Man accused of killing his wife at Urla was nabbed by Central Crime Branch (CCB) on Friday. Accused named Arun Parewa killed his wife Amrika Parewa over doubts of extramarital affairs, CCB officials informed. It may be recalled that a woman named Amrika Parewa was found dead in her home, when her daughter returned from school on March 25. As the police reached and investigation began, it was found that deceased woman’s husband was disappeared from home. Interrogation with the neighbours brought fore a vital clue that the couple often had bitter quarrel over alleged extra-marital affair of the woman. During the interrogation, Arun informed that he was returning after attending nature’s call on the March 25, when he saw a man coming out of his home. When he asked his about the unidentified man, she couldn’t reply him convincingly. Arun, who was already in doubt his wife’s affair, got furious with her vague reply on the identity of Amrika. In the fit of rage, Arun thrashed his wife’s head with a heavy stone, killing her on the spot. After the incident, Arun locked the door and went on his work so that people think he was not at home at the time of incident.
Congress leaders and workers performed yagya outside the Assembly gate on Friday. They prayed almighty to give wisdom to Shivraj government. However, the yagya programme of Congress workers got marred into controversy after Congress Spokesman Ravi Saxena had a brawl with a driver of one of the Congress leaders. Actually, Ravi Saxena was authorised to do the arrangement of yagya and due to some work he went inside Assembly.When he returned he saw that already yagya was performed by a group of Congress leader and workers and seeing this he got angry and got indulged into heated argument with a person who misbehaved with him.
The land at Kanhan was given on rent to Biharilal Khandelwal Trust from July 16, 1973 to July 15, 2003 by Nagpur University. The lease was extended for next ten years with merely Rs 60,000 annual rent (or a paltry Rs. 5000 per month). The said trust is running its school there in the name of BKC Public School and entire land is under its possession. Pointing out this issue, Adv Abhijeet Wanjari asked university why it was not taking any action. He also alleged that Khandelwal wants to grab the land. Adv Mahendra Nimbarte has raised the issue of electricity bill, property tax of the land. Second issue was raised by Adv Manmohan Bajpayee regarding the quarter not vacated by Kalmegh. The official bungalow of university that was allotted to late Dadasaheb Kalmegh, former Vice-Chancellor as university employee, is in dispute. Unfortunately Kalmegh did not return the same. After his sad demise, his descendants too have refused to vacate it and occupying the premises without paying a penny to University and without any legal right. Dr Vinayak Deshpande, Vice-Chancellor said the issues are under consideration and being fought in the court.
Ravindra Kashkhedikar, Secretary of Janakrosh stated that the petition is irrelevant as power rates are already at its peak.. MSEDCL has proposed the power hike despite State Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule’s assurance of lower rates to the people. The new state government has taken positive steps to reduce losses in power sector. Proper co-ordination between MSEDCL, MahaGenco and MahaTransco would only help to reduce power losses, he added.Power companies failed to reduce losses : Dharmadhikari
Sanjay Dharmadhikari of Akhil Bharatiya Grahak Panchayat said, MSEDCL is offering power at concessional rates for category of 0 to 100 units/month. This consumers are financially backward and MSEDCL is trying to form new category i.e 0 to 75 units/month. Opposing power rate hike, Dharmadhikari also demanded distribution of LED light at discounted rates.Petition creating confusion : Jichkar
Mahendra Jichkar said, the tariff petition is creating confusion among the consumers. In the proposal, it has been stated the tariff for Government owned/managed educational institutes & hospital shall be to the level of average cost of supply for FY 2014-15.Basically we fail to understand why this category has been proposed? On one side MSEDCL claims to reduce cross subsidy and bridge down the tariff gap between various categories of consumers and on the other side special benefit is given to Government owned institutions, he said. Also in Government Department nobody has control over the consumption of energy and hence no priority is fixed for energy conservation, he claimed. Jichkar also demanded heavy penalty on Generation units for under performance. MSEDCL looting farmers: Nakhate
Mahadev Nakhate of Akhil Bharatiya Kishan Sanghatana slammed MSEDCL for fleecing farmers. MSEDCL should cut off transmission losses from power bills of Vidarbhaits as 4,000 MW power is being transmitted to the East Maharashtra alone. The power distribution company should supply power to AG pumps in day hours for proper irrigation.Steel industry needs concession : Mundra
Steel Industrialist Mukund Mundra said that steel industry owners are frustrated in the state as the industry is getting power at double rates as compared to rates of neighbouring states. Opposing power tariff hike, he demanded concessional power rates for steel industry.Our expenditure is 16% : MSEDCL MD
Managing Director of MSEDCL Omprakash Gupta informed that MSEDCL spends only 16% towards establishment cost. Admitting problems of agriculture and industries, the MD assured that MSEDCL would solve it. He also recalled State energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule’s stand of no power tariff hike. MSEDCL will follow all directives of MERC, he promised.
When Zoya was badly hit by the car, the first who came to her rescue were Amit Sharma and Amarsingh Rathod both are Civil Defence Instructors who have come for their training at National Civil Defence College. Director of the college Dr G S Saini told The Hitavada, “The hit probably was so severe that the survival seemed difficult. But as Basic Life Support (BLS) is a part of their training, the two instructors did the primary job but could stop bleeding. She was breathing, but was unconscious. The later part was not known to me. We only were aware that she was taken to GMCH.”
In his directives, the Governor has provided some relief to Vidarbha region, where costs of irrigation projects are inflated mainly because of payment of Net Present Value (NPV) for diversion of forest land. The Governor has directed that though the requirement of NPV and other charges have to be met from non-divisible outlay, the same should first be met from the funds available with Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) as per requirement, and subsequently accounted for as non-divisible expenditure in the next annual plan.‘State should submit views on Kelkar panel report’
In the latest directives, the Governor has sought the views of the State Government on the Report of High Level Committee on Balanced Regional Development Issues in Maharashtra — popularly known as Kelkar Committee report. The Governor has ‘expected’ the State Government to consider the report and its recommendations and submit its views expeditiously, for his consideration.
Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has appealed to agriculture power users to pay 50% of bill arrears to take benefit of Krushi Sanjeevani Yojana. As per scheme, if farm pump bill arrears are cleared by March 31, then remaining 50% of bill plus pending interest on it will be waived off by the Company, stated the MSEDCL release. The Kurshi Sanjeevani Yojana 2014 needs farmers support and hence maximum people should support it.
A pall of gloom descended upon Ashirwad Nagar after seven youths of the area drowned in the lake. The tragedy left the residents of the area in shock. As per the information from Nagpur Rural Police, the deceased were in early 20s. Among them were two brothers. The deceased were identified as Chetan Prakash Admane (20), a polytechnic student of KDK Engineering College; Harshal Prakash Admane (18), an ITI student; Maksood Sheikh Abdul Sayyad (27), an auto-rickshaw driver; Rama Shiwarkar (24); Gowardhan Thate (18), polytechnic students of Gaikwad Patil College of Engineering; Rahul Walode (23), an employee of a private company and a youth with nick name -- Butter.
Goyal while promising a better deal for power consumers of Maharashtra described state-run Mahagenco as the biggest consumer of Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) and Coal India Limited. The coal supply has been streamlined, efforts are on to improve grades and charge as per actual grades, he stated. All power plants in Maharashtra have sufficient coal reserves, he claimed.About excess money charged from Mahagenco by WCL previously by allegedly fudging up its grades and recent agreement to adjust the money and fine slapped by Competition Commission with future coal supply, Goyal claimed that decision is yet to be finalised. However, WCL and CIL officials are in regular touch with Mahagenco and State Energy department and earlier scenario of both PSU fighting legal battles against each other, is over, he stated. About possible hike in power tariff, State Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule stated that tariff petition filed by Mahagenco and MSEDCL has sought 8% hike, but we are streamlining affairs of all three power utilities and possibly, such a hike will not be needed, he hoped. Fadnavis Government is committed to bring down cost of tariff in Maharashtra, Bawankule stated. Chavan was indifferent to power crisis, claims Goyal
Accusing the previous Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan with total apathy towards power woes of Maharashtra, Goyal alleged that despite his best efforts, Chavan simply refused to meet him for four long months and it was NCP supremo Sharad Pawar who intervened when state was reeling under power crisis. Even in that meeting, Chavan did precious little and no headway could be achieved due to his indifferent approach, he claimed while slamming the previous regime.Praising Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for according top-most priority to power sector and sorting out all pending disputes with Centre over power and coal, Goyal stated even the proposal of WCL to open its biggest opencast mine at Penganga with four million tonnes per year capacity, was not cleared by Chavan Government for four long years. Fadnavis Government cleared it within record time and we could open three mines to boost coal production by seven million tonnes. LED lights can save 10,000 MW electricity
Speaking at length about recent controversy over LED lights, Union Minister of State for Power (Independent Charge) Piyush Goyal claimed that if LED lights are used in household and on public streets, nation will save close to 10,000 MW electricity during peak hour and at least Rs 12,500 cr to Rs 15,000 cr can be saved annually. The LED are being manufactured and procured by public sector undertakings and may be due to this some private interests are hurt, Goyal stated while taking a dig at alliance partner Shiv Sena which is opposing LED lights in Mumbai.Mumbai city alone can save Rs 80 crore annually and out of this power bill saved by BMC, Rs 48 crore will be paid to PSUs who are procuring LED. In fact, State Energy department is keen to install LED lights in all cities, he claimed while lamenting that an unnecessary controversy has been created out of a non-issue. WCL to construct 200-bedded hospital at Koradi
Announcing a slew of CSR projects proposed by WCL, Goyal announced a 200-bedded super-specialty hospital for employees and family members of WCL and Mahagenco at Koradi. Mahagenco will provide land while WCL and CIL will fund the project. Similarly, the coal utilities will substantially finance the National Cancer Institute proposed by Aabaji Thatte foundation near Jamtha, he announced.Earlier, the hospital project was proposed at Nagpur, but due to bickering between NIT and WCL, the project failed to take off due to initiative taken by new CMD R R Mishra, the project is now finally on right track.
The Central and State Government have given special weightage to orange city as institutes of national reputes are coming in the city. He said, the State Government has formed a high-power committee under chairmanship of Nitin Gadkari to expedite MIHAN project. The Government will implement all the recommendations made by this committee, assured Chief Minister.Improve development in undeveloped layouts
Chief Minister said, the State Government will release order to grant Rs 100 crore within two days. Additionally, Rs 50 crore more will be released for the city. He said, NIT should complete all the works in undeveloped layouts. The NIT should spend Rs 100 crore while State Government will give financial assistance of Rs 50 crore. The State Government will also release another Rs 65 crore for these layouts. He said, the NIT should improve the infrastructure of these layouts and match it with other developed localities of the city. We have to develop Nagpur as an international city. He said, the Central Government has sanctioned underpass near Mankapur worth of Rs 17.38 crore.Gadkari promises all support to Metro
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said, we are expecting that the metro rail project should be completed by 2018. The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Metro Rail are working jointly and prepare a design of overbridge at Pardi. This will save hard earned funds of the tax payers. The people are expecting to increase length of Metro rail upto Kamptee- Kanhan. He said, Central Government has decided to improve bus station on PPP model. The Government will give viability gap funding for the development.Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda, Avinash Pande, Ajay Sancheti, former MP Banwarilal Purohit, Mayor Pravin Datke, legislators Krishna Khopde, Prof. Anil Sole, Sudhakar Kohle, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Nago Ganar, NIT chairman Shyam Wardhane, NMC commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Superintending Engineer Sunil Gujjalwar were present on the dais. Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director of NMRCL, made introductory remarks. Kapil Chandrayanan gave brief details about website. Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare, Ruling Party leader Dayashankar Tiwari, Girish Deshmukh, Sanjay Bonde, Jaiprakash Gupta, Atul Kotecha, Nishant Gandhi, Rina Kuttermare, Babli Meshram, Mohan Trivedi, officers Anand Kumar, Rajeev Elkawar, and others were present. Shweta Shelgaonkar compered the function. Suggestions invited on website
Devendra Fadnavis and Nitin Gadkari launched website “www.metrorailnagpur.com.” This website will increase interaction of people with the company. The company has also invited ideas for the betterment of the project. The website has unique feature of Friends of Nagpur Metro and Nagpur Metro Fan clubs, this was informed by Kapil Chandrayanan.
In the latest directives, the Governor has sought the views of the State Government on the Report of High Level Committee on Balanced Regional Development Issues in Maharashtra — popularly known as Kelkar Committee report. The Governor has ‘expected’ the State Government to consider the report and its recommendations including the proposed principles of allocation, and submit its views expeditiously, for his consideration.
‘Meet NPV, other expenses from VIDC funds first’
In his directives, the Governor has provided some relief to Vidarbha region, where costs of irrigation projects are inflated mainly because of payment of Net Present Value (NPV) for diversion of forest land.The Governor has directed that though the requirement of NPV and other charges have to be met from non-divisible outlay, the same should first be met from the funds available with Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) as per requirement, and subsequently accounted for as non-divisible expenditure in the next annual plan.
Department of Forensic Medicine, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) has done a great service in organ donation process. Dr Makrand Vyawahare, HoD of Forensic Medicine, GMCH had sent Dr Vipul Ambade of GMCH to monitor the process who was there till the completion of process. This was done without getting a single penny. This is the great service being provided by forensic expert. The forensic expert’s opinion need to know whether the cause of death is not related to the organ of the person to be donated. Secondly, he does not need to stay till the completion of the process of transplantation.
THE State Government, on Friday, submitted reply before the High Court in response to the fourth quarterly report of the Monitoring Committee constituted for Bhopal gas victims.The Government, in its reply before the court, mentioned that it had released tender for new machines and also issued directions for recruiting 130 persons for Monitoring Committee for Bhopal Gas Victims related to their rehabilitation and health facilities. On Friday, the Monitoring Committee requested the court to issue directions for Director, Family Planning and Public Health Department, to be appointed as Secretary of Monitoring Committee. In this regard, the division bench asked the State Government to submit the reply before the court and fixed next dates for hearing of the case on April 8. The division bench heard the PIL filed by Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan. On March 11, Counsel for the petitioners had pointed out that the State Government failed to comply with the large number of requirements specified by the Committee. Moreover, no response was filed by the State. Counsel for the State sought time to file compliance report-cum-action taken report within one week. Counsel for the petitioners submitted that the State Government had merely appointed another person - Dr D C Agrawal as Co-ordinator of Monitoring Committee. However Dr Agrawal was also a government employee and might face same problem as the earlier nominee. Unless the Monitoring Committee made grievance about improper assistance rendered to it by the Co-ordinator, it might not be necessary to examine this grievance. As no appearance was made on behalf of the Monitoring Committee and Amod Gupta, Advocate for the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee, submitted adjustment application, the could decided to keep this issue in abeyance till next date. The matters was to be listed on March 20, the division bench said.
The issue of non-payment of timely salary to Shikshakarmis rocked the Assembly of Friday. Congress Legislators leveled allegations that the economic conditions of Shikshakarmis have worsened as they have not been paid their salaries since months. They also alleged that several shikshakarmis had lost their lives due to lack of medical assistance because of their financial conditions. Tribal Development and School Education Minister accepted in the House that the salaries had been delayed due to fund delay from the centre. Payments were made in three months gap. He however denied that shikshakarmis had died due to delay in salary payment. Moving a Call Attention Motion notice on the issue Congress Legislators Mohan Markam and Deepak Baij, alleged that altogether 2 lakh Shikshakarmis are employed under various departments including education, tribal and other departments. These shikshakarmis are being paid salary in 4-5 months gaps during last one year. This has worsened their financial conditions. In his written answer, Minister Kedar Kashyap informed that there are approximately 1.75 lakh shikshakarmis. He denied that they are paid salaries in a gap of 4-5 months. He said due to delay in receiving amount from the centre, they have been paid in a gap of three months. He also refuted the charges that many shikshakarmis have lost their lives due to non-timely payment of salaries. He however added that the state government is making arrangements of salary disbursement to the shikshakarmis through treasury department.
Against the backdrop of increasing demand of power, the projects with generation capacity of 3,230 MW will be completed by June 2016, said Chandrashekhar Bawankule. Thesee projects are at Koradi, Chandrapur, and Parali. Considering ever-increasing demand for power, more power projects with generation capacity of 5,000 MW will have to be taken up by the year 2025, he said. Due to shortage of coal in last two years, thermal power projects with generation capacity of 1,805 MW were stalled, the Energy Minister said. Besides, he said, private power projects with generation capacity of 1,506 MW including the one at Dabhol were non-functional due to failure in executing the power purchase agreement (PPA). How to revive these projects would be discussed with Mahagenco and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) soon.Backlog of 5 lakh agricultural pumps in Vidarbha, Marathwada
Energy Minister informed the House that there was a backlog of energisation of five lakh agricultural pumps in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions. This backlog will be removed by December 2016 and a Rs 1,000 crore scheme will be launched for the purpose. Besides, the Central Government had approved 7,540 solar agricultural pumps for Maharashtra. In areas that have witnessed farmers’ suicides, these solar pumps would be provided if beneficiaries pay only 5 per cent of the cost, he said. He added that all District Collectors and Agriculture Officers had been asked to prepare a list of beneficiaries.Bar, dhabas to have pre-paid power meter
Taking cognisance of reports that power theft/pilferage was rampant at beer bars and dhaba (road-side eateries), Energy Department will be installing pre-paid power meters there. If power theft/pilferage comes to the fore at bar/dhaba, fine would be recovered on the spot, said Bawankule.‘No additional burden of higher tariff on consumers’
MSEDCL has submitted a proposal to Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) regarding hike in power tariff by 8 per cent. However, Energy Minister said, consumers will not be burdened with higher tariff. For the purpose, State Government will ensure that transmission and distribution losses of State-run power utilities are checked. Further, to reduce transmission and distribution losses, pre-paid meters will be installed and efforts will be made to bring down the losses to 15-16 per cent by the year 2015-16, said Bawankule. Referring to the issue of 12,000 villages not having feeder connection and facing load-shedding, he said that a feeder separation programme would be taken up and a proposal was sent to the Centre for financial assistance. In the second phase, 14,000 villages with single feeder will be taken up, he added. State is exploring options of alternative power generation. Accordingly, a Solar Power Generation Policy to tap generation potential of 14,400 MW will be placed before the State Legislature soon, he added.
Some members from the ruling and Opposition sides both alleged that they did not get any intimation/notice of the budget meeting. Bharti Godbole (Shiv Sena) first complained about this in the meeting and said that she came to know about it from others. Matter took serious turn when Sharad Donekar, Vice-President of ZP, also complained that he had not got any notice from ZP administration about the meeting. Vijay Deshmukh and other members also expressed strong displeasure over this.As the members were furious, Vivek Bondre, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Administration), expressed regret over the lapse. Shivajirao Jondhale, Chief Executive Officer, said that he would review the system of sending notices to ZP members and effect changes to make it better. ‘Give Rs 25,000/ acre relief to farmers’
The members of Congress, which forms the principal Opposition, slammed the budget presented by Ukesh Chavan as ‘eyewash’.Addressing a press conference, Manohar Kumbhare and Shivkumar Yadav said that the budget was tilted towards the circles of ZP chief, Chavan himself, and Vice-President. Further, the budget did not shed light on efforts to be taken to increase revenue of ZP. “Either Chavan has not understood the intricacies, or the administration has misled him,” alleged Yadav. Ujjwala Bodhare alleged that the present ruling dispensation in ZP was ignoring her demand for development of ZP land at Raipur (Hingna). “There are various lands of ZP that could be developed to generate more revenue. However, the ruling dispensation does not appear to be interested,” she alleged. Later, responding to this allegation, Ukesh Chavan said that the land at Raipur belonged to Gram Panchayat and not the ZP. “If Gram Panchayat sends us a resolution, we can provide it a loan to develop that land which is under encroachment at present,” he said. Kumbhare alleged that there was no new scheme in the budget. Even the schemes announced the previous year were not implemented properly, with a scheme for distribution of bicycles to school children being an example, he said. Yadav said that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari should pay more attention to Nagpur, which was their home-district.
In his directives, the Governor has provided some relief to Vidarbha region, where costs of irrigation projects are inflated mainly because of payment of Net Present Value (NPV) for diversion of forest land. The Governor has directed that though the requirement of NPV and other charges have to be met from non-divisible outlay, the same should first be met from the funds available with Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) as per requirement, and subsequently accounted for as non-divisible expenditure in the next annual plan.‘State should submit views on Kelkar Committee report’
In the latest directives, the Governor has sought the views of the State Government on the Report of High Level Committee on Balanced Regional Development Issues in Maharashtra -- popularly known as Kelkar Committee report. The Governor has ‘expected’ the State Government to consider the report and its recommendations including the proposed principles of allocation, and submit its views expeditiously, for his consideration.
Multimodal International Cargo Hub Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) is an important project for the development of the region. Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has allocated Rs 200 crore for rehabilitation of project-affected persons (PAPs) of MIHAN. The MIHAN project is on the verge of take-off under the leadership of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Sudhir Mungantiwar.Rs 197 crore for Metro Rail
The State Government has also made a provision of Rs 197 crore for ambitious Metro Rail project in Nagpur for the year 2015-2016. Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) has started functioning in the city. The Central Government and State Government are contributing major share while Nagpur Municipal Corporation and Nagpur Improvement Trust are also sharing 5 per cent each for this project. Total cost of the project is Rs 8600 crore.Lakadganj Police station to be smart; CCTVs in city
The Government will install CCTVs in Nagpur and Amravati to beef up security of these two major cities. The Government will develop Lakadganj police station of Nagpur city as first smart and modernised police station of the State.Special provisions for Malgujari tanks
The State Government has allocated Rs 100 crore for repair of Malgujari tanks in Gadchiroli, Bhandara, Gondia and Chandrapur districts. These tanks have major contribution in irrigation sector. Finance Minister stressed the need to have targetted programme to repair these tanks created two hundred years ago.Special Scheme for Yavatmal district
To provide relief to Yavatmal district hit by farmers’ suicides, the State Government has announced “ Motiram Lahane Krishi Samruddhi Yojana” for mechanisation of agriculture sector on pilot basis. The Government has allocated Rs 50 crore for this scheme.Rs 1039 cr for agriculture pumps
The Government has increased allocation for energisation of agricultural pumps from Rs 150 crore to Rs 1,039 crore. The backlog of agricultural pumps has increased manifold in Vidarbha and Marathwada region. The hefty provision in this sector will provide major relief to farmers’ as they can now irrigate their farm-land. The Government also made a provision for non-conventional energy-- Solar pumps-- in the state. The Government will install 7,540 solar agricultural pumps in the state.Rs 7,272 cr for irrigation projects
The Government will spend Rs 7,272 crore for irrigation projects in the state so that 38 incomplete but on-going projects should be completed during next financial year. This will create additional 700 mm3 water capacity to irrigate 69,000 hectare land. Many irrigation projects are incomplete in Vidarbha region and these projects may be completed due to fund allocation.Electricity Sector>b>
Special attention will be given to Vidarbha for creating basic infrastructure in electricity sector. The Government will spend Rs 538 crore in this sector. This will provide opportunity of illumination to maximum villages in the region. Mungantiwar has given thrust to provide quality transport services to citizens. The Government will renovate city bus stations in Nagpur, and Amravati along with other metro cities in the state.Air-strips in Akola, Amravati, Chandrapur
State Government has reserved funds of Rs 91 crore for strengthening and development of air-strips in Akola, Amravati, and Chandrapur districts. The Government will provide loan on 10 per cent interest for textile projects in Vidarbha, Marathwada and North Maharashtra.Koradi temple to develop
Shri Mahalaxmi Jagdamba Temple, Koradi, Shrikhetra Loni, District Washim, and Shrikhetra Riddipur have been included in pilgrimage development programme of the Government. The Government will spend Rs 125 crore on development all the religious places.Dr Ambedkar Training Centre at Kamptee
On 125 th birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, the State Government will construct Dr. Ambedkar memorial and training centre at Kamptee in Nagpur district. The Government has sanctioned Rs 10 crore for this centre.Botanical garden at Chandrapur
Mineral rich Chandrapur district off-course received special attention of Sudhir Mungantiwar, and the State Government has decided to implement special programme to maximise utilisation of minerals. A botanical garden will also be developed at Chandrapur on the lines of Bengaluru.Rs 191 cr for Tadoba-Andhari
The Government will spend Rs 10 crore for environment conservation under National Lakes Conservation Scheme at Nagpur, and Chandrapur. This would be good news for wildlife and natural lovers, the State Government has allocated Rs 191 crore for Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Project, Gorewada International Zoo park. The government will create all basic facilities to attract tourists in this region.Special funds for Mayo
After intervention of the High Court, the State Government has undertaken a programme to create facilities for upgrading post-graduate medical education in Akola, Yavatmal and Indira Gandhi Medical College, Nagpur. The Government has granted Rs 20 crore for this programme. The Government will also spend Rs 135 crore on construction of new Government medical college buildings in Gondia, and Chandrapur districts. The Government will give special grant for Mayo Hospital, Nagpur.The State Government will protect and conserve the memorials, statues and samadhi sthals of Sri Sant Sevalal Maharaj Samadhi Sthal at Washim, Sant Mungmanji Maharaj Samadhi sthal, Dhamangaon, Yavatmal, Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj, Chimur. A special provision of Rs 31 crore has been made in the budget.
Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) Director D Subba Rao and Superintending Hydrogeologist Dr. Prabhat Kumar Jain pointed out that CDP failed to emphasise on use of ground water over the long period. The issue of rain water harvesting, and recycling of water is missing from the presentation. The CDP missed to give importance to augmentation of ground water by rainwater water harvesting and artificial recharge of ground water. The maps are missing from presentation.Noted Architect Paramjit Singh Ahuja, President of Architect Association, was very disappointed with overall approach of the local body over preparation of CDP. He said that during preparation of last CDP in 2006, then Commissioner had involved various non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) in the areas of their interest sectorwise to give suggestions. The stakeholders present in the meeting were only reacting on CDP and no constructive suggestions would emerge from such a futile exercise. However, his suggestion was rejected by the Commissioner saying that the process of involvement of NGO’s in different sector was already completed and now, it was not possible to repeat this exercise. Veena Khanorkar, social worker, raised the issue of Bhandewadi dumping yard and spreading of various diseases due to unscientific dumping of the garbage. VTA President J P Sharma said, the local body has failed to provide clean and uninterrupted water supply over last several years. The 24 x 7 water supply scheme has miserably failed. Prof. Hole said, development and planning departments should be created in NMC for better planning and development. Hemant Bhave, an architect, alleged that the CDP has been prepared to obtain more and more funds from the Central Government without considering the fact whether the city would require these schemes or not. He said, the local body will require efficient officers and staff to implement these schemes. Prof Adane of VNIT, said, finances would be the biggest challenge before the local body. The authorities have failed to utilise 30 per cent of its assets. Dr. Ujwala Chakradeo said, we have to first evolve how our city should look-like in coming years. There should be better co-ordination between regional and urban development. She suggested to educate citizens over this issue. Leena Budhe advised to give ownership rights to slum dwellers instead of providing housing units under Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA). Adv. D S Buche said, city development plan should envisage on creation of new jobs. BSP corporator Manisha Ghodeswar emphasised on slum free city, and provide jobs. Hawker leader Madan Thool demanded Hawker policy to rehabilitate hawkers in the city.
RETIRED police officials faulted the training pattern at Police Training Academy where the new officers are not getting moral values and hence this rise in cases of corruption. It may be mentioned that ACB had also nabbed a police officer from Police Training School about two years back. This means roots of corruption can be traced to training schools and the purge needs to start from training academies. If in such early stage of career the new recruits are caught on bribe charges then their entire career is nipped in the bud. So throughout the service period will the officer prove to be a beast of burden for the force?Unit commander should set example: DGP
DIRECTOR General of Police (DGP) Sanjeev Dayal confessed that the high number of PSIs trapped by ACB is a matter of concern for the Maharashtra Police. In last DG Conference the issue was discussed at length and unit commanders were asked to set own example so that force can walk on that path. The trend of probationary officers getting caught on bribery charges is more serious and steps are being taken to arrest the slide. Around 25% of Probationary PSIs come from the departmental promotion examination after clearing department examination and we would take a fresh look at the system. Every officer who indulges in corruption will face stringent action,” the DGP warned. Praising ACB vigilance, the DGP said, ACB has done a good job in last two years and number of successful traps have increased steadily during last several years. This indicates our no nonsense stance against corruption.
- By using the traditional farming practices, we can save water in huge quantity as the new technological equipments fetch much water. Water problem is also due to digging of excessive sand from the river beds across the state. Selling of river’s water to private companies and big industries few years back also brought disastrous situation for the common people.Rivers are dying in Chhattisgarh
- It is the right time that the government should think about making a better policy for renovation of the rivers and other water bodies. Today, corporate companies are exploiting the main flowing rivers of the state and they are only inclined towards earning huge profits, without giving anything in return to the tribal and villagers. There is a need to save the dying rivers of Chhattisgarh. - Gautam Bandhopadhyay, Convener, Nadi Ghati Morcha
Wardhane also made a provision of Rs 50 crore for Nagpur Metropolitan Region Area (NMRA). Recently, NIT has published Metropolitan Region Plan which is spread over 3,577 sq kms in 721 villages. The Trust has invited suggestions and objections from the common man. The NIT will require whopping Rs 37,000 crore for the development of the region. In first stage, the NIT has undertaken plan for Sumthana-Kotewada-Sondapar-Jamatha and Parsodi area spread in 10.08 sq kms. This scheme was sanctioned by the State Government. The second scheme-- Khadka- Kirmiti- Shivmadka- Sumthana- Panjari spread in 9.58 sq kms is pending for the State Government. The NIT is also preparing Logistic scheme for Gondkheri-Chinchbhuvan-Pendhri at 20 sq kms.Rs 115 crore on development work at unauthorised layouts
NIT will spend Rs 115 crore on various developmental works at unauthorised layouts. The trust is expecting revenue of Rs 63 crore from these layouts in next financial year. Chairman has made a provision of Rs 6 crore for completing other works from funds of Central Government’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme. In addition to development in 10 clusters, the NIT will spend Rs 35 crore on laying of water pipe line in unauthorised layouts. It will spend Rs 40 crore on road construction, Rs 20 crore on laying of sewerage lines, Rs 50 crore on water pipe line and Rs 5 crore on storm water drain.Wardhane presented budget to Trustee Dr. Ravindra Bhoyar, Standing Committee chairman of NMC Ramesh Singare, Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, and Collector Abhishek Krishna. Superintending Engineer Sunil Gujjalwar, Pravin Kide, Arvind Deshbhratar, Milind Salve, and others were present. NIT invites suggestions, objections on email too
Now, the common man can register objections on draft development plan of Nagpur Metropolitan Region Area (NMRA) through e-mail also. NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane said, it is not possible for farmers or villagers to register their complaint physically at Metro Region Office at Ambazari. Therefore, it is decided to open an email account of Metropolitan region to register objections and suggestions. The Metro Plan includes 721 villages of 9 tehsil spread over an area of 3,577 sq kms.Suggestions and objections are acceptable in writing to the Town Planning officer or the Deputy Director Town Planning. The same can also be received on Nagpur Improvement Trust’s email-id: email@example.com NIT budget at a glance
Provision of Rs 40 crore for beautification of Tajuddin Baba Dargah. 2,900 units to be constructed under affordable housing in the city. Around Rs 50 crore allocated for the work. Around 448 housing units proposed at Sheshnagar in Wathoda and 2,000 units in Hazari Pahad. Cultural and marriage hall at Nari Ring Road. Bus terminal at Jagnade Square, school at Nari and Chikhli (Deosthan) and vegetable markets at Indora and Bidipeth on PPP basis. Renovation of Gokulpeth commercial complex. Auditorium at Wardhaman Nagar. Multi-level car parking at Central Avenue. Sports Complex at Umrer Road. Marriage Hall at Bhange Layout. Renovation of swimming pool at Ambazari. Garden for physically handicapped children at Bhamti. Special developmental works from funds of Member of Parliament, and Legislators. Hostel for Tribal students at Pardi and Chikhli. Shahitya Bhusan Annabhau Sathe Memorial at Chinchbhuvan. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Hall at Deekshabhoomi. Museum and modernised training institute, beautification at Chicholi. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Convention Foundation Centre at Lal Godown, Kamptee.
CONTINUING a campaign against illegal gambling activities, Vijay Nagar police busted a high-tech cricket satta worth lakhs on Australia-Sri Lanka match in ongoing ICC World Cup at a rented house situated in Kachnar City area, on Sunday. Police have succeeded in apprehending the accused involved in taking online bookings of cricket satta and seized a laptop, one LCD television set, one set-top box, mobile connector, voice recorder, cassettes, card reader, data card, pen drive, three diaries and 11 slips of booking online Satta. The accused has been identified as Kanti Gogyani (30), son of Tulsidas Gogyani, a native of Sindhi Colony in district Satna and lived as tenant at a house near Kachnar City Gate Number-4. Under the direction of Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra, police have started a rigorous campaign under the supervision of IPS Isha Pant, Additional Superintendent of Police (West), Amrendra Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police (East) against illegal gambling on cricket satta. SHO of Vijay Nagar police station, Sunil Nema informed that during the campaign police received information about an online cricket satta network operated from a rented house in the area. Acting promptly on the information, senior officers were informed and a raid was conducted at identified house.In the raid, police team busted online cricket satta and apprehended a man involved in taking bookings of bidding on cricket matches. Police team seized a laptop, one LCD television set, one set-top box, mobiles connector, 18 mobile handsets, voice recorder, cassettes, other electronic gadgets and record of Satta bookings worth lakhs and Rs 3,000 from the accused. Police have registered a case against the accused under Section 4 (A) of Gambling Act and Section 66 (A) of the Information Technology Act, while further investigations are underway to disclose names of other persons working in the network of online satta racket.
IN ANOTHER road accident, an unidentified elderly man died after being hit by a motorcycle near Panehra petrol pump area under jurisdiction of Ranjhi police station. According to Ranjhi police, they received information from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital that an unidentified elderly man was admitted for treatment of his injuries in a road accident.Undergoing treatment, the man succumbed to his critical injuries. Receiving the information, a police team reached the hospital and sent the body for post-mortem. In further investigation, police team learnt that the deceased was riding his bi-cycle when unidentified motorcycle rider rammed into his bi-cycle. After the accident, unidentified accused managed to escape from the spot and police have seized the motorcycle from the accident spot. Police have registered a case against unidentified accused under section 304 (A), 279 and 337 of the IPC while further investigations are underway to identify the deceased and apprehend the accused.
In another molestation case, a 34-year-old Pankaj Mohan Diwanji, a resident of Plot no 4, Pipala fata, Durga Nagar forcibly entered the house of a 22-year-old girl and molested her on Saturday evening.Lakadganj police said, the incident took place at 5.45 pm when the girl, her sister and mother were in the house. After molesting the girl, the accused also threatened them with dire consequences. Lakadganj Police have registered the case under sections 452, 354, 294 and 506 of IPC. In another case reported under the jurisdiction of Wadi Police Station, a man molested a 35-year-old woman by taking advantage of darkness. Police said, the victim woman was standing behind her house at 8.30 pm due to power outage. The accused approached the woman and molested her. Wadi police have registered the case under sections 354, 294 and 506 (b) of IPC. Further investigations are on.
The underground water level has gone down below one metre in Nagpur district while it has dwindled upto half a metre in Chandrapur, Bhandara, Gondia and Wardha districts. The depletion of water level in Gadchiroli district is neglible. A report of Groundwater Survey and Development Agency (GSDA) has revealed the figures on the basis of readings taken in 163 observation wells in January month. Dr I I Shah said, the underground water level has gone down one metre below in 73 observation wells whereas it has increased in 38 wells. The water level has also gone down by half a metre in observation wells, though some wells registered marginal increase in the water level, he added.The readings of levels are taken four times in one year, beginning from October.
Business Head of SNDL, Nagpur DF, Sonal Khurana stated that releasing new connections and introducing tamper free infrastructure is the reason behind the success. The company have replaced around 1 lakh electro- mechanical meters and also increased vigilance activity in franchisee area.“We have laid air bunch cable in maximum areas to curb power theft through hooking. In some vigilance activity, we noticed that consumers are tampering cables (Electric pole to meter) and hence we connected maximum meters through armoured cable. SNDL is operating in the city with 2800 transformers and the company have system to monitor power consumption from each transformer, he said. Separate vigilance team for commercial consumers
Sonal Khurana said the company have deployed special teams to study power usage trends of 60,000 commercial consumers including 218 consumers with High Tension Line supply and other power intensive industries. SNDL is supplying power to many plastic industries, daal mills and other units in the city.Lashkaribagh and Tulsibagh circles are still challenge
Lashkaribagh and Tulsibagh circles continue to be a challenge for the company. The two circles recorded power losses 42.10% and 32.80% in between April 2012 and March 2013 respectively are current reading are 21.10% and 21.40% respectively. It means, the both circles are sharing 50% of total power losses. Nandanvan circle has recorded 16.90% losses.According to information, areas like Garib Nawaj Nagar, Itabhatti, Mominpura, Timki, Bhaldarpura, Binaki, Pardi, Hasanbagh, Tajbagh and Wathoda areas of the circles are known for rampant power thefts. Though SNDL have unearthed maximum powerline taps in these areas still they see huge work ahead to curb power losses. The company knows its focus areas but these colonies have dense human habitations and SNDL squad have to tread cautiously while zeroing in on power thieves.
A jilted lover took an obscene revenge of betrayal, when he uploaded vulgar photographs on a fake Facebook account of her ex-girlfriend. Amanaka Police has booked accused Prashant Ambsara, native of Bihar and was residing at Parthiv Nagar in Raipur, under relevant Sections of Information Technology (IT) Act. They were having an affair in the College but, as the time passed by, girl’s affection toward Prashant faded. Prashant made several attempts to convince the girl for marriage but failed every time. He was frustrated by this denial and wanted to take revenge. Hence, he created a fake Facebook account on the name of girl nearly 2 months ago.He uploaded many pictures, in which both were seen in intimacy. For the last 2 months, girl’s relatives tried to persuade and even warn Prashant about the consequences but, when he crossed limits and uploaded extremely vulgar photographs on the account. Girl’s relatives reported the matter to the police. However, this delay in filing report gave Prashant a chance to escape.
Two more suspected swine flu patients have died in Dr BR Ambedkar Memorial Hospital (BRAMH), Raipur. A 44-year old woman from Supela, Bhilai was admitted in the isolation ward of the hospital on Sunday afternoon. She died. The other death was of a four-year female child and she was from Raipur district, informed BRAMH sources.
Anil Deshmukh, former Food and Civil Supplies Minister and senior leader of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), flayed the BJP-Shiv Sena Government in the State and Centre for 'failure' to offer good prices to agricultural produce. "Now, the Government must act fast and provide relief to farmers who lost Rabi crops due to unseasonal rains and strong winds in the past few days," he said.According to Deshmukh, State and Central Governments both did not offer good prices to farmers. "BJP has failed in keeping its pre-poll promise of increasing minimum support price. Also, BJP-led Government at the Centre has not made any provision for Price Stabilisation Fund of Rs 500 crore started by the erstwhile Congress-NCP Government," alleged the former minister. When the farmers were in trouble due to natural calamity in the past, then Congress-NCP Government offered an aid of Rs 921 crore with the efforts of the then Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, he said.
The other officers to whom notices have been issued include Regional Transport Officer (Nagpur) Sarjerao Shelke, RTO (Nagpur Rural) Sharad Jichkar, Deputy RTO (Nagpur East) Ravindra Bhuyar. The notices have been issued on a contempt plea under Sections 11 and 12 of Contempt of Courts Act, 1971. Santosh Gupta and others have filed the petition accusing the Transport Department authorities of violating the orders of the High Court in writ petitions 2065/1987 and 5001/1999.
It is the contention of the petitioners that they are ‘authorised representatives’ of motor vehicle owners, duly appointed under sections 182 and 183 of The Contract Act, 1872 read with Power of Attorney Act, in Nagpur. They have alleged that the State Transport Department authorities have arbitrarily restricted their entry into Regional Transport Offices on the directions of State Transport Commissioner Mahesh Zagade dated January 12, 2015. The petitioners stated that they are legally appointed ‘authorised representatives’ and entitled to work on behalf of their masters as per Contract Act and as per the judgment and orders passed by the High Court. The Court had held on June 6, 2002 that if a person enters with valid authority letter on behalf of his master/vehicle owner with due authority letter to do the specific work, he shall not be restrained from entering into the premises of RTO offices. But, Transport Commissioner has issued directions on January 12, 2015 that no agents should be allowed to enter into RTO offices. The petitioners felt that the authorities had committed ‘contempt’ and are liable for punishment under Sections 11 and 12 of the Contempt of Court Act, 1971.
Adv Tushar Mandlekar appeared for petitioners and Adv Ketki Joshi for the State.
Singh said, the new works mostly relates to capacity augmentation relating to doubling and tripling of existing corridors. The approval of new works is highest in history of Nagpur Division. The funds for new works is going to be arranged from financial institutions about which Budget has not given details. All eyes are fixed on Rail Bhawan as to how it manages to get private funds for rail transport, as worldwide the trend is negative. The identified projects of doubling and tripling in Central India are of utmost important to decongest the bottlenecks that remained ignored over a long period.
High Speed Corridor: One of the highlight of new works is sanction of Rs 76 crore for development of high speed corridors on Nagpur-Ballarshah section. DRM Singh said about two years are required to carry out repairs to bridges, culverts, replace turnouts and lay high capacity rail, upgrade signalling system, to get ready for running trains at 130 km/hr. Rajdhani and Duranto, both of which have LHB coaches, apart from Premium Trains have capacity to run at highest permissible speed in section.
He said, an incremental benefit of development of high speed corridor for division would be increase in average speed of trains, including that of goods trains. Today, one BoxHL train speed was increased from 60 km/hr to 75 km/hr and progressively other trains would be covered. The benefit of faster movement of trains would be increased availability of space on tracks leading to introduction of new train services. To a question, DRM said it’s difficult to calculate speed increase. Further he stated that at division level speed of some passenger trains would be increased as they end-up blocking the path and creating congestion. Same is the case with goods trains whose speed too is being targeted to increase substantially.
Third Line: For Itarsi-Nagpur third line a sum of Rs 153.18 crore is sanctioned in the next financial year. The total cost of project is pegged at Rs 2,326 crore for 297 kms. The work is divided into three projects, including two ghat schemes.
Another third line work sanctioned for division is Nagpur-Sewagram (76.3 kms) for which Rs 50 crore is allocated from general railway pool and other Rs 55 crore from institutional finance. For Wardha-Ballarshah third line (132 kms) Rs 14.40 crore would be arranged for the year ahead. Total project cost is pegged at Rs 630 crore. Shed Expansion: A proposal to expand capacity of Ajni Electric Loco Shed was approved in the budget and it’s going to cost Rs 14.95 crores. The project envisages increasing holding capacity of Shed from current 175 to 200 locos. Also Rs 25.50 crore is earmarked for electrification work on Amravati-Narkher line which is 138 kms. Once electrified the route would cater to movement of goods traffic going to Badnera via Nagpur by skipping station yard. Other senior officers of division were also present at the press conference.
The city witnessed 103 murders in the year 2013 and in 2014, too, the figure is the same. In the last year, 11 cases remained undetected. About 92 attempt to murder cases were registered in city which shows a jump of 10% as compared to figure of the year 2013.
In 2013, total 15 dacoities were reported and 14 of them were detected successfully by City Police. However, the cops have solved only 12 dacoity cases out of 16 registered in the year 2014. Though detection rate in robbery shows marked improvement at 61%, that of house-breaking theft (HBT) is pegged at 24% only.
Thieves are striking at will in city and everywhere booty looted is in range of couple of lakhs. And as most of time case gets reported to police station quite late, the cops have very little to investigate. Also in most theft cases the accused tend to dispose of booty quite fast which makes recovery quite a complicated process. Further, another reason for falling detection could be vacancies in city police force. Also off late the bandobast duty for visiting VIPs is consuming lot of working time of officers as well as field staff. Therefore, this double burden is taking its toll of men and machinery which gets reflected in detection rate.Crime against women soaring
A jump of 29% is seen in the crime against women. About 113 rape cases were reported across the city in year 2014 as compared to 90 in year 2013. Detection rate in rape cases has fallen down by 3% in 2014 and it was 100% in year 2013. The molestation cases graph is also on rise as city police registered 70 more cases than the previous year. Total 279 molestation cases under section 354 of IPC were registered in the city. However the figure was 209 in year 2013.Around 3,000 thefts in a year
Property theft graph is soaring high and has touched the mark of 3,000. City had reported 2,760 total thefts in 2013 and the figure zoomed to 2,962 in 2014. The cops have detected only 712 thefts with detection rate of 24% which was 23% in 2013.
Maximum share of total thefts are of motor vehicle, 1604 of them were stolen in 2014 which is a jump of 12% (1430 motor vehicle were reported stolen in year 2013). The investigations too need to be spruced-up by city police.Zone-1: No preventive action, crime graph soars
The performance if analysed zone-wise reveals that Zone-I report card was not that significant. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abhinash Kumar was heading the Zone before he was transferred to Zone-III of Nagpur Police Commissionerate. Comparatively other zones which functioned sans any limelight managed good rate on detection front as also on preventive action. Zone-I covers police stations viz. Sitabuldi, Ambazari, Wadi, MIDC, Sonegaon and Rana Pratap Nagar.
In Zone-I, 1,253 crime cases were registered under Class I-V category in 2014. The figure was 1,152 in 2013. The Zone also witnessed spurt in attempts to murder, robberies, house breaking thefts, motor vehicle thefts and crime against women. The Zone reported 19 attempt to murder cases in 2014 which has double than previous year (only 9 in 2013). If analysed minutely, the Zone hogged maximum highlight due to high profile gambling raids, but somehow this seemed to had deflected attention on detection of serious crime.
Also during last year Zone-I did not undertook preventive action. MPDA was invoked against 11 dreaded goons in Commissionerate. About a dozen criminals were externed of the total 94 cases done in the same year.
A senior police officer said, police has to work very hard and have total dedication if them contemplating registering cases under MPDA and MCOCA, and hence field officers are reluctant to pursue this options. Similarly media ignores this cases and they get relegated to some corners in newspapers.Zone-2: Theft cases reduce, serious crime increases worry
DCP Zone II Sanjay Latkar who took over reins in August and before that DCP Shantaram Waghmare maintained a tight vigil in the Zone in year 2014.
The DCP’s succeeded in reducing thefts cases. However, there is slight increase in cases of murder, attempt to murder, dacoity and also in crime against women. The Zone covers police stations viz Panchpaoli, Jaripatka, Koradi, Sadar and Gittikhadan, and they registered 1018 crime cases in Class I-V, an increase of 65 cases as pervious year the figure was 953 cases. The Zone have however fared better on detection front as they cracked 453 cases in year 2014, a jump of 15% compared to previous year. Five criminals under MPDA Act was slapped on five goons and 29 others were externed.
Out of 23 murder cases and 25 attempt to murder cases, the Zone detected 21 murders and 19 attempt to murder cases. Jaripatka police station recorded eight murders followed by seven in Koradi, five in Panchpaoli, three in Koradi and nil in Sadar police station's jurisdiction. About 706 thefts were reported in the Zone and 214 of them were detected and Sadar police station recorded maximum cases i.e. 208.
Figures of crime against women put the Zone under scanner as the jump is of 50% in rape and 100% in molestation cases in year 2014. In 2013, just 21 cases of rape and 53 molestation cases were reported and last year the figures are 31 rape cases and 98 molestation cases in year 2014.Zone-3: Murder cases show marked rise
Among the four Zones, Zone-III crime graph was lowest. In 2013, the Zone registered 754 serious crimes and the figure rose to 875 in Year 2014. Zone III reported maximum cases of murders in the city i.e. 32 in Year 2014.
Kalamna and Yashodhara Nagar police registered eight murders cases each in Year 2014 followed by five each in Kotwali and Ganeshpeth, four in Lakadganj and two in Tehsil police stations jurisdictions. Kalamna and Lakadganj police stations had reported 12 murders and nine murders in year 2013 respectively. This Zone is most troublesome for city police as it is well known to have maximum concentration of big time criminals. Also the areas has concentration of big markets where daily transactions of huge value takes place. Another factor that
is troublesome for cops is that migrated labours who have made it their home in this areas. DCP Nirmala Devi (Now, acting as DCP Zone I) had taken charge of the Zone in month of August 2014 from Sanjay Darade. The Zone covers Kotwali, Tehsil, Kalamna, Lakadganj, Ganeshpeth and Yashodhara Nagar police stations. Out of total 32 murders, the police have managed to solve 30 and maintained 100% detection rate in 21 attempt to murder cases.
Despite spurt in thefts, the crime rate of Zone was same as that of year 2013.
In preventive steps, the DCPs have done a MCOCA and a MPDA cases and externed 27 goons in year 2014. The Zone showed declining trend in rape cases as 21 rape cases were reported in Year 2014 as against 27 cases reported in year 2013. However, cases of molestation increased by 10 in Year 2014.
Zone-4: Classical policing, maximum detection
DCP Zone IV Ishu Sindhu joined in August, taking over reins from DCP Chandra Kishore Mina. The cops stuck to basic policing in a bid to tackle the rising crime graph, a trend common in Urban areas. The Zone recorded 31 cases of murder in year 2012, and in 2013 there were 29 cases while detection was of 28 cases. The Zone have also observed declining trend in attempt to murder cases i.e. 35 in year 2013 to 27 in year 2014. This Zone covers Ajni, Hudkeshwar, Dhantoli, Sakkardara, Imambada and Nandanvan police stations. When one went into reason it was learnt that maximum preventive actions were taken by DCP Mina and later carried on by Sindhu in the Zone. The Zone invoked MCOCA in one cases, detention of five under MPDA and 26 externment against goons. This had the desired effect and immediately reflected in crime graph.
Only one dacoity occurred in the Zone in a year. DCP Mina was known for his thrust on keeping-up pressure on force and sticking to time tested styles in tackling criminals. The Zone have also reported decrease in robbery and HBT’s cases as 51 cases were reported with detection of 29 in year 2014. There were 325 HBTs in Year 2013 and police managed to bring down the figure to 300 in Year 2014.
In Zone IV, Nandanvan police recorded eight murders, followed by seven in Hudkeshwar, five in Ajni, four each in Imambada and Sakkardara and one in Dhantoli police stations. The murder under Dhantoli police station remains undetected.
Ajni, Hudkeshwar and Nandanvan police stations have reported 79, 74 and 75 HBTs in year 2014 respectively. The same police stations had reported 68, 119 and 56 HBTs in year 2013.
While Hudkeshwar police stations are showing declining trend, the Ajni and Nandanvan police station showed rise in cases of HBTs.
After studying the pattern of crime in the Zone, DCP Sindhu have introduced a new pro-active style of policing. He has assigned a criminal to a policemen and this continuous man to man tracking has provided good results.
The High Court had observed that due to unhygienic conditions prevailing in Government Hospitals including Medical College and Hospitals, Rural Hospitals, Cottage Hospitals, Public Health Centers and Sub Centers, the chances of hospital acquired infections going viral was very high and usual excuses like insufficient staff, inadequate budget would no longer be tolerated.
The new Government in Maharashtra, which has accorded top priority to public health, has taken the issue seriously. Health Minister Dr Deepak Sawant has constituted a state-level committee headed by Chief Secretary. Principal Secretary (Finance), Medical Education Secretary and Additional Chief Secretary of PWD, Principal Secretary of Health Department will be members of this panel and oversee turnaround of public health system in State.
The divisional-level committee will be chaired by Divisional Commissioner. The members of the committee will be Deputy Director Health Services, Chief Engineer of PWD, Dean of GMCH, officer of MPCB.
These committees will see cleanliness, water and power supply in the hospitals. The members are expected to pay surprise visits to hospitals to check the facilities provided to patients.
The PIL filed by Dinanath Waghmare before High Court pointed out unsatisfactory services provided to women patients and narrated as to how many of them were forced to deliver their children in unhygienic conditions which is detrimental to the health of such women and also the newly born babies. A visit made by Fact Finding Team of Human Rights Law Network (an NGO) to Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur, Government Medical College and Hospital, various Public Health Centers, Sub Centers, Rural Hospitals as well as cottage hospitals revealed that the garbage and biomedical waste was dumped in an open area, around the walkways and wards. The toilets were totally unhygienic. There was no proper facility for supply of potable drinking water. In some of the wards, two or more women share one bed. In a neonatal ward, 23 new born babies are squeezed in one incubator, the PIL stated. It can be seen that one of the major factors in contributing to these unhygienic conditions, is inadequate number of staff. According to an affidavit filed by the authorities before the High Court, due to a large number of vacancies of attendants and sweepers, it is not possible to keep control over the egress and ingress of the hospital.
The High Court which had undertaken the task of rejuvenating ailing public health institutions of Nagpur city one decade ago, has once again gave a wake up call to authorities to come with long term and pragmatic solutions to this vexed issue and to look into the matter of providing basic facilities to all the government-run medical institutions, find out lacunae and suggest corrective measures for ensuring that the right of health is extended to all citizens.
As per the provisions of Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, the civic administration has proposed to introduce three new taxes in 2015-16. These include 3 per cent each as Water Benefit Tax and Sewerage Tax, and 5 per cent Street Tax. This will be part of property tax ‘rationalisation’. Already, a proposal for revised taxation has been submitted for policy decision and approval of general body. The water user charges also may be reduced from 40 per cent to 25 per cent, if number of metered connections increase. “For the purpose of putting development of the city on fast track, I appeal to the citizens to pay taxes properly and co-operate us,” said Hardikar.
Because of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a person starts snoring, which often irritates the spouse. Apart from disturbed sleep, it leads to altercation and such a dispute often ends up in divorce petition before the family court. Secondly, if the person who suffers from OSA, does not reach doctor early he may develop heart and brain problems. Very often, he gets irritated on very small issues and both partners are at odds against leading to break-up.
This Malkapur based girl was unaware about number of medals she had secured and ‘The Hitavada’ informed her about her 16 medals on Wednesday. The episode has once again exposed the shocking apathy of RTMNU administration while dealing with a meritorious student with highest number of medals to her credit. Except dispatching a routine letter in most mechanical manner, the RTMNU administration did not pursue the matter and nobody took cognisance whether her consent letter was received or not and whether she was attending the convocation or not. Saniya said that the letter issued by RTMNU informing that she had topped in medals tally could not reach her. According to her the letter contains the information about her performance but she is unaware about number of medals. Saniya informed that she was not aware even about the date of Convocation ceremony and hence could not imagine the extent of her massive success.
Expressing strong displeasure over allegedly ‘poor’ increase in annual plan size for Nagpur district, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders said that the plan size ‘approved’ should have been Rs 300 crore.Former minister and Congress leader Dr Nitin Raut, former Minister of State and another senior Congress leader Rajendra Mulak, and former minister and senior NCP leader Anil Deshmukh said that BJP-Sena led State Government was heaping injustice upon Nagpur district in particular and Vidarbha region in general as was evident from ‘lowly’ plan size. During Congress-led Government in State, Dr Raut stated in a release, annual plan size of Nagpur district increased from Rs 117 crore in 2011-12 to Rs 225 crore in 2013-14. However, BJP-led Government has now granted ‘lowly’ rise of Rs 25 crore, taking the plan size to Rs 250 crore only. “This is sheer injustice considering that present-day Chief Minister and Finance Minister both are from Vidarbha,” stated Dr Raut and Anil Deshmukh. They pointed out that present-day Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had raised the demand of having separate planning committees for Nagpur (Rural) and Nagpur city. However, nothing has happened on that front, they added. 9 tehsils of Chanda district to regain ‘Naxal-affected’ status
IN another development, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis assured Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar that nine tehsils in Chandrapur district would be included again in the list of ‘Naxal-affected’ tehsils. Previously, these nine tehsils of Chandrapur, Ballarpur, Pombhurna, Rajura, Jiwati, Korpana, Mul, Saoli, and Gondpipri were among ‘Naxal-affected’ tehsils of the State. However, these were dropped from the list vide a Government Resolution issued on December 26, 2014. Recently, Mungantiwar met Fadnavis, who also holds Home Department portfolio, in this regard. Mungantiwar apprised Fadnavis that these tehsils were tribal-dominated and sensitive, and hence needed to be kept among ‘Naxal-affected’ tehsils. In response, Fadnavis reportedly assured Mungantiwar that necessary correction would be made.
There is no let up in swine flu despite warming days, more than 300 to 400 patients with cold and cough reach to the Government and private hospitals to get them examined for swine flu. On Wednesday, 60 samples of swine flu suspects, 30 to Gwalior and 30 to Jabalpur virology labs were sent for testing. While 11 of 42 samples sent on Tuesday to Gwalior and Jabalpur lab were tested positive. In Hamidia Hospital, many patients are on oxygen. Dr D K Pal, Superintendent, Hamidia Hospital, said five samples of swine flu suspects were taken and sent to lab. Seven patients are on oxygen while one is on ventilator. Total 50 swine flu suspects reached hospital for treatment. According to him there was no death of any swine flu patient in Hamidia Hospital on Wednesday. Dr Anil Shukla, Civil Surgeon, JP Hospital, said six swine flu patients are admitted, of them two are serious. The doctors took samples of 11 swine flu suspected patients. Many patients with cough and cold had reached to the hospital to get them examined and treatment of the swine flu. Senior in JP Hospital said the delay in proper swine flu treatment to the patients increasing death toll of the swine flu. The swine flu patients should be started from the first day to save the lives of the patients with swine flu symptoms.
A poster caught the attention of everyone during the demonstration. Actually, this poster carried slogans against Congress National President Sonia Gandhi and others, including Rahul Gandhi, Suresh Pachauri and Arun Yadav. No one knows who put up the poster. Congress said it is handiwork of BJP.
After staging walk out, Congress MLAs raised slogans against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Governor Ramnaresh Yadav. They demanded resignations from both of them in the light of VYAPAM scam. Sundarlal Tiwari alleged that it is now clear that CM and Governor are involved in the scam and they should tender their resignations. Reacting on Opposition’s behaviour, Home Minister Babulal Gaur said to media that Opposition’s attitude was unfortunate and such act is also against the set traditions of constitution. What is more unfortunate that senior Congress MLAs, including Dr Govind Singh and Arif Aqueel, have not stood when Governor arrived in the house. “I am in politics since 40 years but never seen such thing. If they wanted to say then they could have told afterwards,” he added. Senior Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya said Shivraj Singh Chouhan is going to stay.Opposition to focus only on CM
Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare said that it would be now Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his Government which would be on focus of Opposition. Now there would be no clamour over resignation of Governor Ram Naresh Yadav. Speaking to ‘The Hitavada’ Katare said as far issue related to resignation of Governor is concerned, Opposition has left that issue on the morality of Governor. However, on Thursday, Opposition would allow question hour to go smoothly in house. He added that CM is going to be on target of opposition which would press him for resignation and if he does not resign then at least he should hand over probe to CBI in VYAPAM scam. Clearing his stand to stage walk out during Governor’s speech, he said had we have not opposed the speech of Governor then how we could have been able to seek the resignation of CM as name of Governor house also surfaced in the same case. He alleged that it is Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who tampered with the documents.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Jt CP) Anup Kumar Singh, when asked about the rise in suicides by cops, said, their investigations into suicides by cops revealed that it has little to do with work and more of personal causes. On the issue of accidents, Singh said, it’s for individuals to decide what is best for him and even making wearing helmets compulsory won’t change the situation. Every cop is expected to religiously follow the fitness schedule as the job is very challenging.‘Long duty hours affecting health’
After interacting with several police personnel, this reporter found that basic problem of the force is 12 hours duty, which is often gets extended without prior intimation. Except Police Department, no other government department has 12-hour work culture.The police personnel have no pre-decided assignments as every cop has to always respond to every happening. As the cops are working beyond their capacity, it is resulting in fatigue among them. Fatigue diminishes cops’ mental and physical health and affects their ability to cope with stress. A constable of traffic control branch posted on a busy intersection has to be on duty for 12 hours. If the cop leaves the spot even for 10 minutes, he/she is bound to face music from the bosses. In Nagpur Police Commissionerate, no police station has retiring room for its staff. Except the chamber of Police Inspectors and senior officials, even basic hygienic conditions are missing in police stations. Most police stations have wooden benches for constabulary to relax for a few minutes.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Jt CP) Anup Kumar Singh, when asked about the rise in suicides by cops, said, their investigations into suicides by cops revealed that it has little to do with work and more of personal causes. On the issue of accidents, Singh said, it’s for individuals to decide what is best for him and even making wearing helmets compulsory won’t change the situation. Every cop is expected to religiously follow the fitness schedule as the job is very challenging.
- Schools will register details on-line from February 9. - On-line applications to be allowed by parents from February 23 - Education officers conduct admissions through manual lottery - It will be schools’ prerogative to refuse admission if documents are not in order.“Reduce burden of bag”
It is the initiative of School Education Minister Vinod Tawde to reduce the burden of bag. To discuss this issue, District Collector Abhishek Krishna had convened a meeting on Friday at St. Ursula Girls school. A select panel of principals were invited to share their views on how the burden of heavy school bags can be solved.The meeting was addressed by Kishor Chaudhari, Education Officer (Primary). He told Principals to give suggestions on reducing burden of bag. The academicians shared their ideas. Suggestions from Amravati and Nagpur divisions have been taken and these will be compiled. Shahid Sharif, a social activist who is demanding to reduce the burden of load, since long had expressed his views on Thursday. Kishor Chaudhari also talked about on-line RTE admissions. He explained to the Principals how RTE on-line admission process will be conducted. When the issue of summer vacations was raised by Chaudhari, the Principals told him that the schools close by around April 15 and re-opens by June end. They also clarified that the schools do not ask students to attend classes during summer vacations. Maharashtra government will use Google Maps to ensure that students are allocated schools close to their homes, in the on-line admissions to seats under the Right to Education (RTE) Act this year. The admissions are expected to start in the approaching weeks. Trained officials from Education department will independently review the locations filled in by schools and parents in on-line applications, to make sure that they are accurately mapped. This safeguard has been introduced this year since last year several students were allocated schools far away from their homes. What about minority institutions?
Minority institutions have got exemption from the RTE quota as the Supreme Court had excluded educational institutions having minority tag from RTE ambit. However, the schools are free to admit RTE seats as part of their social responsibility. In any case, the minority institutions are required to fill at least 51 per cent students from the defined linguistic or religious minority for whom the school has been primarily established.All minority institutions are expected to allot seats to minority students as per norm, said Education Minister Vinod Tawde. State to tie up with NIC this time
Last year, the state government had tied up with the Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) organisation to hold on-line admissions to fill 25 per cent quota. This year, it has tied up with the National Informatics Centre. The NIC has institutional linkages with all the ministries, departments of the central government.There will be 25 help centres in city
Since majority of the applicant parents are unlikely to be Internet savvy the government has decided to start 25 help centres in Nagpur city which will provide free service of filling up the on-line forms for parents. Once the applicant enters his residential pin code in the on-line form, the software will show schools where admission can be taken. These schools will be within a 3 km radius from the residence. Documents will have to scanned and attached with the on-line form. “Submitting the form on-line does not guarantee admission. Schools will scrutinise the documents and reserve the right to refuse admission if things are not in order. Only government issued address proof will be acceptable, hence rent agreements are out,” said an official.
Defeated Mayoral candidate of Congress, Kailash Mishra spoke to “The Hitavada” and said that it is not public rather BJP government which had defeated him. Mishra said that he suffered massive loss due to BJP led state government and district administration.He said that tags of some EVMs were found burnt at old jail premises where counting was done and when he tried to attract the attention of district administration, he got the cold shoulder. In this regard he is going to file petition in court. According to him, one EVM containing votes of corporator election was found during the counting of Mayor votes. Alleging that ruling party misused government machinery to clinch the Mayoral election victory, he said his fight was not with BJP Mayoral candidate Alok Sharma rather he had indirect fight with state government, ministers and even with district administration. However, he claimed that he got support from all leaders of Congress in campaigning.
Raymond UCO Private Limited, Yavatmal had submitted a proposal for investment of Rs 29 crore for its denim project. Indorama Synthetic Private Limited also submitted a proposal for investment of Rs 34.37 crore for its future expansion project. SARA group also proposed to invest Rs 40 crore in Yavatmal for spinning mills. P V Textile Private Limited has expansion plan of Rs 21 crore in Samudrapur tehsil. Gimitex Industries Private Limited has proposed investment of Rs 68.16 crore in Hinganghat, Walmark Meditech Private Limited has planned investment of Rs 5 crore in Butibori, while Morarjee Textiles Limited has decided to invest Rs 25 crore in weaving and powerlooms.
Collector Thakur Ram Singh has instructed the Raipur Municipal Corporation and District Health Department to establish medical camps and carry out necessary tests of water samples from the affected areas.As the previously given instructions by the Collector, District Health Department is setting up medical camps in the jaundice affected areas. New camps will be established at Hirapur, Sanjay Nagar and Adarsh Nagar on Saturday.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan left for United States of America late on Friday night.Chouhan will launch official website of Friends of MP Forum in New York on February 1. He will address a convention of NRIs from Madhya Pradesh settled in America. During his America visit, Chouhan will hold discussions with various industrial houses and companies interested in investing in Madhya Pradesh. Chouhan will also meet representatives of organizations working towards strengthening cultural and commercial ties between America and India. He will return to India on February 5.
Alok Sharma has promised to make city as clean city, connecting all wards with wi fi facility, green city, preserve historical lakes, to develop urban resource center, facilitation of transfer of private colonies to corporation, houses for poor under Chief Minister Accommodation Scheme, simplification of building permission, closure of Bhanpura landfill site, initiative to legalise illegal colonies, adequate water supply, construction of fly overs to ease traffic pressure, transparency in works, metro train, waste management etc.Promises of Cong Mayoral candidate Kailash Mishra
Congress Mayoral Candidate Kailash Mishra has said that his first priority would be to ensure cleanliness, to provide clean drinking water, to ensure Narmada water to everyone, priority to development of Bairagarh and Kolar, fly overs in city, waste management, initiatives for the welfare of poor people, to develop city as education hub, to facilitate process of transfer of illegal colonies to corporation, to turn city into digital city etc.
When contacted, DCP Abhinash Kumar told ‘The Hitavada’ that the allegations levelled by the CSWs were baseless. No policeman prevented people to visit the area, he added. DCP Kumar said that the police received complaints from women residing in the adjoining localities that people visting the area presume that they too were CSWs. People in the nearby localities were fed up because of the nuisance of anti-social elements and hardcore criminals who often take shelter in the brothels, he added. About other allegations levelled against him by the CSWs, DCP Kumar said that he had convened a meeting of some of the ‘Madams’ from area at Lakadganj Police Chowky some days ago after rescuing minor girls from the brothels and requested them to stop such illegal activity immediately. After getting information from a Pune-based NGO that minor girls from MP, UP, Orissa and Rajasthan were dragged into flesh trade by pimps, police had raided the brothels and rescued these minor girls, Kumar added. “The women and pimps who forced these minor girls into prostitution were booked under the relevant provisions of PITA,” DCP Kumar said, adding that “We simply had asked the building owners in the area to furnish details about their tenants for security reasons as per the orders promulgated by Commissioner of Police under Section 144 of the Cr.PC.” Being a police officer, he said, he had extended a helping hand to eldery women in the redlight area in the process of their rehabilitation if they so desire. The allegations levelled against him and Lakadganj Police by CSWs were far from truth, he added.
Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan on Friday dismissed the allegations levelled by former Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan, saying there was “neither pressure nor interference” from the party leadership. Chavan was a minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in the UPA government. Chavan, known to have been close to the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said, “We get so many letters and delegations from interested persons, but as a minister, one is expected to go by the rule book and not to favour anyone.”
Chandrashekhar Bawankule told the reporters that there were several cases of ‘bogus’ registry of lands in the district, especially in peri-urban area like Besa, Beltarodi etc. “There is no non-agricultural (NA) permission, Town Planning Department clearance, and still deals are getting registered. There is no clarity in law of registration. As a result, two persons posing as seller and purchaser of a land can register the deal for plot owned by another person. This needs to be curbed. For the purpose, amendments are required to be effected to the existing laws,” he said. He said that he himself, along with all MLAs from Nagpur district, would meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse and discuss the issue.‘Have complaint about corruption in NIT? Submit it to my office’
On the issue of allegations of corruption in Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule said that he had not received any such complaint so far. “Still, through media, I shall appeal to the citizens to submit complaints, if any, at my office at Cottage No 5, Ravi Bhavan or approach Anti-Corruption Bureau for proper action,” he said.
As declared by Education Minister Vinod Tawde, the department has also fixed minimum 3 years as the age for admission to play group/nursery admission. For Standard-I admission minimum 6 years age has been prescribed. The age will be calculated as on July 31 of the year of admission. The department has asked the schools to implement age criterion for play group/nursery from the academic year 2015-16 itself. While for Standard-I, it can be implemented by 2018-19 since the admissions to KG-I and KG-II have already been last year and there will be lot of injustice on these kids. Government has also made it clear that though the age limit for admission to Standard-I is 6 years, the kid of 5 years of age also can be admitted in that class during next academic year (2015-16), in 2016-17 only kids who will complete 5 years and four months will be eligible for admission to Standard-I while in 2017-18, minimum age should be 5 years and 8 months. Apart from the schools run by State Government, various schools of different boards including CBSE, ICSE, IB are following different age criterion At present there is no age limit fixed for the admissions to pre-primary class.