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‘Complete process for technical sanction to Rs 296 cr works on Pench project canal’

Taking cognisance of the fact that there were 43 breaches in the Pench project canal system in nine years; Girish Mahajan, Water Resources Minister, has asked the officials concerned to complet... Read More
Taking cognisance of the fact that there were 43 breaches in the Pench project canal system in nine years; Girish Mahajan, Water Resources Minister, has asked the officials concerned to complete the process of technical sanction to works worth Rs 296 crore and complete tender process in three months.

Mahajan took stock of pending works related to Water Resources Department (WRD), in Nagpur district. Mahajan chaired the meeting held at Mantralaya, Mumbai. Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of district; R M Chavan, Chief Engineer, WRD, Nagpur Region, were present prominently. The works relating to Pench project canals include the ones that have got revised administrative approvals. These include lining of branch canals and distributaries on left-bank and right-bank canals. Further, Water Resources Minister asked Chavan to submit proposals for seven works of lining as under Maharashtra Irrigation Special Programme. These works are worth Rs 305 crore. He asked the officials to work towards making Nagpur district a tourist destination by way of projecting dams, reservoirs, and sanctuaries as major attractions.

In the meeting, Bawankule pointed out that there were 43 breaches in the canal system of Pench project. According to him, WRD will make available Rs 42 crore for earth work on this canal system to avoid major loss.

The Government gets Rs 25 crore to Rs 30 crore per annum from water charges levied on users of water from Pench project. However, for repairs and maintenance, the authorities concerned get only Rs 3 crore to Rs 4 crore. It was suggested in the meeting to raise the amount upto Rs 10 crore to Rs 15 crore per annum. Further, for irrigation project operations, there were only 179 employees working in Nagpur district as against sanctioned strength of 616. Taking cognisance of this, Mahajan asked the officials concerned to explore the possibility of filling up vacancies on contractual basis.

It may be mentioned here that ‘The Hitavada’ had highlighted the issue of frequent breaches in Pench project canal system in past nine years. ‘The Hitavada’ had reported extensively on different issues involved, including inadequate financial allocation for repairs and maintenance, inadequate manpower, non-cohesive nature of soil, and urgent need for taking up massive repairs.

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Railways utilise 30 per cent of budget funds in first quarter

ABOUT 30 per cent of funds budgeted by Railway Ministry has been utilised within four months of the financial year, indicating a healthy growth rate. The total outlay for the year 2015-16 in th... Read More
ABOUT 30 per cent of funds budgeted by Railway Ministry has been utilised within four months of the financial year, indicating a healthy growth rate. The total outlay for the year 2015-16 in the Budget is Rs 59,438.60 crore of which upto end of July Rs 17,807.27 crore were spent on various heads giving a healthy average of around 30%.

The Rs 60,000 crore of funds was distributed under various allocation like for Capital Head it is Rs 40,000 crore of which Rs 11,264.33 crore was utilised till end of July giving average of 28.16%; under Depreciation Reserve Fund (DRF) Rs 7,500 crore is pegged of which Rs 2,152.27 crore was utilised (28.70%); under Development Fund Rs 4,000 crore is budgeted from which Rs 659.60 crore was utilised (16.49%); under Capital Fund from Rs 6,293 crore about Rs 3,006.14 crore was spent (47.77%); under Railway Safety Fund from Rs 1,645.60 crore about Rs 724.93 crore was used up (44.05%).

Compared to budgetary allocation, the utilisation per cent of capital funds might look weak but financial experts say that this is a healthy percentage. For judging the utilisation capability of zonal railways as well as production units one has to wait till December when almost 90% of budgeted funds gets utilised. Also in first four months of the financial year includes the monsoon period wherein field work is almost negligible. Therefore, Railways has managed to spend a quarter of the budgeted allocation upto July is a good average. Further in year 2014, the actual expenditure for same period was Rs 15,159 crore and this year there is marked increase of Rs 2,648.19 crore, which is quite handsome. This is also an indication that there is no shortage of funds and now field units need to pull-up their socks and get going with full gusto. For new lines, Rs 8,744.48 crore were expected to be utilised as per budget estimate and so far Rs 2,127.98 crore were spent which is about 24.34% and in 2014 the utilised capital was Rs 1,585.11 crore. Under three heads the utilisation is above 40% and they are lease assets-payment of capital component for which allocation was Rs 6,293 crore of which Rs 3,007 crore have been debited giving average of 47.78%. Then comes Road Safety Works-Level Crossing which is an important safety aspect of Railways for which Rs 305.56 crore were earmarked and so far Rs 1682.24 crore worth works were done which comes to 43.22%. Another work is that of Road Safety-Road Over/ Under Bridge for which Rs 1,340.45 crore were to be used and as of now Rs 593.04 crore were utilised throughout the country on various works giving usage percentage of 44.24%. For Gauge Conversion works Rs 3,410.99 crore were earmarked from which the zonal units have spent Rs 945.44 crore which comes to 27.72%. In last financial year however about Rs 968.22 crore were spent. For Doubling Works another big amount of Rs 7113 crore was earmarked for utilisation in first quarter and uptil now Rs 1,394.66 crore have been spent giving percentage of 19.61. Last year the amount spent on same works were Rs 1,025.35 crore. Another important head is Rolling Stock for which Rs 2,066.62 crore were expected to be utilised by the end of first quarter and from it Rs 446.34 crore were spent giving average of 21.60%. For S&T Works from Rs 1,115.45 crore earmarked Rs 235.45 crore got utilised (21.11%). Similarly, for electrification project Rs 1,603.01 crore were kept of which Rs 493.54 crore were used up which is 30.79%. Another big amount was earmarked to workshops including Production Units which was Rs 2,194.21 crore from which Rs 393.65 crore were utilised which is 17.94%. For Passenger Amenities Rs 1,748.50 crore was reserved of which Rs 220.29 crore was utilised which was 12.60%. The biggest allocation was Rs 10,258.60 for Investment in Non-Government including Joint Ventures/ Special Purpose Vehicle project of Rs 2,647.14 crore was used giving per cent of 25.80. The salient points of the first quarter is that top five zones in term of utilisation of funds are South Central Railway-SCR (37.96%), East Central Railway-ECR (37.08%), Eastern Railway-ER (36.91%), South Western Railway-SWR (35.14%) and East Coast Railway-ECoR (34.99%). The top five Production Units which have utilised maximum funds (net plan expenditure) are Rail Coach Factory (RCF), Kapurthala (940.31%); Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW), West Bengal, (565.44%); Diesel Loco Modernisation Works (DMW), Patiala, (371.37 %); Integrated Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, (208.15%), and Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), Varanasi, (75.34%). The booking in top five Plan Head by Indian Railways are 2200 (47.78%), 3000 (44.24%), 2900 (43.22%), 3500 (30.79%) and 3100 (27.87%).

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Mixed success to Govt employees’ strike in division

The strike called by various organisations of Government employees in the State saw mixed success in Nagpur Division, with some organisations staying away from it. Still, as per the official da... Read More
The strike called by various organisations of Government employees in the State saw mixed success in Nagpur Division, with some organisations staying away from it. Still, as per the official data, 57.88 per cent of officials and employees in Nagpur Division were on strike on Wednesday, affecting the normal functioning in different offices.

As per the official report sent by Divisional Commissioner to General Administration Department (GAD), Mantralaya, Mumbai, of a total 4,086 officials and employees in Nagpur Division, total 2,365 (57.88 per cent) were on strike. As many as 121 officials and employees were on leave with prior permission. In all, 1,600 officials/employees were present in respective offices throughout the Division. Strike evoked good response especially in Wardha and Gondia districts.

There are a total of 189 employees in Divisional Commissioner’s office. Of these, three were on leave with prior permission, and 72 employees in Class ‘C’ participated in the strike. Remaining 114 were in their respective offices. The district-wise total number of officials/employees in respective District Collector offices and those on strike is as follows: Nagpur-- total officials/employees 791 (374 on strike); Wardha-- 427 (316), Bhandara-- 610 (312), Gondia-- 343 (249), Chandrapur-- 846 (536), and Gadchiroli-- 880 (506).

In Nagpur city as well as in other districts, officials/employees on strike took out rallies and staged demonstrations outside respective offices. In Nagpur city, various organisations participating in the strike took out rallies that culminated into a public meeting at Kasturchand Park ground. Kamgar Sanghatana Sanyukta Kruti Samiti, Nagpur, comprising trade unions in banking, insurance, telecommunication, Defence, Central and State Government establishments, Zilla Parishad etc; All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Rajya Sarkari Karmachari Madhyavarti Sanghatana, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Trade Union Co-ordination Committee (TUCC), AITUO, Maharashtra Rajya Chaturth Shreni Sarkari Karmachari Sanghatana, Rajya Sarkari Karmachari Madhyavarti Sanghatana, Mahsool Karmachari Sanghatana’s Nagpur Division unit, Kendriya Kapas Anusandhan Sansthan Kamgar Union, Rashtriya Anusandhan Kendra Workers’ Union, Maharashtra Rajya Anganwadi Balwadi Karmachari Union, and several other organisations participated in the strike. Castribe Karmachari Mahasangh and Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh stayed away. Mohandas Naidu of AITUC, Ashok Dagde of Rajya Sarkari Karmachari Madhyavarti Sanghatana, V V Asai of CITU, S Q Zama of INTUC, Balwant Mehta of TUCC, Dilip Mathur of AITUO, Shyam Kale, Amrut Meshram, R M mallewar, Ashok Thul, Chandrahas Sutey, Nilesh Nasre, Gurprit Singh, Gopichand Kature, Raju Surshe, B N J Sharma, L P Nandanwar, R N Patne, Anil Dhokpande, P K Dharamthok, C M Mourya, Mohammad Tajuddin, Vitthal Junghare, Pradeep Shende, Nana Kadbe, Narayan Samarth, Budhaji Surkar and others were present prominently and also addressed the workers who participated in the rally. Those who participated in strike mostly included Class ‘C’ and Class ‘D’ employees. The employees at Ayurvedic College, Government Medical College, Indira Gandhi Government Medical College, Daga Hospital, District Collector office, Forest Department, Water Resources Department, Government Printing Press, Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory, Charity Commissioner’s office, Industrial Training Institute, Technical High School, Agriculture Department, Education Department, Zilla Parishad, Land Records Department, Regional Transport Office, Tribal Development Department, Central Institute of Cotton Research (CICR), staged demonstrations and raised slogans to press for their demands.

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A ‘date’ with Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Calendar Girls’

There was much laughter and cheer all around when Bollywood filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar and his gang of ‘Calendar Girls’ kept their date with The Hitavada, while promoting their upcoming fi... Read More
There was much laughter and cheer all around when Bollywood filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar and his gang of ‘Calendar Girls’ kept their date with The Hitavada, while promoting their upcoming film ‘Calendar Girls’, in Nagpur. Madhur Bhandarkar, quite rightly called, ‘cinema’s journalist’, courtesy his realistic films, was at his witty and charming best as he and his five calendar girls - Akanksha Puri, Satarupa Pyne, Avani Modi, Kyra Dutt and Ruhi Singh - paired questions and shared anecdotes during their visit to The Hitavada office.

Madhur Bhandarkar’s forthcoming directorial venture chronicles the journey of five models and their rise to fame. Since the movie is about calendar girls, business baron Vijay Mallya, but obviously came into discussion. Pairing questions about whether the movie is about Vijay Mallya and his Kingfisher models, and Madhur Bhandarkar stoutly denied any link. “Vijay Mallya is a very good friend and I share a great relationship with him. I took inspiration from him and he is aware that I am making ‘Calendar Girls’. I’m planning to call him and a few other people for the film’s screening. And I’m positive they will like the movie,” Madhur stated.

Revealing his lighter side, Madhur, who is known for his serious films, says people often get ‘scared’ of him. “Be it ‘Heroine’, ‘Fashion’, ‘Traffic Signal’ or my film on the corporate world, I’ve always tried my best to present the reality. And I guess because of these films, I often find that people are scared to talk, with me around. I remember after ‘Corporate’ released, I walked in on a group of businessmen, only to find them shut-up abruptly; they were scared to say a word, lest I put it in my film! In another incident, I once went to visit a friend in a hospital, when a doctor came up to me and said conspiratorially, ‘Are you making a film on hospitals now?’ The strange reactions aside, I feel most privileged to get immense love and support for my all work,” he said.

The five pretty ladies, dressed to kill, were a charming lot too, oozing oodles of self-confidence and panache, with no hint of nerves. Responding to queries about insecurities of debuting in a multi-starrer, the five girls asserted that there was none, and they were indeed good friends in real life. “We actually made Madhur Sir insecure with our brand of masti. But jokes apart, we were treated like queens on the sets and he had very clearly outlined our roles outright,” the girls chorused. After the wit and repartee was over, Madhur Bhandarkar was gifted with a copy of ‘The Hitavada Coffee Table Book’, which was released when the newspaper had completed its glorious 100-year run. A self-confessed avid reader, Madhur Bhandarkar was happy to get a ‘100-year treasure’, which was released by former President of India, Pratibha Patil.

On a concluding note, Madhur Bhandarkar was happy to share that popular Nagpur scribe, Manish Awasthi is making his debut with ‘Calendar Girls’. Calling out to Nagpurians to show their love and respect for him by watching the film in theatres, Madhur was hopeful of getting a call saying, ‘Nagpur theatres are packed for ‘Calendar Girls’. So don’t forget to mark the date, September 25, on your calendars and keep your date with Calendar Girls, when the movie releases.

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Rs 4 lakh robbery case: Complainant turns out to be accused, 2 arrested

LAKADGANJ Police on Wednesday unravelled the mystery behind Rs four lakh robbery and took the complainant into custody, besides putting behind bars two of his accomplices in this connection. Read More
LAKADGANJ Police on Wednesday unravelled the mystery behind Rs four lakh robbery and took the complainant into custody, besides putting behind bars two of his accomplices in this connection.

The drama was enacted by Kailash Jagan Diwte (33), a peon at New Nagpur Credit Co-opeartive Society, Om Nagar, who approached Lakadganj Police complaining of getting robbed by two mobike-borne criminals after throwing chilli powder in his eyes in front of Jai Durga Plywood Stores, near Chandrahas Bar & Restaurant on Central Avenue on Wednesday morning. Two of Diwte’s accomplices -- Rajendra alias Anna Vilas Singh Gehlot (30) and Narendra alias Kallu Ashok Rakshiye (35), who hatched the plan to loot the cash of the credit co-operative society, were also rounded up by the cops.

Investigations revealed that Diwte enacted a drama usurp the money taking along Gehlot and Rakshiye.

As per their plan, Diwte, a resident of Chanakyapura, Mahalaxmi Apartment, Narsala, later lodged a fake complaint that he was robbed. Cops recovered almost 50 per cent of the cash from the accused persons. Cops also traced the motorcycle (MH-49/P-1203) used by Gehlot and Rakshiye for looting the society’s cash. It was traced on the basis of the registration number of the mobike given by Constable Nitin Bawankule who made a futile effort to nab two robbers by giving them a hot chase upto red light area -- Ganga Jamuna -- after Diwte told him that he was relieved of the bag containing Rs four lakh cash. The arrests were made by Assistant Police Inspector Sagar Nikam and his team under the supervision of senior Inspector Satyawan Mane.

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Two held accepting bribe in separate cases

NMC Tax Inspector, conduit caught taking bribe of Rs 35,000

ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Wednesday caught Gopal Laxman Rushiye, Tax Inspector (Dhantoli Zone IV) of Nagpur ... Read More

NMC Tax Inspector, conduit caught taking bribe of Rs 35,000

ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Wednesday caught Gopal Laxman Rushiye, Tax Inspector (Dhantoli Zone IV) of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and his conduit Archana Kamlesh Wasnik red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 35,000 from a doctor to regularise the tax on his commercial property.

A resident of Nandanvan Slums, Lane No 12, near Jagnade Square, Archana Wasnik approached Dr Pradip Vaidya, a resident of Dhantoli, on behalf of Tax Inspector Rushiye and demanded Rs 40,000 to regularise the tax on his commercial property. Dr Vaidya negotiated with her and fixed the deal for Rs 35,000. Dr Vaidya then lodged a complaint with the ACB office against Tax Inspector Rushiye and his agent Archana. The bureau officers verified the complaint on August 25. A resident of Kiradpura, Gandhi Chowk, Sadar, Rushiye asked Archana to collect the cash. Subsequently, the bureau officers laid a trap at NMC’s Dhantoli Zone 4 office and caught Archana Wasnik and Rushiye red-handed after the former accepted the cash on latter’s behalf.

ACB officers arrested the Tax Inspector and his conduit and registered an offence under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act against them at Dhantoli Police Station.

The trap was laid by Inspector Asaram Shete, Head Constable Vilas Khanke, Constable Chandranag, and WPC Varsha Patle under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (ACB) Rajiv Jain.

Land Surveyor caught red-handed accepting bribe of Rs 10,000

ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) officers caught Sudhir Rameshwar Kawre, Land Surveyor, City Survey Office No 2, red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 10,000 from the employee of a plot owner to change the title of the property.

Kawre (36) was trapped in front of Utkarsh Umang Apartment, Ajni, by a joint bureau officers from Chandrapur and Wardha on Wednesday afternoon.

Employer of Vijay Rambhau Bachale (42), a resident of Ajni Square, had purchased a plot admeasuring 1500 sq ft at mouza Bharatwada. He had submitted an application at the City Survey Office for changing the title of the plot on June 11. Though all necessary formalities were completed, Kawre demanded Rs 10,000 from Bachale for the work. Following a complaint lodged by Bachale, bureau personnel from Chandrapur and Wardha units laid a trap and caught Kawre red-handed when he accepted the bribe amount from Bachale.

An offence under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered at Dhantoli Police Station against Kawre.

The trap was laid by DySP (Wardha) Kishor Supare, Inspector (Wardha) Ajay Bhusari and their teams under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (ACB) Rajiv Jain.

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Competent authority delaying justice to investors in Manchalwar scam

Apathy of competent authority (Deputy Collector) is delaying justice to the gullible investors in ponzi schemes of scamster Haribhau Manchalwar. The authority has not yet filed application in the... Read More
Apathy of competent authority (Deputy Collector) is delaying justice to the gullible investors in ponzi schemes of scamster Haribhau Manchalwar. The authority has not yet filed application in the Special Maharashtra Protection of Interests of Depositors (MPID) court for auction of the properties of Manchalwar.

An offence was registered against Manchalwar at Kotwali Police Station on June 11, 2011 for duping investors. During the course of investigation, 407 investors approached the police and submitted their complaints. Total amount of the scam was pegged at Rs 18 crore. Manchalwar is on the run and till date has eluded police cover. The police had arrested wife of Manchalwar in the case. Later, under the guidance of competent authority (Deputy Collector level officer), the police had attached the properties and notification about the attachment was issued by the Government on September 9, 2014. The EoW had filed chargesheet in the court on May 14, 2015. However till date the competent authority has not filed application in the court to auction the assists of the Manchalwar. A senior police officer informed that this is the most important part in the case. After the application, the court will give permission to the authority to sold the assets through auction and the money which would be recovered would be distributed among the investors. The attached properties of the Manchalwar includes -- cash of Rs 1.52 lakh, gold ornaments worth Rs 12.58 lakh and two cars (Maruti Ritz and Maruti SX4); Rs 1,703 in two bank lockers, 33 bank accounts with Rs 89.86 lakh deposits. The cops also found Rs 2.73 lakh in 10 post office accounts. The cops have also seized 27 life insurance policies of Manchalwar with surrender value of Rs 18 lakh. The cops have attached 11 plots owned by the Manchalwar. The plots are situated at Hudkeshwar, Nawabpura, Gangabai Ghat Road, Nanda village in Kamptee tehsil and their estimated value as of today is close to Rs 17 crores.

‘Investor will get their money back’

If and when the competent authority files the application for auction of the properties then it would be the first case in Nagpur's history when duped gullible investors would get back their money. After auctioning the property, the competent authority will distribute the money to the investors as per approved ratio. The Investigation Officer Umesh Machhindra had personally visited Mumbai to get the notification issued well in time.

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HC permits NIT to close its swimming pool from Oct 1

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has paved way for closure of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) swimming pool at Ambazari. Disallowing the PIL filed against proposed development plan, a bench of Ju... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has paved way for closure of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) swimming pool at Ambazari. Disallowing the PIL filed against proposed development plan, a bench of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice P B Varale on Tuesday accepted the affidavit wherein NIT provided details of the plan for commercial development at the complex, and disposed of the petition after issuing necessary directions.

Accepting the written undertaking submitted by NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane the High Court division bench permitted NIT to keep its three swimming pools closed for the public from October 1, and to re-open the renovated modernised complex latest by March-end next year.

NIT Swimming Pool Members’ Association President Adv Manmohan Bajpai and Adv Ajinkya Kumar Kalele had approached High Court alleging that under pretext of development of commercial complex there was plan to shut down the pool. The petitioners contended that due to closure of pool, forthcoming sporting events will be affected and also alleged irregularities in its management. They called for ordering investigations into the allegation following which HC had issued notice to NIT. On Tuesday, NIT -- through its Chairman and Executive Engineer -- filed a detailed affidavit. NIT mentioned that the swimming pool would remain open till September 30. Thereafter, from October 1, renovation and construction work will start. For this, closure of pool is necessary. As per the plan, on West side of racing pool, a two-storeyed building with basement will be constructed. It will have parking, meditation hall, changing room, yoga hall, toilet etc. On the North side of pool, a three-storeyed building is planned that will comprise parking, e-library, sports centre, ultra-modern gymnasium, naturopathy centre, and cultural training auditorium. What, however, weighed in favour of NIT was its assurance to complete all the aforesaid constructions within a period of six months. The division bench made note of the said point in NIT affidavit and ordered that construction should be made as per said development plan only. Also, HC underlined that parking space should be available for use by swimmers only and persons connected with allied activities permitted by NIT. The court warned NIT that any breach of the undertaking given by NIT Chairman would attract strict action by the Court. NIT Chairman assured the Court that NIT would strictly comply with specifications laid down and prescribed by FINA International Swimming Federation and Swimming Federation of India. He also enclosed letter received from architect Prafulla Karkhanis of Nashik for the Court’s perusal. NIT informed the Court that pool required a lot of maintenance, as tiles had come out, railings had become rusted and broken, and the filtration plant required lot of repairs. Simultaneously, construction as proposed will also be undertaken. This scheme was awaiting implementation since 2009. The proposed construction was 5 meters away from the racing pool. After the protest from the petitioner-Association’s members, the work was stopped temporarily. Adv Dr Renu Sirpurkar appeared for the petitioners. Adv Rajeev Chhabra (NIT), Additional Government Pleader Deepak Thakare (State), and Adv Firdos Mirza (intervenor in support of the petitioners) represented the respondents.

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‘Discovery of Platinum in Deccan area can change economy of Mah’

New discovery of Platinum Group Elements (PGEs) in Deccan Ingenious Province by a team of researchers led by Dr Kirtikumar R Randive of Department of Geology, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur ... Read More
New discovery of Platinum Group Elements (PGEs) in Deccan Ingenious Province by a team of researchers led by Dr Kirtikumar R Randive of Department of Geology, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University has opened floodgates for scientific investigations. The discovery of copper, nickel, cobalt and PGE minerals with Deccan Trap could completely change socio-economic picture of entire Maharashtra and adjoining states. PGEs are rare, costly and strategically important minerals for any nation. India presently is deficient in these minerals, which makes the research more significant.

The Platinum–group elements comprise six elements -- Platinum (Pt), Palladium (Pd), Iridium (Ir), Osminum (Os), Rhenium (Rh) and Rutherium (Ru). They occur in very low concentration in the Earth’s crust, but thought to be present in great abundance in its core and mantle. They usually occur in their native state (without forming compounds with other elements), or alloys (with nickel, cobalt and copper), or forming compounds with Tellurium, Sulfur, Arsenic, Bismuth and Tin. Among the above, element Iridium (Ir) is thought to be present only in the extra-terrestrial objects, such as meteorites, asteroids and other bodies. Nonetheless, only Platinum and Palladium occurs in the concentration required to form a mineral deposit. Presence of Pt and Pd, therefore, indicates that these elements were coming along with magmas, generated deep within the Earth. The Deccan Traps is a huge area covering states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Chhattisgarh. Several researchers have made search for PGE in the Deccan Ingenious Province, some of them have observed higher concentration of PGE in Deccan basalts; however, none of them have ever recorded any PGE-mineral grain from the Deccan Ingenious Province. Dr Randive and his associates have recorded presence of two PGE-mineral phases -- Daomanite (CuPtAsS2) and Michenerite (PdBiTe). Earlier, workers have recorded elevated Iridium concentration in these rocks, which is thought to be due to impact of extra-terrestrial objects. The PGE-minerals found during study are enriched in Platinum (Pt) as well as Palladium (Pd), which provided compelling evidence to consider that the source of PGEs in the Deccan Trap basalts is deep within the Earth. The Deccan Trap basaltic province in India was considered to be barren. However, the present discovery of PGE-minerals from the Deccan IngeniousProvince may reopen the debate of barren versus fertile flood basaltic provinces. The two researchers, J Vijaya Kumar (Indian Bureau of Mines, Ajmer) and Mahesh Korakoppa (Geological Survey of India, Bangalore), who are carrying out doctoral research under Dr Kirtikumar Randive were the members of the team.

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MADC finalises proposals of two medical institutes in MIHAN

Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) has finalised proposals of two renowned medical institutes to set-up their state-of-the-art multi-care, multi-facility hospitals in non-Special Ec... Read More
Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) has finalised proposals of two renowned medical institutes to set-up their state-of-the-art multi-care, multi-facility hospitals in non-Special Economic Zone (SEZ) area of Multimodal International Cargo Hub Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN). The Government is also planning to provide 107 acres of land to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in MIHAN-SEZ area. With these developments, Nagpur could well emerge as one of the best medical hubs in Central India providing world-class facilities to patients.

The two medical institutes that have finalised the proposals in non-SEZ area of MIHAN include Care Hospital and Suraj Eye Institute. Nagpur’s leading healthcare provider Care Hospital is owned and managed by Quality CARE India Limited. It is a multi-specialty healthcare provider with 18 hospitals serving in nine cities across seven states of India. CARE Hospital delivers comprehensive care in more than 30 specialties in tertiary care settings. The hospital will provide all specialties in Maharashtra’s biggest hospital of Care India Limited. Suraj Eye Institute Om Drishti Trust also has purchased four acres of land in non-SEZ area in MIHAN for development of eye-care and research institute. This would be the biggest eye-care hospital in Central India. Dr Vinay Nangia is expert in Glaucoma and Retina and Vitreous. Dr Nangia, along with his team, is working hard on this project.

Sources confirmed that due to world-wide economic slump, MADC has dropped the plan to develop Mega Health City in MIHAN-SEZ area in Nagpur. MADC has invited proposal from various institutions to set-up their healthcare facility in non-SEZ area on plot size of four acres. The cost of the land is Rs 3,500 per sq mtr. At this rate, an acre of land will cost approximately Rs 1.5 crore. A team of Dr Varun Bhargava and others are working on this project. The land is situated near Central Facility building of MADC office. It may be mentioned here that since the new Government took over in Maharashtra under the leadership of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, MIHAN-SEZ area has been accorded priority and development there has been placed on fast track. Recently, MADC allotted 289 acres of land to Reliance Aerospace Limited for its Dhirubhai Ambani Aerospace Park (DAAP) in a glittering function organised in Nagpur. Tata Consultancy Services also has started its operations from Nagpur. IT giant Infosys also has started construction in MIHAN area. Global IT services company HCL Technologies Limited is likely to start operations by December-end.

Amazon purchases godown to set-up Central India’s biggest distribution centre

Meanwhile, multinational e-commerce giant Amazon has purchased 2 lakh sq ft godown from Transport Corporation of India (TCI) to set-up its biggest distribution centre in Central India. International Pharma company -- Marksans Pharma -- a sister concern of Glenmark Pharma, also purchased 10 acres of land in MIHAN-SEZ Area. Lupin Pharma is likely to start its business from March 2016, sources added.

Chinese delegation in city today

A high-level Chinese delegation is arriving in the city on Wednesday to explore possibilities for investment in MIHAN-SEZ area. Sources claimed that the delegation would arrive from New Delhi on Wednesday morning and directly go to MIHAN-SEZ area.

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Robbers on looting spree

DESPITE tall claims of intensifying patrolling by top brass of the City Police, brazen robberies on streets continue unabated. On Tuesday also, unidentified bike-borne robbers looted Rs four lakh... Read More
DESPITE tall claims of intensifying patrolling by top brass of the City Police, brazen robberies on streets continue unabated. On Tuesday also, unidentified bike-borne robbers looted Rs four lakh cash from an employee of a credit co-operative society and gold chains worth Rs 1.50 lakh from a teenage girl and three women in separate incidents in the Second Capital.

Even police officers admit that there has been spurt in cases of robberies and fake cops looting innocent citizens on thoroughfares. Tackling street crimes now poses a major challenge for them as they literally failed to evolve an effective strategy to curb the growing menace in almost all areas across the city.

Cops came under severe criticism from traders and prominent citizens from Lakadganj area after robbers looted Rs four lakh cash from an employee of a credit co-operative society after throwing chilli powder in his eyes in full public view on Central Avenue in broad day light.

A resident of Chanakyapura, Mahalaxmi Apartment, Narsala, Kailash Jagan Diwte (33), who works at New Nagpur Credit Co-operative Society, Om Nagar, was on his motorcycle (MH-40/E-5630) carrying the bag containing cash on his shoulder.

He first went to Saraswat Bank at Agrasen Square to deposit Rs 22,000 in the account of credit society’s Vice-President Moreshwar Sor. He was also carrying Rs four lakh cash of the credit society to be deposited at Yes Bank near Telephone Exchange Square. After depositing money in Sor’s account at Saraswat Bank, Diwte was on way to Yes Bank. Around 11.30 am, two young men following Diwte on a Hero Honda Splendor motorcycle (MH-49/P-1203) came near him. In front of Jai Durga Plywood Stores, near Chandrahas Bar & Restaurant, one of them splashed chilli powder on Diwte’s face while other snatched the bag. Diwte lost balance and fell down. Diwte shouted for help but his screams fell on deaf years of passers-by. After a few minutes, eyes of Constable Nitin Bawankule, attached to Lakadganj Police Station, fell on Diwte who was shouting for help. Constable Bawankule then started chasing the robbers on his motorcycle. He chased them up to red light area -- Ganga Jamuna -- but himself fell down as his bike skidded off the road and the robber duo managed to flee with the booty. After recording Diwte’s statement, Lakadganj Police registered a case under Sections 392 and 34 of the IPC. In the second incident, two youths in their 20s accosted Sonal Santosh Ranglani (15) and her friend on the road behind Janata Hospital in Jaripatka area and looted gold ornaments worth Rs 32,000 at knife point. A resident of Plot No 58, Indora Bara Kholi, Sonal was returning home when the incident took place. Jaripatka Police registered a case of robbery after recording Sonal’s statement. In the third incident, a miscreant riding motorcycle snatched away a gold Mangalsutra worth over Rs 20,000 from Yogita Dinesh Wadettiwar (45) near Godrej Anandam City in Ganeshpeth area on early Tuesday morning. A resident of Plot No 1458, Anand Palace 11, near Pandav College, Nandanvan, Yogita was returning home with her husband Dinesh Wadettiwar on a Honda Activa from Tekdi Ganesh Mandir. A young man came from behind on a motorcycle and yanked the Mangalsutra worn by pillion rider Yogita. Before she could raise an alarm, the robber sped away. Ganeshpeth Police registered a case under Section 392 of the IPC on the basis of a complaint lodged by Yogita’s husband Dinesh. Half an hour before the chain-snatching, probably the same bike-borne robber using similar modus operandi looted a gold Mangalsutra valued at Rs 20,000 from Jyoti Hemant Khandelwar (48) in front of Maheshwari Trading Company on Central Avenue in Ganeshpeth area. A resident of Plot No 659, old Motor Stand Square, Itwari, Jyoti Khandelwar was going on a two-wheeler with her friend towards Dosar Bhavan Square when the incident took place. Ganeshpeth Police registered another case of robbery following Jyoti’s complaint. Similarly, a motorcycle-borne robber snatched away a gold chain worth Rs 50,000 from a woman employee of Wockhardt Hospital in front of Sathe Jewellers on West High Court Road in Ambazari area. A resident of Plot No 395, Kalpana Nagar, Nari Layout, Jaripatka, Mangala Vijay Khairkar (43) was returning home on a Honda Activa (MH-31/EB-5238) from Wockhardt Hospital. Around 9 am near Sathe Jewellers, a youth came from behind on a mobike and snatched away the gold chain worn by Mangala. PSI Wakde registered a case under Sections 392 of the IPC at Ambazari Police Station.

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Engg admission on CET basis; MBBS, B Pharm on CET-HSC score

Now, Maharashtra Government has come out with clear interpretation about the admissions to be done to MBBS, BE and B Pharm courses from the academic year 2016-17 as it will be conducting Combin... Read More
Now, Maharashtra Government has come out with clear interpretation about the admissions to be done to MBBS, BE and B Pharm courses from the academic year 2016-17 as it will be conducting Combined Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET) for the admissions to engineering, health sciences and pharmacy courses instead of PMT and JEE. The engineering admissions will be done on the basis of score earned by student in MHT-CET.

According to experts, in CET, question paper of Physics and Chemistry will be common with 50 marks each. Mathematics and Biology will have separate question papers with 100 marks each. The CET will be based on the syllabus of HSC examination conducted by Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education. The students will get admission on the basis of marks obtained in MHT-CET.

Those who want to go for engineering should take note that they would get admission on the basis of their score in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in CET. The eligibility criterion for engineering admission is that students should score 50 per cent marks in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry/ Biology/ Bio-technology/ Technical vocation of HSC. Students of reserved category should score 45 per cent. Education Minister Vinod Tawde has made it clear that the admissions to MBBS and B Pharm courses will be based on the students’ 50-50 score in CET and HSC.

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Forest Department nabs accused in ’14 firing case

Forest Department, on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, arrested a man accused of firing at a State Tiger Protection Force (STPF) guard at Kolitmara in West Pench in October 2014.... Read More
Forest Department, on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, arrested a man accused of firing at a State Tiger Protection Force (STPF) guard at Kolitmara in West Pench in October 2014.

The staff of Forest Department produced the accused before the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Parseoni, on Saturday. I A R Qureshi, JMFC, Parseoni, remanded the accused to the Forest Custody Remand (FCR) till September 2. On October 14, 2014, the accused Damaji Maraskolhe had fired at Satish Shendre, STPF Guard.

Maraskolhe had fired at Shendre from point blank range. In the incident, Shendre had sustained injuries. Since then, Forest Department had launched a manhunt for Maraskolhe. In a late night operation on the intervening night of August 28 and 29, State Tiger Protection Force team led by Gawande, Range Forest Officer, Nagalwadi Range; and Sarode, Round Officer, caught hold of Damaji Maraskolhe at Jamlapani near Borgaon in Saunsar tehsil of Chhindwada district of adjoining state of Madhya Pradesh. STPF gathered intelligence with solid help from Forest Department, Madhya Pradesh.

The team that caught Maraskolhe comprised A M Ambade and S P Gite, both STPF Guards; S T Admachi and D J Kokode, both Forest Watchers, STPF; D K Ragvarte, Forest Gurad, Nagalwadi Range; Akash Chopda, Forest Guard, West Pench.

On Saturday, Maraskolhe was produced before the court of JMFC, Parseoni. After hearing both sides, I A R Qureshi, Judicial Magistrate First Class, Parseoni, passed an order remanding the accused to FCR till September 2.

In the order, the JMFC stated, “Record shows that a serious offence is committed against wildlife. Moreover, weapon used by accused is yet to be recovered. Hence, I am of the opinion that custody of accused with investigating officer is necessary.”

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HC directs State Govt to decide on payment for extra land under use

Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice P N Deshmukh at the High Court have directed the petitioners - Shrikant S Kashikar (82), a retired citizen and his wife Sheel (70) to pay amount calcul... Read More
Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice P N Deshmukh at the High Court have directed the petitioners - Shrikant S Kashikar (82), a retired citizen and his wife Sheel (70) to pay amount calculated at the rate of Rs 370 per sq meter for additional 107.47 sq meters of land under use by them, to the Nagpur Housing & Area Development Board within 4 weeks from August 19 last. The Board has been asked to accept the payment without prejudice to its rights and contentions in the case. The Court has admitted the writ petition for final hearing.

According to the Court, if ready reckoner prevailing in 1998-99 is used, petitioners are expected to pay at the rate of Rs 366 per sq meter, that is, Rs 370 per sq meter approximately.

During the hearing, the Court was given impression that the issue was to be considered by the State Government and on that ground adjournment of the case was being sought.

The Court has stated in its order that if the issue is looked into by the State Chief Secretary, Housing Department, it should take appropriate decision upon it within 6 months, after giving hearing to the petitioners and also the Housing Board. Both the parties have been given liberty to move the Court for early hearing or appropriate orders if such decision is taken by the State Government.

The petitioners are allottees in a Higher Income Group Scheme from MHADA and area of plot allotted to them is around 101 sq meters. Because of formation of layout and its design, each plot has got some additional land and that land cannot be put to any other use and also cannot be allotted to any other person. Such land is about 107.47 sq meter with the petitioners.

As per the policy of the Board, rate prevailing in 1998-99 are to be applied and on that basis premium payable by the petitioners to the Board, is to be determined. Advocates Sameer Sohoni with Adv Rahul Puranik appeared for the petitioners.

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Maharashtra Government warns employees of ‘no work, no pay’

Even as the atmosphere is building up and more and more number of organisations are declaring their participation in the proposed nation-wide strike on September 2, Maharashtra Government has war... Read More
Even as the atmosphere is building up and more and more number of organisations are declaring their participation in the proposed nation-wide strike on September 2, Maharashtra Government has warned its employees that they will face disciplinary action. Further, the Government has warned the employees that it will adopt ‘no work, no pay’ policy.

Quoting a notice of Rajya Sarkari Karmachari Mahasangh regarding a day-long strike on September 2, General Administration Department (GAD) of State Government has issued a circular to all Divisional Commissioners, District Collectors and other administrative heads of various agencies. As per the circular, the employees participating in the proposed strike will face disciplinary action. The administrative heads have been asked to issue directions in this regard immediately and bring those to the notice of officials and employees.

While asking the administrative heads to try to convince the employees not to participate in the strike, the GAD circular has stated in clear terms that the State Government will adopt ‘no work, no pay’ policy if employees still participate in strike. Already, Central Government has adopted the said policy. Besides, the GAD has asked the heads of various departments not to grant leave to employees till the end of the proposed strike. If some officials/employees are already on leave till that date, case-to-case decision should be taken and they should be asked to join immediately.

State Government will monitor the presence or absence of officials/employees on September 2. The heads of various departments have been asked to collect and compile information about officials/employees present in office, those who join the strike, and those on leave for genuine reasons.

The information so compiled should be sent to GAD, Mantralaya, Mumbai, in prescribed format by 12 noon of September 2. Pramod Nalawade, Secretary, GAD, has asked all Divisional Commissioners in the State to send the information on e-mail to GAD. The prescribed format of reporting presence/absence of employees has columns for officials and employees in Grade A, B, C, and D barring the assistants in Grade A and B.

Divisional Commissioners have been asked to compile information about officials and employees on strike, on leave, and present in office in all districts under their jurisdictions.

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University bodies’ tenure to end today, but no election till 2016

The tenure of various authorities of universities is coming to an end on August 31, as it happens every five years. However, the difference this time is that the tenure is coming to an end but e... Read More
The tenure of various authorities of universities is coming to an end on August 31, as it happens every five years. However, the difference this time is that the tenure is coming to an end but elections will not be held to replace the old bodies with new. Every five years, elections are held to constitute new bodies. This time, except ex-officio members, others will be demitting the office. The annual budget of these varsities comes to more than Rs 3,000 crore.

Maharashtra Government is thinking of implementing the recommendations made by Dr Arun Nigwekar Committee and amend Maharashtra Universities Act, 1994. Dr Nigwekar Committee has strongly recommended not to conduct elections. The Government has held that the decision is taken as Maharashtra Universities Regulations Act, 1994, is set to be amended and a Bill in this regard is being tabled in winter session of the State Legislature in December this year. Members of various authorities have alleged that this decision will kill the democratic system that prevailed so far.

Education Minister Vinod Tawde had hinted at the change, but no final order was issued in this regard. There were speculations that elections would be postponed. Most of the members inferred that elections would be postponed but the current dispensation would continue till the elections were held. Two days ago, the Government interpreted the matter wherein it made clear that elections to various bodies had been postponed till August 31, 2016. So, it asked the universities to stop election process. It further asked not to fill up vacancies, which would be created after end of tenure of current bodies, till 2016. Ambadas Mohite, who has been on various bodies of various universities in Maharashtra, criticised this decision of the Government. “This decision will create confusion and the work of universities will come to a standstill. There are various issues, the decisions on which are to be taken by various Boards of Studies, Academic Council. If these bodies are not there, then how will the examination work be conducted?” he asked.

According to Mohite, this letter of the Government is ‘very dangerous’ because only ex-officio members will be a part of these bodies. In its circular, the Government has made it clear that it expects no important policy decisions to be taken during this period, he said. Does it mean that only Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Registrar, and BCUD Director along with various Government officers will work, he asked.

Mahendra Nimbarte, Member of Management Council, also opposed the decision in this regard. According to him, this would land university administration in trouble. Without elections and an extension of the current tenure, all these bodies would be controlled directly by Vice-Chancellor of respective universities. In absence of various bodies, Vice-Chancellors will have a free hand. This can ensure entry of more private players for different works, which is disastrous for public-funded universities, felt some academicians.

Currently, Senate has 105 members from graduate, post-graduate, faculties, principals, women, reserved category, college managements, legislature, and general constituencies. While most members are elected directly, a few are nominated by Vice-Chancellor. Senate approves the budget and perspective plans of universities. The bodies like Management Council, Academic Council, Board of Examinations get constituted through Senate. Moreover, decisions of various bodies, councils and committees are implemented only after the approval of Senate. The changes of Maharashtra University Regulations Act are expected to come up in legislative business during winter session of State Legislature.

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Congress’ double standards exposed on Land Acquisition Bill, says Nitin Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road, Transport and Shipping, slammed Congress party for adopting anti-farmer stand and said, “Double-standards of Congress party have been exposed badly on ... Read More
Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road, Transport and Shipping, slammed Congress party for adopting anti-farmer stand and said, “Double-standards of Congress party have been exposed badly on the issue of Land Acquisition Bill.” Gadkari accused Congress party of confusing farmers and common man of the country by creating a lot of doubts on Land Bill and stalling the proceedings of Parliament over the issue.

Addressing a press conference at his residence here on Sunday, Gadkari said that Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states had suggested amendments to the Land Acquisition Act of 2013 for the benefit of villages and villagers in the meeting of NITI Aayog while the stand of their party was different in the Parliament. This double-standard of Congress has been exposed before the country, he said. The Land Bill will be enforced into its old form of 2013, he added.

Hitting out at Congress party on Land Bill, the senior BJP leader said that Congress was playing dirty politics over the issue of development. Gadkari refuted the charge of Congress President Sonia Gandhi that BJP Government was on backfoot. In last 68 years, he said, Congress-led Governments had failed to give justice to farmers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ broadcast that the Government would not re-promulgate the controversial ordinance on land acquisition. The ordinance expires on August 31, 2015 (Monday). Prime Minister also expressed readiness to incorporate any suggestions that would benefit farmers in the Bill that was pending in Rajya Sabha.

Gadkari said, We want to give compensation to farmers at 1:2 ratio for urban land and 1:4 for agricultural land, which was not mandatory in the older version of Land Bill. We also promised to give job to a family member of the farmer concerned,” he said. The 13 points, which were meant to provide direct financial benefit to the farmers, are being brought under the rules effective from Monday so that the farmers do not face financial losses.” Gadkari asserted.

Now, it is up to the State Government to amend the Land Bill or implement it in old form. Land acquisition is in the list of concurrent subjects and States can implement it the way they want. Since the Ordinance will lapse tomorrow, the Government has notified rules on 13 aspects that will come into effect from Monday (August 31) to address this ‘incomplete work.’

BJP-ruled States are in favour of implementing new form of Land Bill, said Gadkari. Chief Ministers Devendra Fadnavis, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Manoharlal Khattar, and others will take appropriate decisions for respective states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana etc.

Gadkari, who has been giving a befitting reply to the allegations of the Opposition parties and Congress over Land Bill, said that Prime Minister was always committed to welfare of farmers. “Our Government has taken several decisions in favour of farmers during last one year. Central Government wants to create new jobs and improve financial health of rural India through necessary amendments to the Land Bill,” Gadkari said. Maximum land is acquired for irrigation sector as 70 per cent rainwater flows into sea. The Government is committed to welfare of farmers and it will do its work with more zeal, he added.

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CM unveils Mah’s first e-challan system on traffic violations

IN another first for Nagpur Rural Police, the e-challan system designed by it regarding traffic violations was inaugurated by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis here on Sunday. They are the first p... Read More
IN another first for Nagpur Rural Police, the e-challan system designed by it regarding traffic violations was inaugurated by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis here on Sunday. They are the first police unit of Maharashtra State to introduce the system. Earlier also Nagpur Rural Police was the first when it introduced a safety app -- Koshish-- meant for women.

Speaking at the function, Chief Minister disclosed that technology driven solutions are in offing to ensure that cities were not only smart but safe too. Unless safety is there, cities would lack the appeal for the people there and some of the things that can be done is to increase surveillance. This is not only going to reduce need for manpower which is quite costly but also ensure faster response time from agencies. Chief Minister spoke about the need for enhanced security measures while inaugurating e-challan system designed by Nagpur Rural Police. He also inaugurated new office for Reserve Police Inspector (RPI) at Rural Police Headquarters in Teka Naka.

State Energy Minister and District Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Member of Parliament (MP) from Ramtek, Krupal Tumane, MLAs Dr Milind Mane, Sameer Meghe, Special Inspector General of Police (Nagpur Range) Ravindra Kadam, Collector Sachin Kurve and Superintendent of Police Dr Aarti Singh also shared the dais on this occasion.

Fadnavis who also heads State Home Department further stated that Mumbai would come under CCTV surveillance by November 2016. Divisional headquarters of Revenue Departments including Nagpur would have CCTV at public places in second stage. CCTV is a great tool of utility and it would help law enforcement agencies to keep vigil at every spot of the city. He also criticised social media for creating new challenges for law enforcement agencies. “We have trained 1,000 policemen to face challenges of new age technology,” the CM added.

Informing about importance of e-challan system, Fadnavis said, “the system was first launched by the Bengaluru police and Nagpur Rural Police is the only unit in Maharashtra to launch this smart system. It will keep check on repeated offenders as the information would be available with the police on a single click. On the issue of facility to police personnel, Fadnavis stated that State Government would give additional Floor Space Index (FSI) for police quarters so that more numbers of police personnel can be accommodated. We are also thinking on the plan to give houses to policemen at economic rates, Chief Minister stated. He also praised for Nagpur Rural Police for taking initiative to introduce technology in the policing.

During her introductory speech, SP Dr Aarti Singh stated that Android App of e-challan would be installed on phones of Traffic cops and it would be connected to main data server. It would also help identify stolen vehicles. Raising problem of compound wall to fence 43 acre land of Rural Police HQ, the SP urged Guardian Minister to provide funds for the same.

How does e-challan system work?

WITH e-challan, traffic constables of Nagpur Rural Police will now be able to impose fine on violators at click of button. This will render the paper challan system obsolete and also ensure transparency in working. The police will have Android based mobile application. They will key in details of vehicle registration and nature of violation and amount of fine imposed and the information will be stored in the main server. The violator will also get confirmation SMS for the challan.

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WCL to offer jobs to 15,000 PAPs

There seems to be light at the end of tunnel. The long-pending demand of 15,000 Project Affected Persons (PAPs) with the Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) would be fulfilled soon. These PAPs wou... Read More
There seems to be light at the end of tunnel. The long-pending demand of 15,000 Project Affected Persons (PAPs) with the Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) would be fulfilled soon. These PAPs would be recruited in the 24 new mines of WCL. The Project Affected Persons (PAPs) problems of Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RnR) has now received a green signal in a top-level meeting organised on Wednesday at Ravi Bhavan, between CMD of WCL Rajiv Ranjan Mishra and Union Minister for Chemical and Fertiliser Hansraj Ahir. “About 95 per cent of the issues have been resolved,” said Ahir while talking to ‘The Hitavada.’ He said the primary objective of convening the meeting to discuss and resolve the issues like pending monetary compensation to the farmers whose land was acquired by WCL, starting of new mines, CSR issues which have been cleared. “WCL has paid the full amount of Rs 83 crore to the farmers whose land had been taken for Ekona Project 2. Similarly, a compensation amount of Rs 80 crore is under consideration for the farmers of Madhavi Project and it will be paid very soon,” said Ahir. The remaining 17 per cent of the land acquisition for the Penganga Project would be completed in 15 days. The work of Kolgaon Balrasha Project will be started soon, Ahir said. “The major relief for the PAPs is that they will get jobs as per their qualification. Previously, these PAPs have to join as general worker first. But, now as per the qualification of PAPs, they will be absorbed in the WCL,” the Minister said. A committee will be formed which would be headed by CMD of WCL to settle the issue within two months. WCL Pathakhera mine where 500 employees were transferred from Maharashtra would be recalled within a month and they would get job in Maharashtra itself in WCL mine. He also informed that the Ekona 2 project would be inaugurated on September 15, 2015.

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HC’s notice to Govt on PIL seeking ban on liquor production in Maharashtra

A division bench of Bombay High Court at Nagpur has issued notice to State Government on a petition seeking total ban on the production of gutkha, tobacco, liquor and cigarettes. The HC on a PI... Read More
A division bench of Bombay High Court at Nagpur has issued notice to State Government on a petition seeking total ban on the production of gutkha, tobacco, liquor and cigarettes. The HC on a PIL filed by Anil Nagre on Wednesday. After hearing the petitioner’s lawyer, Adv. Shrirang Bhandarkar, Justice B P Dharmadhikari and Justice Deshmukh directed State's Home Department, Excise Department and Health Department to file their detailed reply and posted next hearing on September 28. The petitioner said that country was known for production of steel, textiles, cement etc. Of late some products available readily in markets have become health hazard for society and they are also systematically undermining Indian culture and history. Hence production of such health hazardous products needs to be banned and State and Central Government should prepare a detail plan for the same. It is bounden duty of Government to ensure that health of men, women and children is safeguarded from such harmful products. Adv. Bhandarkar said it is enshrined in Article 47 of Indian Constitution that State Government is duty bound to ensure people in society enjoy good health and status. Therefore in first step the production of such health hazardous products should be totally banned. In the petition, the petitioner attached several news articles to showcase ill effects due to consumption of gutkha, liquor, tobacco and problem arising among people due to smoking. Similarly, he claimed medical research has proven a linkage between lung cancer and cardiac diseases due to smoking and consumption of tobacco. Besides medical research has revealed that their are nearly 4000 chemicals which are poisonous and fatal for humans. Stressing his point further, Adv. Bhandarkar said State Government has banned sale and consumption of liquor and in three districts. Liquor sale and consumption was recently banned in Chandrapur district of Vidarbha and one ground for ban was report submitted by Prohibition Committee that cited harmful effects due to liquor consumption. Hence apart from liquor, tobacco and cigarettes production and sale should also be banned in entire State. After hearing the petitioner, the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court issued notice to State Government seeking their replies.

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Panel favours critical tiger habitat status to Umrer-Karhandla

An appraisal committee to examine suitability of Umrer-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary as a tiger reserve has recommended to make it critical tiger habitat (core) with buffer area of territorial f... Read More
An appraisal committee to examine suitability of Umrer-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary as a tiger reserve has recommended to make it critical tiger habitat (core) with buffer area of territorial forest around and extending to Brahmapuri but excluding tiger reserves within Eastern Vidarbha Landscape complex. Dr Debabrata Swain, Inspector General of Forest, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), Regional Office, Nagpur, who is Chairman of the committee, submitted the report to NTCA, Delhi, recently after due deliberations, analysis of records and site visits. It may be mentioned here that Bittu Sahgal, Editor, Sanctuary Asia, had made a demand to carve out Umrer-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary as a tiger reserve, following which NTCA constituted the appraisal committee headed by Dr Swain on April 24. The other members of the committee include: CCF and Field Director, Pench Tiger Reserve and In-charge of the sanctuary, Dr Vaibhav Mathur, Assistant Inspector General of Forest, NTCA, Bilal Habib, Senior Scientist, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, with Ravikiran Govekar, AIG, NTCA Regional Office, Nagpur as Member-Secretary. The committee was supposed to examine habitat conditions vis-a-vis prey population and tiger presence, assess disturbances present if any in and around the sanctuary, analyse data to study tiger presence and distribution and to assess corridor/connectivity of the sanctuary in the Central Indian metapopulation of tigers. Talking to The Hitavada on Wednesday, Dr Swain said, Umrer-Karhandla sanctuary spread in 184 sq km area is situated in the middle of tiger reserves such as Pench, Tadoba-Andhari, Navegaon-Nagzira and Bor. It has one tiger, four tigresses with nine cubs and it serves as a good corridor. It is able to act as connecting link between important tiger reserves, he added. The problem area is Brahmapuri Forest Division, where 28 tigers have made their natural habitat. The prey-base there is comparatively poor with the result that tigers indulge in attacking domestic animals and thus leading to man-animal conflict. There is a need to managing this territorial forest area scientifically for conservation of tigers otherwise the future of tigers would be bleak. Dr Swain further said, Umrer-Karhandla sanctuary is divided into two parts with Gosikhurd dam as the connecting link between the two parts. Efforts should be made to declare Gosikhurd as a part of core critical tiger habitat and acquire private plots inside to add them to the sanctuary area. Some of the village areas between sanctuary order and Gosikhurd HFL which are neither under the irrigation project nor under sanctuary need to be taken under sanctuary to create more area for sanctuary and pave way for their rehabilitation creating inviolate habitat near water body. This is must because human presence and private land will not only create habitat disturbance in future but will also affect the connectivity due to unplanned developmental activities near water body. The area of 184 sq km of Umrer-Karhandla sanctuary is joined to buffer in non Protected Area, including Brahmapuri forest, there is a possibility of becoming a large connected area of over 1500 sq km. Then, the State Government and NTCA could think of carving it as a tiger reserve. Dr Swain said that NTCA would submit the report to the State Government because the demand has not come from it.

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Smriti Irani meets RSS chief, discusses new Edn Policy

Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Human Resources Development, met Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), on Wednesday at RSS Headquarters in Mahal here and held di... Read More
Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Human Resources Development, met Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), on Wednesday at RSS Headquarters in Mahal here and held discussions on the new Education Policy. Highly placed sources confirmed that Irani air-dashed to Nagpur from New Delhi in an Air India flight on Wednesday morning and went straight to RSS Headquarters in a private vehicle. Her visit was kept under wraps. She went back to New Delhi by IndiGo flight at 1 pm. Irani’s office did not inform about her Nagpur visit to anybody and therefore there was no police security provided to the Union Minister. Sources informed that the Union Minister took suggestions of Dr Bhagwat regarding draft of the new Education Policy, which is expected to be ready by the end of this year. Human Resources Development Ministry will take suggestions of people from villages and districts for draft of the new policy. The Ministry is trying to focus on self-empowerment and national empowerment. The new Education Policy will also emphasise glorious past and rich culture of India, sources added. Recently, Irani met some educational institutions and organisations working in the field, in New Delhi to discuss the policy. She is also keen on promoting Sanskrit and Vedic values in curriculum, said a RSS source.

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FDA collects 810 samples from Vid to locate spurious drugs

Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Nagpur Division and Amravati Division collected 418 and 392 samples of medicines respectively as a part of National Survey on Spurious and Not Of Standard Qu... Read More
Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Nagpur Division and Amravati Division collected 418 and 392 samples of medicines respectively as a part of National Survey on Spurious and Not Of Standard Quality (NSQ) drugs. These samples are the part of 43,000 drug samples collected by 1,000 drug inspectors from across the country. S K Nandekar, Senior Drug Inspector of FDA Nagpur was a nodal officer designated for Nagpur and Amravati divisions by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) for this special drive. Talking to The Hitavada on Tuesday, Nandekar said, “ The 15 Drug Inspectors in Nagpur division and 7 Drugs Inspectors in Amravati Division were assigned to draw drug samples from Government Hospitals, Public Health Centres (PHCs) and retailers. The list of these hospitals, PHCs and retailers was provided by National Informatic Centre (NIC). The drugs were categorised in four groups like A, B, C,D and most of these drugs were featured in National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM). The categories were based on single drug, Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API), Fixed Dose Combinations (FDCs) and Imported Drugs etc. 95 drug samples have been collected from Government Hospitals and PHCs while 323 samples were drawn from selected traders (Retailers and Wholesalers) in Nagpur division. Similarly, 36 drugs samples were collected from Government Hospitals and PHCs and 356 samples from traders in Amravati division.” NLEM has 348 medicines from 27 therapeutic categories such as cardiovascular, anti-cancer, antineoplastic, immunological, anti-infective, ophthalmological preparations, diuretics, anti-allergic, etc. Medicines have also been categorised on the basis of essentially at different levels of healthcare. There are 181 medicines for primary (P), secondary (S) and tertiary (T) healthcare. 106 are for secondary(S) and tertiary (T) healthcare, while 61 are for tertiary (T) healthcare only. A number of research papers have alleged that most of the spurious and NSQ drugs entered in World Pharmaceutical Market from India. To counter this allegation CDSCO in association with National Institute of Biologicals (NIB) conducted a nation- wide fact finding drive, he added.

What is the special drive?

CDSCO formulated the survey plan to project a clear statistics on spurious and NSQ drugs in India. Initiated in April this year by National Institute of Biologicals (NIB), the pan-India survey involves a mammoth task of sampling drugs followed by complete testing of the drugs for the first time in the history of India. The uniqueness of the project lies in the fact that it is facilitated by an innovative software which offers an on-line mechanism for traceability of drugs sampled and tested besides providing transparency with scientific evidence. NIB is an autonomous institute under the Union health ministry and is also National Co-ordinating Centre (NCC) for the drugs survey. The drugs survey has collected 43,000 drugs samples so far. These samples include formulations and API imported into the country through 12 notified ports. The survey was done in collaboration with Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) and National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO). As a part of the survey, samples have been collected from 665 of the total 676 districts of the country based on statistical design. Collection of 43,000 samples has been done successfully encompassing all retail drug stores including Government medical stores, CHCs and PHCs as a part of the pan-India survey. Around 36,000 samples have already been sent for testing at drug testing laboratories across the country. There are six central drug testing labs and three state drug testing labs in Maharashtra, Vadodara and Karnataka. Through this initiative between the state and centre, India will now be able to project a clear statistics on spurious drugs, thus clarifying India’s stand on the same with scientific evidence.

Salient features:

-Nation-wide samples collected =43,000

- Samples collected from nine ports =1,000

-Samples of 224 molecules under 15 therapeutic categories.

-1,000 drug inspectors across the country involved to identify the geographical areas where spurious drugs are available.

-The survey was based on information such as the number of retail outlets (district-wise); information regarding the maximum prescription of drugs under each of the 15 categories including their trade name district wise; number of civil hospital stores (district-wise); number of central medical store (state-wise); and number of Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) dispensaries throughout the country.

-Around 5,000 samples of fixed dose combinations (FDCs) collected as a part of the survey.

-As part of the Union health ministry's national drugs survey for a scientific study on the extent of problems of spurious drugs and drugs not of standard quality (NSQ) in the country, the three state drugs testing labs at Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashtra have received 6000, 1400 and 200 drug samples for testing and analysis respectively.

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Three persons held with gold biscuits worth Rs 37.80 lakh

CRIME Branch sleuths on Wednesday trapped three persons, including a woman, near Railway Station and seized smuggled gold biscuits weighing 1400 gramme worth Rs 37.80 lakh from their posses... Read More
CRIME Branch sleuths on Wednesday trapped three persons, including a woman, near Railway Station and seized smuggled gold biscuits weighing 1400 gramme worth Rs 37.80 lakh from their possession. Interestingly, biscuits of the precious yellow metal were stuffed in their rectum. They adopted this age-old practice of smuggling gold from Gulf countries to evade Customs Duty. The accused have been identified as Shaikh Jilani Abdul Kadar (38), a resident of Jumma Masjid Building, Nagdevi Estate 2, Mumbai, Ranwala Mohd Hussain Yusuf Ali (46), and Ruksana Mohd Hussain Ali Rangwala (39), both resident of Mumbra Kausa Rehanbag, Thane. Each of them had concealed two bundles containing four gold biscuits in the rectum. In all 12 gold biscuits were removed from their rectum by the cops. Addressing a press conference, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Shrikant Tarwade and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Detection) Ranjan Kumar Sharma informed that officers received information that three persons smuggling more than one kilogramme gold arrived at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport by a flight from Sharjah and would board a Mumbai-bound train on Wednesday morning. On the basis of the information, a team of Crime Branch laid a trap under the flyover in front of railway station. Around 8.30 am, the team nabbed the accused trio and searched their baggage. As nothing precious was found, the cops conducted their physical search using metal detector and traced the precious metal in their rectum. Police also impounded their passports and boarding passes of the flight from Sharjah to Nagpur. Investigations revealed that they procured the gold biscuits from UAE and concealed them in their rectum to evade Customs Duty. After initiating action as per the provisions under Sections 41(1)(a)(d) of the CrPC, the accused trio were produced before the court. Later, the court released the accused persons on bail. The Crime Branch officers alerted the Customs officials about seizure of gold. The Customs officials are expected to take over the probe after taking the gold biscuits into their custody on Thursday. The accused trio were nabbed by a team of Crime Branch comprising PI Chandrashekhar Dhole, PI Girish Thatod, API Pradeep Lande, API Mangesh Desai, HC Pramod Kohale, HC Shailesh Thawre, NPC Manish Bhosle, NPC Kuldeep Pethkar and NPC Archana Vilayatkar.

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‘Advances make things easier for removal of brain tumor’

Skull Base Tumors have long been an area of doom for many neurosurgeon, with minimal results. The border zone between the brain and the body is known as the skull base. Patients who had tumors ... Read More
Skull Base Tumors have long been an area of doom for many neurosurgeon, with minimal results. The border zone between the brain and the body is known as the skull base. Patients who had tumors in this area and surgeons who ventured into this area faced poor prognoses and poor outcomes. But, recent advances in diagnostic, anesthetic, and surgical techniques coupled with the next to none clinical accumen of stalwarts clinicians like Dr Atul Goel have opened up this frontier to those with the proper skill and training. Meditrina Institute of Medical Sciences, has this time ventured into organising a live neuro surgical workshop-cum-CME on Sunday. This unique ‘live operative symposium’ on ‘Recent Advances in Skull Base Tumors and CV Junction Anomalies’. The procedures done at this workshop have been beamed live at around 5 cities in the country, besides Hotel Tuli Imperial. The guru to many neurosurgeons, Dr Atul Goel, Professor and HoD Neurosurgery KEM, and Consultant Neurosurgeon at Tata Memorial Hospital and Cancer Research Institute, Mumbai has done these procedures. Dr Atul Goel, India’s innovative neurosurgeon, has developed a technique known as the Atlanto-Axial Facetal Distraction and Cranio-Vertebral Realignment. The newer generation of Neurosurgeon stalwarts like Vidarbha’s own Dr Sameer Paltewar, CMD Meditrina Institute of Medical Sciences and Dr Nilesh Agrawal are taking the legacy ahead. This live surgery symposium was followed by a CME on various topics wherein Dr Atul Goel, Dr Sandeep Iratwar, Dr Amit Dhakoji, Dr Nilesh Agrawal, Dr Sameer Paltewar, Dr Shailesh Kelkar spoke. Dr Paltewar said, “It was a great success. Live webcast was seen in five cities and more than 1,200 people watched the web-based live steaming video. Questions were asked from neurosurgeons from places as far as Dibrugarh, Lucknow, Bhubaneshwar, Madurai and Jodhpur etc.” Dr Russel Lawrie, Asha Gajbhiye, Lavi Anuraj conducted the proceedings.

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Builder, 4 others booked for threatening lawyer to extort Rs 10 lakh

MANKAPUR Police on Monday booked builder Vijay Dangre and four of his accomplices for allegedly putting a lawyer in fear of death to extort Rs 10 lakh from him.

According to Police, Adv Bh... Read More
MANKAPUR Police on Monday booked builder Vijay Dangre and four of his accomplices for allegedly putting a lawyer in fear of death to extort Rs 10 lakh from him.

According to Police, Adv Bhagwan Mahadeo Lonare (41), a resident of Flat No 401, Aman Golden Palace, New Mankapur, near Sugandhi Mangal Karyalaya, lodged a complaint that his friend-cum-client Vishal Khandekar had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) at the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court through him in 2013. City Survey officials were the non-applicants in the matter for favouring the builders lobby by increasing the FSI. Dangre came to know that Adv Lonare got Rs 25 lakh from the City Survey Office in the matter. As a result, Dangre, a resident of Vijay Nagar, Sakkardara, started demanding Rs 10 lakh from Adv Lonare.

Around 2 pm on August 23, Dangre along with four of his accomplices stormed into Adv Lonare’s house and threatened to kill him if he failed to give Rs 10 lakh to him. On the basis of Adv Lonare’s complaint, an offence under Sections 143, 448 and 385 of the IPC was registered against Dangre and his accomplices at Mankapur Police Station. Further investigations are under way.

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Over 10,000 engg seats remain vacant in divn

With reduction in technical institutes, courses and intake the existing colleges were hopeful of getting good response from students. But the vacancy remained the same. This year too, Nagpur r... Read More
With reduction in technical institutes, courses and intake the existing colleges were hopeful of getting good response from students. But the vacancy remained the same. This year too, Nagpur region recorded a vacancy of 10,898.

The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE). Of the 1.56 lakh engineering seats, over 43 per cent were left vacant last year. This year too, there are 1.6 lakh seats available for the round conducted through Centralised Admission Process (CAP) round. Total 2,80,042 students appeared for Maharashtra Health Technical – Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET). Huge vacancies in technical institutes across the state have been a problem over the past five to six years.

A report on vacancies in technical institutes submitted by a state-appointed committee headed by Dr G D Yadav, last year found that 58 per cent of MBA schools had more than 35 per cent seats vacant in the 2013-14 academic session. But this year the position of MBA institutes is really better. Out of 4,560 total intake 3,864 seats filled and only 695 seats remained vacant. The situation in MCA is again poor. Just below the 50 per cent seats remained vacant in MCA. Out of the total intake of 905, the number of students admitted were 469 and 436 seats remained vacant.

Similar was the case with over half of engineering colleges. The committee, which visited these institutes, recommended closure of some courses and institutes. After the submission of this report co-incidently 33 technical courses at 25 institutes were close down. Even this year too, All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has reduced the intake capacity of few colleges and closed down the courses in some. This year, the regulatory body has reduced the intake capacity of around 18 engineering colleges in the state from 1,032 last year to just 120. In Nagpur regions over 1,400 seats have been reduced taking a total seats in the region to 22,000. While the number of applications confirmed are over 17,000 which is a good number.

The increase in seat intake has increased only in those colleges which have NAAC accreditation. All this has been done to prevent vacancies in colleges. Last year over 60,000 seats remained vacant.

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Two NMC employees caught taking bribe of Rs 12,000

OFFICERS of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Tuesday caught Ramesh Hiraman Kohad, Section Engineer, Nehru Nagar Zone V, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Rahul Ramesh Umbarkar, an office bo... Read More
OFFICERS of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Tuesday caught Ramesh Hiraman Kohad, Section Engineer, Nehru Nagar Zone V, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Rahul Ramesh Umbarkar, an office boy, red-handed for demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 12,000 from an employee of a builder for providing tap water connection to two newly constructed flat schemes.

Dahleez Builders & Developers constructed two flat schemes at Aradhana Nagar, Dighori. Prashant Panjabrao Saudagar, an employee of Dahleez Builders & Developers, on behalf of the company applied for new water line connection for the two flat schemes at NMC’s Nehru Nagar Zonal Office.

On Tuesday, Office boy Umbarkar contacted Saudagar that Section Engineer Kohad asked to contact him. Umbarkar, on behalf of Kohad, demanded Rs 14,000 for providing water connection to the two flat schemes. Saudagar told him that he would speak to the builder in this regard. After negotiation with Saudagar, Umbarkar and Kohad agreed to accept Rs 12,000 for the work. Saudagar then lodged a complaint with the bureau officers who later laid a trap at NMC’s Nehru Nagar Zonal office and caught Kohad and Umbarkar red-handed after they accepted the cash from Saudagar.

ACB officers took Kohad (50) and Umbarkar (27) into custody and registered an offence under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, against them at Sakkardara Police Station.

The trap was laid by Deputy Superintendent of Police Kisan Pawar, PI Ramakant Kokate and their team comprising HC Sanjay Thakur, NPC Milind Halmare, NPC Manish Kawle, PC Prabhakar Balle and Santosh Mishra under the supervision of SP (ACB) Rajeev Jain.

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Nagpur divn fares better in SSC result in State

Nagpur Divisional Board scored 31.2 per cent result in SSC supplementary examination that was held between July 21 and August 5. Amravati topped the State with 32.8 per cent result. If one takes ... Read More
Nagpur Divisional Board scored 31.2 per cent result in SSC supplementary examination that was held between July 21 and August 5. Amravati topped the State with 32.8 per cent result. If one takes a look at district-wise performance in Nagpur Division, Gondia has topped the chart with 56.30 per cent result.

This was for the first time that supplementary examination was conducted at the start of the academic session itself. Previously, the students who could not clear SSC examination held in summer every year, had the opportunity to appear for supplementary examination in winter. However, students clearing winter examination had to wait for a few months to get admitted to the next academic session. This wasted a year for them. Hence, the State Government decided to conduct supplementary examination within a few weeks of announcement of results of summer examination. This would offer the chance to unsuccessful students to save one full year.

Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) announced the results of SSC Board Examinations on Tuesday at 1 pm.

Latur topped the table in the cases of act of copying with 24 copies. A total of 1,39,329 students appeared in State. Out of the total students, 89 copies were recorded.

The distribution of marksheets and details of the marks to the schools will be held on August 31, 2015 at 11 am. The students will get the marksheets at their respective schools.

The students who are willing to go for retotaling should need to apply to Divisional board till September 10. The students have to attach photocopy of the marksheet which they would receive on August 31. The photocopy of the marksheet downloaded from internet would not be allowed. The concerned persons should contact the respective schools and divisional boards.

The students can submit the forms on-line for the examinations to be conducted in March/April 2016 and the dates of the same will be declared later. Board has made arrangement to make available the photocopy of answersheet if demanded by students. The interested students can apply after the on-line result. They can apply between August 25 and September 10 by depositing the required fees.

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Will the Govt realise Patru’s dream development project?

ON March 16, 2015, Patru Durge had travelled more than 1,000 kilometres from his native village Damrancha in Aheri tehsil of Maoist-affected district of Gadchiroli, to the State capital of Mumbai... Read More
ON March 16, 2015, Patru Durge had travelled more than 1,000 kilometres from his native village Damrancha in Aheri tehsil of Maoist-affected district of Gadchiroli, to the State capital of Mumbai. He visited the offices of Chief Minister, Finance and Planning Minister, and Water Resources Minister, and submitted copies of a memorandum seeking a lift irrigation scheme in his village. And, on April 19, 2015, the anti-development Maoists killed him.

Patru Durge or Patru Durgam was Deputy Sarpanch of Damrancha Gram Panchayat. An active pro-development Dalit leader, Patru had passed Class IV but he commanded immense respect of people of Damrancha and Bhangarampetha. For, he was the man with vision for development of the area, and bringing in positive changes in the life of people of the remote and Maoist-affected area. Damrancha is located on the banks of rivers Bandiya and Indravati. However, it is cut off from the rest of the world as far as development is concerned. There is no proper hospital, Government ashramshala, high school, regular bus service, etc. Patru knew that to change the situation, villagers had to come together.

For long, Patru had been involved in various interventions. He had conducted an informal study of the requirements of Damrancha and Bhangarampetha at his level and as per his own understanding. Accordingly, in the memorandums submitted to the offices of Chief Minister, Finance and Planning Minister, and Water Resources Minister, he had raised a valid demand for a lift irrigation scheme.

“We have got fertile land. We are living closer to two rivers. Still, farm productivity is not to the desired extent for want of irrigation facilities. If we get irrigation, in five hectares of land holding, we are confident of taking 200 quintals of paddy harvest,” Patru Durge had stated in the memorandum.

As per his understanding of the geography of the area, Patru had prepared a rough map of lift irrigation scheme he had proposed. The memorandum demanding lift irrigation scheme both were submitted to various Government agencies in Gadchiroli district -- from Collector to District Superintending Agriculture Officer. He was told by some officials that a proposal for lift irrigation scheme should require at least 1,000 hectares of land that could benefit from the scheme.

Considering this, he took pains to convince farmers to form clusters and calculate total land holding that would benefit from the scheme. The Gram Sabha (village-level meeting) held on December 22, 2014, under his chairmanship had passed a resolution that 150 farmers in Damrancha and Bhangarampetha villages will form 15 clusters, so as to press for lift irrigation scheme for 942.02 hectares of land in the area.

Arvind Sovani, Joint Secretary of Bhumkal Sanghatan, knew Patru very well. Sovani recalled Patru telling him once, “Sir, if the total land holding in the area is 942.02 hectares, should it deprive us of the lift irrigation scheme and increased farm production and productivity?” However, sadly, even before he could follow up the matter with the Government, the Maoists killed him brutally on April 19, 2015. The Maoists killed him as he did not pay heed to their warning of not contesting Gram Panchayat elections. For, the Maoists feared that if he got elected again, he would organise farmers for development.

In him, Gadchiroli district lost not only an upcoming Dalit leader but also a man dedicated to the development of the remote area. According to Sovani, it is essential for the State Government to consider the proposal submitted by Patru Durge if it wants to usher in development in Maoist-affected areas. That, he said, will be a real tribute to Patru Durge. “The Government action in this regard will inspire others to stand up for development of their areas. Patru did not fight in vain for lift irrigation scheme, agricultural development, road, bridge etc. And, Patru did not die in vain...” Sovani told ‘The Hitavada’.

For now, there is only one question and one hope -- Will the Govt realise Patru’s dream project?

SC/ST Commission probe sought into Dalit killings by Maoists

They have killed Dalits aspiring for development in Damrancha, Chhallewada, Dechlipetha, Chintalpetha, Kudkeli, Kopela, Tambda, Yerkad, Odera etc. “Dalits in south Gadchiroli and especially in Aheri block are aware of their rights, and are fighting for education, development, and employment. There are several villages that have more number of Dalits than tribals. However, Naxalites do not want such aspirations to rise. Naxalites are against construction of schools or roads. As a result, development has come to a halt in many areas,” said Arvind Sovani, Joint Secretary of Bhumkal Sanghatan. Sovani flayed the Naxalites for trying to attract urban Dalit youths in the name of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, and killing Dalits aspiring for development in remote areas.

As Dalits in Naxal-affected areas are living in the shadow of terror, it is time that killings of innocent Dalits must be probed by SC/ST Commission, said Sovani.

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Govt to hand-over 289 acre MIHAN land to Reliance Aerospace Park on Aug 28

IN a major boost to MIHAN-SEZ, Maharashtra Government has decided to hand-over 289 acre land to Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG) to develop a Defence City for manufacturing helicopters for both... Read More
IN a major boost to MIHAN-SEZ, Maharashtra Government has decided to hand-over 289 acre land to Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG) to develop a Defence City for manufacturing helicopters for both commercial and military applications. The possession of land will be given by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to ADAG Chairman Anil Ambani at a function slated on August 28 at Hotel Centre Point in the presence of Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road, Transport and Shipping.

Confirming this development highly placed sources stated that land has been scouted, identified and will be formally handed over in this glittering function. The entire thing was finalised on Tuesday evening and after a series of meetings at Nagpur and Mumbai, the piece of land at MIHAN has been finalised and official formalities will be completed. Gadkari had pushed the idea of inviting ADAG Group to develop India’s first smart city for Defence sector and expedited the decision making process. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who is ex-officio Chairman of MADC has also positioned Nagpur as the emerging Defence Production Hub of India and has invited many international giants to set up their manufacturing facilities at MIHAN-SEZ. Both the leaders vigorously persuaded Reliance to take possession and get going with project work as part of Make In India and Make in Maharashtra programme.

According to sources, ADAG Group is ready to set up defence city in association with Rafale and one French company which wants to manufacture light helicopters here.

Due to stipulation of minimum 40 per cent manufacturing in India, Nagpur has emerged as the key choice for many global companies due to its strategic location, availability of land and industrial infrastructure.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has also promised Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to project Nagpur as major destination of defence manufacturing. Within a radius of 200 kms, many Ordnance Factories are located and Nagpur has National Academy of Defence Production making city an ideal place for defence manufacturers.

Sources stated the new venture coming up at MIHAN-SEZ will be known as Dhirubhai Ambani Aerospace Park (DAAP), close to Rs 6,500 crore will be invested here. The project would be the first integrated facility in aerospace structure, engine design and manufacture, fabrication and platform integration in the country. Land at MIHAN was selected after visiting several possible sites at Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

The aerospace park, comprising a cluster of manufacturers, will indigenously produce and deliver major aircraft components and spares and cater to the avionics requirements of the aerospace industry and will generate direct employment for more than 2,500 people in the skilled category. Besides, it is also likely to generate close to 10-15,000 indirect jobs.

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15,893 families in city hit by floods on Aug 13

The district administration completed its survey of families affected by the excessive rainfall and floods in Nagpur city on August 13. As per the data compiled on Sunday, as many as 15,893 famil... Read More
The district administration completed its survey of families affected by the excessive rainfall and floods in Nagpur city on August 13. As per the data compiled on Sunday, as many as 15,893 families in the city were hit by excessive rainfall and floods. The administration has approved a financial assistance of Rs 12,06,12,500/- for these families, said Sachin Kurve, District Collector, on Sunday. A look at the list of areas and number of families affected reveals that Sangharsh Nagar, Wanjara, was hit the hardest on August 13. As many as 845 families were affected by floods and rainfall in this area alone. The administration has approved financial assistance of Rs 63,37,500 for these families. Sangharsh Nagar is followed by Ganga Nagar, Bhawani Nagar, Pardi areas where more than 600 families got affected. The areas where more than 100 families got affected is as follows: Vandevi Nagar, Balaji Nagar, Kalamna, Sangam Nagar, Yogi Arvind Nagar, Wanjara, Bhante Anand Kousalyayan Nagar, Bhawani Mata Nagar, Sonia Gandhi Nagar, Zingabai Takli, Godavari Nagar, Bele Nagar, Shiv Nagar, Chitrashala Nagar, Kalamna, Narmada Nagar, Darsa Road Matangpura, Priyanka Wadi, Gajanan Nagar, Indira Mata Nagar, Sant Dnyaneshwar Nagar, Nagraj Nagar, Kalamna, Hamid Nagar, Kachipura, Shirke Nagar, Balabhau Peth, Thakkar Gram, Tarkeshwar Nagar, Baba Deep Singh Nagar, Kasturba Nagar, Snehdeep Colony, Kumbhar Toli, Pardesi Pura, Goa Colony, Gawlipura, Binaki, Adarsh Nagar, Gousiya Colony, Punapur Pardi, MHADA Colony in Wanjara, Bande Nawaz Nagar, Arvind Nagar, Ekta Nagar, Garib Nawaz Nagar, Shafi Nagar, Vaishnodevi Nagar, Gangabag, and Rambag. There are other areas too where less than 100 families are affected. The total list is of 93 areas. According to Kurve, the district administration acted swiftly to assess the damage caused by excessive rainfall and floods. The administration has started the work of distributing financial assistance to affected families. It may be mentioned here that most of these areas are located along the banks of Nag and Pili rivers as well as several other nullahs.

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Two constables caught taking bribe of Rs 1 lakh

ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) have caught two constables of Jaripatka Police Station for demanding and accepting bribe worth Rs 1 lakh from a mobile-shop owner who is suspected to be running a... Read More
ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) have caught two constables of Jaripatka Police Station for demanding and accepting bribe worth Rs 1 lakh from a mobile-shop owner who is suspected to be running a cricket betting business. The constables are identified as Rajkumar Radheshyam Pal (31) and Pankaj Anil Mishra (28). According to ACB officials, the complainant has a mobile shopee in Jaripatka area. The complainant approached the constables to start cricket betting business under guise of a mobile shopee. The constables assured of protection from any pre-emptive police action and asked for payment of Rs 2.5 lakh bribe. The complainant gave Rs 1 lakh to the constables as first installment and assured to give remaining amount after sometime. But the constables started pressurising the complainant for remaining amount. The complaint approached Anti-Corruption Bureau and registered complaint against the constables. Meanwhile, constable Rajkumar Pal approached the complainant and asked him to give the money to Pankaj Mishra. After verifying the evidence the Anti-Corruption Bureau have registered the case against the constables. Under the supervision of Superintendent of Police Rajeev Jain, Police Inspectors Manoj Gabhne and staff Yuvraj Patki, Asaram Shete and staff including Dharmendra Kale, Rajendra Jadhav, Mukesh Dhobale, Prashant Sathawane and Jaymaroti Kolpewad arrested the two constables.

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Rlys lags in meeting bio-toilets’ target

Ministry of Railways is finding it very difficult to meet the target of fitment of 17,000 bio-toilets during year 2015-16 as envisioned in Railway Budget. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had propo... Read More
Ministry of Railways is finding it very difficult to meet the target of fitment of 17,000 bio-toilets during year 2015-16 as envisioned in Railway Budget. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had proposed the figure but current programme indicates, Railways is off the mark by a wide margin. The fact became clear when Executive Director Mechanical Engineer (Dev.) of Railway Board, Nitin Chowdhary, ordered all Chief Mechanical Engineers of 16 zones of Indian Railways to pull-up socks for meeting the target of 17,000 bio-toilets. The missive from Railway Board letters dated July 10, 2015 came after it was observed not so pro-active role on part of Zones in placing purchase order of bio-toilets. As per the information, only four zones -- Central Railway (CR), North East Railway, North West Railway, West Central Railway-- have placed purchase order and remaining 12 zones are still grappling with the matter. Despite demand of 1,430 bio-toilets, CR has placed purchase order for merely 48 bio-toilets, ECR has given indent for 240 despite requirement of 2,000, NWR for 60 as against expectation of 288 and WCR for 480 inspite of need for 2091 bio-toilets. In fact, East Coast Zone of Railway has not even raised any demand for the bio-toilets while other Zones have not yet placed purchase though they have identified the coaches that can be retro-fitted. The letter further directed all field units to expedite the procurement process and start installation of bio-toilets at the earliest so that set target is meet. Similarly, Chief Engineers were also directed to furnish Monthly Progress Report of installation of bio-toilets. The Ministry of Railways have provided an outlay of Rs 94.61 crore in the budget for installation of bio-toilets. The project is aimed at eliminating direct discharge of night soil and human waste from its entire fleet of passenger coaches by year 2020-21. The Railways have modified 17,338 existing toilets in train coaches during last year and hence set a target of replacement of another 17,000 bio-toilets in long-distance trains as part of its Swachh Rail, Swachh Bharat’ programme. Direct discharge of human waste from the existing toilet system from passenger trains results in corrosion of the tracks, costing the public transporter crores just for replacement of the rails.

How does the bio-toilets work

The bio-toilets have been designed by Railways along with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) keeping in mind the requirements of Indian conditions. The unit (bio-toilet) is fitted underneath the lavatories and the human waste is discharged into them which is acted upon by a particular kind of bacteria that converts it into non-corrosive neutral water.

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State moots disaster-linked insurance, storm-water management regulations

AFTER a long gap, Maharashtra Government has come up with a draft of revised State Disaster Management Plan (SDMP) in true sense of the term ‘revision’. The draft plan, which borrows some ide... Read More
AFTER a long gap, Maharashtra Government has come up with a draft of revised State Disaster Management Plan (SDMP) in true sense of the term ‘revision’. The draft plan, which borrows some ideas from SDMP of Gujarat, spells out several new measures like disaster-linked insurance, storm-water management regulations, making available fire-fighting services in rural areas etc. The draft SDMP, which runs into 220 pages, contains detailed guidelines for various departments ranging from Fire and Emergency Services Department to local bodies to Health Department. It also focusses on effective co-ordination between different agencies viz. Indian Meteorological Department, National Disaster Response Force, Central Water Commission, Indian Space Research Organisation, Ministry of Defence etc. Besides the past disasters experienced by Maharashtra -- floods, chemical hazards, landslides, fires, cyclone etc. -- the SDMP also has taken into consideration nuclear-chemical-biological disasters. Though several guidelines are standard, there are certain new aspects. For instance, it talks of disaster-linked insurance cover not only for life but also for household goods, cattle, structures, and crops. “The introduction of disaster-linked insurance should be actively pursued,” it states. As the insurance premiums are based on location of a structure within disaster-prone areas and are determined primarily by the extent of risk, higher rates may be applied to structures subject to high risk. As part of strategies for introducing disaster insurance for various structures, SDMP stresses upon the need for ‘more stringent enforcement’ by lenders of mandatory purchase requirements, increasing public awareness of hazards, imposing ‘risk disclosure requirements’ on real-estate agents, offering special insurance coverage and policy riders, and maintaining premiums at affordable levels. The draft SDMP also desires exploring possibilities of making available group/ community insurance particularly to marginalised communities. Another major aspect dealt within the draft SDMP is problems like water-logging etc. faced by citizens in urban areas. “Rapid urbanisation has led to higher concentrations of people living in hazardous areas and consequently to higher losses when disasters occur. As urbanisation also alters the response of a watershed to rainfall, many large cities of the region are becoming increasingly vulnerable to flooding,” it points out. Against this backdrop, it is suggested in the draft SDMP to promote appropriate land use in the disaster-prone areas by harmonising land suitability with agricultural development strategies. High investment industries and installations, as well as important infrastructural elements should not be located in areas that are susceptible to disaster impact, it adds. Interestingly, it talks of ‘separation’ of industrial units from residential areas, and fire-prone industries from other industries with onus on licensing authorities to examine locational aspects. Also, the draft SDMP has floated the idea of local bodies having specific storm-water management regulations into zoning and sub-division regulations, housing and building codes, and resource protection regulations. The regulations, it states, should include ‘not permitting’ unrestricted new development in hazard-prone areas, anchoring and flood-proofing structures to be built in known flood-prone areas, built-in safeguards for new water and sewage systems and utility lines from flooding, enforcing risk zone, base flood elevation, and flood-way requirements, prohibiting development in wetlands, and prescribing standards for different flood zones on flood maps. This also includes mapping the extent of land covered, depth, severity, damage caused by flood-waters in the past 20 years. As far as dealing with the fire incidents is concerned, the draft SDMP stresses upon making available fire-fighting services in rural areas and assisting municipal authorities not having fire brigade to establish such service, encouraging Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees and co-operatives in rural areas to establish their fire services.

Nuclear emergency response centre at Nagpur: SDMP

The draft State Disaster Management Plan (SDMP) reveals a list of Emergency Response Centres (ERCs) set up at 18 locations across the country for effective response to any major nuclear emergency. Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) have set up these ERCs. They are located at Mumbai, Nagpur, Tarapur, Kakrapar, Indore, Kota, Jaipur, Delhi, Narora, Shillong, Kolkata, Jaduguda, Hyderabad, Kaiga, Bangalore, Kalpakkam, Aiwaye, and Kudankulam.

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Two more ESIC hospitals to come up in city

Maharashtra Government will construct Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) hospitals in Bagadganj and Pachpaoli area of East and North Nagpur. The proposal to construct ESIC hospitals for... Read More
Maharashtra Government will construct Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) hospitals in Bagadganj and Pachpaoli area of East and North Nagpur. The proposal to construct ESIC hospitals for labourers was pending for last 48 years with the State Government. Continuos persuasions of East Nagpur MLA Krishna Khopde, Central Nagpur MLA Vikas Kumbhare and North Nagpur MLA Dr Milind Mane bore fruits for Nagpurians. The BJP-Sena led State Government has now issued a formal resolution regarding the construction of these hospitals. Krishna Khopde informed in a press release that in 1967, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) had allotted land for ESIC hospitals in Old Bagadganj, Pachpaoli and Somwari quarters. The previous Government had failed to construct these hospitals for the welfare of working class. Even ESIC authorities were unaware about allotted land worth crores for the hospitals in Nagpur. Khopde met then Commissioner Dr Seema Vyas in Mumbai and requested for the construction of hospital in July 2014, but somehow his request was not considered. After regime change, Khopde again requested Labour Minister Prakash Mehta regarding these hospitals in December 2014. Mehta organised meeting of top officials in February 2015 in Mumbai. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari also discussed the issue with Mehta. On August 20, 2015, the State Government issued GR regarding service hospital in Bagadganj and sanctioned Rs 2.96 crore for construction on 25,355 sq ft land. Another hospital will be constructed at Panchpaoli and Government sanctioned Rs 3.16 crore for it. The working class people are going for their treatment in ESIC hospital at Somwari quarters. These new hospitals will provide great relief to working class people of East Nagpur and North Nagpur.

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Three booked for duping man of Rs 4.67 lakh

SONEGAON Police booked three persons, including the Manager of Shagun Group of Finance, for allegedly duping an 57-year-old man to the tune of over Rs 4.67 lakh. The accused have been identi... Read More
SONEGAON Police booked three persons, including the Manager of Shagun Group of Finance, for allegedly duping an 57-year-old man to the tune of over Rs 4.67 lakh. The accused have been identified as Rajan Yadav of Kamptee, Puja Shekhar and Manager of the finance company Amit Kumar. According to Police, Dhanraj Patrick (57), a resident of Jai Durga Society, Manish Nagar, wanted Rs 50 lakh for some urgent work. Patrick got in touch with Pooja Shekhar through Rajan Yadav. Pooja then introduced Patrick to Manager Amit Kumar who promised him a loan of Rs 50 lakh. Since September last year, Amit Kumar and his employees started contacting Patrick on his cellphone. They also sent messages on his mail. They then asked Patrick to deposit Rs 4,67,368 in the bank account of Amit Kumar towards processing fees. Accordingly, Patrick deposited the amount in Amit Kumar’s account through RTGS facility. However, the accused neither sanctioned the loan nor were returning Patrick the money deposited by him. On the basis of Dhanraj Patrick’s complaint, cops registered an offence under Sections 420 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code against the accused persons. Further investigations are under way.

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NMC general body clears 14 proposals in half hour!

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), on Friday, witnessed one of the fast track meetings as 14 proposals were cleared within a matter of 30 minutes. And, even the Question Hour was skipped in the ... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), on Friday, witnessed one of the fast track meetings as 14 proposals were cleared within a matter of 30 minutes. And, even the Question Hour was skipped in the meeting. This resulted in war of words between the BJP-led ruling side and Congress-led opposition. As soon as the meeting started at 11 am at Town Hall, it was adjourned citing lack of coram. Later on, it resumed around 11.27 am. After the condolence messages, Mayor Pravin Datke announced the items on agenda. The Question Hour was skipped. There was a brief discussion on the issue of LED lights and allegations of irregularities against Kanak Resources Management (KRM) Limited. But, the Opposition alleged that they were not given enough scope to discuss these and other issues. The matter of making available ground and first floors of Untkhana Primary School in the premises of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Secondary School and Junior College, Untkhana, for accommodation of security guards of CISF deployed in ‘Z’ Plus security of Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), was on agenda. NMC general body returned the matter to the civic administration ‘respecting the sentiments of the people’, Mayor said. Rest of the items on agenda were cleared without discussion, and the meeting was adjourned. “We were willing to give time to the Opposition for discussion on various topics. However, the Opposition was least interested in discussion. It raked up the matter of irregularities of Kanak Resources Management Limited, though it is a sub judice matter,” said Pravin Datke, Mayor, while talking to reporters after the meeting was adjourned. Praful Gudadhe, Congress corporator, who had started discussion on LED lights, accused the ruling side of ‘dictatorial approach’ and alleged that the Mayor had pushed the agenda of the meeting on the strength of majority in the House. Vikas Thakre, Leader of Opposition and Congress leader, reached for the meeting late. By the time he reached the Town Hall, the meeting was over. “The ruling side is simply not interested in discussing serious issues concerning development of the city. Mayor and the civic administration adopted an escapist approach as they were afraid of getting exposed for inaction if the Opposition corporators were allowed discussion,” he said. Thakre warned that the Opposition would not allow NMC House to function till action was initiated against Orange City Water (OCW), KRM Limited that looks after garbage disposal, and Starbus operator Vansh Nimay Infraprojects Limited (VNIL). Asked about his own announcement made after previous general body meeting of NMC, Thakre said that he would approach court of law within eight days if NMC did not take action against VNIL.

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Double murder in Nandanvan

SENSATION prevailed in Nandanvan area after unidentified persons brutally killed two farm labourers with sharp-edged weapons at Tupkar Layout near Tirodi Khedi on outer Ring Road on Friday nigh... Read More
SENSATION prevailed in Nandanvan area after unidentified persons brutally killed two farm labourers with sharp-edged weapons at Tupkar Layout near Tirodi Khedi on outer Ring Road on Friday night. After killing them, the assailants fled the spot. Identified as Punotri Gautam (34) and Someshwar Patle (35), the deceased were the residents of Bharatwada, Kalamna. The gory incident took place around 8 pm when Punotri and Someshwar were returning home after working in a field. Soon after receiving the information about the incident, staff from Nandanvan Police Station led by senior Inspector Sudhir Nandanwar rushed to the spot. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IV) Ishu Sindhu also visited the spot to supervise the probe. Throats of both the victims were slit with sharp-edged weapons. Cops found some cash in the pockets of the deceased. Investigators inquired with the nearby residents and established the identity of the deceased workers. After conducting the panchnama, cops sent the bodies to Government Medical College & Hospital for post-mortem. Prima facie, possibility of a robbery looks bleak as a motive as the cash was found intact in the pockets of the deceased. Till late night, police were yet to get specific leads into the motive or the accused behind the double murders. Senior Inspector Nandanwar told ‘The Hitavada’ that police were investigating the incident from all possible angles. Some persons were being questioned in this connection, he added.

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State Government to focus on industrial development in Naxal-affected areas: CM

State and Central Governments both are keen on ushering in industrial development of Naxal-affected districts of Gadchiroli and Gondia in Vidarbha region. A pilot project report will be prepare... Read More
State and Central Governments both are keen on ushering in industrial development of Naxal-affected districts of Gadchiroli and Gondia in Vidarbha region. A pilot project report will be prepared soon on mineral-based industrial development and skill development. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister; Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways; Hansraj Ahir, Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers; Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Maharashtra Energy Minister; Rajkumar Badole, Minister for Social Justice; Raje Ambarishrao Atram, Minister of State for Tribal Welfare and Guardian Minister of Gadchiroli district, reviewed the issues concerning development of Gadchiroli and Gondia district. The meeting was held at Hyderabad House on Friday. Appreciating the efforts of Police Department and other agencies, Chief Minister said that the Naxalite movement had weakened in Gadchiroli and Gondia districts. “Now is the time to usher in industrial development of these areas. Both the districts have rich deposits of minerals. These need to be explored to generate employment opportunities for local populace,” he said. With rich mineral deposits, Gadchiroli and Gondia districts are attracting the attention of industries. Their projects will get total support from the State as well as Central Governments, he said. Apart from training, the local populace would be given employment guarantee to build trust, Fadnavis said. Nitin Gadkari reiterated commitment of the Central Government towards all-round development of Naxal-affected areas. Stating that setting up of industries was needed in these areas, he assured all co-operation to State Government in this regard. He asked the officials concerned to prepare a pilot project report on mineral-based industries in Sironcha, Etapalli, and Aheri tehsils of Gadchiroli district. Further, he said, the administration in respective areas should make efforts to train 15,000 to 20,000 unemployed youths under skill development initiative. Nana Patole, MP; Pravin Datke, Nagpur Mayor; Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner; Ravindra Kadam, Special Inspector General of Police, Nagpur Range; Ranjit Kumar, Gadchiroli Collector; Vijay Suryawanshi, Gondia Collector; Sandip Patil, Superintendent of Police, Gadchiroli; Shashikumar Meena, Superintendent of Police, Gondia; Sampada Mehta, Chief Executive Officer, Gadchiroli Zilla Parishad; also were present in the meeting.

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Eminent Sanskrit Scholar Dr Varhadpande no more

Eminent Sanskrit scholar Dr N R Varhadpande, passed away on Friday evening, due to old age, at his Hindustan Colony, Amravati Road residence. He was 94. He is survived by a daughter and a son. ... Read More
Eminent Sanskrit scholar Dr N R Varhadpande, passed away on Friday evening, due to old age, at his Hindustan Colony, Amravati Road residence. He was 94. He is survived by a daughter and a son. A stalwart and a great authority on vedic scriptures, Dr Varhadpande was the leading intellectual light of the region. His book titled “Aryan Invasion a Myth” exposing fallacy of Aryan invasion theory is considered as one of the most profound works in changing the course of ancient Indian history. He challenged all west-inspired historians and stood his ground in support of his research rejecting Aryan invasion theory which he believed was a conspiracy to play down the contribution of Indians and attribute civilisational progress only to Europeans. An ardent student of psychology, Dr Varhadpande, was Chief Psychologist with Ministry of Defence and was instrumental in devising psychological tests for armed forces recruitment. He authored several books on contemporary Indian history, Sanskrit, philosophy and riddles of ancient history. Correcting distortion of Indian history done by Western scholars remained his life long passion. Recipient of hundreds of awards, Dr Varhadpande, was a very articulate and erudite speaker who could speak for hours without any written notes on most complex of the subjects. Dr Varhadpande was President of Sanskrit Bhasha Pracharini Sabha for many years and was champion of providing education in mother tongue and re-popularising Sanskrit language. The last rites will be performed at Ambazari ghat on Saturday at 11 am.

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Rs 100 cr plan to pump life in ‘sick’ MAPL

In a major boost to industrial development of the region, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced revival of Maharashtra Antibiotics and Pharmaceutical Limited (MAPL) unit at Hingna MIDC. Fadnav... Read More
In a major boost to industrial development of the region, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced revival of Maharashtra Antibiotics and Pharmaceutical Limited (MAPL) unit at Hingna MIDC. Fadnavis’s announcement came after he along with Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Hansraj Ahir inspected the closed unit of MAPL on Friday. Member of Parliament (MP) from Ramtek Krupal Tumane, Nagpur District Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Hingna MLA Sameer Meghe also were present. The revival of MAPL unit is significant as before its closure about 10 years back, it was one of the major employers in Hingna MIDC cluster. About 270 employees remained on rolls at the time of closure of the unit. MAPL was set-up by Central Government on February 6, 1983, and drugs prepared were widely in demand. Union Minister of State for Chemical and Fertilisters Hansraj Ahir took the initiative to revive the MAPL unit. Central Government has promised to provide aid of Rs 100 crore, he stated in his speech. Earlier, Fadnavis thanked Gadkari and Ahir for taking keen interest in revival of MAPL. Managing Director, Hindustan Antibiotics Limited (HAL) of which MAPL is a subsidiary company, K V Varkey, arrived in the city on Thursday and laid out the roadmap for Friday’s announcement. The process of revival of MAPL’s Hingna MIDC unit started in January 2015 when Union Minister Ahir put forward the proposal.

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Teachers coming to school in drunken state

IT is commonly said that teacher is the second parent for a child who learns whatever is taught by the teacher but Patthalgaon stands out to be an exception in this case where teachers or rathe... Read More
IT is commonly said that teacher is the second parent for a child who learns whatever is taught by the teacher but Patthalgaon stands out to be an exception in this case where teachers or rather say gurus are reportedly coming to schools under the influence of liquor in the schools. This may certainly be hard for the people to believe but the names of many such teachers have come to fore who are drunk while discharging their duties. The parents as well as other teachers have already demanded for removing such teachers who are reportedly spoiling the environment of the school. These teachers apart from hampering the academic part of the children are also proving mental agony for the female teachers. Even many of them have also been reportedly not reaching the school past many months. The absence of proper action has become a motivational factor for these teachers who do not bother about their limitations. Sources informed that Shikshak Panchayat Suresh Nag of Surajgarh middle school, Assistant Shikshak Panchayat Kalichinder Nag of Dongidarha primary school, Kamlesh Paikra of Saraitola besides Chaitram Yadav of Pakerkharra and Rameshwar Prasad of Jitiyapara are those who have been repeatedly coming drunk to the school. It may be mentioned here that officials of Education Department have given many reminders to Janpad Panchayat and District Panchayat for removing these teachers but the silence of the panchayat officials has proved to be a boon for these teachers. When contacted, Bheemsen Swarnkaar, BRCC of Patthalgaon mentioned of submitting the list of the teachers and report to the concerned department for further course of action.

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Artists busy in making idols ahead of Ganesh fest

While only one month is left for the festivity of Ganesh Chaturthi the euphoria around the festivity is catching up in the block and the artists are busy in making of colourful and attractive i... Read More
While only one month is left for the festivity of Ganesh Chaturthi the euphoria around the festivity is catching up in the block and the artists are busy in making of colourful and attractive idols of Lord Ganesha. The artists ensure that each idol given away is different and take great care in embellishing and painting them differently. “We started making the idols since July because due to moisture in air it takes a long time for drying. Though Ganeshotsav will begin from September 17, the increasing demand for lord Ganesha idols has encouraged as to make the idols a much earlier before the festival,” said Dharmendra Pandey, an idol maker. This year, the idols will be available between Rs 251 and Rs 1,501 in the market. The price has increased as the cost of raw materials used in making of idols has soared, he added. “We first make frames for the idols, and then make a straw doll on which different layers of soil are cast. We later mould it to give the structure which we will be painted to give a smooth finish,” says another idol maker, engrossed in framing one of the idols. In compliance with the ban imposed making of idols by Plaster of Paris, artisans in the block engaged in making Ganesha idols in various hues and shapes ahead of the festival are promoting eco -friendly clay idols which are water soluble. The skill has been passed on to them by tradition and now they have honed their art to such levels that they can create very high clay idols.

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Father rapes daughter adopted 14 yrs back

In a shocking incident, a father raped his minor daughter whom he had adopted 14 years ago. The victim had lodged complaint with the police against her father. She also filed complaint against moth... Read More
In a shocking incident, a father raped his minor daughter whom he had adopted 14 years ago. The victim had lodged complaint with the police against her father. She also filed complaint against mother for having hands in the incident. Police have registered the case under Sections 376, 114 and 506 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) apart from Sections 4 and 6 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The accused mother has been taken into custody while the search for the accused was still on till last reports. According to information, the incident happened under the limits of Chakradhar police station, where accused, Kalokaro reported to be a resident of Jaamgaon Kolaibaal village had adopted the girl at the age of 3 years. In her complaint, the victim mentioned that after she attained the age of puberty her father had a wrong intention towards her. The victim said that the accused raped her in front of her mother, who didn’t even bother to save the girl. Following the incident, the victim lodged the complaint with the police. But Kalokaro after learning about the police complaint escaped arrest while the mother was arrested and taken into custody.

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Transfer of 12 linemen to affect power scene in Patthalgaon

PEOPLE here are in mental agony about the power supply in the upcoming days as 12 linemen in five head-quarters including Kilkila, Ludeg, Tamtam, Gala and Rajpur are going to be transferred ver... Read More
PEOPLE here are in mental agony about the power supply in the upcoming days as 12 linemen in five head-quarters including Kilkila, Ludeg, Tamtam, Gala and Rajpur are going to be transferred very soon. Executive Director of Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Limited (CSPDCL), Bilaspur, has already issued the orders for the transfer of the linemen. The point to be highlighted is that not even a single employee has been appointed here to take care of the arrangement of power supply. Notably, the mentioned head-quarters are the most crucial one from the point of view of power supply and disruption in which means gherao of CSPDCL, local unit. As earlier, the linemen here used to put in their best efforts to repair any problem in one day but their transfer is certainly going to affect the power supply. Further, it is still hard for the people to believe this that how can such experienced employees be transferred. As per the information, local people and public representatives have already started protesting the decision. Kisan leader Bablu Tiwari expressed disappointment for the issue saying that it will badly affect the power supply in the nearby areas also. INTUC leader Happy Bhatia opined that it is unfair to transfer the linemen as they were well versed with the conditions here. A local villager Dilbodh Ram said now it may take more time to solve any problem. When Deputy Engineer B L Verma was enquired about the issue, he mentioned that people need not to worry about the issue as the linemen will soon be attached for tackling any kind of problem.

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District Force arrests five wanted Maoists

Five Maoists, who were desperately wanted by police, were arrested by District Force (DF) during a search operation conducted in forested hamlets of Pamlvaya, Ponjer, Mogamguda and others in in... Read More
Five Maoists, who were desperately wanted by police, were arrested by District Force (DF) during a search operation conducted in forested hamlets of Pamlvaya, Ponjer, Mogamguda and others in insurgency-hit Bijapur district. The arrest of these five Maoist cadres is being heralded as a major success for the security forces engaged in anti-naxal operations in the district, bordering with Maoists’ strongholds Narainpur district to the north and Dantewada district to south. The quintet was involved in various incidents of crime, including attack on security forces and torching of vehicles, loot, murder and others. Elated with this major success, Bastar Range Inspector General of Police SRP Kalluri during a press conference said that the arrest thankfully follows the intensified anti-Naxal operation taken up by District Force troopers. “Acting on a precise intelligence input, the team of DF on Tuesday conducted a massive search operation fanned across the forested areas of Pamlvaya, Ponjer and Mogamguda villages. The team had pin-pointed information that a few Naxals had taken refuge somewhere between forested stretches of Ponjer village and was up to some sinister plans of inflict casualties on the security forces. Subsequently, the security forces nabbed the insurgents by cordoning off the area, albeit they made a futile attempt to dodge their arrest while banking on the local terrains of the area,” the IGP Bastar Range added. According to IG Kalluri, the arrested insurgents have been identified as Militia Commander Punem Mangu (26) of village Ponjer Patelpara, Militia Deputy Commander Madavi Guddu (27) of Ponjer Schoolpara, Militia members Modiyam Manku (25) and Punem Lachhu (30), both a residents of Ponjer Schoolpara and Division Supply Team (East) member Uika Rukni (23) of Ponjer Schoolpara. Among quintet, Militia Commander Mangu was carrying a reward of Rs 1lakh on his head. The IG also informed that the arrested Maoists were in contact with top Naxal Commanders Gopi Modiyam, Dinesh Modiyam, Vijja Modiyam, Vella and others. They were involved in cutting of roads between villages Pamalvaya and Cherpal during the “Shaheedi Saptah” which was recently observed by them from July 28 to August 3.

Under-warrant Naxal arrested

Yet again, the 165th Battalion of Border Security Force (BSF) based in Kodapakha achieved success in arresting an alleged under-warrant Naxal during an intensive search operation under Durgukondal police station limits on Wednesday. According to police, there was an intelligence input that an alleged under-warrant Naxal Aayatu Budo of Kawachikatel under Durgukondal police limits was hiding somewhere in the forested village. Based on the input, a joint team of BSF and District Force headed towards the area. As the joint squad reached near the Kawachikatel village, Budo made futile attempt to escape, but was nabbed by the forces. According to information received, Budo was desperately wanted by Siksod police for several crimes, including murder, kidnapping, arson, damage to public property, and attack on security forces. The arrest of alleged Maoist cadre Budo is being heralded as major success for BSF and police engaged in anti-naxal operation.

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Stray dog menace reaches alarming level in Kunkuri

People of Nagar Panchayat fear to take a walk either in morning or evening as well as to venture into streets after dark as stray dog menace has reached an alarming situation. Stray dogs lurk... Read More
People of Nagar Panchayat fear to take a walk either in morning or evening as well as to venture into streets after dark as stray dog menace has reached an alarming situation. Stray dogs lurking in streets, vacant plots and parks are spreading terror among children also. A few days ago, Priyanshi, was playing in the street, when a pack of stray dogs chased her, but fortunately she managed to escape. Many students, parents, office-goers and aged persons in various wards of the Nagar Panchayat have a similar frightening story to recall. The population of the stray dogs has gone up in the area. Things have become so bad that now the residents avoid going out after dark. Statistics pertaining to number of dog bite cases raises the eyebrows of many. In a fortnight, more than a dozen of Kunkuri Nagar Panchayat residents have become victims of dog bite. If the information provided by Kunkuri Community Health Centre is to be believed around 13 people underwent anti-rabies treatment at the hospital in only 18 days. Mohar Ram, Ashutosh Bhagat, Sanjay Bhagat of village Bardand, Pappu Kansari, Keshav Rao, Aakash, Chandarvishwa karma, Mohan Banjare, Pooja Mahto of Kunkuri and others were administered anti-rabies vaccination at the health centre. Block Medical Officer Dr S Toppo informed that adequate amount of anti-rabies vaccine is available at the community health centre. “The people have been appealed to bring the victims of dog bite immediately at the health centre,” he added. Doctors advice those bitten by dogs to immediately wash the wound with soap in running water several times till the saliva of the dog is washed. They also cautioned applying materials such as lime on the wound or dressing the wound, unless it was a serious injury.  The process and nature of treatment depends on the gravity of the dog bite. In minor cases, the anti-rabies vaccine is administered in five dosages spread over a period of one to 28 days. If the wound is severe, a single dose of anti rabies immuno-globin is also administered around the wound. According to sources, on the complaint of denizens, Nagar Panchayat had launched a massive hunt for the attacking dogs. However, they failed to catch any of them.

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Three Govt Deptts embezzle Rs 38 lakh under MGNREGS

In order to provide employments for at least 100 days in a year to the unemployed villagers in rural areas, the Central Government introduced a scheme named as MGNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi National ... Read More
In order to provide employments for at least 100 days in a year to the unemployed villagers in rural areas, the Central Government introduced a scheme named as MGNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme). The main object of the scheme was to provide employments to the citizens under constitutional right. But, allegedly three departments in the district had withdrawn around Rs 38 lakh without any construction work under the scheme only for pocketing themselves. MGNREGS is a special scheme of the Central Government to benefit unemployed rural people. However, in the district, corruption gripped the scheme. A big fraud has come to fore in Baikunthpur block of the district under the MGNREGS. Congress leader Gulab Kamro said, “Under the scheme around Rs 38 lakh was allegedly credited by the departments of Janpad Panchayat, Horticulture and Forest to the accounts of three firms named Motilal Rajwade, Archana Construction, and Sharmila Pandey though no work of any kind was done by them. The matter hogged the limelight when the enquiry about the bills and the works’ valuation was made. It came to notice that it was a case of scandal perpetrated in wrong way. The contractors received payments for such works which they did not do at all. Meanwhile, Janpad Panchayat Baikunthpur MGNREGA Programme Officer Rakesh Vishwakarma said “notice was issued against those who were involved in the embezzlement of fund and the amount will be recovered from them.” However, the question, which lies beneath this entire incident is that when the department was having information about the misappropriation of fund then why FIR was not lodged against the accused, alleged Congress leader Kamro. When contacted, Koriya District Panchayat MGNREGA Programme Officer Manendra Singh Kushwaha said, “Technical fault had appeared due to which complaint was received recently from Janpad Panchayat. Appropriate action will be taken against those who are involved in this economical crime.” Meanwhile, Collector S Prakash also said that action will be taken against the accused. “We have received compliant in this regard. Probe will be conducted in the matter and appropriate action would be taken against the perpetrators,” he reiterated. According to sources, Baikunthpur is not only the place where such corruption has occurred there are several such Gram Panchayats where the labourers are running from pillar to post to get their wages and contractors are heaving their pockets.

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NUMM for imposing order issued by Allahabad HC

Members of Nagrik Uppbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM), have forward a letter to Minister of School Education and demanded to impose the order that has issued by the Allahabad High Court. As per th... Read More
Members of Nagrik Uppbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM), have forward a letter to Minister of School Education and demanded to impose the order that has issued by the Allahabad High Court. As per the order, government officials, servants, politicians should send their wards to the government school, or if they can not follow this order than the amount should be deducted from the salary that would be equal to private school fees. This amount would be utilized for the improvement of standard of government schools. They demanded that this order should also be imposed in the Madhya Pradesh. Dr P G Najpandey and Manish Sharma informed that taking a serious note of the dismal condition of education imparted in primary government run schools in state, The Allahabad High Court has ordered the Chief Secretary to ensure that children and ward of government officials, servants send their wards to these schools. They also informed that there are number of schemes for the publicity of education in the government schools and having eligible teaching staff also. But, there is shortage of basic facilities. Because, in these government schools the kids of higher officials, politicians and representatives are not being studies. If these higher officials, Judges and politicians would send their kids in the government schools, then the picture of government schools would be changed. Members demanded that this order should also be imposed in the Madhya Pradesh also. Manch also informed that continues the drop out of students in the government schools is increasing according to the Annual Status Of Educational Report (ASER). The percent of dropout students has been increased by 30 percent in the year 2014. While, the percentage of admission in the private schools has been increased by 38 percent. The picture of government schools are being worst due to lack of management, lack of monitoring. If this order would be applicable in state also then the picture of government schools would be changed and it is also beneficial for the students of weaker section. All the members demanded that State cabinet should propose the proposal in the next Assembly session. Members of Manch also said that if state government would not take this issue as serious then Manch would also apple in the High Court.

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MPHC asks respondent to submit reply within four weeks in PIL against Road Transport Ministry

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court (MPHC) comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice S K Gupta on Wednesday has issued notices after hearing the PIL filed by Prabhat Mishra fr... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court (MPHC) comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice S K Gupta on Wednesday has issued notices after hearing the PIL filed by Prabhat Mishra from Rewa against the Secretary, Road Transport and High Way Ministry of Union of India, New Delhi, Chairman, National Highway Authority of India, New Delhi, Managing Director, MP Road Development Corporation, Bhopal, Managing Director, M/s JMC Projects Limited, Mumbai and Managing Director and M/s Vindhyachal Express Way Private Limited, Ahmedabad. The division bench has asked to the respondent to submit their reply before the court within four weeks time. The petitioner filed this petition against the inaction and negligence of the respondents in constructions and safety of Rewa-MP/UP Border (Mauganj) erstwhile NH-7, which has been recently upgraded from two lane to four lane on DBFOT basis. The road between Rewa to Mangawan that is around 30 km stretch has been completed and respondents M/s JMC Projects Limited, Mumbai and M/s Vindhyachal Express Way Private Limited, Ahmedabad, concessionaire has also been granted permission to collect toll by way of constructing a toll plaza at village Jogenihai, however, respondents M/s JMC Projects Limited, Mumbai and M/s Vindhyachal Express Way Private Limited, Ahmedabad, is violating all the safety norms required to be fulfilled under the various acts including ‘the Control of National Highway Act, 2002’ and the said the rules framed there under causing threat to the safety of the users of the highway as well as persons in vicinity of said highway. Negligence on the part of respondent M/s JMC Projects Limited, Mumbai and M/s Vindhyachal Express Way Private Limited, Ahmedabad and ignorance of said negligence by respondents Road Transport and High Way Ministry, New Delhi, Chairman, National Highway Authority of India and MP Road Development Corporation, Bhopal has subjected the said stretch of road for frequent accidents which has claimed many human lives as well as fatal injuriries and loss to the property. The petitioner contended that the Respondent M/s JMC Projects Limited, Mumbai and M/s Vindhyachal Express Way Private Limited, Ahmedabad are only interested in collecting the revenue thought toll barrier and not discharging its other liabilities and respondents Road Transport and High Way Ministry, New Delhi, Chairman, National Highway Authority of India and MP Road Development Corporation, Bhopal have kept in blind eye upon the said negligence has compelled the petitioner to file present writ petition before this court. Advocate Prakash Upadhyay appeared on behalf of the petitioner.

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Interim relief rejected, 4 week’s time given in matter related to construction of Upper Beda dam

In the matter related to construction of the Upper Beda dam on river Beda, the division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court (MPHC) comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice S K Gupta has i... Read More
In the matter related to construction of the Upper Beda dam on river Beda, the division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court (MPHC) comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice S K Gupta has issued its order stating that ‘Accordingly, in the facts and circumstances of the case, keeping in view the orders passed in the previous writ petition, which is in fact affirmed by the Supreme Court, we see no reason to grant any interim relief in the case. The prayer for interim relief stands rejected and consequently, the interim protection granted by us on August 14, 2015 also stands vacated”. The division bench listed to the matter for hearing after four weeks. The division bench has heard the PIL filed by Chittaroopa Palit against the State Government of Madhya Pradesh and others. In furtherance to the interim order that was passed on August 14, 2015, parties are heard on the question of interim relief based on the affidavits, additional pleadings and submissions made. The dispute in question, which was canvassed by the petitioner in this writ petition pertains to construction of the Upper Beda Dam on river Beda. Petitioner has filed this writ petition, pro bono publico and her contention was that the respondents are filling up the dam in question and its reservoir above 310 meters up to 317 meters without notice and without completion of the acquisition, rehabilitation and re-settlement measures, as this is in violation to Article 310-A, 14 and 21 of the Constitution and the mandate of the Supreme Court, the same be prohibited. Petitioner who appears in person, took us through the Rehabilitation And Resettlement Policy (R&R Policy), the judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of State of MP versus Narbada Bachao Andolan, various observations made by the Supreme Court therein and tried to indicate that right to receive the benefits of the rehabilitation scheme and the R&R Policy is the fundamental right of the land oustees whose land get submerged due to construction of the dam and until the rehabilitation package is completed and all benefits thereof given to the land oustees, the respondents cannot be permitted to fill up the dam so as to bring the area in question under submergence, resulting in displacement of the inhabitants of the area. It is said that even though respondents have filled up the reservoir up to the limit of 315.5 meters now, they be restrained from making any further increase in the level of the dam. Accordingly, in para 12 the following interim relief is sought that Interim order, if prayed for, In the light of the facts and law mentioned above, the illegal submergence and violation of Article 300 A, 14 and 21 of the Constitution, the respondents may be directed to maintain the status quo regarding the level of the Upper Beda dam reservoir at the present water level EL 315.5 M. Restore status quo ante by reducing the water level in the reservoir of the Upper Beda Dam to 310 M, so that the oustees can continue to live in their villages and cultivate their lands until the completion of the R&R measures including allotment of land, house plots, grants, and decision and redressal of the grievance of the oustees by the Grievance Redressal Authority and the implementation of the GRA orders by the State Government and the project authorities.

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54 snakes rescued from snake charmers

“A campaign of creating public awareness for avoiding superstitious practices and saving lives of snakes evoking positive response from residents. Reducing number of snakes rescue cases is a po... Read More
“A campaign of creating public awareness for avoiding superstitious practices and saving lives of snakes evoking positive response from residents. Reducing number of snakes rescue cases is a positive sign for active response of residents and putting up a vigilant check on atrocity with snakes in the district”, says Ajit Shrivastava, Chief Conservator of Forest, Jabalpur division. While talking to ‘The Hitavada’, CCF, Shrivastava has applauded the working of officers and employees of Forest Department for creating awareness amongst public for avoiding superstitious practices in the name of worship. He informed that administering milk to snake is completely a myth and snake charmers tried to utilise it for minting money. It may be mentioned that under the direction of Government of India, keeping any wild animal in captivation for commercial purpose is a serious offence and Department of Forest and Wildlife is authorised for registering case of Animal Atrocity Act against the accused. With an aim to enforce the law, separate teams of forest officers under the supervision of Tiger Strike Force, in-charge, B P Tiwari and SDO, Ranjeesh Pandey conducted rigorous patrolling throughout the city and rescued a total of 54 snakes from snake charmers. Teams conducted inspection of separate areas and searched snake charmers in gullies and densely populated areas. A total of 54 snakes of different species were successfully rescued from snake charmers and were given primary treatment by veterinarians. The snakes will be released in dense forest areas after giving them treatment.

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Regular National Lok Adalat to be organised on August 22

The Regular National Lok Adalat would be organised on August 22, 2015 in Taluka level to High Court level in entire State, informed Dinesh Nayak, Member Secretary, Legal Service Authority on We... Read More
The Regular National Lok Adalat would be organised on August 22, 2015 in Taluka level to High Court level in entire State, informed Dinesh Nayak, Member Secretary, Legal Service Authority on Wednesday. Addressing a press conference he said that the National Lok Adalat or the People’s Court is the process of settlement of disputes between litigants through compromise on establishing mutual consensus. The National Lok Adalat would be organised under the directions of National Legal Services Authority at High Court, District and Tahsil level under the directions of the Chief Justice, A M Khanwilkar and under the guidance of the Executive Chairman, MP State Legal Services Authority, Justice Rajendra Menon, he added. He was accompanied by A K Tiwari, Deputy Secretary, MPSLSA, Legal Aid Officers, S P Pandey, Poonam Tiwari, Manish Kosik and Rajesh Saxena. A K Tiwari, Deputy Secretary, MPSLSA informed that all parties who seek resolution of their disputes or are litigating for their rights are free to come forward with their grievances and depart with amicable settlements through the mechanism of National Lok Adalat. Legal Aid Officers, S P Pandey informed that cases related to bank recovery suit and others shall be taken up during the National Lok Adalat. Efforts are made to resolve matters at the pre-litigation stage and the response of the last National Lok Adalat is a motivation to all persons desirous of resolution of their disputes through mediation process and appealed them to come forward for settlement before the Benches of National Lok Adalat.

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Notices seeking reply issued to concerned officials in matter related to demarcation work

Hearing matter related to the District E-Governance Society, Jabalpur that has issued a circular and handed over demarcation works to the private construction companies, private engineers, abando... Read More
Hearing matter related to the District E-Governance Society, Jabalpur that has issued a circular and handed over demarcation works to the private construction companies, private engineers, abandoning statutory function of conducting demarcation, the division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court (MPHC) comprising Justice, Rajendra Menon and Justice S K Gupta on Wednesday, has issued notices to the Principal Secretary, Revenue Department, Bhopal, Commissioner, Land Records and Settlement, Gwalior, Collector, Jabalpur, Chairman, District E-Governance Society, Jabalpur, Superintendent of Land Records, Jabalpur and asked them to file their reply before the court. The division bench has issued notices in the Public Interest Litigation filed by Advocate Pankaj Tiwari. The petitioner counsel, Advocate Adarsh Muni Trivedi submitted that every citizen has constitutional right namely ‘Right To Property’ under Article 300-A of Constitution of India. The demarcation of boundaries of any holding, field or any portion of any other estate under scheme of MP Land Revenue Code, 1959 is a statutory function of quasi-judicial nature of the revenue officer which can not be entrusted to any other person who is not statutory empowered to do demarcation. Statutory demarcation of land is a very important facet to ascertain and identify the property so that a citizen can enjoy his property right legally and peacefully. A fair and correct demarcation of land shapes citizens right to property protected by Article 300-A of Constitution of India. Senior Advocate Adarsh Muni Trivedi further contended that recently the Revenue Department, Government of MP has introduced Electric Total Station Machines (TSM) for the purpose of conduction demarcation process. But in the Jabalpur District, there is prevalent wide corruption in demarcation process. Every citizen has statutory right to get his land demarcated under section 129 of Code, but in Jabalpur District, Revenue Department has completely surrendered its statutory function to conduct demarcation process into hands of private construction companies or private engineers and a common man is being forced to get his land demarcated through TSM machine by private companies and these private companies or private engineers are taking under serving heavy charges additionally for conducting demarcation proceeding whereas the private authority has no jurisdiction at all to conduct demarcation proceeding. It is also submitted that land mafia and big builders are getting their land demarcated as per their own wish by paying heavy price to the private construction companies. The instant PIL is concerned with ‘Demarcation Syndicate’, which is prospering and flourishing with aid of Tahsildars, Patwaris and other revenue employees in Jabalpur District. Since the modern method like the Total Station Machine has been introduced which demarcates land by using the modern method like Total Station Machine, the District E-Governance Society, Jabalpur has issued a circular and handed over demarcation works to private construction companies, private engineers, abandoning statutory function of conducting demarcation. It is noteworthy that the Commissioner, Land Record and Settlement, Gwalior has vide its order dated on March 7, 2013 has completely prohibited demarcation by traditional way. So the demarcation work now only can be done through TSM, but there is only on TSM machine which is itself an incorrect fact and even said TSM is being employed in Aabadi Survey as per the information provided under Right to Information Act, 2005 by office of Collector. Senior Advocate Adarsh Muni Trivedi with Advocate Prashant Awasthi, Advocate Ashish Ashim Trivedi appeared on behalf of the petitioner.

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Hit-and-run case: One woman killed, another injured

In a tragic incident, an elderly woman was killed while another sustained critical injuries when they were hit by an unidentified vehicle at Dhangavan Bus Stand area under the jurisdiction of S... Read More
In a tragic incident, an elderly woman was killed while another sustained critical injuries when they were hit by an unidentified vehicle at Dhangavan Bus Stand area under the jurisdiction of Sihora police station. The deceased has been identified as Girja Bai Barman (70), a resident of village Dhangavan while Shanti Bai Gontia (65), a resident of village Dungaria in Sleeminabad sustained injuries. According to Sihora police, they received information from Government Hospital Sihora that two women were admitted for treatment of injuries they occurred in a road accident. Receiving the information, a police team reached the spot where Shanti Bai Gontia informed that she along with Girja Bai Barman went for working in village Dhangavan. In the evening they were standing at Dhangavan Bus Stand and waiting for bus to reach their homes. Meanwhile, a speeding car arriving from Sihora driving carelessly by the driver hit them and managed to escape from the spot. In the accident, Shanti Bai and Girja Bai fell down on the road and sustained critical injuries. Injured were rushed to hospital with the help of 108 Ambulance Service. Acting on the complaint, police registered a case against unidentified driver under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC and started search to identify and apprehend the accused driver. Thereafter, police received information that one of the injured named Girja Bai Barman succumbed to her grave injuries undergoing treatment at the hospital. Police have sent the body for post-mortem at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital while further investigations are underway.

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Three suicides in different parts of city in last 24 hrs

With the ongoing spate of suicides, the toll of people ending their lives over petty issues continues to rise in the State capital. In a fresh incident, three more people, including a school girl... Read More
With the ongoing spate of suicides, the toll of people ending their lives over petty issues continues to rise in the State capital. In a fresh incident, three more people, including a school girl and married woman, ended their lives by hanging themselves within past 24 hours. In the first incident, a 17-year-old girl committed suicide by hanging self in her house in Bag Sewania on Tuesday afternoon. The incident came to light in the evening when her parents returned home and spotted their daughter hanging from the ceiling fan after which they informed police. Police said that deceased was identified as Aarti (17), daughter of Zham Singh Bisen, resident of Barrai village in Bag Sewania. She was class XI student in a Government school. Her father works as supervisor for a builder in Bag Sewania, while her mother works in a sewing centre. At the time of incident, the parents had gone to work, while Aarti was present with her younger brother. In the afternoon, her brother went to play with friends near the house after which she hanged self inside the room. However, no suicide note has been recovered from the spot, which could throw light on the reason behind taking the extreme step. The family members of deceased girl, in their statements, told police that she was a brilliant student and secured good marks in the class X board exam. The second incident was also reported from the same police station where a 26-year-old woman hanged self at Bag Sewania slum area on Tuesday night. The deceased was identified as Teza (26), wife of Kamal Kishore Mehtu, who resides at 1480 slum area. During further investigation of police, it came to light that her husband, who works as labourer, was heavily addicted to liquor and used to beat her under the influence of liquor. He also suspected her character. Meanwhile, in the last incident, which took place at Satnami Nagar in Piplani, a 28-year-old hanged self in his house on Tuesday afternoon. Police said deceased Amar (28), son of Mohan Samsheria, resided at Satnami Nagar and was said to be a drug addict. His father had already passed away, while deceased’s mother worked as domestic help at a doctor’s house in Piplani. During further investigation of police, it came to light that, earlier also, he had tried to commit suicide by slitting his wrist and hanging self, but everytime his suicide attempt was foiled by family members. But this time, they could not save his life.

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Blackbucks translocated at Kanha without habitat study: CAG report

Blackbucks were translocated at Kanha Tiger Reserve without conducting habitat viability study and without immobilising them, resulting in high mortality. Besides, petrol pump was being operated ... Read More
Blackbucks were translocated at Kanha Tiger Reserve without conducting habitat viability study and without immobilising them, resulting in high mortality. Besides, petrol pump was being operated in the Kanha Tiger Reserve in violation of provisions of Act. Commercial activities and presence of residential infrastructure in Kanha Tiger Reserve reduced inviolate space to wildlife. This is the finding of performance audit of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) done against Forest Department. The audit pointed out that 50 blackbucks were shifted at Kanha Tiger Reserve from Seoni district during the period November 14 to November 21, 2011 without conducting habitat viability assessment. During the period November 2011 to January 2012, out of 50 translocated black bucks, 22 died in enclosures. The MoEF report stated (January 2012) that grass was hard and habitat was unbearable to the black bucks. Thus, non adherence to directions of MoEF resulted in high mortality of black bucks and endangered survival of remaining black bucks due to adverse condition at new site. The audit also said that in Kanha Tiger Reserve, a petrol pump was operational in core area of reserve in the name of RO, Kisli. Thus, the wildlife in core or critical tiger habitat area was placed at risk due to operation of a petrol pump. The TCP for 2011 to 2012 of the Kanha Tiger Reserve also mentioned that operation of petrol pump as weakness for conservation. Action for relocation of petrol pump was not initiated by management of the Kanha Tiger Reserve till November 2014. Audit also found that high tension electric lines in total length of 501.30 km were passing through four tiger reserves, including buffer zone of Kanha Tiger Reserve. Meanwhile, during the period January 2009 to May 2014, deaths of 69 tigers in Madhya Pradesh were reported by the divisions to CWLW. Of these, deaths of 55 tigers occurred in six divisions test checked by the CAG. The reasons of mortalities were diseases (17), poaching (1), territorial fight (19), poisoning (3), electrocution (7), accident (4), cannibalism (8), natural death (3) and others (7). The audit said reasons of death of tigers such as disease, poaching, poisoning and electrocution, which were controllable, indicate weakness in preventive measures of department. The report further pointed that out of 69 cases of tiger death, 18 cases (26 percent) pertained to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. Along with this, range Tala of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve housed 34 tigers, though an area of 10 sq km was estimated for each tiger. Thus there was insufficient space for tigers and this could be the reason for territorial fight, cannibalism and resulting in dispersal in adjoining village areas.

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Around 64 snakes seized by Forest Department on Nagpanchami day

Around 64 snakes from snake charmers were seized by State Forest Department team on the occasion of Nagpanchami day. During the run up to the main festival, it is a common sight to see snake char... Read More
Around 64 snakes from snake charmers were seized by State Forest Department team on the occasion of Nagpanchami day. During the run up to the main festival, it is a common sight to see snake charmers outside temples or at prominent places carrying snakes in wicker basket and this time, public also facilitated the Forest Department in giving information about these snake charmers and helped to free captive snakes. For Nagpanchami festival, around 15 teams were constituted by State Forest Department. Members from Lions Club and Rotary Club also facilitated in this process. The snakes were later then brought to Van Vihar National Park. The snake catchers were let free and were also given advice to not to repeat this practice in future. The sealed mouth of snakes would be opened on Thursday and they would be treated at Van Vihar rescue centre. Subsequent to the treatment, they will be set free. Hundreds of snakes die a slow, painful death during the festival of Nagpanchami when snake charmers capture them. Since watching a snake is considered auspicious, snake charmers make money out of it. But the painful conditions these snakes are kept lead to their early death. Nagpanchami is a festival celebrated all over India, where people worship the Snake God. A variety of rituals and prayers are conducted in temples and homes, and the devout pray for wellness, wealth or for offspring, but to encourage snake charmers outside temples or at home carrying snakes in wicker baskets is not at all healthy, said one of the locals. It has to be mentioned that, in the country, as such, there are about 21 species of snakes in the region, out of which, only four are venomous and out of the four, Russell Viper and Indian Cobra are found in and around Bhopal. Majority of non-poisonous snakes also create stir among the commoners as they are not aware about the difference between poisonous and non-poisonous snakes. Accordingly, every Sunday, Snake show is organised at Van Vihar, where awareness about snakes is provided by the experts.

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Women’s health check-up campaign will be organised in every region: CM

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that women’s health check-up campaign will be undertaken in every region of State. If diagnosed with serious diseases, women will be treated in major c... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that women’s health check-up campaign will be undertaken in every region of State. If diagnosed with serious diseases, women will be treated in major cities of the State and country at the cost of State Government. He said that all recruitment tests in the State will be video-graphed to eliminate irregularities at any level. He said that free dialysis facility will be started in every district hospital of the State from January 26. All illegal colonies in the State will be regularised so their residents can get basic amenities. He said that the poor have first right on State’s exchequer. The Chief Minister was responding to public reception after inaugurating and laying foundation stone of Rs 1,014.12 crore development works of 17 colonies regularised by Municipal Corporation at Ratlam on Wednesday. Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh and State Finance Commission’s Chairman Himmat Kothari were also present. The Chief Minister said that no one will be left homeless in the State. A law will be formulated to provide plots for own house to every poor and middle income group family. He said that arrangements for food, clothes, house, education and medicines for the poor will be given a legal form. He directed the Municipal Corporation not to dislocate any poor from his dwelling without making alternative arrangements. The Chief Minister said that the State Government will make available several facilities to ensure that State’s students succeed in All India exams. If students are selected in these exams, their fee will be paid by the State Government so that their parents are not worried. The Chief Minister said that Ratlam will be made a Smart City. He sanctioned Rs 24 crore for drinking water, Rs 25 crore for construction of nullah, Rs 132 crore for sewage system, Rs 16 crore for Collectorate building, Rs 5 crore for infrastructure development works, Rs 8 crore for construction of auditorium and Rs 2.17 crore for construction of Mhow Road bus stand. He assured of every possible assistance for construction of over-bridge at Subhash Nagar, Namkeen Cluster and Gold Complex. At the public reception, the Chief Minister was felicitated with shawl, coconut and letter of citation. MP Sudhir Gupta, MLAs Chaitanya Kashyap, Mathuralal, Rajendra Pandey, Jitendra Gehlot and Sangeeta Charel were present.

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Lokayukta police informs Sharma’s deptt about raid

Lokayukta police have informed in writing to the Department of Director, State Agriculture Extension and Training Institute, Dr DN Sharma about the raid carried out against him on Tuesday. Apar... Read More
Lokayukta police have informed in writing to the Department of Director, State Agriculture Extension and Training Institute, Dr DN Sharma about the raid carried out against him on Tuesday. Apart from this, investigating officers are scrutinising the documents of investment and properties seized from Sharma’s house. “Today, we have prepared the inventory list of Sharma’s Ayodhya Nagar house and price of total inventory was pegged at Rs 5.28 lakh. Apart from this, we have also written to his department about the raid carried out against him. Meanwhile, information has been sought from banks about the accounts of Sharma,” said Lokayukta SP Veerendra Kumar to ‘The Hitavada’. Notably, acting on the complaint, Lokayukta police raided two houses of Sharma in Bhopal on Tuesday morning and unearthed his disproportionate assets, having registry price of around Rs 5 crore. Apart from several immovable properties comprising several acres of land, plots and houses, Lokayukta police have also found cash in lakhs and ornaments. Tuesday’s raid had revealed that Sharma had a duplex house in Ayodhya Nagar, duplex house in Emerald Park, 26 acre agriculture land in district Raisen, 10,000 square feet plot in Ayodhya Nagar, 0.37 acre land in Baghmugalia, 0.25 acre land in Rapadia village, 0.404 hectare land in Samardha, Kaliyasot, etc. Apart from this, ornament, cash and even 1000 African dollars were also found in the raid. Though the registry cost of unearthed properties is said to be Rs 5 crore, but market price could be five times higher or more than this as maximum properties are in Bhopal and they are situated in posh areas of State capital. Sharma, who is former Director, Agriculture Department, was once in the good list of State Government as he was holding important charge. His downfall started when some investors lodged complaint against him, accusing him of demanding bribe. After some days of complaint, he was transferred to an insignificant posting and now, the Lokayukta police raid has come down as last nail in his coffin.

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CM Chouhan meets family members of late Deputy Commandant Manoj Soni

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that sacrifice of Shaheed Deputy Commandant Manoj Soni for the country will always be remembered. The State Government will make every possible effor... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that sacrifice of Shaheed Deputy Commandant Manoj Soni for the country will always be remembered. The State Government will make every possible effort to perpetuate his memory. The Chief Minister stated this while meeting the family of Shaheed Manoj Soni here on Wednesday. He had attained martyrdom in crash of Dornier aircraft, while on a surveillance flight. The Chief Minister presented Rs 10 lakh on behalf of State Government to Shaheed’s family. He said that the State Government stands by them. It would be considered to chalk out a scheme named after martyr Soni to train youths willing to join army. Shaheed Soni’s father Radheshyam Soni, mother Kaushalya Soni, wife Amrita Soni and other family members were present.

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Appointments in boards and corporations soon

The appointment in boards and corporations is likely to take place in one or two days. With this, anxiety of those BJP leaders has increased, who are vying to bag coveted posts in different boa... Read More
The appointment in boards and corporations is likely to take place in one or two days. With this, anxiety of those BJP leaders has increased, who are vying to bag coveted posts in different boards and corporations. For a long time, issue of appointments in different boards and corporations is hanging in balance and this has frustrated aspiring BJP leaders to a large extent. As now, path is almost paved for the appointments, aspirant BJP leaders are leaving no stone unturned in materialising their dream. They are in constant touch with their political patronisers and other senior leaders of the party. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan himself had said in past that he would be shortly going to make appointments in boards and corporations. Reports pouring in the media say that list of names is almost ready and it is only a matter of time for announcement of names. There is strong buzz in the corridors of politics that first list of name could come out by Thursday evening. Remaining list could be released in following days. Those who would be getting posts would not be able to contest Assembly and MP election next time. This is the condition put forth by state BJP leadership.

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MP hails HC order to send Govt official kids to Govt-run schools

Welcoming the significant judgment of Allahabad High Court to send the kids of Government employees to Government-run primary schools, Madhya Pradesh ministers and bureaucrats seem to be enthus... Read More
Welcoming the significant judgment of Allahabad High Court to send the kids of Government employees to Government-run primary schools, Madhya Pradesh ministers and bureaucrats seem to be enthusiastic. A wide discussion has been started among officers and ministers to introduce such rules even in MP too. State School Education Minister Paras Jain and State Minister for Higher and School Education Deepak Joshi are set to propose such issues in Madhya Pradesh. They said that if senior officials and bureaucrats will send their kids to state-run schools, they would ensure that such campuses function well. “When higher education is completely dedicated towards Government institutes like IIM, IIT, NIT, etc., why can’t we educate our little ones in state-run primary schools? People are attracted towards private convent schools, but it is just wastage of money. I have also studied at Government school. We can bring improvement in Government-run schools by sending our kids there in the campus,” said GP Kabirpanthi, ex-IAS officer. “The issue is worth appreciating as Government schools will be in attention of senior officials and bureaucrats. When they will send their kids to Government-run primary school, they will make policies to improve the condition of campus. Such decisions should be taken in Madhya Pradesh also,” said DS Kushwaha, Joint Director, State School Education Department. “A qualitative primary education is very important for overall development of students. But unfortunately, condition of primary education, especially, in Government schools, is very poor and it needs immediate attention. By sending the kids of judges, bureaucrats and Government employees to state-run school, lots of improvement would be witnessed. I really appreciate the decision of Allahabad High Court and suggest taking such initiative also in Madhya Pradesh,” said Shashi Rai, ex-UGC member. “The decision of Allahabad Court is relevant in today’s scenario. It is true that if senior officials will send their kids to government schools, sudden attention will be created towards the campuses,” said Deepak Joshi, State Minister for Higher and School Education. “It is really historical decision of the court and MP Government should not wait for the State High Court. Government should take cue from UP High Court and initiate itself for such policies. Our Government should immediately frame such policies and send the kids of bureaucrats, local bodies, judges and senior officers to state run schools,” said Anil Sadgopal, educationist.

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Response to MAFSU courses doubles

The response from the students to the courses run by Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Sciences University (MAFSU) has doubled up within a year. Thanks to the promotion drive by the Vice-Chancello... Read More
The response from the students to the courses run by Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Sciences University (MAFSU) has doubled up within a year. Thanks to the promotion drive by the Vice-Chancellor and his team apart from making process on-line. Last year the number of applications received for various courses were 3,630. This year the number went to 5,064.

There are three major under-graduate courses run by MAFSU. They include Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BV Sc and AH), Bachelor of Fisheries Science (BF Sc) and Bachelor of Technology (Dairy Technology) (B Tech- DT). If one has a look at the statistics of the applications for the admissions. In the year 2012-13, the university received 1,836 applications, the number went down in the year 2013-14 to 1,692. It got again doubled to 2,859 in the academic year 2014-15. The applications received for the admission to academic year 2015-16 the number further got doubled to 4058. Same is the situation with other courses.

Dr A K Misra, Vice-Chancellor led the team to make promotion of the courses which was much needed considering the fact of odd ratio of Veterinary doctors to villages.

He said, “The process of admissions to various courses offered by the university was improvised progressively during past two years in order to make it simple, accurate and transparent.

The admission process to all the courses has been made fully on-line from the academic year 2014-15. Because of the improvements made in the admission process the response of the candidates to the courses offered by the university has increased significantly which would be evident from the figures of number of applications received during past three years”. The university has purchased a web-based software for on-line admissions and students management cycle.

The admissions to the graduate courses for the academic year 2014-15 were undertaken through this software successfully. Dr S V Upadhye who was handling the responsibility of Controller of Examinations had taken efforts. Odd ratio of doctors to villages

The ratio should of one veterinary doctor to 10-12 villages but present ratio is not satisfactory. One doctor is looking after about 25 villages. Many times it happens that suppose a particular vaccine is to be administered to the cows and if a doctor gets 2,000 vaccines then he administers it to only 2,000 cows from nearby villages. This means that rest of the animals are living without vaccination. These animals may get affected from various diseases. If the livestock suffer from various diseases then it would damage the agriculture riches too. Government is trying to find solutions so that the number of veterinary doctors may go up.

How on-line issue is dealt?

The process of admission has been made on-line and is dealt with utmost care. According to Dr A K Misra, Vice-Chancellor suppose in rural areas the net facility is not available then such candidates can send the applications manually. But he said that number of such applicants who does not have internet facility or who cannot access are a very few. In fact on-line process has made all the difference.

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Govt grants addl 12 months time to planning bodies to acquire land

Maharashtra Government will grant one year additional time to planning authorities for acquiring land reserved for public purposes in development plans and regional plans. This could be a big r... Read More
Maharashtra Government will grant one year additional time to planning authorities for acquiring land reserved for public purposes in development plans and regional plans. This could be a big relief for planning authority like Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) or Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) to acquire land in two years after getting purchase notice from original l;and owners.

As per existing norms, the planning authority has to start acquisition process within one year after getting purchase notice from the owner under section 127 of Maharashtra Regional Town Planning (MRTP) Act, 1964. Right now, if the planning authority fails to acquire land within 10 years from the date of publication of development plan, the original owner can give a notice under section 127 of MRTP Act granting one years time to purchase his land or else the reservation legally lapses. Due to paucity of funds, litigations and for various reasons, often prime plots are not acquired and reservation is deleted. The Government has decided to modify section 127 of the MRTP Act, and allow planning authority to start process within two years from the date of receipt of such a notice. Thus, from the date of reservation, the planning bodies will get 12 years to acquire the land.

Recently, the local body could not acquire land reserved for secondary school, park in Jaitala area. The total cost of the land is Rs 185 crore and NMC could not acquire land as notice period had lapsed. This has posed serious question over NMC regarding land acquisition for public purposes. Standing Committee took serious objections on laxity of Town Planning Department of NMC and formed a sub-committee to look into the issue of pending reservation proposals in the city.

The Central Government has scrapped Land Acquisition Act, 1894 and introduced new Land Acquisition Act, 2013 with effect from January 2014 which provides for better and fair compensation to land owner in tune with market price. The State Government has amended the MRTP Act, in accordance with the Central Government’s act. The State Government observed that the planning authority or local body requires more breather to complete the process as it is time consuming. The local body can give option of TDR or compensation to owner for his/her land. Sources claimed that local body has failed to acquire land reserved for various public purposes in the city. The local body has reserved land worth of Rs 2,000 crore under various reservation categories in the development plan. NIT had deleted several stretches of land reserved for various public utility purposes in undeveloped layouts.

However, experts stated that cash strapped NMC would require huge amount to acquire these lands. Therefore, it is necessary to revisit the proposals and select only important land for reservation. The experts also stated that as State Government has extended the time of preparation of development plan from 10 years to 20 years, therefore, it should also extend time of implementation of the development plan so that the local body should take proper decision.

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Four out of six districts in Nagpur Division still deficient in rainfall

Though good rainfall since the start of August has raised hopes of farmers in Nagpur Division, those in paddy belt are yet to be assured. For, out of total six districts in Nagpur Division, four ... Read More
Though good rainfall since the start of August has raised hopes of farmers in Nagpur Division, those in paddy belt are yet to be assured. For, out of total six districts in Nagpur Division, four constitute paddy belt and these are still deficient in rainfall.

Nagpur Division has six districts namely Nagpur, Wardha, Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur, and Gadchiroli. Of these, the four districts of Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur, and Gadchiroli, along with some part of Nagpur constitute paddy belt. As the month of July was almost ‘dry’, farmers in Nagpur Division were a worried lot. In many areas, farmers were talking about re-sowing. Fortunately, rainfall resumed with the start of the month of August, providing much relief to farmers.

Rains also raised hopes of paddy growers in the Division as they started paddy transplantation. However, rainfall received so far is still deficient compared to normal. As per the data available, Nagpur district has received 1 per cent more than average rainfall, and Wardha is 8 per cent surplus. However, remaining four districts that constitute paddy belt are deficient. Bhandara is 24 per cent deficient, Gondia-- 23 per cent, Chandrapur-- 22 per cent, and Gadchiroli 21 per cent.

According to Dr Vijay Ghawte, Joint Director (Agriculture), Nagpur Division, the situation has improved in the past few days. “In our area, paddy transplantation usually takes place between July 15 and August 15. Good rains in the past few days have come as a great relief. If rainfall continues in next few days and a week, situation will improve to a comfortable level,” he said. However, he warned, if rainfall discontinues, paddy transplantation may get affected.

As far as rainfall received between June 1 and August 12 is concerned, of a total 64 tehsils spread across six districts, only 16 have received surplus rainfall, two have met average, and remaining are still deficient. The highest deficient tehsil is Armori (57 per cent) in Gadchiroli district, followed by Dhanora (54 per cent), Gadchiroli (40 per cent); Nagbhid in Chandrapur district; Lakhandur and Sakoli tehsils (39 per cent each) in Bhandara district. Interestingly, Bhamragad tehsil in Gadchiroli district has received the highest surplus rainfall, 46 per cent higher than average.

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Union Govt clears NDRF Academy in Orange City

Now, the announcement has been made from the highest level. Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, announced on Wednesday in the Rajya Sabha that an integrated National Disaster ... Read More
Now, the announcement has been made from the highest level. Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, announced on Wednesday in the Rajya Sabha that an integrated National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Academy will be created at Nagpur by merging the existing National Civil Defence College (NCDC) and National Fire Service College (NFSC).

‘The Hitavada’ had first reported about the decision of Union Home Ministry on July 30. O P Singh, Director General of NDRF, had disclosed this to ‘The Hitavada’ in an interview during his visit to NCDC here.

The proposed NDRF Academy will help provide specialised training to NDRF personnel in a dedicated manner and to ensure synergy in providing training to fire service, civil defence, and NDRF personnel, Rijiju told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

Further, the Union Minister of State in his written reply stated that at present NDRF personnel are trained at their respective NDRF battalion headquarters and the training institutions of Central Armed Police Forces. In case of a disaster in the country, aircraft are requisitioned from the Ministry of Defence on need basis and made available for airlifting NDRF personnel to the disaster site and for undertaking rescue operations.

At the end of the month of July, O P Singh, Director General of NDRF, and S S Guleria, Deputy Inspector General (Operations), had visited Nagpur to discuss issues relating to merger of NCDC and NFSC. Then, he had stated that NDRF Academy would be set up on 200 acre land on Koradi Road. The process of total merger and smooth functioning will take place three years, and by this time, construction work at Koradi Road site will be completed, he had said.

However, it is not yet clear whether the NDRF Academy will impart training in Civil Defence and fire service. Over the years, a network of trained Civil Defence volunteers has been set up across the country to respond alongside military and para-military personnel in case of natural or manmade disaster. Whether and how will that network be used, also is not clear at this stage. Recently, on August 1, NFSC re-launched Bachelor of Engineering (Fire) course after a gap of 15 years after getting approval from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The four-year course was inaugurated in co-ordination with NDRF.

It may be mentioned here that the announcement for the country’s first National Institute of Disaster Response (NIDR), as it was referred to previously, was made in the year 2013. At NIDR, it was proposed, personnel of NDRF as well as Central and State forces and units from other countries would be trained. The land on the outskirts of Kamptee, along Koradi Road, was identified. Then, National Disaster Management Authority was to set up NIDR.

About NCDC and NFSC

The present-day National Civil Defence College (NCDC) was founded on April 29, 1957 as Central Emergency Relief Training Institute (CERTI) to support Emergency Relief Organisation of the Central Government. It was the first disaster management training institute of the country.

As per the NCDC website, the conflicts of 1962 and 1965 compelled the Government of India to reorient its emergency training activities from natural disasters to those relating to protection of life and property, reducing damage, and raising public morale during any war emergency. Hence, CERTI was renamed as National Civil Defence College on April 1, 1968. In 2002, Union Ministry of Home Affairs recognised NCDC as nodal training institute for nuclear, biological, and chemical emergencies training. It has been training the Trainers from ITBP, CRPF, BSF, CISF, etc to prepare their personnel for organisation of National Disaster Reponse Force. At present, NCDC is headed by Dr G S Saini. As far as National Fire Service College (NFSC) is concerned, the idea was first conceived in the meeting of Expert Committee held in the year 1950. Initially, NFSC was established at Rampur in Uttar Pradesh in 1956. Later, it was shifted to Nagpur considering geographical and climatic advantage. The college is housed at the Old Settlement Commissionerate Building. The premises have been modified to suit the requirements of NFSC, with sufficient space for conducting fire drills and demonstrations. Dr Shamim heads NFSC at present.

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UAV Nishant to bolster forces ‘vision’ in Naxal-hit areas

CENTRAL Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is likely to get UAV Nishant and the proposal is pending for approval with Union Home Ministry. In an official written reply to ‘The Hitavada,’ Dr K Tamilm... Read More
CENTRAL Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is likely to get UAV Nishant and the proposal is pending for approval with Union Home Ministry. In an official written reply to ‘The Hitavada,’ Dr K Tamilmani, DRDO (Aero) disclosed that demo flights of Nishant to CRPF at operational site, have been completed successfully. Nishant will get operational with CRPF within next 18 months.

Describing role of Nishant in Naxal-infested area, the Director General said that Nishant UAV can play a key role in dealing with the low intensity conflicts abetted by Naxalites or other insurgents creating internal disturbance.

The UAV carries a stabilised platform with two sensor viz. daylight TV and forward looking infrared (FLIR) sensor for night photography.

UAV is capable of providing real time imagery to the ground commanders within 160 km of range avoiding all risk to human life or manned search aircraft operating in hostile territory or in poor weather conditions and in hazardous environment.

The UAV fitted with sensors can be used to safely perform the search to locate and identify elements of ‘importance’ in Naxal infested areas. He also informed that UAV Nishant on completion of successful field trials under extreme weather conditions has been evaluated for Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI), Electro-Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) and Maintenance Evaluation Trials (MET) trials. The system was found to be fit for induction into services. Presently, the UAV Nishant inducted into Army are used for operations in Western sector of the country, it is learnt. The military UAV is a highly mobile and can undertake day/ night battle field reconnaissance, surveillance, target tracking and localisation.

It can attain maximum speed of 150 km per hour. UAV Nishant can be launched from an all-terrain hydro pneumatic launcher and is recovered with the help of on board parachute system and an underbelly airbag.

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Nagpur Garden Club flower arrangement course concludes

VALEDICTORY function of flower arrangement training course, conducted by the Nagpur Garden Club, was held on Monday. Subhash Deopujari, Deputy Editor of ‘The Hitavada’, was the chief guest... Read More
VALEDICTORY function of flower arrangement training course, conducted by the Nagpur Garden Club, was held on Monday. Subhash Deopujari, Deputy Editor of ‘The Hitavada’, was the chief guest. Deopujari lauded Nagpur Garden Club for spreading the message of environment awareness among the citizens and imparting valuable knowledge to participants to enhance their creativity in making novel flower arrangements. Certificates were distributed to the participants at the hands of Deopujari. Floral tributes were also paid to former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on the occasion. Participants also presented their eye-catching creations. Anuja Parchure was the course incharge. Also present were Anupama Gijre, S M Joshi, Dr V Khanzode, Dr Sunita Sharma, Sharad Paliwal and K Karmarkar. Padma Deshraj proposed a vote of thanks.

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No VIP or VVIP slot at Nagpur Airport terminal building, reveals RTI query

PRESENTLY there is no VIP or VVIP slot fixed at the entrance of terminal building at Nagpur’s Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport. The Emergency Lane has been provided in front of the t... Read More
PRESENTLY there is no VIP or VVIP slot fixed at the entrance of terminal building at Nagpur’s Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport. The Emergency Lane has been provided in front of the terminal building which is earmarked for use of emergency vehicles such as Fire Tender, Ambulance, disabled passenger vehicles and persons mentioned in the Blue book issued by Government of India. If one enters into the terminal building premises of Nagpur Airport one could see one emergency lane from near the departure gate. The barricades are kept there. This lane is being used rampantly by everyone. Secondly, they drop the passengers and stay there till the passenger departs. According to rules the vehicles should not stay there after dropping or picking up the passenger. The security and issues related to it outside terminal building but in the premises are handled by Maharashtra Police. But they failed to curb such practices like parking of vehicles for long or entrance of anybody other than important persons. Previous Deputy Commandant of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Sudhir Kumar had sent a letter to then Commissioner of Police K K Pathak. But no steps were taken. The Blue Book clearly mentions that except President, Vice-President, Prime Minister, Speaker of Lok Sabha, Chief Justice and other Judges of Supreme Court and High Courts, Governors and Chief Ministers, Attorney General of India, Comptroller and Auditor General of India and others holding constitutional and statutory posts, replied MIHAN India Limited in a query put by RTI Activist Abhay Kolarkar. A total of 1,258 private aircrafts have been landed at Nagpur Airport from January 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Nagpur Airport has recovered Rs 80,53,449 as landing charges, Rs 10,38,262 as parking charges and Rs 9,67,177 as passenger service fees. Replying to another question of Abhay Kolarkar, MIL said that the abandoned aircraft belonging to M/s Continental Aviation Pvt Ltd is lying in the operational area of the Airport. During the said period no revenue has been received. There is very remote probability of recovery of any charges from the company. Due to very high uncertainty over the realisation of dues, no revenue is recognised in the books of account.

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Nagpur distt’s oldest club gets a new look

The historical and picturesque Kamptee Cantonment Club, which was established in the year 1877, has been renovated and is all set for re-opening on the eve of Independence Day. The oldest club ... Read More
The historical and picturesque Kamptee Cantonment Club, which was established in the year 1877, has been renovated and is all set for re-opening on the eve of Independence Day. The oldest club of Nagpur district has been got a new look and will mark the occasion with a grand ceremony. In 1821, a contingent of 14,000 British and Indian Army personnel alongwith a Camel Corps, Cavalry and Artillery moved in from Secunderabad to Nagpur under the command of a Brigadier General and were stationed at Sitabuldi Fort. Kamptee Cantonment was established in 1823 on the southern banks of river Kanhan just below the confluence of rivers Pench and Kolar. In 1877, the Jagirdar of Kamptee D B Sir Kasturchand Daga, ACIE, gifted the present building to the British Army as a club for the officers of the Regimentals stationed at Kamptee. And, thus came into being the Kamptee Cantonment Club. According to Wg Cdr Sameer Gangakhedkar, Public Relations Officer (Defence), Kamptee Cantonment is presently the home to the oldest and senior-most regiment in the Indian Army -- Brigade of The Guards; together with National Cadet Corps (NCC) Officers’ Training Academy, 333 Msl Bde, Institute of Military Law, Army Postal Services Centre and Records and a well-equipped Military Hospital to take care of health of the soldiers. Kamptee Cantonment Club is well-equipped with recreational facilities like billiards table, table tennis, and badminton court. The gazebo on the river-side lawn makes a picturesque viewing of river Kanhan. The famous ‘Hava Ghar’ of the club once used to be Band Stand. Further, there is a well-stocked library at the club, with a wide range of collection of books.

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Anti-Naxal operations units without full-time heads

Can one expect the army to fight a war without commander? At least, Maharashtra Government expects so in case of anti-Naxalite operations. For over one year, Anti-Naxalite Operations (ANO) headqu... Read More
Can one expect the army to fight a war without commander? At least, Maharashtra Government expects so in case of anti-Naxalite operations. For over one year, Anti-Naxalite Operations (ANO) headquartered at Nagpur is functioning without any full-time head. Similar is the case with other critical posts in the operations against Maoists. Despite best efforts of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who has made it mandatory for officers to serve in Vidarbha and in naxal-infested districts, the vacancies are yet to be filled. Since the transfer of Anup Kumar Singh one year ago, the post of Inspector General of Police (ANO) is lying vacant. Anup Kumar Singh is currently posted as Joint Commissioner of Police (Administration), Mumbai Police. Rajvardhan, Joint Commissioner of Police, Nagpur, is holding additional charge as IG (ANO). The task of Joint Commissioner of Police, Nagpur, itself is a big one as the city is growing in prominence. Whereas, the position of IG (ANO) requires full-time attention as it is critical from operations point of view. There are other vacancies also in ANO. These include one of Deputy Superintendent of Police, one of Police Inspector, one of Assistant Police Inspector, two of Head Constable, seven Naik Police Constables, and clerical staff. Special Action Group (SAG) headquartered at Nagpur, also is without full-time Superintendent of Police. Previously, Shrikant Dhiware was SP (SAG). On his transfer, Anant Rokde joined in. However, within three days, for reasons best known to the authorities, Rokde was transferred to Government Railway Police as SP. Since then, sources said, he is holding additional charge as SP (SAG). In fact, it has been held since long that SAG should be headquartered not at Nagpur but at Gadchiroli, the headquarters of Naxal-affected district. But, SAG is headquartered at Nagpur to facilitate training at Unconventional Operations Training Centre (UOTC). The post of Deputy Inspector General of Police (Gadchiroli Range) also is without full-time officer. Ravindra Kadam, an officer with a long experience in dealing with anti-Naxal operations, was transferred on promotion to Nagpur Range as Special Inspector General of Police. Since then, Kadam is holding additional charge as DIG (Gadchiroli Range). However, as is the case, Kadam is busy looking after politically sensitive matters relating to law and order situation in Nagpur, Wardha, Bhandara, and Chandrapur districts under Nagpur Range. He cannot devote full time to duties pertaining to sensitive districts of Gadchiroli and Gondia under Gadchiroli Range. Thus, these critical posts are being looked after by officers in additional charge. The laxity on part of the Home Department of State Government in appointing full-time officers is hitting hard the anti-Maoist operations. To make the matters worse, several officers are reluctant to join in the Naxal-affected districts of Gadchiroli and Gondia. According to an officer in the know of things, during the recent visit of Sanjeev Dayal, Director General of Police, to an armed out-post in Gadchiroli district, he was shocked to see that the officer in-charge posted there could not point to the exact location of the out-post on the area map. This, said another officer, is a result of lack of full-time commanders at top levels. The full-time commanders can monitor the situation and also guide the ground-level force about several aspects including operational, strategic, tactical, and logistical. Besides, lack of full-time commanders also affects operational preparedness and morale of the fighting force on ground, he added.

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CISF takes over security of RSS headquarters

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on Tuesday took over the security of Headquarters of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at Mahal and would provide ‘Z-plus cover to Sarsanghachalak Dr... Read More
Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on Tuesday took over the security of Headquarters of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at Mahal and would provide ‘Z-plus cover to Sarsanghachalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat. The decision was taken by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, in view of potential threats by Pakistan-backed Islamic terrorist organisations. A strong team of about 150 heavily armed highly-trained commandoes of the CISF, led by an officer of the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police arrived in the Second Capital. After holding discussions with top brass of the City Police and Special Protection Unit (SPU), the CISF contingent took over the security of RSS chief Dr Bhagwat and Sangh building. Earlier, special teams of City Police and State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) were deployed at the RSS Headquarters, Mahal. It is learnt that the CISF team has been accomodated at Bhauji Daftari School after some corporators and political activists had opposed the government’s move to handover a primary school run by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) at Untkhana to the CISF. The decision was taken to accomodate the new guards at Bhauji Daftari School after the CISF chief had asked the NMC for land to construct quarters for them. The new accommodation of the CISF team is nearer to the Sangh building at Mahal. It was being used by the security guards of the City Police and SRPF guarding RSS Headquarters. Security in and around the RSS headquarters has been tightened in view of potential threats from Pakistan’s ISI-backed Islamic terrorist organisations, particularly after the execution of 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon in Nagpur Central Jail on July 30. RSS Headquarters had always been targetted by Islamic terrorist organisations, including Lashkar-e-taiba (LeT) and banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). SIMI ultras had planted two powerful pipe bombs with programme timers at Badkas Square and Mahal office of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on May 21, 2001. The city police’s Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) with the assistance of experts from Indian Army had successfully defused the bomds. Similarly, three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants from Pakistan, had made a futile attempt to blow up the RSS headquarters in June 2006. A special team of Nagpur Police gunned down all the three terrorists a few metres from the RSS Building and seized sophisticated AK series rifles, hand grenades and RDX from them. A senior official told ‘The Hitavada’ that armed security guards of the city police would also be deployed in the vicinity of the RSS Headquarters in addition to deployment of CISF guards for security of Sarsanghachalak Dr Bhagwat.

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Rain fury inundates city

TUESDAY evening witnessed one of the heaviest pounding of the season and within minutes city appeared virtually at sea. In matter of minutes, every major thoroughfare got submerged under several ... Read More
TUESDAY evening witnessed one of the heaviest pounding of the season and within minutes city appeared virtually at sea. In matter of minutes, every major thoroughfare got submerged under several feet of water. Within two hour the city received 8 mm of rains while overall from 8.30 am to 8.30 pm the rainfall measured was 19.2 mm, said the local Meteorological Office. Meanwhile, shortcomings in pre-monsoon work done by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) again came to fore as citizens had to trudge through knee deep water. The water-logging also exposed faulty execution of works that resulted in stagnation of water in such a short time. People were literally caught unawares as speed of downpour turned every other major roads into mini lakes as water came gushing and there was no outlet for it. Those on road appeared clueless where to head as visibility dropped to just a few feet and continuous thunderous lightning overhead made matters worse. Call it panic or hurry to reach home, citizens disregarded basic instinct and got stalled in middle at various places in city where water-logging occurred. There was just water and water everywhere in city after about one hour of pounding and perhaps it was one of the heaviest downpours of the season. Most importantly, the timing of the rains caused panic to set in, more so due to intense lightning. Just around office closure time, the rains began and within few minutes reports began coming in of traffic jams and nullahs in spate. This time also water flooded basement of several apartments/ buildings in city as water level in nullahs rose swiftly. Another reason was non-cleaning of storm water drains and haphazardly built concrete drains by roadside. In last few days NMC had cleared the opening of storm water drains alongside several roads to make way for water to flow in smoothly. However, most of these drains are clogged due to disposal of waste by citizens over the years. Since last few days skies did get overcast and rains to began on thunderous note but everything was over within minutes. On Tuesday, however was a different story. Around 4.30 pm the rains started and within minutes low-lying areas were flooded. Reports of water-logging was reported from Mariyam Nagar, in front of CTO in Civil Lines. On Sitabuldi fly-over a long line of vehicles could be seen due to traffic jam at Rahate Colony T-point. This was due to water-logging at the island due to which buses plying towards Wardha and Yavatmal occupied the remaining half of road causing traffic to slow down considerably. The office of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic Control Branch, too faced the brunt of heavy rains as the approach to it was cut off. Ironically NMC’s Central Office is a few metres from the Traffic Control Branch and yet it could not be of any advantage for cops. The island was water-logged as the storm water drains have not been cleaned inspite of repeated complaints. Several trees were also uprooted due to strong wind pressure accompanied by heavy rains. Citizens said two-wheelers riders and low floored four-wheelers got stalled at Padole Square on Ring Road, on Ghat Road at Sardar Patel Square, Baidyanath Square, and other places. While two-wheeler riders could push their way out, for four-wheeler drivers it was a horrid time. House Collapse: A house crashed in Mahal area during the downpour on Tuesday, said officials of Fire and Emergency Services of NMC. The house behind Bhonsla Ved Shala collapsed as it was in dilapidated state. A team of Fire and Emergency Team went to the spot but found the site abandoned.

Narrow escape for 32 employees of Explosives Co staffers as bus stranded in overflowing nullah

For 32 employees of Economic Explosives Company it was close call after their bus got stranded in the middle of an overflowing nullah at Kondhali on Tuesday. The bus got stranded between Bazargaon and Shiva village, about 30 kms from city, in aftermath of heavy rains in the evening today. Swift action on part of district disaster response team and timely arrival of police force saved a major disaster. The bus had left the company at 4.30 pm and was heading towards Nagpur with 32 employees, including ten women. While negotiating a flooded nullah, the bus (MH-40/Y-6863) having its engine in rear got stuck on the road. Police said water gushed inside the engine and hence it got stalled. Soon water level started rising and panic gripped the employees who frantically dialled their superiors and police and their relatives. As help was still away the water in the meantime started rising fast leaving the employees fearing for their life. The employees somehow gathered themselves and they broke the window pane on front side and climbed atop the roof. The company officials swung into action and contacted officials of District Collector and Nagpur Rural Police. A word was sent out to Nagpur Emergency and Fire Services. A joint operation was undertaken and a motor boat was pressed into service to rescue the stranded workers. The employees were rescued with the help of rope, said police team which reached the spot from Kondhali. Thousands of villagers had also were gathered as news spread like wild fire in nearby villages. Tehsildar Sachin Gosavi, Congress leaders Nana Gawande, Sunita Gawande and others visited the spot. Finally, when all the employees were rescued everyone heaved a sigh of relief. Katol: Meanwhile, Our Katol Correspondent also reported that nullahs in the tehsil are in spate following heavy rains on Tuesday evening. The weekly market was in progress when rains lashed and the intensity caught shoppers and vendors off guard. Normal life was thrown out of gear following the downpour. Traffic on interior roads got stalled as nullah were in spate and police as a precautionary measure stopped plying of vehicles.

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Bombay HC CJ Shah to open e-Court today

Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Mohit Shah will inaugurate ‘E-Court’ at Nagpur bench on Monday morning. All the sitting judges of Nagpur bench will also grace the function. The e-Court i... Read More
Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Mohit Shah will inaugurate ‘E-Court’ at Nagpur bench on Monday morning. All the sitting judges of Nagpur bench will also grace the function. The e-Court is functional at Mumbai and now Nagpur will also have its first e-Court. Initially working of one court will be conducted on experimental basis. The e-Court would entertain petitions on e-mails and totally eliminate paper work. The e-court is a central government initiative to computerise district and subordinate courts as well as upgrade the infrastructure of the Supreme Court and High Courts. Technology is being used in almost all the fields and hence the Bombay High Court has also decided to go hi-tech and attempt to dispense faster justice to people through e-courts at its benches.

Initially, lawyers are expected to file the soft and hard copies of their petition through e-filing. Later, this would be done away with. Television screens will also be installed in the court rooms so that the lawyers can give power point presentations in the court to explain their point in a better manner. In the e-court, the judge would go through the petition on the screen by switching on the computer. Similarly, the Shristidar would also refer to the petition on the computer. The lawyers would go through the contents of the petition in their laptops and submit arguments on that basis.

HCBA to fete CJ Shah today

High Court Bar Association will felicitate Chief Justice Mohit Shah during his two-day visit to Nagpur. The function will be held at HCBA auditorium on Monday afternoon. Chief Justice Shah is retiring next month and probably this is his last visit to Nagpur bench. During his tenure Chief Justice Shah approved many demands made by HCBA and legal fraternity for improvement in infrastructure. Even existing media room in the High Court was sanctioned by him for mediapersons within no time. A release issued by HCBA President Arun Patil and Secretary Shraddhanand V Bhutada has urged legal fraternity to attend the function in large numbers.

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Govt keen to ensure transparency in works: CM

PUTTING bureaucrats on notice, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, State Government is keen to ensure transparency in public functioning and efforts to derail these measures would be dealt w... Read More
PUTTING bureaucrats on notice, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, State Government is keen to ensure transparency in public functioning and efforts to derail these measures would be dealt with strictly. Governance is meant to ensure people do not face trouble while getting services from Government Department and Government from time to time introduces new techniques and systems to speed-up delivery of services. However, it has come to notice that some disgruntled elements bring bad name to Government through their unacceptable practices and Government would not spare such persons now, warned Chief Minister while speaking here on Sunday.

The programme was ‘Samadhan Shibir’ organised at Ishwar Deshmukh Sabhagruha, Krida Square, Hanuman Nagar. Fadnavis inaugurated the Shibir meant for addressing grievances of citizens residing in South Nagpur Assembly segments. Union Minister for Surface Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari, presided. Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Mayor Pravin Datke, MLAs Sudhakar Deshmukh, Krishna Khopde, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Kohale, MLC Anil Sole, Divisional Commissioner Anup Kumar, Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Chairman of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) Shyam Wardhane, District Collector Sachin Kurve, Standing Committee (NMC) Chief Ramesh Singare and others were prominently present on the dais.

Reminding Government employees that satisfaction of citizens is primary task and no leniency would be tolerated on that front. Chief Minister singled out City Survey offices where maximum complaints arise due to officials inaction and asked senior officials to put an end to suffering of citizens. There are complaints about delay in sanctioning maps and in issuance of title certificates and people suffer unnecessarily, he said while asking officials to put house in order. He assured citizens that Government is aware of their difficulties and technological updates are being introduced to speed-up work process.

‘CISCO to invest in Nagpur’

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on the occasion informed about the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between State Government and CISCO company, for making Nagpur a Smart City. The MoU is going to see generation of employment opportunities for youths here as CISCO is going make significant investment here. Praising the concept of Samadhan Shibir, the CM said, it has great significance as citizens are getting their issues resolved here. “About 81 applications from 1336 received were solved in first Samadhan Shibir,” the Chief Minister informed.

Giving relief to residents of unauthorised lay-outs, Fadnavis directed officials to ready master plan for development of these lay-outs. A special meeting would be called at Mantralaya to resolve the issue of unauthorised lay-outs.

Stop corrupt practices: Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari also did not mince words while criticising the corrupt practices in Government Departments and exhorted citizens to send such corrupt officers to jail. Commenting on unauthorised layout, Gadkari demanded that builders and developers who created this mess should also be punished.

He disclosed that Union government has sanctioned Rs 292 crore for cementing inner Ring Road.

Underground power supply lines: Bawankule

In a move to make Nagpur a smart city, Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule announced that all power supply lines would be laid underground in the city. Interruption in “Power supply is a regular feature in city and we have decided to go lay underground cable. Offices of Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana should be established in every assembly segment wise, he further said.

MLA Sudhakar Kohale, District Collector Sachin Kurve, NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane, Municipal Commissioner and Shravan Hardikar also expressed their views.

Smart City Idea challenge

Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar asked citizens to contribute their suggestions so that they can be taken-up while planning for Smart City. He further informed that Chief Minister has launched Smart City idea challenge.

641 applications on first day

A total of 641 applications were received at Samadhan Shibir on Sunday. According to information, 155 applications pertained to NMC, 254 of NIT, MSEDCL- 34, MHADA-17, Land Records- 43, Deputy District Registrar (Co-operative) 15, Health Department- 14, Social Justice Department-07, District Industries Centre-1, Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana-1, MSRTC-5 and other departments- 92.

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‘History be learnt beyond curriculum’

Students are being programmed to pass examinations, take up higher education, go abroad to earn good pay packets, and contribute to development of a foreign country. This is happening because the... Read More
Students are being programmed to pass examinations, take up higher education, go abroad to earn good pay packets, and contribute to development of a foreign country. This is happening because they have never been exposed to India’s glorious history in a manner that would allow patriotism to seep in their veins and win over their confidence to give the nation a much-needed course correction. It is time to think of history education beyond the confines of curriculum, to help the nation regain self-respect, increase self-reliance, and make the students take pride in the development of India.

This was the firm opinion arrived at in ‘The Hitavada’ College Principals’ Conclave held at Hotel Centre Point here on Sunday. Banwarilal Purohit, Managing Editor of ‘The Hitavada’ and former MP, was the chief guest. Rajendra Purohit, Managing Partner; Vijay Phanshikar, Editor; Asawari Shenolikar, Magazine Editor; Rahul Pande, City Editor; Subhash Deopujari, Deputy Editor; D T Nandanpawar, Senior Editor. Three eminent speakers namely Sumant Tekade, Head of the Department of Management, S B Jain Institute of Engineering and Management; Dr Shubha Johri, Head of the Department of History, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University; and Dr Purabi Bhattacharya, Head of the Department of History, S F S College, were invited to speak on the occasion.

In his thought-provoking speech, Purohit said that India had been the guide to the world long ago. “How can we retain our lost glory, and make India ‘Vishwa Guru’ again, needs our attention,” he said. He highlighted the importance of ‘The Hitavada’ College Principals’ Conclave that brought together city’s intelingentsia once in a year to share with ‘The Hitavada’ ideas on expanding the shores of knowledge.

Tracing the glorious history of ‘The Hitavada’, Purohit said that the legendary Gopal Krishna Gokhale founded the newspaper in 1911. Gokhale, with his foresight, had urged Barrister Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to return to India from South Africa stating that his motherland needed him more. Everyone knows the story of transformation of Barrister M K Gandhi into Mahatma Gandhi later on, he added.

Shedding light on how the British destroyed rich history, culture, and sound education system of India, Purohit stressed upon the need to inculcate pride among youngsters of the country through history education beyond the confines of curriculum. He paid glowing tributes to Rani Laxmibai, Maharana Pratap, Lokmanya Tilak, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and other freedom fighters for making sacrifices while fighting for Independence to India from foreign rule. He narrated events from the lives of Maharana Pratap and also recited famous lines from eminent poetess Subhadrakumari Chauhan on Rani Laxmibai. “We have to look within and introspect if these sacrifices have gone waste. Our efforts are lacking in making India boast of people with good character and role models,” said Purohit.

Stressing upon the significance of Nagpur, he said that it was the ‘heart’ of India with geographical landmark in the form of Zero Mile. He recollected that he compared the city of Nagpur with orange, in his maiden speech in Parliament. Like segments or carpels of orange, Nagpur also is blessed with rich diversity of cultures and brotherhood, he said.

Quoting an example of social harmony in Nagpur, Purohit pointed out that Shri Ram Shobha Yatra that commenced from Poddareshwar Ram Mandir on Ram Navmi was accorded a grand welcome by Muslim brethren in Mominpura. Similarly, there are churches, temples, and other places of worship. “Hence, it is all the more important to deliver a message of a much-needed positive change, from this place,” he said. He urged the teachers to teach youngsters about cleanliness. Giving examples of the United States and Singapore, he added that there visitors became changed persons all by themselves.

“We follow ethics meticulously but we need to improve. Achievements must be highlighted to enable next generation to know about glorious history. For, glorious past offers inspiration to present-day generation to do better in future. All the college Principals need to make it their mission to shape the students into proud citizens of India with a strong national character,” Purohit said. ‘The Hitavada’ will be a partner in this endeavour of character building and nation building, he assured. He appealed to the learned gathering to think of self-respect by shunning foreign goods and contributing to making India self-reliant.

Aasawari Shenolikar conducted the proceedings while Humera Meryam Hussein proposed a vote of thanks.

Action plan needed to change mindset towards history: Prof Sumant Tekade

Prof Sumant Tekade, Head of the Department of Management, S B Jain Institute of Engineering and Management, made a powerful thought-provoking speech. Sharing anecdotes and providing them right perspective, he stressed upon the need of changing the mindset towards history from an academic subject to something beyond curriculum. Prof Tekade congratulated ‘The Hitavada’ for its commitment to issues that would help change mindset of students. Recalling that India was known as ‘Sone ki Chidiya’ once upon a time as it had all the prosperity and peace, with solid foundation of culture. However, the invaders and foreign rulers destroyed culture and tweaked history for their convenience, and looted India. He gave examples of scientific and technological advancements in ancient India, skills in fine weaving of ‘Malmal’ (satin), ancient system of medicine ‘Ayurved’, knowledge about astronomy and several other things that were well-documented but little explored. India had a good know-how on development of warships, aeroplanes, brilliant architects who designed Bodhgaya, and whose design principles were used in Angkorvat Temple. ‘Bodhayan Sutra’ was a mathematical wonder, but not many know about it, he rued. The foreign rulers, especially the British, destroyed Indian education system. They introduced focus on academics only as it fulfilled their requirement of generating clerical manpower that served them. Prof Tekade, who was a recruiter for Wipro, said that he recruited around 1,500 youngsters. “I interviewed many youngsters and realised that students were good in academics but lacked attitude to excel. Those who mugged up to score more were depressed that they were not getting good jobs. How will they develop right attitude if teachers themselves guide them to seek education that will get them jobs in the US?” he asked.

To change the situation, Prof Tekade stressed, mindset towards learning of history and learning from history has to change positively. “This mindset will not change, if we do not tell stories of real life heroes to our children. Sadly, in many homes, parents watch daily sops and ask children to watch cartoon serials. Tales of Mahabharata are forgoten, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s guerilla warfare techniques that are being taught to British Army soldiers are forgotten, he lamented.

Teachers must know about glorious chapters of the country’s history. If they have to teach children, they must know it first, Prof Tekade said. He suggested ways to overcome the present-day challenges in this regard. “There could be yearly programmes in which two speakers take time to address the students on history beyond curriculum,” he said. He promised to come up with an action plan in this regard by September 1.

Course-correction needed: Dr Purabi Bhattacharya

Dr Purabi Bhattacharya, Head of the Department of History, S F S College, expressed concern about young people having little interest in the subject of history. She exhorted the gathering to teach history at college level to make students understand the past to strengthen moral and spiritual values. “Colleges have made teaching of History a traditional activity. Students memorise History mindlessly in schools and colleges. Class-room teaching is examination-oriented. As a result, the standard of examining answer books of History in examinations is not reliable,” Dr Bhattacharya observed. Students, too, are in the dark on how their papers are going to be evaluated, she added.

Dr Bhattacharya was critical of the system in which teachers dictated notes on History to students. “As a result, students are not trained to think independantly and critically. Teaching profession must be looked more as a vocation than a career. A good History teacher must read and enhance own skills to suit the level of understanding of students. A teacher must know anwers to all the questions and allow students to draw their own conclusions. They need to be inroduced to a new system of intellectual orientation. For this, we need to make a course correction,” she stressed.

Learning from history can change future: Dr Shubha Johri

Dr Shubha Johri, Head of the Department of History, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, traced the role played by Nagpur in India’s freedom struggle. “Learning of history is necessary to facilitate learning from history. This holds promise of changing the future,” she stressed. Throwing light on Nagpur’s role in India’s freedom struggle, Dr Johri mentioned about monumental contributions of Maganlal Bagdi, Hindusthani Lal Sena, Anusayabai Kale, Kamlabai Hospet. These people rekindled the spirit of patriotism and nationalism beyond the barriers of caste and religion. “There are many unsung heroes too. But, sadly, not many know about the role played by Nagpur in freedom struggle. All this can be told in academic sessions beyond curriculum,” she said.

“In the era of Google Search today, ability to grasp facts, tell story, study of human behaviour are still relevant. Sitabuldi is all about markets and flyover today. But very few know about soldiers who fought a brave battle, about eight persons hanged there around 200 years ago,” recalled Dr Johri.

“Today, we must have students who are well informed. Television has enhanced popularity of history with various serials, movies etc,” observed Dr Johri. She informed the gathering that RTM Nagpur University had started a short-term course in History that evoked very good response. She shared a number of ideas with the gathering to increase love and liking for History by encouraging historians to give boost to such trends.

“Colleges must organise and encourage visits to museums. Photo competitions based on monuments, inter-collegiate visits, book review sessions, movie clubs, talks on historic events, role-play contest on historical events, visits to places like Jallianwala Baugh, heritage walk etc could be some ideas,” Dr Johri exhorted. ‘Let us ignite minds, start revolutionary change’

Vijay Phanshikar, Editor of ‘The Hitavada’, appreciated the speakers for sharing their valuable thoughts and said that ‘The Hitavada’ had taken up the exercise of organising College Principals’ Conclave to ignite minds and partner with them to bring about a positive change in the field of education as a matter of calling. Phanshikar congratulated Prof Sumant Tekade for his brilliant action plan and urged others also to follow suit. College Principals’ Conclave is not a public relations exercise of ‘The Hitavada’ but a sincere effort to do something in the larger interest of humanity, he said. Describing ‘The Hitavada’ as an instrument of public service, he said that its objective was to trigger a thought-process to bring about a positive change that would lead to shaping the young minds into proud citizens of India. Of a total 500 students surveyed, only 12 could tell the importance of ‘August Kranti Din’, Phanshikar said. “This is a very sorry state of affairs. We are not aware of the turning points of history,” he lamented. He highlighted the importance of the War of Independence in 1857, narrated story of Indian soldier Mangal Pandey who shot a British officer, valour of Rani Laxmibai, able military leadership of Tatya Tope. He also told the gathering about Bhagat Singh throwing off all almonds and cashewnuts from a jar and preserving in it the blood-soaked soil from Jallianwala Baugh to keep him determined about fighting for the Independence of motherland.

Pointing out that children were taking to different streams leaving the subject of History and breaking away from the source of information, Phanshikar stressed upon the need to make efforts to connect such people again with the glorious past. He gave examples of Walchand Hirachand, who took revolutionary steps and started Hindustan Motors, Hindustan Aeronautics, and also ship-building, challenging the might of the British Empire. “This was a contribution to the freedom struggle of an individual,” he said.

“We must have an non-classroom curriculum to make Nagpur a hub of learning History,” Phanshikar observed. He paid rich tributes to legendary people like Walchand Hirachand, J R D Tata, Birla who gave India her blue-print for development and progress. He also spoke of the greatness of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya for his brilliant River Action Plan. He urged the gathering to teach such inspiring real-life tales from History to students. “Please start this in your respective institutions. For, a nation that forgets its history cannot become strong,” he said.

Phanshikar also made a mention of responsible journalism displayed by ‘The Hitavada’ when the newspaper gave deserving prominence to pay glowing tributes to late former President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, as against the news of hanging of a terror convict. The audience gave a loud applause to this in appreciation. “Let us look at this conclave as a possibility to start a revolutionary movement,” he appealed to the principals.

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Preparations for ‘Samadhan Shibir’ in last lap, Asha Pathan reviews arrangements

The preparations for ‘Samadhan Shibir’ scheduled to be held at Ishwar Deshmukh College of Physical Education, Krida Chowk, on Sunday from 11 am for grievances relating to South Nagpur const... Read More
The preparations for ‘Samadhan Shibir’ scheduled to be held at Ishwar Deshmukh College of Physical Education, Krida Chowk, on Sunday from 11 am for grievances relating to South Nagpur constituency, are in the last lap. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will personally remain present for the camp. Asha Pathan, Officer on Special Duty (Chief Minister’s Office, Nagpur), took stock of the preparations in a meeting held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat in Hyderabad House on Friday. Nishikant Sukey and Subhash Chaudhary, both Deputy Collectors, were present prominently in the meeting. Pathan asked the heads of the departments concerned to remain present at 11 am on Saturday to review the preparations in person. At the venue of the ‘Samadhan Shibir’, two enquiry booths have been set up under supervision of Shailendra Meshram, Deputy Collector. Raju Ranvir, Tehsildar of Hingna; Mogarkar, Deputy Engineer with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC); Akshay Poyam, Naib Tehsildar, will look after Enquiry Booth-I. Sheetal Yadav, Tehsildar; Bambode, Zone Officer, NMC Health Department; P M Gaddam, Naib Tehsildar, will look after Enquiry Booth-II. Prakash Sharma, Deputy Collector; and Pramod Bhusari, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, are in-charge for arrangements on the dais and inside the hall. M A Raut, Deputy District Election Officer; Khanorkar, Deputy Engineer; Kahalkar; Thakre, Tehsildar, have been entrusted with the task of department-wise compartments. Dr Dasarwar, Medical Officer; Mahesh Bokare, Dinesh Kalode, will take care of health and sanitation. Anita Meshram, Deputy Collector; Sachin Gosavi, Tehsildar; Samarth, will be in-charge for Control Room. Rathod and B S Meshram, both Deputy Collectors, will be entrusted with the task of accepting and disposing of the applications/complaints relating to Setu Kendra during the ‘Samadhan Shibir’. Adequate parking arrangements have been made at the venue of the camp. The administration has prepared a plan regarding entry and exit to applicants and dignitaries. Asha Pathan urged the people to co-operate and make the camp successful.

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288 applications received in City Survey-III camp

As many as 288 complaints and applications were received during the camp held at Bachat Bhavan in Collectorate premises here on Friday, relating to City Survey Office No 3. Of these, 108 were d... Read More
As many as 288 complaints and applications were received during the camp held at Bachat Bhavan in Collectorate premises here on Friday, relating to City Survey Office No 3. Of these, 108 were disposed of, and action was promised in remaining cases. Continuing with the initiative to rid the City Survey Offices of touts and middlemen, District Collector Sachin Kurve had organised the day-long camp to clear the pendency of cases with City Survey Office No 3. The camp was held between 10 am and 4 pm. The applicants had lined up to take token. Inside the hall, various desks were arranged to facilitate disposal of applications or to provide information about various procedures regarding land records and mutation. The camp had been organised to clear pendency relating to mutation, grievances of applicants, accepting new applications for mutation and issuing re-inspection notices the same day, making available copies of land records to applicants, clearing measurement cases, accepting new applications and fixing date of measurement etc. In the camp, a total of 77 new applications were received for mutation of property records. Of these, 38 were cleared on the spot while 39 awaited disposal. In 97 old cases, City Survey Office No. 3 assured action within a month. A total of 70 applications were received for provision of certified copy of land records, and these were provided in all the cases. Similarly, on 44 complaints received during the camp, the officials assured to take appropriate action within two months.

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HC strikes golden mean, protects interest of ryots, money-lenders

Disposing of around 31 writ petitions, mostly by licensed money-lenders from Saoner area of Nagpur district with certain directions attending to these petitioners’ concerns, Justice Bhushan Gav... Read More
Disposing of around 31 writ petitions, mostly by licensed money-lenders from Saoner area of Nagpur district with certain directions attending to these petitioners’ concerns, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain at the High Court have issued directions regarding grant of interest to family members according to notified rate applicable to non-agriculturists. The Court has clarified that money-lenders will have to return pledged articles seven days after issuance of the certificate and amounts to be paid to the money-lenders 15 days thereafter. Money-lenders will have to provide information which is to be statutorily maintained by them. If they do so, no coercive action can be taken against them. In terms of the Court’s direction, the subsisting loans according to periodical submissions being made by the money-lenders would be governed by the Government Resolution (GR) of April 10, 2015. These petitions were directed against the Government Resolution of April 10, 2015 and GR has been sought to be quashed on variable grounds. The petitioners had also sought quashing of the Circular of April 27, 2015 which has been issued by the commissioner-cum-Registrar of the Co-operative Societies. They had also sought stay of the Government Resolution. Senior Counsel Anil Mardikar, Advocates Makrand Agnihotri, Shrirang Bhandarkar and many other lawyers appeared for their respective clients. Asst SGI and Associate Advocate General Rohit Deo represented the Union and State Governments.

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Centre clears renewal of 50 MBBS seats in Akola, Yavatmal

After giving a nod to renewal of 50 additional MBBS seats in Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH), the Central Government has now given approval to renewal of 50 seats... Read More
After giving a nod to renewal of 50 additional MBBS seats in Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH), the Central Government has now given approval to renewal of 50 seats each in Akola Government Medical College and Hospital and Yavatmal’s late Vasantrao Naik Government Medical College and Hospital. This has taken total seats of MBBS in Vidarbha to 900.

Total 10 medical colleges of Maharashtra found place in 150 seats college club. Central Government had announced that the medical colleges which had 100 seats or 150 seats and had been running for last 10 years would get intake of 50 more. Yavatmal got included very easily but dispute was created in case of Akola and IGGMCH, but that was sorted out in the Court. The colleges got more seats but Government did not bother to create the infrastructure and other facilities as per the norms applicable for 150 seats. When a team of Medical Council of India (MCI) inspected these colleges it found many deficiencies. Both colleges filed compliance report and Government assured the MCI to remove the loopholes. Acting on the assurance, MCI had recommended Central Government to renew the approval and things fell in place. Medical aspirants are happy with the decision as their chances of getting admission for MBBS have brightened. Now, students who appeared in All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT), that was re-conducted and the result of which will be declared on August 25, would have a chance of more number of seats in these medical colleges. The quota of AIPMT is 15%.

Another advantage for students willing to take admission in any of these two colleges is that these colleges are already included in the list of medical colleges to be developed like All India Institute of Medical Science.

This year, two private colleges from Vidarbha willingly joined the admission process conducted by Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER). They were NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences, Nagpur and Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Medical College, Amravati.

Chandrapur’s administrative process begins

After a lot of struggle, the Chandrapur Medical College got started as far as admission process is concerned. Second round of MBBS ended on July 27. So special round was held for Chandrapur Medical College in the first week of August. The merit list would be displayed on August 12. The team of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) paid a visit on Friday as a formality.

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Good rainfall swells storage in dams across division

The good rainfall since past week has swelled the water storage across dams in Nagpur Division, adding upto 316 MM3 water across the major projects. Last week, the water level in 17 dams was 1,... Read More
The good rainfall since past week has swelled the water storage across dams in Nagpur Division, adding upto 316 MM3 water across the major projects. Last week, the water level in 17 dams was 1,266 MM3 and as of August 7, post this week heavy rainfall, the water level has surged to 1,582 MM3. Though compared to last three years, this year, the storage is on lower side but if past five years’ average is considered, the current statistics are normal.

Nagpur Division has 17 major projects having designed capacity of 3,256.7 MM3 and it is holding 49% water stock which is quite healthy given that monsoon is still on. As to city the main concern is filling-up of Totladoh Dam whose capacity is 1,017 MM3 and it is filled up 57% having 585 MM3 of water stock. During last week the dam was having 299 MM3 of water, means past week rainfall has made quite a big difference and it was substantial. Kamptee Khairi which is the main source of water supply to Nagpur city is having 56% of useful water stock. Last week it was having 109 MM3 while this week it increased to 142 MM3.

During last year the same day, 17 big irrigation projects were having 2,199 MM3 of water stock while last year’s average stock was 1,288 MM3.

Medium projects: There are 40 medium projects having designed capacity of 551 MM3 and live stock as on August 7 was 224 MM3 which is about 41%. Last week, the stock available was 161 MM3. Compared to last few years, this year, the erratic rainfall has cast its impact on water storage as last year the same date the available stock was 380 MM3. The highest ever water stock during last five years was in year 2013 which was about 518 MM3.

Minor projects: Nagpur Division has about 310 minor category projects having capacity of 482 MM3 while stock available on August 7 was 157 MM3 which is about 33%. Last week stock was 116 MM3. The highest ever storage during last five years was 501 MM3 and lowest was in year 2013 when it was 95 MM3.

Heavy rains in MP increases inflow of water in Vidarbha

The heavy downpour in Madhya Pradesh has caused rivers to swell resulting in large inflow of water in Vidarbha region. The administration has started releasing water from Gosikhurd, while at Bagh and Wainganga the storage level is reaching near capacity.

At Gosikhurd, 14 gates were lifted by 0.50 metres to release 48,629 cusecs of water. The main problem with Gosikhurd is that the canals structure is not yet completed hence such huge amount of water has to be released. Water is also being released at Mathani in Nagpur District as Kanhan river is in spate and about 16,457 cusecs of water was released on Friday. The dam has designed capacity of 250.62 MM3 while on Friday the level was 252.31 MM3 which compelled authorities concerned release excess stock. Also in Deori in Gondia district about 34,050 cusecs of water was released from dam on Wainganga river. At Hinganghat from Wana and Bagulibuti in Chandrapur district and Wadsa in Gadchiroli districts water is being released from dams.

In Gondia district from Bagh reservoir is nearing its capacity owing to huge ingress of water form Madhya Pradesh side. The overflow level at the dam is 275 MM3 and it has already touched 276 MM3 level.

Similarly, water storage in Wainganga has reached 240.42 MM3 while its designed capacity is 237 MM3 while danger level is 240 MM3.

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Four leading coaching institutes, five junior colleges under I-T lens

IN a wake up call to entire educational sector and particularly those involved in running a parallel empire of coaching institutes with the blessings of education barons running junior colleges, ... Read More
IN a wake up call to entire educational sector and particularly those involved in running a parallel empire of coaching institutes with the blessings of education barons running junior colleges, Wednesday morning turned out to be a day of self-introspection. For the first time in the history of Nagpur, massive searches and surveys were conducted by Income-Tax Department, Nagpur on four reputed coaching institutes and five junior colleges for concealing enormous income thereby evading taxes. The coaching institutes and colleges which faced the music from the Income-Tax Department, Nagpur on Wednesday include Preeti Agrawal Coaching Classes, A B Jichkar’s Ideal Academy of Science, IIT Point, ICAD School of Learning, Marotrao Mude High School and Junior College, Major Hemant Jakate Junior College, Taywade College, Saint Paul Junior College and Atulesh Convent and Junior College.

According to sources, about 100 officials of Income-Tax Department, Nagpur descended on the office premises and residential premises of institutes and colleges at 8.00 am, and confiscated unaccounted hefty cash and receipts allegedly suppressed by directors. Those who were covered in the investigation include Preeti and Jagdish Agrawal, directors of Preeti Agrawal Coaching Classes, Ashish Jichkar, Director at IIT Point and A B Jichkar’s Ideal Academy of Science, Sarang Upganlawar, Prakash Upganlawar and Priyadarshini Upganlawar, directors of ICAD School of Learning, Dr Babanrao Taywade, Director of Taywade College, Mahendrabhau Marotrao Mude and Madhusudan Marotrao Mude, directors of Marotrao Mude High School and Junior College, Dr Rajabhau Taksande, Director of Saint Paul Junior College and Ashok Lachure, Director of Atulesh Convent and Junior College.

Altogether 13 searches and 24 surveys were conducted at various places like Nagpur, Mumbai, Kota (Rajasthan), Akola and Amravati. The coaching institutes are having strong network of branches at these places. The incident has created flutter in the education sector. Several fake names were resurfacing in the list of rumour millers thereby creating confusion.

If market grapevine is to be believed, ICAD School of Learning is billed as top leading institutes which was covered into investigation. It has five branches including those at Nagpur, Akola and Amravati. All the junior colleges that are under the lens of Income-Tax, Department were sending their students at the coaching institutes which in turn were paying hefty amount in return to the colleges. Sources said, students only use to get admission in these junior colleges for name sake and were engrossed in tuition classes at their respective coaching institutes where the colleges have verbally inked agreement. Sources alleged that all these coaching institute were taking ready cash in lakhs of rupees from students and in return were not giving them receipts of real amount taken from them. The students job is only to attend the practicals at the colleges and study at the coaching institutes.

Sources said that during course of regular assessment, it was discovered that the coaching institutes and colleges that have fallen into the net of the taxmen were not showing real income. All the real income and receipts were suppressed. Income-Tax Department was in quandary that if the income of the coaching institutes were not more, then how these coaching institutes were opening new branches at various places. From where they were receiving money or who were financing. All these factors raised eyebrows of taxmen which prompted them to conduct searches and surveys. Sources said that the Department has sealed the bank lockers of these coaching institutes and colleges. They have also laid their hands on huge amount of ready cash and incrementing documents. Some papers where the coaching institutes and colleges have parked their money in purchase of land were also taken into possession.. Looking at the empire of these coaching institutes, the search would continue for another two or three days, sources said. All the institutes were engaged in coaching various courses like AIPMT, IIT-JEE, AIEEE, BITSAT, MHT-CET, Maths, Science, Commerce, Arts and English. Sources said that the education system needs to be rectified as several junior colleges in the city were only running for name sake and supply their students to coaching institutes by inking a verbal agreement. This become win-win situation for both of them. It has now become a trend that children who aspire to become doctors and engineering are worried about their future and they insist their parents to permit them to join coaching institutes. “Some institutes enjoy clout in the coaching market after their students shine in the examinations. They automatically get ready students from colleges where verbal agreement had been signed and in return colleges get huge bucks from coaching institutes,” sources said. “Not all, but there are some junior colleges which did not have faith in keeping nexus with the coaching institutes and are taking efforts in teaching their students. Their students without tuition too have brought laurel and are now on various top posts in their respective career,” said an expert. Source said that there could not be only four coaching institutes and five junior colleges which are hand in gloves but the remaining too are likely to face action from taxmen.

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City lad develops legal app

Your android phone can now become ‘legally’ smart. With the installation of a legal app named ‘Daily Laws India’, android users can now have free access to a range of legal help and infor... Read More
Your android phone can now become ‘legally’ smart. With the installation of a legal app named ‘Daily Laws India’, android users can now have free access to a range of legal help and information including how to get the FIR registered, various laws concerning women’s safety as well as how to frame and file an RTI application . The app has been downloaded by over 1000 users within ten days of it being available on android playstore.

Parth Chandra, a graduate from the prestigious Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) Raipur, conceived the idea of an android based legal app through which common citizens can seek at least preliminary relevant information about how to proceed in their specific case. Parth Chandra got in touch with two software engineers Ankur Khemani and Akshay Jain to develop this app.

Parth said that the app provides information in five categories including FIR, Women, Consumer, Others and Bare Acts. While the FIR section provides users with application format in the name of Superintendent of Police and it can be used if the police station refuses to file FIR, informs Parth Chandra. The women’s section conveys relevant legal information on domestic violence or dowry related laws. Similarly, the consumer section provides users with readymade application format which can then be submitted in consumer court.

Parth has specially developed this app keeping Nagpur in mind. In the Others section, there are numbers of the Anti-Corruption Bureau wherein citizens can directly approach the authorities. There is also a Government website pgportal.gov.in where online grievances can be registered which will be addressed within 60 days.

There is also a special feature in this app where start up companies can go in for the legal formality, which makes this app cost effective and time saving.

Parth recounts his own bitter experience with an online vendor where he suffered bad service and had to opt for legal recourse to get properly compensated.

It was this experience that led him to conceive such a legal app. He said that Bare Acts section in his legal app elaborates about various sections of IPC, CrPC, CPC, Evidence, Constitution of India and is also useful for law students as a ready reckoner. “This is probably India’s first legal app that addresses the issues of the common man on the practical front”, concludes Parth.

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Vidarbha receives 21 pc excess rainfall in Aug so far

INCESSANT rains that lashed Vidarbha region during the week have wiped out deficiency in most of the districts. As per the statistics compiled by Meteorological Department, Vidarbha received exce... Read More
INCESSANT rains that lashed Vidarbha region during the week have wiped out deficiency in most of the districts. As per the statistics compiled by Meteorological Department, Vidarbha received excess rainfall during the week from July 30 to August 5. The total rainfall was 103.2 mm whereas average precipitation is around 81 mm, which means there was excess of 21%. The rainy season this year has been quite unpredictable and schedule has been swaying of late giving nightmares to farmers and policy makers.

Overall since start of rainy season from June 1 till August 5 barring two districts, Gadchiroli and Yavatmal, which are still deficient, the position of rains in other nine districts is satisfactory. In both districts there is deficiency of 21% respectively. The total rainfall in all eleven districts of Vidarbha till August 5 was 494.5 mm while normal rainfall by this period is 539.6 mm which is still 8% less but this deviation is considered as normal. The two days of rains, particularly Tuesday received more, was due to low pressure area over East Madhya Pradesh that turned into depression.

The heavy rainfall has boosted sowing of paddy in the Eastern Vidarbha region. So far farmers were awaiting good downpour before beginning the sowing, particularly of paddy which is taken as major cash crop of the region. Further for cotton and soyabean this current rain spell has been timely as it would boost the plant growth.

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Former Addl Commr (Revenue) Gautam under ACB scanner

ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) officers have instituted an inquiry against S G Gautam, former Additional Commissioner (Revenue), Nagpur Division, for alleged misuse of official position for persona... Read More
ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) officers have instituted an inquiry against S G Gautam, former Additional Commissioner (Revenue), Nagpur Division, for alleged misuse of official position for personal gains.

Gautam, who is presently posted as Deputy Commissioner (Amravati Division), Caste Scrutiny & Verification Committee, was holding the charge of Additional Commissioner (Revenue), Nagpur Division, last year. He had powers to adjudicate land disputes. He had also worked as Deputy Commissioner (General Administration) and Deputy Commissioner (Entertainment Duty) in the city. Gautam’s name had also figured in Justice Batta Commission’s report on urban land ceiling cases. Gautam came under the ACB scanner while holding the charge of Additional Commissioner (Revenue) after his Office Assistant (PA) Tina Thakur was caught by bureau officers red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 25,000 from a marginal farmer to get his land dispute settled in his favour on July 23 last year.

As per records, Waman Sahare’s ancestral agricultural land in Ramtek taluka, admeasuring 13.16 hectare was distributed among his brothers. Each brother got a share of 0.52 hectare. When Sahare checked the 7/12 records in 2005, his brother’s name was mentioned instead of him. Sahare had lodged a complaint with the District Collector who then gave a decision in his favour. Sahare’s elder brother then had filed an appeal before the senior officials. The matter came up for hearing before Additional Commissioner (Revenue) Gautam. On July 10 and 11, 2014 Gautam heard the case. His Office Assistant Tina approached Sahare and told him that he would have to pay Rs 40,000 to Additional Commissioner Gautam for getting the decision in his favour. She also told Sahare that if he failed to pay the amount, Gautam would give the decision in his brother’s favour. Sahare negotiated with Tina and struck a deal for Rs 25,000.

After Sahare lodged a complaint with ACB officers, they trapped Tina at the canteen in Divisional Commissionerate. Bureau officers then brought Tina Thakur to Additional Commissioner Gautam’s office. After Tina was arrested on charges under the relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, she told the investigators that Gautam had no role in the case. Later, she allegedly informed the bureau officers that she had accepted the cash on Gautam’s behalf in several matters. As the ACB officers had no evidence against Gautam at that time, no action was initiated against him.

Later, the bureau officers received complaint(s) against Gautam alleging his involvement in such corrupt practices. Subsequently, bureau officers sought permission from the Government for conducting enquiries against him. After getting the Government’s nod, the ACB officers started the inquiry against him.

Bureau officers are conducting the probe under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (ACB) Rajeev Jain.

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Generous NMC fails to acquire prime plots, allows builder to reclaim land worth Rs 200 cr

When land acquisition has become such a burning issue across the nation, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has set an example of inordinate delay and how its inaction, deliberate or unintentiona... Read More
When land acquisition has become such a burning issue across the nation, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has set an example of inordinate delay and how its inaction, deliberate or unintentional, ultimately benefits, the land owner or builder. The land earmarked for public utility was not acquired in time, even the mandatory legal notice given by the land owner was allowed to gather dust and after legally permissible time was over, the civic body suddenly woke up from deep slumber. In the process, the precious land is going to be lost since the cost of acquisition at present rates is beyond the financial capacity of NMC which is staring at its empty coffers. This is yet another example of callous, negligent approach of Town Planning Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) regarding acquisition of land reserved for public utility purposes.

Town Planning Department of NMC has failed to acquire lands reserved for public utility purposes in Mouza Jaitala. After expiry of land acquisition period, the Standing Committee will discuss this issue in a meeting slated next week. The total cost of three pieces of land is close to a whopping Rs 200 crore as per current ready reckoner rates. This is a novel method of NMC to help builder by not acquiring reserve land in time and then citing massive price escalation to allow the builder to reclaim the prime plot.

NMC has been appointed as planning authority of the Orange City in the year 2002. As per the provision in development plan, it is responsibility of the Town Planning Department to acquire land within 10 years from the date of publication of development plan, if it fails to acquire land, then the owner of the land can give purchase notice under Section 127 of the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning (MRTP) Act, 1964. After receiving this notice, the Town Planning Department should start land acquisition process under Section 6 of the Land Acquisition Act within one year through District Collector and deposit 50 per cent amount of the said land to the Collector. However, the department did not initiate any process for land acquisition within prescribed and permissible time limit. In this present case, the owner of the land has given notice to Town Planning Department under Section 127 in the year 2013. The Town Planning Department simply sat over the notice for almost two years, and did not act on it within permissible time period of one year. Now, Town Planning Department has sent a proposal to Standing Committee regarding land acquisition of these lands. This is a clear cut case of misguiding Standing Committee said a senior standing committee member while talking to The Hitavada. He said, after completion of one year, the local body cannot start acquisition process as this is violation of prescribed rules. The notice period had lapsed. He said that if these lands were acquired 10 years ago, then the local body could have obtained this land for Rs 2-3 crore only. Now, if it is keen to acquire the land, then it will have to shell out almost Rs 200 crore, who is responsible for these lapses, the members asked while demanding action against the guilty officers for colluding with land owner.

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Fire at CBI office; furniture, files, computers gutted

FURNITURE, computers, partition boards, some documents and other materials worth lakhs of rupees were gutted in a fire that broke out at the Office of the Superintendent of Police, Central Bure... Read More
FURNITURE, computers, partition boards, some documents and other materials worth lakhs of rupees were gutted in a fire that broke out at the Office of the Superintendent of Police, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), at Block-C on 3rd floor, CGO Complex, Seminary Hills on early Wednesday morning.

Fire Brigade personnel rescued Vijay Sherbahadur Thakur, an electrician, trapped in the inferno while trying to switch off the power supply line. Similarly, Police Constable Rajesh Patil, sepoys Vishnu Meher and Gaya Prasad Verma, who were in the office, had a providential escape.

Around 6.25 am, Constable Patil noticed thick smoke billowing out of the Survey Room. He raised an alarm. Within minutes, fire engulfed the entire office. Two fire tenders rushed to the spot soon after Fire Brigade received information about the incident. Electrician Thakur was trapped inside the office. A team of fire-fighters arrived and Leading Fireman Sunil Dokre Agresar entered the office and rescued Thakur. Staff from Gittikhadan and Sadar Police Stations also arrived.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deepali Masirkar and other Crime Branch officers visited the spot. A portion of office of Central Water Commission (CWC) also housed on the 3rd floor in the same building was damaged in the fire.

Superintendent of Police (CBI) Sandeep Tamgadge also arrived on being informed about the incident. After combating with the fire for more than an hour, fire-fighters doused the flames. However, the entire furniture, partition boards, computers and other material were reduced to ashes. Prima facie, an electrical short circuit might have caused the fire. However, the police are investigating to find out the exact reason behind the fire.

Later, Superintendent of Police (CBI) Tamgadge, who inspected the office, told ‘The Hitavada’ that the ‘Malkhana’ (strong room) and 95 per cent of the documents were found to be safe. However, the furniture, computers, and other material were gutted, he added.

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Now, urban areas to have committees for joint forest management

THE State Government issued a GR on Tuesday for protecting and regenerating forests in urban areas within the limits of municipal corporations/ councils through public participation and activel... Read More
THE State Government issued a GR on Tuesday for protecting and regenerating forests in urban areas within the limits of municipal corporations/ councils through public participation and actively contributing in joint forest management.

The Central Government had issued guidelines to all the State Governments and accordingly Maharashtra Government took decision in this regard. The Joint Forest Management Committees will also play a vital role in fulfilling the desired results. The protected areas like tiger reserves, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are excluded from this scheme. The citizens, local bodies, non-governmental organisations, autonomous bodies, voluntary organisations and experts on environment are expected to play active role in protecting green cover and developing forests on wasteland in urban areas.

A Joint Forest Management Committee for urban areas would be formed under the Chairmanship of Deputy Conservator of Forest. The Centre has issued norms on constituting such JFM Committees for urban areas. Under the JFM Committee, there will be two sub-committees - General Committee and Executive Committee. The General Committee will consist of interested adults from wards of urban areas and it will work for a period of five years. The Executive Committee will be headed by Deputy Conservator of Forest. It will consist of Corporator of the concerned ward, District Collector/ DCP/ SP, Municipal Commissioner, Deputy Director, Social Forestry, Tree Officer/ Garden Superintendent of Municipal Corporation/ Council, Chief Officer of Municipal Council, two women stakeholders, two representatives of NGO and two representatives selected by DCF. The Range Forest Officer concerned will be the Member-Secretary. The term of this committee will be for five years.

The DCF and members of Executive Committee will jointly identify the areas, especially barren land and marshy land, for undertaking the programme.

The committee will prepare micro plan in co-operation with the concerned forest officials. Sanction by the General Committee would be taken. The officials will ensure that provisions of Forest Conservation Act.

It is expected that the citizens should keep informed the officials about illicit felling of trees, fires, poaching, illegal grazing etc. so as to check such illegal activities on time and take preventive measures. The JFM Committee will get benefits in case an area is developed beautifully. It will get some financial benefits in case the area is developed as eco-tourism centre.

A State-level monitoring committee will also be formed under the presidentship of Head of Forest Force to guide and inspect the programmes taken up by a JFM Committee.

Committee to prepare action plan for target of 100 cr trees

The Government has decided to constitute a committee under the presidentship of Head of Forest Force to prepare action plan for completing the target of 100 crore trees in the next three years.

It issued a GR on Tuesday in this regard. The committee will consist of Managing Director, Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra, Nagpur, Director General, Social Forestry, Pune, Addl Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Budget, Planning, Development), Nagpur, and four officers selected by HoFF. Addl Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Evaluation, Monitoring) will be the Member-Secretary of the committee. The committee will be required to take all the necessary steps to ensure fulfillment of the gigantic target. It is asked to submit its report to the Government till August 31.

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Govt guarantee for NABARD refinance to 7 DCCBs in Vid

Maharashtra Government, on Tuesday, issued orders granting Government guarantee for refinance by National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD) to eight District Central Co-opera... Read More
Maharashtra Government, on Tuesday, issued orders granting Government guarantee for refinance by National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD) to eight District Central Co-operative Banks (DCCBs) in the State. Of these, as many as seven are in Vidarbha. The total amount of refinance for which Government guarantee has been cleared is Rs 467,62,55,000/-.

This is a major relief for these eight DCCBs that include Akola, Washim, Amravati, Yavatmal, Gadchiroli, Chandrapur, Bhandara, and Nashik. Barring Nashik, all other districts are in Vidarbha. Of these seven districts in Vidarbha, four -- Akola, Washim, Amravati, and Yavatmal -- are the ones that had got Prime Minister’s relief package in 2006 as these reported maximum number of farmers’ suicides. Finance Department, on Tuesday, released an order regarding Government guarantee to NABARD refinance. NABARD had told the State Government that it would not refinance the conversion of agricultural loans into medium term loans if there was no Government guarantee.

In the year 2014-15, Revenue and Forests Department of Maharashtra Government had declared 23,811 Kharif villages and 1,253 Rabi villages as scarcity-hit. These villages were declared scarcity-hit as the paisewari (agricultural yield per acre) was below 50 per cent. The Government had then directed the Finance Department to convert the agricultural loans into medium term loans, for a period of five years.

As per the NABARD’s scheme, NABARD grants up to 60 per cent refinance to State Co-operative Banks for such conversion by DCCBs if the farmers are affected by natural calamity. However, NABARD had conveyed to the State Government that it would extend refinance only if there was Government guarantee.

Accordingly, in its meeting held on July 12, State Cabinet decided to give Government guarantee in this regard. The Government guarantee will be effective for a period of five years.

However, keeping in mind the recent experiences with the loan repayment by DCCBs, Finance Department has made it clear that Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Government guarantee for NABARD refinance should be signed among NABARD, Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank Limited, and the State Government. If the State Government happens to repay the refinance amount to NABARD, the former would recover the same amount through movable and immovable properties of the respective DCCBs.

If NABARD releases refinance amount before signing of the MoU, the Government guarantee will be rendered ‘illegal’. Also, NABARD has been asked to intimate the State Government in case of default of repayment or interest amount by the Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank Limited, within 90 days of such default. And, Finance Department communication states, Government guarantee will not be applicable for penal interest or any other amount above the refinance amount of Rs 467.6255 crore. As Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank Limited will be ‘Principal Debtor’, entire responsibility for repayment of refinance amount (including capital and interest).

Nagpur DCCB may be operational by Oct 1

The beleaguered Nagpur, Wardha, and Buldhana District Central Co-operative Banks (DCCBs) are not eligible for the benefits of NABARD refinance scheme as these are not ‘functional’.

When will these banks become ‘operational’ again, is the question haunting the farmers in these three districts. Asked about this, Satish Bhosle, Deputy District Registrar, told ‘The Hitavada’ that the State Government has sought a period of four weeks from the High Court to release funds for revival of Nagpur DCCB. The period of four weeks will expire by the end of this month. Once the State Government releases assistance required to get restored the banking licence of Nagpur DCCB, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will take final call. Bhosle said that he was optimistic of restoration of banking licence of Nagpur DCCB by the end of September. “I am hopeful that the Nagpur DCCB will become functional again by October 1,” he said.

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Abolition of LBT: NMC gets only Rs 30.98 cr compensation for Aug

This may be a big jolt to cash-strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), as the State Government has released only Rs 30.98 crore for the month of August 2015 to make good the loss of revenue ... Read More
This may be a big jolt to cash-strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), as the State Government has released only Rs 30.98 crore for the month of August 2015 to make good the loss of revenue after abolition of Local Body Tax (LBT). Going by the calculations based on this amount, NMC will get only Rs 371.76 crore from the State Government in lieu of LBT in one year, and this amount is much lesser than the estimations of the local body. Pravin Datke, Mayor, had sought financial assistance from the State Government at the rate of Rs 65 crore per month. Compared to this, the Government has given only pittance to the local body. This has shattered the hopes of Bharatiya Janata Party led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi (NVA) that forms the ruling side in NMC. NVA had planned to undertake various development works in the city keeping an eye on the forthcoming elections to the local body in the year 2017.

The amount of financial assistance released by the Government may not accelerate the stalled growth of the Orange City, and the local body will be able to pay only salary of the employees. Development works will continue to get affected in coming days.

Now, NMC has to tap other sources of revenue and also increase recovery from property tax. Otherwise, NMC may not be able to manage the municipal finance and pressures of development, said an expert.

State Government has abolished LBT in 25 municipal corporations from August 1, 2015. As per the directions of Government, only the traders and business establishments having annual turnover of Rs 50 crore and above have to pay LBT. Also, one per cent LBT on transactions of properties still continues in the Orange City.

Urban Development Department, on Tuesday, issued a notification regarding State Government’s financial assistance to municipal corporations to make good the loss of revenue after abolition of LBT to local body.

As per the notification, Pune Municipal Corporation will get assistance of Rs 81.41 crore, Pimpri-Chichwad-- Rs 66.48 crore, Nashik-- Rs 45.85 crore, Thane-- Rs 35.74 crore, Amravati-- Rs 7.14 crore, Chandrapur-- Rs 3.44 crore, and Akola-- Rs 4.22 crore per month from State Government. The Government has disbursed Rs 419.69 crore to 25 municipal corporations in the State.

Urban Development Department, while calculating revenue earnings through LBT by municipal corporations, deducted the amount to be recovered from big traders and transaction of properties reflected in stamp duty collection.

NMC was getting Rs 40 crore to Rs 43 crore per month from LBT including stamp duty. State Government considered the last transaction of financial year 2013-14, which was Rs 485 crore. The Government deducted the amount of one per cent surcharge on stamp duty and around Rs 54 crore recovery from big traders from this calculation, to arrive at the figure of financial assistance to be provided to NMC to compensate it for loss of revenue. Dayashankar Tiwari, Ruling Party Leader in NMC, said, “This does not match our expectations. We will meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, and try to persuade him to increase financial component for Nagpur. We were expecting the State Government to consider revenue from Octroi, but it was not done.” Shrawan Hardikar, Municipal Commissioner, said that the local body would try to tap other sources of revenue for development of the city.

Sources claimed that the committed expenditure of NMC was Rs 80 crore per month including water supply, salary and pension, electricity bill, repayment of loan, and others. Presently, the staff is getting the salary almost one month late.

Krishna Khopde, East Nagpur MLA, urged the traders and business establishments to extend the benefits of abolition of LBT to customers. They should get goods, grocery material at lesser price, Khopde said.

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Good rains bring cool relief for Nagpurians

HOT tea with onion bhajiya was the order of the day as incessant rains since Monday night lifted the spirits of Nagpurians. The weather was just perfect and the chill factor added to romance as... Read More
HOT tea with onion bhajiya was the order of the day as incessant rains since Monday night lifted the spirits of Nagpurians. The weather was just perfect and the chill factor added to romance as citizens got nostalgic. With FM radio channels belting out hit Hindi songs, the mood was just perfect for enjoying the rains.

Yes as happens always, the inconvenience due to downpour continues to trouble citizens but all was forgotten as cool weather brought in a refreshing change in surrounding and also the mood. The week began on a wet note and week ahead promises more rains as over the next two days Meteorological office has forecast heavy rains.

The steady rains throughout the day, with intermittent heavy shower in between ensured that people did not have any major trouble. The peculiarity of rainy season during this year has been a shorter spell but with excessive speed. Since Monday night light rains knocked down the mercury and the lower temperature brought in the chill. The maximum temperature recorded on Tuesday was 75.2 degree celsius which was six degrees below normal and minimum temperature was 73.2 degree celsius which was one degree below normal. The rainfall till 8.30 am (24 hours) for city was 48.1 mm while till 8.30 pm (12 hours) 37.4 mm and till 5.30 pm on Tuesday it was 34.2 mm. The widespread rains in Vidarbha also raised hopes of farmers who were worried as in July there were more dry days. This affected the growth of crops and earlier due to slow advance of monsoon the sowing operations started late. Especially the happy thing about Tuesday’s rains is that it covered most of Western Vidarbha which was facing drought like situation. The reports from Meteorological Office reveals that Akola, Buldana and Washim where sowing operations were yet to begin in major area was lashed by severe rains. Elsewhere in Eastern Vidarbha at some district the rains were pretty good and this is going to sharply increase the water storage in dams.

The rains on Tuesday was result of a depression in aftermath of formation of a low pressure area over East Madhya Pradesh. Over last two days the condition have turned favourable and farmers who were worried at long gap in rains are back in fields tending to standing crop. Particularly soyabean and cotton, two major cash crops, badly needed rains and this round of rains would help them in healthy growth, said the agriculture experts. The Meteorological Office here has warned that due to depression a few places in Vidarbha would continue to be lashed with heavy to very heavy rains till morning of Thursday. Meanwhile a team of Revenue officials had a narrow escape near High Court when a huge tree got uprooted and it fell on their vehicle. Manohar Kadu, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Darwha and Rajendra Chintakulwar, Naib Tehsildar, were proceedings to court when got trapped. Fortunately no one was injured in the mishap.

The few places where good rainfall was recorded included Wardha, Gondia, Tumsar -- 6 cms each; Saoner, Ashti, Salekasa, Tirora, Chikhaldara, Dhamangaon Rly-- 5 cms each; Parseoni, Ramtek, Narkhed, Samudrapur, Deoli, Sadakarjuni, Deori, Amgaon, Goregaon Mohadi, Jalgaonjamod, Chandurbazar-- 4 cms each; Kuhi, Bhiwapur Umrer, Mauda, Kalmeshwar, Katol, Arvi, Hinganghat, Etapalli, Lakhani, Sakoli, Yavatmal, Sangrampur, Motala, Warud, Tiwsa, Ballarpur Chandrapur, Lakhandur, Paoni, Malkapur, Dharni, Daryapur, Achalpur (Paratwara), Chandur Rly, Nandgaonkhandeshwar, Balapur --2 cms each; Wani, Pandharkawada, Selu, Bhamragad, Aheri, Armori, Desaiganj, Dhanora, Chimur, Warora, Pombhurna, Ner, Kalamb, Babulgaon, Washim, Shegaon, Khamgaon, Nandura, Anjangaon Surji, Telhara, Akot -- 1 cms each.

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Employees used to work in den of death, named ‘Post Office’!

POSTAL DEPARTMENT employees here are compelled to work by putting their lives at risk as the building under which they work has turned ruins due to alleged apathy of the SECL management. Appare... Read More
POSTAL DEPARTMENT employees here are compelled to work by putting their lives at risk as the building under which they work has turned ruins due to alleged apathy of the SECL management. Apparently, the postal employees here are destined to work under grip of stark terror for which negligence of the SECL Management can be held responsible. As per information, the post office building under South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) has been waiting for its restoration since long. Accidents may occur at any moment of time. On the other hand, the SECL authorities have done nothing but showing their passiveness in this regard. Post Master Suresh Maurya, lamenting over the scenario, stated that he had many a time tried to draw SECL Management’s attention towards the problems despite they paid no heed. It needs to be mentioned here that the post office had been functional in SECL’s quarter 1C-1 and IC-2 since the inception of colliery. It is due to the management’s alleged apathy only that the post office building has entirely gone dilapidated. Undoubtedly, the sufferers are the postal employees. Condition of the building has turned bad to worse with onset of monsoon. As the rain falls, problem of seepage is quite common all and sundry in the building. People are scared to work under such circumstances. As per information received, the postal officials have been complaining the situation prevailing with the post office building to the SECL General Manager either through letter or in person for the last many years. Despite, no remedial action has so far been taken. It is worth mentioning here that the locality wherein the post office situates comprises residences of not only the SECL workers, but also those of the government employees. Reportedly, these residences are being maintained on regular basis on the expense of SECL itself. These government employees and SECL workers are exempted from rent. On the other hand, the post office authorities have to pay rent on regular basis; despite the SECL has done nothing but to show indifference in terms of maintaining the post office building. Meanwhile, when contacted, General Manager of SECL, Bishrampur region, N P Soni said that he had just joined the post and was unaware of the conditions prevailing across the region. “I am new for the region and have no proper information in this regard. Nevertheless, I shall look into the matter and take needful action to get the situation rectified through the department concerned”, he stated.

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Police arrest three in major forgery case

POLICE have arrested three persons on charges of deceiving people thereby luring them of monetary benefits through deposits. The accused identified as Sonu Kumar, Rajiv and K K Singh have been ... Read More
POLICE have arrested three persons on charges of deceiving people thereby luring them of monetary benefits through deposits. The accused identified as Sonu Kumar, Rajiv and K K Singh have been booked under Sections 420 and 34 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). The matter is still under investigation as police are suspecting involvement of some more persons in the incident. Speaking to ‘The Hitavada’, Superintendent of Police Manish Sharma said that on March 15th last, Devendra Singh Thakur, a resident of Bajrang Chowk had taken the insurance policy of MetLife. Thereafter, he received calls from different numbers asking to deposit the amount and get the amount doubled. The victim was asked to deposit the amount on different dates in Bank of Baroda, HDFC Bank, Bank of India and State Bank of India in the name of AHSWS, Life Care and City Services. Devendra came under the influence of the callers and a total of Rs 29.30 lakhs was deposited in the period from March 15 to June 20. It was on July 10, that Devendra informed his son Deepak about the amount deposited. The matter was informed to police along with Raipur range Inspector General (IG) of Police G P Singh. Deepak was asked to be in contact with the callers so as to trace their numbers. Meanwhile, Deepak was again asked to deposit Rs 10,000 in Allahabad Bank, Noida branch in the name of city services. While tracing the numbers, they were found to be of New Delhi and areas nearby. Taking it as the incident of fraud, case was registered in City Kotwali. A joint team of police and Crime Branch including PSI Narendra Rathore, SI Dulal Nath, Head Constable Jaamvant Deshmukh and Constables Uttam Sahu were sent to Delhi to investigate the case. It was ascertained that the persons having the aforesaid account numbers have rented the house and even they use to change their location after few months. Meanwhile, Deepak again got a call and he was asked to deposit Rs 10,000 in the account number 50200012039647 of City Services in HDFC Bank, Naraiyana Branch, New Delhi. Police that was already in Delhi was informed about the account number and bank name. The team reached the branch office and with the help of bank manager, it came to fore that account belongs to certain Sonu Kumar. On July 29, Sonu was taken into custody and he reported of giving the money to Rajiv. Rajiv was arrested from Rajouri Garden while he reached to collect money from Sonu. Later one more person K K Singh was also nabbed for having hands in gloves with the two. Under interrogation, K K Singh mentioned of having another account in ICICI Bank in the name of Capital Solution, Insure Care. He also disclosed the names of Narendra Kumar, Ajit Kumar, Mayank and Prakash Goyal engaged in tele-calling. K K Singh even used to make payment to these persons. Further, it came to fore that the entire amount deposited by different policy holders is over Rs 7crores out of which Rs 6.81 crores have been withdrawn. The account of AHSWS in Bank of Baroda with the balance of over Rs 40 lakhs has been seized by police. Police have recovered the credit cards of different companies along with information about the policy holders in the incident.

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No supply of water paralyses ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’

In 2015, there is still a Gram Panchayat in Kondagaon district where household toilets constructed under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan are lying unused. The problem is simple, how come a toilet will be u... Read More
In 2015, there is still a Gram Panchayat in Kondagaon district where household toilets constructed under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan are lying unused. The problem is simple, how come a toilet will be used without water. Though the Gram Panchayat Boregaon was made open defecation free with the construction of toilets by government, people here are forced to defecate in open in dearth of water. There are about 173 houses in the Gram Panchayat with a population of 950. For nearly 950 people there are 11 hand-pumps in the village and among them only six are function and rest are of no use. “Bringing so many pots of additional water from the limited hand-pumps every day is tiresome. The government should have first provided water supply before asking us to construct these toilets,” Aasaram Ramesh, a villager resident told this correspondent. Another villager Moolchand said “We have to cover a distance of half kilometres everyday to fetch water from the hand-pumps. While we collect water for daily use, if we have to use the toilet, we have to make more trips to the hand-pumps to keep it clean.” Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Kondagaon Zila Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Satyanarayan Rathore said “it is very sad that the people are unable to use the constructed toilets in want of water. In future attempts would be made to provide proper supply of water.” Meanwhile, Boregaon Sarpanch Saamnath Sori said that the government should have first ensured proper supply of water in every household before construction of the toilets. In lack of proper water supply, people are forced to go in open for nature’s call.

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Diamond cuts diamond: Police’s cultural wing to tackle Maoist

Banking upon the effective modes of communication to seek support of tribal people against left wing extremism (LWE), alike Naxals’ cultural wing-Chaitanya Natya Manch (CNM) police have also re... Read More
Banking upon the effective modes of communication to seek support of tribal people against left wing extremism (LWE), alike Naxals’ cultural wing-Chaitanya Natya Manch (CNM) police have also resorted to its cultural wing. Aiming to reach out to people from rural pockets in an effective way, instead of arms and ammunitions a unit of police is being provided harmoniums, tablas, drums, anklets and other musical instruments. Just like Maoists CNM, this cultural wing (unit) of police will go to several villages for getting closer to rural people with a message asking people to throw away the Naxals, who have ruined their life and are a major hindrance in path of development in their villages. It may be mentioned here that the cultural wing of the CPI (Maoist) used to influence the locals against the administration through song and dance in form of nukkad-natak. The cultural activists of the CNM are imparted training for their work. Similarly, the policemen in cultural wing of police will be trained for their work. “Cultural wing of police will counter the CPI (Maoist) CNM. Security personnel will be deployed in those areas, which lack education, to create awareness among the people and win their hearts in favour of administration and government through song, dance and acting nukkad-natak in local language” Bastar Range Inspector General of Police SRP Kalluri told ‘The Hitavada’. According to sources, this initiation was taken earlier also, but in dearth of trained artists, success could not be achieved. However, this time the police is not leaving any stone unturned to achieve success. In order to prepare its cultural wing, police department has also sought support of public relations and culture departments. New recruits will also be imparted training of singing, dancing and nukkad-natak along with police training. Experts would be appointed for providing a separate training in this to them The personnel will not only fight with extremists in forested areas, but also create awareness among the people through song, dance and nukkad-natak in Gondi, Dorli, Halbi and Chhattisgarhi and other tribal languages, thus, reaching to people in more effective way.

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Security personnel, Naxals exchange fire; SP claims casualty on Naxals

A cache of arms and electronic gadgets were recovered in a gun-battle between security personnel and Naxals in Maanpur of the district on Sunday morning. “The huge haul of arms were recovered ... Read More
A cache of arms and electronic gadgets were recovered in a gun-battle between security personnel and Naxals in Maanpur of the district on Sunday morning. “The huge haul of arms were recovered by the joint squad of STF (Special Task Force), District Force (DF) and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) during a search operation in the forest stretch under of Kundkaal in Maanpur under Madanwaad police station limits this morning” said Superintendent of Police Sundarraj P. According to the SP there was an intelligence report that a few Naxals were hiding in forested area of Maanpur. Acting upon the specific information, a search team of STF, DF and ITBP was deployed to the area. On sensing the joint team near restive Kundkaal village forests, Naxals opened indiscriminate firing on them following which they retaliated. After the gunfight that lasted for around an hour the ultras fled to the core forest taking advantage of darkness, he said. Later, a 303-bore rifle, a 315-bore rifle, live cartridges, Naxal literature and commodities of daily use were seized from the spot, he added. The SP claimed that his men had managed to inflict a heavy casualty on Naxals in the exchange of fire but their bodies were not recovered as their colleagues managed to take them away inside the forests.

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All 63 farmers issued pending compensation

Finally the sacrifice made by farmer Jageshwar Sahu had an affect on the forest department, which rushed to the village Bundeli on Saturday night with compensation amounts for all 63 farmers incl... Read More
Finally the sacrifice made by farmer Jageshwar Sahu had an affect on the forest department, which rushed to the village Bundeli on Saturday night with compensation amounts for all 63 farmers including compensation for the family members of Jageshwar Sahu, who had committed suicide two days ago after being depressed as the forest department hadn’t released his compensation due since last eight months. However, the farmers refused to take the compensation terming it to be not enough. Later a delegation of forest officials led by SDO (Forests) Mayank Pandey reached the residence of Jageshwar Sahu and handed over the compensation cheque calculated on new rate. Meanwhile, several villagers and public representatives present in the village opined that the Forest department rushed to this initiative only after Jageshwar Sahu committed suicide and the issue got media attention and subsequent stern action taken by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh. Had the forest department acted sensitively earlier, a young farmer Jageshwar would have been alive today. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Siyaram Karmakar Deputy Range Officer, Korba Forest Range, informed that payment of compensation has been made to 37 beneficiaries through RTGS while the remaining 26 beneficiaries were issued cheques. However, when the forest delegation had gone to give the RTGS transfer amount and cheques to the 63 beneficiaries they refused to take the same. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’ Deputy Sarpanch Ramdulare Kashyap said the villagers opposed because the compensation amount were very less. There after on the directive of District Collector, SDO (Forests) Mayank Pandey went to the residence of Late Jageshwar Sahu on Sunday morning and handed over cash amount of Rs 39,100 apart from transferring Rs 14,172 through RTGS to other beneficiaries of his family. Through RTGS transfer, an amount of Rs 3,543 was also deposited in the bank account of Late Jageshwar Sahu. Siyaram Karmakar Deputy Range Officer further informed that after calculating the compensation on new rate, 37 beneficiaries from village Bundeli were issued payment amounting to Rs 1,26,746 through RTGS while the remaining 26 beneficiaries were issued cheques worth Rs 81,816. The Deputy Ranger further informed that the forest department will issue compensation amount to other 15 beneficiaries within one or two days and thereafter there will be no compensation pending under Korba Forest Circle. He informed that total number of beneficiaries were 78, of which compensation worth Rs 2,08,562 has been paid to 63 beneficiaries. It may be recalled that negligence on the part of Forest department in timely releasing compensations in case of crop damage due to elephant menace and aggrieved with the inordinate delay in getting the compensation, the highly depressed farmer Jageshwar Singh Kanwar had committed suicide on Thursday late night by consuming insecticide. On the strict directive of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, the Forest Department to suspended Korba Forest Range Officer C R Netam with immediate affect and services of Divisional Forest Officer J R Nayak and Sub Divisional Officer (Forests-North) R K Dubey were attached to the office of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Raipur with immediate affect. The Chief Minister had also directed Bilaspur Commissioner Sonmoni Borah to minutely investigate the whole fiasco.

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Issues related to security system, corruption discussed during AIRPFA’s two-day convention

VARIOUS issues related to security of passengers, corruption in the railways security system along with discussion on organisational set-up were discussed by the General Council and Central Exe... Read More
VARIOUS issues related to security of passengers, corruption in the railways security system along with discussion on organisational set-up were discussed by the General Council and Central Executive Committee during the two-day convention of All India Railway Protection Force Association (AIRPFA). The convention concluded at Community Hall near Railway Stadium on Sunday. National leadership of AIRPFA including National Secretary General, U C Jha, National President, S R Reddy, National President, AIRPFA, Dharmendra Ji, National Executive Body President, Rajesh Mishra, Joint Secretary, B L Vishnoi, Treasurer, S K Tripathi, Zonal Secretary and R D Singh, Zonal President of AIRPFA and other office-bearers graced the occasion and addressed the meeting. Addressing the programme, National Secretary General, AIRPFA, U C Jha highlighted issues related to two security agencies in railways as well as commented on report of high-level committee on Railway Restructuring head by Dr Bibek Debroy along with this he commented on proposal of Security Directorate for insertion of Group B officers in RPF. Along with this serious discussion was done on long-pending demands of AIRPFA which have been causing serious discontentment amongst RPF personnel like implementation of cadre restructuring amongst members of RPF, RPSF from November 1, 2013, as it has been implemented amongst railwaymen especially of safety category. Another demand of grant of medical leaves to members of RPF and RPFS hurt or injured on duty. To remove anomalies cropped up while implementing 6th CPC’s report amongst RPF officials. Non-holding of PNM meeting by RPF administration at apex level from 2005 in deliberate violation of Railway Board’s letter dated September 8, 2003, has resulted in accumulation of pending grievances of members of RPF and RPSF and their exploitation. RFP Jabalpur Divisional Secretary S K Tripathi informed that during the meeting of Council on three posts new office-bearers have been given responsibility. In this, Mahesh Singh Raghuvanshi has been given responsibility of Executive Divisional Secretary of Bhopal Division, while Narayan Singh has been appointed as Executive Divisional Secretary of All India Railway Protection Force Association of Kota division unit and in national body H K Mehto has been given responsibility of Joint General Secretary of All India Railway Protection Force Association.

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District Health Services fails to check unchecked sale of sedatives

IRRESPECTIVE of claims, District Health Services fail to check serious medical threat to youth with consumption of sedative drugs selling over counters in medical stores. There are strict laws un... Read More
IRRESPECTIVE of claims, District Health Services fail to check serious medical threat to youth with consumption of sedative drugs selling over counters in medical stores. There are strict laws under Drug and Cosmetics Act 1945, amendments in subsequent years, that schedule X drugs, most of them fall under category of sedative drugs should not be sold over the counter, they should be sold only on prescription of doctor. Associate Professor of Department of Medicine Dr Prashant Punekar said that he had come across number of cases, when youth who consume sedative medicine for long time loses the sense to differentiate between good and bad things in life. He will develop neurological disorder, sometimes when a patient comes at an early stage for treatment this can be treated but if he sees a doctor after a long time then in such case such disorder can do irreparable damage to the nervous system. Children who become addict of sedatives like Nitrazepam, Alprazolam, Caffeine tablets in any form, suffer the most. Overuse of such medicines badly affects growth of children as they suffer from serious hormonal imbalance and metabolic disorder. As their intake capacity of nutritious diet becomes less and their growth is affected. This also weakens immune system in youth; infection rate becomes comparatively higher than normal person. In last one year, though Drug Inspector and district administration have conducted repeated inquiry on report that cough syrup of renowned pharmaceutical company is used by students and youths as sedative. Notices were issued to the medicine shops and wholesalers but proved mere eyewash. Sources claimed that irrespective of strict laws that retailer and wholesaler of medicines have to maintain separate registers with name of patients, photo copy of prescription of doctors of each tablets and injectable under Schedule X Category, majority of retailer and wholesalers do not follow these rules. Use of sedatives has become a serious threat for youths because of popular habit of popping pills at will. Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr B S Chouhan said Drug Inspector have the authority to check medical stores indulged in such malpractice of selling sedatives without prescription. Team of drug inspector and district administrative has been constituted to conduct surprise inspection. FIR will be filed against medical stores and wholesalers if found indulged in such malpractice of selling sedatives.

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21 injured as truck collides head-on with bus on NH-12

At least 21 people were injured, four of them critically, when a truck collided head-on with a bus near Jhirpai village in Raisen district, police said on Sunday. Acting swiftly on the informat... Read More
At least 21 people were injured, four of them critically, when a truck collided head-on with a bus near Jhirpai village in Raisen district, police said on Sunday. Acting swiftly on the information, police personnel rushed to the spot after which the injured were admitted to hospitals of Sultanpur, Badi and Bareli, while four of the critically injured, including the bus and the truck drivers, were referred to Hamidia Hospital in Bhopal. According to police, the incident took place at around 11 am near Jhirpai village on NH-12, when New Royal Travels bus, (MP09FA4033) heading towards Devri in Jabalpur from Bhopal, collided with a truck (MP41HA0748) coming from the opposite direction. There were few Bhopal-based passengers onboard the bus also, who got injured. They were identified as Siyaram (30), Pappu (25), Sanjiv (26), Sarita Bai (11) and Mamta Bai (36). Immediately, a police team rushed to the spot and executed the rescue operation. The injured passengers were taken out from the bus and they were rushed to hospitals. In the aftermath of incident, traffic remained affected for almost one hour on the national highway. Superintendent of Police, Raisen, Deepak Verma said, “Twenty-one passengers were injured in the head-on collision between a bus and a truck and four of them are critical. They have been referred to Hamidia Hospital in Bhopal. The condition of other one-and-a-half-dozen injured was reported out of danger and they are undergoing treatment in various hospitals.”

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City’s Historic Dussehra celebrations now in MPTDCL’s tourism calendar

HISTORIC Dussehra, Durga Puja Festival of Jabalpur, has been included in annual tourism calendar of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Limited. Besides this, Eco-Tourism Festival fo... Read More
HISTORIC Dussehra, Durga Puja Festival of Jabalpur, has been included in annual tourism calendar of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Limited. Besides this, Eco-Tourism Festival for promotion of its nature and wildlife tourism attractions will be organised for better marketing of tourism potential in Jabalpur. Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (MPTDC) has earmarked several tourism promotional programmes to attract tourists in Jabalpur. Along with Dussehra and Eco-Tourism Festival, the city will host separate programmes of tour operators and marketing of Jabalpur tourism during calendar year. Regional Manager of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation M N Jamali informed that special programmes have been scheduled for desired promotion of tourism in the district. Efforts are being made to ensure proper publicity of Durga Festival-Dussehra to attract maximum tourists. Navratra Dussehra Festival has become an identity of the city for its grandness after Durga Puja in Kolkata. Promotional programmes will be organised in order to tap tourism potential and make wide publicity of Dussehra festival across the country and abroad. The corporation will make efforts to attract tourists for visiting the city during gala celebrations of Navratri festival from October 13 to 21. Thereafter, a three-day gala event in the series of state-wide Tourism Year celebrations will be organised on second week of January 2016. Much-awaited light and sound show will be inaugurated during the event while photography competition, colourful folk dance programmes will be organised at Shaheed Smarak auditorium, Gole Bazaar. On last day of the event, a grand food festival with private party participation will be organised from January 8 to 10. The first Eco-Tourism Festival will include trekking and camping for visitors on hilly and forest areas to provide a unique experience of living amidst nature to visitors from January 15 to 17.

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Jha advocates for single agency model for security of railways

“PREVAILING system of passengers’ security and control of crime in Railways lacks accountability. There is no fix policy to set accountability of loss for the Government Railway Police (GRP... Read More
“PREVAILING system of passengers’ security and control of crime in Railways lacks accountability. There is no fix policy to set accountability of loss for the Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) but to compensate only Railways is liable. Issues related to life and property loss of passengers in Railways is a matter of Union list and does not come under the State Government’s responsibility. Differences have turned the Railways a safe haven for criminals. Forces meant for its protection are only shifting responsibility on each other. To ensure proper protection of passengers there is need to fix accountability of different stakeholders by giving authority for protection, investigation meaning to make a body fully accountable for protection and on failing to do so giving compensation to the affected is the only solution. A single agency model for security of railways is being adopted in majority of developed countries in the world. China has constituted a separate Ministry for Railway Policing under its Railway Ministry,” said General Secretary of All India Railway Protection Force Association U C Jha while addressing a press conference on Sunday. National President S R Reddy, National President of AIRPFA Dharmendra Ji, National Executive Body President, Rajesh Mishra, Joint Secretary, B L Vishnoi, Treasurer S K Tripathi, Zonal Secretary and R D Singh, Zonal President of AIRPFA and other office-bearers were present. Jha further said that explaining the need of one single body for security of passengers and protection of Railway property says that railways is responsible to compensate for loss of life or property of the passengers while Government Railway Police is responsible for investigation and has no accountability to control committed crime in train or property loss. Till accountability is not set no power could help in controlling crime against passengers and freight. Jha questioned logic behind functioning of GRP the State Government police in cases related to Railway. He said when issue related to loss of passengers’ life or property in form of freight the issue is to be handled by the Centre. He said in State Assemblies no discussions or even issues related to any railway accident or loss were taken up. But the issue is discussed in Parliament. Even after recommendations given by High Powered Committees constituted by previous Union Government especially during former Railway Minister S K Patil to record recommendations for good policing in Railways. The policy was accepted and recommended to give powers to RPF. Surprisingly, no changes could be done in the system so far . Authorities being given to RPF are not according to intentions of the Constitution of India for security of railway passengers and their property. Replying to a query about continuous rise in crime in trains and involvement of unauthorised vendors, Jha added that even after having proper training and potential to curb such crime RPF has no authority to intervene in such cases. He said due to such discrepancies in the system passengers face the brunt. He lastly added that the Government should think on logical grounds over the issue of having two agencies for the same cause but with different powers and functioning and for the issue of compensation the Railway Department is responsible. To ensure proper security of passengers an agency should be constituted for controlling crime and loss, investigation and compensation against loss of life and property of passengers then to some extent safety in trains can be attained.

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Pre-school education for children at Anganwadi centres

Pre-school education will be imparted to children of Anganwadi centres. For this, a special curriculum has been chalked out, which has been introduced as pilot project in 8 districts. Informing t... Read More
Pre-school education will be imparted to children of Anganwadi centres. For this, a special curriculum has been chalked out, which has been introduced as pilot project in 8 districts. Informing this, Women & Child Development Minister Maya Singh said that this will create interest for studies among children. After encouraging results, the scheme will be implemented in 92,000 anganwadis. Minister Singh informed that the State Government is making efforts to educate and refine children at Anganwadi centres. Decision about pre-school education has been taken as part of the same strategy. For the pilot project, 8 rural, 4 urban and 2 tribal areas each of districts have been selected including Dhar, Mandla, Rewa, Satna, Chhatarpur, Panna, Sagar and Sehore. Pre-school education in anganwadis will be imparted for 3-4 hours daily. Staff has been trained for this. Sports and teaching materials will be provided in local, foreign language and mother tongue as per child-centric curriculum under National Early Child Care and Education Policy. For imparting pre-school education, 3 books comprising special curriculum have been printed. The books are for children of age groups 3 to 4 years, 4 to 5 years and 5 to 6 years. As per special curriculum, activities will be held from 12 months to 19 months. One-year calendar of activities from July to June has been chalked out and implemented in selected anganwadis of pilot project districts. In July, children will be informed about their own identity and their house and hygiene, difference of colours and identification of shapes in August, about time, place, direction, water in September, about temperature, environment, flowers and plants in October, about birds and animals in November, about our helpers in January, concept and recognition in February, about diet and good habits in March, about weather in April, about concepts of science and our festivals in May and about development of self-confidence in June. The pilot project for pre-school education has been implemented in 2,569 anganwadi centres of 8 districts under which training will be imparted to about 90,000 children, including 44,679 boys and 44,584 girls.

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Thundershowers to hit city in next 24 hrs

Bhopal City is likely to witness thundershowers in isolated places in next twenty four hours. Rain and thunder shower would occur at many places over Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Ujjain divisions. Heav... Read More
Bhopal City is likely to witness thundershowers in isolated places in next twenty four hours. Rain and thunder shower would occur at many places over Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Ujjain divisions. Heavy rains would occur at Bhopal, Shajapur, Singrauli, Sidhi, Agar, Raisen, Hoshangabad districts. Bhopal recorded 30 mm rainfall on Sunday. As per Weather Department, there will overcast weather with a chance of few spells of rain and thunder shower. Average wind speed would be around 20 kmph. In last twenty-four hours, rain showers were witnessed in Chhindwara, Anuppur, Sailana, Balaghat districts. The day temperature increased in Ujjain, Rewa, Shahdol, Indore and Jabalpur . Overcast condition brought down day temperature in Bhopal. Maximum temperature in the city was recorded at 28.9(-1) degrees and minimum at 22 (-1) . The upper air circulation over west Madhya Pradesh and adjacent area extending between 3.1 km and 7.6 km persists. This upper air circulation is going to bring more rains in first two weeks of August. Meanwhile, temperature in the four main cities- Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur ranged between 34.3 and 28.7 degrees Celsius. Indore recorded a minimum of 21.6(-2) degrees Celsius and maximum at 28.7 degrees Celsius. On Sunday, Gwalior witnessed highest maximum day temperature compares to all other four major cities in State. Minimum temperature at Gwalior was recorded at 25.5 degrees Celsius, while maximum remained at 34.3 (-1) degrees Celsius. In Jabalpur, minimum and maximum temperatures were respectively recorded at 24.5 (-1) and 32.9 (-3) degrees Celsius. Khajuraho was recorded at 34(+2) degrees Celsius maximum and minimum at 25.6 degrees Celsius. Pachmarhi was recorded at 26.4 degrees Celsius, which was above 2 degrees than the normal range temperature .

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Encroachments around historical sites a big hurdle for restoration

The encroachment issue is one of the chief reasons, which is affecting the State’s city planning and conservation of its historical sites, natural resources. When it comes to heritage ponds and... Read More
The encroachment issue is one of the chief reasons, which is affecting the State’s city planning and conservation of its historical sites, natural resources. When it comes to heritage ponds and historical sites in and around Bhopal, the encroachments need to be curbed, claim historians. Citing example of historical sites like step wells near Islam Nagar, the encroachments are also causing hindrance to maintenance. As per the sources, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) central zone bench is also having a pile of petitions related to encroachment issue, reservoirs, etc. which is causing discomfort to the localities as there is no effective rehabilitation policy. The Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) and district administration might have identified and marked the houses and shops constructed inside the submergence area of lake reservoirs, but encroachment issue is still affecting implementation process. There are nearly 150 houses constructed in the areas of the historical lakes of the city, including Motiya, Siddique Hasan and Munshi Hussain Khan, Upper Lake and Shahpura Lake. The district administration had done the demarcation in the year 2009. Every time, before the hearing, BMC writes to the district administration and the police of providing them assistance in removing encroachment which results in another dispute. But with a little motivation, effective teamwork and strategic counselling, effective changes can be brought about. It was also reported earlier that strategy adopted by Umaria Municipal Corporation was an ideal to facilitate as ‘Vikas Dhoot’ and would be used to remove restoration and removing encroachments.

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BMC likely to privatise parking services in city

The rates of parking service are likely to be hiked in coming months as Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) is likely to privatise parking services in the State capital. Charges for two-wheele... Read More
The rates of parking service are likely to be hiked in coming months as Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) is likely to privatise parking services in the State capital. Charges for two-wheeler vehicles will be increased to Rs 5, four-wheelers to Rs 10 for a duration of 4 hours. The system has been introduced to provide hi-tech and smart services to the people. The proposal was made by the corporation for preventing the incidents of thefts from parking spots after which tender for parking was cancelled by Mayor Alok Sharma. These tenders will be released by corporation afresh. A special committee was constituted by the corporation for the work. According to sources, committee has recommended amendments in software of parking of the corporation, using hi-tech techniques, digitalised map for parking and increasing parking rates. The report has been submitted by the committee to MIC. If the proposal receives clearance, then tenders will be released by the corporation for parking services under PPP mode. Parking spots will be developed on vacant land and not by the side of roads. Multi-level parking will be developed and electronic devices are also likely to be introduced. Corporation operates parking at around 52 places in the State capital. Tenders for these parking services are issued with a defined charge, but due to these, charges are likely to be increased for providing better and safe parking arrangements in the State capital. MIC Krishna Mohan Soni said, “Prices will be increased for providing better and safe parking services in the State capital.”

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21 injured as truck collides head-on with bus on NH-12

At least 21 people were injured, four of them critically, when a truck collided head-on with a bus near Jhirpai village in Raisen district, police said on Sunday. Acting swiftly on the information... Read More
At least 21 people were injured, four of them critically, when a truck collided head-on with a bus near Jhirpai village in Raisen district, police said on Sunday. Acting swiftly on the information, police personnel rushed to the spot after which the injured were admitted to hospitals of Sultanpur, Badi and Bareli, while four of the critically injured, including the bus and the truck drivers, were referred to Hamidia Hospital in Bhopal. According to police, the incident took place at around 11 am near Jhirpai village on NH-12, when New Royal Travels bus, (MP09FA4033) heading towards Devri in Jabalpur from Bhopal, collided with a truck (MP41HA0748) coming from the opposite direction. There were few Bhopal-based passengers onboard the bus also, who got injured. They were identified as Siyaram (30), Pappu (25), Sanjiv (26), Sarita Bai (11) and Mamta Bai (36). Immediately, a police team rushed to the spot and executed the rescue operation. The injured passengers were taken out from the bus and they were rushed to hospitals. In the aftermath of incident, traffic remained affected for almost one hour on the national highway. Superintendent of Police, Raisen, Deepak Verma said, “Twenty-one passengers were injured in the head-on collision between a bus and a truck and four of them are critical. They have been referred to Hamidia Hospital in Bhopal. The condition of other one-and-a-half-dozen injured was reported out of danger and they are undergoing treatment in various hospitals.”

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Siblings drown in water-logged pit

In a tragic incident, two siblings; a brother and a sister drowned in a water-logged pit besides the road while playing at Jhikaria kalan village within the limits of Berasia police station on ... Read More
In a tragic incident, two siblings; a brother and a sister drowned in a water-logged pit besides the road while playing at Jhikaria kalan village within the limits of Berasia police station on Saturday evening. According to Berasia police, the deceased siblings were identified as Arun (9) and Kajal (7), resident of Jhikaria kalan village. The deceased brother and sister were playing along the pit filled with water beside the road when Kajal accidentally slipped in the muddy water. The pit was said to be 5-6 feet deep. Seeing this, Arun ran to rescue her and drowned while trying to save her. The family members started searching for them as they did not return till late evening after which their bodies were spotted in the pit beside the road. In another incident reported from Berasia, the body of a 25-year-old mentally unstable youth was found floating in a well located in a farm at Hinotia village within the limits of Berasia police station on Sunday morning. According to Berasia police, the deceased was identified as Rinku alias Vivek Gupta, 25, son of Phoolchand Gupta, resident of Hinotia village. The youth was said to be mentally unstable and was missing since Saturday afternoon. Berasia police have registered cases and started investigations while the body of deceased has been sent for the post-mortem.

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No inspection of petrol pumps since last 6 yrs

There is no regular inspection of the city petrol pumps. It is despite finding water in petrol at many petrol pumps in last six years. The district administration officers become active only afte... Read More
There is no regular inspection of the city petrol pumps. It is despite finding water in petrol at many petrol pumps in last six years. The district administration officers become active only after receiving such type of complaints. More than 80 percent petrol pumps in city are not regularly inspected and it is the reason why there are regular incidents of blending water in petrol at the city petrol pumps. In last six years, water in petrol was found in four petrol pumps. According to information, there are 126 petrol pumps in district, but of them, 80 percent petrol pumps are not inspected, the consumers are fleeced, get many times petrol less than required quantity despite full payment. Earlier, inspection of three petrol pumps was mandatory for the district administration officers in city, but now, this rule has gone. No officer bothers to pay surprise visit to the petrol pumps. The four petrol pumps, where water was found in petrol included Durga petrol pump, five number bus stop in 2010, Savitri petrol pump at Neelbar area in 2012, Capital petrol pump, Bogda pool in 2014, Raja fuels petrol pump at Bogda pool. A senior food inspector said water in petrol is not a regular practice. It is usually found in rainy season, when the water leaks into petrol tank. So there is no need for regular checking of the petrol pumps. If there is any complaint of water in petrol, the Food Department officers go to check it and act against the particular petrol pump. It is interesting that there are standing instructions of the Government and petroleum companies to first take sample, send it for test and then, sell it. But the petrol pumps sometimes take samples, but do not wait for the test report. It is the reason why the incidents of adulteration in petrol are on rise. Usually, the petrol pump employees measure how much petrol is in their tank. They test hydrometer and temperature meter through a specific rod. Vivek Saxena, Assistant Food Inspector in Collectorate, said regular checking of petrol pumps is not possible to check water in petrol. Water in petrol during the rainy season is very common. If there is any complaint, we will check it, he said.

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Nursing student meets tragic end

A nursing student died after her two-wheeler rammed into a stationary bus at Isasani Road under jurisdiction of MIDC Police Station on Sunday. Priti Mangesh Meshram (19) was on way to get milk ... Read More
A nursing student died after her two-wheeler rammed into a stationary bus at Isasani Road under jurisdiction of MIDC Police Station on Sunday. Priti Mangesh Meshram (19) was on way to get milk at 5.45 am when the tragedy struck, said MIDC police.

A resident of Isasani Ward no. 1, Priti was a nursing student. On Sunday morning, she was riding on her Activa (MH-40/AN-3995) and on way to get milk. As the there was low visibility, she failed to notice a bus parked on the road, and rammed into the vehicle. She sustained grievous injuries on her head. She was taken to Lata Mangeshkar Hospital where doctors declared her ‘brought dead’, said MIDC Police.

The Police have registered the case under Sections 283, 304 (A) of the Indian Penal Code. Further investigations are on.

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‘Let the citizens come and meet me...’

Sunday was another day when the people thronged Ramgiri, the official residence of State’s Chief Minister in the city, to meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and place before him their grieva... Read More
Sunday was another day when the people thronged Ramgiri, the official residence of State’s Chief Minister in the city, to meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and place before him their grievances. Also, Sunday was another day when the Chief Minister gave them a patient hearing despite his busy schedule.

Fadnavis had arrived in the city on Saturday night. From the airport, he proceeded straight to the site of proposed Cancer Hospital near Jamtha stadium. It was not a scheduled visit. Hence, Chief Minister called Dr Aarti Singh, Superintendent of Police (Rural), to inform about it.

After visiting the site, Fadnavis said that the hospital should come up as soon as possible so that the cancer patients in the region got served at the earliest.

On Sunday, Chief Minister had a brief stay at Ramgiri before heading to Lakhandur in Bhandara district to attend a programme to pay tributes to late Namdeorao Diwate.

The programme at Lakhandur was scheduled at 2 pm. However, there were a number of visitors outside Ramgiri waiting to meet him. Fadnavis directed the officials concerned, “Let the citizens come and meet me. Do not stop them. They come with a great hope.”

Fadnavis entertained the visitors. There was a woman leading a delegation that complained about threat from anti-social elements. Immediately, Chief Minister asked the assistants to call up Commissioner of Police S P Yadav and instructed that no citizen in Nagpur city should feel insecure. The entire delegation repeatedly expressed gratitude, stated an official press release issued on Sunday evening.

Jaysingh Chavan, a physically challenged entrepreneur, got a patient hearing on issues pertaining to problems faced by people like him.

Sadanand Fulzele, Secretary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Smarak Samiti, also had gone to Ramgiri to invite Chief Minister for Dhammachakra Pravartan Din event on Dussera day this year. Even before Fulzele could explain, Chief Minister assured him that he would definitely attend the event.

During his short stay, Chief Minister met about 500 citizens.

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Census silver medal to Sachin Kurve

Sachin Kurve, District Collector of Nagpur, has been honoured with Silver Medal in recognition of ‘outstanding zeal’ and ‘high quality’ of services rendered during the Census of India-2... Read More
Sachin Kurve, District Collector of Nagpur, has been honoured with Silver Medal in recognition of ‘outstanding zeal’ and ‘high quality’ of services rendered during the Census of India-2011. Kurve, who hails from Nagpur, is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of 2003 batch.

Kurve received the communication regarding the Census Silver Medal recently. He received a ‘Certificate of Honour’ signed by Dr C Chandramouli, Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. In the certificate, Dr Chandramouli has mentioned, “The President of India is pleased to confer upon Sachin Kurve the Census Silver Medal.”

Before joining as District Collector at Nagpur, Kurve was working as Director General of city-based Vanamati. He did his BE (Mechanical Engineering) from Nagpur, and later joined IAS as Uttarakhand cadre officer of 2003 batch. In Uttarakhand, he worked as Chief Development Commissioner; Managing Director of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra; and Additional Secretary to the Governor there before returning to Maharashtra in 2014.

Sharing his joy with ‘The Hitavada’, Kurve said that it was indeed a proud moment for him. During his tenure in Dehradun, he was honoured with the Governor’s Award also for exemplary work in revision of electoral rolls, which included electors’ photographs. Further, his efforts in enrolling 38 per cent new voters there were appreciated and recognised widely.

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‘Govt to form panels for liquor-free villages’

On the lines of Mahatma Gandhi Dispute-free Village Committees, Maharashtra Government is mulling over a proposal to constitute liquor-free village committees for effective implementation of pr... Read More
On the lines of Mahatma Gandhi Dispute-free Village Committees, Maharashtra Government is mulling over a proposal to constitute liquor-free village committees for effective implementation of prohibition.

Sudhir Mungantiwar, Finance Minister, who was instrumental in the Government decision on liquor ban in Chandrapur district, told ‘The Hitavada’ that the village-level committees for effective implementation of liquor ban would consist of women. “On the same lines as we implemented the concept of Dispute-free Village, we have to work on implementation of liquor prohibition too. Social Welfare Department had come out with a Government Resolution (GR) in 2011. It will be studied to find out a solution to whatever problems still persist,” he said.

At a later stage, the village-level committees on liquor ban may include men too.

The statement of Mungantiwar assumes significance against the backdrop of some of his Cabinet colleagues referring to ‘un-desired outcome’ of liquor ban. Mungantiwar was talking to ‘The Hitavada’ on the sidelines of installation ceremony of the new body of Association of Physicians of India (API), Vidarbha Chapter, in the city on Sunday.

Recently, two groups clashed with each other over illicit liquor trade in Ballarpur area even after implementation of liquor ban in Chandrapur district.

Asked about it, Mungantiwar said that the Government was keeping an eye on various developments and would find a way of monitoring and effective implementation of the ban.

Dr Abhay Bang, internationally acclaimed community health expert, also was in the city for the same programme on Sunday. He told ‘The Hitavada’ that he had submitted an integrated action plan on liquor prohibition to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently. “If the plan is accepted and implemented, it could be applied in other districts of Maharashtra too,” he said. He explained that liquor ban was first enforced in Wardha district in 1975, followed by Gadchiroli district in 1993. Now, Chandrapur too has joined the ‘no liquor’ club.

However, Dr Bang said, except shutting the legal liquor shops, none of the Governments took any concrete action to effectively implement the ban. “When I met Chief Minister, he said that the experience of these three districts would be taken into account to make prohibition more effective. This stand is right and reasonable,” he added.

Dr Bang suggested to the Chief Minister to create a ‘liquor-free zone’ comprising the ‘dry’ districts of Gadchiroli, Chandrapur, and Wardha. “Depending on police action alone will not work. Educating people and making them more aware will help,” he said. Referring to other factors, Dr Bang said that Pravara Co-operative Sugar Factory was supplying liquor worth Rs 700 crore to Chandrapur district alone.

Dr Bang conducted a survey of these three ‘dry’ districts. “I have submitted the survey findings to the Chief Minister,” he said. However, he refused to disclose survey findings at this juncture.

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MHADA Nagpur Board to construct 14,690 affordable houses in 5 yrs

Those in search of affordable housing may get a relief by the year 2020 if the plan of Nagpur Board of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) to construct 14,690 houses in Nag... Read More
Those in search of affordable housing may get a relief by the year 2020 if the plan of Nagpur Board of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) to construct 14,690 houses in Nagpur Division by then becomes a reality. Of these dwelling units planned to be created in five years, the highest 7,610 are proposed in Nagpur district.

As per the plan prepared by Nagpur Board of MHADA, as many as 2,808 dwelling units are proposed to be constructed in Chandrapur district, followed by 2,203 in Wardha district, 1,104 in Bhandara district, 765 in Gondia district, and 200 in Gadchiroli district. For the past many years, no new scheme of affordable housing could be executed for a variety of reasons.

According to sources, the main reason was availability of the Government land. As is the case, Nagpur Board of MHADA has 544.35 hectares of land with it. Of this land, 122.77 hectares was acquired from private parties, 65.03 hectares was Government land, 118.64 hectares was with MIDC and municipal councils etc, and 237.88 hectares allotted under Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) Act that stands repealed now. Among all six districts under Nagpur Division, MHADA did not have any land in its possession in Gondia district. Whereas, Nagpur is the only district, where MHADA has in possession land allotted under ULC Act. Though MHADA does not have land in possession in Gondia district, it plans to get some from the Government, for construction of 765 dwelling units by year 2020. MHADA Nagpur Board can very well exceed targeted number of construction of 14,690 dwelling units in Nagpur Division, provided it is able to use the entire land in its possession.

Sources said that of a total 544.35 hectares of land in its possession, MHADA has already used 401.19 hectares for various previous schemes. Of the remaining 143.16 hectares of unutilised land in its possession, only 51.57 hectares could be used for creating 14,690 dwelling units in five years. However, remaining 91.59 hectares could not be used for a variety of reasons.

“If 91.59 hectares of land could be used, MHADA will be able to create more stock of affordable housing. But, there are several problems with this land, ranging from legal disputes, encroachments, reservation of land for non-residential purposes in Development Plans. In some cases, land is not suitable for construction of a housing scheme,” said a source. Of the total 91.59 hectares of land that could not be used for creating affordable housing stock, maximum 74.93 hectares is in Nagpur district alone. Efforts are on to get cleared the troubles so that land availability increases, added the source.

MHADA Nagpur Board has started requesting the Government to make available Government land so that the dream of ‘Housing for All’ could be achieved. Owing to tremendous rise in prices of land and flats in the market, common man is unable to afford those. Against this backdrop, if MHADA Nagpur Board gets Government land, it will help provide affordable housing option to people, felt an official. Recently, the Government allotted 5.31 hectares of land in Nagpur cluster to MHADA Nagpur Board for housing schemes.

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Fearing HC action, authorities resort to course correction

Rattled by a tough stance adopted by Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court which has warned to prosecute the civic agency officials for their abysmal failure in keeping vegetable markets clean, the N... Read More
Rattled by a tough stance adopted by Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court which has warned to prosecute the civic agency officials for their abysmal failure in keeping vegetable markets clean, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) top bosses have promptly resorted to course correction, pulling up departments concerned.

The High Court, while taking a suo motu cognisance of The Hitavada report about pitiable conditions of city markets has observed “Those who are responsible for upkeep of the markets in the city of Nagpur have committed serious criminal offences affecting human body, public health and safety.” However, the High Court granted an opportunity of hearing to NMC, NIT and APMC “before ordering the prosecution against the officers as well as the office-bearers of these institutions, if necessary.”

“We also see that due to dirty condition of these markets, stray dogs, stray cattle and other animals freely move around the markets creating further dangerous conditions for the health of the citizens. It is a matter of anxiety that despite heavy taxation imposed by these authorities on the citizens of Nagpur, which has earned the infamous reputation of the costliest city to live, these markets are still being run in squalid conditions,” a division bench consisting Justice Arun Chaudhari and Justice P N Deshmukh observed while lambasting inaction of those in positions of power.

The High Court has in fact issued a positive injunction against the NMC, NIT and APMC directing them to “stop the public nuisance forthwith.” Steps taken before returnable date (August 6) to stop the public nuisance in all the markets, may then act as a mitigating circumstances in their favour, the court stated while issuing ultimatum to authorities to clean the market or face action for decades of neglect. The court had also directed to file a detailed petition in relation to all the markets in the city and directed authorities to provide all necessary information to amicus curiae Adv Shashibhushan Wahane. The court sought information regarding income earned by the authorities concerned from these markets and the manner in which cleanliness in the market is under taken.

The court further stated that “It is a known fact that Nagpur city is the only city in the country, where the price of petrol and diesel is higher than any other city in the country and the reason is the local taxes by NMC. It is astonishing that neither political parties, elected or other public representatives, leaders of this city or the consumer activists have ever agitated against such a discriminating treatment only for citizens of Nagpur only because the local authority -- NMC -- has authority to charge the local tax; and this is going on for several years.” The court said, all authorities are at liberty to take steps to stop the public nuisance in all the markets.

Wardhane, Hardikar visit Gokulpeth market

Apparently rattled by the tough order passed by the High Court indicating a serious action against authorities for non-feasance, NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane and Municipal Commissioner Shrawan Hardikar visited Gokulpeth market on Saturday. They were shocked to see the stinking condition of the vegetable market. The accumulated rain water in the basement of NIT’s Gokulpeth market is yet to be drained out and it has become breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Wardhane directed the officers concerned for flushing out water from the basement immediately. Hardikar, who was shocked to see the choked sewer line, directed the officers to change the sewer line and clean the market immediately.

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Met Tiger Memon in PoK after 1993 blasts: Kashmir MLA

FORMER militant-turned Congress MLA Usman Majeed on Friday stoked a controversy by claiming he had met Tiger Memon after the 1993 Mumbai blasts in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir during which he seemed... Read More
FORMER militant-turned Congress MLA Usman Majeed on Friday stoked a controversy by claiming he had met Tiger Memon after the 1993 Mumbai blasts in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir during which he seemed “worried” about his brother Yakub’s surrender fearing the ISI might kill him. Majeed’s claim comes a day after Yakub was hanged in Nagpur Central Jail. “I met Tiger in 1993. I met him 2-3 times. He used to come to our office in Muzaffarabad (capital of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir). I was not friends with Tiger. Hilal Beg, the founder of the Students Liberation Front and chief of Ikhwan-ul-Muslimeen militant outfit introduced me to him,” the MLA from north Kashmir’s Bandipora claimed. He said Tiger had already carried out the bomb blasts in Mumbai when they met. “He was most wanted that time in our country. He had carried out the blasts. I asked him how and why he had done it and what was the reason behind the blasts,” Majeed said. “He replied that the main reason was the demolition of the Babri Masjid and the riots that followed it. He said people, including women, had come to him and told him that they were being killed and he had got emotional. That’s is why he carried out the blasts,” Majeed claimed. He said Tiger had told him that ISI had planned and helped in carrying out the blasts. “ISI helped Tiger in carrying out the blasts. It wasn’t Tiger himself who did it. According to Tiger, everything was done by Pakistan – the plan and the weaponry was provided by them (Pakistan) and the plan was executed by his (Tiger’s) gang on the directions of ISI,” he claimed. The Legislator also claimed that Tiger was worried after his brother Yakub had “surrendered” and feared that the ISI might kill him. “Yakub was mentioned to me when Tiger said he had surrendered. We had heard from the media that some Yakub, who was Tiger’s brother, had surrendered. Tiger said Yakub had surrendered, but our people here said he was apprehended. “But Tiger was worried about the surrender. He thought ISI would lose his trust. Pakistan also had the worry that he might surrender. Tiger said there was less respect for him in Pakistan than earlier and that ISI was looking at him with doubtful eyes.” “When Yakub surrendered, Tiger left Pakistan because he feared that the ISI will kill him. He felt humiliated and disgusted and fled to Dubai. But after negotiations, they (ISI) brought him back because they did not want him to surrender. “They feared Yakub might provide the platform and he will facilitate Tiger’s surrender too,” Majeed claimed. According to him, ISI would never allow Tiger to surrender. Majeed crossed into Pakistan from Bangladesh. After staying there for two years, he returned and surrendered to Indian authorities and was part of a counter-insurgent group headed by Kukka Parray. He later contested the assembly elections and winning as an Independent candidate in 2002 from the Bandipora consitutency.

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Retail Entertainment Zones

As per the draft policy, Development Control Regulations (DCR) shall reserve spaces for retail and entertainment on the same lines as reservations for essential services and restaurants, to make re... Read More
As per the draft policy, Development Control Regulations (DCR) shall reserve spaces for retail and entertainment on the same lines as reservations for essential services and restaurants, to make retail ‘more affordable’. At present, space is not reserved for shopping and recreational needs of citizens. The draft policy states that the Government shall make efforts to provide retail areas with direct access to mass public transport systems, secure a long-term traffic plan, secure all year round connections of electricity, water, gas, sewage, and Information Technology. “Creating a zone for retail and recreation would ensure that there is an increase in consumption and more importantly would raise the standard of well-being of citizens,” it states. Under the proposed policy, State Government proposes to consider the concept of Retail Park or Retail Entertainment Zone (REZ) under master plan for city. The REZ should be preferably adjacent to a highway and with an integrated public transport system. A provision is proposed to be made in master plan for city to reserve land for retail development. Under DCR, various modifications have been proposed. These include higher ground coverage subject to fire safety regulations, recreation ground area for customers, floor-to-floor height limit to be raised to 5.5 metres, larger parking space without FSI implication etc. Further, ‘to enhance viability and quality of development’ for retail centres, the Government has proposed to admit up to 50 per cent additional FSI for development of retail and shopping centre, subject to payment of full applicable premium as per the prevailing Ready Reckoner rates.

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State’s draft Retail Policy covers e-Commerce too

Maharashtra Government, on Thursday, released draft of the Retail Trade Policy-2015 becoming the first state to do so. The draft policy defines retailer, multi-brand retail or supermarket, and si... Read More
Maharashtra Government, on Thursday, released draft of the Retail Trade Policy-2015 becoming the first state to do so. The draft policy defines retailer, multi-brand retail or supermarket, and single-brand retailer, and also covers direct selling as well as sale of goods through e-Commerce, television, mobile phone or tablet, and other new-age platforms. The draft will become full-fledged policy once approved, and it will be applicable for five years. The policy has been drafted with a vision to boost State’s economic competitiveness by promoting and facilitating world-class logistics and warehouse chain, minimising wastage and transaction cost within retail enterprise, and giving the best value for money to consumer while maximising returns to producers, farmers, and small and medium enterprises. It also aims at making Maharashtra the most favoured ‘economic magnet’ within the country and across the globe. The draft policy has been prepared to further accelerate investment flow to underdeveloped regions of Maharashtra. Sources said that this particular clause may benefit Vidarbha, which has seen a tremendous rise in retail trade with multi-brand retailers or supermarkets already available in the region. Further, the sale of goods through e-Commerce and other new-age platforms like mobile and tablet is picking up very fast in the region. It has been mentioned in the policy draft that it aims at creating more employment opportunities and to educate youth, especially in rural areas to take part in retail trade. Apurva Chandra, Principal Secretary (Industries), Government of Maharashtra, told ‘The Hitavada’ that the draft was prepared after giving much thought to rise of retail segment in Maharashtra through various platforms. “It will boost economic activity in the State. As per the draft, we are offering relaxations, exemptions, and co-operation to retail investors and the proposed policy does not involve any financial burden on State,” he said. Among the relaxations are exemption to retail enterprises from maintaining physical records for attendance and salary, and these shall have an option for self-certification and filing of consolidated annual returns under 13 laws administered by Labour Department. Interestingly, the option to employ housewives and students on part-time basis has been considered while preparing draft of the policy. As a result, the minimum ‘per hour wage rate’ shall be determined proportionately in accordance with minimum monthly/daily wage rate specified under the Minimum Wages Act. The part-time workers shall be exempted from other laws. However, the draft makes it clear that a retail unit cannot engage more than 25 per cent of its employees as part-time employees. The policy takes care of training to youths and has set eyes on training one lakh youths over a period of five years. For the purpose, Skill Development Department shall make an initial provision of Rs 10 crore. Targets and allocation of funds shall be done on year-to-year basis, later on. State Government has spelt out that it shall come out with a notification rationalising the ‘onus/actions/fines’ for non-compliance of provisions of the Legal Metrology Act, 2009, and rules made thereunder, to be taken against manufacturer, packer, importer or wholesaler/retailer. In such cases, wholesaler/retail dealer will be made a party or witness to establish case against manufacturer, packer, importer. The policy draft also states that different outlets of single-brand retail organisation for the same offence, and only the store should be held liable for non-compliance of norms.

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‘Manila’ rope for Yakub came from Buxar Jail

The ‘Manila’ rope for the noose used to hang 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case convict Yakub Memon in Nagpur Central Jail on Thursday early morning, came from Buxar Jail. Buxar Jail is perhaps t... Read More
The ‘Manila’ rope for the noose used to hang 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case convict Yakub Memon in Nagpur Central Jail on Thursday early morning, came from Buxar Jail. Buxar Jail is perhaps the only one in India that prepares and supplies the ropes meant to be used for executions in various jails across the country. Interestingly, the special wax-coated rope is made by convicts in Buxar Jail in Bihar. The rope is prepared by spinning 172 threads of 20 yarns coated with wax, to the extent that it can be used to hang a person weighing up to 80 kgs. Once the rope is prepared, experts check it considering the parameters of the convict to be hanged. After they are convinced that the rope is strong enough to bear the tension from the drop of the convict, the rope is approved. The noose is made considering age, weight, and height of the convict to be hanged.

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Cops, jail officials heave sigh of relief after Yakub’s body reaches Mumbai

TOP brass of the City Police and Jail officials heaved a sigh of relief after Yakub Memon’s body reached Mumbai after his execution in Nagpur Central Jail. The Second Capital of Maharashtra was... Read More
TOP brass of the City Police and Jail officials heaved a sigh of relief after Yakub Memon’s body reached Mumbai after his execution in Nagpur Central Jail. The Second Capital of Maharashtra was put on ‘high alert’ for Yakub’s hanging. After holding series of meetings with senior jail officials, including Additional Director General (Prisons) Meera Borwankar and Jail Superintendent Yogesh Desai, City Police finalised the security arrangements. Under the leadership of Commissioner of Police Sharda Prasad Yadav, Joint Commissioner of Police Rajvardhan, a thick security blanket was thrown over the city to prevent any untoward incident during Yakub’s hanging. As a part of their strategy, police and jail officials did not interact with mediapersons about security arrangements within and outside the Central Jail. Twelve hours before Yakub’s execution, city police took over the security of jail premises. Journalists, who were in the Media enclosure, were asked to vacate the jail premises. Cops imposed Section 144 of the CrPC prohibiting assembly of more than five persons within the radius of 500 metres from Jail premises. The entire Jail premises was cordoned off by armed guards. Quick Response Teams (QRTs) were positioned inside the jail. Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS), Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), and additional police force from almost all units of the city police were deployed in the bandobast. Officers and men from State Intelligence Department (SID) and Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau were maintaining a constant vigil not only inside and outside the jail premises but also at vital installations. Additional security was deployed at Dr Babadaheb International Airport when Yakub’s body was being taken to Mumbai. Mediapersons from across the country, including those from television channels with their OB vans, gathered near the jail premises. However, police blocked them at Kriplani T Point (South Ambazari Road andWardha Road Junction). However, no police and official shared any information about Yakub’s hanging with mediapersons.

Yakub was mentally sound before execution

CONTRARY to what his lawyers argued for him that he was Schizophrenic, a team of doctors found Yakub Memon mentally sound before his execution on Thursday morning. As per the procedure a team of medical doctors, including physicians as well as psychiatrist, checked Yakub before he was hanged. According to sources, the team found Yakub in sound mental and physical health. The doctors entered the jail early in the morning. Chief Medical Officer of Jail Dr Madavi waited outside while his subordinate Dr Tiwari was sent in. Dean of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) Dr Abhimanyu Niswade along with Dr Makrand Vyawahare, Head, Department of Forensic Medicine, GMCH waited to take possession of Yakub’s body. Highly placed sources said that the team, comprising an Orthopaedician, one from Anatomy, Radiologist, Neurosurgeon, Pathologist, received the body at around 7.55 am for post mortem. To get post mortem done in daytime light, Yakub was hanged after sunrise. A room was specially kept ready for post mortem. Post mortem is needed to find out whether death occurred due to hanging or strangulation. As per sources, during Ajmal Kasab’s execution it was found that he got strangulated. Technically the Second cervical vertebra gets fractured with judicial hanging and after fracture, odontoid process injures vital part of brain causing instantaneous death. This is called judicial hanging. According to sources Yakub’s death took place due to judicial hanging. The X-ray of Yakub was done in the jail premises itself. As the body was to be taken to Mumbai, the chemical process of embalming was done wherein formalin was applied on the body. The purpose of embalming is to preserve a dead human body from natural decomposition and to also restore a natural appearance.

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An anxious night, a hopeless dawn and the inevitable

As the clock was ticking, Suleman Memon, elder brother of Yakub Memon and his cousin, Usman, spent restless night in their hotel room. Lodged at Hotel Dwarka in the busy Sitabuldi locality, both ... Read More
As the clock was ticking, Suleman Memon, elder brother of Yakub Memon and his cousin, Usman, spent restless night in their hotel room. Lodged at Hotel Dwarka in the busy Sitabuldi locality, both brothers provided solace to one another. Both were glued to TV set, as they held on to the glimmer of hope that Yakub’s hanging slated for early Thursday morning may get postponed. Both hardly slept even as city police kept a hawk’s eye on the two, said hotel employees who served the guests. Outside the hotel a posse of policemen and horde of newspersons, photographers, cameramen, too stayed awake wanting to have a comment from either of the Memon brothers. Early in the morning when Usman came out for a chore, he was flocked by waiting newspersons, particularly aggressive channel reporters, who thrust mike and tried to get his say on the matter. A panicked Usman quickly returned to his room. The two brothers were also in constant touch with Delhi-based lawyers, as latter kept them informed about fast-paced developments. The two surfed through news channel trying to get latest news on the developments in the Supreme Court, which was opened past midnight to hear Yakub’s lawyers. At around 2 am, a constable arrived at the hotel and handed over a sealed packet from Nagpur Central Jail authorities. The packet had a letter from Jail Superintendent informing details of hanging of Yakub. The brothers finally lost hope around 5 am on Thursday when TV channels started flashing the news of the dismissal of the last attempt of Yakub’s lawyers to get 14-day reprieve for the Bombay blasts convict. The two brothers were in tears, said the Hotel sources. Sources also informed that brothers were also asked by the jail authorities to reach at Central Prison by 8.30 am. “There was a communication between jail authority and Memon brothers,” said a police official in know of the things. The brothers left Hotel Dwarka at around 8.15 am and impatient media flocked them to click pictures and one possible comment from either one of them. Officers of Sitabuldi Police managed to clear the path for Memon brothers who were in a Maruti Versa car. When they reached Central Jail, the jail authorities handed over Yakub’s body to them after completing legal formalities.

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Waiting for ‘the’ word, media and cops work through night

Will he be hanged as scheduled? What is the Supreme Court’s decision in unprecedented late-night hearing? Do cops have any inputs? Time of hanging has changed, is it? These and countless many q... Read More
Will he be hanged as scheduled? What is the Supreme Court’s decision in unprecedented late-night hearing? Do cops have any inputs? Time of hanging has changed, is it? These and countless many questions filled the otherwise silent night in the radius of around 1 km from Nagpur Central Jail after 12 am on July 30. Tension was palpable. The questions were being asked by mediapersons to fellow journalists, cops to cops, media to cops, and commoners to media and cops. Mediapersons from Nagpur as well as the adjoining states and even Mumbai and Delhi remained awake through the night to telecast the latest inputs with respective media houses, especially electronic media houses. Cops on duty inside Central Jail premises and those on bandobast/nakabandi duty across the city, also were anxious about what was happening. Various routes to and fro Central Jail had barricades, with armed cops deployed there to check late-night home-goers or wanderers, as a matter of abundant precaution. The late-night unprecedented developments at the Supreme Court in New Delhi occupied the mindscape of countless many Indians, Nagpurians included, and especially mediamen and cops deployed in Nagpur. As the clock was ticking, anxiety was building up. For, the scheduled time of hanging of Yakub Memon, the first death row convict in 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case, was 7 am. Only a few hours ahead of that, news of the Supreme Court hearing came. The hearing at Supreme Court in New Delhi, in response to the last-ditch effort on behalf of Yakub, was to begin at 2 am first. Almost all newspaper publications in city held back their city editions anticipating last moment input to be incorporated in the reports carried on front pages. Later on, news came that hearing would begin at the Supreme Court at 2.30 am. By 3 am, as the hearing did not begin, newspapers released their editions. However, anxiety was far from released. Reporters assigned to cover the hanging, and those eager to witness the movements inside and outside the jail at the time of hanging, loitered around. The Outside Broadcasting (OB) vans of electronic media houses from various parts of the country were parked as close as possible outside the 500 metres radius from Central Jail. As they received calls from their headquarters in Mumbai and Delhi and elsewhere, the electronic media reporters continued giving ‘piece to camera’ about uncertainty in the air at Nagpur. There were flashes of bright light in different corners as these reporters gave ‘live updates’ from Nagpur. Clock raced ahead. It was 4 am. Will he be hanged? Has the Supreme Court passed its order? These two questions dominated the debate among citizens, cops, media, and the fading night. Around this time, news came that the cops had handed over a ‘confidential envelope’ to Yakub’s brothers Suleman and Usman at Hotel Dwarka at 2.10 am. By the time, discussions concluded that handing over of envelope to Yakub’s brothers was a confirmation of his hanging, it was 4.45 am. Still, handing over of the envelope was not confirmed. At 4.50 am, the Supreme Court concluded its hearing and rejected fresh plea against Yakub’s hanging. The mediamen and cops, weary of staying alert through the night, got refreshed with this news. Again, frenzied efforts started to gather whatever details available. Bit-by-bit, it emerged that Yakub was woken up at 3.30 am, allowed a warm bath, offer prayers. He was asked to undergo a medical examination, and after completion of laid-down procedures, he was hanged at 6.35 am. However, these initial details did not prove to be correct as was revealed later on. As it came out by the evening of Thursday, Yakub was woken up at 5 am. After due procedure, he was hanged at 7 am. But, hanging did not end the anxiety. Then started attempts to know if his body was handed over to his brothers. There were rumours of commissioning of an air ambulance or a special flight to carry Yakub’s body to Mumbai. Finally, it came out that the body was taken by IndiGo flight. Once Yakub’s body and his brothers were out of the city, the situation around Nagpur Central Jail started relaxing. By this time, the city had woken up. Sunrise had whisked away all questions that occupied the night. And, mediapersons embarked on their next mission -- to share with the world the answers to questions that kept them awake through the night. ‘The’ word was out.

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Black Buck fawn kept at deer park dies

A fawn of Black Buck that had strayed from its mother in zudpi jungle near Shankarpur, Khapri, in May and was kept in a room made of planks at deer park in Seminary Hills, died around 10-12 days ... Read More
A fawn of Black Buck that had strayed from its mother in zudpi jungle near Shankarpur, Khapri, in May and was kept in a room made of planks at deer park in Seminary Hills, died around 10-12 days ago. Surprisingly, Forest Department kept the death of the fawn under wraps. The fawn, which was only 15 days old when it was brought to deer park in May, was facing extreme hardships in absence of bare necessary facilities, essential for its survival. With its fragile tender health, the fawn was virtually doomed and might die due to total apathy shown by the Forest Department, ‘The Hitavada’ had reported on May 23. And, sadly, this has proven right. In the month of May, when the mercury was hovering around 47 degrees Celsius, no provision of even a fan was made that time. The death of the fawn comes as an indication of total lack of awareness and sympathy towards wild animals, especially in handling such types of emergencies. In its report, ‘The Hitavada’ had highlighted that though the fawn was being fed with cow’s milk, there was no advice sought from veterinary doctor regarding what was suitable for the fawn’s digestive system. S S Kolankar, Range Forest Officer, said that the fawn died 10-12 days ago because of intestinal and urinary infections. Surprisingly, the Forest Department officials performed last rites on the fawn soon after its post mortem done in presence of veterinary doctors. As is the previous record of Seminary Hills, most of the deer brought at the deer park for treatment during transit period died due to negligence and in absence of proper medical help.

The fawn had followed goats of Balu Chanelwar, a farmer from Shankarpur, when they returned home. Finding a new guest, Balu contacted Forest men. A team from Seminary Hills, led by RFO (Rescue) Daware, had brought the fawn to the deer park. Later, several unsuccessful attempts were made to relocate the fawn to Maharajbagh, but the Maharajbagh zoo administration turned down the proposal citing the reason that there was no space to accomodate it.

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Social media helps raise funds for tribal girl’s edn

The power of social media was unleashed when a tribal girl from a small village in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh could get financial and social support for pursuing higher education in Pune ... Read More
The power of social media was unleashed when a tribal girl from a small village in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh could get financial and social support for pursuing higher education in Pune University. The entire exercise took less than an hour and the girl extended her gratitude and posted it on WhatsApp. The social workers of a WhatsApp group too were happy to see smile on face of the talented and ambitious tribal girl. The determination to complete education and pay back to the society which helped her was clearly evident on her face.

Sunita Bhogami, a 16-year-old Muriya Gond tribal hailing from sensitive and Naxal-affected village Mangnar, secured 66% marks in HSC examination of summer 2015. Having spent her childhood in great difficulty, Sunita worked as domestic help in Bengaluru, during which she was allowed to study upto SSC, by her employer. However, Sunita found herself in difficult situation, when the person who had taken her to Bengaluru died and she had to return to her native village. Her enthusiasm to continue her study did not die and she appeared for HSC examination and secured 66% marks.

Sunita, who is the first generation learner from her family, wanted to study further, attain graduation in commerce and also become a Chartered Accountant. She approached Dantewada District Collector, who is heading Prime Minister’s Rural Development Programme. Shrish Kalyani, a native of Wardha, is a social worker working under this programme in Dantewada district. Shrish has been watching Sunita’s plight and was eager to help her. Sunita knew a woman from Pune, who came in contact with her at Bengaluru. The woman agreed to manage her stay and food at Pune. However, the fees for her studies at Pune was a major problem. District Collector expressed inability to help her. Shrish managed to raise some funds, but Sunita needed Rs 35,000 to secure admission for B Com.

A former student of MSS Institute of Social Work, Nagpur and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Shrish finally decided to use social media to raise funds for Sunita’s studies at Pune.

Talking to The Hitavada, Shrish stated that within 15 minutes the help started coming up and Sunita’s requirement was fulfilled in less than an hour. The social work professionals, most of them students of the alma mater, extended help to Shrish and Sunita. Despite being a tribal under Scheduled Caste category, any kind of Government support could not be extended to Sunita, as she had no document to establish her eligibility. When the government authorities expressed their helplessness, the social workers, who are working across the nation, with different organisations, helped Sunita for pursuing her education.

Sunita, speaking in chaste English and her determination and confidence on her face and behaviour could be a reason for Shrish to fetch help for her. Shrish, who was honoured with National Award for his excellent work in the Naxal-infested Dantewada district, has specifically mentioned about the effective use of social media. The help for Sunita poured in without any consideration of caste, religious, cultural or geographical differences.

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Dial 100 to lodge complaint about noise pollution in city

Following the directives of the Bombay High Court, Urban Development Department (UDD) of Maharashtra Government has come up with circulars asking the municipal corporations in the State to prepar... Read More
Following the directives of the Bombay High Court, Urban Development Department (UDD) of Maharashtra Government has come up with circulars asking the municipal corporations in the State to prepare policy on prior permissions to be given for pandals on roads during religious festivals, as well as asking these to launch toll-free number and SMS and e-mail facilities for lodging of complaints regarding noise pollution.

As per the circular issued on July 14, UDD has delegated power to enforce noise pollution norms to Police Department. Accordingly, any citizen may lodge even an anonymous complaint regarding violation of noise pollution norms by dialling 100, said Ravindra Kumbhare, Resident Deputy Collector. Addressing a press conference at the Collector office here on Wednesday evening, Kumbhare said that the circular designated officers of the rank of Police Inspector as the ‘authorities for the purpose of control of noise pollution.’

Further, the notification asks the Director General of Police, all Commissioners of Police, all District Magistrates, and all Superintendents of Police to publish the names, addresses, and other details of these authorities, and to make sure that these details are displayed on the notice boards of all Ward Offices of all municipal corproations/municipal councils. Vide another circular dated July 6, UDD has asked the municipal corporations to notify ‘Silence Zones’ under the provisions of Noise Pollution (Control and Regulation) Rules, 2000. The list has to be displayed on the website of respective municipal corporations. Also, all the municipal corporations in the State have been asked to launch toll-free number, SMS and e-mail facilities to encourage citizens to lodge complaints regarding violation of noise pollution norms.

Meanwhile, in yet another circular issued on July 6, UDD has asked the municipal corporations to prepare and policy regarding grant of prior permissions to erection of pandals on roads during religious festivals, and publish the same in the form of guidelines within 15 days of the issuance of the circular. Such permissions shall have to be displayed prominently on the structures/pandals to be erected on roads by organisers of various festivals. Else, those structures/pandals will be treated as ‘unauthorised’ and removed. To monitor implementation of the norms in this regard, District Collector has been asked to constitute a team of officers headed by Tehsildar in every municipal corporation area. In this regard also, municipal corporations have been asked to launch toll-free number, SMS and e-mail facilities so that citizens may report violations of norms. NMC yet to launch toll-free number

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is yet to launch the toll-free number, SMS and e-mail facilities to ensure effective implementation of noise pollution norms.

Kranti Sonkusare, Traffic Engineer, NMC, told ‘The Hitavada’ that NMC had already declared the list of ‘Silence Zones’ last year but it had not been displayed on its website so far. As far as toll-free number, SMS, e-mail facilities are concerned, action is being taken under e-governance programme, he added. Asked about policy on erection of pandals/structures on roads during religious festivals, he said that these permissions were given by Estate Department, and hence it would prepare the policy.

D D Jambhulkar, Estate Officer, Estate Department, NMC, told ‘The Hitavada’ that his department had prepared draft guidelines on noise pollution and an affidavit would be submitted to the Bombay High Court on Thursday. As the matter relates to policy matter, draft guidelines would be submitted before NMC general body. “We got the circular on July 24. We prepared the draft guidelines running into 14-15 pages within two days since then. Now, we will submit draft guidelines to general body for approval,” he added.

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Hand over Mor Bhavan land for city bus operations: CM to MSRTC

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister for Highways and Transport Nitin Gadkari took review of various issues related to the Second Capital of Maharashtra on Wednesday at Mumbai. C... Read More
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister for Highways and Transport Nitin Gadkari took review of various issues related to the Second Capital of Maharashtra on Wednesday at Mumbai. Chief Minister directed Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) to hand over the City Bus stand Mor Bhavan to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for city bus operations.

The meeting was organised at Chief Minister’s official residence Varsha. Transport Minister Diwakar Raote, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan, Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Chief Secretary Swadhin Kshatriya, Principal Secretary (Transport) Gautam Chatterjee, Urban Development Department Principal Secretary Nitin Karir, Manisha Mhaiskar, Industries Department Principal Secretary Apoorva Chandra were present. Chief Minister directed MSRTC to provide space for parking of city buses at Mor Bhavan bus stand as these buses are parked on road resulting in huge financial losses of buses. The city bus should start its operations from the bus stand, he added. The meeting also discussed pending issues of Urban Development Department (UDD) and instructed Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) to provide Rs 100 crore to NMC for concretisation of roads.

The Chief Minister said, the administration should expedite process for land acquisition at Wardha and Jalana for establishment of dryport and find out solution to increase FSI at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT).

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Anxiety rules ‘supreme’ after midnight drama

Uncertainty prevailed over execution of Yakub Memon as the Supreme Court decided to take up the last minute petition filed on behalf of Yakub by his lawyers seeking deferment of the execution f... Read More
Uncertainty prevailed over execution of Yakub Memon as the Supreme Court decided to take up the last minute petition filed on behalf of Yakub by his lawyers seeking deferment of the execution following the midnight dramatic events which unfolded at New Delhi. As a result, the jail authorities and entire machinery was anxiously awaiting the outcome of special hearing which began at well past 2 am. Preparations to hang Yakub were ready and subject to decision of the Supreme Court, he would be hanged as scheduled. While going to press, if the Supreme Court decides to defer the execution, then the convict of 1993-serial bomb blast, will be spared from the noose on July 30. Meanwhile, keeping all options open, the Jail authorities also made preparations for burial of Yakub Memon’s body after hanging, at a spot near Jail Hospital, it was learnt. In case of law and order problem, Yakub’s body will be buried in jail premises. Else, it will be handed over to the members of his family. Yakub’s family to claim his body

YAKUB’S elder brother Suleman and cousin Usman Memon visited Central Jail on Wednesday evening. It is learnt that they submitted an application for handing over of Yakub’s body after his execution on Thursday morning. However, the jail authorities refused to divulge any information to the waiting media. While entering in the jail premises Suleman told the media to leave them alone.

“Hume baksh do (Leave us alone). We have full faith in Indian judiciary,” Suleman said. It is learnt Yakub’s wife Raheen, daughter Zubeda and other relatives, who had their last meeting with him a few days ago in the jail, are expected reach the city on Thursday morning. After Yakub’s last-ditch effort to escape the gallows was rejected by the Supreme Court, he has not prepared any last will so far, informed his local lawyer Adv Anil Gedam.

Adv Gedam said, Yakub was very hopeful that he would get some relief from the Supreme Court and from the President of India on his mercy petition. It seems, he might have thought that he would not be executed which was why he did not prepare any will. After his execution, his body is likely to be claimed by his family, Adv Gedam added.

As per the Jail Manual, Jail Superintendent has powers to decide whether the body of the death convict be handed over to his family or not depending upon the security or law and order situation. After post mortem by doctors of Government Medical College, Jail Superintendent can bury the body in the prison premises itself. In case the family wants to take possession of the body, they have to give an undertaking to the Jail authorities that they would not make an issue and not hold any demonstration with the body. But in Yakub’s case, the State Government decided to hand over his body to his relatives.

Sources informed that Yakub’s family members are likely to take the body to Mumbai and burial would take place at Kacchi Memon Kabrastan, Bhoiwada.

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Central Jail braces up to hang Yakub

Though decks were cleared on Wednesday evening for 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case convict Yakub Abdul Razak Memon’s execution, a late night petition in the Supreme Court challenged the exe... Read More
Though decks were cleared on Wednesday evening for 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case convict Yakub Abdul Razak Memon’s execution, a late night petition in the Supreme Court challenged the execution order creating uncertainty over hanging of Chartered Accountant-turned-terrorist on his 53rd birthday in Nagpur Central Jail as scheduled on Thursday.

While going to press, the entire jail had been cordoned off by armed security personnel. Nervous excitement had gripped the city as police imposed restriction on assembly of five or more persons under Section 144 of the CrPC within 500 metres of the jail premises. A thick security blanket was thrown across the Second Capital to prevent any untoward incident. City Police took over the security of the Jail premises. Cops had sanitised the entire jail on Wednesday evening. Similarly, heavy deployment was made in sensitive areas of the district.

Additional Director General of Police (Prisons) Meera Borwankar, Commissioner of Police Sharda Prasad Yadav, Joint Commissioner of Police Rajvardhan were constantly monitoring the security arrangements. Besides jail security, quick response teams (QRTs), Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), Bomb Detection & Disposal Squad (BDDS) and additional force had been deployed.

A team of doctors led by Dean of Government Medical College Dr Abhimanyu Niswade examined Yakub in ‘Fasi Yard’ on Wednesday. Another team of medical experts including a senior doctor of Regional Mental Hospital examined Yakub in the evening. Jail Superintendent Yogesh Desai and other officials inspected the scaffold and ropes to be used for Yakub’s execution. The hangman again conducted trials to check the drop given to Yakub by using sand bags.

Yakub, the convict

BROTHER of main accused in the Mumbai blasts case Tiger Memon and a close confidant of gangster Dawood Ibrahim (both believed to be in Pakistan), Yakub is in jail for the past over two decades. Yakub, who played a major role in the Mumbai bomb blasts that claimed 257 innocent lives and left over 700 injured, allegedly had handled Tiger Memon’s funds for the crime that shook the entire world. He allegedly funded about 15 youngsters who were sent to Pakistan for training in handling of arms, ammunition and explosive devices.

The serial bomb blasts in 1993 were allegedly orchestrated by D-company including Tiger Memon to avenge Muslim deaths during Hindu-Muslim riots that had rocked Mumbai a few months earlier. Yakub was awarded the death penalty by a Special (TADA) Court on July 2007. He would be hanged for acts of terror and mayhem.

The third among six sons of Abdul Razzak Memon, Yakub turned out to be the most highly-educated in the Memon family. He studied in an English medium school, later acquired a BCom degree and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant (CA) in 1990. After becoming CA, he opened ‘Mehta & Memon Associates’ with his friend Chetan Mehta. But after a year, they parted ways and Yakub set up his independent firm ‘AR & Sons’ in the memory of his father. Two days before the bomb blasts (on March 10, 1993), Yakub fled with his entire family to Pakistan via Dubai. After being caught with multiple passports at Kathmandu Airport in July 1994, Yakub was arrested on the morning of August 5, 1994. After he was shifted to Nagpur Jail in 2007, he did MA in English Literature and Political Science.

Yakub, 24th convict to be hanged in Nagpur Jail

Yakub Memon would be the 24th convict to be hanged in Central Jail Nagpur since Independence.

The last execution in the jail took place way back in 1984 after Wankhede brothers from Amravati were hanged after they were convicted in murder cases. Set up in 1864, the jail received ISO 9001-2000 certification. It is the only jail in the state where two death convicts can be hanged simultaneously.

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Liquor seized from three unclaimed bags in ST bus

PANIC gripped passengers when three unclaimed bags were found in a Parbhani-bound State Transport bus near Chhatrapati Nagar Square on Tuesday evening. After the Bomb Detection & Disposal Squad (... Read More
PANIC gripped passengers when three unclaimed bags were found in a Parbhani-bound State Transport bus near Chhatrapati Nagar Square on Tuesday evening. After the Bomb Detection & Disposal Squad (BDDS) confirmed that the bags did not contain any explosive device, cops opened them and found liquor bottles. After receiving the call from one of passengers that three bags were lying unclaimed in Nagpur-Parbhani bus (MH-20/BL-3352), the control room officer (CRO) alerted Rana Pratap Nagar Police and BDDS who later stopped vehicle near Chhatrapati Nagar Square. BDDS personnel along with their sniffer dog checked the bags and found liquor bottles which were illegally transported by some youngsters to Wardha which is a dry district. Inspector Ravindra Gitte and staff of Rana Pratap Nagar Police seized the bags containing liquor bottles and started probe.

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NMC-OCW plugs water leakages at rehabilitated Seminary Hill MBR

This could be a major achievement of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Orange City Water (OCW) as 35-years-old Master Balancing Reservoir (MBR) at Seminary Hills — known as ‘heart’ o... Read More
This could be a major achievement of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Orange City Water (OCW) as 35-years-old Master Balancing Reservoir (MBR) at Seminary Hills — known as ‘heart’ of the city’s water supply system — has been rehabilitated completely by OCW recently. Seminary Hills MBR was constructed in the year 1982 and had not been repaired since then. Almost 50 per cent of the water is wasted due to leakage from this MBR. OCW took initiative and not only plugged leakages of 11 MLD capacity MBR at Seminary Hills by using ‘Pressure Grouting’ technique, but also saved thousands of litres of water going waste, through its rehabilitation process. The roof slab of Seminary Hills MBR had deteriorated highly. So, OCW dismantled it and rebuilt a new slab and tie beams and columns. Concrete at most of the places was spelled out, reinforcement got exposed and corroded. Around 12 columns had deteriorated highly and could not be regained. These were dismantled and re-cast. After completion of roof slab and guniting (procedure to out-quote MS pipeline) works, entire surface inside the MBR was coated with food grade epoxy paint. There are two MBRs, each of 11 MLD capacity located at Seminary Hills (Part -I and Part II), which supply water to West, South, Central Nagpur areas. Earlier, the two MBRs that were interconnected and also connected to treatment plants directly were isolated. Water is supplied first to these MBRs and then to the city. OCW first isolated these MBRs and shifted supply to one tank and the other tank was taken under rehabilitation so that without affecting water supply to the city, rehabilitation work could be completed.

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Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the most inspirational statesman

With sudden passing away of our former President Bharat Ratna Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, an era has come to an end. It is a loss not just to India, but to entire humanity. He was the most inspiratio... Read More
With sudden passing away of our former President Bharat Ratna Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, an era has come to an end. It is a loss not just to India, but to entire humanity. He was the most inspirational icon of our generation and GenNext. However, I am feeling heartache and pain at this personal loss. I was very fortunate to have received warm affection and motivation from his charismatic persona on several occasions. All these memories are treasured deep in my heart.

December 3, 2006 was the most memorable day for me when as Director, Disability Division, Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, I had organised ‘International Day of People with Disabilities’ programme in Vigyan Bhavan and Dr Kalam, as the then President of India, was the chief guest. He was invited to deliver the key-note address after distributing awards for significant contribution in the area of welfare of persons with disabilities. We had taken three weeks to prepare a draft speech that was sent to Joint Secretary to the President. But, when he stood up to speak, he dumped the formal speech and entered in an instant conversation with various sections of audience present — persons affected with some or the other kind of disability.

Dr Kalam talked to them, recited a few couplets of his freshly written poem and then made them repeat his famous lines ‘I have wings and I shall fly’. He also adminisitered a pledge to all the members of the audience. The crux of the pledge was that all of us, in our life, should do a few things that would bring smile to face of a special child. He never preferred the word disabled, he called them special people, people with special needs.

In his more than one hour speech, Dr Kalam spelt out all his life-long efforts how he strived hard to use advancement in Science to improve upon various appliances used by people with special needs. While working as Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister, or in DRDO, he had been able to bring innovations and reduce the weight of callipers, innovate design of Jaipur Foot, hearing aid, Cochlear implants etc to mitigate physical strains of people with special needs. He had major concerns and restless desire to do more for children suffering with cerebral palsy, motor dysfunctions, and mental retardation. The next big opportunity I got to interact with the inspiring Dr Kalam was between April 7 to 12, 2007. I accompanied him in his three-nation tour to France, Germany, and Greece as Private Secretary to the accompanying Minister, Minister of State (Independent Charge) New and Renewable Energy Mr Vilas Muttemwar, along with Rajya Sabha MPs P M Mahapatra, Kanimozi, and a large team of officials and mediapersons. It was amazing and a life-time experience. He was so warm and friendly, did not bother for the overbearing Protocol of Head of State and freely mingled with us, the accompanying MPs, Minister, and members of media.

He remained a jovial self, ready to crack a joke or share some nuggets of thought. In fact, he would come to the upper chambers and keeping his warm friendly hand on the shoulders of either of ADC Ankur Naik or me, talk to us and ask for our views. He used to lighten up the environment with some wisecrack and then a laughter with a naughty grin in his eyes. He was very comfortable with youngsters, wanted to scan what was going on in their minds. Hence, he sounded so very youthful and energetic, never bogged down by aura and stature of his position. He had certain passions, which he used to pursue wherever he used to go, with the most poignant of them being to connect with the fraternity of young budding scientists and researchers. During his visit to International Space University at Strasbourg, France, he had an hour-and-a-half long interaction with the young space scientists over a range of issues and sharing his experience. He had long discussions with the faculty members and was happy to find some researchers from India. The best quality of him was that he used to give so much of personal and undivided attention, that to every individual, one conversation with him used to work like an instant tonic. His affectionate warmth and infectious smile would make an awestruck stranger feeling at ease with him. Dr Kalam’s global influence was amazing. He was invited to address European Parliament situated at beautiful town of Strasbourg at the border of Germany and France. When the Indian delegation reached there along with the convoy of the President, the magnificent Central Hall was over-packed with many seniors of European Union parliamentary members. There was so much of excitement in the air. He was introduced as one of the best global thinkers, and a fine blend of Science and Spirituality. His hour-long speech was heard with rapt attention with translation in more than 10 languages. At the end of the speech, there was overwhelming applause and minutes of standing ovation. He spelt out his vision of new world order based on peace, harmony, and shared values in typical Dr Kalam style. His visit to the Town Hall and meeting Mayor of Strasbourg brought out his fascinating quality of winning friends and admirers instantly. More surprises were in the store when on way to Athens, he came up from the President’s suit and with an affectionate and friendly tone wanted me, my batchmate P Harish (IFS), who was MEA’s PRO, and ADC Ankur Naik to give him feedback about what he said in European Parliament. The long conversation with him was like a dream. In Greece, I observed very closely that certain ideas and commitments always had overpowering impact on him. On the second day, when he had some time from his schedule, he decided to visit the famous institute working on Cerebral Palsy, around 120 miles from Athens. Seeing him interacting with ‘special’ children, their mothers, and care-givers was so moving that he slowly started looking like a man with Messiah’s purity and vision. During his visit to historical Acropolis and Parthenon, I could see thousands of people lined up, mostly children, teachers, and young people with ‘Welcome Dr Kalam’ boards. When he was walking in the sprawling Acropolis area, he stopped more than twenty times, meeting people, holding their hands, kissing young kids. He was humane charm, and warmth of goodness personified. I got this feeling that great people are basically simple and good human beings. Later on, after the tour, there was a ‘Presidential at Home’ in Ashok Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan. He stopped over to have a chat with my nine-year-old son Avichal and then after talking to the shy kid, he told me and my wife, “Your son has most beautiful smile, you both have the responsibility to conserve it forever.” This, even now, is the best reminder of our parental duties. When I joined as Acting Vice-Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, my biggest challenge was to organise the much-awaited and once aborted 100th Convocation. Out of many issues, one issue was to find a guest of honour of the stature of the President of India. I singularly relied on Dr Kalam’s support. With the affectionate thread of 2007 tour, he happily accepted the invitation, came to the convocation, and won the hearts and made 100th Convocation the most memeorable event. Rest of the story is known to Nagpurians. He loved Nagpur and had visited twice in short gaps. Like me, there are thousands and thousands of people in this country and other parts of the world, whose life he touched, in whose heart he will remain in the same space where their Gods live. His unparalleled work will keep inspiring several generations to have wings and fly. RIP Dr A P J Abdul Kalam. (The author is Divisional Commissioner, Nagpur)

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RTO, Revenue Deptt to initiate joint action against sand mafia in Division

Revenue Department and Regional Transport Office (RTO) are joining hands in a bid to put an end to menace of overloading, particularly that of sand in the region. Disclosing this on Tuesday, Tran... Read More
Revenue Department and Regional Transport Office (RTO) are joining hands in a bid to put an end to menace of overloading, particularly that of sand in the region. Disclosing this on Tuesday, Transport Commissioner Sonia Sethi said, she had held discussion with Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar where they agreed on joint action against sand mafia.

Sethi was interacting with newspersons after her day long visit to city, wherein she visited Deori checkpost and inspected RTO (City) office and addressed senior officers.

Apart from RTO, even respective District Collectors in division are now told to submit their action plans in clamping down on overloading, particularly for sand. Commissioner who is chairperson of Divisional Regional Transport Authority assured that Collectors would discuss the strategy in the respective district level RTA and submit their detailed plans. Similarly, targets for action against overloaders for RTO officers have been doubled.

Sand mafia has assumed dangerous proportion in Vidarbha region, particularly, Nagpur, Bhandara and Chandrapur districts. Sources said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis himself directed senior officials to put and end to this menace.

Sethi further informed newspersons that a meeting is fixed on August 7 at Chandrapur, where overloading is quite rampant, and Divisional Commissioner is also going to attend it. We will also discuss the issue with stakeholders, companies like cement, coal and other bulk transporters to find a way out of maze. For example to curb overloading it was suggested to have weigh bridges at sand ghats or at loading source itself. But then issue of finance cropped-up and Sethi said she asked Divisional Commissioner to submit proposal and same can be taken-up with State Government.

Joint Transport Commissioner P V Mahajan, Regional Transport Officer (City) Sarjerao Shelke, RTO (Rural) S Jichkar, Deputy RTO Vijaysingh Chauhan, Tax Recovery Officer Nana Samarth and other senior officials were present during the media interaction.

RTOs to have computerised testing tracks soon

To minimise hardship for citizens, Transport Department has decided to have computerised testing tracks at all RTO’s in State. They will be on BoT basis and Pune based CIRT, a Central Government agency, is asked to submit a DPR. Similarly at Nasik we have set-up computerised system for issuance of yearly fitness certificates to transport vehicles and soon it would be set-up in all RTOs. This two measures would go long way in addressing issues of road safety to a large extent, Sonia Sethi told in response to a querry.

Asked about delay in getting permanent driving licences post introduction of on-line booking, Transport Commissioner said a new arrangement is being put in place to tide over this delay. Now in case appointment of applicant is over and above lapse date of learning licence then local RTO would manually provide date and test the applicant.

She also informed that with passing of Right to Service Act, Transport Ministry has prepared a list of services to be provided to citizens and once approved same will be informed to people. Similarly all the vacancies in the department would be filled-up at the earliest and we will request State Government to sanction new posts since RTO is maximum revenue earning department.

Nagpur amongst four districts to get license for e-rickshaws

State Government has permitted licensing e-rickshaws in four districts, Nagpur, Mumbai, Nasik and Pune. The local RTOs have been asked to assess the route and submit respective plans before commencing issuance of license for plying, disclosed Sonia Sethi. E-rickshaw has got nod following legislation done by Central Government that has made amendments to the Motor Vehicles Act.

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GAD asks babus to behave well with legislators, MPs

Now, it is mandatory for babus to give respect to elected representatives as Maharashtra Government has issued fresh guidelines regarding conduct of staffers and officers with the legislators and... Read More
Now, it is mandatory for babus to give respect to elected representatives as Maharashtra Government has issued fresh guidelines regarding conduct of staffers and officers with the legislators and Parliamentarians. State Government has directed the administrative machinery not to organise any Government function during sessions of State Legislature or Parliament as members are busy in proceedings of respective houses. General Administration Department (GAD) of the State Government has issued guidelines regarding conduct with legislators and Parliamentarians.

It may be mentioned here that Ashish Nanda, Director, IIM-Ahmedabad, had recently tendered unconditional apology to Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Shipping and Nagpur MP, for not inviting him respectfully to the function of formal inauguration of IIM-Nagpur, in the city on Sunday. Probably, taking a leaf out of this latest episode, and taking cognisance of various complaints received from legislators and Parliamentarians, the GAD has issued guidelines for State Government departments.

The legislators and Parliamentarians always complained of misconduct of District Collectors, Deputy Collectors, Municipal Commissioners, and other officers of the Government and semi-Government departments and Mantralaya staffers, with them. They had even raised the matters on the floor of respective Houses.

As per the guidelines issued by GAD, the officers should give respectful treatment to legislators and Parliamentarians whenever they visit any State Government office. The officials have been asked to give a patient hearing to the elected representatives and extend help in their work. The officials should give them information on the phone and talk to them respectfully. If the Government receives any complaint regarding misbehaviour with elected representatives, the GAD circular has warned them of disciplinary action.

As per the guidelines, the Government officials should invite elected representatives concerned to various Government programmes, bhoomipujan, inauguration, and other functions and publish their names in invitation cards prominently. Guardian Minister and other ministers of respective districts should be invited to the function and his/her name should be published prominently. Special seating arrangements should be made for legislators, Parliamentarians, corporators, Zilla Parishad members in the function of Governor, Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, and other cabinet ministers.

The elected representatives should be invited or informed regarding tour of Minister, Guardian Minister, Divisional Commissioner, District Collector, and Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Parishad in their constituencies so that they also can participate or give important suggestions to them regarding problems of their constituencies.

State Government directed all Ministers and officers to reply to letters of elected representatives with their signature and not to send reply bearing signatures of their private assistants. The action should be taken on request of elected representatives within maximum two months and they should be informed appropriately. The Government decisions, resolutions should be made available to Leaders of Opposition of both the Houses and all the members of Legislative Council and Assembly, adds the GAD circular.

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Countdown for Yakub Memon’s execution begins

THE stage is all set for execution of 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Abdul Razak Memon’s death sentence in Nagpur Central Jail. Strictly adhering to the Supreme Court guidelines... Read More
THE stage is all set for execution of 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Abdul Razak Memon’s death sentence in Nagpur Central Jail. Strictly adhering to the Supreme Court guidelines and procedure mentioned in Jail Manual after the Special Court (TADA) in Mumbai issued the death warrant, the authorities are ready to hang Yakub at 7 am on July 30. However, all eyes are on the final verdict on Yakub’s last-ditch bid to escape the hangman’s noose, by a larger bench of the Supreme Court that is expected to be delivered a day before his scheduled execution. With barely 36 hours remaining for scheduled execution, hangman has already started conducting trials using sand bags. Jail Superintendent Yogesh Desai and other officials are conducting final inspection after Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad sanitized the entire jail premises.Medical officers are monitoring health of the inspection after Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad sanitized the entire jail premises. Medical officers are monitoring health of the 53-year-old lone death row convict in Mumbai blasts that claimed 257 innocent lives and left over 700 injured. As per the Apex Court guidelines, the authorities had informed Yakub’s family about his scheduled execution. Accordingly, his wife Raheen, daughter Zubeida, cousin Usman and other family members had alreay met him. It was their last meeting with Yakub.

On Tuesday, Yakub’s cousin Usman and a local lawyer Adv Anil Gedam again visited Central Jail but the authorities did not allow them to meet him. Usman and Adv Gedam, who were in the visitors’ room between 4 pm and 7 pm, were allegedly trying to convince them for meeting Yakub who has now been kept in the ‘Fasi Yard,’ it is learnt.

However, what exactly transpired between Usman and jail authorities could not be ascertained as the jail officials skipped mediapersons standing in front of the prison gate. Around 7 pm, Usman and Adv. Gedam came out from the jail and boarded the car. With folded hands, Usman then left the place. Meanwhile, the jail authorities are maintaining a strict vigil in the vicinity of the prison and not allowing even the policemen and the sentries to carry cellphones inside. Besides armed jail guards, quick response teams and other armed personnel have been deployed in and around the jail.

Preferring anonymity, Home Department sources informed that everything was being done as per the schedule subject to the Supreme Court’s decision on Wednesday. Additional Director General of Police (Prisons) Meera Borwankar, Commissioner of Police Sharda Prasad Yadav and other senior officials are constantly monitoring the security arrangements.

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History-sheeter killed in front of wife, son in Kalamna

SENSATION prevailed at Bazar Chowk, Dipty Signal in Kalamna area after seven anti-social elements brutally killed a history-sheeter with sharp-edged weapons in the presence of his wife and son ... Read More
SENSATION prevailed at Bazar Chowk, Dipty Signal in Kalamna area after seven anti-social elements brutally killed a history-sheeter with sharp-edged weapons in the presence of his wife and son in the small hours of Saturday. A resident of Dipty Signal, Bazar Chowk, near Hariom Kirana Stores, Santosh Shankar Vishwakarma (24) was a notorious criminal. Recently, he was released from jail. Santosh had a tiff with Shahu brothers during a birthday party the other day. Shahu brothers decided to teach Santosh a lesson. Around 12.45 am, Santosh was sleeping with his wife and son. Goons Satish Shahu, Sachin Shahu and five of their accomplices stormed into Santosh’s house and started attacking him with sharp-edged weapons. After killing Santosh, they threatened his wife Sangeeta that they would also kill her if she narrated the incident to anybody. After the killers ran away, Sangeeta shouted for help. Neighbours rushed to her house and were shocked to find Santosh lying in a pool of blood. Staff from Kalamna Police Station led by PSI Rathod rushed to the spot. After conducting the inquest panchnama, cops sent the body to Mayo Hospital for autopsy. After recording the statement of Sangeeta, Kalamna Police registered an offence under Sections 302, 452, 143, 144, 147, 148, 149 and 506 (b) of the IPC against the culprits. Cops took two accused persons into custody.

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IIM-Nagpur inauguration today

Maharashtra’s first Indian Institute of Management -- Indian Institute of Management, Nagpur (IIM-N) -- will be inaugurated on Sunday, at 10 am in presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis a... Read More
Maharashtra’s first Indian Institute of Management -- Indian Institute of Management, Nagpur (IIM-N) -- will be inaugurated on Sunday, at 10 am in presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister of Highways, Surface Road Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari.

Prof Ashish Nanda, Director of IIM Ahmedabad (IIM-A), Prof Ajay Pandey, Dean of IIM-A will remain present. Surprisingly, the ceremony will be held at Chitnavis Centre and not at VNIT, where the IIM-N would be housed initially till its own building at MIHAN gets completed.

For the ceremony, the VNIT premises is more spacious, convenient for parking. It also has a big auditorium for such a event. Further, there is separate seating arrangement for parents and students.

The IIM will be set up on the land at Mauja Dahegaon in MIHAN. Till then, classes will be held at VNIT. On Wednesday, the students reported and took admissions in the first batch of the premier institute whose mentor is IIM Ahmedabad.

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BJP corporator Dhawde, 2 others arrested in land-grabbing case

KOTWALI Police arrested BJP corporator Anil Madhavrao Dhawde, dreaded criminal Raju Bhadre and Prakash Kewalram Patil on charges of cheating, forgery of valuable security, using as genuine a forg... Read More
KOTWALI Police arrested BJP corporator Anil Madhavrao Dhawde, dreaded criminal Raju Bhadre and Prakash Kewalram Patil on charges of cheating, forgery of valuable security, using as genuine a forged document and criminal conspiracy in a land-grabbing case. Cops obtained remand of Dhawde and Prakash Patil for their custodial interrogation till July 29. Bhadre was sent to Central Jail after the court remanded him to magisterial custody.

Other accused in the case include Dhanwantabai Prakash Patil, Ravikant Ganesh Khobragade, his father Ganesh Gowardhan Khobragade, Nalini Raju Bagde, Vijay Fattelal Bharad and Sunil Omprakash Juneja. Raju Bhadre, who has been made an accused in the case, was sentenced to life imprisonment with former corporator Vijay, Umesh Dahake, Kiran Kaithe, Dinesh Gayaki, Ritesh Gawande and Kamlesh Nimbarte in the sensational lynching of notorious goon Pintu alias Swapnil Shirke inside District and Sessions Court premises 13 years ago.

According to police, property on a plot admeasuring 2294.29 sq ft worth crores of rupees at Badkas Chowk, near Ayachit Mandir, Mahal, belonged to Shindutai Ilmulwar. She was a spinster. As their was no legal heir, the government was to start the process of acquiring the property after her death in 1992. Anil Dhawde, who enjoyed a considerable clout in Mahal and Bagadganj areas, connived with Raju Bhadre and other accused persons and illegally sold the property for crores of rupees Raju Bangare alias Bagde by preparing forged documents. After receiving complaints against Dhawde and others for their involvement in the fraud, Kotwali Police start investigations. As Dhawde and others were found involved in the fraud and criminal conspiracy, cops registered an offence under Sections 420, 465, 467, 471, 472, 120(b) and 34 of the IPC against them.

Dhanwantabai Patil, Ravikant Khobragade, Ganesh Khobragade, Nalini Raju Bagde, Vijay Fattelal Bharad and Sunil Juneja are absconding.

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Yakub’s execution: Med officers working out length of drop

EXPERT Medical officers have started working out details about the length of the drop for hanging Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Abdul Razak Memon in Central Jail Nagpur on his 53rd birt... Read More
EXPERT Medical officers have started working out details about the length of the drop for hanging Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Abdul Razak Memon in Central Jail Nagpur on his 53rd birthday on July 30. The doctors monitoring the health of Yakub at regular intervals are likely to submit a detailed report on Sunday to Jail Superintendent Yogesh Desai mentioning about the drop given to him. As per the Jail Manual, doctor-in-charge has to provide all details in the medical report about the drop to be given to the convict at least four days before the date on which the prisoner is to be executed. Weight of the prisoner is taken into consideration to determine the drop. A) If the weight of the convict is less than 100 lbs or 45 kgs, he should be given a drop of 8 feet or 2.5 metres. B) If his weight is between 100 and 133 lbs or 45-60 kgs, he should be given a drop of 7 feet 8 inches or 2.3 metres. C) For convict weighing more than 133 lbs or 60 kgs but not more than 166 lbs or 75 kgs, he should be given a drop of 7 feet or 2.2 metres. D) If it is more than 166 lbs or 75 kgs but not more than 200 lbs or 91 kgs, he should be given a drop of 6 feet 6 inches or 2 metres. E) For convict weighing more than 200 lbs or 91 kgs, he should be given a drop of 6 feet or 1.83 metres. Highly placed sources in Central Jail informed that Y>akub would be given a drop of about 2 (two) metres for execution but would be confirmed only after receiving the medical officer’s report.The medical officer’s opinion whether the drop should be increased or deceased would be considered as final as these calculations are based on the assumption that the execution rope would be of either cotton yarn or manila of 1 (one) inch to one-and-a-half inch or 2.59 to 3.81 cms diameter. For fixing the length of the rope to permit the required drop, as per Jail Manual, the height of the convict to the angle of the jaw immediately below the left ear would be measured accurately, as should also be the height from the drop shutter, when fixed in position, to the lower portion of the ring in the beam to which the rope would be affixed. These measurements would determine the distance when the prisoner is standing in position on the drop, from the point of the latter’s jaw to the ring in the beam.

The length of rope for any given drop would be the length of the drop plus the distance from the angle of the convict’s jaw to the ring in the beam says the Jail Manual. Sources said, the jail authorities are already having details about Yakub’s physique but the medical officer would again take the measurement of Yakub’s neck. They informed that Jail Superintendent Desai, who himself had made necessary arrangements as per the Jail Manual and Supreme Court guidelnes and executed Pakistani terrorist and 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks convict Ajmal Kasab in 2012, under the guidance of Additional Director General (Prisons) Meera Borwankar and other senior police officials, would personally inspect the gallows at Nagpur Jail.

The hangman would again test the drop for Yakub using sand bags in the presence of Desai and other senior officials on July 29 evening. Two spare ropes would be kept in reserve on the scaffold to meet any contingency. As per reports, Yakub’s execution would take place early morning on July 30. All prisoners, including the undertrials would be locked-up when Yakub would be executed.

DGP Borwankar visits Central Jail, inspects ‘Fasi Yard’

ADDITIONAL Director General of Police (Prisons) Meera Borwankar on Saturday visited Central Jail to supervise ongoing preparations for the scheduled hanging of the lone death row convict in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts Yakub Memon on July 30. After discussing hanging and security arrangements with Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) Rajendra Dhamne, senior Jail Superintendent Yogesh Desai and other officers, she inspected the ‘Fasi Yard’ and reviewed the arrangements being made for Yakub’s execution. Borwankar, however, avoided sharing any information about the arrangements about the scheduled execution of Yakub saying that the officials had been directed not to speak on the subject. She is likely to camp for a day or two to ensure foolproof arrangements.

Meanwhile, police, Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and intelligence agencies are maintaining a strict vigil on suspicious persons, vital installations, public places and sensitive areas in the Second Capital ahead of Yakub’s scheduled hanging. Police patrolling has been intensified near Jail premises. Additional armed guards have been deployed inside and outside the jail. Police personnel in civil dress have also been deployed at Railway Station and bus terminus to maintain a strict vigil on people arriving in the city.

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‘Dadasaheb Gavai’s demise is an irreparable loss’

As soon as the news of sad demise of R S Gavai spread, condolence messages starting pouring in. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister; Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways;... Read More
As soon as the news of sad demise of R S Gavai spread, condolence messages starting pouring in. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister; Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways; Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, and other leaders paid their last respects to the departed soul at the residence of Justice Bhushan Gavai. Several dignitaries including Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra; Sharad Pawar, President of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and former Union Minister; Eknath Khadse, Revenue and Agriculture Minister; Sudhir Mungantiwar, Finance and Forest Minister; Dhananjay Munde, Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council; Raosaheb Patil Danve, State President of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP); Banwarilal Purohit, former MP and senior BJP leader; Sunil Tatkare, former Minister and senior leader of NCP; Mukul Wasnik, General Secretary of All India Congress Committee; Ashok Chavan, President of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee; Nitin Raut, former Minister; Ramdas Athawale, President of RPI (Athawale); and a host of other leaders sent their condolence messages. From the hospital, R S Gavai’s body was taken to his son Justice Bhushan Gavai’s residence. A host of senior leaders and dignitaries including Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister; Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways; Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district; Banwarilal Purohit, former MP; Sadanand Fulzele, Secretary of Deekshabhoomi Smarak Samiti; and others paid a visit to Justice Bhushan Gavai’s residence and paid tributes to the departed soul. From there, the body of R S Gavai was taken to Deekshabhoomi, where countless many followers paid him tributes. Bhante Surei Sasai offered prayer on the occasion. From Deekshabhoomi, Gavai’s body was taken to Amravati. On Sunday, the funeral procession will start from Gavai’s residence in Congress Nagar, Amravati, at 11 am and after passing through various parts of Amravati city, the last rites will be performed at Darapur village at 3 pm. Vijay Darda, MP; Praveen Datke, Mayor; Nitin Raut and Satish Chaturvedi, both former Maharashtra Ministers; Vilas Muttemwar, former MP; Prof Jogendra Kawade, Prakash Gajbhiye, both MLCs; Sudhakar Deshmukh, Krishna Khopde, Vikas Kumbhare, all MLAs; Justice Prasanna Varale; Sadanand Fulzele, Secretary of Deekshabhoomi Smarak Samiti; Bhupesh Thulkar, Vikas Thakre; Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner; Shyam Wardhane, Chairman of Nagpur Improvement Trust; Sachin Kurve, District Collector; Yashwant Telang of RPI (K); Nitin Gajbhiye of Buddha Spiritual Park, and countless many eminent dignitaries and political workers visited Justice Bhushan Gavai’s residence and offered their condolences on sad demise of R S Gavai.

Ajay Patil, City President of Nationalist Congress Party, also condoled the death of Gavai. Prakash Bansod offered tributes to the Republican legend, on behalf of Bharatiya Dalit Panther. Saroj Khaparde, former Union Minister, also recalled her association with Gavai and said that the Dalit movement had lost a leading light. Salil Deshmukh, Vice-President of State unit of Nationalist Youth Congress, organised a programme at Variety Square here on Saturday to pay tributes to R S Gavai. Anil Ahirkar, Ishwar Balbudhe, Raju Nagulwar, Deepak Katle and others were present prominently.

A host of other organisations including National Peoples Social Organisation, Maharashtra Rajya Castribe Karmachari Kalyan Mahasangh, The Buddhist Society of India, Dalit Sena, Bahujan Samaj Party etc also issued statements condoling the demise of R S Gavai.

I’ve lost a guide: CM

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, while expressing his deep condolences, described late R S Gavai as one of the tallest leaders of Republican movement, a fine Parliamentarian, an able institution builder, and a pillar of strength for social life.

“His demise is an irreparable personal loss. I have lost a philosopher and guide. The nation, Maharashtra, and Ambedkarite movement have incurred a huge loss in his sad demise. He was a man who had friends beyond political barriers. He was known for his positive insistence Parliamentary procedures and rich traditions,” Fadnavis stated in his condolence message.

Visionary leader lost: Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, recalled Gavai’s valuable contribution to the cause of Vidarbha development. “He was a champion of Dalit cause, and actively shaped the thoughts of the masses,” he said.

Stating that he was closely associated with Gavai family, Gadkari recalled how he was benefited by Dadasaheb Gavai’s insightful guidance in Legislative Council. Deekshabhoomi, a monument of inspiration for all, was possible only because of Gavai’s efforts, he said. Gavai was a man whose friendships were beyond the barriers of party, caste, religion etc. In his demise, the nation and Vidarbha have lost a skilled organiser and visionary leader, Gadkari added.

Governor condoles demise of R S Gavai

Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra, expressed grief over demise of former Governor of Kerala and Bihar R S Gavai. In a condolence message, the Governor stated that R S Gavai was a highly respected figure in public life of Maharashtra. During his nearly four decades long tenure as a member of State Legislature, he also served as Deputy Chairman and Chairman of Legislative Council. A man of the masses, Gavai had grasp over problems of the people. He had friends cutting across the political spectrum. Gavai left a distinct imprint of his own on every position that he held in his long political career. In his demise, Maharashtra has lost a veteran leader and an excellent parliamentarian. “I pay my respects to the memory of late R S Gavai and convey my condolences to the bereaved family,” stated the Governor.

Lost a progressive leader: Pawar

Sharad Pawar, President of NCP and former Union Minister, recalled his long association with R S Gavai. “In Gavai’s demise, we have lost a progressive leader,” Pawar stated in his condolence message. Expressing shock and grief over Gavai’s death, Pawar said that the Ambedkarite leader was a good administrator, an able Governor, a socially-aware citizen. Maharashtra has lost an able organiser, studious leader, wonderful parliamentarian, and leader of the masses, Pawar stated in the condolence message.

Gavai’s demise is a great personal loss to me: Purohit

Banwarilal Purohit, former MP and senior BJP leader, recalled his long association with R S Gavai. “He was a tall leader, able parliamentarian who had deep respect for democratic traditions, and a very good human being,” Purohit stated in a condolence message. “The sad demise of Gavai is an irreparable loss to social and political circles and a great personal loss for me,” he added.

Gavai made rich contribution to social, political life: Fin Min

Sudhir Mungantiwar, Finance and Forests Minister, described Dadasaheb Gavai as a leading light of Ambedkarite movement. He enjoyed the stature of a tall leader not only in Maharashtra but also the entire country. He served as Governor of Bihar, Kerala, and for some time of Sikkim. Gavai also served as Deputy Chairman, Chairman, and Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Council. “We will never forget the mammoth contribution made by this tall leader to the political and social life,” Mungantiwar stated.

Dalits have lost a pillar of strength: Khadse

Eknath Khadse, Revenue and Agriculture Minister, also expressed shock and grief over R S Gavai’s death. A veteran Dalit leader, social activist, staunch follower of Ambedkarite thought, and a pillar of strength of Dalits has been lost in Gavai’s death, Khadse stated in a condolence message. “One cannot forget Gavai’s contribution in shaping the Employment Guarantee Scheme,” he added.

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SC maintains HC order on Chanda GMC

The Supreme Court of India, on Friday, maintained the order of High Court on Chandrapur Government Medical College (GMC) and turned down the challenge raised by the Medical Council of India (MC... Read More
The Supreme Court of India, on Friday, maintained the order of High Court on Chandrapur Government Medical College (GMC) and turned down the challenge raised by the Medical Council of India (MCI) to direction issued to Union Health Ministry by Nagpur bench on July 8 directing it to grant approval to Chandrapur Government Medical College within a week. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India H L Dattu, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Amitava Roy, while dismissing the special leave petition (SLP) filed by MCI paved the way for starting of Chandrapur GMC from current academic year. On last Thursday, the Apex Court had adjourned the hearing by a week, without issuing any formal notice to State Government or original petitioners-Prakash Itankar and Ramdas Wagdarkar. Last hearing witnessed some storm as Senior Advocate Rajiv Dhavan representing original petitioners lashed out at MCI which was defended by Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. However, Union Health Minister J P Nadda cleared the proposal to set-up GMC at Chandrapur with original intake of 100 seats on Wednesday evening, virtually leaving MCI with very little choice. The MCI maintained that it should not be used as a precedent. The MCI had submitted a negative recommendation to Health Ministry citing deficiencies of infrastructure and teaching staff. The High Court has pointed out that only major point for making negative recommendation by the MCI regarding the case of Chandrapur has been that one of the mandatory deficiency has been that it does not have 300-bed hospital. This mis-impression of the MCI would have been removed, if it had complied with Central Government’s suggestion for physical verification again, but it did not do so and made negative recommendation, which has not been factual. The MCI also urged the Apex Court to expunge the scathing remarks passed by the High Court against it. The High Court had criticised this mechanical approach of MCI in case of Government-run medical colleges and stricter scrutiny of infrastructure and teaching staffs available with them as compared to laxity displayed towards private medical colleges. Due to such discriminatory practice, people do not believe MCI reports, observed a bench headed by Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain at the the High Court while making its displeasure clear over the stance adopted by MCI towards this long pending proposal of opening of Government Medical College at Chandrapur for which a public agitation was staged from last couple of years. Adv Anil Kilor, Adv Satyajit Desai and Adv Anagha Desai.

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Consultant appointed to prepare fresh concept master plans for Nag river, Gandhisagar lake

Once again, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has taken the ‘consultant route’ to preparing the concept master plans for Nag river and Gandhisagar lake. Previously also, Detailed Project Rep... Read More
Once again, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has taken the ‘consultant route’ to preparing the concept master plans for Nag river and Gandhisagar lake. Previously also, Detailed Project Report (DPR) was prepared for Nag river. Against this backdrop, NMC Standing Committee clearing the appointment of consultant for Nag river and Gandhisagar lake freshly has raised many eyebrows. “The consultant has been appointed not as a repetitive exercise, but to suggest NMC ways and means of earning revenue through public-private-partnership model. Once the reports are received, we will think over PPP projects to raise earnings. These earnings may be utilised as NMC’s contribution towards realising the bigger project of Nag river rejuvenation,” said Ramesh Singare, Chairman of Standing Committee. Prakash Urade, Superintending Engineer, also offered the same explanation. “The consultant agency M/s HCP Design, Planning and Management Pvt Ltd is being appointed to suggest us ideas for PPP projects,” Urade said. The issue of appointment of consultant for Nag river and Gandhisagar lake development projects came up for approval of Standing Committee on Friday. The committee approved appointment of consultant M/s HCP Design, Planning and Management Pvt Ltd, in its meeting held on Friday. The consultant agency will prepare area assessment report, draft concept master plan, and final concept master plan in six weeks for Nag river and Gandhisagar lake both. For Nag river task, the agency will get Rs 20.52 lakh and Rs 4,41,600 towards travel and stay expenses of experts. And, for Gandhisagar lake plan, the consultant will get Rs 17.10 lakh and Rs 4,41,600 towards travel and stay expenses of experts. Asked if the team of experts for both the plans would be different, as different expenses have been approved, Urade replied in positive. Previously, NMC had prepared a DPR of Rs 126 crore for Nag river. It was sent to Environment Department of State Government, which forwarded it to Union Ministry of Environment and Forests. IIT-Roorkee team that visited the city stated that the project was ‘not feasible’. It made several suggestions, of which the most important was to stop sewer lines from opening into Nag river. For the purpose, a River Abatement Project was to be prepared. “The abatement project will include river rejuvenation too. The entire project cost is estimated to be worth Rs 2,000 crore of which approximately Rs 1,000 crore is planned to be raised through PPP,” said Urade. The likely PPP initiatives include bicycle tracks, walkways etc. In case of Gandhisagar lake, the plan includes rejuvenation as well as strengthening of Pagey Udyan through civil engineering works, development of chowpatty etc.

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MKCL’s re-entry in Nagpur University draws flak

The decision of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) to re-appoint Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) to conduct pre-examination and post-examination work has ev... Read More
The decision of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) to re-appoint Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) to conduct pre-examination and post-examination work has evoked sharp reaction from academic world due to dismal performance of MKCL in most other universities where it botched up examination work. MKCL’s expertise in pre-examination work has been appreciated by many, but it always faced criticism for unsatisfactory post-examination work. Even in adjoining Gondwana University, MKCL was initially assigned to conduct entire examination works, later scope was widened and looking at their failure, now only pre-examination work has been assigned. Not learning from the past mistakes, the RTMNU has re-appointed MKCL to complete 15 important tasks related to examination works including post-examination work. This decision is under fire.

Senior academicians pointed out that MKCL faced opposition at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in Gujarat and most universities across Maharashtra because they objected to MKCL’s attitude of deserting projects midway. Then Maharashtra Government in 2006, brought MKCL into the picture. Toeing lines of all other universities, RTMNU also signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MKCL. The affidavit duly signed by Vivek Sawant, MD of MKCL and the then Registrar of RTMNU Subhash Belsare available with ‘The Hitavada’ clearly stated that MKCL should provide 14 administrative and facilitation services.

But MKCL failed to provide all those services during last nine years. Because of which University had to procure services from other agencies for a hefty price. Citing this bitter experience, the Vice-Chancellor Dr S P Kane had made a statement two months ago that university would not give examination and result work to MKCL. Otherwise also, university had floated the tenders from interested companies to undertake this task. Mysteriously, on Tuesday, the university declared its commitment to continue MKCL for examination related work.

In fact, it was pathetic performance of MKCL which landed RTMNU into trouble. The university could not distribute the degrees of around one lakh students, thanks to MKCL. University had collected money from students and deposited it in the account of e-Suvidha of MKCL but the company did not give any service. Students paid for the services which they never got. Adv Manmohan Bajpayee, Senate member had raised this issue in recently concluded Senate and Mahendra Nimbarte supported him. MKCL had bargained for around Rs 3.50 crore but agreed to accept Rs 1.47 crore with mutual understanding. Many within University criticised the decision stating that why MKCL agreed to slash down its payment, if it was not at fault. One officer on condition of anonymity pointed that University bosses did not take the staff working in examination-related work into confidence while allowing MKCL to re-enter. According to him, MKCL should have been roped in step by step. One ex-Vice-Chancellor of another university who was on the body of MKCL too expressed his unhappiness about RTMNU’s decision. Dr S P Kane himself had worked as Controller of Examination (CoE) and knows the problems faced by university because of MKCL. we wonder why the decision to approve the re-entry of MKCL was taken, said another officer raising a big-questionmark over the decision.

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Gokulpeth Market plight: HC suo motu treats ‘The Hitavada’ report as PIL

Taking a suo-motu cognisance of The Hitavada report revealing plight of Gokulpeth Market and how apathy of Nagpur Municipal Corporation has made it dirty, stinky and filthy, Nagpur bench of Bomba... Read More
Taking a suo-motu cognisance of The Hitavada report revealing plight of Gokulpeth Market and how apathy of Nagpur Municipal Corporation has made it dirty, stinky and filthy, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Friday issued notices to Nagpur Municipal Corporation and civic authorities and sought reply from them by Tuesday. A division bench consisting of Justice Arun Chaudhari and Justice P N Deshmukh converted news-item into Public Interest Litigation while expressing deep anguish over the sorry state of affairs in vegetable markets across city.

Infact, the High Court had rapped the NMC for ignoring its basic duties and failure to improve public services in another PIL requesting the Chief Minister to look into the failure of civic body to follow its basic mandate under the City of Nagpur Corporation Act (which was in existence then). But despite period censure and strictures, the NMC working hardly improved.

The news-item titled ‘Gokulpeth Market: Dirty, filthy, stinky..’ pointed out that that how callousness on part of NMC has destroyed the Gokulpeth market, once a pride of West Nagpur and a main vegetable market for thousands of people. Due to lack of upkeep, the market has turned into an open garbage bin with chocked gutter line, unusable urinals which have emerged as breeding point for mosquitoes. Not surprisingly, the citizens are reluctant even to visit this once prime market and vegetable vendors too have deserted it and operating fro public roads outside market area, the report stated. Adjoining NIT Complex is also in a dilapidated condition and due to chocked sewage line, the dirt and filth is flowing freely in the basement of complex, making life miserable for shopkeepers and buyers. Shockingly, the Health Department simply did not pay any heed towards the cleanliness of this weekly market regularly in the city. The sewage chamber was not cleaned for months in the market. Now, it is overflowing making entire area into an open gutter. The vendors are not using their shops situated in the market as the concrete platforms constructed inside the market for vendors are in dilapidated condition and vegetable vendors are forced to use open space and road side land for selling fruits and vegetables. As a result, entire Gokulpeth area is facing tremendous traffic congestion and parking problem. Worst, the abandoned shops have become den for anti-social elements. With High Court taking judicial notice of this news-item and giving a wake-up call to NMC, it will be interesting to see whether civic body will come out of its deep slumber.

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100-bed ESIC Hospital to be started in Butibori

The long-pending demand of workers in Butibori industrial area has been fulfilled finally. A 100-bed hospital to be run by Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) will be started at But... Read More
The long-pending demand of workers in Butibori industrial area has been fulfilled finally. A 100-bed hospital to be run by Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) will be started at Butibori soon.

An announcement to this effect by made by Dr Deepak Sawant, Health Minister, while replying to a call attention motion by Sameer Meghe, Hingna MLA. According to Dr Sawant, a decision in this regard was taken by ESIC in its meeting held on September 19, 2013. The decision was taken to provide specialist in-patient services at Butibori to workers insured under ESIC, Dr Sawant informed the Legislative Assembly on Friday.

The Employees’ State Insurance Scheme (ESIS) was made applicable to Butibori industrial area from the year 2004. Since 2005, ESIS dispensary is functional in the area. This dispensary provides primary healthcare services to insured workers and beneficiaries of the scheme, and specialist out-patient and in-patient facilities are provided by ESIS Hospital at Nagpur.

ESIC has entered into an agreement with 19 private hospitals in Nagpur to make available super-speciality healthcare to insured workers. The ESIS dispensary provided primary healthcare facilities to 1,45,783 insured workers in 2014-15. Of these, 65,897 got speciality healthcare through ESIS Hospital, Nagpur. Further, in the same year, as many as 100 of the insured workers at Butibori were provided super-speciality healthcare facilities through private hospitals, Health Minister said.

Sameer Meghe, Hingna MLA of BJP, told ‘The Hitavada’ over telephone that he had been pursuing the matter of ESIC Hospital at Butibori since December 2014. “There is ESIS dispensary but it does not have ambulance. In case of an industrial mishap or injury to worker, private vehicles are to be employed to bring the worker to Nagpur. Besides, there are around 30,000 workers in Butibori and Hingna industrial areas. There was a need for a hospital to cater to these workers,” he said. According to Meghe, an amount of Rs 1.75 crore was deposited with ESIC every year through contributions of factory owners and workers. However, in the past five years, the then State Government did not submit a proposal for utilisation of this huge fund. Now that the BJP-led Government has given its nod to ESIC Hospital at Butibori, it will be a great service to workers, he said. The hospital is likely to come up on five acre land at village Poi.

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Borwankar to review arrangements for Yakub’s execution

ADDITIONAL Director General (Prisons) Meeran Chadha Borwankar would review the arrangements being made for execution of death sentence awarded to 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Ab... Read More
ADDITIONAL Director General (Prisons) Meeran Chadha Borwankar would review the arrangements being made for execution of death sentence awarded to 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Abdul Razak Memon at Nagpur Central Jail scheduled for July 30.

Borwankar, who played an important role in ‘Operation X’ leading to the death by hanging of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab in Yerwada Jail, Pune, in 2012, would personally oversee the preparations and security arrangements for Yakub’s execution. Senior Jail Superintendent (Nagpur) Yogesh Desai, who too was posted at Yerwada Jail during Kasab’s hanging, is co-ordinating with other agencies, including the police, for Yakub’s execution. Borwankar and Desai were part of the ‘select’ team for ‘Operation X’ that executed and buried Kasab in complete secrecy in Yerwada Jail.

For hanging Yakub, the Home Department would take the services of the same hangman who executed Kasab in 2012, it is learnt. Rajendra Dhamne, who took over as Deputy Inspector General of Prisons (Eastern region), inspected the jail and gave necessary instructions to jail officers. Swati Sathe was earlier holding the additional charge of DIG (Prisons).

Meanwhile, Home Department on Friday has sanctioned over Rs 22.99 lakh for strengthening the shed at the Hanging Yard and installation of steel net in ‘Chhoti No. 3’ at Nagpur Central Jail. The work has already been started by Executive Engineer, Public Works Department (PWD), Nagpur Division. Similarly, security has been tightened in and around Nagpur Jail to prevent any untoward incident during execution Yakub. To gauge preparedness and coordination of security agencies for handling emergency situations effectively, a mock drill was conducted at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport. The lone death row convict in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, Yakub on Thursday again moved the Supreme Court seeking an immediate hearing of his petition challenging the ‘undue haste’ being shown to execute him without following the due process of law. Chief Justice of India H L Dattu on Friday told Yakub’s lawyer that it was listed for hearing before Justice Anil Dave’s bench on Monday.

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Gunde appointed Additional Mpl Commissioner

Maharashtra Government has appointed N A Gunde as Additional Municipal Commissioner, Nagpur. Presently, Gunde, an additional collector cadre, is working as Deputy Inspector General of Registrat... Read More
Maharashtra Government has appointed N A Gunde as Additional Municipal Commissioner, Nagpur. Presently, Gunde, an additional collector cadre, is working as Deputy Inspector General of Registration, Stamps Duty, Nashik. The post of Additional Municipal Commissioner was lying vacant for four months after transfer of Hemant Pawar. State Government has reshuffled 10 senior officers of IAS cadre on Wednesday. Abhay Mahajan, Municipal Commissioner of Parbhani Municipal Corporation, Parbhani has been posted as Commissioner, MGNREGA, Nagpur in place of M Sankarnarayanan. Incidentally, Mahajan hails from Nagpur and is a pass-out of VRCE and considered as a very efficient officer of state cadre. M Sankaranarayanan, Commissioner, MGNREGA, Nagpur has been posted as Director, Information Technology, Mumbai. Vijay Singhal, has been posted as Commissioner, State Excise, Mumbai. Nidhi Pandey, has been posted as Collector, Aurangabad in place of Virendra Singh. Prajakta Lavangare, has been posted as Joint Commissioner, Sales Tax, Mumbai. S N Bhange, has been posted as Chief Officer, Mumbai Repairs and Reconstruction Board, Mumbai in place of S D Lakhe. S D Lakhe, Chief Officer, Mumbai Repairs and Reconstruction Board, Mumbai has been posted as Joint Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Department, Mantralaya, Mumbai.

E Ravendran, has been posted as Municipal Commissioner, Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation, Kalyan in place of M G Ardad. Rahul Rekhawar, CEO, Zilla Parishad, Hingoli has been posted as Municipal Commissioner, Parbhani Municipal Corporation, Parbhani in place of A A Mahajan.

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Woman commits suicide with her 2-year-old son in Ambazari Lake

A YOUNG woman suspected to be suffering from severe depression, committed suicide by jumping into Ambazari Lake along with her two-year-old son on Wednesday. While the boy’s body was fished ... Read More
A YOUNG woman suspected to be suffering from severe depression, committed suicide by jumping into Ambazari Lake along with her two-year-old son on Wednesday. While the boy’s body was fished out, his mother’s body could not be traced till late evening. However, the identity of the deceased mother-son duo could not be established so far. Around 11 am, the woman came to Ambazari Lake with her son. Holding her son in her lap, she jumped into the lake. Onlookers informed the cops.

Within minutes, staff from Ambazari Police Station led by Sub-Inspector Tripathi rushed to the spot. Fire Brigade personnel also arrived at the spot on being informed. Fire Brigade personnel succeeded in fishing out the boy’s body in the afternoon.

However, the woman’s body could not be traced. The search would continue on Thursday. The reason behind the woman taking the extreme step with her son could not be known. Ambazari Police are investigating the incident.

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Respect CM Devendra Fadnavis, leaders: BJP to alliance partners

“Alliance partners including Shiv Sena should give proper respect to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for smooth functioning of the State Government,... Read More
“Alliance partners including Shiv Sena should give proper respect to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for smooth functioning of the State Government,” advised Saroj Pande, State Observer of BJP on Wednesday.

Saroj Pande was in city to review on-going Maha Sampark Abhiyan drive in Vidarbha. Pande, while talking to mediapersons at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan, however, refused to elaborate the statement, but tone and tenor of the veiled warning to alliance partner was clearly evident.

It may be mentioned that Shiv Sena is repeatedly levelling serious allegations and indulging in criticism of State Government challenging working style of BJP-led Government in State through its editorial in party’s mouthpiece Samana.

Slamming opposition parties for stalling parliament and seeking resignations of Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the BJP leader said that instead of discussing the issue, the opposition parties were disrupting the proceedings. They are not ready to debate these issues. If the opposition parties had any proof then they should produce and participate in the debate, she dared them. She said, BJP is ready for the discussion but opposition parties are demanding resignation first and then debate, which is unfortunate, Pande opined.

The State In-charge hoped that Maharashtra Government would fulfill the promises given to the people of State during election campaign. She congratulated Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for splendid performance and speech on the floor of the Legislature and said that Chief Minister had made opposition parties speechless through his brilliant speech.

Replying to a question, Pande refuted all the charges levelled against Ministers Pankaja Munde, and Vinod Tawade. On Mahasampark Abhiyan, she said, party workers have received 1.10 crore missed call from all parts of Maharashtra. The party workers are visiting door-to-door to collect information of the new primary members. This process will take some time to complete. The party has extended time for registration of new members till August 30. Till now, Pune unit has registered one lakh members. In the afternoon, she took review of Mahasampark Abhiyan at Ravi Bhavan. She directed party workers to expedite the process of registration of primary members in their districts. The District Party Presidents from all over Vidarbha were present in the meeting.

Former State President Neeta Kelkar, Shrikant Deshpande, City BJP President Dr Kirtida Ajmera, former Mayor Archana Dehankar, corporator Ashwini Jichkar, Chandan Goswani, and Gajendra Pande were present.

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HC pulls up Forest authorities for stalling tree felling

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday once again blasted Forest Department authorities for not granting permission for tree felling to widen 10 km portion between 679 and 689 km points o... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday once again blasted Forest Department authorities for not granting permission for tree felling to widen 10 km portion between 679 and 689 km points of the 35 km long Mansar-Khawasa road. Forest Department informed the High Court that the process to grant permission pursuant to High Court order was on while National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) informed that necessary amount for tree felling and compensatory plantation was already deposited with Forest Department.

A division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain, while pulling up the Forest department, directed it to grant permission within two days. This would finally pave way for completion of patch of National Highways, pending due to spate of litigations initiated by green activists.

After substantial portion was cleared, the tree felling activity was brought to a grinding halt after some NGOs moved the NGT against the tree felling. Following NGT’s order, the forest department revoked permission granted to NHAI to cut down the trees. After the project languished for several years, the High Court’s intervention brought down the cost from Rs 750 crore to mere Rs 122 crore and instead of long fly-overs, the pragmatic solution of having underpasses was approved.

During earlier hearing of the PIL for widening of National Highway between Nagpur and Jabalpur, the High Court had made it crystal clear that the views expressed by the Green Tribunal cannot override the High Court’s directions under Article 226 of the Constitution. The High Court also rapped the intervenors who sought continuation of stay on tree felling firmly making it clear that no amount of misleading propaganda and orders from a statutory tribunal can intimidate a constitutional court.

Even during last hearings, the High Court maintained its stance that the danger to the environment and ecology has to be minimised.

However, at the same time the developmental work cannot be hampered with. For economic development of the country, National Highways are important lifeline and ground realities like exorbitant financial burden suggested by wildlife experts can not be ignored. The decision should balance the interests of the wildlife and forest and necessity for development of the nation, the High Court has stated while insisting on mitigating measures for wildlife. But the High Court has firmly rejected fanciful proposals of Wildlife Institute of India costing around Rs 750 crore.

Following High Court’s suggestion, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Road, Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari and Union Environment Minister Prakash Jawdekar held a meeting at Pune and finalised mitigating measures.

Following High Court’s nod, the NHAI and Forest authorities finalised the list of earmarked trees required to be cut on the 10 km portion between 679 and 689 km points of the 35 km long Mansar-Khawasa road widening and undertook the work of chopping of trees.

Advocate Nikhil Padhye is amicus curiae in the case. GP Bharti Dangre (State), Adv. Anees Kathane (NHAI) and Asst. SGI Rohit Deo (Central Govt.) and Adv. Tushar Mandlekar (Intervenor) represented the respondents.

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MSEB Holding Co forms panel to assess power losses, agricultural consumption

Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) Holding Company has constituted a three-member committee for ‘proper assessment’ of power distribution losses and evaluation of agricultural consu... Read More
Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) Holding Company has constituted a three-member committee for ‘proper assessment’ of power distribution losses and evaluation of agricultural consumption of power in State. The committee has been asked to submit its report by December 31, 2015.

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Energy Minister, told the State Legislative Assembly on Wednesday that once the committee’s report was received, if additional charges were recovered through inflated bills, those would be adjusted in the next bills.

The committee has been constituted following allegations that agricultural consumption of power was shown more to cover up distribution losses. The issue was raised in State Legislative Assembly. Some of the MLAs alleged that Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) recovered extra charges from farmers without giving them any intimation about additional load on agricultural pumps.

According to them, this happened between December 2011 and March 2012.

Against this backdrop, the MSEB Holding Company decided to constitute a three-member panel headed by Vishwas Pathak, Director; and comprising Pratap Hogade of Maharashtra Rajya Veej Grahak Sanghatana, and Ashish Chandarana. The committee will study power supply connection charges, and method of billing. Besides, an independent agency will be recommended for actual inspection of 100 identified agricultural feeders. The committee will monitor working of this agency also.

As far as energisation of agricultural pumps was concerned, it would be done by June 2016 in Vidarbha and Marathwada, and by June 2017 in Rest of Maharashtra. Feeder Management System would be implemented soon to curb power losses. Under the said scheme, each of 18,000 feeders will get a Manager. This Feeder Manager will be BE (Electrical), Bawankule said.

Further, he informed that the ‘Krishi Sanjeevani Yojana’ was given an extension till March 2016. Under the scheme, farmers with outstanding power bills have been offered an opportunity to reduce the burden of pending bills.

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High Court asks State Government to ensure transparency in PWD contracts

After recording satisfaction over action taken against erring officers of Public Works Department (PWD) and course correction undertaken to bring much-needed transparency in tender process and wo... Read More
After recording satisfaction over action taken against erring officers of Public Works Department (PWD) and course correction undertaken to bring much-needed transparency in tender process and work allotment, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday disposed of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Nagpur Contractors’ Association. The PIL had created a history of sorts when it alleged a scam of Rs 119 crore in PWD-Division I of Nagpur city, which led to in-house inquiry and suspension of 34 officers of division and black-listing of most of the contractors. In its affidavit, Maharashtra Government on Wednesday informed the High Court that a proper, transparent tender policy has been formulated to rule out recurrence of any scam in PWD. In Rs 119 crore scam of Division-I, the Government affidavit informed that action against 33 out of 34 officer has been finalised. At least three senior engineers including two executive engineers have been dismissed from the service and others have been severely punished for their alleged complicity and involvement in the scam. The proposal has been sent to MPSC for its approval.

The tough action is in sync with decision by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to permit open inquiry against then PWD Minister and senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal whose close aide is perceived to be biggest beneficiary of Rs 119 crore scam here in connivance with officials who squeezed public exchequer for their private gain.

A division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain, while expressing satisfaction over the action, asked the respondent authorities to ensures that such scams should not take place and entire system be made error-free giving no scope to favouritism and arbitrariness while making it clear that it wanted to protect public interest and public money and it was least interested in interfering in policy matters. The PIL had specifically charged that all rules were given a go-by in allotting work to M/s Ankit Constructions owned by Kishor Kanhere, perceived to be extremely close to then PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal.

During last regime, when there were efforts to shield the real beneficiaries, the High Court had to pass strong order denouncing attempts to protect the scamsters who committed “a broad day-light dacoity.” This no-nonsense approach against the unholy nexus between greedy contractors, their influential political mentors and pliant bureaucrats, forced the Government to speed up departmental probe against erring staffers, black-list contractors and undertake procedural reforms to clean up the Aegean stables.

Senior Counsel Sunil Manohar and Adv Rohit Joshi appeared for the petitioner. Government Pleader Bharati Dangre represented State. Adv Shrikant Khandalkar represented intervenors.

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Major security lapse in Central Jail?

WITH barely a week left for hanging of 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon in Nagpur Central Jail after a three-judge panel of Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India H L Da... Read More
WITH barely a week left for hanging of 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon in Nagpur Central Jail after a three-judge panel of Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India H L Dattu turned down his curative petition, casual approach of prison administration has once again come to fore in such sensitive matters.

The authorities allowed Yakub’s lawyer Adv Shubail Farook to meet the death row convict in the jail on the basis of his ‘expired’ identity card.

Adv Farook is a well-known Supreme Court lawyer but the jail authorities allowed him to meet Yakub on the basis of his identity card of Bar Council of Delhi that was valid up to January 31, 2013. The entry was granted to Adv Farook after he submitted the photocopies of his ‘expired’ identity card.

The jail administration had already come under severe criticism from all corners after five undertrial prisoners, including some booked under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), had escaped from Nagpur Central Prison on March 31 this year with inside help. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the Home portfolio, had ordered a high-level inquiry by Director General of Police (Anti-Corruption) Praveen Dixit. Several jail officers and sepoys were placed under suspension after a huge quantity of Marijuana, hundreds of cellphones, chargers and batteries were found from different barracks. Subsequently, the Home Ministry ensured full-proof security in the jail.

The jail administration now has again come under crticisim for allowing Yakub’s lawyer Adv Farook to meet him on submission of his identity card issued by Bar Council of Delhi that had already expired six months ago.

Jail authorities, however, maintained that they had checked Adv Farook’s ‘Vakalatnama’ before allowing him to meet Yakub. They also said that Adv Farook had also earlier met Yakub in the jail and were in possession of all his necessary identity proofs. Adv Farook, who is also a member of Supreme Court Bar Association, had come to meet Yakub with local lawyer Adv Anil Gedam and convict’s brother Usman Memon, they added.

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This is Nagpur’s Golden Hour, says USINPAC Chief

Nagpur is one of those rare unexplored gems whose time to shine has come, said Sanjay Puri, Chairman of the US-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) representing over 3.2 million strong Indi... Read More
Nagpur is one of those rare unexplored gems whose time to shine has come, said Sanjay Puri, Chairman of the US-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) representing over 3.2 million strong Indian diaspora in United States. Apparently impressed by the potential of Nagpur, Puri has decided to market Nagpur as potential destination for US capital in manufacturing, IT-ITES and other service industries.

During his visit to Nagpur, the USINPAC Chairman known as a recognised authority on US-India relations, explored the possibility of bringing business from US to Nagpur. USINPAC works closely with members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, as well as with the administration, to ensure that Indian community’s concerns are addressed. USINPAC, through Puri’s leadership, played a key role in the passage of the US-India Civil Nuclear Agreement which involved galvanizing the Indian American community to work with the US Congress. Puri had held 10 meetings wherein he met from defence people to entrepreneurs, educationists to see how Nagpur can be included in the list of the other Indian cities for receiving investments.

“Nagpur is surely growing with emerging political dynamism. In my view it is the golden opportunity for this city to grow. Leadership needs aspiration. If they can not do now, then, it will happen never. This is Nagpur’s moment. Future of India lies in Nagpur,” pointed Puri.

Whether USINPAC is looking at other aspects like how disciplined city is, its geographical location, people’s mentality, entrepreneurial spirit? Puri said, “Yes. We will see these aspects. Nagpur is facing competition not only in country but also within Maharashtra.” However, he has a word of caution for Nagpurians and pointed out that as compared to metros and emerging metroes like Hyderabad and Bengaluru, city lacks on some counts.

Listing positive aspects of Nagpur, Puri admired its food processing industry, logistic component, existing educational institutions and newer one like AIIMS, IIM, IIIT. Puri pointed out, “Nagpur needs brand to be established. Every city has its unique qualities so also Nagpur. Nagpur has top-class engineering institution like VNIT. It has excellent educational institutions but where are the jobs? Students will study here and search for jobs outside. Instead students should come from outside for the jobs in Nagpur. You are setting up Nagpur Metro, you are going for International airport but you will have to hire manpower from outside. Local suppliers should be there. Nagpurians should think in that way.”

Puri meets Gadkari

Sanjay Puri, Chairman of USINPAC met Union Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari and apprised him about his purpose. Gadkari showed willingness and offered all help to him. Gadkari told Puri that he had already signed contract of infrastructure worth over Rs 1.8 lakh crore. With this huge contracts, infrastructure would not be a problem in India. He pointed out Puri that with MIHAN, Nagpur’s industrial development was going up and US investments are welcome.

US investors’ meet in city in Nov

Indus Accord under the leadership of its Chairman Anand Fiske had contacted Sanjay Puri and through him it is endeavoring to bring investments from US to Nagpur. Indus Accord will be holding US-Nagpur business conclave 2015 in November in Nagpur. In the meet, the investors from US will come to Nagpur and an interaction would be held. This is an effort by Indus Accord to get investments from US to Nagpur. Indus Accord is a team of experienced professionals in the field of real estate, brand building, marketing, green energy, corporate finance, investment banking and consulting has partnered with USINPAC (US India Political Action Committee) to promote US Investments in India.

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Yakub addresses mercy petition to Governor

Yakub Memon, the Bombay blasts accused, who is sentenced to be hanged, has appealed for mercy to Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao. Memon has addressed a petition to Governor on Tuesday and ... Read More
Yakub Memon, the Bombay blasts accused, who is sentenced to be hanged, has appealed for mercy to Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao. Memon has addressed a petition to Governor on Tuesday and submitted same to prison authorities, said his lawyer Adv. Anil Gedam.

With date set for hanging (July 30) Memon drawing close, the Bombay bomb blasts accused is trying every trick in law book to delay the same. He has sought seeking clemency in light of fact that he is to be hanged for his role in serial bomb blasts. Earlier in the day, Supreme Court rejected curative petition moved by Yakub. Yakub submitted the petition to Prison authorities for forwarding it through Maharashtra Governor, Adv. Gedam stated further. Earlier in the day, Yakub’s lawyers, Adv. Shubail Farook had air dashed to city from New Delhi on Tuesday morning. The petition was heard in Apex Court in afternoon and later dismissed. In Prison, Adv. Farukh held detailed discussion with Yakub and also later met senior prison officials. Later he met local lawyers who are co-ordinating with Memon family.

With dismissal of curative petition, Prison authorities have started preparing for hanging Yakub. Meanwhile, Yakub’s cousin, Usman Memon, again paid visit to Central Prison and again held discussion with former. It may be noted that Yakub’s mercy petition has already been rejected by the President of India. When asked about this, Adv. Gedam explained that the previous mercy petition was made by Yakub’s brother on behalf of Yakub. As per the constitution, every person has a right to ask for mercy.

Hence, Yakub himself has now applied for mercy to Governor.

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Firing in Yashodhara Nagar over land dispute, one seriously injured

Sensation prevailed at Yashodhara Nagar area after a group of goons opened fire on a man to settle a land dispute. The incident occurred during wee hours of Tuesday. Victim Mushtaq Pyaresahab A... Read More
Sensation prevailed at Yashodhara Nagar area after a group of goons opened fire on a man to settle a land dispute. The incident occurred during wee hours of Tuesday. Victim Mushtaq Pyaresahab Ashrafi (29), a resident of plot no B-7, Yadav Nagar, Bhim Chowk, sustained grievous injuries as the bullet struck him in right leg. He is admitted at Mayo Hospital and police have arrested three accused in the case. Accused are identified as Shahnawaj Ismail Khan (45), a resident of Yashodhara Nagar; Aabu alias Firoz Aziz Khan (35), a resident of Bada Tajbagh; Raju Sheikh alias Taklya (35), a resident of Yashodhara Nagar; and two others who are reportedly in their 30s.

According to police, a dispute over land was the reason behind the shoot-out. The victim Mushtaq had purchased 5,000 sq. ft. land at Gorewada from accused Shahnawaj five years ago and had given Rs 1.8 lakh to Shahnawaj as token amount. Later the land was acquired by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). On Tuesday at 1.30 am, Shahnawaj, who runs a Logistic company, was waiting for a truck in Yashodhara Nagar area. Meanwhile, Shahnawaj and his accomplices arrived at the spot in Qualis car. They asked Mushtaq to join the company to take a view of lay-out in Uppalwadi area. As Mushtaq boarded in the car and the accused drove the car towards Pili Nadi. Shahnawaj, Mushtaq asked him to return the money. The discussion took a ugly turn and Raju Sheikh allegedly fired a round from his pistol. Mushtaq opened the door of the car and fled for his life. After fleeing from lanes of the area, he finally reached at Yashodhara Nagar Police Station. Residents of the area were gathered at the spot after hearing the sound of gun fire and informed police.

Shahnawaj was taken to Mayo Hospital. Yashodhara Nagar Police have registered the case under sections 307, 143, 147, 148, 149 and 504 of Indian Penal Code. A police officer informed that though three accused are arrested in the case, cops are still searching for weapon. All accused are history-sheeter goons and they are involved in the property business, the police officers informed.

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Now, violators to pay Rs 7,900/brass fine for illegal transportation of sand

Soon after the State Government effected amendments to Maharashtra Land Revenue Code (MLRC) and hiked the fine for illegal transportation of sand and other minor minerals, the district administ... Read More
Soon after the State Government effected amendments to Maharashtra Land Revenue Code (MLRC) and hiked the fine for illegal transportation of sand and other minor minerals, the district administration has directions to all Tehsildars and Sub-Divisional Officers (SDOs) in Nagpur district regarding delegation of powers. Besides, the directions spell out amount of fine to be collected for various minerals per brass.

As per the directions issued by Sachin Kurve, District Collector, the market price of sand per brass is Rs 1,500/-. As against this, keeping in mind the latest directives of the Government, the officials should recover fine at five times the said market price. As such, in case of illegal transportation of sand, the violator will have to pay Rs 7,500/- per brass as fine. Besides, a royalty of Rs 400/- will be levied per brass. Thus, each brass of illegally transported sand, will attract a fine of Rs 7,900/-. Confirming the development, Rajendragir Gosavi, District Mining Officer, said that already the administration was recovering fine at five times the market price of sand per brass. However, during the recently implemented drive, it came to the notice that there was no uniformity in deriving the market price of sand and other minor minerals. Hence, the directions have been issued, he added.

As per the directions, the market price of other minor minerals has been fixed as follows: Metal 6 mm — Rs 1,500/- per brass, Metal 10 mm — Rs 1,500/- per brass, Metal 20 mm — Rs 2,200/- per brass, Metal 40 mm — Rs 2,000/- per brass, Dust from stone crusher — Rs 1,000/- per brass, Murroom — Rs 1,000/- per brass, earth to prepare bricks — Rs 1,000/- per brass. The royalty to be levied per brass is uniform at Rs 400/-. As far as the amount of fine is concerned, it will be five times the above-mentioned market prices for respective minerals. Thus, the total amount of fine (penalty and royalty) per brass for various minerals will be as follows: Metal 6 mm — Rs 7,900/-, Metal 10 mm — Rs 7,900/-, Metal 20 mm — Rs 11,400/-, Metal 40 mm — Rs 10,400/-, Dust from stone crusher — Rs 5,400/-, Murroom — Rs 5,400/-, earth to prepare bricks — Rs 5,400/-. During the latest drive, the administration recovered Rs 37,81,535/- as fine in 266 cases between July 1 and 14.

Irked over this, the transporters alleged that the administration was taking action only against them and not against those illegally excavating sand from ghats in the district. To discuss their issues, the administration has called a meeting with transporters on Wednesday.

Unauctioned ghats to be auctioned in September

As per the instructions received from the Government, the auctions for sand ghats that have not been auctioned so far will be held in the month of September, said Rajendragir Gosavi, District Mining Officer. According to him, of a total 49 sand ghats identified, 26 have been auctioned. The auction for remaining 23 and additional ghats will be held in September. The process of obtaining ‘no objection certificates’ from respective Gram Sabhas and other formalities are expected to be conducted next week.

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Due to shoddy work, Ring Road caves in near Mhalgi Nagar

On Tuesday evening, Inner Ring Road, considered as a major road of the Orange City, caved in between Mhalgi Nagar and Dighori opposite Besa Power Station, apparently due to poor quality of road... Read More
On Tuesday evening, Inner Ring Road, considered as a major road of the Orange City, caved in between Mhalgi Nagar and Dighori opposite Besa Power Station, apparently due to poor quality of road construction. This is a classic example of apathy, callous and negligent attitude of State Public Works Department (PWD) towards maintenance of the Ring Road. The irregularity and rampant corruption behind executing such a shoddy work is apparent. The manner in which road has caved in reveals height of sub-standard work and total casual approach towards public safety and making mockery of road construction norms.

The State PWD had spent crores of rupees only on paper for the maintenance of this road but actually on ground, nothing happened. A PIL was filed in the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court regarding misappropriation of funds in the State PWD. Following tough stance taken by the High Court, the State PWD had reluctantly blacklisted many contractors including M/s Ankit Constructions which was entrusted with repair and maintenance of ring road during earlier regime. Many PWD engineers were also suspended and punished, but road condition was not improved. The internal ring road is being used by around 1.5 lakh commuters every day residing in the eastern and southern parts of the city. These commuters are using this road putting their lives at stake on every day. A number of accidents take place every day on this road but very few complaints are registered with police station. The road is being used by trucks, buses, four wheelers too. Satish Bansod, a social worker, said that some portion of the road was good, and suddenly bad surface appears which makes it difficutlt for the rider to control his vehicle. The incomplete tarring and uneven road is dangerous for two wheelers riders.

This road was constructed by the Public Works Department (PWD) and the department was responsible for its maintenance. However, it seems that the State PWD did not pay any attention toward repairs and maintenance of the inner ring road for last several years. As usual the street lights of NMC are also not functioning on this road, and this may cause severe accident. Therefore, Nehru Nagar zone of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had installed flood lights and put barricades to avoid any untoward incident during night. The police also diverted the traffic on this road. Mahesh Moroney, Assistant Commissioner of NMC immediately reached the spot to undertake the damage control. Police have also deployed some jawans to avoid any incident on this road. It may be mentioned that on similar lines a road caved in near Alankar Talkies last month.

Manoj Talewar, Executive Engineer of NMC had already cautioned PWD for urgent repairs of this road as it was in dilapidated condition since March 2015 after heavy spells of rains. The safety wall of the adjoining nullah had collapsed and ring road sustained big potholes. Talewar had requested PWD authorities for urgent repairs of this road but nobody paid any heed to his appeal. Recently, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has sanctioned funds for concretization of this entire road. AAP staged demonstration

Meanwhile, Aam Admi Party (AAP) staged demonstration against pathetic condition of city roads on Tuesday. The party workers planted sapling on potholes at various parts of South-West Nagpur. Devendra Wankhede led the demonstration on roads. He alleged that local body and other agencies were not serious to repair these roads leading to serious accidents. These roads have shattered the dream of Beautiful Nagpur of citizens, he claimed. They have also warned of a massive agitation against shabby condition of roads.

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CM felicitates meritorious SC/ST students

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has called upon SC, ST students to work hard, be determined, courageous and move ahead. Do not consider themselves weak, do not lag behind others and inste... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has called upon SC, ST students to work hard, be determined, courageous and move ahead. Do not consider themselves weak, do not lag behind others and instead, become source of inspiration for others. Government stands by them at every step. It would not allow any hindrance in their studies. Chouhan was felicitating the SC, ST students, who have taken admission in IIT and NIT by clearing both prelims and main exam of IIT, at his residence here on Sunday. Students having cracked CLAT and taking admission in higher law institutes were also felicitated on the occasion.

Chouhan said that the Government wishes to bring smiles on the faces of people belonging to weaker sections and see them advance in every sector. The Chief Minister said that separate hostel facilities will be made available for schools and colleges. The Government will bear entire expenses of students of these classes in engineering, medical and other higher education institutions.

He said that free of cost food arrangements will also be made for students of class IX and XII. Virtual classes will be started in all residential higher secondary schools. Chief Minister said that SC, ST students securing 75 percent marks will also be given laptops. He exhorted the students to keep brightening name of the State by dint of their talent, hardwork and dedication. “We would not allow image of the State to be tainted. Efforts by some quarters in this regard will be foiled,” the CM stressed. SC, ST Welfare Minister Gyan Singh said that results of the competitive exams have proved that tribal students of remote areas also have talent. He said that efforts under the leadership of the Chief Minister will boost morale of SC, ST students and they will be inspired to move ahead.

Anand Kumar of Super-30 said that talent does not depend on support. Challenges need to be accepted with self-confidence. He said that education is available everywhere now. He assured of continuous cooperation to students in preparations for IIT exams. He said that academic atmosphere has improved under leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He urged the successful students to have spirit to return to society what it has given to them.

The felicitated students were presented Rs 25,000 each to purchase laptop, certificates and copies of ‘Wings of Fire’, the autobiography of former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

At the outset, the Chief Minister greeted the students by showering flower petals. On the occasion, merit holders of class X were also felicitated. They were presented scientific calculators and science dictionary. The Chief Minister also praised and felicitated teachers of the students. A documentary on successful students’ life and hardwork was also screened. The Chief Minister also felicitated Anand Kumar of Super-30 and Aniruddha Sinha of Gurukul Coaching Institute, Mumbai.

Minister of State for GAD Lal Singh Arya, MLAs of tribal areas, Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa, Commissioner Tribal Development Umakant Umrao and large number of students were present on the occasion. Scheduled Castes Development Commissioner JL Malpani proposed a vote of thanks.

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Rains bring huge relief to swamp deer in Van Vihar

The continuous rainfall has brought a much needed relief for the swamp deer. The much extended summer season and humidity has affected the swamp ground, which was specially carved out to accommod... Read More
The continuous rainfall has brought a much needed relief for the swamp deer. The much extended summer season and humidity has affected the swamp ground, which was specially carved out to accommodate swamp deer in Van Vihar National Park. The swamp deer are under threat mainly because of depletion of swamp and wetlands, which is must for their survival. The Van Vihar National park is considered as second home for this endangered animal. In the month of January this year, swamp deer were translocated from Kanha Tiger Reserve to the national park. This was to ensure their isolated population doesn’t get wiped out due to outbreak of any epidemic and excessive hunting on account of their inability to enter deep forests.

Swamp deer is the State animal and it is found only at Kanha Tiger Reserve, which is spread between Mandla and Balaghat districts of the State. The population of the swamp deer is around 550, which has shown progress after it hit an all-time low of 66 in 1967 due to poaching and other activities. The swamp deer are under threat because of their antlers, meat and fragmentation of their habitat as many wetlands have got converted and are being used for agriculture, change in river dynamics, reduced water flow during summer, increasing silt and less availability of grass in some areas, where it is cut by localites.

Kanha is one of the very few places in the country, where the swamp deer (Barasingha) is found and the proposed translocation is aimed at giving it a new home in Madhya Pradesh. It started during 1980, but it did not work at that time. The tranquilizing methodology and transportation was not as modernised and translocation was always challenging. In 1967, the population of Barasinghas dipped to an all time low of 66. Wildlife experts suspected that they fell prey to tigers and other carnivores due to their inability to enter deep forests as they have huge antlers. One of the basic requirements for the swamp deer is deep forest, which is getting depleted and is also affecting their population. After this, forest officials tried to translocate them, but the effort failed to bear fruit. The deer died before reaching their new home in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.

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More rains in Ujjain, Bhopal division

In last twenty-four hours, Bhopal city witnessed rainfall of about 148.8 mm and has broken records of past eight years. The continuous spell of showers also has brought the city’s July monsoon ... Read More
In last twenty-four hours, Bhopal city witnessed rainfall of about 148.8 mm and has broken records of past eight years. The continuous spell of showers also has brought the city’s July monsoon quota on the verge of completion. When it comes to State in last twenty-four hours, Ujjain division recorded the highest with 319 mm rainfall next to Shajapur coming to 172 mm followed by Raisen district, which recorded 136 mm. Indore recorded 128.6 mm and Dhar recorded about 105 mm rainfall.

Weather Department has issued warning for Ujjain as well as isolated regions in Bhopal division. Heavy rain showers with thunder and lightning was witnessed in Bhopal, Hoshangabad and Indore divisions. Except Mandsaur and Neemuch, rainfall is likely to occur in all parts of the State. Rainfall recorded in cm in other parts of the State include Narsinghgarh 39 cm, Ujjain 32 cm, Sarangpur 31cm, Badanpur 25 cm, Depalpur 23 cm, Beora 11 cm and Vidisha 16 cm. Overcast condition brought down day temperature to bearable limits in city, but as per the Meteorological Department, the monsoon will continue to bring in regular showers for next forty-eight hours in the city. Maximum temperature in the city was recorded at 24.7 degrees Celsius, which was five degrees lower than the normal range. It was in the range of around 40 degrees Celsius a week ago. Similarly, minimum temperature was recorded at 22.9 (+1) degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, temperature in the four main cities- Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur ranged between 34.8 and 24.7 degrees Celsius. Indore recorded a minimum of 21 degrees Celsius and maximum at 26.4 (-4) degrees Celsius. On Sunday, Gwalior witnessed highest maximum day temperature compared to all other four major cities in State. Minimum temperature at Gwalior was recorded at 27.6 degrees Celsius, while maximum remained at 34.8 (+1) degrees Celsius. In Jabalpur, minimum and maximum temperatures were respectively recorded at 24 and 29.7 (-1) degrees Celsius. Khajuraho was recorded at 34 (+1) degrees Celsius maximum and minimum at 26.1 (+1) degrees Celsius. Pachmarhi recorded 25 degrees Celsius maximum and 20 degrees Celsius minimum. Rainfall recorded at Jabalpur was about 3.8 mm and Pachmarhi was at 43 mm. Weather Department has issued warning for Ujjain as well as isolated regions in Bhopal division. Heavy rain showers with thunder and lightning was witnessed in Bhopal, Hoshangabad and Indore divisions. Except Mandsaur and Neemuch, rainfall is likely to occur in all parts of the State. Rainfall recorded in cm in other parts of the State include Narsinghgarh 39 cm, Ujjain 32 cm, Sarangpur 31cm, Badanpur 25 cm, Depalpur 23 cm, Beora 11 cm and Vidisha 16 cm. Overcast condition brought down day temperature to bearable limits in city, but as per the Meteorological Department, the monsoon will continue to bring in regular showers for next forty-eight hours in the city. Maximum temperature in the city was recorded at 24.7 degrees Celsius, which was five degrees lower than the normal range. It was in the range of around 40 degrees Celsius a week ago. Similarly, minimum temperature was recorded at 22.9 (+1) degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, temperature in the four main cities- Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur ranged between 34.8 and 24.7 degrees Celsius. Indore recorded a minimum of 21 degrees Celsius and maximum at 26.4 (-4) degrees Celsius. On Sunday, Gwalior witnessed highest maximum day temperature compared to all other four major cities in State. Minimum temperature at Gwalior was recorded at 27.6 degrees Celsius, while maximum remained at 34.8 (+1) degrees Celsius. In Jabalpur, minimum and maximum temperatures were respectively recorded at 24 and 29.7 (-1) degrees Celsius. Khajuraho was recorded at 34 (+1) degrees Celsius maximum and minimum at 26.1 (+1) degrees Celsius. Pachmarhi recorded 25 degrees Celsius maximum and 20 degrees Celsius minimum. Rainfall recorded at Jabalpur was about 3.8 mm and Pachmarhi was at 43 mm.

Rainfall breaks 8-year record in city

July is the month, when southwest monsoon sets in in Bhopal. Sometimes, there are intermittent breaks in the rainy spells. This year, a bit different pattern was witnessed. The average rainfall of this month is 371.6 mm, and number of rainy days are 14. The heaviest rainfall in 24 hours was 275.7 mm on 22.07.1973 and after that, in 2007, 161 mm rainfall was recorded. The highest monthly rainfall of 1031.4 mm was recorded in the year 1986. The lowest monthly rainfall of 35.8 mm was recorded in the year 2002. When it comes to quota of rainfall for the month of July, it is nearing completion this year. As per the Weather Department, the continuous spell of rain showers is likely to continue for next forty-eight hours in the city.

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Heavy rains create flood-like scenes in Bhopal

Heavy and incessant rainfall in the State capital during last 24 hours created flood like situation in the city. Many parts of the city were submerged in water up to waist level on Sunday.

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Heavy and incessant rainfall in the State capital during last 24 hours created flood like situation in the city. Many parts of the city were submerged in water up to waist level on Sunday.

Water entered houses of people, inundating the low-lying areas of the State capital. Rainfall provided relief to the residents from hot weather conditions prevailing in the city for the last few weeks, but has also increased their woes. According to the MET Department, there will be no respite from the heavy downpour for next 24 hours. Showers led to waterlogging at many places, including Bairagarh and Bhanpur, Nehru Nagar, Habibganj underbridge, etc. Fire Department officials of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) were also seen reaching the spots, from where complaints of waterlogging were received.

Commuters had to face various problems due to water-logging at major roads and streets of the State capital. This created traffic jam in the city also in which thousands of vehicles were stuck for hours.

Mayor Alok Sharma, BMC Commissioner Tejashvi S Naik along with a large number of officials and cleaning workers visited inundated areas and issued directions for cleaning the areas.

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Thieves target Devi temple, decamp with valuables worth Rs 80,000

Apathy of police to tighten noose around miscreants involved in theft incident again got exposed on Sunday when some unidentified miscreants targeted one Devi temple situated in famous ancient... Read More
Apathy of police to tighten noose around miscreants involved in theft incident again got exposed on Sunday when some unidentified miscreants targeted one Devi temple situated in famous ancient Patbaba temple campus on the hilly region of GCF estate falling under Ghamapur police station. The area is allegedly considered to be defense production area and remains under strict vigilance of police. The miscreants who invaded the temple managed to take away with them gold and silver made crown cash kept in the donation box and other temple valuables worth over Rs 80,000. The temple installed with CCTV cops are making efforts to get hold of the unidentified miscreants who invaded the temple by virtue of CCTV footage send for examination.

According to information it was panic like situation at Patbaba temple campus after the temple priest who reached the temple found the lock placed on the door broken. Having stepped in he found the donation box tampered the gold and silver made ornaments and crown of the deity missing. Devotees who visited the temple expressed their resentment on the theft incident have termed the theft due to police apathy and have demanded quick arrest of the miscreants behind the theft incident. Pramod Pathak, the temple priest amidst panic informed at Ghamapur police station. On being informed police reached the temple and started with investigations. The temple priest informed police that on Saturday night having performed the Shyaan Aarti, he locked the temple and went back home. On Sunday morning when he came to perform the morning ritual opened the door found the temple being targeted.

Carrying out investigation finger print experts were pressed in to service to obtain the finger prints of the unidentified miscreants. The attempt made remained however proved in vain. On which police registered case under relevant section of IPC against the unidentified miscreants as search has been started to round up the miscreants. The loss of temple valuables taken away by the miscreants is estimated over Rs 80,000 .

It is speculated that on Sunday night while it was raining the security guard deployed in the temple campus left for home for refuge. The alleged leaving of security guard paved way for miscreants who stepped in the temple by dismantling the lock placed on the main door of the temple. The temple fitted with CCTV the footage is being subjected to examination by the police to get some clue about the unidentified thieves. As further investigations are underway.

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Dr Madhav Hasani demands high-level probe into Dr Ajay Khare’s death case

“High-level inquiry should initiate in the death of former State President, Madhya Pradesh Medical Officers Association (MPMOA), Dr Ajay Khare” demanded State General Secretary, MPMOA, Dr M... Read More
“High-level inquiry should initiate in the death of former State President, Madhya Pradesh Medical Officers Association (MPMOA), Dr Ajay Khare” demanded State General Secretary, MPMOA, Dr Madhav Hasani, in the state-level meeting of MPMOA.

On repeated demands of MPMOA, though state government has conducted the inquiry in the death of Dr Ajay Khare for IG level but outcome of the report was not public till date. He raised issue that on one hand the state government claimed that death of Namrata Damor is suicide; now the CBI has registered the case of Murder in same case.

Dr B B Purohit, Executive President of MPMOA, and his team conducted the autopsy of Narmata Damor, have to pay Rs 7000 to the Police for his personal security, whereas government should come forward to provide security to Dr Purohit. Dr B B Purohit is pioneer in conducting autopsy, he had conducted over 5000 autopsy over the period of years. MPMOA would move to High Court Of Madhya Pradesh to demand security to Dr Purohit.

MPMOA would submit the complaint letter to the Director General Of Police at Bhopal over the Police lethargic approach in arrest of Nagar Panchayat President alleged of manhandling doctor while they were on duty at Mandla District Hospital last month. He expressed his concern over the increase in incidents of public representative manhandling and threaten the doctors in recent years.Madhya Pradesh is already going through phase of shortage of doctors, there are only 3,500 doctors out of 7,000 sanctioned post of doctors, in Mandla Tribal Population Dominated District, there are only 55 doctors out of 150 sanctioned post, there are only 18 doctors in the District Hospital out of 56 sanctioned post, out of this there is only 12 specialist doctor. In such condition with full of insecurity from the public representative, how is it possible for the doctors to do job.

MPMOA would submit the memorandum to the DGP over the security of Doctors of Mandla, and file Petition at Madhya Pradesh High Court , how the public representative alleged of beating a doctor got the early bail.

MPMOA demands State Government for early redressal of grievances related to early disposal of pension cases, pending wages and other complaints of doctors.

Dr Sunil Behl, Dr Murli Agrawal, Dr Dubey, Civil Surgeon, Dr Anil Sinha, Dr Gurjar,Dr Arun Sexsena, Dr Girish Bajpai, Dr P C Tiwari, Dr Sexsena, Dr Nitin Patel , Dr Manish and other representative from the Ujjain, Indore, Bhopal,Sagar, Dhar, Khargone and other districts attended the meeting.

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Improper connectivity affecting Industrial Devpt

The Prime Centre of Mahakoshal region, Jablapur city also a divisional headquarters has presence of some industry but majority of them are running with short of workload. The industrial growth ... Read More
The Prime Centre of Mahakoshal region, Jablapur city also a divisional headquarters has presence of some industry but majority of them are running with short of workload. The industrial growth in previous decade in Jabalpur and its adjoining areas was not much respectable while entry of new industry in this region is also negligible. Reason is lack of proper connectivity as well as development of infrastructure. Ill maintenance of existing industrial development areas in Ricchai, Umaria Dungaria and Maneri are live examples of the ignorance of the industrial growth.

Jabalpur being centrally located logistically has various possibilities while availability of natural resources in abundance; peaceful atmosphere is the right place for the industrial investment. Yet planned development in industrial sector is missing. The defence establishments were founded in this city with logic of each supply chain management of arm and ammunition to all border areas.

With similarly approach if the development of Dry-Port in the Mahakoshal region were developed the system of production distribution in fast moving consumer goods, electrical, electronics and even food distribution and storage system would be changed all together.

Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan have appealed the Union Surface Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari during his visit to city during the foundation laying ceremony of National Highway Four Lane conversion from Lakhnadaun to Allahabad section of NH 7.

If every thing goes well and the recommendations on development of a dry port in Mahakoshal region is initiated the scheme could change the phase of industry, logistics and development of employment resources for the youths in the region. The development would lead to better connectivity on rail, road and air as well as becomes a major encouragement for the industry to Mahakoshal for investment. In the Global Investors Meeting held in year 2007 in Jabalpur the proposal of development of dry port in Jabalpur an in its adjoining area was made inviting attention of investors in this sector too. Since them the concept of development dry-port at heart centre of the country seems lying in cold storage.

Recent concern shown by the Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan towards development dry port in Mahakoshal region has emerged as ray of hope for the industrial development with employment generation for the youths.

Development of Dry Port must

As employment sources in Madhya Pradesh are limited. Especially in Mahakoshal region in which majority of districts have very slow industrial growth, Agriculture and allied industries are the main source of employment in majority of rural areas. For the educated youths in different field due to lack of proper industrial placement opportunities the talent is getting suppressed and moving outside to other states. The development of Dry Port in Jabalpur and its adjoining districts would change the whole scenario.

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Two held in Gohalpur for transporting illegal liquor

Cracking the whip against liquor mafia involved in sale of country made liquor, Gohalpur police acting on a tip of apprehended two miscreants in possession with two plastic made bags containi... Read More
Cracking the whip against liquor mafia involved in sale of country made liquor, Gohalpur police acting on a tip of apprehended two miscreants in possession with two plastic made bags containing six boxes containing 300 pouch of country made liquor allegedly meant to be disposed off to addicts. The two miscreants were nabbed red handed near Community hall behind regional bus stand on the Chandalbhata road.

According to SHO Gohalpur Vipin Tamrakar, on Saturday evening one informer informed about suspected movement of miscreants carrying two plastic made bags allegedly containing liquor pouches. Acting on the information cops reached the location situated behind regional bus stand area. Having seen the approaching police the miscreants amidst panic looking for potential customers attempted to flee from the location but were intercepted by the police team near community hall on the Chandalbhata road.

Cops who searched the plastic made bags, found three boxes each in the plastic bags containing 300 pouch of country made liquor. The miscreants reveled their identity as Shubham alias Golu Chaudhary (19) resident from Chandalbhata and his associate Sunny Yadav(22) residing near Pratap Dharmakanta Chandalbhata.

Brought to police station, a case under Section 34(2) of excise act has been framed against two miscreants put behind police net are subjected to interrogation to reveal the sources of procurement of country made liquor seized by the police, as further investigations are underway.

While Ghamapur police raided a house at Kunchbodhiya Mohalla of Kanchghar and seized 60 liters of raw liquor from the possession of a woman Anno Bai Kunchbodhiya(45) allegedly waiting for local addicts who used to obtain the raw liquor.

Police informed on Saturday late evening one informant informed about a woman residing in Kunchbodhiya Mohalla sitting in front of her home along with four plastic beakers containing raw liquor. The middle aged woman from the colony was allegedly involved in sale of liquor. On being informed police raided the home leaving no scope for the woman to flee from the spot. Cops found four plastic made beakers containing raw liquor around 60 liters. Caught red handed having kept the raw liquor for sale the woman taken to Ghamapur police station has been framed under relevant section of excise act as further investigations are underway.

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Patients have faith in joint, hip replacement surgeries

“Patients have developed trust in joint and hip replacement surgery, with advancement in minimal accesses and less pain Orthopedics surgical methods over the period of years,” said Renowned... Read More
“Patients have developed trust in joint and hip replacement surgery, with advancement in minimal accesses and less pain Orthopedics surgical methods over the period of years,” said Renowned Orthopedician, President Indian Orthopedics Association, Dr H R Jhunjhulwala while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ on Sunday. He said that number of knee and joint replacement surgeries have increased in last couple of years with increasing awareness. Patients have understood that going through the joint and hip replacement would not make any problem in every day life, they would do their work normal as earlier. There is increase in problems of Osteoporosis in the Young aged say between 40 to 60 years of age. With the development of high tebian osteotomy surgical methods, deformalities in bone have been corrected, which relives the pains of patient. Now after 60 years patient can go for the joint replacement surgery.

Elaborating on the new surgical methods for joint and knee replacement surgical intervention, this method is more successful with minimal blood loss and post surgical period for indoor admission have become less.

Talking on the high rates of Implants, he said that economical Indian made implants are available in the market, they are as much successful, but most of the Indian prefers to go for the imported implants. Introduction of advanced Stem Cell Therapy in the Orthopedics, when the stem cells in taken out from the bone marrow with injection and injects into the joint with deformalities has become option for the treatment of patients who have developed osteoporosis and other joint problem in the young age.

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Youth stabbed after refusing money for alcohol

Rejection to bow down before drunk miscreants demand to provide money to procure liquor proved deadly to Neeraj Shrivastava residing behind Pandey Hospital falling under Belbag police station. T... Read More
Rejection to bow down before drunk miscreants demand to provide money to procure liquor proved deadly to Neeraj Shrivastava residing behind Pandey Hospital falling under Belbag police station. The drunk miscreants annoyed with the rejection stabbed the man on stomach causing fatal wound leaving the man critical on Saturday night around 9.30 pm. According to information from Belbag police station on being informed from a private hospital about a man being admitted in emergency having sustained fatal wound on stomach on account of stabbing. Police reached the hospital and recorded the statement of the injured. The injured in his statement given to police stated resides behind Pandey Hospital was allegedly returning back home was intercepted by two drunk miscreants in front of Pandey Hospital.

The miscreants from the locality are named as Rajesh Rajput and Manoj Rajput. Having stopped Shrivastava the miscreants demanded a sum of Rs 200 stating they need to procure liquor. The injured taken by surprise attempted to ignore the demand but was again challenged by the drunk miscreants who insisted for the money, in between the injured rejected the demand and said that they should refrain from asking for money. The rejection made the miscreants fumed indulged in physical abuse and later in possession with sharp edged weapon assaulted at the man. In the process Shrivastava was badly stabbed on stomach accounted to profuse bleeding from the wound.

Colony people passing through the path took note of the injured lying desolate on the road rushed his to Jabalpur hospital. On the basis of statement police registered case under Section 341, 307, 327,34 of IPC against the two miscreants named in the case diary. After the case was registered police swung into action and started search for the two absconding miscreants, around late night police arrested the two drunk miscreants from Beoharbag area. The two miscreants Rajesh Rajput and Manoj Rajput are residents from Beoharbag area. Undergoing treatment at Jabalpur hospital the condition of the injured is reported to be stable and has been subjected to surgery against the wound sustained on stomach.

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Tragedy at Jagruti Nagar may be fall out of dispute

n Staff Reporter Sensation that prevailed on Saturday after the tragic death of four people at Jagriti nagar of Gohalpur police station has send a wave of shock among colony people who under n... Read More
n Staff Reporter Sensation that prevailed on Saturday after the tragic death of four people at Jagriti nagar of Gohalpur police station has send a wave of shock among colony people who under no circumstances are ready to believe the tragedy that accounted for death of couple and their two tender age children in the age group of 2 to 4 years under mysterious circumstances. Police investigating upon the case in the post death have termed the incident as outcome of persisting domestic dispute between the Barman couple. While the family members of the deceased family residing adjoining area suspect foul.

It may be recalled here that on Saturday late evening sensation prevailed at Jagriti nagar when Heeralal Burman (50) resident from the area informed police about four deaths taken place at his son’s home.

On being informed police reached the spot and found three bodies allegedly hanging against the roof while the woman lying dead on the bed. Carrying out investigation in presence of FSL team police made panchnama and referred the bodies for autopsy to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical and Hospital and registered case. The four deceased were identified as Brajesh Burman (30) his wife Prabha Burman (25) and two tender age girls Jananvi(2) and Khushi(4). On the basis of initial investigation police averred that Prabha Burman was killed while her hubby and two children were hanged to death. The actual cause behind the death of four would get established only after the autopsy report is tabled before the investigation team.

SHO Gohalpur Vipin Tamrakar when contacted said the tragedy is the outcome of persisting domestic dispute. He said apparently Brajesh first killed his wife and later hanged his two tender age daughter and eventually hanged himself and died. On the issue of foul play in the four deaths from the colony he said is the outcome of persisting dispute between the couple that took ugly turn on Saturday.

Meanwhile, cops have investigating the four deaths that shook the entire colony speculate domestic dispute between the couple while family members of the deceased and colony people residing in the area smell foul in the mysterious death of four that included two tender age girls of 2 and 4 years old respectively. The cause behind the death of Prabha remains to get ascertained as this would unfold the mystery involved in the tragedy.

On Sunday afternoon after the autopsy of bodies was performed the family members brought back home and the last rites were performed.

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3 tribal kids working as servants rescued from Vedanta School Director’s home

Three tribal kids, who were sent to study at Vedanta School Raipur, were rescued from the home of School Director Satish Sharma, who was using them as servants in his home. Kids were freed on t... Read More
Three tribal kids, who were sent to study at Vedanta School Raipur, were rescued from the home of School Director Satish Sharma, who was using them as servants in his home. Kids were freed on the intervention by the Bhanupratappur MLA Manoj Mandawi and Keshkal MLA Santram Netam.

Devendra Nagar Police informed that three kids Pradeep Kumar, Kushal Patra and Mayank Kumar were enrolled in the Class-VI to Vedanta School under the Jawahar Utkarsh Yojana on the scholarship provided by the State Government two years ago. These kids had earned this scholarship after scoring 92 and 93 per cents in Class-V exams.

Accused Vedanta School Director Satish Sharma, instead of giving them education, was taking chores from the kids for past 2 years at his house situated at Kabir Nagar Phase-2. Kids, somehow, managed to contact their parents and informed them about the ordeal they were going through at the hands of Satish Sharma. Father of Kushal Patra, Dhol Singh approached Mandawi and Netam, seeking for help in freeing his and two other children. On Sunday morning, these MLAs reached the home of Satish Sharma and dressed him down for his inhuman and discriminatory behaviour with the children. MLA Mandawi said that the kids were brought on the pretext of better education. Instead of providing them with good education, School Director Satish Sharma had kept the kids as servants in his home. It’s really a shameful incident as Tribal kids are being exploited in the name of education.

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BJP demands resignation of CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel over plots allocation issue

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State Spokespersons Shivratan Sharma along with former BJP MLA from Patan Vijay Baghel have alleged irregularities against Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee P... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State Spokespersons Shivratan Sharma along with former BJP MLA from Patan Vijay Baghel have alleged irregularities against Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee President Bhupesh Baghel in getting plots allocated in the name of his wife and mother from erstwhile Bhilai Special Area Development Authority (SADA) under its Mansarovar Residential Scheme.

Addressing a press conference on the issue, former Patan MLA Vijay Baghel has stated that the act is punishable under Section 13(1)(D) read with Section 13(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act as well as Section 120B and Section 166 of Indian Penal Code. Baghel said that since the matter has come to light, the Bharatiya Janata Party expects that the CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel should immediately resign from his post and resign as MLA or the Congress high command should remove him immediately. He also added that the BJP will take the matter to its logical conclusion and if necessary take legal course of action. The party also demands from the state government to take necessary legal action on the issue. When this reporter tried to contact the CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel over telephone for his side of story against the allegation leveled by former MLA Vijay Baghel, who incidentally, happens to be former’s nephew, the CPCC President didn’t respond despite several calls made to him. However, while talking to the media persons on the issue, Congress Legislative Party Leader T S Singhdeo termed the allegations as baseless. He added that Bhilai SADA had allotted the plots under contention to Bhupesh Baghel as per laid down rules. He added that it is amusing that the Bharatiya Janata Party is raking up an issue after 20 years. Earlier, addressing the media persons Vijay Baghel said Bhupesh Baghel during his tenure as MLA during the period 1993 to 1998 in erstwhile Madhya Pradesh Assembly, had misused his position and by surpassing the laid down rules and regulations obtained two separate plots of 378 sq mts each under Mansarovar Housing Scheme in the name of his wife Mukteshwari Baghel and mother Bindeshwari Baghel. Vijay Baghel further alleged that as per the actual layout passed for Mansarovar Housing Scheme, six small plots (6x9 and 6x12 sqmts) were adjoined to make a single plot of 378 sq mts each. In actuality, in the original layout these are small plots and Bhilai SADA had created these new plots 7 and 8. Vijay Baghel further alleged that the plots were meant for people who didn’t have any plot or house in their name anywhere in erstwhile Madhya Pradesh. Also there was a rule not to issue more than two plots to any one person but here also the rule was deceived. Vijay further alleged that the applicants in whose names the plots were allocated had originally applied for plots under Vasundhara Nagar (North) Housing scheme and not for Mansarovar Scheme. But since there were no plots available under this scheme, they proposed for plots under Mansarovar scheme. Also SADA had not fixed any price for 378 sq mt plot which was created by joining six plots, and the price of Rs 110 per sq mt applicable for plots in Vasundhara Nagar scheme was applied and allotted.

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Monsoon Session of Chhattisgarh Assembly from today

The Fifth Session (Monsoon Session) of Fourth Chhattisgarh Assembly commencing from Monday and will continue till July 31, the ten sittings therein will be stormy. The opposition Congress has g... Read More
The Fifth Session (Monsoon Session) of Fourth Chhattisgarh Assembly commencing from Monday and will continue till July 31, the ten sittings therein will be stormy. The opposition Congress has geared itself strategically to corner the state government on significant matters like Chhattisgarh Civil Supplies Corporation scam, Land Accusation Bill, killing of four Auxiliary Constables by Naxalites, prevailing law and order situation, etc.

On the other hand the Bharatiya Janata Party Legislative Party has also made prepared strategically to effectively and aggressively thwart the opposition moves.

According to the Assembly Secretariat, for these ten sittings both ruling and opposition Legislators have registered a total of 1696 questions including 964 starred and 732 un-starred questions. However, only one notice for Adjournment Motion has been received apart from 180 notices for Call Attention Motion since July 14 onwards.

The Session will commence on July 20 by paying tributes to Late Mandwi Handaram former Legislator in erstwhile Madhya Pradesh Assembly, Late Narsingh Pradhan, also a former Legislator in erstwhile Madhya Pradesh Assembly and Surendra Kumar Singh former Rajya Sabha and erstwhile Madhya Pradesh Assembly Member. Also Higher and Technical Education Minister Prem Prakash Pandey will table the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) University (Amendment) Bill, 2015 in the House. Under Rule 138(1), MLAs Santosh Bafna, Arun Vora, Motilal Dewangan will take up the issue of forgery and fraud by chit-fund companies through Call Attention Motion. Similarly, MLAs Tejkunwar Governdhan Netam and Motilal Dewangan will take up the issue of financial irregularities prevailing under National Horticulture Mission and National Agriculture Development Scheme. MLA Shankar Dhurva will call for discussion on situation arising due to lacking in supply of quality seeds and fertilizers while MLAs Deojibhai Patel and Roshanlal Agrawal will call for discussion on issue regarding making district-wise work plan for skill development under Section 139 of Chhattisgarh Assembly Rules and Procedures. During the Monsoon Session, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government will be tabling proposals for the first Supplementary Budget apart from introducing at least 3 amendment Bills. The first Supplementary Budget for the financial year 2015-16 will be tabled in the House on July 22 and discussion and passing of the demand proposals will be held on July 23 and thereafter Appropriation Bill will be tabled and passed. The Bills which will are likely to be introduced are Chhattisgarh Arbitration Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2015; International Institute for Information Technology (IIIT) University (Amendment) Bill, 2015; and Chhattisgarh Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2015. The first two Bills will be tabled to replace the Ordinances for the same.

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CAP Round III counseling of Engg admission process to begin today

With reduction in technical institutes, courses and intake the existing colleges are hopeful of getting good response from students. It is less likely that number of vacant seats would increase ... Read More
With reduction in technical institutes, courses and intake the existing colleges are hopeful of getting good response from students. It is less likely that number of vacant seats would increase this year, at least in Nagpur region. Round III of Centralised Admission Process (CAP) will begin on Monday.

Of the 1.56 lakh engineering seats, over 43 per cent were left vacant last year. This year, too, there are 1.6 lakh seats available for the round conducted through Centralised Admission Process (CAP). Total 2,80,042 students appeared for Maharashtra Health Technical – Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET). Huge vacancies in technical institutes across the state have been a problem over the past five to six years. The Directorate of Technical Education, Mumbai, is the Competent Authority for admission to First Year Engineering 2015-2016.

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Flyblown! Is this the Nagpur of our dreams?

Every Nagpurian is proud of fly-overs in the city. But, every Nagpurian’s head hangs in shame when his/her attention is drawn to the garbage-strewn and ill-maintained spaces under the very same... Read More
Every Nagpurian is proud of fly-overs in the city. But, every Nagpurian’s head hangs in shame when his/her attention is drawn to the garbage-strewn and ill-maintained spaces under the very same fly-overs. However, the city fathers are not among these Nagpurians, it appears. Else, how can one explain their years-long abject apathy towards the shameful display of the city’s neglect towards its infrastructural upkeep?

Years ago, when Adivasi Gowari Shaheed Fly-over from Rahate Colony to Sitabuldi was constructed, it was a wonder. Nagpurians treated it as a welcome addition to the city’s infrastructure. People used to assemble at the open spaces left for beautification, under the fly-over. Vehicle riders used to take the fly-over route just to get a different experience. People used to talk about this fly-over. Later on, with beautification, people used to talk about good messages painted on boards installed in the open spaces, greenery there, and fountains at a spot under the fly-over.

Gradually, people started realising that beautification was not done with a purpose to maintain it for long. Gradually, people got disappointed and frustrated looking at the ill-maintained spaces under the fly-over. Gradually, the garbage from nearby shops and eateries and tall commercial buildings ended up in the open spaces under Adivasi Gowari Shaheed Fly-over. Gradually, people started using the corners under these fly-overs to pee. Gradually, waiting for water, greenery died a silent death. Gradually, fountains stopped functioning. Gradually, people also stopped taking notice of muck and filth that adorned the spaces under the fly-over. And, gradually, almost everyone lost sensitivity towards keeping the city clean.

This is sad story not only of Adiwasi Gowari Shaheed Fly-over but also of Pachpaoli, Sakkardara, Tekdi Mandir and all other fly-overs in the city. Under the Pachpaoli fly-over, scrap-dealers are utilising the space like godown. Under the Tekdi Mandir fly-over near Railway Station, the space was utilised to construct shops that were allotted to different individuals. However, several shops are still not in utilisation. The space in front of these unutilised shops is so filthy that no pedestrian can use even the pavement. The shops that are functioning have encroached upon the pavement in front, and are contributing to lack of hygiene there. Sadly, no one among the authorities is bothered about this filthy display of city’s infrastructure. Whenever a person from other city or metropolis or another country visits Nagpur, and takes a look at the spaces under the fly-overs, he or she gets only one impression about the city’s civic infrastructure -- it is ill-maintained.

Is this the how the authorities are shaping our beloved Nagpur into the city of future?

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Banks disburse crop loans of Rs 606 crore in district

The nationalised banks have disbursed crop loans for Kharif season to the tune of Rs 606 crore to as many as 65,527 farmers till July 15 in Nagpur district, informed Sachin Kurve, District Collec... Read More
The nationalised banks have disbursed crop loans for Kharif season to the tune of Rs 606 crore to as many as 65,527 farmers till July 15 in Nagpur district, informed Sachin Kurve, District Collector. He informed that during last year a crop loan of Rs 285 crore was given till July 15 to 33,921 cultivators. During last Kharif season, in all 55,262 farmers had been given loan of Rs 477 crore till September 30, he added. Kurve pointed out that a target of distributing loan of Rs 841.50 crore to farmers had been set up for 2015-16 and out of that, a loan of Rs 606 crore given so far. Meetings of co-ordination committees are being held on taluka level under the presidentship of Tehsildar on every Monday and Friday to ensure that not a single farmer is deprived of the crop loan. Bank, cooperative and revenue officials attend these meetings. Two camps have been organised in each tehsil so far and farmers took benefits of such camps, Kurve added. The nationalised and other banks that took initiative in disbursing Kharif crop loans included: Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Bharatiya Mahila Bank, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Dena Bank, IDBI Bank, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Punjab & Sindh Bank, Punjab National Bank, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of India, Syndicate Bank, UCO Bank, United, Union Bank of India, Vijaya Bank, Axix Bank, Federal Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Karur Vaishya Bank, Karnataka Bank, Ratnakar Bank, Maharashtra Gramin Bank, Vidarbha Konkan Bank and Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank.

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‘Mayor is the ‘first servant’ of the city...’

July 20 is an important date for Nagpur city. For, on this date in the year 1952, the city got its first Mayor after the municipal council got elevated to the status of Nagpur Municipal Corporati... Read More
July 20 is an important date for Nagpur city. For, on this date in the year 1952, the city got its first Mayor after the municipal council got elevated to the status of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). As NMC celebrates 63rd year of that historic event on Monday, it is time to remind the city fathers about their responsibility, as outlined in simple words by the first Mayor Barrister S K Wankhede.

After the city municipal council got elevated to the status of Nagpur Municipal Corporation, the first meeting of the ‘elected, appointed, and selected councillors’ of the corporation was held on July 20 (Sunday), 1952 at 12 noon in Raje Raghujirao Bhonsle Nagar Bhavan. In the same meeting, the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Standing Committee and five consultative committees were elected. Then, there were a total of 57 members of NMC. At the outset, the Chairman of the meeting was elected. P C Sethi secured 31 votes and elected as Chairman of the meeting. G G Desai, Chief Executive Officer, announced the decision in this regard.

Later, election of Mayor was conducted. There was a contest between Barrister S K Wankhede, whose name was proposed by Bhojsingh Chaudhari and seconded by R L Satpute; and R F Chaudhari, whose name was proposed by G G Bhamburkar and seconded by Banwarilal Agrawal. Wankhede polled 33 votes and was elected as Mayor, while Chaudhari polled 24 votes. Similarly, there was a contest between Chhotalal Madhavji and G N Ghavghave in which Madhavji polled 30 votes and was declared elected as Deputy Mayor.

Soon after his name was announced as the first Mayor of NMC, Barr S K Wankhede putforth his views about the office of Mayor and the task ahead for generations of office-bearers to follow. The first and foremost thing he mentioned was that instead of being described as the ‘first citizen’, Mayor should be the ‘first servant’ of the city. As per the minutes of the meeting preserved by NMC, he made an important statement that should serve as guideline for all the Mayors and corporators to follow for years. Wankhede had said, “Democracy survives on ‘give and take’ and once the verdict of the people is given, the two things or two ideologies end, and all parties have to work together for the common good of the people.” He appealed to the members present not to create differences on small matters and try to find out maximum ‘points of agreement’. Being the Mayor of the city, he made it clear that he was above ‘party politics, race, and religion’, and requested all to keep only one goal before them — ‘public service and our duty’.

As NMC celebrates the 63rd year of this historic meeting when the city got its first Mayor, Nagpurians can expect the corporators, office-bearers, and officials of NMC to re-dedicate themselves to the broader vision outlined in his speech by the legendary Barr S K Wankhede.

Elections to committees and draw of lots

Similarly, 10 members of Standing Committee were elected from among 20 contestants. The members elected to Standing Committee included P K Deshraj, S S Dandige, G G Bhamburkar, V Y Bhapkar, B K Takkamore, Lala Jainarayan, Banwarilal Agrawal, B M Gaikwad, R P Samarth, and Ahmad Khan Lal Khan.

Nine members each were elected to Public Works Committee, Public Health and Markets Committee, Education Committee, Hospital Committee, and Water Works Committee. Then also, there were invalid votes as some of the members had voted for more than nine candidates. In case of Education Committee, eight candidates secured maximum votes and were declared as elected. However, three candidates polled 24 votes each and thus the ninth member was elected from among them by draw of lots. In case of Water Works Committee also seven members got elected clearly. Two other members were elected from among three candidates, who polled 26 votes each, by draw of lots.

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With 1,142 deaths in 30 months, highways turning into death-traps

Speed thrills, but it kills on highways. National and State Highways passing through second capital of Maharashtra have witnessed growing number of fatal accidents during last couple of years. As... Read More
Speed thrills, but it kills on highways. National and State Highways passing through second capital of Maharashtra have witnessed growing number of fatal accidents during last couple of years. As per information, total 1,142 persons died in 1,871 accidents on National Highways while 1,743 persons lost their lives in 2,892 accidents on State Highways during last two and half years. During these years, 7 police personnel were also killed in road accidents and Highways Police registered total 949 truck accidents in these years. This is a very alarming situation for the Central and State Governments. RTI Activist Abhay Kolarkar obtained this information under Right To Information Act from Highways Police recently. As per information, maximum accidents happened on Nagpur-Amravati Road but Nagpur- Chandrapur Road witnessed more deaths due to mishaps. The number of deaths on Chandrapur Road was more than the number of accidents. As per information provided by Highways Police, total 158 persons died in 219 accidents on Nagpur-Amravati Road while 192 persons died in 181 accidents on Nagpur- Chandrapur Road. On Nagpur-Yavatmal Road, total 105 persons died in 132 accidents. The number of injured persons in all three highways were 298. (These figures were of 2013, 2014 and upto June 15, 2015)

This shows that any violation of traffic norms may be dangerous on the highways for passengers and vehicular traffic. Infact, during previous regimes, the highways were in shambles and bumpy rides on these roads was the main cause of accidents. The state highways are mostly two-lane and at many places, the roads are not visible. The truck drivers are playing with their lives and others while traveling on these State Highways. Once the State Highways in Maharashtra were appreciated all over the country but gradually due to lack of upkeep and bad quality of construction by contractors concerned who were more interested in recovering toll, these roads were in worst condition. During monsoon, it was not advisable to travel on these roads.

As compared to State Highways, the National Highways are in good condition. The Central Government had spent crores of rupees on the construction of these highways and these roads are still maintained by the agencies. The National Highways - 6, 7 and 69 comes under the jurisdiction of Highway Police Division. However, the accidents are still more on these roads, mostly due to execessive speed and driver loosing control over the heavy vehicle.

Highways Police maintains around 90 kms length of Khawasa- Nagpur Road, Deori- Nagpur Road (total 150 kms), Nagpur to Malkapur road (350 kms), Nagpur - Nanded road (total 377 kms), Nagpur to Pimpalkhuti road (176 kms), and Nagpur to Rajura (190 kms).

The Highways police have 287 police personnel for patrolling these highways including 11 Sub- Inspectors. They use 14 vehicles for patrolling and help is extended through 16 police help-centres. Ironically, these police help centres do not have any car or other vehicle and these personnel are expected to cover highways on motor cycles. State and National Highways do not have adequate number of ambulances, and other vehicles to rescue injured persons. Despite such a high casualty, precious little was done by previous Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) led Governments at State and at the Centre to make these highways safer for the passengers. This also contradicts Government claim about constructing roads in scientific manner to ensure smooth flow of traffic and eliminate chances of mishaps. The money spent on construction of highways is being recovered by levying toll tax, but looking at the large number of accidents and fatalities, there a hue and cry over recovery through toll booths. Now, the people have lot of expectations from New Government at Centre and State to repair these roads and provide them better roads to travel.

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Two killed as speeding truck rams into trailer near Butibori

Two drivers were killed after a speeding truck rammed into the trailer near Butibori on Sunday morning. The incident occurred at Takalghat by-pass after which traffic on the Wardha Road was throw... Read More
Two drivers were killed after a speeding truck rammed into the trailer near Butibori on Sunday morning. The incident occurred at Takalghat by-pass after which traffic on the Wardha Road was thrown out of gear.

According to information, the accident occurred at 9.30 am between truck (CG-04/AD-8112) laden with Sugar, heading towards Nagpur, and trailer (CG-07/CA-4151) carrying iron beams, heading towards Wardha.

Due to heavy load, front tyre of the sugar-ladden truck bursted while negotiating Takalghat by-pass. The truck driver — Dipak Dilip Kolhe (32), a resident of Hadgaon village in Nanded district, lost control. The truck collided against the trailer coming from opposite direction. The trailer was driven by Jogendarsingh Kartarsingh (50), a resident of Patiala, Punjab.

Police said, both drivers were sustained grievous injuries in the mishap as front side of the truck and trailers and front portion of both the vehicles got mangled. Staff of Butibori Police Station rushed to the and extricated dead bodies from the cabins of the truck and trailer after cutting through the steel rubble of two vehicles.

On the basis of complaint given by Waman Gangaram Sarwe (50), a -resident of Morzari, Junapani, Tehsil-Hingna, Butibori Police have registered the case under sections 279, 304 (A) of Indian Penal Code read with section 184 of Motor Vehicles Act. Further investigations are on.

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Can entry of outbound heavy vehicles in city be barred?

Taking a serious note of threat posed by heavy vehicles passing through Nagpur to other destinations, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has asked the State Government to visit the issue and find ... Read More
Taking a serious note of threat posed by heavy vehicles passing through Nagpur to other destinations, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has asked the State Government to visit the issue and find out some solution so that the entry of heavy vehicles in the city which are heading to stations beyond Nagpur. Due to rashly driven heavy vehicles, many fatal accidents are recorded during last few years, often leading to loss of life, property and many a times leading to law and order problem. The High Court had suggested the Government to consider a proposal submitted by the Corporation seeking permission for levy of transit fees. But the authorities pointed out that in view of judgement of Aurangabad bench of Bombay High Court, such transit fees cannot be levied. The concern is that on account of plying of such heavy vehicles, lives of citizens are endangered. The Court had suggested imposition of such a tax or fee only because using of by­passes should be more advantageous to the owners of such heavy vehicles than using the city roads.

A division bench headed by Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain made it clear that they were not concerned with nomenclature of such a levy. The concern is that the levy should have a deterrent effect on the vehicles which are using the city roads for going to some other destinations and should act as an incentive to use the by­passes.

The issue before Court is to prevent heavy vehicles which are not destined for Nagpur but to some other cities and are only using the roads in Nagpur city for going to destinations beyond Nagpur, the High Court noted while asking the State Government to visit the issue from the larger perspective and come out with some concrete solution so that entry of heavy vehicles, especially those vehicles which are not destined for Nagpur, can be barred.

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‘Serve in Vidarbha, Marathwada before eyeing Pune-Mumbai posts’

This may be a good news for the backward Vidarbha region as Maharashtra Government will fill the vacant posts of Revenue Department in Nagpur and Amravati divisions on priority basis. The State... Read More
This may be a good news for the backward Vidarbha region as Maharashtra Government will fill the vacant posts of Revenue Department in Nagpur and Amravati divisions on priority basis. The State Government will promote or transfer officers to Konkan and Pune divisions only after filling all posts in these backward divisions.

The General Administration Department (GAD) of the State has issued notification recently, regarding promotions of gazetted and non-gazetted officers of the Department. This will curb corrupt practices in the transfers and promotions of the revenue department.

It may be mentioned that the key posts of Additional Collectors, Deputy Collectors, Tehsildars, and Naib-Tehsildars are vacant for several years. The previous Government had also issued a notification in the year 2011 stating that the promoted officer should work in the backward region for atleast three years but these directions were never followed by the Revenue officials. The officials working in Pune, Konkan divisions are reluctant to join duties in Nagpur, Amravati and Aurangabad divisions. If any officer is transferred to Vidarbha or Marathwada, then they try their level best to stop their transfer or simply go on long leave to avoid postings in Vidarbha and Marathwada region.

As per information, in Nagpur division around 17 posts of Deputy Collectors are vacant while 24 posts of Tehsildars, 90 posts of Naib-Tehsildars and 5 posts of Additional Collectors are vacant. In Amravati division, 3 posts of Deputy Collectors, 9 posts of Tehsildars, 30 posts of Naib Tehsildars and 3 posts of Additional Collectors are vacant. The Revenue officials staged demonstration during winter session of Maharashtra Legislature against the vacant posts in Nagpur and Amravati divisions. However, the posts are still vacant due to laxity shown by the department in forcing officers to join and complete their tenure in Nagpur and Amravati divisions. Now, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Shiv Sena led State Government has decided to fill the vacant posts on priority in Nagpur, Amravati, Aurangabad and Nashik Division.

The GAD has issued notification- Revenue Division Allotment for appointment by nomination and promotion to the posts of Group “A” and Group “B” (Gazetted and Non-Gazetted) of the Government of Maharashtra Rules, 2015. The Government has divided revenue division in to group A and B. The Police Force and Sales Tax Department shall be kept in abeyance for a period of one year from these rules.

The revenue officials of group A and B have to give their choices or they will be promoted for Nagpur, Amravati, Aurangabad and Nashik Revenue divisions. The officers, who give choices for these divisions shall be allotted the respective Revenue Division as per their choice, depending upon the availability of vacancies in the promotion which exist in those revenue divisions.

For the remaining officers, in the select lists, Revenue Divisions as mentioned in the Schedule shall be allotted by rotation as per their serial numbers in the select lists, by taking into consideration remaining vacancies in the promotion quota existing at that time, in the sequential order of Nagpur, Amravati, Aurangabad and Nashik Revenue Divisions. After all the vacant posts in promotion quota in the above four Revenue Divisions are filled up, Konkan Division and Pune Division shall be allotted alternately to the remaining candidates in the select lists.

For appointments to the posts by promotion, the Revenue Divisions shall be allotted to all officers in a select list at the same time except in cases which are kept open due to non-availability of confidential reports, non-availability of caste validity certificates and in which departmental inquiries are in progress or where the subject matter is sub-judice. The Government will separately take final decision regarding these transfers and promotions.

The Government may give promotion or transfer of the choice of revenue official, who is due for retirement in less than three years from the date on which he/she is found fit for promotion as per the recommendation of Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC). An officer on condition of anonymity said that the new Government should implement Nagpur Pact for filling vacancies in the backward region. As per Nagpur Pact, the Government had assured to fill the vacant posts in proportion to the population of the region. This assurance was not fulfilled by successive Governments. Therefore, at least, the new Government should give representation to the officers of the Vidarbha in Mantralaya against their population quota. He also apprehended that the officers of the Western Region appointed by the Government may not work honestly in the backward region.

A senior officer hoped that the Government would implement its decision forcefully as many notifications issued earlier were not implemented vigorously. The new notification would create hope in the people of the region that the revenue department would work for the betterment of the region.

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BJP’s ‘Maha Jansampark Abhiyan’ today

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has organised a joint convention of workers of Nagpur city and rural, at 4 pm on Saturday at Shikshak Sahakari Bank Hall, Mahal, as part of ‘Maha Jansampark Abhiy... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has organised a joint convention of workers of Nagpur city and rural, at 4 pm on Saturday at Shikshak Sahakari Bank Hall, Mahal, as part of ‘Maha Jansampark Abhiyan’ of the party. Under the campaign, BJP workers will be reaching out to people and make them aware about good works done by the BJP-led Central and State Governments.

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Shipping, will inaugurate the convention. Rakesh Singh, Jabalpur MP and Central Joint Chief of ‘Maha Jansampark Abhiyan’, will be the chief guest.

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district; Girish Vyas, State Joint Chief of the campaign; Ajay Sancheti, Rajya Sabha MP; Banwarilal Purohit, former MP; Praveen Datke, Mayor; Datta Meghe, former MP; Sudhakarrao Deshmukh, State Vice-President of the party; Ramdas Ambatkar, State General Secretary; Krishna Khopde, MLA and BJP city chief, will be present prominently. Maya Iwnate, State Secretary of the party; Nisha Sawarkar, President of Nagpur Zilla Parishad; Dr Rajiv Potdar, District President of BJP; Vikas Kumbhare, Dr Milind Mane, Sudhir Parwe, Sameer Meghe, Dr Ashish Deshmukh, D Mallikarjun Reddy, all MLAs; Prof Anil Sole, N G Ganar, both MLCs; Ashok Mankar, Mohan Mate, Balwantrao Dhoble, Dr Yashwant Bajirao, Vijay Ghodmare, Jamal Siddiqui, Subhash Pardhi, Dr Upendra Kothekar, Shrikant Deshpande, Rajesh Bagdi, Prabhakar Yeole, Sandip Joshi also will remain present.

Sudhakar Kohale, MLA and ‘Maha Jansampark Abhiyan’ chief for Nagpur city; Arvind Gajbhiye, campaign chief for Nagpur (Rural); Pramod Pendke, Archana Dehankar, Sanjay Tekade, Saroj Tandulkar, have appealed to the party workers from Nagpur city as well as rural areas to attend the convention in large numbers.

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HC turns down Bhagyashree Wasankar’s bail plea

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Friday refused to grant bail to Bhagyashree Wasankar, wife of Prashant Wasankar, who was arested for multi-crore scam of defrauding hundreds of investors. S... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Friday refused to grant bail to Bhagyashree Wasankar, wife of Prashant Wasankar, who was arested for multi-crore scam of defrauding hundreds of investors. Since the supplementary chargesheets have been filed, the High Court directed applicant to approach the trial court and file bail application.

According to Bhagyashree, she was arrested long ago, but so far invesgating machinery have not produced any evidence against her nor her name was mentioned in the chargesheet. She was not even director from July 1, 2010 and had extended co-operation to investigating agency. The prosecution pointed out that applicant was Director of Wasankar Wealth.

Management Pvt. Ltd and had also floated a company ‘Sarla Securities’ and was dealing as sub-broker in shares with one M/s A.C. Chouksi Share Broker Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai'. She also received handsome salary from Wasankar Wealth Management till 2014. Amount deposited by the investors and more particularly by the original complainant Vivek Pathak through cheques, was deposited in the account of Bhagyashree.

Justice Arun Chaudhari after hearing both the sides, pointed out that supplementary chargesheet was filed on Thursday and hence applicant should file the bail application before trial court. Thereafter, the applicant withdrew the bail plea. Meanwhile, the supplementary chargesheet filed by the Economic Offences Wing (EoW) in the Special Court (MPIDA) on Thursday has revealed the money trail of Wasankar Wealth Limited to many prominent businesspersons and traders at Nagpur and Mumbai. After collecting crores of rupees from investors by promising high returns, the Wasankars and other accused in the case had invested the amount in different businesses. It is learnt that the EoW officers have to recover approximately Rs 130 crore from Wasankars and other accused. So far, the estimated recovery was of Rs 21 crore.

The third chargesheet running into 30,000 pages also mentions financial transactions worth Rs 10 crore between accused Wasankars and Avinash Bhute, Chairman of Tajshree Group which are reflected in the latter’s bank accounts. Similarly, Wasankars had also given about Rs 90 lakh to a prominent steel trader Pankaj Rathi. Though Bhute claims that the amount was for a piece of land sold by him to Wasankars and was in possession of all valid documents, EoW officers would inquire into all the dealings. Similarly, the investigators would also examine the financial transactions between Wasankars and Rathi. When contacted, the EoW officers investigating the case under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deepali Masirkar confirmed that the accused had given the amount to many prominent businessmen and traders and all such financial dealings would also be probed, they added.

The EoW officers have so far filed chargesheets against Dr Prashant Jaideo Wasankar, Vinay Jaideo Wasankar, Abhijeet Jayant Choudhary, Mithila Vinay Wasankar, Sujit Chittobrat Mujumdar, Sarika Chandel, Bhagyashree Prashant Wasankar, Kumud Choudhary, other directors and officers of Wasankar Wealth Management, Sarla Security and Wasankar Investments under Sections 406, 409, 420, 506, 120(b) of the Indian Penal Code, read with Sections 3 of the Maharashtra Protection Of Interest Of Depositors Act (MPIDA), 1999, Section 45(1)(a), 45(s) of the Reserve Bank of India Act and Sections 24(1) and 27 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Act, 1992.

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MPs request President to release book on NMC’s 150 years in Sept

All the Members of Parliament in Nagpur city and district, as well as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, have requested the President of India Pranab Mukherjee to release the book on 150 years o... Read More
All the Members of Parliament in Nagpur city and district, as well as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, have requested the President of India Pranab Mukherjee to release the book on 150 years of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in a function likely to be held in September. “We are hopeful that this time we will get confirmation from the President’s Office. The book is ready with us,” said Praveen Datke, Mayor, while addressing a press conference on Friday evening. NMC has been trying to get dates of the President for the closing ceremony of 150-year celebrations of NMC.

Further, Datke said, to commemorate 63 years of the first general body meeting after getting elevated to the status of a corporation from a council, NMC has decided to felicitate Sadanand Fulzele, who was Deputy Mayor in 1952, and others in its general body meeting to be held on July 20. “The first general body meeting after becoming a municipal corporation was held on July 20, 1952. There were 57 corporators. Of the members of the NMC body then, Sadanand Fulzele is alive. He was Deputy Mayor at that time. NMC’s present form and expanse could be attributed to the foundation laid by the members of the first general body,” he said.

Datke said that NMC would felicitate family members of the corporators elected to NMC in 1952. The oil portraits of the then Mayor would be garlanded. Also, Town Hall would be illuminated to mark the occasion. The city has seen 50 Mayors so far and Datke is the 51st. At present, 17 of the Mayors, 19 Deputy Mayors, and 22 Standing Committee chairpersons are alive. Invitations for the general body meeting and programme to be held on July 20, have been sent to all of them, Datke said.

Dayashankar Tiwari, Ruling Party Leader in NMC; Gopal Bohare, Sunil Agrawal also were present at the press conference.

‘LBT Amnesty Scheme deadline may get extended, if needed’

Praveen Datke, Mayor, told reporters that the deadline for Local Body Tax (LBT) Amnesty Scheme might get extended beyond March 2016 if need was felt to do so. “Already, the Government has made it clear that LBT would be abolished from August 1. As far as Amnesty Scheme is concerned, if required, we may make a request for extension of deadline,” he said. The assessment of 10,000 cases would be completed by March 2016, he added.

Crucial meet on Starbus issue on July 21

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has called an important meeting on the issue of Starbus service, on July 21. The meeting will be attended by representatives of NMC administration, Regional Transport Office (RTO), city bus service operator Vansh Nimay Infraprojects Limited (VNIL), IL&FS, UMTC, said Mayor. According to Datke, NMC has requested RTO to extend deadline for payment of taxes collected by VNIL from passengers through tickets. Previously, RTO had asked NMC to pay the amount within three days. Accordingly, NMC also had shot a letter to VNIL to make the payment within three days. However, later, the deadline was extended.

Asked if the decision about Starbus service operator’s fate had been taken, Datke said that the decision about ‘appropriate action’ would be taken in the meeting scheduled on July 21. VNIL has been demanding reimbursement of concession it granted to senior citizens, students etc from NMC. However, NMC has been seeking the same from the State Government. This has created a deadlock. Asked about this, Datke said that the State Government had reimbursed concession amount to Solapur Municipal Corporation. On the same lines, he added, NMC has sought reimbursement from the State Government.

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Partial change in HC roster

From Monday, there is partial change in sitting assignments in all the benches of Bombay High Court. Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari who was heading the criminal bench, would head a division benc... Read More
From Monday, there is partial change in sitting assignments in all the benches of Bombay High Court. Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari who was heading the criminal bench, would head a division bench at Mumbai and Justice A S Gadkari will be his brother-judge. In his place, Justice Arun Chaudhari will head the division bench dealing with criminal matters with Justice P N Deshmukh as his brother judge. Justice Vasanti Naik will continue to head the auxilary division bench dealing with civil matter, family court appeals. Justice Anant Badar will be her brother judge. Justice P B Varale will deal with all criminal work, earlier this assignment was with Justice A B Chaudhari. Justice Bhushan Gavai will continue to head main civil writ division bench and will be senior administrative judge.

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NMC to urge Govt to frame guidelines on hookah parlours

Taking serious cognisance of the nuisance created by hookah parlours, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will be making a formal request to State Government to frame guidelines so that these pa... Read More
Taking serious cognisance of the nuisance created by hookah parlours, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will be making a formal request to State Government to frame guidelines so that these parlours could be regulated or closed down. The issue has been included in the agenda for NMC’s general body meeting to be held on July 20. The issue had been raised previously by BJP corporator Prakash Totwani in the general body meeting held on June 20. Totwani had asked whether NMC had powers to close down hookah parlours. To this question, NMC administration had replied that NMC had no powers. According to Totwani, hookah parlours had become dens of addiction and the youngsters were becoming addicts. The addiction affected not only their physical health, but also deteriorated their mental and spiritual health. Further, in some hookah parlours in the country, young girls were abused in an unconscious state. To curb all these ill things from happening in a well-cultured city like Nagpur, hookah parlours should be closed down, he demanded. Another issue that will come up for discussion in the general body meeting of NMC scheduled on Monday, pertains to irregularities involving Kanak Resources Management Limited (KRML). The agenda for the general body meeting states that several irregularities were found in working of KRML. These included difference between weights of empty and garbage-carrying vehicles, difference between number of employees collecting garbage from households and vehicles carrying garbage, irregularity in collection of garbage from households, signing an agreement with Railways also for lifting of garbage and charging money from Railways as well as NMC both. The matter had been raised by corporators in the recently held Standing Committee meeting also.

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Scuffle between BJP MLA from Sakoli, employees of Mathani toll booth

A scuffle was reported between BJP MLA from Sakoli assembly segment and employees of Mathani toll booth run by Skylark Company, Gudgaon, on Friday evening. MLA Rajesh Kashiwar sustained minor i... Read More
A scuffle was reported between BJP MLA from Sakoli assembly segment and employees of Mathani toll booth run by Skylark Company, Gudgaon, on Friday evening. MLA Rajesh Kashiwar sustained minor injuries as finger of his right arm was swollen after the scuffle.

Police Inspector of Mauda Police Station Subhash Tangade informed that MLA Rajesh Kashiwar was going to Sakoli in a car and another car of his supporters was following him. As the car arrived at Mathani toll booth at 4.30 pm, the toll workers singled the car to stop and asked for toll charge. One supporter of Kashiwar sitting in the car asked the employee that this is MLA’s car and refused to pay money. Ignoring the claims the worker at toll gate asked for toll.

The matter took ugly turn when MLA Kashiwar himself intervened and allegedly slapped the toll booth employee.

According to information, other workers of the toll booth arrived to rescue the workers from Kashiwar and both sides came to blows. Later, staff of Mauda Police Station arrived at the spot. PI Tangade informed that Kashiwar was taken for medical check-up and his finger was swollen after the incident. On the basis of complaint given by MLA Kashiwar, Mauda Police have registered the case under sections 143, 147, 149, 323 of Indian Penal Code.

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PIL seeks permanent CAT bench at Nagpur

A public interest litigation (PIL) demanding permanent bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) at Nagpur has been filed by CAT Bar Association before the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Cour... Read More
A public interest litigation (PIL) demanding permanent bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) at Nagpur has been filed by CAT Bar Association before the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court. At present permanent bench is at Mumbai which has circuit sitting at Nagpur. The Circuit Bench comes to Nagpur once in two months. As the circuit sitting is not regular in the city, there is a huge pendency of cases. Central government servants working in Vidarbha have to go all the way to Mumbai to file a case. The administrative tribunals were established in November, 1985 at Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Allahabad. Today, there are 17 Benches of the Tribunal located throughout the country wherever the seat of the High Court is located, with 33 Benches. In addition, Circuit sittings are held at Nagpur, Goa, Aurangabad, Jammu, Shimla, Indore, Gwalior, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Pondicherry, Gangtok, Port Blair, Shillong, Agartala, Kohima, Imphal, Itanagar, Aizwal and Nainital. Nagpur has a cluster of Central Government offices, wherein thousands of employees are employed. Some major Central Government offies situated at Nagpur are Income Tax Department, Central Excise and Customs, Accountant General II (A&E), Accountant General II (Audit), Geological Survey of India, Indian Bureau of Mines, Metrological Department, Railways, Office of Defence Project, Department of Posts, Director of Accounts (Posts), Civil Accounts, Archaeological Survey of India, Central Public Works Department, Survey of India, Central Government Health Scheme, Mines Safety Department and many other small central government offices. Due to irregular sitting of CAT circuit bench, the pendency has gone from 337 in 2007 to 641 in 2013 which excludes the number of cases arising out of Nagpur but filed directly at Mumbai for urgent hearing. On an average 250-300 cases are filed at Nagpur every year. According to petitioner association, the present arrangement of Circuit sitting affects the disposal of cases at Mumbai as well. As whenever, the circuit sitting is held in Nagpur, the Members along with the entire staff has to move to Nagpur. As such the work at Mumbai also suffers. Circuit Bench at Nagpur has all the infrastructure necessary for establishment of a permanent bench including Court Rooms, Judges Chambers storage space etc, the PIL stated. The Department of Personnel and Training in its reply to representation made by CAT Bar Association stated that division bench has to decide 5 cases per day and single judge has to decide 7 cases per day. It was pointed out that the DoPT reply doesn’t take into consideration the matters at the stage of Admission, order matters and other Miscellaneous stages which consumes the entire time of the tribunal. A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain directed the Registrar of Central Administrative Tribunal to file a detailed affidavit stating the pendency of cases before Nagpur Circuit Bench. The matter is kept after four weeks. Adv. Mohan Sudame and Adv Akshaya M. Sudame appeared for the petitioner Association. ASGI Rohit Deo and Adv. Ambarish Joshi appeared for Union of India.

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NMC, OCW fail to recover water dues of Rs 150 cr

Orange City Water (OCW) and Water Supply Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) have miserably failed to recover arrears worth Rs 150 crore from 1.35 lakh consumers. The local body has ... Read More
Orange City Water (OCW) and Water Supply Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) have miserably failed to recover arrears worth Rs 150 crore from 1.35 lakh consumers. The local body has disconnected water connections of 8,823 consumers for defaulting bills. NMC will initiate warrant action against such defaulters under the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, 1949. The NMC will give chance to the consumers to pay dues availing benefit of One Time Settlement (OTS). Sandip Joshi, Chairman of Water Supply Committee, took review of water stock and pending dues on Wednesday. He said, the local body has disconnected water connections of 8,823 consumers for non-payment of Rs 53.45 crore collectively while active 1.27 lakh consumers did not pay arrears of Rs 99.26 crore. NMC has total 2.25 lakh consumers and around 50 per cent consumers did not pay the dues. Mayor Pravin Datke has organised a meeting on July 22 to resolve the problem and expedite recovery of pending dues.

Water Supply Committee will organise zone-wise meeting from July 21 to July 31 for resolving the issue of water bills. The committee will also undertake several issues related to water supply in different zones from August 2.

Joshi said, the drive initiated by OCW to regularise illegal connection did not get positive response from the citizens. Only 3,500 consumers have legalised their connections. Mayor will discuss this issue with the corporators of 17 wards to legalise illegal connections.

Joshi directed NMC administration to take prior permission of Executive Engineer (W) for laying optical fibre cable line, Metro Rail work or other road cutting work. The issue of Occupancy Certificate will be discussed in the board meeting of National Environmental Services Limited (NESL) to relax condition. He also directed OCW officials to restore road and stop supply of contaminated water in various localities. Replying to a question, he said, NMC will initiate warrant action against defaulters and may attach their properties, if they fail to pay dues in time. He said, the water stock in reservoir is sufficient and there is no need to worry.

Deputy Chairman Pravin Narad, members Pravin Bhisikar, Jagdish Gwalbanshi, Deepak Kapse, Sanjay Mahakalkar, Savita Sangole, Manisha Ghodeswar, Superintending Engineer Shashikant Hastak, Executive Engineers Sanjay Gaikwad, Shyam Chavan, Dinesh Rathi of DRA, Sanjay Roy, CEO of OCW, KMP Singh, Director OCW, and others were present.

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Extra-cautious CBSE fixes dress code for students appearing in AIPMT on 25th

Taking a cue from previous experience, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to leave no stone unturned for smooth re-conduct of the All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Te... Read More
Taking a cue from previous experience, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to leave no stone unturned for smooth re-conduct of the All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Test (AIPMT) on July 25. The CBSE has fixed a dress code for the candidates appearing in the test. Now, the examinees are barred from wearing shoes. Haryana Police had unearthed a massive scam fraught with cheating and widespread discrepancies during the medical entrance examination held on May 3 for the academic year 2015-16. Apparently, answer keys were passed on to examinees via vests equipped with SIM card units and Bluetooth devices. Following the scam, the Supreme Court scrapped AIPMT 2015 on June 15 and directed the CBSE to re-conduct the examination. In order to curb malpractices in the AIPMT re-test, strict frisking will be undertaken. Officials will be deployed to check ears of every candidate with a torchlight, to make sure no communication device such as Bluetooth is carried inside the examination halls. Additionally, examinees are asked to wear T-shirts/light clothes and sandals. Wearing of jackets is also barred. The process to issue new admit cards to about 6.30 lakh candidates has begun. The students are given document of dos and don’ts. Additionally, position of the examinee’s photograph will be altered in the new admit cards, to make sure that there is no misuse of the old documents. AIPMT is conducted every year for admissions into the medical and dental courses across universities in the country. The competitive exam offers 15 per cent merit positions in medical and dental colleges all over India. Certain state governments, universities and institutions also participate in this examination, in order to use the AIPMT merit list for admission to the medical and dental colleges against the seats under the respective state’s control. The Supreme Court has asked the CBSE to declare the results by August 17. The new academic session was scheduled to begin on August 1 but with the date of exam extended, the academic year is also set to be delayed. The examination that was earlier scheduled to be held on July 15 will now be held on July 25 due to the appeal of the Board seeking permission for three months to conduct the re-examination.

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SC raps MCI for challenging HC order on Chanda GMC

Supreme Court of India, on Wednesday, pulled up Medical Council of India (MCI) for challenging the order of Nagpur bench directing Union Health Ministry to grant approval to Chandrapur Governme... Read More
Supreme Court of India, on Wednesday, pulled up Medical Council of India (MCI) for challenging the order of Nagpur bench directing Union Health Ministry to grant approval to Chandrapur Government Medical College (GMC) within a week. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India H L Dattu questioned the locus of regulator MCI to challenge the order and refused immediate circulation. It took lot of persuasion for MCI represented by Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to seek circulation which was flatly refused during morning session. The Apex Court firmly rejected request of MCI to stay the impugned order of High Court dated July 8 but agreed to hear it during post-lunch session. When the matter was again mentioned by MCI during second half, the Apex Court pointed out that directions are issued to Union of India, which has preferred not to challenge the order and why MCI is keen to stall start of new Government medical college at Chandrapur. MCI claimed that the High Court’s order in a way violated the dead-line prescribed by the Supreme Court itself to start new medical college or to change, add or reduce intake of existing medical college. According to Apex Court ruling, beyond June 15, such change is not permissible because in the past last minute sanction disturbed entire admission schedule. MCI apprehended that it would be hauled up for contempt of the Apex Court. But, these arguments failed to impress Supreme Court which asked the counsel to move the regular court in routine course. Now, the matter will be listed on Thursday. The High Court on last Wednesday had directed Union of India to approve the Govt. of Maharashtra’s application to set up a medical college at Chandrapur from the academic session 2015-16, in next 7 days. Infact, the High Court has specifically directed the State Govt. to make all required arrangements to start the College with initial intake of 100 MBBS seats and to see that usual admission schedule is not disturbed. After this order, the State Government had quickly convened the meetings of all concerned and sanctioned financial allocations as well. Even at Central Government level, things are moving very quickly. What must have prompted MCI to challenge the High Court was some very critical observations made against it. While ordering interim relief, the High Court had placed all blame for avoidable confusion and controversy at the doors of MCI for displaying casual and unhelpful attitude towards the need of more medical colleges in this region and particularly those run by State Government and remaining not so firm in respect of the private medical colleges and deficiencies therein. MCI had made a negative recommendation regarding the case of Chandrapur citing mandatory deficiency of not having a 300-bed hospital. The State Government and petitioners had countered it stating that 274 bed hospital is there and MCI did not count Gynaecological Ward with intake of 26 beds. Remaining 23 deficieciencies are either removed are can be easily removed during statutorily permissible period. This mis-impression of the MCI would have been removed, if it had complied with Central Govt.’s suggestion for physical verification again, but it did not do so and made negative recommendation, which has not been factual, the High Court was informed which passed some critical observations about MCI. Adv Anil Kilor is representing original petitioners Prakash Itankar from Gadchiroli district and Ramdasa H. Wagdarkar from Ballarpur - demanding early start of Chandrapur GMC.

Union Health Minister signs file of Chandrapur Medical College

J P Nadda, Union Health Minister, signed on Wednesday evening the file clearing medical college at Chandrapur. Confirming the development, Hansraj Ahir, Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers, told ‘The Hitavada’ that Nadda had signed the file around 7.30 pm on Wednesday. “Now that the file has been signed, all hurdles in setting up of the Government Medical College at Chandrapur have been cleared. The notification in this regard is likely to be issued on Thursday,” Ahir said. Ahir has been following up the matter with Nadda. Union Health Minister has signed the file well within the dealine stipulated by the High Court.

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Nagpur jail authorities gearing up to hang Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon

NAGPUR Central Jail authorities are gearing up to make necessary arrangements for hanging 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon, if his curative petition for mercy is turned down by the S... Read More
NAGPUR Central Jail authorities are gearing up to make necessary arrangements for hanging 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon, if his curative petition for mercy is turned down by the Supreme Court on July 21. As per the death warrant issued by a Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) Court in Mumbai despite pendency of his curative petition in the apex court, Yakub Memon is likely to be hanged at 7 am on July 30. Yakub, who has been kept in Nagpur Jail since 2007, would be soon served a notice for his execution. As per the Supreme Court’s directives, a minimum 14 days’ notice for execution must be given to any death row convict to prepare himself mentally for execution, to make his peace with god, prepare his will and settle other earthly affairs, besides also allowing him to have a last and final meeting with his family members. The apex court’s directive also states that an execution can be stopped owing to a convict’s physical or mental ill health. Senior jail and police officers, on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that they have received instructions from the Home Ministry to make preparations for the hanging. However, they refused to divulge the details as the State Legislature was in session. An officer of the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police and a Senior Police Inspector met the jail authorities to discuss the matter. In Maharashtra, only Nagpur and Yerwada jail in Pune have execution facilities. In Nagpur jail, two convicts can be hanged simultaneously. The last execution in Nagpur Central Jail was carried out in 1984 when Wankhede brothers from Amravati were hanged after being convicted in a murder case. Meanwhile, sources informed that the Home department may ask the same hangman who had hanged 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks convict Mohammed Ajmal Mohammed Amir Kasab alias Abu Mujahid in Yerwada Jail to act as ‘Jalhad’ for Yakub’s execution. As per the procedure for execution, a copy of the court order pronouncing the death sentence is handed over to the convict and his family before sending him to the gallows. His last wish is asked and fulfilled accordingly. After the date and time of execution is finalised, the hangman inspects the gallows and prepares for the execution. Trial hangings are carried out using sandbags to test the strength of the gallows and footboard. Traditionally, a layer of wax used to be coated around the noose so that it slides smoothly on the convict’s neck. Just before the appointed hour, the convict is led to the gallows. His hands are tied behind his back. His legs are also tied. He is told of his crime and punishment. Senior officials including the Jail Superintendent, a local Magistrate, police officials and a doctor have to be present. The ‘Jalhad’ then puts the hood on the convict’s head and then pulls the lever. The body is kept hanging for sometime and then brought down. The Civil Surgeon or the doctor appointed for the task examines the body to confirm death of the convict. After the autopsy, the body is handed over to family members or relatives of the deceased. In India, the last execution was in February 2013, the hanging of Afzal Guru, who was convicted of plotting the 2001 attack on Indian Parliament. The 26/11 convict, Ajmal Kasab was hanged in November 2012. In 2004, Dhananjoy Chatterjee was executed for the murder and rape of a 14-year-old girl. In 1995, Auto Shankar, who was convicted of six murders in Tamil Nadu, was executed. From 2001 to 2011, the courts sentenced more than 1,400 persons to death but only four were hanged since 1995. More than 270 people are on the death row in the country.

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CRPF claims upper-hand in Naxal belt

Praising Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Group Centre Nagpur, Inspector General (IG) Jammu and Kashmir Zone Pankaj Choudhary on Monday said that the force has done fantastic work in the Na... Read More
Praising Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Group Centre Nagpur, Inspector General (IG) Jammu and Kashmir Zone Pankaj Choudhary on Monday said that the force has done fantastic work in the Naxal-affected areas by gaining an upper-hand. Interacting with newspersons at CRPF, Group Centre, Nagpur, on Monday, Choudhary said that CRPF, India’s biggest paramilitary force, is always ready for any task. Informing about J&K issue, the officer said that security forces have managed the situation and insurgency is at all time low. Choudhary along with DIGs J S Sandhu and Sanjay Yadav inspected administrative part of the Nagpur Group Centre on Monday after the Group centre was short listed for competition of best group centre. CRPF have 42 group centres across the country and Nagpur, Pune and Jalandhar group centres are short-listed in the competition. Earlier, Nagpur was also short-listed in the competition in year 2010 and 2011. Talking about Nagpur Group Centre, IG Choudhary said that the centre has maintained cleanliness in the premises and beautifully managed all things. IG Choudhary visited administration office, hospital, mess, canteen, playing ground, residential quarters of the group. He also interacted with the family members of jawans of the CRPF. DIG (CRPF Nagpur) A P Singh co-ordinated with the inspection team.

When asked about availability of only 1,200 quarters at Nagpur Centre against requirement of 1575 quarters, IG Choudhary said that there is shortage of quarters in CRPF across the India. “Union Home Department has drafted a policy to fulfill the requirements and funds would be made available soon for construction of quarters,” he said.

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Season’s first swine flu case detected in city

The first swine flu case of the season was detected in Nagpur. A pregnant woman tested positive for swine flu on Monday. She is being treated by Critical Care Specialist Dr Rajan Barokar at Adi... Read More
The first swine flu case of the season was detected in Nagpur. A pregnant woman tested positive for swine flu on Monday. She is being treated by Critical Care Specialist Dr Rajan Barokar at Aditya Hospital. With symptoms of swine flu, the woman was brought to the hospital some three days ago. When contacted, Dr Barokar informed ‘The Hitavada’, that the condition of the patient was critical. Aditya Hospital is one of the centres announced by the government to treat swine flu patients. The woman delivered a baby at the hospital which is the only one in central India with Obstetric Intensive Care Unit (OICU). Meanwhile, the result of sample of her throat swab sent to the laboratory tested positive. Till two months ago no such case was reported in the city. Till the end of last season, total 604 persons tested positive while 126 lost lives. The city has highest 318 positive cases while one case was reported from Gadchiroli. The city registered 60 deaths due to swine flu while 59 deaths were reported in Nagpur rural. About 4,77 such patients were treated successfully.

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Dual degree course in management provides better opportunities abroad

Dual degree course in management, and five-and-a-half-year integrated course in management is providing the students opportunity abroad. While introducing this course, All India Council for Techn... Read More
Dual degree course in management, and five-and-a-half-year integrated course in management is providing the students opportunity abroad. While introducing this course, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) thought that this could be an innovative step. In either of them, students once enrolled for Bachelor of Management Degree or Engineering Degree courses respectively will get an opportunity to pursue management education from the same institute. This is similar to the courses that are being offered by UK and US universities.

Integrated course is specifically for engineering students. Not all students are interested/eligible for taking admission in engineering course after XII. Rather they take admission for courses including BA, BCom, BSc, Hotel Management, Fashion Designing, BCCA, BBA and other courses. The problem with theses degree was that students had to go for Post Graduation. Majority of these students ended up taking admissions in MBA after their graduation for which they had to write separate entrance examination -- CAT, XAT, ATMA and CET conducted by various State Governments. Keeping the inclination of majority of students of pursuing Management Education and hassles of getting admitted in MBA course, AICTE has started this program. The course shall be for a total period of 5 years spread over 10 semesters. For admission to this course, a student should have passed Class XII (Science, Commerce or Arts Stream) examination. The course shall provide an undergraduate degree in 3 or 4 years, (BM/BAM) followed by a Master’s degree in five years (MAM). Student, who has discontinued studies on obtaining BM degree (after 3 years), can join at later date for the fourth and fifth year of the course to complete MAM. However, such student shall not be awarded BAM degree at the end of fourth year even if he/she discontinues studies at fourth year. Such student will get a certificate for credits acquired at 4th year. Student, who has discontinued studies on obtaining BAM degree, can join at later date for the fifth-year of the course to complete MAM.

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Load-shedding begins

Citizens should pull-up their socks as load-shedding has begun. With rains playing truant and power demand increasing by 3000 to 3,500 MW, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company is ... Read More
Citizens should pull-up their socks as load-shedding has begun. With rains playing truant and power demand increasing by 3000 to 3,500 MW, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company is going for load management in entire State, excluding Mumbai. And MSEDCL has indicated that power cuts would be done in all categories, reversing past policies of exempting profit making centres.

The erratic rainfall has driven-up electricity demand as citizens are increasing turning on coolers and air conditioners, both heavy power guzzlers. Further in farm sector also farmers are increasing turning on pumps to draw water to save their sowings. This has resulted in massive demand in region of 16,000 to 16,5000 MW from last week's 13,500 to 14,000 MW which has forced MSEDCL hand.

The lesser rainfall has caused dip in production as all units at Parli Thermal Power Corporation are shut down. Mahagenco which supplies 5500 MW to MSEDCL is giving only 3800 MW. From wind generation from targeted 1800 to 2000 MW only 1,000 MW is available. Similarly, unit no. 4 of Adani's plat at Tiroda and Ratan India's project in Amravati are off line and hence there is a drastic fall in power availability across State. As per load shedding protocol, power cuts were ordered in G-1, G-2 and G-3 categories at 9.45 am as there was imminent danger of Maharashtra going below grid frequency due to heavy demand. Despite increased drawing from Central quota the grid frequency is hovering low and hence load shedding was extended to other categories. MSEDCL also purchased 1000 to 1200 MW of power from power exchange to tide over shortage in State for few hours. Further fourth pump at Koyana hyrdo electric station too was started which led to availability of additional 250 MW which enabled reducing the load shedding.

Despite the crunch situation MSEDCL has decided not enforced power cuts in agricultural sector.

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LBT continued for traders with more than Rs 50 cr turnover

Traders and business houses having more than Rs 50 crore turnover per annum will have to pay Local Body Tax (LBT) even after its abolition from August 1, 2015.

Maharashtra Government wil... Read More
Traders and business houses having more than Rs 50 crore turnover per annum will have to pay Local Body Tax (LBT) even after its abolition from August 1, 2015.

Maharashtra Government will give relief to small and medium traders from the LBT having less than rs 50 crore annual turnover but it will recover tax amount from big traders. The State Government has allocated Rs 2,098 crore in supplementary demands of state budget for payment to Municipal Corporations in the state. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has demanded Rs 65 crore per month from the state exchequer and may get at least around Rs 40-45 crore every month. The State Government had promised in winter session of state legislature in 2014, that they would abolish LBT from the state to provide relief to thousands of traders. Instead of extending benefits to all the traders from LBT, the State Government has made smart move to save itself from financial disaster. If it extends benefit to all the traders, then it has to allocate Rs 7,000 crore to all Municipal Corporations as compensation in lieu of LBT.

Supplementary demands of Rs 14,973 cr tabled

On first day of monsoon session of State Legislature, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -Shiv Sena led State Government tabled supplementary demands of Rs 14,793 crore. The maximum demands are from Urban Development Department worth Rs 2,441 crore including Rs 799 crore for scrapping many toll booths and make some BoT roads toll-free as promised in the manifesto.

The discussion on supplementary demands will be held on July 20 and July 21. The Water Resources Department has proposed demands of Rs 1,586 crore, Agriculture Department has proposed demands of Rs 1,406 crore, for construction of Flyovers Rs 1,022 crore have been earmarked and Rural Development has proposed demands of Rs 935 crore in the supplementary demands. The State Government has decided to purchase the house at London where Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar stayed and allocated Rs 40 crore for it. The Government has proposed Rs 630 crore for Crop Insurance Scheme, Rs 550 crore for PMGSY, Rs 481 crore for natural calamities, Rs 474 crore for Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayi Yojana in the supplementary demands.

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177 women residents of ‘Ganga Jamuna’ locality move High Court seeking protection from eviction

Complaining of illegal harassment and their likely eviction from their residential area -Ganga Jamuna locality of Itwari area, Latabai Keshav Maundekar and 176 other women residents by the res... Read More
Complaining of illegal harassment and their likely eviction from their residential area -Ganga Jamuna locality of Itwari area, Latabai Keshav Maundekar and 176 other women residents by the respondents - State Home Secretary, City Police Commissioner and the Police Station Officer, Lakadganj - have moved the High Court here, with a writ petition, seeking protection of the Court to them with direction to the respondents to see that petitioners and their other family members’ eviction must be by adhering to the due process of law, as laid down in the Constitution.

The Court on last date has asked the State Government to verify these petitioners’ respective occupations and other details and on being asked the Govt counsel intimated to the Court that the work of preparing report regarding the petitioners containing all these details, is in progress and very soon it would be submitted to the Court. The Court has further granted two weeks’ time to the State authorities to submit report by way of compliance with the direction.

The petitioners have claimed that they and their elders are residing in the area since last 150 years. The total population of the area is around 6,000 persons including 2,000 senior citizens with their age ranging between 65 to 80 years. In all, 1,500 are school-going children and 2,500 are middle aged persons. Total 48 out of these petitioners own land. They have told the Court that the City Police has beaten them mercilessly without letting them know the provisions of law. On January 29 last between 12 noon and 1 pm around 20 to 30 police staff went to the spot in their vehicles. Around 3,500 persons have been thrown on the street violating Article 21 -Right to life. Intervening applicant - Janmanch has pleaded for rehabilitation of all these persons. Another intervention application has been filed by the Manoj K Chaple and 7 other persons belonging to ‘Ganga Jamuna Veshyaa Vyavsay Hatav Kruti Samiti’, seeking end to prostitution activities in the area. This intervention application is to bring this to the notice of the Court that when some concrete action is being taken, this petition is aimed at to stall that. Advocate S S Dhengale appeared for the petitioners. GP Bharati Dangre (State), Advocate Anil Kilor (Janmanch) and Advocate Harnish Gadhia (the other intervenors) represented the respondents.

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Negative growth in passenger traffic increases worry for CR

Amid fall in freight loading, Central Railway’s Nagpur Division is also worried about negative trend in passenger traffic which has seen a fall of over 3.9 per cent between April and June 201... Read More
Amid fall in freight loading, Central Railway’s Nagpur Division is also worried about negative trend in passenger traffic which has seen a fall of over 3.9 per cent between April and June 2015 compared to the corresponding period of the last fiscal. Despite declining trend, the revenue of public transporter through sale of passenger tickets, however, is up by 14.3%. This is due to hike in fare of the train tickets.

The conflicting statistics is one wonderful example of complex working style of Railways. This experts cite is chiefly responsible for this sorry state, as though every year number of trains are increasing the corresponding passenger traffic is declining. This is quite baffling and hardly justified Railways decision to introduce new services.

According to sources, total 98.41 lakh passengers travelled between April to June 2015 and 102.45 lakh passengers were travelled in same period of last fiscal. It means the number of passengers have declined by 4.09 lakh. The data also revealed that 11.31 lakh reserved passengers and 87.09 lakh unreserved passengers travelled during April to June 2015. However, 11.37 lakh reserved passengers and 91.08 lakh unreserved passengers travelled during April to June 2014. It means that number of unreserved passengers are declining steadily that those in reserved passengers. But if one is to observer any train one can see that number of travellers has not declined in any terms. Experts said Railways need to pull-up its socks to ensure travellers continue to patronise the transporter. Number of passengers and trains were increasing in last two decades, however, number of ticket checking staff is not increasing in that comparison. Ticketless travel is increasing in the Railways as the public transporter has not bothered to increase ticket checking staff. So in absence of deterrent ticketless travelling continues to increase unabated, said the sources. The division has focused only on Nagpur Railway Station. However, mid stations between two major junction points do not have any ticket checking staff. This has led to drastic rise in number of ticketless travellers who deboard at such stations and can go past undetected. Very few ticket checking drives are conducted in the division due to excessive work load on the staff. Another experts said that rise in ticketless travel and shift in commuter preference to road for short duration travel due to improved condition of roads is also one of the reason for fall in ticket sales. People are preferring to travel through their own vehicle for distance of 200 to 300 km. However, for long distance, Indian Railway is still the first choice of people. According to information, the division booked 82,007 passengers for traveling without tickets from April to June 2014 and this figure rose to 89,372 corresponding period of current fiscal. It means that number of passengers traveling without ticket is increasing every month.

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CM removes Child Welfare Committee members for gross abuse of position

Acting tough against the members of Child Welfare Committee (CWC) who tried to arm-twist and intimidate all premier schools of Nagpur apparently in collusion with school education department offi... Read More
Acting tough against the members of Child Welfare Committee (CWC) who tried to arm-twist and intimidate all premier schools of Nagpur apparently in collusion with school education department officials, the State Government has removed all members from this panel with immediate effect.

Taking serious note of misdemeanor by the Committee members who entertained complaints against schools in Nagpur filed by self-styled activists without any jurisdiction and over-stepping its own statutory mandate, the Government decided to revamp the panel. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who was taken aback, due to audacity of the CWC members and misuse of their position against schools of Nagpur, got the matter examined at the highest level and finally took the decision to remove these members. The process to constitute new panel will begin soon.

According to highly placed Mantralaya sources, four members of the Child Welfare Committee including Chairperson Anjali Gawande, members Beena Sunkar, N G Hajare and Dr Nanda Pangul have been shown the doors indicting them for gross abuse of their position and throwing all canons of justice to wind while exercising their quasi-judicial powers bestowed upon them to secure custody of orphan and destitute children.

The CWC members while issuing some directions, apparently without any jurisdictions, even tried to over-rule the High Court’s judgement in RTE admission process. Taking full benefit of these orders, the local Education Department officials tried to arm-twist the school managements and forced them to follow the illegal orders on RTE admission. After the High Court put the RTE admission process to rest, the fallacy in the process adopted by department and CWC came to light.

Mantralaya sources also confirmed that higher authorities have been asked to conduct a probe against alleged irregularities committed by CWC members.

It all started with confusion in admission process under Right to Education (RTE) Act and self-contradictory stance adopted by the School Education Department. Initially the schools were allowed to determine their own point of entry for admission under RTE (either nursery or Class I) and suddenly the point of entry was changed to Class-I on April 30. Meanwhile the Education Department which messed up the entire process, threatened the schools with dire consequences, if the schools dare to defy them.

Taken aback by this terrorising tactics, many well-known schools knocked the doors of the High Court, which allowed schools to go ahead with their own admission process as per old circular and stayed any possible action including prosecution against schools. Suddenly, some parents with the help of self-styled activists approached the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and complained that not admitting their wards is violation of child rights. Ignoring the High Court order, the CWC, whose basic mandate is to held child in need of care and protection, summoned school principals and directed them to admit students. Preliminary objections raised by schools questioning the propriety and legality of proceeding, was brushed aside. Schools repeatedly pointed out that none of the applicant parents or students were child in need of care or protection and hence outside the purview of CWC and challenged the jurisdiction and role of CWC in RTE admission process.

Interestingly, the school education department officials who were left red faced after High Court order, suddenly became hyper-active to implement CWC order and issued several orders to all schools to honour CWC rulings within days and unfortunately many school managements succumbed to these pressure tactics.

Going a step further, the CWC on May 22 Child Welfare Committee styling itself as a Court and bench of Magistrate, informed the Deputy Director of Education, Nagpur, that Child Welfare Committee has formed a Sub-Committee to enquire into the complaints made by persons alleging irregularities in the admission of children to schools under the RTE Act. The committee was to have a representative of Collectorate, Education department, CWC itself, Juvenile Justice Board, Child Protection Cell and RTE Action Committee and was also asked to prepare a charter for schools. The Deputy Director of Education promptly issued a letter to Education Officer, Zilla Parishad about constitution of Sub-Committee to inquire into complaint about 25% quota under RTE Act, 2009, and further communication dated 25 May 2015 was issued by the Education Officer, Zilla Parishad, to the headmasters of all the schools. By taking this tough decision, Fadnavis Government has sent a crystal clear message to entire machinery warning them not to harass, intimidate and trouble the law abiding persons and institutions, keeping with his commitment to make entire system transparent and remove graft and arbitrariness from the decision making process.

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‘Don’t depend on bookish knowledge, pursue research’

“While studying, do not depend on bookish knowledge but try to do research on your own. And while doing research, keep last man in mind. Remember your research should help the downtrodden,”... Read More
“While studying, do not depend on bookish knowledge but try to do research on your own. And while doing research, keep last man in mind. Remember your research should help the downtrodden,” appealed Union Road Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. He was speaking during a programme at Shivaji Science College aadressing the students who secured top positions in examinations like HSSC, IITJEE, MHCET, BITSAT, KVPY etc.

Prasad Channewar was the recipient of highest number of prizes. Prasad has topped HSSC examination from the college. He scored 97.23% marks. He scored 100% marks in fisheries. He is also one of the recipients of Late Kalpana Chawala Memorial Best Student Award.

Principal Dr D K Burghate, in his introductory speech, explained various activities of the college undertakes to nurture the students.

In his highly motivating speech, Gadkari warned the students that success in examination is not the ultimate in one’s life. To be successful in life one must realise the importance of team spirit, managerial skills, conversion of knowledge in to skill. He also give stress on agriculture.

In the presidential address Adv Arunkumar Shelke, President of Shivaji Education Society said, in western countries they say money spent on education by the Government is money wasted. On this occasion, 57 students were felicitated for securing more than 90% marks in HSSC exam. Shraddeya Shendre, Saurabh Mirani, Ashwin Mahajan, Abhijit Karma, Prasad Channewar, Amit Dashputra, Rutuja Bagade were felicitated for showing outstanding performance in IIT advance, KVPY, MHCET, NSO and IMO examinations.

Dr S S Darokar and Dr H K Dahule were conferred with best teacher and best researchers award by the college. K J Baisker and V K Zalke were awarded with best service award. Sports persons like Mugdha Amravatkar, Mrunali Mane, Navpreet Khurana etc. were also felicitated for their outstanding performance in inter- national and national level sports.

The teaching staff Prof R Y Deshmukh, Prof H K Dahule, Prof S R Pande, Prof R N Jugale, Prof M J Hedaoo and Prof R N Deshmukh were felicitated for receiving PhD from RTM Nagpur University.

The entire executive committee members of management of the Shivaji Education society Amravati viz. Vasantrao Charjan, Dr Suresh Thakare-Vice President, Haribhau Thakare- Treasurer, Adv Nanaji Deshmukh, Adv Gajananrao Pundkar- members, V G Bhamburkar- Secretary, Dr B B Taiwade – Principal DNC, and Mangle- co-opted member have graced the function by their presence.

Prof Kanchan Datey conducted the programme. Prof D K Kadu proposed a vote of thanks.

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A sad story of Lift Irrigation project with disconnected, non-functional pump-house

After spending Rs 70 crores on ambitious lift irrigation project on Navegaon Khairi reservoir of Pench Project, Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) has miserably failed to provid... Read More
After spending Rs 70 crores on ambitious lift irrigation project on Navegaon Khairi reservoir of Pench Project, Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) has miserably failed to provide water for irrigation to farmers in tribal area of Ramtek tehsil. From the very same reservoir, Nagpur city also gets its drinking water while only 400 hectare land has been brought under irrigation.

Interestingly, close to 85 percent farmers do not have electricity, and even pump house and distribution chamber is non-functional since last one year, raising a serious question-mark over all claims made by VIDC about project. VIDC engineers blame farmers for non-payment of water cess and claim that they were unable to clear Rs 7 lakh power bill leading to snapping of electricity supply to pump house on October 23, 2014. Like other projects, shoddy construction of left and right bank canals, crumbling lining work, absence of any retaining walls, have aggravated the situation and farmers are seething with angers.

These shocking facts came to fore during Vidarbha Sinchan Shodh Yatra organised by Loknayak Bapuji Aney Smarak Samiti, Jan Manch, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Swadeshi Jagran Manch and Vidarbha Economic Development Council (VED) whose members visited the Satrapur Lift Irrigation Project on Sunday.

S.R.Mandwar, Assistant Engineer (I) and Narendra Nimje Assistant Engineer (II) of VIDC tried to paint a rosy picture. The project was sanctioned in 2001 for Rs 38.78 crores and its cost escalated to Rs 70.79 crores in January 12, 2011. The construction work of Pump House, Four Way, Rising Main Canal, Distribution Chamber and right main canal to Distribution Chamber has been completed. Only work of left bank canal is remaining. There are 20 minor canals in left and right bank canals out of them the construction work of eight minor canals has been completed and that of five minors is in progress, they said.

Till March 2015, Rs 70.62 crores have been spent on the project and as there are no funds available, the proposed second Administrative Sanction for Rs 113. 83 crores is pending with the Government, said S.R.Mandwar. The irrigation potential of 1,944 hectares has been created through this project and in the year 2012-13, 418 hectares, in 2013-14, 330 hectares and in 2014-15, 395 hectares of land has come under irrigation, he added.

When the team visited to the spots in Satrapur, Bondra, Bondri, Kandri, Hiwara village sites, the work has come to a grinding halt. The stored water under pump house was stagnant, stinky and condition of Distribution Chamber is equally pathetic. Section Engineers Neeraj Tulsinandan and R.M.Jajulwar tried to convince the team members about the good work done by department. The right and left bank canals were found without any lining work. The engineers claimed, there is no need of concrete construction of the lining. The lining work of rising main canal is in pathetic condition. The cracks on the walls are prominently visible.

Mukunda Meshram, a farmer having three acres of land at Borda village; Premlal Dhurve, a farmer from Satrapur having 12 acres land; Sayyed Mujaffar Husain, a farmer from Borda having 60 acres land, Raju Raut a farmer from Borda having 15 acres land and Vitthal Jambhule a farmer having 2 acres land complained about not receiving water since last year. Again the farmers have pointed out the position of ‘distribution chamber’ below their farm lands. These farmers are required to lift the water from the canals with the help of electric pumps, but about 80 percent farmers are not having electric connections, they have to use diesel pumps to get water from the canal. Adv Anil Kilor, President of Jan Manch; Pravin Mahajan of Jan Manch, Pradeep Maheshwari and Rahul Upganlawar of VED, Adv Avinash Kale of Loknayak Bapuji Ane Smarak Samiti questioned about the viability of project. Despite spending Rs 70 crores, it is surprising that VIDC Engineers had no amount to pay electricity bills of just Rs seven lakhs. The farmers without any electric power supply are unable to get water, then why the engineers have sent second proposal of Rs 113 crores towards second administrative sanction?

Shivajirao Khalatkar, Nana Akhare, Ramrao Ghonge, Dilip Thakre, Ajay Bondre, Ganesh Jaunjal of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh; Ravi Gadekar and Dr Waradkar of Swadeshi Jagran Manch; Hasmukh Patel, Prakash Itankar and Rahul Jade of Jan Manch; Nitin Ronghe and Navin Malewar of VED were also present.

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Collectorate to provide 15 public services within stipulated time from today

In keeping with the vision of Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, the District Collectorate will be providing 15 public services within stipulated time from Monday. This is in accordance with th... Read More
In keeping with the vision of Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, the District Collectorate will be providing 15 public services within stipulated time from Monday. This is in accordance with the provisions of Maharashtra Guarantee of Public Services Ordinance, 2015. Sachin Kurve, District Collector, has issued a notification in this regard. Accordingly, 15 public services have been notified with details like number of days within which the services should be provided, designated officers, first appellate authority, and second appellate authority. If the designated officers fail to ensure that the services concerned are provided within stipulated time, the applicants may approach to the first appellate authority, and then to the second appellate authority. As per the notification, the age, domicile, and nationality certificates should be issued within 15 days by the office of Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO)/Deputy Collector concerned. In case of delay, applicant may approach to Additional Collector as first appellate authority, and District Collector as second appellate authority. Caste certificates should be issued within 21 days by SDO/Deputy Collector concerned, and the appellate authorities in case of delays will be Additional Collector (first) and District Collector (second). Similarly, the number of days within which the officers concerned are expected to provide services are as follows: Income Certificate— 15 days, Non-creamy layer Certificate— 21 days, Temporary residence certificate— seven days, Senior Citizen’s Certificate— seven days, Solvency Certificate— 21 days, Permit for cultural programme— seven days, Certified copy of record of rights— seven days, Certificate for low land holding— 15 days, Certificate for landless farm-labourer— 15 days, Certificate of farmer— 15 days, Certificate of residence in hilly/remote area— seven days, Attested affidavit— one day, Certificate of project-affected person (PAP) or transfer of certificate to legal heirs of PAP— 30 days.

As far as Solvency Certificate is concerned, Naib Tehsildar is the designated officer to issue the said document up to solvency of Rs 2 lakh, Tehsildar may issue certificate between Rs 2,00,001 and Rs 8 lakh; SDO may issue certificate for solvency between Rs 8,00,001 and Rs 40 lakh, and District Collector may issue certificate for solvency above Rs 40 lakh.

Thus, the maximum period for provision of these 15 public services is 30 days in case of PAP Certificate, and minimum period is one day in case of attested affidavit.

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International contest for selection of architect for Metro Rail stations

Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) is adopting the best practices to ensure that Nagpur Metro Railway becomes a world-class project. In a latest move, NMRCL has organised internation... Read More
Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) is adopting the best practices to ensure that Nagpur Metro Railway becomes a world-class project. In a latest move, NMRCL has organised international-level competition for selection of architect for construction of inter-change Metro Station at Sitabuldi, Zero Mile Metro Station, and development of Traffic and Transit Management Centre (TTMC) area. NMRCL has received a huge response and many firms have participated in the competition.

Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director of NMRCL, told ‘The Hitavada’ that the international-level architecture firms Chapman Taylor India LLP, CP Kukreja Associates, Aadharshila Designs Private Limited, Fountainhead, Creative Group Architects, Urban Planners and Interior Designer, Sikka Associates Architects, LKT Engineering Consultants Limited, Enarch Consultants Private Limited, Frischmann Prabhu (I) Private Limited, G D Sambhare and Company, Kalayojan Architects and PMC, City Development Corporation (P) Limited, Architect Hafeez Contractor, Jaiprakash Sharma and Associates, a’XYKno-Absolute Architect, Dhrumataru Consultants, Satyavani Projects and Consultants Private Limited, LKS India Private Limited, Vishwannath Associates, Archohm Consultants Private Limited, Ratan J Batliboi Consultants Private Limited, Enia Architects, Egis India Consulting Engineers Private Limited, and Team OneArchitects Private Limited, have participated in the ‘International Architectural Design competition’.

Dixit said, the task for these firms is challenging as NMRCL has decided to construct around 20- storeyed tallest building at Sitabuldi Metro Station at Munje Square. The effective height of the building is likely to be 25-storeyed. The building will have offices, hotels, restaurants, shops, and it might be a good source of revenue for Metro Rail project. The design of proposed stations shall be visually appealing, tastefully designed, reflecting local culture and flavour, have functional aesthetics, user-friendly, energy-efficient, and with a station architecture. It will be environmentally compatible, green and sustainable in all forms.

Sitabuldi Metro Station is located at the intersection of North-South Corridor and East-West Corridor of proposed Nagpur Metro Rail. The station has an inter-change type configuration and many passengers will exchange from one line to the other. Zero Mile Metro Station is located near Zero Mile Stone, which is a historical monument marking the geographical centre of colonial India. TTMC is an open area near Sitabuldi inter-change, and has to be developed for property development purpose. It will also cater to parking requirements and shall be integrated with Metro Rail project.

The two corridors will cross at a height of 5 meters above Maharashtra Bank building. Metro trains will be attractive. NMRCL will develop Ambazari station also, said Dixit.

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After long delay, 73 medical teachers get promotions

Selection Board of Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) has excelled Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) in conducting interviews, declaring results, and promoting as m... Read More
Selection Board of Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) has excelled Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) in conducting interviews, declaring results, and promoting as many as 73 medical teachers in the State. These teachers were waiting for promotions for a period ranging from three years to 15 years!

Delay in conducting interviews, declaring results, and clearing promotions to medical teachers had become a characteristic feature of MPSC. In the process, for a long time, 73 medical teachers in the State were deprived of promotions. Selection Board of DMER decided to expedite the process. It conducted interviews of teachers eligible for promotions, in a transparent manner and declared the results within eight days. In all, 64 candidates have been promoted to the post of Associate Professor, and nine to the post of Professor. This is for the first time that promotions of medical teachers have taken place in such an expeditious manner.

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Jail Break Case: Criminal Satyendra Gupta arrested from Jabalpur

Crime Branch sleuths have nabbed main accused in jail break, Satyendra Gupta from Jabalpur on Saturday. Gupta, a hardened criminal belonging to Raju Ghous gang, was netted late in night and he ... Read More
Crime Branch sleuths have nabbed main accused in jail break, Satyendra Gupta from Jabalpur on Saturday. Gupta, a hardened criminal belonging to Raju Ghous gang, was netted late in night and he had led the sensational escape of five from his gangs. The March 31, 2015, jail break opened a can of worms and rattled Maharashtra Police.

Using mobile tracking and surveillance system, the Crime Branch effected this arrest, said Commissioner of Police (CP) S P Yadav while addressing a press conference on Sunday. According to information, Satyendra was at Gupta Hotel at Gupteshwar Road when team of Crime Branch tracked him. On the basis of inputs received from sources, the team worked out exact location of Gupta and busted him when he was planning to leave the hotel and meet his girlfriend. Gupta had taken a room on rent at outskirts of the city and was staying their for a month. Satyendra had hid a weapon at his friend’s home, said police.

The Commissioner of Police further said that it was the challenge for the entire city police to arrest the accused and Crime Branch have accomplished the mission. “We were tracking each movement of Gupta and finally nabbed him from Jabalpur,” the CP added.

According to sources, after scaling the boundary wall of Central Jail, Gupta along with other accused had gone to Kundanlal Gupta Nagar, where his sister lives with her husband. The sister had arranged some cash for him and then he moved to Automotive Square and fled to Madhya Pradesh. He was hiding in Uttar Pradesh amd Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh states after fleeing from Nagpur.

Bisen Singh Ramulal Uikey alias Farooq (35), Satyendra alias Rahul Rajbahadur Gupta (25) and Mohammed Shoaib Salim Khan alias Shibbu (24), all booked under MCOCA, along with Prem alias Nepali Salikram Khatri (24) and Aakash alias Golu Rajju Singh Thakur (23) were the five who escaped from the jail. Shoeb Khan, Prem alias Nepali Khatri and Akash alias Golu Thakur were nabbed by the police from Betul.

Accused Prem alias Nepali Salikram Khatri and Aakash alias Golu Rajju Singh Thakur were involved in other serious crimes including robbery and Arms Act. Bisen Singh, Satyendra Gupta and Mohammed Shoaib and gangster Ghous had killed a youth near Untkhana Square two years ago. Raja Ghous and Gupta had also opened fire at policemen in Nandanwan area and also in Jaripatka and Panchpaoli while on run from chasing cops. Ghous was first booked in year 2008. He and his gang members had escaped from the custody of Chhindwara Police some years back. After Ghous met with an accident, he was admitted to a private hospital at Sakkardara Square. Despite deployment of security guards at the hospital, Ghous managed to escape. Later, Crime Branch sleuths nabbed Ghous from Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh. Since then he and his three gang members were kept in Central Jail.

Joint Commissioner of Police Rajvardhan, Additional Commissioner of Police Shrikant Tarwade were present in the press conference.

CB team was ready.....

Crime Branch team that capture Satyendra Gupta had a clear cut orders from Commissioner of Police S P Yadav, to bring him at any cost. A diminutive figure Gupta however is known not to blink an eye in using weapons to avoid being netted by cops. He was the one who had opened fire on the youth at Untkhana Square when latter objected to eve teasing. Hence, city police were instructed to be careful and were armed to teeth in case Gupta tried to act smart. However, Gupta was caught so swiftly that he had no chance to resist.

CP praises Crime Branch

CP S P Yadav praised Crime Branch sleuths for good and hard work “Technical team and field team of the Crime Branch have maintained best coordination that led to arrest of the dreaded goon. He also applauded Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP Crime) Deepali Masirkar for co-ordinating the operation. Police Inspectors Chandrashekhar Dhole, Girish Tathod, and APIs Pradeep Atulkar, and Mangesh Desai and others made the arrest.

Gupta wanted in 23 cases

Satyendra Gupta is the hardened criminal and had committed 16 serious crimes in Maharashtra and seven in Madhya Pradesh. He has been booked in two MCOCCA cases, five dacoities, two murders, four attempt to murder and two robberies. He had also fired at Betul police when he was stopped by the police during nakabandi.

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CCTNS starts at Police Commissionerate today

Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS) goes on-line in Nagpur Police Commissionerate from Monday onwards. In this system, all 23 police stations in Nagpur city are being inter- connec... Read More
Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS) goes on-line in Nagpur Police Commissionerate from Monday onwards. In this system, all 23 police stations in Nagpur city are being inter- connected. The mission mode CCTNS project has moved at a snail’s pace and overshot its deadline by almost 26 months.

The project lagged behind schedule and it over shot deadline of April 2013. The officials are blaming technical glitches and National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) for delay in launching of the project. Addressing a press conference at Police Gymkhana, Commissioner of Police (CP) S P Yadav said that city police have trained its 3,500 personnel for the project and all instruments are at the place at police stations. With CCTNS city police can register FIRs and also complaints on-line. Maharashtra police has successfully digitized data of 1.5 crore criminals for CCTNS and the data is of last 15-years.

CCTNS project encompasses four stages, viz. hardware installation, software installation, manpower training, digitization. Now, state police have completing last phase of manpower training. About 1054 police stations of State are expected to be inter connected through the project during the month. All information of the project will be saved at Sate Data Centre, BSNL, Mumbai, informed sources. The major advantage of CCTNS would be faster sharing of data among police department. With real time information available at police station criminals would have hard time escaping the eyes of cops.

It’s difficult for criminals to hide

One had frequently heard the famous dialogue in our Bollywood films, “Kanun ke hath bahut lambe hote hain” (criminals can be tracked down from wherever they are hiding). From film script to see this thing happening in reality there was a long wait. Now criminals who were having an easy option of striking at will and then escaping to other states can soon be tracked down if they happen to trip and commit crime at other places.

About 1,033 police stations and 600 supervisory offices of State Police are to be brought under CCTNS loop. Further status of various crimes would be available at a click of a mouse to help speed-up investigations and avoid groping in dark when inter-state gangs or criminals are involved. The project has potential to help in investigation, detection and also prevention of crimes. During passport and immigration check, verifying the data would be very valuable for investigators. Besides the officer said there will be a citizens portal where people can provide information on crimes and criminals or get the information for updating their knowledge.

Wipro had bagged the contract for system integrator for the project for which Rs 100 crore is sanctioned for Maharashtra. Its a mission mode project

It can be mentioned that Ministry of Home Affairs conceptualized the project after detailed consultation with stockholders and took-up “Mission Mode Project (MMP)” and adopted guidelines of National e-Governance Plan (NeGP). The government has sanctioned Rs 2,000 crore in XIth five-year plan for rolling out CCTNS across the country.

The information would be stored in unicode standard so that it would be available in various regional languages. Basic data base about criminals and their modus operandi would be available on the citizens portal.

Sources said that for the first one year, one private technical expert would be deployed at each police station to ensure that any errors at operating CCTNS are ironed out at ground level. The system integrator company would be installing the computer machinery at all police stations and look after its maintenance for next five years.

Project across the country soon

CCTNS evolved as Mission Mode Project (MMP) under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP). The project rolled out in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Kerala are pilot project. After successful operation in pilot states, the project will be implemented (full fledged) in all 35 States and Union Territories to cover 14,000 Police stations and all 6,000 Higher Police Offices across the country. The CCTNS project will be linked with every police station, district police offices, state headquarters, respective State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB) and National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

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Modest Kalmeshwar range boasts of six tigers and four leopards

There is a very rich wildlife which is thriving in a non-descript territorial forest area, not much farther from a very busy national highway. Due to natural mishaps and later a careful nurturi... Read More
There is a very rich wildlife which is thriving in a non-descript territorial forest area, not much farther from a very busy national highway. Due to natural mishaps and later a careful nurturing, Kalmeshwar forest range now boasts of a tiger population of six and four leopards. This great success story of tiger conservation in a range that spreads in modest 50 sq km of which only 35 sq km is forest area, can become a shining example of effective wildlife management and how spectacular results can be achieved without any fanfare.

A tigress that had fallen in an open well in Katlabodi village, near Bazargaon on Nagpur-Amrvati Highway, four years ago and then rescued, has made Kalmeshwar Forest Range as its habitat since then. It is living with tiger and three cubs of seven months old in the domain.

The tigress now known as Katlabodi tigress had falled from 35 feet in a well without parapet wall in Katlabodi on February 7, 2011. A team of forestmen and NGOs had rescued this pregnant tigress. After giving treatment, the beast was released in the same jungle after one week.

Due to impact of the fall, the beast had delivered three stillborn cubs during treatment. After release in the same habitat, the tigress that was separated temporarily from her mate again reunited with the tiger delivering three cubs two years before. These three cubs now in sub-adult stage demarcated their territories elsewhere but one of them shows up once in a while in the range.

Again, this Katlabodi tigress delivered three cubs seven months ago. Now, the tiger, mother tigress and three cubs have made this range as their natural habitat.

This was stated by D M Mohite, Range Forest Officer, Kalmeshwar, during a visit to this habitat on Friday. He said that field staff members observed the tiger crossing Nagpur-Amravati Highway, villages and fragmented corridor to reach to Bor Wildlife Sanctuary, where it is called ‘Bajirao’. The tiger also comes back after certain period. This territorial forest also forms another corridor towards Pench Tiger Reserve, he added.

There are also four leopards in Kalmeshwar range spread in 50 sq km area. The actual forest lies in 35 sq km area while the remaining 15 sq km area is Zudpi jungle. This means, these beasts move in the forested area of the range. The tigers and leopards find this habitat in good condition with proper prey-base and availability of water.

Mohite said that Forest Department created nine saucer-shaped cement tanks with solar panels on eight in the interest of wild animals. There are also natural water sources for the wildlife. Since these carnivores get basic welfare factors inside forest, they generally avoid coming out. There could be some sporadic incidents of wild animals killing domestic animals but the beasts have not killed any human atleast during the past three years. Therefore, the area is free from man-animal conflict. This could be an example of man and animal living in co-existence.

The department has taken a stand to clear the compensation cases, including crop damages, without any delay. It has cleared all the cases till March. Moreover, the department has provided mobile sets to some shepherds grazing their cattle heads at the boundary and certain allotted area in forest. They immediately inform the field staff members in case they sight tiger/leopard in a particuar area as well suspected persons/vehicles with evil design. The day and night patrolling also keeps watch on anti-social elements.

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About 14,000 persons become new members of Saibaba Temple Trust

The ensuing elections of Trustees of Saibaba Temple, off Wardha Road, promised to be a no holds barred fight as rival camps frenzy ensured that nearly 14,000 persons became members at end of memb... Read More
The ensuing elections of Trustees of Saibaba Temple, off Wardha Road, promised to be a no holds barred fight as rival camps frenzy ensured that nearly 14,000 persons became members at end of membership drive. A total of Rs whopping 2,15,00,000 was realised through the membership drive and the money would be handed over to the elected body of the Trustees.

Amidst tight police bandobast, office of Charity Commissioner rounded-off the fortnight-long membership registration process. A posse of policemen from Sadar Police Station ensured that no one was allowed entry today after 4 pm, though official closure time for Government offices is 5 pm. But owing to huge rush, Charity Commissioner ordered that no one should be allowed to enter the office after 4 pm. As per tentative figures available, 57 persons contributed hefty sum of Rs one lakh to become life time members. And in this Patrons category only there is a tussle to gain control of the temple Trust which witnessed huge footfalls every Thursday.

In all there are three categories of members who would be eligible to cast their votes in the election to be held under supervision of Charity Commissioner. In the life time members about 450 person paid Rs 10,000 and higher numbers were enrolled in ordinary category by paying Rs 1,001. Office of Charity Commissioner in Civil Lines was teeming with people from all walks of life who were driven to ecstasy by the no holds campaign undertaken by influential people to get their known people registered as members. The much debated membership issue was set to rest by Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court which set aside orders of Deputy Charity Commissioner and Joint Charity Commissioner upholding disqualification of members just for not paying Re 1. The new order authorised the Election Officer to accept the applications of membership after publication of notice from various categories on payment of subscription amount to the trust.

The membership dispute also took a political turn with those belonging to Congress and NCP camp joined hands against earlier Trustees belonging to BJP camp.

Those associated with temple since long were aghast at the commercialisation of the membership process, as rival camps have already discussed incentives in exchange of their votes, it is learnt.

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NMC committee elections: Chiefs, deputies elected unopposed

As against the anticipation that there would be a keen contest for the posts of Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of at least three out of total 10 special committees of Nagpur Municipal Corpo... Read More
As against the anticipation that there would be a keen contest for the posts of Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of at least three out of total 10 special committees of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), the chiefs and deputies were elected unopposed to nine committees. The only contest for the top post of Fire Service Committee, proved to be a ‘no fight’ as independent corporator Kishor Dorle polled zero votes against BJP corporator Munna Yadav.

The elections to these committees was held on Friday. Sachin Kurve, District Collector, started the proceedings of the elections as Presiding Officer. Of 10 committees, chairpersons of at least three committees were retained. These include Girish Deshmukh as Chairman of Tax Committee, Harish Dikondwar as Chairman of Sports Committee, and Adv Sanjay Balpande as Law Committee. Deputy Chairpersons elected to these committees include Kanta Rarokar (Tax Committee), Neeta Thakre (Sports Committee), Rekha Barhate (Law Committee).

The chairpersons and their deputies of other committees elected on Friday are as follows: Projects Committee-- Sunil Agrawal (Chairman) and Rajesh Ghodpage (Vice-Chairman); Health Committee-- Devendra Mehar, Meena Tidke; Education Committee-- Gopal Bohare, Divya Dhurde; Slum Improvement and Housing Committee-- Sandeep Jadhav, Anita Wankhede; Woman and Child Welfare Committee-- Rashmi Fadnavis, Sadhana Barde; Water Works Committee-- Sandip Joshi, Pravin Narad.

Till the eve of the elections, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi (NVA) faced tough challenge as senior independent corporator Kishor Dorle had filed nomination for the post of chairperson of Fire Service Committee, defying NVA’s directions. Further, the ruling side also faced contest from Adv Rekha Barhate (Congress) for the post of Deputy Chairperson of Law Committee, against BJP’s Dr Safalta Ambatkar. Wasudeo Dhoke (Congress) contested against BJP’s senior corporator Sandip Joshi for the post of Water Works Committee chief.

Dorle is Standing Committee member, and was heading Fire Service Committee. NVA leadership tried to pacify Dorle but he was not ready to withdraw from the fray. Congress party supported Dorle’s candidature. On Friday, Dorle did not poll a single vote and Munna Yadav of BJP got elected as Chairman of Fire Service Committee with full majority. For the post of Deputy Chairman, Raju Nagulwar (NCP) contested against Sudhir (Bandu) Raut of BJP. Nagulwar rose from his seat to withdraw from the fray, but by that time the deadline for withdrawal of candidature was over. Nagulwar polled zero votes and Raut got elected as Deputy Chairman of the committee.

As far as Law Committee was concerned, Adv Sanjay Balpande got elected unopposed. For the post of Deputy Chairperson, as BJP’s Dr Safalta Ambatkar withdrew from the fray, Congress’ Adv Rekha Barhate was declared as elected. Sandip Joshi was elected unopposed as Chairman of Water Works Committee as Wasudeo Dhoke of Congress withdrew from the fray.

After the announcement of results, Sachin Kurve felicitated the newly elected chairpersons and their deputies with a Tulsi sapling. M A Raut, Deputy District Election Officer; R Z Siddiqui, Deputy Commissioner; Harish Dubey, NMC Secretary were present on this occasion.

Later, a small programme was held in the chamber of Praveen Datke, Mayor. Datke, Krishna Khopde, MLA and BJP city chief; Vikas Kumbhare and Sudhakar Kohale, both MLAs; also felicitated the newly elected chairpersons and their deputies with Tulsi saplings. Ramesh Singare, Chairman of Standing Committee; Dayashankar Tiwari, Ruling Party Leader in NMC; Aslam Khan, Group Leader of Muslim League, and sitting and former office-bearers were present prominently on this occasion.

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RTO de-recognises 18 driving schools

The Regional Transport Office (RTO) has revoked the approval of 18 driving schools in Nagpur (Rural), Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts.

Some of these driving schools were providing tra... Read More
The Regional Transport Office (RTO) has revoked the approval of 18 driving schools in Nagpur (Rural), Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts.

Some of these driving schools were providing training to candidates despite compliance sought by the RTO. Sharad Jichkar, Regional Transport Officer, Nagpur (Rural), in a press release, stated on Friday that it had come to notice that these schools were still providing training to the candidates. The RTO has cancelled their recognition, he said and appealed to candidates not to take training in driving from these schools.

The RTO had launched a checking drive from February 4 to 18, 2015 and cancelled authorisation of these driving schools.

The motor driving schools which supposed to stop operations are: Shri Motor Driving School, Wadegaon, Kuhi; Shri Dutta Motor Driving School, Katol; Baba Motor Driving School, Mauda; Swami Vivekanand Motor Driving School, Butibori; ITI Motor School, Saoner; Sairam Motor Driving School, Ramtek; ITI Motor Driving School, Ramtek; Anurang Motor Driving School, Butibori; Humne Motor Driving School, Umrer; M Wazalwar Motor Driving School, Kamptee; ITI Motor Driving School, Parseoni -- all under RTO, Nagpur (Rural), Industrial Motor Driving Schools, Brahmapuri, Rajura, Chandrapur; Thomas Motor Driving School, Ballarpur; Mai Motor Driving School, Chimur; Nayan Motor Driving School, Chandrapur -- all in Chandrapur district, and Raza Motor Driving School, Wadsa-Desaiganj in Gadchiroli district.

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CR Nagpur Divn introduces FTS to speed up decision-making

In a smart move that is aimed at speeding up the administrative decisions, a file tracking system (FTS) was introduced at Nagpur Division of Central Railway. The system is presently in trial st... Read More
In a smart move that is aimed at speeding up the administrative decisions, a file tracking system (FTS) was introduced at Nagpur Division of Central Railway. The system is presently in trial stage at divisional headquarters and connects all the 15 branches of the Railways.

A brain child of Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) O P Singh, the FTS has hit off to a great start as intra-branch movement of files has gathered remarkable speed. In fact, pendency of files is almost thing of past as officers have adapted themselves to the new environment. This is so as in case of pendency the same is now visible on-line in FTS along with the period of detention and this is situation wihch something everyone now wants to avoid. This is second major accomplishment of Nagpur Division which was first in country to start bio-metric attendance system which is now replicated across Central Government offices throughout the country. Now FTS too is likely to show a new way of handling official work with very fantastic results.

The FTS keeps digital track of the files and one can easily know status of each of the file and other details at a click of button, explained Singh while talking to The Hitavada. Another major advantage is that in case a file is misplaced or lost, the last person who handled it can be known. This simply is its biggest assest and the duplicity and at times process of making triple copies of each and every files would slowly get eliminated, he said further.

Although quickening in decision making was not the intended target but having achieved it shows the significance of the project. FTS is a unique system and among Railways Nagpur Division is probably the first to design and implement it with a major success. Railway Board too has a file tracking system but that is based on one used in Central Secretariat and FTS designed for CR's Nagpur Division is exclusive and incorporates several new features.

In fact, Singh has lined-up a presentation of FTS during the forthcoming visit of CR's General Manager S K Sood during the last week of July. Already officials from Headquarters got in touch with divisional officials to get details of the system for study and if suitable introduce the same at Zone also. DRM in fact broached-up the FTS at Headquarters and seeing the success at division the system may soon be replicated elsewhere.

PRO P D Patil said the FTS records all the incoming correspondence which is serially earmarked with a certain number. The system is designed in such a way that a person who creates the file can also be known and then the path of file, means persons who handled it along with date and time is also recorded on-line. Similarly if the purpose of file is completed same can be archived.

Another major advantage of FTS is that the file first goes directly to Branch Head while earlier concerned clerk would get its possession. For example majority of files goes to DRM and Additional Divisional Railway Manager (ADRM) and they record their remark and return it with certain observation. Most of time in sensitive matters the concern Branch Officer would remain in dark as to notings of bosses while others would learn it first that would later led to complications. But hence forth all BOs receives delivery of file and only after physical acceptance of file the same is entered in FTS.

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Probe into irrigation scam on right track: Mahajan

Girish Mahajan, Water Resources Minister, stated on Friday that probe into irrigation scam was on ‘right track’. There is total transparency in the probe and no one is going to be spared if... Read More
Girish Mahajan, Water Resources Minister, stated on Friday that probe into irrigation scam was on ‘right track’. There is total transparency in the probe and no one is going to be spared if found guilty of misconduct, he stressed. Talking informally to media during his visit to the city, Mahajan said, the delay in completion of the probe was due to voluminous record that needed to be checked thoroughly to make a foolproof case. He also reviewed progress of various projects under Water Resources Department works during his visit to the city on Friday. He held a meeting of senior officers of the department.

The Minister was in city for visit to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Headquarters, Mahal.

To a query, Mahajan defended putting-up photographs of Jan Sangh founder Syamaprasad Mookerjee and Pt Deendayal Upadhyay in the offices of Nehru Yuva Kendra. “Mookerjee and Upadhyay are our ideologues and we are following in their footsteps. There is nothing wrong in putting up their photographs. During the Congress rule, they put up photographs of Nehru and Gandhi, but we never objected to it,” said Mahajan.

To another query, the BJP leader replied that all constituents should realise the importance of being in power.

Mahajan invites RSS chief to Kumbh Mela

Earlier, Girish Mahajan called on RSS Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat and extended an invitation to attend the flag hoisting that marks the start of Kumbh Mela which this year is being held at Tryambakeshwar in Nasik.

Mahajan is President of Organising Committee and in that capacity he had come to invite RSS chief personally. Dr Bhagwat said, due to pre-occupation, he would not be in a position to attend the flag hoisting but would definitely pay a visit during the three-month-long Kumbh Mela, Mahajan told media.

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‘CIIMS to continue providing top-class healthcare to poor’

In a bizarre condition, responsibility is bestowed upon Dr Lokendra Singh. But some things cannot be avoided. Dr Singh is part of Central India Institute of Medical Sciences (CIIMS), of which he ... Read More
In a bizarre condition, responsibility is bestowed upon Dr Lokendra Singh. But some things cannot be avoided. Dr Singh is part of Central India Institute of Medical Sciences (CIIMS), of which he has taken over as Director. Dr Lokendra Singh wants to carry forward the legacy of legendary late Dr G M Taori. Dr Lokendra Singh, stalwart in neurosurgery in Central India aims at realising the dreams of Founder Director late Dr G M Taori.

“While death was chasing Dr Taori but he knew he wished to start a world-class rehabilitation centre at Nagpur was beyond his reach. His first dream was CIIMS and second was establishing rehabilitation centre for all. There are major issues connected to it. Surgeries are done but there is no system of post-operative rehabilitation. Dr Taori was very keen to bring the same. I shall fulfill that dream. His latest focus was complete Imaging Centre,” said Dr Lokendra Singh.

Due to ill-health Dr Lokendra Singh was looking after the hospital administration along with Dr Priti Rathi maintaining the tradition of CIIMS to provide healthcare to poorest with priority. “We provide corporate healthcare at cheaper rates. Some patients who do not afford absolutely we do not charge them a single penny. We incur a loss of over Rs 1.5 crore every year against free service. But we will continue to do that philanthropic service,” added Dr Lokendra Singh.

Dr Lokendra Singh is in CIIMS for the last 26 years. He honestly and modestly admits that late Dr Taori moulded him and made him what he appears now. Dr Lokendra Singh who writes poems by the nick name ‘Srujan’ is a soft Surgeon also. Whichever patient he touches, he or she gets new lease of life, in whatsoever condition the patient may be. “Dr Taori taught me how to resist anger and I practised. It will help me while running CIIMS. Secondly, CIIMS is the only hospital which conducts research and it will continue. We have state-of-the art research laboratory. We will conduct our research activities more aggressively.

Presently, we have association with various national-level research institutes and various universities too. We will conduct our own research. We have started Stem Cell therapy and with our efforts two patients with paraplegia started walking,” said Dr Lokendra Singh. “We have requested Maharashtra Government to give 5 acre of land where the rehabilitation centre can be set up. This will help people of Central India. We get so many patients from Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh. The post-operative rehabilitation is totally absent in our region. We will start the centre in our region,” said firm Dr Lokendra Singh.

CIIMS is mainly known for treating neurological and neurosurgical cases. But it has planned to expand the facilities and bring orthopaedic surgery too. This will be done gradually. Now, under the new leadership of Dr Lokendra Singh CIIMS will initiate so many things.

CIIMS has Infection Control Committee

When asked on Hospital Acquired Infection, Dr Lokendra Singh said, “This infection is all over the world in all hospitals. There is no control on it. But in CIIMS we have formed an Infection Control Committee which keeps checking infection in Operation Theatre, in wards, in medicine room everywhere. If that is not checked then Superbug will get created and it will be a havoc. Fortunately due to this committee, we have succeeded in reducing infection. We try to give best services to all types of patients. There is uniformity.”

Attack on doctors

Expressing concern over rising incidents of attack on doctors, Dr Lokendra Singh said, “Doctor is not the only responsible factor. There is a black sheep everybody. Why only doctor community is blamed. I personally feel that the programmes hosted by Amir Khan and others have created hypes among the people. Do you think that any doctor would discriminate while treating patients? He or she would never see the caste, creed, poor, rich. I as a surgeon would always feel that the operation performed by me should be successful and the patient should not turn up to me for the same problem. At the same time the communication between doctors and patients’ relatives should be increased. Everything should be explained to the relatives.”

A brief about Dr Lokendra Singh

After doing MBBS in the year 1980 from SMS Medical College, Jaipur and Post-Graduation in Surgery from the same college, Dr Lokendra Singh did Super Speciality course (M.Ch) in Neurosurgery from PGIMER Chandigarh in 1988 and later on D.N.B (Neurosurgery) in 1990. He also did Certified Training in the year 992-1994 from Royal College of Surgeons of Neurosurgery. Dr Singh joined CIIMS as a full time Neurosurgeon on March 15, 1989. He became Deputy Director of CIIMS in the year 2006. He is specially trained in Spinal Surgery, Microvascular Surgery, Complex Skull base Surgery, Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery (Key hole Surgery), Brachial Plexus Surgery. Ozone therapy was started by Dr Singh first time in Central India and probably in Maharashtra.

He is the only Neurosurgeon in country with two Patents for Neurosurgical devices. Inflatable Intra Ventricular Balloon Device and Development of a Device – Cylindrical Channel Retractor for Intraventricular Surgery. Dr Lokendra Singh is the one who increased the standard of Neurosurgery to national level. He started many operations for first time in this region.

He has established himself in literary field also. He received so many awards and also got Award of Maharashtra Hindi Sahitya Academy, ‘Sant Namdeo Puruskar’ for his compilation of poems ‘Bunde Jeevan Ki.’

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NMC extends LBT amnesty scheme by one month

Due to lack of adequate response from traders and business establishments, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has once again extended time limit of amnesty scheme of Local Body Tax (LBT) by one... Read More
Due to lack of adequate response from traders and business establishments, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has once again extended time limit of amnesty scheme of Local Body Tax (LBT) by one month. Now, the traders and businesspersons can file their LBT returns by July 31, 2105.

Assistant Commissioner Milind Meshram informed in a press release that earlier, the last date of the amnesty scheme was June 29 only but their office received only 13,105 LBT returns. Therefore, local body has extended the date upto July 31 for the convenience of traders and business persons of the city. They can file their LBT return of Financial Year 2014-2015 till this date. This is the last chance, he made it clear and said, NMC will accept returns at all zonal offices. The Government had given 90 days time for filing returns to them but maximum returns were filed in the last two or three days. He said, they can also e-file returns. They can visit website ‘www.lbtnagpur.com’. Meshram urged traders to take benefit of extended time and file returns immediately. The Standing Committee eyes Rs 450 crore from LBT but in present situation, it may not go beyond Rs 120 or Rs 130 crore, sources added.

NCP demands abolition of LBT

Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) City President Ajay Patil and MLC Prakash Gajbhiye submitted a memorandum to Dhananjay Munde, Leader of Opposition at Council for abolishing Local Body Tax (LBT) and scrapping of Orange City Water (OCW) contract for uninterrupted water supply scheme. They requested him to raise the issue in the upper council and assembly. Raman Thaokar, Rajesh Kumbhalkar, Pradeep Burade, Tanuj Choube, Munna Tiwari, Ravi Patil, Yogesh Masram, Varsha Shamkule, and others were present.

Civic Bodies to get fixed grants every month

According to high-level sources, the State has to give around Rs 1,000-Rs 1,200 crore every month to all Municipal Corporations for their smooth working and this is Herculean task for the Government. Till now, the Government did not come out with any alternative policy to replace LBT.

Government is drafting an alternative monthly funding scheme for municipal corporations in the State. As per proposal, State Government every month would provide fixed grants to compensate corporation for revenue loss due on account of LBT.

Final draft of funding scheme to corporation would be first tabled before Cabinet and post approval Government would table the new policy in monsoon session of State Legislature.

What is LBT amnesty scheme?

Government has notified Amnesty Scheme for recovery of pending Local Body Tax (LBT) for waiver of interest and penalty in twenty-five Municipal Corporation areas in the State. The period of the amnesty scheme started from June 3 and will come to an end on July 31, 2015.

For availing tax benefit under this scheme, trader have to register themselves. Any trader will not be eligible to claim benefits under the scheme, if he files returns and pays tax after July 31. From August 1, the LBT will be withdrawn from entire state. State Government has amended Maharashtra Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, 1949 recently for introducing this scheme.

As per notification, this scheme shall be applicable to the registered as well as non-registered traders or persons and for temporary registered persons or traders for specific year. The scheme shall be applicable for the total period starting from date of implementation of LBT in the Municipal Corporations to March 2015.

This will be applicable for assessed period as well as for un-assessed period. If trader or person pays total amount of principal tax payable by him to respective corporation during the amnesty period out of pending dues then the total amount of interest or penalty will be waived. If respective trader or person pays part of outstanding principal amount of tax then in respect of only tax paid amount interest and penalty shall be waived and the balance tax that is not paid shall be recovered with interest and penalty. If trader pays total principal tax amount out of pending dues payable as per any statutory order passed before May 31 for any period ending on March 31, 2015, under MMC Act, then interest and penalty shall be waived. If trader is in appeal and if amount of principal tax out of outstanding dues is paid as per assessment order then interest and penalty shall be waived under the scheme, subject to unconditional withdrawal of appeal.

If return is not filed by trader and if he files returns and pays total amount of tax during the amnesty period then interest and penalty shall not be levied. If trader has already furnished returns and by furnishing revised return he accepts additional tax liability and pays the total amount of tax then interest and penalty should not be levied.

No refund shall be granted as result of this amnesty scheme. If there is any doubt regarding interpretation of amnesty scheme then Government’s decision will be final

LBT to go from August 1

It may be mentioned that State Government has announced to scrap LBT and adopt new system from August 1. The Government has to amend the law during monsoon session of State Legislature which begins from July 13 at Mumbai. Sources claimed that Government may provide funds to the local body against their assured income from the LBT or Octroi. Presently, barring Mumbai all other Municipal Corporations are having LBT system and after abolition of this system, they will face hardship due to fund crunch.

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Vidarbha Devpt Board to rope in MAFSU for study on inland fishery

IN the very first meeting since re-constitution and the second meeting of the Vidarbha Development Board discussed a variety of issues covering a wide range -- from Kelkar Committee recommendatio... Read More
IN the very first meeting since re-constitution and the second meeting of the Vidarbha Development Board discussed a variety of issues covering a wide range -- from Kelkar Committee recommendations to pending reports. The major decision taken in the meeting was to rope in city-based Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University (MAFSU) to conduct a comprehensive study on potential of inland fishery development in Vidarbha region.

Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, chaired the meeting that was attended prominently by Adv Madhukar Kimmatkar, the seniormost Expert Member; Kapil Chandrayan, Dr Ravindra Kolhe, Dr Anand Bang, Dr Kishor Moghe; Ravindra Thakre, Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) representing Amravati Division; S J Dharmale, Deputy Commissioner (Planning) Nagpur in the capacity of officiating Member Secretary. After the formal introduction of new members, presentation was made on the history and present-day status and significance of Vidarbha Development Board.

After the meeting, Anoop Kumar told media that the members discussed various short-term and long-term development strategies for Vidarbha region. Untapped potential of inland fishery was discussed at length. The region has natural water bodies and reservoirs. However, for want of organised effort, full potential in inland fishery has not been realised. As a result, inland fishery has not created employment opportunities to the desired extent. Dr Rajiv Bhatkar, Expert Member of MAFSU, made a presentation on the potential for inland fishery. Following this, the Board decided to order a comprehensive study on the matter. “It was decided to invite a proposal from MAFSU regarding Action Plan on inland fisheries in Vidarbha,” Anoop Kumar said. During the meeting, Dr V S Deshpande, who served as a Member of High-level Committee for Balanced Regional Development Issues in Maharashtra, made a presentation on the committee’s report and recommendations. The committee, known popularly as Kelkar Committee, has made several recommendations for development of Vidarbha region and has suggested shifting of the approach from ‘backlog’ to ‘development distance’. One more prominent issue discussed in the meeting held on Wednesday afternoon was about orange marketing. The region is known for oranges. The Board has taken up a study. However, said S J Dharmale, basic information and data pertaining to horticulture crops at tehsil level were yet to be compiled by Agriculture Department. The horticulture crop census was conducted in the year 2012, but its tehsil-wise report is still to be finalised. In absence of this specific data, the report on interventions needed for marketing of oranges produced in Vidarbha is getting delayed. It was decided in the meeting to take follow-up and expedite making of the report, he added. The Board had given the task of preparing two reports to noted activist Devaji Tofa. These reports were related to suggestions for framing a policy on employment generation through use of minor forest produce, exploitation of community forest rights on minor forest produce under PESA Act. These two reports are yet to be received. It was decided to request for expediting the reports. Further, District Development Plans for Gadchiroli and Yavatmal districts are being prepared. The plan for Gadchiroli is almost complete. A discussion was held on these plans too. Adv Kimmatkar had conducted a study on wells and irrigation thereof. It was placed before the Board in the previous meeting. It was placed before the reconstituted Board during meeting held on Wednesday. Some members made certain welcome suggestions. Those will be incorporated, and the report will be submitted to the Board again. Other issues discussed in the meeting included agriculture, irrigation, forest, tribal development, education, health etc. Very poor recruitment ratio of Vidarbha in Government and semi-Government establishments also caught attention of the Board members. Discussion was held on efforts needed to make youths employable through desired changes in education system. The members felt the need for the Board to compile and maintain village-wise database on various important indicators like agriculture, cultivable land, land holding of farmers, irrigation coverage and its classification, etc.

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Govt identifies 60 acre land at Kaladongri for National Law School

Maharashtra Government has finally identified 60 acre land for National Law School at Kaladongri at Wardha Road. This land was also suggested for IIIT by the district administration and will no... Read More
Maharashtra Government has finally identified 60 acre land for National Law School at Kaladongri at Wardha Road. This land was also suggested for IIIT by the district administration and will now be developed to house the national level law institute. With this, the Wardha Road patch is emerging as educational hub as the prestigious IIM will also be located in MIHAN so also the AIIMS.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had made announcement to this effect in Lawyers conference at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande hall a month ago. Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar made lot of efforts to get the land identified and seek approval from all concerned. Government is yet to give its final approval but it is simply a formality. Necessary procedures have been completed and the proposal of land has been sent to Government. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who returned from the United States on Tuesday, will take a final call.

National Law School at Nagpur is expected to become functional from the academic year 2016-17. On the lines of similar institutions situated elsewhere, this will become a centre of attraction for students pursuing undergraduate, post-graduate and specialised law courses with equal stress on research on law related subjects. Due to rich legacy of legal professional, two national level law publication, availability of very talented law teachers, senior lawyers and retired judges, Nagpur’s National Law School may emerge as top destination for students.

The institution remained on paper for four years as after its announcement nothing concrete happened. Then Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had declared National Law School at Nagpur in presence of former President of India Pratibha Patil. That declaration remained in air only. Meanwhile National Law University was established at Mumbai, and promised law school at Nagpur started gathering dust.

There was lot of agitation at Nagpur to bring National Law College here. Retired Judge of Supreme Court, Justice Vikas Sirpurkar raised voice many a times and reminded earlier Government about its promise regarding Law Institution. High Court Bar Association and Bar Associations also spearheaded a campaign to bring National Law School here and forced then Government to make some symbolic move.

However, the real momentum was visible after change of Guard in the State and Centre. Things moved quite speedily and very soon, many national level institutions were announced for Nagpur. Nagpur got Indian Institute of Management, Indian Institute of Information and Technology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, but did not get Law School. In Lawyers conference organised by Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced that National Law School would be set up in Nagpur. Now Nagpur is waiting for another national institute related to pharmaceutical sciences-- National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER). Government is searching for the land. The earlier two sites were rejected by the team.

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HC directs Centre to approve GMC at Chanda in next 7 days

A STITCH in time saves nine. A little firmness on the part of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain, at the High Court here, is on the way to pay rich dividend to the people of backward... Read More
A STITCH in time saves nine. A little firmness on the part of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain, at the High Court here, is on the way to pay rich dividend to the people of backward area - Vidarbha.

While hearing a PIL filed by Rahul Pugaliya and two citizens - Prakash Itankar from Gadchiroli district and Ramdasa H Wagdarkar from Ballarpur - demanding early start of Chandrapur GMC, by way of interim relief the Court has directed the Central Government to approve the Government of Maharashtra’s application to set up a medical college at Chandrapur from the academic session 2015-16, in next 7 days. The Court has asked the State Government to make all required arrangements to start the college with initial intake of 100 MBBS seats and to see that usual admission schedule is not disturbed. While ordering interim relief, the Court placed all blame for avoidable confusion and controversy at the doors of Medical Council of India for displaying casual and unhelpful attitude towards the need of more medical colleges in this region and particularly of the State Government and remaining no so firm in respect of the private medical colleges and deficiencies therein.

The Court has noted that though Union Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Joint Secretary Ali R Rizvi has in a letter to the MCI chief, on May 22, 2015, placed the matter fact-wise in proper perspective with reference to MCI’s negative recommendations in about 57 cases, which include 18 Government medical colleges and some governments have undertaken to remove deficiencies and sought re- consideration of their applications, but due to paucity of time, the MCI may not have been able to carryout physical verification again, despite given impression to the Central Government that it has done so, before making negative recommendation again. In the process, it seems proposal of GMC at Chandrapur has also suffered this fate at the hands of MCI.

The Court has pointed out that only major point for making negative recommendation by the MCI regarding the case of Chandrapur has been that one of the mandatory deficiency has been that it does not have 300-bed hospital. This mis-impression of the MCI would have been removed, if it had complied with Central Government’s suggestion for physical verification again, but it did not do so and made negative recommendation, which has not been factual.

During last hearing, the High Court had slammed MCI for adopting hyper-technical approach towards Government run colleges.

According to Adv Anil Kilor appearing for petitioner Rahul Pugaliya and others, Chandrapur GMC was recommended by State Government since it was attached to a 300-bedded hospital. However, the MCI inspection report found only 274 beds. The MCI report omitted 26 beds of one ward stating that it was a Gynaecological ward without disclosing this fact.

Adv Kilor pointed out that for second consecutive year, precious 100 MBBS seats would be lost and students from Vidarbha would be deprived of subsidised medical education. He slammed the MCI for its hyper-technical approach and overlooking ground realities. Even the High Court had pulled up MCI for its mechanical approach towards Government run medical colleges and hyper-technical scrutiny of infrastructure and teaching staffs available with them as compared to laxity displayed towards private medical colleges. The MCI report was prepared at the time of submission of proposals and meanwhile most of the deficiencies were removed by the State Government. The subsequent development was conveyed to MCI by state authorities, but the regulator citing existing norms, refused to consider the same and obtained legal opinion from the Solicitor General, who endorsed the MCI’s stance. The remaining 23 deficiencies are curable and many of them have been rectified, he stated. Instead of correcting its flawed report, the MCI sought to fortify it by obtaining opinion of Solicitor General by presenting misleading facts about non-fulfillment of basic norm of 300-bedded hospital, the petitioner stated. MCI stated that last date of granting permission was June 15 and the cut-off date was over. The Union Health Ministry considered proposal of GMC Chandrapur in the light of MCI’s negative report. The petitioner placed on record photographs of all works done by State Government to comply with MCI guidelines to refute negative report of regulatory agency. The PIL was filed after consistent refusal of MCI which has led to public resentment. Adv Anil Kilor appeared for the petitioner. Government Pleader Bharati Dangre (State), ASG Rohit Deo (Union), Adv R M Bhangde (MCI) represented respondents.

Warning does wonder: MCI agrees to restore cut in seats at Akola

DURING the first session, while hearing C H Sharma and some other citizens’ PIL, regarding MCI’s negative recommendation to the Central Government to reduce seats from 150 to 100 in coming Session in GMCs at Yavatmal and Akola, as nothing has been done and the Court was intimated that the MCI has approached the Supreme Court, the HC division bench firmly told the MCI counsel that till he produces some order of the apex-court, MCI must withdraw its recommendation for reduction in seats by this afternoon or its chairperson Dr Jayshree Mehta should personally remain present before the Court on Thursday morning.

This warning from the Court forced the issue and immediately after the lunch recess, the judges were informed that the MCI has issued notice for holding meeting of its Executive Committee on July 19 next at 11 am to decide to withdraw its negative recommendation regarding Government Medical College at Akola in terms of the HC’s order of July 1 last.

Amicus curiae J T Gilda appeared in this case. GP Bharti Dangre (State), Asstt SGI Rohit Deo and Mugdha Chandurkar (Central Government) represented the respondents.

Advocate Rahul Bhangde held the brief for the Medical Council of India.

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BJP approaches police over CM’s photo on social media

Nandanvan police have received a complaint about circulation of old photograph of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on social media, saying that same is being used to besmirch latter's reputatio... Read More
Nandanvan police have received a complaint about circulation of old photograph of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on social media, saying that same is being used to besmirch latter's reputation. The photograph showing Fadnavis with family is in circulation with caption that Chief Minister was enjoying vacation during his current official visit to United States of America. The photograph release was timed as Fadnavis was on official trip to USA to woo investors for investment in Maharashtra. Local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Dharampal Meshram said that the photograph showing Fadnavis with his family was taken at Goa long time ago when he was on vacation. The photo is no way connected with the official trip to US undertaken by Chief Minister and hence the criminal complaint was lodged. The said photograph has gone viral on Whatsapp and is misleading and damaging the image of Chief Minister, the complainant said. The said photograph is from Fadnavis’s personal social media account. But some unknown persons are circulating the stuff which is slanderous.

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Rs 69,000 cr paid to contractors in 10 yrs without utilisation certificates

While the Opposition parties are raising questions over procurement made without inviting tenders, the Maharashtra Government has decided to ‘collect information’ about all Government procure... Read More
While the Opposition parties are raising questions over procurement made without inviting tenders, the Maharashtra Government has decided to ‘collect information’ about all Government procurements made during last 10 years. Meanwhile, it has come to fore that the erstwhile Congress-NCP led Government in the State had paid Rs 69,000 crore to contractors without utilisation certificates, that is, without ascertaining completion of works in 10 years.

Sudhir Mungantiwar, Finance Minister, said that there were irregularities in several works done during the tenure of previous Congress-NCP Government in the State. “Bills to the tune of Rs 69,000 crore were paid to contractors, though there were no certificates regarding completion of works,” he said, indicating that the matter needed to be probed further. Citing an example of such payments made to contractors during erstwhile Congress-NCP rule, he said that an amount of Rs 99.36 lakh was drawn from the Treasury in Thane even before the contractor concerned supplied required materials to Industrial Training Institute (ITI) at Wangaon.

According to Mungantiwar, his department was collecting information and it was found that as many as 31,208 items were lying unutilised in godowns though those were purchased in 2013-14 at the cost of Rs 29.13 crore. Dubbing the non-utilisation of procured items as ‘misuse’, he added that there were more instances in past 10 years. In one instance, leather goods worth Rs 49.48 lakh and machines worth Rs 21.28 lakh were procured but were lying unutilised at Yerwada prison in Pune for five years.

Further, Mungantiwar said, the Government had decided to ‘collect information’ about all procurements made through ‘rate contract’ system during past 10 years. Six special teams headed by Chief Secretary have been constituted to collect the information, he added.

However, the Finance Minister made it clear to the media speaking at Mumbai on Tuesday, he was gathering information from various departments regarding procurements made during last 10 years to ‘understand the facts’. The information to be collected includes systems adopted by the Central and State Governments while making procurements through ‘rate contract’, which department has procured how much through ‘rate contract’, if tenders were invited, reasons if tenders were not invited etc. “If the Chief Minister wants, he may order an inquiry into the matter later on,” he said.

Mungantiwar’s statements assume significance against the backdrop of Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), both in Opposition now, consistently raising the issue of procurement of Rs 206 crore on ‘rate contract’ basis without inviting tenders by the Women and Child Development Department headed by Pankaja Munde. The Opposition is gearing up for Monsoon Session of State Legislature scheduled to start in Mumbai from July 13, and is likely to mount attack on BJP-led Government over the allegations of irregularities concerning Pankaja Munde, Women and Child Development Minister; and ‘bogus’ degrees of Vinod Tawde, Higher and Technical Education Minister; and Babanrao Lonikar, Water Supply Minister. Mungantiwar’s statements indicate that the BJP-led Government also has prepared itself to counter the Opposition attack.

Bill Portal to keep expenses in check: Mungantiwar

Various departments of the State Government spend huge amounts on different heads, but integrated information about such expenditure is not available. As a result, many a time, it becomes difficult to match funds and expenses. Hence, to keep track of purchases and expenses, the Government will soon launch ‘Bill Portal’.

The ‘Bill Portal’ will track of purchase of 22 items across the State by various departments. Later on, more number of items will be added to the list, said Sudhir Mungantiwar, Finance Minister. The 22 heads in the list now include number of vehicles with the Government, number of vehicles hired by the Government, annual fuel expenditure on these vehicles, expenditure incurred on air travel of legislators and ministers, expenditure on telephone bills, amount spent as rent of various buildings etc. At present, owing to lack of integrated mechanism, estimation of exact expenditure incurred and provision to be made every year has become difficult, he said.

The ‘Bill Portal’ is an online service developed by Director, Accounts and Treasury, with the help of National Informatics Centre. Information about expenses on fuel for official vehicles, hired vehicles, rent for various buildings etc in a particular financial year will be available at a click. This will add to transparency and efficiency, said the Finance Minister.

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Sub-adult leopard found dead in Hingna forest

A sub-adult leopard was found dead in decomposed condition in Borgaon beat of Hingna Forest Range on Tuesday morning. The skin, nails, canines and other body parts were intact. N R Praveen, ... Read More
A sub-adult leopard was found dead in decomposed condition in Borgaon beat of Hingna Forest Range on Tuesday morning. The skin, nails, canines and other body parts were intact. N R Praveen, who holds additional charge as Deputy Conservator of Forest, Nagpur, informed that the carcass was lying there for last 5/6 days. The viscera has been sent to Forensic Laboratory at Hyderabad.

It is reported that some shepherds noticed the carcass in compartment no: 301 of Borgaon beat and informed the forest guard concerned.

Upon getting information, C H Patil, Range Forest Officer, Hingna, along with staff members reached the spot and made investigation. Maggot formation was December 24 to 29, 2014.

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Mohan Foundation makes city girl Shruti organ donation Ambassador

SHRUTI Mishra, a Nagpur girl currently a final year student of BA (Hons.) Economics in the prestigious St Xavier’s College, Mumbai has been appointed as the Ambassador for organ donation by Moh... Read More
SHRUTI Mishra, a Nagpur girl currently a final year student of BA (Hons.) Economics in the prestigious St Xavier’s College, Mumbai has been appointed as the Ambassador for organ donation by Mohan Foundation. Mohan Foundation is a leading ‘Not for profit’ NGO spearheading the awareness of organ donation in India and neighbouring countries.

Shruti is one of the youngest life members of the organisation and has committed herself to promoting the cause of organ donation under the guidance and motivation of Dr Ravi Wankhede. Shruti made the presentation on organ donation in schools of Yol Cantonment during her term break where her father Brigadier PKG Mishra was posted. Brigadier Mishra is from Nagpur.

Earlier, on January 15 this year, Shruti pledged to donate her organs. She has mostly self taught herself to give talks amongst her friends and students’ associations in the college.

Shruti has thus become an inspiration for others of her age to create awareness about organ donation, which could help several people with a renewed lease of life.

Shruti, an ex-student of Bhavan’s Civil Lines branch and later Dr Ambedkar College, had topped Class-X Board examination in 2011. She had the distinction of becoming the youngest ever orator of the town when she won the competition in 2009 at the age of 14. She also represented Nagpur District in the State-level Fencing Competition.

She continues to make a mark in co-curricular activities having represented India at the Budding Economist Competition held as part of the 11th South Asian Economics Students’ Meet (SAESM) held at Bhutan. She is also working on a project on farmers suicide issue under the guidance of Dr Nagraja, eminent economist of the country. Shruti intends to do her post-graduation preferably as a Rhodes Scholar for which she is applying this year.

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Nagpur Metro to sign tri-partite MoU to speed up project

This may be a major step for ambitious Metro Rail Project of Nagpur. Government of India, Government of Maharashtra and Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) will sign an important tri-pa... Read More
This may be a major step for ambitious Metro Rail Project of Nagpur. Government of India, Government of Maharashtra and Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) will sign an important tri-partite memorandum of understanding (MoU) for effective working of Metro Rail. This will pave way for easy funding to the ambitious project from the State and Central Government.

As per agreement, the NMRCL will obtain 50 per cent soft loan from various agencies including those from France and Germany. The parleys between Government of India and Financial Institutions are going on for the funding of Metro Rail project.

Brijesh Dixit, MD of NMRCL while talking to The Hitavada confirmed the development of signing MoU between three parties in a day or two. The GoM will contribute 25 per cent while GoI will share 25 per cent in equity. The Central Government and State Government have allocated Rs 500 crore in its budget for the Metro Rail project and as per the requirement of the project, the Government is releasing the funds.

It may be mentioned that Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has proposed two corridors- North- South and East-West- 38.125 kms from two different locations.

Around 35 kms stretch of Metro rail would be elevated while 4.5 kms portion will be at grade. The rail will be on 1.2 mt width of median of the road. The maximum 77 hectares land is under Government possession and only 5 hectares would be acquired from private parties.

The Central Government has given nod to project of Rs 8,680 crore only. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) will contribute 5 per cent each on the funding of the project. The soil testing work on proposed route is going on.

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SECR readies for roll-out broad gauge services in Nagpur Division soon

Construction Organisation of South East Central Railway (SECR) is readying for rolling out Broad Gauge services in Nagpur Division, thereby setting stage for the elimination of Narrow Gauge (NG)... Read More
Construction Organisation of South East Central Railway (SECR) is readying for rolling out Broad Gauge services in Nagpur Division, thereby setting stage for the elimination of Narrow Gauge (NG) section. Railways move would mean that henceforth NG would remain confined only to Nagpur-Nagbhir section, a patch of 110 kms. The gauge conversion work is proposed to be started in phases, beginning from October 1 onwards, but officials said the plan has to be ratified by Railway Board. SECR's Nagpur Division territory is spread over States of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh and gauge conversion work to start now is confined to latter region. The conversion work is proposed to be started with Jabalpur-Nainpur section, a patch of 110 kms, and closure of NG section is tentatively notified as October 1, 2015. Thereafter, 148 kms stretch of Chhindwara-Nagpur is proposed to be taken-up for rolling out BG network and date is proposed as November 1, 2015. In third stage 76 kms leg of Nainpur-Balaghat is meant to be closed by December 1 and finally 183 kms patch of Chhindwara-Nainpur-Mandla Fort would be taken-up from January 1, 2016 onwards. The current dates are tentative and meant to sound local division about the plan ahead and get their comments and later final plan is sent to Delhi for notifying the mega bloc and its timings, stated Senior Divisional Commercial Manager (Sr. DCM), SECR, Nagpur Division, Tanmay Mukhopadhya. He said each of the department involved in running of NG network has to plan for redeployment of its assets and manpower. Normally the dates notified for mega bloc gets postponed but only one or two months, depending upon local situation. The notification issued by Bilaspur Headquarters states that ample funds are available with Zone and hence the urgency to undertake gauge conversion work as soon as possible. Incidentally, two major tenders for Chhindwara-Nagpur section are due for opening in August and hence the dates were notified to gauge local preparedness, said the sources. The Construction Organisation has built all the major bridges and final laying of rails needs to be done for which mega bloc is required. Once mega bloc is notified the present NG structure would be removed and replaced with BG rails on the same spot. At present Gondia-Balaghat and Balaghat-Katangi are having broad gauge network in Nagpur Division. Sources further stated that the Construction Organisation might modify the present dates for closure of NG section and since Gondia-Jabalpur new line work is on first Jabalpur-Nainpur section might be picked-up for laying BG line. This would meant that one circle is totally completed. Once this is done then Nainpur station would become a junction point as it would geographically be in centre. Then Nainpur to Balaghat section would be taken-up for starting the work and then Nainpur-Mandla Fort and later till Chhindwara and then Chhindwara-Itwari. It is further expected that since there is BG network available till Saoner the incoming line from Chhindwara might be joined with it at Khaparkheda. Kalamna-Koradi line which is at present used for goods trains. At Nagpur the BG line from Chhindwara is expected to be joined at bridge no. 3 of existing NG which lies near Dobi Nagar, closer to Nagpur station.

However, all this designs are yet to be finalised as top officials of SECR are still to decide as to where the opening of Chhindwara-Nagpur line is to be made. But the above mentioned point is considered as most ideal. There was thinking to join Chhindwara-Nagpur line at Kalamna but owing to direction change the idea is unlikely to materialise, sources familiar with railway working stated.

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Government allows celebration of festivals on streets with riders

Clearing a major legal obstacle in celebrating religious festivals like Ganeshotsav, Navratri, Eid, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Buddha Pournima where large scale public events are organised, Maharashtra ... Read More
Clearing a major legal obstacle in celebrating religious festivals like Ganeshotsav, Navratri, Eid, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Buddha Pournima where large scale public events are organised, Maharashtra Government has directed local bodies to frame rules for temporary erection of pandal on road within 15 days in view of directions given by Bombay High Court in various petitions.

Urban Development Department issued a Government notification on July 6 for framing rules for temporary erection of pandals with certain conditions including not completely blocking free traffic movement.

The court observed that the section 234 of Maharashtra Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, does not confer absolute power to Municipal Commissioner. The power conferred on the commissioner is discretionary and it cannot be exercised without the concurrence of the Commissioner of Police or Superintendent of Police. The permission under the provision cannot be granted if the temporary erection of booths or similar structures is likely to affect free movement of vehicular traffic. The court directed that the discretionary power under the section 234 to grant permission to erect temporary booths or similar structures on streets on account of festivals shall be exercised by the Municipal Commissioners.

The corporations should frame a policy for dealing with grant of such permissions.

Urban Development Department has directed to give permission for erection of temporary structure in consultation with Commissioner of Police, or a senior officer designated by him/her. The local body has been asked to frame and publish a policy within 15 days for erection of temporary pandals. However, the policies will be framed on the basis of Supreme Court’s directions in Dr. M Ismail Farooqui Vs Government of India. The rules will be applicable for all religions and communities. The applicant should display copy of permission at visible place on the pandal. The local body should remove all illegal temporary booths before start of religious festivals. The Government has also directed Commissioner to maintain basic rights of the citizens while granting permission for temporary pandals.

The District Collector should appoint a team of senior officials for checking permission granted to temporary pandals atleast 7 days before the start of festival season. The team will check whether the permission will be displayed or not at prominent place on the pandal and if they find any illegal pandal, then they will immediately inform Municipal Commissioner and initiate action. The police commissioner should provide complete security to this team.

The local body should form grievances redressal cell for registering public complaints regarding temporary pandals. The Municipal Corporation should provide toll free number, SMS and email facilities and should act on every complaint even if it is anonymous. The permission will not be granted on busy public streets, and on footpaths, footways near railway station, public bus stand or major auto rickshaw stand. The permission will not be granted if it is likely to result into a major traffic congestion, near hospitals and educational institutions.

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240 containers of Maggi noodles worth over Rs 100 crore reach ICD, Nagpur

ALTHOUGH the local players may not be taking advantage of the CONCOR-managed ICD, Nagpur as expected, the Switzerland-based food giant Nestle India, the manufacturer of the popular Maggi noodles,... Read More
ALTHOUGH the local players may not be taking advantage of the CONCOR-managed ICD, Nagpur as expected, the Switzerland-based food giant Nestle India, the manufacturer of the popular Maggi noodles, has availed the benefit of the facility. About 240 containers laden with Maggi noodles worth over Rs 100 crore came from New Delhi and Guwahati in trains and were unloaded at ICD, Nagpur. Close to 20 local transporters were assigned the job of disposing of the Maggi noodles, which were termed as ‘unsafe’ by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

If the market grapevine is to be believed, Nestle India has inked pact with Ambuja Cements by paying Rs 30 crore to get rid of the Maggi instant noodles. After checking all the packets of the Maggi noodles at the ICD, Nagpur, they were transported by road to Ambuja Cements plants located at Upparwahi village, Chandrapur district in Maharashtra and Raipur in the neighbouring Chhattisgarh State. All the rejected Maggi noodles were destroyed at both the plants, sources close to the development said.

When contacted, the transporters said that they received a hefty price for transporting Maggi noodles to the respective destinations. “We were witnessing dark days in our business due to unfavourable circumstances. But the new assignment we bagged to transport the Maggi noodles has given us some solace,” said a transporter on the condition of anonymity. He said that the Exim business had taken a beating.

Nestle India had recalled all the varieties of Maggi noodles on June 5 from the shelves as there was a country-wide unrest due to high content of monosodium glutamate and lead.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, after testing Maggi noodles directed Nestle India to remove them from the retail shops as it would be hazardous to the health of the people.

The ban imposed by the FSSAI is being challenged by the company in the Bombay High Court. Nestle has been battling its worst-ever branding crisis in India since a regulator in Uttar Pradesh found monosodium glutamate (MSG) and excess lead in a sample of its hugely popular noodles. The company is awaiting the verdict of the High Court. The shares of Nestle India also took a beating after the ban. Sources said that after the removal of Maggi noodles, there was a stiff competition among the local snack companies to corner the share vacated by Nestle India. The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has demanded that the traders, who were engaged in the distribution of the Maggi noodles, should get their due from the company as early as possible. “Traders are not at fault. They had done their job of reaching the product from the company’s factory to the end consumers,” said B C Bhartia, National President of CAIT. He said that the Government should first check any food product before it got distributed in the market.

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Incentives worth Rs 88 lakh given to tribal couples

Tribal Development Department has distributed incentives worth nearly Rs 88.53 lakh to 245 couples in the State during last three years, under Inter-Caste Marriage Incentive Award Scheme. This sc... Read More
Tribal Development Department has distributed incentives worth nearly Rs 88.53 lakh to 245 couples in the State during last three years, under Inter-Caste Marriage Incentive Award Scheme. This scheme has been initiated with the objective to end social discrimination on the basis of caste and status. According to the departmental officials during financial year 2012-13, 75 couples were awarded incentives worth Rs 27.98 lakh. Likewise in fiscal year 2013-14, 90 couples were given incentives worth Rs 27.05 lakh and in year 2014-15, as many as 80 couples were benefited with the incentives worth nearly Rs 33.5 lakh. The scheme has provision of awarding incentive of Rs 50000 and certificate to each eligible married couple (i.e. both bride and groom have crossed minimum eligible age for marriage, and one of the person belongs to scheduled caste and other belongs to upper caste). Assistant Commissioner of Tribal Welfare Branch of the district can be contacted for further details about the scheme.

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DEO lays emphasis on teaching English in Govt schools

With more focus on teaching English in government primary and middle schools of the district, District Education Office, Raipur has come up with certain measures to be executed in the schools i... Read More
With more focus on teaching English in government primary and middle schools of the district, District Education Office, Raipur has come up with certain measures to be executed in the schools in current academic session. “This year English is on our priority list. We will concentrate more on the subject. That does not mean other subjects will be neglected. Our sole aim is to get rid of the fear in students who scores very poor in English due to this fear only. Students from Class 1 to 8 will be benefited by our efforts,” District Education Officer (DEO) Ashutosh Chavre told this newspaper on Tuesday. The schools of the district have already been issued directives to follow it from this session. Mainly, the headmaster and the English teacher of the respective schools will be accountable for the poor show in English for which they might be punished, said the DEO. Teaching English is not a difficult task for other teachers of the schools as the books are designed in such a manner that anyone having little knowledge of English can teach. The subjects in the books carry the pictures which make easy for teachers to teach. “The teachers taking the task given to them casually will have to pay the price,” said the DEO. The district education office will carry out regular inspection of the schools and interact with the students to know from them about the progress.

The students will also be asked questions from the subject to assess the performance of the teachers, said the District Education Officer. It is to be mentioned, the District Education Officer had, last year, emphasised on Hindi. “We hope such measure will help to prepare students of government primary and middle schools at par with students of private schools as far as English is concerned,” concluded the District Education Officer.

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Over 3,000 public service centres opened under Rural Choice Project

Under Rural Choice Project, nearly 3,862 public service centres have been opened in State, which are being operated as per PPP (Public Private Participation) model. Through these centres, peopl... Read More
Under Rural Choice Project, nearly 3,862 public service centres have been opened in State, which are being operated as per PPP (Public Private Participation) model. Through these centres, people of rural areas are now easily availing services online, for which they earlier had to travel all the way to cities and visit various government offices.

Principal Secretary of Information Technology and Electronics Department Aman Kumar Singh today informed that applicants now have easy access to online facilities for electricity bill payment, mobile phone and DTH recharge services, as well as insurance and bank-related services, through these centres situated near their houses, which saves their time and money.

These centres also provide the facility to online receipt of various kinds of certificates and other documents related to Revenue and Education Department. He said that this is a unique joint initiative of Central Government and State Government under National Electronic Government Scheme to benefit people of rural areas with information and communication technology. Implementation of this project has resulted in increased computer literacy in rural areas, and transparency in government-related works has also improved.

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Man awarded 10-year-RI for raping minor daughter

Fast Track Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Girija Devi Meravi on Tuesday awarded 10-years Rigorous Imprisonment to a 40-year-old man accused of raping his daughter at knife point... Read More
Fast Track Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Girija Devi Meravi on Tuesday awarded 10-years Rigorous Imprisonment to a 40-year-old man accused of raping his daughter at knife point.

The 14-year-old victim, who is a student of class 5, was raped by her father repeatedly and the matter came to light after the victim revealed about the incident before her mother.

An offence in this regard was registered against the accused at Pulgaon Police Station under sections 376, 450 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The accused has been identified as Rajendra Meshram, son of Ramprasad, a resident of village Khursul (Pulgaon). Sources informed that the accused and his wife used to work in Khan Farmhouse situated at Khursul and they are native of Gondia (Maharashtra).

On November 12, 2012, the accused raped his 14-year-old daughter at knife point and threatened of dire consequences in case she reports it to anyone. The victim in her complaint alleged that her father had raped her several times before the month of November.

Meanwhile, Court of ADJ, Girija Devi Meravi after verifying the evidences against the accused awarded 10 years RI to him under section 376 of the Indian Penal Code and one year imprisonment under section 506 of Indian Penal Code. The Court has also imposed a penalty of Rs 5,000 on the accused and he will have to spend three additional months in the prison in case of non-deposit of fine.

Besides, the Court has also directed the State Government to provide Rs 1 Lakh to the victim as compensation.

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Poor transport facility at many schools may repeat ghastly mishap

EVER SINCE commercialization of education along with inception of number of premier public schools, a large number of low-budget schools have also come up. And keeping in view the miserable trans... Read More
EVER SINCE commercialization of education along with inception of number of premier public schools, a large number of low-budget schools have also come up. And keeping in view the miserable transport facilities and unqualified and low paid attendants at buses of these schools, the possibility of repetition of mishap, resulting in even more casualties always, looms large. Though, in their routine, the authorities concerned happened to meet the sight that the school buses, ferrying in twin cities, lacked compliance of certain laid down norms yet inaction on their part adds to apprehension among parents of children from lower strata of society.

However, the authorities concerned from district administration, education department and traffic police claimed about effective measurers to ensure strict compliance of norms.

The young school students jam-packed into the four-wheelers viz Minidoors, Magics, motor-vans and Auto-rickshaw, mini-buses and also the cycle rickshaws, is the common sight in the twin cities of Bhilai and Durg, which is also is a gross violation laid down norms. Anyone who owns one of aforesaid four-wheeler can make it asset by extending transport facility for some low-budget schools or making customers on private basis for regularly providing transport facility to young students from particular locality or colony. Even the young students from premier public schools and also those residing at far off places, have to depend on such transport facility as school managements finalize ferrying of school buses only by keeping in view the number of school students, available on a particular route.

J P Pathak, I/c District Collector asserted that the district administration would review the measurers initiated by the departments concerned and in case of lacuna somewhere they would be issued necessary instruction.

When queried about that whether the measurers would include special thrust on low budget schools’ transport facilities and bus staffers, Pathak asserted that he would discuss the matter with the authorities concerned.

K B Singh, Dy S P (Traffic) asserted that the joint surprise check of RTO and Traffic police was already scheduled from Wednesday onwards for ensuring strict compliance of norms and imbibe sense of security among parents of youngones.

A N Banjara, District Education Officer told the newspaper that the Sector-2 mishap was the outcome of negligence of bus driver and inattentiveness on part of guardians or else the mishap could have been averted. The effective joint surprise check was already scheduled from Wednesday onwards to ensure zero possibility of repetition of such tragic mishaps.

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MBBS counselling in controversy after minority association allege violation

The reservation roaster has been violated in the MBBS admission counselling after Chhattisgarh Pre-Medical Test and students of OBC, SC and ST categories have been deprived, alleged an associat... Read More
The reservation roaster has been violated in the MBBS admission counselling after Chhattisgarh Pre-Medical Test and students of OBC, SC and ST categories have been deprived, alleged an association of the reserved category people known as Chhattisgarh Pichada Varga, Anusuchit Jati, Janajati and Alpasankhyak Mahasangh. This association claimed on Tuesday that complaint has been moved to the Governor, Chief Minister, Health Minister, SC/ST Welfare Minister Kedar Kashyap.

From the Other Backward Category (OBC) 27 students and from the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (SC) 4 and 3 students secured their places in the merit list. But they were considered out of merit list and allotted reserved category seats, said Brijesh Sahu, Tikaram Sahu, representing the above said association and also Vishnu Baghel, from Chhattisgarh Pichada Samaj, at a press conference at Raipur Press Club on Tuesday. The state’s Directorate of Medical Education is responsible for the same. The students of reserved category when secured their places in merit list should have been considered together with the general category students for admission. The consequence of these 27 reserved category merit students allotted the reserved category seats is that an equal number of students from the reserved categories can not be given admission because availability of reserved seats is reduced, they alleged.

Reacting to the above allegation, Commissioner Health Services cum Director of Medical Education Pratap Singh said that the above said people did not present a true picture. In fact, the merit students from the reserved categories opted for one or the other medical college and when the found they could not be given admission if considered along with the general category students, then they opted for the reserved seats in the institutions of their choice. It is not true that they were directly given admission on the reserved seats, said Singh.

The other allegation was that the merit list should have been released by the director of medical education before starting the admission process/counselling. Application for online counselling was invited on June 20, but even before the counselling application the merit list was not released. Reacting to this allegation, Singh said that the PMT was conducted not by the directorate, but by Chhattisgarh Professional Examination Board (CGPEB). Hence the responsibility of declaring the merit list was on the board and it was available on its website timely.

The other allegation was that alternative choices of the students regarding the institutions were not considered and the first counselling application was considered. Brushing aside the allegation, Singh said that the counselling was on-line and options were built in the software and it is according to the preference of the students admissions have been given.

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LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to inaugurate two-day Training Programme for MLAs

Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal is of the view that maximum opportunity should be given to the Opposition during Assembly sessions, so that public interest issues can be raised in the House effectiv... Read More
Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal is of the view that maximum opportunity should be given to the Opposition during Assembly sessions, so that public interest issues can be raised in the House effectively. He however added that the Legislators should not mix the party with the Legislature. With an objective that maximum usage of time available during Sessions should be made for taking up public interest issues, a two day orientation programme is being held for the Legislators on July 16 and July 17 ahead of Monsoon Session, which will be inaugurated by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal informed that alike enlightenment programme held earlier for Legislators, particularly, those who had been elected for the first time on February 1 and 2, 2014, the Chhattisgarh Assembly is again holding a two day enlightenment programme from Legislators. The earlier programme had enlightened the Legislators on issues like Assembly procedures and work executing rulebook. This time they will be enlightened on How to make government responsible through Question Hour, conduct and behaviour by public representatives, Assembly privilege, courtesy and practices, role of Leader of the House and Leader of Opposition in smooth functioning of House, How a Legislator can play an effective role in taking up issues pertaining to public welfare and its legislative process and issues pertaining to public interest and process as per rules.

The Speaker further informed that Lok Sabha Speaker has given her kind consent to inaugurate the enlightenment programme. Governor Balramji Das Tandon will be the Chief Guest at the valedictory function. Other keynote Speakers and subject specialists for the training programme who have already given their consent are Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot, Uttar Pradesh Assembly Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey, former Minister in Himachal Pradesh Government Asha Kumari.

Talks are being held with Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya and Himachal Pradesh Speaker Brij Behari Lal Butail and if they give their consent for the programme, accordingly sessions will be organized.

Speaker further informed that the Fifth Session (Monsoon Session) of Fourth Chhattisgarh Assembly which is scheduled to commence from July 20 and continue till July 31, there will be ten sittings. For these ten sittings both ruling and opposition Legislators have registered a total of 1696 questions including 964 starred and 732 un-starred questions on completion of last date for registering questions ended on July 6. Notices regarding Adjournment Motion and Call Attention Motion will be accepted from July 14.

The Speaker further informed that the Session will commence on July 20 by paying tributes to Late Mandwi Handaram former Legislator in erstwhile Madhya Pradesh Assembly and Late Narsingh Pradhan, also a former Legislator in erstwhile Madhya Pradesh Assembly. During the Monsoon Session, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government will be tabling proposals for the first Supplementary Budget apart from introducing at least 3 amendment Bills. The first Supplementary Budget for the financial year 2015-16 will be tabled in the House on July 22 and discussion and passing of the demand proposals will be held on July 23 and thereafter Appropriation Bill will be tabled and passed.

The Bills which will are likely to be introduced are Chhattisgarh Arbitration Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2015; International Institute for Information Technology (IIIT) University (Amendment) Bill, 2015; and Chhattisgarh Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2015. The first two Bills will be tabled to replace the Ordinances for the same.

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Miscreants attack family over petty issue

A GROUP of persons assaulted members of a family over a petty issue in Suhagi area under jurisdiction of Adhartal police station in intervening night on Monday and Tuesday. According to Adharta... Read More
A GROUP of persons assaulted members of a family over a petty issue in Suhagi area under jurisdiction of Adhartal police station in intervening night on Monday and Tuesday. According to Adhartal police, Murli Gontia (20), a resident of Suhagi area, filed a complaint that unidentified peole had pelted stones at his house in the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. Hearing the noise, Murli along with his father came outside the house and found that some programme was underway in front of their house where Rampyare Kol, Azad Kol, Golu Kol, Mirchy Kol, Raju Kol, Suresh Kol, Bablu Kol and Lallu Kol were standing outside their house. When they were asked about pelting of stones, miscreants started abusing them and threatened them to life. Before they could learn their intentions, miscreants entered their house and attacked them with canes.

When his mother Gyarasi Bai Gontia and brother Pawan Gontia tried to stop them, the accused also attacked them with canes. In the attack, Murli Gontia, his father Dhaniram Gontia, mother Gyarasi Bai Gontia and brother Pawan Gontia sustained injuries. Learning about the incident, a police team reached the spot and sent the injured to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital for treatment. Police have registered a case against the accused under sections 452, 147, 148, 294, 323, 324 and 506 of the IPC while further investigations are underway.

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Irregularities found at Essar filling station

A TEAM of District Civic Supply Office conducted surprise inspection of Essar filling station situated in Barela area and found several irregularities at the station. Manager of filling station... Read More
A TEAM of District Civic Supply Office conducted surprise inspection of Essar filling station situated in Barela area and found several irregularities at the station. Manager of filling station failed in presenting record of fuel stock while license of filling station was also found lapsed.

A team led by District Civic Supply Officer Jyoti Shah Narvaria, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ informed that continuing a rigorous search, a team conducted surprise inspection at Essar petrol pump situated in Barela area and found several irregularities. The officer added that during inspection the manager of filling station failed in presenting stock register and informed that fuel supply is being carried out from Jamnagar in Gujarat. Fuel density at the filling station was correct but there was no arrangement for drinking water and air pump.

The Civic Supply Officer informed that the petrol pump being operated is violating necessary norms specified by the government to provide quality services and following safety norms at the station.

The team has seized several documents from filling station, while further investigations are underway to register a case of irregularities against the owner of filling station. According to District Supply Officer, surprise inspection of filling stations will be continued in regular intervals to ensure availability of necessary facilities for consumers and better enforcement of government norms for quality services and safety norms.

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High Court seeks reply from BMC Commissioner, others by July 21

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi has issued notices on petition filed by Barkatullah University, Bhopal, against Mun... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi has issued notices on petition filed by Barkatullah University, Bhopal, against Municipal Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Bhopal, Principal Secretary, Urban Administration and Development, Bhopal and Principal Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Bhopal in the matter related to constitutionality and validity of Section 132(6)(o) along with Section 132(5)(a) of the Municipal Corporation Act 1956. The division bench has asked the respondent to file their reply before the court on July 21.

The division bench in its order said that no coercive action be taken against the petitioner with regard to subject matter of this petition till next date. Barkatullah University filed this petition through Counsel Hemant Shrivastava that the University is an extended arm of the State for being constituted and established by the State to impart education, which is admittedly a sovereign function. The Petitioner-University- formerly known as ‘Bhopal University’, was established in 1970 in Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh, in pursuance of ‘The Bhopal Vishwavidyalaya Adhiniyam, Act of 1970. In 1988, which later on, repealed by Madhya Pradesh Vishwavidhyalaya Adhiniyam 1973, published in Madhya Pradesh Gazette (Extraordinary) dated April 23, 1973. The erstwhile Bhopal University was rechristened as Barkatullah University in 1988.”

The present petition is filed challenging constitutionality and validity of Section 132(6)(o) along with Section 132(5)(a) of the Municipal Corporation Act 1956 on various grounds as enumerated in pleadings to follow that the petitioner University is also challenging validity, vires and constitutionality of Permanent Order 2014, through which contrary to express provisions of 132(5)(a) of the Act of 1956, various taxes u/s 132(c),(d),(e) have been levied on percentages, proportion of property tax, without determining separate rate of taxation as mandated by Section 132(5)(a) of the Act of 1956. The petitioner further challenged virus and constitutionality of Permanent Order No. 02/2013, through which contrary to the provisions of Section 132(6)(o), ibid, without prior approval of the State Government, the various taxes have been imposed, viz Samekit Kar, Education Cess, etc such levy of taxes is challenged on ground that their rates have been fixed on basis of property tax value applicable to commercial properties in Bhopal, as against procedure prescribed under section 132(5)(a) of the Act of 1956. The petitioner University also seeks to challenge levy of Water User Charges on grounds that it has been imposed without following procedure of determination of tax as laid down under Section 132(A)(2)(I) of the Act of 1956. The Petitioner University also seeks to challenge demand notice dated on March 4, 2015, being issued against Petitioner University on the basis of aforementioned Permanent Orders of the Municipal Corporation. The demand amount specified in notice is essentially property tax amount calculated with property tax liveable on petitioner. The entire process of determination demand amount under various heads is contrary to provisions of Section 132 and also in particular the law laid down by this court in bunch of writ petitions challenging imposition of property tax, including petitioners’ writ petition decided on September 12, 2013. The division bench of this court has also been pleased to dismiss writ appeal’s arising out of aforesaid bunch of writ petitions by holding categorically that in terms of Section 136 (c) of the Act of 1956; educational institutions are not eligible to payment of Property Tax liveable under Section 135 of the Act of 1956, the division bench said earlier. The petition university prayed relief before the court to issue directions declaring impugned Section 132(6) (o) as ultra virus to the Constitution of lndia and thus strike down the same being unconstitutional and unenforceable under law. And to issue any appropriate direction declaring impugned Section 132(5) (a) as ultra virus to the Constitution of lndia and thus strike down the same being unconstitutional and unenforceable under law. The petitioner university further prayed before the court to issue direction quashing the Permanent Orders dated on August 12, 2014 and dated on May 9, 2013, for the reasons, facts and grounds as mentioned in the present petition and the various heads of taxes imposed there under on the petitioner institution as educational institution exempted from properly tax u/s 136 of the Act of 1956. And to issue direction quashing the demand notice dated on March 4, 2015 issued against the petitioner being contrary to the provisions of Section 132 & 132(a) of the Act of 1956. Advocate Hemant Shrivastava appeared on behalf of the Petitioner University.

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MPHC Indore Bench organises 2nd Regional Conference on Mediation

TO ENCOURAGE mediation process in settling cases, second Regional Conference on Mediation was organised jointly under joint aegis of Madhya Pradesh High Court Indore Bench and Madhya Pradesh St... Read More
TO ENCOURAGE mediation process in settling cases, second Regional Conference on Mediation was organised jointly under joint aegis of Madhya Pradesh High Court Indore Bench and Madhya Pradesh State Level Service Authority (MPSLSA) on Tuesday. Chief guest on the occasion was Justice Rajendra Menon, Administrative Judge and Executive Chairman of Madhya Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (MPSLSA). Special guest on the occasion was Shantanu Kemkar, President, Legal Service Authority, High Court, Judge Sanjay Yadav, President, Chief Mediation Vigilance Committee, High Court, Justice P K Jaiswal, Administrative Judge Indore Bench and Justice S C Sharma were present.

Addressing the programme, chief guest Justice Rajendra Menon said to ensure functioning of any social system it is important to have a judicial system available at ease, dependable, publicly accepted and transparent. In fulfillment of such objectives, Madhya Pradesh High Court has adopted mediation system of settlement of cases. So that people could get justice in a judicial system that is easily available and acceptable to all.

On the occasion, as per direction of Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court Justice A M Khanwilkar chief guest of the programme, Justice Rajendra Menon felicitated Justice Mahendra Pal and Advocate Hardayal Singh was held for settling maximum number of cases through mediation. In this Justice Mahendra Pal had settled 21 cases out of assigned 33 cases through mediation. Similarly, Advocate Hardayal Singh succeeded in mutual settlement in over 47 cases out of 180 cases. Introduction of the programme was given by Justice P K Jaiswal. Dinesh Nayak, Member Secretary, MP State Level Service Authority, Jabalpur welcomed all the delegates, participants, judiciary officials and employees and associates and expressed views on objectives of the programme. Registrar of Indore Bench A J Khan proposed a vote of thanks. To encourage mediation process in settlement of maximum court cases by redressing problems and hurdles in establishing mutual agreement amongst litigants MPSLSA has organised three regional-level conferences in the State. In this on November 11, 2014, a regional conference was held in Jabalpur and in series after Indore third conference will be held in Gwalior on July 25.

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Senior Professor Dr Alka Nayak nominated as officiating RDU VC

DR Alka Nayak, Dean Faculty of Education, has been nominated as officiating Vice-Chancellor of Rani Durgavati University (RDU) on Tuesday. Governor Ramnaresh Yadav has forwarded a letter and gi... Read More
DR Alka Nayak, Dean Faculty of Education, has been nominated as officiating Vice-Chancellor of Rani Durgavati University (RDU) on Tuesday. Governor Ramnaresh Yadav has forwarded a letter and given officiating charge of Vice-Chancellor to Dr Nayak. Dr Alka Nayak is senior most professor of RDU and her name had listed in list of officiating Vice-Chancellor. On the basis of seniority, she has been nominated as Officiating Vice-Chancellor. After receiving a letter, Dr Alka Nayak assumed charge as Officiating Vice-Chancellor of RDU. Former Vice-Chancellor Dr K N Singh Yadav accorded warm welcome by presenting bouquet to Dr Alka Nayak and also extended her best wishes.

Dr Alka Nayak completed her schooling and college education from Gwalior. She loves games and was a champion of SGFI organised at KVs. She had done graduation and post-graduation from LNTE College Gwalior. After completing education, she had joined RDU in 1988. During her tenure, she had promoted various games in RDU.

Under her direction, a total 8 PhDs were done by researchers in RDU. She had presented a large number of research papers and journals in the workshop and seminars. She also presented research papers in ASPSO programme held in Japan, Tokyo. Dr Alka Nayak also expressed happiness and said “I will execute my work and responsibilities which have been given to me. I will do best work as Officiating Vice-Chancellor in RDU.” All the Professors, Deans and non-teaching employees congratulated and extended best wishes. Chancellor and Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has accepted resignation of Vice-Chancellor of Rani Durgawati University, Jabalpur Professor K N Singh Yadav submitted on July 7 with immediate effect.

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ITARSI INCIDENT: HC seeks reply from Railway Board Chairman, WCR GM, others

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice S K Gupta on Tuesday issued notices to the Secretary, Railway Department, New Delhi, Chairman, Railway ... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice S K Gupta on Tuesday issued notices to the Secretary, Railway Department, New Delhi, Chairman, Railway Board, New Delhi and General Manager, West Central Railway, Jabalpur and asked them to file reply before the court in the matter related to Rail Route Inter-locking System (Traffic Operating System) in Itarsi Railway Station.

The division bench has asked the counsel for the Railways to seek instructions in the matter. Similar cases have been filed before this court. Let the petition be listed for analogous hearing along with the said cases. The petition was filed by Dr P G Najpandey, State President of Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM) against illegal and arbitrary act of the respondent regarding not changing Traffic Operating System situated in Itarsi Railway Station in time. Life of the said Traffic Operating System had expired in 2000 still the respondent did not change the said system within time that resulted into fire in RRI system that collapsed on June 17, 2015, affecting more than 50 trains. Due to this, passengers faced many difficulties as several trains were cancelled and many were diverted. Following this negligence railways suffered loss in crores. After the incident, the railway traffic has not been restored yet and railways has failed to discharge their duty to provide better facilities to commuters.

The petitioner has demanded to fix responsibility of officials in the incident because they have failed to discharge their duties therefore high-level inquiry either Judicial Committee or CBI should be done for shifting liability and taking appropriate legal action. Advocate Dinesh Upadhyay appeared on behalf of the petitioner.

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Dean Dr Sharma’s mortal remains consigned to flames

LAST rites of Dean of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital Dr Arun Sharma were performed at Gwarighat crematorium on Tuesday. Naval, elder son of Dr Sharma, lit the pyre.Read More
LAST rites of Dean of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital Dr Arun Sharma were performed at Gwarighat crematorium on Tuesday. Naval, elder son of Dr Sharma, lit the pyre.

In-charge Minister Gaurishankar Bisen, Minister of State for Health Sharad Jain, Member of Parliament Rakesh Singh, MLA Tarun Bhanot, Vice-Chancellor of Madhya Pradesh Medical Sciences University (MPMSU), Dr Dharam Pal Lokwani, Collector Shivnaryan Rupla, SP Dr Ashis, Superintendent of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital Dr Rajesh Tiwari, Acting Dean Dr M K Parashar, former Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi, Moti Kashyap, Congress leaders Rammurti Mishra, Ramesh Choudhry, IMA, Jabalpur Unit President, Dr Sudhir Tiwari, Junior Doctors’ Association President Dr Yogendra Dhakhad.

Dr Arvind Jain, relatives of Dr Sharma, Professor of Medical College and Hospital, District Hospital Services, Leader of Employees Union of Health Department and locals were present in large numbers. Last rites of Dr Sharma started at around 8 am from his home at Nehru Nagar.

Dr Sharma’s family members including elder son Naval, Naman, wife Dr Sudha Sharma were consoled by host of relatives. Earlier, body of Dr Sharma was kept in Medical College premises, where large number of teachers of Medical College, students, leaders of employees’ union paid tributes. Then Dr Sharma’s body was taken to Gwarighat. In-charge Minister Dr Gaurishankar Bisen while talking to the mediapersons said Dr Sharma was his close friend, if felt necessary micro investigation on the death would be asked for. Minister of State for Medical Education Department said inquiry on death is going in right direction under supervision of High Court however former Minister Ajay Vishnoi said media is exaggerating the matter.

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Siblings attacked by neighbours over old enmity

A 22-year-old youth and his sister were attacked with a sharp-edged weapon by neighbours, including father and his two sons, over old rivalry at cloth mill under Bajaria police station late on Mo... Read More
A 22-year-old youth and his sister were attacked with a sharp-edged weapon by neighbours, including father and his two sons, over old rivalry at cloth mill under Bajaria police station late on Monday night. In the aftermath of incident both the injured brother and sister were rushed to nearby hospital and based on the statement of siblings, police have registered a case of attempt to murder and took all the three accused into police custody. Town Inspector of Bajaria T Sapre while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ said the injured siblings were identified as Lakhan Thakur and Suneeta Thakur, both resides near cloth mill. In the complaint Lakhan told police that the incident took place at around 11:30 pm when he was heading toward house. TI Sapre further said that in the mid-way his neighbours; Kamal Singh Thakad and his two sons Raju and Rahul waylaid him and exchanged heated argument with him. Soon the argument turned bloody and the accused Raju along with brother and father attacked him and stabbed several times with knife. Later, the victim youth shouted for help. Hearing the scream of Lakhan, his sister came out from her house for the rescue of her brother and in a bid to save him, she also sustained injuries in her hands after being attacked by all the three accused. Subsequently, both the injured siblings were admitted to a hospital while all the three accused fled from the spot. Meanwhile, based on the statements of both victim brother and sister, police have registered a case under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code and later took all the accused into police custody for further interrogation.

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School bus fare hike irks parents

In the context of school bus fare hike, autocratic behaviour of bus drivers are not stopped yet. School bus fares are being increased recklessly. Transport Minister Bhupendra Singh announced ea... Read More
In the context of school bus fare hike, autocratic behaviour of bus drivers are not stopped yet. School bus fares are being increased recklessly. Transport Minister Bhupendra Singh announced earlier to establish a committee which would control the increasing bus fares, but fails to do so yet. As a result the drivers are not following the determined rules and are increasing fare accordingly. Despite of been over ten days of the announcement made by transport minister in regards to bus fare, committee has not been established. It is obvious that if the committee would not be established so the fare will not be controlled. Even the lackadaisical behaviour of transport officials has made it easier for drivers to continue their autocratic behaviour. And they have extended the bus fares up to 10 per cent. Now, district administration officials claims to establish committee and its meeting till next week. Collectorate and concerned offices are receiving many complaints regarding high bus fare. During the new academic session from April 1, bus drivers have extended fare up to Rs 100 for various routes. This behaviour has disappointed many parents. Hearing will take place on similar complaint at Consumer Forum on July 24.

As per the sources, in order to control the school bus fare, committee which will be presided over by the Collector will not only include RTO, DEO but also representatives of school bus drivers. As per ADM B S Jamod, committee will be established with in next week and proceedings against the concerned drivers will be made soon. at present the nomination process is going on, when the members will be decided the meeting will be held.

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High cut-off: Students demand essential change

As competition becomes tougher every year, colleges are raising their cut-off marks for admission in different streams which puts pressure on school pass-outs.

Students seemed to be worried ... Read More
As competition becomes tougher every year, colleges are raising their cut-off marks for admission in different streams which puts pressure on school pass-outs.

Students seemed to be worried over high marks requiring for admission to the undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Like last year, this time too cut-offs of prestigious colleges including Institute for Excellence in Higher Education (IEHE), Sarojini Naidu PG Girls’ College (Nutan College),Motilal Vigyan Mahavidalaya (MVM) and Maharani Laxmibai Girls College (MLB) touched the 95% marks for admission to the selected courses. Almost 60% seats of premier colleges filled up in the first round, leaving large number of students dissatisfied. “The cut off list of colleges have become scary and I am literally worried for admission of my younger brother who is not so good in studies,” says Mridul, B.Com student at BHEL College. Mridul further says that college should fix a benchmark so that student having medium level marks get admission to the favourite subject. Subjects like B.Com and B.Sc has touched cut off as 95 per cent while BA and MA subjects too demanded 85 and above. Expressing her view, Garima, B.Com student at IEHE says, “It is good to admit the candidate having higher marks but at the same time college management should be concern for students having medium level of marks.

Cut-offs becoming scary:

“The cut off list of colleges have become scary and I am literally worried for admission of my younger brother who is not so good in studies,” says Mridul, B.Com student at BHEL College. College should fix a benchmark for admission to different courses where medium level student would have entry,” says Mridul, B.Com student at BHEL College.

What is the existence of divisions?

“People measure the marks with first, second and third division but there is no use of these divisions. Having first division marks is not enough to take admission in your favourite college or stream. The new system has left no place for further studies of student who failed to secure excellent marks because of some reason,” said Trishla Jain, a second year student at Nutan College.

We should motivate rather than disqualifying:

“It is good to admit the candidate having higher marks but at the same time college management should also give opportunity to the weak student for further studies. We should motivate everyone rather than disqualifying on first stage,” said Garima, first year student at IEHE. Learning has no specific end:

“Learning is continuous process and it has no specific end. I cannot digest the fact that only people having 89% or above marks will get chance to study at prestigious college. Candidate having 75% marks in class 12th can also score 90% and above in under-graduation,” says Nitu Vajpayee, student at MLB College. Real talent should be judge, not marksheet:

It is really unfair that colleges are judging the caliber of applicants based on marksheet rather than their real talent. If observe the campus placement of particular college, you will see candidate having lower marks get selected by company and candidate having higher marks rejected by the interviewer,” said Gyaneshwar Mishra, medical student at Chirayu Medical College.

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Vehicle-lifters on the prowl; park your bike at your own risk!

Beware if you own a bike, especially a new, flashy one and happen to live or work in the State capital. It may disappear any day from any place and there is only a one-in-six chance that it wil... Read More
Beware if you own a bike, especially a new, flashy one and happen to live or work in the State capital. It may disappear any day from any place and there is only a one-in-six chance that it will ever be recovered.

Vehicle thefts are increasing in the city and the gangs specialising in this branch of crime are working overtime. Figures will tell the story better. On an average, every day, six vehicles are stolen in the city and of them over 90 per cent are two-wheelers.

From January to May this year, at least 1,000 vehicles were spirited away from manned and unmanned parking lots, residential colonies and from markets, educational institutions and the like. The incidents of vehicle thefts in the city have climbed from 1610 in 2011 to 1932 in 2014. And this year the figure is all set to cross the 2,000 mark.

Though the Bhopal police, from time to time, announce busting of gangs of vehicle lifters, parading the thieves before the media and getting the seized vehicles, neatly parked in a row, photographed; but the fact is that barely 15 per cent of the stolen vehicles are ever recovered. The rest simply disappear into thin air.

The vehicle owners are forced to make rounds of insurance companies, which entertain theft claims only six months after the incident. And even then, what they pay by way of claim is the market value of the vehicle as assessed by them. Obviously, the amount is hardly enough to replace the vehicle. And if, God forbid, your vehicle was uninsured; well, you have no option but to forget the hard-earned money you spent on buying that dream bike of yours.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (Crime) Shailendra Singh Chauhan talking to ‘The Hitavada’ said, “The modus operandi of the vehicle thieves, as revealed by those vehicle-lifters who recently happened to fall into the crime branch net, is simple. Once they have zeroed in on the bike they intend to steal one of the gang members follows the owner. Next, four or five persons surround the bike and then one of them uses a master key to open the handle and then the ignition lock”.

“The bike is driven away and is parked at a public place, be it the Railway Station, Bus stand or the parking lot of a busy market. Next, the hunt for a customer begins. Preference is given to the residents of rural areas around the capital, where police rarely, if ever, mount vehicle checking drives. Bikes are sold off for Rs 5,000-10,000,” added ASP Chauhan.

In many cases, the stolen vehicles are cannibalised. The useful parts are sold to auto repair workshops and what is left is disposed of as junk. The most common areas from where vehicles were stolen in the city include TT Nagar, MP Nagar, Govindpura, Piplani, Koh-e-Fiza, Aishbagh, Hanumanganj and Ashoka Garden. Police concerned have also put up sign boards in such areas prone to thefts mentioning that these areas are not safe for parking. Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police (North) Arvind Saxena said that we are regularly checking paid parking lots in the city as recover stolen vehicles along with such bikes which were parked for long time and no one had come forward to claim them and then collect information related to the owners of such vehicles. We have also working on the plan to make it mandatory to show id proof for people who used to park their vehicles in parking slots. The police claimed that around 500 CCTV cameras have been installed at road squares and intersections in the city. It is also claimed by them that the cameras are high-resolution and can capture the number plates of vehicles. But never has a vehicle thief been caught with the help of the footage of these gizmos. Cops say that this is because the vehicle lifters ensure that they drive stolen vehicles through lanes and by-lanes, skirting the points under CCTV surveillance. That the racket is thriving is evident by the fact that when the police, recently, happened to lay its hands upon a gang of vehicle lifters, even the cops were surprised to discover that the three-member gang had stolen as many as 50 vehicles. Around three dozen bikes were seized from them. They told the cops that they preferred ‘Honda’ company bikes and that they even stole vehicles on demand! Their customers, spread over the neighbouring districts of Vidisha, Rajgarh and Sehore, placed “orders” with them. They stole the sought vehicle and supplied it to the “customers”.

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Cabinet nod to 4,900 hectare land for Sidhi-Rewa new broadgauge rail line project

A State Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday decided to extend special recruitment drive to fill backlog/carry forward posts reserved for SCs, STs and... Read More
A State Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday decided to extend special recruitment drive to fill backlog/carry forward posts reserved for SCs, STs and OBCs as well as disabled persons by one year. The extension has been given from July 1, to June 30, 2016. The Cabinet sanctioned allotment of 4,900 hectare land for Sidhi-Rewa new broadgauge rail line project.

The Cabinet sanctioned establishment of district employment offices at Ashok Nagar, Anuppur and Alirajpur, creation of five posts each and recurring and non-recurring expenditures on furniture/office equipment for them. The Cabinet decided that 15 BPO centres will be opened in rural areas of the state by Messrs Rural Shores, Bengaluru. Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Electronics Development Corporation was authorised to invite tenders for this.

The Cabinet decided to upgrade 20 middle schools to high schools during 2013-14 and sanction 20 posts of principals at the rate of one post for each institution. Similarly, sanction was granted to 120 posts of contractual school teacher grade-II at the rate of 6 posts for each school, 20 posts of contractual school teacher grade-III, 20 posts of lower division clerk (computer trained) and 20 posts of peon at the rate of one post for each school.

The Cabinet decided to open 20 new post-matric hostels during 2014-15, 20 posts of contractual teacher grade-I (contractual superintendent) at the rate of one post for each hostel, 60 posts of class IV employees on collector rate and 20 posts of sanitary worker. The Cabinet sanctioned continuation of contractual posts of system analyst, data entry operator and IT operator for establishment of office of Commissioner Commercial Taxes under Commercial Taxes Department till March 31, 2016. The Cabinet decided to merge services of serving employees of State Oilseed Federation against various posts for establishment of office of Commissioner Commercial Taxes under Merger Scheme of General Administration Department. The Cabinet decided to bring in Madhya Pradesh Shram Kanoon (Amendment) and Prakeern Upbandh Vidheyak, 2015 to simplify provisions and processes in Labour Department. The Cabinet sanctioned Rs. 11 crore 40 lakh to Madhya Pradesh Tribal Finance and Development Corporation under Tribal Welfare Department to pay loans to National Tribal Finance and Development Corporation. The Cabinet endorsed Draft Amendment Bill-2015 regarding P K Private University, Shivpuri, Mandsaur private university, Mandsaur and Medicaps private university, Indore. Main objective of establishment of private universities is to increase Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) and make better higher education opportunities available to youths. With establishment of private universities, students of the state will get more higher education opportunities in the state itself. The Cabinet sanctioned creation of 18 posts to strengthen Madhya Pradesh Council of Vocational Exam and Training (MPCVET). The decision has been taken to ensure effective monitoring of state level skill development scheme’s maximum expansion and future requirements.

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Youth Congress workers protest at VYAPAM office

To register protest against the multilayered VYAPAM scam, Youth Congress workers demonstrated in aggressive manner at the entrance gate of VYAPAM office on Tuesday. Youth Congress workers took ou... Read More
To register protest against the multilayered VYAPAM scam, Youth Congress workers demonstrated in aggressive manner at the entrance gate of VYAPAM office on Tuesday. Youth Congress workers took out their shirts as a sign of protest. State Congress President Arun Yadav was present on this occasion. To stop the Youth Congress workers from reaching till demonstration site, police have made tight security arrangements. However, Youth Congress workers managed to reach till VYAPAM gate. The demonstrators first raised the slogans to register the protest. Some of the agitators were carrying cartoons in their hands. When demonstrators tried to enter into VYAPAM office, police tried to stop them forcibly. In the skirmish couple of cop’s and demonstrators lost balance and fell down.

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Congress to observe ‘MP Bandh’ on July 16

Unsatisfied by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s decision to go for CBI probe into VYAPAM scam by writing letter to High Court, Congress is going to observe Madhya Pradesh ‘Bandh’ on J... Read More
Unsatisfied by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s decision to go for CBI probe into VYAPAM scam by writing letter to High Court, Congress is going to observe Madhya Pradesh ‘Bandh’ on July 16. Congress wants that VYAPAM scam, investigative agencies and deaths related to scam should be investigated under the monitoring of Supreme Court. Congress also demanded resignation of Governor Ram Naresh Yadav, who is accused in scam.

Addressing the press conference, All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary and Madhya Pradesh Congress incharge, Mohan Prakash said that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan act of writing letter to High Court for CBI investigation is mere eyewash. “If CBI probe is needed then write to Department of Personnel Training (DoPT). We are not satisfied by CM’s decision and wants CBI probe under the monitoring of Supreme Court,” said Mohan Prakash.

He added that to press for demand of bringing deaths of 46 people happened in VYAPAM case, VYAPAM scam and probe against investigative agencies under the ambit of probe, Congress is going to observe peaceful Madhya Pradesh “Bandh” on July 16. However, necessary services have been exempted from the “Bandh”. Tribute would be paid for those who died due to scam.

Holding Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for the mess over VYAPAM, he said CM has no moral right to remain on chair. “If CM’s OSD is on bail, Governor’s OSD is in jail then it is entire Government involved in the mess,” he rued. From July 12 to 15, Congress will knock every door under ‘Gaon Gaon Chalo’ campaign and would inform people about the truth regarding VYAPAM scam and Shivraj rule. “In the last ten years, BJP had destroyed a generation,” added Mohan Prakash. He also wanted that Supreme Court itself should take cognizance of VYAPAM scam. Dubbing deaths associated with scam as murder, he also demanded resignation from Governor Ram Naresh Yadav as he too is accused in scam. On this occasion, State Congress President Arun Yadav, Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare etc were present. In the meantime, former Union minister and Member of Parliament, Jyotiraditya Scindia tweeted that PM should end his silence and take corrective actions in VYAPAM scam. In second tweet, he said “We demand that a CBI investigation monitored by Supreme Court, nothing less than it is enough,”. Meanwhile, BJP’s State General Secretary Arvind Bhadoria described CM’s announcement for CBI probe as a courageous step. By seeing the public feeling, CM, by wasting no time, recommended for CBI probe. BJP Spokesmen Vijendra Singh Sisodia and MLA Vishwas Sarang said that CM had silence opposition by announcing CBI probe.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Hitavada Twinkle Club membership drive on Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Karunaratne, Yasir light up final Test

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

The hosts, sent in t... Read More
SRI Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne hit a century amid another rich haul by Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah as the decisive third and final Test began on a rousing note.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tax Inspector arrested for demanding bribe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3 women killed, 12 injured in lightning strikes in district

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HC pulls up MCI for reducing intake of medical colleges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monsoon to pick up pace in July

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

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

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

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

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

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Reservoir storage at 24% despite good rains in June

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NMC to rope in NGOs to maintain crematoria

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

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

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

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

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Old High Court building to be a protected monument soon

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

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

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

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

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

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Eco-Pro head in the dock over Halda leopardess death

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Finance Minister slams DDOs for delay in employees’ salaries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rich haul of ornaments worth Rs 11.64 lakh from Geetanjali Exp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NMC General Body to discuss budget today

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

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Vidarbha stands to lose 200 MBBS seats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deficiencies pointed out by MCI

Gondia

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

Akola

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

Yavatmal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The diplomat who stood for Bangladesh in 1971

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

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

‘Land Boundary Agreement is historic’

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

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

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Fadnavis to promote MIHAN, Vidarbha during his US visit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Never consult a novelist while writing: Shankar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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City’s Sneha Warkhade wins Mrs India-Australia crown

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

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

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

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

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

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CM, Energy Minister welcome MERC order

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tariff relief to power consumers

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

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

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

Relief and hike for consumers in residential category

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

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

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

Industry: Reduction in tariff, revision in ToD rebate

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

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

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

‘Govt direction on RoE not considered’

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

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

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

MERC asks MSEDCL not to levy LBT on electricity

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

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

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

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

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

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Federer, Murray, Nadal in same Wimbledon half

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Paolo puts Peru in semi-finals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NMC flayed for ovespending Rs 217 cr under JNNURM

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

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

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Rapist gets 7 years’ RI

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

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

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HC for probity, fairness in appointing school staff

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

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

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

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

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

Adv Anand Parchure is amicus curiae in the PIL.

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

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

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

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

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

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Property registrations across state hit due to server problem

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ministry terms such job offers as ‘fake’

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

No action by agencies leaves youths in lurch

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

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

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

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

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NMC seeks scrapping of Gunthewari Act

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

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

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

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

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

NMC budget meeting postponed

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

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RCOEM maintains full transparency in Mgmt Quota admissions

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

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Engineering Admn: Confirmation date extended for a day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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‘Build an atmosphere of universal brotherhood’

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

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

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

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

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

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Rani’s twin strikes help Indian eves beat Poland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NMC to charge more for regularising construction

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

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

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

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City infra to get major boost under AMRUT

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

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

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

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

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

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Non-recommended professional colleges also to get reimbursement benefits

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

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

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Now, fraudsters offering jobs under Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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IIM-Nagpur gets Union Cabinet’s nod

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Nagpur is one of the six institutes in India which got nod from Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. These new IIMs will be loca... Read More
The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Nagpur is one of the six institutes in India which got nod from Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. These new IIMs will be located at Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Bodh Gaya (Bihar), Sirmaur (Himachal Pradesh), Nagpur (Maharashtra), Sambalpur (Odisha