted in this regard, it would affect the State’s revenue. Hence, Maharashtra has demanded empowerment of States to levy GST and sales tax on tobacco.

Also, Maharashtra Government has pointed out to the Central Government that during the transition to GST, the former would need compensation to a huge extent. Maharashtra is yet to get compensation of Rs 1,686 crore from the Centre for Value Added Tax (VAT) for the years 2006-07 and 2007-08. For Central Sales Tax, for the year 2009-10 and 2010-11, State is yet to get compensation of Rs 553 crore from the Centre.

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State achieves 90% target in PM Jan-Dhan scheme

Under the Jan-Dhan scheme initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi under which bank accounts have to be opened in the name of families, the state of Chhattisgarh has made considerable progress. ... Read More
Under the Jan-Dhan scheme initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi under which bank accounts have to be opened in the name of families, the state of Chhattisgarh has made considerable progress. About 90% of the families in Chhattisgarh have opened their bank accounts under the scheme. In naxal affected Bastar Division, 75% families in 7 districts have opened their accounts and in rest of the district the achievement is 92%.

According to information districts like Korea, Mahasamund, Dhamtari, Surajpur, Mungeli, Sarguja, Rajnandgaon, Bemetara, Bilaspur, Jashpur, Kondagaon, Kanker, Durg, Raipur, Raigarh and Kabirdham have been successful in executing the Jan-Dhan scheme and in these districts more than 90% families have opened their bank account. Sources informed that the government has set a target date of December last to achieve 100% target in all the districts except Bastar Division where the target set is 85%. Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh has congratulated all Divisional Commissioners, District Collectors and bank officials for making progress in achieving target under the Prime Minister’s Jan-Dhan scheme. He also directed the officials to achieve the set target by December end.

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State still stands in second lowest position on enrollment in higher edn

Despite several claims of the State Government and set up of various universities, there has been negligible growth in the higher education across the Chhattisgarh. The state still stands in seco... Read More
Despite several claims of the State Government and set up of various universities, there has been negligible growth in the higher education across the Chhattisgarh. The state still stands in second lowest position among all 29 states and 7 union territories of the nation on enrollment in higher education. The figures of higher education released by Union Ministry of Human Resources Development state that from 2006-07 to 2012-13, Chhattisgarh registered a growth of only 3.16% at enrollment of students in different sections of higher education. During 2012-13, 37.15% youngsters in the age group of 17 to 24 years were enrolled in higher educational institutes against 33.99% enrollment of students in higher education institutions in 2006-07. The second lowest out of all states in the nation, after undivided Andhra Pradesh which recorded 37.08% enrollment of students in higher education. In enrollment of boys, state recorded a growth of 4.43% during this period of 7 years whereas in enrollment of girls, state registered a growth of 1.89% in these seven years, one of the lowest amongst all states and union territories. In 2012-13, 82 girls enrolled for 100 boys in higher educational institutions at the state against 78 girls for 100 boys in 2006-07. The total enrolments of the youngsters in higher education across the state were 5.4 lakhs including 1.95 lakh girls. This is really a disturbing factor as from 2005 to 2012, with the support of University Grants Commission, Chhattisgarh Government as well as Chhattisgarh Higher Education Department did several things like the set up of 12 new universities including 4 private ones in different streams such as medicine, technical, veterinary and others and 210 new colleges. In fact higher education of department has also played a vital role in the formation of IIM Raipur and NIT Raipur. Apart from it, a state government has also introduced many scholarships and financial support systems for rising the number of girl enrollment in higher education and also youngsters of Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Scheduled Caste (SC). But these schemes and other activities of state government in promoting and growth of higher education also failed to raise the developments of it in all parts of Chhattisgarh. It is also interesting to note that that a small percent of enrollments in the educational institutions of state are from neighbouring states because of low fees structure in many courses as compared to other states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Southern States.

‘Over the past decade, admission of higher education in Chhattisgarh has improved but not in satisfactory mode. Still large numbers of youths in tribal as well as non tribal districts do not turn up for taking admission in undergraduate courses after finishing their school studies. The difference in higher education between the rural and urban areas needs to be bridged to further link the gap between the enrolments of both boys’ and girls’ stated Dr. Mahesh Chandra Sharma, Higher Educationist and Principal of Indira Government Colleges of Arts, Science and Commerce Bhilainagar.

When contacted, Dr. PC Choubey, Joint Director of Chhattisgarh Higher Education Department said he has no idea about this statistics so he could not comment on it.

On the other hand, Premprakash Pandey, State Higher Education Minister of Chhattisgarh did not respond the calls and remained unavailable for comment.

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BJP candidate K Abu elected unopposed

Bharatiya Janata Party candidate K Abu from Ward No 14, Mother Teresa Ward in Mana Nagar Panchayat has been declared elected unopposed. BJP District President Ashok Pandey while congratulating hi... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party candidate K Abu from Ward No 14, Mother Teresa Ward in Mana Nagar Panchayat has been declared elected unopposed. BJP District President Ashok Pandey while congratulating him has extended his best wishes. Pandey stated that the Congress will be facing similar situation in all urban bodies in the state and the same has been started from Mana Nagar Panchayat. He said he is confident that the Congress will fail to win a single seat from Raipur Municipal Corporation and in all 70 wards BJP candidates will be victorious.

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RSCC urges rebel candidates to withdraw names from polls

Raipur Shahar Congress Committee (RSCC) President Vikas Upadhyay has constituted a committee to persuade the party’s rebel candidates contesting in municipal polls and make them withdraw names ... Read More
Raipur Shahar Congress Committee (RSCC) President Vikas Upadhyay has constituted a committee to persuade the party’s rebel candidates contesting in municipal polls and make them withdraw names before December 19. The committee has been constituted with Dr Kiran Mayee Nayak as its convener and Iqbal Ahmed Rizvi, Ramesh Warlyani, Abdul Hamid Hayat, Inderchand Dhariwal, Pramod Choubey, Shiv Gwalani, Mahesh Sharma, Ajay Tripathi and others as members. The committee has also been tasked to convey the list of Congress leaders/workers who refuse to back down from contesting against official Congress candidate promptly so that appropriate action against them could be initiated timely.

Meanwhile, RSCC President Vikas Upadhyay has also consulted Congress’s Raipur Mayor candidate Pramod Dubey to chalk out joint campaigning schedule. The finalized schedule includes canvassing in Srinagar, Gudhiyari, Murra Bhatti, Shukrawari Bazaar, Pahadi Chowk, Ram Nagar, Bharat Nagar, Kota colony, Mahoba Bazaar areas by early evening of Dec 18 where after RSCC office-bearers meeting has been organized. The campaigning would there after cover Madarasa Chowk, Baijnathpara, Katora Talab and Santoshi Nagar areas.

To enforce coordination between Congress office-bearers and party candidates contesting municipal polls, Congress has instituted state level control room with party state Secretary Shiv Singh Thakur, Ajay Sahu, Hardip Singh Benipal, party state Secretary, Nivedita Chhatterjee, Pranav Shukla.

Cong announces election committee for Raipur municipal election

Congress has announced election committee for Raipur Municipal election which includes senior party leaders like Satyanarayan Sharma, Dhanendra Sahu, Mohammed Akbar, Amitesh Shukla, Swarupchand Jain, Subhash Ghuppad, Paras Chopra, Iqbal Ahmed Rizvi, Abdul Hamid Hayat and many others. These leaders would also be canvassing for the party actively in the upcoming elections.

Meanwhile, Congress would be releasing its manifesto for municipal elections in a day or two even as ruling party would be releasing the election document on Thursday itself.

Congress leader Mohammed Akbar, also convener of state manifesto committee, told The Hitavada over phone that manifesto is ready for all practical purposes and only approval from state election committee is required. He also denied that Congress wanted to release its manifesto after having a look at BJP promise list.

Cong announces candidature for 8 Nagar Panchayat President, 2 Municipal Council

Congress, on Wednesday, announced its candidates for remaining two Municipal Council President. The party also announced the candidature for remaining eight Nagar Panchayat President. As per the list, Rajkumar Kesharwani and Dhanraj Madhyani have been fielded for Municipal Council President in Manendragarh and Gobra Navapara, both of which have been declared as general seats. Likewise, Rajesh Agrawal, Seeta Parihar, Rajkumar Ratre, Anil Chandrakar, Premlal Sinha have been fielded for Nagar Panchayat President in Lakhanpur (Gen), Pali (Gen Woman), Adbhar (SC), Fingeswar (OBC) and Pithora (OBC). Sanjay Tapan Chandrakar, Peman Swarnber and Kamla Goyal have been fielded as Congress candidates for Nagar Panchayat President in Kurud, Nagri and Kura.

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UFBU announces nation-wide bank strike on January 7

UNITED Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), an umbrella organisation consisting of five award staff and four officer’s bank unions have announced a nationwide strike on January 7, 2015. According to ... Read More
UNITED Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), an umbrella organisation consisting of five award staff and four officer’s bank unions have announced a nationwide strike on January 7, 2015. According to General Secretary of Bank Employee’s Federation (CG) D K Sarkar and Assistant General Secretary of Chhattisgarh Bank’s Employees Association Shirish Nalgundwar, after zone-wise strikes across the country from December 2 to 5 on longpending single agenda ‘Revision of wages’ and the adamant attitude of Indian Banks Association (IBA), the UFBU members met in Mumbai on Wednesday to chalk out future agitations. The scheduled meeting was chaired by UFBU Convener M V Murali.

As decided in the meeting, a daylong countrywide strike will be observed by UFBU on January 7, 2015 which will be followed with a four-day strike from January 21 to 24. During the meeting, it was further decided that if the demands were not fulfilled, an indefinite bank strike will commence from March 16, 2015, the duo added.

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New Vidhan Sabha at Naya Raipur

High–level meeting regarding the construction of new Assembly building and MLA rest house at Naya Raipur was held here on Wednesday. The land has been allotted by Naya Raipur Development Author... Read More
High–level meeting regarding the construction of new Assembly building and MLA rest house at Naya Raipur was held here on Wednesday. The land has been allotted by Naya Raipur Development Authority and soon the work will commence regarding the construction the new Vidhan Sabha building. During the meeting members discussed lay-out and planning of the building as well as guest house. Present during the meeting were Assembly Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, ministers Prem Prakash Pandey, Brijmohan Agrawal, Rajesh Munat, Secretaries Bajendra Kumar, Vivek Dhand, Devendra Verma, Amitabh Jain, K R Pisda, SS Bajaj, Amit Katariya and Sanjay Shukla.

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Cong demands CM’s resignation over sterilization deaths issue

The impasse in the House continued for the third consecutive day with Congress Legislators creating pandemonium in the House over sterilization deaths, demanding Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh’s... Read More
The impasse in the House continued for the third consecutive day with Congress Legislators creating pandemonium in the House over sterilization deaths, demanding Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh’s resignation and dismissal of Health Minister Amar Agrawal. However, the opposition Congress legislators had to come on back-foot as the BJP Legislators while countering the opposition onslaught raised the issue of insult to Father of the Nation by Congress. The House proceeding was suspended once but the chaos and mayhem continued with all the Congress Legislators shouting slogans and creating hindrance in the House proceedings. Later Congress Legislators were suspended due to their infringement into the Well of the House. However, the House adjourned today ahead of the schedule but before adjourning sine die, all listed business including passage of 2nd Supplementary budget were completed.

Before start of the Question Hour, the House paid homage to all the 160 persons including 132 school children, who were brutally killed at Peshawar in Pakistan by militants. Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and Congress Legislative Party Leader T S Singhdeo termed the incident as heinous. They said the incident which brought disgrace to the complete human race has been intended to disturb peace and invoke terror. They said not only Pakistan but the whole world has been left shaken from the incident. Every country in the world has criticized this incident in strongest words. This House severely condemns this heart rendering and heinous incident and extends its deep condolence.

As soon as the Question Hour began on Wednesday, the Congress Legislators donning flex apron type banners depicting pictures and slogans depicting sterilization deaths and farmers issue and created pandemonium in the House demanding resignation of Chief Minister and dismissal of Health Minister. Strongly countering the onslaught the BJP Legislators raised the issue of insult to Father of the Nation. BJP Legislator Shivratan Sharma while raising the issue said Congress Legislators had insulted Mahatma Gandhi by donning his statue with a black shawl within the Assembly annex on Tuesday. Sharma and the BJP Legislators created chaos by shouting slogans like ‘Mahatma Gandhi ka apman nahi sahenge’ while seeking unconditional apology from Congress.

Revenue Minister Prem Prakash Pandey raised the issue that the Congress Legislators have entered the House donning flex posters resembling flag and symbol which is prohibited in the House as per norms. He also said the Congress is doing all these mayhem for political gains. CLP Leader countering the allegations said the Treasury benches are putting pressure upon opposition by raising all these issues. Amidst all these chaos and mayhem Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal adjourned the House proceedings till 12 Noon.

But as the House resumed Congress Legislators continued with their slogans demanding resignation of CM and dismissal of Health Minister Amar Agrawal. Countering the onslaught the BJP Legislators produced a bottle in the House displaying which they said they are going outside to purify Gandhiji’s statue which was insulted by Congress and went outside the House moving towards Gandhi statue while demanding apology from Congress members.

Not happy over the developments Congress legislators infringed into the Well of the House after which they were automatically suspended and they left the House. However, after undertaking few proceedings the suspension of Congress Legislators were revoked but they did not return.

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26-year-old youth commits suicide after being duped by acquaintance

A 26-year-old youth committed suicide in State capital here on Tuesday night. The deceased was worried after an acquaintance duped him. Police said that Sultan Singh, 26, resident of Daulatpura... Read More
A 26-year-old youth committed suicide in State capital here on Tuesday night. The deceased was worried after an acquaintance duped him. Police said that Sultan Singh, 26, resident of Daulatpura village, used to work in a private engineering college as a lab attendant. He used to reside with his wife and daughter in Daulatpura village under Bilkhiria police station. On Tuesday night, his wife and daughter went to their relative’s place to stay, but when they returned next morning, they found Sultan hanging from the ceiling fan in his room. He was immediately rushed to a hospital with help of the neighbours. Doctors at the hospital declared him brought dead. Police immediately rushed to the spot and seized the body. Police have sent the body for postmortem and have initiated investigation in the matter. Sultan has left a suicide note behind in which it was mentioned that he was duped by his acquaintance Raju Yadav. Sultan needed gas cylinder for his house. Raju took him along on the pretext of getting him cylinder. But Raju fled and mortgaged it to a trader. Sultan had to pay the loan amount to get his motorcycle back.

In the suicide note, he has mentioned several more things against Raju. Police have initiated investigation and are going to interrogate Raju. Police have registered a case under section 174 of CrPC and are continuing investigation. Body of the deceased was handed over to his next of kin after postmortem.

Also, in Bilkhiria area, a 60-year-old man committed suicide in Bilkhiria area only. Sevaram Kushwah, 60, son of Balmukund Kushwah hanged himself on December 15 and succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday. Reportedly, Sevaram was suffering from a mental disease and was in depression. Police have lodged a case under section 174 of CrPC and have initiated investigation.

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Crime Branch nab miscreants, solve half a dozen cases in one single shot

Crime Branch Bhopal solved more than half-a-dozen cases of theft and loot with the arrest of three miscreants from State capital here on Tuesday. Additional SP (Crime), Shailendra Singh Chouh... Read More
Crime Branch Bhopal solved more than half-a-dozen cases of theft and loot with the arrest of three miscreants from State capital here on Tuesday. Additional SP (Crime), Shailendra Singh Chouhan said, “The miscreants were involved in several theft and loot attempts in Ratibad area and were highly active for last some time. The miscreants had looted a mason after calling him to an empty plot on the pretext of showing land for construction of a house. Believing them, the mason had reached the site, where they looted him at gun point.” Chouhan further said that the modus operandi of the accused was to call a mason or property dealer on his mobile number and then ask him to reach a secluded area, where the accused then looted them using sharp-edged weapon or fake pistol. The accused also used to wait on secluded roads for passersby. When someone reached near them, they used to stop him and then loot the person. “Crime branch was tipped off that two persons are talking about Ratibad loot attempt in a liquor shop at Jawahar Chowk depot. A team was immediately rushed to the said location. Police team nabbed the suspects, identifying with their facial features,” said Chouhan. On interrogating them, the accused confessed that on December 12, they had tried to rob a microfinance company agent and injured him. They had also looted a roadside trader at gun-point at Bilkhiria on November 18.

Akhilesh Kastawar, 26, son of Mannulal Kastawar resident of Suraj Nagar in Ratibad and Shaitan Singh, 25, resident of village Kolua Kala under Bilkhiria police station, told police that they used to steal or loot expensive mobiles and cash from people in Ratibad area. Their accomplice Kailash Malviya, 22, son of Shivlal Malviya, a resident of Neelbad was nabbed from his house late on Tuesday night.

Police are now interrogating the accused to solve more cases of theft and loot.

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Crime Branch arrests 50-year-old man for circulating counterfeit notes

Bhopal Crime Branch has nabbed a miscreant involved in business of counterfeit currency and seized counterfeit notes from his possession. The arrested 50-year-old accused was earlier also nabbed ... Read More
Bhopal Crime Branch has nabbed a miscreant involved in business of counterfeit currency and seized counterfeit notes from his possession. The arrested 50-year-old accused was earlier also nabbed on same charges few years ago.

Addditional SP, Crime Shailendra Singh Chouhan said, “Nabbed accused Rizwan used to bring these counterfeit notes from Bihar and sell them for Rs 80 for every Rs 100 note. Crime branch team has recovered counterfeit notes worth Rs 65,000 from the accused.” Chouhan said that the branch was tipped off some time back that a person was circulating fake notes of Rs 1,000, Rs 500 and Rs 100. Cops kept eye on his every activity and increased terms with people he was doing business with. Accused Rizwan Ahmed, 50, son of Anees Ahmed was a resident of Raitghat under Talaiya police station and he worked as a property dealer.

Crime branch received information that the suspect was going to pay counterfeit notes for a property deal at Iqbal Maidan. At Iqbal Maidan, police team waited but no one came to meet Rizwan. Rizwan, while sitting on a bench, started counting the notes. At that moment, police team reached and questioned him about the Rs 25,000 cash he was possessing.

Rizwan claimed the money was for a property deal but could not tell from which bank or ATM he had withdrawn the amount. Rizwan confessed to his crime and said that he was using counterfeit notes, brought from Bihar, during property dealings. He also said that some Rs 40,000 counterfeit notes were kept at his house, which was later seized by police. Rizwan, during interrogation, said that he used to retail these fake notes for Rs 80 per Rs 100 note. Rizwan claimed that he purchased these notes for Rs 40 per Rs 100 note. According to sources, Rizwan had circulated over Rs 5 lakh in Bhopal markets.

He was earlier arrested in 2005 by Shahjahanabad police for possessing and circulating fake notes. Crime Branch police arrested him and is interrogating him to solve more cases of counterfeit notes. Reportedly, held accused is just one link of a larger chain.

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State to get addl one lakh MT urea

Agriculture Minister Gaurishankar Bisen met Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and Chemicals & Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar in New Delhi on Wednesday.

He apprised them abou... Read More
Agriculture Minister Gaurishankar Bisen met Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and Chemicals & Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar in New Delhi on Wednesday.

He apprised them about State’s agriculture scenario. He informed that sowing operations had accelerated following recent rains in over 20 districts of the State. At this stage, farmers were in dire need of urea. The Union Minister duo congratulated Madhya Pradesh for maintaining excellence in agriculture production and getting Krishi Karman Award for third straight year. He assured to send 5 rakes of urea to Madhya Pradesh daily in December as well as making good for previous shortfall in supply. He said that the State would be provided additional one lakh MT urea fertiliser. Following the meeting of Union Agriculture Minister with Bisen, sanction was granted to release Rs 235 crore out of Rs 261 crore under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY). Rs 66 crore out of Rs 235 crore had already been received by the State.

Bisen urged to release Central share in other Centrally-sponsored agriculture schemes. He was accompanied by Principal Secretary Rajesh Rajora. Rajora informed that 3,70,000 MT urea had been allotted to the State for December, of which, 2,55,000 MT had been received so far. The State had received much less fertiliser than fixed for October and November. In meeting, it was decided to remove chronic shortage of fertiliser and allot additional one lakh MT fertiliser in order to continue the high level of production in the State.

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Madhya Pradesh pioneer in implementing self-attested document system: Arya

General Administration Department (GAD) Minister Lal Singh Arya presented annual report card of his department on Wednesday. Highlighting various achievements of his department, he said that Madh... Read More
General Administration Department (GAD) Minister Lal Singh Arya presented annual report card of his department on Wednesday. Highlighting various achievements of his department, he said that Madhya Pradesh was the pioneering state in implementing self declaration letter and self attested document system.

He said, now, no signature of revenue officers would be issued on income certificate and domicile certificate. “Now, civilians can avail facilities by giving declaration letter having their own sign. Apart from this, now there is no need to get attested documents from any gazetted officers. One can self attest the documents.”

The policy related to appointment on compassionate grounds had been rationalised. “It has been made mandatory to write the words ‘government servant’ while communicating at Government level. Apart from this, provision has been made to conduct DPC twice in a year. Wi-fi connectivity has been ensured in Vallabh Bhawan,” the Minister said, adding that there was a proposal for implementing biometric attendance system.

Arya said that irrigation capacity was increasing every year under projects of Narmada Valley Development Department. After constitution of Narmada Valley Development Department, work of construction of Indira Sagar, Omkareshwar, Rani Awanti Bai Sagar, Maan, Jobat, Punasa, Aparbeda projects had been taken up and out of them, Indira Sagar, Omkareshwar and Rani Awanti Bai Sagar projects had been completed. “In near future, work of Narmada Gambhir link project would be started,” he said.

When a question was asked that GAD did not give prosecution permission to Lokayukta organisation, he said that it was a process in which things were being looked into by Legal Department.

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Malnutrition has come down in State: Maya Singh

Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh informed that malnutrition percentage had come down in Madhya Pradesh. Besides, her department was conducting ‘Suposhan’ campaign to end malnut... Read More
Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh informed that malnutrition percentage had come down in Madhya Pradesh. Besides, her department was conducting ‘Suposhan’ campaign to end malnutrition in State. Aaganwadi Chalo campaign would be conducted every year.

Tabling the annual report card of her department before media, Maya Singh said myriad steps were being taken for the overall growth of children through anganwadis and by providing nutritious food to children.

She said that, now, gender budgeting had gone up to 28.5 percent. An agreement had been signed between Madhya Pradesh Government and UN on February 19 for extending technical cooperation in gender budget. Efforts of Madhya Pradesh in the direction of gender budget had been lauded at four national workshops in Delhi, participated by representatives from Nepal, India, Bhutan and Bangladesh. A high-level delegation of Bhutan recently visited the State to study implementation of gender budgeting.

She added that activities under Tejaswani rural women empowerment scheme had been lauded and awarded at national level. Ladli Laxmi Yojana was an ambitious scheme of state Government, in which, 1.36 lakh girls were registered as Ladli Laxmi in current year. So far, 18.62 lakh girls were being benefitted through the scheme and more than 16 lakh families had opted for family planning.

More than 51,000 child marriages were stopped under Lado scheme. Shaurya Dal had been constituted in 20 districts to stop violence and atrocities against girls and women and end social evils. Child adoption process had been simplified in State. Earlier, this process was taking time of one year and now, it took time of only six months. Action process had been started against those Anganwadi workers who got married and settled in some other cities and failed to render service. Answering a question, she said it was due to narrow-minded thinking that new born girls were being thrown in garbage.

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This time, ‘Simhastha’ to be held as ‘Green Simhastha’: Vijayvargiya

Urban Administration Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya said preparations of ‘Simhastha’, to be organised in Ujjain, would be completed within stipulated time-limit. This time, ‘Simhastha’ w... Read More
Urban Administration Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya said preparations of ‘Simhastha’, to be organised in Ujjain, would be completed within stipulated time-limit. This time, ‘Simhastha’ would be organised in the form of ‘Green Simhastha’ and use of bio-fuel in vehicles would be promoted. Besides, target of providing clean drinking water in all cities had been kept in Vision 2018.

Presenting the annual report card of his department before media, Kailash Vijayvargiya said that DPR for Light Metro Train (LMT) for Bhopal and Indore was being prepared and pre-feasibility study for the LMT process was underway for Jabalpur and Gwalior. Parking master plan, public transportation master plan, advertisement master plan for five big cities and dedicated urban transport fund is being constituted for strengthening of public transport system of these cities.

Speaking about ‘Simhastha’, he said that an international level convention would be organised in ‘Simhastha 2016’, apart from organising international level programme in which all religious leaders would be invited. He also said that head of Dera Sachha Sauda was having a band of dedicated workers for cleanliness and hence, Dera Sachha Sauda would be requested to take care of cleanliness of ‘Simhastha’. Vijayvargiya said the practice of open defection in local bodies would be ended by 2017 under ‘Clean India Clean Madhya Pradesh Mission’. “Process is under way to constitute regional solid waste management units under PPP model to make local bodies free from garbage,” he informed, adding that Narmada was the least polluted river in the country and to make it free from pollution, work of channelising nullahs would be done.

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Massacre of children most heinous crime: CM

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that massacre of children by terrorists in Peshawar was the most heinous crime against humanity. Obliteration of terrorism was entire world’s ple... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that massacre of children by terrorists in Peshawar was the most heinous crime against humanity. Obliteration of terrorism was entire world’s pledge. Chouhan was addressing a condolence meeting at Subhash School for Excellence on Wednesday.

Chouhan said that no religion or sect approved of such acts. “Children belong to entire world and not any country or religion. Children cannot be bound within boundaries of religion and country. No amount of condemnation is enough for such a barbarous and dastardly act against children,” he said, adding that entire country stood by the bereaved families of deceased children. He prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed souls and strength to the bereaved families to bear the loss. At the meeting, two-minute silence was observed to pay tributes to the deceased children.

Health Minister Dr Narottam Mishra, Minister of State for School Education Deepak Joshi, Additional Chief Secretary Sudhir Ranjan Mohanty and school children were present on the occasion. The Chief Minister, school children and all those present on the occasion paid floral tributes to students and teachers killed in terrorist attack.

Governor Ram Naresh Yadav also condemned the terrorist attack on Peshawar Army School in strong words, describing it as a dastardly act. The Governor said that terrorism had no religion and country. “Our country stands by neighbouring countries in fight against terrorism,” he said. At a condolence meeting at Raj Bhavan, Governor Yadav, officers and employees observed two-minute silence to pay homage to children deceased in the terrorist attack. Principal Secretary to Governor Vinod Semwal was also present on the occasion. Home Minister Babulal Gaur also condemned the terrorist attack on Army School in Peshawar. Gaur expressed profound grief over the brutal massacre of innocent children.

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Matter on removal of illegal hoardings to be heard on Jan 13

DEPUTY Director of Urban Administration and Development (UAD) Department Rajiv Nigam has appeared in person before the division bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Kha... Read More
DEPUTY Director of Urban Administration and Development (UAD) Department Rajiv Nigam has appeared in person before the division bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Sanjay Yadav stated in compliance of order dated on October 15, 2014, directions issued to the Collectors and Superintendent of Police across the State against Civil, criminal proceedings against person who had installed illegal hoardings and further submitted removal proceedings of hoardings is continue and a compliance be filed in. As per petitioner’s request the division bench directed the authority to ensure that whether any permission granted to installed hoardings contrary to regulations that it will also be treated as illegal. The division bench has listed the case for hearing on January 13, 2015. Earlier, the division bench had allowed 48 more hours to remove unauthorised hoardings across the State. Piyush Dharmadhikari, counsel for the State, stated before the court that 7,862 hoardings have been removed in compliance. The division bench observed these figures and efforts are very less and State has not shown realistic efforts in removing hoardings except issuing general directions to municipal bodies. The division bench in its order said that all collectors, District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police across the State should also take action against nuisance caused due to illegal hoardings. Further directed if order is not complied in true spirit it will be viewed seriously in next hearing. The division bench has given said directions in public interest litigation filed by Advocate Satish Kumar Verma challenging illegal and unauthorised hoardings erected along roadside.

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PIL disposed off

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Sanjay Yadav has given directions in matter related to extension of benefits of Jawaharlal Nehru ... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Sanjay Yadav has given directions in matter related to extension of benefits of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) to all slum-dwellers of Jhuggi Basti near Gautam Nagar Water Tank, Bhopal. ‘The petitioner has already made representation to the Bhopal Collector in that behalf as land on which unauthorised structures have been built is a government land. Since, petitioner has already resorted to that remedy, the petitioner cannot be permitted to pursue two parallel proceedings. We decline to entertain this petition, which has been filed as public interest litigation. On the contrary, we place on record submission of respondents that suitable action will be taken by authorities by following due process. The authorities are free to proceed in matter in accordance with law. Petition is disposed off accordingly, said division bench in directions given to authorities related to JNNURM. Petition was filed by Pritam Sharma claimed relief in petition to direct authorities to extend benefit of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission to all slum-dwellers of Jhuggi Basti near Gautam Nagar Water Tank, Bhopal. Advocate Shekhar Sharma appeared on behalf of the petitioner, while Swapnil Ganguly, Deputy Government Advocate for the respondent State.

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Women at driving seat of Metro buses set to give new direction to transport services

TAKING security of women with due seriousness they came forward. Opting profession of a bus driver and conductor girls have shouldered responsibility to provide safe transportation for women an... Read More
TAKING security of women with due seriousness they came forward. Opting profession of a bus driver and conductor girls have shouldered responsibility to provide safe transportation for women and girls using Metro buses. Women drivers and conductors working in Jabalpur Metro Bus services have become idols in the society who break prevailing prejudice that women cannot work in transport services and could work only in areas that are soft and secure.

With each passing day some development is going on in the country and cases of crime against women are also rising. A feeling of insecurity is growing pertaining to women security is looming large in the society. Contrary to this equal sharing of women in shouldering household responsibility along with male members have intended women to come forward for financial strength of family. Women are working in every field and are walking equally with men. Similarly, Metro Bus Transport Service is one of the enterprise where women are extending service as drivers and conductors.

One of the woman Metro bus driver Roshni Sonkar was felicitated at the hands of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for her best performance in city transport services. Awards and rewards are motivating more women candidates in city to opt for the job in services like Metro bus. Along with this, women passengers also feel secure, comfortable with women drivers and conductors. In view of security, GPS system has been installed in all mini and other Metro bus services in which women pilot are deployed. Along with this, routes having women passengers in large numbers have been allotted to them.

Citizens welcoming this positive change in the city have mentioned it as a step towards providing safe and secure transportation to school and college going girls, working women, housewives so that they be safe and secure on city roads. People are also demanding to increase the number of women employees in Metro Bus services. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jabalpur City Transport Service Limited Sachin Verma said, “The government is promoting women in all sectors. Similarly, recruitment was also carried out in City Transport Services. Where, needy women and who is interested in driving can also opt the job in Metro Bus services. Right now, two women drivers and two conductors are in Metro Bus Service. In view of safety, safe routes have been given to them. Timing is also as per their convenience. Now, we are planning to run exclusive bus service for women passengers. Along with this, we would also propose a proposal for more seat reservation to women passengers. At present, 20 per cent seats are reserved for women and in future we are trying to increase it by 30 per cent.”

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Directions issued in review plea filed by Seth Mannulal Jagannath Trust Hospital

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Shantanu Kemkar has issued directions in review petition filed by Seth Mannulal Jagannath Trust H... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Shantanu Kemkar has issued directions in review petition filed by Seth Mannulal Jagannath Trust Hospital that ‘In our opinion, interest of justice will be sub-served by merely directing appropriate authority that in the event the decision is adverse to review petitioner, the same shall not be given effect to for a period of two weeks to enable review petitioner to take up the matter before appropriate forum. The division bench further said in its order that besides this, nothing more is required to be said in present review petition. Counsel for review petitioner then submitted that incumbent Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jabalpur Development Authority is personally biased against review petitioner. That issue can be considered if and when the occasion arises. In other words, only if review petitioner is required to challenge decision of the Chief Executive Officer being appropriate authority, that contention will be available to review petitioner. Appropriate Authority shall continue with inquiry as ordered on October 8, 2014, and take it to its logical end in accordance with law expeditiously.

Review petition is accordingly disposed off. This review petition filed by original respondent Seth Mannulal Jagannath Trust Hospital in relation to order dated on October 8, 2014, in writ petition (PIL). The said decision, in our opinion, does not decide any issue concerning merits of controversy. However, it merely expects appropriate authority to inquire into grievance of writ petitioner and take decision in the matter in accordance with law after giving due opportunity to all concerned. In that sense, the question of review of the said order dated on October 8, 2014, does not arise. Counsel for review petitioner, however, submits that the writ petition was filed on the basis of document, which is a false document. As aforesaid, in the order dated on October 8, 2014, the court has not expressed any opinion with regard to genuineness or authenticity of the said document. Even this grievance of review petitioner can be examined by appropriate authority in proposed inquiry and must record a clear finding on said contention one way or the other. If the appropriate authority finds merits in this contention, it will be open to review petitioner to take recourse to such remedy as may be permissible in law including to approach this court for initiating appropriate action against writ petitioner, the division bench said. Advocate Pankaj Dubey appeared on behalf of the respondent Kamlesh Agrawal.

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5 involved in several thefts held, stolen booty worth lakhs seized

CONTINUING a rigorous campaign against anti-social elements, Gohalpur police succeeded in apprehending five accused involved in several loot and theft incidents and recovered valuables, four mobi... Read More
CONTINUING a rigorous campaign against anti-social elements, Gohalpur police succeeded in apprehending five accused involved in several loot and theft incidents and recovered valuables, four mobile handsets and two motorcycles worth lakhs from them.

The accused have been identified as Neeraj Kalsi (19), son of Chhotelal Kalsi, resident of Premsagar in Hanumantal, Abhishek Mahatma (20), son of Balram Mahatma, resident of Premsagar, Jhanda Chowk area, Neelesh Srivas (22), son of Ashok Srivas, a resident of Beoharbagh area in Belbagh, Dharmveer Raikwar (21), son of Nanhelal Raikwar and Guddu alias Sachin Raikwar (22), son of Biharilal Raikwar, residents of ITI, Purani Basti in Madhotal area.

IPS Isha Pant, Additional Superintendent of Police (West) informed this while addressing a press conference on Wednesday. Under the direction of Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra, police started a rigorous campaign against listed criminals for disclosing unsolved loot and theft cases under supervision of IPS Isha Pant, Additional SP (West), Amrendra Singh, Additional SP (East), Ashish Khare, Additional SP (Crime) and CSPs. Continuing the campaign, Gohalpur police received information about some suspected men involved in anti-social activities.

Acting promptly on the complaint, a police team led by Station House Officer (SHO) of Gohalpur police station Vipin Tamrakar started search for suspected men and succeeded in apprehending three men including Neeraj Kalsi, Abhishek Mahatma and Neelesh Srivas when they were riding on an unregistered motorcycle. The accused failed in presenting documents of their motorcycle and were apprehended by the police.

During rigorous questioning, miscreants confessed four loot incidents with women in Garha, Gohalpur, Omti, Gorakhpur, Lordganj and Madan Mahal areas. Police team recovered two motorcycles and four mobile handsets from them.

Acting on another tip-off, a police team apprehended Dharmveer Raikwar and Sachin Raikwar who confessed three theft incidents in Trimurty Nagar and Nandan Vihar Colony areas. Police team retrieved valuables worth Rs 1.5 lakh from them while further investigations are underway.

On this achievement, Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra has declared rewards for members of police team comprising Station House Officer of Gohalpur police station Vipin Tamrakar, SI K K Shukla, ASI S N Singh, ASI Kamal Singh Parihar, constables Shivshankar Dwivedi, Sujesh, Rajendra, Crime Branch’s SI Satish Dongare, Head Constables, Firoz Khan, K K Pandey, Nissar Ali, Sanjay Lot, Prashant Solanki, Cyber Cell’s ASI, Kapur Singh, Head Contable, Saji Mathai and Constables, Rajesh Sharma and Amit Patel.

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‘This time, Simhastha to be held as Green Simhastha

Urban Administration Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya said preparations of ‘Simhastha’, to be organised in Ujjain, would be completed within stipulated time-limit. This time, ‘Simhastha’ wou... Read More
Urban Administration Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya said preparations of ‘Simhastha’, to be organised in Ujjain, would be completed within stipulated time-limit. This time, ‘Simhastha’ would be organised in the form of ‘Green Simhastha’ and use of bio-fuel in vehicles would be promoted. Besides, target of providing clean drinking water in all cities had been kept in Vision 2018.

Presenting the annual report card of his department before media, Kailash Vijayvargiya said that DPR for Light Metro Train (LMT) for Bhopal and Indore was being prepared and pre-feasibility study for the LMT process was underway for Jabalpur and Gwalior. Parking master plan, public transportation master plan, advertisement master plan for five big cities and dedicated urban transport fund is being constituted for strengthening of public transport system of these cities.

Speaking about ‘Simhastha’, he said that an international level convention would be organised in ‘Simhastha 2016’, apart from organising international level programme in which all religious leaders would be invited. He also said that head of Dera Sachha Sauda was having a band of dedicated workers for cleanliness and hence, Dera Sachha Sauda would be requested to take care of cleanliness of ‘Simhastha’. Vijayvargiya said the practice of open defection in local bodies would be ended by 2017 under ‘Clean India Clean Madhya Pradesh Mission’. “Process is under way to constitute regional solid waste management units under PPP model to make local bodies free from garbage,” he informed, adding that Narmada was the least polluted river in the country and to make it free from pollution, work of channelising nullahs would be done.

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Claims of acting against illegal pathology labs mere eyewash

TALL claims of higher officials of District Health Services of checking operation of illegal pathology laboratories in rural areas stand exposed. Many illegal pathology centres operating in rur... Read More
TALL claims of higher officials of District Health Services of checking operation of illegal pathology laboratories in rural areas stand exposed. Many illegal pathology centres operating in rural areas are running without fulfilling essential norms prescribed by State Health Department to run pathology lab.

Last action taken by district health officials was proving to be mere eyewash. About 50 per cent collection centre, pathology lab operating in rural areas does not have basic equipment like centrifugal machine, refrigerator. Complaints regarding illegal pathology centre operating in rural areas without following essential parameters have been made before the Chief Medical and Health Officer through various means of communication in recent month, but in absence of proper surveillance they are operating freely.

It is to be learnt that non-registration of person doing pathology test from Paramedical Council of Madhya Pradesh does not have Diploma Lab Medical Technician (DLMT), CLMT, to execute pathology test, pathology centres lack essential equipment like centrifugal machine, blood plasma separator, refrigerator, sitting arrangements for patients, hygienic conditions etc which one pathology centre have to fulfill before conducting pathology test.

Sources confirmed that irrespective of repeated surprise inspection by the Health Department during one-and-half-year, some pathology centre especially in villages is executing their services fearlessly under influence of some local political leaders.

Continuous delay in initiating stern action like filing FIR against owner of two pathology centres indulged in operation of illegal pathology centre, during last inspection about one-and-half years ago has given shelter to other illegal pathology centre. On the other hand, Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr B S Chouhan said that he has already started process to constitute team of health and administrative officer to take action against pathology centre indulged in violation of norms fixed by the State Government to run pathology centre.

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MP Govt slashes luxury tax on hotel industry in State

EXTENDING Christmas and New Year gifts to tourists, Madhya Pradesh Government has slashed luxury tax on hotel industry in the State for attracting maximum tourists in the State. Now, tourists wil... Read More
EXTENDING Christmas and New Year gifts to tourists, Madhya Pradesh Government has slashed luxury tax on hotel industry in the State for attracting maximum tourists in the State. Now, tourists will not have to pay luxury tax for booking at any hotel in the State upto Rs 3,000. Madhya Pradesh is the first State in the country where tourists do not have to pay luxury tax on hotel booking upto Rs 3,000.

Luxury tax has been revived after eight years to facilitate visitors and to promote tourism in the State. It may be mentioned that tourists were being charged 10 per cent luxury charge on bookings upto Rs 2,000 at any hotel in the State. Providing relaxation to tourists, the limit of charging luxury tax has been increased upto bookings of Rs 3,000 at all the government and private hotels in the State. Raghvendra Kumar Singh, Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (MPTDC), while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ informed that Madhya Pradesh Government has increased limit of charging luxury tax for providing more relaxation to tourists in the State.

The limit of luxury tax has been increased in order to attract more tourists in the State. Raghvendra Singh added that Madhya Pradesh is the first State throughout the country where tourists do not have to pay luxury tax on bookings at any hotel upto Rs 3,000.

Regional Manager of MPTDC Ashok Mehra informed that the decision of increasing limit of luxury tax during peak tourism season will provide financial relief to several tourists throughout the State. Amended luxury tax has been applicable for all hotels of MPTDC as well as all the private hotels.

Relaxation in luxury tax will definitely prove fruitful for tourists in Jabalpur region as most of the government and hotels are already booked at all tourist destinations including Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha National Park, Pench National Park, Bhedaghat, Bargi and other spots.

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Confident Govt takes on faltering Oppn

Witnessing a role reversal of major political alliances in Maharashtra after a long span of 15 years, the State Legislature’s winter session was expected to be stormy. However, as seen in the f... Read More
Witnessing a role reversal of major political alliances in Maharashtra after a long span of 15 years, the State Legislature’s winter session was expected to be stormy. However, as seen in the first week that passed by, BJP-Sena alliance appeared to be more confident to be back in the Government compared to Congress and NCP that are still faltering playing the role of the Opposition.

But, the courageous decision of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to clear files permitting open enquiry of former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and ex-Irrigation minister Sunil Tatkare in irrigation scam and that of ex-PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal in Maharashtra Sadan construction scam has changed the course of Maharashtra politics as he explicitly defied all political pressures and rumours of bonhomie between BJP and NCP leadership by taking this very bold step. Shocked, angry and nervous by this move, the NCP finally decided to boycott the remaining session on the issue of suspension of its MLA Jitendra Awhad.

His decision to announce Rs 41,500 crore package for drought hit areas including Rs 7,000 crore immediate relief and Rs 34,500 crore for long term measures, stumped opposition who were forced to make ususal political noise knowing fully-well that the new Chief Minister outsmarted them.

Undoubtedly, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis emerged as the hero of the week with his studied speech on drought, aggressive response on discussion over law and order, corrective steps announced on wakf lands and constant presence in the house and firm reply to mischiveious issues sought to be raised by opposition, indicated that he is firmly in command and moving with confidence.

Throughout the week, the leading ruling partner BJP became more and more confident with each passing day. Just before facing its first full-fledged session of State Legislature, it was successful in getting the estranged partner back in the fold. As a result, the new Government with various partners projected itself as united. In contrast, Congress and NCP that ruled Maharashtra for 15 years in alliance, did not appear to have come to terms that they were in the Opposition. More than the Government, the game of one-upmanship was being played aggressively in the Opposition.

This was clear a day prior to the commencement of winter session. Congress and NCP, instead of coming together to form a strong Opposition, held separate press conferences and did not even co-ordinate with each other to formulate strategy. The game continued throughout the week. And, in this game, NCP scored over Congress quite well. Congress tried to extend its hand towards NCP, but the latter remained indifferent. This affected the floor management of the Opposition in Legislative Assembly. Obviously, this proved to be advantageous for the ruling BJP-Sena combine.

The biggest loser in this week was Congress, the party that was leading ruling partner in the Government for past 15 years. Though it has got big names like former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Group Leader Radhakrishna Patil, Deputy Leader Vijay Wadettiwar and others, most of them could not show their aggression through convincing legislative performance. Wadettiwar tried to give some edge to the Congress side in the Opposition, but he could not find equally aggressive supporter within his party.

NCP took advantage of this and got into 'we are Opposition' mode quick. Former Deputy Chief Minister and NCP Group Leader Ajit Pawar held a meeting of all MLAs and asked them to participate in the legislative business, ask questions to the Government. Pawar and another seasoned leader Chhagan Bhujbal, also a former Deputy Chief Minister, made it a point to sit through legislative business in the House and led the charge on the Government. As a result, NCP was successful in projecting itself as the main voice of Opposition despite having a seat less than Congress. Of course, NCP did not stop at this. While the Congress continued to stake claim for the post of Leader of Opposition, NCP moved a step further and pushed its claim. NCP even nominated former Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil for the post of Leader of Opposition. Of course, it is for the Speaker to take final decision and he is yet to announce it. Working without Leader of Opposition in the House is another advantage for the ruling dispensation. There is widespread discontent in Congress camp over lack of aggression in its leadership, and they too were seen singing praise for NCP leadership outside the House. One important point in this regard was suspension of MLAs. The Government had suspended five Congress MLAs in the previous short session, but there was no aggression in Congress leadership. Again, in contrast, when the Government suspended NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad a couple of days ago, entire NCP camp declared its decision not to participate in the House proceedings. Congress leadership's lackluster performance has badly affected the confidence level of MLAs in party camp, while aggressive stand taken by NCP has boosted the confidence of its MLAs.

Against the infighting between Congress and NCP that has resulted into a weak Opposition, BJP and Shiv Sena had been successful in consolidating the ruling side. Irrespective of pre-poll differences, both the parties have come together on common ideological plank. Congress and NCP both tried to mount pressure on the new Government over the issue of farmers, but the BJP-Sena combine proposed discussion on drought situation and outsmarted the Opposition parties. Not only this, but the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced an unexpected relief package focusing on short-term and long-term measures to tackle drought, leaving the Opposition parties in a fix. Fadnavis and his ministers confidently replied to the debates on law and order situation, power and industry scenes.

Throughout the session, Fadnavis burnt midnight's oil to work out reform path in various sectors. Though most of his plans may come out gradually, he indicated his commitment to reforms through his replies to debates especially on drought, and law and order situation.

As far as second week is concerned, whether NCP decides to participate in the House proceedings will decide if there is voice to Opposition. If Congress still fails to come out of shock of losing the elections, it will be facing a bigger loss of face even sitting on the Opposition benches. The most important business of the week starting Monday will be release of Kelkar Committee report on regional imbalances and balanced development of State. How the partners in ruling alliance and Opposition react to the contents of the report, which has proposed various measures to remove backlog of Vidarbha, will set the course of politics at least for next few months.

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HC’s notice to MOIL CMD on top officer’s plea against “punishment”

Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court have issued notice to the respondent -- Chairman-cum- Managing Director (CMD), MOIL Ltd., G P Kundargi -- to show cause by January 1... Read More
Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court have issued notice to the respondent -- Chairman-cum- Managing Director (CMD), MOIL Ltd., G P Kundargi -- to show cause by January 16, 2015, in reply to the writ petition filed by L M Telang, Senior Deputy General Manager (Personnel), against major penalty of reduction to a one lower stage in time-scale of pay.

As per the petitioner, the penalty from August 1, 2011 to January 31, 2012 was imposed on him stating that he would get Rs 1,410 per month less during this period and thereafter from February 1, 2012, his basic salary would be restored to Rs 48,330 per month. The petition is directed against the charge-sheet of January 23, 2012, punishment order of December 28, 2012 and appellate authority’s order of January 28, 2013.

The charges found proved against the petitioner have been that he had committed breach of Rules, Regulations or order applicable to the employees of MOIL as per Rule 28(ix) of MOIL Employees’ Conduct Rules, 1978. He has indulged in willful falsification and defacement of the records of the company as Rule 28 (xxxiii) of the 1978 Conduct Rules.

According to the petitioner, he could not have been charge-sheeted post facto for alleged irregularities/lacunae in the proposal submitted by him for recruiting various categories of officers, as the said proposal was duly approved in writing by all the three competent authorities. And for the same reasons, the allegation of misconduct by him only to favour one of the candidates, Vishnu Priya Sengupta, the daughter of the General Manager (P)-one of the competent authorities, cannot bear legal scrutiny. Further, Recruitment Rules 6.4, 6.8 and 6.9 read with and clause 13 of the advertisement contemplate flexible approach in consideration of candidates, hence such proposal by the petitioner cannot be termed as a misconduct. The appellate authority could not have dismissed the appeal in a cryptic and mechanical manner without application of mind. As the charge-sheet, punishment order and appellate order passed by the one and the same person after approving the petitioner’s proposal as competent authority makes the whole thing to look just an eye-wash and thus, can be called totally vitiated and legally unsustainable.

Adv S D Thakur appeared for the petitioner.

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HC’s notice to RTO, others on PIL against “illegal” passenger service

In response to the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a registered NGO - Citizen Forum for Equality’s President Madhukar G, Kukde against “illegal passenger service” in Nagpur City, ... Read More
In response to the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a registered NGO - Citizen Forum for Equality’s President Madhukar G, Kukde against “illegal passenger service” in Nagpur City, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande at the High Court have issued notice to the respondents - State Transport (ST) Secretary, Union Road Transport Secretary, City Police Commissioner, Regional Transport Officer (RTO), various 13 auto-rickshaw owners, drivers’ organisations to show cause in 4 weeks in reply to the PIL.

According to the petitioner, the respondent authorities have failed in their statutory duties to control the menace of “illegal passenger service” in Nagpur, Maharashtra and restore the rule of law. The authorities have failed to detain and remove the vehicles involved in the illegal passenger service under Section 207 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 read with Sections 66-192-A, 56, 66 of the Act read with Rule 62 of the CMVR, 1989 read with Rule 45 of the MMV Rules, 1989.

The petitioner has stated that the respondent-authorities have failed to provide 20,000 new permits as per the policy and ration of 800 auto-rickshaws per one lakh population in the city. It has been alleged in the petition that 13 respondent auto-rickshaw owners and drivers’ associations have flouted various provisions of the 1988 Act, 1989 Rules and are involved in illegal passenger service without necessary compliance of rules and thereby fleecing more money from the citizens by refusing to install electronic meters and to ply by meters and the tariff fixed by the RTA, Nagpur. The petitioner-NGO has prayed for issuing fresh permits to 20,000 auto-rickshaws to constitute immediately a permanent special checking squad comprising police and transport officers to undertake special checking drive to curb illegal passenger service in the city, to take stringent action under Sections 66 read with 192-A of the 1988 Act against the owners of the private vehicles involved in illegal service and to ban that completely.

The petitioner wants the Court to direct the respondent-competent authorities to furnish interim monthly checking reports related to the stringent action taken against vehicles involved in illegal service in breach of Sections 56, 66, and 86 of the 1988 Act during pendency of this petition.

Advocate T D Mandlekar appeared for the petitioner-NGO. AGP T A Mirza represented State. Assistant SGI Rohit Deo represented Union Government.

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Public transport in limbo as Starbus operator stops services on 108 routes

City bus service is going from bad to worst as Starbus operator -- Vansh Nimay Infra Projects Limited (VNIL) -- has stopped services on 108 routes out of a total 189 routes in city. VNIL is opera... Read More
City bus service is going from bad to worst as Starbus operator -- Vansh Nimay Infra Projects Limited (VNIL) -- has stopped services on 108 routes out of a total 189 routes in city. VNIL is operating on only 81 routes in the city causing acute problem for the passengers including college and school-going students. Unfortunately, the office-bearers of the local body could not compel bus operator to operate buses on all the routes, leaving lakhs of commuters at the mercy of the operator and auto-rickshaws.

Sources claimed that VNIL is operating only 150 buses in the city out of total 430 buses. Remaining 280 buses are out of service, raising a big question mark over the efficiency of the Starbus operator and civic body. The buses received under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) are also under repairs for more than six months.

Sources informed The Hitavada that around 173 buses are permanently dumped at Hingana bus depot by VNIL and around 60 buses have been reduced to scrap due to irreparable rear engine snag.

As per L&T Ramboll report, the city will require around 750 buses for commuters in the city. The operator had purchased 230 buses and Central Government had sanctioned 200 buses for city bus operation. Due to apathy of the Starbus operator, only 150 buses are on roads.

Sources informed that many bus services were stopped without taking prior permission from the local body or from the Transport Committee. Committee Chairman Sudhir Raut was surprised to see the number of routes stopped by the operator without taking him or committee into confidence. He said, the passengers are in agitation mood and have lodged a strong protest with Mayor, and other corporators including Transport Committee chief for abruptly stopping bus fleet and discontinuing 60 per cent routes. Now, the matter has gone beyond our limit and it is high time to appoint second operator for the city, Raut stated. The local body will take a decision in this regard very soon, he informed.

The city buses have capacity to cater to the needs of about two lakh commuters daily. In last 8 years, instead of increasing fleet size or carry more passengers, the bus operator constantly reduced the number of buses from 430 to 150. Now, the bus operator is carrying only 50,000-60,000 passengers daily.

The buses are off the roads for petty reasons like clutch failure, brake problem, pick up problem, pressure leak, suspension, self and electrical work, gear, engine problem, over heating, glasses, tyres and battery problem.

Sources claimed that operator has stopped plying of buses from Prem Nagar, Gorewada, Shanti Nagar, Gondkheri, Kamptee, Sonegaon, CRPF, Isasani, New Narsala, and other places. The frequency on many routes has been brought down to 2 or 3 from earlier 40.

Commuters and commoners are only sufferers. The auto-rickshaws which refuse to ply by meter are the biggest beneficiaries and command fare as per their whims and fancy. People are forced to travel in shared auto by shelling out exorbitant fares. NMC had issued legal termination notice to Starbus operator for his abysmal failure in operating bus services in the city. However, local body did not cancel its contract since second operator is yet to be finalised and sudden withdrawal of starbus will lead to chaos.

The local body had issued several notices on many occasions to bus operator for regularising his fleet. The main concern is more than 60 per cent buses are off the road and that is violation of agreement between NMC and bus operator. The bus operator is not paying any depreciation cost against buses to local body, that means, the local body can not purchase new buses after they are retired. Transport Committee Chief Raut has decided to raise this issue with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to sort out critical problem.

Meanwhile, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Secretary Uttam Shevde has demanded to operate buses from Sitabuldi via Deekshaboomi upto IT Park, Parsodi. In a letter to NMC, Shevde said, on this route around 12 educational Institutes are working and students are facing tremendous problem due to inadequate frequency of public transport. Hundreds of students belonging to ITI, Blind School, BRA Mundle, Kurvey’s School, Dr Ambedkar College, Chokhamela Hostel, Chitrakala College, VNIT, National Power Institute, Software Technology Park and other institutes have been hit hard due to irregularity. The students from Medical Square, Rameshwari, Indora, Nara, Nari, Pardi, Hingana, Khamala, Manewada, Hudkeshwar, Wadi and other places are studying in these schools and colleges. Thousands of tourist also visits Deekshabhoomi every day. They have to travel by walking daily to their institutes as there is no bus available for them, he claimed.

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Founder reveals story of first ever magazine for blinds

“I met visually impaired children in Pune to know how they live life. I closed my eyes with the help of cloth. I started living like them. I started working with closed eyes and I got a vision ... Read More
“I met visually impaired children in Pune to know how they live life. I closed my eyes with the help of cloth. I started living like them. I started working with closed eyes and I got a vision in real sense,” said a journalist turned theatre personality cum wild life photographer and documentary filmmaker, Swagat Thorat. Thorat was revealing his journey of life at the programme ‘Chala Dolas Howu Ya’, an open public discussion cum interview organised jointly by Rotary Club of Nagpur South-East and Indian Medical Association (IMA) at IMA Hall on Sunday. “When I was working for Balchitravani, in 1993, I got an opportunity to produce a documentary based on educational system for visually impaired. With this project in view, I studied in depth the life style, and physical-mental development of students in two schools for the blind in Pune and produced ‘Kalokhatil Chandane’ which was widely acclaimed. This is how my journey with visually impaired was started,” Thorat mentioned. “In India, there are about 62,000 news papers and periodicals. But none of them is for visually impaired. Living with the visually impaired people, I have decided to start a news paper for them. Thus, the first ever ‘Sparshdnyan’ a Marathi fortnightly news paper has come out,” Thorat stated. Visually impaired people live their life like other persons. They are using their senses effectively. They wear clothes, they wear shoes, chappals etc, they use tooth brushes, toothpaste etc, then they have a full right to get knowledge. The newspaper has aimed to fulfill their need for knowledge, he added. The programme started with an oath administered by Thorat to audience. Then with the help of powerpoint presentation, Thorat displayed his play 'Swatantryachi Yashogatha' (Glorious story of independence) which created a world record, with 88 blind artists from two blind schools in Pune, on the background of golden anniversary of Independence Day. This play has been entered in 'Guinness Book of World Records' and 'Limca Book of Records'. Arun Mittal, President of Rotary Club, Kishore Rathi, Secretary Dr Sanjay Deshpande, President, IMA Nagpur, Dr Kush Jhunjhunwala, Secretary, Dr Avinash Rode, Sudhakar Ingole, Nikhil Mundle, Pratima Shashtri, Malti Shashtri, Shubhada Wagh were also present on this occasion. Dr Archana Kothari and Wasudha Kulkarni conducted the programme.

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Experienced, but divided Opposition appears weak

Wading its way through the full throttled Opposition, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena showed as to who is in the control of House at the Legislative Council. For the new G... Read More
Wading its way through the full throttled Opposition, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena showed as to who is in the control of House at the Legislative Council. For the new Government, where most of the Ministers are new, the going in the first session was expected to be quite tough. The other major reason was hopeless minority that Saffron alliance have in the Upper House. For Treasury camp this was a cause of worry as any united Opposition could have easily cornered it at will in the House. But a young and dynamic Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis rolling out quick decisions coupled with divided Opposition, the ruling side ended with a solid edge in the first week of winter session. Further for the BJP-Sena alliance, naming of one of its senior cabinet member Eknath Khadse as Leader of the Upper House provided solid foundation to take on the numerically stronger Opposition. Looking back at the proceedings and business transacted by House so far, the Government effectively settled the point as to who is in the charge.

With BJP firmly in charge of the Government, the alliance successfully took home the fight to Opposition camp The first week in fact saw the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) trying to score over one another, but only managing to garner some brownie points among themselves.

The absence of Leader of Opposition in the House did prove to be major bone of contention between the NCP and Congress as both parties have staked claim to the post. And this come in handy for saffron alliance to set the tone of the proceedings as NCP time and again tried to show aggression in it's bid to represent that it is in the Opposition. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) which is in majority in the Council faced the dichotomy on support to Government and this fact was fully exploited by Congress members. And NCP state chief Sunil Tatkare had to time and again specify reasons for outside support offered to BJP at time of formation of new Government in State.

Throughout the week NCP tried various ways to get the coveted LoP in the Council. It even submitted a letter having signatures of its 27 members plus supporting parties. But Congress put a spoke in NCP's ambition by staking claim to the LoP post. NCP members repeatedly raised the political tempo in House by resorting to sloganeering and repeated Point of Order on matter of decision on Leader of Opposition.

The tussle between NCP-Congress put Chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh in a quandary as he is taking his own time in determining who enjoys the majority. This however provided BJP-Sena alliance a good move to jab the Opposition, saying first they should solve the small issue among themselves before offering any advice on governance to ruling alliance.

And by end of week the Opposition is badly divided as NCP has submitted no confidence motion against Council Chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh, alleging delay in naming its nominee Dhananjay Munde as Leader of Opposition.

Though during the first week Opposition did try to corner the new Government, but inner contradictions were very much visible among the erstwhile ruling coalition. On the issue of farmer suicides and losses due to delayed rain and other natural causes, the Opposition try to put the Saffron alliance on mat. But Government smartly outwitted the Opposition even after letting them move an adjournment motion on the farmers issues in the State. Revenue Minister Khadse carefully outlined the package being given to farmers along with long terms measures so that in future farmers need not worry in case of a lean rainfall.

One of the new point in the farmers aid package was waiver of loans taken by farmers from registered private moneylenders. As expected, Opposition tried to push Government on the backfoot on this note. However, the rich parliamentary experience of Khadse pushed the Opposition itself in a tight spot, when the Revenue Minister questioned as to why should anybody be opposing waiving of farm loans? To this question the Opposition had no firm answer and Khadse dealt another blow to credibility of Congress-NCP's when he said if latter's desire the Government can withdraw the said component of package. The Opposition was now cleverly outwitted by this posers, as any opposition to this would mean they are anti-farmers.

The constant presence of senior Sena Minister Diwakar Raote also provided solid foundation to Saffron alliance in the Upper House. The Congress charge rested with its State unit chief Manikrao Thakre and experienced Bhai Jagtap. These two articulate speakers tried their level best to put pressure on the Government, particularly on the issue of farmers. But lack of floor co-ordination among Opposition bloc owing to divergent views on various topics and tussle over post of Leader of Opposition carried the week for the ruling coalition of BJP-Sena.

The Government also successfully piloted three key bills in the very first week itself. One among them was that of giving name of Savitribai Phule to Pune University. This bill was clubbed with two others on which the Opposition raised din and their demand for poll got drown out in the disturbance. But not to miss an opportunity Khadse showed readiness to have division on issue of giving name of Savitribai Phule, which again stumped the Opposition as it was during their regime the move was thought off.

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State Govt considering exemption to cars from paying toll tax

The new Government is taking steps to keep its pre-poll promise of reducing the burden of toll tax on non-commercial four-wheelers. It is thinking over granting exemption to non-commercial four-whe... Read More
The new Government is taking steps to keep its pre-poll promise of reducing the burden of toll tax on non-commercial four-wheelers. It is thinking over granting exemption to non-commercial four-wheelers including cars, from paying toll tax. For the purpose, it has taken up a survey to assess the number of commercial and non-commercial four-wheelers plying on different roads in the State.

Further, just ahead of the ongoing winter session of State Legislature, Public Works Department (PWD) constituted a committee of 11 officers and engineers to explore the possibility of closing down 121 toll tax collection booths in the State. However, according to PWD Minister Chandrakant Patil, if the Government decided to shut down all 121 toll tax collection booths in the State, it would mean a burden of Rs 30,000 crore on State exchequer. As this was not possible at one go, the Government would think of closing down the toll tax collection booths in a phased manner.

In this direction, the Government is giving a thought to closing down 40 toll booths in next couple of months. These toll booths are being identified on the basis of amount of contract. In case of such booths, the Government will bear the burden of paying to the contractor firm the amount that it intended to recover by way of collecting toll tax. Once the Government makes payment to contractor firm in such cases, the toll booths could be closed down. The Government is willing to bear the burden of up to Rs 200 crore.

A new policy on toll tax collection is being prepared. While doing so, the Government is exploring the possibility of not levying toll tax on roads involving cost up to Rs 200 crore and constructed through private partnership. The Government is also working out a mechanism to make the road toll collection more transparent, and ensure that contractors meet road maintenance and safety concerns.

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Fissures between Cong, NCP widens

Differences between Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have come to fore over boycotting the Legislative Assembly over suspension of NCP legislator Jitendra Awhad. Congress legislato... Read More
Differences between Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have come to fore over boycotting the Legislative Assembly over suspension of NCP legislator Jitendra Awhad. Congress legislators are against such boycott and as a result and apprehend that siding with NCP will dent their own political image. Besides the NCP has already angered Congress leadership by staking its claim over Leader of Opposition’s post in both the Houses as well as by moving no confidence motion against Chairman of Council.

Congress has convened a meeting of its legislators on Monday to decide whether to stay away from the House proceedings especially when Chief Minister will reply to motion of thanks and announce relief package for hailstorm-affected farmers of North Maharashtra. If Congress legislators boycott the House, it will give a free hand to the Government to take all credits.

On Friday, NCP and Congress staged walk-out against suspension of Awhad for the ‘entire period of winter session’. Awhad was suspended for his ‘foul remarks’ against Housing and Labour Minister Prakash Mehta in the House. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis cleared open enquiry sought by ACB against NCP stalwarts Ajit Pawar and Sunil Tatkare in irrigation scam and Chhagan Bhujal in Maharashtra Sadan scam. After the decision was made public by Advocate General Sunil Manohar, NCP camp suddenly found this issue as diversionary tactics.

However, many senior Congress leaders, in private, have claimed that by siding with NCP, whose top leaders are in dock and facing ACB enquiry, wrong signal will go to electorate. In fact, Prithviraj Chavan himself had directed white paper and appointed SIT to probe wrongdoings by NCP Ministers, contractors and officers, the Congress legislators claimed while rejecting any move to align with NCP on such flimsy issue.

Congress legislators are also peeved as to why the party leadership has not raised the issue of suspension of five MLAs for a period of two years. The MLAs were suspended for allegedly manhandling Governor when he was on his way to address both the Houses. MPCC chief Manikrao Thakre had told reporters that on Friday they expressed solidarity with NCP, but the final decision will be taken by Congress legislative party on Monday. Chief Minister is scheduled to reply on thanks giving motion on Governor’s speech and Congress legislators are in no mood to stay away from the House and allow NCP to dominate the agenda. NCP has not left any chance to humiliate Congress in both the Houses and it makes no sense to side with NCP, Congress sources said indicating ever widening differences between both parties.

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Chief Minister clears 3 major schemes of Nagpur metro

For the first time, the State Government is moving fast to clear pending projects of the Orange City. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has cleared three ambitious schemes of Nagpur Metropolitan R... Read More
For the first time, the State Government is moving fast to clear pending projects of the Orange City. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has cleared three ambitious schemes of Nagpur Metropolitan Regional Area to boost sluggish realty market of Nagpur and to create a massive pool of affordable houses. The Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), notified as Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) will develop these schemes under land-pooling policy. The NMRDA is likely to earn close to Rs 3,000 crore from sanctioning of these schemes which can be utilised for development of public amenities.

The Democratic Front Government was sitting pretty over these files for last two years. As Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena alliance took over the charge, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has given a new momentum to clear all pending files of the city to unlock its potential.

Sources confirmed that Chief Minister has sanctioned three schemes -- Khadaka-Kirmiti-Panjari-Shiv Madka-Sumthana, Varoda-Panjari-Rui-Gavasi Manapur, Parsodi-Jamatha-Kotewada -- while the fourth, Khasaramari Development Scheme is under the consideration.

Sources also confirmed that Urban Development Department (UDD) is working on these schemes. Presently, the land is under Green Zone and Government has to change its user from Green to Yellow. Therefore, the UDD will issue notification under the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act, 1966 to change it from Green Zone to Yellow Zone. The NMRDA will invite suggestions and objections from people within one month after issuance of notification. The final notification will be issued by February or March 2015. The proposed development schemes are once again going to boost the reality market on Wardha Road and will also ensure regularised and planned development on village land that are becoming part of Nagpur metro. The NMRDA wants to fulfill cherished dream of thousands of Nagpurians to own a low-cost housing unit in a developed ambience.

The Parsodi-Jamatha-Kotewada scheme will be implemented on 860 hectares, that include Gavasi Manapur-Parsodi-Jamatha-Sondapar-Kotewada-Sumthana villages of Nagpur tehsil and portion of Hingana tehsil. The scheme will be coming up on both sides of Wardha Road. VCA cricket stadium, Sahara Housing Scheme, and South-West part of MIHAN are some of the major landmarks of the proposed development schemes.

NMRDA is planning to develop this scheme under land-pooling pattern. Under this pattern, the NMRDA will acquire 40 per cent land of the developer and will give 60 per cent land to them for development. If the developer has non-agricultural land then the NMRDA will acquire only 25 per cent land. It will develop roads, open spaces, public utility spaces, residential and commercial spaces. The NMRDA has calculated land rate as per ready reckoner rates of the area.

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HC seeks reply in matter on post-matric scholarship

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Vandana Kasrekar has issued notices to the Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment Department of Un... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Vandana Kasrekar has issued notices to the Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment Department of Union of India, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, New Delhi, Director, Directorate of Technical Education, Bhopal, Secretary, All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi and others and asked them to file their reply within four weeks in matter related to post-matric scholarship. The division bench has given directions in public interest litigation filed by Praveen Kumar Dahayat that said respondents should indicate to this court as to what action is taken in matter of irregularities pointed out by the petitioner with regard to distribution of scholarship in question and as prima-facie case pointing out irregularities in the matter be not handed to a competent authority to be decided by the court after hearing the respondents. Swapnil Ganguly, Counsel appearing for the State Government, also directed to seek instructions in the matter. The division bench further directed the State Government to ensure that all the documents and data available with regard to distribution of scholarship in official website and other sites are maintained during pendency of matter. The petition is being preferred not against any order in particular, but to save rights and interest of students belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Class categories and minority category who are large in numbers and are about to be benefited by the scheme of post-matric scholarship introduced by respondent Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, New Delhi and implemented by respondent Director, Directorate of Technical Education, Bhopal with an object to prove financial assistance to aforesaid categories of students studying at post-matriculation or post-secondary stage to enable them to complete their education. These scholarships are available for studies in India only and are awarded by the Government of State and union territory to which the applicant actually belongs i.e. permanently settled.

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Lessening profit in farming work keeping youth away from agriculture

INCREASING input cost and lessening profits in farming work is deflecting youths from agriculture. Thousands of youths and families are migrating from rural areas simultaneously use of agricultur... Read More
INCREASING input cost and lessening profits in farming work is deflecting youths from agriculture. Thousands of youths and families are migrating from rural areas simultaneously use of agriculture land is also being diverted to other purposes at a great pace. Madhya Pradesh, recipient of Krishi Karmana Award for highest growth in agriculture production will face the heat of problem arousing in form of migration of farm labours to urban areas. Reason may be continuous increasing threat of loss in farming, poor working conditions and attraction of youths towards urban lifestyle, majority deflecting rural youths from farming work. Every year thousands of youths, farm labourers are joining the trend of migration from rural areas to cities. And migration is mounting multifarious problems civic amenities developed in cities. Continuous rise in migration flow from rural to urban areas shows significance of development of employment resources in rural areas. About 70 per cent of population lives in villages in Madhya Pradesh but yet no study has been conducted in context of migration of rural population. This scenario is being witnessed in major cities of Madhya Pradesh too. Now, agriculture fraternity in research, extension, development and yet to prepare its research strategy to study traits showing deflection of youths and its remedies to add how they could remain in farming work, besides to minimise input cost and increasing profit. At national-level the issue to be take up and work on identification of possible areas on which rural youths could be trained besides this crash and capsule courses in farming sector should be attached with State Agriculture Universities and nation-wide network of Krishi Vigyan Kendras. The village-based entrepreneurs can significantly contribute to economic growth of nation economy. Traditional agriculture in the country can be gradually evolving into well developed agri-business with strong linkage among agri-inputs, processing and agro-based industries which results in wholesale and retail trade. The government, both at State and national-level should encourage entrepreneurs for setting up marketing associations at their level offering bset and provide support by way of procurement processing and marketing of their products as well as in setting-up their workshop or enterprise.

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Seoni SP given month’s time to submit details of missing woman, child case

IN THE issue of missing of two persons, a woman and her one-and-half-year-old child in Seoni district, Seoni Superintendent of Police on Friday presented before the court and submitted affidavi... Read More
IN THE issue of missing of two persons, a woman and her one-and-half-year-old child in Seoni district, Seoni Superintendent of Police on Friday presented before the court and submitted affidavit that all necessary action will be taken to search the woman and her child and will take action against the responsible officer. He asked for one month’s time in this regard which was granted by the division bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Ajit Singh and Justice N K Gupta. The division bench heard the letter petition (PUD) seeking her missing daughter and her child and directed the SP, Seoni, to remain present before the court on next hearing on January 19. On November 27, 2014, in spite of the order dated on July 16, 2014 recording displeasure about the manner in which the entire matter has been handled by local police and expecting that the Superintendent of Police, Seoni, will respond, the affidavit filed by the respondent did not indicate any serious action taken against the erring police officials who gave up investigation and search of missing woman and her child, after three months of registration of offence. The division bench had given order that the Superintendent of Police, Seoni shall remain personally present in the court along with the original record on next hearing. Before that, he must file affidavit disclosing steps taken since the order dated on July 16, 2014 and explanation for inaction, if any.

On July 16, 2014, from the chart submitted before us indicating line of investigation, it is noticed that although the complaint was registered on March 6, 2007, in respect of missing of two persons; mother and child, except making some effort till June 8, 2007, there is hardly any effort to trace the missing ones till January 31, 2012. Prima facie, this is indicative of inaction of official in-charge of investigation at relevant point of time. It is a clear case of dereliction of duty, if no sufficient explanation is available. The division bench had directed the Superintendent of Police, Seoni, who is present in the court to examine this aspect and issue appropriate instructions as may be required and report compliance in that behalf within two weeks.

Petitions related to reservation of Mayor, others to be heard on Jan 6

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi on Friday listed petitions related to reservation of Mayor, Municipal Corporation and President, Municipal Council for hearing on January 6. The division bench has passed interim order that aforesaid election shall be subjected to final decision of petitions. Earlier, the division bench in its order said in the issue of local body elections that Election Commission why are not published election programme in Rajpatra and division bench asked the State Government of Madhya Pradesh and State Election Commission. The petitioners had filed petitions separately including Biraj Yadav, Rahul Singh Tomar and others challenging violation of Section 29-A of Madhya Pradesh Municipalities Act, 1961 and Ultra-Vires of Article 243-T (1) of Constitution of India. Senior Advocate Adarsh Muni Trivedi, Advocate Rajendra Mishra, Satyendra Jyotsi, Prashant Awasthi, Ashish Trivedi, Ashim Trivedi, Sarad Verma, Shekher Sharma, Z M Shah, Shushil Kumar Tiwari, Sushil Mishra appeared on behalf of the petitioners, while P K Kaurav, Additional Advocate General for the State and Siddharth Seth appeared for the State Election Commission.

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Kaya Kalp programme workers to mark attendance biometric way

EMPLOYEES of district health services working for the State Government’s most ambitious Kaya Kalp programme for renovation of hospital, health care centre has given their digital attendance i... Read More
EMPLOYEES of district health services working for the State Government’s most ambitious Kaya Kalp programme for renovation of hospital, health care centre has given their digital attendance in biometric system installed at various points or else their salary will be deducted from January 1 onwards. Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr B S Chouhan said circular has been given to the department concerned that it is mandatory for sanitary workers and other employees working for Kaya Kalp programme to register their attendance by giving thumb impression on biometric digital attendance system installed at various places in the District Hospital or else their salary will be deducted. He further informed that calculation of attendance will be done through calculating thumb impression in case their attendance is found short, then their salary will be deducted. Salary will be deducted on leave when employee remains absent without information, other than earned leave, casual leave, medical leave and other leaves prescribed as per government norms. It is to be mentioned that government doctors and other concerned medical staff have registered their protest against installation of biometric system for attendance citing discrepancy digital attendance should be installed in other government departments. They have also claimed that some doctors work on field, then how can they make thumb impression in biometric attendance machine installed at Victoria Hospital.

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Man killed, two others injured as speeding truck rams into bike

n Staff Reporter A man was killed while two others were injured when a speeding truck rammed into their motorcycle near Pipariya railway crossing under jurisdiction of Panagar police station, o... Read More
n Staff Reporter A man was killed while two others were injured when a speeding truck rammed into their motorcycle near Pipariya railway crossing under jurisdiction of Panagar police station, on Friday. The deceased has been identified as Nand Kishore Kol (30), a resident of Agolaha Mohalla in Kusher area while Mukesh Kol, a resident of Kusner area and Deepak Gontia of Kusner. According to Panagar police, Munna Kol (50), a resident of Agolaha Mohalla in Kusner area filed a complaint that he works at kiln of bricks. On Friday, his younger brother Nand Kishore Kol along with Mukesh Kol and Deepak Gontia were on their way towards kiln in Umaria village on a motorcycle. When they were passing through railway crossing in village Pipariya, a speeding truck (MP-20GA-6671) being driven recklessly by the driver rammed into their motorcycle. In the mishap, Mukesh and Deepak were thrown off from motorcycle and Nand Kishore along with his motorcycle was crushed under wheels of speeding truck and succumbed to his critical injuries due to profuse bleeding on the spot. Learning about the incident, a police team reached the spot and injured were rushed to Government Hospital Panagar with the help of 108 Ambulance Service. Police sent the body for post mortem at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital. Police have registered a case against the accused truck driver under Sections 304 (A), 279 and 337 of the IPC and started a rigorous search to identify and apprehend the accused driver.

Stolen truck laden with iron ore seized

Bargi police succeeded in finding a stolen truck worth Rs 15 lakh loaded with iron ore at Kotwali area in district Seoni, on Friday. Police have seized the truck and started a search for the accused. It may be noted that Ganga Sagar Yadav (30), a resident of Gitti Khadan area in Nagpur lodged a complaint that he is working as truck driver. On December 11, he was driving a truck numbered MP-20HB-4027 loaded with iron ore from Jabalpur towards Vardha. In the night, he stopped truck near Patel Dhaba at village Hilki in Bargi area for taking dinner. He was taking dinner when another driver named Iqubal arrived and left after sometime. After the dinner, he walked towards truck and remained shocked with witnessing that the truck was missing. He immediately contacted the truck owner and lodged a complaint at Bargi police station.

Police registered a case against unidentified thief under section 379 of the IPC and started a search for the truck. SHO of Bargi police station, Kanhayya Baghel informed that continuing a rigorous search for the truck, police team reached information from Seoni that a truck was found abandoned near a petrol pump. Acting on information, a police team reached the spot and seized the stolen truck in Kotwali area, Seoni.

The complainant expressed doubt that the man he had met at Dhaba named Iqubal was earlier working his truck owner is the main suspect for stealing truck.

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Assembly adjourned for indefinite period

Madhya Pradesh Assembly was adjourned sine die on Friday. In this winter session, Assembly gave approval to first supplementary budget of 2014-15. Apart from this, fourteen Government bills wer... Read More
Madhya Pradesh Assembly was adjourned sine die on Friday. In this winter session, Assembly gave approval to first supplementary budget of 2014-15. Apart from this, fourteen Government bills were also passed. While addressing house just before adjournment for indefinite period, Speaker Dr Sitasharan Sharma said total 1,387 questions were asked in the session and Assembly received 208 information, of them 24 were accepted and fourteen were discussed. Seventy-three petitions were presented in the house. Discussion was done on one adjournment motion. Besides, discussion was also done on non availability of fertiliser and seeds under rule 139. The computer training session for members was encouraging and as many as hundred members have taken part in it. Many members have requested to carry on the training programme even in coming session. He also congratulated house members and people on coming Christmas and New Year in advance. In his speech, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said Government is in constant touch with Centre over urea issue. Centre had fixed quota of 3.70 metric tones but if needed then Centre had assured to give more urea than the quota. The urea shortage would be fulfilled. In charge Leader of Opposition, Balabachchan requested to increase the time period of Assembly sessions from future. Afterwards, Speaker adjourned the house for indefinite period.

One dozen people die due to dengue in State: Mishra

From January 1 till November 15, twelve people have died due to dengue disease and 23 died due to Malaria and seven due to swine flu disease in Madhya Pradesh. During this period, no person infected from Ebola virus was found. This information was given by Health Minister Narottam Mishra to Assembly in written in reply to a question asked by senior Congress MLA Ramnivas Rawat. Rawat wanted to know that how many persons suffering from Malaria, Swine Flu, Dengue, Ebola virus were found and how many have died due to said diseases. Narottam Mishra had said in reply that from January 1 till November 15, 84494 cases of Malaria were detected. From January 1 till November 10, thirteen positive cases of swine flu and 1609 cases of dengue were seen. However, no patient suffering from Ebola disease was found. As part of preparedness, combat team and rapid response team were constituted in all districts and blocks. Ramnivas Rawat had also asked question to know that how many children in the age group of 0 to 6 and 6 to 12 years have died due to malnutrition, measles , malaria, dengue and other disease.

Clean chit to officers in Ratangarh stampede incident The report of judicial commission appointed to investigate the Ratangarh stampede incident found that stampede that claimed lives of 116 people occurred due to reaching of people in large number along with vehicles and spread of rumour that bridge had collapsed. Commission had refused to hold officers responsible for incident. However, it held SAF head constable Chotelal Dohre and constable Hukum Chand responsible for not executing their duty with alacrity and not stopping the influx of vehicles. The commission also refused to accept that incident occurred due to deployment of less force. Commission said that in comparison to Navratri mela’s of previous year, more police force was deployed in Navratri fair of 2013 but anticipation could not be done that people would come in such a large number. Commission suggested of broadening of road from Charokhara till Mata Mandir road, marking of parking place etc to avoid such incidents in future. It may be mentioned that citing reasons responsible for incident, commission said that police force was less by seeing the crowd and there was no proper parking arrangement. The other reason was jam created by vehicles plying on bridge. Besides, fight broke out among pilgrims after Jawara’s got broke in skirmish. Other reason for incident was this that anti social elements have spread the rumour of collapse of bridge and this led to stampede. The judicial commission’s report on Ratangarh stampede was tabled in state assembly on Friday.

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Speculation rife over names of Cong candidates

Congress State election committee meeting concluded abruptly on Thursday night after disputes surfaced between two factions of Congress. The situation worsened to the extent that CPCC President... Read More
Congress State election committee meeting concluded abruptly on Thursday night after disputes surfaced between two factions of Congress. The situation worsened to the extent that CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel and CLP leader TS Singhdeo as well as party Incharge General Secretary Girish Dewangan had to seek refuge within a portion of Congress Bhawan as supporters of former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi went on the offensive and raised slogans against party organization leaders. Congress sources informed that the ruckus erupted when Bilaspur Congress leaders close to organization raised objections to the finalization of tickets without consulting them. They alleged in conversation with Bhakta Charan Das, AICC Secretary, that only Jogi faction leaders were being consulted. The Jogi supporters soon after began assembling in Congress Bhawan and went completely on the offensive. Party leaders had to seek refuge within a portion of Congress Bhawan and it was only after Ajit Jogi came out of the meeting hall to pacify his supporters that the situation became normal and meeting had to be called off. Meanwhile, Congress Bhawan remained abuzz with activities on Thursday amidst marathon meeting in state party headquarter to finalize candidature for upcoming municipal elections. The 12-member reconstituted state Congress election committee deliberated with sitting MLAs, MLA candidates, Lok Sabha candidates, Member of Parliament and district committee chiefs to finalize the list of candidates. There were strong speculations about the possible Congress candidate, Pramod Dubey’s name is speculated to be on the forefront as the Congress choice for Raipur Mayor candidate even as Raipur Shahar Congres Committee President Vikas Upadhyay and party leader Anand Kukreja are also close contenders. Congress sources stated that three senior leaders are reported to be favouring the name of Pramod Dubey as Raipur Mayoral candidate. Going by the speculations, Dr Ajay Tirki, considered close to CLP leader TS Singhdeo, is most likely to be the candidate for Ambikapur Mayor while Jethu Ram Manhar, considered close to Late Nand Kumar Patel and close confidante of Kharasia MLA Umesh Patel, could get the party ticket for Raigarh Municipal Corporation.

Again, Renu Agrawal, wife of sitting MLA Jaisingh Agrawal, may get Congress ticket for Korba Municipal Corporation. Archana Upadhyay was another prominent name for the ticket from Korba and is considered close associate of former Minister Dr Charan Das Mahant.

Ram Sharan Yadav, is another close contender for Bilaspur Mayor ticket from Congress, and was also reportedly backed by former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi. Much against reports that Naresh Dakalia was the unanimous choice for Congress Rajnandgaon Mayoral ticket, there are speculations that Vijay Pandey is also on the race for the ticket. Malkit Singh Gaidu, a prominent Congress leader from Jagdalpur, could be the Congress candidate for Jagdalpur Mayoral ticket. Likewise, Congress’s Durg Mayoral ticket may go to either Neelu Thakur or Satyavati Verma. The CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel is reported to be backing the candidature of Satyavati Verma.

Earlier in the day, state party President Bhupesh Baghel came for the meeting late than scheduled time. The waiting media persons were taking snaps of former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi who was the first of the state election committee member to arrive in Congress Bhawan. As soon as the CPCC president arrived the media attention for Jogi did irritate him and he used some harsh words against media persons. After protest from media, the Congress leaders tendered apology to the media persons after which situation normalized.

As per reports, the Congress election committee meeting was suspended for dinner earlier than scheduled because of heated exchanges between CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel and MLAs RK Rai and Anila Bhedia over choice of candidates from Gunderdehi and Dondilohara. MLA RK Rai told The Hitavada over phone that some of the names were added on the insistence of senior Delhi based Congress leader for candidature in his constituency which was against the laid down guidelines which said that candidature can be decided in consultation with sitting MLAs and district committee chief. MLA Anila Bhedia could not be reached for her comments on the reported differences.

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Fomer MLA creates scene at Police Station

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former MLA Nande Sahu along with his supporters created uproar at the Saraswati Nagar Police Station. Reportedly, he was miffed over the police for takin... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former MLA Nande Sahu along with his supporters created uproar at the Saraswati Nagar Police Station. Reportedly, he was miffed over the police for taking his son into custody. According to the report, Nande Sahu’s son Hariom Sahu was taken into custody after he bickered with a sub-inspector of Saraswati Nagar Police Station. Saraswati Nagar Station House Officer (SHO) said that a Traffic Sub-Inspector stopped Nande Sahu’s son, when he broke traffic rules in front of Pt Ravishankar Shukla University’s gate. Nande Sahu’s son took this on his ego and got into a heated argument with the Traffic SI. As the security was beefed up owing to the visit of BJP National President Amit Shah, Hariom’s car was seized and he, too, was taken into custody. When the former MLA got this news, he turned up at the Saraswati Nagar Police Station with huge number of supporters, shouting slogans against police. Before the matter could go out of control, police officials and Nande Sahu managed to make a compromise between Hariom and SI.

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10 crore membership if achieved, BJP cannot be defeated for next 50 years: Amit Shah

Calling upon huge number of party workers and office-bearers present at the Science College ground during the mega Bharatiya Janata Party Membership Campaign Congregation, National President of B... Read More
Calling upon huge number of party workers and office-bearers present at the Science College ground during the mega Bharatiya Janata Party Membership Campaign Congregation, National President of Bharatiya Janata Party Amit Shah urged them to work hard so that party membership figures in the state touches 50 lakh mark. He said that among the 1600 odd political parties registered in the country, the Bharatiya Janata Party is the only party which functions democratically. He said if the party workers through their hard work achieve the 10 crore target membership in the country and 50 lakh in Chhattisgarh, no one can defeat BJP for next 50 years. Addressing the party workers including MPs, MLAs, Ministers, Mayors, Presidents and corporators and senior party workers who had come on invitation to attend the Congregation, the BJP National President said that BJP is the only party where a booth-level party worker can get the opportunity to become a Prime Minister Narendra Modi is its example, who was a booth-level party worker and used to sell tea for living. He said in this party organizational elections are held every three years, wherein opportunity is extended to every one to lead from the front. When the party came into existence in 1950 amidst huge negation and opposition and passing through different phases of ups and downs, in 2014 the party has come to a position where its ideology and policies are being liked not only nationally but internationally also. People now are accepting the party ideology and policies whole heartedly. But if this success has to be carried long we need to consolidate it. For which the membership drive is necessary. He urged every party worker to work hard for a week at their respective booths and make at least 100 new members. Presently the membership of BJP in the country is 3.25 crore which the party is targeting to take to 10 crore. If this target is achieved, the party will become world’s largest membership based party.

Similarly, in Chhattisgarh also there are presently 13.5 lakh active members which can be easily taken to 50 lakhs. Calling upon the party workers, Amit Shah said if every one of them makes at least 100 members, touching 50 lakh members in the state can be achieved easily. He said once the party achieves 50 lakh figure in the state, for the next 25 years no one can defeat the party here.

The BJP National President said the membership drive should be carried in an extensive way in every village, ward, tehsil, town and city that people irrespective of their caste, creed and colour should be able to join the party. The National President said that the membership drive has striking resemblance with Mahatama Gandhi Dandi March, wherein, when the march ended it achieved huge dimensions and ultimately achieved freedom for the country. Similarly, the membership drive when its target will be achieved, no other political party in the country will be able to match its prowess.

‘Dr Raman Singh has eventfully completed his 11 years rule’

Earlier, while praising the Dr Raman Singh government on its completion of 11 years rule in the State and stepping into its 12 year, Amit Shah said two significant things have taken place in the country, first the BJP led State Government under Dr Raman Singh has eventfully completed 11 years rule and secondly over 170 countries has supported India’s initiative towards Yoga and finally United Nations had announced June 21 to be observed as International Yoga Day, which is a great achievement for the country.

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Opposition stages walk out in Assembly on urea issue

Unsatisfied by Government’s reply on prevailing urea crisis in State, Opposition staged walk out in State Assembly on Friday. In his reply, Agriculture Minister Dr Gaurishankar Bisen rubbishe... Read More
Unsatisfied by Government’s reply on prevailing urea crisis in State, Opposition staged walk out in State Assembly on Friday. In his reply, Agriculture Minister Dr Gaurishankar Bisen rubbished the Opposition’s allegations and claimed that there is only ten percent shortage of urea in State and Government is making all efforts to meet the demand. Earlier, while taking part in discussion on persisting urea crisis, Opposition accused government of failing to provide adequate urea to farmers and said that farmers at some places have even protested demanding urea. At some places, urea is distributed under police protection.

While replying to the allegations, Agriculture Minister Dr Gaurishankar Bisen said that in present situation there is only ten percent urea shortage in State and there is no shortage of DAP and mixer fertiliser.

But Opposition was not satisfied by the minister’s reply. Outside the Assembly hall, Opposition raised slogans against State Government.

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Assembly adjourned for indefinite period

Madhya Pradesh Assembly was adjourned sine die on Friday. In this winter session, Assembly gave approval to first supplementary budget of 2014-15. Apart from this, fourteen Government bills wer... Read More
Madhya Pradesh Assembly was adjourned sine die on Friday. In this winter session, Assembly gave approval to first supplementary budget of 2014-15. Apart from this, fourteen Government bills were also passed. While addressing house just before adjournment for indefinite period, Speaker Dr Sitasharan Sharma said total 1,387 questions were asked in the session and Assembly received 208 information, of them 24 were accepted and fourteen were discussed. Seventy-three petitions were presented in the house.

Discussion was done on one adjournment motion. Besides, discussion was also done on non availability of fertiliser and seeds under rule 139.

The computer training session for members was encouraging and as many as hundred members have taken part in it.

Many members have requested to carry on the training programme even in coming session. He also congratulated house members and people on coming Christmas and New Year in advance.

In his speech, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said Government is in constant touch with Centre over urea issue. Centre had fixed quota of 3.70 metric tones but if needed then Centre had assured to give more urea than the quota. The urea shortage would be fulfilled.

In charge Leader of Opposition, Balabachchan requested to increase the time period of Assembly sessions from future. Afterwards, Speaker adjourned the house for indefinite period.

One dozen people die due to dengue in State: Mishra

From January 1 till November 15, twelve people have died due to dengue disease and 23 died due to Malaria and seven due to swine flu disease in Madhya Pradesh. During this period, no person infected from Ebola virus was found. This information was given by Health Minister Narottam Mishra to Assembly in written in reply to a question asked by senior Congress MLA Ramnivas Rawat. Rawat wanted to know that how many persons suffering from Malaria, Swine Flu, Dengue, Ebola virus were found and how many have died due to said diseases. Narottam Mishra had said in reply that from January 1 till November 15, 84494 cases of Malaria were detected. From January 1 till November 10, thirteen positive cases of swine flu and 1609 cases of dengue were seen. However, no patient suffering from Ebola disease was found. As part of preparedness, combat team and rapid response team were constituted in all districts and blocks. Ramnivas Rawat had also asked question to know that how many children in the age group of 0 to 6 and 6 to 12 years have died due to malnutrition, measles , malaria, dengue and other disease.

Clean chit to officers in Ratangarh stampede incident

The report of judicial commission appointed to investigate the Ratangarh stampede incident found that stampede that claimed lives of 116 people occurred due to reaching of people in large number along with vehicles and spread of rumour that bridge had collapsed. Commission had refused to hold officers responsible for incident. However, it held SAF head constable Chotelal Dohre and constable Hukum Chand responsible for not executing their duty with alacrity and not stopping the influx of vehicles. The commission also refused to accept that incident occurred due to deployment of less force. Commission said that in comparison to Navratri mela’s of previous year, more police force was deployed in Navratri fair of 2013 but anticipation could not be done that people would come in such a large number. Commission suggested of broadening of road from Charokhara till Mata Mandir road, marking of parking place etc to avoid such incidents in future. Citing reasons responsible for incident, commission said that police force was less by seeing the crowd and there was no proper parking arrangement. The other reason was jam created by vehicles plying on bridge. Besides, fight broke out among pilgrims after Jawara’s got broke in skirmish. Other reason for incident was this that anti social elements have spread the rumour of collapse of bridge and this led to stampede. The judicial commission’s report on Ratangarh stampede was tabled in state assembly on Friday.

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Bhopal Zila Panchayat President’s post reserved for OBC

Process to reserve posts of Zila Panchayat President for Panchayat general elections 2014-15, was undertaken in the auditorium of Land and Water Management Institute (WALMI) on Friday. Bhopal Z... Read More
Process to reserve posts of Zila Panchayat President for Panchayat general elections 2014-15, was undertaken in the auditorium of Land and Water Management Institute (WALMI) on Friday. Bhopal Zila Panchayat President’s post has been reserved for OBC (Open for men/women). The process was completed by Commissioner of Panchayat Raj Raghuvir Shrivastava. Under Sections 32 and 129, fifty percent posts in 51 Zila Panchayats in the State were reserved for women belonging to SCs, STs, OBCs and general category. Director WALMI Rajesh Mishra, Joint Commissioner Panchayats Shivani Verma and representatives of three-tier Panchayats were present on the occasion. During the process, posts of Zila Panchayat President were reserved in descending order where population of SCs and STs is more.

Fifty percent of the posts of President of 51 Zila Panchayats, 50 were reserved for women belonging to all reserved categories and 25 percent for OBCs. All posts were reserved through draw of lot. In this way, total 26 posts of Zila Panchayat President were reserved for women including 4 SCs, 7 STs, 7 OBCs and 8 of general category. Remaining Zila Panchayat President’s posts were declared unreserved.

Of the 8 Zila Panchayats declared reserved for scheduled castes, four will be reserved for women, including Datia, Agar-Malwa, Shajapur and Sehore. Of the 14 Zila Panchayats declared reserved for scheduled tribes, 7 will be reserved for women, including Barwani, Dindori, Mandla, Dhar, Chhindwara, Khargone and Khandwa. Seven Zila Panchayats in this category will be unreserved including Alirajpur, Jhabua, Anuppur, Shahdol, Umaria, Betul and Ratlam. Of the 13 Zila Panchayats declared reserved for OBCs, 7 will be reserved for women including Harda, Rajgarh, Ashok Nagar, Shivpuri, Burhanpur, Satna and Katni. Six Zila Panchayats under this category (OBC) will be unreserved (for men/women) including Bhopal, Morena, Narsinghgarh, Sheopur and Hoshangabad. As many as 16 Zila Panchayats have been declared unreserved of which 8 have been reserved for women including Indore, Neemuch, Raisen, Jabalpur, Balaghat, Sagar, Guna and Seoni. Remaining 8 Zila Panchayats will be unreserved including Gwalior, Rewa, Panna, Dewas, Singrauli, Damoh, Sidhi and Mandsaur.

Zila Panchayat members to deposit Rs 4000 security amount

In Panchayat elections, candidates will have to deposit security amount along with nomination. Security deposit for candidates for members of Zila Panchayats has been fixed as Rs 4000, for Janpad Panchayat members Rs 2000, for sarpanch Rs 1000 and panch Rs 200. State Election Commissioner R Parasuram has informed that if the candidate is female or belongs to SC, ST or OBC then half of the security amount will be deposited.

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Bhopal Zila Panchayat President’s post reserved for OBC

Process to reserve posts of Zila Panchayat President for Panchayat general elections 2014-15, was undertaken in the auditorium of Land and Water Management Institute (WALMI) on Friday. Bhopal Z... Read More
Process to reserve posts of Zila Panchayat President for Panchayat general elections 2014-15, was undertaken in the auditorium of Land and Water Management Institute (WALMI) on Friday. Bhopal Zila Panchayat President’s post has been reserved for OBC (Open for men/women). The process was completed by Commissioner of Panchayat Raj Raghuvir Shrivastava. Under Sections 32 and 129, fifty percent posts in 51 Zila Panchayats in the State were reserved for women belonging to SCs, STs, OBCs and general category. Director WALMI Rajesh Mishra, Joint Commissioner Panchayats Shivani Verma and representatives of three-tier Panchayats were present on the occasion. During the process, posts of Zila Panchayat President were reserved in descending order where population of SCs and STs is more.

Fifty percent of the posts of President of 51 Zila Panchayats, 50 were reserved for women belonging to all reserved categories and 25 percent for OBCs. All posts were reserved through draw of lot. In this way, total 26 posts of Zila Panchayat President were reserved for women including 4 SCs, 7 STs, 7 OBCs and 8 of general category. Remaining Zila Panchayat President’s posts were declared unreserved.

Of the 8 Zila Panchayats declared reserved for scheduled castes, four will be reserved for women, including Datia, Agar-Malwa, Shajapur and Sehore. Of the 14 Zila Panchayats declared reserved for scheduled tribes, 7 will be reserved for women, including Barwani, Dindori, Mandla, Dhar, Chhindwara, Khargone and Khandwa. Seven Zila Panchayats in this category will be unreserved including Alirajpur, Jhabua, Anuppur, Shahdol, Umaria, Betul and Ratlam. Of the 13 Zila Panchayats declared reserved for OBCs, 7 will be reserved for women including Harda, Rajgarh, Ashok Nagar, Shivpuri, Burhanpur, Satna and Katni. Six Zila Panchayats under this category (OBC) will be unreserved (for men/women) including Bhopal, Morena, Narsinghgarh, Sheopur and Hoshangabad. As many as 16 Zila Panchayats have been declared unreserved of which 8 have been reserved for women including Indore, Neemuch, Raisen, Jabalpur, Balaghat, Sagar, Guna and Seoni. Remaining 8 Zila Panchayats will be unreserved including Gwalior, Rewa, Panna, Dewas, Singrauli, Damoh, Sidhi and Mandsaur.

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Representatives resolve issue

The dispute between two groups of a community was resolved here on Friday after the representatives of both the groups met.

The meeting was mediated by Shahr Qazi Mushtaq Ali Nadvi. Mufti Abd... Read More
The dispute between two groups of a community was resolved here on Friday after the representatives of both the groups met.

The meeting was mediated by Shahr Qazi Mushtaq Ali Nadvi. Mufti Abdul Kalam, Muslim Personal Law Board Member Arif Masood and Rajihasan Haidari were also present. In the meeting the religious leaders were informed that it was not a clash between two sects but a personal fight among few people from both sects.

The dispute was also resolved and it was decided that people of both sects will reside with peace and harmony.

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Victims meet Home Minister Gaur

Members of the Irani group met Home Minister Babulal Gaur here on Friday morning and informed about the whole incident in detail. Over 100 victims of the incident reached Minister Gaur’s house. W... Read More
Members of the Irani group met Home Minister Babulal Gaur here on Friday morning and informed about the whole incident in detail. Over 100 victims of the incident reached Minister Gaur’s house. Women reached in larger number at Gaur’s house. They showed their injuries to Gaur and told that how they have to spend night in cold weather at the secured location. They told Gaur that on Wednesday night the matter was resolved but on Thursday morning, out of blue, people attacked their houses, set vehicles on fire. The victims reached Gaur’s house at 8 in the morning. Gaur listened to the whole incident and assured them strict legal action will be taken against the accused. Gaur told mediapersons that it is an unfortunate incident and both the groups are of same community only. Police have the situation under their control and efforts would be made to prevent such incidents in future.

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Group Clash: 33 arrested, people yet to return to homes

Over 33 members of a group were arrested in State capital by Friday evening for rampage, setting houses and vehicles on fire in Aman Colony in Karond area of capital on Wednesday and Thursday. Po... Read More
Over 33 members of a group were arrested in State capital by Friday evening for rampage, setting houses and vehicles on fire in Aman Colony in Karond area of capital on Wednesday and Thursday. Police have shifted women and children of one of the groups to secured locations. Meanwhile, a month-old child died due to suffocation after the arson in Nishatpura area. After tensions for over 24 hours in the area, the conditions started to normalise on Friday though most of the people stayed inside their houses only and roads remained deserted. Police force was deployed at every corner and street of the Nishatpura locality of state capital.

Meanwhile, police have shifted the families of one of the groups to secured locations. People of the group are very scared and afraid of staying in the locality. They told their families cannot stay at the secured locations for long and have to return home some days. They are afraid that after police force is removed from the area they will be attacked again and their houses will be set on fire.

The people of two groups of communities came face-to-face over a land dispute. People of a group reside in the area in large numbers. A dispute was going on for long time over a piece of land besides a religious place. The other group wanted to construct their religious place while the other group was not ready for it.

On Wednesday, the dispute turned into heated argument which did not take much time to become a bloody fight. Later, police dispersed the mob but after police force was removed on Thursday morning, one of the groups attacked the houses of other group.

SP North Arvind Saxena told ‘The Hitavada’ that six cases have been registered by a group of people and police have also registered one case in the matter under section 147, rioting, 148, rioting with armed weapons, 436, setting houses on fire, 427, damaging, of IPC. Police have arrested 33 accused and presented them in court. District police along with Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Special Task Force (STF) are deployed in the area and patrolling is also carried out.

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Three of a family killed in truck-van collision near Umred

Three members of a family from Chimur were killed and one other injured seriously when the van they were travelling in collided with a speeding truck near WCL Coal Mines near Umred town on Thursd... Read More
Three members of a family from Chimur were killed and one other injured seriously when the van they were travelling in collided with a speeding truck near WCL Coal Mines near Umred town on Thursday night.

The deceased were identified as Abid Abdul Aziz Jangad (36); Jir Mohd Sheikh (33) and Mobin alias Munna Yusuf Khan (40), all residents of Chimur.

According to police, the family was returning to Chimur in a van (MH-34-K-0947) after purchasing goods from Nagpur for their grocery shop, at 9.30 pm. Near WCL Coal Mines area, a speeding truck (MH-31-CB-6552) coming from the opposite direction rammed into the van. So strong was the impact that the van got stuck in the truck. Staff of Umred Police station rushed to the spot after being informed by passers-by. A senior police officer of Umred Police Station informed that one passenger died on the spot due to critical brain injuries. Three seriously injured persons, including Sadiya (8), were rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) where two of them were declared brought dead. Critically injured Sadiya is under observation at GMCH, said the police officer.

Umred Police have registered offence under Sections 279, 304 (a) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) read with Section 184 of the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) against the truck driver identified as Shreeram Jeendar Bendre (41), a resident of Bhandara Road, Nagpur. Police have arrested Shreeram Bendre.

Further investigations are under way.

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State Govt trying to fetch investment of Rs 5 lakh crore: Desai

Maharashtra Government is trying to fetch investment to the tune of Rs 5 lakh crore and create 20 lakh jobs in industrial units thus coming to State, said Subhash Desai, Industries Minister.

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Maharashtra Government is trying to fetch investment to the tune of Rs 5 lakh crore and create 20 lakh jobs in industrial units thus coming to State, said Subhash Desai, Industries Minister.

Replying to a debate in Legislative Assembly on Friday, Desai said that the new Government had set before it an ambitious target of 13 per cent growth in industries sector in State. To achieve this goal, the Government was taking all-out efforts to attract more and more investors to Maharashtra. For the purpose, it was considering a proposal to bring down power tariff. The number of licences required to new industry would be brought down to 20-25, he added.

In the emerging sector of Information Technology and enabled services, Maharashtra has been successful in attracting investments. “The present Information Technology Policy has been given extension till March 2015, and a new policy will be declared soon,” said Desai. He took a dig at those demanding special Industrial Policy for Vidarbha region, and said that the region was not lagging in industrial development.

According to Desai, Vidarbha had seen an investment of Rs 36,800 crore so far. This had created 3,43,000 jobs. There were 361 mega projects and 29,500 other projects, he added. Further, the projects like Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Shyam Indofab, Hindalco, Rasoya Proteins, Prithvi Ferro Alloys etc were coming to the region. On the issue of MIDC area plots, the Industries Minister said that action would be initiated against the units that had obtained plots in MIDC area but had not utilised the land for stated purpose.

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No contempt action against Chief Secretary, UD Principal Secy: HC

Accepting unconditional apology tendered by State Chief Secretary (CS) Swadheen S Kshatriya and Principal Secretary of Urban Development (UD) - I, Manu Kumar Srivastava, Justice Bhushan Gavai and... Read More
Accepting unconditional apology tendered by State Chief Secretary (CS) Swadheen S Kshatriya and Principal Secretary of Urban Development (UD) - I, Manu Kumar Srivastava, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande, at the High Court have dropped contempt proceedings against them, in the bunch of public interest litigations (PILs) filed by many citizens relating to traffic and parking problems in Nagpur city and surrounding areas and the suggestions and effective measures for tackling the problem on short term and long term basis.

The two officers were personally present before the Court by way of compliance of its directive. The Court accepted apology after giving its bit of mind to these officers as to what should be their attitude towards public causes.

The Court, on June 25, had directed constitution of a committee under chairmanship of the Chief Secretary with officers of various departments as members and asked for its preliminary report in three months.

But much to everybody’s shock, bureaucracy moved long after the expiry of three months. As per the Chief Secretary’s affidavit, the committee was constituted on October 14 and its first meeting was held on October 21 while the first meeting of the sub-committee was held on December 5 last. He has intimated that he himself with members of the committee visited various spots in the city, so as to have a factual feel of the situation. The preliminary report has been submitted with this affidavit, which addresses several issues and that may help to ease the situation somewhat. The said report deals with Mor Bhavan Bus terminal, parking places in the city, management of traffic will get a fresh look from the City Police Commissioner, evolving Hawkers’ Policy, truck terminals and contains several suggestions on these aspects.

The Court did not accept the suggestion made by Advocate General Sunil Manohar that because of his heavy pre-occupations, the Chief Secretary may be permitted to entrust chairmanship of the committee to some Additional Chief Secretary. It said that it has already authorised the committee to have sub-committees with some other officers heading them, but as overall head Chief Secretary, better results will follow. It will avoid blame-game.

Principal Secretary of UD - I, in his submissions, has stated that this problem can be tackled by his counterpart - UD-II. Now, the ball was in his court. Picking up this thread, the Court stated that in view to avoid such situations, Chief Secretary should continue to head the committee. The Court will consider the PILs further on March 13 next.

Adv Shrirang Bhandarkar, Adv Shrikant Khandalkar, Adv P C Madkholkar, Adv Vivek Kedar, Adv S K Mishra appeared in the matter.