ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Wednesday caught Gopal Laxman Rushiye, Tax Inspector (Dhantoli Zone IV) of Nagpur ... Read More
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic was kept apart... Read More
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.
Flamengo forward G... Read More
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.