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With directives to Satna Collector, PIL disposed off

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Shantanu Kemkar has disposed off petition filed by Vijay Kumar Shrivastava, Post-Bearer, Sharda... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Shantanu Kemkar has disposed off petition filed by Vijay Kumar Shrivastava, Post-Bearer, Sharda Devi Mata Mandir, Satna District.

This petition has been filed as public interest litigation. The division bench in its order said that considering nature of the grievance made by the petitioner, we deem it appropriate to dispose off this petition with direction to Satna Collector to take necessary steps and to enquire into allegations made against respondent Devi Prasad Pandey, Pujari, Maa Sharda Devi Mandir, Satna and as delineated in the report, after giving fair opportunity to all concerned.

The Collector shall cause to make an inquiry as expeditiously as possible. The division bench further said that the Authority inquiring the matter must give fair opportunity to all concerned before taking any final decision. That shall be done preferably before December 31, 2014 and compliance report be submitted in the Registry of this Court before 2nd week of January, 2015. The matter is notified on Monday of the 3rd week of January 2015 under caption “Directions” for considering the compliance report. Subject to above, petition be treated as disposed off.

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Factory owner, Supervisor booked for unintentional murder of labourer

INVESTIGATING the case of death of a labourer, Ranjhi police have registered a case of unintentional murder against factory owner and supervisor on Tuesday.

The accused have been identified... Read More
INVESTIGATING the case of death of a labourer, Ranjhi police have registered a case of unintentional murder against factory owner and supervisor on Tuesday.

The accused have been identified as Shailendra Kapur, owner of New Jabalpur Seeds Factory situated at Ricchai Industrial Area and Supervisor Lalit Verma, residents of Gorakhpur Gurudwara area. According to police, they received information from Bhandari Hospital that a man named Samar Kewat (28), resident of Vehicle Madai Masjid area, was admitted for treatment of injuries in an accident while working in the factory and died while undergoing treatment on October 13.

Acting on information, a police team reached the spot and sent the body for post-mortem. Police registered a case and started investigations to ascertain the cause of accident. Investigating the case, police learnt that Samar Jatav was working as labourer at New Jabalpur Seeds Factory, Ricchhai. On October 4, he was working in the factory when he slipped into a running machine due to absence of safety measures. Police learnt that following careless working of factory owner and supervisor, the labourer sustained injuries in an accident at the factory and registered a case against them under Section 304 (A) of the IPC.

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OFK Union members pen letters to ministers against sluggish working

MEMBERS of Kamgar Union Ordnance Factory Khamaria (OFK) sent letters to the Defence Minister, the Home Minister and Ordnance Factory Board against sluggish working of Ordnance Factory Khamaria ... Read More
MEMBERS of Kamgar Union Ordnance Factory Khamaria (OFK) sent letters to the Defence Minister, the Home Minister and Ordnance Factory Board against sluggish working of Ordnance Factory Khamaria and its Security Department. Members of Kamgar Union submitted a memorandum to the factory administration and staged demonstration against increasing number of theft incidents at Ordnance Factory Khamaria. Through the letter, members of Kamgar Union Ordnance Factory Khamaria charged lethargic and corrupt working of security personnel as anti-social activities like gambling and illegal sale of liquor have increased in the area.

They alleged that even after reporting several theft incidents at sensitive areas of the factory and increasing number of anti-social activities in the estate area, factory administration is yet to file a complaint at concerned police station. Even after series of theft incidents reported at Ordnance Factory Khamaria, senior administrative officers are overlooking to strengthen security. Instead of taking precautionary measures, the factory administration is trying to pressurise industrial employees in the name of strengthening security arrangements.

Kamgar Union’s Pradeep Garg, Rama Rao Magarde, Lalbahadur Rai, Arun Dubey, Ajay Tiwari, Rajesh Dubey, Sanjay Pardesi, Premlal Sen, Rajendra Chadharia, KK Sharma, Rakesh Sharma, Rupesh Pathak, Vijay Bhave, Deepak Saini and others raised demand for fulfilling their demands otherwise they will stage a massive demonstration against factory administration in coming days.

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5 miscreants involved in illegal trade of firearms apprehended

IN A major breakthrough, police succeeded in apprehending five accused involved in illegal trade of firearms and seized three country-made revolvers, two pistols and five live cartridges. Four ... Read More
IN A major breakthrough, police succeeded in apprehending five accused involved in illegal trade of firearms and seized three country-made revolvers, two pistols and five live cartridges. Four of the accused were apprehended for purchasing and possessing firearms.

The accused have been identified as Deependra alias Deepesh alias Gulle Jain (30), son of Ashok Jain, a resident of Magarmuha in Shahpura, Deepak alias Deepu Parmar (23), son of Shyam Singh Parmar (23), a resident of Jyoti Nagar in Garha, Himanshu alias Kallu Kori (26), son of Gaurishankar Kori, a resident of Badi Khermai, Sati Chowk in Hanumantal, Neeraj Soni (19), son of Dharamdas Soni, a resident of Bahru Mata Mandir in Shahpura and Omprakash Vanshkar alias Guddu (23), son of Laxman Vanshkar, a resident of Bargi Nagar Colony.

Additional Superintendent of Police Isha Pant (IPS) disclosed this while addressing a press conference on Tuesday. Under the direction of Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra, police have started a rigorous campaign under supervision of IPS Isha Pant, Additional Superintendent of Police (West) and Amrendra Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police (East) to monitor activities of listed criminals and apprehending accused involved in crime incidents. During the campaign, a police team under direction of CSP, Gorakhpur, Rajesh Tiwari received information about a suspected man involved in illegal trade of firearms.

Acting promptly on the information, a police team led by SHO of Garha police station Bharat Singh Rajput enclosed the area near Deaf and Dumb School, Bhedaghat by-pass and succeeded in apprehending the suspected man. Police team recovered a 12-bore country-made revolver loaded with a live cartridge. In rigorous questioning, the accused confessed to trading firearms and disclosed names of persons who purchased firearms from him. Acting on his identification, police team started a search and apprehended four men and recovered firearms from them including Deepak alias Deepu Parmar with 32-bore pistol and a live cartridge, Himanshu Kori with 32-bore double barrel gun and a live cartridge, Neeraj Soni with 32-bore pistol and a live cartridge and Omprakash Vanshkar with 315-bore country-made revolver with a live cartridge. Deependra alias Deepesh alias Gulle Jain was earlier apprehended in case of illegal trade of weapons. Police have obtained remand of habitual criminal for disclosing more information about selling weapons and crime incidents. On achievement of police, Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra has declared rewards for members of police team comprising SHO of Garha police station Bharat Singh Rajput, ASI Ramkumar Marco, Head Constables Dhananjay Singh, Mradulesh Sharma, Rajesh Shukla, Vijay Shukla, constables Amit Rajak and Shesh Narayan.

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Agriculture scientists mull methods of effective soil health management

THE 21-day national training of agriculture scientists on Soil Health Management and Opportunities organised from September 29 to October 20 concluded on Tuesday. The training was held at Centr... Read More
THE 21-day national training of agriculture scientists on Soil Health Management and Opportunities organised from September 29 to October 20 concluded on Tuesday. The training was held at Centre for Advance Faculty Training (CAFT), Department of Soil Science and Agriculture Chemistry, College of Agriculture Jabalpur, Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU).

In this training programme, 23 agriculture scientists representing 11 states had participated. Addressing the concluding ceremony, chief guest Vice-Chancellor Professor Vijay Singh Tomar said to ensure sustainable growth of farming soil health management is first need and is key factor in maintaining healthy biosphere and rizoshere.

Dr Sahib Singh Tomar, Director Research Services, JNAU, congratulated the agriculture scientists of different states and enlightened views on importance of soil health. He said training will certainly help them in educating future agriculture scholars, researchers about soil health.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr S K Rao, Dean faculty of Agriculture, JNAU, emphasised on need of use of information given about advance technology in training for academic and technological advancement of agriculture technology of their respective states.

Dr R V Singh, Dean College of Agriculture and Dean College of Agriculture, Dr Devkant also shared their views on the occasion. Dr A K Rawat, Head Department of Soil Science and Agriculture Chemistry, Director, Centre for Advance Faculty Training informed that the centre holds its successive 28th training in continuation of such trainings organised by this centre in 19 years. During the training, participants were given education in theoretical and practical sessions taken by eminent scientists of different institutions. During the training, farmers were informed about importance of microorganisms, organic farming, use of balanced fertiliser, sustainable use of natural resources, micronutrients and balanced use of soil. During training to showcase issues related to conservation, protection of bio-diversity participant agriculture scientists visited different places including Bhedaghat, Dumna, Nature Park, Barela Temple, Bisa Farma, National Directorate of Weed Science, Medicinal Garden, Bio Fertiliser Production Centre, Bio-Technology Centre, Veterinary University and other natural spots in the region. On the last day, release of compendium was done by guests. All the participants were given participation certificates. In holding training the officials, staff and students extended valuable support. Dr B Sachidanand, Dr G P Tembe, Dr B L Sharma, Dr A K Diwedi, Dr Shekhar Singh Baghel, Dr R K Gthakur, Dr Shekhar Singh Baghel, Dr R K Thakur, Narendra Chouhan, Phul Chand Amule and others.

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High Court quashes order related to NSA

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe has quashed order related to National Security Act (NSA) imposed on Vishal Sharma a... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe has quashed order related to National Security Act (NSA) imposed on Vishal Sharma and set aside the case related to NSA.

The division bench in its order said that accordingly, the petition succeeds. The impugned order dated on April 2, 2014 and May 20, 2014, are quashed and set aside. Respondents are directed to set petitioner at liberty forthwith, unless 13 involved in any other crime and has been arrested in connection with that crime. The division bench further said that ‘In our opinion, non-consideration of this vital fact vitiates subjective satisfaction of the detaining authority and for which reason, the impugned detention orders cannot stand the test of judicial scrutiny.

It is a different matter that the petitioner has been ordered to be released on bail only recently by this Court on September 19, 2014, in MCrC but he has not availed that bail as he is already in jail, presumably because of the impugned detention order passed against him.

This writ petition was filed by the Detenu, Vishal Sharma who came to be detained pursuant to order passed by the District Magistrate, Katni, dated April 2, 2014, in exercise of power under Section 3(2) of the National Security Act, 1980, and which detention was confirmed by the State Government consequent to the opinion of the Advisory Board vide order dated May 20, 2014, issued under signature of Under Secretary, Home Department (C-Section), Government of Madhya Pradesh.

Both these decisions are subject matter of challenge in this petition. The petitioner has raised three contentions before this court. The first was on the basis of decision of the Division Bench of this court (Bench at Indore) in case of Mohaseen Kureshi versus State of Madhya Pradesh and others. The second contention was that the District Magistrate had no authority to issue order under Section 3(2) of the Act of 1980. The third contention was that subjective satisfaction of detaining authority vitiated on account of non-mentioning and non-consideration of the vital fact that the petitioner /detenu was already in jail in connection with criminal case referred to in grounds of detention. The petitioner when placed under detention, pursuant to impugned detention order was already in jail and had not applied for grant of bail in said criminal case. On such grounds the court has set aside the case and quashed the orders.

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Jabalpur’s Mayoral post to remain unreserved for women

The Mayoral seat of Jabalpur would be unreserved woman while Indore’s Mayor post fell into Other Backward Class (OBC) women’s category. The Mayoral seat of Bhopal would be unreserved in the ... Read More
The Mayoral seat of Jabalpur would be unreserved woman while Indore’s Mayor post fell into Other Backward Class (OBC) women’s category. The Mayoral seat of Bhopal would be unreserved in the ensuing local bodies’ polls as decided through draw of lots to reserve the municipal corporations and other local bodies held on Tuesday at Ravindra Bhawan.

The reservation process for 16 Municipal Corporations, 98 Municipalities and 264 Nagar Parishad was carried out on Tuesday. While the seat of Mayor for the State capital was announced unreserved, the seat of Indore fell into Other Backward Class (OBC) women’s category. The reservation process for all these seats was organised by the Directorate of Urban Administration and Development at Ravindra Bhawan under the chairmanship of Sanjay Shukla, Commissioner Urban Administration and Development.

Out of the 16 seats of municipal corporation seats of Mayor in Morena was reserved for the Scheduled Caste (SC), seat of Ujjain was reserved for SC Women followed by the seat of Singrauli which was reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST) Woman, seat of Jabalpur, Satna, Rewa and Ratlam have been reserved for Women category (unreserved) while the seats of Gwalior, Khandwa, Dewas, Katni including state capital have been declared unreserved. Along with these 16 seats of Municipal Corporation. The reservation process of seats of Mayor on Tuesday was completed amidst minor uproars from political parties, Commissioner Shukla warned of proceedings against all those indulged in disturbing the process by getting their photographs captured which helped in controlling the mounting tension. The political scenario is expected to take a major turn after the completion of the process on Tuesday. It is to be noted that the seat of mayor in Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) at the moment is reserved for Women with Krishna Gaur as present mayor. Out of the 98 Municipalities 15 have been reserved for ST, 25 for OBC, 13 OBC women while 24 seats have been left for unreserved women along with 6 for ST Category.

Municipalities Reservation Status

Other Backward Class (OBC) Women- Kotma, Begumganj, Seonimalwa, Sehora, Sarangpur, Ashok Nagar, Sidhi Dongarparasiya, Pasan, Badnagar, Nogaon, Tikamgarh and Paurasha. Scheduled Caste (SC) Women- Aamla, Sarni, Bina Itawa, Makroniya Bujurg, Hata, Maharajpur, Dabra, Chanderi. Scheduled Caste (SC)- Khurai, Bhind, Gohad, Ambah, Damoh, Gotegaon and Nagda. Scheduled Tribe (ST) Women- Jhabua, Malajkhand, Pali. Scheduled Tribe (ST) - Alirajpur, Badwani, Bijuri. Unreserved Women - Ganjbasoda, Sironj, Narsinghgarh, Sehore, Itarsi, Rehli, Sabalgarh, Raghogarh, Pitampur, Manawar, Badwah, Sendhwa, Jamai, Panaagar, Mandla, Seoni, Shahdol, Anuppur, Umariya, Shajapur, Khachrod, Agar. Unreserved- Bairasiya, Multai, Beora, Astha, Raisen, Mandideep, Harda, Deori, Chhatarpur, Datia, Guna, Sheopurkalan, Dhar, Sanawad, Nepanagar, Baraseoni, Pandurna, Chaurai, Saunsar, Amarwara, Kareli, Maihar, Neemuch, Mandsaur and Jaora.

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Digvijay demands CBI probe into contractual teacher exam 2011-12

Stalwart Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Digvijay Singh has written letter to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, demanding CBI probe into contractual teacher’s exam. Singh alleged t... Read More
Stalwart Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Digvijay Singh has written letter to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, demanding CBI probe into contractual teacher’s exam. Singh alleged that norms made for recruitment by Central Government were changed by the state government and this factor deprived thousands of students either from appearing in recruitment exam or getting posting even after passing the exam. Digvijay Singh said an advertisement was issued by VYAPAM for the recruitment of 80,000 contract teachers in 2011-12. As the posts were supposed to be filled under the Central Government’s act “Nishulk aur Anivarya Bal Shiksha Adhiniyam 2009” hence central government had provided the sum to State Government for the said purpose. The recruitment norms were made by NCTE and on the basis of these norms, contractual teachers were supposed to be recruited. However, State Government changed the norms at will and gave open invitation to corruption. He said deliberate changes in norms related to education qualification deprived thousands of youths either from getting the posting after passing the exam or appearing in the exam. “These deliberate changes are one of the parts of VYAPAM scam and it needed to be probed by CBI,” said Singh.

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Link Utsav Company’s contract terminated

The contract of the Link Utsav Company which was issuing the high security number plates to vehicles in city was finally terminated on the orders of the Gwalior bench of High Court. The decisio... Read More
The contract of the Link Utsav Company which was issuing the high security number plates to vehicles in city was finally terminated on the orders of the Gwalior bench of High Court. The decision of cancelling of the contract came in the wake of the company failing to meet the set target by the high court after its contract was reinstated back in September. The pendency of vehicles in issuing the high security number plates was continuously on a rise in city, and after regular complaints from the owners the decision was taken by the bench on Tuesday. Officials in the Regional Transport Office (RTO) said that the company will be however installing the number plates in all those vehicles whose amounts have been deposited in the company. SMS will also be sent to all those vehicles owners whose plates have been complete by the company. Officials in RTO also mentioned that the company will also have to give number plates to 8,000 vehicles along with from 1,500 other plates to vehicles whose authority letters have been made.

Ajay Gupta, RTO, Bhopal, said that though official letter has not been received from the High Court regarding cancellation of the contract, however, the contract has been cancelled of Link Utsav Company. When asked about the further proceedings in this regard, Gupta said that contract will now be given to a new company for issuing the high security number plates. He said that contract has been cancelled by on the orders from the Gwalior Bench of the High Court.

Earlier, the contract of the company was cancelled back in month of June this year on grounds of severe pending in issuing high security number plates. The contract was then re-instated after the company approached high Court on the condition of improving the prevailing condition and timely issuing the number plates.

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After MPPSC’s refusal, Education Deptt starts recruiting guest teachers

When the State Government gets reports of suffering studies at Government colleges all over the State and later refusal of Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) that it would not con... Read More
When the State Government gets reports of suffering studies at Government colleges all over the State and later refusal of Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) that it would not conduct any recruitment examination for any department untill the Special Task Force (STF) inquiry into some last recruitment examinations are completed, the Higher Education Department was the second department has urgently taken decision to recruit teachers. Suddenly, the Higher Education Department asked divisional joint directors of the department to start recruitment of guest teachers on the merit basis and through walk in interview from Monday However, most of the candidates have not been any information so very low attendance of the candidates for walk in interviews there. The guest teachers’ walk in interview all over the State will be held on October 21, 27 and 28, the gap was given because of Diwali vacations. The department will release selected candidates’ list on October 28, and the selected candidates will be asked to essentially join their place of posting till October 31. After Diwali, the studies at schools and colleges are on fast track and it is a matter of concern to the Higher Education Department the annual examinations are nearing, studies suffer a lot in absence of teachers. The first round of counselling was on Monday, second phase on 27th and third phase on 28th. However, despite the Government colleges does not get candidates for post of assistant professors in required faculties, the candidates under the fourth phase’s counselling , the candidates may directly approach to the college principals for recruitment. But all the process will be fast and anyhow, the Government wants to ensure recruitment of guest faculties at all the vacant posts of teachers till October 31. According to a senior officer in Higher Education Department, the department had hoped of getting vacant posts of teachers in colleges on the regular basis through the MPPSC. But nobody knows when the MPPSC will start conducting recruitment examination. It is the reason why the higher education department took decision of immediately filing up vacant posts of teachers. It is learnt that calling all assistant professors and professors from deputation of universities and other departments was also to ensure proper strength of the teaching staff at the Government colleges. Very few will be repeated: Sources said that very few guest teachers will be repeated this time, usually, the higher education department has many applications from new candidates. The Government seems not to repeat most of the guest faculties this time as it had indicated earlier. Only those have special recommendations from their previous colleges might be considered.

When contacted K K Singh, Principal Secretary, Higher Education, admitted of not conducting recruitment examinations by the MPPSC for assistant professors, said the department has started recruiting guest teachers. The regular recruitment will be later when the MPPSC will give green signal, he said.

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State Foundation Day functions to be organised in all districts

Week-long functions marking Madhya Pradesh Foundation Day will be held from November 1 in the State capital Bhopal and all district headquarters of the State. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan... Read More
Week-long functions marking Madhya Pradesh Foundation Day will be held from November 1 in the State capital Bhopal and all district headquarters of the State. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed to hold programmes in accordance with dignity of the foundation day. Chouhan was reviewing preparations for foundation day programmes here on Tuesday. Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa was also present. The main function will be held at Bhopal at Vallabh Bhavan at 11 where pledge will be taken for development of Madhya Pradesh and foundation stone of Mantralaya annexe will be laid. A grand cultural eve will be held at Lal Parade Ground in the night. Cultural programmes will begin with Madhya Pradesh Gaan and performance of famous and sonorous Maihar Band. Ministers will participate in foundation day functions in districts of the State. The Chief Minister has directed that foundation day programmes should be associated with masses including distinguished citizens, social organisations, artists, business class etc and seminars should be held during the period on important issues like state’s development, human welfare and contemporary issues. Cultural programmes should be held in all districts, too.

A grand cultural programme will be held in the presence of Governor Ram Naresh Yadav and Chief Minister at Lal Parade Ground, Bhopal from 7 pm on Madhya Pradesh Foundation Day November 1. It will include a 45 minute presentation of Mahakavi Kalidas’ Meghdootam and music presentation of Vishal-Shekher. The week-long function will conclude with attractive fireworks on November 7.

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Three-day special anti-dengue larvae drive ends at Kolar road

Three-day special anti-dengue operation at Kolar road concluded on Tuesday with survey of 1074 houses by 100 health and BMC workers at eight teams. Each team comprises of 8 to 10 persons. The hea... Read More
Three-day special anti-dengue operation at Kolar road concluded on Tuesday with survey of 1074 houses by 100 health and BMC workers at eight teams. Each team comprises of 8 to 10 persons. The health and BMC employees’ teams during survey of 1074 houses, found larvae at 74 houses. In every house, people stored water at about five to eight containers, the team members got all stored and uncovered water thrown out.

The first day, anti-larvae teams went to 2408 houses, of them it found dengue larvae at 482 houses while on second day, the teams surveyed 1379 houses and found dengue larvae at 172 houses. Door to door campaign ends: One-day door to door campaign was held there, six public representatives at their houses went door to door asking people not to store water for more days, not to keep the water containers open, see if there is dengue larvae, immediately throw the water. Dr Jyoti Tiwari, Superintendent, Kolar Government Hospital, said on Tuesday, the anti-dengue larvae teams went to Damkhera, Nayapura, Kanhakunj, Akbarpura and Uma Bihar.

According to Dr Jyoti Tiwari, from Wednesday, the anti-larvae team will go only to those places from where they will receive complaints of dengue patients or having water deposition. PS, Health, took meeting at JP Hospital: Praveer Krishn, Principal Secretary, Health, took a meeting at JP Hospital, asked health officers to any how control dengue at Kolar and other areas.

Despite survey, 15 new dengue patients found

Despite anti-larvae survey by the health and Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) workers at Kolar area, 15 new dengue patients found in city on Tuesday. On Monday, 13 new dengue patients were found. The total figure of dengue patients has reached to 412. Now not only from Kolar, the dengue patients are found in some other areas as Arera Colony, South TT Nagar, Piplani and Old city areas. JP Hospital employee attending phone said he had information of dengue patients, 15 new dengue samples tested positive in Malaria and JP hospital lab. Many efforts were made to contact Dr KV Vajpayee, District Malaria Officer (DMO), but he avoided to response the phone calls. He did not give information of dengue patients, Dr Pankaj Shukla, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) said that he was on visit of rural health centres to so he did not have any information. When contacted, Rashmi Jain, Epidemiologist, she went out somewhere leaving her cell phone at home. After rising dengue patients’ figure, Praveer Krishn, Principal Secretary, Health, took a meeting and addressed the health and BMC workers to intensify their drive against the dengue larvae, spray drugs to kill dengue larvae and create awareness among the people what precautions be have to avoid dengue.

When Praveer Krishn was told that health officers and even malaria officer did not inform dengue patients, he said that from Wednesday Public Relation Officer will give information to media.

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BJP, Congress witnesses queue of claimants for Mayor ticket

As Mayor seat of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has become unreserved, a wave of happiness is being witnessed among leaders of all political parties, mainly BJP and Congress. The reason is ... Read More
As Mayor seat of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has become unreserved, a wave of happiness is being witnessed among leaders of all political parties, mainly BJP and Congress. The reason is this that now any one can stake claim for the Mayoral ticket which would not have been possible if seat was reserved. Hence, now it would be a Herculean task for all political parties to decide the name of Mayoral candidate.

From long time, leaders of all political parties were anxiously waiting for the reservation process in which fate of Bhopal Mayor seat was to be decided. When the Bhopal seat was declared unreserved in the reservation process of important posts of local bodies, big smile was witnessed on the faces of leaders of all political parties. The reason was clear that now it’s an open game and anyone can contest the Mayor election. As far as ruling party BJP is concerned then district president Alok Sharma is the strongest claimant for BMC’s Mayor ticket. His claim becomes strong in the light of the given fact that he was front-runner for MP ticket from Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency after veteran leader Lal Krishna Advani cleared that he is not going to contest Lok Sabha election from Bhopal. However, Alok Sanjar’s name surfaced in final moments and party decided to field him from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat.

At that time, Alok Sharma was very upset but party had assured to oblige him in future. Former MLA Ramesh Sharma is also eyeing the Mayoral ticket. Meanwhile, Mayor Krishna Gaur will be seeking another chance from party on the basis of development works done by her in State capital. Other names doing round for ticket in BJP are former MLA Shailendra Pradhan, Bhagwandas Sabnani, former corporator Lily Agrawal and Sunil Pandey etc. What is more interesting is this that name of former MLA Dhruvnarayan Singh is also creating ripples for Mayoral ticket.

The chances of Bhagwandas Sabnani are dim as he had contested MLA election against declared BJP candidate when he was part of now defunct Bharatiya Jan Shakti (BJS) Party. Likewise, it is most likely that claim of Shailendra Pradhan might not be considered as in past he had independently contested Mayor election against party’s declared candidate. As far as deciding Mayoral candidate in BJP is concerned then it is also possible that BJP may spring surprise at the last minute by bringing any little known face as had happened in the case of deciding name of candidate for Bhopal Lok Sabha seat. Notably, many big names were doing rounds for Bhopal Lok Sabha ticket in BJP but it was little known face Alok Sanjar who was given the ticket.

Likewise, there are numerous ticket aspirants in Congress. Name of District Congress President PC Sharma is emerging as strongest claimant for Mayoral ticket. The reason is this that he is a very well known face of the city and everyone knows him. He is equally acceptable in both communities Hindus and Muslims. In other words, he is a person of common man.

Besides, names of former Mayor Sunil Sood, ex-Mayor Vibha Patel, BMC Chairman Kailash Mishra are also in the reckoning. The other names doing rounds for the ticket are: Abha Singh, Mohammad Sageer, Arif Masood, Mahendra Singh Chouhan etc.

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Bhopal’s Mayoral post to remain unreserved

The Mayoral seat of Bhopal would be unreserved in the ensuing local bodies’ polls as decided through draw of lots to reserve the municipal corporations and other local bodies held on Tuesday ... Read More
The Mayoral seat of Bhopal would be unreserved in the ensuing local bodies’ polls as decided through draw of lots to reserve the municipal corporations and other local bodies held on Tuesday at Ravindra Bhawan. The Mayoral seat of Jabalpur would be unreserved woman while Indore’s Mayor post fell into Other Backward Class (OBC) women’s category. The reservation process for 16 Municipal Corporations, 98 Municipalities and 264 Nagar Parishad was carried out on Tuesday. While the seat of Mayor for the State capital was announced unreserved, the seat of Indore fell into Other Backward Class (OBC) women’s category. The reservation process for all these seats was organised by the Directorate of Urban Administration and Development at Ravindra Bhawan under the chairmanship of Sanjay Shukla, Commissioner Urban Administration and Development. Out of the 16 seats of municipal corporation seats of Mayor in Morena was reserved for the Scheduled Caste (SC), seat of Ujjain was reserved for SC Women followed by the seat of Singrauli which was reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST) Woman, seat of Jabalpur, Satna, Rewa and Ratlam have been reserved for Women category (unreserved) while the seats of Gwalior, Khandwa, Dewas, Katni including state capital have been declared unreserved. Along with these 16 seats of Municipal Corporation.

The reservation process of seats of Mayor on Tuesday was completed amidst minor uproars from political parties, Commissioner Shukla warned of proceedings against all those indulged in disturbing the process by getting their photographs captured which helped in controlling the mounting tension. The political scenario is expected to take a major turn after the completion of the process on Tuesday. It is to be noted that the seat of mayor in Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) at the moment is reserved for Women with Krishna Gaur as present mayor.

Out of the 98 Municipalities 15 have been reserved for ST, 25 for OBC, 13 OBC women while 24 seats have been left for unreserved women along with 6 for ST Category.

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Paddy, rice worth about Rs 1 cr seized

The Food Department officials under the directives of District Collector Thakur Ram Singh raided two rice mills at Tilda and Navapara. The officials seized rice and paddy worth about Rs 1 crore... Read More
The Food Department officials under the directives of District Collector Thakur Ram Singh raided two rice mills at Tilda and Navapara. The officials seized rice and paddy worth about Rs 1 crore. Hariom Rice Industry (Tilda) and Sandeep Paddy Processing Unit (Navapara) had indulged in gross violation of Chhattisgarh Rice Act 2007. The officials, including AFOs Sanjay Dubey, R C Gulati, Food Inspectors Anil Jain, Shah Jafar Khan, Bharti Harsh and Bindu Pradhan carried out raids. At Tilda, they also found 17000 quintal paddy meant for milling were sold in the open market apart from other irregularities. Similarly, Navapara based rice mill withdrew only 11000 quintal paddy against the agreement made for 64000 quintal. Here 2340 quintal paddy and 190 quintal rice were seized. Estimated cost of the seized paddy and rice was said to be about Rs 1 crore.

The food department has again issued warning to the rice millers for withdrawing their quota of paddy for milling or else necessary action will be taken against them.

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8 IVF babies born in 1.5 hrs in Aashirwad Hospital

Aashirwad ICSI Test Tube Baby Centre once again proved its name as eight IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) babies were born in a record time of one and half hours in this hospital situated at Dangania i... Read More
Aashirwad ICSI Test Tube Baby Centre once again proved its name as eight IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) babies were born in a record time of one and half hours in this hospital situated at Dangania in the State capital. The hospital has completed more fifteen years of successful journey and the credit goes to renowned Gynaecologist Dr Nalini Madhariya and her team members.

This achievement of the hospital and limitless joys to the parents of these babies was recorded on last Monday and thus the auspicious occasion of Dhanteras and Diwali is more joyous. Dr Madhariya told that just a few months ago thirteen babies were born within four hours in the institution. Some of the relatives of the parents told that some of the infertile couples could not taste the joy parenthood over a long time, even more than 20 to 25 years, and it was just like an exile for them. But it finally ended as they pinned their hopes with Aashirwad Hospital. The success of this hospital tells about the skill, dedicated workflow and deep involvement for betterment of patients.

Jashpur records highest cases of iodine deficiency disorders

Deficiency Disorder Control Programme Dr Kamlesh Jain. It may be mentioned that Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders prevention day is observed on October 21. A meeting of state task force that is constituted under the programme was held on Tuesday at New Circuit House. Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Dr Alok Shukla was the chief guest in the meeting. Ravi Prakash Gupta, Controller, Food and Drugs, also attended the meeting. Salt that is consumed by the common people in the state is provided by the private entities to the extent of 20 to 25 percent and the remaining by the state Food and Civil Supplies Department through the public distribution system.

The IDD cell has also established a lab for salt testing in the medical college and 33 percent of the samples tested in the lab have been found substandard in terms of quality. It is also worth mentioning that burden of mentally retarded children will be one of the issues for the government in case the salt consumed by the people is not of proper quality. Dr Shukla took the findings seriously and gave necessary directives, informed Dr Jain. The nodal officer added that even double fortified salt can be tested in the lab and people should store salt in air-tight containers.

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‘Sacrifices of our brave soldiers are invaluable’

Governor Balramji Das Tandon paid floral tribute to martyrs at Shaheed Samarak of Fourth Battalion, Chhattisgarh Armed Force at Mana Raipur on Police Memorial Day today. During the ceremony, rich... Read More
Governor Balramji Das Tandon paid floral tribute to martyrs at Shaheed Samarak of Fourth Battalion, Chhattisgarh Armed Force at Mana Raipur on Police Memorial Day today. During the ceremony, rich tributes were paid to the Martyred personnel of Police Force and other Security Forces of entire country. Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, Home Minister Ramsevak Paikra, Director General of Police A N Upadhyay and other senior police officials also laid wreaths on the memorials of martyrs. Personnel and families of martyrs were prominently present.

During the ceremony, Paul Bearer Party included honor list in memorial fund and offered salute to the martyrs. On the occasion, names of martyr police and security personnel across the country were recited.

Governor Balramji Das Tandon said that we are living in an independent country today because of the sacrifices of martyrs. Because of their sacrifices, we lead safe and secured life. They are the ones who have braved all the adversities just to ensure our safety and unhindered progress of the country. We pay hearty gratitude to those brave martyrs for sacrificing their lives and the courageous army personnel, who go through all kinds of difficulties at borders to establish peace and security in nation. Likewise, various security forces put in strenuous efforts to ensure internal security and to keep a check on untoward incidents that might disturb law and order in the country.

Governor Tandon said that Naxal terror is a threat to the internal security of Chhattisgarh. He added that Chhattisgarh Government has been successful to a greater extent in controlling Naxal activities in state. He has expressed hope that soon the state will get rid of Naxalism and Chhattisgarh will become the leading state of nation. Governor assured martyrs’ families that the government will extend every possible support and cooperation to them.

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that staking life for living up to the commitment towards country, facing extreme adversities to serve nation and braving all the odds to protect unity and integrity of the country and to ensure public security is no ordinary job. Police personnel do not lead a normal personal life and family life. We live a safe and secured life because they stake their lives on duty. In Naxal-affected state like Chhattisgarh, the risks to lives of personnel are even greater. Officials and personnel of Chhattisgarh Police have always stood shoulder to shoulder for braving Naxal attacks. It is the responsibility of people of state to make sure that their sacrifice does not go in vain. We all should understand our responsibilities and discharge them with sincerity.

Home Minister Ramsevak Paikra said that Naxalism is the biggest threat to internal security of the country, and Chhattisgarh is also struggling to eliminate this threat. Our security personnel are giving hard time to the naxalites. Security personnel are combating naxalites with all the valour and strength. Soon Naxalism will be uprooted from Chhattisgarh. The dignitaries deeply empathized with the families of martyrs and assured them that government will support them at every step. The ceremony was also addressed by Director General of Police AN Upadhyay.

Names of these martyrs are as follows:- Martyr Hemla Masa, Martyr Rajuram Hapka, Martyr Roopsingh Thakur, Martyr Mudma Budhram, Martyr Majji Soma, Martyr Nakul Ram Dhruv, Martyr Rajendra Gaikwad, Martyr Ishu Kumar Pisda, Martyr Aditya Sahu, Martyr Madwai Soma, Martyr Harendra Singh Pujari, Martyr Gautam Pandey, Martyr Vivek Shukla, Martyr Chhabilal Kanshi, Martyr Dhaneshwar Mandawi, Martyr Sandeep Kumar Yadu, Martyr Naval Kishore Shandilya, Martyr Pankaj Suryavanshi, Martyr Prem Kumar Prajapati, Martyr Mukesh Kumar Sharma. The parade was led by Trainee IPS Arun Rangrajan.

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Market explodes with buying spree

DHANTERAS, an auspicious occasion for a pre-Diwali shopping spree witnessed bubbling Raipurians hopping around Jaistambh Chowk, heart of the capital city which was the most happening shopping desti... Read More
DHANTERAS, an auspicious occasion for a pre-Diwali shopping spree witnessed bubbling Raipurians hopping around Jaistambh Chowk, heart of the capital city which was the most happening shopping destination on Tuesday. The shops and showrooms were decked up in a bridal look across Raipur also welcomed the customers with a wide range of offers and latest products to make the Dhanteras shopping a memorable one.

Pushya Nakshatra brought the momentum in the local business over taking the gross sale figures of previous years. On Dhanteras, the year-long plan to buy new products from jewelries, electronics, automobiles, real estate, readymade garments and branded as well as general use utensils was at peak. According to business pundits the gross sale of all sectors would cross Rs 200 crores in the capital.

Apart from heavy rush at 2/4-wheeler showrooms, customers in large number were also seen buying electronics items like TVs, washing machines, DVDs, ACs and cooking range. Readymade garment traders also had their share of customers besides real estate sector which made the festive presence strongly with offers and counter offers to take maximum advantage and obtain good business.

The Sarafa market was leading the trading with jewelries especially gold, silver, diamond and platinum along with gold and silver coins in great demand among all section of the society. Traditional jewelries still have the fascination among customers. This product range has the getup of heavy varieties, but is lighter with modern fancy touch.

Talking to The Hitavada, Director of Sun and Sun Jewellers Manish Sharma informed that customer’s response is very good and based on the rush during the evening, Sarafa business was extend till 1am on October 22 in the capital.

Customers in large number flocked the Sarafa market and opting for all varieties of Platinum, Diamond, Gold and Silver jewelries. With 10gm 24 Carat (99.9) Gold steady at lower rate of Rs 28,000, investors and occasion based purchases touched the peak in the late evening. After Pushya Nakshatra, better business was anticipated on Dhanteras and the response was better as expected, Sharma maintained.

Bharat Shah, Director of Manubhai Jewellers, a renowned jewelry showroom in Sarafa Bazaar informed that his concern has immense popularity among the customers for purity of gold in Chhattisgarh and the neighboring states. Customers have praised the variety and designs of Gold, Silver and Diamond jewelries offered at Manubhai Jewellers that are prepared and crafted exclusively by well trained craftsmen.

A wide range of diamond as well as kundan and pearl jewelries in modern, and traditional design prepared keeping all sections of the customers in mind is also in great demand, Shah added. Director of Mahalaxmi Jewellers Nirmal Lunia informed that Dhanteras shopping witnessed customers from all sections of the society. Business was very good and attractive range of items was on display and sale catering to the demand of all sections. According to Omprakash Soni of Dhanshree Jewellers, the enthusiastic customers were eager to have the latest which included light jewelries, bracelets, necklace, sets and rings along with gold and silver coins.

Proprietor of Manish Electronics Rajesh Khemani said the response was extraordinary. Besides Nikon, the store offers complete range of Canon and Sony cameras which includes compact, SLR, professional along with professional video cameras. The store also ensures best of services by offering photography related complete accessories. Customers took advantage of special offers and owing to heavy rush the shop operated much beyond usual hours.

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Thieves burgle cash, gold ornaments worth Rs 6.70 lakh

IN YET another sensational day light house-breaking theft in Lakadganj area, a gang of unidentified thieves burgled cash and gold ornaments collectively worth Rs 6.70 lakh from the residence of... Read More
IN YET another sensational day light house-breaking theft in Lakadganj area, a gang of unidentified thieves burgled cash and gold ornaments collectively worth Rs 6.70 lakh from the residence of transporter Rajesh Balsunderam Kaasi at Quetta Colony on Tuesday.

Around 10.30 am, Kaasi (42), a resident of Flat No 223, Jai Sitaram Apartment, Quetta Colony, locked his house and left for his office. Grabbing the opportunity, the thieves struck at his house. After breaking open the door lock, they entered the flat.

The intruders collected gold ornaments worth Rs six lakh and Rs 70,000 from an almirah kept in the bedroom and decamped with the booty. When Kaasi returned home around 1 pm, he was shocked to find the door lock broken and cash and ornaments stolen.

Staff from Lakadganj Police Station arrived at the spot on being informed by Kaasi. Senior police officers also visited the spot to supervise the probe. Fingerprint experts were summoned. However, the cops were clueless about the gang involved in the burglary till late night. Lakadganj Police registered a case under Section 454 and 380 of the IPC.

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Ticket checkers in spot as Railway Board revises coach manning norms

Battling the large scale vacancies in ticket checking staff, Railway Board has revised the norms for manning the coaches. As per the decision, now travelling ticket examiners would required to ... Read More
Battling the large scale vacancies in ticket checking staff, Railway Board has revised the norms for manning the coaches. As per the decision, now travelling ticket examiners would required to look after five coaches, an increase of three.

For Conductors, they are deputed in air conditioned coaches, the new norms mandates manning three coaches, an addition of one coach to earlier norm of two coaches.

Overruling the objections from the two recognised unions of railway persons, All India Railwaymen Federation (AIRF) and National Federation of Railwaymen (NFIR), the Board overruled the point citing vacancies and additional requirement of ticket checking staff. Similarly, the Board referred to a Committee constituted way back in year 2000 to examine the prevailing norms and in pursuant of recommendation the revised norms were notified then.

Therefore to have optimum manning of reserved coaches and the increasing requirement the ticket checking staff duties are rationalised, said the Board's directives. The Federation had written to Board that while new trains are being introduced or frequency of existing trains are being increased, the required mandate of manning the reserved coaches is not keeping pace with it. Therefore the deployment of staff for manning coaches be tightened. Further the union mentioned that since 2500 additional posts of TTE have been sanctioned to tide over vacancies the norms be revisited.

The Federation also raised the matter in PNM where it demanded one Conductor to supervise two upper class coaches and one TTE for manning one reserved coach. However, Board straightway rejected the point in view of vacancies.

At local level the ticket examiners say while manning the coaches is not a big problem but the additional duties imposed on them makes it a ticklish job. Explaining the point, Manoj Samarth, Working President, All India Ticket Checking Association, Bilaspur Zone, said that apart from allotment of berth and checking reserved passengers, the TTE are also expected to check after amenities on board. For example in case any one of the five coaches does not have water it the job of TTE to look into the matter and problem arise when the latter having no control over it faces ire if the same is not sorted out. Same problem arise in case the toilet is not fit for use, light is not working the ticket examiners are at front and expected to work wonder. The point is that while burdening with this odd jobs the Board has put the ticket examiners in line of fire with little security.

Further Samarth pointed out that now a days the fares are revised quite frequently and difference has to be collected from passengers which consumes quite a time. And during such period if there is checking by flying squad the TTE is pulled-up and accused of dereliction of duty, ignoring the fact it was humanly impossible to check all five coaches.

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Goons create ruckus, attempt to kill man

IN A group clash over financial dealings, four goons and their accomplices created ruckus and attempted to kill a young man with knives near the gate of Government Ayurved Mahavidyalaya at Sakk... Read More
IN A group clash over financial dealings, four goons and their accomplices created ruckus and attempted to kill a young man with knives near the gate of Government Ayurved Mahavidyalaya at Sakkardara Square on Monday night. Cops arrested the goons.

The accused have been identified as Pradeep Mohanlal Thakur (23), Suhas Mohanlal Thakur (23), both residents of Plot No 118, Sahkar Nagar, Kharbi Road, Nandanvan, Rajat Bhagwandin Yadav (20), a resident of Raghuji Nagar, and Sadiq Naseem Ansari (19), a resident of Plot No 790, New Pension Nagar. According to Police, the accused had borrowed money from Awtarsingh Mahendrasingh Dhunna alias Sonu (29), a resident of Flat No 505, Jeevandeep Society, Ambedkar Square, some months ago. When Awtarsingh asked them to return the money, they started avoiding him. Accused Pradeep Thakur contacted Awtarsingh’s brother Satpalsingh and asked him to come near the gate of Government Ayurved College at Sakkardara Square to sort out the matter on Monday.

As soon ast Satpalsingh went there, the accused quartet along with their 10-15 accomplices stabbed him with knives injuring him seriously. With deep injuries on his abdomen, Satpalsingh was rushed to Government Medical College & Hospital. On the basis of a complaint lodged by Awtarsingh, Sakkardara Police registered an offence under Sections 143, 147,148, 149, 504, 506 and 307 of the IPC against Pradeep Thakur, Suhas Thakur, Rajat Yadav and Sadiq Ansari.

Following a counter complaint lodged by Pradeep Thakur, cops registered an offence under Sections 143, 146, 148,149, 504 and 34 of the IPC against Awtarsingh Dhunna, Ravindrasingh Romi, Amrutsingh Bagga, Sunny, Satyapalsingh Kashmirsingh and others.

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NMC opens control room to tackle Dengue menace

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to open zonal-level control room to tackle dengue menace and has also warned all private hospitals to mandatorily report all dengue positie cases ... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to open zonal-level control room to tackle dengue menace and has also warned all private hospitals to mandatorily report all dengue positie cases to it.

Due to non-communication of details about dengue cases, the NMC health department found itself at loss to assess about spread of dengue epidemic and hence issued notices to several hospitals. The NMC has asked hospitals to keep it in loop about the dengue positive patients to keep an effective check on the outbreak. According to civic body, around 124 hospitals are furnishing the information on regular basis.

On the directions of Mayor Pravin Datke, Health Department formed control room at Civil Lines office of NMC and at Zonal level for various activities run by local body during next three months. They will create awareness, collect blood samples, visit every household for collecting information regarding dengue like fever. Deputy Director (Health) Dr Milind Ganvir informed in a press release that Health Officer Dr S S Shende will be in-charge of control room at Civil Lines office.

The other members are Dr Jaisharee Thote, and Sudhir Fating. The local body has started mobile dispensary for checking Dengue fever like patients and their treatment. The local body is ready to provide blood, blood cells, plasma, platelets and other for patients. Arpan Voluntary Blood Bank is ready to help patients. Patients can contact Jaishree Thote on mobile number 8600167836, or Sudhir Fating 9923438060.

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FDA seizes 600 kg Barfi worth Rs 96,000

Food Safety Officers (FSO) of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Nagpur Division have conducted raid on M/S Harihar Foods, Eastern Industrial Area, Chikhali Layout, Kalamna on Monday and seized ... Read More
Food Safety Officers (FSO) of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Nagpur Division have conducted raid on M/S Harihar Foods, Eastern Industrial Area, Chikhali Layout, Kalamna on Monday and seized 600 kg Barfi worth Rs 96,000.

The said quantity of Burfi was stored in un-hygenic gunny bags having no labels The bags consisting of Burfi were to sent to Raipur by the owner of the firm, Yogesh Ramawatar Gupta. FSO Abhay Deshpande and Pravin Umap conducted raid seized Burfi. The raid was conducted under the guidance of Joint Commissioner (Food) Shivaji Desai, Assistant Commissioner (Food) N RWakode and M C Pawar. FDA has started a special drive to conduct raids on the sweet shops and sweet manufacturing units to safe guard public health.

In Nagpur district as well as in MP and Chhatisgarh state, a large quantity of sweets are being sold in Diwali festival. The traders and manufacturing units are not following the cleanliness and quality standards for the Sweet.

FDA Nagpur Division has started keeping vigil on such units and conducting raids on such units. People who have any doubt about the quality, production, distribution, storage and sale of khowa and sweets should contact on 2562204 and report the same, informs Shivaji Desai, Joint Commissioner (Food), FDA Nagpur Division, in a press release.

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Flesh trade: Bangladeshi woman rescued

JARIPATKA Police on Monday rescued a Bangladeshi woman, who was abducted from Dhaka and dragged into flesh trade by some pimps in the city. Cops arrested one of the two accused women who forced h... Read More
JARIPATKA Police on Monday rescued a Bangladeshi woman, who was abducted from Dhaka and dragged into flesh trade by some pimps in the city. Cops arrested one of the two accused women who forced her into prostitution.

Identified as Ashwini alias Sweetie Parmesh Maradwar (31), the accused is a resident of Manohar Building, Wing 1, Rai Udyog, Plot No. 207, Teka Naka, Kamptee Road.

The 25-year-old victim was brought to West Bengal from Dhaka by some persons by promising her a job. They then allegedly sold her to Ashwini alias Sweetie Maradwar who with the assistance of another woman dragged her into flesh trade. For the past 20 days, Ashwini kept her confinement in her house and forced her into prostitution. She was tortured by Ashwini and some other pimps.

On Monday morning, Ashwini locked the Bangladeshi woman in her house and went to buy some vegetables. The victim somehow managed to some persons who alerted the police.

Cops rushed to Ashwini’s flat and found the woman locked inside the house. They rescued the woman after breaking open the door lock and brought her to the police station. When Ashwini returned home, she found the door lock broken. She visited to the police station to lodge a complaint about theft in her house but finally landed in trouble. A police officer told ‘The Hitavada’ that they arrested Ashwini on charges under Sections 344, 346, 365, 366, 368 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code read with Sections 3,4, 5 and 6 of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act, 1956 after recording the victim’s statement. “We are searching for the key persons in the sex racket,”he added.

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Armed dacoits steal vault containing Rs 8 lakh cash from Mahindra showroom in Kalamna

IN A daring dacoity, armed desperadoes took away a vault containing Rs eight lakh cash from Mahindra Showroom of Provincial Automobiles Pvt Ltd near Sonba Nagar Railway Crossing in Kalamna are... Read More
IN A daring dacoity, armed desperadoes took away a vault containing Rs eight lakh cash from Mahindra Showroom of Provincial Automobiles Pvt Ltd near Sonba Nagar Railway Crossing in Kalamna area after tying the hands and legs of the watchman in the wee hours of Tuesday.

According to Police, Prabhakar Somaji Hedau (60) works as watchman at the Mahindra Showroom. Around 3.45 am, five armed desperadoes entered the showroom premises. One of them took a sickle at the watchman and threatened him if he raised the alarm. Others tied Hedau’s hands and legs with a rope. They then stuffed a piece of cloth in his mouth. The dacoits gained entry into the showroom after opening the shutter with the keys. The intruders broke the glass door of the cash cabin on the first floor and took away the steel vault containing Rs eight lakh.

A resident of Plot No. 43, Mankarwadi, Punapur Road, Kalamna, Hedau somehow managed to free himself and informed the showroom manager about the incident. After receiving the information from the showroom employees, staff of Kalamna Police Station arrived at the spot. Senior police officers also visited the spot to supervise the probe. After recording the statement of the watchman, Hedau, Kalamna Police registered a case under Section 395 of the IPC.

Further investigations are under way. In another incident, dacoits attacked a man with iron rods and looted gold ornaments and other valuables worth thousands of rupees from his house in Yashodhara Nagar in the small hours.

Manoj Charandasji Hulsunge (39) and his wife were asleep in their house at Block No. 36, Shiv Arcade, Ward No. 3, Bhilgaon. Five robbers entered their house after breaking open the latch of the kitchen door. The intruders attacked Hulsunge with iron rods and took away gold ornaments and a cellphone.

After registering a case of dacoity, Yashodhara Nagar Police started investigations.

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MPCB detects noise standard violations in fire-crackers

Do the fire-crackers you have bought comply to Noise Standards prescribed under Environment Protection Act? As far as the testing of 13 brands of fire-crackers conducted recently in the city by... Read More
Do the fire-crackers you have bought comply to Noise Standards prescribed under Environment Protection Act? As far as the testing of 13 brands of fire-crackers conducted recently in the city by Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) is concerned, they do not. Now, MPCB will be monitoring noise levels at 10 different locations in the city for three days from Thursday.

Bursting of fire-crackers creates ‘significant’ noise pollution during Diwali festival, as per the MPCB records. As part of creating public awareness, MPCB carried out a testing of fire-crackers at various places across Maharashtra in association with Police Department, local NGOs, Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO). The testing was carried out at Nagpur, Amravati, Chandrapur in Vidarbha, apart from Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Nashik, and Thane. It was done to assess the compliance of noise-level standards prescribed under Environment Protection Act.

The testing report was signed jointly by S M Kulkarni, Controller of Explosives, PESO, Nagpur; M D Bhiwapurkar, Field Officer, MPCB; N S Bondre, Assistant Police Inspector, Control Room; U B Bhadule, Field Officer, MPCB.

As per the noise-level standards, the manufacture, sale, or use of fire-crackers generating noise-levels exceeding 125 Decibel (AI) or 145 dB (C)pk at a distance of 4 metres from the point of bursting, are prohibited for individual fire-crackers. For fire-crackers in series, these limits are more stringent depending upon the number of crackers in series. For testing conducted across the State, samples of fire-crackers of different types from various companies available in respective local markets were procured. These samples were tested where open space was available with hard/concrete surface. The noise measurements were made at a distance of 5 metres from the point of bursting of fire-crackers.

As per the MPCB report, testing was conducted for 52 brands of fire-crackers in series. During testing, 21 violations with respect to impulse standard and 31 violations of peak standard were observed.

In case of single crackers, total 126 different samples were tested out of which 16 violations of impulse standard and 20 violations of peak standard were observed.

Thus, in case of single crackers, 36 violations were observed while in that of crackers in series all 52 samples violated one or the other noise standard (impulse or peak). In its report, MPCB has stated in clear terms that fire-crackers in series ‘are not’ compliant with noise standards prescribed under Environment Protection Act.

Meanwhile, MPCB will be monitoring noise levels of fire-crackers on October 23 (Laxmi Pujan), 24 (Balipratipada), and 25 (Bhaubeej) at 10 different locations in Nagpur city.

These locations include Ajni Square, Civil Lines, Dharampeth, Itwari, Civil Hospital, Deshpande Layout, Shankar Nagar, Mahal, Sadar, and Kalamna.

Throughout the State, noise levels will be monitored on these three dates, at 115 different locations.

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Meetings, lectures, training sessions ‘affecting’ health of WRD officers

The efficiency levels of more than 500 senior officers in Water Resources Department (WRD) have gone down due to poor health. And, their poor health is a result of attending various meetings, lec... Read More
The efficiency levels of more than 500 senior officers in Water Resources Department (WRD) have gone down due to poor health. And, their poor health is a result of attending various meetings, lectures, training sessions as part of official work throughout the State. This is not an off-the-cuff remark from a layman, but official observation of WRD. Taking a serious cognisance of ‘adverse impact’ on health of officers, WRD has now decided to make optimum utilisation of video-conferencing facility available at various district-level offices. The idea behind this is, sources said, to ensure that most of the senior officers stay at respective headquarters and also save time and money of the machinery. WRD has issued a circular in this regard on October 16.

As per the circular, many a time the senior officers have to rush for meetings in Mumbai or other parts of Maharashtra arranged at the eleventh hour. This rush affects health of the officers and it results in deterioration in their efficiency levels. The adverse impact on health of officers affects office work, and it is not possible for them to keep an effective supervision on the construction works of projects. Of course, the officers attending meeting, training sessions, discussions, and lectures in Government establishments will have to maintain a record of the same.

Already, said an official, video-conferencing facility has been made available at district-level offices of WRD. In 10 senior-level offices, multi-party facility is available; and 18 district-level headquarters have two-party facility. Considering this, at a time, eight offices can be connected with each other for a meeting. If all the offices at divisional-level start making good use of video-conferencing facility, it will result in senior officers staying at given headquarters.

As per the circular issued recently, it has been made mandatory to organise meetings through video-conferencing. In exceptional circumstances, meetings will have to be attended by officers concerned in person, but the reasons for the same will have to be recorded. The field-level officers have been informed that they will not be called to Mantralaya regularly, and most of the times the discussion will be held through video-conferencing. The respective offices have been directed to appoint an eligible persons as ‘Co-ordinating Officer’ and Assistant to ensure that the facility of video-conferencing is functional 24x7. The video-conferencing facility is available at Mantralaya in Mumbai, and headquarters of five Irrigation Development Corporations (IDCs) including Vidarbha IDC at Nagpur, Chief Engineer (Special Projects) office in Amravati, Maharashtra Engineering Research Institute at Nashik, Water and Land Management Institute at Aurangabad, Superintending Engineer (KDC) at Pune etc. Under VIDC at Nagpur, two offices at Bhandara and Chandrapur have video-conferencing facility. Similarly, under the office of Chief Engineer (Special Projects) at Amravati, four offices at Akola, Buldhana, Yavatmal, and Washim have the facility.

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Vidarbha MLAs pitch for Gadkari as CM

Newly-elected MLAs of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from Vidarbha region came out openly in favour of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and insisted that he be made Chief Minister of Maharashtra to h... Read More
Newly-elected MLAs of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from Vidarbha region came out openly in favour of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and insisted that he be made Chief Minister of Maharashtra to handle the crucial political situation. Around 40 MLAs from Vidarbha met Gadkari at his Mahal residence and requested him to take charge of the coveted post. BJP has 44 MLAs from Vidarbha out of its total tally of 122 in the State and according to these legislators Gadkari is undisputed leader of party in Vidarbha and State.

Members of Legislative Assembly reached Nagpur in the evening by special flight as meeting of Legislative Party of BJP was postponed. State President Devendra Fadnavis, and senior leader Sudhir Mungantiwar were not present in this meeting.

Gadkari did not react to the appeal of MLAs but while talking to mediapersons, he said, “I am happy in working at centre. I do not want to return back to State politics. The budget of my Department is more than the State budget. However, the decision of parliamentary board will be final and the board will take a call on selection of Chief Ministerial candidate.”

Since beginning whenever Gadkari was asked about his possible candidature for Chief Minister’s post, he had repeated the same answer stating that he was now comfortable and happy in central politics and has no desire to take a plunge in state politics. Hours before this sudden development, ex-state president Sudhir Mungantiwar in Mumbai pitched for Gadkari as CM candidate. So far, State BJP President Devendra Fadnavis who was described by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “Gift of Nagpur to Maharashtra” and was de facto projected as potential Chief Minister of BJP led Government and after results were declared was given a rousing welcome by party rank and file.

Sources claimed that Krishna Khopde, Nana Shamkule, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Chandrashekhar Bawankule and others appealed Gadkari to take responsibility of State leadership. They said, party MLAs feel that Gadkari should come back to the state politics and take up the position of Chief Minister of Maharashtra. He has lot of administrative experience behind him that makes him an ideal candidate.

Meanwhile, city BJP president and East Nagpur MLA Krishna Khopde offered his seat for Nitin Gadkari. He said, “I am ready to quit post for Gadkariji. He is a true leader of the party.” The Legislatures also gave slogans in favour of Gadkari.

Kanchan Gadkari, wife of Nitin Gadkari welcomed all elected MLAs and offered sweets. The meeting lasted for around one hour and created flutter in BJP circles as well.

Legislators Dr Ashish Deshmukh, Sudhir Parve, Dr Milind Mane, Sameer Meghe, Vikas Kumbhare, Mitesh Bhangadia, Sudhakar Kohle, Prof Anil Sole, and Anil Bonde were present at Wada.

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WCL Manager booked for raping, cheating woman

JARIPATKA Police on Sunday booked Chandrakant Kisan Tayade (53), senior Manager (Personnel), Umrer Sub-Area of Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) for allegedly raping a 22-year-old woman after coll... Read More
JARIPATKA Police on Sunday booked Chandrakant Kisan Tayade (53), senior Manager (Personnel), Umrer Sub-Area of Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) for allegedly raping a 22-year-old woman after collecting Rs 1.65 lakh on the pretext of providing a job to her. A resident of WCL Indora Complex, Kalpana Nagar, Tayade earlier had lodged a complaint at the same police station that Dinesh Babachand Nagdeve (46) and his accomplices extorted Rs three lakh by threatening to implicate him for outraging the modesty of the woman. As per Tayade’s complaint, he had received a call from the woman on October 3. After telling him that she was in need of a job, the woman asked him to meet her at Kamal Chowk. After Tayade reached Kamal Chowk, she took him on a two-wheeler to a house at Samata Nagar. When he and the woman were talking, Nagdeve and his accomplices stormed into the house. Nagdeve charged Tayade of outraging the modesty of the woman. He and his accomplices thrashed Tayade and started blackmailing him. Nagdeve forcibly took Rs 80,000 cash and cheques of Rs 2.20 lakh to ‘hush up’ the matter, besides issuing life threats to him. Accordingly, police had arrested Nagdeve on charges under Sections 386 and 34 of the IPC. On Sunday, the woman lodged a complaint that Tayade took Rs 1.65 lakh from her by promising her a job. Between March 31, 2014 and October 3, 2014, Tayade took her took to a house in Samata Nagar and other places and raped her. The woman also stated that Tayade threatened to kill her if she narrated the incident to anybody. On the basis of the victim’s complaint, Jaripatka Police registered an offence under Sections 420 and 376 of the IPC. Senior police officers are investigating the case.

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Wife, her paramour booked for abetting young police constable to commit suicide

INVESTIGATIONS in the sensational suicide of young police constable took an altogether a new turn with Sadar Police registering an offence of abetment to suicide against his wife and her paramo... Read More
INVESTIGATIONS in the sensational suicide of young police constable took an altogether a new turn with Sadar Police registering an offence of abetment to suicide against his wife and her paramour on Sunday. Constable Sonu Shivdas Parkhe (28), who was deployed on guard duty at the official bungalow of DCP (Special Branch) Vijay Pawar situated opposite to the office of Special Inspector General of Police (Nagpur) Range in Civil Lines, committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle on September 29. Joined the police department in 2011, Parkhe was attached to Police Headquarters. A native of Yavatmal district, Parkhe was married in May last. After the marriage, Parkhe was staying with his wife Bhavana at Quarter No. 192/4/113, Police Line Takli. Bhavana allegedly had illicit relations with her neighbour Pradeep Mohe. When Parkhe came to know about his wife’s extramarital affair with Pradeep Mohe, he told his elder brother about it. Parkhe then wrote a suicide note. Around 9.30 am on September 29, Parkhe came for guard duty at DCP Pawar’s residence on a motorcycle. Around 10.15 am, he put his self-loading rifle (SLR) under his chin and pulled the trigger. On the basis of the suicide note and complaint lodged by the deceased’s elder brother Vijay, Sadar Police registered an offence under Sections 306 and 34 of the IPC against Bhavana Parkhe and Pradeep Mohe.

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SC to hear Sonba Musale’s plea today

Special leave petition filed by BJP's Saoner candidate Sonba Musale against rejection of his nomination form by Returning Officer has been listed for admission before Supreme Court of India on Tu... Read More
Special leave petition filed by BJP's Saoner candidate Sonba Musale against rejection of his nomination form by Returning Officer has been listed for admission before Supreme Court of India on Tuesday. The matter will come up before a division bench consisting of Justice J Chelameshwar and Justice P C Ghose. Musale’s petition was dismissed by High Court on October 7 while upholding the preliminary objections raised by the Government Pleader about maintainability and tenability of the petition in view of section 100 of the Representation of People Act, 1951, which provides remedy of election petition in the cases of rejection of nomination papers by the Returning Officer and the clear bar imposed by the Article 329 (b) of the Constitution of India on entertaining such a writ petition. With barely 24 hours to go for polling, Musale’s lawyers have knocked the doors of Supreme Court seeking postponement of election in view of “erroneous order passed by the Returning Officer.” Since there was no BJP nominee in fray, many believed that it would be a cake-walk for the sitting Congress MLA Sunil Kedar. But BJP cadre is now working for Sena nominee Vinod Jivtode with full vigour and this has surprised Kedar camp which was jubiliant following disqualification of arch rival Musale from the fray. Adding to woes of Kedar, the NCP candidate Kishor Chaudhary has also approached High Court against Kedar charging him with suppressing vital information in the affidavit filed along with nomination form and seeking criminal action against him. The petition is likely to be heard on Tuesday.

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Poll campaign ends: Sensitive areas under strict vigilance

With the end of hectic campaign for Legislative Assembly polls, the district administration took up the task of keeping a close watch on 'sensitive' pockets in Nagpur city as well as rural area... Read More
With the end of hectic campaign for Legislative Assembly polls, the district administration took up the task of keeping a close watch on 'sensitive' pockets in Nagpur city as well as rural areas.

The hectic poll campaign ended at 6 pm on Monday. To ensure that voters are not influenced with money, liquor, or any other thing during the period between end of campaigning and polling, the administration and police machinery have deployed flying squads, static surveillance teams, video surveillance teams, and plain-clothes policemen in around 15-18 'sensitive' pockets. Of these, 8-10 are in Nagpur city and remaining in rural areas of the district.

Addressing a press conference on Monday evening, after the end of poll campaigning, District Collector and District Election Officer Abhishek Krishna said that these pockets would be under special watch, but refused to divulge the names. For smooth conduct of Legislative Assembly election, City Police has deployed 3,443 personnel and four Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs), six Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs), and 172 officers. Similarly, Rural Police has deployed seven Deputy Superintendents of Police, 153 officers, and 2,530 personnel.

Replying to a question, Abhishek Krishna said, "There are 50 critical centres in Nagpur district. These have been designated critical on the basis of law and order situation and analysis of elections held previously." Half section of Central Para Military Forces (CPMF) and micro-observers will be deployed at these critical centres. Nagpur Central has 13 critical centres, the highest in the district; and Katol, Nagpur West, and Nagpur East do not have any critical polling station.

With the end of poll campaigning, no candidate can conduct public meetings, or campaign through electronic media as per the provisions of Representation of Peoples Act. Further, conduct and release of exit polls also has been prohibited from 6 pm of Monday.

As far as voter awareness is concerned, the District Election Officer said that the administrative machinery had distributed voter-slips to 24,85,719 voters in the district. "The task of distribution that its ministers in Maharashtra Government also could not secure lead to its candidates in Assembly segments represented by them. The then Congress ministers namely EGS Minister Dr Nitin Raut (North Nagpur), Minister of State Ranjit Kamble (Deoli), Environment Minister Sanjay Deotale (Warora), Social Justice Minister Shivajirao Moghe (Arni), Deputy Speaker of Legislative Assembly Vasant Purke (Ralegaon) could not secure lead to Congress-NCP candidates in respective segments. Similar was the case with NCP leader and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anil Deshmukh, who failed in getting lead for Congress-NCP alliance in his Assembly segment of Katol.

Interestingly, most of them are contesting Legislative Assembly elections now. Except for Sanjay Deotale, who switched over sides and is contesting as BJP candidate, others are contesting on tickets of respective parties.

Even during the Legislative Assembly election campaigning that came to an end on Monday evening, it was the BJP that conducted the highest number of public meetings, rallies, and road shows. Though Congress, NCP, and Shiv Sena tried to do their best, most of their top leaders could not travel extensively and address as many meetings as possible in Vidarbha region. From BJP's side, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed five campaign meetings in the region. On the other hand, Congress' top leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi addressed only two meetings each. Modi addressed a massive public meeting in Nagpur city, the nerve-centre of Vidarbha, but Sonia Gandhi stayed away from it. Rahul Gandhi preferred to address a meeting at Ramtek, part of Nagpur rural.

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Battleground Vidarbha: BJP on steady rise, Cong on decline

Vidarbha has always been an important battleground for political parties, in Lok Sabha as well as Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections. As all the major political parties are contesting ind... Read More
Vidarbha has always been an important battleground for political parties, in Lok Sabha as well as Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections. As all the major political parties are contesting independently, and many rebels are contesting as Independent candidates, the Assembly polls have become interesting this time.

Against this backdrop if one takes a look at the Assembly election results from 1962 to 2009, and Lok Sabha elections held earlier this year, it comes out that Congress has been on a steady decline while Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has seen steady rise over the years. Congress has been reduced from 45 out of total 63 Assembly seats in 1962, to 24 in 2009. BJP, which contested some of the initial elections as Jan Sangh (JS) and Bharatiya Jan Sangh and Janata Party (JP), has increased its tally steadily from mere two in 1967 to 19 in 2009.

Congress delivered its best-ever performance in Assembly elections in the years 1972 and 1980 when it won 55 out of 63 and 66 seats respectively. BJP registered its best-ever performance in Assembly polls in 1995 when it won 22 out of total 66 seats. This year, after breaking up alliance of 25 years, BJP and Shiv Sena both are contesting independently. The results of previous elections reveal that BJP has always won more number of seats than Shiv Sena in Vidarbha. Even in 2009, BJP won 19 seats while Shiv Sena could win only eight seats. Political observers attribute this to ever-expanding network of BJP throughout Vidarbha, and anti-incumbency against Congress. Further, BJP concentrated on expanding its network to rural parts of Vidarbha by focussing on systematic wins in Gram Panchayat, Panchayat Samiti, Zilla Parishad elections. In the past 20 years, it also channelised its energies on winning municipal council and municipal corporation elections. Its leaders increased their mobility and visibility despite being in the Opposition in Legislative Assembly. On the other hand, despite being in power, Congress and NCP's ministers were not seen much in public except for occasions like official programmes. Besides, in several major centres, Congress and NCP leaders either stayed away from local body elections or rivalled each other.

The result of all this was seen in the Lok Sabha elections held earlier this year. In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, for the first time, BJP-Shiv Sena alliance swept all 10 seats in Vidarbha region. These 10 seats included 60 Assembly segments. Though Vidarbha has total 62 Assembly segments after delimitation in 2009, two of these namely Umarkhed (Yavatmal) and Malkapur (Buldhana) are in Hingoli and Raver Lok Sabha constituencies of adjoining regions of Marathwada and Khandesh. Even if one considers these two Assembly segments, that is, total 62 segments in Vidarbha, BJP-Shiv Sena alliance candidates secured lead in as many as 58. This was never-before spectacular performance for BJP. Congress-NCP alliance candidates could get lead over rivals only in four Assembly segments, during Lok Sabha elections.

The incumbent Congress-NCP got such a drubbing in Lok Sabha polls of voter-slips will continue on October 13 and 14 also. The remaining voters will get their slips at the respective polling stations through Booth-Level Officers on October 15," he said. He said that voters also should be equally aware about their rights and check if their names were in the electoral rolls, and respective polling stations on website of Chief Electoral Officer, Maharashtra.

In case, an enrolled voter does not have Elector's Photo Identity Card (EPIC), he or she will have to produce any of the 11 documents prescribed by Election Commission of India (ECI) to be able to vote. These 11 documents (alternative proofs) include passport, driving license, service identity cards issued to employees, passbooks with photographs issued by bank/post office, PAN card, Aadhar card, smart card issued by Registrar General of India under National Population Register, MNREGA job card, health insurance smart card issued under scheme of Ministry of Labour, pension document with photograph, and authenticated photo voter slip issued by election machinery. Deputy District Election Officer Ajay Ramteke, Deputy Collector Anita Meshram, DCP Bharat Tangde, District Information Officer Anil Thakre also were present in the press conference. Katol tops in violation of code

As per the information, of a total 12 Assembly constituencies in Nagpur district, Katol saw the maximum number of cases of violation of Model Code of Conduct for polls. So far, 11 cases of violation have been registered in Katol. It is followed by seven in Saoner, four in Nagpur North, two each in Nagpur Central and Umred, and one in Ramtek. Nagpur South-West, Nagpur West, Nagpur East in city, and Hingna and Kamptee in rural, did not see a single case of violation of Model Code of Conduct. A total of 27 cases have been registered in the district so far. Most of these are related to displaying posters/banners without permission.

3193 bulk litres of liquor, Rs 80 lakh cash seized

The district election machinery, so far, has seized Rs 80 lakh cash in two different cases. Besides, it has seized 3,191 bulk litres of liquor till Monday. Of the two cases of seizure of cash, owner could not be verified in a case of seizure of Rs 70 lakh from a car in Mahal, said Abhishek Krishna.

Candidates illegally sending bulk SMSes to get Notices

The district administration has decided to issue notices to candidates found to be sending bulk SMSes to voters and reaching out with pre-recorded telephone calls, without obtaining prior permission.

So far, said District Election Officer Abhishek Krishna, only one candidate has applied for prior permission of Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) for sending bulk SMSes and reaching out to voters with voice messages. However, many prominent candidates in various constituencies in Nagpur city and rural areas both are sending bulk SMSes informing the voters about their campaign rallies and appealing to vote. Many candidates have engaged agencies to make voice-calls to voters with pre-recorded message with an appeal to vote in their favour.

Taking cognisance of this, the administration has decided to issue notices to candidates found to be sending bulk SMSes and pre-recorded telephone calls, without obtaining prior permission. So far, MCMC has received application of only one candidate Sameer Meghe, BJP nominee from Hingna constituency. Replying to a question, Abhishek Krishna said that action was taken in cases of unauthorised/uncertified campaign material on social media and mobile phone platforms, only if complaint was received. "There are no specific directions in this regard, if there is no complaint. Still, we are monitoring the situation through Cyber Cell of Police Department, and action will be taken under provisions of Information Technology Act," he added.

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Stagecraft Adda’s Sugar & Spice Round IV from today

Sugar & Spice Round IV will be staged on October 11 and 12, at VSS’ Sanskrutik Sankul Hall, 4th floor, Sitabuldi, at 6 pm. There are limited seats and entry is free. The 10 ten minute plays to... Read More
Sugar & Spice Round IV will be staged on October 11 and 12, at VSS’ Sanskrutik Sankul Hall, 4th floor, Sitabuldi, at 6 pm. There are limited seats and entry is free. The 10 ten minute plays to be staged are:

‘Date Night’.

Dir: Parizad Major Writer: Bianca Nazareth-Arya | Cast: Anamika Sawarkar

Meet Sidney - A single young (available) girl who is very excited about her upcoming blind date. Welcome to her boudoir where all of you are going to get a unique insight of what all actually happens when a girl is getting ready for a date.

Adhoori Cigarette

Dir: Swati Sani, Writer: Nandan Majumdar, Cast: Cherag Bhagwagar, Jasdeep Kaur.

Vijay and Amrita are in love but theirs is not an easy romance. A romance that blossomed over cups of tea, stubs of cigarettes, scientific debates and cartoon sketches; a romance that had more silences than words, a romance that was conducted through distances that neither wanted to bridge.

Aaj ka Devdas

Dir: N V Sharma | Writer: N V Sharma | Cast: N V Sharma, Sunalini Sharma, Eshan Sharma.

A Story that revolves around the famous character Devdas (who lives in the present era) and how he vents out his frustration on ‘Paro’ for having ditched him quite unlike the original character we are familiar with.

Devoid

Dir: GurnoorBedi, Writer: Atharva Moroney |Cast: Leonard Naidu, Vinay Pandey, Rachit Khetan.

A peek into our future. A sci-fi that gives you a lot to ponder upon. The Usual Date

Dir: Pranjala Chauhan, Writer: Onkar Ghare, Cast: Nandan Majumdar, Gurnoor Bedi, Onkar Ghare , Leonard Naidu.

A couple meet up at a bus stop only to find a dead body lying in front of the stop. What follows is a high on emotion conversation which ends up in a remarkable result.

Blind Spot

Dir: Priyadarsh Bhabda, Writer: Anurag Kulkarni Cast: Shantanu Thengdi, Shweta Bhangale-Badhe, Ketaki Kane-Salankar, Raunaq Madne.

Sameer, a smart salesman is forced to re-think his way, after he stumbles upon an unexpected lady customer in her home. Are you looking closely?

Thoughtless Thinker

Dir: Raunaq Madne Writer: Shantanu Thengdi Cast: Priyadarsh Bhabda, Pranay Naidu, Kushagra Jaiswal, Vinay Pandey, Tanushree Chaudhary, Sayali Rao.

What happens when a national award winning writer-director loses his control over the film?

Face Value

Dir: Vinay Pandey Cast: Atharva Moroney, Pranjala Chauhan.

Your first impression is your last impression. But we shouldn't judge a book by its cover. So do we judge a person by his face value?

Phir Ek Baar

Dir: Pranay Naidu Writer: Ketaki Kane-Salankar Cast: Rachit Singh, Raunaq Madne, Tanushree Chaudhary.

Enroute to Bangalore, Saleem, on his way, has to spend the night in an old creepy lodge. He encounters few supernatural experiences, but realises that this is not the first time he has come to this place!

Chhoti Si Khwaish

Dir: Shweta Bhangale-Badhe Writer: Raunaq Madne; Cast: Arushi Thapar, Ketaki Salankar, Swati Sani.

This is about difficulties faced by a student and how expectations affect her mind. But she has a right to dream and live her own life too.

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Sonia’s rallies in Gondia and Brahmapuri today

ALL INDIA Congress Committee President Sonia Gandhi is arriving on Saturday in Vidarbha to address two rallies at Bramhapuri and Gondia.

She will address election campaign meeting in favou... Read More
ALL INDIA Congress Committee President Sonia Gandhi is arriving on Saturday in Vidarbha to address two rallies at Bramhapuri and Gondia.

She will address election campaign meeting in favour of Congress-PRP alliance candidates from Chandrapur-Gadchiroli disrticts at Bramhapuri on Saturday morning. Prime Minister Modi addressed a mammoth rally at Bramhapuri on Friday and this is back-to-back rally of Congress president at same town. Former Minister Vijay Wadettiwar is contesting from Bramhapuri while Dr Aasawari Deotale (Warora), Dr Avinash Warjukar (Chimur), Subhash Dhote (Rajura), Mahesh Mendhe (Chandrapur) and Ghanshyam Mulchandani (Ballarpur).

Similarly, Gandhi will address another meeting at circus ground, Gondia in support of candidates from Gondia and Bhandara districts.

The meeting, to be held in the final phase of the campaigning, is important for Congress. Candidates Gopaldas Agrawal (Gondia), Ramratanbapu Raut (Amgaon), Rajesh Nandagawli (Arjuni Morgaon), P G Katre (Goregaon), Sewakbhau Waghaye (Sakoli), Pramod Titirmare (Tumsar), Yuvraj Wasnik (Bhandara) and district Congress Presidents of respective places will remain present.

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Dr Vinayak Deshpande to take charge as RTMNU’s Acting V-C

Governor of Maharashtra and Chancellor of Universities in State Vidyasagar Rao has appointed Dr Vinayak Deshpande, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) ... Read More
Governor of Maharashtra and Chancellor of Universities in State Vidyasagar Rao has appointed Dr Vinayak Deshpande, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university on Monday. The development took place after present Acting Vice-Chancellor and Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar expressed desire to put papers, it is learnt. Chancellor was all praises for Kumar who did excellent work and was instrumental in organising the University’s 100th convocation.

Head of Department of Business Administration, Dr Vinayak Deshpande was the member of Kelkar Committee.

Dr Deshpande has vast experience of administration and academics. Many in the city hailed Dr Deshpande’s appointment to the post.

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Dr K Dixit appointed Gondwana varsity’s Acting Vice-chancellor

Chancellor Vidyasagar Rao has appointed Dr Kirtiwardhan Dixit, Principal of Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering, Research and Technology (RCERT), as Acting Vice-Chancellor of Gondwana University on... Read More
Chancellor Vidyasagar Rao has appointed Dr Kirtiwardhan Dixit, Principal of Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering, Research and Technology (RCERT), as Acting Vice-Chancellor of Gondwana University on Friday. He is the brother-in-law of Dr Vedprakash Mishra, Chief Advisor to Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences University. Born on November 21, 1955, Dr Dixit graduated from Janata College, Chandrapur in 1974. He did Masters in Chemistry from Nagpur university and completed PhD in 1980, worked as lecturer in Janata College. He became teacher of Chemistry in Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering and then rose to become Principal in 1994. He was elected as member of Nagpur varsity Senate in 1989. He was member of Academic Council for two terms.

Presently, he is Member of Management Council of RTMNU. Dr Dixit expressed happiness over his appointment. Dr Mishra expressed confidence over appointment of Kirtiwardhan Dixit and hoped that he would further propel growth of the university.

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21 cases of violation of code of conduct Voter slip distribution to begin today

As the election campaign is at its peak, the district election machinery has registered 21 cases of violation of Model Code of Conduct in force for Legislative Assembly elections.

Maximum... Read More
As the election campaign is at its peak, the district election machinery has registered 21 cases of violation of Model Code of Conduct in force for Legislative Assembly elections.

Maximum four of these cases have been registered against NCP bigwig Anil Deshmukh and three against BJP candidate Ashish Deshmukh, both of whom are contesting against each other from Katol constituency. Two cases have been registered against Dr Nitin Raut, former minister and Congress candidate from North Nagpur.

Among 21 cases, most are pertaining to taking out rallies without prior permission and defacement of public property during political campaign. A case has been registered against Adv Ashish Jaiswal, Shiv Sena candidate from Ramtek, for displaying banner with Shiv Sena symbol and photos of Sena MP and MLA during ‘Ravan Dahan’ event without permission. Another case has been registered against a worker of Raju Parwe, an Independent candidate, for portraying rival candidate as ‘Ravana’ and self as ‘Rama’ on social media account. In the same image, ‘Happy Dussehra’ message was displayed below the face of Raju Parwe. Offence has been registered under relevant provisions of Information Technology Act.

Case of violation of Model Code of Conduct have been registered, for taking out rallies without permission, against Anees Ahmed, former minister and Congress candidate from Central Nagpur; organising musical programme without permission and holding public meeting against Dr Nitin Raut. Supporter of Kishor Gajbhiye, BSP candidate from North Nagpur, has been named for violation of the Model Code of Conduct for creating obstacles on road. An Independent candidate Sunil Pal (Saoner) did not remove advertisement of election campaign from the wall of some private owner, and a case has been registered against him.

Katol appears to be the political campaign hot-spot as both the prominent candidates Anil Deshmukh (NCP) and Ashish Deshmukh (BJP) have been named for violation of Model Code of Conduct. The poster of NCP campaign for Anil Deshmukh was pasted on the wall of official residence of Sub-Divisional Officer. His advertisement also was tied in an unauthorised manner to a telephone pole. The posters of BJP candidate Ashish Deshmukh were displayed on electricity poll and Government building.

Cases have been registered also against Suresh Dongre (BSP) of Saoner, Sunil Pal of Saoner, Rahul Deshmukh, candidate of Peasants and Workers Party of Katol, Pradip Uble (Independent) of Katol, Praful Gajbe (Independent) of Katol, Gautam Bhoyar, a volunteer of Sanjay Meshram (Congress) at Umred.

Distribution of voter slip to end today

District Collector Abhishek Krishna told mediapersons on Friday that the distribution of voter slips will conclude on Saturday, October 11. Every Returning Officer has provided its details to candidates and political parties. The remaining slips will be distributed on October 12 under special campaign at polling booths. If voter slips still remain then those will be distributed on October 13 and 14 and others will be given to voters on the day of voting, on Wednesday, October 15. Till October 10, a total of 14,81,817 slips (40%) slips were distributed.

Krishna said that those whose names still did not figure in voter list they have to lodge complaint by showing acknowledgement they received when they submitted their Form no. 6.

Good initiative of voter awareness

To bring awareness about voting so that large number of voters turnout should be registered, district administration initiated one idea. Under this idea it has made International Badminton player who also hails from Nagpur, as Brand Ambassador for voters awareness campaign. On Friday, a CD, in which Pantawne is appealing people to vote was released at the hands of Abhishek Krishna, Collector in presence of Arundhati Pantawne, Additional Collector Ajay Ramteke, Deputy Municipal Commissioner Pramod Bhusari. Pantawne is first time voter and stay in South Nagpur constituency.

Offence registered in 70 lakh cash case

The offence under Section 171 of the IPC has been registered against the driver of the vehicle in which a cash of Rs 70 lakh was found on Thursday afternoon. While informing to mediapersons District Collector Abhishek Krishna said, “Till now, nobody has come forward to claim the cash. The district administration has come to conclusion that the cash seized was meant for voter gratification. The investigation is being done by police. When such cash which is over Rs 10 lakh is seized the case is also investigated by Investigation division of Income Tax.”

The one case was registered against unidentified person in Central Nagpur for keeping Rs 70 lakh in vehicle. Though police could not trace out the person, the district administration has come to conclusion that the cash seized was meant for voter gratification as nobody came forward to claim the money.

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Credible action wins trust of people: Dr Raman Singh

“Credibility is the most critical factor for any Government. That has made all the difference in Chhattisgarh in the past eleven years we have been in power. And, inversely, because the Congres... Read More
“Credibility is the most critical factor for any Government. That has made all the difference in Chhattisgarh in the past eleven years we have been in power. And, inversely, because the Congress-NCP Government has lost its credibility in Maharashtra, it is bound to lose the legislative elections in the State,” said Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on Friday.

In a late evening exclusive interview to ‘The Hitavada’, Dr Raman Singh insisted that the party in power had to keep delivering the goods in larger interests. “In Chhattisgarh, despite difficulties, what we have been able to do was to establish our credentials as a Government that works for the people. That is one of the reasons of our sustained growth over the years. Our GDP has been as high as between 7-8% for over ten years, and annual growth rate over 16% post-recession,” Dr. Singh stated with a casual confidence that stems from performance.

At the end of a long day after having travelled to New Delhi and then to Nagpur to participate in the election campaign of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Dr. Singh’s face lit up the moment a question sought to know the secret of Chhattisgarh’s success. He added, “Our sustained and systematic efforts to identify issues and areas of emphasis for immediate action have yielded results. People now believe that ours is a Government that works relentlessly for the people.

“In Maharashtra, exactly the opposite has happened. The people are now fed up of the fifteen years of Congress-NCP misrule. The overall positivism prevailing in the country after Mr. Narendra Modi assumed Prime Ministership will also be a critical factor in Maharashtra. The BJP is all set to win these elections with absolute majority and form the Government.”

In a State where 45% population belongs to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Dr. Raman Singh’s first challenge eleven years ago was to reach out to people in a credible manner. A large part of the State was under partial Naxal influence. The State’s economy was in doldrums, and people had begun losing faith in the establishment. From that stage, Dr. Raman Singh’s Government started making planned efforts to fight economic backwardness as the first priority area.

“Now, the State’s per capita income has risen from Rs. 12,000/- to Rs. 60,000/- in the past eleven years, and the benefit has percolated to the lowest and the last levels of the population. Even in the Naxal-dominated areas, the Government has been able to take the benefits of welfare schemes to maximum people. Slowly but surely, the Naxals have been losing ground and the administration is beginning to look very credible,” Dr. Raman Singh said. He was confident that even the ‘affected’ area of Bastar would be on fast track of development in next few years. But then, there was ‘fear psychosis’ after Jeeram Ghati incident in which several top leaders of Congress party were massacred by Naxalites. Many had predicted the defeat of Dr Raman Singh Government in Chhattisgarh Assembly elections held subsequently. Battling against odds, Dr Raman Singh steered his party to another victory. “Credibility earned through our concrete actions helped us come out with flying colours, as people believed that our Government was determined to fight terror in every form and take the State ahead on path of development,” he added with a smile.

How did he achieve this stupendous success? Identification of development goals, setting deadline for certain milestones, and proper utilisation of resources constituted the ‘success formula’. Fiscal discipline and curtailment, whenever required, strengthened Chhattisgarh’s position. Ask him about some specifics, and Dr Raman Singh shares with joy, “We reduced the rate of interest to farmers from 16 per cent to 1 per cent, provided free power supply connections to farmers, made available sprinkler and drip irrigation facilities, and ensured uninterrupted power supply to agriculture, industry, and domestic sectors.”

Besides, free education to girls till graduation, raising good institutes, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), four medical colleges, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), and emphasis on quality education helped in creating skilled manpower within the State. Chhattisgarh will be taking one more leap forward with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) starting next year.

‘New Industrial Policy to focus on non-core sectors’

Chhattisgarh is not only developing very fast, it is also attracting attention of investors globally. In a latest, Chhattisgarh Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Chinese company Forstar Industries Limited (FIL) a few days back. FIL will be setting up a manufacturing unit of mobile devices and computer systems, with an initial investment of Rs 100 crore.

“Though this is not a big investment, it has placed us on global investment map in non-core sector. We have made available 80,000 sq ft land to Forstar,” said Dr Raman Singh. Preparing enthusiastically for industrial growth of Chhattisgarh, he told ‘The Hitavada’ that a new Industrial Policy would be unveiled soon. The focus of the new policy will be on non-core, non-polluting sectors like agriculture, Information Technology, food processing, soyabean processing, electronics, automobiles etc, he added.

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‘Give BJP absolute majority for corruption-free govt’

“The Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)-led government in Maharashtra indulged in large scale corruption and it is now high time to throw away a corrupt government and bring Bharatiya ... Read More
“The Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)-led government in Maharashtra indulged in large scale corruption and it is now high time to throw away a corrupt government and bring Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power with absolute majority to get a corruption-free and strong government,” exhorted Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was addressing a mammoth public meeting at Bramhapuri in Chandrapur district on Friday. As the Prime Minister was suffering from throat infection his speech was short, yet impressive.

Hansraj Ahir, MP, Ashok Nete, MP, Sudhir Mungantiwar, former State President of BJP, Sanjay Deotale, Atul Deshkar, Kirti Bhangdiya, Nana Shamkule, Sanjay Dhote, Shobha Fadnavis and BJP candidates for the Assembly elections shared the dais.

Modi mounted frontal attack of Democratic Front Government saying that it was shameful that the farmers capable of reaping gold from the soil are committing suicides in the state due to indebtedness and lack of adequate irrigation facilities. DF always turned Nelson’s eye towards the genuine grievances of farmers, said. “Look at the adjoining Chhatisgarh Government with BJP at the helm. It has achieved stupendous progress in all fields during its short rule because the government is committed to welfare of the people and it enforced schemes with sincerity and dedication. Farmers of Chhatisgarh are getting adequate minimum support price for their agricultural produce and they are happy. On the contrary, ryots of Maharashtra have been living in pitiable conditions due to 15 years of misrule of DF Government,” Modi said.

The PM further reiterated his commitment towards welfare of tribals and farmers. He appealed Naxalities to shun the path of violence and join mainstream of development. He called upon those indulging in violent activities to hold a plough on their shoulder rather than a rifle. “Don’t make India red with blood, make it green and affluent by toiling in your farms,” he appealed Naxals. Towards the end of his speech, Modi called upon people to raise their hands and ascertain their commitment towards bringing BJP to power in Maharashtra.

In his speech, Sudhir Mungantiwar attracted the Prime Minister’s attention towards the slow progress of various development project. He also came down heavily on Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar for their 15 years of alleged misrule.

Hansraj Ahir narrated the problems of paddy and cotton growers of the region who suffered a lot during the regime of DF Government. Shobhatai Fadnavis also expressed her views during the rally.

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Mayawati promises separate Vidarbha

Castigating the established political parties for the sorry plight of masses in Maharashtra, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati said even after sixty-years of independence, majority of popula... Read More
Castigating the established political parties for the sorry plight of masses in Maharashtra, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati said even after sixty-years of independence, majority of population continues to languish in poverty. Be it Bharatiya Janata Party or Congress, and the other State parties, all who have ruled in State have only enriched themselves at the cost of common man who was left to fend for himself. Now there is chance for people, those from downtrodden communities and those who wish to transform themselves and fulfill the vision of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar to vote BSP to power in Maharashtra, as political power is the master key to all round development, Mayawati appealed voters.

Maharashtra is going for elections on October 15 and voters should ensure that they elect BSP candidates Mayawati urged the crowd at a well-attended meeting at historic Kasturchand Park and she promised to create a separate Vidarbha State. While all other parties have only exploited people's sentiments about Vidarbha, BSP is committed to smaller States as envisaged by Dr Ambedkar. Party General Secretary In-charge for Maharashtra Adv. Veersingh, other General Secretary Dr Suresh Mane, State unit Vice President Krishna Bele and party nominees for assembly elections were present. Party National General Secretary Adv. Satish Mishra accompanied Mayawati.

Reminding people that it was Maharashtra where Dr Ambedkar started his movement to eradicate untouchability in society and it is the same land where Kanshiram vowed to fulfill the vision of father of constitution. And BSP founded by Kanshiram is walking on the path shown by these two leaders and now its time for people to elect party candidates as without political power nothing can be achieved, she reminded the gathering.

Reading out from a prepared speech, Mayawati tried to establish contact with the sizeable gathering at Kasturchand Park in her 45-minute speech wherein she repeatedly invoked Dr Ambedkar to touch the sentiments among the cadre and party followers. Though constitution framers granted reservation to SC/ST but Governments that ruled in State made systematic efforts to undermine it by not fulfilling reserved seats. BSP repeatedly had correspondence with Central Government urging them to modify reservation policy so that economically backward classes too can get reservation benefits. But till date no Government has taken any action on this front.

Wrapping-up her speech Mayawati asked electorate not to fall prey to false promises and other freebies that are plenty during the election time, while taking dig at acche-din promise made by BJP.

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Tension in Pachpaoli area

TENSION ran high in Pachpaoli area when a group of men illegally carrying beef in a Tata 407 truck attacked activists of Bharatiya Janata Yuwa Morcha (BJYM) when they tried to block the vehicle n... Read More
TENSION ran high in Pachpaoli area when a group of men illegally carrying beef in a Tata 407 truck attacked activists of Bharatiya Janata Yuwa Morcha (BJYM) when they tried to block the vehicle near Automotive Showroom on Tuesday night.

Hundreds of BJYM activists, who gathered at Pachpaoli Police Station demanding arrest of the culprits, alleged that the truck driver and others were carrying sharp-edged weapons and firearms.

While returning in a Tavera car after attending Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally at Kasturchand Park, BJYM activist Sachin Tarare and his friends saw a Tata 407 vehicle (MH-31/BZ-7451) near Automotive Showroom on Kamptee Road. As rancid smell was emanating from the truck, they started chasing it. Sensing trouble, the truck driver took a ‘U’ turn towards Mahendra Nagar. After a hot chase, Tarare and his friends blocked the truck. As soon as they got down from the Tavera, the truck driver and others carrying weapons started attacking them. Tarare and his friends left their vehicle and ran away. They alerted the cops at Jaripatka Police Station. Jaripatka Police told them to lodge a complaint with their Pachpaoli counterparts. Within minutes, hundreds of BJYM activists gathered at Pachpaoli Police Station demanding arrest of the culprits.

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‘Sena-BJP may join hands after poll result’

President of Republican Party of India (RPI-A), Ramdas Athawale on Tuesday did not rule out post poll alliance with Shiv Sena, though he appeared confident of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led a... Read More
President of Republican Party of India (RPI-A), Ramdas Athawale on Tuesday did not rule out post poll alliance with Shiv Sena, though he appeared confident of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led alliance sweeping the assembly election in Maharashtra. “The alliance would emerge as the single largest group after the election and RPI's role would be crucial in formation of next government,” Athawale affirmed.

Addressing a press conference before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally, the RPI leader said he would cement the post poll alliance and claimed to have good relations with Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray. Our target is to keep Congress-NCP out of power in the State. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena is non entity and hence need not factor in any future role in next Government.

Teasing MNS chief Raj Thackeray, Athawale said that instead of aping him, Raj should try for a role in the movies as latter is a good at mimicry. He further claimed that MNS would win not more than seven assembly seats in the assembly election.

Athawale further claimed that BJP national president Amit Shah had assured him a berth in Union Ministry along with 10% quota in State Government if BJP forms next Government. Supporting demand of statehood for Vidarbha, he said the new State would be carved out of Maharashtra within three-years if BJP-RPI alliance is voted to power.

Bhupesh Thulkar, Anil Gondane, Rajan Waghmare, Balu Gharde, Dr Manoj Meshram, Ravi Shende and Raju Bahadure were present at the press conference.

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ACB traps: Stamp vendor with his conduit, Naik Constable caught red-handed

ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths trapped a stamp vendor along with his conduit and a Naik Constable attached to Sakkardara Police red-handed in two separate cases of corruption on Tuesday. Read More
ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths trapped a stamp vendor along with his conduit and a Naik Constable attached to Sakkardara Police red-handed in two separate cases of corruption on Tuesday.

In the first incident, the bureau officers caught stamp vendor Shaikh Ayub Ismail and his conduit Dhandeo Keshav Bhagat red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 20,000 from Dr Dipraj Pandharinath Ilamkar for preparing documents and giving a share to a senior officer at the Office of Sub-Registrar, Mahal, towards execution of saledeeds of his three plots. Dr Ilamkar had two Plots Nos 108 and 977 (patwari halka No 34, khasra 20) admeasuring 111.483 square metre at Moza Bhandewadi, Pardi. He decided to sell these plots to his brother-in-law. Similarly, Dr Ilamkar decided to purchase another Plot No 117-118 admeasuring 2400 sq ft in the same layout. Dr Ilamkar decided to keep 1800 sq ft with him and transfer the remaining 600 sq ft in the name of his brother-in-law. Dr Ilamkar approached stamp vendor Shaikh Ayub Ismail who demanded Rs 1, 97, 500/- for preparing the documents and giving a share of Rs 20,000/- to a senior officer at Sub-Registrar’s office for execution of the saledeed of these three plots. After negotiation, Dr Ilamkar struck a deal for Rs 1.80 lakh with Shaikh Ayub. Dr Ilamkar gave Rs 1.60 lakh cash Shaikh Ayub. For giving Rs 20,000/- to a senior officer, he told Dr Ilamkar to bring Rs 20,000/- on Tuesday. Dr Ilamkar lodged a complaint with the ACB officers. Subsequently, a trap was laid at the office of Sub-Registrar, Mahal. When Dr Ilamkar went to Shaikh Ayub, he told him to hand over the cash to his conduit Dhandeo Bhagat. After Bhagat accepted the cash from Dr Ilamkar, the bureau officers caught him and Shaikh Ayub. ACB officers registered an offence under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 against Shaikh Ayub and Dhandeo Bhagat at Kotwali Police Station. In the second incident, the bureau officers caught Naik Police Constable (NPC) Ajay Aathwale attached to Sakkardara Police Station red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 2000/- from Sachin Kaikade for sending verification report towards issuance of fire cracker licence. As Kaikade wanted to set up fire crackers shop on Chhota Tajbag Road, he had applied for licence at the Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IV) a month ago. On October 3, Kaikade met NPC Aathwale who demanded Rs 2000/- for sending the report in his favour. Kaikade then lodged a complaint with the bureau officers who laid a trap in Sakkardara area. As soon as NPC Athawale accepted the cash from Kaikade, the ACB officers caught him. An offence under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against NPC Athwale at Sakkaradara Police Station. The traps were laid by Deputy Superintendents of Police Milind Totre and Sanjay Purandare, Inspectors Manoj Gabhne and Bharat Kshirsagar and others under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (ACB) Prakash Jadhav and Additional SP Vasant Shirbhate.

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High Court dismisses Musale’s petition

IN a major setback to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Saoner Assembly Sonba Gulabrao Musale whose nomination form was rejected by Returning Officer, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Cou... Read More
IN a major setback to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Saoner Assembly Sonba Gulabrao Musale whose nomination form was rejected by Returning Officer, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday refused to provide any respite to Musale.

A division bench consisting of Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice P R Bora while upholding the preliminary objections raised by the Government Pleader about maintainability and tenability of the petition in view of section 100 of the Representation of People Act, 1951, which provides remedy of election petition in the cases of rejection of nomination papers by the Returning Officer and the clear bar imposed by the Article 329 (b) of the Constitution of India on entertaining such a writ petition, dismissed the petition.

The Court has in its order considered all the case law cited before it by the Senior counsel M G Bhangde on behalf of the petitioner, one by one with finding that various apex-Court decisions are not of much help to the petitioner after taking account the facts and circumstances brought to its notice by the petitioner's opponents -the Returning Officer and the independent candidate, Manish Arvind Mohod, accepting whose objection , the Returning Officer has rejected the petitioner's nomination papers on the day of scrutiny- September 30, 2014.

In gist, the objection raised was that the petitioner is a partner of M/s Musale Construction, which have subsisting Govt. contracts and, therefore, as per section 9-A of the Representation of People Act, 1951, the petitioner is disqualified to contest the election.

The Government Pleader Bharati Dangre drew the attention of the Court to the facts that poll preparations are at present in final stages and the petitioner can well take resort to alternate remedies available. She informed the Court that since 9 am today, the EVMs are being randomized. Postal Ballots numbering about 233 have been already dispatched. As per well stipulated program ballot have to be sent for printing and disturbing any of the arrangements in between will jeopardize all preparations.

Petitioner's counsel Advocate M G Bhangde placed great emphasis on the fact that he is not calling the election process in question. He is not seeking interruption, obstruction or postponement of the election process, which may attract ban under Article 329 (b) of the Constitution.He is only praying for correction in the error committed by the Returning Officer through the impugned order passed by him, and put an end to injustice meted out to him. This will not attract the Constitutional bar under Article 329 (b).

Senior Counsel M G Bhangde and Adv Anil Kilor appeared for the petitioner. Senior counsel A M Gordey and Adv Shantanu Ghate appeared for respondent Mohod, whose objection saw to exit of the petitioner. AGP Mehroz Khan assisted the Government Pleader.

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Congress leaders Gupta, Gawande join BJP

Former City Congress Chief Jaiprakash Gupta, former MLC Victor Freitas, former Mayor Naresh Gawande, former NVCC President Prakash Wadhwani, Vice President Jaiprakash Parekh, Pramilatai Harde, Brij... Read More
Former City Congress Chief Jaiprakash Gupta, former MLC Victor Freitas, former Mayor Naresh Gawande, former NVCC President Prakash Wadhwani, Vice President Jaiprakash Parekh, Pramilatai Harde, Brijbhushan Shukla, trader Pratap Motwani and hundreds of party workers joined BJP in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Former Vice-Chancellor of Nagpur University Dr S N Pathan also embraced BJP. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, State President Devendra Fadnavis welcomed them by presenting bouquet at the stage. Modi welcomed Gupta by with a warm shakehands. Gupta while talking to mediapersons said that Congress neglected the honest workers in the election. The party rehabilitated defeated candidates of the last election while neglecting sincere candidates. This has spread unrest among Congress party workers. The Congress led Government has neglected development of Vidarbha region. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, State President Devendra Fadnavis are committed for the development of Vidarbha under the leadership of Modi. Congress workers Prabhakarrao Khapre, Dinesh Sahu, Adv. Shailesh Dwivedi, Adv. Rajesh Shah, Ravi Gupta, Sanjay Sarode, Fayyaz Khan, Kishor Jaisingh, Kishor Umredkar,Mahesh Gauthe, Krishna Paonikar, Ravi Karosia, Moti Janware, Rajkumar Gupta, and others also joined BJP. They were wearing yellow dupattas.

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Modi will eradicate corruption: Purohit

Setting the tone of public meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former MP Banwarilal Purohit blasted corrupt Democratic Front Government ruled by Congress and NCP over last 15 years in the St... Read More
Setting the tone of public meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former MP Banwarilal Purohit blasted corrupt Democratic Front Government ruled by Congress and NCP over last 15 years in the State. He said, “The time has come when we have to dethrone this corrupt, anti-development Government from the State.” He appreciated Prime Minister Modi for his splendid speech in America and said that Modi created a new history in the world. Modi observed Navratri fast in America and perhaps this ‘divine power’ of Maa Durga gave him spiritual strength to finish the demons like corruption, bad governance, growing crime from the country. He listed the mind-boggling scams like coal block allotment scam, 2G scam which ruined the country. Describing extent of corruption and siphoning of money, Purohit quoted former Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi’s statement that out of every Re 1 sent by Central Government only 25 paise reached upto last beneficiary. Purohit hoped that all 11 candidates of BJP-RPI Mahayuti in Nagpur city and district will emerge victorious with thumping margin.

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‘BJP Govt in State will ensure rapid progress of Vid’

“Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is committed for overall development of Vidarbha and if voted to power, the party will give justice to Vidarbha in next five years. You will feel the change that... Read More
“Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is committed for overall development of Vidarbha and if voted to power, the party will give justice to Vidarbha in next five years. You will feel the change that you have not experienced in last 15 years in the State,” assured Union Minister Nitin Gadkari while addressing a mammoth gathering at historical K P ground on Tuesday evening.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP In-charge of Maharashtra Rajiv Pratap Rudy, State BJP President Devendra Fadnavis, RPI leader Ramdas Athawale, former MP Banwarilal Purohit, Datta Meghe, BREM leader Adv Sulekha Kumbhare, Rajya Sabha member Ajay Sancheti, Mayor Pravin Datke, MLC Prof Anil Sole and all the BJP candidates from Nagpur city and district were present on the dais.

Gadkari urged people to give a chance and clear mandate to BJP to rule Maharashtra for its rapid development. He said, Maharashtra Government has taken loan of Rs three lakh crore and this has adversely affected the development of the state. The Government has spent Rs 70,000 crore on irrigation project but less than 1 per cent irrigation potential has been created in last 15 years. The farmers’ of Vidarbha are committing suicide due to less irrigation potential and unfortunately the Government did nothing for them. He rejected allegation of opposition parties that Modi Government is communal and anti-Muslims in the country. He lauded efforts of Prime Minister Modi for immediately providing relief of Rs 1,000 crore to flood affected people in Jammu & Kashmir.

Gadkari said, BJP Government has sanctioned Metro Rail project of Rs 9,000 crore for the city within 100 days of its regime. The Government also cleared AIIMS hospital of Rs 2,000 crore in Nagpur. He blasted former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan for his inefficiency and said, the State is lagging behind in every sector under Chavan. He urged people to give absolute majority to BJP for development with Centre. He assured people to provide one lakh jobs to unemployed youths and change the fate of MIHAN-SEZ project.

All 11 candidates from Nagpur city and Nagpur rural namely Devendra Fadnavis (South-West Nagpur), Sudhakar Deshmukh (West Nagpur), Vikas Kumbhare (Central Nagpur), Krishna Khopde (East Nagpur), Sudhakar Kohale (South Nagpur), Dr Milind Mane (North Nagpur), Chandrashekhar Bawankule (Kamptee), Sudhir Parwe (Umred), Ashish Deshmukh (Katol), D Mallikarjun Reddy (Ramtek), Sameer Meghe (Hingna) were present on the dais. Girish Vyas conducted the proceedings of the meeting and Prof. Anil Sole, MLC, proposed a vote of thanks.

Sulekha predicts BJP’s victory

Bahujan Republican Ekta Manch (BREM) President Adv. Sulekha Kumbhare urged people to vote in favour of BJP-RPI-BREM Mahayuti candidates in this election. She appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his development vision and said, her party has extended support to BJP Mahayuti on development issue. The BJP is committed for overall development of dalit, downtrodden members of the community. She said, BJP has assured for separate State of Vidarbha and under the leadership of Modi and Nitin Gadkari, the Vidarbha State will be formed. She alleged Congress for backstabbing dalit people and rejected the allegation that BJP is communal party.

BJP-RPI will get 150 seats: Athawale

Rajya Sabha MP, RPI leader Ramdas Athawale in his inimitable style, asserted that BJP can never change the constitution of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. He said, opposition parties have relentlessly launched misleading propaganda to malign image of BJP that it can change the constitution of India. BJP will never do that in future and preamble and sanctity of constitution should be maintained. He also supported the demand of Separate Vidarbha and said that only BJP is committed for formation of smaller states in the country. Athawale blasted MNS Chief Raj Thackeray for destroying development of Nashik city. He alleged that Congress and NCP always neglected development of Vidarbha region. We are not after power while Congress is power hungry, he said and added that during Congress and NCP rule, the corruption, inflation has increased in the State.

Mobile, purse lost in Modi’s rally:

Taking advantage of Modi's huge rally, some miscreants took away purse, mobile of the persons present at Kasturchand Park ground. While BJP City Public Relations in-charge Chandan Goswami lost his mobile handset, some other person lost wallet with Rs 35,000 in it. Both have lodged complaint with police.

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Prithviraj Chavan targets BJP, NCP

Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan launched a frontal attack on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance Government at the centre and charged it with taki... Read More
Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan launched a frontal attack on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance Government at the centre and charged it with taking anti-Maharashtra decisions. He alleged that UPA Government has in-principle sanctioned Civil Defence Academy (CDA) in the state but Modi Government shifted it to Gujarat. He said, BJP is still dependent on Modi charisma as party does not have any leader to be projected as Chief Ministerial candidate in Maharashtra. He asked, where is acche din, which was assured by Modi during Lok Sabha elections.

Chavan was addressing an election meeting at Subhash Maidan, Pardi in favour of Congress candidate Adv. Abhijeet Wanjari from East Nagpur. Former MP Vilas Muttemwar, Abhijeet Wanjari, Tanaji Vanve, Madhukar Mahakalkar, Sanjay Mahakalkar, Purshottam Hazare, Kumudini Kaikakde and others were present on the dais. Chavan while urging voters to give absolute majority to Congress party, said, only Congress can give better, transparent administration in the state.

Lambasting Modi Government for misleading people of the country in the name of good days, Chavan said, in last four months, the Centre Government did not take any decision in favour of farmers, youths and woman. The Government did not sanction any new projects, even, the new Government has failed to issue work order of ambitious Metro Rail project. He raised question-marks over authoritarian style of functioning of Prime Minister. Congress leader said, the Congress led Government has undertake many developmental works in the State. The TCS, Infosys IT Giants will give opportunity to youths in IT Sectors. The Congress has extended financial help of Rs 9,000 crore to farmers' during floods, hailstorms and other natural calamities in last 15 years. The scheme of Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayani, blood on call, and others were started by Congress Government in the state. The Government has regularized all slums upto the year 2000 and we have decided to free State from slums. The Congress Government is committed for better urban amenities, network of roads, and others. He also criticised Modi Government for live telecast of RSS Vijyadashmi Rally on Doordarshan and alleged that RSS is controlling Doordarshan.

He blamed NCP for breaking Aghadi with Congress. He said, NCP is demanding Chief Ministership for 2.5 years, and we are not ready for it. Former corporator Vitthal Mahajan joined party in presence of Chavan at Pardi. Baburao Wanjari, and corporator Malu Vanve were also present on the dais.

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Zilla Parishad committee chiefs elected

Keeping its promise to allies in Zilla Parishad (ZP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got elected the members of RPI, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), and Shiv Sena as chairpersons of various committees i... Read More
Keeping its promise to allies in Zilla Parishad (ZP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got elected the members of RPI, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), and Shiv Sena as chairpersons of various committees in elections held on Saturday. In the recently held elections of ZP chief and deputy, BJP and Shiv Sena contested in alliance with RPI, BSP, and Gondwana Gantantra Party (GGP) while parting ways with temporary ally NCP ahead of Legislative Assembly elections.

BJP’s Nisha Sawarkar became ZP chief while Shiv Sena’s Sharad Donekar became Vice-President. While securing support of lone members of RPI and BSP, BJP had promised them posts of committee chiefs. Accordingly, BJP got elected RPI’s Deepak Gedam, Sena’s Asha Gaikwad, and BSP’s Pushpa Waghade to the posts of chiefs of Social Welfare, Women and Child Welfare, and special committee respectively.

BJP’s Ukesh Chavan also got elected as special committee chief. Chavan may get Education and Finance Committee while Waghade may get Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Committee.

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Tension in North Nagpur after miscreants pelt stones at religious place in Jaripatka

VIOLENCE and arson erupted in several localities in North Nagpur since Friday night after some miscreants pelted stones at a religious place in Panchasheel Nagar, Pachpaoli. Despite deployment of... Read More
VIOLENCE and arson erupted in several localities in North Nagpur since Friday night after some miscreants pelted stones at a religious place in Panchasheel Nagar, Pachpaoli. Despite deployment of a huge police posse, protesters including men, women and children pelted stones and torched vehicles. Several cars and two-wheelers were damaged by the mob. The unruly crowd ransacked some restaurants and eateries forcing shopkeepers to down their shutters. After the protesters clashed with some of the cops, police resorted to lathi-charge at Panchasheel Nagar, Lashkaribag and Indora Square to quell the rioters.

According to eye-witnesses, most of the people residing in Samata Nagar, Panchasheel Nagar, Lashkaribagh, Indora and other nearby localities had gone to Deekshabhoomi to attend the Dhammachakra Pravartan Day programme on Friday evening. Last night, some 10-12 miscreants who were in an inebriated condition, threw stone at a Buddha Vihar in Panchasheel Nagar. They smashed the windowpanes of the vihar. An elderly woman tried to prevent them but they misbehaved and allegedly thrashed her.

When she shouted for help, the miscreants ran away. The news about the incident spread like jungle fire in Pachpaoli and Jaripatka areas. Hundreds of people gathered on the streets. They burnt tyres on the road to register their protest and demanded immediate arrest of the miscreants who hurt their religious sentiments. Cops rushed to the affected localities and pacified the mob. On Saturday again, violence and arson erupted in Panchasheel Nagar, Lashkaribagh, Kamal Chowk,Indora Chowk, and other nearby localities.

The mob damaged an ambulance and several other vehicles at Indora Square. Similarly, the protesters also torched some vehicles in other localities. On Ambedkar Road, the crowd ransacked Rajput Restaurant and Indore Namkeen Centre, besides damaging several vehicles parked on the roadside.

Besides staff from Pachpaoli, Jaripatka and Sadar Police Stations, additional force from Police Headquarters, quick response teams, platoons of State Reserve Police Force and anti-riot vehicles were deployed. Cops resorted to cane-charge after the mob resorted to stone-pelting on policemen injuring some of them.

Commissioner of Police K K Pathak, Joint Commissioner of Police Anupkumar Singh, Deputy Commissioners of Police from all zones, Crime Branch and Special Branch officers were constantly monitoring the situation. Five policemen bleeding profusely were rushed to hospital.

A senior officer told ‘The Hitavada’ that police have rounded up some miscreants likely to be involved in the incident that hurt the religious sentiments of the community. “We had no option but to use force to handle the violent mob,” he added.

The officer informed that heavy bandobast has been deployed in the riot-hit areas though the situation was under control.

‘Maintain peace’

North Nagpur candidate from BJP Dr Milind Mane urged people to maintain peace and harmony in the area. He said, some anti-social elements are trying to disturb social fabric of the city by creating tension. They are trying to divide society and create communal tension.

Mane urged people to maintain law and order situation in the city. He also appealed police to arrest anti-social elements immediately.

Meanwhile, Saturday late night, a meeting of leaders of various communities was held at Baba Budhaji Nagar Gurudwara. The meeting was attended by leaders of various communities including Parminder Singh Viz and Kishor Gajbhiye. They appealed to both the communities involved in the incident to respect their peaceful co-existence of years, and urged the people from to maintain peace.

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Narendra Modi to address poll meeting in city on 7th

Prime Minister to address rally in Gondia today M

The campaign for Legislative Assembly elections will gain heat in Vidarbha as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) star campaigner Prime Min... Read More

Prime Minister to address rally in Gondia today M

The campaign for Legislative Assembly elections will gain heat in Vidarbha as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) star campaigner Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address poll meeting in Gondia on Sunday. On October 7, Modi will be back in Vidarbha to address a massive poll meeting at K P Ground, Nagpur. Former Chief Minister and Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan, NCP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray have already addressed election rallies in Nagpur for candidates of respective parties. BJP will be launching its blitzkrieg campaign from Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public meeting at Indira Gandhi Stadium in Gondia at 4 pm on Sunday, in favour of BJP candidates Vinod Agrawal (Gondia), Rajkumar Badole (Arjuni Morgaon), Vijay Rahangdale (Tirora), and Sanjay Puram (Amgaon). BJP State President Devendra Fadnavis, MP Nana Patole, all candidates from Gondia and Bhandara districts, party workers and supporters will remain present in large numbers.

Modi will be back to Vidarbha for Assembly poll campaign on October 7. He will address a massive rally at K P Ground in favour of BJP candidates from Nagpur and Wardha districts. The party has started preparation for the rally at Nagpur. This will be the first election meeting of Modi in Nagpur, after taking over as Prime Minister, as he did not address a rally in Orange City during Lok Sabha campaign. Modi will address one more rally on October 9 at Kurha Road, Chandur Railway in Amravati district, in favour of Arun Adsad (Dhamangaon Railway).

Rajnath’s tour today

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will take a fast helicopter tour of some parts of Vidarbha region on Sunday. The senior BJP leader will address rallies at Umarkhed in Yavatmal district at 11 am, followed by the one at Chimur in Chandrapur district at 1 pm, and Warora in Chandrapur district at 4.30 pm.

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RSS chief praises Narendra Modi Government for good governance

Rashtirya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghachalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat on Friday showered praise over Narendra Modi Government for its laudable initiatives on national security, economy and global ... Read More
Rashtirya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghachalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat on Friday showered praise over Narendra Modi Government for its laudable initiatives on national security, economy and global diplomacy in first four months, but also cautioned countrymen to give some more time to deliver the goods. “Nobody has a magic wand,” Dr Bhagwat quipped while hoping that perhaps this Government is “taking right steps and moving towards making India of our dreams.”

Addressing annual Vijayadashmi rally of RSS at sprawling Reshimbagh ground on Friday morning, RSS chief repeatedly invoked the policy of integral humanism and providing tangible benefits to last man in the queue (Antyodaya) while patting back of Modi government to maintain momentum in a determined and well-organised manner to fulfil people’s desire of a secure and progressing life in all its aspects.

Dr Bhagwat also praised Centre and RSS volunteers for their swift and efficient response to natural calamity which hit Jammu and Kashmir region. He also supported Swaccha Bharat Abhiyan and Make In India campaign started by Modi Government, but at the same time put the onus on society and people to support Government initiatives. Only Government will not be able to make much of a difference, unless society stands behind it like a solid rock.

Concern over spurt in Jehadi activities

RSS chief also raised deep concern over serious upsurge in Jehadi activities in Southern India especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and flayed lack of effective policy imperatives in curbing such anti-national activities. Demographic imbalance due to unchecked infiltration across the border has created sense of insecurity among Hindus of West Bengal and Assam and due to “near surrender by the ruling parties of these states before fanatic elements and appeasement policy” has put the national security in jeopardy, he warned.

Dr Bhagwat charged the Western countries of acting for their “selfish interest” of procuring oil in West Asia and attributed this as the cause of rise in terror activities of the ISIS. “Self-centred collective greed gives rise to exploitation, suppression, violence and fanaticism. The basis of selfish interest by the western countries is fully responsible for a new incarnation of terror and fundamentalism that emerged in West Asia in the name of ISIS which is terrorising the world,” Dr Bhagwat said.

‘Ban meat export, cow-slaughter’

RSS chief once again demanded total ban on cow-slaughter and ban on meat export.

“The export of meat should be stopped. In a country of our nature, making money from the meat of animals won’t do. Especially, the slaughter of cow, which used to be backbone of our economy and can still be, must be completely banned.”

Dr Bhagwat lamented that due to perversion of values, people are sending their old parents to old-age homes and old cows to slaughter houses.

‘Ban provocative ads’

Expressing deep concern over growth in obscene advertisements and highly objectionable contents displayed in visual and print media which leads to erosion of values and results in increase in crime against women, Dr Bhagwat called the Government and Media to keep a check on tendency to office such objectionable programmes which degrade morality in society.

But society need not await for the Government actions in this regard and family should inculcate values in a child to avoid watching such content.

‘Be self-reliant’

Asking people to encourage swadeshi products and buy them, Dr Bhagwat disapproved tendency of people to buy even statues of our Gods and Goddesses simply because they are cheaper in price. Without naming China-made cheap good which have flooded our markets and ruined domestic industry, Dr Bhagwat put the onus on people to give patronage to Made In India products.

Nation has high hopes from RSS: Vaswani

Chief guest Dada Vaswani whose speech was read out in absentia described RSS as patriotic organisation consisting of men of character dedicated to restore glory of the nation. He urged citizens to imbibe feeling of oneness and consider themselves as as Indians. “I am an Indian! I am Indian!” should be our guiding mantra, he exhorted. Nation requires dedicated individuals, who uphold values of probity and purity in public life and do not imitate pervert thoughts coming from other parts.

Earlier Mahanagar Sanghachalak Dr Dilip Gupta made introductory remarks.

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Contempt notices to Chhattarpur Collector, others

A single bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Alok Aradhe has issued contempt notices to the Chhattarpur Collector, as well as District Education Officer, Chhattarpur in the ... Read More
A single bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Alok Aradhe has issued contempt notices to the Chhattarpur Collector, as well as District Education Officer, Chhattarpur in the matter of non-compliance to the court’s order passed in writ petition on March 6, 2014. The contempt petition was filed by Bhagwan Das Yadav from Village Post Angour, District Chhatarpur. He was retired from his service on January 31, 2001. He was alleged that till date of retirement, the State Government did not given any retired dues to the petitioner. Earlier the petitioner filed writ petition before the high court and after hearing the high court directed to the concerned authority to decided petitioner’s representation within 60 days. But the respondent authority did not take any action for compliance to the court’s order. Thereafter, the petitioner filed this contempt petition for justice. Advocate S D Gupta appeared on behalf of the petitioner.

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Plea challenging Narmada pollution disposed off

A BENCH of National Green Tribunal Central, Zonal Bench, Bhopal has given various directions in application filed by Mamlesh Sharma challenging heavy pollution caused to holy river Narmada and ... Read More
A BENCH of National Green Tribunal Central, Zonal Bench, Bhopal has given various directions in application filed by Mamlesh Sharma challenging heavy pollution caused to holy river Narmada and disposed off application stating that interim orders passed on July 17, 2009, by the Madhya Pradesh High Court shall continue to operate. With above directions we dispose of this application. The bench of NGT said in directions that as rightly averred by the Secretary, MoEF till detailed landscape plan is prepared for mines in question the PL/ML granted to the respondents shall be kept on hold. The so-called landscape plan prepared and produced before this Tribunal by DFO, Anuppur does not take into account the effect of such mining on local bio-diversity and ecology and mere statement of DFO that PL granted to respondent does not involve forest land and it is a private land without any vegetation.

Necessary action will be taken to keep the boundary demarcated, will not satisfy condition of preparation of landscape plan in which one has to look into all aspects and satisfy principle of sustainable development. NGT has directed that the nodal agency for the State of Madhya Pradesh, EPCO shall prepare a detailed landscape plan in coordination with departments concerned and arrive at a conclusion whether PL and ML granted to respondents satisfy the principle of sustainable development by looking at various parameters that have been taken into account and observations and recommendations that have been made in Barkatullah University report on Bio-Physical Environment study on Hindalco and Balco. This exercise should be carried out within three months from the date of issue of this order.

Once EPCO prepares landscape plan after going into various aspects the plan should be reviewed by State-level Steering Committee headed by the Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary (Forests) and take a decision within one month thereafter whether to allow such mining activities to be carried out in buffer or transition zone of AABR. The decision of the State-level Steering Committee shall be final. Till then interim orders passed on July 17, 2009, by the Madhya Pradesh High Court shall continue to operate. With the above directions we dispose of this application. The application was filed by Mamlesh Sharma, President, Narmada Khand Swabhiman Sena, Jabalpur against Principal Secretary, Department of Mineral Resources, Bhopal, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, New Delhi, Collector (Mines), District Anuppur, Divisional Forest Officer, Forest Division, Anuppur, Pawan Mittal, Director, M/s Katni Minerals Private Limited, Katni District, M/s Ganpati Minerals (Bauxite Mines) Through Proprietor Suresh Gupta, Gram-Garhidadar, Tehsil - Pushprajnagar District Anuppur, Imtiaz Khan (Bauxite Mines) Gram-Garhidadar, Tehsil - Pushprajgarh, District Anuppur and Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Minerals, New Delhi. This Application was originally filed as Writ Petition in the High Court of Madhya Pradesh at Jabalpur as Public Interest Litigation. In pursuance of the order dated on December 5, 2013 of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh, the Writ Petition was transferred to the Central Zone Bench, National Green Tribunal, Bhopal and was registered as Original Application. The matter was listed for hearing on January 13, 2014 since the High Court, while ordering the transfer of the case, directed that the parties shall appear before this Tribunal on January 13, 2014. In this connection, the petitioner’s organisation, having come to know that mining leases as well as prospective licenses are being granted for mining bauxite mineral in Achanakmar-Amarkantak Biosphere Reserve (AABR), they have filed the writ petition. According to them mining activities in this sensitive area will cause irreparable damage to the ecology as well as the flora and fauna besides polluting to the river Narmada which originates in the aforesaid Biosphere Reserve. The petitioner stated that the AABR was notified vide Government of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests order dated on March 30, 2005 duly indicating the boundaries. The Petitioner further submitted that the Respondent M/s Katni Minerals submitted an Application on August 20, 2002 for granting PL for Bauxite mineral over an area of 284.774 hectares at village Garhidadar, Tehsil Pushparajgarh, District Anuppur. Accordingly, the Respondent Department of Mineral Resources of Madhya Pradesh vide order dated on September 9, 2008 recommended the PL for an extent of 152.655 hectares instead of the sought area of 284.774 hectares in favour of the Respondent.

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Casual Workers’ Assn to restart agitation for regularisation

CASUAL Workers’ Association working at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College Hospital in a meeting held on Saturday decided to restart their agitation to press for their pending demand of... Read More
CASUAL Workers’ Association working at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College Hospital in a meeting held on Saturday decided to restart their agitation to press for their pending demand of regularisation. President of Casual Workers’ Association (CWA) Valmik Shukla said the medical administration has no concern with the justified demand of poor workers who are honestly discharging their duties since more than 10 years.

On one hand, the State Government has constituted a high-level committee for accumulation of 341 casual workers against vacant posts under Class III and Class IV category. Casual workers were asked to submit there documents confirming their service record showing work for at least 10 years, but now Superintendent Dr Kasar has issued new circular that casual workers who have got minimum qualification of class VIII, they are eligible to apply for any post vacant under class III category.

He said about 50 per cent of casual workers did not meet the standard minimum qualification, at that time when they started working 10 years ago, they have not been asked for minimum qualification. He said 341 casual workers have already submitted records to the Divisional Commissioner, after two months of strike last year.

Now, the high-level committee constituted is again asking to submit document which was earlier submitted to the Divisional Commissioner, raised many questions among casual workers, whether this time, the dialogue between CWA and medical administration and State Minister, Medical Valmik Shukla, President, Casual Workers’ Association said that the State Medical Education Minister Sharad Jain with high-level committee constituted for further talks on accumulation of 341 casual workers against more than 400 vacant posts of class III and class IV employees at Medical College Hospital, is mere eye wash. None of them are concerned with the basic problem of casual workers. He said the State Minister has already said that more round of talks are required to find conclusion on accumulation of casual workers against vacant posts. Casual workers have carried out their duties in various capacities successfully during last 10 to 15 years but during last 10 years no official or representative of political parties have taken initiative to resolve the issue of regularisation of casual workers.

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Murder mystery solved, accused put behind bars

Belkhera police succeeded in apprehending accused of killing an elderly man at Neemkhera village. The man was killed over an argument over a petty issue of grazing cattle in his farm. The accus... Read More
Belkhera police succeeded in apprehending accused of killing an elderly man at Neemkhera village. The man was killed over an argument over a petty issue of grazing cattle in his farm. The accused has been identified as Rajesh Mallah (22), son of Jagdish Mallah, a resident of Jhansi Ghat area. On September 29, unidentified persons killed an elderly man Dhannu Singh Parihar (60), a resident of Neemkhera village at veranda of his house. Munna alias Shashibhushan Parihar (44), a resident of village Shahpura lodged a complaint that late night on September 29, Gram Kotwar, Jangu Chadhar arrived his house and informed that his father was lying dead at veranda of his house. He immediately reached the spot and found that his father sustained bullet injury on right side of his chest and lying in the pool of blood. Additional Superintendent of Police (Rural), Mahesh Chand Jain informed that continuing a thorough investigation into the case, police team succeeded in apprehending the accused and seized the revolver used in the murder.

The accused confessed to have killed Dhannu Singh to take revenge from him. He informed that he regularly held arguments with Dhannu Singh over an issue of grazing his cattle in his farm. Even after objecting several times, Dhannu always brought cattle at his farm which damaged his crops. Police have registered a case against the accused under Section 302 of the IPC and Sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act and apprehended him from the village.

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‘Power companies committed to provide 24x7 electricity in State’

“AMIDST challenges of limited coal production and rapidly increasing demand of electricity, the State power sector has emerged best in ensuring round-the-clock electricity supply for domestic... Read More
“AMIDST challenges of limited coal production and rapidly increasing demand of electricity, the State power sector has emerged best in ensuring round-the-clock electricity supply for domestic purpose and all set for 10-hour supply for agriculture purpose during rabi season.

Even after facing adverse situations, power companies in Madhya Pradesh are committed to provide 24x7 quality electricity supply in the State,” asserted ICP Keshri, Principal Energy Secretary of Madhya Pradesh. ICP Keshri was interacting with the media during his two-day visit to electricity headquarters, Shakti Bhawan, on Saturday. Principal Energy Secretary Keshri applauded efforts of power companies for meeting peak demand of electricity during Navratri and Vijayadashmi festival upto 8200 MW.

“Scarcity of coal is a national problem and all the states along with national power giant NTPC is facing trouble in smooth operation of thermal power station. There is no major impact of cancelling coal block allocations by the Supreme Court in Madhya Pradesh as it will affect generation of about 400 MW. ICP Keshri admitted weak financial position of power distribution companies due to less recovery of electricity revenue and distribution losses.

Power pilferage is a social evil and collaborated efforts are required to check this menace to strengthen financial condition of distribution companies and cutting back swollen electricity tariff. He expressed satisfaction on hydel power stations for meeting peak demand of electricity during rabi season while necessary measures are being taken for required improvement in State power sector.

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‘Power cos should not rely on govt aid for existence’

PRINCIPAL Secretary (Energy) ICP Keshri has cleared that now operation of power companies should be commercially viable. Power companies should not rely on government aids for maintaining their... Read More
PRINCIPAL Secretary (Energy) ICP Keshri has cleared that now operation of power companies should be commercially viable. Power companies should not rely on government aids for maintaining their existence midst cut-throat competition with private companies. Principal Secretary (Energy), ICP Keshri was chairing review meetings of Madhya Pradesh Power Generating and Power Transmission Companies at corporate headquarters, Shakti Bhawan, on Saturday. Principal Secretary (Energy), ICP Keshri is on two-day visit to the State Electricity headquarters for reviewing developments of power generation, power transmission and power distribution companies.

On first day of the visit, the Principal Secretary (Energy) reviewed development works being carried out by Power Generating and Power Transmission Companies. Reviewing proceedings of power generating company, Principal Secretary (Energy) instructed officers for supplementing coal stock with own efforts due to scanty coal production. He said to check cost and consumption of coal and oil at thermal power stations for making the price of electricity commercially feasible. He sought information about ongoing preparations for optimum utilisation of thermal power stations. He instructed senior officers for maintaining continuous operation of thermal power units and remaining vigilant to avoid and promptly restoration of technical snags. ICP Keshri applauded working of transmission company as it is on top amongst leading transmission companies in the country. He said to expedite development works and timely completion of pending works.

Senior officers of power transmission company were instructed for playing key role in maintaining the gap between demand and supply during peak demand of electricity in coming months. Officers were directed for strengthening transmission systems and completing preliminary preparations for its best utilization for record electricity supply. Thereafter, Principal Secretary (Energy) conducted inspection of State Load Dispatch Centre (SLDC) and congratulated the officers and employees for best grid management during adverse situations. On the occasion, ICP Keshri was accompanies by Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company, Managing Director, Manu Shrivastava, MP Power Generating Company, Managing Director, Virendra Nanavati, MP Power Transmission Company, Managing Director, Umesh Rautji and other officers.

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With grand Dussehra procession, Navratri festivities conclude

SYMBOLISING the rich culture of Sanatan Dharma and technological advancements in the country, the historic 149th Dussehra procession marked conclusion of nine-day Navratri festival with great rel... Read More
SYMBOLISING the rich culture of Sanatan Dharma and technological advancements in the country, the historic 149th Dussehra procession marked conclusion of nine-day Navratri festival with great religious fervour and zeal. The procession was taken out displaying idols of Goddess Durga and beautifully decorated live tableaux. People from different sections of the society participated and spread the message of communal harmony and highlighted achievements of Indian Mangal Mission. Live tableaux depicted several incidents of Ramayana and Mahabharat by artists of Govindganj Ramleela Samiti.

A total of 20 Durga Utsav Samitis enthusiastically participated in the religious procession, while a mammoth gathering of spectators enjoyed the procession throughout the night. Earlier, Mayor Prabhat Sahu inaugurated the procession by offering prayers to Lord Ram, while eminent among those who graced the occasion to perform rituals were Member of Parliament Rakesh Singh, State Minister Sharad Jain, former MLA Lakhan Ghanghoria, MLA Susheel Tiwari, Leader of Opposition Vinay Saxena, senior leader Dheeraj Pateria and other senior leaders, representatives of different business, social and cultural organisations of the city.

The procession was formally flagged-off at Teen Patti Chowk with traditional pujan and aarti programme amid chanting of religious hymns by religious gurus.

As per tradition, Shri Govindganj Ramleela led the procession followed by idols of oldest Sunarhai and Nunahai Durga Utsav Samitis. Other attractions of procession were live tableaux and replicas depicting various current affairs like scenes showcasing rescue mission at Jammu and Kashmir by Indian Army, success of Mangal Mission, disaster management campaign and other social issues. Huge effigies of Demon King Ravan, Kumbhakaran and Meghnath were taken out prior to Ramleela procession followed by teams of cultural dances that provided complete entertainment to devotees. A tableaux of Ram Darbar was central part of worship for devotees where tiny-tots were attired as Lord Ram, Sita, Laxman and Hanuman.

The procession started late in the evening and reached Hanumantal pond passing through Super Market, Lordganj, Kamania Gate, Sarafa, Kotwali and concluded with idol immersion at Hanumantal pond as per tradition. Ramsetu, Hanuman jumped over sea, Vanasur Shiv Puja, Amarnath cave, Arjun and Karan clash, Mangal Yaan, Army Rescue Operation, Disaster Management, Jatayu Vadh. Eye-catching tableaux that led the procession were Ram Darbar by Shri Govindgunj Ramleela Samiti, Ram Setu, Vanasur Shiv Puja, Amarnath cave, Arjun and Karan clash, Jatayu Vadh while several Kirtan Mandlis and brass band groups, beautifully decorated horses, colourful lights and dance teams of folk artists added joy and festivity. Besides, melodious tunes of religious and patriotic songs played by international Shyam Brass Band added attraction to the carnival. Several social and business organisations installed their ‘Pandals’ at the route of procession to welcome Durga Utsav Samitis. Grand Dussehra festival was celebrated in the city amidst tight security arrangements by district Police Department, while fire tenders of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation were also in the procession and kept on alert at station to avert any untoward incident during the festival.

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Forests are under threat: Om Puri

“Though I have not worked too much in the film related to Wildlife or Forest conservation, I contribute by spreading awareness among people every time I get a chance. After traveling to forest la... Read More
“Though I have not worked too much in the film related to Wildlife or Forest conservation, I contribute by spreading awareness among people every time I get a chance. After traveling to forest lands in Africa and several parts of India, I realised that jungles are under threat,” asserted veteran actor Om Puri. He along with noted wildlife expert Dr Erach Bharucha and senior advocate Kanak Tiwari jointly addressed a press conference here at the Colours Mall, Dhamtari Road on Saturday. Puri and Bharucha are here for participating in a two-day long Wildlife Film Festival jointly organized by State Forest Department, Conservation Core Society (CCS) and web portal cgkhabar.com.

Puri was of the view that the government should work for conservation of forest and wildlife besides ensuring that minimal trees are cut for development. “It is a matter of concern that the tribal people are much concerned about conserving the forests while those living in urban areas has not much to do with it,” said the actor who has acted in award wining films such as ‘Sadgati’, ‘Akrosh’, ‘Ardhsatya’, ‘Mirch Masala’, ‘Chachi 420’, ‘Chakravyuh’ etc.

The veteran actor became internationally known by starring in many British films such as ‘My Son the Fanatic’, ‘East Is East’ and ‘The Parole Officer’ along with appearing in Hollywood movies including ‘City of Joy’, ‘Wolf’ and ‘The Ghost and the Darkness’. While speaking over the present scenario of Wildlife films in India, Puri said that there are various committed people who are making wildlife films but they do not get a big platform and audience in comparison to main stream commercial Cinema. “Though the Doordarshan is giving platform to documentaries and short films based on Wildlife and Forests but most of the private channels have less to do with it. They are much into broadcast of ‘Sas-Bahu’ kind of serials. What could be the fate of Wildlife Films?” Om Puri remarked.

The Padma Shri recipient actor said that the tribal people cut the trees as per their need and make use of the dead parts only but ‘so called urban and civilized’ people are less aware in this regard. “If I get any chance in acting for such kind of films or rendering my voice to documentaries, I would love to be a part of it,” Puri added.

Wildlife Expert Dr Erach said that awareness regarding forest conservation should be imparted since the very childhood and students should be taught in schools.

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‘State Government forgot its promise of rising paddy MSP’

Main opposition party in the State Congress has vehemently opposed the decision taken by Chhattisgarh Cabinet on Saturday regarding putting a ceiling on farmers pertaining to paddy purchase under... Read More
Main opposition party in the State Congress has vehemently opposed the decision taken by Chhattisgarh Cabinet on Saturday regarding putting a ceiling on farmers pertaining to paddy purchase under the paddy procurement scheme under Minimum Support Price. The Congress has opposed the ceiling that the State Government will purchase maximum 10 quintal paddy from one farmer.

Addressing a press conference on the issue, CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel said that the Bharatiya Janata Party government under Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has not only forgotten its promise of rising the paddy MSP to Rs 2,100 per quintal but have also refusing from paying Rs 300 bonus. On top of that now the State Government has put a ceiling of 10 quintal on the farmers.

They also stated that earlier paddy procurement used to start from November 1 but this time the state government has delayed the same till December 1.

They alleged that the state government used to procure every grain of paddy produced by farmers in the state and during previous financial year had procured approximately 70 lakh MT paddy. Also the paddy will be procured from only those farmers who have got themselves registered.

The CPCC President stated that the Congress has taken resolve to fight for the benefit of farmers till the state government takes back its draconian decision and purchases every grain of paddy. In this direction massive dharna and effigy burning campaigns will be launched from October 5 at district, block level.

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Dr Singh to review various departments from Oct 8

Falling on the lines of governance initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the State Government has taken initiatives towards improving the report card of each and every department. Accordingly,... Read More
Falling on the lines of governance initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the State Government has taken initiatives towards improving the report card of each and every department. Accordingly, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh will be initiating departmental reviews of every individual department in the presence of respective departmental Ministers.

Taking into consideration the working style of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the state government has also changed its style of functioning. The Chief Minister will be starting the review of the departments from October 8. Not only the works undertaken will be reviewed but the progress of work will also be monitored. It is worth mentioning here that soon after the Bharatiya Janata Party led National Democratic Alliance government has come to power, the working of all BJP governments in the state are taking a change.

Also the Chief Ministers in all BJP led states are trying their level best to project good works and excellent work styles before the centre and in this direction they are changing their style of functioning. Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh is also trying level best to take Chhattisgarh to numero uno position in the country and in this direction he has taken serious efforts towards improving the report cards of every department apart from implementation and monitoring of new schemes.

During the review, the works undertaken will be inspected and progress of pending works will be reviewed. Also outstanding works and negligence by the departments on public related works will be measured. Impetus will be given on energy, finance, forest, general administration, mining agriculture, women and child welfare, health, home, higher and school education departments.

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Chief Minister chairs Cabinet Meeting

Several important decisions have been taken in the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on Saturday at Mantralaya (Mahanadi Bhavan). For convenience of farmers, last date of r... Read More
Several important decisions have been taken in the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on Saturday at Mantralaya (Mahanadi Bhavan). For convenience of farmers, last date of registration at primary cooperative societies for paddy procurement has been extended to October 31, 2014. Cabinet has also decided to commence paddy procurement at societies from December 1, 2014 and to constitute a board for socio-economic development of third-gender people.

On recommendation of State Backward Class Commission, the Cabinet has approved the proposal of including 10 more castes into the list of other backward classes. These 10 castes are namely Gahira, Gauli, Bhatri, Bhathri, Bhadari, Kunvi, Kunavi, Kalwar, Bhuliya and Kamlapuri. Likewise, on recommendation of Chhattisgarh Tribal Advisory Council, Cabinet has decided to give admission to children of other castes on vacant approved seats of Ashram schools/hostels along with state scholarship at par with the children of Scheduled Tribe category. This includes the castes namely- Parhiya; Dhanuhar, Dhanuvar; Khervar, Kharwar; Kisan, Kisan Nagesia; Parginha, Pradhan; Amaneet, Amanit; Saunr, Sanvara, Saora, Saura; and Sahra.

According to the decision taken by Chhattisgarh cabinet today, a board for socio-economic development of third-gender people will be constituted soon. Social Welfare Minister will be the Chairperson of this board. Principal Secretaries/Secretaries of the departments concerned will be the Members of this board. In the cabinet meeting held today, the new seed policy has been approved. Objectives of this policy are- to make Chhattisgarh self-dependent in terms of seeds and saplings supply for horticulture and agricultural crops, to develop infrastructure for production of seeds and saplings, to develop the state as a hub of ‘sankar’ seed production, to promote establishment of seed industry in private sector, to promote seed import, to upgrade seed quality control and seed research work and to establish seed grid.

In a significant decision favouring state government officials and employees, the Cabinet sanctioned seven percent additional Dearness Allowance to them. After approval from the Cabinet and on the recommendation of the Chief Minister who holds the finance portfolio, the Finance department issued the said order. With the issuance of the order, the Dearness Allowance of state government officials and employees will be revised to 107 percent. The order will come into effect from October 2014, and the employees will get increased salary from the month of November.

The decision of the state government has come as a gift for the employees ahead Diwali and Rajyotsava celebrations and is being considered for urban bodies’ election.

It is worth mentioning here that the state government employees were lacking behind their central government counterparts by 7 percent. The centre had already given the 7 percent DA to its employees in July. Now that the state government has announced seven percent DA, the state government employees will come at par with the central counterparts in terms of dearness allowance. The central government employees are getting 107 percent DA presently while the state government employees had been receiving 100 percent DA.

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Raigarh SP’s son dies in freak mishap

Rashu Bhagat, son of Rahul Bhagat, Superintendent of Police, Raigarh died in a freak mishap at Kharsia railway station on Saturday. He apparently slipped and fell on the tracks in his attempt t... Read More
Rashu Bhagat, son of Rahul Bhagat, Superintendent of Police, Raigarh died in a freak mishap at Kharsia railway station on Saturday. He apparently slipped and fell on the tracks in his attempt to get on board a moving train.

Reportedly, Rahul Bhagat along with his family was returning to Raigarh from Raipur by South Bihar Danapur Express train on Saturday. His son Rashu Bhagat (10) alighted from the train at Kharsia Railway Station to buy some eatables. However, before he could board, the train moved. After sometime when Rashu did not return to the compartment, Rahul Bhagat telephoned TI Kharsia, Salim Thigga and apprised him that his son Rashu could not board the train and he was left behind in the station.

Immediately after receiving the telephonic information Thigga left for Kharsia station. As soon as the train rolled out of the station, a body of a boy covered with blood stains was found on tracks. Going by the identification marks, the body was identified as that of Rashu.

The TI along with railway staff immediately rushed Rashu to the nearby hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead. Rashu had sustained severe injuries on head. Rahul Bhagat only learnt about the incident after he reached Raigarh. Immediately on receipt of information Rahul rushed to Kharsia by road and took the body of his son to Raigarh. A pall of gloom descended after people learnt about this horrific incident. Senior police officials rushed to Raigargh SP’s residence to condole the bereaved family.

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No NGO can conduct health survey without Government permission

No Non Government Organisation (NGO), working in social or health field can conduct survey without Government permission, the health department is strict after many complaints from the people abo... Read More
No Non Government Organisation (NGO), working in social or health field can conduct survey without Government permission, the health department is strict after many complaints from the people about survey by some little known NGOs in different parts of the city.

Now, it is being said that if any complaint is received from anybody about illegal health survey, the health department will launch First Information Report (FIR) with the concerning police station against the concerning NGO and the persons engaged in survey. Even, the district health authorities have asked district vaccination officers to keep watch on such NGOs doing door to door survey without permission and said that he launch FIR against any NGO if he has some complaint about any illegally working NGO in field of health. It is cheating with the people. No unauthorised person can take health details of any people, they are to compulsorily take permission of the Government.

Hepatitis B or C’s vaccination should be under the medical expert, people should not reveal health details to anybody, consult the Government doctors before giving such information to anybody, said a senior doctor at district JP Hospital.

It is not happened only in the State capital, it also happens in different parts of the State but there is no check by the health department till the date. The NGOs may misuse the date collecting in survey through their volunteers.

It is learnt that some NGOs lure the people by going door to door that they will vaccine hepatitis B,C at the very low cost compared to the private hospitals or nursing homes and collect money from the people. it is interesting to know that the district vaccination officer does not have any knowledge of it. Besides, the district health authorities, Chief Medical and Health Officer too does not know whether the NGOs conduct any health related survey by sending their volunteers door to door at different colonies in the city.

When contacted, Dr Pankaj Shukla, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), said that any health related survey by any NGO without Government permission is illegal. “We will launch FIR against such NGOs if any complaint from anybody is received. Dr Upendra Dubey, District Vaccination Officer (DVO), has also been asked to check it, he said.

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MPHRC asks collectors to watch sonography centres by satellite

Decreasing girl childs in State has forced Government to take strict steps in controlling over the sonography cenres indulged in illegal sex determination open violation of PNDT Act 1994. Expre... Read More
Decreasing girl childs in State has forced Government to take strict steps in controlling over the sonography cenres indulged in illegal sex determination open violation of PNDT Act 1994. Expressing surprise over decreasing sex ratio, the Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) has sent Government its recommendations and wrote to all collectors keeping watch over the sonography centres through satellite observation system (SOS), use such network to check illegal sex determination at any sonography centre and minimise the sonography machines. Think twice before issuing license to any new sonogrphy centre, install the device where illegal sex determination at sonography centres might be checked easily.

As per the strictly written letter to all collectors and Government, the Human Rights Commission has surprised over it that the PC PNDT Act 1994 was implemented about more than two decades ago, child girls are constantly on decline misbalancing sex ratio in society. But the State Government has made only 39 cases of illegal sex determination; moreover nobody of it has been punished. It is the reason how the sonography centres dare to illegal sex determination at not only sonography centres, Genetic and Ulra sonography clinics’ check is must. 72 villages where no girl child below 6 years: As per the MPHRC report, there are 72 such villages in the state where there is worst condition sex ratio.

There is no girl child below 6 years has caused concern to the Government officers and Human Right Commission.

District on target: There are some districts as per the report are on target of extra check of illegal sex determination are : Gwalior, Sagar, Betul, Guna, Ashok Nagar, Morena, Khargone, Vidisha, Bhind, Chhatarpur, Ratlam, Tikamgarh, Shivpuri Narsinghpur, Khandwa, Burhanpur, Chhindwara and Rajgarh. Some districts are somewhat better but not good are Sehore, Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Harda, Dewas, Ujjain and Indore. Others too need strict check over illegal sex determination.

Recommendation to Govt. for special cell: The Human Rights Commission has recommended to the Government and collectors to form a special cell to check those cases of illegal sex determination, watch over the license issued to sonogrphy centres, preventing its misuse and if any centre director is booked, speeds up its case. Recommendation for Fast Track Courts: The Human Rights Commission has recommended to make Fast track court to deal cases against sonography centres or nursing homes booked under the PC PNDT Act for illegal sex determination. It is because of no punishment to any of 39 accused in illegal sex determination.

Rohit Mehta, Joint Director, Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission, said the Commission has sent its recommendations to the Government and all collectors to keep watch on sonography centres through Satellite Observation System, minimise sonography machines in districts, form fast track court to speed up prosecution of accused sonography centre directors and many other recommendations, he said.

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Whether Congress will celebrate festivals of minorities: BJP

After biting dust in the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, Congress has taken paradigm shift. It installed idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Durga at party office. It also organised ‘Kshama Wani... Read More
After biting dust in the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, Congress has taken paradigm shift. It installed idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Durga at party office. It also organised ‘Kshama Wani’ programme which is of Jains. Many see this act of Congress as an initiative to find lost foot prints among Hindu community. BJP has taken a pot shot on its rival party tactic and wants to know that whether Congress will celebrate the festivals of minorities.

The religious functions were never organised at Congress office but State Congress President Arun Yadav has set a new tradition. Congress installed the statue of Lord Ganesha and Maa Durga with much zeal and enthusiasm, leaving political pundits and even its rival BJP surprised. As the festivals of minority community are coming near, BJP is interested to see that whether Congress will keep its tradition of celebrating the religious festivals or its buck just stops at Hindu festivals.

“We are keenly interested to know that whether Congress will celebrate the festivals of minorities. We hope that Congress will be keeping the Tajias of minorities,” said BJP state spokesman Vijendra Singh Sisodia to “The Hitavada”. According to Sisodia, Congress is not going to be benefited by such tactics. Congress possibly fathom that its Hindu voters have slipped out of its hands and its decision to organise Ganesha Utsav and Durga Utsav is in direction to find its lost foot print among Hindus.

‘The Hitavada’ tried to contact state Congress President Arun Yadav on the issue but he could not be contacted. When contacted, state Congress vice president Manak Agrawal said that Congress respects all religion and it will definitely organise festivals of minorities.

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To enjoy holidays, some schools, colleges miss cleanliness drive

In order to avoid ruining of five-day holiday, some of the private and government schools of the city missed the nationwide cleanliness campaign called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Octobe... Read More
In order to avoid ruining of five-day holiday, some of the private and government schools of the city missed the nationwide cleanliness campaign called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2.

Even large number of colleges and varsities, including Barkatullah University, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalay (RGPV), Bhopal School of Social Sciences (BSSS) and other prominent colleges, failed to take the unique initiative on October 2. However, there was no compulsion to hold the drive. “It is holiday time and most of the students prefer to visit their home this time. We have no strict direction to hold the campaign but we will plan it soon,” said Appukuttan KK, Director MANIT. “It was holiday on October 2nd and we have no direction from Higher Education Department to conduct such campaign,” said Amir Mehboob, Spokesperson BSSS.

“We notified all the schools to conduct the cleanliness drive and also asked their compliance report on October 5. As I know, most of the schools have followed the direction. However, some schools missed the event because of Asthami and other festivals,” said KPS Tomar, District Education Officer, Bhopal. He further informed that some of the government schools organised lecture to make students aware of importance of cleanliness while some schools motivate students to clean their classroom. There are also few government schools which will be conducting the same in upcoming days.

However, most of the private CBSE schools conducted the drive before closing their campuses on different schedule. All the schools have been closed from October 2 to 6 because of Dussehra, Gandhi Jayanti, Eid and other festivities. There are also some schools still in a queue to conduct the campaign in upcoming week. Red Rose School, Lambakheda conducted the drive on October 2, Anand Vihar School on September 29, Sagar Public School on September 3, Vikram Higher Secondary School on October 2, St Joseph School on October 2, and International Public School (IPS) conducted on October 1.

Maharishi Vidya Mandir has planned to conduct the same in upcoming weeks while St Xavier School could not explain its schedule for the campaign. “I am not sure about cleanliness campaign in our campus but most of the city schools have conducted the drive so we will also plan it,” said Sudhir Sharma, St Xavier’s spokesperson.

While launching the cleanliness drive in campus, school principals, teachers, non-teaching staff and students cleaned the classroom, corridor, door, floor, table and other areas of the campus together. Some of the schools also banned the polythene in premises. Red Rose School held the drive at Kalibadi temple where people were motivated to keep their surrounding neat and clean. Anand Vihar School celebrated the day as ‘dry against polythene’ in which students collected the polybags from everyone in the campus.

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Celebrating Eid the green way!

For many the green is not just a passion but a way of life by choice! Take a look at life style of Rizwanuddin, a senior Central government commissioner-cum environmentalist who loves to come to ... Read More
For many the green is not just a passion but a way of life by choice! Take a look at life style of Rizwanuddin, a senior Central government commissioner-cum environmentalist who loves to come to office on a cycle after travelling an approximate distance of 9 km daily; not only that for him Eid celebrations have always been a platform to spread awareness about environment conservation.

Taking to ‘The Hitavada’ he says personally he is against killing of animals and he has practiced this as a resolution in his life inspired by his teacher .Besides that his activities include mobilising people for environment conservation through best possible method of cleanliness. As an innovative method he has started an informal group within office which focus on self service and minimum generation of water material. Simplification of process and improvisation of services can be achieved if one is physically active and healthy and that can be attained through vegetarians. Additional to his busy schedule being in government job he takes every effort to get the awareness including the latest cleanliness drive to be conveyed with maximum public participation.

Saiema Imitiaz, a guest lecturer says that she has liked vegetarian food since childhood and the main reason for that is it always helped her to remain physically fit. There are many Muslim vegetarians who have been practicing vegetanirism in their life style. Many have also switched to vegetarian owing the high cost of Bakras which they are unable to afford. Price rise has taken toll in the market which is also being considered for some to adopt veganism .

Subsequent to the recent brawl over PETA campaigning of Vega Eid in the city, the volunteers from different non government organisation have also vouched for a more moderate method of exhibiting the campaigns especially connected with religious sentiments.

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RSS takes out Path Sanchalan on Dussehra

RSS has taken out “Path Sanchalan” in old city area of State capital on Dussehra. Clad in white shirt and khaki half pant, RSS workers marched in rhythm by carrying swords and lathis in the... Read More
RSS has taken out “Path Sanchalan” in old city area of State capital on Dussehra. Clad in white shirt and khaki half pant, RSS workers marched in rhythm by carrying swords and lathis in their hands. Large number of RSS workers had taken part in the march carried symbolically taken out on Dusssehra festival. Sources said that RSS workers took out Path Sanchalan in Beresia area and old Khabadkhana locality of old city. Congress’ Chief Spokesman K K Mishra has said that no permission of district administration was sought for Path Sanchalan of RSS taken out in various parts of state on Dussehra.

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Man consumes poison along with four children, two die

Dejected over the death of his wife who died one month back, a man consumed some poisonous substance along with his four minor children in Seronj of Vidisha district during the intervening night of... Read More
Dejected over the death of his wife who died one month back, a man consumed some poisonous substance along with his four minor children in Seronj of Vidisha district during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. One of the children died at home and another child died at hospital while undergoing treatment. Remaining victims are battling for life in hospital.

Seronj police station SHO Dinesh Prajapati said to “The Hitavada” that Ashok Ahirwar’s wife Krishna had died one month ago and since then he was in depression. On the fateful night, he entered into a suicide pact along with four minor children including Sonam (12), Akash (11), Shivani (10 ) and Sakshi (8). All of them consumed some poisonous substance. Akash (11) had died at home itself. After coming to know about the incident, police rushed all the remaining victims to Bhopal for better treatment. Sakshi (8) died at hospital while undergoing the treatment. Remaining victims are being treated.

It is learnt that Ashok was working as a driver and his wife Krishna had died due to some illness. It was after the death of his wife that Ashok went into depression and find hard in moving ahead without his wife.

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Spare parts purchase scam in Police Motor Transport Section

TWO police officers and two supervisors, who were attached to city-based Central Workshop of Motor Transport (MT) Section of Maharashtra Police, on Thursday have been booked in spare parts purc... Read More
TWO police officers and two supervisors, who were attached to city-based Central Workshop of Motor Transport (MT) Section of Maharashtra Police, on Thursday have been booked in spare parts purchase scam.

After the fraud involving Rs 40.24 lakh came to light, Gittikhadan Police registered an offence of criminal breach of trust, cheating and forgery against Police Inspector (PI) P G Ladikar, Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) B S Rai and supervisors M A Shaikh and D S Narule. Every district unit of the police department and batallions of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) has a Motor Transport Section to look after the day-to-day maintenance of police vehicles. Major repairs are carried out at three central workshops located at Pune, Aurangabad and Nagpur. The body-building work of the vehicles is carried out at Pune.

The Central Store Purchase Branch, located at Pune purchases spares, tyres, tubes, batteries and other miscellaneous items in bulk on rate contract/tenders and caters to the requirments of various units.

MT Sections of almost all district units and SRPF batallions are headed by officers of the rank of Police Inspector. However, the in-charge Inspector of the units are authorised to purchase spare parts from open market in case of non-availability of stock or during emergency.

Between 2000 and 2005, PI Ladikar in connivance with PSI Rai, supervisors Shaikh and Narule allegedly prepared fake bills of purchase of spare parts and repairy of police vehicles and submitted them for clearance causing a loss of about Rs 40.24 lakh to the state exchequer. After the fraud came to light, ASI (MT Section) Arvind Ghanshyam Gajbhiye, as the instructions of his superiors, lodged a complaint with the police.

On the basis of the complaint, Gittikhadan Police registered an offence under Sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant), 420 (cheating), Sections 467 (corgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record), 477A (falsification of accounts) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) against PI Ladikar, PSI Rai, and supervisors Shaikh and Narule. Further investigations are underway.

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Dr Kalam ignites minds at RTMNU’s 100th convocation

“ON THE morning of September 24, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) achieved a never before success in the world history. India became the first country in the world to have reached Mars... Read More
“ON THE morning of September 24, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) achieved a never before success in the world history. India became the first country in the world to have reached Mars on its own steam in the very first attempt. With such inspiring stories being written again and again, we can surely achieve success in our national mission of sustainable development,” said Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, on Friday. One of the most eminent scientists of India, the educator and motivational speaker Dr Kalam shared his views on sustainable development while delivering convocation address of the 100th convocation ceremony of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU), Nagpur.

The grand function was held at University’s playground, Rao Bahadur D Laxminarayan premises. A total 1,000 researchers received Ph D degrees during the function.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Anoop Kumar (IAS), presided over the function. Noted social worker and Magsaysay Awardee Dr Abhay Bang and Principal Secretary of Higher and Technical Education, Govt of Maharashtra Dr Sanjay Chahande (senior administrative officer) were the guests of honour. Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University Dr Vinayak Deshpande, Registrar Dr Ashok Gomashe, the Deans of all faculties – Arts, Science, Law, Medicine, Commerce, Education, Engineering and Technology, Social sciences, and Home Science – of RTMNU were also present on the dais. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam won hearts as he started the speech in Marathi saying, ‘Nagpur Vidyapeethachya Sarv Vidyarthyanche Abhinandan’ (Congratulations to all students of Nagpur University). He congratulated scientists of India for successful Mission to Mars. “We must understand the greatness of the achievement of our scientists. We must celebrate this success and congratulate the whole ISRO for this milestone in world of astronomy. We must be proud of this achievement and seek inspiration from the success,” he said.

Seeking inspiration from the Mangalyaan success, Dr Kalam made the newly inducted graduates to reassert his famous poem ‘Wings to Fly’. “My message to you, young friends, is that education gives you wings to fly. Achievement comes out of fire in our sub-conscious mind that “I will win”. So, each one of you assembled here and elsewhere, will have “Wings of Fire”.

The Wing of Fire will indeed lead to knowledge which will make you to fly as a Doctor, or an Engineer, or a scientist, or a teacher, or a political leader, or a bureaucrat or a diplomat or anything you want to be,” he said.

On a lighter note, Dr Kalam said that RTMNU has completed 91 years means the university has successfully took 91 trips around the Sun with the Earth. Dr Kalam then shifted to the topic that he had selected for the Convocation Address – National Mission: Sustainable Development. Dr Kalam spoke extensively on need of quality Research in university, culture of excellence, and the superiority of knowledge in today’s world. “Today, knowledge is power. Earlier, natural resources of nation used to define its power, but today, knowledge is the criteria for national power. You can see the dominance of Japan, Singapore, Koria for instance,” Dr Kalam said, adding “Let the University be the powerhouse for knowledge.”

Dr Kalam’s speech later focused on the needs of the works to be done by the university to face the challenges of modern era. “University should inject the team spirit in students. Because teams take decisions these days, and not the individual order. Similarly, not seniority but creativity drives status in modern era. Hence, University must be a breeding environment for creativity,” he said. Earlier, the Convocation Function of RTMNU began at 3.30 pm on Friday with arrival and welcome of guests.

Acting VC Anoop Kumar delivered an introductory speech in which he told about the achievements of RTMNU and the proud milestone of 100th convocation. Eminent scientist and father of Param Computer Padmashree Dr Vijay Bhatkar, who hails from Nagpur was conferred with honorary D Litt at the hands of Dr Kalam on the occasion. Similarly, D Litt was conferred posthumously upon Dr Nayyar Parveen Mohammad Hanif Siddique. Dr Sarosh Pathan received the degree. Dr Prabhakar Gadre also awarded D Litt in History at the hands of Dr Kalam. A total 1,000 received doctorate degree, 18,900b received Post Graduation Degrees while more than 52,000 received Graduate degrees during the Convocation. Dr Abhay Bang and Dr Sanjay Chahande also spoke on the occasion. Komal Thakre and Varsha Deshpande conducted the proceedings. Registrar Dr Ashok Gomashe proposed a vote of thanks.

The Convocation function was attended by thousands of degree-holders, their parents, teachers, students of the university, and non-teaching staff.

‘Varsities should contribute in policy making’

“Universities should not limit themselves to imparting education or conducting examinations. They should suggest solutions to Government and contribute in policy making,” said Dr Sanjay Chahande, Principal Secretary, Higher and Technical Education Department. Universities or institutes can never be world class unless they are involved in research activities. Teachers should emphasise on research, he added.

About budget allocation, Dr Chahande pointed out, “Our budget allocation for education sector is not less. But most of it goes into payment of staff salaries. So universities must collect funds from industries and corporate social responsibility (CSR) can be the medium.”

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MSS hails decision of cancellation of Mahan Coal Block

With Mahan Coal Block cancellation, the Mahan Sangharsh Samiti (MSS), vouching for the rights of people in Singrauli forest, welcomed the decision of cancellation of Mahan Coal Block. Supreme Cou... Read More
With Mahan Coal Block cancellation, the Mahan Sangharsh Samiti (MSS), vouching for the rights of people in Singrauli forest, welcomed the decision of cancellation of Mahan Coal Block. Supreme Court, in its latest ruling, cancelled 214 coal blocks, including Essar and Hindalco’s Mahan Coal Block.

Earlier, Mahan Sangharsh Samiti (MSS), supported by prominent members of civil society organisations, urged the Government not to trample over the rights of forest dwelling communities of Mahan region in Madhya Pradesh to benefit corporate giants. Both, the State as well as the Central Government need to take immediate steps to ensure that the Forest Rights Act (FRA) is implemented.

They have claimed that the proposed coal mine is bound to destroy the livelihoods of more than 50,000 villagers from over 54 villages. The rights of all the 54 villages must first be recognised and people have to be informed about the project in their native language. All 54 villages should have a say on whether they want a mine in the forests or not. But as of now, no Community Forest Rights (CFRs) have been recognised in these villages, they added.

“The Forest Rights Act was enacted to undo the historical injustice to forest dwelling communities by recognising their pre-existing rights, which were never recognised when their land was declared as State forest.

Therefore, the first requirement is that as per the FRA, the Gram Sabha must initiate the process of receiving claims and recognising both individual and community forest rights,” said a forest rights activist. MSS is also supported by Greenpeace.

Earlier, Greenpeace had also written to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Asian Human Rights Commission and UN Special Rapporteurs, complaining about the illegal arrest and detention of activists in Mahan. In addition, a delegation of MSS and Greenpeace activists also presented a memorandum to Tribal Affairs Minister, demanding that the ministry should uphold the rights of the people in Mahan. In support of Mahan coal block, an international campaign was also launched to get support of environmental organisations worldwide.

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Pt Deendayal Chair to be established at Journalism varsity: CM

While addressing the function organised by the Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication on the eve of Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya’s birth anniversary on Wednesday, Ch... Read More
While addressing the function organised by the Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication on the eve of Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya’s birth anniversary on Wednesday, Chief Minister announced to establish Pt Deendayal Upadhyay Chair at the university. He also made an announcement for the establishment of a Chair for ‘Communication with Nature’ on the basis on research works of Dr Jagdish Chandra Basu. Research activities related to communication among birds and animals, flora and fauna and human communication would be carried out under the chair. Making other announcements on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that since the entrance examination for different courses of the university is organised on all India level, the girls securing the first rank in different groups (courses) would be given a laptop. Around 40 per cent seats of the different courses of the university are occupied by the girls and the announcement was made for their encouragement.

On the proposals of the university, CM said that it would also organise convocation by the end of this year. Besides, an international symposium would also be organised by the university in the beginning of the next year on ‘Integral Humanism and Role of Media’ wherein discussions would be held for spreading the philosophy of Ekatm Manavvad on global level, he said. The Chief Minister said that he would come to the university for a detailed discussion on the ideology of Ekatm Manavvad again wherein he would underline the different aspects of the philosophy. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan while addressing a function organised on the eve of birth anniversary of Pt Deendayal Upadhyay at Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal, on Wednesday said the Madhya Pradesh Government was being run on the philosophy of Ekatm Manavvad propounded by Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay wherein the focus is to take the light of development to the lives of poor.

The PR Minister, Rajendra Shukla, earlier, in his address said media could play a crucial role in spreading the message of integral humanism. This philosophy, he said, is based on bringing the last person in the queue to the mainstream of the society. Shukla said that this philosophy has a special connect with Madhya Pradesh as it was for the first time proposed during a conference held at Gwalior and therefore it is the duty of the state to spread it all around the world. Proposing the vote of thanks, Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor B K Kuthiala said that the philosophy must be spread all over the world if the welfare of the humanity is to be achieved. Large number dignitaries, mediapersons, faculty members, officers, employees and students were present on the occasion.

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Congress prepares points for ticket distribution in local body elections

“In coming local body elections, Congress has decided not to give ticket to those aspirants if any member of their family is in BJP. Ticket would be also denied to those who have recently com... Read More
“In coming local body elections, Congress has decided not to give ticket to those aspirants if any member of their family is in BJP. Ticket would be also denied to those who have recently come to Congress from rival party BJP. What is more interesting is that 75% tickets would be given to youths,” said ex-MP and Chairman of Congress Local Body Election Committee, Sajjan Singh Verma to ‘The Hitavada’.

Verma added that a rough draft has been prepared on ticket distribution in coming local body elections. Informing about the draft, Verma said that importance would be given to local persons in ticket distribution and it would be ensured that reservation is followed in ditto. The tickets would be also denied to person with criminal nature. The good thing is this that youths would be getting a good opportunity in coming elections as party has decided to give maximum tickets to them. Youths in Congress have been often seen lamenting that they are not given adequate opportunity to fight the elections. Their grievances are going to be solved in ensuing local body elections. Already, Congress has decided to release two manifestos in coming local body elections. One manifesto would be centred on local issues and second on state-level issues.

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State to increase irrigation area in rabi despite scanty rainfall

Despite deficient rainfall, State is all set to increase irrigation area by one lakh hectare in coming rabi season. Water Resources Department is adopting various measures to achieve the set ta... Read More
Despite deficient rainfall, State is all set to increase irrigation area by one lakh hectare in coming rabi season. Water Resources Department is adopting various measures to achieve the set target. To ensure that there is no water problem during rabi season, Water Resource Department has also decided not to release water from dams for regular power generation.

“Notwithstanding the less rainfall, we are determined to increase irrigation area in rabi season by one lakh hectare. In last rabi season, we covered 23 lakh hectare and in coming season, we are going to do irrigation in 24 lakh hectare of land. This is going to become possible through various management steps,” said Engineer-in-Chief of Water Resources Department, M G Choubey to ‘The Hitavada’.

“On an average, water storage of dams is eighty percent and this is enough to meet the water demand. The decision not to release water for regular power supply except in emergency cases in summer season, has also contributed in ensuring good storage level of water in dams,” added Choubey.

Choubey said that irrigation area will also increase due to construction of new dams and canals in last one year in State. Unravelling the plan for irrigation in rabi season, he said that water would be released four times in those places, where water reservoirs are having sufficient amount of water. Besides, water supply frequency would be reduced at those places where water storage is less. Besides, farmers living in those districts receiving less rainfall, would be made aware to sow less water consuming varieties of crops. Notably, owing to El Nino effect, it has not rained in normal manner in State and overall rainfall is less than normal. According to a rough estimate, overall rainfall in State is at least 19 percent less than normal.

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Field exercise on to enhance overall technical education in State: Dongre

“VARIOUS measures are needed for desired changes in academic standards in private engineering colleges. In previous years, as fall in admissions and interest of students in technical studies an... Read More
“VARIOUS measures are needed for desired changes in academic standards in private engineering colleges. In previous years, as fall in admissions and interest of students in technical studies and education have been recorded. To ensure remedial steps ensuring enhancement of overall standards.

Various initiatives have been taken by the department while on field exercise are being made to enhance overall technical education system in the State,” said Ashish Dongre, Director of Technical Education Department, Madhya Pradesh Government, while talking to the mediapersons during a short visit to the city on Wednesday.

Expressing concern on continuous fall in admission numbers in engineering colleges in the State, Dongre said to enhance prevailing technical education standards in State at all level efforts are being made by the department. In this management, academic staff of private and government technical education colleges are being asked to give their recommendations on this issue.

Replying to a query about department’s initiative to curb unethical practices by advertising false claims of 100 per cent placement, Dongre said till now no such complaint has been made before the department. If any case of false claim comes to fore then stern action will be taken against the said institute.

Dongre answering to a query about lacking related to educational qualification of academic staff in private engineering colleges said in previous years it is observed that All India Engineering and Technical Education Council has given some relaxation in its regulations and standards.

Now to enhance our performance DTE and AIECT to initiate joint inspection on different issues related to standard enhancement. Expressing concern on increasing trend of giving commissions on admission by private colleges, Dongre said DTC is seeing the issue with great concern and giving special emphasis to curb this practice. He said that strict steps to be implemented on priority to stop this game of commission.

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Hearing in case related to CBI probe into VYAPAM scam today

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday adjourned the case for hearing related to seeking CBI inquiry into rec... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday adjourned the case for hearing related to seeking CBI inquiry into recently revealed VYAPAM scam on Thursday. In the previous hearing, the division bench had issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Madhya Pradesh, Secretary, Department of Home, Bhopal and Director, Special Task Force.

The division bench had given directions that returnable date is given as per convenience of all advocates and no request for adjournment, on any count, at the instance of any of the Advocate will be entertained on that date. The division bench in its order has continued its direction given in the order dated on August 13, 2014, to the Press not to publish details of deliberations in court, will continue to operate till next date. Earlier, Senior Counsel Indira Jaisingh however would like to address the court on the next date on question whether that arrangement should be continued further or not. We place that statement on record, the court said.

The division bench had given said directions in six separate public interest litigations (PIL) filed by former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh, Pankaj Pandey, Rajesh Sonkar, P S Sharma and others seeking CBI inquiry into recently revealed VYAPAM scam. Petitioners said in the petition that till now, as huge scam is being unfolded layer by layer it has exposed entire coterie of top politicians, top bureaucrats, ministers, business big guns, police officers and employees of VYAPAM and various departments of government and a series of brokers based in other states.

The petitioner prayed relief before the court to direct CBI inquiry into VYAPAM scam. During the course of hearing, preliminary objection regarding the form of affidavit in support of writ petition was raised. In context of that objection, counsel for the petitioner, in all fairness, prays that the petitioner may be permitted to file appropriate affidavit in support as required in terms of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh Rules, 2008. The division bench allowed the petitioner to do so. The petitioner is also allowed to replace illegible pages in the Paper Book within three days.

HC dismisses 139 petitions seeking permit to continue MBBS course

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday issued order in 139 petitions seeking consequential directions from court to respondents to permit them to pursue their studies in MBBS course and to allow them to appear in examinations, cancelling their termination. The division bench in its order said ‘In view of proceeding analysis, we do not find any merit in writ petitions. The same fail and are hereby dismissed. However, there shall be no order as to costs. Similarly, all the interlocutory applications in the respective writ petitions, are also disposed off’. The division bench issued said order in the petition filed by Neetu Singh Markam, Rushabh Momaya and 137 other petitions separately. In this batch of writ petition, petitioners have, inter alia, assailed the validity of orders dated on April 24, 2014, May 3, 2014, May 6, 2014, May 7, 2014, May 8, 2014 and May 19, 2014 by which Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board has cancelled results of petitioners on the ground that the petitioners had used unfair means during Pre-Medical Tests held between 2008 to 2012. The petitioner are also seeking consequential directions to respondents to permit then to continue studies in MBBS course. In order to appreciate petitioners’ challenge to impugned orders, relevant facts need mention, which are stated infra.

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HC seeks reply from State Govt on adding Jamtara village in mpl limits

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday has sought reply from the State Government of Madhya Pradesh in the matter... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday has sought reply from the State Government of Madhya Pradesh in the matter related to adding village Jamtara in Jabalpur Municipal Corporation area.

The division bench has fixed next hearing of the case on October 13, 2014. Public interest litigation was filed by Ajay Yadav from Village Parasvara, Jamtara Tehsil and Jabalpur District, against the Principal Secretary, Urban Administration and Development Department, Bhopal, Divisional Commissioner, Jabalpur Division, Collector, Jabalpur and Municipal Commissioner, Jabalpur Municipal Corporation.

The petitioner filed the PIL through Senior Advocate Adarsh Muni Trivedi with Advocate Ashim Trivedi that notification dated on December 20, 2013, published in Madhya Pradesh Gazetteer issued by the Governor of Madhya Pradesh under Section 405 of Madhya Pradesh Municipal Corporation Act, 1956 in short ‘Corporation Act’, specifying 65 villages to be included in area of Municipal Corporation Jabalpur, inviting objections and suggestions from all persons likely to be affected thereby, on or before 30 days. The notification contains that it was issued in backdrop of resolution passed by Municipal Corporation Jabalpur to extend all four-side borders of corporation area.

In said notification, Jamtara village was also proposed to be included within municipal corporation area whereas village Jamtara’s residents livelihood totally depends on agricultural activities and small rural economy. It has no urban character land. Ignoring relevant aspects and without considering objections made by petitioner and villagers in fair manner and in violation of natural justice, the Governor of Madhya Pradesh in exercise of power under sub-section (1) of Section 405 of Municipal Corporation Act, 1956, issued impugned notification and included specified villages including village Jamtara into Municipal Corporation area.

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Two boys, girl held for gangrape on pretext of job

CANTONMENT police succeeded in apprehending two boys and a girl in a case of gang-rape of a girl in the name of providing her employment on Wednesday. The accused have been identified Naveen Sharma... Read More
CANTONMENT police succeeded in apprehending two boys and a girl in a case of gang-rape of a girl in the name of providing her employment on Wednesday. The accused have been identified Naveen Sharma, Rohit alias Vicky, residents of Damoh and Diksha, a resident of Charkhamba area and native of Gotegaon.

SHO of Cantonment police station Arvind Choubey informed that a girl filed a complaint that she was allured by her friend Diksha for providing her employment and took her to a flat in Vijay Nagar area where two boys Naveen and Rohit were already present. She learnt that Diksha was involved in the conspiracy with accused in the name of providing her employment.

Taking a serious note into the case, police started a rigorous search for the accused and succeeded in apprehending two boys in Damoh Naka area while the accused girl was apprehended near City Bus Stand when she was trying to escape from the city. Police have registered a case against the accused under Section 376 of the IPC and presented the accused before court for taking their remand.

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State to increase irrigation area in rabi despite scanty rainfall

Despite deficient rainfall, State is all set to increase irrigation area by one lakh hectare in coming rabi season. Water Resources Department is adopting various measures to achieve the set ta... Read More
Despite deficient rainfall, State is all set to increase irrigation area by one lakh hectare in coming rabi season. Water Resources Department is adopting various measures to achieve the set target. To ensure that there is no water problem during rabi season, Water Resource Department has also decided not to release water from dams for regular power generation.

“Notwithstanding the less rainfall, we are determined to increase irrigation area in rabi season by one lakh hectare. In last rabi season, we covered 23 lakh hectare and in coming season, we are going to do irrigation in 24 lakh hectare of land. This is going to become possible through various management steps,” said Engineer-in-Chief of Water Resources Department, M G Choubey to ‘The Hitavada’.

“On an average, water storage of dams is eighty percent and this is enough to meet the water demand. The decision not to release water for regular power supply except in emergency cases in summer season, has also contributed in ensuring good storage level of water in dams,” added Choubey.

Choubey said that irrigation area will also increase due to construction of new dams and canals in last one year in State. Unravelling the plan for irrigation in rabi season, he said that water would be released four times in those places, where water reservoirs are having sufficient amount of water.

Besides, water supply frequency would be reduced at those places where water storage is less. Besides, farmers living in those districts receiving less rainfall, would be made aware to sow less water consuming varieties of crops. Notably, owing to El Nino effect, it has not rained in normal manner in State and overall rainfall is less than normal. According to a rough estimate, overall rainfall in State is at least 19 percent less than normal.

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VYAPAM scam accused with prize money on head surrenders in court

A VYAPAM scam accused, who had been absconding for months together, surrendered in the court on Wednesday afternoon. Special Task Force (STF) had put prize money of Rs 10,000 on accused.

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A VYAPAM scam accused, who had been absconding for months together, surrendered in the court on Wednesday afternoon. Special Task Force (STF) had put prize money of Rs 10,000 on accused.

According to information, Vishal Raghuwanshi aka Sonu was an accused in the VYAPAM scam and STF had been searching for him for long time. Also, CJM Bhopal court had issued orders to seize the properties of Raghuwanshi.

Raghuwanshi was accused of playing the role of middleman in getting candidates passed in police constable, contractual teachers, forest guard, etc. examinations conducted by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), better known as VYAPAM.

In return for getting them recruited, Raghuwanshi took lakhs of rupees from them. After the foul play in the examination was exposed, a case was lodged against Raghuwanshi in Rajendra Nagar police station of Indore. Since the scams were exposed, Raghuwanshi went absconding.

STF teams raided his house and suspected hideouts in Multai for Raghuwanshi but in vain. STF also declared prize money of Rs 10,000 for providing information about Raghuwanshi’s whereabouts. Even after declaration of the prize money, STF failed to arrest Raghuwanshi.

STF later applied in the court of CJM Bhopal Pankaj Maheshwari for seizure of Raghuwanshi’s properties. CJM Maheshwari issued orders to seize his properties, which included around seven hectare of land in Sondiya village. STF, taking action on court order, seized the properties.

Raghuwanshi, on his own, reached Bhopal court and surrendered in the court of CJM Maheshwari. Court has sent Raghuwanshi on police remand with STF. Now STF will be able to get information about more candidates and scorers involved in the scam from Raghuwanshi.

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irregularities come to fore during stock checking in BSP

BHILAI Steel Plant (BSP) management launched an intensive investigation into the irregularities in the supply of manganese. However, no police complaint was filed in this context. The police are ... Read More
BHILAI Steel Plant (BSP) management launched an intensive investigation into the irregularities in the supply of manganese. However, no police complaint was filed in this context. The police are keeping close vigil on developments.

According to information, as part of regular supply, on Tuesday, BSP received supply of 10 to 12 truck loads of manganese from Manganese Ore India Limited (MOIL), Balaghat unit of Madhya Pradesh. The scam came to fore when during random testing of stock, the Research and Control Laboratory, BSP team discovered that stones and rocks were mixed in a truck load of manganese. Public Relation Department, BSP informed that the management already had directed departments concerned to undertake elaborate test of whole truck loads of manganese and for preparing a report. It was also confirmed that manganese was supplied from MOIL unit of Balaghat, Madhya Pradesh, rocks and stone were found mixed during sample checking.

Public Relation Department, BSP also informed that the manganese was used in Blast Furnaces and Steel Melting Shops for iron and steel making. When contacted, Laxman Kumeti, Station House Officer, Bhatti Police Station informed that however, no complaint was lodged yet with the police after the irregularities in manganese supply came to fore but thepolice are keeping a tab on developments and might take cognizance in the matter.

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Tense situation at Mittal Hospital

Tense situation prevailed in Mittal Hospital, Pandri on Wednesday. While it was being alleged that the hospital administration was not handing over two bodies, Pandri police confirmed that the ... Read More
Tense situation prevailed in Mittal Hospital, Pandri on Wednesday. While it was being alleged that the hospital administration was not handing over two bodies, Pandri police confirmed that the matter was solved between the patient’s relatives and administration.

The hospital director Dr Suman Mittal told that a patient named Geeta was admitted in the hospital over the last fifteen days. The relatives of the patient took the medical papers related to patient and left the hospital on Tuesday night. The patient expired. There was no one to claim the body so the hospital administration intimated the police. It was police personnel who came to the hospital and called the relatives who then took the body, Dr Mittal added. Station House Officer, Pandri LP Jaiswal told that there was some controversy, but finally the matter was solved. Regarding the other patient, Dr Mittal told that she was Devki Bai who also died. Relatives of this patient anticipating that administration would ask to clear the bills dragged a section of media just to avoid payment. After an initial payment no payment was made by the relatives and an old woman who was the attendant did not even brought the medicines regularly. The hospital administration did not charge any money. The police informed that no type of complaint was lodged against the hospital administration.

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21 lakh people across C’garh are unemployed

The appalling but the fact that 21 lakh people in the age group of 15 to 60 years across the Chhattisgarh state were seeking for work as they were unemployed. Because of it, Chhattisgarh stands... Read More
The appalling but the fact that 21 lakh people in the age group of 15 to 60 years across the Chhattisgarh state were seeking for work as they were unemployed. Because of it, Chhattisgarh stands in 9th position amongst all states and union territories of the nation with most unemployed number of people according to the latest statistics of Census India. In Chhattisgarh, population of people in the working age group of 15 to 60 years was 90 lakh and thus it showed that 23% working age population of the state was jobless.

The report revealed that over 113 people at all states and union territories of the nation were available for work in the nation as they were unemployed, the maximum in the entire Asia Continent. Of all states and union territories, West Bengal was worst state at the nation with 54 lakh people of the state in the age group of 15 to 60 years were found jobless, followed up by Jammu and Kashmir with 47 lakh people, Jharkhand with 42 lakh people, Kerala with 42 lakh people, Odisha with 39 lakh people, Assam with 38 lakh people, Uttar Pradesh with 35 lakh people, Madhya Pradesh with 26 lakh people and Chhattisgarh with 21 lakh people.

These unemployed persons as seeking or available for work’ census has differentiated them from those who are not in the job market which includes housewives, students and others. This appears to be an all time high about 25% households in the Chhattisgarh had members that were unemployed and wanted to do work for improving the financial status of the house.

Not in rural areas, but also in urban areas of the state included advanced districts such as Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur, Korba and Raigarh also witnessed a job crisis in spite of many industries were operating in these districts. In urban parts of the state, 25% people in the age group of 15 to 60 years were found unemployed that means 1 out of 4 people in the urban Chhattisgarh was jobless and available for work. On the other hand, 18% people in rural parts of the state were unemployed. But among them, a large number of people were unsatisfied with their work due to high working hours and less income and wanted to shift in better work opportunities.

In comparison to tribal and Naxal affected districts of the state, non tribal districts recorded the maximum number of unemployed people. Because of unemployment and poor job condition, over 14 lakh people of different parts in the state migrated to other states seeking job prospects. Dr. Pramod Sharma, Sociologist and HoD of Sociology Department in Pt Ravishankar Shukla University (Pt RSU) Raipur stated that despite so many claims of the government regarding development works in the state, this high unemployment working age population of the state opened the reality of these works. During last few years, none of the big industrial group has come in the state for opening of their units. It is a time to bring some steps in improving of the condition, he added. Rakesh Bhardwaj, an executive of Census India said now all the worst 10 states of the nation will have to take some measures in bringing the job prospects for working age population of all qualifications.

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Mourning son’s death, Sr citizen kills man in Mahal

HEARTBROKEN senior citizen was seething with hatred for the man he believed was responsible for his son’s death. And finally, the grief-stricken dad, Suresh Sadhuji Ghongre (60) took ultimate rev... Read More
HEARTBROKEN senior citizen was seething with hatred for the man he believed was responsible for his son’s death. And finally, the grief-stricken dad, Suresh Sadhuji Ghongre (60) took ultimate revenge of his son’s death by stabbing the 36-year-old, Shailendra Balkrishna Junghare with a sharp-edged weapon in front of the latter’s house at Gawlipura, Dasra Road, Mahal creating sensation in Koltwali area on Tuesday evening. A resident of Gawlipura, Dasra Road, Junghare was very social and often help the residents in the locality. Ghongre’s 24-year-old son allegedly had an affair with a girl and wanted to marry her. As there was a dispute between the girl’s family on the issue, some residents led by Junghare intervened and allegedly requested Ghongre’s son to stay away from the girl. In April this year, Ghongre’s son committed suicide by consuming poison. Ghongre was quite disturbed since his son ended his life. Ghongre thought that Junghare was responsible for his son’s death. Ghongre performed the ‘Shraddh’ puja on Sarvapitri Amavasya on Tuesday. Around 7.15 pm, Lokesh Kishorrao Pawar (26) and Rajesh Ranke were sitting by the roadside. Junghare was standing in front of his house. Suddenly, Ghongre came and stabbed Junghare on his chest with a sickle-like sharp weapon injuring him seriously. Some residents of Gawlipura rushed Junghare to Government Medical College & Hospital (GMC&H) where he succumbed to his injuries. The news about Junghare’s murder spread like wild fire in the area. Mayor Praveen Datke, former minister Anees Ahmed and other political leaders visited Junghare’s house. Ahmed contacted Junghare’s brother, who works in Saudi Arabia, and informed him about the incident. After recording the statement of Lokesh Pawar (26), a resident of Dasra Road, near Renuka Mata Mandir, Kotwali Police arrested Ghongre on charges under Sections 307 and 302 of the IPC. It is gathered that Junghare allegedly had a quarrel with some persons over construction of his house in the same locality.

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Chaos at airport as snag delays first Haj flight

The first Haj flight scheduled to take off at 6 am on Tuesday, got delayed for hours due to technical snag which created chaos at Nagpur’s Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport. The pil... Read More
The first Haj flight scheduled to take off at 6 am on Tuesday, got delayed for hours due to technical snag which created chaos at Nagpur’s Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport. The pilgrims had to face hardships due to absence of proper arrangements for food and stay. Three pilgrims, who fainted, were taken to CARE Hospital. The lack of arrangements and delay in take off of the flight irked relatives of the pilgrims who shouted slogans against the authorities. Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), under its Deputy Commandant Sudhir Kumar, brought the situation under control. The flight left for Jeddah at 10.25 pm on Tuesday.

The Jet Asia flight of Thai Plane with which DKP Enterprises has made an arrangement, was supposed to take off at 6 am for Jeddah on Tuesday, with first batch of 265 passangers. Accordingly, the relatives of the pilgrims saw off the passengers at Haj House at 10 pm on Monday. The pilgrims were picked up from the Haj House and dropped at the airport by 2 am on Tuesday. Since early morning, the pilgrims were waiting for their turn to board the flight. At 2.30 am, the pilgrims started boarding the flight. By 6.20 am, the flight was ready for take off. But it did not. When some pilgrims enquired about the delay with the airlines officials, they were told that the flight would take off soon. An announcement was made that nobody should panic and the flight would take off soon.

The aircraft was started with Air Conditioner (AC) on. But after some time, the AC was switched off causing inconvenience to the passengers on board. On their requests, the AC was switched on. Again, after some time, the AC was switched off. With no AC and non-availability of other facilities including food, some old-aged passengers fainted and then chaos began. In the mean time, another Haj flight left for Jeddah at its scheduled time at 10 am. The first flight was supposed to take off at 6 am but was still at the runway. The pilgrims had already wore Ahram and now were not able to do anything as per the rituals.

Dr Owaiz Talib, who was at the airport, told The Hitavada, “The pilot of Thai Plane did not cooperate and refused to fly. Even the crew members misbehaved with the pilgrims. We were happy when we saw off our relatives at Haj House but when we came to know that the flight did not take off, we became angry. No body from Air India was present with whom, pilgrims could have communicated. Moreover, the airlines did not arrange for food for the pilgrims. The pilgrims which included women, elderly people, little children, were feeling uneasy. Three pilgrims -- Gulam Mohd from Akola, Mehrunnisa from Nagpur and Kalimullah Khan from Amravati -- fainted. They were taken to CARE Hospital for the treatment. No person from Haj Committee was available for help. Nobody was informing us about the development.”

Prakash Gajbhiye, MLC was first to reach the airport. He went inside and brought the situation under control, else angry relatives of the pilgrims might have created ruckus. He talked to the airport officials, Haj Committee members and relatives.

Gajbhiye said, “The situation was difficutl to handle but as per my information, pilot is still not ready to take off the flight, the reason best known to him. The pilgrims were sitting on the runway as they were feeling suffocated inside the aircraft as the AC was switched off.”

After so much angry reactions from the relatives the passangers were brought at waiting room and were provided with some food. Meanwhile, relatives blamed Air India and MIHAN India Limited (MIL) which handles the functioning at the airport. Some angry relatives of pilgrims filed FIR against the Air India for mismanagement, at Sonegaon Police Station.

Air India sources disclosed that the two flights reached Nagpur airport at 11.45 pm on Monday from Bangalore and Jeddah. According to the crew, as per the Flight Duty Time Limitation (FDTL), they were supposed to take rest. The engineers who were checking both the aircraft noticed some problems in one of the aircraft. The sources added that as it was Thai aircraft, the spareparts were supposed to be brought from Bangkok to Delhi. From Delhi, the spareparts were to be brought by IndiGo flight to the city. Somehow, the spareparts did not reach city in time. Still, it was decided to let the flight take off but the pilot noticed some major problem. Prime importance was given to passangers’ safety. The engineers tried their best. By the time, the flight was getting delayed further and the pilgrims desperate.

Air India sources admitted that the inconvenience to the pilgrims was understandable. But passangers’ safety was given priority. The airlines provided ‘biryani’ in tiffin boxes to the pilgrims. It took some 4 to 5 hours to arrange for food from outside the airport. The flight left for Jeddah at 10.25 pm on Tuesday, the sources added.

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Top medal winners to receive prizes at the hands of Dr Kalam on 26th

Priyanka Victory Bertram of SFS College will be receiving 17 medals in BSc in the 100th convocation of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) to be held on Friday. She along wit... Read More
Priyanka Victory Bertram of SFS College will be receiving 17 medals in BSc in the 100th convocation of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) to be held on Friday. She along with three other top medal winners will be receiving medals at the hands of former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

Dr Vijay Bhatkar, father of Super Computer will be receiving DLitt in the same function. Ashutosh Madhukar Apte and Khushbu Dilip Chhajed will be honoured with 15 medals each. Ashutosh achieved success in LLB (three years) while Khushbu did LLB (five years). Mohit Sharma of Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management (RCOEM) will be getting 10 medals in engineering. This is for the first time that a student from engineering faculty is receiving so many medals. Naresh Manikrao More of Dr Ambedkar College of Arts and Commerce, Brahmapuri will receive 11 medals. This convocation will be for the students of year 2012. The number of Ph.Ds to be awarded are 998. This number is the combined one of the year 2012 and 2013.

The other medal winners include Rupali Nagorao Chaudhari- 9 medals in MA (Sanskrit). She is the student of Vasantrao Naik Government Institute of Arts and Social Science. Siddharth Gulabrao Shambharkar of New Arts and Commerce College, Wardha also received 9 medals in MA (Marathi). Priyanka Pramod Bansod, a student of Post Graduate Department (English) of RTMNU will receive 8 medals. Pravin Someshchandra Vighre (Department of Mass Communication) and Vikita Rajesh Agrawal (RCOEM) will be recipient of 7 medals each. Pravin will be receiving medals in BJ and Vikita did MBA.

The programme will begin at 2.30 at University’s ground, Raobahadur D Laxminarayan premises, Amravati road. Former President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam will deliver convocation address. Anoop Kumar, Vice-Chancellor will preside over. Dr Sanjay Chahande, Principal Secretary of Higher and Technical Education and Dr Abhay Bang will be guests of honour.

Anoop Kumar gave this information while addressing press conference. Those present in the press conference were Registrar Dr A V Gomashe, Finanace and Accounts Officer Puran Meshram, Dr K S Bharti, Deputry Registrar Pradip Biniwale, PRO Shyam Dhond.

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Govt asks civic bodies to complete all JNNURM works by December

Maharashtra Government has directed all Municipal Corporations to complete all on-going and sanctioned projects under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) before December 20... Read More
Maharashtra Government has directed all Municipal Corporations to complete all on-going and sanctioned projects under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) before December 2014. The Central Government may not provides further fund for incomplete projects. This would affect some projects of Orange city including uninterrupted water supply 24x7 and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) water supply scheme to undeveloped layouts. Highly placed sources from Mumbai informed that Shrikant Singh, Principal Secretary in Urban Development Department of State Government convened a meeting of all Municipal Corporation Officers at Mumbai on Wednesday. It may be mentioned that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government is going to launch new mission by next month before Diwali. The new Government may include these incomplete projects in new mission. It may be mentioned that inordinate delay and slow pace of ongoing works are all set to cost very dearly to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in coming months as the Centre has decided not to share burden of any incomplete project beyond December 2014. Earlier, the deadline was March 2014, that was extended by the new Government. Most of the ambitious projects under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) are running behind schedule for various reasons. But notwithstanding any reason, the Centre has taken a policy decision to discontinue its financial assistance to JNNURM works beyond current financial year. Worse, the Centre has asked concerned State Government to foot the bill. Right now, the civic body is facing financial difficulty as State has failed to release its share for JNNURM works. This is considered as a major setback for cities like Nagpur, where civic bodies are unable to release even salaries of its staffers and state has just refused to extend any compensation package. Sources claimed that Maskasath Railway Over Bridge, second phase of Ram Jhula, may be affected by the decision. Central Government has sanctioned projects worth of Rs 1,581 crore for the orange city. The awarded cost of the project is Rs 1,652 crore. The Central Government is sharing burden of 50 per cent cost while 30 per cent cost is shared by NMC and 20 per cent cost is borne by the State Government. Sources claimed that NMC has completed almost 9 project and 8 projects are remaining.

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Colourful Navratri festival to begin from today

The Navratri celebrations will begin in the city on September 25, with various organisations conducting cultural and religious programmes.

Lotus Cultural and Sporting Association, with Navbh... Read More
The Navratri celebrations will begin in the city on September 25, with various organisations conducting cultural and religious programmes.

Lotus Cultural and Sporting Association, with Navbharat and Lokshahi Varta and In Cable Network have organised Maharas Garba at Chitnis Park, Mahal, from September 25 to October 2. The programme is being organised with the initiative of Dayashankar Tiwari. Bhoomipujan of the venue was done by Rajesh Sawrani of Anandam Godrej, in presence of Dayashankar Tiwari, Acharya Ramchandra Tiwari, Sanjay Balpande, journalist Omprakash Soni, Yogesh Paliwal, Vipul Mishra and Atul Mashru.

Local singers will present different songs with the orchestra of S Kumar Entertainer Group. Folk songs by renowned artist Viraj Kanawar will be an added attraction. The visitors can also enjoy delicacies in the Food Court, which include preparations suited for those on fast. About 3,000 persons will be able to participate in the Garba dance, while arrangements for about 10,000 audience has ben made. The entire arrangements will be supervised by 151 volunteers and 100 security guards. College students will get special concession on production of bonafide certificate.

Pashchim Nagpur Nagarik Sangh will celebrate Shriramvardayini Navratra Utsav at Shriram Mandir, Ram Nagar. At the venue 1,001 Manokamna Akhand Jyot will be lit. Various religious programmes will be organised during the celebrations. The Ghatsthapana will be performed at 10 am on September 25. Hindol Pendse and Anuja Menghal will present devotional songs at 7.30 pm. Musical programmes by Niranjan Bobde and group on September 26, Gondhal by Pravin Pachange on September 27, Skit ‘Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu’ by Anandi Group on September 28, Stree Shakti Jagar by Surabhi Mahila Mandal, Gandhi Nagar on September 29; Garba on September 30; Maa Bhagvati Jagran by Pt Rajendra Sharma and Sagar Sharma on October 1; Hom Hawan on October 2 and Ghat Visarjan at 10 am on October 3, will be held. In the evening on October 3, Shastra Pujan and Simollanghan will mark conclusion of the celebrations.

Sarwajanik Swami Ayyappa Bakht Mandal will celebrate Devi Annapoorna Navratri Utsav at Shri Dharmasasta Ayyappa Devasthan, Gawande Layout, Suyog Nagar Square. Ghatsthapana on September 25 will be followed by daily Abhishekam, bhajan, namsamkirtan. South Indian Dandiya (Andhra Style) will be performed by students of Vijayadurga Young Ekta Dandiya Mandal at 6 pm on September 27; Hawan at 9 am on October 2 and Ghatvisarjan on October 3 will be performed.

Jalaram Satsang Mandal will celebrate Ashvin Navratri at Jalaram Prarthana Bhavan, Queta Colony in presence of Sant Haribappa (Chhote Jalarambappa). Discourses by Pt Nanalal Rajguru, from Mahuva, Gujarat will be held at 9 am and 3 pm daily from September 25. The discourses will conclude with Rajyabhishek at 11 am on October 3. This will be followed by Shrimad Bhagvat Gyanyagya Saptah by Kaushikbhai Bhatt from Rajkot, from 3.30 pm on October 3 and will conclude on October 9.

Navratra Mahotsav Mandal, Queta Colony will celebrate Navratri at Acharya Amrut Acharya’s residence with Ghatsthapana at 11.15 am on September 25. Renowned singer from Kolkata Madhusudan Raithatta has arrived here to regale the audience. Various cultural programmes will be held during the festival.

Malvi Swarnakar Sanstha will celebrate Durga Navratri Mahotsav at Paramba Mahalaxmi Mandir, Tulsibag Road, Mahal. Discourse on Shrimad Devi Bhagvat will be delivered by Chhayasut alias Terath Maharaj. Ghatsthapana will be performed at the hands of Rambhau Pant at 9 am on September 25. Bhagvati Jagran, Bhajan, Rasgarba and other programmes have also been organised.

Lohana Mahila Mandal have organised various contests and rasgarba at Lohana Mahajanwadi, Gandhibag, during the Navratri celebrations, daily between 3 pm and 4 pm.

Agyaram Devi Mandir, Ganeshpeth will perform rituals of Ghatsthapana at 7 pm on September 25 in presence of the devotees. The annual fair in the area has already began.

Shri Renuka Devi Deosthan, Gandhi Putala, Central Avenue, has finalised arrangements for lighting 1201 lamps as part of the Ashwin Navratroutsav, informed a release issued by Renuka Mandir Trust. During the nine-day festivity, a programme of bhajan by Anusayamata Mahila Bhajan Mandal from Shrikrishna Nagar is organised on opening day at 3 pm and later in evening light music programme is arranged.

Shri Durgadevi Sarvajanik Deosthan, Ranapratap Nagar, has organised various programmes during the nine day festival. Akhand Jyoti Pujan is at temple at 12 noon after Ghatsthpana. Also traditional programme like Rasgarbha, Gondhal, Bhajan, Mahayagnya and havan is organised. Similarly, Dr Murlidhar Idhole will also be available for consultations, informed a release issued here.

Om Shri Durga Mata Mandir, Chawla Square, Jaripatka, has organised Jagran in opening day at 9 pm. On the occasion, 301 lamps will be lit, informed a release issued here.

Navratra Mahotsav Samiti, Hansapuri, Choti Khadan, to has finalised arraignments for the Navratri Utsav at Khadan School ground. The ghatstapana and lighting of akhand jyoti is on Thursday at 5.30 pm. 108 Mangal Kalash will be installed on the occasion.

Devi Ahilyabai Smarak Samiti has organised Ashtami Puja on October 1 as part of the Ashwin Navratri Utsav. The puja will start at 10 am and later also in evening at 6 pm the idol of Durga Devi will be installed. Those interested for puja, may contact Vijaya Joshi-2453883, Sarita Sathe-2548722.

Shri Shiv Mandir situated at Baileyshop-Motibagh Railway Colony, off Kamptee Road, has made arrangments for lighting 401 akhand jyot. Ghatstapana will take place on Thursday at 8 am and in afternoon Mata Ki Chowki is organised between 12 noon to 3 pm by Bhawani Jas Mandal, Itwari.

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Cong declares 118 candidates, BJP-SS list likely today

All the major parties are likely to formally announce their official candidates for ensuing Assembly elections by Thursday evening after their political alliance is finalised and formalised. Both... Read More
All the major parties are likely to formally announce their official candidates for ensuing Assembly elections by Thursday evening after their political alliance is finalised and formalised. Both the old alliances are engaged in hectic parleys and pressure tactics are mounted to get maximum number of seats. BJP State President Devendra Fadnavis declared that Mahayuti would remain intact and in any case they would not leave the smallers parties in a lurch. While Shiv Sena (SS) leaders are also confident that after some give and take the alliance will sail through this crisis. The smallers parties have accused both BJP and Sena with backstabbing them and warned to walk out of Mahayuti.

The Congress has already hardended its stance vis-a-vis alliance partner Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and went ahead by declaring its first list of 118 candidates including majority of seats from Vidarbha. The NCP had demanded at least 144 seats, Chief Ministership for two-and-a-half years and additional seats for independent MLAs who recently joined NCP. The Congress has rejected all the three demands. Now, efforts are on by NCP to get at least 133 seats leaving remaining 155 seats for Congress while party high-command is in no mood to fight anything less than 174 seats.

Amidst this posturing and power-games, the parties have also quietly prepared their lists and all prominent candidates have been informed about the decision. In case seat-sharing pact fails to materialise, all the major parties have prepared a contingency plan to field maximum candidates and also poach electable candidates from other parties. Last date for filing the nominations is September 27 and with virtually three days are left to complete entire exercise.

MNS chief Raj Thackeray is also unveiling his Vision Document on Thursday and possibly first list at Mumbai. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has already released its list. But the four major parties are playing a very safe game and officially no names have been announced. The possibility of snapping of ties between BJP-Sena and Congress-NCP has suddenly increased worries of all established players as there can be quadrangular fights in all the segments.

Break-up in two major alliances has suddenly brought smiles on the faces of some party workers who were keen to contest, but were unable to do so as the seat was left for alliance partner. With every passing day, loyalties are changed and many heavy-weights are switching over to other sides to take on their old party. There are rumours of many heavy-weights changing sides on last moment in case alliances are not finalised. This is likely to create storm in the political areana during next 72 hours days as the parties will be locked in bitter fight in every constituency.

In Nagpur city, BJP has four legislators while Congress has two MLAs. BJP is almost certain to repeat all the four sitting legislators - Devendra Fadnavis (South West), Krishna Khopde (East), Vikas Kumbhare (Central) and Sudhakar Deshmukh (West) while from Nagpur North, names of Dr Milind Mane, Sandip Gavai and Vanita Rajkumar Tirpude are being considered. South Nagpur is left for Shiv Sena and in case the alliance breaks-up, then BJP candidates Prof Sanjay Bhende, Avinash Thakre, Ramesh Shingare, Dr Chhotu Bhoyar and Sudhakar Kohle are keen to get party ticket.

In Nagpur district out of six seats, Congress has only one seat- Saoner represented by Sunil Kedar and NCP has one seat represented by veteran Anil Deshmukh from Katol. While BJP has three legislators- Chandrashekhar Bawankule (Kamptee), Sudhir Parwe (Umrer), Vijay Ghodmare (Hingna) and Shiv Sena’s Ashish Jaiswal from Ramtek had retained the seat.

Congress’ first list out

Congress has released its first list of 118 candidates on Wednesday night. Guardian Minister Dr Nitin Raut who retained his North Nagpur since 1999 is all set to retain his turf for the fourth time. From East Nagpur name of young leader Adv Abhijit Wanjari, son of later Govindrao Wanjari has got the ticket while former Guardian Minister Satish Chaturvedi has been nominated from South Nagpur in place of sitting MLA Dinanath Padole. Padole now shares uneasy ties with his mentor Vilas Muttemwar. From South-West Nagpur corporator Praful Gudadhe Patil’s candidature has been declared. From Central Nagpur, former minister Anees Ahmed has got party ticket while from Nagpur West City President Vikas Thakre will contest. From Ramtek, the party has nominated former Union Minister Subodh Mohite while from Saoner, sitting MLA Sunil Kedar has been renominated.

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EoW files 4,025 pages chargesheet against Wasankar, others in 60 days

Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of Crime Branch on Wednesday filed chargesheet against Prashant Wasankar and others booked for duping hundreds of investors, in the special court. The chargesheet, ... Read More
Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of Crime Branch on Wednesday filed chargesheet against Prashant Wasankar and others booked for duping hundreds of investors, in the special court. The chargesheet, running into 4,025 pages against Wasankar Wealth Management Limited and its directors, has revealed the modus operandi of the firm and how innocent investors were taken for a ride, and offences under the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors (MPID) Act were committed by all the accused. The chargesheet has been filed against three accused -- Chairman of Wasankar Wealth Management Limited, Prashant Jaideo Wasankar; his brother-in-law and Director Abhijit Jayant Choudhary and Director Vinay Wasankar-- arrested by EoW which is probing the case. The accused have been chargesheeted under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and also under certain provisions of the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors (MPID) Act. EoW had booked Chairman, Directors, Chief Executive Officer and three employees of Wasankar Wealth Management Limited for allegedly duping investors to the tune of crores of rupees on May 9, on the basis of a complaint lodged by well-known builder Vivek Pathak. On the basis of the complaint, an offence under Sections 420, 406, 506, 120 of the Indian Penal Code read with Section 3 of the MPID act was registered against Wasankar. His arrest was a big blow for hundreds of his investors and admirers who viewed him as some sort of financial wizard with a Midas touch. Initially, a substantial number of investors mobilised support for Wasankar and termed the complainants as spoilsports, but later harsh reality surfaced before them and many of them quietly filed complaint against Wasankar.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Adl.CP) Sunil Kolhe told ‘The Hitavada’ that the chargesheet has been filed within 60 days after arrest of the three accused. Total 303 complaints have been received so far and invested amount is Rs 45 crore. Most of them were promised very attractive interest rates and guaranteed returns and as per papers submitted by complainants, they ought to have received Rs 83,57,17,676 from Wasankar.

“We are receiving two to three complaints against Wasankar everyday as investors are willingly approaching police against Wasankar wealth Management Ltd,” Kolhe said. He further said that the police is likely to interrogate business associates who are attached with Wasankar’s firm. As more investors are approaching police, the case is getting legally stronger, said a legal expert. Sources informed that the investors who were till now hopeful of getting back their returns are now demoralised and approaching EoW sleuths.

The company claimed of dealing in financial planning, earning ideas, stock-broking, depository, portfolio advisory, fixed income, life and general insurance, and mutual fund. It accepted huge investments from people not only from Maharashtra but also from other states by promising them hefty returns.

However, Wasankar and Choudhary while applying for bail flatly shirked all responsibility and had questioned the applicability of MPID against them. In fact, the alleged transactions were part of loan transactions for which promissory notes were issued in his individual capacity, Wasankar had claimed in his bail application while disputing prosecution theory.

Now, the chargesheet has meticulously reconstructed entire transactions of complainants, how money changed hands, portfolios created, interest/dividend was paid and how default started. This is only first chargesheet and many supplementary chargesheets will be filed in due course, prosecution stated.

In fact, the investors were worried that Wasankar would be released on bail, if the chargesheets were not filed in time and had met EoW officials on Tuesday demanding filing of chargesheet and also expressed anguish over inordinate delay in trailing back the money, finding out movable and immovable properties purchased out of crime proceeds and inability of the prosecution to present a water-tight argument against Wasankar who is now trying to portray the investors as moneylenders.

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Contractual workers to protest against delay in regularisation

Contractual Government employees of State would sport black bands on duty hours to start a state-level agitation to register their protest against the delay in regularisation of their services fr... Read More
Contractual Government employees of State would sport black bands on duty hours to start a state-level agitation to register their protest against the delay in regularisation of their services from Monday. These employees are demanding implementation of regularisation policy that was formulated by the General Administration Department (GAD). It is to be noted that earlier, the contractual employees, under the banner of MP Contract-based Officers and Employees Federation, had organised a demonstration at Vallabh Bhawan on September 16, but State Government failed to address their demands. Around 2 lakh such Government employees would be participating in the state-level movement, demanding implementation of the regularisation policy by the State Government.

Ramesh Rathore, State President of MP Contract-based Officials & Employees Federation said that if the posts of Panchayat workers, teachers and others had been made regular, then why there was a delay in regularisation of posts of contractual employees. Rathore informed that employees would be sporting black bands at work and would also form a human chain at Paryavas Bhawan to register their protest on Monday.

It is worth mentioning that the contractual employees of the State Government have been constantly seeking regularisation of their posts, Dearness Allowance (DA), House Allowance, compensation of Rs 5 lakh on death, holiday, medical leave and other basic facilities.

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Record vote turnout as MCCI goes to polls after two decades

ELECTIONS for new body of Mahakoshal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) were held on Sunday. Amidst process of casting votes record voters turnout was witnessed in elections conducted afte... Read More
ELECTIONS for new body of Mahakoshal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) were held on Sunday. Amidst process of casting votes record voters turnout was witnessed in elections conducted after 19 years. Right from starting of voting members of the Chamber keenly participated in elections and set a new record with highest voting percentage in the history of chamber. It may be mentioned that 78 years ago, MCCI was founded in Jabalpur and in past two decades elections were not conducted. In past two decades the trend of nominating office-bearers was followed in which through unanimous decisions of eminent dignitaries and members during annual general body meetings nominations of office-bearers was done in an amicable atmosphere. But the tradition broke in 2014 elections. This year, after two tenures Ravi Gupta as President of MCCI, in last annual general body meeting the veteran members, former office-bearers, trustees and members decided to conduct direct elections. Amongst total 1390 votes of MCCI members voting commenced at its schedule time under observation of Election Officer K Kumar and Assistant Elections Officer G D Padaraha. Till 5 pm, around 85 per cent votes that are 1188 votes were registered amongst total 1390 members.

Senior most voter of the chamber including veteran businessman of the city, former Chairman of the city Balkrishna Das Maheshwari along with other senior members, including Nirmalchand Bhura, Ramkrishna Agrawal, Bhagwandas Bhai Dhirawani, Bhagwati Dhar Bajpai, Dharmaveer Gulati and others cast their votes.

Enthusiasm amongst other members especially new members who took membership during the tenure of Ravi Gupta was remarkable. Since start of voting, members’ queue to franchise their votes persisted. During voting, election agents of both the panels also remained active for the whole day right from scrutiny of identity cards, voter card of the chamber while also foiled bid of false voting. During the day, around five to six attempts to vote on fake identity were foiled or due to mismatch of data in records of Chamber were cancelled by the election agents and officer. As per final list of candidates in MCCI elections 2014 contested election on different posts have franchised their votes along with their supporters in first round of polling.

In these elections for the post of President, three candidates were in fray including previous President Ravi Gupta while his nearest rivals Ravindra Bajpai and Sanjay Jain two eminent figures from business and industry of the city. For Senior Vice-President’s post candidates including Rajesh Chandok from Ravi Gupta Panel and Arun Pursvani contested election from Ravindra Bajpai Panel.

For the post of Junior Vice-President Raichand Shah were contesting elections from Ravi Gupta panel and from Ravindra Bajpai panel Shantilal Patel were in fray. On the post of Treasurer Yuvraj Garhawal have contested elections from Ravi Gupta Panel while from Ravindra Bajpai Panel Sushil Jain Sadhu has contested election for prestigious post. In this election representing Ravindra Bajpai Panel, eminent businessman and social worker Arunkant Agrawal contested election on the post of Secretary and from Ravi Gupta Panel eminent Tax Consultant, Dilip Talreja is contesting elections. For the post of Assistant Secretary, nominations have been filed by Anup Agrawal, Satish Jain from Ravindra Bajpai Panel while Akhil Mishra, Hemraj Agrawal filed nomination from Ravi Gupta Panel. Counting of votes will commence at 11 am on Monday and results will be declared as counting is completed.

84 per cent voting registered

MCCI, Jabalpur, for next by-yearly tenure held on Thursday with active participation of members and their decision has been sealed in ballet boxes.

Even after complicated and lengthy process, the members participated with great enthusiasm and cast their votes. In process total 84 per cent votes have been registered.

For this remarkable voting turnout candidates from Ravi Gupta Panel including Ravi Gupta, Rajesh Chandok, Ramchandra Bhai Shah, Dilip Talreja, Yuvraj Garhawal, Hemraj Agrawal, Akhil Mishra and Election Director of the Ravi Gupta Panel, Jaiprakash Maheswari have thanked to the MCCI Election Officer K Kumar, G D Padaraha, Purhotam Sanghi, Mahendra Singhai, Ajay Vishwakarma, Administration and members have thanked for their valuable support.

Election Officer thanks members

MCCI Election Officer K Kumar proposed a vote of thanks towards members of MCCI for their active participation in elections.

Amongst 1390 members, 1180 votes were registered setting a record on its own of 85 per cent voting. The ballot boxes have been sealed and locked in strong room in presence of election representatives, candidates of both the panels. Kumar added that on Monday counting will be initiated and as soon counting will be over results will be declared. Atmosphere in the chamber remained in tussle between the two panels but in friendly atmosphere. Due to above expectation turnout of voters little rush was witnessed and some members also faced some problems. Delay in process was due to cross examination of ID of voters which made the process slow. The Election Officer thanked the members participated in the elections.

Milestone in history of Mahakoshal Chamber of Commerce and Industry

HUGE turnout of voters in Mahakoshal Chamber of Commerce and Industry elections 2014 reflected enthusiasm amongst members as well as their awareness. Above expectation voting that is around 85 per cent has become a milestone in the history of Chamber. Candidate for the post of President from Ravindra Bajpai Panel, Ravindra Bajpai extended thanks towards all the members. Eminent members of Panel who are in fray including Arjun Puruswani, Shantilal Patel, Arunkant Agrawal, Sushil Kumar Jain, Satish Jain, Anoop Agrawal have expressed sense of gratitude towards all the members.

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Who is to blame as Mahakoshal’s potential remains untapped?

VARIOUS industry cluster plans to develop industry, tourism and service industry etc will gain momentum with induction of fresh office-bearers in prime industry and commerce organisations based i... Read More
VARIOUS industry cluster plans to develop industry, tourism and service industry etc will gain momentum with induction of fresh office-bearers in prime industry and commerce organisations based in the city. Two prime business and industry representative organisations including Jabalpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and Mahakoshal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) are underway. Recent elections in both the organisations have emerged as a ray of hope for work to mount pressure on authorities concerned to ensure implementation of earlier made plans for Mahakoshal region with fresh ideas and synergy. Yet for no development, thanks to the authorities concerned, public representatives and leaders of the region who let majority of projects to gather dust in cold storage or die due to lack of follow-up.

Seeing possibilities in Mahakoshal region in yester years many plans were chalked out and many a times eminent leaders of city have taken up movement to shape this city as a tourist hub. Sadly, its potential remains untapped.

In strategies planned at local level special emphasis on places of archaeological importance, historical sites, tradition and food diversity have been picked with the name of Jabalpur but on ground reality things have been shifted to other divisions where public representatives and leaders are using their influence or muscle power to grab the platform. A Jabalpur Tourist Circuit Development Plan was formulated in previous years but continuous negligence towards execution of tourism friendly initiatives hampered its execution.

The plan has major thrust on resolving an important issue of repairing roads connecting tourist destinations like Kahna National Park, Bandhavgarh National, Pench National Park, Ghughwa National Park and other destinations from Jabalpur.

If proper emphasis is given on exploiting available resources the present business size would be raised manifold. Jabalpur circuit has ample opportunities for industrial sector too.

In order to give a spirited lift to industry in Mahakoshal besides special industrial privilege zones divisional-level industrial development plan must be formulated with its time bound development programme so that Jabalpur and its adjoining districts like Mandla, Balaghat, Katni or Chhindwara could also be benefited. For marketing of Jabalpur a kiosk should be set-up to provide data to investors in different investor fairs, business exhibitions at national and international platforms. But to what extent the exercise will be successful without preparing infrastructure and connectivity of Jabalpur with major industry destinations. Priority of such necessary should be listed in blue print of Jabalpur industry.

Industrial growth of Jabalpur and its adjoining districts seems unchanged since last 20 years in comparison to its potential and availability of resources. The act is frustrating dreams of people resides at the heart centre of India in Mahakoshal region could be turned into prospering industrial growth centre if given lift in planned manner.

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Alert police foil robbery bid, arrest two miscreants

THANKS to the prompt stance of police that on being informed by an informer two miscreants on a bike without any registration number, hatching a robbery plan were apprehended from Tagore Garden u... Read More
THANKS to the prompt stance of police that on being informed by an informer two miscreants on a bike without any registration number, hatching a robbery plan were apprehended from Tagore Garden under Cantonment police station. After being nabbed during interrogation it came to fore that two were reportedly involved in several instances of loot and theft from different colonies of the city.

Success for police was disclosed by Additional Superintendent of Police Isha Pant in a press conference at Police Control Room on Sunday afternoon. On Sunday, an informer informed about two miscreants allegedly standing near Tagore Garden in Cantonment area. The miscreants along with a bike without any registration number were found discussing some crime. A police team comprising SHO Arvind Choubey along with SI S S Shrivastava, PSI Preeti Mishra, Head Constable Rajesh, Constable Arun Vyas, Atul Rajvaidh, Rajesh Gautam, Deepak Bakode and others swung into action and reached the said location leaving no scope for the miscreants to flee from the spot.

Suspecting foul about credentials of miscreants police took them to police station and were identified as Vikas alias Vicky Onkar Verma and Sumit alias Annu Gopal Samasi both residents from New Kanchanpur, Adhartal. During interrogation they revealed of having grabbed purse of a woman near Pentinaka petrol pump and also targeted another woman near APR Colony, Katanga.

Another incident confessed was of theft of a purse from two-wheeler parked near Maharishi School under Omti police station area. On the basis of information obtained from the two accused, police reached the location and have seized three mobile phones, four memory cards, cash Rs 5000 and unregistered bike allegedly used in several instances of loot and theft. Superintendent of Police Jabalpur Harinarayanchari Mishra announced cash reward for police team having apprehended two accused of loot and theft along with valuables recovered.

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9 miscreants, including 4 juveniles, involved in robberies arrested

IN A major breakthrough, Bhedaghat police arrested nine miscreants, including four juveniles, involved in two dacoity loot and other offences. The accused were involved in dacoity took place fo... Read More
IN A major breakthrough, Bhedaghat police arrested nine miscreants, including four juveniles, involved in two dacoity loot and other offences. The accused were involved in dacoity took place four months back at Tewar for which IG Jabalpur zone had announced cash reward of Rs 15,000 to the informer for providing any clue about absconding miscreants. This was disclosed by Mahesh Chandra Jain Additional SP (Rural) while addressing a press conference on Sunday. Police have recovered booty and other valuables worth over Rs 6 lakh stolen by the gang in different incidents.

About the success it is informed that on Saturday afternoon during patrolling, cops found a miscreant who happens to be a minor standing in suspicious manner. On being asked to specify about his credential he became nervous making police skeptic. Then the miscreant was taken to police station and was interrogated.

During interrogation he confessed to his active role in criminal activities along Santosh with 7 other members from the region. The group of nine includes four juveniles who were equally involved in the crime. On the basis of information obtained about fellow associates of the gang, police summarily raided locations and apprehended all.

Of the nine apprehended four are minor while five others have been identified as Ashiki Patel (20), Sohari Gontiya (20), Arvind alias Jittu (19), Ajeet alias Viru Thakur (24) and Shubham alias Kali Thakur (18) and four minors all residing near Bhedaghat railway station area.

The accused during interrogation confessed to their indulgence in dacoity reported on the intervening night of May 30 from the house of Kishan Singh, resident from Tewar, armed loot from house of Gopal Singh, resident of Bhedaghat chowk.

Besides the gang had also targeted Ravi Shankar Jhariya at Bhedaghat station, Suresh Patel at Sihoda village and Laxminarayan temple at Gopalpur village. Police have recovered around 100 grams gold made ornaments, seven booty stolen from temples, 2 kilogram of silver made ornaments and Rs 4000 cash and four bikes used by miscreants.

About the move initiated by police it is informed that in view of spate in criminal activities, SP Jabalpur Harinarayanchari Mishra had instructed to round-up miscreants involved in thefts. Accordingly, Additional SP (Rural) Mahesh Chandra Jain instructed CSP Bargi Hariom Sharma and SHO Bhedaghat to carry out investigations. Consequently, SHO Bhedaghat Susmita Neogi constituted a team and deployed informer to obtain information about suspects involved in criminal incidents.

The police team who successfully nabbed the gang of nine miscreants includes SHO Bhedaghat Susmita Neogi along with Rajneesh Bhadoriya, Rajesh Tiwari, Nitin Joshi, Shreepal Kumrey, Virendra Yaduvasnhi, Jaikishan Raikwar, Abhishek Shindey, Mahendra Patel and Brajendra Patel member of Gram Raksha Samiti offered valuable support in entire operation.

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CM meets Defence Minister, appeals to transfer military land for Ambedkar Memorial at Mhow

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Defence & Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Sunday and urged that military land adjoining the National Memorial at Mhow in the birthplace of B... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Defence & Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Sunday and urged that military land adjoining the National Memorial at Mhow in the birthplace of Bharat Ratna Babasaheb Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar should be transferred to Madhya Pradesh Government. Chouhan discussed various important issues with the Finance Minister and urged him that amount under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, other centrally-sponsored schemes and relief distributed to hailstorm-affected farmers should be reimbursed. He also discussed cooperatives scenario in the State and extension of ceiling of market borrowings.

The Chief Minister urged Defence Minister Jaitley to transfer to Madhya Pradesh Government the 4.52 acre land under survey number 88 adjoining the National Memorial on the birthplace of Bharat Ratna Babasaheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar at Mhow, where massive crowd turns up every year on the birthday of Babasaheb. In this context, he also referred to a letter wherein a proposal has been made to hand over to army revenue land in lieu of military land. In fact, except for military land, there is no other alternative suitable land near the memorial. The Chief Minister had to make this appeal specially since the army has started construction in this area. He urged the Defence Minister for special intervention in the matter.

Giving an account of works being undertaken under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the Chief Minister informed that, so far, Rs 2,500 crore has been spent in which Centre’s share is Rs 2,250 crore. The State has received Rs 1,750 crore from the Centre so far and Rs 400 crore is yet to be received.

Besides, Rs 2,500 crore will also be needed for remaining period of the financial year for the scheme. He urged the Centre to provide this amount. Informing about implementation of Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana, Chouhan said that, so far, 27,52,000 bank accounts have been opened in the State. Target has been set to open 60 lakh bank accounts by January 26, 2015. Referring to prudent fiscal management in the State, he urged to increase State’s ceiling for market borrowings from Rs 4,600 crore to Rs 10,600 crore and NABARD loan limit from Rs 1,250 crore to Rs 1,500 crore.

The Chief Minister informed the Union Minister that unseasonal rains and hailstorm in March 2014 had affected crops in 30 lakh hectares belonging to 32 lakh farmers. He also informed about human and cattle losses. For this, the State Government had urged the Centre for a Rs 5,963 crore special package. The State Government has distributed relief and crop loss compensation to the tune of Rs 2,150 crore. The Chief Minister urged the Centre to reimburse this.

Chouhan informed the Union Finance Minister that Vaidyanathan Committee had given package of Rs 1,814.40 crore in year 2006-07 for short-term cooperatives credit structure. In included Rs 1,652.30 crore Central Share and Rs 1,62.10 crore State Share. Rs 667.21 crore under the package are yet to be provided by the Centre. He also urged to clear banking licences pending with Reserve Bank for 3 District Central Cooperative banks. He said that additional cooperation amount of Rs 65 crore has already deposited for this by the State Government. Chouhan said that Rs 15,000 crore short-term loans at zero percent interest rate is to be provided to farmers through cooperative banks. This process has been successful during last 3 years with the State registering agriculture growth rate of 24.99 percent this year. Union Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley gave a patient hearing to the Chief Minister and assured of every possible cooperation.

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Central Government yet to review IFS officers’ cadre

The Central Government, in every five years, reviews all India service officers. Review of officers of Indian Forest Service (IFS) is pending with the Government of India for the last one month. ... Read More
The Central Government, in every five years, reviews all India service officers. Review of officers of Indian Forest Service (IFS) is pending with the Government of India for the last one month. No decision has yet been taken on the cadre review proposal, sent by the State Government to the Centre. However, delay in Central Government’s approval to the cadre review proposal is worrying Forest Department’s senior officers, who will directly be benefitted as some of them are on the verge of retirement. The new cadre review proposal will take them to higher posts with increase in the higher posts of the department.

According to information, the State Government had sent IFS cadre officers’ review proposal on January 30, 2014 but with some queries, the proposal was returned by the Central Government in May. The Government, making some amendments as per queries of the Government of India, again sent it to the Government of India in first week of September with hope of its early approval to pave the way of promotion chances of the higher level officers.

Gaurishankar Shejwar, Forest Minister also approved the proposal after discussion with some senior officers but not the officers of the state cadre so they feel resented with this proposal that will reduce the posts at field and even reducing chances of promotions of the state cadre posts as the senior officers, while preparing this proposal, reduced many posts will block the promotion chances at some level. Effect of the new cadre review proposal in the Forest Department will be according to the break on the posts of Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF) from Conservator of Forest (CF), every second senior officer in forest headquarter will be Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (APCCF), but at the field level, there will be shortage of officers as, in new proposal, posts of District Forest Officers (DFO) have been reduced. It will certainly disappoint the department’s State Cadre officers appointed in State Forest Service. Moreover, what will be irony in after approval of the proposal will be as under the APCCF. There will be APCCF, not the CCF as the posts of the CCFs have been reduced to increase the posts of the APCCF and PCCF.

Both the posts are same, so how one officer will work under the same cadre officer, it will directly affect the work, said a senior forest officer pleading anonymity in Forest headquarters. According to him, usually, the Government always wants to have the administrative structure in Pyramid shape so that the administrative control is better and implementation of projects and schemes should be more better at the field level and it is considered as an ideal structure. But what the cadre review proposal has been suggested is round like earthen pot.

See the proposal what has been demanded The State Government has, at present, sanctioned three posts of PCCF. Officers are working on all three posts. Government has demanded five posts, or two more posts of PCCF. Likewise, there are 10 sanctioned posts of APCCF while officers working are 21 as they have reached that level through rise in pay scale. The Government has demanded 37 posts, or 16 more posts. While 68 posts of CCF have been sanctioned, 57 officers are working on it but the Government has demanded only 40 posts, reduction of 17 posts. However, there are 34 sanctioned posts of CFs and officers are working on all 34 posts but the Government has demanded 40 posts, meaning six more posts of CFs. The Government has again demanded reduction in posts of Deputy Conservators of Forests Dy CFs, sanctioned posts in this cadre are 65, officers are working on all 65 posts but as per proposal, the Government has demanded only 59 posts, meant six posts less than the present sanctioned posts.

When contacted, Jirendra Agrawal, former State President of Madhya Pradesh Indian Forest Service Officers Association, said the IFS cadre review proposal is pending with the Government of India. More information will be provided by present President Dr Gopa Pandey. When contacted, Dr Gopa Pandey also said that the Government of India had made some queries in the IFS cadre review proposal sent earlier. It was sent to the Government of India. It is pending with the Government of India, she said.

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e-Ladli Laxmi website stands first in India in states’ ranking

Union Steel and Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar conferred Platinum Award to e-Ladli in New Delhi on Saturday. The award was received by Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh. e-Ladl... Read More
Union Steel and Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar conferred Platinum Award to e-Ladli in New Delhi on Saturday. The award was received by Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh. e-Ladli Laxmi website is the first in the country in states’ ranking followed by Gujarat and Maharashtra.

After getting nationwide fame, the Ladli Laxmi Yojana’s technology for implementation has also drawn national encomiums. For effective implementation of Ladli Laxmi Yojana, e-Ladli Laxmi website has been developed by Madhya Pradesh Government. Apart from better documentation of scheme’s beneficiaries, it has also become easier for people to get scheme’s benefit. At present, 18 lakh girls have benefit from the scheme.

Skoch Foundation selected 300 projects for e-implementation of public welfare schemes through a nationwide study and survey. Among them, 150 were conferred Skoch Order of Merit Award. These include Anmol and e-Ladli of Madhya Pradesh Women & Child Development Department. The award was conferred on September 19. Of the 150 projects, e-Ladli website was adjudged best for Platinum Award. The award was conferred by Steel and Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi . Skoch Foundation’s Chairman Sameer Kochar was also present on the occasion.

It is noteworthy that apart from Women & Child Development Department, other Madhya Pradesh departments have also been conferred Skoch Order of Merit Award including Rural Development, Education and Urban Administration and Development departments for decentralised schemes upto rural areas of State.

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Armed miscreants barge into scientist couple’s home

Around four armed thieves barged into a house in Ishaan Park locality in Raise road area under Piplani police station of State capital on Sunday early morning around 4 am. The house is owned by D... Read More
Around four armed thieves barged into a house in Ishaan Park locality in Raise road area under Piplani police station of State capital on Sunday early morning around 4 am. The house is owned by Dr Ashwini Raut and his wife Dr Anamika Raut. Both are scientists by profession and Dr Ashwini is working at high security Animal Disease Laboratory. Both reside with their two children. According to police, early on Sunday morning, four armed thieves barged into the house of Dr Raut. The couple and their children were sleeping in separate bedrooms. On hearing some sound, Dr Anamika woke up and on opening the door of their room, she saw that 4 armed robbers had entered their house and were trying to enter the bedrooms. She immediately locked the door of her room but she got afraid that the children are asleep alone and the thieves can harm them. Dr Ashwini opened the door of their room and rushed out. Outside the room, the miscreants were present and Dr Ashwini fought with them. In this fight, Dr Ashwini suffered injuries in head and arms and one of his arms got fractured too. In the meantime, Dr Anamika went out of the house and yelled for help, which woke up the neighbours. Listening her yelling, the miscreants ran away from the house but they managed to take away foreign currency of 25 pounds, a mobile phone and Rs 3,000 cash.

Reportedly, the miscreants entered the house with the objective of robbery and not of theft as they were armed and two of their accomplices were guarding the area from outside. Also, it is a matter of concern that even after being a closed campus society, the miscreants were able to enter the campus easily.

Police reached the site on learning about the incident and a case has been lodged in the matter under section of IPC. Police have started investigation into the matter.

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Prime Minister to inaugurate Global Investors’ Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Indore Global Investors Summit -2014 on October 9 at 10.30 am, informed the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at a press conference at Madhya Pra... Read More
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Indore Global Investors Summit -2014 on October 9 at 10.30 am, informed the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at a press conference at Madhya Pradesh Bhawan in New Delhi on Sunday. He also informed that a convention of small and medium entrepreneurs and investors will be held on October 8, which would be inaugurated by Union Micro, Small and Medium Industries Minister Kalraj Mishra.

Chouhan said that after three successful Global Investors’ Summit held in alternate years, focus of this year’s Global Investors’ Summit is on prominently establishing the State in investment sector in Asia Pacific. Chief Minister said that Prime Minister is known for attracting investors and industry-friendly policies. He hoped that inauguration of the summit by the Prime Minister will benefit Madhya Pradesh due to his image.

He said that Rs 1.25 lakh crore has been invested through previous summits in Madhya Pradesh. He said that country has a favourable atmosphere for development these days. It is among the priorities of the State Government as to how much cooperation can be availed from Centre in this and how State’s potential is highlighted before the world.

Chief Minister said that a target has been set to ensure participation of at least 50 economic tycoons of the world in the summit. Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Czech Republic, Mexico, South Africa, Netherlands and Spain have confirmed their participation. Sectoral seminars will be held during the summit. This time, instead of signing MoUs, focus will be on signing Expressions of Interest (EoIs) before and after the summit. Chouhan said that investment-related figures of previous summits will also be displayed for everyone to know factual position of investment.

He informed that Madhya Pradesh has infrastructure, skilled and unskilled manpower, availability of land for industries, real single window system, adequate water, 24X7 power supply and good law & order situation, which are contributing factors for industrialisation. The Chief Minister invited investors through national media to participate in the Global Investors’ Summit.

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FINS seminar on Mao-Terrorism held

Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS), Chhattisgarh Chapter, on Sunday organised a seminar on Mao-Missionary-Terrorism-NGO Nexus & National Security Concerns in hotel Flora.

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Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS), Chhattisgarh Chapter, on Sunday organised a seminar on Mao-Missionary-Terrorism-NGO Nexus & National Security Concerns in hotel Flora.

Sheshadri Chari, General Secretary, FINS, expert Nighad Parveen Khan, Veteran journalist Ramesh Nair and Waqf Board Chairman Mohd Salim Asharfi were the guests and speakers for the seminar.

The speakers spoke on the history of Maoism and Terrorism in details and their activities. Origin Maoism,

Marxism etc was also discussed in the seminar.

Varnika Sharma, Research Fellow, conducted the seminar. Hundreds of participants working in these fields reaped benefits from the seminar.

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Cricket is killing our freedom: Farmers

Farmers of Naya Raipur are facing numerous problems from VIP movements to the more serious issue of compensation. In a press conference on Sunday, farmers said that despite the repeated urge, no ... Read More
Farmers of Naya Raipur are facing numerous problems from VIP movements to the more serious issue of compensation. In a press conference on Sunday, farmers said that despite the repeated urge, no one listens to their problems.

Nayi Rajdhani, Prabhawit Kisaan Kalyaan Samiti Secretary Kamta Prasad Ratre said that owing to the on going cricket matches, they are feeling like prisoners within their village. They are not even allowed to work in their fields. And not just this, they can not even go buy medicines in emergency, even school vehicles are not allowed and their travel allowances have also been increased many folds. So whenever there will be a VIP movement or cricket tournament they will be facing these issues.

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RMC’s Adarsh Lok Shiksha Kendra bags SKOCH Order-of-Merit Award

Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) won the SKOCH Order-of-Merit Award for its unique project of Adarsh Lok Shiksha Kendra, at BSUP site Bhatagoan (Raipur district) which is the first ever project i... Read More
Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) won the SKOCH Order-of-Merit Award for its unique project of Adarsh Lok Shiksha Kendra, at BSUP site Bhatagoan (Raipur district) which is the first ever project in urban area in India. The award was presented at the India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road New Delhi recently.

The project in guidance of Commissioner Avinash Kumar Saran, IAS, Supervision of Deputy Comm. LK Singrol and Superintendent Engineer Manoj Singh Thakur and Livelihood Specialist, Dr Sangeeta Thakur had put efforts and her projects and presentation in New Delhi.

In Chhattisgarh state this is first award certificate which Raipur Municipal Corporation got for Livelihood and Economy, which received entries from all over the country. Only those approved by the awards committee were invited to make a presentation to the jury, which evaluates each project on its merits of ‘what changed’ with absolute scores - without making comparisons of any sort.

Raipur Nagar Nigam was short listed for the award on the basic of presentation on 3rd September more 10000 entries came from all over India.

While jury marks each of these projects, even the peer group of the nominees is invited to evaluate each project and mark these accordingly. The top-scoring projects make it to the SKOCH Order-of-Merit. A shortlist of awardees is drawn from the Order-of-Merit recipients who are invited to receive the SKOCH Award in an exclusive awards function, which is presided over by a distinguished dignitary.

SKOCK Smart City and Safe City Award is an initiative to recognize the efforts of the cities and organizations for their work in improving the quality of life its citizens. The award recognizes the best practices and models in the area of civic services, e-governance, urban planning and development, infrastructure, housing, technology deployment, public participation, disaster management, public safety and security, social equity, environment and sustainability.

Commissioner Avnish Kumar Saran, Deputy Commissioner LK Singhrole, Dr Sangeeta Thakur and Manoj Singh Thakur.

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Vikas Upadhyay demands govt jobs for disabled as directed by Supreme Court

Raipur Shahar Congress Committee (RSCC) President Vikas Upadhyay has demanded that disabled must be appointed in the government jobs as mandated by Disability Act.

Upadhyay said that S... Read More
Raipur Shahar Congress Committee (RSCC) President Vikas Upadhyay has demanded that disabled must be appointed in the government jobs as mandated by Disability Act.

Upadhyay said that Supreme Court had ordered 2 percent reservation for different categories of disabled but its compliance has not been done in Chhattisgarh.

Speaking while participating in a program organised by Raipur Welfare Association of Deaf to observe 57 th International Week of Deaf, Vikas Upadhyay also said that colleges and universities also need to be opened for deaf and dumb.

The programme began with participants taking out a rally from Ghadi Chowk to Ashirwad Bhawan.

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State Government is being insensitive towards underprivileged: Amit Jogi

Marwahi legislator Amit Jogi lashed out at the storage arrangements of food grains by State Government. He said that huge quantity of grains gets rotten during the rains due to inadequate facilitie... Read More
Marwahi legislator Amit Jogi lashed out at the storage arrangements of food grains by State Government. He said that huge quantity of grains gets rotten during the rains due to inadequate facilities of State Government of storage and this is then pushed down to the underprivileged class though various welfare schemes.

Amit Jogi was reacting to complaint of a rural from Barouda village of Baround Gram Panchayat in Arang block of Raipur that they are being allocated extremely poor quality of rice under the food security scheme. The rural claimed that despite his best efforts, the quality of rice being given to them has not improved a bit. Thus, the rural decided to raise the issue with former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi so that he may suggest some recourse.

While former CM Ajit Jogi said that state government is indifferent to the cause of the poor, it was Amit Jogi who alleged that warehouses in Chhattisgarh are being utilized to store liquor instead of food grains. Citing an instance from his own constituency, Amit Jogi said that 10 people died while another 30 fell ill after consuming poor quality of food grains and state government continues to remain insensitive.

Jogi also said that while Chhattisgarh residents have not been consumers of ‘Usna’ rice variety traditionally, they are being allocated this very variety under different food security schemes because state government finds it easily available under the central pool.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Iqbal Ahmed Rizvi said that if such is the quality of rice being served in vicinity of capital Raipur, what can the rurals expect in the interior parts of Chhattisgarh.

Ajit Jogi flays BJP for abusing administrative machinery

Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi has criticized the BJP for abusing its police and administrative machinery to effect victory in Antagarh legislative by-poll. He said that BJP candidate has defeated NOTA rather than a political rival which dims the victory by itself. He said that it is administrative machinery that should celebrate the victory because the win has not been earned politically.

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Separate cases of Rs 13.20 lakh fraud registered

City police are investigating two cases of cheating registered with Sadar where a person lost Rs 7.50 lakh, and the other case is with Lakadganj police who are investigating duping involving a su... Read More
City police are investigating two cases of cheating registered with Sadar where a person lost Rs 7.50 lakh, and the other case is with Lakadganj police who are investigating duping involving a sum of Rs 5.70 lakh.

Sadar police have booked a person for allegedly reneging on agreement to repay loan amount. The accused, Iqbal Rashid Diwan (39), a resident of New Sukrawari, had taken a sum of Rs 7.50 lakh from Rashid Ahmad Qureshi (54), a resident of Mansarovar Colony, and also executed an agreement, promising to return the amount within a year.

Diwan had given two cheques, one of Bank of Bikaner for Rs 4 lakh and other of Bank of Jaipur of Rs 3.50 lakh as surety for the loan amount. Despite repeated reminders, Diwan failed to repay the amount as promised and hence Qureshi decided to encash the cheques. However, Qureshi was in for shock when banks conveyed that the respective cheques were returned as those accounts of Diwan had been closed. Sadar police have registered offence under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Further probe is on.

In another case, a person was cheated in a truck deal by two persons, including an executive of finance company, to the tune of Rs 5.70 lakh. The complainant, Narendra Ghai (40), a resident of Itwari, had entered into an agreement to sell his truck (MH-24/J-7936) with Mohsim Akram Abdul Kadir (24), a resident of Hasanbagh, for a sum of Rs 6 lakh. Mohsim paid an advance of Rs 30,000 and rest of the amount was to be paid through a firm M/s Fortune Integrated Assets Finance.

The second accused, Roni, the officer with Finance company told Ghai that as per trend, he should transfer the truck in the name of the purchaser so that he can hypothecate the same against the loan. However, the accused duo, acting in tandem, prepared bogus documents to show that the balance sum of Rs 5.70 lakh was handed over to Ghai and he transferred the truck.

Police have registered offence under Sections 420, 468, 471 and 34 of the IPC against Mohsim and Roni. Further probe is on.

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BJP, Shiv Sena leaders in district want 25-yr-long ‘Mahayuti’ to be intact

While the tangle over the ‘Mahayuti’ of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena, and other parties continues in Maharashtra ahead of Legislative Assembly polls, the leaders of BJP and Shiv Se... Read More
While the tangle over the ‘Mahayuti’ of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena, and other parties continues in Maharashtra ahead of Legislative Assembly polls, the leaders of BJP and Shiv Sena in Nagpur district want the 25-year-long alliance to remain intact.

Soon after winning the elections to the posts of Zilla Parishad (ZP) President and Vice-President, the leaders of BJP and Shiv Sena from rural areas of the district felt that the alliance between the two parties always helped each other. They strongly advocated resolution of ‘whatever disputes’ between BJP and Shiv Sena, so that the ruling Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) could be dethroned from State Government.

Krupal Tumane, Shiv Sena MP from Ramtek, told reporters that ‘Mahayuti’ should continue in State. “The pattern of co-operation adopted by workers of BJP and Shiv Sena in Nagpur Zilla Parishad, is ideal. We just hope that all senior leaders of both parties pay heed to the wish of countless enthusiastic workers,” he said. Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Kamptee MLA and former District President of BJP, also was of the opinion that alliance between BJP and Shiv Sena should continue. “All the leaders, office-bearers, and workers of both the parties in Nagpur district want the alliance to remain intact,” he added.

Adv Ashish Jaiswal, Shiv Sena MLA from Ramtek, even went on to make a request through media to senior leaders of both the parties -- Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, BJP leader Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and State BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis. “We request them to resolve whatever the issues, and honour the wish of countless workers of both the parties,” he said. BJP and Shiv Sena are not blinking over seat-sharing formula and are firm on demanding for themselves a fixed number of seats for Assembly elections. Asked about this contest of ‘who gets more seats’ between both the parties, Jaiswal said that BJP and Shiv Sena were two different parties and every one had the right to seek more seats for itself. However, he said, to keep Congress and NCP away from power in State, some formula must work.

Nagpur district has a total of 12 Assembly constituencies, of which six are in Nagpur city and six in rural area. Of six urban constituencies, four are with BJP, and two with Congress. In rural area, three out of six constituencies are with BJP, and one each with Shiv Sena, Congress, and with NCP. The constituencies with BJP include Kamptee represented by Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Hingna-- Vijay Ghodmare, Umred-- Sudhir Parwe. Shiv Sena has its MLA in Adv Ashish Jaiswal in Ramtek. Saoner is with Congress and represented by Sunil Kedar, while NCP leader Anil Deshmukh represents Katol constituency.

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BJP-Shiv Sena retains ZP ahead of Assembly polls

As expected, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena alliance retained Nagpur Zilla Parishad (ZP). In the election held on Sunday, Nisha Sawarkar, BJP member from Chirwha-Dhanla circle in Mouda ... Read More
As expected, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena alliance retained Nagpur Zilla Parishad (ZP). In the election held on Sunday, Nisha Sawarkar, BJP member from Chirwha-Dhanla circle in Mouda tehsil, polled 32 votes and got elected to the post of ZP President. Sharad Donekar, Shiv Sena member from Kanhan circle in Parseoni tehsil, also polled equal number of votes and became the new Vice-President.

The elections to the posts of ZP chief and deputy were held in the shadow of Legislative Assembly elections scheduled next month. Against this backdrop, there were speculations if the erstwhile ruling coalition comprising BJP, Shiv Sena, Gondwana Gantantra Party (GGP), and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) would continue. In 58-member ZP house, BJP has 21 members, Congress has 19, Shiv Sena-- 8, NCP-- 7 and GGP, Republican Party of India (RPI), and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have one each. The speculations got some more fuel with Shiv Sena members registering themselves as a separate group. Ahead of Assembly elections, Congress and NCP wanted to flock together. For the past couple of days, hectic political activities took place in the district.

As a precautionary measure, BJP flocked together its 21 members and one member of GGP and one of BSP, and took them to Indore on ‘tour’. BJP leaders were in touch with Shiv Sena members and lone member of RPI. Congress and NCP also decided to come together.

However, on Sunday, BJP ensured the tally of 32 with BJP, Shiv Sena, GGP, RPI, BSP coming together. Congress and NCP stayed together but their tally was still 26.

As a result, BJP candidate Nisha Sawarkar won the post of ZP chief that was reserved for woman from General category. Sena’s Sharad Donekar also got elected to the post of Vice-President comfortably.

For the post of President, BJP fielded Sawarkar at the last moment. Just a couple of minutes to the deadline of 12 noon on Sunday, BJP Group Leader in ZP Ukesh Chavan filed the papers of Sawarkar. Congress fielded two candidates namely Shalu Hatwar and Nanda Narnaware, of which Narnaware later backed out. There was a straight fight between Sawarkar and Hatwar, in which Sawarkar defeated the latter by a margin of six votes. For the post of Vice-President, in straight contest, Sena’s Donekar defeated NCP’s Ujjwala Bodhare by six votes. Abhishek Krishna, District Collector, presided over the election meeting in which members exercised their franchise by raising their hands. Ajay Ramteke, Deputy District Election Officer; B N Ubale, Additional Chief Executive Officer of ZP, and others conducted the proceedings. Abhishek Krishna declared the results.

Soon after announcement of results, the workers of BJP and Shiv Sena started bursting crackers, and raised slogans in favour of ‘Mahayuti’. Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Vijay Ghodmare, and Sudhir Parwe, all BJP MLAs; Krupal Tumane, Shiv Sena MP from Ramtek; Adv Ashish Jaiswal, Shiv Sena MLA; Dr Rajiv Potdar, District President of BJP; Ukesh Chavan, BJP Group Leader in ZP; Ashok Mankar, former MLC; Ramesh Mankar, Shrikant Deshpande, Prem Zade, Ashok Dhote, Arvind Gajbhiye, Nisha Sawarkar’s husband Tekchand Sawarkar, and others greeted Sawarkar and Donekar on their victory.

Equations change, say a disappointed Cong-NCP

Visibly disappointed, the members of Congress and NCP left ZP premises soon after declaration of results. Later, they assembled at Hotel Tuli International. Their reaction to the defeat despite Congress and NCP coming together was plain, “Equations change.”

Some Congress members, wishing to remain anonymous, squarely blamed senior leaders including Dr Nitin Raut, Guardian Minister of district; Rajendra Mulak, Minister of State for Finance; and Sunil Kedar, MLA, for ‘not’ taking keen interest in ZP elections.

Manohar Kumbhare, Congress Group Leader in ZP; Shivkumar Yadav, Dnyaneshwar Kambhale, Nana Gawande; Bandopant Umarkar, District President of NCP, and others held a post-election review meeting, but all were disappointed. Talking to reporters, Gawande said, “Equations change. We did not have enough numbers.” He added that Congress had a reason to smile as the BJP rebel Nisha Sawarkar finally became ZP President after contesting unsuccessfully with Congress’ support last time.

According to Kumbhare, BJP members were not stable and it had to issue a whip to keep them together. On RPI’s Deepak Gedam switching sides to BJP-Shiv Sena, he said that Gedam should ‘introspect’. He also alleged that BJP made some ‘offers’ to other members.

Umarkar expressed happiness that finally Congress and NCP came together in ZP after two-and-a-half years. “Though we could not form the ruling side in ZP, restoring of Congress and NCP ties is a good sign for Assembly elections ahead,” he added.

Elections of committee chairpersons on Oct 4

After the election of ZP President and Vice-President, now all eyes are on the elections of chairpersons of four committees. BJP-Shiv Sena has reached out to BSP and RPI this time. BJP has bagged the post of ZP chief, Sena has got the post of Vice-President. It plans to continue Durgavati Sariyam of GGP on the post of a committee chief. Of the remaining three posts of committee chiefs, it is learnt that BJP-Sena will offer a post to lone BSP member Pushpa Waghade. The remaining two posts will be shared by BJP and Sena each.

Sawarkar admits to past ‘mistake’, vows to work for devpt of district

Newly elected ZP chief Nisha Sawarkar could not stop tears rolling down from her eyes, as if still not believing that she had finally bagged the coveted post. And, there was a reason too. Two-and-a-half years ago, during the election of ZP President, Sawarkar had rebelled and contested against BJP candidate Sandhya Gotmare. Supported then by Congress, Sawarkar polled 24 votes and got defeated by Gotmare who polled 35 votes. Later on, BJP had served notice to Sawarkar for anti-party activity. However, since then, much appears to have changed.

“It was a big mistake. I admit to it. I am really grateful to Union Minister of Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari for forgiving me,” said a teary-eyed Sawarkar, after she was declared as new ZP President on Sunday. Greeted by the outgoing ZP chief Sandhya Gotmare, Sawarkar thanked top BJP leader Nitin Gadkari, BJP MLA Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Shiv Sena MLA Ashish Jaiswal and all the office-bearers and workers of BJP and Shiv Sena for supporting her.

BJP made Sawarkar its candidate at the last moment on Sunday. There was widespread opposition to Sawarkar’s candidature, and many members expressed displeasure over her anti-party stand taken previously. The names of Aruna Mankar, wife of former ZP chief Ramesh Mankar; Shubhangi Gaidhane, considered a close aide of Bawankule; Kalpana Chahande, were doing rounds. Till Sunday early morning, Mankar’s name was considered almost final. According to sources, BJP’s senior office-bearers Dr Upendra Kothekar and Shrikant Deshpande interviewed the aspirants and conveyed their observations to Gadkari, who gave a green signal to Nisha Sawarkar’s name considering the long years given to the party by her husband Tekchand Sawarkar.

Asked about her priorities after taking over as ZP chief, Sawarkar told reporters that she would be loyal to the party and the people and work for overall development of the rural areas of the district. “I shall not disappoint the people,” she added.

Healthcare to be focus area: Sharad Donekar

Newly elected Vice-President of ZP Sharad Donekar, a Shiv Sena member from Kanhan circle in Parseoni tehsil, said that his priority would be healthcare. He lauded the outgoing Vice-President Chandrashekhar Chikhale as a ‘dear friend’, and said that he would continue with good initiatives. “I shall focus on works that could not be completed in Chikhale’s tenure,” added Donekar.

After ZP, Gotmare wants to contest Assembly polls

The outgoing President of ZP Sandhya Gotmare said that she was satisfied with her tenure in ZP and now wanted to contest Legislative Assembly polls from Hingna constituency.

Talking to reporters, Gotmare said that she had sought BJP ticket from Hingna constituency. Already, Hingna constituency is represented by BJP MLA Vijay Ghodmare, who also has his roots in ZP. When this was pointed out, Gotmare said, “Of course, it will be for party leadership to decide, but I have sought ticket as I wished a woman be given a chance this time.”

During her tenure as ZP chief, Gotmare said that she was instrumental in ensuring that there was no water scarcity in district. Further, ZP funds blocked in beleaguered Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank Limited were transferred to nationalised bank during her tenure. The biggest achievement was initiation of process of identifying ZP’s land and getting it transferred in the name of ZP in Government records.

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Railway police bust fake currency racket, arrest two persons

Government Railway Police (GRP) have seized fake currency worth Rs 1.52 lakh from two persons at Nagpur Railway Station on Sunday. The arrested duo are Amjad Khan (36), hailing from Mazol in Adil... Read More
Government Railway Police (GRP) have seized fake currency worth Rs 1.52 lakh from two persons at Nagpur Railway Station on Sunday. The arrested duo are Amjad Khan (36), hailing from Mazol in Adilabad district, and Sameer Mandal (22), a resident of Navda in Muridabad tehsil of Madhovpur district of West Bengal.

A team of Local Crime Branch was patrolling at Nagpur Railway Station as they had got a tip-off about a deal of fake currency. Naik Police Constable Santosh Chaubey and others took position and caught Amjad Khan and Samir Mandal. During search of the bags, the cops recovered fake currency notes worth Rs 1.52 lakh from Mandal who deals in fake currency while Khan had came to get the delivery of the currency notes.

The fake currency was in denomination of Rs 1,000 (151 notes) and Rs 500 (2 notes). From Khan the cops seized cash of Rs 65,000. During interrogation, the two revealed that the deal was to be struck for purchase of fake currency.

Inspector Ramesh Tayde, API Nitinchandra Rajkumar, PSI Anand Meshram, Head Constable Vijay Taywade and Narendra Choudhary, NPC Vijay Mate, Gautam Sirsath were part of the team.

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Ex-MPCC chief, others directed to repay Rs 24.83 cr to Co-op Bank

IN a major setback to former MPCC President Ranjit Deshmukh, the Co-operative Court has directed him and other directors of Ram Ganesh Gadkari Sahkari Sakhar Karkhana floated by him at Saoner one... Read More
IN a major setback to former MPCC President Ranjit Deshmukh, the Co-operative Court has directed him and other directors of Ram Ganesh Gadkari Sahkari Sakhar Karkhana floated by him at Saoner one-and-a-half decades ago, to repay Rs 24.83 crore loan along with 15.50 per cent interest.

The sugar factory really never took up and after incurring huge losses, the Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank ultimately took over the possession and sold the land.

However, the Mumbai District Central Co-operative Bank initiated legal proceedings against Deshmukh and others for recovery of the loan amount and after a prolonged legal battle, got the order from Co-operative Court along with permission to execute it against Deshmukh and 23 others including his wife Rupatai, Komalchandra Raut, Vasantrao Mankavde, Shashikant Deshmukh, Arun Ghonge, Annaji Zade, Suresh Kuhite, Ashok Dhote, Shalikram Ghodmare, Bhaurao Bhoyar, Shishupal Yadav, Suryakant Kumbhare, Suresh Kulkarni, Zaduji Adyan, Sadhurao Warkhede, Haribhau Sonkusle, Virendra Gajbhiye, Shakuntala Giradkar and Ramesh Ganokar.

The bank had initially disbursed a loan amount of Rs 7.55 crore to sugar factory which was started with much fanfare by Deshmukh who was a very high-profile leader of State Congress.

The sugar factory, through its officers, executed promissory note and other loan-related documents. The loan was never repaid and hence the bank approached the court for recovery of Rs 5 crore principal amount alongwith 17.50 per cent interest and claimed Rs 24.83 crore with future interest till payment and realisation of amount.

The Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank contested the claim and stated that entire property of Ram Ganesh Sugar Factory was sold under the Securitisation Act on May 4, 2007 to Prasad Sugar and Allied Agro Product Pvt. Ltd., Rahuri for Rs 12.95 crore and Rs 2.59 crore have been paid to disputant on March 30, 2010 as per consortium shares and prayed for dismissal with costs.

The court observed that other opponents including Deshmukh failed to file written statements and also failed to cross examine the witness of the disputant.

According to notices issued by authorities to all directors, they have been asked to repay Rs 39.39 crore liability calculated as on August 31, 2014 by applying 15.50 per cent interest.

In case the ex-directors failed to repay the loan amount, the same should be recovered as arrears of land revenue by applying provisions of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code, the order stated.

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Pench, Tadoba Tiger Reserves get intl awards in tourism

Wildlife Tourism Awards of 2014 were given on behalf of Sanctuary Wildlife Magazine and Travel Operators For Tiger (TOFT) at a function held at Delhi on Friday night. International Wildlife Tour ... Read More
Wildlife Tourism Awards of 2014 were given on behalf of Sanctuary Wildlife Magazine and Travel Operators For Tiger (TOFT) at a function held at Delhi on Friday night. International Wildlife Tour Operator of the year award went to UK-based Wildlife Trails and Natural World Safari.

Pench Tiger Reserve, Nagpur, got runners up award in wildlife and tourism initiative cateogory of the year 2014 while Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, Chandrapur, stood joint runners up in visitors friendly wildlife destination category.

Pench has won a prize of Rs 50,000 for equipment services for the benefits of the community while Tadoba won a prize of Rs 75,000 for equipment to be used in tiger protection and conservation. M S Reddy, Chief Conservator of Forest and Field Director, Pench Tiger Reserve, Nagpur, received the award for Pench.

In all, awards were given in eight different category. Lodge Naturalist of the Year 2014 award was won by David Raju from Satpuda Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. In most inspirational eco lodge of the year award, Kipling Camp of Kanha National Park stood joint winner and Renipani Lodge, Satpuda, MP, stood joint runner up. Satpude Tiger Reserve also won first prize in visitor friendly wildlife destination of the year category while Tadoba shared joint runner up in the same category with Kanha.

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The Hitavada and 118 TA Battalion to host ‘Mega Quiz Contest’ from 28th

Quizzing in the city is quite popular and avid quizzers of the city are always on the lookout for some action in this arena. The Hitavada in association with 118 Infantry Battalion (Territorial... Read More
Quizzing in the city is quite popular and avid quizzers of the city are always on the lookout for some action in this arena. The Hitavada in association with 118 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) thought of getting into the thick of quizzing action and thus came up with the idea of holding a Mega Quiz, which would be the first of its kind in the region. To celebrate the platinum jubilee of 118 Infantry Battalion (TA), it has joined hands with The Hitavada for holding the quiz for students of Nagpur. The quiz is for junior college (XI and XII students) and senior college students. Each school/college can send one team comprising of three students. The entry must be on the letterhead of school/college and must be signed by the Principal/authorised personnel.

Divided in three parts, the preliminary round, consisting of a set of MCQs based on GK, Indian Heritage and Culture, Defence and Indian Mythology will be held on September 28, 2014. This will be followed by Semi finals on October 8 and the Finals on October 9, the day celebrated as Territorial Army Day.

The Semi Finals will be a combination of written and audio-visual rounds. The finals will purely be audio-visual. For the preliminary written quiz, contestants from each team will have to sit for the exam separately and the marks of all the three will be collated as collective score. The venue will be Sitabuldi Fort. Details about the timings will be notified in the next advertisement and will also be notified to the teams individually. The best team will be awarded a rolling trophy and there will be loads of cash prizes, prizes in kind, and incentives for the contestants and the audience as well.

The registration is to be done at ‘The Magazine Department’, The Hitavada, Wardha Road between 12 to 6 pm (excluding Sunday). The last date for registration is September 26, 2014. The registration fee per team is Rs 100/- only.

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Assembly polls: BSP releases first list of its nominees

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has announced its first list of nominees for Assembly elections in State, naming former IAS officer Kishor Gajbhiye from North Nagpur constituency. For another seat in cit... Read More
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has announced its first list of nominees for Assembly elections in State, naming former IAS officer Kishor Gajbhiye from North Nagpur constituency. For another seat in city, Nagpur South it has nominated sitting corporator Satyabhama Lokhande and from Umrer (Reserved) Vrukshdas Bansod. The list was released at a press conference on Friday by BSP’s National General Secretaries and In-charge for Maharashtra Adv Veersingh and Dr Suresh Mane (in-charge for Vidarbha and Marathwada).

BSP leaders stated that they are bucking the trend by releasing the list first as normally they are last to do so after all the parties have declared their candidates. This change is part of a strategy which is going to turnaround BSP's fortunes in coming elections to Maharashtra assembly, claimed Dr Mane. Accepting that calculations in Lok Sabha polls failed to click but this time he was confident of opening account in Maharashtra assembly. Not only that we will be winning 25 seats for sure, as party has for last three months worked very strong in networking its cadre and also exploring the issues that are going to click among electorates.

For instance in Vidarbha we are asking voters to decide fate of candidates on the issue of separate State and our National President Mayawati has already extended support to cause. Similarly, as part of strategy Mayawati is also going to tour extensively in State and in Vidarbha alone she will address nearly 10 rallies. Among the remaining ten names one that stands out is that of Abhijeet Dhepe who is nominated from Congress Party stronghold of Dhamangaon Rly in Amravati District. Dhepe has strong foothold in co-operative sector and his father too had done excellent work in the region. The seats is currently represented by Congress's Virendra Jagtap who has won for two consecutive times.

Adv. Veersingh said the elections in Uttar Pradesh shows that people are now fed-up with ruling NDA and hence results in other State would also reflect the same things. Tall promises made at time of Lok Sabha elections were not kept and hence electorate are now smarter though he could not explain as to why BSP did not fight the bye-elections. Krishna Bele, Vice-President, BSP, Maharashtra unit, and Sagar Dabrase, Media Co-ordinator, Vidarbha Region were present.

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SECR, best in punctuality

Nagpur Division of South East Central Railway (SECR) has set a record of sort by achieving best ever punctuality in operations of trains, about 95.7% during the current two quarters for the year ... Read More
Nagpur Division of South East Central Railway (SECR) has set a record of sort by achieving best ever punctuality in operations of trains, about 95.7% during the current two quarters for the year in the month of September in Mail/Express and 99.7 % in Narrow Gauge sector. This is the best ever performance achieved by Operating Department in the division so far.

In fact, cent per cent punctuality in operations of trains was posted for five straight days from September 14 to 18. Similar was the case in month of August, from 29 to 31, for three straight days the performance was flawless to ensure 100% punctuality, said SECR officials.

This is despite the fact that SECR route is one of the busiest as it handles over 95% of outward coal traffic. The division topography is also quite challenging and hence the achievement of cent per cent punctuality indicates the hardwork put in by one and all. Achieving punctuality also overall reflects in earnings and good operating ratio, which is expression of earnings as against expenses.

From April onwards division undertook special drive for punctuality. Regular inspections were held on 831 occasions to ensure that bottlenecks in way of smooth running if train operations are tackled forthwith. This ensured not only meeting the target set-by Headquarters but also surprising it on more than one occasion. Thus it is best performance in SECR Zone which comprises of Raipur and Bilaspur besides Nagpur Division.

During the current year the division has registered growth of 8.5% and 8.7% in passenger and goods traffic in terms of number of train services in both sectors respectively.

In addition to it, the division, one of the important cross-over point also handled additional 10 goods train at exchange points than the set target.

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PCR for lovelorn murder convict till Sept 22

MURDER convict Suraj Shyam Arkhel arrested by Sadar Police for kidnapping a teenage girl by allegedly promising to tie the nuptial knot with her after escaping from Central Jail was remanded to p... Read More
MURDER convict Suraj Shyam Arkhel arrested by Sadar Police for kidnapping a teenage girl by allegedly promising to tie the nuptial knot with her after escaping from Central Jail was remanded to police custody till September 22 by Special Judicial Magistrate (Ms) S N Harne on Friday.

A resident of Sweeper Colony, near Itwara Bazaar, Wardha, Arkhel (33) was serving life imprisonment at Central Jail after he was convicted in a murder case.

Arkhel came in contact with the brother of the 17-year-old girl in the jail. The girl’s brother often used to contact his family members from the jail using Arkhel’s cellphone which he had managed to procure from a sentry. After he was released from Jail, Arkhel used to contact his sister regularly using the cellphone. Arkhel allegedly fell in love with the girl and decided to escape from the prison to marry her. On September 17, Arkhel and other inmates were brought outside the four walls of the prison to work in the field. Grabbing the opportunity, he escaped by dodging the guards. Around 4 pm, he reached the girl’s house in Khalasi Lane, Mohan Nagar. The girl, who was already waiting near her house, eloped with him.

When the girl’s mother came to know that Arkhel kidnapped her daughter, she lodged a complaint with the police immediately.

Soon after receiving the complaint, cops collected the cellphone numbers of Arkhel and the girl. Using mobile tracking system, Sadar Police came to know that Arkhel was in Akola and then moved to Murtijapur. Cops alerted their Akola and Murtijapur counterparts who nabbed Arkhel at his relative’s house. A team of Sadar Police visited Murtijapur. They took Arkhel and the girl into their custody. On early Friday morning, the team arrived in the city. Cops arrested Arkhel around 7.30 am and handed over the girl to the legal custody of her parents.

Facing charges under Sections 363 and 366 of the Indian Penal Code, Arkhel was produced before the court. Seeking five days remand for Arkhel’s interrogation, the prosecution told the court that the police wanted to recover the cellphones and SIM cards from the accused and find out as to where he had taken the girl after kidnapping her.

Adv Lubesh Meshram, who appeared for the accused, pointed out that the police had already rescued the victim and there was hardly any need for five-day PCR. After hearing both the sides, the court granted police custody remand (PCR) of the accused till September 22.

How inmates are getting access to cell phones in jail: Cops start probe

SENIOR Police officials have started an inquiry to find out as to how the inmates were getting access to cellphones in Central Jail and from whom murder convict Suraj Arkhel procured the mobile phone and SIM cards. It is learnt that Deputy Inspector General of Police (Prisons) Shashikant Shinde has sought an explanation from the Jail Superintendent in this regard.

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Couple, others booked for rioting, injuring bank staff

PEOPLE saw high drama at Friends Colony near Kolba Swami Nagar in Gittikhadan area on Thursday when a couple along with 15-20 persons attacked the Manager of Central Bank of India, Regional Branch,... Read More
PEOPLE saw high drama at Friends Colony near Kolba Swami Nagar in Gittikhadan area on Thursday when a couple along with 15-20 persons attacked the Manager of Central Bank of India, Regional Branch, and his staff when they tried to take possession of two flats at Sainath Apartment for non-payment of loan.

Besides causing grievous injuries to Arupkumar Akhilchandra Mandal (45), Manager, Central Bank of India and his staff, the couple -- Ashokkumar Singh and his wife Reena -- along with their accomplices also broke two cameras and smashed the windshield of an official vehicle in an attempt to deter the bank employees, public servants from discharging their duty.

Ashokkumar Singh had borrowed Rs 10 lakh by mortgaging his house at Plot No. 101 with the Central Bank of India. However, he was allegedly not repaying the loan. The bank authorities wanted to recover Rs 13 lakh including the interest from Singh. The bank authorities had issued several notices to Singh for repayment of loan. In the last notice served on Singh, the bank had categorically stated that it would take possession of his mortgaged house if he failed to repay the amount within 60 days. As Singh did not respond to the notices, Mandal and his staff went to Singh’s house to take action under the provisions of the Securitisation and Re-construction of Financial Asset and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002 (SARFAESI Act). As per the procedure, the bank staff pasted notices on the doors of Singh’s twin flats. When the bank employees were getting down from the stairs, a mob of about 15-20 persons suddenly attacked them. Mandal and other members of the bank team were injured. They somehow managed to escape and lodged a complaint with the police immediately. Cops arrived at the spot. Mandal with serious injuries was rushed to Mayo Hospital.

After recording Mandal’s statement, Gittikhadan Police registered an offence under Sections 143, 147, 149 and 333 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Ashokkumar Singh, his wife Reena and others for rioting and voluntarily causing grievous hurt to deter public servants from discharging their duty.

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NMC receives Skoch Awards

Two of the projects of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) have got national recognition in the form of prestigious Skoch Order of Merit awards. Shyam Wardhane, Municipal Commissioner, received the ... Read More
Two of the projects of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) have got national recognition in the form of prestigious Skoch Order of Merit awards. Shyam Wardhane, Municipal Commissioner, received the awards in 37th Skoch Summit in New Delhi on Friday.

NMC has got the awards for Municipal e-Governance, and Digital Inclusion for Smart Governance. Wardhane received the Skoch Order of Merit awards at the hands of Sameer Kochhar, Chairman of Skoch Group. Dr M Ramchandran of Skoch Foundation, and Shankar Agrawal, Secretary of Ministry of Urban Development also were present prominently on this occasion.

Wardhane said that he was happy that two of NMC’s projects were selected as among the best governance projects in India in the year 2014.

Meanwhile, Wardhane also had the honour of delivering a talk on ‘Municipal Governance and Finances’ during the two-day 37th Skoch Summit at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi on Friday. Wardhane was the distinguished panelist in power-panel discussion on the topic. The panel also comprised Dr M Ramchandran, Distinguished Fellow, Skoch Development Foundation; Srikanth Vishwanathan, Co-ordinator, Advocacy, Research and Capacity Building, Janaagraha; S N Mishra, Principal Secretary, Urban Administration and Development Department and City Managers; and Milind Torwane, Municipal Commissioner of Surat.

Wardhane highlighted NMC’s achievements in municipal e-Governance initiatives and also spoke on digital inclusion. Sanjay Gaikwad, City Engineer, also accompanied Wardhane.

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High Court set to interpret Chancellor’s power to appoint acting V-C on Sept 25

Acting on its own suggestion, the High Court division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande decided upon and informed senior counsel M G Bhangde, on Friday, that they i... Read More
Acting on its own suggestion, the High Court division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande decided upon and informed senior counsel M G Bhangde, on Friday, that they intend to invite him to assist them, in adjudicating on and interpreting Chancellor’s powers to appoint acting/officiating Vice-Chancellor (V-C), under the Maharashtra Universities Act, 1994.

On Thursday, after lengthy inconclusive hearing of the writ petition filed by Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University’s (RTMNU) elected Senate member Gurudas Kamdi against the Chancellor appointing Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar as acting V-C in the wake of vacancy due to resignation by Dr V S Sapkal, without keeping UGC norms and eligibility criteria laid down in State Government order of May 27, 2009, in mind.

Indicating its intent to resume hearing of the petition on September 25 next and at that stage only, the Court had disclosed its mind to appoint a senior lawyer to assist it in interpreting the Chancellor’s powers to appoint an acting V-C in isolation, not at all worrying about the suitability of the person for the post or as to whether he is bound to keep all norms and other factors laid down in the various provisions of the Act, Rules, Circulars and other relevant material.

The Court’s decision on this aspect either way, will have serious impact and far-reaching effect on all the Universities in Maharashtra and may prove apt guideline for the Chancellor in the matter of appointing officiating V-C.

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HC asks judges to change attitude, use technology for speedy justice

Giving a clarion call to judicial officers to respect and start using technology for fast disposal of the cases, Bombay High Court has stressed the need to bring attitudinal change among judges. ... Read More
Giving a clarion call to judicial officers to respect and start using technology for fast disposal of the cases, Bombay High Court has stressed the need to bring attitudinal change among judges. While allowing recording of evidence of a US-based woman via video-conferencing, the High Court stated that “We need to train ourselves to understand the pulse of the new generation who is avidly techno-savvy. Though it is difficult for the Judges, especially who are in their middle age, to accept and digest the entry of new language and methods of evidence in the established judicial system, it is high time for us to change our mindset and see whether this new technology can help us to increase the speed,” the High Court observed. Convenience of the parties must also be taken into account as our judicial system is necessarily litigant-centric, the High Court pointed out.

In the instant family court case in which husband sought restitution of conjugal rights while wife, who is working in United States and has a six-year-old daughter, demanded divorce. Evidence of the husband was recorded by family court while application moved by wife to record her evidence via video-conferencing and by appointing a court commissioner was turned down by Family Court. Aggrieved by this order, the wife approached the High Court.

Justice Mridula Bhatkar, while quoting Supreme Court ruling, stated, “We can not allow the dead hand of the past to stifle the growth of the living present. Law can not stand still, it must change with the changing social concepts and values. If the bark that protects the tree fails to grow and expand along with the tree, it will either choke the tree or if it is a living tree, it will shed the bark and grow a new living bark for itself.”

Advancement of new techniques and skills are introduced in day­to­day life. Over a period of time new technologies are introduced in day­to­day life, however, speed and frequency of the change in law does not commensurate to speed in the change of science and technology. The process of change and amendment in law is tedious and lengthy process, on the other hand, the technology introduces new machines, techniques and facilities very speedily. Earlier document was restricted to paper or inscriptions, writing on paper like material, however, the document today includes database in computer. The High Court further pointed out that our legislature has wisely taken not of this fact and accordingly made changes in the Evidence Act by inserting Sections 65A and 65B related to electronic record and its admissibility.

“When the legislature has expanded the scope of term ‘Evidence’ acknowledging advanced technology and scientific methods used by people in their day-to-day activities, it is the duty of the Judicial Officers to put life to those letters of law by interpreting them effectively,” the High Court noted while quashing the family court order and permitting recording of evidence via video-conferencing by a court commissioner.

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Deccan Odyssey’s maiden run to Chandrapur on Oct 6

Deccan Odyssey, special luxury train of India, will reach Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) in Chandrapur district, on its maiden trip on October 6. The train carries foreign tourists along wit... Read More
Deccan Odyssey, special luxury train of India, will reach Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) in Chandrapur district, on its maiden trip on October 6. The train carries foreign tourists along with domestic tourists. This will be a welcome step during Wildlife Week celebrations in Tadoba, one of the ten prestigious tiger reserves in the country.

In view of this, Forest Department organised a programme for 50 guides at Moharli, the entry point of TATR, recently, in which Anuj Khare, a representative of Non-Government Organisation from Pune, taught them English language. He also imparted training on etiquette, behaviour with visiting tourists, giving right information on birds, wild animals, vegetation, eco-tourism, protection aspect, capacity-building etc.

The department expects that the guides should have capacity to impress potential foreign and other English-speaking tourists by replying in English language. If such tourists are satisfied then they can directly or indirectly make publicity among others and help in boosting tourism in this park, said G P Garad, Chief Conservator of Forest and Field Director, TATR, Chandrapur, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ on Friday.

Garad said that Deccan Odyssey would reach Chandrapur 17 times during 2014-15, as per decided programme. The tourists would be taken to Tadoba park by luxury buses from Chandrapur Railway Station.

Meanwhile, encouraged by the positive response from 20 tour operators and travel agents from United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Slovakia after their visit to TATR recently, the department realised the need to teach English language to guides serving in the park.

Garad mentioned that a three-training camp for 60 field staff members would conclude on Saturday. A representative of Wildlife Crime Protection Society is extending training on anti-poaching activities, detecting poaching cases, submitting strong cases against accused etc. It is reliably learnt that Tadoba Tiger Conservation Foundation is bearing the expenses for the training programmes.

Meanwhile, office of the Pench Tiger Reserve has also organised training programmes for guides at Sillari from September 15.

Sanjay Karkare, Assistant Director, Bombay Natural History Society, Nagpur, is imparting training to guides about the conduct with the tourists and enabling them to interact properly with the tourists visiting Pench so that they should gather a good impression about the park.

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Now, sand to be mined from irrigation reservoirs in State

With environment and legal concerns allowing excavation of sand in river-beds while keeping sand layer up to two metres intact, Maharashtra Government has now formulated the policy of excavating sa... Read More
With environment and legal concerns allowing excavation of sand in river-beds while keeping sand layer up to two metres intact, Maharashtra Government has now formulated the policy of excavating sand from irrigation reservoirs. As the model code of conduct for Legislative Assembly elections was announced a few days ago, the policy is yet to be implemented.

Owing to the criteria of maintaing two metres layer of sand on the surface and allowing mining of sand above that, many sand ghats, especially those in Nagpur and Satara districts, could not be auctioned for mining. This has resulted in loss of mining revenue for the government. As the environmental norms cannot be changed, the government came up with an innovative idea of mining silt-mixed sand from the irrigation reservoirs.

Maharashtra has a total 3,452 irrigation projects including 86 large, 258 medium, and 3,108 minor. With silt and sand accumulated in most of these projects, the storage capacity of irrigation reservoirs has come down. However, for mining of sand from irrigation projects could not be done for want of any policy in this regard. To hit two targets in one go, the government has formulated policy on excavation of sand/silt-mixed sand from irrigation reservoirs. This will result in removal of silt/sand from reservoirs and yield revenue for the government, and also restore storage capacity of the projects. Based on the recommendations of a committee appointed in 2012, Revenue and Forest Department has laid down the policy directives in this regard, in consultation with Water Resources Department (WRD), Forest Department, and Environment Department. State Cabinet also cleared the proposal some time ago. However, the policy will not be implemented throughout State. Initially, it will be implemented in irrigation reservoir having the largest sand/silt deposit. To identify this project, Maharashtra Engineering Research Institute (MERI) has been asked to conduct a study. As per the policy decision, while mining sand the topmost priority will be accorded to safety of reservoir. In case some harm is done to the reservoir while mining sand, the contractor that has won the tender will be held responsible. District Collector concerned is entrusted with the task of conducting auction for the sand mining from irrigation reservoirs, with the help of Chief Engineer concerned. Mining will be done through e-tendering and e-auction, and rate will be decided on ‘per brass’ basis. District Collector will have powers to fix the earnest money deposit to be taken, considering safety of reservoir. The offset price in case of each reservoir will be fixed by Collector and approved by Divisional Commissioner concerned.

The tender for mining of sand from a reservoir will be awarded to one party only, and that will be non-transferable. The party bagging the tender will have to pay earnest money deposit as well as estimated amount of royalty, in advance. If a reservoir is in forest area, permission will not be granted for mining sand from there. In case of area of reservoir above 5 hectares, prior environmental clearance will be required. To obtain environment clearance, Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Report and Environment Management Plan (EMP) will have to be prepared.

Black-listing the ‘cartel’, invoking MCOCA

The policy on mining sand from irrigation reservoirs has two important provisions. One relates to black-listing the bidders who form cartel and cause loss of revenue for the Government. The bidders who ‘habitually’ file litigations in court, also will be black-listed. The powers of black-listing such entities and barring them from participating in auction/tender process have been vested with the District Collector. Another provision relates to invoking the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act (MCOCA). In many areas, illegal excavation and transportation of sand is reported. Recently, there have been cases in which Government officials/employees were attacked by miscreants and criminals when caught. In the new policy, the Government has advised the authorities concerned to ‘think over’ invoking the provisions of MCOCA against miscreants/criminals involved in illegal excavation and transportation of sand.

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HC notice to RTO, cops over fancy number plates

A law student Satpalsingh Renu has knocked the doors of High Court against fancy number plates on vehicles in complete violation of rules and provisions of Motor Vehicles Act. The petitioner has ... Read More
A law student Satpalsingh Renu has knocked the doors of High Court against fancy number plates on vehicles in complete violation of rules and provisions of Motor Vehicles Act. The petitioner has urged the High Court to direct the authorities to curb the menace of using fancy number plates on the motor vehicles, that are illegible or unreadable, giving rise to the crimes and consequently their non-detection. A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande directed the RTO and Police to file reply within two weeks. According to petitioner, there are more than a million motor vehicles on the roads of Nagpur city. But there are large numbers of Motor Vehicle owners who don't follow the rudimentary rule of law relating to registration marks on their vehicle. The Motor Vehicle owners do not prefer the number plates which adhere the law but they instead prefer fancy number plates on their Vehicle. Mostly the powerful and affluent people are brazenly violating the rules which relate to registration marks. Fancy number plates are mainly used by habitual offenders just to deceive people because the figures and numerals are inked on the number plates in a way that a man with ordinary prudence could not notice or memorize. The habitual murderers often use fancy number plates for their vehicle while carrying out their evil plans, the petitioner claimed. Similarly, the chain snatchers also use fancy number plates, just to flee from the spot of crime without giving any hint about their vehicle number, Renu claimed. Government of India had amended MV Act and rules to introduce high security registration plates regulating issuance and fixation of number plates. Many states implemented the same and Supreme Court pulled defaulting states and directed them to ensure use of high security registration plates in their respective states. The petitioner has urged the High Court to direct the authorities to take stern action against people using such irregular and illegal number plates. Petitioner Satpal Singh Renu appeared in person, APP D B Patel represented the state.

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Cops who cracked Yug murder case feted

COMMISSIONER of Police K K Pathak honoured the DB Squad of Ganeshpeth Police for detecting Yug Chandak kidnapping and murder case within twenty hours of the incident by putting behind the culp... Read More
COMMISSIONER of Police K K Pathak honoured the DB Squad of Ganeshpeth Police for detecting Yug Chandak kidnapping and murder case within twenty hours of the incident by putting behind the culprits behind the bars. An eight-year-old son of prominent dental surgeon Dr Mukesh Chandak, Yug was kidnapped by Rajesh Daware and Arvind Singh allegedly for hefty ransom on September 1. Soon after Dr Chandak lodged a complaint about his son's kidnapping, the entire police machinery swung into action in search of the kidnappers to rescue the boy. Separate teams of policemen were sent to different places in search of the culprits. Others were constantly trying to track the cellphones of the kidnappers. Within a few hours of the kidnapping, the culprits killed Yug and threw the boy under a bridge near a village. A team of Ganeshpeth Police comprising senior Inspector Sudhir Nandanwar, API Anil Taksande, ASI Pradeep Nagre, Madhukar Shirke, Praveen Gorte, Rajesh Tapre, Nilesh Ghaiwat, Kishore Thakre, and Yogesh Chapekar cracked the case and arrested Rajesh Daware and Arvind Singh. City Police chief Pathak appreciated the efforts of the team during the monthly crime review meeting on Friday. Pathak also gave certificates and a cash reward of Rs 5000/- to the team.

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NMC conducts LBT searches at building, hardware firms

Local Body Tax (LBT) Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has continued with its search and seizure operations at the premises of the firms over payment of LBT.

In a latest, L... Read More
Local Body Tax (LBT) Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has continued with its search and seizure operations at the premises of the firms over payment of LBT.

In a latest, LBT Department conducted search and seizure operation at an establishment M/s Burhani Maimoon Traders, near Qutabi Manzil, Bohra Masjid, Loha Oli, Itwari. The dealer trading in hardware goods is registered under LBT. The firm imported goods worth Rs 1.17 crores since inception of LBT but paid LBT of Rs 45,000 only as against an estimated liability of Rs 3.51 lakh, stated a release issued by LBT Department. The dealer did not disclose additional place of business situated at Bohara Masjid Complex, Loha Oli, Itwari. As per LBT Rules, the dealer will now be required to pay penalty twice LBT liability. The dealer also did not file annual returns of LBT for the financial year 2013-14, stated the release.

Another search operation was conducted at Raghukul Construction Pvt Ltd, 188, Aarohi Apatment, Bajaj Nagar; owned by Dilip Bharade. In the action, LBT Deparment seized 11 files of purchase invoices as there were doubts about declaration of LBT taxable turn-over in annual return filed for the financial year 2013-14, added the press release issued by LBT Department. The department further stated that it would investigate the matter. The search operations were conducted under the guidance of Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane and Additional Deputy Municipal Commissioner Pramod Bhusari, under the supervision of Assistant Commissioner (LBT) Milind Meshram.

The officers/officials involved in the operation included LBT Officers Yadav Jambhulkar and Rajesh Meshram; Inspectors Vilas Chahande, Sumer Gajbhiye, Suresh Dhupe, Baban Puri; Junior Inspectors Kubade, Mehrulia, Shailesh Bharadwaj, Shukla; Mohrir D P Kakade and Y N Sonekar; and Driver Raju Sonekar.

As per the press release, many dealers are importing goods and not making LBT payments on the pretext of news reports that LBT will be scrapped. The dealers should take note that even if LBT is scrapped, it will be from the date of such notification by the Government. LBT Department has requested the dealers to pay LBT as per the rules on the goods imported till date to avoid action by the department.

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Assembly election notification today

Though seat-sharing pact between BJP-Sena led grand alliance and Congress-NCP is yet to be finalised, the formal notification for assembly elections will be issued on Saturday by District Collect... Read More
Though seat-sharing pact between BJP-Sena led grand alliance and Congress-NCP is yet to be finalised, the formal notification for assembly elections will be issued on Saturday by District Collector, kick-starting the election process. Last date for filing the nominations is September 27. However, due to ongoing Shraddha Paksha, the nominations are expected to be filed only after Pitrumoksha Amavasya day, that is after September 24.

The election commission will also nominate Election Observers for entire state and for every two assembly segments, there will be an observer drawn from senior IAS officers from other states. So by September 27, all the 144 observers will be in state to keep a close watch on elections and enforcement of model code of conduct.

Meanwhile, after hectic parleys, BJP-Sena leaders seems to have agreed on seat-sharing formula, but formal announcement is yet to be made. According to sources, the Sena has agreed to contest on 145 seats while BJP will fight on 125 seats while remaining 18 seats will be given to small parties. The final seat-sharing talks between Congress and NCP are yet to be over and NCP state leaders also suggested to go alone to test their own strength in the assembly polls. So far the Congress leaders have not responded to 144 seats demanded by NCP and have submitted their own list of 174 candidates to party high-command and even tentative panel for remaining 114 seats.

In Nagpur city, BJP has four legislators while Congress has two MLAs. NCP is keen on fighting from at least one seat in the city while Sena has refused to part with South Nagpur seat.

BJP has almost finalised four seats of sitting legislators while Guardian Minister Nitin Raut is also near certain to fight from Nagpur North. All the sitting MLAs are almost certain to get tickets, but the forceful claim made by new entrants and young leaders in every party will definitely give nightmare to party leadership. Without waiting for formal announcement of their candidature, most aspirants belonging to different political parties have already launched their personal campaigns. All the four sitting BJP MLAs- Devendra Fadnavis (South West), Krishna Khopde (East), Vikas Kumbhare (Central) and Sudhakar Deshmukh (West) have already conducted intense tour in their respective constituencies. Fadnavis, despite his heavy responsibility of State BJP Presidentship and fine-tuning strategy with BJP core committee and leaders of Sena and other smaller parties of Mahayuti, has established very clear lead in campaign which is handled by BJP workers.

Guardian Minister Nitin Raut, too has left no stone unturned during last one month after assuming charge and ensured clearance of many developmental proposals. Minister of State for Finance Rajendra Mulak who is keen to contest from Nagpur West, has already undertaken whirlwind propaganda in this segment and is ready to enter the fray. Congress stalwart Satish Chaturvedi, young leader Adv Abhijit Wanjari are trying for ticket from East Nagpur while former minister Anees Ahmed is seeking ticket from Central Nagpur. Congress MLA from South Nagpur Dinanath Padole is lobbying with party bosses to repeat him. Due to peculiar decision making process, Congress nominees are now camping at Delhi to convince party high command about their suitability for the party ticket.

In BJP-Sena alliance, South Nagpur seat is left for Shiv Sena and names of district chief Shekhar Sawarbandhe, Kishor Kanhere and Kiran Pandav are doing rounds. However, the BJP workers want this seat for them in seat sharing pact and Mohan Mate, Prof Sanjay Bhende, Sudhkar Kohle, Dr Ravindra Bhoyar, Avinash Thakre, Ramesh Singare are main claimants. Other parties like Maharashtra Navnirman Sena too have decided to field candidates from Nagpur and has nearly finalised candidature of Pravin Barde, Prashant Pawar, Vishal Barbate, Hemant Gadkari. They have already started their campaign with the help of rank and files and are only awaiting formal announcement from party supremo Raj Thackeray, who is likely to address one public meeting at Nagpur.

NCP too has some aspirants like State spokesperson Atul Londhe from Nagpur East, Raju Nagulwar from South, Anil Ahirkar from Central Nagpur, Pragati Patil and Vedprakash Arya from Nagpur West. Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anil Deshmukh demanded at least one seat for NCP in city. In Nagpur district out of six seats, Congress has only one seat- Saoner represented by Sunil Kedar and NCP has one seat represented by veteran Anil Deshmukh from Katol. While BJP has three legislators- Chandrashekhar Bawankule (Kamptee), Sudhir Parwe (Umrer), Vijay Ghodmare (Hingna) and Shiv Sena's Ashish Jaiswal from Ramtek has retained the seat. All the sitting legislators are near certain to get the ticket. But there is keen tussle for the ticket in all the parties. Dr Amol Deshmukh, former minister Subodh Mohite, Chandrapal Chouksey have staked claim on Ramtek, while former Minister Sulekha Kumbhare has asked Congress to leave Kamptee for her and she is keen to contest on her party symboal with support from Congress-NCP. From Hingna-Kalmeshwar, NCP’s Ramesh Bang who lost last election with a very slender margin is strong contender for party ticket while from Umrer, Congress is in search of a strong candidate who will snatch bag the seat. Sena is in search of a credible candidate to be fielded against Anil Deshmukh at Katol and BJP has problem of plenty at Saone where Ashish Deshmukh, Ramesh Mankar, Sonba Musale are keen to contest on BJP ticket. With seat-sharing talks in last stage, the aspirants are anxiously awaiting the declaration of official list and nominations and revolt can be witnessed only after Amavasya.

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Preparations for Pt Deendayal Upadhyay Jayanti discussed

AN IMPORTANT meeting of workers of Bharatiya Janata Party of Pundit Bhawani Prashad Tiwari Ward was held at residence of BJP Deendayal Mandal, Vice-President Anurag Jain on Friday. In this meetin... Read More
AN IMPORTANT meeting of workers of Bharatiya Janata Party of Pundit Bhawani Prashad Tiwari Ward was held at residence of BJP Deendayal Mandal, Vice-President Anurag Jain on Friday. In this meeting, detailed discussion on coming event of Pundit Deendayal Upadhyay Jayanti programme to be observed on September 25.

Thereafter, from September 26 onwards, members of mandal will start public contact drive door-to-door in view of preliminary preparations for coming elections. In this campaign, workers will propagate the message of development and public beneficiary works done by BJP Government in State and city. Every voter in the ward would be informed about the development works, progress of the area planned by BJP Government and its leaders. The public contact drive of Pundit Deendayal Upadhyay Mandal workers would be continued till October 11, 2014. Mandal leader have appealed the party workers to join campaign in large numbers.

Eminent amongst those who were present includes Corporator Amit Jain, Arunrag Jain, General Secretary, Vaibhav Navlekar, Senior BJP leader, Neeraj Verma, Jitendra Chandorkar, Rajendar Chouksey, Antodaya Prakosta Media Incharge, Amit Trivedi, BJP workers Shivkumar Vishwakarma, Anil Namdeo, Dr. Satyendra Jain, Abhay Jain, Anil Agrawal, Prahalad Moolchandani, Abishek Jain, Sushma Rajak, Sanjay Patel, Dinesh Vishwakarma, Pooja Chourasia, Neelesh Gupta, Snehil Pathak, Ashok Parmar, Dlilip Khatri and Dilip Sahu along with BJP workers were present in large numbers.

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SP Mishra holds meeting with peace panel members ahead of festivals

WITH an aim to ensure law and order situation during Navratri, Dussehra and Eid-ul-Juha, a meeting of Shanti Samiti was organised at Collectorate meeting hall on Friday. District Collector Shiv... Read More
WITH an aim to ensure law and order situation during Navratri, Dussehra and Eid-ul-Juha, a meeting of Shanti Samiti was organised at Collectorate meeting hall on Friday. District Collector Shivnarayan Roopla chaired the meeting while Superintendent of Police, Harinarayanachari Mishra, former Minister Chandrakumar Bhanot, Kaushalya Gontia, S K Muddin, Vinay Saxena, Sanjay Yadav, Anand Mohan Pathak, Mukesh Rathore, Pyare Sahab, Sharad Dixit and other members attended the meeting.

Addressing the meeting, Collector Roopla assured the members that all their suggestions are welcomed and officers concerned will take-up all suggestions on priority basis to maintain law and order situation and peaceful festivals celebrations in the district.

He instructed the officers of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation for ensuring cleanliness, electricity supply, street light, drinking water arrangements near temples and mosques in their concerned areas throughout the district. He also directed the officers for repairing damaged roads, maintaining traffic management during the festivals and security arrangements at ponds and banks of river for avoiding any untoward incident during idols immersion process. He directed the concerned officers for ensuring idol immersion at specified ponds for checking pollution in the river.

Roopla also instructed the officers of civic supply department for ensuring availability of adequate stock at fair price shops before festivals. Police officers were directed for organising police station level meetings of Shanti Samiti members, Durga Utsava Samitis and Ramleela Samitis for ensuring proper management in their respective areas.

Commenting on suggestion on prohibiting DJ and filmy songs, Collector said that district administration made all necessary efforts for checking the use of DJ but it needs equal participation of Shanti Samiti members and members of Durga Utsava Samitis. SP, Harinarayanachari Mishra informed about the preparations of police for security arrangements during the festivals. He informed that along with the deployment of additional security force, close circuit television cameras will be installed near religious places, main squares and streets for keeping vigilant eye on suspicious elements and their activities. Shanti Samiti members suggested for concluding Garba programmes till sixth day (Shasthi) of the Navratra festival and arrangement of temporary toilets during Dussehra festival. They also suggested the deployment of police personnel in civil dress for better monitoring of law and order arrangements during Dussehra festival.

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Plea challenging rationalisation of court work disposed off

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Ajit Singh disposed off petition filed by Ashok Kutumble challenging implementation of a scheme... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Ajit Singh disposed off petition filed by Ashok Kutumble challenging implementation of a scheme on rationalisation of assignment of cases issued on December 6, 2013, before benches of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. The division bench in its order said ‘By consent of all parties, we dispose off this petition by placing on record the broad satisfaction of all counsels representing respective parties, about fairness and effectiveness of rationalisation of assignment of cases related scheme.

The petitioner, however, invited our attention to the fact that he has filed reply; comments to minutes of meeting dated on August 30, 2014, and have raised certain new issues, which were not considered in joint meeting.

Petitioner, however, fairly accepts that those aspects can be considered on administrative side by the Chairman of the same Committee or by the Chief Justice, as may be deemed appropriate. The registry may take follow up action in this behalf. The division bench in its order said to place on record our word of appreciation for constructive stand taken by all Bar Associations, Bar Councils in identifying issues and finding court amicable solution in that behalf.

Senior Advocate Rajendra Tiwari with Purushaindra Kaurav appeared for Madhya Pradesh High Court, while Samdarshi Tiwari, Government Advocate for the State, Senior Advocate Adarsh Muni Trivedi for Madhya Pradesh High Court Bar Association, Jabalpur, Abhishek Arjaria for Madhya Pradesh High Court Bar Association, Indore, J P Agrawal, R D Hundikr, V K Shukla, H C Kohli for Interveners, Advocate Mohammed Ali on behalf of the State Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh.

Earlier, counsel for the High Court, Senior Advocate Rajendra Tiwari argued that the High Court is not considering this petition as an adversarial litigation but responding to contents made in the petition so as to clarify correct and factual aspects in larger public interest.

In rationalised scheme it is highlighted that constitutional mandate of speedy justice to citizens on the basis of first come first serve is taken care of in a very rationalised and scientific manner. The scheme, which is unique and is first of its kind in India operates through auto-generated computer programme, which is designed to address relative urgency of different types of cases as per court policy distributing workload equally amongst available judges on day-to-day basis.

Now, every admission matter will have a date. Listing of motion hearing fresh cases and final hearing cases as per computer programme ensure transparency, consistency, objectivity and accountability at every level as processing of cases are condensed at every level.

Counsel for the High Court Advocate Tiwari said, “There is no manual intervention in distribution of cases amongst judges as by computer programme the cases are listed amongst courts strictly in chronological order from oldest to newest which has brought an end to many malpractices, which were prevalent earlier. This has brought an end to dependency on proposal system by dealing assistants and now they have to only update a case, which is picked and listed by the computer programme. It has also brought an end to bench hunting. Now, one can guess where the case will be listed.” It may be mentioned that the scheme has given wonderful results as comparison of disposal of cases in first quarter of 2013 and 2014 proves success of the scheme. In the first quarter of 2013 number of cases disposed of were 27,002 whereas in first quarter of 2014 number of cases disposed of were 35,880, which is an increase of about 25 per cent, he added.

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Admission of Munna Bhai of 2010 batch cancelled

ACTING on recommendation of VYAPAM, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College administration cancelled admission of Munna Bhai Shailendra, on Thursday. The medical administration has cancelle... Read More
ACTING on recommendation of VYAPAM, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College administration cancelled admission of Munna Bhai Shailendra, on Thursday. The medical administration has cancelled admission of Munna Bhai accused of taking admission through unfair means in first year MBBS course at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital in 2010.

Medical administration has taken this decision after recommendation of the Director Medical Education (DME) Department to cancel the admission. DME in a letter sent to medical administration on recommendation of VYAPAM, authority that conducts pre-medical test in Madhya Pradesh. With cancellation of admission of Shailendra, list of Munna Bhais accused of taking admission on fake identity basis in NSCBMCH has reached 94. Medical administration will also cancel admission of more Munna Bhais accused of using unfair means to seek admission in MBBS course at NSCBMCH in next couple of days.

Medical administration has cancelled admission of 94 students for using unfair means to secure position in PMT examination and get admission in first year MBBS course at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital between 2008 to 2013, after recommendation of High Power Committee (HPC).

OSD Dr B K Guha informed that after recommendation of the Director of Medical Education Department, NSCBMCH administration cancelled candidature of the student. This is major action that was taken by the medical administration on candidature cancellation of Munna Bhai in last few years. Now, the list of students terminated has increased to 94 which includes 14 in 2008, 20 in 2009, 22 in 2010, 9 in 2011, 17 in 2012 and 20 in 2013. Following action of VYAPAM, the number of PMT candidates whose examination have been cancelled by VYAPAM has rose to 915. VYAPAM cancelled examination of 439 candidates of PMT 2013 and 286 candidates of PMT 2012 and 98 candidates of 2011 in different government medical colleges in State.

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With fresh delimitation, number of wards under JMC rises to 79

THE Madhya Pradesh Government on Friday published final notification of fresh delimitation of wards in ordinary gazette. After delimitation strength of wards under Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (J... Read More
THE Madhya Pradesh Government on Friday published final notification of fresh delimitation of wards in ordinary gazette. After delimitation strength of wards under Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) has been increased from 70 to 79. The area has increased to 263 square kilometres from 131 square kilometres.

New nine wards, which have been added in JMC have not been named yet. The Nagar Nigam Parishad (Municipal Corporation Council) would name the wards. Upcoming election of the civic body will be held on the basis of fresh delimitation in December. JMC on August 30 had issued notification and called for objections and suggestions from public regarding boundaries of wards and other issues within seven days. The draft copy of delimitation was displayed at Collectorate, JMC offices.

The notification issued was aimed at increasing strength of wards from 70 to 79. Revision of wards was done by merging a large number of adjoining villages into Jabalpur Municipal Corporation.

After notification the district administration had received total 383 applications/objections. Collector S N Roopla on September 6 heard objections during a marathon meeting of 14 hours.

Thereafter, working on applications/objections the administration had accepted 138 applications on various valid grounds while it accepted five applications partially. It could not accept 217 applications and rejected 26. The Collector thereafter sent documents to Jabalpur Municipal Corporation for needed correction in delimitation. After correction JMC had sent the file to district administration, which forwarded it to Divisional Commissioner Deepak Khandekar who sent it to the State Government for its consent.

Giving due respect to people’s emotions, the administration did not change the name of Mahatma Gandhi Ward and Pt Bhawani Prasad Tiwari Ward. Besides, it has reconstituted Jawaharganj Ward on the name of Jawaharganj Bazaar apart from redressing anomalies of Tilak, Sarafa and Ravindar Nath Tagore Ward. It also settled problems coming in keeping colonies in particular ward. It unified Punit Nagar and Shivnagar and also added Mahgawan in adjoining ward. With final notification of ward delimitation, the strength of wards under JMC has been increased to 79 wards and the limits of the civic body has also increased to 263 square kilometre.

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Tigress T-4 dies at Panna

World’s first hand-reared feline T-4 died at Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR), reports reserve official on Friday. The tigress was found dead under mysterious circumstances at Mandla range in Panna Na... Read More
World’s first hand-reared feline T-4 died at Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR), reports reserve official on Friday. The tigress was found dead under mysterious circumstances at Mandla range in Panna National Park, on Friday. The national park administration is yet to ascertain the cause of death of the full grown tigress. Panna National Park Management received constant signal location of T-4 tigress and a search party located her carcass at Pathan Jhiri in the Madla beat. On Friday, the tigress was cremated after preliminary investigation and post-mortem conducted by the wildlife veterinary doctor. The report indicates that the tigress died under natural circumstances. Even after autopsy, the reason behind suspicious death of T-4 tigress could not be ascertained and her last rites were performed by the park management at Panna National Park under supervision of Director Sreenivasa Murthy. T4 is the first tigress brought to Panna Tiger reserve in March 2011 under comprehensive Tiger Reintroduction Project conceived in technical collaboration with Wildlife Institute of India and launched after obtaining clearance from National Tiger Conservation Authority. Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) and Chief Wildlife Warden of Madhya Pradesh, Narendra Kumar while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ informed that there was little confusion over the death of T-4 due to infection in a wound on her neck caused due to radio-caller but it could not be confirmed in the autopsy. Samples of the tigress were collected for further investigation into the case. “There was no sign of poaching or other major injury (exempting wound on her neck) or disease in the autopsy and a team of senior veterinarians are busy in finding scientific reason of her death,” PCCF added. It may be mentioned that the T-4 tigress was a part of a successful experiment of translocation of tigers. T-4 was successfully translocated at Panna National Park after some months of birth. T-4 translocation proves fruitful in the history of wildlife to review tigers’ population in India when she delivered two cubs in November 2011.

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State failed to get normal rainfall this monsoon

It was a sunny day in State capital despite partial cloudy weather conditions on Friday. The rains remained conspicuous by their absence. Seeing the sunny weather condition, it looked that rains ... Read More
It was a sunny day in State capital despite partial cloudy weather conditions on Friday. The rains remained conspicuous by their absence. Seeing the sunny weather condition, it looked that rains have started to bid adieu. Weather department is also saying that monsoon season has entered into the phase of bidding adieu.

This monsoon season has failed to give normal rainfall to Madhya Pradesh. The rainfall so far happened in state is seventeen percent less from normal level.

“The rainfall in state till date is 76 cm against the normal rainfall of 91 cm. This means that state rainfall is seventeen percent less from normal rainfall. The rainfall in Bhopal division till date is 71 cm against the normal rainfall of 96 cm. As far as east region of Madhya Pradesh is concerned then it is 22 percent short from average rainfall. West Madhya Pradesh rainfall is 8 percent short from normal rainfall,” said duty officer of weather department to “The Hitavada”. According to weather department, rainfall in state has been uneven and there are many districts which are experiencing deficit rainfall.

For instance, Bhind’s rainfall deficit is 42 percent followed by Morena (-22 %), Ratlam (-33 %), Ujjain (-27%), Datia (-26 %), Chhattarpur (-44%), Damoh (-35%), Shahdol (-27%), Satna (-33%), Umaria (-35%), Singrauli (-29%), Umaria (-35%), Singrauli (-29%), Balaghat (-27%), Katni (-26%), Jabalpur (-23%), Seoni (-27%).

Apart from this there are districts which have recorded excess rainfall and they includes Alirajpur (+16%), Badwani (+20%), Burhanpur (+39 %), Harda (+11 percent), Khargone (+13%), Neemuch (+15%) and Ratlam (+12%). “Though monsoon is in bidding process but it is impossible that remaining rains could take state rainfall to normal rainfall level. Then also, over all rainfall in state is satisfactory by seeing the El Nino phenomenon,” said duty officer to “The Hitavada”.

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Section 144 in hostels to check illegal activities

In a wake of maintaining law and orders, District Collector Nishant Warwade on Friday issued notice to submit the details of private hostels running across city to the concerned Sub Divisional Ma... Read More
In a wake of maintaining law and orders, District Collector Nishant Warwade on Friday issued notice to submit the details of private hostels running across city to the concerned Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) under Section 144 IPC.

According to notice issued by Collector, all the hostel owners are directed to submit the details including place of the hostel, number of students residing, their permanent address and contact numbers within first 10 days of every month.

People ignoring the orders will be punished under Section 188 IPC. In the orders released by collector, it is mentioned that some of the anti-social elements try to escape in private hostels of the city. They usually harm the human life, property theft and other illegal activities by residing in hostels. In this way innocent students residing in hostels for continuing their study get disturb and environment of society destroys. An advertisement of the orders will also be made in the city through pamphlets and notices at municipal corporation, police stations and other vital place of the city. As per orders, it is duty of private hostel owners to submit the monthly report of hostel at SDM office so that proper law and orders would be maintained. To stop the anti-social activities in city, collector has decided to bring the private hostel under the ambit of official record. There is no official data of number of hostels spread across city. Only 20% hostels of the city have been registered from some institution. Households of the city do not want to reveal their identity and hostels running into their home which is giving birth to anti-social activities in the city.

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No time scale to Health Deptt’s 22,000 nurses in State for last nine years

The State Government repeatedly told all Government departments to provide time scale benefit to all those nurses deprived of the promotions for the last several years. But health officers surp... Read More
The State Government repeatedly told all Government departments to provide time scale benefit to all those nurses deprived of the promotions for the last several years. But health officers surprisingly failed to make amendment in nursing cadre’s service recruitment rules and untill the department did not make amendment in service recruitment rules, the nurses might not be given benefit of the time scale since 2006. Due to unwanted delay, State’s 22,000 nurses including Auxiliary Nursing Midwife (ANM), Lady Health Visitor (LHV), Staff Nurse, Nursing Sister, Matron, Tutor and other nursing cadres working at Government hospitals and health centres for the last 2 to 30 years have been deprived of time scale. Some retired without benefit of time scale, some are on verge of retirement.

The senior health officers shrug off their responsibility, nobody accept unwanted delay in providing time scale benefit to the nursing cadre.

A senior health officer in directorate of health said that Anju Bhadoria, who was as Additional Director at Directorate of Health, looking after nursing section had interestingly issued an order to all the district health authorities that if the nurses had been given benefit of the time scale without amendment in their service recruitment rules, the recovery from their salary be started. The order was according to information was issued in May last. According to this order in some districts, the district health authorities have started time scale amount recovery from the nurses’ salary in Khandwa and some other districts.

When contacted, Anju Bhadoria, Additional Director, Health, said she did not look after the work of nursing section now. “I do not remember at present at I had issued any order of recovering amount of time scale from nurses. It is true that the nurses should not be given benefit of the time scale until their service recruitment rules are amended. “I had sent file of amendment in nursing recruitment rules to the Government but I do not know what happened then. It is to do to the Government. Better you ask to Dr J L Mishra, Director, Health, looking after nursing section, she said.

When contacted, Dr Mishra said the Health Department had made amendment to nursing service recruitment rules in 2011. I will have to see the matter what happened in it. I do not know why the nurses are not being given time scale due since 2006 and if there is any recovery of the time scale from the nurses salary, he said.Rekha Parmar, State President, Nurses Association Madhya Pradesh, said the nurses fought their battle of time scale and other benefits since the last many years. The Health Department has not yet made amendment in nursing service recruitment rules and so the nurses are deprived of time scale benefit since 2006. The State’s 22,000 nurses are resented with the department’s irresponsible attitude towards nurses, she said.

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PMT exam scam middleman surrenders in CJM court

A PMT examination-2012 scam accused with prize money on him surrendered in the court here on Friday. Patel had got a candidate passed in the examination by making an impersonator appear in the ex... Read More
A PMT examination-2012 scam accused with prize money on him surrendered in the court here on Friday. Patel had got a candidate passed in the examination by making an impersonator appear in the examination in original candidate’s place. The accused, Rakesh Patel, son of Danveer Prasad, is a resident of Nalanda in Bihar. Special Task Force (STF) of Madhya Pradesh Police had registered a case 07/14 under Sections 420, 467, 471 and 120-B of Indian Penal Code and 3 (C) 1, 2, /4 under Madhya Pradesh recognised examination act-1937. STF had also declared prize of Rs 10,000 on Patel and was in search for him. Patel on Friday reached CJM Pankaj Singh Maheshwari’s court and surrendered himself. Court has handed over Patel to STF for initial interrogation. STF will present Patel in court on Saturday and will request for sending him on police remand.

According to STF, Patel made a impersonator appear in the PMT examination 2012 in place of original candidate Sadil Jain, resident of Ahmedabad in Gujarat. Meanwhile, STF has arrested an accused in the Ayurvedic Medical Officer Recruitment Examination conducted by Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) from state capital on Friday. Accused Kuldeep Patel, son of Kaushal Prasad Patel, is a resident of Rohitas Nagar colony of State capital. Arrested Patel is related to accused Dr Surendra Patel and used to teach in the pharmacy department of NRI college of Pharmacy of state capital. Patel is accused of helping Dr Patel by first getting the paper leaked then training the candidates in the Hotel Amulyashri of state capital for the examination and lastly taking them to Indore for appearing in the examination.

STF will present Patel in the court tomorrow and ask for sending him in police remand for further interrogation.

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School van drivers threaten strike

Private school van drivers of the city threatened to launch strike against the campaign launched by Regional Transportation Office (RTO).

The School Vans Association would meet State Transpor... Read More
Private school van drivers of the city threatened to launch strike against the campaign launched by Regional Transportation Office (RTO).

The School Vans Association would meet State Transportation Minister Bhupendra Singh on Monday under the guidance of ex-MLA P C Sharma.

During the meeting, association would present their demand to exempt them from compulsion of school letter for issuing license. Association President Shivkumar Soni said that they have already talked to several bureaucrats about their demands. He further said that if their demand would not be accepted, they would launch an indefinite strike. The association had also organised its conference at BHEL Dussehra ground three days back. In the meeting, van drivers raised their problems. Notably, in the month of July school van drivers launched two day strike which caused inconvenient to the parents as well as students. MP Alok Sanjar and District Collector Nishant Warwade appealed them to stop the strike. For the past two months, RTO has showed strict attitude towards the school vehicles. The department has seized 135 vans and charged penalty of Rs 9 lakh within two months.

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Usha Thakur once again stirs hornet’s nest

Indore’s BJP MLA Usha Thakur is once again in the eye of controversy due to her controversial statements. In the fresh controversial remarks, Usha Thakur said there was mention of Maa Durga i... Read More
Indore’s BJP MLA Usha Thakur is once again in the eye of controversy due to her controversial statements. In the fresh controversial remarks, Usha Thakur said there was mention of Maa Durga in Vande Mataram but it was removed by reservation of particular community. If they have reservation in singing Vande Mataram then they should also not take part in Garba which is sing in praise of Maa Durga. Earlier, Usha Thakur was in cauldron of controversy when she said entry should be denied to Muslim youths in garba as they finds entry into garba and later lures Hindu girls. She had at that time demanded that entry should be given after checking the Identity cards.

The fresh statement’s of Usha Thakur has once again started debate and somewhere minorities are finding themselves at the receiving end.

What is a matter of concern that even some BJP MLAs are echoing his demand either openly or in silent manner. So far, BJP leadership has not asked him to stop from giving the controversial statements which divides the society.

The remark made by Usha Thakur is somewhere creating an undeclared rift between two communities. Congress’ Chief Spokesman K K Mishra said that BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the service and sacrifice of Muslims and on other hand Usha Thakur is giving the statements aimed at dividing the society. She should clear that who is telling truth. In the meantime, Hindu outfits have felicitated BJP MLA from Huzur, Rameshwar Sharma for openly advocating to check the identity cards of youths going to take part in garba. He had also demanded that one should show faith in Hindu if wants to take part in Garba.

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Party would follow one person one post policy: Nandkumar Singh Chouhan

State President of Bharatiya Janata Party Nandkumar Singh Chouhan is of the view that party is having the norm one person one post. Hence, those ministers who are post holders in State BJP organi... Read More
State President of Bharatiya Janata Party Nandkumar Singh Chouhan is of the view that party is having the norm one person one post. Hence, those ministers who are post holders in State BJP organisation will be relieved of organisational responsibilities. Besides, BJP will reduce Congress to such situation that its position will not be very different from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Nandkumar Singh Chouhan spoke to “The Hitavada” on myriad issues. Here are the excerpts of the interview.

Q. Whether you are going to make any changes in the party’s executive body? Answer: The team formed by predecessor Narendra Singh Tomar is a qualified team and it does not needs any major changes. Only minor changes would be done. Those office bearers would be changed who have become inactive due to certain reasons.

Q. There are leaders who are office-bearers in party organisation and at the same time they are ministers in state government? Answer: Party is having the norm of one person one post. Hence, those office-bearers of party organisation would be changed who are also ministers in state government.

Q. The by election results of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan showed that Modi wave has faded. In Madhya Pradesh also, BJP lost one assembly by-election. Even party’s National President Amit Shah urged party to focus beyond Modi factor, what is your view? Answer: Amit Shah was of the view that Modi wave was at its place but party workers have to work hard to implement it. As far as by election results are concerned then why people forget that they were BJP versus all other parties. Then also party has opened its account in Assam and West Bengal. UP by-election results changed due to absence of BSP. As far as Bahoriband assembly by election results are concerned then Bahoriband seat has been never pro-BJP seat.

Q: What is party’s stand on Love Jihad issue. BJP MLA Usha Thakur has demanded entry of youths after seeing their identity cards? Answer: Whatever she said is her personal opinion. But then also she had told good thing that identity cards should be checked to know the identity that whether person is Indian and belongs to which place. What will happen if any terrorist finds entry by taking benefit of crowd.

Q. You have said that State Congress President Arun Yadav does not know to do politics and also used some harsh words against him? Answer: Arun Yadav had levelled allegations against CM and it is normal as he is in opposition but the language used by him as objectionable. Every action has a reaction.

Q. What is future of Congress in State? Answer: The base of Congress is shrinking in State. Even the community which Congress was construing its vote bank is tilting towards BJP.

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Nandkumar Sai denies anti-Modi remarks

RAJYA Sabha member Nandkumar Sai has denied making any anti-Narendra Modi remarks during an interview with media on his Bilaspur visit. Strongly refuting some local media misinterpreting him, Sai s... Read More
RAJYA Sabha member Nandkumar Sai has denied making any anti-Narendra Modi remarks during an interview with media on his Bilaspur visit. Strongly refuting some local media misinterpreting him, Sai said that he never stated of decline in impact of PM Narendra Modi and people being un-happy with the Modi Government. He clarified of being misquoted. In his clarification, Sai said that while being questioned of recent results of the by-election, he actually stated of people having high expectation from new Government. However, there are discrepancies at the local level which will be sorted out gradually, he added.

Expressing his suspicion over a series of such conspiracies being hatched against him for past 11 years, Sai said that the party leaders are well aware of motives and intentions. But, on the current hype, he said that the media persons were made the scapegoat.

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Chief Secretary holds meeting for Kaun Banega Crorepati preparations

To give better shape in hosting the country’s mega show ‘Kaun Benega Crorepati’, Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand conveyed meeting of high officials at Secretariat (Mahanadi) here on Friday. The m... Read More
To give better shape in hosting the country’s mega show ‘Kaun Benega Crorepati’, Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand conveyed meeting of high officials at Secretariat (Mahanadi) here on Friday. The meeting agenda focused on law and order, traffic flow, parking, power supply, drinking water facility, sanitation and primary health facilities.

Addressing at the meet Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand instructed the officials to ensure all basic facilities to host the event in the state capital. He also laid emphasis that officials should be strict to maintain the law and order situation during the event to be held at Balbir Singh Juneja Indoor Stadium of September 27 and 28. Present during the meeting were DGP A N Upadhay, Principal Secretary Urban Administration RP Mandal, Managing Director Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Subodhkumar Singh, Secretary Anil Rai, Divisional Commissioner Dr BL Tiwari, Raipur Range IG JP Singh Collector Thakur Ramsingh and SP OP Pal.

C’garh Cong puts forth relevant queries before CM

Chhattisgarh Congress took potshots at ongoing speculations of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh attending ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ as a participant when it gets recorded in Raipur.

Party spokesperson Sushil Anand Shukla expressed optimism that mega star Amitabh Bacchan might prove successful in extracting some of the queries from CM Dr Singh that people of Chhattisgarh have not received so far.

Shukla said that relevant questions including why state government has been unsuccessful in tackling Maoist menace during past two decades, how many Industries actually invested as result of Global Investor Meet two years back, why thousands of women and children have gone missing from Chhattisgarh over past years but state government could not locate their whereabouts. Shukla also hoped CM Dr Singh to explain as to why ration card numbers increase prior to elections but then gets cancelled in large numbers after the polls are over.

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Mohd Akbar questions notification on electoral segments within Raipur Jilla Panchayat

Former Minister and senior Congress leader Mohammed Akbar has questioned that notification issued by Raipur Collector whereby Raipur Jilla Panchayat has been divided into 13 electoral segments for ... Read More
Former Minister and senior Congress leader Mohammed Akbar has questioned that notification issued by Raipur Collector whereby Raipur Jilla Panchayat has been divided into 13 electoral segments for which elections would be held.

He pointed out that while there is resentment that none of these segments have been identified for general category candidates, it is ironical that 15 segments under different categories have been reserved when there are mere 13 electoral segments notified within Raipur Jilla Panchayat.

This includes 3 for Scheduled Castes, one for Scheduled Tribes, 3 for Other Backward Castes and two for SC category women and one for ST category woman, two for OBC category women and two for general category woman candidate. Akbar said that the present reservation would deprive general category candidates from contesting polls and there would also be two seats less for reserved categories. Akbar argued that as per provisions, one electoral segment needs to be carved out for every 50,000 population. Since the Raipur Jilla Panchayat has nearly 9 lakh population, there needs to be 18 electoral segments with 10 for general category contenders. He said that issued notification is being widely opposed and it should be revised or it will be challenged in a court of law.

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Bhilai engineering student sexually molested; victim refuses to lodge police complaint

An engineering student from Odisha, who was allegedly sexually assaulted by two youths, on Friday last reached Chhaoni Thana to lodge a police complaint, but refrained from doing so fearing poss... Read More
An engineering student from Odisha, who was allegedly sexually assaulted by two youths, on Friday last reached Chhaoni Thana to lodge a police complaint, but refrained from doing so fearing possible police action against her well-wisher.

Police said that at about 10 am on September 12, the victim, a BE final year student at a premier engineering college of Bhilai, disembarked at Power House, Bhilai railway station and proceeded towards her hostel in an autorickshaw. After some covering distance, auto-rickshaw stopped for a while and two youths forcefully got in. When she protested, youths sprayed some chemical, making her unconscious. When the girl regained consciousness, she found herself in Jawhar Udyan, Bhilai alone and was in severe pain due to heavy bleeding.

Police sources informed that the victim somehow managed to reach her hostel and later proceeded for her native place. She was shocked when she and her parents started receiving SMSs from offenders regarding her MMSs in their possession, threatening that it would be uploaded on internet if she ever thought of reporting the matter to the police. The offenders were also blackmailing her with certain motives. The victim arrived at Chhaoni Thana in Bhilai along with her father and a relative to lodge a police complaint.

When contacted, Alexander Kiro, SHO, Chhaoni Thana informed that the victim however, refrained from lodging a police complaint, fearing the consequences.

Jamul police nab four on charges of kidnapping, assault

JAMUL police nabbed four on charges of kidnapping and assaulting in connection with abduction of a minor in Housing Board, Jamul. The accused was remanded to jail from the court on Friday.

Police sources informed that the accused were identified as Kapil Satpal, Karkes, Ram Yadav and one other, residents of Housing Board, Jamul. The police said that at about 12:30 pm on Thursday, the victim Jitesh Singh (17), son of late Kavindra Singh, a resident of EWS quarter, Jamul was near Chhathh Talab in the area when the accused reached the place in a jeep and dragged the victim forcibly into the vehicle. While speeding the vehicle, the accused severely thrashed the victim while inflicting upon him injuries. Later, the accused freed him and sped away. Police sources further informed that on information, a Jamul Thana team swung into action and succeeded in lying hands on the accused. The police said that during interrogation in police custody the accused confessed to their involvement in the crime. The police have registered the offence against them under sections 294, 506 (B), 323, 365 and 34 of IPC. While confirming details, Brijesh Kushwaha, SHO, Jamul Thana informed that he had led the police team which could successfully track down the accused behind the crime.

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Teachers’ body again up in arms against state govt

Chhattisgarh Shikshak Sangh has warned state government of an intense agitation at Budhatalab in Raipur on September 22 if the government does not take decision in the interest of the teachers. T... Read More
Chhattisgarh Shikshak Sangh has warned state government of an intense agitation at Budhatalab in Raipur on September 22 if the government does not take decision in the interest of the teachers. Teachers from across the state, who had observed a symbolic strike on July 5, 2014 to press for their numerous demands, had also submitted a memorandum to the government on August 28, issuing certain time limit for the fulfillment of their demands, said Sangh’s Sangharsh Samiti state coordinator Neelkanth Shardul and other office bearers in a press conference at Raipur Press Club on Friday.

The Sangh members demanded that there should be immediate promotion to the post of headmaster, lecturer and principals in the middle schools, suspension of the officials in the education department not executing the promotion rules, time-bound salary for the assistant teachers, removal of the discrepancies in the time bound salary of the lecturers, ‘gatirodh bhatta’ of Rs 600 should be added to the grade salary, reinstate of school commission and old school timing. The association members said the teachers from across the state will stage demonstration at Budhatalab on September 22 at 11 am if their demands are not met by September 20.

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double murder rocks urla

Purani Basti of Urla was shocked as a youth brutally murdered his sister-in-law and nephew. Accused thrashed his Bhabhi and nephew with heavy stone pestle till they died and surrendered to the ... Read More
Purani Basti of Urla was shocked as a youth brutally murdered his sister-in-law and nephew. Accused thrashed his Bhabhi and nephew with heavy stone pestle till they died and surrendered to the police on late Friday evening.

The reason that pushed accused Ramesh Bhardwaj to commit such act of barbarism was still not clear till the filing of this report as the police had just reached the spot and investigating the matter. Ramesh’s Bhabhi Rukmani and nephew Deepak (7), 7-year-old kid, were lying in their blood stained clothes as the police reached. Both had died on the spot, police said. Entire room was painted red with the blood of mother and son, nothing short of horrifying. There is a kind of dark silence enveloped the Purani Basti of Urla as the neighbours and other locals are find it hard to digest the incident.

When this incident happened at around 8:15 pm, Rukmani’s husband had gone to village Amoda of Janjgir Champa. Police has informed him about the incident and he was on his way back.

Reportedly, this family had moved to Urla Area around two and half months back in search of work. Rukmani’s husband works in a factory namely Laxmikripa Group situated at Urla.

Police said accused didn’t try to escape; rather, he surrendered without any problem.

Love lorn couple attempt suicide, girl survive

Girl survived while the boy was killed when a lovelorn couple attempted suicide by jumping in front of a train on Thursday. Girl was admitted in hospital but suspiciously she disappeared from there. People at the Ticket counter of Raipur Railway Station were taken by surprise and shock, when a girl with blood soaked clothes fainted in front of the counter. No body had any idea, what happened to girl and no many people took the matter seriously unless she was interrogated by Government Railway Police (GRP).

She said her story, resembling to some movie, in front of the GRP officers. Girl identified as Monica Nishad (25) said Deepak Verma son of Ghanaram Verma (25), whm she married on the same day is lying dead on railway track at Shrinagar. They attempted suicide together but only Deepak was killed while she survived with injuries.

She walked over a kilometre from Shrinagar to Railway Station and fell unconscious in front of ticket counter. GRP took her to the hospital but reportedly she disappeared from hospital. According to the reports, Deepak Verma is a resident of village Sakri and he was currently living at Raipura. Girl Monica is a resident of Kanker.

It’s still not clear whether they actually married or not. However, police dispatched a team to Kanker to find out the real story.

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Edasmeta Encounter: Last date for submission of evidences extended

Judicial Probe Commission constituted by the State Government has extended the last date till September 30 this year for submission of representations, affidavits and documents related to the encou... Read More
Judicial Probe Commission constituted by the State Government has extended the last date till September 30 this year for submission of representations, affidavits and documents related to the encounter that had taken place in the intervening night of May 17 and 18, 2013 at Edasmeta village in the jurisdiction of Gangaloor police station jurisdiction in Bijapur district. This is the last opportunity given by Commission to the people concerned for submission of evidences. Officer on Special Duty (OSD) of Pandri, Raipur based Judicial Probe Commission Office has notified people that any kind of evidences related to the incident can be submitted at Commission Office by September 30.

Commission office is situated in Chhattisgarh State Consumer Commission premise at Pandri, Raipur. Chhattisgarh Government’s General Administration Department had formed this judicial probe commission on May 19, 2013. Camp Headquarters of the Commission is situated at Commissioner Office premise, Bastar Division, Jagdalpur. Judicial Probe Commission had published a notification in Chhattisgarh Gazette (Extraordinary) on July 19, 2013 for submission of representations, affidavits and documents etc related to the incident. Thereafter, the time-limit for submission of evidences was extended several times. Letters were sent to the family members of the deceased and notice was also published in the local newspapers but no information, affidavit, document or other evidence in the context could be received.

Considering the situation, Judicial Probe Commission has provided the last opportunity to submit any kind of evidence related to the incident till September 30.

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People in C’garh are still ‘paddling’ high for environment!

In the current era of cars, bikes and scooters, bicycles and cyclists are seen scantily at the roads, but still Chhattisgarh is the only State among all 29 States and 7 union territories of nat... Read More
In the current era of cars, bikes and scooters, bicycles and cyclists are seen scantily at the roads, but still Chhattisgarh is the only State among all 29 States and 7 union territories of nation which registered a growth in the number of households owing bicycles.

According to the report ‘Paddling towards a greener India’ released by The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) at the hands of Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, record 65% of households in the different districts of the Chhattisgarh owned a bicycle in 2011-12. This was followed by Uttar Pradesh (63%), Odisha (62%) and Punjab (60.5%). The interesting part is that Chhattisgarh emerged as the only State of the nation which recorded a growth in the ownership of bicycles against the other states and nation. One decade earlier (2001-02), 56% households across the State owned a bicycle. On the other hand, cycle ownership has declined sharply at the nation during this 10 year period falling from 61% in 2001-02 to 53% in 2011-12.

Not only rural areas, but also the urban areas of the state have also registered a large ownership of bicycles in the same time period. In urban areas, Bilaspur leads with the most number of households owing bicycles (62%) in 2011-12 whereas Raipur registered 57% households owing cycles and Ambikapur recorded 56% households owing cycles. In Korba and Jagdalpur, 54% and 53% households owned bicycles. Durg and Bhilai were the only two urban areas of the state which witnessed less than 50% ownership of bicycles. In Bhilai, 48% households owned bicycles while in Durg city, 49% households owned bicycles.

In the same time period, Chhattisgarh also witnessed a sharp rise in the ownership of different two wheelers. In 2001-02, only 14% households in the state were the owners of several two wheelers (bikes, scooters and others) which rose to 23% in 2011-12. On the other hand, in the ownership of four wheelers (cars, jeep and van) Chhattisgarh saw a decline in the duration of 10 years. In 2011-12, only 3% households owned cars, jeeps or vans a dip as compared to 4% recorded in state during 2001-02.

It is really a matter of joy that in spite of most urban parts in the state is not cycle friendly but still people purchase bicycles and use it in their daily life. Akshima T Ghate, Media Coordinator of TERI stated that it is really positive sign that when all states and cities of the nation see a dip in the ownership of bicycles, Chhattisgarh is the only state which registers an increase in the cycle owners. Due to common perception of cycling as an unsafe and a poor man’s mode of the transport, now people prefer bicycles despite its many health and financial advantages, she added.

‘We are happy that Chhattisgarh comes as only state of the nation which saw a rise in the ownership of cycles. In terms of health too, cycles are the best option among all vehicles but still people do not adopt it wholeheartedly’ said Toran Singh Thakur, Secretary of Chhattisgarh Bicycle Association.

Dr. RK Dewangan, Senior Physician informed because of paddling, cycle is one of the best exercise mode for heart and all other organs of the human body, so it is better people should ride bicycle for at least half an hour daily as a form of exercise.

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Exempt animal husbandry, fisheries, poultry incomes from income tax: Agrawal

Chhattisgarh Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal has demanded that the income generated from animal husbandry, fisheries and poultry farming should be exempted from income tax alike the agricu... Read More
Chhattisgarh Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal has demanded that the income generated from animal husbandry, fisheries and poultry farming should be exempted from income tax alike the agriculture income.

If facilities and encouragement like agriculture are also provided to these three fields then there will be huge employment opportunities in the country and also avenues for additional income to farmers and those who are engaged in animal husbandry, the minister said. He was addressing the national conference of the Ministers for animal husbandry, dairy development and fisheries that was held at New Delhi on Tuesday.

Additional Chief Secretary Ajay Singh was also present. Minister Agrawal further demanded that the loan limit to youths for animal husbandry, fisheries and poultry should be Rs 15 lakhs. Government of India (GoI) should make arrangements for providing loans through nationalized banks. Programmes should be also started for benefiting those who are engaged in three above said activities personally so that they become self dependant. The minister also demanded Rs 57 crores from GoI for developing milk route and other purposes; Rs 14 crores for infrastructure development of veterinary hospitals and dispensaries; Rs 10 crores for making new ponds, research centre for benefit in goat rearing; poultry development organization and 4 ice plants and 4 cold storages. He also raised other demands.

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Trade Unions demand for increased bonus

“Meri Nas Nas Mein Hain Bonus”, assert several BSP employees when it is time for payment of the annual bonus/ex-gratia. The main topic of their discussion is always centered upon the amount t... Read More
“Meri Nas Nas Mein Hain Bonus”, assert several BSP employees when it is time for payment of the annual bonus/ex-gratia. The main topic of their discussion is always centered upon the amount to be paid as bonus. The expectation of getting the amount of bonus paid thrills them like nothing else. Every year there are high expectations that the amount of Bonus would be increased much more than that paid in last year. And, the final announcement regarding the amount of annual bonus is awaited with bated breath by all the BSP employees.

While endorsing demands of the employees, trade unions in Bhilai are pressing demands for moderate to hefty hike in the amount of bonus, while citing different parameters in this context.

However, the somewhat discouraging news for BSP employees is that the bipartite meeting of SAIL authorities and trade unions’ representatives held at Delhi on Monday remained inconclusive.

Talking to the newspaper, S P Dey, President, Hindustan Steel Employees Union (CITU), observed that the BSP employees deserve for moderate increase in amount of bonus at least by Rs 1,000 in comparison to that paid in last fiscal year, as it would be justified as SAIL recorded the growth in profit by Rs 37 crore in the year. The SAIL management was not considering the demand on the ground of Annual Plant Production which was declined by 2% when it was 102% cumulatively in 2012-13. While reiterating demand for increased Ex-Gratia, Dey also insisted for envisaging the new formula from next year onwards as in last year APP was swelled while profitability was declined slightly. Bhavsingh Sonwani, President, Ispat Shramik Manch, alleged that since it was Ex-Gratia and no law was ever enacted for it unlike Bonus Act, hence SAIL authorities finalized things as per their whim. He demanded Rs 40,000 as Ex-Gratia stating that owing to sole contribution of BSP, SAIL recorded profit to the tune of Rs 2048 thousand crores while denouncing others trade unions for not supporting his demand.

S M Pandey, Steel Employees Union (INTUC), General Secretary asserted that the bonus this year’s bonus/ ex-gratia ought not to be less then Rs 38,007 as the profit of SAIL was increased by 20 percent with cent percent fulfillment of Annual Business Plan. While pressing the demand he stated that the S-1 grade BSP employees drew basic salary Rs 15,830 and the bonus demand was also almost equal to 20 percent of annual basic, for ensuring justified sharing of SAIL’s profit with the steel workers.

Vinod Singh, Bhilai Steel Majdoor Sabha (AITUC), General Secretary, was of the view that since the profit was increased in the financial year, SAIL management should consider the demand for granting increased bonus. He also supported the demand citing that the Ex-Gratia should be much more than 20 percent of annual basic.

Brijbihari Mishra, Bhilai Ispat Karmachari Union Deputy, General Secretary observed that BSP, the flagship unit always supported SAIL when it was facing adverse circumstances, it being the profit making unit since its inception. SAIL management should consider this unit for paying the increased bonus to keep its employees motivated.

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Medical malpractice of delaying the patients continues

It amounts to commission of medical malpractice when doctors do not understand the real problem with patients, but continue trying one or the other remedy and finally delays the case for the prop... Read More
It amounts to commission of medical malpractice when doctors do not understand the real problem with patients, but continue trying one or the other remedy and finally delays the case for the proper specialist. Chhattisgarh capital is no exception.

Consultant Urologist, Infertility and Cancer Specialist Dr Yogesh R Barapatre told ‘The Hitavada’ that in most of the cases of prostate cancer which he has treated so far, the patients reported when the disease was in advance stage. It was learnt that these patients had earlier gone to other doctors for treatment, he added. According to this doctor, the above mentioned kind of medical malpractice is very common. Doctors who are not specialists must be sensitive to such cases in which there is question of malignancy. Else, the cancer may develop to advance stage and cause untimely death, he added.

Dr Kalpana Dash, Consultant Endocrinologist and Diabetologist, has told this newspaper that endocrinologists are the right doctors to treat diabetic persons. She also told that with privatisation, malpractices have increased in health sector as if anybody can treat anything and everything and there is no referral system.

Several other sources expressed the view that most of the financially poor people in the state are ignorant about the proper specialists. It is therefore a moral responsibility of doctors to refer the patients to the right specialists in time. The sources further said many financially poor people are covered under health insurance programmes Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY/ Mukhyamantri Swasthya Bima Yojana (MSBY). The sources expressed doubts whether cases of patients under these programmes are delayed or not.

Indian Medical Association, Raipur branch President Dr Ashok Tripathi said that near about 140 hospitals in and around the city are empanelled under the health insurance programmes. Payment to the service providers is limited in cases of patients under RSBY/MSBY so they do not outsource specialists, thinking they may not be reimbursed against it. Hence, the service providers refer these patients. But, in cases of such patients who do not have the above said insurance cover and therefore there is no question of any kind of limitation in payment, the service provider may be outsourcing specialists, he added. Nodal officer for RSBY and MSBY Vijayendra Katre told that service providers deliver only such services which are available with them.

Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) of Raipur District Dr KR Sonwani told on being contacted that Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Dr Alok Shukla has convened a meeting of CMHOs and directed for giving guideline to doctors that they should treat only such cases for which they are entitled.

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Seven including woman Naxal surender

Fed up of the prevailing discrimination against Chhattisgarhi comrades and unnecessary tortures of commoners, seven Naxals including one woman Naxal have surrendered on Tuesday, September 16. Read More
Fed up of the prevailing discrimination against Chhattisgarhi comrades and unnecessary tortures of commoners, seven Naxals including one woman Naxal have surrendered on Tuesday, September 16.

Woman Naxal Sukli Wadde had joint the Maoists organization in 2006. After serving in Bennur Local Operation Squad (LOS) for two months, she was taken into the Keshkal Area LOS as the doctor. Being in Keshkal Area, she worked in Kiskodo LOS and Antagarh LOS for nearly one year. She was the member of B Section of Platoon no-02 in Company no-06. She was in contact with hardcore Maoists leaders such as Raju Dada, Kosa, Sudhakar, Arjun, Kamlesh, Urmila, Sujata, Rajman Mandavi, Viyaj Ratan alias Pusu, Sampat alias Chhatte. She was actively participated in the incidents of Mahrabeda encounter in which 27 personnel were martyred in 2010 and in Jhara camp attack that claimed lives of 05 personnel.

Other Maoists as Dayaram Naag (32), Balkrishna Naag (37), Lalit Kumar Potai (30), Guddu Medam alias Pawan Kumar, Koliya alias Suddhram Netam (25) and Tilanand alias Gudda Pradhan (20) also surrendered in front of Police. They were active member of Naxal organizations since 2008. These foot-soldiers were assigned with works like arrangements of food grains and meetings. They were serving in Barda LGS by Barda LGS Commander Phoolsingh and since then they were active members of Barda LGS. These Naxals were involved in killing of a CAF Jawan in 2011 at village Chingnaar and in the firing of police and polling teams during the 2014 Lok Sabha Election at village Banachpai.

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Fans enjoy cricket carnival at Parsada International Stadium

An enthusiastic crowd watched the fifth and sixth qualifiers of Champions League T20 between Southern Express-Lahore Lions and Mumbai Indians-Northern Knights at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Intern... Read More
An enthusiastic crowd watched the fifth and sixth qualifiers of Champions League T20 between Southern Express-Lahore Lions and Mumbai Indians-Northern Knights at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium (Parsada) in Naya Raipur on Tuesday. The teams comprising of top international players from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, West Indies, Australia and New Zealand. Watching fans waving at the stadium to attract the players is a lovely sight. A nod or an acknowledgment from a player is all it takes to add to the excitement. If cricket’s growth can be measured by how quickly it catches the attention of the locals even when the home team’s not playing, Parsada- international cricket stadium is the perfect example.

The empty stands looked weary during the first match played between Lahore Lions and Southern Express however the little crowd turned up did not disappoint their favourite cricketers in cheering them on every stroke they played and every wicket they took.

While the fans sang and danced, the players got soaked in the applause and adulation. While the players were at the centre of the carnival, the surprisingly large media contingent wasn’t left behind either. Frequent questions to the players by the local media and fans revolved around how the facilities in Raipur were compared to other international venues.

South Africa’s Cape Cobras to arrive today

South Africa’s Cape Cobras comprising international stars Hashim Amla, J P Duminy, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Justin Kemp and team’s Captain Justin Ontong are arriving in Raipur on Wednesday. As per schedule, the team will land at 9.10 am in Raipur on Wednesday to play its first group match here at Parsada International Cricket Stadium on September 9. The team will also practice in the nets from 2 pm to 5 pm.

The other members of the team are Rory Kleinveldt, Charl Langeveldt, Richard Levi, Aviwe Mgijima, Dane Piedt, Zakhele Qwabe, Omphile Ramela, Stiaan van Zyl and Dane Vilas.

Unusual calm roads

All roads leading to Parsada village-based Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium from Raipur had witnessed an unusual calm on Tuesday unlike the two days before yesterday, i.e. September 13 and 14.

The roads connecting Raipur city to the Stadium saw a heavy traffic with cricket lovers of Chhattisgarh rushing up to watch their favourite teams playing in the qualifying matches of the Champions League T20 held on September 13 and 14. Perhaps, Tuesday being a working day, spectators waited for the evening to enjoy the match between Mumbai Indians and Northern Knights.

Only 5 per cent of the stadium was filled when the match between Southern Express and Lahore Lions started at 4 pm on Tuesday.

Jalaj again disappoints fans

Local boy Jalaj Saxena was sent back to pavilion cheaply. Mumbai Indians’ number three batsmen Jalaj could score only 10 runs off 8 balls he faced from the North Knights. It is to be noted, Jalaj belongs to steel city Bhilai (Chhattisgarh) and at present he is playing for Madhya Pradesh Ranji team. Jalaj was out for no score in the first qualifier against Lahore Lions played on September 13.

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SPCB to start drive to check improper disposal of used oil

STATE Pollution Control Board (SPCB) will soon start a drive against industries, shops indulged in improper disposal of domestic used oil under compliance of order of Central Pollution Control ... Read More
STATE Pollution Control Board (SPCB) will soon start a drive against industries, shops indulged in improper disposal of domestic used oil under compliance of order of Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi. National Green Tribunal (NGT), Apex Body to resolve disputes related to pollution in India, has also directed for compliance of the same.

It is to be noted that used oil taken out from vehicles, generator sets, other domestic machinery shares about 30 per cent of total used oil disposed from different industries and other commercial sources. In absence of proper monitoring, specific guidelines for disposal of domestic used oil especially from diesel generator set, motor vehicle oil, huge quantity of oil containing hazardous chemicals, metals are disposed in open and in rivers causing sever health hazard to humans and aquatic species.

Taking a serious note, SPCB will start massive surprise inspection drive to check proper disposal of domestic used oil as per the rules in Environment Protection Act (EPA)-1986, informed Dr Khare Senior, Scientist, SPCB.

SPCB is a law enforcement agency in the State to check all sorts of violation under EPA. Now-a-days proper disposal of domestic used oil has emerged as source to harm aquatic pollution, living beings, plants, microorganisms, property and the environment. There are standard norms for proper handling, transportation, discharge of hazardous used oil containing harmful chemical, metal. There is also management to avoid serious threat to environment from used oil. This could be recovered, reprocessed and reused as base oil in automotive industry.

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So far over 1.5 lakh employees’ KYC update for UAN completed

PROVIDENT Fund Office (PFO) has directed all the institutions to activate Universal Account Number (UAN) to their employees. The PF Office has already issued UAN of employees and has initiated ... Read More
PROVIDENT Fund Office (PFO) has directed all the institutions to activate Universal Account Number (UAN) to their employees. The PF Office has already issued UAN of employees and has initiated update work with KYC forms filling on war footing. Till now, around 1.5 lakh employees’ KYC update has been completed.

PF Commissioner KT Thomas Kutty reviewed progress of KYC upgrading work being carried out by the department and directed the officials to emphasis on this work. He added that for deposition of PF contribution besides State Bank of India other 54 banks have been authorised for deposit. Information related to authorisation of banks has been given in website of the department. This will save time of employers and will be convenient for them.

Kutty informed that from September 1 onwards ceiling on wage has been extended from Rs 6500 to Rs 15000. Rise in ceiling employees contributory scheme benefit limit has increased to Rs 3.60 lakh. The institutions have been directed to ensure benefits to employees as per amended norms so that they do not face any unavoidable action of the department. On any complication regarding to Data Updation the person may contact on mobile number 8982941150, 9827091541 and 9826567537. In this regard PF Commissioner, Kutty added that for UAN number update a special campaign has been initiated. The employers who have not taken the work with due seriousness the department is preparing to file against the employers.

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HC seeks report on steps taken to ensure compliance of law on helmets

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Ajit Singh and Justice Alok Verma on Tuesday directed the Deputy Advocate General of Madhya Pradesh to submit a report on affida... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Ajit Singh and Justice Alok Verma on Tuesday directed the Deputy Advocate General of Madhya Pradesh to submit a report on affidavit of Secretary, Home Department, as to what effective steps have been taken to ensure compliance of law regarding wearing of helmets. The division bench has listed the case for hearing on October 13. Deputy Advocate General on Tuesday stated before the court that every effort is being made to educate and persuade two-wheeler riders to wear helmets. He also stated that there will be frequent drives to check that the order is followed. It is not in dispute that large number of young two-wheeler riders die due to accidents when they do not wear helmets.

Earlier, the division bench had issued order in the case pertaining to ensure use of helmet compulsorily for two-wheeler riders that the Secretary, Home Department, shall explain why the law as amended in 2005 has not been enforced in its letter and spirit across the State so far.

Merely convening meeting in 2007 without any follow up action taken thereafter, to say the least, is a case of casual approach in respect of such a serious issue dealing with health and safety of travellers driving two-wheelers and also pedestrians. The court in its order said that as per wish of the court the Secretary, Home, will immediately move into action and issue appropriate directions to all concerned to fulfill statutory obligations and to ensure that the amendment of 2005 is complied by all duty-holders in its letter and spirit.

The court has accepted PUD a letter petition received from one Dr Anil Kumar Bajpai, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Government Model Science College, Jabalpur. In his letter, Dr Bajpai submitted that certain orders making use of helmet compulsory for two-wheeler riders were made by the court in the past.

However, police authority is not serious in ensuring compliance with the court’s order. Therefore, it has been prayed in the letter petition that notices must be issued to Superintendent of Police (SP) and District Magistrate, Jabalpur, asking them to ensure compliance with court’s order dated December 13, 2005, strictly and notice be issued and also to punish those who use mobile while driving two-wheelers and four-wheelers.

Agitated by increasing number of road accidents of bikers Dr Anil Kumar Bajpai said it is painful that the court has already issued orders for compulsory use of helmet while driving and riding pillion but is most unfortunate that the authorities concerned are not obeying orders which is leading to fatal accidents.

Being a civilized citizen of the country and belonging to an intellectual class, I feel it is my moral duty to demand for strict compliance of court orders. Advocate Anoop Nair appears as Amicus Curiae, while Vijay Pandey, Deputy Advocate General appeared for the State.

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Two 1st sem students file complaint with RDU’s Anti-Ragging Committee

THE State Government, Department of Higher Education, is making all possible efforts to stop ragging in colleges, but every day cases of ragging are reported in colleges. Similarly, one such comp... Read More
THE State Government, Department of Higher Education, is making all possible efforts to stop ragging in colleges, but every day cases of ragging are reported in colleges. Similarly, one such complain has been registered by students of first semester of Chemistry Department, Rani Durgavati University (RDU), on Tuesday.

It is shocking that few boys from Devendra Hostel, RDU, ragged students during ongoing class. When, staff members and other students stopped these boys they manhandled them and heated argument took place between the staffers and the boys. After this, students registered a complaint with Anti-Ragging Committee, RDU, and Police Station South Civil Lines. After complaint, Anti-Ragging Committee of RDU called an immediate meeting. During the meeting, members of the committee decided that statement of professors, staffers and students will be registered on Wednesday. As per statements, inquiry will be done in the case. On the basis of report, action will be taken out against the guilty. As per information, Barvendu Garg and his friends, students of Hostel, entered the classroom of Chemistry Department.

Where, these boys ordered students Sukendru and Arun to dance in the classroom. When, these boys denied to follow their orders.

These students misbehaved with students and openly threatened them. After that, both the students, Sukendru and Arun registered a complaint with the Anti-Ragging Committee. Bravendra Garg and students registered a complain in Civil Lines Police Station also. Both the students have alleged ragging but the actual story is not yet clear. President of Anti-Ragging Committee Professor Rajeev Dubey said, “We have received a complaint from students of Chemistry Department. That students of hostel entered the classroom and ragged a student. We have taken the incident with a serious note. On immediate basis we have called a meeting in the evening in RDU. We decided that statements of professors, staff and students will be taken on Wednesday. On the basis of statements, further investigation will be done. I have assured the girl students that action will be taken against the boys.”

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AAP will contest on all seats in upcoming civic body elections

AAM Aadmi Party (AAP) will contest on all seats in upcoming civic body elections, said State Executive Council member of AAP Abhishek Shrivastava and Deepika Lal, while addressing a press confere... Read More
AAM Aadmi Party (AAP) will contest on all seats in upcoming civic body elections, said State Executive Council member of AAP Abhishek Shrivastava and Deepika Lal, while addressing a press conference organised on Tuesday. According to Central Party Executive Council orders, AAP state body has started mission expansion, where new state executive body has been constituted by expanding our district and village-level body where membership drive will be initiated to strengthen party cadre, added Shrivastava.

National Convener Gaurav Tiwari, Ataish Murlino has dissolved existing state, district-level committee and nomination of new executive council of different bodies of AAP in the State and district-level in Madhya Pradesh.

They have nominated Alok Agrawal as State Convener, Akshay Hoonka as Secretary in the meeting held in Bhopal recently. Siddharth Gautam has been nominated as member of State Political Education Committee, while Ashish Poddar and Vineet Jha has been nominated as member of corruption eradication and Right to information committee, Mohan Paroha as member of Finance Committee, Aditya Narayan Shukla as member of Media Committee.

Shrivastava said that State-level executive council has decided to contest upcoming local civic body elections and Panchayat elections.

Talking on AAP’s agenda in upcoming elections, he said the party is committee to raise local issues related to corruption in Jabalpur Municipal Election, where sanitary contract is being given to the same contractor, despite it is being alleged that he is not deposing his share in the provident fund office. This leniency of JMC towards sanitary contractor shows how they are providing shelter to a wrongdoer. Dr Mukesh Jaiswal said that in the BJP Government, Babus are being trapped for misappropriate income, expose real face of BJP. Talking on election result of 33 Assembly by poll election in 9 states, he said people have voted against BJP means, voters have rejected first 100 days of BJP’s false claims.

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Arohi was thrown alive in drain by her mother

IN A shocking revelation in Arohi Ahuja case, the news that sent shivers down the spine that the six-month-old infant was killed by her own mother. This outrageous act of the woman has ashamed ... Read More
IN A shocking revelation in Arohi Ahuja case, the news that sent shivers down the spine that the six-month-old infant was killed by her own mother. This outrageous act of the woman has ashamed motherhood. The accused, Ritu Ahuja, killed her daughter, Arohi, by throwing her alive in a drain. To hide her horrendous act, she hatched a conspiracy and filed a fake complaint of abduction of her child at police station to misguide her family members and police as well.

Deputy Inspector General of Police (Jabalpur) Makrand Deouskar disclosed the mysterious case of Arohi Ahuja on the ninth day in a press conference, on Tuesday evening. The accused has been identified as Ritu Ahuja (27), wife of Sushil Ahuja, a resident of Jackson Compound in Civil Lines area. The accused along with her family members filed a complaint at Civil Lines police station on September 7 that her daughter went missing from her house when she was in the bathroom and the girl was sleeping.

The shocking fact came to light when police found the body, a silver locket, diaper and clothes of the missing girl in a drain passing through Bargi Hills area near Hanuman Temple. The body will be sent for DNA test. DIG Deouskar said, “Even after facing several ups and downs, efficient working of police has solved the mystery of missing child and succeeded in apprehending the accused. The case since reported was complicated as the complainant woman was the culprit and hence misguided the police. Through rigorous research on physical and electronic surveillance, police succeeded in solving the blind murder mystery.”

The DIG further informed that since the incident was reported on September 7, police held doubt on statements of accused but due to lack of concrete evidence the police could not prove her involvement in the case as levelling such serious charge against the appellant could have defamed working of police. Continuing a thorough investigation into the case, police found a clipping of close circuit television camera installed at a private institution at Gwarighat road which confirmed involvement of the accused in the case. On the basis of video-clippings, police apprehended the prime suspect Ritu Ahuja, who confessed to have killed Arohi during rigorous interrogation.

In her statement, DIG Deouskar added, the accused informed that she was afraid of being careless in nurturing her three-year-old son and six-month-old daughter. She termed her helplessness in simultaneous upbringing of both the children and hence decided to kill Arohi to ensure best possible care and attention to her son. During investigations, the accused tried to misguide police.

Initially, Ritu informed that she was in the bathroom when Arohi was asleep in bedroom when some unidentified person abducted her daughter from the house. Then, on the same day, she changed her statement that she gave medicine to Arohi and went for a walk at Ridge Road when someone abducted her daughter. Police scanned footage of CCTV cameras of Ridge road from 8.30 am to 9.45 am of September 7 and found her statement wrong.

The case was solved under guidance of Inspector General of Police (Jabalpur Zone), Upendra Jain, DIG (Jabalpur), Makrand Deouskar, Superintendent of Police, Harinarayanachari Mishra, Additional SP (City), Amrendra Singh, Additional SP (Crime Branch), Ashish Khare by police team led by CSP, Omti Azim Khan and SHO of Civil Lines police station Prafull Shrivastava. DIG Deouskar informed that CSP, Adhartal, Isha Pant (IPS), Provisionary (IPS), Vivek Singh, CSP, Gorakhpur, Rajesh Tiwari and entire team of Crime Branch and Cyber Cell played a vital role in solving the case.

No record of accused with child in CCTVs?

THE fake case of abduction of a child has revealed ground reality of electronic surveillance system adopted by the Police Department. In the name of electronic surveillance, dozens of close circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed at main squares and streets of the city but police seemed helpless in trapping the accused in Arohi case in cameras from Civil Lines area to Bargi Hills. The accused along with her child passed through Allahabad Bank Square, Delight Square, Samanvay Chowk, Katanga Crossing, Rampur Square and reached Bargi Hills but remained untraceable in CCTV cameras installed for electronic surveillance.

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Cong needs Khadi-clad teetotalers as members

What could be a matter of surprise is that Congress is taking certain kind of commitment from individual, when he applies for party’s membership. One has to declare that he will wear Khadi, wil... Read More
What could be a matter of surprise is that Congress is taking certain kind of commitment from individual, when he applies for party’s membership. One has to declare that he will wear Khadi, will not indulge in anti-social activities, will not use drugs and luxurious items. Congress is of the view that nothing is wrong in taking such promises and it is a very old tradition of party.

The membership form of Congress, taking certain kind of commitment from persons applying for party’s membership, has become a point of declaration.

“One has to make certain kind of declarations while taking party’s membership and it is not new tradition rather an old tradition of party, which is being followed,” said State Congress President Arun Yadav to ‘The Hitavada’. State Vice-President of Congress, Manak Agrawal said that party would ensure that one follows the commitments, which were made while taking the party’s membership. But the question arises that how Congress would keep a watch on the activities of new members and what if anyone violates any one of the promises made by him while taking the Congress membership.

“There is no proper methodology to keep watch on members, but when any complaint would come, then it would be investigated and on the basis of evidences, action would be initiated,” said State Vice-President of Congress, Manak Agrawal.

Another question arises whether any person, who takes membership, would really be able to live a simple life, which is advocated by the party.

Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman Vijendra Singh Sisodia reacted on Congress membership form by saying that it is mere paperwork of Congress and it is only a pomp act. In past also, Congress has taken certain pledges while giving membership but failed to ensure proper implementation.

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‘Stone crushers must not be located within 500 mtrs of residential units’

The Regional Officer, MPPCB Katni has been asked to inspect in the presence of village Sarpanch over the petition of disputed stone crushing unit running within the residential areas.

The ... Read More
The Regional Officer, MPPCB Katni has been asked to inspect in the presence of village Sarpanch over the petition of disputed stone crushing unit running within the residential areas.

The Regional Officer, MPPCB, Jabalpur is directed to inspect the area and also submit a report, whether the location of the mine as well as the stone crushing units and to check it is in accordance with the guidelines prescribed for setting up of such mines and crushing units which require a minimum distance to be maintained from residential areas. It has to be mentioned that the villages Bichpura, Dadra Tola and Kannor are located at the periphery of various mines and stone crushers. As per the guidelines of Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board for controlling pollution from stone crushers, the minimum distance of a stone crusher from the residential area must be 500 metre. In the instant case, it was found that none of the stone crushers are operating in the periphery of 500 meters from the residential areas. The details of these mines and stone crushers along with their distances from these three villages have been in the inspection report enclosed herewith. The Regional Officer, Katni of MPPCB has also been asked to submit the report with regard to the grant of consent with regard to the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 and Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and observance of conditions under these Acts as well as under the mining lease including those of maintaining green belt and carrying out plantation of trees and their present position.

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Vidyut Lokpal cannot act against erring staff of power distribution companies

The State Government had established Vidhut Lokpal to solve complicated cases of consumers, specially those cases, which are not solved by the senior officers of power distribution companies but ... Read More
The State Government had established Vidhut Lokpal to solve complicated cases of consumers, specially those cases, which are not solved by the senior officers of power distribution companies but the Vidhut Lokpal is powerless as it cannot take any action against those disobeying its orders. It has to write to Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regularity Commission (MPERC) to get its orders implemented from the power distribution companies.

Usually, the consumers approach Vidhut Lokpal only when they get irregular billing of lakhs of rupees, some private companies or those who consume less and get inflated charges’ bills. Vidhut Lokpal’s office is located at Bittan Market, in the State capital. According to sources, every month, four to six complaints are received by Vidhut Lokpal. Complaints are usually irregularity in billing, not installing meters despite repeated requests, not listening to complaints of senior officers of the power distribution companies or consumer forum, the forum formed to solve the complaints of the consumers. However, 80 percent complaints of electricity consumers are very minor, solved by the power distribution company’s senior officers and in 20 percent cases, when the electricity consumers are disappointed from all corners, they approach the Vidhut Lokpal.

It is learnt that very few people know about Vidhut Lokpal in the State so they do not approach it to solve their power billing or some other electricity related complaints. The State Government has empowered the MPERC to take action against those disobeying its orders in any case so the power distribution companies give more importance to the letters of the MPERC.

“There are hundreds of complaints related to the power distribution companies in districts. Most power consumers, who are disappointed from all corners, leave to fight against the power distribution companies for their irregularities committed as they do not know about Vidhut Lokpal. If they know about it, certainly, they send their complaints to Lokpal for action, said a senior officer at Vidhu Lokpal office.

When contacted, Shivnarayan Dwivedi, Vidhut Lokpal, said that he has no power to take action against anybody in power distribution company. However, in some cases, the power distribution company officials obey their orders but they leave some cases unnoticed. “If the companies do not obey my orders, I write to the Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission to take action against the officials ignoring Vidhut Lokpal’s letters, he said.

He said, when no officer of the power distribution company or consumer forum does not do justice to them, they approach the Vidhut Lokpal—very select cases are there every month.

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Govt spends Rs 745 cr on industrial infra in 10 yrs

Any sector’s success depends on its infrastructure. The current decade is witness to unprecedented transformation and implementation of new projects. Under the leadership of Chief Minister Shiv... Read More
Any sector’s success depends on its infrastructure. The current decade is witness to unprecedented transformation and implementation of new projects. Under the leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, priority and importance is being attached to State’s industrial infrastructure development, which has resulted in maximum investment by domestic and foreign investors in the State during this decade. During the period, Rs 745.21 crore were spent on industrial infrastructure development in the State.

27 new industrial zones being established A scheme has been sanctioned to establish fully equipped industrial zones on 7,675 hectares at 27 places in the State at a cost of Rs 3,022 crore during the 12th Five-Year Plan period. Its beginning has been made with completion of Crystal IT Park at Indore costing Rs 99,21,00,000. Works costing Rs 375 crore are underway on 1,038 hectares in 12 industrial zones including Acharpura, Bangroda, Jambar Bagri, Rudhi-Bhavsingpura, Ujjayani, Sirsoda, Nemawar, Sitapur (Pahadi), Readymade Garment Park Gadaipura, Amkuhi, Bhoorkal, Khapa and Umaria Dungaria. Besides, 6 industrial areas including Apparel and Pharma Cluster Tajpur, Maihar, Sitapur (Pahadi) (phases 2), Namkeen Cluster and Babai costing Rs 240 crore are in the tender process. For the first time in the State, infrastructure upgradation project costing Rs 481 crore has been sanctioned for 7,556 hectares in 13 existing industrial zones by the Cabinet during 2012-14. Land development works costing Rs 351,57,00,000 have been started on 4,441.89 hectares in 7 industrial areas including Mandideep, Govindpura, Pithampur, Polo Ground, Sanwer Road, Siddhgawan and Maharajpur. Tenders have been invited for works costing Rs 129 crore for infrastructure development works in 314 hectares in 6 other industrial areas Malanpur, Maneri, Richhai, Satna, Puraina and Dewas.

In the State, industrial infrastructure development works are undertaken by offices of Audyogik Kendra Vikas Nigam at Indore, Gwalior, Bhopal, Jabalpur and Rewa.

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Future Group planning to set up industry in Indore-Bhopal corridor

In the run up to Global Investors’ Summit-2014, country’s well-known industrial house Future Group has expressed desire to set up industry on Indore-Bhopal corridor. A smart city is also prop... Read More
In the run up to Global Investors’ Summit-2014, country’s well-known industrial house Future Group has expressed desire to set up industry on Indore-Bhopal corridor. A smart city is also proposed between Bhopal and Indore – two biggest cities of the State.

Future Group’s CEO Kishore Biyani met Commerce & Industries Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia at Mantralaya on Tuesday to discuss the issue. Biyani, while discussing immense food processing potential in Madhya Pradesh, expressed desire to set up an industry in Indore-Bhopal corridor in the middle of both cities. Scindia also held detailed discussions with Biyani on various issues, including Namkeen clusters, plug & play units, etc. Scindia thanked Biyani for giving consent to attend Global Investors’ Summit to be held at Indore in October.

Principal Secretary (Industries), Mohammad Sulaiman, Commissioner Industries V L Kanta Rao, Director Agriculture and Food Processing Anurag Shrivastava, TRIFAC Managing Director D P Ahuja and Secretary Industries Anupam Rajan were present on the occasion.

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Katare visits Ujjain, meets Vikram University’s VC

Leader of Opposition, Satyadev Katare went to Ujjain and met Vice Chancellor of Vikram University, Dr J L Kaul on Tuesday. Slamming the incident, which happened at the university, Katare criticis... Read More
Leader of Opposition, Satyadev Katare went to Ujjain and met Vice Chancellor of Vikram University, Dr J L Kaul on Tuesday. Slamming the incident, which happened at the university, Katare criticised Shivraj Government. In the meantime, Youth Congress protested against the incident occurring in the chamber of Kaul and demanded action in the case.

Numerous workers of Youth Congress reached police control room of Ujjain police and raised slogans, demanding arrest of those who forcibly barged into the chamber of VC Kaul and later, went on rampage. Youth Congress workers said that the faces of accused are clear in video footages, but still, police were not arresting the accused.

Notably, atleast twenty youths belonging to a saffron organisation barged into the chamber of Vice Chancellor Dr Kaul as they were opposed to his appeal made in favour of Kashmiri students. Kaul had appealed that hostels and landlords should not take rent from Kashmiri students in the wake of flood in Kashmir valley. The youths, later on, vented anger by tossing chairs in air and trying to destroy the things coming their way. Following this, Kaul’s health deteriorated and he was admitted in ICU of hospital. When his health became normal, he was released. The issue has become hot as Congress has dubbed the incident almost akin happening with Dr Sabarwal many years back. Congress is alleging that police are working under pressure in the case as accused are related to saffron organisation.

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BMC election in Dec

State Election Commission is going to organise local body elections for local bodies in coming months. The date of elections has not been declared so far but in November, election would be cond... Read More
State Election Commission is going to organise local body elections for local bodies in coming months. The date of elections has not been declared so far but in November, election would be conducted for 16 Nagar Nigam, 99 Nagar Palika Parishad and 263 Nagar Parishad. The election for municipal corporations of Bhopal, Jabalpur, Chhindwara and Morena would be held in the month of December. What is interesting is that, for the first time, latest EVMs and photo voter cards would be used in local body elections. For the first time, voters will also have the option of NOTA button.

Addressing a press conference, Commissioner, State Election Commission, R Parsuram said meeting with all recognised political parties was conducted in connection with the first round of local body elections and their suggestions were noted down. It is for the first time that latest EVMs, which also have NOTA button and photo voter cards would be used in the elections. Meeting has been done with DGP over security issue and State Government.

Informing about first round of elections, he said that Ujjain Municipal Corporation has been kept out of election phases and election for it would be held separately. The EVMs, to be used in local body elections, are equipped with latest technology. Rejecting the apprehensions that EVMs could also be tampered, he said that elections would not be conducted in 90 local bodies, including one Nagar Nigam, 35 Nagar Palika Parishad and 54 Nagar Parishad.

Speaking about photo voter cards, he said that, already, photo cards have been used in the elections of Nagar Parishad Pepalrav, Nagar Parishad Tonkkhurd (district Dewas) and Nagar Palika Amla (Betul). The features of EVM’s, to be used in coming elections, are that they could be used for multiple posts. Besides, IT technology would also be used in the election. Massive arrangements have been made to ensure free and fair elections.

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Finally, auto-rickshaw drivers call off their agitation

The strike by auto-rickshaw drivers was also successful on the second day on Tuesday. After fulfillment of the major demands by Abhishek Krishna, District Collector, the drivers called off thei... Read More
The strike by auto-rickshaw drivers was also successful on the second day on Tuesday. After fulfillment of the major demands by Abhishek Krishna, District Collector, the drivers called off their agitation at 6 pm.

School going students, passengers, youths and citizens faced hardships again on the second day of the strike as they had to depend on Star bus service to reach to different destinations.

A deputation of Teen Seater Auto-rickshaw Chalak Samyukta Sangharsha Samiti and supporting unions met Krishna in his chamber at 1 pm under the leadership of Bhai Mohandas Naidu and discussed the grievances. The deputationists also submitted a memorandum to him. The samiti claimed that Krishna conceded their major demands like extending date for calibration of meters till October 15, deploying special squad to check illegal transportation and taking action against RTO officers if such transportation is found, releasing seized vehicles on suprutnaama through court etc.

The deputation consisted of Harishchandra Pawar, General Secretary of the samiti, Mohan Bawne, Kailash Shripatwar, Vice-Presidents, Charandas Wankhede, Joint Secretary, Ajay Uke, Israil Khan, Dipak Wankhede, Kishor Machewar, Princh Ingole, Subhash Gajbhiye, Anil Shende, Atish Shende, Milind Gajbhiye, Mehmood Ahmed, Dinesh Andarsahare and others. On the occasion, Vijaysingh Chavan, Ravindra Bhuyar, both Deputy Regional Transport Officers, participated in the discussion.

Later, automen held a public meeting at the office of CPI in Ganeshpeth. The leaders celebrated their victory and warned that the drivers would again launch an agitation if the RTO officers failed to follow the instructions given by the Collector.

The leaders appealed to auto drivers to ply the vehicles with meters.

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Keep check on spread of communicable diseases: ZP Health Committee

Health Committee of Zilla Parishad (ZP), on Tuesday, asked the officials to initiate measures to check the spread of communicable diseases and vector-borne diseases.

The committee asked t... Read More
Health Committee of Zilla Parishad (ZP), on Tuesday, asked the officials to initiate measures to check the spread of communicable diseases and vector-borne diseases.

The committee asked the senior officers of Health Department to issue necessary instructions to Tehsil Health Officer, Medical Officer, Epidemic Prevention Officer, Gramsevaks. If there is an outbreak and an employee is found neglecting his/her duties, stringent action will be initiated against him/her. The duty chart of officials/employees deployed at a health centre should be displayed at respective places where there is outbreak of communicable diseases.

Chandrashekhar Chikhale, ZP Vice-President and Chairman of Health Committee, presided over the meet. The committee members Jaykumar Varma, Dr Shivaji Sonsare, Maya Kusumbe, Sandhya Gawande; and Dr Yogendra Sawai, District Health Officer, attended the meeting. The officials of Health Department informed the committee that a total of 26,792 blood samples were tested for Malaria and only 44 were found positive for it. Appropriate treatment was given to patients testing positive. Similarly, of 12,557 samples tested, 58 were found positive for Filaria.

Mass awareness drives were being conducted in rural areas of Nagpur district. Of a total 2,391 water samples tested, 130 were found contaminated. Water was being tested for Chloride, Iron, Nitrite, total dissolved solids, bacteria etc. Water was being treated to reduce contamination and make available safe and pure drinking water to people, it was stated in the meeting.

The officials also informed the committee that as against target of 34,000 eye surgeries this year, 2,385 were performed so far at various Government and charitable hospitals. As against the target of 2,500 and 2,000 surgeries at Government Medical College and Hospital and Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital, 117 and 86 surgeries were performed at these in August, the officials of Health Department said.

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60 found positive for Dengue, no death so far: NMC

Taking cognisance of the reports of Dengue cases in the city, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) reviewed the situation on Tuesday. In the meeting, the officials of NMC Health Department inform... Read More
Taking cognisance of the reports of Dengue cases in the city, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) reviewed the situation on Tuesday. In the meeting, the officials of NMC Health Department informed the Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane that there were no Dengue deaths in the city so far and that 60 patients were found positive for the vector-borne diseases.

After reviewing the situation, Municipal Commissioner directed the officials of Health Department to take up a massive mass awareness drive to curb the spread of Dengue. There is a rise in number of patients suffering from 'Dengue-like' disease and many hospitals are diagnosing the disease as 'Dengue'. As a result, there is an atmosphere of fear among the citizens and people are feeling that the administration is doing nothing. Hence, Wardhane said, the serum samples of patients admitted in every private hospitals should be sent to Malaria and Filaria Department of NMC in Mahal.

The volunteers should visit door-to-door and make people aware of mosquito larvae. The water tanks in households should be cleaned up properly and at least a day in every week should be observed as 'Dry Day' by removing stored water from tanks and utensils in houses. Wardhane directed Education Officer to show an informative film on Dengue to students in all schools of NMC, and appeal to students to help in creating awareness. Information about vector-borne diseases and prevention measures should be displayed on private hoardings. Municipal Commissioner also asked officials to upload a video on YouTube regarding mosquito spreading Dengue.

Hemantkumar Pawar, Additional Municipal Commissioner; Sanjay Kakde, Deputy Commissioner; Dr Milind Ganvir, Deputy Director (Health); Dr Savita Meshram, Medical Officer; Jayshree Thote, Malaria and Filaria Officer; Dr M B Ganvir, Assistant Director (Malaria); Dr A M Somalwar, Associate Professor with Government Medical College and Hospital; Dr Arun Humne, Dr Vrunda Sahastrabhojane; Dr Sanjay Deshpande, President of Indian Medical Association; Dr Kush Jhunjhunwala, Dr R S Faruqi, M R Singh, Dr Ramesh Chaple, Dr Dilip Gedam, Dr D M Raut, Dr S M Mahakalkar, Dr Subhash Raut, Dr Swati Matkari, Dr Shilpa Jichkar, Dr Narendra Bahirwar, Dipendra Lokhande and others attended the meeting prominently.

At the outset, Thote made a presentation on Dengue. She pointed out that Malaria Department had already taken measures to prevent Dengue, but the inadequate manpower stopped it from site inspection extensively. According to her, information on vector-borne diseases was disseminate in 105 schools. Further, various awareness programmes were held and would be held soon.

Dr Sanjay Deshpande agreed to send a circular to all private hospitals in the city with an appeal to furnish information about Dengue patients admitted there to NMC. Dr M B Ganvir suggested conducting a competition of finding out larvae of mosquito like it was done in Bhandara distict, with the help of students. Others also made suggestions.

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Mayor promises to make NMC people-friendly

No big ticket projects. No big announcements and fancy inaugurations, but a marked improvement in basic civic services offered by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to citizens of Nagpur will b... Read More
No big ticket projects. No big announcements and fancy inaugurations, but a marked improvement in basic civic services offered by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to citizens of Nagpur will be by top-most priority, said Mayor Pravin Datke. I want to change the negative perception about NMC and concentrate on basic problems like bad roads, unclean gardens, garbage, red-tape in every department, property tax mess, harassment of commoners at every level. Along with my colleagues, it will be my endeavour to make NMC a better service provider, its administration more accountable and its system free from any loopholes, Datke stated while spelling out his agenda.

During his courtesy visit to The Hitavada on Tuesday afternoon, Datke candidly admitted that NMC was facing image problem and promised to change the ground-level functioning of civic body to make it more vibrant and functional. Earlier Mayor Datke was welcomed by Banwarilal Purohit, Managing Editor of The Hitavada. Datke was accompanied by senior BJP corporator Sandeep Joshi.

Datke, a young and dynamic BJP leader also promised to take some tough decisions to improve city bus service, restoration of roads, protection of play-grounds and preservation of water-bodies. Describing the problems faced by NMC ruling coalition to take certain harsh decisions, Datke hoped that he along with his young colleagues like Sandip Joshi, Avinash Thakre, Balya Borkar, Bandu Raut he will be able to sort out all ticklish issues during next two and half years.

With Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari promising large projects for Nagpur and substantial central aid for many pending developmental projects, the NMC is quite optimistic that its financial health will improve, Datke stated. And BJP is all set to come to power at State and Devendra Fadnavis playing major role in the government, all the pending proposals of NMC with state government like use of Mor Bhavan for parking of city buses, use of ST workshop and diesel pump earmarked for city bus service, will be sorted out. Moreover, the developmental projects, state government's share will easily come here, he stated. About encroachments, Mayor Datke promised a tough stance to clear the public place while also promising a humanitarian rehabilitation of vendors at earmarked space. Promising to make a difference by tackling the basic issue, by undertaking performance audit of all civic body employees, laying down strict quality parameters for contractors and taking help of experts to improve the quality of works, it is my dream to change very character of NMC and make it a much loved organisation, Mayor stated. Managing Partner of The Hitavada Rajendra Purohit, The Hitavada Editor Vijay Phanshikar, Deputy Editor Subhash Deopujari and others were present during the discussion.

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Court acquits MSEB engineer, clerk of graft charges

The Special Court for Anti Corruption matters acquitted Mohan Gajbe, Engineer with erstwhile MSEB and Chaitanyashwar Motghare, clerk of the charges under Section 7,12, 13(1)(d) R/w 13(2) of the P... Read More
The Special Court for Anti Corruption matters acquitted Mohan Gajbe, Engineer with erstwhile MSEB and Chaitanyashwar Motghare, clerk of the charges under Section 7,12, 13(1)(d) R/w 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

It was alleged by the complainant Jitendra Ghusekar that he wanted electric meter to be installed in two shops owned by him and had gone to Kalamana Sub station of MSEB and inquired about installation. The accused Motghare informed him that he would be required to pay Rs 6,000 of which, amount of Rs 2,000 was towards demand and Rs 1,000 was for Gajbe and Rs 1,000 for the person who will be issuing demand, Rs 1,000 for wireman and Rs 1,000 for himself. That since he did not intend to pay the illegal gratification amount, he lodged report with Anti Corruption Bureau. According to prosecution, a trap was laid and Motghare was caught red handed accepting the bribe amount. After completing investigation, charge sheet came to be filed against the accused persons.

The prosecution examined five witnesses to substantiate their allegations. According to APP G M Dubey, this was a clear case of corruption and accused were caught red-handed and entire chain has been established. In the course of cross examination, defence brought on record contradictions in the version of complainant, panch witnesses and other witnesses.

The defence counsel Prakash Naidu urged the court to disbelieve the theory of prosecution since the witnesses were contradicting each other on all material points and that the genesis of alleged incidence was cast under grave cloud of doubt, so much so that the complaint itself appears to be a misconceived one with the sole intention to implicate the accused persons out of personal enmity in a false criminal case.

After hearing both the sides and appreciating the evidence, Special Judge T M Lalwani acquitted the accused persons in the above case.

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Husband, in-laws booked in dowry death case

GITTIKHADAN Police on Tuesday booked husband and in-laws of a young woman in a dowry death case.

The accused, Adv Sonal Vinaykumar Mishra (husband), Suman Mishra (mother-in-law), Vinaykumar Mi... Read More
GITTIKHADAN Police on Tuesday booked husband and in-laws of a young woman in a dowry death case.

The accused, Adv Sonal Vinaykumar Mishra (husband), Suman Mishra (mother-in-law), Vinaykumar Mishra (father-in-law), Chanchal Mishra (brother-in-law), and Priyanka Chanchal Mishra (sister-in-law) are the residents of Plot No D/77, MB Town, Mankapur. Around 1 am on Monday, Priya (29), wife of Sonal Mishra, took the extreme step by hanging from the ceiling fan with a dupatta in her house. Her husband and in-laws took Priya to Mayo Hospital where the doctors declared her ‘brought dead.’ Priya’s relatives alleged that she was murdered by her husband and in-laws for want of dowry. They also alleged that they created a scene as if it was a case of suicide. Initially, cops registered an accidental death case and started the probe.

Later, investigations revealed that Priya’s husband and in-laws were torturing her for dowry. Fed up of the constant harassment by them, Priya ended her life. Following a complaint lodged by Smruti Dilip Tiwari (57), a resident of Bhim Nagar, Road No 4, Rameshwari, Gittikhadan Police registered an offence under Sections 498 (A), 304 (A) and 34 of the IPC against deceased Priya’s husband Sonal Mishra, father-in-law Vinaykumar Mishra, mother-in-law Suman, brother-in-law Chanchal and sister-in-law Priyanka. A senior police officers told The Hitavada that the post-mortem report would reveal the exact cause behind Priya’s death.

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HC approached again for pension, other benefits

Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice P R Bora, at the High Court here, have posted the writ petition of Dr V V Devasia,the Principal of the MSS Institute of Social Work,who retired from the said po... Read More
Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice P R Bora, at the High Court here, have posted the writ petition of Dr V V Devasia,the Principal of the MSS Institute of Social Work,who retired from the said post on September 30, 2008, for release of pension and other benefits , for final disposal after two weeks. Earlier, on March 10 last, another Division bench of the HC had issued specific directions, which were not complied with in true letter and spirit because of the alleged arbitrary and capricious approach on the part of Director of Social Welfare, Pune.

The petitioner worked with different institutions in the RTM Nagpur University for 29 years. His pension and gratuity were fixed by the Joint Director of Higher Education some time around November 20, 2008. After implementation of the 6th Pay Commission, petitioner had submitted his pension papers for the revised pay scale from January 1, 2006. As per that, he was entitled to basic pay of Rs 53,390 in the revised pay band of Rs 37,400 - 67.000. His last pay drawn was about Rs 75,000. Though he completed all the formalities, he has not received a single rupeee till date towards his pension benefits.

On December 3, 2011, the petitioner was informed by the respondents that he was not entitled to receive any pension. On June 10, 2013, The HC held in the WPs 5771/2011, 682/2012 and 3277/2012 that the employees of the Social Work Colleges were also entitled to Pension and Gratuity Scheme in terms of the Government Resolution of July 21, 1983. His earlier petition 185/2011 was also tagged with this petition. On January 10, 2014, The Supreme Court confirmed the HC’s judgment.

The petitioner’s earlier petition was allowed in part, with the direction that he should make an appropriate representation to the Director of Social Welfare within two weeks and the Director had to decide the same ‘in accordance with law’. He was informed that he was not eligible to receive the pension according to the Rule 21 of the Pension Rules.

It seems though everybody, barring the Director of Social Welfare, considers him eligible for pension, but he continues to suffer as no positive steps are being taken. Advocate Anand Parchure appeared for the petitioner retired Principal.

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In just 16 hrs, Army ‘reconnects’ hope with life

MORE than 45,000 people and Army personnel in 40 villages were left in lurch. The floods had created havoc in Jammu and Kashmir. Tawi river was in spate, taking with it two of the five bridges.... Read More
MORE than 45,000 people and Army personnel in 40 villages were left in lurch. The floods had created havoc in Jammu and Kashmir. Tawi river was in spate, taking with it two of the five bridges. As hope and life started getting separated, the 15 Engineering Regiment of Indian Army, part of the Tiger division, ‘bridged’ the gap with their Herculean effort. The ‘Rahat Setu’ connecting these villages was built in just 16 hours. And the man behind this act was Brigadier P K G Mishra, who is from Nagpur. Brigadier Mishra, Chief Engineer Nine Corps located at Himachal Pradesh, shared this great feat with ‘The Hitavada’ on phone. The main bridge was damaged by the floods on September 4 cutting off close to 45,000 people residing in 40 villages from Jammu city. “There are five bridges on Tawi river in Jammu. One was very important because beyond this bridge the river goes straight into Pakistan and becomes Chenab. It connected 40 villages to this part of the country. It is a small island between Wadi Tawi river and Nikki Tawi river. There was no alternate connection for the villagers. Indian Army and villagers were totally cut-off. We built this bridge in 16 hours,” Brigadier Mishra narrated.

The bridge was aptly named ‘Rahat Setu’ as it is being now used to provide relief material. The task was tricky as flood waters had swollen the river. But Brigadier Mishra’s team proved equal to the challenge.

“On one side the depth of the water is 75 meter. There we built a floating bridge and on the other side where the depth is 80 meter we built a ground-rested bridge,” he said. Brigadier Mishra said that the Army did a splendid job by constructing bridge and helping in rescue operations. “The Indian Army was the first to respond and offer help to the people struck by this ghastly calamity without even getting any requisition from the civil administration. The army had started relief operations much before any external aid could reach the affected areas,” pointed Brigadier Mishra.

The region’s worst floods for 50 years destroyed a number of key crossings and wreaked havoc in the area. The Army and Air Force dropped relief material in the area, while Army boats helped people to commute to the other side of the river.

Fifteen Engineering Regiment’s Task Force teams along with boats and other lifesaving equipment also reached the flood-affected areas to supplement the rescue operation, added Brigadier Mishra.

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Tiger in Pench enclosure begins journey for Pune

At last, the tiger in the open enclosure at Teerthalmangi in Pench Tiger Reserve was trapped in the cage with beef inside after about three weeks. And its journey for Rajiv Gandhi Zoo at Katraj, ... Read More
At last, the tiger in the open enclosure at Teerthalmangi in Pench Tiger Reserve was trapped in the cage with beef inside after about three weeks. And its journey for Rajiv Gandhi Zoo at Katraj, near Pune, began tonight to pass future in captivity. The beast passed about one-and-a-half years in the Pench enclosure.

The tiger was brought to Pench open enclosure from Bor Wildlife Sanctuary on April 18, 2013 as the enclosure at Bor was comparatively small while two tigresses were brought to Pench on April 27, 2013. The three cubs were separated from their mother in Dabha jungle in Chandrapur district and shifted to Bor in September 2009.

A team of Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, observed behaviours of the beasts and certified that the tiger is not fit for release in the wilderness while two tigresses are found fit to be released in the natural habitat. Pench officials also fufilled the conditions laid down by National Tiger Reserve Authority, Delhi, like avoiding human imprint during the past six months. Sarjan Bhagat, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), granted permission in the first week of June for shifting the tiger to Katraj as decided on government level. Accordingly, officers from Katraj zoo brought one rescue van and staff/veterinary doctors in another vehicle and reached to Pench enclosure just before beginning of Ganesh festival to take away the tiger.

Forestmen kept a cage with bait/beef in the enclosure to trap the beast but it eluded since then. Meanwhile, the zoo team returned to Pune to celebrate Ganeshotava and again reached Pench last week for the job.When contacted M S Reddy, Chief Conservator of Forest and Field Director, Pench Tiger Reserve, Nagpur, said that forestmen could not tranquilise the tiger by firing dart in view of a water body inside the enclosure as the beast would have diluted the effect by entering in the water. There was no option for them to wait and watch. Ultimately, no sooner the tiger entered in the cage than the door got closed at 10 am on Tuesday, he added. A team of veterinary doctors including Nigot from Pune, Dr Premanshu Saurabh and Chitra Raut examined the wild animal and issued fitness ceriticate. The forestmen and jawans of Special Tiger Protection Force then transferred the tiger in the cage brought from Pune and mounted it in the rescue van around 3 pm. The rescue van, Pune team vehicle and a relief van finally started from the enclosure at 8.30 pm for Pune after obtaining transit pass. The tiger would be taken to Pune via Nagpur, Amravati, Akola, Chikhli, Aurangabad, Daund and then to Katraj-Pune.

D H Raut, Divisional Forest Officer, G P Bobde, Range Forest Officer, Hatwar, Rajesh Kawale, Kendra, all Round Officers, Satish Raut, Forest Guard, Ishwar Uikey, STPF jawans and labours completed the job.

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Youngsters want brutal execution of Yug’s killers

On Tuesday, close to 50,000 more Nagpurians signed the petition demanding ‘Justice For Yug’, and urging authorities to set up a fast-track court and stern punishment to perpetrator of this he... Read More
On Tuesday, close to 50,000 more Nagpurians signed the petition demanding ‘Justice For Yug’, and urging authorities to set up a fast-track court and stern punishment to perpetrator of this heinous crime. The petition is kept at all the medical shops across city and outlets of Haldiram’s. The social media pages also attracted more than 25,910 visitors and many youngsters expressing very strong opinion demanding harshest punishment in most barbaric and brutal fashion to murderers who executed murder of eight-years old Yug Chandak in cold-blood.

A young college going girl while articulating demand for strictest punishment wrote, “We want justice for innocent Yug. Those bxxxxds must be stoned to death. The punishment should be so brutal that people shouldn't dare to commit such a heinous crime even in their dreams!!! Its high time. We can’t let these monsters escape this time!!” Another youngster suggested to burn these demons instead of Ravan on Vijayadashmi day to send a stern message to all criminals.

A first time voter also suggested a dead-line of October 15 for setting up of fast-track court and completion of proceedings or else he has suggested to boycott the elections. He has urged all the voters of Nagpur to make it a point to take commitment from all the aspirants and political parties to secure justice for Yug Chandak.

College-going students and even school students were more vocal in demanding brutal punishment for killers of Yug and their sentiments indicate how angry citizens are and unhappy with tardy pace of investigations and abysmally slow legal process witnessed in similar cases like Kush Kataria.

So far, more than 1.50 lakh citizens have signed the petition and majority of them school children. Office-bearers of Yug Foundation office-bearers addressed various school assemblies and explained the rationale behind holding such a peaceful agitation to mobilise support for this campaign demanding speedy justice to Yug Chandak, the eight years old tiny-tot of well-known dentist Dr Mukesh and Dr Premal Chandak, who was brutally murdered by two monsters for easy money and as act of vengeance. All the FM radio stations have also come out openly in support of Justice for Yug campaign and also signed the petition.

The school children were particularly keen to join the campaign and many of them also expressed their strong feelings against growing crimes against kids.

Nagpur MP and Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari was the first one to sign the petition followed by many prominent personalities including Mayor Pravin Datke, former AICC Secretary Anees Ahmed, Atul Kotecha, Educational Institution Directors, Principals, lawyers, teachers and people from all walks of life. Signature of at least 5 lakh citizens will be obtained in support of creation of fast track court and completion of trial within 100 days, scientific investigations, proper and legally unshakable chargesheet, appointment of special public prosecutor, supervision of investigations by a senior IPS officer so that no loop-hole should be left for defence during trial, day-to-day hearing of the case and completion of entire trial in shortest possible time and most stringent punishment prescribed under law to these hard-core criminals who have no remorse for eliminating such an innocent kid.

The agitated citizens have also demanded Justice for all kids who faced similar brutalities and expediting trials of all cases involving child murder. A helpline number 7620101515 has been started so also a facebook page Facebook.com/ JusticeForYugChandak has been created urging people to sign the petition on-line and express their views through social media as well.

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Last date for registration of new voters today

Wednesday, September 17, will be the last day for registration of new voters for Legislative Assembly elections this time. The administration has appealed to the people to take advantage of the... Read More
Wednesday, September 17, will be the last day for registration of new voters for Legislative Assembly elections this time. The administration has appealed to the people to take advantage of the opportunity and enrol as voters.

To maximise voter enrolment, the administration has launched a state-level toll-free number 1800221950. Besides, voters may visit the websites http://ceo.maharashtra.gov.in or nagpur.nic.in to check if their names are in the electoral roll for respective constituency of Legislative Assembly.

It may be mentioned here that after Lok Sabha elections, in which thousands of voters complained that their names went missing despite having Elector’s Photo Identity Card (EPIC), the administration conducted a special drive in the month of June to check what went wrong.

Following this, so far, the number of voters has increased by 82,260. Election Commission of India (ECI) allowed registration of new voters till September 17. The administration made it clear that after this date, no application for new voters will be entertained.

At the time of Lok Sabha elections, the total number of voters in Nagpur district was 35,74,755 and the number increased to 36,57,015 as on July 31. Of a total 36,57,015 voters spread across all 12 Legislative Assembly constituencies in the district, 33,83,879 have EPIC.

The Legislative Assembly elections in 2009 saw voter turnout of 55.81 per cent with 58.84 per cent of male voters and 52.53 per cent of female voters exercising their franchise. The voter turnout in Lok Sabha elections in 2014 increased to 59.69 per cent including 62.01 per cent in males and 57.69 per cent in females.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) city unit chief and East Nagpur MLA Krishna Khopde also has appealed to the citizens who were 18 years of age as on January 1, 2014, to enrol as voters. The citizens may contact Satranjipura Zone office of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) or MLA Khopde’s office for further information. A release by Khopde stated that the citizens may also contact on mobile number 9579494851 or telephone number 0712-2767638.

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Fake cops on looting spree, relieve elderly women of gold ornaments

WITH the failure of the police to tackle the growing fake cops’ menace in the Second Capital, tricksters impersonating policemen went on a looting spree and made away with gold ornaments wort... Read More
WITH the failure of the police to tackle the growing fake cops’ menace in the Second Capital, tricksters impersonating policemen went on a looting spree and made away with gold ornaments worth Rs 3.55 lakh from three elderly women in Gittikhadan, Rana Pratap Nagar and Sitabuldi areas on Tuesday morning.

In the first incident that took place around 9 am in Gittikhadan area, two men claiming to be police officers intercepted Sahina Parveen Rafiq Ahmed Khan (67) near Firoz Kirana Stores at Sadiqabad Colony. The two ‘policemen’ told Sahina Parveen that a dacoity took place at Puja Verma’s house. They advised her to remove gold bangles and keep them inside. One of them gave her a paper to wrap the bangles. After she wrapped the gold bangles worth Rs 1.70 lakh in the paper, they diverted her attention and stealthily removed them. A resident of Lal Bangla, Anant Nagar, Sahina Parveen went home. Later, she realised that the ‘cops’ had taken away her gold bangles.

On the basis of a complaint lodged by Sahina Parveen, Gittikhadan Police registered a case under Sections 170, 419, 420 and 34 of the IPC.

In the second incident, the same tricksters using similar modus operandi, looted gold ornaments from Rohini Chandrashekhar Khandalkar (61) in front of Akshay Enterprises, Nelco Society, Subhash Nagar in Rana Pratap Nagar Police Station area. A resident of 135, Parth Complex, Nelco Society, Subhash Nagar, Rohini Khandalkar was returning home after purchasing a new SIM card. Two men accosted her. Introducing them as policemen, they told her that robbers had looted gold ornaments from Puja Verma and asked her to keep all her ornaments in the purse. When she removed the ornaments, one of tricksters took them in his possession. He then took out a piece of paper and started writing the description of the ornaments on it. The pseudo cops diverted her attention and removed the ornaments on the pretext on keeping them in her purse. After reaching home, she was shocked to find the ornaments stolen from her purse. After recording Rohini Khandalkar’s statement, Rana Pratap Nagar Police registered a case of cheating and impersonation against the two unidentified tricksters.

Another woman too fell prey to gangs in a similar manner near the main gate of Dagdi Park at Ramdaspeth in Sitabuldi area. A rsident of Flat No 2, rachna Apartment, Ramdaspeth Varsha Gopal Demle (55) was on way to her relative’s house. In front of Nirmal Ganga Apartment near the Dagdi Park gate, three men intercepted her claiming to be policemen. One of them told her that a theft had taken place in the vicinity while the two others asked them to keep gold bangles and a gold chain she was wearing inside. When she was keeping the ornaments inside, one of them diverted her attention. Others removed the ornaments and fled the spot. Sitabuldi Police registered a case under Sections 420, 170 and 34 of the IPC.

Citizens suspect criminal-police nexus

As the genuine cops are unable to nab their fake counterparts, citizens suspect nexus between lower-rung police personnel with criminals. Some say that possibility of involvement of relatives of some tainted policemen in such incidents cannot be ruled out. Earlier also, several such incidents had been reported but the police failed to detect a single case so far.

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Inter-state co-ordination to check money, liquor transfer during Assembly elections

Anticipating the illicit transfer of money and liquor Legislative Assembly elections in Nagpur district, the administration conducted an inter-state co-ordination meeting with the general and P... Read More
Anticipating the illicit transfer of money and liquor Legislative Assembly elections in Nagpur district, the administration conducted an inter-state co-ordination meeting with the general and Police administrative officers from adjoining districts of Madhya Pradesh. It was decided to check illicit transfer of funds, liquor, manpower, and weapons through inter-state co-operation.

Abhishek Krishna, Nagpur District Collector, called the meeting. The general and Police administration officers from the districts of Chhindwara, Betul, Seoni, and Balaghat of adjoining state of Madhya Pradesh attended the meeting. These districts are adjacent or pretty close to Maharashtra Legislative Assembly constituencies of Saoner, Katol, and Ramtek in Nagpur district. The District Collectors of Chhindwara and Betul, Superintendent of Police of Seoni, and Additional Collector of Balaghat district attended the meeting, said Ajay Ramtek, Deputy District Election Officer. According to Ramteke, Maharashtra is going to polls while Madhya Pradesh is not. Against the backdrop of close ties between the two states, the possibility of illicit transfer of funds, liquor, manpower, and weapons could not be ruled out from Madhya Pradesh to Maharashtra. To curb this during Assembly elections, inter-state co-ordination is necessary and the meeting was called on Tuesday in this direction, he added. The officials of Police, Revenue, State Excise, and Transport Departments were directed to take necessary measures to increase vigil along the border and curb illicit activities.

Printers asked to follow R P Act provisions strictly

The Returning Officer for South-West Nagpur constituency of State Legislative Assembly has urged the printers, candidates, citizens, and those running electronic copying centres (xerox centres) to follow strictly the norms of Representation of Peoples (R P) Act.

The appeal has been issued in the wake of Model Code of Conduct for Assembly elections coming into force. As per the official release, any printer/publisher will have to publish his/her name and address on any election-related material. Besides, publisher will have to submit two copies of duly attested declaration to printer. The printer will have to submit four copies of printed material in four copies and a copy of duly signed declaration of publisher to the District Magistrate within three days of printing of such material. The copier-centres also are covered in the definition of printer.

Those violating the provisions will attract punishments of six months imprisonment and fine up to Rs 2,000 under the provisions of R P Act. The proforma for the declarations and check-list of documents to be attached with declarations are available in the office of Returning Officer, South-West Nagpur constituency.

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7 countries give consent to take part in Global Investors’ Summit

As many as seven countries have given their consent to become partner in Global Investors Summit (GIS-2014) scheduled next month in Indore. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has held roadshows i... Read More
As many as seven countries have given their consent to become partner in Global Investors Summit (GIS-2014) scheduled next month in Indore. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has held roadshows in different countries to attract investors for this summit.

According to information, seven countries, including Australia, Canada, South Africa, Mexico, Malaysia, Czech Republic and Quebec have given their consent to become partners in the summit. Representatives of these countries are working with the State Government for Global Investors Summit-IV to attract investors and exploring investment possibilities in the State.

These countries have given consent for active participation in organising various sessions during the summit. It was informed in the GIS preparations meeting on Friday that a new system for investors has been introduced for this summit. MoUs, according to directives, will not be signed with any investor this time. Instead, investment proposals will be received from them. Under the new system, investors can get themselves registered on “Intention to Invest” on the website of single window system.

Desirous investors can get themselves registered after filling up given form under option “Intention to Invest” on TRIFAC’s website www.mptrifac.org. In the form, an investor will provide complete details about the proposed project, requirements, etc., on-line. Soon after submission of form, concerned investor will be given a Unique Number. His entire information will be intimated to district’s concerned industry development centre and Audyogik Kendra Vikas Nigam (AKVN).

The meeting was attended by Commissioner Industries V L Kanta Rao, who held discussions with all general managers of AKVN and officers of 53 district industry centres on the 3-day event and sought information.

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Miscreants assault villagers demanding action against rapists of minor girl

SEVERAL people were injured when miscreants attacked villagers to suppress their demand of arresting the two absconding accused of rape with 9-year-old girl in Hinauta village under jurisdiction of... Read More
SEVERAL people were injured when miscreants attacked villagers to suppress their demand of arresting the two absconding accused of rape with 9-year-old girl in Hinauta village under jurisdiction of Barela police station on Friday.

Barela police apprehended an accused named Raja Sonkar and registered a case against him under Section 376 of the IPC for raping a minor girl in Hinauta village on September 11. On Friday morning, villagers assembled in the village and decided to stage demonstration at Barela police station for quick action against the two absconding accused of rape incident.

When the villagers were on their way, 6-7 members of the group of accused threatened them to take back their demand of action against the accused. When villagers objected them, miscreants opened fire in the air to threaten them and attacked them with canes and pelted stones at their homes. On receiving information, police team reached the spot but miscreants managed to escape from the spot.

Learning about the incident, MLA Panagar Sushil Tiwari reached the spot and instructed police to apprehend the absconding accused and take action against miscreants for threatening villagers. On the other hand, residents charged working of police in checking increasing number of anti-social activities in the area and took out a candle march in Barela. Agitated demonstrators pressed demand before Police Department to ensure strict punishment to the rapists.

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Salem asked to submit current status of case pending before Apex court

A SINGLE bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice R S Jha on Friday, directed the petitioner Abu Salem Ansari to submit current status of case pending before the Supreme Court in a... Read More
A SINGLE bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice R S Jha on Friday, directed the petitioner Abu Salem Ansari to submit current status of case pending before the Supreme Court in a related issue. The single bench has given said directions in the petition filed by Abu Salem Ansari. The petitioner was extradited from Portugal to the Union of India pursuant to the order of Minister of Justice Portugal on March 28, 2003, to be tried in all 9 cases. The petitioner was brought to India on November 11, 2005, and on the same day was produced before TADA Court in Mumbai.

TADA Court has been regulating monitoring production of the petitioner accused in other extradited cases, pursuant to orders passed by TADA and further pursuant to production warrant issued by the other courts, the petitioner above named has been produced in other extradited cases for remand for filing chargesheet etc.

The order of extradition of the accused has now been annulled set aside by the court of appeals, Lisbon vide order dated on September 13, 2011, and the said order has been upheld by Supreme Court of India, Justice, Portugal by its order dated on January 11, 2012. Further proceeding regarding trial of the petitioner in India in this regard are now pending in the Supreme Court of India. Meanwhile, production warrants has been received by the Superintendent of Jail, Taloja, Central Prison, Navi Mumbai for causing production of the petitioner, accused in the following case. Case registered with Parwalia Sadak Police Station Bhopal, which was decided by the court at Bhopal, October 11, 2011, state the petitioner has not been extradited to be tried in the abovementioned case. However, the said petitioner cannot be tried in courts of the Extradition Act.

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JMC Commr asked to submit detailed reply on progress of sewer line work

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi on Friday asked the Municipal Commissioner of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation to sub... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi on Friday asked the Municipal Commissioner of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation to submit detailed reply before the court regarding progress and work of condition of sewer line in the city. The division bench gave the said order in Public Interest Litigation filed by Mukesh Rathore, Dr P G Najpandey and others. Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner, Jabalpur Municipal Corporation, was present before the court and submitted that steps have been taken to barricade all trenches/excavated area. Besides, steps were taken to repair affected roads before June 10 ahead of monsoon and to obviate flooding of water in the concerned area.

Earlier, counsel for the petitioner, Advocate Shashank Shekhar submitted before the court that still condition of various roads is not up to the mark and some of the roads are not motorable. Anshuman Singh, counsel for respondents, who had submitted that earlier condition of roads were not good, but now all the roads belonging to the Municipal Corporation have been made good. In case any road or roads or any part thereof are pointed out by the petitioners in this regard, the Corporation is ready to make them up to the mark as well as motorable.

On raising such contention, counsel for petitioners submitted that the aforesaid position is factually not correct and if a committee is constituted to inspect roads, his client will be in a position to apprise the court in respect of the condition of roads and entire picture of the road will come on record. Earlier, the division bench in its order, in view of aforesaid contentions made by the parties found it appropriate to constitute a committee of three advocates for inspection of roads.

Thereafter, the division bench had appointed Mahendra Pateriya as Chairman with Sanjay Lal and Gulab Patel as members of the committee to inspect roads of the Municipal Corporation within township of Jabalpur. The court also directed the petitioner’s counsel, the Municipal Corporation counsel and officers to accompany the three members committee.

Inquire into matter of dishonour of tricolour in movie ‘Dirty Politics’

ADDITIONAL District Magistrate on Friday directed Adhartal Police Station to inquire in the matter of dishonour of national flag in upcoming movie ‘Dirty Politics’ and submit reply before the court of Additional District Magistrate. The application filed by Advocate Amit Kumar Sahu against Mallika Sherawat, Actress, K C Bokadia, Producer, Ompuri, Ashutosh Rana and Lalit Modi challenged dishonour of national flag in the upcoming movie Dirty Politics. The applicant prayed before the Additional District Magistrate that after looking all facts and reasons direct to take criminal action against all respondents and filed FIR against the respondents. The applicant also prayed before the court to direct to remove all objectionable scenes of national flag in the movie.

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2 drug peddlers held with 28 gms of smack worth Rs 2.75 lakh

MADAN Mahal police succeeded in apprehending two drug peddlers and seized 28 grams of smack worth Rs 2.75 lakh (in international market) in two separate cases. The accused have been identified ... Read More
MADAN Mahal police succeeded in apprehending two drug peddlers and seized 28 grams of smack worth Rs 2.75 lakh (in international market) in two separate cases. The accused have been identified as Ajid Khan (28), a resident of Kazi Mohalla in Garha area and Johny alias Jan Mohammed (45), a resident of Baidara Mohalla.

Under the direction of Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra, police have started a rigorous campaign against consumption and trade of narcotic substances under supervision of Additional Superintendent of Police (City) Amrendra Singh and CSP Kotwali Anil Vaidya. SHO of Madan Mahal police station Madhur Pateria informed that continuing the campaign, police received information about suspected man involved in trade of narcotic substances. Taking prompt action on the information, a police team reached at Shastri Bridge area and detained a suspected man at a shop situated below the bridge. In his search, police team recovered 16 grams of smack filled in a packet.

Acting on another information, a police team reached Gullaua railway crossing area and detained another drug peddler when he was waiting for customer. Police recovered 12 grams smack from him. Police have registered separate cases against the accused under Sections 8, 21 of the NDPS Act, while further investigations are underway to identify suppliers of narcotics consignment and other people working in the network of narcotics trade. On the achievement, Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra has declared rewards for members of police team comprising Sub-Inspector, Brijendra Singh Sengar, ASI, Tekchand Sharma, Head Constables, Ramsanehi Sharma, Ramji Tiwari, Rajendra Tiwari, Constables, Ajit Patel and Ramlal Rizwan.

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Fake Loan Case: EOW submits chargesheet against eight people in Rs 24 lakh scam

Economic Offences Wing (EOW), Jabalpur, presented a chargesheet of scam of Rs 24 lakh against eight persons for providing fake loan of Agriculture Service Cooperative Society, Murrai in Patan, ... Read More
Economic Offences Wing (EOW), Jabalpur, presented a chargesheet of scam of Rs 24 lakh against eight persons for providing fake loan of Agriculture Service Cooperative Society, Murrai in Patan, on Saturday.

The accused have been identified as Agriculture Service Cooperative Society, Murrai, the then Manager, Bhagwan Singh Thakur, the then Manager, Kishore Kumar Jaiswal, the then Manager, Krishna Kumar Patel, District Cooperative Bank, Jabalpur, the then General Manager, Mushtak Ahmed Afrin, committee member Arjun Singh, Committee President, Kishore Singh Rajput, vice-president, Dwarka Prasad Tiwari and vice-president, Dayaram Gond.

According to EOW, District Cooperative Central Bank, Katangi, Branch Manager filed a written complaint that the then managers of Agriculture Service Cooperative Society, Murrai in Patan, from 1996 to 1999 distributed agriculture loans to members by increasing their agriculture area and provided excess loan amount against norms of providing agriculture loan which caused financial loss of Rs 23.8 lakh to the government.

Investigating the case, Economic Offences Wing police conducted scrutiny of documents and loan records and found scam of Rs 11.13 lakh was carried out by the then Manager, Bhagwan Singh Thakur, scam of Rs 2.15 lakh by Kishore Kumar Jaiswal and scam of Rs 10.52 lakh was carried out by the then Manager Krishna Kumar Patel. EOW registered a case against accused under section 120-B, 409, 467, 468, 471, 420, 34, 201 of the IPC and sections 13(1)D and 13(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act-1988 and presented chargesheet before Special Court (EOW), Justice Yogesh Chandra Gupta.

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Case related to VYAPAM scam probe adjourned till 24th

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi on Friday adjourned the case related to VYAPAM scam investigation which is being monito... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi on Friday adjourned the case related to VYAPAM scam investigation which is being monitored by the High Court on September 24.

Earlier, ADG STF Sudhir Sahi, along with Supervising Officers, including Sanjay Tiwari, Rajesh Chandel, Ashish Khare and Kamal Mourya attended proceedings before the chamber of division bench headed Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar. The concerned Supervising Officers presented compilation of charts disclosing present status of investigation of cases assigned to them. Each of them explained steps taken by them on case-to-case basis since last date of hearing.

The position mentioned by them is reinforced from information furnished in charts in respective compilation. During discussion, it transpired that the Investigating Officer in the crime has resorted to measures including under Section 83 of the Criminal Procedure Code to secure arrest of absconding accused in the crime. However, the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate at Bhopal deals with proceedings under Section 83 of the Code and hearing of those cases is being deferred. In other words, the Investigating Officer is unable to take proceedings under Section 83 of the Code to its logical end expeditiously. This problem can be resolved by directing the Chief Judicial Magistrate concerned at Bhopal to ensure that applications filed by the prosecution for action under Section 83 are disposed of as expeditiously as possible and preferably not later than four weeks from its presentation. In any case, adjournment should not be for more than two weeks at a time, said the division bench. Earlier the division bench in its order said ‘The Chief Judicial Magistrate at Bhopal (Pankaj Singh Maheshwari) is directed to ensure that applications pending before his court being Case Nos. 5334/2014, 5368/2014, 5948/2014 and 7244/2014 in the concerned Crime Nos.5/2014, 7/2014, 9/2014 and 12/2014 respectively are disposed of within four weeks and compliance reported in that behalf.

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PWD EE caught red-handed taking Rs 50,000 bribe

IN ANOTHER trap, a team of special establishment of Lokayukta police caught an Executive Engineer of Public Works Department (PWD) while taking bribe of Rs 50,000 for issuing work order of contra... Read More
IN ANOTHER trap, a team of special establishment of Lokayukta police caught an Executive Engineer of Public Works Department (PWD) while taking bribe of Rs 50,000 for issuing work order of contract work at his residence situated at Katanga Colony under jurisdiction of Gorakhpur police station on Friday evening. The accused has been identified as Vivek Paway, posted as Executive Engineer in Public Works Department. According to Lokayukta police, Rajendra Jain filed a complaint with Lokayukta Superintendent of Police, Jabalpur, that he took a contract of electrification work at Junnardeo Court premises. Even after awarding contract, he several times contacted engineers of Public Works Department but failed in receiving work order of contract. Meanwhile, Executive Engineer Vivek Paway demanded Rs 50,000 bribe for issuing him work order of the contract.

Acting on the complaint, Lokayukta Superintendent of Police Jabalpur constituted a team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police, Satish Mishra for further investigation into the case and action against the accused. Lokayukta police team fielded appellant for giving bribe to corrupt Executive Engineer and gave him Rs 50,000. According to direction of police, the appellant reached at residence of Executive Engineer situated at Katanga Colony in Gorakhpur area and handed over the cash.

Witnessing handing over of cash, Lokayukta police entered the residence of Executive Engineer and washed his hands which discharged red colour with water. Police team arrested the accused red-handed and seized currency notes from the corrupt officer. Lokayukta police have registered a case against corrupt officer and employees under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act. During the trap, Lokayukta police team led by DSP Satish Mishra comprising Inspector Prabhat Shukla, Manoj Gupta, Jahar Singh, Upendra Singh and Jharelal Tiwari were present.

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NHRC ready to help in release of MP boy jailed in Pakistan

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is willing to reach out for the release of a Madhya Pradesh boy, who is jailed in Pakistan for trespassing on August 12 since last year. He was arres... Read More
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is willing to reach out for the release of a Madhya Pradesh boy, who is jailed in Pakistan for trespassing on August 12 since last year. He was arrested by Pakistani security forces while accidentally trespassing through Rajasthan border .It has been reported that the boy is suffering from Blood Cancer and regular blood transfusions are required for his treatment. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’ on this issue, Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Justice K G Balakrishnan said that if State Government or even State Human Rights Commission approach, then they will take up this issue. He also said that, on such issues, there is particular set of formalities, which needs to followed but no kind of political pressure is tolerated when it comes to human rights violations. Further, he also added that such matters do not come under State Human Rights Commission but if State Government wants, they can forward petition to NHRC to pressurise the Pakistan Government.

The boy from Madhya Pradesh, Jitendra Arjunwar belongs to Seoni District. Pakistan Rangers caught the youth at Cheetah post inside Pakistan side of the border on August 12 last year. He was charged with trespass under Foreigners Act and awaits trial in the juvenile offenders section.

Pakistan jail authorities initially provided him medical aid but when his condition started deteriorating even after prescription of general medicines, the matter was taken up by Human Rights activists in Pakistan. Earlier, State Human Rights Commission did not take up this matter, stating that this does not come under their parameter and due to elections, leniency was witnessed from State Government side. Consequently, localities from Seoni district were also geared up and protested for the release of boy, after which, the State Government directed Police Department to find out the boy’s whereabouts. The Madhya Pradesh boy is wallowing in a Pakistani prison since last year and inspite of being diagnosed with blood cancer, substantial effort for the release of boy has not been taken up so far.

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I thank Shivraj ‘mamaji’ for making my film ‘Mardani’ tax-free: Rani Mukherjee

“I thank Shivraj mamaji for making my film “Mardani” tax-free in Madhya Pradesh. He wants to do more for girls and women,” noted film actress Rani Mukherjee said after meeting Chief Min... Read More
“I thank Shivraj mamaji for making my film “Mardani” tax-free in Madhya Pradesh. He wants to do more for girls and women,” noted film actress Rani Mukherjee said after meeting Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday.

She said that head of the State Shivraj Singh Chouhan has done a lot to promote girls and women in the state and has left deep impression among other Chief Ministers.

“It is my first visit to Bhopal, the city of lakes. I wanted to come here since a long time. It was the opportunity of screening film “Mardani”, here at Ravindra Bhawan, under the film festival jointly organised by Madhya Pradesh IAS Officers’ Association and Madhyam. When producers, directors went to Chennai, Mumbai, Karnataka, Lucknow and other cities of the country why not Bhopal, it is a very beautiful city. Whenever I have such story, I will surely arrive in the city to shoot the film,” Rani Mukherjee said.

She said she and her whole team of the film were motivated when the Chief Minister announced “Mardani” film as tax-free as usually, producers fear to make such films, doubting whether it will go good on box office, will do good business, etc. but after becoming tax-free, the producer of the film will also be happy.

Rani Mukherjee said that she could not predict about her new film, what will be in it and on which topic, it will be. “But I assure you that as a strong character was played in Mardani, a similar strong character will be played in coming film as I am also a strong girl.”

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PMT scam accused creates scene in court premises

One of the accused in PMT scam, Gangaram created lot of ruckus at court premises on Friday. Gangaram started crying and yelled, claiming his innocence. He also alleged that he had been beaten up ... Read More
One of the accused in PMT scam, Gangaram created lot of ruckus at court premises on Friday. Gangaram started crying and yelled, claiming his innocence. He also alleged that he had been beaten up by STF. Later on, he showed signs of becoming unconscious and seeing this, cops took him to hospital. After medical examination, he was again brought to the court and produced before the judge. Court sent him on police remand till September 16. When STF brought Gangaram to court premises, he started to oppose the move to take him inside the court. He started to jerk his hands and legs. He was also crying and yelling, requesting to save him. He alleged that STF had beaten him. When he had shown signs of becoming unconscious, he was taken to the hospital for medical check. Again, he was brought to the court premises and produced before the judge. Later, court sent him on police remand till September 16.

Gangaram is right hand of main accused of PMT scam, Dr Jagdish Sagar. As per information, Gangaram used to search candidates for Dr Jagdish Sagar. He had contacted as many as 100 aspirant students by phone. It is alleged that he had taken sum ranging between Rs 4 lakh till Rs 15 lakh from each aspirant student and passed them to Dr Jagdish Sagar. The accused, arrested so far, have said that middlemen had say in PMT exam 2012. So many accused have been arrested in PMT scam and one common thing is that they were connected with ex senior system analyst Nitin Mahindra in one form or the other. It is learnt that STF had got 317 names from the diary of Dr Jagdish Sagar and two names were given by Gangaram.

BJP State President suspends Vandana Dwivedi from part:

BJP state president Nandkumar Singh Chouhan has suspended Vandana Dwivedi from party in the wake of her arrest. STF had arrested her on Thursday night for recommending a name of candidate for clearance in exam of contractual teacher. She was produced before the court on Friday. After hearing, court sent her to judicial custody till September 24. It is learnt that she had told at court premises that she had not taken money, only recommended the name.

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Amit Shah arriving in State today

BJP’s National President Amit Shah is coming to Madhya Pradesh on Saturday. This would be his first visit to State after taking reins of party in hands. His visit to the State is religious as he ... Read More
BJP’s National President Amit Shah is coming to Madhya Pradesh on Saturday. This would be his first visit to State after taking reins of party in hands. His visit to the State is religious as he would be visiting different known temples of Hindu deities.

According to information, Amit Shah will board the morning flight from Delhi and will reach Indore at 9.20 am. After reaching Indore, he will, by car, go to Chaitanya Dham Mandaleshwar. He will reach Chaitanya Dham Mandaleshwar at 11.30 am. At 1.30 pm, he will leave Mandaleshwar Khargone and will reach pilgrimage city Ujjain at 4.30 pm. In Ujjain, he will visit famous Mahakal temple and pay obeisance.

After this, he will return to Indore by car. At 9.15 pm, he will board the flight to return to Delhi. This is purely a religious visit of Amit Shah as he will not be taking part in any political programme. “It is purely, a religious visit of Amit Shah and he will not attend any political programme,” said BJP sources. Shah’s programme is centred only on visiting known religious places and to pay obeisance.

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Seven countries give consent to participate in GIS

As many as seven countries have given their consent to become partner in Global Investors Summit (GIS-2014) scheduled next month in Indore. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has held roadsho... Read More
As many as seven countries have given their consent to become partner in Global Investors Summit (GIS-2014) scheduled next month in Indore. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has held roadshows in different countries to attract investors for this summit.

According to information, seven countries, including Australia, Canada, South Africa, Mexico, Malaysia, Czech Republic and Quebec have given their consent to become partners in the summit. Representatives of these countries are working with the State Government for Global Investors Summit-IV to attract investors and exploring investment possibilities in the State. These countries have given consent for active participation in organising various sessions during the summit. It was informed in the GIS preparations meeting on Friday that a new system for investors has been introduced for this summit. MoUs, according to directives, will not be signed with any investor this time. Instead, investment proposals will be received from them. Under the new system, investors can get themselves registered on “Intention to Invest” on the website of single window system.

Desirous investors can get themselves registered after filling up given form under option “Intention to Invest” on TRIFAC’s website www.mptrifac.org. In the form, an investor will provide complete details about the proposed project, requirements, etc., on-line. Soon after submission of form, concerned investor will be given a Unique Number. His entire information will be intimated to district’s concerned industry development centre and Audyogik Kendra Vikas Nigam (AKVN).

The meeting was attended by Commissioner Industries V L Kanta Rao, who held discussions with all general managers of AKVN and officers of 53 district industry centres on the 3-day event and sought information.

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PEB exams under surveillance of CCTV cameras

Following the recruitment scam that rocked the State, authorities have started planning to conduct the exams of MP Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), popularly known as VYAPAM, under the s... Read More
Following the recruitment scam that rocked the State, authorities have started planning to conduct the exams of MP Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), popularly known as VYAPAM, under the surveillance of CCTV cameras.

Those educational institutions, where CCTV cameras are installed, will be preferred for setting up centres for selection exams of Professional Exam Board (PEB). Additional funds will also be given for conducting exams at these centres.

This was informed by Higher & Technical Education Minister Umashankar Gupta during discussions with Chairman of PEB M M Upadhyay on Friday. Director, PEB Tarun Pithore was also present. Gupta said that videography of exams will be done at the centres without CCTV cameras. He said that a calendar should be chalked out for recruitment exams by various departments. Gupta directed to make every possible effort to improve the image of PEB. He said that measures should be enforced strictly. Upadhyay said that information is being sought about vacancies of class III posts in various departments. Selection exams for these posts will be held soon, he added.

State Government has taken several measures to ensure fair examination after this scam was unearthed about a year back. Former Minister Laxmikant Sharma, top PEB officials and other prominent persons have been arrested in this scam so far while inquiry is still underway.

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Govt to seize land of farmers not claiming compensation

Madhya Pradesh Government is shocked to know that there are numerous cases, in which, farmers have not come forward to claim compensation. These were, probably, those farmers, who were not having... Read More
Madhya Pradesh Government is shocked to know that there are numerous cases, in which, farmers have not come forward to claim compensation. These were, probably, those farmers, who were not having land in their own name and were undertaking farming. Now, such farmers would have to pay a heavy price as Government was contemplating to acquire land of those farmers, who had not taken compensation. This will help in great way in unearthing benami properties.

“We have stumbled on numerous cases wherein, farmers have not come to claim compensation given against losses. They have suffered due to vagaries of nature. Now we are calling the data of such farmers and their land would be declared government land. Process in this regard would be commenced in near future,” said Revenue Minister Rampal Singh to select mediapersons at Mantralaya on Friday. He said that the Government would first, seek report from collectors about the figures of farmers, who had taken compensation and who had not taken compensation.

Revenue Minister Rampal Singh added that another big decision Government had taken was that it was going to distribute compensation at village level. List of those farmers would be pasted in villages, who had been found eligible for compensation and money would directly go into their account. Opining that now, Government was also contemplating asking colonisers to leave some space for religious places in colonies, Rampal Singh said, a commission was being formed to decide in cases of land belonging to erstwhile kings and Bhopal merger agreement. To contain the various kinds of problems at lower level, tehsildars, patwaris and Revenue Inspectors would be transferred once they completed three years’ tenure at one place. He informed about Krishi Mahotsav preparations. Apart from this, Revenue Department had also requested Government to recruit more patwaris as there was acute shortage of patwaris in State.

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Appoint ‘suitable’ V-C at RTMNU: HC seeks reply from Chancellor

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Thursday directed Chancellor to file reply within a one week justifying appointment of officiating Vice-Chancellor (V-C) without following rules framed under ... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Thursday directed Chancellor to file reply within a one week justifying appointment of officiating Vice-Chancellor (V-C) without following rules framed under Section 12(5) of the Maharashtra Universities (MU) Act or else the High Court warned that it would be constrained to grant interim relief demanded by petitioner-senate member Gurudas Kamdi seeking appointment of an eligible, academically qualified full-time Vice-Chancellor as contemplated under Section 12(5) of the MU Act.

A division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande, while hearing the petition, made it clear that rules were framed in 2009 and qualifications of Vice-Chancellor were clearly prescribed and hence they were binding on all. Apparently respondent no. 4 (the present officiating Vice-Chancellor) is not qualified to hold the post as per these rules and statute, the High Court orally observed while asking respondent authorities to file reply the next date of hearing -- on Thursday next.

Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar was appointed as officiating V-C following resignation of Dr Vilas Sapkal as V-C of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) following a major row over banning of 250 colleges and his tiff with academic heavyweights and members of statutory bodies. During last six months, Kumar took lead in resolving all major problems faced by RTMNU including vexed issue of banned college, holding of special examination and scheduling of much delated convocation. This sudden development on the eve of 100th convocation of RTMNU has created flutter in the academic circles.

The petitioner senate member RTMNU has sought interpretation of Section 12(5) of the Maharashtra Universities Act which gives power to the Chancellor to appoint an eligible person as Vice-Chancellor. According to the petitioner, the Chancellor is duty bound to appoint only eligible candidate which as per rules means an academician with a doctorate, at least 15 years of teaching experience, minimum five publications and administrative experience as Vice-Chancellor. Questioning the March 30, 2014 order issued by the Chancellor appointing Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar as officiating V-C of RTMNU, the petitioner claimed that after the rules were framed specifying the qualification of V-C, the Chancellor ought to have appointed an academician who is eligible and suitable to hold the post of V-C. Clarifying that he had nothing personal against any individual including Divisional Commissioner, the petitioner claimed that even the Chancellor can not go beyond the statute and regulations framed thereunder.

During last hearing the High Court had issued notices to State Government, its Higher and Technical Education Department, Chancellor and present officiating V-C asking them to file reply within two weeks.

Petitioner claimed that V-C is ex-officio head of all statutory bodies of the university and head of the selection committees and hence it is necessary that such post must be occupied by an academician to fulfill the mandate of the MU Act and for better management of the university. The normal process to appoint a regular V-C is time consuming as firstly a search committee needs to be formed which then invites application, scrutinizes them and submit a panel to the Chancellor who then takes the final call.

Prior to framing of rules specifying the eligibility of candidates aspiring to become V-C, the Chancellor could nominate administrative officers like Divisional Commissioners or senior IAS officers or a senior Principal of an affiliated college. But now the Chancellor has no option but to appoint a full-time V-C, the petitioner claimed while making it clear that any suitable and eligible candidate be appointed as V-C at the earliest.

Adv Bhanudas Kulkarni appeared for the petitioner while AGP Nahush Khubalkar (State), Adv Purushottam Patil (RTMNU) represented respondent authorities.

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Gold smuggling: Kingpin surrenders, gets bail

The main accused and kingpin of gold smuggling activity surrendered before the court of Joint Magistrate First Class 6th Court, on September 11. He was granted bail by the Court. Investigators ... Read More
The main accused and kingpin of gold smuggling activity surrendered before the court of Joint Magistrate First Class 6th Court, on September 11. He was granted bail by the Court. Investigators found that two persons who are working with an Airlines and as a Cargo Service Agent, were involved in the act. They were arrested and produced before the court which later released them on bail.

Customs and Central Excise Department had seized gold worth Rs 31.99 lakh at Nagpur’s Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport on July 4 last. The accused, flying from Sharjah to Nagpur by Air Arabia flight, was carrying a luggage containing gold. Shockingly, two persons -- one from the Airliner and other from Cargo service -- were also involved in the crime.

Preventive (CIU) unit of the Customs and Central Excise Commissionerate had arrested three persons under Section 104 of the Customs Act, 1962 on September 9, 2014 for smuggling gold and facilitating, aiding and abetting smuggling of the gold. One of them had smuggled gold from Sharjah to Nagpur on July 4, 2014 by Air Arabia flight. He was smuggling gold and with the help of his aid working in the Airlines, hand over the same to a person waiting in airport parking area. A team of Nagpur Police Crime Branch intercepted the person and recovered gold worth Rs 31.99 lakh from his possession.

Surprisingly, the press release issued by the Central Excise and Customs did not mention names of the accused for reasons best known to them.

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Citizens come together, launch ‘Justice for Yug’

Hundreds of organisations have decided to launch peaceful agitation from Saturday demanding speedy justice to Yug Chandak, the 8-year-old son of well-known dentist Dr Mukesh and Dr Prerna Chandak, ... Read More
Hundreds of organisations have decided to launch peaceful agitation from Saturday demanding speedy justice to Yug Chandak, the 8-year-old son of well-known dentist Dr Mukesh and Dr Prerna Chandak, who was brutally murdered by two monsters for easy money and as act of vengeance.

Yug was kidnapped and murdered brutally by two youngsters -- Rajesh Daware, former Computer Operator at Dr Mukesh Chandak’s dental clinic, and his friend Arvind Singh Lokesh Singh. The diabolical nature of crime has left citizens boiling with anger and even highly educated people openly supported barbaric punishment to perpetrators of this heinous crime.

A group of well-meaning citizens have come together to launch “Justice for Yug” under the banner of YUG Foundation by mobilising public support to set-up fast-track court, scientific investigations, proper and legally unshakable chargesheet, appointment of special public prosecutor, supervision of investigations by a senior IPS officer so that no loophole should be left for defence during trial, day-to-day hearing of the case and completion of entire trial in shortest possible time and most stringent punishment prescribed under law to these hard-core criminals who have no remorse for eliminating such an innocent kid.

From Saturday, many professional organisations, social bodies, associations, educational institutions would participate in “Justice for Yug” campaign. Signature of at least five lakh citizens will be obtained in support of creation of fast-track court and completion of the trial in 100 days. The agitated citizens have also demanded justice for all kids who faced similar brutalities and expediting trials of all cases involving child murder. A helpline number 7620101515 has been started so also a facebook page Facebook.com/JusticeForYugChandak has been created urging people to sign the petition on-line and express their views through social media as well.

According to organisers, this is no time to maintain neutrality and urged citizens to come out voluntarily and participate in this signature campaign. Quoting Dante, they stated -- “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.” Silence of well-meaning majority or indifference towards such crimes would embolden bad and rotten elements and hence we must take a stance to seek justice by using all legal, constitutional and peaceful methods, the organisers supported while asking citizens-young and old, men and women, students and professionals to join this campaign and create such a pressure that system will be forced to honour the public sentiments. This is no ordinary case, as this brutal murder has created fear psychosis among all parents and all small children who are living under fear. By one brutal crime, the perpetrators have instilled a sense of fear in all school going children and deprived them of their childhood.

Recalling Kush Kataria murder trial in which fast-track court was appointed and Adv Ujwal Nikam was named as Special Public Prosecutor, the organisers of “Justice for Yug” campaign pointed out that some omissions and gaps in investigation ultimately saved the accused Ayush Pugalia from going to gallows. The trial took some time, though court conducted it speedily. But time has come for all well-meaning citizens to raise their voice and force the system to shed its lethargy and fast-track the process to ensure that culprits are hanged.

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Politicians, administration swing into action for Assembly poll

With the announcement of Legislative Assembly election in Maharashtra, the politicians and administrative machinery swung into action on Friday. While the office-bearers of Nagpur Municipal Cor... Read More
With the announcement of Legislative Assembly election in Maharashtra, the politicians and administrative machinery swung into action on Friday. While the office-bearers of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Zilla Parishad (ZP) surrendered their official vehicles, the administration started gearing up for the election by calling review meetings.

All the political party leaders and workers were waiting anxiously for the date of polling and counting. Mayor Pravin Datke and other office-bearers including Standing Committee chief Narendra Borkar, Health Committee chief Ramesh Singare, Transport Committee chief Bandu Raut, Gopal Bohre and others sat in the chamber of Mayor and saw the press conference of Election Commission of India on mobile phones. Later, Mayor and other office-bearers surrendered their official vehicles. An NMC employee covered the beacon light on official vehicle of Mayor. Datke and Borkar rode home on the former’s motorcycle. Similarly, ZP chief Sandhya Gotmare and Vice-President Chandrashekhar Chikhale surrendered their official vehicles and rode home on two-wheelers separately.

With the announcement of Assembly election schedule, the Model Code of Conduct also came into effect. The administration also swung into action and Election Branch in District Collectorate conducted a meeting of officials regarding preparations for the Assembly election for which polling is scheduled on October 15. Election Commission of India (ECI) has asked the District Election Officer and District Collector Abhishek Krishna to prepare District Election Plan. Now, as per the ECI instructions, no election-related official or Police officer of the rank of Inspector and above shall be allowed to continue in his home district. Besides, instructions have also been issued that election-related officials including police officials of Inspector level and above who have completed three years in a district during last four years should be transferred out of that district.

Soon, General Observers, Expenditure Observers, Micro Observers will be appointed. Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) is being constituted to keep a check on ‘paid news’. Besides, a committee on arms licenses also is being constituted. Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) programme also will be implemented for voter awareness. Meanwhile, District Election Officer Abhishek Krishna has appealed to the voters to ensure that their name is in the electoral rolls. The administration has drawn up a plan to conduct various meetings as per the schedule given by ECI.

This time, the election programme is of 37 days only. As a result, for every election-related activity pertaining to administration as well as political parties and candidates, the time is less. From the date of commencement of filing nominations, candidates will get 24 days for election campaign. Interestingly, this time, counting of votes is scheduled on Sunday.

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Euphoric Farewell function held at Govt Nursing College

It was a time to remember and cherish for rest of their lives as the fourth year student of Government Nursing College, Raipur were given a euphoric farewell by their juniors couple of days back.... Read More
It was a time to remember and cherish for rest of their lives as the fourth year student of Government Nursing College, Raipur were given a euphoric farewell by their juniors couple of days back.

Interesting games, cultural events and competitions mark the function, which was inaugurated at the hands of College Principal Vandana Chauhan, who was also the chief guest at the event. Third year students of BSc nursing had presented dance, song and skit to give unforgettable moments to their seniors. While the outside weather was cloudy, it was simply ecstatic inside. College was reverberating laughter and claps of the students.

Seniors were also given awards such as Ms Eve, Ms Nightingale, Ms Perfect and Ms Lovely Senior. The awards of Ms Nightingale and Ms Lovely Senior were bagged by Indu Baghel whereas Yamini was crowned with the Ms Eve award and Ruby was adjudged Ms Perfect by the judges Professors as S Bean, Varsha, Shailu, Reena, Deepika, Sapna, Vandana Chausuriya and Anamika.

The event was organised under the able guidance of Assistant Professor Basanti Chakraborty and Sheela Mallick whereas 3rd year student Radha Sonkar proposed the vote of thanks.

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‘To aware people about sanatan dharma is my duty’

“It is not the job of Dharma gurus to dismantle or immerse the idols of ‘Sai’ we have resolved to spread awareness among the Hindu community to do away with the practice of worshipping Sai. M... Read More
“It is not the job of Dharma gurus to dismantle or immerse the idols of ‘Sai’ we have resolved to spread awareness among the Hindu community to do away with the practice of worshipping Sai. My duty is only to make people know about the Sanatan Dharma,” asserted Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati. He was talking to the media persons at Boriyakala Ashram on Friday. Saraswati also advocated the movement against the ‘Love Jihaad’ by adding that youths from a particular community are trying to finish the Hindus and ‘our girls’ should be very much alert in choosing their better half.

Replying to a question on constructing the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya, the Saint said that the Modi Government should help in building the Temple of Lord Rama, who was not born as a human but was incarnation of Lord Vishnu. “It is unfortunate, political parties call Bhagwan Rama as Maryadapurshottam. He was not a Human,” he added.

Shankaracharya Swaroopanand also briefed about the ‘Dharma Sansad’ recently held at Karawdha and said that soon a second such religious parliament will be organised in Betul, Madhya Pradesh to formulate the future coarse of action in regards to ‘Sai’, who was a Muslim named ‘Chand Mia. There is lot of superstitions among the Hindus about Sai Baba and we will make ensure they are aware of the real fact, he added. He also asked the Hindu community people not to keep the idol of picture of Sai in their homes or at temples. “Many people leveled allegation on Shankaracharyas of bisecting the Hindus. But I want to make clear; we are focused on empowering and uniting them. These allegations are baseless” Shankaracharya said.

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‘Women should not walk on the extreme path’

For Hindi litterateur Dr Bhavna Shekhar, women empowerment is not doing any revolution against the society and its traditional ethics, but it is to contribute in the development of the society ... Read More
For Hindi litterateur Dr Bhavna Shekhar, women empowerment is not doing any revolution against the society and its traditional ethics, but it is to contribute in the development of the society and the family.

Even in most of her stories, including those written in her collection ‘Jungi’ and ‘Khuli Chhatri’, she has portrait women as a tool to bring positive changes by supporting the man or fighting for her rights without walking on the extreme path.

“I don’t believe or support the shortcut for upliftment as many women writers do now, on the pretext of being progressive or modern. I think they (women) must strike a balance between responsibilities and rights. Women could be empowered with this path only,” said Dr Bhavna while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ on Friday, on the sidelines of the ongoing Writer-Reader dialogue organised by State Culture Department and Rajkamal Prakashan.

Most of the stories of Dr Bhavna, who is into teaching profession since two decades, are proving to be an inspiration for the women and shows them the middle path for chasing the dreams besides doing away with marching ahead in the ‘extreme path’. Dr Bhavna’s stories, which she began in the year 2008, does not ends with any sadistic climax and brings bright light to the character’s life.

When asked about the litterateurs, with whose inspiration she began the writings, she replied most of her inspirations came and still come from the real characters, which she come across on any juncture in life. She pens down those stories putting some fictions elements required in the literature.

“Most of the characters depicted in my story collection ‘Jugni’ are from the people I came across from my student life till I grew mature,” she said.

On the impact of Internet and social media on literature, she said that social media could reach to larger masses but it imprints an impression for short time. “I don’t think one would love to read novel or story collection on Computer Screen or Mobile,” she smilingly adds. Her stories break the myth of the ideal woman and create the natural momentum and impulse, love and retribution.

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JCI Raipur Noble to hold eye donation camp

The JCI Raipur Noble will organise a-day long awareness campaign regarding eye donation titled ‘Donate Eyes’ besides honouring the Eye Donors’ Family in a programme to be held on September 14... Read More
The JCI Raipur Noble will organise a-day long awareness campaign regarding eye donation titled ‘Donate Eyes’ besides honouring the Eye Donors’ Family in a programme to be held on September 14 at Shaheed Smarak Bhawan, Rajbandha Maidan from 5.30 pm.

While addressing the media persons at Raipur Press Club on Friday, Club President Amit Agrawal, former president duo Santosh Dubey and Sushil Mathur jointly informed that the programme is for the felicitation of those people who have donated the eyes of the relative after his/her death as announced by the person. Amit Agrawal said that the main attraction of the programme will be musical event in the evening, in which renowned playback singer and musician Ravindra Jain will deliver his performance.

“We want to make people more aware as very less number of eyes is being donated by people though announcements before death are coming in large numbers,” he said. “Since its formation in the year 2005, the club has been organising several social development activities,” Agrawal added.

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Governor attends blood donation camp at Mohali

Governor Balramji Das Tandon inaugurated the 12th Blood Donation camp organised by Competent Foundation in Mohali, Punjab on Friday. On this occasion, he said that Blood is the basis of life an... Read More
Governor Balramji Das Tandon inaugurated the 12th Blood Donation camp organised by Competent Foundation in Mohali, Punjab on Friday. On this occasion, he said that Blood is the basis of life and nothing could be much more charitable than donating Blood.

The Governor appreciated the organisation for successfully organising the camp and said that such a small contribution can save life of thousands of people. The Governor appraised the public-interest initiatives including free medical distribution, free operation education.

Chairman on Foundation Sanjay Tandon extended his gratitude towards the blood donors for coming forward in doing the social cause. Sanjay Tandon said that one should donate blood for saving the life of other people.

First Lady Brijpal Tandon, Member of Parliament from Chandigarh Kiran Kher, Director of PG Medical Education and Research Insititute, Chandigarh Dr Yogesh Chawla and others were present on the occasion. The organisation have collected 3415 units of Blood in its 11 camps.

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NGO reveals growing cases of malnourishment among slum kids

Malnourishment of babies is not only limited to Gadchiroli or Melghat area, an organisation has found 66 malnourished and 167 marginally malnourished child in Orange City. Surprisingly, Nagpur Mu... Read More
Malnourishment of babies is not only limited to Gadchiroli or Melghat area, an organisation has found 66 malnourished and 167 marginally malnourished child in Orange City. Surprisingly, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has stopped vaccination drive since April 2014 leading to deteriorating condition of these slum-dwelling children. The city has many anganwadis and the number of malnourished children may be much more, if more in-depth survey is conducted. The local body has stopped this project due to discontinuation of vaccination project as it could not afford to spend Rs one crore per annum on salary of RCH workers.

Amhi Amchaya Arogyasathi, an organisation working under Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) project in Hanuman Nagar and Reshimbag areas selected 22 anganwadis in these areas for keeping track of these children. Maharashtra Government has granted permission to open Nourishment Rights Project on pilot basis in Orange City in 2013.

A delegation of Amhi Amachaya Arogyasathi under leadership of social worker Leelatai Chitale, Congress corporator Adv. Rekha Barahate, Shubhada Deshmukh, Archana Urkude met Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane on Wednesday. They complained that the vaccination meant for small children has been stopped since April 2014 in all Anganwadis, which is a violation of Article 3.3 of Child Rights Convention. This can increase the malnourishment among children.

NMC has stopped vaccination due to discontinuation of Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) workers from civic body. The general body of NMC had decided to discontinue this project which may lead to increase in malnourishment in the city. The State Government has stopped payment of these workers and local body found it difficult to spend Rs one crore per annum on this productive work.

After implementing National Urban Health Mission (NUHM), the Central Government will provide funds for this work. The small children will have to wait for another five-six months for vaccination. However, the local body is vaccinating children in their dispensaries and hospitals but the facilities could not be availed by every one.

The Anganwadis do not have any weighing machine for weighing the children. Therefore, the organisation is weighing children on its own machines but other Anganwadis do not have such facility, which is so important for checking the level of malnourishment. They also demanded for separate land for Anganwadis, therefore, many projects are not performing well. They suggested to constitute ward committee meetings to provide land for anganwadis in the city from NMC. If land is provided by NMC, then Women and Child Development Department will provide funds for constructing buildings. The Women and Child Development Department has ample funds but same could not be utilised due to less number of proposal. Therefore, organisation has suggested to provide Samaj Mandir, Buddha Vihar, or other area for opening of Anganwadi.

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Number of voters increase by 82,260 in distt after LS poll

After the names of thousands of voters went missing from electoral rolls in Lok Sabha election held earlier this year, here is a good news for Nagpur district. The number of enrolled voters has... Read More
After the names of thousands of voters went missing from electoral rolls in Lok Sabha election held earlier this year, here is a good news for Nagpur district. The number of enrolled voters has increased by 82,260 since Lok Sabha election.

The enrolment for electoral rolls is still in progress ahead of Legislative Assembly polls to be announced any time in next few days.

As per the official figures, on April 2 this year, the total number of voters in all 12 Assembly segments in Nagpur district was 35,74,755. This was the figure of voters for Lok Sabha elections held soon after. Then, many voters complained that their names went missing from electoral rolls though they had the Elector’s Photo Identity Card (EPIC). Following uproar over missing names throughout the nation, a special revision programme was conducted at various places.

In Nagpur district, special revision of photo electoral rolls was conducted between June 9 and 30. Since then, the voter enrolment programme is in progress. At the start of the month of August 2014, the number of voters in 12 Assembly segments in the district rose to 36,57,015. The increase in number of voters since Lok Sabha elections, thus, is 82,260. Of all 12 Assembly segments -- six in Nagpur city and six in Nagpur rural -- the highest number of voters is in Kamptee (3,74,595). The highest increase also is registered in Kamptee (13,624), followed closely by East Nagpur (11,836). The lowest number of voters is in Ramtek (2,46,129) and the lowest increase also is in Ramtek.

According to the data with the administration, Nagpur district has projected population of 48,45,106 against which 36,57,015 have enrolled as voters. The enrolled voters also include 57 ‘Others’ apart from 19,05,522 males and 17,51,436 females. The number of male voters increased by 40,143 and that of females by 42,060. Meanwhile, District Collector Abhishek Krishna has urged the people to take advantage of ongoing enrolment drive. He has also appealed to the voters to ensure that their names are in the electoral rolls. Else, they should fill up requisite form. A person can register as voter till 10 days prior to the last date of filing of nominations for Legislative Assembly election, stated a release.

The voters having any queries should call toll-free number 1800221950 or visit the websites http://ceo.maharashtra.gov.in or nagpur.nic.in, appealed a press release issued by district administration on Wednesday.

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Railway electrification completes 25 eventful years in Nagpur Division

September 11, 2014, marks silver jubilee of introduction of electric engines in Nagpur Division of Central Railway. Haulage of trains by electric engines heralded a new age in Indian Railways, as... Read More
September 11, 2014, marks silver jubilee of introduction of electric engines in Nagpur Division of Central Railway. Haulage of trains by electric engines heralded a new age in Indian Railways, as it transformed the entire industry.

Introduction of railway services at Nagpur Division dates back to 1867 and then haulage meant steam engines and it continued till 1991. Steam engine guzzled water and coal alike in large quantity and resultant pollution due to release of coal dust, cinder, ash etc. and back breaking operations meant search for alternative energy started.

Diesel locomotives were introduced in 1974 replaced steam engines and 15 of them are still in service. But pollution and lack of capacity to haul heavy load were still issues and rising population further demanded green technologies. Thus electric engines were introduced in the year 1989. Grand Trunk Express was first to be hauled by electric engine on September 11. Electrification work was undertaken in hilly terrain from 1983 onwards and as the area was inaccessible, poles were erected by using helicopters at many locations.

The electrification of this division has helped in increasing train load from 17 coaches to 24 coaches, also increased acceleration to achieve punctuality of trains. Goods trains load has also increased from 2300 Tonnes to 5300 Tonnes and due to this throughput has increased drastically.

Nagpur Division spent Rs. 420 crores for energy last year and electric traction has played role in reducing the operating cost. Presently running of MEMU passenger trains are considered to be more beneficial than conventional passenger trains after electrification.

At present 1741 Track Kilometres (TKM) of Nagpur Division is electrified and is being fed by 14 traction sub-stations situated at a distance of 40 to 45 kms. The whole power is controlled remotely from Nagpur by SCADA.

The division was earlier having conventional electric locos WAM-4, WAG-5 & WAG-2 during the initial stage of commissioning. Now, state of the art locomotives which not only carry higher load but also generates electricity are running in division.

Pursuant to introduction of electric locos, Ajni Electric Loco Shed was commissioned on September 22, 1990. The first loco, 23502 WAG-5 was commissioned on same day. The overall average holding of Division was 3 Locos and in 1989 it increased to 122 Locos and now there are about 200 locos are maintained at the ELS at Ajni.

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Edible oil trading co under scanner for evading LBT

Local Body Tax (LBT) Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) conducted search and seizure operation at the establishment M/s Shahnawaz Trading Company, owned by Mohd. Farooq Abdul Habib Ba... Read More
Local Body Tax (LBT) Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) conducted search and seizure operation at the establishment M/s Shahnawaz Trading Company, owned by Mohd. Farooq Abdul Habib Bandhukiya. The dealer is trading in edible oil and vanaspati. The dealer is duly registered under LBT but did not pay any LBT even though he has imported goods worth Rs 4 crore during the financial year 2013-2014 and for the ongoing financial year 2014-2015. The dealer also did not maintain the account books as required under LBT Rule.

Another search operation was conducted on the establishment Apex Health Care, Wadhwa House, Gopal Nagar, owned by Jitendra Patle. The surgical dealer has imported goods worth Rs 31.88 lakh during April 2013 to September 2014 and informed the department that most of the goods being imported by him are tax free. Department is making further investigations whether goods are tax free or not. The dealer has made LBT payment worth Rs 9,560 against some medicines.

The search operations were conducted under guidance of Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane and ADy M C Pramod Bhusari, under the supervision of Milind Meshram, Assistant Commissioner (LBT). The officers/officials involved in the operation are Yadav Jambhulkar, Rajesh Meshram, LBT Officer; Inspectors Sanjay Mendule, Vilas Chahande, Ramesh Paddhan, Dilip Mate, Suresh Dhupe; Dnyaneshwar Kakde and other LBT staff. Dealers are importing goods and evading LBT on pretext of news in local dailies that LBT is going to be scrapped. They should take a note that even if LBT is scrapped, it will be from the date of such notification by the Government, the experts stated. Therefore, NMC has requested dealers to pay LBT as per the rules on the goods imported till date to avoid action by the department.

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100% rise in ACB traps this year

IN A record-breaking feat, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) laid 102 successful traps from January 1, 2014 to September 10, 2014 in Nagpur division reflecting 100 per cent increase as compared... Read More
IN A record-breaking feat, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) laid 102 successful traps from January 1, 2014 to September 10, 2014 in Nagpur division reflecting 100 per cent increase as compared to the corresponding period last year.

Last year, the bureau officers had laid 51 traps till September 10.

This year, Revenue Department tops the list of the most corrupt departments, followed by police, MSEDCL and MAHAGENCO departments.

The ACB officers laid 19 traps in Revenue Department, 15 in Police Department, 10 in MSEDCL-MAHAGENCO, 8 in Panchayat Samitis, 7 Education Department, 7 Zilla Parishads, 6 Land Records, 4 Health Department, 3 NMC, 2 each in RTO, PWD, Agriculture Produce Market Committee, Gram Panchayat and private establishment, and one each in Forest Department, Co-operative Sector, Sports Department, Agriculture University, Social Work Department, Women & Child Development Department, Irrigation Department, Hydroelectric Department, Animal Husbandry Department, Doodh Utpadak Sahakari Sangh and Revenue Department (Yavatmal).

ACB’s toll free helpline

Anti-Corruption Bureau has started a toll free helpline number 1064. Complainants can contact bureau officers at Nagpur (9730396515), Chandrapur (9958220257), Wardha (9403001855), Bhandara (7719900765), Gondia (9168214101) and Gadchiroli (9420907739).

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HC’s notice to varsity, others: Rejection of teachers’ appointment

In response to the writ petition filed by an education society - Shri Chaitnyeshwar ShikshanMandal, Nagpur and a college Shri Lemdeo Patil Mahavidyalaya, Mandhal, Justice Vasanti Naik and Justi... Read More
In response to the writ petition filed by an education society - Shri Chaitnyeshwar ShikshanMandal, Nagpur and a college Shri Lemdeo Patil Mahavidyalaya, Mandhal, Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice P R Bora at the High Court have issued notice to the respondents - Registrar, Nagpur University, State Higher and Technical Education Secretary and Joint Director of Education - to show cause by September 24 next, in reply to this petition against rejection of proposal to grant approval to appointment of 8 teachers by the petitioners, communicated to them by the Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) through a letter of August 13 last.

According to the petitioners, the subject-wise reservation policy was cancelled by State Government with effect from January 22 last and clarifications have been issued by State Government as per Government Resolution (GR) of June 11, 2011. As the dispute relates to “reservation policy in vogue” the date of approval of roster for the vacancies - December 7, 2013 - is crucial date. Hence, the process of recruitment is protected in view of the said GR. It has been pointed out to the Court that all the NOC/approvals to the advertisement were prior to January 22, 2014, that is October 5 and December 7, 2013 and January 20, 2014. The GR also contemplates commencement of recruitment process prior to January 22, 2014 and in the present case, the process had commenced prior to January 22, 2014. Very vehemently, the petitioners have stated that total misinterpretation of the GR of June 11, 2014 is the foundation of the impugned order. The decision of rejection of these appointments is arbitrary and violator of the relevant the Constitutional provision.

Advocate B G Kulkarni appeared for the petitioners. Government Pleader Bharati Dangre represented State.

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2 prominent jewellers under I-T net

Taxmen have defused the enthusiasm for ensuing Navratri festival of two well-known city-based jewellers -- Karan Kothari Jewellers Private Limited and Sardarimal Navalchand Pugalia -- after they ... Read More
Taxmen have defused the enthusiasm for ensuing Navratri festival of two well-known city-based jewellers -- Karan Kothari Jewellers Private Limited and Sardarimal Navalchand Pugalia -- after they came under the scanner. The sleuths of the Income-Tax Department, on Wednesday, conducted 10 searches and 7 surveys simultaneously on the business and residential premises belonging to Karan Kothari Jewellers and Sardarimal Navalchand Pugalia. The search and surveys were conducted in Nagpur and Mumbai simultaneously on Karan Kothari Jewellers.

Sources said that since morning 120 Income-Tax Department officials were engrossed in collecting relevant documents and papers pertaining to alleged tax evasion. Five lockers, too, were sealed and the customers, who visited the showrooms of Karan Kothari Jewellers situated on North Ambazari Road, Nikalas Mandir Road and Shahid Square, were astonished to see the Income-Tax officials in the company of police disallowing them to enter the showrooms.

The officials also laid their hands on ready-cash of Rs 2 crore at one of the showrooms of Karan Kothari Jewellers. The cash has been confiscated by the Department for verification before concluding whether it is unaccounted or not. However, sources said, looking at the volume of business, more skeletons were expected to come out once the investigation was completed. It would take more than four to five days to complete the entire exercise.

Sources added that the Income-Tax Department, during the routine course of assessment, discovered that the income shown by Karan Kothari Jewellers was not in tandem with the actual income which prompted them to swung into action. It was also discovered that Karan Kothari Jewellers had purchased raw jewellery from Sardarimal Navalchand Pugalia having outlet at Itwari and it was not mentioned in the documents. Sardarimal Navalchand Pugalia is one of the oldest and leading firms in the city known for dealing in raw jewellery (gold), mortgage of jewellery and purchase of old jewellery. Since several years, the firm, too, has garnered a reputation among the people as it offers charity and donations to various programmes. Sources also said that the officials of the Income-Tax Department, too, visited the offices and residence of Yogesh Agrawal, Chartered Accountant of Karan Kothari Jewellers to procure some documents pertaining to the business of the latter. However, they were disappointed as Agrawal was reported to be out of the city on some professional assignment.

In order to celebrate Navratri festival followed by Dussehra and Diwali, jewellers in the city had placed ample orders outside the city to cater to the burgeoning demand of the people. The Income-Tax Department was keeping a close vigilance on them and leaving no stone unturned to pull them up if any discrepancies were discovered in disclosing the real income or transaction, sources added. The Income-Tax Department’s searches on Wednesday were kicked off after a long interval and therefore the people were giving calls to journalists to know what actually were confiscated from the well-known jewellers.

On Wednesday, rumour millers were airing information on social media and mobile phones that the Income-Tax Department, too, had descended on various reputed jewellers in the city which kept the mediapersons on their toes.

Nagpur, famous for Oranges, too, had figured among the top names in the list of the Income-Tax Department for evading tax which clearly revealed that the city had more crorepatis who were doing business by remaining low profile and keeping themselves away from the hustle and bustle, said an expert, who did not wish to be named.

R C Bafna Jewellers also faces the heat

THE officials of the Income-Tax Department had to work overtime on Wednesday after they conducted searches on R C Bafna Jewellers having three plush showrooms at places like Jalgaon, Aurangabad and Nashik.

Few years back, Bafna Jewellers had faced the music of the Income-Tax Department for concealing real income. Bafna Jewellers had huge volume of business as it had deployed an army of goldsmiths from whom the Group was outsourcing work. The incident had sent panic waves among jewellery traders in the State, sources said.

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NAAC peer team starts inspection of RTMNU

The peer team of National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) started inspection of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) on Wednesday. The 7-member peer team headed by D... Read More
The peer team of National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) started inspection of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) on Wednesday. The 7-member peer team headed by Dr A M Pathan, former Vice-Chancellor of Karnataka University will continue inspection till September 13.

Earlier, on arrival, Anoop Kumar, Acting Vice-Chancellor of RTMNU welcomed the team. Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr Vinayak Deshpande, Registrar Dr A V Gomashe, Board of College and University Development Director Dr Shrikant Komawar, Inter Quality Assurance Cell Director Dr S P Kane, Finance and Accounts Officer Puran Meshram were present.

Anoop Kumar gave a power point presentation on the university’s journey, its MoUs, the growth etc. Anoop Kumar also talked about his vision for the university. After the presentation, the Acting V-C replied to the queries of NAAC team in a scrupulous manner.

After the presentation, the team was divided into two for the inspection. Team A visited Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Bio-Technology, Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Statistics, Home Science, Zoology, Chemistry, Electronics and Computer Science, Inter-Institutional Computer Science. Team B visited Departments of English, Hindi, Urdu, Travel Tourism, Psychology, History, Public Administration, Sociology, Political Science, Economics, Philosophy, Commerce, Marathi.

The HoDs presented PPT of their respective departments. NAAC team had an interaction with members of Management Council, Deans. Department of Fine Arts has presented a programme ‘Utsav Lalit Kala Ka’.

It was Produced by the HoD Deepak Joshi. It was written by Prof. Parag Ghonge. Dr Vinod Indurkar directed the show. Salim Sheikh, Nilkant Kulsunge, Samyukta Thorat also contributed.

About 1,000 PhDs to be awarded in 100th convocation

Around 1,000 persons will be awarded PhD in the 100th convocation of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) to be held on September 26. Former President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam will be the chief guest.

Earlier, during a convocation, over 550 persons received their PhDs. As the convocation is organised after 2012, the number of PhD recipients has increased this year.

The number of people doing research is increasing in RTMNU. Until three years ago, RTMNU was not conducting PhD Entrance Test (PET). When it started conducting the same, the response also was started increasing.

RTMNU is probably amongst few varsities promoting research.

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Boeing’s MRO in MIHAN-SEZ may be ready by Sept 30

The much-awaited Boeing’s Maintenance, Repair and Overhauling (MRO) of Aircraft and Ancillary services coming up in MIHAN-SEZ is almost complete and so far 94% construction work is over. The un... Read More
The much-awaited Boeing’s Maintenance, Repair and Overhauling (MRO) of Aircraft and Ancillary services coming up in MIHAN-SEZ is almost complete and so far 94% construction work is over. The unit has made an investment of Rs 426 crore in the project, so far. They have completed 94% of the construction of MRO and 33% of Engine MRO. The unit expects to complete the entire construction of MRO facility by September 30, 2014. Air India Limited is constructing MRO of Aircraft and Ancillary services with the help of Boeing India Limited.

In respect of Engine Test Facility, the final drawings, preparatory work and foundation work at the site have been completed and plinth beam and Tie beam work is in progress. According to information furnished to Board of Approvals (BoA), the Unit has informed that in respect of Engine Overhaul Workshop, the site has been identified and the process of appointing a project management consultant is in process.

MRO facility in Multi-Modal International Hub Airport at Nagpur and Special Economic Zone (MIHAN- SEZ) will consists 100 mts x 200 mts wide hanger for maintenance of one big and two small aircraft. The entire MRO is spread over sprawling 50 acres of land and will be having 24,000 sq metres area for the allied work.

One part of the facility is connected with the Airport while other part will open at SEZ. The construction of 45 mt wide and 2.5 kms long taxi way is under way. This would be Boeing’s second MRO in the world. The first one being at Shanghai in China.

Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) is also trying hard to clear the hurdles coming in the way of second runway at Shivangaon. The MRO will be able to handle one Boeing 777, 787 or 747 aircraft or three 737 at one time. Boeing will accept five aircraft every month at the facility for maintenance work.

Boeing India selected Nagpur for the ambitious project due to its central geographical location. The temperature of Nagpur is similar to West USA. These conditions are favorable for manufacturing of aircraft, as they are away from corrosion and sea water contamination. This would be a greenfield project and there would be solar power facility, natural lighting system and rain water harvesting system.

The facility will be located in spacious premises providing good working conditions. Initially, it will start with catering to Air India’s aircraft and later expand to other carriers, which includes from foreign airlines.

The Air India has approached BoA with a request to extend validity of letter of permission beyond August 31, 2014 since its work is almost over. The unit was granted LoP on September 1, 2010 and subsequently three extensions have been granted by the BoA to Air India till August 31, 2014. Looking at the major investment made and near completion of MRO facility, the Development Commissioner of MIHAN-SEZ has recommended the proposal for extension by one year. The BoA will take final decision for extension of validity period in its meeting slated on September 18.

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Gadkari, Mulak console Chandak family

Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Minister of State for Finance Rajendra Mulak on Sunday visited Chandak family and consoled them. Expressing solidarity with Dr Mukesh Chandak ... Read More
Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Minister of State for Finance Rajendra Mulak on Sunday visited Chandak family and consoled them. Expressing solidarity with Dr Mukesh Chandak and other family members who are still in deep shock over brutal murder of 8-year old Yug by the perpetrators of heinous crime, Gadkari promised them to take up the issue of setting-up of fast track court with State Government and also assured all possible help. He was accompanied by City BJP President Krishna Khopde, and central Nagpur MLA Vikas Kumbhare.

Minister of State for Finance Rajendra Mulak also visited Chandak residence at Chhapru Nagpur and paid tributes to innocent Yug. He assured all possible help to family and promised them that State Government would not leave any stone unturned to punish the accused guilty of killing this innocent boy. Mulak was accompanied by former minister Anees Ahmed, Atul Kotecha, Sanjay Khule.

There has been demand from all quarters to constitute fast track court for trial of murderers of Yug Chandak. There is a strong sentiment among people of Nagpur to see speedy trial of accused persons so that justice should be given to Chandak family.

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Heavy rains bridge deficit

The region was again pounded by heavy rains owing to formation of low pressure area over Vidarbha. Heavy rains were witnessed at many places in the region, with Gadchiroli and Chandrapur witnessi... Read More
The region was again pounded by heavy rains owing to formation of low pressure area over Vidarbha. Heavy rains were witnessed at many places in the region, with Gadchiroli and Chandrapur witnessing flash floods in many areas. Elsewhere in West Vidarbha, several district received good rainfall which helped bridged the deficit of the monsoon season.

Akola and Brahmapuri received about 6 cm of rainfall till 5.30 pm during last 24 hours while Chandrapur got 5 cm, Nagpur and Washim about 4 cm each, Buldhana and Wardha got 3 cm each, while Yavatmal received about 2 cm of rains. The continuos rains since Saturday knocked down the temperature which were two to five degrees below normal.

The latest round of rains are good for the crops as soyabean plants were in need of water to sustain their growth. The previous gap in last round of rains and current round helped the plants to grow to good height and farmers are all smiles due to rains. Also the chill in the air has helped alleviate the suffering of citizens who were complaining of foul weather.

The Meteorological Office said there is an upper air cyclonic circulationwhich extends upto 7.6 km above mean sea level and it is tilting South Westwards with height. Over next day Vidarbha might see heavy to very heavy rains in some places.

In Gadchiroli and Chandrapur the situation has reached critical stage as the rains has swelled many rivers which were already flowing near the danger mark.

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New Mayor Datke to assume charge today

Newly-elected Mayor Pravin Datke and Deputy Mayor Ganesh alias Munna Pokulwar will assume charge on Monday morning. Outgoing Mayor Anil Sole and Deputy Mayor Jaitunbi Ansari will hand over charge... Read More
Newly-elected Mayor Pravin Datke and Deputy Mayor Ganesh alias Munna Pokulwar will assume charge on Monday morning. Outgoing Mayor Anil Sole and Deputy Mayor Jaitunbi Ansari will hand over charge to them at 9 am. State BJP President Devendra Fadnavis, City BJP President Krishna Khopde, MLAs Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbhare, Standing Committee Chairman Narendra Borkar, Girish Deshmukh, Dayashankar Tiwari, Sandip Joshi, Ramesh Singare, Dr. Ravindra Bhoyar, and Sudhakar Kohle will remain present.

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HC upholds NMC’s objection against house tax-payer

Upholding Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) preliminary objection regarding the writ petitioner M/s Ventures Pvt. Ltd. not exhausting alternate remedy of filing appeal against recovery of bi... Read More
Upholding Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) preliminary objection regarding the writ petitioner M/s Ventures Pvt. Ltd. not exhausting alternate remedy of filing appeal against recovery of bill for house tax dues for 2013-14 as per demand and not accepting dues as per old rate, and moving the court through writ petition, the High Court division bench consisting Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice P R Bora have disposed of the petition declining to entertain the same with direction to the “Judge” under Section 406 of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporations Act, 1949, to decide the appeal, if filed by the petitioner within 15 days after complying with other provisions of the Act. The petitioner was permitted to withdraw its amount deposited in the court. According to the High Court, the appellate authority would be in a better position to consider whether the demand bill of Housing Tax for the year 2013-14 is just and proper.

Advocate N R Kanungo appeared for the petitioner. Advocate Jemini Kasat represented NMC.

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RTMNU gearing up to face NAAC visit

All the departments of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Parisar (Campus) are getting a facelift. Many pending civil works necessary for students’ welfare and basic needs, are being undertaken on war-foo... Read More
All the departments of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Parisar (Campus) are getting a facelift. Many pending civil works necessary for students’ welfare and basic needs, are being undertaken on war-footing. The hostels of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) are also getting a new look as the date of NAAC visit draws closer. The Acting Vice-Chancellor Anoop Kumar, in view of upcoming visit of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) to RTMNU on September 10, 2014, had convened a meeting of various Heads of Departments (HoDs) of post graduate departments, administrative officers and other employees recently.

The university is leaving no stone unturned to impress the team and subsequently putting in its best efforts in preparation towards the scheduled visit.

Anoop Kumar has guided the teachers, administrative officers and other employees on finer points to be prepared for the NAAC visit. Already, the ‘LEC,’ which was formed to look into the high-profile visit, had given its directions. Anoop Kumar, while enlightening the heads of departments and officials said that they play a very vital role in the development of the university. The Acting Vice-Chancellor exhorted them to put in their best efforts in preparation for the NAAC visit next month.

Anoop Kumar emphasised on beautification of the campus and its gardens and added that help could be taken from women’s self-help group for the maintenance of the gardens in the campus. RTMNU has never received ‘A’ Grade certificate during NAAC’s last visits to the university and had to be satisfied with ‘B’ Grade. This time RTMNU is keen to get solid award.

RTMNU has no shortage of funds but still it is lacking in facilities. The lack of facilities is not because of shortage of funds but because of lack of will power.

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Govt directs civic body, cops to act tough against illegal hoardings during polls

Facing flak of High Court for past some time over the issue of illegal hoardings and unauthorised banners often erected in gross violation of sanctioned outdoor advertising policies of municipa... Read More
Facing flak of High Court for past some time over the issue of illegal hoardings and unauthorised banners often erected in gross violation of sanctioned outdoor advertising policies of municipal bodies, the State Home Department has directed all local bodies and police authorities to initiate suo-motu action against such illegal hoardings, banners and other material defacing public property.

In a tersely worded communication the State Governmen has directed Municipal Authorites to take immediate steps under section 5 of the Maharashtra Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 1995 against persons responsible for such illegal hoardings. The Government has authorites Municipal Commissioners, Chief Officers of all Municipal Councils and Gram Sachivs top act within their respective territorial jurisdiction.

In case police help is required, these local authorities have been directed to immediately contact the police authorities for deploying adequate security cover to remove such illegal hoardings, objectionable advertisements and unauthorised banners at public places. The police authorities have been directed to immediately provide adequate and sufficient police force to local authorities to remove such illegal hoardings.

Taking note of the High Court order about adopting a pro-active stance against illegal hoardings, the State Government has directed civic authorities to take a tough stance against illegal banners, hoardings and objectionable advertisements.

During last winter session, the High Court has directed crackdown against illegal hoardings and banners across the city and has strongly rebuked the NMC and city police for their inaction. The NMC in its survey found that out of 830 sanctioned sites for hoardings, at least 558 hoardings were erected in violation of Outdoor Advertising policy which led to filing of 110 FIRs and registration of offence against as many as 261 prominent personalities in various police stations.

With elections round the corner, all politcal parties and aspirants have already booked the hoarding spaces and those unable to hire the prominent location are likely to display their own banners and other public material at every available public place to woo the voters. The directive is important, as it has authorised both civic and police authorities to take suo-moty action and also directions to both the agencies not to wait till court orders or any formal complaint, but to act fast and tough against every violator.

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3 Vid DCC banks urge HC to direct RBI to treat them in parity with 16 banks of UP

Three unlicensed district central co-operative banks from Nagpur, Wardha and Buldana in Vidarbha have urged through their second re-joinders that their writ petitions be disposed of by the High... Read More
Three unlicensed district central co-operative banks from Nagpur, Wardha and Buldana in Vidarbha have urged through their second re-joinders that their writ petitions be disposed of by the High Court here, with direction to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to withdraw its orders of rejecting these banks’ applications for grant of license to them to enable them to revive and survive in the larger interests of the depositors and general public of the area.

A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande, at the High Court have posted these petitions for further hearing on September 15 next. Expressing resentment about these banks facing discrimination and being not treated in parity with other unlicensed District Central Co-operative Banks in the country - 16 from Uttar Pradesh, 3 from Jammu and Kashmir and 3 other Banks in Maharashtra have been named and included for revival out of all the 26 unlicensed district central co-operative banks in the country, these banks have pointed out that it is beyond them as to why they have not been included in the revival scheme submitted to the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court by the Union of India.

Through their second re-joinders these banks have informed the Court that 3 banks in Maharashtra - one at Dhule and Nandurbar, one at Osmanabad and one at Jalna have been named and recommended for additional mobilisation to achieve required CRAR.

These banks have been granted additional funds and these banks remain duly licensed at present and the petitioner-banks have been left in the lurch to lick their own wounds. These Banks have asserted that this contention of the Reserve Bank is absolutely incorrect and based on incorrect material that even with infusion of funds, these banks will not be able to recover. The Reserve Bank did not inform the meeting of stake holders held on July 14 last that order of stay granted by the HC here was operating in favour of these Banks on that day. Similarly, the RBI did not inform the HC here regarding pendency of the petitions by similarly circumstanced banks before the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad HC. Further, the condition of these Banks is much better than those in UP.

Adv Mukesh Samarth appeared for the petitioner-Banks. Adv S N Kumar (RBI), senior counsel Sunil Manohar and GP Bharati Dangre (State Government) represented the respondents.

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Three killed as car rams into tree

Tragedy struck a revellers group when three of them got killed in a road mishap on way back to city from picnic to Mohgaon Zilpi in Hingna tehsil. While two youths died on the spot, the third, ... Read More
Tragedy struck a revellers group when three of them got killed in a road mishap on way back to city from picnic to Mohgaon Zilpi in Hingna tehsil. While two youths died on the spot, the third, Gajendra Pappu Samarth died during course of treatment in city. The mishap occurred on Sunday evening at village Mangli on Hingna Road, the police said.

The other two deceased are identified as Vivek alias Nandu Ramesh Jibhekar (35), and Nilesh Shashikant Dhopte (33), Verma Layout besides Samarth who resided at Hindustan Colony. The three had gone for an outing to Mohgaon Zilpi which has a picturesque spot, about 25 kms from city. It being Sunday the three were in jolly mood and had a gala time.

The three were driving back in Maruti Ertiga (MH-31/EA-7980) and vehicle was driven by Vivek Jibhekar. The police surmised after spot investigations that the four wheeler was driven at break neck speed when it crashed into a road side tree. Probably, Jibhekar got distracted and lost control even and the car spun and rammed into roadside tree. The impact of the dash was very powerful and two died instantaneously on spot while Gajendra lay trapped in the four wheeler.

The passers-by noticed the mishap and alerted control room. A team of Hingna police arrived on the scene. But before that people had gathered and rushed the injured Gajendra to city for treatment. But his injuries were quite deep and he succumbed during the treatment, police stated.

The funeral procession of Gajendra Samarth will start from his Hindustan Colony residence, Wardha Road, at 12.30 pm for Mokshadham on Monday.

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Bidding goodbye to the Lord of Wisdom

Amidst chants of Ganpati Bappa Morya, hundreds of devotees bid adieu to Lord Ganesh on Sunday. Braving heavy rains, devotees thronged main waterbodies like Futala, Gandhi Sagar, Sonegaon lakes to i... Read More
Amidst chants of Ganpati Bappa Morya, hundreds of devotees bid adieu to Lord Ganesh on Sunday. Braving heavy rains, devotees thronged main waterbodies like Futala, Gandhi Sagar, Sonegaon lakes to immerse Ganesha idols. Till Sunday night, 41 big idols of Lord Ganesh were immersed at Futala. A much heavier turnout will be on Monday when as per calendar the devotees will bid adieu to Lord Ganesh idol installed at their household.

Even on Sunday, elaborate arrangements were in place at all the waterbodies. The civic body out in place good arrangement for safe and eco-friendly immersion of the Lord. Close to 3 lakhs idols would be immersed in next two days- Sunday and Monday. Nagpur Police made adequate security arrangements for immersion.

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) set up 95 artificial tanks and 12 huge pits for immersion of idols and many devotees willingly used the facility to immerse idols and protect waterbodies from pollution. Most of the devotees willingly handed over Nirmalya to volunteers before immersing the clay idol. The local body deployed security guards at artificial tanks for safe immersion. NMC has arranged artificial tanks for immersion of idols at various places including Ambazari overflow, Sonegaon Tank, Futala Tank. Plastic drums and huge tanks are provided in these places for immersion of deities. The civic body has provided 95 artificial immersion tanks and 12 huge pits that they have covered with tarpaulin for immersion.

NMC Deputy Director (Health) Dr Milind Ganvir said, around 1.5 lakh idols will be immersed in artificial tanks. The public awareness campaign undertaken by the civic body will have its impact this year, he hoped.

NMC has made special arrangements of immersion at Sonegaon Tank, Gandhisagar tank, Sakkardara tank, Manewada square, Binzani College, Umrer Road, Sanjay Gandhi Nagar Khadan, Mhalgi Nagar, Gorewada, Futala, Naik lake, Lendi Talao and other places. Special platforms have been created and volunteers have been deployed to guide the devotees. Traffic police have been pressed into service to avoid parking and traffic chaos.

Kanak Resources Management collected Nirmalaya from Ganesh Mandals through Tata S vehicles. All Ganesh Mandals should deposit Nirmalya at check post and only carry pujan materials, Ganvir instructed. He said, all Mandals should cooperate NMC and Police for safe and peaceful immersion of lord Ganesha.

Green Vigil organization and Rotary Club will give services at Futala tank, Rotary Club Nagpur East and Ishanya, Yog Sampada, Nisarag Vigyan Sanstha and Rajendra School students at Gandhisagar tank, Janjagriti Avahan Samiti and Sindhu College will help at Naik Talao for immersion. Nisarg Vigyan Sanstha at Ambazari, Vruksha Samvardhan Samiti, and Nisarg Vigyan Sanstha at Sonegaon lake, Aranya Paryavaran Sanstha and Sant Tukoba sanstha will work at Sakkardara lake and Aranya Paryavaran Sanstha will provide services at Sanjay Gandhi Lake.

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Rotary Club of Jabalpur Elite organises felicitation programme for teachers

Rotary Club of Jabalpur Elite organised felicitation programme for the teachers who are dedicated for imparting education to students. The felicitation programme was organised at Naveen Vidya Bha... Read More
Rotary Club of Jabalpur Elite organised felicitation programme for the teachers who are dedicated for imparting education to students. The felicitation programme was organised at Naveen Vidya Bhawan School Premises, on Sunday.

During the programme, a 31 teachers were felicitated, by presenting shawl, shreephal, and letter of appreciation. Chief guest on the occasion was Senior Rotarian, Uddyan Tiwari, M L Goutam, Principal, V L. Sahu, Agrawal graced the programme as special guests. Chief guest, Tiwari threw lights on the program of Rotary Club Jabalpur Elite and also informed about this year Educational Year has been declared.

He also highlighted the activities of club and assured that the works would be carried out in the field of education. He also extended best wishes to all the teachers. He also appreciated the working of Principal, M L Goutam. Under his guidance, NES programme is being running for education of students.

Club President, J K Jain extended vote of thanks to all for their contribution in the programme.

Former President, Rotarian, O P Dadaria, Rotarian, D C Kostha, Rotarian, Rajendra Tiwari, Rotarian, Dinesh Khosta and other members were present. The programme was convened Rotarian, Umesh Sahu and vote of thanks proposed by Rotarian Ratish Badle.

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Trader’s 6-month-old daughter goes missing

IN A shocking incident, a 6-month-old girl was reported missing from the drawing room of a house situated in Jackson Compound area under jurisdiction of Civil Lines police station at about 9 am o... Read More
IN A shocking incident, a 6-month-old girl was reported missing from the drawing room of a house situated in Jackson Compound area under jurisdiction of Civil Lines police station at about 9 am on Sunday. The missing child has been identified as Rohi Ahuja, daughter of Sushil Ahuja, a businessman and resident of Jackson Compound in Civil Lines area. The incident took place when Sushil Ahuja went for immersion of Lord Ganesh idol at Gwarighat and his wife Ritu Ahuja was in the bathroom and his younger brother Prakash Ahuja was in his room and Rohi was sleeping in the drawing room.

When Ritu came to the drawing room she found that Rohi was missing from the bed. She immediately called Prakash who got worried. They searched every corner of the house and contacted neighbours but failed in finding the child. Sushil Ahuja was contacted on phone and family members reached at Civil Lines police station and filed a complaint about missing of child. Learning about the incident, Civil Lines police registered a case of missing person and a team reached the spot and started investigations into the case.

Pointing out gravity of the situation, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Jabalpur) Makrand Deouskar and Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra along with other officers reached at spot of incident and started investigation into the case. Police have registered statements of all family members and constituted separate police teams to search the missing child.

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Newspaper hawker commits suicide

Body of a youth was found hanging on a tree at Manubhawan Ki Tekri under Koh-e-Fiza police station of State capital here on Sunday. According to police, victim has been identified as Sonu Prajapati... Read More
Body of a youth was found hanging on a tree at Manubhawan Ki Tekri under Koh-e-Fiza police station of State capital here on Sunday. According to police, victim has been identified as Sonu Prajapati, 26, a resident of Kumharpura in Shahjahanabad. Prajapati used to work as newspaper hawker.

Police told that victim’s body was recovered from a tree on the road leading to the Manubhawan Ki Tekri. Police, after recovering the body, sent it for post mortem. No injury marks were visible on the body, which could indicate murder so police are investigating it as a suicide.

Reason behind the suicide could not be known as no suicide note was recovered from the victim. Police are investigating to trace the reason behind his extreme step. Police have registered a case under section 174 of CrPC.

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Over 97,000 MSMEs set up in State in last five years

Micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) has emerged as a dynamic sector in country’s economy over the years. MSMEs play an effective role in providing maximum employment involving low capital... Read More
Micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) has emerged as a dynamic sector in country’s economy over the years. MSMEs play an effective role in providing maximum employment involving low capital investment as compared to major industries.

As per wish of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, employment opportunities are being created in the State through medium, small and micro enterprises. As many as 97,744 MSMEs have been set up in the State during last 5 years at a cost of Rs 2,478.62 crore. During these 5 years, these MSMEs have provided jobs to 2,23,693 persons. Along with major industries, micro, small and medium enterprises have also been invited to Global Investors’ Summit to be held at Indore in October to invest in Madhya Pradesh. Priority is being attached to simplifying rules and amending policy to ensure increase in quantum of investment and creation of maximum number of job opportunities in the State.

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Jabalpur on top in record number of suicide cases: Babulal Gaur

“IT IS a matter of serious concern for authorities that Jabalpur is on top in record number of suicide cases across the country. Depression amongst residents of Jabalpur is the main cause of sp... Read More
“IT IS a matter of serious concern for authorities that Jabalpur is on top in record number of suicide cases across the country. Depression amongst residents of Jabalpur is the main cause of spate in number of suicides. There is urgent need to provide better counselling and practice of meditation to check increasing graph of suicide cases,” said Home and Jail Minister Babulal Gaur while addressing a press conference during his visit to the city on Saturday. Gaur informed that, “Madhya Pradesh Government has strengthened police force with around 24,000 new recruitments in last three years and targeted for fresh 5,000 appointments in near future to ensure law and order situation is maintained in the State.

Thirty per cent of fresh appointments will be reserved for women cops for better representation of women strength in Police Department. Mahila Desks will be established soon at every district for hearing and solving women related complaints on priority basis.” The Home Minister added that Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh governments have made a composite plan to provide better facilities to pilgrims of Kamadhgiri in Chitrakoot area.

During his visit at Chitrakoot, he heard problems of pilgrims and interacted with senior police and administrative officers. He instructed officers to ensure removal of encroachments on route of pilgrimage for avoiding any kind of inconvenience. He directed officers to make separate routes for walking and ‘Dandwat Parikrama’. He informed that the State Government has sent proposals to the Central Government for modernised policing of Rs 250 crore, establishment of anti-terrorism training centre of Rs 186 crore, development of Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Gwalior and Katni as defence districts and fund of Rs 50 crore for calamities.

Madhya Pradesh police is materialising advanced technology based Integrated Security Surveillance System in 61 cities. He informed that on the occasion of Madhya Pradesh Foundation Day, 100 dial call centre will be started with the expenditure of Rs 257.05 crores across the State, while Integrated Traffic Management System will be started at big cities with the cost of Rs 190 crore to improve traffic management.

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Congress Organisation elections after polls in block, distt units

The process of State Congress elections would start from December this year and continue till July next year. This was informed during a meeting of block-unit presidents on Sunday at Pradesh Co... Read More
The process of State Congress elections would start from December this year and continue till July next year. This was informed during a meeting of block-unit presidents on Sunday at Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) headquarters.

During the meeting, the participants were provided a list of future programmes that included the election details of the State Congress, scheduled to start in December this year. After the elections of block and district units, elections of PCC President and working committee members would be held from July 5 to July 25 next year.

While addressing, PCC chief Arun Yadav told the block presidents to include faces in the team, who are well-known to every voter of their respective area. He also told them to include young faces with clean image in their teams so that the party can improve the performance in the local bodies’ elections scheduled in the end of this year.

Yadav also told that the action should be taken against the leaders didn’t participate in the agitation against the power cut held on August 30. He said that the agitation and protest should be considered a formality but be organised successfully. While stressing on the discipline, Yadav said that any organisation need honest, dedicated faces. PCC chief also thanked the block presidents for attending the meeting large number. It is claimed that 95 percent of block unit heads were present in the meeting.

While addressing, Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare said that the people are unhappy with the government and party workers should present the party as a better option during the local bodies’ elections. He targeted the state government and said that the government has been realising the fee for government services under the Public Service Guarantee Act.

Saurabh Singh, who recent won the by-poll from Bahoriband, alleged that the BJP tried to lure the people through different means during the elections but to no avail. Several other prominent state leaders were also present in this meeting.

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Alok Agrawal is new AAP State Convener

Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) activist and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Lok Sabha candidate from Khandwa Alok Agrawal has been made AAP Convener in Madhya Pradesh while Akshay Hunka would remain Secret... Read More
Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) activist and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Lok Sabha candidate from Khandwa Alok Agrawal has been made AAP Convener in Madhya Pradesh while Akshay Hunka would remain Secretary.

Former Congress MLA Kalpana Parulekar has been given the responsibility of campaigns and mobilisation along with Chiroopa Palit. Anil Trivedi, party candidate from Indore Lok Sabha, has been given the responsibility of political education while various leaders were given the responsibility of different zones. This was announced by party’s national observers Atishi Marlena and Gaurav Tiwari on Sunday.

It was informed that this was the interim executive committee, constituted for next 8-12 months and given the responsibility of organisation building under Mission Vistaar. The committee would carry out the responsibility of taking up political campaigns, to set up issue-based committee, as deemed fit, and to set up frontal organisation.

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Another ragging case reported from TCET

In another ragging issue, a first year computer engineering student at Takshshila College of Engineering and Technology (TCET), affiliated with RGPV, reported the helpline that he has been brut... Read More
In another ragging issue, a first year computer engineering student at Takshshila College of Engineering and Technology (TCET), affiliated with RGPV, reported the helpline that he has been brutally beaten up by senior students.

According to the victim, on August 22, he was returning to class after having lunch. Meanwhile, seniors named Abhishek Pandey, Rajnish Pathak and Prince stopped him. They asked him unusual things and when he denied doing so, they beat him up brutally. Victim alleged that Abhishek Pandey hit his head by knife and he got serious injuries. The college staff admitted the victim to hospital and he is under treatment. The complainant mentioned that college authorities are not taking the case seriously and no strict action has been taken against the accused.

However, college authority said that they were aware of the case before receiving complaint from the helpline. They claimed that they have suspended the culprits for 15 days and told them to come along with parents and final decision would be taken only after that. “We are monitoring the action taken by college authority and also sought report of the investigation. Ragging is a crime and it should be stopped in campuses at any cost,” said Anil Goel, Student Welfare Dean, RGPV.

Notably, number of ragging complaints from different colleges across State is continuously on rise. According to UGC helpline, during year 2014, 42 ragging complaints have been reported from several colleges of the State.

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Routes diverted for immersion of Lord Ganesha idols

With the auspicious festival of Ganesh Utsav coming to an end on Monday, special processions would be organised by various cultural and religious committees with immersions of Lord Ganesha idol... Read More
With the auspicious festival of Ganesh Utsav coming to an end on Monday, special processions would be organised by various cultural and religious committees with immersions of Lord Ganesha idols at different immersion venues of the city from Monday. To ensure peaceful proceedings, Traffic Police has diverted various routes in city. People travelling through these routes would have to change course on the day.

Processions would start from various points in city and will all commence at Prempoura Ghat (immersion sites). The processions would traverse through the areas of Nadra bus stand, Godanakkash, Chhota bhaiya Square, Mangalwara, Itwara, Ganesh Chowk, Lakherapura, Bhawani Chowk, Moti Masjid (Mosque), Ret Ghat, Kamla park, Polytechnic Square, TTTI Road city depot ending at Prempura Ghat through Bhadbhada Trisection.

In the wake of processions to be held on Monday, all heavy vehicles have been banned from entering areas of Bhanpur, Karod Square, Lalghati, Prabhat petrol pump, Subhash Nagar railway crossing, Jinsi Square, Habibganj naka, and Suraj Nagar from 6 pm in the evening. People would not be able to get mini buses to travel in the areas of Bharat talkies, Bhopal Talkies square, Alpana Trisection to Nadra Bus Stand, as all these mini buses would be travelling through Budhwara or Lily talkies in city. Vehicles travelling from Bhopal talkies would have to change their course to Sindhi Colony or Shahjehanabad routes on the day.

On September 8, when the procession reaches Retghat, vehicles would be banned from entering Karbala. Similarly, vehicles won’t be allowed to enter Kamla Park from Polytechnic. On September 9, vehicles travelling to Retghat from Polytechnic Square would have to traverse through Police Headquarters (PHQ), Lily Talkies, Bharat talkies and Hamidia Road to reach Royal Market. Meanwhile, vehicles proceeding towards Kamla Park from Lalghati, would have to move through Royal Market, Taj-Mahal Hamidia road, Bharat talkies to reach new Bhopal through Roshanpura. However, vehicles would be allowed access through these areas once the processions reach Prempura Ghat (Immersion Site).

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CM lays stone for ghat expansion in Ganeshji Mandir at Vidisha

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union Minister for Water Resources and Ganga Cleaning Campaign, Uma Bharti were, after a long time, seen together as they reached Vidisha, where they perfor... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union Minister for Water Resources and Ganga Cleaning Campaign, Uma Bharti were, after a long time, seen together as they reached Vidisha, where they performed pooja of Barh Wale Ganeshji on Sunday. Wife of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Sadhna Singh was also present on the occasion.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan laid foundation stone for ghat expansion work costing Rs 80 lakh near Barh Wale Ganeshji Mandir on the banks of Betwa river in Vidisha on Sunday. Expansion of the ghat is being done by Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation.

Worship of Ganesh is being done here since Ganesh Chaturthi. Akhand Path of Ram Charit Manas was also held here since Saturday and concluded on Sunday. Ministers SarvRampal Singh, Bhupendra Singh, Maya Singh, MP Alok Sanjar, MLAs SarvVishwas Sarang, Surendranath Singh, Rameshwar Sharma, Kalyan Singh Dangi and Ranjana Baghel, Alok Sharma and devotees were present on the occasion. Kanya Bhoj and Bhandara were also held in the premises of Barh Wale Ganesh Mandir. Chief Minister Chouhan himself served food to girls. It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister had announced to develop this temple as human service centre while offering worship here in July.

Chhappan Bhog offered to Ganesh at CM’s House

Earlier, in the morning, Chief Minister Chouhan, along with his wife Sadhna Singh, offered Chhappan Bhog to Lord Ganesh at his residence. They also offered worship as per religious rites and rituals.

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CM to leave for New Delhi today

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh will leave for New Delhi through a regular flight on Monday morning. He is expected to return to capital Raipur on Tuesday evening. The Chief Minister will proceed... Read More
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh will leave for New Delhi through a regular flight on Monday morning. He is expected to return to capital Raipur on Tuesday evening. The Chief Minister will proceed to Antagarh on September 10, where he is scheduled to address two mega election public meeting. The to and fro visit of the Chief Minister to the national capital is continuing due to his personal reasons. However, during his short visit to the National capital, the Chief Minister may also hold meetings with the national leaders. The Chief Minister will return from Raigarh on Monday morning at 8.30am by the state plane. After a brief halt of roughly one hour, the Chief Minister will board a regular flight at 9.40am for Delhi. He will return to Raipur on Tuesday by a regular flight at 6.50pm. Meanwhile, taking cognizance of the killing of four members of a family in village Nagarda of Bilaigarh in BalodaBazaar-Bhatapara district, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has condemned the incident and expressed grief at the loss of lives. Dr Singh directed the District administration to ensure all genuine help and assistance to the grieving family. He said that police is diligently investigating the case and hoped that culprits would son be arrested.

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Manturam Pawar may lodge FIR against Baghel, Singhdeo for mental harassment

Manturam Pawar, who withdrew from Antagarh legislative by-poll as Congress candidate, has threatened that he would file First Information Report (FIR) against Congress leaders BK Hariprasad, Bh... Read More
Manturam Pawar, who withdrew from Antagarh legislative by-poll as Congress candidate, has threatened that he would file First Information Report (FIR) against Congress leaders BK Hariprasad, Bhupesh Baghel and TS Singhdeo under relevant sections of Prevention of SC/ST Atrocities Act for causing mental harassment. He was reacting to the statement of CLP leader TS Singhdeo that Congress would consult legal experts if a criminal case can be filed against Manturam Pawar for withdrawing on the last day because of which party could not contest election.

Talking to The Hitavada over phone, Pawar said that he would be lodging FIR when he returns to Chhattisgarh. He once again reiterated that he was forced to contest elections. Pawar told The Hitavada correspondent that he might stage dharna before police station if his complaint is not registered.

On future course of action, he said that he would return to Kanker after Antagarh by-poll is over and convene meeting with supporters to decide whether to float a new political outfit or join any one of the existing one. When The Hitavada contacted CLP leader TS Singhdeo for his reaction, he said that Manturam Pawar is free citizen and may pursue whatever s genuine within framework of law. He said that last day withdrawal to deprive party of contesting election cannot be forgotten or pardoned. Meanwhile CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel reportedly reiterated party’s stand that it is not Manturam but ruling party’s support that is behind such tall claims.

HC accepts Akbar’s petition against Sahu

Even as Chhattisgarh Congress is contemplating approaching court over Antagarh legislative by-poll issue, Chhattisgarh High Court has accepted a petition by former Minister and senior Congress leader Mohammed Akbar where he maintained that Ashok Sahu, BJP assembly candidate from Kawardha, utilized unfair and corrupt means in legislative election held in November 2013.

Akbar maintains that BJP’s Ashok Sahu, who secured victory in that election, shelled out more than Rs 16 lakh, which is permissible limit for expenses in legislative election. He said that Sahu had urged the High Court for dismissal of Akbar’s petition but it has now been accepted.

Akbar said that he had submitted over 100 video recordings apart from 3000 photographs and other relevant documents in support of his petition. Akbar has said that he hopes to secure verdict in the case where election of Ashok Sahu would be canceled and his opponent Mohammed Akbar be declared winner.

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IIM Raipur to host FDP under TEQIP-II

In the series of Faculty Development Programme, under TEQIP-II, IIM Raipur will organise the second programme from Monday. As many as 37 senior professors, professors and associate professors from ... Read More
In the series of Faculty Development Programme, under TEQIP-II, IIM Raipur will organise the second programme from Monday. As many as 37 senior professors, professors and associate professors from 27 engineering institutions across five states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura are attending the same.

This programme is being organised under the initiative of Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD), Government of India.

The second phase of Technical Education Improvement Program (TEQIP) for academic and administrative heads of higher educational institutes is aimed to promote the academic excellence and quality administration of technical institutions.

Professor Sudarshan Tiwari, Director, NIT, Raipur will inaugurate the 2nd FDP. Professor Sanjeev Parashar, Coordinator of TEQIP II programme at IIM Raipur informed that this six days programme on Management Capacity Enhancement for faculty members shall focus on creating awareness of Modern Teaching Methods for an improved Teaching-Learning Process; framing competency based learning and an industry oriented curriculum with societal focus; enhancing the credibility of the academic evaluation process and transparency in administration; creating road map for self-development; designing and developing long term and short term goals; enhancing the research potential of a faculty member; developing management skills among faculty members; and enhancing institutional and system management effectiveness.

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Over 5,000 hits at Chief Minister’s website in first one hour

The official website (www.cmo.cg.gov.in) of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh was launched on Sunday during a function at New Circuit House by the Chief Minister himself. With the launch of this we... Read More
The official website (www.cmo.cg.gov.in) of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh was launched on Sunday during a function at New Circuit House by the Chief Minister himself. With the launch of this website, the 2.55 crore people of Chhattisgarh can directly interact with the Chief Minister. People can now directly post their thoughts, grievances and problems in the website. Sources informed that in the first hour after the launch at 12.40pm, 5212 hits have been received by the website. Similarly, the face-book account of Chief Minister which was also launched on Sunday, received 8660 likes till 7pm. There were also large numbers of followers registered in the twitter account of Chief Minister, also launched on Sunday at the same time.

There was sort of enthusiasm among the people of the state to connect with their Chief Minister through the website: www.cmo.cg.gov.in as well as his twitter and face-book accounts. Due to large number of hits in the first hour itself, the website was running slow but later it became normal. The Chief Minister is already connected with the people through his personal website as well as through social networking sites like facebook and twitter accounts.

However, keeping in view the increasing reach of internet, the Chief Minister decided to launch his official website through which various activities of state government and administration, information on current programmes and meetings as well as video-clippings will be available for the people. On the occasion a one day workshop was also organized titled “Utilization of social media in the effective implementation of government schemes” jointly by Directorate of Public Relations, Chhattisgarh and Chhattisgarh Infotech and Biotech Promotion Society (CHiPS).

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said in this fast changing era where the way of communication, expression are changing, it is necessary that the state governments should use such methods like website, blog, twitter, whatsapp, u-tube, face-book, etc for direct one to one communication with the people about the implementation of government schemes, grievances, solution of people’s problems, etc. He added there was a time when the governments used to depend on print media. Thereafter a revolution called electronic media came which was followed by internet and then now the social media. Adding that the importance of traditional media will never be depleted, but the social media through which person to person fast connectivity can be ensured has come like a miracle. In the traditional media space crunch is always there but in social media there is no space crunch and also the matters go unedited.

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh later talking to the media persons said in order to communicate with the state and district administration officials and for proper implementation of government schemes and projects, proper usage of social media like whatsapp, etc will be done. Three Whatsapp groups will be constituted, in the first group there will be Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, Chief Minister’s Office, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police and all District Collectors; in the second group there will be Chief Minister, Chief Minister’s office, Chief Secretary, DGP and all SPs of 27 districts. In the third group there will be Chief Minister, his office and all departmental secretaries.

Present on the occasion were Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, Advisor to the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh, ACS N Baijendra Kumar, ACS Ajay Singh, Principal Secretary Public Relations Amitabh Jain, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Aman Singh, IIM Raipur Director B S Sahay and other senior officials.

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BJP Working Committee likely after Antagarh polls

The newly appointed Bharatiya Janata Party State President Dharamlal Kaushik is presently working with the team of former State Presidents Ramsewak Paikra and Vishnudeo Sai. The constitution pr... Read More
The newly appointed Bharatiya Janata Party State President Dharamlal Kaushik is presently working with the team of former State Presidents Ramsewak Paikra and Vishnudeo Sai. The constitution process for the new team or State Working Committee will be initiated soon after the conclusion of Antagarh bye-election.

Soon after appointment of Dharamlal Kaushik as the new State President of Chhattisgarh, speculations on constitution of new State Working Committee had been going round the corners of BJP state head-quarters since then. However, Kaushik has put a brake to these speculations by stating that the constitution will be done after the Antagarh bye-elections.

The State Working Committee had been constituted last in 201 by the then President Ramsewak Paikra. After Paikra, who was made State Home Minister after Assembly election, Vishnudeo Sai had taken charge as State President. But after Lok Sabha, Sai was appointed as Union Minister of State, due to which the post had again fallen vacant. Now after a change of guard at the central leadership of the party with Amit Shah being appointed National President, Dharamlal Kaushik was appointed new President of Chhattisgarh, thereafter.

It may be recalled that the organisational election in the State were held four years ago and the next organisational election is due in 2015. The State Working Committee constituted in 2010 is functioning till date. As per BJP by-laws such committee is constituted for a period of three years only, but here already fourth year is on the run and most of the Members’ tenure has ended. Accordingly a change in the State Working Committee as well as in the BJP structure at the Mandal, Booth and district level is also speculated, so that new people can get chance. Also many posts are lying vacant in the state as well as district units of the party after Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

The BJP by-laws also states that no office-bearer should be given chance more than twice in any single post and the tenure should not be more than three years. In this case already three years have been completed and the organizational elections are due next year. Hence it is being speculated whether the posts will be filled through election or nomination. State President Dharamlal Kaushik is of the view that a decision in this direction will be arrived once the results of Antagarh bye-election are announced.

Saudan Singh to play crucial role in appointment of State incharges

Bharatiya Janata Party National Joint General Secretary (Organization) Saudan Singh will be playing a significant role in the appointment of new State In charges of Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand.

On the other hand for states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar where elections are due next year, the state in charges will be appointed on the discretion of BJP National President Amit Shah. Sources have disclosed that K S Solanki has been made Governor of Haryana on the recommendation of Saudan Singh, hence it is being speculated that the new incharge of Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan will also be appointed on his recommendation.

If the sources are to be believed the chances of BJP National General Secretary Jagat Prakash Nadda retaining the charge of Chhattisgarh has increased more as Nadda is the first choice of both Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh as well as Saudan Singh. Also that during the tenure of Nadda as State In charge of Chhattisgarh, a good coordination had developed between the central and state leadership as well as between state and central government now. Hence the BJP National leadership seems reluctant to change Nadda to make a new experiment with someone else.

Meanwhile, Jagat Prakash Nadda has able to retain his post of National General Secretary in the new National Working Committee apart from his induction in the all-important BJP National Parliamentary Board (party’s policy making body) and BJP National Election Committee. All these developments have increased his chances of retaining the post of Chhattisgarh State In charge. Nadda who is looking into the party’s affairs in the state since a long time, he is well acquainted about the political permutations-combinations in the state.

Also since Nadda has been retained in the national body with his inclusion in two other significant bodies of the party negates the possibility of change but it may happen that he may be given additional charge of any other state like Jharkhand or Uttarakhand. In both Jharkhand and Uttarakhand, the BJP needs a face from organizational point of view, who can develop unity, agility and make the party workers energetic and put a brake in factionalism within the partyfold in the state. Nadda who have the necessary requirement is all likely to be given additional charge of one of these states along with Chhattisgarh.

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‘First time, Prime Minister has reached out to students’

“It was motivational.” “It was inspiring, we learnt a lot many things.” “We are so happy that for the first time, Prime Minister has reached out to us and has shown interest in sh... Read More
“It was motivational.” “It was inspiring, we learnt a lot many things.” “We are so happy that for the first time, Prime Minister has reached out to us and has shown interest in sharing his thoughts with students about development and progress of India.”

These are the most common reactions of students, who listened to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic Teacher’s Day speech on Friday, on television and radio sets or through Internet at respective schools in Nagpur city and district. Schools had made necessary arrangements for television sets, radio sets, Internet connections and laptops. Some schools even had changed regular timings of assembly to accomodate the time-slot of 3 pm to 5 pm to enable students to listen to Modi’s inspiring speech in school time.

Kishor Chaudhari, Education Officer (Primary), told ‘The Hitavada’ that a total of 6,13,284 students in 3,207 schools in Nagpur city and district listened to Prime Minister’s speech.

A total of 3,750 schools had conveyed their participation in the national event, but some schools could not make arrangements for television or radio sets due to technical reasons ranging from load-shedding of power to non-availability of television or radio sets. In some schools, Internet arrangement was tried but it could not be put in place due to connectivity problems.

The schools that could not make necessary arrangements in time included ZP’s Patwardhan High School and ZP Secondary School at Katol Road in Nagpur city. “We will be asking such schools to obtain CDs of Prime Minister’s speech and show them to students on Saturday so that no student is deprived of the address,” said Chaudhari.

According to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) Education Department officials, a total of 32,000 students in 199 schools of NMC could see and listen to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. All necessary arrangements for television and radio sets as well as Internet connections were made. At places, where school could not make the arrangement, the corporators from respective areas and members of School Management Committees arranged television and radio sets.

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Lions Club Distt Governor, Treasurer killed in ghastly mishap near Amravati

IN A ghastly accident, District Governor of Lions Club and District Treasurer, were killed when their car hit a road divider on National Highway no. 6 near Sawali Bujruk village, 10 kms from Ka... Read More
IN A ghastly accident, District Governor of Lions Club and District Treasurer, were killed when their car hit a road divider on National Highway no. 6 near Sawali Bujruk village, 10 kms from Karanja Ghadge on Nagpur road. The driver of the car sustained serious injuries while one another person escaped with minor injuries.

According to information, Bhagchand Bajaj, District Governor of Lions Club, and Lalchand Trikoti, District Treasurer, both also very reputed businessmen of Amravati city, along with Harish Bajaj, were heading for Gondia for an installation ceremony of Lions Club. At around 1 pm, driver Nilesh Pandit lost control over the speeding Verna car (MH 27 AR 9070) and it hit a road divider near Sawali Bujruk village, some 10 to 12 kms away from Karanja Ghadge on Nagpur road. The dash was so severe that the car got crushed in the accident. Bhagchand Bajaj and Lalchand Trikoti died on the spot while driver Nilesh Pandit was severely injured. Fortunately, Harish Bajaj, the fourth person traveling in the car, suffered minor injuries.

Driver Pandit was taken to Nagpur immediately for further treatment. His condition is reportedly critical. Police performed the panchanama of the spot in the evening and bodies were brought to Rural Hospital at Kranaja Ghadge. Post mortem was done in the evening.

Bhagchand Bajaj was also the Vice President of Amravati City Bharatiya Janata Party. He was a partner in Busyland, market of garments wholesalers, and he was himself a big name in wholesale hosiery business. Lalchand Trikoti, too, was in business of electronics equipments and mobile phones. Their untimely deaths left the city's business community and the Lions Club members stunned. Many rushed to the spot after learning about the incident.

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Pravin Datke elected as new Mayor, Munna Pokulwar is Deputy Mayor

Bharatiya Janata Party-led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi (BJP-NVA) candidate Pravin Datke has been elected as 51st Mayor of the Orange City. Datke defeated his close rival Congress- NCP candidate Arun Da... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party-led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi (BJP-NVA) candidate Pravin Datke has been elected as 51st Mayor of the Orange City. Datke defeated his close rival Congress- NCP candidate Arun Dawre and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate Harshala Jaiswal by huge margin. BJP-NVA candidate Ganesh alias Munna Pokulwar was elected as Deputy Mayor of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). Datke will replace Prof. Anil Sole, whose eventful term came to an end on Friday.

The election process was held at Town Hall, Mahal on Friday. District Collector Abhishek Krishna was presiding officer for conducting election. Senior officer Ajay Ramteke and NMC Secretary Harish Dube assisted him. Outgoing Mayor Anil Sole and outgoing Deputy Mayor Jaitunbi Ansari welcomed newly elected office-bearers by presenting bouquets.

Datke bagged 80 votes while Dawre received only 39 and Harshala Jaiswal had to be satisfied with only 9 votes. In the house of 150 members, total 145 members were eligible for voting. Of them, 17 members did not vote as they reached after election process started. Only 128 voted for Mayor’s election.

In the election of Deputy Mayor, Ganesh alias Munna Pokulwar bagged 84 votes while Congress- Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance candidate Raju Nagulwar received 44 votes and BSP candidate Shabana Jamal obtained 12 votes. Total five members were absent from the deputy Mayor’s election. Congress candidate Sujata Kombade withdrew from the election and supported Raju Nagulwar of NCP.

Presiding Officer Abhishek Krishna declared Pravin Datke and Munna Pokulwar as new Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the city. The members voted by raising their hands. The team of NMC under leadership of Dube and Vilas Fadnavis counted the votes.

Corporators Anil Dhawade, Sumitra Jadhav, Sharad Bante, Saroj Bahadure, Jagdish Gwalbanshi Meena Choudhari, (all from BJP-NVA), Alka Dalal (Shiv Sena), Duneshwar Pethe (NCP), Abha Bijju Pande, Suresh Jagyasi, Dr Prashant Chopra, Deva Usare, Seema Raut, Vasudeo Dhoke (all from Congress), Kiran Patankar, Lalita Patil, and Manisha Ghodeswar (from BSP) were absent during Mayor’s election. However, Presiding officer allowed these voters to cast their votes in the election of Deputy Mayor. Five members were absent from the election of Deputy Mayor. The election process was conducted peacefully. City BJP Chief Krishna Khopde warned that parliamentary board would issue show cause notice to corporators, who were absent from the election of Mayor and Deputy.

After election, a huge rally was taken out from Town Hall, Mahal. Pravin Datke, Munna Pokulwar, outgoing Mayor Anil Sole, MLAs Krishna Khopde, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbhare, Standing Committee Chairman Narendra Borkar were present on open jeep. BJP functionaries Shrikant Deshpande, Rajesh Bagadi, Sandip Joshi, Girish Deshmukh, Sunil Agrawal, Ramesh Singare, NIT Trustee Dr. Ravindra Bhoyar, Sudhakar Kohle, Prakash Totwani, Sanjay Bonde, Bandu Raut, and others went along with jeep. Datke, Pokulwar visited Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s residence at Mahal. Then they went to BJP office at Ganeshpeth. The party workers bursted crackers, distributed sweets and danced on the beats of drums.

Orange City Marathon from this year: Datke

Newly elected Mayor Pravin Datke announced Orange City Marathon competition from this year during Nagpur Mahotsav. Talking to mediapersons, Datke said, I will try to complete all ongoing work started by his predecessor Anil Sole. He will give priority to e-governance and said, financial condition of local body is in doldrums due to Local Body Tax (LBT). If BJP-Shiv Sena is voted to power in ensuing assembly elections, then local body will get more funds.

Replying to demand of women corporators, Datke said, they have every right to press their demand. He admitted that common man is not happy with the response given by the administration, and it should be more responsive and transparent. The administration should work more judiciously towards common man.

Pravin Datke has been elected for third time in the corporation. He worked in various capacities, as Head of Education Committee, PWD committee Water Works Committee. He was ruling party leader before being elevated as Mayor. Son of BJP leader late Prabhakarrao Datke, he could not complete his Polytechnic. Born on December 16, 1978, Datke has hobby of reading biography of great leaders. He expressed gratitude towards Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, State BJP Chief Devendra Fadnavis, City BJP Chief Krishna Khopde, outgoing Mayor Anil Sole and other colleagues.

Work unitedly for development of city: Pokulwar

Senior corporator Ganesh alias Munna Pokulwar while talking to mediapersons said that the programme initiated by outgoing Mayor would be continued in this term. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has given new vision for the development of city and we will fulfill his dream unitedly. He said, we will work jointly for the upliftment of the city. In next two and half years, the citizens will feel new face of Nagpur.

Munna Pokulwar is known face of Nagpur politics. He was active in politics since college days. He has been elected as corporator from Maharajbag ward 26 in 2012. Born on June 24, 1956, Pokulwar is a builder by profession. He was City President of NSUI and later worked as City Secretary of BJP.

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Counting of Antagarh Election postponed till 20th

The counting of votes for Antagarh (79) Assembly segment has been postponed for September 20th. Earlier the counting date was scheduled on September 16 but on the request tendered by the District... Read More
The counting of votes for Antagarh (79) Assembly segment has been postponed for September 20th. Earlier the counting date was scheduled on September 16 but on the request tendered by the District Electoral Officer Kanker, the Election Commission of India has postponed the counting date on September 20.

It is worth mentioning here that as per the bye-election schedule, the polling for Antagarh (ST-79) Assembly segment is scheduled on September 13 and counting was scheduled on September 16. It is being stated that the request has been made for the postponement of counting date by the District Electoral Officer due to rains, several villages have been cut-off from the district head-quarters. Accordingly the district administration will be having difficulty in the to and fro transportation of polling parties and they will be delayed. Apart from this, many polling booths are hyper-sensitive due to inaccessible terrain and Naxal threat. Apart from these difficulties, due to monsoons, almost all rivulets in the area are over-flowing. Citing all these reasons the district administration had sought more time for safe returning of polling parties.

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CM chairs joint meeting of various departments

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh today chaired a joint meeting of various departments at Mantralaya and reviewed the progress of various government schemes.

He took note of the ongoing depar... Read More
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh today chaired a joint meeting of various departments at Mantralaya and reviewed the progress of various government schemes.

He took note of the ongoing departmental works of PHE, Agriculture, Water Resources, Cooperatives, Food and Civil Supply, Revenue and Health Department. Considering the problem of salty water supply in nearly 152 villages of Bemetara district, Chief Minister gave immediate approval of Rs 190 crores for group nal-jal scheme on Sheonath River. He instructed the officials concerned to initiate the construction works under the scheme as soon as possible and complete the same within one and half year duration. PHE officials told that this is the biggest scheme of the country formulated to solve the problem of salty water supply in villages. Under this scheme, nearly 1 lakh 74 thousand people of 57 villages of Bemetara block, 54 villages of Navagarh and 41 villages of Saja block will be benefited. Under the scheme, 751 km of pipelines and 139 overhead tanks will be facilitated to ensure the supply of safe drinking water in villages.

While reviewing the works of Agriculture Department, Chief Minister took information about the sowing process of crops, distribution of seeds-fertilizers etc in state. He also reviewed the action plan for upcoming Rabi programme 2014-15. Officials informed Chief Minister that from June 1 to present, average rainfall of 900 mm has been recorded. They also told that 23 out of 27 districts of the state have had more than 80 per cent rainfall. In remaining districts namely Sarguja, Dantewada and Bastar (Jagdalpur) average rainfall of 60 to 80 per cent and in Jashpur district 40-60 per cent have been recorded. 100 per cent sowing work of paddy and nearly 98 per cent of the sowing work of pulses and vegetables have been completed.

Dr Raman Singh said to the officials that in the places where additional supply of water is required, Collectors of the concerned areas should form District Water Usage Committee and facilitate water supply for farmers. Chief Minister also reviewed the water-level of irrigation reservoirs. Water Resource Department officials told that after many years, water-level in Hasdeo dam has reached the mark of 90-95 per cent. Moreover, Ravishankar Sagar (Gangrel Dam) is also being utilized to supply water to farmers in this season as per their requirement. Chief Minister reviewed the scheme of interest-free agriculture loans for farmers and expressed satisfaction saying that this year during kharif season cooperative societies of state have distributed the short-term agricultural loans worth Rs 2249 crores against the target of Rs 2450 crores.

Dr Raman Singh also reviewed the revenue department. Officials informed that from September 1 onwards, farmers of all the districts are being provided the computerized copies of land records, B-1 and maps. Computerization of land records and related documents has completed by 96 per cent and nearly 80 per cent of the maps have been uploaded to computers. While reviewing the works of Health Department, Chief Minister instructed the officials to take effective measures for prevention of contagious diseases like dengue, malaria and dysentery. Officials have been instructed to pay special attention towards cleaning work in cities. All the government hospitals of both urban and rural areas of state should be kept open and health check-up camps should be organized in wards and villages in association with District Administration, Gram Panchayat and urban bodies. In the meeting, Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, Additional Chief Secretary and Agriculture Produce Commissioner Ajay Singh, Food Civil Supply and Health Department Principal Secretary Dr Alok Shukla, PHE Secretary Ganesh Shankar Mishra, Revenue Secretary K R Pisda, Urban Development Director Dr Rohit Yadav, Director Health Services Dr Kamalpreet Singh and senior officials of departments concerned were also present.

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MPL ticket aspirants seek blessings of Ajit Jogi

Aspirants of Congress ticket for upcoming Municipal polls have begun turning up at the residence of former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi for blessings and guidance. It need be mentioned that Chhattisg... Read More
Aspirants of Congress ticket for upcoming Municipal polls have begun turning up at the residence of former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi for blessings and guidance. It need be mentioned that Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (CPCC) has convened a meeting of its 41-member state level working committee on September 4.

Some of the local leaders from Tilda and Mungeli turned up at Jogi’s residence and had informal consultations on the topic. Jogi advised the aspirants to ensure public contact and work on relevant local electoral statistics. Talking to The Hitavada over phone, Jogi dismissed these consultations as routine. He also denied commenting on what could be winning strategy for the party in the Municipal polls. When asked if the Congress state level leadership is under question after the party lost Lok Sabha and Student’s elections besides Manturam Pawar episode, Jogi said that all of these developments are being monitored by Congress central leadership and an appropriate decision would be taken at the right time. While he refused to comment over complaints lodged by Congress state leadership Bhupesh Baghel and TS Singhdeo, he did mention that Baghel currently has been given free hand in terms of running the organization. Jogi hinted of being in loop with what is going on in Delhi and said that very many issues have also been discussed in telephonic talks with Motilal Vora, AICC Treasurer.

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CLT20 tickets for Raipur matches are open for sale

CLT20 2014 tickets for the eight matches to be played at Shahid Vir Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, Parsada, Raipur are open for sale at Ticket Plaza N0.4 of the stadium and via www.bo... Read More
CLT20 2014 tickets for the eight matches to be played at Shahid Vir Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, Parsada, Raipur are open for sale at Ticket Plaza N0.4 of the stadium and via www.bookmyshow.com and www.clt20.com from September 4 morning. Besides, tickets will be available at some places of city which are yet to be decided. Tickets counters of the city will be opened within two-three days.

Ticket price has also been decided which varied between Rs 100 and 10,000, informed Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh (CSCS) President Baldeo Singh Bhatia and Secretary Rajesh Dave on Wednesday. Raipur will host 6 qualifier matches in CLT20 2014 and 2 group matches starting from September 13. CLT20 tickets prices are ranging from starting price of Rs 100 to maximum of Rs 10,000.

Champions League T20 2014 tournament will begin from Qualifiers round and 1st match which will be played between Northern Knight and Southern Express. There are total 8 matches, will be held at Parsada-based international cricket stadium, Raipur. Qualifiers teams of Champions League 2014 are Mumbai Indians, Southern Express, Northern Knights and Lahore Lions.

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At last bonded labourers freed from clutches…

The group of rural people, including women and children, who were allegedly captivated by a brick kiln owner in Jammu and Kashmir finally returned to the State on Wednesday. They were rescued aft... Read More
The group of rural people, including women and children, who were allegedly captivated by a brick kiln owner in Jammu and Kashmir finally returned to the State on Wednesday. They were rescued after the initiative taken by New Delhi-based social organisation Bandhua Mukti Morcha. It was the Morcha who later made necessary arrangements for their returning from Jammu to Chhattisgarh.

All these labourers went to RS Pura village of Jammu District few years back and since then were not allowed by the kiln owner to come back to their homeland.

“I feel happy to have returned to my homeland. We were not paid the proper wages for their work besides leading our life in quite inhuman condition,” lamented one of the labourers Jammui Lal who was working with Choudhary Brick Kiln in RS Pura, Jammu. He narrated the story as to what compelled them to fly away from Chhattisgarh to far-flung place and the living condition there. Lal said informed that the kiln owner and his guards kept a strict vigil on them and he along with his wife and four children were living in a small room. Even when his wife was pregnant she wasn’t allow to go to hospital and the delivery was done at the kiln. “It was horrible. We are feel safe now. Once they even scolded me and denied giving milk for my new-born kid,” recalled Jammui’s wife Jayanti Bai as tears rolled down her cheeks. Jammui and his family hails from Dabhra village in Janjgir-Champa district. They infomed they don’t have any home and job even then they will not leave the state now. “We were trapped as a local agent named Faggu lured us of providing good job,” he added.

Barsati Vishwakarma (26), another labourer who went to the kiln some 3 years ago, shared his tale and said that he belongs to Hasua village in Balloda Bazaar District and since he did not read after primary so he went to Jammu for work and got trapped. “I and my six member family were living in a small room which was not even sufficient for two persons. Even they used to scold women when they worked less sometime. All the labourers were paid only Rs 600 per week,” he alleged.

Though all the labourers were quite happy to return to their homeland but Executive Director of Bandhua Mukti Morcha, New Delhi, Nirmal Gorana has informed that they (labourers) have not been issued the release certificate by the local administration of Jammu, which will not entitle these poor people for the government’s relief packages.

He added that he had written a letter to the Jammu District Administration for the same but to no avail. “Some of the labourers even had requested the kiln owner to set us free during the Monson season, when no brick production takes place, but he did not allowed us,” the activist added.

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MP receives 41 complaints of ragging in 2014

With continuous ragging complaints on helpline, Madhya Pradesh stood first in the country. As many as 41 complaints have been received from several colleges of the

state during year 2014. H... Read More
With continuous ragging complaints on helpline, Madhya Pradesh stood first in the country. As many as 41 complaints have been received from several colleges of the

state during year 2014. However, Uttar Pradesh has also the same number of complaint (41) during year 2014. Last year (2013), there were 80 complaints from institutes across Madhya Pradesh. The last five year’s data of state show an alarming rise in number of ragging complaints. During year 2012, there were 32 complaints while during year 2011, 37 complaints were registered by students.

Just after 15 days of starting the academic session 2014-15, ragging complaints flooded the UGC helpline. Within 15 days, there were 6 major complaints from institutes across state which could not be solved yet. On August 29, a first year students Rohit was ragged with blade which made his injured.

However college administration and police team enquire the matter but no action has been taken yet. On August 27, complaint was filed against the two M.Tech students from Barkatullah University but no action has been taken by university yet. There was also complaint from Surbhi College of Engineering in which complainant said that faculty members have beaten up the students for joining his private coaching classes. When RGPV asked to probe the matter, institute submitted report against the students and later it was rejected by the RGPV. Authorities asked the institute to investigate the matter again and submit another report.

On August 23, ragging report was filed from MANIT in which victim was allegedly beaten up with slippers and shoes by senior students. However investigations are still going on. On August 19, another ragging complaint was filed from Oriental College of Science and Technology but no action has been taken regarding the issue as victim could not be identified. Another ragging complaint from MANIT was filed on August 1 in which accused were asked to fill the bond of Rs 1 lakh.

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EDUSAT satellite to be used for live telecast of PM’s Sept 5 speech

State School Education Department has directed the district education officers (DEOs) to use the EDUSAT satellite established near Forest Department for direct telecast of Prime Minister’s spee... Read More
State School Education Department has directed the district education officers (DEOs) to use the EDUSAT satellite established near Forest Department for direct telecast of Prime Minister’s speech among students on September 5. The Prime Minister’s speech will be delivered on Teacher’s Day from 3pm to 4:45pm through Doordarshan, Aakashvani, EDUSAT and webcast.

The education department has directed the DEOs to contact the concern forest department satellite in-charge and coordinate for the same. The department has also released the list of forest centers available with the satellite for each district. In Bhopal, all the government schools will be using EDUSAT established at Van Vihar National Park. Apart from this, most of the private CBSE schools of city have changed their school timing on September 5 to cope up with the Prime Minister’s speech.

The school administration informed parents to send their kids at 11 am so that they can stay there by 5 pm. Some of the schools have also called students from 12 noon. “CBSE schools have changed their timing so that students would not bother. Nobody is forced to attend the event, it depends of individual will.

However we will motivate students to be present during the event in large number,” said PS Kalra, chairman Sahodaya group which represents the CBSE schools of city. “Preparations are going on and we are trying to reach out every student on the day. Some of the schools would also call children residing nearby area,” said KPS Tomar, DEO Bhopal. He further said that schools are strictly directed to keep care for students convenient and do not force anyone to attend the session. “If someone has problem in attending the speech, there is no compulsion,” he added.

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Drug Mafia active in State, targeting students: Laxman

“The drug network has spread its wings in Madhya Pradesh and what is a matter of utter most concern is this that it has reached till campuses of schools and colleges and even till villages. D... Read More
“The drug network has spread its wings in Madhya Pradesh and what is a matter of utter most concern is this that it has reached till campuses of schools and colleges and even till villages. Drug Mafia is operating by connivance of police and even some politicians are involved,” alleged Congress leader and brother of AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh, Laxman Singh on Wednesday.

Addressing the press conference, Laxman Singh said that the centre of drug network is in Neemuch, Mandsaur, Malwa Chambal belt and Rajasthan border. The drug Mafia is so strong that it had even done booth capturing in recently held elections. The drugs are genesis of myriad forms of crime including rapes, purchase of illegal weapons etc. Alleging that drugs are even sold in school and college campuses, he said that those students are mostly targeted by drug Mafia who are good in studies. Congress would start a big movement against drug Mafia and it would be started from Neemuch.

When asked to name a few education institutions where drugs are being sold, he said it is happening in JP Engineering College of Rajgarh. Likewise, there are some institutions even in Bhopal where drug Mafia is active. He said that State Government has taken action against drug Mafia but it is not satisfactory and had been done only for namesake. He alleged that drug network is active in Madhya Pradesh since several years and it has spread its tentacles more in last eight to ten years.

He said that recently a teenage poor girl was raped and killed in a village and drug Mafia is behind the incident. She was good in studies. He said that next time he is going to come before media with evidences and Congress would launch a big movement against drugs being sold in state. Pointing fingers towards police, he said that if police wants then no drug could be sold in State.

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Over 13.85 lakh accounts opened under PM Jan-Dhan Yojana

The State Government set on to become pioneer in the country in achieving the target of opening bank accounts of all families under Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana as over 13.85 lakh bank accoun... Read More
The State Government set on to become pioneer in the country in achieving the target of opening bank accounts of all families under Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana as over 13.85 lakh bank accounts have been opened so far. Majority of these bank accounts have been opened in rural areas.

According to information, as many as 13,85,230 bank accounts have been opened in Madhya Pradesh so far under Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana. Of these, 9 lakh 93 thousand bank accounts have been opened in rural areas and 3,91,381 in urban areas.

Maximum 11,59,036 accounts have been opened by public sector banks. Besides, private banks including HDFC, ICICI, Axis and IndusInd have also opened 13,435 accounts. As many as 49,744 accounts have been opened in Madhyanchal Gramin Bank Sagar, 72,688 in Central Madhya Pradesh Bank, Chhindwara and one lakh 312 accounts have been opened by Narmada-Jhabua Rural Bank.

In the state, financial inclusion model (Samriddhi) is already being implemented since year 2011, which will help in achieving this target. Under Samriddhi model over 2400 ultra small banks have been opened in the state so far having over 76.50 lakh bank accounts. These banks have transacted business of Rs 1800 crore so far.

At present, banks and local administration are undertaking a joint survey for Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana. Bank accounts of about 40 lakh families are estimated to be opened in the state. Under the scheme, all bank accounts will be opened by January 26, 2015. It is expected that target of opening 40 lakh accounts will be achieved before that date going by the way bank accounts have been opened till date.

It is noteworthy that every family will be given the benefit banking facility under of Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana launched on August 28 last. On opening a bank account under the scheme, the account holder will be given RuPay debit card and Rs one lakh accident insurance cover. After 6 months’ satisfactory operation of the account, the account holder will get Rs. 5000 overdraft facility.

In future, micro financing facilities as well as benefits of pension schemes like Swalamban through the scheme will be provided to people of unorganised sector. There is a provision of depositing amounts of government schemes directly in bank accounts of beneficiaries.

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Aerobridge at Indore international airport by month-end

Industries Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia met Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju Pusapathi at Rajiv Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday and urged him for expansion of air services... Read More
Industries Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia met Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju Pusapathi at Rajiv Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday and urged him for expansion of air services in the state. She said that Madhya Pradesh has immense potential in both industry and tourism sectors. Investors and tourists from the country and abroad wish to visit Madhya Pradesh. Under such circumstances, it has become imperative to expand air services in the state. Apart from connecting with Delhi and Mumbai, Scindia urged to connect Bhopal with Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai etc. Informing the Union Minister about Global Investors Summit at Indore from October 8 to 10, she informed that Air Arabia and Emirate Airlines are ready to start Sharjah (Dubai) to Indore air services. Referring to her recent Dubai visit with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Scindia said that a number of businessmen and investors are eager to invest in Madhya Pradesh. If work of aerobridge at Indore international airport is completed early then special permission may be given on temporary basis before investors summit to start Sharjah (Dubai) to Indore air services.

Union Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju Pusapathi directed the officers present at the meeting to complete work of aerobridge at Indore airport by the end of this month. He assured for further action citing compliance of Ministry for Foreign Affairs and other rules regarding Dubai to Indore air services.

On possibilities of air services’ expansion in Madhya Pradesh and Chief Minister’s invitation to visit Madhya Pradesh, the Union Civil Aviation Minister assured to come with representatives of various airlines to Madhya Pradesh and meet the Chief Minister.Principal Secretary Industries Mohammad Sulaiman, Air India’s Managing Director and senior officers of Civil Aviation Ministry were present on the occasion.

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121 villages removed from final Kolar merger proposal

In the final proposal for the merger of Kolar Municipality and other villages, 121 proposed villages have been removed and only 20 have been included. The proposal, earlier, had 141 other village... Read More
In the final proposal for the merger of Kolar Municipality and other villages, 121 proposed villages have been removed and only 20 have been included. The proposal, earlier, had 141 other villages to be included into the jurisdiction of Bhopal Municipal Corporation.

Officials in district administration said that the final proposal that has been sent to State Government for its approval includes Kolar Municipality and 20 other villages to be merged in Bhopal Municipal Corporation. The 20 villages to be merged in BMC are from 8 Gram Panchayats, earlier the plan was to include 141 villages from 55 different Gram Panchayat of state capital.

Officials said that after redressing all the objections and suggestions received for the hearing at the District Collectorate, Nishant Warwade, Collector of Bhopal removed 47 Gram Panchayats from the draft of the merger. All these villages fall within a range of 5 km from present boundary of the corporation. Along with 20 villages from 5 Gram Panchayats, 21 wards of Kolar Municipality will also be merged in BMC. Protest against the proposed merger was continuously being registered in capital city. Experts were of opinion that the merger which is being done at such a large scale that it would be difficult to easily divide basic resources in all these areas.

Meanwhile, myriad objections were also made for the proposed merger, where a number of villages rejected the proposal and denied from merging in BMC. Most of the people rejected from merging with BMC saying that their village was too far from corporation headquarter.

After continuous protest against the proposed merger, district administration removed 121 villages from the proposal leaving Just 20 along with Kolar Municipality.

Akshay Singh, Additional Collector, Bhopal, said that proposal has been sent to State Government for their approval. The proposal sent to Government includes Kolar Municipality and 20 other villages to be merged in Bhopal Municipal Corporation added Singh.

Earlier, gazette notification for the merger of Kolar Municipality and 141 other villages into Bhopal Municipal Corporation was released on July 18, objections and suggestions in this regard were invited till August 18. Officials informed that around 95 objections and suggestions were received in district administration regarding proposed merger. Hearing over objections and suggestions was organised in Collectorate on August 20. With final proposal for the proposed merger sent to state government, once it is approved notification for the merger will be released which will officially add Kolar Municipality and 20 other villages into Bhopal Municipal Corporation.

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Police book woman and her two sons for suicide attempt

Police have released Ramcharan, whose three family members, including a woman and two youths, have attempted suicide outside DGPs office on Saturday by alleging that he had been abducted by pan... Read More
Police have released Ramcharan, whose three family members, including a woman and two youths, have attempted suicide outside DGPs office on Saturday by alleging that he had been abducted by panchayat secretary, after interrogation. In the meantime, case was registered against all three persons who consumed poison and they were presented before court on Wednesday.

“We have released Ramcharan after interrogation on Tuesday evening itself. He said that he had fled due to fear. In the meantime, case of attempt to suicide was registered against trio who consumed poison outside DGP office and they were produced before court from where they were released on bail,” told a senior police officer to ‘The Hitavada’. Ramcharan was traced out by police in Misrod on Tuesday. Notably, Ramcharan’s wife Baby Bai along with her two sons had gone to Police Headquarters to meet DGP.

In the meantime their condition deteriorated and they said that they have consumed poison. They were immediately rushed to Hamidia Hospital for treatment. They wanted that case of kidnapping should be registered against panchayat secretary and sarpanch in connection with mysterious disappearance of Ramcharan.

On the same day of incident, DGP Nandan Dubey had ordered CID inquiry. Ramcharan and his family lives in Hinotia Jagir in Nazirabad police jurisdiction. The Nazirabad police had claimed that Ramcharan was demanding money from panchayat secretary and threatened him to implicate in fake case if his demand was not meted.

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Agriculture Director D N Sharma removed following complaint

Finally, the State Government has removed DN Sharma from the post of Director, Agriculture, on Wednesday. Sharma has been removed following complaints against him. Vijay Pandit has been posted ... Read More
Finally, the State Government has removed DN Sharma from the post of Director, Agriculture, on Wednesday. Sharma has been removed following complaints against him. Vijay Pandit has been posted as incharge Director of Agriculture. After removal, DN Sharma has been appointed as Director, Agriculture Expansion and Training Institute.

DN Sharma was in the eye of storm from long time and had become a controversial person. He was recently reprimanded by senior officer of agriculture after representatives of Tata group accused him of misbehaving with them.

On Tuesday, Betul MLA Hemant Khandelwal met Principal Secretary of Agriculture Department, P S Rajora and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, accusing D N Sharma of demanding Rs 20 lakh from Director of Harda Agro Industries Limited, Kamal Kishor Gurjar in lieu of giving NOC to set up the sugar factory. Khandelwal had said that DN Sharma was dilly dallying in issuing distance certificate to Harda Agro Industries despite the fact that company was fulfilling all the norms regarding the distance. Director of Harda Agro Industries, Kamal Kishore Gurjar had said that from last one month, Sharma was harassing him and asking to come to meet him at his house rather than in office.

As per central rule, there could not be two sugar factories within radius of 15 km but the old factor from the proposed factory site is 30 to 35 km away. “DN Sharma has been removed as Agriculture Director and in his place Vijay Pandit has been appointed as incharge Agriculture Director. After removal, DN Sharma has been posted as Director, Agriculture Expansion and Training,” told Principal Secretary, Agriculture Department, Rajesh Rajora to ‘The Hitavada’.

It is learnt that DN Sharma is facing various charges from long time and in three cases of financial irregularities, charge sheet was issued against him.

He had been so influential that he managed to survive on the post of agriculture director for long time despite repeated complaints against him. But the complaint made by Betul MLA Hemant Khandelwal proved last nail in his coffin and he was finally removed as agriculture director.

When contacted, Betul MLA Hemant Khandelwal told ‘The Hitavada’ that he had met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and complained against DN Sharma in serious manner.

“Sharma was unnecessarily harassing the person who wanted to start sugar factory in the area and was also demanding money. Chief Minister had immediately ordered to look into the matter,” added Khandelwal.

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Woman’s body found on tracks

BODY of a woman was found in two pieces on a rail track near Bharda Railway Crossing near Devri railway station under jurisdiction of Panagar police station, on Wednesday. The deceased has been i... Read More
BODY of a woman was found in two pieces on a rail track near Bharda Railway Crossing near Devri railway station under jurisdiction of Panagar police station, on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Amarlata Kol (30), a resident of Devrikalan area. According to Panagar police, Railway Gangman, Laxman Kushwaha, a resident of near Devri railway station informed that body of an unidentified woman was found on railway track near Bharda Railway Crossing. A police team reached the spot and started investigation into the case to identify the woman and ascertaining the cause of her death. Investigating the case, police succeeded in identifying the woman as Amarlata Kol, a resident of Devrikalan area. Police have registered a case and sent the body for post-mortem at Medical College while further investigations are on.

206 goats rescued, two men arrested

BARGI police apprehended two men involved in illegal transportation of goats and rescued 206 goats on Wednesday. The accused have been identified as Nandlal Patel (35) and Uttam Patel (22). According to police, they received information about illegal transportation of livestock in a truck. Police started search of vehicles and succeeded in finding the livestock of goats in a truck. The driver and his helper failed in presenting any documents for transportation of livestock. Police have seized a total of 206 goats, truck numbered MP-16-0511 and arrested the accused. Police have registered a case against the accused under relevant sections of Animal Atrocity Act while further investigations are underway.

Miscreant held for illegally transporting country liquor

CONTINUING rigorous campaign against illegal trade of liquor, Shahpura police succeeded in apprehending an accused involved in illegal transportation of liquor and seized 1200 quarters of country liquor near Sangam Dhaba. The accused has been identified as Ankit Choudhary (35) a resident of Dhobighat area in Gora Bazaar. According to police, they received information about the illegal transportation of liquor in the area in silver colour Indigo car numbered MP-20CA-2538. Taking prompt action on the information, a police team reached the spot and started search of vehicles near Sangam Dhaba. Continuing the search, police team found the identified car and its driver tried to escape from the spot but the car entered into a ditch and got damaged. In the search of car, police recovered illegal stock of 1200 quarters of country-made liquor in 24 cartons. In the interrogation, the accused driver disclosed the name of vehicle owner Amjad Khan, a resident of Garha area who assigned him for delivery of cartons in the car. Police have apprehended the accused and registered a case against him and car owner under section 34 (2) of the Excise Act and section 109 and 34 of the IPC. Police have seized the illegal stock of liquor and Indigo car and started a rigorous search for car owner Amjad Khan.

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High-tech online gambling worth lakhs on India-Eng match busted

IN A major breakthrough, Cantonment police succeeded in busting a high-tech online satta worth lakhs on India-England cricket match at Rajul Township. In the raid, police team apprehended two acc... Read More
IN A major breakthrough, Cantonment police succeeded in busting a high-tech online satta worth lakhs on India-England cricket match at Rajul Township. In the raid, police team apprehended two accused and seized a laptop, one LCD television, one set top box, Tata Sky HD box, ten mobile handsets, Rs 5,100 and record of biddings in lakhs and other electronic gadgets from the spot.

The accused have been identified as Jitendra alias Bablu Jain (45), a resident of Shyam Band Ki Gully in Lordganj area and Dhanbahadur alias Bablu alias Lucky Lama (27), a resident of Rajiv Nagar in Cherital area. Additional Superintendent of Police (City) Amrendra Singh disclosed this while addressing a press conference on Wednesday. Under the direction of Superintendent of Police Harinarayanchari Mishra, police have started a drive against illegal gambling activities under supervision of Additional Superintendent of Police (City) Amrendra Singh. Continuing the drive, police received information about two suspected men involved in registering bookings of satta at flat number 19 of Rajul Township in Cantonment area.

Acting promptly on the information, a police team under the guidance of CSP, Gorakhpur, Rajesh Tiwari, led by SHO of Cantonment police station Arvind Choubey conducted a raid at the identified flat and succeeded in apprehending two men when they were busy in registering online biddings on one day international cricket match between India and England. Police team seized Rs 5,100, a laptop, one LCD television, one set top box, Tata Sky HD box, ten mobile handsets, record of biddings in lakhs of rupees and other electronic gadgets from the flat. Police have registered a case against the accused under Section 4 (A) of the Gambling Act, while further investigations are underway to disclose names of other people involved in operation of online satta network. On the achievement, Superintendent of Police Harinarayanchari Mishra has declared rewards for members of police team comprising SHO of Cantonment police station, Arvind Choubey, In-charge of Gora Bazaar police post, Sub Inspector, B D Dwivedi, Head Constable, Hiralal, constables, Lavkesh, Neeraj, Sanjay and Dilip.

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‘Soil works for us if we work for the soil’

“SOIL health is critical for plant growth and therefore most important for sustainable agriculture production system. As world population and food production demands rises, keeping our soil h... Read More
“SOIL health is critical for plant growth and therefore most important for sustainable agriculture production system. As world population and food production demands rises, keeping our soil healthy and productive is of paramount importance. So much so that we believe improving health of our nation’s soil is one of the most important conservation endeavours of our times,” said Dr A K Sikka, Deputy Director General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (Natural Resource Management), while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ during his short visit to the city on Wednesday. He is in city to attend the national seminar on soil health at JNAU. “Soil is a natural mix of weathered rock and organic matter. Soil comprises of minerals, air, water and organic matter that are important for healthy plant growth. Soil works for us if we work for the soil. Now, in present circumstances when situation is turning grim especially in terms of soil health due to over exploitation working culture and inputs of chemical nature, now using management of fertilisers soil health to increase productivity and profitability is the key,” he added. Bio-industrial model should be introduced having equations of balanced nutrition management for soil and water is much dependent farmers community rather than available human and natural resources alone.

Crop diversification, participatory technology development, enterprise promotion, creation of eco-jobs and gross-root institutions through rural approach and enable them into self-sustaining institutions. Strong backward linkages with technology and credit and forward linkages with markets could be more important aspects of this approach. For correction and controlled use of harmful pesticides an extensive awareness drive on integrated soil nutrition management along with soil health management can bring preferred changes.

Along with this, programmes like Soil Health Index of farm lands should be initiated and adopted so that integrated soil management could be attained keeping the production targets fulfilled. Dr Sikka opined that “In present conditions to control use of inorganic input only promotion of integrated soil nutrition management amongst farmers and education of masses about use and benefits of organic products with inorganic supplements can bring positive changes.”

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Soil is backbone of agriculture, needs to be nourished carefully: Dr Sikka

“SOIL is a valuable gift of nature. It is the foundation of agriculture which needs to be utilised judiciously to meet growing demand for food in the country. Soil is the backbone of agricult... Read More
“SOIL is a valuable gift of nature. It is the foundation of agriculture which needs to be utilised judiciously to meet growing demand for food in the country. Soil is the backbone of agriculture and needs to be nourished carefully to sustain agriculture productivity and environmental security,” said Dr A K Sikka, Deputy Director General of Indian Council of Agriculture Research (National Natural Resource Management), New Delhi, while addressing opening ceremony of national conference on ‘Soil Health: A Key to Unlock and Sustain Production Potential’ on Wednesday. The seminar is being organised by Jabalpur Chapter of Indian Society of Soil Science, Department of Soil Science and Agriculture Chemistry, JNAU.

Dr Sikka added, “Soil health is an important aspect as well as directly related to agriculture productivity, sustainability and environmental health.” Healthy soil provides a range of environmental changes including water and nutrient movement, habitat provision and sustainable agriculture.

Soil Health Management systems are needed to be brought into action for conservation practices that focus on maintaining or enhancing soil health by addressing four soil health planning principles, manage more by disturbing soil less, diversify with crop diversity, growth living roots throughout the year and keep the soil covered as much as possible. Dr Sikka further emphasised on keeping soil index knowing about physical, chemical and organic compositions of soil and accordingly balanced use of organic and inorganic inputs in agriculture is need of the hour. He urged subject specialists, scientists, researchers and institutions heads, farmers to create awareness about soil health and its benefits amongst masses.

Special guest on the occasion, Dr A K Patra, Director, Indian Institute of Soil Science, expressed views on importance of the national conference and said that recommendations to come out after two days serious deliberation over issues related to soil health and its conservation. Indira Gandhi Agriculture University, Raipur, Vice-Chancellor A K Patil and Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Agriculture University, Vice-Chancellor Dr A K Singh enlightened views on issues and described present condition of farming traits in general while also gave valuable suggestions to be focused in view of future prospects. Vice-Chancellor of JNAU Professor Vijay Singh Tomar presided over the programme and said that citing a part of speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing agriculture scientists at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, in which he was referring about soil health. The Prime Minster in his speech had urged the agriculture scientists to work on methodologies to maintain good soil health. Good agriculture production is possible only if our soil is good. He emphasised on balanced use of chemical fertilisers along with organic components. While also emphasised over need of creating awareness about soil components and their supplementation to farmers. The programme commenced with lighting of lamp before Goddess Saraswati followed by welcoming guests by Professor Vijay Singh Tomar, Vice Chancellor JNAU, Director Research Services, Dr S S Tomar, Head Department of Soil Science, Dr A K Rawat. Organising Secretary Dr A K Rawat informed that in the ongoing national conference around 100 agriculture scientists, researchers representing different parts of the country are participating. Professor V K Gaur compered the programme, while Dean College of Agriculture Dr R V Singh proposed a vote of thanks.

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HC seeks status reports from Lokayukta in purchase, supply, transportation of coal

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday directed the counsel for Lokayukta to submit status reports in matter ... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday directed the counsel for Lokayukta to submit status reports in matter regarding corruption of Rs 4000 crore in purchase, supply and transportation of coal.

The division bench has given said directions in Public Interest Litigation filed by Dr P G Najpandey, State President of Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM) against the Secretary, Coal Ministry of Union of India, Secretary, Energy, Power Department of Madhya Pradesh, Lokayukta Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal, Chairman, Railway Board, New Delhi, CMD, Coal India Limited, Kolkata and CMD of Madhya Pradesh Power Generated Company, Jabalpur.

The petitioner filed this PIL made for direction to respondent to make inquiry in matter regarding corruption in purchase, supply and transportation of coal against illegal action and collusion of officers of power generated company and coal officers of Coal India and this petition also for direction to Lokayukta to complete pending inquiry. The petitioner submitted before the court that aforesaid criminal offence has been registered before Lokayukta since 2011 and petitioner’s statement already been recorded on March 3, 2011, but till date investigation has not been completed and Lokayukta has not filed any final report in the matter.

The petitioner challenging the act of authorities concerned in purchase of coal contended in the petition that the act of authorities are incorrect and illegal because as per documents and statement recorded before Lokayukta by the petitioner in 2011 with facts clearly mentioned that there is huge corruption and imbroglio about Rs 4,000 crore.

Notices to Bhopal Collector, others for encroachment on govt land in Katni

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday has issued notices to the Secretary, Revenue Department, Bhopal Collector, Katni SDO, Dheemrkheda, Katni, Tehsildar, Dheemarkheda, Katni, SP, Katni, SHO, Dheemarkheda, Katni, Ram Vishal, Shive Kumar, Sukhram, Ram Sewak, Ravi Kumar, Jai Karan, Chandulal Lodhi, Vijay Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Ajay Kumar, Ravi Kumar, Sanjay Kumar, Milan Kumar, Raj Kumar, Bharat Kumar and Pandit Prasad Tripathi and asked them to file their reply before the court in the matter related to encroachment on government land in Dheemarkheda of Katni district.

The division bench has issued notices in public interest litigation filed by Ramgopal Burman. The petitioner seeking direction to respondents Collector, Katni, SDO, Dheemrkheda, Katni, Tehsildar, Dheemarkheda, Katni to remove encroachment from government land situated at Village Devri, Post Pindraye, Police Station and Tehsil Dheemarkheda, Katni District, which has been occupied by way of encroachment by the respondents Ram Vishal, Shive Kumar, Sukhram, Ram Sewak, Ravi Kumar, Jai Karan, Chandulal Lodhi, Vijay Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Ajay Kumar, Ravi Kumar, Sanjay Kumar, Milan Kumar, Raj Kumar, Bharat Kumar and Pandit Prasad Tripathi forcibly without having any authority as well as order passed by the revenue officer. The petitioner also sought directions to the respondents including SP, Katni, SHO, Dheemarkheda, Katni to register first information report against respondents for the misappropriation and manipulation of the revenue documents or records and illegal encroachment on the government land as mentioned above by using muscle power. The petitioner had submitted several representations before respondents revenue and police authorities for taking necessary legal and administrative action against respondents but no any respondent authority has taken any administrative and legal action against the respondents.

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College youths meet watery grave: Body of 4th youth found under husks

BODY of missing boy was found on Wednesday morning under husks in Bargi right bank canal in Kailwas village under jurisdiction of Panagar police station. Three boys met with a watery grave and ... Read More
BODY of missing boy was found on Wednesday morning under husks in Bargi right bank canal in Kailwas village under jurisdiction of Panagar police station. Three boys met with a watery grave and one was missing in right bank canal, while another boy succeeded in saving his life. It may be recalled that five first year students of St Aloysius College were on their way for a picnic at Bargi Dam. When they were passing through the canal road their Maruti Swift car (MP-20CD-5173) went out of control and they fell into the swollen canal on September 2.

Bodies of three boys including Mohammed Shahbaz Khan, a resident of Raddi Chowki area, Ayush Soni, a resident of Sihora, Vilal Pasha, resident of Railway Colony area were fished out from the car during search operation on Tuesday evening, while Aditya Gawande, a resident of Gupteshwar area, was missing.

Fortunately, one of the five boys, Anshul Rajak, resident of Ghamapur area, succeeded in coming out of the car into water and managed to swim to the banks but four of his friends met with a watery grave. Search operation was re-started on Wednesday morning and a team of divers started search at downstream of the canal far from the accident spot. Continuing rigorous search, the team found body of Aditya Gawande under husk. Witnessing the body of Aditya, his family members were inconsolable while a large number of villagers had gathered at the spot. Senior police and administrative officers monitored the search operation and consoled untimely death of four boys in the tragic incident.

College in deep shock, Teacher’s Day celebrations cancelled

THE unfortunate and sad incident on September 2 at Kailwas village has left St Aloysius College in a state of shock and tears. Sad demise of four young students Mohammed Shahbaz Khan, Ayush Soni, Mohammed Bilal Pasha and Aditya Gawande is a great loss for the College.

On this ill fated day, college activities remained suspended and special condolence meetings were organised in both the shifts. Special prayers were said by Dr Kallol Das and Dr R P Ojha with final concluding remarks made by Principal Dr Vazhan Arasu for departed souls. On their tragic demise, staff council of St Aloysius College has cancelled all Teacher’s Day celebrations.

Some students have also proposed to cancel freshers’ parties due for the year. Teachers’ felicitation ceremony to be organised shortly on September 7 by Alumni Association of St Aloysius College has been postponed.

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Ayurved guides food intake for healthy life

The ancient Indian health science Ayurved describes three pillars of healthy life namely Ahar, Nidra and Bhrahmacharya. These concepts mentioned in the Ayurvedic literature have been interprete... Read More
The ancient Indian health science Ayurved describes three pillars of healthy life namely Ahar, Nidra and Bhrahmacharya. These concepts mentioned in the Ayurvedic literature have been interpreted in different ways by the practitioners in the recent past.

A large number of Nutritious Ayurvedic Diet Plan, with a tag ‘without any side effects’ are marketed to earn higher profits because of ignorance of people on Ayurved. In fact, there is nothing which can specifically be called an Ayurvedic Diet. ‘Ahar’ in Ayurved speaks about balanced diet, which may differ depending on ecological conditions. Ayurved, therefore, believes in individual approach, although there are general principles or guidelines to be follow by the people.

Ayurved practitioners have stated that the ancient guidelines can be adopted and modified to suit the life style of the present era, and make use of the available food which could fulfill the requirements of the body. These requirements have been described in Ayurved.

Talking to The Hitavada noted Ayurved practitioner Dr G M Mamtani said that the health science (Ayurved) has three doctrine called tridosha (Vata, Pitta and Kapha), which can not be shown physically, but are related to the five elements. Ayurved aims and maintaining balance between these five elements in nature and also in the body. Imbalance in these elements in the body are described in three ways, which are called Tridosha. Ahar in Ayurved has been described along with other two concepts ‘Nidra’ and ‘Brahmacharya’. Along with balanced diet, adequate sleep and control over body and mind (Brahmacharya) is needed for balancing the Tridosha.

There is nothing which can be called an ‘Ayurvedic Food’. The intake of food depends on the metabolism of an individual. “What we eat not only influences us physically, but also defines our psychology. Those acquiring knowledge, therefore, were advised to eat simple, non-spicy (Satvik) food. The objective was to prevent a knowledgeable person to become egoistic or arrogant.

The digestive fire demands food, and is kept active constantly. Improper food or imbalance in intake of food can affect this fire adversely and may produce toxic substances in the digestive system. These toxic substances lead to other forms of ailments in other parts of the body. Ayurved has given great importance to eight factors in dietetics, which are called ‘Ashtavidha Samskara’. Ayurved is not a food science, but has provided guidelines on food along with other factors to lead a healthy and long life.

The Ayurvedic preparations, herbs and extracts available in the market, should not be consumed without consulting a trained practitioner. Although these products are marketed with a note of ‘No side-effects’, consuming them without proper guidance could lead to imbalance of the tridoshas, Dr Mamtani cautioned.

Traditional Indian eating practice is based on the knowledge of the experts in the field of Ayurved. The food habits have changed with the changing life style. The two other factors - proper and timely sleep and control over food, sleep affects behaviour, which causes several other personal and social problems.

Another Ayurved practitioner Dr Sunita Bhusari agrees to what has been stated by Dr Mamtani. The dietitian today are consulted mainly after a person is suffering from various ailments. The diet is, therefore, planned to suit the suffering person. In Ayurved the diet has been planned for healthy living and restrictions have been specified for the person suffering from some ailment.

Former Dean of Shree Ayurved Mahavidyalaya Dr M M Jumle stated that besides guiding on what should be consumed and when, Ayurved has extensively defined restrictions (Pathya), during a particular season, time of meals, during any kind of ailment etc. These restrictions are based on study of a particular food item on body, when the body is affected by some disease, which is called imbalance in tridoshas.

The ancient health science was based on research and experience of the knowledgeable persons. Unfortunately the original text has been interpreted in different ways by the students. Several anomalies because of these wrong interpretation and later use of the ancient knowledge for commercial purpose, has pushed the ancient Indian science to back seat.

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Mayor needs more power: Sole

Satisfied with his stint as first citizen of Nagpur, Mayor Anil Sole will retire from his post on September 5. This is a coincidence that by profession Anil Sole is a teacher and fortunately, h... Read More
Satisfied with his stint as first citizen of Nagpur, Mayor Anil Sole will retire from his post on September 5. This is a coincidence that by profession Anil Sole is a teacher and fortunately, he is retiring from his post on Teachers day. In his two and half years tenure, Sole worked in adverse condition and weak financial position of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) but he survived bravely and balanced smartly between income and development. Now, as newly elected legislator from graduates constituency, Sole will start his new inning as member of legislative council.

On completion of two and half years term, Sole said, it is necessary to give administrative and financial powers to Mayors. Presently, the Mayor’s post is customary post without any teeth. Recently, the Mayor of Japan signed a treaty with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We do not have such power. We needed such power to strengthen democracy.

Being a 50th Mayor of the City, Sole gave theme of “green city-clean city,” which was appreciated across the city by people from all walks of life. Sole not only tried to rejuvenate Nag River and Pili river by involving people and administration but also batted for getting funds from the Central and State Government for its beautification and rejuvenation and even Prime Minister Narendra Modi publicly patted his back for this achievement. His vision is very clear about orange city, while talking to The Hitavada, Sole said, “Protection of environment is necessary in modern days as water, air and noise pollution is increasing day by day in the country. If we do not awake from deep slumber then posterity will never forgive us.”

Sole has given thought and started tree plantation drive under which around one lakh trees were jointly planted by social organisations and local body. He started observing world earth day by switch off lights on every full moon day, which falls twice in every month. He received very good response from people. The use of Solar Energy, Ethanol, and other green technology was increased during his tenure. The local body has provided solar water heater at cheaper rates to the citizens. Ban on use of Plaster of Paris idols and preventing immersion of idols in the natural water bodies was his idea to protect lakes from the pollution. He provided artificial water ponds for immersion of idols in all the major lakes.

NMC is celebrating 150 th years of foundation under his regime. Sole felicitated all former Mayors, Deputy Mayors and former corporators on this occasion at Town Hall, Mahal. This is a rare moment in which all former office bearers of the local body were present and exchanged ideas with him. He got a chance to visit France, Sri Lanka for international conference and gave presentation regarding Nagpur city. He was elected as Chairman of All India Mayors’ Council and visited many cities. Many important decisions were taken by the Council during his one year regime. Sole introduced Ladli Laxmi Yojana with the help of his colleagues in NMC. The 24 x 7 water supply scheme received national accolades.

However, the local body faced financial constraints due to introduction of Local Body Tax (LBT) in place of Octroi. This has tremendously reduced the income of NMC from Rs 500 crore during Octroi regime to Rs 300 crore due to LBT. In this adverse situation, the Mayor along with Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane took major decision to stay away financial crisis from the local body. They met Union representatives, and contractors and urged them to support in bad financial condition. They had decided to first disburse salary to class IV and class III employees and only then to senior officers. The austerity measures and financial discipline helped a lot to maintain balance in the local body, otherwise other Municipal Corporations are in deep financial doldrums. He talked to Chief Minister over LBT issue but all went in vain.

On completion of two and half years term, Sole said, it is necessary to give administrative and financial powers to Mayors. Presently, the Mayor’s post is customary post without any teeth. Recently, the Mayor of Japan signed a treaty with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We do not have such power. We needed such power to strengthen democracy. He also tried to bring all other developmental agencies under one roof. Whenever, he called meeting regarding city’s development or problem, NIT Chairman, District Collector, Commissioner of Police, Vice Chancellor and other organisations head attended the meeting. The city received prestigious awards during his regime. He expressed gratitude towards Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, State BJP President Devendra Fadnavis, Ruling Party leader Pravin Datke, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane, Standing Committee Chiefs, his all colleagues, and citizens of orange city for their support.

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Barbaric Act, Barbaric Laws

On September 2 morning, I received a shock. Highlighted in black was the headline of a newspaper about kidnapping of Yug Chandak, an 8-year-old innocent child. There was an instant chilling eff... Read More
On September 2 morning, I received a shock. Highlighted in black was the headline of a newspaper about kidnapping of Yug Chandak, an 8-year-old innocent child. There was an instant chilling effect in the spine, reminding one of Kush Kataria case. Taking suo motu cognisance of the situation, eyes started looking towards the Supreme with a hope that one does not have to be a witness to repeat of Kush Kataria episode of 2011, the burns of which are still fresh. The horrific memories have not faded, and here seems to be a repeat again.

As a concerned citizen, I started combing the connection on WhatsApp and the updates started pouring in the late evening and late night prompting me to pen this article on the situation. Dejected, I realised the fact that the innocent child had lost his life without having the privilege to be exposed to the fuller version of it. He became a victim of the barbaric act of the monsters disguised as humans, who, for their lust for money and egoism, eliminated the innocent child. The parents had been subjected to nightmare of their life. Wednesday morning, the news was confirmed in black again about the death of Yug Chandak. Destiny was ruthless to him and his family, even to Nagpurians. Not again, said the heart. But alas! We lost him.

The biggest question of the hour is -- Will the culprits be tried by the law? Will they be punished by the same snail-paced lethargic legal system of which such criminals take undue advantage of? These are the laws, which we Indians are aware of. We are aware of the laws, which ultimately let the culprits go scot-free after prolonged series of trials. Let the Kush Kataria case speak volumes of it. Let this case testify if inflicting even double-lifer pacifies the victimised family. Or, do the killers be given the same barbaric treatment, which was meted out to their innocent son who lost his life.

Time to ponder, time to introspect, time to take tough decisions, time to watch out for spineless, inefficient, ineffective, snail-paced legal system. Allegations are levelled against foreign laws in this regard as barbaric. Tit-for-Tat approach; pronouncement of capital punishment in full public view are termed as inhuman. Can someone answer this agony, except the agonised family? It is time to revamp the existing legal system. When the rule says that punishments are to rehabilitate the convict, should not one think at what cost? Do the killers need rehabilitation or deserve elimination?

By keeping the criminals behind the bars for the rest of their life, that too, on bails and paroles; and incessantly following the whims and fancies of the convict, are we not doing wrong to the society? Readers, please bear this in mind that punishments are inflicted to teach lessons and not to attract the cost of the living of the convict on the innocent taxpayers. Whom are we nursing? The judiciary ought to teach a severe lesson to the convicts setting a deterrent example for the criminals in future. Can you hear the human rights people crying foul? The judiciary should take a leaf out of the situation, look back at what has happened and what needs to be stopped and come up with a law that ‘whosoever commits barbaric act should be prosecuted with the barbaric laws’. Let me remind the law-makers that all inhabitants feel the same, but this provocation has been sabotaged by ineffective laws that we boast of. That is the reason people have lost faith in the law of the land, as our laws eventually prove ineffective and the innocents finally feel cheated.

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PCR for killers till September 15

LAKADGANJ Police on Wednesday obtained remand of the two killers of Yug, an eight-year-old son of noted dental surgeon Dr Mukesh Chandak, for their custodial interrogation till September 15.Read More
LAKADGANJ Police on Wednesday obtained remand of the two killers of Yug, an eight-year-old son of noted dental surgeon Dr Mukesh Chandak, for their custodial interrogation till September 15.

Facing charges of kidnapping, murder and destroying evidence under Sections 363, 364 (A), 302 and 201 of the Indian Penal Code, accused Rajesh Dhanalal Daware (19), a resident of Plot No 5, Wajri Layout, near Jai Ambe Kirana Stores, Kalamna, and Arvind Abhilash Singh (23), a resident of Preeti Layout, Nara Road, Jaripatka, were produced before Judicial Magistrate First Class D S Sharma by senior Inspector (Lakadganj) S K Jaiswal.

Seeing police custody remand (PCR) of Daware and Arvind Singh, Additional Public Prosecutor (APP) Gode, who was assisted by Advocate Lubesh Meshram, told the court that the police wanted to interrogate the accused to find out whether any other person was involved in the crime. The police also wanted to recover the cellphones and scooterette used by the accused for committing the heinous crime, he added.

APP Gode and Adv. Meshram stated that the Investigation Officer (IO) Jaiswal wanted to recover the school shirt worn by Yug Chandak which he was wearing when the accused duo kidnapped him after he returned home in his school bus on Monday. The prosecution pointed that custodial interrogation of the accused was necessary to find out the motive behind kidnapping and murder of Yug Chandak.

After hearing the grounds cited by the prosecution and arguments of the defence, the court remanded accused Daware and Arvind Singh to police custody for 13 days. A resident of Guruvandana Apartment, Chhapru Nagar, Yug was by Daware and Arvind Singh on a scooterette after he returned from his school between 4 pm and 5 pm on Monday.

A student of Centre Point School, Yug knew Daware as he used to work at his father’s Chandak Dental Clinic. Before going with Daware and Arvind Singh, Yug handed over his schoolbag to the watchman and told him that would return after half an hour. Daware and Arvind Singh then took the boy near village Babulkheda on Lonkhairi-Patansawangi Road. Under a bridge, they brutally killed him.

After 30 hours of the incident, cops detected the heinous crime and arrested the culprits.

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Why Yug was killed

WAS it an urge for quick money or was it revenge that led to eight-year-old Yug Chandak’s chilling murder? As the city boiled in anger and cops probed various angles to ascertain the motive b... Read More
WAS it an urge for quick money or was it revenge that led to eight-year-old Yug Chandak’s chilling murder? As the city boiled in anger and cops probed various angles to ascertain the motive behind the killing, it has been established that Yug had to pay the price for his sharp mind.

Ransom was certainly not the reason behind Yug’s kidnapping and killing. The accused, Rajesh Daware, wanted to murder the innocent kid who had exposed the former’s misdeeds while working as computer operator with Chandak Dental Clinic.

Daware wanted to settle scores with Yug and his father Dr Mukesh Chandak after the kid had caught his misdeeds at the clinic. Daware hatched a plan to kill Yug because of whom he had to lose his job. The other accused, Arvind Singh, was misled by Daware. Yug was a sharp and alert kid. He used to visit his father’s clinic and often played games on computers. Daware, who also used to sit at the counter, often took extra money from patients at the clinic. However, the amount in the computerised data always matched the official charges prescribed by Dr Chandak. Daware used to pocket the extra amount.

Daware once charged extra money from a patient in the presence of Yug. He ignored the kid’s presence presuming that Yug was too small to understand things. But an intelligent boy that he was Yug immediately alerted his father. Dr Chandak checked the records and caught Daware red-handed. He allegedly reprimanded the accused in the presence of patients and other staff and gave fired him.

Daware held a grudge of this humiliation and hatched a plan to eliminate Yug to teach Dr Chandak a lesson. He contacted Arvind Singh and told him that they could become rich if they kidnapped the boy. Arvind Singh immediately agreed to Daware’s plan.

The duo kidnapped Yug after he returned in his school bus on Monday. While they were taking him on a scooterette, Daware allegedly placed a handkerchief dipped in chloroform on his mouth. They then took the boy under a bridge on Lonkhairi-Patansawangi Road. When Yug regained consciousness, they strangled him and smashed his head with stones. In an attempt to destroy evidence, they removed his school shirt and covered the body with big teak leaves. While fleeing, they also placed a huge boulder on his face.

The culprits then went to their respective houses but landed in police dragnet after Dr Chandak expressed suspicion on Daware. It appears that they had already killed Yug when his father lodged a complaint with Lakadganj Police.

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Anguish. Angst. Anger.

Anguish. Angst. Anger. These were the emotions that engulfed the hearts and minds of humanity on Wednesday morning, as soon as the news of the brutal murder of eight-year-old Yug Chandak reached ... Read More
Anguish. Angst. Anger. These were the emotions that engulfed the hearts and minds of humanity on Wednesday morning, as soon as the news of the brutal murder of eight-year-old Yug Chandak reached people.

Anguish about the children in every home, angst over death of innocence, and seething anger against the killers of innocence marked the day for thousands of people who thronged the residence of Dr Mukesh Chandak in Chhapru Nagar. The emotionally charged sea of humanity kept expanding.

Soon after the post-mortem at Mayo Hospital, Yug’s body was taken to his house at Guruvandana Apartment, Chhapru Nagar. Unsettling cries of suffering numbed the thousands present. Dr Chandak, the father who had lost his lovely child was a shattered soul; and so was Dr Prerna his mother, and Dhruv his elder brother. They were inconsolable. The lensmen, too, found it difficult to control their emotions but immediately honoured the emotional request from the family members not to click photographs inside the house.

The huge crowd that waited outside Dr Chandak’s residence and poured onto the streets was stunned into silence when the little body of Yug was brought out for funeral.

Thousands, including political leaders, doctors, teachers, academicians, lawyers, social workers, businessmen and other prominent citizens, followed the hearse van to Gangabai ghat. MLA Krishna Khopde, MLA Vikas Kumbhare, Pravin Datke, NMC Standing Committee chief Narendra (Balya) Borkar, Abha Chaturvedi, Satyanarayan Nuwal, corporators Pradeep Pohane and Duneshwar Pethe, Atul Kotecha, Subhash Kotecha, Panju Totwani, Sanjay Wadhwani, Chandan Goswami, Poonamchand Malu, Shyam Soni, Pukhraj Bang, Nilesh Gandhi and hundreds of other prominent citizens attended the funeral. On way, many more joined in with choked throats and somber hearts.

A group of angry youths from East Nagpur insisted on taking the body to Lakadganj Police Station to register protest against the police officers for their alleged failure to rescue the boy.

Some prominent citizens, including Radheshyam Sarda, managed to convince them and took the body for cremation.

To prevent any untoward incident a huge police posse guarded various places in East Nagpur. As the funeral pyre was lit, heavy hearts and teary eyes kept suppressing the anger.

While bidding final farewell to Yug, memories of Kush Kataria, another innocent soul who also met a similar fate in 2011, came flooding.

One man in the crowd could relate to the immense pain of Dr Mukesh. For Prashant Kataria, father of Kush, it was an agonising revisit to the tragedy. As Yug’s pyre was lit, Kush’s father could not stop his tears. It was a heart-wrenching moment that shook every soul present there.

As the flames went up, the boiling hearts at Gangabai ghat; at traffic signals, at religious gatherings, at tea-stalls, at offices, at homes, at theaters, in lanes, in by-lanes, at every nook and corner of the city, were screaming with just one feeling — Hang Those Demons!

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Eight IAS officers including five collectors transferred

In yet another minor administrative reshuffle, State Government transferred eight IAS officers, including five collectors, on Tuesday. Ashok Kumar Singh, Katni Collector, has been shifted as Co... Read More
In yet another minor administrative reshuffle, State Government transferred eight IAS officers, including five collectors, on Tuesday. Ashok Kumar Singh, Katni Collector, has been shifted as Collector, Sagar. D D Agrawal, Collector Agar Malwa, has been posted as Deputy Secretary. Madhukar Agnay, CEO, District Panchayat Shivpuri, has been appointed as Collector, Bhind.

Vinod Kumar Sharma, Collector Bhind, has been posted as Collector Agar Malwa. G V Rashim, who was in waiting for posting, has been appointed as Collector, Neemuch. Vikas Narwal, Collector Neemuch, has been posted as Collector, Katni. Ganesh Shankar Mishra, CEO, District Panchayat, Harda, has been shifted as Additional Collector, Harda. Shanmukh Priya Mishra, CEO, District Panchayat, Hoshangabad has moved as CEO, District Panchayat, Harda.

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Chain-snatching case: Police scrutinising CCTV cameras’ footages

Nagar police is scrutinising CCTV cameras’ footages to identify and nab miscreants involved in the chain-snatching incident of Monday night when a 53-year-old woman was targetted outside Jain... Read More
Nagar police is scrutinising CCTV cameras’ footages to identify and nab miscreants involved in the chain-snatching incident of Monday night when a 53-year-old woman was targetted outside Jain temple and was relieved of her Rs 80,000 worth gold chain.

The temple committee had installed CCTV cameras to monitor the proceedings in the temple. The miscreants targetted the woman when electricity went off and utilising the darkness, succeeded in escaping. Police have also brought in several suspects and interrogating them to solve the case.

On Monday night, Chandra Prabha Jain went to Jain temple near TT Nagar stadium to participate in Prayushan festival being celebrated. When she was on the gate of the temple, electricity went off just for seven minutes and using this opportunity, chain-snatchers targetted her.

Police is scrutinising the footages of CCTV cameras installed on rotaries as the miscreant may have been captured in them. Cases of chain snatching are on rise in State capital in last few months.

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Heavy rains lash State capital, other parts of Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal witnessed couple of spells of heavy rains on Tuesday. A spell of heavy rains lashed State capital during evening hours and later, in the night. Rain water had started to flow on roads an... Read More
Bhopal witnessed couple of spells of heavy rains on Tuesday. A spell of heavy rains lashed State capital during evening hours and later, in the night. Rain water had started to flow on roads and drains overflowed within few minutes of rainfall. Rains have also lashed other parts of State. Weather Department has forecast heavy rains in parts of Bhopal, Indore, Hoshangabad and Jabalpur divisions in next 24 hours.

Cloudy conditions prevailed in State capital throughout the day on Tuesday. It was around 4 pm that a short but heavy spell of rains took people by surprise. The rains were so intense that distant things were hardly visible. Later, rains hit State capital post 7 pm and continued for more than an hour. Rainfall was traced in Bhopal but isolated parts of Madhya Pradesh also received good rainfall.

Damoh received rainfall of 38mm followed by Jabalpur (25mm), Sagar (11mm), Tikamgarh (44mm), Shivpuri (22 mm), etc. Weather Department said, a low pressure area is over Vidarbha and central Madhya Pradesh and it is due to this reason that rains are battering isolated parts of Madhya Pradesh. However, monsoon system is getting weak. Good news is that one more system is developing over Bay of Bengal and its movement is awaited.

Weather conditions in Bhopal are likely to remain same even on Wednesday. Revival of rains has come as a boon to farmers as, due to a dry spell of a fortnight, kharif crops had started to suffer due to halt in rainfall. Rains are occurring in entire State.

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Bhopal Dugdh Sangh to recover Rs 14 crore from consumers

Consumers should prepare themselves for further hike in Sanchi milk and milk products in coming months as the Bhopal Dugdh Sangh that incurs loss of Rs 14 crore, might recover the revenue loss fr... Read More
Consumers should prepare themselves for further hike in Sanchi milk and milk products in coming months as the Bhopal Dugdh Sangh that incurs loss of Rs 14 crore, might recover the revenue loss from its consumers in coming months. This heavy financial loss, despite regular hike in Sanchi milk and its products, has come to light when recently, the Dugdh Sangh officers, in a presentation before a meeting of its Board of Directors, pointed out that the Sangh is facing financial crisis.

According to a senior officer in Dugdh Sangh, some months ago, Dugdh Sangh had paid more to the milk producing farmers on the basis of fat in milk.

Reason cited by the Dugdh Sangh officers is that if it got milk with more fat, it would not need to buy milk from other places to meet increasing demand of people. As the demand for Sanchi milk consumers is on rise, it sometimes fails to meet out the demand and its consumers are forced to take milk from other brands available in market. It is learnt that when the Dugdh Sangh officers took this decision, they thought it was not actually the loss. Rather, it was type of investment and this Rs 14 crore will be recovered in coming months. But the Dugdh Sangh Board members were not satisfied with the reason and are said to have resented.

Sources in Dugdh Sangh said that if the Dugdh Sangh is to recover Rs 14 crore, it will have to increase rates of its products and milk too in coming months. However, the consumers will not bear it if rates are increased. Dugdh Sangh will have to wait some months to again hike prices of its milk products and milk. However, some more products are there, whose rates might be increased to recover Rs 14 crore.

When contacted, Alam Khan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), said Bhopal Dugdh Sangh had paid more to the milk producing farmers on the basis of fat some months ago. So, Dugdh Sangh had financial burden of Rs 14 crore. We paid more as to stop purchasing milk from other places because we demand more milk with increase of consumers. We had said that Rs 14 crore will be recovered in coming months, he said.

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BJP workers from Damoh protest against Chandrabhan

BJP workers from Damoh protested at party headquarters on Tuesday to register their protest over inclusion of former MP Chandrabhan into the party. They were of the view that Damoh party worker... Read More
BJP workers from Damoh protested at party headquarters on Tuesday to register their protest over inclusion of former MP Chandrabhan into the party. They were of the view that Damoh party workers were not taken into confidence while taking back Chandrabhan into party fold from Congress. Damoh District President Narendra Vyas led the disgruntled BJP workers and met BJP State President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan and BJP state organisation General Secretary, Arvind Menon. “There is resentment against Chandrabhan as he had ditched party in past and joined Congress. He had also contested two Assembly elections and Lok Sabha election against the party. We have informed party’s State President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan and Arvind Menon about the rising resentment and they said that they would consider the matter,” said District President of Damoh BJP, Narendra Vyas to ‘The Hitavada’.

Notably, Chandrabhan had joined BJP by saying that now there is no future of Congress in State and he had done a mistake by going to Congress. When he was MP from BJP, he had not followed the party line during voting on nuclear deal issue during UPA regime and following this, he was sacked from the party.

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Suicide pact case: Misrod police trace out Ramcharan

Misrod police have traced out Ramcharan, who was suspected to have gone missing under mysterious circumstances some days back. He was in hiding. Police are grilling him and taking his statement... Read More
Misrod police have traced out Ramcharan, who was suspected to have gone missing under mysterious circumstances some days back. He was in hiding. Police are grilling him and taking his statements. Police said, as case is also being probed by CID, hence any decision to hand over accused to CID would be taken by senior police officers.

Notably, three family members of Ramcharan had created sensation by consuming poison outside the DGP’s house last Saturday by alleging that Ramcharan had been abducted by Parsora village Sarpanch Meera and Panchayat Secretary Jitendra Shrivastava. They were rushed to hospital and DGP Nandan Dubey had immediately ordered CID inquiry into the incident. Those who consumed poison include Ramcharan’s wife Baby Bai and sons Sunil and Sanjay.

“We have traced out Ramcharan and he is being interrogated. His statements are being taken. He is giving contradictory statements,” said DIG D Sreenivasa Varma to ‘The Hitavada’. When asked that as DGP had also ordered CID inquiry into the case, so whether accused would be handed over to CID, Varma said that along with police, CID is also investigating the matter and any decision to hand over accused to CID would be taken by senior police officers.

Ramcharan is a former Sarpanch and resident of Hinotia Jagir in Nazirabad. When trio had consumed poison, Nazirabad police had said that Ramcharan had a scuffle with a person and he was booked in the case. Police claimed that Ramcharan was allegedly trying to build pressure on Parsoria Sarpanch and Panchayat Secretary Jitendra and demanding money. When duo refused to give money, he had allegedly threatened them of implicating in fake case. Later, he had gone missing in first week of August and his family had expressed apprehension that he had been abducted. Now police are trying to know from Ramcharan that what is the truth behind the entire episode and why he had hatched the conspiracy of going missing? Most puzzling question is that why his three family members had attempted suicide if he was not abducted and living in hiding.

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Nod to 3rd higher pay scale; smartphones for students

State Cabinet has given nod to the proposal of third higher pay scale to the Government employees, who have got benefit of only 2 promotion/time-bound promotion/time scale since appointment in ... Read More
State Cabinet has given nod to the proposal of third higher pay scale to the Government employees, who have got benefit of only 2 promotion/time-bound promotion/time scale since appointment in Government service and those completed 30 years or more in service as on July 1 this year or thereafter. Cabinet also approved the proposal to provide smartphones to students taking admission in the first year in colleges under Higher Education Department.

A Cabinet meeting chaired by the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday took several important decisions, including approval to Mukhyamantri Grameen Parivahan Yojana (CM’s Rural Transport Policy) and revised Integrated Child Protection Scheme for rag picker and beggar children besides increasing the license fee of Government accommodation. The Cabinet also decided to allot 4.29 hectare remaining Government land to Sasan Power Project at Collector’s guideline rate of this fiscal.

The decision of third higher pay scale will entail a burden of Rs 418 crore on the state exchequer. The Service period for third higher pay scale will be calculated on the basis of current service since assuming post after being directly recruited through competitive/selection test. The Government servants, who are eligible for time scale on the basis of service period and whose promoted post’s time scale pay scale/grade pay is less in accordance with service rules, their educational qualifications prescribed in service rules will not be considered for eligibility for time scale/pay scale. Cabinet decided to implement Mukhyamantri Grameen Parivahan Yojana for making available safe and convenient public transport service in remote villages and tribal areas of the State. This will also help in socio-economic growth in these areas. Under the scheme, those roads will be considered as rural roads, which connect villages to the nearest main roads or with blocks/tahsils (except district headquarters). These roads may also include parts of main roads, but not more than 10 kilometers long.

The Cabinet decided to implement Mukhyamantri Karigar Samriddhi Yojana for betterment of traditional craftspersons. Under the pilot project of the scheme, first of all, registered workers of Building & Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board will be imparted training. The scheme will first be launched in Indore, Bhopal, Sehore and Jabalpur districts.

As per Sankalp-2013, the Cabinet decided to provide smartphones to students taking admission in the first year in colleges under Higher Education Department. Students having 75 percent attendance till distribution of smartphones, will be eligible for smartphones. Smartphones will not be given to the students, who have been provided laptops by School Education Department.

The Cabinet accorded sanction to implement Integrated Child Protection Scheme for rag pickers, beggars and destitute children’s rehabilitation in accordance with revised fiscal norms. Under 12th Five-Year Plan, the Central Government has revised fiscal norms of the scheme from year 2014-15. The State Government will have to bear additional burden of Rs 66,54,33,000 as State share under the scheme during 3 years from year 2014-15 to 2016-17.

For ensuring adequate staff in jails, Cabinet sanctioned creation of 10 posts of Deputy Superintendent Jail, 72 of Assistant Superintendent Jail, 389 of Chief Warder and 1,340 posts of Warders. These posts will be filled up in 2 phases in year 2014-15 and 2016-17. Besides, sanction was also granted for new post of Assistant Director Fisheries and Assistant grade-3, Computer Operator and other posts for his office in newly constituted Agar-Malwa district.

Apart from sanctioning regular posts instead of contractual teachers in 10 divisional residential schools of Scheduled Caste Welfare Department, the Cabinet sanctioned creation of 303 posts of non-teaching and class-IV staff. The Cabinet also sanctioned creation of 31 posts in Jiwaji University, Gwalior. The Cabinet decided to constitute Ghatigaon tEhsil in Gwalior district and Mau tEhsil in Bhind district. In all, 13 posts including one each of tEhsildar and naib tehsildar, 5 of assistant grade-3 and other posts were sanctioned for newly constituted Ghatigaon tehsil. It will be headquartered at Ghatigaon. It will comprise 32 patwari halkas and 84 villages. Similarly, the newly constituted Mau tehsil will also comprise 32 patwari halkas and 84 villages. It will have staff on par with Ghatigaon.

The Cabinet endorsed the proposal to revise licence fee for Government accommodation. The new rates will be applicable with effect from next month. Revision of the fee will be considered every 5 years. The fee for Government accommodation at Bhopal will be applicable for accommodations at division and district-level Government accommodation. The Cabinet directed that Public Works Department (PWD) should regularly maintain all types of Government accommodation. Expenditure on maintenance should be made in proportion to type of accommodation to make them habitable.

The Cabinet sanctioned amendment in Work Allocation Rules for transferring subjects pertaining to Madhya Pradesh Tirth-sthan Evam Mela Pradhikaran from Culture Department to Religious Trusts & Endowment Department. The Cabinet sanctioned pay scale of 5500-9000 instead of second higher pay scale to class III assistants grade-3 and telephone operators of Governor’s Secretariat.

The Cabinet decided to relax the condition “land purchased after April 30, 1999” in the context of providing special rehabilitation package against land affected by additional submergence of first time tank level upto 262.13 meters of Indira Sagar Project.

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Ajatshatru assumes charge as ASP Crime

Ajatshatru Bahadur Singh, a 1996-batch State Police Service (SPS) cadre officer, finally assumed his charge as Additional Superintendent of Police (Crime) here other day. Soon after assuming th... Read More
Ajatshatru Bahadur Singh, a 1996-batch State Police Service (SPS) cadre officer, finally assumed his charge as Additional Superintendent of Police (Crime) here other day. Soon after assuming the charge at his office at Police Control Room, Ajatshatru had a quick glance of the major crimes pending for detection in the Raipur district.

He also took a stock of recent crime trends, particularly related with cyber crime offences including the forgery and cheating done with using proxy credit cards. Known for his extra-ordinary crime busting skills, Ajatshatru Bahadur Singh later interacting with the reporters at his chamber said that his primary focus would be on observing the current working style of Central Crime Branch (CCB), before executing any major changes in its structure. “I need sometime to assess the lacunae, if any, in the functioning of CCB, which according to him was performing quite satisfactory so far,” he maintained.

Hailing from Rajnandgaon district, 46-year-old ASP Singh also recalled his previous stint in Raipur District on similar capacity during which he and his team members – crime-cracking sleuths from CCB – unraveled several crimes. The ASP also acknowledged the local media support that he enjoyed in his previous term and was looking forward for similar cooperation this time as well. He also thanked his senior officials, who always encouraged and extended him cooperation for effective and prompt discharge of his duties as ASP Crime.

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Now, sketches to make learning more interesting in Govt schools

Don’t be surprised if government school students in tribal-dominated Jashpur begin sharing sketches on local human trafficking instances in addition to excelling in their school curriculum…... Read More
Don’t be surprised if government school students in tribal-dominated Jashpur begin sharing sketches on local human trafficking instances in addition to excelling in their school curriculum…!

If the initiative, as claimed and proposed by World Comics in collaboration with UNICEF to state government materializes, government school students in remote, inaccessible and insurgency-hit parts of Chhattisgarh may not only learn much more effectively through an increase of visual content in their education, but would also contribute in identifying and triggering a debate on relevant local issues.

Sharad Sharma, who has been a career political cartoonist and development journalist and now runs World Comics, asserted that substantial hike of visual content in imparting school curriculum creates interest amongst students and stimulates them to be creative, while also making teaching a friendly experience, easy and effective.

Sharma said that he has held workshops for teachers in backward districts of Uttar Pradesh, North East states and also in Pakistan apart from Brazil, Laos and Finland and concluded that ‘teacher-student interaction’ becomes much more vibrant, when lessons are taught with sketches, no matter how amateurish. “When teachers realized the potential and effectiveness of sketches or comical characters in imparting education, the school attendance as also the interest level amongst students grew substantially,” he observed.

He said that school children make sketches of their understanding of lessons as homework under the new scheme and are also encouraged to express themselves on whatever issues they feel are vital and should be addressed. “This helps child develop into complete individual rather than limiting him to cramming up books,” he maintained.

Meanwhile, Sharad Sharma said that UNICEF in collaboration with World Comics has proposed introducing their teaching methodology in five districts of Chhattisgarh including Dantewada, Bastar, Surguja, Kanker and Koriya. If approved, the two agencies would work with SCERT to hold workshops for government teachers so that they can understand the method and then pass the training on in their locality.

However, World Comics teaches on creating four frame pictorial stories to teach any topic. Sharad Sharma claims that while he used it effectively to voice local issues in backward regions of country as a journo, he found that the idea is much more suitable in revolutionizing education. The teachers found it much easier to convey the core of any lesson to students through use of this medium while the latter understood it almost immediately not requiring any revision.

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After announcement of Mayor post many names come to fore from BJP

After announcement of Mayor post in Raipur as a general seat, many names including that of Ministers and state office-bearers have come to fore from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Surprisin... Read More
After announcement of Mayor post in Raipur as a general seat, many names including that of Ministers and state office-bearers have come to fore from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Surprisingly, the name of PWD Minister Rajesh Munat has also come to fore for the coveted post along with other aspirants including Sanjay Shrivastava, Ashok Pandey, Rajiv Agrawal, Shivjalam Dubey, etc to name a few.

With the announcement of reservations for Mayors and Presidents for different Municipal Corporations and Municipalities, several aspirants have come to fore for the post of Raipur Mayor. The name of Rajesh Munat, MLA from Raipur (West) has emerged as one of the strong contender. In the recently held Lok Sabha election, maximum lead of 39000 votes for BJP had come from his segment only. Apart from all these, he is one of the Ministers who is very close to the party organization and Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh.

Hence the Bharatiya Janata Party might field Munat in order to conquer the post of Mayor in capital Raipur, which will be a tough and interesting contest to watch. However, apart from Munat, others in the fray are BJP Vice President Sachidanand Upasne, RMC Chairman Sanjay Srivastava, former Mayor Sunil Soni, BJP leaders Chaggan Mundra, Rajiv Agrawal, Shivjalam Dubey, Praful Vishwakarma and many others. Meanwhile, Munat not only showed interest but taking a confident stride ahead he stated that if the party wants he will submit his candidature for the post. He however stated that he is ready for the contest but it is upto the party organization whether it allocates party ticket to him or not. But the statement has already created the much needed political frenzy amongst the rank and file in BJP. He said he is a disciplined party worker and if the party wants he can contest the post of Mayor or that of a corporator also. He added he has a likeness to serve the city and if given opportunity he is ready for the contest. He has laid his claim, not the ball is in the party’s court.

Meanwhile, political stalwarts have opined that when a Minister shows interest for the post of Mayor directly, it is a political step. Since there is a lot of leaders in the party fold including the former Mayor Sunil Soni who had a commendable tenure, Chairman Sanjay Srivastava is active in the RMC since a long time is also a strong contender. BJP Leader of Opposition in RMC Subhash Tiwari, a close confident of Minister Brijmohan Agrawal and BJP Vice President Sachidanand Upasne is also in the race. Tactfully, in order to end the race of ticket contenders, the BJP party organization has put forth the name of Minister Munat. Former Mayor Sunil Soni is of the opinion that Rajesh Munat is a serious contender and being a Minister has the necessary acumen for the post. If the party allocates him ticket, he is most welcome to contest and being a party worker he will extend all his support. The people of the Capital want development and a Mayor who will perform, the face is immaterial.

Upasne meanwhile stated that whom the party will order, he or she will contest. Expressing similar views, Sanjay Srivastava said it is for the party to decide about the candidate but the party should see that the candidate whosoever he or she is should be competent.

All contestants confident as Mayoral post becomes unreserved

The fight for Mayoral post in the next election of Bhilai Municipal Corporation is set to be an open one, with virtually the chance for all contestants, after the post was announced as unreserved. The incumbent BMC public representatives along with leaders of both major political outfits, Congress and BJP, welcomed this latest development pointing that it would enable their respective party leaderships to nominate the most suitable and deserving candidate, irrespective of his gender and caste or category. On the other hand, there are also a few among them, apparently worried after losing out on the privilege they could have otherwise availed. In this regard, from Congress, Bhilai Mayor, Nirmala Yadav said, “No matter, if the seat is now a General one! I am pretty much confident of my chances. I won under the most adverse of circumstances in the previous election; and worked tirelessly, with full commitment ever since for betterment of citizens”, adding, “It is important that I am a sitting Mayor, and as often sitting MPs and MLAs are retained on the basis of their performance, so it should be with me also”.

In contrast, senior Congress leader and Corporator, Shiju Anthony pointed, “Usually, male candidates are preferred for unreserved seats, but still it would be too early to say anything conclusively in this context.” He also expressed his willingness to throw hat in the ring, pointing, “It is up to Congress leadership to decide finally regarding the candidature, but if entrusted the responsibility, it would surely be a matter of great pride for me.” BMC Speaker and third time Corporator, Rajendra Singh Arora asserted, “Although it is obvious for each ground level party worker like me to hope to rise through the ranks, I am committed to support anyone the Party nominates, without any personal affiliations”.

Similarly, from BJP, Corporator and former Leader of Opposition, Sanjay Dani said, “Only BJP is going to be benefited with the BMC’s top post, as it is once again going back to unreserved category. As it could now field the best possible candidate in reserve category to throw out the corrupt and indolent duo of incumbent Mayor and Speaker from the Corporation.” President, Bhilai Jila BJP, OP Verma maintained, “BJP would nominate a candidate on the basis of his acceptability among the cadres. There is still a long time to go to the elections, and till, there would be a thorough scrutiny on the names of probable, within the party, before a decision on the candidature for BMC Mayor.” It is still more than a year to go for BMC elections, and in the days to come, the Mayoral aspirants from Congress and BJP are expected to go all out in their bid to get the support of senior party leaders for their candidature. But there is a general opinion in the political circles that being the unreserved seat, Bhilai is more likely to witness a fight of heavyweights in the next civic body election.

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Baghel, Singhdeo likely to meet Sonia Gandhi today

Chhattisgarh Congress President Bhupesh Baghel and CLP leader TS Singhdeo are likely to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday even as they are scheduled to return to Raipur by the s... Read More
Chhattisgarh Congress President Bhupesh Baghel and CLP leader TS Singhdeo are likely to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday even as they are scheduled to return to Raipur by the same evening. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’ over phone, CLP leader TS Singhdeo said that they held fresh round of discussions with AICC Treasurer Motilal Vora and BK Hariprasad, party Incharge for Chhattisgarh, over civic polls.

The two leaders are expected to blame the ruling party as also rival faction of state Congress for the Manturam Pawar withdrawing from Antagarh legislative by-poll. It need be mentioned that Baghel has reportedly received full endorsement from Congress Vice-President. Both Baghel and Singhdeo are likely to spell out chronology of events before Congress President Sonia Gandhi as well to gain her approval on future course of action.

Cong to convene crucial meet on Sept 4

With Municipal elections nearing, Chhattisgarh Congress has convened crucial meeting of its 41 member state level working committee members on September 4 to hold preliminary discussions of urban body polls. One of the issues likely to be discussed in the meeting would include means to ensure that ‘Manturam Pawar’ like episode is not repeated in the civic elections.

Party sources claimed that one of the measures being pondered upon in this regard is to obtain an undertaking from all fielded party contenders that they would not back out from electoral fray without party’s consent. It need be mentioned that state Congress President Bhupesh Baghel and CLP leader TS Singhdeo have received directives from party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and AICC Treasurer Motilal Vora which would be conveyed to state party office-bearers. Party sources claimed that youths would be favoured in ticket allocation during urban body elections as per directives of party high-command.

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A clean sweep by ABVP in CSVTU election in Bhilai

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has emerged victorious over the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) in the Chhattisgarh Swami Vivekananda Technical University (CSVTU) S... Read More
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has emerged victorious over the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) in the Chhattisgarh Swami Vivekananda Technical University (CSVTU) Students’ Union elections, held on Tuesday, as it secured all the four positions. At the CSVTU, this was the first student union’s election since its inception.

At CSVTU, ABVP’s Kajal Mishra defeated NSUI’s Abhijeet Banchor with a margin of 31 votes for the president’s post. Kajal secured 84 votes, while Abhijeet managed 53. The Secretary’s post went to ABVP’s Gagan Mittal, who defeated NSUI’s,Pradeep Sahu by 33 votes where Gagan garnered 85 votes and Sahu 52 votes. While the other two posts—Vice President (Shivam Sharma) and Joint Secretary (Sacchidanand) also clinched by ABVP. Wherein Shivam Sharma of ABVP defeated Yogendra Phatak of NSUI by 27 votes and AVBP’s Sacchidanand defeated NSUI’s Hem Kumar Patel by a margin of 23 votes. It needs a mention here that the elected presidents and Secretaries from 73 colleges participated in the university election where the total numbers of voters were 139 of which 137 exercised their franchise. CSVTU, Registrar, G R Sahu accompanied by Vice Chancellor and other officials announced the results of elections at the university campus. Registrar Sahu informed that on September 5 all the elected office bearers of the students union of the university would be called along with two representatives from each college unions at 2.30pm and in the presence of the VC the executive council would be constituted.

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Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad sweeps university elections in C’garh

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) won almost all the key posts in students’ union elections held for universities in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday.

PT. RAVISHANKAR SHUKLA UNIVERSITY, RA... Read More
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) won almost all the key posts in students’ union elections held for universities in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday.

PT. RAVISHANKAR SHUKLA UNIVERSITY, RAIPUR: ABVP claimed all the four posts at Pt Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur. According to information, Surendra Sahu of ABVP got 204 votes to win the post of President while his opponent NSUI’s Purnananda Sahu got 96 votes, Akash Tripathi got 203 votes to win Vice-President post and he defeated Rashmi Singh of NSUI who got 97 votes. Similarly, Vikash Chandrakar from ABVP got 211 votes and he defeated Mohd. Ikram who got 89 votes. Chandrakar won the post of Secretary. It is to be mentioned, Sunidhi Pandey of ABVP was elected unopposed as Joint Secretary.

CHHATTISGARH SWAMI VIVEKANANDA TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY (CSVTU), BHILAI: Kajal Mishra from ABVP won the post of president with 84 votes while her opponent Abhijit Banchhor got 53 votes. ABVP’s Shivam Verma got 82 votes and he defeated Yogendra Pathak who got 55 votes. With 82 votes, Gagan Mittal was elected to the post of Secretary defeating Pradip Sahu who got 55 votes. Similarly, the post of Joint Secretary went in favour of Sachchidanand Kanth (ABVP) who got 80 votes. Kanth defeated NSUI’s Hemkumar Patel who received 57 votes.

ABVP BAGS ALL POSTS AT BASTAR UNIVERSITY, JABDALPUR: Vicky Sahu, Raghunath Markam and Menka Shukla from ABVP were elected unopposed as President, Vice-President and Joint Secretary respective of Bastar University. Pratha Chouhan (ABVP) was elected Secretary.

SURGUJA UNIVERSITY, AMBIKAPUR: With 45 votes Diksha Agrawal from ABVP bagged the post of President, defeating Satish Bari of NSUI who got 22 votes. Suresh Kumar Suren got 46 votes to win the post of Vice-President defeating NSUI’s Suman Minj who got 24 votes. ABVP’s Deepak Gupta bagged the post of Secretary who got 45 votes and his opponent Nitesh Mishra of NSUI got 25 votes. Raviranjan Mishra was elected unopposed Joint Secretary.

BILASPUR UNIVERSITY, BILASPUR: ABVP claimed all the key posts here. Ketan Singh, Akanksha Patnaik and Aditya Tiwari from ABVP were elected unopposed as President, Vice-President and Joint Secretary. Similarly, Bhimshankar Acharya of ABVP was elected Secretary. INDIRA GANDHI AGRICULTURE UNIVERSITY, RAIPUR: Hemkant Chandravanshi, Vipin Prakash Bhagat, Sanjay Kushwaha and Sophia Sainik from ABVP were unopposed elected as President, Vice-President, Secretary and Joint Secretary. AYUSH UNIVERSITY, RAIPUR: ABVP won all the posts here. According to information last came, Jyotsna and Ganesh Ram were elected as President and Secretary respectively.

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Eight IAS officers including five collectors transferred

In yet another minor administrative reshuffle, State Government transferred eight IAS officers, including five collectors, on Tuesday. Ashok Kumar Singh, Katni Collector, has been shifted as Co... Read More
In yet another minor administrative reshuffle, State Government transferred eight IAS officers, including five collectors, on Tuesday. Ashok Kumar Singh, Katni Collector, has been shifted as Collector, Sagar. D D Agrawal, Collector Agar Malwa, has been posted as Deputy Secretary. Madhukar Agnay, CEO, District Panchayat Shivpuri, has been appointed as Collector, Bhind.

Vinod Kumar Sharma, Collector Bhind, has been posted as Collector Agar Malwa. G V Rashim, who was in waiting for posting, has been appointed as Collector, Neemuch. Vikas Narwal, Collector Neemuch, has been posted as Collector, Katni. Ganesh Shankar Mishra, CEO, District Panchayat, Harda, has been shifted as Additional Collector, Harda. Shanmukh Priya Mishra, CEO, District Panchayat, Hoshangabad has moved as CEO, District Panchayat, Harda.

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High Court asks Jabalpur Collector to act against encroachers in Med College

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court on Tuesday has directed Jabalpur Collector to take necessary steps for vacating stay in matter related to removal of encroachers of Medical College... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court on Tuesday has directed Jabalpur Collector to take necessary steps for vacating stay in matter related to removal of encroachers of Medical College land. The division bench has listed to the case on October 6, 2014, for report for further compliance. On Tuesday, Jabalpur Collector informed the court that 30 encroachments on Medical College land have been removed and four encroachers are still enjoying stay from different benches from High Court. The petitioner Advocate Satish Kumar Verma alleging that around six shops in Gurukul Ashram Pisanhari Ki Marihya to whom notices were issued a year ago by earlier Tehsildar is not reported in the court by the Collector. In the previous hearing of the case, division bench had given time to the State Government for submissions of compliance report in the matter related to removal of encroachers on Medical College land. Earlier, Swapnil Ganguly, counsel for the State stated before the court that men and machinery is on the move to remove 45 encroachers and in this regard compliance report will be filed by Tuesday when case is listed for orders. The Government Advocate stated that on behalf of Jabalpur Collector an affidavit was filed on July 29 mentioning 45 numbers of encroachers of Medical College who have been issued final notices and after August 10 they will be removed if they do not vacate the places themselves. Ganguly also mentioned that out of 45, some encroachers had claimed that they had purchased the land from JDA so that they do not face action as encroachers. Their pleadings are dismissed by Civil Courts and appeals are also dismissed by appellate court. Now all 45 will be removed accordingly. Petitioner Advocate Satish Verma alleged that earlier some encroachment of around 22,000 sq ft opposite Pisanhari Ki Madhiya was cleared by SDO, PWD but possession was not given to College and Municipal Corporation had captured and running bus stand which is illegal and should be removed. Further six shops of gurukul ashram connected to stand were found on College land by ex-tehsildar Tripathi and these shops should be removed like others.

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HC grants 4 weeks time to RDU to reply on affiliation fee hike

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Anil Sharma on Tuesday has granted four weeks time to Rani Durgawati University (RDU), Jabalpur, to f... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Anil Sharma on Tuesday has granted four weeks time to Rani Durgawati University (RDU), Jabalpur, to file reply in the matter related to petitioner colleges challenging notification, respondents have unduly and exorbitantly increased affiliation fee charged by the University from affiliated colleges from 10 per cent to 1100 per cent. The division bench has granted four weeks’ time to the university, as prayed by the counsel for the University and directed to interim order to continue.

Earlier, the division bench on March 25, 2014, had issued order that in the meanwhile, based on the decision taken by executive council of the respondent University on April 18, 2013, and on the basis of notification dated on September 6, 2013, no coercive steps to be taken against any of the petitioners institute in the matter of de-affiliation on non-payment of affiliation fee as amended and enhanced dated on September 6, 2013, subject to final decision of the petition. The respondent University shall permit petitioners to continue with their affiliation without insisting on payment of enhanced affiliation fee as contained on September 6, 2013.

The petition has been filed by principals of D N Jain Mahavidyalaya, Jabalpur, Chanchal Bai Patel Mahila Mahavidyalaya, St Aloysius Mahavidyalaya, Shreejankiraman Mahavidylaya, Navyug Arts and Commerce Mahavidyalaya, Hawabagh Mahila Mahavidyalaya and others against the Registrar, Rani Durgawati University, Jabalpur and Secretary, Higher Education Department, Bhopal.

The petitioner colleges stated in the petition that Rani Durgawati University had issued a notification dated on September 6, 2013, by this notification, the respondents have unduly and exorbitantly increased affiliation fee which was charged by the university from the affiliated colleges from 10 per cent to 1100 per cent as will be clear from the chart appended to representation submitted by the colleges to the University on July 23, 2013. Earlier, the university issued a notification dated on June 21, 2013, which had brought in amendments in the earlier affiliation fee, filed by the University.

The grievance of the petitioner colleges is that they are not the colleges teaching professional subjects like engineering, medical, nursing or dentistry. The petitioners are principals of colleges that have been in existence since long in the town, like D N Jain Mahavidyalaya, Jabalpur, was established in 1949, petitioner Chanchal Bai Patel Mahila Mahavidyalaya in 1951, St Aloysius Mahavidyalaya in 1951 and Hawabagh Women’s College in 1928.

All other colleges have come up in order to satisfy the need of education in the town. Earlier, standard of affiliation fee was very reasonable being collected by the University from these colleges because education was treated as a charity and not as business. The petitioner Hawabagh Women College to a certain extent served the purpose of women education.

Finding that more facilities in the town were required to be made available for women education, philanthropists of the town came forward to establish Chanchal Bai Mahavidyalaya. If unreasonable and exorbitant increase in affiliation fee is permitted, it will be detrimental to interest of students particularly women and the colleges may be forced to close down. The petitioner, are therefore, filing this petition to challenge exorbitant increase in affiliation fee which is even under the University Act unreasonable and arbitrary.

HC seeks reply in truck scanner case till Sept 26

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Ajit Singh and Justice N K Gupta on Tuesday gave time to the petitioner for submission of rejoinder till September 26, 2014, in the matter related to truck scanner in the State. Earlier, the division bench had issued notices to the Chief Secretary, State Government, Principal Secretary, Public Works Department of Madhya Pradesh, Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh Road Development Authority, Bhopal, Vivek Agrawal, Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh Road Development Authority, Bhopal, Managing Director, IL and FS Transportation Networks Limited, Mumbai and Managing Director, NELCO Limited a Tata Enterprise, Delhi, and asked them to file their reply in the matter related to truck scanner in the State.

The division bench has issued notices in the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Kishore Samrite, ex-MLA Lanji, Balaghat. The petitioner is calling in question, inaction and lackadaisical approach, adopted by respondents, in non-implementing the scheme, whereby, 24 truck scanners were to be installed at 24 barriers of Madhya Pradesh. Respondents have entered into agreement with private respondent for installation of truck scanner in 2012 and evenafter two years, not a single truck scanner has been installed in any of the 24 barriers of the State as such instant petition.

The petitioner prayed relief before the court to issue direction to respondents for expeditious installation of mobile goods scanner at border check post of Madhya Pradesh. The petitioner also prayed relief before the court to issue directions for conducting enquiry as to why despite lapse of almost three years installation of mobile goods scanner has not taken place in Madhya Pradesh.

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Alert residents free girl from clutches of two abductors

ALERT residents foiled a youth’s attempt to kidnap a girl at Garhaphatak in the morning at Gullaua Square. Residents took the girl and youth to Garha Police Station. Police registered a case ... Read More
ALERT residents foiled a youth’s attempt to kidnap a girl at Garhaphatak in the morning at Gullaua Square. Residents took the girl and youth to Garha Police Station. Police registered a case against the minor youth under Section of abduction and other sections of IPC and started interrogation with the duo. Police informed that the girl (19), resident of Garhaphatak, works parttime at a doctor’s clinic at Gol Bazaar. When she was going to the clinic then two youths on a Pulsar without having number plate suddenly intercepted her. The youths tried to abduct her forcibly, when she started screaming they stuffed a cloth into her mouth.

They were trying to take her to Bhedaghat when they were on the way the girl again starting shouting and cried for help near Gullaua Chowk.

Residents stopped the motorcycle and started beating the youths for abducting the girl. Then after interference, people took the youths to Garha Police Station. SHO of Garha Police Station informed that the two youths are minors and students of class XII in a private school near Gol Bazaar.

During interrogation it came to light that earlier also cases of manhandling were registered against the youths in police station. Police officials have informed family members of victim girl and the youths.

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Over 200 scientists to grace national conference on soil health at JNAU today

UNDER ongoing celebration of Golden Jubilee year of Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU), a national conference on ‘Soil Health: A Key to Unlock and Sustain Production Potential’ ... Read More
UNDER ongoing celebration of Golden Jubilee year of Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU), a national conference on ‘Soil Health: A Key to Unlock and Sustain Production Potential’ will be organised on September 3 and 4. Around 200 soil scientists representing different parts of the country will share their views and present their research papers in this national conference.

The national seminar will be opened at the hands of chief guest Dr A K Sikka, Deputy Director General, Indian Council of Agriculture Research, New Delhi. Professor A K Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Rajmata Vijayraje Scindia Agriculture University, Gwalior and Dr S K Patil, Vice-Chancellor Indira Gandhi Agriculture University, Raipur, will be guest of honour and Dr A K Patra, Director of Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal, will be special guest.

Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU) Vice-Chancellor Dr Vijay Singh Tomar will preside over the function. The function will he held at auditorium of College of Agriculture, Jabalpur. Organising Secretary and Head Department of Soil Science and Agriculture Chemistry Dr A K Rawat has appealed to the scientists, students, researchers and others to attend the programme in large numbers.

Dr A K Rawat added that in this conference around 200 scientists representing different states of the country will participate and share their views on sustainable crop production while maintaining productivity and nutritional quality. Sharing knowledge about recent advances in soil health sustainability scientists will deliver lectures to express importance of soil health for effective use of different research advances in the soil science.

Since independence, agriculture fraternity of the country has witnessed a complete cycle starting from huge shortage of food to self-sufficiency of food and has reached its peak. But in future the agriculture production will be stagnated but the challenge to feed growing population would remain before the agriculture sector.

In present scenario, agricultural sector is facing sheer challenge to deal with production stagnation. Main reason behind this is deteriorating soil health and negative impact of inputs being used in unorganised manner. Hence, to ensure sustainability continuous and timely reforms are needed. Continuous deteriorating of soil health and its fertility and change is being observed in physical, chemical and organic features would certainly turn into a challenge before the fraternity to feed growing population.

To discuss the issue of national interest an important event has been planned by JNAU’s College of Agriculture, Department of Soil Science and Agriculture Chemistry in association with Jabalpur Chapter of India Society of Soil Science, Jabalpur, Indian Institute of Soil Science, Indian Society of Soil Science, New Delhi and Madhya Pradesh Council of Science and Technology and Borlog Institute for South Asia the two-day national conference will be organised.

In opening session, a large number of eminent scientists including Dr A K Agnihotri, former Professor, Soil Science, G B Pant Agriculture University, Pant Nagar, Dr G S Kaushal, former Director, Agriculture Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh, Dr R K Ratan, President, Indian Society of Soil Science, Dr R K Ratan, National Professor, Soil Science, Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, Dr T K Addiya, Professor, Soil Minor Science, Biotechnology School, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Dr R K Gupta, Team Leader, Borloge Institute for South Asia, New Delhi, Dr Mohan Singh, Principal Scientist, Micro Science, IPRI, Kanpur, Dr A Subbafrao, former Director, ISSI, Bhopal, Dr S K Choudhary, Assistant Director (SWM), NRM Division, ICAR, Dr Muneshwar Singh, Project Coordinator, LFFI, SSI, Bhopal, Dr Pradeep Day, Project Coordinator, STCR, Bhopal, Dr A K Shukla, Project Coordinator, Micro Nutrient Elements, IISA Bhopal, Dr S S Raghuvanshi, former Head Department of Physics, Atomic Energy Institute, Hyderabad, Dr A K Shrivastava, Principal Scientist, Soil Science, National Citrus Research Centre, Nagpur, Dr Rajan K Singh of Karnal along with large number of experts on different issues would share their views in the national conference.

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Existing lacunas in Med College will be fixed on priority basis, says Dean

“EXISTING lacunas related to patient services will be fixed on priority basis,” said Dean of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital Dr P C Dewedi, while talking to ‘The ... Read More
“EXISTING lacunas related to patient services will be fixed on priority basis,” said Dean of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital Dr P C Dewedi, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’. Though there are numerous problems in proper execution of patient related services, we trying our level best to fix existing lacunas and streamline services permissible within government framework, added Dr Dewedi.

Admitting that there are problems related to services, he said the problems cannot be resolved in a day or two. We would shortlist problems on priority basis, then senior officials including Head of Departments of different fraternity would be called to give suggestions for early redressal of existing shortcomings.

Talking on establishment of retinal unit at Department of Ophthalmology, essential norms are required as per standard norms of Medical Council of India (apex body for recognition of graduate and post-graduate courses in Medical College) for recognition to start four seats post graduate diploma course in ophthalmology at Medical College Jabalpur, earlier, derecognised in 2006 in absence of shortcomings as per MCI norms, he said proposal to set up retinal unit at Medical College Hospital is in final stage.

Allocated funds of Rs 40 lakh has already been disbursed for purchase of equipment-required establishment of retinal unit, another installment of allocated funds will be released soon. Establishment of retinal unit will pave way for seats of diploma course in ophthalmology at Medical College Jabalpur.

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2 students of St Aloysius College meet watery grave

IN A shocking incident, two out of five students of Saint Aloysius College met with a watery grave after their car fell into a swollen canal near Village Kailwas under Gaur Police Chowki. SHO o... Read More
IN A shocking incident, two out of five students of Saint Aloysius College met with a watery grave after their car fell into a swollen canal near Village Kailwas under Gaur Police Chowki. SHO of Barela Police Station Incharge Gaur Police Chowki, along with crane and Home Guard rescue team reached the spot and started hunt for the students.

Out of five students, a student Anshul Rajak (18), resident of Tamrakar Mohalla, informed that he is student of first year at Saint Aloysius College, along with Ayush Soni, Bilal and Aditya were heading towards a picnic spot in Swift car (MP 20-5173) when suddenly at around 3 pm, Shahbaz who was driving the car lost his control and the car fell into the canal.

All of us somehow jumped out of the car before it drowned in the canal. Anshul said he somehow managed to swim and come to the bank but his four friends were swept away in the swollen canal.

Rescue team found body of Ayush Soni and Shahbaz and sent the body for autopsy to Medical College. While the rescue team was searching for bodies of Bilal and Aditya till late night hours when the report last came in. Huge number of locals gathered at the canal after receiving the information about the unfortunate accident.

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Heavy rains lash Vid, city remains dry

Heavy rains lashed most of Vidarbha, but city remained more or less dry. Meteorological Department has forecast rainfall over next two days, although the intensity has been scaled down. The low... Read More
Heavy rains lashed most of Vidarbha, but city remained more or less dry. Meteorological Department has forecast rainfall over next two days, although the intensity has been scaled down. The low pressure area that had formed over Vidarbha and adjoining areas of South Chhattsigarh triggered the rains all over the region. Most part of the district received scattered rains, with Umrer receiving highest-53.4 mm, followed by Kuhi-27.2 mm and Mouda-20.2 mm.

Elsewhere in Nagpur Division, four tehsils has received very heavy rainfall due to continuous pounding during last 24 hours. In Gadchiroli district, Korchi-177 mm, Sironcha-102.60 mm and Kurkheda-62.80 mm. Sawli tehsil of Chandrapur district recorded 130.50 mm of rainfall. Since last two days Amravati and Akola districts has received good rainfall.

In city there was scatted rains although since yesterday there was cloud formation and one or two times it seemed as if heavy rainfall was imminent. Overall in Nagpur district the accumulated rainfall during last 24 hours was 11.99 mm, Wardha-21.66 mm, Bhandara-8.14 mm, Gondia-9.14 mm, Chandrapur-27.96 mm, Gadchiroli-48.17 mm.

The overnight rains from Sunday to Monday has once again increased the water level in dams across the region and total stock is now 2030 TMCM3, while in 13 medium project of Nagpur District the stock is now 815.16 TMCM3, in four Medium Projects of Bhandara-1059.56 TMCM3, 10 projects of Gondia-1132.56 TMCM3, Wardha-744.16 TMCM3, in eight projects of Chandrapur-940.12 TMCM3 and in 12 projects of Gadchiroli-1144.38 TMCM3 . The total water stock in Totladoh is 706 TMCM3.

The average rainfall from June 1 to September 1 in six districts of division is mentioned below.

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Rly Board constitutes CIG to overhaul sorry state of railway colonies

IN a bid to overhaul the sorry state of affairs in railway colonies, Railway Board has overhauled the system of maintenance of railway colonies by constituting Colony Inspection Group (CIG). The ... Read More
IN a bid to overhaul the sorry state of affairs in railway colonies, Railway Board has overhauled the system of maintenance of railway colonies by constituting Colony Inspection Group (CIG). The new concept is meant to replace existing Colony Committees and colony inspection committees.

Though broadly the work is more or less same Railway Board has just changed the nomenclature of committee with group, because the basic mandate of maintenance is going to remain with Engineering Branch. As per new decision, a group of senior officers would now oversee the maintenance as colonies where Group C and Group D employees resides. The current situation in these colonies reveals as if no system functions there and maintenance is virtually nil going by ground situation. With new Government making strong pitch for cleanliness, Railway Board swung into action and invented new mechanism.

Railway Board while issuing the circular about the new system for maintenance has rightly pointed out at the outset that lack of finances and old age of quarters, vacancies and inadequate training facilities to staff as some of the challenges that are sought to be overcome. A three member committee was constituted at Board level and its report pitched for multi-member committee.

The Board circular mentioned that Colony Inspection Group would be set-up at those colonies which have 200 or more quarters at Zonal/Divisional level, colonies located at station where ADEN is Headquarters and colonies located at road side stations. The CIG would be broad based having one officer each from Accounts, Personnel, Security&Telecommunication with Personnel Branch being given the mandate for Co-ordination. Apart from that Unions too can nominate their nominees who reside in that colonies and the CIG would meet once every three month to take stock of situation.

The circular also framed Terms of References for CIG that includes, repairs to ensure structural integrity of building, repair to leaky roof, repair to outside door and windows, maintenance of proper water supply, proper sanitation and drainage arrangements, repair to floorings, maintenance of pathways, fencing and others. Other than that the Committee would also tasked with improvement to substandard quarters, prevention of encroachments etc. The Committee has powers to recommend the staff welfare works, maintenance works, making long term planning, according sanction and executing works.

Vinod Chaturvedi, Divisional Secretary, Central Railway Mazdoor Sangh (CRMS), wondered as to why there is need for CIG in first places since the problem is more of implementation than planning. He cited example of Civil Lines railway colony where top officers reside which does not have any colony committee to overlook its maintenance and yet it does not face any problem. Whereas, Ajni and Guard colonies where Group C and D category employees reside are beset with plenty of problems despite having colony maintenance committees. Instead of wasting energy on CIG, Railway Board should instead fix accountability and take to task those officers who fail to perform.

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Refund Rs 4,450 cr to power consumers: Hogade to MSEDCL

Maharashtra Veej Grahak Sanghatana has called for refund of extra surcharges collected from power consumers in State citing the Electricity Appellate Tribunal order in Tata Motors vs MERC case. P... Read More
Maharashtra Veej Grahak Sanghatana has called for refund of extra surcharges collected from power consumers in State citing the Electricity Appellate Tribunal order in Tata Motors vs MERC case. Pratap Hogade, energy expert and Janata Dal leader, said the Central Tribunal has termed the imposition of additional electricity charge and fuel adjustment as illegal and quashed the order of MERC.

In light of the above judgement, Hogade demanded that Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. (MSEDCL) should refund Rs 4,450 crore to consumers that was collected at the rate of Rs 890 crores/month from September 2013 to January 2014. Also the subsidy that was collected at rate of Rs. 706 crore/month should also be returned.

Electricity Appellate Tribunal has questioned the MERC order when there was no petition from MSEDCL asking for imposition of surcharges. Also the suo motu imposition of surcharges without public hearing also came in for criticism and further MSEDCL was given the task of computing AEC and FAC which was against principles of natural justice.

Hogade said the Electricity Appellate Tribunal, New Delhi, order confirms the allegations consumer representatives have been making that MERC is biased against consumers and is protecting Government companies. He further demanded that MSEDCL should rollback power rates to pre-September 5, 2013, level and only after fulfilling all legal formalities the hike in power rates be effected.

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61 auto drivers detained on 2nd day

In continuation of their drive against auto-rickshaw owners/drivers for not plying with new meters on the second day on Tuesday, four squads of Regional Transport Office detained 61 vehicles fo... Read More
In continuation of their drive against auto-rickshaw owners/drivers for not plying with new meters on the second day on Tuesday, four squads of Regional Transport Office detained 61 vehicles for not being operated with the meters, flouting instructions by RTO.

The squads checked 63 autorickshaws at Ganeshpeth Bus Station, Central Avenue and Sitabuldi areas. They issued memos to two drivers and detained 61 vehicles and kept them at RTO and Ajni Police Station. They recovered a fine of Rs 1.24 lakh from 29 auto drivers and released their vehicles.

Vijay Singh Chauhan, Deputy Regional Transport Officer, Nagpur, informed that the RTO would continue the drive at least ten days more. A very low number of drivers operated the vehicles with meters while many others still flouted the order. However, he hoped that the drivers would gradually ply the autorickshaws with new meters.

Meanwhile, RTO started accepting online applications for issuing learning licenses to two/four wheel persons from Monday. It received not a single application on the opening day but it received 16 online applications on the second day.

In the meantime, Devendra Tiwari, General Secretary, Akhil Bharatiya Grahak Kalyan Parishad, said that in an attempt to check the drivers, parishad office-bearers asked some drivers posing as common passengers on Monday that they have to go from Variety Square, Shantinagar, Narsala and Manewada to different destinations but the drivers totally rejected to carry them with meters. Some autorickshaw drivers demanded from Rs 150 to Rs 200 for carrying a passenger from Manewada to Variety Square. Tiwari, Shashikant Gajbhiye, Pankaj Butle, Vinayakrao Deshmukh and others made checking.

The parishad has demanded operation by autorickshaws with new meters and beginning of pre-paid service on every stage of km.

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22 lakh students in East Vid to listen to Modi’s speech on Teacher’s Day

The telecast and broadcast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation and interaction with school students on September 5, has generated enthusiasm amongst schools across the nat... Read More
The telecast and broadcast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation and interaction with school students on September 5, has generated enthusiasm amongst schools across the nation. As far as Nagpur Division is concerned, over 22 lakh students will listen the Prime Minister’s address on television and radio.

Education Department officials said that a total of 22,86,055 students in 12,956 schools in six districts of Nagpur Division will listen to Prime Minister’s speech on the occasion of Teacher’s Day. Of the total number of schools, as many as 10,296 do not have television and hence students there will listen to Modi’s speech on radio. In many schools, television is available in the cabin of Head Master. Necessary arrangements have been made in the schools so that students can listen to Modi’s speech.

Union Secretary (Education) had written to Education Secretaries of all states in the country to ask schools to make necessary arrangements in this regard. Accordingly, Education Department has asked all the schools to be ready. As per the information received by Education Department till August 30, a total of 10,296 schools do not have television. So, students there will not be able to see Prime Minister delivering the address to the nation.

As such, arrangement for radio sets has been made there. Thus, a total of 9,12,750 students in Nagpur Division will be able to take advantage of the ‘telecast’ of Modi’s speech, and 13,73,305 will listen to the address on radio.

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Dengue rampant in city, 31 test positive

Dengue is rampant in Nagpur. Though only 31 persons have tested positive between January and August of 2014, unofficial number might be double or triple as Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) sa... Read More
Dengue is rampant in Nagpur. Though only 31 persons have tested positive between January and August of 2014, unofficial number might be double or triple as Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) says many private hospitals do not report the number to it. One person is said to be died because of dengue, but NMC Health Department says, it was not confirmed as the ELISA report was not received yet. According to doctors in city, the people suffering from dengue-like fever are also on rise, which NMC too admits, though the cases have been reduced as compared to the statistics of 2013. According to doctors people should not be panic but they should take care to keep the premises clean and do not have stagnant water in the houses for longer time.

Jayashri Thote, Malaria-Filaria Officer of Health Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) said, “We have sent 165 serum samples to the laboratories. Earlier the tests were conducted at National Institute of Virology, Pune (NIV). Now we have the facility at Centinnel centres at Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH) in Nagpur itself. Out of those 165 samples sent between January and August, 31 samples tested positive. One death has taken place and it is being claimed that it was due to Dengue but its report has not reached yet. This month we have sent 78 samples uptill now plus two samples have been sent in August, the report of the same has not receive yet.”

The dengue cases were much less in 2010 but rose in 2011 onwards. During corresponding period last year there were 48 outbreaks with attack on 155 patients, 73 cases were tested positive and 3 deaths were registered in Nagpur division. In 2012 outbreaks, attacks, positive were reduced to half, though three dengue related deaths have been reported. In 2013 in Nagpur, between January and August 78 cases tested positive.”

Thote claimed that the number of cases have been reduced because civic body officials visited houses, took samples, undertake fogging in prabhags atleast once, informed people not to keep water in stagnant position.

Dr Madhyama Chahande, Assistant Director (Malaria), Health Services said “We conduct only ELISA test (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay uses components of the immune system and chemicals to detect immune responses in the body for example, to infectious microbes. Dengue is not a killer disease and timely treatment can save the patient. In 1995 its danger came to fore, but timely steps taken by government machinery then brought everything under control.”

Dr Rajan Barokar, noted Critical Care consultant said, “The cases having dengue-like symptoms are coming more in number. In our hospital too, the cases of dengue are being reported in large number.”

Dr Uday Bodhankar, noted paediatrician said that in his hospital 40 per cent cases have been tested positive for dengue and he sent most of them to either Colours Hospital and Gatewell Hospital to have critical care.

Dr Shilpa Hazare, noted Paediatrician at Gatewell Hospital pointed out, “Dengue is more prevalent. IgG and IgM tests are conducted but those come negative after five days of actually entry of the virus. Platelet counts get reduced. The cases with multiorgan failure are also in large number so we have to take care for such patients. The new test called NSG1 shows positive for dengue on first day which is helping largely. NSG 1 differentiating between general virus and dengue. Depending upon the immunity of the persons dengue can create problems with. lungs, bone marrow of such people can get affected. We are managing the complications. There are 7-8 patients yesterday only. We can not say that the cases are reduced. But I appeal to the people that they should be aware of it and should approach doctor immediately. If we receive in later stage, then it becomes difficult to pull him or her from the jaws of death.”

What is Dengue? Dengue fever is a disease caused by a family of viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes.

Symptoms such as headache, fever, exhaustion, severe joint and muscle pain, swollen glands (lymphadenopathy), and rash. The presence (the "dengue triad") of fever, rash, and headache (and other pains) is particularly characteristic of dengue fever.

Neither vaccine nor drugs for preventing infection are available. The bite of one infected mosquito can result in infection. The risk of being bitten is highest during the early morning, several hours after daybreak, and in the late afternoon before sunset. However, mosquitoes may feed at any time during the day. Aedes mosquitoes typically live indoors and are often found in dark, cool places such as in closets, under beds, behind curtains, and in bathrooms. Long-term travelers and expatriates can take extra precautions to reduce mosquito-breeding sites around their accommodations by emptying and cleaning or covering any standing water (such as in water storage tanks and flowerpot trays). Immunoglobulin G (IgG), the most abundant type of antibody, is found in all body fluids and protects against bacterial and viral infections.

Immunoglobulin M (IgM), which is found mainly in the blood and lymph fluid, is the first to be made by the body to fight a new infection. Dengue can have myocardial dysfunction. Dengue takes place due to thrombocytopenia means platelet counts which should be between 1.5 lac and 4 lac reduced to 40000 and due to which bleeding tendency is more in it. Malarial fever and viral fever are the other reasons. Pregnant women, diabetic patients and infants are more prone to dengue.

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NMC’s failure in treating sewage to attract 1.5 times penalty

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will have to pay 1.5 times penalty on purchase of raw water if it fails in treating sewage in the Orange City. Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority ... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will have to pay 1.5 times penalty on purchase of raw water if it fails in treating sewage in the Orange City. Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA) has issued direction in this regard to local body in Bulk Water Tariff Criteria (2013-2016) released recently.

NMC is spending Rs 1.5 crore per month, that is, Rs 18 crore per annum, on purchase of raw water from Water Resources Department (WRD). If local body fails to treat complete sewage, it will have to pay fine to the tune of 1.5 times the amount of total purchase of water to the Government. MWRRA has finalised criteria for bulk water purchase and suggested some action for Municipal Corporations or Urban Local Bodies.

Dr Suresh Kulkarni, MWRRA Secretary, in a letter informed Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane that local body should set up Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) for 100 per cent treatment of sewage water. NMC should submit plan, or it will have to pay 1.5 times the applicable rates for purchase of raw water.

Presently, the local body is treating only 80 per cent of the sewage and it will require 100 per cent treatment. NMC has signed an agreement with Mahagenco for supplying treated water for power generation units in Koradi and Khaperkheda. The local body will earn Rs 15 crore per annum from Mahagenco. As per directions, the tariff of treated sewage water will be decided by MWRRA approval only. The MWRRA will also levy five times penalty for annual use of water beyond 110 per cent of prescribed norms.

As per MWRRA directions, Municipal Corporations will have to recover not only operation and maintenance charges but also sewage treatment charges with capital cost. Already, this has been laid down in directions issued by Urban Development Department in August 2010. NMC will have to allocate 20 per cent in the budget for sewage treatment. The local body should raise corpus for sewage action plan for next five years. MWRRA has also asked NMC to ensure 100 per cent metering system in all the areas and to submit a report by December 2014. The local body will have to submit ‘annual water return’ to MWRRA giving all details of water use, treatment, and recycling.

Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane confirmed this development and said, “NMC is planning to treat 100 per cent sewage in coming days. The revised budget will have allocation of 20 per cent of total budget for sewage treatment system. If we fail to treat 100 per cent sewage, the local body will have to pay the penalty.”

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KIDNAPPED BOY MURDERED

A former employee at Dr Mukesh Chandak’s dental clinic and his friend confess to killing Yug and dumping his body in a nullah at Babulkheda in Khaperkheda area

THE worst fears hav... Read More

A former employee at Dr Mukesh Chandak’s dental clinic and his friend confess to killing Yug and dumping his body in a nullah at Babulkheda in Khaperkheda area

THE worst fears have come true. Thirty hours after the sensational kidnapping of Yug, eight-year-old son of noted dental surgeon Dr Mukesh Chandak by two persons for ransom came to light, the body of the boy was found near a nullah at village Babulkheda on Tuesday night.

The two culprits, Rajesh Daware, computer operator at Dr Chandak’s dental clinic and his friend Arvind Singh Lokesh Singh, confessed to have killed Yug.

The kidnappers ruthlessly stoned the boy to death and his face was beyond recognition.

After kidnapping Yug on Monday, the culprits had contacted Dr Chandak twice. In the first call, the kidnappers allegedly demanded Rs 10 crore for releasing his son, but reduced the demand amount to half later. Cops traced that one call was made from Sadar area while the other from Jaripatka. However, Dr Chandak’s relatives had denied that the kidnappers ever demanded money for safe release of the boy.

The investigators had also procured footage of a CCTV camera installed at the frontage of an establishment near the residence of Dr Chandak. However, there was no clarity in the footage of the masked kidnappers who took Yug on a scooterette. One of the kidnappers was reported to be wearing a red T-shirt and white trouser, which also happens to be the uniform of the staff of Dr Chandak’s clinic.

For more than 24 hours after the incident, Police could neither find Yug nor trace the kidnappers. Separate teams had conducted massive searches at abandoned houses, vacant flats and secluded places to trace the kidnappers. It was only in the evening that the cops got clues about the kidnappers. A team of Ganeshpeth Police laid a trap and nabbed one of them.

During interrogation, he spilled the beans and confessed to killing Yug. A team of Crime Branch and Lakadganj Police led by Deputy Commissioners of Police along with sniffer dogs took one of the culprits to the spot where they killed Yug and dumped the body. The body was later sent for autopsy. According to Narendra (Balya) Borkar, Chairman of NMC Standing Committee and a close friend of Dr Mukesh Chandak, Yug’s last rites will be performed at 12.30 noon on Wednesday at Gangabai ghat.

As the news about Yug’s murder reached, a pall of gloom enveloped the city. A large number of people, including political leaders, social workers, businessmen and well-wishers, gathered in front of Dr Chandak’s residence at Guruvandana Apartment, Chhapru Nagar.

Thousands of angry residents from East Nagpur marched to Lakadganj Police Station and condemned the failure of the police in rescuing the boy. Demanding immediate suspension of senior officials for their inept handling of the sensitive incident even after a similar case of kidnapping and murder of Kush Kataria in 2011. As the mob turned restive, police resorted to lathi charge injuring some of the protesters.

A massive police bandobast was deployed at Wardhaman Nagar, Chhapru Nagar, Lakadganj and Ganeshpeth Police Stations to prevent any untoward incident in the aftermath of kidnapping and murder of Yug.

How the case was cracked INVESTIGATIONS revealed that one of the killers Rajesh Daware, a resident of Vandevi Nagar, was earlier working at Chandak Dental Clinic. He left the job on August 13 after he was humiliated by Dr Mukesh Chandak. Daware could not digest the insult and decided to teach Dr Chandak a lesson and thus planned Yug kidnapping.

Dr Chandak had expressed suspicion about possibility of his driver Sanjay Maikar and his former employee Daware’s involvement in the crime. After questioning Maikar, cops went to Daware’s house. It was locked. Cops told his neighbours to send him to police station when he returns home. Around 8.30 pm, Daware returned home. After his neighbours told him to visit Lakadganj Police Station, he reached there. Cops quizzed him. When Police asked Daware as to where he was between 4 pm and 9 pm on Monday, he tried to misguide them. He was then taken to Ganeshpeth Police Station. After investigators used tough hands, he confessed to the crime at around 9.30 pm on Tuesday.

Soon, cops took him to the spot and found Yug’s body. Joint Commissioner of Police Anup Kumar Singh, Deputy Commissioners of Police Nirmala Devi S (Zone III) and Abhinash Kumar (Zone I) and other officers also visited the spot. Yug’s family members also visited the spot and identified the body.

Yug’s mother hospitalised

Dr Prerna Chandak, mother of Yug, was hospitalised on Tuesday as her health started deteriorating following kidnapping of her son. She was admitted to Life Care Hospital of Dr Kirti Tanna at Telephone Exchange Square, Central Avenue.

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Breach in RBC of Khairi dam to hit water supply

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roads under NHAI

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

Roads under State PWD

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

Roads under NIT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bountiful of trains for Nagpurians

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12 premium trains

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

Eight new long-distance trains via Nagpur

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

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Bountiful of trains for Nagpurians

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12 premium trains

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maoists demand Saibaba’s release

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

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

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

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Chaos reigns supreme following transfers of some GMC Deans

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

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

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

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

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

MAT stays transfer of Yavatmal Dean

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

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

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

DMER top brass proceeds on leave

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

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3 men arrested for duping goldsmith

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

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

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Man’s body found on Shastri Bridge

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

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

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Revenue officials always play a pivotal role: Collector Roopla

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Husband booked for assaulting specially abled woman with axe

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

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

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

3 booked for selling govt land using fake documents

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

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

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

15 illegal vendors nabbed by RPF during drive:

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

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

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Lakhs of women in State availing monthly pension

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

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

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TUCI calls off strike after trilateral discussion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Caste certificates to be issued within 30 days

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

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

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

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

Rajim tehsildar issued warnings for delay in solving revenue cases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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At last, Antagarh bye-election has only two claimants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cong workers stage protest on Manturam Pawar’s allegations

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

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

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

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

Before pointing others, Cong need a serious introspection: Sharma

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

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

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

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CSCS teams finalised for practice matches with CLT20 teams

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

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

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

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SA-1 for class IX, X after Sept 15

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

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

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

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

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Sporadic but heavy rain brings down temperature

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

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

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

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Gaur assures of action to family members who consumed poison

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

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

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

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Van Vihar to have model replica of forest reserves in museum

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

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

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Over 600 students of Ojasdeep admitted in Government schools

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

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

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

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

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

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Master Plan-2031 to be delayed by 1 more year

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

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

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

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

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Shatabdi Express to depart from Habibganj from today

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

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

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

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

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

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Hubby, in-laws booked for abetting suicide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Amit Shah invited for executive committee meet

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

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

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

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

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Notices to Katni Collector, others in encroachment case

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

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

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

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

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Engineering student Shayantan granted patent for his invention

FOR the first time in the history of Engineering College in Mahakaushal Area, Government of India has issued patent to a student. It’s a matter of great pride for Sh