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.
The on-line submission and confirmation of option form of round-I of Centralised Admission Process (CAP) will begin on Wednesday. It will be done through candidates login by himself, herself through the website by Maharashtra State and All India candidates. It will continue till June 26. The provisional allotment of CAP Round-I for Maharashtra State and all India candidates on website will be displayed on June 27.The students have to report to the institute as per allotment in CAP round-I between June 28 and July 1. The institute-wise vacancy position for CAP Round- II will be displayed on websiteon July 3. The on-line submission and confirmation of option form of CAP Round-II through candidates will be done between July 4 and 6.
Hearing the matter related to VYAPAM scam, the division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Chief Justice, A M Khanwilkar and Justice, Alok Aradhe on Tuesday, has directed to the Special Task Force’s Chief to shall remain present before the court on June 26, 2015. The division bench has called to the chief of the STF regarding some errors in 9th report of SIT.In the previous hearing of the matter, the Principal Registrar (Judicial) produced sealed envelope received from SIT. It contains report (IX) of SIT dated on June 18, 2015. Since the report runs into couple of pages and is accompanied by other material, which may require deeper scrutiny, the division bench had deemed it appropriate to defer the hearing till June 23, 2015. Counsel for the State intends to file application for appropriate direction. Advocate General Ravish Agrawal with P.K. Kaurav, Additional Advocate General appeared on behalf of the State.
The Counsel of the respondent Union of India has submitted report before the court that so far as the matter of appearing of Sachin Tendulkar in commercial advertisement is concerned, this Ministry of Home Affairs of Union of India is not aware of any matter, which is sub judice before the Supreme Court of India. However, institution of a petition in the High Court of Madhya Pradesh recently, has come to light through some news items. It is informed that, Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of the country, is awarded in recognition of exceptional service, performance of the highest order in any field of human endeavor. A copy of the relevant notification dated on January 8, 1955 and November 18, 2011 governing Bharat Ratna are enclosed.It is also informed the recipients of Bharat Ratna awards are issued an advisory regarding not to use the award as a TITLE, as the Supreme Court of India in its judgment dated on December 15, 1955 in Transferred Case (Civil) 1994 with Transferred Case (Civil) 1995 had upheld the constitutional validity of the awards and directed that the award should not be used as PREFIX or SUFFIX to an individual’s name. The relevant observation contained in the said judgment is as under, “The National Awards do not amount to ‘Titles’ within the meaning of Article 18 (1) and they should not be used as suffixes or prefixes. If this is done, the defaulter should forfeit the National Award conferred on him or her by following the procedure laid down in regulation 10 of each of the four notifications creating these National Awards.” A copy of such letter advisory issued to Sachin Tendulkar dated on May 12, 2014 is enclosed.
Another major attraction of the bidding process is that the two leading thermal and hydel power producers in the state Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company Limited and NHDC have submitted their biddings for supplying solar power to the state. The two conventional energy producers have submitted their biddings for supplying 10 MW and 70 MW solar power to Madhya Pradesh.
We have acquired permission: APCCF
Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (APCCF) (Land Management) Mudit Kumar, who is the officer in-charge of the rail corridor, said they have acquired all the permissions required to cut the trees from Central Government. However, he couldn’t tell exactly how much trees will have be cut for the project. No step for compensatory afforestation
On the question whether they there is any fund sanctioned for the compensatory afforestation for proposed cutting of 800 trees, Compensator Afforestation Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) and Protection B K Sinha said, there is no clearance obtained for the project yet and there is also no fund sanctioned for the compensatory afforestation.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari while addressing concluding function of city executive committee of BJP said, it is impossible to satisfy all party workers as they have high expectations from Central and State Government. Taking pot-shots at this tendency of self-centered politics, Gadkari in his inimitable style said, every party worker wants to be chairman of some board or committee in the Government and move in a vehicle with red-beacon.The workers should not forget that the politics is an instrument of social and economic reforms. The workers, who are doing good jobs in their particular areas, will get chance in the local body election, he declared while warning that mere publicity mongers and sycophants would not get any chance. Gadkari said, we should not forget the aim of the party to change society for the betterment of the country. Gadkari strongly refuted media reports regarding disputes between him and Fadnavis and also took a dig at media for dishing out such reports. He said, party does not have any quota system and we will give chance to good workers only. He also denied any dynasty politics in the party.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis described Yoga as “a cultural heritage of India.” Yoga is a scientific practice which not only strengthens the physical body, but also helps a person to lead a stress-free life, he added. The entire world has recognised the scientific method of ‘Yoga’ which is a gift of India to mankind. When the entire world is fighting against the life style diseases, Yoga the natural and scientific life style adopted by ancient sages of India can give a permanent solution to keep a person healthy, Fadnavis stated. Janardanswami Yogabhyasi Mandal is preaching Yoga for last 65 years. It was Janardanswami’s dream to celebrate Yog Din and United Nations has declared June 21 as International Yoga Day after an appeal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is a time for every one to take pledge for practicing Yoga to lead healthy life, he said.Union Minister of Road Transport Nitin Gadkari appreciated the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making United Nations to declare June 21 as ‘International Yoga Day’. Many Rishis, saints and spiritual leaders had devoted their lives for promoting Yoga. The country is also celebrating this day as a tribute to them, he added. Rambhau Khandwe, Karyawah of Janardanswami Yogabhyasi Mandal delivered a welcome address. Shraddha Bharadwaj conducted the proceedings. Dayashankar Tiwari proposed a vote of thanks. NMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, Co-convenor Prof Girish Deshmukh, Harish Dikondawar, Chairman of Sports Committee, Chetna Tank, Chairman of Education Committee, Lata Yadav, Chairman of Dhantoli Zone, Ramesh Singare, Chairman of Standing Committee welcomed the guests.
Yoga has its roots in India. Many saints, sages, and Yoga experts had dreamed this day since long. UN has declared International Yoga Day when the western countries felt the importance of Yoga in health care.The seeds of Yoga, Pranayam and other traditional practices were sown by Paramhansa Yogananda in West in 1920. Paramhansa Yogananda founded Self Realization Fellowship (SRF) to disseminate worldwide his teachings on India’s ancient practices and philosophy of Yoga and its tradition of meditation. Yogananda was the first Hindu teacher of yoga to spend a major portion of his life in America. According to Paramhansa Yogananda, “The word Yoga signifies the perfect poise or mental evenness that is the result of communion of the mind with spirit.” After Yogananda many spiritual leaders like Maharshi Mahesh Yogi popularized Yoga in Western world. In the last 3 decades, the Art of Living has taken yoga to 152 countries and has 26,000 yoga teachers worldwide. Swami Ramdev, founder of Patanjali Yog Samiti is instrumental in popularizing Yog in India. In December 2011, a two day conference titled ‘Yoga: A Science for World Peace’ was organised jointly by The Art of Living, SVYASA Yoga University, Bengaluru and Yoga Portuguese Confederation of Lisbon, Portugal. This conference has given a call to United Nations to declare June 21 as World yoga Day. Under the leadership of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar a proclamation was signed for having UN and UNESCO to declare June 21 as World Yoga Day. Shri Swami Bala Gangadharanath of Adi Chun Chun Giri Mutt; Swami Paramatmananda, General Secretary of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha; BKS Iyengar, Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune; Swami Baba Ramdev, Patañjali Yogpeeth, Haridvar; Dr. Nagendra, Vivekánanda Yoga University, Bengaluru; Jagat Guru Amrata Suryananda Maharaj, President of Yoga Portuguese Confederation; Subodh Tiwari, Keivalyadhama Yoga Institute; Dr. D.R Kaarthikeyan, Advisor: Law-Human Responsibilities-Corporate Affairs and Dr. Ramesh Bijlani, Aurobindo Ashram, New Delhi were the other signatories. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014. Modi said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.” On December 11, 2014, the 193-member UN General Assembly approved by consensus a resolution establishing June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’. The resolution also saw a record number of 177 countries co-sponsoring it. Why June 21?
According to Hindu lunar Calendar, June 21 is a day when Dakshinayana starts. While suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the day is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world. From the perspective of Yoga, the Summer Solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana. The first full moon after Summer Solstice is known as Guru Poornima.According to Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, in the yogic lore, the first transmission of yoga by Shiva, the first Guru, is said to have begun on this day. Dakshinayana is also considered a time when there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices. Sadguru further mentioned, “In the yogic culture, the summer solstice which falls in the month of June marks the beginning of Dakshinayana, which means in the Earth’s sky, the Sun begins to trace a southward movement in the northern hemisphere of the planet. Similarly, the winter solstice which falls in the month of December marks the beginning of Uttarayana or the northern run of the Sun. The half of the year from the beginning of Uttarayana in December to the beginning of Dakshinayana in June is known as Gyana pada. The other half of the year from the beginning of Dakshinayana to the beginning of Uttarayana is known as the Sadhana pada. In terms of sadhana, Dakshinayana is for purification, Uttarayana is for enlightenment.”
Joint Director of Technical Education, Nagpur Region G R Thakare has appealed students not to give application ID and Password received through application kit, to anybody.Thakare said, “Since process for admission to first year Engineering has begun, the students will get application kit along with ID and password through which they can submit application form on-line on ‘www.dtemaharashtrra.gov.in/fe2015’ While operating at various Application Receipt Centres (ARCs), the students should not disclose their ID and password, that can be misused. After submitting the form on-line, the students should carry print of the same along with the attested photocopies of certificates and get those checked at application centres. After doing proper check up, collect the acknowledgement of form confirmed from ARC officer, pointed Thakare. Candidates should not need to go to ARC for submitting option form. Students should confirm the options on their own. Students should not give original documents to anybody unless their admissions get confirmed. They also should not handover the documents to unknown persons. The students who are willing to take admissions at institute level or in management quota should pay full amount of fees decided by Shikshan Shulka Samiti (Fee Fixation Committee). The admissions will not be considered valid if partly fees is paid, added Thakare.
Government of Maharashtra had implemented a scheme for payment of scholarship/freeship to students belonging to backward classes (SC, ST, OBC, VJ, NT, SBC, etc). The colleges give admission to all such backward class students as per government norms. The Government of Maharashtra then reimburses tuition fees through Social Justice Department and other departments, against all such students admitted as per norms.The whole trouble starts as there are only 20 per cent students who pay actual fees while remaining 80 percent students belong to backward classes in majority of colleges. Only old and reputed colleges are comfortable with admissions from general category students and do not depend on state scholarship. The colleges have to bear either 100 per cent fees or some part of it for these 80 per cent students. Expenditure budget of a college is based on fees received from students, vis-a-vis scholarship/freeship received from backward class students (SC, ST, OBC, VJ, NT, SBC etc) and other category students. Government departments like Social Justice, Minority Welfare pay tuition fees against students admitted in due course of time after completion of fees claim process. As per GR dated November 1, 2003, Social Justice Department should pay 90 per cent of tuition fees/scholarship/freeship to institutions by June of every academic year before commencement of academic session. But it is seldom done. The dues with the Government vary from Rs 80 lakh to Rs 5 crore per college. Last year, over 30 per cent seats in engineering colleges remained vacant. It has put additional financial burden on these colleges. Panic has gripped managements of many college as they have obtained loans from banks and are dependent on dues to be received from the Government.
There are 37,930 ‘chronic’ defaulters of crop loans in Nagpur district and they are unable to get fresh credit from any bank. As a result, these many farmers may remain deprived of institutional credit.“These farmers had taken loan in 2009 and 2010. However, they could not repay it. Later, Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank Limited ran into trouble. They have got the status of chronic defaulter as they have not got no dues certificate from NDCCB. As a result, they are ineligible to get fresh loan from any of the banks,” said Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister. To ensure credit supply for these farmers, a policy decision of the State Government is required apart from clearance from Reserve Bank of India, he added. “I have already discussed the matter with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Principal Secretary of Co-operation Department. Chief Minister has assured me to find a way out so that these many farmers get fresh institutional credit,” Bawankule told reporters. Earlier in the day, Bawankule chaired a meeting with Lead Bank and other financial institutions regarding crop loan distribution to farmers. Krupal Tumane, Ramtek MP; Sudhir Parwe, Umred MLA; D Mallikarjun Reddy, Ramtek MLA; Sachin Kurve, District Collector; Shivajirao Jondhale, Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Parishad; and representatives of nationalised banks were present in the meeting. Mohan Mashankar of Lead Bank; C Y Deshmukh; Sudhir Dhanvijay, Assistant General Manager of NABARD; Manohar Deore, S D Kogje, Ramanuj Prasad, D W Nikose, Pradeep Ambarkhane, Parul Nandanwar, Dheeraj Khobragade, S W Susankar, Ramesh Ramteke, D V Banbole and others also attended the meeting. ‘No crop loan through NDCCB this Kharif’
Farmers in Nagpur district will not get crop loan through beleaguered Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank Limited (NDCCB) this Kharif season, as the inspection by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will take at least three-four months to complete, said Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister.Addressing a press conference, Bawankule said that the matter pertaining to revival of NDCCB was in the court. As a result, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will require directions from the High Court to restore NDCCB’s banking license. Further, RBI will not restore banking licence of NDCCB unless NABARD conducts inspection. “However, as its banking licence has been revoked, NDCC is a mere society and not a bank. As a result, NABARD cannot conduct inspection of a society. So, there are certain technical issues,” said Bawankule. Still, said Bawankule, the State Government was taking efforts for restoration of banking licence of NDCCB. But, the resolution of these issues will take at least three to four months. Till then, Kharif season will be almost over. Hence, farmers will not get crop loan through NDCCB at least this Kharif season, he made it clear.
The Executive Council (EC) members of Barkatullah University (BU) agreed on Wednesday to investigate the optical fiber scam. Hemant Katare, EC member, raised the issue of fiber scam and demanded to probe. He said that fiber worth Rs 2 crore is missing from campus so officials should invest the matter. Vice Chancellor M D Tiwari and registrar L S Solanki also agreed to probe the scam. In the meeting, members also passed the post of superintendent officers in hostels under self finance scheme. The proposal of superintendent will so sent to the Government for further approval. The superintendent officers are proposed to be appointed at Munshi Premchand Hostel, Sanjay Gandhi, Jawaharlal, Indira Kanya and Nivedita Girls Hostel. The EC members also decided to award the winners of All India Inter University and Zonal sports competition. First winner of the competition will be awarded with Rs 21,000, second 15,000 and third with Rs 11,000. Another major decision taken by EC members is service extension to 12 professors for next three months. EC member Amit Sharma raised the issue of contract faculty and demanded to extend the working tenure of 12 professors. He asked to appoint them as guest faculties.
e-DISNIC or e-District Information System of National Informatics Centre (NIC), a web-based district administration portal that was first developed in Kolhapur district, has won appreciation across the nation. Soon, it will be introduced across Maharashtra.Under the e-DISNIC system, various software modules have been implemented already in Kolhapur district. These include e-RevCOurt, a web-based Revenue Course case management and information system for Additional Collector, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Tehsildar, and Circle authorities. e-DISNIC is envisaged to accommodate wide range of software modules and is paperless in nature as the related data entry can be done and reports can be seen over the Internet.
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh inaugurated the Yoga training camp held at Chhattisgarh Assembly annex on Wednesday. Apart from Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, the camp was participated by Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal, all Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries and Bharatiya Janata Party Legislators. Also present were Chhattisgarh Assembly Principal Secretary Devendra Verma, senior Assembly officials and employees. However, Congress Legislators including Congress Legislative Party Leader T S Singhdeo and CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel were conspicuous by their absence from the camp.Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh while reacting on the absence of Congress Legislators said it seems not a single Congress Legislator is interested in yoga or exercise. On a query about Congress opposing the same, the Chief Minister said today Yoga is being followed by whole world but it is unfortunate that some people are more inclined towards politicizing the issue. Those who do not want to keep their conscience clean and maintain healthy lifestyle, are opposing the Yoga. So far as missing of Congress Legislators are concerned, it seems they are tired after the two day AICC Vice President visit hence are taking rest. It is worth mentioning here that the UN General Assembly had in December last year adopted an India-led resolution, supported by over 175 UN member- states, declaring June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’, recognizing that “Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being”. The day will be observed in over 251 cities in 191 countries across the world and the Indian missions and diplomatic posts have made arrangements for the celebrations. The Yoga camp at Chhattisgarh Assembly was also organized on Wednesday in this context. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said Yoga is among India’s thousands of years traditions. Yoga has made the country proud and it is necessary to keep our mind and body healthy. Yoga keeps stress and strains away from our life. He said Yoga is so much beneficial that it should be practiced ceremoniously in every household everyday. The one day Yoga demonstration is a part of drive to generate awareness of people towards Yoga. Speaking on the occasion Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal said Yoga is a part of healthy life. In order to keep a health body it is necessary to practice Yoga everyday and it should be made a habit. The training at Chhattisgarh Assembly was conducted by Yoga instructors from Patanjali Yoga Peeth, Raipur. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ajay Chandrakar delivered the welcome speech while Principal Secretary Devendra Verma proposed the vote of thanks.
Ali is daughter of Colonel Prem Sehgal and Captain Lakshmi Sehgal, who were part of the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose led Indian National Army, said, Central Government should disclose all the papers related to the death of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. She said, her parents told her that Netaji died in an air crash in Japan and they were convinced with the death of Netaji. Colonel Habib-Ur- Rehman was the only person who survived in the plane crash, later he shifted to Pakistan.She said that there were rumuors regarding survival of Netaji. About reported surveillance of Netaji’s family, she said, Home Ministry is keeping a watch on every person, who is in public life. The Government is trying to destroy the image of Nehruji, she alleged. No trained yoga teachers in schools Subhashini Ali opposed International Yoga Day celebration in a big way in the country. She said, we do not have any trained yoga teachers in the schools, why Central Government is pressurising students to participate in this event. It is not everyone’s cup of tea as it requires special training to do yogasana. Ali, who is also president of the All India Democratic Women’s Association, said Government should give legal rights to maid servant working in the houses. Maharashtra Government had enacted a law for the welfare of maid servant but it was not implemented forcefully, she added. Trust President Pradip Maitra welcomed her while Treasurer Joseph Rao proposed vote of thanks.
AN ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD girl was killed after lightning struck the ground near Indian Gymkhana in Dhantoli area on Tuesday. The deceased Payal Madhukar Maraskolhe (11) was a resident of Takia Basti. A student of Sule Girls’ School, Payal was playing in the ground. As it started raining heavily, she took shelter near a make-shift shed under a tree. Suddenly, lightning struck the area killing Payal on the spot. Parents of the victim rushed to the spot as news about Payal’s death spread like a wild fire in Takia. Residents too gathered at thes spot. Soon after receiving the information, staff from Dhantoli Police arrived and sent Payal’s body to Government Medical College & Hospital for autopsy. Cops registered an accidental death case. Further investigations are under way.The South West monsoon started off on a sound note and on Tuesday the city within one hour recorded about 36.8 mm of rainfall. The intensity of rains today was quite severe and visibility was very poor, reduced to just few feets. For two wheelers riders, the problem was accentuated by thick sheet of rainfall falling and driving through water pools became quite dangerous. Even four wheeler drivers were quite cautious as wipers speed could not match the falling rain and for a long distance only whiteness appeared, indicating the intensity of rains. Apart from the rains, the accompanying lighting was cause of scare in household across city. Such was the activity up in the skies that children were frightened to core. Although lighting is bit common during the monsoon, but the loud sounds were quite scary.
The Office of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR), Chandrapur, has prepared a plan, involving Rs 30 crore for eco-tourism and habitat augmentation in the park, following instructions by Sudhir Mungantiwar, Forest Minister, during a review meeting held on Thursday in Chandrapur. Reliable sources informed that G P Garad, CCF and Field Director, TATR, is taking the proposal to Mumbai on Monday for discussion and approval in a meeting convened by Forest Minister. The proposal includes renovation of a tourist complex at Pangdi gate, construction of quarters for Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) and staff members and other facilities. The STPF jawans had occupied Pangdi tourist complex for the last two years and vacated it recently. The tourists had no accommodation facility at this complex during this period or at the nearby Jhari gate. In all, a dozen tourists vehicles are allowed daily to enter in the park from Pangdi and Jhari gates. Now, the upgradation of this complex would provide lodging/boarding facilities to tourists at Pangdi. Similarly, the plan for habitat augmentation includes water conservation works in habitat, quarters for forest guards in beats, meadow development in buffer areas, internal road works for strengthening patrolling and ultimately increasing protection level etc., sources said.
The IIM-Nagpur website ‘www.iimnagpur.ac.in’ says that a number of banks will offer education loans to support your IIM Nagpur education on relaxed terms. These banks include Axis Bank, Canara Bank, Dena Bank, and State Bank of India at the moment. Students may have a chance to interact with representatives of some of these banks around the registration time. Some of the banks may open kiosks on campus around the registration time. IIM-N will provide copies of the loan leaflets of these bank for students’ reference once it is confirmed the admission offer. IIM Nagpur has made it clear that all loan arrangements are purely between the student and the awarding bank. IIM Nagpur does not associate itself with such arrangements. While many students raise the loan after joining the programme IIM-Nagpur would strongly encourage to finalize the loan arrangements soon after student receiving the admission offer. IIM Nagpur has shown willingness to facilitate a number of scholarships which are awarded by Government of India and various state governments.Admission process
Each IIM shortlists candidates for second stage of selection which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). Performance in CAT 2014 examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may use previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short listing and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-off and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs.IIM Nagpur has announced the admission status and the schedule for final admission result announcement for all the candidates. The first announcement of admission offer and subsequent waiting list at IIM Nagpur has been made available on June 6, 2015. There will be 3 more such announcements on June 16, June 22 and June 29, 2015. The candidates who have been offered provisional admission at IIM Nagpur on June 6, 2015 will have to submit the hard copy of acceptance letter and demand draft for commitment fee so as to reach at IIM Nagpur by June 19, 2015. The candidates who have been selected will receive an e-mail containing a provisional admission offer and next steps to be followed. There won’t be any communication to the other candidates.
Mayor Pravin Datke demanded hike of 17% in funding to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in lieu of withdrawal of LBT. He said abolition of LBT would benefit NMC as Goods and Service Tax (GST) would also come into force by next financial year. As compared to Octroi, the income of civic body dropped significantly during last two years adversely affecting the developmental works. Therefore, as against the best performance during LBT, the NMC had calculated possible income through Octroi and has forcefully demanded a better financial deal to carry on its developmental activities.
Osteogenesis Imperfecta is a genetical problem. The patients suffering from this disease face repeated fractures which deform the bones. Nails are put in long bones to correct the deformity and prevent further fractures. Dr Viraj Shingade, noted paediatric orthopaedic surgeon, who treats Devayani said, “Devyani is also facing repeated fractures. We had planned to put nails in the long bones but as nails were not available I recommended Devyani’s parents to go to Dr Atul Bhaskar of Mumbai.”Dr Shingade said Devayani was facing tremendous pain because of repeated fractures. “As the bones get curved the patients cannot walk properly. This disease has no cure but after she attains age of 25, the frequency of fractures get reduced,” he added. Hailing Devayani’s achievement Dr Shingade said, “Just before the examination Devyani was facing lot of pain. But she overcome that and achieved this remarkable success. It is really laudable.”
Joint topper among the three, Rupal Sharma of Somalwar High School, Ramdaspeth believes that medicine is best field to serve the socie... Read More
Joint topper among the three, Rupal Sharma of Somalwar High School, Ramdaspeth believes that medicine is best field to serve the society, which she plans to make her career in. Rupal is the joint topper from Nagpur Division, in SSC examination with 98.80 per cent marks. The results were announced on Monday. Rupal was confident about her performance but did not expect the top slot among the merit students.“It was a very pleasant surprise for me because, I was expecting a score of around 95 per cent. Thanks to my school teachers who guided me and in solving the difficulties I faced during the studies,” she stated. Hard work, consistent efforts and self-confidence are the biggest factors in life and Roopal achieved the success following the same. Roopal’s father Sushil Sharma is a Junior Engineer with Central Railways and mother Manju is home-maker. Her elder brother Abhijit is an engineering student of IIT, Kharagpur. “I would like to accredit of my success to my brother and parents, who guided and encouraged me to perform better. My parents sacrificed several things for me and I will try to fulfil their expectations,” Roopal stated. Special courses conducted at the school also helped Roopal to upgrade her performance. She preferred to study during night hours, for better concentration and less disturbance. She likes singing, drawing and reading books during free time. She also likes to play chess for improving concentration and also music to reduce stress. ‘Focus, clarity of concepts are my success mantra’
An avid reader of books, especially fiction, Unnati Mamulkar is joint topper in SSC examination with 98.8 per cent. According to Unnati, focussed preparation, clarity of concepts and referring to notes led her to the success in the examination.Daughter of a Zilla Parishad teacher Purushottam Mamulkar, Unnati is very fond of reading and singing, drawing and playing badminton. She also participated in extra-curricular activities in school. She aims to become a cardiologist. Unnati is planning to appear for MH-CET, like her elder sister, who is also a merit student. She also stood in merit by securing 95 per cent in HSC examination and has cracked MH-CET examination for admission to medical college. Unnati’s father has been posted at a school in Hingna and mother Vandana is a home-maker. “This achievement was possible due to my parents who always supported and encouraged me to excel in any competition,” Unnati stated. She said that there was no specific plan for her preparation but she just followed the notes regularly and attended the classes regularly. There was no specific time for study but had full concentration while studying. Unnati scored cent per cent in Sanskrit, Science, Social Science and Mathematics, 92 marks in Marathi and 94 in English. ‘Proper planning, consistency are enough to excel’
Rutuj Khobe, who became the topper in SSC examination, believes that proper planning and consistency in studies help in better performance in examinations.The proud young boy, a student of Pt Bachcharaj Vyas Vidyalaya, opened his cards for future course of action while talking to The Hitavada. Rutuj said, he aspires to pursue higher studies in Computer Engineering from an IIT after HSC. The marks he has scored, 98.80 per cent, would continue to encourage him in his life. When asked about his study schedule, Rutuj stated, “Initially, I used to study for 4 to 5 hours everyday and as the exams approached, the time was increased upto 8 hours. This period included my school, tuitions and self-study. I have started my studies from the beginning of June itself and I had finished it by December. Thereafter, I joined test series in school which also helped me in improving the performance.” Rutuj gives credit of success to his school teachers and parents. His father Pramod Khobe is a primary school teacher with Nagpur Municipal Corporation and mother Archana Khobe is a home-maker. Physics is the Rutuj’s favourite subject and he would like to do research in it. He scored 100 marks in Mathematics, Social Science and Sanskrit, 95 marks in English and 99 marks in Science.
Most of the farmers in Nagpur district get crop loans through Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank Limited (NDCCB). As the NDCCB is in trouble because of cancellation of its banking licence, whether the farmers would get loans through it or other banks is a hotly discussed issue.Satish Bhosle, Deputy District Registrar, said that the State Government had released Rs 135 crore to help NDCCB maintain its CRR at a level that would help restore its banking licence. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cancelled banking licence of NDCCB. “NABARD has stepped in for revival of NDCCB. Once the requisite arrangements are made by NABARD, and RBI restores banking licence, crop loan disbursement through NDCCB will not be a problem,” Bhosle said. Further, nationalised banks have been asked to increase crop loan disbursement. “We are hopeful that farmers get crop loan through NDCCB this Kharif season,” said Bhosle.
In another action on Friday, a tout was handed over to Sadar Police by officials of Caste Validity Office also. The tout Anthony Francis, is a resident of Gittikhadan area. As per the information, he was in touch with a lady employee in the said office. The lady employee works on contractual basis. On Friday, the officials and employees in Caste Validity Office got hold of him and handed him over to Sadar Police.
A four-member committee has been constituted to conduct a thorough enquiry into the transfers of Forest Guards and Foresters made by Deepak Bhat, Deputy Conservator of Forest (Territorial), Nagpur, a couple of weeks ago.Shailesh Tembhurnikar, Chief Conservator of Forest, set up the committee on Sunday and asked the members to submit its report in a week. The committee headed by S K Thapliyal, Divisional Forest Officer consists of P N Ramteke, S P Atre and A H Sakure. Meanwhile, Bhat had made choice postings in case of 80 Forest Guards, 17 Foresters and 2 Chowkidars and allegedly collected money.
Union Minister for Surface Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said that Metro Rail would play an important role in development of the region. “We will integrate city bus services with Metro Rail as feeder,” he said.Gadkari urged the officials concerned to complete Metro Rail project in less than stipulated time so that Nagpurians got benefits of it at the earliest. Problems relating to CRPF and Indian Air Force will be sorted out soon, he assured. Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) should initiate process for tendering for the work of international airport. He urged Chief Minister to clear the hurdles in way of changing zones from green belt to yellow belt to stop coming up of unauthorised layouts. He appreciated the scheme of residential permission in green belt by taking 33 per cent premium. He urged the State Cabinet to clear file relating to rehabilitation of MIHAN-SEZ project-affected persons. NMRCL blasted for poor arrangements
Only a few citizens and officials were present in the function of Metro Rail bhoomipujan, attended by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday morning. Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) officials had made a very shoddy arrangement for citizens. There was no stage laid for the function. No invitation cards were distributed. Gadkari blasted NMRCL officials for this. He said that the officials should have invited corporators, Gram Panchayat members, Zilla Parishad members, and Nagpurians in this historic function. The arrangements were very poor and there was no water for people, who attended the function in summer scorch.
Project-affected women, who had come from various villages affected by Gosikhurd irrigation project, created ruckus in the meeting. Some of the women forcefully entered the hall and demanded action against Bante, village Sarpanch. They alleged that Bante had beaten a woman in the village and was still allowed to remain present in the meeting. Cops intervened and took the women out of the meeting place.
Union Minister for Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari praised ‘Samadhan Shibir’ initiative and said that the administration should keep up the good work. He appealed to the administration to strengthen e-governance platform and improve work culture in Government offices. The administration should be people-oriented and work for poor man. “We are working on converting agricultural land around the city into Urban Zone. This will give boost to infrastructure development and citizens will get land plots at reliable rates,” Gadkari said.‘250 camps to be held in two years’
Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule said that 250 such camps will be held in Nagpur district in two years. He made a suggestion that the offices dealing with Nazul lands, City Survey, Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana should be set up in every Assembly constituency.In his speech, Mayor Pravin Datke said that 30 of the complaints received were resolved and remaining would take some time as they related to public works. “We are confident that South-West Nagpur constituency would not face paucity of funds as it is represented by Chief Minister himself,” he added. BJP committed to Vid statehood: CM
During interaction with reporters at the venue of ‘Samadhan Shibir’, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reiterated that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was committed to statehood to Vidarbha. Replying to another question, Fadnavis said that BJP-Sena alliance would continue in upcoming municipal elections. Further, referring to news report in a daily published from Mumbai, he said that the Government had not deducted salaries of policemen or any other Government employees for Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. “In fact, some of the employees’ associations had come to us offering voluntary contributions of a day’s salary of their members. We accepted these contributions,” he added.
SHAILESH Tembhurnikar, Chief Conservator of Forest (Territorial), Nagpur, has submitted a status report about Bhat’s case after making preliminary enquiry, to Vikas Kharge, Secretary, Forest, Mumbai and A K Saxena, Head of Forest Force, on Saturday. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Tembhurnikar said that he gave a stay to the transfers of 80 Forest Guards, 17 Foresters and 2 Chowkidars, made by Bhat a few months ago.
THE owners of rented property will be benefited from the new tax structure. Presently, property owners are paying around 75 per cent tax on residential properties and around 96 per cent on commercial properties. This has created a major problem for property owners and maximum owners are not renting out their properties, thereby 0leading to creation of artificial crunch in realty market.The department has started printing of new demands, which will be distributed very soon. The local body will start assessment of all the properties in next couple of days. The new property tax will be based on Ready Reckoner (RR) rates of the area concerned. Therefore, the properties located in inner lanes will attract lesser tax compared to properties located along roads. However, the software to include new tax system in the demand note is not updated till now. Sources claimed that Mayor Pravin Datke and Tax Committee Chairman Girish Deshmukh had blasted software provider to update software for new system of property tax and also continue with the old system. The software company has assured to update the new system by June 5. Till the assessment, the civic body will issue provisional demand notes to property owners. After assessment, demand notes will be issued as per new ALV. The difference of payment will be levied or adjusted in next bill. Minimum Tax Rs 500 only
THE local body has decided to levy minimum property tax of Rs 500 only (exclusive of general water tax) from slum-dwellers. Around 1.50 lakh slum-dwellers will get benefited from this move. As per Maharashtra Municipal Corporations Act, the local body can levy minimum tax on the property. Religious places like temple, church, gurudwara, mosque, and others will have to pay only Rs 500 per annum.
To be mentioned, Vruksha Prem developed the unique method to plant trees. It is called Sand Pipe Tree Plantation method. This method saves maximum amount of water and helps the plants to grow healthy. Till date the NGO has successfully planted more than 125000 trees with the help of this method. The original concept came from the construction of house of Premjibhai. He intentionally kept the layers of sand in the compound for rain water to percolate. The method is as follow: It has been observed that where ever human disturbance is not observed not a single plant, out of 1,25,000, died due to shortage of water. It proves that trees need moisture at the root and not quantum of water to grow.
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is likely to announce CBSE Class X result on Wednesday. Students may log on to either of the Board’s official websites cbse.nic.in or cbseresults.nic.in to check their results.Candidates desiring to access their results will have to enter their roll number in either of the above mentioned websites. Once the results appear on screen, students can take a print out or save a copy for further use. A total of 13,73,853 students appeared for Class 10 CBSE examination this year, a rise of 3.37 per cent over the previous year. These included 8,17,941 boys and 5,55,912 girls.
Three fire tenders of Solar Explosives Pvt. Ltd., which were first to reach the spot, played a major role in dousing flames at Hardoli Paper Mill on Saturday. Property worth over Rs three crore was gutted. In Monday’s incident, a fire tender of the company was among the three which were pressed into service.
Abhishri Kabra and Dhruv Daga of Bhavan’s BP Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, Nagpur have topped the CBSE XII examination in Commerce stream by scoring 97.4 per cent marks. While Abhishri aspires to be a chartered accountant, Dhruv wants to become a successful businessman. Talking to The Hitavada about her success, Abhishri said, “I worked very hard, studied for 6 to 8 hours daily and was constantly guided by parents and teachers. I also made sure that I learnt from every mistake.” Her parents Aparna an Sandeep Kabra are running their own business but Abhishri was to become Chartered Accountant. She wants to join best college in the country for further studies. “Good performance depends on your effort and preparations, but proper guidance is also equally important,” Abhishri further said, adding that her main focus was to correct her shortcomings and to reinforce what she already knew. My teachers worked hard and made sure that every possible error was taken into account.” Abhishri gives credit of her success to teachers, parents and friends. According to her, friends helped her to maintain the good performance in competition and also supported her to perform well. It may be mentioned here that Abhishri has represented her school at national-level badminton competition many times. She likes to read books and play board games during free time. Dhruv Daga told The Hitavada, ““Regular studies and undivided attention towards all subjects are the secret of my success,” Dhruv told “I worked really hard but emerging as topper but had never expected to be on top. This achievement has given me confidence to perform even better in future.” Dhruv’s father Adarsh Daga is a businessman and mother Vandana Daga is a home maker. He has a younger sister. Dhruv wants to join family business and become a successful entrepreneur. He gives credit of the success to teachers and family members for guiding through difficult times. “Teachers’ encouragement and efforts contributed to my success and have made this possible,” he said. “My parents, especially my mother, helped me cross every difficult step,” he mentioned. Dhruv scored 99 marks in Accounts, Business Studies and Mathematics and 95 in Economics and English.Humanities stream topper Aishwarya proves her point
“Humanity is the best subject to explore knowledge regarding human behaviour which was the biggest reason behind choosing this stream,” said Aishwarya Kayande of Bhavan’s B P Vidya Mandir, Shrikrishna Nagar who topped in Humanity stream with 96.2 per cent. According to Aishwarya, “Choosing this stream and scoring high was a big task for me to prove everyone that students can score high in Arts stream too.” Aishwarya scored 100 marks in Political Science, 95 in English, Psychology and Economics and 96 marks in Sociology. She has cleared IELCS and got chance to join University of Leeds in United Kingdom. “I will join University of Leeds in September but I am excited for today because it is a biggest achievement of my life and topping in board examination is like icing on the cake,” she added. Aishwarya’s father Atul Kayande is a Sales Executive and mother Asmita Kayande is a Medical Representative. “My parents and teachers helped me to prepare well for the examination and also guided me to clear every obstacle. Hence, I give the credit of my success to them,” says Aishwarya. She had scored 93 per cent in SSC examination but this achievement gives her more satisfaction. She likes to write poems and likes to sing too.
72% own Smartphones; Most preferred gadget for 4 out of 10 surveyedOver 50% access internet through Home PCs, Laptops Positive outlook on Social Media though not for studies 7 of 10 say it makes them more aware of the current events and helps them keep in touch with friends and family 9 out of 10 have Facebook accounts; 52% are part of at least one community on FB 65% have Google+ accounts; 6 of 10 use WhatsApp 4 of 10 use Twitter - sports personalities (66%), celebrities (55%) and film stars (54%) are most followed by students surveyed Social media is not considered useful for studies. Considered more useful for keeping in touch with friends and family and staying abreast with current affairs Online Habits: Ready to Ping! 3 in 10 respond to notifications within 5 minutes; About 4 in 10 respond once a day 76% spend an average time of up to 60 minutes on social media every day Writing posts (29%); chatting (25%); posting photos (14%) were Top 3 social activities 46% of the respondents used FaceTime/ Skype/ Google Hangout Shopping and e-commerce Two-thirdssurveyed shop online,primarily for gadgets Top items bought: Electronics (66%), Books (61%); Movies (41%); Travel (39%); Clothes (36%) Safety First! Parental Controls active 52% of the respondents said their online activities were monitored by parents Of those whose parents monitored their online activities, more than half gave password access to online accounts Learning and Careers Online sources like Wikipedia used the most (63%), followed by PDFs (51%) and online videos (44%) for learning resources TV and newspapers were most used to consume news (76%); online sources (53%); and links from friends/ family (36%) IT and Engineering were the most sought after career options, especially among the boys (59% each; girls: 42% each)
Monosodium Glutamate or MSG is a flavour-enhancer. It is commonly added to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups, processed meats etc. United States FDA has classified MSG as a food ingredient that is ‘generally recognised as safe.’ But, according to Dr Katherine Zeratsky, Head of Research and Development, Laboratory Department, Mayo Health Clinic in USA, use of MSG remains controversial. For this reason, when MSG is added to food, US FDA requires that it be listed on the label. As Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) in India is based on the law in the US and Europe, most of the provisions of US FDA are applicable in India too. According to Dr Zeratsky, MSG has been used as a food additive for decades. Over the years, FDA received many anecdotal reports of adverse reactions to foods containing MSG. These reactions known as MSG Symptom Complex included headache, flushing, sweating, facial pressure or tightness, numbness, tingling or burning in the face, neck and other areas, rapid fluttering heartbeats (heart palpitations), chest pain, nausea, weakness.However, researchers have found no definitive evidence of a link between MSG and these symptoms. Researchers acknowledge, though, that a small percentage of people may have short-term reactions to MSG. Symptoms are usually mild and do not require treatment. The only way to prevent a reaction is to avoid foods containing MSG, stated Dr Katherine Zeratsky in her report.
Promising people-friendly administration, the new Collector said that people would be able to meet him between 10 am to 2 pm every working day, ‘without any prior appointment’. Also, the SMS service under public distribution system would be updated so as to put a check on diversion of foodgrains in open market.In a day or two, Kurve said, he would be visiting Multimodal International Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) area to take stock of the progress made so far. Informing about the outcome of Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan review meeting he chaired on Wednesday evening, Kurve said that he had directed the officials concerned to expedite the e-tendering process by the end of this month so that maximum works could be completed by the end of June. Already, out of 168 works under the scheme, 152 have been contracted out, he added.
Other national level institutions in city: - National Fire Service College - National Civil Defence College - National Power Training Institute - Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology - National Savings Institute - National Academy for Direct Taxes - National Institute of Intellectual Property Management - National Academy of Defence Production - Indian Institute of Management (upcoming) - All India Institute of Medical Sciences (upcoming)
The Cabinet approved Madhya Pradesh VAT (Amendment) Ordinance-2015. Under it, announcements made by the Finance Minister while tabling budget for 2015-16 will be implemented. The ordinance proposes to increase tax from 4 to 5 percent on transfer of goods used in manufacture of goods/raw materials outside the State. Provision is proposed in the ordinance on value addition in reference to subsequent sales of telephones, cellular handsets and fablets, tobacco-free pan masala and gutkha within the State. The State Government announced various concessions under Industrial Promotion Policy for discharge of liabilities of sick units including tax and interest/fine. These include discharge of liabilities of interest/fine on payment of tax. There is no provision in the Act to implement this scheme. It is proposed to be included in the ordinance.As per current provision, payment of 5 percent amount with increase in every 6 months on decision in the first appeal for extending period of stay given by Appeal Board is desired. Suitable amendment has to be made in pursuance of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh’s announcement for abolishing expectation of payment of additional amount. Presently, there is a provision of fine of Rs 1,000 per day upto maximum of Rs 50,000 on presenting returns after delay of 30 days. As per Chief Minister’s announcement, a proposal has been made in the ordinance to decrease fine of Rs 1,000 per day upto maximum of Rs 50,000 by half. The Cabinet endorsed the proposal to obtain loan from HUDCO for construction of 16 colleges and 11 girls hostels of Higher Education Department. Construction cost of every college building is Rs 3,38,00,000 and girls hostel Rs 1,47,00,000. Total cost of the project is Rs 71,15,00,000. Madhya Pradesh Housing and Infrastructure Development Board has been appointed nodal agency for construction works. The Board will obtain Rs 67,50,00,000 loan from HUDCO. Its guarantee will be given by the State Government. The Cabinet gave consent to construction of Patan-Rehli-Tendukhera road (State Highway-15) through Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation under BOT. Its estimated cost is Rs 219 crore 62 lakh and length 86.60 kms. The Cabinet decided to merge services of 170 Government servants posted in various departments. Merger of 63 posts has been done in Fisheries Department, Commerce and Industries 13, Revenue 29, Farmers Welfare & Agriculture 14, Public Health & Family Welfare 34, Tribal Welfare one and 16 posts have been merged in Technical Education and Skill Development Department.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that girls coming from villages and small towns to districts and divisional headquarters for higher education will be financially supported by the State Government. They will be given Rs 2,000 at divisional headquarters and Rs 1,250 at district headquarters for accommodation. Expenses on coaching for All-India competitive examinations and entrance tests will also be borne by the State Government. The cost of higher education of daughters coming in merit list of higher secondary examinations will also be borne by the Government. If young women entrepreneurs plan to set up industries, they will be given guarantee on loans by the State Government and upto five-year will pay six percent interest subsidy. Every year, 50,000 daughters will be imparted job-oriented training.Two-year maternity leave
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also announced that female staff in Government service could take maternity leave and child caring or nursing leave for two years once in their service period. Government officials and employees will be given training on gender sensitivity. In case of complaints against male staff regarding harassment of women, it would be mentioned in their annual confidential reports. Adequate representation of women in employees’ advisory committees in Government departments will be ensured.
Union minister of state for chemicals and fertilizers, Hansraj Ahir on Tuesday opposed the demand of Western Coalfield to allow mining at Chanda Ordnance Factory situated in Bhadravati and relocate the factory. Referring to recent meeting in which this demand was made, Ahir wrote a letter to Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar regarding this issue and stated the decision to shift the ordnance factory will go against the national interest. Ahir while addressing the press conference said, the coal block near Chanda Ordnance Factory is very small. The coal reserve in this area is just 20 million MT, while the coal reserve at other different blocks identified in country is 285 billion MT. Recently Government has kept 204 coal blocks for auction while 138 coal blocks were handed over to Coal India. When the country has 285 billion MT coal reserve, for just 20 million MT coal reserve, it is not justified to shift the ordnance factory. Firstly, the Government should consume 285 billion MT coal reserve and then touch 20 million MT coal reserve at Chanda Ordnance Factory, he added.