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Breach in RBC of Khairi dam to hit water supply

Residents of Laxminagar, Dharampeth, Dhantoli and Hanuman Nagar zones may receive limited and low pressure water supply on September 1 and September 2 due to breaches developed in Right Bank Cana... Read More
Residents of Laxminagar, Dharampeth, Dhantoli and Hanuman Nagar zones may receive limited and low pressure water supply on September 1 and September 2 due to breaches developed in Right Bank Canal (RBC) of Pench-Navegaon Khairi dam. Breaches developed in RBC near Patansaongi due to which water flow to the RBC has been stopped once again by Irrigation Department from August 31. This will result in less water supply to Laxminagar, Dharampeth, Dhantoli and Hanuman Nagar zones, informed a release issued by Orange City Water (OCW).

Irrigation Department, on August 29, had informed about a breach on RBC wall near Patansaongi due to which water flow to the RBC was be stopped last week. Due to this, there was no pumping from Mahadula pumping station to Gorewada dam from Pench. However, now, two more breaches have developed on RBC near Patansaongi which will affect water supply to localities of West Nagpur on September 1 (evening) and September 2 (morning).

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‘NIT, NHAI, PWD also are responsible for bad roads’

Under fire from all corners for not maintaining city roads properly and ignoring repairs of damaged roads in the city, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has released a list of roads under juri... Read More
Under fire from all corners for not maintaining city roads properly and ignoring repairs of damaged roads in the city, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has released a list of roads under jurisdiction of other agencies like Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Public Works Department (PWD) of State Government.

NMC has released a list of roads under other agencies, and alleged that the other agencies are not maintaining roads under their respective jurisdictions properly. However, NMC has to face anger of common man without any fault of it. With the release of list of roads and agencies responsible for repairs, NMC officials said, confusion amongst political leaders and common man regarding maintenance of roads and authorities concerned will be removed, and they will question the appropriate agency if a road is not repaired.

Recently, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane had called a meeting of all the agencies concerned and urged them to maintain roads under their respective jurisdictions. The local body had repaired potholes on the roads under other agencies too. The civic body claimed to have repaired around 2,000 potholes in last one month. Still, many roads are in pathetic condition. Several organisations staged demonstrations against pathetic condition of roads and demanded probe as huge expenditure was involved in road construction.

The city has 2,682 kms of roads under NMC, 43 kms of National Highways, 6.7 kms of State Highways, 62.57 kms of other district roads, 41 kms Ring Road of PWD, and 1,124 kms of NIT roads. The authorities are blaming each other over jurisdiction on different roads.

Instead of repairing the damaged roads, they are indulging in petty issues. The main sufferer is common man, who is paying all types of taxes to State Government, local body, and other authorities; but nobody wants to pay any attention towards it.

Sources claimed that authorities other than NMC do not have proper funds to maintain their roads. PWD has to get clearance from State PWD for repairing roads as they do not have any funds for maintenance of roads. The roads of local body also are in a pathetic condition, but they are facing anger of people over bad roads under jurisdiction of other agencies also. NIT is blaming NMC for poor condition of roads and maintains that roads constructed under IRDP come under NMC’s jurisdiction.

The dispute is going on for years together, but none of the agencies has offered any solution. As a result, Nagpur which was known for its good wide roads, is fast earning the dubious distinction of having bad roads.

Roads under NHAI

Nagpur-Amravati Road, Nagpur-Raipur Road (Bhandara Road), Nagpur-Jabalpur (Kamptee) Road, Nagpur-Hyderabad (Wardha) Road, and Nagpur-Obedullaganj (Chhindwara) Road.

Roads under State PWD

Complete stretch of Inner Ring Road connecting Wardha Road, Amravati Road, Katol Road, Chhindwara Road, Kamptee Road, Bhandara Road, Umred Road, Hudkeshwar Road, Wardha Road. Rajbhavan Square to Koradi Road Octroi Naka, Umred Road, Nagpur–Ambazari-Hingna Road, Katol Road from RBI Square to Katol Road Octroi Naka, North Ambazari Road-Jhansi Rani Square to Ambazari T-point to Higna Road Octroi Naka, Futala-Ambazari Road, Takli Feeder Road from Vidyut Bhawan to Kadbi Square to Santra Market Octroi Naka No. 13, Palm Road Railway Station to RBI Square to Ramgiri, Seminary Hills, South Ambazari Road-Wardha Road Rahate Colony to Ambazari T-point, Humpyard Road from Anand Talkies Square to Ajni Railway Station, East High Court Road from Income Tax Office to RPTS Road, West High Court Road from Seminary Hill to MLA Hostel, Temple Road, Mayo Road, Lawrence Road, Palace Road, North Telankhedi Road, Church Road, Tiger Gap Road, Victoria Road, Old Railway Feeder Road, Pardi–Bagadganj Road, New Railway Feeder Road, Rifle Range Road, South Telankhedi Road, Greece Road, Sadar Bazar Road, Nai Basti Road, Engineering Store Yard Road, Starkey Town Road, Danger Field Road, Museum Road, Jahangir Road, Tent Godown Road, Hansee Road, Bank Lane Road, Polo Ground Road, Experimental Farm Road, New Dairy Farm Road, Shiva Temple Road, Futala Diversion Road, Cross Road, Link Road, Link on Seminary Hills Road, Ghat Road, Communication Road, Military Road, Takli Race Course Road, Cemetery Road, Club Road, and Lava-Dhaba Road.

Roads under NIT

Shastri Nagar Square to KDK College to Shrikrishna Nagar Umrer Road, Itwari Station Road from Kamptee Road NH-7 to Marwadi Square, Gayatri Mandir Road (DP Road) South Ambazari to Ring Road, Kharbi Road to Ring Road, Omkar Nagar to Saibaba College, Mangalwari Railway Crossing Gate-Harijan Colony to old Jaripatka (Mecosabagh) to CMPDI to Nara Ghat Road, Wardhaman Nagar Square to Bhandara Road, Vikas Industry Square to Dipty Signal, Sheetala Mata Square (unconnected length), Dipty Signal Railway crossing to Kalamna Market Road, Umred Road to Narsala Road, Ayodhya Nagar to Basaveshwar Statue, Ambedkar Square to Nagpur Nagarik Bank to Bhandara Road.

The roads in 1,900 unauthorised layouts under the Gunthewari Act, and roads not handed over to NMC also come under jurisdiction of NIT. In spite of this, all the major and minor roads in seven schemes under control of NIT within NMC limit are responsibility of NIT.

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Facing power crisis, State Government to promote bagasse-based co-generation

With Democratic Front Government extending its 2008 policy for bagasse and framed new policy for small hydel power projects, State’s Industry, Energy and Labour Department has declared it’s... Read More
With Democratic Front Government extending its 2008 policy for bagasse and framed new policy for small hydel power projects, State’s Industry, Energy and Labour Department has declared it’s new policy.

Struggling with shortage of electricity, Maharashtra Government has decided to promote non-conventional power generation based on bagasse-based co-generation power project or energy generation project and small hydel power project.

The government has issued a resolution on Saturday framing new policy for small hydel project and extending bagasse projects. Around 4,628 MW power is generated in State from thermal, gas and hydro projects. State has achieved the target of 1,000 MW power generation from bagasse. The government has decided to generate additional 1,000 MW power from bagasse and 200 MW small hydro project in next three years.

Maharashtra is one of the major states having sugarcane factories and this policy will give financial relief to them.

The government has decided new policy for hydro power projects. As per decision, the state government will allow 25 MW power generation in all hydel power project. At present, State has the capacity to generate 2,585 MW from hydel power projects. Mahatransco company will finance Rs two crore for creating infrastructure for transmission of energy from this projects. The government will also provide capital expenditure by Rs 10,000 per KW or Rs three crore for a power project.

From time to time, the government has formulated encouraging policies for the development of renewable energy sources following Central Government’s guidelines. Under various policies, non-conventional energy projects of 2,585 MW capacity were commissioned in State, the government claimed.

Central Government has also formulated and declared National Electricity Policy and Tariff Policy under the provisions of Electricity Act, 2003. There is a provision in both of these policies to undertake necessary measures for development of renewable sources of energy. Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has issued orders for purchase of electricity rates along with terms and conditions for co-generation power project based on bagasse, biomass-based power generation project, municipal solid waste-based power generation project and small hydro power projects.

Similarly, the commission has made it compulsory for licensees and others to purchase electricity generated by renewable energy sources in the proportion fixed up by the commission. If co-operative sugar factory installs baggase-based co-generation power project and energy generation project, 100 per cent exemption for next 10 years will be given on 3 per cent purchase tax which is charged on sugarcane purchased for crushing.

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Bountiful of trains for Nagpurians

The new train time-table which will come into effect from September 1, offers a bountiful for Nagpurians as it includes six new trains passing via city. The geographical location of city means lo... Read More
The new train time-table which will come into effect from September 1, offers a bountiful for Nagpurians as it includes six new trains passing via city. The geographical location of city means long-distance trains on East-West, North-South routes are most likely to pass through Nagpur, offering additional options to travellers from city. As of now, about 27 new long-distance trains are making halt at Nagpur railway station.

The main highlight of the new time-table lists Nagpur-Pune-Nagpur AC weekly express, Nagpur-Amritsar-Nagpur AC weekly and Nagpur-Rewa-Nagpur. The dates of commencement of service, however, is yet to be notified while their days have been fixed.

Train no. 21124 Nagpur-Pune AC weekly express will start ex-Nagpur every Tuesday at 19.50 hrs and reach Pune next day at 11.45 hrs. On return journey, train no. 21123 Pune-Nagpur would start every Wednesday at 15.15 hrs and arrive at Nagpur at 05.15 hrs. The train has stoppages are Wardha, Dhamangaon, Badnera, Akola, Bhusawal, Manmad, Kopargaon and Daund. The train would have pantry car.

Train No. 22125 Nagpur-Amritsar AC weekly express via New Delhi will run every Saturday at 11.50 hrs and reach next day at 21.00. Train no. 22126 Amritsar-Nagpur would start ex-Amritsar on Monday at 04.30 hrs and arrive at Nagpur on Tuesday at 04.25 hrs.

Both these trains will have 1A, 2A and 3A coaches only and more significantly Railway Board has allotted pantry cars in both these premium trains.

Train no. 11207 Nagpur-Rewa Express will run every Wednesday and start at 07.20 hrs and reach Rewa at 22.30 hrs. On return journey, train No. 11208 Rewa-Nagpur would start the same day at 22.30 hrs and arrive at Nagpur at 15.30 hrs. The stoppage for this train are Katol, Narkhed, Pandhurna, Amla, Betul, Ghoradongri, Itarsi, Pipria, Narsingpur, Shridham, Madanmahal, Katni, Manihar and Satna stations. The train will have 2A, 3A, 2SL and GSL classes for travellers. Another new train that would pass through the division is train no. 11083 LTT-Kazipeth and it would run ex-LTT at 11.30 hrs on every Friday and reach Kazipeth at 15.00 hrs. The train would pass through Wardha, Chandrapur and Ballarshah stations. Train no. 11084 Kazipeth-LTT starts every Saturday at 18.00 hrs and reach LTT at 23.15 hrs on Sunday.

Public Relations Officer (PRO), Central Railway, Nagpur Division, P D Patil, said, the individual details of all trains passing through Nagpur station would be released later.

12 premium trains

Among the premium trains that would benefit travellers from Nagpur include 22841 LTT-Howrah AC Exp (Sun, Wed) 01.20/01.30 hrs, 22842 Howrah-LTT (Mon, Wed) 11.5/11.25; 22822 Howrah-Pune (Sun, Wed) 11.15/11.25, 22821 Pune-Howrah (Thu, Fri) 01.20/01.30; 22679 Yeshwantpur-Katra (Sun) 13.30/13.40, 22680 Katra-Yeshwantpur (Wed) 10.40/10.50; 22353 Patna-Bangalore (Sat) 19.30/19.40, 22354 Bangalore-Patna (Tue) 13.30/13.40; 22703 Secunderabad-H. Nizamuddin (Fri) 16.23/16.33, 22704 H. Nizamuddin-Secunderabad (Sun) 10.55/11.05; 22971 Jaipur-Madurai (Sun) 08.30/08.40, 22972 Madurai-Jaipur (Wed) 10.20/10.30.

Eight new long-distance trains via Nagpur

The new long-distance express trains that would pass through Nagpur include 19453 Gandhidham-Puri Express (Thursday) at 22.00/2/10 hrs, 19454 Puri-Gandhidham Exp (Sunday) 08.20/08.30 hrs; 16864 Mangudi-Bhagat Ki Kothi Exp (Tuesday) 20.10/20.15 hrs, 16865 Bhagat Ki Kothi-Mangudi Exp (Friday) 16.40/16.50 hrs; 22701 Vijaywada-New Delhi Exp (Daily) 18.30/18.40 hrs, 22702 New Delhi-Vijaywada 13.20/13.30 hrs; 22939 Hapa-Bilaspur Exp (Wednesday) 21.40/21.50 hrs, 22940 Bilaspur-Hapa Exp (Thursday) 15.05/15.15 hrs.

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Bountiful of trains for Nagpurians

The new train time-table which will come into effect from September 1, offers a bountiful for Nagpurians as it includes six new trains passing via city. The geographical location of city means lo... Read More
The new train time-table which will come into effect from September 1, offers a bountiful for Nagpurians as it includes six new trains passing via city. The geographical location of city means long-distance trains on East-West, North-South routes are most likely to pass through Nagpur, offering additional options to travellers from city. As of now, about 27 new long-distance trains are making halt at Nagpur railway station.

The main highlight of the new time-table lists Nagpur-Pune-Nagpur AC weekly express, Nagpur-Amritsar-Nagpur AC weekly and Nagpur-Rewa-Nagpur. The dates of commencement of service, however, is yet to be notified while their days have been fixed.

Train no. 21124 Nagpur-Pune AC weekly express will start ex-Nagpur every Tuesday at 19.50 hrs and reach Pune next day at 11.45 hrs. On return journey, train no. 21123 Pune-Nagpur would start every Wednesday at 15.15 hrs and arrive at Nagpur at 05.15 hrs. The train has stoppages are Wardha, Dhamangaon, Badnera, Akola, Bhusawal, Manmad, Kopargaon and Daund. The train would have pantry car.

Train No. 22125 Nagpur-Amritsar AC weekly express via New Delhi will run every Saturday at 11.50 hrs and reach next day at 21.00. Train no. 22126 Amritsar-Nagpur would start ex-Amritsar on Monday at 04.30 hrs and arrive at Nagpur on Tuesday at 04.25 hrs.

Both these trains will have 1A, 2A and 3A coaches only and more significantly Railway Board has allotted pantry cars in both these premium trains.

Train no. 11207 Nagpur-Rewa Express will run every Wednesday and start at 07.20 hrs and reach Rewa at 22.30 hrs. On return journey, train No. 11208 Rewa-Nagpur would start the same day at 22.30 hrs and arrive at Nagpur at 15.30 hrs. The stoppage for this train are Katol, Narkhed, Pandhurna, Amla, Betul, Ghoradongri, Itarsi, Pipria, Narsingpur, Shridham, Madanmahal, Katni, Manihar and Satna stations. The train will have 2A, 3A, 2SL and GSL classes for travellers. Another new train that would pass through the division is train no. 11083 LTT-Kazipeth and it would run ex-LTT at 11.30 hrs on every Friday and reach Kazipeth at 15.00 hrs. The train would pass through Wardha, Chandrapur and Ballarshah stations. Train no. 11084 Kazipeth-LTT starts every Saturday at 18.00 hrs and reach LTT at 23.15 hrs on Sunday.

Public Relations Officer (PRO), Central Railway, Nagpur Division, P D Patil, said, the individual details of all trains passing through Nagpur station would be released later.

12 premium trains

Among the premium trains that would benefit travellers from Nagpur include 22841 LTT-Howrah AC Exp (Sun, Wed) 01.20/01.30 hrs, 22842 Howrah-LTT (Mon, Wed) 11.5/11.25; 22822 Howrah-Pune (Sun, Wed) 11.15/11.25, 22821 Pune-Howrah (Thu, Fri) 01.20/01.30; 22679 Yeshwantpur-Katra (Sun) 13.30/13.40, 22680 Katra-Yeshwantpur (Wed) 10.40/10.50; 22353 Patna-Bangalore (Sat) 19.30/19.40, 22354 Bangalore-Patna (Tue) 13.30/13.40; 22703 Secunderabad-H. Nizamuddin (Fri) 16.23/16.33, 22704 H. Nizamuddin-Secunderabad (Sun) 10.55/11.05; 22971 Jaipur-Madurai (Sun) 08.30/08.40, 22972 Madurai-Jaipur (Wed) 10.20/10.30.

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RDF is a front organisation of CPI (Maoist): HC

Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), of which arrested professor of Delhi University (DU) G N Saibaba is Joint Secretary, is ‘prima facie’ a front organisation of Communist Party of India ... Read More
Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), of which arrested professor of Delhi University (DU) G N Saibaba is Joint Secretary, is ‘prima facie’ a front organisation of Communist Party of India (Maoist). This is an important observation made by Nagpur Division Bench of Bombay High Court, during a recent hearing in which the court rejected bail plea of Saibaba.

While rejecting the bail application of Saibaba, Justice S B Shukre at the High Court here discussed the issue of Saibaba’s links with RDF, which is banned in adjoining state of Andhra Pradesh. The court also discussed at length the link between RDF and CPI (Maoist), as pointed out by the Public Prosecutor Bharti Dangre. These observations assume significance considering the growing activities of RDF among the ‘intellectuals’ especially in urban areas of Maharashtra.

RDF has been banned in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa but not in Maharashtra. The Public Prosecutor, during hearing on bail plea of Saibaba on August 25, had pointed out that though RDF was not banned by Central Government,, the notification issued by it on June 22, 2009, could be invoked and on the basis of material collected, it could be said that RDF would be eligible to be called as front organisation of CPI (Maoist) with regard to various activities carried out by the said organisation. After hearing the Public Prosecutor, the court had discussed if RDF could be called as front organisation of CPI (Maoist). It also referred to Central Government’s notification issued on June 22, 2009, that listed ‘CPI (Maoist) and all its formations and front organisations’ as ‘terrorist organisations’. The court had found substance in the submission of Public Prosecutor, who had quoted the contents of various letters retrieved from hard-disks of computer of G N Saibaba. In the said letters, Saibaba has complained about ‘not been assigned proper role in the organisation’ and about being subjected to discrimination by ‘not giving a job of interaction with the underground activists’ of the banned organisation.

The court also considered the press release of the first national conference of RDF held on April 22, 2012, making it clear that RDF activists were directed towards lending support to CPI (Maoist), ‘prima facie with intention to further its activities’. Public Prosecutor also submitted further material showing that RDF was protesting against arrest of some Maoist leaders and demanding their immediate release and also sharing same ideology as the said banned organisation -- CPI (Maoist). Based upon all the material brought to its notice by the Public Prosecutor, Justice S B Shukre stated, “This material, at this stage, prima facie shows that the RDF is nothing but a front organisation of the said banned organisation.”

Meanwhile, Police sources said that RDF was banned in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa that have Special Security Acts in place. However, added sources, Maharashtra did not have any such special law so far. “We face problems in dealing with front organisations of Maoists in Maharashtra as the ones like RDF that are operating openly in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh have not been banned there,” said an official.

Maoists demand Saibaba’s release

Though the supporters of G N Saibaba have stated that merely agreeing with ideological thought propagated by a banned organisation did not mean that he also agreed with the aims of banned organisation, CPI (Maoist) itself has disclosed that RDF has been supporting the Maoist movement in the country.

In a statement issued recently, Central Committee of CPI (Maoist) has stated that RDF is among several organisations that have been ‘firmly supporting’ the ‘revolutionary movement’ in the country. In the same statement, it has demanded release of Saibaba and has extended support to RDF.

Further, CPI (Maoist) Central Committee has appealed to the people to ‘struggle’ for revocation of ban on RDF in Andhra Pradesh. The Statement has also flayed the court for denying personal liberty to a wheel-chaired Saibaba while ignoring the court’s observation that proper medical treatments are being extended to this Maoist leader at Central Prison, Nagpur.

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Chaos reigns supreme following transfers of some GMC Deans

Chaos reigns supreme over the recent transfers of Deans of some of the Government Medical Colleges (GMCs) in Maharashtra. While the Nagpur GMC Dean Dr Rajaram Powar has not got reliever, Maharash... Read More
Chaos reigns supreme over the recent transfers of Deans of some of the Government Medical Colleges (GMCs) in Maharashtra. While the Nagpur GMC Dean Dr Rajaram Powar has not got reliever, Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) has stayed transfer of Yavatmal GMC Dean Dr Anand Dongre. As a result, despite transfers, not much has changed on ground leaving those in GMC administration confused.

Nagpur GMC Dean Dr Rajaram Powar was transferred as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER). However, he is yet to get the reliever. As a result, he continues to be Dean of Nagpur GMC. A visionary Dr Abhimanyu Niswade was tipped to become Dean of Nagpur GMC, but he was transferred to Miraj GMC. Thus, Nagpur’s Dean has been transferred but not relieved, and the person who was considered the most eligible for the post also has been shifted elsewhere.

Meanwhile, Yavatmal GMC Dean Dr Anand Dongre challenged his transfer order and got stay from MAT. So, he is not going to Solapur where he was transferred. Solapur GMC Dean Dr Shinde was shifted to Latur, where he joined.

However, Latur GMC Dean Dr Dipti Dongaonkar could not join to her new posting at Yavatmal GMC, as Dr Dongre has got a stay to his transfer from MAT. Thus, Dr Dongaonkar has been relieved from Latur but is unable to join at Yavatmal.

Sources said that these transfers and many other related developments have resulted in chaos due to poor administration of Ministry of Medical Education.

MAT stays transfer of Yavatmal Dean

Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) Member S S Hingne has stayed the order of transfer of Dr Anand Dongre, Dean of Yavatmal’s late Vasantrao Naik Government Medical College, to Government Medical College (GMC) at Solapur. Dr Dongre, who is three months short of his retirement, challenged his transfer to Solapur in MAT. MAT has remarked that there cannot be exceptional exigency to transfer the applicant during the last three months of his tenure. As such, the effect should not be given to the order of Dr Anand Dongre till the Government filed reply within given time of two weeks.

Dr Dongre is to retire on November 30, 2014. According to him, his transfer order was issued as per the provisions of Maharashtra Government Servants Regulation of Transfers and Prevention of Delay in Discharge of Official Duties Act, 2005. Section 5 (1) (a) of the said Act makes it clear that if an employee is to retire within a period of one year, he should be allowed to continue on the post. Since Dr Dongre is to retire within three months, his pension papers also have been prepared by the office where he is posted now.

Adv D M Kakani appeared on behalf of Dr Dongre while A P Tathod, CPO appeared for State.

DMER top brass proceeds on leave

Sensing trouble and fearing wrath of Medical Education Minister, Director (Medical Education and Research) (DMER) Dr Pravin Shingare and Joint Director Dr Ambhore have gone on leave. If sources are to be believed, they are mooting not to join back in the prevailing situation.

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3 men arrested for duping goldsmith

ADHARTAL police apprehended three men involved in duping a goldsmith by mortgaging fake silver jewellery and grabbing cash of Rs 33,000 from him in Maharajpur area. The accused have been identifi... Read More
ADHARTAL police apprehended three men involved in duping a goldsmith by mortgaging fake silver jewellery and grabbing cash of Rs 33,000 from him in Maharajpur area. The accused have been identified as Golu Barman, Sukhdev Barman and Anil Barman, residents of Gosalpur area. According to police, Kailash Devani (31), a resident of Maharajpur area and owner of a jewellery shop named Jagdamba Jewellers, filed a complaint that about 45 days back, Chhotelal Choudhary, resident of Gosalpur, named himself as Chhotelal Dixit arrived and requested to mortgage silver. He mortgaged his jewellery and gave him Rs 5,000 for the same.

After some days, son of Chhotelal Choudhary, Golu Choudhary posing as Golu Patel arrived and took cash of Rs 2,500 by mortgaging silver jewellery. Similarly, Sukhdev Barman, a resident of Mohtara village in Bahoribandh, Katni arrived and tried to mortgage silver anklets against cash of Rs 5,000. He held doubt and checked the jewellery and found that it was made with gillet. When he checked more jewellery that was earlier mortgaged, he was shocked that all the jewellery was made of gillet. Acting on the complaint, police registered a case against the accused under Section 420 of the IPC and apprehended the accused Golu Barman, Sukhdev Barman and Anil Barman while further investigations are underway.

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Man’s body found on Shastri Bridge

BODY of an unidentified man was found on Shastri Bridge under mysterious circumstances on Sunday morning. According to Madan Mahal police, Maniram Gupta (49), a resident of Narsingh Mandir area... Read More
BODY of an unidentified man was found on Shastri Bridge under mysterious circumstances on Sunday morning. According to Madan Mahal police, Maniram Gupta (49), a resident of Narsingh Mandir area informed that a middle-aged man was lying unconscious on Shastri Bridge. He tried to arouse him and found that he was died.

Receiving the information, a police team promptly reached the spot and sent the body for post-mortem after carrying out Panchnama. Police have registered statements of several persons but failed in identifying the deceased. The news of finding body of unidentified man was spread through out the area and a large number of persons were gathered on the spot. Police have started investigations into the case to identify the deceased and reason of his death.

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Revenue officials always play a pivotal role: Collector Roopla

DISTRICT Collector S N Roopla took an important meeting of Revenue Department and gave necessary directions. He said it is an important wing of administration. Whether it is election or importa... Read More
DISTRICT Collector S N Roopla took an important meeting of Revenue Department and gave necessary directions. He said it is an important wing of administration. Whether it is election or important work like census or natural calamity or serious responsibility like law and order situation, revenue officials always play a pivotal role.

Hoping that revenue officers would maintain the same sprit, Roopla exhorted the officials to ensure sincerity while discharging duties. He also stressed upon the need of proper communication between revenue officials and police.

While reviewing revenue cases, Roopla instructed officials to redress pending cases. He expressed concern over less number of cases related to changing of name directed to conduct special drive for redressal of disputed or undisputed change of name and mutation cases. He said such cases must be recorded in September and be redressed in October by carrying out special drive. Roopla said all sub-divisional officers would have to take the responsibility of drive.

He asked officials to shun negligence in redressal of cases related to relief and provide relief amount to affected families early. He also reviewed progress of computerised copy and digitalisation of maps apart from reviewing detailed land acquisition cases.

The Collector further directed senior officials to redress pending cases under Forest Right Act. He warned all Sub-Divisional Officers to take the task seriously. He asked the officers to conduct a meeting with forest officials and make the picture clear so that all pending cases could be resolved early. Roopla praised efforts of Tehsildar Jabalpur while reviewing progress of cases registered under Chief Minister Helpline. He however asked officials concerned to give serious thought to timely redressal of such cases. He expressed great displeasure over unwarranted delay made in issuing cast certificate of students of class I and asked the officials to take extra pains to completed the very important and essential work. He instructed all sub-divisional officers to complete work on war footing. He said issuing caste certificates is one of the important drives of the State Government. Roopla said he would not tolerate any lethargy in the work. He also warned officials of severe action for any negligence in work and asked them to redress applications the administration has received so far.

The Collector further said the work of preparing electoral roll at Panchayat level is running out of time. It is going very late and needs urgent speediness. He said though the Chief Executive Officers of Panchayats have been asked for the same, despite the Sub Divisional Officers must keep vigil on the work and get complete the same early. Similarly, the proposals of polling centres and strong room for upcoming local body elections must be forwarded early for approval. He also gave necessary directions for works under Public Distribution System and asked officials to keep constant eye at ration shops and lodge FIR against irregularities.

Amongst those participated in the meeting were Chief Executive Officer of District Panchayat, Sheelendra Singh, Additional Collector, Chhote Singh, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Omti, R S Parihar, SDMs, Tehsildars and others.

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Over 4.5 lakh adhyapaks serving since 16 yrs denied teachers’ cadre

AROUND 4.5 lakh adhyapaks serving in government schools across Madhya Pradesh for past 16 years have been denied cadre of teacher. Denial by the State Government to recognise these adhyapaks as... Read More
AROUND 4.5 lakh adhyapaks serving in government schools across Madhya Pradesh for past 16 years have been denied cadre of teacher. Denial by the State Government to recognise these adhyapaks as teachers has caused serious resentment who have decided to distance themselves from Teacher’s Day celebrations as a mark of protest against imprudent stance of the State Government. Regional Coordinator of Madhya Pradesh Class III Government Employees’ Association Mukesh Singh in a press release issued here informed that adhyapaks have been serving in different government schools since 1998.

Despite the fact that adhyapaks have been serving with a sense of commitment and devotion the State Government has been insensitive towards their demands. About growing agitation among adhyapaks it is informed that they have been serving in government schools for past 16 years. They have been given category of adhyapaks contrary to the fact that duties discharged by them is at par with any teacher serving in any government school. Adhyapaks have been consistent in their demand to be recognised as teacher. To make government comprehend about their demand protest on several occasions have been staged at tehsil, district, state capital and at national capital. Despite several rounds of protest made to draw attention of the State Government to recognise adhyapaks as teachers has proved of little substance. Adhyapaks have been forced to dwindle between two departments of the State Government. It is informed that adhyapaks are being appointed by the District Panchayat though their main task is to teach in government schools. While Education Department has no consideration for these adhyapaks who as a matter of fact discharge their duties as a teacher.

Continuos neglect of adhyapaks by the State Government who act as shuttlecock between Education Department and the District Panchayat has made them highly exasperated. To register protest on being neglected to get the much needed cadre of teacher, highly agitated adhyapaks maintained that when the State Government fails to recognise them as teachers then what is the significance to celebrating Teacher’s Day on September 5.

As Teacher’s Day is specified for teachers and there is no cadre like adhyapaks who would find it feasible to celebrate Teacher’s Day despite the fact that even after serving for 16 years as adhyapaks they have no recognition as teacher.

Following continuous agitation among adhyapaks on being denied the cadre of teachers they have decided to distance themselves from auspicious occasion of Teacher’s Day. Members and office-bearers of Madhya Pradesh Class III Government Employees’ Association namely Mukesh Singh, Rajkumar Singh, Pranav Sahu, Rakesh Pandey, K K Prajapati, Sudesh Pandey, Anand Raikwar, Mukesh Rajak, Satish Patel, Santosh Paweia, Manoj Patkar, Premkamal Asathi, Shailendra Chaturvedi, Ashutosh Diwedi, Mayank Kushwaha, Subodh Rai, Shyamnarayan Tiwari, Rajbhadhur Dhurvey, Ashish Jain and others have demanded Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to recognise adhyapaks as teachers before Teacher’s Day that would provide much needed respite as after they get due recognition would get and earn same respect and facilities being given to teachers. The association have demanded that the State Government should remember its previous announcement to give cadre of teachers to Adhyapaks serving across Madhya Pradesh. This would be a matter of pride and real honour for adhyapaks on the occasion of Teacher’s Day.

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Husband booked for assaulting specially abled woman with axe

PANAGAR police apprehended a man who tried to kill his handicapped wife with an axe over a petty issue. The accused has been identified as Rammilan Sripal (37), a resident of Bandhi village in ... Read More
PANAGAR police apprehended a man who tried to kill his handicapped wife with an axe over a petty issue. The accused has been identified as Rammilan Sripal (37), a resident of Bandhi village in Panagar area. According to police, Kotwar of Bandhi village informed that Sushma Bai Sripal was injured after being attacked by her husband and was taken at Khamaria Hospital for treatment, where she was given primary treatment and was referred to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital.

Receiving the information, a police team reached the hospital and took statement of injured. In her statement, Sushma Sripal informed that she is handicapped from her both legs. Late in the night, her husband arrived and ordered her for give him a massage. She denied him due to her health problems.

Annoyed over this, Rammilan picked up an axe and attacked her. In the attack, Sushma sustained grave wounds on her head and injuries on her neck, ears and face. She was immediately taken to Khamaria hospital by her parents. Acting on the complaint, police have registered a case against the accused under section 307 of the IPC and apprehended the accused.

3 booked for selling govt land using fake documents

GOHALPUR police registered a case of forgery of Rs 1.8 lakh by selling a government land through fake documents in Amkhera area. The accused have been identified as Hemlata Patel, her husband Girdhari Patel and son Manish Patel, residents of Subhash Nagar area. According to police, Surendra Agrawal (36), a resident of Garha Phatak area, filed a written complaint that the miscreants contacted him for selling their 1605 square feet land situated in Amkhera and registered in the name of Hemlata.

They also showed him photo copy of property documents. Witnessing the documents, he agreed to purchase the land for Rs 4.5 lakh.

On February 9, 2013, he made a purchase agreement from notary and paid cash of Rs 80,000 and have second installment in cash of Rs 1 lakh along with an affidavit that he will prepare registry after paying entire amount, on July 17, 2013. Thereafter, he arranged the remaining money and contacted Hemlata Patel, Girdhari Patel and Manish Patel for preparing registry and giving them rest of the payment. Instead of taking rest payment and making registry, the accused started delaying registry and finally denied for the same. He held doubt on them and cross checked documents in government record and found that the land he had purchased is a government land and miscreants sold it by using fake documents. When he demanded to refund his money, miscreants threatened him to life. Acting on the complaint, police have registered a case against accused under Section 420 of the IPC and started search for the accused.

15 illegal vendors nabbed by RPF during drive:

SALE of inferior quality eatables by unauthorised vendors in railway platform and train happens to be a common thing. Thanks to the active stance of RPF that on Sunday morning at Jabalpur Railway Station 15 unauthorised vendors were nabbed by RPF under a special drive initiated following directives issued by S S Ahmed Commandant RPF to tighten noose around errant illegal vendors across Jabalpur division. About stringent action taken by RPF it is informed, that on Sunday morning it was panic like situation among illegal vendors selling tea and eatables on railway platform. RPF team who swung into action apprehended vendors and were detained at the RPF.

During verification of credentials of nabbed vendors was made in RPF, it was held that 15 vendors were found not entitled to venture on railway platform as they did not possess the mandatory license from railway administration to offer eatables, still were selling eatables and tea. The eatables seized from their possession was examined by the team and it was of inferior quality. 15 unauthorised vendors apprehended by RPF have been booked under Section 144 of the Railway Act. Eatables and other goods found in possession of illegal vendors has been seized. About the move being initiated against illegal vendors it is informed that RPF will ensure that no unauthorised vendor is found selling eatables on railway platform.

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Lakhs of women in State availing monthly pension

More than one lakh 32 thousand women of state are availing the monthly pension of Rs 300 per beneficiary under Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme, operated by State Government’s Soci... Read More
More than one lakh 32 thousand women of state are availing the monthly pension of Rs 300 per beneficiary under Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme, operated by State Government’s Social Welfare Department. Under this scheme, poor widow women of age group 40-79 years are provided monthly pension.

Social Welfare Department officials informed today that under Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme, one lakh 32 thousand women have been benefited. This includes 5862 beneficiaries from Raipur district, 5309 beneficiaries from Baloda-Bazar district, 6225 beneficiaries of Gariaband district, 5059 women of Mahasamund district, 4575 beneficiaries of Dhamtari district, 7028 beneficiaries of Durg district, 4718 beneficiaries of Balod district, 1968 beneficiaries of Bemetara district, 8996 beneficiaries of Rajnandgaon district, 2476 beneficiaries of Kabeerdham district, 4836 beneficiaries of Bastar district, 4080 beneficiaries of Kondagaon district, 3464 South Bastar (Dantewada) district, 2599 beneficiaries from Sukma district, 6460 from North Bastar (Kanker) district and 3247 beneficiaries from Bijapur district. Department officials informed that 1452 women of Narayanpur district, 8492 women of Bilaspur district, 3282 women of Mungeli district, 6327 women of Korba district, 6014 women of Janjgir-Champa district, 12028 women of Raigarh district, 3299 women of Jashpur district, 3212 women of Sarguja district, 3967 women of Balrampur district, 3581 women of Surajpur district and 3695 women of Koriya district have been benefited under Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme.

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TUCI calls off strike after trilateral discussion

AFTER the explosion incident at Navbharat Fuse Company Limited, the members of Chhattisgarh Visfotak Karkhana Shramik Sangh affiliated to Trade Union Center of India (TUCI) with their 5 point d... Read More
AFTER the explosion incident at Navbharat Fuse Company Limited, the members of Chhattisgarh Visfotak Karkhana Shramik Sangh affiliated to Trade Union Center of India (TUCI) with their 5 point demands were sitting on indefinite strike before the Abhanpur from 16th August. It may be mentioned that five labourers were killed when explosion took place while shifting material in the company premises.

The State administration as well as the company management was continuously neglecting the demands of the workers.

Only after the annoyed workers decided to block the road and close down Abhanpur on 30th August, the state administration took the matter seriously and in a hurry organized a trilateral discussion between the union members, the company management and the state administration on 30th August. The office bearers of Chhattisgarh Visfotak Karkhana Shramik Sangh Comrade.

Bharat Bhushan Pandey, Mridul Sen Gupta, Soura Yadav, Devsingh Tarak, Paras Ram Kurre were present in the discussion along with Rajeshwar Singh, SK Sahu, PK Shukla were present from the management side. Deepak Agrawal SDM, Jagannath Verma, Tehsildar, SS Paikra Assistant Labour Commissioner, Rakesh Bhoi, TI Abhanpur also took part in the discussion.

The tri lateral meeting was focused on the management will provide 12.25 lakh rupees to the deceased workers family within a month. The management will provide permanent employment to one member of the deceased worker’s family based on eligibility. The management will follow the Explosive Act. 1884 and Factory Act 1948 and will ensure safety to workers. And will follow the guidelines of Petroleum and Safety Organisation and Factory Examiner completely. The management will follow all the earlier decisions taken between company management and union representatives. After the discussion hundreds of workers who came to join the protest assembled near the Abhanpur Tehsil where the strike was going on. Addressing the workers Bharat Bhushan Pandey, Vice President TUCI said that the workers are not happy with the decision. The management always threatened the workers to go to the court and close down the company. The State Government and company management did not want to hear the problems of the workers. This agreement has been done in a much planned manner to save the officials of the company management, who were responsible for the ill-fated incident and still no arrest has been done. The state government is directly protecting the guilty officials.

Soura Yadav, state Secretary CPI (ML), Mridul Sengupta, President TUCI also addressed the workers. Comrade Ramachal Verma in his speech thanked the citizens of abhanpur and the representatives for their direct and indirect support in the struggle and announced the end of the strike.

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Caste certificates to be issued within 30 days

Caste certificate will be issued within 30 days from the date of receiving of required documents. Before that a temporary certificate will be issued to the applicant within 15 days from the dat... Read More
Caste certificate will be issued within 30 days from the date of receiving of required documents. Before that a temporary certificate will be issued to the applicant within 15 days from the date of submission of the application.

Issues pertaining to the caste certificate were discussed during a workshop organised in the meeting hall of the agriculture department on August 30. Scheduled Tribe Commission Chairman Devlal Dugga inaugurated the workshop which was attended by sub divisional officers and deputy collectors of Raipur and Durg divisions. It was said in the workshop that Chhattisgarh SC, ST and OBC (Regulation for Certification of Social Status) Act 2013 has been formed for simplifying the issuance of caste certificates. for which Tehsildar, Additional Tehsildar, Naib Tehsildar and Sub Divisional Officer (revenue) have been made competent authorities.

Divisional Commissioner Dr B L Tiwari, on the occasion, said the documents carrying social status of the candidates must be examined carefully before issuing the caste certificates.

Sarpanch and corporators have been granted power to issue temporary caste certificates required for education purpose. Revenue Officers can issue the same for other works except education. However, the permanent caste certificate can be issued by the deputy collectors and sub divisional officer (revenue). Candidates, who are dissatisfied with the decision of tehsildar, additional tehsildar and naib tehsildar, can complain to the sub divisional officer (revenue) and deputy collector. Appeal against the deputy collectors and sub divisional officers can be done to additional collector and the collector. Similarly, appeal against these two officials can be done to the additional commissioner and the divisional commissioner. Most importantly, it is the responsibility of the applicants to prove which caste they belong to.

Rajim tehsildar issued warnings for delay in solving revenue cases

Divisional Commissioner Dr B L Tiwari issued warnings to the Rajim tehsildar for his carelessness towards disposing of revenue cases and asked sub-divisional officer S K Gupta for the submission of report regarding the cases within a week. The divisional commissioner had a surprise inspection of the tehsil office and he found the revenue cases unregistered. The divisional commissioner expressed great displeasure after noticing that the revenue cases were made delay without sufficient reasons. Tiwari also asked the Reader of the tehsildar to submit the report of solved revenue cases to the Record Cell immediately.

Tiwari also inspected the Naib Nazir Tehsil Office in Rajim and took stock of the various development works. Tiwari asked the tehsildar to complete work related to the students on priority. The advocates present in the tehsil office had a meeting with the divisional commissioner. They urged the divisional commissioner for speedy disposal of ‘bandobast’ cases.

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24-year-old man caught attempting rape on two and half-year-old girl

Humanity stooped to the nadir on Sunday, when a 24-year-old man caught for attempt to rape a two and half-year-old girl. Accused Rajaram Tiwari was beaten black and blue before handing over to th... Read More
Humanity stooped to the nadir on Sunday, when a 24-year-old man caught for attempt to rape a two and half-year-old girl. Accused Rajaram Tiwari was beaten black and blue before handing over to the police.

Sunday brought disgrace and shame to the Capital city as man tried to sexually assault a toddler at Gandhi Nagar area of Urla. Tiwari, who is a neighbour of girl’s family, is a native of Seedhi District of Madhya Pradesh.

Police informed that toddler, who often plays around her house, was allured and taken to his home by Rajaram Tiwari in the morning. When girl didn’t come back for half and hours, her mother started looking in the neighbourhood. She asked every neighbour but no body knew the whereabouts of little child.

Now, everyone in the neighbourhood was searching for the girl. All of a sudden, girl’s mother heard baby crying from the first floor of a neighbourhood house, where accused Tiwari lived on rent.

As they went up, door was locked so they peak through the windows and the scene inside was extremely horrible and heinous. People saw the toddler crying while accused Rajaram Tiwari in objectionable condition. Infuriated people smashed the door and entered into the home. Mod beat down Rajaram Tiwari before they handed him over to the Urla Police.

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At last, Antagarh bye-election has only two claimants

The efforts towards electing Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Bhojraj Nag unopposed, turned futile on Saturday, as all but one candidate, who did not or deliberately failed to withdraw his nomi... Read More
The efforts towards electing Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Bhojraj Nag unopposed, turned futile on Saturday, as all but one candidate, who did not or deliberately failed to withdraw his nomination for the Antagarh (79-ST) bye-election. Amidst high drama which continued for over 30 hours since Friday afternoon till Saturday late evening all the independent candidates along with the Shiv Sena candidate withdrew their nominations one after another soon after Congress candidate Manturam Pawar had withdrawn his nomination.

Now that only two candidates including Bharatiya Janata Party’s Bhojraj Nag and Ambedkarite Party of India’s Rupdhar Pudo, in fact, three candidates if NOTA is considered as a candidate, are remaining in the fray, the Antagarh bye-election has become really interesting. Though it is considered a cake-walk for the BJP candidate, it will not be that easy for him after the recent incidents.

The Antagarh Assembly segment is dominated by the Bengali, Gondwana and Halba community who play significant role in the elections as usual. Approximately 35,000 voters represent Gondwana community while 28,000 voters represent Halba community. Apart from these communities, Bengali community residing in Pakhanjur area amounting to approximately 65,000 voters are very significant as 90-95 percent voters from this community cast their franchise and are decisive for the win of any candidate.

During Assembly Election 2013 held in October-November, Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Vikram Usendi had registered win over his nearest rival and Indian National Congress candidate Manturam Pawar by a margin of 5171 votes. While Usendi had polled 53477 votes (47.18 %), Pawar could poll 48306 votes (42.62 %). Third place was bagged by NOTA (None of the Above option) which polled 4710 votes (4.16%). Chhattisgarh Swabhimaan Manch candidate Somnath Uike polled 2543 votes (2.24%); Shiv Sena candidate Jaiprakash Padda polled 2308 votes (2%); and Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Raja Ram Kamra polled 2009 votes (1.77%). Since the NOTA option had polled a massive 4.16 percent votes earlier, its significance cannot be ruled out that during this bye-election.

Meanwhile, of the eleven candidates including Manturam Pawar who had withdrawn their nominations, seven independent candidates who had withdrawn their nominations were reportedly from capital Raipur and were under influence of senior politician. If the sources are to be believed these candidates were plunked into the fray were Virendra Kumar Hirami, Bhimsingh Umethi, Shankar Netam, Deonath Hirku, Mahadeo Mandavi, Bhojraj Nag (I) and Anil Netam. Sources further informed that all these candidates had gone missing soon after filing nomination and suddenly surfaced on Saturday during withdrawing of nominations. The political fraternities involved in the whole episode had also tried to influence the candidate of Ambedkarite Party of India candidate Rupdhar Pudo but somehow the things didn’t work out and he remained in the fray and thus the contest which was proceeding towards unopposed election turned again into an interesting contest. Now the Congress President has stated that the Congress will throw its weight behind Puro if he asks for. The turnout of events happened so fast that the Congress top leadership in the state was caught unawares.

Earlier after Manturam Pawar withdrew his nomination amidst high drama, the CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel had rushed to Kanker immediately on Friday while considering extending support to any Independent candidate. Unfortunately, for the Congress, all the independent candidates receded from the fray one by one, thus the chances of supporting an independent candidate faded away. It is being stated that apart from the efforts from local BJP leaders from Kanker, the role of Revenue Minister Prem Prakash Pandey, Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal were significant in convincing the independent candidates as well as the Shiv Sena candidate. At the same time BJP State General Secretary (Organization) Rampratap Singh and Divisional Organization Secretary Vidhan Chandra Kar had played a significant role in finding out BJP leader Raghunath Kumeti and monitoring the situation between Kanker and Dhamtari.

It is worth mentioning here that Kumeti had all of a sudden filed his nomination and had became unavailable. BJP leaders had to do a lot of hard work to find him out on the penultimate day of withdrawing nominations. Finally he also withdrew his nomination on Saturday. Later talking to media, Kumeti had stated that he had withdrawn his nomination of the assurance of Chief Minister. BJP leaders including Mahaveer Singh Rathor, Kanker President Bharat Matiyara and General Secretary Alok Thakur were stay put at Kanker collectorate annex waiting for Rupdhar Puro so that they can convince him to withdraw nomination but the efforts failed as he didn’t or failed to turn up till the final withdrawal time. Thus the BJP’s efforts towards unopposed win failed.

Cong workers stage protest on Manturam Pawar’s allegations

Congress workers continued their protests against withdrawal of candidature by Manturam Pawar from Antagarh by-poll and also blamed the state government Ministers as also the ruling party for the embarrassing episode.

While Raipur Shahar Congress Committee (RSCC) workers led by Vikas Upadhyay attempted staging ‘chakkajam’ but were intercepted by police near Raipur Municipal Corporation. RSCC workers marched from Congress Bhawan and raised slogans against state government while also demanding that Manturam Pawar be punished for his conduct. With more than two dozen party workers, RSCC leaders insisted on crossing the police barricade to stage their ‘chakkajam’ but entered into scuffle with the police. Police later arrested the RSCC workers.Before the arrest, Upadhyay alleged that state government is abusing the state machinery to ensure victory in Antagarh by-poll as the ‘Modi wave’ has subsided across the country. He said that BJP has successively lost elections in many by-polls across India post Lok Sabha victory which is why ruling party is ensuring no contenders for the Antagarh by-poll. He said that ration card cancellation is another issue which has instilled fear in ruling party and it has resorted to election management to secure victory.

In another of the protest organized in Congress Bhawan itself, Congress leader Ejaz Dhebar led party workers to burn the effigies of state government Ministers along with Manturam Pawar. Dhebar, while talking to the media persons, reiterated his party’s demand that Antagarh by-poll be cancelled as even independent candidates have been forced to withdraw from electoral fray.

There were scenes of scuffle between party workers and police as the latter tried to prevent burning of effigies of government Ministers. Congress workers, however, finally succeeded in burning the effigy of Manturam Pawar.

Before pointing others, Cong need a serious introspection: Sharma

Bharatiya Janata Party State General Secretary and Spokesperson Shivratan Sharma while commenting on the whole Manturam Pawar episode said instead of blaming the Bharatiya Janata Party, the CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel should peep into the affairs of Congress and put his own house in order. He said the CPCC President should care about the allegation leveled against him by his own candidate who was pitted for contesting Antagarh bye-election but left the fray mid-way.

Sharma further added that Baghel who not only failed to convince his own candidate about the support from the party and but also failed to garner enough confidence in the candidate so that he can contest the election. Quoting Manturam Pawar, the BJP Spokesperson said Pawar had left the fray as the CPCC President wanted to make him scapegoat. Sharma further stated that according to Manturam Pawar he had informed CPCC President that he was not in a position to fight election. However the CPCC President deliberately recommended for his candidature and ensured that Pawar gets the ticket so that he can gain his political interests out of it. Unfortunately his initiatives boomeranged into him.

Sharma added that the CPCC President proved his in-efficiency through these activities and allowed easy win like situation for the BJP candidate. Now that his strategy has boomeranged into him, the CPCC President is trying to put the blame on BJP which is unfortunate. He added that the Congress has failed to play its role as an opposition party both in the House and outside. In the state it has become a party ridden with factionalism and internal fights.

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CSCS teams finalised for practice matches with CLT20 teams

Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh (CSCS) has announced teams that will play practice matches with the CLT20 teams arriving in Raipur in the first week of September. As per schedule, all the practi... Read More
Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh (CSCS) has announced teams that will play practice matches with the CLT20 teams arriving in Raipur in the first week of September. As per schedule, all the practice matches will be played at Rajkumar College (RKC) ground on September 10, 11, 12 and 18.

Two practice matches will be held on September 10 followed by one each match on September 11, 12 and 18. It is to be mentioned here that the teams are arriving in Raipur to play the CLT20 matches to be held between September 13 and 23 at Shahid Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, Parsada Village. The CSCS has announced two teams –Team A and Team B. Team A includes Vishal Kushwaha (Captain), Chhabi Chhattri, Imran Khan, Pawandeep Singh, Amandeep Khare, Pankaj Hardar, V Nitish Rao, Pratik Raj Sinha, Sourabh Yadu, Santosh Rana, Gaurav Tandon, Ashish Gupta, Mohd Irfan, Abhishek Yadav and Ankit Yadav. Extra players will be Sunil Keshwani, T Nagarjuna, Aishwarya Morya, Vikrant Singh Rajput and Mod Shahbaz.

Team B includes Prakhar Rao (Captain), Atul Yadav, Anuj Tiwari, Ajay Mandal, Pratik Yadav, Shivendra Singh, Shivam Gupta, Jagjot Gill, Afsar Khan, Vishal Vishwakarma, Shubham Singh, Arbab Khan, Shaqib Ahmed, Snehil Chaddha and Karandeep Saggu. Extra players are Mohd Sheikh Wasim, Shubham Singh, Siddhant Parashar, Vijay Sharma and Yan Coaster.

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SA-1 for class IX, X after Sept 15

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has declared that the first Summative Assessment (SA-1) for class IX and X of this academic session will begin from second fortnight of September.

Th... Read More
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has declared that the first Summative Assessment (SA-1) for class IX and X of this academic session will begin from second fortnight of September.

The school-based assessment has been operational in all CBSE affiliated schools of the city. As per the scheme, four Formative Assessments and two Summative Assessments are conducted in an academic year. The SA-1 will be held in the second fortnight of September 2014. It is a pen-paper traditional format test conducted by school themselves. To maintain the standard, board will support schools in generating on-line question papers in subjects including English Communicative, English Language, Hindi Course, Mathematics, Science, Social Science and communicative Sanskrit. Evaluation of answer sheets will be done by the school teachers themselves on basis of marking scheme generated on-line. The on-line papers sent by CBSE are not binding on schools as they can make changes by mixing questions. They are also free to use the same question paper sent by CBSE as well.

The exam will be conducted in three terms. Term 1 is school level activity, which includes formative assessment 1 and 2 (FA-1 and FA-2). It helps to develop verbal communication, analytical reasoning, critical thinking and creative thinking of students. For this round, school conducts group discussion, case study and other activities. Term-1 also includes summative assessment (SA-1), which is a subjective exam being conducted by the board. Term-2 includes formative assessment 3 (FA-3). It is a school-level test, which will be conducted during September first and second week. This term also includes summative assessment 2 (SA 2), which will be organised on November 20 from 10 am to 12 noon. This exam includes reasoning and question paper of this exam will be sent by the board. Term-3, which includes SA-4, will be conducted by the board during February-March 2015.

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Sporadic but heavy rain brings down temperature

Revival of monsoon in the State capital has brought respite to residents from the humidity levels. However, the sporadic showers, which lasted only for few hours, was witnessed only in some par... Read More
Revival of monsoon in the State capital has brought respite to residents from the humidity levels. However, the sporadic showers, which lasted only for few hours, was witnessed only in some parts whereas other areas witnessed clear weather .As per the Weather Department the system formed is resulting in formation of two weather patterns, which is present over south Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. The moisture content in the climate has increased, which is resulting in monsoon showers and also the day range temperature also came down a bit.

Earlier, a warning of heavy rainfall in Bhopal, Indore and Hoshangabad divisions was issued. Few hours of monsoon showers resulted in clogging of underwater bridge in Habibganj. It also resulted in traffic chaos in some areas, which includes Chetak Bridge. Two days after monsoon revived in the State, the meteorological office on Saturday issued a warning of heavy rainfall in Bhopal, Indore and Hoshangabad divisions in the next 24 hours.

Heavy showers were observed in the region in the afternoon, which also resulted in water clogging. Day range temperature has been declining due to sudden outburst of rain showers in last few days in the region. A depression has also formed in weather pattern, surrounded at Seoni and Balaghat, which may bring more rainfall in the area, which is likely to bring more rain showers in the area.

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Gaur assures of action to family members who consumed poison

Home Minister Babulal Gaur assured of action to the family members of those who had consumed the poison outside the Director General of Police (DGP) office on Saturday. Gaur reached the Hospita... Read More
Home Minister Babulal Gaur assured of action to the family members of those who had consumed the poison outside the Director General of Police (DGP) office on Saturday. Gaur reached the Hospital to meet three persons, who swallowed poison at Police Headquarters (PHQ).

Gaur directed to arrest and take action against persons implicated in alleged kidnapping of Ram Charan of village Hintoiya Jagir in Berasia tehsil of Bhopal district. Gaur visited Ram Charan’s wife Baby Bai and sons Sanjay and Sunil Vishwakarma, who are undergoing treatment at Hamidia Hospital. He enquired about their health and held detailed discussion about the incident. He was accompanied by SP North Arvind Saxena. Home Minister said that Ram Charan’s wife and sons have alleged that some persons of the village have kidnapped Ram Charan. They also said that they are being threatened by those against whom they had complained. Family members said that Ram Charan had left home for Nazirabad police station and missing since then. Family members suspected that he was kidnapped. Gaur assured Ram Charan’s wife and sons not to be afraid. The case is being investigated by CID. He assured that missing Ram Charan would soon be found.

Gaur directed the SP to arrest the accused at the earliest and ensure prompt action. Baby Bai and her two sons had consumed poison outside the chamber of DGP on Saturday alleging police inaction in case of Ram Charan’s missing. They were immediately rushed to hospital where they are out of danger now.

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Van Vihar to have model replica of forest reserves in museum

Van Vihar National Park is going to have model replica of forest reserves in the museum. The Vihar Vathika museum, which will be built inside the national park, will carry details of all the fo... Read More
Van Vihar National Park is going to have model replica of forest reserves in the museum. The Vihar Vathika museum, which will be built inside the national park, will carry details of all the forest reserves in the State including Dhoopgarh, Amarkantak, Pachmarhi. Details of flora and fauna will be incorporated in the museum. Tender process for the construction of museum is being invited, as per the official.

Earlier, Centre for Environment and Education, Ahmedabad was given the assignment but it was unable to execute and tender had been asked again. Forest museum is going to have all details about flora and fauna including rivers, mountains and specialties of the forest reserves.

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Over 600 students of Ojasdeep admitted in Government schools

Over 600 students of Ojasdeep Society School, run on the Model School, TT Nagar premises, have been admitted to several schools of the city.

According to District Education Office (DEO), pa... Read More
Over 600 students of Ojasdeep Society School, run on the Model School, TT Nagar premises, have been admitted to several schools of the city.

According to District Education Office (DEO), parents were given option to get admission of their kids at dozens of Government schools. 317 students have been admitted to Kopal School, 153 students have been admitted to Arvindo School, 689 students at Batthel School, 71 students at Jawahar School, Trilanga and 17 students have been admitted to Ankur School. “We had commitment to admit the students of Ojasdeep Society by August 31. All students have been admitted on choice of their parents,” said K P S Tomar, DEO.

It might be noted that the society entered into contract with MPBSE, which leased out the building to Ojasdeep Society for ten years. The contract expired last year but society was not ready to vacate the building. MPBSE took the matter to court and after getting orders from the court, possession of the building was given to MPBSE on August 14, 2014. As soon as possession of building was given to MPBSE, students as well as parents started demonstration and also staged protest at CM house.

Concerned with the demand of students, district administration discussed the problem with Government schools and agreed to admit the society students to these schools. The DEO also appointed a two-member committee to look over the admission issue of students. Parents were asked to contact the committee members or DEO for admission of their kids.

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Master Plan-2031 to be delayed by 1 more year

Master Plan-2031, being prepared for planned development of city, would be once again delayed for at least a year. This delay is now being attributed to Municipal Corporation elections schedule... Read More
Master Plan-2031, being prepared for planned development of city, would be once again delayed for at least a year. This delay is now being attributed to Municipal Corporation elections scheduled to be held in November-December this year, said officials in Town & Country Planning (T&CP). They said that due to scheduled elections, draft for master plan cannot be published.

Another problem that is barricading the publication of the draft for Master Plan-2031 is the proposed expansion of BMC. Sources in T&CP said that officials will have to prepare a new draft based on the new boundaries of the corporation, as changes will have to be done in the draft after expansion of BMC. It is to be noted that at the moment, the Master Plan, which was released in 1995, is in application and was valid till the year 2005. T&CP did a review of the Master Plan in 2006, and started preparing the new Master Plan by announcing 813 square km of new area to be covered in it. It is to be noted that, three drafts have been prepared in last 9 years but the publication has been delayed due to one reason or the other.

Officials in T&CP said that the new draft was prepared back in 2013, but as code of conduct was active in State due to Vidhan Sabha elections followed by Lok Sabha elections, it could not be published. Now after Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha elections, Municipal Corporation elections are blocking the publication of the draft for Master Plan-2031. If the draft of the Master Plan is published now, then objections and suggestions will be invited within next 30 days, followed by hearing, which will take 60 days. After completion of the hearing, Commissioner will forward the draft to Government for their approval. Thus, it will take about three months’ time. In between, the code of conduct will once again be active for Municipal Corporation elections.

Subhashish Banerji, Deputy Director, T&CP, Bhopal said that, as of now, it appears that publication of the draft for Master-Plan 2031 will be delayed due to the scheduled Municipal Corporation elections in between. When asked about changes that might occur in draft after expansion of BMC, Banerji said that after expansion, there will be change in planning area as new villages will have to be added in the draft of the Master Plan-2031.

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Shatabdi Express to depart from Habibganj from today

Bhopal-New Delhi Shatabdi Express will commence its journey from Habibganj station of State capital, from Monday. Habibganj station is all set to welcome the super-fast train in its compound. T... Read More
Bhopal-New Delhi Shatabdi Express will commence its journey from Habibganj station of State capital, from Monday. Habibganj station is all set to welcome the super-fast train in its compound. To provide effective services to passengers, parking system on station premises is being updated vigorously.

Officials in Bhopal Rail Division said that special arrangements have been made to improve the parking system. They said that to maintain easy traffic, special VIP lanes will be used along with a drop and go lane for rented vehicles on station premises. According to passengers, waiting halls at the station have been renovated and painted afresh. Officials in Bhopal Rail Division on Sunday inspected the station ahead of welcoming Shatabdi Express at Habibganj Station.

It is worth mentioning that decision to extend Shatabdi Express upto Habibganj was taken in this year’s Rail Budget. To improve security measures, new CCTV cameras will be installed on the station premises. Officials informed that along with CCTV cameras, metal detectors would also be installed at the entry points of the station. Sources in the division said that, as of now, Habibganj Station has space to provide shade to just 12 coaches of any train while Shatabdi Express has 15 coaches. Therefore, to improve the conditions, length of the shades will also be increased on platforms of Habibganj Station. It is being expected that around 80 per cent of the passengers for New Delhi-bound train will board at Habibganj station.

The New Delhi-bound Shatabdi Express will depart from Habibganj Station at 3 pm and will reach national capital at 11.30 pm. Similarly, Habibganj-bound Shatabdi Express will depart at 6 from New Delhi in the morning and will reach Habibganj at 2.25 in the afternoon.

This was confirmed by the release issued by West Central Railway (WCR). Piyush Mathur, CPRO, WCR said that the Shatabdi Express will be running from Habibganj station starting from September 1. A release was issued earlier, he said. When asked about any maintenance direction issued by WCR for the train, Mathur said that the train is maintained by Northern Railway, which will continue to do.

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Hubby, in-laws booked for abetting suicide

POST death investigations carried out in mysterious death of Ritu Rajput (27) who committed suicide on August 27 was compelled to end her life due to enormous torture by her husband, father-in-la... Read More
POST death investigations carried out in mysterious death of Ritu Rajput (27) who committed suicide on August 27 was compelled to end her life due to enormous torture by her husband, father-in-law and mother-in-law who used to mentally intimidate her expressing discontent on household commodities given at the time of marriage that took place on February 6, 2011. According to CSP Ranjhi G P Mishra on August 27 around 9.30 pm Bisen Singh, resident from Kariyapathar Marghatai informed that Ritu Rajput residing in Acche Miya Ka Bada committed suicide. On being informed police reached the spot and brought down the body and carried out investigations under which a panchnama was made and the body was referred for autopsy to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital. Accordingly a case under relevant sections of the IPC was registered. In post death investigations carried out family members of the deceased were questioned by the police who informed that Ritu was married to Sachin Rajput according to Hindu marriage. Parents of the deceased told police that they had arranged decent marriage according to their resources. Still Ritu was subjected to mental intimidation by her husband Sachin, Mohan Rajput, father-in-law and Saroj Bai, mother-in-law. On the basis of statement of parents of the deceased obtained by the police it was averred that death of Ritu was an outcome of mysterious circumstances. And she was subjected to torture by greedy members hence she was compelled to end her life by taking the drastic step to hang herself. Accordingly police have framed charges under sections 304B, 34 of IPC and 3, 4 of the Dowry Act against the three named in the case diary who reportedly went absconding soon after the death took place.

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House raided, man held with porn video CDs, pirated CDs

ACTING on a tip-off, police raided a house owned by Manoj Chaudhary at Bhantalliya Chaudhary Mohalla under Belbag police station and seized porn video CDs and pirated CDs and DVDs in large quanti... Read More
ACTING on a tip-off, police raided a house owned by Manoj Chaudhary at Bhantalliya Chaudhary Mohalla under Belbag police station and seized porn video CDs and pirated CDs and DVDs in large quantity. Police recovered high tech instruments used to make pirated porn CDs. One person has been apprehended while another managed to flee from the spot.

According to police, we had received a complaint pertaining to sale and supply of pirated CDs from a house at Bhantalliya Chaudhary mohalla. An informer informed about making of pirated CDs from the house owned by Manoj Chaudhary at Chaudhary mohalla. Police team on being informed about the location raided the house and found a room stashed with CDs and DVDs while cops entered the premises a miscreant allegedly managed to flee from the location.

When contacted SHO Belbag SPS Bhaghel confirmed the police raid and informed that on Saturday afternoon an informer informed about alleged sale of pirated video CDs from the house owned by Manoj Chaudhary. Soon after the police team raided the house one miscreants managed to flee but one miscreants named as Akash Chaudhary (18) who happens to be nephew of Manoj Chaudhary involved in making of pirated CDs was nabbed by the police team.

Cops who raided the house found large number of video CDs from the room of Manoj Chaudhary. During examination carried out, several porn video CDs were recovered from the spot. Around one lakh pirated CDs of different companies have been seized by the police.

Of the two involved in making of pirated CDs one identified as Akash Chaudhary has been apprehended while Manoj Chaudhary managed to flee from the spot. A search to apprehend the absconding has been started as police are hopeful of early arrest. A case has been registered by the police under relevant sections of the IPC and the Copyright Act against Manoj Chaudhary. Police have recovered high-tech instruments in making of pirated CDs along with computers and other devices. About sale and making of pirated CDs from Chaudhary Mohalla it is informed that a complaint pertaining to supply and sale of CDs in large number from the colony was informed by colony residents. Despite complaint being made police remained clueless to nab the miscreants responsible behind the crime. Accordingly informers were pressed into service by the police, informer on Saturday afternoon provided the much needed information that helped police nab the miscreants.

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Sensation prevails as missing minor boy’s body found in pond

SENSATION prevailed in a small pond in hilly region of Madan Mahal under Garha police station after passers-by found body of a minor lying under mysterious circumstances. The deceased has bee... Read More
SENSATION prevailed in a small pond in hilly region of Madan Mahal under Garha police station after passers-by found body of a minor lying under mysterious circumstances. The deceased has been identified as Mohamed Arif (16), resident of Mumtaz building Ganjipura area of Belbag police station, reportedly went missing since August 28. According to information on Saturday morning, sensation prevailed in a small pond situated in the hilly region of Madan Mahal when passers-by found body of a minor.

Amidst panic police was informed who reached the spot and carried out investigations. According to police on Saturday morning they were informed about body of minor floating in a pond in hilly region of Madan Mahal. On being informed police reached the spot and took out body from the pond and carried out investigations under which a panchnama was made and body was sent for autopsy to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital.

A case under relevant sections of the IPC has been registered. At the time of panchnama the deceased was identified as Mohamed Arif (16), a resident of Mumtaz building Ganjipura area of Belbag police station, allegedly working at a grocery shop at Ganjipura. The minor working in the grocery shop apparently went missing since August 28. The family members having initiated all efforts to trace the missing minor finally filed a complaint at Belbag police station under missing person squad.

All efforts to trace the missing boy by the family members and police the search carried remained inconclusive. On Saturday morning, when locals found the body in the pond.

Sudden missing of the minor followed by his body in the pond in Madanmahal hilly region has led to speculation that the minor might have been murdered by some unidentified assailant who first killed him and then tried to dispose the body in the pond. On the basis of initial investigations carried out as the body was all swollen it is speculated that the minor was killed else where and the assailant in order to destroy evidence allegedly dumped the body in the pond to make it a case of drowning. During panchnama in presence of FSL experts the body showed grave injuries on body possible reason behind death of the minor. Meanwhile, a case under relevant sections of the IPC has been registered, actual cause behind the death will be ascertained only after autopsy report is tabled before the investigation team, as further investigations are underway. After autopsy was performed the body has been handed over to family members of the deceased.

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Amit Shah invited for executive committee meet

After appointment of its new State President, BJP is going to organise its first executive meeting in State capital on September 6. This meeting becomes more significant as newly-appointed State ... Read More
After appointment of its new State President, BJP is going to organise its first executive meeting in State capital on September 6. This meeting becomes more significant as newly-appointed State President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan has invited party’s National President Amit Shah into the meeting in which various decisions related to future strategy would be taken.

“The executive meeting becomes more important as party’s National President Amit Shah has been invited in it and secondly it will be first meeting of newly-appointed State President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan,” said BJP Spokesman Vijendra Kumar Sisodia while talking to ‘The Hitavada’. Sources in BJP said that in executive meeting, various issues related to politics and party affairs would be discussed at length. The discussion would be also done on results of recently concluded by elections of three assembly seats including Bahoriband, Agar and Vijayraghavgarh.

Notably, BJP had won by-elections of Agar and Vijayraghavgarh but lost in Bahoriband.

Party would discuss the reasons due to which it lost by election of Bahoriband notwithstanding the fact that earlier Bahoriband seat was under its belt. Apart from this, party would also chalk out strategy for ensuing local body elections. BJP wants to repeat the success story of assembly and Lok Sabha elections in coming local body elections. However, it is wary of public resentment against rising inflation and power. Hence, elections for local bodies would be prepared by keeping these burning issues in mind.Sources also said that party may take decision on the show cause notices served to more than hundred party workers for violating the discipline of party during elections. Sources informed that a political proposal would be introduced in the executive meeting. BJP may also ponder over to launch any new programme in State in order to strengthen its grip on masses and increase its presence among people.

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Notices to Katni Collector, others in encroachment case

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe has given directions in Public Interest Litigation filed by Om Prakash Bahere from Ka... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe has given directions in Public Interest Litigation filed by Om Prakash Bahere from Katni against Collector, Katni, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Hardua, Katni and others in the matter related to encroachments on government land.

The division bench in its order said ‘Considering the nature of grievance made in this petition about encroachments caused on government land, instead of examining that grievance for the first time in this court, we deem it appropriate that the said grievance ought to be examined by the Katni Collector in the first instance and thereafter to take appropriate legal action in accordance with law after following due process and giving opportunity to all concerned. The division bench passed following directions for disposing off petition that the petition be treated as representation made to the Katni Collector about encroachments on subject land, which incidentally is government land, public property.

The division bench also added that ‘If the Collector has any difficulty in taking follow-up action as per the direction issued by him, must report that fact to the court forthwith and seek appropriate directions, as may be required.

If the revenue authority intends to proceed to remove, demolish unauthorised structure standing on public property and apprehends any threat from encroachments with regard to that action, may request the Superintendent of Police, Katni to provide sufficient police force for security arrangements. If such request is made, the Superintendent of Police shall personally ensure that adequate police force is deputed on the site, on the date and time notified by the revenue authority for proceeding with removal, demolition of unauthorised structure standing on public property. In case revenue authorities have any difficulty in taking action, in accordance with law and in terms of direction contained hitherto, must approach this court for appropriate directions with all most dispatch, said the division bench. Advocate S K Singh appeared on behalf of the petitioner, while P K Kaurav, Additional Advocate General for the State.

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Engineering student Shayantan granted patent for his invention

FOR the first time in the history of Engineering College in Mahakaushal Area, Government of India has issued patent to a student. It’s a matter of great pride for Shayantan Bhattacharya, a st... Read More
FOR the first time in the history of Engineering College in Mahakaushal Area, Government of India has issued patent to a student. It’s a matter of great pride for Shayantan Bhattacharya, a student of VI semester of Mechanical Branch of Shri Ram Institute of Technology. He has been issued patent on invention of ‘Mutual Induction Soft Mechanism’, said Director L K Patel while addressing a press conference on Saturday.

Explaining about the mechanism, he said this instrument helps not only to produce electricity without much expenses but we can store electricity. Shayantan informed that this would help resolve problem of power crises in remote areas, where production of power is not possible. Talking on his invention he said, “The device provides mechanism of trio mechanical, electronic and electrical. This works with framework of electrostatic conversion by a set of prime mover crank mechanism to generate a dynamic current with alternation of fluctuations by mutual induction shaft mechanism in which an estimation of charge density is achieved by prior sensors and a design structure including proper chamber and exhaust temperature regulation to help the system work efficiently.” The amount of dynamic current generation depends on charge density and shaft configuration of mechanics used. The prime mover crank mechanism is a conversion mechanism from circulatory to reciprocating so as to provide an interface between prime mover surface and fixed plate to induce incharge. He further informed that he is working on the project named ADRS, which would be used for detection of various diseases.

His paper is published in international journal. Chairman R Karsolia, Director General Dr S P Kosta, Group Director Professor Noel George, Principal Dr R P Bhatele, Dr R K Dave, Dr Viplav Paul, Dr Avinash Gaur, Professor Bharat Solanki and head of departments of other fraternity of college were present on the occasion.

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Govt responsible for power crisis: Cong

CONGRESS leaders and workers in large numbers under state-wide protest against power cuts stated dharna at Malviya Square on Saturday. Congress leaders lashed out at the State Government for to... Read More
CONGRESS leaders and workers in large numbers under state-wide protest against power cuts stated dharna at Malviya Square on Saturday. Congress leaders lashed out at the State Government for torturing people in the name of power crisis. Leader of Opposition in State Assembly Satyadev Katare also participated in the dharna.

On the occasion, he held the State Government responsible for the situation. Katare said the government is responsible for power scarcity. He said it was shocking that the Chief Minister did not know that the State is facing severe power scarcity. One day he returned from foreign tour and broke on senior officials for the state of affairs. Katare said the State Government is intentionally creating artificial scarcity of electricity just to prepare a platform to procure high rates.

He said the Congress is staging state-wide protest against power cut and scarcity of electricity. Katare said despite being shorter in numbers in the State Assembly, the Congress is playing good role of Opposition. He said it had exposed VYAPAM scam and grilled the State Government on the issue in the State Assembly. He said Congress will continue to protest against illegalities and corruption. Later, senior Congress leaders also addressed the dharna. They said people in entire Madhya Pradesh have been forced to face undeclared power cuts. Congressmen said the BJP plays dual politics. When UPA Government was in power at Centre, the State BJP Government had often levelled allegations of step-motherly attitude with it MP in coal allocation. Now, BJP has taken the reins at the Centre, the State Government is still facing the same situation. It is running short of coal and electricity. They said the condition of power supply is getting bad to worse in rural areas. Congressmen said the government is doing prolonged power cuts in villages and not providing electricity to farmers to irrigate their fields. They said due to scanty rainfall, paddy and other yields are drying out. In coming days, drought like situation will occur in the State despite that the Shivraj Singh Government is taking no steps to tackle the situation. Congress leaders lashed out at the government and said they will continue to protest against inactivity of the State Government and will fight for well being of common man. Amongst senior Congress leaders present at dharna site were Dinesh Yadav, N P Dubey, Lakhan Ghanghoria, Tarun Bhanot, Sanjay Yadav, Alok Chansoria, Alok Mishra, Vinay Saxena, Anubha Sharma, Radheshyam Choubey, Indira Pathak, Rammurti Mishra and others.

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BJYM demands students union election cancellation against Mats University

Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday submitted a memorandum to Governor Balramji Das Tandon demanding cancellation of students’ union at Mats Unive... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday submitted a memorandum to Governor Balramji Das Tandon demanding cancellation of students’ union at Mats University, Raipur alleging large scale irregularities by the University management. The BJYM in its memorandum alleged that the University officials had forcibly made the students’ to elect Congress supported candidates so that the candidates can achieve one-sided victory. They also demanded re-election under proper supervision from authorities. The memorandum on irregularities in students’ union election was submitted to Personal Secretary of the Governor in his absence. BJYM activists in their memorandum alleged rampant irregularities during students’ union election at the Mats University. They alleged that Congress leader Gajraj Pagaria is Vice Chancellor of the university and under his pressure, the Mats University management crossed all limits and by putting all rules at bay elected Umer Dhebar, the nephew of another Congress leader and former NSUI President Ezaz Dhebar. The Mats University management had earlier rejected the application of Atharva Pandey, an Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad supported candidate for the post of President. The BJYM in its memorandum also alleged that earlier the Mats University management had reportedly threatened the ABVP supported students not to contest or their academic results will be ruined. BJYM delegation also alleged that the ABVP candidates were reportedly threatened and an FIR has been lodged in this direction by Atharva Pandey at Civil Lines police station. They also alleged that the Class Representatives (CR) were forcibly detained in a room and were reportedly harassed by the management and were forced to vote for candidates proposed by the supported by management. They also alleged several other irregularities by the management in order to ensure the win of Umer Dhebar. The BJYM delegation was led by BJYM State General Secretary Ashish Agrawal. Also present were Vice President Bhanu Parmar, BJYM leader Amarjeet Singh Chabda, District Secretary Sunil Chowdhary, Mats University President post candidate Atharva Pandey and other BJYM activists.

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Straight fight between ABVP, NSUI in CSVTU Students’ Union Election

The stage is all set for the straight fight in between Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and National Students Union of India (NSUI) in the Students Union Election of Chhattisgarh Swami... Read More
The stage is all set for the straight fight in between Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and National Students Union of India (NSUI) in the Students Union Election of Chhattisgarh Swami Vivekananda Technical University (CSVTU) Bhilai scheduled on September 2 (Tuesday). This is going to be the union election of its own kind as it is the first election in CSVTU since its inception and moreover with more than 96 colleges under it. Emerging the victorious in this election is being considered as a significant status symbol by both ABVP and NSUI, and ultimately their parental parties BJP and Congress. A total of 12 nominations were filed for CSVTU polls on Saturday morning and after scrutiny and taking back names finally 8 candidates two each for the four post are in the row. For the top post of CSVTU President, ABVP’s-Kajal Mishra and NSUI’s Abhijeet Banchore are having direct contest. Similar is the case with the others posts where Shivam Sharma of ABVP will challenge Yogendra Pathak of NSUI for Vice President post, Gagan Mittal of ABVP will face Pradeep Sahu of NSUI for General Secretary post and Hem Kumar Patel of NSUI will face Sacchidanand of ABVP for Jt. Secretary post. “We are 100 percent sure about victory and will make a clean sweep in the union election of the university as we have huge support from the students’ community, and our election manifesto deals with the prevailing problems in the university,” said Nitesh Mishra, State Technical Head ABVP while talking to ‘The Hitavada’. BJP’s student wing ABVP has made it a point to target the corruption issues prevailing in CSVTU for gaining support for its candidates while Congress’s student wing NSUI, on the other hand, has sought to raise topical issues along with corruption, to strike a chord with the students.

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Bipasha feels safe in Raipur

“BATTLING with a beast like the Brahma Rakshak in my forthcoming movie Creature 3D is tough and terrifying. However, I am feeling very safe in Raipur, definitely a safe place” remarked Bipa... Read More
“BATTLING with a beast like the Brahma Rakshak in my forthcoming movie Creature 3D is tough and terrifying. However, I am feeling very safe in Raipur, definitely a safe place” remarked Bipasha Basu, the scintillating and dusky heroine on her short visit to Raipur on Saturday. She was in the capital to promote her latest feature film which is slated for all India release on September 12.

While praising the impact of scary-effect in 3D, Bipasha Basu said that Creature is in no way similar to the routine Hindi movies. Featuring the creature ‘Brahma Rakshak’, it has the storyline and technical effects that resemble the standard of Hollywood iconic films like Jurassic Park, Godzilla etc. However, main objective of theme in Creature was not to imitate the West, but the final copy should be at par with the similar Hollywood hits.

After a year-long hectic shooting schedules and post production work, Bipasha said ‘I saw the final copy in 3D and my first reaction was ‘Wow unbelievable’. I was short of words and realized that our intelligent cinegoers will appreciate the move. I invite them all to enjoy the movie which will hit the silver screen on September 12.”

The storyline revolves around a creature ‘Brahma Rakshak’ with a pure Indian get-up who with his evil deeds spreads terror. The creature selects his victim and makes his move in an isolated location. So, who is the creature? The taming or killing of Rakshak is the main theme of the scary thriller. A new spine chilling entertainer that will keep the audience on the edge of the seat and the 3D effects will add to the adventure and thrill, she maintained.

The path breaking movie features Bipasa Basu and Pakistani actor Imran Abbas in the lead pair and Vikram Bhatt directs the 3D thriller.

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Was forced by State Cong leadership to contest by-polls: Manturam Pawar

Congress candidate Manturam Pawar, who withdrew from Antagarh by-poll, launched an offensive against state Congress President Bhupesh Baghel when he asserted that he was nearly forced to be a con... Read More
Congress candidate Manturam Pawar, who withdrew from Antagarh by-poll, launched an offensive against state Congress President Bhupesh Baghel when he asserted that he was nearly forced to be a contender in the by-poll much against his wishes.

Talking to media persons in a private hotel on Saturday evening, Pawar said that he had refused to contest Antagarh by-poll from the start but was coerced into accepting candidature by Baghel and some other local party leaders. He asserted that he had laid down certain conditions for contesting election including that factionalism would be curbed and those who had opposed him in earlier elections be sidelined. He said that he had also demanded urgent financial assistance from party and had specifically mentioned the issue to Bhupesh Baghel. He said that none of his conditions were taken up seriously by the party leadership where after he decided on August 29 to withdraw from election.

Pawar also vehemently denied that former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi or his supporters had persuaded him to withdraw. He said that Jogi had indeed suggested that with weak financial conditions and prevailing situation in Antagarh, it would be wise for Pawar to contest election. He said that he did not consult anybody before deciding to withdraw candidature. Pawar also claimed that even his wife had no inkling of his intent to withdraw from electoral fray.

When asked about his whereabouts during past two days, Pawar admitted that he had been staying with his in-laws in Keshkal. He even took to expressing his gratitude to state police for extending him security without making a request. He lashed out at state Congress leadership for making allegations against him without concern that he had been loyal party worker all these years.

It need be mentioned that threat perception for Manturam Pawar was so great that the press conference was earlier scheduled in New Circuit House but it was later changed to another private hotel. It is also noteworthy that neither Pawar nor state police covering him informed media of the press conference but the information reportedly came one of the senior Congress leader. Also, Pawar could not answer satisfactorily as to who paid for the press conference in a private hotel.

Meanwhile, over two dozen Raipur Shahar Congress Committee (RSCC) workers tried barging into the New Circuit House to protest ManturamPawar. They shouted slogans and even entered into scuffle with police personnel. RSCC workers alleged that Manturam Pawar had deliberately compromise his candidature.

BJP threatening candidates alleges Cong

Even as state Congress President Bhupesh Baghel and Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader TS Singhdeo opted to camp in Kanker to make sense of Manturam Pawar withdrawing from Antagarh legislative by-poll electoral fray, party leaders in Raipur submitted a memorandum to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) demanding cancellation of by-election in Antagarh demanding that candidates are being threatened to withdraw from election.

State Congress leaders alleged that state government is threatening candidates from contesting elections and is also using police machinery in that objective. Party spokesperson and General Secretary Shailesh Nitin Trivedi alleged during his meeting with Joint CEO DD Singh that police is threatening Independent candidates into withdrawing from electoral fray and that free and fair elections cannot be ensured in this situation which makes it compulsory that the election process needs to be annulled and started afresh. While talking to media persons later, Trivedi also reiterated that party would also approach Election Commission of India directly in this matter.

Congress workers raised anti-government slogans and demanded that none less than cancellation of current by-poll process would suffice.

Jt CEO DD Singh, on his part, assured the visiting Congress leaders that their concerns and allegations would be conveyed to the Election Commission of India which would take final view on the issue.

CPCC alleges of rampant misuse of Govt machineries by BJP

Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee President Bhupesh Baghel and Congress Legislative Party Leader T S Singhdeo while addressing a joint press conference at Dhamtari on Saturday late evening stated that the Bharatiya Janata Party wants to win Antagarh bye-election by murdering the democracy. Alleging rampant misuse of government machineries, the candidates had been forced to withdraw their names from the election fray.

Baghel along with Singhdeo reached Dhamtari on Saturday evening en-route to Raipur from Kanker and addressed the media persons at the residence of Pankaj Mahawar, CPCC State Secretary. Baghel alleged that on Friday late night six Independent candidates from Antagarh had reached at the residence of Mahawar. They had to stay overnight here and in the morning a discussion were scheduled with them. The CPCC President alleged that during late night a posse of police personnel reached the residence of Mahawar and took the independent candidates along with them. The said information was passed to him by Mahawar at the same moment. Baghel while alleging that the incident as unfortunate, a compliant against the unruly behaviour by police during late night will be forwarded to AICC as well as the Election Commission of India.

Baghel further stated that the Congress leaders were not allowed to meet the independent candidates on Saturday morning at Kanker also. It seems the police had kept them under house arrest. He said such incidents had come to fore in other states but was unheard in Chhattisgarh.

Talking to The Hitavada, Dhamtari Superintendent of Police Manish Sharma said he doesn’t have any knowledge of any such incident as of now. He further stated that neither any one has registered any complaint in this regard in any police station nor any one has made a contact with him and complained about the incident. He also stated that no videography record was put before him about the incident. He said until and unless such records are brought before him or any complaint is registered in this direction, he is not in a position to comment anything.

Cong high command seeks report about Antagarh by-poll

As state Congress continued to allege that ruling party abused state machinery to force candidates withdraw from Antagarh by-poll, Congress high-command has reportedly sought a detailed report on the embarrassing episode from state Congress President Bhupesh Baghel.

Both Baghel and CLP leader TS Singhdeo may visit Delhi within a day or two to explain the situation that led to party candidate withdrawing from electoral fray. Party sources, on the condition of anonymity, speculated that Baghel may have tough time explaining as to why party candidate withdrew from the electoral fray as also the claims of former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi that senior leaders including him and Motilal Vora were not consulted on the by-poll.

Baghel and Singhdeo along with other senior party leaders staged dharna on the Old Bus Stand in Kanker and also addressed press conference where they alleged that candidates in Antagarh by-poll including Manturam Pawar were threatened into withdrawing from electoral fray.

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Status of Forest Act violations to be furnished on Monday

The hearing regarding the ecotourism forest right violations is going to b e heard at NGT (National Green Tribunal) on Monday. The petitioner have alleged that the construction of swimming pool... Read More
The hearing regarding the ecotourism forest right violations is going to b e heard at NGT (National Green Tribunal) on Monday. The petitioner have alleged that the construction of swimming pool, stop dams, food court amenities for amusements inside the core areas in forest reserves is being allowed injudiciously by the Ecotourism Department of the state. Accordingly, earlier the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department has been slapped with a legal notice concerning the illegal activities carried out by Madhya Pradesh Ecotourism Development Board and questioning its accountability by non government organisation.

With the private investors keen in the projects in Kunopalpur sanctuary in Sheopur, Paatalpani in Indore, Jojhafall in Shadol and projects in Madhai, the norms and parameters, the ecotourism board is working in full fledged manner for construction of various tourism infrastructures within the restricted zone.

The activities have started catching pace after the green signal given by the State government for the shifting of Lions from Gir sanctuary.

As per the legal notice sent by Non government organisation Prayatana details of activities carried out in the core areas and the budget spent on it is being asked by the department.

The PPP (Public Private Partnership )destinations are mainly targeted on providing wilderness camp amusement to the tourist. The Madhya Pradesh Ecotourism Development Board (MPEDB) has chalked out PPP destinations where there is immense scope of development to entertain the visitors for river jungle safari and other adventures.

In the NGT bench heard earlier ,the petitioner has been filed alleging that eco-tourism activities in various areas are alleged to be going on in the State of Madhya Pradesh without prior permissions as required under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980. Reliance has been placed upon the note of the AG, dated 7th January, 2012 and in order to find out the present position as and whether any response has been given by the Government to the note of the AG petitioner Ajay Dubey was asked move an application under the RTI Act, 2005.

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Crime branch recovers booty worth Rs 16 lakh from gang of thieves

In a major breakthrough, Crime Branch has exposed a gang of thieves who used to target houses in posh localities in the absence of residents. Booty of over Rs 15 lakh has been recovered from th... Read More
In a major breakthrough, Crime Branch has exposed a gang of thieves who used to target houses in posh localities in the absence of residents. Booty of over Rs 15 lakh has been recovered from the miscreants which include two cars, gold and silver jewellery and other valuables.

Additional Superintendent of Police Shailendra Singh Chouhan informed that taking immediate action on a tip off, special team of Crime Branch nabbed the three miscreants riding a stolen Honda Brio car near Sargam Talkies in MP Nagar Zone-II locality of State capital couple of days back. The accused were roaming in the area when crime branch team nabbed them after strategically planned round up.

Chouhan further said that during the initial interrogation the accused accepted of theft in Kolar road and Ayodhya Nagar area of State capital. The accused have been identified as Pawan Arya, 30, son of Ramdas Arya, resident of Ramkrishna Bagh in Indore, Abid Khan, 22, son of Imami Khan, resident of Sarangpur in Rajgarh district, and Rohit Pal, 24, son of Ghanshyam Pal, resident of village Paniya Khedi in Ujjain district. He said that during interrogation about the Brio car, they told police that they stolen the car from Kolar road area in July 2014. They further told that the car was parked inside the vacant house they robbed. First they stole the valuables from the house and after that they escaped in the same car. The accused also told that they became infamous in Ujjain and Indore area and many people started recognising them after that they shifted to Bhopal and used to target those vacant houses which were located near main road so that in case someone comes they can fled easily, he added.

During further interrogation they accepted of two thefts in Kolar area, one each in Ayodhya Nagar and Bagh Sewania area. Police recovered booty worth around Rs 16 lakh including two cars, gold-silver jewellery and other valuables.

Crime Branch is continuing interrogation of the miscreants as many more cases of theft might be solved on the basis of miscreants’ confession.

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RGPV team records statement of ragging victim

The RGPV team recorded the statement of ragging victim Rohit Sharma at Oriental Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) on Saturday. The team arrived at campus on Saturday morning to probe the... Read More
The RGPV team recorded the statement of ragging victim Rohit Sharma at Oriental Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) on Saturday. The team arrived at campus on Saturday morning to probe the ragging complaint filed on Friday. While recording the statement, victim Rohita said that he was so much scared of seniors that he even could not cry when they slashed him with the blade. He said that being scared of the incident; he went to his brother and cried lot. Rohit said that the college campus is new for him and he does not have any friends there to share the grievances. Dr Anil Goel, student welfare dean RGPV said that he has recorded statement of Rohit and his classmates. The investigation was continued for 6 hours in the campus. The team also checked the CCTV camera installed in campus and the cut mark on victim body. Dr Goel said that victim could not identify the accused and even the room where he was closed. “Investigations are going on and I cannot say anything till the investigation completes,” said Institute director Praveen Thakral.

Notably, a first year automobile engineering students Rohit Sharma has been allegedly injured with blade by his senior students. According to victim Rohit, on Wednesday while going towards the canteen for lunch, a group of 20 senior students took him to the second floor of college building. They closed him in a room and started his introduction. Victim said that seniors forced him to smoke and seized his pocket money. When complainant denied smoking, they beat up him. Victim also alleged that seniors attacked him with blade and put various cut marks on his body. They also threatened him to keep the incident secret from college officials. Scared of the incident, victim went to his brother at Gwalior where FIR was lodge at police station by his parents. The Gwalior police team informed college management about the incident on Thursday. On Friday, victim Rohit arrived at campus with his father Darshanlal Sharma and submitted written complain to the dean.

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Cong protests across State against power crisis

Congress staged state-wide protest against power crisis on Saturday. State Congress President Arun Yadav participated in protest staged in Bhopal and accused BJP of cheating people as far as powe... Read More
Congress staged state-wide protest against power crisis on Saturday. State Congress President Arun Yadav participated in protest staged in Bhopal and accused BJP of cheating people as far as power supply is concerned. Yadav said that BJP, during assembly elections, had promised to provide round the clock power supply but failed to keep up the promise.

Making a scathing attack on BJP Government, Yadav said that during assembly elections, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had promised round the clock power in villages under Atal Jyoti Abhiyan. CM had even claimed that State has become self-dependent in power supply. He alleged that even Modi government is doing discrimination with state as far as coal allocation and giving power from central pool is concerned.

Manak Agrawal, Chandrika Prasad Dwivedi, Govind Goyal, Abha Singh, Vibha Patel, P C Sharma, Ravi Saxena etc were present in prominent manner in the protest. As a sign of protest, Congress workers were carrying lantern in their hands.

After dharna, Congress workers tried to move to do gherao of Chief Minister’s residence, but police stopped them forcefully. Later, a delegation of Congress workers led by Arun Yadav met Governor and submitted memorandum to him.

Demonstration against power crisis was also organised at all district and block levels by Congress men and memorandum were given in the name of Governor. Through the memorandums, Congress demanded that power cut should be stopped immediately.

In the meantime, Chief Congress Spokesman K K Mishra said that Congress President Arun Yadav had written a letter to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, inviting him to join the protest against power cut but by not attending the protest CM had proved that he is in favour of power cut.

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Power availability in MP reaches upto 8200 MW within a week

As per promise made by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, power availability in Madhya Pradesh has reached upto 8200 MW within a week. Power is being supplied as per demand since August 28. Read More
As per promise made by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, power availability in Madhya Pradesh has reached upto 8200 MW within a week. Power is being supplied as per demand since August 28.

No power cut is being made anywhere in the State. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had directed to increase power availability in the state upto 8000 MW.

As a result of sustained efforts of Energy Minister Rajendra Shukla, MP Power Management Corporation’s Managing Director Manu Shrivastava and other officers, success has been achieved in increase of state’s share from Central Government and its energy undertakings from 8150 MW to 2250 MW.

Through co-operation of Narmada Valley Development Department and NTPC, heavy increase has been made in power supply to the state from Indira Sagar, Omkareshwar and Sardar Sarovar. Due to decision of Water Resources Department, more power could be received from hydel projects in the state like Tons, Pench, Madikhera etc. Besides, power generation has also increased in state’s thermal power plants.

Since August 28, 8200 MW power is available in Madhya Pradesh from various sources. As a result of adequate availability, no power cut-like situation has arisen since 2 pm on August 28 anywhere in the state. Power is being supplied as per demand throughout the state. Arrangements have also been made to meet increased power supply during current festival season. Power demand has come down due to rains in various parts of the state during last two days. In view of adequate availability of power, generation in Indira Sagar and Omkareshwar is being kept low as per demand. These hydel units can again generate 1200 MW additional power if demand increases.

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Now, daily direct flight between MP and UAE

Now, a daily direct flight will be available between Indore and UAE. For this, a MoU was signed in the presence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan between Madhya Pradesh Government and Air... Read More
Now, a daily direct flight will be available between Indore and UAE. For this, a MoU was signed in the presence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan between Madhya Pradesh Government and Air Arabia here on Saturday. During his road show in connection with Global Investors Summit-2014, Chief Minister Chouhan had discussed the issue with Regional Manager (UAE) of Air Arabia Shalini Rajan. During the meeting, Air Arabia had given consent to introduce daily flight between Madhya Pradesh and UAE. The MoU was signed on behalf of Madhya Pradesh Government by TRIFAC’s Managing Director D P Ahuja and on behalf of Air Arabia its Regional Manager (India) Sachin Nene. Principal Secretary Commerce & Industries Mohammad Sulaiman and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister S K Mishra were present on the occasion.

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Three, including woman, consume poison outside DGP’s chamber

In a sensational incident, three persons, including a woman, consumed poison outside the chamber of Director General of Police (DGP) Nandan Dubey in State capital on Saturday. They were immediate... Read More
In a sensational incident, three persons, including a woman, consumed poison outside the chamber of Director General of Police (DGP) Nandan Dubey in State capital on Saturday. They were immediately rushed to Hamidia Hospital for treatment. They wanted that police should register kidnapping case in connection with the incident in which one of their family members had gone missing. CID inquiry has been ordered in the incident.

Sources said that around four people, including a woman, had gone to PHQ to meet DGP Nandan Dubey on Saturday afternoon. One of them was allowed to meet DGP. He said that one of his family members Ramcharan Vishwakarma (resident of Hinotia Jagir) had gone missing and he doubted that Panchayat Secretary could be behind the incident and wanted that police should lodge kidnapping case against him. As he was coughing and informed that he had consumed poison along with two others, all three of them were immediately taken to hospital for treatment.

Police sources said that it looked that all three have gone to PHQ after consuming the poison. They are being treated and their condition is reported to be out of danger. Their names are Baby Bai, Sanjay Vishwakarma and Sunil Vishwakarma.

In the meantime, police said that location of missing person Ramcharan, who is also a former sarpanch, was last located in Gwalior and police has been sent to Gwalior in search of him.

Nazirabad police said that some time back Shyam Singh Solanki had lodged case against Ramcharan after some dispute. Later on the complaint of Ramcharan, case was also registered against Shyam Singh, Mohan Singh and Rajendra Singh. On August 7, Ramcharan’s son Sanjay Vishwakarma had lodged missing complaint by saying that his father had gone missing.

When contacted, Nazirabad police said that they are making all out efforts to search missing Ramcharan, who is also a former sarpanch. The investigating officer of the case said that actually Ramcharan had demanded money from Panchayat Secretary Jitendra Shrivastava and Sarpanch Meera Bai of Parsora village and when they refused to budge to his demand, he threatened them to get them implicated in fake case. Ramcharan is also accused in a case and is on bail.

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Cong-NCP will contest Assembly polls in alliance: Tariq Anwar

Tariq Anwar, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) General Secretary and MP, ruled out the possibility of NCP’s merger into Congress and hoped that Congress and NCP will contest the Legislative As... Read More
Tariq Anwar, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) General Secretary and MP, ruled out the possibility of NCP’s merger into Congress and hoped that Congress and NCP will contest the Legislative Assembly elections in Maharashtra in alliance. Seat-sharing formula between both the parties will be finalised soon, said Anwar. He was interacting with mediapersons at ‘Meet the Press’ programme organised by Nagpur Union of Working Journalists (NUWJ) at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan here on Saturday.

Anwar said, the secular parties will come together against BJP in ensuing election and defeat them. In Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar alliance had won 6 out of ten seats in recently held bye elections of assembly. He said, NCP is trying to unite all secular votes and kept saffron party from grabbing power in Maharashtra. He said, the party is demanding 144 seats out of total 288 seats in the election. The party had performed better than Congress in Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra, therefore, we want more seats.

Addressing the mediapersons, Anwar accused the Bharatiya Janata Party led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government in the Centre for ‘trying to disturb social fabric of the country’. “They are misusing the verdict given by voters,” he said. BJP raising ‘Love Jihad’ issue in Uttar Pradesh would disturb communal harmony of the country, he said and added that NDA Government was trying to divert the attraction of citizens from burning issues. Agreeing that 100-days was a short period to judge performance of any Government, Anwar said that people were ‘unhappy’ with Modi Government as it allegedly failed in keeping promises on price rise and inflation.

Anwar alleged that the increase in GDP up to 5.7 per cent was ‘misleading’ presentation made by NDA Government. NCP General Secretary criticised BJP for refusing the post of Leader of Opposition to Congress party and said that the post played an important role in appointment of Lokpal, CBI chief, and other Constitutional posts.

At the outset, Joseph Rao introduced Tariq Anwar while Pradip Maitra welcomed him with a bouquet. Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anil Deshmukh, former Minister Ramesh Bang, City NCP President Ajay Patil, Vedprakash Arya, Dilip Pankule, Raju Nagulwar, Babubhai Qadri, Atul Londhe were present prominently during ‘Meet the Press’ programme.

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BJP clears Datke as Mayor, Joshi as Ruling Party Leader

The Parliamentary Board of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has cleared the name of Pravin Datke for the post of city Mayor. The party has decided to elevate Sandip Joshi as Ruling Party leader for r... Read More
The Parliamentary Board of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has cleared the name of Pravin Datke for the post of city Mayor. The party has decided to elevate Sandip Joshi as Ruling Party leader for remaining term. However, the final decision will be taken by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday. The meeting of Parliamentary Board was held at Dhantoli party office on Saturday afternoon. Nitin Gadkari went to Mumbai to attend swearing-in ceremony of Governor of Maharashtra C Vidyasagar Rao. He may return to Nagpur on Sunday.

Sources confirmed that State BJP President Devendra Fadnavis, former MP Banwarilal Purohit, City BJP President Krishna Khopde, MLAs Sudhakar Deshmukh, and Vikas Kumbhare were present in the meeting. The board also discussed the probable names of Ruling Party Leader and Deputy Mayor. The probable candidates for Ruling Party Leader are- Sandip Joshi, Girish Deshmukh, Sudhakar Kohle, and Sunil Agrawal.

Earlier, the party had hinted at giving the post of Deputy Mayor to Independent candidate Munna Pokulwar or a Shiv Sena candidate.

The board also discussed the demand of women corporators to give Mayor’s post to a woman. The delegation of women corporators met Nitin Gadkari on Friday to mount pressure for Mayor’s post. The board members discussed that Mayor’s post was given twice to a woman in last regime. The present Deputy Mayor is also woman, therefore, the party has given due justice to them.

The Hindi speaking corporators also demanded Mayor’s post for them. The board members stated that former Standing Committee Chairman Dayashankar Tiwari was Hindi speaking, therefore, party has given due justice to them.

Former Mayor Kalpana Pande was also from Hindi speaking category. Sources claimed that Sandip Joshi will be new Ruling Party leader of BJP-NVA. The discussion for Deputy Mayor will be held with other corporators on Sunday.

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‘Dekho Magar Pyar Se’ enthralls

Stagecraft Theatre;s rip-roaring, side-splitting, laugh riot in Hindi, ‘Dekho Magar Pyar Se’ proved to be a hit, when it was staged at the IMA hall on Saturday.

N V Sharma, who makes a... Read More
Stagecraft Theatre;s rip-roaring, side-splitting, laugh riot in Hindi, ‘Dekho Magar Pyar Se’ proved to be a hit, when it was staged at the IMA hall on Saturday.

N V Sharma, who makes a debut as Director, also put up superb performance as ‘Paddy’.

‘Dekho Magar Pyar Se’ is set in the office of an exclusive and reputable jewelry store, where it's not so reputable owner is trying to secure the affections of his would be mistress by ‘selling’ her husband an expensive diamond necklace at a throwaway price. But the husband does a volte-face, by seizing the opportunity as a perfect occasion to gift the necklace to his own mistress. From here on the complications multiply uproariously. Mistaken identities, suspicious wives, and a continuous barrage of rapid fire jokes, all become part of the hilarious doing, as the action of the play bubbles along merrily right up to the final curtain. Viewers enjoyed the suspense till the end and applauded the actors for their splendid performances. Background music played traunt and at times was not audible which would have added to the build up. Sets were adequate and so was sound.

‘Dekho Magar Pyar Se’ will be staged at the IMA’s JR Shaw air-conditioned Auditorium, North Ambazari Road, on Sunday at 7 pm sharp. Its a great festive gift offered by Stagecraft Theatre.

Tickets will be available at Tauby’s snacks outlets at Sadar, Ramdaspeth, Ram Nagar, Law College square, Hingna T-point and Wardhaman Nagar square, and also at Radio Mirchi. Tickets will also be available at the venue from 11 am.

The cast of ‘Dekho Magar Pyar Se’ includes veteran actors Lalit Khullar, Tauby Bhagwagar, N V Sharma, Sonal Trivedi, R J Rocky, Shweta Bhangale-Badhe, Shantanu Thengdi, Shruti Tandon, Anamika Sawarkar, Raunak Madne, Priyanka Nalwale.

Other Credits include, Sound Design-Rachit Khetan, Priyadarsh Bhabda, Lights-Onkar Ghare, Nandan Majumdar; Design-VarunVij, Production-Aryan Acharya, Stage Management-Anamika Sawarkar; Backstage-Sayli Rao, Sudeshna Chatterjee, Creative Support-Anurag Kulkarni, Swati Sani,Technical Support-Sandeep Baraskar, Vishal Yadav. The Sponsors, Patrons and Partners for the play are Nagpur Parsi Gymkhana, Godrej Anandam, Dinshaws, Mulani Family, The Hitavada, Radio Mirchi, UCN and Tauby’s.

More information can be had on mobile numbers: 9822565655, 9823202900 and 9960640480 or one can log on to www.stagecrafttheatre.in.

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Colourful performances by students hold promise of ‘Brighter Tomorrow’

The Nagpur International Festival of Performing Arts for Children, proved to be a mind-boggling experience that made parents feel proud and happy of their wards. It was simply soul-stirring for... Read More
The Nagpur International Festival of Performing Arts for Children, proved to be a mind-boggling experience that made parents feel proud and happy of their wards. It was simply soul-stirring for the gathering as the theme of the festival - “Brighter Tomorrow” - proved the point to the hilt. The colourful programme comprised 16 items, including those presented by students from Nigeria, Morocco, Zimbabwe, 14 of which were enrapturing.

Maharashtra State President of the Bharatiya Janata Party and MLA Devendra Fadnavis was the chief guest at the event hosted by St Xavier’s High School at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall, Saturday evening.

Fadnavis was all praises for the artists and the organisers for hosting such a creative event. The event began with Bible-reading followed by a ‘prayer’ that projected peace and harmony through a deeply melodic pre-recorded song - Shout to the Lord - presented by children.

Next performance created an emotional upsurge as sound and lyrics of the famous A R Rahman -- Vande Mataram -- rent the air rendered along with Rahman’s recorded version by Indian and international students that signified that the world is one and difference of colour or race does not disturb the universal unity.

The “Tribute to motherland choir for peace and unity” was stunning as it opened with a model of a peacock, unfolding its wings and stepping out majestically to the rhythm of the song Vande Mataram in its original form. This was followed by opening of a brilliantly designed “Lotus” again unfolding its huge petals as children sang Ma Tujhe Salam, followed by Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, when the petals combined to form clusters. International performers came on stage to present a taste of Africa, providing a different kind of music set to equally different sound. Pretty looking Sarah from Morocco put up an attractive show. ‘Drums of India’ reverberated next, with drum-beaters comprising girls and boys using fluorescent sticks with a fluorescent band tied around the drums.

‘The World Choir’, presented next, had music, and songs in different languages that started with the Beatles number “Imagine” followed by songs in Bengali -- “Dhitang Dhitang Boley”, “Suragini” and “Brazil”. A Turkish dance presented by dancer Sukriye with students inside giant puppets marching down the aisle of the hall was also applauded. Item “A brighter tomorrow” projected demand for equality in society. The skit reflected the pitiable helpless situation of “Nirbhaya” and pointed to empowering women to bravely retaliate .

To change the scene, a performance by little artists enlivened the stage with songs as they danced to the tunes of ‘Echak Dana”, “Lakdi Ki Kathi”. The scene opened with a beautiful Tiger cub wading out of the bushes to enter a world, full of wonders. Huge models of Giraffes entered the hall and swayed amongst the audience creating a charm of its own.

Singer Sukriye presented another Turkish song, followed by a dance on foot-tapping number “Waka Waka”, “This time for Africa” by Wendy and Martha from Zimbabwe and Biemce from Nigeria.

The grand finale was by a group of ‘Happy Girls and Boys’ based on a theme of friendship, amidst songs like “Bombai Se Aya Mera Dost”, ‘Ye Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge”. Earlier, guest of honour Madhav Zoad, Regional Deputy Commissioner, Social Welfare Department Nagpur; Cmdr Milind Hastak (Retd), President of Rotary Club Bharat Goenka, noted Psychologist and Counselor Dr Rita Agrawal, and Principal SFS College, Seminary Hills father Deepak Paulson were welcomed by the hosts. Madam Grace Pinto was represented by Director Ryan International Group of institutions Snehal Pinto.

Shwetali Meshram and Shweta Jana conducted the proceedings while Utkarsh Marwah compered the show.

St Xavier’s High School operates two branches in city -- Hiwri Nagar and MIDC Hingna. Principals of both the school branches -- Padmaja Marathe and Pallavi Dadhe -- along with Administrator Nishit Vijayan and their team put in great work to ensure huge success of the unique festival the city hosts rarely.

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Cops register Rs 3.50 cr sales tax evasion case

SADAR Police on Saturday registered a case of cheating and forgery against some unidentified persons owing allegiance to a Kolkata-based firm -- Shambhu Traders -- causing losses to the tune of R... Read More
SADAR Police on Saturday registered a case of cheating and forgery against some unidentified persons owing allegiance to a Kolkata-based firm -- Shambhu Traders -- causing losses to the tune of Rs 3.50 crore to Maharashtra and West Bengal governments.

According to Police, Shankar Ramdas Sawle (41), who was working as Sales Tax officer (Nagpur) between July 17, 2013 and July 31, 2013, lodged a complaint that Kolkata-based Shambhu Traders had made declaration with Sales Tax Department of West Bengal that they had two more branches Kunal Enterprises and Gauri Enterprises in Nagpur. During verification, Sawle found that no such branches were in existence in Nagpur. He then sent the F form along with his report. Some unidentified persons procured the documents from Sales Tax office and forged the original report of Sawle.

Thereafter, they made entry into the outward register of the department. During verification, it was revealed that the forgery aimed at evading sales tax causing losses to the tune of Rs 3.5 crore to the state exchequer. On the basis of Sawle’s report, Sadar Police started the probe after registering a case under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC.

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Arrested for attacking girl, lovelorn youth jumps from Nyay Mandir building, sustains injuries

A LOVELORN youth arrested by Nandanvan Police for murderously attacking a 17-year-old girl three days ago attempted suicide by jumping from the fifth floor passage of Nyay Mandir building on Satu... Read More
A LOVELORN youth arrested by Nandanvan Police for murderously attacking a 17-year-old girl three days ago attempted suicide by jumping from the fifth floor passage of Nyay Mandir building on Saturday evening. With head injuries and fractures in his leg, cops rushed accused Arun Prabhudayal Fulzele (28) to Government Medical College & Hospital.

A resident of Lane No. 1, near Jagnade Square, Arun had one-sided affair with the teenage girl. Arun was allegedly troubling her.

Around 12.10 pm, the girl was on way home when Arun accosted her at Nandanvan Colony. After expressing his feelings to her, he pressurised the girl to talk with his brother-in-law by giving his cellphone to her. The girl took the opportunity and told Arun’s brother-in-law about his indecent behaviour. She then asked him to reprimand Arun. While she was speaking on phone, Arun lost his temper and attacked her with a sharp-edged weapon. When the profusely bleeding girl shouted for help, Arun fled the spot. The girl with serious weapon injuries was admitted to a private hospital in Nandanvan area.

Later, Nandanvan Police arrested Arun on charges under Sections 307, 354 (d), (1), (2) of IPC read with Section 11 (4)/ 2 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and obtained two-day remand for his custodial interrogation. As Arun’s police custody remand (PCR) ended on Saturday, cops produced him before District Judge-1 and Additional Sessions Judge T M Lalwani. As the court remanded Arun to magisterial custody, the cops were taking him to Central Jail.

While coming down the stairs of the fifth floor of Nyay Mandir, Arun pushed Head Constable Kailash Shrawane and Woman Constable Renuka aside and jumped from the passage. Lawyers, litigants and court staff gathered. Cops rushed Arun to the Government Medical College & Hospital.

Sadar Police registered an offence under Section 309 and 224 of the Indian Penal Code against accused Arun Fulzele. Further investigations are underway.

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Man of eyes, and vision

Talking to Dr S S Badrinath, a global guru of Ophthalmology, is an experience that will remain etched in memory forever. His simplicity and modesty defy his fame, and deny people a realisation ... Read More
Talking to Dr S S Badrinath, a global guru of Ophthalmology, is an experience that will remain etched in memory forever. His simplicity and modesty defy his fame, and deny people a realisation of his worth. Ever since he became a student of Ophthalmology more than 50 years ago, Dr Badrinath has made the eyeball his lifetime mission. That is why, interaction with this eminent ophthalmologist does not only involve the eye but also the vision -- of life and its expanded circle of excellence.

What triggered the quest for excellence in this man of world repute? Dr Badrinath was blessed with an awareness right from Day One that excellence is a never-ending journey, without destination, and without culmination. It was this point that led him to delve ever deeper and rise ever higher in understanding the complex simplicity of human eye. This awareness also led him to go beyond the machines that dominate ophthalmology today and made him rely more on a super-fine human judgement that transcends the limitations of technology.

Talking to ‘The Hitavada’ on the sidelines of the inaugural of a state-of-the-art eye clinic by one of his favourite students -- Dr Prashant Bawankule -- Dr Badrinath highlighted the fundamentals of ophthalmology in terms so simple that even a five-year-old can understand. His effort all along was to stress that human eye was a very delicate organ that needed absolute carefulness in handling, so much so that he prohibits people from washing the eye with water. Water can infect the eye, he cautions. Therefore, he advises that eye need not be washed at all with any water but cleansed from outside with closed eyelids.

Still, Dr Badrinath lamented, many people did not care about their eyes properly. When in US, he read a book ‘Archives of Ophthalmology’ that mentioned that only 7 per cent ophthalmologists knew about Diabetic Retinopathy. “It shows how ignorant are we about the eye. Mass awarness about eye care is the need of the hour. Hence, I feel, if people are not coming to hospitals for eye check-ups, hospitals should reach out to them,” said the Padma Bhushan awardee.

Dr Badrinath is a legendary figure in Ophthalmology, and a Guru to many ophthalmologists in the country. The man’s life is an inspiring tale. His school education began a bit late at the age of seven due to some ailment, but it did not deter him. He lost both his parents in his teens, but went on to complete his medical studies. In 1974, Dr Badrinath had the opportunity to serve his spiritual guru Jagadguru Sri Chandrasekerendra Saraswathi Swamigal of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. During the same period once Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, the Shankaracharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, had called a group of doctors and appealed them to set up a hospital fully dedicated to eye-care. A determined Dr Badrinath left his private practice and dedicated himself to the cause of a charitable not-for-profit eye hospital in Chennai. Today, it is the world-reputed name -- Sankara Nethralaya.

Through Sankara Nethralaya, Dr Badrinath has started various initiatives to reach out to people especially those from rural areas as they do not have access to hospitals. Sankara Nethralaya has come out with Mobile Eye Surgical Unit (MESU). There are two ambulances with MESU that have everything including Operation Theatre. These mobile units visit villages, conduct eye check-up camps, and perform safe surgeries, if needed. Of course, the legendary ophthalmologist understands the cost factor of eye-care. “Use of modern technology makes the surgery sutureless and more economical,” adds Dr Badrinath.

The expert who has been raising the bar of performance consistently, is always looking for taking up new challenges as an opportunity to set new standards. The latest challenge, which he has concentrated upon, is Retinitis Pigmentosa or RP. It is a hereditary condition, which reduces vision. A person suffering from RP develops night-blindness and gradually becomes blind. The cause of RP is still not known. A lot of research is going on worldwide. Transplanting stem-cells and allowing them to replace degenerating cells under the retina is a procedure done in London and New York, but it is very costly. Still, all types of RP are not treated through this therapy. The kind of equipment needed for this therapy are so costly that it is impossible for India to conduct this therapy at this stage, says Dr Badrinath.

But, he is not to be deterred by difficulties. Sankara Nethralaya is doing research on RP and has developed a gene ‘RPE-65’, which helps in knowing if stem cell transplant is useful for a patient suffering from RP.

In this era of scientific advancements, hopes are high about transplant of each and every organ. Vision of many has been restored, thanks to corneal tranplant. Can retinal transplant be done? Dr Badrinath replies, “No. Retina is a part of brain and transplant is not possible.”

‘Pesticide, insecticide are retinotoxic’

With advancing age, human beings tend to develop problems related to vision, medically known as Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD). How should this be tackled? Dr S S Badrinath answers, “When I returned from USA, ARMD was still unknown. With enhanced life expectancy, population of old persons too is increasing in India. This increases risk of ARMD. Pesticide and insecticide are retinotoxic, and they contribute to degeneration of vision in old age.”

Raipur hospital follows Sankara Nethralaya

Sankara Nethralaya is not only a world-renowned institution in eye-care, but also a temple of dedication that has inspired others. All the doctors at Sankara Nethralaya work in a dedicated manner. None of them does private practise. Taking a leaf out of Sankara Nethralaya’s dedicated service to people, Raipur-based Aurobindo Netralaya also has doctors like Dr Anand Saxena who do not practise privately.

The profit earned by Sankara Nethralaya is rolled into hospital only. When Nani Palkhivala came to know about this, he donated all his shares to the hospital. He wrote in his will that except some household things and a house, all his property be donated to Sankara Nethralaya.

No exercise for eyes please...

Some people say there are exercises for eyes that reduce the number of lenses and strengthen eyes. Do these ‘exercises’ really help? ‘NO’, is Dr Badrinath’s answer. “There is no exercise as such for eyes. Even cleaning eyes with tap water is very bad and can harm eyes. The PH value of tap water and that of eye-fluid is not the same,” he advises.

The eminent ophthalmologist also advises to watch television from a certain distance with sufficient light in the room. According to him, one should watch television or work on computer for 20 minutes and then take a break to stare elsewhere for 20 seconds at least. This is his ‘Formula 20:20:20’. “Do not watch TV or work on computer when your eyes are tired. Not taking these precautions can damage eyes severely. Eyes blink 20 times in a minute, but this also may get reduced and lead to Dry Eye Syndrome,” Dr Badrinath cautions.

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Dairy Development Deptt surrenders 4,445 posts

Uncertainty stares in the face of several officials and employees working in Government dairies and related establishments as Dairy Development Department has revised its draft pattern and has ... Read More
Uncertainty stares in the face of several officials and employees working in Government dairies and related establishments as Dairy Development Department has revised its draft pattern and has decided to surrender as many as 4,445 posts. From Vidarbha region alone, as many as 564 posts have been termed ‘excess’.

This is the third time in past 11 years that the sanctioned number of posts has been scaled down, said sources in the department. Prior to the year 2003, Dairy Development Department had a sanctioned strength of 13,501 posts and 70 posts of Co-operation Department attached to it. Following a review of requirement of staff after closure of some units, handling of milk at Government Dairies and cooling centres, the department had arrived at a conclusion in 2003 that 4,920 posts were ‘extra’.

Since then, in 2006, more 109 posts were termed as ‘excess’ citing the reason that most of the milk transport from Government dairies was being done through private vehicles. The private vehicles were roped in citing the Bombay High Court decision that vehicles in use for over eight years should not be in service any more. Recently, for the third time in past 11 years, a review of sanctioned strength was taken by a high-level committee on July 19, 2014. It was found that of a total 8,542 sanctioned posts, as many as 4,445 should be ‘surrendered’.

The revised draft pattern of the department has been approved accordingly.

The surrendered posts include 35 of Class-A, 68 of Class-B, 1,738 of Class-C, and the highest 2,604 of Class-D. Sources said that the Class-D employees are at the greatest loss as 2,604 of their posts have been surrendered and only 1,676 have been kept as new sanctioned strength. Of the total surrendered posts, those lying vacant for past some time, have been treated as ‘lapsed’. The employees thus rendered ‘excess’ will be absorbed on posts of same rank wherever else there is vacancy, but only till the date of their retirement.

On retirement of serving personnel on surrendered positions, the posts will automatically get abolished.

Of a total 4,445 posts surrendered by Dairy Development Department, as many as 564 are from Vidarbha region alone. These posts in 23 places ranging from Nagpur Dairy to Cooling Centre at Paratwada in Amravati district have been rendered ‘excess’. Of these 564 also, the highest 281 posts surrendered are at Nagpur Dairy only. The Nagpur Dairy lost three posts of Class-A, seven of Class-B, 168 of Class-C, and 103 of Class-D. It is followed by Government Dairy at Akola, where 116 posts have been surrendered, including one of Class-A, two of Class-B, 54 of Class-C, and 59 of Class-D.

Interestingly, after this scaling down, the new sanctioned strength for 32 different units in Vidarbha is only 560. Thus, more number of posts have been surrendered in the region. After revision, the highest sanctioned strength is at Government Dairy at Akola -- 83. It is followed by Wardha Dairy with sanctioned strength of 67, Chandrapur Dairy with 55, and Gondia Dairy with a strength of 52.

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Amit Jogi meets AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi

Amit Jogi, Congress MLA from Marwahi and son of former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi on Wednesday met AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi. The duo during an hour long meeting discussed various... Read More
Amit Jogi, Congress MLA from Marwahi and son of former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi on Wednesday met AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi. The duo during an hour long meeting discussed various issues related with the functioning of Congress Party in Chhattisgarh. According to a party source, who also accompanied Amit Jogi, told this newspaper over the phone from New Delhi that the Marwahi MLA demanded the AICC Vice President to intervene for overcoming discrepancies in the recently announced executive body of the Chhattisgarh Pradesh CongressCommittee (CPCC). “Amit Jogi during one-to-one interaction with Rahul Gandhi also requested him to take steps for holding CPCC Elections on the lines of NSUI and Youth Congress,” the source maintained. It may be recalled that earlier on last Monday, August 26, a delegation of beleaguered senior Congress leaders mostly pro-Ajit Jogi supporters had also met AICC Vice President in New Delhi. The delegation in their meeting had lodged a strong complaint with AICC Vice President for non-inclusion of Ajit Jogi supported members in the newly formed body of CPCC. Acting promptly on the complaint, Rahul Gandhi had summoned Congress Party State In-charge BK Hariprasad and directed him for immediate incorporation of the pro-Jogi members in the CPCC to ensure political harmony and stability in the party.

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CM to dedicate 2nd Intl hockey stadium to State tomorrow

In a major step forward in the efforts to promote hockey in the state, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh will dedicate the second international hockey stadium having synthetic turf to the state on Frid... Read More
In a major step forward in the efforts to promote hockey in the state, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh will dedicate the second international hockey stadium having synthetic turf to the state on Friday. The dedication ceremony, which will be organised at 11 am on Friday, will also witness a high profile exhibition hockey match involving 32 international hockey players of India represented the nation at several international tournaments including recently held Glasgow Common Wealth Games 2014. Chhattisgarh Lok Sabha Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal will preside over the ceremony which will also graced by international hockey players Neeta Dongare and Saba Anjum apart fromRaipur MP Ramesh Bais, ministers Brijmohan Agrawal, Punnulal Mohle, Rajesh Munat, MLA Deoji Bhai Patel, Shrichand Sundrani, Satyanarayan Sharma, Mayor Dr Kiran Mayee Nayak, Jila Panchayat president Laxmi Verma, Arjuna Awardee and Olympian Ashok Dhyanchand, veteran hockey player Vincent Lakra, CGOA general secretary Baldeo Singh Bhatiam Chief Secretary (Chhattisgarh Government) Vivek Dhand and other dignitaries.

Addressing a press conference at the new circuit house on Wednesday, Sports Secretary Dinesh Shrivastav and Commossioner Ashok Juneja said all the players, who would play the exhibition match, will be honoured by the State government.

It is to be mentioned, the synthetic turf used for the making of the hockey field here has been imported from Australia. This turf was used in London Olympics. The cost of the turf was estimated at Rs 4.50 crore. The total cost of the stadium has been estimated at Rs 12.50 crore.

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AAP protest safety norms of high rise buildings in State capital

EXPRESSING their concern over the social security mechanisms, after Abhanpur blast, the members of the Aam Aadmi Party have raised voice against the safety norms of high rise buildings in the sta... Read More
EXPRESSING their concern over the social security mechanisms, after Abhanpur blast, the members of the Aam Aadmi Party have raised voice against the safety norms of high rise buildings in the state capital. The members have alleged that there is no regular monitoring of fire safety devices in such buildings and capability of fire fighters team to tackle the situation is at stake.

AAP senior leader Sandeep Tiwati along with other members after visiting the state capital fire bridge station has cut a sorry figure over the department activities and flayed the total callous attitude of the local administration towards social security mechanisms.

Sandep Tiwari said that ‘if the fire safety department catches fire, there is no separate fire extinguisher installed for them. They are fully dependent on the buses and equipments available at the warehouse. Looking at the manner in which the available materials and equipments are kept, it will be difficult to find the required material in absence of the shift in charge’.‘The Raipur Municipal Corporation has been very efficient in buying costly fire fighting tenders but ironically there are only four operators. No appointment of trained tender operators has been done past ten years. The present drivers are the ad-hoc drivers who haven’t gone through any operations training’.

Recently about 39 firemen have been appointed in the department based on their certificate in fire training courses. There is no annual training schedule for the firemen.

Highlighting apathy of firemen Sandip Tiwari said that local administration should provide adequate security arrangements for those firemen who work round the clock for our safety. Apart from a group insurance cover, there is no other accidental insurance cover provided to firefighters. No primary safety suits are given to firemen’s and no mock drills are being conducted regularly to reach the accident site in fastest possible time.

He added that firefighting being the emergency service, firemen used to get additional one month salary in return to their continuous presence without any leaves, for which the newly appointed firemen are fighting. Fire fighting tenders had a stand near Subhash Stadium previously, which has been shifted to Tikrapara. Aam Aadmi Party demanded that at least one firefighting bus should be kept at two or three different locations to reach the accident site quickly. The place from where they are shifted is currently been used as a vehicle stand, one fire tender can be kept there.

Most of the fire accidents are related to electric short circuits, the firemen put their life at risk if the electrician who is supposed to isolate the site from power lines doesn’t reach the accident site in time. No electrical training or safety mechanism is being provided to the firemen. According to a report prepared by Directorate General National Disaster Response Force (DG, NDRF) and Civil Defense (Fire), Ministry of Home Affairs in November 2012, Chhattisgarh state Fire Service does not have any permanent fire training centre, and training is being imparted as on a ad hoc basis, paying no heed to such crucial issue the State Government hasn’t taken any steps to develop the necessary infrastructure for fire safety, flood relief or Disaster Management as a whole.AAP Raipur’s Nandan Singh, Sanjay Gupta,D K Makhija, Munna Bisen, Amar Gupta,Sheetanshu Bannerji,Surendra Bisen spoke to the firemen and analyzed the present state of affairs in the department.

Sandeep further added that the state government seems to be totally overlooking till any major mishap doesn’t happen. Lot of money is being spent on new infrastructure in the capital, but fire safety seems to be neglected in the high rise buildings. Fire Safety compliance in industries and private properties such as malls, complexes are in sorry state of affairs as there is no seriousness on the part of Dr Raman Singh government to implement it properly.

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Mixed results in steel city, with ABVP, NSUI both emerging winners

The much awaited Students’ Union elections were conducted on Wednesday amidst tight security in different colleges in the steel city Bhilai. The elections remained by and large peaceful, barr... Read More
The much awaited Students’ Union elections were conducted on Wednesday amidst tight security in different colleges in the steel city Bhilai. The elections remained by and large peaceful, barring a few minor incidents of clashes between activists of rival groups at couple of places. Police personnel were deployed in all the colleges to avert possibility of any eventuality throughout the day of election.

The polling was conducted from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, followed by counting of votes, from 1:00 pm onwards. As soon as the polling got underway, the enthused students turned out in large numbers to exercise their franchise. The students cast votes through ballot papers to elect their representatives. The results were declared in most of the colleges by 5:00 pm, after which, the elected candidates, along with their supporters were seen celebrating their victory with grandiose.

Though there were no major incidents reported during the elections; in a controversy, activists of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad protested against the results of Dr Khubchand Baghel Government College, Bhilai-3, alleging the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) of circulating pamphlets bearing names of its candidates while flouting the election norms. The activists also handed over a memorandum to College Principal in the same context.

There were mixed results in the city, with ABVP and NSUI both winning their share, while independents candidates outperforming these two students’ organisations in many colleges. As per information, ABVP won majority of the posts at Government College, Vaishali Nagar; Shri Shankaracharya Technical Campus, Chhattisgarh Agricultural College, Rungta Pharmacy, Rawatpura Sarkar College , Kumhari among others. And NSUI succeeded at MP Christian College, Saint Thomas College, MJ College, Sai Mahavidyalaya and others.

It may be mentioned that the elections were being seen as a fight for supremacy between ABVP and NSUI, with both the organizations had left no stone unturned for garnering the votes and support of students. Although the main contest was between these two outfits, some candidates representing AAP and Hindu Yuva Chhatra Manch, were also in a fray along with independent candidates.

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Students of private colleges show more interest in students’ election

The huge election campaigns as well as other activities of prominent political parties and requests of social organisations did not attract students of the government colleges at Durg city in cas... Read More
The huge election campaigns as well as other activities of prominent political parties and requests of social organisations did not attract students of the government colleges at Durg city in casting of their vote in students’ union elections. As all government colleges of the city witnessed lower turnout in the students’ union election held on Wednesday. In contrast, students of private colleges showed their interest in election with huge zeal and a large number of students exercised their voting power in the election.

The oldest and one of the biggest colleges at the Durg city, Government VYT Postgraduate College which has strength of over 3500 students recorded only 45% voter turnout. Out of the registered 3460 students of different undergraduate and postgraduate courses, only 1560 students exercised their voting power in this students’ union election which was conducted after a gap of one decade in all colleges of the Durg city as well as entire Chhattisgarh. However during last two weeks, all students’ political parties and their contestant did lots of campaign and also some social organisations met students and requested them to cast their vote in large number, but still students preferred to stay in home rather than exercised their voting power.

This is not the case of only this government higher educational institute in the city. Dr. WW Patankar Government Girls College of Durg registered only 38.1% voter turnout, lowest amongst all colleges of the city. Of the 1482 registered girl students of the college only 566 casted their vote in the election. Similarly in government aided college Seth Ratanchand Surana College of Arts and Commerce Durg too, out of the 1172 registered students, only 624 came up for voting which accounted 53.2% voter turnout.

Dr. Deepak Karkun, Principal of Dr. WW Patankar Govt. Girls College stated most of the students in the colleges are belonged to rural areas and they preferred to stay in home instead of coming college for exercising their voting power because for them it was a wastage of time. However the students of private colleges did not hesitate in casting of their vote and came out for voting in large number. All colleges recorded a huge turnout in the election. In Bhilai Institute of Technology (BIT) Durg, record 70% students of different engineering streams casted their vote in the election (out of 2537 registered students, 1777 casted their vote). Likewise in Bharti College of Engineering and Technology too, 65% students came up for voting and in Swami Shri Swaroopanand Saraswati Mahavidyalaya Bhilai too, 73% students exercised their voting power (out of 393 students, 290 students casted their vote). An assistant professor of BIT Durg said students of private colleges know that their students representative have power to get their demands accepted as all funds are in the hands of management but in government colleges neither management nor college representative can do any work without the clearance of funds by University Grants Commission and government. He pointed this is the reason why students of government colleges skipped the election in large number as compared to their counterparts in private colleges.

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ABVP registers victory in most colleges

Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) outshined National Students Union of India (NSUI) in the students union elections held in different colleges in the district. Out of the 33 colleges in D... Read More
Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) outshined National Students Union of India (NSUI) in the students union elections held in different colleges in the district. Out of the 33 colleges in Durg district including government and private, ABVP registered victory in more than 2 dozen colleges while NSUI made a clean sweep in Seth Ratanchand Surana College and Government VYT Post Graduate College.

According to information students union elections were held in 33 government and private colleges in the district. This included 10 government colleges and 23 private colleges. The elections were held from 8 am to 12 noon and thereafter the counting process was held. The results of most of the colleges were declared by 4 pm while the counting process at Government VYT Post Graduate College went long and by 7 pm the results were declared.

Rajendra Padhye, Student Leader has informed that ABVP made a clean sweep in the colleges under Chhattisgarh Swami Vivekananda University. Except in Kalyan College and Government College Vaishalinagar, the ABVP candidates registered victory in most of the posts. He further informed that in more than 2 dozen colleges including those from remote areas like Dhamda, Patan, Jamgaon and Bori the President candidates won the elections.

The President candidates, who won the elections under ABVP includes Swati Gupta (BIT); Gajendra Dhruv (Govt. Polytechnic College, Durg); Khushboo Pawar (Sun Engineering College); Yogendra Pathak (CSIT, Durg); Harsh Handa (Bharti College); Nishant Sinha (Dignity College); Manoj Kumar (Bharti B-Tech college); Sameer Mandal (CG G-Tech); Shreya Sharma (Shankara-2); Prakash Patel (Shankara-3); Rahul Roy (IBT Polytechnic College, Ahiwara); Anamika Sharma (Govt Girls College, Durg); Salika Kumari (Ghanshyam Arya Girls College); Kamal Kishore Choudhary (Arthav ITI); Praveen Giri Goswami (Maitri Dental College); Vipin Prakash Bhagat (CG Agriculture College); Praveen Mahariya (Govt. College Patan); Om Vijay Sahu (Rajeev Lochan College); Sandeep Mahobiya (Govt. College, Dhamda); Netra Prasad (Veterinary College, Anjora); Rahul Deshmukh (Apollo Pharmacy College); Mohan Goti (Rastogi Nursing college); Ramesh Salam (Maitri Nursing College); Javendra Kumar ( Mother Teresa Nursing College); Harkirath Singh (Parthivi College) and Mukesh Verma (BNS College) respectively, informed, Rajendra Padhye.

At Government VYT Post Graduate College, NSUI candidates Reshmi Rai (president); Jageshwar Kosle (Vice President and Chandrahas Koreti (Secretary) won the elections while Nisha of AIDSO won the Joint Secretary Post. Similarly, at Set Ratanchand Surana College, NSUI candidates- Sushmita Sahu, Mohd. Irshad, Kripesh Samundra and Sourabh won the elections for the post of president, vice president, secretary and joint secretary respectively.

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ABVP claims victory in 80% colleges in State

Barring few incidents of scuffle and stray incidents of hooliganism the polling for the students’ union elections concluded peacefully in all the 547 colleges under 17 State Universities in t... Read More
Barring few incidents of scuffle and stray incidents of hooliganism the polling for the students’ union elections concluded peacefully in all the 547 colleges under 17 State Universities in the state on Wednesday. Almost cent percent students today exercised their franchise in the Student Union elections which were dominated by issues like pertaining to students’ and was being held after a long period of 13 years. In most of the colleges the win was clinched by RSS-BJP affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. In several others colleges, both ABVP candidates and Congress affiliated National Students Union of India candidates have registered win. However, the ABVP has claimed that its candidates have registered win in over 80 percent colleges throughout the state the NSUI has claimed that it has registered win in over 76 percent colleges.

The milieu was enthusiastic in Capital Raipur during the students’ union elections in colleges and the buzz was seen at Durga College, Chhattisgarh College, Government Nagarjuna PG Science College, Mahant Laxmi Narayan Das College, Harishankar Shukla College, Disha College, Pragati College, Government Dudhadhari Bajrang Girls PG College, etc. However the electioneering buzz was at its height at Durga College, known to be the hub of students’ politics from where political stalwarts like Brijmohan Agrawal, Mohammed Akbar, etc have passed out. The activists of both ABVP and NSUI were seen shouting slogans outside the colleges and on roads. Later after the results were declared both ABVP and NSUI took out rallies in the streets along with their winning candidates.

The voting was held through ballot and since morning the polling started at 8am and continued till 12 Noon. The students both girls and boys participated in the polls enthusiastically. Despite a number of incidents of scuffle reported in the run up to the polling, the elections went off peacefully today with a huge contingent of police deployed at various polling centres of the university. Congress-backed National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) and BJP-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) are the main student outfits in fray.

The students’ union elections will be held at 547 colleges of 17 universities in the state. Around 2.5 lakh voters, including nearly 80,000 in Pt RSU-affiliated colleges, exercised their franchise. 5500 candidates are in fray for different posts in the elections. Counting began at 1 pm. Government Nagarjuna Post Graduate College of Science has been made control room for Raipur district.

Government Nagarjuna Post Graduate College of Science, Raipur, has been made control room where the results of all the colleges will be available. According to the analysts, the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) was in a very good position in the technical colleges while there was the wave in favour of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in the medical institutions such as physiology, dental etc. The equation was 50-50 at the private colleges of the state.

Leaving apart some minor hubbubs at big colleges, the Students’ Union Elections were conducted at 73 colleges across the Raipur District in relatively peaceful manner under the security cover provided by around 650 police personnel including 94 woman constables, over 400 men constables, head constables, Assistant Sub-Inspector and Sub-Inspectors.

From the security point of view, Raipur District was divided into 8 sectors including 5 in the urban area. Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Rural CD Tandon was in-charge of entire security arrangement. Minimum of 5 to 15 police personnel under the leadership of a Sub-Inspector were deployed in the colleges according to the priority. There were some 18 patrolling teams keeping vigil on the colleges.

There was some minor uproar outside the Durga College, which has always been the centre of student politics, during the election but it was soon brought under control by the police personnel without using any force. Most activity was seen around the Durga College and some other big government colleges such as Science College, Raipur Institute of Technology, Dudhadhari Bajrang Post Graduate College, Chhattisgarh College and others.

After the election, entire college premises police evacuate the entire college premises of students as the counting began at around 1:00 pm. Counting in most colleges was finished within an hour or two after the election even as the results were declared by 4:00 pm in the evening.

RESULTS:

ABVP WINS AT DURGA COLLEGE:

Durga College, which had been the centre of attraction since the date of students’ union elections was declared some fortnight ago, claimed to have produced future leaders of the state on Wednesday. Apart from Brijmohan Agrawal, many senior leaders, who are in active politics in the state, had been the product of this college, said election incharge Dr Ajay Sharma. After a long gap of 10 years, production of leaders has been restored in the college, he said. Out of the four union posts for which elections were held on Wednesday, ABVP claimed to have clinched three posts such as Rahul Yadav (President), Nashir Ahmed (Vice-President) and Nidhi Sharma (Secretary). Even as Nasir Ahmed fought the elections as an Independent candidate, but he was backed by the ABVP, sources said. Manmeet Singh was the only NSUI candidate to win the post of Joint Secretary.

NSUI BAGS ALL FOUR UNION POSTS AT GOVT SCIENCE COLLEGE:

The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) made a clean sweep in the students’ union election held at Government Nagarjuna Post Graduate College of Science, Raipur, held on August 27. Purnananda, Rajendra Singh, Meneka Jha and Hiralal Sahu from NSUI clinched the post of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Joint Secretary respectively.

Purnananda got 762 votes while his opponent Sumit Dutta got 558 votes while Rajendra Singh got 674 votes and his opponent Dharmendra got 646 votes. Similarly, NSUI’s Meneka Jha got 733 votes and her opponent Anchal Sharma got 584 votes while 697 votes went in favour of Hiralal Sahu and 617 votes went in favour of his opponent Aniruddha Dhidhi.

ABVP SHINES AT UTD POLLING:

Charlie Choudhary from ABVP clinched the post of President. Similarly, R P Sharma, who fought election as Independent candidate, won the post of Vice-President while ABVP candidate Vishalraj Bharti bagged the post of Joint Secretary. According to information, R P Sharma is supported by the ABVP. Ajay Singh from NSUI bagged the post of Secretary.

NSUI DOMINATES STUDENTS’ UNION POLL AT MAHANT COLLEGE:

Out of four union posts for which elections were held at Mahant Laxminarayan Das College, Raipur, National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) bagged three posts while Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) managed to win only the post of Joint Secretary which went to Aman Shukla. NSUI’s Vibharani Soni, Ali Asgar and Mujtafa Shaikh were selected as President, Vice-President and Joint Secretary respectively.

NSUI SWEEPS POLL AT GURUKUL WOMEN’S COLLEGE:

NSUI registered a convincing victory in the students’ union elections held here as the student wing bagged all four major posts such as President, Vice-President, Secretary and Joint Secretary. The elected candidates are Leeleswari Sahu (President), Yogita Sharma (Vice-President), Sahiba Meghani (Secretary) and Jyoti Jagat (Joint Secretary) who won the election by a margin of 125, 69, 46 and 181 votes respectively.

ABVP FLIES HIGH AT GOVT. D B GIRLS (AUTONOMOUS COLLEGE) COLLEGE:

Richa Vaid, Neelima Singh, Sunidhi Pandey and Punya Pradasi from ABVP won the post President, Vice-President, Secretary and Joint Secretary respectively. They got 447, 530, 565 and 580 votes respectively. Out of 2875 students, 1123 students turned up for voting. In this way, only 47.32 % voting was reported.

ABVP PERFORM WELL AT AGRASEN MAHAVIDYALAYA:

Mohd Shahbaz, Prachi Sharma and Vivek kumar Sharma from ABVP bagged the post of President, Secretary and Joint Secretary while NSUI’s Amir Khan won the post of Vice-President. Out of 109 students, who were declared eligible for voting, 104 voters turned up. In this way, the college recorded highest voting percentage of 95.

IT IS NSUI AT PRAGATI COLLEGE:

Except the post of President, the remaining three Union posts went in favour of NSUI. According information, Khem Singh of ABVP was elected as President while Dhananjay Pal, Shrikriti Diwan and Vivek Tomar of NSUI were elected Vice-President, Secretary and Joint Secretary respectively. Out of total 362 eligible voters, 221 exercised their franchise. The voting percentage was 61.04 including 45.07 per cent polling by male voters.

PT JAWAHARLAL MEMORIAL MEDICAL COLLEGE:

Bharat Lal Sahu, Vikas Sahu, Jyotsana and Lekhram were elected to post of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Joint Secretary respectively from the state run Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Medical College. This was informed by Dr Tikariha, HoD of the college Physiology department, who was made the election officer.

ABVP TRIUMPHANTS IN DEOBHOG’S COLLEGES:

Election held to the post of Joint Secretary at Government College here, ABVP candidate Gulshan Netam degeated his rival Suryakant by 40 votes. A total of 194 students voted in the election of which 113 went in favour of the ABVP candidate while the remaining 73 went in favour of the opposition. It is to be mentioned here that, ABVP candidates were unanimously elected to the post of President, Vice-President and Secretary. Those elected unanimously were Pankaj Tiwari (President), Sanju Baghel (Vice-President) and Gajeshchandra Thakur (Secretary).

NAME OF THE CANDIDATES ELECTED PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY AT VARIOUS COLLEGES:

Girrwar Prasad and Ram Narayan (Sanskrit College Raipur), Surendra Kumar Sahu and Bhojram Khunte (Chhattisgarh College Raipur), Kumari Nutan Yadav and Kumari Sarita Tiwari (Government Nutan College), Kumari Rukhsana Qureshi and Suraj Kumar Verma (Govt College Dharsiva), Dewanand Rajak and Anil Kumar (Govt Arts and Commerce College Koka), Mohd Arasraja and Deenanath Sonkar (Govt Arts and Commerce College Arang), Gulshan Kumar Sahu and Kabir Singh (Govt College Abhanpur), Kumari Radhika Sonkar and Gulabchand Sahu (Govt College Gobra-Navapara), Khusboo Rani and Apoorva Soni (Daga College, Raipur), Monika Devnath and Rudani Mousumi (Arts and Commerce College, Devendra Nagar, Raipur), Neelmani Manikpuri and T Preeti (Central College of IT Fafadih, Raipur), Sanjay Sahu and Kumari Khemlata Sahu (Netaji Subhash College Abhanpur), Kumari Varsha Thakur and Vipin Shukla (VIPRA Arts and Commerce, Raipur), Shivani Kachhwah and Ankit Kumar (Disha College of Management, Raipur), Kumari Anamika Kachhwah and Kumari Dolly Jain (Adarsh Arts and Commerce College , Raipur), Anjali Anamm and Daljeet Khattar (Harishankar Shukla College), Vaibhav Singh Thakur and Simranjeet Kaur (Maharaja Agrasen International College Raipur), Kumari Deepa Verma and Puskar Dhritlehre (Vivekananda College Bhansoj), Mohd Ikram Khan and Qadir Khan (Vivekananda College, Raipur) and, Jighnesh Patidar and Shivesh Gaur (Palloti College, Raipur).

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Petition seeking orders to State for promotion disposed off

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe has disposed off petition filed by K N Shukla from Bhopal seeking directions for re... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe has disposed off petition filed by K N Shukla from Bhopal seeking directions for respondent State of Madhya Pradesh regarding his promotion as Additional Director, Department of Agriculture. The petitioner appealed to the court to direct the respondents to consider the case of petitioner for promotion on the post of Additional Director, Agriculture Department from the date of vacancy, as per law laid down in Sant Ram case. The court in its order said that as per admission of petitioner that his three promotion cases are already subsidise before the court. Besides, his petition to challenge allocation of his service to Chhattisgarh vide order dated on August 8, 2002, is also pending. The petitioner was relieved by the State of Madhya Pradesh on March 4, 2003. Thus, until the issue arising in those cases decided in favour of the petitioner. The question of promotion of the petitioner to the post of Additional Director may not arise. In any case, if those petitions succeed and are answered in favour of the petitioner, the court may consider of passing appropriate consequential directions. The relief claimed in present petition cannot be taken forward in anticipation that the petitioner will succeed in those petitions. In our opinion, to say the least, this petition is nothing but multiplicity of proceedings. Hence, this petition is disposed off with above observation, said the division bench. Advocate S P Sharma and V Jayaraman appeared on behalf of the petitioner, while Advocate Vikram Singh for the Union of India and Government Advocate Sanjay Dwivedi for the respondent State and Ajay Ojha, Advocate for State of Chhattisgarh.

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Assembly serves notices to MLAs Dinesh Ahirwar & Narayan Tripathi

Assembly Secretariat has given notice to MLA Dinesh Kumar Ahirwar and MLA Narayan Tripathi under the anti-defection law. Reply has been sought from them within fifteen days. It is learnt that M... Read More
Assembly Secretariat has given notice to MLA Dinesh Kumar Ahirwar and MLA Narayan Tripathi under the anti-defection law. Reply has been sought from them within fifteen days. It is learnt that MLA Dinesh Kumar Ahirwar had sought more time against the stipulated time to give reply. Both of them had joined BJP after deserting Congress.

Dinesh Kumar Ahirwar got elected as MLA on a Congress ticket from Jatara Assembly seat (Tikamgarh). He left Congress and joined BJP in April. “I had received notice from Madhya Pradesh Assembly Secretariat yesterday and I had sought time of two months from Assembly Secretariat to file the reply so that I could take opinion of my legal experts,” said MLA Dinesh Kumar Ahirwar to “The Hitavada”.

When contacted, MLA Narayan Tripathi said to “The Hitavada” that going into a function of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was a matter of pride. “But the hitch is that I have neither joined BJP nor left Congress,” said Tripathi.

He said that he would put up his side in the reply and he had not sought any extra time. Coming down heavily on former Opposition leader Ajay Singh, he said that if Ajay Singh was Congress, then he had left Congress and if Congress was of Gandhi family, then there was no issue. Congress MLAs have taken strong objection on defection of both aforesaid MLAs and demanded their disqualification as member of the Assembly.

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Lokayukta arrests Grade-II employee red-handed accepting Rs 15,000 bribe

A TEAM of special establishment of Lokayukta police caught a Grade-II employee of district administration while taking bribe of Rs 15,000 for giving property documents of an applicant at Collecto... Read More
A TEAM of special establishment of Lokayukta police caught a Grade-II employee of district administration while taking bribe of Rs 15,000 for giving property documents of an applicant at Collectorate premises on Wednesday. The accused has been identified as Sattar Khan, posted as Grade-II employee at the Collectorate. According to Lokayukta police, Natthulal Mehra, owner of land situated at MR-4 road in Vijay Nagar area, had applied to take property documents of his 0.22 hectare land possessed by the government for construction of MR-4 road for taking its compensation.

The land owner several times contacted at Collectorate but Grade-II employee demanded bribe of Rs 15,000 for giving his land documents. Harassed and helpless Natthulal reached office of Lokayukta and registered a complaint with Superintendent of Police, Lokayukta. Acting on the complaint, Lokayukta Superintendent of Police, Jabalpur, Padmvilochan Shukla constituted a team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police for further investigation into the case and action against the accused.

Lokayukta police team fielded the appellant to offer bribe to the corrupt employee and gave him Rs 15,000. According to the direction of police, the appellant reached at Collectorate premises and handed over the cash to Grade-II employee at his office. Lokayukta personnel then trapped the corrupt employee red-handed. Lokayukta police have registered a case against the corrupt officer under sections 8 and 13 1(D) of Prevention of Corruption Act.

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Dr Rooplekha Chouhan likely to be new Dean of Medical College

SUSPENSE mounts in Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital premises after newly appointed Dean of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital Dr P C Dewedi was nom... Read More
SUSPENSE mounts in Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital premises after newly appointed Dean of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital Dr P C Dewedi was nominated as Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Madhya Pradesh Medical Sciences University (MPMSU) late in the evening on August 26.

Highly placed sources in the Medical Education Department (MED) revealed that after nomination of Dr Dewedi as Dean of Faculty of Medicine, MPMSU, post of Dean at NSCBMCH is likely to be filled with second senior most in seniority list in the Medical Education Department, Professor and Head of Gynaecological Department Dr Rooplekha Chouhan. Dr Ulka Shrivastava, Dean, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College, Indore, senior in list refused the proposal of Medical Education Department and after appointment of Dr Dewedi, who took charge as Dean of NSCBMCH last month, as Faculty of Dean at MPMSU, Dr Chouhan remains first in the seniority list.

MED have come to conclusion that Dr Chouhan is the senior most and deserving candidate for the post of Dean. Her name will be put before the Direct Promotion Committee (DPC) for final verdict. MED is likely to announce her name within this week. Dr Rooplekha Chouhan is known for his strict working, good governance and punctuality. She had served in the Gynaecology Department in different capacities successfully in last 35 years. Most of the times, NSCBMCH have in-charge Dean, after almost six years Dr L P Verma had joined as regular Dean but after serving for eight months he was transferred to Bundelkhand Medical College, Sagar, in behest of political leader of ruling party. Dr Verma was also known for his strict working and had started many incomplete development works pending since last one decade. During his tenure, 25 alleged Munna Bhais were put behind the bars and action was initiated against the Consultant for not attending patients in OPDs etc. But due to rising political pressure he was transferred to Government Medical College, Sagar, on September 17, 2013.

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CCTV footage of Mayor misbehaving with Mpl Commr should be made public: Cong

CCTV footage of heated exchange of words between Mayor Prabhat Sahu and Municipal Commissioner Ved Prakash in the office of JMC Commissioner on August 26 should be made public demanded Congress P... Read More
CCTV footage of heated exchange of words between Mayor Prabhat Sahu and Municipal Commissioner Ved Prakash in the office of JMC Commissioner on August 26 should be made public demanded Congress Parshad Dal while addressing a press conference at JMC on Wednesday.

Leader of Opposition Vinay Saxena said behaviour of Mayor Sahu was not up to the mark as first person of the city, he misbehaved with the official who is opposing some clause related to illegal lease of plot at Transport Nagar. Misbehaviour of the Mayor with government officials has exposed real face of ruling party. Facts of the incident is that the matter is related to vested interest results in heated exchange of words.

He alleged dispute is related to providing illegal lease to some big transporters at Transport Nagar, Commission in installation of Big Reliance Tower, extension in sanitary contract, ongoing development works at Bhawartal garden. It is shameful that the Mayor and MiC member have misbehaved with the Commissioner, despite having BJP Government at Centre, State and Municipal Level, such misbehaviour is against the dignity of person sitting on the post of Mayor.

Congress Corporator Narinder Singh Pandhe demanded that CCTV footage of the incident where Mayor misbehaved with JMC Commissioner should be made public to expose facts and true face of the first person of the city. Whether he has misbehaved with the Government officials for benefit of common man or for his vested interest.

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Post probe in OFK staffer’s death

Three officers transferred, 10 trade union members suspended

TEN trade union members have been suspended and three officers have been transferred after an inquiry on the issue o... Read More

Three officers transferred, 10 trade union members suspended

TEN trade union members have been suspended and three officers have been transferred after an inquiry on the issue of aggressive demonstration after tragic death of a chargeman in Ordnance Factory Khamaria (OFK), on Wednesday.

It may be mentioned that Vikas Virulkar (54), resident of Vijay Nagar area was posted as Chargeman at F-3 section of Ordnance Factory Khamaria, died due to cardiac arrest after an argument with Security Officer on August 11. Leaders and members of all trade unions charged working of Security Department and alleged dictatorship of General Manager of Ordnance Factory Khamaria and staged a joint demonstration and gheraoed administrative block of the factory on August 12. During the demonstration, some trade union leaders and members acted violently against the administrative officers and run-riot at the administrative building.

Taking a serious note of violent act of trade union members, the General Manager of Ordnance Factory Khamaria constituted a committee headed by Joint General Manager, Shailesh Bagarwal for inquiry into the case.

OFK Additional General Manager (Administration) B B Singh informed that acting on the inquiry report, the General Manager has released suspension order against 10 employees and also transferred three officers of Security Department. Suspended employees will be issued chargesheets for registering their statements and further action into the case.

Employees who have been suspended including Ajay Yadav, JCM-IV, Sukesh Dubey, Central Safety Committee Member, Rajendra Kumar, Works Committee Member, Amit Choubey, Vice-Chairman of Works Committee, Deepan Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, Prabhat Jaiswal, Mohit Manodha, Ramesh Pillai and Uday Jaiswal. Besides this, Ramesh Singh, Chargeman in Security Department, has been transferred in General Administration Department, R P Shukla, Junior Works Manager transferred from Filling-3 to Filling-8 section, B D Majumdar, Chargeman, Filling-3 section has been transferred in Planning and Programming Section.

Agitation an outcome of poor industrial relations: Sources

Sources informed that agitation of employees is an outcome of worsening industrial relations in Ordnance Factory Khamaria (OFK). Instead of taking necessary measures to improve industrial relations, the factory administration is trying to provoke trade unions for providing unnecessary mileage to officers who failed in factory management. Suspension of some members of trade unions is just a formality in the name of action being taken in the case but the leaders and officers who were actually responsible in the incident are still untouched. Trade unions are unitedly highlighting careless working and dictatorship of OFK administration before the Ordnance Factory Board and Ministry of Defence to ensure justice and welfare of innocent employees and development of the factory.

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HC monitors progress of VYAPAM scam probe

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe has heard the matter related to VYAPAM scam in a closed chamber continuing monitori... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe has heard the matter related to VYAPAM scam in a closed chamber continuing monitoring of VYAPAM scam investigations being done by the High Court on Tuesday. As per order dated on August 1, 2014, this matter was directed to be listed on August 22. However, as this bench was not available on that date, hearing was re-scheduled for August 26. Sudhir Sahi, ADG, STF, along with Supervising Officers including Sanjay Tiwari, Rajesh Chandel, Ashish Khare and Kamal Mourya attended the proceedings. The Supervising Officers concerned presented compilation of charts disclosing present status of investigation of cases assigned to them. Each of them explained steps taken by them on case-to-case basis since last date of hearing.

The position mentioned by them is reinforced from information furnished in charts in the respective compilation. For the time being, the division bench has deferred hearing of this matter till September 12 to be taken up at 2.30 pm in the chamber. Madhya Pradesh High Court has also directed the Special Task Force (STF) of State police to forefeit properties of the accused in MPPEB scam who are still absconding under provisions of Criminal Procedure Code. The directive was given on Tuesday by the division bench of Chief Justice A M Khanvilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe after the STF submitted progress report. The High Court is monitoring the probe.

During the discussion, it transpired that the Investigating Officer in the crime has resorted to measures including under Section 83 of the Criminal Procedure Code for arrest of the absconding accused in the crime. However, the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate at Bhopal deals with proceedings under Section 83 of the Code and hearing of those cases is being deferred.

In other words, the Investigating Officer is unable to take proceedings under Section 83 of the Code to its logical end expeditiously. This problem can be resolved by directing the Chief Judicial Magistrate concerned at Bhopal to ensure that applications filed by the prosecution for action under Section 83 are disposed of as expeditiously as possible and preferably not more than four weeks from its presentation.

In any case, adjournment should not be for more than two weeks at a time. The Chief Judicial Magistrate at Bhopal (Pankaj Singh Maheshwari) is directed to ensure that applications pending before his court being Case Nos. 5334/2014, 5368/2014, 5948/2014 and 7244/2014 in the concerned Crime Nos. 5/2014, 7/2014, 9/2014 and 12/2014 respectively are disposed of within four weeks and compliance report in that behalf. If necessary, the judge may prepone returnable dates in those applications to ensure compliance of this direction. Compilation of four volumes of charts tendered during the hearing, indicating present status of investigation of respective crimes, kept in sealed cover by the Registrar General until further orders, the court said in its directions given on Tuesday. Additional Advocate General P K Kaurav appeared on behalf of the State.

PIL against encroachments on banks of Narmada in Dindori disposed off

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe has disposed off public interest litigation filed by Basori Singh Maravi challenging encroachments on banks of river Narmada in Dindori district. The division bench in its order said that ‘In view of compliance report of the State Government on August 11, 2014, nothing more is required to be done in this petition, the same is disposed off’. Further compliance report on behalf of respondents that the petitioner alleged about encroachment made on government land in respect of Dindori. By filing preliminary reply answering respondents have contended that in khasra number 187/1 and 54/1, encroachments have been found and accordingly it has been prayed that some more time may be granted to remove encroachment. Encroachers are very poor people.

In further compliance of the earlier affidavit, it is relevant to mention that total 45 encroachments in khasra number 187/1 and khasra 54/1 has already been removed by the authorities. Answering respondents also undertake that if any further encroachment is being informed then expeditious steps will be taken by the district administration, Dindori, in accordance with the law. Piyush Dharmadhikari, Government Advocate for the State, while Tabrez Sheikh, Advocate for respondent CMO, Dindori.

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Administrative officers need to spend time among people: Roopla

“District administration has a responsibility of ensuring availability of facilities being provided by the Government to every person standing last in the row. Instead of only making decisions ... Read More
“District administration has a responsibility of ensuring availability of facilities being provided by the Government to every person standing last in the row. Instead of only making decisions during meetings, administrative officers and their subordinates have to spent more time amongst people for better monitoring of welfare works and providing civic amenities to needy persons”, believes Shivnarayan Roopla, the new Collector of Jabalpur.

Shivnarayan Roopla was interacting with media after assuming charge as District Collector on Wednesday. With Shivnarayan Roopla assuming charge as Jabalpur Collector all the speculations came to an end. IAS Officer of 2000 batch assumed charge as Jabalpur Collector on Wednesday. He transposes Vivek Porwal who has been appointed as MD of Madhya Pradesh Central Region Power Distribution Company Limited, Bhopal. About the new Collector of Jabalpur district it is informed that he started his career with State Administrative Services in 1984 and served as Collector in Sagar, Rewa and Sheopur. Earlier, he held the post at Civil Supplies Corporation and had important position in different parts of Madhya Pradesh.

Soon after he assumed charge he called upon an informal meeting of senior officers of district administration for introduction. On Thursday, he will chair a maiden meeting of top brass of district administration and all heads of departments to get acquainted and to take stock of different government schemes operational in the district and taking prompt decisions for solving it with co-ordination between all the departments.

Roopla added that following the scanty rainfall, ensuring the availability of water, manure, fodder and electricity are emerging challenges for the district administration while the State Government has already given directions for making necessary preparations for checking the menace. He also informed about his priority for co-ordination between Police Department and municipal authorities for solving a major problem of traffic congestion and maintaining law and order arrangement in the district.

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Accountant of school held while accepting bribe

Bhopal Lokayukta police has arrested accountant of Maharani Laxmi Bai Girls Higher Secondary School, Sehore when he was accepting bribe on Wednesday. A case has been registered against him and fu... Read More
Bhopal Lokayukta police has arrested accountant of Maharani Laxmi Bai Girls Higher Secondary School, Sehore when he was accepting bribe on Wednesday. A case has been registered against him and further investigation is underway.

According to information, Hemraj Parmar, resident of Bijora village (Sehore), is a retired teacher. He had applied for in cash of surrender leaves. Accountant of Maharani Laxmi Bai Girls Higher Secondary School, Sehore, Narayan Prasad Methil was demanding bribe of Rs 1 lakh in lieu of doing the necessary paper work. Later he reduced bribe amount to Rs 30,000. Hemraj decided to lodge complaint against Methil and approached Lokayukta police. After taking the complaint, Lokayukta police planned the trap to arrest the accused. As per plan, Hemraj went to bribe amount of Rs 30,000 to Methil and when he accepted the bribe, Lokayukta police arrested him red handed. After seizing the bribe amount, Lokayukta police registered the case against accused officer.

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Assembly serves notices to MLAs

Assembly Secretariat has given notices to MLA Dinesh Kumar Ahirwar and MLA Narayan Tripathi under the anti-defection law. Reply has been sought from them within fifteen days. It is learnt MLA D... Read More
Assembly Secretariat has given notices to MLA Dinesh Kumar Ahirwar and MLA Narayan Tripathi under the anti-defection law. Reply has been sought from them within fifteen days. It is learnt MLA Dinesh Kumar Ahirwar had sought more time against the stipulated time to give reply. Both had joined BJP after deserting Congress.

Dinesh Kumar Ahirwar got elected as MLA on a Congress ticket from Jatara Assembly seat (Tikamgarh). He left Congress and joined BJP in April. “I had received notice from Madhya Pradesh Assembly Secretariat yesterday and I had sought time of two months from Assembly Secretariat to file the reply so that I could take opinion of my legal experts,” said MLA Dinesh Kumar Ahirwar to “The Hitavada”. When contacted, MLA Narayan Tripathi said to “The Hitavada” that going into a function of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was a matter of pride. “But the hitch is that I have neither joined BJP nor left Congress,” said Tripathi.

He said that he would put up his side in the reply and he had not sought any extra time. Coming down heavily on former Opposition leader Ajay Singh, he said that if Ajay Singh was Congress, then he had left Congress and if Congress was of Gandhi family, then there was no issue. Congress MLAs have taken strong objection on defection of both aforesaid MLAs and demanded their disqualification as member of the Assembly.

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CM woos investors during talks in Bengaluru

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tried to woo investors and representatives of industrial houses during discussions in Bengaluru on Wednesday, focussing on Smart cities. Investors also laud... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tried to woo investors and representatives of industrial houses during discussions in Bengaluru on Wednesday, focussing on Smart cities. Investors also lauded the infrastructure, especially, availability of power during this discussion while submitting the proposals.

Chouhan, while interacting with industrial groups and potential investors at Bengaluru on Wednesday, told that Indian values, circumstances would be taken into account while building up Smart Cities. He said that Madhya Pradesh was the fastest growing State. Smart cities will be developed according to the Centre’s guidelines. He also underlined possibilities of transforming old cities into Smart cities. On behalf of the State Government, Minister for Industries Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Chief Secretary Anthony JC de Sa, Principal Secretary (Industries) Mohammad Sulaiman, Secretary Hari Ranjan Rao, Managing Director of TRIFAC Deepak Ahuja, Managing Director of MP State Electronics Development Corporation M Selvendran were present. Chief Minister also held one-to-one session with the investors.

In the forenoon sessions, multinational IBM’s Chief Executive Officer Amit Sharma, Nettur Technical Training Foundation’s (NTTF) Managing Director N Reghuraj, Gokak Textiles Ltd’s Executive Director H S Bhaskar and head of the delegation of Infosys Ltd. Rohan Parikh met the Chief Minister and held detailed discussions on investment proposals.IBM discussed about starting state-of-the-art IT enabled services and facilities in cities of Madhya Pradesh. Sharma said that IBM had an expertise in developing such facilities around airports and industrial cities. The Chief Minister appreciated IBM’s initiative, saying that Madhya Pradesh was offering the best package.

Holding discussions with prestigious Nettur Technical Training Foundation, which is operating in nine states, Chouhan said that it was top priority of the State Government to make new generation skillful and employable. State Government had started skill development centres at every block headquarters.

Holding discussions with Infosys, Chouhan said that all permissions and approvals would be given to Infosys by first week of September, helping it start construction at the earliest. Infosys informed that Indore would be having the most beautiful energy-efficient building. It may be noted that Infosys’ project worth Rs 600 crore was coming up on 130 acre on Indore Ujjain super corridor. It will provide jobs to over 13,000 IT professionals. Reputed Gokak Textiles discussed setting up small hydel project apart from textile mills. Chouhan subsequently held one-to-one discussion with investors. Chief Minister informed the potential investors and industrialists that favourable investment scenario prevailed in the State and attractive package had been offered to industries.

Chairman of Manipal Group, Sudhakar Pai revealed his expansion plan and informed that Madhya Pradesh had been given priority, considering investment-friendly policies and atmosphere. Others who met the Chief Minister included representatives of RV College of Engineering, Rural Shores, ARM India, Surin Automotive and Biocon. Surin Automotive expressed willingness to set up a manufacturing unit at Indore. Its Joint Managing Director Aman Choudhari greatly appreciated the land availability, improved power supply, BRTS and simplified official formalities and noted that the prevailing scenario was beneficial for investors in all sectors.

Rural Shores, which imparts basic technical training to rural youth and arranges assignments from corporate houses to be carried out in rural areas, has also given proposal for setting up training units in the state. Chouhan invited Rural Shores to explore possibilities of setting up training units in other districts.

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Crime Branch nabs 3 miscreants, seizes bounty of over Rs 6 lakh

Special team of Crime Branch arrested three habitual miscreants here on Wednesday. Crime Branch has seized a Honda Brio car from the three under surveillance offenders.

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Special team of Crime Branch arrested three habitual miscreants here on Wednesday. Crime Branch has seized a Honda Brio car from the three under surveillance offenders.

ASP Crime Branch Shailendra Singh Chouhan said that the branch was tipped off by informer that three suspicious men were roaming in a Honda Brio car in MP Nagar zone-2 locality of State capital. Their action seemed suspicious due to which the informer reported the Crime Branch. Taking the information seriously, a special team of Crime Branch reached Sargam talkies in MP Nagar Zone-II. After searching for the miscreants, the special team succeeded when the said car crossed by the side of Sargam talkies. Team was able to identify the miscreants according to the facial feature and their car. Team nabbed the miscreant by planned round-up of them.

On questioning the suspects, they introduced themselves as Pawan Arya, 30, son of Ramdas Arya and a resident of Ramkrishna Bagh colony in Indore, Abid Khan, 22, son of Imami Khan and a resident of Sarangpur district Rajgarh and Rohit Pal, 24, son of Ghanshyam Pal and a resident of Village Paniya Khedi, district Ujjain.

On questioned about the Brio car, they told that they stole the car from Kolar road area in July 2014. They further told that the car was parked inside the vacant house they robbed. First they took away the valuables from the house and after that, they escaped in the same car. The total bounty’s worth was over Rs 6 lakh.

On further interrogation, they accepted of committing theft in Ayodhya Nagar area also. Crime Branch has initiated legal action against them. The accused also told that they got infamous in Ujjain and Indore area and many people started recognising them. After that, they shifted to Bhopal and used to target those vacant houses, which were located near main road so that in case someone came, they could flee easily.

Accused had earlier been arrested in theft cases at Ujjain, Indore and Akola in Maharashtra. Police was expecting that many more cases of theft would be solved with further interrogation of the accused.

Govindpura police nab 5 vehicle thieves

Govindpura police nabbed five vehicle thieves and seized 17 two-wheeler vehicles here on Wednesday. Police caught these thieves during a vehicle checking drive. The held miscreants were residents of Udaipura in Raisen district and from Seoni district. It is being expected, some more cases might be solved during further interrogation of these accused.

According to police, vehicle checking drive was being carried out in the Govindpura police station area. A two-wheeler driver was unable to furnish documents related to the vehicle. He was taken to police station where, during further interrogation, he informed about the thefts and his accomplices. Police arrested Narendra Chowdhury, Sumer Mehra, Irfan, Ashok Lodhi and Jhalkar on the charges of vehicle theft.

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Special meeting of MPs with Rly officials held

A special meeting of Members of Parliament (MP) from areas coming under the purview of West Central Railway (WCR) was organised with Railway officials on Wednesday. The meeting was convened at ... Read More
A special meeting of Members of Parliament (MP) from areas coming under the purview of West Central Railway (WCR) was organised with Railway officials on Wednesday. The meeting was convened at Hotel Ashoka of State capital. During the meeting, various questions were raised by Members of Parliament regarding cleanliness, safety and security of the passengers.

MPs, in the meeting, asked Railway officials about action being taken on the complaints of passengers regarding insects that were found in the food of Shatabdi Express. MPs were seen very sensitive on problems being faced by passengers during their journey on the station premises. Alok Sanjar, MP from State capital raised the question about condition of drinking water on station premises, and added that though packed water was available on platforms, but a large section of passengers were still dependent on water from taps to quench their thirst.

A proposal regarding running the Habibganj-Indore Double Decker train on Bhopal-Gwalior route was submitted. Demand was raised to start a Mainline Electrical Multiple Unit (MEMU) train between Bhopal and Bina, along with express train between Bhopal-Udaipur, Bhopal-Pune, Bhopal-Mumbai, Bhopal-Lucknow by the MPs. Representatives from State capital also presented a proposal to give halt to all Rajdhani trains at Habibganj station.

Anil Madhav Dave, Member, Rajya Sabha gave important suggestions like starting a cleanliness campaign named Railway Mitra (Railway Friend) and installing bio-toilets at Bhopal and Habibganj stations. During the meeting, Rameshwar Sharma, MLA, Huzur handed over a memorandum to General Manager of West Central Railway for inclusion of Bairagarh station in Bhopal Rail Division. Alok Sanjar, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’, said that MPs from various parts of the State were all sensitive regarding issues pertaining to railways. He said that questions regarding, cleanliness, safety and construction of new over bridges and under bridges for easy traffic management were raised in the meeting. When asked about the reaction of Railway officials, Sanjar informed that positive responses were received from Railway officials, who said that they will do their level best to implement various suggestions given by the esteemed Members of Parliament.

Ramesh Chandra, in his address, informed all the present Members of Parliament in the meeting about development in West Central Railway in the financial year of 2013-2014. Rajeev Chaudhary, Divisional Rail Magistrate informed about various developmental works going on in the division. Meeting was attended by Manohar Utwaal, MP from Dewas, Rodmal Nagar MP from Rajgarh, Jyoti Dhurve MP from Betul, Prabhat Jha Member Rajya Sabha, Laxminarayan Yadav, MP from Sagar, Rakesh Singh MP from Jabalpur, Uday Pratap Singh MP from Hoshangabad, along with Alok Sanjar and Anil Madhav Dave.

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Chaos mars 3rd convocation of Bhoj University

The third convocation of MP Bhoj (Open) University changed into chaos on Wednesday when aggrieved students demanded to award them on stage as well.

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The third convocation of MP Bhoj (Open) University changed into chaos on Wednesday when aggrieved students demanded to award them on stage as well.

However, the event started with unveiling grand statue of Raja Bhoj (7.5 feet tall and 300 kg in weight) in the campus. University officials distributed degree to 236 students from the stage and then, made announcement for others. Making this an issue, students started their demonstration, raised slogans and created chaos at the place. The guests for the occasion faced difficulties in delivering speech and Vice Chancellor Tariq Zafar also addressed the students from stage to handle the situation but all efforts failed. Some of the students were angry as officials did not call their name on stage while some were angry as juniors were called first on the stage. Protesters said that university had dishonored senior students by calling their juniors first on stage. On condition of anonymity, a student said that seniors were waiting in queue for hours but management called the name of junior students one by one, which angered them. However, after clicking group photographs with Governor Yadav, students cooled down. The bedlam on the occasion also resulted into wrong degree distribution among few students.

Celebration was organised at University campus in which students of year 2012-13 and 2013-14 were supposed to be honoured. It was the third convocation of Bhoj University in which 30,000 degrees were distributed. Programme started with release of a grand statue of Raja Bhoj in the campus. State Governor Ramnaresh Yadav presided over the event and Aziz Qureshi, Governor Uttarakhand was the chief guest. State Higher Education Minister Umashanker Gupta, Minister of State (School Education) Deepak Joshi, MP Alok Sanjar and other ministers were present. In his speech, VC Tariq Zafar said, “Main aim of this university is to develop an educational society, which can represent on national platform.” He further said that during year 2013, he appointed 38 workers, who were working on salary ranging from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 for past 15 years as a permanent employee. Minister Umashanker Gupta stressed on need of educational institutes in Madhya Pradesh and said that the training centres that were closed in university campuses would be opened soon. He also raised concern on attendance of students in college campuses.

Aziz Qureshi, Governor Uttarakhand said, “It is matter of pride that university is awarding former PM of India Atal Behari Vajpayee with D.Litt. It is a historical step taken by university management.” State Governor Ram Naresh Yadav said that there was need to promote cultural and moral values among youngsters. He also raised concern over need of qualitative university in Madhya Pradesh. On Thursday, the university will remain closed.

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Bhaadwa Dooj celebrated with religious fervour in city

Devotees paid tributes to Ramdeobaba, the Hindu deity of Rajasthan on Wednesday to mark Bhaadwa Dooj with religious fervour. The city witnessed thousands of devotees marching towards Shri Ramde... Read More
Devotees paid tributes to Ramdeobaba, the Hindu deity of Rajasthan on Wednesday to mark Bhaadwa Dooj with religious fervour. The city witnessed thousands of devotees marching towards Shri Ramdeobaba Tekdi Mandir, Katol Road. The devotees of Ramdeobaba holding five coloured flags walking with bare foot were reciting the bhajans of Ramdeobaba.

The Dhwaja Yatras reached at Ramdeobaba Tekdi Mandir include Dhwaja Yatra organised by Ramdeobaba Bhakta Mandal Charitable Trust from ancient Ramdeobaba Mandir from Lakadganj, Dhwaja Yatra organised by Maheshwari Yuva Sanghatan from Sitabuldi, Dhwaja Yatra organised by Mewad Mitra Mandal from Surendragadh and the Dhwaja Yatra of huge 111ft Dhwaja organised by Shri Ramdeobaba Sevak Sangh from Ramdeobaba Mandir, Deshpande Layout.

All these processions when reached at Shri Ramdeobaba Tekdi Mandir were accorded a warm welcome by former MP and President of Shri Ramdeobaba Sarvajanik Samiti Banwarilal Purohit and Vidarbha Meera Sant Alkashreeji. They performed pooja and the Dhwaja entered in temple. General Secretary of Samiti Govindlal Agrawal, Treasurer Rajendra Purohit, Temple Committee President Pradeep Agrawal, Ramswaroop Sarda, Ashok Pacheriwala, Satyanarayan Nuwal, Sanjay Rathi and others were also participated in pooja.

Earlier, under the aegis of Ramdeobaba Bhakta Mandal Charitable Trust, a grand procession was started from ancient Ramdeobaba Mandir in Lakadganj area to Tekdi Mandir. Tejraj Jain Bapji from Kamptee, former Minister Satish Chaturvedi, NMC Education Committee Chairman Chetna Raju Tank, Purshottam Malu, Sureshchandra Khandelwal, Sunil Bhutada, Vijay Mundhada, Dilip Bhutada, Vinod Chandak, working President of Vidarbha Sewa Samiti Dr Santosh Modi performed pooja and aarti. Satish Chaturvedi flagged off the procession at Agrasen Bhavan Chowk where two Dhwaja Yatras of Maheshwari Sanghatan, Mahal and Ramdeobaba Sevak Sangh Samiti of Hiwari Nagar joined the yatra. The view was like Triveni Sangam at Agrasen Bhavan Square.

The joint procession then started from Agrasen Square. Santosh Kabra was on front followed by Pratihari Dal Band Party. Women holding Dhwaja of Ramdeobaba led by Sangeeta Satish Agrawal were walking by giving slogans. Bhajan Mandal team consisting of Sachin Agrawal, Yugal Sharma, Ramkumar Upadhyay, Ramswaroop Soni, Gopal Kabra added flavour by their bhajans like Dholi Dholi Re Dhwaja Mara Ramdeo Peer Re, Marudhar Mein Runicha Ranath Mara Hela Sun Li Jo, Aarj Karu Ajamal Ra Sambhal Jo Jara etc. Purshottam Gupta in the attire of Ramdeobaba was another attraction of the procession.

The joint procession was welcomed at each and every square during the journey. Those distributed snacks, team, sharbat, ice cream and other food items include Dheeraj Loya, Bhutada family, Bholaram Sharma, Bhaji Mandir and Mitra Mandal, Vinod Amrutlal Chandak, Shahid Chowk Itwari, Chetna Raju Tank, Vidarbha Sewa Samiti, Sarda family, Shanti Dairy family, Jabreshwar Shiv Mandir, Poddareshwar Ram Mandir’s Adv Rajendra Rathi, Suresh Agrawal, Praveen Poddar, Ghanshyam Jaisingh, Vimal Poddar, Jaisukh Panchamatiya, Baba Parashar, Ram Kaushal, Raghunandan Kesharwani, Vinod Poddar, Pandit Satyendra Pande and others.

The decorated chariot was managed by Vice-President Suresh Khandelwal and Harish Rathi. Executive members of Ramdeobaba Bhakta Mandal including President Gajanan Agrawal, Vice-President Sureshchandra Khandelwal, Secretary Sunil Bhutada, Vimal Marothiya, Omprakash Bhaiyya, Raju Agrawal, Vinay Marothiya, Vijay Mundhada, Naresh Guriya, Vinod Chandak, Sunil Agrawal, Satish Agrawal, Prashant Bhaiyya, Adv Sanjay Rathi, Ravi Agrawal, Pavan Bihani, Pradeep Bhutada, Sudhir Khandelwal, Narayan Agrawal, Sandeep Bang, Sunil Khandelwal, Kirti Bhaiyya, Jyoti Bhutada, Nikita Bagadi, Vidya Bhutada, Sangeeta Agrawal, Saandhya Marothiya, Kalpana Rathi, Kalawati Agrawal, Kavita Khandelwal, Meena Rathi, Bharati Rathi, Rajesh Malu, Pavan Jajodiya, Ganesh Chandak, Rajkumar Agrawal, Sandeep Agrawal, Pravin Sarda, Vijay Sarda, Priyanka Sarda, Damodar Sarda, Nandkishore Kabra, Sandeep Soni, Gopal Bhatiya, Govind Chandak, Tushar Sharma, Naval Rathi, Shakti Shyam Bissa Mokati, Pravin Maniyar, Ramesh Purohit also participated in the procession.

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Misdeeds of NMC officials: Petitioner asked to deposit Rs one lakh in HC

Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice P R Bora at the High Court have asked the public interest litigation petitioner (PIL), RTI activist Mukesh Sahu to deposit Rs one lakh in the Court in two weeks... Read More
Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice P R Bora at the High Court have asked the public interest litigation petitioner (PIL), RTI activist Mukesh Sahu to deposit Rs one lakh in the Court in two weeks to show his bona fides and only after that the PIL would be considered further by the Court. The PIL was filed for detailed inquiry into “illegality and irregularity committed by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), its officials and members of its different committees.

It has been pointed out in the PIL that excess payment of Rs 111.25 lakh has been made to the contractors due to incorrect calculation of price variation claims. Non-use of official building has resulted in blocking of funds to the tune of Rs 27.67 crore. The NMC has suffered loss of Rs 392.29 lakh due to undue favour being shown to Navabharat Media Services.

Advocate Shrikant Khandalkar appeared for the petitioner.

Notice on plea for cancellation of bail to attacker

Justice S B Shukre at the High Court has ordered notice to the In-charge, Kalamna Police Station, and Purushottam Nagorao Hajare, the grant of bail to whom has been sought to be cancelled by the applicant - businessman, Jagdish Lanjewar, a resident of Vinoba Bhave Nagar, Pardi.

The reply from the Police and Hajare are expected to be received in two weeks. The applicant has filed the application against the order passed by the 6th Additional Sessions Judge, Nagpur on August 13 last, for granting anticipatory bail to Hajare, against whom several cases are pending. On July 30, 2014, at about 6 pm, when the applicant along with his male cousin and a few others were sitting in his office at Talpura, some persons went there on 5 different two-wheelers. These persons including Hajare were armed with weapons. The applicant and his family members were chased and sought to be assaulted.

The applicant has prayed for cancelling grant of pre-arrest bail to Hajare by the court below. Advocate Rajneesh Vyas appeared for the applicant. APP Nivedita Mehta represented State.

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Notice to State on plea by Federation of Textile Workers for housing

Federation of Textile and Allied Industries Workers has knocked the doors of High Court demanding homes for workers of sick and/or closed textile mills of Vidarbha on the lines of Mumbai. <... Read More
Federation of Textile and Allied Industries Workers has knocked the doors of High Court demanding homes for workers of sick and/or closed textile mills of Vidarbha on the lines of Mumbai.

A division bench consisting Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice Atul Chandurkar issued notices to respondents State Government, Principal Secretaries of Urban Development, Housing, MHADA, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) directing them to file reply before September 17.

Central and Maharashtra governments closed their textiles units in Mumbai and Rest of Maharashtra in the year 2002 and 2003 due to which over one lakh workers were retrenched. After closing the mills, State Government built more than 10,156 houses for the economically weaker section of the workers of closed mills in Mumbai area and gave ownership to them. The government has also promised to built 35,00 more houses.

The petitioner federation has alleged differential treatment done by the government and discrimination against the mill workers of Vidarbha.

According to Federation President and former Labour Minister Haribhau Naik, there were 77 textile mills in State before 2002 of which 58 were in Mumbai while remaining 19 were in moffusil area. National Textiles Corporation (NTC) owned 10 mills while State Textiles Corporation owned 9 mills. Federation stated that they were demanding same treatment for mill workers of Vidarbha who were retrenched.

The land of erstwhile mills was sold to business houses without addressing the accommodation of textile workers, the Federation claimed. Furnishing details about mill lands, the Federation stated that 32 acres land of Model Mill was sold to builder and 6 acre land on which the houses of workers existed is now in dispute. Similarly, 80 acres land of Empress Mills was sold. Land of the mill’s unit no. 1 admeasuring 6.85 acre has been sold to builder while land of the mill’s unit no. 3 admeasuring 13.72 acre is with MSTC and the same has been earmarked for Garment Park since 2002. Similarly, 25 acre land of the mill’s unit no. 4 has been sold while 19.10 acre land of the mill’s unit no. 5 on cotton market road is with MHADA.

The Federation claimed that it made representation to Chief Minister, Textiles Minister and all authorities for last many years, but nothing tangible has come out of it.

Senior Counsel K H Deshpande and Adv Akshay Sudame appeared for the petitioner Federation.

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Kamgar Colony, Tukadoji Nagar residents get ownership rights

Fulfilling his promise, South-West Nagpur MLA and State BJP President Devendra Fadnavis distributed land ownership right documents to residents of Kamgar Colony, Tukadoji Nagar in his constituency.... Read More
Fulfilling his promise, South-West Nagpur MLA and State BJP President Devendra Fadnavis distributed land ownership right documents to residents of Kamgar Colony, Tukadoji Nagar in his constituency.

Fadnavis distributed the ownership titles to slum-dwellers in a small programme held on Wednesday. President of BJP ward unit Pramod Tabhane, South-West unit General Secretary Sanjay Ugale, Keshav Thakare, Sahebrao Manohare, Sunita Shendre, Raju Wankhede were present prominently on this occasion.

The process to distribute ownership titles to 1,100 residents is in progress. So far, 200 have got ownership titles. The process for distribution of ownership titles to slum-dwellers of Ramnag, and Ekatmata Nagar areas in South-West Nagpur constituency, also is in progress. In the past, residents of Kamgar Colony and other areas had submitted their petitions to several political leaders since 2010. However, it was Devendra Fadnavis who responded positively to this demand and after hearing the pleas raised the issue consistently in Legislative Assembly through various legislative tools.

Fadnavis had moved the Petition Committee of Legislative Assembly following which the committee headed by Ganpatrao Deshmukh had visited Kamgar Colony and interacted with the residents. The committee recommended ownership rights to the residents.

Speaking on the occasion of distribution of ownership rights, Fadnavis said that he had demanded ownership rights to residents of Saraswati Nagar, Takiya, Sanjay Nagar, Pandharabodi, Kafla Basti, Chana Toli, Bara Signal, Imamwada etc and orders weere expected soon.

Sunit Sondawale, L N Bhole, Raju Wagh, Harikrishna Dhanvijay, Dilip Patil, Vinod Shendre, Kaveri Marke, Vimalkumar Shrivastav, Nitin Mahajan, Shalik Kadu, Bandu Gaikwad and others were present on the occasion.

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RTMNU’s special examination to start from today

With High Court directives to Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) to proceed with the special examination subject to further orders in a petition, the examination of 2,900 stud... Read More
With High Court directives to Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) to proceed with the special examination subject to further orders in a petition, the examination of 2,900 students will begin on August 28. The exam will be conducted at 25 centres. The issue of the examination was one of the obstacles in holding the 100th convocation of the university.

The students had taken admissions in the colleges which were banned by the university for functioning sans full-time teachers. The university had displayed the information on its website. It also gave advertisement in various newspapers informing about the deficiency, still students took admission to these colleges. The issue lingered on as no solution was found.

Following a series of events, State Government finally instructed the university to conduct the examination. It also asked the university to give provisional admissions to the aggrieved students and allow them to continue if they clear the examination.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Anoop Kumar had put up the issue before the authorities and got permission to conduct the examination.

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High Court respite to 60 Halba staffers of DAGPT

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has partially allowed a petition filed by more than 60 employees of Director of Accounts (Postal) (DAGPT) who belonged to Halba and granted them protection in ... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has partially allowed a petition filed by more than 60 employees of Director of Accounts (Postal) (DAGPT) who belonged to Halba and granted them protection in service.

A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S B Shukre through a common judgement made it clear that petitioner employees would be entitled for protection insofar as their initial appointments are concerned and not to any promotional benefits that have been given to them on the basis of their Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.

The petitioner employees have approached the High Court against communication of their employer dated August 7, 2012 seeking caste validity certificates from persons claiming benefits of Halba Scheduled Tribe. The respondent authorities opposed passing of a common order stating that caste of each of the petitioner is different and hence such petitions can not be decided by a common order.

The issue regarding the question as to whether the Halba­Koshtis residing in Vidarbha region residing in the Vidarbha Region of Maharashtra were entitled to the benefits of Scheduled Tribe or not, was under a limbo for longer period of time. The High Court way back in 1984 has held that the Halba Koshtis belong to Scheduled Tribe. However, this confusion came to be cleared for the first time on 28 th November, 2000 wherein the Apex Court for the first time held that the Halba Koshtis are not entitled to the benefits of Scheduled Tribe. However, the Apex Court held that since by passage of time the appointments of the persons which had become final and these persons were held to be entitled to protection of their service. Not only this, but the Government of India had issued Office memorandum dated August 10, 2010 stating that the persons whose appointments have become final prior to November 20, 2000 would be entitled to protection of their service.

The High Court citing Milind Katware’s judgement stated that petitioner-employees are entitled for protection of service since at earlier point of time they held the certificate of Halba Scheduled Tribe and had produced the certificates issued by the competent authorities, though now they have been held to be Halba Koshti.

Adv Ram Parsodkar appeared for the petitioner. Adv R S Sundaram represented respondent Union of India and authorities.

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Violation of Constitution: HC seeks clarification from Governor, CM on nominations to Legislative Council

Alleging breach of provisions of Article 171 (3)(e) read with clause (5) of the Constitution of India, noted Marathi literary figure Dr Shripad Bhalchandra Joshi and social worker Abhay Gopalra... Read More
Alleging breach of provisions of Article 171 (3)(e) read with clause (5) of the Constitution of India, noted Marathi literary figure Dr Shripad Bhalchandra Joshi and social worker Abhay Gopalrao Kolarkar have filed a public interest litigation (PIL) at the High Court seeking quashing of 12 nominations announced on June 10 last, Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice P R Bora have issued notice to the State Governor and Chief Minister for explaining their decision in this regard, in two weeks.

Article 171 (3)(e) states about nomination of the persons from the categories of Literature, Science, Art, co-operative movement and social services by the Governor of the State on the recommendations of the Council of Ministers to Legislative Council.

The 12 persons nominated to the Legislative Council and sought to be involved in this controversy are -- Prof. Janardhan Chandurkar, Husnabano Khalife, Ramhari Rupanvar, Anand Rao Patil, Prakash Gajbhiye, Khawaja Baig, Vidya Chauhan, Rahul Narvekar, Jagannath Shinde, Ramrao Wadkute, Anant Gadgil and Jogendra Kawade. The two petitioners have alleged that during the years 1986 to 2014, in breach of the Constitutional mandate, no person from Science and Art categories have been nominated to the Council. Only three persons can be said to be belonging to the literary arena. Out of 67 nominations, more than half of the nominations made are from social work.

The petitioners have prayed that the court should direct the authorities responsible for this mess to strictly confine themselves to the categories mentioned in the said provisions, while considering the names and actually deciding to nominate persons to the Legislative Council. The petitioners have also prayed that backlog in each category be exhausted first before concentrating on any other category.

Advocates Avinash and Bharati Kale appeared for the petitioners. Government Pleader (GP) Bharati Dangre and Additional GP Deepak Thakare waived notice for the Governor and Chief Minister respectively.

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State Government yet to clear bye-laws to ban PoP idols

As Lord Ganesha is set for the ten-day sojourn from Friday, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is finding it difficult to act tough against idols made of Plaster of Paris (PoP) because Maharashtr... Read More
As Lord Ganesha is set for the ten-day sojourn from Friday, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is finding it difficult to act tough against idols made of Plaster of Paris (PoP) because Maharashtra Government did not finalise the rules prepared by it. The local body sought the government’s permission for initiating acting against those selling PoP idols but Democratic Front Government is sitting pretty on the rules since March 2014.

Highly placed sources informed that Health Department of NMC had sent prescribed rules after completing all formality of taking suggestions and objections to Urban Development Department in March. The department expected to receive the government’s nod before Ganesh Festival but the government did not clear the file. This is a burning example of apathy of State Government towards protection of environment. Around three lakh idols are sold during Ganesh Festival. The festival season provides jobs to several idol-makers. It seems the government is not serious to follow directions of Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court. NMC has framed a policy on the directions of the Court.

Last year, NMC had framed a policy to ban immersion of idols in the water bodies of the city. The civic body had proposed blanket ban on immersion of idols made of natural clay or PoP in water bodies. The devotees will have to immerse idols made up of natural clay in artificial tanks only. As per the proposed bye-laws, vendors will have to take licence from the NMC for selling of PoP idols in the city.

During last year, the local body had provided artificial tanks for immersion of idols. Around 107 artificial tanks were provided for immersion of idols at various squares besides a cement concrete tank was constructed at Sonegaon tank for immersion of idols. Health Department had initiated action against PoP idols manufacturers but without permission from State Government, the action was not tenable.

The civic body could not ban sale of idols made of PoP and those made using chemicals and organic colours in the city but proposed ban on immersion to protect dying water bodies. As per the draft rules, no person shall sale or store PoP or baked clay idols within city limits without obtaining permission and valid licence from the Commissioner. The licence shall be issued on payment of Rs 200 only. The idols made of PoP or backed clay material shall bear red coloured mark of identification on its back. The civic body will not allow sale of PoP material without having distinct mark on back side. Every vendor shall issue a receipt to the purchaser of the article made by PoP clearly mentioning that the article sold is not permitted to be immersed in the natural water body maintained by the NMC or any private person. The vendor would have to display information at a prominent position in place of sale of such articles, that it could not be immersed in natural bodies.

The civic body has to make necessary provisions for artificial water reservoir in the city for immersion of idols. The worship material like flowers, clothes, decorating material shall not be allowed to be immersed in the artificial tanks. The idols made up of PoP and painted in toxic colour and non bio-degradable shall be collected separately and shall be disposed in scientific manner.

The commissioner can seize the articles if they are being sold without obtaining licence from the civic body or do not bear red coloured identification. The civic body will levy fine of Rs 1,000 for violating the directions. The civic body can suspend licence if the vendor violated the order on more than one occasion. The civic body may extend fine upto Rs 20 per day. However, due to State Government’s apathy, the rules are yet to be finalised.

NMC starts cleaning Futala lake

Health Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started cleaning of Futala lake from Wednesday. The lake is under the jurisdiction of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) but civic body started cleaning of the lake. On the directions of Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane, around 100 sanitation workers were deployed for the task, informed by Deputy Director (H) Dr Milind Ganvir.

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State Government yet to clear bye-laws to ban PoP idols

As Lord Ganesha is set for the ten-day sojourn from Friday, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is finding it difficult to act tough against idols made of Plaster of Paris (PoP) because Maharashtr... Read More
As Lord Ganesha is set for the ten-day sojourn from Friday, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is finding it difficult to act tough against idols made of Plaster of Paris (PoP) because Maharashtra Government did not finalise the rules prepared by it. The local body sought the government’s permission for initiating acting against those selling PoP idols but Democratic Front Government is sitting pretty on the rules since March 2014.

Highly placed sources informed that Health Department of NMC had sent prescribed rules after completing all formality of taking suggestions and objections to Urban Development Department in March. The department expected to receive the government’s nod before Ganesh Festival but the government did not clear the file. This is a burning example of apathy of State Government towards protection of environment. Around three lakh idols are sold during Ganesh Festival. The festival season provides jobs to several idol-makers. It seems the government is not serious to follow directions of Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court. NMC has framed a policy on the directions of the Court.

Last year, NMC had framed a policy to ban immersion of idols in the water bodies of the city. The civic body had proposed blanket ban on immersion of idols made of natural clay or PoP in water bodies. The devotees will have to immerse idols made up of natural clay in artificial tanks only. As per the proposed bye-laws, vendors will have to take licence from the NMC for selling of PoP idols in the city.

During last year, the local body had provided artificial tanks for immersion of idols. Around 107 artificial tanks were provided for immersion of idols at various squares besides a cement concrete tank was constructed at Sonegaon tank for immersion of idols. Health Department had initiated action against PoP idols manufacturers but without permission from State Government, the action was not tenable.

The civic body could not ban sale of idols made of PoP and those made using chemicals and organic colours in the city but proposed ban on immersion to protect dying water bodies. As per the draft rules, no person shall sale or store PoP or baked clay idols within city limits without obtaining permission and valid licence from the Commissioner. The licence shall be issued on payment of Rs 200 only. The idols made of PoP or backed clay material shall bear red coloured mark of identification on its back. The civic body will not allow sale of PoP material without having distinct mark on back side. Every vendor shall issue a receipt to the purchaser of the article made by PoP clearly mentioning that the article sold is not permitted to be immersed in the natural water body maintained by the NMC or any private person. The vendor would have to display information at a prominent position in place of sale of such articles, that it could not be immersed in natural bodies.

The civic body has to make necessary provisions for artificial water reservoir in the city for immersion of idols. The worship material like flowers, clothes, decorating material shall not be allowed to be immersed in the artificial tanks. The idols made up of PoP and painted in toxic colour and non bio-degradable shall be collected separately and shall be disposed in scientific manner.

The commissioner can seize the articles if they are being sold without obtaining licence from the civic body or do not bear red coloured identification. The civic body will levy fine of Rs 1,000 for violating the directions. The civic body can suspend licence if the vendor violated the order on more than one occasion. The civic body may extend fine upto Rs 20 per day. However, due to State Government’s apathy, the rules are yet to be finalised.

NMC starts cleaning Futala lake

Health Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started cleaning of Futala lake from Wednesday. The lake is under the jurisdiction of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) but civic body started cleaning of the lake. On the directions of Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane, around 100 sanitation workers were deployed for the task, informed by Deputy Director (H) Dr Milind Ganvir.

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SEBI directs Wasankar firms to pay investors in full by Sept 3

In a major move, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) passed an order on Wednesday directing Wasankar Wealth Management Limited, Wasankar Investments and related entities/persons to refu... Read More
In a major move, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) passed an order on Wednesday directing Wasankar Wealth Management Limited, Wasankar Investments and related entities/persons to refund the money collected from investors and their clients within a period of seven days, that is, by September 3. The firms are also prohibited from transferring the funds elsewhere, and offering portfolio management activities.

The order signed by Rajeev Kumar Agarwal, Whole Time Member, SEBI, asked Wasankar firms and Prashant Wasankar, Vinay Wasankar, Mithila Wasankar,. Abhijit Wasankar, and Bhagyashree Wasankar to refund the money to investors ‘along with income, profits or returns promised to them under such schemes or interest at the rate of 10% per annum, whichever is higher, from the date of investment till the date of refund, within a period of seven days from the date of this order.’ Wasankar firms and the directors were also asked to submit a repayment report to SEBI.

Also, SEBI has asked Wasankar firms and its directors/owners ‘to cease and desist’ from undertaking portfolio management activities or any unregistered activity in the securities market, directly or indirectly, in any manner whatsoever. They have also been prohibited from mobilising or pooling funds from its clients, other general investors or public and from offering any portfolio management activities or any other unregistered activity ‘in whatever form.’

Wasankars should immediately ‘withdraw and remove’ all advertisements, representations, literatures, brochures, materials, publications, documents, websites, etc in relation to the portfolio management activities or any unregistered activity in the securities market, stated SEBI order. Wasankar Wealth Management Limited, Wasankar Investments, Prashant Wasankar, Vinay Wasankar, Mithila Wasankar, Abhijit Wasankar, and Bhagyashree Wasankar have been prohibited from transferring the funds/deposits mobilised from the clients or other investors or from disposing of or alienating any asset created from funds/deposits received from their clients or other investors, for purposes other than refund.

SEBI has also restrained the above-mentioned entities from buying, selling or dealing in the securities market, either directly or indirectly, in any manner whatsoever till further directions. It has asked the stock exchanges and the depositories to ensure that the directions are ‘strictly enforced’. A copy of the order shall be forwarded to the Enforcement Department, Financial Intelligence Unit, Economic Offences Wing, and Income Tax Department for taking ‘further necessary action’ at their end.

At the end of its 14-page order, SEBI has allowed Wasankar firms and persons mentioned above to file their objections, if any, within 21 days from the date of the order. Besides, they have been allowed to avail themselves an opportunity of personal hearing before SEBI at its office in Mumbai. At the same time, SEBI has made it clear that the directions in the order passed on Wednesday are ‘without prejudice to the right of SEBI to take any other action that may be initiated’ against Wasankars.

Wasankar Wealth Management Limited was incorporated as a private limited company on July 16, 2008 with Prashant Wasankar and Vinay Wasankar as its promoters. Subsequently, it converted into a public limited company with effect from April 1, 2010. SEBI found that Prashant Wasankar had 60 per cent share-holding while his wife Bhagyashree held 37 per cent shares in the said firm. Prashant Wasankar, Mithila Wasankar, Abhijeet Chaudhari are directors of the firm. Wasankar Investments is a proprietorship firm owned by Prashant Wasankar and is also registered as sub-broker with National Stock Exchange. Both the firms had common address 247, Wasankar House, Shivaji Nagar, Nagpur-440010.

When SEBI received complaints against both the Wasankar firms, it sought explanation from Prashant Wasankar. In response, Prashant Wasankar told SEBI that he or his connected entities had ‘not’ collected any money/deposit from public and that the services offered by him or his company were in the nature of facilitation of trading on National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange, advisory services, equity portfolio evaluation and restructuring, stock specific advice etc subject to payment of membership fees. On detailed inspection, SEBI found that Wasankar Wealth Management Limited had other group companies namely Wasankar Agro Wealth Private Limited, H & W Agro Private Limited, OM Bhagwate Capital Services Private Limited, and Paridhi Trading Company Private Limited, and these entities were not registered with SEBI in any manner.

SEBI’s Observations

Schemes devised/offered and operated by Prashant Wasankar through his connected/related entities namely Wasankar Wealth Management Limited (WWML), Wasannkar Investments (WI), Vinay Wasankar, Mithila Wasankar, Abhijeet Chaudhari and his wife Bhagyashree Wasankar were with their completed knowledge. As such, they were not only responsible for ‘misleading’ the clients of WWML and WI and other general investors from the public but also ffor collecting funds from them and promising ‘unrealistic returns’

WWML has other group companies -- Wasankar Agro Wealth Pvt Ltd, H & W Agro Pvt Ltd, Om Bhagwate Capital Services Pvt Ltd, Paridhi Trading Co Pvt Ltd, not registered with SEBI in any manner

Some of the post-dated cheques issued by Prashant Wasankar for the payment of maturity amount to investors were observed to have been dishonoured

Prashant Wasankar and his connected/related entities have 63 bank accounts in various banks. The credits in these 63 bank accounts for the period April 2013 to May 20, 2014 amount to Rs 111 crore

Prashant Wasankar has not traded in cash market

The amount of deposits seen in the bank accounts is much more than the turnover during the period

Wasankar and related entities collected funds mostly from senior citizens and women from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Punjab, Tami Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal; and also from some investors in UAE and US

There was a huge mismatch in the data provided by WWML with regard to the number of clients and the fee collected from them

By their acts and omissions, Prashant Wasankar and his connected/related entities have solicited, enticed, and induced their clients and other investors to deal in securities and have also collected funds and deposits from their clients and other general investors through ‘misrepresentation and allurement’ of high returns through various schemes .. when in reality Prashant Wasankar and his related connected/related entities had ‘defaulted’ in making repayments/refunds to their clients and investors

Repeated fraudulent acts and delinquent behaviour of these entities does not bode well for the integrity, orderly development, and smooth functioning of the securities market

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Despite huge profit, coal industry gives meagre pension to retired staff

On one hand Coal India is earning huge profit and on the other hand it is giving meagre pension to its own retired employees. To fight against this injustice, various coal industry employees as... Read More
On one hand Coal India is earning huge profit and on the other hand it is giving meagre pension to its own retired employees. To fight against this injustice, various coal industry employees associations have come together to form Federation of Coal Industry Retired Employees Association. After pursuing the matter at various fora including Prime Minister, Coal Minister, finally the association has decided to knock the doors of Court. Addrssing mediapersons at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan President of the Federation J N Singh said, "The main reason for such painful situation is engagement of Contractors for mining coal and removal of overburden in utter violation of the stipulation under section 10(1) of The Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act 1970 prohibiting such operation by Contract Labour on these jobs being permanent and proennial in nature and accordingly notified through Gazette notification in 1975 and repeated in 1988." Before nationalisation of coal mines, a family pension scheme was introduced in 1971 simultaneously for coal and other workers under the act 1948 and 1952. Pension was admitted to the family members in case the employee died while in service. The Family Pension Fund was raised by contribution from employees and the Central Government. The Government's contribution was limited to basic pay of Rs 1,600 at per centage of 1.66 and 1.16 per cent respectively for coal workers and other employees respectively. That is to say that the Government's contribution was Rs 26.56 and Rs 18.56 for coal workers and other workers respectively. Family Pension Scheme, 1971 was repealed and Employees Pension Scheme for Coal workers and other workers in 1998 and 1995 was introduced. Singh said, "It is surprising to note that the Govt's contribution for coal workers remained same at Rs 26.56 but the grant for other employees rose from Rs 18.56 to Rs 174 rapidly leaving the peace time warriors in lurch." Earlier it was promised that the number of employees would increase and five yearly pay revision of the workers, the contribution to the pension fund would grow sufficiently to meet requirement for three yearly revision of pension as proposed and finally accepted. Surprisingly the number of employees reduced mostly due to retirement but the number never gone up. The number reduced from 7.94 lakh to 4.3 lakh during 1998-99 and 2013-14. Singh alleged that all the blatant violation of the land of the law has resulted in depletion of the Pensiion Fund. The Pension has not been revised on three occasions and the value of rupee has reduced to 33 paise O P Miglani, General Secretary of the Association and Dr Rajendra Patoria were also present.

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Social, political issues dominate Marbat, Badgya processions

Various issues like spreading threat of ebola virus, exploitation of farmers by Monsanto, separate Vidarbha, price hike of essential commodities etc. dominated the annual ‘Marbat’ ‘Badgya... Read More
Various issues like spreading threat of ebola virus, exploitation of farmers by Monsanto, separate Vidarbha, price hike of essential commodities etc. dominated the annual ‘Marbat’ ‘Badgya’ processions on Tuesday.

Thousands of people participated in the processions which have become unique identity of city. Kali Marbat procession has entered in its 131st year while the procession of Pivali Marbat in 127th year.

The tradition of taking out the processions of ‘kali’ (black) and ‘pivli’ (yellow) Marbats (idols), a day after the bullock festival of ‘Pola’ every year, is unique as it involves the construction, parading and burning of statues or idols meant to represent the forces of evil.

The procession of Pivali Marbat was started from Jagnath Budhwari while that of Kali Marbat from Itwari Hanuman Mandir. Both the processions united at Itwari Nehru Putala. As per the tradition, Pivali Marbat met Kali Marbat and combined procession has been started from Nehru putala. The participants in both the processions were dressed in traditional attire. They carried clay idols of deities daubed in yellow and black and chanted 'Ida, pida gheun jaa ge Marbat' (Take away social evils and human miseries) after their women worshipped the idols. The processions have a long history. Started during the period of Bhonsala dynasty, the city kept the tradition alive in this year also. According to tradition, Kali Marbat represents Bhonsla queen Bankabai who surrendered to British power while the ‘Pivali Marbat’, which originally symbolized atrocities of the British rulers, today stands for social evils like corruption or epidemics.

The combined procession also had a number of ‘badgyas’, (mascots) representing contemporary symbols of evil, comprise another feature of the annual processions. The main attraction this year was the ‘badgya’ giving warning to Pakistan presented by Chhatrapati Shivaji Park Mandal. Yuvashakti Badgya Utsav Mandal, Lalganj Khairipura presented a badgya of Narayan Swami, son of Asharambapu while Balmitra Utsav Mandal presented a badgya of Salman Khan. Vidarbha Kranti Dal, Juni Mangalwari presented badgya of leaders denying separate Vidarbha state. Bal Mitra Badgya Mandal, Ganjipeth Gandhi Chowk presented a badgya on the exploitation of farmers by Multinational Company of GM seeds Monsanto. Bal Vidyarthi Badgya Mandal Masurkar Chowk presented a badgya showing a leader who is enemy of separate Vidarbha. Other badgyas on terrorism, Pakistan's attacks on border, rise in inflation after the BJP government in centre etc. were the added attractions.

Navyuvak Mitra Mandal also participated in the procession with Chhoti Pili Marbat from Shibhakhet, Panchpaoli. The Chhoti Pili Marbat was established in 1941 by late Shankarrao Chichghare. The tradition is still being followed. For the last 15 years his son Ghanshyam Chichghare is making the effigy. Yuva Chetna Manch's Bal Chetna Manch presented a badgya symbolizing 'Ebola' virus. In addition the Manch spread a message to stop female foeticide, protect women from rape etc. Besides the traditional processions Central India and Cultural Sports and Vidarbha Kisan Samiti had organised Marbat procession from Rameshwari in South Nagpur.

Besides usual issues of inflation, corruption, black marketing, speedy completion of MIHAN, separate Vidarbha, AIIMS and Metro rail in Nagpur, female foeticide, frauds in the name of investment companies, voting rights to prisoners, compensation to draught-affected farmers etc. were raised in the procession. The main attraction of this year's procession was 25 feet Marbat in the name of 'Achhe Din Aane Wale Hain'.

Ethanol instead of petrol and diesel for vehicles, banks for women, policy to prevent communal riots, protection to the innocent, bring back black money in foreign banks etc. were some other major issues raised during the procession.

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NMC to snap water, power supply of Panjwani market

Fire and Emergency Services Committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has directed Chief Fire Officer Rajendra Uchake to disconnect water supply and electricity supply of Panjwani Market ... Read More
Fire and Emergency Services Committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has directed Chief Fire Officer Rajendra Uchake to disconnect water supply and electricity supply of Panjwani Market of Teen Nal Square. The building has a large number of textile shops and offices.

The members of committee under leadership Deputy Chairman Meena Tidke and senior corporator Pragati Patil inspected market with their team members on Tuesday. The others members- Jaishree Wadibhasme, Manisha Kothe, Prerna Kapse, Ujjawala Bankar, Adv Rekha Barahate, and Manisha Ghodeswar and Rajendra Uchake were present during inspection.

Fire and Emergency Services Department has already declared this building as unsafe and directed owner Nagpal family to make arrangements for fire safety equipments. The department issued notices on several occasions but every time, due to political pressure, the action was withheld. The department had issued notices to individual shop owners to keep away from the dangerous building. It may be mentioned that then corporator Bhola Baisware had lodged complaint against this market and NMC suspended then Chief Fire Officer Sunil Meshram for violation of fire safety measurement in the building. Surprisingly, Town Planning Departments of NMC and NIT are keeping their fingers crossed over initiating action against this building. The Fire Department has informed Gandhibag Zone office on several occasions to initiate action but every time, the zonal office kept letter in abeyance.

As per information, the Panjawani Market has two buildings and these buildings were sanctioned by two different agencies- NMC and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT). The owner Nagpal has joined these two buildings without permission from competent authority and sought one NoC from the Fire Department, keeping them in dark. Both the buildings have only one staircase and one lift, no rescue lift or emergency staircases are constructed by the owner. The local body cancelled the old NoC issued to Panjawani Market in the year 2008. The owner Nagpal has violated the sanctioned building plan and in place of sanctioned four storied building, they had constructed 7 floor building.

Then Standing Committee Chairman Gopal Gwalani had also inspected the market and directed to take appropriate action. The total height of the building is 25.50 meters without any fire safety measurement. Interestingly, on every occasion, the height of building increased mysteriously. As per sanctioned plan, the height of building is 16.78 meter, but on the spot the height of the building is 25.50 meters. Then Station Officers and Chief Fire Officers (CFO) gave misleading reports to their department and protected the building. Both the buildings have more than 65 shops and offices. The building does not have any side margins, wet riser, sprinkler system, and other necessary requirement, according to NMC record.

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4 acquitted in dacoity case

ADDITIONAL Sessions Judge V T Suryawanshi on Tuesday acquitted four men from Talegaon arrested in a case of dacoity by Jalalkheda Police by extending them the benefit of doubt.

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ADDITIONAL Sessions Judge V T Suryawanshi on Tuesday acquitted four men from Talegaon arrested in a case of dacoity by Jalalkheda Police by extending them the benefit of doubt.

Jalalkheda Police had registered an offence under Sections 397, 398, and 307 of the IPC against Balbirsingh Ramsingh Tak (54), Sukhdeo Singh Dilip Singh Bawre (48), Kishor Singh Rihalsingh Bawre (38), Karnalsingh Deepasingh Bawre (34), all residents of Talegaon, and six others for attempting to loot valuables from the residence of Ramprasad Mudhoriya (45) at Jamgaon Fata after trying to kill him on July 18, 2005. Six others in the case were still absconding.

Prosecution claimed that the police had seized iron rods and swords their possession. After investigating the case, police chargesheeted the accused. Defence lawyers Adv Chandrashekhar Jaltare, Adv Milind Chaurasia, Adv Shantanu Deshpande and Adv Aniruddha Jaltare argued that the four accused were falsely implicated in the case. The defence also pointed out that the police did not seize the weapons from them but from one Raju Dhotre. As the prosecution failed to substantiate the charges against Balbirsingh Ramsingh Tak, Sukhdeo Singh Dilip Singh Bawre, Kishor Singh Rihalsingh Bawre and Karnalsingh Deepasingh Bawre, the court acquitted them by extending the benefit of doubt. APP Ms Pawar represented the state.

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Cops raid gambling dens at Hotel Al Zam Zam, Kawrapeth

LAKADGANJ Police raided a gambling den at Hotel Al Zam Zam on Central Avenue on Monday night and caught 10 persons red-handed while gambling on cards. Cops seized Rs 22,250 cash. Police also ar... Read More
LAKADGANJ Police raided a gambling den at Hotel Al Zam Zam on Central Avenue on Monday night and caught 10 persons red-handed while gambling on cards. Cops seized Rs 22,250 cash. Police also arrested owner and manager of the hotel providing a room to the gamblers.

The accused have been identified as Rahul alias Munna Ramesh Jain (29), a resident of Itwari, Parwarpura, Lokesh Girdhar Lalwani (27), a resident of Plot No. 106, Chhapru Nagar Square,Lalit Bhupendra Chelani (23), a resident of 202, Jitendra Chhaya Apartment, Surya Nagar, Vishal Narmadaprasad Shukla (30), a resident of Plot No 115, Telipura, Bajeriya, Rajat Mohan Pirwani (19), a resident of Plot No 279, Chhapru Nagar Society No 2, Nitin Rajesh Sugandh (33), a resident of Plot No 383, Garoba Maidan, Manish Lalchand Mukhi (29), a resident of Chhapru Nagar Society No 1, Shaikh Bablu Shaikh Hameed (23), a resident of Kumbhartoli, Old Bagadganj, Andhresh Sardarilal Yoddha (40), a resident of Wardhaman Nagar, and Chandan Prakash Khillane (39), a resident of Swastik Colony No 1, Chhapru Nagar. Cops also arrested Altmash Altaf Ansari (22), a resident of Mominpura, and Shareek Hafeez Abdul Hafeez (27), a resident of Azamshah Chowk, for providing a room to the accused for gambling.An offence under Sections 4 and 5 of the Gambling Act has been registered against them at Lakadganj Police Station.

In another raid, cops arrested seven youths while gambling on playing cards behind Kawrapeth Buddha Vihar. The accused have been identified as Snehal Rajendra Shende (22), Sumit Ashok Thorat (24), Jayanti Rajendra Shende (22), Krishil Rajesh Meshram (23), Eknath Premchand Nagpure (30), all residents of Kawrapeth, Ashwin Ramchandra Motghare (30), a resident of Karuna Nagar, and Sachin Shankar Gajbhiye (21), a resident of Shanti Nagar, Cops seized some cash from their possession.

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Deans of GMCs transferred

In a sudden move, the deans of some of the Government Medical Colleges in Maharashtra have been transferred before completion of their five-year tenure. This move has raised many eyebrows as ea... Read More
In a sudden move, the deans of some of the Government Medical Colleges in Maharashtra have been transferred before completion of their five-year tenure. This move has raised many eyebrows as each of them was doing fine work at respective positions. Medical Education Minister Dr Jeetendra Avhad has taken the stand of shifting those who have completed more than 3 years.

The Dean of Nagpur GMC Dr Rajaram Powar has been transferred to Mumbai at the office of Director, Medical Education and Research. He will be taking charge as Joint Director. The Dean of Yavatmal’s late Vasantrao Naik Government Medical College Dr Anand Dongre has been transferred to Solapur GMC. Dr Shinde, Dean of Solapur has been shifted to Latur GMC. Dr Dipti Dongaonkar, Dean of Latur GMC will take charge as Dean at Yavatmal.

As a child, Dr Powar used to sit beside his shoemaker father on streets, had dreamt of becoming something to serve the society. After attaining medical graduation and becoming lecturer, later, Dr Powar took charge as Head of Microbiology. He has more than 20 international research papers in his name. Though he hails from Kolhapur, Dr Powar always paid attention to Nagpur GMC. It was during his tenure that Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna (PMSSY) got momentum, Trauma Care Centre has come, GMC was progressing in leaps and bound. Probably considering his dynamic nature he was given larger responsibility by Minister. It is not known yet who will take charge as Dean of Nagpur GMC, but speculations are high that Dr Abhimanyu Niswade who has many ideas for the growth of GMC, may take charge as Dean.

Dr Anand Dongre who was earlier Dean of Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and is Dean at Yavatmal was shifted to Solapur. Dr Dongre, too, has taken Yavatmal College to a new high. It was during his tenure that Yavatmal College became 150-seat college plus it was included in the list of AIIMS-like institutions. Dr Dongre is known for his dynamic and aggressive nature will remain in office for next 3-4 months only.

Dr Dipti Dongaonkar, a known leader who brought many good changes in Nagpur GMC and later she has developed Latur GMC. When she took over at Latur, it was in a bad condition. After she took over she brought many loopholes to the notice of local leaders including late Vilasrao Deshmukh. This has resulted into raising of many hands to help GMC there to grow. During his tenure, all 19 Post Graduate Department got recognition of Medical Council of India (MCI). She will be taking charge at Yavatmal.

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HC names panel to examine ULC land allotments

Justice A P Bhangale and Justice Z A Haq, at the High Court here, have allowed 5 writ petitions after quashing and setting aside the impugned orders passed by the Collector in their respective ca... Read More
Justice A P Bhangale and Justice Z A Haq, at the High Court here, have allowed 5 writ petitions after quashing and setting aside the impugned orders passed by the Collector in their respective cases and through a common judgment directed the State Government to appoint a High Power Committee to examine the legality and validity of allotment of the surplus lands to the petitioners. The Committee shall take into consideration the relevant observations given by the One Man Committee in the report submitted by it to the State Govt.

The High Power Committee shall comprise the State Chief Secretary, Principal Secretaries of Revenue, Urban Development, Law and Judiciary and Finance Departments, Director of Municipal Administration, any other officer not below the rank of Secretary, chosen by the State Government.

The petitioners can submit exhaustive representations in 10 days for consideration of the Committee. Feeling the need to give personal hearing, the Committee will be able to do that through nominated officer. This Committee will have to complete its assignment in two months.

The State Govt. shall communicate the decision of the Committee to the parties and place a copy of the report on the record of the WP 55/2004 before the Court in two weeks after its decision.Thereafter the Court will examine the legality and validity of the land to the petitioners during hearing of the WP 55/2004.

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Committee for implementation of Chitaley panel recommendations

Still struggling to come out of the multi-crore irrigation scam, Congress-NCP led Maharashtra Government has now constituted a committee of senior officers from various departments ‘regarding... Read More
Still struggling to come out of the multi-crore irrigation scam, Congress-NCP led Maharashtra Government has now constituted a committee of senior officers from various departments ‘regarding implementation of 42 recommendations made by Chitaley panel’. It is being viewed as a time-buying tactic as far as implementing the important recommendations of Special Inquiry Team (SIT) led by eminent water expert Dr Madhavrao Chitaley is concerned.

The committee has been entrusted with the task of taking decisions regarding the recommendations made by the SIT and concerning multiple departments. Besides, it has been asked to ‘monitor’ the progress of implementation of the recommendations.

It has been given a period of six months to submit its report. The committee will be headed by Additional Chief Secretary (Planning) and will have 12 other members. Chief Engineer (Vigilance) will be Member Secretary of the committee.

The other members of the committee include Additional Chief Secretaries of Finance, Revenue, Agriculture and Marketing Departments; Principal Secretaries of Water Resources Department (WRD), Command Area Development, Water Conservation and Employment Guarantee Scheme, Water Supply and Sanitation, Forest, Rural Development Departments; Secretary of Relief and Rehabilitation Department; and Director General of Maharashtra Engineering Research Institute (MERI).

Maharashtra Government was forced to appoint a SIT to look into the multi-crore irrigation scam that stirred the political atmosphere from State to Centre in the year 2012. The irrigation scam, which was brought to light by ‘The Hitavada’ through its series ‘Black Paper on Irrigation’, exposed the unholy nexus of contractors, bureaucrats, and politicians. It had also brought to the notice of the public how thhe all-party loot of funds meant for irrigation in rainfed region of Vidarbha, was effected. Following the widespread resentment against the scam, Maharashtra Government appointed a SIT headed by Dr Madhavrao Chitaley. The Chitaley Committee submitted its report to the Government earlier this year. In the report, apart from indicting the then ‘Chairman of irrigation development corporations’ (Water Resources Minister is ex-officio Chairman), Chitaley Committee had made 42 recommendations to improve functioning of WRD.

However, ignoring the indictment of the influential politicians, now Maharashtra Government appears to be concentrating on the other recommendations regarding functioning of the WRD. The recommendations, implementation of which the new committee of senior officers will look into, include survey of silt accumulated in major, medium, and some minor irrigation reservoirs through remote sensing. They also include enactment of a law making it mandatory for all municipal bodies and industries to treat the sewage 100 per cent, performance evaluation of local sector schemes, accuracy of information collected by Revenue and Agriculture departments, study of reasons behind low water usage in Konkan, Amravati, and Marathwada, etc.

Some recommendations of Chitaley Committee

l Time-bound study of sedimentation in major, medium, and select minor irrigation reservoirs using remote sensing technology l Enactment of law to make it mandatory for municipal bodies and industries to treat 100 per cent sewage generated out of non-irrigation use of water l Accurate compilation of information on irrigated area by Revenue Department and Agriculture Department l Study of reasons for low water usage in Amravati and Konkan divisions, and Marathwada l Entrusting MERI to conduct a study of decline in carriage capacity of canals in State l Not announcing irrigation potential as ‘created’ till completion of distribution system l Ensuring that there is no illegal use of water, and publication of detailed data in annual report l Tehsil-wise compilation of information on irrigated area before publishing the state-wide figure in Economic Survey of Maharashtra l Irrigation development corporation, major and medium projects wise publication of information in Status of Irrigation Report, instead of division-wise information l Revision of irrigation potential of projects as non-irrigation use of water from irrigation projects has increased l Separate cell in irrigation development corporations to take care of project completion reports, project history l Independent code for WRD, publication of inflation index every year, technical audit at various stages of project work l Appointment of a permanent committee to look after monitoring of irrigation projects as per the reports of Dam Safety Organisation, making all equipment at dams functional

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Another sop for Nazul lease holders

Before ensuing assembly elections, the Maharashtra Government has given a big sop to Nazul land lease holders of Nagpur and Amravati division. In addition to earlier announcement, the State Gover... Read More
Before ensuing assembly elections, the Maharashtra Government has given a big sop to Nazul land lease holders of Nagpur and Amravati division. In addition to earlier announcement, the State Government has further relaxed Nazul lease renewal condition, waived the penalty and watered down the fine amount to provide respite to thousands of Nazul lease holders of Vidarbha.

As per notification issued on Tuesday, the State Government has regularised all lease cases, who have violated the agreement till July 31, 2014. This would be a major relief to nazul lease holders who are in violation of agreement. Earlier, the Government has decided to condone violations to cases filed before June 19, 2007. The extension of date by seven years will reduce the fine amount substantially and reduce the burden of nazul plot holders who want renewal of their agreement.

It may be mentioned that to regularise Nazul plots of Nagpur and Amravati division, the Maharashtra Government had amended earlier rules for regularising in change of user of plots on August 1, 2014. As per this notification released by the State Government it was stated that the lessee, who had changed the user without prior permission of the competent authority, would be required to pay 25 per cent of then ready reckoner rates. The Nazul plot holders who want to change the user, now would be required to pay 12.50 per cent of present ready reckoner charges. As per new notification, the Government will charge lease renewal fees as per old rates upto December 31, 2011 and new rates will be levied from January 1, 2012.

Revenue Department of the State Government has issued notification on August 26 giving major relief to Nazul plot holders. The decision will benefit 36,791 Nazul lease holders of Nagpur and Amravati divisions.

As per decision, the ground rent of lease plots on auction would be 0.10 per cent of ready reckoner for residential, 0.15 per cent of ready reckoner for commercial use for plot size upto 1000 sq fts, 0.20 per cent of ready reckoner for plot size between 1000 to 3000 sq fts, 0.25 per cent of ready reckoner for plot size between 3000 sq ft to 5000 sq ft, and 0.30 per cent of ready reckoner for plot size above 5,000 sq fts. The plot used for religious or social cause will have to pay 0.10 per cent of ready reckoner rates.

Earlier, the lease holders were paying heavy sum for regularisation of plots. As per earlier decision, if a plot holder transferred the lease to another person or change its use without permission of competent authority, then he/she had to pay fine to regularise it. This penalty is known as unearned income and it was 25 per cent of the market value of the property at the time when the plot holder submitted the application for regularisation.

As per present notification, the market value for 25 per cent unearned income would be considered on the basis of the date when the irregularity was committed. The plot holders will have to pay as per ready reckoner rates at the time of irregularity. In case documents pertaining to illegal transfer of lease are not available, such documents should be first registered and the market rate for unearned income would be the one prevailing on the date of the registration. If any lease holder wants to change present use now, then he/she has to pay 12.50 per cent as unearned income of present ready reckoner rates. And if any lease holder change user or transfer lessee then they have to pay 50 per cent of present ready reckoner rates.

As per decision, the Government is likely to issue fresh directions about violation of agreement in near future. As per notification, no permission will be required for the renewal or transfer of land. The lease holder can take challan of unearned income for transfer of land and deposit it in Government treasury or concerned banks. The receipt of bank will be considered as document for transfer of land and Nazul department will take action accordingly. In case of change of use without permission has to be regularized by local body. However, if the concerned plot holder has a shop licence, gumasta licence or other relevant government documents then these will be considered as valid proofs for regularisation. The Government has given all rights to District Collector for regularisation of plots. The Collector can delegate his power to SDO also, the notification stated.

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Vid still 30% deficient in rainfall

Vidarbha region is facing one of its driest monsoons. As per the official data of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the region is still 30 per cent deficient in rainfall as far as rainfal... Read More
Vidarbha region is facing one of its driest monsoons. As per the official data of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the region is still 30 per cent deficient in rainfall as far as rainfall between June 1 and August 26 is concerned.

As against an average 742.8 mm rainfall, Vidarbha has received 523.7 mm rainfall so far this monsoon. This works out to be 30 per cent deficit. As a result, the water storage in irrigation reservoirs in Nagpur and Amravati divisions both is at the three-year lowest. The situation is so grim in Amravati Division that 28 tankers have been deployed to supply water to 25 villages in Yavatmal, Buldhana, and Washim districts.

If one considers the situation across Maharashtra, the Government had declared scarcity-like situation in 125 tehsils. A couple of days ago, it has added 15 more tehsils to the list. The list of 138 tehsils that have received deficient rainfall so far, includes 43 from Vidarbha region. Among these 43 also, 29 are in Amravati Division and 14 in Nagpur Division.

Vidarbha tehsils that have received deficient rainfall and facing scarcity-like situation include the highest 14 in Yavatmal district, followed by 12 in Chandrapur, 11 in Buldhana, four in Washim, and two in Gadchiroli district. The Government has also announced various relief measures viz 33 per cent concession in payment of current power bills for agricultural pumps, waiver of school fees for students, and waiver of agricultural cess.

The district-wise names of tehsils that are declared as facing scarcity-like situation are as follows: Buldhana-- Buldhana, Chikhli, Deulgaon Raja, Mehkar, Sindkhed Raja, Lonar, Khamgaon, Shegaon, Malkapur, Motala, and Nandura; Washim-- Washim, Risod, Malegaon, Manora; Yavatmal-- Darwha, Yavatmal, Kalamb, Digras, Arni, Pusad, Umarkhed, Mahagaon, Wani, Maregaon, Jhari-Jamni, Kelapur, Ghatanji, and Ralegaon; Chandrapur-- Chimur, Chandrapur, Mul, Gondpimpri, Warora, Bhadravati, Nagbhid, Rajura, Korpana, Ballarpur, Pombhurna, and Jiwati; Gadchiroli-- Sironcha and Aheri.

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HC directs RTMNU to proceed with spl exam for 6616 students from 28th

Clearing a huge road-block, Justice A P Bhangale and Justice C V Bhadang, at the High Court here, have brushed aside the objection principally raised by Sunil Mishra against the RTM Nagpur Univ... Read More
Clearing a huge road-block, Justice A P Bhangale and Justice C V Bhadang, at the High Court here, have brushed aside the objection principally raised by Sunil Mishra against the RTM Nagpur University’s proposal and its approval by the Chancellor through an Ordinance 6/2014, for holding Special Examination from August 28 next, for 6616 students of 63 colleges. These students were not permitted earlier to appear in the examinations, as their colleges had not complied with the University’s direction to have qualified teaching staff,but now out of 250 banned colleges, these colleges have removed the said deficiency.

The Court has now directed the RTMNU to proceed with the examinations subject to further orders from the Court in the 10 writ petitions pending before the Court, in this regard. The University has been asked not to declare the results without informing the Court. The Court has posted all the petitions after 4 weeks for further consideration and final disposal. These petitions are by college managements and about 480 students separately. Advocate B G Kulkarni appeared for petitioner college managements. Senior counsel M G Bhangde represented the petitioner-students. Senior counsel A M Gordey and Adv Sudhir Puranik held the brief for the RTMNU.

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Miscreants murder man at Saket Nagar

A middle-aged man was brutally beaten up by some unidentified miscreants at BDA market in Saket Nagar under Bagh Sewania police station late on Monday night which led to his death. SHO Bagh Sewan... Read More
A middle-aged man was brutally beaten up by some unidentified miscreants at BDA market in Saket Nagar under Bagh Sewania police station late on Monday night which led to his death. SHO Bagh Sewania police station Dinesh Joshi informed that Birjesh Mishra, 42, a resident of Pipaliya Pende Khan locality runs a tea stall near BDA market of 9A Saket Nagar. On Monday night he was attacked by four-miscreants who came on two motorcycles after an argument. Mishra had an argument with some people few months back who wanted to extort money from him. Due to the thrashing of miscreants, Mishra got unconscious after which the miscreants fled from the spot. Worried over delay in returning of Mishra, his family members started searching for him and found him in unconscious state near his tea stall only. Mishra was rushed to the district JP Hospital where during treatment he succumbed to his injuries. Mishra had lodged a FIR against some miscreants a few months back for trying to extort money. Later, they started building pressure on him to take back the FIR. Joshi further said that police is trying to identify the accused with the help of CCTV cameras’ footages. Some of the suspects are also being questioned over the suspect. Post-mortem of the victim has been done and his body was handed over to his family members for last rites.

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Aslam takes dig at Digvijay, Kamal Nath, Scindia

Former Union minister and senior Congress leader Aslam Sher Khan has once again tried to take potshots on Digvijay Singh, Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia by saying that they should leave De... Read More
Former Union minister and senior Congress leader Aslam Sher Khan has once again tried to take potshots on Digvijay Singh, Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia by saying that they should leave Delhi and should camp in State at least for two months to revive the party. He said that these leaders have to come out from their comforts to resurrect the party. Giving the reference of Bihar where alliance of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav had done wonders in the recently held elections, he said that these three leaders need to come out from their lieutenant bungalows of Delhi and they should give at least two months time to party in state to revive it by staying in Bhopal.

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Nandkumar seeks guidance from Shah on organisation structure

Newly-appointed State President of Bharatiya Janata Party Nandkumar Singh Chouhan met BJP National President Amit Shah in New Delhi on Tuesday and sought his guidance as far on organisation str... Read More
Newly-appointed State President of Bharatiya Janata Party Nandkumar Singh Chouhan met BJP National President Amit Shah in New Delhi on Tuesday and sought his guidance as far on organisation structure of party in state. Chouhan also discussed some other issues related to party.

This is first meeting of Nandkumar Singh Chouhan with party’s National President after getting appointed as State BJP President. Though Nandkumar Singh Chouhan had already stated clearly on Monday in State capital that he is not going for formation of new team as existing team is already working in fine manner but it is being speculated that Chouhan may like to do changes in existing organisation and it is due to this reason that he had sought guidance of Amit Shah in this regard.

It is a set norm that when any new state chief comes, he dissolves the older executive body of party organisation and forms new one by picking up leaders and workers of his choice. Hence, speculations are on rife that state organisation of BJP is likely to go through a makeover and Chouhan is going to make team of his choice. As Nandkumar Singh Chouhah himself was part of body formed by his predecessor Narendra Singh Tomar and he had closely worked with everyone hence forming new team would be a Herculean task for him.

Sources said that along with Nandkumar Singh Chouhan, BJP State Organisation General Secretary Arvind Menon is also in Delhi and it is being fathomed that process has been started by newly appointed state president for the formation of new executive body.

Recently, BJP has named Nandkumar Singh Chouhan as new State President in place of Narendra Singh Tomar, who has become Union Minster in Modi Cabinet.

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Miscreants attack, rob SAF Jawan at TT Nagar

Three unidentified miscreants attacked a SAF Jawan in TT Nagar area late on Monday night. The Jawan was not in uniform when he was attacked by miscreants with the objective of robbing.

Acco... Read More
Three unidentified miscreants attacked a SAF Jawan in TT Nagar area late on Monday night. The Jawan was not in uniform when he was attacked by miscreants with the objective of robbing.

According to police, Special Armed Force (SAF) Jawan Firoz, 32, son of Salim Khan, is a resident of North TT Nagar. Khan is presently posted at Seventh Battalion. Firoz’s father and elder brother are also in police, his father is in SAF and while elder brother is posted at crime branch. Late on Monday night, he was at Dussehra Maidan of TT Nagar in civil dress.

He stopped his motorcycle to talk on mobile phone when three unidentified miscreants approached him. One of the miscreants asked time, when Jawan was telling him time another miscreant attacked him with sharp-edged weapon and third miscreant took his wallet and other valuables.

They immediately fled from there after robbing him leaving the Jawan bleeding profusely. Jawan sustained injuries and was immediately taken to Katju Hospital by people present there, from Katju hospital he was referred to Hamidia Hospital. The Jawan is presently being treated at Chirayu Hospital of State capital.

SHO TT Nagar Rajkumar Saraf said that Jawan is stable and recovering at the hospital. Police are investigating the matter and searching for the miscreant. Reportedly, Jawan Firoz is posted at Congress senior leader Digvijay Singh’s bungalow. Police have registered a case under Sections 394, 397 and 34 of Indian Penal Code. Police are searching for the unidentified miscreants but none of the accused was arrested till filling of report.

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Rise in ragging incidents invites attention of MPHRC

Taking a strong cognisance on rise in ragging cases in the State, the Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) has issued missives to Bhopal SP and Gwalior Collector over different raggin... Read More
Taking a strong cognisance on rise in ragging cases in the State, the Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) has issued missives to Bhopal SP and Gwalior Collector over different ragging incidents that occurred in MANIT and Scindia School respectively. This is the third missives over different ragging incidents issued by the commission in last one week.

Incident of ragging on Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) campus has come to haunt the institute in which junior students were slapped for 200 times by the seniors and they have also called anti ragging help line to register the complaint for the same. Earlier, also many ragging complaints have come up from this institute. Students from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana had filed a complaint on official portal of anti-ragging of UGC helpline centre last month over ragging incident.

In the Scindia School at Gwalior, a student was found in a semi-conscious state in his hostel room at the residential school on August 20.

He was taken to a private hospital for treatment and when his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to New Delhi’s Apollo Hospital. He was asked to do menial jobs, sleep on floor and also used to harass him. The seniors were also used to beat him up. The incident was not new to the school and it was reported that the school administration used to never take these issues seriously and even the resident tutor of the school had lenient attitude towards the ragging incidents which resulted in the ragging cases in school.

A stipulated time frame of two weeks has been given by MPHRC for the MANIT as well as Scindia School for giving replies to the commission. Last week, the MPHRC had also issued notices to Rewa Collector for the ragging incident that occurred at TRS College in Rewa. Notices have also been issued to the Principal of TRS College. A guest teacher was also beaten up by senior students for preventing the ragging which was being regular done to juniors and college administration took no action to curb ragging incident.

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MPHRC issues missives to Satna Collector, SP for temple stampede

The Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) has issued missives to Satna Collector and Satna Superintendent of Police for the stampede occurred at Chitrakoot temple that resulted in killin... Read More
The Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) has issued missives to Satna Collector and Satna Superintendent of Police for the stampede occurred at Chitrakoot temple that resulted in killing 10 devotees.

The MPHRC is one of its stringent notices have asked the authorities to file the response within two weeks time and also sought reply on the lenient attitude to control crowd on special occasion in temple.

The accident occurred during early morning hours in the temple where devotees were engaged in Parikrama of the hill on the occasion of Somavati Amavasya.

The festival holds great importance for Hindus as it is no moon day that falls on a Monday in traditional Hindu calendar.

While doing the Parikrama (circumambulation) on Kamadgiri hill a stampede occurred which killed women, men and left many others injured. The stampede occurred while doing shayna pradhisnam which is done by lying down.

The stampede incidents have occurred earlier also during religious festivals but this time also in sufficient arrangements to deal with emergency situations has led to the many incidences in the state. Earlier, in one of biggest disasters, 115 pilgrims were killed and more than 100 injured in a stampede near a temple at Ratangarh in Madhya Pradesh’s Datia district on October 13, 2013.

Earlier, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has also ordered a probe into the accident. The temple is famous among localities and as it is border of Uttar Pradesh, devotees from other states also comes to this temple. Hundreds of pilgrims were present at the pilgrimage path around this hill which is about 5 km-long. There are a large number of temples in the Parikrama Path (pathway). One of the major temples here is the Shree Kamatanath Temple.

The temple administration was expecting the crowd during this special event but no proper arrangements were taken and it was also reported there were no unit available for immediate relief measure which resulted in disaster.

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Political height of CM increases with inclusion in Parliamentary Board

Once again, state BJP has received shot in its arms as its three leaders, including Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Union Minister Thawarchand G... Read More
Once again, state BJP has received shot in its arms as its three leaders, including Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Union Minister Thawarchand Gehlot, have been nominated as member in party’s Central Parliamentary Board. Besides, political height of minister Kailash Vijayvargiya also got increased as he has been made election in charge of Haryana Assembly elections.

As far as Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is concerned then his status has got increased by inclusion in party’s Central Parliamentary Board.

The reason is this that after VYAPAM scam surfacing in State, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had come under fire of criticism.

Congress had made a strong attack on Chouhan and air was thick with the speculations that BJP leadership especially Prime Minster Narendra Modi was not happy with CM in the wake of dust that got raised due to multilayered scam.

But all the speculations were tried to put to rest by central party leadership by including Chouhan into central parliamentary board which is supreme deciding body in party. Besides, political height of senior cabinet minister of Shivraj government.

Union Minister for Steel, Labour and Employment Narendra Singh Tomar has congratulated all the leaders.

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Padma Bhushan B Muthuraman’s lecture at Pt RSU today

Tata Steel Vice Chairman and recipient of Padma Bhushan Award B Muthuraman will deliver lecture on “Learning from life” to be organised by Pt Ravishankar Shukla University (Pt RSU) on Wednesd... Read More
Tata Steel Vice Chairman and recipient of Padma Bhushan Award B Muthuraman will deliver lecture on “Learning from life” to be organised by Pt Ravishankar Shukla University (Pt RSU) on Wednesday. Former Governor of Chhattisgarh Shekhar Dutt will be special guest on the occasion while Vice Chancellor Dr S K Pandey will preside over. The lecture is being held as part of university’s Golden Jubilee Lecture Series, informed DSW Dr D K Pandey. Muthuraman holds degrees in Bachelor of Technology in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT, Madras, and a Masters of Business Administration from XLRI, Jamshedpur. He has also completed the Advanced Management Programme at the European Centre for Executive Development, France, and has undergone the Leadership Programme at INSEAD, France. He was recently bestowed an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa from Loyola University, Chicago.

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Lack of theatres in rural areas affecting Chhattisgarhi films

IT was in the mid 2013 when senior thespian Dr Yogendra Choubey after completing the Chhattisgarhi film ‘Ganje Ki Kali’ was eagerly waiting for its release. The film, which was based on t... Read More
IT was in the mid 2013 when senior thespian Dr Yogendra Choubey after completing the Chhattisgarhi film ‘Ganje Ki Kali’ was eagerly waiting for its release. The film, which was based on the story of renowned litterateur Amrita Pritam, was to be released on July 5 but it could not be released and was later screened in Prabhat Talkies on August 2.

The delay in the release affected the film’s business despite having rich content and direction. “I think less cinema halls are playing havoc for regional film makers in the State,” opined Dr Choubey. Alike him, even most of the film directors and actors have been suffering the same problem since 2000, the year when ‘Mor Chhaiya Bhuiya’ was made. With ‘Mor Chaiyya Bhuiya’, the Chhattisgarhi film arena was termed unofficially as ‘Chhollywood’ and in between 2000 till now, more than a hundred films have been shot in the industry.

Unfortunately, most of them did not do well at the box office and very few of them including ‘Mayaa’, ‘Laila Tiptop Chhaila Angoothachhap’, ‘Mister Tetkuram’ and half-a-dozen more crossed the ‘100-days’ in theatres.

According to information, now about 45-50 single-screen theatres exist in various districts of the state, while the number used to be more around 70 few years ago.

“It becomes much tough when two films are released on the same date like what happened in December last year, when both of my films ‘Mor Man Ke Meet’ and ‘Fulwari’ were released,” said senior actor Anuj Sharma. He opined that exhibitors must support Chhollywood so that films could reach masses. “When the movie ‘Mati Ke Laal’, directed by Yog Mishra, was released at 7-8 theatres, it was accorded a warm response by the movie-lovers but unfortunately we could not release it in other places. Still people in small villages ask me as to when it would be released,” recalled Suneel Tiwari, who played the lead role in the movie. Sunil further opined that while most of the Cinema Hall owners in cities do not want to release the Chhattisgarhi films citing lesser number of movie-watcher for these movies, people in small villages of districts like Rajnandgaon, Bilaspur, Janjgir-Champa etc are even not aware of the film’s release.

He suggested if the government facilitates the process of Touring Talkies license, the local films could reach to large number of rural people for whom these movies are literally made. However, one of the exhibitors Labhansh Tiwari, Managing Director of city-based Shyam Talkies denied the view and said that in his talkies at least one Chhattisgarhi movie is released every month. “Less number of number of Chhollywood films are made and they also yield less profit to us. The local film makers should enhance the quality of films so that more and more people are attracted to it,” he added.

Regional Filmmakers were also of the view that the State Government should help in screening more and more Chhattisgarhi films in the rural parts so that the cinema could get enriched.

“Why don’t the Government make arrangements of holding small festivals in rural parts or utilizes government auditoriums or community halls besides holding film screenings in schools during holidays or asks the talkies owners to screen Chhattisgarhi films for at least some days like Maharashtra and Karnataka,” Dr Choubey added.

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Tradition takes a U-turn! Dry-fruits back in the league of sweetmeats

RAIPUR, Aug 27 REMEMBER the kaju katlis, barfis, gulaab jamuns and roshogullas that would melt your heart every time you visited your nearest neighbourhood aunt on Diwali, Holi or marriage? Read More
RAIPUR, Aug 27 REMEMBER the kaju katlis, barfis, gulaab jamuns and roshogullas that would melt your heart every time you visited your nearest neighbourhood aunt on Diwali, Holi or marriage?

The sweetmeats have been a defining moment of every childhood that has lost its innocence in the lanes of halwai, each time it has been promised its melting trajectory in the seams of their taste buds.

A broken promise, a fortitude of greed, a beautiful love story, a broken heart- all have been sealed with the ethereal sweetmeats, for India dwells at its best in some of its most renowned halwai lanes. However, with time, things have changed. Now, kaju katlis, gulaab jamuns and barfis prepared with adulterated ingredients are being replaced with dry fruits as it has longer shelf life, good for health, more attractive package and simply because- it’s a new trend.

Sweetmeat manufacturers and retailers have accepted the increase in customer base for dry fruits and branded gift packs of sweetmeats as presentation during festivity. In their overall view, the reputed sweet sellers of the capital city said that there is a marginal shift of around 25 per cent in total sales.

However, observing the market trends and customer’s demand, sweet retailing stores have registered their presence in dry fruit retailing by introducing attractively packed dry fruits, chocolates and sweets. This has not only checked the regular customers from defecting, but also catered to their demands in an innovative presentation packs. So, it is the combination of quality sweets and dry fruits that is creating a new festive fusion, viewed by the sweet retailers of capital Raipur on Tuesday.

On the other hand, those exclusively dealing in dry fruits asserted that the average sale whether it is wholesale or retail has increased by 60 per cent. It is not only dry fruits, chocolates, dry sweets and packed sweetmeat also in great demand and mostly preferred as presentation during festivities. While speaking to ‘The Hitavada’, Motilal Agrawal, Partner of one of the reputed sweets seller Moti Mahal, near Evergreen Chowk said, sales of sweetmeats have dropped by 25 per cent for different reasons. All local sweetmeat retailers have got affected and to fulfill the demand of the frequenters, on-demand attractively packed items like dry fruits, chocolates, dry sweetmeats etc are additional products besides sweets seen on the shelf of sweetmeat stores, he added.

Expressing his views on the increase in sales of dry fruit items during festivities, Navin Gadiya of Malviya Road based Mishrilal Labhchand, the oldest dry fruit wholesale and retail store since 1942, informed that the response is good. Instead of local sweets preference for quality products especially dry fruits have recorded a gradual increase with passing time.

Gadiya said that dry fruit business, both loose and packed items have increased by around 30 per cent locally in comparison to last year. He said that there is an advantage of using dry fruits for a longer period and in other preparations while risk for sweets is too high.

Santosh Parakh, Partner of Naivedya sweet store near Sashtri Market said “Sweetmeat sales is not so good and not so bad”. He said that customers want quality items and the demand for sweets will prevail in daily intake and on any occasion.

Pointing towards high risk of adulterated sweets items prepared from Khoya, Partner of New Bhawani Super Bazaar (Fafadih) Raj Kesharwani dry sweets like sonpapdi, son-roll, roshogullas, gulabjamun, rajbhog, anjeer katli etc in attractive packing is in great demand. Since these items are manufactured and hygienically packed by reputed companies, the demand during festival season is higher. Above all these products have manufacturing date and have longer time for usage, he added.

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Kushal Agrawal becomes first Indian to achieve success in ‘Mongol Rally’

Defying extremely arduous conditions, Kushal Agrawal, 25-year-old electronics engineer from Baloda Bazaar district of Chhattisgarh who is currently working in Bengaluru, made India proud by succe... Read More
Defying extremely arduous conditions, Kushal Agrawal, 25-year-old electronics engineer from Baloda Bazaar district of Chhattisgarh who is currently working in Bengaluru, made India proud by successfully completing the adventurous ‘Mongol Rally’.

Kushal completed the rally, which had witnessed the participation of 248 teams across the globe, in 35 days while 40 days is the official time limit. In 35 days time period, Kushal covered 20 countries and 17,034 km distance.

Each team included three members. A total of 248 teams participated in the rally of which 89 could succeed in reaching the destination, Kushal said in a press conference at Raipur Press Club on Tuesday. Kushal said the participants in the rally had to bear chilling cold and extreme heat of 45 degree Celsius. “My journey started from July 20 and completed on August 23,” Kushal said.

Mongolia Charity Rally is an epic 10,000 mile pan-continental road trip for charity across mountain ranges, deserts, and more barren and inhospitable lands than you'd care to shake a gear stick at, that starts in London with its final destination in the ancient Mongol capital of Ulaanbaatar, to support Go Help's flagship ambulance service in Mongolia! Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, Assembly Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal and other ministers of the state government congratulated Kushal on his historic achievement.

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Bhojraj Nag - BJP’s face for Antagarh by-elections

The Bharatiya Janata Party which is under a State of shock for its grim performance in recently held by-elections in states like Bihar, Punjab, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, etc, particularly in Bihar... Read More
The Bharatiya Janata Party which is under a State of shock for its grim performance in recently held by-elections in states like Bihar, Punjab, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, etc, particularly in Bihar, finally announced the name of Bhojraj Nag as its candidate for the Antagarh by-election in Chhattisgarh. Amidst beating of drums and bursting of fire-crackers, Bhojraj Nag filed his nomination on Tuesday in the august presence of BJP State President Dharamlal Kaushik, Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal, Antagarh MP Vikram Usendi, Antagarh BJP Election In charge and Revenue Minister Prem Prakash Pandey as well as other leaders.

After a lot of deliberations and deeply studying the survey reports, the party National Election Committee sorted out the name of Bhojraj Nag. Before finalisation of the final candidate, the recommendations of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, State Party President Dharamlal Kaushik, Antagarh Election In charge Prem Prakash Pandey and local leaders were also taken into consideration. A senior BJP leader of the region, Bhojraj Nag had joined RSS and subsequently BJP in 1990 and is presently holding the post of District General Secretary as well as holding elected post of Jila Panchayat President.

The Bharatiya Janata Party State Election Committee had on Friday sent a panel of four names to the BJP National Election Committee, for further decision on selection of candidate for the Antagarh by-election. The State Election Committee meeting was held at Ekatma Parisar on Friday. In the absence of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, the meeting was chaired by State President Dharamlal Kaushik. The four names which have been forwarded to BJP National Election Committee are Rampyari Usendi, Raghunath Kumeti, Lakshman Mandavi and Bhojraj Nag.

The contest for the Antagarh by-election now has become not only interesting but with every passing day it is also becoming hectic for the party workers from both BJP and Indian National Congress. The Congress has announced the candidature of former MLA Manturam Pawar, an experienced campaigner.

However both the main parties BJP as well as INC are banking on local candidates who can carry out canvassing in internal Naxal infested areas and are also well-known among the inhabitants of these areas. The Bengali, Gondwana and Halba community will play significant role in the Antagarh bye-election as usual. Approximately, 35,000 voters represent Gondwana community while 28,000 voters represent Halba community. Apart from these communities, Bengali community residing in Pakhanjur area amounting to approximately 65,000 voters are very significant for the election strategists from both the parties, as 90-95 percent voters from this community cast their franchise and are decisive votes for any party.

The candidature of Bhojraj Nag who was earlier being considered as the front-runner for the candidature, but had fallen back in the race due to resentment among the local Gondawana Samaj and grass-root level party workers against Nag. On the contrary the support being received by Rampyari Usendi, wife of MP Vikram Usendi from every quarter had enhanced her chances. Also in the race were Raghunath Kumeti, former BJP Antagarh Mandal President and former Zila Tendu Patta Sahakari Society President, having considerable clout among voters and Lakshman Mandavi BJP District Secretary (SC/ST) having good support in Pakhanjur area.

But the chances of Usendi seems to have reversed due to the exercise by her supporters earlier before the State Election Committee meeting had enraged the BJP National Joint General Secretary (Organization) Saudan Singh. Expressing resentment Saudan Singh warned the supporters harshly that he will not allow dynasty trend in the party. The exercise itself seems had led to cancellation of candidature of Usendi.

Meanwhile hectic parleys are going on among both Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress as the last date of filing nomination falls on August 27. Congress candidate Manturam Pawar will be filing his nomination on Wednesday. The Assembly segment had fallen vacant after former MLA Vikram Usendi got elected from Kanker as Member of Parliament and subsequently resigned as Legislator from Antagarh Assembly segment on May 29.

It is worth mentioning here that the Election Commission of India issued notification for the bye-election on August 20 and with that the nomination filing process had commenced. The last date of filing nomination will be August 27 and scrutiny process of nominations will be held on August 28. The last date for withdrawing names is August 30. If required, the polling for the bye-election will be held on September 13 followed by counting and announcement of results on September 16.

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Security reviewed

Raipur Superintendent of Police Om Prakash Pal has directed the gazette officers, including the Additional SPs and CSPs, to maintain high vigil during pre and post students’ union elections. Read More
Raipur Superintendent of Police Om Prakash Pal has directed the gazette officers, including the Additional SPs and CSPs, to maintain high vigil during pre and post students’ union elections.

The SP specifically pointed out that any untoward incident taking place during the polling would call for stern disciplinary action against the concerning officials of particular police station jurisdiction. He also took a stock of security arrangements made at the violence-prone colleges where the elections are slated for Wednesday.

The SP has also provided additional force to take of law and order which would be reinforced measure apart from the strength available at the local police stations.

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Campaigning ends

Campaigning in the bitterly fought students’ union election at Durg Science College ended on Tuesday with the leaders from various unions showing their final show of strength. The campaigns m... Read More
Campaigning in the bitterly fought students’ union election at Durg Science College ended on Tuesday with the leaders from various unions showing their final show of strength. The campaigns marked by attacks and counterattacks by both the leading students’ union leaders including National Students Union of India (NSUI) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Tuesday also witnessed clash between both the party workers.

After their final show of strength the candidates ended their campaigning at 12:00 hrs. The ABVP has accused NSUI of distributing printed pamphlets and reciprocating to it, the NSUI has also lodged a similar complaint before the authorities concerned.

According to information, since Tuesday morning the candidates from different students union including independent candidates started hectic campaigning as campaigning was scheduled to end today. Tense situation was created after the NSUI members who were campaigning for their candidate outside the college gate, and ABVP members entered into a verbal feud. Soon, additional police force was called on the spot following which the tension was finally diffused.

Accusing the NSUI members of distributing printed pamphlets, the ABVP activists lodged a complaint before the college authorities while later, the NSUI members also handed over a complaint letter to the college administration alleging involvement of anti-social elements in distribution of pamphlets. It may be mentioned here that the student union elections will be held from 08:00 hrs to 12:00 hrs on August 27. Later, after counting of votes the results will be declared. The election will witness a direct fight between NSUI presidential candidate Rashmi Rai and ABVP candidate Ankita Patel.

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Cops beef up security at colleges

AFTER identifying seven colleges as sensitive, the district police have already beefed up security arrangements keeping in view the students’ election at twin cities colleges scheduled today,... Read More
AFTER identifying seven colleges as sensitive, the district police have already beefed up security arrangements keeping in view the students’ election at twin cities colleges scheduled today, to deal with any eventuality effectively.According to information, police tightened security and also deputized police officials and personnel within and around 17 colleges within the twin cities of Bhilai and Durg, out of the 39 listed colleges wherein student election is scheduled on Wednesday.

The police would closely monitor all developments at colleges during election to ensure minimum response time in case of any disturbance. Besides, the police patrolling parties would constantly keep vigil.

While interacting with the media persons on Tuesday, Veerendra Satpathy, CSP, Bhilai Nagar Police Zone, informed that as part of security measurers, the police identified seven colleges, including Kalyan College, Bhilai Mahila College and St Thoma College of Bhilai along with Science College, Surana College, Swami Swaroopanand College and Government Girls College at Durg as sensitive and made elaborate security arrangements. About six zones were created and gazetted rank police officials would ensure close supervision at each zone. Additional force from Police Line and 350 police officials and personnel are already deputized for maintaining peace and law and order. The officials from the district administration were also deputized at colleges.

While stressing the necessity of strict abidance of election norms and code of conduct, CSP Satpathy stated that the students who would exercise their franchise during election are issued pink slips, while barring failed students, students with backlog and also those who discontinued their studies. The police had already banned banners, posters and campaigning within the premises of colleges and only the students with pink slips would be allowed to enter in their respective colleges during election.

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Students’ union elections today

With campaigning over, the colleges in Chhattisgarh will see polling for their respective students' unions on Wednesday. The campaigning ended on Tuesday with the candidates and their supports ... Read More
With campaigning over, the colleges in Chhattisgarh will see polling for their respective students' unions on Wednesday. The campaigning ended on Tuesday with the candidates and their supports of students’ wings such as National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, Vidyarthi Morcha and Chhatra Lok Janshakti conducting door-to-door campaign, in their last minute efforts to woo the students. The candidates along with their supports tried to reach almost all the colleges.

The students’ union results will be declared on Wednesday itself. Government Nagarjuna Post Graduate College of Science, Raipur, has been made control room where the results of all the colleges will be available. However, the counting will be held in the respective colleges after the polling is over at 12 pm. The counting will begin at 1 pm.

It is to be mentioned, the students’ council elections will be held at 547 colleges of 17 universities in the state. Around 2.5 lakh voters, including nearly 80,000 voters of different colleges affiliated to Pt RSU, will exercise their franchise in the elections. 5500 candidates are in fray for different posts in the elections.

The poll slugfest is between the NSUI, backed by the Congress and the Parishad ABVP, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh students' wing. According to the analysts, the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) was in a very good position in the technical colleges while there was the wave in favour of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in the medical institutions such as physiology, dental etc. The equation was 50-50 at the private colleges of the State.

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Dr Sonal Ameen refutes charges of denial of bail

IN REFERENCE to the news item ‘Sessions Court rejects anticipatory bail of former Congress Minister Patel and others’ published in ‘The Hitavada’ on August 17, 2014, Dr Sonal K Ameen, Madhy... Read More
IN REFERENCE to the news item ‘Sessions Court rejects anticipatory bail of former Congress Minister Patel and others’ published in ‘The Hitavada’ on August 17, 2014, Dr Sonal K Ameen, Madhya Pradesh Manav Adhikar Ayog Mitra and well known scholar, has said that the news is a misrepresentation of facts. In a signed letter given to ‘The Hitavada’ Dr Ameen said “The truth is that we had withdrawn application from the court”.

It may be mentioned that the news was published on August 17, 2014, stating that the Sessions Court had rejected anticipatory bail application filed by former Congress Minster Shravankumar Patel and other family members Jyotsnaben Patel, Sonal K Ameen and Roopa Patel alias Roopa Kumar in a criminal complaint regarding misappropriation of property. The District Judge on hearing facts of the case and examining the case and police dairy in the matter expressed that this was a serious matter and taking into account facts of the case, he rejected anticipatory bail application filed by the accused.

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Preparations for Ganesh Utsav, Paryushan Parv discussed in meet

SHANTI Samiti meeting was organised to chalk out preparations for Ganesh Utsav and Paryushan Parv at Collectorate meeting hall, on Tuesday. Additional Collector Chhote Singh chaired the meeting... Read More
SHANTI Samiti meeting was organised to chalk out preparations for Ganesh Utsav and Paryushan Parv at Collectorate meeting hall, on Tuesday. Additional Collector Chhote Singh chaired the meeting, while Jabalpur Municipal Corporation, President, Rajesh Mishra, Superintendent of Police, Harinarayanachari Mishra, Additional Collector, Sheelendra Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police (City), Amrendra Singh, former Minister, Kaushalya Gontia, Corporators, Sharvesh Mishra, Leader of Opposition of JMC Vinay Saxena, Alok Mishra, Sabir Usmani, Jabalpur Municipal Corporation, Additional Commissioner, MP Singh and other members attended the meeting.

Addressing the meeting, Superintendent of Police Harinarayanchari Mishra assured the committee members to make adequate security arrangements to ensure law and order during festivals, while special attention will be paid on traffic management. He informed that use of DJ will be completely prohibited during festivals while prompt action will be taken against any kind of illegal and provocative act. Considering suggestions of members, SP Mishra assured to put up a strict check on illegal sale of liquor. He appealed the Ganesh Utsav committees to avoid installation of tableaus at any new place to avoid traffic jams and installing idols of limited height for uninterrupted transportation.

Shanti Samiti members suggested to make cleanliness arrangements, uninterrupted electricity supply and stop sale of fish and meat on roadsides during festival. They also appealed to provide temporary electricity connections to Ganesh Utsav Committees at a reasonable cost and ensure deployment of divers at banks of rivers and ponds to avoid any untoward incident during immersion programme. Members also suggested to make one-ways at busy streets during the festival to avoid traffic jams. Members of Shanti Samiti made an appeal to the residents for celebrating festivals with communal harmony and peace and avoiding any kind of rumour for maintaining law and order arrangements in the district. Residents may inform at their nearest police station about any kind of suspected man or activity in their respective areas.

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Three police constables attacked by miscreants

THREE police constables were attacked by miscreants during night patrolling near Krishi Upaj Mandi in intervening night of Monday and Tuesday under jurisdiction of Vijay Nagar police station. T... Read More
THREE police constables were attacked by miscreants during night patrolling near Krishi Upaj Mandi in intervening night of Monday and Tuesday under jurisdiction of Vijay Nagar police station. The injured have been identified as Narendra Maurya (21), posted as Constable at Reserve Inspector Office, Ratnesh Tiwari and Anand Mishra constables in Tiger Patrolling. According to police, Narendra Maurya filed a complaint that he along with two constables Ratnesh Tiwari and Anand Mishra were patrolling in the area. They found a group of persons near entrance gate of Krishi Upaj Mandi late in the night and suggested them to go their homes.

After being warned by policemen, the people started walking towards Deendayal Chowk area. Thereafter, they witnessed that miscreants returned to the spot with canes in their hands and attacked them. In the attack, Narendra Maurya sustained injuries on his hands and leg, while Ratnesh Tiwari and Anand Mishra sustained head injuries. Learning about the incident, a team of Vijay Nagar police station reached the spot and rushed the injured to Metro Hospital for treatment. Police have registered a case against unidentified men under sections 307, 353 and 34 of the IPC and started a rigorous search for the accused.

Youth electrocuted

A YOUTH was electrocuted after coming in contact with a live electricity wire near Aman Dhaba in Dhangavan village under the jurisdiction of Sihora police station on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Shahrukh (18), a resident of Dhangavan village.

According to police, Nawal Singh (46), a resident of Dhangavan village, informed that he is working at Aman Dhaba of Shahid Khan. On Tuesday morning, son of Dhaba owner, Shahrukh Khan reached near water pump near dhaba for starting the motor but could not return for next one hour. He held doubt on delay and reached near motor pump and witnessed that Shahrukh was lying unconscious near the water pump. He was immediately rushed to the hospital where doctors declared him brought dead due to electrocution. Receiving the information, a police team reached the spot and sent the body for post-mortem while further investigations are underway.

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Hubby, in-laws booked for setting woman ablaze

HUSBAND and in-laws of a newly married woman tried to kill her by setting her ablaze at her maternal house situated in Haddi Godam area under jurisdiction of Hanumantal police station. The in... Read More
HUSBAND and in-laws of a newly married woman tried to kill her by setting her ablaze at her maternal house situated in Haddi Godam area under jurisdiction of Hanumantal police station. The injured has been identified as Farzana Bano, a resident of Haddi Godam area. According to police, they received information from Victoria Hospital that a woman was admitted for treatment of burn injuries under mysterious circumstances.

On receiving the information, a police team reached the hospital and inquired about reason of her burn injuries. In her statement to the police, Farzana Bano informed that she was married to Sultan four months back. They lived in a rented house in Haddi Godam area and her in-laws lived in Gohalpur Basti area. Since her marriage, her husband always tortured her over petty issues.

On the direction of his family members including brothers Shabbu, Saddam, Firoz and sister Aysha, husband Sultan poured kerosene oil on her and set her ablaze in an attempt to kill her. Acting on the complaint, police have registered a case against the accused under sections 307, 120 B and 34 of the IPC and started search for the accused.

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Jabalpur-Bhopal four-lane road project in the offing

THE dream of reaching Bhopal within six hours from Jabalpur will be a reality soon. Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation (MPRDC) is in its final stage for execution of ground works of Ja... Read More
THE dream of reaching Bhopal within six hours from Jabalpur will be a reality soon. Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation (MPRDC) is in its final stage for execution of ground works of Jabalpur-Bhopal four-lane road project. Transtroy, a Russian Company, has been given the tender for construction of 112 kilometre under Jabalpur Division out of 299 kilometer proposed Jabalpur-Bhopal four-lane road.

Sources in the department informed that after final closure of approximately 2800 crore bid, ground works of the project will start in coming months. Senior official of MPRDC informed that the Company has taken permission to extend financial closure for another two months after completion of first time period. As soon as they would give details related to financial closure (means details of acceptance from financer who are funding the project), ground construction works will be started. He claimed that it would take hardly six hours to reach Bhopal from Jabalpur unlike 10 hours at present.

It is to be mentioned that the proposed Jabalpur-Bhopal four-lane road project was repeatedly delayed since last four years due to some or other reason like delay in land acquisition, shifting of project from National High Authority of India to MPRDC, paying compensation. Considering repeated complaints on bad shape of NH12 between Bhopal and Jabalpur, it takes more than 10 hours to reach Bhopal, unusual delay in repair works from NHAI and then from PWD has compelled Madhya Pradesh Government to take charge of construction and repair works.

Madhya Pradesh Government steps has succeeded in signing memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Union Government for maintenance and construction of Bhopal-Jabalpur road of 299 kilometer on May 4, 2011, after refusal of NHAI to maintain and construction of NH-12 in this section and handed over construction work to Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation (MPRDC). Jabalpur zone of MPRDC would execute process for construction of 112 kilometer four-lane road about 19.5 metres of length from by-pass square to Rajmargh Chouraha under this section one railway over bridge (ROB) will be constructed.

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Class XII student assaulted at bus stop

IN A shocking incident, a school student was assaulted with a sharp-edged weapon by other students of his school over a dispute at Katangi bus stop under jurisdiction of Patan police station, on ... Read More
IN A shocking incident, a school student was assaulted with a sharp-edged weapon by other students of his school over a dispute at Katangi bus stop under jurisdiction of Patan police station, on Tuesday. The injured has been identified as Amit Kumar Choubey (16), resident of Dhanota village and class XII student of Onkar Namdeo School in Katangi. SHO of Patan police station Jiya Khurshid Khan informed that police received information from Patan Government Hospital that a school student was admitted for treatment of his injuries after being attacked by sharp-edged weapons.

On receiving the information, a police team reached the spot and took statement of the injured. In his statement, injured Amit Kumar Choubey informed that he along with his friends Sandeep Laxman and Abhishek had a clash with a student named Ramsharan Lodhi and his friends. After the clash, he had rivalry with Ramsharan Lodhi. On Tuesday, he reached Katangi bus stop in a bus and was walking towards school when Ramsharan Lodhi along with two men arrived on motorcycle and stopped him on the way near Vishwakarma welding shop. Ramsharan started abusing him for previous argument. When Amit opposed to this, Ramsharan attacked him with a knife and wounded his chest and thigh while another man took out a sharp-edged weapon and wounded his wrist. Witnessing the incident, some local men rushed to the spot and miscreants managed to escape on their motorcycle. The injured was taken to Government Hospital for treatment where he was referred to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital for further treatment.

The condition of injured is reported to be stable undergoing treatment at the hospital. Police have registered a case against the accused under sections 307, 232, 506, 294, 341 and 34 of the IPC and started a rigorous search for them.

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Dr Dewedi appointed as first Dean of Faculty of Medicine at MPMSU

DR P C Dewedi has been appointed as first Dean of Faculty of Medicine at Madhya Pradesh Medical Sciences University (MPMSU) on Tuesday. Similarly, Dr Subhash Garg has been appointed as Dean of ... Read More
DR P C Dewedi has been appointed as first Dean of Faculty of Medicine at Madhya Pradesh Medical Sciences University (MPMSU) on Tuesday. Similarly, Dr Subhash Garg has been appointed as Dean of Faculty of Dentistry. Governor Ram Naresh Yadav, Chancellor of universities in the State, issued orders to this effect late in the evening.

Dr Dewedi is currently Dean at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College, Jabalpur, while Dr Garg is Dean of Government Dental College, Indore. Vice-Chancellor MPMSU Dr Dharam Pal Lokwani, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ said Dr Dewedi, Dean of Faculty of Medicine, will have responsibility to execute various course of MBBS, post-graduate course, while Dr Garg has to execute dentistry courses, added Dr Lokwani.

Talking on the job of faculty, he said Dean Faculty will be member of Executive and Academic Council, constituted to decide course material of each subject, member of Planning and Development Board of MPMSU. He said this is the second milestone in the journey of newly established MPMSU this month.

Earlier, this month University Grants Commission (UGC) has empowered MPMSU to give degree of various medical and other allied courses on August 13. Permission of UGC has opened the doors for MPMSU to conduct examination of MBBS, Dental, Nursing, Paramedical, Homeopathic, Ayurvedic, Paramedical and other allied courses from this session onwards. Though UGC does not give separate grant to medical universities but they would provide special grant to conduct research works carried out in medical universities.

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Sericulture is a good livelihood option: Saxena

Sericulture is traditional industry in east Vidarbha. It is eco-friendly industry that requires less investment but the benefits are more that could change economic picture of the rural people,... Read More
Sericulture is traditional industry in east Vidarbha. It is eco-friendly industry that requires less investment but the benefits are more that could change economic picture of the rural people, said A K Saxena, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Head of Forest Force).

He was speaking after inaugurating a workshop on Sericulture organised by the Divisional Commissioner’s Office at VTI Hall, College of Agriculture, Maharajbag, on Friday for mobilising Gosikhurd project-affected persons from Nagpur and Bhandara districts. The main aim of the workshop was Tusser sericulture supports sustainable livelihood, helping in alleviating unemployment and rural poverty.

Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, presided over the function. Dr Madhavi Khode, College of Bhandara district, Dr Pallavi Darade, Additional Tribal Commissioner, Dr SGM Qadri, former Director, Central Sericulture Board, Mysore, Dr Chandrashekhar Hiware, Director, Sericulture Directorate, Nagpur, and Dr Dipak Barsagde of RTM Nagpur University, were seated on the dais. At the outset, the guests lit the traditional lamp to mark inauguration of the programme, that began two hours late.

Saxena further said that Sericulture industry in fact helped in conserving forest. There are government’s guidelines imposing 12 conditions for Tusser cultivation, including no monoculture. He wanted that Deputy Conservators of Forest, Sericulture officers and other concerned officers should hold a meeting to encourage rural masses go in for this industry, having a vast scope in the market.

He said that tiger foundations spent about 80 per cent revenue for raising standard of life in case of villagers residing on the peripheries of jungle. He would propose such villagers take up sericulture through Joint Forest Management Committees and Eco-Development Committees that would help them provide employment opportunities.

In his presidential speech, Anoop Kumar stressed the need that the project-affected persons should come forward and take up sericulture on large-scale. This would help them get subsidiary income to change their economic picture. Bhandara pattern sarees are popular in the market and if this industry is promoted then Mohadi in Bhandara district could become capital of the silk in the country. He wanted that Mohadi should go to Manila via Mumbai to participate in fashion designing and exhibitions.

Anoop Kumar asked the rural masses to take maximum benefits of the government schemes to achieve progress in their lives. China is the biggest market in sericulture. He assured that necessary training and marketing facilities would be provided to the project-affected persons taking interest in this field.

Dr Qadri said, sericulture items have a big demand in the market and hence there is a need to promote sericulture in east Vidarbha. This business would definitely help in earning livelihood to the families, he added. Dr Darade underlined the need for rural people to come forward and take up sericulture as a way of livelihood. Dr Madhavi Khode expressed her confidence that with the increasing needs, the people could fulfill them by switching over to sericulture.

Rajlaxmi Shah, Assistant Commissioner, conducted and proposed a vote of thanks.

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Teenage boy arrested for repeatedly raping minor

JARIPATKA Police arrested a teenage boy on the charges of repeatedly raping a minor girl and making her pregnant. The accused, Samrat Gopi Gondane (19) is a resident of Lane No. 3, Republican ... Read More
JARIPATKA Police arrested a teenage boy on the charges of repeatedly raping a minor girl and making her pregnant. The accused, Samrat Gopi Gondane (19) is a resident of Lane No. 3, Republican Nagar, Indora.

In August last year, Samrat took the 17-year-old girl to his house when she was on way to her school. After threatening to kill her, he allegedly raped her. He then often used to take the girl to his house and developed sexual relations with her since August last year due to which she became pregnant. He allegedly continued with the sexual act despite being aware that she was a minor and was studying in a school.

Following a complaint lodged by the victim, cops arrested Samrat on charges under Sections 376 (1), 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) read with Sections 3 and 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

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Launch of 360 schemes under VIIDP today

Under the Vidarbha Intensive Irrigation Development Programme (VIIDP), a total of 360 schemes will be launched simultaneously in Nagpur and Amravati divisions on August 24, said Water Conservat... Read More
Under the Vidarbha Intensive Irrigation Development Programme (VIIDP), a total of 360 schemes will be launched simultaneously in Nagpur and Amravati divisions on August 24, said Water Conservation and EGS Minister Dr Nitin Raut.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Raut said that these 360 schemes include storage weirs and Kolhapuri Type (KT) weirs. Under the programme, a provision of Rs 3,250 crore has been made for a span of five years -- 2012 to 2017. Of this amount, Rs 1,241 crore is to be spent on soil conservation, Rs 500 crore on micro-irrigation, and Rs 1,459 crore on minor irrigation. VIIDP will prove to be a boon for rainfed region of Vidarbha, he said. The ambitious programme will cover 10,000 villages.

Principal Secretary of Water Conservation V Giriraj, Chief Engineer Dilip Pohekar, Vijay Ghavte, Ambulgekar and others were present prominently in the press conference.

Raut said that the objective of VIIDP was to increase irrigation potential of Vidarbha region and help boost cotton production. The scheme includes various components like cement canal, farm ponds, drip and sprinkler irrigation, desilting of lakes, cleaning of ex-Malgujari tanks, constitution of water management committees etc. A third party audit of works also will be conducted.

Replying to a question, Raut said that 56 posts of Junior Engineer and 79 of Engineering Assistant were vacant in Nagpur and Amravati divisions. All the posts were filled up on contractual basis to pave way for effective implementation of VIIDP. Till date, administrative approval was granted to 50 schemes in Amravati Division and 186 in Nagpur Division. So far, 761 schemes were completed at the cost of Rs 106.88 crore.

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First list of Cong candidates for Assembly election soon: Raut

EGS Minister Dr Nitin Raut, who is also Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, told reporters that Congress would announce its first list of candidates for Legislative Assembly election soon. Read More
EGS Minister Dr Nitin Raut, who is also Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, told reporters that Congress would announce its first list of candidates for Legislative Assembly election soon.

According to Raut, a meeting of Screening Committee was held on Thursday evening. Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, and Deepak Bagadiya were present in the meeting. Discussions were held about aspirants from Vidarbha and the first list would come out soon, Raut added. In reply to a question, he refuted the allegations discrimination levelled by some workers during screening. Raut was addressing a press conference held at Hotel Centre Point here on Friday, regarding launch of 360 schemes under Vidarbha Intensive Irrigation Development Programme (VIIDP) scheduled on Saturday.

Congress’ long-time ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has been seeking three seats in Nagpur in the seat-sharing formula. At present, NCP has not got any seat for it in seat-sharing with Congress. Asked about NCP’s demand, Raut said that the high-commands of respective parties will take a decision on this and it would ‘not be appropriate’ to speak anything now.

Commenting on various surveys about Assembly election result projections, the senior Congress minister said that Lok Sabha and Legislative Assembly elections were different ball games. “The surveys say Congress-NCP led Democratic Front Government is likely to gain. This is because of all-round development and works done by our Government. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan continues to be the first choice for the post,” he said.

At the same time, Raut took a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and said that they wanted to derive political mileage and hence Prime Minister Narendra Modi was visiting only the states where Legislative Assembly elections are scheduled soon. “Metro Rail project was conceived by Congress-NCP Government in Maharashtra. However, while clearing the project, the Centre should have thought about entire state and not one city,” he said.

On the demand of Vidarbha statehood, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district said that Prime Minister should have made an announcement about it during his programme held on Thursday. “BJP is in favour of smaller states but Prime Minister did not make any announcement in this regard. Had he declared statehood to Vidarbha, I would have come out in open to support him,” Raut said. BJP has got majority in Lok Sabha and now it should fulfill its promise on Vidarbha, he added.

Asked as to why did he skip the programme of foundation stone laying ceremony of Metro Rail project at the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Raut said that he wanted to be there but could not reach as the plane in which he was flying was not given permission to land because of other movement at the time. “Still, as a matter of protocol, our senior colleague and Social Justice Minister Shivajirao Moghe received Prime Minister,” he said.

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Youth sentenced to seven years RI for raping minor

ADDITIONAL Sessions Judge M W Chandwani on Friday sentenced Dheeraj Prithviraj Jambhulkar (21) to seven years rigorous imprisonment after the charges of raping a minor girl were proved against ... Read More
ADDITIONAL Sessions Judge M W Chandwani on Friday sentenced Dheeraj Prithviraj Jambhulkar (21) to seven years rigorous imprisonment after the charges of raping a minor girl were proved against him in the court.

According to prosecution, the 10-year-old girl and her family had come to Tulja Lawns in Yashodhara Nagar area for a marriage ceremony on December 11, 2011. A resident of MHADA Colony, Jaripatka, Dheeraj Jambhulkar took the girl from the lawns on the pretext of giving her an ice-cream and raped her.

After the girl narrated the incident to her mother, the latter lodged a complaint against Dheeraj Jambhukar at Jaripatka Police Station. Cops arrested Dheeraj Jambhulkar on charges under Sections 363 and 376 of the IPC.

Assistant Police Inspector (API) S H Thakur investigated the case and chargesheeted the accused Dheeraj. As the charges were substantiated against Dheraj, the court sentenced him to seven years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 2,000. If he failed to pay the fine, he will have to undergo additional three months imprisonment.

Additional Public Prosecutor Jyoti Vajani represented the state. Adv Narwade was the defence counsel.

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One dies as slab of abandoned building collapses in Ajni

A TEENAGE boy was killed and another injured seriously when the slab of an abandoned building of a pump house at Ajni Railway Colony, Ajni, near Janmandal Primary School, collapsed on Friday af... Read More
A TEENAGE boy was killed and another injured seriously when the slab of an abandoned building of a pump house at Ajni Railway Colony, Ajni, near Janmandal Primary School, collapsed on Friday afternoon. Three other boys, who were standing near the dilapidated structure of the pump house, had a providential escape when the slab caved in.

Quick response by the rescue team of Nagpur Fire Brigade resulted in saving life of one of the two boys trapped under the debris. The deceased, Nilay Shyam Rangari (19) was a resident of Savitribai Fule Nagar. Injured Kaustubh Dangre (17), a resident of Taj Nagar, has been admitted to Government Medical College & Hospital.

According to eye-witnesses, the Central Railway authorities had demolished the old residential quarters two years ago as they were in dilapidated condition. Potable water was supplied to the old quarters from the pump house earlier. The pump house building was abandoned but was not demolished by the railway authorities. As a result, the structure allegedly became a criminals’ den.

Around 2 pm, Nilay, Kaustubh, Aniket Bahadure and two of their friends were allegedly smoking near the pump house building. Suddenly, the slab caved in. Nilay and Kaustubh were trapped under the debris while Aniket and two other boys escaped unhurt. Aniket and two of his friends shouted for help. Railway Colony residents gathered and informed Fire Brigade.

A team of about 20 rescuers led by Chief Fire Officer Rajendra Uchke rushed to the spot soon after receiving the information about the incident. Assistant Commissioner of Police (Ajni Division) Mohan Thakur, senior Inspector L G Dumbre and staff of Ajni Police Station also arrived. After Aniket Bahadure and other residents informed Fire Brigade officers that Nilay and Kaustubh were trapped under the debris, the rescue team pressed into service a JCB machine, cutters and other equipment to remove the rubble. After a hectic search, the Fire Brigade personnel succeeded in removing Kaustubh alive. On seeing Kaustubh’s condition, they rushed him to Government Medical College & Hospital.

When the rescue team pulled out Nilay from the debris, he was dead. Cops sent Nilay’s body to the same hospital for post-mortem. As news about Nilay’s death spread, a pall of gloom descended on Savitribai Fule Nagar. His family members, relatives and residents of Savitribai Fule Nagar arrived at the spot where the tragedy occurred. Nilay’s boys was sent for autopsy at Government Medical College & Hospital . It is learnt that Kaustubh suffered multiple fractures.

Ajni Police registered an accidental death case and started investigation.

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High Court seeks ECI reply on PIL on reserved seats of Assembly

Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice P R Bora, on Friday, issued notice to Election Commission of India (ECI) and sought the latter’s reply by August 28, after hearing a public interest litigation ... Read More
Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice P R Bora, on Friday, issued notice to Election Commission of India (ECI) and sought the latter’s reply by August 28, after hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) demanding increase in number of Legislative Assembly seats reserved for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

Pramod Tabhane filed the PIL demanding fixation of representation of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes on the basis of Census-2011 results, for the ensuing Legislative Assembly elections. The court heard the PIL on Friday.

The petitioner stated that Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes were given representation on the basis of Census-2001 in the recently held elections to Lok Sabha. He alleged that the people from these categories got lesser representation as number of seats reserved for them were not decided on the basis of Census-2011. He alleged that the procedure conducted by ECI was ‘flawed’, and prayed for appropriate directions from the Court to the ECI.

According to the petitioner, 50 candidates from both the categories were deprived of the opportunity of contesting the Lok Sabha elections. Now that the Legislative Assembly elections are scheduled to be held soon in Maharashtra, once again there is possibility that representation of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes will be decided as per Census-2001. To avoid injustice to the aspirants from these categories, the representation should be revised on the basis of Census-2011. Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice P R Bora issued notice to ECI and sought the latter’s reply by August 28.

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India’s first ‘green bus’ flagged off

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Rural Development Nitin Gadkari launched first green bus of country in city on Friday, expressing hope that this initiative should red... Read More
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Rural Development Nitin Gadkari launched first green bus of country in city on Friday, expressing hope that this initiative should reduce India’s dependence on crude oil in days to come. The bus manufactured by Scania, a Swedish manufacturer, is to run on Ethanol, and flagged off from Desphande Hall. The company is conducting three month’s trial run of the bus in partnership with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).

Gadkari laid on table a slew of offers, asking youth to make best of the opportunity and turn entrepreneurs as he revealed opportunities in new and emerging technology in his address to jam-packed Dr Deshpande Hall. Mayor Prof Anil Sole, Deputy Mayor Jaitunbi, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane, Members of Legislative Assembly, Krishna Khopde, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbhare, Narendra Borkar, Chairman, NMC’s Standing Committee, Pravin Datke, Leader of Ruling Party in NMC, and host of other office-bearers of NMC and Anders Grundstromer, Managing Director, Scania India and Senior Vice-President, Scanic CV AB, were seated on the dais. Ajay Sancheti, Member, Rajya Sabha, Datta Meghe, former Member of Parliament, and Girish Gandhi, Trustee, Vanrai, were guests of honour.

Sanjay Bandopadhyaya, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Road Transport, Highways, Shipping and Rural Development, was also present on the occasion.

Gadkari said, “Country’s dependence on imported crude oil is reason for all ills and with emerging new technology we have to chart a new course.” He added, Central Government is committed to transforming India. Again, he revealed plans to bring about change in legislation to update laws governing new fuel and new technology to match with international standards and talked at length about his dreams, empowering the rural India and generating new jobs with new technology and reducing pollution. He also urged Scania’s MD to look into prospect of setting-up manufacturing unit in Vidarbha, particularly Nagpur area and assured to offer land and other permissions at the earliest. Also once the new law is enacted Central Government would provide ethanol buses to corporations and help reduce the fuel burden.

At the same time, Gadkari chided NMC for not considering his proposal to tap methane gas from the solid waste at Bhandewadi and renewed his offer to provide technology and also an investor to set-up the project. Methane to can be used as fuel and help corporation save on fuel cost. Elaborating further on ethanol, he said world over newer technology is being used to hilt and in future India to can see electric buses and vehicles. He also urged transporters, especially those owing luxury buses to consider option of switching over to ethanol as this entails huge saving on fuel due to cost difference.

Similarly opportunity exists in making amino acid from hair. He also revealed his dream of one day boating in Nag River and landing in sea plan in Telenkhedi lake.

Earlier, Mayor Prof Sole urged Gadkari to provide 200 ethanol buses under JNNURM to corporation to better the public transport network in city. He also urged Gadkari to see that the trail period is extended beyond the contracted three months period. Till contract period the bus would be used for conducting educational tours.

Jt. Sec. Sanjay Bandopadhyay said law is being drafted to tap technology of providing permission to enable running vehicle on solar cell technology, ethanol etc. and added Central Government is serious about tapping renewable energy to reduce pollution.

Girish Gandhi criticised Congress for not doing anything on new technology front and creating hurdles when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led NDA Government is trying to bring about new revolution.

Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane stated that NMC has sent DPR of Bus Rapid Transport System (BRT) to Central Government and grant us permission. Anders Grundstromer in his speech said the launching of first green bus in India is an important step in realisation of energy efficient and sustainable public transport solutions.

Renuka Deshkar conducted the programme while Bandu Raut, Chairman, Transport Committee, proposed a vote of thanks.

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HC seeks report from JMC on action against hoardings

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Ajit Singh and Justice S K Gupta on Friday directed Jabalpur Municipal Corporation to file a specific affidavit about action taken... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Ajit Singh and Justice S K Gupta on Friday directed Jabalpur Municipal Corporation to file a specific affidavit about action taken in reference of order dated April 1, 2008, of Principal Secretary, Urban Administration, for regularising unplanned hoardings installed at roadsides in city areas. The division bench has given said directions in matter related to alleging that roadside hoardings allowed in the city distract drivers while driving. The division bench has fixed next hearing on September 29. The petitioner Advocate Satish Kumar Verma alleged that earlier affidavit filed on behalf of Municipal Corporation carried false and misleading information related to action taken. He contended that hoarding allowed by Municipal Corporation authorities are violating norms set by the Supreme Court in its judgements to protect riders and drivers from dangers of obstruction to traffic caused due to distracting eyes and to ensure safe movement of traffic on city roads. Earlier, the division bench had granted two weeks time to the State Government as prayer to reply in the matter challenging hoardings put up on roadside. Earlier, Samdarshi Tiwari, counsel for State, submitted that notification rules to regularise hoardings are before the cabinet for approval. Thereafter, the division bench has allowed two weeks further time to submit the same. Advocate Satish Verma alleging that roadside hoardings allowed in the city are distracting drivers’ attention and hindering smooth traffic flow.

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Meet to discuss future of casual workers at Med College remains indecisive

A HIGH-LEVEL meeting organised to accumulate 341 casual workers in 400 Class III and Class IV posts in Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital concluded without any decision on F... Read More
A HIGH-LEVEL meeting organised to accumulate 341 casual workers in 400 Class III and Class IV posts in Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital concluded without any decision on Friday.

Five out of six members committee constituted to start accumulation of casual workers against vacant posts at the Medical College started meeting with State Health Minister Sharad Jain in a closed room at the Dean’s office. Acting Dean Dr Arun Sharma, Dr Rooplekha Chouhan, Dr B K Guha, Dr Manoj Parashar, Superintendent, Cancer Hospital, Dr Pushpa Kirar held talks with State Minister Jain. While another member of committee Valmik Shukla President, Casual Workers’ Association (CWA) was not called for the meeting.

State Minister Medical Education Department Sharad Jain while talking to the mediapersons after the meeting informed that this is too early to say anything about accumulation of casual workers against vacant posts at Medical College.

Series of meetings will be organised to give final consent over the issue. He also made it clear that final decision on whether casual workers against vacant posts will be done within framework of rules and regulations of the Medical Education Department.

Meanwhile, Valmik Shulka, Casual Workers’ Association President, raised objection why only member of six member committee constituted for accumulation process was not called in closed room meeting. He said transparency should be maintained in talks, which is concerned with the future of more than 341 casual workers exercising their duties since past 10 years at Medical College Hospital.

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53rd All India Wheat & Barley Workers’ Meet begins today

REGISTRATIONS of 53rd All India Wheat and Barley Workers’ Meet and international seminar on Enhancing Wheat and Barley Production with Special Emphasis on Nutritional Security commenced on Th... Read More
REGISTRATIONS of 53rd All India Wheat and Barley Workers’ Meet and international seminar on Enhancing Wheat and Barley Production with Special Emphasis on Nutritional Security commenced on Thursday at Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU). The seminar will be inaugurated in a grand ceremony at 10 am at College of Agriculture, Auditorium, Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University on Saturday. Professor Swapan Kumar Datta, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR will be chief guest, while Dr H S Gupta, Director General, Borlaug Institute for South Asia, will be special guest. Professor Vijay Singh Tomar, JNAU Vice-Chancellor, will preside over the programme.

In the meeting, around 350 delegates representing different parts of the country, research institutions, universities, research projects, private companies and farmers would participate. In the international seminar, around 400 scientists from home and abroad will share their knowledge on important issues related to enhancement of production of nutritional security of wheat and barley.

On August 24, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, while Gaurishankar Bisen, Minister of Farmers’ Welfare and Agriculture Development, will be the guest of honour, will open the international seminar at 12 pm.

Dr Martin V Ginkel, Deputy Director General, ICARDA, Dr Eric Huttner, Research Programme Manager (CI), ACIAR, Australia, will grace the occasion as special guests. Professor Vijay Singh Tomar, Vice-Chancellor, JNAU, will preside over the function.

Director Research Services, JNAU Dr S S Tomar informed that the two grand events for enhancement of wheat production with quality improvement related issues will be jointly organised by JNAU and Directorate of Wheat Research (ICR), Karnal, Haryana, from August 22 to August 25.

Madhya Pradesh State Marketing Board is the main sponsor of the four-day event. He also appealed to students, research scholars, scientists and eminent researchers working in this direction to attend the programme.

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RDU non-teaching employees protest transfer policy

ON THE call of Madhya Pradesh University Non-Teaching Employees’ Association, non-teaching employees of Rani Durgavati University (RDU) participated in day-long mass leave against order of in... Read More
ON THE call of Madhya Pradesh University Non-Teaching Employees’ Association, non-teaching employees of Rani Durgavati University (RDU) participated in day-long mass leave against order of inter-university transfer policy. Amidst the day-long strike, various examinations were also held in RDU premises in peaceful manner. RDU made preliminary preparations to conduct the examination.

It may be mentioned that a new order inter-state transfer policy was passed in the State Cabinet on July 11, 2013. Now, all the employees of Madhya Pradesh universities boycott this order and declared mass leave on August 22. To follow this order, a total of 565 employees of RDU also supported the mass leave and participated in the symbolic strike. RDU employees said that we are serving in RDU since many years. This order is not right for employees of universities. Along with this order, employees also expressed ire over not getting benefits of sixth pay commission.

General Secretary of RDU Employees’ Association Sanjay Mishra said that when employees were appointed then such provision of transfer was not mentioned. Now, through a new ordinance the government is imposing such order.

We would oppose this order and we also demanded benefits of 6th Pay Commission. Against this order, we call for mass leave. If our demands are not fulfilled, then employees of State universities will go on indefinite strike from September 5. RDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Kedarnath Singh Yadav issued order that payment of those employees who participated in the strike will be stopped as per directions of Department of Higher Education. In which, the Vice-Chancellor asked the list of employees who supported and participated in the strike.

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MPOA contradicts amended norms of Director SYWD

MADHYA Pradesh Olympic Association (MPOA) has contradicted with amended norms framed to provide recognition to sports association by Directorate of Madhya Pradesh Sports and Youth Welfare Depar... Read More
MADHYA Pradesh Olympic Association (MPOA) has contradicted with amended norms framed to provide recognition to sports association by Directorate of Madhya Pradesh Sports and Youth Welfare Department (SYWD). In a fresh move, Madhya Pradesh Olympic Association recommended necessary amendments in the notification, numbered F-2-13-2011, for smooth operation of sports associations and desired promotion of sports and games in Madhya Pradesh.

Madhya Pradesh Olympic Association General Secretary Digvijay Singh while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ informed that provisions of notification are illogical for sports associations on practical grounds. Exempting two or three associations, most of the sports associations have failed in fulfilling guidelines of Directorate Sports for taking its recognition and getting funds for promotion of sports and providing facilities to budding players.

Digvijay Singh added that in his letter to the Sports Minister, he demanded necessary amendments to the policy for desired promotion of sports. He also informed that they have strongly opposed provision of ensuring one-fourth representation of international and national-level players as office-bearers of association, restricted age and tenure of office-bearers, compulsion of including an Arjun Award recipient in the association etc.

Madhya Pradesh Olympic Association General Secretary said that exempting two or three sports associations none of the sports association in the district is capable to ensure its units in minimum 50 per cent districts and maintaining additional paper work.

He informed that most of the office-bearers are working voluntarily in sports associations and earned their livelihood in other professions and it is not an easy task for them for dedicating their spare time for office works of the association. Singh informed that there are several anomalies in notification which may increase corruption in functioning of sports associations.

Digvijay Singh, in his letter, has appealed to the Madhya Pradesh Government for providing funds only for conducting sports competitions.

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Blind murder mystery of auto driver solved, three arrested

KHAMARIA police succeeded in unfolding blind murder mystery of an auto-rickshaw driver and apprehended three accused. The man was killed with a sharp-edged weapon to avenge murder of elder brothe... Read More
KHAMARIA police succeeded in unfolding blind murder mystery of an auto-rickshaw driver and apprehended three accused. The man was killed with a sharp-edged weapon to avenge murder of elder brother of one of the accused. The accused have been identified as Narayan alias Narru Patel, Mukesh and Ramsingh, residents of Kalgaudi village in Barela.

Additional Superintendent of Police (City) Amrendra Singh disclosed this while addressing a press conference on Friday. It may be mentioned that body of Puran alias Hallu Thakur (38), son of Tej Singh Thakur working as auto-rickshaw driver was found in a pool of blood in Rithauri village on Bandhi village road on August 13.

Taking a serious note into the case, Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra under supervision of Additional Superintendent of Police Amrendra Singh constituted a police team for investigation into the case and apprehended the accused. Investigating the case, police team found call details of deceased and held doubt on Narayan Patel. Police detained Narayan Patel for further investigation into the case. After rigorous questioning, Narayan disclosed the case and confessed to the murder of Puran Thakur to avenge killing of his brother. He also disclosed names of his two friends involved in the killing of Narayan. On his identification, police team started a rigorous search and succeeded in apprehending two more accused and seized the motorcycle. On this achievement, Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra has congratulated members of the police team and declared cash rewards for them.

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HC seeks reply from SP, others till Sept 5

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Subhash Kakade on Friday issued notices to the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Bhopal,... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Subhash Kakade on Friday issued notices to the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Bhopal, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Jabalpur, Superintendent of Police, Jabalpur, Officer Incharge, Police Station Civil Lines, Jabalpur, Officer Incharge, Mahila Police Station, Madan Mahal, Jabalpur and Advocate Shiv Shankar Tripathi and asked them to file their reply till September 5. The division bench issued notices in review petition filed by Swatantra Tripathi and fixed the case for next hearing on September 5. Petitioner Advocate contended in the petition that on April 7, 2014, the court had passed an order in absence of appellant and respondents have submitted wrong facts of the case and stated progress, enquiry in pursuance of the order dated on December 19, 2012, and March 27, 2014, of this court.

It may be mentioned that there are serious allegations against the respondent Advocate Shiv Shankar Tripathi and till date no concrete action has been taken against the accused and authority only took action against one Sub-Inspector, who definitely was made a scape goat. The appellant has been victimising since long and there is no other hope regarding redressal of her grievances apart from this court and on April 7, 2014, the appellant was ill, therefore could not reach the court and the respondent took advantage of absence of appellant by suppressing real aspect of the case. It may be recalled that the petitioner Swatantra Tripathi is an Advocate in Jabalpur.

Respondent Advocate Shiv Shankar Tripathi who is practicing in Jabalpur developed physical relationship with petitioner between 2009 to 2012 claiming himself to be her husband on the basis of vivah in front of the Almighty, with further assurance that he will marry the petitioner as per customs and rituals of Hindu law and accordingly he obtained consent of the appellant to have physical relationship with him. Subsequently it is reported that the respondent Shiv Shankar Tripathi married some other woman by keeping the petitioner in dark. On May 29, 2012, someone on the direction of the respondent threw petrol on the petitioner while she was returning from the University. The petitioner made a compliant in this regard with the respondent police authorities and also registered a complaint of rape by the respondent Shiv Shankar Tripathi. But the respondents being influential and under pressure of some lawyers, who are supporting the respondent Shiv Shankar Tripathi, closed the complaint regarding rape and also supporting respondent Shiv Shankar Tripathi by not filing FIR against him.

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Post-affiliation, MPHA named as Hockey Madhya Pradesh

IT IS a matter of great pride that Madhya Pradesh Hockey Association (MPHA) has been given affiliation by Hockey India to monitor and promote Hockey in Madhya Pradesh. With this declaration, MP... Read More
IT IS a matter of great pride that Madhya Pradesh Hockey Association (MPHA) has been given affiliation by Hockey India to monitor and promote Hockey in Madhya Pradesh. With this declaration, MPHA has been named as Hockey Madhya Pradesh.

Madhya Pradesh Olympic Association (MPOA) General Secretary Digvijay Singh and Hockey India General Secretary Lok Bahadur informed this while addressing a press conference on Friday.

Digvijay Singh informed that Hockey India General Secretary Dr Narendra Batra and Chief Executive Officer have given written consent for affiliation to Madhya Pradesh Hockey Association. Affiliation of Hockey India is a milestone for giving pace to promotion of players and development of infrastructure in Madhya Pradesh. Singh added that affiliation to Hockey Madhya Pradesh is an outcome of hardwork of office-bearers of MPOA and MPHA for obtaining affiliation from Hockey India.

Lok Bahadur informed that a total of 50 districts are registered with the Association while the Association has provided several noted football players, coaches and umpires to the country in its glorious history of 50 years.

The Association also conducted several national tournaments and registered its strong representation in national and international-level tournaments. He added that now a general body meeting of Hockey Madhya Pradesh will be organised within 15 days for chalking out further proceedings of the Association and deciding future course of action for promotion of players and development of Hockey in Madhya Pradesh.

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Strike of non-teaching staff paralyses working in colleges, universities

The working of most of the colleges and universities in State, including Barkatullah University, remained completely paralysed on Friday as large number of non-teaching staff went on strike in pr... Read More
The working of most of the colleges and universities in State, including Barkatullah University, remained completely paralysed on Friday as large number of non-teaching staff went on strike in protest against the amendment to University Act of 1973.

The BU campus wore almost deserted look as no employee reported for duty. Students coming from nearby districts for getting their migration, degree and other documents issued were left with no other option except returning to home.

Large number of non-teaching staffs from several districts gathered at the BU campus and raised slogan against the management. Apart from the University Act, they also protest against the non-fulfillment of pension demand pending for years. “If government would not accept our demand, we will launch indefinite strike from September 5, which is also Teacher’s Day,” said Lakhan Singh Parmar, Secretary, BU Non-Teaching Staff Association.

He further informed that the protest was staged under banner of Madhya Pradesh University Workers Association. Parmar said that university workers are expecting pension for years but government could not solve the issue yet. The association said that amended University Act includes transfer of non-teaching staffs to other place which would be creating problem for all.

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RTO-Traffic Police joint drive: Careless school van drivers fined

In a wake of carelessness shown by private school van drivers, Regional Transportation Office (RTO) fined seven school vehicles including a bus, a jeep and five vans during a joint drive with tra... Read More
In a wake of carelessness shown by private school van drivers, Regional Transportation Office (RTO) fined seven school vehicles including a bus, a jeep and five vans during a joint drive with traffic police department on Friday.

On the first day of its campaign, the team checked vehicles at Piplani, Apsara square, Anand Nagar and other areas. Most of the vehicles were found to be running with unauthorised LPG gas kit and more numbers of students than allowed were sitting in a vehicle.

The campaign was launched on Friday under the guidance of Anil Singh, from RTO and Radha Pandey (Traffic Police Inspector). However, van drivers were already aware of the campaign and most of them changed their way to escape from the exercise. “The campaign will be continued for a month. School vehicle drivers have been told to ply as per guidelines otherwise they will be fined,” said Ajay Gupta, RTO. The department has made it clear to the vans that drive against them will continue and they will be forced to follow the guidelines for safety of children.

“Van drivers will apply for permit and other certificates. The process takes time, we will ask for another one month from authorities,” said Shivkumar Soni, President of Private School Van Driver Association. It might be noted that even after giving a month to the van drivers, only three to four applications have been received by RTO office for issuing fitness and other certificate to the vehicle. The RTO and traffic police had already started the joint drive against school vehicles no following the guidelines during July first week. After continuing the drive for 15 days, large numbers of vehicles were fined. Agitated with the campaign, private school van drivers went on two day strike. The van drivers were given a month by state transportation minister Bhupendra Singh to get their license. Four days since school van operators met Collector and RTO and were given permission to ply with 14 students who were under 12 years of age, they were told to convert from LPG gas kits and apply for fitness and proper permits for school vans. However, till date no application has been received at RTO office. The vans are registered as private. Besides, most of these are more than 15 years old and hence are unfit for school duty as per Supreme Court guidelines.

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Vijayvargiya seeks Sonia’s stand on Cong minister’s talk on Hindu CM in J&K

Madhya Pradesh’s Urban Administration Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya shot off a letter to All India Congress Committee (AICC) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi seeking her stand on the statement of a C... Read More
Madhya Pradesh’s Urban Administration Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya shot off a letter to All India Congress Committee (AICC) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi seeking her stand on the statement of a Congress minister pitching for a Hindu Chief Minister in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

Congress MLA and J&K Minister Shamlal Sharma, in a Youth Congress function organised to mark Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary in Akhnoor (J&K), had asked as to why a Hindu can’t be a Chief Minister of J&K?

Sharma asked if Ghani Khan Choudhary could become Chief Minister of Hindu majority state West Bengal and Abdul Rehman Antulay of Maharashtra where Muslim population has been merely two percent then why can’t a Hindu lead Jammu Kashmir by becoming Chief Minister? Sharma had also expressed resentment over little representation to Jammu people in J&K government. This is not for the first time when Sharma raked up a controversy. Vijayvargiya, in this letter, asked Sonia to answer the question raised by Sharma. MP’s Urban Administration Minister also asked as to why a Hindu was never made a chief minister of J&K during 68-years of Independence. He said that this question needed to be addressed as secularism has been back-bone of our constitution.

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About 20 countries to partner in Global Investors’ Summit

Chief Secretary Anthony deSa reviewed at Indore on Friday the preparations for Global Investors Summit to be held at Indore from October 8 to 10 this year.

He said that all preparations f... Read More
Chief Secretary Anthony deSa reviewed at Indore on Friday the preparations for Global Investors Summit to be held at Indore from October 8 to 10 this year.

He said that all preparations for the summit should be completed by September 25.

About 20 countries will partner in the summit. As many as 3000 delegates are likely to attend it. For coverage of the summit, a media centre and press briefing room should be set up at the venue.

Chief Secretary deSa said that all information pertaining to the summit should be prepared simultaneously in Hindi and English. He informed that about 15 sessions will be held during the 3-day summit. Commissioner Indore Division Sanjay Dube informed that every department has appointed a nodal officer for coordination and arrangements for the summit. Executive Director of Madhya Pradesh Madhyam Suresh Tiwari informed that a well-equipped media centre will be set up. The meeting was informed that guests coming to the summit will be taken on sightseeing tours of Mandu, Omkareshwar, Regional Park, Indore city’s Lal Bagh, Rajbada, Krishna Chhatri and nearby districts. City’s crossings and public places will be specially decorated during the summit. Principal Secretary Urban Administration S N Mishra, Managing Director of TRIFAC D P Ahuja and other officers were present in the meeting.

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Fruitful discussions on diamond business, entertainment sector

On the third and last day of Dubai visit, a high-level delegation from the state led by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held important discussions on investment promotion. The discussions we... Read More
On the third and last day of Dubai visit, a high-level delegation from the state led by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held important discussions on investment promotion. The discussions were held with businessmen and investors associated with diamond business at Dubai Multi Commodity Centre (DMCC) and EMAAR Group. Besides, discussions were also held with Air Arabia on starting its operations in Madhya Pradesh and at networking lunch with Dubai-based NRIs on investment in Madhya Pradesh.

The important meeting at DMCC proved successful in that it was attended by over 50 big industrialists associated with business and value addition of diamonds and other gems. They were informed that Madhya Pradesh is the only diamond-producing state in the country. They were also given detailed information about Diamond and Jewellery Parks at Indore. The investors evinced keen interest towards Global Investors Summit, Indore. Another important meeting was held with EMAAR Group’s CFO Amit Jain and other officers at world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa. This group is also associated with Indore Green Project. The group consented to do survey for a project near Bhopal. Later, important discussions were held with Air Arabia on starting its operations in Madhya Pradesh.

Chief Minister Chouhan held discussions with Videocon’s Director Aniruddha Dhoot during lunch hosted by him. During the lunch, the Chief Minister met other industrialists also including IBPG’s Chairman Mohan Jasanmal and other members of group. On the second day of the visit Thursday, the Chief Minister and the delegation visited Masdar City and saw there the Smart City Project. Masdar University has more than half Indians. Here, the delegation met a student from Bhopal who is doing PhD. Presentation of Ferrari World was also made during the meeting at the Indian embassy. Ferrari World is a global-level amusement park. The MK Group managing Ferrari World is interest in investment in Madhya Pradesh. Discussions were held to develop such amusement park in Madhya Pradesh. Park’s Chairman Yusuf Ali expressed desire to visit Madhya Pradesh to explore investment possibilities. After his 3-day visit to United Arab Emirates, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will reach Bhopal at 1.30 PM on August 23. Accompanied by a high-level delegation, Chouhan had left for United Arab Emirates on August 19. At Dubai, he met investors and invited them to Madhya Pradesh. A number of companies evinced keen interest to invest in construction, solar energy, Smart City and other development projects in Madhya Pradesh. Accepting Chief Minister Chouhan’s invitation, a delegation of commerce and trade organisations of UAE will participate in Global Investors Summit at Indore in October.

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Bihar minister’s son tries to end life in hostel of Scindia School, Gwalior!

The son of Bihar’s Co-operative Minister Jai Singh, Adarsh Singh reportedly tried to commit suicide by hanging at the campus of Gwalior’s Scindia School on Wednesday. Adarsh, studying in ni... Read More
The son of Bihar’s Co-operative Minister Jai Singh, Adarsh Singh reportedly tried to commit suicide by hanging at the campus of Gwalior’s Scindia School on Wednesday. Adarsh, studying in ninth standard, was first rushed to a local hospital and seeing the serious condition, he was taken to Apollo Hospital of Delhi.

Gwalior police said that school administration is trying to cover up the incident as it had not informed police in connection with the incident so far. Police would go to Scindia School on Saturday to look into the incident.

The probability of ragging behind the incident could not be ruled out. When Bihar’s Co-operative Minister Jai Singh learnt that his son had been admitted in Apollo Hospital and is serious, he immediately rushed to Delhi. The incident happened on August 20. It is being said that when Adarsh failed to appear in roll call of 8 pm, school staff went to see him in his room and saw that he was hanging and bleeding from nose. He was immediately brought down and rushed to local hospital.

When his condition deteriorated, he was taken to Delhi’s Apollo Hospital for treatment where his condition is said to be critical. Though it is not clear but suspected that seniors of Adarsh were torturing him.

As Adarsh is unconscious hence real reason behind the incident could not be known immediately. School administration is also telling that reason behind incident is unclear and it could be known once Adarsh gains consciousness. ‘The Hitavada’ made efforts to contact, Co-operative Minister of Bihar, Jai Singh but his cell phone was coming out of range. However, PS to Jai Singh, Purnendu Kumar informed ‘The Hitavada’ that minister’s son Adarsh is being treated at Apollo Hospital of Delhi and minister is there to take care of him. He said that incident happened on August 20 and he was admitted to hospital on August 21.

When contacted, CSP of Gwalior, VS Raghuvansi spoke to ‘The Hitavada’ and said that school administration had not informed police about the incident and it is trying to cover up the incident. “We will go to school to find out the truth behind the incident,” he said. In the meantime, Gwalior SP Santosh Kumar Singh told ‘The Hitavada’ that school administration had not informed police so far and whatever police are having information it is through different sources.

He said that SHO of concerned police station area had been asked to look into the matter and accordingly action would be taken. When asked that whether any action would be taken against school administration which had not bothered to inform police about the incident, he said that it is only after investigation that any action would be taken accordingly. Efforts were also made to contact school administration on land line but no senior officer had attended the phone.

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MP stops extra power supply to other states

Madhya Pradesh has stopped extra power supply to other states by seeing the power problem in State due to myriad reasons. To sort out the power problem, power production has been started from Sin... Read More
Madhya Pradesh has stopped extra power supply to other states by seeing the power problem in State due to myriad reasons. To sort out the power problem, power production has been started from Singhaji power plant on Thursday and it has reached till 300 megawatt. In the meantime, entire power from Nigari plant of JP company would be taken in couple of days to meet shortage between demand and supply. All these steps are likely to normalise the power situation in state. Notably, after less power supply from centre and less production of power from thermal plants due to shortage of coal and dipping of hydel power production, state had suddenly started to feel the pinch of shortage in power on Wednesday and undeclared power cut was felt in rural and tehsil levels. The issue has snowballed into major issue with Congress taking the shots on government. In defense, Government has to give the clarification that it is not scheduled power cut and situation would improve in couple of days. According to rough estimation, State is facing shortage of power between 800 mw and 1000 mw. By getting power from Singhaji power plant and JP power of Nigari, the shortfall would be meted to a great extent. When contacted, Managing Director of power management company, Manu Shrivastava told ‘The Hitavada’ that supply of power from Singhaji power plant and JP power plant in Nigari is expected to end the existing problem in couple of days. He also informed that no sooner did the power problem started to raise its head in state, extra power supply has been stopped to other states. Madhya Pradesh was supply extra power to West Bengal, Haryana and Delhi respectively. Notably, the water-level in dams used for power generation is yet to reach till satisfactory level owing to weak monsoon. This has adversely affected the hydel power generation capacity of Madhya Pradesh. It is going to be more than one week when rains have subsided due to weakening of monsoon system.

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After failing in CA exam, girl ends life

Depressed after her repeated failures in the examination of Chartered Accountant, a girl committed suicide by hanging herself on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

Deceased Riya ... Read More
Depressed after her repeated failures in the examination of Chartered Accountant, a girl committed suicide by hanging herself on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

Deceased Riya Kesharwani (20), a resident of Khaprabhatti, couldn’t cope up with the failures in CA examination. She wrote a heart-touching suicide note, telling her state of depression owing to the failures. She took all the responsibility of suicide on herself. She said that it was her biggest dream and aspiration of life and now, when she find herself unable to achieve biggest dream of her life, it’s better that she end the life.

She asked her parents to donate her organs to the needy people. Riya wanted to bring laurels to her parents by succeeding in the CA Examination but as the things didn’t turn out the way she expected, Riya took the extreme step of ending her life.

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BSP AGM commits suicide

The Assistant General Manager, (AGM) from Wire Rod Mill (WRM) of BSP on Friday afternoon was found hanging dead at his residential quarter in Sector-4, Bhilai. Prima facie the incident appeared... Read More
The Assistant General Manager, (AGM) from Wire Rod Mill (WRM) of BSP on Friday afternoon was found hanging dead at his residential quarter in Sector-4, Bhilai. Prima facie the incident appeared to be of suicide, but reason behind it could not be ascertained in the investigation so far, the police said. Police sources informed that at about 2 pm on Friday, Vipin Raut (49), AGM (WRM) of BSP and a resident of Street-17, Sector-4, Bhilai, was found hanging dead in the bedroom of his quarter. The body was hanging from the ceiling fan with the help of a leash of his pet dog. The police said that after information, a police team rushed to the spot and took the body into custody after preparing an inquest of the incident. The body was preserved in the mortuary of JLN Hospital, Bhilai subsequently. The police are further investigating the matter. When contacted, Laxman Kumeti, Station House Officer (SHO), Bhatti Police Station informed that presumably the incident appeared to be of suicide, but reason behind it could not be ascertained, as no suicide-note was recovered from the spot. At the time of incident, AGM Raut was alone at his quarter, and the incident came to light when the family members returned home. The body was preserved in the mortuary as some family members and relatives are yet to arrive.

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Labourer dies of electrocution at under-construction GMR Power Plant

Lack of safety measures and equipments in State’s industries was exposed once again at the cost of yet another life, when a labourer died by electrocution at under-construction GMR Power Plan... Read More
Lack of safety measures and equipments in State’s industries was exposed once again at the cost of yet another life, when a labourer died by electrocution at under-construction GMR Power Plant at Raikhera of Tilda.

Death of fellow worker sparked outrage of the other labourers. Demanding a compensation of Rs 25 lakh, labourers halted the work and raised slogans against the plant management.

Accident happened on the Friday morning around 9:00 am at village Raikhera around 10 kilometres from Kharora, where GMR Company is constructing a Power Plant. His fellow workers informed the deceased Sunil Ram (35), a native of Siwan, Bihar, was working at the plant, when he was electrocuted by an extremely high-voltage live wire of 700 kilovolt.

Current was so intense that Sunil Ram died within few seconds after coming into contact of the wire. He was basically an employee of Simplex Company and was working contract at GMR.

Soon, the protest broke out and the work at the construction site was brought to grinding halt.

Labourers were so enraged that they didn’t even allow the police to take the dead body from the spot. Police tried to calm down the situation but they could not.

Only when auxiliary forces were called on from other police stations, condition was brought under control. After a tight negotiation with the workers, plant management agreed to provide Rs 15 lakh as compensation to the family of deceased labourer.

Confidence of workers grew further, when some leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress also jumped into the fray to support the demands of workers. They also demanded a FIR against the GMR Plant Management.

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Poll scene heats up in twin-city

The race for the student union’s election heated up on Friday with contestants from both the mainstream students’ wings, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and National Students Unio... Read More
The race for the student union’s election heated up on Friday with contestants from both the mainstream students’ wings, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and National Students Union of India (NSUI) are filing their nomination papers at different colleges in the twin city Bhilai-Durg, as August 22 being the only date for filing the nomination forms. The date for withdrawal of nomination is August 23 (Saturday), while the election will be held on August 27.

After filing the nomination in colleges on Friday, by both the students’ unions, a direct confrontation between NSUI and ABVP was noticed, as no other party or independent candidates were seen filing nominations, except a few in one or two colleges. Since morning, candidates were marching towards concerned colleges to file papers in fleets of cars and other vehicles, followed by groups of supporters on two wheelers. The main parties NSUI and ABVP are leaving no stone unturned for demonstrating their strength to make impact upon the voters and also to attract the media attention. But due to strict vigil of police, much of the showoff by the candidates and their supporters was subdued within limits.

“We are cent percent sure about victory and will make a clean sweep in the union election as we have huge support from the students’ community, and our election manifesto deals with the prevailing problems, which the college students are facing at present,” said Nitesh Mishra, State Technical Head ABVP while talking to ‘The Hitavada’. ABVP’s arch rival NSUI is also fully geared up and using each opportunity to project its impressive panel, for voters to appreciate. Amid slogan shouting ‘NSUI Zindabad’ a sea of students led by NSUI candidates reached the city colleges and also interacted with huge number of students, before filing nomination papers.

“Every activist of NSUI is contesting this election from some college, and we are just a right front for representing them. Students had expressed their faith in NSUI and today with the active participation of huge number, they have already assured us of victory,” asserted Devendra Yadav, NSUI District President who assured to defeat the ABVP with convincing margin.

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Police evaluating CCTV grabs of colleges

POLICE are scrutinizing the CCTV grabs everyday of the colleges in twin cities of Bhilai and Durg, ahead of students’ elections as part of precautionary measurers to keep trail of any event... Read More
POLICE are scrutinizing the CCTV grabs everyday of the colleges in twin cities of Bhilai and Durg, ahead of students’ elections as part of precautionary measurers to keep trail of any eventualities or violence.

SP, Dr Anand Chhabra, is learnt to have chaired a special meeting and directed police officials to ensure close monitoring over doubtful developments.

According to information, police are keeping tap over developments within and around colleges and coaching institutes in the twin cities of Bhilai and Durg keeping in view the forthcoming students’ elections. The Station House Officers (SHOs) were directed to ensure personal supervision over developments at colleges within their jurisdiction until student elections and results. The police patrolling teams are also seen maintaining round the clock vigil around colleges in twin cities and police officials and personnel are also interacting with students contesting election and their groups.

As part of measurers, the police are regularly analyzing CCTV footage from Friday onwards to effectively check all possibilities of violence before or during elections. The police have already issued strict instructions to contestants and their group to abide by code of conduct.

Talking to the newspaper, Additional Superintendent of Police (City), Prashant Singh Thakur informed that all SHOs were directed to ensure close supervisions over developments within and around colleges ahead of elections and to effectively check the possibilities of violence. The police were also ensuring effective compliance of directives of district administration regarding procedure of election and code of conduct, added ASP Thakur .

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Students’ poll: A direct fight between ABVP & NSUI in most colleges

Most of the colleges in the city on Friday witnessed hectic campaigning and nomination filing by the candidates. Senior members of the various student wings accompanied their respective candid... Read More
Most of the colleges in the city on Friday witnessed hectic campaigning and nomination filing by the candidates. Senior members of the various student wings accompanied their respective candidates who were seen sweating it out to woo the students to vote for them in the students’ union elections to be held on August 27 and September 1 respectively.

Considering the present environment, the students’ union elections in the colleges is heading for a direct contest between the two major student wings – Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) even as a few other student organizations such as Chhatra Lok Janshakti are in fray.

MAHANT COLLEGE: Sujata Bais and Murari Chandrakar filed nominations for the post of President and Vice-President at Mahant College on ABVP tickets. Similarly, Priyanka Sahu and Aman Shukla from ABVP will fight for the post of Secretary and Assistant Secretary. Apart from these candidates, ABVP members Sanju Narayan Singh Thakur, Sonu Rajput, Bhanu Pratap Singh, Ritesh Mohre, Avdhesh Jain etc. campaigned in the college. On NSUI tickets, BA 2nd year student Vibha Rani Soni, BCom final year student Ali Asgar and Tushar Viswas filed nominations for the post of President, Vice-President and Secretary respectively. Ravi Sen, Richa Thakur, Aniket Kumar, Narendra Pal, Tarun Soni etc. were seen active in the canvassing for NSUI candidates in Mahant College. Congress Leader Vikas Upadhyaya, Pradip Sahu and other member also reached the college to support their candidates.

GIRLS’ DEGREE COLLEGE, KALIBADI: At Kalibadi situated Girls Degree College, BSc second year student Leeleswari Sahu and MCom first semester student Sahiba are contesting for the post of President and Vice President on NSUI tickets. Similarly, BCom (2nd yr) student Yogita Sharma and first BCom (1st year) student Jyoti Jagat are in fray for the post of Secretary and Assistant Secretary.

GOVERNMENT CHHATTISGARH COLLEGE: Mukesh Kurre, Kokila Ben, Ashish Mishra and Ritesh Jha are contesting for the post of President, Vice President, Secretary and Assistant Secretary. The Youth Congress leaders led by Raipur Lok Sabha General Secretary Azhar Rehman reached the college for convincing voters in favour of their candidates. Similarly, ABVP candidates and their supporters carried out campaigning in the college.

The candidates also filed nominations at Government Science College, Durga College, Harishankar College, Vipra Mahavidyalaya and other colleges in the city. The elections in these colleges will be held on August 27.

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Two C’garh players picked for Seoul Asian Games

Two talented basketball players from Chhattisgarh - A Kavita and Kavita - have secured their berths in the 12-member Indian Basketball team visiting Seoul (South Korea) for participating in the... Read More
Two talented basketball players from Chhattisgarh - A Kavita and Kavita - have secured their berths in the 12-member Indian Basketball team visiting Seoul (South Korea) for participating in the 17th Asian Games to be held from September 19 to October 4, 2014.

It is worth mentioning, Bharti Netam and M Pushpa were the first to represent India at Asian Games 2011 held in China.

Chhattisgarh Basketball Association (CGBA) Chairman Sonmani Borah (IAS), Chief Patron Arvind Jain and President Rajeev Jain on Friday said that A Kavita (Bhilai Steel Plant) and Kavita (South East Central Railway) have brought laurels for the State.

Both the players have been consistent in their performance at the various state and national level championships. Association general secretary Rajesh Patel, whose role has been instrumental in grooming basketball players in Chhattisgarh, said the two players will play exposure matches at Beijing (China) from September 5 to 15, 2014 before leaving for Seoul.

It is to be mentioned, Kavita was sent to Reliance IMG Basketball Academy, Florida (USA), by Basketball Federation of India for a period of four years for advanced training.

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, Chhattisgarh Olympic Association General Secretary Baldeo Singh Bhatia, Chhattisgarh Lawn Tennis Association President Vikram Singh Sisodia, Naresh Dakliya (Executive President, CGBA), L T Sherpa (Executive Director (Personnel and Administration, BSP), Madhuri Menon (General Manager, BSP), A K Kayal (GM (CSR), BSP), G Suresh (President, C G Arm Wrestling Association), H R Choudhary (GM, In-charge, Personnel), P K Satpathy (DGM, SE &CA, BSP), Sahiram Jakhar (Senior Manager (Sports), BSP), Bashir Ahmed Khan (Manager (Sports) BSP) and others congratulated the two players on their achievement.

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Truck crushes three youths to death in Butibori

IN ghastly mishap, a speeding unidentified trailer-truck crushed three motorcycle-borne youths to death near Shilpa Company in Butibori on Tuesday afternoon. Fearing public wrath, the truck dri... Read More
IN ghastly mishap, a speeding unidentified trailer-truck crushed three motorcycle-borne youths to death near Shilpa Company in Butibori on Tuesday afternoon. Fearing public wrath, the truck driver sped away. The deceased have been identified as Amol Banduji Ghode (25), Gajanan Chaple (22), both residents of Digras, district Wardha, and Shatrughna Suresh Choudhary (26), a resident of Katwa, district Nagpur. The deceased were carpenters. Around 3.30 pm, Amol Gajanan and Shatrughna were heading towards Industrial area from Bori on a motorcycle (MH-40/X-0852) for some work. Suddenly, on the circle turning near Shilpa Company, a speeding truck hit their motorcycle killing them instantaneously. The truck driver fled the spot fearing public violence. Ashwin Shukla, a security guard at Shilpa Company, informed Bori Police about the mishap. Staff from Bori Police Station led by PSI Mahesh Meshram and HC Ashish Khode arrived at the spot and sent the bodies to Government Medical College & Hospital for post-mortem. After registering a hit-n-run case, cops launched a search for the ‘killer’ truck.

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Jamgade issue rocks NMC general meeting

The issue of Executive Engineer Dilip Jamgade rocked the general body meeting of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday. Mayor Prof Anil Sole directed the civic administration to relieve... Read More
The issue of Executive Engineer Dilip Jamgade rocked the general body meeting of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday. Mayor Prof Anil Sole directed the civic administration to relieve Jamgade from additional charges immediately. He also directed to produce all documents before the general body and seek legal opinion for discussion in the meeting.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) corporator Kishor Gajbhiye moved a proposal regarding the discussion in the meeting. However, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane stated that the issue could not be discussed in the meeting as matter was pending before the High Court. The legal counsel advised him not to discuss the issue in the meeting. Gajbhiye stated that the proposal was different from what he had challenged before the High Court. Jamgade knocked the door of High Court against the decision of then Municipal Commissioner to pay him 50 per cent amount during suspension period. Mayor urged the angry corporators to discuss the issue in next meeting.

Ruling Party leader Pravin Datke said, the issue is different but the directions of Mayor must be respected. He agreed to discuss the issue in next meeting. He said, corporators have complaints regarding Executive Engineers Sanjay Gaikwad, Manoj Talewar, Rahul Warke and others too. The administration should come clear on its role over the behavior of these engineers. He alleged that Jamgade was sitting on a file of compound wall of Reshimbag ground for several months. “This tendency should be stopped,” he said. NMC Contractors’ Association also had lodged a complaint with Mayor and Datke against Jamgade.

Gajbhiye said, Jamagade has additional charges of several departments and therefore NMC should relieve him of these responsibilities and demote him to the post of Deputy Engineer. He alleged the House that Dilip Jamgade did not sanction the files of his area inspite of directions from Municipal Commissioner. “He is torturing corporators of Hanuman Nagar and Satranjipura Zone. The roads are in bad shape,” he pointed out.

Leader of Opposition Vikas Thakre said, not only Jamgade but other employees and officials also misbehaved with corporators. The issue should be discussed at length and only a single person should not be targeted, he said. Prakash Gajbhiye also spoke on the issue. Mayor Anil Sole directed the administration to take second legal opinion and place all the complaints received by them before the next general body. Municipal Commissioner should examine the charges of Jamgade and relieve him of additional charges, he added.

‘NMC losing its lands’

Many private persons and organisations have got transferred lands of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in their names with the help of City Survey Office, alleged corporators during the general body meeting. City Survey Office has transferred NMC’s land to Hanuman Mandir Vyayamshala in Shantinagar area in a latest case, it was pointed out. Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane informed the NMC House that as per 1938 record, the entire land belonged to NMC and therefore the claim of Hanuman Mandir Vyayamshala was not based on facts. The local body constructed Samaj Mandir near this temple. Corporator Praful Gudadhe said, City Survey Office had transferred school land to a Member of Legislative Council (MLC). Senior corporator Dayashankar Tiwari said, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) is constructing a big shopping complex at Jagnade Square, and Gokulpeth Market land belongs to NMC. The local body should appoint a team of learned advocates to protect land of its ownership, he added.

Vikas Thakre seeks action against OCW

Leader of Opposition and senior Congress corporator Vikas Thakre demanded action against Orange City Water (OCW) for allegedly taking bribe from consumers to reduce their water bills. The meter readers of OCW demanded bribe of Rs 5,000 from Colonel (retd) A B Gurung for reducing water bill. Executive Director Ajij-ur-Rehman confirmed the incident and informed NMC House that OCW had suspended three meter readers. Thakre demanded action against OCW. Rehman informed the House that OCW would start photo-billing to stop misappropriation in billings.

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Mayor orders probe in alleged scam in SSA implementation

Congress corporator Abha Pande, on Tuesday, alleged a scam of Rs one crore in Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) implementation by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). She raised the issue during Quest... Read More
Congress corporator Abha Pande, on Tuesday, alleged a scam of Rs one crore in Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) implementation by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). She raised the issue during Question Hour in NMC’s general body meeting, and taking cognisance of this Mayor Prof Anil Sole directed Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane to conduct in-depth probe into the alleged scam.

Pande said that Deputy Municipal Commissioner Rizwan Siddique had directed to logde a police complaint against Head Masters and other employees of Education Department for misappropriation. She accused Education Department of misleading corporators on SSA implementation. The local body has changed the guidelines of State Government and did not inform corporators. She said, the local body received huge amount under SSA but spent very little.

Central Government has issued directions for implementation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan from 2002-2003 but local body finalised guidelines in 2011. On November 28, 2011, Deputy Municipal Commissioner Rizwan Siddique sought information about construction works done under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan between 2002-2011. He directed to deposit unspent amount to SSA account. If fund was spent on other works, he had directed to lodge police complaint against guilty persons. Abha Pande said, NMC constructed only two out of five toilet blocks in Mor Bhavan School and three out of five rooms in Mini Mata Nagar NMC School. The remaining fund was spent on other works, she alleged.

Pande also accused the local body of not appointing any officer on vacant post of Deputy Municipal Commissioner. The post is on deputation from State Government. If the Government did not respond to local body, then NMC should appoint its officer. In response, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane stated that State Government had appointed an officer on deputation but he did not join. The local body lodged a complaint with the Government and Urban Development Department issued notice to the officer and initiated departmental enquiry. Assistant Commissioner Maaxhesh Dhamecha said that the bye-laws of 2001 were not approved by NMC general body.

Sole directed the administration to produce record before general body in next meeting.

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3 IPS officers team up to raid gambling den ‘blessed’ by cops

AFTER getting information that some cops from Crime Branch and Sakkardara Police Station allegedly had nexus with criminals, three young IPS officers appointed recently as Deputy Commissioners ... Read More
AFTER getting information that some cops from Crime Branch and Sakkardara Police Station allegedly had nexus with criminals, three young IPS officers appointed recently as Deputy Commissioners of Police, formed special teams and raided Anna Raut’s gambling den at Chanda Atkar’s house at Bidipeth on Tuesday.

The raiding party comprising DB Squads of different police stations under Zone I caught 11 persons red-handed while gambling on cards and seized Rs 3.61 lakh cash, a country-made gun, a sword, 60 beer bottles, 10 cellphones, some gold ornaments, a four-wheeler, a motocycle and a moped, collectively valued at Rs 8.11 lakh.

According sources, one of the Deputy Commissioners of Police got information that Anna Raut was operating a gambling den at Bidipeth with the blessings of some cops. He contacted two of his colleagues and sought permission from the top brass to conduct the raid.

Accordingly, DCP Abhinash Kumar formed a special team comprising members of DB squads of police stations falling under Zone I. DCP (Zone I) Kumar, DCP (Zone IV) Ishu Sindhu and DCP (Zone III) Nirmala Devi S along with the special team boarded separate autorickshaws and arrived near Ghate Kirana Stores at Bidipeth around 1 am. Cops surrounded Chanda Atkar’s house. The raiding party then stormed into the house and caught the gamblers red-handed.

Interestingly, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone II) S M Waghmare, who was on night round, allegedly had no information when the raid was conducted.

The raids conducted by special teams constituted under the supervision of Deputy Commissioners of Police Ishu Sindhu, Abhinash Kumar and Nirmala Devi S have raised several eyebrows about the alleged nexus between the gambling den operators and some cops attached to the Crime Branch as well as police stations.

Those arrested during the raid have been identified as Anil Bhaiyyaji Raut (34), a resident of Bidipeth, Milind Rambhau Dupare (42), a resident of Lane No 1, Jagnade Square, Shahjar Khan Mohammad Khan (36), a resident of Thakur Plot, Vijendra Uttamrao Kewatkar (42), a resident of Jaibhole Nagar, Sachin Uttamrao Nitnawre (32), a resident of Bidipeth, Rizwan Khan Moinuddin Khan (32), Bidipeth, Dhanraj Punaram Kamble (48), a resident of old Bagadganj, Govinda Narayan Bhullo (52), a resident of Pachpaoli, Umesh Mahadeorao Uikey (23), a resident of Sambhaji Nagar, Narsala, Vinod Kanhaiyyalal Fulwani (40), a resident of Bagadganj, and Praveen Raju Pillai, New Bidipeth. An offence under Sections 4 and 5 of the Gambling Act, read with Sections 3, 4+25 of the Arms Act and Sections 65 E and 68 of the Bombay Police Act has been registered against the accused persons at Sakkardara Police Station.

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Preparations in full swing for PM’s maiden function in city

With only a day to go for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to the city, the administrative machinery as well as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expedited their preparations.

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With only a day to go for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to the city, the administrative machinery as well as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expedited their preparations.

Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan also will be arriving in the city on Wednesday from Mumbai. After arrival at 5.25 pm, the Governor will proceed to Raj Bhavan and camp for the night.

On Thursday, he will receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport and also accompany him to Mouda, where Modi will be dedicating to the nation 500x2 MW units at National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) power plant. Later, the Governor will also grace the launch of Metro Rail project for Nagpur city, in a public function to be held at Kasturchand Park ground, Nagpur. As per the official programme, the Governor will fly back to Mumbai from Sonegaon airport after the programmes on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the preparations for the Prime Minister’s maiden programme in the city, were in full swing at Kasturchand Park ground here. The administrative machinery reviewed the preparations so far and also gave finishing touches to the preparations. At Kasturchand Park ground, the work of erecting a special dome for Narendra Modi’s programme was nearing completion on Tuesday evening. Besides, barricading and demarcation of various areas were being finalised. BJP also expedited its preparations ahead of Modi’s visit. It continued with holding meetings of party workers and appealing them to attend the launch of Metro Rail project in large numbers on August 21. Krishna Khopde, City BJP President and East Nagpur MLA. organised a meeting of prominent workers in East Nagpur on Tuesday.

In his speech, Khopde said, Narendra Modi is arriving for the first time after taking over as Prime Minister after the stupendous victory of BJP in Lok Sabha polls. The party will give him warm reception and lakhs of party workers should attend the function. Chairman of NMC’s Standing Committee Narendra Borkar, Education Committee chief Chetana Tank, former corporator Pramod Pendke, and Publicity In-charge Chandan Goswami were present.

Khopde informed the party workers that foundation stone for the project worth Rs 12,000 crore will be laid by the Prime Minister. This is a prestigious event for the party and all the workers should strive to make it a grand success. There are no entry passes for party workers as it is a public function, he said.

In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the city on August 21, BJP has found the best possible opportunity for the party to mobilise its network for ensuing Legislative Assembly polls. The public function of Modi, during his four-hour visit, will be virtual launch of Assembly election campaign of BJP in Vidarbha region. After winning all 10 seats in the region during recently held Lok Sabha elections, now the party and its allies in the ‘Mahayuti’ have set their eyes on the Assembly seats in Vidarbha.

Sources said that State BJP President Devendra Fadnavis, Mayor Prof Anil Sole, MLAs Vikas Kumbhare and Sudhakar Deshmukh, Sandip Joshi, Pravin Datke, Sudhakar Kohle, Dr Ravindra Bhoyar, Ramesh Singare, Prabhakar Yeole, Rajesh Bagadi, Dayashankar Tiwari, Sunil Agrawal and others are working hard for success of the function.

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Irrigation Scam: SC dismisses VIDC petition against PILs

In what could be termed as relief for the activists raising voice against the multi-crore irrigation scam effected by an unholy nexus of contractors-bureaucrats-politicians, the Supreme Court d... Read More
In what could be termed as relief for the activists raising voice against the multi-crore irrigation scam effected by an unholy nexus of contractors-bureaucrats-politicians, the Supreme Court dismissed special leave petitions (SLPs) filed by Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) against the hearing of the public interest litigations (PILs) on merit.

Jan Manch had filed a PIL before the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court here in the irrigation scam and had stated that a fraud was played on the Constitution of India as the purpose for which Article 371 was amended had been frustrated due to siphoning off of funds meant for irrigation projects resulting into depriving the backward region of Vidarbha from irrigation facilities. Jan Manch had also filed five different reports on record before the High Court in which there were sufficient observations against the officials of VIDC.

These reports included those by Government officials Nandkumar Vadnere, H Mendhegiri, and also the reports of Central Water Commission (CWC) and Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). Further, Jan Manch had attached the series of investigative report of ‘The Hitavada’ on multi-crore irrigation scam. Jan Manch had prayed for CBI enquiry into irrigation scam.

Adv Bharti Dabhadkar, Secretary of Lok Nayak Bapuji Aney Smarak Samiti, along with Mohan Karemore and Amit Khot had filed another PIL no. 83/2012 on August 7, 2012 before Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, raising important issues pertaining to the severe backwardness of Vidarbha region with particular emphasis on delay in clearance and implementation of irrigation projects in the region. The petitioners also prayed for directions to Union of India and State of Maharashtra to hold high-level enquiry in respect of irrigation scam and to take action against the responsible officials.

In both the PILs, the respondent VIDC had raised preliminary objections regarding maintainability of the PILs. By order dated April 24, 2013, the High Court had rejected the preliminary objections and directed the respondents to file replies so that the PILs could be heard on merits. VIDC had filed SLPs before the Supreme Court challenging the said order of the High Court. The Supreme Court had issued notice and granted stay of the said order of the High Court.

Special Leave Petitions filed by VIDC were listed for hearing before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, before the bench of Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai and Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre. After hearing the counsel for the parties, the Supreme Court dismissed the SLPs. As a result, the order dated April 24, 2013 passed by the High Court stands confirmed and now the aforesaid PILs will be heard on merits by the High Court on vital issues of irrigation backlog and irrigation scam concerning Vidarbha region. Commenting on the Supreme Court dismissing the SLPs of VIDC, Adv Anil Kilor, President of Jan Manch welcomed the order and said that the way for hearing of both PILs on merits was cleared with this order of the Apex Court. Now, the High Court will go into actual allegations and scrutinise if the allegations have any merit. At a later stage, after hearing the petitions, if High Court finds merit in the petition, it may issue necessary directions. As no other petitions are pending before the Bombay High Court in Mumbai, these PILs filed before the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court will not be transferred to Mumbai and hearings will be held in Nagpur.

Adv Avinash Kale, who appeared on behalf of Bharti Dabhadkar, said that the Supreme Court judgement was a great victory for crores of farmers and people of Vidarbha on one side and a great setback to Government of Maharashtra on the other.

Tushar Mehta, Additional Solicitor General, appeared for the Union of India; Adv Satyajit A Desai and Adv Anagha S Desai for Jan Manch; Senior Counsel Harish Salve and Adv Ravi Adsure represented VIDC. Adv Y Kulkarni, Adv Avinash V Kale, Adv Shrikant Khandalkar appeared on behalf of Bharti Dabhadkar and others, and Adv Manish Pitale for the intervener Vidarbha Economic Development Council.

‘The Hitavada’ series on irrigation scam

‘The Hitavada’ had run a multi-episode series titled ‘The Hitavada Black Paper on Irrigation’. In its reports, ‘The Hitavada’ had exposed how the unholy nexus of contractors, bureaucrats, and politicians irrespective of their parties had effected a loot of funds meant for irrigation development in rainfed region of Vidarbha, where farmers were committing suicides. The reports quoted extensively from the office notes, official reports, the reports of CWC, CAG, Vadnere Committee, Mendhegiri Committee, and observations made by other probe panels constituted from time to time. Besides, ‘The Hitavada’ had highlighted procedural by-pass by this unholy nexus, excessively fast-tracked sanction of revised administrative approvals, upward revision of cost of 38 irrigation projects in Vidarbha by a whopping Rs 20,050.06 crore within a short span of seven months in the year 2009, grant of mobilisation advance to contractors in violation of norms, issuance of diktat by Water Resources Minister’s personal secretary to the department officers to scrap a directive barring grant of mobilisation advance to contractors, flouting of company laws and VIDC officials ignoring the same etc. ‘The Hitavada’ also followed up the matter and highlighted subsequent political developments, release of so-called ‘White Paper on Irrigation’, appointment of Chitaley Committee to probe into irrigation scam, release of Chitaley Committee’s report indicting the then Water Resources Minister and Water Resources Department officials etc.

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Governor, CM pay tributes to former President Dr Sharma

Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has paid tributes to former President late Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma on his birth anniversary on Tuesday. The Governor said that late Dr Sharma was pride of the country... Read More
Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has paid tributes to former President late Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma on his birth anniversary on Tuesday. The Governor said that late Dr Sharma was pride of the country and our guide. Yadav said that Dr. Sharma rose to become country’s President from an ordinary worker during freedom movement. He achieved this by the dint of his talent, dedication and clean image. Dr Sharma always struggled for upliftment of the poor, destitutes and downtrodden. Country and state will always remember his contribution. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that late Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma was a true nationalist and pride of the nation. Through his wisdom and commitment, he brightened name of Madhya Pradesh in the country and world. Chief Minister Chouhan was paying tributes to the former President at a programme at local Retghat Crossing marking his birth anniversary.

Chief Minister Chouhan said that Dr Sharma was the son of Bhopal and Madhya Pradesh. His role in development of the country as a Central Minister and President was important. Former Union Minister Suresh Pachouri, MP Alok Sanjar, MLA Rameshwar Sharma, Municipal Corporation’s Chairman Kailash Mishra and people were present on the occasion.

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Governor, CM pay tributes to former President Dr Sharma

Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has paid tributes to former President late Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma on his birth anniversary on Tuesday. The Governor said that late Dr Sharma was pride of the country... Read More
Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has paid tributes to former President late Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma on his birth anniversary on Tuesday. The Governor said that late Dr Sharma was pride of the country and our guide. Yadav said that Dr. Sharma rose to become country’s President from an ordinary worker during freedom movement. He achieved this by the dint of his talent, dedication and clean image. Dr Sharma always struggled for upliftment of the poor, destitutes and downtrodden. Country and state will always remember his contribution. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that late Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma was a true nationalist and pride of the nation. Through his wisdom and commitment, he brightened name of Madhya Pradesh in the country and world. Chief Minister Chouhan was paying tributes to the former President at a programme at local Retghat Crossing marking his birth anniversary.

Chief Minister Chouhan said that Dr Sharma was the son of Bhopal and Madhya Pradesh. His role in development of the country as a Central Minister and President was important. Former Union Minister Suresh Pachouri, MP Alok Sanjar, MLA Rameshwar Sharma, Municipal Corporation’s Chairman Kailash Mishra and people were present on the occasion.

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Patients to be admitted at AIIMS from September 15

The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) has decided to admit patients from September 15, and till the date it will complete its recruitment of doctors and almost paramedical staff to p... Read More
The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) has decided to admit patients from September 15, and till the date it will complete its recruitment of doctors and almost paramedical staff to properly care the doctors in every ward of the hospital. The interviews of Resident Doctors are and the last date of joining is August 31. However, the paramedical staff is not adequate to tackle the admitted patients in wards but the hospital will deploy them all in service of the patients but in coming one or two months the more paramedical staff will be recruited on contract basis, the contract will be awarded to an agency which will recruit the paramedical staff. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Dr K C Tamaria, Superintendent, AIIMS, said that the contract for paramedical staff will be awarded in coming months but till the existing paramedical staff will be sufficient to the service of patients. We have decided to admit patients in the hospital most probably from September 15 and till date the AIIMS will have enough medicos and paramedical staff. Tenders for Generic drugs shop: We have already issued tenders to the Generic drugs shop at AIIMS but it will take some time and till the time, we provide generic drugs to the patients as per the Government policy from hospital on some minimum charges, said Dr. KC Tamaria. Double check for generic drugs, its quality control certificates: According to the AIIMS Superintendent, we do not directly give medicines to the patients as supplied by the manufacturing companies as get these drugs checked at our laboratory and if the quality of the drugs is as per our norms then we start its distribution to the patients. Drugs supplied by some companies were rejected earlier.

Dr Tamaria admitted of having substandard quality of generic drugs sometimes, said the need is to get it retested to identify its quality. “it is wrong concept that the generic drugs are not good and only branded drugs are good, the chemical components are the same, it cannot be changed.

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Miscreant attacks cop with sword in Aradhana Nagar

A cop was attacked with sword when police team had gone to Aradhana Nagar slums to interfere in the fighting of two groups late on Monday night. Victim had sustained injury in stomach and is ba... Read More
A cop was attacked with sword when police team had gone to Aradhana Nagar slums to interfere in the fighting of two groups late on Monday night. Victim had sustained injury in stomach and is battling for life in a private hospital. Home Minister Babulal Gaur had announced financial help of Rs 20,000 to victim cop. DIG has announced cash reward of Rs 10,000 on the head of main accused. DIG also said that name of cop would be recommended for award. According to information, police received information on set that two groups are clashing in Aradhana Nagar slums. When police reached the spot, miscreants started to flee. Seeing this, constable Rishikesh Tyagi tried to chase the fleeing miscreants and one of them poked sword into his stomach. He was immediately rushed to hospital for treatment. “The health condition of victim cop is stable and I had announced cash reward of Rs 10,000 on the head of main accused Umesh as he had attacked the cop with sword,” said DIG D Sreenivas Verma to “The Hitavada”. Verma claimed that main accused is a habitual offender. Police have launched massive hunt to nab the accused. It is being said that number of accused in the case is five and names of few of them are Dinesh, Golu etc.

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Hearing in Kolar Municipal Council’s merger today

After receiving around 35 objections and suggestions regarding the merger of Kolar Municipality and 142 other such villages into Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), District Collector has decid... Read More
After receiving around 35 objections and suggestions regarding the merger of Kolar Municipality and 142 other such villages into Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), District Collector has decided to conduct hearing in Collectorate on August 20, at 1.30 pm. On final day, i.e. August 18, around 30 to 35 objections and suggestions were received at the Collectorate. Most of the objections and suggestions, sources said, were against the merger saying the villages which were merged earlier are still underdeveloped and feared the similar fate for the proposed villages. After merger of Kolar Municipality along with 142 other villages into Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) it will become the largest municipal corporation in the country said officials in the corporation. But this achievement also raises questions as to how would the corporation supply all the basic amenities and services to everyone when it has already failed on all fronts in ensuring important facilities and services to all those parts which are currently under its purview. This objection has, reportedly, been raised by the MP Association of Technical Professional Institutions. Sunday was the last day to submit any kind of objection or suggestion pertaining to the merger of Kolar Municipality and 142 other villages into BMC. Many of the BMC officials too are against the move who feel that the basic facilities like that of water, electricity, sewage lines are already missing in villages coming under the corporation. Many have to say that after the expansion of the BMC’s limits, these problems would worsen further as the corporation would have bigger challenges in catering to the basic needs of the increased population in the expanded regions of the corporation.

Officials in district administration said that the final hearing in this regard will take place on August 20 in front of district collector Nishant Warwade. Earlier, gazette notification for the merger of Kolar Municipality and 142 other villages into Bhopal Municipal Corporation was issued on July 18 and objections and suggestions in this regard were invited till August 18.

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Govt staffers openly claiming TDS by producing fake information

NOWADAYS, officials and employees, generally from public sector organisations and various departments under State and Central governments, are allegedly indulging in rampant malpractices for ge... Read More
NOWADAYS, officials and employees, generally from public sector organisations and various departments under State and Central governments, are allegedly indulging in rampant malpractices for getting undeserving refund of the Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) by putting fake information regarding their non-taxable investments in the prescribed forms. The authorities concerned are perturbed over such practices and insist for the strict abidance of regulations in this context. However, they discussed rules and norms along with all effective measurers and checks that ensure adequate TDS from taxpayers in the public sectors and government departments. According to information, the malpractices of gaining undue TDS refund are prevailing unabated among the officials and employees, and one can easily notice them at any public sector organization or government department. By availing online facilities, the officials and employees are opting for TDS refunds by putting fake information, regarding ones certain investments, in the prescribed forms. Besides, the undercover agents of certain professional units are also indulging in the criminal act of misleading the tax payers bluntly, with the nefarious intension of making a fast buck, while affecting directly on the government’s revenue in the process.

Talking to the newspaper, Rahul Mishra, a senior Chartered Accountant of Raipur informed that he had noticed such malpractices while pointing that highly qualified professionals with ethical values usually avoid such misconduct. He also asserted that there were rules and norms viz random scrutiny and thorough investigation in specific cases to ensure effective check on such malpractices for curtailing loss of revenue to the government and pinpointing the culprits in the process.

When contacted, S M Das, Joint Commissioner informed that the Central Processing Center of Bangluru, the national level unit deals in online transactions for TDS refund across the country. “Whereas TDS is concerned, the Drawing and Disbursement Officer (DDO) and Account Officer (AO) in all government departments or public sectors are deemed responsible”, asserted Das.

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CM, his wife leave for United States

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has left for United States of America along with his wife Veena Singh for her medical examination. Chief Minister is also accompanied by some family members and fami... Read More
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has left for United States of America along with his wife Veena Singh for her medical examination. Chief Minister is also accompanied by some family members and family doctors. Chief Minister left of New York through Air India regular flight on Monday night from New Delhi. Accordingly the weekly Jandarshan programme scheduled to be held on August 21 will remain cancelled in this direction. It is worth mentioning here that the Chief Minister’s wife Veena Singh is undergoing treatment since over a month for some skin ailments at Medanta Hospital in New Delhi. On the advice of specialists from the Hospital, the Chief Minister has taken his wife to USA for necessary medical examinations and consultancy with specialists there. The Chief Minister has proceeded to USA for a week long tour, is expected to return on August 24. The Chief Minister was frequently touring the National capital in the last one month or so due to various political as well as official commitments as also visiting his wife who was under treatment in Medanta. Earlier in the first week of August similar programme was chalked out but due to various pressing engagements the visit was postponed. Since the doctors attending Veena Singh had urged the Chief Minister to take her to USA for some medical examinations and a second opinion, the USA tour was organized.

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ABVP releases manifesto, promises better health & safety for students

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Tuesday promised health cards for the students of colleges and universities in line with state government smart card apart from ensuring safety and ... Read More
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Tuesday promised health cards for the students of colleges and universities in line with state government smart card apart from ensuring safety and cleanliness on the campuses. These and many other promises were made in the manifesto released by the ABVP during the press conference at Raipur Press Club on Tuesday.

In a joint press conference, ABVP State Secretary Rohit Maheshwari, State Organisation Secretary Tekeshwar Jain and Mahanagar Secretary Rajesh Parikar said they will fight the students’ union elections on different issues. “We have separated the issues such as state-level and university-level manifesto of the ABVP contain eight issues each. Similarly, the manifesto carries twelve agenda for colleges,” they said.

Highlighting the issues the state-level manifesto carry which should be resolved on priority, they said overall development of the students, safety of students at hostels, control on the commercialization of education, establishment of sports university, health cards for students, 15 kg rice each for students of ST/ST hostels, distribution of laptop and tablet free of cost etc. are the major problems and the ABVP will resolve all of them if wins the elections.

The university oriented issues are appointment of regular teachers, strict implementation of university calendar, wi-fi network for universities, Vidyarthi Sadan, establishment of e-Library, formation of a placement cell at each university, medical facilities at the universities and yoga education.

The college centric manifesto carries the issues like increase in scholarship, safety of girls students, demand to start evening classes for preparation of competitive exams, increase in number of seats in all the branches, modernization of libraries and laboratories, increase in number of hostels and seats in the existing hostels, adequate play ground, canteen with hygienic environment, proper utilization of public participation fund, medical facility and 50 per cent concession for students travelling in buses to and from the colleges.

Around 3 lakh students to vote in students’ union poll

Around 3 lakh students of 500 colleges and 13 universities of the state will participate in the student’s union elections, slated for August 27 and September 1, after a long gap of eight years. The highest 178 colleges, which would go to the poll, are affiliated to Pt Ravishankar Shukla University (Pt RSU), Raipur and they are spread across the ten districts of the state. According to Maheshwari, the ABVP will register capture all the 13 universities while it will win more than 80 per cent colleges.

Unlike ABVP, NSUI has clear policy on girls’ representation

Unlike National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), ABVP lacks transparency in policy as far as representation of girls in the students’ union election is concerned. ABVP State Secretary Rohit Maheshwari said the ABVP will decide on the representation of girls in the elections according to the situation in the particular college or university. On the other hand, NSUI State President Devendra Yadav said they have received a clear instruction from Rahul Gandhi to give 20 per cent representation to girls in the students’ council elections.

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Principal booked for harassing student; parents gherao school

SENSATIONS prevailed in Khursipar, Bhilai when the parents of students, accompanied by large number of residents, aggrieved over the complaints of sexual harassment of students by the school pr... Read More
SENSATIONS prevailed in Khursipar, Bhilai when the parents of students, accompanied by large number of residents, aggrieved over the complaints of sexual harassment of students by the school principal, staged ‘Gherao’ of Nirmalarain English Medium School, Khursipar, and also staged massive protest at Khursipar Police Station subsequently on Tuesday noon.

After information police swung into action and Anti-demonstration (AD) squad of police was also summoned at the troubled location and normalcy was restored following intervention of senior police officials.

The police also arrested the accused school principal and he was remanded to jail from the court. Police sources informed that the accused was identified as Lizo Mathew, Principal, Nirmalarain English Medium School, Khursipar (Ward-33), Bhilai.

The police said that around 11:45 pm, the parents of students, accompanied by large number of residents of the area staged ‘Gherao’ of the school alleging school principal of sexual harassments to minor girl students of the school. After information Khursipar and Chhaoni police teams swung into action and rushed to troubled location to avert any eventuality during the demonstration. The police took the accused school principal into custody and arrested him in connection of charges of sexual harassment to the victim, following the preliminary investigation in context of allegations.

Later, a large number of residents from the surrounding area along with agitated parents of the students staged a vehement demonstration at the police station while pressing demands for stern legal action in the matter while alleging apathy of police in the same context. The senior police officials including CSP, Chhaoni Police Zone, Bhilai, Narendra Sharma intervened and assured the agitated residents and parents of the students of stern legal action against the guilty while restoring the normalcy in the process.

The police have registered the offence against the accused under sections 354 (A) of Indian Penal Code and sections 11 (1) and 12 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012.

When contacted, Albert Kujur, Station House Officer, Khursipar Police Station informed that after preliminary investigation, the accused was arrested on charges of sexual harassment of minors. The police also slapprd the sections of prescribed protection act for minors. While conceding to earlier complaints against the accused school principal, SHO Kujur clarified that the complaints were verbal and that the residents and parents were merely pressing the demand for instant removal of the accused.

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At last, State issues much awaited transfer list of 25 SPS cadre officers

Much-awaited transfer list of State Police Service (SPS) cadre officers was finally issued here on Tuesday evening. The list issued saw the postings of as many as 25 SPS officers on the rank of... Read More
Much-awaited transfer list of State Police Service (SPS) cadre officers was finally issued here on Tuesday evening. The list issued saw the postings of as many as 25 SPS officers on the rank of Superintendents of Police (SPs) and on the Additional Superintendents of Police (ASPs) in major districts as well as other off-shoots of Chhattisgarh Police.

Most importantly, as it was being speculated and rumoured since past couple of months, 1996-batch SPS officer, Ajatshatru Bahadur Singh made his come back to Raipur after a prolong gap, with the fresh reshuffle seeing his posting again as ASP Crime. ASP Singh replaces ASP Shweta Sinha, who was handling the additional charge till now while her actual posting was done as ASP with District Special Branch (DSB).

However, prior to this reshuffle, Ajatshatru Bahadur Singh was posted as ASP Economic Offences Wing (EOW). But now, a 1995-batch SPS officer, Arvind Kujur, has been posted to fill in the gap at EOW.

Other key postings done in the reshuffle reads shifting of 2000-batch SPS officer, ASP City (Raipur) Pankaj Chandra as ASP CM Security. Apropos, a 1998-batch SPS officer, ASP Kawardha Rajesh Kumar Agrawal has been posted as ASP Durg (City). Agrawal replaces ASP Prashant Kumar Singh, a 1996-batch SPS officer, who has been transferred ASP Kawardha, home district of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh.

Another key shuffle was shifting of AIG Police Head Quarters (PHQ) Prashant Katlam again to Bilaspur as ASP City. Katlam replaces 2000-batch SPS officer Vijay Pandey, who has been moved as ASP of Maoist-inflicted Bastar.

Katlam has been replaced by 1994-batch SPS officer, Milna Kurre, who was SP Police Training School (PTS) before being posted as AIG (Police Head Quarters), whereas ASP Vijay Pandey will take over Sarjuram Salam, a 1996-batch SPS officer, who has been moved as ASP Police Training School (PTS) in Mainpat, Surguja.

Apropos, a 2005-batch SPS officer, Neeraj Chandra, so far posted as ASP Sukma got a major boost in the reshuffle as he much against the hype of being shifted to Kawardha, was posted as ASP Raipur (City). A 2001-batch SPS officer Harish Rathore, who so far was posted as ASP Baloda Bazaar, has been transferred to take over as new ASP Sukma.

Similarly, a 1997-batch SPS officer, ASP Mahasamund Rajesh Kukreja has been transferred as ASP Manpur/Mohla in Maoist-infested Rajnandgaon district. Kukreja replaces his batch-mate Vivek Shukla, who has been moved as ASP Durg (Rural), another key posting, whereas ASP Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) Manoj Kheladi will take over as new ASP Mahasamund.

The other vital posting of the reshuffle also reads posting of ASP State Police Training Academy (SPTA) in Chandrakhuri, Balram Hirwani as ASP Traffic, Raipur. Hirwani has been replaced by 1997-batch SPS officer Hemant Kumar, who was so far Deputy Commandant, 14th Battalion, Chhattisgarh Armed Forces (CAF), Dalli Rajhara.

The reshuffle also reads fresh posting order of other SPS officers including Chaindas Tandon (ASP Raipur to ASP Raipur/Rural); Surjan Ram Bhagat (ASP Dantewada to ASP Mungeli); DD Andhare (Dy Comdt, 8th BN, CAF, Rajnandgaon to Dy Comdt, 13th BN, CAF, Bango, Korba); Bhupendra Kumar Shukla (ASP Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon to Dy Comdt, 3rd BN, CAF, Amleshwar, Durg); Karolus Lakra (Dy Comdt, 5th BN, CAF, Rajnandgaon to Dy Comdt, 2nd BN, CAF, Sakri, Bilaspur); Jyoti Singh (Dy Comdt, 2nd BN, CAF, Sakri, Bilaspur to ASP Bemetara); Ashok Singh (Dy Comdt, 13th BN, CAF, Bango, Korba to Dy Comdt, 14th BN, CAF, Dalli Rajhara) and Ramkrishna Sahu (ASP Mungeli to ASP Dantewada).

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Antagarh by-election may prove litmus test for CPCC President

Hectic parleys have begun among the main political parties after the Election Commission of India announced by-election schedule for the Antagarh Assembly Segment (79) on August 16. As per the ... Read More
Hectic parleys have begun among the main political parties after the Election Commission of India announced by-election schedule for the Antagarh Assembly Segment (79) on August 16. As per the announcement, the notification for the bye-election will be issued on August 20 and with the issuance of notification, the process of filing nominations will begin.

The last date of filing nomination will be August 27 and scrutiny of nominations will be held on August 28. The last date for withdrawing nominations is August 30. If required, the polling for the bye-election will be held on September 13 followed by counting and announcement of results on September 16. The Assembly segment had fallen vacant after former MLA Vikram Usendi got elected from Kanker as Member of Parliament and subsequently resigned as Legislator from Antagarh Assembly segment on May 29.

With nomination filing process all set to commence from Wednesday, leaders of both the main parties Bharatiya Janata Party as well as Indian National Congress have initiated hectic parleys for deciding upon strategy to contest the bye-polls as well as finalization of winning candidate for the Segment. While the Bharatiya Janata Party has already completed its three-tier survey and with newly nominated State President Dharamlal Kaushik chairing a meeting on Tuesday at Bhanupratappur for soliciting opinion from local leaders so that the party can zero-in on a suitable winning candidate. In charge Minister of Kanker district and Revenue Minister Prem Prakash Pandey has been made convener for the Antagarh Assembly segment.

On the other hand, the Indian National Congress has initiated preparation of strategy by taking into considerations local priorities and other ground situations.

Under Kanker Parliamentary constituency, only Antagarh Assembly segment was won by BJP candidate Vikram Usendi, while in the remaining six segments including Sanjari Balod, Dondilohara, Gunderdehi, Bhanupratappur, Kanker and Keshkal segments, Congress candidates had won during 2013 Assembly elections. Hence the Congress will be trying to make a clean sweep in Kanker Lok Sabha constituency by winning all the Assembly segments.

Thus this by-election has become a prestige issue for CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel while on the other hand the BJP which is in power in the state as well as in Centre will try to retain its traditional hold over the Antagarh Assembly segment. However, if the present political situation within Congress is evaluated, the Congress will face considerable difficulty in wresting this seat from BJP as during recently held Lok Sabha elections the BJP candidate who was former MLA from Antagarh had won with a considerable margin. Also MP Vikram Usendi has considerable clout among the voters in Antagarh Assembly segment, which was his traditional Assembly segment.

The Congress on the other hand will be facing difficulty as because the recent announcement of Work Committee by CPCC has failed to give representation to any leader from the faction of former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi, which has annoyed him. In Kanker Lok Sabha area, the former Chief Minister does have a considerable clout and it remains to be seen as to how his neglect will pay off. Meanwhile CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel had convened meeting of local party leaders on Tuesday to understand the ground situation for selection of suitable candidate after considering the caste as well as local equations.

After withdrawal of nomination, only ten days will remain technically, for canvassing and the Congress may put its bet on the best man likely. However, in this direction after discussion with local leaders panel will be constituted and forwarded to Delhi for final decision. Congress will try to cash on the resentment among the people arriving out of cancellation of ration cards.

In the Antagarh Assembly segment, there are two blocks, viz, Koylibeda and Antagarh. The voting trends in Koylibeda block are considered to be crucial and decision making as the voting percentage in this block has always been highest.

However, the Bharatiya Janata Party after discussion with the local leaders and party workers and based on its survey will constitute a panel of three names, so that the opinion of party workers can be gauged and then the names will be sent to the party high command for finalization. If not earlier, the BJP may announce the name on or after August 24, the expected date of Chief Minister’s arrival from USA.

Cong yet to fix its candidate

Congress is yet to decide upon candidature, whether an experienced campaigner will be given chance or a new face will be introduced remains to be seen.

Congress has an option in former MLA Manturam Pawar, who has contested at least six elections from the seat. Also Pawar is known to fearlessly campaign in Naxal prone areas.

Apart from this, Pawar also has a considerable clout among the voters. But his previous two defeats in the elections, the Congress may not be willing to take a chance and may consider his wife Savita Pawar as an alternate candidate. Also in the fray for candidature are Kanti Nag, Mahila Congress President from Antagarh block as well as Vishram Gawde Congress Vice President Antagarh block.

Pandey, Kaushik deciding BJP’s next move

On the other hand the Bharatiya Janata Party is making a strategic move under the guidance of Prem Prakash Pandey Revenue Minister and in charge of Antagarh Assembly segment election as well as newly appointed State President Dharamlal Kaushik.

The name of local BJP leader Bhojraj Nag along with Raghunath Kumeti, former BJP Antagarh Mandal President and former Zila Tendu Patta Sahakari Society President are being considered as front-runners for the BJP ticket. However, also in fray for candidature are Jitendra Markam BJP Antagarh Mandal President and Manorama Mandavi Antagarh Janpad Panchayat President.

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NUMM YC’s ultimatum to Govt Engineering College on appointment of profs, principal

In a bid to enhance academic and administrative functioning in the Government Engineering College of Jabalpur, Sagar, Ujjain and Rewa with appointment Permanent Principal, the members of Nagrik U... Read More
In a bid to enhance academic and administrative functioning in the Government Engineering College of Jabalpur, Sagar, Ujjain and Rewa with appointment Permanent Principal, the members of Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM), Youth Cell, have written a letter to Director Technical Education, Directorate of Technical Education, Madhya Pradesh, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Technical Education, Vice Chancellor of the Rajiv Gandhi Technology University, Bhopal, Director, All India Council for Technology, New Delhi.

In the Government Engineering College around 57 posts of professors are lying vacant in different Engineering College. The compulsion for the appointment of permanent professor is at least five years experience for professor’s post.

President of Youth Cell Manish Sharma informed that at Jabalpur Engineering College the students are facing various problems due to frequent changes of principal. In last one and half years, Dr Jhinge was appointed as Principal and after six months he was replaced by Virendra Kumar and against after two months Dr Jhinge has got charge of Principal and now again the efforts are being made to give charge of Principal to Virendra Kumar.

Due to continuous uncertainty over administrative command in the College of Engineering Jabalpur, various administrative and academic works are getting affected and could be not conducted in streamlined. On August 12, the Directorate of Technical Education, Bhopal, had issued direction to Virendra Kumar to take charge of Principal and to maintain status quo.

Prior to that he was removed and the Directorate gave Dr Jhinge charge. The ongoing tug of war for the post of Principal of the Government Engineering College raised question on the intentions of higher management.

Manish Sharma says due to frequent change of Principal academic works are getting affected largely in the college. He said the NUMM would file public interest litigation within one month if the vacant posts of the professors and appointment of permanent principal is not done by the department with in one month.

Eminent amongst those who were present in meeting of NUMM Youth Wing included Manish Sharma, Rakesh Chakraboarty, Rani Jaiswal, Beena Singh, Ramkurmi, Shweta Jharia, Gautam Jhodkar, Arjun Singh Parihar, Ashalata Lodia, Hamuna Prashad, Praveen Sahu and others.

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HC seeks reply from Collector, others on 4G mobile tower in residential area

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Alok Aradhe on Tuesday issued notices to Jabalpur Collector, Municipal Commissioner, Jabalpur Municipal... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Alok Aradhe on Tuesday issued notices to Jabalpur Collector, Municipal Commissioner, Jabalpur Municipal Corporation, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Technology, New Delhi, Chairman, Reliance Communication, Mumbai, Manager, Reliance Communication Limited, Hoshangabad and Ramashankar Tiwari, Sangam Colony, Jabalpur and asked them to file their reply before the court within four weeks in the case related to installation of 4G mobile towers in residential area in a PIL filed by Mukti Pandaya.

The division bench has issued notices in PIL filed by Mukti Pandaya from Sangam Colony (Anand Colony) Cherital Ward, Baldeobagh, Jabalpur District, in the matter of respondent Chairman, Reliance Communication, Mumbai, has installed Reliance 4G mobile tower on land belonging to the resident Ramashankar Tiwari, Sangam Colony, Jabalpur, whose house is situated at Sangam Colony, Cherital Ward, Baldeobagh Jabalpur.

The petitioner seeks direction of this court in the matter of installation of mobile tower near house of respondent Ramashankar Tiwari, Sangam Colony, Jabalpur. The place where mobile tower has been installed is residential.

It is to be mentioned here that, Madhya Pradesh Human Resource Cell (MPHRC) has issued directives on mobile towers, which provides that taking action on a complying regarding establishment of towers in residential area, MPHRC recommended that tower should be established on a land area with no residential colony radius near the tower.

It is submitted that radiation emitted from the tower installed in the locality cause several types of diseases due to which residents of the vicinity of the area of the tower suffer. Residents of the area especially small children and elderly ones suffer from various types of diseases. Hence, this petition with prayer that respondents be commanded by a writ of mandamus to not install cell phone over the proposed area that is house of the respondents Ramashankar Tiwari, Sangam Colony, Jabalpur. Advocate Ajay Shukla appeared on behalf of the petitioner.

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WCR employee booked for abandoning wife

SIHORA police have registered a case against a man for exploitation and abandoning his wife in Katni district. The accused has been identified as Sanjit, a resident of Khitola village and emplo... Read More
SIHORA police have registered a case against a man for exploitation and abandoning his wife in Katni district. The accused has been identified as Sanjit, a resident of Khitola village and employee in West Central Railway (WCR).

According to Sihora police, Meenu Rajput (24), a resident of Barra Mohalla, filed a complaint that she was married to Rajkumar Kachi, resident of Padvar village, against her wish on June 11, 2013. On July 31, 2013, she reached Jabapur to appear in BEd examination and met her old friend Sanjit, a resident of Khitola village in Sihora. Sanjit objected her for marriage with a wrong man and proposed her for marriage with him. She agreed with her proposal and married him in a temple and in marriage court.

Thereafter, they lived at a rented house in Katni and her father filed a missing report at police station and he appeared before the police and informed about her marriage with Sanjit on August 30, 2013. In October 2013, she informed about her pregnancy but Sanjit objected for getting child at that time.

Even after her objection, Sanjit gave her medicine and aborted the child. In April 2014, she again got pregnant but Sanjit again objected for having a child. She again objected him and affirmed for her motherhood. Annoyed after being denied for abortion, Sanjit started threatening her and abandoned her in the rented house.

He left her in house and started living in Katni. Acting on the complaint, police have registered a case against the accused under section 498 (A) of the IPC and started a search for accused Sanjit.

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Another jolt to Congress as Chandrabhan Singh joins BJP

In yet another jolt to Congress, its leader and former Member of Parliament (MP) Chandrabhan Singh joined BJP on Tuesday. Chandrabhan Singh said that he was feeling suffocated in Congress and r... Read More
In yet another jolt to Congress, its leader and former Member of Parliament (MP) Chandrabhan Singh joined BJP on Tuesday. Chandrabhan Singh said that he was feeling suffocated in Congress and return to BJP is like home return to him and claimed that Congress has lost its base in State and its condition is going to become akin to Bihar.

The anticipation regarding Chandrabhan Singh going to BJP were on rife from some time and speculations proved right on Tuesday when Chandrabhan Singh himself announced that he had joined BJP.

Notably, Singh was earlier MP from BJP but latter had sacked him when he had gone against the party line during the voting on nuclear deal issue in UPA regime.

Later, he joined Congress and contested elections thrice, one of MP and two of Assembly but lost all of them.

“It is true that Chandrabhan Singh had joined BJP. He is a person with business mind and left Congress when it is passing through tough phase. Party had given him enough respect then also he left the party. In 2008, he was given the chance to contest MP election from Damoh, but got defeated.

Later, he was given Assembly ticket from Damoh but he again got defeated by thin margin at the hands of Jayant Mallaiya. In 2013 Assembly elections, he was again given assembly ticket but again he lost the election,” said Damoh District President of Congress, Harishankar Chaudhary talking to ‘The Hitavada’.

When contacted, State Congress organisation in charge, Rameshwar Nikra said that party had given enough to Chandrabhan Singh. Once he was given MP ticket and twice he was given assembly ticket. He was also given post in the organisation. Then also he joined BJP and it is clear that he joined ruling party to save his business interests. When asked that whether Singh had given formal resignation, he said that party had not received resignation so far but as he had joined BJP hence he automatically got sacked from Congress.

‘The Hitavada’ tried to contact Chandrabhan Singh but his mobile phone was coming out of range. In the meantime, Singh’s decision to join BJP has left Congress shell shocked which is trying hard to find its lost footprint in the state. It is assumed that this development is going to leave impact on the local body elections of Damoh area. Interestingly, a few months back, it was sitting MLA Sanjay Pathak, who left Congress to join BJP. Before Assembly elections, it was Congress deputy leader who joined BJP. During the recently held Lok Sabha elections, Congress declared candidate from Bhind, Dr Bhagirath Prasad had joined Bharatiya Janata Party.

Cong workers write slogans on gate of house of Chandrabhan Singh

Angry over his defection to BJP, Congress workers painted black paint at the gate of residence of Chandrabhan Singh in Damoh. The Congress workers also wrote slogans on the gate of house of Chandrabhan Singh and accused him of being opportunist. They have also written some objectionable slogans.

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Congress’ VYAPAM aggression turns out to be a flashmob act

Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (popularly known as VYAPAM) scam protest of Opposition borne out to be a flashmob act as party outfit failed to sustain the pulse subsequent to the C... Read More
Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (popularly known as VYAPAM) scam protest of Opposition borne out to be a flashmob act as party outfit failed to sustain the pulse subsequent to the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) offensive during the Budget session of Assembly while further handing over baton to the party organisation.

VYAPAM scam, which the Congress leaders claimed to be the largest competitive exam rigging in the country, hit the national headlines during the state assembly budget session but momentum petered out once the CLP handed over the baton to the organisation.

“It was organisation’s responsibility to drive further the momentum set by CLP during the assembly session. Now, a real issue has been fading out”, said a former party office-bearer adding that it seems the state party leadership is suffering hallucination despite five consecutive humiliating defeats in Lok Sabha and assembly elections.

A somnolent State Congress, after deserted years, had got a shot in arms to bring back the confidence in its ranks and file. VYAPAM scam, though came into public arena about two years back, drew the headlines of national media when the Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare held two press conferences in New Delhi. Later, the issue continued to grab the local headlines during the assembly session. But, party leaders broadly look unwilling to take the issue forward barring a few jibing on TV channels.

The reluctance to take up the issue was evident when Rajkumar Gore, Congress candidate for Agar, held a seven-day hunger protest against VYAPAM scam and none of the senior leaders turned up despite his repeated requests. Finally, State Youth Congress President Kunal Chaudhary facilitated to end Gore’s fast by offering him water.

Agar is going to poll on August 21 following the resignation of BJP’s Manohar Untwal, who was elected to Lok Sabha. Similarly, Youth Congress agitation against VYAPAM made the headlines for Katare’s injury inflicted after hit by police water cannon rather than issue itself. This state-level agitation proved a poor show due to scanty gathering. Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) Chief Spokesman K K Mishra, however, claimed that Gore was fielded from Agar only because of his VYAPAM agitation. He said Gore was not recommended by any established leader. “This is a Sanjivani (elixir of life) for Congress. The party continued to hold agitations at district and tehsil level and took the issue to the people even after assembly session,” Mishra claimed. PCC Spokesman also said that VYAPAM scam issue also took center stage during the campaigning in by-polls at Bahoriband and Vijayraghavgarh. He said that the VYAPAM agitation in state would further speed up the agitation after by-polls as the Congress leaders were engaged in the campaigning.

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HC stay on public meetings at roadside

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Alok Aradhe on Tuesday issued an order in the matter related to public meetings at road side that... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Alok Aradhe on Tuesday issued an order in the matter related to public meetings at road side that till further considerations the respondents are directed to strictly comply with the directions issued by this court on May 6, 2014, and in case of any breach, this court may consider the question of initiating contempt proceedings.

The division bench has issued said order in the public interest litigation filed by Satish Kumar Verma against the District Magistrate, Collector, Jabalpur and others.

In compliance of the order passed, the respondents have filed a compliance report on June 22, indicating the particulars of six places under marking (A) where the public meeting can be held. Item number 5 of the proposed list is Pandit Ravishankar Shukla Stadium and item number 6 is Veterinary College Ground.

The petitioner objects to the marking these grounds for holding public meeting by contending that these are places meant for sports and in the light of the judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of J Jaylalitha versus Government of Tamil Nadu and others (1999) 1 SCC 53 permission cannot be granted in a stadium or sports grounds for the purpose of non-sporting activities it is stated that notifications and proposal should be amended to bring the same in accordance to the requirement of law as laid by the Supreme Court. To this objection and proposal, Swapnil Ganguly, Government Advocate, prayed for time to seek instructions. The division bench has listed to the mater after one week.

Swapnil Ganguly, Government Advocate, appeared for the State, while Manish Verma for the intervener Dr P G Najpandey.

On May 6, the division bench had directed Jabalpur Collector to remain personally present before the court, if before the next date of hearing, final scheme is prepared and presented before the court in the matter related to opposed public meetings at road side. Counsel for the State on instructions of the Collector submitted that the Jabalpur administration will not act upon the scheme, which was presented to the court, since it contains locations where the dharnas cannot be permitted.

In view of the observations of the Apex Court in the case of K K Road Merchants, EARWA, Tamil Nadu Versus District Collector, Tamil Nadu and another, in Civil Appeal, dated on January 7, 2002, the administration is preparing a new scheme and till such time shall not permit dharnas which may entail in blocking the main streets or roads in Jabalpur district.

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Karnataka youth involved in cyber crime case arrested

SOLVING a case of cyber crime, a high-tech forgery, Jabalpur police succeeded in nabbing the youth involved in hacking website of IRCTC as well as illegal transaction of money from different ac... Read More
SOLVING a case of cyber crime, a high-tech forgery, Jabalpur police succeeded in nabbing the youth involved in hacking website of IRCTC as well as illegal transaction of money from different accounts of its customers who failed to book their tickets online.

After a long and thorough investigation of around a month, since the complaint of Somnath, son of M C Bhatia, resident of Nayagaon, Gorakhpur, was registered on July 23, a team of Jabalpur police investigated through all possible angles and nabbed the main accused identified as Mohd Saif alias Shaifulla Sharif (21), informed Superintendent of Police Harinaryanachari Mishra while addressing a press conference at Police Control Room on Tuesday.

According to information, complainant Somnath Bhatia on July 22 was booking a railway ticket through IRCTC website. His account was mentioned deactivated by the website. On this, he registered a online complaint on the website. After sometime he got a call from 9611738533 and caller claimed himself to be an IRCTC officer and sought his account information for account activation.

Taking all the information of accounts the caller withdrew Rs 25,633.42 paisa during 40 minutes call. Bhatia got an SMS alert about money transaction from his account from the bank. On this he spoke to the Bank Manager and asked him to freeze (lock) his account. And he registered a complaint with Gorakhpur police. On his complaint police registered a case under 474/14, 420, 66 (1), (2) of IT Act and started investigation.

SP Mishra took the case of hacking of Railway’s website with due seriousness and constituted an investigation team. He himself monitored progress in investigation and remained in contact with higher officials of Karnataka. As a result mastermind of cyber crime in this case Mohd Shaif alias Shaifulla Sharif was identified and arrested by the investigation team.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Makrand Deoskar informed that as per direction of the SP, a team was constituted under the direction of Additional SP Amrendra Singh, Ad SP Crime Ashish Khare and CSP, Gorakhpur, Rajesh Tiwari comprising Incharge SHO, Sub-Inspector A Pawar, ASI, R C Shukla, ASI Jagganath Singh, Cyber Cell Head Constable, Saji Mathai, Constable Rajesh Sharma, Gorakhpur Police Station, Constable Pramod Mishra, Belkheda Police Station’s Constable Sunil Pardhi have been given task to investigate the case and apprehend the kingpin of the crime. After 14 days investigation in Hubli Gadak, Bangalore, Karnataka, the accused of hacking Railway’s website Mohd Shaif (21), resident of Hasan Hall, Kesavpur, Hubli, Karnataka was apprehended and a mobile SIM card distributor Shankar, son of Veerupakshasappa Mensankai (25), resident Kesavpura Hubli, was apprehended on August 6 from Bangalore and after obtaining transit warrant the duo accused were brought to Jabalpur and sent to police remand.

During investigation, accused SIM dealer Shankar informed that Mohd Saif claimed himself as a software engineer and took 170 SIM cards of Vodafone and 30 SIM of Airtel and had taken two mobile sets. During investigation police recovered a receipt of mobile phone with IMEI number used in the crime from Shankar.

CSP Rajesh Tiwari informed that main accused Mohd Saif in his confession informed that he took information from website of complaint board and used fake ID SIMs and called customers and took their banking details and security information. Assuring about activation of customers’ account he used to transfer money from their account by hacking their accounts and transfer this money to Vodafone’s M-pesa service. He transferred Rs 5500 each on six Vodafone SIM, while transferred Rs 95000 from a credit card of Standard Chartered Bank hacked account. He got M-pesa money by paying Rs 27,000 to an agent as commission. In this, Rs 19,500 has been recovered, while for Rs 95,000 recovery correspondence is continued with bank authorities.

Police have recovered 17 SIM, four mobile phones, a laptop and cash. Accused is well versed in Hindi, English and Kanada languages and can speak fluently. He had committed such crime in different parts of the country. Jabalpur police have released information about the accused at national-level. While breaking this high-tech case, Superintendent of Police Mishra declared cash prize for all the members of investigation team.

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Baby skeleton found in abdomen of 60-year-old woman

A 60-year-old woman who conceived in 1978, never delivered the baby which was dead. The doctors at Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital had told her that it needed to be remove... Read More
A 60-year-old woman who conceived in 1978, never delivered the baby which was dead. The doctors at Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital had told her that it needed to be removed. She went absconding and the foetus remained in her body. Now, she suddenly suffered some pain and brought to NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences where, during diagnostic tests, the baby skeleton was detected in abdomen, and it was removed by a team of doctors.

A 60-year-old lady from MP, came to surgical Out Patient Department (OPD) of Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, Hingna with a mass in her abdomen since last 2 months. After investigations it was found that she was having a mass containing a matured foetal bones encapsulated in a calcified sac.After obtaining detailed history her brother told that in 1978 she was full term pregnant and had some complications for which she was referred to Mayo or IGGMCH where doctors told that foetus might have died and she has to undergo an operation. But due to some reasons they took her back to their village and started some rural treatments. Gradually she got relief and she was fine after few months. Now since last few months she had pain and urinary problems with fever, she approached Lata Mangeshkar Hospital.

After examining her, Dr B S Gedam mentioned that it was an extrauterine pregnancy that's why she never delivered. Gradually the fluid might have been absorbed and the soft tissues liquefied and what remained only was a bag of bones with some fluid. Dr Md Yunus stated that the mass was densely adherent to the intestines and the urinary bladder.The operation lasted for almost 4 hours but with patience doctors could remove it completely.

Dr Ranjana Deshmukh and her team managed the anaesthesia successfully. Patient recovered well. Dr M Akhtar, HoD surgery and Dr S Dasgupta Dean, NKPSIMS, congratulated the team. Such type of case is not reported in the medical literature, said Dr Yunus.The team has Dr Md Yunus, Dr B S Gedam, Dr Shahaji Deshmukh, Dr Ajit Gujela, Dr Irfan Ansari, Dr Saurabh Kate.

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Three persons commit suicide in separate cases

THREE persons committed suicide in separate incidents in the city on Sunday. In the first incident, Ramu Ratan Hirekhan (30), a resident of Plot No. 122, Bhandewadi, Durga Nagar, Pardi, was fo... Read More
THREE persons committed suicide in separate incidents in the city on Sunday. In the first incident, Ramu Ratan Hirekhan (30), a resident of Plot No. 122, Bhandewadi, Durga Nagar, Pardi, was found hanging from the ceiling hook with a rope in his house. However, the reason behind Hirekhan taking the extreme step could not be ascertained so far. Kalamna Police started investigations.

In the second incident, Ajay Gulabrao Raut (42), a resident of Somwari Quarter, ended his life by jumping into a well situated in Shahu Garden. On the basis of the information given by Sanjay Raut (44), elder brother of the deceased, Sakkardara Police registered an accidental death case and started investigation.

In another incident, Chhotu alias Roshan Dilip Shinde (24), a resident of Plot No. 62, Ladikar Layout, set himself afire over a domestic issue. With serious burns, Shinde was admitted to Government Medical College & Hospital where he breathed his last. Hudkeshwar Police are investigating the case.

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Akola court grants MCR to Wasankar

A Special Court at Akola rejected the request of the prosecution for further police custody of Prashant Wasankar and Abhijit Chaudhary and sent them to magisterial custody.

The prosecutio... Read More
A Special Court at Akola rejected the request of the prosecution for further police custody of Prashant Wasankar and Abhijit Chaudhary and sent them to magisterial custody.

The prosecution, while requesting for extension of police custody remand, argued that the investigating machinery required further custody of Prashant Wasankar, Abhijit Chaudhary and Vinay Wasankar to ascertain and interrogate various facts. It was pointed out that Prashant Wasankar had duped investors at Akola. The prosecution contended that they required custodial interrogation of the accused persons to ascertain what the accused had done with the amount accumulated and wanted to search the documents and house and office premises of the accused persons.

The prosecution claimed that if further police custody was granted, they would be in a position to unearth the ‘hidden’ amount. The prosecution also imposed sections under the provisions of Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors Act (MPIDA) against the accused, though initially offences were registered only under Indian Penal Code.

Countering the request of prosecution for police custody, Adv Prakash Naidu appearing for Prashant Wasankar and Abhijit Chaudhary argued that the entire data of alleged transactions, bank accounts, cheque books and all relevant documents and articles alleged to have been functional in the alleged offence, had already been seized by the investigating agency at Nagpur by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) officers and that Wasankar had noting to disclose and was not in custody of any document. It was also argued that slapping of provisions of MPIDA was not warranted and not sustaniable. Adv Naidu pointed out to the court that the police had sought PCR and the court had granted it for four days since the police had contended that they intended to go to Nagpur for necessary investigations. However, after obtaining custody of the accused, the investigating officer neither interrogated the accused not proceeded to Nagpur, or brought the accused to Nagpur for investigations and interrogations.

Adv Naidu argued that if at all the police intended to obtain any information, they could very well co-ordinate with EOW Nagpur and obtain all documents which they wanted from tham as everything was seized by them. It was also argued that no purpose would be served in granting PCR as the prosecution was not seeking PCR in ‘soul and spirit of the facts’.

Smt Tambi, Special Court, District and Sessions Judge, Akola, after appreciating the arguments and perusing the case diary, rejected the application of prosecution for PCR of Prashant Wasankar and Abhijit Chaudhary and ordered them to be taken to magisterial custody remand (MCR).

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Fleet of Ethanol-run buses awaiting ARAI clearance

The fleet of Ethanol-based buses of Swedish firm will take a month’s time to hit the city roads. Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has sought clearance from Automotive Res... Read More
The fleet of Ethanol-based buses of Swedish firm will take a month’s time to hit the city roads. Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has sought clearance from Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Pune for plying these buses on Indian roads. Presently, ARAI is doing research on these buses and after its satisfaction, the association will give clearances.

Sources confirmed that a proposal of MoRTH is pending with ARAI for two weeks. The research team of ARAI will go through the proposal and give clearance. The programme of handing over these buses to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), scheduled on August 22, is likely to be postponed as ARAI permission is awaited.

Scania Group has sponsored five Ethanol-based buses for city bus fleet to NMC. The Swedish company selected Nagpur for these buses at the initiative Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. However, the local body will have to seek permission from MoRTH to ply these buses on city roads because as per the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA), the permissible fuel for any vehicle include Petrol, Diesel, LPG, CNG and Battery. There is no provision of Ethanol fuel for use in vehicles. To incorporate this fuel in the list, MoRTH has to amend MVA. The Ministry can issue ordinance but it will require clearance from ARAI to ply these buses on city roads.

Sources claimed that after receiving ‘No Objection Certificate’ from ARAI, Maharashtra Government will give approval to ply city buses on the roads. For this approval, it will require ordinance from MoRTH. NMC will have to obtain permit from Regional Transport Office (RTO) to ply these buses.

Scania Group has assured NMC to operate buses for three months on trial basis. After clearance from the government, the company will sign an agreement with Nagpur Mahanagar Parivahan Limited (NMPL) and run the buses free-of-cost. Meanwhile, the company submitted a draft copy of agreement to local body, which will be examined by legal advisor. About ARAI

Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has been playing a crucial role in assuring safe, less polluting, and more efficient vehicles. ARAI provides technical expertise in research and development, testing, certification, homologation, and framing of vehicle regulations.

ARAI is a co-operative industrial research association established by the automotive industry with the Ministry of Industries, Government of India. It works in harmony and complete confidence with its members, customers and Government of India to offer the finest services, which earned for itself ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, and NABL accreditations.

ARAI is well-equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructural facilities and highly qualified manpower.

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Assembly polls announcement likely on 28th

The announcement regarding conduct of Legislative Assembly polls in the State is likely to be made on August 28, and the polling is expected to be conducted in two phases -- on October 9 and 12. ... Read More
The announcement regarding conduct of Legislative Assembly polls in the State is likely to be made on August 28, and the polling is expected to be conducted in two phases -- on October 9 and 12.

Highly placed sources in Mumbai said on Monday that Election Commission of India (ECI) is likely to make announcement of the election schedule for Legislative Assembly on August 28. After the two-phase polling in October, counting of votes and declaration of results may be scheduled after Diwali.

According to sources, the election in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions is likely to be held in the first phase, on October 9. Polling may be conducted in rest of Maharashtra in second phase, on October 12.

Already, the political parties have started preparations for the ensuing Assembly elections. All major parties have started process for selection of candidates from various constituencies.

The morale of Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena led Mahayuti is pretty high with the alliance’s splendid performance in recently held Lok Sabha elections.

BJP and Shiv Sena won all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Vidarbha region while the ruling Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) could not retain a single seat. The workers of BJP and Shiv Sena both are mounting pressure on respective leaderships to contest independently while Congress and NCP also are gearing up for the election, with a hope to come to power for fourth consecutive term.

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RTMNU, Gondwana University sans full-time V-Cs for months

Democratic Front (DF) Government, which has been claiming its commitment towards the all-round development of Vidarbha region, appears to be doing mere lip-service. Else, how can one explain the go... Read More
Democratic Front (DF) Government, which has been claiming its commitment towards the all-round development of Vidarbha region, appears to be doing mere lip-service. Else, how can one explain the government not taking any visible initiative towards ensuring that both the non-agricultural universities of Nagpur Division -- Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) and Gondwana University have full-time Vice-Chancellors (V-Cs)?

Both these universities are functioning without full-time academicians appointed as Vice-Chancellors through procedure laid down under the Maharashtra Universities Act. After the then Vice-Chancellor of Dr V S Sapkal tendered his resignation, Maharashtra Governor and Chancellor K Sankarnarayanan handed over the charge of the post of Vice-Chancellor of RTMNU to Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar. Since then, that is, March 30 earlier this year, the government has not initiated any process for appointment of RTMNU Vice-Chancellor.

When ‘The Hitavada’ contacted Anoop Kumar, he said, “For me, good thing is that the regular functioning of the university has not got affected. It is functioning smoothly and I am devoting my time towards working in the best interest of the university.” As far as the appointment of full-time Vice-Chancellor is concerned, he said, it was all up to Chancellor.

Governor’s Secretary V C Rastogi, when contacted, said that once the process was started all would come to know about it.

Gondwana University, which was established vide a notification dated September 27, 2011, also is functioning without full-time Vice-Chancellor after retirement of its first Vice-Chancellor Dr Vijay Ainchwar four months ago. Maharashtra Government conceived and formed Gondwana University with a ‘foresighted view’ to cater to the aspirations of economically and socio-culturally backward districts of Gadchiroli and Chandrapur. However, it has become a victim of the same Government’s apathy.

As per the procedure, State Government should have constituted the Academic and Management Councils of Gondwana University soon after it came into being. The constitution of these two councils is very important as they nominate a member to three-member Search Committee formed by the Governor. The committee, which is chaired by a member appointed by Chancellor, selects Vice-Chancellor. However, as the councils have not been constituted by State Government, rest of the procedure is in limbo. Since retirement of Dr Ainchwar, Gadchiroli Collector Ranjit Kumar is officiating as Vice-Chancellor of Gondwana University.

Asked about this, Dr Ainchwar said, “When I was Vice-Chancellor, we had suggested to the government to appoint Academic and Management Councils both. In fact, we had sent lists of qualified persons for these councils. We followed up the matter with the government, and sent reminders at least 25 times.” One possible solution could be conducting elections to these councils. Dr Ainchwar said that he had started the election process also but with Model Code of Conduct for Lok Sabha coming into force, the process could not go ahead. Later on, he retired from the post and since then nothing has happened.

It is very surprising that when the government acts swiftly in case of appointment of Vice-Chancellor in any of the universities in Western part of Maharashtra, why has it failed in initiating any steps for appointment of heads of two prominent universities in Vidarbha?

Nagpur Divisional Board, too, a victim of Government apathy

Apart from non-agricultural universities in Nagpur Division, the Nagpur Divisional Board of Education is a victim of the shocking apathy of State Government.

Nagpur Divisional Board is functioning without its full-time Chairman since one year. On August 15, 2013, the then Chairman C S Borkar was elevated to the position of Director, Balbharati. The charge of the Chairman of Nagpur Divisional Board was handled either by Board Secretary Anil Pardhi or Chairman of Amravati Board S M Ganorkar.

Shivaji Pandhare, who is Deputy Commissioner of Pune-based Examination Council, was transferred to Nagpur as Chairman of Nagpur Divisional Board. However, sources said, Pandhare was not interested in joining at Nagpur Board for several reasons including his ill-health. Some officers also said that a few MLCs of Nagpur region often created troubles for Board Chairman and hence officers were discouraged to join here.

Whatever the reasons, the fact remains that the post of Chairman of Nagpur Divisional Board is unoccupied at present. If MLCs, who are political functionaries, are creating troubles, the Government could have talked to respective political parties to ensure smooth functioning of the important office. Besides, if the Government had transferred an officer to a particular position and region, it had the responsibility to ensure that the said officer joined there.

Since transfer of Anil Pardhi as Deputy Director (Education), Nagpur, the post of Secretary of Nagpur Divisional Board also is lying vacant. He is holding additional charge of the office of Secretary of the Board.

The post of Chairman of Nagpur Divisional Board is equivalent to Joint Director, and that of Secretary to Deputy Director.

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Ambitious Metro Rail project to get Union Cabinet nod today

The Union Cabinet is likely to give its nod to ambitious Metro Rail project in Nagpur on Tuesday in its meeting to be held at New Delhi. Public Investment Board (PIB) has cleared the file of the ... Read More
The Union Cabinet is likely to give its nod to ambitious Metro Rail project in Nagpur on Tuesday in its meeting to be held at New Delhi. Public Investment Board (PIB) has cleared the file of the project. Soon after the Cabinet nod, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the project in a grand public function scheduled at Kasturchand Park ground in Nagpur on August 21.

After nod from Union Cabinet, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) will start constitution of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for implementation of the project and its subsequent operation and maintenance in the city. The constitution of Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) is also pending for legislation. Central Government has directed State to enact a policy for formation of UMTA, which would be headed by Chief Secretary and have Secretaries of all the departments concerned to clear way for operating Metro Rail. State Government has assured Centre to form SPV and UMTA after final nod from Union Cabinet.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay foundation stone of Metro Rail project on August 21 at 5 pm at Kasturchand Park ground. Governor of Maharashtra K Sankaranarayanan, Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar also will share the dais with Prime Minister.

Earlier in the day, Modi will also dedicate to the nation 500x2 MW thermal power generation units of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) at Mouda. The total cost of the project is around Rs 10,526 crore as per the present market cost. The cost of Metro Rail project has increased by almost Rs 2,500 crore during the intervening period. Delhi Metro Rail Corproation (DMRC) has proposed Mumbai-like elevated Metro Rail for Nagpur. NIT, the nodal agency for Metro Rail project, has started preparations for organising the massive programme of Prime Minister.

Already, Maharashtra Government has given in-principle nod to Metro Rail project for the Orange City. DMRC has submitted a detailed project report suggesting construction of two corridors of Metro Rail connecting 39 kms of North-South and East-West corridors. The project would get funds from the Central and State Governments under ambitious JNNURM project for promotion of public transport to decongest the city and improve mobility of citizens. Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC) has prepared a Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) for the city. As per the report, around 3.63 lakh commuters out of total population of 28.59 lakh may use Metro Rail.

The public function of the launch of Metro Rail project in Nagpur, will also be the virtual launch of Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena led Mahayuti’s campaign for ensuing Legislative Assembly polls, as far as Vidarbha region is concerned. Vidarbha has 62 Assembly seats, and BJP-Sena led Mahayuti has set eyes on them.

BJP sources informed that BJP is trying to take advantage of Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to Nagpur after taking over as Prime Minister, to expand its mass base in the region. In recently held Lok Sabha elections, the Mahayuti bagged all 10 seats in the region and party is trying to repeat its performance in Assembly elections too. Already, Modi has addressed two functions in Maharashtra recently -- one in Mumbai and another in Solapur with an eye on Assembly seats in these constituencies.

Official programme of Prime Minister

AS per the official programme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the city on August 21, which was confirmed on Monday, the Prime Minister will arrive at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport at 3 pm.

At 3.10 pm, he will leave for Mouda to grace the programme of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). He will reach Mouda at 3.45 pm. After dedicating to the nation 500x2 MW units of the power plant, and addressing a public meeting, he will leave for Nagpur at 5 pm.

Modi will reach Nagpur at 5.30 pm, and proceed by road straight to Kasturchand Park ground at 5.45 pm where he will launch Metro Rail project and address a grand public meeting. At 7.10 pm, Modi will leave for New Delhi.

Elaborate traffic arrangements for PM’s programme

ELABORATE traffic arrangements have been made by the city police for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s programme at historic Kasturchand Park on August 21.

For security reasons, plying and parking of all types of vehicles within the radius of 200 metres from venue will be prohibited.

To avoid traffic congestion near the venue, vehicles coming from Amravati Road will be parked at Hislop College Football ground, MLA Hostel, Vasantrao Deshpande Hall, and Ravi Nagar Ground No. 1 and No. 2. Vehicles coming from Wardha direction, the parking arrangement will be at Morris College Ground, near Yashwant Stadium, Patwardhan ground, New English High School, Congress Nagar, New Kurve’s Model High School, Shraddhanandpeth, Government ITI, North Ambazari Road, Deekshabhoomi and near Airport Wireless Station.

Vehicles coming from Umrer, Gadchiroli, Chimur, Bhandara and Gondia will be parked at Tajbag and Reshimbag Ground. Parking for vehicles coming from Katol direction, will be parked at Sarpanch Bhavan, Tirpude College, Vidarbha Women’s Hockey Association, Zilla Parishad School, old Katol octroi post, St Ursula Ground and Police Headquarters’ Ground.

Similarly, parking arrangment will be at St Francis De Sales Church, Sadar, Sant Johns School, Gaddigodam, All Saints Cathedral, VCA stadium, Government Polytechnic, Mangalwari, Anjuman Complex, Krida Sankul, Mankapur and Bishop Cotton School, Sadar.

Vehicles coming from Kamptee direction will be parked at SFS School Ground, Link Road, Sadar and SFS Church, opposite Patni Automobiles.

Thick security for PM’s programme at Mouda

A THICK security blanket will be thrown for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s programme at NTPC Project, Mouda. For advance security liaisoning, a joint meeting of different agencies was held at the venue on Monday. Special IGP (Nagpur Range) Ravindra Kada, Special IGP (SPG) S S Shrivastava, Superintendent of Police (Nagpur Rural) Dr Aarti Singh and other senior officers of Intelligence Bureau and State Intelligence Department were prominently present. Senior Police officers, SPG and Intelligence officers reviewed the security arrangements and inspected the venue and helipad at Mouda.

Additional Collector Asha Pathan, Chief Fire officer Rajendra Uchke, SDO (Mouda) Chandrakant Borkar, Tehsildar (Mouda) Shivraj Padole, Director (HRD) NTPCU P Pani, Commandant (CISF) Sarsatva, BSNL Ececutive Engineer Nagtode and others attended the meeting.

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NMC slaps fine of Rs 1 lakh on Rainbow Medinova Hospital

Health Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has imposed a fine of Rs One lakh on Rainbow Medinova Diagnostic Services Hospital, Ramdaspeth, for throwing Bio-Medical Waste in the dust-... Read More
Health Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has imposed a fine of Rs One lakh on Rainbow Medinova Diagnostic Services Hospital, Ramdaspeth, for throwing Bio-Medical Waste in the dust-bin of NMC.

Also, the civic body has issued a show cause notice to the hospital for cancellation of registration under Rule 5 of Mumbai Nursing Home Act, 1949. NMC’s Health Officer Dr Ashok Urkude informed through a press release that it was the responsibility of the hospital to dispose of Bio-Medical Waste scientifically. However, Rainbow Medinova violated the rules by throwing waste in the dust-bin. The department has issued notice to Dr Shekhar Bhagwat. The case has been referred to Maharashtra Pollution Control Board also for legal action. The action was taken under guidance of Deputy Director (Health) Dr Milind Ganvir.

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Civic body claims to have repaired 351 potholes

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has claimed to have repaired 351 potholes of 6,240 sq kms in last one week. Public Works Department of NMC claimed on Tuesday that in last fortnight, the civi... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has claimed to have repaired 351 potholes of 6,240 sq kms in last one week. Public Works Department of NMC claimed on Tuesday that in last fortnight, the civic body had repaired almost 1,000 potholes on city roads.

The local body has removed potholes with the help of Hot Mix Plant and Jet Patcher Machine. The city has 2,682 kms of NMC roads, 43 kms of National Highways, 6.7 kms of State Highways, 62.57 kms of other district roads, 41-km long Ring Road, and 1,124 kms of NIT roads.

The local body has removed 23 potholes in Laxmi Nagar Zone, 30 in Hanuman Nagar Zone, 119 in Dhantoli, 18 in Nehru Nagar, four in Lakadganj, 99 in Ashi Nagar, and 58 in Mangalwari zone. Jet Patcher Machine also has removed potholes from city roads. The local body is removing potholes from roads belonging to other agencies too. Hot Mix Plant machinery has removed 20,943 sq mtrs of potholes in last 15 days.

Standing Committee chairman Narendra Borkar said, the local body has made a provision of Rs 8 crore for removal of potholes. The citizens can upload photographs of potholes on roads in their areas on website www.nmc.gov.in to help local body for removing them.

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Water supply to North, East, South parts to be affected

The water supply will be affected in North, East, and parts of South Nagpur on August 13. Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) is taking up works related to the... Read More
The water supply will be affected in North, East, and parts of South Nagpur on August 13. Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) is taking up works related to the newly connected Express Feeder at Kanhan Water Treatment Plant. Therefore, pumping from Kanhan Water Treatment Plant will be stopped on Wednesday during 11 AM and 12 noon. During the shut-down, a Lightening Arrester will be installed on six-pole structure. Clear water pumping will be given direct power from the newly commissioned Express Feeder.

During last shut-down, there was a puncture on insulator/sorting of cable on the new Express Feeder and hence could not be connected. This problem has now been rectified and now ready to be connected with the clear water pumping. Due to this work, supply to North, East and parts of South Nagpur will remain affected, informs a press release issued by Orange City Water (OCW) here.

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Gambling den raided, 28 held

SPECIAL Squads of Deputy Commissioners of Police Abhinash Kumar (Zone I) and Nirmala Devi S (Zone III) jointly raided the infamous gambling den of Babaji alias Ashok Yadav at Bharatiya Akhada i... Read More
SPECIAL Squads of Deputy Commissioners of Police Abhinash Kumar (Zone I) and Nirmala Devi S (Zone III) jointly raided the infamous gambling den of Babaji alias Ashok Yadav at Bharatiya Akhada in front of Itwari Railway Station in Lakadganj area and caught 28 persons, mostly traders, red-handed while gambling on cards in the wee hours of Tuesday. During the raid, cops seized Rs 6.12 lakh cash, 27 cellphones, five two-wheelers, one LCD, a set top box and playing cards

Main accused Babaji alias Ashok Yadav and one of his accomplices managed to give a slip to the cops.

The accused have been identified as Devendra Rambhau Aakhre (52), a resident of Budhwari, Ramesh Ganpati Punekar (42), a resident of Pasarkar Mohalla, Golibar Chowk, Manoj Gyanchand Jain (47), a resident of Plot No 300, Wardhaman Nagar, Ishwar Lotan Gaur (34), a resident Hansapuri, Chhoti Khadan, Dinesh Bharatlal Jain (47), a resident of Lal Nagar, behind Shanti Nagar Ghat, Naresh Suresh Hiwrale (27), a resident of Tabla Market, Jagnath Budhwari, Shaikh Abid Shaikh Yusuf (31), a resident of Satranjipura, Mahesh Champalal Yadav (37), a resident of Nayapura, behind Itwari Railway Station, Amit Hiralal Gupta (35), a resident of Shende Nagar, near Chafekar Flour Mill, Mohammad Shafi Abdul Munaf (48), a resident of Plot No 46, Asi Nagar, Teka, Rizwan Hasan Qureshi (33), a resident of Plot No 41, Jafar Nagar, Mohammad Javed Mohammad Shakur (33), a resident of Nawabpura, Anand Bhagwandas Shrivastava (41), a resident of Mehandibag Road, Khairipura, Ajay Kamalprasad Shukla (38), a resident of Plot No 404, Mahendra Nagar, Firoz Khan Manzoor Khan (33), a resident of Plot No 102, Mahendra Nagar, Shahdip Mohammad Shakeel (34), a resident of Jagnath Budhwari, near TB Ward, Mohammad Imran Mohammad Rasheed (23), a resident of Plot No 21, Anant Nagar, Rizwan Khan Bahadur Khan (42), a resident of Shanti Nagar, Premlal Ratanlal Ahir (37), a resident of Pachpaoli, Bastarwadi, near Itwari Railway Station, Narayan Tulsiram Khapekar (43), a resident of Pachpaoli Gate No 1, Rajesh Suresh Sadhankar (34), a resident of Plot No 175, Yadav Nagar, Dheeraj Shyamlal Thakur (32), a resident of Ashirvad Nagar, Manoj Krishnarao Domarkar (36), a resident of Timki Dadrapura, Bhankheda, Shaikh Yakat Ali Shaikh Gulab Ali (51), a resident of Awasthi Nagar, Durgesh Ganesh Dagor (29), a resident of Ganjipeth, Rafique Khan Aziz Khan (27), a resident of Samadhan Nagar, near Jafar Nagar, Sushil Ramdas Shirke (27), a resident of Plot No 132, Trimurti Nagar and Shrikant Ramkrishna Jagnade (39), a resident of Juni Shukrawari.

It is learnt that senior police officials got information that the gambling den was being run at Bharatiya Akhada since long but the Lakadganj Police did not initiate action against Babaji alias Ashok Yadav for reasons best known to them. They also received information that some political workers, including a corporator, and traders often gamble there on cards.

On the basis of the information, special squads of Deputy Commissioners of Police Kumar (Zone I) and Nirmala Devi S (Zone III) and raided the gambling den and arrested the 28 gamblers. Two other accused managed to give a slip to the cops. After seizing cash and other material, cops registered an offence under Sections 4 and 5 of the Gambling Act against them at Lakadganj Police Station.

Inquiry likely against Lakadganj DB Squad

Senior Police officials are likely to initiate an inquiry against some cops, including those attached to DB Squad of Lakadganj Police Station for their alleged nexus with Babaji alias Ashok Yadav and his coterie. Sources informed that Babaji was running the gambling den at Bharatiya Akhada since long with the blessings of some cops attached to Lakadganj Police Station.

The alleged criminal-police nexus came to light after Special Squad of Deputy Commissioner of Police Abhinash Kumar took a lead in raiding Bharatiya Akhada and putting behind bars the gamblers. Till late night, cops were yet to nab Babaji and one of his accomplices in this connection.

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YTSK to end Rly’s monopoly in sale of reserved tickets

In a precursor towards ending monopoly in sale of reserved travel tickets, the Ministry of Railways have floated a new scheme, Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendra (YTSK), wherein private players can no... Read More
In a precursor towards ending monopoly in sale of reserved travel tickets, the Ministry of Railways have floated a new scheme, Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendra (YTSK), wherein private players can now set-up PRS-cum-UTS terminals. Means, in future one may not be dependent for train's ticket on Railway's passenger reservation system (PRS) centres, as same would be available in market. A circular about YTSK was issued by Traffic Commercial Wing of Railway Board recently, laying down norms for new agents scheme.

In other words, Railway under guise of public-private partnership is gradually moving towards closure of PRS centres, atleast at major urban centres and in future may be total withdrawal from sale of tickets, stated Vinod Chaturvedi, Divisional Secretary, Central Railway Mazdoor Sangh (CRMS), while commenting on YTSK scheme.

YTSK is just enlarged version of Railway's earlier scheme, Railway Ticket Sale Agents (RTSA) and Railway Ticket Agents (RTA) and the Board's circular has laid down very stringent norms in appointment of new agents. The first qualification is those who earlier worked as RTSA and RTA would only get change to works as YTSK and they can sale reserved as well as unreserved tickets. The franchisee for selling tickets would be appointed after clearance from three-member screening committee comprising a Junior Administrative Grade (JAG) level officers, one each from Commercial and Finance.

As per the scheme, each of the selected licensee can operate four terminals, and if ticket sales are good Railways can increase the terminal numbers. The initial cost for getting ticket terminal seems quite hefty and could prove detrimental in success of the YTSK scheme, feels the agents who are interested in the scheme. For example Railways has asked for Rs. 1.6 lakh system charges per terminal/annum and this is to be paid in advance. Besides there is one time non-refundable registration fee of Rs. five lakh that is to be paid after allotment of licence.

The contention for advance fee is that against it the licencee will be allowed to issue tickets upto Rs. 4.5 lakh/annum. In fact with eye on metro cities where ticket sale is quite hefty the Railway Board has kept maximum permissible deposit to Rs. one crore. Apart from that there is provision of security deposit/bank guarantee of Rs. two lakh-Rs. five lakh, which will be interest free. On their part, Railways will supply free of cost PRS tickets rolls which would sport a distinct colour. In case of loss of rolls, debit equivalent to fare of the farthest distance by highest class of train for six adult passenger per ticket lost, would be raised by Railways.

Revenue Sharing: Licence would need to share 25% of service charges levied on customers for booking/cancellation of reserved tickets. Further tickets under YTKS will be Rs. one costlier in view of booking charge. The model revenue sharing model will be applicable for one year and would be reviewed every quarter.

A service charge of Rs. 30/passenger for 2SL an and sleeper classes and Rs. 40/passenger for all other classes and same will be printed on tickets to prevent overcharging. Service charges for cancellation will be 50% of the charges prescribed for booking. The timings of operations of private terminals would be from 9 am to 10 pm on week days and from 9 am to 2 pm on Sunday. For Tatkal booking the timing would be from 11 am onwards. The initial tenure of licence will be for a period of three-years and licencee will need to pay Rs. 5,000/per counter per annum to Railways. as Government Pleader (GP). The Law and Judiciary department appointed three Additional Government Pleaders, who are expected to share heavy workload of GP.

Adv Shishir Madhusudan Ukey is relatively younger among the lot and had worked as junior to Adv Ravi Sanyal and worked extensively in service matters, forest issues, security guards, mathadi hamals, and interest of sawmill industries. He also handled the consumer court litigations on behalf of Union Bank of India. He was empanelled as counsel for Zilla Parishad, Buldhana; Maharashtra Pollution Control Board and others. Ukey completed his LL B from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar College of Law in 1999. He worked mainly on civil side with Adv V G Wankhede. He has worked with Adv Swapanajit Sanyal. Plan would be needed for surplus staff of PRS

If the YTSK scheme succeeds then there would be surplus staff of PRS for which Indian Railways needs to plan in advance. The railway employee feels that Railway Board must make advance provision for their deployment in parallel cadre, like ticket checking, so that there is no ambiguity on the matter. Already option form has been circulated among PRS staff asking for their preference for deployment as Railways is increasingly outsourcing ticketing with a view to cut down its workforce. Recently, there PRS-UTS terminals were opened at post offices but the working hours restriction has ensured that they are limited success. There are large scale vacancies in ticket checking and this issue has been raised by passenger bodies and union alike.

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Sonegaon Police arrest four jewellers, Sarafa Bandh today

BULLION traders have decided to observe a bandh on Wednesday to protest arrest of four jewellers by Sonegaon Police. The bullion traders and members of Sarafa Association gathered in front of S... Read More
BULLION traders have decided to observe a bandh on Wednesday to protest arrest of four jewellers by Sonegaon Police. The bullion traders and members of Sarafa Association gathered in front of Sonegaon Police Station on Tuesday night demanding immediate release of their colleagues.

Charging police of falsely implicating four jewellers -- Anup Udapure, Ashok Manjre, Manish Parekh, and Purshottam Hedau from Itwari and New Mangalwari -- for allegedly purchasing stolen gold from a thief, the bullion traders pointed out that they co-operated with the cops in the investigation. However, the police officers concerned arrested the four jewellers without consulting the Sarafa Vigilance Committee. Ravikant Harde, President of Sona Chandi Oal Committee told ‘The Hitavada’ that the police had arrested a thief and obtained remand for his custodial interrogation. He said, the thief allegedly told the investigators that he had mortgaged the stolen ornaments with the four jewllers. Subsequently, he said, the police summoned the four jewellers for questioning when the thief was in their custody. Moreover, he said, the four jewellers were willing to give the CCTV camera footage to the investigators to justify that they were not at all involved in the crime. However, the Sonegaon Police went a step ahead by arresting them without consulting the Sarafa Vigilance Committee, he added.

Condemning the police action, Ravikant Harde, Sanjay Khule and other office-bearers of the committee decided to observe a day’s bandh on Wednesday.

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Increase in Property Tax, LBT revenue; still not enough to meet NMC’s requirements

Cash-strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is trying hard to increase its revenue from available resources in the current financial year. The local body has registered an increase by Rs 13 ... Read More
Cash-strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is trying hard to increase its revenue from available resources in the current financial year. The local body has registered an increase by Rs 13 crore in revenue from Property Tax as well as Rs 82 crore from Local Body Tax (LBT), but it is still lesser than NMC’s requirement.

Tax Committee Chairman Girish Deshmukh took stock of the revenue earned by NMC through LBT and Property Tax in current financial year.

Deshmukh informed mediapersons that the recovery of Property Tax was Rs 45 crore in current year, a rise of around Rs 13 crore compared to that the previous year. The civic body has improved distribution of Property Tax demands in current financial year. Out of 4.79 lakh demand notes, almost 3.92 lakh were distributed and remaining would be distributed in next 15 days, he added.

Deshmukh held review meeting at Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Hall of NMC. Senior corporator Sunil Agrawal, Deputy Municipal Commissioner Pramod Bhusari, Tax Assessor Shashikant Hastak, all Assistant Commissioners and Tax Inspectors were present in the meeting. The Property Tax Department has generated demand of Rs 250 crore in current financial year. Last year, the total collection of tax was Rs 190 crore. The department has identified 3,522 new properties and these will come under tax net.

Deshmukh said, the department requires efforts from Assistant Commissioners as the department is still sending demand notes to slum-dwellers in Sakkardara lake area. This slum was shifted to other places around five to six years ago, but the department is still generating demand notes for the same 500 slum-dwellers. This should be checked by the senior officers and remidial measures must be taken, he stressed.

According to Deshmukh, NMC had posted LBT collection of Rs 145 crore in current financial year, which was almost Rs 82 crore more than that in the last year. The last year’s collection was lesser due to stiff opposition to LBT from traders and businesspersons. The department has issued notices to 106 traders and seized documents of 92 shops and establishments. Action against 27 traders was completed and action was under process in case of 53 shops and establishments. The civic body is taking tough stand against cold storage owners and it has given time of 10 days to disclose names of business persons, he said.

Mayor gets demand for paid property tax!

This could be the best example of alertness of Property Tax Department of NMC. The department has issued demand note to Mayor Anil Sole recently. The demand note includes property tax for last year too, though Sole had paid the tax before contesting election to Legislative Council seat from Graduates’ Constituency. It also raises question as to what could happen in case of common citizens.

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Nagpur and Amravati universities among top 45 varsities of country

After facing bad name for a long time, and taking efforts to regain its glory, here is a good news for Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) and Sant Gadge Baba Amravati Univer... Read More
After facing bad name for a long time, and taking efforts to regain its glory, here is a good news for Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) and Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University (SGAU) both as their names have figured in the list of top 45 universities of the country.

RTMNU has earned 25th and SGAU 27th position in the latest India Today-Nielsen Best Universities Survey. Besides, both these universities from Vidarbha region have been placed on fourth and fifth position respectively in the list of top five Western Universities. This is quite an achievement if one looks at the controversies till the recent past.

The names of RTMNU and SGAU got marred by various incidents and many said that the universities had earned bad name for them. Of course, efforts were started to come out of the bad phase. With the latest survey placing both the universities in top 27 in the country, it appears that the efforts have borne fruits. There are 10 universities that got entry into the list as new entrant, and Nagpur and Amravati varsities are among them.

The survey stated that while private universities were thriving in the country, public universities also were picking up fast. The things are improving for the Indian universities with 17 universities making it to Asia’s top 300 universities, and in top 100 universities in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries. India is represented by 16 institutions, five of them in Top 20.

The survey has given points under the heads of reputation, quality of academic input, student care, infrastructure, job prospects, faculty, research publications, innovation and governance, global exposure, security arrangements, admission procedure, perceptual ranking, factual rating, and indexed to 100.

The survey took into account over 170 universities from across India to determine top 45 universities in the Art, Science, and Commerce streams. The survey involved desk research, data sources like the Internet, published reports, and Association of Indian Universities were considered. Institutions of national importance that specialise in only one area of knowledge have not been included. About 349 experts from different streams were shown the list of universities and asked to rate the university on identical parameters. The top 85 universities were then shortlisted from the perceptual ranking and contacted for factual data on various parameters. To derive the final score for each university, a weightage of 50 per cent was given to perceptual data and 50 per cent to factual data. The overall score was then indexed to 100 and the final list of top 45 universities was drawn up.

Delhi University topped the table with index of perfect 100. University of Calcutta, Banaras Hindu University, Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi), University of Hyderabad, Aligarh Muslim University, Osmania University, Jamia Millia Islamia, University of Mysore, Andhra University secured positions among Top 10 universities with a score ranging between 50 and 77. Nagpur got the index of 14.02 and Amravati 13.66 in the survey.

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Three years’ RI, fine to former Branch Manager, CBoI, Patan

SPECIAL Judge, CBI Court, Jabalpur, vide judgement, on Tuesday convicted R R Das, the then Branch Manager, Central Bank of India (CBoI), Patan Branch, Jabalpur, in CBI case and sentenced three ... Read More
SPECIAL Judge, CBI Court, Jabalpur, vide judgement, on Tuesday convicted R R Das, the then Branch Manager, Central Bank of India (CBoI), Patan Branch, Jabalpur, in CBI case and sentenced three years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5000 under sections 7 and 13 (2) r/w 13 (1) (d) of Prevention of Corruption Act-1988 as well as under Section 120 B of the IPC and in default of payment of fine under each head, the accused to undergo further imprisonment of six months. Co-accused Vikas Bairagi was sentenced to undergo three years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5000 under Section 120 B of the IPC and in default of payment of fine, the accused to undergo further imprisonment of six months. All custodial sentences are to run concurrently. Complainant Raghuvir Singh in his complaint had alleged that R R Das, the then Branch Manager, Central Bank of India, Patan Branch, Jabalpur, was demanding Rs 5,000 from the complainant for doing an official favour of sanctioning and disbursing Central Kisan Credit Card loan of Rs 80,000 in favour of the complainant. On the basis of written complaint and its subsequent positive verification, a case under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered at CBI, ACB, Jabalpur, against the accused on August 10, 2007. Thereafter, a trap was laid on September 10, 2007, and the accused R R Das was caught red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 5,000 from the complainant in presence of the independent witnesses. Accused Das after receiving bribe amount of Rs 5,000 handed over the same to Vikas Bairagi, Advocate, who was sitting with the accused at the time of trap. After thorough investigation, CBI filed chargesheet against R R Das and Vikas Bairagi on March 26, 2008, in the Court of Special Judge, CBI Cases, Jabalpur, under Section 120-B of the IPC and Section 7 and 13 (2) r/w 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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Officer of AMPRI, his wife booked for embezzlement

Baghsevania police has registered case of embezzlement against officer posted in Finance section of Advanced Materials and Processes Research Institute (AMPRI) on Tuesday. Accused has embezzled a... Read More
Baghsevania police has registered case of embezzlement against officer posted in Finance section of Advanced Materials and Processes Research Institute (AMPRI) on Tuesday. Accused has embezzled amount to the tune of more than Rs 24 lakh. As he had also deposited the ill-gotten money into the account of his wife, police have made his wife co-accused in the case. Police sources said that section officer of AMPRI, Atul Kumar Jain had lodged complaint against section officer of finance, Pramod Kumar Sinha and accused him of siphoning off lakhs of rupees through embezzlement. The actual sum of embezzlement is Rs 24,56,395. “Accused works in accounts section. He was doing embezzlement for a long time. He used to deposit the money of the institution into his account. Around three to four months back, one complaint had come against him. After this, institution had formed special audit team to check the wrong-doings. In probe, it came to know that it is in 29 cases in which embezzlement was done, said SHO of Baghsevania police station to ‘The Hitavada’.

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I-T Deptt conducts raid on Regal Homes, Om Shanti

Income Tax Department conducted raid against Regal Homes and Om Shanti, both builders, on Tuesday. More than one dozen premises were covered in Bhopal as well as in Indore during the raid. IT D... Read More
Income Tax Department conducted raid against Regal Homes and Om Shanti, both builders, on Tuesday. More than one dozen premises were covered in Bhopal as well as in Indore during the raid. IT Department is learnt to have stumbled on large-scale tax evasion. So far, I-T Department is still trying to know tax evasion but air is thick with speculation that tax evasion by both builders could be around or more than Rs 100 crore.

Sources said that IT Department officials conducted raid during morning hours. It is learnt that registries, documents related to investment were found in the raid. It is being said that earlier, builders tried to oppose the raid but later, gave up their protest. In the raid, offices of Regal Homes situated in Padmanabh Nagar, Railway Colony and Arera Colony were covered apart from the residence of the builder.

Apart from this, offices of Om Shanti Auto Company, situated in Dewas and Indore, were also covered. If sources are to be believed, then incriminating documents related to tax evasion have been seized in big manner from both builders. Ashok Jain is said to be owner of Om Shanti while K L Sharma owns Regal Homes. Vijay Kumar and Dinesh Kumar Rai own Dwarkadeesh and he is said to be interconnected with said builders. S S Yadav’s house was also covered in the raid and if sources are to be believed, then maximum cash was recovered from his house. Sources claimed ten lockers, documents related to several acre land and lakhs of rupees were found in cash in raid against both builders.

The raid exercise was underway till evening hours. Income Tax officials are compiling the recovered documents and later, efforts would be made to know that how much tax evasion has been done by both builders. It is fathomed that raid is going to reveal black income of both builders in big manner.

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Mini bus hits 2 minor boys

Two children, who were going to gas agency to book gas cylinder on their Scotty, were hit by a recklessly driven mini bus near Subhash Nagar railway crossing on Tuesday.

Passers-by stopped ... Read More
Two children, who were going to gas agency to book gas cylinder on their Scotty, were hit by a recklessly driven mini bus near Subhash Nagar railway crossing on Tuesday.

Passers-by stopped the mini bus and roughed up the bus driver. Later, injured children were sent to hospital for treatment. One of the victims was injured badly.

It is learnt that impact of bus was so powerful that both children were thrown apart and blood started to ooze out from their wounds. One boy seemed to be aged around seven or eight years. The second boy was around twelve years of age and it is this boy who sustained more injuries, especially on ribs and legs.

After the incident, passengers as well as passers-by caught the bus driver and thrashed him. It is learnt that both boys have sustained fractures in hands and legs. The bus was going to Mandideep.

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Tenure of Lokayukta, Up-Lokayukta can be extended for one more year

State Government can now extend one more year after the expiration of Lokayukta and Deputy Lokayukta’s tenure. In addition, State Government has also decided to call off the compulsion of obtai... Read More
State Government can now extend one more year after the expiration of Lokayukta and Deputy Lokayukta’s tenure. In addition, State Government has also decided to call off the compulsion of obtaining Cabinet Committee approval where the officials are found guilty in departmental inquiries instituted on recommendations of Lokayukta/Economic Offences Wing.

A Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on Tuesday, decided to authorise administrative departments to give permission for prosecution of their officers-employees. So far, there was a compulsion of obtaining Cabinet Committee’s approval in the cases where defaulter officer-employee is found guilty in departmental enquiry instituted on recommendation of Lokayukta/Economic Offences Wing. The Cabinet also decided to amend Section-5 of Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta and Up-Lokayukta Act-1981. According to the amendment, after expiry of his term, Lokayukta will continue to hold the post until his successor is appointed and assumes office. However, this extended period will not exceed one year in any case. The Cabinet endorsed Chief Minister’s directive to extend time-limit for special recruitment drive to fill up backlog, carry-forward SC, ST and Backward Class posts as well as posts reserved for disabled persons till June 30, 2015.

Cabinet also sanctioned creation of 200 posts of class II, III and IV employees in establishment of High Court, including 10 posts each of personal secretary, section officer, personal assistant, stenographer, assistant grade-1 & II, record supplier, driver and jamadar, 50 posts of assistant grade-3 and 20 posts of contingency workers.

Besides, 7 posts have been sanctioned for Residential Commissioner Office, Madhya Pradesh Bhavan, New Delhi, 2 posts of Assistant Protocol Officer in Vidhan Sabha Secretariat, 26 in Government Dental College, Indore, 8 in Academy of Administration and 15 posts in pre-matric girls hostels of Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare Department.

The Cabinet decided that in Chief Technical Examiner (Vigilance) organisation, only those officers will be posted on deputation as chief engineers who basically hold the post of chief engineer in construction departments, semi-government undertakings and Madhya Pradesh Electricity Board. If it is not possible to avail services of chief engineer, then superintending engineers with minimum 5 years’ seniority should be posted on deputation as chief engineers. The Cabinet has decided to constitute a committee to ensure better quality of construction works. The committee will comprise Ministers and Principal Secretaries of concerning departments. The Cabinet gave administrative sanction to 9 group drinking water schemes to be implemented by Madhya Pradesh Water Corporation Limited. The projects will benefit 5 lakh population of 383 villages. The schemes include Damhendi, Kiragi, Karanpura, Dhasan, Gorihar, Biriyapur, Badon Kalan, Indwar and Singhora.

The Cabinet decided to sanction increased special allowance to 106 teachers/Karmis of Social Justice & Disabled Welfare Department’s 41 recognised institutions and District Disabled Rehabilitation Centre in every district with effect from April 1, 2014. The Cabinet sanctioned 34 schemes costing Rs 1402.22 crore sanctioned by Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) during 12th Five Year Plan period and gave consent to its terms and conditions. The Cabinet approved the draft Amendment Bill-2014 regarding Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan University, Bhopal.

Cabinet decided to extend date of merger scheme for 3 months. The date had expired on August 11, 2014. The Cabinet sanctioned merger of 123 eligible persons of Oilseed Federation, posted on deputation under Panchayats & Rural Development Department. The Cabinet sanctioned merger of 76 sub-auditors of Cooperatives Department, working on deputation in Oilseed Federation on the same post in accordance with merger scheme chalked out for Oilseed Federation’s employees.

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VHP’s Golden Jubilee Year celebrations to begin with grand shobhayatra on 17th

“TO MARK Golden Jubilee Year of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a series of programmes will be organised throughout the year. In Mahakoshal region, celebrations will begin from August 17 with gr... Read More
“TO MARK Golden Jubilee Year of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a series of programmes will be organised throughout the year. In Mahakoshal region, celebrations will begin from August 17 with grand shobhayatra followed by programmes of Matrashakti Sammelan, blood donation camp in which a target to collect one lakh units of blood has been set,” informed Kailash Gupta, State President of Visha Hindu Parishad, Mahakoshal Prant, while addressing a press conference at a city hotel on Tuesday. Gupta was accompanied by State Secretary Govind Shende, Ramkishore Ji Karsolia, newly inducted President of Golden Jubilee Year Celebration Committee, Mahakoshal Prant, Vice-President, Rajneet Jain of Jabalpur.

Govind Shinde informed that VHP was founded in 1964 on Janmashtami from Chinmaya Mission by eminent Hindu seers. The seers also set objectives and works of VHP. The Parishad has been constituted with a motive to stop cow slaughter, to check activities bringing dishonour to Hindu seers, religious heads for founding a strong and social harmony Hindu community in the country. With blessings of saints in five decades fighting against conspiracy hatched by anti-national forces and anti-Hindu forces, VHP has succeeded in breaking conspiracy played against nation and Hindu community by foreign forces with the help of money while has created a belief that in coming years VHP will dissolve all such anti-national and anti-Hindu activities completely, added Dr Kailash Gupta.

In five decades, VHP has ensure its presence across the country. In 50,000 villages, Ekal Vidyalayas are running in far-flung villages in which over three lakh students are imparted elementary education. For cow protection, VHP has been running around 550 gaushalas in different parts of the country. Under Panchgavya, VHP is running various social welfare programmes like arogya, ajivika, education, security and development of village.

Till now around above 50,000 students are being given education through 151 hostels run by Parishad. State Secretary Govind Shinde informed that VHP has taken up the target to conduct Hindu Jagran with all 10 lakh workers in one lakh village units to deter continuous conspiracy of anti-Hindu and anti-national forces. Besides this, Golden Jubilee Year celebration will commence with organisation of grand shobhayatras at block-level on Janmashtami.

The procession will be taken out with a message of unity. On the occasion, declaration of body of Mahakoshal Prant Vishwa Hindu Parishad Swarnajayanti Varsh Mahotsav Samiti was done by State President of VHP Mahakoshal Prant. In this Ramkishore Karsolia has been inducted as State President and on the post of Executive President Yogesh Tiwari of Satna has been inducted. On the post of State Vice-President two posts Rajneet Jain and Anil Tiwari of Sagar have been inducted. On the post of State Secretary, Rajesh Tiwari, Advocate of Jabalpur, have been nominated and State Treasurer of Samiti includes Rakesh Agrawal of Katni.

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Double-decker train to continue plying between Habibganj and Indore

Habibganj-Indore double decker train which was supposed to end its services from Wednesday will remain on tracks till further orders. This decision was taken by Railway Ministry after a letter wa... Read More
Habibganj-Indore double decker train which was supposed to end its services from Wednesday will remain on tracks till further orders. This decision was taken by Railway Ministry after a letter was written by Railway Board. Reportedly, Habibganj-Indore double decker train was running in loss and was not able to attract passengers from both sides of its destination. Therefore, it was scheduled to terminate its services from August 13.

Earlier, the double decker train, first of its kind in country, was given green signal last year amidst much fanfare, but officials in Bhopal Rail Division said that the train was lacking on all fronts in gathering passengers firstly due to its high fare and secondly, due to its wrong running time. After continuous loss, there was a strong buzz during Rail Budget that the route will be changed. However, demands were also made to keep it on its current route.

Rumours also indicated that the route of the train will be changed to Ratlam Railway Division followed by extending it to Vadodara and Mumbai, where there are large number of passengers for the train, who can help in getting its revenue back on track. While Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker, Lok Sabha suggested that the train be made to run on Indore-Damoh route.

Officials in Railway Division said that Member of Parliament from State capital Alok Sanjar had also written to Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda to keep double decker on its track and continue its services from State capital. Piyush Mathur, CPRO, WC Railway said that the services of double decker train, running between Habibganj and Indore, will continue giving its services till further orders from Rail Ministry as the termination of its services has been postponed till further orders.

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‘Ritu Kumari has incurable ITP disease’

CISF ADG O P Singh claimed that CISF lady constable Ritu Kumari, who tried to commit suicide recently by pumping bullet into her stomach by 9 mm service revolver, is suffering from blood relate... Read More
CISF ADG O P Singh claimed that CISF lady constable Ritu Kumari, who tried to commit suicide recently by pumping bullet into her stomach by 9 mm service revolver, is suffering from blood related incurable disease Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) for last many years. In the meantime, efforts would be made to know that whether she was suffering from disease before recruitment and if so, then how she cleared the physical test.

Assuring of fair probe into the incident, O P Singh said that before being shifted to Bhopal, Ritu Kumari was posted at Mumbai airport and at that time, she had approached him with the request that she is having some incurable disease and she should be shifted to smaller airport. She wanted posting at one of the airports from three airports including Khajuraho, Indore and Bhopal. He added that as far as departmental matter is concerned, then disciplinary norms would be followed. He informed he had not tried to know the findings of ongoing probe and said that if the criminal intent is established, then it would be looked after by local police and even matter is also being looked at by Women Commission also.

When presspersons asked that why accused Deputy Commandant has not been removed till completion of probe, he wanted to know from the questioner that whether he is having any evidence that there had been effort to interfere the probe? Speaking on the incident, he said that on the advice of doctors, Ritu Kumari was taken to AIIMS for better treatment and her condition is reported to be stable. Her mother and brother are with her.

Narrating the incident and its related facts, he claimed that for last many years, Ritu Kumari was suffering from blood related Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), which is an incurable disease. Due to this reason, the level of platelets is always low. It is due to this reason that there is possibility of tiredness and depression. He said court of inquiry being done by CISF is going to end soon. He said Ritu Kumari had applied for outpass on August 3 and outpass was issued to her from 3 pm till 6 pm and she was supposed to be present in roll call at 6 pm. But she had not appeared in roll call and reached unit line at 7.25 pm. As part of punishment, she was asked to do extra duty of three days. On the incident day, her duty was in B shift from 2 pm till 10 pm. Around 1 pm, she got issued 9 mm pistol and soon after this, she shot herself. She was immediately taken to People’s Hospital for treatment.

Notably, in her dying statement, she had accused Deputy Commandant of harassing her. Gandhi Nagar police are doing investigation on the basis of her statements.

Bhopal airport is sensitive airport

CISF ADG O P Singh said CISF is looking after security of 59 airports and security has been divided into three categories including hypersensitive, sensitive and general. Bhopal airport is sensitive airport. He said, looking at the terrorist threat, counter terrorism contingency plan has been worked out for hyper sensitive metropolitan and CISF is writing to states in this regard. Already, it is in place at Mumbai and Delhi and Andhra Pradesh has given its consent.

Besides this, stress is also being made on tactical deployment in which it is ensured that deployed men should look less in number against the actual number of deployed men. Apart from this, emphasis is being made on how to increase detection capability and response time. Vouching for advance technical gadget in strategy, he said that if a baggage lies unattended for even 15 minutes, then computer would alert in this regard. He claimed that all the development is being done to stop terrorist attack.

He was of the view that seeing the recent terrorist attacks at Karachi airport and so on, need was felt for counter terrorism contingency plan for Indian airports.

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Youth drowns in Mahmara Anicut

A youth drowned in Sheonath River while crossing the Mahmara Anicut on Tuesday noon. The body of the victim was not traced till the last reports came in and the eye witnesses claimed that the v... Read More
A youth drowned in Sheonath River while crossing the Mahmara Anicut on Tuesday noon. The body of the victim was not traced till the last reports came in and the eye witnesses claimed that the victim was trying to cross the anicut in an inebriated state. Though the victim was warned by the police personnel deployed on the anicut but ignoring the warning, the victim went ahead and drowned consequently. Police informed that Jitendra Yadav, a resident of Shardapara, Bhilai had come to village Mahmara with his friend, who was not identified, for meeting with his uncle Panchram Yadav. At around 14:00 hrs, Jitendra’s friend went to Mahmara Anicut in an inebriated state and approached towards Sheonath Crematorium on foot through the anicut. The police personnel and other eyewitnesses, who were present there, asked the victim not to cross the anciut as water was flowing 2 feet above it. Claiming himself as a good swimmer, the victim ignored all the warning and went ahead as a result he got slipped in the river.

Soon after the incident, professional divers were engaged in search operation but the victim was not traced till the last reports came in. He was not even identified while his friend, who was in the village at the time of incident, has also gone missing, said police. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Anjora Police Post In-charge, Mr. Tripathi stated that the victim was trying to cross the anicut in an inebriated state despite the fact that water was flowing 2 feet above the anicut. He added that a search operation to trace the victim will again be launched on Wednesday.

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Birth Certificate is the first identity proof of a newly born: Dr Raman Singh

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has appealed people of state to go for birth-death registration and receive birth/death certificate necessarily. He said that birth-death registrations are done fo... Read More
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has appealed people of state to go for birth-death registration and receive birth/death certificate necessarily. He said that birth-death registrations are done for free. In case past incidents of birth/death could not be registered on time, then one may get the registration done by paying nominal late fee. State Government has appointed CEO of Janpad Panchayats in rural areas, Chief Municipal Officers of urban bodies, authorized officials and In-charge officials of Government Hospitals with capacity of 30-bed or more as Registrar under Civil Registration System. Chief Minister said that birth certificate is the first identity proof of a newly born, which has its own importance in issuance of passport, addition of name in ration cards etc. The document is also important for availing benefits of government facilities. Moreover, death certificate is a necessary legal document for heirs of the deceased for claiming paternal property, insurance claim etc. Today, Dr Singh has appealed people, panch-sarpanch, elected officials and members of Jila Panchayats and Janpad Panchayats, elected officials of urban bodies and corporators, for their cooperation in the registration work.

Dr Raman Singh said that birth of a baby is an occasion of celebration in the family, while sudden death of a family member is extremely sad and painful. But despite the overwhelming emotions, one should necessarily get the registration of birth/death done on time and receive the certificates for the same as it will prove beneficial for the family as well as the country. He further said that usually in rural areas, people show least interest in registration of birth/death considering it to be unnecessary. However, registration of birth/death is as important as the various customary rituals performed during such occasions.

Dr Raman Singh said that people of Chhattisgarh can make important contribution in development of state by getting the birth/death registrations done on time. Reason being, birth-death registration records serve as the basis for government to formulate public welfare and development schemes. Chief Minister has appealed people to take pledge that they will report the registrar concerned about birth-death incidents taking place in their family, locality, village and ward.

Under Civil Registration System, registration of each birth/death incident in state is compulsory. Due to lack of proper registration and reporting, Chhattisgarh’s position in the country is not good enough. Hence, people of state should come forward to report such incidents on time and make collective efforts to take Chhattisgarh state to the top position in the country. Contribution of each individual is important.

According to the information received from Raipur based Directorate of Census, the directorate and state government’s Directorate of Finance and Statistics have already provided training of birth-death registration to all the registrars of Chhattisgarh.

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Dates for students’ union elections declared

After the announcement of restoring students’ union elections in the universities and colleges in the state, University Coordination Committee, which had met at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday, decided... Read More
After the announcement of restoring students’ union elections in the universities and colleges in the state, University Coordination Committee, which had met at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday, decided to issue notification regarding the elections on August 16. Governor and Chancellor Balramji Dass Tandon chaired the meeting which was attended by State Higher Education Minister Prem Prakash Pandey, Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand and the Vice-Chancellors of the universities in Chhattisgarh.

According to sources, for the universities having ordinance passed the notification will be issued on August 16. Decision on issuance of notification for the universities having some hurdles will be decided very soon, sources added.

Student’s Union elections will be held on August 27 at the colleges across the state while September 1 and 2 will be the dates for the elections for election office bearers for the universities. Sources also added that there will be direct elections to elect representatives at the colleges. College representatives will elect representatives for the universities. In both the cases, voting will be taken place at the colleges.

The Higher Education Department will chalk out strategies for holding peaceful elections at 12 universities and 220 colleges of Chhattisgarh.

Addressing the Vice Chancellors and Higher Education officials in the meeting, the Governor emphasised on the need for special attention towards filling up vacant posts in the teaching and non-teaching departments of the colleges. The Chancellor said the shortage of faculty in the colleges will affect teaching process.

Higher Education Minister Prem Prakash Pandey welcomed the decision of holding elections in the colleges and universities which, according to him, is a healthy tradition for a democratic country like India. Higher Education Secretary B L Agrawal informed the meeting about the measures being initiated for improving standard of education.

The Vice Chancellors present in the meeting are Dr S K Pandey (Pt RSU, Raipur), Dr Sachchidananda Joshi (KTUJM), Dr N D R Chandra (Bastar University), Dr B L Sharma (Surguja University), Dr A R Chandrakar (Pt Sunderlal Sharma Open University), Dr Mandavi Singh (Indira Kala Sangeet University, Khairagarh), Dr G B Gupta (Chhattisgarh Ayush and health Science University), Dr S K Patil (Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya), Dr S C Sharma (CSVTU), Dr U K Mishra (Kamdhenu University), Dr Surekha Thakkar (Dr C V Raman University), Professor B John (MATS University), Dr T Dayakar Rao (RTM University), Dr Jagannath Patnaik (Utkal University) and Chhattisgarh Private University Regulatory Commission Chairman Dr Omprakash Verma. Principal Secretary, Law and Legal Affairs, A K Samant Ray and Principal Secretary to Governor Sunik Kujur were also present.

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CCCI poll scene getting more interesting with each passing day

On the penultimate day of general elections of Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industries, both the panels Vyapari Ekta Panel led by BJP MLA Shrichand Sundrani and Puranlal Agrawal and the... Read More
On the penultimate day of general elections of Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industries, both the panels Vyapari Ekta Panel led by BJP MLA Shrichand Sundrani and Puranlal Agrawal and the Vyapari Vikas Panel led by Shiv Gawalani, Mahesh Kakkad, Dharam Bhansali, etc came face-to-face at Meet the Press Programme hosted by Raipur Press Club. Tuesday was the last day for campaigning as the CCCI will be going into polling on Wednesday.

The main contest is for the posts of President, General Secretary and Treasurer for which 10,129 voters will be casting their franchise. Of the 10,129 voters State-wide, 5531 voters are alone from Raipur district. From Vyapari Ekta Panel, Amar Parwani is contesting for the post of President, Vinay Bajaj for the post of General Secretary and Arvind Jain for the post of Treasurer.

While from Vyapari Vikas Panel, U N Agrawal is contesting for the post of President, Kishore Ahuja for the post of General Secretary and Jain Jitendra Golecha for the post of Treasurer. On the other hand Kanhaiyya Agrawal is contesting as Independent candidate for the post of General Secretary.

During the Meet the Press programme, the Vyapari Ekta Panel was seen clearly taking lead over their opponents highlighting clearly the issues they are contesting for while the Vyapari Vikas Panel was found wanting for issues and clear-cut programmes. The panel discussion started with the Presidential candidates from both the panel keeping forward their views and objectives.

Representing the Vyapari Ekta Panel, Amar Parwani while stating his clear-cut programmes and priorities through his five points which included simplification of GST with Single point tax system so that it facilitates both businessmen and consumers; if FDI will be implemented, the interests of small businessmen should be safe-guarded; ensure availability of raw materials equally for small and big industries and initiating skill development programmes for youths so that proper manpower is supplied to industries; and initiating programmes which would upgrade business level in Chhattisgarh so that creamy layer youths stay back in the state instead of going to other states and countries.

On the contrary, U N Agrawal in his statement said he is office-bearer of CCCI since last 25 years and his priority will be to conduct the next election scheduled in 2017 at the district level, there will be building for CCCI at every district for which CCCI will provide 25 percent funding while the remaining will be done through donations, wholesale market will be constructed at every district and to launch website for youths.

Later the discussion between both the panels was held where also the members of Vyapari Ekta Panel were seen having the upper hand. The panel was represented by Shrichand Sundrani, Ramesh Modi and Amar Dhawna. Interestingly the opposition Vyapari Vikas Panel which was represented by Shiv Gawalani, Mahesh Kakkad and Dharam Bhansali, instead of speaking on their policies and objectives concentrated more on Sundrani and most of the time praised him.

Shrichand Sundrani however speaking on the occasion satisfactorily clarified that all the allegations leveled against him by the Vyapari Vikas Panel.

Cops review security arrangements

District Administration and Police Department on Tuesday held a meeting of Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCCI) office bearers to discuss the security arrangements at the poll booth of CCCI election scheduled on Wednesday.

Presided over the Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Sanjay Agrawal, Police officials gave details about the security structure of the polling booth. Police has issued 5-point list of dos and don’ts for the election.

These five points are: There would be no advertisement or campaign within 100 meters of the polling booth, only the voters are allowed to enter within 100 meters with their election Identities, any type of inflammable item, narcotics or weapons are strictly prohibited, use of cell phone inside the poll booth is completely banned so voters are appealed to switch off their mobile phones before entering and voters have to immediately left the voting room immediately after casting their votes. Police officials also visited the Paatidar Bhawan to review the security arrangements along with district administration officials.

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CCCI poll scene getting more interesting with each passing day

On the penultimate day of general elections of Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industries, both the panels Vyapari Ekta Panel led by BJP MLA Shrichand Sundrani and Puranlal Agrawal and the... Read More
On the penultimate day of general elections of Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industries, both the panels Vyapari Ekta Panel led by BJP MLA Shrichand Sundrani and Puranlal Agrawal and the Vyapari Vikas Panel led by Shiv Gawalani, Mahesh Kakkad, Dharam Bhansali, etc came face-to-face at Meet the Press Programme hosted by Raipur Press Club. Tuesday was the last day for campaigning as the CCCI will be going into polling on Wednesday.

The main contest is for the posts of President, General Secretary and Treasurer for which 10,129 voters will be casting their franchise. Of the 10,129 voters State-wide, 5531 voters are alone from Raipur district. From Vyapari Ekta Panel, Amar Parwani is contesting for the post of President, Vinay Bajaj for the post of General Secretary and Arvind Jain for the post of Treasurer.

While from Vyapari Vikas Panel, U N Agrawal is contesting for the post of President, Kishore Ahuja for the post of General Secretary and Jain Jitendra Golecha for the post of Treasurer. On the other hand Kanhaiyya Agrawal is contesting as Independent candidate for the post of General Secretary.

During the Meet the Press programme, the Vyapari Ekta Panel was seen clearly taking lead over their opponents highlighting clearly the issues they are contesting for while the Vyapari Vikas Panel was found wanting for issues and clear-cut programmes. The panel discussion started with the Presidential candidates from both the panel keeping forward their views and objectives.

Representing the Vyapari Ekta Panel, Amar Parwani while stating his clear-cut programmes and priorities through his five points which included simplification of GST with Single point tax system so that it facilitates both businessmen and consumers; if FDI will be implemented, the interests of small businessmen should be safe-guarded; ensure availability of raw materials equally for small and big industries and initiating skill development programmes for youths so that proper manpower is supplied to industries; and initiating programmes which would upgrade business level in Chhattisgarh so that creamy layer youths stay back in the state instead of going to other states and countries.

On the contrary, U N Agrawal in his statement said he is office-bearer of CCCI since last 25 years and his priority will be to conduct the next election scheduled in 2017 at the district level, there will be building for CCCI at every district for which CCCI will provide 25 percent funding while the remaining will be done through donations, wholesale market will be constructed at every district and to launch website for youths.

Later the discussion between both the panels was held where also the members of Vyapari Ekta Panel were seen having the upper hand. The panel was represented by Shrichand Sundrani, Ramesh Modi and Amar Dhawna. Interestingly the opposition Vyapari Vikas Panel which was represented by Shiv Gawalani, Mahesh Kakkad and Dharam Bhansali, instead of speaking on their policies and objectives concentrated more on Sundrani and most of the time praised him.

Shrichand Sundrani however speaking on the occasion satisfactorily clarified that all the allegations leveled against him by the Vyapari Vikas Panel.

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Ration Card issue: Congress demands FIR against CM

Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (CPCC) President Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday reached in company of his associates to Tikrapara police station in the State capital and sat on a dharna dema... Read More
Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (CPCC) President Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday reached in company of his associates to Tikrapara police station in the State capital and sat on a dharna demanding the police to register FIR against the State Chief Minister, blaming that the state government has committed a crime by denying ration quota of June, July and August to all the ration card holders in the state.

In the name of ration card verification, the State Government is not providing ration to financially poor people.

At the time of Assembly election, ration was promised to such people and before the election ration cards were made by visiting from door to door.

It was the State Chief Minister who distributed ration cards in Gram Suraaj and Nagar Suraaj campaigns. It is strange how these ration cards have now become unworthy to be entertained. Congress has blamed the Chief Minister and the state government.

Baghel demanded the State Government to provide ration quota of the above said three months to all such ration card holders whose cards were made before Assembly election and also to make its stance clear about the ration card holders. Among the Congress leaders was also Raipur Mayor Dr Kiran Mayee Nayak.

Baghel will be present in several other such FIR programmes of the Congress, which are to be held at Ambikapur, Bilaspur, Kondagaon, Jagdalpur and Kanker.

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Twin city witness maximum short circuit cases

The twin city (Durg-Bhilai) is the most unsafe urban areas across Chhattisgarh as far as fires or any other mishap caused by short-circuit of electric wires.

From 2009 to June 2014 (two q... Read More
The twin city (Durg-Bhilai) is the most unsafe urban areas across Chhattisgarh as far as fires or any other mishap caused by short-circuit of electric wires.

From 2009 to June 2014 (two quarters of current year) total 88 short circuit caused mishaps happened in the twin city as compared to 71 cases reported in capital Raipur during the same time period.

As per the statistics of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the maximum incidents of short circuit at twin city were reported in 2010 with 20 cases followed by 19 cases in 2011, 17 cases in 2013, 15 cases in 2012, 12 cases in 2009 and 5 cases till the first two quarters of current year 2014. Because of these short circuit incidents, 6 people lost their lives in the twin city and also Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Limited (CSPDCL) as well as affected consumers both had sustained huge losses. According to the fire brigade officials and power experts, short circuit mishaps mainly caused by the use of electrical equipments as well as wires of poor qualities and overload of connection. In most of the cases people ignore the instructions and guidelines and install air conditioners, televisions, air coolers and other appliances in one connection which load the power supply of the transformer and as a result of it, fire incidences owing to short circuit occur in different parts of the twin city.

‘Most of the fire incidences owing to short circuit begin in air conditioners, air coolers and other appliances or power mains. Even if consumer purchase quality equipments and wires they do not maintain them and it careless attitude cause problems in the electric wire connection’ said one of the fire officials.

Farooq Siddiqui, Electric Engineer said for prevention consumers should adopt some precautions such as air conditioners and air coolers ducts do not allow to pass through floors and if any one install air conditioners and water motors should set up three phase connection in their homes to avoid overload of the electricity connection.

Another electric engineer and social activist Rashmi Hardha informed poor maintenance leads to erosion of the coatings of the wires, making them exposed. So CSPDCL should take some measures and do not take lightly the dumping wastes and other things in areas close to electrical equipments or wires.

When contacted, Bajrang Mishra-Superintendent of CSPDCL-Durg Urban said in last couple of years, the population of twin city witnessed a sharp rise and also the electricity connections. In many areas people misuse their connection and install many appliances in one connection which makes the connection overload and cause short circuit. People should not ignore the instructions of the CSPDCL in connection and obey all rules and regulations, asserted Mishra.

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HC seeks details of action against Govt employees involved in Rural EGS scam

A specially constituted High Court division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice C V Bhadang has, while considering application to review its decision to dismiss the public intere... Read More
A specially constituted High Court division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice C V Bhadang has, while considering application to review its decision to dismiss the public interest litigation (PIL) of noted activist Umesh Chaubey, imposing costs of Rs 25,000 on him, asked State Government’s counsel to take instructions from the authorities in two weeks as to whether, as per the report of the Collector, Nagpur, any FIR has been registered against the employees found responsible for misappropriation in the implementation of Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGREGS).

The court has also desired to know as to whether the government has conducted departmental inquiries against the employees found responsible for dereliction of duties.

Pleading for review of its decision to dismiss the petition, it has been urged by the petitioner, that earlier the petition was dismissed in view of the factually incorrect statements made on behalf of State Government and on the basis of that besides dismissing the petition, the court had also imposed the costs of Rs 25,000 on the petitioner. As those statements are incorrect and not in accordance with the documents placed on the record, the court’s earlier decision may be reviewed.

In the PIL, it has been pointed out that there is large scale corruption and misappropriation in the said scheme being implemented by Social Forestry Department under the control of the collectorate. In view of this, the petitioner has prayed for direction to Union Government to appoint monitoring committee to keep watch on proper implementation of the scheme and the action by State Government against the guilty officials.

Contrary to claim made by the authorities, as per the report of the Collector no action has been taken against certain employees. As per the report, 5 officers were found guilty of financial lapses and 8 officers have been found guilty of misappropriation of government funds and causing huge loss to the state ex-chequer.

Total 21 officers are guilty of administrative lapses. Departmental inquiries have been instituted against 11 officers and against 12 officers, there is no inquiry.

Advocate Shrikant Khandalkar appeared for the petitioner. AGP Anand Deshpande represented the state.

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Nitin Raut calls MIHAN review meeting today

Guardian Minister of Nagpur district Dr Nitin Raut has called a meeting of officials to review the progress of ambitious Multimodal International Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) and attached ... Read More
Guardian Minister of Nagpur district Dr Nitin Raut has called a meeting of officials to review the progress of ambitious Multimodal International Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) and attached Special Economic Zone (SEZ). As a precursor to the meeting scheduled at 12 noon on Monday at Ravi Bhavan, the officials of various sections of District Collectorate held a preparatory meeting on Sunday. In the meeting scheduled on Monday, Raut is expected to review the progress of rehabilitation of project-affected persons, investment that has materialised in MIHAN-SEZ area, investment proposed, status of important projects, etc. The officials of Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC), Revenue Department, Relief and Rehabilitation Department, and others have been invited for the meeting.

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Petroleum dealers to observe bandh today

Vidarbha Petroleum Dealers’ Association (VPDA) has supported the one-day bandh call on August 11, 2014 given by Federation of All Maharashtra Petrol Dealers’ Association.

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Vidarbha Petroleum Dealers’ Association (VPDA) has supported the one-day bandh call on August 11, 2014 given by Federation of All Maharashtra Petrol Dealers’ Association.

Harvindersingh Bhatia, President of VPDA, said that all 4,000 plus dealers in Maharashtra excluding Mumbai would observe August 11, 2014 as a holiday to register protest against State Government for ignoring demands of petroleum dealers. In Maharashtra, State Government has imposed Local Body Tax (LBT) and State Specific Charge (SSC) which has made the petrol and diesel costlier by Rs 5 to Rs 6 per litre as compared to other states in the country. He said, LBT on luxury item -- gold was 0.1 per cent while that on petro products it is between 2 per cent and 5 per cent.

In Maharashtra, municipal corporations had collected LBT worth Rs 290 crore. Due to LBT, petrol and diesel in the municipal corporation limits have become costlier by Rs 2 to Rs 5.

The association has demanded ‘One Maharashtra, One Tax Rate’. State Government should either abolish SSC or reduce VAT by 3 per cent to bring the prices at par with neighbouring states, Pranay Parate, Secretary said.

He said, in Nagpur, petrol and diesel are priced Rs 83.16 per litre and Rs 70.06 per litre respectively. While in New Delhi, petrol and diesel are priced Rs 71.64 per litre and Rs 58.50 per litre respectively. “If we compare Nagpur’s prices of petrol and diesel with New Delhi, we are extra paying Rs 11.52 and Rs 11.56 respectively which is additional financial burden on the Nagpurians,” he said.

Parate said that the association was very much aware about the inconvenience that would be caused due to closure of petrol and diesel pumps. “There is no way for us to register our protest and highlight our demand. We need general public support and co-operation,” he demanded.

Dipen Agrawal, Past President of Nag Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce (NVCC) said, the state government should not take general public for granted. “High rates of petro products have cascading affect on all the items and therefore investors outside Nagpur is thinking twice to park his investment. We are left with high and dry. State Government should bring the prices of petrol and diesel at par with other states and give relief to the people,” he demanded.

Nagpur Chamber of Commerce Limited (NCCL) has extended its support to the one-day bandh call given by the VPDA.

Kailash Jogani, President of NCCL, said that as the prices of petrol and diesel were higher as compared to other cities in the country, the finished goods too were being quoted at higher prices which has casted its shadow over the movement of trade and industry.

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Ebola threat: State on high alert, city yet to get any instructions

Outbreak is a medical thriller written by Dr Robin Cook and published in 1987 which deals with an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the United States. Nobody had thought then that the same viru... Read More
Outbreak is a medical thriller written by Dr Robin Cook and published in 1987 which deals with an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the United States. Nobody had thought then that the same virus would play havoc in 2014.

Now, World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared it as emergency disease. The airports all over the world have been put on alert. Even Maharashtra State hurriedly issued some instructions, surprisingly, the authorities at Nagpur did not get any such.

International Health division of the Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) Government of India has communicated to Airport Health Officer (APHO) for necessary vigilance at all international entry points. International Health division has been asked to collect information with the help of APHO of concerned airport about the list of suspected passengers, if any and their relevant details and transmit the same to the respective State Government(s) immediately. When contacted P Anilkumar, Sr Airport Director, MIHAN India Limited (MIL) at Nagpur’s Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport said that he did not get any such instructions uptill now.

Suresh Shetty, Maharashtra’s Minister for Public Health, said, “Two ambulances available with Maharashtra Emergency Medical Service (MEMS 108) have been deployed at Mumbai airport to shift suspected passengers, if any. Ten beds have been reserved in each of Medical College Hospitals of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM). State has communicated to all medical officers to be prepared to handle any eventuality in the wake of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak. State has communicated National Institute of Virology Pune to provide diagnostic facility for EVD. NIV has approved for the same.”

Dr Sandhya Saoji, noted senior Microbiologist, said, “It causes by infected body fluid. In my textbook there was a mention of Ebola. When the disease reaches at peak, the bleeding tendency increases which can lead to death. Haemorrhage fever is the main symptom. Controlling bleeding becomes difficult. The mortality rate is very high. It is highly contagious. We do not have detection test. The symptoms are vague like fever, naucea, vomitting which can occur in other common disease also. So it becomes difficult to differentiate.”

Dr Meena Mishra, Professor at Department of Microbiology, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), said, “Guidelines have been issued but not sent yet. Till now, no suspected case has been detected in India or in State but if found so, the serum sample is to be sent to National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune.”

‘Don’t worry, this is not airborne disease’

Leading Microbiologists Dr Sandhya Saoji and Dr Meena Mishra, senior teacher at Department of Microbiology, Government Medical College and Hospital, said, “There is one good thing that Ebola is not airborne, so the spread is only through infection. But care should be taken properly.”

Physical contacts with other people should be avoided. It can be transmitted from consuming meat from infected source. Restrict outside food, authentic eateries should be used. If suspected case, high grade fever, severe body ache. Diarrhoea, vomiting. They can bleed from all body. Bleeding spots found should be given medical care. Spitting is rampant in our country which should be stopped as it is the main source of spreading.

Hospitals in Liberia, Guinea closed

One Nigerian National happens to be in Mumbai spoke to The Hitavada on condition of anonymity. He said, “The Ebola virus was first detected in the year 2008-09 in Congo. Some people died but the disease was controlled. Last year, it started in Guinea, Liberia and Sierraleone. This time it might have got spread when infected person from Guinea went to Liberia. This time it has spread fast and people are dying. The treatment modality is not available and the healthcare staff too is at risk of getting infected. The hospitals in Liberia, Guinea have been closed down. The patients are not being admitted anywhere. The authorities in these countries are confused.”

In outbreak settings, Ebola virus is typically first spreads to humans after contact with infected wildlife and is then spread person-to-person through direct contact with bodily fluids but not limited to blood, urine, sweat, semen and breast milk. The incubation period is usually 8-10 days (ranges from 2-21 days). Patients can transmit the virus while febrile and through later stages of disease, as well as postmortem, when persons touch the body during funeral preparations.

Controlling infection in healthcare settings

It is important that healthcare workers apply standard precautions consistently with all patients regardless of their diagnosis in all work practices at all times. These include basic hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, the use of personal protective equipment (according to the risk of splashes or other contact with infected materials), safe injection practices and safe handling after death of infected patient. Laboratory workers are also at risk. Samples taken from suspected human and animal Ebola cases for diagnosis should be handled by trained staff and processed in suitably equipped laboratories, informed Dr Vasant Khalatkar, noted Paediatrician.

Risk of tourists getting infected with Ebola is low

“The risk of a tourist or businessman/woman getting infected with Ebola virus during visit to the affected areas and developing disease after returning is extremely low, even if the visit included travel to the local areas from which primary cases have been reported. Transmission requires direct contact with blood, secretions, organs or other body fluids of infected living or dead persons or animal, all unlikely exposures for the average traveller. Tourists are in any event advised to avoid all such contacts,” said Public Health Ministry communique.

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Air India scouting for JV partner for landing gear MRO in city

The Government-run airline Air India Limited is now looking for a joint venture (JV) partner for setting up a landing gear Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul (MRO) facility in Nagpur, for its Boeing and... Read More
The Government-run airline Air India Limited is now looking for a joint venture (JV) partner for setting up a landing gear Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul (MRO) facility in Nagpur, for its Boeing and Airbus fleet.

Eyeing around $1.2 billion business, Air India is in search of an investment partner who can bring in around $60 million and also technical expertise to develop a state-of-the-art facility. Air India Engineering Services, the engineering arm of Air India Limited, will run the MRO facility in Nagpur.

The proposed facility is expected to generate good business once it goes functional within the next two years. Air India Engineering Services has a facility in Mumbai with approval of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), but it can handle only the landing gears of some of its Boeing fleet. Of a total 108 aircraft that Air India Limited has, 38 are from Boeing and 62 from Airbus, and the rest are from regional jets.

At present, there is no MRO facility for fully overhauling, repairing the landing gears in the country. There are about 400 aircraft of different models of Airbus and Boeing family, which provide an enormous business potential for such an MRO. The landing gears of most of these aircraft will have to be overhauled from 2017. Keeping this in view, Air India aims at setting up the proposed MRO on international industry benchmark and having approvals from overseas aviation agencies.

Meanwhile, according to officials of Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC), which is developer of Multimodal International Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) and attached Special Economic Zone (SEZ), said that the Air India-Boeing MRO in MIHAN-SEZ area will get delayed further to operationalise. The delay is being caused due to incomplete taxi-way.

According to officials, the taxi-way connects MRO facility with the airport. The Air India-Boeing MRO project was supposed to get operationalised last year, but its deadline was extended to June 2014.

However, according to sources at Nagpur, since the work on taxi-track will take at least three months more to complete, the MRO facility will not get operationalised till then. Most of the work of the MRO including electronic and mechanical one is complete and systems also are being tested.

However, till the taxi-track work is over, the $100 million facility will not be fully read for operations, said sources.

The airline expects to carry out third party business as well and looks at netting around $1.2 billion in annual revenue. Air India Engineering Services has recently invited expressions of interest from prospective parties and this will be followed by floating of bids.

Air India Limited is now a part of 28-member global airlines elite club Star Alliance. It foresees tremendous business potential for the MRO project, as the country with around 400 planes in operation at present does not have any full-fledged MRO facility, forcing airlines to get their work done from Singapore, Dubai, or even in Colombo.

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Priyanka Chopra bringing in change through ‘Deepshikha’

It is not always that stars descend in the city and that too for a noble cause. Of late, Nagpur has been seeing a bevy of stars, from all walks of life, come to the city for various reasons - a... Read More
It is not always that stars descend in the city and that too for a noble cause. Of late, Nagpur has been seeing a bevy of stars, from all walks of life, come to the city for various reasons - a filmstar, for the promotion of his or her movie; a sports star, for sharing ways to boost sports culture in the city; a politician, for catching up with his party workers and so on. Sunday night witnessed not just a filmstar, but celebrities, holding the highest positions in their respective institutions, who visited the city for one particular cause -- ‘Deepshikha - Building Young Futures’.

Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF India representative; Ram Gopal, COO, Barclays India; Rajeshwari Chandrasekar, Chief, Mumbai Field Officer for UNICEF, were joined by UNICEF goodwill ambassador and Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, who assembled under one roof to talk about the global partnership between UNICEF and Barclays called ‘Deepshikha’.

The programme initiated by UNICEF in India in 2007, empowers rural young women and adolescent girls, who go on to change their lives and also their future. It provides them the confidence to step into the world and transform themselves into independent young women. Started with just a handful of girls (25), Deepshikha now has 1,00,000 prerikas, who have altered the face of their villages by bringing in a positive change. It has helped young women become the voice of advocacy, who are now reaching out to other women and giving them power to change their future.

The Deepshikha programme offers opportunities to young women between the age group of 12-17 and 18-22 years to actively participate in social and developmental activities and become the messengers of change. It sets the stage for girls to become better and financially-independent individuals, by providing them with a set of life skills, which help these girls manage their lives in a better way.

On the occasion, Rajeshwari Chandrasekar said, “Deepshikha, active in the state of Maharashtra, in Latur, Chandrapur, Nandurbar and Mumbai, gives young girls financial literacy, helping them build confidence, knowledge and skills, which in turn, presents them with choices and opportunities to build sustainable livelihoods. It brings about a change in girls in their social, political and economical empowerment. Now it has opened up its arms for young boys, too, who are sensitised about girls’ hardships, which builds a greater bond of respect amongst each other.”

Voicing his opinion, Louis-Georges Arsenault said, “India is a nation with almost half of its population in the adolescent category. UNICEF is committed to investing in this section and Deepshikha aims at unlocking potentials of young women from disadvantaged communities, where enterprise and financial skills are taught to them to overcome challenges.”

Ram Gopal added, “Barclays Bank has joined hands with UNICEF in providing financial security to these girls. We have reserved close to 250 million pounds for this purpose and Deepshikha is part of our global goal to support 5 million young women in becoming a force to reckon with in the coming years.”

UNICEF goodwill ambassador Priyanka Chopra, who is actively involved with developmental activities of the organisation since 2006 said on a concluding note, “Deepshikha is a programme, which holds hands of girls who find it difficult to find a foothold in the outside world. When I visited small villages in Chandrapur district in the morning, I saw the hardships young girls go through. But the programme has touched the lives of thousands of girls in a big way, who have now become agents of change and are setting up small businesses, working for the betterment of their society and handling challenges life throws at them with finesse. UNICEF and Barclays are making it happen and I am glad to be a part of it.”

The function was also attended by three prerikas - Manisha, Sheetal and Karishma - who had their own transformational stories to tell.

While the three dignitaries left early, Priyanka stayed back and answered each question with ease, coupled with facts and figures and also signed autographs for fans, before making her point and her presence strongly felt.

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Congress to host distt-level meets from August 11

To rejuvenate party activities at the ground level, main opposition party Congress will host district-level meetings at Bastar (August11) and Surguja (August 12). During the respective area d... Read More
To rejuvenate party activities at the ground level, main opposition party Congress will host district-level meetings at Bastar (August11) and Surguja (August 12). During the respective area district presidents and members will be attending the meetings. As per information, Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee State President Bhupesh Bahgel and Leader of Opposition T S Sighdeo will preside over the meeting. The meet is mainly focused on to renew membership drive and fresh appointment of workers at the block levels in the areas. Besides this, the senior party leaders will also review the performance of activities carried out the workers past months.

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Mob goes berserk at cops’ failure in arresting murder case accused

Amanaka Police Station was vandalized while the police station staffs were manhandled by a frenzy mob after a youth was stabbed to death on Sunday. Vandals were angry over the inaction and poli... Read More
Amanaka Police Station was vandalized while the police station staffs were manhandled by a frenzy mob after a youth was stabbed to death on Sunday. Vandals were angry over the inaction and police failure in arresting the perpetrators.

It was a total mayhem at the Amanaka Police Station, which was mobbed by the angry relatives and neighbours of the youth, who was stabbed to death by his own friend at ground near Dumartalab. Reportedly, deceased Ashuram Dhruv (22) was playing cards and drinking liquor with some of his acquaintances at the ground, when for some unknown reason, an altercation broke out between them.

Within moment, altercation turned bloody as the Ashuram was brutally stabbed by the same people, who were sharing drink with him few minutes ago. Ashuram was stabbed in the right side of the chest. Injuries were deep and proved fatal as Ashuram died on his way to the Hospital.

The brutal murder of Youngman incited tension and around 35 people including deceased’s parents, brothers and acquaintances stormed into the police station and started shouting slogans against the Police. The mob shattered the window panes and manhandled the police station staff and tore-off the uniform of a Constable Rajkumar Gemle.

Police said that the perpetrators are reportedly residents of Rajeev Nagar while the deceased youth lived at Dumtartalab. Besides searching for the murderers, police was also going through the CCTV footage of the Police Station. Police have recognized the people, who vandalized the police station and manhandled the police station staff but is waiting for the situation to get calm down a little bit to take any action against them.

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When rescuers become the rescued!

The staff of DD Nagar Police Station found themselves in an embarrassing and life-threatening situation, when their boat that was supposed to be used for rescue work turned-turtle in river Khar... Read More
The staff of DD Nagar Police Station found themselves in an embarrassing and life-threatening situation, when their boat that was supposed to be used for rescue work turned-turtle in river Kharun. Instead of following the assigned duty of stopping people from going into river, they were having leisure ride in the boat, when this incident happened.

According to the reports, there were 7 people onboard the boat, which include 1 Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Arun Bhoi, 1 Head Constable Kuber Singh, 2 Constables as Kuldeep Netam and Rajkumar Dewangan, 1 woman constable Pretty Thakur, 1 Home Guard Personnel and 1 commoner.

These persons were rescued by the 10 Home Guard divers, who were on duty at the Mahadev Ghat. According to some unconfirmed reports, a man named Pandri resident Kishore Motwani, who was also in the boat, died in the accident. Reportedly, he was admitted in the Hospital, where he died while treatment. Kishore Motwani was the friend of Kuldeep Netam.

DD Nagar Station House Officer (SHO) Vinay Singh said that this is a matter of irresponsible behaviour by the Police Station Staff. He is going to investigate the matter and strict action would be taken against the irresponsible police personnel. The reason behind the accident was not cleared till the filing of this report.

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Police book four for brutally killing eve working as teacher at Madarsa

POLICE booked four on charges of murder in connection with the body that was dumped after brutal killing in Sirsakhurd pond at Jewarasirsa, Durg. One of the accused of brutal killing was reported t... Read More
POLICE booked four on charges of murder in connection with the body that was dumped after brutal killing in Sirsakhurd pond at Jewarasirsa, Durg. One of the accused of brutal killing was reported to be still absconding.

Police sources informed that the accused were identified as Anil Chaudhary, Kishan Verma, Bilal Khan and Javed Khan; residents of Krishna Nagar and Farid Nagar of Bhilai. And, Md. Afroz (23), son of Gulab Gous, a resident of Junwani canal, Durg was the murder victim, who was a teacher at Madarsa. While citing investigation and confession of the accused, the police said that on August 6 late night, Md. Afroz was on way home, when the accused who were already in inebriated state, stopped him and forcefully searched his clothes for grabbing money. When resisted by victim, the four accused together assaulted the victim Afroz with knife, rod and floor stone pieces and killed him on the spot. Later, the accused Anil, Javed and Kishan took the body on Javed’s motorcycle and dumped it in the pond, located at Sirsakhurd in Jewra Sirsa, Durg.

When contacted, Rakesh Joshi, Station House Officer, Supela Police Station informed that during investigation, the police learnt about the eye-witness of the heinous offence, which facilitated them in laying hands on the accused while solving the mystery behind brutal killing.

SHO Joshi informed that the eye-witness Radheshyam Gupta, who is the truck-conductor and usually sleeps in Farid Nagar ground area at the premises of shops and eateries in the location, revealed all details and identification of the accused to the police. He revealed to the police that the accused dragged the victim near Javed’s hotel and brutally killed him. The eye-witness Radheshyam also disclosed that he was thrashed and threatened with life by the accused Bilal Khan if the matter was reported to police, SHO Joshi informed.

The police have registered the offence against accused under sections 302, 201 and 34 of Indian Penal Code for killing a person, destroying evidences of crime, for intention of committing offence. It may be recalled that on August 8 morning Jewra Sirsa police recovered the body from the pond and recorded the unnatural death. The case was transferred to Supela Police Station for investigation after crime scene learnt to possibly be in that police station limits.

As per confession of the accused, and police investigation so far in the heinous offence, being in inebriated state with intake of cheaper addictive tabs and need of money for buying more such substances, could potentially be the motive behind the murder, observed Rakesh Joshi, SHO, Supela Police Station, adding that, investigation was still in progress to establish the facts finally.

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Behind bars, beyond caste and creed!

Air at Raipur Central Jail was highly emotive and poignant, when a sea of nearly 5000 women visitors met their jailed siblings to celebrate ‘Rakshabandhan’ here on Sunday. The occasion turn... Read More
Air at Raipur Central Jail was highly emotive and poignant, when a sea of nearly 5000 women visitors met their jailed siblings to celebrate ‘Rakshabandhan’ here on Sunday. The occasion turned more poignant, after many prisoner brothers fell into tears and also their sisters started crying inconsolably, when they were tying Rakhis to their hands.

Drenched eyes and whispers of siblings not only expressed their love towards each other, but made many prisoners to regret on their wrong doings and also vowed for mending their ways. The occasion also gave them enough time to get know-how and well-being of other family members back at home. Surpassing all previous records, a sea of crowd had assembled at Raipur Central Jail premises, even as the process for registration of visitors to jail for the occasion recorded 2500 women by August 9.

Back to the occasion of ‘Rakshabandhan,’ it was like a ‘Mela’ inside Raipur Central Jail, one of most fortified and highly secured inmate facilities in the State. For, hundreds of women and girl traveled miles to reach here and tie the sacred thread – Rakhi – to their jailed brothers and prayed for their longevity and well-being.

So much so that, the prisoners, who were all spruced for the occasion in typical white uniform, were seen waiting with their baited breath for their sisters, since early Sunday morning.

Many sisters also brought their children along with them and the jailed brothers failed to control their emotion and turned highly nostalgic to see their nephew, many newborn. So much so that, many inmates hugged their sisters and their children for several minutes with tears rolling down their chicks inconsolably.

Over 1500 women had tied ‘Rakhi’ to their beloved brothers by 12 noon. They were accompanied by their husbands, children and other family members, due to which vicinity of the rail also remained crowded.

For Mohit, a murder convict lodged in Central Jail for past 7 years, the occasion of Rakshabandhan was a lifetime one, because all his three sisters Sunita, Dasariya and Devaki, came together by a bus all the way from village Mungi of Baloda Bazaar district, to tie him Rakhi, since early Sunday morning. They were spotted waiting in queue till 12 noon just to meet Mohit, who happens to be their only brother. “Thanks to one of our relatives, who took all the pain to get ours registration done on August 9 and so we are here. We are financially too much weak and so we could not afford to buy the best of sweets for our brother. Yet, we managed to bring the best that was in our reach,” said Sunita, one of the three sisters, said with a regretful expressions on her face, since the sweets they brought with them was not their brother’s favourite one.

Radha Chelak, a mother of four children and resident Basehar village, had also reached Raipur to ensure that three of her daughters Gunja, Kajal and Suhaga could tie Rakhi to their brother Ravi Chelak, also lodged in Central Jail on murder charges. The three sisters have brought along with him his favourite sweet ‘Jalebi.’ It was heart-tugging scene, when the three sisters one-by-one tied ‘Rakhi’ to Ravi and hugged him together. And it was the moment, when they failed to control the outburst of emotions, as all of them together cried like a small children as if they were seeing each after centuries.

However, the visitor-inmate meeting is a routine affair at the Central Jail in other days, the expression of love and emotional outburst by the sisters visiting their jailed brothers was quite different today. However, giving a due respect to people’s sentiments owing to the occasion, even the jail authorities looked a bit liberal towards the visitors, who had to wait for their respective turns to celebrate Rakhi with their kin since morning. Yet, the jail authorities remain strict for individual timing of the visitors meeting.

The Deputy Inspector General (Jail) K K Gupta had ensured adequate arrangements to facilitate the visitors and their prisoner relatives, while a tight security measures of additional 150 security personnel, reinforced with 16 surveillance cameras were together in place, to keep a hawk’s eye on every movement.

“Despite official registration of 2500 women visitors by August 9, the Raipur Central Jail Raipur was swarming with 5000 visitors,” DIG Gupta told the media persons. The festive occasion of Rakshabandhan, lasted post 3 pm in Central Jail Raipur.

Even female prison witnesses a story

A similar scene was witnessed at ‘Bandini Grih’ (Female Prison, adjacent to Raipur Central Jail), when Raipur-based Divya Kumar, a resident of Pandri, reached here to meet two of his incarcerated sisters. His two sisters along with the mother are lodged in their on the charges of harassment, which abetted their step-mother to commit suicide on June 18 last year. Since then, following the compliant of deceased’s family members, his mother and two sisters are lodged in jail.

“I am unable to understand what went wrong with us. We all, including my sister cried a lot today. Earlier, whenever they used to tie thread ‘Rakhi’ around my wrist, we all used to have lots of fun but today, tears were rolling down our cheeks,” said a sobbing Divya, whose inconsolably tears also turned the women jail guards of ‘Bandini Grih’ nostalgic and their eyes too turned wet.

Around 2000 are lodged in Raipur Central Jail, out of which the number of hardened criminals is nearly 200, whereas there are over 1000 under-trials, if insiders of Jail Administration are to be believed.

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Senior IAS officer S R Mohanty suffers chest pain

S R Mohanty, senior IAS officer and Additional Chief Secretary, School Education, had chest pain early morning. The pain was so severe that he had to be admitted to Bansal Hospital. Dr Skand Trived... Read More
S R Mohanty, senior IAS officer and Additional Chief Secretary, School Education, had chest pain early morning. The pain was so severe that he had to be admitted to Bansal Hospital. Dr Skand Trivedi, well-known cardiologist, got all necessary medical examinations done immediately. He was under observation of senior doctors for some hours and later, in the evening, he was discharged when he felt relief from chest pain. Mohanty said he had some pain in chest, it was some cardiac problem, so he had to be admitted to Bansal Hospital. Now he was feeling some relief. When contacted, Bansal Hospital employee on reception said Mohanty was admitted for some cardiac problem and was under treatment of Dr Skand Trivedi. He was discharged.

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Heavy vehicles banned on Jab-Nagpur route

TRANSPORTATION of heavy vehicles has been prohibited on Jabalpur-Nagpur route of National Highway-12 through Tilwara Bridge due to a damaged culvert situated at 500 metres far from Tilwara Bridge... Read More
TRANSPORTATION of heavy vehicles has been prohibited on Jabalpur-Nagpur route of National Highway-12 through Tilwara Bridge due to a damaged culvert situated at 500 metres far from Tilwara Bridge.

Only small vehicles are being allowed to pass through the area while route for heavy vehicles has been diverted towards Lakhnadaun through Shahpura, Deaf and Dumb School, Garha.

Transportation of heavy vehicles has been prohibited through the area for safety measures and avoiding any untoward incident due to damaged culvert. Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra made an appeal towards residents and transporters for avoiding transportation of heavy vehicles through Tilwara area and passing on light vehicles through safety measures for avoiding any incident. Diversion of heavy vehicles will be continued through Shahpura route till repairing of damaged culvert.

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Scholarship scam: Tribal Department to check transfer certificate of students

Tribal Welfare Department, in a bid to unearth the roots of scholarship scam, will ensure that duplicate Transfer Certificate (TC) of all those students are checked who were given admission. Repo... Read More
Tribal Welfare Department, in a bid to unearth the roots of scholarship scam, will ensure that duplicate Transfer Certificate (TC) of all those students are checked who were given admission. Reportedly, a huge network is running, which is exploiting the services of the department by gathering scholarship based on fake admissions and not appearing for exams.

This step is being taken after fake admissions that have surfaced in various paramedical courses, which are directly being attached to scholarship scams in State. Sources in department said that there is apt information with department officials that duplicate TC’s were used to get admissions.

They said that TC is attached with admission forms after class 12 and original copy is issued just once by school management. According to officials of the department, a large chunk of students have been issued their duplicate TC from schools and there are speculations that all these duplicate TC’s were used to get admissions in educational institutions and therefore, all district officials have been directed to be vigilant and check all documents.

Lokayukta has also initiated its proceedings and has asked for all records of scholarship from Department of Tribal Welfare and is investigating about the students, who were issued scholarship and the work they are currently involved in. Officials said that there were complaints that a large chunk of students took admission, using scholarship and never appearing for the examination. Speculation is also rife that all this was not possible without support from college administrations.

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Two accused involved in two thefts held, booty worth Rs 2 lakh seized

HANUMANTAL police succeeded in apprehending two accused involved in two theft incidents and seized valuables worth Rs 2 lakh including gold and silver jewellery from them. The accused have been... Read More
HANUMANTAL police succeeded in apprehending two accused involved in two theft incidents and seized valuables worth Rs 2 lakh including gold and silver jewellery from them. The accused have been identified as Shahid Khan alias Chikna alias Mehboob Khan (23) son of Saleem Khan, a resident of Raja Chowk near Pump House in Hanumantal area and Golame Mustafa (22), son of Mohammed Riyaz Ansari, a native Hadia Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and lived in a rented house in Thakkargram area in Hanumantal.

Additional Superintendent of Police (City) Amrendra Singh informed this while addressing a press conference on Sunday. ASP Amrendra Singh added that continuing a rigorous campaign under the direction of Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra police received information about three suspected men.

Acting promptly on the information, a police team under supervision of Additional Superintendent of Police (City), Amrendra Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police (Crime), Ashish Khare, CSP, Gohalpur and DSP (Crime), Rajvardhan Maheshwari started search for them and succeeded in apprehending them in the area. In rigorous interrogation, the accused disclosed two theft incidents in Hanumantal area. On their identification, police team recovered stolen jewellery and other valuables worth Rs 2 lakh from the accused. The accused were apprehended with active efforts of police team comprising Inspector P K Jain, SHO of Gohalpur police station, Vipin Tamrakar, ASI, Vinod Dubey, Suresh Patel, Head Constables, Naresh Karosia, Sanjay Loth, Nissar Ali, Constables, Rajesh Kewat and Afak Quraisi. Superintendent of Police, Harinarayanachari Mishra has declared rewards for the members of police team.

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Preparations on war footing for by-elections in State on August 21

PREPARATIONS have been intensified for three Vidhan Sabha by-elections on August 21 in Madhya Pradesh. Since by-elections are being held during rainy season, therefore, special arrangements are b... Read More
PREPARATIONS have been intensified for three Vidhan Sabha by-elections on August 21 in Madhya Pradesh. Since by-elections are being held during rainy season, therefore, special arrangements are being made. Last five years’ rainfall figures of Vijayraghavgarh and Bahoriband Assembly constituencies in Katni district and Agar Vidhan Sabha seat in Agar-Malwa district have been analysed to ensure smooth polling. Collectors and district election officers of both districts have also informed the Chief Electoral Officer about arrangements made during rains.

In view of weather forecast on polling day, waterproof tents will be arranged where polling booths are housed in buildings with thatched/tiled roof, roofs will be covered with polythene sheets. JCBs and cranes will be deployed at 5-6 places in every Vidhan Sabha constituency in view of possibility of disruption of roads.

Arrangements for flushing out rain water will be made keeping in view of possibility of water-logging of polling booths. LED torches and petromexes will also be arranged for emergency light.

Separate vehicles (jeep/tractor) will be provided to polling parties going to polling booths approached through only kuchha roads and wireless sets to deal with disruption of communications.

Boats will be arranged for Bansagar dam-affected areas of Vijayraghavgarh. Primary/community health centres in by-election constituencies will have medicines to treat bite of snake or other poisonous insects. Ambulances with doctors and staff will also be deployed at prominent places. In view of rains, polling parties will reach polling booths 2 days before polling. Disaster management teams have also been constituted in the constituencies. Polling booths prone to excessive rainfall will be identified and further special arrangements will be made there. During training, officers-employees on poll duty have been directed to carry with them torches, mosquito-nets and umbrella/raincoat. Kuchcha roads leading to polling booths affected by excessive rains have been identified and repaired.

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DMO asked to monitor execution of malaria awareness programme

CHIEF Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr B S Chouhan has directed the team of Malaria Department to check ground status of malaria, chikungunya and other vector-borne disease after rains stoppe... Read More
CHIEF Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr B S Chouhan has directed the team of Malaria Department to check ground status of malaria, chikungunya and other vector-borne disease after rains stopped since last two days. He directed District Malaria Officer (DMO) Ajay Kureel to regularly monitor the team of health workers and other concerned medical staff executing malaria awareness programme in various parts of district after rainy season starts.

Taking a note on the direction of CMHO, DMO Ajay Kureel along with doctors, paramedical staff, multi-purpose health workers (MPHW) visited low-lying areas of Nalband Mohalla, Ranjhi and surrounding villages to check status of patients suffering from mosquito-borne disease. The team visited after rise in number of mosquitoes and patients suffering from symptoms of malaria and other mosquito-borne disease was reported to the DMO office during last one week.

The rain during last three days has resulted in stagnant water in many parts of the city. DMO Kureel informed that sudden change informed people about the cause, prevention, symptoms of malaria and other vector-borne disease. The team also took sample of stagnant water and showed larva-producing mosquitoes. They informed that larvae-producing mosquitoes grow on stagnant water; it takes only two to three days, to become mosquito, major cause of malaria, dengue and other vector-borne disease.

The team also emptied stagnant water in tyres, in plastic buckets, in premises of house. The health team sprayed insecticides tempos in the area where larvae are developing, paraffin were sprayed where larvae develop into mosquitoes. He advised to empty stagnant water, simple methods have been demonstrated to keep continuous check on larvae. Spraying insecticide, spreading bleaching powder on the stagnant water would help to kill mosquito. Health workers also took blood slides of some patients with symptoms like malaria, the sample would be sent to central malaria pathology lab situated in District Hospital.

Multi-Purpose Health Worker also conducted inspection of water-logging and apprised people that they should check water-logging in their surroundings, if there is some water-logging, insecticide should be sprayed immediately to check further spread of disease like chikungunya, dengue, Falciferum Malaria.

Kureel further informed that chances of vector-borne disease increases after rain stops. We have got enough stock of anti-malarial medicine like Chloroquine, Malaquine, Primaquine, Falcigo and other higher drug to prevent the patient from malaria.

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DMO asked to monitor execution of malaria awareness programme

CHIEF Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr B S Chouhan has directed the team of Malaria Department to check ground status of malaria, chikungunya and other vector-borne disease after rains stop... Read More
CHIEF Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr B S Chouhan has directed the team of Malaria Department to check ground status of malaria, chikungunya and other vector-borne disease after rains stopped since last two days.

He directed District Malaria Officer (DMO) Ajay Kureel to regularly monitor the team of health workers and other concerned medical staff executing malaria awareness programme in various parts of district after rainy season starts. Taking a note on the direction of CMHO, DMO Ajay Kureel along with doctors, paramedical staff, multi-purpose health workers (MPHW) visited low-lying areas of Nalband Mohalla, Ranjhi and surrounding villages to check status of patients suffering from mosquito-borne disease.

The team visited after rise in number of mosquitoes and patients suffering from symptoms of malaria and other mosquito-borne disease was reported to the DMO office during last one week. The rain during last three days has resulted in stagnant water in many parts of the city.

DMO Kureel informed that sudden change informed people about the cause, prevention, symptoms of malaria and other vector-borne disease. The team also took sample of stagnant water and showed larva-producing mosquitoes. They informed that larvae-producing mosquitoes grow on stagnant water; it takes only two to three days, to become mosquito, major cause of malaria, dengue and other vector-borne disease.

The team also emptied stagnant water in tyres, in plastic buckets, in premises of house. The health team sprayed insecticides tempos in the area where larvae are developing, paraffin were sprayed where larvae develop into mosquitoes. He advised to empty stagnant water, simple methods have been demonstrated to keep continuous check on larvae. Spraying insecticide, spreading bleaching powder on the stagnant water would help to kill mosquito. Health workers also took blood slides of some patients with symptoms like malaria, the sample would be sent to central malaria pathology lab situated in District Hospital.

Multi-Purpose Health Worker also conducted inspection of water-logging and apprised people that they should check water-logging in their surroundings, if there is some water-logging, insecticide should be sprayed immediately to check further spread of disease like chikungunya, dengue, Falciferum Malaria.

Kureel further informed that chances of vector-borne disease increases after rain stops. We have got enough stock of anti-malarial medicine like Chloroquine, Malaquine, Primaquine, Falcigo and other higher drug to prevent the patient from malaria.

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State Govt to launch ‘Rupya Debit Card’

State Government, in an attempt to control all unqualified from taking benefits of various schemes, is going to start ‘Rupya Debit Card’, which will be prepared through banks and will be la... Read More
State Government, in an attempt to control all unqualified from taking benefits of various schemes, is going to start ‘Rupya Debit Card’, which will be prepared through banks and will be later used as ATM cards as well. Sources said that State Government is going to start pilot project in this regard in districts of Harda, Seoni, Sagar, Satna, Damoh, Anuppur, Alirajpur and Ashok Nagar from September 1 where these cards will be prepared and used to avail benefits of schemes launched by State Government.

In this regard, verification of data will be completed by August 31 and if the project hits success, MP will be first state in country to do so. Officials in State Government said that card will be like biometric, which will cover all the schemes launched under Samagra Social Security Mission like that of scholarship, pension of senior citizens and many more.

Sources said that the scheme has been launched after a report that indicated that around 4 lakh people, who are availing the benefits of schemes of State Government are already dead while their pension was being debited from banks every month. While, in a different scenario, it was revealed that same person was getting two different scholarships at once, which led to idea of preparation of the card. This card will also be used as credit card or debit card along with the form of identification. These cards can also be used in formation of birth and caste certificate as well. Official in State Government said that the card is being prepared with an aim to bring transparency in all Government schemes, which are launched in State.

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CMHOs forced to pay drug cos’ bills within 15 days

The reason of finding drugs of national-level drugs manufacturing companies substandard was that senior health officers had issued standing orders to all the Chief Medical and Health Officers (... Read More
The reason of finding drugs of national-level drugs manufacturing companies substandard was that senior health officers had issued standing orders to all the Chief Medical and Health Officers (CMHOs) that there was no need to get the drugs procured from the companies tested.

The bills be paid to the companies on the basis of drugs testing reports sent by the companies along with the drugs supplied to the district health authorities to distribute it free to the patients. Besides, the time frame has also been fixed to the CMHOs to pay bills to the drugs companies as maximum 15 days. If the CMHOs get the procured drugs tested from the Government Central lab in city or out of city, its testing reports come after more than two to three months, sometimes six to eight months.

A CMHO, pleading anonymity, said that the Health Department had made them bound to pay drugs companies bills within 15 days on the basis of companies test reports. If we delayed some days in order to get the drugs tested, the action is taken against the CMHOs. So almost all the CMHOs do not dare to get the companies’ drugs tested from other labs, he said.

“Which drugs manufacturing company will say its drugs are not good? Certainly, but the Health Department believes the drugs companies test reports might be that it might lack the effective and modern testing lab. But it has agreement with some private testing labs to get the drugs tested, the CMHO said.

Issue of substandard drugs procurement by the Health Department has become a major issue after finding four national-level drugs manufacturing companies’ drugs substandard. The Health Department decided to blacklist them. All these four drugs companies were those the Health Department had procured drugs from and paid them after receiving the reports of drugs testing from the same companies’ labs.

We have orders to pay drugs companies bills within 15 days. Drugs companies send test reports along with drugs supplied. There is no need to get it tested. To bring transparency in drugs procurement, we place drugs procurement orders online and immediately make online payment. Why such orders, asked Dr B S Ohri, Director, Health.

Many efforts were made to contact Dr B S Ohri but he could not be contacted.

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HC summons Justice Jha Commission Secretary on Sept 5

IN YET another significant order, the bench of Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi directed that if Justice Jha Commission, appointed by the Court ... Read More
IN YET another significant order, the bench of Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi directed that if Justice Jha Commission, appointed by the Court in 2008, to inquire corruption in rehabilitation of Sardar Sarovar Project affected families reports to the court that the ‘State Government has failed to provide suitable assistance of police officers, revenue officers and PWD engineers to the Commission, the ‘Court may consider issuing appropriate directions including to consider option of proceeding against competent authorities who have failed to comply with directions issued by this court repeatedly since 2008 in that behalf’.

The court issued notice to the Secretary of the Commission to appear in person on September 5 and report the factual position on non-appointment of revenue officers, police officers and PWD engineers to assist the Commission.

Taking a serious note of vacant posts, the court also directed the State Government to fill vacant posts of Accountant (vacant since March 2014) within one week and two posts of LDC and three posts of peon within two weeks and report back compliance. The Secretary was also directed to submit response and explain as to why an interim report on issues of fake registries and irregularities in resettlement sites (as per Order dated 21-08-2008) cannot be made available to the court.

This order assumes significance in light of the fact that the High Court had on numerous occasions in the past been issuing stern orders to the State Government to provide full time officers, staff, finances and other facilities to the Commission to be able to effectively carry out herculean task of inquiry into thousands of land registries alleged to be fake, examination of thousands of witnesses, assessment of resettlement sites, disbursement of livelihood grants, inquiry into irregularities in house plot allotments, declaration of oustees, scrutiny of thousands of cases pertaining to cash disbursement etc. It may be noted that the Supreme Court has repeatedly endorsed and strengthened power of the High Court and Justice Jha Commission to proceed on corruption issue.

The latest order of apex court dated August 4 emphasised that WP on corruption can continue in accordance with law before the High Court although the issue of dam height has to be agitated before the Supreme Court. This order of the apex court was in the light of the petition filed by the Narmada Control Authority to transfer entire petition on corruption, being heard by the High Court for 7 years to the Supreme Court. This was however turned down by the apex court.

The High Court also issued notices to the Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) and NCA in another application filed by NBA with regard to violation of order dated 11-05-2009 of the Apex Court and Order dated 18-07-2013 of the High Court in W.P. No. 18623/2013 requiring mandatory scrutiny by the JST. Jha Commission of all cases of disbursement of cash compensation to the oustees.

The Commission has complained to the Court in its latest report of 1st July, 2014 that the NVDA has taken back files for scrutiny from the Commission my referring to certain other orders. The High Court also rejected the application of SSNNL, a company of the Gujarat Government to intervene in ongoing corruption PIL, since the issue of raise in dam height is to be agitated before the Supreme Court. Medha Patkar argued on behalf of Petitioner Narmada Bachao Andolan. Advocate Syed Naqvi and Advocate Dharmendra Sharma, Counsels appeared for NCA. Advocate General R N Singh along with Arpan Pawar appeared for the State Government and NVDA.

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Hamidia Hospital lift out of order for last 20 days

Patients coming from distant places in hope of better treatment, some of them serious patients, will have to go to first and second floor for consultation and treatment by stairs as the lift was ... Read More
Patients coming from distant places in hope of better treatment, some of them serious patients, will have to go to first and second floor for consultation and treatment by stairs as the lift was out of order for the last 20 days. It will remain in same condition for some more days. However, the lift is new and is under maintenance. Hamidia Hospital authorities have paid more to get the new lift installed and take its annual service contract.

A senior doctor at Hamidia Hospital said there was some doubt about the quality of the lift as it is often going out of order for a week or a month. Hospital officers call engineers and get it repaired but this time, the service engineer had clearly said that some important parts of the lift was out of market in India, due to which it was suddenly stopped, and parts will be called from abroad. It is interesting to note that there was no heavy load on this lift. Despite this, it is always found out of order. Doctors and hospital authorities, however, said that the lift will be repaired, it is a machine and it might go out .

The hospital has not questioned the company about why the lift that is too important to the hospital was remaining out of order till date, what are the reasons for being out of order and so many questions rear their head about the lift. Lift reduces patient’s tension and it is an easier way to go to top floors, specially the seriously injured and heart patients. When contacted, Dr D K Pal, Superintendent, Hamidia Hospital, who admitted of lift out of order, said some important parts of this lift are not found in the country. The service agency has called it from abroad. The lift will take time in before starting operating. It is under annual service contract, he said.

“I will write to the company why the hospital lift was out of order and if the lift is not good, it should be replaced, Dr Pal said.

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CISF constable sent to Delhi for treatment

Ritu Kumari, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) woman constable, survived a suicide bid after being scolded by her senior, was sent to New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sci... Read More
Ritu Kumari, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) woman constable, survived a suicide bid after being scolded by her senior, was sent to New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) through air-ambulance on Sunday evening. Meanwhile, CISF authorities have initiated Court of Inquiry into the incident.

CISF authorities sent Ritu Kumari to AIIMS New Delhi through air-ambulance on Sunday evening for better treatment. Decision to send her to Delhi was taken in order to provide her better treatment.

Earlier, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who visited hospital in the morning to enquire about Ritu’s health, said he enquired about health of this sister on Raksha Bandhan. Chouhan also mentioned about his telephonic talk with CISF’s Director General on Ritu’s health issue. On the other hand, CISF authorities have initiated the process of Court of Inquiry, led by a senior commandant of Ahmedabad into the allegations made by Ritu against Deputy Commandant Vijay Kumar. Various facts, including the statement of Ritu Kumari, would be verified during this inquiry and action would be suggested accordingly. CISF has also recorded the statements of her colleagues at Raja Bhoj Airport.

Ritu Kumari (25) had shot herself, using her service revolver, after being scolded by Deputy Commandant on August 5 for reaching late for duty at Raja Bhoj Airport a day before the incident. After being reprimanded, she got her service revolver issued from the Armoury and shot herself.

On Saturday, Ritu Kumari had accused Deputy Commandant of CISF of harassment in her statement to CISF authorities. On the other hand, CISF’s Inspector General (IG), Rajeev Ranjan Sahay and Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Sanjay Prakash also reached Bhopal to take stock of the situation.

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Adulteration: Sweets seized from Gokul Krishn shop at Kolar road

The food inspectors, who have intensified drive against those selling adulterated food items, seized some sweets from Gokul Krishn sweet shop at Kolar Road, on Friday.

Besides, they went to... Read More
The food inspectors, who have intensified drive against those selling adulterated food items, seized some sweets from Gokul Krishn sweet shop at Kolar Road, on Friday.

Besides, they went to many food shops and eateries and restaurant, warn some shop keepers to maintain cleanliness and even take samples of some food items on suspicion of adulteration.

Dr Pankaj Shukla, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO)-cum-District Food and Security Officer, said he called a meeting of the food inspectors and asked them intensify drive against the adulterators in view of the Rakshabandhan festival to be celebrated on August 10.

Food inspectors have started raiding the food shops, eateries and restaurants to check the adulteration in the food items.

Adulterated mava could not be seized on Friday, as when the food inspectors reached the spots where they had information of adulterated but the mava traders had hid the mava.

When contacted, DS Dhakad, Senior Food Inspector, said he seized some sweets from Gokul Krishn sweet shop at Kolar road and the drive against the adulteration in food items continued.

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Congress protests against problems faced by social pension beneficiaries

Congress demonstrated in State capital demanding regular pension disbursal to beneficiaries of social security, widow and destitute pension scheme on Friday. It also demanded that large number ... Read More
Congress demonstrated in State capital demanding regular pension disbursal to beneficiaries of social security, widow and destitute pension scheme on Friday. It also demanded that large number of pension beneficiaries have not received pension from six to eight months and the withheld pension should be immediately released.

The demonstration was led by District Congress President P C Sharma and it was organised by Corporator Taslim Wahid Lashkari.

The demonstrators gathered at Roshanpura square and headed towards Chief Minister’s residence but they were stopped at Banganga square by cops. They were singing song that when good days would come to them.

The demonstrators have also raised slogans in support of demands and were also carrying placards in their hands. Even the drizzling failed to dampen the spirit of the protesters. Large number of old people were part of demonstration which ended after handing over of memorandum mentioned to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

P C Sharma said that beneficiaries of social security, widow and disabled pension are facing myriad problems.

He demanded that pension should be increased and it should be ensured that pension reaches to beneficiaries every month. He was of the view that pension should be increased to Rs 1000. He informed that names of four lakh beneficiaries have been cut and he demands inclusion of their names in to the list of pension beneficiaries. He also said pensioners of below poverty line should be given the facility of free travelling in city buses.

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Residents pelt stones on BMC squad

Anti encroachment squad of Bhopal Municipal Corporation got hostile reception from residents of Suraj Nagar area of ward number 24 where stones were pelted by residents of the area. Residents s... Read More
Anti encroachment squad of Bhopal Municipal Corporation got hostile reception from residents of Suraj Nagar area of ward number 24 where stones were pelted by residents of the area. Residents said that the anti encroachment squad was at the spot to remove the encroachment without any prior information. Reportedly, during the incident three vehicles of BMC were damaged.

Lease holders on whom BMC was to carry out proceedings had to appear in front of Tehsildar which agitated the situation. State Government had given lease to around 2,000 people in the year 2008, when there were complaints registered against some fake lease holders and the case is still going on in SDM court in New Market. In this matter there was hearing of 10 such people in front of Tehsildar on Friday, but corporation staff reached at 9 am to remove the encroachments where they seized trolleys of various vegetable shopkeepers. Residents said that inspite of protest from people of the area against the proceedings of BMC they kept on with their work when people started pelting stones at them. Officials in BMC said that during the pelting some of the employees of BMC received minor injuries. Taking note of the incident and agitation, police force was deployed in the region which scattered the mob and controlled he situation from becoming worse.

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Van Vihar not equipped with infrastructure for safari claims environmentalist

The proposal to initiate safari ride at Van Vihar National Park is becoming a great concern for the environmentalist. Reportedly, the proposal which was once shelved by State Forest Department ... Read More
The proposal to initiate safari ride at Van Vihar National Park is becoming a great concern for the environmentalist. Reportedly, the proposal which was once shelved by State Forest Department is again catching up pace and the Van Vihar administration is also gearing up to install kiosks and other advance facility.

The main infrastructure which is required for the animal display includes advance facility, electronic gadget, kiosks, touch screen and also an advances transport facility especially to zoom into the National Park so that live wildlife environment can be enjoyed by the visitors. Unfortunately, the Van Vihar National Park though enjoys modern zoo status but is not having any of these essential parameters to start the jungle safari adventure in night.

Ajay Dubey, Environmentalist, has mentioned that this step would bring more risk to the wildlife and should be initiated at all. The Forest Department is floating such misadventure proposals so as to attract the tourist influx of the State especially related with jungle and wildlife adventures, but without considering any proper parameter to start night jungle Safari would be not safe for animals as well as for the tourist.

The Van Vihar National Park in the State got accreditation from Central Zoo Authority (CZA) as one of the exclusive 25 national parks in the country which matches the modern zoo standards. However, the accreditation of the status is mainly due to the spread over area of national park in 445 hectares of land but it lacks when it comes to amusements to entertain the visitors as per the modern zoo standards. In the absence of improper display of animals even in day time and without any advance electronic equipment in the Van Vihar National Park the chances of night safari to become a misadventure is more. However, earlier Assistant Director of Van Vihar Sudesh Waghmare has mentioned that there is no proper strategy to display animals for safari and the proposal is being shelved long back.

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Warrant issued against proprietors of six industries in Mandideep

On Friday, National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued bailable warrant against six industry proprietors against their non-compliance to present before the Tribunal. No representative of any indus... Read More
On Friday, National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued bailable warrant against six industry proprietors against their non-compliance to present before the Tribunal. No representative of any industry was found during the hearing on the issue and accordingly the bailable warrant is issued for the sum of rupees 10,000/- for the presence of industries before Tribunal on the next date of hearing.

The industries are M/s Anand Industries, M/s Steel Innovation, M/s Interegated Infosys, M/s Shakti Televentures, M/s Travnwin Industries, M/s S S Bindra Flour Mill.

Earlier during the hearing, PCB had submitted its report that having being issued for not having valid consent, the said industries are continuing their operation.

All the said industries had been directed in the order of NGT dated August 1 to appear before the Tribunal on August 4, to show cause as to why action shall not be initiated against them? PCB has been directed by NGT to take steps for disconnection of electricity and water to the above 6 industries.

District Collector of Raisen has also been directed to carry out disconnection against the said industries. In addition, State Government is directed to inform about the installation of continuous monitoring system for monitoring the ambient air quality at Mandideep industrial area.

Besides, NGT has directed to the no lease shall be granted, no further industries shall be allowed to come up within the Mandideep area untill the master plan is finalised with respect to consultation from MoEF and Archaeological Department seeking air pollution impact of Mandideep industrial area on UNESCO world heritage site Bhimbetka.

Earlier, NGT has ordered closure of 104 industries in Mandideep Industrial Area not complying with pollution norms. These units were running without proper consent from the MP Pollution Control Board (MPPCB). Of the 104 industries, 25 are large and medium industries while 79 are small scale units. The six industries mentioned did not comply with the orders of pollution control act and also made no substantial effort in providing response to the NGT’s directions.

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Raze construction within 33m green belt in Kaliyasot: NGT

Any construction in the area within 33 meters of green belt in and around Kaliyasot river needs to be removed, directs National Green Tribunal (NGT). The bench comprising Justice Dalip Singh and ... Read More
Any construction in the area within 33 meters of green belt in and around Kaliyasot river needs to be removed, directs National Green Tribunal (NGT). The bench comprising Justice Dalip Singh and expert member P S Rao also mentioned that the area within 33 meters of belt in and around Kaliyasot river is going to be for carrying out plantation and creating the green belt.

The area needs to free from encroachment and needs to be utilised for carrying out plantation and creating the green belt as required on either side of the Kaliyasot river.

These directions are given by National Green Tribunal bench with regards to the petition regarding the encroachment in the Kaliyasot river vicinity. Further as requested by the petitioner a stipulated time frame was provided to submit in all the point wise details with regards to the construction of building sin green built area.

The authorities also requested for time of four weeks to complete the same and fix stone pillars on the boundary of the 33 meter area. It is directed that wherever encroachment is found within the 33 metres belt simultaneously, notices shall be issued to such persons with the direction to remove the same on their own cost. The next hearing is scheduled on September 9.

Earlier, bailable warrants were also issued against officials of Town and Country Planning, Kolar municipality and Disaster Management Institute for not following the order in which they were asked to demarcate the green belt, present an inspection report about construction around Kaliyasot river.

Despite the order directing to maintain status quo petitioner insisted that the construction work in progress on banks of Kaliyasot river in Kolar area, which is a violation.

Earlier, Kolar Municipality chief Municipal Officer S S Dhakre, who was present in the court, was shown photographs and videos filed by the applicant. He, however, stated that it was an old photograph and does not reflect the present scenario. On this, petitioner Subash C Pandey insisted that the work is under progress and also submitted that the residents of locality were also present in court for insisting on the same issues.

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Cops arrest drunk driver of school bus

Alert Traffic cops arrested an inebriated driver of a private bus, who drove the vehicle carrying 35 children to school in a rash and negligent manner on Thursday morning. The accused, Sanjay Mo... Read More
Alert Traffic cops arrested an inebriated driver of a private bus, who drove the vehicle carrying 35 children to school in a rash and negligent manner on Thursday morning. The accused, Sanjay Moreshwar Pathak (45) is a resident if Manewada. Eyes of PSI Ramesh Bevhriya, Head Constable Vishwanath Chakravarti and Constable Suraj Bhanawat fell on a private bus carrying school children driven rashly near Liberty Cinema. They chased the bus on their vehicle and blocked it. When they checked the driver using breath analyser, it was found that he had consumed alcohol. Pathak was immediately arrested. The bus operated by private contractor was carrying students to Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Bhagwandas Purohit Vidya Mandir, Ashti branch. The private bus operator was immediately summoned. He sent the stranded students on other bus. Soon after receiving the information, school authorities directed the private bus operator to immediately sack driver considering the safety and security of the children. According to Principal Vandana Bisen, the school had taken a very serious cognisance of the episode and has directe the bus operator to issue stern directive to all drivers to scrupulously follow the safety norms. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Bharat Tangde directed senior Inspector Narendra Hiwre (Traffic West) to conduct surprise check of the drivers carrying children to different schools in buses, vans and authorickshaw in Dabha area. Accordingly, traffic cops using breath analysers on Friday checked as many as 119 drivers during Nakabandi but none was found in an inebriated condition.

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Raut to review devpt works in city today

Dr Nitin Raut, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, will take stock of the progress of various developmental works concerning Nagpur city, in a meeting to be held at Ravi Bhavan here at 4.30 p... Read More
Dr Nitin Raut, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, will take stock of the progress of various developmental works concerning Nagpur city, in a meeting to be held at Ravi Bhavan here at 4.30 pm on Saturday.

For the meeting, Raut has called the officers of different departments. The issues to be discussed in the meeting include organising second edition of annual industrial conclave ‘Advantage Vidarbha’ that has got delayed already, reservation of land in and development of 572 and 1,900 layouts, problems pertaining to Government Medical College and Hospital, Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital, Daga Hospital, etc.

Raut will also take stock of water supply, sewage treatment plant, Bhandewadi project, problems faced by daily wagers and sanitation workers, encroachments on roads and footpaths, cleaning of rivers, law and order, metro region development, development of Hindu crematorium and Muslim cemetery in Nari.

Further, he will discuss compensation to farmers who have lost the crop due to excessive rainfall, implementation of Ramai Awas Yojana, industrialists’ demand for cheaper power and submission of a proposal to State Government in this regard, development of Gorewada Zoo and Maharajbag Zoo, demand to be made to Central Government regarding basic infrastructure development in Nagpur, regularisation of slums that came up between 1995 and 2000, city bus service, development of Mor Bhavan bus stand.

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NMC to recover royalty dues of Rs 3.51 crore from VNIL

City bus service operator Vansh Nimay Infraprojects Limited (VNIL) is yet to pay to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) an amount of Rs 3,51,54,188 against the royalty, said Bandu Raut, Chairman o... Read More
City bus service operator Vansh Nimay Infraprojects Limited (VNIL) is yet to pay to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) an amount of Rs 3,51,54,188 against the royalty, said Bandu Raut, Chairman of Transport Committee of NMC.

Addressing a press conference at NMC on Friday evening after a meeting of Transport Committee, Raut said that for a period 2007-13, VNIL had to pay royalty amount of Rs 7,38,81,785 to NMC. As against this, VNIL deposited Rs 2,26,79,245 with NMC and remaining Rs 5,12,25,000 was to be recovered from the former. As per the agreement between NMC and VNIL, the latter was to pay an interest of Rs 14,75,220 on the dues.

“However, we deduced the amount of Rs 3,51,98,148 against insurance that NMC had to pay. Thus, the remaining amount to be recovered from VNIL, including an accumulated interest of Rs 68 lakh, worked out to be Rs 3,51,54,188. We told this to VNIL in today’s meeting,” said Raut. He also rued that VNIL had to submit accounts of bus operations daily, but it did not do so.

Asked about the appointment of second operator for city bus service, Raut told reporters that the issue was discussed in the meeting. Of a total five Expressions of Interest (EoI) received, that of city-based Sai Taj Krupa Bus Suvidha Private Limited qualified for talks, he said. The other firms that submitted EoI included Travel Time Car Rental Private Limited (Pune), Sanjay Travels (Nagpur), Travel Time Cars India Private Limited (Pune), and Amba Mal Va Pravasi Vahatuk Seva Sahakari Sanstha Maryadit (Amravati). Sai Taj Krupa Bus Suvidha Private Limited has assured royalty of Rs 3,500 per bus, Raut said.

“There are certain differences between the qualified second operator and civic administration. These pertain to term of agreement, sharing of advertisement revenue, and bank guarantee,” Raut told reporters. Elaborating further, he said that NMC wanted agreement to be for 10 years while operator wanted it for 30 years.

NMC wanted 50 per cent of the advertisement revenue from the buses owned by the operator, but the latter wanted to keep all advertisement revenue from own buses for itself. As far as bank guarantee is concerned, the second operator wanted it to be kept at Rs 15,000 per bus but civic administration was in favour of Rs 50,000 per bus on operator’s buses.

Corporators Neeta Thakre, Sunil Agrawal, Bhushan Shingne; Sudhakar Kohale, Chairman of Water Works Committee; Ramesh Singare, Chairman of Health Committee were also present during the press conference.

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State Govt seeks time to probe ULC allotments

Maharashtra Government on Friday informed the High Court that in addition to 27 cases of allotment of surplus lands declared under the Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) Act, other allotments would a... Read More
Maharashtra Government on Friday informed the High Court that in addition to 27 cases of allotment of surplus lands declared under the Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) Act, other allotments would also be scrutinised.

A special division bench consisting of Justice A P Bhangale and Justice Z A Haq started hearing the petition filed by former MLA Sunil Shinde alleging massive irregularities in allotment of ULC land to influential persons.

A one-member committee headed by former High Court judge R K Batta had confirmed the massive fraud and found gross violations of the procedure in every allotment.

According to State Government, in 27 cases, action is being taken and the allotments are being cancelled. On Friday, the Government sought time to file reply and also to scrutinise other cases of ULC allotment. The petitioner’s counsel Adv Anand Parchure on earlier occasion had claimed that Batta Commission submitted its report way back in 2007 and the allotments were still not being cancelled.

The High Court had sought specific details of action taken against each of the beneficiary whose allotment was sought to be cancelled. State Government had promised to implement Batta Commission report and take departmental action against erring officers.

Justice Batta had clearly indicted the then ULC authorities namely E Z Khobragade (presently member of MAT) and S G Gautam (Deputy Commissioner) for gross abuse of power and flagrant breach of ULC norms and government guidelines and for favouring high and mighty by these officials.

During last hearing, the signed copy of Justice Batta committee report was produced before the court. Making a startling revelation Justice Batta committee had pointed out that Government had failed to take possession of 3.71 crore sq. mt land (37192242.56 sq. mt land to be exact) under section 10(3) of the ULC Act in 1371 cases. Out of 3065 cases the government had failed to initiate action in 2192 cases so far, the committee pointed out with great anguish.

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Rajesh Joshi’s 130 acre land to be attached

Number of complaints against fraudster Rajesh Joshi of Raviraj Group has gone up to 40 and more complaints are expected against this swindler. The Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of Crime Branch als... Read More
Number of complaints against fraudster Rajesh Joshi of Raviraj Group has gone up to 40 and more complaints are expected against this swindler. The Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of Crime Branch also found that Joshi had purchase 130 acre land at Karanja Ghatge and possibly his wife Radha and uncles are also co-owner. Joshi’s family members named in the complaint are absconding since one month. The investigating agency has started process of attaching this property along with their Vivekanand Nagar residence. Hunt to trace out movable and immovable property purchased out of proceeds of this scam is on.

EoW obtained custody of Rajesh Joshi till August 16 when he was produced before the Special Judge (MPID) Shekhar Muley on Thursday after his dramatic arrest well past Wednesday midnight. Joshi was on the run after his aggrieved investors lodged complaint against him with Dhantoli Police Station on July 8. He is believed to have duped more than 400 investors, mostly middle-class and senior citizens, promising them astronomical returns.

He had promised to double the money in three years and on the basis of very aggressive marketing had amassed huge money and his plush offices actually attracted many middle-class families to park their life-time savings with him. Though the amount siphoned of is quite huge, till date complaints of cheating worth Rs 2.83 crore have been lodged by aggrieved investors. Joshi used to accept minimum Rs 5 lakh but many people parked much more and cash transaction is anybody’s guess.

One of the aggrieved investor Vijay Wamanrao Marathe (47), a resident of Vivekanand Nagar, near Saibaba Mandir, had lodged the first complaint against Joshi with Dhantoli Police Station on July 8 charging Joshi with cheating, criminal breach of trust and hatching a criminal conspiracy to dupe him and other investors. On the basis of this complaint, Dhantoli police registered an offence under Sections 420, 406, 120(B) of the IPC and under the Maharashtra Protection of Interests of Depositors (In Financial Establishments) Act, 1999 against Directors of Raviraj Investment and Strategies Company namely Rajesh Joshi, Radha Rajesh Joshi, Suresh Gangadhar Joshi, Vyankatesh Acharya and Girish Deshpande and others.

For last few months, the group had started default leading to present crisis. The investors confessed that Joshi and his staff always informed them that the funds collected from them were invested into stock markets, infrastructure and mining businesses but no details were furnished about actual businesses, returns, profit-loss statement nor any annual return statement was given to them. Initially, the investigation was carried out by Dhantoli Police but as scale and magnitude of the scam increased the probe was handed over to Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of Crime Branch which has probed Shreesurya, Jhambre couple scam and now Wasankar Wealth Management scam.

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MCR for Wasankar, Choudhary till 21st

SPECIAL Judge (MPIDA) S P Muley on Friday remanded Chairman of Wasankar Wealth Management Prashant Jaideo Wasankar and his brother-in-law and Director Abhijit Jayant Choudhary to magisterial cu... Read More
SPECIAL Judge (MPIDA) S P Muley on Friday remanded Chairman of Wasankar Wealth Management Prashant Jaideo Wasankar and his brother-in-law and Director Abhijit Jayant Choudhary to magisterial custody till August 21. After the court’s order, cops sent them to Central Jail. Inspector Sudhakar Dhane attached to Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of the Crime Branch, who is the investigation officer in the case, produced Prashant Wasankar and Abhijit Choudhary before the Special Judge as their police custody remand (PCR) ended on Friday.

Seeking extension of their PCR for two more days, Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Vishwas Deshmukh told the court that a total of 119 investors had so far lodged complaints against Wasankar Wealth Management Limited and amount to be recovered from the accused Chairman and Directors of the company was about Rs 29.37 crore. Investigation by EoW officers revealed that as many as 25,000 cheques were issued between 2010 and 2014 from accused Prashant Wasankar’s accounts, he added.

SPP Deshmukh contended that the EoW officers wanted to further interrogate the accused duo to ascertain as to under what heads and to whom these cheques were issued and for what purpose. The probe also revealed that the accused had sent cross receipts to investors stating that he was willing to refund their invested amounts, he added.

The manner in which the accused were making such statements, SPP Deshmukh said, the investigation agency was confident that Prashant Wasankar and other accused had stashed away huge amount to an unknown destination. And, therefore, further custodial interrogation of the accused duo was necessary, he added. The prosecution claimed that if two-day PCR was granted to Wasankar and Choudhary, the investigators may unearth the details about crores of rupees hidden by the accused persons. Adv Bhagwan Karde, who appeared on behalf of investors, assisted the prosecution.

Defence lawyers Adv M B Naidu and Adv Prakash Naidu strongly opposed to extending the PCR of their clients. They argued that the police had already seized entire computerised data related to alleged transactions, bank accounts, cheque books and all relevant documents and articles 13 days before. The accused persons had fully co-operated with the EoW officers and disclosed all relevant information during their custodial interrogation, they added.

The defence lawyers pointed out that there was no further development in the investigation on the basis of alleged reasons stated in the application for extension of PCR of the accused persons. They argued that last time when PCR was sought, similar grounds were cited and prosecution failed to demonstrate any development in the probe. The prosecution, now, had no propriety to seek extension of their PCR as it was not a matter of right for the investigation agency to exhaust the maximum available PCR defined under the Act without assigning any cogent reason, they added.

After hearing both the sides and pursuing the case diary, the Special Judge rejected the PCR application submitted by prosecution and remanded Prashant Wasankar and Abhijit Choudhary to magisterial custody.

Defence lawyers Adv M B Naidu and Adv Prakash Naidu were assisted by Adv Pankaj Thakre, Adv Manish Thombre, and Adv Upendra Khante. On May 9, EoW officers had booked Chairman of Wasankar Group Prashant Wasankar, Directors Bhagyashree Prashant Wasankar, Maithili Vinay Wasankar, Abhijit Jayant Choudhary, Kumud Choudhary, Vinay Wasankar, employees Chandrakant Rai, Kardaye and Khapre on charges of cheating, criminal breach of trust, criminal intimidation, criminal conspiracy and also under the provisions of the Maharashtra Protection of Interests of Depositors (In Financial Establishments) Act, 1999 for allegedly duping investors of crores of rupees. Director Vinay Wasankar is already in Central Jail as the same court had earlier remanded to magisterial custody.

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SC respite to BVM’s Trimurti Nagar school

Supreme Court of India on Monday permitted the Trimurti Nagar branch school of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan to exclusively use the playground for its school children during school hours. Admitting a ... Read More
Supreme Court of India on Monday permitted the Trimurti Nagar branch school of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan to exclusively use the playground for its school children during school hours. Admitting a special leave petition filed by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, a three judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India R M Lodha and consists of Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice R F Nariman, permitted the school to exclusively use the playground during school hours for its students. Senior Counsel Harish Salve appearing for the petitioner-school pointed out that as on date more than 1,400 students are admitted in the school including girl students and school had spent Rs 2.50 crore to develop the playground.

The playground was lying idle and covered with wild trees from last more than 10 years and Nagpur Improvement Trust had no money to develop the playground and make it play worthy with state of the art facilities for sports like tennis, basketball, skating etc. By the PPP (Public-Private participation) model NIT had desired optimum utilisation of the playground.

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai having more than 100 schools around the world participated in the said tender process and succeeded with offer price of Rs 2.81 crore for the land and Rs 2.5 crore for development of playground. The allotment in favour of the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan was challenged before the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court in a public interest litigation.

The High Court maintained the allotment of land in favour of the school but quashed the grant of exclusive time to the school on the ground that the residents of the area have an equal right to the playground and they cannot be denied the right to access playground even during school hours. The High Court also directed the school to incur the cost of Rs 2.5 crore for development of the playground and maintenance cost. Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan challenged the said order of the High Court before the Supreme Court.

Senior Advocate Harish Salve appearing for the school pointed out to the court that the order passed by the High Court was erroneous and each finding therein was contrary to record. He pointed out that the record clearly shows that the petitioners before the High Court were set up by other schools who feared competition from the pioneer school Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan. He also pointed out that the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan is a co-education school with 1400 students studying there. He said that if the school is not getting the playground for exclusive time why has it been asked by the high court to develop and maintain it. He said the school should have been granted exclusive time for use of playground. He stressed upon safety and security of girl students. NIT counsel S K Mishra also supported the petitioner-school. Counsel for respondent claimed that citizens of the area and other children would be deprived from using this ground.

After hearing all the parties, the Supreme Court granted leave to the petitioners and by way of an interim order restored the right in favour of the school to use the playground exclusively during school hours on school working days.

Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) had floated a tender for allotment of land at offset price of Rs 2.5 crore and for development of an adjacent playground. The cost of development of the playground to be borne by the successful bidder was estimated at another Rs 2.5 crore minimum. The successful bidder had to also pay maintenance cost. In lieu of the development and maintenance of the playground, the successful bidder was to get exclusive access to the playground developed by it during school hours. The successful bidder was offered a lease of 30 years with clause for renewal.

Senior Advocate Harish Salve, Senior Advocate Shekhar Naphade with Adv Rahul M Bhangde and Adv Manish Pitale appeared for Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan.

Adv S K Mishra appeared for Nagpur improvement trust. Adv Kishor Lambat appeared for PIL petitioners.

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HC to decide fate of illegal food kiosks at Futala lake on August 8

Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday posted the hearing on Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in connection with food kiosks in Futala Lake area on August 8 when the fate of these kios... Read More
Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday posted the hearing on Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in connection with food kiosks in Futala Lake area on August 8 when the fate of these kiosks will be decided. Meanwhile as directed during last hearing, the kiosk owners informed the High Court that they had deposited Rs 2 lakh each to demonstrate their bonafides. They also pointed out that since their shops are closed so many days, they have incurred heavy losses and urged the court to allow them to conditionally operate the joints. The High Court has effectively continued the protection to demolition of their structures by Nagpur Improvement Trust. A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice C V Bhadang while hearing the PIL filed by Sanjay Agrawal also directed M/s Sell Ads to file reply within one week. The PIL had sought removal of several permanent structures, which have come up around the lake allegedly in breach of the agreement of February 17, 2010 between the NIT and the Sell Ads' sister concern M/s Concept Resources permitting it to construct 20 valid structures. There are 85 other structures to which NIT had objected.

The petitioners have also pointed out that their representation submitted on June 4, 2013 in response to the NIT's notice of May 23, 2013 has not been decided till date and without doing that threatening them with notice of demolition is to say the least is arbitrary and illegal. Adv R D Raskar appeared for PIL-petitioner. Adv Ritesh Kalra appeared for the petitioner-kiosk-owners. Advocate S.K.Mishra represented the NIT.

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PCR of Wasankar, Choudhary extended till 8th

Special Judge (MPIDA) S P Muley on Wednesday extended the police custody remand (PCR) of Chairman of Wasankar Wealth Management Ltd Prashant Jaideo Wasankar and his brother-in-law and Director ... Read More
Special Judge (MPIDA) S P Muley on Wednesday extended the police custody remand (PCR) of Chairman of Wasankar Wealth Management Ltd Prashant Jaideo Wasankar and his brother-in-law and Director Abhijit Jayant Choudhary till August 8.

Arrested on charges of cheating, criminal breach of trust, criminal intimidation, criminal conspiracy and also under the provisions of the Maharashtra Protection of Interests of Depositors (In Financial Establishments) Act, 1999 for allegedly duping investors of crores of rupees, Wasankar and Choudhary were produced before Special Judge by Investigating Officer of the case, Inspector Sudhakar Dhane as their PCR was coming to an end on Wednesday.

Seeking extension of their PCR for four more days, Police Prosecutor told the court that the Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of the Crime Branch investigating the case had received complaints from 104 investors and the amount to be recovered from the accused persons was over Rs 21.44 crore. Accused had received maximum investment in cash and that was unaccounted money, he added. Strongly opposing extension of PCR to accused persons, defence stated that the police had already interrogated Wasankar for 10 days. The police have seized documents and computer material from the accused in the month of May and there is no reason to keep them in police custody.

After hearing the grounds cited by the prosecution and arguments of the defence, the Special Court extended the PCR of Prashant Wasankar and Abhijit Choudhary till August 8.

Pro-Wasankar group targets complainants

A substantial group of investors has charged the complainant investors with precipitating the crisis and blamed them for bringing Wasankar Wealth Management into trouble. The group has extended its full support to Wasankar and asserted that promoters of Wasankar group will drive the company safely and back to its normalcy very shortly. They claimed that Wasankar group had delivered the best possible service to its members and reposed faith in the company which is passing through some disturbances.

Going a step further, this group of investors has demanded action against original complainant Vivek Pathak and blamed him for the crisis. This was civil transaction, they claimed while alleging that Wasankar was implicated in the false criminal complaint. Demanding immediate quashing of FIR against Wasankar, his release and defreezing of his accounts, the investors claimed that Wasankar would pay back their dues. Because of this complaint, our life-long saving is in danger, claimed the complaint signed by more than 400 people.

Cops clueless about Wasankar’s investment?

EoW have confirmed information about Wasankar had received crores of rupees black money from investors. However, the police are not getting substantial evidence about where the money was parked by Wasankar. A senior police officer said that Wasankar had shifted whole black money to unknown places. Though many theories are floated, but cops are in dark about investment made by Wasankar and whereabouts of the cash collected by him and transferred to safer place, outside the clutches of investigating and regulatory agencies.

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Contractors-PWD officers nexus: HC suggests State policy to avoid scandals

Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S B Shukre at the High Court have passed a quite detailed order in the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Nagpur Contractors’ Association, with suggesti... Read More
Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S B Shukre at the High Court have passed a quite detailed order in the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Nagpur Contractors’ Association, with suggestion to the respondent - Public Works Department (PWD) to prepare and implement a policy to avoid recurrence of the illegalities complained of and put a stop to game of playing fraud on the state ex-chequer by the culprits, in consultation with the experts and all concerned persons in 8 weeks.

This is in the backdrop of wisdom dawning upon PWD a little late, in the wake of the High Court’s directions to it to act quickly and fast in the larger public interest to blacklist one of its favourite contractors - M/s Ankit Construction - for 3 years, for indulging in huge irregularities and illegalities with hands in gloves with several State PWD officers.

It has been suggested to the department that out of these 8 weeks, the department can invite and consider suggestions in this regard in first two weeks. As the government had intimated to the court on the previous date that it was proceeding against its 34 officers by way of holding departmental inquiry against them and the report has been received from Inquiry Officer regarding 287 charges levelled against them, the court has directed the department to complete everything concerning inquiry including action against them in 3 months. The court has also directed further listing of the petition before it, after about 3 months, sometime around last week of September next.

The court has virtually approved the state PWD’s decision of blacklisting M/s Ankit for 3 years and stated that the government is free to impose sentence at its discretion, but it only wanted to caution it, that the culprit should not get away lightly. The court also discharged the notice directed to be served on M/s Ankit. Senior counsel Sunil Manohar with Adv Rohit Joshi appeared for the petitioner-Association. Government Pleader Bharati Dangre (State), Senior counsel A M Gordey with Adv Charpe (M/s Ankit) represented the respondents.

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Governor clears special fund of Rs 100 crore for devpt boards

Here is a good news -- the special fund of Rs 100 crore that was available to statutory development boards previously, has been restored. However, the bad news is -- it has been restored for the ... Read More
Here is a good news -- the special fund of Rs 100 crore that was available to statutory development boards previously, has been restored. However, the bad news is -- it has been restored for the financial year 2014-15 only! Further, there are restrictions on how to utilise this special fund.

The statutory development boards of Vidarbha, Marathwada, and Rest of Maharashtra used to get special developmental fund of Rs 100 crore previously. Later, the Government had started releasing Rs 100 crore for all three boards. In the year 2011-12, as per the Governor’s directives dated March 10, 2011, the fund was scrapped. Maharashtra Government also chose to cite the Governor’s directives when the development boards started demanding restoration of the special fund. Then, the Government gave a reasoning that there was positive impact on development in the areas under these boards.

However, experts pointed out various untouched areas of development and lack of even the basic amenities, and again a request was moved to the Government to restore the special fund. The Government submitted the proposal to the Governor for consideration, who cleared it recently. Though the proposal is cleared by the Governor, it is learnt that the Congress-NCP-led State Government has taken the step to project its ‘welfarist’ image in the developmentally backward areas of especially Vidarbha and Marathwada regions.

Prakash Dahake, Chairman of Vidarbha Statutory Development Board (VSDB), confirmed the development but said that he was yet to see the release order. Adv Madhukar Kimmatkar, Expert Member of VSDB, said that all three development boards had sought the fund. “We are yet to see the order, but if it has been issued, we will discuss the matter in VSDB meeting to be held soon. We just hope that the fund gets released before the model code of conduct for Legislative Assembly election comes into effect,” he told ‘The Hitavada’.

Though the special fund of Rs 100 crore each has been cleared for Vidarbha, Marathwada, and Rest of Maharashtra statutory development boards, certain conditions have been imposed on its utilisation. Half of the fund is to be utilised for elevating the Human Development Index (HDI) of targeted 125 tehsils and 45 Class ‘C’ municipal councils in respective areas. While doing so, works to be approved in a tehsil or a municipal council area should not be more than Rs 3 crore. The remaining fund can be utilised on water supply schemes in tribal or drought-prone villages getting water supply through tankers, water conservation works with special focus on chain weirs, environment-related woorks and sewage disposal, schemes of women welfare, storage of agricultural and forest produce and value addition, etc.

However, the special fund cannot be utilised for roads, drainages, gymnasiums, community halls etc works. The boards have been asked not to recommend works more than the prescribed limit for each district. Even if a board recommends more works, respective District Collector has been directed ‘not to consider’ such proposals. Besides, an order issued by Hemant Malandkar, Deputy Secretary, Planning Department, states that the boards should propose only such works that can be completed within the financial year 2014-15. Further, a report regarding impact of the utilisation of special fund has to be submitted to the office of the Governor and Planning Department by May 30, 2015.

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LBT: State Govt passes the buck to Mpl corporations

Now, Municipal Corporations’ will take a final call on continuation of Local Body Tax (LBT) in their respective areas. This solution has been found out by the Maharashtra Government to counte... Read More
Now, Municipal Corporations’ will take a final call on continuation of Local Body Tax (LBT) in their respective areas. This solution has been found out by the Maharashtra Government to counter the stiff resistance of traders to the LBT. Maharashtra Government has decided to give the option of adopting tax structure of their choice to the municipal corporations. Ministers’ of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress party opposed Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan over LBT issue in the cabinet meet and demanded immediate decision in this regard. The Government is likely to make a formal announcement in this regard later this week.

Sources informed mediapersons that senior Ministers blamed Chief Minister for delaying decision as election code of conduct is likely to be enforced in last week of August. A NCP Minster said, DF Government lost Lok Sabha election due to resistance of traders to LBT. If Government still dithers to take decision well in time, then we will surely lose assembly elections as well.

It may be mentioned that income of Municipal Corporations reduced drastically due to enforcement of LBT. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) suffered a loss of Rs 200 crore in last Financial Year. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi (BJP-NVA) opposed LBT tooth and nail.

“It is up to the civic bodies to decide the tax structure and generate revenue. They will have the option to revert back to Octroi or continue with LBT. The turn-over based LBT was introduced on demand of the traders and now they had done a U-turn,” senior Minister said.

According to Ministers, the Chief Minister had convened the meeting of traders and Mayors of all Municipal Corporations and promised them to find out a viable solution. With election dates coming closers, it is time to take a decision, they insisted. The option of levying 1% surcharge on VAT turned out to be a non-starter since it could have mopped up only Rs 650 crore across entire Maharashtra and there was opposition from rural areas. Besides, many corporations registered increase in revenue after LBT was enforced and hence there was divided opinion within Government as the new tax regime was supported on the floor of the house by opposition parties as well.

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PM Modi to lay stone of metro rail on 21st

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to lay foundation stone of ambitious Metro Rail on August 21 at Nagpur. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying hard to get Prime Minister’s time to lay ... Read More
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to lay foundation stone of ambitious Metro Rail on August 21 at Nagpur. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying hard to get Prime Minister’s time to lay foundation stone for this project. Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari is trying hard to lay the stone before announcement of the model code of conduct for ensuing assembly elections. The total cost of the project is around Rs 10,526 crore as per present market cost. The cost of metro rail has increased by almost Rs 2,500 crore during intervening period. The DMRC has proposed Mumbai-like elevated metro rail. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar may also share the dais with Prime Minister, sources confirmed. Highly placed sources confirmed that newly-appointed Guardian Minister Dr Nitin Raut and Minister of State for Finance Rajendra Mulak used their good offices and influence in clearing the file of metro rail from Finance Department, Chief Secretary and Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan at one stroke on Wednesday. Highly placed sources confirmed that approval of Public Investment Board (PIB) is necessary for Metro Rail project. NIT Chairman Pravin Darade will give presentation before PIB on August 8 at New Delhi. The PIB will approve the proposal after examining certain significant aspects related to the viability of the proposal. After getting nod of PIB, the proposal will be sent to Union Cabinet for final nod. Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), a nodal agency has started preparation for organising massive programme of Prime Minister. This will be a maiden visit of Narendra Modi at Nagpur after taking charge of Prime Minister.

Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has given replies of various queries asked by Union Home Department, Finance Department, Railways, and Highways. After nod from Cabinet, the NIT will start constitution of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for implementation of project and its subsequent operation and maintenance in the city. The constitution of Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) is also pending for legislation. The Central government has directed State to enact a policy for formation of UMTA. The UMTA would be headed by Chief Secretary and it would have Secretaries of all the departments to clear way for operating metro rail. The State Government has assured Central Government to form SPV and UMTA after final nod from the cabinet. It may be mentioned that Maharashtra Government has already given in-principal nod to metro rail for the orange city. Delhi Rail Metro Corporation (DMRC) has submitted detailed project report to construct two corridors of metro rail connecting 39 kms of North-South and East-West corridors.

NIT has been appointed as nodal agency for implementation of Metro Rail project in the city. The project would get funds from Central and State governments under ambitious JNNURM project for promotion of public transport to decongest the city and improve mobility of citizens. The Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC) has prepared Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) for orange city. As per report around 3.63 lakh commuters out of total population of 28.59 lakh may use metro rail.

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CCI orders probe into ‘abuse of dominant position’ by MSEDCL

In a major development, Competition Commission of India (CCI) has directed its Director General to conduct a probe into the alleged ‘abuse of dominant position’ by Maharashtra Electricity D... Read More
In a major development, Competition Commission of India (CCI) has directed its Director General to conduct a probe into the alleged ‘abuse of dominant position’ by Maharashtra Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL). Hearing a case filed by Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA), CCI has asked its Director General to complete the investigation within two months.

VIA had filed a case with CCI against MSEB Holding Company Limited, Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (Mahagenco), MSEDCL, and Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (Mahatransco). According to R B Goenka, VIA’s Energy Expert, VIA had alleged that these power utilities as a group had abused their dominant position inter alia by deliberately generating and distributing electricity in ‘extremely inefficient’ manner and by denying market access to ‘other efficient and economical’ power generating companies.

“The inefficient activities is reflected in the exorbitant cost structure submitted to Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission and it results in increase in power tariff,” said Goenka. After hearing and inspection of documents submitted by VIA, the CCI issued an order under Section 26 (1) of the Competition Act, 2002 and directed its Director General to investigate into the matter and submit the report within a period of 60 days. CCI also directed its Director General to investigate the role of persons who were in charge and were responsible for the alleged conduct of such companies.

After hearing the matter and going through the allegations levelled by the petitioner, CCI observed that MSEDCL was the only licensee distributor of electricity in the relevant geographic market and hence it was a ‘monopoly distributor’ of electricity there. With respect to VIA’s allegation that MSEDCL continued to buy power from ‘cost inefficient Mahagenco, CCI observed that MSEDCL purchased electricity from Mahagenco at rates ‘comparatively higher than the rates offered by other electricity generating enterprises.’ “This translates into higher tariff charged to the end consumer as that tariff is decided by MERC on the basis of purchase cost of MSEDCL. Prima facie, the said conduct of MSEDCL amounts to indirect imposition of unfair price on the consumers, which is in contravention of Section 4 (2) (a) (ii) of the Competition Act,” observed the CCI.

As far as allegations of MSEDCL denying open access to others is concerned, CCI stated it clearly that denial of open access ‘shut the door on competition in the distribution market.’

Holding that MSEDCL’s conduct was prima facie in contravention of Section 4 (2) (c) of the Competition Act, the CCI observed, “The consumers are left with no choice but to keep buying power at whatever rate the distribution company supplies. On the other hand, a generator, who can become a rival distributor through open access, cannot supply electricity to the consumers.”

The CCI hearing was conducted before the coram of Ashok Chawla, Chairperson; and members Anurag Goel, S L Bunker, and Sudhir Mittal. Advocates K K Sharma and Danish Khan appeared for VIA. In its order issued on Wednesday, CCI further made it clear, “Nothing herein shall tantamount to an expression of official opinion on the merits of the case and the DG shall conduct the investigation without being influenced by any observation made therein.”

In its petition, VIA alleged that irrespective of the price charged by Mahagenco, MSEDCL purchased all the power generated by it. “Since the tariff for the power purchase is decided by MERC as per the cost structure and revenue forecast submitted by MSEDCL, due to inefficiency of Mahagenco, the cost structure remains very high. In such a scenario, MERC is bound to determine tariff at a rate which is much higher than the prevailing market rate. Resultantly, the consumers of MSEDCL are paying the highest electricity tariff compared to all other states in India,” VIA had alleged.

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‘Over rains’ hamper supply of drinking water

State capital which is witnessing torrential rains from past week during monsoon season, many drinking water taps in colonies have turned dry due to non-supply of water by Raipur Municipal Corpor... Read More
State capital which is witnessing torrential rains from past week during monsoon season, many drinking water taps in colonies have turned dry due to non-supply of water by Raipur Municipal Corporation. Heavy water logging over supply lines has resulted into shut down of drinking water supply in many places including posh areas also. Even at many places residents have lodged complaint with Raipur Municipal Corporation regarding unhygienic water supply.

As per information the morning drinking water supply by RMC in the colonies located in Mahvir Nagar, Math Purena, Rajendra Nagar, Telibandha , Avanti Vihar, Ashok Nagar, Chhota Ashok Nagar, Kaling Nagar, Chhota Bhawani Nagar areas were affected. Similarly, the areas like Shankar Nagar Katora Talab, Tagore Nagar, Shailendra Nagar, Raja Talab, Pachpedi Naka, Moudhapara and Tikrapara witnessed erratic drinking water supply.

The worst affected area which is witnessing erratic drinking water supply is posh Avanti Vihar Sector Two, where water supply has been influenced from past two-days. Meanwhile, residents have complained that despite bringing in notice of RMC official, the respective zonal office is not responding to solve the problem.

When contacted RMC Commissioner Avnish Kumar Sharan in this regard, he said that as such no officials complaint has been received by the department, but following torrential rains from past three days it may be a precautionary measure taken by the zonal offices to cut off the water supply for a short time following heavy water loggings over various supply lines in concerning areas.

This necessary step is taken by respective zonal offices to maintain hygienic value of the drinking water and clearing of water logging over the supply lines is being carried out regularly. Even the RMC has established controlled rooms in each zone and zonal commissioners are instructed for ‘quick response’ to any such problem

Speaking on prevailing problem in Avanti Vihar Sector Two, senior RMC official said that he personally given order to zone commissioner to look into the matter and Wednesday morning the problem will be rectify.

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Singhdeo demands 4-tier promotion pay-grade for State Govt employees

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader TS Singhdeo has raked up the issue of 4-tier promotion pay-grade for government officials and staffers. In a letter to Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, Sin... Read More
Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader TS Singhdeo has raked up the issue of 4-tier promotion pay-grade for government officials and staffers. In a letter to Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, Singhdeo said that BJP had promised government officials on this issue prior to Vidhan Sabha 2013.

Singhdeo said that his attention was drawn to the subject recently where he was told many of the government personnel are close to their retirement but have not received the benefit of 4-tier promotion pay grade and it is causing them severe financial loss.

He said that while promotion may not be possible in many cases because of unavailability of posts according to setup or superior post not being vacant, the assurance of 4-tier promotion pay grade would compensate the losses to some extent. He demanded that Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh ensures suitable order in this regard in compliance with its manifesto.

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Routine life thrown out of gear in Bhilai

With the incessant drizzles for three days, the routine life remained affected on Tuesday also in steel city Bhilai. As per reading of BSP Water Department, 40.6 and 40.4 millimeters of rainfall ... Read More
With the incessant drizzles for three days, the routine life remained affected on Tuesday also in steel city Bhilai. As per reading of BSP Water Department, 40.6 and 40.4 millimeters of rainfall were recorded on Monday and Tuesday morning respectively.

As the outcome of light rainfall throughout the day, most of the markets and other commercial establishments wore a deserted look till late evening. Same was the case with educational institutions, as thin attendance was recorded in most of the schools and colleges. Since it continued to drizzle throughout the day, people largely preferred to remain indoors. It was mainly the working class people, traversing through the inundated roads in their bid to reach their workplaces in time.

Roads at certain places were flooded with water and commuters found it difficult to wade through the water-filled roads, with the miseries of potholes multiplying manifold. Besides, water from drains had inundated on streets causing lot of inconvenience to denizens and commuters alike. Residents of low lying areas in the Bhilai Municipal Corporation (BMC) jurisdiction, including, Supela, Junwani, Camp-1, Camp-2, Jawahar Nagar, Rajiv Nagar among others faced the problem of inundation for some time, with rain water entering houses in these areas. The conditions were more so same at many places in BSP Township. However, no untoward incident was reported from any part of the city and the conditions started to improve by the evening, with the rain easing out.

BMC PRO, Ashok Pahadia said that the Administration had made all necessary arrangements in advance for dealing with flood like situation. Several community buildings were already reserved to accommodate affected people in case of emergency. But as the rain for the last three days was relatively light, the situation is well within control in all parts of the city, maintained Pahadia.

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Flood like situation at Sheonath river

Incessant rains for the last 48 hours has created flood like situation at Sheonath river. Flood water overflowed the bridge bringing the transport to a standstill. Vehicles remained stranded on... Read More
Incessant rains for the last 48 hours has created flood like situation at Sheonath river. Flood water overflowed the bridge bringing the transport to a standstill. Vehicles remained stranded on either side of the bridge and commutation between Rajnandgaon and Durg was cut off since evening.

It may be mentioned that owing to continuous rainfall for last couple of days, water level at Sheonath river was increasing day by day. Following 82,000 cusec water released from Mongra reservoir the water level in Sheonath river reached above danger zone. By evening the flood water inundated the bridge and transportation came to standstill. This was for the second time that commutation between Rajnandgaon and Durg was hampered.

Considering the increasing water level, the district and police administration were on high alert. Residents from the adjoining areas were asked to move to safer place. The district and police personnel kept a strict watch on the situation and people were not allowed to go near the bridge. Barricades were erected on either side of the bridge to stop the traffic movement.

Meanwhile, people in large numbers reached Sheonath river to have a glimpse of flood like situation. Small vendors made brisk money by selling maize (bhutta). At Mahamara Anicut also the situation was similar. Here too people came in large numbers to see water overflowing the Anicut.

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Rains take away the word ‘relief’

Notwithstanding the tall claims made by Raipur Municipal Corporation of making Raipur a model capital city of the country, incessant rainfall since last 36 hours have run havoc in the capital c... Read More
Notwithstanding the tall claims made by Raipur Municipal Corporation of making Raipur a model capital city of the country, incessant rainfall since last 36 hours have run havoc in the capital city even as the claims and counter claims by the concerned authorities are passing the buck on each other. The torrential rainfall since Monday afternoon has not only led to washing of roads, but low lying areas in the Capital has been inundated. Apart from the Capital, the rains lashed fury across state while people finding it hard to wade through flooded waters. The state has received 647mm rainfall since the advent of Monsoons this year, which is 3 percent more than the average rainfall of 631mm which the state receives normally.

Incessant rainfall since last 36 hours has affected transportation in many parts of the state. Largely affected were buses plying on the routes Raipur-Jagdalpur, Raipur-Baloda Bazaar, Raipur-Basna/Saraipalli, Raipur-Rajim/Mainpur apart from many other significant as well as small routes. According to the bus-operators, all buses plying on roads having low-lying culverts on rivers-rivulets have been cancelled. Also plying of buses on some routes has been cancelled due to lack of passengers. They have assured that the plying of buses would start as soon as the water comes down of the flooding culverts. Worst affected are Rajim-Mainpur, Deobhog, Chura, Baloda Bazaar, Basna-Saraipalli, Nagri Sehawa, Jagadalpur routes, etc. In many rural routes, water is flowing atleast 3-4 feet over the culverts.

Due to overflowing Maniyari River in Lormi, 30 villages were disconnected from the block head-quarters as Maniyari culver overflowing with water flowing more than 3-4 feet. Transport on Manendragarh-Bilaspur and Ledri-Khadgawa roads have also been disrupted with more than 50 villages lay disconnected in the region. Due to overflowing IB river on Odisha-Brajarajnagar, Howrah-Mumbai rail route has been disconnected with several long distance trains being controlled at various stations. Transportation on Kawardha-Bilaspur was disrupted due to rising water level at Pandariya Harinala. Once again the intermittent downpour has led to the increase the water level of Gangrel Dam as a result of which the dam management was forced to release more than 1.47 lakh cusecs of water through 11 middle channel gates. Earlier in the morning when the advent of water into the catchment area of Ravishankar Sagar Reservoir Gangrel was 90,000 cusec per hour, water was being released at 1.64 lakh cusec per hour but in the evening the advent decreased to 72,000 cusec which led the dam administration to bring down water release to 1.47 cusec per hour.

Looking at the increase in the water level in catchment area, district administration has raised red alert for the people residing nearby Mahanadi River. As per the reports, there has been an inflow of 1.05 lakh cusecs of water in the catchment area and which forced the district administration to the take the step. As already weather department has indicated for the heavy rainfall in next few days and as a preventive step, people have been asked to relocate to some other place before the water is released from the dam. On the other hand, the downpour has also increased the water level in Sondhur dam to more than 4.840 thousand million cubic feet (TMC), in Dudhawa dam to 5.350 TMC and Murrumsilli dam with 3.113 TMC. Meanwhile Water Resources Department Secretary Ganesh Shankar Mishra held talks with Principal Secretary WRD Government of Odihsa. It is worth mentioning here that the situation over River Mahanadi and Hirakud Dam is being monitored round the clock. Already water is being released from 15 gates of the dam. Mishra urged the Principal Secretary to open more gates of Hirakud Dam so that flood situation can be avoided in Mahanadi basin area in Chhattisgarh. The WRD Secretary has also directed Chief Engineers of Mahanadi Project, Mini Mata Bango Basin, Hasdeo Basin for monitoring the water situation round the clock.

Incessant rainfall since last 36 hours in the capital city and adjoining areas has thrown life out of gear. Although the rainfall is still continuing but its intensity has lowered and life is limping back to normalcy. Many low lying areas in the capital city are still submerged and the stagnant water in these low lying colonies is inviting water-borne infectious diseases. Diarrhea, jaundice, gastro-enteritis, dysentery, etc are some of the diseases which have already started showing its effect in some of these colonies.

Meanwhile Raipur Municipal Corporation officials while claiming that the situation is under control, informed that they had to shift some people residing adjacent to Mahadeo Ghat to safe areas by boat. They informed that keeping in view the incessant rainfall, the disaster management team has been alerted and they are keeping tap of the situation.

Meanwhile, over flowing and choked drains are proudicing mosquitoes. Neither regular fogging machines are being utilized, nor anti larvae and anti-adult campaign has been started as yet. This has not only led to increase in malarial cases but cases of cerebral malaria are also on the rise.

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CBI convicts ex-Senior Dumper Operator, NCL, awards 3 yrs’ RI

SPECIAL Judge, CBI case, Jabalpur vide judgement, on Tuesday, convicted Ranjeet Kumar, the then Senior Dumper Operator, Jhingurda Project, NCL in CBI case and awarded him three years rigorous i... Read More
SPECIAL Judge, CBI case, Jabalpur vide judgement, on Tuesday, convicted Ranjeet Kumar, the then Senior Dumper Operator, Jhingurda Project, NCL in CBI case and awarded him three years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5,000 under Section 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act-1988 in default of payment of fine, the accused to undergo imprisonment of three months and three years rigorous imprisonment and fine of Rs 5,000 under Section 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act-1988 and in default of payment of fine, the accused to undergo further imprisonment of three months. All custodial sentences are to run concurrently. Complainant Naveen Kumar Yadav had alleged in his complaint that Ranjeet Kumar, the then Senior Dumper Operator, Jhingurda Project, Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL) was demanding Rs 15,000 from complainant for allowing smooth lifting of coal against pending delivery order. On the basis of written and its subsequent positive verification, a case under Section 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act was registered at CBI, ACB, Jabalpur, against the accused on July 25, 2011. Thereafter, a trap was laid on July 26, 2011, and the accused Ranjeet Kumar was caught red-handed, while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 15,000 demanded by the accused, from the complainant in presence of the independent witnesses.

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Proposed devpt of Dumna Airport to be initiated soon: AAI Chairman Sinha

“PROPOSED development of Dumna Airport will be initiated without any delay. Now proposed extension of runway, construction of terminal building and apron at Dumna Airport would be initiated s... Read More
“PROPOSED development of Dumna Airport will be initiated without any delay. Now proposed extension of runway, construction of terminal building and apron at Dumna Airport would be initiated soon. Necessary proceedings like tender release and other formalities will be completed in 2014. Airport Authority of India (AAI) Chairman Alok Sinha gave assurance to Member of Parliament Rakesh Singh during a meeting held recently.

MP Rakesh Singh visited the office of Chairman of Airport Authority of India and requested him to start development work of Dumna Airport at the earliest. He added that the State Government has completed all the formalities required for acquisition of land for extension of runway, construction of terminal building and apron. Hence, all the hurdles and constraints before initiation of development are clear and development could be started. MP Rakesh Singh during the meeting informed the Chairman AAI Alok Sinha that Jabalpur is a fast developing city in eastern Madhya Pradesh. Now this prime commercial city of Mahakoshal region is connected only with Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal, Indore, Hubli etc by direct flights. Due to abovementioned constraints most of the airlines operated with ATR and could not start their services and are finding it hard to plan new sectors. MP Singh informed AAI Chairman Sinha that to clear obstruction continuous efforts are being made. Due to continuous efforts for development of Jabalpur and on his appeal former Chairman of AAI V P Agarwal had visited Dumna and inspected development works. He had given approval for development but after allotment of land for proposed development works like extension of runway, construction of new terminal building and apron. Thereafter, the Executive Director (Planning) Airport Authority of India had written a letter to the Chief Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh, clearly mentioning that after receiving assurance of land acquisition from the State Government. Now, the Madhya Pradesh Government has fulfilled all formalities of land acquisition. Hence, after fulfillment of all formalities works should be started on priority.

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Legal notices to BMC, others on illegal sale of meat

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Tuesday issued notices to the Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, B... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Tuesday issued notices to the Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, Bhopal, Secretary, Urban Administration Department (UAD), Bhopal, Collector, Bhopal, Municipal Commissioner, Bhopal Municipal Corporation and Chief Executive Officer Kolar Municipal Council, Bhopal District, in the matter related to illegal sale of animal flesh products at Bhopal District.

The division bench issued notices on petition filed by Dr S K Jain, President, Dayodaya Mahasangh, Bhopal, Kapil Mallaiya and Mukesh Kumar Jain and asked respondents to submit their reply till August 26, 2014.

Petitioners in instant petition are assailing and unveiling illegal sale of animal flesh products i.e. chicken, meat, pork, ham, fish, egg etc being sold in open space, open market in Bhopal without license or violate terms of license and in stark contravention of mandatory provisions enunciated in Municipal Corporation Act, 1956. The petitioner through counsel Advocate Sankalp Kocher contended before the court that sale and purchase of animal flesh is being carried out in Bhopal district in stark contravention of Municipal Corporation Act, 1956 which regulates sale and purchase of animal flesh in open market. Illegal slaughter of animals is also being carried out in stark contravention of chapter-XIX of the Municipal Corporation Act, 1956, and rules provided under part IV of Food Safety and Standards, Regulations-2011. It is submitted that Bhopal Municipal Corporation has failed to perform their statutory duties enunciated under sections 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258 and 259 of Municipal Act, which is causing grave hardship to pubic at large in Bhopal as sale and purchase of animal flesh without regulation tantamount to public nuisance.

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HC asks Mining Deptt to grant fresh orders for mining lease in 3 months

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe through its detailed landmark order quashed the State Mining Department’s order o... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe through its detailed landmark order quashed the State Mining Department’s order of 2008 granting mining lease of limestone to Birla Corporation’s subsidiary company Talwandi Cements Limited. The mining lease was so granted over State’s largest lease area of 25 square kms. Final order which came on petition filed by Aditya Birla Group company-UltraTech Cements Limited, also directed the Mining Department, MP for rehearing both the parties and passing fresh orders of granting mining lease within a period of three months.

Mining lease in question was granted by orders of erstwhile Mining Minister Laxmikant Sharma in September 2008. The Mining Department of State Government invited applications from various industrial groups in 2007 for granting an area of approximately 25 kms various villages of district Satna, in pursuance of which around 25 companies applied for grant of mining lease over notified area.

The Mining Minister heard all the applicants in August 2007 and reserved file for issuing lease grant orders and actually passed final orders after a period of one year in September, 2008 allotting the mining area to Talwandi Cements Limited. The allotment from the office of Mining Minister was challenged by the Ultratech cements on various grounds primarily that passing of orders by government one year after conducting hearing of the matter itself vitiated the order. Challenge was also on the ground that on the directives of Mining Minister himself the department required all concerned applicants for filing their respective written submissions demonstrating their individual credentials and potentials for deciding the most worthy amongst all for allotment of mining lease.

However despite UTCL and others filing their written submissions with all documents, the department expressly chose to ignore the written submissions and passed order allotting the lease on mere oral submissions advanced a year back in August 2007. The petition of UTCL stated that the company Talwandi cements which has got lease allotment was entirely a new born company without any prior mining, explorations experiences and lacked the various eligibility conditions of financial standing, technical staff as required monetarily under Section 11(3) of MMDR Act, 1957 read with Rule 35 of the Mineral Concession Rules, 1960.

UTCL further pleaded that that mining department deliberately chose to ignore the written submissions filed on record as apparently all other applicants including UTCL had demonstrated themselves to be more competent and deserving for the allotment by showing their balance-sheets, existing cement plants, technical and specialised staff working on their rolls. Counsel for the petitioner UTCL, Siddharth Radhelal Gupta contended that without assigning any specific reason, the mining department rejected the application for grant of mining lease, despite the specific mandate of Mineral Concession Rules, 1960.

The department allotted largest area of limestone to a still born company through a mere 5 line operational order on the ground that its parent company Birla Corporation already runs a cement plant in District Satna. Gupta further contended that the allotment order thus contravened not only the specific provisions of MMDR Act but also various guidelines and directions stipulated by the Supreme Court in host of cases. On the submissions of the counsel for petitioner, the Division bench held that the “Passing of the grant order after one year of its oral arguments and that too by ignoring the written submissions of various applications amounted to breach of natural justice principles, which itself vitiated the order.” The Division Bench further held that the grant order of mining lease violated the mandatory requirements of law viz. not giving reasons for the rejection of mining lease applications of other worthy applicants or comparing their inter - se merits for finding the most appropriate applicant for the grant of lease. Accordingly Division Bench whilst quashing the order of mineral grant in favour of Talwandi cements directed the Mining Department for hearing both the parties afresh and fresh orders of mineral grant within a period of three months.

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Jabalpur-Dindori State Highway disconnected due to downpour

INCESSANT downpour in the region on Tuesday disconnected Jabalpur-Dindori State Highway while routes from Dindori towards Amarkantak and Mandla were also blocked due to flood in rivers and null... Read More
INCESSANT downpour in the region on Tuesday disconnected Jabalpur-Dindori State Highway while routes from Dindori towards Amarkantak and Mandla were also blocked due to flood in rivers and nullahs. Jabalpur-Dindori State Highway was blocked due to flooded river overflowing Taaki nullah across Jogi Tikaria bridge while Dindori-Mandla route was disconnected due to flood in Karmer river.

Similarly, State Highway of Dindori-Amarkantak witnessed chaotic traffic jam due to overflowing rivers and nullah. According to Meteorological Department, heavy downpour of 54 mm rainfall was reported in last 24 hours in the area which led to increasing water-level in all the water bodies, rivers and nullahs. Condition of most of the State highways in interior parts of the region remained blocked due to overflowing forest-fed rivers and nullahs on low-lying overbridges and culverts. Passengers and transporters faced tough time due to long traffic jam on Jabalpur-Dindori State highway to reach their destinations. On the other hand, the district administration has made an appeal to the vehicle owners and residents to avoid crossing flooded rivers and nullahs through over flown bridges and culvers for avoiding any untoward incident. Police Department has deployed personnel for traffic management near flooded areas and implementing preventive measures for averting any untoward incident in the flood-affected areas.

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Govt to start recruitment drive to fill vacant posts of doctors in CHCs, PHCs

THE State Government in a major move towards streamlining health services in rural areas will start a special recruitment drive to fill vacant posts of doctors in Community Health Centres (CHCs) ... Read More
THE State Government in a major move towards streamlining health services in rural areas will start a special recruitment drive to fill vacant posts of doctors in Community Health Centres (CHCs) and Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) in the district. The State Health Department in a recent order directed the higher officials to prepare an action plan to start recruitment process at the earliest against vacant posts of specialist doctors at CHC, Shahpura, Patan, Kundam and PHC at Barela etc. Sources in the department claimed that the State Health Department will soon fix a date to start recruitment process by conducting call direct interview. List of aspirant candidates will be shortlisted on basis of merits, then interview call will be sent to shortlisted candidates for interview. The entire recruitment process will be completed within two months.

Nearly 50 per cent of medical officers’ posts are still vacant at various community health centres and primary health centres in Jabalpur District.

This has emerged as a major reason of degradation of health services in rural areas and execution of various government beneficiary schemes is badly affected. It is noted that posts of orthopaedics, ophthalmologist is vacant at Shahpura CHC, while post of orthopaedics, physician are vacant at Patan, orthopaedics at Sihora.

Besides this, post of surgical specialist is vacant in other CHCs in the district. As post of gynecologist, pediatrician are filled through special funds allocated under National Rural Health Mission in CHC, but due to shortage of funds and lethargic approach of some officials concerned post of other streams are not fulfilled over period. In absence of doctors many patients are compelled to shift to District Hospital and Tertiary Medical Centre.

This has put additional burden on patients, who are treated at CHC and PHC level. As per information, 20-30 posts of paramedical and nursing staff, 3 posts out of 8 medical officers’ posts are still lying vacant at city dispensary, besides this more than 60 per cent posts of specialist doctors are vacant in 5 community health centres (CHC), 21 primary health centres (CHC) in the district.

Medical facilities in rural areas are badly hampered in recent years after large number of doctors retired over the years. Serious efforts are not being made to recruit doctors against vacant posts after retirement. Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr B S Chouyhan said recruitment process will definitely help to improve health services in rural areas.

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Tragic End: Pall of gloom descends over Thakkar Gram

IT WAS the saddest day in the history of Thakkar Gram when funeral procession of 10 people was taken out on Tuesday. Along with bereaved family members, entire locality mourned the tragic deaths ... Read More
IT WAS the saddest day in the history of Thakkar Gram when funeral procession of 10 people was taken out on Tuesday. Along with bereaved family members, entire locality mourned the tragic deaths of 11 people who met watery grave during a picnic at Bagdari in Patan area. Funeral procession of 10 people was attended by a mammoth gathering of residents with tears in eyes. Passers-by who witnessed the funeral procession were teary eyed by recalling tragedy of Badgari.

Entire market of Thakkar Gram remained closed and residents in large numbers gathered on streets discussing the tragic incident and untimely death of innocent people. Several persons met family members of deceased and consoled them and prayed the Almighty to grant strength to the bereaved family members to bear the pain of the irreparable loss.

It may be recalled that 11 out of 27 members of a group went for a picnic at Bagdari on August 4 and were drowned in flood waters of Hiren river. The rescue team of Police and Home Guards fished out eight bodies the same day, while two more bodies were fished out on Tuesday. The search operation continued till late evening on Tuesday for one more missing child. Post-mortem of 11 bodies was carried out at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital and were handed over to the family members. The funeral procession commenced from Thakkar Gram area and burial procession was conducted till late evening at Mandi Madar Tekri graveyard. On the other hand, teams of police and Home Guard continued their search for the missing child in downstream of Hiren river throughout the day. District administration has assured the family members of deceased to provide all possible assistance and has declared relief amount of Rs 1.5 lakh per deceased to the family members.

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Milk samples taken from Rajgarh due to complaints

In some districts, milk has been found adulterated and many milk samples earlier tested synthetic. Bhopal Dugdh Sangh had earlier stopped taking milk from such milk co-operative societies. Now, r... Read More
In some districts, milk has been found adulterated and many milk samples earlier tested synthetic. Bhopal Dugdh Sangh had earlier stopped taking milk from such milk co-operative societies. Now, receiving complaints from Rajgarh, D S Dhakad, Food Inspector collected samples from a milk co-operative society on Monday evening to check adulteration. Samples were sent for testing. The Food and Drugs Control Administration has asked lab authorities to perform adulteration test on suspected milk soon so that action may be taken against the farmers who supplied milk to the co-operative societies. After a long time, Food Department paid attention to adulterated milk or synthetic milk supplied to the Dugdh Sangh. It is also raising questions over the testing of the milk at the co-operative societies from where the Dugdh Sangh is collecting milk everyday. When contacted, D S Dhakad, Food Inspector said that milk samples were collected from Rajgarh as he had charge of Rajgarh district also. There was suspicion of adulteration and the milk samples were sent to the lab for testing and asked to send testing report soon, he said. When contacted, Alam Khan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), said Bhopal Dugdh Sangh would ban such milk co-operative societies if its milk was found adulterated. Hemraj Yadav, Director, Bhopal Dugdh Sangh, in-charge of Rajgarh district, said that he would see if the milk was adulterated. “We will stop taking milk from such milk societies. We have banned many milk co-operative societies earlier,” he said. Yadav said that chances of adulteration or synthetic milk were less due to testing of the milk at the milk collection centres.

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Lady constable of CISF tries to commit suicide

A lady constable of CISF shot herself at quarters guard near state hanger in Gandhi Nagar police station area on Tuesday noon. She was rushed to hospital in serious condition for treatment wher... Read More
A lady constable of CISF shot herself at quarters guard near state hanger in Gandhi Nagar police station area on Tuesday noon. She was rushed to hospital in serious condition for treatment where her condition is said to be stable. Police are waiting to record her statement to reach bottom of case.

Sensation spread at quarter guard (used to keep fire arms) when CISF lady constable Ritu Kumari shot herself in stomach with 9 mm pistol during duty hour. She had become unconscious after sustaining the bullet injury in stomach and she was immediately rushed to a nearest private hospital for treatment.

“CISF’s lady constable Ritu Kumari shot herself in stomach at quarters guard. She had been admitted in hospital for treatment. As she is undergoing treatment, hence we have not taken her statement so far. Reason behind the incident, which occurred at 1.45 pm, was, so far, unknown as victim has not recorded the statement,” said in charge of Gandhi Nagar police station, Jitendra Patel to ‘The Hitavada’.

When asked that it may be also possible that she might have sustained bullet injury after pistol went off accidentally, SHO of Gandhi Nagar police station, Jitendra Patel said that, so far, news coming is this that she herself had shot.

SP north Arvind Saxena said to ‘The Hitavada’ that CISF lady constable Ritu Kumari has undergone two operations and she is in ICU and her condition is critical. Her family living in Moradabad has been informed about the incident. Her father is coming to Bhopal on Wednesday and his statements would be recorded. “ It is possible that she had shared some problems with parents. We are also waiting that she should be able to give the statement which would shed light on the incident,” added Arvind Saxena. Efforts were made to contact CISF officials but could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. But it is learnt that CISF officials are tight-lipped over the incident and no one is coming on record to speak on the incident.

In the meantime, sources informed that victim Ritu Kumar hails from Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh and had joined CISF in 2009. The mystery surrounding the incident would get clear only when she is able to give the statement. However, it is being said that she was under depression for past few days.

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Lokayukta police raid on Krishi Mandi Secy, assets worth Rs 5 crore seized

Gwalior Lokayukta police conducted raid against Krishi Upaj Mandi Secretary in Berad in Shivpuri and unearthed disproportionate assets on Tuesday. Gold and silver ornaments worth lakhs of rupees ... Read More
Gwalior Lokayukta police conducted raid against Krishi Upaj Mandi Secretary in Berad in Shivpuri and unearthed disproportionate assets on Tuesday. Gold and silver ornaments worth lakhs of rupees were recovered in raid. Besides this, document related to immovable properties including several acres of agriculture land, house, two plots were seized. Cost of unearthed property is yet to be assessed but it is assumed that market price could be around Rs 5 crore or more than this.

DSP of Gwalior Lokayukta police, Surendra Sharma informed to ‘The Hitavada’ that house of Yogendra Bhargava, Secretary in Krishi Upaj Mandi in Berad, was raided on the basis of complaint that he had amassed disproportionate assets. The raid revealed that he had purchased around 50 bigha agriculture land at the registry cost of Rs 1.12 crore. Apart from this, 6 kg silver items including utensils and ornaments and gold ornament of around 15 kg were also found in the raid. Likewise, LIC policies of 2.77 lakh were found apart from cash Rs 97,000.

Bank saving of accused officer is said to be Rs 5 lakh. Accused also has a two storey building at AB road in Kolaras. “We have also searched the lockers of accused officer but they were empty. It looks that he had got whiff of raid in advance and emptied the lockers,” said the investigating officer. Lokayukta police sleuths also found two bikes, one four wheeler, two plots in posh area of Shivpuri in the raid.

Lokayukta police informed that accused joined the service of Nakedar in 1977 at a monthly pay of Rs 62 only. During his service period, he purchased land having registry cost of Rs 1.12 crore. In the total service period, he had drawn salary of Rs 23 lakh.

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Nirupam to hold meeting with Cong leaders in Katni today

Though campaign for by-polls on three seats of State would enter fast lane only after August 10 (Raksha-bandhan), Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are making efforts to boost the morale ... Read More
Though campaign for by-polls on three seats of State would enter fast lane only after August 10 (Raksha-bandhan), Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are making efforts to boost the morale of party cadre for polling scheduled on August 21.

BJP is looking assured while the Congress is expecting improved outcome in this by-poll after witnessing worst-ever poll debacle in November 2013 Vidhan Sabha polls and subsequent Lok Sabha elections. The process for by-polls on three seats of State, including Vijayraghavgarh and Bahoriband in Mahakoshal region and Aagar of Malwa region, is underway. Meanwhile, the Congress State In-Charge & AICC Secretary, Sanjay Nirupam would reach Katni on Wednesday morning to participate in the campaigning for Congress candidate in Vijayraghavgarh and Bahoriband. Nirupam would remain in State till August 21 and participate and monitor the campaign on all three seats going for by-polls.

Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Arun Yadav informed that Nirupam would hold meeting with the office-bearers and workers of Katni on Wednesday. Yadav would also be present in this meeting. Nirupam and Yadav would continue to stay in Katni till August 8. Both the leaders would also campaign for party candidates in Bahoriband and Vijayraghavgarh on August 6 and 8.

On the other hand, BJP has yet to declare the campaign schedule of top leaders for the by-polls. BJP is likely to speed up the campaign after Rakshabandhan. Party candidates and local leaders, however, already started the campaign in their respective areas.

General observers appointed for 3 Vidhan Sabha by-elections

Election Commission has appointed general observers for 3 Vidhan Sabha by-elections to be held in Madhya Pradesh on August 21. They will be present till counting on August 25. Rajiv Shankar of Indian Administrative Service has been appointed as general observer for Vidhan Sabha constituency number 92-Vijayraghavgarh in Katni district.

His mobile numbers are 8435266144 and 9425389672. The mobile number of liaisoning officer of the general observer A K Mishra is 9479909756. Bihar State Administrative Service officer Chitranjan Kumar (mobile number 9472745001) has been appointed as general observer for Vidhan Sabha constituency number 94-Bahoriband in the same district. The mobile number of his liaisoning officer K S Bhadoria is 8815107007 and fax number of the general observer is 07622-221910. The commission has appointed IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre P S Reddy general observer for Vidhan Sabha constituency number 166-Agar Malwa. His official mobile number is 08469244455, local mobile number 09425013441 and landline & fax number is 07362-260105.

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Light showers drench State capital for entire day

Monsoon activities have once again revived in Madhya Pradesh and there was widespread rainfall in State on Tuesday. Rains were bountiful in eastern region of State and western parts, including ... Read More
Monsoon activities have once again revived in Madhya Pradesh and there was widespread rainfall in State on Tuesday. Rains were bountiful in eastern region of State and western parts, including Bhopal, received less rainfall. Bhopal had received light showers throughout the day. Weather Department has issued warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places of Sagar, Shahdol and Jabalpur divisions in next 48 hours. Some places of Indore, Ujjain and Rewa divisions are expected to receive heavy rains. The sky was cloudy in State capital from morning hours onwards. Drizzling, that commenced from morning hours, lasted till evening hours. In middle, drizzling transformed into light showers. Till evening, Bhopal had received rainfall of 15 mm. Till filing of the story, light rains were occurring in State capital. Weather Department said a depression was on eastern Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and it was causing good rainfall in eastern region. Some places have been battered by heavy rains in eastern Madhya Pradesh. Rains in western Madhya Pradesh are not as strong as in eastern region. Bhopal is likely to get light showers even on Wednesday. According to the Weather Department, during evening hours, many places received good rains including Betul (29 mm), Rajgarh (59 mm), Jabalpur (28 mm), Ujjain (32 mm), Indore (14 mm), Damoh (20 mm), Tikamgarh (28 mm), Khandwa (10 mm), etc. Till 8.30 am, many parts were battered by heavy rains including Karera (22 cm), Sidhi (18 cm), Pichore (17 cm), Tikamgarh (16 cm), Kotma (12 cm), Guna (10 cm), Amarkantak (8 cm), Udaipura (7 cm), Depalpur (5 cm), etc. In other words, after a brief halt, monsoon has once again revived in entire Madhya Pradesh. The revived monsoon system is expected to give good rainfall in next two days.

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People should understand ‘Brain Death’ and allow organ donation: Dr Wankhede

The need to observe Organ Donation Day on August 6, emphasizes the importance and the need of organ donation by fellow human beings. Organs can be donated by living persons (one kidney, part li... Read More
The need to observe Organ Donation Day on August 6, emphasizes the importance and the need of organ donation by fellow human beings. Organs can be donated by living persons (one kidney, part liver, lungs and pancreas). However live donors cannot meet the requirement of these life saving organs. Organ Donation Day is to enlighten people to understand ‘Brain Death’ from whom several life saving organs can be obtained. This is a routine practice in the developed country where over 90% of organs are taken from brain dead persons. In our country the number is less than 2%. Even this figure is largely due to most donations are carried out in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

The reason for the pathetic scenario are unawareness amongst general public as well as the medical fraternity, religious, adverse media reporting leading to mistrust in medical services or simply the less charitable nature of Indians. Tamil Nadu once known for notorious kidney selling racket has worked towards becoming the best state for Deceased Organ Donation in the country. We surely can learn from their expertise. The credit goes to the serious concern of the State Government together with contribution of MOHAN Foundation, countries largest not-for-profit, non-governmental organization started to promote organ donation in 1997 in Chennai, pointed Dr Ravi Wankhede, member of Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC).

“A few sections of the rules are confusing and the clauses are too wordy and unnecessarily lengthy, while organ retrieval requires registration of a hospital but ‘Tissue Retrieval’ requires no registration, during organ retrieval in brain death situation, post-mortem doctor to be present in operation theatre, requirement of Transplant coordinator to give hospital a license for undertaking transplantation, more authorization committees to be formed and its format have been laid down, certification of brain death possible by Intensive care doctors and anesthetists', required request for donation a must in case brain death declared, tissue donation will not need a doctor”, said Dr Wankhede.

Dr Anup Marar, Director, Orange City Hospital and Research Centre said, "At least more than 5 lakhs of the Indians are dying every year just because of the failure of their major functioning organs anytime. They still want to live their life as they are not fully satisfy with their life and want to live more but just because of the natural calamities they are unable to do so. The organ transplantation could play a major role in their beautiful life by increasing their period of living a life more than expectations.”

A novel idea of fulfilling social commitment!

Two unique cases have been done in Wockhardt hospital. In one case, a medical practioner donated kidney to an unknown person and another case is of unique cadaver transplant. A pathologist by profession, Dr KIshor Mohril has decided to donate kidney first to the needy patient with whom it matches. His wife Dr Lata too was with him. The Mohrils also discussed this idea with some of their doctor friends. "I told them to find out any such needy patient", but initially there was no expected response”. After a considerable search for a suitable recipient he found one in Neha, a resident of Shivajinagar, who was suffering from kidney failure. Dr Kishor's brother Kiran said "I was aware of his decision, but came to know about it only when Kishore telephoned me from the hospital", he said. Kiran has also pledged to donate his body to the medical college. 1st Successful Cadaver Kidney Transplant of the Region Performed at WockhardtWockhardt Hospitals. Wockhardt Hospitals Nagpur did the first Cadaver Transplant first time in Central India. Both the kidneys of a18 years old deceased donor was transplanted to a 28 year old man and a 25 year old woman patient. The surgery was performed by expert team of Doctors at Wockhardt- Dr.Sanjay Kolte-Renal Transplant Surgeon, Dr.Sameer Choubey- Nephrologist, Dr.Sarita Joglekar -Anesthetist and others. K. Sujatha, Centre Head, Wockhardt Hospitals, said, "Approximately the number of transplants per year in India is in the range of 3,000-3,500, with barely 5% coming from the brain-dead.

The annual requirement is about 150,000. Hence all efforts must be made to sensitize general public about organ transplant of a brain dead patient to save as many lives as possible”

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Good news: Ground water level satisfactory in Nagpur division

The overall underground water level in Nagpur division has increased as per the readings taken by Groundwater Survey and Development Agency (GSDA) in the observation wells in July 2014. There a... Read More
The overall underground water level in Nagpur division has increased as per the readings taken by Groundwater Survey and Development Agency (GSDA) in the observation wells in July 2014. There are only three tehsils in Chandrapur district - Pombhurna, Koparna and Nagbhir - where the water level has gone down by a little over one metre. GSDA takes readings of water levels in 621 observation wells situated in the division consisting of Nagpur, Bhandara, Gondia, Wardha, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts in October, January, March and May every year. However, due to dry spell causing anxiety in June this year, the higher authorities of GSDA asked the officials concerned to take special readings of the levels in the division to know water status underground. The officials tallied July figures of the levels with the readings taken in May as usual. They found that raise in water level by two to three metres in Bhiwapur in Nagpur district, Dhanora in Gadchiroli district and Salekasa in Gondia district. The figures reveal that ground water level has increased by one to two metres at 14 tehsils in the division. Such tehsils include: Kamptee, Parseoni, Umrer in Nagpur district, Karanja in Wardha district, Mohadi, Sakoli, and Paoni tehsils of Bhandara district, Arjuni-Morgaon, Deori, Goregaon and Tiroda in Gondia district, Kurkheda, Gadchiroli and Bhamragad in Gadchiroli district. Not a single tehsil from Chandrapur district registered rise in the level even upto half a metre. In fact, the comparative study shows decrease in the level in as many as 13 tehsils of the total of 15 in this district. This was disclosed by Dr V K Pakhmode, Senior Geologist, GSDA, Nagpur, while talking to 'The Hitavada' here on Tuesday. He said that special readings of levels in different observation wells had been taken to get an idea as to what would be the situation in the next summer, if rains played a hide-and-seek game. However, there is no scarcity of underground water, even after taking into consideration pumping out of water by rural masses during summer months. In view of good rains last year, the levels had generally gone up in the division and now there is no cause for worry, Pakhmode pointed out. The average rainall in Nagpur division is 1161 mm. As per the Agriculture Department website the division has recorded 494 mm rainfall from June one till today, the percentage being 42.5. Shilpa Janak, Junior Geologist, was present during discussion.

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Tehsildars also join indefinite strike of Revenue Department employees

The work of hearings on various appeals and regular administrative functioning including issuance of different certificates through Setu Kendra has been affected with the ongoing indefinite str... Read More
The work of hearings on various appeals and regular administrative functioning including issuance of different certificates through Setu Kendra has been affected with the ongoing indefinite strike of Revenue Department employees. The problems got compounded with Tehsildars and Naib Tehsildars also joining the strike on Tuesday, the fifth day of the strike.

In Nagpur Division, over 90 per cent of Class III and Class IV employees are on strike. In Nagpur district, Kotwals also will join the strike from Wednesday. To press for their long-pending demands, Revenue Department employees have decided to continue with the strike on Wednesday also, but they will participate along with their family members. Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has called a meeting with the unions of Revenue Department employees, in Mumbai, on Wednesday.

As far as Nagpur Division is concerned, 99 per cent of Class IV employees and over 90 per cent of Class III staffers are on strike. Collector offices at Nagpur, Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, and Wardha wore a deserted look with only top officers in their cabins and clerical staff on strike. In Divisional Commissionerate at Nagpur also, almost all the sections were without regular action. Even most of the peons were on strike. An officer told ‘The Hitavada’ that there was no clerk available to compile the information sought by senior officers at Mumbai. In Nagpur district, of a total 519 Class III employees, 24 were on leave and 400 were on strike. Similarly, of a total 222 employees in Bhandara district, 208 were on strike. In the Naxal-affected Gadchiroli district, all 248 Class III employees and 110 Class IV staffers were on strike. Divisional Commissionerate at Nagpur has 84 Class III employees and 29 Class IV staffers. Of these, 73 and all 29 have participated in the strike.

Already, Rajya Sarkari Karmachari Madhyavarti Sanghatana and Maharashtra Rajya Tehsildar Va Naib Tehsildar Sanghatana have extended their support to Revenue Department employees in the strike that commenced from August 1. Now, Castribe Mahsool Karmachari Sanghatana also has extended its support.

According to Gopal Itankar, Nagpur Divisional President of Maharashtra Rajya Mahsool Karmachari Sanghatana, with Tehsildars and Naib Tehsildars joining in, the strike has gained more strength. Castribe Mahsool Karmachari Sanghatana office-bearers including Ruprao Ukey, Divisional President; Ravindra Raibole, District President; Arvind Shetye, Dharmesh Fusate, Baban Taywade, Anand Madavi and others also lent their support.

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Tribals take out ‘Adhikar Morcha’, oppose inclusion of Dhangar in ST

The atmosphere over demand for inclusion of Dhangar community in Scheduled Tribes (ST) list, gained more heat with the tribals taking out a huge ‘Adhikar Morcha’ and opposing the Dhangar co... Read More
The atmosphere over demand for inclusion of Dhangar community in Scheduled Tribes (ST) list, gained more heat with the tribals taking out a huge ‘Adhikar Morcha’ and opposing the Dhangar community’s demand.

The tribals wearing yellow caps took out a huge rally and moved towards Zero Mile. At Variety Square, the participants formed a big human chain covering the entire square from all sides. It brought to halt the traffic at the busy square, and traffic from Zero Mile had to be diverted to fly-over for some time. Prof Vasant Purke, Deputy Speaker in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, and MLA Anandrao Gedam also participated in the morcha and extended his support to the cause of tribals.

Later on, a delegation of Adiwasi Students’ Federation, Vidarbha, submitted a memorandum of demands to District Collector. The delegation comprised Sunil Dhurve, Virendra Achale, Dr Rajesh Kowache, Manoj Chikram, Gajanan Kumre, Mukesh Narote, Dr Sudhir Pandhre, Shivkumar Kokode, Dr Naresh Uikey, Dr Ashish Koreti and others.

The morcha was participated largely by students belonging to tribal community. They held placards reading ‘Fight for Right’, ‘Adiwasi Ekta Zindabad’ and the banners of Adiwasi Students’ Federation. All of them wore yellow caps. Some of the participants also rode the bullock cart. The leaders and participants raised slogans in support of their demands. The morcha was taken out close on the heels of ‘Dhikkar Morcha’ of Dhangar community last week.

According to Sunil Dhurve, President of Adiwasi Students’ Federation, and Gajanan Kumre, Secretary, ‘many non-tribal communities including Dhangar’ had started agitations to press for their inclusion in ST category. “Some of the opportunist political leaders have supported the demand of these communities and are mounting pressure on the Government. Tribal community is opposed to inclusion of Dhangar or other communities in ST category, as already many non-tribals or bogus tribals have taken advantage of the reservation meant for real tribals in ST category,” they said. If more communities are included in ST category, it will affect the rights of tribal students, they added.

The major demands of tribals who had taken out the morcha included non-inclusion of Dhangar or other communities in ST category; scrapping of Government Resolution (GR) dated June 15, 1995 granting protection to ‘bogus tribals’; caste scrutiny of employees working on posts reserved for tribals in Central Government and action against ‘bogus tribals’; correction in GR dated June 2, 2004, to filter out ‘bogus’ Mana tribe; effective implementation of GR dated May 18, 2013 and speedier disposal of legal cases; starting construction of ashramshala and hostels for tribal students; and making Caste Validity Certificate mandatory at the time of admissions to educational institutions and interviews for jobs etc.

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Complaints against Wasankar Wealth continue to pour in

Complaints against Wasankar Wealth Management Ltd continue to pour in at Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of Crime Branch. EoW have registered 103 complaints against Wasankar and company directors ... Read More
Complaints against Wasankar Wealth Management Ltd continue to pour in at Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of Crime Branch. EoW have registered 103 complaints against Wasankar and company directors and 20 complaints are still in pipe-line. Sources informed that flow of complaints would increase in coming days as investors are coming over initial inhibition about lodging of complaint fearing that cops would investigate source of income of investors. Liability of Wasankar towards investors has crossed Rs 25 crore against his assets of Rs 16 crore.

Sources informed that senior Army Officer, a very senior officer of Reserve Bank of India, PSU Bank officers, even very successful businessmen have also approached EoW to lodge complaint against Wasankar. In a very shocking information a retired top ranking officer of RBI had also invested crores of rupees in schemes of Wasankar. A colonel was also among the investors, who were duped by Wasankar, sources confirmed. Another aggrieved investor informed that Wasankar had great convincing ability. He first short-listed gullible targets and convinced them with various references. Surprisingly, investors had not cross checked information given by Wasankar and parked money in his schemes.

Wasankar’s demat service was costliest across country

During investigation, the EoW sleuths came across shocking violations by Wasankar wealth. He had rolled out demat account services with costliest rates. All major demat account players charge not more than 40 paisa for delivery. However, Wasankar used to charge Re 1 per for every Rs 100 transacted. It was costliest demat account service in the world, the sources confirmed. Total 3695 investors had opened demat account at Wasankar Wealth Management Ltd.

Wasankar and Choudhary to be produced in the court today

EoW will produce Prashant Wasankar and Abhijit Choudhary, Directors of Wasankar Wealth Management Ltd in the special court of MPID on Wednesday. Sources informed that EoW would demand custody for detailed investigation of the cases as Wasankar have not yet given information about all transactions. Cops are likely to interrogate two businessman of city for getting crores of rupees from Wasankar, sources confirmed.

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BJP workers oppose tickets to newcomers

The members of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have demanded to demand South Nagpur and Katol Assembly seats from Shiv Sena in Nagpur district. The party workers opposed ticket to newcomers in the... Read More
The members of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have demanded to demand South Nagpur and Katol Assembly seats from Shiv Sena in Nagpur district. The party workers opposed ticket to newcomers in the assembly elections. The women party workers also staked claim and demanded atleast two seats in Nagpur City and district.

A team of observers headed by Ashish Shelar, MLA and Mumbai City Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief, Atul Bhatkhalkar, Maharashtra General Secretary, Mayor and MLC Prof Anil Sole, City President Krishna Khopde, Shrikant Deshpande, Dr Upendra Kothekar and Ashok Mankar met party workers at Ravi Bhavan Nagpur on Tuesday. They accepted applications from party workers on all BJP seats and refused to entertain applications on seats given to Shiv Sena in last elections. Presently, BJP is contesting on 9 seats in district and 3 seats are given to Shiv Sena in alliance.

Ashish Shelar while taking to mediapersons said that they are in role of postman. They accepted applications from aspirants and collected name suggested by party workers and will submit to State Leadership for final call. Their role is very minimum in this process, he clarified.

Maximum 36 application received from North Nagpur, while only one name was suggested from South-West Assembly seat. The number of aspirants increased in Central Nagpur, West Nagpur, and only two aspirants demanded ticket from East Nagpur. The party workers unanimously suggested name of State President and sitting MLA Devendra Fadnavis from South-West Nagpur while two names- City President and sitting MLA Krishna Khopde and Subhash Kotecha came to fore from East Nagpur segment. Standing Committee Chief Narendra Borkar, Girish Vyas withdrew their names from East Nagpur seat.

South Nagpur has been given to Shiv Sena but party workers demanded seat back from it. NIT Trustee Dr. Ravindra Bhoyar, Ramesh Singare, Sudhakar Kohle, and Balwant Jichkar met Observers and submitted their letter. Prominent aspirants from North Nagpur are SC/ST Morcha City Chief Dharampal Meshram, Sandeep Gavai, former Deputy Mayor Sandeep Jadhav, Reena Kuttarmare, Madhusudan Gavai, Babli Meshram, Ramesh Wankhede and Vanita Rajkumar Tirpude. Sources claimed that BJP may give this seat to RPI (A) in ensuing assembly election.

Around 19 claimants are from Central Nagpur. Beside sitting MLA Vikas Kumbhare, the other claimaints are Girish Vyas, Ruling Party leader at NMC Pravin Datke, Dayashankar Tiwari, Archana Dehankar, Shripad Risaldar, Deepraj Pardikar, Deorao Umredkar, Pravin Bhisikar, Abdul Kadir, Guddu Trivedi, and Vandana Dhiwre are prominent claimants for this seat. Sitting MLA Sudhakar Deshmukh has claimed ticket from West Nagpur. The other 15 claimants are - Sameer Meghe, Parinay Fuke, Sandeep Jadhav, Navneet Singh Tuli, Ramesh Chopde, Rambhau Mahajan, Bhushan Singne Patil, Maya Iwnate, Baba Maind, Sumitra Lule, Jagdish Gwalbanshi, Sunil Agrawal, Prof. Vijay Kewalramani, Rajeshwar Singh, Abhay Dixit, Yadav, Aafi Khan, Shashikant Bodad. The party workers opposed ticket to new comer in the party.

Mahila Aghadi Chief Dr. Kirtida Ajmera and former Mayor Archana Dehankar have demanded to consider names of women for any two seats out of 9 seats of BJP in the district. They said, the party should honour women workers in the election as they are 50 per cent in the party. Former Standing Committee Chief Avinash Thakre, Chetana Tank, Raju Golhar, Vicky Kukreja, Pramod Pendke, Sanjay Bonde, Sanjay Bangale, Kishor Wankhede, Mohan Trivedi, Adv. Nitin Telgote, Panju Totwani, Nikita Paraye, Anupama Mishra, Sunita Yerne, Chandan Goswami, and others were present to support their leaders.

Former ZP President Ashok Dhote withdrew his name from aspirants and supported District President Dr. Rajiv Potdar from Saoner Assembly segment. The other 5 aspirants from Saoner are- Sonbaji Musale, Ramesh Mankar, Ashish Deshmukh, and Prakash Tekade. The two party workers claimed ticket from Hingana are- sitting MLA Vijay Ghodmare and ZP President Sandhya Gotmare. The only claimant from Kamptee is sitting MLA Chandrashekhar Bawankule, and three claimants from Umrer are- Sudhir Parve, Arvind Gajbhiye, Dr. Shirish Meshram.

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Mahagenco proposes to shut down 5 units citing coal shortage

The precarious power situation in Maharashtra may worsen in future as the generating utility, Mahagenco has proposed to shut down five of its older units due to non-availability of coal and to ... Read More
The precarious power situation in Maharashtra may worsen in future as the generating utility, Mahagenco has proposed to shut down five of its older units due to non-availability of coal and to divert the coal received for these units to newer plants. After blending of costly imported coal, the Mahagenco has proposed to pass on the burden to hapless consumers by effecting another tariff hike through backdoor citing increase in input cost.

The proposal has been submitted before the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) by Mahagenco seeking its permission for economical shut down of five units and statutory hearing is slated on Thursday. MERC had sought economical justification during last hearing held on June 19 and Mahagenco made this submission on July 19.

Mahagenco claimed that in financial year 2013-14 its domestic coal realisation has been 32.92 per cent less than required. For its 7980 MW thermal power plants, the Mahagenco requires 40.83 MMT coal but it got only 27.391 MMT coal leading to shortfall of 32.92% due to which coal storage quality is quite alarming.

In FY 2010-11 for 6730 MW production, Mahagenco sought 37.98 MMT domestic coal and got 32.25 MMT coal leading to 15.08% shortfall. In FY 2011-12, as against required 39.508 MMT domestic coal, the Mahagenco got only 29.58 MMT coal or almost 25.13% less than required to run its thermal power plants. The situation deteriorated further in 2012-13 when as against 41.96 MMT coal, only 30.055 domestic coal could be procured leading to a massive shortfall of 28.38%.

According to Mahagenco’s own application before the MERC, continuous decrease in coal receipt coupled with drop in quality of coal has resulted in drop in heat available for generation and low Plant Load Factor (PLF). According to Mahagenco, it has no option but to procure additional quantity of coal through e-auction or imports or temporarily keep some units under shutdown and use the coal available from the units to run the remaining units at higher loadability.

At present there are 29 operational coal based units, out of which 10 units are of capacity 250 MW and more and are relatively newer units. The remaining 19 units are of 210 MW capacity and are of older design. The operational efficiency of 250 MW and above capacity units is better than the 210 MW units and therefore for selection of units under temporary shutdown only 210 MW units were considered, Mahagenco claimed. For identification of 5 units amongst the 19 units of 210 MW, factors like age of the unit, actual heat rate of unit, average availability factor for last three years and current Machine loadability considering operational constraints were taken into account. The Mahagenco has identified one unit of Chandrapur, Bhusawal, Parli and two units of Koradi for economical shut down. The e-coal is meant for small consumers and in long run, Mahagenco can’t think of e-auction as sustainable alternative to fill in the coal gap. About imported coal, the Mahagenco claimed that additional quantity that can be procured considering technical constraints in blending imported coal with domestic coal is limited to 4.47 MMT.

Even if MSPGCL decides to procure higher quantity of imported coal, the additional quantity that can be procured is restricted due to the constraints on technical issues and restrictions of Blending imported coal with domestic coal and in Ocean logistics, railway traffic and transportation. Procurement of adequate imported coal will result into additional billing of Rs. 375 crores per month, Mahagenco stated and apprehended that considering current billing recovery position, additional billing will only lead to further deterioration of cash deficit position of generating utility. The distribution utility is presently paying Rs 1400 per month to Mahagenco as against Rs 1500 crore billed and this situation will worsen, if costly imported coal is used or e-auction coal is resorted to, Mahagenco claimed.

Power tariff will rise to Rs 3.55 per unit, the Mahagenco claimed and this will lead to tariff shock. The utility has tried to justify as to how closure of five old units will actually lead to efficient use of coal and negligible hike in electricity charges.

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Serving lifer, couple seeks transfer to open colony

Antariksha Ukey and his wife Kiran, undergoing life imprisonment awarded to them by the Sessions Judge, Nagpur, in a murder case on December 19, 2002 at the Central Jail, are trying hard for sh... Read More
Antariksha Ukey and his wife Kiran, undergoing life imprisonment awarded to them by the Sessions Judge, Nagpur, in a murder case on December 19, 2002 at the Central Jail, are trying hard for shifting to the Atpadi Open Colony for prisoners in Sangli district. Their two daughters are with them in jail. The couple has filed criminal writ petition. Responding to the petition, Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court have issued notice to the respondents - Superintendent, Central Jail, Nagpur; DIG, Prisons and Additional DGP and IG Prisons -to file reply to this petition in three weeks. During pendency of the appeal against the life sentence, the court had granted bail to Kiran for five years, till March 24, 2008. Though the court was assured by the police of favourable consideration of their application for transfer to open colony, as there has been no effective action, the restless couple has filed this petition. The petitioners have prayed for submission of names of the petitioners to the Selection Committee for consideration of their application to shift them from jail to open colony and till decision, their daughters should not be taken away from them. Advocate Deven Chauhan appeared for the petitioner - prisoners.

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Now, ‘find the target and hit it’ therapy to help cancer patients

Chemotherapy, the term is used in case of cancer patients. Wherever surgery is not applicable in case of cancer patients, Chemotherapy is given to them. In this therapy, drug is injected in the b... Read More
Chemotherapy, the term is used in case of cancer patients. Wherever surgery is not applicable in case of cancer patients, Chemotherapy is given to them. In this therapy, drug is injected in the body which kills cancer cells, but unfortunately it kills good cells also causing various problems to the patients. Now, after a lot of research in this field, doctors have come out with the Targeted Drug Delivery to remove this side-effect. It actually targets the molecule that is creating problem and hit it.

Dr P S Kadam Amare, Head of Cancer Cytogenetics Laboratory, Tata Memorial Hospital said, “This therapy is being applied in case of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). (CML is a type of cancer that starts in the blood-forming cells of the bone marrow and invades the blood. In CML, leukemia cells tend to build up in the body over time, but many people don’t have any symptoms for at least a few years). It only hits abnormal cell. Genetic marker needs to be identified then anti-protein element is to be hit.”

Targeted drug delivery, is a method of delivering medication to a patient in a manner that increases the concentration of the medication in some parts of the body relative to others. The goal of a targeted drug delivery system is to prolong, localise, target and have a protected drug interaction with the diseased tissue. This helps maintain the required plasma and tissue drug levels in the body, thereby preventing any damage to the healthy tissue via the drug. The advantages to the targeted release system is the reduction in the frequency of the dosages taken by the patient, having a more uniform effect of the drug, reduction of drug side-effects, and reduced fluctuation in circulating drug levels. Dr Anand Pathak, well-known Oncologist in Central India pointed, “Current theme is - ‘Find target and hit it’.

It is called precision medicine which means precisely drawn treatment plan for one particular individual cancer in that patient. It may not be applicable to other patient for the same cancer. This therapy is being applied not only in CML but lung, Ca Cervix, leukaemia other than CML, breast cancer.”

Most of the time Cancer is detected when it reaches last stage. There are no symptoms or signs through which we can predict Cancer. It is the general perception. But Dr Amare has something different to say. She said, “See, in case of breast cancer, woman can feel it if she does self check-up regularly and then go for mammography. Similarly, those suffering from mouth cancer can get it detected if they notice white spots inside mouth. Suppose somebody suffers from particular problems like difficulty in swallowing and if it persists then it should be investigated. It can be Cancer.”

Dr Pathak said, “Common public and general practitioners should be made aware of certain things. In many cases, general practitioners do not think of malignancy. The reluctance to go for investigation is causing problems. In our region the cancers of oral cavity, food pipe, breast, ca cervix are prevalent.”

‘Some cancers can be prevented from getting carried to next gen’

“Blood cancers are based on genetic biomarkers. Some diseases are hereditary or non-hereditary too. Gene comes from fore-fathers. Some abnormal genes are not expressed in forefathers and they penetrate in the child giving full malignancy. In such cases, if such patients survive then we can take precautions so that it should not be carried away to the next generation,” said Dr P S Kadam Amare.

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The main cause of Malin landslide is natural: GSI

While a debate is raging whether the killer landslide at village Malin in Pune district was caused by human activities or natural factors, a team of Geological Survey of India (GSI) has found tha... Read More
While a debate is raging whether the killer landslide at village Malin in Pune district was caused by human activities or natural factors, a team of Geological Survey of India (GSI) has found that main cause was natural.

“We are still conducting our inspections of the site but ongoing rescue operations and heavy rains have stopped us from visiting more sites around. But, on the basis of our findings so far, we can say that the main cause behind Malin landslide was natural,” Dr Asimkumar Saha, Deputy Director General (Central Region) of GSI, told ‘The Hitavada’ over telephone from Pune. A team of GSI scientists including two top scientists from Nagpur is camping in Pune to conduct further investigations into the incident.

Sharing the findings so far, Dr Saha said that the hill-slope at Malin was steep and soil column also was not very thick. Combined with excessive rainfall of 400-500 mm, the soil over hard rock got saturated with water. “It was not a rock fall. With excessive rainfall and flood, soil column over the rock got eroded and mud gushed towards the village,” said Dr Saha. Asked whether human interference played any role in the incident, Dr Saha said that there were no evidences of direct human interference. The incident could be attributed a little bit to human activity in the village, but the main cause is natural, he added.

The GSI team is camping in Pune and preparing for infrastructure near village Malin, so that a camp could be set up there for steady pace of investigation. Rains have stopped the team from proceeding to sites closer to the hill. “Day after tomorrow, our team will move to the site for further studies,” he said. The team that will be conducting further studies will be headed by Dr C D Singh, Superintending Geologist, who has a wide experience and expertise in landslide studies in North-Eastern region of the country. The team will comprise two GSI officers. Apart from Dr Saha, another senior scientist from Nagpur GSI who is camping in Pune is Dr Shekhar Sarkar, Deputy Director General.

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Aarti Borkar murder case: 4-day PCR for 3 accused

Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) court on Sunday remanded three persons -- arrested in connection with murder of Shiv Sena woman leader Aarti Borkar at Lalganj -- to four days of police custo... Read More
Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) court on Sunday remanded three persons -- arrested in connection with murder of Shiv Sena woman leader Aarti Borkar at Lalganj -- to four days of police custody.

The court sent three accused -- Sonu Khare, Vicky Khare and Surendra Kesarwani -- to police custody till August 6. Seeking seven days’ police custody, the police appealed the court that they require remand of the accused for interrogation and seizure of weapons used in the crime.

Aarti Anil Borkar (33) a resident of House No. 219, Raut Chowk, Panchpaoli and former Chief of Central Nagpur’s Women Wing of Shiv Sena was stabbed to death by the accused when she was walking down the road with her husband.

According to a senior police officer, the murder was a contract killing and Kesarwani had struck a deal of Rs 4 lakh with the accused to eliminate Aarti Borkar. While Kesarwani had given Rs one lakh advance, the balance payment was to be given after the job was done.

Following the murder, violence and arson erupted near Lalganj, Maskasath and Itwari. Police said, Aarti and her supporters had launched a campaign against some members of Kesarwani family allegedly engaged in selling adulterated chilly powder, spices and ‘chutney’. The Kesarwani family’s depot was sealed by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) authorities following a complaint by Aarti. Similarly, Aarti had also launched a successful campaign against kerosene mafia Ravi Khante and ensured action against him. Strict police bandobast continued in the violence-hit areas on Sunday.

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Adv Asif Qureshi is new chief of State Bar Council

Advocate Asif Qureshi has been unanimously elected as Chairman of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa. He was elected in the meeting of Bar Council held at Mumbai on Sunday afternoon.

Adv Qur... Read More
Advocate Asif Qureshi has been unanimously elected as Chairman of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa. He was elected in the meeting of Bar Council held at Mumbai on Sunday afternoon.

Adv Qureshi is ex-District Government Pleader and Public Prosecutor of Nagpur district court has become the youngest lawyer to have been become Chairman of the Bar Council. Qureshi contested the election of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa and is elected in first attempt with thumping majority representing 1.30 lakh lawyers all over Maharashtra.

Adv Qureshi has also served as Standing Counsel for Government of India for past four years and was Special Public Prosecutor for Atrocities Act and has conducted more than 500 cases. He is well-known practitioner on Civil and Criminal side at District, Labour, Co-Operative and High Court at Nagpur.

Son of a former Central Nagpur legislator Shaukat Quereshi, Adv Asif has attended several state and national level conferences and seminars on effective public speaking, leadership in action, time management etc. He was also ex-President of Nagpur Junior Chamber (Jaycees an Internationally affiliated Organisation in the year 1996) along with Zone Co-ordinator (PR) of Indian Junior Chamber (Jaycees) Zone IX in the year 1997. Official Zone Trainer of Indian Junior Chamber having conducted various courses like Brain Storming, Communication etc.

Adv Asif is also a member of Maharashtra Waqf Board and is associated with various social organisations. His election to the coveted post of Chairman of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa has been welcomed by the legal fraternity and various strata of the society.

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Nazul land holders get pre-poll gift from Govt

To regularise Nazul plots of Nagpur and Amravati division, the Maharashtra Government has amended earlier rules for regularising in change of user of plots. The notification issued recently by th... Read More
To regularise Nazul plots of Nagpur and Amravati division, the Maharashtra Government has amended earlier rules for regularising in change of user of plots. The notification issued recently by the State Government stated that the lessee, who had changed the user without prior permission of the competent authority, would be required to pay 25 per cent of then ready reckoner rates. The Nazul plot holders who want to change the user, now will be required to pay 12.50 per cent of present ready reckoner charges. The Government claimed that this would give great relief to user as then ready reckoner rates were quite less as compared to present rates.

Revenue Department of the State Government has issued notification before ensuing assembly elections to lure Nazul plot holders. It may be mentioned that the earlier order was opposed by State BJP President Devendra Fadnavis, Krishna Khopde, Sudhakar Deshmukh and others in State Assembly and has insisted that State Government must change it accordingly.

The State Cabinet took decision on July 7, 2014 and notification was issued on August 1, 2014. The decision will benefit 36,791 Nazul lease holders of Nagpur and Amravati. The decision regarding regularisation of plots was pending since years.

As per decision, the ground rent of lease plots on auction would be 0.10 per cent of ready reckoner for residential, 0.15 per cent of ready reckoner for commercial use for plot size upto 1000 sq fts, 0.20 per cent of ready reckoner for plot size between 1000 to 3000 sq fts, 0.25 per cent of ready reckoner for plot size between 3000 sq ft to 5000 sq ft, and 0.30 per cent of ready reckoner for plot size above 5,000 sq fts. The plot used for religious or social cause will have to pay 0.10 per cent of ready reckoner rates.

Earlier, the lease holders were paying heavy sum for regularisation of plots. As per earlier decision, if a plot holder transferred the lease to another person or change its use without permission of competent authority, then he/she had to pay fine to regularise it. This penalty is known as unearned income and it was 25 per cent of the market value of the property at the time when the plot holder submitted the application for regularisation.

As per present notification, the market value for 25 per cent unearned income would be considered on the basis of the date when the irregularity was committed. The plot holders will have to pay as per ready reckoner rates at the time of irregularity. In case documents pertaining to illegal transfer of lease are not available, such documents should be first registered and the market rate for unearned income would be the one prevailing on the date of the registration.

If any lease holder wants to change present use now, then he/she has to pay 12.50 per cent as unearned income of present ready reckoner rates. And if any lease holder change user or transfer lessee then they have to pay 50 per cent of present ready reckoner rates.

As per decision, the Government is likely to issue fresh directions about violation of agreement in near future. As per notification, no permission will be required for the renewal or transfer of land. The lease holder can take challan of unearned income for transfer of land and deposit it in Government treasury or concerned banks. The receipt of bank will be considered as document for transfer of land and Nazul department will take action accordingly. In case of change of use without permission has to be regularized by local body. However, if the concerned plot holder has a shop licence, gumasta licence or other relevant government documents then these will be considered as valid proofs for regularisation. The Government has given all rights to District Collector for regularisation of plots. The Collector can delegate his power to SDO also, the notification stated.

How it has been done ?

The State Government had amended Maharashtra Land Revenue Code (MRLC), 1966 which allows the Government to recover premium, charge or share of unearned income on sale, transfer, redevelopment, use of additional FSI, TDR and change of use of government land leased for various purpose. According to Revenue department, Nazul lands were leased for residential and commercial purposes in breach of lease conditions and hence before renewal, it must received a share of unearned income from lease holder.

However, following a draconian hike in Nazul rent and bitter legal controversy erupted following introduction of unearned income clause, the State Government had honoured the public sentiment and substantially diluted the clause.

Before this relaxation, the regularisation was possible only when Nazul lease land was obtained in an auction and when such lease agreement contained a clause to transfer such lease to other person. Now, the State Government has widened the scope of Nazul lease transfer and included another category that even if such Nazul land is obtained in auction, containing such condition for transfer or procured for a premium. This will make a large number of Nazul plot holders eligible to regularise their transaction. As most plots in Nagpur were obtained by auction they will definitely get benefit of this decision. However, the onus will be on the lease holder to demonstrate their eligibility.

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Hubby allegedly makes woman’s MMS for dowry

Mahila Thana Police on Wednesday registered dowry harassment case against husband and in-laws of a woman as she was allegedly subjected to cruelty for dowry. The victim in her complaint also st... Read More
Mahila Thana Police on Wednesday registered dowry harassment case against husband and in-laws of a woman as she was allegedly subjected to cruelty for dowry. The victim in her complaint also stated that her husband mixed intoxicating substance in her juice and captured her obscene pictures with his driver and threatened to circulate the pictures. However, the police have not included sections of IT Act and only dowry harassment case was registered till the last reports came in. The victim has been identified as Santoshi Manikpuri (22), wife of Tulsidas Manikpuri, a resident of Jawahar Nagar. Sources informed that the victim tied nuptial knot with the accused Tulsidas, who is posted as In-charge in Karanja Bhilai paddy storage center, on February 23, 2009 at Arya Samaj Raipur and the duo have two children Yaman (4) and Lubhash (7 months). Soon after the marriage, the accused started harassing his wife demanding dowry. The victim alleged that the accused has illicit relationships with several other women and as she objected to it, her husband assaulted him threatening to divorce her. Meanwhile, her in-laws including mother-in-laws Savitri Manikpuri (62) and Shivkumari also harassed her for dowry. Meanwhile, on complaint, Mahila Thana Police have registered an offence against the accused under section 498 (A)-34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and are investigating further.

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Mahadev temple priest drowns while bathing at river Kharun

In yet another incident of drowning in the span of three days, another young man met watery grave into the river Kharun at Mahadeo Ghat on Wednesday. Deceased Rupesh Pandey was a priest at the Maha... Read More
In yet another incident of drowning in the span of three days, another young man met watery grave into the river Kharun at Mahadeo Ghat on Wednesday. Deceased Rupesh Pandey was a priest at the Mahadev Temple.

DD Nagar Police informed that Rupesh Pandey, who was basically a resident of Bhatapara, was living here at Sarona for last some months. He was a priest of the famous Mahadev temple. Bathing in the river Kharun was the routine of Rupesh Pandey, who was said to be an expert in swimming. On the fateful day at around 12:00 pm, Rupesh went on a routine bath in the river but on this occasion he chose the wrong place that is the anicut.

After the previous incident, when young man was drowned in the same river, Administration has deployed divers and police personnel at the Ghat. As Rupesh was diving into the river, police personnel and locals tried to persuade him not to do so as the water level was quite high and stream was strong but he didn’t listen to anyone.

He jumped off the anicut on two occasions and came out safely on both the occasion but when he chose to take the third chance; he had already extended his luck to the maximum. He took the third plunge into water and caught into the vortex and strong undercurrent of the water near anicut that sucked him inside the water. Around 7 to 8 divers jumped into the water to rescue the man but as the water current were too strong, they give up their efforts, denying entering the deep water.

They said current is too strong and they could also get sucked inside the anicut. Once the stream will settle down to the safe level, divers would make another attempt to recover the body of Rupesh Pandey on Thursday.

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‘Jail Deptt fails to disburse Bandi compensation to prisoners’ family’

The Audit Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India relating to the General, Social and Economic (Non-PSUs) Sectors in accordance with the provision of Article 151 of the Constitution... Read More
The Audit Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India relating to the General, Social and Economic (Non-PSUs) Sectors in accordance with the provision of Article 151 of the Constitution of India revealed many lacunae in the implementation of various government schemes. During one such revelation, the CAG pointed out non-disbursement of Bandi (prisoner) compensation to the family members of victims by the Home (Jail) Department.

The CAG informed that a committee consisting of District Magistrate (Chairman), Superintendent of Police (Member) and Superintendent of Jail (Member-Secretary) has been made for the disbursement of such funds to the victims under every Central Jail. CAG revealed that in the five years (2008-2013), these committees could not hold even five meetings, which should have been called every three months. In the last five years, one meeting was held in Bilaspur, four meetings in Durg, three in Jagdalpur and four meetings in Raipur against scheduled 20 meetings.

Scrutiny of records (May 2013) pertaining to “Bandi Compensation” (50 percent of wages earned by convicted prisoners) of all the five Central Jails including Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur, Jagdalpur and Ambikapur for the period 2008-09 to 2012-13, revealed accumulation of Bandi Compensation in PD Account, non-holding of quarterly meeting of the Committee as per norms, lack of co-ordination between Police and Jail authorities for identification of victims, discrepancies in management of fund and its accounting.

Rule 36A of the Madhya Pradesh Jail Manual (Manual), as adopted by Government of Chhattisgarh, stipulates that 50 per cent of the wages earned in a month by the convicted prisoner will be deposited and kept in a separate general fund for disbursement to the victims or dependent family members of the victims affected by such offence caused by the convicted prisoners. Further, Rule 647(A) and (B) of Manual stipulates that a general fund will be created in each district to deposit 50 per cent of wages earned by all convicted prisoners every month. The fund will be deposited in the Personal Deposit Account (PD Account) opened jointly in the name of District Magistrate and Superintendent of Jail concerned will be administered by a committee consisting of District Magistrate (Chairman), Superintendent of Police (Member) and Superintendent of Jail (Member-Secretary).

CAG informed that scrutiny of records of Central Jail at Ambikapur, Bilaspur, Durg, Jagdalpur and Raipur revealed that Bandi compensation amounting to Rs 4.64 crore (as of 31 March 2013) were lying un-disbursed to the victims and kept in the PD Account. It was noticed that 5749 compensation payment cases in five Central Jails (Ambikapur- 2964, Bilaspur-896, Durg-557, Jagdalpur-219 and Raipur-1134) were pending due to non-identification victims as on March 31, 2013.

Instances of non-reconciliation of account and parking of funds outside the PD Account were also noticed. Further, non-holding of quarterly meeting of the Committee resulted in the failure of the department to monitor distribution of compensation to the victims or dependent family members of the victims.

As reported by the department, Central Jails transfer compensation to District and Sub Jails of the area where crime took place. Superintendents of Jails, through Superintendent of Police, sends letters to Police stations where the case was registered for identification of victims or dependent family members of the victims. After identification, the compensation is either distributed through the Police Station where the case was registered or the compensation is directly disbursed to the identified victims or their dependent family members by District and Sub Jails concerned.

Government stated (September 2013) that identification work of the victims was done by the concerned police stations. After the event took place, the victims change their residence which makes it difficult for the police department to trace out the victims. Until and unless the identification report of the victims reached the concerned Jail Superintendent, the disbursement of the compensation cannot be made.

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‘Tourism Board’s failure in preparing plan responsible for non-complition of motels’

The Audit Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India relating to the General, Social and Economic (Non-PSUs) Sectors in accordance with the provision of Article 151 of the Constituti... Read More
The Audit Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India relating to the General, Social and Economic (Non-PSUs) Sectors in accordance with the provision of Article 151 of the Constitution of India revealed many lacunae in the implementation of various government schemes. During one such revelation Audit observed that inadequate planning at initial stages and subsequent changes in scope of work at post tender stage led to delay, cost overrun and non-completion of the motels.

Failure of the Chhattisgarh Tourism Board (CTB) to prepare a comprehensive plan for operation of these motels led to delay in invitation of tender, non-handing over the motels even after tender and idling of motels besides loss of revenue. Also the CTB which was responsible for development of the basic tourism facility and to increase tourist inflow in Chhattisgarh failed to do so. The CTB did not maintain any record relating to tourist inflow in the State.

Scrutiny of records of the CTB revealed inadequate planning led to delay in completion of motels, extra cost and avoidable expenditure, lack of comprehensive planning for utilization of motels, delay in handing over of the motels and non-recovery of lease amount.

Administrative approval of Rs 14.24 crore for construction of 18 motels was accorded by the Tourism Minister cum President of CTB in January 2005 and tenders for construction of motels were invited in March 2005 by CTB. Work orders were issued to the contractors between September 2005 and October 2006 for completion within 10 months including rainy season. The 18 motels were being constructed at Bhatagaon (Dhamtari), Chadirama & Sontarai (Sarguja), Chirguda (Koriya), Haram (Dantewada), Konkona (Korba), Kondatarai (Raigarh), Kulipoda (Jangir Champa), Khapri (Durga), Kampa & Sirpur (Mahasamund), Kendri and Rajim (Raipur), Kondagaon & Tirathgarh (Bastar), Nathianawagaon (Kanker), Tumdibod (Rajnandgaon) and Sargaon (Bilaspur).

The drawing and designs were revised after award of work considering the technical requirement of site conditions such as change in plinth level, staircase, roof design etc. Besides this, the scope of work was also changed as per instructions issued by the higher authorities of the CTB. Due to the above changes, cost of the work was revised (July 2008) from Rs 14.24 crore to Rs 28.96 crore.

Thus, improper assessment of the requirement in planning stage and subsequent changes in drawing and design at post tender stage not only led to delay in completion of motels and but also resulted in extra cost of Rs 10.14 crore besides avoidable escalation payment of Rs 1.41 crore to the contractors.

On this being pointed out in audit, the Government stated (January 2014) that some additions and alternations for the improvement and betterment of the on going constructions of Motels were done. These changes took place with a view to make the motels suitable and useful for the tourists. Regarding payment of price escalation, it was stated (January 2014) that price escalation was included at the last stage in the revised estimate due to increase in the cost of construction materials viz. cement, steel, POL, labour etc. and as per PWD Manual, the sanction of revised estimates was given by the Board of Directors (CTB).

The reply confirms that improper assessment of the requirements at the planning stage necessitated frequent changes in the scope of work at post tender stage and this led to delay in completion, extra cost and avoidable expenditure. Moreover, the achievement of objective of the CTB to attract the tourists through providing better infrastructure facilities could not be ensured.

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Jogi opens front against R’gaon ASP; gheraoes Kotwali with supporters

In an unexpected turn of events, former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi led over hundred of his supporters to stage gherao of Kotwali police station in Rajnandgaon demanding FIR against Shashi Mohan S... Read More
In an unexpected turn of events, former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi led over hundred of his supporters to stage gherao of Kotwali police station in Rajnandgaon demanding FIR against Shashi Mohan Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), who reportedly arrested Youth Congress leader Mehul Maru. The situation had become tense around Kotwali police station as Superintendent of Police (SP) Dr Sanjeev Shukla himself led around 300 police personnel to provide security cordon to Kotwali police station.

Jogi’s supporters raised slogans against police and eventually Yogesh Tiwari and Subodh Haritwal led a delegation of 15 party workers to talk to Rajnandgaon SP Dr Sanjeev Shukla inside the Kotwali police station. The talks resulted in Dr Shukla accepting a written complaint against ASP Singh by YC workers Deepak Yadav and Vinay Jha. Dr Shukla also assured the Congress workers that appropriate action would be taken within 21 days. Jogi himself kept waiting outside Kotwali police station as talks progressed. Later, Jogi returned to Raipur with his supporters.

Earlier, Jogi spoke to Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and wrote to IG, Durg Range to complain against ASP Shashi Mohan Singh. He briefed the media both in Raipur and Rajnandgaon explaining that YC leader Mehul Maru was opposing suspicious chit fund companies and was arrested incorrectly by police. He said that Congress has been opposing chit fund companies as they have been duping people of their hard earned money but it seems that State is not keen to act against them.

Meanwhile, talking to The Hitavada, ASP Shashi Mohan Singh said that he acted within the framework of law and that he would continue to take action against complaints filed.

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Implementation of Food Security Act in C’garh unconstitutional, alleges Baghel

Alleging that the entire implementation of Food Security Act 2013 by state government is unconstitutional, Chhattisgarh Congress President Bhupesh Baghel demanded the Ministers to tender their re... Read More
Alleging that the entire implementation of Food Security Act 2013 by state government is unconstitutional, Chhattisgarh Congress President Bhupesh Baghel demanded the Ministers to tender their resignation on moral grounds. Baghel alleged that the regulations formulated for the implementation of the Food Security Act 2013 were neither tabled in Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha nor were they officially approved from Governor.

Baghel, addressing media-persons in Congress Bhawan, alleged that while Food Security Act 2013 was announced and presented before Vidhan Sabha and a formal gazette notification was also published with the permission of Governor, the mandatory part of formulating regulations on how the act will be implemented was never presented in Vidhan Sabha and was also not officially approved by Governor.

He said that the state government was in hurry to implement the Food Security Act because it was eyeing electoral gains and deliberately missed out of critical approvals because of which entire process stands unconstitutional. He said that state Congress would submit a memorandum to the Governor Balramji Dass Tandon on the issue urging him to summon explanation from state government and would also take up the matter in court.

Baghel demanded that state government should clarify on this serious lapse that has put question mark over the entire ration card process. He said that departmental officials drafted a manual as to how the ration cards would be made even when this remains prerogative of state cabinet. Baghel said that Food department officials as also the District Collectors implementing the scheme also need to explain as to why they initiated this scheme despite the fact that it was unconstitutional, right from the start. Baghel alleged the whole ration card exercise from year 2013 as scam which is of larger proportion than Fodder scam.

It’s a new ‘Nautanki’ of Congress: BJP

Bharatiya Janata Party State Vice-President Sachidanand Upasne while coming down heavily on CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel for criticizing Food Security Act and termed his allegations that ration card scam is bigger than the infamous ‘Fodder Scam’, as new ‘Nautanki’ of State Congress leaders and asked as to why these Congressmen were silent when the Congress led United Progressive Alliance government was directly indulged in Coalgate, CWG, 2G Spectrum etc scams worth lakhs of crores.

Upasne said, Chhattisgarh was the first state in the country which had implemented Food Security Act for poor while the Congress led UPA government failed to do so although they were in government for a long time. Adding that the Congress party in Chhattisgarh which remains aloof and negligent from local issues Upasne said Congress which indulges in misleading and tell untruths to the people do not have the moral right to criticize the state government. Upasne further stated that the state government is canceling those cards which have been allocated extra to a family.

It is also ensuring that actual beneficiary is not affected in the cancellation drive. Necessary guidelines has been issued to the officials to initiate impartial enquiry before cancellation of a ration card and do the same if required only after calling claims and objections. Congress which was issue less since last ten years, is now trying to cash from the rationalization of ration cards keeping in view the forth coming urban bodies election.

Upasne said, State Government in spite of such baseless criticism will be successful in the implementation of a transparent Public Distribution System. He said for saving their mere existence, the Congress is shouting on issues like ration card, paddy bonus and increasing of paddy MSP. He said for ten years there was Congress rule and their former state President was Union Minister of State for Agriculture, let the Congress tell what steps were taken towards increasing the paddy MSP.

Bharatiya Janata Party State General Secretary and Spokesperson Shivratan Sharma and Secretary and Spokesperson Sanjay Shrivastava said that criticizing of PDS and Food Security Scheme and threatening to go to court by CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel shows anti-poor mentality of Congress. He said by going to court the CPCC President wants to snatch food from the poor just to ensure good results in forthcoming urban body elections, which again is his distant dream. He said the Congress donot want the upliftment of poor, that is the reason why they are criticizing the Chhattisgarh PDS, which has received accolades from Supreme Court as well as none other than senior Union Ministers from erstwhile UPA government. Also many eminent economists had termed the scheme as worth following for other states. It is unfortunate that a scheme which is meant for the betterment of lakhs of poor families in Chhattisgarh, the CPCC President is trying to corner it into legal entangle.

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Reshuffle in Med College likely

NEWLY appointed Dean Dr P C Dewedi is likely to reshuffle the staff of different cadres at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital in different phases soon.

Sources in the de... Read More
NEWLY appointed Dean Dr P C Dewedi is likely to reshuffle the staff of different cadres at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital in different phases soon.

Sources in the department confirmed that he has asked the officials concerned to prepare a list of Class III and Class IV employees working in the same post in the same department for more than 10 years and above, then working for more than five years and three years and above. After scrutiny of the list prepared, he is likely to adopt reshuffling process.

The Dean has taken the decision to adopt reshuffling after senior medical officials have complained that some medical staff posted for more than a decade have become arrogant they often misbehave with patients and their attendants when they seek their help.

There are also complains of corruption against some class III cadres sitting in Medicine Purchase, Medical Equipment Purchase and General Purchase Department, who are sitting on key post since more than five years. Sources in the department confirmed that Dr Dewedi known for his strict working wants to keep a clean image. He wants every medical staff should be accountable and responsible for their duties. He will start digital biometric attendance system at different departments at Medical College.

This will include medical staff including doctors to report to duty on time as prescribed by the Medical Education Department. Dr Dewedi has already prepared phase-wise action plan for reshuffling of officials sitting on the same post in the same department over several years to give more transparent environment at Medical College Jabalpur.

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Girl athlete succumbs to grave injuries sustained in road accident

IN A tragic incident a girl athletic player succumbed to her grave injuries in a road accident while undergoing treatment at Metro Hospital under the jurisdiction of Gohalpur police station. The ... Read More
IN A tragic incident a girl athletic player succumbed to her grave injuries in a road accident while undergoing treatment at Metro Hospital under the jurisdiction of Gohalpur police station. The deceased has been identified as Reena Yadav (21), resident of Krishna Colony, Suhagi area. According to police, they received information from Metro Hospital that a girl riding on a bi-cycle was hit by a speeding truck near Gohalpur crossing and was admitted for treatment. On receiving information, a police team reached the hospital and took statement of the injured. In her statement, Reena Yadav informed that she was returning after her practice session on bi-cycle. When she was passing through Gohalpur Tiraha, a speeding truck (MP-07HB-2871) being driven recklessly by the driver rammed into her bi-cycle. In the mishap, she fell on the road and sustained injuries on her waist, left leg and thigh. While undergoing treatment, the girl succumbed to her grave injuries. Police have registered a case against the accused truck driver under section 304 (A), 279 and 337 of the IPC and started a rigorous search for the driver.

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8 teams formed to monitor patients in flood-affected areas

AS PER the direction of State Health Department, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) has constituted eight medical teams to check status of diseases in flood-affected areas in the city and su... Read More
AS PER the direction of State Health Department, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) has constituted eight medical teams to check status of diseases in flood-affected areas in the city and surrounding areas in the district. Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr B S Chouhan informed that each team comprises of one MBBS doctor, one AYUSH doctor, two nurses, two multi-purpose health workers have been designated to monitor round-the-clock spread of water-borne diseases in the area. A medical team visited remote villages of Majholi, Patan, Kundam, Baghraji, Bhedaghat on Thursday and checked status of spread of water-borne, mosquito-borne diseases.

Many remote villages are cut with other villages due to floods. The medical team used boat to visit this area, where the team distributed medicines to patients affected with water-borne diseases. Some patients are affected with diarrhoea, dysentery, while some of them have symptoms of malaria, medicines were distributed among them.

Dr Chouhan further informed that each team will go in flood effected area and check status of patients in case the team detects any person with symptoms of water-borne disease like diarrhoea, dysentery or fever, primary medicine should be distributed to them. Instructions have been given to the team that if they find that the condition of patient is deteriorating then the team should make arrangements to shift the patient to higher medical center or nearest hospital. The team is equipped to all necessary equipments and primary medicine like paracetamol, choloroquine, ORS, meternidazole, or antibiotics to give primary treatment to patients. Leaves of health workers including doctors have been cancelled till next orders. The Block Medical Officer has been directed to remain in their headquarters. BMO’s have been directed to keep check on spread of disease in their respective village, in case of any emergency, they have been directed to inform at CMHO’s office. Dr Chouhan said that fungus, bacteria, virus starts multiplying vigorously, as rain stops for one or two days, there might be rise in number of patients of water and mosquito-borne diseases in coming days. Task force of Medical Department has been directed to check spread of disease, send report to higher officials every day so that important measures could be initiated to stop further spread of disease.

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PG diploma holders allege partiality in selection of SRD at Medical College

POST-GRADUATE diploma holders expressed dissatisfaction over partial attitude of Dean of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital Dr P C Dewedi adopted in selection process of v... Read More
POST-GRADUATE diploma holders expressed dissatisfaction over partial attitude of Dean of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital Dr P C Dewedi adopted in selection process of vacant post of Senior Resident Doctor at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday. Former Junior Doctors’ Association President Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital Dr Anurag Panvel, Diploma in Orthopaedics, who is one of the aspirant candidate for the post of Senior Resident Doctor (SRD) alleged that Dean Dr Dewedi has adopted partial attitude in the selection process.

The Dean has claimed that as he does not allow the diploma holders on the post of Senior Resident Doctor in Government Medical College, Rewa, he will follow the same process for selection in Government Medical College, Jabalpur.

He raised serious objection that why diploma holders were called for interview, just to insult them, in spite, that the Dean had already decided that he will not allow the diploma holder for the interview.

He alleged that the Dean is citing reference of Medical Council of India (MCI), apex body to run medical courses in India, but he failed to show the copy of referral given by Medical Council of India, but the fact is that in Medical Council of India notification it is clearly written that in absence of degree candidate, diploma holders will be allowed for vacant post of Senior Resident Doctor.

He said a large numbers of diploma holder doctors are already working as SRD across government medical colleges in the State. If they have got selected for the post of Senior Resident Doctor then why such partial attitude is being adopted by Dean Dr Dewedi. On the other hand, Dean Dr Dewedi gave reference that according to recent MCI orders PG diploma holders will not be selected for the post of the Senior Resident Doctor.

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VYAPAM scam kingpin accused Sharma sent to jail till August 13

A mining baron and VYAPAM scam accused Sudhir Sharma was sent to jail till August 13 by the District Court here on Wednesday. Sharma was arrested by Special Task Force (STF) of State police in... Read More
A mining baron and VYAPAM scam accused Sudhir Sharma was sent to jail till August 13 by the District Court here on Wednesday. Sharma was arrested by Special Task Force (STF) of State police in connection with scam in Police Constable Recruitment Examination after he surrendered in the court.

Later, he was remanded to STF for further interrogation in same connection by the court. And as his remand was expired, STF produced Sharma in the court for next course of action. According to information, Sharma was produced in the court of CJM Pankaj Singh Maheshwari. Sharma is yet to be arrested in scam in Sub-inspector Recruitment Examination.

It is learnt that STF would arrest him in said scam after completion of the period of judicial remand. On Wednesday, while Sharma was being brought to the court by STF officials, a man, said to be associated with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), raised slogans against him in the court premises. The RSS worker, whose identity was established as Ashutosh Kumar of Kolar locality, was upset that VYAPAM scam accused Sharma ruined the career of several students for own interest. Sensing the seriousness of the matter, MP Nagar police nabbed him and took away from the court premises. Earlier on July 25, Sudhir Sharma, most wanted in VYAPAM scam, turned himself to the court and surrendered. Soon after being booked by STF in two scams, first in Constable Recruitment Examination and second in Sub-inspector Recruitment Examination, he went on run. Since May he remained absconding following which Sharma was given an ultimatum to present himself in court before July 28 by CJM Pankaj Singh Maheshwari during a last hearing on July 22. Besides, STF also had prepared itself to attach his property for which it moved application in the court. But the court extended the last date of appearing following the pleading of his lawyer Pratulya Shandilya. A cash award of Rs 5000 was also declared on any information leading to his arrest by the probe agency.

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HC to hear matter related to VYAPAM on Aug 1

THE division bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Ajit Singh and Justice N K Gupta will hear the matter related to VYAPAM scam being monitored by the High Court on August 1. Ea... Read More
THE division bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Ajit Singh and Justice N K Gupta will hear the matter related to VYAPAM scam being monitored by the High Court on August 1. Earlier, on July 18, the matter was taken up in a closed chamber to record status about investigation progress of cases entrusted to STF. ADG Sudhir Sahi along with the team of Supervising Officers including Kamal Mourya, Ashish Khare, Sanjay Tiwari, Rajesh Chandel, Amit Jain, Inspector (Cyber Cell) and others were personally present.

Besides explaining the status of investigation made in respective cases, the officials also arranged things for cyber data presentation. The officials have handed in compilation of charts in respect of concerned cases investigated by respective officials in three volumes. Those three volumes and the hard copy of the presentation material shall be kept in a sealed cover in safe custody of the Registrar General. The date of sealing of this envelope is mentioned so as to identify documents, if and when required.

Formalities have been completed as per direction of court. Interaction with officials and analysis of the investigation done by them so far, on case-to-case basis, after the last date, took almost about two hours in the chamber. Earlier, the division bench had released a 107 pages judgement in 14 petitions praying transfer of investigation to CBI in PMT scam. The division bench had earlier passed an order that ‘Registry is directed to forthwith Register suo motto proceedings for court monitoring of investigation done by STF in respect of all criminal cases pertaining to examinations conducted by VYAPAM from time to time and directed to list the matter on April 25 under caption “Direction”. The division bench had accepted the assurance given by the respondent State that all criminal cases already registered and to be registered hereafter in connection with examinations conducted by VYAPAM up to 2013 shall be entrusted to Special Task Force, constituted in terms of notification dated on August 26, 2013. It may be recalled that in the case the order was reserved for judgement dated on April 2, 2014, by the division bench of MPHC.

Next hearing on illegal sale of liquor in State on Aug 20

THE division bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Ajit Singh and Justice N K Gupta on Wednesday listed the case on August 20, for hearing related to illegal sale of liquor in the State. Counsel for the State Government contended before the court that all liquor license holders or vendors have been rightly selling liquor in Jabalpur and in surrounding districts including National Highways.

He prayed before the court that this petition is unnecessary filed and has no relevance and appealed to the court to dismiss the petition. In previous hearing of the case, the division bench had asked the Principal Secretary, State Government of Madhya Pradesh, Principal Secretary, Home Department, Bhopal, Principal Secretary, Excise, Director General of Police, Bhopal, Excise Commissioner, Collector, Jabalpur and Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways of Union of India to file a detailed reply to the petition and tell what action has been taken over the issue in question pertaining to illegal sale of liquor in the State. Further, the court has observed that it is expected that during the pendency of writ petition, the State Government and respondents will take action and steps against illegal sale of liquor in the State.

The petitioner filed this PIL through counsel Siddharth Seth, complaining that serious illegality are being committed by liquor license holders or vendors who are selling liquor (foreign and country) in most illegal manner through their shops in Jabalpur and surrounding districts including National Highways.

It is submitted that all vendors and liquor shopkeepers are working under influence of a powerful and corrupt lobby of individuals and are operating under aegis of a syndicate, which is strictly prohibited under the law.

In addition to the aforesaid by way of this writ petition the petitioner is also drawing attention of this court towards illegal operation of liquor shops on NH across the State which is contrary to set guidelines and orders passed by the Central Government.

Not only these illegal liquor shops are evading huge revenue but at the same time they are responsible for enhanced crime rate in the society. By way of this writ petition the petitioners therefore pray for immediate attention to curb this menace by issuing necessary directions, corrective measures and monitoring of entire exercise in interest of justice.

The petitioner prayed relief before the court to direct respondents to implement the order, notification issued by the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways, Government of India, dated on December 1, 2011 and March 11, 2013 and court directed for closure of all liquor shops situated on National Highways and in all places where they are not scheduled and direct to respondents to check, probe and punish illegal licensed liquor vendors who are flouting all excise and other related laws, evading huge taxes and patronising criminal activities by operating as syndicate.

The petitioner further prayed relief before the court to direct the respondents to submit a list of such vendors, aahata owners, owners of liquor bars and encroachers who have violated the provisions of the Excise Act and as to what action have the authorities taken so far and to direct the respondents to submit a list of all licensed vendors and places allotted to them, the complaints if any and details of action taken.

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Pending tiger poaching cases pose questions on deptt’s efficiency

LONG pendency of tiger poaching cases in Madhya Pradesh has exposed the level of seriousness of Forest Department in checking threat to the existence of big cats which are on verge of extinctio... Read More
LONG pendency of tiger poaching cases in Madhya Pradesh has exposed the level of seriousness of Forest Department in checking threat to the existence of big cats which are on verge of extinction in the country. The number of pending cases of tiger poaching swelled around 100 from 22 cases in year 2008 but the State’s Forest Department is yet to come up with concrete measures for ensuring conservation of tigers in the state. Continuous delay in conviction of poachers is vulnerable for their involvement in more anti-wildlife activities.

Twenty-two cases of tiger poaching are pending in various courts in Madhya Pradesh due to various reasons like absence of concrete evidences and witnesses. Similar, numbers of tiger poaching cases are pending in year 2009 while 17 cases of year 2010, 18 in 2011 and total 17 numbers of cases related to tigers’ death are pending in different courts since year 2012. These cases were registered between years 2008 to 2012.

It may be noted that the Madhya Pradesh, which had title of Tiger State, had total 300 tigers in year 2007 which was reduced to 257 in just three years till 2010. Poaching of tigers is a matter of serious concern for the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department to conserve the big cats in its national parks at Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Panna, Pench and Satpura.

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5 stealing electric wire arrested

Acting on a tip-off, Gautam Nagar police, on Wednesday, arrested as many as five miscreants red-handed while they were fleeing with stolen aluminium electricity wire in a an auto-rickshaw. Police... Read More
Acting on a tip-off, Gautam Nagar police, on Wednesday, arrested as many as five miscreants red-handed while they were fleeing with stolen aluminium electricity wire in a an auto-rickshaw. Police said that they were arrested near JP Nagar and 21 bundles of high tension electricity wire worth Rs 1 lakh were seized from their possession. So far the police also seized four-wheeler used in carrying the stolen wire by them. Police said that the arrested accused were identified as Vaseem Mansuri, 21, son of Vaheed Mansuri, Shakir Khan, 23, son of Guffar Khan, Mohd Asif, 24, son of Mohd Ayaz and Yakub Khan, 25, son of Babu Khan, all hails from Shajapur in Shujalpur district and Suresh Kushwaha, 28, son of Madanlal, resides at Karond. Accused Suresh Kushwaha was the loading auto-rickshaw driver accompanied the four to flee with stolen wire. On being asked how the police came to know about them and stolen wire, police said that their arrest was made following a tip-off. According to police, an informer informed the police that five people are carrying stolen aluminium wire in a loading auto-rickshaw for selling. Subsequently, a police team was constituted which cordoned off all of them near JP Nagar and during checking the recovery of wire was made. Accordingly all the arrested miscreants were brought to the police station and were booked on charges of theft. Later, the police produced all of them in the court.

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One detained in Shivaji Nagar murder case

MP Nagar police, investigating the murder case of 25-year-old youth, who was murdered at Shivaji Nagar on Tuesday, detained one more accused in this case. Now the total number of arrested kille... Read More
MP Nagar police, investigating the murder case of 25-year-old youth, who was murdered at Shivaji Nagar on Tuesday, detained one more accused in this case. Now the total number of arrested killers has gone to three while the last one was yet to be arrested. Police said that the main accused in this case Dilip Vishawkarma would also be arrested shortly. Besides, in further development in this case on Wednesday was the police confirmed supremacy as the reason behind this murder. CSP MP Nagar Arvind Khare told ‘The Hitavada’, “The victim Ankit Jawade was murdered by the four over the fight of supremacy. Accused Dilip Vishawkarma wanted to save his supremacy in his area in which the victim was interfering. This cause led the murder of the victim”. It was totally fight of supremacy among the victim and accused, he added. On being asked if the police have arrested the main accused Dilip, he replied in negative saying, “he would be also arrested shortly”. Notably, on Tuesday the victim Ankit Jawadre was attacked with iron rod by four men at Shivaji Nagar locality in MP Nagar. The victim in critical condition was first rushed to JP Hospital from where he was referred to Hamidia Hospital where he died during further treatment. On the same day the police detained two while two managed to flee. And on Wednesday one more was arrested. A case of murder under Section 302 of IPC was lodged by police against the four on Tuesday.

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People only one call away from MP Government

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on Thursday, will inaugurate CM Helpline where any person can register his complaint from 7 am to 11 pm on toll-free number 181 of the helpline named Jan Het... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on Thursday, will inaugurate CM Helpline where any person can register his complaint from 7 am to 11 pm on toll-free number 181 of the helpline named Jan Hetu, Jan Setu.

Public Service Management and Information Technology Minister Bhupendra Singh will also be present on the occasion. Madhya Pradesh Government is making constant efforts to redress problems of remote areas of the State. Public hearing is held on a fixed day during every week right from state upto sub-division level to solve people’s problems. Problems are also being solved through “Samadhan Online”.

Now, on Chief Minister’s initiative, a novel public-friendly service “CM Helpline” is being introduced. CM Helpline is the most novel initiative for good governance in the country. It underlines state government’s commitment to good governance as mentioned in its Vision Document-2018.

CM Helpline being run through e-governance is the best example of direct dialogue with people and quick disposal of their complaints/problems.

During pilot project, the CM Helpline registered 1.11 lakh complaints/problems till July 22, of which 71,199 have been redressed.

This is 64 percent. Remaining problems are also in the process of solution. The helpline has arrangements to receive over 100 calls simultaneously. Soon after connecting with toll-free number 181, the caller hears: “Namaskar! I am speaking from CM Helpline. Please tell me in what connection you want to register complaint ? Effort will be made to solve your problem/complaint within a week and you will be informed back.

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Radio Cab service launched in city

Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday launched its much-awaited Radio Cab services in a ceremony chaired by Home and Jail Minister Babulal Gaur at the hands of Kailash Vijayvargiya, Urb... Read More
Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday launched its much-awaited Radio Cab services in a ceremony chaired by Home and Jail Minister Babulal Gaur at the hands of Kailash Vijayvargiya, Urban Administration and Housing & Environment Minister. Speaking on the occasion, Kailash Vijayvargiya said that the launch of Radio cabs in State capital is another step in direction of transforming Bhopal into one of the best cities in the country, and added that the state is making its name not only in the country but also on international lands as well. Chairing the function Babulal Gaur, Home and Jail Minister praised Radio Cab services and focused on the fact that my cabs will help in improving transport facilities. The function also saw in attendance Surendranath Singh, MLA Bhopal Central, Rameshwar Sharma, MLA, Huzur, Vishwas Sarang, MLA, Narela and residents from the area were also present along with Mayor Krishna Gaur. BMC Commissioner Vishesh Garphale and other members of Mayor in Council were also present to mark the launch of Radio cabs in State capital.

Facilities of Radio Cab will be available to people throughout the day 24 hours at the helpline number 0755-6666666. Once people call on this number and register their position then the software will automatically transfer the call to nearest cab standing in the area. Company has also decided to begin SMS system where confirmation message will be sent immediately after the call is disconnected which will contain the number of taxi that is being sent. 100 swift desires have been procured in state capital by BCLL in this regard and the cabs will be operated by Cabs on Rent Company. According to officials in BCLL the fare of cab is set at Rs 50 for first 2 km and then Rs 23 per km, passenger will have to pay an extra 20 per cent during night time while standing charge of Rs 100 will be added every hour.

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Paras Jain visits Kamla Nehru School, issues notices to absent teachers

State School Education Minister Paras Jain on Wednesday paid a surprise visit to Kamla Nehru Higher Secondary School, TT Nagar. After his visit, he asked officials to issue show cause notices t... Read More
State School Education Minister Paras Jain on Wednesday paid a surprise visit to Kamla Nehru Higher Secondary School, TT Nagar. After his visit, he asked officials to issue show cause notices to the two teachers for being absent on duty.

While visiting the campus, Minister Jain found the condition of school worse and showed anger towards the school management. He asked to immediately repair the electricity, water and other necessary service of the campus. During his visit, he found that water has been stored in the two rooms of school while other two rooms are struggling with power crisis. Two lady teachers, including Shweta Pingle and Savitri Mal, were absent on duty without any prior information. The Minister directed officials to repair the thumb machine so that attendance of staff could be registered properly. Minister Jain also directed to maintain the campus with proper electricity facility and clean out the water storage. He also assured the students for purchasing new computers in the lab. Jal directed to issue photo ID card to the school teachers.

He also asked to review the working of guest teachers and ensure their attendance on time. He visited the primary, middle and higher secondary section of school and reviewed the working of teachers and other staff.

Minister Paras Jain also visited the school sports ground and asked the students to perform Surya Namaskar. However, some of the students could not do so. He rewarded the three girl students with Rs 300 as they performed Surya Namaskar very well. While interacting with the minister, school students requested to change the school timing as 8 am to 1 pm. At present, the school is being run from 10 am to 5 pm. He asked about the facilities provided to the students from school administration and also got annoyed with non-satisfactory answer of the school management. As the school is gripped into controversy of dispute among principals and staffs, he assured to solve the problem soon. He also interacted with media person and said that he would be solving the dispute of staffs soon. Joint director (DPI) PR Tiwari and Principal Amrit S Singh were also present during the visit.

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CM announces constitution of Mandir Prabandhan Sansthan

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with wife Sadhana Singh performed puja for almost six hours during Pran Pratishtha of Barh Wale Ganesh Ji on banks of Betwa river at Vidisha on Wednesda... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with wife Sadhana Singh performed puja for almost six hours during Pran Pratishtha of Barh Wale Ganesh Ji on banks of Betwa river at Vidisha on Wednesday. The burglars had fragmented the idol of Lord Ganesh during a theft in April this year.

Chouhan, after spending hours in worshipping, also announced constitution of Mandir Prabandh Sansthan and Pujari Kalyan Kosh. Vidisha’s Barh Wale Ganesh Ji Ka Mandir will be developed as a human service centre, he announced.

Chouhan performed Pran Pratishtha with prescribed religious rituals and procedures. The grand idol of Lord Ganesh Ji has been recently brought by Chouhan from Makrana in Rajasthan. Shiv Panchayat comprising Lord Shiva, Maa Bhagwati Parwati, Nandi, Ganesh and Kartikey has also been established on the temple premises.

Chouhan said that Mandir Prabandh Sansthan will be set up for better arrangements of temples and mutts in Madhya Pradesh. The institution will be set up at Bhopal during current year. It will be run by a board of directors comprising noted religious acharyas and scholars. Its objective will be to maintain temples as per Sanatan Maryada, belief and traditions. The institution will train priests. It will undertake research on temples’ problems from time to time and draw state government’s attention towards them. Temple management will include various activities like Veda school, Agam schools, Sanskrit teaching, temple reservoirs, parks’ renovation, development of Mandir Dharma Granthalay, Mandir Vastu Shastra etc. The institute will also conduct courses in various branches of Dharma education.

Chief Minister also said that amount given to priests has been doubled. Despite this, it has been decided to constitute Pujari Kalyan Kosh in view of problems being faced by priests in meeting both ends meet. The state government will give Rs 2 crores per annum to the fund. The fund will help priests in emergency situations. Donations from various sources will also be received by the fund to be constituted under Religious Endowment Department. The fund will be run and managed by Madhya Pradesh Mandir Prabandh Sansthan.

The Chief Minister said that the temple will be developed as a human service centre. He said that service to humanity is the service to God. He wished for prosperity and progress of state and country.

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RSS’ 4-day Bhaudhik meeting starts today

Four-day national-level meeting of RSS’ Bhaudhik (intellectual) wing is going to be organised in State capital from Thursday onwards. It is learnt that Sangh is going to do deliberation on va... Read More
Four-day national-level meeting of RSS’ Bhaudhik (intellectual) wing is going to be organised in State capital from Thursday onwards. It is learnt that Sangh is going to do deliberation on various issues including political, national security, Kashmir, Pakistan and terrorism, Bangladeshi infiltration etc.

The proposed meeting gets significance with the fact that it is going to be attended by Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohanrao Bhagwat, Sahkaryavah Suresh Bhaiyaji Joshi apart from all three Sahsarkaryavah Suresh Soni, Dattatray Hosbole and Dr Krishna Gopal.

Besides, many national personalities of Sangh are going to attend the meeting. This four-day meeting has been organised at office of Bharatiya Majdoor Sangh and office of Vidyarthi Parishad. Sangh’s Madhya Bharat Prant Karyavah, Ashok Agrawal informed that six departments have been constituted under the functioning style of Sangh and Bhaudhik department is one of them and it is very important.

Intellectual department conducts meetings to do deliberation on various subjects like Hindutava, social harmony etc and the proposed meeting is also being organised in this context. Apart from senior leaders, Prant Karyavah, Prant Pracharak of some regions and workers of various departments would also participate in the meeting. It is learnt that Suresh Soni, Dattatray and BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav etc have arrived in State capital and RSS chief would come to city on Thursday. “This convention is to acquaint fresh members of Sangh about status of various subjects and to shed light on them,” said RSS sources.

Kailash Vijayvargiya takes on Katare

Senior Cabinet Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya has come down heavily on Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare for writing missive to RSS chief Dr Mohan Bhagwat questioning the RSS’ proposed convention in Bhopal. Vijayvargiya said that if Katare wants to understand the Sangh then he has to attend the Sangh’s Shaka in “Khaki knicker”.

Vijayvargiya has expressed his reservations on his facebook post. Taking on Katare for writing missive to RSS chief, he said “Shrimaan Asatyadev Katare ne Aajkal Patra Likne ka Dhanda Shuru Kar Diya hain,”. Mincing no words in criticizing Katare, he said that Katare should have actually written letter to Sonia Gandhi on the absence of Ajay Singh in assembly session. He also said that when Katare had gone to meet President then why all Congress MLAs have not gone with him. Defending Sangh, he claimed that Sangh never interfere in working style of government.

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Congress declares candidates for three assembly by-elections

Congress declared the names of candidates for by-polls to three Assembly constituencies on Wednesday. Brijendra Mishra has been fielded from Vijayraghavgarh Surabh Singh Sisodia from Bahoriband a... Read More
Congress declared the names of candidates for by-polls to three Assembly constituencies on Wednesday. Brijendra Mishra has been fielded from Vijayraghavgarh Surabh Singh Sisodia from Bahoriband and Rajkumar Gore from Agar. With this, Congress is now focusing on election strategy.

Party’s National President Sonia Gandhi has cleared the names of all three candidates on Wednesday. State Congress President Arun Yadav had gone to New Delhi along with panels containing names of probable candidates for all three seats and had met party’s General Secretary Madhusudan Mistry, who later forwarded the proposal to party high command.

Interestingly, Vijayraghavgarh constituency was with Congress but its sitting MLA Sanjay Pathak defected to BJP by resigning from all posts of Congress and also resigned as legislature. This was due to this reason that Vijayraghavgarh seat has fallen vacant and Congress is having the daunting task to retain the seat.

What is more interesting is this that BJP is likely to field Sanjay Pathak from Vijayraghavgarh seat. Hence, contest for Vijayraghavgarh seat is going to be interesting and Congress has to fight to find its lost foot hold.

The assembly by elections for remaining two seats is also going to test the mettle of Congress as both seats are considered as bastion of BJP. More importantly, State Congress President Arun Yadav is facing the uphill task to take out Congressmen out from their houses whose morale has hit the lowest ebb with consecutive defeats in Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. Infusing faith into the hearts of demoralised party workers is going to be a great challenge for Yadav. The selection of candidates for by polls has not come as a surprise as selected names were creating ripples in the power corridor from long time and it was fixed that they are going to get the tickets.

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Court grants bail to Delhi tiger skin trader Chacha

District and Sessions Judge S D Jagmalani has granted bail on Wednesday to Suraj Pal alias Chacha, a nortorious trader in tiger skins and body parts from Delhi, having links on national and int... Read More
District and Sessions Judge S D Jagmalani has granted bail on Wednesday to Suraj Pal alias Chacha, a nortorious trader in tiger skins and body parts from Delhi, having links on national and international levels.

The hearing on the bail application by Chacha was completed in the court during the last couple of days. The Judge had reserved the decision. He delivered the verdict on Wednesday, granting bail to Chacha. Adv Kartik Shukur represented the department in the District and Sessions Court while Adv Satpute pleaded for the accused.

Reliable sources informed that a Delhi court had also granted bail to Chacha. He is yet to to get bal from the Achalpur court. Sources pointed out that Forest Department would move to Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court shortly to challenge the order passede by the Judge Jagmalani. It may be mentioned here that teams of Delhi police and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau had nabbed Chacha, Naresh and Sarju Bagdi, involved in tiger poaching cases in Maharashtra and other states, near Delhi on September 7, 2013. The police had seized Rs 52.75 lakh, 36 tiger nails and 20 kg bones from them. Sarju Bagdi had admitted during interrogation in Nagpur that he had sold five tiger skins and received a commission of over Rs three lakh from him.

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Sewagram Exp terminated at Igatpuri: Kasara ghat land-sliding

A landslide that occurred at Kasara ghat badly affected train movement on Napgur-Mumbai route on Wednesday. Nagpur-Mumbai Sewagram express was terminated at Igatpuri itself and several others... Read More
A landslide that occurred at Kasara ghat badly affected train movement on Napgur-Mumbai route on Wednesday. Nagpur-Mumbai Sewagram express was terminated at Igatpuri itself and several others trains were running late after the landsliding. Heavy rains that have been lashing the region caused the landslide, it is learnt.

According to a railway official, 12140 Nagpur-Sewagram Express departed from Nagpur railway station at 9 pm. The train reached Igatpuri station at around 9 am. As railway track at Kasara ghat was closed from Kasara ghat after the landsliding, the train was terminated at Igatpuri station. Kasara ghat is around 15 km away from Igatpuri station.

12105 CSTM-Nagpur Vidarbha Express, 12809 Mumbai-Howrah Mail, 12101 LTT-Howrah Jnaneswari deluxe express were arrived Nagpur station arrived late, said a railway official.

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State Chief Secy told to explain step-motherly treatment to Vid

Immediately sanctioning of Rs. 100 crores by the State Cabinet of Congress and the NCP in Maharashtra, for setting up newly proposed Govt. Medical College at Sharad Pawar's fiefdom in Maharasht... Read More
Immediately sanctioning of Rs. 100 crores by the State Cabinet of Congress and the NCP in Maharashtra, for setting up newly proposed Govt. Medical College at Sharad Pawar's fiefdom in Maharashtra at Baramati, has attracted criticism widely from the people in Vidarbha, as the Govt has not though it fit to grant a single rupee for the similar proposed medical colleges to be set up at Gondia and Chandrapur.

Noting this aspect, a division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S.B. Shukre, at the High Court here, have directed the State Chief Secretary to file affidavit in two weeks, by way of last chance, to explain this sort of very obvious step-motherly treatment meted out to the people in Vidarbha.

During hearing of the long pending PIL filed by city lawyer C.H.Sharma and some other citizens regarding lack of infrastructure at the GMCH and the IGMCH in the city, which is a matter of great concern and inconvenience to the people, the Court has found the State Govt. in tight corner with its very hard to explain attitude.

In other petition filed by Rahul Pugalia demanding medical college at Chandrapur, it was contended that State Government was neglecting backward region of Vidarbha and sanctioning funds for Baramati.

The High Court stated that if the affidavit is filed in time detailing financial provision for medical colleges in Vidarbha, at least from next academic year, these colleges can be started. Once the code of conduct is enforced, nothing can be done, the High Court stated. Government Pleader Bharati Dangre stated that for IGGMC the State Government has sanctioned and disbursed phase-wise money for development of infrastructure and similar financial plan is being worked out for other medical colleges of Maharashtra. As per the plan approved, the budgetary provision is made and will be released to improve infrastructure in government run medical colleges.

Advocate J.T.Gilda appeared as amicus curiae in the case with Adv. A.J.Gilda. Adv Anil Kilor (Pugalia) appeared for the petitioner. Govt. Pleader Bharati Dangre represented the State.

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BJP activist shot at in Kalamna, escapes unhurt

RIVALRY between two political groups in East Nagpur since Lok Sabha elections took an ugly turn when a group of goons owing allegiance to a Congress leader shot at a BJP worker Jagdish Lanjewar n... Read More
RIVALRY between two political groups in East Nagpur since Lok Sabha elections took an ugly turn when a group of goons owing allegiance to a Congress leader shot at a BJP worker Jagdish Lanjewar near Bhavani Mandir at Pardi sparking tension in Kalamna area on Wednesday. Though Lanjewar escaped unhurt, there was a lot of commotion making it a tough task for cops to control the situation till late night.

Lanjewar’s supporters alleged that Congress corporator Purushottam Hazare and his men were behind the attack. They alleged that Hazare's men wanted to eliminate Lanjewar to settle scores with him. Earlier also, complaints and counter complaints were registered against Hazare and Lanjewar at Kalamna Police Station, they added. According to information, BJP worker Jagdish Lanjewar (25), a resident of Vinoba Bhave Nagar, Pardi, had gone to his relative’s house in the same area for a religious programme in the evening. A group of anti-social elements carrying pistols and swords followed him on separate motorcycles. One of them opened fire at him from a pistol. Lanjewar escaped unhurt and fled the spot on seeing the goons.

As the news about the firing incident spread like jungle fire in the area and political circles, a huge crowd gathered at the spot. Staff from Kalamna Police Station led by senior Inspector S M Bandiwar arrived at the spot. Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone III) Sanjay Darade, and Assistant Commissioner of Police (Lakadganj Division) Nitaram Kumre also arrived to supervise the probe. Cops also recovered an empty bullet shell from the spot.

On the basis of the description of the assailants given by the eye-witnesses, cops detained one Hemant Yadav for questioning. Senior Inspector Bandiwar told 'The Hitavada' that Kalamna Police have registered a case of riot and attempt to murder. An offence under the relevant provisions of the Arms Act also has been registered. "We are investigating the case from all possible angles," he added.

Meanwhile, BJP MLA (East Nagpur) Krishna Khopde and other party leaders visited the spot and demanded that the investigation be handed over to the Crime Branch. BJP leaders alleged that Lanjewar and his brother were attacked in the past also but Kalamna Police did not conduct the investigation impartially. The rivalry between Congress corporator Hazare and Lanjewar started since the polling day of Lok Sabha elections. As Lanjewar and his group campaigned for BJP, Hazare and his supporters clashed with them.

After the polling, Jagdish Lanjewar and his friend Deepak Salame were attacked at an eatery near former minister Satish Chaturvedi's office in HB Town, Pardi. Following Lanjewar's complaint, Kalamna Police had booked Pandurang Hazare, Yashwant Hazare, Debu, Guddu, Suraj, Bablu and some 3-4 other accomplices.

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Complaints pouring in against Wasankar

Investors are now openly coming against Wasankar Wealth Management Ltd and lodging complaint against Prashant Wasankar. Mustering courage, 24 more investors on Wednesday approached Economic Offence... Read More
Investors are now openly coming against Wasankar Wealth Management Ltd and lodging complaint against Prashant Wasankar. Mustering courage, 24 more investors on Wednesday approached Economic Offences Wing (EoW) and lodged a complaint against Wasankar. Now number of investors who have approached the police against Wasankar has reached to 51.

A senior Police Officer informed 'The Hitavada' that 24 investors have registered case against Wasankar. Sources informed that the 24 investors include Advocates, officers of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and retired government employees. Some investors, who had invested more than Rs 1 crore, have also lodged complaint against Wasankar on Wednesday, sources confirmed. Now, liability of Wasankar towards the 24 investors, who had lodged complaint reached to more than Rs three crore. As more investors are approaching police, the case is getting legally stronger, said a legal expert.

Sources informed that Wasankar who is now behind bars along with his brother Vinay and brother-in-law Abhijit Choudhari on the charge of defrauding the investors, has refused to divulge anything about his assets, where exactly money has been parked and has not shared anything about his business module and actual loss and profits with the cops. The trio are presently in police custody till August 2 and investigators now want more complaints so that they can build a water tight case against Wasankar and his associates.

A investor on request of anonymity informed that the investors who were till now hopeful of getting back their returns are now demorlised and approaching EoW sleuths.

EoW had booked Chairman, Directors, Chief Executive Officer and three employees of Wasankar Wealth Management Ltd for allegedly duping investors of crores of rupees on May 9 on the basis of complaint lodged by well-known builder Vivek Ashok Pathak (51), a resident of 'Shubh Ashish,' Plot No 84/B, Laxmi Nagar. Meanwhile, aggrieved investors of various wealth management company including Wasankar Wealth Management Ltd on Wednesday meet Joint Commissioner of Police (Joint CP) Sanjay Saxena and submitted a memorandum demanding stern action against Prashant Wasankar and other directors of the company. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP EoW) Sunil Kolhe was present during discussion with the investors. The investors under the banner of Pidit Niveshak Sangharsh Samiti gathered at Commissioner of Police office at evening hours and met the joint CP.

Jammu Anand, Convenor of the committee told 'The Hitavada' that city is fast becoming hub for financial frauds. Thousands of gullible investors have been duped by fraudesters in past five years. The fraudsters had not followed any regulation of RBI, SEBI, Department of Company Affairs and Income Tax department and the institutions had not taken any action against them. The delegation also questioned that a investor had lodged a complaint against Raviraj Investment and police have not yet arrested the accused. Infact, despite open violations by such companies and their promoters, the cops just keep quiet till the people are taken for a ride.

The investors questioned inordinate delay in arrest of the accused after registration of case. Anand further said that Wasankar Wealth Management Group, Jayant and Varsha Zambre of J S Financial Services, Sameer Joshi of Shree Surya, Raviraj group duped gullible investors of city and police should take stern action against them so that the investors could get their money back.

S B Butoliya, Tryambakaro Waghmare, Arunrao Banodekar, Vishnupant Murle, Chandrakant Tiwari, Asha Nakale, Vivek Pathak, Ajay Pannase, Nishit Pashine, Ashish Shahu, Vinod Ulipwar, Shankar Maurya and others were part of the delegation.

All accused in Wasankar case will be arrested: Joint CP

Joint CP Sanjay Saxena told 'The Hitavada' that the police are on right track and no guilty person would be spared. As per the legal procedure, police have to submit chargesheet within 60 days after arrest of the accused. As the investigation of financial frauds take too much time 60 days are not enough to submit the chargesheet. Hence, police have arrested the accused after some time after registering of case so that basic paperwork is ready and their fradulent transactions are studied. "All accused in the Wasankar case will be arrested soon," the Joint CP assured.

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Finally, Dr Nitin Raut is new Guardian Minister of Nagpur

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday withdrew the earlier appointment of Guardian Ministers of four districts of Nagpur division and has now nominated EGS Minister Dr. Nitin Raut as Gu... Read More
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday withdrew the earlier appointment of Guardian Ministers of four districts of Nagpur division and has now nominated EGS Minister Dr. Nitin Raut as Guardian Minister of Nagpur. Earlier, Chief Minister had appointed Minister of State for Finance Rajendra Mulak as Guardian Minister of Nagpur but after resentment within Congress Party and pressure mounted by Raut and Social Justice Minister Shivajirao Moghe, Chief Minister was forced to change his decision.

Now, Rajendra Mulak has been appointed as Guardian Minister of Bhandara District. Social Justice Minister Shivajirao Moghe has been appointed as Guardian Minister of his home district Yavatmal while Ranjit Kamble has been given charge of Wardha.

For all practical purposes, districts of Moghe and Raut have been swiped while Mulak and Kamble's districts have been inter-changed.

And barring Rajendra Mulak, everybody has got his home district to look after as Guardian Minister. However, Mulak has consistently avoided any public comment on this issue and was not too keen for Nagpur in the last leg of this regime. The reshuffling of Guardian Ministers’ just 15-20 days before the ensuing assembly election is perceived as too little too late. Already the process to announce election dates is in final stages and it is popularly believed that in third week of August, the elections will be announced and code of conduct will be in force.

This means, the new Guardian Ministers hardly had time to push forward developmental agenda and they would forced to race against the time to take some major decisions or clear the pending projects which would give them some political mileage.

After controversy over reshuffling of appointment of Guardian Ministers, the Chief Minister had stayed his earlier order within few hours. This time, the decision was also conveyed to senior ministers during cabinet meeting held on Wednesday and thereafter the formal notifications were issued. Supporters of Raut have welcomed the appointment and added that this would give new lease of life to Congress party in the district.

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State records total average of 454.1 mm rainfall till date

INCESSANT rain for past few days has activated the monsoon activities in all 27 districts of the State.

During current Monsoon season from June 1 to July 25, Chhattisgarh has recorded a total... Read More
INCESSANT rain for past few days has activated the monsoon activities in all 27 districts of the State.

During current Monsoon season from June 1 to July 25, Chhattisgarh has recorded a total average of 454.1mm rainfall. Among all districts, Kanker received the highest rainfall of 701.9mm while the minimum of 268.2mm was recorded at Balrampur district.

According to the State Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Dhamtari district recorded 12.7mm, Gariaband 10.3mm, Kondagaon 9.2mm, Kanker 9.0, Balod 8.8mm, Durg 6mm, Kabeerdham 3.2mm, Korba 3.3mm and Raipur district 2.8mm during last 24 hours ended on Saturday morning.

Similarly, Koriya district recorded 439.9mm rainfall, Surguja 273.9mm, Surajpur 330.3mm, Jashpur 295.4mm, Raigarh 400.4mm, Mahasamund 526.3mm, Raipur 537.2mm, Baloda Bazaar 525.9mm, Gariaband 574.9mm, Janjgir-Champa 413.7mm, Korba 340.9mm, Bilaspur 410.7mm, Mungeli 404.6mm, Kabeerdham 413.1mm, Rajnandgaon 578.5mm, Durg 492mm, Bemetara 546.8mm, Balod 527.3mm, Dhamtari 579mm, Bastar 425mm, Kondagaon 583.3mm, Narainpur 481.7mm, Dantewada 356.1mm, Sukma 406.1mm and Bijapur district 425.5mm.

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Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal to visit Cameroon in Africa

Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal will be proceeding to Cameroon in Africa to participate in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference scheduled to be held from October 2 to October 10. ... Read More
Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal will be proceeding to Cameroon in Africa to participate in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference scheduled to be held from October 2 to October 10.

It is worth mentioning here that Commonwealth Parliamentary Association which is head-quartered at London, organises conferences every year in one or the other member countries. This time it is being held at Cameroon, where Speaker and Public Representatives from 125 branches of 60 member countries will be attending and discuss upon various subjects of parliamentary system and international cooperation.

In the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference to be held at Cameroon, Speaker and Deputy Speaker from Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, senior Members of Parliament as well as Speakers and Chairmen from State Assemblies participate at the Conference. For the assistance of Indian delegation, the Secretary General of Lok Sabha and three Secretaries of State Assemblies will also participate in the Conference as Secretary to the Indian Delegation.

Chhattisgarh Assembly Principal Secretary Devendra Verma has been selected to participate in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference to be held at Cameroon as Secretary to Indian Delegation.

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Chhattisgarh cricket team hopes to get Ranji clearance in September

Chhattisgarh cricket team will get clearance for playing in the Ranji Trophy tournaments in September if things go well. “A proposal seeking Ranji status to the state cricket team will be pre... Read More
Chhattisgarh cricket team will get clearance for playing in the Ranji Trophy tournaments in September if things go well. “A proposal seeking Ranji status to the state cricket team will be presented in the Annual General Meeting of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) likely to be held in September this year,” said Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh (CSCS) President Baldeo Singh Bhatia on Saturday.

Bhatia said he had a meeting with the Technical Committee of BCCI in Mumbai. BCCI chief selector Sandeep Patil was also part of the meeting. The committee has assured that the proposal of CSCS will strongly be presented in the meeting. Bhatia was optimist about Chhattisgarh’s chance of obtaining green signal for the formation of a Ranji team. He said the BCCI decision, if comes in favour, will be a boon for the players of the state from their future point of view.

He also said that a team of BCCI is visiting Raipur in the first week of August for the inspection of facilities for the Champions League T20 matches to be played at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, Parsads, Raipur from September 13 to 23.

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Ernest & Young appointed technical advisor to CM

Ernst & Young (known as EY) is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom, has been appointed as the technical advisor to Chief Minister’s Secretariat. T... Read More
Ernst & Young (known as EY) is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom, has been appointed as the technical advisor to Chief Minister’s Secretariat. The company will be advising the Secretariat on policy making as well as proper and effective implementation of social welfare schemes. Sources also informed that the company will control CHiPS and provide all the necessary technical guidance to the Secretariat.

Ernst & Young is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom founded by Arthur Young in 1849 with offices in London, Greater London, United Kingdom, New York, NY, United States of America. The Company is into Assurance Services comprising Financial Audit (core assurance), Financial Accounting Advisory Services, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, and Climate Change and Sustainability Services; Tax Services includes Transfer Pricing, International Tax Services, Business Tax Compliance, Human Capital, Customs, Indirect Tax, Tax Accounting and Risk Advisory Services, Transaction Tax; Advisory Services consisting of four sub-service lines including Actuarial, IT Risk and Assurance, Risk, and Performance Improvement and Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) deals with companies’ capital agenda – preserving, optimizing, investing and raising capital.

It is worth mentioning here that Chhattisgarh will be first state in the country which had appointed a specializing corporate entity as full-time technical advisor. The state government has floated global offers for the selection of technical advisor and six companies including Price Waterhouse Coopers and Ernest and Young apart from four other companies. After completing of interview and other selection process, the state government finalized Ernest and Young as the Advisor as the company has good experience of working in Chhattisgarh and had extended its services earlier to CMDC, NRDA, CSIDC and CTD apart from organising successfully the State Investors’ Meet. The company EY is also working upon the agenda of economic development in ten other states also.

Highly placed sources in the state government while confirming the news have stated that the company will work on the agenda of economic development towards achieving the goal of Chhattisgarh government to scale Economic Development Index of the state at 10 percent apart from solving and advising on preparation of policies and technical difficulties. It will also study the policies of other governments both at national and international level and accordingly advice on policy making in the state.

Since the state is facing Naxal problems in 14 out of 27 districts, the company will be advising on proper implementation of government schemes on socio-economic grounds apart from advising on tax fixation, urban development schemes, infrastructure, multi-sector investment encouragement, etc as the state government is initiating various schemes in these directions.

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Petitions disposed off

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court disposed off petitions challenging demand towards interest on royalty amount founded on conversion factor specified in impugned circulars. The divi... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court disposed off petitions challenging demand towards interest on royalty amount founded on conversion factor specified in impugned circulars. The division bench comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi has dispose off all writ petitions and writ appeals by quashing and setting aside instructions contained in the circular dated August 11, 1993 to 1999, invoke notional conversion factor of 1.6 even in cases where the Assesse was able to substantiate the fact that the actual quantity of limestone consumed was less than 1.6.

Besides quashing that part of the instruction, we are inclined to quash and set aside decision of the Tribunal and the Revisional Authority as also of Assessing Authority in respect of every petitioner(s)/ appellant(s) and including all consequential actions and demand notices based on order of Assessing Authority and instead relegate them before the concerned Assessing Authority to re-examine the issue afresh from the stage of filing of Returns in the light of the observations made hitherto. We also set aside operative order of the Single Judge dismissing writ petitions filed by Appellants and instead grant same relief even to those writ petitioners by relegating them before the Assessing Officer. Accordingly, all writ petitions and writ appeals are disposed of on above terms. All MCCs are disposed of in terms of this order. The division bench has disposed off the various petitions filed by Grasim Industries Limited, Neemuch, Mysore Cement Limited, Century Textiles and Industries Limited, Jaypee Rewa Cements Limited and others. In all these petitions, the challenge is, essentially, to circulars dated December 19, 1992, and August 11, 1993, respectively, in so far as it purport to provide for mode of computation of royalty amount in respect of extracted Limestone by applying conversion factor of 1.6:1 metric 7 tonne. As a consequence of these Circulars, each of the petitioners have been called upon to pay the royalty amount at an uniform rate on the assumption that they have removed and consumed 1.6 Metric Tonne Limestone for manufacturing of 1 Metric Tonne of Cement/Clinker.

For the nature of controversy, brought before this Court, it may not be necessary to advert to the factual position, in detail, in each of these writ petitions. Suffice it to observe that the petitioners are manufacturers of Cement (Ordinary Portland Cement and Pozzolana Portland Cement) and Clinker. The Limestone is the basic ingredient for manufacture of these products. The petitioners claim that they have subsisting mining lease. Some of the petitioners are engaged in the stated business for quite some time, in the concerned area. After expiry of the lease period and coming into force of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 (herein after referred to as the "Act of 1957"), the lessees are required to execute lease deed as prescribed in Form-K, as specified under the Mineral Concession Rules, 1960.

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High Court issues directives in PIL against 82 illegal institutes in MP

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Alok Verma issued directions in PIL related to 82 institutes in Madhya Pradesh that are functioning i... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Alok Verma issued directions in PIL related to 82 institutes in Madhya Pradesh that are functioning illegally and without proper sanction of law. The division bench has directed the Secretary of the Department of Higher Education to ensure that inspection teams constituted by the State for the same are made more effective and illegalities, if found, be dealt with in accordance with law.

The division bench in its order said that apart against the institutes identified, if action has not been taken and if an action is proposed to be taken, the same be initiated as per law and a report be submitted to the Registrar General of this court within a period of three months indicating as to what action has been taken or proposed to be taken in the matter. Based on the report that may be submitted by the competent authority of State Government, petitioner is granted liberty to initiate fresh proceedings, if required after a period of three months. With the aforesaid, for the present, this petition is disposed off.

The public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Advocate Nityanand Mishra against Secretary, Higher Education Department, Bhopal, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Vishwavidyalaya, Katni. Inter-alia contending that certain institutes in Madhya Pradesh are functioning illegally and without proper sanction of law and approval of competent statutory authority, certain courses like MBA, MCA, M.Sc., CS, BCA, PGDCA etc are imparted to students in an illegal manner and in spite of complaints being made, no action is being taken.

The petitioner claiming himself to be a public spirited person has filed this petition, Pro-Bono. Respondent Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, concerned and respondent Higher Education Department the competent authority in the Department of the State Government have filed a detailed reply and from the reply filed by the State Government it transpires that for the purpose of stopping all such illegal activities, a high power committee and an inspection team has been constituted by the State Government and instructions have been issued to all the collectors of the Districts and Commissioners of the Division to conduct periodical inspection and submit their reports. It is stated by the State Government that in pursuance thereto, after this writ petition was filed a detailed enquiry was conducted and in the state certain institutes (82 in numbers) were identified which were found to be functioning without proper sanction of law or in an illegal manner. It is said that FIR has been filed against these institutes and action has been taken.

However, counsel for the petitioner submits that after the State reply was filed and the said list was submitted in 2011, no action has been taken and even today some of the institutes as contended in the list are functioning and illegality continues. Prem Francis, counsel appearing for respondent Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Vishwavidyalaya, Katni, University and S Mishra, counsel appearing for Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University, submit that as far as these universities are concerned, they have taken action in the matter and there is no illegality in institutes functioning under their jurisdiction. Be that as it may the fact remains that petitioner has highlighted before this court the irregularities and prima facie from the report submitted by the State Government, it is apparent that certain irregularities have been found and certain institutions, about 82, have been prima facie found to be functioning illegally. The list of such institutions has been submitted by the State Government and it is not known as to what action has been taken against these institutes after their identification and the illegalities found out.

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EPFO allots first Universal Account Number of State to Indore resident

THE Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has allotted first Universal Account Number (UAN) of the State to a member in Indore. PF Commissioner Ajay Mehra took a meeting of all commis... Read More
THE Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has allotted first Universal Account Number (UAN) of the State to a member in Indore. PF Commissioner Ajay Mehra took a meeting of all commissioners of the State through video-conferencing and gave necessary directions on Saturday.

He asked them to work on war footing to provide UAN to over 30 lakh PF shareholders of the State. EPFO has started providing UAN to its subscribers to ease transfer of provident fund accounts on switching jobs and claim settlements. Employees will be able to operate UAN once these are made operational from October 15. With this facility, employees have to update their employee identity numbers provided by new employer in their UANs while switching jobs and their accounts will be automatically shifted, cutting time in PF transfer. After allotment of UAN, an employee need not request the employer to provide details to EPFO, unlike now. Besides, their claims would also be settled faster once savings bank accounts are seeded with UANs.

EPFO has requested employers covered under it to seed the know-your-customer (KYC) documents such as Aadhar, National Population Register (NPR) number and bank account details of their employees with UANs by September 15.

PF Commissioner Ajay Mehra said UAN will play a pivotal role in providing better service to employees. He said after getting UAN, a subscriber would not be issued new PF account number on joining new firm or organisation. It will provide great respite to those workers who switch jobs frequently. UAN is an account number, which would be allotted to a subscriber for various schemes run by EPFO for his entire service period with different employers. Mehra gave necessary instructions to Commissioners of Bhopal, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Ujjain and Sagar. He has appointed PF Commissioner Gajala Ali Khan as Nodal Officer for execution and monitoring the drive. A four-member team has also been given technical training under supervision of Bhopal PF Commissioner Ashvini Gupta.

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Seminar on ‘Enhancing Agriculture Profitability through Value Addition’ ends

A two-day national-level seminar organised on the topic of ‘Enhancing Agriculture Profitability through Value Addition’, was concluded in a gracious manner at College of Agricultural Engineer... Read More
A two-day national-level seminar organised on the topic of ‘Enhancing Agriculture Profitability through Value Addition’, was concluded in a gracious manner at College of Agricultural Engineering, on Saturday. The seminar was organised by Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU), This seminar was organised in the series of celebration Golden Jubilee.

In this seminar, more than 100 Scientists, Engineers, businessmen, and Industrialist associated with agriculture products participated.The objective of this seminar was to enhance agriculture profitability through value addition, to solve difficulties which arise in research and publicity of agriculture product. Chief guest on the occasion was Member of Parliament (MP), Rakesh Singh, Vice-Chancellor, JNAU, Professor, V S Tomas was presided over the function.

Speaking on the occasion, MP, Rakesh Singh said that agriculture is an ancient history in Indian. Agriculture is a part of Indian culture, and tradition. It highlighted our culture, value and tradition. He said that it is very necessary that modern technologies should be introduced and provide its benefits to farmer. So that, they can grow huge production of crops. This also change the lifestyle of farmers by providing huge profits. He also emphasized to Scientists for spreading the technologies upto the farmers.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor, Tomar appreciated the initiative which are being taken by MP for progress of agriculture production. On this occasion, Dr Gyanedra Singh, Former Vice-Chancellor MGCGV, Chitrakoot, Satna and, Dean Agriculture Faculty, Dr S K Rao, Dean College of Agriculture Engineering, Dr G S Rajput, Dr P K Mishra were present. Vice-Chancellor, Prof Tomar presented memotoes to all the guests. The award was also presented to winner scientists of Poster presentation.

Mahakoshal Chamber of Commerce , Ravi Gupta, Dr B M Khandelwal, Dr Mohan Singh, Dr A K Gupta were present.

The programme was convened by Dr Sheela Pandey and vote of thanks proposed by Secretary, Dr R K Nema.

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AAP yet to chalk out strategy in Madhya Pradesh

The restructuring of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) state wing is yet to take shape. Sources from the party claim that the main strategy had not being chalked out yet. The mission expansion campaign concl... Read More
The restructuring of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) state wing is yet to take shape. Sources from the party claim that the main strategy had not being chalked out yet. The mission expansion campaign concluded on July 24 in the State.

Volunteers also said that the VYAPAM issue and many corruption issues in the State were not getting enough attention from the AAP, which was vouching against corruption earlier. The membership number also declined in many districts, especially when it concerned youngsters. To focus on grievance cell of volunteers does not serve the purpose as main issues for which the party will take stand had still not been identified.

Aam Aadmi Party representatives from Madhya Pradesh were in Haryana in the month of June to attend national observers’ AAP meet to decide on working strategy. To decide the future strategy subsequent to rift between national level leaders in Aam Aadmi Party, a ‘Chintan Shivir’ has been organised in Haryana, where representatives from all the States have been called. From Madhya Pradesh, representatives have gone to Haryana in which revamping of state executive body was discussed. The main emphasis was, however, to frame an effective plan district wise.

Aam Aadmi Party in the State has said that State Executive Body meeting would also be organised to formalise the action plan after this national level meet so as to increase the membership in AAP. AAP’s strategy to popularise their Lok Sabha candidates with few clicks in social networking site was gaining popularity among the youngsters but it was unable to provide worthwhile results during elections. Earlier, budget constraint had limited the State Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) wing to go for digitised vote appeal in the State capital.

To meet ends, AAP has also urged supporters to get support for infrastructure for the party office, which is still continuing. The inadequacy in infrastructure has been a reason providing hindrance for the effective implementation of the party campaign.Volunteers and supporters have been asked to help for used up computers, table, chairs and other second hand infrastructure, which they can donate to the party office. The donation strategy itself started by AAP has attracted many people earlier but now, it’s showing sharp decline.

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Thieves strike at Excise Deptt official’s house

Unidentified miscreants targetted the locked house of an Excise Department official, located at JK Town under Kolar police station and made away with valuables worth Rs 2.50 lakh. The house wa... Read More
Unidentified miscreants targetted the locked house of an Excise Department official, located at JK Town under Kolar police station and made away with valuables worth Rs 2.50 lakh. The house was locked and those burglars sneaked into the house in the meantime. The incident came to light on Saturday morning when the victim house owner, along with other family members, returned home. Later, house owner reported the matter to police. Subsequently, a case of burglary was lodged against unidentified miscreants. Accordingly, the police launched a manhunt to nab those miscreants, who were on run till filing of the report. TI, Kolar station Akhilesh Mishra said the complainant Pawan Kumar, 36, son of Bhagwati Prasad Azad, a resident of house no B 76, JK Town near JK Hospital had lodged a complaint in this regard. Pawan Kumar is posted as an Inspector in Central Excise Department. In his complaint, Pawan told the police that his wife was pregnant and following labour pain, they admitted her to a private hospital where she delivered a baby. Following her delivery, he, along with other relatives, stayed at the hospital and returned home on Saturday morning. When they reached home, they spotted that the lock of main gate was broken and thieves took away cash amount of Rs 5,000 and gold jewellery, all to the tune of Rs 2.5 lakh from the almirah of bedroom. A case under sections 457 and 380 of the IPC against unidentified thieves was lodged by police and their efforts to nab those burglars were on.

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Three arrested with 40 kg cannabis

In a major breakthrough, Mangalwara police arrested three persons, including a woman, and seized a consignment of cannabis, weighing 40 kg and Rs 90,000 cash amount from their possession.

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In a major breakthrough, Mangalwara police arrested three persons, including a woman, and seized a consignment of cannabis, weighing 40 kg and Rs 90,000 cash amount from their possession.

All of them were arrested for illegal drug trafficking at Alpana trisection on Friday night. There was a tip-off, which facilitated the police in arrest of these smugglers. City Superintendent of Police, Hanumanganj, Navratan Singh said it was around 7 pm an auto rickshaw driver tipped off police regarding drug dealing by passengers. Acting swiftly on tip-off, a police team left for the spot and detained the three, including a woman. During search, around 40 kg of cannabis and Rs 90,000 in cash were recovered from their possession. The money was meant for the payment of cannabis. The identity of arrested smugglers was established as Yasmeen (35) of Chola Mandir, Rakesh (26) and Sai Kiran (21) of Warangal in Telangana. Yasmeen’s husband Sanju Siddiqui, who hails from Warangal in Telangana, instructed her to provide the money for collecting delivery.

Sanju, an auto rickshaw driver, was involved in drug trafficking in the past. Rakesh and Sai Kiran brought the consignment and took an autorickshaw from the pre-paid booth but instructed the autorickshaw driver to stop the auto rickshaw near Alpana Square where Yasmeen was waiting for them.

When the autorickshaw driver suspected that the three were dealing in drugs, he informed the police. Seizing drugs from their possession, police lodged a case under NDPS Act against them. Police said that they would be interrogated to unearth customers across the city as well as out of Bhopal.

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No support from ex-servicemen mars Kargil Diwas celebrations

This time, the Kargil Diwas celebration witnessed lack of support from Ex-Service men Welfare Board in the region. The discontent over servicemen for not appointing a director in Ex Servicemen We... Read More
This time, the Kargil Diwas celebration witnessed lack of support from Ex-Service men Welfare Board in the region. The discontent over servicemen for not appointing a director in Ex Servicemen Welfare Board seems to be one of the main reasons. The State administration’s decision to appoint official from Police Department, has been assigned additional charge of Director of Ex Servicemen Welfare Board, aggravating the concerns of ex-servicemen.

As per norms, Ex-Armymen belonging to at least Brigadier level need to be appointed as director of the board. Col Dixit from Welfare Board told that it had been more than a year and the appointment was a mere formality to float the welfare board. But when it comes to implementation and real issues of ex servicemen, things are not taking good shape. Reportedly, interview has already been conducted but appointment is yet to finalised and the process was not catching pace.

Earlier, Brigadier George Mathai, Ex-Director of Sainik Welfare Board said that major issues of ex servicemen which include special reservation quota meant for ex-service men in Class-3 and Class-4 category, issuing arm license to ex-servicemen, etc. was not being brought forward.

To issue arms license to ex-servicemen on priority basis and also to waive off the license fee would facilitate them to get secure job. But when it came to other districts, especially in Chambal region, which included Morena, Bhind, etc., inspite of large number of ex service men settled there, there were no facilities reaching them. To get absorbed in Police Department was a tough task and though these ex servicemen had 10% quota, the rules were not followed stringently.

Out of 500 vacant post meant for the ex-servicemen quota, only 25-30 seats got filled, mainly in Police Department, Jail Department and Forest Department and for that too, the parameters fixed were not friendly to the ex servicemen who struggle to get employment at 35 years of age after retirement from army services.

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Heavy fine imposed on private medical colleges

In case of selling State quota MBBS seats by the State’s six private medical colleges, State Government on Saturday imposed heavy fine. After holding many meetings in this connection, hearing... Read More
In case of selling State quota MBBS seats by the State’s six private medical colleges, State Government on Saturday imposed heavy fine. After holding many meetings in this connection, hearing the directors of all six private medical colleges, final decision regarding imposing fine on the medical colleges was taken in a high-level meeting held at the MPAFRC, on Saturday, which was attended by officers of Medical Education Department. Government has charged Rs 5 lakh for State quota MBBS seat in which private medical colleges admitted students of PMT passed. While Rs 10 lakh was charged per seat for those State quota MBBS seats, which were filled by the medical colleges without PMT passed students.

Total MBBS seats were 206 that were to be filled up through the PMT by the State Government under the State quota but the private medical colleges had filled up these seats before the Government took initiative to fill it. Maximum State quota MBBS seats were sold by Indus Medical College, Indore. The Madhya Pradesh Admission and Fees Regulatory Committee imposed fine of Rs 5.50 crore, LN Medical College has been charged Rs 2.45 crore, Chirayu Medical College has been fined Rs 2.25 crore, People’s Medical College has been fined Rs 2.15 crore (all medical colleges located in Bhopal), Arvindo Medical College, Indore has been fined Rs 40 lakh and RD Gardy Medical College, Ujjain has been fined Rs 35 lakh.

Total amount is Rs 13.10 crore, to which, the Government has given deadline of two months. If the medical colleges fail to deposit the fine amount, they will have to pay all the amount with 12 percent interest. The MPFARC has decided to deposit all this amount into the Government’s special funds formed to provide education loan to the economically poor students, who are meritorious and want to go for higher education.

Prof. T R Thapak, Chairman, Madhya Pradesh Fees & Admission Regulatory Committee, said that in matter of selling state quota MBBS seats by the private medical colleges, total Rs 13.10 crore fine was imposed. The amount will be deposited in the special funds for the economically poor students. If the medical colleges fail to deposit the required amount in two months deadline, we charge Rs 12 percent interest, he said.

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High Court dismisses anticipatory bail application

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe has dismissed anticipatory bail application filed by Vijay Tripathi. This application... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe has dismissed anticipatory bail application filed by Vijay Tripathi. This application has been filed for grant of anticipatory bail to the applicant in connection with crime registered at police station STF, Bhopal, for offences punishable under sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 120-B of IPC and 3(d), 1, 2/4 of Madhya Pradesh recognised Examination Act-1937.

Argument of applicant is that while dealing with application preferred by principal accused Vijay Singh, son of Chhote Lal, the court has noticed in its order dated July 8, 2014, that Vijay Singh is not named as accused in that case. If Vijay Singh has not been named as accused in crime, the question of making any inquiry with the applicant in connection with telephonic call records in which it has been noticed that there were exchange of telephone calls between applicant and Vijay Singh, does not arise. This argument, in our opinion, is ill advised. The fact that Vijay Singh was not named as accused till July 8, 2014, does not necessarily follow that he will not be named as accused in spite of material indicating his complicity in commission of crime registered as crime comes on record and becomes available to investigating officer. Further, in the order dated on July 8, 2014, on which reliance has been placed, the court has found that there was no immediate apprehension of arrest of Vijay Singh, while disposing of his application. The same logic would apply to applicant. The applicant has been merely asked to report to the investigating officer. If there is no material available with investigating officer indicating complicity of the applicant in commission of crime in question, the investigating officer, in law, will have no authority to arrest the applicant.

For, amended provisions of the code, in particular Section 41, mandates that investigating officer must record reasons as to why he deems it fit to arrest the concerned person. That is sufficient safeguard to the applicant. The present case is not a case of applicant being persecuted by investigating officer. As a result, we decline to entertain this application. Hence, dismissed, said the division bench. Advocate Anuvad Shrivastava appeared on behalf of the applicant, while P K Kaurav, Additional Advocate General for the respondent State.

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With 3 more cases, 53 dengue patients detected in 24 days

With three more dengue suspects’ blood samples testing positive on Saturday, total dengue patients in the city in last 24 days has reached 53. Two of them are from South TT Nagar area from wher... Read More
With three more dengue suspects’ blood samples testing positive on Saturday, total dengue patients in the city in last 24 days has reached 53. Two of them are from South TT Nagar area from where many dengue patients were found earlier while one dengue patient was from Basant Vihar Colony, the new place where dengue mosquito larvae had been active.

Many patients with dengue fever suspicion reached the Government, private hospitals and nursing homes to get their blood tested, fearing dengue. Most of the dengue suspected patients returned with some medicines while those having continuous fever for the last three to four days were advised blood test for particularly, dengue fever. According to a senior doctor in JP Hospital, more blood samples were collected at the hospital and malaria office. The two labs, to perform Eliza test, had more samples pending for testing. The samples are said to be tested on Monday as Sunday is holiday.

It is learnt that after chiding by Pankaj Agrawal, Health Commissioner, District Malaria Office (DMO) on Saturday sent information of dengue tests to the CMHO office.

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Mishra writes missive to STF ADG on dramatic surrender of Sharma

Chief Spokesman of Congress, K K Mishra has written a letter to ADG, STF, Sudhir Sahi and said to him that in his absence, surrender of mining baron Sudhir Sharma had taken place and it was under... Read More
Chief Spokesman of Congress, K K Mishra has written a letter to ADG, STF, Sudhir Sahi and said to him that in his absence, surrender of mining baron Sudhir Sharma had taken place and it was under well planned manner. Mishra said that accused was close to a senior IAS officer and he demanded that call details of last four years of both accused and IAS officer be publicised.

Mishra also demanded probe into the manner Sudhir Sharma had surrendered. He also demanded that concerned IAS officer should be called for interrogation. He alleged that while on run, accused was in touch with the concerned IAS officer. Notably, Sudhir Sharma is accused in VYAPAM scam and he was wanted by STF for quite some time. Raids were conducted in his search but police returned empty handed. In a dramatic manner, Sudhir Sharma came to court and surrendered on Friday. Accused Sharma was a BJP leader and close to then Culture Minister Laxmikant Sharma. When their name cropped up in scam and Congress made a big issue, BJP cancelled their membership. Laxmikant Sharma was arrested and currently, he is behind bars.

‘Number of companies of Sudhir Sharma should be checked’:

State Congress Vice President Manak Agrawal has claimed that mining baron Sudhir Sharma had taken full benefit of delay in his arrest and he had ensured that less properties should be in his name. STF should take this matter seriously and see whether Sudhir Sharma is still handling the companies, which have come to fore during IT raid against him.

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Accused in VYAPAM scam Sharma sent on police remand till July 30

The district court, on Saturday, sent Sudhir Sharma, a mining baron and accused in Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, on police remand for further interrogation till July... Read More
The district court, on Saturday, sent Sudhir Sharma, a mining baron and accused in Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, on police remand for further interrogation till July 30.

Special Task Force (STF) of state police, while producing Sharma in court, asked for his remand so that more evidence against him could be unravelled as well as to strengthen the case. Considering the points made by STF as valid, the court remanded Sharma to it till July 30. While he came out from the court after being remanded to STF, Sharma claimed his innocence before mediapersons.

He also said that it was only matter of time and he would be freed from all charges made by STF on false ground as he had nothing to do with the scam. Before Sharma could make his presence in the district court on Saturday, his supporters in good number thronged the court. Notably, on Friday, he reached the court with his family members and surrendered.

Move of Sharma came following rejection of his bail plea from the Supreme Court. Also, the district court had set July 28 as last date of his surrender, failing which, court could have issued order to attach his property. Sharma was on run since May and was given an ultimatum to present himself in court before July 28 by CJM Pankaj Singh Maheshwari during a last hearing on July 22. A cash award of Rs 5,000 was also declared on any information leading to his arrest by the probe agency.

Earlier, the last date of appearing in the court for Sharma was set July 22. But his lawyer Pratulya Shandilya appeared in the court on the said date and sought extension of deadline for surrender on certain grounds. The court accepted it and extended the deadline, providing some relief to him.

STF has made Sharma accused in two scams - first with Police Constable Recruitment Examination and second with Sub-inspector Recruitment Examination. Soon after being booked by STF, Sharma went absconding and remained on run till Friday, when he himself turned at the court and surrendered.

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Moments, memoirs and melody

On Saturday morning, Marathi literature-lovers, Nagpur-lovers, and music-lovers all enjoyed a rare treat of memories, poetry, and melody at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall. The occasion was of conclu... Read More
On Saturday morning, Marathi literature-lovers, Nagpur-lovers, and music-lovers all enjoyed a rare treat of memories, poetry, and melody at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall. The occasion was of concluding function of birth centenary year celebration of legendary poet, lyricist, film-maker and a versatile personality Raja Badhe. Legendary composer Pt Hrudaynath Mangeshkar, Classical vocalist Asha Khadilkar, poet Sandeep Khare, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Raja Badhe's brother Baban, Mayor Prof Anil Sole and the Ajay Rajkarne, who made this rare gathering possible, were present on the dais.

All guests shared memoirs of their association with Raja Badhe. Pt Hrudaynath Mangeshkar, being the one who enjoyed Raja Badhe's company even more than his own brother, was overwhelmed while sharing how Badhe introduced him to the field of professional music composing. Pt Mangeshkar also shared that great meeting in which Swatantraveer Savarkar himself handed over two of his poems to him for composing. And, what more, the meeting was arranged by Raja Badhe. Asha Khadilkar recalled her debut in Sangeet Natak which was morally psychologically supported by Raja Badhe, the lyricist of the play. Now, the institution herself, Khadilkar narrated how minutely Badhe used to listen the songs. She also threw light on Raja Badhe as an able composer.

Nitin Gadkari, a Mahal boy then, used to see Raja Badhe visiting Gadkari Wada and the Soman's residence in his neighborhood. Gadkari narrated how proudly his parents used to talk about the great achievements of a Nagpur boy Raja Badhe in Mumbai and his close association with Swatantryaveer Sawarkar.

Sandeep Khare lamented that he never had an opportunity to meet Raja Badhe, a poet who created timeless classics. Khare expressed happiness that Vidarbha, the home of Raja Badhe has finally remembered him in such a grand way. He also presented Badhe's one poem written decades ago, but absolutely relevant to modern times.

For Mayor Prof Anil Sole, it was an opportunity to make some announcements in order to preserve the memories of Badhe. The Square in Mahal in front of CP and Beral College is going to be named after him. NMC libraries will have a reading room named after Badhe. And most importantly, the proposed Suresh Bhat Memorial Auditorium will have a special gallery in memory of Raja Badhe. Raja Badhe's brother Group Captain (Retd) Baban Badhe, who was overwhelmed by the love and affection shown by the Nagpurians, proposed a vote of thanks. A website www.rajabadhe.com was launched at the hands of dignitaries on the occasion. This website is a actually a beautiful celebration of life of this 'Raja' poet. A CD of his songs, and a set of DVDs on his life and time was also released on the occasion.

The function was very well organized and professionally managed, which is quite a new thing for Nagpurians. Such welcome changes are must to streamline the cultural activities in city. Renuka Deshkar conducted the proceedings. The musical event followed by the function was also attended by hundreds of music-lovers. Noted singers of Nagpur presented the songs with musical arrangement by Sachin Dhomane.

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Motorcyclist who fell into pit succumbs

ANTHONY Swami (56), who suffered serious injuries after he and his wife fell into a six-foot pit dug out by OCW contractor for repairing a pipline on July 18, died during treatment at Mayo Ho... Read More
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