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

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

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IIM-Nagpur inauguration today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DGP Borwankar visits Central Jail, inspects ‘Fasi Yard’

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

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

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‘Dadasaheb Gavai’s demise is an irreparable loss’

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

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

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

I’ve lost a guide: CM

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

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

Visionary leader lost: Gadkari

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

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

Governor condoles demise of R S Gavai

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

Lost a progressive leader: Pawar

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

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

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

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

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

Dalits have lost a pillar of strength: Khadse

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

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SC maintains HC order on Chanda GMC

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

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

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

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MKCL’s re-entry in Nagpur University draws flak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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100-bed ESIC Hospital to be started in Butibori

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

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

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

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

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

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Borwankar to review arrangements for Yakub’s execution

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

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

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

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

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Gunde appointed Additional Mpl Commissioner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Respect CM Devendra Fadnavis, leaders: BJP to alliance partners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HC pulls up Forest authorities for stalling tree felling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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High Court asks State Government to ensure transparency in PWD contracts

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

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

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

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

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

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Major security lapse in Central Jail?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This is Nagpur’s Golden Hour, says USINPAC Chief

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

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

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

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

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

Puri meets Gadkari

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

US investors’ meet in city in Nov

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

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Yakub addresses mercy petition to Governor

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

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

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

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

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Firing in Yashodhara Nagar over land dispute, one seriously injured

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unauctioned ghats to be auctioned in September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CM felicitates meritorious SC/ST students

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rains bring huge relief to swamp deer in Van Vihar

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

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

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

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More rains in Ujjain, Bhopal division

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

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

Rainfall breaks 8-year record in city

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

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Heavy rains create flood-like scenes in Bhopal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Improper connectivity affecting Industrial Devpt

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

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

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

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

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

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

Development of Dry Port must

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

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Two held in Gohalpur for transporting illegal liquor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Patients have faith in joint, hip replacement surgeries

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

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

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

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Youth stabbed after refusing money for alcohol

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

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

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

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Tragedy at Jagruti Nagar may be fall out of dispute

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monsoon Session of Chhattisgarh Assembly from today

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

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

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

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

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CAP Round III counseling of Engg admission process to begin today

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

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

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Flyblown! Is this the Nagpur of our dreams?

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

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

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

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

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

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Banks disburse crop loans of Rs 606 crore in district

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elections to committees and draw of lots

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Two killed as speeding truck rams into trailer near Butibori

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

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

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

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

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

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Can entry of outbound heavy vehicles in city be barred?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BJP’s ‘Maha Jansampark Abhiyan’ today

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

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

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

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

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HC turns down Bhagyashree Wasankar’s bail plea

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crucial meet on Starbus issue on July 21

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

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

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Partial change in HC roster

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

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NMC to urge Govt to frame guidelines on hookah parlours

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PIL seeks permanent CAT bench at Nagpur

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SC raps MCI for challenging HC order on Chanda GMC

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

Union Health Minister signs file of Chandrapur Medical College

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

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

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

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CRPF claims upper-hand in Naxal belt

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

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

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Season’s first swine flu case detected in city

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

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Dual degree course in management provides better opportunities abroad

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

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

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Load-shedding begins

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

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

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

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

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LBT continued for traders with more than Rs 50 cr turnover

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

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

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

Supplementary demands of Rs 14,973 cr tabled

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Negative growth in passenger traffic increases worry for CR

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

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

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

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CM removes Child Welfare Committee members for gross abuse of position

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

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

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

The CWC members while issuing some directions, apparently without any jurisdictions, even tried to over-rule the High Court’s judgement in RTE admission process. Taking full benefit of these orders, the local Education Department officials tried to arm-twist the school managements and forced them to follow the illegal orders on RTE admission. After the High Court put the RTE admission process to rest, the fallacy in the process adopted by department and CWC came to light.

Mantralaya sources also confirmed that higher authorities have been asked to conduct a probe against alleged irregularities committed by CWC members.

It all started with confusion in admission process under Right to Education (RTE) Act and self-contradictory stance adopted by the School Education Department. Initially the schools were allowed to determine their own point of entry for admission under RTE (either nursery or Class I) and suddenly the point of entry was changed to Class-I on April 30. Meanwhile the Education Department which messed up the entire process, threatened the schools with dire consequences, if the schools dare to defy them.

Taken aback by this terrorising tactics, many well-known schools knocked the doors of the High Court, which allowed schools to go ahead with their own admission process as per old circular and stayed any possible action including prosecution against schools. Suddenly, some parents with the help of self-styled activists approached the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and complained that not admitting their wards is violation of child rights. Ignoring the High Court order, the CWC, whose basic mandate is to held child in need of care and protection, summoned school principals and directed them to admit students. Preliminary objections raised by schools questioning the propriety and legality of proceeding, was brushed aside. Schools repeatedly pointed out that none of the applicant parents or students were child in need of care or protection and hence outside the purview of CWC and challenged the jurisdiction and role of CWC in RTE admission process.

Interestingly, the school education department officials who were left red faced after High Court order, suddenly became hyper-active to implement CWC order and issued several orders to all schools to honour CWC rulings within days and unfortunately many school managements succumbed to these pressure tactics.

Going a step further, the CWC on May 22 Child Welfare Committee styling itself as a Court and bench of Magistrate, informed the Deputy Director of Education, Nagpur, that Child Welfare Committee has formed a Sub-Committee to enquire into the complaints made by persons alleging irregularities in the admission of children to schools under the RTE Act. The committee was to have a representative of Collectorate, Education department, CWC itself, Juvenile Justice Board, Child Protection Cell and RTE Action Committee and was also asked to prepare a charter for schools. The Deputy Director of Education promptly issued a letter to Education Officer, Zilla Parishad about constitution of Sub-Committee to inquire into complaint about 25% quota under RTE Act, 2009, and further communication dated 25 May 2015 was issued by the Education Officer, Zilla Parishad, to the headmasters of all the schools. By taking this tough decision, Fadnavis Government has sent a crystal clear message to entire machinery warning them not to harass, intimidate and trouble the law abiding persons and institutions, keeping with his commitment to make entire system transparent and remove graft and arbitrariness from the decision making process.

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‘Don’t depend on bookish knowledge, pursue research’

“While studying, do not depend on bookish knowledge but try to do research on your own. And while doing research, keep last man in mind. Remember your research should help the downtrodden,”... Read More
“While studying, do not depend on bookish knowledge but try to do research on your own. And while doing research, keep last man in mind. Remember your research should help the downtrodden,” appealed Union Road Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. He was speaking during a programme at Shivaji Science College aadressing the students who secured top positions in examinations like HSSC, IITJEE, MHCET, BITSAT, KVPY etc.

Prasad Channewar was the recipient of highest number of prizes. Prasad has topped HSSC examination from the college. He scored 97.23% marks. He scored 100% marks in fisheries. He is also one of the recipients of Late Kalpana Chawala Memorial Best Student Award.

Principal Dr D K Burghate, in his introductory speech, explained various activities of the college undertakes to nurture the students.

In his highly motivating speech, Gadkari warned the students that success in examination is not the ultimate in one’s life. To be successful in life one must realise the importance of team spirit, managerial skills, conversion of knowledge in to skill. He also give stress on agriculture.

In the presidential address Adv Arunkumar Shelke, President of Shivaji Education Society said, in western countries they say money spent on education by the Government is money wasted. On this occasion, 57 students were felicitated for securing more than 90% marks in HSSC exam. Shraddeya Shendre, Saurabh Mirani, Ashwin Mahajan, Abhijit Karma, Prasad Channewar, Amit Dashputra, Rutuja Bagade were felicitated for showing outstanding performance in IIT advance, KVPY, MHCET, NSO and IMO examinations.

Dr S S Darokar and Dr H K Dahule were conferred with best teacher and best researchers award by the college. K J Baisker and V K Zalke were awarded with best service award. Sports persons like Mugdha Amravatkar, Mrunali Mane, Navpreet Khurana etc. were also felicitated for their outstanding performance in inter- national and national level sports.

The teaching staff Prof R Y Deshmukh, Prof H K Dahule, Prof S R Pande, Prof R N Jugale, Prof M J Hedaoo and Prof R N Deshmukh were felicitated for receiving PhD from RTM Nagpur University.

The entire executive committee members of management of the Shivaji Education society Amravati viz. Vasantrao Charjan, Dr Suresh Thakare-Vice President, Haribhau Thakare- Treasurer, Adv Nanaji Deshmukh, Adv Gajananrao Pundkar- members, V G Bhamburkar- Secretary, Dr B B Taiwade – Principal DNC, and Mangle- co-opted member have graced the function by their presence.

Prof Kanchan Datey conducted the programme. Prof D K Kadu proposed a vote of thanks.

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A sad story of Lift Irrigation project with disconnected, non-functional pump-house

After spending Rs 70 crores on ambitious lift irrigation project on Navegaon Khairi reservoir of Pench Project, Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) has miserably failed to provid... Read More
After spending Rs 70 crores on ambitious lift irrigation project on Navegaon Khairi reservoir of Pench Project, Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) has miserably failed to provide water for irrigation to farmers in tribal area of Ramtek tehsil. From the very same reservoir, Nagpur city also gets its drinking water while only 400 hectare land has been brought under irrigation.

Interestingly, close to 85 percent farmers do not have electricity, and even pump house and distribution chamber is non-functional since last one year, raising a serious question-mark over all claims made by VIDC about project. VIDC engineers blame farmers for non-payment of water cess and claim that they were unable to clear Rs 7 lakh power bill leading to snapping of electricity supply to pump house on October 23, 2014. Like other projects, shoddy construction of left and right bank canals, crumbling lining work, absence of any retaining walls, have aggravated the situation and farmers are seething with angers.

These shocking facts came to fore during Vidarbha Sinchan Shodh Yatra organised by Loknayak Bapuji Aney Smarak Samiti, Jan Manch, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Swadeshi Jagran Manch and Vidarbha Economic Development Council (VED) whose members visited the Satrapur Lift Irrigation Project on Sunday.

S.R.Mandwar, Assistant Engineer (I) and Narendra Nimje Assistant Engineer (II) of VIDC tried to paint a rosy picture. The project was sanctioned in 2001 for Rs 38.78 crores and its cost escalated to Rs 70.79 crores in January 12, 2011. The construction work of Pump House, Four Way, Rising Main Canal, Distribution Chamber and right main canal to Distribution Chamber has been completed. Only work of left bank canal is remaining. There are 20 minor canals in left and right bank canals out of them the construction work of eight minor canals has been completed and that of five minors is in progress, they said.

Till March 2015, Rs 70.62 crores have been spent on the project and as there are no funds available, the proposed second Administrative Sanction for Rs 113. 83 crores is pending with the Government, said S.R.Mandwar. The irrigation potential of 1,944 hectares has been created through this project and in the year 2012-13, 418 hectares, in 2013-14, 330 hectares and in 2014-15, 395 hectares of land has come under irrigation, he added.

When the team visited to the spots in Satrapur, Bondra, Bondri, Kandri, Hiwara village sites, the work has come to a grinding halt. The stored water under pump house was stagnant, stinky and condition of Distribution Chamber is equally pathetic. Section Engineers Neeraj Tulsinandan and R.M.Jajulwar tried to convince the team members about the good work done by department. The right and left bank canals were found without any lining work. The engineers claimed, there is no need of concrete construction of the lining. The lining work of rising main canal is in pathetic condition. The cracks on the walls are prominently visible.

Mukunda Meshram, a farmer having three acres of land at Borda village; Premlal Dhurve, a farmer from Satrapur having 12 acres land; Sayyed Mujaffar Husain, a farmer from Borda having 60 acres land, Raju Raut a farmer from Borda having 15 acres land and Vitthal Jambhule a farmer having 2 acres land complained about not receiving water since last year. Again the farmers have pointed out the position of ‘distribution chamber’ below their farm lands. These farmers are required to lift the water from the canals with the help of electric pumps, but about 80 percent farmers are not having electric connections, they have to use diesel pumps to get water from the canal. Adv Anil Kilor, President of Jan Manch; Pravin Mahajan of Jan Manch, Pradeep Maheshwari and Rahul Upganlawar of VED, Adv Avinash Kale of Loknayak Bapuji Ane Smarak Samiti questioned about the viability of project. Despite spending Rs 70 crores, it is surprising that VIDC Engineers had no amount to pay electricity bills of just Rs seven lakhs. The farmers without any electric power supply are unable to get water, then why the engineers have sent second proposal of Rs 113 crores towards second administrative sanction?

Shivajirao Khalatkar, Nana Akhare, Ramrao Ghonge, Dilip Thakre, Ajay Bondre, Ganesh Jaunjal of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh; Ravi Gadekar and Dr Waradkar of Swadeshi Jagran Manch; Hasmukh Patel, Prakash Itankar and Rahul Jade of Jan Manch; Nitin Ronghe and Navin Malewar of VED were also present.

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Collectorate to provide 15 public services within stipulated time from today

In keeping with the vision of Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, the District Collectorate will be providing 15 public services within stipulated time from Monday. This is in accordance with th... Read More
In keeping with the vision of Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, the District Collectorate will be providing 15 public services within stipulated time from Monday. This is in accordance with the provisions of Maharashtra Guarantee of Public Services Ordinance, 2015. Sachin Kurve, District Collector, has issued a notification in this regard. Accordingly, 15 public services have been notified with details like number of days within which the services should be provided, designated officers, first appellate authority, and second appellate authority. If the designated officers fail to ensure that the services concerned are provided within stipulated time, the applicants may approach to the first appellate authority, and then to the second appellate authority. As per the notification, the age, domicile, and nationality certificates should be issued within 15 days by the office of Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO)/Deputy Collector concerned. In case of delay, applicant may approach to Additional Collector as first appellate authority, and District Collector as second appellate authority. Caste certificates should be issued within 21 days by SDO/Deputy Collector concerned, and the appellate authorities in case of delays will be Additional Collector (first) and District Collector (second). Similarly, the number of days within which the officers concerned are expected to provide services are as follows: Income Certificate— 15 days, Non-creamy layer Certificate— 21 days, Temporary residence certificate— seven days, Senior Citizen’s Certificate— seven days, Solvency Certificate— 21 days, Permit for cultural programme— seven days, Certified copy of record of rights— seven days, Certificate for low land holding— 15 days, Certificate for landless farm-labourer— 15 days, Certificate of farmer— 15 days, Certificate of residence in hilly/remote area— seven days, Attested affidavit— one day, Certificate of project-affected person (PAP) or transfer of certificate to legal heirs of PAP— 30 days.

As far as Solvency Certificate is concerned, Naib Tehsildar is the designated officer to issue the said document up to solvency of Rs 2 lakh, Tehsildar may issue certificate between Rs 2,00,001 and Rs 8 lakh; SDO may issue certificate for solvency between Rs 8,00,001 and Rs 40 lakh, and District Collector may issue certificate for solvency above Rs 40 lakh.

Thus, the maximum period for provision of these 15 public services is 30 days in case of PAP Certificate, and minimum period is one day in case of attested affidavit.

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International contest for selection of architect for Metro Rail stations

Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) is adopting the best practices to ensure that Nagpur Metro Railway becomes a world-class project. In a latest move, NMRCL has organised internation... Read More
Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) is adopting the best practices to ensure that Nagpur Metro Railway becomes a world-class project. In a latest move, NMRCL has organised international-level competition for selection of architect for construction of inter-change Metro Station at Sitabuldi, Zero Mile Metro Station, and development of Traffic and Transit Management Centre (TTMC) area. NMRCL has received a huge response and many firms have participated in the competition.

Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director of NMRCL, told ‘The Hitavada’ that the international-level architecture firms Chapman Taylor India LLP, CP Kukreja Associates, Aadharshila Designs Private Limited, Fountainhead, Creative Group Architects, Urban Planners and Interior Designer, Sikka Associates Architects, LKT Engineering Consultants Limited, Enarch Consultants Private Limited, Frischmann Prabhu (I) Private Limited, G D Sambhare and Company, Kalayojan Architects and PMC, City Development Corporation (P) Limited, Architect Hafeez Contractor, Jaiprakash Sharma and Associates, a’XYKno-Absolute Architect, Dhrumataru Consultants, Satyavani Projects and Consultants Private Limited, LKS India Private Limited, Vishwannath Associates, Archohm Consultants Private Limited, Ratan J Batliboi Consultants Private Limited, Enia Architects, Egis India Consulting Engineers Private Limited, and Team OneArchitects Private Limited, have participated in the ‘International Architectural Design competition’.

Dixit said, the task for these firms is challenging as NMRCL has decided to construct around 20- storeyed tallest building at Sitabuldi Metro Station at Munje Square. The effective height of the building is likely to be 25-storeyed. The building will have offices, hotels, restaurants, shops, and it might be a good source of revenue for Metro Rail project. The design of proposed stations shall be visually appealing, tastefully designed, reflecting local culture and flavour, have functional aesthetics, user-friendly, energy-efficient, and with a station architecture. It will be environmentally compatible, green and sustainable in all forms.

Sitabuldi Metro Station is located at the intersection of North-South Corridor and East-West Corridor of proposed Nagpur Metro Rail. The station has an inter-change type configuration and many passengers will exchange from one line to the other. Zero Mile Metro Station is located near Zero Mile Stone, which is a historical monument marking the geographical centre of colonial India. TTMC is an open area near Sitabuldi inter-change, and has to be developed for property development purpose. It will also cater to parking requirements and shall be integrated with Metro Rail project.

The two corridors will cross at a height of 5 meters above Maharashtra Bank building. Metro trains will be attractive. NMRCL will develop Ambazari station also, said Dixit.

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After long delay, 73 medical teachers get promotions

Selection Board of Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) has excelled Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) in conducting interviews, declaring results, and promoting as m... Read More
Selection Board of Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) has excelled Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) in conducting interviews, declaring results, and promoting as many as 73 medical teachers in the State. These teachers were waiting for promotions for a period ranging from three years to 15 years!

Delay in conducting interviews, declaring results, and clearing promotions to medical teachers had become a characteristic feature of MPSC. In the process, for a long time, 73 medical teachers in the State were deprived of promotions. Selection Board of DMER decided to expedite the process. It conducted interviews of teachers eligible for promotions, in a transparent manner and declared the results within eight days. In all, 64 candidates have been promoted to the post of Associate Professor, and nine to the post of Professor. This is for the first time that promotions of medical teachers have taken place in such an expeditious manner.

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Jail Break Case: Criminal Satyendra Gupta arrested from Jabalpur

Crime Branch sleuths have nabbed main accused in jail break, Satyendra Gupta from Jabalpur on Saturday. Gupta, a hardened criminal belonging to Raju Ghous gang, was netted late in night and he ... Read More
Crime Branch sleuths have nabbed main accused in jail break, Satyendra Gupta from Jabalpur on Saturday. Gupta, a hardened criminal belonging to Raju Ghous gang, was netted late in night and he had led the sensational escape of five from his gangs. The March 31, 2015, jail break opened a can of worms and rattled Maharashtra Police.

Using mobile tracking and surveillance system, the Crime Branch effected this arrest, said Commissioner of Police (CP) S P Yadav while addressing a press conference on Sunday. According to information, Satyendra was at Gupta Hotel at Gupteshwar Road when team of Crime Branch tracked him. On the basis of inputs received from sources, the team worked out exact location of Gupta and busted him when he was planning to leave the hotel and meet his girlfriend. Gupta had taken a room on rent at outskirts of the city and was staying their for a month. Satyendra had hid a weapon at his friend’s home, said police.

The Commissioner of Police further said that it was the challenge for the entire city police to arrest the accused and Crime Branch have accomplished the mission. “We were tracking each movement of Gupta and finally nabbed him from Jabalpur,” the CP added.

According to sources, after scaling the boundary wall of Central Jail, Gupta along with other accused had gone to Kundanlal Gupta Nagar, where his sister lives with her husband. The sister had arranged some cash for him and then he moved to Automotive Square and fled to Madhya Pradesh. He was hiding in Uttar Pradesh amd Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh states after fleeing from Nagpur.

Bisen Singh Ramulal Uikey alias Farooq (35), Satyendra alias Rahul Rajbahadur Gupta (25) and Mohammed Shoaib Salim Khan alias Shibbu (24), all booked under MCOCA, along with Prem alias Nepali Salikram Khatri (24) and Aakash alias Golu Rajju Singh Thakur (23) were the five who escaped from the jail. Shoeb Khan, Prem alias Nepali Khatri and Akash alias Golu Thakur were nabbed by the police from Betul.

Accused Prem alias Nepali Salikram Khatri and Aakash alias Golu Rajju Singh Thakur were involved in other serious crimes including robbery and Arms Act. Bisen Singh, Satyendra Gupta and Mohammed Shoaib and gangster Ghous had killed a youth near Untkhana Square two years ago. Raja Ghous and Gupta had also opened fire at policemen in Nandanwan area and also in Jaripatka and Panchpaoli while on run from chasing cops. Ghous was first booked in year 2008. He and his gang members had escaped from the custody of Chhindwara Police some years back. After Ghous met with an accident, he was admitted to a private hospital at Sakkardara Square. Despite deployment of security guards at the hospital, Ghous managed to escape. Later, Crime Branch sleuths nabbed Ghous from Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh. Since then he and his three gang members were kept in Central Jail.

Joint Commissioner of Police Rajvardhan, Additional Commissioner of Police Shrikant Tarwade were present in the press conference.

CB team was ready.....

Crime Branch team that capture Satyendra Gupta had a clear cut orders from Commissioner of Police S P Yadav, to bring him at any cost. A diminutive figure Gupta however is known not to blink an eye in using weapons to avoid being netted by cops. He was the one who had opened fire on the youth at Untkhana Square when latter objected to eve teasing. Hence, city police were instructed to be careful and were armed to teeth in case Gupta tried to act smart. However, Gupta was caught so swiftly that he had no chance to resist.

CP praises Crime Branch

CP S P Yadav praised Crime Branch sleuths for good and hard work “Technical team and field team of the Crime Branch have maintained best coordination that led to arrest of the dreaded goon. He also applauded Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP Crime) Deepali Masirkar for co-ordinating the operation. Police Inspectors Chandrashekhar Dhole, Girish Tathod, and APIs Pradeep Atulkar, and Mangesh Desai and others made the arrest.

Gupta wanted in 23 cases

Satyendra Gupta is the hardened criminal and had committed 16 serious crimes in Maharashtra and seven in Madhya Pradesh. He has been booked in two MCOCCA cases, five dacoities, two murders, four attempt to murder and two robberies. He had also fired at Betul police when he was stopped by the police during nakabandi.

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CCTNS starts at Police Commissionerate today

Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS) goes on-line in Nagpur Police Commissionerate from Monday onwards. In this system, all 23 police stations in Nagpur city are being inter- connec... Read More
Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS) goes on-line in Nagpur Police Commissionerate from Monday onwards. In this system, all 23 police stations in Nagpur city are being inter- connected. The mission mode CCTNS project has moved at a snail’s pace and overshot its deadline by almost 26 months.

The project lagged behind schedule and it over shot deadline of April 2013. The officials are blaming technical glitches and National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) for delay in launching of the project. Addressing a press conference at Police Gymkhana, Commissioner of Police (CP) S P Yadav said that city police have trained its 3,500 personnel for the project and all instruments are at the place at police stations. With CCTNS city police can register FIRs and also complaints on-line. Maharashtra police has successfully digitized data of 1.5 crore criminals for CCTNS and the data is of last 15-years.

CCTNS project encompasses four stages, viz. hardware installation, software installation, manpower training, digitization. Now, state police have completing last phase of manpower training. About 1054 police stations of State are expected to be inter connected through the project during the month. All information of the project will be saved at Sate Data Centre, BSNL, Mumbai, informed sources. The major advantage of CCTNS would be faster sharing of data among police department. With real time information available at police station criminals would have hard time escaping the eyes of cops.

It’s difficult for criminals to hide

One had frequently heard the famous dialogue in our Bollywood films, “Kanun ke hath bahut lambe hote hain” (criminals can be tracked down from wherever they are hiding). From film script to see this thing happening in reality there was a long wait. Now criminals who were having an easy option of striking at will and then escaping to other states can soon be tracked down if they happen to trip and commit crime at other places.

About 1,033 police stations and 600 supervisory offices of State Police are to be brought under CCTNS loop. Further status of various crimes would be available at a click of a mouse to help speed-up investigations and avoid groping in dark when inter-state gangs or criminals are involved. The project has potential to help in investigation, detection and also prevention of crimes. During passport and immigration check, verifying the data would be very valuable for investigators. Besides the officer said there will be a citizens portal where people can provide information on crimes and criminals or get the information for updating their knowledge.

Wipro had bagged the contract for system integrator for the project for which Rs 100 crore is sanctioned for Maharashtra. Its a mission mode project

It can be mentioned that Ministry of Home Affairs conceptualized the project after detailed consultation with stockholders and took-up “Mission Mode Project (MMP)” and adopted guidelines of National e-Governance Plan (NeGP). The government has sanctioned Rs 2,000 crore in XIth five-year plan for rolling out CCTNS across the country.

The information would be stored in unicode standard so that it would be available in various regional languages. Basic data base about criminals and their modus operandi would be available on the citizens portal.

Sources said that for the first one year, one private technical expert would be deployed at each police station to ensure that any errors at operating CCTNS are ironed out at ground level. The system integrator company would be installing the computer machinery at all police stations and look after its maintenance for next five years.

Project across the country soon

CCTNS evolved as Mission Mode Project (MMP) under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP). The project rolled out in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Kerala are pilot project. After successful operation in pilot states, the project will be implemented (full fledged) in all 35 States and Union Territories to cover 14,000 Police stations and all 6,000 Higher Police Offices across the country. The CCTNS project will be linked with every police station, district police offices, state headquarters, respective State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB) and National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

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Modest Kalmeshwar range boasts of six tigers and four leopards

There is a very rich wildlife which is thriving in a non-descript territorial forest area, not much farther from a very busy national highway. Due to natural mishaps and later a careful nurturi... Read More
There is a very rich wildlife which is thriving in a non-descript territorial forest area, not much farther from a very busy national highway. Due to natural mishaps and later a careful nurturing, Kalmeshwar forest range now boasts of a tiger population of six and four leopards. This great success story of tiger conservation in a range that spreads in modest 50 sq km of which only 35 sq km is forest area, can become a shining example of effective wildlife management and how spectacular results can be achieved without any fanfare.

A tigress that had fallen in an open well in Katlabodi village, near Bazargaon on Nagpur-Amrvati Highway, four years ago and then rescued, has made Kalmeshwar Forest Range as its habitat since then. It is living with tiger and three cubs of seven months old in the domain.

The tigress now known as Katlabodi tigress had falled from 35 feet in a well without parapet wall in Katlabodi on February 7, 2011. A team of forestmen and NGOs had rescued this pregnant tigress. After giving treatment, the beast was released in the same jungle after one week.

Due to impact of the fall, the beast had delivered three stillborn cubs during treatment. After release in the same habitat, the tigress that was separated temporarily from her mate again reunited with the tiger delivering three cubs two years before. These three cubs now in sub-adult stage demarcated their territories elsewhere but one of them shows up once in a while in the range.

Again, this Katlabodi tigress delivered three cubs seven months ago. Now, the tiger, mother tigress and three cubs have made this range as their natural habitat.

This was stated by D M Mohite, Range Forest Officer, Kalmeshwar, during a visit to this habitat on Friday. He said that field staff members observed the tiger crossing Nagpur-Amravati Highway, villages and fragmented corridor to reach to Bor Wildlife Sanctuary, where it is called ‘Bajirao’. The tiger also comes back after certain period. This territorial forest also forms another corridor towards Pench Tiger Reserve, he added.

There are also four leopards in Kalmeshwar range spread in 50 sq km area. The actual forest lies in 35 sq km area while the remaining 15 sq km area is Zudpi jungle. This means, these beasts move in the forested area of the range. The tigers and leopards find this habitat in good condition with proper prey-base and availability of water.

Mohite said that Forest Department created nine saucer-shaped cement tanks with solar panels on eight in the interest of wild animals. There are also natural water sources for the wildlife. Since these carnivores get basic welfare factors inside forest, they generally avoid coming out. There could be some sporadic incidents of wild animals killing domestic animals but the beasts have not killed any human atleast during the past three years. Therefore, the area is free from man-animal conflict. This could be an example of man and animal living in co-existence.

The department has taken a stand to clear the compensation cases, including crop damages, without any delay. It has cleared all the cases till March. Moreover, the department has provided mobile sets to some shepherds grazing their cattle heads at the boundary and certain allotted area in forest. They immediately inform the field staff members in case they sight tiger/leopard in a particuar area as well suspected persons/vehicles with evil design. The day and night patrolling also keeps watch on anti-social elements.

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About 14,000 persons become new members of Saibaba Temple Trust

The ensuing elections of Trustees of Saibaba Temple, off Wardha Road, promised to be a no holds barred fight as rival camps frenzy ensured that nearly 14,000 persons became members at end of memb... Read More
The ensuing elections of Trustees of Saibaba Temple, off Wardha Road, promised to be a no holds barred fight as rival camps frenzy ensured that nearly 14,000 persons became members at end of membership drive. A total of Rs whopping 2,15,00,000 was realised through the membership drive and the money would be handed over to the elected body of the Trustees.

Amidst tight police bandobast, office of Charity Commissioner rounded-off the fortnight-long membership registration process. A posse of policemen from Sadar Police Station ensured that no one was allowed entry today after 4 pm, though official closure time for Government offices is 5 pm. But owing to huge rush, Charity Commissioner ordered that no one should be allowed to enter the office after 4 pm. As per tentative figures available, 57 persons contributed hefty sum of Rs one lakh to become life time members. And in this Patrons category only there is a tussle to gain control of the temple Trust which witnessed huge footfalls every Thursday.

In all there are three categories of members who would be eligible to cast their votes in the election to be held under supervision of Charity Commissioner. In the life time members about 450 person paid Rs 10,000 and higher numbers were enrolled in ordinary category by paying Rs 1,001. Office of Charity Commissioner in Civil Lines was teeming with people from all walks of life who were driven to ecstasy by the no holds campaign undertaken by influential people to get their known people registered as members. The much debated membership issue was set to rest by Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court which set aside orders of Deputy Charity Commissioner and Joint Charity Commissioner upholding disqualification of members just for not paying Re 1. The new order authorised the Election Officer to accept the applications of membership after publication of notice from various categories on payment of subscription amount to the trust.

The membership dispute also took a political turn with those belonging to Congress and NCP camp joined hands against earlier Trustees belonging to BJP camp.

Those associated with temple since long were aghast at the commercialisation of the membership process, as rival camps have already discussed incentives in exchange of their votes, it is learnt.

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NMC committee elections: Chiefs, deputies elected unopposed

As against the anticipation that there would be a keen contest for the posts of Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of at least three out of total 10 special committees of Nagpur Municipal Corpo... Read More
As against the anticipation that there would be a keen contest for the posts of Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of at least three out of total 10 special committees of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), the chiefs and deputies were elected unopposed to nine committees. The only contest for the top post of Fire Service Committee, proved to be a ‘no fight’ as independent corporator Kishor Dorle polled zero votes against BJP corporator Munna Yadav.

The elections to these committees was held on Friday. Sachin Kurve, District Collector, started the proceedings of the elections as Presiding Officer. Of 10 committees, chairpersons of at least three committees were retained. These include Girish Deshmukh as Chairman of Tax Committee, Harish Dikondwar as Chairman of Sports Committee, and Adv Sanjay Balpande as Law Committee. Deputy Chairpersons elected to these committees include Kanta Rarokar (Tax Committee), Neeta Thakre (Sports Committee), Rekha Barhate (Law Committee).

The chairpersons and their deputies of other committees elected on Friday are as follows: Projects Committee-- Sunil Agrawal (Chairman) and Rajesh Ghodpage (Vice-Chairman); Health Committee-- Devendra Mehar, Meena Tidke; Education Committee-- Gopal Bohare, Divya Dhurde; Slum Improvement and Housing Committee-- Sandeep Jadhav, Anita Wankhede; Woman and Child Welfare Committee-- Rashmi Fadnavis, Sadhana Barde; Water Works Committee-- Sandip Joshi, Pravin Narad.

Till the eve of the elections, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi (NVA) faced tough challenge as senior independent corporator Kishor Dorle had filed nomination for the post of chairperson of Fire Service Committee, defying NVA’s directions. Further, the ruling side also faced contest from Adv Rekha Barhate (Congress) for the post of Deputy Chairperson of Law Committee, against BJP’s Dr Safalta Ambatkar. Wasudeo Dhoke (Congress) contested against BJP’s senior corporator Sandip Joshi for the post of Water Works Committee chief.

Dorle is Standing Committee member, and was heading Fire Service Committee. NVA leadership tried to pacify Dorle but he was not ready to withdraw from the fray. Congress party supported Dorle’s candidature. On Friday, Dorle did not poll a single vote and Munna Yadav of BJP got elected as Chairman of Fire Service Committee with full majority. For the post of Deputy Chairman, Raju Nagulwar (NCP) contested against Sudhir (Bandu) Raut of BJP. Nagulwar rose from his seat to withdraw from the fray, but by that time the deadline for withdrawal of candidature was over. Nagulwar polled zero votes and Raut got elected as Deputy Chairman of the committee.

As far as Law Committee was concerned, Adv Sanjay Balpande got elected unopposed. For the post of Deputy Chairperson, as BJP’s Dr Safalta Ambatkar withdrew from the fray, Congress’ Adv Rekha Barhate was declared as elected. Sandip Joshi was elected unopposed as Chairman of Water Works Committee as Wasudeo Dhoke of Congress withdrew from the fray.

After the announcement of results, Sachin Kurve felicitated the newly elected chairpersons and their deputies with a Tulsi sapling. M A Raut, Deputy District Election Officer; R Z Siddiqui, Deputy Commissioner; Harish Dubey, NMC Secretary were present on this occasion.

Later, a small programme was held in the chamber of Praveen Datke, Mayor. Datke, Krishna Khopde, MLA and BJP city chief; Vikas Kumbhare and Sudhakar Kohale, both MLAs; also felicitated the newly elected chairpersons and their deputies with Tulsi saplings. Ramesh Singare, Chairman of Standing Committee; Dayashankar Tiwari, Ruling Party Leader in NMC; Aslam Khan, Group Leader of Muslim League, and sitting and former office-bearers were present prominently on this occasion.

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RTO de-recognises 18 driving schools

The Regional Transport Office (RTO) has revoked the approval of 18 driving schools in Nagpur (Rural), Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts.

Some of these driving schools were providing tra... Read More
The Regional Transport Office (RTO) has revoked the approval of 18 driving schools in Nagpur (Rural), Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts.

Some of these driving schools were providing training to candidates despite compliance sought by the RTO. Sharad Jichkar, Regional Transport Officer, Nagpur (Rural), in a press release, stated on Friday that it had come to notice that these schools were still providing training to the candidates. The RTO has cancelled their recognition, he said and appealed to candidates not to take training in driving from these schools.

The RTO had launched a checking drive from February 4 to 18, 2015 and cancelled authorisation of these driving schools.

The motor driving schools which supposed to stop operations are: Shri Motor Driving School, Wadegaon, Kuhi; Shri Dutta Motor Driving School, Katol; Baba Motor Driving School, Mauda; Swami Vivekanand Motor Driving School, Butibori; ITI Motor School, Saoner; Sairam Motor Driving School, Ramtek; ITI Motor Driving School, Ramtek; Anurang Motor Driving School, Butibori; Humne Motor Driving School, Umrer; M Wazalwar Motor Driving School, Kamptee; ITI Motor Driving School, Parseoni -- all under RTO, Nagpur (Rural), Industrial Motor Driving Schools, Brahmapuri, Rajura, Chandrapur; Thomas Motor Driving School, Ballarpur; Mai Motor Driving School, Chimur; Nayan Motor Driving School, Chandrapur -- all in Chandrapur district, and Raza Motor Driving School, Wadsa-Desaiganj in Gadchiroli district.

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CR Nagpur Divn introduces FTS to speed up decision-making

In a smart move that is aimed at speeding up the administrative decisions, a file tracking system (FTS) was introduced at Nagpur Division of Central Railway. The system is presently in trial st... Read More
In a smart move that is aimed at speeding up the administrative decisions, a file tracking system (FTS) was introduced at Nagpur Division of Central Railway. The system is presently in trial stage at divisional headquarters and connects all the 15 branches of the Railways.

A brain child of Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) O P Singh, the FTS has hit off to a great start as intra-branch movement of files has gathered remarkable speed. In fact, pendency of files is almost thing of past as officers have adapted themselves to the new environment. This is so as in case of pendency the same is now visible on-line in FTS along with the period of detention and this is situation wihch something everyone now wants to avoid. This is second major accomplishment of Nagpur Division which was first in country to start bio-metric attendance system which is now replicated across Central Government offices throughout the country. Now FTS too is likely to show a new way of handling official work with very fantastic results.

The FTS keeps digital track of the files and one can easily know status of each of the file and other details at a click of button, explained Singh while talking to The Hitavada. Another major advantage is that in case a file is misplaced or lost, the last person who handled it can be known. This simply is its biggest assest and the duplicity and at times process of making triple copies of each and every files would slowly get eliminated, he said further.

Although quickening in decision making was not the intended target but having achieved it shows the significance of the project. FTS is a unique system and among Railways Nagpur Division is probably the first to design and implement it with a major success. Railway Board too has a file tracking system but that is based on one used in Central Secretariat and FTS designed for CR's Nagpur Division is exclusive and incorporates several new features.

In fact, Singh has lined-up a presentation of FTS during the forthcoming visit of CR's General Manager S K Sood during the last week of July. Already officials from Headquarters got in touch with divisional officials to get details of the system for study and if suitable introduce the same at Zone also. DRM in fact broached-up the FTS at Headquarters and seeing the success at division the system may soon be replicated elsewhere.

PRO P D Patil said the FTS records all the incoming correspondence which is serially earmarked with a certain number. The system is designed in such a way that a person who creates the file can also be known and then the path of file, means persons who handled it along with date and time is also recorded on-line. Similarly if the purpose of file is completed same can be archived.

Another major advantage of FTS is that the file first goes directly to Branch Head while earlier concerned clerk would get its possession. For example majority of files goes to DRM and Additional Divisional Railway Manager (ADRM) and they record their remark and return it with certain observation. Most of time in sensitive matters the concern Branch Officer would remain in dark as to notings of bosses while others would learn it first that would later led to complications. But hence forth all BOs receives delivery of file and only after physical acceptance of file the same is entered in FTS.

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Probe into irrigation scam on right track: Mahajan

Girish Mahajan, Water Resources Minister, stated on Friday that probe into irrigation scam was on ‘right track’. There is total transparency in the probe and no one is going to be spared if... Read More
Girish Mahajan, Water Resources Minister, stated on Friday that probe into irrigation scam was on ‘right track’. There is total transparency in the probe and no one is going to be spared if found guilty of misconduct, he stressed. Talking informally to media during his visit to the city, Mahajan said, the delay in completion of the probe was due to voluminous record that needed to be checked thoroughly to make a foolproof case. He also reviewed progress of various projects under Water Resources Department works during his visit to the city on Friday. He held a meeting of senior officers of the department.

The Minister was in city for visit to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Headquarters, Mahal.

To a query, Mahajan defended putting-up photographs of Jan Sangh founder Syamaprasad Mookerjee and Pt Deendayal Upadhyay in the offices of Nehru Yuva Kendra. “Mookerjee and Upadhyay are our ideologues and we are following in their footsteps. There is nothing wrong in putting up their photographs. During the Congress rule, they put up photographs of Nehru and Gandhi, but we never objected to it,” said Mahajan.

To another query, the BJP leader replied that all constituents should realise the importance of being in power.

Mahajan invites RSS chief to Kumbh Mela

Earlier, Girish Mahajan called on RSS Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat and extended an invitation to attend the flag hoisting that marks the start of Kumbh Mela which this year is being held at Tryambakeshwar in Nasik.

Mahajan is President of Organising Committee and in that capacity he had come to invite RSS chief personally. Dr Bhagwat said, due to pre-occupation, he would not be in a position to attend the flag hoisting but would definitely pay a visit during the three-month-long Kumbh Mela, Mahajan told media.

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‘CIIMS to continue providing top-class healthcare to poor’

In a bizarre condition, responsibility is bestowed upon Dr Lokendra Singh. But some things cannot be avoided. Dr Singh is part of Central India Institute of Medical Sciences (CIIMS), of which he ... Read More
In a bizarre condition, responsibility is bestowed upon Dr Lokendra Singh. But some things cannot be avoided. Dr Singh is part of Central India Institute of Medical Sciences (CIIMS), of which he has taken over as Director. Dr Lokendra Singh wants to carry forward the legacy of legendary late Dr G M Taori. Dr Lokendra Singh, stalwart in neurosurgery in Central India aims at realising the dreams of Founder Director late Dr G M Taori.

“While death was chasing Dr Taori but he knew he wished to start a world-class rehabilitation centre at Nagpur was beyond his reach. His first dream was CIIMS and second was establishing rehabilitation centre for all. There are major issues connected to it. Surgeries are done but there is no system of post-operative rehabilitation. Dr Taori was very keen to bring the same. I shall fulfill that dream. His latest focus was complete Imaging Centre,” said Dr Lokendra Singh.

Due to ill-health Dr Lokendra Singh was looking after the hospital administration along with Dr Priti Rathi maintaining the tradition of CIIMS to provide healthcare to poorest with priority. “We provide corporate healthcare at cheaper rates. Some patients who do not afford absolutely we do not charge them a single penny. We incur a loss of over Rs 1.5 crore every year against free service. But we will continue to do that philanthropic service,” added Dr Lokendra Singh.

Dr Lokendra Singh is in CIIMS for the last 26 years. He honestly and modestly admits that late Dr Taori moulded him and made him what he appears now. Dr Lokendra Singh who writes poems by the nick name ‘Srujan’ is a soft Surgeon also. Whichever patient he touches, he or she gets new lease of life, in whatsoever condition the patient may be. “Dr Taori taught me how to resist anger and I practised. It will help me while running CIIMS. Secondly, CIIMS is the only hospital which conducts research and it will continue. We have state-of-the art research laboratory. We will conduct our research activities more aggressively.

Presently, we have association with various national-level research institutes and various universities too. We will conduct our own research. We have started Stem Cell therapy and with our efforts two patients with paraplegia started walking,” said Dr Lokendra Singh. “We have requested Maharashtra Government to give 5 acre of land where the rehabilitation centre can be set up. This will help people of Central India. We get so many patients from Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh. The post-operative rehabilitation is totally absent in our region. We will start the centre in our region,” said firm Dr Lokendra Singh.

CIIMS is mainly known for treating neurological and neurosurgical cases. But it has planned to expand the facilities and bring orthopaedic surgery too. This will be done gradually. Now, under the new leadership of Dr Lokendra Singh CIIMS will initiate so many things.

CIIMS has Infection Control Committee

When asked on Hospital Acquired Infection, Dr Lokendra Singh said, “This infection is all over the world in all hospitals. There is no control on it. But in CIIMS we have formed an Infection Control Committee which keeps checking infection in Operation Theatre, in wards, in medicine room everywhere. If that is not checked then Superbug will get created and it will be a havoc. Fortunately due to this committee, we have succeeded in reducing infection. We try to give best services to all types of patients. There is uniformity.”

Attack on doctors

Expressing concern over rising incidents of attack on doctors, Dr Lokendra Singh said, “Doctor is not the only responsible factor. There is a black sheep everybody. Why only doctor community is blamed. I personally feel that the programmes hosted by Amir Khan and others have created hypes among the people. Do you think that any doctor would discriminate while treating patients? He or she would never see the caste, creed, poor, rich. I as a surgeon would always feel that the operation performed by me should be successful and the patient should not turn up to me for the same problem. At the same time the communication between doctors and patients’ relatives should be increased. Everything should be explained to the relatives.”

A brief about Dr Lokendra Singh

After doing MBBS in the year 1980 from SMS Medical College, Jaipur and Post-Graduation in Surgery from the same college, Dr Lokendra Singh did Super Speciality course (M.Ch) in Neurosurgery from PGIMER Chandigarh in 1988 and later on D.N.B (Neurosurgery) in 1990. He also did Certified Training in the year 992-1994 from Royal College of Surgeons of Neurosurgery. Dr Singh joined CIIMS as a full time Neurosurgeon on March 15, 1989. He became Deputy Director of CIIMS in the year 2006. He is specially trained in Spinal Surgery, Microvascular Surgery, Complex Skull base Surgery, Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery (Key hole Surgery), Brachial Plexus Surgery. Ozone therapy was started by Dr Singh first time in Central India and probably in Maharashtra.

He is the only Neurosurgeon in country with two Patents for Neurosurgical devices. Inflatable Intra Ventricular Balloon Device and Development of a Device – Cylindrical Channel Retractor for Intraventricular Surgery. Dr Lokendra Singh is the one who increased the standard of Neurosurgery to national level. He started many operations for first time in this region.

He has established himself in literary field also. He received so many awards and also got Award of Maharashtra Hindi Sahitya Academy, ‘Sant Namdeo Puruskar’ for his compilation of poems ‘Bunde Jeevan Ki.’

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NMC extends LBT amnesty scheme by one month

Due to lack of adequate response from traders and business establishments, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has once again extended time limit of amnesty scheme of Local Body Tax (LBT) by one... Read More
Due to lack of adequate response from traders and business establishments, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has once again extended time limit of amnesty scheme of Local Body Tax (LBT) by one month. Now, the traders and businesspersons can file their LBT returns by July 31, 2105.

Assistant Commissioner Milind Meshram informed in a press release that earlier, the last date of the amnesty scheme was June 29 only but their office received only 13,105 LBT returns. Therefore, local body has extended the date upto July 31 for the convenience of traders and business persons of the city. They can file their LBT return of Financial Year 2014-2015 till this date. This is the last chance, he made it clear and said, NMC will accept returns at all zonal offices. The Government had given 90 days time for filing returns to them but maximum returns were filed in the last two or three days. He said, they can also e-file returns. They can visit website ‘www.lbtnagpur.com’. Meshram urged traders to take benefit of extended time and file returns immediately. The Standing Committee eyes Rs 450 crore from LBT but in present situation, it may not go beyond Rs 120 or Rs 130 crore, sources added.

NCP demands abolition of LBT

Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) City President Ajay Patil and MLC Prakash Gajbhiye submitted a memorandum to Dhananjay Munde, Leader of Opposition at Council for abolishing Local Body Tax (LBT) and scrapping of Orange City Water (OCW) contract for uninterrupted water supply scheme. They requested him to raise the issue in the upper council and assembly. Raman Thaokar, Rajesh Kumbhalkar, Pradeep Burade, Tanuj Choube, Munna Tiwari, Ravi Patil, Yogesh Masram, Varsha Shamkule, and others were present.

Civic Bodies to get fixed grants every month

According to high-level sources, the State has to give around Rs 1,000-Rs 1,200 crore every month to all Municipal Corporations for their smooth working and this is Herculean task for the Government. Till now, the Government did not come out with any alternative policy to replace LBT.

Government is drafting an alternative monthly funding scheme for municipal corporations in the State. As per proposal, State Government every month would provide fixed grants to compensate corporation for revenue loss due on account of LBT.

Final draft of funding scheme to corporation would be first tabled before Cabinet and post approval Government would table the new policy in monsoon session of State Legislature.

What is LBT amnesty scheme?

Government has notified Amnesty Scheme for recovery of pending Local Body Tax (LBT) for waiver of interest and penalty in twenty-five Municipal Corporation areas in the State. The period of the amnesty scheme started from June 3 and will come to an end on July 31, 2015.

For availing tax benefit under this scheme, trader have to register themselves. Any trader will not be eligible to claim benefits under the scheme, if he files returns and pays tax after July 31. From August 1, the LBT will be withdrawn from entire state. State Government has amended Maharashtra Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, 1949 recently for introducing this scheme.

As per notification, this scheme shall be applicable to the registered as well as non-registered traders or persons and for temporary registered persons or traders for specific year. The scheme shall be applicable for the total period starting from date of implementation of LBT in the Municipal Corporations to March 2015.

This will be applicable for assessed period as well as for un-assessed period. If trader or person pays total amount of principal tax payable by him to respective corporation during the amnesty period out of pending dues then the total amount of interest or penalty will be waived. If respective trader or person pays part of outstanding principal amount of tax then in respect of only tax paid amount interest and penalty shall be waived and the balance tax that is not paid shall be recovered with interest and penalty. If trader pays total principal tax amount out of pending dues payable as per any statutory order passed before May 31 for any period ending on March 31, 2015, under MMC Act, then interest and penalty shall be waived. If trader is in appeal and if amount of principal tax out of outstanding dues is paid as per assessment order then interest and penalty shall be waived under the scheme, subject to unconditional withdrawal of appeal.

If return is not filed by trader and if he files returns and pays total amount of tax during the amnesty period then interest and penalty shall not be levied. If trader has already furnished returns and by furnishing revised return he accepts additional tax liability and pays the total amount of tax then interest and penalty should not be levied.

No refund shall be granted as result of this amnesty scheme. If there is any doubt regarding interpretation of amnesty scheme then Government’s decision will be final

LBT to go from August 1

It may be mentioned that State Government has announced to scrap LBT and adopt new system from August 1. The Government has to amend the law during monsoon session of State Legislature which begins from July 13 at Mumbai. Sources claimed that Government may provide funds to the local body against their assured income from the LBT or Octroi. Presently, barring Mumbai all other Municipal Corporations are having LBT system and after abolition of this system, they will face hardship due to fund crunch.

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Vidarbha Devpt Board to rope in MAFSU for study on inland fishery

IN the very first meeting since re-constitution and the second meeting of the Vidarbha Development Board discussed a variety of issues covering a wide range -- from Kelkar Committee recommendatio... Read More
IN the very first meeting since re-constitution and the second meeting of the Vidarbha Development Board discussed a variety of issues covering a wide range -- from Kelkar Committee recommendations to pending reports. The major decision taken in the meeting was to rope in city-based Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University (MAFSU) to conduct a comprehensive study on potential of inland fishery development in Vidarbha region.

Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, chaired the meeting that was attended prominently by Adv Madhukar Kimmatkar, the seniormost Expert Member; Kapil Chandrayan, Dr Ravindra Kolhe, Dr Anand Bang, Dr Kishor Moghe; Ravindra Thakre, Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) representing Amravati Division; S J Dharmale, Deputy Commissioner (Planning) Nagpur in the capacity of officiating Member Secretary. After the formal introduction of new members, presentation was made on the history and present-day status and significance of Vidarbha Development Board.

After the meeting, Anoop Kumar told media that the members discussed various short-term and long-term development strategies for Vidarbha region. Untapped potential of inland fishery was discussed at length. The region has natural water bodies and reservoirs. However, for want of organised effort, full potential in inland fishery has not been realised. As a result, inland fishery has not created employment opportunities to the desired extent. Dr Rajiv Bhatkar, Expert Member of MAFSU, made a presentation on the potential for inland fishery. Following this, the Board decided to order a comprehensive study on the matter. “It was decided to invite a proposal from MAFSU regarding Action Plan on inland fisheries in Vidarbha,” Anoop Kumar said. During the meeting, Dr V S Deshpande, who served as a Member of High-level Committee for Balanced Regional Development Issues in Maharashtra, made a presentation on the committee’s report and recommendations. The committee, known popularly as Kelkar Committee, has made several recommendations for development of Vidarbha region and has suggested shifting of the approach from ‘backlog’ to ‘development distance’. One more prominent issue discussed in the meeting held on Wednesday afternoon was about orange marketing. The region is known for oranges. The Board has taken up a study. However, said S J Dharmale, basic information and data pertaining to horticulture crops at tehsil level were yet to be compiled by Agriculture Department. The horticulture crop census was conducted in the year 2012, but its tehsil-wise report is still to be finalised. In absence of this specific data, the report on interventions needed for marketing of oranges produced in Vidarbha is getting delayed. It was decided in the meeting to take follow-up and expedite making of the report, he added. The Board had given the task of preparing two reports to noted activist Devaji Tofa. These reports were related to suggestions for framing a policy on employment generation through use of minor forest produce, exploitation of community forest rights on minor forest produce under PESA Act. These two reports are yet to be received. It was decided to request for expediting the reports. Further, District Development Plans for Gadchiroli and Yavatmal districts are being prepared. The plan for Gadchiroli is almost complete. A discussion was held on these plans too. Adv Kimmatkar had conducted a study on wells and irrigation thereof. It was placed before the Board in the previous meeting. It was placed before the reconstituted Board during meeting held on Wednesday. Some members made certain welcome suggestions. Those will be incorporated, and the report will be submitted to the Board again. Other issues discussed in the meeting included agriculture, irrigation, forest, tribal development, education, health etc. Very poor recruitment ratio of Vidarbha in Government and semi-Government establishments also caught attention of the Board members. Discussion was held on efforts needed to make youths employable through desired changes in education system. The members felt the need for the Board to compile and maintain village-wise database on various important indicators like agriculture, cultivable land, land holding of farmers, irrigation coverage and its classification, etc.

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Govt identifies 60 acre land at Kaladongri for National Law School

Maharashtra Government has finally identified 60 acre land for National Law School at Kaladongri at Wardha Road. This land was also suggested for IIIT by the district administration and will no... Read More
Maharashtra Government has finally identified 60 acre land for National Law School at Kaladongri at Wardha Road. This land was also suggested for IIIT by the district administration and will now be developed to house the national level law institute. With this, the Wardha Road patch is emerging as educational hub as the prestigious IIM will also be located in MIHAN so also the AIIMS.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had made announcement to this effect in Lawyers conference at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande hall a month ago. Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar made lot of efforts to get the land identified and seek approval from all concerned. Government is yet to give its final approval but it is simply a formality. Necessary procedures have been completed and the proposal of land has been sent to Government. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who returned from the United States on Tuesday, will take a final call.

National Law School at Nagpur is expected to become functional from the academic year 2016-17. On the lines of similar institutions situated elsewhere, this will become a centre of attraction for students pursuing undergraduate, post-graduate and specialised law courses with equal stress on research on law related subjects. Due to rich legacy of legal professional, two national level law publication, availability of very talented law teachers, senior lawyers and retired judges, Nagpur’s National Law School may emerge as top destination for students.

The institution remained on paper for four years as after its announcement nothing concrete happened. Then Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had declared National Law School at Nagpur in presence of former President of India Pratibha Patil. That declaration remained in air only. Meanwhile National Law University was established at Mumbai, and promised law school at Nagpur started gathering dust.

There was lot of agitation at Nagpur to bring National Law College here. Retired Judge of Supreme Court, Justice Vikas Sirpurkar raised voice many a times and reminded earlier Government about its promise regarding Law Institution. High Court Bar Association and Bar Associations also spearheaded a campaign to bring National Law School here and forced then Government to make some symbolic move.

However, the real momentum was visible after change of Guard in the State and Centre. Things moved quite speedily and very soon, many national level institutions were announced for Nagpur. Nagpur got Indian Institute of Management, Indian Institute of Information and Technology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, but did not get Law School. In Lawyers conference organised by Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced that National Law School would be set up in Nagpur. Now Nagpur is waiting for another national institute related to pharmaceutical sciences-- National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER). Government is searching for the land. The earlier two sites were rejected by the team.

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HC directs Centre to approve GMC at Chanda in next 7 days

A STITCH in time saves nine. A little firmness on the part of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain, at the High Court here, is on the way to pay rich dividend to the people of backward... Read More
A STITCH in time saves nine. A little firmness on the part of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain, at the High Court here, is on the way to pay rich dividend to the people of backward area - Vidarbha.

While hearing a PIL filed by Rahul Pugaliya and two citizens - Prakash Itankar from Gadchiroli district and Ramdasa H Wagdarkar from Ballarpur - demanding early start of Chandrapur GMC, by way of interim relief the Court has directed the Central Government to approve the Government of Maharashtra’s application to set up a medical college at Chandrapur from the academic session 2015-16, in next 7 days. The Court has asked the State Government to make all required arrangements to start the college with initial intake of 100 MBBS seats and to see that usual admission schedule is not disturbed. While ordering interim relief, the Court placed all blame for avoidable confusion and controversy at the doors of Medical Council of India for displaying casual and unhelpful attitude towards the need of more medical colleges in this region and particularly of the State Government and remaining no so firm in respect of the private medical colleges and deficiencies therein.

The Court has noted that though Union Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Joint Secretary Ali R Rizvi has in a letter to the MCI chief, on May 22, 2015, placed the matter fact-wise in proper perspective with reference to MCI’s negative recommendations in about 57 cases, which include 18 Government medical colleges and some governments have undertaken to remove deficiencies and sought re- consideration of their applications, but due to paucity of time, the MCI may not have been able to carryout physical verification again, despite given impression to the Central Government that it has done so, before making negative recommendation again. In the process, it seems proposal of GMC at Chandrapur has also suffered this fate at the hands of MCI.

The Court has pointed out that only major point for making negative recommendation by the MCI regarding the case of Chandrapur has been that one of the mandatory deficiency has been that it does not have 300-bed hospital. This mis-impression of the MCI would have been removed, if it had complied with Central Government’s suggestion for physical verification again, but it did not do so and made negative recommendation, which has not been factual.

During last hearing, the High Court had slammed MCI for adopting hyper-technical approach towards Government run colleges.

According to Adv Anil Kilor appearing for petitioner Rahul Pugaliya and others, Chandrapur GMC was recommended by State Government since it was attached to a 300-bedded hospital. However, the MCI inspection report found only 274 beds. The MCI report omitted 26 beds of one ward stating that it was a Gynaecological ward without disclosing this fact.

Adv Kilor pointed out that for second consecutive year, precious 100 MBBS seats would be lost and students from Vidarbha would be deprived of subsidised medical education. He slammed the MCI for its hyper-technical approach and overlooking ground realities. Even the High Court had pulled up MCI for its mechanical approach towards Government run medical colleges and hyper-technical scrutiny of infrastructure and teaching staffs available with them as compared to laxity displayed towards private medical colleges. The MCI report was prepared at the time of submission of proposals and meanwhile most of the deficiencies were removed by the State Government. The subsequent development was conveyed to MCI by state authorities, but the regulator citing existing norms, refused to consider the same and obtained legal opinion from the Solicitor General, who endorsed the MCI’s stance. The remaining 23 deficiencies are curable and many of them have been rectified, he stated. Instead of correcting its flawed report, the MCI sought to fortify it by obtaining opinion of Solicitor General by presenting misleading facts about non-fulfillment of basic norm of 300-bedded hospital, the petitioner stated. MCI stated that last date of granting permission was June 15 and the cut-off date was over. The Union Health Ministry considered proposal of GMC Chandrapur in the light of MCI’s negative report. The petitioner placed on record photographs of all works done by State Government to comply with MCI guidelines to refute negative report of regulatory agency. The PIL was filed after consistent refusal of MCI which has led to public resentment. Adv Anil Kilor appeared for the petitioner. Government Pleader Bharati Dangre (State), ASG Rohit Deo (Union), Adv R M Bhangde (MCI) represented respondents.

Warning does wonder: MCI agrees to restore cut in seats at Akola

DURING the first session, while hearing C H Sharma and some other citizens’ PIL, regarding MCI’s negative recommendation to the Central Government to reduce seats from 150 to 100 in coming Session in GMCs at Yavatmal and Akola, as nothing has been done and the Court was intimated that the MCI has approached the Supreme Court, the HC division bench firmly told the MCI counsel that till he produces some order of the apex-court, MCI must withdraw its recommendation for reduction in seats by this afternoon or its chairperson Dr Jayshree Mehta should personally remain present before the Court on Thursday morning.

This warning from the Court forced the issue and immediately after the lunch recess, the judges were informed that the MCI has issued notice for holding meeting of its Executive Committee on July 19 next at 11 am to decide to withdraw its negative recommendation regarding Government Medical College at Akola in terms of the HC’s order of July 1 last.

Amicus curiae J T Gilda appeared in this case. GP Bharti Dangre (State), Asstt SGI Rohit Deo and Mugdha Chandurkar (Central Government) represented the respondents.

Advocate Rahul Bhangde held the brief for the Medical Council of India.

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BJP approaches police over CM’s photo on social media

Nandanvan police have received a complaint about circulation of old photograph of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on social media, saying that same is being used to besmirch latter's reputatio... Read More
Nandanvan police have received a complaint about circulation of old photograph of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on social media, saying that same is being used to besmirch latter's reputation. The photograph showing Fadnavis with family is in circulation with caption that Chief Minister was enjoying vacation during his current official visit to United States of America. The photograph release was timed as Fadnavis was on official trip to USA to woo investors for investment in Maharashtra. Local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Dharampal Meshram said that the photograph showing Fadnavis with his family was taken at Goa long time ago when he was on vacation. The photo is no way connected with the official trip to US undertaken by Chief Minister and hence the criminal complaint was lodged. The said photograph has gone viral on Whatsapp and is misleading and damaging the image of Chief Minister, the complainant said. The said photograph is from Fadnavis’s personal social media account. But some unknown persons are circulating the stuff which is slanderous.

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Rs 69,000 cr paid to contractors in 10 yrs without utilisation certificates

While the Opposition parties are raising questions over procurement made without inviting tenders, the Maharashtra Government has decided to ‘collect information’ about all Government procure... Read More
While the Opposition parties are raising questions over procurement made without inviting tenders, the Maharashtra Government has decided to ‘collect information’ about all Government procurements made during last 10 years. Meanwhile, it has come to fore that the erstwhile Congress-NCP led Government in the State had paid Rs 69,000 crore to contractors without utilisation certificates, that is, without ascertaining completion of works in 10 years.

Sudhir Mungantiwar, Finance Minister, said that there were irregularities in several works done during the tenure of previous Congress-NCP Government in the State. “Bills to the tune of Rs 69,000 crore were paid to contractors, though there were no certificates regarding completion of works,” he said, indicating that the matter needed to be probed further. Citing an example of such payments made to contractors during erstwhile Congress-NCP rule, he said that an amount of Rs 99.36 lakh was drawn from the Treasury in Thane even before the contractor concerned supplied required materials to Industrial Training Institute (ITI) at Wangaon.

According to Mungantiwar, his department was collecting information and it was found that as many as 31,208 items were lying unutilised in godowns though those were purchased in 2013-14 at the cost of Rs 29.13 crore. Dubbing the non-utilisation of procured items as ‘misuse’, he added that there were more instances in past 10 years. In one instance, leather goods worth Rs 49.48 lakh and machines worth Rs 21.28 lakh were procured but were lying unutilised at Yerwada prison in Pune for five years.

Further, Mungantiwar said, the Government had decided to ‘collect information’ about all procurements made through ‘rate contract’ system during past 10 years. Six special teams headed by Chief Secretary have been constituted to collect the information, he added.

However, the Finance Minister made it clear to the media speaking at Mumbai on Tuesday, he was gathering information from various departments regarding procurements made during last 10 years to ‘understand the facts’. The information to be collected includes systems adopted by the Central and State Governments while making procurements through ‘rate contract’, which department has procured how much through ‘rate contract’, if tenders were invited, reasons if tenders were not invited etc. “If the Chief Minister wants, he may order an inquiry into the matter later on,” he said.

Mungantiwar’s statements assume significance against the backdrop of Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), both in Opposition now, consistently raising the issue of procurement of Rs 206 crore on ‘rate contract’ basis without inviting tenders by the Women and Child Development Department headed by Pankaja Munde. The Opposition is gearing up for Monsoon Session of State Legislature scheduled to start in Mumbai from July 13, and is likely to mount attack on BJP-led Government over the allegations of irregularities concerning Pankaja Munde, Women and Child Development Minister; and ‘bogus’ degrees of Vinod Tawde, Higher and Technical Education Minister; and Babanrao Lonikar, Water Supply Minister. Mungantiwar’s statements indicate that the BJP-led Government also has prepared itself to counter the Opposition attack.

Bill Portal to keep expenses in check: Mungantiwar

Various departments of the State Government spend huge amounts on different heads, but integrated information about such expenditure is not available. As a result, many a time, it becomes difficult to match funds and expenses. Hence, to keep track of purchases and expenses, the Government will soon launch ‘Bill Portal’.

The ‘Bill Portal’ will track of purchase of 22 items across the State by various departments. Later on, more number of items will be added to the list, said Sudhir Mungantiwar, Finance Minister. The 22 heads in the list now include number of vehicles with the Government, number of vehicles hired by the Government, annual fuel expenditure on these vehicles, expenditure incurred on air travel of legislators and ministers, expenditure on telephone bills, amount spent as rent of various buildings etc. At present, owing to lack of integrated mechanism, estimation of exact expenditure incurred and provision to be made every year has become difficult, he said.

The ‘Bill Portal’ is an online service developed by Director, Accounts and Treasury, with the help of National Informatics Centre. Information about expenses on fuel for official vehicles, hired vehicles, rent for various buildings etc in a particular financial year will be available at a click. This will add to transparency and efficiency, said the Finance Minister.

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Sub-adult leopard found dead in Hingna forest

A sub-adult leopard was found dead in decomposed condition in Borgaon beat of Hingna Forest Range on Tuesday morning. The skin, nails, canines and other body parts were intact. N R Praveen, ... Read More
A sub-adult leopard was found dead in decomposed condition in Borgaon beat of Hingna Forest Range on Tuesday morning. The skin, nails, canines and other body parts were intact. N R Praveen, who holds additional charge as Deputy Conservator of Forest, Nagpur, informed that the carcass was lying there for last 5/6 days. The viscera has been sent to Forensic Laboratory at Hyderabad.

It is reported that some shepherds noticed the carcass in compartment no: 301 of Borgaon beat and informed the forest guard concerned.

Upon getting information, C H Patil, Range Forest Officer, Hingna, along with staff members reached the spot and made investigation. Maggot formation was December 24 to 29, 2014.

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Mohan Foundation makes city girl Shruti organ donation Ambassador

SHRUTI Mishra, a Nagpur girl currently a final year student of BA (Hons.) Economics in the prestigious St Xavier’s College, Mumbai has been appointed as the Ambassador for organ donation by Moh... Read More
SHRUTI Mishra, a Nagpur girl currently a final year student of BA (Hons.) Economics in the prestigious St Xavier’s College, Mumbai has been appointed as the Ambassador for organ donation by Mohan Foundation. Mohan Foundation is a leading ‘Not for profit’ NGO spearheading the awareness of organ donation in India and neighbouring countries.

Shruti is one of the youngest life members of the organisation and has committed herself to promoting the cause of organ donation under the guidance and motivation of Dr Ravi Wankhede. Shruti made the presentation on organ donation in schools of Yol Cantonment during her term break where her father Brigadier PKG Mishra was posted. Brigadier Mishra is from Nagpur.

Earlier, on January 15 this year, Shruti pledged to donate her organs. She has mostly self taught herself to give talks amongst her friends and students’ associations in the college.

Shruti has thus become an inspiration for others of her age to create awareness about organ donation, which could help several people with a renewed lease of life.

Shruti, an ex-student of Bhavan’s Civil Lines branch and later Dr Ambedkar College, had topped Class-X Board examination in 2011. She had the distinction of becoming the youngest ever orator of the town when she won the competition in 2009 at the age of 14. She also represented Nagpur District in the State-level Fencing Competition.

She continues to make a mark in co-curricular activities having represented India at the Budding Economist Competition held as part of the 11th South Asian Economics Students’ Meet (SAESM) held at Bhutan. She is also working on a project on farmers suicide issue under the guidance of Dr Nagraja, eminent economist of the country. Shruti intends to do her post-graduation preferably as a Rhodes Scholar for which she is applying this year.

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Nagpur Metro to sign tri-partite MoU to speed up project

This may be a major step for ambitious Metro Rail Project of Nagpur. Government of India, Government of Maharashtra and Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) will sign an important tri-pa... Read More
This may be a major step for ambitious Metro Rail Project of Nagpur. Government of India, Government of Maharashtra and Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) will sign an important tri-partite memorandum of understanding (MoU) for effective working of Metro Rail. This will pave way for easy funding to the ambitious project from the State and Central Government.

As per agreement, the NMRCL will obtain 50 per cent soft loan from various agencies including those from France and Germany. The parleys between Government of India and Financial Institutions are going on for the funding of Metro Rail project.

Brijesh Dixit, MD of NMRCL while talking to The Hitavada confirmed the development of signing MoU between three parties in a day or two. The GoM will contribute 25 per cent while GoI will share 25 per cent in equity. The Central Government and State Government have allocated Rs 500 crore in its budget for the Metro Rail project and as per the requirement of the project, the Government is releasing the funds.

It may be mentioned that Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has proposed two corridors- North- South and East-West- 38.125 kms from two different locations.

Around 35 kms stretch of Metro rail would be elevated while 4.5 kms portion will be at grade. The rail will be on 1.2 mt width of median of the road. The maximum 77 hectares land is under Government possession and only 5 hectares would be acquired from private parties.

The Central Government has given nod to project of Rs 8,680 crore only. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) will contribute 5 per cent each on the funding of the project. The soil testing work on proposed route is going on.

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SECR readies for roll-out broad gauge services in Nagpur Division soon

Construction Organisation of South East Central Railway (SECR) is readying for rolling out Broad Gauge services in Nagpur Division, thereby setting stage for the elimination of Narrow Gauge (NG)... Read More
Construction Organisation of South East Central Railway (SECR) is readying for rolling out Broad Gauge services in Nagpur Division, thereby setting stage for the elimination of Narrow Gauge (NG) section. Railways move would mean that henceforth NG would remain confined only to Nagpur-Nagbhir section, a patch of 110 kms. The gauge conversion work is proposed to be started in phases, beginning from October 1 onwards, but officials said the plan has to be ratified by Railway Board. SECR's Nagpur Division territory is spread over States of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh and gauge conversion work to start now is confined to latter region. The conversion work is proposed to be started with Jabalpur-Nainpur section, a patch of 110 kms, and closure of NG section is tentatively notified as October 1, 2015. Thereafter, 148 kms stretch of Chhindwara-Nagpur is proposed to be taken-up for rolling out BG network and date is proposed as November 1, 2015. In third stage 76 kms leg of Nainpur-Balaghat is meant to be closed by December 1 and finally 183 kms patch of Chhindwara-Nainpur-Mandla Fort would be taken-up from January 1, 2016 onwards. The current dates are tentative and meant to sound local division about the plan ahead and get their comments and later final plan is sent to Delhi for notifying the mega bloc and its timings, stated Senior Divisional Commercial Manager (Sr. DCM), SECR, Nagpur Division, Tanmay Mukhopadhya. He said each of the department involved in running of NG network has to plan for redeployment of its assets and manpower. Normally the dates notified for mega bloc gets postponed but only one or two months, depending upon local situation. The notification issued by Bilaspur Headquarters states that ample funds are available with Zone and hence the urgency to undertake gauge conversion work as soon as possible. Incidentally, two major tenders for Chhindwara-Nagpur section are due for opening in August and hence the dates were notified to gauge local preparedness, said the sources. The Construction Organisation has built all the major bridges and final laying of rails needs to be done for which mega bloc is required. Once mega bloc is notified the present NG structure would be removed and replaced with BG rails on the same spot. At present Gondia-Balaghat and Balaghat-Katangi are having broad gauge network in Nagpur Division. Sources further stated that the Construction Organisation might modify the present dates for closure of NG section and since Gondia-Jabalpur new line work is on first Jabalpur-Nainpur section might be picked-up for laying BG line. This would meant that one circle is totally completed. Once this is done then Nainpur station would become a junction point as it would geographically be in centre. Then Nainpur to Balaghat section would be taken-up for starting the work and then Nainpur-Mandla Fort and later till Chhindwara and then Chhindwara-Itwari. It is further expected that since there is BG network available till Saoner the incoming line from Chhindwara might be joined with it at Khaparkheda. Kalamna-Koradi line which is at present used for goods trains. At Nagpur the BG line from Chhindwara is expected to be joined at bridge no. 3 of existing NG which lies near Dobi Nagar, closer to Nagpur station.

However, all this designs are yet to be finalised as top officials of SECR are still to decide as to where the opening of Chhindwara-Nagpur line is to be made. But the above mentioned point is considered as most ideal. There was thinking to join Chhindwara-Nagpur line at Kalamna but owing to direction change the idea is unlikely to materialise, sources familiar with railway working stated.

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Government allows celebration of festivals on streets with riders

Clearing a major legal obstacle in celebrating religious festivals like Ganeshotsav, Navratri, Eid, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Buddha Pournima where large scale public events are organised, Maharashtra ... Read More
Clearing a major legal obstacle in celebrating religious festivals like Ganeshotsav, Navratri, Eid, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Buddha Pournima where large scale public events are organised, Maharashtra Government has directed local bodies to frame rules for temporary erection of pandal on road within 15 days in view of directions given by Bombay High Court in various petitions.

Urban Development Department issued a Government notification on July 6 for framing rules for temporary erection of pandals with certain conditions including not completely blocking free traffic movement.

The court observed that the section 234 of Maharashtra Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, does not confer absolute power to Municipal Commissioner. The power conferred on the commissioner is discretionary and it cannot be exercised without the concurrence of the Commissioner of Police or Superintendent of Police. The permission under the provision cannot be granted if the temporary erection of booths or similar structures is likely to affect free movement of vehicular traffic. The court directed that the discretionary power under the section 234 to grant permission to erect temporary booths or similar structures on streets on account of festivals shall be exercised by the Municipal Commissioners.

The corporations should frame a policy for dealing with grant of such permissions.

Urban Development Department has directed to give permission for erection of temporary structure in consultation with Commissioner of Police, or a senior officer designated by him/her. The local body has been asked to frame and publish a policy within 15 days for erection of temporary pandals. However, the policies will be framed on the basis of Supreme Court’s directions in Dr. M Ismail Farooqui Vs Government of India. The rules will be applicable for all religions and communities. The applicant should display copy of permission at visible place on the pandal. The local body should remove all illegal temporary booths before start of religious festivals. The Government has also directed Commissioner to maintain basic rights of the citizens while granting permission for temporary pandals.

The District Collector should appoint a team of senior officials for checking permission granted to temporary pandals atleast 7 days before the start of festival season. The team will check whether the permission will be displayed or not at prominent place on the pandal and if they find any illegal pandal, then they will immediately inform Municipal Commissioner and initiate action. The police commissioner should provide complete security to this team.

The local body should form grievances redressal cell for registering public complaints regarding temporary pandals. The Municipal Corporation should provide toll free number, SMS and email facilities and should act on every complaint even if it is anonymous. The permission will not be granted on busy public streets, and on footpaths, footways near railway station, public bus stand or major auto rickshaw stand. The permission will not be granted if it is likely to result into a major traffic congestion, near hospitals and educational institutions.

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240 containers of Maggi noodles worth over Rs 100 crore reach ICD, Nagpur

ALTHOUGH the local players may not be taking advantage of the CONCOR-managed ICD, Nagpur as expected, the Switzerland-based food giant Nestle India, the manufacturer of the popular Maggi noodles,... Read More
ALTHOUGH the local players may not be taking advantage of the CONCOR-managed ICD, Nagpur as expected, the Switzerland-based food giant Nestle India, the manufacturer of the popular Maggi noodles, has availed the benefit of the facility. About 240 containers laden with Maggi noodles worth over Rs 100 crore came from New Delhi and Guwahati in trains and were unloaded at ICD, Nagpur. Close to 20 local transporters were assigned the job of disposing of the Maggi noodles, which were termed as ‘unsafe’ by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

If the market grapevine is to be believed, Nestle India has inked pact with Ambuja Cements by paying Rs 30 crore to get rid of the Maggi instant noodles. After checking all the packets of the Maggi noodles at the ICD, Nagpur, they were transported by road to Ambuja Cements plants located at Upparwahi village, Chandrapur district in Maharashtra and Raipur in the neighbouring Chhattisgarh State. All the rejected Maggi noodles were destroyed at both the plants, sources close to the development said.

When contacted, the transporters said that they received a hefty price for transporting Maggi noodles to the respective destinations. “We were witnessing dark days in our business due to unfavourable circumstances. But the new assignment we bagged to transport the Maggi noodles has given us some solace,” said a transporter on the condition of anonymity. He said that the Exim business had taken a beating.

Nestle India had recalled all the varieties of Maggi noodles on June 5 from the shelves as there was a country-wide unrest due to high content of monosodium glutamate and lead.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, after testing Maggi noodles directed Nestle India to remove them from the retail shops as it would be hazardous to the health of the people.

The ban imposed by the FSSAI is being challenged by the company in the Bombay High Court. Nestle has been battling its worst-ever branding crisis in India since a regulator in Uttar Pradesh found monosodium glutamate (MSG) and excess lead in a sample of its hugely popular noodles. The company is awaiting the verdict of the High Court. The shares of Nestle India also took a beating after the ban. Sources said that after the removal of Maggi noodles, there was a stiff competition among the local snack companies to corner the share vacated by Nestle India. The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has demanded that the traders, who were engaged in the distribution of the Maggi noodles, should get their due from the company as early as possible. “Traders are not at fault. They had done their job of reaching the product from the company’s factory to the end consumers,” said B C Bhartia, National President of CAIT. He said that the Government should first check any food product before it got distributed in the market.

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Incentives worth Rs 88 lakh given to tribal couples

Tribal Development Department has distributed incentives worth nearly Rs 88.53 lakh to 245 couples in the State during last three years, under Inter-Caste Marriage Incentive Award Scheme. This sc... Read More
Tribal Development Department has distributed incentives worth nearly Rs 88.53 lakh to 245 couples in the State during last three years, under Inter-Caste Marriage Incentive Award Scheme. This scheme has been initiated with the objective to end social discrimination on the basis of caste and status. According to the departmental officials during financial year 2012-13, 75 couples were awarded incentives worth Rs 27.98 lakh. Likewise in fiscal year 2013-14, 90 couples were given incentives worth Rs 27.05 lakh and in year 2014-15, as many as 80 couples were benefited with the incentives worth nearly Rs 33.5 lakh. The scheme has provision of awarding incentive of Rs 50000 and certificate to each eligible married couple (i.e. both bride and groom have crossed minimum eligible age for marriage, and one of the person belongs to scheduled caste and other belongs to upper caste). Assistant Commissioner of Tribal Welfare Branch of the district can be contacted for further details about the scheme.

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DEO lays emphasis on teaching English in Govt schools

With more focus on teaching English in government primary and middle schools of the district, District Education Office, Raipur has come up with certain measures to be executed in the schools i... Read More
With more focus on teaching English in government primary and middle schools of the district, District Education Office, Raipur has come up with certain measures to be executed in the schools in current academic session. “This year English is on our priority list. We will concentrate more on the subject. That does not mean other subjects will be neglected. Our sole aim is to get rid of the fear in students who scores very poor in English due to this fear only. Students from Class 1 to 8 will be benefited by our efforts,” District Education Officer (DEO) Ashutosh Chavre told this newspaper on Tuesday. The schools of the district have already been issued directives to follow it from this session. Mainly, the headmaster and the English teacher of the respective schools will be accountable for the poor show in English for which they might be punished, said the DEO. Teaching English is not a difficult task for other teachers of the schools as the books are designed in such a manner that anyone having little knowledge of English can teach. The subjects in the books carry the pictures which make easy for teachers to teach. “The teachers taking the task given to them casually will have to pay the price,” said the DEO. The district education office will carry out regular inspection of the schools and interact with the students to know from them about the progress.

The students will also be asked questions from the subject to assess the performance of the teachers, said the District Education Officer. It is to be mentioned, the District Education Officer had, last year, emphasised on Hindi. “We hope such measure will help to prepare students of government primary and middle schools at par with students of private schools as far as English is concerned,” concluded the District Education Officer.

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Over 3,000 public service centres opened under Rural Choice Project

Under Rural Choice Project, nearly 3,862 public service centres have been opened in State, which are being operated as per PPP (Public Private Participation) model. Through these centres, peopl... Read More
Under Rural Choice Project, nearly 3,862 public service centres have been opened in State, which are being operated as per PPP (Public Private Participation) model. Through these centres, people of rural areas are now easily availing services online, for which they earlier had to travel all the way to cities and visit various government offices.

Principal Secretary of Information Technology and Electronics Department Aman Kumar Singh today informed that applicants now have easy access to online facilities for electricity bill payment, mobile phone and DTH recharge services, as well as insurance and bank-related services, through these centres situated near their houses, which saves their time and money.

These centres also provide the facility to online receipt of various kinds of certificates and other documents related to Revenue and Education Department. He said that this is a unique joint initiative of Central Government and State Government under National Electronic Government Scheme to benefit people of rural areas with information and communication technology. Implementation of this project has resulted in increased computer literacy in rural areas, and transparency in government-related works has also improved.

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Man awarded 10-year-RI for raping minor daughter

Fast Track Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Girija Devi Meravi on Tuesday awarded 10-years Rigorous Imprisonment to a 40-year-old man accused of raping his daughter at knife point... Read More
Fast Track Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Girija Devi Meravi on Tuesday awarded 10-years Rigorous Imprisonment to a 40-year-old man accused of raping his daughter at knife point.

The 14-year-old victim, who is a student of class 5, was raped by her father repeatedly and the matter came to light after the victim revealed about the incident before her mother.

An offence in this regard was registered against the accused at Pulgaon Police Station under sections 376, 450 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The accused has been identified as Rajendra Meshram, son of Ramprasad, a resident of village Khursul (Pulgaon). Sources informed that the accused and his wife used to work in Khan Farmhouse situated at Khursul and they are native of Gondia (Maharashtra).

On November 12, 2012, the accused raped his 14-year-old daughter at knife point and threatened of dire consequences in case she reports it to anyone. The victim in her complaint alleged that her father had raped her several times before the month of November.

Meanwhile, Court of ADJ, Girija Devi Meravi after verifying the evidences against the accused awarded 10 years RI to him under section 376 of the Indian Penal Code and one year imprisonment under section 506 of Indian Penal Code. The Court has also imposed a penalty of Rs 5,000 on the accused and he will have to spend three additional months in the prison in case of non-deposit of fine.

Besides, the Court has also directed the State Government to provide Rs 1 Lakh to the victim as compensation.

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Poor transport facility at many schools may repeat ghastly mishap

EVER SINCE commercialization of education along with inception of number of premier public schools, a large number of low-budget schools have also come up. And keeping in view the miserable trans... Read More
EVER SINCE commercialization of education along with inception of number of premier public schools, a large number of low-budget schools have also come up. And keeping in view the miserable transport facilities and unqualified and low paid attendants at buses of these schools, the possibility of repetition of mishap, resulting in even more casualties always, looms large. Though, in their routine, the authorities concerned happened to meet the sight that the school buses, ferrying in twin cities, lacked compliance of certain laid down norms yet inaction on their part adds to apprehension among parents of children from lower strata of society.

However, the authorities concerned from district administration, education department and traffic police claimed about effective measurers to ensure strict compliance of norms.

The young school students jam-packed into the four-wheelers viz Minidoors, Magics, motor-vans and Auto-rickshaw, mini-buses and also the cycle rickshaws, is the common sight in the twin cities of Bhilai and Durg, which is also is a gross violation laid down norms. Anyone who owns one of aforesaid four-wheeler can make it asset by extending transport facility for some low-budget schools or making customers on private basis for regularly providing transport facility to young students from particular locality or colony. Even the young students from premier public schools and also those residing at far off places, have to depend on such transport facility as school managements finalize ferrying of school buses only by keeping in view the number of school students, available on a particular route.

J P Pathak, I/c District Collector asserted that the district administration would review the measurers initiated by the departments concerned and in case of lacuna somewhere they would be issued necessary instruction.

When queried about that whether the measurers would include special thrust on low budget schools’ transport facilities and bus staffers, Pathak asserted that he would discuss the matter with the authorities concerned.

K B Singh, Dy S P (Traffic) asserted that the joint surprise check of RTO and Traffic police was already scheduled from Wednesday onwards for ensuring strict compliance of norms and imbibe sense of security among parents of youngones.

A N Banjara, District Education Officer told the newspaper that the Sector-2 mishap was the outcome of negligence of bus driver and inattentiveness on part of guardians or else the mishap could have been averted. The effective joint surprise check was already scheduled from Wednesday onwards to ensure zero possibility of repetition of such tragic mishaps.

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MBBS counselling in controversy after minority association allege violation

The reservation roaster has been violated in the MBBS admission counselling after Chhattisgarh Pre-Medical Test and students of OBC, SC and ST categories have been deprived, alleged an associat... Read More
The reservation roaster has been violated in the MBBS admission counselling after Chhattisgarh Pre-Medical Test and students of OBC, SC and ST categories have been deprived, alleged an association of the reserved category people known as Chhattisgarh Pichada Varga, Anusuchit Jati, Janajati and Alpasankhyak Mahasangh. This association claimed on Tuesday that complaint has been moved to the Governor, Chief Minister, Health Minister, SC/ST Welfare Minister Kedar Kashyap.

From the Other Backward Category (OBC) 27 students and from the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (SC) 4 and 3 students secured their places in the merit list. But they were considered out of merit list and allotted reserved category seats, said Brijesh Sahu, Tikaram Sahu, representing the above said association and also Vishnu Baghel, from Chhattisgarh Pichada Samaj, at a press conference at Raipur Press Club on Tuesday. The state’s Directorate of Medical Education is responsible for the same. The students of reserved category when secured their places in merit list should have been considered together with the general category students for admission. The consequence of these 27 reserved category merit students allotted the reserved category seats is that an equal number of students from the reserved categories can not be given admission because availability of reserved seats is reduced, they alleged.

Reacting to the above allegation, Commissioner Health Services cum Director of Medical Education Pratap Singh said that the above said people did not present a true picture. In fact, the merit students from the reserved categories opted for one or the other medical college and when the found they could not be given admission if considered along with the general category students, then they opted for the reserved seats in the institutions of their choice. It is not true that they were directly given admission on the reserved seats, said Singh.

The other allegation was that the merit list should have been released by the director of medical education before starting the admission process/counselling. Application for online counselling was invited on June 20, but even before the counselling application the merit list was not released. Reacting to this allegation, Singh said that the PMT was conducted not by the directorate, but by Chhattisgarh Professional Examination Board (CGPEB). Hence the responsibility of declaring the merit list was on the board and it was available on its website timely.

The other allegation was that alternative choices of the students regarding the institutions were not considered and the first counselling application was considered. Brushing aside the allegation, Singh said that the counselling was on-line and options were built in the software and it is according to the preference of the students admissions have been given.

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LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to inaugurate two-day Training Programme for MLAs

Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal is of the view that maximum opportunity should be given to the Opposition during Assembly sessions, so that public interest issues can be raised in the House effectiv... Read More
Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal is of the view that maximum opportunity should be given to the Opposition during Assembly sessions, so that public interest issues can be raised in the House effectively. He however added that the Legislators should not mix the party with the Legislature. With an objective that maximum usage of time available during Sessions should be made for taking up public interest issues, a two day orientation programme is being held for the Legislators on July 16 and July 17 ahead of Monsoon Session, which will be inaugurated by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal informed that alike enlightenment programme held earlier for Legislators, particularly, those who had been elected for the first time on February 1 and 2, 2014, the Chhattisgarh Assembly is again holding a two day enlightenment programme from Legislators. The earlier programme had enlightened the Legislators on issues like Assembly procedures and work executing rulebook. This time they will be enlightened on How to make government responsible through Question Hour, conduct and behaviour by public representatives, Assembly privilege, courtesy and practices, role of Leader of the House and Leader of Opposition in smooth functioning of House, How a Legislator can play an effective role in taking up issues pertaining to public welfare and its legislative process and issues pertaining to public interest and process as per rules.

The Speaker further informed that Lok Sabha Speaker has given her kind consent to inaugurate the enlightenment programme. Governor Balramji Das Tandon will be the Chief Guest at the valedictory function. Other keynote Speakers and subject specialists for the training programme who have already given their consent are Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot, Uttar Pradesh Assembly Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey, former Minister in Himachal Pradesh Government Asha Kumari.

Talks are being held with Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya and Himachal Pradesh Speaker Brij Behari Lal Butail and if they give their consent for the programme, accordingly sessions will be organized.

Speaker further informed that the Fifth Session (Monsoon Session) of Fourth Chhattisgarh Assembly which is scheduled to commence from July 20 and continue till July 31, there will be ten sittings. For these ten sittings both ruling and opposition Legislators have registered a total of 1696 questions including 964 starred and 732 un-starred questions on completion of last date for registering questions ended on July 6. Notices regarding Adjournment Motion and Call Attention Motion will be accepted from July 14.

The Speaker further informed that the Session will commence on July 20 by paying tributes to Late Mandwi Handaram former Legislator in erstwhile Madhya Pradesh Assembly and Late Narsingh Pradhan, also a former Legislator in erstwhile Madhya Pradesh Assembly. During the Monsoon Session, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government will be tabling proposals for the first Supplementary Budget apart from introducing at least 3 amendment Bills. The first Supplementary Budget for the financial year 2015-16 will be tabled in the House on July 22 and discussion and passing of the demand proposals will be held on July 23 and thereafter Appropriation Bill will be tabled and passed.

The Bills which will are likely to be introduced are Chhattisgarh Arbitration Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2015; International Institute for Information Technology (IIIT) University (Amendment) Bill, 2015; and Chhattisgarh Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2015. The first two Bills will be tabled to replace the Ordinances for the same.

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Miscreants attack family over petty issue

A GROUP of persons assaulted members of a family over a petty issue in Suhagi area under jurisdiction of Adhartal police station in intervening night on Monday and Tuesday. According to Adharta... Read More
A GROUP of persons assaulted members of a family over a petty issue in Suhagi area under jurisdiction of Adhartal police station in intervening night on Monday and Tuesday. According to Adhartal police, Murli Gontia (20), a resident of Suhagi area, filed a complaint that unidentified peole had pelted stones at his house in the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. Hearing the noise, Murli along with his father came outside the house and found that some programme was underway in front of their house where Rampyare Kol, Azad Kol, Golu Kol, Mirchy Kol, Raju Kol, Suresh Kol, Bablu Kol and Lallu Kol were standing outside their house. When they were asked about pelting of stones, miscreants started abusing them and threatened them to life. Before they could learn their intentions, miscreants entered their house and attacked them with canes.

When his mother Gyarasi Bai Gontia and brother Pawan Gontia tried to stop them, the accused also attacked them with canes. In the attack, Murli Gontia, his father Dhaniram Gontia, mother Gyarasi Bai Gontia and brother Pawan Gontia sustained injuries. Learning about the incident, a police team reached the spot and sent the injured to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital for treatment. Police have registered a case against the accused under sections 452, 147, 148, 294, 323, 324 and 506 of the IPC while further investigations are underway.

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Irregularities found at Essar filling station

A TEAM of District Civic Supply Office conducted surprise inspection of Essar filling station situated in Barela area and found several irregularities at the station. Manager of filling station... Read More
A TEAM of District Civic Supply Office conducted surprise inspection of Essar filling station situated in Barela area and found several irregularities at the station. Manager of filling station failed in presenting record of fuel stock while license of filling station was also found lapsed.

A team led by District Civic Supply Officer Jyoti Shah Narvaria, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ informed that continuing a rigorous search, a team conducted surprise inspection at Essar petrol pump situated in Barela area and found several irregularities. The officer added that during inspection the manager of filling station failed in presenting stock register and informed that fuel supply is being carried out from Jamnagar in Gujarat. Fuel density at the filling station was correct but there was no arrangement for drinking water and air pump.

The Civic Supply Officer informed that the petrol pump being operated is violating necessary norms specified by the government to provide quality services and following safety norms at the station.

The team has seized several documents from filling station, while further investigations are underway to register a case of irregularities against the owner of filling station. According to District Supply Officer, surprise inspection of filling stations will be continued in regular intervals to ensure availability of necessary facilities for consumers and better enforcement of government norms for quality services and safety norms.

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High Court seeks reply from BMC Commissioner, others by July 21

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi has issued notices on petition filed by Barkatullah University, Bhopal, against Mun... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi has issued notices on petition filed by Barkatullah University, Bhopal, against Municipal Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Bhopal, Principal Secretary, Urban Administration and Development, Bhopal and Principal Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Bhopal in the matter related to constitutionality and validity of Section 132(6)(o) along with Section 132(5)(a) of the Municipal Corporation Act 1956. The division bench has asked the respondent to file their reply before the court on July 21.

The division bench in its order said that no coercive action be taken against the petitioner with regard to subject matter of this petition till next date. Barkatullah University filed this petition through Counsel Hemant Shrivastava that the University is an extended arm of the State for being constituted and established by the State to impart education, which is admittedly a sovereign function. The Petitioner-University- formerly known as ‘Bhopal University’, was established in 1970 in Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh, in pursuance of ‘The Bhopal Vishwavidyalaya Adhiniyam, Act of 1970. In 1988, which later on, repealed by Madhya Pradesh Vishwavidhyalaya Adhiniyam 1973, published in Madhya Pradesh Gazette (Extraordinary) dated April 23, 1973. The erstwhile Bhopal University was rechristened as Barkatullah University in 1988.”

The present petition is filed challenging constitutionality and validity of Section 132(6)(o) along with Section 132(5)(a) of the Municipal Corporation Act 1956 on various grounds as enumerated in pleadings to follow that the petitioner University is also challenging validity, vires and constitutionality of Permanent Order 2014, through which contrary to express provisions of 132(5)(a) of the Act of 1956, various taxes u/s 132(c),(d),(e) have been levied on percentages, proportion of property tax, without determining separate rate of taxation as mandated by Section 132(5)(a) of the Act of 1956. The petitioner further challenged virus and constitutionality of Permanent Order No. 02/2013, through which contrary to the provisions of Section 132(6)(o), ibid, without prior approval of the State Government, the various taxes have been imposed, viz Samekit Kar, Education Cess, etc such levy of taxes is challenged on ground that their rates have been fixed on basis of property tax value applicable to commercial properties in Bhopal, as against procedure prescribed under section 132(5)(a) of the Act of 1956. The petitioner University also seeks to challenge levy of Water User Charges on grounds that it has been imposed without following procedure of determination of tax as laid down under Section 132(A)(2)(I) of the Act of 1956. The Petitioner University also seeks to challenge demand notice dated on March 4, 2015, being issued against Petitioner University on the basis of aforementioned Permanent Orders of the Municipal Corporation. The demand amount specified in notice is essentially property tax amount calculated with property tax liveable on petitioner. The entire process of determination demand amount under various heads is contrary to provisions of Section 132 and also in particular the law laid down by this court in bunch of writ petitions challenging imposition of property tax, including petitioners’ writ petition decided on September 12, 2013. The division bench of this court has also been pleased to dismiss writ appeal’s arising out of aforesaid bunch of writ petitions by holding categorically that in terms of Section 136 (c) of the Act of 1956; educational institutions are not eligible to payment of Property Tax liveable under Section 135 of the Act of 1956, the division bench said earlier. The petition university prayed relief before the court to issue directions declaring impugned Section 132(6) (o) as ultra virus to the Constitution of lndia and thus strike down the same being unconstitutional and unenforceable under law. And to issue any appropriate direction declaring impugned Section 132(5) (a) as ultra virus to the Constitution of lndia and thus strike down the same being unconstitutional and unenforceable under law. The petitioner university further prayed before the court to issue direction quashing the Permanent Orders dated on August 12, 2014 and dated on May 9, 2013, for the reasons, facts and grounds as mentioned in the present petition and the various heads of taxes imposed there under on the petitioner institution as educational institution exempted from properly tax u/s 136 of the Act of 1956. And to issue direction quashing the demand notice dated on March 4, 2015 issued against the petitioner being contrary to the provisions of Section 132 & 132(a) of the Act of 1956. Advocate Hemant Shrivastava appeared on behalf of the Petitioner University.

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MPHC Indore Bench organises 2nd Regional Conference on Mediation

TO ENCOURAGE mediation process in settling cases, second Regional Conference on Mediation was organised jointly under joint aegis of Madhya Pradesh High Court Indore Bench and Madhya Pradesh St... Read More
TO ENCOURAGE mediation process in settling cases, second Regional Conference on Mediation was organised jointly under joint aegis of Madhya Pradesh High Court Indore Bench and Madhya Pradesh State Level Service Authority (MPSLSA) on Tuesday. Chief guest on the occasion was Justice Rajendra Menon, Administrative Judge and Executive Chairman of Madhya Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (MPSLSA). Special guest on the occasion was Shantanu Kemkar, President, Legal Service Authority, High Court, Judge Sanjay Yadav, President, Chief Mediation Vigilance Committee, High Court, Justice P K Jaiswal, Administrative Judge Indore Bench and Justice S C Sharma were present.

Addressing the programme, chief guest Justice Rajendra Menon said to ensure functioning of any social system it is important to have a judicial system available at ease, dependable, publicly accepted and transparent. In fulfillment of such objectives, Madhya Pradesh High Court has adopted mediation system of settlement of cases. So that people could get justice in a judicial system that is easily available and acceptable to all.

On the occasion, as per direction of Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court Justice A M Khanwilkar chief guest of the programme, Justice Rajendra Menon felicitated Justice Mahendra Pal and Advocate Hardayal Singh was held for settling maximum number of cases through mediation. In this Justice Mahendra Pal had settled 21 cases out of assigned 33 cases through mediation. Similarly, Advocate Hardayal Singh succeeded in mutual settlement in over 47 cases out of 180 cases. Introduction of the programme was given by Justice P K Jaiswal. Dinesh Nayak, Member Secretary, MP State Level Service Authority, Jabalpur welcomed all the delegates, participants, judiciary officials and employees and associates and expressed views on objectives of the programme. Registrar of Indore Bench A J Khan proposed a vote of thanks. To encourage mediation process in settlement of maximum court cases by redressing problems and hurdles in establishing mutual agreement amongst litigants MPSLSA has organised three regional-level conferences in the State. In this on November 11, 2014, a regional conference was held in Jabalpur and in series after Indore third conference will be held in Gwalior on July 25.

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Senior Professor Dr Alka Nayak nominated as officiating RDU VC

DR Alka Nayak, Dean Faculty of Education, has been nominated as officiating Vice-Chancellor of Rani Durgavati University (RDU) on Tuesday. Governor Ramnaresh Yadav has forwarded a letter and gi... Read More
DR Alka Nayak, Dean Faculty of Education, has been nominated as officiating Vice-Chancellor of Rani Durgavati University (RDU) on Tuesday. Governor Ramnaresh Yadav has forwarded a letter and given officiating charge of Vice-Chancellor to Dr Nayak. Dr Alka Nayak is senior most professor of RDU and her name had listed in list of officiating Vice-Chancellor. On the basis of seniority, she has been nominated as Officiating Vice-Chancellor. After receiving a letter, Dr Alka Nayak assumed charge as Officiating Vice-Chancellor of RDU. Former Vice-Chancellor Dr K N Singh Yadav accorded warm welcome by presenting bouquet to Dr Alka Nayak and also extended her best wishes.

Dr Alka Nayak completed her schooling and college education from Gwalior. She loves games and was a champion of SGFI organised at KVs. She had done graduation and post-graduation from LNTE College Gwalior. After completing education, she had joined RDU in 1988. During her tenure, she had promoted various games in RDU.

Under her direction, a total 8 PhDs were done by researchers in RDU. She had presented a large number of research papers and journals in the workshop and seminars. She also presented research papers in ASPSO programme held in Japan, Tokyo. Dr Alka Nayak also expressed happiness and said “I will execute my work and responsibilities which have been given to me. I will do best work as Officiating Vice-Chancellor in RDU.” All the Professors, Deans and non-teaching employees congratulated and extended best wishes. Chancellor and Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has accepted resignation of Vice-Chancellor of Rani Durgawati University, Jabalpur Professor K N Singh Yadav submitted on July 7 with immediate effect.

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ITARSI INCIDENT: HC seeks reply from Railway Board Chairman, WCR GM, others

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice S K Gupta on Tuesday issued notices to the Secretary, Railway Department, New Delhi, Chairman, Railway ... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice S K Gupta on Tuesday issued notices to the Secretary, Railway Department, New Delhi, Chairman, Railway Board, New Delhi and General Manager, West Central Railway, Jabalpur and asked them to file reply before the court in the matter related to Rail Route Inter-locking System (Traffic Operating System) in Itarsi Railway Station.

The division bench has asked the counsel for the Railways to seek instructions in the matter. Similar cases have been filed before this court. Let the petition be listed for analogous hearing along with the said cases. The petition was filed by Dr P G Najpandey, State President of Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM) against illegal and arbitrary act of the respondent regarding not changing Traffic Operating System situated in Itarsi Railway Station in time. Life of the said Traffic Operating System had expired in 2000 still the respondent did not change the said system within time that resulted into fire in RRI system that collapsed on June 17, 2015, affecting more than 50 trains. Due to this, passengers faced many difficulties as several trains were cancelled and many were diverted. Following this negligence railways suffered loss in crores. After the incident, the railway traffic has not been restored yet and railways has failed to discharge their duty to provide better facilities to commuters.

The petitioner has demanded to fix responsibility of officials in the incident because they have failed to discharge their duties therefore high-level inquiry either Judicial Committee or CBI should be done for shifting liability and taking appropriate legal action. Advocate Dinesh Upadhyay appeared on behalf of the petitioner.

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Dean Dr Sharma’s mortal remains consigned to flames

LAST rites of Dean of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital Dr Arun Sharma were performed at Gwarighat crematorium on Tuesday. Naval, elder son of Dr Sharma, lit the pyre.Read More
LAST rites of Dean of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital Dr Arun Sharma were performed at Gwarighat crematorium on Tuesday. Naval, elder son of Dr Sharma, lit the pyre.

In-charge Minister Gaurishankar Bisen, Minister of State for Health Sharad Jain, Member of Parliament Rakesh Singh, MLA Tarun Bhanot, Vice-Chancellor of Madhya Pradesh Medical Sciences University (MPMSU), Dr Dharam Pal Lokwani, Collector Shivnaryan Rupla, SP Dr Ashis, Superintendent of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital Dr Rajesh Tiwari, Acting Dean Dr M K Parashar, former Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi, Moti Kashyap, Congress leaders Rammurti Mishra, Ramesh Choudhry, IMA, Jabalpur Unit President, Dr Sudhir Tiwari, Junior Doctors’ Association President Dr Yogendra Dhakhad.

Dr Arvind Jain, relatives of Dr Sharma, Professor of Medical College and Hospital, District Hospital Services, Leader of Employees Union of Health Department and locals were present in large numbers. Last rites of Dr Sharma started at around 8 am from his home at Nehru Nagar.

Dr Sharma’s family members including elder son Naval, Naman, wife Dr Sudha Sharma were consoled by host of relatives. Earlier, body of Dr Sharma was kept in Medical College premises, where large number of teachers of Medical College, students, leaders of employees’ union paid tributes. Then Dr Sharma’s body was taken to Gwarighat. In-charge Minister Dr Gaurishankar Bisen while talking to the mediapersons said Dr Sharma was his close friend, if felt necessary micro investigation on the death would be asked for. Minister of State for Medical Education Department said inquiry on death is going in right direction under supervision of High Court however former Minister Ajay Vishnoi said media is exaggerating the matter.

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Siblings attacked by neighbours over old enmity

A 22-year-old youth and his sister were attacked with a sharp-edged weapon by neighbours, including father and his two sons, over old rivalry at cloth mill under Bajaria police station late on Mo... Read More
A 22-year-old youth and his sister were attacked with a sharp-edged weapon by neighbours, including father and his two sons, over old rivalry at cloth mill under Bajaria police station late on Monday night. In the aftermath of incident both the injured brother and sister were rushed to nearby hospital and based on the statement of siblings, police have registered a case of attempt to murder and took all the three accused into police custody. Town Inspector of Bajaria T Sapre while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ said the injured siblings were identified as Lakhan Thakur and Suneeta Thakur, both resides near cloth mill. In the complaint Lakhan told police that the incident took place at around 11:30 pm when he was heading toward house. TI Sapre further said that in the mid-way his neighbours; Kamal Singh Thakad and his two sons Raju and Rahul waylaid him and exchanged heated argument with him. Soon the argument turned bloody and the accused Raju along with brother and father attacked him and stabbed several times with knife. Later, the victim youth shouted for help. Hearing the scream of Lakhan, his sister came out from her house for the rescue of her brother and in a bid to save him, she also sustained injuries in her hands after being attacked by all the three accused. Subsequently, both the injured siblings were admitted to a hospital while all the three accused fled from the spot. Meanwhile, based on the statements of both victim brother and sister, police have registered a case under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code and later took all the accused into police custody for further interrogation.

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School bus fare hike irks parents

In the context of school bus fare hike, autocratic behaviour of bus drivers are not stopped yet. School bus fares are being increased recklessly. Transport Minister Bhupendra Singh announced ea... Read More
In the context of school bus fare hike, autocratic behaviour of bus drivers are not stopped yet. School bus fares are being increased recklessly. Transport Minister Bhupendra Singh announced earlier to establish a committee which would control the increasing bus fares, but fails to do so yet. As a result the drivers are not following the determined rules and are increasing fare accordingly. Despite of been over ten days of the announcement made by transport minister in regards to bus fare, committee has not been established. It is obvious that if the committee would not be established so the fare will not be controlled. Even the lackadaisical behaviour of transport officials has made it easier for drivers to continue their autocratic behaviour. And they have extended the bus fares up to 10 per cent. Now, district administration officials claims to establish committee and its meeting till next week. Collectorate and concerned offices are receiving many complaints regarding high bus fare. During the new academic session from April 1, bus drivers have extended fare up to Rs 100 for various routes. This behaviour has disappointed many parents. Hearing will take place on similar complaint at Consumer Forum on July 24.

As per the sources, in order to control the school bus fare, committee which will be presided over by the Collector will not only include RTO, DEO but also representatives of school bus drivers. As per ADM B S Jamod, committee will be established with in next week and proceedings against the concerned drivers will be made soon. at present the nomination process is going on, when the members will be decided the meeting will be held.

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High cut-off: Students demand essential change

As competition becomes tougher every year, colleges are raising their cut-off marks for admission in different streams which puts pressure on school pass-outs.

Students seemed to be worried ... Read More
As competition becomes tougher every year, colleges are raising their cut-off marks for admission in different streams which puts pressure on school pass-outs.

Students seemed to be worried over high marks requiring for admission to the undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Like last year, this time too cut-offs of prestigious colleges including Institute for Excellence in Higher Education (IEHE), Sarojini Naidu PG Girls’ College (Nutan College),Motilal Vigyan Mahavidalaya (MVM) and Maharani Laxmibai Girls College (MLB) touched the 95% marks for admission to the selected courses. Almost 60% seats of premier colleges filled up in the first round, leaving large number of students dissatisfied. “The cut off list of colleges have become scary and I am literally worried for admission of my younger brother who is not so good in studies,” says Mridul, B.Com student at BHEL College. Mridul further says that college should fix a benchmark so that student having medium level marks get admission to the favourite subject. Subjects like B.Com and B.Sc has touched cut off as 95 per cent while BA and MA subjects too demanded 85 and above. Expressing her view, Garima, B.Com student at IEHE says, “It is good to admit the candidate having higher marks but at the same time college management should be concern for students having medium level of marks.

Cut-offs becoming scary:

“The cut off list of colleges have become scary and I am literally worried for admission of my younger brother who is not so good in studies,” says Mridul, B.Com student at BHEL College. College should fix a benchmark for admission to different courses where medium level student would have entry,” says Mridul, B.Com student at BHEL College.

What is the existence of divisions?

“People measure the marks with first, second and third division but there is no use of these divisions. Having first division marks is not enough to take admission in your favourite college or stream. The new system has left no place for further studies of student who failed to secure excellent marks because of some reason,” said Trishla Jain, a second year student at Nutan College.

We should motivate rather than disqualifying:

“It is good to admit the candidate having higher marks but at the same time college management should also give opportunity to the weak student for further studies. We should motivate everyone rather than disqualifying on first stage,” said Garima, first year student at IEHE. Learning has no specific end:

“Learning is continuous process and it has no specific end. I cannot digest the fact that only people having 89% or above marks will get chance to study at prestigious college. Candidate having 75% marks in class 12th can also score 90% and above in under-graduation,” says Nitu Vajpayee, student at MLB College. Real talent should be judge, not marksheet:

It is really unfair that colleges are judging the caliber of applicants based on marksheet rather than their real talent. If observe the campus placement of particular college, you will see candidate having lower marks get selected by company and candidate having higher marks rejected by the interviewer,” said Gyaneshwar Mishra, medical student at Chirayu Medical College.

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Vehicle-lifters on the prowl; park your bike at your own risk!

Beware if you own a bike, especially a new, flashy one and happen to live or work in the State capital. It may disappear any day from any place and there is only a one-in-six chance that it wil... Read More
Beware if you own a bike, especially a new, flashy one and happen to live or work in the State capital. It may disappear any day from any place and there is only a one-in-six chance that it will ever be recovered.

Vehicle thefts are increasing in the city and the gangs specialising in this branch of crime are working overtime. Figures will tell the story better. On an average, every day, six vehicles are stolen in the city and of them over 90 per cent are two-wheelers.

From January to May this year, at least 1,000 vehicles were spirited away from manned and unmanned parking lots, residential colonies and from markets, educational institutions and the like. The incidents of vehicle thefts in the city have climbed from 1610 in 2011 to 1932 in 2014. And this year the figure is all set to cross the 2,000 mark.

Though the Bhopal police, from time to time, announce busting of gangs of vehicle lifters, parading the thieves before the media and getting the seized vehicles, neatly parked in a row, photographed; but the fact is that barely 15 per cent of the stolen vehicles are ever recovered. The rest simply disappear into thin air.

The vehicle owners are forced to make rounds of insurance companies, which entertain theft claims only six months after the incident. And even then, what they pay by way of claim is the market value of the vehicle as assessed by them. Obviously, the amount is hardly enough to replace the vehicle. And if, God forbid, your vehicle was uninsured; well, you have no option but to forget the hard-earned money you spent on buying that dream bike of yours.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (Crime) Shailendra Singh Chauhan talking to ‘The Hitavada’ said, “The modus operandi of the vehicle thieves, as revealed by those vehicle-lifters who recently happened to fall into the crime branch net, is simple. Once they have zeroed in on the bike they intend to steal one of the gang members follows the owner. Next, four or five persons surround the bike and then one of them uses a master key to open the handle and then the ignition lock”.

“The bike is driven away and is parked at a public place, be it the Railway Station, Bus stand or the parking lot of a busy market. Next, the hunt for a customer begins. Preference is given to the residents of rural areas around the capital, where police rarely, if ever, mount vehicle checking drives. Bikes are sold off for Rs 5,000-10,000,” added ASP Chauhan.

In many cases, the stolen vehicles are cannibalised. The useful parts are sold to auto repair workshops and what is left is disposed of as junk. The most common areas from where vehicles were stolen in the city include TT Nagar, MP Nagar, Govindpura, Piplani, Koh-e-Fiza, Aishbagh, Hanumanganj and Ashoka Garden. Police concerned have also put up sign boards in such areas prone to thefts mentioning that these areas are not safe for parking. Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police (North) Arvind Saxena said that we are regularly checking paid parking lots in the city as recover stolen vehicles along with such bikes which were parked for long time and no one had come forward to claim them and then collect information related to the owners of such vehicles. We have also working on the plan to make it mandatory to show id proof for people who used to park their vehicles in parking slots. The police claimed that around 500 CCTV cameras have been installed at road squares and intersections in the city. It is also claimed by them that the cameras are high-resolution and can capture the number plates of vehicles. But never has a vehicle thief been caught with the help of the footage of these gizmos. Cops say that this is because the vehicle lifters ensure that they drive stolen vehicles through lanes and by-lanes, skirting the points under CCTV surveillance. That the racket is thriving is evident by the fact that when the police, recently, happened to lay its hands upon a gang of vehicle lifters, even the cops were surprised to discover that the three-member gang had stolen as many as 50 vehicles. Around three dozen bikes were seized from them. They told the cops that they preferred ‘Honda’ company bikes and that they even stole vehicles on demand! Their customers, spread over the neighbouring districts of Vidisha, Rajgarh and Sehore, placed “orders” with them. They stole the sought vehicle and supplied it to the “customers”.

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Cabinet nod to 4,900 hectare land for Sidhi-Rewa new broadgauge rail line project

A State Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday decided to extend special recruitment drive to fill backlog/carry forward posts reserved for SCs, STs and... Read More
A State Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday decided to extend special recruitment drive to fill backlog/carry forward posts reserved for SCs, STs and OBCs as well as disabled persons by one year. The extension has been given from July 1, to June 30, 2016. The Cabinet sanctioned allotment of 4,900 hectare land for Sidhi-Rewa new broadgauge rail line project.

The Cabinet sanctioned establishment of district employment offices at Ashok Nagar, Anuppur and Alirajpur, creation of five posts each and recurring and non-recurring expenditures on furniture/office equipment for them. The Cabinet decided that 15 BPO centres will be opened in rural areas of the state by Messrs Rural Shores, Bengaluru. Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Electronics Development Corporation was authorised to invite tenders for this.

The Cabinet decided to upgrade 20 middle schools to high schools during 2013-14 and sanction 20 posts of principals at the rate of one post for each institution. Similarly, sanction was granted to 120 posts of contractual school teacher grade-II at the rate of 6 posts for each school, 20 posts of contractual school teacher grade-III, 20 posts of lower division clerk (computer trained) and 20 posts of peon at the rate of one post for each school.

The Cabinet decided to open 20 new post-matric hostels during 2014-15, 20 posts of contractual teacher grade-I (contractual superintendent) at the rate of one post for each hostel, 60 posts of class IV employees on collector rate and 20 posts of sanitary worker. The Cabinet sanctioned continuation of contractual posts of system analyst, data entry operator and IT operator for establishment of office of Commissioner Commercial Taxes under Commercial Taxes Department till March 31, 2016. The Cabinet decided to merge services of serving employees of State Oilseed Federation against various posts for establishment of office of Commissioner Commercial Taxes under Merger Scheme of General Administration Department. The Cabinet decided to bring in Madhya Pradesh Shram Kanoon (Amendment) and Prakeern Upbandh Vidheyak, 2015 to simplify provisions and processes in Labour Department. The Cabinet sanctioned Rs. 11 crore 40 lakh to Madhya Pradesh Tribal Finance and Development Corporation under Tribal Welfare Department to pay loans to National Tribal Finance and Development Corporation. The Cabinet endorsed Draft Amendment Bill-2015 regarding P K Private University, Shivpuri, Mandsaur private university, Mandsaur and Medicaps private university, Indore. Main objective of establishment of private universities is to increase Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) and make better higher education opportunities available to youths. With establishment of private universities, students of the state will get more higher education opportunities in the state itself. The Cabinet sanctioned creation of 18 posts to strengthen Madhya Pradesh Council of Vocational Exam and Training (MPCVET). The decision has been taken to ensure effective monitoring of state level skill development scheme’s maximum expansion and future requirements.

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Youth Congress workers protest at VYAPAM office

To register protest against the multilayered VYAPAM scam, Youth Congress workers demonstrated in aggressive manner at the entrance gate of VYAPAM office on Tuesday. Youth Congress workers took ou... Read More
To register protest against the multilayered VYAPAM scam, Youth Congress workers demonstrated in aggressive manner at the entrance gate of VYAPAM office on Tuesday. Youth Congress workers took out their shirts as a sign of protest. State Congress President Arun Yadav was present on this occasion. To stop the Youth Congress workers from reaching till demonstration site, police have made tight security arrangements. However, Youth Congress workers managed to reach till VYAPAM gate. The demonstrators first raised the slogans to register the protest. Some of the agitators were carrying cartoons in their hands. When demonstrators tried to enter into VYAPAM office, police tried to stop them forcibly. In the skirmish couple of cop’s and demonstrators lost balance and fell down.

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Congress to observe ‘MP Bandh’ on July 16

Unsatisfied by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s decision to go for CBI probe into VYAPAM scam by writing letter to High Court, Congress is going to observe Madhya Pradesh ‘Bandh’ on J... Read More
Unsatisfied by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s decision to go for CBI probe into VYAPAM scam by writing letter to High Court, Congress is going to observe Madhya Pradesh ‘Bandh’ on July 16. Congress wants that VYAPAM scam, investigative agencies and deaths related to scam should be investigated under the monitoring of Supreme Court. Congress also demanded resignation of Governor Ram Naresh Yadav, who is accused in scam.

Addressing the press conference, All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary and Madhya Pradesh Congress incharge, Mohan Prakash said that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan act of writing letter to High Court for CBI investigation is mere eyewash. “If CBI probe is needed then write to Department of Personnel Training (DoPT). We are not satisfied by CM’s decision and wants CBI probe under the monitoring of Supreme Court,” said Mohan Prakash.

He added that to press for demand of bringing deaths of 46 people happened in VYAPAM case, VYAPAM scam and probe against investigative agencies under the ambit of probe, Congress is going to observe peaceful Madhya Pradesh “Bandh” on July 16. However, necessary services have been exempted from the “Bandh”. Tribute would be paid for those who died due to scam.

Holding Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for the mess over VYAPAM, he said CM has no moral right to remain on chair. “If CM’s OSD is on bail, Governor’s OSD is in jail then it is entire Government involved in the mess,” he rued. From July 12 to 15, Congress will knock every door under ‘Gaon Gaon Chalo’ campaign and would inform people about the truth regarding VYAPAM scam and Shivraj rule. “In the last ten years, BJP had destroyed a generation,” added Mohan Prakash. He also wanted that Supreme Court itself should take cognizance of VYAPAM scam. Dubbing deaths associated with scam as murder, he also demanded resignation from Governor Ram Naresh Yadav as he too is accused in scam. On this occasion, State Congress President Arun Yadav, Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare etc were present. In the meantime, former Union minister and Member of Parliament, Jyotiraditya Scindia tweeted that PM should end his silence and take corrective actions in VYAPAM scam. In second tweet, he said “We demand that a CBI investigation monitored by Supreme Court, nothing less than it is enough,”. Meanwhile, BJP’s State General Secretary Arvind Bhadoria described CM’s announcement for CBI probe as a courageous step. By seeing the public feeling, CM, by wasting no time, recommended for CBI probe. BJP Spokesmen Vijendra Singh Sisodia and MLA Vishwas Sarang said that CM had silence opposition by announcing CBI probe.

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HC declines to quash FIR, continues interim order for 6 weeks more

Holding that the challenge raised to the FIR of March 25, 2015 by the applicant Baskar Walimbe, who was on deputation from Forest Department to the post Additional Tribal Commissioner at Amrava... Read More
Holding that the challenge raised to the FIR of March 25, 2015 by the applicant Baskar Walimbe, who was on deputation from Forest Department to the post Additional Tribal Commissioner at Amravati, was without any substance, Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice P N Deshmukh, at the High Court have dismissed his criminal application filed under Section 482 of the CrPC, though continued the interim orders, which are in operation since April 17 last, for 6 weeks more. According to the Court, it is not necessary to go into niceties of either of the FIRs. Fact that the FIRs are under different provisions is not in dispute and whether facts therein constitute the offence or not is not the debate here. Earlier FIR of July 18, 2014 against the applicant is for alleged demand and acceptance of bribe, a transaction complete in itself under Section 13(1)(d) and not having any bearing on the later FIR under Section 13(1)(e) lodged on March 25, 2015. Investigation into both the misconducts or offences warrants different perspective and has to be totally distinct and unconcerned with each other. It has no bearing on each other and failure or success of the prosecution to establish guilt in one FIR cannot eclipse its investigation into the other. Later FIR, therefore, is not a second FIR at all. It does not form part of same transaction in this case. Advocate Shashank Manohar and Deven Chauhan appeared for the applicant. APP Nivedita Mehta represented State.

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High Court slams Medical Council of India for rejecting Chandrapur GMC proposal

Medical Council of India (MCI) once again came under fire before Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court for denying permission to start Government Medical College (GMC) at Chandrapur. The very basis... Read More
Medical Council of India (MCI) once again came under fire before Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court for denying permission to start Government Medical College (GMC) at Chandrapur. The very basis of refusing permission was faulty and without any base, petitioners contended while charging MCI with deliberately portraying wrong picture before Union Health Ministry. A division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain directed MCI to place on record its stance about starting Chandrapur GMC by Tuesday and also asked State to file a detailed affidavit listing steps taken to remove deficiencies pointed out in MCI report. The High Court has already pulled MCI for recommending reduction of 100 MBBS seats of Akola and Yavatmal colleges which were turned down by Union Health Ministry. The High Court had directed MCI to make necessary amends in its decision within next seven days or face likely action of contempt of court and in this case again the High Court expressed its anguish clear in no uncertain terms. According to petitioner Rahul Pugaliya and others, Chandrapur GMC was recommended by State Government since it was attached to a 300-bed hospital. However, the MCI inspection report found only 274 beds. The MCI report omitted 26 beds of one ward stating that it was a Gynaecological ward without disclosing this fact. During the hearing of this public interest litigation (PIL) demanding early decision on Chandrapur Government Medical College, these shocking facts were revealed before a division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain. The counsel for petitioner Adv Anil Kilor pointed out that for second consecutive year, precious 100 MBBS seats would be lost and students from Vidarbha would be deprived of subsidised medical education. He slammed the MCI for its hyper-technical approach and overlooking ground realities. The MCI report was prepared at the time of submission of proposals and meanwhile most of the deficiencies were removed by the State Government. The subsequent development was conveyed to MCI by state authorities, but the regulator citing existing norms, refused to consider the same and obtained legal opinion from the Solicitor General, who endorsed the MCI’s stance. The remaining 23 deficiencies are curable and many of them have been rectified, he stated. Instead of correcting its flawed report, the MCI sought to fortify it by obtaining opinion of Solicitor General by presenting misleading facts about non-fulfillment of basic norm of 300-bed hospital, the petitioner stated. MCI stated that last date of granting permission was June 15 and the cut-off date was over. The Union Health Ministry considered proposal of GMC Chandrapur in the light of MCI’s negative report. Union Government has to take a final call on June 15 on all proposals about starting new college or about its intake and the department would decide the same as per material placed on record. The High Court slammed MCI for its mechanical approach towards government-run medical colleges and hyper-technical scrutiny of infrastructure and teaching staffs available with them as compared to laxity displayed towards private medical colleges and directed it to place its stance about starting Chandrapur GMC by Tuesday. The State Government has also been directed to place on record, all steps taken to remove deficiencies during last few years. The petitioner placed on record photographs of all works done by State Government to comply with MCI guidelines to refute negative report of regulatory agency. The PIL has been filed after consistent refusal of MCI which has led to public resentment. Adv Anil Kilor appeared for petitioner. GP Bharati Dangre (State), ASG Rohit Deo (Union), Adv R M Bhangde (MCI) represented respondents.

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Metro Region Devpt draft plan: Government panel to conduct hearings on 6,000 responses

Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has received 6,000 responses on the draft of Nagpur Metropolitan Area Development Plan, and all the responses will get opportunity of hearing before a panel to be con... Read More
Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has received 6,000 responses on the draft of Nagpur Metropolitan Area Development Plan, and all the responses will get opportunity of hearing before a panel to be constituted by the Government. Shyam Wardhane, NIT Chairman, said that the committee will comprise experts and officials. Nagpur Metropolitan Area Development Plan’s draft has been released in public domain, and suggestions or objections were invited on the same. “After hearing, and after incorporation of valuable suggestions from the members of Nagpur Metropolitan Area Planning Committee, the plan will be finalised,” said Wardhane. He was addressing the members elected newly to Nagpur Metropolitan Area Planning Committee (NMAPC).

NIT had organised an orientation workshop for newly-elected NMAPC members, on Friday at NIT’s Naivedhyam Hall. Avnish Pendharkar of Halcrow, which leads a consultancy consortium that has prepared the draft plan for development of Nagpur Metropolitan Area, made a presentation on various aspects of the plan. “The draft plan is a blueprint for future development in 20 years, and is based on a 50-year vision for development strategies,” he said.

S H Gujjelwar, Superintending Engineer of NIT, shared the dais with Wardhane and Pendharkar, on this occasion.

During his presentation, Pendharkar informed the new members of NMAPC about challenges at present and various developments proposed in the draft plan. As per the presentation, ‘haphazard’ conversion of land into non-agriculture (NA) uses is posing a threat to large reserves of fertile and irrigated agricultural land in Nagpur Metropolitan Area. Further, the mobility of goods and people is affected ‘adversely’ due to ‘marginal’ public transport and ‘absence’ of intermediate public transport. There are limited job opportunities available, resulting in the region losing its best minds to other urban centres. Multiple institutions with the functions of planning and municipal service, adversely impacts provision of co-ordinated infrastructure across the region’s various jurisdictions, stated a leaflet circulated during the workshop.

Against the backdrop, several proposals have been included in the draft development plan. Success of the plan will depend upon effective implementation of the outlined proposals and it is essential that mechanisms suitable for individual projects are identified, added the circular. Pendharkar observed that mixed use development needed to be encouraged in Nagpur Metropolitan Area for better results. At the same time, agricultural land especially in Mouda tehsil needed to be preserved for future generation’s food security needs. Forest areas could yield better results if tourism development is given a boost. Industrial growth will generate jobs. However, he said, budget allocation for implementation of the plan may not match the pace of improvement and this may affect infrastructure development.

Senior corporators namely Narendra Borkar, Pragati Patil, Chetana Tank, Raju Lokhande, Arun Daware, Prashant Dhawad, Deepak Kapse, Suresh Jagyasi, Abhishek Shambharkar, and others attended the workshop.

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The Hitavada Twinkle Club membership drive on Sunday

Twenty-six years ago, The Hitavada came up with a unique idea of bringing children into its fold, and the idea of providing a platform to the kids of Nagpur so that they could interact with each ... Read More
Twenty-six years ago, The Hitavada came up with a unique idea of bringing children into its fold, and the idea of providing a platform to the kids of Nagpur so that they could interact with each other, showcase their talent and hone their hobbies took shape. And The Twinkle Club was born. Today, kids in the age group of five to fifteen years vie to become a member of this prestigious children’s club that has been featured twice in The Limca Book of Records for being the nation’s largest children’s club. The annual membership drive, on the first Sunday of July, has become a major event that all Nagpurians - young and old - look forward to.

This year, the membership drive of The Hitavada Twinkle Club is going to be held on Sunday July 5, 2015 at Gorakshan Sabhagruh from 8 am onwards and it will continue till 6 pm or till the gifts last.

The Twinkle Club enrolled around eight hundred members in the first year, and as the years passed, the popularity of the Club, as also the membership, grew by leaps and bounds. Today, the Twinkle Club has in its fold 32,000 proud members. The USP of the Twinkle Club is that it entertains and educates. All round the year, programmes are held for its members. So while quiz shows, essay competitions, green plantation drives etc. teach the members; melas, film shows, picnics, puppet shows, food festivals, cultural programmes provide them with entertainment. The vast repertoire of programmes that is held ensures that there is something that each member can enjoy to the fullest.

Children in the age group of 5 to 15 years are eligible to become members. All they have to do is fill in the form that has been printed in the Twinkle Star/City Line over the last week. The forms have also been distributed in The Hitavada Knowledge Magazine, which is subscribed by school students. Along with the legibly filled form, a membership fee of Rs 150 per form has to be submitted at the venue. Each eligible member will then receive a membership card that will be his passport for all the programmes, which will be held under the aegis of The Twinkle Club.

Each member will also receive a hamper filled with gifts. There are assured gifts for each member, which include a pack of spices from Suruchi, Ice cream from Dinshaw’s, Mo’pleez and Halke Fulke from Haldirams, Vicco WSO cream and Vicco Vajradanti from Vicco Laboratories, Colgate toothpaste and toothbrush from Indian Dental Association (IDA), Instant mix from Bhojwani’s, Perk from Cadbury’s, Toast by Diwadkar’s Ajit Bakery, Act II Popcorn and Seeds from Rotary Club of Nagpur. Apna Bhandar has provided the bags.

There are numerous gifts by lucky draw, for which each Twinkle Club member is eligible. The lucky draw gifts are Honda Dream Neo motorcycle sponsored by Sudarshan Honda, Mascot Honda, Tajshree Honda and Sai Point Honda, Dell all-in-one PC by Datatronics Systems Pvt. Ltd., Panasonic TV, 10 bicycles by MKH Sancheti Public School & Jr. College, 1,000 exam boards by Vidyalankar Classes, 30 mixer grinders by Glen, 20 table fans by Polycab Fans, 20 ceiling fans by Polycab Fans, 30 sandwich makers by Glen, 30 pairs of pillows by Deepak Agencies, one digital camera and 50 family royal portraits by Moonlight, 200 DVDs of Gurukul Ka Raghucool animation series by Studio Zero Mile, 30 irons, 8 gift hampers worth Rs 1,000 each by Tupperware and 5 birthday entertainment package worth Rs 10,000 each by OP Singh Events.

There’s much more for the members - month after month. So don’t forget to be there at Gorakshan Sabhagruh on Sunday, July 5, 2015, so that you too can become a member of The Hitavada Twinkle Club.

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Karunaratne, Yasir light up final Test

SRI Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne hit a century amid another rich haul by Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah as the decisive third and final Test began on a rousing note.

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SRI Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne hit a century amid another rich haul by Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah as the decisive third and final Test began on a rousing note.

The hosts, sent in to bat after Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq won the toss for the third time in a row, stuttered to 272-8 in their first innings by stumps on the opening day.

Left-handed Karunaratne anchored the innings with a dogged 130, his second Test century following the 152 against New Zealand in Christchurch last December.

Yasir ended the day with four for 77, taking his tally in the series to 21 wickets, the most by a Pakistani bowler in a three-Test rubber in Sri Lanka.

Yasir enabled Pakistan to keep the runs in check despite conditions favouring the batsmen on the evenly-paced pitch after the initial moisture on the wicket had dried up under the hot sun. The series is locked 1-1 after Pakistan won the first Test by 10 wickets and Sri Lanka responded with a seven-wicket victory in the second match.

Pakistan secured an early break with the wicket of Kaushal Silva, who had scored 125 in Galle and 80 in Colombo.

This time Silva made nine when he was caught behind off left-arm seamer Rahat Ali, who was picked alongside Ehsan Ali and Imran Khan in a new-look pace attack for the decider.

The left-handed pair of Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga put on 91 for the second wicket on either side of lunch to lift the score to 106 for one, before three wickets fell for 31 runs.

Tharanga, who replaced Kumar Sangakkara for the match, made 46 when he edged Yasir to slip where an alert Younis Khan took a smart catch diving in front.

Lahiru Thirimanne (11) and skipper Angelo Mathews (three) fell in successive overs from Yasir to mistimed drives as Sri Lanka slipped to 137-4.

Jehan Mubarak, recalled to the Test side after almost eight years, helped Karunaratne add 67 for the fifth wicket before he was stumped off Yasir for 25.

Azhar Ali, who had taken two wickets with his part-time spin bowling in 43 previous Tests, doubled his tally with the wickets of Karunaratne and Dhammika Prasad off successive balls.

Karunaratne was stumped as he attempted a big heave and Prasad holed out to Yasir at deep square-leg to reduce Sri Lanka to 248-7. Dinesh Chandimal was leg-before to Rahat for 24, leaving Tharindu Kaushal (17) and Suranga Lakmal (one) unbeaten at stumps.

Both sides made four changes each for the decider with Pakistan bringing in batsman Shan Masood along with the fresh pace attack. Pace spearhead Wahab Riaz was sidelined with a fractured hand, and Mohammad Hafeez was not available since he has to be tested after being reported for a suspect action in the first Test. Left-arm seamer Junaid Khan and spinner Zulfiqar Babar were dropped.

With Sangakkara opting out of the decider and batsman Kithuruwan Vithanage showing poor form, Sri Lanka recalled two left-handers in Tharanga and 34-year-old Mubarak.

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Tax Inspector arrested for demanding bribe

ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Wednesday arrested Ashok Vasudeo Rahate, Tax Inspector attached to Mangalwari Zone of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), for demanding a bribe of Rs 25,... Read More
ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Wednesday arrested Ashok Vasudeo Rahate, Tax Inspector attached to Mangalwari Zone of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), for demanding a bribe of Rs 25,000 from a policeman to reduce his property tax. Assistant Sub-Inspector Anil Morbaji Gharjale, a driver in the city police force, has an ancestral house. He had rented out five rooms and was regularly paying the house tax.

On June 16, Rahate (57) went to his house. Rahate told him that he was paying less though he had five tenants. The tax assessed by him was Rs 60,000, and asked Gharjale to pay Rs 60,000. For reducing the tax, he demanded Rs 25,000 from him.

Gharjale then lodged a complaint with ACB officers. After verification of the complaint, the bureau officers laid a trap. Rahate again demanded Rs 25,000 from him but later avoided accepting cash sensing trouble.

A team of ACB personnel arrested Rahate and registered an offence under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 against him at Gittikhadan Police Station.

The arrest was made by Inspector Vasudeo Dabre and his team comprising NPCs Dinesh Adapure, Santosh Pundkar and Ajay Yadav.

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High Court dismisses Sunil Kedar’s plea, imposes Rs 40,000 cost

IN a major jolt to Saoner MLA Sunil Kedar who objected to the ongoing inquiry conducted by inquiry officer Surendra Kharbade and his refusal to conduct probe against ex-officio Directors of Nag... Read More
IN a major jolt to Saoner MLA Sunil Kedar who objected to the ongoing inquiry conducted by inquiry officer Surendra Kharbade and his refusal to conduct probe against ex-officio Directors of Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank (NDCCB), the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday dismissed the plea. Justice Z A Haq, while rejecting the petition, also imposed a cost of Rs 40,000 on Kedar and directed him to pay Rs 10,000 each to four respondents including State Co-operative Department, Inquiry Officer Surendra Kharbade, Divisional Joint Registrar and NDCC Bank.

The second petition filed by Kedar in which he questioned the hasty method adopted by Kharbade and denial of natural justice to him in the inquiry and refusal to conduct inquiry de novo as directed by Co-operation Minister, has been posted for hearing by the High Court on Thursday morning with a poser to Kedar whether he wanted to withdraw the petition.

Kedar had challenged the method adopted by Inquiry Officer contending that by refusing to join NABARD officer who was ex-officio director during enquiry, there is violation of Section 88 of the Maharashtra State Co-operative (MSC) Act under which entire management is responsible for any shortcoming or alleged wrongdoing. However, the inquiry officer claimed that under rule 72 of the MCS rules, such nominated and ex-officio Directors are exempted from any legal consequences and hence there is no need to join them in enquiry.

The High Court, after hearing the matter, for quite some time, dismissed the petition with heavy cost of Rs 40,000 and directed petitioner to pay Rs 10,000 each to four respondents. In the other petition, the High Court before summer vacation had granted interim stay to ongoing inquiry in NDCCB scam conducted by special inquiry officer Dr Surendra Kharbade. The earlier special auditor had indicted Kedar for causing loss to NDCCB and had directed him to pay Rs 129.31 crore with interest to the bank. He had challenged the order before co-operation Minister who ordered a de novo inquiry.

The High Court in a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Omprakash Kamdi and others had directed Inquiry Officer to complete the probe within six months and had also asked trial court to complete the criminal trial within one year. The division bench had requested the single judge bench to take up matter early and decide it.

During the hearing before Justice Z A Haq on Wednesday, the PIL petitioners moved an intervention application seeking permission to participate in the proceedings. When Kedar’s counsel raised objections about their locus, it was contended that after their PIL, the enquiry was started in real sense and even on June 19, the division bench passed the order requesting single to decide the present writ petition on the next date.

Justice Haq, while allowing the intervention application, posted the hearing on Thursday while asking the petitioner-Kedar to decide whether he intends to withdraw the plea or wants adjudication on merit.

Adv Ajay Ghare appeared for the petitioner-Kedar. AGP K L Dharmadhikari (State), Adv Anjan De (Inquiry Officer), Adv M B Agasti (NDCC) represented respondents. Adv Shrirang Bhandarkar held the brief for Intervenors.

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3 women killed, 12 injured in lightning strikes in district

THREE women were killed and 12 others, including a child, were seriously injured when lightning struck Savali Bibi (Hingna), Nand (Bhiwapur), Umrer and Kanhan in the district on Wednesday.

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THREE women were killed and 12 others, including a child, were seriously injured when lightning struck Savali Bibi (Hingna), Nand (Bhiwapur), Umrer and Kanhan in the district on Wednesday.

The deceased have been identified as Manisha Suresh Bawane (26), a resident of Savali (Bibi); Shobha Vithoba Wandhare (50), a resident of Nand; and Godhabai Madhukar Deshmukh (50), a resident of Gangapur.

In Savali (Bibi), Manisha Bawne, Mangala Haribhau Nartam (33), Indu Ashok Chinchghare (48) and Vandana Rajendra Junghare (30) were working in the agricultural field of Haribhau Nartam when lightning struck the village. Manisha was killed on the spot while others were injured. The injured women were rushed to Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, Digdoh Hills. Hingna Police registered an accidental death case. After the post-mortem, Manisha’s body was handed over to her family members.

In the second incident, Shobha Wandhare (50), Kunda, Parasram Chacherkar (40), Panchfula Sunil Dighore (35), Vaishali Gulab Kelzarkar (25), Sunita Gulab Kelzarkar (50) and Yashoda Shravan Sonawane (68) were working in the field in Nand. Suddenly, lightning struck the area after heavy downpour killing Shobha instantaneously and injuring other women. The injured were rushed to Primary Health Centre.

In the third incident, Godhabai Madhukar Deshmukh (50), a resident of Gangapur, was killed near Umrer Engineering College. Madhukar Mangru Deshmukh (60), Nanda Kishor Deshmukh (28), both residents of Gangapur and Hemant Upasrao Shivarkar (45), a resident of Old Bus Stand, Umred, who were injured in the incident were rushed to Umre Rural Hospital.

Similarly, Shivan Ramesh Yadav (10) suffered serious injures due to lightning near Kanhan. He was rushed to a private hospital in Kamptee.

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HC pulls up MCI for reducing intake of medical colleges

Making its displeasure amply clear over reducing intake capacity of government-run medical colleges in Maharashtra by the Medical Council of India (MCI), the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on ... Read More
Making its displeasure amply clear over reducing intake capacity of government-run medical colleges in Maharashtra by the Medical Council of India (MCI), the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday reminded the regulator about its order dated February 14, 2015 in which it was politely asked not to reduce number of MBBS seats from 150 to 100 in GMC at Akola and Yavatmal.

Ignoring this direction, the MCI, in its meeting held on May 14 last, again reduced the intake capacity of government-run medical colleges particularly in Vidarbha. The Hitavada had highlighted this issue on June 29 after which amicus curiae Jugal Kishor Gilda filed the civil application to protect these precious MBBS seats of the region.

A division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain directed MCI to make necessary amends to its decision within next seven days or face likely action of contempt of court.

The High Court praised the Central Government for informing Principal of Yavatmal GMC on June 15 last about renewal of permission for increased intake for the academic year 2015-16. The High Court once again strongly criticised this mechanical approach of MCI in case of government-run medical colleges and stricter scrutiny of infrastructure and teaching staffs available with them as compared to laxity displayed towards private medical colleges. Due to such discriminatory practice, people do not believe MCI reports, the High Court had tersely observed while virtually putting regulator on notice.

Adv Jugalkishor Gilda appeared as amicus curiae. ASGI Rohit Deo and Padma Chandekar (Union Govt), AGP Deepak Thakre (State) and Adv R M Bhangde (MCI) represented the respondents.

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State signs MoU with Cisco to make Nagpur smart and safe city

In a very positive development for Nagpur, Maharashtra Government on Wednesday decided to rope in a global IT player -- Cisco -- to develop Nagpur as a smart city. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavi... Read More
In a very positive development for Nagpur, Maharashtra Government on Wednesday decided to rope in a global IT player -- Cisco -- to develop Nagpur as a smart city. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is currently visiting United States, took the lead in finalising this agreement.

A high-level team of Maharashtra Government led by Fadnavis, Industries Minister Subhash Desai and top officials visited Cisco headquarters at San Francisco and watched a well-researched presentation about Nagpur and its potential prepared by Cisco team led by its vice-president and Chief Development Officer Pankaj Patel.

Describing it a very good beginning, Fadnavis declared his intention to make entire Maharashtra as smart state. This is a golden coincidence that on day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched his Digital India campaign, the Maharashtra Government has signed this MoU to make Nagpur a smart city, he stated. Smartness enhances efficiency and things are delivered at right time and right cost without hindrances, he stated.

The MoU intends to make Nagpur a smart and safe city with the help of modern technology and use of the Internet to improve quality of life. Effective and fast delivery of services like CCTV cameras, intelligent transport system, integrated command and control, environmental monitoring, improved health services etc in co-ordination with Nagpur Municipal Corporation will be undertaken by Cisco at an estimated cost of Rs 382 crore. This will improve delivery system. It’s a win-win situation for Maharashtra and for Nagpur, Fadnavis stated while recalling experience of mega city like Barcelona which underwent massive transformation using expertise of Cisco.

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Monsoon to pick up pace in July

With advent of July, all eyes are glued upwards, at least in the city. The fortnight-long break by rains was getting on the nerves of citizens due to sweltering temperature. The sultry atmosphere... Read More
With advent of July, all eyes are glued upwards, at least in the city. The fortnight-long break by rains was getting on the nerves of citizens due to sweltering temperature. The sultry atmosphere was troubling people till Wednesday. A glance at historical record with Meteorological Department offers hope that month of July would offer bountiful of rains, as it is classified as typical monsoon month.

The climatic feature released by the Meteorological Department office indicates that the month sees steady increase in rains and on any given day the average rainfall is between 10 mm to 30 mm.

If the turbulence is greater, then the city might witness continuous rainfall for one of two days, off course depending upon the upper air circulation and other factors.

The precipitation data shows that the rainfall average largely hinges on rains during month of July. But given the slowdown in monsoon, and indication of slack season the previous month, citizens were put to test and swelter due to rise in humidity. Since July 1 night though there is chill in the wind, but barely enough to offer a slight relief but not total in nature. Only a vigorous rainfall is being awaited by Nagpurians to knock off the creepy atmosphere prevailing right now. The climate features mention that often a depression induced rains are witness during this time of year and heavy rainfall is witnessed and it ranges between 70 to 120 mm within 24 hours. On average the rainfall of July is 287.8 mm with average number of rainy days 14. The number of days of thunderstorm with rain are 9, the average maximum temperature lies between 30 and 34 degrees C and minimum temperature around 24 degrees Celsius. Though July is called monsoon month, there is no relief from humidity which hovers around 75% on an average.

Extreme values in the month of July -- n The highest maximum temperature of 40.6 degrees Celsius was recorded on July 12, 1966 and July 11, 1992 n The lowest minimum temperature of 19.4 degrees Celsius was recorded on July 13, 1942 n The highest monthly rainfall of 678.9 mm was recorded in the year 1994 n The lowest monthly rainfall of 89.9 mm was recorded in the year 1899 n The heaviest rainfall in 24 hours was 304.0 mm on July 12, 1994

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Reservoir storage at 24% despite good rains in June

Water stock in the dams across Nagpur division is not so good as the monsoon that was off to vigorous start initially tapered off towards the end of June. As on June 30, the available water stock... Read More
Water stock in the dams across Nagpur division is not so good as the monsoon that was off to vigorous start initially tapered off towards the end of June. As on June 30, the available water stock in major, medium and small dams across division is 24% which is lowest of past three years. The total designed capacity of 366 dams in this part of the region is 4073 mm3 and as of June 30 the available stock is 975 mm3. Surprisingly, though compared to last week, there has been addition in stock of just one per cent which indicates positive development.

In Amravati division, the position is slight better than Nagpur and the available stock is 33%. The designed capacity of 449 dams there is 2916 mm3 and water available is 930 mm3. Here to the water level has shown an increase of nearly three per cent in comparison to last week recorded position. As compared to Nagpur, in year 2014 the level was lowest on this day at 30%. Major dams: The big dams in Nagpur division alone account for 3040 mm3 of capacity and they were having stock of 890 mm3 which is 29%. Over last the inflow of water in the big dams has increased and difference with the latest figure is one per cent.

Last year, although the position at this juncture was very comfortable when the holding was about 43% and even in year 2013 it was 40%.

Among the middle level project the division has about 40 in all having storage of 551 mm3 and the level there as on June 30 was 49 mm3 which is just 9%. In fact, in this category the water level during end of June normally is low as in 2014 it was just 20% and in 2013 it was only 15%.

Medium dams: In the division, 310 dams come under the medium dam category. Their collective capacity is 482 mm3 and water stock available is 36 mm3 which is 7%. This is also three year low which is an indication of deficient rainfall in the command area of the dam region so far.

At Amravati division, there are 23 medium project with designed capacity of 659 mm3 is having stock of 241 mm3 which is 37%. As compared to last week there is increase of six mm3 giving an healthy 5% increase within one week.

Small dams: The current water status in 417 small dams, having volume of 873 mm3, is 176 mm3 which is 20%.

According to rainfall data of the Meteorological Department, Vidarbha received excess rains during the month of June. The rainy season set over region towards mid June and from day one the thunderstorm and heavy rainfall lifted the mood across the broad spectrum.

Over next one week almost daily there was robust rainfall. Also the initial burst of rainfall was excess and within a fortnight the entire month average was recorded in various districts of Vidarbha.

Yet the low water level across three categories of the dams is a worrying factor for the sowing season.

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NMC to rope in NGOs to maintain crematoria

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will give responsibility to social organisations to maintain crematoria of the city. Standing Committee has forwarded this proposal to general body for taking... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will give responsibility to social organisations to maintain crematoria of the city. Standing Committee has forwarded this proposal to general body for taking the policy decision.

Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare while talking to mediapersons said, Ambazari, Mokshadham, Sahakar Nagar, Gangabai, Dighori, Shanti Nagar, Vaishali Nagar, Nara, Nari, Pardi and Mankapur crematorium will be given to private agencies, company or social organisations for operation and maintenance. This will reduce the maintenance cost of local body and also protect it from anti-social elements. The local body will give fishing contract of Gandhi Sagar lake to an agency at Rs 31,99,999 for three years. The Standing Committee authorised Commissioner to take decision on deployment of security guards at head quarters, zonal offices and other important departments of the local body buildings.

The present contract concluded on June 15 and Standing Committee permitted to extend the contract for one year with MESCO.

The local body will allocate shops to fisherman on minimum prices at Mangalwari Fish market.

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Old High Court building to be a protected monument soon

THE Old High Court building, which houses the Archaeological Survey of India, Nagpur Circle office will be declared a protected monument soon. The efforts of the ASI authorities bore fruits in ... Read More
THE Old High Court building, which houses the Archaeological Survey of India, Nagpur Circle office will be declared a protected monument soon. The efforts of the ASI authorities bore fruits in saving this architectural marvel.

The building constructed during 1891-93, as indicated by the foundation stone on the building, has stood for over 120 years without any damage. With the efforts of former Director General of ASI, following reports published in The Hitavada, steps were taken to protect the monument. Later, efforts began to get it removed from the list of heritage buildings to pave way for its better upkeep.

The issue could not be followed as the Circle Office of ASI was located at Aurangabad. A separate circle for Vidarbha Region was carved out about one and a half year ago, headed by Superintending Archaeologist. The Superintending Archaeologist of Nagpur Circle Nandini B Sahu took an important step obtained No Objection Certificate last week, from Municipal Commissioner Shrawan Hardikar. The form ‘B’ which is required to be filled for the purpose, was actually submitted in 1999. But the file gathered dust for these many years. The file started moving when the then Director of Monuments Dorge, in 2013, asked Superintending Archaeologist to initiate steps to get the NOC. Sahu took personal interest and succeeded in getting the NOC. The building which remained neglected for over 50 years, will now be protected and maintained. There was a move to demolish the building and the Central Government offices were shifted to the CGO Complex on Seminary Hills. Only ASI authorities were against demolition of the building. The Hitavada had taken up the issue and the Director of ASI at Delhi took steps to prevent its demolition. The then DG of ASI late Dr Ajay Shankar was highly impressed with the structure and had promised to develop a national archaeological museum here. His successor Gupta Menon also visited the office and promised to fulfill the dream of Dr Ajay Shankar, who died in a road accident. The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court admitted suo motu writ petition following the reports published by The Hitavada. Justice Sharad Bobde took keen interest and held discussion with DG Dr Gautam Sengupta in the year 2010. Since then the issue was pending.

Dr G S Khwaja, Director Epigraphy stated that the three nationally important branches - Excavation, Epigraphy and Pre-history housed in the building were specially brought from Delhi as compensation to Nagpur, when it lost its status as the capital of Madhya Pradesh, during re-organisation of the states in 1960. The rent-free accommodation was provided to ASI by the State Government. CPWD then transferred the occupation rights of the building to ASI.

The formal declaration of the building as Protected Monument, will be made very soon. The plan of developing a national archaeological museum may also be executed bringing Nagpur on the map of important places, so far as archeological and historical studies are concerned.

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Eco-Pro head in the dock over Halda leopardess death

GROSS ignorance of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), while administering injection to a leopardess in Halda village of Brahmapuri Forest Division, was the main reason behind death of the animal... Read More
GROSS ignorance of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), while administering injection to a leopardess in Halda village of Brahmapuri Forest Division, was the main reason behind death of the animal, if the video shoot of the failed rescue operation is to be believed.

The menacing leopardess had injured six persons on June 15 in Halda village following which a rescue operation was launched by forestment on June 16. However, as the video clearly shows, the entire operation was taken over by volunteers of Eco-Pro Organisation, which proved fatal for the beast.

After a shooter failed to tranquilise the leopardess the team decided to administer an injection to the beast. The video grab clearly shows Bandu Dhotre, President of the organisation and Honorary Wildlife Warden, Chandrapur district, injecting the beast after capturing it in a net in the shrubs just a few feet away from the pond containing water. Apparently, Dhotre is neither authorised nor trained to handle such a sensitive operation.

Further enquiries revealed that Dhotre had even warned some forestmen and lady guards not to come near the wild animal and took entire control of the operation.

The video clip also shows only a couple of forestmen around while Eco-Pro volunteers were at the forefront.

The volunteers tried to put net on the leopardess thrice, which is a risky exercise, but it could not be captured. Once, being netted, the animal pounced upon one of the volunteers and injured him. The volunteers threw the net on the beast and surmising it to be captured Dhotre in a hurry administered injection to it. However, the swift animal found an opening on the opposite side and jumped towards the nearby waterbody.

The video shows poor handling of the exercise as the volunteers had not netted the animal safely. The decision to administer injection seemed to be taken in a haste without thinking of the consequences.

The unconscious leopardess, a Schedule I animal, was helpless and drowned in the pond. The post-mortem report also says the animal died as water entered in the lungs choking the respiratory track.

Ashish Thakare, Deputy Conservator of Forest, Brahmapuri, had supervised the rescue operation but it could not be known how the forestmen allowed others to take control of the operation despite his presence. When contacted veterinary doctor Ravi Khobragade said that he had inserted dart and handed the syringe to a volunteer of Eco-Pro Organisation.

Sarjan Bhagat, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ said that he had given permission to tranquilise the beast as per Standard Operating Procedure. However, he added that the team at the spot had to decide whether injection be administered to the troublesome animal.

Bhagat said that when Dr Khobragade was present on the spot he should have administered the injection. He wondered as to how Dr Khobragade shirked his responsibility and allowed an untrained person to carry on the operation.

“If he (Dr Khobragade) was so frightened then he should not have even taken part in the tranquillising exercise,” the PCCF pointed out.

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Finance Minister slams DDOs for delay in employees’ salaries

Several employees in various departments and even with Zilla Parishad (ZP) and Agricultural Universities have been complaining that they are not getting their salaries on time. Taking cognisanc... Read More
Several employees in various departments and even with Zilla Parishad (ZP) and Agricultural Universities have been complaining that they are not getting their salaries on time. Taking cognisance of this, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has slammed Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDOs) for delay and has asked the Chief Secretary Swadhin Kshatriya to take stock of the situation.

In a letter to Chief Secretary, Mungantiwar has dubbed the problem as ‘serious’ and has stressed upon the need to fix responsibility of respective DDOs. As many as 5,81,774 employees in the State get their salaries through Treasury Department after their salary bills are prepared under Sevaarth System. For the purpose, every administrative department distributes grants to respective regional offices through Budget Distribution System (BDS). If the administrative departments do not get grants through BDS, they may use ‘Negative Authorisation Slip’ and ensure that employees’ salaries are not delayed for want of grants. However, Mungantiwar has observed, this does not happen. “Hence, it is necessary to fix responsibility for delay in payment of salaries to employees, on respective DDOs,” he has stated in the letter.

It may be noted here that Sevaarth is a centralised web-based, integrated system of Personnel Information and Payroll for Maharashtra Government. As per the Finance Department website, Sevaarth is the first step towards achieving the aim of paperless Electronic Payroll System including pay bill generation, electronic submission, electronic audit, and electronic payment to the employees.

The salaries of employees of Zilla Parishads, aided institutions, and Agricultural Universities are not paid through Treasuries. Those are paid from grants withdrawn from Treasuries. For the purpose, respective departments have got their Customised Sevaarth System. However, many of these employees also are not getting salaries on time. Hence, Finance Minister has asked the DDOs concerned to stabilise their Customised Sevaarth Systems.

After suggesting these measures, Mungantiwar has made it clear that salaries of employees should be paid on time. “Despite these measures, if employees do not get salaries on time, respective DDOs should be held responsible for delay,” he stated. He asked Chief Secretary to monitor the situation on regular basis and issue ‘strict’ instructions to administrative departments in this regard.

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RTMNU’s 102nd Convocation to be held on August 29

THE 102nd convocation of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) will be held on August 29. This decision was taken on Tuesday in the meeting of Management Council. The meeting h... Read More
THE 102nd convocation of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) will be held on August 29. This decision was taken on Tuesday in the meeting of Management Council. The meeting has also decided to prepare all the degree certificates. Vice-Chancellor Dr S P Kane was empowered to decide the chief guest for the convocation. Holding this convocation has become very important as the term of all elective authorities is coming to end in August.

Conducting elections of these bodies and their constitution takes almost 6 months. In that case this convocation could have lingered on for that much time. University fails to prepare the degree certificates even after one year. But this year it has decided to keep ready the degree certificates of all the students who will be receiving degree.

In case of Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL), a committee has been constituted under the headship of Dr S P Kane. The committee will settle the payment issue of MKCL within a week.

The other members of the committee are new Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr Pramod Yeole, Registrar Puran Meshram, Director of Board of College and University Development Dr D K Agrawal and Chancellor nominee Management Council member Dr Sanjay Khadakkar.

The course of Post-Graduation Diploma in Robotics has been principally approved by the Management Council. This course is being funded by American company and for which Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi had been to city. He is trying to woo the American company through which finances will be arranged. After the approval of Management Council, it will go to Academic Council.

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Rich haul of ornaments worth Rs 11.64 lakh from Geetanjali Exp

RAILWAY Protection Force (RPF) recovered ornaments worth Rs 11.64 lakh abroad Howrah bound Geetanjali Express. The ornaments were being carried by one Noornavi alias Gulam Kadar Sheikh (25), ha... Read More
RAILWAY Protection Force (RPF) recovered ornaments worth Rs 11.64 lakh abroad Howrah bound Geetanjali Express. The ornaments were being carried by one Noornavi alias Gulam Kadar Sheikh (25), hailing from West Bengal, and he was caught from S-14 coach of 12859 Mumbai-Howrah Express. A RPF patrolling team during routine checking got suspicious of a person and questioned him. Sheikh furnished a general ticket and as he was travelling in reserved compartment, the RPF team’s suspicion grew. The ticket turned out to be of different route and when he was asked about luggage the traveller tried to mislead the uniformed men. RPF constables asked travellers to verify their luggage and finally one bag was unclaimed which they confiscated.

RPF team checked the bag which revealed stacks of currency bundles of Rs 50, Rs 100 and total cash was Rs 50,000. Also inside one of the bag ornaments seemed to be hidden which further had the RPF patrolling team in bind. Sheikh seeing his cover blown-up tried to settle the matter and offered bribe to RPF team but latter got down with him at Rajnandgaon railway station.

A thorough check of bag revealed 280 gm of gold ornaments, 384 gms of silver ornaments, artificial jewellery made of gold 60 gms, one mobile handset and cash of Rs 51,458.

The total booty was worth Rs 11,64,458. Sheikh claimed to be currently residing on Dakia Road, Mazgaon, Boribunder, Mumbai while he hails from Kali Talla, Areaban village, under Kalli Thala police station in West Bengal. Sub-Inspector Vikas Kumar seized the ornaments and cash. Further search of bag yielded three small packs of brown sugar. Physical search of Sheikh revealed several marks of knife injuries all over his body. RPF team concluded that Sheikh and his associates might have waylaid someone in Mumbai and latter was fleeing with booty to West Bengal to escape detention.

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Customs officials seize 3 kg gold worth Rs 74.61 lakh at airport

In a major exercise, officials of Air Customs Unit of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur, laid their hands on 3.0025 kg gold that was being smuggled from Sharjah to India.

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In a major exercise, officials of Air Customs Unit of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur, laid their hands on 3.0025 kg gold that was being smuggled from Sharjah to India.

According to sources, passenger Mohd Shafik Khan Motorwala, a resident of Mumbai, landed at the airport here by Air Arabia flight no G9-415 from Sharjah. When his bag was being scanned in the X-Ray machine, yellow metal was detected in it. When the bag was opened by officials of Air Customs Unit, they discovered gold in the form of coil weighing about 3.5 kg valued at Rs 74.61 lakh. The gold coil was concealed by him in LG Music System. He was detained immediately. During the course of investigation, Motorwala spilled the beans. He admitted that the gold was non-declared. The seized gold was being smuggled from Sharjah via Nagpur to Mumbai. The passenger was arrested under the relevant sections of the Customs Act, 1962 and further investigation is underway.

Sources wondered how the bag containing gold skipped the scanner machine and was not detected, when Motorwala boarded the Air Arabia flight from Sharjah. Or, they wondered, whether Motorwala had developed relations with the officials at Sharjah airport. Otherwise, sources said, it is not possible to smuggle gold in the bag from airport. Such incidents are coming to fore at the Nagpur airport due to strict vigil adopted by the Customs officials, sources said.

It may be recalled here that in March 2013, three passengers travelling with 3.45 kg of gold were detained at Nagpur airport. They too had come from Sharjah in an Air Arabia flight, and had hid the gold in the form of biscuits in their shoes, clothing, etc. In April 2014 also, the Customs officials had seized 625.31 grammes of gold worth Rs 16 lakh from a passenger travelling by Air Arabia flight from Sharjah to Nagpur. He was carrying white-coated gold wire and chain.

In July 2014, Crime Branch of City Police had booked Pradeep Bobde, retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, for carrying 1 kg brick of gold, gold biscuits weighing 100 grammes, 16 gold coins weighing 2 grammes each, and a LCD television. Bobde had received the consignment that arrived by Air Arabia flight, and was fleeing in a Toyota SUV, when the sleuths nabbed him after a hot chase. An offence was registered at Sonegaon Police Station in this regard.

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NMC General Body to discuss budget today

The general body of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will discuss the annual budget of Rs 1,964 crore income tabled by Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare last week during the general ... Read More
The general body of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will discuss the annual budget of Rs 1,964 crore income tabled by Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare last week during the general body meeting slated on June 29 at 10 am at Town Hall, Mahal. Mayor Pravin Datke will chair the meeting. For the first time, the NMC has decided time frame for the opposition and ruling party members for taking part in the discussion. The main opposition Congress party has been granted 1 hour and 50 minutes time for debate on budget while Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Shiv Sena, Bahujan Samaj Party and other parties will have half an hour time for debate. Congress has given name of 18 members who will speak on budget. The opposition has already dubbed the budget as highly unrealistic and disappointing. It may be mentioned that Standing Committee estimated such a whopping income for NMC, which is passing through a bad financial patch, that it caught everybody by surprise. The entire calculation is based on probable liberal funding from Central and State Government for the development of Nagpur. The local body hoped to get around Rs 534 crore aid from both the Governments. The local body has already increased the property tax and has now proposed hike in water charges. Commissioner Shrawan Hardikar had presented budget of Rs 1,246 crore and Standing Committee increased it by almost Rs 700 crore. The local body is expecting income of Rs 450 crore from local body tax (LBT). The tax will be scrapped from August 1, 2015, but NMC hopes that State Government may extend financial help to it to run the show. Recently, Datke has demanded financial assistance of Rs 65 crore per month from the State Government. This is committed monthly expenditure of the NMC. The NMC has also estimated income of Rs 270 crore from property tax. Recently, the local body has reformed the property tax giving more emphasis on recovery and addition of new properties. The NMC will increase water charges for strengthening the water supply system in the orange city. The local body has proposed scrapping of Gunthewari Act, 2002, and also slashed developments charges based on ready reckoner rates by the State Government. The proposal will be sent to State Government for its nod. Nagpur Municipal Corporation Employees Union has demanded for abolition of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) as it is against the 74 th amendment of the Constitution.

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Vidarbha stands to lose 200 MBBS seats

Thanks to infrastructural deficiencies in Government run medical colleges and apathy shown by previous regime, Maharashtra stands to lose 350 precious MBBS seats. But to compensate this loss, t... Read More
Thanks to infrastructural deficiencies in Government run medical colleges and apathy shown by previous regime, Maharashtra stands to lose 350 precious MBBS seats. But to compensate this loss, the regulator Medical Council of India (MCI) has sanctioned 300 fresh MBBS seats. Still state will be loosing 50 under-graduate seats. Opening of medical colleges at Gondia and Chandrapur are out of question this year, according to MCI.

50 seats each are reduced in Akola, Yavatmal, Latur, Kolhapur and Dhule colleges. As far as Vidarbha is concerned only Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital got its increased quota.

Despite infrastructural constraints, the present Government fiercely tried to protect MBBS seats of all Government run colleges. As a result, four colleges from four regions got the benefit. Juhu from Mumbai got 150 seats, Miraj (Western Maharashtra) got 50 seats, IGGMCH from Vidarbha got additional 50 seats and its intake has increased from 100 to 150 and Dr Shankarrao Chavan Government Medical College, Nanded got renewal of 50 seats taking its intake from 50 to 100.

For new medical college at Gondia, MCI pointed out deficiencies while not recommending the college to Central Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and returned the application.

The proposal of new medical college with 150 intake at Juhu, Greater Mumbai being run by Municipal Corporation at Greater Mumbai was sent to MCI. The Executive Committee of MCI considered the compliance verification assessment report and decided to recommend the college.

Akola and Yavatmal did not get their quota of 50 increased seats as MCI pointed out deficiencies especially the inadequate staff. Dr Shankarrao Chavan Government Medical College, Nanded was expecting renewal of the seats from 50 to 100. Government acted fast and filed the compliance that resulted in getting 50 increased seats to college. But Kolhapur’s Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Government Medical College, Shri Bhausaheb Hire Government Medical College, Dhule also lost 50 seats.

In case of Yavatmal college, executive committee of MCI further noted the Order of the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court which directed the MCI not to take any adverse decision during pendency of PIL and decided to forward the matter to the Central Government, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Deficiencies pointed out by MCI

Gondia

- Deficiency of faculty is 77.77 % as detailed in the report. - No fresh appointment of any faculty or Resident since previous assessment. No Professor, Asso. Prof. and Asst. prof. reported for attendance. -No permanent Dean. - Pre-clinical departments of Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry are not fully functional. -Students’ Hostels are not available. - Residential quarters for faculty and non-teaching staff are not available in the campus. - Labour room is not as per specifications.

Akola

- Shortage of Residents is 48.88 % - Only 3 mobile X-ray machines are functional against requirement of 6. - Only 2 static X-ray machines are functional against requirement of 5. - Central Library: Available area is 2,000 sq.m. against requirement of 2,400 sq.m. - OPD attendance is 987. - Out of 11 Major operations, 6 were in Ophthalmology leaving total only 5 operations amongst all other departments. - Cleanliness is not good in hospital premises.

Yavatmal

-Deficiency of faculty is 35.97 %. - Shortage of Residents is 38.62 %. -OPD attendance: Daily average is 737 against requirement of 1,000. -Only 3 mobile X-ray machines are available against requirement of 6. - Only 3 static machines are available against requirement of 5. - Lecture Theater: No lecture theater has capacity of 180 as required. - Anatomy department: Only 10 Dissection tables are available which is inadequate. -Blood component separation facility is not available.

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Development of Bangladesh depends on progress of India: B’desh envoy

“Cultural heritage, history, geography, and ethics of Bangladesh and India are almost the same. India shares 4,000 sq km border with Bangladesh, which is higher than that with Pakistan and Ch... Read More
“Cultural heritage, history, geography, and ethics of Bangladesh and India are almost the same. India shares 4,000 sq km border with Bangladesh, which is higher than that with Pakistan and China. Hence, development of Bangladesh depends on progress of India,” observed Syed Muazzem Ali, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India. The former Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh and a highly respected Bangladesh diplomat was in the city to grace Vishwa Bangla Sammelan that concluded on Sunday. In an exclusive chat with ‘The Hitavada’, Syed Muazzem Ali spoke on various issues concerning India-Bangladesh relations, internal situation in Bangladesh, and stressed that ‘people to people’ contact would strengthen the ties between both the neighbouring countries.

Strengthening relations between India and Bangladesh is possible through trade and cultural exchanges. “Bangladesh is in favour of encouraging ‘people to people contact’ between both the countries through various initiatives. Bus service from Kolkata to Dhaka and Agartala is also one of these measures. Today, it takes three days to cover this distance, but in future it will reduce up to 18 hours,” said the High Commissioner wearing a charming smile on his radiant face.

Syed Muazzem Ali told ‘The Hitavada’ that Bangladesh was going to set up Deputy High Commission in Guwahati (Assam) to improve relations between North Eastern states of India and Bangladesh. “Improvement in relationship with other neighbouring countries like Nepal and Bhutan is equally important for us. And, on this path, we are moving ahead,” he said. He informed that recently a meeting was held in Thimphu (capital of Bhutan) regarding motor vehicle treaty involving Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN).

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, who hails from Nagpur, showed a keen interest in this treaty. “According to this treaty, motor vehicles of all these four countries will get common registration number for smooth movement across the border,” Ali added. It may be mentioned here that BBIN Motor Vehicles Agreement will facilitate transportation of people and goods among these four SAARC member countries.

For long, India and Bangladesh have been victims of terrorism. On terrorist activities in Bangladesh, Ali said, “People in Bangladesh are secular. But, there are some groups that are encouraging crime and communal extremism.” When Sheikh Hasina became Prime Minister, she declared that she will not allow Bangladesh to be used for terrorist attacks or any armed attack. She has taken every step to secure Bangladesh, he added. Recently, Bangladesh was stunned by murders of bloggers. Asked about this, Ali clarified that Bangladesh Government never supported communal extremists, but Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) did not allow anyone to hurt any community’s sentiments. “Those were not murders of bloggers, those were murders of Bangladeshis. We arrested two murderers and search is on for another. We will arrest him also,” he observed.

Referring to the current situation in Bangladesh, Ali opined, “Parliament is a place where people’s representatives share their thoughts. But those who want power instead of democracy will never get chance to rule Bangladesh. Khaleda Zia is running for power and this is the biggest cause of instability in our country. But, it will be wrong to say that any emergency like situation was taking shape in Bangladesh. For, the Government and the people both want democracy and it is impossible that a group will suppress thoughts and rule over Bangladesh. The Government is ready to talk to Khaleda Zia, if she approaches for democracy.”

The diplomat who stood for Bangladesh in 1971

Syed Muazzem Ali is respected highly in diplomatic circles for his commitment to liberty. During his posting in the then Pakistan Embassy in Washington DC in 1971, he declared allegiance to the Bangladesh Government-in-Exile and set up the Bangladesh Mission in Washington DC along with other Bangladesh diplomats from the Pakistan Embassy. Later, in 1972, it became full-fledged Bangladesh Embassy.

Born in July 1944 in Sylhet, Syed Muazzem Ali obtained his Masters in Science from Dhaka University in 1966 with first class. He joined erstwhile Pakistan Foreign Service in 1968. After liberation of Bangladesh in 1971, he served the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh. Between 1972 and 1988, Ali served Bangladesh Missions in Washington, Warsaw, New York (Permanent Mission to the UN), and New Delhi (India) in different capacities. He was Bangladesh Consul General in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Ambassador to Bhutan, Director General (International Organisations) in the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador to Iran, and France. He served as Foreign Secretary from March 1999 to July 2001.

‘Land Boundary Agreement is historic’

THE historic Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) between India and Bangladesh, has brought the people in these countries together. Commenting on this, Ali said that the agreement created a history not only for Bangladesh and India but also for the entire world. The treaty has solved the unsettled issues involving un-demarcated land boundary of approximately 6.2 km, exchange of enclaves and adverse possessions between both the countries.

“It was tough to realise the pain of victims living in these areas. Now, Bangladesh will conduct a survey and approach to every person living in disputed areas and ask them about their citizenship choice. As per their wish, both the Governments will allow citizenship,” said Ali. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, was always in favour of good relations between both countries, Ali said. He thanked Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, for taking a step forward towards this historic agreement.

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Fadnavis to promote MIHAN, Vidarbha during his US visit

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis left for New York city on wee hours of Monday along with a high-level delegation to invite investment and expertise from the US to Maharashtra in various sector... Read More
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis left for New York city on wee hours of Monday along with a high-level delegation to invite investment and expertise from the US to Maharashtra in various sectors and will meet political and business leaders during the trip, being pegged as ‘Mumbai meets Manhattan.’ During this week-long official visit, Fadnavis is expected to address many conferences, business summits, meet important business leaders including CEOs of leading companies, members of Indian Diaspora, well-organised groups like Maharashtra Mandal and participate in host of activities to explore possibilities of US investment in Maharashtra in key areas of infrastructure, trade, health, IT, manufacturing, skill development etc.

During the day-long visit on June 29, Fadnavis is expected to meet the Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie as well as other senior political leaders from New York City and neighbouring Connecticut.

Fadnavis confirmed that he will aggressively promote MIHAN and Vidarbha-Marathwada region for attracting investment for big-ticket manufacturing projects as per his favourite Make in Maharashtra project. During his earlier visits to China, Germany, Israel and Switzerland, the Chief Minister has successfully showcased Maharashtra as the ultimate investment destination before global business leaders and investment giants.

Given the large population of Indians in the New York-New Jersey area, Fadnavis will hold meetings with the States’ leadership and promote Maharashtra as an attractive investment destination not only among the Diaspora but to a larger American audience. Chief Minister will have a packed schedule for the day and will meet CEOs of companies from sectors identified as crucial for investment by the State Government. A grand community reception has also been organised for Fadnavis by the Friends of Maharashtra, a not-for-profit group of individuals and partner associations working towards strengthening ties and promoting cooperation between the US and India.

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NTPC in a fix over an ‘indecent proposal’ from NMC

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is aggressively pushing a highly controversial proposal to National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to buy treated sewage water at Rs 10 per cubic mt (1,000 li... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is aggressively pushing a highly controversial proposal to National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to buy treated sewage water at Rs 10 per cubic mt (1,000 litre) from its proposed 200 MLD capacity Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) at Bhandewadi. In-spite of this agreement, the NTPC will have to do 100 per cent investment in this project and that will cost round Rs 250 crores. This investment and treated water charge will definitely increase the cost of power generation from NTPC’s Thermal Power Plant at Mouda. Highly placed sources confirmed that Vishvaraj Infrastructure Limited bagged the contract of augmenting 100 MLD capacity Sewage Water Treatment Plant to 200 MLD including installation of 2 pumping stations and laying pipeline. As per contract, the contractor will sell treated water to power companies. This is shocking that Vishvaraj Infrastructure Limited bagged the contract and now, it is trying to recover complete price from the NTPC for the project.

The Mahagenco has already signed an agreement with the NMC for purchase of treated water at Rs 3.75 per Cubic Mt. The Mahagenco will give Rs 15 crore per annum to NMC against the cost of this water. The SMS company on behalf of local body has constructed new STP for supplying treated water to Mahagenco. The Mahagenco is receiving water at Rs 3.75 per Cubic Mt while NMC will sell same water to NTPC at Rs 10 per Cubic Mtr, that is very costly and may increase the rates of electricity generated by this central government run power utility. As per proposal of Vishvaraj, if NTPC and operator (Vishvaraj Limited) equally bare the load of investment, then treated water will be provided at the cost of Rs 20 per Cubic Mtr. Alternatively if 100 per cent investment is made by the operator, then the cost of water will be Rs 28 per Cubic Mt. The NMC will get Rs 6.85 per mcube for water sold upto 75 MLD and Rs 7.85 per mcube for water sold upto 100 MLD. The average rate of 175 MLD would be Rs 7.41 per mcube and additional 25 MLD will fetch Rs 7.85 per mcube. The local body will get Rs 55 crore per annum from Vishvaraj company. The capex and opex cost becomes zero for NMC and NTPC would get assured water from local body. The present reservation of fresh water from Gosikhurd dam will be provided for domestic and irrigation purposes, the proposal stated.

Presently, the NTPC is lifting raw water from Gosikhurd dam canal at Rs 4 per unit and it is not ready to purchase treated water from the local body. Even, Union Energy Minister Piyush Goyal’s office has rejected the proposal of NMC to buy costly treated water from Vishvaraj Limited. The power generation capacity of Mouda Power Plant in phase I is 1,000 MW and Phase II is 1,320 MW. The total water requirement for NTPC plant is 240 MLD including cooling tower water requirement of 200 MLD and boiler and domestic requirement of 40 MLD. The NTPC is getting 240 MLD raw water from Gosikhurd dam while 40 MLD from the present sources (boiler and domestic). The local body wants to supply 200 MLD reuse water to NTPC for cooling process so that the Gosikhurd water could be saved and used for irrigation purpose but NTPC had an agreement with Water Resources Department (WRD) for supply of raw water for power generation.

As per proposal of Vishvaraj Limited, the company wants investment from NTPC for laying 1800 mm MS pipeline with cost of Rs 120 crore, erection laying (mechanical) Rs 3 crore, pipeline laying (excavation, thrust, blocks, refilling, road restoration) Rs 30 crore, railway road, nullah, river crossing Rs 20 crore, construction of tertiary treatment Rs 70 crore.

Sources claimed that Electricity Department has decided to issue a circular to purchase only sewage treated water from local bodies so that the raw water can be saved for drinking and irrigation purposes. However, if the local body charge exorbirant rates from the power generation companies then the ultimate sufferer will be power consumers only, who are still buying costly electricity from them.

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Now, Income Tax Deptt to levy notional tax on unsold flats

It may be a new source of income for the Government, but for real estate players, it would create a deep hole into their pockets. Gone are the glorious days when real estate players used to smile... Read More
It may be a new source of income for the Government, but for real estate players, it would create a deep hole into their pockets. Gone are the glorious days when real estate players used to smile by counting their vacant unsold flats/dwelling units and used to show it as stock-in-trade. Now according to new Action Plan dashed off by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to Income-Tax Department, the I-T officials have been asked to ensure that vacant flats/houses kept as stock-in-trade are taxed as income from house property even if they are not actually let-out.

According to tax authorities, real estate companies have to pay tax based on Annual Letting Value (ALV) on unsold flats as they are the owners of the flats and it does not matter whether the properties are rented or not. The new proposal is likely to immediately affect developers holding more than one lakh ready unsold properties in top eight cities across the country, said CA Kailash Jogani, President of Nagpur Chamber of Commerce Limited. “In Vidarbha more than 5,000 flats are ready to sale and kept as stock-in-trade,” he disclosed.

Jogani said, “These properties will attract tax computed on the basis of notional annual letting value. Builders have to either sell these properties immediately, perhaps by offering discounts, or have to pay taxes as a rental income. The notional rent may range from 5 per cent to 9 per cent of the value of flat.” Such a tax would be a big setback to the real estate players as most of the big and medium players keep huge stock in trade for future appreciation and for higher pricing. The real estate sector is witnessing bad phase since few years and due to this tax, it would make them more difficult to withstand the circumstances, he said.

According to Jogani, till 2012, almost all the builders were showing unsold inventories as stock in trade and there was no tax on them. “Few years ago, when there was an attempt made by the Income-Tax Department to tax unsold stock, builders lobby knocked the doors of court, the court gave judgement in favour of the I-T Department in 2012,” he said.

In this case (V. Ansal Housing Finance and Leasing Co. Ltd), the real estate developer was engaged in constructing mini township, residential properties and commercial complexes. The Assessing Officer assessed the Annual Letting Value (ALV) of flats which the builder had constructed but were lying unsold, under the head ‘Income from House Property’. Ansal Housing contended that the said flats were its stock-in–trade. After hearing both the sides, Delhi High Court gave judgement that the builder was liable to pay Income Tax on the notional rent (ALV) of the unsold flats.

“If at the end of a financial year, one or more constructed units remain unsold, then according to the decision given by Delhi High Court, the Annual Letting Value of such housing units will be liable to be taxed as ‘Income from House Property’ in the hands of the developer,” he said. After the decision, Government was not serious on it. However after, the Action Plan 2015-16, Government seems to be serious on the isuue of taxing unsold vacant flats and houses.

Jogani said that builders usually hoard properties banking on the hope that they would sell these properties at higher prices in future. However, several times, when the market witness sluggishness, the builder/developer genuinely finds it difficult to get buyers and it is normally considered that the builder should granted certain specified period for disposing off the flat/property held after completion.

Jogani said, “If the taxmen taxes notionally on the unsold flats as rental income, and the move is implemented prudently, then real estate players will be discouraged to pile up inventories and accept market determined lower prices which will result in cooling down the property prices specially dwelling units.”

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Never consult a novelist while writing: Shankar

THE 1950s was when the urban Bengali, especially in Kolkata had begun to foray into the world of business, detaching from the traditional role of Babu.

The novels of Mani Shankar Mukherjee, ... Read More
THE 1950s was when the urban Bengali, especially in Kolkata had begun to foray into the world of business, detaching from the traditional role of Babu.

The novels of Mani Shankar Mukherjee, better known as Shankar, dealt with the struggles - moral and otherwise - of that aspiring class. Fifty years on, his books continue to be translated into regional and foreign languages. Many of his works have been adapted by cinematic legends like Ritwik Ghatak and Satyajit Ray.

In an exclusive interview, ‘The Hitavada’ tries to glean a behind-the-scenes understanding of his work.

Q: Your background in law and it’s impact on ‘Koto Ajanare’ is well known, but what sparked cut-throat corporate stories like ‘Seemaboddho’?

Shankar: All my novels stem from experience. I had the privilege of working under Noel Barwell (Kolkata’s last British magistrate) for only one and a half years. He passed away 1953 in India, having refused to leave even after Independence. He was told to move to Ranikhet for his health, but he refused and shifted to a hotel in the city. John Spence’s Hotel is the oldest hotel in Asia. It was my visits there that influenced ‘Chowringee’. It was based on the conversations that I had with the lift boys, receptionist, cabaret dancers and other employees. I wrote it without spending a single night at the hotel.

The posh building on which I based ‘Gharer modhye ghar’ still stands on Park Street. I have also had a ringside view seat to commerce and trade ‘Jana Ananya’ and ‘Seemaboddho’ are based on that. I would like to do a commercial history of Calcutta’s business world.

Q: If you were to set ‘Chowringee’ in a different city or decade, what would you change?

Shankar: Nothing need be changed. ‘Chowringee’, especially, has acquired a fairy tail-like image over the years, and Calcutta is a symbol for any 20th century city in India. I am from Howrah, so I may not be ‘Calcutta born’, but am definitely ‘Calcutta bred’, and would like to be ‘Calcutta died’. You cannot know more than one city in one lifetime. I have found greater delight in people who live, love and die in Kolkata, such as Swami Vivekananda, on whom I have written half a dozen books. It is probably my undoing that they are doing well, but biographies are my new-found love. A well written biography is no different than a work of fiction: they both tell the story of a life.

Q: How has your experience been with the translations of your works?

Shankar: The English translations were a shot in the arm. I realised that my stories could reach all India. I had been a vain, middle-class Bengali. I never wanted to look beyond Asansol. But after the translations came out I saw that I could reach the rest of the country and beyond.

Q: What advice would you give to young, aspiring novelists?

Shankar: Don’t give your manuscript to anyone you know, before it is published. They will ruin it. I am speaking from experience. Never consult a novelist.

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City’s Sneha Warkhade wins Mrs India-Australia crown

Nagpurians are making their mark all across the globe. Sneha Warkhade is one of those achievers. A Nagpurian blessed with beauty and charm, she has won one of the biggest beauty pageants in Aus... Read More
Nagpurians are making their mark all across the globe. Sneha Warkhade is one of those achievers. A Nagpurian blessed with beauty and charm, she has won one of the biggest beauty pageants in Australia and has won the crown of Mrs India-Australia 2015.

Sneha Warkhade has Indian roots. She is now settled in Australia. Sneha won the crown of Mrs India Australia-Touch the Soul 2015, by beating 10 other gorgeous women in her category. It was kind of dream-come-true-moment for her when Bollywood star Soha Ali Khan, who is represented by Oceanic Director for Australia Reena Koak, crowned her.

After the crowning ceremony, Sneha posted on her Facebook page, “I am blessed to wear this beautiful crown and carry the title further to Jamaica. I have learned and grown so much through this experience and also acquired skills that will carry me for years to come. Winning ‘Mrs India-Australia 2015’ was a complete surprise. I remember discovering that I had won the prize when I was standing in the last row of the auditorium. Imagine the fear that struck me as soon as I realised I had to make my way to the front.” Expressing her gratitude towards everybody who helped her in scaling this peak of achievement, Sneha Warkhade said, “There are so many people to thank for this journey and I do not want to leave out any. But, even if I do, please remember that you are all in my heart. Firstly, I would like to say thank you to the Judges and all the sponsors for this competition.

Such a brilliant event would not happen without the time, dedication and support of everyone involved. Thank you to the artistic team of Reena, Sumati Swastik Dance, Riana Das Sifa Kc, Supriya Seva Yoga for your guidance, help, motivation and inspiration. It was always a pleasure coming to the studio everyday with such lovely and engaging people. Last but not the least, thank you to my husband, family and all the lovely contestants for all your love and support. This would not be possible without you all.”

Of course, she is still attached to Nagpur and India. And, with her achievement, she has indeed made Nagpurians proud.

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CM, Energy Minister welcome MERC order

Welcoming the order of Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that it would provide a big relief to consumers in all categories across Ma... Read More

Welcoming the order of Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that it would provide a big relief to consumers in all categories across Maharashtra. It will pave way for reduction in power tariff, he said.

Fadnavis said that the Government had been taking measures to provide relief to power consumers in the State. He congratulated Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule and the officials of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (Mahagenco), and Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (Mahatransco) for working hard to ensure that the consumers got relief.

As per the statement issued by Chief Minister’s Office, Fadnavis observed that the Government had been drawing up plans to make power tariff for industries competitive. If power tariff is competitive, it can attract investments to the Maharashtra. All three State-run power utilities -- MSEDCL, Mahagenco, and Mahatransco -- have ably supported the cause and worked in that direction. MERC order has averted hike in power tariff by Rs 8,500 crore, the Chief Minister stated.

Elaborating on the measures taken by the Government and the three power utilities, it was stated in the release that Mahagenco would save Rs 2,000 crore by way of increasing Plant Load Factor (PLF) and procuring cheaper coal. Mahatransco would reduce its capital expenditure and increase efficiency to save Rs 2,700 crore. Similarly, MSEDCL planned to reduce distribution losses and streamline expenses to save Rs 3,800 crore. Collectively, these companies would save Rs 8,500 crore. Power consumers will be getting relief owing to these measures.

Government hospitals, schools, colleges, primary health centres will pay power bills at reduced rate as tariff for them has been reduced from Rs 10.12 per unit to Rs 7.20 per unit, stated the release.

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Tariff relief to power consumers

In its order on Multi-Year Tariff Petition for 2013-14 to 2015-16 and tariff petition for 2015-16 of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), Maharashtra Electricity R... Read More
In its order on Multi-Year Tariff Petition for 2013-14 to 2015-16 and tariff petition for 2015-16 of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has provided a relief to power consumers in the State. MSEDCL has claimed that the order will reduce power bills of industrial consumers by 7-10 per cent, and that there is ‘no hike’ for 72 per cent of residential category consumers.

MSEDCL had submitted to MERC a proposal regarding annual revenue requirement of Rs 64,181 crore for the year 2015-16. MERC scaled this down to Rs 56,812 crore. The State-run power distribution utility had sought an increase of 7.94 per cent in tariff for 2015-16 over the tariff at the time of filing of the petition in February 2015. As against this, MERC has approved reduction of 5.75 per cent. However, compared to the tariff in April 2015, the overall reduction in tariff as approved by the Commission is 2.44 per cent.

According to MSEDCL. there is ‘no hike’ in power bills of 72 per cent of the residential category consumers with consumption of 0-300 units per month. The number of these consumers comes to around 1.66 crore in entire State. “In fact, power bills of these consumers will be lesser than that in the year 2014,” stated a press release issued by MSEDCL. Further, it added that the power tariff for industrial category consumers has been reduced in the range of 40 paise to Rs 1.21 per unit. “Thus, there is an average reduction of 7 to 10 per cent in power bills of industrial category consumers,” MSEDCL stated.

Relief and hike for consumers in residential category

As far as residential category is concerned, MERC observed that the tariff for domestic category was ‘below’ the Average Cost of Supply (ACoS), ‘which needs to be increased gradually’. However, the Commission reduced Energy Charges for domestic/residential consumers particularly for consumers with consumption below 100 units per month, and approved ‘only marginal increase’ for consumption up to 300 units per month, with ‘marginal increase’ in Fixed Charges.

For residential category consumers in Below Poverty Line (BPL) category with consumption slab of 0-30 units, demand charges as well as energy charges have been kept the same -- Rs 10 and 87 paise per kWh respectively. For consumers in all other residential categories, demand charges have been hiked. For consumers in slab of 1-100 units, energy charges have been reduced from Rs 3.86 per kWh to Rs 3.76 per kWh. For those in 101-300 units slab, energy charges have been increased marginally from Rs 7.20 per kWh to Rs 7.21 per kWh. For those in 301-500 units slab, energy charges have been increased from Rs 9.50 per kWh to Rs 9.95 per kWh. The hike in other residential category consumers is as follows: 501-1000 units per month consumption -- hike from Rs 10.33 per kWh to Rs 11.31 per kWh; and above 1,000 units consumption per month -- hike from Rs 11.01 per kWh to Rs 12.50 per kWh.

For non-residential category consumers, demand charges have been hiked. The energy charges have been reduced in case of these consumers in the slabs of 0-200 units per month and above 200 units per month. For those in more than 20-50 kW and above 50 kW categories, energy charges have been hiked.

Industry: Reduction in tariff, revision in ToD rebate

During hearings, industries had expressed that tariffs for industrial consumers in High Tension (HT) and Low Tension (LT) categories were higher in Maharashtra compared to those in neighbouring states. Taking note of this, the Commission has reduced energy charges in all sub-categories in HT-I Industry and HT-II Commercial categories, but has increased demand charges.

MERC observed that the price of electricity played a crucial role for competitiveness of industry. “With significant increase in availability of power in the State and with projected revenue surplus, the Commission has strived to reduce the Energy Charges for industry with marginal increase in Fixed Charges,” it observed. Besides, MERC stated that it had ensured that the benefit of reduction in Time of Day (ToD) rebate during off-peak hours was used to reduce energy charges across the same categories. In the order, demand charges have been increased from Rs 190 per kVA per month to Rs 220 per kVA per month for all sub-categories in HT-I Industry and HT-II Commercial categories. Energy charges have been reduced in the range of 89 paise per kVA per month to Rs 1.55 per kVA per month for different sub-categories in HT-I Industry category. Similarly, the reduction in energy charges is in the range of 91 paise per kVA per month to Rs 1.39 per kVA per month for various sub-categories in HT-II Commercial category.

For HT-III Railways category also, there is reduction in energy charges by 91 paise per kVA per month. However, MERC accepted MSEDCL’s proposal for reduction in off-peak ToD rebate for night hours from Rs 2.50 per kWh to Rs 1.50 per kWh. In effect, the industries will have to shell out more as their rebate has been reduced by Re 1 per kWh. At the same time, the Commission rejected its proposal for modifications in time-slots, and directed MSEDCL to study its proposal for revision in time-slots, in the light of various technical and commercial aspects and submit its analysis along with any future proposal for revision in time-slots.

‘Govt direction on RoE not considered’

Dubbing the order of MERC as ‘very good’, R B Goenka, Director of MSEB Holding Company, stated that the effective reduction in tariff is about 15 per cent of the tariff proposed by MSEDCL.

MERC has reduced Rs 8,090 crore from MSEDCL demand and this will translate into Re 1 per unit average relief to consumers across all categories, said Goenka. Previously, additional charges levied on power tariff. As a result, the tariff in 2012 had increased by Rs 1.50 per unit. Following public outcry, the then Government in the State appointed a committee under the then Industries Minister Narayan Rane. After the committee submitted its report, the Government offered subsidy of Rs 900 crore to reduce tariff and provide some relief to consumers. Compared to that hike of Rs 1.50 per unit, the relief as per MERC’s latest order is Re 1 per unit.

However, Goenka lamented, MERC did not consider Government of Maharashtra’s directive with respect to reduction in Return on Equiry (RoE). The Government had issued a directive to MERC that RoE of Mahagenco and Mahatransco should be reduced. The amount of RoE was Rs 3,300 crore. If the Government direction had been considered by MERC, there would have been further reduction in power tariff by 5 per cent, Goenka told ‘The Hitavada’.

MERC asks MSEDCL not to levy LBT on electricity

The Commission, in its order, opined that levy of Local Body Tax (LBT) over and above the approved Energy Charges on consumption, for recovery from consumer, amounted to modification of tariff. The Commission observed that no component of tariff could be modified or levied without its prior approval. Any recovery in excess of tariff approved by MERC shall not be in conformance with prevalent tariff rates approved by the Commission. MERC directed MSEDCL ‘not to levy’ LBT on consumers. However, the Commission directed MSEDCL to separately file a petition with specific instant for recovery of costs associated with LBT. It may be mentioned here that the LBT is being abolished from August 1.

MSEDCL wrote off bad debts of Rs 702.51 cr in 2012-13

MERC had directed MSEDCL to identify all arrears that were ‘not collectible’ and write those off from balance sheet utilising the provisions for bad debts and submit quarterly report to the Commission starting from the quarter ending September 2012. In its latest petition, MSEDCL submitted to the Commission that bad debts were written off in Books of Account on the basis of Board Resolutions for a particular financial year. “As such provisions for Bad Debts are not being utilised on quarterly basis, quarterly reports cannot be furnished,” MSEDCL stated. However, it informed the Commission that during 2012-13, it wrote off an amount of Rs 702.51 crore as bad debts.

‘Don’t use load-shedding as a matter of routine’

The Commission observed that load-shedding protocol was devised as load regulation measure to address significant power shortage situation then prevalent in the State. When there is sufficient availability of power, no consumer should be subjected to load-shedding, MERC stated in clear words. Terming electricity as a catalyst for growing economy, MERC added that it was imperative that all citizens of Maharashtra were provided with uninterrupted power supply. Reducing the technical and commercial losses and improving collection efficiency was the responsibility of Distribution Licensee. Citing this, MERC rejected MSEDCL’s stand to apply load-shedding protocol when there was sufficient availability of power in the system. MERC directed MSEDCL ‘to ensure that load-shedding protocol is used only as load regulation measure’ in shortage situation and ‘not as a matter of routine’.

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Federer, Murray, Nadal in same Wimbledon half

FORMER champions Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal were all placed in the same section of the Wimbledon draw on Friday.

Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic was kept apart... Read More

FORMER champions Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal were all placed in the same section of the Wimbledon draw on Friday.

Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic was kept apart from the other members of the ‘Big Four’.

However, the Serb may have to beat third-seeded Stan Wawrinka, the man who defeated him in the French Open final earlier this month, in the semi-finals.

Djokovic begins his title defence against experienced German Philipp Kohlschreiber before a possible second-round clash with 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt, who is playing in his last Wimbledon.

If the seedings work out, the last 16 would see Djokovic face Kevin Anderson of South Africa, US Open champion Marin Cilic against Kei Nishikori, Wawrinka facing David Goffin and Grigor Dimitrov taking on Milos Raonic. In the bottom half, seven-time champion and second seed Federer could face Feliciano Lopez, Tomas Berdych would meet Gilles Simon, 2013 winner Murray could play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with two-time champion Nadal, seeded 10 this year, up against compatriot David Ferrer. Federer, the holder of 17 Grand Slam titles and the runner-up to Djokovic last year, starts his campaign against Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur, who he beat in the French Open third round.

Murray, seeded three and the 2013 champion, begins against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan. That’s a clash which will invite more questions over women coaching men.

Murray has Amelie Mauresmo in his corner while Kukushkin is coached by his wife Anastasia. French Open champion Wawrinka, who has never got beyond the quarter-finals at the All England Club, starts against Portugal’s Joao Sousa. Nadal begins with a clash against Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci.

In the women’s draw, Serena Williams and 2004 winner Maria Sharapova were drawn to meet in the semi-finals.

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Paolo puts Peru in semi-finals

BRAZILIAN-BASED striker Paolo Guerrero scored a hat trick as Peru swept aside Bolivia 3-1 to set up a Copa America semi-final showdown with fierce rivals Chile on Friday.

Flamengo forward G... Read More

BRAZILIAN-BASED striker Paolo Guerrero scored a hat trick as Peru swept aside Bolivia 3-1 to set up a Copa America semi-final showdown with fierce rivals Chile on Friday.

Flamengo forward Guerrero, who has spent the past three years in Brazil after spells in Germany with Bayern Munich and Hamburg, pounced in the 20th and 23rd minutes to snuff out Bolivia’s campaign.

The 31-year-old completed his hat trick in the 74th minute, strolling clear of the Bolivian defense to finish nonchalantly. Marcelo Martins scored a late consolation from the penalty spot for Bolivia.

The result sets up the mouthwatering prospect of a semi-final next Monday between tournament hosts Chile and Peru, the latest installment of a ferocious footballing rivalry which began in 1935. Matches between the two neighbors are known as the “Clasico del Pacifico,” laced with a historical enmity that dates back to the 1879-1883 War of the Pacific. Chile and Peru also fought a long-running legal battle over the two nations’ disputed maritime border.

Peru will head into Monday’s showdown brimming with confidence after easing past Bolivia. The match was effectively settled during a devastating three-minute spell midway through the first half when Peru’s superb counter-attacking unstitched the Bolivian defense.

Guerrero grabbed his first of the night in the 20th minute, timing his jump to head home past Bolivia goalkeeper Romel Quinonez after an exquisite cross from the left by Fiorentina midfielder Juan Manuel Vargas.

Three minutes later Guerrero made it 2-0 after a breathless breakout from Peru which had begun with a Bolivia free-kick on the edge of their opponents area.

Christian Cueva was the architect, kicking a ball over the top of the Bolivian defense to send Guerrero bearing down on goal. Quinonez hesitated fatally as he advanced off his line and Guerrero coolly tucked away a low finish to put Peru in control.

Bolivia almost gave themselves a lifeline on 31 minutes but Martins was denied after a fine close-range reflex save by Pedro Gallese. Peru did not take long to get back onto the attack, and only the woodwork thwarted Jefferson Farfan when his effort cannoned back off the post on 37 minutes with Quinonez beaten.

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BJP traders’ cell demands immediate arrest of goons who looted grain merchant

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Vyapari Aghadi and Udyojak Morcha, the traders and industrialists cell of party, have demanded immediate arrest accused persons for looting food grain merchant Dhar... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Vyapari Aghadi and Udyojak Morcha, the traders and industrialists cell of party, have demanded immediate arrest accused persons for looting food grain merchant Dharmendra Zilpe. It may be mentioned that some anti-social elements had looted Rs five lakhs of Zilpe on Wednesday. The traders and business persons were under pressure and demanded immediate action against accused persons. A delegation led by Vice-President Meghraj Mainani, Asif Kaliwala, Ramavtar Agrawal, Mahendra Kataria, General Secretary Sanjay Wadhwani, Ashok Shaniware, Ravi Agrawal, Bhupendra Chelani, Shyam Bajaj met S B Mane, Police Inspector of Lakadganj and submitted deputation. This is fifth incident in this locality. They have demanded strict patrolling in the area. Sachin Punayani, Vijay Kumar Agrawal, Lakhi Parasnani, Ashish Vajpayee, Devichand Rakheja were also present.

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NMC flayed for ovespending Rs 217 cr under JNNURM

This may be shocking, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had spent Rs 217 crore more from its 30 per cent share of Rs 205 crore in Jawarharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) Proj... Read More
This may be shocking, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had spent Rs 217 crore more from its 30 per cent share of Rs 205 crore in Jawarharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) Projects.

Jammu Anand, President of Municipal Corporation Employees Union informed that the local body had spent Rs 422 crore on these urban renewal mission projects due to cost escalation. As per mission, it had to share only 30 per cent but due to delay in project the cost escalated manifold and local body had provided money from its kitty. Surprisingly, the Standing Committee did not make any provision for escalation of project cost in the budget. The Central Government and State Government had given contribution of 50 per cent and 20 per cent in these projects. He also flayed local body for allocating Rs 450 crore in LBT. As per Government announcement, the LBT will be scrapped from August 1, 2015, how, NMC will earn Rs 450 crore from it, he asked. He said, local body has divided establishment expenses and administrative expenses in two parts. These expenses touched Rs 423 crore per annum. He also expressed displeasure over not allocating budget for arrears of 6 th pay commission balance amount.

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Rapist gets 7 years’ RI

DISTRICT Judge-1 & Additional Sessions Judge K G Rathi on Thursday sentenced Rajesh alias Chakradhar Jagobaji Bele to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) for raping a six-year-old girl. Ac... Read More
DISTRICT Judge-1 & Additional Sessions Judge K G Rathi on Thursday sentenced Rajesh alias Chakradhar Jagobaji Bele to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) for raping a six-year-old girl. According to prosecution, Rajesh alias Chakradhar Bele (27) had gone to Kuldeep Mangal Karyalaya, Kanhan, during a wedding ceremony on May 3, 2013. A woman and her six-year-old daughter, too, had come to attend wedding ceremony at the venue. Promising her an ice-cream, Rajesh took the girl on the second floor of the building and raped her on the stairs. After the victim narrated the incident to her mother, the latter lodged a complaint with Kanhan Police. Cops arrested Rajesh on charges under Sections 376(2) (f) of the IPC read with Sections 4, 6 and 10 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. PSI Sadanand Kachore, who was the investigation officer, probed the incident and and chargesheeted Rajesh. As the charges were proved against Rajesh, the court sentenced him to seven years imprisonment with a fine of Rs 10,000.

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

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HC for probity, fairness in appointing school staff

Taking serious view of the public interest litigation (PIL) registered at the Court’s own behest against increasing mess created in the sphere of selecting teaching and non-teaching staff for s... Read More
Taking serious view of the public interest litigation (PIL) registered at the Court’s own behest against increasing mess created in the sphere of selecting teaching and non-teaching staff for schools, while issuing notice, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain at the High Court, to the respondents — State School Education Secretary, Commissioner (Education), Pune, the Director of Education and the commissioner, Nagpur Division, directed them to respond to the PIL in four weeks.

The Court has expressed hope that the State Government may respond to the petition with policy which ensures fair and transparent selection of the staff for schools and that too without burdening the State Exchequer.

The High Court had earlier directed that the list of surplus teachers be placed on website accessible to all along with vacancies available in any management so that all citizens can go through the vacancies and availability of surplus candidates. The present PIL raised the larger issue regarding selection of teaching and non-teaching staff in private schools run by private management on grant and no-grant basis.

It has been stated in the PIL that full powers of appointment of staff for schools are vested with the private management and there is no control of the State Government over the appointments made by the private management which frustrates the very object of the Constitution of India to give free and compulsory education of good quality. As such education is hampered and private management creates its own ‘empire’ out of education. Undisputedly the schools on grant-in-aid basis receive grant for the entire salary from the public exchequer. Even in spite of that the recruitment in such schools is by the private management. It is a common knowledge that the factors while making selection and recruitment by such a private management at times are other than the merit, the High Court tersely observed.

By now it is the settled principle of law that a back door entry in public employment is not permissible. If the salaries of the staff in the private management are paid from the public exchequer, there is no reason as to why the employment in such management should not be only on the criteria of merit, the High Court stated.

Adv Anand Parchure is amicus curiae in the PIL.

Now, School Scholarship exams to be held for Std V and VIII

The School Education department of Maharashtra Government has decided to take school scholarship examination in Class V and Class VIII instead of class IV and Class VII. Education Minister Vinod Tawde said that the decision was taken as per the provisions made in Right to Education Act. The change will come into effect from the academic year 2016-17.

As per RTE, school education is divided into three parts. Now Standard I to V is considered as primary education while Standard VI to VIII will be said as higher primary and Standard IX and X will come under Secondary category. Considering these divisions the scholarship examination is expected to be held in Standard V and VIIIth.

Tawde has made it clear that the students of Class IV and VII have already appeared in scholarship examinations as those were held under old rule, so the new rule would come into effect from the year 2016-17.

Earlier the scholarship examinations were known as pre-secondary (Class IV) and Secondary (VII) school scholarship scheme. Now it will be called as Higher Primary (Class V) and Higher Secondary school scholarship schemes. An education committee will be constituted and as per their recommendations the course will be designed by December 2015.

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Property registrations across state hit due to server problem

The builders, developers and buyers of new properties faced tremendous problem as the main server of Department of Registration and Stamps was non-functional on Thursday. Due to this technical sn... Read More
The builders, developers and buyers of new properties faced tremendous problem as the main server of Department of Registration and Stamps was non-functional on Thursday. Due to this technical snag, work of registration of properties in the entire Maharashtra was badly affected leading to major revenue loss worth crores of rupees of the State Government. The server was down since 2 pm in the noon and full speed could not be restored till evening.

Sources claimed that server of the Department of Registration and Stamps was working properly from the morning hours but it was down due to some technical reasons in Mumbai. Presently, the department is doing on-line registration of properties and buyers also preferr on-line registration due to immediate availability of the copy. The staffers of registrar’s office were doing manual registration of the properties, which took a long time for registration. Sources claimed that almost 50 per cent documents were not registered on Thursday.

The modems of Civil Lines office, Mahal office and Khamala were also down due to lightning which occured two days ago. The modem instruments were sent to Banglore for repairs as per the term and condition of the contract of the software company. The instruments will take at least two weeks to repair. This may affect the working of the registrar office of the city. Affected parties have demanded to repair instruments immediately.

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Fake job offers in the name of Rajiv Awas Yojana too!

First, they misused the name of Kisan Call Centres. Then, it came to light, they misused the name of Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana. Now, it has come to fore that the fraudsters operating at n... Read More
First, they misused the name of Kisan Call Centres. Then, it came to light, they misused the name of Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana. Now, it has come to fore that the fraudsters operating at national level are misusing the name of Rajiv Awas Yojna, an initiative of Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MHUPA), Government of India.

‘The Hitavada’ has in possession an ‘appointment letter’ issued to a city-based girl in the name of Rajiv Awas Yojna. The girl has been offered job as ‘Clerk, Customer Care Executive’ with a monthly salary of Rs 23,700/-. The said letter mentions that the salary of Rs 23,700/- is payable to candidates selected from Maharashtra; Rs 23,500/- to those selected from Gujarat; Rs 22,500/- to candidates from Punjab; Rs 21,200/- to those from Madhya Pradesh; and Rs 20,600/- to candidates selected from Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.

As has come to fore in other cases, this ‘appointment letter’ also misuses the Government emblem as well as logo of Rajiv Awas Yojna. It mentions about ‘Direct Recruitment Scheme 2015-16 under Employment Scheme Guarantee Act’. The letter is signed by an unnamed person, whose signature is not properly legible, designated as Director. Surprisingly, it bears the seal of ‘Ministry of Communication and Technology of India’ with national emblem. It is stated at the bottom of this letter that it has been issued by ‘Ministry of Rural and Urban Development’. It is clearly a matter of misuse of national emblem and tweaking of the names of ministries. The letter does not carry any website address, but an e-mail id ‘rajivawasyojna2015@gmail.com’.

The ‘appointment letter’ promises too many things for one to become suspicious. For instance, it promises residence, food, training, medical treatment, petrol, electricity, vehicle for ‘free’. Though the letter is purportedly issued under a scheme of Central Government, it promises insurance from State Government. Besides, it promises ‘immediate loan’ up to Rs 5 lakh, that too, ‘without’ any guarantor. It asks the selected candidates to pay a ‘security deposit’ in cash only. Attached to the letter is a page of ‘Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana’ with logo and name of Life Insurance Corporation of India. Obviously, the logo and name of LIC are misused in the letter. Shockingly, the ‘employee insurance letter’ promises that the selected candidate a cheque of ‘free insurance’ of Rs 2 lakh. This ‘employee insurance letter’ misusing LIC’s name and logo carries name of one D K Kanda, who has been identified as Senior Divisional Manager, but it bears no signature.

Sadly, as such fake letters promise jobs with salaries upwards of Rs 25,000 per month, many unemployed youths, mostly those who have passed SSC or HSC, fall prey to these. They end up paying ‘security deposit’ and losing that money. As the letters are rampantly misusing the logos and national emblem, a common person is inclined to believe that the letters are authentic.

Ministry terms such job offers as ‘fake’

The issue of such job offers purportedly under Rajiv Awas Yojana has caught the attention of Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MHUPA). In fact, in August 2014 itself, MHUPA had issued an office memorandum regarding ‘fradulent job offers in the name of Rajiv Awas Yojana’. The memorandum signed by Rahul Mahna, Under Secretary to the Government of India, also is in possession of ‘The Hitavada’. It is available on the website of MHUPA too. The memorandum states that the advertisements/appointment offers jobs/posts under Rajiv Awas Yojana are ‘all fake’ and that MHUPA is ‘not associated’ with them in any manner. It also advises people not to deposit any fees/amount for securing jobs.

No action by agencies leaves youths in lurch

Though there have been several instances, none of the official agencies ranging from cops to respective ministries has taken any ‘action’ against the fraudsters so far.

At the levels of respective ministries, only advisories have been issued on their websites. The fraudsters are issuing advertisements in various newspapers including those in local languages across the country, and are targeting those who have cleared only SSC or HSC. Many of these candidates do not even have better knowledge about the authentic websites or authentic details of Government schemes, or proper knowledge of Internet use. Still, the ministries have done their bit by issuing only advisories only on their websites. None of the ministries is reported to have lodged any complaint with top-level investigating agencies of the country to bust this nation wide racket of fraudsters operating mostly from Delhi and nearby areas.

As far as cops are concerned, they too are reluctant to start investigation into this nation wide fraud. Even in Nagpur, which is the Second Capital of Maharashtra, the cops advise the victims to lodge complaint at police station under which their bank branch from which money was deposited to accounts mentioned in such fraud appointment letters. Jurisdictionally, it may be correct. But, it is acting only in letter of the rules and not in the spirit. If respective Government agencies in Nagpur lodge an official complaint with Police Department, and the cops start investigations not at the level of police station but at the level of Economic Offences Wing and bust the nation wide racket, precious savings of many unemployed youths will be saved. Besides, it will fetch for them the credit of busting a national racket.

Will the agencies act in larger public interest and book those misusing Government emblems, Prime Minister’s photograph? It is for the Government agencies to answer.

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NMC seeks scrapping of Gunthewari Act

With changing scenario in the State, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has demanded State Government to hand over all unauthorised layouts... Read More
With changing scenario in the State, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has demanded State Government to hand over all unauthorised layouts of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) for their overall speedy development. The local body can earn Rs 200 crore by sanctioning building plan and other developmental activities in these layouts. Going a step further, the NMC has also demanded to scrap Maharashtra Gunthewari Act, 2002 under which lay-outs are regularised and land reservations are changed. During last several years, majority of public utility reservations were scrapped by deletion committee, leaving very little space for balanced development of new areas and unauthorised lay-outs which have emerged as concrete slums.

Besides, more than one third population of city which resides in these lay-outs will receive benefits of developmental works.

It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had blasted NIT on several occasions for not performing well in these layouts and also for delayed development works. Maharashtra Gunthewari Act, 2002 has completed almost 13 years of its existence and still, all the layouts are not fully developed by the Trust. BJP led NMC had registered its protest against Trust but previous Government did nothing on this front.

NIT has handed over around 400 layouts to NMC for further maintenance and development. However, NMC alleged that the developments in these layouts were not upto the mark and it would require funds from local body’s kitty for further development work. It may be mentioned that these layouts are transferred to NMC but rights of sanctioning building plans and other activities are still under jurisdiction of NIT.

Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare has suggested to scrap Gunthewari Act, 2002 and transfer all layouts to NMC for development. NMC is the planning authority of the city barring seven schemes of NIT. However, as per the Act, the Trust is in-charge of all developmental activities in the area and after amendment in Maharashtra Regional Town Planning (MRTP), 1964, the Trust is levying development charges according to ready reckoner rates. NMC rued that it is spending funds for development works and NIT is recovering fees for sanctioning building plans. Cash strapped NMC is facing tremendous financial crunch and if it gets the right of sanctioning building plans and other developmental activities, its financial condition may improve.

NMC budget meeting postponed

Discussion on annual budget of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has been postponed on the request of Congress party. The budget discussion was slated on June 26 at 10 am. Now, it will be held on June 29 at 10 am. Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare tabled budget of Rs 1946 crore on June 22. Sources claimed that Mayor Pravin Datke and Commissioner Shravan Hardikar are in Delhi for launching event of AMRUT, Smart City and Housing for all event. Commissioner Hardikar will give presentation on 24 x 7 water supply network before office bearers of all Municipal Corporations of the country.

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RCOEM maintains full transparency in Mgmt Quota admissions

“Engineering is a key contributor towards nation-building. Keeping this in mind, Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management (RCOEM) is running a mission to generate good engineers ... Read More
“Engineering is a key contributor towards nation-building. Keeping this in mind, Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management (RCOEM) is running a mission to generate good engineers who will play a major role in nation-building,” said Banwarilal Purohit, Chairman, RCOEM during the inauguration of admission process conducted to fill up management quota at RCOEM Campus, Katol Road on Wednesday. RCOEM is the only college that conducts admission process even for institute-level quota and it is held in full public view in utmost transparent manner. The college has 51 per cent minority quota and 20 per cent intake comes under institute-level quota. These 71 per cent seats are filled openly in front of all aspirants, their parents by displaying the merit list. According to Purohit, “Admission procedure of the college is a part of this mission which is carried out in accurate way with full transparency by the management to generate future bright engineers.” This year RCOEM got 2795 applications for admission to 570 seats. The distribution of seats is done in 51% of minority quota 20% of institute level quota. The merit list is prepared on the basis of score in Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and score in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. There was palpable excitement among students and their parents and most of them were thrilled to witness management quota admission conducted in such a fair manner in front of everyone. Many educational trusts in Nagpur may compromise with educational disciplines in their colleges, but the quality and goodwill of RCOEM completely depends on discipline which is followed by the whole RCOEM team, informed Purohit to audience comprising thousands of students and parents. An education and career in engineering opens up many fascinating challenges and opportunities but it depends on the students how they will tackle those challenges. College is the platform which helps to guide such engineers towards the right path, he advised. Purohit said, “The college was started way back in 1984 with just 180 students and now we have more than 5,000 students who are pursuing engineering in different streams. This milestone is achieved by the whole team of RCOEM, which is working hard from the very beginning.” “RCOEM is very much concerned about selection of faculty and staff members and after proper scrutiny we select them. Hence, I take guarantee that every student will get special attention and advance knowledge from every faculty member,” Purohit assured the parents. The Chairman of RCOEM also said that students would get good educational atmosphere, good food, best hostel facility for both girls and boys under strict vigil of college staff. He advised students that they have to maintain the college discipline and parents are free to talk with any faculty regarding the performance of their children. Purohit informed that Padmavibhushan Dr Anil Kakodkar, Nuclear Scientist and Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission of India has selected RCOEM for scheme of Technology Information, Forecasting, and Assessment Council (TIFAC), by Rajiv Gandhi Science and Technology Commission (RGSTC), Government of Maharashtra for providing technical support to the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) by enhancing the capabilities of students and faculty of engineering and technical institutions, added Purohit During the event, Purohit also felicitated Ishan Darvekar (99.26 Composite Score) and Vijayalaxmi Wankhede (98.61 Composite Score) for getting first admission in the college. During the event, Govindlal Agrawal, Secretary, RCOEM, Dr Rajesh S Pande, Principal, RCOEM and Dr T Singh, Dean, Admissions were also seated on the dais. Rashmi Sahu compered the event.

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Engineering Admn: Confirmation date extended for a day

The competent Authority of Directorate of Technical Education has taken decision to extend the document verification and confirmation till June 25 upto 5 pm. The links for confirmation and edit... Read More
The competent Authority of Directorate of Technical Education has taken decision to extend the document verification and confirmation till June 25 upto 5 pm. The links for confirmation and edit document form has been provided to the Application Receipt Centre (ARC). If the candidates have approached the ARC during last three days, they should contact DTE which shall send SMS and email to all candidates. The grievances shall also be accepted on June 25.

As the merit list of candidates aspiring to get admissions in engineering courses has been displayed under Centralised Admission Process (CAP) of engineering courses, grievances are getting submitted.

As per its records, the state has around 376 institutes offering engineering and technology courses with a total intake of over 1.57 lakh seats.

Those candidates who have secured the minimum 50% marks (45% in case of backward class categories and persons with disabilities belonging to Maharashtra state only) in class XII in physics, mathematics and Chemistry/biotechnology/biology/technical vocational added together and obtained positive composite score are eligible to apply. The ranking for admission is based on a composite score which is obtained after adding 50% of JEE (main) 2015 in paper-I percentile and 50% of class XII (board or equivalent examination) in physics, chemistry and mathematics marks percentile. If the score of candidate is not reaching 50 per cent combining Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics he or she can replace Chemistry by Biology or Biotechnology or any vocational subject like Computer Science, Electronics etc to take the score to 50 per cent. But while considering subject like Electronics, Computer Science students have to take care that they have to calculate the marks out of 100 as these subjects are of 200 marks. If suppose candidate gets 120 out of 200 then it should be calculated as out of 100 which will come to 60 which will be added to marks obtained in Physics and Mathematics. Total should be above 150 for open candidates and above 135 for other category candidates.

Over 850 new seats are added in the centralised admission process in State, around 1,300 seats have reduced. The DTE conducts the three rounds of the Common Admission Process (CAP). Round 1 and round 2 is meant for all candidates who have filled the online option for the respective round while Round 3 is meant only for candidates from the state of Maha-rashtra. A composite score is calculated wherein 50% of the weight is given to the candidate's performance in the JEE (Main) - Paper 1 and the remaining 50% weight is given to the percentile secured by the candidate in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in his board exams. A merit list is then prepared on the basis of each candidate's composite score.

Jt Dir warns colleges running ARCs through net cafes of dire consequences

Joint Director of Technical Education, Nagpur Region G R Thakare has warned engineering colleges running Application Receipt Centres (ARCs) through private internet cafes, of dire consequences. He has also appealed students not to give application ID and Password received through application kit, to anybody. Net cafe attached to some colleges give print-out to students but confirm the application after student leaves. They do whatever students ask and give them print-out but get it confirmed after students leave the cafe centre. Students are advised to ask ARCs to get confirmed and then only take the print-out. After visit to Cafe they should visit any ARC at college. If they find any suspicious activity they should report it to Joint Director office. Thakare said, “Last year also I had noticed some of the colleges were running ARCs through net cafe and I had warned them. This year also I have received some complaints about some of the colleges involved in such business. This year no nonsense will be tolerated.” Thakare said that while operating at various Application Receipt Centres (ARCs), the students should not disclose their ID and passward, that can be misused.

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‘Build an atmosphere of universal brotherhood’

“Build an atmosphere of universal brotherhood and give the world what best can be given,” exhorted Editor of ‘The Hitavada’ and chief guest of the programme Vijay Phanshikar, while addres... Read More
“Build an atmosphere of universal brotherhood and give the world what best can be given,” exhorted Editor of ‘The Hitavada’ and chief guest of the programme Vijay Phanshikar, while addressing a gathering of Masons and guests on the occasion of Universal Brotherhood Day on Wednesday. The programme was organised on behalf of Freemason’s Lodges - Corinth, Bromham, Penchvale, and K R Cama at Andhra Association hall.

Present on the occasion were Past Deputy Grand Master GLI Rajiv Khandelwal, Govindlal Shahu of Lodge St Andrews, Suresh Khedkar of Lodge Radiance, Kuldeep Thakur of Lodge Benevolence, Alok Amist of Lodge Sunder Raza, S K Tripathi of Lodge Bhogilal Shah, B K Sharma of Lodge Matheran, Manish Khemani of Lodge Gondwana, Sumantra Dutta of Lodge Trimurty, Avinash Sahasrabuddhe of Lodge Golden Orange, Tarun Shrivastava of Nagpur Past Master Lodge, Ishan Gosavi of Lodge Vivekanand and Harish Kalikar of Lodge Independence.

In his highly motivating speech, Phanshikar narrated true life successful story of Baba and Tai Amte, who went about their mission of life with one motto ‘better to light a candle than to curse the darkness’. Their small experiment was done with dedication that highlighted the principle of Free Mason. He narrated the story of the legendary Black African American George Washington Carvar who showed the world what a man with intelligence and determination can do by creating the Agronomy laboratory and erecting the Agriculture University with bare necessity of a building and farm land. Phanshikar gave example of the poorest amongst Kings, the Raghuvanshi Kings who amassed wealth only to be distributed amongst the needy. He appealed the Masons to do whatever they can do without holding back, which will create the groundwork of Brotherhood and help spread wisdom.

Earlier, the programme commenced with a welcome address by Mangesh Shastri. Saroj Dordi welcomed the chief guest. Govindlal Shahu and Rajiv Khandelwal were also welcomed. Dr Yagnesh Thaker gave presentation on Charity work by various Lodges. Deputy Grand Master of Grand Lodge of India S K Bhargava spoke on Philosophy of Free Masonry. Assistant Grand Master, Regional Grand Lodge of Western India Tarun Shrivastava spoke on general impression in public about Free Masonry. A directory of Free Mason was released by Phanshikar .

Members of the organising team present were G L Shahu, Rajeev Khandelwal, Chairman Mangesh Y Shastri, Co Chairman Dr Yagnesh S Thakur, Tarun Shrivastava, Pravin Koteshwar, Organising Secretary Asif Chimthanawala, Joint Secretary Kuldeep Thakur, Treasurer Alok Amist, Executive Masters of all Lodges of Nagpur GLI. They were assisted by Anil Bhagade of Lodge St Andrews, Shantanu Deshmukh of Lodge Radiance, K K Medhora of Lodge Benevolence, Vinayak Kewadkar of Lodge Sunder Raza, Pravin Koteshwar of Lodge Bhogilal Shah and Jagdeesh Hariharan of Lodge Matheran, Tarun Mishra, Shirish Sagar and Sanjay Chaturvedi. Asit Chimthanawala proposed a vote of thanks.

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Rani’s twin strikes help Indian eves beat Poland

RANI Rampal scored two goals to put Indian women team into winning ways with a 3-1 triumph over Poland in the preliminary league of the Hockey World League Semi-Finals at the KHC Dragons Stadiu... Read More
RANI Rampal scored two goals to put Indian women team into winning ways with a 3-1 triumph over Poland in the preliminary league of the Hockey World League Semi-Finals at the KHC Dragons Stadium.

Coming back into the team after a nine-month break due to injury, Rampal converted a penalty corner and then scored a fine field goal with a flash strike in open play to overcome the crowding tactics of the Polish rivals in a Pool B encounter.

The Indian eves were earlier beaten by Belgium and New Zealand in previous two matches.

Even on Wednesday, while getting into winning form, they missed a lot of chances before sealing victory with the third goal which was set up by Rampal. India were dominant from the start, laying siege on the rival circle in the first quarter, but failed to have a good shot at the opposition goal.

Three penalty corners were wasted as the Indian eves got caught in tangles after wasting time dribbling inside the circle instead of having a crack at the goal. It was against the run of play that Poland actually managed find the back of the Indian goal in the 19th minute, but the goal was reversed on a review sought by India.

The ball had struck a polish striker on the foot before it was passed to Magdalena Zagajska, who swatted it into the net.

Within a minute, India took the lead on their fifth penalty corner a Rampal's shot beat the rival goalkeeper to end in the left corner of the goal.

India had a good chance to bolster the score in the 27th minute when Poland's defenders lost the ball in their own territory and were caught off-guard as the Indians mounted a raid.

Rampal picked a pass on top of the circle and squared it to Ritu Rani, whose shot lacked the direction or power to beat Polish custodian Marta Kucharska.

Rampal again shot on target in the 28th minute after being fed a short pass by Ritu Rani from the left. She beat the opposition goalkeeper with a deft placement. Poland’s defence managed to thwart the Indians by crowding their territory and managed to reduce the margin in the 49th minute when India conceded a self goal.

Natalia Wisniewska darted into the circle from right and sent in a cross, which seemed well-covered by Indian custodian Savita, but the ball went past her pads from the stick of a diving defender Monika.

India spiked any chances of a Polish resurgence when Vandana Katariya deflected Rani Rampal's shot into the boards in the 53rd minute to seal their first win in three outings.

India will play world no. 2 Australia in their final Pool B match on Saturday.

Meanwhile, world champions The Netherlands won their second successive game by defeating Japan 4-0 with two goals coming from captain Maartje Paumen, who found the target with from penalty corners.

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NMC to charge more for regularising construction

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will charge according to present ready reckoner rates for compounding of illegal buildings in the city. This will pave way for regularisation of unauthorised bu... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will charge according to present ready reckoner rates for compounding of illegal buildings in the city. This will pave way for regularisation of unauthorised buildings as many buildings have violated the norms of development control rules (DCR). It may be mentioned that orange city has many buildings with excess construction and the regularisation of these buildings was stopped due to absence of any appropriate policy. This new policy and charges may be beneficial for congested area of old city, where multistoryed buildings are cropping up over small plots and many cases are pending at State Government level.

Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare has proposed new compounding charges for regularisation of these buildings. Earlier, Municipal Commissioner had discretionary power to levy charges of compounding for regularisation of buildings. The local body has set target of Rs 144 crore from Town Planning Department in proposed budget.

Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar had proposed 20 per cent of ready reckoner rates for residential and institutional building for compounding of side margins of the building. Standing Committee has slashed down the proposed rates of Municipal Commissioner and divided it in to three categories for the benefit of citizens. As per proposal, the residential and institutional buildings (upto 10 mts height) having plot size less then 180 sq mts will have to pay 6 per cent of ready reckoner, while industrial buildings have to pay 1.25 times of these rates and commercial buildings will have to pay 1.5 times of the ready reckoner rates. The standing committee has proposed 8 percent of ready reckoner charges for plot size between 180 sq mts and 500 sq mts and 15 per cent for plot size admeasuring more than 500 sq mts. The local body will regualrise front margin up to 0.6 meter on the same rates. The local body can regualrise side margins upto 33 per cent and front margin of 0.60 mts of building having height 10 mts to 14.99 mts at 6 per cent of ready reckoner rates for plot size upto 180 mts. For plot size between 180 mts to 500 mts, 8 per cent of ready reckoner rates will be charged. While for the plot admeasuring above 500 mts, 15 per cent of the ready reckoner rate will be charged. The illegal buildings with more than 15 mts height can also be regularised under this scheme. The buildings having additional construction at balcony, shops situated at basements, inclusion of balcony in the room, additional construction of stair case, passage, porch, canopy, and construction without permission of competent authority will also be regularised under this scheme. The compound wall of residential building will be regularised at the rate Rs 100 per mts. The local body will levy Rs 400 per sq mts for regularisation of 18 mts heighted residential building of dense locality. As per proposal, now, the individual plot holders or flat owner can also obtain occupancy certificate from NMC. The NMC will charge Rs 10,000 for carpet area upto 850 sq fts, Rs 15,000 for carpet area between 851 sq fts and 1,200 sq fts and Rs 20,000 for carpet area admeasuring more than 1,201 sq ft of construction. The new construction would not get water connection or electricity connection, or property tax would not be levied without occupancy certificate. The proposal will be discussed in the general body meeting slated on June 27 at 10 am.

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City infra to get major boost under AMRUT

Mayor Pravin Datke and Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar will represent Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) during launching of ambitious Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformati... Read More
Mayor Pravin Datke and Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar will represent Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) during launching of ambitious Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme at New Delhi on June 25 at 11 am. The city may get funds for pending projects as well for sewerage zone.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch three major Missions intended to transform the urban landscape of the country which in turn would enhance the quality of urban living besides driving economic growth. He will set rolling the Smart Cities Mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana for urban areas besides releasing operational guidelines for the three missions. The launch of three new urban missions will be followed by a two day extensive consultations with States and Urban Territories, elected and administrative heads of municipal bodies on implementation issues relating to new missions and Swachh Bharat Mission as well.

Integrated Water Supply Network of orange city is adjudged as best project in the launching mission. The local body has performed well in Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). As per new guidelines, the local body has to complete all on-going projects by March 2017 otherwise, the scheme will not get any funds from the Central Government. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) emerged as one of the prominent cities in JNNURM projects since maximum projects sanctioned by the Central Government were completed.

In new AMRUT scheme, the NMC may get pending dues of Rs 250 crore from Central Government for these on-going but incomplete projects of JNNURM. The projects of Recycle and Reuse of Water, Rehabilitation plan to implement 24 x 7 water supply, Water supply scheme in Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) areas, E-governance and Pench IV- II may get funds under this scheme. However, the railway over bridge (RoB) of Maskasath may not get any funds.

Previous Congress led UPA Government had sanctioned 17 projects under JNNURM and out of that 12 projects were completed and 5 projects are in advanced stage of completion. In addition to these 17 projects, 2 non Urban Infrastructure Governance (UIG) projects - Star bus service and E-Governance are also completed. The total cost of these projects is Rs 1,487.25 crores against that NMC has received Rs 477.43 crore from Union Government and Rs 191.62 crore from Government of Maharashtra. The local body had contributed Rs 706 crore for these infrastructure projects. As against ongoing infra projects the grants claimed to GoI is Rs 101.42 crore while Rs 40.57 crore grant is expected from Maharashtra Government. This Rs 142 crore grant is yet to be released. The remaining balance grant from GoI is Rs 58.78 crore and from GoM it is Rs 23.51 crore. The total grant awaited from GoI is Rs 215 crore and GoM is yet to release Rs 86.21 crore. The local body is seeking Rs 7.74 crore from Centre for Pench IV-II projects, Rs 16.26 crore for recycle and reuse of water, Rs 48.48 crore for uninterrupted water supply scheme, and Rs 27.25 crore for water supply scheme in NIT areas and Rs 1.68 crore of E-governance scheme.

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Non-recommended professional colleges also to get reimbursement benefits

The tuition fee reimbursement scheme will be applicable to the new educational institutions that run professional courses, new courses which are even not recommended by the Government. The sche... Read More
The tuition fee reimbursement scheme will be applicable to the new educational institutions that run professional courses, new courses which are even not recommended by the Government. The scheme is already being run at colleges which are recommended but Government has stopped the scheme for the colleges which are not-recommended or those which have applied directly to All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

The tuition fee of students of Economically Backward Class (EBC), Socially Backward Class (SBC) is reimbursed by the Government to the institutions where these students take education. Every year through universities, Government recommends institutions on the basis of the perspective plan, the facilities provided by the institutes etc. If the institutions are not fulfilling the criterion then Government do not recommend such institutions. In most of the cases such institutions approach AICTE directly. So Government had put condition that such institutions which are not recommended and which approach directly to AICTE would not be given reimbursement for SBC and EBC students. Against this decision Association of Managements of Unaided Engineering Colleges and others approached High Court and filed writ petition. High Court gave judgement in favour of petitioner institutions and association and directed Governemnt to implement the scheme in these colleges too. Now Government will reimburse the fees of eligible students who were admitted in respective institions in the academic year 2013-14 and 2014-15. Government has also made it clear that if institution had charged the fees to these students then that should be returned to them with immediate effect.

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Now, fraudsters offering jobs under Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana

A few months ago, it was Kisan Call Centres. Now, it is Customer Service Centres under Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana. The fraudsters operating from Delhi and nearby areas like Ghaziabad, Noida,... Read More
A few months ago, it was Kisan Call Centres. Now, it is Customer Service Centres under Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana. The fraudsters operating from Delhi and nearby areas like Ghaziabad, Noida, Gurgaon are targeting unemployed youths by offering them ‘Government jobs’.

In the latest case, some unemployed youths from Nagpur have been offered jobs as Customer Service Representatives under Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana. The appointment letters received by some of the youths from the city bear the Government emblem as well as logo of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), and image of ‘Father of the Nation’ Mahatma Gandhi in the seal. Besides, it is signed by one Sanjay Bhardwaj, whose designation has been mentioned as ‘Director’ at ‘Rozgar Bharti Karyalaya’ (Recruitment Office), Swarna Jayanti Sahakarita Vibhag, Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana.

The matter came to fore when at least two youths namely Ashish Meshram and Raja Hedau paid a visit to Nagpur-based Commissionerate of MGNREGS on Tuesday and Wednesday to enquire about the appointment letters they got. They met Varsha Gaurkar, Assistant Commissioner (MGNREGS). Gaurkar told ‘The Hitavada’ that the appointment letters indicated a fraud.

M Sankaranarayanan, Commissioner, MGNREGS, said, “It is a fraud. We have examined it. We have advised one of the youngsters to lodge a police complaint. The so-called Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana organisation is not related to any Government agency.” In the month of May this year, the said organisation had issued an advertisement in some newspapers inviting details from unemployed youth on given mobile phone number. Some youths responded to it and got calls. After cursory interviews, the said organisation sent appointment letters to the ‘selected’ youths and sought ‘deposits’ for laptop, mobile phone etc. According to M Sankaranarayanan, the matter is far more serious. “A look at the appointment letters received by youths from the city reveals that the fraudsters are operating nation-wide. People need to be cautious,” he said. Further, he made it clear that no such recruitment was envisaged under MGNREGS and appealed to the people not to fall prey to unverified offers. Raja Hedau, a resident of Yashodhara Nagar, is one of the youths who got duped. He passed Class X. He told ‘The Hitavada’ that last month he saw an advertisement in a Hindi newspaper. “As stated in the advertisement, I SMSed my name, address, PIN code to the mobile phone number mentioned in it. Soon, I received a call. Within 15-20 days, I got an appointment letter offering job of Customer Service Representative with monthly salary of Rs 30,500/-,” he said. As mentioned in the letter, he called ‘Security Officer’ on given cellphone number. The person at the other end of the call, identified himself as Security Officer but did not reveal his name, and asked Hedau to deposit Rs 13,850/- to a particular bank account in Gurgaon. “I deposited the amount to the account of one Kuldip Kumar on June 12. Within a hour, I got a call that their officer would come for verification to my home and hand over to me a laptop and a cellphone. Another officer called me up the next day, assured me about laptop and mobile phone and asked for Rs 12,500/- more to be deposited to the same account. As I was unable to pay, I expressed inability. They threatened me of forfeiture of the amount deposited earlier,” said a dejected Raja Hedau. However, he followed up the matter and kept calling on the numbers he had. As a result, later, the employees of the so-called Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana assured him to return the money he had paid initially. But, Hedau did not get back the money till Wednesday. As a result, he said, he reported the matter to MGNREGS Commissionerate here. He had gone to Sadar Police Station also to lodge a complaint in this regard, but the cops there advised him to file FIR at police station under which the bank from which he had transferred money to Gurgaon account.

The ‘appointment letter’ misuses national emblem, PM’s photo

The appointment letter issued by the so-called Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana misuses Government of India emblem and logo of MGNREGS. Further, it mentions about 4,500 jobs being on offer. It mentions its website as ‘swarnajayantirozgaryojana.com’. As one would expect, it is not found.

More seriously, it misuses a ‘black-and-white’ photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi outside Parliament. Apparently, the photograph was taken when the Prime Minister was addressing media. And, it appears to be an image published elsewhere.

However, the letter gives a misleading caption that it was a scene from Swarna Jayanti Sabha.

Further, the letter carries photographs of various workplaces was misleading captions as Customer Care Centres at Indore, Mumbai, Ludhiana, and Janakpuri (Delhi).

The letter has a list of ‘service centres’ that include Nashik, Thane, Solapur, Mumbai, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Nagpur in Maharashtra, apart from other places like Allahabad, Lucknow, Kanpur, Aligarh, Agra, Dehradun, Ghaziabad, Hisar, Sitapur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Patna, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Gwalior, Sagar, Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Raipur, Howrah, etc. Obviously, this is an indication that the fraudsters are operating nation wide, targeting gullible unemployed youths.

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IIM-Nagpur gets Union Cabinet’s nod

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Nagpur is one of the six institutes in India which got nod from Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. These new IIMs will be loca... Read More
The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Nagpur is one of the six institutes in India which got nod from Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. These new IIMs will be located at Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Bodh Gaya (Bihar), Sirmaur (Himachal Pradesh), Nagpur (Maharashtra), Sambalpur (Odisha) and Amritsar (Punjab). Already Nagpur IIM has started getting response from students. Over 1,800 students have already prefered Nagpur IIM. These IIMs would train young graduates to undertake management responsibilities and carry out research and consultancy in the field of management and allied areas. Their programmes will provide the country, potential leaders in diverse fields of endeavour and enterprise.

These 1,800 plus students have sent out formal letters evincing interest in joining the new IIM-Nagpur, that is currently being mentored by IIM, Ahemdabad for a period of three years. A coordination office has been set up at the IIM-Ahmedabad campus and a three-member committee has been put in place for day to day running of IIM Nagpur, including initiating admissions for the flagship PGP programme’s first batch (2015-17) which begins around mid-July. Lt Col (Retd) Makarand Alur has been appointed Project Administrator for IIM-Nagpur. The institute would be housed in the VNIT campus till its permanent campus at Mouza Dahegaon in the non-SEZ area in MIHAN gets ready. The IIM-Nagpur has started its website ‘www.iimnagpur.ac.in’ where it has place every information from admission, to loan structure, departments, faculty and all.

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Engg Admission: Jt Dir warns colleges running ARC, not to misuse students’ IDs

Joint Director of Technical Education, Nagpur Region G R Thakare has warned engineering colleges running Application Receipt Centres through private internet cafe of dire consequences. He has a... Read More
Joint Director of Technical Education, Nagpur Region G R Thakare has warned engineering colleges running Application Receipt Centres through private internet cafe of dire consequences. He has also appealed the students not to give application ID and Password received through application kit, to anybody. Net cafe attached to some colleges give print-out to students but confirm receipt of application after the student leaves. They do whatever students ask and give them print-out but get it confirmed after students leave the cafe centre.

Students are advised to ask ARCs to get confirmed and then only take the print-out. After visit to Cafe they should visit any ARC at college. If they find any suspicious activity they should report it to Joint Director office.

Thakare said, “Last year also I had noticed some of the colleges were running ARCs through net cafe and I had warned them. This year also I have received some complaints about some of the colleges involved in such business. This year no nonsense will be tolerated.”

Thakare said that while operating at various Application Receipt Centres (ARCs), the students should not disclose their ID and passward, that can be misused. As the merit list of candidates aspiring to get admissions in engineering courses has been displayed under Centralised Admission Process of engineering courses, grievances are getting submitted. As per its records, the state has around 376 institutes offering engineering and technology courses with a total intake of over 1.57 lakh seats.

Those candidates who have secured the minimum 50% marks (45% in case of backward class categories and persons with disabilities belonging to Maharashtra state only) in class XII in physics, mathematics and Chemistry/biotechnology/biology/technical vocational added together and obtained positive composite score are eligible to apply. The ranking for admission is based on a composite score which is obtained after adding 50% of JEE (main) 2015 in paper-I percentile and 50% of class XII (board or equivalent examination) in physics, chemistry and mathematics marks percentile. If the score of candidate is not reaching 50 per cent combining Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics he or she can replace Chemistry by Biology or Biotechnology or any vocational subject like Computer Science, Electronics etc to take the score to 50 per cent. But while considering subject like Electronics, Computer Science students have to take care that they have to calculate the marks out of 100 as these subjects are of 200 marks. If suppose candidate gets 120 out of 200 then it should be calculated as out of 100 which will come to 60 which will be added to marks obtained in Physics and Mathematics. Total should be above 150 for open candidates and above 135 for other category candidates.

Over 850 new seats are added in the centralised admission process in State, around 1,300 seats have reduced. The DTE conducts the three rounds of the Common Admission Process (CAP). Round 1 and round 2 is meant for all candidates who have filled the online option for the respective round while Round 3 is meant only for candidates from the state of Maharashtra.

A composite score is calculated wherein 50% of the weight is given to the candidate's performance in the JEE (Main) - Paper 1 and the remaining 50% weight is given to the percentile secured by the candidate in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in his board exams. A merit list is then prepared on the basis of each candidate’s composite score.

MBA: Submission of option form to begin today

The on-line submission and confirmation of option form of round-I of Centralised Admission Process (CAP) will begin on Wednesday. It will be done through candidates login by himself, herself through the website by Maharashtra State and All India candidates. It will continue till June 26. The provisional allotment of CAP Round-I for Maharashtra State and all India candidates on website will be displayed on June 27.

The students have to report to the institute as per allotment in CAP round-I between June 28 and July 1.

The institute-wise vacancy position for CAP Round- II will be displayed on websiteon July 3. The on-line submission and confirmation of option form of CAP Round-II through candidates will be done between July 4 and 6.

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‘Freemasonry is society with secrets but not a secret society’

WHO are these men sporting black suits and regalia with mystic symbols? What exactly they do? Why they never reveal their secrets? Why they usually meet during the dark hours at secluded places lik... Read More
WHO are these men sporting black suits and regalia with mystic symbols? What exactly they do? Why they never reveal their secrets? Why they usually meet during the dark hours at secluded places like Freemasons Hall at Masonic Lodge Building, popularly known as ‘Bhoot Bangla” (bungalow of ghosts) in Civil Lines? How are they connected worldwide?

Answer: They are Freemasons! Oh, are they the same portrayed as conspirators in famous novels of Dan Brown’s ‘Da Vinci Code,’ and ‘The Lost Symbol’ and ‘National Treasure’ movie starring Nicolas Cage?

Some high-ranking officers of this society maintain that theirs is not a secret organisation. They say that Freemasons had been unlocking the doors of Masonic Lodges all around the world and organising programmes inviting citizens on Universal Brotherhood Day to understand their society and its activities. Interestingly, they themselves say, “It’s not a secret society but a society with secrets.” This is because several aspects of the organisation are in fact concealed. Much of the misconception about Freemasonry, of course, stems from Freemasons themselves. One can take as an example, the modes of recognition between their members, as Freemasons have secret handshakes and passwords.

The Hitavada Special Correspondent Shirish Borkar speaks to some of the senior Freemasons of Nagpur to find out the secrets and their esoteric society.

Govindlal Shahu, OSM, Past Deputy Grand Master, Grand Lodge of India (GLI), says: “Freemasonry is based on three grand principles of Brotherly love, Relief and Truth. While Relief and Truth are to be practiced with the society at large, Brotherly love is a dominant factor between members who have many privileges restricted between themselves. Since it is a world wide organisation, Freemasons are not known to each other. They may also have the occasion to meet either by chance or by collecting information from websites or other sources. They, therefore, have developed their own mode of recognising each other and acknowledging an unknown person as Freemason. These modes of recognition are the only part of secrecy. Otherwise, the names and addresses of our members, their meeting places and time of meeting, the work they do is well known through websites and literature published.

Rajiv Khandelwal, OSM, Past Deputy Grand Master, (GLI): Freemasonry is neither a secret society nor does it practice any secretive rituals. Our fundamental principle is to make ‘Good Men Better.’ All of us are proud to be known as Freemasons, and world over, there are Masonic Streets, corners and shops. Freemasons practice and imbibe good morals and work for creating a better world. What could be secret about that? Like every common man’s banking, website and financial passwords, we have our own internal passwords not to be shared indiscriminately. We use them to recognise each other. These passwords and passgrips are being used for hundreds of years. That is just about the secret in Freemasonry, nothing more. Every year, Freemasons do charity worth hundreds of crores of rupees worldwide and most of our showcase projects are open to society. Anybody can find articles on Freemasonry on the Internet and hence, there is nothing secretive about our world’s largest ancient secular fraternal society.

Dr Yagnesh Thakar, Assistant Regional Grand Master (ARGM), Regional Grand Lodge of Western India (RGLWI): In any organisation, to know about many things that happen and that belong to the institution is a privilege of its members only. Likewise, in Freemasonry too same principle applies. Since, this is a very ancient society when written certificates were probably not available, the members used to identify themselves by signs, tokens and passwords. The same system is carried over the times. These signs, tokens and words are known to each and every regularly made Freemason who is a member of this fraternity, but not to non-members. These signs, tokens and passwords are only not revealed to non-Masons.

Mangesh Shastri, ARGM, RGLWI, says, “Ours is an institution subsisting from time immemorial. Myths and legends abound Freemasonry. It’s not a secret society but members share certain internal secrets amongst themselves. Had it been a secret society, there would not have been so many social and charitable projects being undertaken by Freemasons.We are strong believers in Fatherhood of God and thereby brotherhood of men. Freemasonry is perhaps the only society prevailing in the world which teaches morality through allegories and symbolism that makes us a distinguished institution.

Tarun Shrivastava, ARGM, RGLWI: Universally, the modes of recognition are of interest only to Freemasons and are, therefore, not revealed to non-Masons. Freemasons have been portrayed as conspirators in books like Dan Brown’s ‘Da Vinci Code’ and ‘The Lost Symbol’ and ‘National Treasure’ movie starring Nicolas Cage. But the truth is certainly less entertaining.

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Water-logging in massive pit poses risk to two Ramdaspeth buildings

The residents of Ramdaspeth area are in great tension since Monday, due to serious security threat created by water logging at an under construction building site. This construction on upmarket... Read More
The residents of Ramdaspeth area are in great tension since Monday, due to serious security threat created by water logging at an under construction building site. This construction on upmarket Central Bazar road has raised a big question-mark over safety of nearby two buildings who are yet to recover from the shock and cursing builder for flouting norms in his zeal to construct his own building overlooking safety of others.

Even the poclain machine deployed by the builder to go deeper has stuck up in the mud and efforts are on to somehow provide support to neighbouring buildings. Dhantoli Zone Office of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has issued notice to occupants of Keshav Plaza and Savadia building to take care of themselves as rain water has accumulated in the massive pit dug for under construction building and has damaged foundation of these buildings. The local body has directed the builder to immediately stop construction work of this building, otherwise legal action may be initiated against the plot owner Purushottam Agre. It may be recalled that Purushottam Agre is constructing a multi-storeyed hospital building in Ramdaspeth and the plot is situated on the main Central Bazar road. As per plan, the hospital is constructing double basement for parking and to house other facilities. The owner violated the instructions given by the Town Planning department to leave side margin of the plot and started digging of plot near the footpath. A huge trunk line constructed during British era passes through it. Due to intensive digging, the wall of nullah collapsed and water gushed into the pit. Due to heavy rains situation has aggravated posing serious risk to adjoining buildings of both the sides. Mayor Pravin Datke and Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar visited the site and directed Agre to stop work and fill the site with dust and murrom to avoid any untoward incident. Superintending Engineer Prakash Urade, Assistant Commissioner Subhash Jaideo, Executive Engineers Manoj Talewar and Satish Neral also inspected the site. Deputy Engineer Gorle, Deputy Engineer Anil Kadu, and TA Krishna Kolhe have barricaded the premises and are keeping a close watch on other activities. It may be mentioned that Structural Engineer Patankar had cautioned Agre to stop digging for basement as it may harm near-by buildings but Agre did not stop the work. The local body may file a FIR against plot owner for playing with the lives of innocent neighbours. It may be mentioned that on March 15, 2015, the internal road of Ramdaspeth area caved in. The sewer line and water pipe line also broke due after the road caved in. Dhantoli zone office had levied a fine of Rs 4.50 lakh on Agre for breaking roads. The piles of the under construction building also came tumbling down due to intrude of sand of the site.

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State to invoke MPDA Act against sand mafia, black-marketers

State Government, on Tuesday, decided to invoke Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities (MPDA) Act against sand mafia and black-marketers of essential commodities. Accordingly, amendment... Read More
State Government, on Tuesday, decided to invoke Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities (MPDA) Act against sand mafia and black-marketers of essential commodities. Accordingly, amendments will be made to MPDA Act to incorporate definitions of ‘sand mafia’ and ‘black-marketers’. State Cabinet, in its meeting held in Mumbai on Tuesday, took decision to this effect. As per the reports reaching here, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told reporters that repeat offenders involved in illegal trafficking of sand would also be booked under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 1999 (MCOCA).

MPDA Act is applicable to cases involving slumlords, bootleggers, drug offenders, dangerous persons, and video pirates as defined in the law. However, considering the fast-paced construction activities in response to rapid urbanisation, the demand for sand as a construction material also is increasing. The rivalry in legal sand excavation has increased and at several places, cartels are operating. In many cases, these cartels or groups create hurdles in way of legal auction of sand ghats. There are groups that file suits in the court of law. Once the legal auction process is caught in legal tangles, illegal excavation and transport of sand from ghats marked for auction starts. In the past few years, instances have been reported in which sand mafia attacked the officials and employees Revenue Department as well as Police Department who tried to check illegal excavation and transport of sand. In certain cases, illegal traffickers of sand even went to the extent of making an attempt on the life of officials or employees. State Government tried to invoke MCOCA, but need was felt to take stringent action against sand mafia. As the word ‘sand mafia’ and illegal trafficking of sand were not defined, the Government has decided to define both under MPDA Act through appropriate amendments. Those providing aid to sand mafia also will face action under MPDA Act.

In yet another significant step, State Cabinet also cleared a proposal to define ‘black-marketers’ of essential commodities through an amendment to MPDA Act. The step has been taken to curb black-marketing of essential commodities. Previously, there was a provision for detention of six months for black-marketers. Now, with the amendment, the punishment will be increased to one year. Black-marketing deprives people of legal supply of essential commodities at rational prices. Black-marketing also leads to artificial shortage of goods in the markets, and creates artificial rise in prices.

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Governor reconstitutes Vid Devpt Board

Maharashtra Governor Ch.Vidyasagar Rao has appointed expert members on the development boards of Vidarbha, Marathwada and Rest of Maharashtra constituted under Article 371 (2) of the Constitution... Read More
Maharashtra Governor Ch.Vidyasagar Rao has appointed expert members on the development boards of Vidarbha, Marathwada and Rest of Maharashtra constituted under Article 371 (2) of the Constitution. Recently, the term of the development boards has been extended upto April 30, 2020 by a Presidential order. Vidarbha development board is still struggling for full time Chairperson and Member Secretary. Previous Congress-NCP Government had appointed Prakash Dahake at the last leg of its tenure while new Government is yet to appoint a new Chairperson for the board. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena led State Government has re-appointed Adv. Madhukar Kimmatkar as an expert member of the Vidarbha Statutory Development Board (VSDB). He is one of the senior most members of the development board. Barring Kimmatkar other members are new in all the three boards. Governor has given chance to Adv. Kimmatkar for his dedication and devotion towards development of the region and his mastery over all the subjects related to the backwardness of Vidarbha. He is member of the VSDB since its constitution in 1994.

Governor has appointed Kapil Chandrayan (Nagpur), Dr Ravindra Devrao Kolhe (Vairagad, Tahsil Dharni, Dist Amravati), Dr Kishor Moghe (Gramin Samsya Mukti Trust, Wani, dist Yavatmal) and Dr Anand Bang, SEARCH, Dhanora, Dist Gadchiroli as expert members of Vidarbha Statutory Development Board, the notification added. Dr. Anand Bang is son of Dr. Abhay Bang, who is an expert in field of health and working in backward Gadchiroli district for last several years. Earlier, his mother Dr. Rani Bang was the member of the board. Dr. Anand Bang is very passionate about social change and dreams to contribute in improving the life of the poor and marginalised people of India. He completed his MPH from John Hopkins School of Public Health in 2009. Currently he is working as a medical officer at SEARCH. Dr Ravindra Kolhe is serving tribals of Melghat for last 24 years. He is follower of Mahatama Gandhi and Vinoba Bhave. Dr Kolhe and his wife Smita have sacrificed modern amenities to serve tribals in interior parts of Melghat braving all odds since last two decades. Kapil Chandrayan is research scholar of Nagpur University. He is an expert in the field of economics. The Governor has appointed Dr Ashok Belkhode (Sane Guruji Hospital and Research Centre, Mahur Road, Kinwat, Dist Nanded), Bhairavnath Thombre, (Natural Sugar and Allied Industries Ltd, Ranjani, Tehsil Kalamb, Dist Osmanabad), Mukund Kulkarni (Aurangabad) and Shankar Nagare (Aurangabad) as expert members of Marathwada development board. Ch. Vidyasagar Rao has appointed Brian Lobo (Palghar), R K Mutatkar (Pune) and former NABARD Chairman Umesh Chandra Sarangi (Pune) as expert members of the rest of Maharashtra development board. Umesh Chandra Sarangi is a retired IAS officer having experience of working with former Chief Ministers late Vilasrao Deshmukh and Ashok Chavan. The Governor has appointed all the members in Vidarbha development board while in other development boards, some posts of expert members are still vacant.

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State Govt releases Rs 1,000 cr for new Wardha-Yavatmal-Nanded Railway line

Boosting the prospects of Wardha-Yavatmal-Pusad-Nanded new railway line, Maharashtra Government ayed allocation of Rs. 1000 crores, its 40% share, for the project. The new line envisages alternat... Read More
Boosting the prospects of Wardha-Yavatmal-Pusad-Nanded new railway line, Maharashtra Government ayed allocation of Rs. 1000 crores, its 40% share, for the project. The new line envisages alternative route to Mumbai and seeks to bring on railway map Yavatmal district. Yavatmal is one of the most backward districts of State and State allocation would speed-up the construction of railway line.

The State cabinet at its Wednesday meeting agreed to release the amount in tranche to Central Government. The new route taking off from Wardha to Nanded envisages benefit to farmers in the region and promote industry in backward areas of State. The total length of new Broad Gauge line is about 284 kms and land acquisition of just 30.5 km route is done so far which is about 119 Ha. So far an amount of Rs. 93.76 crores have been spent on the project of which Rs. 50 crores was done by Ministry of Railways and Rs. 43 crores by State Government. The total project cost is pegged at Rs. 2500 crores. The Wardha-Nanded line is part of the joint venture mooted by Ministry of Railways to speed-up expansion of railway network in new areas. The route was proposed during the tenure of then Railway Minster Lalu Prasad Yadav and former had even performed its bhoomipujan in Yavatmal during the tenure of UPA-I. But since then the project was in limbo as Maharashtra Government, DF Government gave spin and talked of ambitious bullet train to cut down the travelling distance to Mumbai just 8 hours. It’s altogether different thing that the project did not take off from that point, as State Government sat over its share in the project.

The slow pace of land acquisition is main reason behind starting of any activity on the new broad gauge line. The process is now likely to get speeded-up post release of State Government share.

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MPBSE withholds result of 86 XII students of Jabalpur

More than 86 students of class 12 are deprived of taking admission in colleges due to withholding of their result by the Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) for the last more th... Read More
More than 86 students of class 12 are deprived of taking admission in colleges due to withholding of their result by the Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) for the last more than a month. Students are depressed of the Board’s such irresponsible attitude. Some students are too much depressed and might take any extreme action if the Board officers delay their result more.

Arvind Tomar, whose ward had appeared in examination of 12th board as regular student from a private school like other more than 86 students, they had also appeared as regular students. But their results were not declared and kept on hold saying that their documents were not complete. When the parents contacted school principals, they said not a single document was required as per the terms and conditions of the Board. They themselves could not understand why the results of their students were withheld.

He said that the private schools said that making many pretence, the MPBSE officers always said they would declare results as private candidates. Why the students’ result be declared as private candidate when they appeared in the examination as a regular candidate, even the Board officers served them admit card as a regular candidate, he questioned. According to sources, a team of four officers from the MPBSE went to Jabalpur and scanned each and every document of the students about ten days ago. But not officer told anything to the private school principals about results. Not only the school principals, students, the parents concerned more about Board officers’ irresponsible and careless attitude. Many parents met the board officers but in vain. “Parents have clearly told the schools and Board officers that when their wards appeared as regular students, they would not accept result of their wards as private candidate, Tomar told.

When contacted, Shashank Mishra, Secretary, Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE), admitted of withholding result of more than 86 students of 12th class in Jabalpur. “The investigation of the matter has been completed. I received probe report on Tuesday evening, it will be placed before the Board of Directors of the Board, on Wednesday. Whatever they will take decision, the result will be declared soon, he said.

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2 inmates flee from juvenile home in Gandhi Nagar

Two inmates at a juvenile home, including an eleven-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy, escaped from juvenile home at Gandhi Nagar late on Monday night, police said on Tuesday. A complaint in ... Read More
Two inmates at a juvenile home, including an eleven-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy, escaped from juvenile home at Gandhi Nagar late on Monday night, police said on Tuesday. A complaint in this regard has been registered by manager of society with Gandhi Nagar police station on Tuesday.

Town Inspector Gandhi Nagar Jitendra Patel while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ said, “The inmates were identified as Ankush (12) and Tasleem Qureshi (11)”.

“The complainant Shyamkrishna Pyasi, who was posted as manager in juvenile home Nitya Sewa Society at Pipalner lodged an FIR in which he mentioned that on Monday night following routine prayer both Tasleem and Ankush went to take dinner.

But when they did not reach dining hall, search was started by the staff of society”, added TI Patel. However, during search for them, it came to light that firstly Tasleem escaped from the juvenile home subsequent to which Ankush also went missing after half-an-hour. Later, employees of the society informed the manager who in turn lodged a complaint with Gandhi Nagar police station following which police have registered a case of abduction.

During further investigation of police it came to light that Ankush was transferred to Nitya Sewa juvenile home from child care society located at Nehru Nagar due to habit of Ankush to flee from the society while Tasleem was handed over to juvenile home by her parents who resides in slum near railway station due to their weak financial condition.

Subsequently, as of now the police have registered a case of abduction and launched a manhunt to nab both the escapees inmates while no clue of their whereabouts was known till the filing of report.

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Singapore’s Consul General meets Shivraj

Consul General of Singapore Ajit Singh met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Mantralaya here Tuesday. The Chief Minister said that there are immense possibilities of mutual co-operation betwe... Read More
Consul General of Singapore Ajit Singh met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Mantralaya here Tuesday. The Chief Minister said that there are immense possibilities of mutual co-operation between Singapore and Madhya Pradesh. Consul General Singh informed that Singapore wishes to cooperate with Madhya Pradesh in urban development, skill upgradation and Ease of Doing Business. Commerce and Industries Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia and Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa were also present. The Chief Minister said that earnest efforts would be made for mutual co-operation between Madhya Pradesh and Singapore. Consul General Singh said that entrepreneurs of Singapore desire to establish cold storage chain in Madhya Pradesh. Besides, there is immense potential in Ease of Doing Business in the state. Principal Secretary Industries Mohammad Suleman and Principal Secretary to CM SK Mishra were also present.

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State Govt to establish Investment Promotion Desk in East Asia

The State Government will establish Madhya Pradesh Investment Promotion Desk in East Asian countries to facilitate investments in Madhya Pradesh. Dry Port will also be established in collaborat... Read More
The State Government will establish Madhya Pradesh Investment Promotion Desk in East Asian countries to facilitate investments in Madhya Pradesh. Dry Port will also be established in collaboration with the Centre.

The Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan gave instructions regarding this while addressing a meeting of the Investment Promotion Committee at Mantralaya here on Tuesday.

Minister for Commerce and Industries Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Minister for Public Relations Rajendra Shukla and Minister for Transport and Science and Technology Bhupendra Singh attended the meeting.

The Chief Minister asked the authorities concerned to chalk out detailed plans to encourage investments from the East Asian countries. He said that the prospective investors and their associations or bodies must be apprised of the initiatives taken under the Ease of Doing Business in the state. They should be informed about single-door policy.

The Secretary to CM Hariranjan Rao gave a presentation on the possibilities of investments from East-Asian nations. He informed that Taiwan and other East Asian countries are exploring investment opportunities in India and specially in potential destinations like Madhya Pradesh. The Policy initiatives specially in Electronics Manufacturing are attracting them. The country’s first PCB cluster for electronic products is coming up at Gwalior. Suggestions about setting up of centres for learning Chinese, translating Industrial policies into Chinese and Oriental Culture Centre were also given at the meeting.

The policy for promotion of micro, small and medium industries was endorsed at the meeting. The proposed policy talks about giving capital subsidy for micro, small and medium industries, compensating the infrastructure expenses and exempting them from various taxes and fees.

Additional Chief Secretary Finance Ajaynath, Agriculture Production Commissioner R K Swai, Principal Secretary, Commerce and Industry Mohammad Suleman, Principal Secretary for Commerce Manoj Shrivastava, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister SK Mishra including officers of the departments concerned were present.

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Heavy rains forecast in parts of Indore division

Monsoon is making good progress in Madhya Pradesh. Till Tuesday morning, rains have battered several places of state. Weather department warned that in next twenty four hours, heavy rains are l... Read More
Monsoon is making good progress in Madhya Pradesh. Till Tuesday morning, rains have battered several places of state. Weather department warned that in next twenty four hours, heavy rains are likely to lash some parts of Alirajpur, Badwani, Khargone, Dhar, Jhabua, Balaghat, Mandla, Dindori and Anooppur districts. Bhopal is also expected to get rains on Wednesday.

Weather Department, in its forecast, said that rains accompanied by lightening and thunder activities are going to lash many parts of Indore, Shahdol and Jabalpur divisions. Many parts of Bhopal division, Ujjain division (except Mandsaur and Neemuch districts) and Hoshangabad division and Sidhi and Singhrauli districts are expected to get battered by light to moderate rainfall. As far as system is concerned now State is not going to get much benefit from depression of Bay of Bengal. But advancement of Arab system is going to give bountiful rains to South-West Madhya Pradesh. Bhopal witnessed cloudy weather conditions throughout the day on Tuesday but it had not rained throughout the day. Hence, people faced humid condition throughout the day.

On Tuesday, entire Madhya Pradesh witnessed cloudy weather conditions. Till Tuesday morning, many places have recorded good rainfall. Dindori had received rainfall of 22 cm, Sehore 15 cm, Sushner 12 cm, Budhni 10 cm etc. Lanji, Depalpur, Narsinghgarh, Badnagar, Khilchipur received 9 cm rainfall each. Agar recorded 8 cm rainfall followed by 7 cm rainfall each in Sonkuch, Nalkheda, Hoshangabad and Khategaon. Sajapur, Rajgarh and Tondarkhurd received 5 cm rainfall each.

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NSUI demonstrates against Sushma Swaraj, DMAT scam

Police resorted to lathi charge to disperse the NSUI workers when they tried to march towards Chief Minister’s residence on Tuesday. NSUI workers were protesting against DMAT scam and against... Read More
Police resorted to lathi charge to disperse the NSUI workers when they tried to march towards Chief Minister’s residence on Tuesday. NSUI workers were protesting against DMAT scam and against external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj for helping ex-IPL chief Lalit Modi in getting travelling documents in United Kingdom.

Large number of NSUI workers gathered at Pradesh Congress Committee office and started raising slogan against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and said after VYAPAM, DMAT scam is a blot on the face of Shivraj government. Carrying flags and doing sloganeering, demonstrators also criticised External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for giving helping hand to former IPL chief Lalit Modi in obtaining travelling documents in United Kingdom and torched her effigy outside the PCC office. Cops used water canon and resorted to cane charge to disperse the agitators. Later, demonstrators again got assembled and started to move towards Chief Minister residence. However, police have put up barricades near Red Cross Hospital square. When agitators reached near the barricades, police tried to stop the demonstrators forcibly. Meanwhile, agitators, by carrying the flag of organisation, kept on raising the slogans and many of them even jostled with police. Later, some agitators sat on road. To disperse the agitators, police resorted to cane charge. Seeing this, large number of demonstrators started to run helter-skelter. Afterwards, police arrested the demonstrators, packed them in the police van and took them to jail.

Later in the evening, demonstrators were released. During the course of cane charge, some NSUI workers were injured and one had even fainted.

Speaking to ‘The Hitavada’ on phone, National President of NSUI, Roji John, who had led the demonstration, said there were two issues against which agitation was done. First is this that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is maintaining silence on Sushma Swaraj issue and second is DMAT scam. He charged central government that instead of bringing back ex IPL chief Lalit Modi to country, central government is protecting him. He demanded CBI inquiry into DMAT scam along with VYAPAM scam. Meanwhile, State President of NSUI Vipin Vankhede demanded closure of DMAT exam. He added that if DMAT exam could not be stopped then some transparent way should be conducted for the exam. Police had said that no permission for demonstration was taken by the NSUI and a case would be registered in this regard.

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Cabinet ayes Rs 5,500 crore power subsidy for farmers

The State Cabinet at its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday decided to provide Rs 5,500 crore subsidy during year 2015-16 to provide farmers a cushion against... Read More
The State Cabinet at its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday decided to provide Rs 5,500 crore subsidy during year 2015-16 to provide farmers a cushion against burden of electricity tariff increase. This will benefit about 18.50 lakh farmers. For other sections, subsidy worth Rs 300 crore will be given to power distribution companies. Thus, total subsidy will amount to Rs 5,800 crore this year.

The Cabinet decided to supply power free of cost to SC and ST agriculture consumers possessing upto one hectare of land using pump set upto 5 horsepower. This will benefit about 4.50 lakh farmers.

The Cabinet decided to continue subsidy of 90 paise per unit for domestic consumers consuming upto 30 units per month. It was decided to realise Rs 1200 electricity bill per horsepower annually from agriculture consumers having permanent power connections. The State Government will bear entire burden of gap between rates fixed by Electricity Regulatory Commission and rates payable by agriculture consumers. Subsidy at the rate of Re 1 and 75 paise will be given to agriculture consumers having temporary power connections.

The State Government will bear entire burden of fuel cost adjustment in case of agriculture consumers of both permanent and temporary categories. The cabinet decided to give 95 paise per KW subsidy per month on fixed cost of low-tension streetlights in Nagar Palikas and Nagar Panchayats. It was also decided to exempt high tension lift irrigation/group irrigation projects from annual minimum charge. Subsidy of 190 paise per unit will also be given on energy charge. The Cabinet decided to supply power free of cost to single-point electricity connection consumers of BPL category belonging to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.

The Cabinet decided to issue electricity bills based on actual consumption to powerloom consumers upto 25 horsepower. These consumers will also be given Re 1 and 25 paise subsidy on energy duty. Subsidy to powerloom consumers will be given by Commerce, Industries and Employment Ministry.

The Cabinet decided to implement ICT@School scheme in 2000 government high/higher secondary schools to expand computer education in the state. Under this, 20,000 teachers will be trained. A sum of Rs. 128 crore will be spent on the scheme.

The Cabinet decided to give shape of university to Baba Saheb Ambedkar National Institute of Social Science, Mhow. It will be named as Dr B R Ambedkar University of Social Science. The Cabinet also decided to fill 252 direct recruitment posts of Deputy Superintendent of Police through promotion. The posts will be filled in year 2015 and relevant service and promotion rules will be relaxed for it.

In addition, the Cabinet sanctioned 60 posts for Madhya Pradesh High Court, Jabalpur. These include 25 posts of data entry operator, 16 consol operator/system manager, 8 system administrator, 5 analyst, 3 senior system analyst, 2 principal and one post of chief system analyst. The Cabinet sanctioned creation of 200 posts for district courts, including 150 posts of consol operator/system manager (for 150 tahasils) and 50 posts of system administrator.

The Cabinet decided to increase superannuation age to 60 years of regular officers and employees of all categories in Madhya Pradesh Police Housing Corporation. Following this decision, officers-employees of Class I, II and III categories will now retire at 60 years of age.

The Cabinet decided to increase financial powers of Law Minister and the Chief Minister to sanction grants to bar associations to purchase books for their libraries. Now, Law Minister can sanction upto Rs 50,000 and the Chief Minister upto Rs1,00,000. Earlier, the limit was Rs 25,000 and Rs. 50,000, respectively.

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Passengers’ woes continue as several trains cancelled

Passengers facing problems with cancellation of trains passing via Itarsi station of Bhopal Railway division will not be relieved as the operation of the cancelled is not expected to start in nex... Read More
Passengers facing problems with cancellation of trains passing via Itarsi station of Bhopal Railway division will not be relieved as the operation of the cancelled is not expected to start in next two days. The railway traffic in the Bhopal division of West Central Railway (WCR) continued to remain affected for the fifth day on Monday following a breakdown of signalling system due to a fire at Itarsi station. The route relay interlocking (RRI) cabin at Itarsi station witnessed the fire incident on June 17. As many as 67 trains have been cancelled while route of 5 few trains have been changed for June 24. Trains including 01712 Jabalpur-LTT (Mumbai), 09056 Patna-Surat, 11056 Gorakhpur-LTT, 11077 Pune-Jamuutawi, 11078 Jamuutawi-Pune, 11093 Csuratm-Varanasi, 11271 Itrarsi-Bhopal, 11272 Bhopal-Itarsi, 11464 Jabalpur-Somnath, 12061 Habibganj-jabalpur, 12062 Jabalpur-Habibganj, 12107 LTT-Lucknow, 12141 LTT-Rejendra Nagar, 12159 Amarnath-Jabalpur, 12160 Jabalpur-Amarnath, 12167 LTT-Varanasi, 12137 Jabalpur-Csuratm, 12191 New Delhi-Jabalpur, 12192 Jabalpur-New Delhi, 12295 Banagalore-Patna, 12321 Howrah-Csuratm, 12322 Csuratm-Howrah, 12409 Raigarh-H,Nizamuddin, 12533 Lucknow-Csuratm, 12534 Csuratm-Lucknow, 12598 Csuratm-Gorakhpur, 12615 Chennai-New Delhi, 12616 New Delhi-Chennai, 12687 Madurai-Dehradun, 12720 Hyderabad-Ajmer, 12741 Vasco Di Gama-Patna, 12924 Nagpur-Indore, 12943 Valsad-Kanpur, 12976 Jaipur-Mysore, 13201, Rajendra Nagar-LTT, 13202 LTT-Rajendra Nagar, 14010 Delhi S Rohilla-Chhindwara, 15017 LTT-Gorakhpur, 15559 Darbhanga-Ahmedabad, 16031 Chennai-Jammutwai, 18233 Indore-Bilaspur, 18237 Bilaspur-Amritsar, 18238 Amritsar-Bilaspur, 18609 Ranchi-LTT, 19045 Surat-Chhapra, 19046 Chhapra-Surat, 19302 Yashwantpur-Indore, 22111 Bhusawal-Nagpur, 22187 Habibganj-Jabalpur, 22188 Jabalpur-Habibganj, 2403 Puducheri-New Delhi, 51157 Bhuawal-Itarsi, 51158 Itarsi-Bhusawal, 51187 Bhusawal-Allahabad, 51188 Katni-Bhusawal, 51189 Itarsi-Allahabad, 51190 Allahabad-Itarsi, 51671 Itarsi-Katni, 51672 katni-Itarsi, 51673 Itarsi-Surata, 51674 Surata-Itarsi, 51827 Itarsi-Jhansi, 51828 Jhansi-Itarsi, 51829 Nagpur-Itarsi, 51830 Itarsi-Nagpur, 59385 Indore-Chhindwara and 59386 Chhindwara-Indore. Routes of 12853 Durg-Bhopal and 12854 Bhopal-Durg has been changed and these trains will now be operated via Bilaspur-NKJ-KMZ-Bina, 11463 Somanth-Jabalpur via Jabalpur-Katni-Bina, 11471 Indore-Jabalpur via Bhopal-Bina-NKj and 11472 Jabalpur-Indore will be operated via Katni-Bina-Bhopal.

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Illegal hoardings: HC allows Govt counsel to bring updated info

In case related to the removal of illegal hoardings situated in roadside in entire State, the division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Chief Justice, A M Khanwilkar and Jus... Read More
In case related to the removal of illegal hoardings situated in roadside in entire State, the division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Chief Justice, A M Khanwilkar and Justice, K K Trivedi on Tuesday allowed Samdarshi Tiwari, Government counsel to bring update information with records by June 30, 2015 pertaining to compliance of earlier orders in which direction given to issue notification 116 (4) of Motor Vehicle Act 1988 which empowers Superintendents Of Police across the State to take action against hoardings which are obstructions to city Traffic and distracting attention of the drivers on the road.

The division bench has further allowed 30 days time to the State with regard to the development of centralised software mechanism to control and regulate illegal hoardings across the State. For that purpose matter be heard on July 28, 2015. For notification it will heard on June 30, 2015. The division bench has heard the petition filed by Advocate Satish Kumar Verma seeking directions for removal of illegal hoardings in roadside.

In the previous hearing, Samdarshi Tiwari, Counsel for the State had submitted that government is working on development of mechanism or centralized software for the issue and will file detailed report including progress of removal of illegal banners, posters, hoarding before the next date of hearing.

Counsel for the State further says regarding notification under Section 116(4) of Motor Vehicle Act 1988, which gives authority to Superintendents of Police to take action against distracting hoardings, will also be filed along with the progress report.

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Mining Deptt trying to hush up its failure in curbing illegal excavation

The fact of special drive against illegal excavation of precious minerals and sand is poles apart. The district Mining Department is just trying to hush up its failure by registering cases of ill... Read More
The fact of special drive against illegal excavation of precious minerals and sand is poles apart. The district Mining Department is just trying to hush up its failure by registering cases of illegal transportation of minerals in the ongoing special drive in last three months.

District Mining Department has sent a report of action taken against illegal mining, transportation and stocking of minerals since April, 2015 to the Chief Minister. According to the report, the department has registered a total of 133 cases of illegal transportation of minerals and recovered financial penalty amounting to Rs 37.31 lakh against total challans of Rs 42.09 lakh, while four cases of illegal stocking of minerals were registered in last three months.

Ironically, the department has registered only two cases of illegal mining and imposed penalty Rs 95.44 lakh in three months, but failed in recovery of a single pie from offenders. In the four cases of illegal stocking, department has served notices of Rs 19.57 lakh, but failed in its recovery. Illegal transportation and stocking of minerals is not possible without its illegal excavation. Instead of taking action against illegal mining, the special campaign has been focused on recovery of financial penalty from vehicle owners for illegal transportation of minerals.

Collector, Shiv Narayan Rupla, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’, has informed that the officers of Mining Department are working at their level best in checking illegal practices of mining, transportation and stocking of minerals. He added that maximum number of illegal transportation cases have been registered in the district, but number of cases of illegal mining and its stocking is less. The figures itself proved that illegal mining has been strictly prohibited in the district. The campaign is underway and any king of irregularity related to illegal mining will not be tolerated. It may be noted that under the direction of Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Collector, Shiv Narayan Rupla instructed the district Mining Department for putting up a vigilant check on illegal mining, transportation and stocking of minerals. In compliance with the directions, district Mining Department started special campaign against such illegal practices and forwarded three-month progress report of campaign to the Chief Minister.

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HC adjourns hearing on bail applications in VYAPAM case

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court presided by Chief Justice, A M Khanwilkar on Tuesday, has adjourned to the bunch of the bail applications for hearing on July 7, 2015 filed by fo... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court presided by Chief Justice, A M Khanwilkar on Tuesday, has adjourned to the bunch of the bail applications for hearing on July 7, 2015 filed by former State Minister, Laxmikant Sharma and his OSD, O P Shukla, an accused of Vyapam scam, separately filed.

It may be recalled that former State Minister, Laxmikant Sharma and his OSD, O P Shukla, an accused related to different examination conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), pertains to manipulation in the selection process for government jobs conducted, which is being probed by the Special Task Force (STF). The STF had lodged two FIRs against former State Technical Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma and 129 others accused in connection with alleged irregularities in the different examinations.

In the previous hearing of bunch of the bail applications, the division bench had heard the matter was argued limited to the issue of inappropriate medical facilities provided to the applicant whilst in jail. The grievance in the application that jail officials at Bhopal, for the reasons best known to them, have not only succeeded denying the hospital facility treatment given to the applicant in Hamidia Hospital at Bhopal by taking discharge on representation that better and specialized treatment will have to be provided to the applicant which may be possible only at Delhi. Further, though the applicant has been discharged as back as on May 13, 2015, the applicant has not been provided any further specialized treatment for the ailment of Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy.

On the other hand counsel for the State had relied on the note prepared under the signature of Medical Officer, Medical Hospital, Central Jail, Bhopal that after the applicant was discharged on May 13, 2015, he was provided Physiotherapy treatment on regular basis. It is stated that the health condition of the applicant is stable and Physiotherapist Razaq Khan attends to the applicant on regular basis.

Counsel for the applicant had submitted that the applicant is not interested in taking treatment outside the city of Bhopal. The treatment, which is given to the applicant in jail is not sufficient and appropriate. In the context of this submission the division bench had called upon the counsel for the State to find out whether there would be any objection if the applicant wants to appoint Physiotherapist of his choice for further treatment, the respondent State have no objection in that behalf on condition that the said arrangement must be at the cost of the applicant.

If the applicant is not in a position to make such arrangement, the respondent shall continue to provide the medical treatment as is already provided and ensure that proper attention and due care is taken as per exigency and health condition of the applicant, the division bench said.

In the context of grievance of the applicant that the officials of Central Jail, Bhopal are biased towards him, it was suggested to the counsel for the applicant to consider whether the applicant would like to be kept in jail other than Central Jail, Bhopal until his physical presence is required for investigation of the crimes registered against him or to be registered in future and including during the trial of the concerned crimes. The applicant is free to make statement in this behalf on the next date of hearing, if so advised. The division bench had listed these matters on June 23, 2015, the division bench said in the previous hearing.

VYAPAM: HC directs STF chief to be present in court on June 26

Hearing the matter related to VYAPAM scam, the division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Chief Justice, A M Khanwilkar and Justice, Alok Aradhe on Tuesday, has directed to the Special Task Force’s Chief to shall remain present before the court on June 26, 2015. The division bench has called to the chief of the STF regarding some errors in 9th report of SIT.

In the previous hearing of the matter, the Principal Registrar (Judicial) produced sealed envelope received from SIT. It contains report (IX) of SIT dated on June 18, 2015. Since the report runs into couple of pages and is accompanied by other material, which may require deeper scrutiny, the division bench had deemed it appropriate to defer the hearing till June 23, 2015. Counsel for the State intends to file application for appropriate direction. Advocate General Ravish Agrawal with P.K. Kaurav, Additional Advocate General appeared on behalf of the State.

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Police foil plan to loot jewellery shop in Civic Centre area, arrest 5 accused

In another major breakthrough, police foiled a plan of dacoity at a jewellery shop in Civic Centre area. Cops of Omti police station succeeded in apprehending five out of six accused, when they... Read More
In another major breakthrough, police foiled a plan of dacoity at a jewellery shop in Civic Centre area. Cops of Omti police station succeeded in apprehending five out of six accused, when they were planning a dacoity at a jewellery shop and recovered five pistols, one revolver, one country-made revolver and eight live cartridges from them. The apprehended men are habitual criminals and were involved in several other sensitive crime incidents.

The apprehended have been identified as Shekhar Sonkar (30), son of Ashok Sonkar, a resident of Shuklaji Ka Bada near Janki Mandir in Hanumantal, Omprakash Mourya (31), son of Ashok Kumar Mourya, a resident of Old Kanchanpur, Adhartal, Ramdayal Chakrawarty (47), son of Munnilal Chakrawarty, a resident of Jhanda Chowk area in Shahpura, Bhitoni, Saurabh Mishra (26), son of Kishore Kumar Mishra, a resident of Khitaula area in Sihora and Rajesh Sonkar (44), son of Badri Prasad Sonkar, a resident of behind Shiv Parvati Mandir in Bhartipur, Omti. Superintendent of Police, Dr. Ashis disclosed this while addressing a press conference, on Tuesday.

SP, Dr. Ashis informed that police received information about some suspected men laced with weapons sighted at Bhanwartal Garden and planning some incident in the area. Acting promptly on the information, three police teams were constituted under the supervision of ASP (Crime), Ashish Khare, ASP (East), Geetesh Garg and CSP, Omti, Azim Khan.

The police team led by SHO of Omti police station, Indramani Patel enclosed the area from south direction, Sunil Hosiery shop and St. Norbert School areas. Police teams raided the spot, where six men were planning the dacoity. On seeing the policemen, accused dispersed in different directions, but active policemen succeeded in apprehending four of the six accused, while two managed to escape from the spot. In search of arrested men, police team seized 5 pistols, 1 revolver, 1 country-made revolver and 8 live cartridges from them. In the interrogation, accused confessed that they were planning a dacoity at a jewellery shop in Civic Centre and disclosed the names of two absconding men as Rajesh Sonkar and Sonu Sonkar. On their identification, police team succeeded in apprehending Rajesh Sonkar and a search for Sonu Sonkar is underway.

Dr. Ashis informed that one of the accused Shekhar Sonkar was already booked in more than 25 cases of attempt to murder, NDPS Act, Explosive Act, illegal recovery of money, attack, Arms Act, gambling, illegal trade of liquor, etc. while several cases of attempt to murder, NDPS Act and attacks against Omprakash Mourya, Rakesh Sonkar and Saurabh Mishra were under consideration in courts.

On the achievement, Superintendent of Police, Dr. Ashis has declared rewards for the members of police team led by SHO, Indramani Patel and comprising of SI, Anurag Pancheshwar, ASI, K S Baghel, Head Constables, Daya Shankar, Shyam Sunder Tiwari, Constables, Tej Singh, Omnath, Akeel, Vinod, Pankaj, Prabhat, Prem Vishwakarma, Javed, Mithilesh, Sher Singh, Hariom, Manoj and Crime Branch’s SI, Satish Dogare, ASI, Vishal Singh, Head Constables, Krishna Kumar Pandey, Firoz Khan, Sanjay Loth and Rajesh Pandey.

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Tendulkar case: HC says petition not properly drafted

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Justice, Rajendra Menon and Justice, Vandana Kasrekar on Tuesday, said in the issue related to Sachin Tendulkar appearing in commer... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Justice, Rajendra Menon and Justice, Vandana Kasrekar on Tuesday, said in the issue related to Sachin Tendulkar appearing in commercial advertising contracts, promoting various products, brands, services in which he has posed along with Bharat Ratna that petition has not been properly drafted. The statutory provision governing conferral of the award, if any, and the rules and regulations governing such conferral, is not brought on record. No proper pleadings are available in this regard. Petitioner, who appears in person, refers to page 65 of the paper book and says that the same is the provision.

The division bench added that however, the document available at page 65 does not indicate as to under which statutory provision, which law or which act, the same has been issued. When such questions were put to the petitioner, he wanted time to seek instructions and amend the petition. Thereafter, the division bench has given four weeks’ time to do so and listed the matter for after four weeks.

The division bench heard the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by V K Naswa, praying relief before the court to pass an order on respondent Central Government, to recall Government order dated on November 16, 2013 that conferred ‘Bharat Ratna’ award on Sachin Tendulkar, and cancel (with immediate effect) such an award in his name, for his acts of omission and commission mentioned in this petition. Alternatively, the respondent Sachin Tendulkar may be advised to surrender ‘Bharat Ratna’ to Central Government, as he has lost moral authority to retain coveted award.

The petitioner prayed interim relief before the court to pass directions on respondents Central Government as well as Sachin Tendulkar as below, that respondent Central Government may form a committee of legal experts, and recommend suitable mechanism by way of an executive order, so that professional (ethical and moral) don’ts are prescribed and made binding on all such legends of civilian (including ‘Bharat Ratna’ award), in their day to day public life. Petitioner appeared in person before the court, while J K Jain, Assistant Solicitor General appeared on behalf of the Union of India.

It may be recalled that the division bench, on June 17, 2015, had deferred hearing for June 23, 2015 and the division bench asked the counsel for the Union of India to ascertain whether the issue raised in this petition is already sub judice before the Supreme Court and secondly, whether some news item had appeared in the last couple of days, mentioning about the institution of such petition or the present petition. If so, copy of such news item be produced before the Court.

Union Home Ministry pleads ignorance

The Counsel of the respondent Union of India has submitted report before the court that so far as the matter of appearing of Sachin Tendulkar in commercial advertisement is concerned, this Ministry of Home Affairs of Union of India is not aware of any matter, which is sub judice before the Supreme Court of India. However, institution of a petition in the High Court of Madhya Pradesh recently, has come to light through some news items. It is informed that, Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of the country, is awarded in recognition of exceptional service, performance of the highest order in any field of human endeavor. A copy of the relevant notification dated on January 8, 1955 and November 18, 2011 governing Bharat Ratna are enclosed.

It is also informed the recipients of Bharat Ratna awards are issued an advisory regarding not to use the award as a TITLE, as the Supreme Court of India in its judgment dated on December 15, 1955 in Transferred Case (Civil) 1994 with Transferred Case (Civil) 1995 had upheld the constitutional validity of the awards and directed that the award should not be used as PREFIX or SUFFIX to an individual’s name. The relevant observation contained in the said judgment is as under, “The National Awards do not amount to ‘Titles’ within the meaning of Article 18 (1) and they should not be used as suffixes or prefixes. If this is done, the defaulter should forfeit the National Award conferred on him or her by following the procedure laid down in regulation 10 of each of the four notifications creating these National Awards.”

A copy of such letter advisory issued to Sachin Tendulkar dated on May 12, 2014 is enclosed.

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MPPMCL receives over 100 tenders for solar power supply

Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL) has received more than one hundred tenders of 3,744 MW for long term agreement of 300 MW solar power supply. It is the first time in the... Read More
Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL) has received more than one hundred tenders of 3,744 MW for long term agreement of 300 MW solar power supply. It is the first time in the country that more than one hundred investors have submitted their biddings for establishment of solar power plants in any state. Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited, Managing Director, Sanjay Kumar Shukla has termed the submission of applications for solar power supply as a record in the country. Madhya Pradesh is the first state where generation of solar power has been given top priority. Following the new and renewable policy of Madhya Pradesh government, a large number of investors have come-up for establishment of their solar power plants in the state.

MPPMCL, Chief General Manager (Investment Promotion Cell), RD Saxena informed that the company has invited tenders for purchasing 300 MW solar power as per long term power purchase agreement for next 25-years. In the process, a large number of investors have submitted their biddings for establishment of solar power plants from 2 MW to 300 MW in Madhya Pradesh.

CGM, RD Saxena added that till now the company is purchasing solar power from different sources at the rate of Rs. 6.5 to Rs. 7 per unit. Now the submission of record number of biddings will increase competition amongst investors for supplying 300 MW solar power to the company from year 2016-17.

MPPGCL, NHDC also submit bids

Another major attraction of the bidding process is that the two leading thermal and hydel power producers in the state Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company Limited and NHDC have submitted their biddings for supplying solar power to the state. The two conventional energy producers have submitted their biddings for supplying 10 MW and 70 MW solar power to Madhya Pradesh.

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Sensation in JMC as contractors try to immolate themselves

Sensation prevailed at Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) headquarters, when three contractors tried to immolate themselves by pouring kerosene oil in front of Municipal Commissioner’s Offi... Read More
Sensation prevailed at Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) headquarters, when three contractors tried to immolate themselves by pouring kerosene oil in front of Municipal Commissioner’s Office. No sooner the contractors took the extreme step, the cops present at the site caught them and snatched kerosene bottle from them. The police personnel then took the Contractors to Omti Police Station from where the Police rushed them to Victoria Hospital for medical examination. The Police have registered case under section 309 of IPC against the contractors and doing further investigation.

As per the information, the Contractors Pankaj Sahu, Mahendra Singh and Akhilesh Tiwari reached JMC headquarters at about 1 pm, on Tuesday and poured kerosene oil on themselves in front of Municipal Commissioner’s Office. The act shocked everybody present in the premises.

Before the contractors could do anything further, the cops present at the site grabbed them and snatched kerosene oil bottle from them. The Police personnel then took all three contractors to Omti Police Station and also took them to Victoria hospital for medical examination.

The Police have registered case against the contractors under section 309 of IPC and doing further investigation. Police informed that the Contractors had dumped black mud (Kapu mitti) to the tune of Rs 42 lakh in Bhawartal garden. Contractors said they supplied the mud on verbal order of Garden Officer of JMC in July, 2014. Contractors said the JMC has done 30 per cent payment of the contract amount, that too after repeated requests to concerned senior officials. But the officials are not paying remaining amount. Contractors said the JMC officials were forcing them to make pillar to post at JMC headquarters. They met all concerned senior officials and urged them of pay the remaining money but the officials are not paying the amount which is nearly Rs 28 lakh.

Hence depressed and irked with the attitude of senior officials the contractors on Tuesday took the extreme step and tried to immolate self at JMC headquarters. However, brushing aside the allegations of Contractors, the JMC officials are terming the matter fake. Officials saying that the JMC had not given the contract of dumping mud to the contractors.

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Coins dating ‘Dark Age’ found in Damru

Copper coins dating back 1st Century BC to 2nd Century AD have been excavated a couple of days ago from Damru site in Baloda Bazaar district during the excavation by State Culture and Archaeology... Read More
Copper coins dating back 1st Century BC to 2nd Century AD have been excavated a couple of days ago from Damru site in Baloda Bazaar district during the excavation by State Culture and Archaeology Department.

Located some 95 kilometers from the State capital, Damru is an important hinterland township settlement in Central India where first mud fort site was excavated by the department a year ago.

Still, the excavation work is under progress at the site that lies about 4.5 kilometers from the confluence of River Shivnath and its tributary Khorsi Nullah. “We have recovered about two-dozen copper coins in lowest level during excavation, out of which six have been studied so far. They bear Malhar symbol along with names of the Magha Dynasty’s kings in early Brahmi script,” said Archaeologist Dr Shivakant Bajpai, who is also the Director of the excavation site.

He said on the basis of paleography it is indicated that Damru was the primary center or territory of the Magha Dynasty, which later had shifted to famous site Malhar.

The inscribing on the coins suggests two most important names of Magha Dynasty rulers Ryno Silalusiris and Rayno Achadsiris. According to Dr Bajpai, excavations at Damru throw light on the Satvahana and Magha settlements in the South Kosala.

Earlier too, a good number of terracotta seals and sealings in early Brahmi character, including typical nail and box headed, were traced from the site, which pertains to pre-Kushan to Kulchuri period.

Department’s Deputy Director Rahul Singh asserted that coins could best indicate not only the history, culture and economy of the dynasty ruling that particular era, but also helps in ascertaining the genealogy of kings.

“Since the period between 1C BC to 2C AD is also considered as a Dark Age, unearthing of these coins is a positive indication towards documentation work of that era,” he added. Rakesh Chaturvedi, Director of Culture and Archaeology Department, said that the excavation of Damru is quite important for the fact that it changed the History of the State besides bringing out new light on the Archaeology and Culture of Central India.

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Prefer dialysis than death!

Three dialysis sessions per week are globally accepted as minimum treatment modality for kidney failure still, in Chhattisgarh over 90% patients with kidney disorders perform dialysis twice a w... Read More
Three dialysis sessions per week are globally accepted as minimum treatment modality for kidney failure still, in Chhattisgarh over 90% patients with kidney disorders perform dialysis twice a week or some of them once in a week. Because of it, longevity of the patient’s age affects and cannot live life for a longer period. The latest findings of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reveal that owing to the lack of dialysis machines in public hospitals and costly affair of it in private hospitals, most of the patients with kidney disorders skip their treatment especially of three dialysis sessions and put their life as well as longevity at risk. Such cases are mostly reported from rural areas of the Chhattisgarh followed by small urban areas, tribal districts and lastly advanced urban districts of the state which are considered Tier-II cities of the nation. Apart from it, majority of the patients also face crisis of medicines at regular intervals of time.

According to information, at present 16,095 people in the age group of 30 to 65 years of both genders (male as well as female) are suffering from different kinds of kidney ailments and in this condition dialysis session is necessary for their longevity. Amongst all these patients, only 518 ones which accounted of 3.2% are taking dialysis session three times per week. The remaining 15,577 patients with kidney disorders are taking only two or one dialysis per week. Because of it they face many other health problems consist of breath, digestion and mental imbalances.

Out of all districts in the state, maximum such cases were recorded (dialysis of patients twice in week) at Bastar division consist of Bastar, Kanker, Narayanpur, Bijapur, Kondagaon, Sukma and Dantewada. Here dialysis facility is available only at Government Medical College Jagdalpur and because of it most of the patients with kidney problems in these districts do dialysis only once in a week.

Here too, private hospitals are also unable to offer dialysis services and hence patients have no choice except to depend on public hospital where only two dialysis machines are available to treat so many patients.

Similarly in Sarguja division comprise of Sarguja, Jashpur, Koriya, Balrampur and Raigarh because of single public dialysis machine facility in government hospital of Ambikapur and only at two private hospitals of Raigarh with expensive medical charges, patients are totally dependent on public hospitals and because of it as well as lack of medicines, patients of kidney disorders are heavily affected and do dialysis only once in week.

‘It is really a major problem in all parts of the Chhattisgarh and because of it kidney patients have to suffer a lot. So it is the duty of health services to install more and more number of dialysis machines in different parts of the state’ said Dr. PK Gupta, renowned nephrologist (Kidney specialist) of the Chhattisgarh.

‘In entire world, dialysis is refunded by government since it is very costly and chronic treatment. With the support of government, patient can go for dialysis session thrice in a week and better medication. So adoption of innovative models such as public private partnership can definitely make dialysis accessible, affordable and improves the clinical outcome in the state’ stated Dr. Nishant Baghel, Physician and Expert of International Health NGO.

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Counselling begins for MBBS examinations

Counselling began on Tuesday for admissions into the MBBS course in the medical colleges of the state. The on-line counselling began today and on the first day more than 650 candidates register... Read More
Counselling began on Tuesday for admissions into the MBBS course in the medical colleges of the state. The on-line counselling began today and on the first day more than 650 candidates registered themselves for admissions. More than 450 candidates complied with the formality of choice fillings and more than 425 candidates locked their choices, informed sources in the Directorate of Medical Education (DME). The admission will be given in the medical colleges of the state situated in Raipur, Bilaspur, Jagdalpur, Rajnandgaon and Raigarh. It is on 100 seats the admissions will be given in Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Medical College, Raipur and fifty more MBBS seats of this institution awaits approval for admissions.

The sources further said that last year 200 seats were pending, taking into account different medical colleges of the state, but things were alright before time.

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Power Co staffer thrashed over power outage

A Power Company employee was thrashed by some citizens, who were angry over the power outage in their homes on Tuesday morning 4:30 am.

Police sources informed that applicant Santram Yadav (39)... Read More
A Power Company employee was thrashed by some citizens, who were angry over the power outage in their homes on Tuesday morning 4:30 am.

Police sources informed that applicant Santram Yadav (39), resident of Matthpara, informed that on Saturday night, he was at Power Distribution Company’s call centre at Tatibandh. At around 4:30 am, four men including the main accused Akshay Kumar barged into the call centre and started thrashing him accusing him of not responding to his call to complain about the power outage in his home the entire night. The attackers also vandalized the office and Tata Ace vehicle of the Power Company, which was parked outside the office. The accused men were saying that power company technicians did not fix their power supply in the night.

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‘Villages with 50,000 population to be urbanised under Rurban Mission’

Asserting that the centre is all set to introduce Rural Urban Mission which will be popularly known as Rurban Mission, Union Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking water and Sa... Read More
Asserting that the centre is all set to introduce Rural Urban Mission which will be popularly known as Rurban Mission, Union Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking water and Sanitation Chowdhary Birender Singh said cluster of villages having total population of 50,000 will be developed and virtually urbanized with facilities like piped drinking water, proper sewerage clearance, road and telecom connectivity, etc. The Union Minister added that in next three years 300 such clusters will be prepared and developed for which a budget of Rs 6000 crore will be earmarked. He said soon the proposal will be tabled before Union Cabinet for its approval.

Addressing the mediapersons at Mantralaya, the Union Minister said earlier PURA project (providing urban amenities in rural areas) was launched but it could not attain much success as there as no state partition. The PURA Project which was the brain child of former President A P J Abdul Kalam, has been refurbished after removing its short comings and Rurban Mission is being launched. Under the Mission group of villages may vary from 2-3 to 10-15 based on the population limit of 50,000. All basic facilities will be provided in these model towns even including malls, he said. It will not only have state participation but also private players will be encouraged wherever necessary. Participation of villagers in the mission project will also be ensured, he said.

Adding that the implementation of MP Model Village Scheme has got a good response in Chhattisgarh and its implementation here has been leveled as one of the best in the country, the Union Minister said under the scheme MPs will adopt three gram panchayats in five years. These village panchayats will be developed as a model village through various development works and basic amenities.

The Minister said in the first year village panchayats have been adopted by 679 Members of Parliament comprising of 86 percent under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna (SAGY). However, 108 MPs are yet to do so. Answering a query, he said the MPs who have not adopted include 10 from New Delhi and 55 MPs from West Bengal apart from other states.

The Minister said baseline survey of all these village panchayats adopted by 679 MPs have been completed and Village Development Plan has been enacted in consultation with the Member Parliament concerned, local authorities and villagers. In Chhattisgarh, all 16 MPs, 11 Lok Sabha and five Rajya Sabha have adopted villages and have already started its development process.

He however added that complete development can be ensured when migration from villages are stopped. Accordingly necessary steps are being taken like developing employment opportunities through skill development, banking facilities, road connectivity, etc so that the village gets the necessary exposure. He also informed that the centre has released Rs 685 crore for MNREGS, Rs 78.6 crore as first installment of total allocation of Rs 158 crore under Indira Awas Yojna and Rs 157 crore as first installment under PMGSY.

Efforts are being made towards providing piped water supply to villages that too from surface water sources. The steps are being taken so that diseases from ground water due to presence of arsenic, iron, heavy metal, etc can be avoided.

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8,000 trees to be sacrificed for Railway corridor

The State of Chhattisgarh is walking on tight rope as on one side it has to move ahead towards industrialization for the progress but on other, the compromises it has to made and the prices tha... Read More
The State of Chhattisgarh is walking on tight rope as on one side it has to move ahead towards industrialization for the progress but on other, the compromises it has to made and the prices that is needed to pay for this progress is often big. Sacrifices of over 8000 trees for making way for east rail corridor between Kharsiya and Dharamjaigarh to transport coal is one such sacrifice, which the state is ready to make in the next two years.

In a meeting held last week, Raigarh Acting Collector Nilesh Kshirsagar that Government and Administration is planning to commission the railway corridor in service by 2017. The corridor would be about 80 kilometers long, connecting Dharamjaigarh to the Kharsiya, which is situated on the vital Mumbai-Howrah route. The corridor will also accommodate passenger trains. He also informed that Forest Department is also taking proceeding to acquire permissions for cutting down the trees.

Chhattisgarh Government is pushing hard to realize this long-standing dream, but there is one thorn in the flesh that is a question Whether they have the required permissions or have they completed all the procedures to cut down 8000 grown up green trees. Although, Procedures like land acquisition at 17 villages falling the route is almost done and the compensation distribution is in progress. But, there is not clarity on the environmental clearance and compensatory forestation as conflicting information are coming out of the forest department. According to an expert, Government would require to plant double the amount of trees that will be cut for rail corridor. Rules says at least 1100 trees are required to plant over per hectare of land.

We have acquired permission: APCCF

Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (APCCF) (Land Management) Mudit Kumar, who is the officer in-charge of the rail corridor, said they have acquired all the permissions required to cut the trees from Central Government. However, he couldn’t tell exactly how much trees will have be cut for the project. No step for compensatory afforestation

On the question whether they there is any fund sanctioned for the compensatory afforestation for proposed cutting of 800 trees, Compensator Afforestation Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) and Protection B K Sinha said, there is no clearance obtained for the project yet and there is also no fund sanctioned for the compensatory afforestation.

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Coal blocks in forest areas will not be allocated, assures Piyush Goyal

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Energy, Coal and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal while addressing the mediapersons stated that all the coal blocks in the country will be operatio... Read More
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Energy, Coal and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal while addressing the mediapersons stated that all the coal blocks in the country will be operational in next couple of months. He assured that the centre will protect bio-diversity and where ever forests and wildlife is present coal blocks will not be allocated.

Union Minister of State for Power and Coal (independent charge) Piyush Goyal today said all the coal blocks in the country will be operational in next couple of months.

“It is we ordinary people who can give extra-ordinary performance”, said Minister of State Piyush Goyal while stating that Coal India which had a growth rate of 2-3 percent once is now growing at rate of 12.3 per cent. He said soon after allocation of coal blocks under the fresh auction process, Coal Monitoring Portal was set up, wherein, all allotees were asked to register themselves and post their operational difficulties in starting production. He said some of the mines have started operating in Chhattisgarh already and few others will start functioning soon. He said colossal task has been taken to remove the operational difficulties and the coal blocks operation which used to take years to start, will now start operating in next 3-4 months.

Taking a dig on UPA government the Minister of State said during UPA tenure, Prime Minister Office had decided to allocate blocks through auction but till 2014 no auction process could be undertaken. The new NDA government took up auctioneering procedure after the Apex Court cancelled over 200 allotted coal block. It is being ensured that Union Coal secretary personally visits the states including Jharkhand, Orissa and Chhattisgarh to review position in each mines. In next couple of months all the mines will be operational, he assured.

Answering a query over Rahul Gandhi’s recent visit to Chhattisgarh, Goyal stated he expected that when his party was in rule for last 10 years, then he should have visited people and villages, but unfortunately his government (UPA) was busy in allocating coal mines free of charge to their party MPs and well-wishers. He also said the AICC Vice President should respect the fact that those coal blocks allotted free of cost during UPA tenure, has fetched royalty/auction money to the tune of Rs 1,10,990 crore for Chhattisgarh alone in next 25-30 years.

Briefing about the review meeting on power, Goyal said the process of setting up power grids would be expedited in the state for smooth transmission of power across the country from here. He said the state government has raised the issue regarding setting up transmission lines, for which Power Grid Corporation of India Limited will be asked to quickly take up the project and expedite it. He said by March 2016 and December 2017 some lines will be charges and subsequently in next 2-3 years adequate transmission capacity will be developed so that power generated here could be transmitted to other states.

He also informed about the measures taken towards energy conservation like introduction of LED lights for street lighting and domestic lighting. Energy efficient agriculture pumps will also be launched soon. He informed that discussion on mine closure was also held during review meeting and it was decided that the ash generated from power plants should be dumped in the vacuum created from excavation of coal in mining area and then should be sealed properly to avoid leeching.

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Various organisations celebrate International Yoga Day

Various organisations celebrated the first International Yoga Day on Sunday.

Raman Science Centre: A Popular Science Lecture on ‘Benefits of Yoga’ was delivered by reputed Yogacharya S... Read More
Various organisations celebrated the first International Yoga Day on Sunday.

Raman Science Centre: A Popular Science Lecture on ‘Benefits of Yoga’ was delivered by reputed Yogacharya Sachin Supsande of Yog Sanskar Kendra. In his lecture, Supsande elaborated on Ashta Yogas starting from Yama and Niyama and ending in Samadhi. He used daily life examples to make the lecture lively. He mentioned that the postures of Yoga are only one small part, Asana – and Yoga in its entirety cleanses the mind and body of all the toxins. Information about different types of Aasana and its benefits for the human body was also explained. A yoga workshop was conducted after the lecture. About 60 persons including Officers, staff members, trainees and Apprentices of Raman Science Centre participated in the Popular Lecture and Yoga Workshop.

HQ Maintenance Command, IAF Vayusena Nagar: Yoga Awareness Sessions were organised by Headquarters Maintenance Command, IAF at Vayusena Nagar, for Ladies, Children, Air Force personnel and Civilians respectively. Manisha Khandekar, President, Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Regional) and Air Marshal Jagjeet Singh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, HQ Maintenance Command inaugurated the respective programmes. Air Vice Marshal RS Vasantha Kumar, Principal Medical Officer, HQ Maintenance said, Yoga is an important tool to prevent various diseases like Hypertension, Diabetes, Stress related disorders etc. Wg Cdr Jagmal Singh Yadav (Retd), a Yoga trainer, conducted Yoga demonstrations.

NCC Officers Training Academy, Kamptee: More than 200 participants including about 80 Associate NCC Officers, 150 JCOs and NCOs of Army and all the officers of the NCC Officers Academy led by their Commandant Maj Gen NS Rao participated in the Yoga event.

Guards Regimental Centre, Kamptee: The Guards Regimental Centre has incorporated Yoga in its training curriculum for psychological conditioning of recruits. Yoga has turned out to be a huge success in recruit training. Consequently, the recruits now passing out of the Centre are more self-assured and confident. With the help of Yoga, they have learned to cope with the rigorous of military life. They are thus more attuned to perform their task with equal efficiency even when faced with pressures or while facing fearful odds. The Guards Regimental Centre, Kamptee organised a special Yoga Capsule for the Instructional and Administrative Staff. In addition, another capsule was organized for the ladies and children of the permanent staff.

NCC Group HQ, Nagpur: NCC Group Headquarters Nagpur with other NCC Units celebrated International Yoga Day with NCC cadets and staff at Nagpur and Bhandara. Defence PRO Wg Cdr Samir S Gangakhedkar said, while Yoga has been part of training in the Armed Forces, various special sessions by Yoga experts are organized from time to time. Late Col Jog who was well known for training of Yoga at Nagpur had been carrying out Yoga sessions for various units of Army, Navy and Air Force & Para Military Forces all over the country. A lot of Armed Forces Personnel in Nagpur fondly remembered the teachings and unique style of Mrs Jog and Late Col Jog, who made a lot of difference to the lives of Defence Personnel and their families.

2 Maharashtra Signal Coy NCC: International Yoga Day was celebrated under Col.Sanjay Dubey, Officer Commanding at St John High School, Mohan Nagar ground. More than 400 cadets, associate NCC officers, instructors from Army, teaching and office staff attended the function. Chief Guest Father Joe Denis of the school graced the occasion. Yogasanas were held under the guidance of Padmini Jog.

Nagpur Division of Central Railway: Yoga Camp was held at Community Hall of Central Railway at Ajni. Divisional Railway Manager O P Singh declared the camp. Yoga teacher Dr Sanjay Tambe gave details about Yogasana and demonstrated the same. Additional Divisional Railway Manager Dr Jaydeep Gupta, all officers, supervisors and more than 200 employees participated in the same.

South East Central Railway Mazdoor Congress: In association with SECR Railway Institute Motibagh and SECR Railway Nagpur Division organised a Yoga camp on Sunday. Senior Divisional Engineer (Electrical) and Vice President of Railway Institute Motibagh R K Patel and Mandal Co-ordinator of SECR Mazdoor Congress Pitambar Laxminarayan inaugurated the camp. Secretary Ganesh Pillay was the convenor. Chhaya Janbandhu demonstrated the Yogasans. Umesh Dubey, Indal Damahe, Ramesh Patnaik, Keshavalu, S.K.M Patnayak, Sanjay Atram, Tukaram Thakre, Rakesh Pali, Swapnil Dhuriya, Subodh Khandekar, Buddharaj Meshram, Rinku Nikose, Ashok Patnayak and many others attended the camp.

Jain Yog Ayojan Samiti: Sakal Jain Samaj celebrated International Yoga Day at Santi Ground near Itwari High School under the presence of Munishree Suvir Sagar Maharaj. Yoga teachers Hirachand Mishrikotkar and Saroj Mishrikokar demonstrated the Yogasana. Sumat Lalla, Pavan Jain, Dinesh Kapurchand Jain, Vishal Jain, Vishnu Jain, Devendra Badkur and others participated in the same.

Kalarjan Foundation and Suryodaya Mitra Mandal: Yoga day was celebrated at Town Hall in Mahal. Sunita Dhote decorated a Rangoli. Yoga teachers Dr Sudhaka Yerpude, Sudhir Jaiswal demonstrated different asanas. Singer M A Kader presided over. Shankarrao Talrandhe conducted the proceedings and Varsha Kohale, Foundation President and Nilima Telrandhe concluded the session.

Sanjivani Pranayam: The members of Sanjivani Pranayam, Khonde Udyan Shakha along with Sadhak and Sadhikas participated in the mega event at Yashwant Stadium.

Group Centre CRPF: International Yoga Day event was organised at Group Centre CRPF, in presence of Akhilesh Prasad Singh, DIG. S Z Haider, Yog Guru, demonstrated yoga which were practiced by all. All officers, men and their families of this GC, Range Headquarters, Composite Hospital and 213 (M) BN residing in the campus actively took part and practiced Yoga. At GC, CRPF Campus Yoga programme are being conducted from time to time. The first International Yoga Day event received huge response as large number of officers, men and their families took part and performed Yoga.

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CM directs MHADA to prevent encroachments on its land

Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, asked the officials of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) to prevent encroachments on its lands in the city and other areas under its ... Read More
Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, asked the officials of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) to prevent encroachments on its lands in the city and other areas under its jurisdiction. According to sources, he directed to constitute a joint committee of MHADA, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) for survey of such lands.

Fadnavis had called a meeting of officials of MHADA, NMC, NIT, City Police at his official residence Ramgiri here on Sunday. The meeting was called to discuss various issues including encroachments on MHADA lands, Ready Reckoner rates, problems faced by MHADA Colony residents, making available affordable houses for all etc.

The lands in MHADA colonies in Somalwada, Manewada, Pardi, Raghuji Nagar are under encroachments. People who have done constructions on these lands treat those as plots. Actually, these lands were open spaces that MHADA handed over to NMC and NIT. After taking stock of the situation, Chief Minister asked for joint survey in this regard by a committee comprising officials of NMC, NIT, and MHADA. After the committee’s report is received, appropriate decision will be taken, it is learnt.

Other issues discussed in the meeting included extra land in MHADA Colony near Kali Mata Mandir in Trimurti Nagar area, individual transfer of dwelling units in multi-storeyed building in Bhamti Parsodi, issues concerning MHADA colonies in Bhamti Parsodi, Somalwada, Divisional Co-operative Society, Rambag etc. After discussion on the issue of default of water bills in Rambag, Shanti Nagar, Ridge Road, Raghuji Nagar, Borgaon, Somwari Peth, Nandanvan colonies, Fadnavis directed the officials concerned to resolve the matter before December 1, 2015. At Godhni, MHADA had proposed a scheme of individual houses on 200 plots, but the number of plots available came down due to railway line and Development Plan road. MHADA raised the demand for decision on accomodating these people in multi-storeyed buildings. Regarding similar issue in Dawlameti, a double-storeyed building may be constructed to accomodate applicants. NIT also has layout plans to be executed. Chief Minister is learnt to have told NIT to make available houses to people instead of going into too many technicalities. On MHADA’s demand for land for new schemes, Fadnavis assured that additional Revenue lands would be made available to MHADA at the earliest. Recently, MHADA has got 5.531 hectares of Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) land. On this land, MHADA proposes to construct 1,200 dwelling units at the earliest in accordance with the Government’s vision of ‘Housing for All’, said Sambhaji Zende, Vice-Chairman of MHADA.

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of district, raised the demand for resolution of problems of residents of MHADA Colony at Khapri. As the land had been acquired for MIHAN project, the residents should be given dwelling units by constructing a multi-storeyed building nearby, Bawankule suggested.

Prof Anil Sole and Prakash Gajbhiye, both MLCs; Krishna Khopde, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Kohale, all MLAs; Shyam Wardhane, Chairman of NIT; S P Yadav, Commissioner of Police; Shravan Hardikar, Municipal Commissioner; Sandeep Joshi, corporator; Pradeepkumar Dange, Chief Officer of MHADA Nagpur Divisional Board attended the meeting prominently.

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HC verdict today in Kush Kataria murder appeals

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court is all set to pronounce its verdict in Kush Kataria murder case appeals on Monday afternoon. The trial court had awarded double lifer to Ayush Pugalia for brutal... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court is all set to pronounce its verdict in Kush Kataria murder case appeals on Monday afternoon. The trial court had awarded double lifer to Ayush Pugalia for brutal and cold-blooded murder of eight year old innocent Kush Kataria.

The Sessions Court had turned down demand of prosecution and society at large to hang Ayush for extreme cruelty shown in eliminating 8-year old Kush Kataria, and instead awarded double lifer looking at his young age and lack of criminal past and failure of prosecution to pin-point motive behind this diabolic murder.

Kush Kataria, a student of Std III of Centre Point School and son of well-known businessman Prashant Kataria, was kidnapped on October 11, 2011 by prime accused Ayush Pugalia allegedly to extract ransom from his father apparently to spend on his girlfriend and to continue his lavish life-style. Though, Ayush was detained by police the same day applying doctrine of last seen together theory, he was let off, after he pleaded ignorance. Ayush was arrested on October 13 by Nandanvan police station and two days later he confessed about cold-blooded murder of innocent Kush and the body was recovered from a water-tank of underconstructed building in Surya Nagar, spreading a wave of anger against the perpetrator of heinous crime and raising a serious question mark over safety of kids.

The state had filed appeal for enhancement of sentence against Ayush and for his conviction under section 364-A (kidnapping for ransom). Ayush had also challenged trial court verdict and filed appeal against his conviction. His two elder brothers-Navin and Nitin were also held guilty for destruction of evidence, but since they had already undergone imprisonment for a period of five months, the court did not impose further imprisonment. The prosecution had not challenged this acquittal.

A division bench consisting of Justice Arun Chaudhari and Justice P N Deshmukh heard the appeals on day-to-day basis before summer vacation. The High Court had even remanded matter for limited purpose of recording of statements of some child witnesses who were originally not subjected to rigorous cross-examinations and instead the omissions and contradictions were put to investigation officer.

The prosecution claimed that it completed the chain based on solid and unshakable evidence backed by painstaking investigation carried out by Nandanvan police led by senior PI Sunil Jaiswal. Unflinching testimony of 35 prosecution witnesses revealed role of prime accused Ayush and his brothers and how Ayush brutally murdered 8-year old Kush Kataria with the help of cutter, brick. Ayush chose a secluded spot to commit this ghastly murder, away from public glare. Ayush was familiar with inmates of Kataria family and took benefit of this to lure innocent Kush, the special public prosecutor Adv Rajendra Daga had claimed.

According to defence lawyers, there was inherent contradictions in prosecution theory and claimed that panch witness was a habitual panch witness. According to them when murder of Kush took place, the prime accused was already behind the bar and entire story has been concocted to frame him. The defence denied allegations and offered alternate theory claiming innocence of accused persons. The defence will move the High Court for quashing of this judgement.

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BJP gears up for 2017 NMC polls

After winning Parliamentary seat and Assembly elections with thumping majority in the Orange City, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to gear up for Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) sla... Read More
After winning Parliamentary seat and Assembly elections with thumping majority in the Orange City, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to gear up for Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) slated in February 2017. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister for Surface Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, appealed party workers to get ready for local body elections. The party should get majority on its own in the election. Nagpurians have lot of aspirations and expectations from the State and Central Governments and we will fulfill all exceptions and wishes in coming days, both the leaders promised.

Fadnavis and Gadkari were addressing a meeting of Nagpur Unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at Sant Ravidas Hall, Hanuman Nagar on Sunday evening. Fadnavis while addressing party workers said, the State Government and Central Government have been formed due to dedication and hard working of the common party workers. He urged party workers to gain confidence of the common man by spreading good works done by the Central and State Governments. The Government is taking slew of good decisions and now, it for the party workers to reach upto common man with these welfare schemes.

Briefing achievements of his Government during last six months, Fadnavis asserted that the State Government has fulfilled around 44 assurances within six months including scrapping of toll tax, local body tax, service assurance law, regulatory authority for comprehensive fees mechanism. The MIHAN project will take off within two years, he assured. He appreciated Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule for reducing electricity tariff in the state.

About expectations of party workers to get chance on boards, corporations and other committees, Fadnavis assured them to prepare a list of party workers in July. It would be finalised in August. All prominent party workers will get position in these committees, but they should not expect committees of their choice, he cautioned. These committees and boards are not for their personal benefit but for the benefit of the common man, he made it clear. He suggested party workers to come with public interest work to the Government and avoid personal works.

Former MP Banwarilal Purohit in his energetic speech said, the party formed Government at Centre and State due to toil and efforts of common workers and to crush corruption from public life Appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi for appealing United Nations to organise International Yoga Day in 250 countries in the world, he said, this has proved that India is world leader. He compared Modi with Chandragupta Maurya. He also appreciated Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule for their good work.

City BJP Chief Krishna Khopde said, party has registered 6 lakh new members in the city, highest in the State. He urged leaders to extend benefits of the State and Central Governments to party workers as they have high expectations from them. Mayor Pravin Datke presented a report card of benefit to NMC from new Government. MLA Sudhakar Deshmukh tabled a resolution to congratulate State Government for its effective work done in last six months. It was seconded by MLA Dr. Milind Mane. Spokesperson Girish Vyas tabled a resolution to congratulate Central Government for completing one year and it was seconded by NMC ruling party leader Dayashankar Tiwari. Fadnavis and Gadkari felicitated Maya Iwnate, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Girish Vyas, Subhash Pardhi, Sanjay Bhende, and Munna Yadav. South Nagpur MLA Sudhakar Kohle informed about Maha Sampark Abhiyan. Sandeep Joshi compered the programme while Pramod Pendke proposed vote of thanks.

Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, State Organising Secretary Ravindra Bhusari, Legislators Vikas Kumbhare, Anil Sole, Sudhir Parve, Standing Committee Chief Ramesh Singare, State Minority Morcha President Jamal Siddique, Ashok Mankar, Shrikant Deshpande, Archana Dehankar, Rajesh Bagadi, Pramod Pendke, Dr. Kirtida Ajmera, Vicky Kukreja, Guddu Trivedi, Nishant Gandhi, Dharampal Meshram, Chetna Tank, Pratap Motwani, Kalpana Pande, Sanjay Pande, Chandan Goswami, Kailash Chute and Rina Kuttermare were present.

No tickets to sycophants: Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari while addressing concluding function of city executive committee of BJP said, it is impossible to satisfy all party workers as they have high expectations from Central and State Government. Taking pot-shots at this tendency of self-centered politics, Gadkari in his inimitable style said, every party worker wants to be chairman of some board or committee in the Government and move in a vehicle with red-beacon.

The workers should not forget that the politics is an instrument of social and economic reforms. The workers, who are doing good jobs in their particular areas, will get chance in the local body election, he declared while warning that mere publicity mongers and sycophants would not get any chance. Gadkari said, we should not forget the aim of the party to change society for the betterment of the country.

Gadkari strongly refuted media reports regarding disputes between him and Fadnavis and also took a dig at media for dishing out such reports. He said, party does not have any quota system and we will give chance to good workers only. He also denied any dynasty politics in the party.

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Chandrashekhar Varadpande passes away

Chandrashekhar Vyankatesh Varadpande, popularly known as ‘Santakavi Kamlasut’, who is credited to spread the message of Shegaon’s Sant Shri Gajanan Maharaj to the households of Maharashtra wi... Read More
Chandrashekhar Vyankatesh Varadpande, popularly known as ‘Santakavi Kamlasut’, who is credited to spread the message of Shegaon’s Sant Shri Gajanan Maharaj to the households of Maharashtra with his devotional poetry, breathed his last at his Reshimbag residence on Sunday. He was 80. He leaves behind son Girish, daughters Madhavi Bobade, and Vaijayanti Adyalkar, a host of relatives and followers to mourn the loss. Last rites would be performed at 10.30 am on Monday at his hometown Kalamna (Takli). Varadpande, a saintly figure for thousands of followers of Shri Gajanan Maharaj spread across the world, devoted his life for the cause of spreading the message of Gajanan Maharaj through his poetic theatrical presentation ‘Geet Gajanan’. He successfully performed more than 12,000 shows of this musical, which is a record in itself.

A multifaceted personality, Varadpande was an acclaimed teacher, a playwright, director, producer of plays, and well-known Radio presenter at All India Radio. People still remember the character ‘Nana’ he used to present in ‘Maza Ghar Maza Vavar’ and ‘Gokul’ programmes of AIR Nagpur. Varadpande played the important part of these programmes for more than two decades between 1967 to 1988. He was ardent devotee of Shegaon’s Sant Shri Gajanan Maharaj and a disciple of Santakavi Dasganu Maharaj, who penned down the revered ‘Gajanan Vijay Granth’. Varadpande got his name ‘Santakavi Kamalasut’ and his mission in 1950 when Dasganu Maharaj ordered him to write about the life and message of Shri Gajanan Maharaj.

Varadpande’s career as producer of plays also flourished with more than 25 plays written, directed and produced by him through his drama group ‘Bharat Kala Mandir.’ More than 20 CDs and cassettes of Bhajans penned by him were released by prominent music houses.

He was also associated with several social organisations and was honoured with many awards for his contribution to the fields of literature, and social work in his life. Varadpande was not well from last few days.

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City joins the world

Thousands of participants wearing red scarves and traditional white dress rose as one person to uphold India’s gift to the world — Yoga. At countless centres in the city, they joined hands ... Read More
Thousands of participants wearing red scarves and traditional white dress rose as one person to uphold India’s gift to the world — Yoga. At countless centres in the city, they joined hands with the people from 250 cities across the world to be part of the International Yoga Day.

The entire city became ‘Yogamaya’ as thousands of people belonging to all castes, creed, religions, sects, faiths and customs enthusiastically responded to the call by Prime Minister of Indian Narendra Modi and participated in International Yoga Day celebrations.

The main mega event was organised by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Janardanswami Yogabhyasi Mandal at Yashwant Stadium which received massive response from citizens. Braving adverse weather conditions, people made a bee-line towards Yashwant Stadium with an eagerness to be a part of the great historical event. The self-discipline of thousands of Nagpurians was highly appreciable. Each individual was given a red scarf and sufficient place to demonstrate to perform Yoga activity.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister for Road, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari personally participated in the mega event to encourage the participants along with several legislators, top officials and distinguished citizens.

Former MP Banwarilal Purohit, Energy Minister and Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Minister for Social Justice Rajkumar Badole, Mayor Pravin Datke, legislators Anil Sole, Krishna Khopde, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Kohale, Dr Milind Mane, Prakash Gajbhiye, Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, District Collector Sachin Kurve, Dr Piyush Kumar Director of SCZCC, NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane Zilla Parishad President Nisha Sawarkar, Kanchan Gadkari along with other officials and political leaders actively participated in entire Yoga activity which lasted for 35 minutes.

It was indeed a great pleasure to watch the application of ‘Yoga’, an age old scientific practice invented by Rishis, Sages and spiritual leaders for the welfare of human being. Yoga is a profound science of unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and soul. ‘Yoga’ means the ‘Union’ and the gathering at Yashwant Stadium proved how an individual consciousness or soul gets united with universal consciousness. As if to bless this mega event, even rain God took a break. The organisers were apprehensive about success of the event following heavy rains which lashed the city on Saturday evening. But by Sunday morning, weather changed dramatically and amidst this electrifying atmosphere, the International Yoga Day began with participation of more than 21,000 people. Function began with warm-up exercises called as ‘Sharir Sanchalana’. The participants offered a mass prayer to Janardan Swami, the founder of Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi mandal who started ‘Yoga’ for all in city.

Thereafter, thousands of participants performed asanas like Taadasan, Veerasan, Utkatasan, Katichakrasan, Gomukhasan, Janushirasan, Ustrasan, Kati Vakrasan, Yogmudrasan. ‘Suryanamaskar’ on mass level was the main attraction. Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal volunteers displayed the techniques of Pranayam, Anand Mudra etc. The teachers of Art of Living also conducted various breathing techniques and asanas. The students of Bapunagar School and Unity Sports Association who had participated in national and international yoga contests, demonstrated various Yoga exercises.

After the demonstrations, Union Minister of Road Transport Nitin Gadkari joined the gathering. Rambhau Khandwe, Karyawah of Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal was felicitated at the hands of Devendra Fadnavis and Nitin Gadkari for his selfless service of spreading Yoga in city.

A booklet of Anand Yoga penned by Anil Fadnavis and a special issue of Sanskrit Bhavitavyam were released at the hands of dignitaries. Sayali Titarmare and Vaibha Shrirame who excelled on National and International levels were felicitated on this occasion.

‘Yoga’ is a gift of India to mankind: CM

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis described Yoga as “a cultural heritage of India.” Yoga is a scientific practice which not only strengthens the physical body, but also helps a person to lead a stress-free life, he added. The entire world has recognised the scientific method of ‘Yoga’ which is a gift of India to mankind. When the entire world is fighting against the life style diseases, Yoga the natural and scientific life style adopted by ancient sages of India can give a permanent solution to keep a person healthy, Fadnavis stated. Janardanswami Yogabhyasi Mandal is preaching Yoga for last 65 years. It was Janardanswami’s dream to celebrate Yog Din and United Nations has declared June 21 as International Yoga Day after an appeal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is a time for every one to take pledge for practicing Yoga to lead healthy life, he said.

Union Minister of Road Transport Nitin Gadkari appreciated the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making United Nations to declare June 21 as ‘International Yoga Day’. Many Rishis, saints and spiritual leaders had devoted their lives for promoting Yoga. The country is also celebrating this day as a tribute to them, he added.

Rambhau Khandwe, Karyawah of Janardanswami Yogabhyasi Mandal delivered a welcome address. Shraddha Bharadwaj conducted the proceedings. Dayashankar Tiwari proposed a vote of thanks. NMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, Co-convenor Prof Girish Deshmukh, Harish Dikondawar, Chairman of Sports Committee, Chetna Tank, Chairman of Education Committee, Lata Yadav, Chairman of Dhantoli Zone, Ramesh Singare, Chairman of Standing Committee welcomed the guests.

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BoI to take action against officials of Besa Branch

Bank of India (BoI) management will take appropriate action against the officials of its Besa branch, who had left the bank with its channel door open on the evening of June 19. A senior offi... Read More
Bank of India (BoI) management will take appropriate action against the officials of its Besa branch, who had left the bank with its channel door open on the evening of June 19. A senior officer of Bank of India, told ‘The Hitavada’ that the higher-ups were informed about the incident and action would be taken according to the procedures and rules of the bank. He said that the bank management had taken note of the incident. After careful scrutiny, it would come to a conclusion and thereafter take action against the officials concerned. He did not reveal the kind of penalty that could be enforced by the management. It may be mentioned that in a startling incident of gross negligence, the officials of Bank of India’s Besa branch had left the channel door of the bank open on June 19 night. Late in the night, alert citizens noticed that the bank’s channel door was open. They immediately informed the cops, who reached the spot and inspected the bank branch and informed the bank officials about the lapse. On receiving the information, Bank Manager rushed to the branch and locked the door in the wee hours of June 20. The police inspected the bank and found that no theft had taken place.

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State Government clears land for IIIT at Waranga

Maharashtra Government has made available 39.96 hectares of land at Waranga behind Barr Sheshrao Wankhede Sahakari Sut Girni near Butibori, for Indian Institute of Information and Technology (III... Read More
Maharashtra Government has made available 39.96 hectares of land at Waranga behind Barr Sheshrao Wankhede Sahakari Sut Girni near Butibori, for Indian Institute of Information and Technology (IIIT). Revenue and Forest Department issued a Government Resolution (GR) in this regard on Saturday. The IIIT will be set up on PPP basis. Centre will contribute 50 per cent, Maharashtra will give 35 per cent, while two companies will share remaining 15 per cent amount. These two private entities include Mumbai-based Tata Consultancy and Nagpur-based ADCC. The first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is expected to be signed soon. Expressing happiness over this development, G R Thakare, Joint Director (Technical Education), said, “Nagpur is on the verge of becoming education hub. We must be thankful to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for this. I hope, NIPER also will come soon.” Admission to IIIT is expected to start from the academic year 2016-17. As per the GR issued on Saturday, Revenue and Forest Department has given its nod to hand over 39.96 hectares of Government land at Waranga to Higher and Technical Education Department. The site admeasures 39.96 hectares, consisting of two adjoining pieces of land -- 36.29 hectares out of total 76.29 hectare in Survey No. 140 and 3.67 hectare out of 7.67 hectare in Survey No. 141 -- as recommended by Site Selection Committee after its visit to Nagpur on July 25, 2014. The issue of giving this land for IIIT on lease of 30 years with a rent of Re 1 was under active consideration of the State Government. It has been made mandatory to start construction of IIIT within two years of getting possession of the land. As per the terms and conditions defined in the GR, the land cannot be used for any other purpose without prior permission of the Government. The lease can be renewed as per the request of Higher and Technical Education Department, on the same terms and conditions in future. Further, any development on the said land will have to be done in accordance with approved Development Control Rules, and with due permissions from the Competent Authority. If there is any violation of terms and conditions, the lease agreement may be revoked, states the GR. It is among 20 such institutes to be set up across the country, as part of the vision of Union Ministry of Human Resource Development. Under the scheme, IIITs are to be set up following public-private partnership (PPP) model, involving Central Government, State Government, and private partner. After receiving approval from Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, Maharashtra Cabinet had given green signal to IIIT at Nagpur. After Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), IIIT is a valuable addition to Nagpur’s portfolio as an emerging educational hub in Central India.

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Heavy rainfall warning for next three days

It appears that Rain God is more than happy to bless Vidarbha region, this year. Though the region has received 78 per cent more rainfall than average for the month of June so far, Regional Met... Read More
It appears that Rain God is more than happy to bless Vidarbha region, this year. Though the region has received 78 per cent more rainfall than average for the month of June so far, Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) has issued ‘heavy to very heavy rainfall’ in next few days. Nagpur has been receiving heavy rainfall for past week. On June 14, however, it received the highest rainfall this month -- 81.9 mm. On June 17, Nagpur received 47.2 mm rainfall, followed by 46.4 mm rainfall on June 19, and 45 mm on Saturday evening. The average rainfall for Nagpur in the month of June is 165.9 mm. As against this, the city has received 228.5 mm rainfall till Saturday (June 20) this time. The situation is the same across entire Vidarbha region. As against average rainfall of 79.2 mm in Vidarbha in the month of June, the region has received 141.4 mm rainfall, which is 78 per cent more than the average. As far as Nagpur Division is concerned, it has received 135 mm rainfall as against the normal average of 71.3 mm. This, too, is 89 per cent more than the average. Among six districts in Nagpur Division, Chandrapur has received 180.8 mm rainfall as against the average of 75.2 mm. This is 140 per cent more than the average, which is the highest in Vidarbha. There is no district in Vidarbha that is deficient in rainfall in the month of June. According to R D Meshram, Assistant Meteorologist, RMC, Nagpur, heavy to very heavy rainfall warning has been relayed across Vidarbha in next few days. Isolated places in Vidarbha may receive ‘extremely heavy fall’ on June 22 and 23. As per the RMC’s norms, heavy rainfall is between 65 mm and 124 mm. If rainfall in single day is between 125 mm and 244 mm, it is termed as ‘very heavy’. The rainfall above 244 mm in a day, is termed as ‘extremely heavy fall’. Considering this, an emergency meeting was held at District Collectorate on Saturday. Praveen Datke, Mayor; Ramesh Singare, Chairman of NMC Standing Committee; Nisha Sawarkar, Zilla Parishad President; Shravan Hardikar, Municipal Commissioner; Sachin Kurve, District Collector; Shivajirao Jondhale, Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Parishad; Anita Meshram, Additional Collector; Prakash Patil, Deputy Collector; Rajendra Uchke, Chief Fire Officer of NMC; Dr Milind Ganvir, Health Officer; Sanjay Gaikwad, City Engineer, and others were present in the meeting. Taking cognisance of heavy rainfall warning in the city till June 24, Nagpur Municipal Corporation and District Collectorate have started control rooms. In case of emergency, the citizens may contact these control rooms on given numbers.

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City all set for Yoga Day celebrations

United Nations General Assembly has declared June 21 as International Day of Yoga. To mark the occasion, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal along with many ... Read More
United Nations General Assembly has declared June 21 as International Day of Yoga. To mark the occasion, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal along with many organisations of Yoga lovers have organised a mega event on June 21 at Yashwant Stadium, Dhantoli at 6 am. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will preside over the function while Union Minister of Road Transport Nitin Gadkari will be the chief guest. Maharashtra Minister for Energy, new and renewable energy and Nagpur District Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule will be the guest of honour. Mayor Pravin Datke, Zilla Parishad President Nisha Sawarkar and Karyawah of Yogabhyasi Mandal Rambhau Khandwe will also grace the occasion. Prominent among those who will attend the function include MP Vijay Darda, MP Avinash Pande, MP Ajay Sancheti, MLC Nago Ganar, MLC Jogendra Kawade, MLC Anil Sole, MLC Prakash Gajbhiye, MLA Sudhakar Deshmukh, MLA Krishna Khopde, MLA Vikas Kumbhare, MLA Sudhakar Kohale, MLA Dr Milind Mane, NMC Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare, leader of ruling party Dayashankar Tiwari, leader of opposition in NMC Vikas Thakre, BSP leader Gautam Patil, NCP leader Raju Nagulwar, Shiv Sena leader Kishore Kumeriya, BRP Bahujan Mahasangh group leader Raju Lokhande, BREM leader Rahul Telang, Muslim League leader Aslam Khan, MNS leader Shravan Khapekar, Lata Yadav, Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, Police Commissioner S P Yadav, NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane, District Collector Sachin Kurve, ZP CEO Shivajirao Jondhale, Director of SCZCC Piyush Kumar etc. Joint Convenor Girish Deshmukh, Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, NMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, NMC Chairman of Sports Committee Harish Dikondawar and NMC Chairman of Education Committee Chetna Tank have appealed to the citizens to attend the function in large numbers. Meanwhile, stage is all set to celebrate the first ever International Yoga Day event in city. Citizens are seen enthusiastic. Various social, religious, cultural, educational organisations and institutions in city are holding events like seminars, training programmes, Yoga practice camps to make common people aware about the ancient tradition of the country. Dr Rajendra Gundalwar has decided to create a record by performing ‘Shirshasan’ for one hour. A expert of disaster management by profession, Dr Gundalwar was very enthusiastic. To make the first ever event historical, Dr Gundalwar will remain in the posture of Shirsasan (down head leg up in sky) at Gandhisagar lake on June 21 from 9 am for one hour. Janardan Swami Yogabhyashi Mandal is having more than 100 Yoga training centres in city. The trainers and yoga teachers are working hard. The special coaching classes are being conducted at each training centre. Yogabhyasi Mandal is conducting daily rally in morning to make people aware about Yoga. Another big organisation is Art of Living. The main centre of Art of Living along with other centres conducting Sudarshan Kriya are also conducting the training camps for common people. Art of Living has also joined hands with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will participate in the event at Yashwant Stadium. Hundreds of members and executive committee of Patanjali Yogapeth founded by Baba Ramdev are working hard for the success of International Yoga Day. A big event is being organised by the followers of Baba Ramdev at Reshimbagh ground on June 21. Patanjali Yoga Samiti has also joined hands with NMC and will participate in the event. The members of All World Gayatri Pariwar have started door to door campaign to spread awareness about Yoga. The event will be held at Gayatri Shaktipeeth, Jagnade Square. Gayatri Pariwar has also organised different events at 15 different places at tehsil levels in Nagpur district. Gayatri Pariwar has also extended its support to the mega event being held at Yashwant Stadium.

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21,000 to perform Yoga in NMC’s mega event

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), in collaboration with Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal, has organised the mega event of the first International Yoga Day celebrations on June 21 at Yashwant ... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), in collaboration with Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal, has organised the mega event of the first International Yoga Day celebrations on June 21 at Yashwant Stadium, Dhantoli. The preparations are in final stages and more than 21,000 persons from all corners of the city will participate in the mega event, said Praveen Datke, Mayor.

Addressing a press conference at Yashwant Stadium on Friday evening, after taking stock of the preparations for the grand event, Datke said that the programme will be conducted from 6.15 am to 7.50 am on Sunday. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, will be the chief guest while Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, will preside over. Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Energy Minister and Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, also will grace the occasion. Senior officials of State Government, NMC, dignitaries from various walks of life also will participate in the event, Datke said. Nisha Sawarkar, President of Zilla Parishad; Rambhau Khandwe, Karyawah, Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal; MPs Ajay Sancheti, Vijay Darda, and Avinash Pande; MLCs Prof Anil Sole, Rajendra Mulak, N G Ganar, Prakash Gajbhiye, Prof Jogendra Kawade; MLAs Krishna Khopde, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbhare, Dr Milind Mane, Sudhakar Kohale will also grace the occasion. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Art of Living Foundation, National Cadet Corps, Gayatri Pariwar, South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC), Raisoni Group of Institutions, City Police, and many other organisations are participating in the event.

Datke said that Rambhau Khandwe, renowned Yog Guru from Nagpur, will be felicitated during the programme. Similarly, Sayali Titarmare who performed yoga at international level will be honoured. Meanwhile, in another press conference, Janardan Swami Yogabhayasi Mandal stated that it had received 25,000 ‘Sankalp Patra’ (resolutions) till date.

About 5,000 NCC cadets, 8,000 regular members of Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal and many others will participate in International Yoga Day event. Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal and other organisations trained 500 Yoga teachers to guide participants during International Yoga Day event.

NMC is arranging buses from various parts of the city to facilitate participants reaching to Yashwant Stadium. Buses will start from Wadi, MIDC T-Point, Pannase Layout, Jaitala, Khapri, Manish Nagar, Somalwar Nikalas High School, Jaiprakash Nagar, Katol Road Naka, Koradi Road, Jaripatka, Marwadi Chowk, Pardi, Gandhi Sagar, Bada Tajbag, Dharampeth Traffic Park, Ram Nagar, Ramna Maroti, Lakadganj etc. For proper view, a couple of giant screens will be erected by NMC at the stadium and one more screen outside the stadium. Every participant will wear white dress during the event. The ground opposite Yashwant Stadium will be utilised for VIP parking and others can park their vehicles at Morris College ground.

Mayor appealed to NGOs, social, and educational organisations to come forward and participate in this event in large number.

Munna Pokulwar, Deputy Mayor; Ramesh Shingare, Chairman, NMC Standing Committee; Dayashankar Tiwari, Ruling Party Leader; Sunil Agrawal, senior corporator; Girish Deshmukh, Chairman of Tax Committee; Harish Dikondwar, Chairman of Sports Committee; and Bandu Raut, Chairman of Transport Committee also were present during the press conference.

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When Janardan Swami sowed the seeds of Yoga Day...

The entire world is very eager to witness the first ever historic event of celebrations of ‘International Yoga Day’ on June 21. The day was declared by United Nations General Assembly on ... Read More
The entire world is very eager to witness the first ever historic event of celebrations of ‘International Yoga Day’ on June 21. The day was declared by United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014. UN General Assembly thus has endorsed a physical, mental and spiritual practice of India existing since last 6,000 years. Much before the declaration of International Yoga Day by UN General Assembly, Janardan Swami had coined the term ‘Yog Din’ and appealed to the then Mayor of the city to start the day in city along with a payment of Rs.1,000/- at that time, said Karyawah of Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal, Rambhau Khandwe.

Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal was established by Janardan Swami in 1951. Swamiji started teaching yoga for free and conducting Yoga Teacher Training Courses in city since 1956. Now, it is the largest network in Vidarbha having more than 100 Yoga centres.

Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking the imitative to make United Nations to declare June 21 as International Yoga Day.

Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal is an unique organisation which propagates ‘Yog’ as way of life or culture in the society for contentment, health and happiness of every soul by imparting training in Yog to one and all irrespective of caste, creed, religion, totally free of cost. Janardan swami Yogabhyasi Mandal in association with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has organised a mega event at Yashwant Stadium on June 21 from 6 am in which 21,000 members will perform collective Yogasanas.

International Yoga Day: Its origin

Yoga has its roots in India. Many saints, sages, and Yoga experts had dreamed this day since long. UN has declared International Yoga Day when the western countries felt the importance of Yoga in health care.

The seeds of Yoga, Pranayam and other traditional practices were sown by Paramhansa Yogananda in West in 1920. Paramhansa Yogananda founded Self Realization Fellowship (SRF) to disseminate worldwide his teachings on India’s ancient practices and philosophy of Yoga and its tradition of meditation. Yogananda was the first Hindu teacher of yoga to spend a major portion of his life in America.

According to Paramhansa Yogananda, “The word Yoga signifies the perfect poise or mental evenness that is the result of communion of the mind with spirit.”

After Yogananda many spiritual leaders like Maharshi Mahesh Yogi popularized Yoga in Western world. In the last 3 decades, the Art of Living has taken yoga to 152 countries and has 26,000 yoga teachers worldwide. Swami Ramdev, founder of Patanjali Yog Samiti is instrumental in popularizing Yog in India.

In December 2011, a two day conference titled ‘Yoga: A Science for World Peace’ was organised jointly by The Art of Living, SVYASA Yoga University, Bengaluru and Yoga Portuguese Confederation of Lisbon, Portugal. This conference has given a call to United Nations to declare June 21 as World yoga Day. Under the leadership of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar a proclamation was signed for having UN and UNESCO to declare June 21 as World Yoga Day. Shri Swami Bala Gangadharanath of Adi Chun Chun Giri Mutt; Swami Paramatmananda, General Secretary of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha; BKS Iyengar, Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune; Swami Baba Ramdev, Patañjali Yogpeeth, Haridvar; Dr. Nagendra, Vivekánanda Yoga University, Bengaluru; Jagat Guru Amrata Suryananda Maharaj, President of Yoga Portuguese Confederation; Subodh Tiwari, Keivalyadhama Yoga Institute; Dr. D.R Kaarthikeyan, Advisor: Law-Human Responsibilities-Corporate Affairs and Dr. Ramesh Bijlani, Aurobindo Ashram, New Delhi were the other signatories.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014. Modi said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.” On December 11, 2014, the 193-member UN General Assembly approved by consensus a resolution establishing June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’. The resolution also saw a record number of 177 countries co-sponsoring it.

Why June 21?

According to Hindu lunar Calendar, June 21 is a day when Dakshinayana starts. While suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the day is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world. From the perspective of Yoga, the Summer Solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana. The first full moon after Summer Solstice is known as Guru Poornima.

According to Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, in the yogic lore, the first transmission of yoga by Shiva, the first Guru, is said to have begun on this day. Dakshinayana is also considered a time when there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices.

Sadguru further mentioned, “In the yogic culture, the summer solstice which falls in the month of June marks the beginning of Dakshinayana, which means in the Earth’s sky, the Sun begins to trace a southward movement in the northern hemisphere of the planet. Similarly, the winter solstice which falls in the month of December marks the beginning of Uttarayana or the northern run of the Sun. The half of the year from the beginning of Uttarayana in December to the beginning of Dakshinayana in June is known as Gyana pada. The other half of the year from the beginning of Dakshinayana to the beginning of Uttarayana is known as the Sadhana pada. In terms of sadhana, Dakshinayana is for purification, Uttarayana is for enlightenment.”

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Hard work, dedication help Rishank score big

Rishank Mittal of Centre Point School (CPS), Katol Road, believes that hard work and dedication helped him to score high in IIT-JEE Advance examination. Rishank became second topper by securing... Read More
Rishank Mittal of Centre Point School (CPS), Katol Road, believes that hard work and dedication helped him to score high in IIT-JEE Advance examination. Rishank became second topper by securing All India Rank 51 on Thursday. Rishank scored 378 marks out of 504.

“I have sacrificed my hobbies and likes for two years to score good marks in JEE examination. I have studied hard and I utilised most of the time to clear all my problems and doubts,” Rishank explained.

Rishank said, “I was confident about my performance but never thought to be second in the list. This achievement helped me to select the best IIT institute in the country.” Rishank want to do Computer Science from IIT Bombay. He is now focusing on his next challenge that is to perform and compete well with other students in IIT. “Maintain this performance in IIT too is a biggest challenge for me and I am now preparing for it,” Rishank added. He thanked his teachers who guided him well and encouraged him before every challenge. Rishank scored 94.2 per cent in HSC examination and also scored well in SSC examination. Rishank’s father Ravi Mittal is a businessman and his mother Savita Mittal is a homemaker.

“I like to share the credit of my success with parents who sacrificed many things and always supported me during tough time. They never burdened me to score high and always encouraged me,” Rishank added.

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Verification of documents for Engg admission to end today

The verification of documents related to Centralised Admission Process of Engineering admission will end on June 20. It is being done at Application Receipt Centres (ARCs). By Friday, in Nagpur d... Read More
The verification of documents related to Centralised Admission Process of Engineering admission will end on June 20. It is being done at Application Receipt Centres (ARCs). By Friday, in Nagpur division, 18,528 application kits have been sold. 15,950 students have verified the documents by Friday evening.

The state Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) has already displayed a detailed schedule for admissions into Engineering courses on Friday on its website www.dte.org.in. As per its records, the state has around 376 institutes offering Engineering and Technology courses with a total intake of over 1.57 lakh seats.

Those candidates who have secured the minimum 50% marks (45% in case of backward class categories and persons with disabilities belonging to Maharashtra state only) in class XII in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry/Biotechnology/Biology/Technical Vocational added together and obtained positive composite score are eligible to apply. The ranking for admission is based on a composite score which is obtained after adding 50% of JEE (main) 2015 in paper-I percentile and 50% of class XII (Board or equivalent examination) in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics marks percentile. If the score of candidate is not reaching 50 per cent combining Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics he or she can replace Mathematics by any bifocal subject like Electronics to take the score to 50 per cent.

Over 850 new seats are added in the centralised admission process in State, around 1,300 seats have reduced. The DTE conducts the three rounds of the Common Admission Process (CAP). Round 1 and round 2 is meant for all candidates who have filled the online option for the respective round while Round 3 is meant only for candidates from the state of Maharashtra.

A composite score is calculated wherein 50% of the weight is given to the candidate's performance in the JEE (Main) - Paper 1 and the remaining 50% weight is given to the percentile secured by the candidate in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in his Board exams. A merit list is then prepared on the basis of each candidate's composite score.

Don’t give ID, password during CAP, appeals Jt Dir Thakare

Joint Director of Technical Education, Nagpur Region G R Thakare has appealed students not to give application ID and Password received through application kit, to anybody.

Thakare said, “Since process for admission to first year Engineering has begun, the students will get application kit along with ID and password through which they can submit application form on-line on ‘www.dtemaharashtrra.gov.in/fe2015’ While operating at various Application Receipt Centres (ARCs), the students should not disclose their ID and password, that can be misused. After submitting the form on-line, the students should carry print of the same along with the attested photocopies of certificates and get those checked at application centres. After doing proper check up, collect the acknowledgement of form confirmed from ARC officer, pointed Thakare.

Candidates should not need to go to ARC for submitting option form. Students should confirm the options on their own. Students should not give original documents to anybody unless their admissions get confirmed. They also should not handover the documents to unknown persons. The students who are willing to take admissions at institute level or in management quota should pay full amount of fees decided by Shikshan Shulka Samiti (Fee Fixation Committee). The admissions will not be considered valid if partly fees is paid, added Thakare.

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Colleges waiting for Rs 350 cr scholarship dues

A whopping amount of Rs 350 crore earmarked for student scholarships to be disbursed to colleges of Nagpur division is pending with State Government. According to official sources the burden of... Read More
A whopping amount of Rs 350 crore earmarked for student scholarships to be disbursed to colleges of Nagpur division is pending with State Government. According to official sources the burden of disbursing amount to colleges is rising and at the same time due top bogus scholarship scam which surfaced in Nagpur division, authorities are very cautious in releasing the money.

To resolve this ticklish issue, Government has asked colleges to reduce fees so that they will disburse scholarship amount as per slashed down rates and also intense scrutiny has been undertaken to check bonafide students and to crack whip against bogus institutions and unscrupulous institutions who befooled the Social Justice department. Further, Government has decided that permission to new courses would be without scholarship to permanently reduce burden on state exchequer.

Taking cognisance of sufferings of most of the engineering colleges as scholarship amount of over Rs 250 crore, present BJP Government has made a provision of over Rs 300 crore for the same. But this amount is meant for scholarships of professional college students across state. Previous regime had left colleges in a lurch and their consistent follow-ups made no impact, due to which many colleges were forced to fold-up. There are some colleges of other faculties as well, but their scholarship dues with the Government could not be ascertained.

Unaided Technical College Management Association had given a letter to then Social Justice Minister Shivajirao Moghe, seeking his help to get financial aid. In the letter, the Association had requested Minister to take action on important issues related to disbursement of scholarship/freeship against backward class students admitted in engineering, MBA, MCA colleges etc. But, the DF Government failed to provide any succour. The new Government which scrutinised the issue, first decided to plug the leakage by identifying the bogus institutes and ineligible beneficiaries. Further, the Government decided to reimburse the identical fees per student and fixed the ceiling of fees for scholarship purposes in respect of students belonging to socially backward categories. However, this decision has not gone down well with the Colleges who are arguing that the fees has been determined by Shikshan Shulka Samiti (Fee Fixation Panel) after elaborate exercise and looking at the cost of infrastructure, quality of education imparted, the fees is going to be different for every institution and fixed fees will hurt good and reputed colleges. Therefore, the Higher and Technical Education Department has decided to permit new sections or new courses but without scholarship on the lines of permanent unaided schools. This would ease the burden of paying the scholarship amount. According to one academician, if the courses are to be run without scholarship, then the newly opened colleges which are unable to fill the seats will be in deep trouble, as in reality these colleges are heavily dependent upon the students who get scholarship. The ratio of students has become 80:20 means 80 per cent students are from the socially and economically weaker categories and only 20 per cent are from open category. This will pose the problem for colleges too.

How the scheme runs

Government of Maharashtra had implemented a scheme for payment of scholarship/freeship to students belonging to backward classes (SC, ST, OBC, VJ, NT, SBC, etc). The colleges give admission to all such backward class students as per government norms. The Government of Maharashtra then reimburses tuition fees through Social Justice Department and other departments, against all such students admitted as per norms.

The whole trouble starts as there are only 20 per cent students who pay actual fees while remaining 80 percent students belong to backward classes in majority of colleges. Only old and reputed colleges are comfortable with admissions from general category students and do not depend on state scholarship. The colleges have to bear either 100 per cent fees or some part of it for these 80 per cent students. Expenditure budget of a college is based on fees received from students, vis-a-vis scholarship/freeship received from backward class students (SC, ST, OBC, VJ, NT, SBC etc) and other category students. Government departments like Social Justice, Minority Welfare pay tuition fees against students admitted in due course of time after completion of fees claim process. As per GR dated November 1, 2003, Social Justice Department should pay 90 per cent of tuition fees/scholarship/freeship to institutions by June of every academic year before commencement of academic session. But it is seldom done. The dues with the Government vary from Rs 80 lakh to Rs 5 crore per college. Last year, over 30 per cent seats in engineering colleges remained vacant. It has put additional financial burden on these colleges. Panic has gripped managements of many college as they have obtained loans from banks and are dependent on dues to be received from the Government.

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Travellers in limbo as flash flood in Mumbai hits trains’ schedule

Even as train services limp on North-South sector following Itarsi fire incident, Railway services derailed further after the Mumbai flash floods leaving travellers in limbo on yet another route.... Read More
Even as train services limp on North-South sector following Itarsi fire incident, Railway services derailed further after the Mumbai flash floods leaving travellers in limbo on yet another route. The shape of things on Itarsi end showed no improvement as many of the train continue to run several hours behind schedule while other take circuitous route and some other remained cancelled.

Meanwhile heavy rains along with high tide left Mumbai tracks submerged ruling out train services. Since Friday morning no train has entered or left Mumbai city stations leaving long distance travellers in fix. Many of them had arrived at station only to find train departures rescheduled.

Trains leaving for Nagpur ex-Mumbai were leaving many hours later. As per scheduled released by Central Railway, 11401 Mumbai- Nagpur Nandigram Exp. 16.35 which starts at 16.35 hrs was rescheduled to 20.00 hrs, 12105 Mumbai- Nagpur Vidarbha to 01.00 hrs of June 20, 12809 Mumbai- Howrah Mail instead of 20.35 hrs was to leave at 04.00 hrs on Saturday so was 12289 Mumbai-Nagpur Duronto Exp. which was rescheduled to 05.30 hrs of June 20. The full impact of these late departure would be felt on Saturday on Mumbai routes and late arrival of rake is going to put travellers in spot as ex-Nagpur trains are also going to get delayed. Cancelled Trains: For June 20 the cancelled trains are 12803 Vishakhapatnam-Hazrat Nizamuddin Swarna Jayanti Exp, 12160 Jabalpur-Amravati Exp, 12968 Jaipur-Chennai Exp, 12159 Amravati-Jabalpur Exp., 22111 Bhusawal-Nagpur Exp., 11204 Jaipur-Nagpur Exp, 22351 Danapur-Yeshwantpur Patliputra Exp., and 17610 Purna-Patna Exp., said a railway release issued here. Similarly trains passing through Nagpur on June 21 too have been cancelled and they are 16032 Jammu Tawi-Chennai Andaman Exp, 16317 Kanyakumari-Jammu Tawi Exp and June 23 run of 22683 Yeshwantpur-Lucknow Exp too is cancelled, the communiqué said.

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NMC general body meeting today, set to be stormy

The general body meeting of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Saturday may be a stormy affair as corporators from opposition benches are set to raise various issues including illegal recovery... Read More
The general body meeting of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Saturday may be a stormy affair as corporators from opposition benches are set to raise various issues including illegal recovery of fire protection fund, excess payment to Orange City Water (OCW), and irregularities in Gharkul Yojana etc.

NMC Fire and Emergency Services Department has been collecting fire protection fund from builders, developers, and house-owners illegally, it had come to fore recently. The local body has been collecting this funds for three-and-a-half years without any permission of the State Government.

Pulled up by the State Government and following a matter pending in the High Court, Fire and Emergency Services Department is trying to regualrise the same with retrospective effect. The department has submitted a proposal before the general body to regularise these illegalities with retrospective effect. The general body of NMC is expected to take final decision regarding return of excess amount recovered so far to builders. Some corporators are likely to raise the issue. Another issue that may come up during general body meeting is excess payment made to OCW. Recently, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had quoted objection raised by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) and urged the NMC administration to enquire into the matter. In its report, CAG had termed payment of Rs 26 crore made by NMC to OCW as ‘extra avoidable expenditure’. Vikas Thakre, Leader of Opposition in NMC, has listed a question in this regard for discussion during general body meeting. Alleged irregularities in Gharkul Yojana also may be raised by corporator Sandeep Sahare. He pointed out that the issue was kept for discussion later on when it was raised during previous meeting. In Ashi Nagar Zone, list of 55 beneficiaries was prepared. However, ‘bogus’ signatures of officials were found on files that were finalised and forwarded to Ashi Nagar Zone office for distribution of cheques. Sahare alleged that though the civic administration had directed to register FIR in this regard, only a formal complaint was given to Pachpaoli Police Station. “We will seek answers during general body meeting,” Sahare said. Apart from these, shoddy pre-monsoon preparations, condition of roads, etc may come up for discussion during the meeting.

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Farmers in distt to get crop loan by 30th

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, took stock of the crop loan distribution in the district on Friday and asked the administration to complete all formalities to en... Read More
Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, took stock of the crop loan distribution in the district on Friday and asked the administration to complete all formalities to ensure that farmers got Kharif crop loan by June 30. Bawankule later told media that ‘Loan Meets’ will be organised at all tehsil places on June 26 to reach out to farmers seeking crop loans.

For the year 2014-15, the target for Kharif loan distribution in Nagpur district was Rs 817.60 crore and that for Rabi season was Rs 204.40 crore. Of the combined target of Rs 1,022 crore, nationalised and rural banks only could distribute crop loans as Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank Limited (NDCCB) lost its banking license. Nationalised and rural banks distributed Rs 863.55 crore of crop loan to 70,767 farmers. As far as the current financial year 2015-16 is concerned, Bawankule said, the total target for credit supply is Rs 1,073.10 crore including Rs 841.50 crore for Kharif and Rs 231.60 crore for Rabi seasons. Till June 16, the minister told media on Friday, a total of 30,654 farmers had got credit of Rs 307.82 crore through nationalised and rural banks.

In all the tehsils in the district, Bawankule said, ‘Loan Meets’ will be organised on June 26. In these special camps, farmers’ issues concerning credit availability will be resolved. Revenue Department, Co-operation Department, and Agriculture Department officials will remain present in the meets along with bank officials, and make available relevant documents, thus facilitating credit supply to farmers.

“Already, Principal Secretary (Co-operation) had directed the officials concerned to ensure that target of credit supply was met till June 30. We have reiterated this before the officials concerned in the meeting held today,” he said.

Asked about restructuring of loan as per the latest announcement of the State Government, Bawankule said that 55,262 farmers had taken crop loan previously. Of these, 19,648 had repaid the loan, and 6,992 had taken loan against gold mortgage. Of the remaining 28,622 farmers, a total of 11,682 were eligible for restructuring of loan. Of these, as many as 8,391 farmers had got their loans restructured. The remaining 3,291 farmers’ crop loan was supposed to be restructured till date, he added.

On the attitude of commercial, nationalised, and private banks regarding distribution of crop loans to farmers, Guardian Minister said that stringent action would be taken against banks not supplying crop loan. “If required, offences would be registered against non-cooperating banks and even their licence could be in trouble,” he added.

Sudhir Parwe, Umred MLA; Dr Rajiv Potdar, BJP District President; Satish Bhosle, Deputy District Registrar; Dr Archana Kadu, District Superintending Agriculture Officer, were present prominently at the press conference at Ravi Bhavan.

Will 37,930 ‘chronic’ defaulters get loans?

There are 37,930 ‘chronic’ defaulters of crop loans in Nagpur district and they are unable to get fresh credit from any bank. As a result, these many farmers may remain deprived of institutional credit.

“These farmers had taken loan in 2009 and 2010. However, they could not repay it. Later, Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank Limited ran into trouble. They have got the status of chronic defaulter as they have not got no dues certificate from NDCCB. As a result, they are ineligible to get fresh loan from any of the banks,” said Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister. To ensure credit supply for these farmers, a policy decision of the State Government is required apart from clearance from Reserve Bank of India, he added.

“I have already discussed the matter with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Principal Secretary of Co-operation Department. Chief Minister has assured me to find a way out so that these many farmers get fresh institutional credit,” Bawankule told reporters.

Earlier in the day, Bawankule chaired a meeting with Lead Bank and other financial institutions regarding crop loan distribution to farmers. Krupal Tumane, Ramtek MP; Sudhir Parwe, Umred MLA; D Mallikarjun Reddy, Ramtek MLA; Sachin Kurve, District Collector; Shivajirao Jondhale, Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Parishad; and representatives of nationalised banks were present in the meeting. Mohan Mashankar of Lead Bank; C Y Deshmukh; Sudhir Dhanvijay, Assistant General Manager of NABARD; Manohar Deore, S D Kogje, Ramanuj Prasad, D W Nikose, Pradeep Ambarkhane, Parul Nandanwar, Dheeraj Khobragade, S W Susankar, Ramesh Ramteke, D V Banbole and others also attended the meeting.

‘No crop loan through NDCCB this Kharif’

Farmers in Nagpur district will not get crop loan through beleaguered Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank Limited (NDCCB) this Kharif season, as the inspection by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will take at least three-four months to complete, said Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister.

Addressing a press conference, Bawankule said that the matter pertaining to revival of NDCCB was in the court. As a result, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will require directions from the High Court to restore NDCCB’s banking license. Further, RBI will not restore banking licence of NDCCB unless NABARD conducts inspection. “However, as its banking licence has been revoked, NDCC is a mere society and not a bank. As a result, NABARD cannot conduct inspection of a society. So, there are certain technical issues,” said Bawankule.

Still, said Bawankule, the State Government was taking efforts for restoration of banking licence of NDCCB. But, the resolution of these issues will take at least three to four months. Till then, Kharif season will be almost over. Hence, farmers will not get crop loan through NDCCB at least this Kharif season, he made it clear.

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‘Investing in Green Gold’ Bamboo Investors Meet from June 20

The first Bamboo Investors Meet-2015 of the country from June 20 to 22 will be attended by investors and experts from China, Belgium, Germany, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tripura, Gujarat, Delhi, A... Read More
The first Bamboo Investors Meet-2015 of the country from June 20 to 22 will be attended by investors and experts from China, Belgium, Germany, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tripura, Gujarat, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal etc. These include producers of bamboo-based energy, textiles, furniture, manufacturers of handicraft, builders of bamboo houses, bamboo producing farmers etc. Madhya Pradesh has immense potential: Director Madhya Pradesh Bamboo Mission A K Bhattacharya informed that demand for bamboo-based products has increased immensely in the country and world. Since Madhya Pradesh has the largest forest area in the country, immense possibilities of bamboo production and industry can be developed here. Due to numerous benefits of bamboo, it is called “Green Gold”. The Investment Meet named as “Investing in Green Gold” will bridge the gap between producer farmers, craftspersons, entrepreneurs, investors and government. Madhya Pradesh will also serve as a gateway for major industries since it is situated in the middle of the country. Rural economy to be boosted: The meet will give maximum benefit to rural economy. Farmers will grow bamboo along with other crops and with initiative of Bamboo Mission skill of craftspersons who usually made only baskets, mats and ordinary goods will be upgraded. Now, bamboo craftspersons will also manufacture modern furniture, floor tiles, cloth, board etc. apart from traditional bamboo products. Apart from expansion of bamboo forest area, it would also cast positive effect on world’s environment. Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari will be chief guest at the inaugural function at Academy of Administration on June 20 at 5 pm. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will preside over the function. The 3-day meet comprising eight sessions will be participated by bamboo investors, farmers, artisans, industrialists, IAS and senior IFS officers.

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BU students demonstrate over irregularities in BBA result

Apparently unhappy over result of BBA 6th semester result declared by Barkatullah University (BU) large number of students demonstrated in the campus on Wednesday.

The university managemen... Read More
Apparently unhappy over result of BBA 6th semester result declared by Barkatullah University (BU) large number of students demonstrated in the campus on Wednesday.

The university management appointed a committee to investigate the issue and assured students to solve the matter soon. Protesters alleged that university management has failed them carelessly and demanded to re-evaluate their copies. Students said professors have given 1 or 2 marks to that maximum students in Business Environment subject which not justified. They said that they have already contacted the university officials on Tuesday regarding the issue but university refused to take up the matter. BU registrar LS Solanki said that students are free to submit the re-evaluation forms within two months. In response students said that if they applies for re-checking, they will fail to get admission in postgraduate courses. There are about 200 students, who failed the BBA exam. However after meeting with protesters, student welfare wing and administrative officers assured to re-check the answer sheets of students.

EC nod to probe optical fiber scam at BU

The Executive Council (EC) members of Barkatullah University (BU) agreed on Wednesday to investigate the optical fiber scam. Hemant Katare, EC member, raised the issue of fiber scam and demanded to probe. He said that fiber worth Rs 2 crore is missing from campus so officials should invest the matter. Vice Chancellor M D Tiwari and registrar L S Solanki also agreed to probe the scam. In the meeting, members also passed the post of superintendent officers in hostels under self finance scheme. The proposal of superintendent will so sent to the Government for further approval. The superintendent officers are proposed to be appointed at Munshi Premchand Hostel, Sanjay Gandhi, Jawaharlal, Indira Kanya and Nivedita Girls Hostel. The EC members also decided to award the winners of All India Inter University and Zonal sports competition. First winner of the competition will be awarded with Rs 21,000, second 15,000 and third with Rs 11,000. Another major decision taken by EC members is service extension to 12 professors for next three months. EC member Amit Sharma raised the issue of contract faculty and demanded to extend the working tenure of 12 professors. He asked to appoint them as guest faculties.

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Gen V K Singh inaugurates Secretariat of 10th Vishwa Hindi Sammelan

Secretariat of 10th Vishwa Hindi Sammelan to be held at Bhopal from September 10 to 12 was inaugurated at Makhanlal National University of Journalism and Communications here today. MoS for Defenc... Read More
Secretariat of 10th Vishwa Hindi Sammelan to be held at Bhopal from September 10 to 12 was inaugurated at Makhanlal National University of Journalism and Communications here today. MoS for Defence Gen. V.K. Singh, Rajya Sabha MP Anil Madhav Dave, Minister of State for Culture Surendra Patwa and university’s vice chancellor Prof. Brij Kishore Kuthiayala inaugurated the Sammelan. All works pertaining to Vishwa Hindi Sammelan will be done from here. A meeting of managing committee of the Sammelan was also held.

At the meeting, MP Dave held subject-wise discussions on committees constituted for various subjects. Members of committees on organisation, security, cultural programmes, lodging & transportation, felicitation, website, content and sessions informed about action taken till date and future plans. Dave informed that August 21, 2015 is the last date for registration for Sammelan. Registrations are being done online. He said that a song is being composed for Sammelan. Two professors and 5 students each of various universities in the country will be invited to Sammelan. Union Joint Secretary Foreign Affairs Mridul Kumar informed about Sammelan’s preparations.

It was informed that a newsletter will be published daily. It would be responsibility of Makhanlal National University of Journalism and Communications. Cultural programmes will be held in the evening daily during Sammelan. Cultural programmes on September 10 will be held by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and 11 September by Madhya Pradesh Department of Culture. Kavi Sammelan will be held on September 12.

The meeting discussed increasing aviation facilities at Bhopal during Sammelan, mainly Delhi- Mumbai air service. Union MoS Singh laid emphasis on preparing check list and use of technology.

Members of the managing committee including MoS for Culture Surendra Patwa, university vice chancellor Kuthiayala, MP Alok Sanjar, MLAs Rameshwar Sharma and Vishwas Sarang, Mayor Alok Sharma, Municipal Corporation Chairman Surjeet Singh Chouhan, Vijesh Lunawat and Principal Secretary Culture Manoj Shrivastava and senior officers of concerning departments were also present.

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Minor girls’ kidnapping case registered at Ayodhya Nagar

A case of kidnapping allegedly done by tuition teacher of two minor girls was registered at Ayodhya Nagar on Wednesday. Both the victims are real sisters and are missing from Tuesday evening. P... Read More
A case of kidnapping allegedly done by tuition teacher of two minor girls was registered at Ayodhya Nagar on Wednesday. Both the victims are real sisters and are missing from Tuesday evening. Police informed that both the victims are minor one 17-year-old and another 10-year-old, residents of Arjun Nagar. Both used to take tuition from the accused Sahil Kumar (18), hails from Bihar is a student with a private university in the State capital and a resident of the same locality. Both the girls went for tuition on Tuesday evening but did not return home late. When the family members enquired they found that Sahil was not at home along with their daughters. They searched for the girls and the accused but were unable to find them. Subsequently, a complaint was registered by the mother of the victims at Ayodhya Nagar police station in this context on Wednesday. A case under Section 363 of IPC was registered against accused by the police after preliminary investigations. Further investigations in the case have started and a massive search operation has also been launched by the police in search of both the victims and the accused. Interrogations are also being made with the suspected persons to ascertain some useful information.

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Fake cop held for duping man of Rs 12,000

MP Nagar police nabbed a fake inspector who duped a 40-year-old man of Rs 12,000 on luring to get bail to his son who is under trial for stealing a motorcycle. A case of forgery at Piplani poli... Read More
MP Nagar police nabbed a fake inspector who duped a 40-year-old man of Rs 12,000 on luring to get bail to his son who is under trial for stealing a motorcycle. A case of forgery at Piplani police station also surfaced during investigation. Investigation Officer Jai Veer Singh informed that the victim Suresh Kumar Yadav (40), son of Devilal, a resident of Jahangirabad area, is an electrician. His son Neelesh Yadav (17) is facing trial in MP Nagar police station for stealing a motorcycle from June 13 along with his two acquaintances Raju (21) and Rahul (21). Suresh was duped of Rs 12,000 by the accused Rajendra Kumar Daheria (44) Jangalia, a resident of Pratap Nagar, Shankaracharya ward, Narshinghpur, promising him to provide bail to his son Neelesh. He also told the victim that he is posted in Police Headquarters and is a relative of SP, he added.

Suresh told police that he gave Rs 12,000 demanded by the accused for providing bail to his son on Tuesday evening. Later, when he did not receive any response from the accused Suresh lodged a complaint with MP Nagar Police Station on Wednesday. Subsequently, a search operation was launched by the police in search of the accused and nabbed the accused outside Bhopal Crime Branch. During investigations it surfaced that a case of forgery was registered at Piplani police station against Rajendra.

MP Nagar police registered a case under Section 420 of IPC against Rajendra and presented him in the court. Rajendra has been given on a 2-day remand to MP Nagar and Piplani police by the court. Other cases of forgery are expected to surface after investigations.

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CM Chouhan meets Prime Minister

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday. Chouhan apprised the Prime Minister of suggestions and views aired at national conference on crop ... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday. Chouhan apprised the Prime Minister of suggestions and views aired at national conference on crop insurance at Bhopal. He informed that a report on the conference will soon be submitted to the Prime Minister.

Besides, the Chief Minister also gave detailed information about Krishi Mahotsav in the state saying that Krishi Raths were sent during it to about 23,000 Gram Panchayats in the State to apprise farmers of new innovations and farming techniques. Chouhan apprised the Prime Minister of preparations for Simhastha to be held next year and reiterated state’s demand for assistance regarding this. Chouhan informed that Prime Minister Modi will be chief guest at concluding programme of Simhastha on May 14, 2016. This Simhastha will be a mega ideological event marked by seminars on various issues and philosophy, discourses of saints and seers etc.

There will be brainstorming on value based life environment, climate, Dharma, human welfare and other related topics relevant to entire humankind. Chouhan also invited the Prime Minister to inaugurate Vishwa Hindi Sammelan.

Celebrate this Raksha Bandhan a bit differently: Chief Minister Chouhan has urged people to celebrate this Raksha Bandhan a bit differently to ensure secure and bright future of their sisters. He said that on Raksha Bandhan this year, instead of gifts and sweets, brothers should present documents of insurance policies of the Central Government to sisters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched insurance and pension scheme for secured life of people.

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BKS planning protest over delay in payment of crop insurance money

Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) is in mood to lock horns with State Government over crop insurance issue. To build pressure on government, it is even planning to hold a massive dharna in Bhopal. Read More
Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) is in mood to lock horns with State Government over crop insurance issue. To build pressure on government, it is even planning to hold a massive dharna in Bhopal.

To send feelers to Government, BKS had staged a sit-in Pipariya of Hoshangabad on Wednesday.

Speaking to ‘The Hitavada’ Bharatiya Kisan Sangh’s General Secretary M M Vyas said that farmers have not received crop insurance money sanctioned for year 2014. Likewise, peasants are also yet to receive the crop insurance of 2015.

This has left farmers in quandary and now they are raising their voice.

He also cited the example of Harda farmers who are protesting against the petty sum they are going to receive in the form of crop insurance. Notably, one farmer is supposed to get crop insurance of Re 1.28 paise.

Meanwhile, protest of farmers of Gahal village of Harda entered into sixth day on Wednesday.

Angry over the petty sum they are going to receive under crop insurance, they protested in half-naked manner and also handed over memorandum to district administration.

Farmers in Harda are protesting under the banner of Aam Kisan Union and also raising voice against financial irregularities happening in co-operative societies.

Farmer Ram of Harda district said there are massive financial irregularities in records of co-operative committees.

Farmers whose debt was cleared have been again made indebted as entry is done through pencil and later figures are manipulated. He said when benefit of loan waiver scheme came, it had largely gone into the bogus accounts. He added that though it was the sixth day of agitation of farmers in Harda but no senior authority came to meet the farmers.

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E-waste management irregularities issue to knock the doors of Green panel

The issue of E-waste disposal in the State is going to knock the doors of Green panel soon. With no definite scientific strategy for segregation, the e-waste is becoming a major problem of pollut... Read More
The issue of E-waste disposal in the State is going to knock the doors of Green panel soon. With no definite scientific strategy for segregation, the e-waste is becoming a major problem of pollution in the entire State.

Subash C Pandey, environmentalist, who is prepared to file the petition says that the e-waste management and handling rules 2012 is yet to be implemented in the State. Just by identifying e waste collection centres will not be able to solve the problem as segregation at source level is important so that it can facilitate in disposal which can be done through scientific method. Executive Engineer of the State Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) H S Malviya, who is also incharge of the e-waste management, told ‘The Hitavada’ that e-waste collection centres have been made in many regions including Bhopal, Indore, Rewa, Raisen. Besides, the Pollution Control Board has conducted more than one dozen awareness workshops for the stake holders to cover via lndore, Bhopal, GwaIior, Jabalpur, Rewa, Satna, Dewas, Mandsaur and Pithampur.

Micro level inventorisation work has been completed in four major divisions of MP are Bhopal Indore Jabalpur and Gwalior .The main focus of the implementation of the e waste rules was to identify e-waste collection centres and the recyclers. As per estimates of Pollution Control Board, Bhopal, generates a yearly e-waste of 437 metric tones, Indore 823 MT, Gwalior 410 MT, Jabalpur 210 MT. However, in one of the studies the total amount of e-waste generation annually from Bhopal was 950 MT/year which includes household and business entities, institutions.

The e-waste generation is highest at Indore city. On one hand where the pollution control board is focusing on to enforce the rules and give necessary permissions for setting up of collection centres as well as the recyclers, no major effort is given on scientific method of segregation. E-waste is a name for electronic products nearing the end of their useful life. E-wastes are considered dangerous, as certain components of some electronic products contain materials that are hazardous. The hazardous content of these materials pose a threat to human health and environment. The drawbacks like the difficulty in inventorization, unhealthy conditions of informal recycling, inadequate legislation, poor awareness and reluctance makes the e waste disposal task more complex.

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State Govt to create land bank database

To get proper details about land available with it, Maharashtra Government has decided to prepare a Government Land Bank Database. This is among several other measures to be taken to introduce te... Read More
To get proper details about land available with it, Maharashtra Government has decided to prepare a Government Land Bank Database. This is among several other measures to be taken to introduce technology and improve further the functioning of Revenue Department.

As part of these measures, Government Receipt and Accounting System (GRAS) will be implemented in Revenue Department from August 1. Further, e-DISNIC system will be implemented State-wide. Also, Maha Rajaswa Abhiyan will be implemented across Maharashtra to find out unauthorised non-agricultural permission cases, to issue various certificates, and to achieve the target of making available e-mutation facility at every village by March 2016 etc. All these initiatives are aimed at improving the pace of functioning of Revenue Department and to make it more transparent.

Presentations about the initiatives were made during the State-level conference of Divisional Commissioners and District Collectors at Pune on Tuesday. Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, Nagpur, attended the conference and made a presentation on comprehensive training plan for Revenue Department officials.

Asked about the new initiatives, Anoop Kumar told ‘The Hitavada’ that GRAS would be implemented for Revenue Department across the State from August 1. So far, this system of electronic payment is available with Inspectorate General of Registration. “With GRAS being used for Revenue Department, there will not be any need to go to Treasury. This will not only save time but also offer convenience to those making payments,” he said. The system was implemented in Pune district on pilot basis, using the concept of ‘virtual treasury’. With the system coming into effect throughout the State from August 1, Revenue payments could be made through branches of any of 26 identified nationalised banks.

It may be mentioned here that the State has 310 Treasury offices apart from 33 others in Mumbai, with separate jurisdictions. GRAS will offer one jurisdiction across the State. One can make payments through Internet banking, counter payment at banks, e-payment gateway including debit/credit cards etc. In 2014-15, total 55,72,110 challans were generated in the State through GRAS in departments other than Revenue. An amount of Rs 35,044 crore was collected through payment of these challans. Of this amount, Rs 18,772 crore was collected through GRAS in Inspectorate General of Registration; Rs 10,813 crore through Excise Department; and Rs 2,091 crore through Regional Transport Offices. GRAS will come into effect in Revenue Department from August 1, and the department has got a revenue recovery target of Rs 6,196 crore in the current financial year 2015-16.

Another important initiative, Anoop Kumar said, is Government Land Bank Database. Under the initiative, various details pertaining to Government lands will be compiled and updated regularly. These details will include status in development plan, regional plan, approach road, water availability etc. “Once the database is ready, it will serve as a decision support system,” he said. Under the Government Land Management, effort will be to find out breach of conditions relating to land made available to needy persons in olden days for livelihood through agricultural use.

e-DISNIC to be introduced

e-DISNIC or e-District Information System of National Informatics Centre (NIC), a web-based district administration portal that was first developed in Kolhapur district, has won appreciation across the nation. Soon, it will be introduced across Maharashtra.

Under the e-DISNIC system, various software modules have been implemented already in Kolhapur district. These include e-RevCOurt, a web-based Revenue Course case management and information system for Additional Collector, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Tehsildar, and Circle authorities. e-DISNIC is envisaged to accommodate wide range of software modules and is paperless in nature as the related data entry can be done and reports can be seen over the Internet.

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HC rejects traders’ plea against slashing of Bt seed price

In a major victory for Devendra Fadnavis led State Government and its bold decision to reduce price of Bt cotton seed bag by Rs 100, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has upheld the move and ... Read More
In a major victory for Devendra Fadnavis led State Government and its bold decision to reduce price of Bt cotton seed bag by Rs 100, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has upheld the move and refused to grant any interim relief to Seed Industries Association of Maharashtra which challenged the move of price slashing.

A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain turned down the plea of petitioner-association representing major seed manufacturing companies and held that Government was well within its power to regulate the price of BT cotton seeds on the basis of empirical data before it.

The State Government on June 8 exercising its power under section 10 of the Maharashtra Cotton Seeds (Regulation of Supply, Distribution , Sale and Fixation of Sale Price ) Act, 2009, fixed the maximum sale price of BG-I at Rs 730 per packet and BG-II cotton seeds at Rs 830 per packet.

Senior Counsel Sunil Manohar appearing for the State strongly defended the move citing various decisions and prevailing agrarian crisis, particularly in cotton belt of Maharashtra. After major shift from traditional seeds to Bt seeds, it is imperative for the state to protect the interest of agriculturists and provide them seeds at a reasonable price. Refuting the allegation of petitioner-association that Government considered only Keshav Kranthi report while ignoring Dr C D Mayee report which suggested rationalisation of prices, Special Counsel Manohar stated that decision was taken after reviewing crop situation across Maharashtra and after series of deliberations conducted with stakeholders including end-consumer.

Senior Counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi appearing for the Seed Manufacturers questioned the logic and legality of slashing of price by Government and putforth demand of industry to direct the State Government to hike the maximum sale price of BG-I and BG-II cotton seeds. The petitioner sought direction to the respondent authorities to fix the price of Bt. cotton hybrid seeds based on increase in the costs of production /factors specified under section 10(1) of the 2009 Act and stay to the impugned notification. According to the petitioners, the impugned notification is in violation of section 10 of the Act. It is contrary to the principles of price fixation and also the view expressed by the High Court through its judgment of 3 writ petitions of August 13, 2013.

During last hearing, the High Court had directed the authorities to keep trheir original files ready for its perusal. Senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi appeared with Adv. Akshay Naik and Nikhil Gaikwad. Special Counsel Sunil Manohar and Government Pleader Bharati Dangre represented the State.

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NCP leader Vijay Talewar arrested, gets PCR till 19th

STATE CID (Crime) officers on Wednesday arrested Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Vijay Talewar on charges of dacoity, outraging modesty of a woman, assault and trespass in a 2012 case r... Read More
STATE CID (Crime) officers on Wednesday arrested Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Vijay Talewar on charges of dacoity, outraging modesty of a woman, assault and trespass in a 2012 case related to possession of a disputed property in Ramdaspeth. The CID officers obtained remand for Talewar’s custodial interrogation till June 19.

Criminal cases were filed by Bharati Belsare and Vijay Talewar against each other on March 24, 2012. While Belsares claimed they had purchased the property in Ramdaspeth, Talewar termed it as a fake deal. Belsare had lodged a complaint that Talewar had barged into her house where the scuffle took place between him and his accomplices and her sons apart from Ramnarayan Mishra and his son Aniruddha. Talewar then had filed a counter complaint against Bharati and her sons for assaulting and threatening him apart from other charges. However, Sitabuldi Police had arrested Bharati and her sons immediately but had not arrested him. The High Court and Supreme Court had also turned down Talewar’s anticipatory bail pleas. At that time, the State had also strongly opposed the bail applications stating that his custodial interrogation was necessary. In a bid to shield Talewar, Sitabuldi Police allegedly allowed him to be absconding for more than one year from the date of registration of FIR.

Sitabuldi Police allegedly manipulated the matter by dropping all non-bailable offences against him and deliberately changed its stance before the lower court. On June 9, 2013, they arrested him and was released on the same day after the investigation officer told the court that his custodial interrogation was not necessary. Subsequently, Belsare moved the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court by filing a criminal writ petition (72/2012). While allowing the petition, the High Court prima facie had observed that the probe by Sitabuldi Police was carried out in a partial manner. Later, after hearing the matter at length, the High Court directed the State CID (Crime) to take over the probe and also inquire into the conduct of the investigation agency.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that CID officers have launched a search for two more accused in the case who are allegedly absconding.

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RRI cabin gutted at Itarsi railway station, many trains running late

TRAVELLERS at Nagpur railway station on Wednesday were in limbo as train services on North-South sector took a big hit after fire gutted route relay interlocking (RRI) cabin at Itarsi station. Tr... Read More
TRAVELLERS at Nagpur railway station on Wednesday were in limbo as train services on North-South sector took a big hit after fire gutted route relay interlocking (RRI) cabin at Itarsi station. Trains were running several hours behind schedule, few long distance trains were diverted and short run trains stood cancelled owing to absence of path. In absence of electronic signalling, train movement required manual setting, a time consuming process and as such delay is bound to be there which however is frustrating for passengers.

Incidentally, Itarsi has one of the biggest junction over Indian Railways and is basically a pivot and it plays a vital role in inter-connecting North-South, West-North, East-South railway routes. So any trouble at Itarsi is bound to have multiple impact and that’s what happened after the incident that occurred around 6 am on Wednesday, according to reports reaching here. Itarsi gets feed from Bhopal, Bhusawal, Nagpur and Jabalpur divisions and all four operating control room were in emergency mode as trains piled-up in the section owing to isolation of Itarsi railway station.

Although morning North bound trains passed through on time from Nagpur but downward train movement from Delhi to down South has been badly hit. Manual signalling requires locking of each and every route and then relaying route relay for next train which is a time consuming process. Nagpur station had witnessed similar situation when central cabin of RRI caught fire around four years back. Train movement had that time almost came to standstill leaving passengers in lurch.

A similar situation must have prevailed in early morning hours at Itarsi in aftermath of knocking off of RRI which controls signalling without which train crew cannot move train.

The Station Superintendent in such situation has powers to issue written authority and for it entire railway route is manually laid for individual train for passage.

At Nagpur a help booth was set-up to guide the train passengers in view of inordinate delay in running of trains. 22692 H. Nizamuddin-Bangalore Rajdhani Express was late by four hours, 12792 Patna-Secunderabad Exp. 4.15 hours, 12970 Jaipur-Coimbatore Exp 3.30 hrs, 12622 New Delhi-Chennai TN Express 3.15 hours, 16360 Patna-Ernakulam Exp. five hours, 22680 Vaishanodevi Katra-Yeshwantpur Exp. 3.20 hrs, 22111 Bhusawal-Nagpur Exp. three hours late.

Few trains that were running via diverted route of Katni, Shahdol, Usalpur, Durg and onto Nagpur and ahead included 12577 Darbhanga-Mysore Exp, 12296 Patna-Bangalore Exp, 12150 Patna-Pune Exp, 22132 Manduadih-Pune Gyanganga Exp. Train No. 12971 Secunderabad-Patna Express will run via diverted route of Nagpur, Gondia, Bilaspur and Katni till June 19 and 22112 Nagpur-Bhusawal Express was also running via diverted route.

Another route chosen for diversion of routes was Nagda, Vadodra, Surat, Jalgaon, Bhusawal and Ballarshah and trains 22632 Bikaner-Chennai AC Exp, 16863 Bhagat Ki Kothi-Mannargudi Exp. and 12968 Jaipur-Mysore Exp would travel on this section till June 21. 19713 Jaipur-Secunderabad would go via this route on June 20, 21976 Jaipur-Mysore Exp on June 22 and 24, 21970 Jaipur-Coimbatore on June 23, 11204 Jaipur-Nagpur on June 19.

Cancelled Trains: Train No. 59385 Indore-Chhindwara's today run was cancelled, 08244 Bhagat Ki Kothi-Bilaspur, 028246 Bikaner-Bilaspur Exp, 18474 Jodhpur-Puri and would not arrive in Nagpur on June 20, 12924 Nagpur-Indore would not run from June 19 to 22, 21914 Nagpur-Indore on June 22, 12159 Amravati-Jabalpur from June 17 till 19 and 12160 Jabalpur-Amravati from June 17 to 19.

However, atleast two days would be required before normalcy is restored on the North-South sector through Nagpur on Indian Railways. Although train services are being routed under emergency arrangements, for full fledged RRI cabin to be in place atleast two days would be required. Apart from installation, the commissioning and testing is a tedious process as scores of cables and assorted accessories which are minute. The worst thing is monsoon is vigorous which means undertaking outdoor work would be quite a challenge for signalling staff.

Also, in aftermath of another disruption Railways is left calculating the losses due to termination of trains and cancellation of journey by scores of passengers owing to disruption in train services. More than that the goods trains through Itarsi has been completely halted which is more than Railways could handle.

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Ex-PWD Secy Marathe moves High Court against ACB action

Former Secretary of Public Works Department (PWD) Devdutta Govindrao Marathe named by Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) in connection with Maharashtra Sadan scam and alleged favours shown to Chimankar... Read More
Former Secretary of Public Works Department (PWD) Devdutta Govindrao Marathe named by Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) in connection with Maharashtra Sadan scam and alleged favours shown to Chimankar builders, has knocked the doors of the High Court challenging the First Information Report (FIR) filed against him by the ACB.

Marathe has joined State Home Department, Director General of ACB, Investigating Officers ACP Narendra Talegaonkar as party respondents. The FIR was filed by ACB last week at Worli police station naming then PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal and 16 others including his son Pankaj, nephew Sameer and high-profile public servants including Arun Deodhar then Superintending Engineer, M H Shah then Chief Engineer, Devdutta Marathe the then Secretary of PWD, Deepak Deshpande then PWD Secretary, Bipin Sankhe then Chief Architect with PWD and Anil Gaikwad, then Executive Engineer of the PWD for aiding and abetting the crime by actively conspiring with builder to cause loss to state exchequer.

Bhujbal has been charged with providing undue benefits to Chamankar builders by giving transferable development rights (TDRs) worth thousands of crores to him, who in exchange were to construct a few government buildings including Maharashtra Sadan and RTO building and hand them over free of cost. Bhujbal and officials have been charged with misleading the Cabinet sub-committee on Infrastructure Development by slashing the profit figures while in reality Chamankar builders made a killing out of this deal and the bribe amount was laundered through companies owned by Bhujbal and his close aides. The ACB has slapped sections 406, 420, 409, 465, 468, 471, 120(B) against public servants by which they have been charged with cheating, forgery, criminal breach of trust, criminal conspiracy and causing loss to public excehqeur and providing undue benefits to private developers by tweaking norms. The Bhujbal family members and close aides have also been booked under Prevention of Corruption Act and charged with accepting monetary benefits on behalf of Bhujbal, who was Minister at the relevant period.

The petitioner has strongly disputed contentions of ACB FIR and his alleged role mentioned in it. The ACB team has already conducted searches at his residence and other places, but yet to open bank locker. The petition was listed before a division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice P N Deshmukh and after a very brief hearing, has been posted for hearing on Thursday. Senior Counsel R B Pendharkar appearing for the petitioner claimed that personal liberty of his client is in peril and his fundamental rights are being violated.

According to petitioner, he has been unnecessarily implicated in the FIR related to Maharashtra Sadan and there is no evidence against him. As a public servant and Secretary of PWD he discharged his official duties as per rule and his unblemish career has now been questioned by ACB without any cogent material, he claimed while challenging the ACB action against him.

Public Prosecutor Bharati Dangre and Additional PP Shishir Ukey sought time to respond and seek instructions. Now the matter will be heard on Thursday.

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Man held with country-made bomb

In an intensive campaign against anti-social elements, Gorakhpur police succeeded in apprehending an anti-social element and seized a country-made bomb from him near Anurag medical store in Hathi... Read More
In an intensive campaign against anti-social elements, Gorakhpur police succeeded in apprehending an anti-social element and seized a country-made bomb from him near Anurag medical store in Hathital area. The accused has been identified as Sushant Petre (30), a resident of Hathital area. According to police, during a special drive against anti-social elements and listed criminals, police received information about a suspected man sight in the area. Acting promptly on the information, a police team reached the spot and detained the suspected man when he was standing near Anurag medial store in Hathital area. In his search, police recovered a country-made bomb from the accused. Police have registered a case against the accused under Section 5 of Explosive Act while further investigations are underway to ascertain the reason for possessing the explosive.

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Man rapes 11-yr-old step daughter

In an inhuman act, a man raped his 11-year-old step daughter at a house situated at Ghansu Ka Bada in Motinala area under the jurisdiction of Gohalpur police station.

The accused has been id... Read More
In an inhuman act, a man raped his 11-year-old step daughter at a house situated at Ghansu Ka Bada in Motinala area under the jurisdiction of Gohalpur police station.

The accused has been identified as Manoj Barman alias Gudda, a resident of Ghansu Ka Bada, Motinala area.

Taking a serious note into the case, Gohalpur police have registered a case under Section 376 of the IPC and started a search for the accused who is still at large since the incident was reported.

According to Gohalpur police, a woman along with her 11-year- old daughter arrived and lodged a complaint that she was married in year 2003 and has a daughter but separated form her husband in year 2006. Thereafter, she married with Gudda in year 2006 and started living with him along with two-years daughter. Since last nine years, she is living with Gudda and has a son from him. Some days back, she went outside the house when Gudda took advantage of loneliness and rapped his step daughter. Next day, daughter complaint about the act of Gudda when her mother expressed her disappointment but Gudda threatened to kill her daughter. She managed to reach at police station and lodged a complaint against her husband. Police have registered a case against the accused and started a rigorous search for him while further investigations are underway.

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D-MET Scam: Petitioner demands CBI probe under monitoring of MPHC

In the issue of D-MET scam, former MLA Parash Saklecha filed petition before the Madhya Pradesh High Court seeking directions from the court directing respondent authority to conduct CBI inqu... Read More
In the issue of D-MET scam, former MLA Parash Saklecha filed petition before the Madhya Pradesh High Court seeking directions from the court directing respondent authority to conduct CBI inquiry and High Court should be monitor the CBI inquiry.

The petitioner alleged in the petition that during 2004 to till date, various private Medical Colleges in the State are involved in corrupt practices in giving admissions to the students through using a forge selection system for the students in different Private colleges. The petitioner questioning the investigation process adopted by the Special Task Force for the DMET contended that the STF is not seriously investigation in this regard and hence petitioner demanded to give the investigation to the CBI under the monitoring of the MPHC. The Petition was filed through Petitioner Counsel senior Advocate Adarshmuni Trivedi.

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Notices issued to officials for non-compliance of court’s orderin in noise pollution case

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Vandana Kasrekar on Wednesday, has issued notices in the contempt petition to the Anthony J C de ... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Vandana Kasrekar on Wednesday, has issued notices in the contempt petition to the Anthony J C de Sa, the Chief Secretary, State of Madhya Pradesh, B P Singh, Principal Secretary, Department of Home, Surendra Sinh, Director General of Police, Bhopal, Malay Shrivastava, Principal Secretary, Department of Environment, Bhopal in the matter of non compliance of court’s order dated on January 6, 2015 in the Public Interest Litigation.

The court had given direction in PIL that the respondents to strictly comply Noise Pollution Rules 2000 and not to allow any religious Pandal (tent) on road. Grievance of the Petitioner Rajendra Kumar Verma who is senior citizen resident of Kotwali, Jabalpur that in last six months aforesaid orders were disregarded and no action was taken by the state agencies.

In the entire State including Jabalpur huge noise pollution is going on in the name of religion or religious activities, DJ Orchestras played in the marriage gardens procession of Barat and other functions too. Shaheed Smarak, Dhani Ki Kutiya and Gopal Sadan are only a few names. Traffic are jammed due to stage erected on the road in the name of religious gathering like Bhandara by the Hindu and Muslim communities during functions. Entire traffic was jams, loud speakers used and police instead of taking stern actions try to avoid such situation either in political pressure or because of negligence.

Court order was that when any situation occurs police immediately remove such pandal from road seizure of such music systems should be done by police and to register FIR against culprits.

Petitioner right to sleep in the night and peaceful life is the fundamental right guaranteed under Constitution Of India. Petitioner citing Supreme Court order that says in various matter that God is not deaf and any religious book like Ramayan, Quran or Bible never prescribes offering prayers or worship through loudspeaker is required.

Petitioner also complains that five times in the day from early morning to late night AJAAN given by mosques are causing huge noise pollution in the vicinity and new born kids pregnant women and senior citizens are suffering because of this act and respondents are not performing their duty hence this contempt petition. Advocate Satish Kumar Verma appeared on behalf of the petitioner.

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Man involved in illegal trade of liquor arrested

Ranjhi police apprehended a man involved in illegal trade of liquor and seized 296 quarters of foreign liquor from his house, on Wednesday. The accused has been identified as Shankar Sen (32), ... Read More
Ranjhi police apprehended a man involved in illegal trade of liquor and seized 296 quarters of foreign liquor from his house, on Wednesday. The accused has been identified as Shankar Sen (32), a resident of Karondi gram area in Ranjhi. SHO of Ranjhi police station, Anil Singh Mourya informed that under the direction of Superintendent of Police, Dr. Ashis, police started an intensive campaign against illegal trade and transportation of liquor. Continuing the campaign, police received information about a suspected man involved in illegal trade of liquor. Acting promptly on the information, a police team started search and conducted surprise inspection at residence of suspected man. In the inspection, police team seized illegal stock of a total of 296 quarters of foreign liquor in Karondi gram area. Police have apprehended the accused and registered a case against the accused under section 34(2) of the Excise Act while further investigations are underway.

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Supporters hail Vijayvargiya’s appointment as BJP National General Secretary

BJP’s National President Amit Shah appointed Urban Administration Department Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya as party’s National General Secretary on Wednesday. No sooner did this news came i... Read More
BJP’s National President Amit Shah appointed Urban Administration Department Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya as party’s National General Secretary on Wednesday. No sooner did this news came in media, supporters of Kailash Vijayvargiya burst into joy and celebrated occasion by distributing sweets and danced on the beats of the drums. After getting important post in party’s national body, now Kailash Vijayvargiya has become the national leader. Many ministers and several stalwart leaders of State have congratulated Kailash Vijayvargiya for getting the coveted post in national organisation of party and thanked Amit Shah for showing faith in Kailash Vijayvargiya and including him in his team. Minister Narottam Mishra, Minister Lal Singh Arya, BJP State President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan, BJP State Organisation General Secretary Arvind Menon etc have congratulated Kailash Vjayvargiya for becoming party’s National General Secretary.

Nandkumar Singh Chouhan and Arvind Menon said party’s central leadership has increased the pride of Madhya Pradesh by picking Kailash Vijayvargiya as National General Secretary.

When BJP had won the Assembly election of Haryana in the guidance of Kailash Vijayvargiya, it was being said that Vijayvargiya could be soon included in the team of Amit Shah. But due to unknown reasons, the appointment was delayed. But now, wait of Kailash Vijayvargiya to rise to national level has ended.

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Manager of Reliance booked for forgery of Rs 59.69 lakh in sale of recharge vouchers

Lordganj police have registered a case against Manager and another employee of Reliance Mobile Company for forgery of Rs 59.69 lakh in sale of recharge vouchers, on Wednesday.

The accused ... Read More
Lordganj police have registered a case against Manager and another employee of Reliance Mobile Company for forgery of Rs 59.69 lakh in sale of recharge vouchers, on Wednesday.

The accused have been identified as Kapil Yadav, a resident of Wright Town area and posted as Manager of Reliance Mobile Company and his assistant Arvind Jain.

SHO of Lordganj police station, Sushil Chouhan informed that Vijay Kumar Padhi, State Head of Reliance Mobile Company, Indore lodged a written complaint with Jabalpur Crime Branch that his company Manager, Kapil Yadav with the help of his subordinating employee Arvind Jain grabbed collection of Rs 59.69 lakh from sale of pre paid mobile recharge vouchers but did not transferred the amount in company’s account since August 15, 2014. When the accused were contacted they took time from senior company officers for collection of amount and assured for depositing the same in company’s account. Even after passing out of long time, accused failed in depositing the collection of money amounting to Rs. 59.69 lakh.

Taking action into the case, police registered a case against the accused Kapil Yadav and Arvind Jain under section 420 of the IPC and started search for them while further investigations are underway.

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HC seeks reply of authorities on July 7

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi has asked to the respondent authorities of State and Central Government to fil... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi has asked to the respondent authorities of State and Central Government to file reply on July 7, 2015 in the matter related to irregularities in the distribution of students scholarship in Private Engineering Colleges of the State.

Thereafter, the division bench has listed to the matter for hearing on July 8, 2015.

The division bench has heard the petition filed by Praveen Kumar Dahayat seeking relief before the court to direct to the respondent governments to conduct CBI or Special Committee Inquiry in case related to complaints of irregularities of distribution of students’ scholarships in private engineering colleges of the State.

It may be recalled that the division bench on April 13, 2015, had directed to the petitioner to implead before the Economic Offence Wing as a party and the division bench further directed to the Swapnil Ganguly, Government Advocate seek instructions and file reply before the court.

Earlier, on December 10, 2014, the division bench had issued notices to the respondent authorities and said respondents should indicate to this court as to what action is taken in the matter of irregularities pointed out by the petitioner with regard to distribution of the scholarship in question and as the prima-facie case pointing out irregularities seems to be made out from the petition, as to why investigation in the matter be not handed to a competent authority to be decided by this court after hearing the respondents. The division bench further directed to the State Government to ensure that all the documents and data available with regard to distribution of the scholarship in the official web site and other sites are maintained during the pendency of the matter.

Advocate Nishant Jain appeared on behalf of the petitioner, while Deputy Advocate General, Samdarshi Tiwari for the State, Sandeep Kumar Shukla, counsel appears on behalf of J K Jain, Assistant Solicitor General for CBI.

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Submit report regarding any order passed by SC in Bharat Ratna Awardees matter: MPHC

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court (MPHC) presided by Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar on Wednesday, has directed to the counsel for the Union of India to submit report regarding ‘an... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court (MPHC) presided by Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar on Wednesday, has directed to the counsel for the Union of India to submit report regarding ‘any order passed by the Supreme Court of India in connection of any Bharat Ratna Awardees who was involved in branding of any products in commercial advertising. Thereafter, the division bench has listed to the matter for hearing on June 23, 2015.

It may be recalled that the public interest litigation filed by V K Naswa seeks cancelation of Bharat Ratan by the Government of India conferred upon Living Legend of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar for not giving due respect to the prestigious award. The petitioner V K Naswa stated in PIL that Sachin Tendulkar should have with same speed and intensity, (with which government of India conferred ‘BHARAT RATNA’ on him) should cancel all his existing commercial advertising contracts promoting various products, brands, services in which he was posed along with Bharat Ratna.

In the petition the petitioner prayed relief before the court to pass an order on respondent central government, to recall government order dated on November 16, 2013 that conferred ‘Bharat Ratna’ award on Sachin Tendulkar, and cancel (with immediate effect) such an award in his name, for his acts of omission and commission mentioned in this petition.

Alternatively the respondent Sachin Tendulkar may be advised to surrender ‘Bharat Ratna’ to Central Government, as he has lost moral authority to retain coveted award.

The petitioner prayed interim relief before the court to pass directions on respondents central government as well as Sachin Tendulkar as below, that respondent central government may form a committee of legal experts, and recommend suitable mechanism by way of an executive order, so that professional (ethical and moral) don’t’s are prescribed and made binding on all such legends of civilian (including ‘Bharat Ratna’ Awards), in their day to day public life.

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36 trains diverted due to fire at Itarsi station

Over 130 passenger and freight trains of Bhopal-Jabalpur divisions of West Central Railway (WCR) were affected after signalling system collapsed following a fire in Route Relaying Interlocking (R... Read More
Over 130 passenger and freight trains of Bhopal-Jabalpur divisions of West Central Railway (WCR) were affected after signalling system collapsed following a fire in Route Relaying Interlocking (RRI) cabin of Itarsi station. A large number of passengers remained stranded due to cancellation of trains, diversion of routes of trains at various stations between Katni-Jablapur-Itarsi route. For cancellation of trains on June 17 and for coming days, additional counters have been opened at different stations to ensure cancellation of reservations on time and refund to the passengers. Since morning passengers were seen waiting at platforms and were inquiring about trains. Several passengers also cancelled their journey due to regular schedule of above 36 trains passing through Jabalpur Railway Station got disturbed. Traffic on Jabalpur-Itarsi route has been put on hold due to technical fault in signal and transmission system. Around 36 trains cancelled or diverted temporarily on different routes issued by West Central Railway Zonal Headquarters are as follows:

1. Train number 22112 Nagpur Bhusawal Express diverted through Dularia-JUhajarpur. 2. Train Number 51187 Bhusawal-Katni Passenger terminated at Khandwa station. From Khandwa station the train would be operated between Khandwa-Bhusawal stations numbered 51188.

3.Train Number 12486, Shri Ganga Nagar Huzur Sahib Nanded Express have been put on diverted route via Nishatpura-Ujjain.

4. Train Number 12183 Firojpur Cantt. Mumbai CST Punjab Mail would not run on its schedule route but would run on alternate diversion via NIshatpura-Ujjain. 5. Train Number 59385 Indore Chhindwara Pachweli Express has been cancelled from Indore on June 17, 2015.

6. Train Number 12188 Jabalpour-Habeebgunj Intercity has been cancelled from Jabalpur on June 17.

7. Train Number 12577 Darbhanga-Maisur Baghmati Express diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Shahdol-Uslapur-Durg-Nagpur.

8. Train Number 12296 Patna Banglore Sangmitra Express has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Shahdol-Uslapur-Durg-Nagpur.

9. Train Number 12150 Patna Pune Express has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Shahdol-Usalapur-Durg-Nagpur-Bhusawal.

10. Train Number 22014 Faizabad Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Beena-Nishatpur-Ujjain-Ratlam-Vasai road.

11. Train Number 22132 Mudwadeeha-Pune Express has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Shahdol-Usalapur-Durg-Nagpur-Bhusawal.

12. Train Number 13201 Patna Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Beena-Nishatpura-Ujjain-Ratlam-Vasai Road.

13. Train Number 12321 Howraha-CSTM Mumbai Mumbai Mail has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Beena-Nishatpura-Ujjain-Ratlam-Vasai Road.

14. Train Number 1218 Varanasi – Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Beena-Nishatpura-Ujjain-Ratlam-Vasai Road.

15. Train Number 11094 Varanasi - CSTM Mumbai Mumbai Express train has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Beena-Nishatpura-Ujjain-Ratlam-Vasai Road.

16. Train Number 15018 Gorakhpur – Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express Train has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Beena-Nishatpura-Ujjain-Ratlam-Vasai Road.

17. Train Number 12142 Rajendar Nagar - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express Train has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Beena-Nishatpura-Ujjain-Ratlam-Vasai Road.

18. Train Number 11056 Gorakhpur - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express Train has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Beena-Nishatpura-Ujjain-Ratlam-Vasai Road.

19. Train Number 15648 Guwahati - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express Train has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Beena-Nishatpura-Ujjain-Ratlam-Vasai Road.

20. Train Number 12062 Jabalpur – Habeebgunj Jansatabadi Express Train has been terminated at Piparia Station.

21. Train Number 11272 Bhopal – Itarsi Vindhyanchal Express Train has been terminated at Suhagpur station.

22. Train Number 11464 Jabalpur - Somnath Express Train has been diverted from its schedule route via Katni-Beena-Bhopal.

23. Train Number 12924 Nagpur - Indore Express train starting on June 17 has been cancelled.

24. Train Number 12598 CSTM – Gorakhpur Express train starting on June 17 has been cancelled.

25. Train Number 12159 Amrawati-Jabalprr train starting on June 17 has been cancelled.

26. Train Number 18234 Bilaspur Indore Narmada Express train starting on June 17 has been cancelled.

27. Train Number 12107 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus – Lucknow train starting on June 17 has been cancelled.

28. Train Number 11472 Jabalpur-Indore Overnight Express Train starting on June 17 has been cancelled.

29. Train Number 12153 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus – Habeebgunj Express train starting on June 18 has been cancelled.

30. Train Number 12161 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus – Agra Express train starting on June 19 has been cancelled.

31. Train Number 12596 Nagpur Indore Express train starting on June 17 has been cancelled.

32. Train Number 11071 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus –Varanasi Kamayani Express has been diverted from its schedule route via Jalgaon-Nagda-Nishatpura-Beena.

33. Train Number 12791 Sikandarbad Patna Express has been diverted from its schedule route via Chandrapur-Gondia-Bilaspur-Katni-Katni.

34. Train Number 12617 Ernakulam – Nizamudeen Express has been diverted from its schedule route via Vasai Road-Badodara-Nagda-Kota-Mathura.

35. Train Number 16863 starting on June 18 the Kothi-Munnargudi Express Train has been diverted from its schedule route via Nagda-Vadodara-Surat-Jalgaon-Bhusawal-Ballarshah.

36. Train Number 11204 Jaipur-Nagpur Express train to start on June 19 has been diverted from its schedule route via Nagda-Vadodara-Bhusawal-Ballarshah.

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No uniformity in age for admissions to KG, Class I

In spite of so many campaigns as well as initiatives taken by different Non Government Organisations (NGOs), no step has been taken by the school education department to implement uniform age... Read More
In spite of so many campaigns as well as initiatives taken by different Non Government Organisations (NGOs), no step has been taken by the school education department to implement uniform age of children for admission in nursery as well as Class I.

Because of no provision regarding uniform age of children in admission, most of the private schools including bigger ones too allowed children below the age of 3 years to take admission in nursery classes while children below the age of 6 years take admission in class I. Because of it most of the minor children are forced to study underage and face lots of difficulties especially in a psychological manner. It may be mentioned here that this year both Maharashtra as well as Gujarat passed a government resolution and fixed the minimum age for admission to nursery at three years and six years for class I from the current academic session 2015-16.

Earlier, in previous academic session 2014-15 too, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Delhi and Rajasthan have also implemented this resolution successfully. In fact West Bengal as well as Odisha and Assam are following this resolution since 2007.

Thus Chhattisgarh now remains one of the few states in the nation where resolution of uniform age of children in admission has not been passed or implemented so far and giving a tough time to the children.

Gautam Banerjee, Chairman of RTE (Right to Education) Forum, NGO works for children and school education said that section 14 (1) of RTE 2009 clearly states that no admission would be given to children below the 3 years of age in nursery classes. It also requires students to be 6 year old for class I.

Because of no provision and law regarding age in state, still most of the private schools flout rules and give admission to the children of underage in nursery as well as class I. These kinds of activities affect the brain of child because it is not ready to accept such big things and study those things as well as materials which are beyond of their age, he added.

As per the order of Supreme Court of India in 2010, it is mandatory for all states to implement uniform age of children for admission in classes. So that in the name of high donations and capitation fees, management of private schools do not give admission to the children below the age of 3 years in nursery classes and below 6 years in class I.

Dr P K Shrivastava, School Educationist stated that now with the efforts of some NGOs, many government aided schools are not allowing children below the age of 6 years to take admission in class I. But in case of private schools, it is the role of state government to take some strong and immediate action so that it will be stopped and no schools should do such steps in the coming years.

However, many parents are also opposed of the uniform age as in the current era most of the couples are working professionals and hence schools is the best medium of their children’s safety and keep them relief from all tensions as well as stresses.

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rigorous imprisonment, fine for woman naxal

A woman naxal, who was involved in the naxal activities regarding boycotting the Lok Sabha Election-2014, has been punished by a Sessions Court in Rajnandgaon district. The court found this acc... Read More
A woman naxal, who was involved in the naxal activities regarding boycotting the Lok Sabha Election-2014, has been punished by a Sessions Court in Rajnandgaon district. The court found this accused woman Naxal, identified as Tarabai alias Urmila, 19 years, guilty under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Arms Act and Explosive Substances Act. The convict resided at Sahpal that falls in the limits of Madanwada police station, Rajnandgaon.

Finding the accused woman Naxal guilty under Section 148 of IPC, which reads rioting, armed with deadly weapon, the court of the 1st Additional Sessions Judge, Alok Kumar, sentenced one year and six months rigorous imprisonment on the accused woman naxal. Finding her guilty under Section 307/149 of IPC, which read attempt to murder and every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object respectively, the court sentenced five years rigorous imprisonment and also imposed fine Rs 1,000 one her.

The court found the accused woman naxal guilty under two different provisions of the Arms Act also. The court sentenced five years rigorous imprisonment and fine Rs 1,000 under one and seven years rigorous imprisonment and fine Rs 1,000 under the other provision.

The court found the accused guilty under a relevant provision of the Explosives Act also and sentenced five years rigorous imprisonment and fine Rs 1000. The court further ordered that in case of default to clear the fines, the convict will have to undergo additional terms of rigorous imprisonments.

Earlier, according to Additional Public Prosecutor Rakesh Kumar Mishra, information was received on March 28, 2014 that in the hills of Bukmarka village, under the leadership of Maoist Mohla LOS Commander Chintu Tekam alias Sanjay 10 to 15 armed and uniformed Naxals were staying. A meeting was being held for boycotting the Lok Sabha election. As a police team reached on the spot, armed naxals and some people began indiscriminate firing. Police party also fired in retaliation. The naxals managed to flee by taking the advantage of forest and hills. During searching, tiffin bomb and pamphlets regarding call to boycott the election were found. It was on May 31 the women naxal was arrested.

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18,000 NCC cadets to show skills on Yoga Day

National Cadet Corps (NCC), the premier youth organisation of the nation is preparing to organise the largest ever demonstration of Yoga by an uniformed organisation on a single day concurrentl... Read More
National Cadet Corps (NCC), the premier youth organisation of the nation is preparing to organise the largest ever demonstration of Yoga by an uniformed organisation on a single day concurrently at multiple venues all across Chhattisgarh.

This will be a part of the biggest Yoga demonstration where over 10 lakh NCC cadets will be performing various Yoga postures simultaneously at approximately 2000 locations across the country on the occasion of International Yoga Day on June 21. In Chhattisgarh, NCC will achieve this feat through participation of approximately 18,000 cadets simultaneously at about 128 locations across the state. Informing about the preparations for the Yoga demonstration on the occasion of International Yoga Day by NCC cadets, Brigadier I J S Chauhan, SM, Group Commander, National Cadet Corps, Chhattisgarh, informed that National Cadet Corps in Chhattisgarh have raised 14 Battalions comprising of 17,494 cadets. NCC is preparing to organise the largest ever Yoga demonstration by a uniformed organisation on a single day concurrently at multiple venues all across Chhattisgarh, he added. Brigadier Chauhan said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the NCC cadets during the PM’s NCC Rally at New Delhi on January 28, 2015 had exhorted the NCC to participate in Yoga on International Day of Yoga and create world record. The NCC was encouraged by this and through a coordinated effort aims to achieve this feat.

Accordingly, since last four months, NCC trained its cadets in yoga over a period of 15 days each at nearly 2,700 venues across India, where approximately 1,800 instructors were deployed for the same. In Chhattisgarh, 19 trainers had been deployed in all units spread across Chhattisgarh under NCC Group Head Quarter Raipur, who accomplished the training process of NCC cadets in cooperation with various NGOs and social organisations, informed Brigadier Chauhan. NCC has been at the forefront of ‘Nation Building’ by grooming the youth into disciplined citizens. It has been conducting social awareness and community development programmes and adventure activities aimed at all round development of its cadets. This unique record on the ‘International Day of Yoga’ will add another feather to the cap of this largest uniformed youth organization in the world.

Answering a query, Brigadier Chauhan said there is a huge difference between Yoga and exercise. While exercises helps in building stamina, strength and endurance, the Yoga is known to develop mental peace, remove stress and strain, cures several ailments, etc.

It is worth mentioning here that the UN General Assembly had in December last year adopted an India-led resolution, supported by over 175 UN member- states, declaring June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’, recognizing that “Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being”. The day will be observed in over 251 cities in 191 countries across the world and the Indian missions and diplomatic posts have made arrangements for the celebrations.

CM inaugurates Yoga training camp

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh inaugurated the Yoga training camp held at Chhattisgarh Assembly annex on Wednesday. Apart from Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, the camp was participated by Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal, all Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries and Bharatiya Janata Party Legislators. Also present were Chhattisgarh Assembly Principal Secretary Devendra Verma, senior Assembly officials and employees. However, Congress Legislators including Congress Legislative Party Leader T S Singhdeo and CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel were conspicuous by their absence from the camp.

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh while reacting on the absence of Congress Legislators said it seems not a single Congress Legislator is interested in yoga or exercise. On a query about Congress opposing the same, the Chief Minister said today Yoga is being followed by whole world but it is unfortunate that some people are more inclined towards politicizing the issue. Those who do not want to keep their conscience clean and maintain healthy lifestyle, are opposing the Yoga. So far as missing of Congress Legislators are concerned, it seems they are tired after the two day AICC Vice President visit hence are taking rest.

It is worth mentioning here that the UN General Assembly had in December last year adopted an India-led resolution, supported by over 175 UN member- states, declaring June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’, recognizing that “Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being”. The day will be observed in over 251 cities in 191 countries across the world and the Indian missions and diplomatic posts have made arrangements for the celebrations. The Yoga camp at Chhattisgarh Assembly was also organized on Wednesday in this context.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said Yoga is among India’s thousands of years traditions. Yoga has made the country proud and it is necessary to keep our mind and body healthy. Yoga keeps stress and strains away from our life. He said Yoga is so much beneficial that it should be practiced ceremoniously in every household everyday. The one day Yoga demonstration is a part of drive to generate awareness of people towards Yoga.

Speaking on the occasion Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal said Yoga is a part of healthy life. In order to keep a health body it is necessary to practice Yoga everyday and it should be made a habit.

The training at Chhattisgarh Assembly was conducted by Yoga instructors from Patanjali Yoga Peeth, Raipur. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ajay Chandrakar delivered the welcome speech while Principal Secretary Devendra Verma proposed the vote of thanks.

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RTO arrested, produced before tribunal

Regional Transport Officer (RTO) H L Nayak was arrested on Wednesday by Khamtarai police and produced before the Presiding Officer of the 8th Additional Motor Accident Claims Tribunal, Vijay Kuma... Read More
Regional Transport Officer (RTO) H L Nayak was arrested on Wednesday by Khamtarai police and produced before the Presiding Officer of the 8th Additional Motor Accident Claims Tribunal, Vijay Kumar Jolhe, who is also the 8th Additional Sessions Judge.

It may be mentioned that earlier an order for issuance of arrest warrant was given against RTO, Raipur, HL Nayak by the tribunal, informed Advocate NK Thakur. After an accident, the victim filed claim and it was the driver and owner of the truck as well as insurance company became parties in the matter. The insurance company found that the relevant license was a bogus one and RTO code of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, was mentioned in it. The tribunal had summoned Nayak for verification of records of license along with relevant documents, but he did not appear despite repeated summons and reminders. It was in the last month the tribunal ordered for issuance of the arrest warrant against Nayak through Superintendent of Police, Raipur, informed Advocate Thakur.

Khamtarai police arrested the RTO and after he was produced he filed apology before the tribunal. The RTO maintained that owing to the official duties related to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in the state he could not appear before the tribunal on a date in the last month.

It’s a matter of fake license and the records, which the RTO brought with him and produced before the tribunal, were not maintained properly. Six pages were torn and there was no entry regarding issuance of license to the concerned driver. RTO, Kanpur has already confirmed in the matter that the license was a fake one, Advocate Thakur informed, adding that hearing of the matter is in progress.

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Magarlod youth prepares SSC aspirants free of cost

In a noble gesture, a youth from Magarlod village of Dhamtari district has decided to return to the society what he had taken from.

Tumchand Sahu, who has been selected for the post of In... Read More
In a noble gesture, a youth from Magarlod village of Dhamtari district has decided to return to the society what he had taken from.

Tumchand Sahu, who has been selected for the post of Income Tax Inspector after cracking the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) Examination 2013, has expressed his desire for coaching and mentoring the students and educated youths for SSC examination in Raipur, free of cost. But the biggest hurdle before the Sahu’s sacred mission is the availability of infrastructure.

Sahu, who has already trained 70 students in Dhamtari, has reached Raipur to fulfill his dream of preparing at least 100 students of Chhattisgarh who can clear SSC examination.

Talking to mediapersons at Raipur Press Club on Wednesday, Sahu said he is searching for a hall in Raipur so that he can start his coaching. “I have nearly one and a half month in my hands and I think this is sufficient to pass on my knowledge and experience to aspirants who can carry forward the same for the betterment of the future generation,” said Sahu.

Sahu further added that the coaching will be free of cost. “I myself struggled a lot in my life to reach here after my father, who was a farmer died in 1990. He also mentioned the name of Yuvraj Jaspal Sir, who at present is in Canada, for his help. Therefore I know the problems of students coming from poor families,” said Sahu. “I will approach schools and colleges requesting them for some space where I can run my classes. I am hopeful, I will get some help,” added Sahu who completed his Bachelor degree from RITEE in Biology had also stayed in Delhi for over a month for making his English perfect for the SSC. The interested SSC aspirants can contact on mobile no.9009055446.

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Over 200 trees to be sacrificed for construction of four-lane road

OVER two hundred trees along Forest Avenue in Bhilai would be chopped for construction of four-lane road. The four-lane road would be constructed from Fouwara Chowk, Risali, Bhilai to Dalli Rajha... Read More
OVER two hundred trees along Forest Avenue in Bhilai would be chopped for construction of four-lane road. The four-lane road would be constructed from Fouwara Chowk, Risali, Bhilai to Dalli Rajhara railway crossing.

According to information cutting of over two hundred trees would soon be undertaken for conversion of Forest Avenue in to four-lane. In the first phase, the four-lane would be constructed from Dalli Rajhara railway crossing to Fouwara Chowk, Risali, Bhilai. While, in the second phase the four-lane construction would be undertaken from Fouwara Chowk, Risali, to Main Gate of BSP.

After completion of the road broadening work, Bhilaians would be facilitated with about 19 meters 40 centimeters broad forest avenue with divider with width of 20 to 40 centimeters and also 2.5 meters’ shoulders at each side of the four-lane. But, the facility of four-lane road in the city would be at the cost of cutting down of the precious trees along the avenue, providing green cover. However, while reiterating commitment of environment conservation, BSP authorities asserted that they had planned the construction of four-lane in the location with cutting of minimum possible trees. As part of construction of four-lane, the central marking at the Forest Avenue and tree marking were already undertaken in the location. And, after cutting of trees falling in the limits of four-lane road, the construction work at Forest Avenue would be undertaken.

Public Relation Department, BSP authorities informed that the saplings would be planted two times more than the trees marked for chopping in the location. Beside, the trees absolutely necessary are being marked for cutting. About seventy to eighty trees (not notified) would be cut down. The divider at the road may not be constructed and widening of road was finalized keeping in view the traffic pressure on this road and the increasing number of accidents.

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Constable killed, friend injured in road mishap

A POLICE Constable was killed while his friend injured seriously after a state transport bus hit their motorcycle near Pipla Dak Bangla in Khaperkheda area on Tuesday afternoon. The deceased, Con... Read More
A POLICE Constable was killed while his friend injured seriously after a state transport bus hit their motorcycle near Pipla Dak Bangla in Khaperkheda area on Tuesday afternoon. The deceased, Constable Mohan Rewashankar Thakur (37) was a resident of Police Line, Takli. Constable Thakur was attached to Yashodhara Nagar Police Station. His friend Chainsingh Rajput, who suffered serious injuries, was rushed to Mayo Hospital. Constable Thakur and his friend Rajput had gone to Jamsawli, district (MP) to offer prayers at Hanuman Temple. Around 1.30 pm, Constable Thakur and Rajput were returning to the city on a Hero Passion Pro (MH-40/A-4856). Constable Thakur was riding the mobike. A MSRTC bus (MH-40/8962) heading towards Saoner from Kamptee took a sharp turn on the four-lane highway from the service road and hit Constable Thakur killing him on the spot and injuring pillion rider Rajput seriously. Cops rushed Rajput to Mayo Hospital. They also sent Constable Thakur’s body to the same hospital for post-mortem. Constable Thakur is survived by his parents, wife, a daughter and a large number of relatives and friends to mourn the loss. Khaperkheda Police arrested bus driver Prakash Choudhary (39), a resident of Babulkheda, by registering an offence under relevants sections of the IPC against him.

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Left rules out alliance with Janata Parivar

Left Parties will not form electoral alliance with regional parties including Janata Parivar due to their wrong liberal economic policies during ensuing elections, said Subhashini Ali, a polit... Read More
Left Parties will not form electoral alliance with regional parties including Janata Parivar due to their wrong liberal economic policies during ensuing elections, said Subhashini Ali, a polit bureau member of Communist Party of India (CPM) while interacting with mediapersons on Tuesday.

Nagpur Union of Working Journalist (NUWJ) had organised a meet the press programme with Ali. She said that we had formed an alliance with regional parties on the issue of opposing communal forces but these parties followed economic policies of Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This has adversely affected the programme of left parties, she lamented. Instead of joining Janata Parivar in Bihar election, we will form a group of all left parties to contest coming election in Bihar and other states, she informed.

Recently, the party had reviewed the pros and cons of the last general election and progress of party during last 25 years. She admitted several mistakes done by the party and said, we have to concentrate on agitation for the demands of common man. We have to intensify struggle against the wrong policies of the Central Government, she opined. We will have to rectify our mistakes and make way for future. We failed to reach public with our policies and programmes, she admitted.

Ali while advocating unity of left parties in the coming assembly election rejected any merger of left parties in future. She said, “We do not believe in short-lived marriage. The time of merger is yet to come.” She also demanded reforms in election process.

Accusing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government at the center for taking U-turn from poll promises, she said, Modi led Government has misled people. They are not taking any steps for providing jobs, reducing inflation, protection to women. The Central Government has drastically reduced the budgetery allocation of women welfare, health and education sector.

‘Declassify all documents about Netaji’s death’

Ali is daughter of Colonel Prem Sehgal and Captain Lakshmi Sehgal, who were part of the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose led Indian National Army, said, Central Government should disclose all the papers related to the death of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. She said, her parents told her that Netaji died in an air crash in Japan and they were convinced with the death of Netaji. Colonel Habib-Ur- Rehman was the only person who survived in the plane crash, later he shifted to Pakistan.

She said that there were rumuors regarding survival of Netaji. About reported surveillance of Netaji’s family, she said, Home Ministry is keeping a watch on every person, who is in public life. The Government is trying to destroy the image of Nehruji, she alleged.

No trained yoga teachers in schools Subhashini Ali opposed International Yoga Day celebration in a big way in the country. She said, we do not have any trained yoga teachers in the schools, why Central Government is pressurising students to participate in this event. It is not everyone’s cup of tea as it requires special training to do yogasana. Ali, who is also president of the All India Democratic Women’s Association, said Government should give legal rights to maid servant working in the houses. Maharashtra Government had enacted a law for the welfare of maid servant but it was not implemented forcefully, she added. Trust President Pradip Maitra welcomed her while Treasurer Joseph Rao proposed vote of thanks.

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Adv Rohit Deo is Associate Advocate General of Mah

Noted lawyer Adv Rohit Baban Deo has been appointed as the Associate Advocate General of Maharashtra. The appointment was cleared by the State Cabinet on Tuesday morning. Earlier Advocate Gener... Read More
Noted lawyer Adv Rohit Baban Deo has been appointed as the Associate Advocate General of Maharashtra. The appointment was cleared by the State Cabinet on Tuesday morning. Earlier Advocate General Sunil Manohar was holding additional charge of Associate Advocate General as well and after his resignation on June 11, the post was lying vacant. Adv Deo is presently working as Assistant Solicitor General of India for the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court.

Adv Deo is considered as extremely close to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and has worked closely with him during the historic legal battle over Nandlal committee report. As Associate Advocate General, Adv Deo is expected to represent the State Government in all important and sensitive matters and particularly in Nagpur bench and will be a key legal officer to advise and defend Fadnavis Government.

His appointment as Associate AG has been warmly welcomed by the legal fraternity.

Even during earlier BJP-Sena alliance Government, Adv Bal Apte was appointed as Associate Advocate General while during DF regime Adv P Janardanam and later Adv Ashutosh Kumbhakoni held similar position to ease the burden of Advocate General. After Sunil Manohar’s resignation was accepted on June 11, Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh has been named as officiating Advocate General and is likely to be confirmed as regular Advocate General. According to sources, the Chief Minister wanted to have an effective team of eminent law officers at all the benches of High Court and keeping this in mind Adv Deo has been appointed. Known for calm and composed nature, excellent drafting skills and impressive courtcraft, Adv Deo has appeared in thousands of cases during his 29-year long chequered career. He passed the law degree with flying colours and joined the profession in 1986. He worked under the guidance of eminent lawyer and senior counsel Subodh Dharmadhikari and later started his independent practice in 1990. When BJP ruled NMC was suprseded by Congress-NCP led Democratic Front Government, Adv Rohit Deo along with Devendra Fadnavis build such a formidable case against decision of the Government that High Court had quashed the decision and dubbed it as “a farce and not even an empty formality.” He has been empanelled as ‘A’ panel counsel of State of Maharashtra and appeared as special counsel for RTMNU. He has also conducted several session trials and criminal appeals.

At present Adv Deo will continue to shoulder both the responsibilities- as Associate Advocate General and as principal law officer of Union of India before the High Court to represent Union of India and various departments before the High Court and also to advise the Central Government departments about legal difficulties faced by them.

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Thieves burgle 17 lakh from shop in Itwari

IN yet another sensational theft in Tehsil Police Station area, a gang of thieves burgled Rs 17 lakh cash from Raut Imitation Jewellery & General Stores at Bohra Masjid Lane, Building No 702, Itw... Read More
IN yet another sensational theft in Tehsil Police Station area, a gang of thieves burgled Rs 17 lakh cash from Raut Imitation Jewellery & General Stores at Bohra Masjid Lane, Building No 702, Itwari on Monday night. Even after more than 24 hours of the incident, cops are groping in dark about the gang involved in the incident that shook the traders’ community in the area.

The shop is owned by Prashant Devidas Raut (41), a resident of Plot No 1563/10, Vaishali Nagar, in front of Sindhu Bhavan. Around 10.30 pm on Monday, he closed his shop and went home. After 11.30 pm, a gang of burglars struck at the shop. The gang members climbed the stairs and went to the fourth floor. They gained entry into the shop after bending the door. The intruders broke open the locker of the shop and took away the cash. Around 10.30 am on Tuesday, Raut came to open the shop. As soon as he entered the shop, he was shocked to find the locker open and cash stolen. Staff from Tehsil Police Station led by senior Inspector S V Khandekar rushed to the spot on being informed by Raut. Crime Branch officers also arrived to assist their Tehsil counterparts in the probe. Senior officials, including Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone III) Abhinash Kumar also visited the spot to supervise the probe. Fingerprint experts were summoned. Cops recorded the statements of some persons in this connection.

A large crowd of traders and other businessmen gathered in front of the shop as the news about the theft spread like jungle fire in Itwari and Gandhibag.

Prima facie, a senior police officer said, it may be a well-planned theft and possibility of an insider cannot be ruled out. However, he said, police was investigating the incident from all possible angles. He informed that Tehsil Police registered a case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC following Raut’s complaint. “Police are questioning some suspicious persons and a few criminals in this connection”, he added.343

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HC irked over tardy pace of probe in irregular allotment of ULC lands

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has slammed the State Government and particularly Urban Development Department and high-power committee which made very little progress in probing irregular al... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has slammed the State Government and particularly Urban Development Department and high-power committee which made very little progress in probing irregular allotment of surplus land under Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) to influential persons. Irked over the tardy progress made during last one year, the High Court warned to summon Principal Secretary of Urban Development Department, if proper reply is not filed by the respondent authorities.

A specially constituted division bench consisting of Justice P B Varale and Justice Z A Haq while hearing petition filed by former MLA Sunil Shinde against allotment of ULC land to politically influential persons in violation of all norms, expressed surprise about total lack of communication for last one year from respondent authorities. The High Court on August 11, 2014 had directed the District Collector to take decision in the matter within three months after hearing the parties. Most of the affected parties claimed that their allotment was cancelled or action taken without hearing them. However, till date, nothing has been brought on the record as to what steps are taken by the Collector, the High Court stated while seeking a proper affidavit filed by the Collector before June 18. Else the Collector shall remain present before this Court on the next date (June 26), the High Court directed making its tough stance clear.

It was also brought to the notice of the High Court that a high-power committee was constituted to take decision in the matter within two months from August 25, 2014. Now, the High Court has sought steps taken pursuant to this judgement by June 23, else thssse Principal Secretary of UDD shall remain present, the High Court stated.

This special division bench has been constituted to finally hear the petition filed by former MLA Sunil Shinde alleging massive irregularities in allotment of surplus lands declared under the Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) Act.

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Ignoring Govt rates, Fire Department charges three to six times more fees

This is simply unbelievable ! The Fire and Emergency Services Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is charging 227 per cent to 600 per cent more than the fee structure decided by the ... Read More
This is simply unbelievable ! The Fire and Emergency Services Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is charging 227 per cent to 600 per cent more than the fee structure decided by the Maharashtra Government in the corporation areas, where population exceeds 10 lakhs but does not exceed 25 lakhs. This illegality was going on right in the second capital of Maharashtra and surprisingly, most builders, developers and institutions meekly submitted before fire authorities by shelling out this exorbitant rates instead of contesting.

It may be mentioned that Fire Department has been collecting fire protection funds illegally from builders, developers and house owners since 2011. Tejinder Singh Renu, Secretary of Vidarbha Tax Payers Association (VTA) challenged this practice before Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court and also questioned unjustified fee hike by the fire department.

As per State Government fees structure, the fees prescribed under “The Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act, 2006,” is Rs 3 per sq mts for residential building while NMC is charging Rs 8 per sq mts. The minimum fees for lodging or rooming houses upto 15 rooms and height of building upto 15 mts, is Rs 22,000 but NMC is charging minimum Rs 50,000 that is 227 per cent more than Government’s fees. The apartment house fees for upto 45 meter height structure is Rs 10 per sq mt but NMC is charging Rs 48 per sq mt. In this case it is whopping 600 per cent more than the Government approved fees.

The fire fee of educational building as per State Government’s rate is Rs 3 per sq mt (for G+1building), Rs 5 per sq mt (G+2 building), and Rs 7 per sq mt for 15 mts and above building but not exceeding 30 mts height. However, the local body is charging Rs 8, Rs 12 and Rs 16 per sq mt respectively. Same is in the case of institutional building, and mercantile building. The fire department is also charging excess amount for industrial building from last three and half years.

It may be mentioned that the local body has been collecting this funds for last three and half years without any permission of the State Government. Now, the Fire and Emergency Services Department is trying to regualrise the complete issue with retrospective effect. The Fire Department has submitted a proposal before the general body to regularise illegalities with retrospective effect that would be discussed in the meeting slated on June 20 at 11 am. Surprisingly, instead of rectifying the mistake done by the Department, the local body is trying to regularise illegal fees hike with retrospective effect.

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NMC’s monsoon preparations go down the drain after few spells

A big bang start to monsoon season has created problem of plenty for citizens in the city. Municipal administration it seems got caught on wrong foot as after every spell of rains every square vi... Read More
A big bang start to monsoon season has created problem of plenty for citizens in the city. Municipal administration it seems got caught on wrong foot as after every spell of rains every square virtually resembles a mini lake. For people, it is always dicey navigating through such 'water pools' on the city roads, either one sprays other passers-by on the road or risk hitting someone ahead in case of misjudgment. In either case, the situation is tailor made for a noisy street fight or poor walkers, they simply have to swallow the insult and move on, cursing the motorist.

Such pitiable scenes in city belie tall claims on part of administration about conducting a drive for pre-monsoon works to ensure there is no water logging or choking of drains during monsoon time. This year particularly the problem of water logging appears more intense as not a single island in city appears without its fair share of stagnant water. While some low lying squares were notorious owing to wrong engineering, this year the problems is reported throughout entire city, indicating severe fault in monsoon preparedness on part of civic authorities.

After every other spell, the woes of citizens multiply as water simply remains stagnant on squares making it difficult to negotiate. Visit to most of the spots revealed that most of the drains are choked and many of them were stuffed with articles that impeded the water flow. Thus quality of pre-monsoon work done by municipal workers is a matter of investigation. Lakhs of rupees spent on ensuring zero water logging on roads during monsoon seems wasted as necessary cleaning works were not undertaken with sincerity.

Earlier, some low lying squares like Jhansi Rani Square, Munje Square, Cotton Market underbridge were known for water logging, but this year the problem is more acute as stagnant water is seen in all parts of city. Even Coffee House Square near the residence of Chief Minister is not without its share of problem as the slope of road is titled towards Dharampeth end and water does not flow into the drain nearby. The problem got accentuated due to faulty layout of drains that simply are not inter connected and hence even after slight water flow they starts to overflow. As to drains by roadside many of them are filled with filth, mud and simply not cleaned since ages.

Lightning kills 11-year-old girl

AN ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD girl was killed after lightning struck the ground near Indian Gymkhana in Dhantoli area on Tuesday. The deceased Payal Madhukar Maraskolhe (11) was a resident of Takia Basti. A student of Sule Girls’ School, Payal was playing in the ground. As it started raining heavily, she took shelter near a make-shift shed under a tree. Suddenly, lightning struck the area killing Payal on the spot. Parents of the victim rushed to the spot as news about Payal’s death spread like a wild fire in Takia. Residents too gathered at thes spot. Soon after receiving the information, staff from Dhantoli Police arrived and sent Payal’s body to Government Medical College & Hospital for autopsy. Cops registered an accidental death case. Further investigations are under way.

The South West monsoon started off on a sound note and on Tuesday the city within one hour recorded about 36.8 mm of rainfall. The intensity of rains today was quite severe and visibility was very poor, reduced to just few feets. For two wheelers riders, the problem was accentuated by thick sheet of rainfall falling and driving through water pools became quite dangerous. Even four wheeler drivers were quite cautious as wipers speed could not match the falling rain and for a long distance only whiteness appeared, indicating the intensity of rains.

Apart from the rains, the accompanying lighting was cause of scare in household across city. Such was the activity up in the skies that children were frightened to core. Although lighting is bit common during the monsoon, but the loud sounds were quite scary.

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Eco-friendly mini-bus in service of tourists at Tadoba soon

Now, Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) Office is introducing an eco-friendly 14-seater battery operated mini-bus for tourists to enjoy jungle safari. Since this vehicle is operated by battery... Read More
Now, Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) Office is introducing an eco-friendly 14-seater battery operated mini-bus for tourists to enjoy jungle safari. Since this vehicle is operated by battery it is noise and pollution free. It is expected that tourists could get a good view of wild animals because of no noise and pollution. Wild animals in the park, particularly deer, sambhar or wild boars start running away inside forest if they hear sound of a vehicle, though passing at a slow speed. Tourists in this mini-bus can enjoy sighting of wildlife possibly for a considerable time as there is no noise and pollution. When contacted, G P Garad, Chief Conservator of Forest and Field Director, TATR, Chandrapur, said on Sunday that a trial of this vehicle was taken from Moharli entry gate to know its performance at jungle turnings and ascents. This vehicle is being introduced on experimental basis. Such trials would be conducted and once it is found alright then the vehicle would be thrown open for visiting tourists shortly, he added. Reliable sources informed that the mini-bus “Kinetic Green” conducted a trial on Sunday evening, carrying A S Kalaskar, Deputy Director (Core), TATR, and nine other local persons. The Kinetic Company made mini-bus was driven by company’s driver assisted by helper. The driver would train a staff member of Forest Department so that he could independently drive this eco-friendly mini-bus. It may be mentioned here that this new facility by way of this noise-pollution free mini-bus is being introduced in the interest of tourists to this famous tiger reserve, ranking one of the ten prominent tiger reserves in the country, at the initiative of Sudhir Mungantiwar, Forest Minister, who is representative Chandrapur constituency. The sources pointed out that this vehicle could be used for patrolling by field staff members during off season. Meanwhile, three 22-seater open canter vehicles plus one 18-seater mini-bus are being operated from Moharli gate and one open canter vehicle is in service of the tourists from Kolara gate.

Rs 30 crore plan for eco-tourism, habitat improvement in Tadoba

The Office of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR), Chandrapur, has prepared a plan, involving Rs 30 crore for eco-tourism and habitat augmentation in the park, following instructions by Sudhir Mungantiwar, Forest Minister, during a review meeting held on Thursday in Chandrapur. Reliable sources informed that G P Garad, CCF and Field Director, TATR, is taking the proposal to Mumbai on Monday for discussion and approval in a meeting convened by Forest Minister. The proposal includes renovation of a tourist complex at Pangdi gate, construction of quarters for Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) and staff members and other facilities. The STPF jawans had occupied Pangdi tourist complex for the last two years and vacated it recently. The tourists had no accommodation facility at this complex during this period or at the nearby Jhari gate. In all, a dozen tourists vehicles are allowed daily to enter in the park from Pangdi and Jhari gates. Now, the upgradation of this complex would provide lodging/boarding facilities to tourists at Pangdi. Similarly, the plan for habitat augmentation includes water conservation works in habitat, quarters for forest guards in beats, meadow development in buffer areas, internal road works for strengthening patrolling and ultimately increasing protection level etc., sources said.

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Man murdered, relatives gherao police station

HINGNA police had tough time on Sunday after a mob of nearly 500, carrying body of a murdered person, gheraoed the police station to protest police failure in nabbing the murder accused. Hiral... Read More
HINGNA police had tough time on Sunday after a mob of nearly 500, carrying body of a murdered person, gheraoed the police station to protest police failure in nabbing the murder accused. Hiralal Girdharilal Musare (60), a resident of village Raipur, was stabbed to death by one Manoj Shivarkar (28) in a dispute over returning hand loan. The murder had occurred on Saturday afternoon when Manoj allegedly stabbed Musare with a knife. The incident had occurred in front of Kaikade Hotel and after the incident Manoj was absconding. Police had picked-up an associate of Manoj but later released him late in night. On Sunday, Musare’s funeral procession started, the family members learnt that police had not yet arrested Manoj. Hence angry at police stance, some hot heads in the funeral procession ‘hijacked’ and directed it towards police station. The people placed dead body of Musare in front of police station and demanded immediate arrest of Manoj whose father had advanced loan to deceased. Sensing the situation, Hingna police relayed SoS to Headquarters and additional reinforcements was sent from Nagpur. Local political leaders including Congress Party’s Baba Ashtankar, BJP leader Vitthal Kohad, President, Youth Congress, Shashikant Dhote intervened and cooled down the frayed tempers of Musare’s relatives. In the meantime acting swiftly two teams of Hingna police went out and traced accused Manoj Shivarkar. The arrest of Manoj finally averted any showdown and Musare was later cremated.

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Rs 1,150 cr crop loan disbursed in divn

NATIONALISED banks have disbursed around Rs 1,150 crore crop loan against the target of Rs 2,830 crore to the farmers’ in Nagpur division. The remaining loan amount will be disbursed by the end... Read More
NATIONALISED banks have disbursed around Rs 1,150 crore crop loan against the target of Rs 2,830 crore to the farmers’ in Nagpur division. The remaining loan amount will be disbursed by the end of June, claimed Dr Shailesh Kumar Sharma, Principal Secretary of Co-operative Department.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena led State Government is giving special attention towards loan distribution to the farmers’ in Nagpur and Amravati division. The State Government is trying to bring down the figure of farmers’ suicides in Vidarbha region.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is especially giving attention towards all the schemes related to the farmers.

Fadnavis had chaired the meeting at Mumbai last week and had instructed the officials and banks to expeditiously provide financial aid to farmers’ and meet the target. As a result, Co-operative Secretary Dr Sharma and Registrar of Co-operative Societies Chandrakant Dalvi reviewed the crop loan disbursal position in Nagpur division during Kharip season. Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, all the District Collectors, bank officials, agriculture and Co-operative Department officials were present during this important meeting.

Later, Sharma also interacted with mediapersons. Dr Sharma said, the farmers’ will not require any documents barring 7/12 abstract for obtaining loan upto Rs One lakh from the banks. The State Government has issued instructions to bank for releasing loan amount to the farmers’ without any delay. He expressed satisfaction over the crop loan distribution to the farmers’ in Nagpur division. The banks will organise credit camps for loan distribution to the farmers’ in every district. Chandrapur is leading in loan distribution with Rs 415 crore, followed by Nagpur with Rs 205 crore. In Wardha so far Rs 172 crore loan has been disbursed while in Gondia Rs 82 crore loan amount has been distributed whereas in Gadchiroli Rs 36 crore have been disbursed. Dr Sharma directed District Collectors, Lead Bank Manager and DDR to review crop loan distribution every week. The farmers’ having anewari less than 50 per cent can obtain loan as per their requirement. The farmers’ can avail new loan without paying old amount of loan, he added.

Dr Sharma added that the Government would extend all help to farmers’ for obtaining crop loan. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and NABARD have same guidelines for distribution of crop loan.

Sharma will visit Nagpur again to review the crop loan distribution performance of the Nagpur division. He will take bank-wise review of loan distribution. He sought information regarding loan distribution through moneylenders by November 30.

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City gives standing ovation to legendary playback singer Suman Kalyanpur

She is in her post 80 years, appears frail, age showing prominently on her fragile physique, yet when Suman Kalyanpur rendered couplets of some of her hit Marathi and Hindi songs, it left no doub... Read More
She is in her post 80 years, appears frail, age showing prominently on her fragile physique, yet when Suman Kalyanpur rendered couplets of some of her hit Marathi and Hindi songs, it left no doubt what so ever in one’s mind that this living singing legend, who achieved fame as playback singer, has blessings of the Lord, gifted with that mercurial voice that matches that of only Lata Mangeshkar, and still holds good, when others of her time have pulled shutters.

Suman Kalyanpur was given a standing ovation and felicitated at the hands of noted Homoeopath and Social Worker Dr Vilas Dangre and Maharashtra Minister for Social Justice Rajkumar Badole with a shawl and shrifal, a memento and citation besides a huge garland and a Tulsi sapling. Also present during the felicitation were Prof Sanjay Bhende, Pramod Pendke and Sachin Nakhate of Maitri Parivar, Mangala Khadilkar noted compere and author who helped Maitri Parivar in getting Suman Kalyanpur to Nagpur, Chef Vishnu Manohar and Sachin Dhomne of Sursangam. Suman Kalyanpur’s daughter Charul Agne was also present on the occasion along with Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar and NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane.

The programme ‘Suman Sugadh’ was organised at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande hall on Sunday, under the aegis of Maitri Parivar, to raise funds for charity. Many senior citizens of today have grown up listening to her songs on radio and later on cassettes. Suman Kalyanpur was a rage at one time. Some of the Marathi Abhangs, Bhavgeets and film songs, which she rendered briefly, brought nostalgia, as her voice showed that she still retained that old magic.

Mangala Khadilkar, who interviewed Kalyanpur, made the hesitant singer feel at home with some casual questions and coaxed the vocalist to open up confidently , willingly in answering questions put forth by Khadilkar, smiling and enjoying every moment.

Suman Kalyanpur spoke of her growing years, on how she used to listen to Gramophone records and learnt by heart all the songs of Noor Jehan, Suraiya, and others, couplets of which she rendered like “Akhiya Milake Chale Nahi Jana”, “Jawa Hai Mohabbat”, Suraya’s “Tere Naino Ne Chori Kiya”. Being Konkani, she learnt Marathi language and became fond of Manik Verma’s song “Kausalyecha Ram Bai”. She went down memory lane recalling how she came in contact with Keshavrao Bhole at Nrityaniketan where Keshavrao and another singer Jyotsna Bhole used to come. “It was Keshavrao who taught me how to fine tune and hold a tanpura, at the age of 13 years. He even got my song recorded a AIR,” stated Kalyanpur . She gave important tip of how she added muscle to her soft voice by standing atop a water tank and singing aloud. Kalyanpur rendered “Shabda Shabda Japuna Thev”, a song set to “Raga Marwa” and showed her prowess in which her daily Riyaz before Goddess Durga has helped her retain her quality of voice. She rendered pieces of other songs like “ Hey Nand lala Tera Man Hai Kala”, “Thehriye Hosh Mein Aa loo”, Aaaj Kal Tere Mere Pyar Ke Charche”, “Nana Karke Pyar Tumhe Se Kar Baithe” and others.

Asked about her taking sudden ‘Sanyas’ from Film music, Kalyanpur simply stated that there were some difficulties she faced that became unbearable and she decided to wind up her career. Kalyanpur has sung along with all the legendary singers and Music Directors from 60s to 90s. Earlier, the programme commenced with the lighting of the lamp at the hands of all the dignitaries including Pt Prabhakar Dhakde. Artists of Sursangam comprising Surabhi Dhomne, Dhanashree Deshpande and Mukul Pande rendered songs of Suman Kalyanpur with musical accompaniment by Mahendra Dhole, Parimal Joshi, Amar Shende, Arvind Upadhayay, Rugved Pande,Ujwala Gokarna, Vikram Joshi and Nandu Gohane. The Group also rendered Hindi songs after the interview.

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1,857 students prefer IIM-Nagpur

When Indian Institute of Management (IIM) was proposed at Nagpur, many experts were pessimistic about response from students community and whether it would receive sufficient preference ? But ... Read More
When Indian Institute of Management (IIM) was proposed at Nagpur, many experts were pessimistic about response from students community and whether it would receive sufficient preference ? But braving all pessimism, more than 1,850 students have preferred IIM at Nagpur which has intake of 60, which has sent a pleasant surprise to experts. Nagpur is one of the six new destinations of proposed IIM and dream project of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. These 1,857 students have already cleared CAT (Common Admission Test) and have secured the stipulated cut-off for the new IIM’s.

These students have sent out formal letters evincing interest in joining the new IIM-Nagpur, that is currently being mentored by IIM, Ahmedabad for a period of three years. A coordination office has been set up at the IIM-A campus and a three-member committee has been put in place for day to day running of IIM Nagpur, including initiating admissions for the flagship PGP program’s first batch (2015-17) which begins around mid-July. This huge response of the candidates was confirmed by Lt Col (Retd) Makarand Alur who has been appointed Project Administrator for IIM-N. According to Alur, the response is quite enthusiastic and beyond expectations. But, Alur said, he could not reveal further details. The institute would be housed in the VNIT campus till its permanent campus at Mouza Dahegaon in the non-SEZ area in MIHAN gets ready.

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Nagpur is the only IIM out of the proposed six new IIMs that has not only launched its website, but has also placed the admission offer list for the maiden PGP batch 2015-17.

Out of 1,35,000 who appeared for CAT 2014, over 7,000 students have made it through the cut off for various categories announced for the new IIM’s. By May 31, which was the last date of filling options this huge number of students opted IIM-N.

Joint Director of Technical Education G R Thakare who was the member of the committee that had inspected the land and then fixed the one in MIHAN expressed his happiness over so many students opting for Nagpur IIM. Thakare said, “The path was difficult and with the efforts and initiatives of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari we got IIM. Against this backdrop the development of the huge response by so many students is welcome.”

Recently IIM, Ahmedabad has hiked the fees by 11.5% and the tuition fees for Nagpur IIM is Rs 10 lakh. It is not known whether Nagpur too will increase the fees or not. Around 30 faculty from IIMA may be teaching at IIM-N during the first year.

Scholarships and Loan Assistance

The IIM-Nagpur website ‘www.iimnagpur.ac.in’ says that a number of banks will offer education loans to support your IIM Nagpur education on relaxed terms. These banks include Axis Bank, Canara Bank, Dena Bank, and State Bank of India at the moment. Students may have a chance to interact with representatives of some of these banks around the registration time. Some of the banks may open kiosks on campus around the registration time. IIM-N will provide copies of the loan leaflets of these bank for students’ reference once it is confirmed the admission offer. IIM Nagpur has made it clear that all loan arrangements are purely between the student and the awarding bank. IIM Nagpur does not associate itself with such arrangements. While many students raise the loan after joining the programme IIM-Nagpur would strongly encourage to finalize the loan arrangements soon after student receiving the admission offer. IIM Nagpur has shown willingness to facilitate a number of scholarships which are awarded by Government of India and various state governments.

Admission process

Each IIM shortlists candidates for second stage of selection which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). Performance in CAT 2014 examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may use previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short listing and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-off and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs.

IIM Nagpur has announced the admission status and the schedule for final admission result announcement for all the candidates. The first announcement of admission offer and subsequent waiting list at IIM Nagpur has been made available on June 6, 2015. There will be 3 more such announcements on June 16, June 22 and June 29, 2015.

The candidates who have been offered provisional admission at IIM Nagpur on June 6, 2015 will have to submit the hard copy of acceptance letter and demand draft for commitment fee so as to reach at IIM Nagpur by June 19, 2015. The candidates who have been selected will receive an e-mail containing a provisional admission offer and next steps to be followed. There won’t be any communication to the other candidates.

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Nothing ‘Right’ about Gosikhurd’s Right Bank Canal

Bigger the dream, bigger the disappointment. After spending thousands of crores and 27 years later after its bhoomipujan, Gosikhurd irrigation project remains a telling monument of injustice mete... Read More
Bigger the dream, bigger the disappointment. After spending thousands of crores and 27 years later after its bhoomipujan, Gosikhurd irrigation project remains a telling monument of injustice meted out to Vidarbha region and is a classic example of irregularities, siphoning of funds, corruption, twisting of norms and monumental inefficiency. Sub-standard work of Right Bank Canal which was perceived as a channel to create prosperity, sadly reminds about a massive scandal and how an unholy nexus of politically well-connected contractors and pliable engineers with the blessings of their shameless political masters indulged in a broad day-light robbery. The lone sufferer was farmer from rainfed region of Vidarbha. As a major chunk of the funds meant for creation of irrigation potential was siphoned of, backlog of the region was cleared only on paper and assets were never created to the desired extent. Ironically, the Vidarbha Irrigation Development Project (VIDC) officials who are in dock over all the wrong-doings of past two decades, have audacity to defend the indefensible and justify the sheer wastage of public money on creating dead-assets, shoddy canal walls which caved in within months.

Vidarbha Sinchan Shodh Yatra organised by Loknayak Bapuji Aney Smarak Samiti, Jan Manch, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Swadeshi Jagran Manch and Vidarbha Economic Development Council (VED) visited the Right Bank Canal of Gosikhurd dam on Sunday along with Katol MLA Dr Ashish Deshmukh.

Yatra members discovered to their astonishment, the dark side of machinery and tale of broken promises. The Right Bank Canal (RBC) which has shown the dream to farmers of 108 villages in Bhandara and Chandrapur districts to bring 39,409 hectares of land under irrigation, seems ‘hollow’ after actual visit to the site. Officials have claimed the work of RBC upto 99.53 kms has been completed, but in reality the canal is partially filled with water upto only first 25 kms. There are no sub canals, branch canals and distributaries providing water to the lands of farmers in this region. From 30 kms to 43 kms, the wall of RBC on one side has been built and surprisingly there is no wall on other side.

Apparently, the VIDC officials had no cogent explanation for absence of wall and not surprisingly, the bill for un-constructed wall was settled long back. The constructed wall came crumbling down due to heavy rains, claimed Executive Engineer S V Kale, taking members of Sinchan Shodh Yatra by surprise and raising a big question-mark over quality of work. Angry farmers slammed VIDC officials and charged them with misleading the Yatra members and cheating them. VIDC has failed to provide irrigation to farmers, there are lots of faults in design, layout, alleged farmers. Construction work of branch canal is abandoned forcing some farmers to take water from the main canal using their own pump sets.

Put in a tight spot, the engineers blamed the villagers and claimed that things are being blown out of proportion. They pleaded total innocence about the work and claimed that during regime, good quality of work was executed by them.

Anup Sangole, Sub Divisional Engineer said, “The project has got first sanction for Rs 372 crores on March 31, 1983. In first revised administrative sanction on July 3, 1999, the cost was increased to Rs 2,091 crore. The second revised administrative sanction was accorded on November 1, 2007 the cost was escalated to Rs 5,639 crore. According to administrative sanction by technical advisory committee of Central Water Commission, New Delhi on February 27, 2008 the cost was increased to Rs 7,778 crore. The project has been declared as ‘National Project’ on February 26, 2009 and proposal for third revised administrative sanction was sent for Rs 18,110.08 crore.” Adv Anil Kilor asked Sangole what has made VIDC to raise the cost in just four months from Rs 5,659 crore to Rs 7,778 crore?, Taken aback by this straight but tough question, the engineer preferred to keep mum. He merely claimed, there are many technical factors involved and lay persons will not be able to understand them.

In the last 32 years the cost has been raised from Rs 372 crores to 18,110 crores means 49 times hike in the cost in 32 years which comes to Rs 1.60 crore hike per day, Adv Kilor pointed out. Naturally, the astronomical rise in project cost brought allegations of corruption, exaggeration, and unholy nexus between contractors and officials who used Gosikhurd project as milching cow during last 25 years. Janmanch’s Pramod Pande mentioned that the construction of Bhakra Nangal Dam was completed in just 15 years by spending just Rs 245.28 crores, then why Gosikhurd which has just half the capacity of Bhakra Nangal Dam has not been completed in last 32 years? The concerned engineers said, ‘technical reasons’.

Sangole along with Assistant Engineer J.B Tiple gave a very impressive powerpoint presentation about the project. The project has 11 units. According to them, “The construction of main clay dam and spillway has been 100 percent completed. 70 per cent work of left bank canal (LBC) has been completed while that of right bank canal (RBC) has been completed upto 60 percent. Work of Ghodazari Branch canal is completed to 25 percent, that of Tekepar Lift Irrigation Project is 100 percent complete. The work of Ambhora lift irrigation project has been completed upto 90 percent and Mokhabardi Lift Irrigation Project has been completed upto 60 percent. Nerla lift irrigation project has been completed upto 65 percent, Asolamendha Renewal project is completed upto 30 percent, other lift irrigation project is completed upto 5 percent and Bhandara protection band has been completed upto 50 percent.”

Farmers of Savarla village slammed engineers for their alleged callous attitude. The water from main canal (RBC) is reaching upto 100 hectares only. The sub canals, branch canals and distributaries are only on paper, said Adv Govind Bhendarkar, convenor of Gosikhurd Prakalp Sangharsha Samiti. Harichandra Bhajipale, Bhagyavan Bhajipale, Chintakaman Katekhaye, Laxman Katekhaye, Dhanaji Kurzekar, Shyamdev Kurzekar, Keshav Jibhkate and many farmers have shown their lands and claimed due to faulty design, the water can not reach to their farms.

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Engg admission forms to be accepted till 18th

The submission of application of engineering will end on June 18. The state Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) released a detailed schedule for admissions into engineering courses on Frid... Read More
The submission of application of engineering will end on June 18. The state Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) released a detailed schedule for admissions into engineering courses on Friday on its website www.dte.org.in.

As per its records, the state has around 376 institutes offering engineering and technology courses with a total intake of over 1.57 lakh seats. As per schedule, the sale of application kits, the process of online filling and submission of forms for admissions to first year of these courses start on June 5 and will continue till June 18.

Those candidates who have secured the minimum 50% marks (45% in case of backward class categories and persons with disabilities belonging to Maharashtra state only) in class XII in physics, mathematics and Chemistry/biotechnology/biology/technical vocational added together and obtained positive composite score are eligible to apply. The ranking for admission is based on a composite score which is obtained after adding 50% of JEE (main) 2015 in paper-I percentile and 50% of class XII (board or equivalent examination) in physics, chemistry and mathematics marks percentile. If the score of candidate is not reaching 50 per cent combining Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics he or she can replace Mathematics by any bifocal subject like electronics to take the score to 50 per cent.

Over 850 new seats are added in the centralised admission process in State, around 1,300 seats have reduced.

The DTE conducts the three rounds of the Common Admission Process (CAP). Round 1 and round 2 is meant for all candidates who have filled the online option for the respective round while Round 3 is meant only for candidates from the state of Maharashtra.

A composite score is calculated wherein 50% of the weight is given to the candidate’s performance in the JEE (Main) - Paper 1 and the remaining 50% weight is given to the percentile secured by the candidate in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in his board exams. A merit list is then prepared on the basis of each candidate’s composite score.

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UK docs to train local vets for controlling stray dog population

UK Dogs trust-sponsored mission rabies with Vets for Animals, Animal Husbandry Department, and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to run a two week training course from June 15 to 26 at Distric... Read More
UK Dogs trust-sponsored mission rabies with Vets for Animals, Animal Husbandry Department, and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to run a two week training course from June 15 to 26 at District Veterinary Polyclinic, Maharajbaug for local vets to learn the key skills in humane dog population control to assist in the fight against rabies in Nagpur.

In September 2013, the mission rabies programme was launched with a mass canine vaccination drive across the city, as part of a wider campaign working in 14 locations across India.

The world’s most high-tech, all-terrain, self-sufficient mobile veterinary hospital vehicle - generously sponsored by Dogs Trust and designed and built in the UK is arrived in Nagpur to run veterinary surgical training programme from Monday surgical trainers from the Worldwide Veterinary Service International Training Centre in Ooty.

Dr. Kate Shervell, International Director of Mission Rabies, outlines the plan for Nagpur, “By training local vets in surgical sterilisation techniques, they can form the front-line in working to control the dog population, which makes canine rabies vaccination programmes more successful. Vets are in a unique position to be able to help control this terrible disease which affects both dogs and people a population of vaccinated, sterilised dogs in the best protection for the local community against rabies.” The project involves GPS mapping of every dog vaccinated and sterilised, using smartphone technology, so that the programme can be monitored and scientifically evaluated. The campaign is being led by WVS India and India Project for Animals and Nature, Ooty, as well as other Indian NGOs under the banner of the Animal Welfare Board of India.

The project launched in September 2013, vaccinating over 61,000 dogs across 14 locations in India within 28 days. Since then the mission rabies teams based around the country have vaccinated over 1,00,000 dogs, as well as training 47 Indian vets in surgical animal birth control techniques.

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State Government to implement SC directions to curb ragging

Considering the rising incidents of ragging resulting in developing mental illness in students, Maharashtra Government has decided to implement the judgement by Supreme Court to curb ragging. G... Read More
Considering the rising incidents of ragging resulting in developing mental illness in students, Maharashtra Government has decided to implement the judgement by Supreme Court to curb ragging. Government has observed that students suffer academic loss due to ragging and incidents like suicide can take place. Government will be issuing circulars to Director, Joint Director, Vice-Chancellors of all universities, Registrar, School Education department, Medical Education department, agriculture education department.

Through circular Government has given certain guidelines and asked the concerned authorities to follow the same scrupulously. According to the directions, the punishment should be severe for the persons who are involved in ragging so that offenders should not dare again to do it. In case of ragging, if the victim or institute head feel that the action is dissatisfactory then FIR should be lodged with the police. Even if the parents of the victim lodge FIR, the institutes should separately lodge FIR. Student who had involved in ragging earlier would not get admission and this should be mentioned in the prospectus. The prospectus should also made it clear, in case the admission is given to such student and if he or she gets involved in ragging then he or she would be expelled from the institution.

Government in its circular has also pointed out that it would be the responsibility of institution to curb ragging. Government can inspect whether the institute has taken steps to curb ragging or not. If Government finds some loophole then the grant can be refused to that institue. Institutions are supposed to constitute committees, squad which would check whether recommendations made as per Supreme Court directions or not. If it is found that the implementations are not being made then committees will have to brought it to the notice of Supreme Court. After completion of admissions, the institution heads will conduct meeting of old and new students and inform them the directions of ragging. They also inform students about the punishment. Institutions should make separate arrangements of old and new students in different buildings, says circular.-

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State Govt directed to pay 6th wage revision arrears to MJP employees by 30th

After receipt of information from the Government Pleader that after approval from the State Cabinet, the Chief Minister has cleared payment of 6th Wage Revision arrears to the tune of Rs 250 cr... Read More
After receipt of information from the Government Pleader that after approval from the State Cabinet, the Chief Minister has cleared payment of 6th Wage Revision arrears to the tune of Rs 250 crore in next 3 weeks, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain at the High Court have, during the hearing of the writ petition filed by Rajaram Vitthalkar and 28 other Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP) employees, directed the completion of the payment of arrears by June 30 next and consideration of the compliance report by the Court on July 3 next.

Earlier, on April 28 last, the Court’s division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice S B Shukre perused the Court’s orders of January 6, 2015 and February 3, 2015. They were informed by the Government counsel that the Chief Secretary had found it appropriate to deduct an amount of Rs 200 crore from grants payable to the corporation/municipal council and Rs 50 crore from grants payable to the Zilla Parishad and to appropriate that towards claim of these petitioners. Petitioners’ counsel Advocate Prakash Meghe and MJP counsel D M Kakani have stated that the Court has given specific directions for compliance within stipulated period and hence the State Government may complete the procedural formalities at its leisure, but the orders of court needs to be complied within the given time. Considering the nature of grievance and its implication, the Court had directed the State Government to complete the formalities within 6 weeks from April 28, 2015. These lawyers stated before the Court that one department of the State Government cannot complain or make a grievance that other departments are not co-operating in the matter. It was stated by the State counsel that the huge amounts are still outstanding and recoverable from various civic bodies and other local bodies. The Government has also suggested recovery at threshold before releasing grants to these authorities. The total amount payable to the employees like the petitioners is roughly about Rs 250 crore, the respondent have completed the works and have to recover Rs 2,200 crore from various bodies. Thus huge chunk of revenue is blocked in the process and causing inconvenience to these employees.

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ACB freezes Devdutt Marathe’s bank accounts, seals locker

AFTER conducting searches at the Shivaji Nagar residence of ex-Secretary of Public Works Department (PWD) Devdutt Gangadhar Marathe, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officers have frozen his bank a... Read More
AFTER conducting searches at the Shivaji Nagar residence of ex-Secretary of Public Works Department (PWD) Devdutt Gangadhar Marathe, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officers have frozen his bank accounts and sealed his locker.

Marathe’s lawyer son stays in his house at Shivaji Nagar while he owns another house in Mumbai. A team of Mumbai-based bureau officers, investigating the large scale corruption in New Delhi Maharashtra Sadan scam and alleged involvement of ex-PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, his son Pankaj, nephew Samir, and 14 others including Marathe, is expected to arrive in the city shortly.

The Mumbai-based bureau officers with the assistance of their Nagpur counterparts had already started assessing the wealth amassed by Marathe, including his movable and immovable assets, in the city, Mumbai and other places. Bhujbal along with 16 others were booked for their alleged involvement in corruption in awarding of some contracts, including the one for construction of New Maharashtra Sadan in the National Capital.

A high-ranking PWD official, Marathe is a native of Nagpur. He had also worked as Chief Engineer in the city.

Marathe, who was considered to be a close aide of Bhujbal when the latter was PWD minister in the Congress-NCP Government. While working as Secretary, Marathe allegedly played an important role in formulating the proposal by which Chamankar Enterprises was awarded the contract of New Maharashtra Sadan.

The contract was awarded to Chamankar Enterprises flouting the legal procedure and in lieu, the firms and trusts controlled by Bhujbal and his family members had received huge kickbacks.

The ACB probe revealed that a huge amount of money was transferred from the partners of Chamankar Associates to firms directly or indirectly controlled either by Bhujbal or his family members after the contract was granted. Bhujbal and officials have been charged with misleading the Cabinet Sub-committee on Infrastructure Development. The ACB investigation found that Chamankar Enterprises was awarded the contract for construction of New Maharashtra Sadan without inviting tenders.

After registering a case under the relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act against Bhujbal and others, Anti-Corruption Bureau the other day registered fresh offence of cheating, forgery, criminal breach of trust, criminal conspiracy and causing loss to public exchequer and providing undue benefits to private businessmen flouting norms under Sections 406, 420, 409, 465, 468, 471, 120(B) against public servants.

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MH-CET results likely to be declared again on June 15

WITH Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) accepting the recommendations of Dr Lahane Committee regarding the disputed question asked in Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MH-CET) c... Read More
WITH Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) accepting the recommendations of Dr Lahane Committee regarding the disputed question asked in Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MH-CET) conducted for the admissions to health sciences courses, now, the results of the same are likely to be declared again on June 15. Earlier, the results were declared on June 5.

Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) had declared the result on June 5. Some of the students approached court regarding the confusion over question number 178. The question was “Plasma cells are derived from.” Initially the answer key posted on the website by the DMER had said that the right answer was ‘option c, memory B-cells.’ Later, claiming there was an error, it said that the answer was ‘option b, helper T-cells.’ The committee headed by Dr T P Lahane, Dean of J J Medical College was constituted to find the solution.

Dr Lahane talking to ‘The Hitavada’ from Mumbai pointed out, “Four options were given that include ‘Memory B Cells’, ‘helper T cell’ ‘helper toxic cell’ and ‘none of the above’. The actual answer was ‘B-lymphocyte cells.’ But this answer was not among the four options. Though the options of ‘Memory B Cells’ and ‘Helper T cell’ were not completely right, they are near to the right answer. So we have recommended that one mark should be allotted to the students who have written either of both options.”

A division bench of Justice Anoop Mohta and Justice V L Achliya asked DMER to make efforts to post the merit list online as per the schedule. The merit list is now expected to be announced on June 15, 2015. This came after the DMER and the competent authority agreed to accept the recommendations of Dr Lahane Committee.

Over 1.89 lakh students appeared for MH-CET and around 37,800 passed. They are competing for 2,500 MBBS and BDS seats in government colleges.The court rapped examination authorities for this turmoil and asked DMER to conduct enquiry in the whole matter.

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His war against social evils is an inspiration for many

Those who call themselves educated and elite should learn a lesson from what was done by a motivated worker in a small village Tiwsala in Ghatanji tahasil of Yavatmal district.

The laws pe... Read More
Those who call themselves educated and elite should learn a lesson from what was done by a motivated worker in a small village Tiwsala in Ghatanji tahasil of Yavatmal district.

The laws pertaining against demanding and offering dowry might have been framed several decades ago. Female foeticide might have been considered a sin by the society. Even law providing stern action has failed to curb these social ills, in the name of tradition or for showing off the money power.

Prof Ramesh Rathod, coming from a Banjara family has been striving to generate awareness and motivating people to get rid of the social-ills which are being followed in the name of culture.

From protecting girl child to refusing gifts or dowry, using flowers instead of rice grains to welcome newly-married couple, Prof Rathod has been propagating ‘Service’ (Sewalal) as the only God, instead of performing religious rituals during any ceremony.

On Kabir Jayanti, June 2, Prof Rathod took initiative in organising a marriage, without dowry or gift of any form. The bridegroom and his parents felicitated bride’s parents by offering shawl and floral bouquet and accepted ‘parenthood’ of the bride.

This was probably one of the rarest occasion when bride’s parents were honoured by the groom’s parents and other relatives.

In the invitation itself the appeal for ‘No Gift’ was made. The bride and the groom were motivated to refuse the gifts, even if someone offers. Prof Rathod, firmly believes that the root cause of female foeticide is Dowry System, prevailing in the society.

The burden of dowry makes parents to kill girl child and the issue has gained alarming proportion. The venue of the marriage had a big banner with slogan of saving girl child, oppose dowry, which is the basic mission of Prof Rathod. He has been working on this mission through his social organisation.

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‘Mah Govt should sanction 300 addl beds to Daga Hospital’

Maharashtra Government should sanction construction of a building for additional 300 beds in Daga Memorial Government Women Hospital. This was resolved in a meeting of visiting board of Daga Ho... Read More
Maharashtra Government should sanction construction of a building for additional 300 beds in Daga Memorial Government Women Hospital. This was resolved in a meeting of visiting board of Daga Hospital recently.

North Nagpur MLA Dr Milind Mane presided over the meeting of visiting board of hospital. The Central Government has sanctioned funds for additional 100 beds in this hospital. The process of sanctioning building plan is going on while State Government has also assured to provide funds for 100 bedded building. Dr Mane assured the board to take up the issue with Health Department and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

This is an old hospital of Central Nagpur taking care of pregnant women and their children. Daily 800 women and 500 children are coming in the hospital for check-up. The number of patients is increasing daily in this hospital. The visiting board discussed man power, water problem, construction of additional facilities like toilets for gents, and others. Shahnaz Bazi suggested free vaccination to children in the hospital. Deputy Director (H) Sanjay Jaiswal assured board members regarding vaccination to infants.

Dr Mane will personally look after water supply from Orange City Water (OCW) for the hospital. He also suggested to use well water for other purposes then drinking. He said, the water level of Gandhibag area is better as comparison to other areas of the city, and hospital can use water of well for non-drinking purposes. He suggested to check the water quality from NEERI so that it can be used for drinking purpose too.

He assured to get funds from District Planning Committee (DPC) for construction of toilets for gents in the hospital premises.

The board members visited various wards to see the facilities provided by the hospital. They all expressed satisfaction over the facilities. Dr. R S Farooki, Superintendent of the hospital, Manish Soni, Rashid Ismail Sheikh, Rekha Nimje, Anandrao Thaore, Dr. Anil Kanojia, Lala Quereshi, Dr. Rajkumar Sahu, Dr. Vinita Jain, Dr. Sulbha Mul were present in the meeting. Dr Madhuri Thorat proposed vote of thanks.

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CM to address Collectors’ meet at Pune on 15th

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will address District Collectors’ conference on June 15. The conference to be held to discuss framing pro-public policies of the new Government will be held a... Read More
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will address District Collectors’ conference on June 15. The conference to be held to discuss framing pro-public policies of the new Government will be held at Yashda, Pune, informed Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse. Khadse said, the conference will decide the future planning of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)- Shiv Sena led Government in State.

District Collectors play important role between State Government and common man. Divisional Commissioner, District Collector, Revenue Department officials, Tehsildar, Nayab Tehsildar and Talathi are working expeditiously for welfare of the state.

These officials are also responsible for maintaining law and order situation.

The conference will also discuss how to solve problems being faced by the Revenue machinery while implementing welfare schemes, Khadse said. Revenue related problems will be solved at local level so that the people will not have to visit Mantralaya for their works, he added.

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Kins to get post-mortem report on same day, death certificate next day

FORENSIC Medicine Department of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) is set to install a new software to cut down the tedious process of delivery of post-mortem reports. After install... Read More
FORENSIC Medicine Department of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) is set to install a new software to cut down the tedious process of delivery of post-mortem reports. After installation of the software the department will become the first in India to hand over post-mortem reports on the same day to the deceased’s relatives. District Collector Sachin Kurvey has granted funds of Rs 14 lakh to the department through District Planning Committee. Utilising this fund the department is bringing a software that would speed up many processes with a click of the mouse. The department conducts 15-20 post-mortems daily, reports of which are delivered after 4-5 days. Sometimes it takes a week’s time to hand over the report to the deceased’s relatives. “We will load post-mortem report, model PM report, Viscera form A and B, Hystopathology form, death certificate form number 4, 8. These are the basic things but victim’s relatives have to suffer because of non-availability of these forms. The licensed software will be developed and become functional within 90 days. We will have eight computers in department all will be connected through LAN,” Dr Makrand Vyawahare, Head, Department of Forensic Medicine, told ‘The Hitavada’. “This software will change the face not only of the department but also of GMCH and Nagpur. We will provide PM report on the same day to the victim’s relatives,” Dr Vyawahare added. The department would also send death certificate to Nagpur Municipal Corporation the same day which the corporation can deliver immediately if it develops its own machinery.

“We will send detailed death certificate to Municipal Corporation via email. Now it is upto them how to operate. If they too could act faster then the relatives would get the certificate the very next day,” he said. The new software will also resolve various issues related to criminal cases. These cases also get delayed due to want of PM report.

“The software will help us give proper reports of poisoning cases, homicide, injuries, sexual assault victim and accused also. It will also help in creating a data of vehicular injuries, head injuries which would enable the department to provide past details to authorities whenever needed,” Dr Vyawahare elaborated.

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Heavy rains lash city; monsoon yet to set in

The Rain God made loud announcement sounding arrival of monsoon, in next few days in the city. The pre-monsoon thundershowers on late Saturday afternoon brought relief to the Nagpurians from hot ... Read More
The Rain God made loud announcement sounding arrival of monsoon, in next few days in the city. The pre-monsoon thundershowers on late Saturday afternoon brought relief to the Nagpurians from hot and humid climate, which was irritating them for the last couple of days. The rains and thundershowers are likely to continue for the next four days, the meteorological department has forecast.

Although the city did not experience any untoward incident many low lying areas of the city witnessed water-logging on the roads for some time. The rains caught the citizens unawares but many were happy and welcomed the first heavy showers of the season. Today being second Saturday, which is holiday for many government offices and the schools have not opened, the first heavy rains were enjoyed by all. Those returning from the office, got a relief as the rains had stopped by then. Children were seen enjoying the showers.

Some others took out football to add to the joy.

Water-logging on roads at Shankar Nagar Square, Ramdaspeth, Panchsheel Square, Narendra Nagar, Great Naag Road, near Baidyanath Chowk and other spots caused inconvenience to the commuters for a while. Apart from water-logging, some areas also faced power cuts causing little inconvenience to those who were indoors.

Nagpur Centre of Indian Meteorological Department has stated that rains and thundershowers will occur in entire Vidarbha region. The sky will be mainly cloudy. However, any warning of heavy or very heavy rains has not been issued. The maximum and minimum temperature would be around 35 degree Celsius and 24 degree Celsius respectively. The south-west monsoon has further advanced into some parts of Arabian Sea, South Gujarat, most parts of Central Maharashtra, Konkan and some parts of Vidarbha, south Chhatisgarh, south Odisha and Karnataka. The off shore trough at mean sea level from north Maharashtra to Kerala coast persists, the Meteorological Department has stated in it weather report.

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Four youths kidnap minor boy, loot cash from him, upload his clips on web

GITTIKHADAN Police booked four youths for allegedly looting cash from a minor boy after kidnapping him in a car and uploading his nude video clipping on a social networking site on Thursday eve... Read More
GITTIKHADAN Police booked four youths for allegedly looting cash from a minor boy after kidnapping him in a car and uploading his nude video clipping on a social networking site on Thursday evening.

A resident of Chhaoni, Sadar, the 17-year-old victim Vikrant (name changed) told police that he had gone to an eatery near Telangkhedi Lake to meet his friends on Thursday evening. Near the lake, Vijay Rai alias Ulhas Rai and three of his accomplices, all residents of Ramdaspeth, caught him. Rai told him that he did spray painting on his car. By painting it black, he spoiled his car. Rai along with three of his friends put a black cloth on his head and forced him to sit in a car. They then demanded Rs 50,000/- from him. Rai and his accomplices threatened to kill him if he failed to give them money. They forcibly took Rs 600/- from his pocket. Rai and other thrashed him and removed his clothes. They prepared his nude video clipping on cellphones and uploaded it on Facebook. On the basis of Vikrant’s complaint, Gittikhadan Police registered an offence under Sections 327, 363, 384, 394, 506A(b) and 34 of the IPC read with Sections 6 and 7 of the Information Technology Act against Rai and his accomplices. However, cops did not arrest accused for reasons best known to them.

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Fadnavis clears all pending proposals of NMC

IN a major windfall for Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), Urban Development Department ayed about dozen proposal that were pending since long, including one about banning sale of plaster of par... Read More
IN a major windfall for Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), Urban Development Department ayed about dozen proposal that were pending since long, including one about banning sale of plaster of paris idols. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis handed over the file relating to cleared proposals to Mayor Pravin Datke at the function organised at Chitnavis Centre on Friday. Separately, Chief Minister also announced that henceforth UDD would function in pro-active manner and no pendency would be there. If any proposal is found okay the acceptance would be conveyed soon, similarly in case there is negative decision the local body will learn about it immediately, he further said. Meanwhile, Mayor said most of the proposals were quite old and pending with State Government.

The proposals include release of grant of Rs. 100 crores, regularisation of jobs of 94 daily wagers, granting lease rights of conservancy lanes, sanctioning 10 posts of Executive Engineers to 10 zones of NMC, rights to Standing Committee to waive of bills of over 500 units for water consumption in Dharampeth Zone under 24x7 scheme, and filling-up of 10% posts on compassionate grounds, lifting of stay on Muslim Library.

The most important proposal accepted by Urban Development Department is regarding ban on sale of PoP idols. UDD would frame separate rules and it would be implemented all over State.

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State Government mulling monthly funding for civic body in lieu of LBT

Post abolition of Local Body Tax (LBT) from August 1, Maharashtra Government is drafting an alternative monthly funding scheme for municipal corporations in the State. As per proposal, State Gove... Read More
Post abolition of Local Body Tax (LBT) from August 1, Maharashtra Government is drafting an alternative monthly funding scheme for municipal corporations in the State. As per proposal, State Government every month would provide fixed grants to compensate corporation for revenue loss due on account of LBT. Principal Secretary, Urban Development Department, Manisha Mhaiskar, disclosed this to newspersons here on Friday.

She said abolition of abolition of LBT is final and there is no going back on it, notwithstanding the dead opposition of municipal corporations in State. State Government is finalising the funding formula to ensure municipal bodies can carry on development works and also there is no logjam on administrative front. Many alternatives were explored and finally monthly funding scheme got the approval. She also stated a point under consideration is increasing fixed grants in lieu of LBT every month. The exact amount of funds to be disbursed and formula for monthly hike and other related aspects are being discussed threadbare by officials from Urban Development Department and Finance Department. Final draft of funding scheme to corporation would be first tabled before Cabinet and post approval Government would table the new policy in monsoon session of State Legislature, Mhaiskar further disclosed.

To a question, Mhaiskar admitted that officials of all corporation opposed amnesty scheme to traders for default in filing LBT returns as officials cited huge drop in tax collection and its immediate impact on development works.

Further discussion about amnesty scheme is currently on and views of municipal corporation are called by June 15.

Mayor seeks 17% hike for city

Mayor Pravin Datke demanded hike of 17% in funding to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in lieu of withdrawal of LBT. He said abolition of LBT would benefit NMC as Goods and Service Tax (GST) would also come into force by next financial year. As compared to Octroi, the income of civic body dropped significantly during last two years adversely affecting the developmental works. Therefore, as against the best performance during LBT, the NMC had calculated possible income through Octroi and has forcefully demanded a better financial deal to carry on its developmental activities.

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ACB searches ex-PWD Secy Marathe’s residence

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Friday evening conducted a search at Shivaji Nagar residence of ex-Secretary of Public Works Department Devdutt Gangadhar Marathe in connection with FIR ... Read More
Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Friday evening conducted a search at Shivaji Nagar residence of ex-Secretary of Public Works Department Devdutt Gangadhar Marathe in connection with FIR filed against him in Maharashtra Sadan TDR scam along with then PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujal and 16 others.

Marathe was Secretary of the PWD and according to ACB, played an important role in formulating the proposal by which Chamankar builder was provided with a windfall profit. Bhujbal and officials have been charged by ACB with misleading the Cabinet sub-committee on Infrastructure Development by slashing the profit figures while in reality Chamankar builders made a killing out of this deal and the bribe amount was laundered through companies owned by Bhujbal and his close aides.

The ACB has slapped sections 406, 420, 409, 465, 468, 471, 120(B) against public servants by which they have been charged with cheating, forgery, criminal breach of trust, criminal conspiracy and causing loss to public exchequer and providing undue benefits to private developers by tweaking norms. ACB team consisting of some high-ranking officials from Mumbai and Nagpur searched Marathe’s residence to find out any incriminating evidence or paper trail. ACB officials were tight-lipped about the outcome of this search. Marathe was high-ranking officer of PWD and was posted at Nagpur for quite a long time and was Chief Engineer here. The swift move by ACB a day after registering FIR has raised eyebrows in official and political circles.

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India will soon become world’s manufacturing hub: CM

India is making rapid development under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and very soon it will emerge as the world’s manufacturing hub, predicted Chief Minister Devendra... Read More
India is making rapid development under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and very soon it will emerge as the world’s manufacturing hub, predicted Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis while pointing that policies like Make In India, Skill India which are floated to encash demographic dividend and will usher India into an era of stability and prosperity.

Fadnavis was speaking after releasing a special issue on completion of Narendra Modi Government’s one successful year titled “One Historical Year” brought out by Marathi daily Tarun Bharat. Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule presided over. Narkesari Prakashan Chairman Dr Vilas Dangre, Managing Director Vishwas Pathak, Chief Editor Gajanan Nimdeo, CEO Sunil Kuhikar were seated on the dais.

Praising Modi Government for open, transparent and non-discriminatory economic policies, Fadnavis pointed out that by auctioning coal blocks a massive Rs 2 lakh crore have been earned, similarly through spectrum auction, more than Rs 1 lakh crore have been earned. Applauding Modi-led NDA government for tough stance adopted to bring back black money stashed abroad in tax heavens, Chief Minister stated that it would have desired results very soon. Micro-irrigation initiative Pradhan Mantri Sinchan Yojana will be useful for rural areas and states like Maharashtra are major beneficiaries. Throwing light on administrative style of Prime Minister, Fadnavis informed that every week the Prime Minister reviews all major projects by way of video-conferencing with Chief Secretary of each state. Maharashtra has been benefited as the long pending issues like Navi Mumbai airport, Nagar-Beed railway line, Coastal road have been solved in no time. Very soon the vexed issue of railway line in Gadchiroli will also be solved, he hoped.

Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule briefed about major decisions taken by Modi Government. Vishwas Pathak informed about contents of the special issue edited by Shamkant Jahagirdar and promised to bring out a special issue on one year of Fadnavis Government as well. Prakash Edlabadkar conducted the proceedings while Sunil Kuhikar proposed a vote of thanks.

Senior RSS functionary M G Vaidya, former MP Banwarilal Purohit, Mayor Pravin Datke, former editors Mama Ghumare, Laxmanrao Joshi, Sudhir Pathak, legislators Sudhakar Kohale, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Anil Sole, Vikas Kumbhare, former DGIPR Shreepad Sahasrabhojanee were prominently present.

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After 24 years, Mowad-flood affected gets justice

After 24 years, finally the flood-affected citizens of Mowad got justice. Maharashtra Government has taken a landmark decision through which now the affected people will get ownership rights o... Read More
After 24 years, finally the flood-affected citizens of Mowad got justice. Maharashtra Government has taken a landmark decision through which now the affected people will get ownership rights of the lands given to them as a compensation. The Government has scrapped the earlier condition that had restricted the flood-affected people from transfering their lands, which they received as a compensation.

In the year 1991, Wardha river in Nagpur district got flooded. The large-scale flood had devastated the villages that include Mowad, Khairgala, Deoli, Bhugaodeo, Madna, Jalalkheda, Peth, Ismailpur, Mirjapur, Bharsingi, Mahendra, Kharbadi, Khedi, Thadipaoni, Ambada, Satyawada. As a part of rehabilitation, the acquisition of the land was made at safer place and plots were given away to the flood-affected people. This distribution was conducted according to the terms and condictions of Maharashtra Land Revenue Code 1966 and 1971. The flood affected farmer family was given land admeasuring 3,000 sq ft and non-farmer got land admeasuring 1,500 sq ft. There was a rider that they could not sale the plot, nor they could handover the plot to others. A total of 4086 plots were distributed to people of 15 villages. This had hampered the total compensation procedure as the flood-affected people could not yield any benefit.

On Friday, Government has passed an order which says the ban on handing over the plot by the flood affected people was removed. Now the people will get land ownership land which means they can do the transaction of their lands. This move is being welcomed by one and all. This issue was pending for the last 24 years and except discussion no concrete step was taken. But today’s decision has given respite to hundreds of families of this area.

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Companies challenge Govt’s move to lower BT seed prices

In response to the writ petition filed by Seed Industries Association of Maharashtra, Aurangabad's Executive Director, Dr Shaligram Wankhede and two companies and a share-holder of one of these... Read More
In response to the writ petition filed by Seed Industries Association of Maharashtra, Aurangabad's Executive Director, Dr Shaligram Wankhede and two companies and a share-holder of one of these two companies for direction to the State Govt for hike in the maximum sale price of BG-I and BG-II cotton seeds, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain, at the High Court here, have sought reply from the respondents- State Agriculture Secretary, Commissioner (Agriculture) and the Director of Agriculture Input & QC/Licensing Authority, Pune, by June 16, Tuesday and directed the authorities to keep their original files ready for perusal by the Court.

The petition is directed against the notification of June 8, 2015 under section 10 of the Maharashtra Cotton Seeds (Regulation of Supply, Distribution , Sale and Fixation of Sale Price ) Act, 2009, whereby the State Govt has fixed the maximum sale price of BG-I and BG-II cotton seeds.

The petitioners have prayed for quashing the notification to the extent it has fixed the maximum sale price of BG-I cotton seeds at Rs 730 per packet and BG-II seeds at Rs 830 per packet and sought direction to the respondents to fix the price of Bt Cotton hybrid seeds based on increase in the costs of production /factors specified under section 10(1) of the 2009 Act. The petitioners also want stay to the implementation of the notification to the extent objected to by them, during pendency of the petition. According to the petitioners, the impugned notification is in violation of section 10 of the Act. It is contrary to the principles of price fixation and also the view expressed by the High Court through its judgment of 3 writ petitions of August 13, 2013.

Senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singvi appeared with Adv Akshay Naik and Nikhil Gaikwad. GP Bharati Dangre represented the State.

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Local bodies’ future aid linked to ‘cleanliness’ performance: CM

Making it clear that Swachhata Abhiyan is Government's top priority, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that future aid to local bodies would be linked to performance on cleanliness front. I... Read More
Making it clear that Swachhata Abhiyan is Government's top priority, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that future aid to local bodies would be linked to performance on cleanliness front. In the 14th Finance Commission a provision of reserve fund is being made for disbursal of funds to urban bodies after assessing their progress card of cleanliness. Also Chief Minister hinted at establishment of Swachhata Kosh in Maharashtra on the lines of one planned by Central Government for undertaking cleanliness programme.

Speaking here on Friday at a programme, Swachatechya Saptapadi organised by Urban Development Department, Fadnavis said Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and heads of local bodies would also be felicitated for their exemplary work on cleanliness front. There is no quick fix solutions to waste management but decentralised process instead of centralised waste management for better results should be adopted, he stated while addressing gathering of heads of local bodies and Chief Executive Officers and Municipal Commissioners.

The programme was held at Chitnavis Centre, Civil Lines. Energy and Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Mayor Pravin Datke, Principal Secretary (Urban Development) Manisha Patankar-Mhaiskar, Director of Municipal Administration Meeta Rajiv Lochan were also present.

Advocating public participation for success of any drive in urban areas, Fadnavis said, for better health a better and clean environment is must without which no physical progress has any meaning. We talk of Smart Cities but without clean cities it would have no meaning. He sounded critical that much stress is laid on physical goods, like construction of new road and gardens than backing proposal of construction of latrines. But this approach needs to change and recalled that in ancient times cleanliness was next only to godliness. Over the year what went wrong that now visiting any urban or rural place is a torturous exercise due to heaps of garbage and open defecation. Is this what we have reduced our cities to, he asked with a sense of anguish. But now this picture needs to changed he asserted and said Government is aware of funds crunch and will tide over it soon, but local bodies needs to look at new technologies that offer affordable alternatives. He also announced restarting of Sant Gadgebaba Nagari Swacchata Abhiyaan that was frozen three years back, from current year. The performance of local bodies this year would make them eligible for past three-years award also and Government would reward such bodies with handsome bounty for their good work.

Earlier, Chandrashekhar Bawankule said Nagpur district being home town of Chief Minister, there is a pressure in on local leaders to deliver and said while corporation would no doubt excel, some prodding would be needed to spur councils in district.

Mayor Pravin Datke said city in past has responded positively to cleanliness drive and mentioned recent cleanliness activity done at Ambazari dam and said now Gandhisagar lake surrounding, too, would be cleaned with public participation.

At the outset, Manisha Mhaiskar made introductory remarks. Meeta Rajiv Lochan, Secretary, Maharashtra Government, also spoke on the occasion. The programme was compered by Pradeep Bhide.

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3 killed as truck collides head-on with SUV near Borkhedi Toll Plaza

IN A ghastly mishap, three persons from Chandrapur district, including Sudhakar Tarachand Rathod, Vice-President (Rajura) of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Kailash Dadaji Sangamwar, Vice-... Read More
IN A ghastly mishap, three persons from Chandrapur district, including Sudhakar Tarachand Rathod, Vice-President (Rajura) of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Kailash Dadaji Sangamwar, Vice-President of MSRTC Kamgar Sena, were killed and one other injured seriously when a speeding truck collided head-on with a SUV Mahindra Xylo they were travelling in near Borkhedi Toll Plaza, about 34 kilometre from here on Wednesday.

Sudhakar Rathod (49),a resident of Ram Nagar, Chandrapur, Baba Uddhav Ulmale (58), a resident of Bhadrawati, were killed on the spot while Kailash Sangamwar (52) succumbed to his injuries on way to hospital. Their driver Suraj Amol Ganvir (22), a resident of Chandrapur, who was seriously injured in the mishap, has been admitted to Government Medical College & Hospital (GMC&H), Nagpur.

According to Nagpur (Rural) Police, Rathod, Ulmale and Sangamwar were coming towards Nagpur from Chandrapur in a SUV Mahendra Xylo (MH-34/ AM-6044) in the afternoon. About 200 metres from Borkhedi Toll Post, a speeding truck (MH-34/AB 2651) coming from wrong side collided with the SUV killing Rathod, Ulmale (both died on the spot) and Sangamwar and injuring driver Ganvir.

Vehicular traffic on the highway was thrown out of gear for about an hour. Staff from Bori Police Station, including by Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) Amol Dond, NPCs Chauhan and Vishnu Gaibhaye, rushed to the spot. They rushed injured driver Ganvir to GMC&H. Cops also sent the bodies to the same hospital for post-mortem.

PSI Dond told ‘The Hitavada’ that the truck driver fled the spot after the mishap. Bori Police registered an offence under Sections 279, 338, 304(A) of the IPC, read with Section 184 of the Motor Vehicle Act, against the truck driver. Further investigations are under way.

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Over 2,600 booked for drunk driving, may lose licenses: CP

COMMISSIONER of Police Sharada Prasad Yadav, on Wednesday, sounded a stern warning for criminals and drunk drivers in the Second Capital. City Police would send a proposal for cancellation of dri... Read More
COMMISSIONER of Police Sharada Prasad Yadav, on Wednesday, sounded a stern warning for criminals and drunk drivers in the Second Capital. City Police would send a proposal for cancellation of driving licenses of 2,690 persons booked for driving under the influence of liquor, he added.

Acting tough against the lax cops and asking for results in crime prevention and detection in the city, Yadav said that the special efforts to tackle crime against women were bearing fruits.

“We have drawn up measures to detect the unsolved cases as special teams have been constituted,” he said.

Interacting with mediapersons soon after the second monthly crime review meeting after taking over the reigns of City Police Commissionarate, Yadav said, incidents of chain-snatching had dipped substantially from January 1, 2015 upto May 2015 as compared to the corresponding period last year.

Up to May this year, he said, 76 cases of chain-snatching were reported. Of these, he said, 22 were detected. During the corresponding period last year, he said, 126 chain-snatching incidents were registered while 38 of them were detected. However, the detection rate in these cases up to May this year was 29 per cent where as it was 30 per cent during the corresponding period last year, he added.

Similarly, the city police chief said that 185 cases of robbery were reported during the period this year and 84 were detected. During the same period last year, he said, 238 robbery cases were registered and 94 were detected.

Yadav said, a total of 3,852 offences were registered (under Class I to V ) up to May 2015 this year and 2,116 cases were detected. During the corresponding period last year, he said, 3710 offences were registered and 1,993 were detected.

The CP said, every year over 350 persons die in road accidents. A special drive was launched under the leadership of Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Bharat Tangde to book drivers violating the traffic rules, he added.

During the special drive, 2,690 drunk drivers were booked and proposal for cancellation of their driving licences was being sent to the Regional Transport Authority. Using speed guns, he said, the Traffic Police booked 456 drivers for violating the speed limit in the city.

The city police chief said that effective strategy was being evolved to tackle the growing street crimes. “Some chain-snatchers and bag-lifters have already been arrested by cracking several cases,” he added.

“I have issued instructions to all officers concerned to register all cases and solve them at police station level itself. No officer will be spared for their casual approach in attending to his or her duty.”

To a query, the Commissioner said that all major crimes were successfully detected by the police. Some of the serious crimes, including Rs eight lakh looting case in Tehsil area, had cracked and the accused would be brought to book. As per the provisions under Sections 110 and 117 of the Bombay Police Act, he informed that action was initiated against 501 persons for indecent behaviour in public.

Yadav informed that the Social Security Branch under the leadership of Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deepali Masirkar undertook special drive to prevent crime against women. Special Squad comprising all women police personnel quickly responds to calls received from victims and arrest the culprits.

Joint Commissioner of Police Rajvardhan, Additional Commissioners Deepak Pande (Admin) and Shrikant Tarwade (Crime), Deputy Commissioners Deepali Masirkar (Crime), Nirmala Devi (Zone I), Sanjay Latkar (Zone II), Abhinash Kumar (Zone III), Ishu Sindhu (IV) and others were present at the press conference.

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Saw mills, dal mill reduced to ashes

PROPERTY worth over Rs 1.50 crore was reduced to ashes in a major fire at Umiya Timber Mart and its adjacent four other saw mills and a dal mill near Kalamna Market on Wednesday.

Fire broke... Read More
PROPERTY worth over Rs 1.50 crore was reduced to ashes in a major fire at Umiya Timber Mart and its adjacent four other saw mills and a dal mill near Kalamna Market on Wednesday.

Fire broke out at Umiya Timber Mart situated in front of the gate of Kalamna Market in the wee hours. By the time firefighters of Nagpur Fire Brigade and Kalamna Police reached the spot, fire started spreading to the other four saw mills. Within minutes, it engulfed Madhav Timber Mart, Bajrang Traders along with other saw mills in the area.

Panic gripped the local and vegetables traders at Kalamna Market as thick clouds of black smoke and rising flames were noticed from a distance. Crowd gathered when teams of firefighters led by Chief Fire Officer Rajendra Uchke started extinguishing the devastating inferno. More than two dozen fire tenders were pressed into service. A huge quantity of timber, machines and other materials were gutted. However, no one was hurt during the incident. It took more than 10 hours to douse the flames completely. However, thick smoke continued to emanate from the smouldering heaps in the saw mills till late night. Two JCB machines were also pressed into service to remove the heaps of the charred timber and other material.

After combating with the inferno, firefighters succeeded in extinguishing the fire and saved two other adjacent dall mills and a saw mill from devastation.

According to Fire Brigade personnel, sheds, wooden logs, wooden planks, some structures and fixtures along with machinery and material turned into smouldering heaps. To remove the material from the spot, JCB machines were brought. The saw mill owners had not taken any fire safety measures.

More than 25 water tankers were refilled from the nearest Wadhwani cold storage to extinguish the fire.

Kalamna Police are investigating the incident.

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Essel Group keen to execute NMC’s ‘Waste to Energy’ project

Diversified conglomerate Essel Group, which controls Zee Media Group, has expressed its keen interest in “waste to energy” project of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) proposed at Bhandewa... Read More
Diversified conglomerate Essel Group, which controls Zee Media Group, has expressed its keen interest in “waste to energy” project of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) proposed at Bhandewadi dumping yard. The group has tied-up with Hitachi Zosen Group of Japan for this ambitious project. National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) will review the proposal of waste to energy on June 11 before taking a final call.

National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) Western Zone bench, has directed NMC on a petition jointly filed by Deshpande lay-out Jansamasya Niwaran Samiti, Suryanagar Welfare Society, East Wardhaman Nagar Sanskrutik Krida Mandal, Wardhaman Nagar Sahakari Gruha Nirman Samiti and Wardhaman Nagar Sarvodaya Kendra, to make arrangements for establishment of Solid Waste Management (SWM) plant at Bhandewadi.

Essel Group has demanded extra tipping charges from local body and also raised question regarding viability gap funding for this project. The company has vast experience in this field and it has established around 500 waste to energy plants all over the world. The group is establishing its first plant at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. The Essel Group has established its plant in Singapore and China too.

NGT Bench consisting of Justice (retd) V R Kingaonkar, and expert member Dr. Ajay Deshpande has directed NMC to examine the proposal through NEERI for financial aspects of the project as well as cost of energy that will be generated and made available to the corporation. NEERI will examine the techno-economic feasibility report and also suggest the safeguards like costing of the compost or energy, instead of input charges linking payment to the desired output. The next hearing is fixed on August 7.

It may be mentioned that NGT had blasted NMC for mismanagement of municipal solid waste, improper and unscientific operations at Bhandewadi dumping yard and totally unsatisfactory performance by operator M/s Hanjer Biotech Energies in operating the Bhandewadi plant. NGT had slapped a fine of Rs 20 lakh each on NMC and M/s Hanjer. The NGT had also rapped NMC for discharging untreated sewage water into Gosikhurd and for not installing effluent treatment plant for slaughter house and thus violating Municipal Solid Waste Disposal Rules, 2000.

Hanjer Biotech Energies expressed its inability to carry out work of SWM at Bhandewadi. It may be mentioned that the near by residential colonies ventilated their long standing grievances regarding improper and unscientific operations at the Bhandewadi Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) dumping yard complex resulting in serious air and water pollution, posing a serious health hazard to the large and dense population, residing in the vicinity of said plant. They charged the NMC with installing inadequate machinery to process MSW in scientific manner, resulting in air pollution and emanating foul smell forcing residents to tolerate unbearable odour that is affecting health of residents. Besides these operations are leading to air, soil, water and land pollution.

It may be recalled that earlier, NMC had given contract to CICON Environmental Technologies Limited, a group of ENBEE for development of the project. The company was to generate 5.2 MW electricity from waste, however, this contract had turned out into a nightmare for the NMC. The CICON company had given bank guarantee to local body that allegedly turned out to be forged. An FIR was also filed against the company. The company obtained loan of Rs 5 crore through IREDA and mortgaged land for it. Now, the DRT has directed to auction the land and recover the amount. The NMC has requested DRT to waive the loan amount as it is ready to purchase the land back.

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Bawankule’s PIL for repairing Kamptee tahsil’s damaged roads

Much before Chandrashekhar Bawankule became a Minister, when he was only MLA, he had approached the High Court in the year 2012, filing a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking directions fro... Read More
Much before Chandrashekhar Bawankule became a Minister, when he was only MLA, he had approached the High Court in the year 2012, filing a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking directions from it to the State PWD and various agencies - National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and the Nagpur Zilla Parishad for repairing the damaged roads in Kamptee tahsil. Though in a recent report, the NHAI talks about the damage caused but does not state individual proportion of damages on the part of various agencies. As per the minutes of the meeting of the committee held on February 23, 2015, it was stated that NHAI is responsible for damages to 76 works to the extent of Rs 164.71 crore and NTPC is liable to pay for damage to 17 works to the extent of Rs 43.41 crore. Still taking safe line, State PWD Chief Engineer Pravin Kide had stated in his affidavit that distribution of damage caused cannot be fixed against any user as no road is used exclusively by a single user and both NHAI and NTPC are working under the Government of India. These various entities, with a view to avoid liability are looking the other way and admitting their liability only to the minimum extent possible. Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain have posted the PIL for further consideration next week. It has been suggested to the petitioner by a High Court division bench orally that he should withdraw from prosecuting the petition, he does not seem to have any such intention.

As per one estimate the total cost required for repairs is Rs. 208.14 crores.In the order passed on March 27, 2015, Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice Anant Badar have stated that the liability to the indicated extent could not have been fastened solely on the NTPC and NHAI as under the various provisions of the local enactments, the State Govt. would also be required to shell out some funds for the repairs of the damaged roads. The Court had also directed all these entities to indicate the extent to which each one of them will be able to contribute.

The NHAI has stated that the responsibility for repairing these roads rests with the State Govt., however, there is a mechanism for seeking funds from Central Road Fund controlled by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and National Highways, New Delhi.

Advocate Anil Kilor appeared for the petitioner. Advocates A.A.Kathane (NHAI), S.M. Ghodeswar (State), Ramesh Darda (NTPC), Manoj Sable (Zilla Parishad) and ASGI Rohit Deo (Union of India) represented the respondents.

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Water level of dams across division depleting fast

All eyes are gazing upwards to skies as citizens scorched by summer heat eagerly wait for start of the rains. Apart from dry and humid weather, which is now becoming too much of a trouble, the ... Read More
All eyes are gazing upwards to skies as citizens scorched by summer heat eagerly wait for start of the rains. Apart from dry and humid weather, which is now becoming too much of a trouble, the rains are must as water stock is fast running out. Availability of water depends on the rainfall and looking at the current position of reservoirs, it’s more urgent that monsoon sets in the region in time.

In Nagpur Division as per data compiled by the Water Resources Department the total available stock as of June 9 just 19 per cent in 366 dams having designed storage capacity of 4,143 MM3. The available stock on Tuesday was just 776 MM3 across major, medium and minor dams in the division. During last week, the water availability in the region was 818 MM3 and loss of 42 MM3 indicates the critical phase. The position at Amravati Division is only slightly good as there are 449 dams having capacity of 2916 MM3 and available water stock was 23 per cent. The water storage is 667 MM3 as of Tuesday down from 695 MM3 last week, which means within a week nearly 28 MM3 was lost to evaporation along with increased demand.

For Nagpur city there is at present no worry as Kamptee-Khairi is holding about 36% of water stock, although Pench Totladoh is inching towards dead stock as only 11% stock is left. Khairi has 180 MM3 capacity and is holding 64 MM3 while at Pench the designed capacity is 1045 MM3 and available stock is 119 MM3.

In Totladoh catchment area there was slight inflow due to rains which were 12 mm on Tuesday.

Lower Wena (Nand) in Nagpur District has reached dead storage and is totally dry. Bagh Shirpur in Bhandara district has just 5 MM3 which is just 3% of its capacity of 193 MM3, which is off course of no use. Other project with zero stock are Bagh Pujaritola and Bagh Kalisarar in Bhandara districts, Pench Asolamendha in Chandrapur district and Dina in Gadchiroli district. Dham and Pothra in Wardha district to are nearly empty.

Gosikhurd project with designed capacity of 557 MM3 is having storage of 378 MM3 but it is of little use in absence of distribution network. In all there are 16 major dams in Nagpur Division with capacity of 3110 MM3 and stock available today was 689 MM3 which is 27%. In Medium category there are 40 dams with stocking capacity of 551 MM3 and availability is 49 MM3 which is just 9 % and in Minor area there are 310 dams with capacity of 482 MM3 and available stock is 38 MM3 which is just 13%.

Amravati Division: In Amravati Division there are 9 major dams with capacity of 1384 MM3 and available stock is 380 MM3 which is 27%. There area 23 Medium capacity projects having capacity of 659 MM3 and water available is 174 MM3 which is 26% and 417 Minor projects have 873 MM3 stocking capacity but stock available is 113 MM3 which is 13%.

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Forest Department withdraws tree felling order for NH widening

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday blasted Forest Department authorities for stalling tree felling order to widen 10 km portion between 679 and 689 km points of the 35 km long Mansar-... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday blasted Forest Department authorities for stalling tree felling order to widen 10 km portion between 679 and 689 km points of the 35 km long Mansar-Khawasa road pursuant to an order of National Green Tribunal (NGT).

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

During the hearing of the PIL for National Highway's widening between Nagpur and Jabalpur, a division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Indira Jain came out strongly in favour of the view that the views expressed by the Green Tribunal cannot override the High Court's directions under Article 226 of the Constitution. The High Court also rapped the intervenors who sought continuation of stay on tree felling firmly making it clear that no amount of misleading propaganda and orders from a statutory tribunal can intimidate a constitutional court.

Even during last hearings, the High Court maintained its stance that the danger to the environment and ecology has to be minimized. However, at the same time the developmental work cannot be hampered with. For economic development of the country, the National Highways’ is an important life-line and ground realities like exorbitant financial burden suggested by wildlife experts can not be ignored. The decision should balance the interests of the wildlife and forest and necessity for development of the nation, the High Court has stated while insisting on mitigating measures for wildlife. But the High Court has firmly rejected fanciful proposals of Wildlife Institute of India costing around Rs 750 crore. Following High Court’s suggestion, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Road, Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari and Union Environment Minister Prakash Jawdekar held a meeting at Pune and finalised mitigating measures.

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

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

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Defeating disability, Devayani climbs to the top

SHE cannot walk properly due to an ailment. But that never deterred Devayani Dhond of Pt Bachcharaj Vyas Vidyalaya to climb her way to the top of merit tally. Making lightwork of her disability, ... Read More
SHE cannot walk properly due to an ailment. But that never deterred Devayani Dhond of Pt Bachcharaj Vyas Vidyalaya to climb her way to the top of merit tally. Making lightwork of her disability, she made her family proud by topping in special category in the SSC examinations.

Devayani is suffering from Osteogenesis Imperfecta disorder which affected her life at a very small age. She is unable to walk properly but her dedication always encouraged her. She scored 96.8 per cent in the examination.

Devayani started preparations from the very beginning which helped her to get enough time for revision. She also joined the test series conducted by school to test her performance.

“Teachers always behaved with me like their own child and guided me like my parents. They encouraged and supported me whenever my physical problems hampered my studies,” Devayani said. “Similarly, my parents also helped me and encouraged me in tough times. I like to share my success with parents and teachers,” she added. Her mother Mrudul Dhond is a teacher with Pt Bachcharaj Vyas Vidyalaya and father Shriram Dhond is a pharmacist at a hospital of Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS). Devayani now wants to join medical field to offer her services to people who are unable to walk properly and have some physical disorder.

What is Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Osteogenesis Imperfecta is a genetical problem. The patients suffering from this disease face repeated fractures which deform the bones. Nails are put in long bones to correct the deformity and prevent further fractures. Dr Viraj Shingade, noted paediatric orthopaedic surgeon, who treats Devayani said, “Devyani is also facing repeated fractures. We had planned to put nails in the long bones but as nails were not available I recommended Devyani’s parents to go to Dr Atul Bhaskar of Mumbai.”

Dr Shingade said Devayani was facing tremendous pain because of repeated fractures. “As the bones get curved the patients cannot walk properly. This disease has no cure but after she attains age of 25, the frequency of fractures get reduced,” he added.

Hailing Devayani’s achievement Dr Shingade said, “Just before the examination Devyani was facing lot of pain. But she overcome that and achieved this remarkable success. It is really laudable.”

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NMC schools also perform well in SSC

The students of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) run schools, passed the Class X examination of state board with flting colours. Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, Education Committee Chairperson C... Read More
The students of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) run schools, passed the Class X examination of state board with flting colours. Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, Education Committee Chairperson Chetana Tank, Ruling Party leader Dayashankar Tiwari, Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare, felicitated them in a function organised at Mayor’s chamber on Monday.

Pokulwar congratulated them for securing distinction grades in the class X examinations and wished them a great future. Ruling Party leader Dayashankar Tiwari also appreciated students for taking efforts to clear crucial examination with distinction. This has proved that civic schools are providing better education to the students. Shravan Hardikar also appreciated students for excelling in the examinations. First three students of NMC-run schools are- Kamal Sahu (94.40 %), Sonal Raut (91.80 %) Sana Kausar (90 %), Sonal Raut (91.80%). NMC has 28 secondary schools and of them 4 schools have given 100 per cent results.

The result of six schools is above 90 per cent and that of 12 schools is above 80 per cent. The overall result of civic schools is 80 per cent that is higher than last year’s result.

The office bearers felicitated Waman Moon, Head Master of Sane Guruji Secondary School, Head Master Kuhite, of Pension Nagar Urdu School, Head Mistress Khalista of Kamgar Nagar School, Haji Maijuba, Head Master of Garib Nawaz Nagar Urdu School, and teachers of these schools. Sudhir Koramkar compered the programme and proposed vote of thanks.

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Robbers loot Rs 8 lakh cash from jeweller’s accountant

IN A daring daylight robbery, two mobike-borne youths looted Rs eight lakh cash from an accountant of a prominent jeweller in Tehsil Police Station area on Monday. The incident has once again s... Read More
IN A daring daylight robbery, two mobike-borne youths looted Rs eight lakh cash from an accountant of a prominent jeweller in Tehsil Police Station area on Monday. The incident has once again shook the bullion traders and other businessmen who criticised the city police for their failure in intensifying patrolling in the area. However, cops claim that they have identified the robbers on the basis of the footage of surveillance cameras installed at the frontage of some shops and launched a search for them. According to Police, the owner of Kakkad Jewellers Private Limited., Sarafa Bazar, Itwari Tonga Stand, had sent his accountant Ram Tiwari (37) to ICICI Bank, Chhapru Nagar Square, to bring Rs eight lakh cash. Tiwari went to the bank and withdrew the cash in the afternoon. He kept the bag containing the cash in the utility box of his motorcycle and returned to the shop. After parking his motorcycle, he was crossing the road with the bag. Suddenly, two unidentified robbers, who were following Tiwari, came on a motorcycle and snatched away the bag containing cash from him. Tiwari shouted for help. Shopkeepers and passersby gathered. Tiwari informed the Kakkads about the incident. Soon after receiving information about the incident from the Kakkads, staff from Tehsil Police Station led by senior Inspector S V Khandekar arrived at the spot. Other senior police officials also arrived to supervise the probe. On the basis of the description of the robbers given by Tiwari, cops alerted all police stations across the city and district. Preliminary investigations revealed that the robbers were aged between 25 years and 30 years. Senior Inspector Khandekar told ‘The Hitavada’ that police procured the CCTV footage and identified the robbers. “We have registered an offence under Sections 392 and 34 of the IPC against the accused youths after recording Tiwari’s statement. Separate teams have been fanned out in search of the robbers.” he added.

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City’s Rupal, Unnati, Rutuj are joint toppers in Nagpur division

‘Medicine is best field to serve the society’

Joint topper among the three, Rupal Sharma of Somalwar High School, Ramdaspeth believes that medicine is best field to serve the socie... Read More

‘Medicine is best field to serve the society’

Joint topper among the three, Rupal Sharma of Somalwar High School, Ramdaspeth believes that medicine is best field to serve the society, which she plans to make her career in. Rupal is the joint topper from Nagpur Division, in SSC examination with 98.80 per cent marks. The results were announced on Monday. Rupal was confident about her performance but did not expect the top slot among the merit students.

“It was a very pleasant surprise for me because, I was expecting a score of around 95 per cent. Thanks to my school teachers who guided me and in solving the difficulties I faced during the studies,” she stated. Hard work, consistent efforts and self-confidence are the biggest factors in life and Roopal achieved the success following the same. Roopal’s father Sushil Sharma is a Junior Engineer with Central Railways and mother Manju is home-maker. Her elder brother Abhijit is an engineering student of IIT, Kharagpur.

“I would like to accredit of my success to my brother and parents, who guided and encouraged me to perform better. My parents sacrificed several things for me and I will try to fulfil their expectations,” Roopal stated.

Special courses conducted at the school also helped Roopal to upgrade her performance. She preferred to study during night hours, for better concentration and less disturbance. She likes singing, drawing and reading books during free time. She also likes to play chess for improving concentration and also music to reduce stress.

‘Focus, clarity of concepts are my success mantra’

An avid reader of books, especially fiction, Unnati Mamulkar is joint topper in SSC examination with 98.8 per cent. According to Unnati, focussed preparation, clarity of concepts and referring to notes led her to the success in the examination.

Daughter of a Zilla Parishad teacher Purushottam Mamulkar, Unnati is very fond of reading and singing, drawing and playing badminton. She also participated in extra-curricular activities in school. She aims to become a cardiologist. Unnati is planning to appear for MH-CET, like her elder sister, who is also a merit student. She also stood in merit by securing 95 per cent in HSC examination and has cracked MH-CET examination for admission to medical college.

Unnati’s father has been posted at a school in Hingna and mother Vandana is a home-maker. “This achievement was possible due to my parents who always supported and encouraged me to excel in any competition,” Unnati stated.

She said that there was no specific plan for her preparation but she just followed the notes regularly and attended the classes regularly. There was no specific time for study but had full concentration while studying.

Unnati scored cent per cent in Sanskrit, Science, Social Science and Mathematics, 92 marks in Marathi and 94 in English.

‘Proper planning, consistency are enough to excel’

Rutuj Khobe, who became the topper in SSC examination, believes that proper planning and consistency in studies help in better performance in examinations.

The proud young boy, a student of Pt Bachcharaj Vyas Vidyalaya, opened his cards for future course of action while talking to The Hitavada. Rutuj said, he aspires to pursue higher studies in Computer Engineering from an IIT after HSC. The marks he has scored, 98.80 per cent, would continue to encourage him in his life. When asked about his study schedule, Rutuj stated, “Initially, I used to study for 4 to 5 hours everyday and as the exams approached, the time was increased upto 8 hours. This period included my school, tuitions and self-study. I have started my studies from the beginning of June itself and I had finished it by December. Thereafter, I joined test series in school which also helped me in improving the performance.”

Rutuj gives credit of success to his school teachers and parents. His father Pramod Khobe is a primary school teacher with Nagpur Municipal Corporation and mother Archana Khobe is a home-maker.

Physics is the Rutuj’s favourite subject and he would like to do research in it. He scored 100 marks in Mathematics, Social Science and Sanskrit, 95 marks in English and 99 marks in Science.

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Akola’s Yashpal, Dhananjay are probable toppers in State

Dhananjay Sahastrabuddhe and Yashpal Pakal, students of local Bal Shivaji Madhyamik Shala proved their dominance in the SSC examination. They are the probable toppers in State with 99.40% marks... Read More
Dhananjay Sahastrabuddhe and Yashpal Pakal, students of local Bal Shivaji Madhyamik Shala proved their dominance in the SSC examination. They are the probable toppers in State with 99.40% marks.

Consistent hard work paid off for Yashpal Pakal. He could score high due to regular studies and strong determination to excel. Regular school classes, proper guidance from teachers and parents made him confident. Their moral support was an inspiration for Yashpal. Apart from studies, this humble boy finds time to read books, especially, mystery novels and watch action movies. His ambition is to become a doctor and serve poor. He likes to play badminton and enjoys participating in quiz competitions. He had participated and submitted his project in international competition which was applauded and received appreciation from many people. His father is an engineer in Public Welfare Department and his mother is a housewife. For Yashpal his parents are friends and philosophers for him. His elder brother is pursuing Engineering and his younger sister is a student of Std VII.

Yashpal attributes his success to the school headmistress, parents and family members.

While Dhananjay Satish Sahastrabuddhe, who shares the top position with Yashpal wants to become a doctor. Dhananjay has already planned preparation for it accordingly. He used to study for 4 to 5 hours a day. He gives the credit of his success to his parents, teachers and team of Dr Oke of SAFE HANDS.

Avinash Deo President, Mohan Gadre Secretary, Shobha Agrawal Headmistress have congratulated both the probable state toppers.

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87.01% students clear SSC exam in divn

Though girls have been doing well in most of the exams, it was boys who bagged the top place in Maharashtra in SSC examination conducted by Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Second... Read More
Though girls have been doing well in most of the exams, it was boys who bagged the top place in Maharashtra in SSC examination conducted by Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education. The SSC results were declared on Monday. Akola’s Dhananjay Sahastrabuddhe and Yashpal Pakal are probable toppers in State with 99.40 % marks. Nagpur division registered 87.01% passing percentage followed by Amravati division with 86.84% and secured eighth position in Maharashtra among nine divisional boards while Nagpur did little better and secured seventh position. Overall passing percentage of Maharashtra Board was pegged at 91.46%, the best ever in the history of State Board.

Due to intense competition among students, as many as three students shared the top slot in Nagpur division by scoring 98.8 per cent marks. Out of these three, two are girls — Rupal Sharma and Unnati Mamulkar— both are from Somalwar School, Ramdaspeth. Rutuj Khobe from Pandit Bachharaj High School is the third joint topper. Devyani Dhond of Pandit Bachharaj secured the first position in special category by scoring 97.6 per cent.

Girls registered an overall pass percentage of 92.94 while boys had to content with 90.18%. As many as 26,389 students secured distinction while 54,613 students were placed in first class. From Nagpur district alone 13,265 students were placed in distinction grade while 20,936 students secured first division. State Board continued with its Best 5 policy and going by the massive pass percentage and high score, there will be stiff competition for Class XI admission across Maharashtra between students opting for various boards.

Division-wise, Konkan topped the list with 96.54 per cent while once-famed Latur division was at the bottom with 86.38 per cent. The pass percentage of nine divisions is as follows— Konkan 96.54, Nasik 92.16, Mumbai 92.90, Pune 95.10, Kolhapur 95.12, Nagpur 87.01, Amravati 86.84, Aurangabad 90.57 and Latur 86.38. Secretary of Nagpur Divisional Board, Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Anil Pardhi while addressing a press conference informed that Gondia district topped the Nagpur division with 89.73 % followed by Nagpur that scored 88.92 per cent result.

In Nagpur division, second topper Pravin Hatti scored 98.6 per cent and hails from Pandit Bachhraj High School. Madhura Kuthe and Pranjali Khadilkar of Ramdaspeth Somalwar jointly secured third position by scoring 98.4 per cent while Sharvari Lohkare of Ramdaspeth Somalwar scored 98.2 per cent marks.

The examination was conducted between March 3 and March 26, 2015. In Nagpur division a total of 1,82,352 students were registered. Out of those students, 1,81,612 students appeared and 1,58,029 students have cleared the examination. Last year the result of Nagpur division was 82.93. It has improved by 4.08 per cent this time. Total 17,866 students were repeaters and of them 17,809 students actually appeared. Out of them, 9,248 students passed. The pass percentage of the repeaters is 51.93. The result of repeater was 46.20 per cent in 2014 and has improved by 5.73.

The schools will get marksheets on June 15 at 11 am while Students will get their marksheets the same day (June 15) at 3 pm from their respective schools. Students willing to go for retotaling will have to apply to respective Divisional Board till June 25. They have to attach photocopy of marksheet received on June 15 from the school. Photocopy of the marksheet downloaded from internet would not be allowed.

Students can submit their forms on-line for examinations to be conducted in September/October 2015 and the dates of the same will be declared later.

The Board had started Class Improvement Scheme in the year 2008. This scheme was started with a purpose to give students a chance to improve their grades. Students who appeared in Summer-2015 will have a chance of appearing in the examination in October-2015 and February/March-2016.

The Board has made arrangement to make available photocopy of answersheet if demanded by students. The interested students may apply after on-line declaration of result. They can apply between June 8 and June 29 by depositing required fees. The Board has begun revaluation facility from February/March-2013. For revaluation, photocopy of answersheet must be procured. After procuring photocopy, application for revaluation should be made within five days with required fee.

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CM honours Capt Shantaram Lokhande for his bravery

CHIEF Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently invited Capt Shantaram Lokhande to his official residence Ramgiri and accorded a warm felicitation to this Shipping Corporation of India captain for th... Read More
CHIEF Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently invited Capt Shantaram Lokhande to his official residence Ramgiri and accorded a warm felicitation to this Shipping Corporation of India captain for the act of bravery he shown during a recent journey. Captain Lokhande hails from Ghodegaon Kolona village near Pulgaon. On basis of his hard work and dedication, he has achieved the goal to become a captain in merchant navy.

Recently, his hip 'Swaraj Deep' was on her way to Andaman from Chennai when a passager came shouting to the bridge that a person has jumped into the sea. High alert was announced and the ship was called for emergency station. Captain Shantaram Lokhande immediately rushed to the bridge and ordered to turn the vessel to reverse course in search of the missing person. Life buoys, life jackets were thrown at him. Finally, he was holed with the life buoy and was pulled with the heaving line. He was picked up through gangway and was taken to ship's hospital for first aid. The person who monitored the entire operation was Captain Lokhande, who hails from a small village near Pulgaon in Wardha district. After the brave act of rescuing a passenger, he is receiving appreciation from one and all. He was recently felicitated on behalf of Shipping Corporation of India in the annual function. In this regard, Chief Minister also felicitated him at Ramgiri.

Chief Minister praised Capt Lokhande for his bravery and expressed that Journey of Captain that started from a village in Vidarbha may soon reach a 'golden' destination with his brave act of saving a drowning passenger's life gets him Presidential recognition.

Capt Lokhande joined SCI as a cadet and later became chief officer and finally a captain. He has served on three ships -- Sagar Sampada, Sagar Kanya, Hrushikesh before joining Swaraj Dweep. The Captain believes that there are ample opportunities for Vidarbha youths if they try some unconventional career options. He is quite keen to impart career guidance to youths.

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NMC fails to install LED in place of old street lights

Electrical Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has miserably failed to change old street lights with LED in the city. The Department has to change around 27,000 street lights along... Read More
Electrical Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has miserably failed to change old street lights with LED in the city. The Department has to change around 27,000 street lights along with switch gear and electric cables in one and half years but the performance of the department is pathetic in one year.

According to the reports, the department has changed only 289 street lights against targeted 27,000 with LED and laid only 11 kms electric cable against total 300 kms in one year of contract period. The local body has given contract to J.K. Solutions last year on Built-Own and Transfer (BoT) basis to install LED, switch gears and change electric cables. The illumination of these LED street lights are not upto the mark, the report stated. Since the NMC is not required to spend money from its coffers, perhaps, this important project seems to have been ignored by officials.

Changing sodium vapour lights and replacing them with LED is one of the major projects of Central Government and according to Union Power Minister this will save huge energy and precious public money. Due to low power consumption and now low cost of LED due to negotiations done by Union Government, the civic bodies across country are opting for LED to curb their power bills. Apart from soothing illumination, they are considered as part of smart city. Surprisingly, the Department did not issue notice to the contractor for this abysmal performance. The contractor has only six months left and looking at the snail’s speed, it seems improbable to complete the work in time. This has resulted in financial loss of the local body that is already struggling with the revenue problems.

As per agreement, the contractor will change street lights of prominent roads in the city and maintain them. These street lights will reduce electricity bill of the NMC and 90 per cent amount saved will be given to J K Solutions and remaining 10 per cent will be net saving of NMC. The contractor has to change around 400 switch gears but it has changed only 4 switch gears in one year.

Sources informed that Mayor Pravin Datke took review of LED projects of NMC recently. He was shocked to see the performance of the contractor company and directed electrical department to issue show cause notice to them. He also blasted officials of Electrical Department for turning Nelson’s Eye towards this ambitious project. Cash strapped NMC is spending crores of rupees every year on electricity and this project can save major amount, if things go in right directions.

This is another BoT project of NMC that has failed to perform in the city. Earlier, the Vibrant Project failed to do power saving in orange city. The experience of NMC on BoT projects is not good. The Star Bus project, Solid Waste Management Project, Orange City Water Project and now, LED lights installation project is unsuccessful.

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Speeding truck runs over a pedestrian

A pEdestrian was run over by a truck on Ring Road under the jurisdiction of Hudkeshwar police station on Saturday. Kamlabai Pandurang Badwaik (55), a resident of 69, Vitthal Nagar, was crossing t... Read More
A pEdestrian was run over by a truck on Ring Road under the jurisdiction of Hudkeshwar police station on Saturday. Kamlabai Pandurang Badwaik (55), a resident of 69, Vitthal Nagar, was crossing the road near Bhagyashree Sabhagruha, when a truck (MH-40/AN-7783) knocked her down. The incident occurred around 3.45 pm. Kamlabai sustained grievous injuries and died on spot. Police are conducting further investigations. Kalamna: Kalamna police intercepted three trucks those were carrying illegally excavated sand. The three trucks were in total carrying seven brass of sand valued at Rs. 22,400. The police also seized the truck valued arrested the drivers.

The truck were checked at Pardi Naka and the drivers were not having papers to show permission for excavated sand. An offence of theft under sec. 379 of IPC was registered. Further probe is on.

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RMC predicts thundershowers, rains in Vidarbha this week

Residents of Vidarbha region, and especially those in Nagpur, will have to take their raincoats out of closets ahead of Monsoon. Though the arrival of Monsoon is expected to be around the end o... Read More
Residents of Vidarbha region, and especially those in Nagpur, will have to take their raincoats out of closets ahead of Monsoon. Though the arrival of Monsoon is expected to be around the end of the week starting this Monday, several parts of Vidarbha are expected to receive precursory rains and thundershowers.

Already, the pre-monsoon showers and strong winds have brought down temperature a bit, and have contributed to increase in humidity. Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Nagpur, has predicted thundershowers at isolated places in Vidarbha region till Friday. Meanwhile, some areas in the region including Nagpur city received rainfall on Saturday, bringing down temperature a bit but increasing humidity.

According to Indian Meteorological Department, maximum temperature of Nagpur was 39.8 degrees Celsius on Sunday, while minimum temperature was 22.7 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature at other places in the region was as follows: Akola (42.7 degrees Celsius), Amravati (39.8 degrees Celsius), Buldhana (39 degrees Celsius), Brahmapuri (37 degrees Celsius), Chandrapur (40.2 degrees Celsius), Washim (38 degrees Celsius), Wardha (42 degrees Celsius), and Yavatmal (40.5 degrees Celsius).

As per the RMC data, thundershowers were reported at isolated places over Vidarbha and adjoining state of Chhattisgarh. Low pressure area had concentrated into a depression over east-central Arabian Sea. The ‘system’ would move north-northwest and intensify further into a deep depression during next 24 hours, RMC stated. Upper air cyclonic circulation over coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjoining Bay of Bengal, was creating the chances of thundershowers in Vidarbha and Chhattisgarh. Some isolated parts will get rainfall, but heat and humidity will remain till Monsoon arrives in the city, RMC stated.

Of course, the prediction of rainfall and thundershowers may be a cause of concern for those who have got weddings or other functions scheduled for the week.

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HC to re-open from today after summer vacations

The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court will re-open from Monday with a strength of 11 judges, three division benches and five single judge benches. Justice Bhushan Gavai is back as senior admini... Read More
The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court will re-open from Monday with a strength of 11 judges, three division benches and five single judge benches. Justice Bhushan Gavai is back as senior administrative judge and will be heading the first Division bench with Justice Indira Jain as his colleague Judge. Besides having charge of all PILs, all letters patent appeals and first appeals of 2011 to 2015, this Bench will be handling civil writ petitions of the years up to 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 to 2013 and 2015.

Justice Vasanti Naik with Justice C.V.Bhadang has been entrusted with all civil writ petitions not assigned to any other court, all family Court appeals, all civil work not assigned to any other court,all first appeals of the years up to 2010 and all other remaining unassigned civil work.

Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice P.N.Deshmukh will be looking after all division bench criminal work. Similarly all Single Bench criminal work has been entrusted to Justice Arun Chaudhari. All Single Judge Civil Work has been allotted to Justice Ashok Bhangale (all first appeals , AOs, second appeals , civil revisions and Misc. civil applications, all civil court contempt references from District Courts), Justice Prasanna Varale (specifically assigned cases), Justice Z.A.Haq (Civil writ petitions of 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 and all applications under section 11 of the Arbitration Act) and Justice Atul Chandurkar (Civil writ petitions of the period up to 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, cases under the Companies Act, Banking Regulation Act and all cases of the Arbitration Act except section 11).

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‘Jalyukta Shivar’ is truly a peoples movement: CM

Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, paid a visit to sites of works taken up under ‘Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan’ in Nagpur district, on Sunday, and took stock of the progress of these works. He vis... Read More
Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, paid a visit to sites of works taken up under ‘Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan’ in Nagpur district, on Sunday, and took stock of the progress of these works. He visited sites in seven villages in Hingna and Katol constituencies. Chief Minister visited ‘Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan’ work sites in villages Ukhali (Mondha), Ukhali, Junewani, Kinhi Dhanoli, Bazargaon, Panjra Kate, and Dhurkheda. At these sites, various works are in progress. The works being done include nulla deepening, widening, check dams, cement nullah bandh, etc. At a couple of villages, Art of Living has done some works with peoples participation.

Talking to reporters at village Junewani, Fadnavis said that 27 different types of works were in progress in 6,000 villages across the State. “As much as 82 per cent of agriculture is dependent on rainfall. Unless farm land comes under irrigation, financial stability for farmers cannot be achieved. For this purpose, Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan is being implemented. Farmers also have realised the importance of this drive, and it has become a peoples movement in true sense,” he said. So far, he added, works worth Rs 30 crore were done through peoples participation.

The positive impact of works being done under ‘Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan’ will be visible during monsoon this year. It will ensure participation of more number of people, Fadnavis said. In next five years, as many as 20,000 villages in the State would become drought-free. As rainwater will be arrested through cement nullah bandh, farm ponds, nullah bunding etc, the groundwater level also will improve. Fadnavis said that he would visit some sites again in a fortnight to take stock of the progress of the works.

During inspection of a work at Ukhali (Mondha), Fadnavis suggested for plantation along the banks of nullah so as to prevent soil erosion. He assured to make available additional funds required for repairs. At this village, Agriculture Department has done nine works, said Dr Vijay Ghawte, Joint Director (Agriculture), Nagpur Division; and Dr Archana Kadu, District Superintending Agriculture Officer.

At Junewani, Fadnavis asked the officials concerned to expedite the work. Art of Living has made available five excavators at Junewani, Degma, Ambazari, and Khamli in Hingna tehsil. Using these excavators, nullah deepening work worth Rs 1.32 crore has been done. The expenditure of Rs 17 lakh required for diesel has been met from the fund of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Water and Soil Conservation Mission. Of Rs 1 crore received from Siddhivinayak Trust, Katol and Nagpur (Rural) tehsils have got Rs 25 lakh each for ‘Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan’ works.

Under the head of special fund, District Planning Committee has received Rs 52.60 crore. Already, works worth Rs 67.41 crore have been given administrative approval and amount of Rs 39.09 crore has been distributed to agencies concerned, said Sachin Kurve, District Collector. Of the remaining amount of Rs 13 crore, funds have been made available to 13 tehsils for nullah deepening, repairs of dams/weirs, and watershed works.

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district; MLAs Sameer Meghe and Ashish Deshmukh, Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner; Sachin Kurve, District Collector; Shivajirao Jondhale, Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Parishad, and other officers accompanied the Chief Minister during his visit to various places.

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SSC result today

Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) will announce the on-line results of SSC examinations on Monday, June 8 at 1 pm. The results will be displayed on off... Read More
Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) will announce the on-line results of SSC examinations on Monday, June 8 at 1 pm. The results will be displayed on official website of the Board from 1 pm. Students will get their marksheets on June 15. The distribution of marksheets to schools will be done on June 15 at 11 am. Students will get their marksheets on June 15 after 3 pm at their respective schools. Students willing to go for retotaling will have to apply to respective Divisional Board before June 25. Students have to attach photocopy of marksheet received from school and photocopy of the marksheet downloaded from Internet would not be allowed.

Students can submit their forms on-line for supplementary examinations to be conducted in September/October 2015 and the dates of the same will be declared later.

The Board has made arrangement to make available photocopy of answershets, if demanded by students. The interested students may apply after on-line declaration of result. They can apply between Monday June 8 and Monday June 29 by depositing required fees.

Students can get results on mobile also. The BSNL consumers can type mhssc seat no and send sms to 57766. The consumers of Idea, Vodafone, Reliance, Uninor, Aircel will have to type MH10 Seat no and send to 5888811. Customers of Airtel can send the message MH10 Seat no to 5207011. Apart from this Airtel, Aircel and Vodafone customers can dial *588# to get result.

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80 CCTV cameras installed at Bhopal, Habibganj Railway stations

The integrated security system at both the railway stations of the State capital has been started. Eighty cameras have been installed and separate control rooms have also been started under the p... Read More
The integrated security system at both the railway stations of the State capital has been started. Eighty cameras have been installed and separate control rooms have also been started under the project. The integrated security system was inaugurated by MLA Vishwas Sarang, MP Alok Sanjar and DRM Alok Kumar under Railway Yatri Upbhokta Pakhwara (Railway Passenger Customer Fortnight) on Saturday. Under the project, control room has also been set up on both the stations and 80 CCTV cameras have been installed on both the stations. These cameras will keep an eye on the activities in the railway station and its premises. The work of cleanliness will also be facilitated as the cleaners will be sent immediately to the spot for cleaning if required. It will also help Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) in identifying the suspects. Four officials have also been deputed in control rooms of the both the stations. Shed on platform number 1 of Habibganj Railway Station has also been extended from both the sides under the project. The shed has been extended 30 meter on side and 50 meter on the other side. This is done in an effort to provide relief to the passengers from blazing sun.

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Mini-truck laden with cement sacks overturns near Lalghati

A mini-truck laden with cement sacks overturned near VIP guest house at Lalghati under Koh-e-Fiza police station on Sunday afternoon. The truck turned turtle when its driver applied the reverse gea... Read More
A mini-truck laden with cement sacks overturned near VIP guest house at Lalghati under Koh-e-Fiza police station on Sunday afternoon. The truck turned turtle when its driver applied the reverse gear and it fell on a two-wheeler coming behind the truck and in the process, the couple riding on the two-wheeler had a narrow escape. However, no casualty was reported.

In the aftermath of incident, the truck driver fled from the spot and the surviving couple approached Koh-e-Fiza police station and lodged a complaint in this regard after which police have registered a case under section 279 of the IPC against errant truck driver and started search to nab him. According to Koh-e-Fiza police, the complainant Sandeep Gaur (28), son of Mukesh Gaur, a resident of Foota Makbara Cholla Road, in his complaint, told police that the incident took place in the afternoon, when he, along with his wife, were coming from Bairagarh after shopping on their Hero Maestro (MP 04 SQ 9145). Near VIP Guest House, a Tata 407 truck (MP09 GE 0406) turned turtle when the driver was reversing the truck and in the process, its tyre climbed on divider and the truck overturned. The couple coming from backside had a narrow escape as the truck fell on their scooter and they were lucky that the couple managed to jump at the right time and a major untoward incident was averted.

Later, Sandeep called one of his friends Dharmendra Patil after which they approached Koh-e-Fiza police station and lodged a complaint after which police have booked the accused truck driver on charges of negligent driving and started search to nab him.

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Mahesh Bhatt, actress Vidya Balan meet CM Chouhan

Film producer Mahesh Bhatt and actress Vidya Balan paid a courtesy visit to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at CM House here on Sunday.

As gifts, Chouhan presented Kabira brand produc... Read More
Film producer Mahesh Bhatt and actress Vidya Balan paid a courtesy visit to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at CM House here on Sunday.

As gifts, Chouhan presented Kabira brand products to Bhatt and Balan. Chief Minister’s wife Sadhana Singh, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister S K Mishra and Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Khadi and Village Industry Board Sudha Choudhary were also present on the occasion.

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Dust storm, thunder showers likely to hit isolated parts of MP

With 42.1 degrees Celsius recorded on Sunday, Bhopal city continues to witness heat wave. The minimum temperature was recorded at 31.1 degrees Celsius. As per Weather Department, in next forty-ei... Read More
With 42.1 degrees Celsius recorded on Sunday, Bhopal city continues to witness heat wave. The minimum temperature was recorded at 31.1 degrees Celsius. As per Weather Department, in next forty-eight hours, dust storm and rain showers would occur in isolated regions over Indore, Hoshangabad, Bhopal, Ujjain, Jabalpur and Shahdol divisions. Weather is likely to remain dry over Rewa, Sagar, Gwalior, Chambal divisions with a slight chance of dust storm.

Heat wave conditions would prevail at Sagar and Ratlam divisions. Naogaon recorded highest with 44 degrees Celsius.

In last twenty-four hours, isolated regions in Jabalpur witnessed thunder showers. Malajkhand witnessed 1 cm rainfall. The temperature range witnessed increase in Chambal region. In Indore, it decreased considerably, in Ujjain, slight variations were witnessed. In Hoshangabad and Sagar region, temperature witnessed variations more than the normal range. As per the Weather Department, cloudy weather may prevail in some isolated regions, which would result in fluctuation in temperature in Bhopal and nearby divisions.

The maximum range of temperature increased mainly in Jabalpur division. Besides Rewa, Shahdol, Hoshangabad division also witnessed increase. Sagar, Bhopal, Indore and Ujjain witnessed some variations. Meanwhile, temperatures in the four main cities- Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur ranged between 44.2 and 28.6 degrees Celsius. Indore recorded a minimum of 27.9(+2) degrees Celsius and maximum at 40.5 (+1) degrees Celsius. On Sunday, Gwalior witnessed highest maximum day temperature compared to the other three major cities in State.

Minimum temperature at Gwalior was recorded at 27.5 degrees Celsius, while maximum remained at 44.2 (+2) degrees Celsius. In Jabalpur, minimum and maximum temperature were respectively recorded at 28.6 (-2) and 41.6 (+2) degrees Celsius. Khajuraho was recorded at 43.8 degrees Celsius maximum and minimum at 26.8 (-4) degrees Celsius. Pachmarhi was recorded at 35.0 degrees Celsius (+4) maximum and minimum at 25 degrees Celsius.

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MP Board Class XII toppers yet to get laptops

The State Government was about to provide laptops to higher secondary students securing 85 per cent and above in MP Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) examination but it has not been provided y... Read More
The State Government was about to provide laptops to higher secondary students securing 85 per cent and above in MP Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) examination but it has not been provided yet to students.

It was announced on the day of declaration of result of higher secondary examination that the students securing more than 85 per cent in MP board examination will be provided laptops for their higher education. But till now, the laptops have not been provided to the students.

Students living in tribal areas could not score high marks for want of facilities and lagged behind their urban counterparts. As per the sources, 2 per cent of these students have been given laptops. Last year, the State Government distributed around 7,000 laptops to students, whereas this year, it has been decided to distribute around 10,000 laptops. On the other hand, fewer laptops to the students of SC and ST categories are attracting protest. A demand is being made to lower the parameters of marks for the scheme. It has been demanded that the laptops, which are being given to SC/ST students should be given on securing 80 per cent by SC students and 75 per cent by ST students. A proposal on this is being prepared by the School Education Department. As far as the scheme is concerned, 6 per cent students belonging to scheduled caste, 47 per cent students belonging to OBC and 44% students of general category were given laptops. According to the Minister of State Deepak Joshi, laptops will be provided soon to the higher secondary school students. While talking about the laptops distribution on the basis of categories, he stated that the laptops will not be provided caste-wise. It will be provided only to those students, who have secured 85% and above.

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Less number of admission in UTD

Barkatullah University (BU) students seem to have no interest in taking admission in University Teaching Department (UTD). This year, the figure of students has decreased drastically as compared to... Read More
Barkatullah University (BU) students seem to have no interest in taking admission in University Teaching Department (UTD). This year, the figure of students has decreased drastically as compared to last year. According to sources, this year, only around 200 applicants have applied in UTD in last two weeks. This raises a question on the management of BU as it comes under the list of eminent universities. Reason behind this situation is the delay in declaration of results of Under Graduate programme. Still, results of few examinations have been withheld in BU. And so, students are confused whether to take admission in this department or not.

While, BU has determined June 20 as the last date to take admission, so students have less time left to take the decision. Admission will be done via both, online and offline mode. However, if the students choose offline mode, they have to come to the University for submitting the form. Then, IT cell of BU will convert offline forms into online forms. Online forms are being submitted via MP Online. General category students can fill the form with application fees Rs 300 till June 20, whereas the forms can also be submitted up to June 25, but with late fees Rs 600. The students of reserved category can submit it with late fees Rs 300.

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Anti-encroachment squad removes illegal structures from Pul Bogda

In its ongoing drive, anti encroachment squad of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) removed encroachments from Pul Bogda in presence of heavy police force on Sunday. The assurance for action ag... Read More
In its ongoing drive, anti encroachment squad of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) removed encroachments from Pul Bogda in presence of heavy police force on Sunday. The assurance for action against encroachments was given by the MLA Vishwas Sarang while talking to mediapersons at Habibganj Railway Station on Saturday.

A heavy police force was deployed at Pul Bogda before removing encroachments to avoid nuisance and protest. Various shops, stalls, hand carts and other such encroachments were removed and many items were also seized by the corporation. The removal of encroachments from Pul Bogda was proposed for construction of a new bridge. MLA Vishwas Sarang, along with MP Alok Sanjar, assured of removing encroachments from the bridge while talking to mediapersons at Habibganj Railway Station on Saturday on the occasion of Railway Yatri Upbhokta Pakhwara (Railway Passenger Customer Fortnight).

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Truck driver tries to rape pregnant woman, arrested

In yet another incident of sexual assault against women, a truck driver tried to outrage modesty of a 19-year-old pregnant woman in front of her husband inside the running truck in which the spou... Read More
In yet another incident of sexual assault against women, a truck driver tried to outrage modesty of a 19-year-old pregnant woman in front of her husband inside the running truck in which the spouse took lift to reach Bhopal.

However, the accused driver could not succeed in his ill intention as the couple jumped off from the running truck at Kajlikheda under the jurisdiction of Kolar police station. In the bid to save her modesty, the woman and her husband sustained grievous injuries.

Later, a passerby spotted the injured couple seeking help after which he informed 108 Ambulance, subsequent to which, the victim woman was rushed to Narmada Hospital, where her condition was reported critical. Meanwhile, following the complaint of victim’s husband, the police registered a case of rape against the accused, seized the truck and also arrested the accused truck driver. SSP (DIG) Raman Singh Sikarwar, talking to ‘The Hitavada’, said the incident took place at around 2 am, when the accused driver did not stop the truck in which the couple took lift and after beating the couple, the accused tried to outrage the modesty of 6 months pregnant woman after which both the wife and husband jumped from the speeding truck.

Throwing light on the incident, DIG Sikarwar further said that the couple hailed from Piprani village in Dhar and both used to work as sharecropper. Few days ago, the wife of youth went to her parent’s house located at Pipaliya Barkheda in Obedullahganj. The in-laws of youth were demanding cash of Rs 1 lakh as tradition prevailed in their community to allow the woman to send back their daughter with him. Later, the Panchayat of village fixed the deal at Rs 60,000.

However, the youth was unable to pay this amount as his financial condition was not so good and when he reached his in-law’s house and expressed his inability to pay the amount, dispute erupted between the youth and victim’s brother. Later, on Saturday late night at around 11:30 pm, the couple fled from there secretly without informing anyone.

In the midnight, as there was no public transportation available to them, the couple was waiting at a roadside in Pipaliya Barkheda to reach Bhopal to take bus for reaching Dhar.

A police personnel got suspicious on seeing the couple at the late night hour and interrogated them. Considering their problem, he took them to a dhaba from where he told the couple to sit in a sand laden truck (MP 04 HC 3479). He told the truck driver Raees Khan to drop them at Bhopal.

Town Inspector Kolar Akhilesh Mishra said that the driver was drunk and was under wrong impression that the 19-year-old woman was eloping with the youth. The accused driver took route from Gol Ganv to reach Mandideep from where he reached Kajlikheda in Kolar.

TI Mishra added that the husband of victim woman said that the accused driver tried to molest his wife, saying that he liked her and wanted to make sexual intercourse with her. The accused beat him with bamboo stick and told them to remain silent when he tried to outrage the modesty.

Later, when the truck reached Kajlikheda, the accused driver unloaded the sand and when the couple got down from the truck, accused Raees Khan forced the couple inside the truck and then, he tried to outrage modesty of woman, following which, the terrified couple jumped from the running truck.

In the aftermath of the incident, the injured pregnant woman was admitted to Narmada Hospital. Meanwhile, the police have registered a case under sections 376, 511, 308 and 342 of the IPC against the accused driver and later, seized the truck and also arrested him on Sunday afternoon.

The arrested accused was being further quizzed by the police and would be presented in the court on Monday. Bhopal police would also interrogate the police personnel, who told the couple to sit in the truck and for which the Kolar police is in contact with Raisen police.

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Leniency in intake of excess seasonal fruits harmful for diabetic patients

“A DIABETIC patient should pay attention while consuming seasonal fruits. As summer season approaches inclination for seasonal fruits increases among people but for diabetic patients this is no... Read More
“A DIABETIC patient should pay attention while consuming seasonal fruits. As summer season approaches inclination for seasonal fruits increases among people but for diabetic patients this is not good. If a normal person consumes seasonal fruits like mango, water melon or other fruits enriched with water and sugar, pancreas have the capacity to convert the sugar into energy, while pancreas of a diabetic person suffering from metabolic disorder and hormonal imbalance like diabetes does not perform at that level and fail to function properly,” said Dr Prashant Punekar, Associate Professor, Government Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital. He said though patients with known diabetes pay more attention but in summer season crave for seasonal fruits especially mango, which has high sugar calorie value and is rich in carbohydrate.

In such a case what we can do is that we can exchange seasonal fruits rich in carbohydrates with fruits having less carbohydrate content or consume less. Reducing size of seasonal fruits will help pancreas to get sugar at optimal level and sugar level is maintained.

Talking on common myth that after washing out starch carbohydrate level will not increase, but the fact is that leaving out starch from rice while cooking will work up to some level to bring down sugar level in rice. A diabetic patient should avoid one bowl of rice or one chapatti to compensate diet to maintain sugar level gained during summer, as dosage of anti-diabetic medicine, diet of diabetic patients are usually fixed by doctors. Senior Dietician Dr Ankita Sahu of Government Hospital said that though mangoes and water melon are rich sources of vitamins, supported with anti-cancer properties and many other properties necessary for good health, but for a diabetic patient consumption should be in adequate quantity prescribed by a dietician.

This increases sugar level in the body (as pancreas fail to convert excess sugar into energy), ultimately level of diabetes increases. Such unrecognised increase in sugar level can harm other vital organs of the body. Diabetic neuropathy, skin allergies and other problems will arise in patients consuming seasonal fruits without knowing ill-effects of the same. There are several diabetic patients who do not pay attention on rise in Glycemic Index (measurement showing increase in blood sugar level after consuming food) after consuming seasonal fruits like mangoes, grapes and specially water melon specially in during summer, but such negligence in intake of sugar level could be harmful to the diabetic patient.

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Police officers should be aware of legal provisions of Motor Vehicle Act: IG

INSPECTOR General of Police (Jabalpur Zone) D Sreenivasa Rao chaired a zonal workshop on traffic management, education and improvement at Police Control Room on Sunday. Additional Superintenden... Read More
INSPECTOR General of Police (Jabalpur Zone) D Sreenivasa Rao chaired a zonal workshop on traffic management, education and improvement at Police Control Room on Sunday. Additional Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Surendra Kumar Jain, Additional Superintendent of Police (East) Amrendra Singh and sub-inspectors representing different districts and captains of Gram Raksha Samitis attended the workshop.

Addressing the programme, IG D Srinivasa Rao emphasised on subjects of workshop for obtaining valuable information about road engineering, safe driving, traffic signals and its best use for monitoring traffic, implementing safety parameters and legal provisions. Officers were also given stress management techniques. IG Rao informed that police officers must be aware of legal provisions of Motor Vehicle Act for its better implementation in evading traffic related problems and preventing road accidents in their respective areas. Officers were taught for informing violators of traffic norms about its threats to their lives.

He said that traffic management is one of the toughest works in Police Department as personnel have to manage traffic midst air and noise pollution of vehicles. Officers should take good care of their health with balanced and nutritious diet and exercises. They should remain patient while working on field for solving problems of others and facing any untoward incident. During the workshop, ASP (Traffic) Surendra Kumar Jain informed that members of the city and rural Raksha Samitis have been invited during the workshop for creating traffic related awareness in rural areas.

On the occasion, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Traffic) R P Baghel informed about technical aspects of road engineering, its use in traffic management, while DSP Santosh Upadhyay informed about safe driving techniques. Dr Shyamdas Rawat, Cancer Specialist of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital informed about risk of addiction while driving, while Dr Abhay Shrivastava gave information about providing first-aid to injured in a road accident. SHO of Traffic Police Station, Lovely Soni gave information about road safety signs and its use through pamphlets to the participants.

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Absence of monitoring system leads to sale of spurious food products

MAHAKOSHAL being the tribal dominating area of Central India has immense potential for processed food and beverages. Lack of proper monitoring system in this region becomes an open access for c... Read More
MAHAKOSHAL being the tribal dominating area of Central India has immense potential for processed food and beverages. Lack of proper monitoring system in this region becomes an open access for consumption of spurious and sub-standard edible material. Food processing industry potential is getting suppressed due to lack of calibration laboratory and customers are bound to use food with sub-standard ingredients due to lack of proper monitoring system.

There are various products that could be developed in Mahakoshal region but due to lack of industry the raw material is being value added by entrepreneurs in adjoining states. Even traditional market in Mahakoshal also influenced with changing market trends.

In developing market of Mahakoshal region various new people are entering food sector. With over pitched branding and assurances on quality, taste of products creates selling space for new entrants. Distracting tradition of food industry in Mahakoshal market, which is based on credibility of manufacturers with new mantra of branding now standing a parallel and new range of products. Development had changed the business trend. Surprisingly, in this phase of development advancement in monitoring system missed. The product being manufactured and packaged in local industry has no certain criteria about quality of ingredients and pricing.

Market trend in Mahakoshal region is dominated by traditional practices of manufacturing edibles like sweets, salts and even fast food of its own culture. Food joints of multi-national chains of restaurants in this region do not have much noticeable presence. However, existing corners that are engaged by MNC food chain counters are drawing good business only from urban population. Mahakoshal region is also a leading producer of agriculture, minor forest produces of medicinal and aromatic products.

Being a leading producer of ingredients in agro industry producing wide range of herbal medicines, food supplements and other material. At home in Mahakoshal potential of food processing and value addition is lying untapped. Reason is lack of awareness about monitoring system of the quality. For production of herbal or non-herbal products the product calibration at micronutrient level is foremost needed.

Lacking facility of calibration laboratory of products in Mahakoshal region and its monitoring Mahakoshal region remains constraint to a producer of ingredients. Following this food processing industry is flourishing in adjoining states.

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Buch consigned to flames with full state honours

Funeral of retired IAS Officer M N Buch was performed with full state honours at Bhadbhada crematorium on Sunday. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan paid tributes to late Buch by laying a wreat... Read More
Funeral of retired IAS Officer M N Buch was performed with full state honours at Bhadbhada crematorium on Sunday. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan paid tributes to late Buch by laying a wreath on his body. Former Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit and prominent citizens paid tribute to Buch.

Paying tributes to late Buch, the Chief Minister said that the credit to existing planning of Bhopal went to him. He was an able administrator and an identity of Bhopal in the country. He was not a mere bureaucrat, but also a source of inspiration for doing better work for the poor. He was frank and candid. He lived his entire life for country and society. He used to write a letter almost every month to him (Chief Minister) regarding public welfare works. After consideration, it would be decided to perpetuate his memories. He prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family to bear this loss. Home and Jail Minister Babulal Gaur paid tributes to late Buch by laying a wreath on his body here on Sunday. Gaur said that as an able administrator, Buch had carved out his distinct identity through his services in Madhya Pradesh and Delhi. Buch worked for development and interests of people. Buch will always be remembered for his work.

Former Union Minister Suresh Pachouri said that late Buch will always be remembered as an honest administrator. He played an important role in beautifying and systemising Bhopal. Representatives of various communities and institutions also paid tributes to late Buch.

MP Alok Sanjar, MLA Vishwas Sarang, Kailash Narayan Sarang, Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa, DGP Surendra Sinh, large number of public representatives, senior officers and people were present on the occasion.

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STF Gwalior team visits Jabalpur to arrest Dr Johri

A TEAM of Special Task Force (STF) Gwalior on Sunday visited Johri Hospital situated in Wright Town area and residence in Jabalpur in search of Dr Richa Johri on Sunday. The team led by STF Sub-I... Read More
A TEAM of Special Task Force (STF) Gwalior on Sunday visited Johri Hospital situated in Wright Town area and residence in Jabalpur in search of Dr Richa Johri on Sunday. The team led by STF Sub-Inspector Patidar comprised of a Woman ASI and Head Constables. The team reached Jabalpur to arrest Dr Richa Johri wanted in VYAPAM scam but they failed to trace her. Now, STF is preparing to declare Dr Richa Johri absconding and declare cash reward for any information about her and to arrest her, revealed STF sources.

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